February 2003 Archives
North Korea has missile capable of reaching U.S., intelligence says North Korea has an untested ballistic missile capable of reaching the western United States, intelligence officials said Wednesday.
U.S. reassessing military presence overseas The United States is considering cutting and reconfiguring U.S. forces in Europe and South Korea as part of a broader effort to restructure the military for 21st century threats.
Greenspan blames threat of war for recovery delay Alan Greenspan, the world's most powerful central banker, yesterday blamed the threat of war for delaying the US recovery and delivered a stern warning to Dictator Bush about the dangers of America's ballooning budget deficit.
Bush in danger of losing hold on domestic initiatives On issues ranging from big tax cuts to ambitious healthcare reforms, the White House is facing unexpected resistance in a Republican-dominated Congress that the Bush team has so far failed to mobilise in support of the dictator's agenda.
Judicial Alarm Without more answers, nominee deserves filibuster (Detroit Free Press) "President [sic] George W. Bush's pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Estrada comes with no judicial experience, a scant paper trail, and an unwillingness to answer even the most general questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. His ideology is so far to the right that, although the American Bar Association has given him an outstanding rating, Estrada alarms many civil rights groups and Hispanic organizations."
Bush Links Faith and Agenda In Speech to Broadcast Group Dictator Bush has addressed countless audiences as commander in chief. Today, he was introduced as "our friend and brother in Christ." Appearing at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, before a backdrop that read "Advancing Christian Communications," the president [sic] was hailed as a man who "unapologetically proclaims his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ."
A Material Breach of the Constitution Bush's War on the Soul of America --by Wayne Madsen "It is now time for the U.S. military to act against a dangerous regime that is in material breach of one of the most important legal instruments in the world--the U.S. Constitution. And it is not Sadaam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, or Fidel Castro who threaten the Constitution. George Bush, Dick Cheney, and every Cabinet member swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But what happens when the domestic threat is from the very people who swore to defend the Constitution?"
Former U.S. Attorney General Launches Campaign to Impeach Bush Former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark has drafted articles of impeachment against Dictator Bush and three other top regime officials as a means of preventing the U.S. from advancing a "first strike, potentially nuclear preemptive war" against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
DeLay can deny anti-union letter, but not his role in GOP's anti-labor politics --by E.J.Dionne "Being Tom DeLay is supposed to mean never having to say you're sorry. But the Republican majority leader known as 'the Hammer' decided it was impolitic to stand behind an outrageous letter he signed attacking the American trade union movement as unpatriotic. DeLay didn't quite apologize."
GOP Works to Tilt Environmental Policy Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is using his power as the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to open his state to more logging and oil exploration.
MasterCard blamed for pushing up shop prices (UK --well, probably everywhere else, too) Customers pay more than they need to in shops because of the "unjustifiably high fee" charged by MasterCard for processing sales, the Office of Fair Trading said yesterday.
Tennessee airport offers free socks after security checks A Tennessee airport is giving away free socks to people whose shoes are checked by security staff. The Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville hopes to ease any inconvenience by offering the free socks to passengers.
Halliburton, GE, Conoco Accused of Terrorist Ties New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has called for a "review" of three U.S. companies that "conduct business with terrorist-linked companies," naming General Electric Co., ConocoPhillips and Halliburton Company. Thompson has submitted shareholder resolutions on behalf of the New York City Police and Fire Department Pension Funds to the companies, calling for a .vote to establish a Board of Directors' committee to review the corporation's operations with reference to "potential financial and reputational risks."
Al-Jazeera chief: we have no Osama bin Laden tape Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Senate panel Tuesday that what appears to be a new statement from Osama bin Laden shows why the world needs to be concerned about Iraqi ties to terrorism. Powell said he read a transcript of "what bin Laden--or who we believe to be bin Laden'' will be saying on the Al-Jazeera Arab satellite station later Tuesday, "where once again he speaks to the people of Iraq and talks about their struggle and how he is in partnership with Iraq.'' But Al-Jazeera chief editor Ibrahim Hilal told The Associated Press his station has no such tape.
America Orders 100,000 Body Bags Up to 100,000 body bags and 6,000 coffins have been secretly delivered to a US base in Italy, a Catholic archbishop claimed yesterday.
77,000 body bags Fears that Iraq will inflict heavy casualties on British and American troops intensified yesterday when it emerged the Pentagon had ordered almost five times the number of body bags it requested before the last Gulf War. Within weeks it will have more than 77,000 bags at the ready, compared with 16,000 in 1991.
U.S. Orders Airlines to Transport Troops Commercial airlines are being pressed into military service to transport troops as the Pentagon continues its Persian Gulf buildup for a possible war in Iraq. The airlines were flying troops Monday under an order by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld mobilizing the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, a fleet of commercial passenger and cargo planes that can be used to move people and equipment in emergencies.
Dalyell kicked out of Commons Tam Dalyell - the UK's longest serving MP - has been ordered out of the House of Commons following a dispute with the Speaker over his concerns about the Iraq crisis. Mr Dalyell accused the government of misleading Parliament after admitting part of the dossier was copied from an American student's outdated thesis.
MP berates Blair's leadership Britain's longest serving MP has labelled Poodle Tony Blair the worst party leader and prime minister he has ever worked under. Mr Dalyell, who is Father of the House of Commons, criticised the Poodle over his decision to commit British troops in Afghanistan and his apparent support for a future military strike on Iraq.
UK rebuffs new Iraq plan A proposal backed by France, Germany and Russia to boost weapons inspections in Iraq is set to be strongly rebuffed by UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
Blair, Hoon and Straw to be investigated for war crimes (UK --Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament press release) "If, as appears likely, the UK is involved in the use of force against Iraq the leaders of the UK Government will be investigated by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it breaches international humanitarian law (IHL). So promises a coalition of professors of law and leading NGOs from around the world."
Blair should beware of regime change in Britain --The government must come up with an alternative policy on Iraq --by Martin Kettle "In the circle around Tony Blair a certain air of unreality now rules. This is not unreality on the scale of Louis XVI, writing 'Rien' in his diary entry on the day the Bastille fell. But it is not negligible unreality either... under George Bush the US is in danger of becoming a destabilising nation."
White House Dismisses Iraqi Overtures The Bush dictatorship dismissed Iraqi overtures to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspections Monday and stepped up its rhetorical campaign against Saddam Hussein with accusations he would use civilians to shield his troops.
Nato crisis won't delay war, says US America pledged last night to press ahead with plans for war against Saddam Hussein as the crisis over Iraq triggered the worst rift in Nato's 54-year history. [Way to go, Bush, you Idiot!]
NATO deadlocked over Iraq NATO is struggling to repair one of the biggest rifts in its 54-year-old history, but France, Germany and Belgium have given no sign they will back alliance preparations for a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq.
NATO in Crisis Over Protecting Turkey Europe's split with America deepened Monday after France, Germany and Belgium vetoed a U.S.-backed measure to authorize NATO to make plans to protect Turkey in the event of attack by Iraq.
Christian Leaders Prominent in Anti-War Movement Christian church leaders and lay people are taking an usually prominent role in the U.S. anti-war movement, arguing that an attack against Iraq would not fit the theological definition of a "just war." Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, said, "We are loathed and I think the world has every right to loath us ... I'd like to be able to go somewhere in the world and not have to apologize for being from the United States."
Why invade when the U.N. system is disarming Iraq? --by Linda McQuaig "Every war has its galvanizing image, aimed at rousing all decent people to take up arms. In the last Gulf War, it was the image of Iraqi soldiers ripping Kuwaiti babies out of incubators. (Only afterwards did it come out that no such thing actually happened.) The galvanizing image of the upcoming invasion of Iraq has been the story that Saddam Hussein 'gassed his own people.' By constantly raising this 1988 atrocity... As a galvanizing image and call-to-arms, it's hard to beat. It's also, apparently, not true."
Iraq War Will be a Total Disaster --by former Labour Defence Secretary Denis Healey "The German and French plan is eminently sensible. I think it may work. The one that won't work is invading Iraq. First of all it will turn the whole of the Muslim world against the whole of the West. Secondly the US have not the slightest idea what to do afterwards."
Enough! Let's separate the wheat from the chaff --It would seem that Powell is lying; the British lied to the United Nations and the world is nothing like our President [sic] is telling us. Is it possible that we cannot believe our own government? --by Jeff Koopersmith "Our President [sic] is no match for the likes of Paul Wolfowitz or Richard Perle, who planned this attack on Iraq more than a decade ago... He is no match for Colin Powell, who was the military attaché for the disgraced Caspar Weinberger -- one of the main players in the felony committed by Oliver North and his accomplices in the Iran-Contra scandal..."
Who's Behind the Attack on Liberal Professors? --by Dave Johnson "In a recent article on HNN Professors Eric Foner and Glenda Gilmore worry that academic freedom is being eroded. While they address the McCarthyite tactics of the right, I think there may also be another interesting story here."
Iraq Grants Anti-War 'Human Shields' Entry Visas A group of around 50 Western anti-war activists received visas Tuesday to enter Iraq where they plan to form "human shields" in an effort to deter a possible U.S.-led attack on the Arab state. [OK, it is time for MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable to stop reporting that Saddam Hussein is forcing Iraqis to be human shields, when they know that is not the case.]
Iraq Ready to Let USA Take Its Oil in Exchange for Peace (UNCONFIRMED Pravda report) 19:51 2003-02-10 "Iraq is also ready to sign a multibillion-dollar deal with Russia --Iraq might allow American and British companies to work on its oil fields. This statement was released by Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mahdi Saleh to Russian media outlets. The only thing that Americans and British have to do for that is to stop their bellicose actions against Iraq."
Greenspan: War Uncertainty Harms Economy Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday that uncertainties about a war with Iraq represent the biggest cloud hanging over the nation's struggling economy.
Voters desert Blair over Iraq Support for Labour has fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade because of Poodle Tony Blair’s willingness to back military action against Iraq. The first in a new monthly series of polls for The Times conducted by Populus shows that Mr Blair is now being damaged politically, particularly among women, by his tough stand and close alliance with Dictator Bush.
BBC ban on marchers Senior BBC journalists and presenters were ordered by their bosses yesterday to stay away from the anti-war march in London on Saturday.
BBC bans newsreaders from anti-war rally High-profile newsreaders at the BBC have been banned from marching at an anti-war demonstration in London on Saturday for fear they could be seen as biased against a possible war in Iraq, the corporation has said.
Trade unions threaten to block military shipments (UK) Trade union leaders warned Poodle Tony Blair yesterday that the Government could face widespread industrial action if Britain joined an American-led war against Iraq.
'I've never known anything like it. Everyone's saying they will march' Across UK, young and old, hardened campaigners and first-timers get ready to protest --A week today more than half a million people are expected to converge on the centre of London in a huge demonstration of opposition to war in Iraq.
Activists Blockade Holland Tunnel At approximately 8 o'clock this morning, a group of activists blockaded the Holland Tunnel at the height of rush hour to protest war with Iraq.
Hunter Students Take Over President's Office Hunter Students Take Over President's Office Demanding, "No War, No Tuition Hike, No Budget Cuts!"
Judge Blocks Anti-War March Past U.N. Citing safety concerns in "this time of heightened security," [an environment that Bush created] a federal judge Monday upheld the city's refusal to allow anti-war demonstrators to march past the United Nations on Saturday.
Judge Denies March Permit, Feb15 Protest Goes On --Press release from United for Peace and Justice. "To our great shock and outrage, Federal Judge Barbara Jones ruled this morning that the City of New York can deny United for Peace and Justice a permit to march on February 15. Citing 'heightened security concerns,' she ruled that we may only hold a stationary rally, for which we have been granted a permit for First Avenue stretching north from 49th Street." Sign petition --Allow New Yorkers the Right to Say NO to War! Make phone calls of protest to these officials: *NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 212-788-9600, 212-788-3010, 212-788-3040 *NYC Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly: 646-610-8526 *NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Esposito: 646-610-6710
Bloomington City Council opposes war with Iraq Officials in Indiana University's hometown passed a resolution opposing a war with Iraq on the same day U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell outlined the case for war before the United Nations.
Candidate Dean rips rivals' stances on war with Iraq Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean criticized his rivals for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination Saturday for their positions on potential war with Iraq and continued his attack on Dictator Bush's handling of the crisis.
Indian director not to pray with Bush Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt has refused an invitation to attend the 51st National Prayer Breakfast meeting with dictator George W. Bush in Washington on Thursday. According to reports published in the Indian media, he has done so protest against Bush's pro-war policies.
Media mogul Turner derides attack on Iraq Former AOL Time Warner vice-chairman Ted Turner criticized the growing likelihood of a U.S. attack on Baghdad and suggesting that military action is a ridiculous way to bring down Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Richard Gere slams Bush in anti-war attack Richard Gere has slammed George W Bush and spoken out against possible war with Iraq at the 53rd Berlin Film Festival. Gere was among a host of Hollywood celebrities in Berlin, eager to tout their anti-war sentiments.
Madonna takes swipe at Bush Madonna is set to cause controversy in her home country with a new video which will act as a thinly veiled critique of George Bush's policies on Iraq. Madonna's UK spokeswoman, Barbara Charone, confirmed that the promo would contain an anti-war message.
Madonna Aiming for Anti-War Statement Madonna is producing a violent music video that her publicist says depicts the "catastrophic repercussions and horror of war."
From an American Child To the Children of Iraq --by Natasha H. (age 11)
Iraqis Turn to Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh bears sold briskly in the heart of Baghdad as parents bought gifts for children for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha under the shadow of war...
Israel closes W. Bank, Gaza Strip Government cites terror threats in total clampdown --Citing warnings of terrorist attacks, Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Monday, banning Palestinians from entering Israel.
Food running out in Gaza as aid appeal fails UN warns that warehouses feeding a million Palestinians will be bare in weeks because donations have dried up --More than a million Palestinians, already suffering economic collapse, growing unemployment and malnutrition levels comparable to those in Congo, are threatened with food shortages because western governments have turned their backs on a UN appeal for funds.
Iran poses third nuclear threat to US Tehran uses Washington's preoccupation with Iraq and North Korea to rattle its own sabre --US officials, preoccupied with the crises in Iraq and North Korea, are playing down the urgency of the announcement by Iran, the third member of Washington's "axis of evil", that it will produce and reprocess nuclear fuel. [Let us restate the *actual* members of the "axis of evil": George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld.]
Latest terror warning most serious since 9-11, Ridge says Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday the latest terrorism alert issued by the Bush dictatorship represented "the most significant" such warning since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Rumsfeld admitted that a missile hit the Pentagon, and a whole lot more, in an Oct. 12, 2001 DoD news transcript. Donald Rumsfeld: "...Here we're talking about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filed with our citizens, and the missile to damage this building and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center. The only way to deal with this problem is by taking the battle to the terrorists, wherever they are, and dealing with them."
‘Anthrax' Scare at ESPN Offices An ESPN marketing exec yesterday received a letter with white powder in it at the cable channel's Upper West Side office, sparking an anthrax scare.
450 troops guard Heathrow More than 450 troops with armoured cars were patrolling Heathrow today amid fears of an imminent terror attack.
Soldiers drafted in to increase Heathrow security More than 400 soldiers were drafted in to provide extra security at Heathrow airport today to combat terrorist threats to London, Scotland Yard said today.
Security role for traffic cameras London's new charging zone helps to form 'ring of steel' guarding capital against al-Qaeda bombers [?!? Actually, dissenters of Poodle's policies] --Security cameras will be able to zoom in on the faces of drivers entering London's congestion charge zone as part of a sophisticated 'ring of steel' around the capital.
Sen. Clinton Calls for National ID Card Saying that she is strongly opposed to "illegal immigrants," New York Sen. Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that she would support a national identification card for U.S. citizens if other measures to keep illegals out of the country failed.
Greenspan Tepid on Bush's Tax-Cut Plan Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday that he wasn't totally convinced that a new round of tax cuts is necessary to bolster the economy and said Congress must make sure future budget deficits remain under control. Greenspan's comments dealt a blow to Dictator Bush's drive to enact a new round of $1.3 trillion in tax cuts, which Democrats have complained will lead to exploding budget deficits in future years.
New report could be good news for former Enron chief Ken Lay A new report shows that Former Enron chairman and chief Kenneth Lay had nearly absolute faith in the company's stock, even as it plunged.
Renters Receiving U.S. Aid to Pay More Under Budget Proposal The Bush regime is proposing to increase rents charged to thousands of poor people who receive federal housing aid.
Program Assessment and Budget Cuts Ahead "This Administration has not made reducing the size and effectiveness of government a stated goal; however, the strides that are being made to devolve responsibilities to the states and to privatize government functions, deregulate and limit government oversight, and defund government by reducing federal (and often state) revenue through huge tax cuts, make the words unnecessary."
Report: State budget gaps soar Deficits jumped by almost 50 percent, and likely to worsen --The flood of red ink for state governments just keeps rising: Expected budget deficits jumped by close to 50 percent in the past three months, and the situation is expected to worsen, the National Conference of State Legislatures said Tuesday.
Moody's drops rating on Calif. bonds to among lowest in nation A Wall Street credit rating firm downgraded California's bond ratings Monday to one of the lowest rankings among the 50 states, a decision that could force the cash-strapped state to pay higher interest on its long-term debt.
Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who observes that we are "incredibly self dilluted" --Michael Rectenwald notes, "This war is for more than oil--it is for military contractors to get paid off, for control of the region, for control of the water, and for oil. But it is NOT about WMDs--99.9% of the weapons of mass destruction in the region are those of the US and the UK. The weapons are perched around Iraq, like the evidence in search of a crime."
US puts screws to Germany over Iraq Washington is tightening the economic screws on Berlin over a looming conflict with Iraq, threatening to clamp down against both the government and private companies in staunchly anti-war Germany, according to press reports. The US has decided to freeze all but the bare minimum of its planned multi-million investments in its German military bases "because of the political situation," the weekly Welt am Sonntag will report on today.
US fury at European peace plan Transatlantic tensions burst into public slanging match as French and Germans call for more time --The Bush dictatorship reacted with rage last night to a Franco-German initiative to extend arms inspections in Iraq, portraying the plan as a thinly disguised attempt to derail the US timetable for war.
US scorns new moves to stop the war on Iraq Powell rejects Franco-German plan; Inspectors see signs of 'progress' --America poured scorn on a new plan for Iraq proposed by France and Germany as a way of averting war last night, deepening the rift with its reluctant European allies. Plagiarist Colin Powell, the lying US Secretary of State, dismissed proposals for tripling the number of inspectors, backed by armed UN peace-keepers, as a "distraction, not a solution".
'We will defy Paris and Berlin. They will be judged by their people' --Donald Rumsfeld --Plans by France, Germany and Belgium to block the transfer of Nato equipment intended for the protection of Turkey were “breathtaking”, Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, told The Times. “They (the three countries) will be judged by their own people and they’ll be judged by other Nato countries,” he said.
France, Germany and Belgium Block NATO War Efforts France, Germany and Belgium on Monday blocked NATO efforts to begin planning for possible Iraqi attacks against Turkey, deepening divisions in the alliance over the U.S.-led push to oust Saddam Hussein. Turkey immediately requested emergency consultations under NATO’s mutual defense treaty, or Article 4, the first time a nation has done so in the alliance’s 53-year history.
Belgium says will use NATO veto to block US in Iraq Belgium will use its veto power in NATO to block a US request for the military alliance to support a US-led military strike on Iraq, Foreign Minister Louis Michel said on Sunday. Speaking on Belgian television, Michel added that he expected France and Germany also to block the US request.
Germany in bid to block war on Iraq Germany was trying last night to build a coalition to prevent America and Britain from going to war with Iraq, threatening one of the biggest transatlantic rifts for decades.
Chancellor Schroeder to present Franco-German peace initiative to parliament German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will present the details of French and German proposals to disarm Iraq to the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Thursday. The proposals, confirmed on Sunday by German Defence Minister Peter Struck, have been presented as an alternative to military action against Iraq.
US furious over reported Franco-German plan on Iraq US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld headed back to Washington from a brief European tour Sunday as US officials lambasted France and Germany for allegedly leaving them out of the loop [LOLOLOL!!!] on a joint plan to disarm Iraq. Senior officials made it clear that they were deeply unhappy at being told of the reported plan only hours before Rumsfeld was due to fly out of Munich, where he had been attending a high-level security conference.
Poll: Germans Believe U.S. a Nation of Warmongers A majority of Germans believe the United States is a nation of warmongers and only six percent think Dictator Bush is interested in keeping the peace, according to a survey published Monday.
Washington and London Isolated --by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey "The United States of America and the United Kingdom have managed to isolate themselves from the main decision-making centres of international diplomacy and simultaneously, put on stand-by a process of forming a New World Order, based upon the UNO, discussion, diplomacy and a multi-lateral, equalitarian approach to crisis management."
Canada Backs Turkey in NATO Dispute Over Iraq Canada said on Monday it backed Ankara in a dispute over whether the NATO alliance should help Turkey strengthen its defenses in case of a U.S-led assault on Iraq.
Ashamed that Rumsfeld is one of the family The Rumsfelds of Weyhe-Sudweyhe, a suburb of Bremen, were once proud of their long-lost cousin, America's Secretary of Defence. No longer. "We think it is dreadful that Donald Rumsfeld is out there pushing for a war against Iraq," Karin Cecere [nee Rumsfeld], 59, said from her home last week. "We are embarrassed to be related to him." [Poor Rumsfelds of Germany, their long-lost cousin is neo-Nazi war-hawk whose skull looks like death itself. They're rightly embarrassed to be related to him. Well, we're embarrassed that he is our Secretary of Military Imperialism.]
US Plans for Use of Gas in Iraq Top US military planners are preparing for the US to use incapacitating biochemical weapons in an invasion of Iraq. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed the plans in February 5th testimony before the US House Armed Services Committee.
View a picture of what Rumsfeld blithely calls "Collateral Damage." (.pdf, requires Acrobat Reader)
Powell's 'proof' is all smoke and mirrors --by Eric Margolis "[Colin] Powell's philipic [philippic] encouraged those favouring war. Skeptics dismissed it as a farrago of dubious claims. A good defence attorney would have had most of Powell's charges thrown out of court. France, Germany, Russia and China concluded Powell's indictment showed the need for stronger, continued inspections rather than war... Note: America's two most recent major wars - Vietnam and the Gulf - began with release of faked 'intelligence' information: the non-existent Gulf of Tonkin attack in 1964, and doctored photos of a non-existent Iraqi invasion buildup on the Saudi border in 1990."
Lying Us Into War: Exposing Bush and His "Techniques of Deceit" --by Dennis Hans "President [sic] George W. Bush and his foreign-policy team have systematically and knowingly deceived the American people in order to gain support for an unprovoked attack on Iraq... It is not one single lie that has an effect on the public. It is the cumulative effect of dozens of lies, big and small, reiterated daily and challenged rarely. That is the effect that has brought us to where we are today."
Level with us, Mr. President --by Edward Kennedy "The administration has released no casualty estimates [of war with Iraq], and they could be extremely high. Many military experts have predicted urban guerrilla warfare - a scenario which retired General Joseph Hoar, who had responsibility for Iraq before the Gulf War, says could look ''like the last 15 minutes of 'Saving Private Ryan.'''
Iraq OKs use of spy planes Iraq sent a letter to U.N. weapons inspectors Monday approving the use of U.S.-made U-2 surveillance planes and pledged to pass legislation next week outlawing the use of weapons of mass destruction, Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations said.
We sense a change of heart in Baghdad, says Blix The top UN weapons inspectors, Hans Blix and Mohamed el-Baradei, sounded unusually optimistic last night as they emerged from talks with Iraqi officials, saying that they had perceived "the beginning of a change of heart" by Iraq.
'Dr Germ' claims Saddam never planned to use his deadly toxins Iraq's leading germ warfare scientist, Rihab Taha, known as "Dr Germ," justified her country's biological programme last night as purely defensive and denied that deadly agents had ever been designed for use in weapons.
One in five reservists is resisting call-up for war (UK) One in five of the military reservists called up in preparation for a possible war in Iraq has asked to be excused from duty or simply ignored the order.
Madonna Plans Video To Protest War, Bush (Drudge) Madonna is hoping to cause maximum controversy with a new video from her forthcoming CD, AMERICAN LIFE. Editing is in progress on a musical video concept which insiders say may be the most shocking anti-war, anti-Bush statement yet to come from the showbusiness industry.
Secret pact to oust Arafat reported Israel and Washington have reached a secret agreement on conditions for ousting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after the U.S. topples Saddam Hussein in Iraq, a leading Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.
Iran Says Its Working on Enriched Uranium Plant The head of Iran's atomic energy program Monday said preliminary work had begun on a plant to produce enriched uranium, although the facility was a long way from completion. [Next on the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel's Agenda?]
Saudi Arabia plans for a future without US troops Saudi Arabia's leaders are making preparations for an era of military disengagement from the United States. They have also decided to enact what Saudi officials call the first significant democratic reforms at home, and to rein in the conservative clergy that has shared power in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia Denies Plan to Seek U.S. Troop Pullout Saudi Arabia's leaders will ask U.S. forces to leave the country after any war with Iraq, according to a New York Times report on Sunday that Saudi and U.S. officials called speculative and hypothetical.
News Industry Plans for War and Worries About Lost Ads [?!?] Network executives are also weighing the possibility that the harsh reality of war might diminish the astounding popularity of reality television. [?!?] The question was first raised and then dismissed after Sept. 11, but scenes of American troops fighting on the ground may be another matter.
Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 "Patriot Act II" unreleased proposed legislation [CLG made a webpage with a copy of the bill for your convenience. Consider it *released.*]
Ashcroft proposes vast new surveillance powers A sweeping new anti-terrorism bill drafted by the Justice Department would dramatically increase government electronic surveillance and data collection abilities, and impose the first-ever federal criminal penalties for using encryption in the U.S.
YellowTimes.org shut down Alternative news publication YellowTimes.org has been shut down by its hosting company. It recently published an article by Imad Khadduri, an Iraqi former nuclear scientist, who charged that recent allegations concerning the competence and progress of the Iraqi nuclear weapons program are baseless and untrue.
Storm brewing over remarks made early this week by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-Nazi-6th, N.C. about Japanese internment during World War II The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) demanded an apology from Coble. In a letter released Wednesday, the group also called on U.S. House of Representatives leadership to remove him immediately from the chairmanship of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. In an interview on WKZL-FM's "Murphy in the Morning" show Tuesday, Coble said he agreed with Franklin D. Roosevelt's decision to intern Japanese-Americans during World War II. ***Sign Petition to remove Nazi Coble as Homeland Judiciary Chair***
ABA May Oppose U.S. on Enemy Combatants The nation's largest lawyers' group is set to condemn the government's refusal to give legal rights to American enemy combatants under the Bush dictatorship. The American Bar Association also is expected to press for more openness about government surveillance in the United States.
Two Marines charged with plotting to bomb base Two U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are in custody after conspiring to use an explosive device at their base, police said.
'Bomb' Package Addressed to Ashcroft at Federal Building Is Pornography (PA) The briefcase-sized box, wrapped in what appeared to be a green garbage bag and left at the entrance of the William J. Nealon Federal Building in the 200 block of North Washington Avenue, was full of pornographic magazines and videos. A note on the package was addressed to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. ...A bomb squad member shouted, "Fire in the hole!" and the package popped in the air, its glossy, pornographic contents scattering.
Lawmakers Propose Anti-Missile Systems Two New York lawmakers on Sunday outlined legislation that would pay for missile protection technology to be installed on all commercial airplanes.
As Cities Move to Privatize Water, Atlanta Steps Back Privatization has hit the water sector, which has remained mostly the bastion of public utilities. Over the last five years, hundreds of American communities, including Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Gary, Ind., have hired private companies to manage their waterworks, serving about one in 20 Americans. [Envision an Enron clone trying to boost its profits, managing our water sectors, and the ramifications of this insane scenario. With Bush/Cheney at the helm, removing all vestiges of corporate responsibility, there is no end to the economic terrorism that these corporations could carry out on an unsuspecting population vis a vis our water supplies.]
Bush to Seek to Boost His Image on Economic Policy [LOL!] Dictator Bush's intermittent [pathetic, Weasel-like] efforts to appear as concerned about jobs as he is about [fomenting] terrorism have never taken hold, and his aides say he will use the next two weeks to try to improve his footing on the economy before likely plunging into a[n insane] war with Iraq. [Bush is working to improve his image on fixing the economy, rather than fixing the economy *itself*. Regime change begins at home...]
Company collapse a blow to retirees (PA) Some of them went to work in the blast furnaces when they were just 18, then spent half a lifetime handling molten slag and inhaling steel dust in some of the most dangerous jobs on earth. But for the tens of thousands of Bethlehem Steel workers who stuck it out, retirement brought a rich reward: a hefty pension and a lifetime of almost free healthcare for themselves and their families. But, Bethlehem Steel on Friday announced it was seeking bankruptcy court approval to terminate health- and life-insurance benefits for 95,000 retired workers and their dependents on March 31.
US gasoline price up 11.24 cents in latest survey U.S. average retail gasoline prices made their biggest jump in 11 months during the past two weeks, as crude prices hit 26-month highs on fears that Bush's war in Iraq could upset Middle East oil supplies, according to a nationwide survey on Sunday.
The Iraqi War Song --by Dr. Leonard Horowitz
"Bush himself is the most incompetent and dangerous President [sic] in living memory," prominent opposition Labor MP in Australia, Mark Latham, telling parliament the world could not trust the American dictator.
Munich mayor calls for anti-U.S. protests during high-level security conference The mayor of Munich called Tuesday for protests against U.S. policy on Iraq during a security conference to be attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Mayor Christian Ude, a member of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats, took out half-page ads in city newspapers to urge citizens to join a protest organized by labor unions and church groups against U.S. threats to invade Iraq.
US severs last ties with Iraq The United States announced the closure of its Interests Section in the Polish Embassy in Baghdad and urged all US citizens to get out of the country, severing its final diplomatic link with Iraq in a move that normally precedes war. The State Department simultaneously moved to cut its diplomatic presence across the Middle East in countries and territories "within Scud missile range of Iraq".
US pulls out diplomats in final preparation for strike on Iraq The United States has pulled out all but its most senior diplomats from countries surrounding Iraq, in preparation for a seemingly inevitable war.
Pentagon Mobilizes Commercial Air Fleet The Pentagon said on Saturday it was activating a rarely used program that would mobilize scores of U.S. commercial aircraft to meet heightened airlift needs ahead of a possible war with Iraq.
Civil Reserve Air Fleet State I Activation Announced The Secretary of Defense has given authority to the commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to provide the Department of Defense additional airlift capability to move U.S. troops and military cargo. This measure is necessary due to increased operations associated with the build-up of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region.
US and Britain give Saddam just 48 hours to leave Iraq Britain and America are drawing up plans to give Saddam Hussein as little as 48 hours to flee Baghdad or face war, if UN weapons inspectors report this week that the Iraqi president is still refusing to disarm fully. The deadline would be just long enough for Arab neighbours to make a last effort to persuade Saddam to leave the country, according to US officials, or for a coup to take place. [US and UK axis of Evil in a hurry to start a war before the German-French plan allows peace to break out.]
Another Colin Powell Lie Revealed: truth behind US 'poison factory' claim Luke Harding reports from the terrorist camp in northern Iraq named by Colin Powell as a centre of the al-Qaeda international network "The US Secretary of State last week confidently described the compound in north-eastern Iraq - run by an Islamic terrorist group Ansar al-Islam - as a 'terrorist chemicals and poisons factory.' Yesterday, however, it emerged that the terrorist factory was nothing of the kind... There is a bakery. There is no sign of chemical weapons anywhere - only the smell of paraffin and vegetable ghee used for cooking. In the kitchen, I discovered some chopped up tomatoes but not much else."
Wrangling over Iraq lands NATO in fresh crisis --France may use veto Irked by U.S. pressure on Iraq, France looks set to veto NATO planning for the protection of Turkey just before a Monday deadline -- potentially plunging the transatlantic alliance into another crisis of credibility. France has all but confirmed it will stall preparations to send Patriot air defence missiles, NATO early warning planes and anti-chemical and biological warfare units to Turkey.
Iraq disarmament plan gains support Russia has said it will support a Franco-German plan aimed at averting war with Iraq. The plan reportedly calls for the tripling of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, banning Iraqi flights anywhere over the country and deploying UN peacekeepers.
Putin to rally Europeans on Iraq Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a whirlwind tour of Europe to drum up opposition to a possible US-led attack on Iraq. [The whole world hates the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel, and his entire regime, too!]
France and Germany Planning to Deploy Thousands of Peacekeepers to Iraq The influential Der Spiegel weekly, in advance copies released today, reported that France and Germany were considering a plan to deploy thousands of United Nations peacekeepers and hundreds more weapons inspectors to prevent military conflict in Iraq. Livid American officials denounced the fact that they first heard of the possible plan from reporters.
"Old Europe" plans a blue helmet invasion in the Iraq Germany and France work on an alternative plan for the disarmament in Iraq. UN soldiers are to occupy and the work of the supervisors secure the country, according to der SPIEGEL. The invasion would take place with German participation. Momentarily the secret plan is agreed upon with Russia and China. [Original article, from Der Spiegel: Das "alte Europa" plant eine Blauhelm-Invasion im Irak Deutschland und Frankreich arbeiten an einem Alternativplan zur Entwaffnung des Irak. Uno-Soldaten sollen das Land besetzen und die Arbeit der Inspektoren sichern, meldet der SPIEGEL. Die Invasion würde mit deutscher Beteiligung stattfinden. Momentan wird der Geheimplan mit Russland und China abgesprochen...]
Franco-German Plan Floated to Avert Iraq War Germany and France are working on a new plan to try to avert war in Iraq that would compel Baghdad to admit thousands of U.N. troops to enforce disarmament and tighter sanctions, Der Spiegel said on Saturday.
NATO Allies Trade Barbs Over Iraq German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, whose speech immediately followed Donald Rumsfeld's, seemed taken aback by the relentlessness of the U.S. defense secretary's criticism. On the question of attacking Iraq, Fischer asked several times: "Why now? . . . Are we in a situation where we should resort to violence now?" At one point Fischer faced the U.S. delegation to the conference and, switching from German to English, pointedly said, "Excuse me, I am not convinced."
U.S., Europeans Trade Barbs Over Iraq Crisis Deep U.S.-European divisions over Iraq were laid bare on Saturday as U.S. officials said reticence over war was harming transatlantic ties, while France and Germany insisted peace must be given a chance.
Rumsfeld Rebukes U.N. and NATO on Approach to Baghdad Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld issued uncompromising challenges to both the United Nations and NATO over Iraq today. As Mr. Rumsfeld spoke, thousands of people joined a protest called by church and labor leaders in the heart of Munich to protest any war in Iraq.
Rumsfeld family tie is first victim of war The American defence chief Donald Rumsfeld has been disowned by his anti-war relatives in north Germany, reports Tony Paterson --The Rumsfelds of Weyhe-Sudweyhe, an unremarkable red-brick suburb of Bremen, were once proud of their long-lost cousin, America's secretary of state for defence - but no longer.
PM wants new UN vote In Washington today Prime Minister John Howard will tell Dictator George Bush that Australia wants a second UN Security Council resolution if force becomes the only option. "It's our overwhelming preference," he said.
Annan: U.S. should seek consensus on Iraq Chief inspectors hold 'substantial' talks in Baghdad U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Saturday that the issue of Iraqi disarmament is "not for any one state but for the international community as a whole," and urged the United States to seek consensus before taking military action against Baghdad.
Annan Warns Bush Against Unilateral Attack on Iraq U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned the United States on Saturday against attacking Iraq on its own, arguing collective action under a U.N. umbrella would have greater legitimacy and better odds of success.
Bush Prepared to Act on Iraq if U.N. Balks Dictator Bush braced the nation on Saturday for a possible war with Iraq, saying it must be prepared to act if the U.N. Security Council backs down.
Powell's Tape is Likely From Pre-1998 --Former nuclear scientist 52-year-old Jamil Aziz Slewa, an Iraqi refugee in Norway, says that Powell's recording of two Iraqi officers discussing the movement of weapons is probably pre-1998, if not false. [Link to original, in Norwegian: Powells lydbånd er fra før 1998]
First casualties in the propaganda firefight All's fair in the war for hearts and minds: frustrated by the failure of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq to find the 'smoking gun', Downing Street resorted to plagiarising a 12-year-old US doctoral thesis --by Gaby Hinsliff, Martin Bright, Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy "There are scornful mutterings in French political circles this weekend that they cannot be expected to back a war on Iraq until Britain produces something more compelling than a 'failed doctoral thesis'. Diplomatic sources say French Ministers are now openly 'vitriolic' in their opinions of George Bush."
MI6 and CIA: the new enemy within --by Paul Lashmar and Raymond Whitaker "Britain and America's spies believe that they are being politicised: that the intelligence they provide is being selectively applied to lead to the opposite conclusion from the one they have drawn, which is that Iraq is much less of a threat than their political masters claim. Worse, when the intelligence agencies fail to do the job, the politicians will not stop at plagiarism to make their case, even 'tweaking' the plagiarised material to ensure a better fit."
Mr Blair asks us to trust him. We cannot do so (The Independent) "The American and British governments have undermined their case even more by the increasingly tortuous attempts to link al-Qa'ida with Iraq... So desperate were Mr Blair's aides to prove the case for war they published an outdated thesis by a postgraduate student and presented it as contemporary intelligence material."
Human Shield Organization Founder Detained in Italy (TJP Human Shield Action Press Release) [*note --enter website to access this story, link same as their Index] "February 8th 2003 --Ken Nichols O’Keefe, founding member of the TJP Human Shield Action, has been refused entry into Turkey and is now being detained in Italy. He may be forced to return to the USA. We recognize that Ken may not reach Iraq as a human shield. Ken envisioned a mass migration to Iraq that would stand in the face of US/UK aggression."
Hold your peace A serious rift has opened up between Prince Charles and the government because he is seen to be against a war on Iraq. Whitehall also believes the prince is sympathetic to the view that war on Saddam Hussein is a bid by the US to grab a stake in the Middle East's oil.
Maine's Antiwar Vote May Be New England Bellwether As goes Maine, so goes . . .? The Maine Senate voted last week to ask Dictator Bush to pursue diplomacy rather than war with Iraq. In a vote along the sharpest of party lines, every Democrat favored the measure, and every Republican opposed it. It passed by a vote of 18 to 15.
Thirty women entered a snow-blanketed Central Park in New York yesterday morning, shed their outerwear and lay down in formation to spell "No Bush" as a protest against a potential U.S. war with Iraq. Sixty-three U.S. cities have approved resolutions calling for diplomacy over war. (Diane Bondareff -- AP)
Australians bare all in anti-war protest More than 700 women have posed nude in Australia in a mass protest against their country's support for possible military action against Iraq.
Protect Pilots from a Cruel Legal Dilemma --by Ralph Omholt "As the U.S. military continues to surge combat units into Southwest Asia for possible war against Iraq, a new hazard to American military aviators has emerged: With modern stand-off weapons becoming central to combat air power, the issue of U.S. pilots being held accountable under the Geneva Conventions for killing civilians is no longer an arcane legal theory. The changing nature of war itself threatens to criminalize our fighting men and women."
And, From the Stupid is as Stupid Does Department, This Gem: Britain to ship plutonium to Europe on unarmed ferry --Britain is to ship plutonium suitable for nuclear bombs by unarmed ro-ro ferry, despite the Prime Minister's campaign against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Mr Blair insisted, shortly after 11 September, that the shipments of fuel from the controversial Sellafield nuclear complex should take place.
Comprehensive Homeland Security Act of 2003 "S. 22. Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD). Authorization of appropriations for hiring additional INS personnel, Authorization for Appropriations for Improvements in Technology for Improving Border Security." Jan. 22, 2003, Senator Daschle as author.
Transcript from Bill Moyers show on expanded Patriot Act "Moyers: Do you see any protection in here against potential abuse? [Chuck] Lewis: I don't think there's very much — there's a lot more authority and power for government. There's less oversight and information about what government is doing. That's the headline and that's the theme. And the safeguards seem to be pretty minimal to me."
Justice Dept. Draft on Wider Powers Draws Quick Criticism A storm of liberal criticism erupted today over a Justice Department draft of legislation to increase the law enforcement powers it won in 2001 in the U.S.A. Patriot Act. [article includes some of the salient points of the bill, such as: "Allow citizenship to be stripped from people who support groups that the United States considers terrorist organizations and Flatly bar Freedom of Information Act efforts to gain information about detainees, because litigation over such issues costs the Justice Department resources."]
S. Florida healthcare workers reluctant to get smallpox shots Thousands of South Florida's healthcare workers are opting not to volunteer for statewide smallpox vaccinations out of fear they won't be compensated fairly if they get sick or die from the shots.
Bush Seeks to Recast Federal Ties to the Poor Dictator Bush has embarked on a far-reaching campaign to transform the federal government's relationship with the nation's poor, seeking to tip control over social services to the states, reduce the funding of some programs, and require more proof that low-income people are eligible for public help.
White House Floats Idea of Dropping Income Tax Dictator Bush, having already set off a firestorm over his proposals to cut taxes and revamp retirement accounts, suggested today that the time might be near to drop the income tax as a whole and replace it with some form of consumption tax.
Bush Seeks Tax Cuts He Had Scorned Dictator Bush's tax plan include dozens of small tax breaks for interests as disparate as insurance companies, elite private universities, operators of landfills and people of modest means who donate to their churches. Altogether, the tax breaks for special interests could total hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue losses over the next 10 years.
Columbia was worst shuttle in Nasa fleet The space shuttle Columbia had by far the worst record of problems with its heat shield in the entire shuttle fleet, The Telegraph can reveal.
Critics charge independent commission too close to NASA The NASA-appointed commission conducting an independent investigation into the Columbia accident is too closely linked to the space agency and has too little time to do its work, say critics who wonder whether the public can trust the findings.
Arsenic cleanup progressing in D.C. neighborhood The Army Corps of Engineers has removed more than 10,000 tons of arsenic-contaminated soil from the grounds of American University and nearby homes, officials said Monday.
Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 "Patriot Act II" unreleased proposed legislation --The Bush Dictatorship is preparing a bold, comprehensive sequel to the USA Patriot Act passed in the wake of September 11, 2001, which will give the government broad, sweeping new powers to increase domestic intelligence-gathering, surveillance and law enforcement prerogatives, and simultaneously decrease judicial review and public access to information. Available in full text (.pdf 12 MB) [It's bold ! It's comprehensive! It's straight out of Nazi Germany!]
Boards to Oversee Total Information Awareness Program Two boards will oversee the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Total Information Awareness program, said Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, today. Retired Rear Adm. John Poindexter, a rightwing sickko and former national security adviser under President Reagan, heads the research effort.
The New York Sun Editorial Calls for Prosecuting Anti-W-ar Protesters for TREASON "...'Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court... And there is no reason to doubt that the 'anti-war' protesters — we prefer to call them protesters against freeing Iraq — are giving, at the very least, comfort to Saddam Hussein... So the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution." [It is Bush, et al., who need to be tried for treason, for destroying the United States of America. Here is The New York Sun contact info: 212.725.4500 and firstname.lastname@example.org]
Holy Excuse to Shut Down the Internet, Batman! Net user group may aid terrorists --As the United States braces for a possible war with Iraq and the potential for renewed terror attacks, the NBC News investigative team [actually, it's the "Torch the Constitution Team"] has uncovered a "disturbing user group on the Internet" that terrorists could be accessing to mount new operations.
Executive power grab on tap at White House? Attorneys: Bush's post-attack directives could lead to liberty-curbing restrictions --With Congress hotly debating whether to grant sweeping police powers to federal law enforcement agencies in the name of combating terrorism, two attorneys who have studied presidential directives in depth are concerned that civil liberties will take a beating from the executive branch as well as the legislative – and no one would realize it until it was too late.
New Hampshire GOP Director Resigns The executive director of the state Republican Party resigned Friday after being accused of lying about hiring a telemarketing firm to jam Democratic phone lines on Election Day.
Federal officials alerted by police to alleged GOP phone jamming (NH) Manchester police have alerted the U.S. Justice Department to an Election Day operation allegedly ordered by a Republican telemarketing dealer that jammed get-out-the-vote phone banks operated by the city’s firefighters union and the state Democratic Party.
Poodle lays down law against using veto As Dictator George Bush warned Iraq the "game is over" and it must disarm, Britain warned France, China and Russia against using an "unreasonable veto" [?!?] in the United Nations against approving a United States-led invasion. The Poodle, Tony Blair, said Britain would support war against Iraq without a second UN resolution, though he conceded it would help his government to win over a hostile public. [No, I don't think we'll be won over... I definitely think we'll stay hostile. Thanks, though. <g>]
Transcript of Poodle's Iraq interview Poodle Tony Blair appeared on Newsnight on 6 February where he was quizzed by Jeremy Paxman and a panel of voters about the Iraq crisis. Snippet: "(Male 2) Prime Minister, you must see the evidence that was presented yesterday as laughable, it was Morecambe and Wise-esque - the warhead sketch. It was just absolutely laughable what Colin Powell put in front of the UN yesterday. TONY BLAIR: Well I don't think it was laughable at all." [LOL! Goodness knows, *I'm* LOLing here! --Lori Price]
Jane's Group Now Says British Dossier Copied Its Articles Jane's Information Group, the company that publishes journals and articles about military affairs, said three of its pieces had appeared uncredited in a British government dossier on Iraq.
Fiasco over the Saddam dossier Downing Street admitted making a serious error yesterday as it emerged that a dossier against Saddam Hussein was partly copied from a student's PhD thesis and cobbled together by Alastair Campbell's propaganda machine.
Poodle Acknowledges Flaw in Iraq Dossier Some Material Cited by Powell at United Nations Came From 12-Year-Old Academic Papers --Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman today conceded that his office copied material from three academic papers into a special intelligence dossier on Iraq that was released to the public this week.
UN conceals Picasso’s "Guernica" for Powell’s presentation In an act with extraordinary historical resonance, United Nations officials covered up a tapestry reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s anti-war mural "Guernica" during US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s February 5 presentation of the American case for war against Iraq. [The tapestry cover-up synchronizes Poodle's and Powell's academic plagiarism. --Lori Price]
Military developing 'loitering' and 'sleeping' weapons They sleep. They hide. And when an enemy sticks his neck out, they kill. The Defense Department is preparing new weapons that can loiter over a battlefield or sneak into enemy territory and "sleep" until an appropriate military target blunders into their sights.
France, China snub support for Bush Leaders insisting that inspections in Iraq continue --The leaders of France and China rebuffed efforts by Dictator Bush on Friday to line up support for the use of force against Iraq within the next month or two. Their continuing resistance made clear the difficulty the White House faces in its attempt to win explicit new authorization from the U.N. Security Council for military action.
Raffarin to Bush 'It's Not a Game, It's Not Over' French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Friday sent a message to Dictator Bush on Iraq: "It's not a game, it's not over." The comment, made by Raffarin during a visit to India, was in response to Bush's remark on Thursday that "the game is over" for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [Vive la France!!]
Giscard lambasts European leaders' divisions over Saddam Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president who is drafting a new EU constitution, yesterday criticised European leaders over their divided response to the Iraq crisis, and told them to get serious about a common foreign policy. In an implicit criticism of those backing the tough US stance on Iraq, including the UK's Tony Blair and José María Aznar of Spain, he said: "Whatever the stance taken by their leaders, the people seem to want peace." He cited opinion polls showing an overwhelming desire among EU citizens for a common response to Iraq, which he said contrasted with the divergent positions of their governments.
Jiang to Bush: Safeguard Security Council's authority China's president told George W. Bush that the authority of the U.N. Security Council must be protected when the world is determining what to do about Iraq, the Communist Party newspaper said Saturday.
Germany: no case for war with Iraq German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Saturday that he remained unconvinced of the case for a war against Iraq. He rejected suggestions that Europe was divided on the issue, saying public opinion was firmly against war.
Don't Go In Without UN Backing Hero Pilots Warn Two hero airmen tortured by Saddam Hussein's thugs yesterday called on George Bush and Tony Blair to halt their rush to war with Iraq.
Iraq Shows Off Missile Sites to Rebut U.S. Charges Iraq took international journalists to two missile sites on Friday in an attempt to rebut U.S. charges that it was developing long-range missiles in violation of a U.N. ban.
Police braced for Munich protest against Rumsfeld Four thousand policemen have been drafted into the centre of Munich as protesters from across Germany and Switzerland gathered for the arrival of Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary.
Stars speak out against war One recent afternoon Tyne Daly and Amy Brenneman, co-stars of the television show Judging Amy, leapt out of a van on the Fox Studios lot and were met by a cameraman, a boom operator, a director and two lighting technicians, who pulled the actors inside and swung into action...
North Korea warns final showdown with US will be a nuclear one An increasingly belligerent North Korea has warned of "total war" with the United States, predicting a conflict with it would develop into a nuclear one. And in a further deterioration of the nuclear crisis, the chief of the North Korean Army, Kim Yong-chun, called on his generals to win a "brilliant victory in the final showdown with US imperialists".
Bush threatens military action against North Korea With tensions rapidly spiralling out of control on the Korean peninsula, US Dictator Bush added further fuel to the fire yesterday by bluntly warning North Korea that, while the US was seeking a diplomatic solution, “all options are on the table, of course.”
US may cremate soldiers killed with toxic weapons The United States Dictator, George Bush, said Iraqi field commanders had been given authority to launch chemical weapons against advancing US forces, prompting the Pentagon to consider battlefield cremations of slain soldiers.
Four Cuban border guards arrive in Keys undetected Four armed defectors from Cuba's border guard, clad in green camouflage and black boots, walked onto Key West's main drag after arriving undetected early Friday -- the same day that the U.S. attorney general put the nation on a heightened state of terrorist alert.
Goldsby selected for bioterrorism drill (OK) The U.S. Army will dump powdered egg whites [?!?], grain alcohol and several other substances on the town of Goldsby as part of a mock bioterrorism attack, state officials confirmed Thursday. [Can't the people who draft these proposals find a more dignified way to make a living?]
Impeachment Now or War Crimes Later --by Erik P. Sorensen "Efforts are underway by several organizations to pursue impeachment against George W. Bush, et. al., for aggression and the mismanagement of the public trust. A realist should understand that impeachment, regardless of the offence, with a Republican controlled Congress is not likely. Therefore, legal scholars should begin serious exploration of the establishment of an international war crimes tribunal against Bush for waging illegal wars of aggression."
No Probe in Cheney Energy Contacts The investigative arm of Congress on Friday ended its unsuccessful effort to force Vice pResident Dick Cheney to reveal the energy industry's role in formulating the Bush regime's energy plan.
GAO Drops Lawsuit Against Cheney Energy Task Force Judicial Watch Lawsuit Stands as the Only Legal Action Between Vice President Cheney and Energy Task Force Cover-up (Judicial Watch press release)
Illinois Revives Fight for Equal Rights Amendment Twenty years after the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) fell three states short of ratification, Illinois and Florida have taken steps to ratify the ERA.
Michael Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who declares that CLG supporters are "Stupid m----f---ing traitors" --"...the far-right advocates blind obeisance to authority; blind trust in unelected leaders; illegal, international law and treaty-violating W-ar; the erosion of our First Amendment rights for 'security;' the illegal internment of citizens without legal representation, and much, much more. Thanks, but we are the true Patriots."
UK's Blair Under Fire for Plagiarized Iraq Dossier George Bush's poodle, Tony Blair, was accused Friday of playing the same propaganda games as Saddam Hussein after chunks of an "intelligence" dossier on Iraq turned out to have been plagiarized from academic papers. The latest in a series of British documents focusing on the alleged threat from Saddam and rallying support for a possible U.S.-led war, it was praised by Secretary of State Colin Powell in the U.N. Security Council Wednesday.
The New York Times Finally Picks Up Plagarism Story, "All the News That's Print to Fit". LOL! U.S. Scholar Uncredited Britain's Report on Iraq --An embarrassed British government acknowledged Friday that it should have credited an American academic whose work it copied for a dossier on Iraq.
Downing St dossier plagiarised The government's carefully co-ordinated propaganda offensive took an embarrassing hit tonight after Downing Street was accused of plagiarism. The target is an intelligence dossier released on Monday and heralded by none other than Colin Powell at the UN yesterday. Channel Four News has learnt that the bulk of the nineteen page document was copied from three different articles - one written by a graduate student. Published on the Number 10 web site, called "Iraq - Its Infrastructure of Concealement Deception and Intimidation", it outlines the structure of Saddam's intelligence organisations. Paper published as original document found here. Original student paper, by Ibrahim al-Marashi, can be found here.
US evidence is 'fiction': Iraq Iraq today denied hiding weapons of mass destruction, saying Colin Powell's presentation to the UN security council yesterday contains "fiction" and lacks a "smoking gun". Iraqi official Lt Gen Amer al-Saadi said the US secretary of state's evidence was directed at the ill-informed and "unworthy of a superpower".
Ritter dismisses Powell report Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Thursday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's allegation before the U.N. Security Council that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction as "unsubstantiated" and based only on "circumstantial evidence."
Everyone Loves A Dead Iraqi --On the verge of Bush's brutal war for oil, the U.S. proves its arrogance, and the world is disgusted --by Mark Morford "There is no real evidence. There is no smoking gun. There isn't even a smoking spit wad. There is only, basically, a smoking middle finger. We are going to war with another impoverished, petty country for largely fabricated, faux-patriotic reasons. 'Let's roll!' smirks Shrub during an appallingly vague State of the Union address, sending in 180,000 U.S. troops and gearing up to bomb the living crap out of a country that is no direct threat to us whatsoever. Do we not see?"
Colin Powell is Lying --by Mike Hersh "I doubt everything about Powell's act. Powell's empty vial and lectures on anthrax remind me of some things. Whoever committed he anthrax attacks against our Senators -- people blocking Bush's right wing agenda -- were inside the US. These crimes remain unsolved and the criminals remain unpunished. Anthrax which may be in Iraq is more of a threat than anthrax in New Jersey? Anthrax which is 'weaponized' and has already killed Americans?"
The nuclear bomb hoax --by Imad Khadduri "In his speech in front of the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell did not offer any viable new evidence concerning Iraq's nuclear weapon capability that Bush and his entourage continue to wave as a red flag in front of the eyes of the American people to incite them shamefully into an unjust war.
It's about oil, and profits for US companies It is one thing for soldiers to die for freedom, quite another for them to die for profit, writes Kenneth Davidson. "I agree with Nelson Mandela. George Bush is a malevolent fool who is going to create unnecessary misery for the whole world. But having said that, he is the representative of the dominant forces within the United States polity who are highly intelligent, have a clear view of what they want and how to get it and, I assume, genuinely believe what they are doing is in America's long-term interests."
Behind the question of war --by Manochehr Dorraj "The looming war against Iraq raises a number of questions. Why suddenly after Sept. 11 did the Bush administration decide to oust Saddam Hussein, who ostensibly had nothing to do with the terrorist attack and no links to Osama bin Laden?"
Bush Demands Quick Action to Disarm Iraq In the face of stiff opposition from allies, Dictator Bush declared Thursday "the game is over" for Saddam Hussein and urged the United Nations to join in disarming Iraq.
Officials: Iraq could be pretense for U.S. terror attack The threat of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil is at a higher level than in previous months because of the possibility of impending military action against Iraq, U.S. counterterrorism officials told CNN on Wednesday.
Rumsfeld foresees swift Iraq war Any war with Iraq would be swift and not require a full US mobilisation, says US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Third of RAF is ordered to the Gulf (UK) The Government ordered the RAF to deploy one third of its aircraft to the Gulf yesterday to prepare for an American-led war against Iraq.
Australia beefs up Gulf forces Australia has begun sending the last of its military personnel and equipment to the Persian Gulf to join U.S. and U.K. forces in the build-up to possible action against Iraq.
Truckers tell of Iraqi buildup The Turkish truckers who make weekly runs to Saddam Hussein's oil refineries in northern Iraq are bringing back accounts of a massive Iraqi military buildup in the region, along with descriptions of a panicked population and barracks full of hungry and bedraggled Iraqi soldiers.
France Insists on Diplomacy With Iraq French President Jacques Chirac issued a stern warning to Baghdad on Friday to comply with U.N. inspectors, but said he still disagreed with Dictator Bush's declaration that time has run out for Saddam Hussein.
Austin council OKs Iraq resolution Austin City Council members Thursday lent their voice to a growing chorus of cities urging the Bush dictatorship not to go to war with Iraq without the support of other countries.
Austin City Council resolution on Iraq Text of the Austin City Council members approved 5-0-2 on Thursday, February 6.
Protesters Bare All As Snow Hits City The snowstorm closed some parochial schools and delayed airlines, but didn’t deter 30 women who stripped for peace in Central Park on Friday.
Eight War Protesters Arrested At Edwards' Office Eight war protesters were arrested at Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign office Thursday after they refused to leave. The protesters - including a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - were marched out of the office building in handcuffs while supporters applauded and shouted anti-W-ar slogans.
Photo-journal of ANSWER/IAC protest in Times Square, New York, February 5, 2003 --photos by Marta Steele
Peace Activists Frustrated by Bush Over Iraq Activists in the growing movement in the United States against attacking Iraq are expressing frustration at their inability to deflect Dictator Bush from his course. Despite polls showing public misgivings about attacking Iraq, especially without U.N. authorization, and a string of large anti-W-ar demonstrations across the country, Bush has generally ignored the opposition, apparently confident he will pay no political price. [What do we expect. Bush has ignored the majority (in Florida, the US, and the World) from s-election day on!]
U.S. Tells N. Korea It Can Wage 2 Wars [?!?] The Bush regime warned North Korea on Thursday that it had "robust plans for any contingencies" and though it has no intention of invading, the U.S. is capable of simultaneous military action there and in Iraq.
'All options on the table' to deal with N. Korea, Bush says Dictator Bush on Friday pressured China to help diffuse a nuclear standoff with North Korea, and said "all options are on the table" as the United States seeks a solution to the crisis.
White House Dismisses North Korea Threats The United States has "robust plans for any contingencies" involving North Korea, including military action, the White House said Thursday amid a flurry of criticism from Democrats and talk of war from Pyongyang.
Democrats: Bush Ignoring N. Korea Threat Democrats said Thursday that Dictator Bush, in a push for war against Iraq, is ignoring a potentially greater danger in North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear program.
Bush Seeks Israeli Advice on 'Targeted Killings' The Bush regime has been seeking Israel's counsel on creating a legal justification for the assassination of terrorism suspects, the Forward has learned.
U.S. drafting attack rules for cyber-war Dictator Bush has signed a secret directive ordering the government to develop, for the first time, guidelines for determining when and how the United States would launch cyber-attacks against enemy computer networks, according to regime officials.
Terror alert raised; al-Qaida may target hotels, apartments The Bush dictatorship Friday raised the national terror alert from yellow to orange, the second-highest level in the color-coded system. Attorney General John Ashcroft said apartment buildings, hotels or other "lightly secured targets" in the United States are potential targets. [Hmmm... will these attacks also be party-specific, just like the anthrax only seemed to only target Democratic senators?]
State Dept. warns Americans abroad The State Department warned Americans abroad Thursday of the threat of new terrorist attacks using chemical or biological weapons. The worldwide alert came as U.S. security officials said that they were considering raising their assessment of the threat of terrorist attacks to orange, its second-highest level, citing intelligence indications of plans for a "major attack" as early as next week. [Thanks, Bush!]
Moussaoui Case May Shift From U.S. Court to Tribunal The Justice Department is trying to salvage the civilian prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui after a court order issued secretly last week that could compel the government to place him before a military tribunal instead, regime officials say.
N.C. Congressional Nazis Under Fire Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., who heads the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said on a radio call-in program Tuesday that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Coble made his remark when a caller suggested Arabs in the United States should be confined. And fellow Republican Rep. Sue Myrick, in talking last week about domestic security threats, referred to Arab-Americans by saying, "Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country."
Many Balking at Vaccination for Smallpox Dictator Bush's plan to vaccinate 500,000 health care workers against smallpox is getting off to an unexpectedly slow start as hundreds of hospitals and thousands of nurses across the country say that they will not participate.
GAO Backs Off Cheney Lawsuit Accounting Office Will Not Appeal Federal Court Ruling --The "investigative" arm of Congress said today that it would not appeal its lawsuit against Vice pResident Cheney, handing the Bush dictatorship a complete victory in its effort to keep confidential the identities of private groups that provided advice in forming a national energy policy.
Bush Pushes Tax Cuts to Congress Dictator Bush told Congress on Friday that a new round of $1.3 trillion in tax cuts would help lift economic growth to a "higher level". [Cui Bono?]
Bush Budget Uses Fuzzy Math, Democrats Say Several new programs that Dictator Bush proposed in the buildup to his fiscal 2004 budget have turned out to be somewhat smaller than they first appeared. On topics including AIDS funding, mentoring and homeland security, Democrats have accused the dictator of misleading the public.
Public Housing Revitalization May End The Bush regime is seeking to end a 10-year-old program that has torn down or renovated tens of thousands of public housing units.
Rep. Stark takes swipe at Bush over his past [present?] alcohol use (CA) Fremont Rep. Pete Stark took aim Thursday at Dictator Bush's past problems with alcohol.
Deflating a Gasbag --by Michelangelo Signorile "Is it possible to take some of the gas out of right-wing gasbag Rush Limbaugh by taking aim at his radio program’s sponsors? The perennial question arose again last week when CBS MarketWatch reported on a website group called Take Back the Media (www.takebackthemedia.com), which has launched a campaign targeting Limbaugh’s advertisers."
House Dems Eye Expanded Shuttle Probe House Science Committee Democrats urged Dictator Bush on Thursday to expand the role of the independent board investigating the shuttle Columbia accident, saying it was important to avoid any perception that the board was under the control of NASA.
Meat Plants Faulted on Safety Rules About 60 percent of the largest U.S. meat plants failed to meet federal food safety regulations for preventing a deadly E. coli bacteria in their products, the Agriculture Department said yesterday. [the quintessential mega-barf alert]
Former CT GOPig Mayor Pleads Innocent to Sexual Assault of Two Girls Former Waterbury Republican Mayor Philip Giordano pleaded innocent Thursday to a new 18-count federal indictment, including four new charges related to his alleged sexual assault of two girls. The charges involve Giordano's alleged use of a cell phone to set up sexual liaisons with two girls, ages 9 and 11.
System Integrity Flaw Discovered at Diebold Election Systems --by Bev Harris "Feb 5, 2003: Yesterday, technicians and programmers for Diebold Election Systems, the company that supplied every single voting machine for the surprising 2002 results in the state of Georgia, the company that is preparing to convert the state of Maryland to its no-paper-trail computerized voting, admitted to a file-sharing system that amounts to a colossal security flaw."
N Korea threatens US with first strike North Korea is entitled to launch a pre-emptive strike against the US rather than wait until the American military have finished with Iraq, the North's foreign ministry told the Guardian yesterday. "The United States says that after Iraq, we are next", said the deputy director Ri Pyong-gap, "but we have our own countermeasures. Pre-emptive attacks are not the exclusive right of the US." [This is where Bush has brought us to... the brink of Armageddon.]
France & Russia warned support US war on Iraq or no Iraqi oil France and Russia have been warned they must support the US military invasion and occupation of Iraq if they want access to Iraqi oilfields in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. According to a report in today's Tehran Times, US Senator Richard Lugar, a leading member of the Bush administration and Republican Party chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia and France "must be ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in any US-led military intervention" if they want a share of Iraqi oil.
US claim dismissed by Blix The chief UN weapons inspector yesterday dismissed a central claim of the speech the US secretary of state, Colin Powell. Hans Blix said there was no evidence of mobile biological weapons laboratories or of Iraq trying to foil inspectors by moving equipment before his teams arrived. He [Blix] said the choice for the UN was between continued containment and invasion. Both strategies had problems, but an invasion required 250,000 troops and over $100bn while for containment the numbers were 250 inspectors and $80m.
Powell fails to sway U.N. skeptics China, Russia, France back continued inspections --While supporters of the Bush regime’s hard line on Iraq found U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s address to the U.N. Security Council compelling, there was no indication that it swayed skeptics of the need for military action if Saddam Hussein fails to account for the weapons of mass destruction that Powell charged he is hiding.
Powell’s UN speech triggers countdown to war against Iraq (WSWS) "US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s brief for war against Iraq, delivered Wednesday to the United Nations Security Council, was the latest act in a diplomatic charade laced with cynicism and deceit. The event was predicated on a colossal lie: that the coming invasion is about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Baghdad’s supposed threat to US security and world peace."
Powell fails to make case --by Katrina vanden Heuvel " [Secretary of State Colin] Powell's multimedia presentation contained many specific allegations but little new information or proof of the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There was no smoking gun. Instead, nearly all of the evidence was largely circumstantial or speculative. (Indeed, hours before Powell spoke, U.N. weapons inspections chief Hans Blix denied or discounted four claims central to Powell's indictment.)"
Powell’s Fairy Tales: Puerile and Patronising --by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey "The 'evidence' which was presented to the United Nations Security Council today by Colin Powell was a miscellany of obscure recordings which were misinterpreted by the US Secretary of State and risible satellite photographs which bore a strange resemblance to those which had been taken in Afghanistan two years before."
Full text of Colin Powell's speech US secretary of state's address to the United Nations security council
France Leads Critics of Powell's Iraq Report France signaled on Thursday it would not easily buy into war with Iraq, saying Washington had yet to prove to the United Nations that Iraq possessed banned weapons of mass destruction.
Turkey Says Will Not Fight in Any Iraq War Prime Minister Abdullah Gul declared Thursday that Turkey's troops would not fight in any U.S.-led war in Iraq and said he still held out hopes for a peaceful solution.
Mexico sides with 'Old Europe' on Iraq Mexican President Vicente Fox surprised many this week when he said Mexico coincided with Germany in its opposition to unilateral military action in Iraq by the United States.
Markets welcome war (UK) Shares rose strongly and oil prices slipped back last night after hawkish words from America's secretary of state, Colin Powell, hinted that months of agonising uncertainty on the world's financial markets were finally drawing to a close.
Rumsfeld Warns He Will Ask Congress for More Billions Days after the mis-ministration asked Congress for the biggest military budget since the Reagan-era buildup, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Congressional panel today that the Bush regime would soon request additional billions to fight [cause] terrorism and for any conflict with [US massacre in] Iraq.
U.S. Activates 17,000 More Troops in Iraq Build-Up The U.S. military, getting ready for a possible war with Iraq, said on Wednesday it had activated nearly 17,000 more Reserve troops, bringing the total number of reservists on active duty to more than 111,000.
UK to beef up air presence in Gulf Britain is to boost its airforce deployment in the Gulf by adding more than 8,000 people with additional fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced.
Pentagon considers cremation for bio-chem deaths The Pentagon is considering cremating the remains of soldiers who may die in an Iraqi [US?] chemical or biological attack in the Persian Gulf, Pentagon officials said Thursday.
Ex-U.N. Inspector Sees Attack on Iraq This Month A former U.N. weapons inspector and outspoken critic of U.S. policy on Iraq said Wednesday he expected war to break out by the end of February and that Pyongyang would likely seize the opportunity to attack Japan and South Korea.
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in House to Repeal War Authorization Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Ron Paul (R-TX) today introduced legislation to repeal the Iraq Use of Force Resolution passed by Congress and signed into law by the Dictator last fall. (DeFazio’s statement)
New York Sued Over Refusal to Grant Parade Permit for Anti-W-ar Protest Organizations opposed to a war with Iraq sued the city Wednesday for denying permission for a rally and march past the United Nations next week.
U.S. poet laureate opposes war with Iraq The threatened war with Iraq has politicized the nation's poets, starting at the very top. In comments rarely heard from a sitting U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins has publicly declared his opposition to war and says he finds it increasingly difficult to keep politics out of his official job as literary advocate.
Mobilizing a Theater of Protest. Again. When Sam Hamill, a poet and founder of Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Wash., was invited to a poetry symposium by Laura Bush last month, his response was to send e-mail messages to 50 friends and colleagues asking them for antiwar poems to send to Mrs. Bush. In four days he received 1,500 responses.
North Korea Intensifies War of Words With U.S. North Korea stepped up its verbal bombardment of the United States today, warning of "total war" if the United States dared to attack its nuclear complex.
Rumsfeld Warns of US Action Against North Korea U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has warned North Korea that the United States can deal with Pyongyang militarily while it is focused on Iraq. [Just what we always wanted: a two-front war. Thank you, ChoicePoint.]
N. Korea Reactivates Nuclear Facilities North Korea said it has reactivated its nuclear facilities in a surprise announcement Wednesday that came just as the world was focused on hearing Washington's case against Iraq. [!?!]
N.C. congressman says internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was appropriate A congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Rep. Howard Coble, R-Nutcase-N.C., made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a caller suggested Arabs in the United States should be confined.
Someone, blow the whistle on Bush's excessive secrecy --by Pat M. Holt "It is time for Congress or the courts to blow the whistle on the Bush administration's excessive secrecy. The secrecy is especially pernicious when set in the context of the administration's proclivity to spin. 'Spin' is the fashionable word. 'Twist,' 'distort,' 'deceive,' or 'cover up' would be more forthright."
Roseanne Barr: Bush's Washington Akin to Fuhrer's Berlin At a Lane Bryant fashion show, Roseanne Barr went on to tell of her love for "the Hitler channel" (which is apparently what she calls the History Channel). Suggesting that Bush's Washington has come to resemble the Fuhrer's Berlin, she added: "We're going back to that time now."
A Foolish President [sic] Brags About Assassination --by Richard Reeves "I literally leaped out of my seat when Bush said this: 'To date we have arrested, or otherwise dealt with, many key commanders of al-Qaida. ... All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way, they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies.' In other words, Americans are out there murdering 'suspected' terrorists. And the president [sic] smirked and almost wink-winked with pleasure. He was bragging about American assassinations."
Two soldiers develop bad reactions to smallpox shot Two soldiers have had potentially serious reactions days after receiving the smallpox vaccine.
Legal concerns slow smallpox vaccinations State health officials said Wednesday that concerns over compensation for people injured by the smallpox vaccine are hampering the inoculation program, which has vaccinated just a few hundred people so far.
Judicial nominee may face filibuster Senators began a rancorous floor debate Wednesday over Dictator Bush's nomination of a conservative Latino to the federal bench. Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said Democrats would not decide until next week whether to try to filibuster the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a post that could be a steppingstone to the Whore Court.
Steamrolling Judicial Nominees (The New York Times) "The nominees being whisked through all have records that cry out for greater scrutiny. One, Jeffrey Sutton, is a leading states' rights advocate who in 2001 persuaded the Supreme Court to rule against a nurse with breast cancer on the ground that the Americans With Disabilities Act does not apply to state employers. Another, Deborah Cook, regularly sides, as a state judge, with corporations. In one case she maintained that a worker whose employer lied to him about his exposure to dangerous chemicals should not be able to sue for his injuries. Jay Bybee, who was heard from yesterday, has argued that United States senators should be elected by state legislators, not the voters [I think they already are --see first news item, above.] Questions have also been raised about whether, as a White House aide, Mr. Bybee attempted to suppress a criminal investigation of financing of Iraqi weapons purchases..." [And so I beg the question: why were these people --and I use that term very loosely --ever nominated in the first place? --Lori Price]
U.S. to Hit Debt Ceiling in February The government is expected to hit the $6.4 trillion ceiling on the national debt around Feb. 20, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, renewing its call for Congress to boost the government's borrowing authority.
U.S. Economy in Worst Hiring Slump in 20 Years The American economy has fallen into its worst hiring slump in almost 20 years, and many business executives say they remain unsure when it will end.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Bush (The Washington Post) "The cost of a war with Iraq is not included in this [the 2004] budget. The costs of Medicare and Social Security will outstrip their revenue by $18 trillion over the next 75 years, according to administration estimates. And, with a return to deficits, the government will be paying more and more interest on the national debt -- more than $1 trillion over the next five years. Pressed about this, the administration breezily asserts that tax cuts will spur economic growth that will take care of all these worries."
Murky on Mercury Last fall, a United Nations group met to confront the threat posed by rising levels of mercury worldwide, deciding to adopt an international treaty limiting emissions of the highly toxic chemical. At the time, US negotiators agreed. According to a leaked document, however, the Bush dictatorship now plans to block the treaty at a UN meeting next month, Environment News Service's Cat Lazaroff reports.
ANWR drilling in today's Bush proposed spending budget Despite last week's announced opposition to its inclusion in the 2004 government spending budget by six Republican senators, US Dictator George W. Bush has included opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for licensing and drilling in 2005.
In the Northwest: Bush smiles at environment, but his teeth are fangs --by Joel Connelly "The Bush administration picked a sunny day, with the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge as a bracing photo backdrop, to put a smiling face on its controversial environmental policies... [Interior Secretary Gale Norton] delivered a lengthy defense of the administration's plan to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, greatest of the nation's bird and animal sanctuaries."
Dodd Calls for Expansion of Family Leave On the Family and Medical Leave Act's 10th anniversary, Sen. Christopher Dodd called for expanding the landmark law that gives workers at larger companies time off to care for a new baby or sick family member.
Texas executes British citizen despite international protests The state of Texas put to death British citizen John “Jackie” Elliott on Wednesday despite pleas for clemency from the British foreign secretary, home secretary and 100 members of Parliament.
"Today people from McMurdo Station in Antarctica joined with the millions of others around the world in calling for peace not war... Seven continents united."
Australian PM censured over Iraq The Australian Senate has passed an historic no-confidence motion against the prime minister over his handling of the crisis in Iraq. John Howard and his conservative Liberal/National coalition were censured for deploying troops to the Gulf ahead of a possible war.
Pentagon nutcase: France 'no longer ally' France is no longer an ally of the United States and the NATO alliance "must develop a strategy to contain our erstwhile ally or we will not be talking about a NATO alliance" the head of the Pentagon's top advisory board, Richard Perle, said in Washington Tuesday.
Chirac: War Is the Worst Possible Solution France rejects PM's pleas to back military strikes on Iraq --President Jacques Chirac yesterday publicly snubbed Poodle Tony Blair's appeals for French support on attacking Iraq. He bluntly told the PM: "War is always the worst possible solution." [Vive la France!]
MI6 Told: Link Iraq and Bin Laden Britain's spies are being pressured by ministers to link Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. Both MI6 and military intelligence sources say claims of strong connections between Iraq and al-Qaeda are "far-fetched". But No10 wants concrete evidence to justify war on Iraq. An intelligence source said: "The politicians are clutching at straws. There is intense pressure to come up with a smoking gun."
Leaked report rejects Iraqi al-Qaeda link There are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the al-Qaeda network, according to an official British intelligence report seen by BBC News.
Pentagon 'leaks' signal start of mind games As the start date for a war against Iraq nears, the Pentagon has begun releasing details of a military and psychological campaign aimed at crushing resistance long before US troops arrive in Baghdad.
U.S. Continues Buildup for Possible War More than 110,000 National Guard and reserve forces are now serving around the nation and overseas as the United States continues its buildup for a possible war with Iraq.
7 US warships cross Suez, head to Gulf Seven US warships crossed the Suez Canal on Tuesday heading to the Gulf to join the US military buildup in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq.
20,000 British troops to stay in Iraq The British Army has been asked to station as many as 20,000 troops in Iraq for at least three-years as part of an occupying force which will back the new Baghdad government being planned in Washington.
Our troops will stay in Iraq for three years British troops will remain in Iraq after a war for three years and beyond on peacekeeping duties under contingency plans being drawn up by the Ministry of Defence.
'Madness of George Dubya' a UK hit British theatre-goers are flocking to a new farce which mocks U.S. Dictator George W. Bush as a pyjama-wearing buffoon cuddling a teddy-bear while his crazed military chiefs order nuclear strikes on Iraq. [Good one, "pyjama-wearing buffoon." <g>]
Blair Is Happy At Bloodshed --by Paul Routledge "The real patriots are those who seek peace... If you think my view 'over the top', reflect on yesterday's reports that the USA - with our support - plans to drop 3,000 bombs and missiles on Iraq in the first wave. Does anybody really believe that these are all 'smart bombs' that will take out so-called weapons of mass destruction, while leaving the civilian population intact? It will not be like that. While the Americans mourn the tragedy of seven astronauts, Iraqis will mourn their dead in their thousands."
Don't mention the war in Afghanistan --by Robert Fisk "There's one sure bet about the statement to be made to the UN Security Council today by the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell – or by General Colin Powell as he has now been mysteriously reassigned by the American press: he won't be talking about Afghanistan. For since the Afghan war is the 'successful' role model for America's forthcoming imperial adventure across the Middle East, the near-collapse of peace in this savage land and the steady erosion of US forces in Afghanistan – the nightly attacks on American and other international troops, the anarchy in the cities outside Kabul, the warlordism and drug trafficking and steadily increasing toll of murders – are unmentionables, a narrative constantly erased from the consciousness of Americans who are now sending their young men and women by the tens of thousands to stage another 'success' story."
Saddam will 'explain all' to UN inspectors Iraq's deputy prime minister says Saddam Hussein is prepared to tell all to the UN arms inspectors. Tariq Aziz also said Iraq has destroyed all stocks of anthrax and the deadly chemical agent VX.
All we want is peace, Saddam tells Benn on TV Saddam Hussein last night used an interview with Tony Benn, the Labour Left-winger, to deny he holds weapons of mass destruction and insist he has no links with the al-Qa'eda terrorist network.
We have no relationship with al-Qa'ida, says Saddam Saddam Hussein has used a rare television interview to deny for the first time any link between Iraq and al-Qa'ida. Answering questions from the former Labour MP Tony Benn, the Iraqi leader denied American and British claims that he had chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, and accused Washington and London of seeking a pretext for war.
Jowell in U-turn over war demo (UK) Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, was forced into an embarrassing climbdown yesterday as she overturned her decision to ban a demonstration against war with Iraq from Hyde Park.
Minister grants anti-W-ar protest in Hyde Park Culture minister Tessa Jowell has given the go-ahead for a protest against war with Iraq to be held in London's Hyde Park, in ten days' time. Organisers are anticipating up to half a million anti-war activists to join in the protest.
Left apologists for US imperialism red-bait the anti-war movement --by David Walsh and Barry Grey "The emergence of a broad-based movement of opposition to the Bush administration’s war against Iraq caught the American political and media establishment unawares. In the response of the various factions of the ruling elite there has been one common theme: the need to purge the anti-war movement of its left-wing elements and render it politically harmless."
Pittsburgh Anti-W-ar Photo-journal Photos from the anti-W-ar protest in Pittsburgh, January 26, 2003. Photos, courtesy Larry Rippel
N. Korea reactivates nuke facilities North Korea said Wednesday that it had reactivated its nuclear facilities and is going ahead with their operation “on a normal footing.”
Nominee Had Been Investigated for Intervening in Iraq Inquiry The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled on Wednesday to interview Jay S. Bybee, a federal appeals court nominee, who was once questioned by officials about whether he improperly intervened in a federal investigation of loans to Saddam Hussein.
Bush Plan for Military and Civilian Raises Ignores 'Pay Parity' Dictator Bush proposed a 4.1 percent average pay increase for members of the armed forces. Civilian federal employees would get 2 percent more -- but agencies could reward their best workers with higher raises from a new $500 million "performance fund."
General 'let wife sit in on classified meetings' General Tommy Franks, the man who will lead any US military strike against Iraq, is being investigated by the Pentagon for alleged abuses of privileges in relation to his wife. General Franks has been questioned by investigators over allegations he allowed his wife to sit in on highly classified briefings, failed to reimburse the Pentagon for her travel expenses and assigned her a military bodyguard in contravention of guidelines.
Holy tainted investigation, Batman! Rumsfeld, Myers Express Support for CENTCOM Commander Franks --America's top defense leaders expressed strong support today for Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the U.S. Central Command commander who is the subject of a defense inspector general investigation over alleged irregularities. Rumsfeld dismissed concerns that his statements of support could lead to undue command influence on investigators or a conflict of interest on his part.
Anti-Terrorism Barricades Go Up at the Arch (MO) Construction workers will begin installing 4,000-pound concrete barriers around most of the park's perimeter. There is no major threat to the Gateway Arch, but beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, crews will start installing cement barriers as a counter-terrorism measure.
Bush Support for 2004 Dips Below 50% Just 45% of registered voters said they are now likely to support Bush for re-s-election. [Hold onto your hats! What WMD will Bush use to steal the 2004 election?]
Bush’s Depressing Economy --by Allan Sloan "Everything will work out just fine, the president [sic] says. But a close look at his economic record so far suggests that he has a ‘fuzzy math’ problem... U.S. stocks have lost almost $5 trillion of value since Bush took office two years ago, a mind-blowing decline. The market has fallen more (in percentage terms) during Bush’s first two years than in the first two years of any modern president [sic], including Herbert Hoover, who was in charge when the Great Depression began. And you can’t blame the Bush Market on the trauma of 9-11: stocks fell at a much faster rate from Bush’s Inauguration [Installation] through Sept. 10, 2001, than they have since. Unemployment is up more than 40 percent (to 6 percent, from 4.2) since Bush took office [literally, *took* office]; gigantic projected federal-budget surpluses have turned into deficits; the dollar has fallen sharply against the euro."
Former Enron Trader Richter Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Former Enron Corp. energy trader Jeffrey S. Richter pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy Tuesday in connection with attempts to manipulate California's energy markets during the electricity crisis of 2000 to 2001.
Financial crisis staggers California California Governor Gray Davis, facing a massive $36 billion budget deficit, is pressing for adoption of an austerity budget for the current year in addition to the $10.2 billion in mid-year reductions which came in December.
Suit: Chrysler denied loans to blacks DaimlerChrysler denied low- interest car loans to customers because they were black and employed a financing manager who regularly spewed racial epithets, a federal lawsuit in Chicago alleged Monday.
Homeless, poor freeze in US cold wave The recent cold spell in the central and eastern US has claimed dozens of lives and led to widespread hardship among the poor, the elderly and the homeless.
Bush plan cuts pubcast funding The $380 million budget that Dictator Bush has proposed for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will not be enough to keep public broadcasters on the air, the head of the federal agency fears.
Briton is executed as court rejects final appeals Jackie Elliott, the British-born man sentenced to death in America nearly 17 years ago, was executed by lethal injection last night as all his last-minute appeals were turned down. On Monday a court in Texas had rejected an application to test DNA evidence that his legal team believed could even then prove his innocence.
US chooses Saddam's successor The United States has chosen a successor to Saddam Hussein from Iraq's notoriously fractious opposition groups, according to a former Iraqi diplomat who lives in Sydney. Mohamed al-Jabiri, who has just returned from in talks with Washington, said the White House has given its "blessing" to the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, to lead a transitional coalition government in Iraq once Saddam has been deposed [?!?].
Intelligence agencies doubt al-Qa'ida links British and European security services are sceptical of the "evidence" due to be presented by Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State, to link the Iraqi regime with al-Qa'ida.
Spies force retreat on 'al-Qa'eda link' Colin Powell yesterday appeared to pull back from claims that he would show the United Nations a link between al-Qa'eda and Iraq, amid anger among Washington's spies over the way intelligence was being distorted to prove the link existed. There will be "no smoking gun" in the evidence he will present to the Security Council tomorrow in an attempt to persuade it to back force against Iraq, he said.
Hussein Denies Having Links to Al Qaeda Saddam Hussein, in an interview broadcast today, denied that Baghdad has a relationship with Al Qaeda or weapons of mass destruction, saying it would be impossible to hide such arms.
Usual budget item for Iraqi opposition groups is dropped Dictator Bush insists almost weekly that he has not made up his mind on whether to attack Iraq. But, opening a small window into the regime's thinking about the possibility of war, the State Department said yesterday that funding for Iraqi opposition won't be needed in next year's budget. It requested zero dollars. [Exactly, as the goal of the nutcases leading the push for W-ar is to obliterate Iraq, and know there will be nothing left in Iraq after the US use of WMD.]
Americans Wary of War as Poll Numbers Slide Even after Dictator Bush's stern State of the Union address, most Americans remain reluctant to invade Iraq without explicit U.N. authorization, though a narrow majority would support acting with a smaller coalition of willing nations, a new Los Angeles Times Poll has found. Bush's overall job-approval rating dropped to 56%.
Chirac: France, UK Want Iraq Disarmed Through U.N. French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday that despite some differences in the French and British positions on the Iraq crisis, both agreed Iraq should be disarmed through the U.N. Security Council.
Poodle: I will risk my political future over Iraq PM admits he has failed to convince Britons of need for military action --George W. Bush's poodle, Tony Blair, admitted yesterday that he could be risking his political survival by taking a firm stance on Iraq. He appealed to the United States and France to back a fresh United Nations resolution authorising war.
Poodle fails to move Chirac on attack on Iraq Britain and France continue to have "different approaches" on the strategy for disarming Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, French President Jacques Chirac acknowledged today. When asked how much time – weeks or months – weapons inspectors should have, the French President responded: "I can't put a timeframe on it. It's up to them to decide," he said.
Poodle blocked ship deal to snub Chirac Tony Blair blocked a decision to award a French company a £3 billion contract to build the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers because of anger at President Jacques Chirac's behaviour over Iraq and Zimbabwe. The industry journal Defence Analysis will say today that the reason for snubbing the French company was "purely political".
China's media slams U.S. 'arrogance' on Iraq There has been an upsurge of stories and opinion-editorial pieces in the Chinese media slamming America's "unilateralist" approach to the Iraqi crisis.
U.S. Investigates War Commander Franks Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who would command a U.S.-led war in Iraq, is under investigation for allegations of abuses of his office relating to his wife, defense officials said Tuesday.
Wary troops rehearse at war's edge This is just one bit of the accelerated pace at which Marines, the Army and Navy in Kuwait are preparing for war with Iraq. Here and in other U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and in the Middle East, forces are moving swiftly to prepare for battle.
Sen. Rockefeller questions Iraq focus The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says he's concerned that the Bush administration's focus on Iraq is draining resources from the fight against terrorism.
Bush gets anti-W-ar message from Vermont lawmakers Legislative leaders won’t take their opposition to war onto the floor of the Vermont House or Senate. Instead, they are opting for a letter to Dictator Bush urging him to seek U.N. approval before taking any military action against Iraq.
Canadian-led report predicts massive child death toll in Iraq (Press release for press conference in Ottawa) Toronto, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - "A team of experts in health, nutrition, child psychology and emergency preparedness arrived back in Canada yesterday following an assessment mission to Iraq to investigate the impact of a new war on the more than 13 million Iraqi children. The Team forecasts a 'grave humanitarian disaster' in its report prepared by 10 experts from the International Study Team (IST)."
Mill Valley seniors stage protest for peace (CA) Some residents of Mill Valley's Redwoods Retirement Center feel Dictator Bush is leading the country into war and they demonstrated yesterday - using canes, walkers and wheelchairs - to let him know they want no part of it.
Pyongyang Says U.S. Plans to Dominate Peninsula North Korea accused the United States today of plotting "to dominate the Korean Peninsula," while United States military planners contemplated moves to counter what they perceived as an increased North Korean nuclear threat.
Bombers to join confrontation with North Korea The United States is poised to substantially boost its forces confronting North Korea over the nuclear arms crisis, by preparing to deploy 24 long-range B-52 and B-1 bombers.
Bombers Put on Alert for Possible Deployment to North Korea Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has put a number of long-range bombers on alert for possible deployment within range of North Korea, both to deter "opportunism" at a moment when Washington is focused on Iraq and to give Dictator Bush military options if diplomacy fails to halt North Korean efforts to produce nuclear weapons, officials said today.
Bush ploughs cash into Pentagon Dictator Bush yesterday bet his reputation for economic competence [?!? Well, *that's* an easy hundred dollars to make on a wager!] on a massive increase in military spending and a return to a level of government debt not seen since his father led America in the early 1990s.
Nutcase Bush's budget cuts Amtrak, local cops, EPA Among programs that would bear the brunt: Amtrak and local police departments would face cuts in federal subsidies. The Environmental Protection Agency would lose ground to inflation, as would many social programs.
Bush Budget Request Includes $6 Billion for Project BioShield Dictator Bush's fiscal 2004 budget request includes $6 billion for Project BioShield, a plan to quickly make available vaccines and "treatments" [?!?] against biological agents such as smallpox, anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague [that Bush causes to be unleashed].
In 2003, It's Reagan Revolution Redux With his budget blueprint for 2004, Dictator Bush appears to have stepped back from his "compassionate conservatism" agenda and picked up the fallen standard of the Reagan Revolution.
Treasury Department's No. 2 official quits The Treasury's Department's No. 2 official, Ken Dam, announced his resignation on Tuesday, a departure that comes as the agency gets geared up under a new secretary.
Democrats attack Bush's budget plan Dictator Bush's $2.23 trillion budget for 2004 and its call for new tax cuts was criticized by Democrats and got a mixed reaction from Republicans Tuesday as the White House began defending its proposal on Capitol Hill.
Stealth Tax Reform (The Washington Post) "Lawmakers should think hard -- about tax fairness, about the risk to workers and about the cost to the Treasury -- before they rush to put Mr. Bush's plan in place. His latest proposal is one more indication of his administration's recklessness when it comes to the future fiscal health of the nation."
Tax Cuts and Red Ink --by Kent Conrad and John Spratt "We warned two years ago that the president [sic] was betting his budget on a blue-sky forecast and making his tax cuts so large that no margin was left for error. Now we are watching 15 years of fiscal effort unravel...He did not even mention the deficit in his State of the Union address."
US economy stalls in fourth quarter Figures released by the Commerce Department last week show that US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2002, putting the world’s largest economy on the brink of recession.
The Columbia tragedy: NASA, Congress, Bush ignored safety warnings In the wake of the shuttle explosion, numerous reports have already emerged of advance warnings of impending disaster received by top NASA administrators, congressional committees that oversee the agency, and Dictator Bush himself.
National Guard Takes to the Air and Ground in Columbia Disaster Support National Guard airmen and soldiers joined the search for debris from the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia soon after it disintegrated over Texas Feb. 1.
Texas Set to Execute British Citizen A British citizen convicted of a 1986 rape and murder was set for execution on Tuesday despite British efforts to gain clemency and an 11th-hour legal battle for DNA tests that could clear him.
More states added to blood quarantine The American Red Cross has widened its blood quarantine to Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri after 10 bags of blood were found to contain tiny white specks. It also advised health officials in other regions of the country to inspect their blood inventories.
UK restates nuclear threat Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon says Saddam Hussein "can be absolutely confident" the UK is willing to use nuclear weapons "in the right conditions".
Britain is ready to use nuclear strike 'in right conditions' Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, issued a veiled rebuke to his cabinet colleague Clare Short yesterday when he insisted that Britain was prepared to launch a nuclear strike on Iraq "in the right conditions".
Making Nuclear Bombs 'Usable' --The Pentagon has launched a fast-track program to develop computers that would help decide when nuclear weapons might be used to destroy deep underground bunkers harboring "weapons of mass destruction" or other critical targets, documents show. In addition, the system — supplemented by teams of experts — would assess the potential for killing nearby civilians and inflicting other collateral damage, including the spread of radioactive dust thrown into the air by the nuclear device and the dispersal of toxic chemicals from weapons in the bunker.
Saddam to face missile storm America plans a devastating onslaught on Iraq's air defences, political and military headquarters, communications facilities and "suspected chemical and biological delivery systems" [not to mention, thousands of innocent Iraqis] in the opening 48 hours of the expected war, say Pentagon officials. The first two days of the campaign, in which 3,000 precision-guided missiles and bombs will be fired, will bring the most intense bombing of its kind ever launched.
US bombers to start war with onslaught on Saddam palace British and American forces planning war against Iraq have revealed details of their plans to topple Saddam Hussein, which will start with a devastating bombing campaign ahead of a massive ground attack by thousands of troops from Kuwait.
...Guess who DIDN'T "gas his own people? "A War Crime or an Act of War? --by Stephen C. Pelletiere "...accusing him [Saddam Hussein] of gassing his own people at Halabja as an act of genocide is not correct, because as far as the information we have goes, all of the cases where gas was used involved battles... There may be justifications for invading Iraq, but Halabja is not one of them... America could alter the destiny of the Middle East in a way that probably could not be challenged for decades — not solely by controlling Iraq's oil, but by controlling its water." [A must read. Believe it or not, this editorial was actually in The New York Times!]
...Guess who "gassed their own people?" Sailors: 'We were used' Vets exposed to toxic agents want answers, justice --The names of the SHAD tests on the naval ships -- which involved spraying clouds of nerve gas, bacteria, decontaminants and simulants at sea -- included pleasant-sounding monikers such as Autumn Gold, Eager Belle, Shady Grove, Purple Sage, Copper Head and Fearless Johnny. Besides spraying chemicals at sea as part of Project SHAD, the US military also conducted tests at Florida sites in Boca Raton, Ocala and Panama City, Ret. Lt. Col. Bill Sutey said. Sutey is Sen. Nelson's staff military adviser.
Guernica Reproduction Covered at UN The "Guernica" work by Pablo Picasso at the entrance of the Security Council of the United Nations has been covered with a curtain. The reason for covering this work is that this is the place where diplomats make statements to the press and have this work as the background. The Picasso work features the horrors of war. [Yes, the media can't have a depiction of the horrors of Bush's oncoming W-ar in the background.]
Beginning of the end --by Madeleine Bunting "A pyrotechnic display of military force in Iraq might assuage the national humiliation of 9/11, but it will ill serve American interests. This is the beginning of the end of the American empire: it has failed to focus on its true enemy, terrorism; failed to grasp how asymmetric terror transforms the power relationships of the globe; and is choosing instead to indulge itself in an old-fashioned war between nation states - an irrelevant, costly and dangerous sideshow."
Split at C.I.A. and F.B.I. on Iraqi Ties to Al Qaeda Some analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency have complained that senior regime officials have exaggerated the significance of some intelligence reports about Iraq, particularly about its possible links to terrorism, in order to strengthen their political argument for war, government officials said.
Poodle seeks to bring on board 'crucial' French The agreement wrung by Mr Blair from Dictator George Bush at the weekend – that the United Nations security council should be consulted a second time and that war in Iraq can wait until mid-March – was crucial. It gives France a chance to readjust its position, if it wants to do so.
U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment Remains Divided as Opposition to War Grows More Adamant As Dictator Bush moves the nation closer to a military confrontation to force Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to give up his weapons of mass destruction, an array of domestic opinion-makers have been raising their voices against war.
How the Journal recruited cheerleaders for war The prospect of war makes people edgy. So on Thursday, when The Wall Street Journal scored a coup in its coverage of the slide towards war against Iraq... "It's a little funny that it's such a Bushy paper and this turned out to be such a nice little coup for the Bush Administration. The Journal's editorial page, which is so demonstrably pro-Bush, must be highly gratified by their own instrumentality in this matter," said Orville Schell, dean of the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
The economic consequences of war LibDem trade spokesman and former Shell Chief Economist Vincent Cable warns that an attack on Saddam could play havoc with oil prices and create global recession.
Syria lambasts US stance on Iraq Syria has strongly criticised the United States, saying the UN resolution on Iraq passed in December does not authorise any country to launch a war against Baghdad.
Jordanians stage anti-US rally Thousands of Jordanians have demonstrated against a possible American and British war on Iraq, warning that it would provoke fury across the Arab world.
Stars speak up for peace It read like a list from a showbiz party: Bianca Jagger, pop star Damon Albarn, director Ken Loach, actor Corin Redgrave and top architect Richard Rogers... Their minds were on just one thing: the prospect of war with Iraq.
Poodle blurts out the US agenda on North Korea As it prepares to invade Iraq, the White House has been insisting for weeks that the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program will be resolved diplomatically without any resort to military measures. Last week, however, British Prime Minister Tony Blair let the cat out of the bag--after Iraq, North Korea is next.
Violence and anti-American sentiment surge in Afghanistan Afghanistan has been rocked by a resurgence of violence over the past few days, as an apparent rise in anti-American sentiments in the troubled country exploded into heavy fighting and deepening insecurity.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper says US sanctions torture against terrorist suspects Wayne Madsen, a former US navy intelligence officer, told the Guardian that the US has been carrying out two forms of torture. The first—which Madsen refers to as "torture lite"—is being practiced on hundreds of prisoners held by the US in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. Seeks Dismissal of Suit by Critic of Missile Defense The government has moved to dismiss the lawsuit of a vocal critic of antimissile technology, saying her case will jeopardize military secrets [?!?] . Dr. Nira Schwartz, who became familiar with the system when she worked at TRW, a company involved in the work, said the mis-ministration hoped to quash her suit because it was "afraid that if it goes to trial the truth will come out — that the technology doesn't work."
Navy Seeking Morticians (HotJobs job posting) "United States Navy MORTICIAN-$6,000 Sign-On Bonus Location: New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA Position Type: Employee Position Duration: Full-Time Date Posted: 01/31/2003 We are looking for candidates Nationwide!!!! Worldwide. Position will require relocating"
Chavez opposition losing steam Two months after launching a punishing national strike against President Hugo Chavez, chastened [CIA-backed?] opposition leaders are scrambling to save face by seeking a political solution that falls far short of their original aims.
Take everyone's DNA fingerprint, says pioneer Everybody in Europe and the US should have their genetic fingerprints entered into an international database to enable law enforcement agencies to fight crime and terrorism in an unstable world, according to James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix.
Judge Orders Access to Detainee for Moussaoui's Lawyers A federal judge has ordered the government to give Zacarias Moussaoui's lawyers access to Ramzi Binalshibh, the self-described coordinator of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks who may have information valuable to Moussaoui's defense, a senior mis-ministration official said yesterday. Some legal experts have speculated that if the government ultimately loses on this issue, the Bush dictatorship would move Moussaoui's case to the military justice system rather than risk bringing Binalshibh into a U.S. courtroom.
US: Contractors shredded thousands of immigration documents According to an indictment, by last summer some 90,000 documents had been shredded, including passports, birth and marriage certificates, and INS applications and notices. Apparently, supervisor Dawn Randall claimed to have reduced the paperwork backlog to "zero," and kept it that way by trashing all the applications that were not processed in a timely manner.
Bush Sends Congress a Budget Plan With Record Deficits Dictator Bush sent Congress a $2.23 trillion spending plan Monday that would accelerate tax cuts, overhaul some of the government's biggest social programs and shower billions of additional dollars on defense and homeland security.
Bush's Budget Proposal Projects a Record Deficit Dictator Bush plans to squeeze many domestic programs but lavishly fund the military and other showcase proposals in the budget he will release today along with his projection of a record deficit, regime officials said this weekend.
Bush Seeks Major Increases in U.S. Defense Spending Dictator Bush's $379.9 billion military budget sent to Congress on Monday seeks a modest rise in Pentagon spending next year, but would sharply increase the U.S. defense budget to $483.6 billion by 2009.
Fiscal 2004 Department of Defense [Offense] Budget Release The budget requests $379.9 billion in discretionary budget authority -- $15.3 billion above FY 2003.
Power Firm Fined for Calif. Cuts Transcripts Reveal Price Manipulation --Federal regulators yesterday assessed a $13.8 million penalty on Reliant Resources Inc. after the Houston company admitted it had secretly cut back electricity production in California in June 2000 to tighten supplies and push up power prices.
Reliant Energy OKs $13.8M Calif. Refund Reliant Energy agreed Friday to refund $13.8 million for withholding power to drive up prices in California in 2000, the latest evidence that energy companies manipulated the state's power supply.
Got Juice? Bush's Refusal to End California Electricity Price Gouging Enriches Texas Friends and Big Contributors (2001) Three of the companies Enron, Reliant Energy and Dynegy are based in Texas and gave more than $1.5 million to Bush's campaign, his inauguration committee, and the Republican National Committee, which served, in effect, as an arm of the Bush presidential campaign. Two companies Enron and Reliant Energy are headed or steered by Kenneth Lay and James Baker III, both close Bush advisors.
"If You Want To Win An Election, Just Control The Voting Machines" --by Thom Hartmann "Perhaps, after a half-century of fine-tuning exit polling to such a science that it's now sometimes used to verify how clean elections are in Third World countries, it really did suddenly become inaccurate in the United States in the past six years and just won't work here anymore. Perhaps it's just a coincidence that the sudden rise of inaccurate exit polls happened around the same time corporate-programmed, computer-controlled, modem-capable voting machines began recording and tabulating ballots. But if any of this is true, there's not much of a paper trail from the voters' hand to prove it."
Barf Alert: Comiskey Park renamed U.S. Cellular Field Comiskey Park's name is being changed to U.S. Cellular Field under a deal that will pay the White Sox $68 million over 20 years.
Bush's Domestic Terrorism Agenda: Revisions to Labor Laws May Mean Less OT --Heeding the complaints of business [hearing his installers' Siren], the Bush dictatorship is revamping decades-old labor regulations in an overhaul that could force many Americans to work longer hours without overtime pay. It is just one of several changes the administration is pursuing to workplace regulations and programs, including the Family Medical Leave Act, job training programs and unemployment insurance.
Labor Law Changes Could End Some Overtime A Bush administration overhaul of decades-old labor regulations could force many Americans to work longer hours without overtime pay. The dictatorship argues that the pillars of American labor law, which established the 40-hour work week, a minimum wage and overtime pay, are antiquated.
S. Arabia sees no crude supply shortage OPEC power Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it saw no shortage of oil in world markets and vowed to ensure the producer group would fulfill its new higher output ceiling of 24.5 million barrels per day (bpd). [Then why are the prices of oil skyrocketing, Cheney?] ExxonMobil profit soars Higher oil, gas prices send company past estimates.
Nasa chiefs 'repeatedly ignored' safety warnings Fears of a catastrophic shuttle accident were raised last summer with the White House by a former Nasa engineer who pleaded for a presidential order to halt all further shuttle flights until safety issues had been addressed.
Senate panel studying shuttle safety (Sept. 14th, 2001) "Astronauts and ground crew would be endangered by proposed cutbacks in space shuttle safety improvements, according to a panel of astronauts, industry executives and other experts that testified before a Senate panel last week. 'I'm concerned if we don't do the safety upgrades, we're going to have another catastrophe,' said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). 'The manned space program cannot stand that.'"
Experts Warned Of Budget Cuts, Safety Concerns Funding for NASA and other civilian agencies involved in the space program was slashed by $1 billion in fiscal 2002, while Defense Department spending on space programs rose by $600 million, according to a recent study by the Aerospace Industries Association, an industry trade group.
Sicko War Plan Calls for Precision Bombing Wave to Break Iraqi Army The Pentagon's war plan for Iraq calls for unleashing 3,000 precision-guided bombs and missiles in the first 48 hours of the opening air campaign, an effort intended to stagger and isolate the Iraqi military and quickly pave the way for a ground attack to topple a government in shock. [Compassionate Conservatism in its finest hour! It is time to resist these nutcases, who are killing in our name.]
This country is sick beyond belief! Warfighting Systems & Concepts "Rapid Dominance is a construct and concept for applying force with the principal and overriding objective of affecting, influencing, and controlling the will and perception of a potential adversary through the use - or threat of use - of shock and awe. Shock and awe arises from the successful application of Rapid Dominance, a concept that has four characteristics: total knowledge, control of the environment, rapidity, and brilliance in execution."
US plans "shock and awe" blitzkrieg in Iraq The war being prepared by the White House and Pentagon on the people of Iraq will be characterized by barbarism on a scale not seen since the horrors of the 1930s and 1940s. The level of brutality will recall scenes seared into the collective consciousness of previous generations, such as the bombing of Guernica and the Nazi blitzkrieg against Poland.
Bush approves nuclear response A classified document signed by Dictator Bush specifically allows for the use of nuclear weapons in response to biological or chemical attacks, apparently changing a decades-old U.S. policy of deliberate ambiguity, it was learned by The Washington Times.
U.S. May Debut Secret Microwave Weapon Versus Iraq The U.S. Air Force is developing a high-power microwave, or HPM, weapon that generates a massive electromagnetic pulse capable of frying the insides of digital electronic systems, disabling enemy military equipment, analysts said. Saddam Hussein's armed forces may be chosen as the first target of the U.S. military's new secret weapon.
Bush, Poodle at odds over attack timetable U.S. dictator insists he now has U.N. approval for war British --PM intent on getting second resolution on Iraq --U.S. Dictator George W. Bush says he already has all the United Nations approval he needs to make war on Iraq, even after his closest ally, Britain's Tony Blair, appeared to soft-pedal the urgency of military action.
Six weeks away from war as Bush, Poodle plot deadline US Dictator George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have drawn up a timetable for a final warning to Saddam Hussein that could lead to war within six weeks.
Israel finds no major Iraqi ties to al-Qaida While al-Qaida and Palestinian militants, some backed by Iraq, share a hatred of Israelis and Americans and use similar methods, such as suicide attacks, Israeli intelligence sources say no link has been conclusively established yet between Saddam and al-Qaida.
Canada set for key role once attack takes place Officials map out strategy to help rebuild Baghdad --Soldiers may serve in international 'stabilization force' --Canada is making contingency plans to play a significant military and humanitarian role in efforts to help rebuild Iraq after a U.S.-led invasion, a number of senior government sources confirm.
Poll Shows Opposition to W-ar is Growing --Britons against attack on Iraq...Just 2% say we will be safer...2 out of 3 want referendum --An astonishing 84 per cent of the nation oppose a US-British war on Iraq. The huge No vote to a Bush-Blair military assault is revealed in a poll for the Daily Mirror and GMTV. Click here to sign Mirror.co.uk's "Not In Our Name" petition.
Anti-W-ar rally may shift to The Mall (UK) The government is facing the embarrassing prospect of reversing its ban on an anti-W-ar protest at Hyde Park or allowing more than half a million demonstrators to hold a rally outside Buckingham Palace, it emerged yesterday. [LOL!]
UK war machine defies courts and seizes the Rainbow Warrior "For the last six days Greenpeace activists have peacefully protested in a UK port where military supply vessels are preparing for departure to Iraq. A High Court ruling has recognised Greenpeace's right to protest and denied the Defense department's request for an injunction banning the Rainbow Warrior from the area. But under the cover of darkness early Sunday morning Ministry of Defense officials defied the high court decision forcibly removing the Greenpeace ship from the Southampton docks." [That "cover of darkness" thingy can go both ways, you know? <g>]
US admiral calls for carrier near Korea The commander of US forces in the Pacific, Admiral Thomas Fargo, has requested extra air and naval forces as a deterrent against North Korea in the first military response to the escalating crisis over the country's nuclear program.
U.S. Said to Mull Pacific Troop Buildup South Korean President-elect Roh Moo-hyun planned to dispatch an envoy to Washington early next week, as the United States reportedly contemplated deploying more troops to cope with an increasing nuclear menace from North Korea.
S. Korea sends envoy to Washington over N. Korea tensions South Korean President-elect Roh Moo-hyun sent an envoy to Washington on Sunday to explain his policies on North Korea, amid ominous signs that the crisis involving North Korea's nuclear program was deepening.
N. Korea's Nuclear Plans Were No Secret U.S. Stayed Quiet as It Built Support on Iraq --In November 2001, intelligence analysts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory completed a highly classified report and sent it to Washington. The report concluded that North Korea had begun construction of a plant to enrich uranium that could be used in nuclear weapons, according to administration and congressional sources.
Marine who refused the vaccination could face prison time Cpl. Anthony Fusco has become the first San Diego County-based Marine to face court-martial for refusing the anthrax vaccination since the military resumed the controversial program last fall. If convicted, his maximum sentence would be a year in military prison and a bad-conduct discharge.
Ahead of speech here Helen Thomas decries Bush Helen Thomas observes that Congress, the United Nations Security Council, the media and the American public have been cowed by George W. Bush. Americans, Thomas says, should be like the suffragettes of a century ago and take to the streets to prevent what she calls an "nconscionable" war. "I've never covered a president [sic] before who wanted a war,' she said.
Bush Budget to Project Record Deficits Dictator Bush's budget for fiscal 2004 will project record deficits this fiscal year and next, even without the cost of a possible war with Iraq, mis-ministration officials said on Saturday. The new estimates -- at nearly triple the $109 billion shortfall for 2003 forecast by the White House in July -- underscore a dramatic deterioration in the nation's fiscal picture since a record surplus in 2000. As recently as 2001, the government was forecasting 10-year budget surpluses of $5.6 trillion.
Poll: Affluent are optimistic about economy Affluent Americans appear optimistic the economy will improve in the near future, according to a national survey by McDonald Financial Group, a unit of Cleveland-based KeyCorp.
Bush tax plan would hurt state, experts say (CT) Marc S. Ryan, Republican Gov. John G. Rowland’s budget chief, estimates that eliminating the dividend tax would rob the state of at least $100 million a year in revenue. Those numbers worry both Republicans and Democrats, who are already locked in a struggle on how to close the $650 million deficit.
Bush plummets in UConn poll A poll by the University of Connecticut’s Center for Survey Research & Analysis released Friday found that only 47 percent of Connecticut residents interviewed believe Bush is doing a good or excellent job -- a dramatic slide from his post-Sept. 11th positive ratings of 84 percent. The poll found only 29 percent of state residents said they think the dictator is handling the nation’s economic problems well.
Activists travel to Washington to protest Sutton's nomination Dozens of disabled people and activists from at least six states chanted "Don't Roll Back Our Rights" during a protest Thursday against Ohio lawyer Jeffrey Sutton's nomination to a federal appeals judgeship.
Critics speak out against Ohioan's nomination Opponents say lawyer eyed for bench worked to weaken protections --Advocates for the disabled and civil rights groups are furious that Dictator Bush has nominated a man to the federal bench who, they say, has worked to weaken federal protections for them.
If state kills, state must pay lawyers --by Randy Schultz "If Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist had their way, Florida would kill innocent people. Their opinions wouldn't matter if they were two guys at the end of the bar. Unfortunately, they are Florida's governor and attorney general."
Hundreds sickened on cruise Nearly 250 passengers and crew of the Sun Princess came down with a gastrointestinal illness during the cruise ship's voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii, Princess Cruises said.
My government reads Unknown News, just like I do! --by Tweak "Welcome to our free country... It seems my packets, when traveling from California (me) to California (Yahoo), are taking a detour through a computer licensed to: Government Systems Division, 13221 Woodland Park Road, Herndon, VA 22071, US. Well well! Virginia! Government! Interesting! Seems like a round-about way for two Californian computers to talk, eh?"
(un)Clear and (un)Present Danger? (A commentary on Bush's State of the Union Speech 1/28/03) --by Michael Rectenwald "And so we have it, the mythological warfare. The imagery of such myth dwarfs all others. The economy is quotidian, ordinary, and mundane by comparison. The secular, mundane world becomes not only trifling, but those concerned with it, somewhat tainted. They are tainted by material concerns, even selfish desires. The economy is small scale compared to the celestial battles fought in the theatre of God's wars. There lies a greater economy, where the losses and gains are tabulated in sums of 'Providence,' 'freedom' and 'democracy.' Of course, there are those of us who see in this rhetoric a magical metaphor of exchange, where values are secretly swapped, inverted in fact." In commemoration of Thomas Paine's Birthday (January 29)
Blix Says He Saw Nothing to Prompt a War Days after delivering a broadly negative report on Iraq's cooperation with international inspectors, Hans Blix on Wednesday challenged several of the Bush dictatorship's assertions about Iraqi cheating and the notion that time was running out for disarming Iraq through peaceful means.
Key to U.S. Case Denies Iraq-Al Qaeda Link "I can say to you that this is not true that I am a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda," Mullah Krekar, 47, said during a telephone interview from Oslo, the Norwegian capital. "I will wait until Wednesday, and if Powell says anything against me, I can use documents to prove it is not true. Everything: that we have chemical bombs, [ties to] Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, all of those things."
CSIS denies Iraqi used Canada to send spies to the U.S. Canadian intelligence officials are denying a U.S. newspaper report that the Iraqi Embassy in Ottawa has sent agent provocateurs to the U.S. to spy and stir up anti-W-ar sentiment. [?!?]
Bush: U.S. Will Not Delay Action Against Iraq Dictator Bush said yesterday that he was not willing to wait beyond the next few weeks for a United Nations agreement on waging war against Iraq, and that "any attempt to drag the process on for months will be resisted by the United States."
Bush’s claims on Iraqi weapons-lies in pursuit of war --by Patrick Martin "The projected death tolls—Bush spoke of a stockpile of weapons sufficient 'to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure'—are extrapolated by assuming that, for example, every ounce of available chlorine in the country was consumed in the production of chlorine gas for warheads, not used in everyday industrial processes. One might as well claim that Iraq was planning to build a tunnel to the United States—through which terrorists would presumably march—because the total length of all the structural steel in the country, placed end to end, would reach from Baghdad to Washington."
Kurds Expect Flood of Wartime Refugees The Kurdish administration of northern Iraq said Saturday it expects a flood of refugees from Baghdad-controlled territory if there is a war and desperately needs supplies for sheltering them.
Caught on Tape [Don't they mean: "Created on Tape"???] Bush regime to release tapes that could incriminate Iraq [that are suddenly, out of a clear blue sky, released! Holy Avid editing, Batman!]. ‘Hold onto your hat,’ says one U.S. intelligence official, ‘we’ve got it.’ [The architect of the Clinton-Willey "scandal", rightwing scandalmonger Michael Isikoff, who lied to "get the goods" from Julie Hiatt Steele on Kathleen Wh*re Willey's lies about Bill Clinton, is hot on the fabrication trail for the Bush dictatorship. --Lori Price]
Pentagon seeks $16.9 billion boost Agency’s goal: $500 billion by decade’s end --The Pentagon has prepared a $399.1 billion defense budget for fiscal 2004 as part of a spending plan that grows by about $20 billion annually over the next five years and surpasses half a trillion dollars by the end of the decade, according to Defense Department documents.
EU in disarray over gang of eight's pro-Bush letter A letter signed by eight European countries backing the United States on Iraq has triggered a serious dispute within the European Union.
Poodle and Master Meet Amid Signs of Split on U.N. W-ar Role Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain stood with Dictator Bush today in warning Saddam Hussein that time is running out for Iraq to avoid war, but Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair [the master and the poodle] appeared divided over how hard to press the United Nations Security Council for a new resolution supporting military action.
Carter Says Bush Has 'Not Made a Case' for War Former president Jimmy Carter declared yesterday that Dictator Bush has "not made a case for a preemptive military strike against Iraq" and urged, instead, permanent inspections and monitoring to disarm the Iraqi government.
Kennedy raises alarm bells over nuclear option The United States would become "a symbol of death, destruction and aggression" across the globe if it drops a nuclear bomb on Iraq, says senior Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy.
Antiwar Sentiment in County Seats and City Halls Spurred by local antiwar sentiment, dozens of cities and counties around the country have passed resolutions imploring Dictator Bush to slow down his confrontation with Iraq.
Bishop in Bush's church in new antiwar ad A bishop of the United Methodist Church, Dictator Bush's denomination, stars in a new antiwar ad in which he declares that making war against Iraq "violates God's law and the teachings of Jesus Christ."
A Women’s Fast for Peace As the threat of a U.S. invasion of Iraq escalates, Mennonite Central Committee invites women of faith to participate in a fast for peace.
Anti-W-ar campaign continues for Ritter Despite the widespread publicity [generated by the Rove dirty tricks team] of his sex-charge arrest, former U.N. arms inspector Scott Ritter drew a standing-room-only crowd eager to hear his views of the impending war with Iraq on Friday night.
They're eager to sign up for this Iraq campaign --by Lance Dickie (WA) "Peace vigils continue to grow every day of the week around Puget Sound. Protesters hear a drum beat for war out of Washington, D.C., but not much information about the threat Iraq and Saddam Hussein pose to this country. His links to terrorism have not been proven."
Irish mother disarms US warplane at Shannon Airport Mary Kelly from the Shannon Peace Camp entered airside Wednesday morning and disarmed a US Navy aircraft to the tune of 500,000 euro with a hatchet-type hammer at Shannon Airport, Ireland! [The U.S. Government is the real criminal here and not Shannon. Shannon is an exemplar of the only kinds of actions otherwise powerless people have in trying to stop the fascist Bush war machine. Unprecedented war crimes are planned by this regime and this act was a legal act in an attempt to prevent some part of that crime. She ought to be awarded a medal. Where is the UN when we need them? How can we all do something like this? What options do we have? How can we act now to stop another Bush atrocity?]
U.S. Urges Firms to Make 'Dirty Bomb' Treatment The U.S. government on Friday urged drug companies to begin marketing pills containing Prussian blue, an artist's pigment used for centuries that can also protect people exposed to a radioactive "dirty bomb." [We need a pigment to protect people who are exposed to Bush's policies.]
Disaster in space "Witnesses described how they heard a loud bang before Columbia broke up. 'I could see two bright objects flying off each side of it,' said Gary Hunzike, a local man. 'I just assumed they were chase jets.'"
FEMA to Lead Shuttle Response, Recovery Tom Ridge, the new Homeland Security secretary, coordinates the federal response to all significant domestic incidents even though terrorism is not suspected, under an executive order signed by Dictator Bush last month. On Saturday, Ridge contacted Mike Brown of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, and the head of the military's Northern Command, and determined that FEMA would be the lead agency for response and recovery. Northern Command will offer assistance.
White House Rules Out Terror; NASA Sends Search Teams Space shuttle Columbia apparently disintegrated in flames over Texas minutes before it was to land Saturday in Florida. TV video showed what appeared to be falling debris, as NASA declared an emergency and sent search teams to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Nuclear weapons and pollution linked to 65 million deaths Pollution from nuclear energy and weapons programmes up to 1989 will account for 65 million deaths, according to a European scientific committee headed by an adviser to the British Government.
Democrats Say Bush Policies Thwart Economic Growth Democrats said on Saturday Dictator Bush was pursuing economic policies that will dramatically increase the nation's debt burden and accelerate economic decline.
Democrat Slams Bush's Tax-Cut Proposal The senior Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, slammed Dictator Bush's tax-cut proposal Saturday, saying it would only increase the nation's deficit to record levels.
DeLay's change in ethics rules angers watchdogs, lawmakers One of Rep. Tom DeLay's first maneuvers as majority leader was to engineer a change of House ethics rules so charities now may pay for lawmakers' travel and meals whenever they participate in charitable fund-raising events. DeLay is organizing a Florida golf tournament, which is expected to raise more than $1 million -- some of it coming in six-figure donations -- from lobbyists and corporate officials who have legislation before Congress. Because the money is going to a nonprofit organization, the names of the lobbyists, corporate officials and lawmakers can be withheld from the public. [Lott the racist pig is a good lapdog for the GOP.]
Clinton Records Are Coming Quickly Former President Bill Clinton has waived his right to restrict access to most records of confidential advice during his administration, opening the path for historians to study more quickly key decisions in the Clinton White House.
US is misquoting my Iraq report, says Blix Days after delivering a broadly negative report on Iraq's cooperation with international inspectors, Hans Blix challenged several of the Bush dictatorship's assertions about Iraqi cheating and the notion that time was running out for disarming Iraq through peaceful means.
Iraq fears US may plant weapons evidence Iraq warned yesterday that America could try to plant proof that it still holds banned weapons to justify an invasion, as Turkey was reported to have mobilised additional troops near the Iraqi border in preparation for war.
Iraq invites Blix to return Iraq has invited chief UN inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei to return to Baghdad for talks.
Powell Is Not Bringing 'a Smoking Gun' Against Iraq to the U.N. Next Week, U.S. Official Says Secretary of State Colin Powell is not bringing "a smoking gun" against Iraq to the United Nations next week but will have circumstantial evidence to make a convincing case [?!?] that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction, a U.S. official said Thursday.
Bush and Blair pave the way for war George Bush and Tony Blair drew up a timetable last night for a final warning to Saddam Hussein that could lead to war within six weeks.
US special forces prepare ground for sweep south American military and intelligence personnel are gathering in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq as part of the vanguard of an invasion force that will sweep south if Dictator George W Bush orders war.
U.S. Confirms Presence Of Personnel in Iraq The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff indicated yesterday that small numbers of U.S. personnel are operating on the ground inside Iraq but declined to discuss their locations or activities.
Deployments: 90,000 in Gulf to double soon The buildup of U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region is now approaching 90,000 land, sea and air forces. That number likely will double within two weeks, officials said yesterday.
Turkey Military Considers Foreign Troops In a move that eventually could allow U.S. soldiers to use Turkey as a base for war against Iraq, Turkey's top military and civilian leaders Friday endorsed basing foreign troops in the country.
Our Nuclear Talk Gravely Imperils Us --by Edward M. Kennedy "Using the nation's nuclear arsenal in this unprecedented way would be the most fateful decision since the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. Even contemplating the first-strike use of nuclear weapons under current circumstances and against a nonnuclear nation dangerously blurs the crucial and historical distinction between conventional and nuclear arms. In the case of Iraq, it is preposterous."
Bush Open to U.N. Draft at Blair's Urging Dictator Bush said Friday he would welcome a second U.N. resolution on Iraq but only if it led to the prompt disarming of Saddam Hussein. Pushing for a new resolution, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called confronting Iraq "a test of the international community."
Senators Express Worry on War in Iraq Democratic senators — and a few Republicans — expressed uneasiness Thursday about the Bush dictatorship's push toward war with Iraq and suggested that weapons inspectors be given more time.
Mandela Blasts Bush on Iraq, Warns of 'Holocaust' Former South African President Nelson Mandela lashed out at U.S. Dictator George Bush's stance on Iraq on Thursday, saying the Texan had no foresight and could not think properly. "It is a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing in Iraq," Mandela told an audience in Johannesburg. "What I am condemning is that one power, with a president [sic] who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust," he added, to loud applause. "Both Bush as well as Tony Blair are undermining an idea (the United Nations) which was sponsored by their predecessors," Mandela said. "Is this because the secretary general of the United Nations (Ghanaian Kofi Annan) is now a black man? They never did that when secretary generals were white."
Six protesters arrested in anti-W-ar demonstration as traffic is blocked (TX) An anti-W-ar demonstration was interrupted Tuesday evening when a few dozen protesters [fuzzy math update: there were approximately 2,500 protesters at this event] streamed into Congress Avenue, blocking traffic and drawing the ire of police officers.
Anti-W-ar Slogans Spray-Painted on Billboards (OH) Eight billboards along Interstate 75 carried additional messages for commuters Thursday - spray-painted graffiti opposing a U.S. war with Iraq.
The first casualty of war: poetry The White House has postponed a poetry symposium scheduled for next month for fear it would be used to protest against a possible Iraq war.
Poet Slams Delay In D.C. Program Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson was invited to participate in a poetry program at the White House. But the Bush dictatorship, fearing the reading of anti-W-ar poetry, postponed the event. Nelson on Thursday declared: "It's ironic that the symposium was titled 'Poetry of the American Voice'. That voice has now been silenced."
US launches large military operation in southern Afghanistan Serious fighting in south-eastern Afghanistan this week has highlighted the existence of continuing armed resistance to the US occupation of the country, which in turn reflects a broader hostility and opposition to the American presence.
Koreans 'moving nuclear fuel rods' American spy satellites have detected signs that North Korea is moving its nuclear fuel rods from storage.
Florida May Destroy Ballots From 2000 S-Election The State of Florida is deliberating the fate of the 6 million ballots from the 2000 s-election. One option under serious consideration is simply destroying them [and eliminate evidence of coup 2000]. Such records can be pulped 22 months after an election, but the deadline in this case has been extended until 1 June 2003.
Lessons in Governance from Jefferson --by Erik P Sorensen "When one reads the words of Jefferson, upon whose ideals this nation was founded, today’s America bears little resemblance to the one envisioned. To hear the current administration assert the primacy of the President in matters of state and the entitlement to withhold information from the governed is to hear the echoes of the repression against which the Revolution was fought."
State Department Link Will Open Visa Database to Police Officers Law enforcement officials across the country will soon have access to a database of 50 million overseas applications for United States visas, including the photographs of 20 million applicants.
Brookings Scholar Is Detained by INS Ejaz Haider is an editor with Pakistan's most respected English-language newsweekly and a visiting research scholar at the Brookings Institution. On Tuesday, Haider became one of the latest people detained in the government's registration "program" for temporary foreign visitors when two armed INS agents accosted him on the street and took him into custody.
Black Helicopters Begin Patrolling Capital This week, Customs pilots began a new mission, patrolling Washington's crowded urban skies to defend the many landmarks and vital installations in the nation's capital from aerial threats. [Not to mention, situate themselves for the ensuing demonstrations when the dictator attacks Iraq. BTW, if the Bush regime is so "security conscious," why did his mis-ministration give the order to NORAD to stand down on 9/11?]
Soldier Has Reaction to Smallpox Vaccine One soldier inoculated against smallpox has suffered a potentially serious skin reaction to the vaccine, and officials are investigating whether a second ill soldier also is reacting to the shot, the Pentagon said Friday. Vaccinations are voluntary for civilians, but mandatory in the military.
State Gets 8,000 Doses of Smallpox Vaccine The federal government has shipped New York state 8,000 doses of the smallpox vaccine as part of its nationwide plan to immunize front-line health care workers in case of a bioterror threat [that Bush likely begins].
Lobby Groups' Wish Lists in Bush Speech Interest groups that successfully lobbied the White House to get their priorities mentioned in Dictator Bush's State of the disUnion address are beginning campaigns to persuade Congress to make them law.
Bush announces 10 billion dollars to maintain the multi-national pharmaceutical companies' monopoly (ActUp Paris Press Statement, original article in French) "Let us not be mistaken that the resounding announcement by G.W. Bush, of a 10 billion dollars commitment to the fight against AIDS, serves essentially one objective: to renege on commitments made in November 2001, at the WTO conference in Doha, to allow access to generic drugs."
Bush to Project Record $307B Deficit Dictator Bush will project a record $307 billion federal deficit for this year in the budget he sends Congress on Monday, followed by another huge shortfall of $304 billion in 2004, congressional and administration officials said Friday.
U.S. to Seek Waiver on Weed Killer Harmful to Ozone Layer The Bush dictatorship is considering seeking scores of exemptions for industries that want to keep using an ozone-depleting pesticide that is to be banned by 2005 under an international treaty. [OOPS! Another forgotten tidbit on CensoringNewsNetwork. But, what does Scott Peterson's mistress think about Scott's relationship with Laci? CNN has the report.]
Armed man seizes mail truck Northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla. --Miami-Dade County police were surrounding a mail truck that was commandeered by a gunman early Friday. [Schools in a lockdown, again.] *Bear in mind, Bush wants have Homeland Security take over the U.S. Post office, and eliminate all postal union jobs in July, 2003. This incident could provide Bush with public support for his plan.
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean critical of Bush view The state of the union "is not as good as it should be," said Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, who issued a stinging dissent to Dictator George W. Bush's assessment of the nation's health.
Bush snubbed states in crisis, Napolitano says (AZ) Gov. Janet Napolitano said Dictator Bush on Tuesday night ignored the fiscal nightmare and the repercussions of unfunded federal programs that are falling on the backs of average Arizonans.
Audit: Ridge overstated trade mission benefits (PA) Former Gov. Tom Ridge's administration dramatically overstated the number of jobs created as a result of his foreign trade missions during the late 1990s, according to an audit.
Report calls whistleblower firings 'incomprehensible' Two Los Alamos National Laboratory investigators were forced out under armed guard after they found financial laxity and abuses at the lab that built the atomic bomb. The pair exposed a scandal that has claimed five top managers at the lab entrusted with some of America's most sensitive defense secrets.
Gov. Bush wants to kill two watchdog agencies In his quest for efficiency, Gov. Jeb Bush has targeted two agencies whose very functions are to root out inefficiency, waste and fraud in state and local government.
A Once-Doomed Nomination Wins Senate Panel Approval The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines today to approve the nomination of Miguel Estrada to be a judge on the federal appeals court based in Washington. Democrats and Mr. Estrada's opponents, who contend that he is an extreme conservative and is part of a plan by Dictator Bush to pack the federal courts with right-wing nominees, would have to mount a filibuster to block his confirmation, a difficult political task.
Man says he drove into woman at bus stop because she is black (MO) A man made a U-turn Monday to run down a woman waiting for a bus in University City and then told police he tried to kill her simply because she is black.
GOP Senator Chuck Hagel Now Admits Owndership in Voting Machine Company --Senate Ethics Committee Director Resigns "One underlying issue is whether Hagel properly disclosed his financial ties to Election Systems & Software (ES&S), a company that makes nearly half the voting machines used in the United States, including all those used in his native Nebraska... The voting machine company makes sophisticated optical scan and touch-screen vote-counting devices that many states have begun buying in recent years." Could this be the reason three GOP candidates in Texas each got 18,181 votes in the 2002 "election", a veritable statistical impossibility? Well, *this* story should receive a predictable five pico-seconds of media coverage on CensoringNewsNetwork and MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable. Click here for more on the stolen "elections" of 2002.
State of the Union Address: A Case Study in Projection --by Stephen Gowans "Psychoanalysts call it projection: attributing one's own attitudes and motives to others. George W. Bush's State of the Union address last night was a case study in projection. Billed, in part, as a 'statement of purpose' on Iraq, the speech, which had all the trappings of an emperor's address from the throne, painted a picture of Iraq which seemed more fitting as a portrait of the United States under George II's reign."
Bush’s State of the Union speech: the war fever of a ruling elite in crisis (WSWS) "The State of the Union speech delivered by George Bush to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night reflected a government in deep crisis. The war fever in the chamber and Bush’s litany of lies and threats created the impression of a ruling elite that feels itself under siege and overwhelmed by economic contradictions it barely comprehends."
Beware: Bush's Idea of Clean Energy --by Stephen Filler, Esq. "Some of you may have been pleased to hear George Bush last night talk about new initiatives for clean energy. Beware -- it is obvious that Bush considers nuclear power to be clean energy."
Kennedy to push new Iraq resolution "Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was going ahead Wednesday with plans to introduce a new resolution on the Senate floor calling on President [sic] Bush to obtain a new resolution granting him authority to resort to military force if necessary to disarm Iraq of suspected weapons of mass destruction, an aide to the senator told United Press International."
France Recommends No Rush to War A popular radio newscast summarized the Bush speech: "George W. Bush intends to be sheriff of the planet." In France, the seat of European sentiment for slowing down on Iraq, most people see dangerous folly in an early shoot-out.
Iraq to take over rotating chairmanship of Conference on Disarmament this year While the U.N. Security Council debates whether Iraq has met demands to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction, Iraq prepares to take on a surprising role later this year: the leadership of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament.
Small number of U-S forces now in northern Iraq General Richard Myers acknowledges a small number of U-S forces now are in northern Iraq. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs won't say exactly how many had entered the Kurdish area.
Air Base Reopens in Kurdish Northern Iraq A high-level Kurdish official said U.S. specialists were expected to staff airfields in three northern provinces, including Irbil, where Harir is located. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
Saudi FM to discuss Iraq with Bush, Powell Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal will discuss Iraq here with Dictator George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell during a hastily arranged visit, two US officials said.
Self Censorship In the US- Not Unlike the Soviet Version --by Andre Vltchek "The [Bush] administration is tampering with the language on a daily basis. Words that, for centuries, were sacred to millions of people all over the world are suddenly turning into meaningless clichés, to the empty slogans of the propaganda machine. The government-spread propaganda is mostly primitive, sometimes even comical. It almost begs to be ridiculed."
Anti-war poets force scrapping of White House symposium The White House yesterday confirmed that it had cancelled a poetry symposium after a number of American poets threatened to turn the event into an anti-W-ar protest.
White House Cancels Poetry Symposium The White House said Wednesday it postponed a poetry symposium because of concerns that the event would be politicized [?!?]. Some poets had said they wanted to protest military action against Iraq.
Pilger: Blair is a Coward John Pilger: His most damning verdict on Tony Blair -- "William Russell, the great correspondent who reported the carnage of imperial wars, may have first used the expression 'blood on his hands' to describe impeccable politicians who, at a safe distance, order the mass killing of ordinary people. In my experience 'on his hands' applies especially to those modern political leaders who have had no personal experience of war, like George W Bush, who managed not to serve in Vietnam, and the effete Tony Blair... Unelected in 2000, the Washington regime of George W Bush is now totalitarian, captured by a clique whose fanaticism and ambitions of 'endless war' and 'full spectrum dominance' are a matter of record."
MP caught playing war games in parliament A Norwegian member of the ruling Conservative Party of parliament apologised on Thursday for playing a war game on his pocket computer while legislators around him debated the possibility of a real war in Iraq.
Dubya's Rubicon --by Arnaud de Borchgrave "The most experienced counter-terrorist investigator in the Western world is France's Jean-Louis Bruguiere. He is not campaigning against a U.S. regime change invasion of Iraq. But he is saying that Islamic militants are recruiting hundreds of jihadis to carry out terrorist attacks as soon as the war balloon goes up... Bruguiere has searched high and low and found no evidence of the Iraq-al Qaida link that recently moved from conventional wisdom in the White House to a stated fact in President [sic] George W. Bush's State of the Union address."
The Mother of All War Shows (The Black Commentator) "The Bush cabal devoutly believe they are at a Hiroshima-like juncture in history - that they have at their disposal the means to start the world over in an apocalyptic spasm of swift and terrifying violence. The War Party believes itself to be embarked on an epochal, world-altering mission, and they are determined that this moment not be squandered."
Anti W-ar Campaign Hits 157,000 The Daily Mirror's anti-W-ar petition last night stood at an amazing 157,000. An army of readers, showbiz stars and sporting legends have all demanded Tony Blair back down on his threat to attack Iraq.
The people's park --Jowell's ban is an historic error (The Guardian) "Only a minister with no concern for this country's history would go along with the attempt to keep next month's anti-war rally out of Hyde Park. Yet this, incredibly, is what the culture secretary Tessa Jowell has done in backing the ban by the Royal Parks on the February 15 demonstration. The state of the turf, ostensible reason for the ban, is surely less important than the state of the world."
Hundreds [fuzzy math translation: thousands] Gather In Times Square To Protest War Against Iraq Activists protesting a war against Iraq gathered in Times Square Wednesday afternoon. The protest was organized by a group called International ANSWER, which stands for Act Now To Stop War and End Racism.
Why we marched for peace --by Dr. Mike Byron "My wife and I drove to San Francisco from our home in Oceanside the weekend of Jan. 18 to participate in an anti-war march and rally... We marched with more than 200,000 people. It was awe inspiring."
Ads rushing out of Limbaugh show? Progressives take aim at radio program's sponsors A letter-writing campaign aimed at advertisers on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," has already claimed a few choice scalps -- and hopes to soon have other marketers saying "ditto." Kicked off last week on the website of a group called Take Back The Media, the effort is generating a growing buzz among online progressives -- along with hundreds of angry e-mails to companies that sponsor what it calls Limbaugh's "hateful chortling and guffawing."
Republicans Push Speedy Action on Court Picks Senate Republicans got off to a contentious start yesterday in their drive for rapid action on Dictator Bush's judicial nominations as the Judiciary Committee, overriding Democratic protests, appeared ready to give swift approval to four appeals court nominees.
Bush Gets Resistance on Medicare Plan Dictator Bush ran into GOP and Democratic resistance to his Medicare reform proposal Wednesday, with even White House allies saying they were confused about what the dictator intended to propose and a key Republican pledging to block the plan.
Labor Dept. Shifts Whistle-Blower View Under Act, Workers Protected When Exposing Wrongdoing to Lawmakers --The Labor Department has changed its interpretation of a new corporate whistle-blower law, a move that will afford workers who report wrongdoing to Congress greater protection against retaliation, two senators said yesterday.
Natural gas price abuse still possible Despite a yearlong federal crackdown on the troubled power industry, energy traders and companies still might be manipulating natural gas prices, energy regulators say.
ExxonMobil profit soars Higher oil, gas prices send company past estimates.
Wal-Mart's influence grows Wal-Mart's influence on the U.S. economy has reached levels not seen by a single company since the 19th-century rise of Standard Oil, economists and historians say. Wal-Mart has swelled to 4,300 stores in nine countries and annual revenue near $250 billion. Its computer network, a critical part of its success, rivals the Pentagon's.
Minneapolis Police Accused of Outrageous Abuse Toward A Native American "Community leaders called Wednesday for the firing of two unknown Minneapolis police officers who witnesses said manhandled an American Indian man before leaving him and a woman outside in freezing temperatures..." A rally of community members to march against police brutality Thursday, Feb. 6. Some marchers will start from the North Side while others will start from the South Side, converging at City Hall. The "March of Pain and Shame" will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon.
Comcast refuses anti-W-ar ads during State of disUnion "Peace Action Education Fund spent $5,000 for air time for six 30-second ads to be aired by Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. beginning Tuesday night. They were bought to coincide with Dictator Bush's State of the disUnion speech, in which Bush was expected to reiterate his case for war. Comcast's legal department notified the group Tuesday morning that the ads would not air, saying they were unsubstantiated."
Anti-W-ar Ads Rejected During Bush Speech The Comcast cable television company rejected ads that an anti-war group wanted to air during Dictator Bush's State of the disUnion speech, saying they included "unsubstantiated claims".
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Sorry State of the Union Concert Upstages p-Resident "With an audio-visual sound music video dance fest on the Mall on the west side of the Capitol building, over 2000 revelers are moving to the beat of the Sorry State of the Union Concert, in an In-your-face gesture at President[sic] Bush while he speaks inside about the thousands of terrorists that have been caught,..."
Protesters say state of union is 'sorry' (scroll to blurb) Hundreds of anti-W-ar protesters gathered outside the Capitol for Dictator George W. Bush's State of the disUnion address, calling it "the sorry State of the Union."
N.Y. firefighters to protest for aid at Bush speech "The weary, retired firefighter President [sic] Bush tossed his arm around at Ground Zero days after the terrorist attacks is making a special trip to Washington to plea for help for ailing rescue workers."
6 anti-W-ar protesters spurn deals, face trial (AZ) Six anti-war protesters arrested on trespassing charges during a Jan. 16 protest outside the federal building downtown pleaded not guilty this morning in Tucson City Court. The six spurned offers of plea agreements in the case. "Actually," Thomas Cyr said, "it was the police who blocked the entrance to the federal building, not us."
Anti-W-ar protest at Halliburton offices Police have arrested 20 anti-W-ar protesters who blocked access to an oilfield-services company once headed by Vice pResident Cheney. About 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Denver offices of the Texas-based Halliburton Company to protest a possible war with Iraq.
Star Sarandon speaks out Susan Sarandon criticised Tony Blair and his relationship with Dictator Bush at the premiere of her new film "I'm tired of being labelled anti-American because I ask questions... What's happened to Blair? I don't understand his reasoning or his logic..."
Dictator Bush further isolated by US allies Canada sides with France, Germany over Iraq "Canada sided with France and Germany over the Iraq crisis on Monday, saying U.N inspectors needed more time to carry out their search for evidence that Baghdad still had weapons of mass destruction."
W-ar is All But Certain, Says Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel Dictator George W Bush told Americans early today that war with Iraq was all but inevitable. A year after he first identified Iraq as part of an "axis of evil", Mr Bush used his State of the Union address to argue that United Nations inspections had failed and only a dramatic capitulation by Saddam Hussein could save him.
Democrats slam Bush's domestic policies, but "Lap Dog" Dems praise lunatic Bush's W-armongering foreign "policy" agenda "Democrats responded to President [sic] George W. Bush's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night by conveying their support for the president's foreign policy but slamming his domestic policies on every front."
Another Poodle County Heard From: Game is up for Iraq, Straw tells UN --"Britain declared Iraq to be in 'further material breach' of United Nations resolutions on disarmament yesterday, its strongest signal yet that it is ready to take military action to depose Saddam Hussein in the coming weeks."
More Proof That Nutcase Bush is Lying: U.N. Finds No Proof of Nuclear Program --IAEA Unable to Verify U.S. Claims "The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said today that two months of inspections in Iraq and interviews with Iraqi officials have yielded no evidence to support Bush administration claims that Iraq is secretly trying to revive its nuclear weapons program."
U.S. Says 15,718 More Reserve Troops Called Up "The U.S. military, preparing for possible war with Iraq, said on Wednesday it had activated almost 16,000 more Reserve troops, swelling the total to almost 95,000, the biggest since the 1991 Gulf War."
War's Bottom Line: Death --by Jimmy Breslin "The government is talking about a war with Iraq as if discussing a commuter train home... No one so far has talked about the number of people who will be killed in Iraq."
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9/11 Probe: Aiming High The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks wants to talk to top Bush Administration officials --"Two commissioners of the bipartisan panel, which holds its first meeting this week, told TIME they will push for a wide-ranging, aggressive probe that will include testimony from top Bush Administration officials who didn't testify last year in a joint inquiry by the House and Senate intelligence committees."
Under Domestic Security Unit, a "Paper Terrorist" Gets 5 Years In Prison for Filing Papers! (WI) "A Town of Fredonia man whom authorities have termed a 'paper terrorist' was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for blitzing about three dozen Ozaukee County officials with thousands of bogus legal documents. The case produced the first prison sentence to result from a special anti-terrorism Domestic Security Unit created... after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Among its other duties, the unit investigates and prosecutes anti-government activists who try to intimidate [?!?] government officials, police and citizens by filing false legal documents." Terrorism by filing! Well, Dick Cheney should be arrested as a "paper terrorist" too, as his covert Energy Task Force filed thousands of bogus legal documents to allow Enron, et al., to dictate California's energy "policy" in 2001.
FBI wants to speak to thousands with Iraq ties "The FBI and authorities in several cities want to interview up to 5,000 Iraqi-Americans and immigrants to try to identify potential targets for Iraqi retaliation attacks here if U.S. forces go to war in Iraq, federal law enforcement officials say."
Bush's cyber watchdog to step down U.S. cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke will step down after he finishes a comprehensive Internet-security [?!? God help us all] plan next month, industry and government sources said Tuesday.
More Fascism on Tap: Senate G.O.P. Starts Hearings on Judges "Senate Republicans, returning to an accelerated judgeship-approval process they abandoned two years ago, launched simultaneous confirmation hearings Wednesday for three of President [sic] Bush's nominees. Democrats objected that the contested nominations were being moved too quickly."
Anthrax Vaccination Day for U.S. Marines in Gulf "Sailors and Marines of the amphibious assault ship USS Tortuga were inoculated against anthrax and smallpox in the Gulf Wednesday as the military gathered its forces for a possible war against Iraq."
Pakistan's religious right wants Americans fingerprinted, tested for HIV Pakistan's religious right, in a reflection of growing outrage against the United States, on Tuesday called for the fingerprinting of Americans, a boycott of U.S. products and compulsory AIDS testing of U.S. visitors. Liaqat Baluch, a member of the coalition party Jamaat-e-Islami, said the coalition also wants the government to expel FBI agents and end their role in searches and arrests of Pakistanis.
Under the Bush economy, the number of manufacturing layoffs keeps climbing in Minnesota --"Industry observers predict more blood-letting as Minnesota struggles with the twin impacts of an economic slowdown and globalization, particularly the pressure to shift production and supply to spots with cheaper labor such as Mexico and China."
EarthLink to Cut 25 Pct. of Work Force "EarthLink Inc. is cutting about 25 percent of its work force because of increased competition and the need to consolidate operations, the Internet service provider said Tuesday."
Advocate: IRS Modernization Hard on Poor "The Internal Revenue Service's efforts to upgrade services are hurting the nation's poor, a taxpayer advocate says, with many losing the ability to challenge incorrect audits because they don't have computers at home."
GOP Wants to Tax Food in Missouri "Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that options to avoid deep cuts in state education money this year could include restoring the sales tax on food."
Shrinking Arctic Ice to Open New Trade Route "The shrinking Arctic icecap may open a fabled passage for ships between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans within a decade, transforming an icy graveyard into a short-cut trade route." Will this data provide the lunatic Bush dictatorship with an impetus to continue to destroy the environment which furthers global warming?
District fires teacher over race remarks (MO) "The Crystal City School District fired on Tuesday night a teacher who spoke out in class against interracial marriage to her students, some of whom were of mixed race."
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