January 2003 Archives
Investigators told of unopened ballots (FL) A Broward County supervisor of elections employee has told the state attorney's office that hundreds of absentee ballots sat unopened in the mailroom at least two days after the Sept. 10 primary election. The Herald has learned that the employee gave a sworn statement about the absentee ballots last month, indicating that swirling rumors about ballots that were unopened, uncounted and perhaps ultimately discarded are being investigated.
Blair to meet Bush and UN weapons chief to try to avoid war Tony Blair is to hold urgent talks with Dictator Bush and Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, to prevent early military action in Iraq becoming inevitable.
Hawks sit out phoney peace while war machine rolls on The UN weapons inspectors' first report on Iraq found no 'smoking gun' to trigger a US and British attack. But the appearance that peace has broken out is deceptive 'If Blix finds anything, that will be a breach of the resolution. If his work is frustrated, that will also be a breach' --Downing Street source
Fleet heads for Gulf as war threat intensifies (UK) Downing Street says Bush is set on Iraq campaign --Tony Blair last night made clear that war with Iraq remained virtually inevitable as Dictator George W. Bush continued his inexorable steps towards military conflict with Saddam Hussein.
You're losing the party over Iraq, Cabinet warns Blair Tony Blair has been warned by Cabinet ministers that he must take urgent steps to "sell" his military strategy on Iraq as he faces the threat of rebellion from Labour MPs and party members.
U.S. Force in Gulf Is Said to Be Rising to 150,000 Troops The military force the Pentagon is massing in the Persian Gulf could be well positioned to attack Iraq on Dictator Bush's order in mid- to late February, and it could exceed 150,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, military officials said today.
Pentagon emails Iraqi brass The Pentagon has emailed Iraqi generals encouraging defection and warning them not to use biological or chemical weapons against US or allied forces, according to a US official.
Iraqi Dissidents Reassured in a Talk With Bush About the Post-Hussein Era Dictator Bush told Iraqi opposition figures on Friday that he favored a sweeping transition to democracy in Iraq and a short military occupation after Saddam Hussein is out of power, according to Iraqis and others who attended the meeting. [Editor's note: A quote from Michael Rectenwald: "Let's take a vote in Iraq and ask the people if they want the US to bomb them into 'freedom and democracy.' I guarantee you that there won't be more than a handful of affirmative votes, and that those will come from those politically motivated partisans who've been promised a part in the 'democracy' to be installed by the US." --Michael Rectenwald, Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG website visitor and asks: Is the Iraq War a War for Democracy?]
Scott Ritter in His Own Words (TIME) Scott Ritter was the UN's top weapons inspector in Iraq until 1998, when he resigned claiming President Clinton was too easy on Saddam. Now he says the dictator doesn't seem to have weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and that trying to oust Saddam is "extremely dangerous."
U.S. Decision on Iraq Has a Murky Past Opponents of War Wonder When, How Policy Was Set --On Sept. 17, 2001, Dictator Bush signed a 21/2-page document marked "TOP SECRET" that outlined the plan for going to war in Afghanistan. Almost as a footnote, the document also directed the Pentagon to begin planning military options for an invasion of Iraq, senior mis-ministration officials said.
War crime claims irk US military For the US military, Afghan Massacre – The Convoy of Death, is a story they would prefer to just go away. Its eye-witness accounts of US personnel being present as prisoners of war were treated like animals, slaughtered and dumped in mass graves.
Afghans Protest Clan Leader's Detention Elders Descend on Kabul to Make Case for Abuse of Power by U.S. Afghans have been stirred to do something that hundreds of similar arrests by U.S. forces have not: protest that American soldiers are abusing their position by detaining Afghans in their own country without consulting local officials, without any legal process and without even an explanation.
One Million Rally in Support in N.Korea-News Agency Voicing "burning hatred" for the United States, more than one million people massed in the North Korean capital Saturday to support their government's decision to quit a key treaty preventing the spread of atomic weapons, the official news agency said.
Thousands in LA Protest Possible War (CA) With the U.S. government moving closer to war with Iraq, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday to voice their protest.
2,400 rally to protest possible war with Iraq (MN) Marching in Minneapolis Bundled against the extreme cold, more than 2,000 people gathered Saturday in Minneapolis' Uptown area, where they displayed signs, chanted and marched to register their opposition to a possible war against Iraq.
Bush plan could shift tax burden Wage earners will pay more, experts agree. Most economists said the cuts actually would benefit the super-rich. Even conservatives doubted the cuts, which Bush wants to take effect this year, would offer much stimulus now.
So, Now Bigger Is Better? Bush is presiding over the biggest, most expensive federal government in history.
U.S. National Debt Clock The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.30 billion per day since September 28, 2001.
Delta to lay off 4,000 workers Delta Air Lines, America's third-largest carrier, will lay off about 4,000 employees because not enough workers volunteered for the redundancy packages on offer.
Surgeon-turned-Senator Frist has history of supporting drug companies Shortly after Sen. Bill Frist introduced legislation limiting suits against vaccine makers, the drug industry's trade group gave $10,000 to the surgeon-turned-politician's political action committee.
The Bad Doctor --Bill Frist’s long record of corporate vices --by Doug Ireland "...in truth the GOP has simply replaced a racist with a corporate crook. Frist was born rich, and got richer — thanks to massive criminal fraud by the family business." [Editor's note: Actually, Lott was replaced with a racist corporate crook, so the GOP achieved dual objectives. --Lori Price]
Frist says he supports renomination of Mississippi judge Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he supports Dictator Bush's renomination to a federal appeals court of a Mississippi judge whom Democrats rejected last year when they controlled the Senate.
Bush Plans No Apology Over Lott Remarks The White House and the Republican Party have decided against taking overt steps to make amends for racially charged remarks by Sen. Trent Lott (R-Racist-Miss.) because Dictator Bush's aides said he has nothing to apologize for and should not pander, officials said.
Bush May Enter Affirmative Action Case Bush regime lawyers are laying the groundwork to oppose a University of Michigan program that gives preference to minority students, a step that would inject Dictator Bush into the biggest affirmative action case in a generation.
Bush snubs black voters with Pickering --by Cynthia Tucker "The nomination of [U.S. District Judge Charles] Pickering is intended to reassure the president[sic]'s ultra-conservative base, including religious conservatives who admire Pickering's rigid anti-abortion views and Southern whites who still resent progressive racial policies and believe Lott was poorly treated."
Justice Dept. Hiring Changes Draw Fire Law Grads Chosen Based on Politics, Say Critics --A special Justice Department recruitment program long overseen by career employees has been moved firmly under the control of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and his senior aides, prompting complaints that the effort is being politicized, according to current and former department officials.
The Nixon Shadow that Hovers Over the Bush White House --by John Dean "Not since Richard Nixon's presidency have the powers of Congress been in greater jeopardy. Not only is the Bush White House seeking to expand presidential powers at the expense of Congress, but the conservative gang of five on the U.S. Supreme Court are busy trimming congressional powers directly."
Civil rights worry prompts action (OR) Citizens concerned about potential civil rights violations under the Patriot Act are forging a resolution which would define how city employees may participate in such activities — and would require them to be made public.
Governor Assails System's Errors as He Empties Illinois Death Row Gov. George Ryan commuted all Illinois death sentences today to prison terms of life or less, the largest such emptying of death row in history.
Danger to the Wetlands (The New York Times) "The Bush administration has opened the possibility that up to 20 percent of the nation's wetlands — 20 million acres in all — could lose protections they currently enjoy under the Clean Water Act. This is a door that should have remained closed."
Tree Sitter Is Forced Down After Two Months in Oak Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and firefighters used an aerial ladder and chain-breaking tools Friday night to remove tree sitter John Quigley from the old oak tree he has occupied since Nov. 1.
Paris Frees Airport Worker Who Was Framed as Terror Suspect An airport baggage handler found with weapons and explosives in his car was released today after France's antiterrorism police determined that he had been framed by a former Foreign Legionnaire and in-laws who blamed him for the death of his wife.
U.K. school to use eye scanner for lunch fees A new high school said Wednesday its students will be charged for their lunches with a retina scanning device to prevent poor children who eat for free from being ridiculed in the cafeteria. The retina scanning device also will be used in the library when students take out and return books. [Editor's note: oh, then I guess the concern for "poor children being ridicule in the cafeteria" is just a smokescreen for the Orwellian retina scans, since the technology is being implemented in the library, as well. --Lori Price]
Rare marsupials kicked to death in 'quokka soccer' They are small and round and look like furry footballs - and they are being kicked to death by young Australians for "fun". The quokka, a species of miniature wallaby found only in Western Australia, has become the renewed target of a sadistic "sport" called quokka soccer.
Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG website visitor and asks: Is the Iraq War a War for Democracy? "Let's take a vote in Iraq and ask the people if they want the US to bomb them into 'freedom and democracy.' I guarantee you that there won't be more than a handful of affirmative votes, and that those will come from those politically motivated partisans who've been promised a part in the 'democracy' to be installed by the US." --Michael Rectenwald
EU tells America to toe the UN line Transatlantic differences over Iraq threatened to set back America's timeline for an invasion yesterday when the European Union warned the US that there could be no war against Saddam Hussein without clear proof that he holds banned weapons.
Blair warns America of Muslim backlash over war on Iraq Tony Blair has told Washington that a war in Iraq could unleash a dangerous wave of anti-American feeling across the Muslim world unless it re-doubles efforts to secure peace in the Middle East.
Bush urged by world leaders to delay Iraq war World leaders are sending a clear message to Dictator Bush to give U.N. inspectors more time to find hard evidence that Iraq was hiding banned weapons before deciding to go to war.
Agency Challenges Evidence Against Iraq Cited by Bush The key piece of evidence that Dictator Bush has cited as proof that Saddam Hussein has sought to revive his program to make nuclear weapons was challenged today by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
U.N. nuclear official presses U.S. for Iraq data The top U.N. nuclear weapons official pressed the United States on Friday to provide more information to help his team find banned Iraqi weapons.
Russian warships on standby to sail to Gulf Russia has put three warships on standby to go to the Persian Gulf within the next month to protect its "national interests" in the event of an American invasion of Iraq.
Marines, Fighter Pilots Going to Gulf About 7,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune and soldiers and fighter pilots from North Carolina bases will leave soon for the Persian Gulf region in advance of possible war in Iraq, officials said Friday.
U.S. orders 35,000 more troops to Persian Gulf Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signed a deployment order Friday to send an additional 35,000 U.S. troops to the Persian Gulf region.
Troops will go to Gulf About 1550 Australian military personnel, including elite SAS troops, fighter pilots and their crews, will be sent to the Persian Gulf within weeks for a possible war on Iraq.
Demonstrators plead not guilty (MI) 13 were arrested for trespassing as part of Iraq war protest --As demonstrators faced a judge Thursday for staging a die-in at a military recruiters' office, they made another attempt to voice their opinions about America's sanctions against Iraq.
Anti-war coalition discusses protest plans (UK) Opponents of conflict against Iraq are meeting to discuss plans for what they claim could be one of the biggest marches in political history.
Churches in Britain lead opposition to Iraq war In the battle for hearts and minds in Britain, churches have become the most distinctive voices opposing an invasion of Iraq.
Happy Imbeciles At War --Massive U.S. military buildup, billions of dollars, a useless enemy, and no one seems to know why --by Mark Morford " This is not a war. Iraq will not be a war. Do we understand this? We do not seem to understand this. This is heavily corporatized power brokers killing each other for oil and capital. Oh yes it is." [a must-read]
White House Dodges Anthrax Questions (Judicial Watch press release) Bush Administration Stonewalls On Production of Documents Concerning Decision to Put Staff on Cipro Beginning September 11, 2001 --Brentwood Postal Workers Denied Treatment While White House Protected Itself
White House award to FBI lawyer draws fire Some congressional critics of the FBI are questioning a presidential citation and large cash bonus awarded to an FBI supervisor whose headquarters unit denied a pre-Sept. 11 search warrant against Zacarias Moussaoui.
Officials consider faster ways to alert U.S. to terrorism Television sets suddenly turning on in the middle of the night, Internet messages or nontraditional telephone rings may be the next way Americans are alerted by the government they are under attack by terrorists. [Yikes! This ought to prove to be very interesting, with Rove/Ridge at the helm.]
Cities Pass Civil Liberties Resolutions Civil liberties groups are waging a city by city campaign against anti-terror laws they consider threatening to civil rights.
Immigration sign-in draws protest Mideastern men asked to register --Hundreds of people protested in San Francisco Friday against a program requiring men from mostly Arab or Muslim nations to register with U.S. immigration authorities.
FBI Issues Bulletin About Deadly Ricin Poison Just days after British anti-terrorist police found small amounts of ricin in a London apartment, the FBI issued a special bulletin alerting U.S. police to the dangers of the deadly toxin.
Navy to use Florida for bombing training exercises Bombing ranges near Jacksonville and in the Florida panhandle will be among at least four sites that will be used for military bombing exercises as alternatives to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, U.S. Navy officials announced Friday.
Gulf war drugs 'linked to infertility' Drugs given to soldiers involved in the Gulf War may have caused infertility and other sexual problems, a US government-funded study suggests.
Senate Drops Vaccine Measure in Homeland Act A provision blocking lawsuits by families who blame their children's autism on a childhood vaccine preservative containing mercury will be repealed under an agreement announced in the Senate on Friday.
Toxic ammo is tested in fish areas U.S. Navy uses depleted uranium in coast waters; activists may go to court --The Navy routinely tests a weapon by firing radioactive, toxic ammunition in prime fishing areas off the coast of Washington, raising concerns from scientists, fishermen and activists.
Deficit Predictions Soar With Bush "Stimulus" Plan Dictator Bush's 10-year, $674 billion economic "growth" package -- coupled with a war with Iraq -- would push the federal budget deficit well into record territory next year, and possibly as high as $350 billion, private-sector budget forecasters said yesterday.
Bush, Cheney Would Get Tax-Cut Windfall Dictator Bush and Vice Dictator Dick Cheney each stand to reap thousands of dollars in savings from Bush's proposal on Tuesday to eliminate taxes on stock dividends.
Senate stunner for W tax plan --GOPers join Dems to blast cuts --Dictator Bush's $674billion economic plan hit a wall in the Senate yesterday when moderate Republicans and centrist Democrats signaled it may be dead on arrival.
Key GOP Senators Object to Bush Plan Key Republican senators are raising objections to Dictator Bush's $670 billion tax cut proposal, an early sign that the White House will face a tougher fight than it did on two previous rounds of tax reductions.
Democrats escalate attack on tax-cut plan Senate Democrats again criticized Dictator Bush's $647 billion tax-cut plan yesterday, saying it would lead to "fiscal Armageddon," is not conducive to economic growth, and suggested Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan should resign his post if he doesn't agree.
The Bush Tax Sham --by Roger Hickey "The Bush economic proposals are a sham. They make the tax system more unfair, they starve the public sector of resources for needed public investment and they will not revive growth, spur corporate investment or create jobs."
GOP Moves to Slash Domestic Program Funds With budgets for most federal agencies still in limbo, congressional Republicans are drafting a spending bill for the 3-month-old fiscal year that would slash billions of dollars for domestic programs the Senate approved when it was under Democratic control last year.
J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs J.C. Penney said Friday that it will cut about 2,000 jobs and close three facilities related to its catalog business, which has struggled with a steep decline in sales over the past year.
Dictator losing ground among Maryland voters Support for Dictator Bush has cooled among Maryland's voters, a new poll for The Sun released today shows. When it comes to whether state voters think Bush deserves to be re-s-elected next year, just 39 percent say they would choose him.
Consumer Advocates Fire Back at Medical and Insurance Industries for Malpractice Crisis At a press conference, representatives from the Center for Medical Consumers, Consumer Federation of America and Public Citizen said that the medical establishment is itself at fault in the malpractice insurance crisis.
Consumer group blasts cable rates The consumer group that publishes Consumer Reports blasted cable companies Wednesday, claiming they are misleading customers about their reasons for raising rates.
Whore Court says it will take up free-speech rights of Nike The court said it will use an appeal by Nike to decide how much constitutional protection company executives have when they fend off allegations that they run sweatshops or make dangerous products. Companies like Microsoft Corp., ExxonMobil Corp., and Pfizer Inc. also filed arguments on behalf of the Oregon-based Nike.
NRC chief blisters watchdog's report In a harsh and unusually public rebuke, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected the findings of his own inspector general [LOL!] that top NRC officials let financial concerns, not safety, drive their oversight of the troubled Davis-Besse nuclear plant.
Bush outlines new approach to wetlands preservation The Bush regime took far-reaching steps Friday to define just what bodies of water the government will - and will not - protect under the Clean Water Act, citing a Whore Court ruling that cast doubt on some protections. Critics said the changes weaken the act.
Illinois Pardons 4 Death Row Inmates Gov. George Ryan said Friday he is pardoning four death row inmates who insist their confessions were tortured out of them by Chicago police.
Ill. governor pardons 4 on death row who say they were tortured Gov. George Ryan said Friday he is pardoning four death row inmates who insist their confessions were tortured out of them by Chicago police.
Mexico asks World Court to intervene in U.S. death row cases Mexico alleges that all 54 Mexican inmates on death row in the United States were denied access to consular officials, and asked the World Court on Thursday to intervene.
Janklow adjusts to move from governor to congressman Bill Janklow is making a big adjustment - from 16 years as governor of South Dakota to freshman congressman in Washington. Letter written to John D. Ashcroft regarding alleged rape/murder of Jancita Eagle Deer Sheldahl by William Janklow -- efforts to reopen rape/murder case 1/4/03 Supreme Court of the United States Rule 8.1 Dictates Suspension of William Janklow from the Supreme Court Bar for alleged rape -- Fax to Clerk Suter [Editor's note: more GOP family values, folks! --Lori Price]
Back to Mississippi (The Berkshire Eagle) "President [sic] Bush's increased sensitivity to matters of race lasted about two weeks, from the time he denounced the unreconstructed segregationist Trent Lott to Tuesday, when he resubmitted the name of Mr. Lott's friend and protégé, U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering, for Senate confirmation to an appeals court post."
Baptists apply pressure to gay rights proposal Southern Baptists are threatening to cancel a massive convention in Nashville, Tenn., if the City Council passes legislation giving more rights to homosexuals.
Man Wants Punishment for Dog Shooting A traffic stop following erroneous reports of a robbery ended in heartbreak when the family dog bounded out of the car, his tail wagging, and was shot to death by police.
Plan: Tap Iraq's Oil U.S. considers seizing revenues to pay for occupation, source says --Bush regime officials are seriously considering proposals that the United States tap Iraq's oil to help pay the cost of a military occupation, a move that likely would prove highly inflammatory in an Arab world already suspicious of U.S. motives in Iraq.
Iraq rebels say opposed to military attack on Iraq The head of the main Iraqi Shi'ite opposition group said in remarks published on Friday he was opposed to any U.S.-led war on Iraq and warned that a long-term foreign presence in his country would face violent resistance.
US will attack Iraq 'without UN backing' America will not delay a war with Iraq until the autumn and is prepared to launch military action against Saddam Hussein without further United Nations authorisation, a senior Bush regime adviser said yesterday.
US weapons dossier may remain a secret Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, has suggested that Washington may present little or no evidence of Iraq’s quest for banned weapons even if Dictator Bush decides to go to war.
Pentagon needs $20 billion more for war The Pentagon will need an additional $20 billion to pay for its current military operations through September, including the ongoing war in Afghanistan and major buildup in the Persian Gulf, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.
US defence spending may soar Spurred by the "war on terror", US defence spending could balloon to a whopping $US480 billion ($835 billion) a year in the next decade, as the United States moves to modernise its military and increase their pay, congressional budget analysts warned.
U.S. Says Knows 'For a Fact' Iraq Has Weapons The White House insisted on Thursday that it knows "for a fact" that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction but provided no evidence, saying it will wait to see where U.N. inspections lead. [LOLOLOL! Well, *I* know for a fact that Bush is an Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel. --Lori Price]
Blix: no 'smoking guns' in Iraq N weapons inspectors have not found any "smoking guns" in Iraq during their search for weapons of mass destruction, Hans Blix, the chief inspector said today.
Blix Says No Smoking Guns Found in Iraq U.N. weapons inspectors have not found any smoking guns in Iraq during their search for weapons of mass destruction, the chief U.N. weapons inspector said Thursday.
Allies in a spin over lack of evidence US and UK blame inspectors' failure to find a smoking gun on Baghdad's 'passive' cooperation --Washington and London responded to the failure of the UN inspectors to find evidence of forbidden weapons in Iraq by telling Saddam Hussein yesterday that he had yet to demonstrate "proactive cooperation" with the inspections.
Marines Requiring All to Remain on Duty for Coming 12 Months in Case of War Preparing for possible war against Iraq, the Marine Corps has taken the unusual step of stopping all Marines from leaving the service for the coming 12 months, officials said Thursday.
Iraqis may have GPS jammers NBC News has learned from senior U.S. officials that the Iraqi government is believed to have bought a large number — perhaps 200 — of Russian-made global positioning system jammers, which can disrupt GPS signals. [Editor's note: The Pentagon spinmeisters are already rolling out the excuses for the U.S. "precision-guided bombs" that just happen to kill thousands of innocent Iraqis instead of their intended targets. --Lori Price]
US set to win battle over Iraqi scientists Interviews in Cyprus could provide trigger for war --Iraqi scientists whose evidence could provide Washington with a trigger for war are to be whisked out of the country soon to a neutral venue, Cyprus.
Up to 100 UK MPs expected to rebel against Iraq war Britain has reported Thursday to be pressing the US to delay a war against Iraq until autumn amid predictions that Prime Minister Tony Blair was facing a rebellion by up to 100 MPs if action was launched without specific UN endorsement.
Anti-war train drivers refuse to move arms freight Train drivers yesterday refused to move a freight train carrying ammunition believed to be destined for British forces being deployed in the Gulf. Railway managers cancelled the Ministry of Defence service after the crewmen, described as "conscientious objectors" by a supporter, said they opposed Tony Blair's threat to attack Iraq.
Director Scorsese Latest Celeb Against Iraq War Film director Martin Scorsese took time out from promoting his latest movie "Gangs of New York" on Thursday to add his name to a growing list of celebrities opposing a possible U.S.-led war on Iraq.
Kennedy stakes claim to anti-war cause Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy yesterday staked a claim for the leadership of the anti-war movement saying no case for an attack on Iraq has been presented to the British people.
War poetry in Motion Andrew Motion has created a precedent by using his position as Poet Laureate to decry the talk of a war against Iraq, saying the rhetoric of political leaders is hiding their true motives.
Activists gather to rally for 'MacDill Nine' In separate events downtown Thursday, local activists and anti-war protesters preparing for trial next week spoke of the need to protect rights to free speech in times of military conflict.
McCallum suggests shift in Iraq war policy Canada may decide at a later date to take part in a military attack on Iraq even if the United Nations Security Council does not authorize the use of force, Defence Minister John McCallum said Thursday in Washington.
Lawsuit Targets Selective Service --Massachusetts Students File Discrimination Lawsuit Targeting Selective Service Act --Five Massachusetts students asked a court Thursday to declare unconstitutional a federal law that requires 18-year-old men, but not women, to register for military service.
Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer January 6, 2003 (Ari Fleischer) Helen, if you think that the people of Iraq are in a position to dictate who their dictator is, I don't think that has been what history has shown. (Helen Thomas) I think many countries don't have -- people don't have the decision -- including us. [Editor's note: read quickly, before Rove has the transcript expunged. --Lori Price]
DOD is Prepared to Protect Against Biological Threats Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs William Winkenwerder Jr. today stated that the U.S. military is prepared to protect its personnel against the use of biological weapons. [Insert "Yeah, right! Just like Bush protected us against the 9/11 terrorist attacks while reading the goat story" sardonic toned comment here. --Lori Price]
Think Muslim, drink Muslim, says new rival to Coke French firm capitalises on anti-US feeling to sell cola --Mecca-Cola. The brainchild of French entrepreneur Tawfik Mathlouthi, 46, it is an attempt to capitalise on a wave of anti-US feeling by persuading consumers to 'buy Muslim'.
North Korea withdraws from non-proliferation treaty North Korea withdrew from the global nuclear arms control treaty today, saying it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons "at this stage." It blamed what it said was US aggression for its decision to quit the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Britain: Blair forecasts "dangerous problems" in 2003 In his New Year’s message Prime Minister Tony Blair said he could not recall a time "when Britain was confronted, simultaneously, by such a range of difficult and, in some cases, dangerous problems."
U.S. Threatens to Act Against Europeans Over Modified Foods The Bush dictatorship's top trade official announced today that he was weighing whether to approach the World Trade Organization with a case against the European Union for its ban on genetically modified food. [Editor's note: No one wants Monsanto's Frankenfoods, except for members of the Bush regime. --Lori Price]
N.J. man seeks appeal in Sept. 11 fake ID case A man accused of providing phony IDs to two of the hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks asked for an emergency hearing to challenge the use of secret evidence in his case.
Head of Oakland NAACP blasts racist GOP article (CA) State Republican Party secretary 'tired of being embarrassed' by colleagues --Shannon Reeves says he's proud to be a Republican, however, being African American in the political party has left him frustrated.
Teacher explains her comment on biracial marriage (MO) Jendra Loeffelman, a teacher at Crystal City Elementary School in Jefferson County, told her eighth-grade class in October that she thought it was wrong for people of different races to date each other, to marry or to have children.
Vermont Legislature decides gubernatorial election Republican James Douglas was elected Vermont governor Thursday, more than two months after he failed to get a majority vote at the polls and the election was thrown to the Legislature.
Dividend proposal to enrich affluent Five heirs of the Wal-Mart fortune would have saved a combined $984 million in taxes last year had dividends been tax-free to shareholders. [Click on link for a must-see chart comparing Bush's plan w. the Democratic economic proposal.]
Jobless extension won't aid long-unemployed There will be a lot of confusion and some disappointment as job hunters discover the fine print in the legislation over the next few days.
Payrolls Tumble 101,000 in December The already troubled U.S. labor market took a turn for the worse in December as the economy lost 101,000 jobs -- in contrast to expectations companies would add workers, the government said on Friday.
Jobless rolls gain 101,000 Employers again slash payrolls in December, leaving unemployment rate at 8-year high of 6%.
Call Center Closing in North Buffalo (NY) More than 800 local people will be out of work when a Pennsylvania company closes its call center in North Buffalo.
The Detroit Project --by Americans for Fuel Efficient Cars (view and read scripts for new ads)
US governor to rule whether 160 must die The governor of Illinois, George Ryan, will soon announce his decision on whether to commute or overturn the sentences of some or all of the 160 prisoners on the state's death row.
Protesters Decry Dell's Prison Labor Use Environmentalists dressed in prison uniforms circled a collection of dusty computers outside the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday to protest Dell Computer's use of inmates to recycle computers.
TV humiliation as Sharon fails to stem voter exodus An Israeli judge pulled the plug on his prime minister Ariel Sharon mid-way through an angry and rambling television address last night which was meant to deny corruption allegations and win back voters who are fleeing his party in droves.
Government can hold citizens as enemy combatants, court rules A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the government can hold U.S. citizens as enemy combatants during wartime without the constitutional protections afforded Americans in criminal prosecutions.
Court upholds holding citizens as 'combatants' No need for constitutional protections in wartime, it rules --A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the government could hold U.S. citizens as enemy combatants during wartime without the constitutional protections afforded Americans in criminal prosecutions.
9/11 fallout has Pakistanis seeking haven in Canada A growing number of Pakistanis who had been living in the United States are crossing the border and seeking asylum in Canada out of fear they will be jailed or deported if they register with a new U.S. Justice Department tracking program, according to Canadian officials.
Pakistanis from US to Canada being turned back Hundreds of Pakistanis have been going across the border into Canada as “political refugees” to beat the new US immigration regulations.
Presidential commission seeks to chart Postal Service's future Dictator Bush has asked the nine-member commission to look at all aspects of postal operations and issue a report making recommendations by July 31. He said all ideas need to be considered, including the definition of universal service - which is currently interpreted as bringing mail to every address in the country at a single rate.
CLG Exclusive*: Postal employees are jittery in Coupeville, WA, as 2003 begins. The postmaster is concerned that his job (and other postal jobs) are in jeopardy because of a plan to consolidate the U.S. Postal Service under the Homeland Security umbrella in July, 2003. --Lori Price *no link yet, as the story is under development by CLG
Flight Manual Flap Masks Real Security Concerns --by Ralph W. Omholt "The mystery over the FBI's sudden interest in my unclassified aircraft flight manual remains - well, a mystery... It's not just the FBI agents rummaging though my checkbook that worries me - it's the absence of any realistic security initiatives from the check-in counter to the cockpit door that have me genuinely worried. " (Part One of Ralph W. Omholt's flight manual flap: "Buy a Flight Manual, Get a Grand Jury Subpoena," DefenseWatch, Dec. 18, 2002)
Bush Names Reich to W.House Latin America Post Dictator Bush on Thursday named controversial Latin American diplomat Otto Reich to a top White House position, avoiding a Senate confirmation battle. Reich was on the fringes of the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, as head of the State Department's public diplomacy office.
Democrats Set to Fight Pickering Nomination Filibuster Hinted Against Miss. Judge --Dictator Bush and his Senate allies faced their second civil rights controversy in a month yesterday as Democrats vowed an all-out fight to block the appellate court nomination of Charles W. Pickering Sr. of Mississippi and charged that it belies Bush's claim to racial inclusiveness.
Democrats Mobilizing to Fight Bush Judicial Nomination Two Democratic senators said today that they would oppose Dictator Bush's renomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr. of Mississippi to a federal appeals court.
Democrats Who Backed Tax Cut in '01 Balk Now A number of moderate Senate Democrats who were instrumental in helping Dictator Bush pass a tax cut in 2001 said today that they opposed eliminating the federal tax on dividend payments, clouding the Congressional prospects for the central feature of the new Bush economic plan.
States Fear Double Whammy From Tax Plan Dictator Bush's call to eliminate taxes on corporate dividends, a centerpiece of his economic plan, is raising alarm among state and local officials who say it could add to the growing budget pressures on states and cities.
Bush Economic Plan Faces Senate Changes Dictator Bush's proposed $674 billion economic stimulus will likely pass the U.S. House of Representatives intact, but could run into trouble in the Senate, where moderates holding key swing votes said on Wednesday they worry about its size and effect on the economy.
AOL may write down more billions AOL Time Warner Inc. is expected to write off several billion dollars — on top of the record $54 billion charge it took last year — increasing the strain on its balance sheet, analysts and investors say.
Alcoa to cut 8,000 jobs (Pittsburgh) Alcoa Inc. will cut 8,000 jobs as part of a restructuring announced as the aluminum maker reported a wider fourth-quarter loss Wednesday, citing a sour aluminum market.
CIGNA to Slash 3,900 Jobs CIGNA Corp. said Tuesday it will lay off another 200 to 240 Connecticut workers as it chops 3,900 jobs nationwide in an effort to cut costs and rebuild flagging profits in health insurance operations.
House Approves Jobless Benefit Extension The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to provide additional unemployment benefits to some 2.5 million Americans, speeding the emergency bill to the White House for Dictator Bush's signature. "Nothing is good enough for them," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, saying Democrats would extend benefits indefinitely "so someone could stay out of work for the rest of their lives." [Editor's note: Just as long as DeLay, Bush, Rove, and other assorted GOP weasels are unemployed for the rest of *their* lives, all is well. --Lori Price]
'Go pills' gone if US finds a way to send soldiers sleepless into battle The Pentagon has launched a series of remarkable medical experiments to find a way to keep its soldiers and pilots awake and alert for up to five days at a time. The mission to create an Extended Performance War Fighter, as the project is known, took on added urgency last week as the military's use of amphetamine stimulants - "go pills" as they are called - was plunged into deep controversy. [Editor's note: Bush's Amerika becomes frighteningly similar to Nazi Germany with each passing day. --Lori Price]
North Korea May Offer Way Out of Crisis - Diplomats North Korea will agree to abandon its nuclear arms program if the United States reaffirms the contents of a 2000 joint communique which declared they had "no hostile intention" toward each other, diplomatic sources with close ties to Pyongyang said on Thursday.
US changes stance and agrees to discuss nuclear weapons In an abrupt shift in policy, the Bush regime, under pressure from allies in the region, has expressed a willingness to talk to North Korea about its nuclear weapons program while still refusing to offer incentives for it to be dismantled.
Poll: Who do you think is the biggest threat to the United States? Iraq; North Korea; Terrorists in general; Ourselves; Other
Britain urges US to delay war until autumn Britain is pressing for war against Iraq to be delayed for several months, possibly until the autumn, to give weapons inspectors more time to provide clear evidence of new violations by Saddam Hussein.
B-1 bombers deploy for possible war The United States’ top war planner briefed Dictator Bush on Wednesday about preparations for a possible war against Iraq — preparations that include the deployment early Wednesday of B-1 bombers.
U.S. Sending Iraq Battle Staff to Gulf The U.S. battle staff that would run a war against Iraq has begun assembling at a Persian Gulf command post linked to air, land, naval and special operations commanders in the region, officials said Tuesday.
U.S. Service Members Heading Toward Gulf Region Thousands of American service members are deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
Turkey prepares to line up behind US war vs. Iraq According to an American opinion poll over 80 percent of all Turks are opposed to the US using its bases in Turkey for a war against Iraq. Nevertheless it is regarded as certain that Turkey will support an American-led war.
Sponsors Outline Anti-War Protest Plan A peace coalition, International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, announced Wednesday that it expects tens of thousands protesters to gather in Washington Jan. 18 to voice their opposition to possible war in Iraq. They will then march to the Washington Navy Yard where they will ask to inspect weapons of mass destruction they say the government might have.
Anti-war protesters hope last chance gathering works Activists will rally at the Capitol and march to the Washington Naval Yard to stage a mock weapons inspection. Brian Becker, spokesman for the coalition, joked that he "expects unconditional and unfettered access" to U.S. weapons of mass destruction.
White Supremacist Charged With Soliciting Judge's Murder (IL) The leader of a white supremacist group was arrested Wednesday on charges he tried to have a federal judge murdered.
FBI files provide closer look at Kent State governor Before National Guard troops opened fire on Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University in 1970, Gov. James Rhodes instructed the troops to "act quickly and firmly," The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday.
Fussy Arlen Demands Diva Treatment on Euro Junket Sen. Arlen Specter spared no expense on a junket last week to Europe and the Middle East - ordering cases of Evian water, a driver, a personal assistant, Boca Burgers [well, the veggie Bocas are OK] and daily squash matches.
UN prepares for huge Iraqi casualties Up to 500,000 people could suffer serious injuries during the first phase of an attack on Iraq, a confidential United Nations report says.
America's dirty bomb --by Nicholas F.B. Smyth "Uranium-236 is a waste product of nuclear reactors and one of the most deadly radioactive substances on earth... Considering the serious dangers of this material, which does not occur in nature, the most sensible policy would be to keep it as far away from humans as possible. But, of course, the American military has proven once again that the sensible policy is not always the chosen one."
Changes Proposed to U.S. Special Operations Command U.S. Special Operations Command will receive more people, equipment and greater responsibility if Dictator Bush accepts a DoD proposal.
U.S. Increasing Troops in Gulf; War Still Not Inevitable The U.S. military is building up forces in the Persian Gulf, but that's not a sign war with Iraq is inevitable, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
Preparing For War, Bush Spurns Veterans Veterans groups are angry at Dictator George W. Bush for supporting a 1995 government decision to rescind an old promise of free lifetime health benefits for military retirees.
Rumsfeld: No Need for Draft; 'Disadvantages Notable' The United States is not going to implement a military draft, because there is no need for it, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
Two-layer defense for Baghdad Iraqi military forces are setting up a two-layer defense ring around Baghdad in preparation for U.S. military action, according to U.S. intelligence officials [Editor's note: U.S. "intelligence officials" is a polite moniker for spies. --Lori Price]
Many S. Koreans pin blame on U.S., not North There's genuine fear here that the Korean peninsula could be plunged into a nuclear war. But it's not reclusive North Korean dictator Kim Jong II that many South Koreans are worried about. It's the United States.
Bush missile defense plan could be a dud The costly system could score a direct hit --on Hawaii --by Michael Jones "The Bush administration's recent decision to deploy missile interceptors in 2004 will waste resources on systems of dubious effectiveness against unlikely threats to U.S. security. The systems being tested have performed poorly in relatively simple tests, and a study by independent technical experts details how these systems can be easily defeated by countermeasures. Hawaii could be affected -- literally -- by upcoming tests." [Lest we forget: "...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."]
Expert: 'Not a safe vaccine' Smallpox inoculation still too risky for public, doctor says --Dictator Bush shouldn't have offered the smallpox vaccine to the American public last month because it's still too risky, a leading authority on adverse reactions to the inoculation says.
MA Atty General's office serves website with subpoena to obtain logs of its visitors ...in the matter of Commonwealth v. John Doe, and bring with him/her all logs recording the I.P. addresses and/or users who visited "http://cryptome.org/sec-con.htm" between 11/7/02 00:00:00 GMT and 11/14/02 23:59:59 GMT. If no such log exists for the specific page in question, please provide any logs that would cover the domain together with an explanation of what the log covers.
German faces jail for 'ironic' remark A German man could be jailed for three years over a comment posted on the Internet, in which prosecutors say he belittled the events of 11 September. [Yikes!!]
Judge seals all files of wanted man (Canada) Even date, place of Michael Hamdani's extradition hearing are unknown --Evidence in the extradition proceeding against the Brampton resident, who is wanted by U.S. authorities on a charge of possessing false documents, has also been ordered sealed. News media have reported that Mr. Hamdani, 44, provided information to the RCMP about an alleged smuggling ring that prompted the FBI to issue an alert on Dec. 28 for five men of Middle Eastern background.
INS policy to register Muslims is under attack Immigrant and civil rights advocates stood in front of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization building on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami on Monday afternoon and called on the federal government to stop its new, controversial policy of registration of some Arabs.
In race for money, counties to list local terror groups (MN) As part of the grant application, officials are instructed that "if you have credible information that [a group] is planning" a weapons of mass destruction "attack, place a '2' in the corresponding box." [LOL!] Applicants are then asked to describe the group's "motivation," and lists as categories "political," "religious," "environmental," "racial" or "special interest." A sample grant application, available on the Department of Public Safety's Web site, lists "anti-tobacco" as an example of a "special interest" group.
New York police seek new spying powers The New York City Police Department has launched court action to remove longstanding limits on its ability to spy on political groups and activists.
House set to create new homeland oversight panel The Republican leadership of the House plans to form a select committee to oversee the new Homeland Security Department, a spokesman for minority whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said today.
U.S. Reporters Refuse to Show Loyalty to America (NewsMax) ---by Arnaud de Borchgrave "Once upon a time, citizenship and loyalty mattered..." [Editor's Note: They're right! Reporters refuse to show loyalty to America, and instead are sycophant tools of Bush and his paymasters, Eli Lilly, Exxon-Mobil and Halliburton. --Lori Price]
W. and Karl, Going to a Garden Party --by Maureen Dowd "The Bushies are giving tax breaks to the wrong Americans, hyperventilating over the wrong country and the wrong villains, and labeling the wrong Pakistanis terrorists. But in New York the president [sic] can reprise his rendezvous with a bullhorn at ground zero."
Don't Mess With Mr. Rove! --by Lloyd Grove "In their soon-to-be published biography 'Bush's Brain,' Texas journalists Wayne Slater and Jim Moore recount the range war between Rove and dentist Joe Neely, his next-door neighbor in suburban Austin, over Rove's construction of a garage near the property line... Rove demanded a 'high noon' meeting at the property line."
Bush, Cheney would get tax-cut windfall Dictator George W. Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney each stand to reap thousands of dollars in savings from Bush's proposal on Tuesday to eliminate taxes on stock dividends.
Bush’s tax cut plan: The economics of the American plutocracy --by Patrick Martin "The tax cut plan announced Tuesday by President [sic] Bush is a transparent scheme to plunder the federal treasury and enrich the financial oligarchy."
Mario Cuomo Accuses Bush of Class Warfare Dictator Bush's proposed tax cuts favor wealthy Americans, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Tuesday as he kicked off a speaking tour aimed at helping revive Democrats.
Cuomo Presses Democrats to Take On Bush Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo is pushing the Democratic Party to sharpen its differences with the Republicans on issues such as tax cuts and Iraq.
Spending on Health Care Increased Sharply in 2001 Spending on health care is increasing at the fastest rate in a decade, reflecting greater use of hospitals and prescription drugs and the declining influence of managed care, the government reported today.
Dictator Renominates Miss. Judge, 29 Others Charles W. Pickering Sr. of Mississippi, who was rejected for a federal appellate judgeship last year by Democrats who questioned his commitment to civil rights, was renominated by Dictator Bush yesterday just hours after Republicans took control of the Senate.
Insider reveals 'sharp side' of Bush George W Bush is not the genial, folksy fellow he appears to be, but a tightly controlled, sharp-tongued leader, according to the first insider book from the Bush White House.
US must put Middle East, poverty and global warming on agenda, says Blair Tony Blair warned Dictator George Bush yesterday that the United States must listen to the concerns of the rest of the world and throw its weight behind efforts to tackle the Middle East crisis, global warming and poverty.
GOP ready to storm Hill Armed with their strongest political clout since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress are set to unleash an unusually ambitious and wide-ranging agenda when the 108th Congress convenes on Tuesday.
House Weakens Rules on Lobbyist Meals, Travel-Lodging to Charity Events House Republicans unraveled some of their strict ethics rules Tuesday, passing changes that would allow charities to give lawmakers free travel and lodging at resorts and make it easier for lobbyists to send complimentary food to congressional offices.
'Crooked E' Director Questions Air Date Move CBS originally scheduled its movie about the Enron corporate scandal for broadcast two days before the November elections, and the movie's director is questioning whether politics was behind a last-minute decision to move the air date to January 5.
Bush envisions small role for government in future Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday leveled a stinging ideological attack on the role of government, using his second inaugural address to deride as ''folly'' the notion that more public money can solve social ills. The vigorous assertions drew ire from Democrats upset at his assault on government. One, state Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, called Bush's remarks a "blind, anti-government rant.''
Vermont Gov. Dean to Get AFL-CIO Award Presidential hopeful Gov. Howard Dean will be honored Friday by the national AFL-CIO with an award bound to boost his image among labor as competition for the labor vote among Democratic contenders intensifies.
Vermonters to Hit the Road with Candidate Dean Vermont Governor Howard Dean will be out of office on Thursday, as his 11 year tenure comes to an end. Dean's focus will now turn full time to his run for the Presidency.
Counselor to generations of Democrats dies in helicopter crash (CA) Joseph Remcho, an attorney who represented the Democrat Party and was a counselor to a generation of Democratic politicians, died in a weekend helicopter crash.
Activists take toxic soil to Dow offices Police arrested 21 Greenpeace activists Tuesday after they delivered seven sealed barrels of soil containing toxic waste to a Dutch office of Dow Chemical Co.
Spotlight Falls On Sharon's SA Benefactor Israeli investigators have asked SA's justice department for information on how and why Cape Town businessman Cyril Kern allegedly provided $1,5m in collateral for a loan taken out by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Sharon Linked to Corruption Allegations Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was for the first time linked to corruption allegations Tuesday, widening a scandal that has eroded support for his Likud Party as campaigning for the Jan. 28 election hit high gear.
Israel wants more than total US foreign aid budget A delegation from Israel, the largest recipient of US foreign aid, has sought $US12 billion ($21 billion) in assistance at a meeting with State Department and White House officials, Israeli officials said.
Christmas Eve Alert for 5 U.S. Infiltrators Was Fake The FBI has concluded the information that led to a nationwide hunt for five men suspected of infiltrating the United States on Christmas Eve was fabricated by the informant, sources told ABCNEWS.
FBI Alert for Five Men Reportedly Based on Hoax The FBI has concluded the information that led to a hunt for five men thought to have entered the United States illegally on Christmas Eve was fabricated by an informant, ABC News reported on Monday.
FBI removes pictures of five suspects The FBI took down from its Web site images of the five suspects sought earlier for illegally entering the United States on Christmas Eve.
Terror alerts manufactured? FBI agents say White House scripting 'hysterics' for political effect --Intelligence pros say the White House is manufacturing terrorist alerts to keep the issue alive in the minds of voters and to keep Dictator Bush's approval ratings high, Capitol Hill Blue reports.
Bio-Warfare and Terrorism --by Francis Boyle, Esq. "I believe that the FBI knows exactly who was behind these attacks and that they have concluded that the perpetrator was someone who was or is involved in illegal and criminal biological warfare research conducted by the US government (the Pentagon or the CIA) or by one of the government’s civilian contractors."
Louisiana police cast a DNA dragnet in hunt for serial killer Investigators have collected saliva samples from nearly 1,000 men in their effort to find a DNA match to that of a serial killer. Some of the men have raised concerns that having their mouths swabbed and their cheeks scraped is too invasive and puts them in the position of having to submit to the "voluntary" testing or be branded as a suspect.
What Leaks Are Good Leaks? During the Bush mis-ministration, the number of documents stamped "secret" has soared. Actions to classify documents in fiscal 2001 increased by 44% over the previous year, to an astounding 33,020,887, according to the Information Security Oversight Office.
U.N. Iraq Report May Complicate U.S. Plan U.N. inspectors have yet to turn up any sign of prohibited weapons in Iraq, complicating the Bush mis-ministration's task of justifying an armed invasion.
Troop buildup in Gulf enables Bush to order attack The United States is deploying troops fast enough to allow Dictator Bush to order an invasion of Iraq next month, U.S. officials and military analysts say.
Troops across U.S. prepare for possible war Across the country, more than 4,000 Marines and sailors left San Diego early Monday for a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. And more than 10,000 Army soldiers in Georgia were preparing for deployment Monday night.
Britain Calls Up Reserves for Possible War in Iraq Britain activated 1,500 reservists Tuesday as part of the military mobilization in the Persian Gulf, and also ordered a naval amphibious force to the region.
Britain to call up reservists, reports say; French forces primed British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon will announce the call-up of thousands of reservists Tuesday as part of the military build up in the Persian Gulf, news reports said. In Paris, French President Jacques Chirac told his armed forces Tuesday to be prepared for deployment, the clearest suggestion to date that France would participate in a military move against Iraq.
French government moves toward participation in Iraq war The French government has announced a series of military measures increasing France’s ability to launch strikes against Iraq.
Turkey says war with Iraq would be disastrous Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul wrapped up a three-country tour of the Middle East in Jordan on Monday where he discussed minimising the "disastrous" economic and political consequences of a U.S.-led war against Iraq.
Why George Bush Jnr is Hellbent On War With Iraq --by Stephen White "Military spending by the American government has now risen to a massive £237billion a year... According to defence experts, 20 per cent goes towards defending oil reserves - and two thirds of the world's supplies are in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran."
North Korea: 'Sanctions mean a war' With international pressure mounting against Pyongyang's decision to resume its nuclear program, North Korea said Tuesday that economic sanctions against it would amount to an act of war.
IAEA calls for North Koreans to comply The International Atomic Energy Agency strongly urged North Korea to comply with its nuclear safeguards and deplored "in the strongest terms" recent moves by Pyongyang to expel IAEA inspectors and dismantle the agency's surveillance cameras at nuclear facilities.
600 residents, lawmakers gather at anti-war forum (OR) About 600 people overflowed the pews of First United Methodist Church on Sunday for an anti-W-ar forum that was part policy briefing, part peace rally.
In Anti-Strike Step, Venezuela Plans to Split Oil Company Energy Minister Rafael Ramírez said today that the government planned to take the state-owned oil company, the world's fifth largest, and break it in two, hoping to snap the back of a devastating six-week strike aimed at driving President Hugo Chávez from power.
White House Aides Launch a Defense of Bush Tax Plan White House officials rolled out statistics and new details of Dictator Bush's sweeping tax plan today in an effort to head off criticism that it favors only the rich.
Airlines Aim To Make Strikes More Difficult Airlines are asking Congress to rewrite the federal law that governs airline labor relations to make it harder for unions to strike, according to officials representing major carriers.
A Most Favored Corporation: Enron Prevailed in Federal, State Lobbying Efforts 49 Times Enron Corp. gained favorable treatment from Congress, federal and state governments and various regulatory agencies on no fewer than 49 occasions from the late 1980s to the company’s bankruptcy in December 2001, a Center for Public Integrity analysis shows.
AT&T to cut 3,500 jobs and take $1.5bn charge AT&T, the US long-distance telecommunications carrier, on Monday announced about 3,500 job cuts and fourth-quarter charges of about $1.5bn, largely from actions to sever ties with the company's troubled Latin American division.
Malpractice crisis manufactured by insurers, consumer group says (MO) Physicians are being misled by an insurance lobby perpetuating the myth of a malpractice insurance crisis to cover its own sour investments, a spokesman for a national consumer group said Friday.
Turning Patients Into Hostages --by Jonathan Turley "In the last year, doctors have joined forces with insurance companies to demand sweeping legislative protections and, in some states, public subsidies for their annual insurance payments. Unable to win on the merits of their arguments in prior years, these doctors turned to a form of medical terrorism."
Microsoft colludes with public universities to subvert state public records laws In the last few years, Microsoft has been aggressively signing up colleges to it's Custom Enterprise and Education Select licensing programs. For a yearly fee, an educational institution receives the right to sell Microsoft software at a nominal fee to it's students and employees. However, as part the of the license agreement, Microsoft has been stipulating that the terms of the contract be kept under non-disclosure.
FCC Flooded With Letters Opposing Media Consolidation A letter-writing campaign opposing media consolidation is flooding the electronic mail room of the Federal Communications Commission.
Scalia Steps Down as Labor Department's Top Lawyer Eugene Scalia, the Labor Department's top lawyer whose nomination was fiercely opposed by labor unions, said Monday he is stepping down after a year in the position.
An unwelcome parting gift from Lott --by Wayne Madsen "Outgoing Senate Republican leader Trent Lott had one more nasty surprise for the American people before he announced he was quitting his leadership post. He nominated former Navy Secretary John Lehman as a member of the "independent" Sept. 11 investigation commission... [who] presided over one of the worst cover-ups in the Navy's entire 227-year history."
Senate Sergeant at Arms to Be Replaced Alfonso Lenhardt, who became the Senate's first black sergeant at arms under Democratic leader Tom Daschle, is searching for a new job but is expected to remain in his post until the new Republican majority can find a replacement. When he was on track to be majority leader, Sen. Trent Lott, R -[Racist]- Miss., had announced that he would replace Lenhardt.
Republicans Pick New York as Site of '04 Convention The Republican Party tentatively designated New York City today as the site of its 2004 national convention, selecting one of the most heavily Democratic cities in the nation as the place to renominate Dictator Bush in about 18 months.
After prison, former GOP mayor considering a return to politics (CT) Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro, who spent over six years in prison after being convicted on federal corruption charges, says he misses being mayor and is considering a return to politics. [Editor's Note: another former GOPig mayor from Waterbury, Philip Giordano, is currently in prison, awaiting trial for "sexual activity" plus other federal charges, involving two children. From prison, Giordano still collects half of his mayor's salary plus full medical benefits and life insurance. Gotta love those GOP "family values" <g>. --Lori Price]
State agency orders Pratt to save cancer medical records (CT) The state Workers Compensation Commission has issued an order to jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney to save all records involving employees, living or dead, who have had brain cancer. The issue of medical records came up in July when the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Pratt for destroying medical records two years ago.
Home Depot adopts new wood purchasing policy Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc. said it will only buy wood products from suppliers committed to environmentally friendly logging and lumber practices.
The Doors Of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything --by Tim O'Shea "A front group called the International Food Information Council handles the public's natural aversion to genetically modified foods. Trigger words are repeated all through the text..."
U.S. Amassing Forces for Ground Invasion of Iraq The U.S. military is assembling a ground force for a possible invasion of Iraq that could exceed 100,000 troops and include three to four heavy Army divisions, an airborne division, a Marine division and an assortment of Special Operations forces, according to defense officials and analysts.
Army Reserves Alerted for Iraq In the latest sign of escalating war preparations for Iraq, the Pentagon has alerted at least 275 Army Reserve units throughout the nation to be ready to move overseas as early as this week, military officials say.
Monitors conducting 'intelligence work,' Saddam charges President Saddam Hussein accused U.N. inspectors of engaging in "intelligence work" instead of searching for suspected nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in Iraq.
Iraq: Inspectors gathering intelligence One of Iraq's two vice presidents has accused international arms inspectors of trying to extract intelligence information from Iraqi scientists they were supposed to interview on their role in Iraq's non-conventional arms programs.
US operatives are said to be active in Iraq Agents target sites, gather intelligence --About 100 US Special Forces members and more than 50 Central Intelligence Agency officers have been operating in small groups inside Iraq for at least four months, according to intelligence officials and military analysts who have talked with people on the teams.
Iraqi Military Sites Hit US and British aircraft patrolling southern Iraq have attacked three military communication sites.
Navy Hospital Ship Prepares to Leave Port About 300 sailors were preparing Sunday to board the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship scheduled to leave port Monday to aid in a possible war with Iraq.
Iraq war could bring price spike at the pump If the war goes well [?!?], gasoline prices might settle as low as $1.10 a gallon on average, by some estimates. If the oil fields burn, look for prices as high as $4.84, others say.
On eve of US war against Iraq: the political challenge of 2003 (WSWS) "The year 2003 opens against the backdrop of impending war and deepening economic crisis. Within a matter of weeks the US will be raining bombs on a defenseless Iraqi population."
Foreign Policy Loses Its Logic --by Robert Scheer "We are the ones who continue to give legitimacy to the weapons of mass destruction, threatening devastating preemptive strikes, including possible use of nuclear weapons, against those who defiantly refuse to bend to the will of Washington."
White House Anger at Book by Bush 'Axis of Evil' Speechwriter; Concern Media Tour Will Muddle Message; Frum Describes Dictator as 'Tart' --Among the White House staff, there was a "dearth of really high-powered brains," former Bush speechwriter David Frum, a neoconservative credited with the phrase 'Axis of Evil', writes in Right Man.
Michael Rectenwald replies to a CLG website visitor who asks, "Why do you think anything would be different under Gore?"
Executive Order: President's Commission on the United States Postal Service (December 11, 2002) "Sec. 3. Mission. (a) The mission of the Commission shall be to examine the state of the United States Postal Service, ... (vi) the most appropriate governance and oversight structure for the Postal Service.
Postal Service delivers improved financial news (December 10, 2002) Industry and agency sources expect the White House, perhaps as early as Wednesday, to announce a presidential [sic] commission to develop recommendations for overhauling the agency. The commission would have to complete its work by July 31, 2003.
Buy a Flight Manual, Get a Grand Jury Subpoena --by Ralph W. Omholt "I just received a call from the local U.S. Attorney's Office asking if I had received the federal grand jury subpoena concerning the B-737 CD-ROM affair... In this brave new post-9/11 world - thanks to section 501 (d) of the 'USA Patriot Act' passed by Congress on Oct. 25, 2001, once someone receives such a subpoena - if it is served in concert with a terrorist investigation - he or she is not allowed to tell anyone about receiving the subpoena.'"
Fast Immigration Rulings Assailed as Sloppy, Unfair An inJustice Department overhaul of the immigration appeals system, often the last stop for people fighting deportation, has prompted a barrage of unusually fast rulings rendered without explanation -- and an outcry about noncitizens' rights to due process.
The Document That the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Pulled From Its Website The document was a record of a phone call concerning a hole (possibly two holes) in the Milltown Dam near Missoula, Montana. The FERC claimed that such information would aid terrorists. [?!?]
Poll finds that Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to participate in online surveys Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to participate in online surveys, according to a poll that found a modest growth in the number of people using the Internet to get campaign news.
Democrat Ed Case Wins Hawaii Election Democrat Ed Case beat out 43 other candidates to win a special election in Hawaii's 2nd District and become the final member selected to serve in the 108th Congress.
Israeli forces fired rockets at targets in Gaza late Sunday, hours after two apparent suicide bombings in Tel Aviv.
IAEA Board Deplores North Korea Nuclear Violations The board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency Monday passed a resolution deploring North Korea's violations of its nuclear commitments and calling on Pyongyang to let back the U.N. inspectors it expelled last month, a U.S. official said.
Democrats Blast Bush on North Korea Policies As Washington prepared for talks on the North Korean crisis with South Korean and Japanese envoys, Democrats on Sunday blasted Dictator Bush's handling of the nuclear confrontation and urged him to open talks with Pyongyang.
Lid Put on Domestic Spending Bush Wartime Budget Curbs Other Growth --Under a White House budget plan that the Republican-controlled Congress will take up in the next few days, spending for domestic programs other than homeland security would be held at $316 billion in the current fiscal year -- the same as last year, according to figures provided by the House Appropriations Committee.
Democratic leaders blast Bush's economic package As Dictator Bush put the finishing touches on an economic growth package that could cost $600 billion over 10 years, Democrats who want his job pledged to scuttle what they characterize as a plan that would help the wealthy without reviving the economy.
Bush's Stimulus Plan Would Eliminate Tax on Dividends Dictator Bush will propose eliminating taxes on corporate dividends paid to shareholders, a measure that could cost the government $300 billion over 10 years and would be far bolder than some of his advisers had been suggesting, mis-ministration officials said today.
Bush's future tied to tax cuts When Dictator Bush unveils his economic stimulus plan Tuesday, he could be taking one of the biggest political risks of his life.
The Tax Cut Trap (Washington Post) "Let's see if we have this right. President [sic] Bush plans to propose a stimulus plan the centerpiece of which will have little or no stimulative effect. At a time when some people badly could use help, Mr. Bush's tax cut mostly will help those who need it least.
Troubling surge in long-term unemployed Dictator Bush says he'll unveil his proposal in an economic-stimulus [corporate welfare] package tomorrow, and House Democrats are set to disclose their own plan today, before Congress reconvenes.
GE workers plan to strike over rising health care costs Thousands of General Electric Co. employees vow to soon strike to protest rising health insurance payments. It would be the conglomerate's first national strike in more than 30 years.
Unions accept massive cutbacks at US Airways Union leaders representing 32,000 pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other workers at US Airways have agreed to cuts in pay, reduction of benefits and changes to work rules that will save the airline more than $1.2 billion a year.
Tyson chief made $4.5 million in 2002 Tyson Foods Inc. chairman and chief executive John Tyson received a $3.48 million bonus on top of a $1 million salary for 2002, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Bush nominees opposed slavery reparations as company execs As corporate executives, Dictator Bush's nominees for Treasury secretary and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman personally approved public statements rebuffing efforts to collect financial restitution from their companies for descendants of African-American slaves.
Enron movie was due out Nov. 3rd but was postponed [...in favor of the "other" Crooked E-- the 2002 Election --Lori Price] Interview with the director Penelope Spheeris of the Enron movie, The Crooked E, that was due out Nov.3rd but was postponed until a later date by CBS. About 9 minutes and 45 seconds into the interview, they talk about the postponing of the release of the movie.
FCC Preparing to Overhaul Telecom, Media Rules If all proposals are enacted, major firms in field will be less regulated and more free to expand
FCC to alter phone-competition rule U.S. regulators are preparing to stop making local phone companies rent their networks to rivals at cheap rates, a move that could reduce competition and price-cutting in the local phone market, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Gov't Awards Marriage Promotion Grants The government has sent taxpayer money from its child support programs to religious and nonprofit organizations so they can promote marriage - reflecting chief elements of Dictator Bush's faith-based initiative.
Racism still exists in the United States? --by Mitch Jones "Trent Lott's resignation will not end the racism that exists in America. Especially, with the racist foreign policy of the current administration, the people still have a reason to protest American injustice."
Newspaper: State placed foster children in homes of felons (FL) The state has placed foster children in the homes of convicted felons, including former drug dealers and armed robbers, according to a newspaper report published Tuesday.
pResidential apology sought for sterilizations (NC) Gov. Mike Easley apologized last month for the state's forced sterilization program, but lawmakers, a civil rights group and victims want hearings, reparations -- and a pResidential apology.
SUV's torched in Pennsylvania --claimed by radical environmental group In the latest in a string of activism carried out in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, members of the radical environmental group are claiming responsibility for a fire at a Pennsylvania auto dealership.
Americans Revolt in Pennsylvania - New Battle Lines Are Drawn --by Thom Hartmann "The good citizens of Pennsylvania have done it again."
U.S. to Make Airlines Give Data on Americans Going Overseas Americans traveling abroad would have to give the government detailed personal information before leaving or returning under an antiterrorism rule that the Immigration and Naturalization Service proposed today.
Schools balk at US vetting researchers The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rejected $400,000 in federal money for a computer science research project last fall rather than comply with the government's demand to approve any foreign nationals working on it.
M.I.T. Studies Accusations of Lies and Cover-Up of Flaws in Antimissile System The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is looking into accusations that its premier laboratory lied to cover up serious problems with the technology at the heart of the mis-ministration's proposed antimissile defense system.
Physicist blows whistle on US missile defence The credibility of Dictator Bush’s multibillion-dollar missile defence plans are being questioned by leading scientists after claims that the results of key tests were falsified. [Editor's note: Since the *entire* Bush mis-ministration was installed under false pretenses, it is no surprise that dictator Bush would falsify missile test results. --Lori Price]
Health Officials Fear Local Impact of Smallpox Plan Many local health departments across the nation say they will have to curtail an array of services, including cancer and tuberculosis screening and children's dental examinations, to meet the needs of Dictator Bush's federal smallpox vaccination program.
UN inspectors fear Bush will ignore them UN weapons inspectors in Iraq fear their work - which has failed to turn up any evidence thus far of weapons of mass destruction - will still be used as an excuse to trigger a US-led invasion of Iraq.
Hurd: War May Breed More Terror Former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd yesterday launched a scathing attack on plans to attack Iraq.
Tutu attacks Blair on Iraq Archbishop Desmond Tutu will attack Tony Blair today for his 'mind-boggling' support for military action against Iraq, amid signals that British troops are to be ordered to the Gulf within days.
What this war is not about --by Rick Salutin "...It is not about preventing damage to the U.S. economy, as George W. Bush suggested this week. This one defies rebuttal. He posits a nuclear, chemical or biological attack by unproven weapons through non-existent delivery systems, then worries about the effects on the economy rather than on human beings. (People lying in the wreckage screaming, Omigod, I lost my job!)"
Who Cares? --by David H. Hackworth "We're only weeks away from sending our troops into the poisonous caldron of Desert Storm II, where casualties could be as catastrophic as the last time our soldiers stood tall in that unforgiving desert and suffered at least 160,000 disabled and dying WIA (Wounded in Action) and 10,000 KIABGN (Killed in Action by Government Neglect). But the injuries were for the most part self-inflicted, caused by U.S. military incompetence..."
Moscow urges N Korea, US to negotiate over nuclear standoff Russia has urged North Korea and Washington to negotiate to prevent a tense standoff over Pyongyang's resumption of its nuclear program from getting any worse.
U.S. Dismisses N.Korean Request for Pact The United States dismissed as irrelevant [?!?] North Korea's request for a non-aggression pact on Friday and said it refused to renegotiate the 1994 agreement which froze North Korea's nuclear programs.
Saudis gave Al Qaida $500 million and never stopped giving Saudi Arabia has transferred $500 million to Al Qaida over the past decade, according to a report prepared for the United Nations.
Bush accused of civil rights clampdown Dictator George Bush is presiding over the most secretive administration in 'living memory', according to American civil rights groups and congressmen.
Paper-plane attackers hauled into court Three young Norwegians who launched a barrage of paper airplanes against the US Embassy in Oslo have a date in court next week. They claim they were merely protesting the US bombing of Afghanistan.
The case of the five vanishing suspects --by Peter Cheney and Victor Malarek "Like the posthumous Elvis Presley, Canada's five mysterious terror suspects seem to have popped up everywhere."
Of Big Oil, By Big Oil, For Big Oil The 10 Most Startling Speculations and "Conspiracy Theories" About September 11 and America's New War --by Mike Ward "For about thirty minutes after his chief of staff told him that America was under attack, George W. Bush continued to sit in an elementary school classroom listening to a second-grader tell a story about a pet goat."
Bush Tax Cut Plan Enters New Territory At the center of the economic package Dictator Bush unveils next week will be a tax cut that barely rated mention six months ago and that many experts rank as among the least likely to succeed in giving the economy a quick lift. [Yes, but Bush's paymasters are rewarded for installing him in the 2000 Coup d'etat, and that is all that matters. --Lori Price]
What Would Jesus Charge? Schering-Plough sells a hepatitis C medication called Rebetol for ten bucks a capsule, a markup of roughly ten thousand percent over manufacturing costs estimated at a dime a capsule.
Frist's loyalty is to health care industry, not patients --by Jamie Court and Frank Smith "Capitol Hill's well-heeled lobbyists and political cognoscenti have proclaimed that with a doctor in charge of the U.S. Senate, health care reform is imminent. Unfortunately for the public, the doctor running the house, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), typifies the GOP government's new health care strategy: Care most about the health of corporations that elect you."
More utilities hope to bill for increased security A growing number of utility companies are asking states for permission to add security fees to customers' bills to recover the cost of protecting themselves against possible terrorist attack.
Brazil opts for butter before guns Brazil's new left-wing government has decided to suspend the purchase of 12 military jets so it can spend more on social programmes.
GOP Attacks Edwards "Who is John Edwards?" an RNC press release Friday asked about the North Carolina Democrat. "An Unaccomplished Liberal In Moderate Clothing And A Friend To His Fellow Personal Injury Trial Lawyers." [Editor's note: Isn't it ironic, when a Democrat works to extricate himself from poverty and helps people fight for justice from corporate criminals, the headline screams: "Millionaire Trial Lawyer Runs for Presidency." But, when Bill Frist gets appointed, why doesn't the headline read: "Billionaire Racist Medicare-Cheat Cat-Torturer Installed by Dictator?" --Lori Price]
White House Silent on Racial Controversy The White House and the Republican National Committee declined to comment yesterday on a racial controversy involving a Bush administration ally who is campaigning to become chairman of the California Republican Party.
GOP's state vice chairman in hot water (CA) A leading candidate in the upcoming race for chairman of the California Republican Party distributed an article suggesting the nation would have been better off if the South had won the Civil War.
Democrat Gephardt Enters 2004 Presidential Race Outgoing House of Representatives Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt said on Saturday he would run for the White House in 2004, promising to lead the country in a new direction and blasting Dictator Bush for failing to secure the nation's economic or domestic security.
'Felony stop' leaves family traumatized (scroll to story) Before their ordeal was over, three members of the Smoak family had been yanked out of their car and handcuffed on the side of Interstate 40 in downtown Cookeville, NC and their beloved dog, Patton, had been shot to death by a police officer as they watched.
U.S. Deleted Iraqi-run Florida Chemical Plant from UN Weapons List --by Tom Flocco --Most recently activated American soldiers are unaware that they will likely be facing the same deadly chemical and biological agents provided illegally to Iraq by their own government just prior to the last Gulf War – and that high-ranking Bush 41 cabinet officials profited from secret investments in these companies manufacturing weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Omar Al-Faruq Recruited by the CIA (Jakarta) Former State Intelligence Coordinating Board (BAKIN) chief A.C. Manulang has said that Kuwaiti citizen Omar Al-Faruq, a terrorist suspect who was arrested in Bogor, West Java, on June 5, 2002 and handed over to the US three days later, is a CIA-recruited agent. [Editor's note: so was Osama bin Laden, so no surprises here. --Lori Price]
Baghdad: Inspections show Iraq is credible The director of Iraq's monitoring agency has said five weeks of U.N. inspections prove that Iraq is credible in its declaration that it no longer has weapons of mass destruction.
U.S. will 'liberate' Iraq if Saddam doesn't comply, Bush tells troops Dictator Bush on Friday rallied troops he might send to war, saying U.S. forces would "liberate" Iraq if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein refuses to comply fully with U.N. resolutions demanding disarmament.
2 Key Members of Black Caucus Support Military Draft Two prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus have voiced support for a nationwide military draft, saying that children of the rich should serve alongside less privileged Americans in the war on terrorism.
U.S. asserts right to enter Pakistan As thousands of Pakistanis prepared to demonstrate Friday against the possibility of a U.S.-led war against Iraq, American troops based in Afghanistan threatened to complicate U.S.-Pakistani relations by asserting they have the right to cross the border into Pakistan in hot pursuit of enemy fighters.
US accelerates preparations for invasion of Iraq Tens of thousands of additional American troops are on their way to the Persian Gulf, as the Bush mis-ministration’s buildup to war against Iraq accelerates.
Marines to Swell Military Build-Up in Gulf The Pentagon has ordered some units of the 45,000-member 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy from California to the Gulf region to join thousands of other American troops preparing for a possible war with Iraq, defense officials said Friday.
From bombs to junk food, U.S. military prepares for war Across the country, thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen are readying for possible war with Iraq under an array of orders to mobilize, to deploy, to prepare to deploy and so on.
Army Sending Soldiers to Persian Gulf The Army said Thursday it is sending 800 engineering and intelligence specialists and about 300 air defense troops to the Persian Gulf over the next several weeks.
Thousands of Arabs protest U.S. threat of war against Iraq Thousands of chanting anti-war demonstrators in the kingdom of Bahrain, the key Persian Gulf base for the U.S. 5th Fleet, marched through the streets Friday in the capital Manama, reflecting growing outrage by Arabs with Washington's threat to wage war on Iraq.
A Lesson In U.S. Propaganda --by Mark Crispin Miller "Far from coming up with any truths, however, President [sic] Bush, in his campaign to re-invade, has only offered us new fabrications. There is no evidence that Saddam Hussein works with al Qaeda, or that his weapons are – like North Korea's – a clear and present danger, or that the president himself does not plan to attack in any case.
Bush on the warpath without proof --by Andrew Greenley "Early next month the war with Iraq apparently will begin. There's nothing like a good war to stir up patriotic fervor... The so-called war on terror has provided a cover for starting it."
U.S. readies tribunals for terrorism trials The Pentagon is oiling up legal machinery that hasn't been used since World War II: special military tribunals to try selected terrorist suspects. [Insert "Can Bush/Rumsfeld/Rove/Cheney be tried first?" inquiries here. --Lori Price]
U.S. takes steps to identify all international travelers The government wants detailed information about every person who comes to or leaves the country by commercial plane or boat, and for the first time would require U.S. citizens to fill out forms detailing their comings and goings.
U.S. Proposes Visitor Tracking System Millions of travelers arriving and departing the United States will have to submit detailed personal information this year under rules proposed by the federal government Friday as part of the war on terrorism.
Police Dragnets for DNA Tests Draw Criticism Recently, the police asked Shannon F. Kohler if they could swab the inside of his mouth to analyze his DNA. It was a request they made of 800 men in southern Louisiana as they searched for the serial killer who has slain four young women, leaving behind genetic material in each case.
Post-9/11 researchers fear muzzle from U.S. Major universities across the nation, including the University of California, are under increasing government pressure not to publish some of their research lest it fall into the hands of terrorists [?!?], university officials said Thursday. [Regime change begins at home. --Lori Price]
Iraq dismisses Bush's comments on peace Iraq on Friday dismissed Dictator Bush's statement that he hoped the crisis over Iraqi arms could be overcome peacefully, saying it was hard to believe he had "suddenly become rational." [Yes, there is as much chance of Bush becoming rational as a cat, with a long tail, in a room filled with rocking chairs. --Lori Price]
Carlyle Group Buys Piece of CSX Container Business After the bell Tuesday, transportation giant CSX announced that it would sell a majority stake in its domestic container shipping unit -- CSX Lines -- to the Carlyle Group for approximately $240 million in cash and $60 million in securities. [Editor's note: Could this purchase explain the Bush dictatorship's new-found obsession with terrorism via cargo ships and containers? Hold on to your hats --Bush's poll numbers are plummeting, and he needs a new act of terrorism for his re-s-election. --Lori Price]
Bush Stimulus Package Could Hit $600B Dictator Bush approved key provisions of an economic stimulus package Friday whose price tag could swell to $600 billion over a decade, administration officials said.
Democrats Use Job Chart to Skewer Bush As Dictator Bush prepares to announce a proposal next week for deep new tax cuts, House Democrats plan to circulate a mischievous little chart aimed at skewering him on unemployment.
Shooting the messenger: Report on layoffs killed --by David Lazarus "The Bush administration, under fire for its handling of the economy, has quietly killed off a Labor Department program that tracked mass layoffs by U.S. companies."
Leading Miami Conservative Warns of Bush 'Nightmare' (NewsMax) Florida Senator Bob Graham is to George W. Bush as Bill Clinton was to Daddy Bush: a Southern-strategy nightmare, warns Mike Thompson, a prominent Miami conservative activist and top expert on Florida's convoluted political scene. [Editor's note: Yikes! I guess Bob Graham should avoid planes with no black boxes [Carnahan and Wellstone], prior to the 2004 "election". --Lori Price]
Another suspect deal, another Bush brother in the mix Business accusations of international bribery, nefarious investors and a Bush brother awkwardly involved in a troubled company all have a too-familiar ring. Here's the latest Robert Ludlum-style financial spat.
Easing of Small Timber Limits Proposed The Forest Service on Friday proposed easing the environmental review process for timber sales involving less than 250 acres and a half-mile of temporary roads.
Regulators' Wariness Kept a Damaged A-Plant Open Three months before workers refueling an Ohio nuclear reactor discovered last year that its lid had rusted nearly all the way through, the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission drafted an order to close it for inspection. But the order was never issued, because the staff doubted its authority to close the plant, did not want to impose unnecessary costs on the owner and was reluctant to give the industry a black eye, according to an internal commission report released today.
Report Cites Safety Issues at Nuclear Commission The Nuclear Regulatory Commission could have shut down a nuclear power plant several months before an acid leak was discovered but wanted to avoid hurting the plant owner financially, according to a report by the agency's watchdog.
Santorum to Step Aside for Lott (link accesses PoliticsPa's newspage) Seeking to soften the blow from his ouster as the next Majority Leader, Republicans are likely to offer Sen. Trent Lott (R Racist-Miss.) the chairmanship of the Rules and Administration Committee. Sen. Rick Santorum (R Insane-Pa.), who was in line to head the Rules panel in the 108th Congress, has agreed to step aside to allow Lott to retain some institutional power, several GOP sources said.
Lott to take over Senate Rules committee Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi will take over the Senate Rules and Administration Committee when Congress returns to Washington next week, the senator told The Associated Press Friday.
How low can Dow go? Dow sues penniless Bhopal survivors --In a stunning example of corporate insensibility, Dow Chemical, the worlds largest chemical company, and new owners of Union Carbide is to sue survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India.
Whose side are you on, Mr. President [sic]? --by Helen Thomas "The Bush administration has it in for trial lawyers and is planning a big push for 'tort reform.' ...I hope Congress will slam the brakes on this White House maneuver to trample on the rights of citizens who seek recourse from doctors for malpractice and from big corporations for defective products."
Hebron Residents Describe an Israeli Reign of Beatings Almost any young man walking the streets of this gritty Palestinian neighborhood on the eastern rim of the city can tell you the same thing: when the Israeli border police want to give someone a beating, they take him to the city's deserted industrial area after dark.
Former Israeli Minister: "We’ve Become Barbarians" A former Israeli cabinet minister and founder of the liberal-oriented Meretz party has castigated the current state of affairs in the Jewish state, saying Israeli Jews effectively have became barbarians in the year 2002.
U.S. pilots in mistaken bombing pressured to take speed, lawyer says A lawyer for one of two U.S. pilots who released a bomb over southern Afghanistan in April, accidentally killing four Canadian soldiers, says the Air Force had pressured the pilots to take amphetamines that may have impaired their judgment during the mission.
Lawyer: Pilots in Afghan bombing had to take drugs A lawyer for one of two U.S. pilots who released a bomb over southern Afghanistan in April, accidentally killing four Canadian soldiers, says the Air Force had pressured the pilots to take amphetamines that may have impaired their judgment during the mission.
Billions in earnings don't exist Pension-fund 'time bomb' is detonating on companies' profits --According to its annual report released in March 2002, Verizon Communications Inc., the nation's largest local phone company, had a strong year in 2001. The company pension fund actually lost $3.1 billion in 2001, a footnote on page 58 of the 68-page report revealed.
New US pension rules to cut benefits for millions of retirees New pension rules proposed by the US Treasury Department could result in substantial benefit reductions for millions of future retirees, with companies phasing out traditional plans.
Bad Apples in a Rotten System The 10 Worst Corporations of 2002 --By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
Bush to announce economic-stimulus package next week Dictator Bush said Thursday he will unveil an economic-stimulus package next week, promising a plan that will benefit all Americans [LOL! That's *corporations*] and rejecting criticism that his policies are tailored to help the wealthy.
States destitute, desperate In these lean budget times - called the worst crisis for state government in decades - leaders are going to unusual lengths to balance budgets that are out of kilter because of the sluggish national economy and lagging revenue.
U.S. Drops Report On Mass Layoffs Data Helped States Track Patterns of Industrial Demise --Citing a shortage of money, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will stop publishing information about factory closings across the country, a decision that some state officials and labor leaders are protesting. [Editor's Note: Oh, but there is plenty of money available for microwave bombs and unconstitutional round-ups, right? -Lori Price]
New unemployment claims rise after brief decline The number of newly laid-off Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits rose by 13,000 last week after declining for two consecutive weeks, the government reported Thursday.
Buyer of Boeing plant demands 15% wage cuts (WA) The pending sale of Boeing Co.'s plant in Spokane has reached a crossroads, with the buyer demanding a 15 percent pay cut from workers to close the deal.
Bush to Propose Changes in Medicare Plan With the new Senate majority leader as a powerful ally, Dictator Bush will propose sweeping, long-term changes in Medicare later this month when he urges Congress to [provide corporate welfare for HMOs and the insurance industry], mis-ministration officials say.
Government Openness at Issue as Bush Holds Onto Records The Bush mis-ministration has put a much tighter lid than recent presidents on government proceedings and the public release of information, exhibiting a penchant for secrecy that has been striking to historians, legal experts and lawmakers of both parties.
Feds Call Chile Resort a Terror Hot Spot The Bush mis-ministration has designated this windswept resort town and free-trade zone on Chile's northern Pacific coast as a terrorist hot spot, second in South America only to the notorious tri-border region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.
New revelations about Guantanamo Bay prisoners In this 12-month period only five detainees have been released—one in April, who was mentally ill, and four others in October, including two elderly men. One of the old men had no teeth and required a cane to walk. Another, Faiz Mohammed, told the media that he was over 100 years old.
N.J. Secrecy Rule Keeps Arab American in Jail and in the Dark In the late 1990s, secret evidence was used in a number of high-profile immigration cases to detain non-citizens of Arab descent on suspicion of terrorism.
Judge Rules Against Homeland Security Department The Office of Homeland Security lost the first round in a legal fight to keep its activities secret as a federal judge ruled it will have to answer questions about its power over other federal agencies.
Big Brother Comeback? Seattle Eyes Easing Police Spy Rules As Other Cities Face Up to Past --Cities are grappling with the legacy of perhaps overenthusiastic and, in some cases, illegal police surveillance of political, religious and civic groups.
Liberty Ebbs by Degrees --by Jonathan Turley "What would happen if you woke up living in a quasi-police state? ...A review of administration policies at the beginning of 2003 raises serious questions about the character of the government formed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks."
Change in UN may hit Bush's plans A reshuffle of the United Nations security council has thrown into doubt hopes that the US dictator, George Bush, would continue to use the UN as the primary means of disarming Saddam Hussein.
Germany’s "Red-Green" government to participate in war against Iraq The election promise by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (Social Democratic Party—SPD) to the effect that Germany would not participate in any fashion in a war against Iraq has been officially trashed.
Call-ups imminent for many reservists In coming weeks, tens of thousands of National Guard and Reserve forces, from military truck drivers in South Dakota and engineers in Utah to Special Forces soldiers in Maryland, are expected to be called to active duty, part of a huge buildup for Iraq.
Army sending 800 engineering, intelligence specialists to Persian Gulf The Army said Thursday it is sending 800 engineering and intelligence specialists to the Persian Gulf over the next several weeks.
U.S. may break out high-tech weaponry against Iraq Military experts say the Pentagon has developed a series of accurate and powerful new weapons, including a microwave bomb [Yikes!], that could be used in a war against Iraq.
Games Nations Play --by Paul Krugman "What game does the Bush administration think it's playing in Korea?"
During Baghdad visit, U.S. church official urges diplomacy over war A visiting U.S. church official urged the United States on Thursday to negotiate with Iraq to avert a war that he said would make the United States less secure and increase the risk of terrorism in the Middle East.
Pakistanis rally to protest U.S. war against Iraq Thousands of demonstrators began gathering at cities across the country on Friday to protest a potential U.S.-led war against Iraq.
Iraq war foes plan protests in city Organizers welcome 'new spirit' of dissent; 'Frustrated at the madness' --With war brewing on the other side of the world as a new year is ushered in, Baltimoreans are likely to see more anti-war protesters in 2003.
Nude women protest war again; men also demonstrate Organizers said Sunday’s gathering is only the beginning for Baring Witness, as the group plans to demonstrate in the nude as part of a mass demonstration called the National March on Saturday, Jan. 18 on Market Street in San Francisco and in Washington DC.
Pakistani Politicians Blast U.S. Bombing Pakistani politicians voiced outrage Wednesday after a weekend border clash that prompted a U.S. warplane to bomb a site near or inside the Pakistani border.
North Carolina Democrat Enters the 2004 Presidential Race Senator John Edwards, a first-term lawmaker from North Carolina, joined the growing field for the Democratic presidential nomination today, declaring that if he won the White House he would be a champion for the interests of "regular folks."
Letter written to John D. Ashcroft regarding alleged rape/murder of Jancita Eagle Deer Sheldahl by William Janklow -- efforts to reopen rape/murder case
Executions Becoming Province of the South, Report Finds With Texas leading the way, states below the Mason-Dixon line are more likely to put criminals to death than elsewhere in the U.S.
Sea birds drop radioactivity on land Droppings from seabirds could be introducing radioactive isotopes into the food chain. That is the conclusion of researchers who found high levels of radioactivity in droppings and plants on an island close to the Arctic.
SEC Nominee's Company Paid for Stock Report, BusinessWeek Says William Donaldson, picked by Dictator George W. Bush to be Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, served on the board of an Internet company that paid $25,000 for a report that boosted its stock price, BusinessWeek reported, citing the firm that did the report.
White House hushed up asbestos peril affecting millions Last spring, the Environmental Protection Agency was on the verge of warning millions of Americans that their attics and walls might contain insulation that was contaminated with asbestos. But at the last minute, the White House intervened. The warning has never been issued.
Food Industry Wins Label Fight The Food and Drug Mis-ministration has loosened its regulations for health claims on food labels, lowering the standard for food to the level of dietary supplements like ginkgo and garlic pills.
Who knew about damning GM report? (Wales) OPPONENTS of genetically modified food are demanding to know whether Assembly Members were kept in the dark over a damning government report on GM crops.
Free lunches may end for some pupils (CA) Bush mis-ministration reviews school program, might require parents to prove they're poor
D.C. Cuts Funds For Education, Literacy Efforts District officials, citing federal budget cuts, have stopped funding literacy and basic adult education programs for the city's neediest residents.
Bankruptcy judge shortage looms The U.S. Congress needs to name more bankruptcy judges in the wake of the sharp increase in the number of bankruptcy filings, Whore Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist said Wednesday.
Dangerous deficiencies in Bush's budget deficits --by Jeffrey D. Sachs "United States President [sic] George W. Bush seems poised to wreck America's budget for years to come. When Mr Bush came into office, the outlook was for budget surpluses as far as the eye could see. Today, through a combination of irresponsible Republican-led tax cuts, a slowing economy, the bursting of the stock market bubble and a massive increase in defence spending, huge deficits dominate the fiscal horizon."
Kuwaitis withdraw capital from US Kuwaitis, faced with the threat of war against Iraq, are withdrawing hundreds of millions of dollars from America to invest at home.
Court Upholds Terrorism Law Secrecy In a high-profile affirmation of the government's powerful new counter-terrorism laws, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that authorities can freeze the assets of a U.S.-based global Islamic charity that it believes is linked to terrorism without providing its evidence to defense lawyers.
PARALLELS Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. --by George Santayana "Interestingly, in a TV interview on December 4, 2001, Laura Bush let it slip that already back in July, the White House, knowing that the country would be in mourning at the end of the year, had begun redesigning the 2001 Christmas cards on a more somber note than usual."
G.W. Bush - Making sure the terrorists have won --by Wade Inganamort "...let's take some time to focus on the DoubleSpeak inherent to the Bush concept of 'Freedom at war with fear' and the Administration's policy of taking away our freedoms and storing them for safekeeping where the terrorists cannot reach them."
Court Rejects Lawmakers' ABM Challenge A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 32 lawmakers who wanted to stop Dictator Bush's withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Iraq says sanctions killed 1.7 million Iraq's health minister has said the UN economic embargo imposed on Baghdad since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait has killed more than 1.7 million Iraqis.
U.S. Moves Troops to Gulf, Aziz Sees Invasion More than 11,000 U.S. troops prepared to head for the Gulf on Thursday and Iraq's deputy prime minister accused Washington of planning to invade Iraq despite an absence of weapons of mass destruction.
Pentagon build-up reaches unstoppable momentum The Pentagon's order to deploy large numbers of combat troops, warplanes and a hospital ship in the Gulf have created a near unstoppable momentum towards war with Iraq, US military analysts said yesterday.
Burning semen haunts Gulf War vets As the military prepares for a possible war with Iraq, researchers have identified a new malady among veterans of the first Gulf War: burning semen syndrome.
Kuwaitis seethe with anger as U.S. war drum beats As thousands of U.S. soldiers train for war in Kuwait near the Iraqi border, some of the people they have promised to protect are growing tired of what they call George W. Bush's ''cowboy'' style of leadership.
As U.S. troops arrive, riots erupt in Bahrain Hundreds of masked rioters went on a rampage in Bahrain's capital city Wednesday, attacking hotels frequented by Americans and cars with Saudi license plates.
US gets the cold shoulder The United States has lost friends in Canada during the past year - and around the world.
Arming for Armageddon: US Military-Industrial Complex Reigns Supreme --by John Stanton "In 2001, the US weapons industry controlled approximately 50 percent of the world arms market...The weapons industry storyline will include appeals to 9-11 and patriotism, free markets, job creation and level-playing fields, and global democracy--US style. But the reality behind the phony proclamations is, of course, profits and free-rides."
Seven US soldiers reportedly killed in clashes on Pakistani-Afghan border Peshawar: The situation remained tense at Angoor Adda (Pak-Afghan border near Paktika Province) on Tuesday 31 December following clashes between Pakistan's paramilitary troops and US soldiers a day earlier.
2 dead as Pak, US troops clash Two Pakistanis were killed and an American injured in the first ever border clash between US and Pakistani forces near the village of Sikhin in which an American F-16 dropped a bomb hitting a Muslim religious school on the Pakistani side, US military has confirmed.
N. Korea Vows To Confront U.S. Showing no willingness to ease tensions over its nuclear weapons program, North Korea vowed Wednesday to build an army-based "powerful nation" and defy pressure from the United States.
No Bomb? Your Screwed. Gotta Bomb? We're Cool. Well, it is my opinion that someone just made the biggest horse's ass out of this Bush administration --by Lloyd Hart "If you don't have the bomb we're going to preempt ya and I mean, bomb the crap out of ya. But if you do have the bomb we'd be willing to talk to ya. That seems to be the Bush regimes' foreign policy after today's headlines. Saying to the rest of the world 'you had better get the bomb or we're gonna bomb you back to the Stone Age.'"
Triumph of doublethink in 2003 Orwell warned against the kind of lies we are being fed about Iraq --by Paul Foot "We, the Winston Smiths of today, know that 15 years ago, the US and Britain were in alliance with Iraq... We also know that the key bases from which US bombers will take off to kill Iraqis are in Saudi Arabia, whose regime is even more dictatorial, savage and terrorist than Saddam's. But where does that knowledge exist? Only in our own consciousness."
Code Pink alert in D.C. Medea Benjamin, the founding director of San Francisco nonprofit Global Exchange, was a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. She now focuses her energy on Code Pink, a women's vigil in front of the White House protesting the war in Iraq.
Sen. John Edwards tells friends he will run for president Democratic Sen. John Edwards will run for president in 2004, telling guests at a party at his home Wednesday he will form an exploratory committee.
Animal rights group asks new senate majority leader to atone for killing cats Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R [maggot]-Tenn., is being asked by an animal advocacy group to support legislation for better animal treatment to make up for fraudulently adopting cats from animal shelters then experimenting on and killing them while he was a medical student.
Global Warming Found to Displace Species Global warming is forcing species around the world, from California starfish to Alpine herbs, to move into new ranges or alter habits in ways that could disrupt ecosystems, two groups of researchers say.
Life on Earth Is Feeling the Heat A variety of species, from frogs to flowering plants, have demonstrated changed behavior in response to increasing world temperatures over the last few decades.
Is the EPA Gutting Clean Air? The Environmental Protection Agency formally issued major changes to clean air rules for utilities, refineries and manufacturers Tuesday, prompting a court challenge hours later from a coalition of New England and mid-Atlantic states.
States Worry New Law Sets Schools Up to Fail State education officials are warning that a new federal education law's requirement that each racial and demographic subgroup in a school show annual improvement on standardized tests will result in the majority of the nation's schools being deemed failing.
Foes of Abortion Push for Major Bills in Congress Galvanized by the Republican takeover [yes, literally "takeover"] of the Senate, opponents of abortion are preparing a major push for new abortion restrictions in the next Congress, beginning with a ban on the type of medical procedure they call partial birth abortion.
Texas Supreme Court Upholds Restrictions on Medicaid Abortion Spending The state is not constitutionally obligated to pay for abortions for poor women who may have health complications from their pregnancy, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Bangladesh war secrets revealed Secret British official papers from 30 years ago shed new light on the bloody confrontation between India and Pakistan in 1971. The papers show that the US administration believed that India was about to dismember Pakistan...
The Boondocks --by Aaron McGruder (January 2, 2003)
Rumsfeld 'offered help to Saddam' Declassified papers leave the White House hawk exposed over his role during the Iran-Iraq war The Reagan administration and its special Middle East envoy, Donald Rumsfeld, did little to stop Iraq developing weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s, even though they knew Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons "almost daily" against Iran, it was reported yesterday. ["Reported yesterday??? OOPS!! CensoringNewsNetwork must have forgotten that one. But, I am sure they can fill a news cycle w. the critical points of J. Lo's pre-nup w. Ben Affleck. --Lori Price]
The Saddam in Rumsfeld’s Closet --by Jeremy Scahill "Five years before Saddam Hussein’s now infamous 1988 gassing of the Kurds [sic --see "Did Saddam Hussein Gas His Own People?"], a key meeting took place in Baghdad that would play a significant role in forging close ties between Saddam Hussein and Washington... Rumsfeld’s December 19-20, 1983 visit to Baghdad made him the highest-ranking US official to visit Iraq in 6 years."
No case for Iraq war, says UN chief Blair warns Britain: Be ready for conflict in Gulf --Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, said last night that he saw no justification for a military onslaught against Iraq at least until the UN inspections chief, Hans Blix, submits a first full report to the Security Council at the end of January.
U.N. chief sees no grounds for attacking Iraq U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that he did not yet see any justification for a military strike against Iraq now since Baghdad had not hampered U.N. weapons inspectors operating in the country.
Inspectors 'Have Zilch' Thus Far In their search for hidden Iraqi arms, U.N. inspectors have so far faced little conflict, have found little evidence and have received little outside intelligence to guide them, said one inspector. [Well, if they're counting on Bush et. al., to assist, they'll not find any intelligence there, either. <g> --Lori Price]
Questions That Bother and Bewilder --by William Raspberry "Our government seems to be telling us that if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein denies having weapons of mass destruction, while we know he does have them, that falsehood becomes a material breach of Iraq's agreement, and reason to take Saddam Hussein out militarily. But if Saddam Hussein admits to having such weapons, he stands convicted out of his own mouth and therefore we have no choice but to take him out."
Politics of fear --by Ruth Rosen "Rank opportunism rules. In the name of preventing terrorism, the Bush administration has employed a politics of fear to create the most extensive national security apparatus in our nation's history... Folks, this is the stuff of such dystopian novels as Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' or George Orwell's '1984.'"
Most see U.S. as a 'bully,' survey finds Canadians have their backs up over American foreign policy, according to a new survey that shows the vast majority believe the United States is acting like a bully with the rest of the world.
Poll: Americans Wary of Tax Cuts, War Nearly two-thirds of respondents in an Associated Press poll said they believe it's prudent to hold off on more tax cuts. On the international front, the poll found people wary of a war with Iraq. [Everyone knows Bush's "tax cuts" scenario is actually a corporate welfare scheme designed to reward his paymasters for Coup 2002. --Lori Price]
Army Orders Thousands More Soldiers to Persian Gulf The Army is sending thousands more soldiers from the Third Infantry Division in Georgia to Kuwait in the largest single ground deployment to the Persian Gulf since the war there in 1991, military officials said today.
Infantry Div. Ordered to Gulf An infantry division from Georgia has been ordered to the Persian Gulf region as a part of the military's preparations for war with Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.
America 'Pearl Harbored' Fanatical Warhawks Drafted Blueprint for Bloody U.S. World Domination Years Ago--by Christopher Bollyn "The huge increases in U.S. military spending that have occurred since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were planned before President [sic] George W. Bush was elected by the same men who are pushing the administration’s 'war on terrorism' and the invasion and occupation of Iraq."
Bring Back the Draft --by Charles B. Rangel "I believe that if those calling for war knew that their children were likely to be required to serve — and to be placed in harm's way — there would be more caution and a greater willingness to work with the international community in dealing with Iraq." [Yes, and other Rangel "point-making" was partly responsible for New Yorkers being stuck w. the Rethug "lite", Mike Bloomberg. --Lori Price]
Americans admit bombing Pakistani troops after dispute on Afghan border American military officials in Afghanistan have admitted that an American B-52 jet dropped a 500lb bomb on Pakistani border troops , who are supposed to be co-operating with the US in the war against al-Qa'ida and Taliban.
Chasing Phantoms in Afghanistan With machine guns rocking in their turrets, a convoy of Special Forces soldiers plowed into this mountain town in pursuit of enemy fighters one cold winter afternoon. What they found instead was a knot of rumors and contradictions.
My Brother's Death (letter to editor, The New York Times) --by Rita Lasar "Since my brother died on Sept. 11, 2001, his death has been used to justify the deaths of thousands of Afghan men, women and children. His death has been used to justify the possible pre-emptive strike against Iraq. His death has been used to justify the rounding up and incarceration of many ordinary citizens of Islamic heritage, all in the name of making America safer..."
Blair Sees Possible Iraq War, Terror Attack in 2003 British Prime Minister Tony Blair used his New Year message Wednesday to warn of dangerous times ahead that could include war against Iraq and a terror attack on Britain.
Tough year ahead, warns Blair Britain faces an unprecedented number of "difficult and dangerous" problems in the coming year, Tony Blair warns today.
Our quality of life peaked in 1974. It's all downhill now We will pay the price for believing the world has infinite resources --by George Monbiot "If we take into account such factors as pollution and the depletion of natural capital, we see that the quality of life peaked in the UK in 1974 and in the US in 1968, and has been falling ever since. We are going backwards."
Saudi Questions Report It Would Let U.S. Use Bases Saudi Arabia questioned Monday a U.S. newspaper report that it had agreed to allow the United States to use its air bases in a possible war with Iraq.
North Korea to pull out of pact limiting nuclear weapons because of US 'threats' North Korea said yesterday that it was pulling out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of American threats.
N. Korea accuses U.S. of plotting war North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of planning an invasion and vowed to fight "to the last man," hours after it expelled two U.N. monitors, leaving its feared nuclear program shrouded in secrecy.
U.S. Combat Pilots On Speed Preliminary court-martial proceedings begin next month against two U.S. fighter pilots involved in a tragic incident over Afghanistan that cost four lives and exposed a little-known fact about the way America fights its long-distance air wars... amphetamines, the speed pills, are now standard issue to U.S. Air Force combat pilots, to help them stay awake on long combat sorties.
Spanish anti-terror judge blasts Bush (Madrid) Says US govt tramples rights in quest for security --The Spanish judge who has made a world name for himself fighting terrorism launched a stinging attack on Sunday against pResident Bush, saying his government was trampling on the rights of suspects.
Domestic Spying? Be Wary (Los Angeles Times) "He [Bush] and his attorney general have yet to meet an incursion into domestic freedoms that they didn't deem necessary. So it may be up to Congress, which has been inexcusably remiss in defending civil liberties since Sept. 11, to make sure the nation does not move an inch in this dangerous direction without full public debate.
If It's Not About Shut-Ins, the President [sic] Is Otherwise Engaged --by Dana Milbank "It's New Year's Eve. Do you know where your president [sic] is? ...With all the time the president [sic] has spent clearing brush, how is it possible that there is still any brush left on his ranch? And what is he doing about North Korea's nuclear shenanigans?
Banker can't recall e-mail about trades Enron deals equated with 'disguised loans' --J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Vice Chairman Donald Layton testified Monday that he didn't recall a 1998 e-mail detailing oil and gas trades with Enron Corp. when he called similar transactions "disguised loans" six months later.
Executives resisting Enron prosecutors Federal prosecutors, preparing to expand their case against Enron Corp. next month, are running into resistance from a small group of senior executives who occupied key positions at or near the top of the Houston energy company, people close to the investigation said.
Bankruptcies Smash Record Once Again U.S. public companies have shattered bankruptcy records for a second straight year as accounting fraud and the last decade's debt spree brought down corporate giants, and experts are bracing for more such woes.
More People on Welfare After Years of Declines Welfare rolls grew in three-quarters of the states last summer and the national total crept up, too, as low-wage jobs became scarcer, a private survey has found.
Stocks Finish 2002 With Three-Year Loss Weighed down by the Bush dictataorship's terrorism, accounting scandals and fears of war, Wall Street ended its third straight losing year Tuesday — the longest such streak since Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the White House.
9 Northeastern States Challenge Pollution Rule Nine Northeastern states filed a legal challenge today in federal court here to new air-pollution rules for power plants and other industries, just hours after the Bush mis-ministration published those rules.
For Senate Committee, a Big Change New Environment Chairman Opposes Many Protections --The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is about to undergo a dramatic transformation, as Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), long a nemesis of the environmental movement, takes control as chairman.
Temperatures Are Likely to Go From Warm to Warmer Climate experts say global temperatures in 2003 could match or beat the modern record set in 1998... The mounting evidence of human contributions to climate warming has raised pressure on American policy makers to reconsider their reliance on voluntary measures for reducing heat-trapping emissions.
The Administration Can't See the Forest for the Sequoias --by Chad Hanson "In the spring of 2000, then-President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation establishing the Giant Sequoia National Monument east of Bakersfield, ensuring that the giant sequoia groves and their surrounding ecosystems would be forever protected, or so we thought."
'Choose Life' license plates declared unconstitutional A federal judge declared unconstitutional South Carolina's license plates with the anti-abortion slogan "Choose Life."
Civil Rights Groups Renew Drive for Agenda in Congress Civil rights groups are mobilizing to push an ambitious agenda on a broad array of issues -- from racial profiling to school spending -- that have been given new prominence since Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) plunged the Republican leadership in Congress into a controversy over race.
A family plan (The Boston Globe) "When it comes to family leave for new parents, Americans are in the dark ages. And President [sic] Bush is dismantling even a small attempt to make progress."
Bush's latest appointment to FL Supreme Court Aiming to have a Florida Supreme Court that will be less likely to challenge him or the Legislature, Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday appointed to the court a Pensacola trial judge who once wrote that the courts "must recognize they are the weakest branch of government.''
Outflanked Democrats Wonder How to Catch Up in Media Wars Worried that their party has been outgunned in the political propaganda wars by conservative radio and television personalities, influential Democrats are scouring the nation for a liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh and the many others on the deep bench of Republican friends.
Mainers fret loss of drug discounts A state help line has been swamped by phone calls from Mainers worried about how they will pay for their prescriptions ever since an experimental drug discount program was struck down in federal court on Christmas Eve.
Unhealthy patents --by Wole Akande "According to the BBC, although 143 countries agreed to the [World Trade Organization] deal, the United States blocked the international agreement because, according to U.S. negotiators, the deal would allow too many drug patents to be ignored."
Pa. Man Indicted for Threats to Bush A 37-year-old man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted for allegedly threatening to kill Dictator Bush and blow up the White House on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, authorities said.
Americans Revolt in Pennsylvania - New Battle Lines Are Drawn --by Thom Hartmann "The good citizens of Pennsylvania have done it again."
Briton tells of ordeal in Bush's torture jail Al-Qaeda suspect 'is starved of food and sleep' at army base where two have died --Evidence is growing that prisoners inside the containers are being tortured by American soldiers and CIA agents.
Powell: US will develop Iraqi oil The US said yesterday that it plans to secure Iraqi oilfields if it invades the country and it is looking at the possibility of using oil production to pay for post-war reconstruction.
White House Cuts Estimate of Cost of War With Iraq The mis-ministration's top budget official estimated today that the cost of a war with Iraq could be in the range of $50 billion to $60 billion, a figure that is well below earlier estimates from White House officials. [LOL!! Such a bargain! Let's invade Iraq right now!! Let's Roll on those corporate tax cuts, too, since this war will be so cheap! <g> --Lori Price]
U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup High on the Bush mis-ministration's list of justifications for war against Iraq are President Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons, nuclear and biological programs, and his contacts with international terrorists. What U.S. officials rarely acknowledge is that these offenses date back to a period when Hussein was seen in Washington as a valued ally.
In Baghdad, Many Insist Americans Would Regret an Invasion Saddam Hussein doesn't need his people's love to command their loyalty, Iraqis contend, saying the U.S. faces a populace primed to fight back.
Invasion to begin on Feb 21, says paper A British tabloid newspaper claimed on Sunday that a US-led war on Iraq would start on Feb 21 "at midnight".
We Need A War With Iraq --by Derrick Jensen "We need a war with Iraq. It would help distract Americans from the scandals surrounding the president [sic] (and more broadly from the fact that our failing economy is killing the planet) than the start of football season: Nothing compares to the patriotic thrill of watching grainy footage of Iraqi radar facilities—or maybe houses or hospitals; the resolution’s never quite good enough to tell—explode into fragments, or better, simply vaporize from the pressure of the blasts."
Demonstrators in Turkey protest U.S. position About 3,000 protesters burned U.S., British and Israeli flags on Sunday during a demonstration against a possible U.S.-led war in neighboring Iraq.
'Human shields' head for Iraq A convoy of anti-war activists, likely to include dozens of British volunteers, will leave London next month to act as human shields protecting strategic sites in Iraq.
Activist grandpa heads to Iraq (CO) Boulder man plans to serve as witness to U.S. war-making --The longtime peace activist said he will be among more than 50 mostly U.S. citizens called the Iraq Peace Team.
"Calgary motorists were treated to an antiwar message today in the form of banners on a pedestrian overpass above a busy road which leads into downtown." --photo report by Blaine Machan of Calgary, Alberta Canada
More Yanks fleeing here Refugee claims shoot up after 9/11 attacks --The number of Americans making refugee claims in Canada has skyrocketed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to statistics from the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Depleted uranium: a killer disaster? Depleted uranium contaminated areas extend much farther than the Persian Gulf battlefields. Dr. Doug Rokke said DU is regularly used in practice maneuvers in the U.S., namely in Indiana, Florida, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Maryland and Puerto Rico. Then there's Kosovo, where DU rounds were used to take out Serbian tanks.
U.S. Would Send 690,000 Troops to Korea If War Breaks Out: Report (Yonhap News, Korea) The United States would deploy some 690,000 troops to augment the 37,000-strong American military presence already here if war should break out on the peninsula, a Defense Ministry report showed Friday.
South Korea Criticizes U.S. Plan for Exerting Pressure on North President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea said today that pressure and isolation would not persuade North Korea to end its nuclear arms program, pointing up the South's differences with the United States.
Bush sets course for confrontation with North Korea --by Peter Symonds "The Bush administration is preparing to escalate the current standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program into a full-blown confrontation, with reckless indifference to the potentially disastrous consequences for the Korean peninsula and the entire region."
Venezuelan General Detained, Opposition Goaded Venezuelan police on Monday detained a dissident general, goading the opposition who have blocked massive oil exports with their strike but failed to force President Hugo Chavez to resign.
The U.S. War of Terror in Colombia --by Doug Stokes "During the Cold War, anti-communism served as the ideological vehicle to justify the repression of any attempt to change the prevailing socio-economic structure of Colombian society. In the post-Cold War era anti-drugs and the 'war on terror' have served as the latest justifications for the continued U.S. backing of a terror war in Colombia."
Case dismissed against Yemeni man suspected of plotting terror A Yemeni man who federal officials suspected of ties to al-Qaida was released from custody Friday after the case against him was dismissed.
Co-founder of Muslim charity appeals deportation order The detained co-founder of an Islamic charity has appealed an order sending him and his family back to Lebanon, postponing their deportation for at least a couple of months, his lawyer says.
What Congress Does Not Know about Enron and 9/11 --by Atty. John J. Loftus --A captured Al Qaida document reveals that US energy companies were secretly negotiating with the Taliban to build a pipeline. The document was obtained by the FBI but was not allowed to be shared with other agencies in order to protect Enron.
Voter News Service Is in Danger of Dissolution The major television news networks and The Associated Press are seriously considering dissolving their decadelong partnership in the Voter News Service. [Yes, as how else will Faux and CensoringNewsNetwork explain the chasm as wide as the Marianas Trench, which would exist between the exit polling numbers and the GOP tallies culled from the touch-screen "voting machines?" --Lori Price]
'Field Hand' Comment Rattles GOP One member of Tampa's Republican executive committee called a black committee member a "field hand'' after last week's party elections.
Ballenger's resignation demanded (NC) NAACP official: Remark degrading --The president of a local branch of the NAACP is calling on U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger to resign because of a comment he made about a black colleague. In an interview with The Charlotte Observer last week, Ballenger said he has had "segregationist feelings" in the past after conflicts with a black colleague, Cynthia McKinney, a Georgia Democrat. "I mean, she was such a bitch," Ballenger said in the story.
Senator Terry Burton switches to Republican Party (MS) Republicans within five seats of gaining parity in State Senate --Standing on the steps of Newton City Hall where he once served as mayor, State Senator Terry C. Burton announced he will run for re-election as a Republican.
2000 notoriety gives Harris high profile in Congress Once an intern in the U.S. House and Senate, Harris returns to the nation's Capitol as a congresswoman, representing the 13th District on Florida's southwest coast. [Mega barf alert! Harris was rewarded by her paymasters for her role in Coup 2000. --Lori Price]
Blacklist Grounds American Passengers --by Frederick Sweet "At one point during his interrogation, Stuber [Doug Stuber, who had run Ralph Nader's Green Party presidential campaign in North Carolina in 2000] asked if they really believed the Greens were equal to al Qaeda. Then they showed him a Justice Department document that actually shows the Greens as likely terrorists -- just as likely as al Qaeda members.
"Campus Watch" web site witch-hunts Middle Eastern studies professors in the US A web site set up in September by right-wing columnist Daniel Pipes represents the latest attempt to stifle the growing opposition on American campuses to the Bush mis-ministration’s “war on terrorism.”
'Sleeping off' alcohol by roadside can be DUI, court rules (AZ) The state Court of Appeals recently ruled that a drunken driver who pulls into a parking lot to "sleep off" alcohol must submit to a DUI test or face the one-year suspension of driving privileges mandated by state law.
Global Woes May Hit U.S. Economy Portending a tough time ahead for California exporters, the global economy is limping into the new year weighed down by the threat of war in Iraq and held back by tepid growth from Europe to Asia.
Deflation threatens world economic growth The close of 2002 has seen the prospects for the long-term expansion of the global capitalist economy become increasingly problematic.
Fund-raisers help teachers keep jobs With money tight and times tough, parents and teachers across the nation are holding fund-raisers to pay teachers’ salaries and benefits.
Los Angeles businesses press for expulsion of downtown homeless The Central City Association, an organization representing 300 downtown Los Angeles businesses and wealthy investors, is pushing for legislation to banish the homeless from skid row.
New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law Unknown to most, UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden’s Al Qaeda.
Terror War Tops Bush Re-S-Election Agenda An internal White House document outlining Dictator Bush's re-s-election agenda starts with "War on terrorism (Con't)" and homeland security. It's the latest sign, critics say, that pResidential advisers are seeking political gain from the Sept. 11 attacks.
Which country poses the greatest threat to world peace? Iraq; North Korea; USA (vote) Poll results, thus far Iraq: 13%, North Korea: 14%, USA: 73%.
Homeland Security Gambling at Foxwoods (scroll to second item) InfraGard Connecticut - The Northeast InfraGard Summit Sunday, February 9, 2003 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM --Plan now to attend the Second Annual InfraGard Northeast Summit, hosted by InfraGard Connecticut and sponsored by CyberCrimes 2003. Foxwoods Resort Casino and Conference Center, Mashantucket, CT- http://www.foxwoods.com
InfraGard --"Guarding the Nation's Infrastructure" --Current Nationwide Threat Level: "Elevated" ["Elevated" threat, LOL!! They are worried about losing at the Craps tables! --Lori Price]
Pa. Man Indicted for Threats to Bush A 37-year-old man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted for allegedly threatening to kill Dictator Bush and blow up the White House on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, authorities said.
Americans Revolt in Pennsylvania - New Battle Lines Are Drawn --by Thom Hartmann "The good citizens of Pennsylvania have done it again."
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