February 2003 Archives, Page Two
[Editor's note: I don't know... do we lead with: impending W-ar in Iraq? Impending W-ar in North Korea? The stock market plunging below 8,000, not even worthy of mention in the whoring Faux News lineup? Or, Patriot II, having vanished from the media landscape without so much as even a passing note? So many choices, so little time...]
Mother of all bombs may be tested in Iraq war The United States, if it goes to war with Iraq, intends to use a new monster weapon whose explosive punch is equivalent to a small nuclear device, a media report said today.
West bent on domination, says Mahathir The Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has accused the United States and its allies of using the "war on terrorism" and the confrontation with Iraq as pretexts for reasserting Western domination of the world.
Fitzgerald: Bush talked of assassinating Hussein Dictator Bush recently told Sen. Peter Fitzgerald he would order the assassination of Saddam Hussein "if we had intelligence on where he was now and we had a clear shot," the Illinois senator said Monday. [Of course, we know how reliable this "intelligence" has been to date. It has invented biological and chemical production plants in Northern Iraq. It has invented ties between Hussein and Al Qaida. It has hallucinated model mobile chemical and biological plants. And with Britain, it has pilfered the ten year old Ph.D. thesis of a Californian and tried to pass it off as the "latest intelligence." Intelligence is always an oxymoron on the lips of Bush.]
Bush may lift assassination ban (transcript) "JOHN SHOVELAN: Did President [sic] Bush tell a US senator he would order the assassination of the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein? ...ARI FLEISCHER: The President [sic] doesn't recall if he said it or didn't say it... People who are in charge of fighting the war to kill United States troops cannot assume that they will be safe."
This is it: last US push for UN backing The United States has launched its final campaign to get the United Nations Security Council to back a war against Iraq, by offering a second resolution that says Iraq has "failed to take the final opportunity" it was given to peacefully disarm.
US preparations for war complete The United States preparations for a possible war against Iraq are almost complete, military sources say.
Bush Wants Up to $95 Billion to Cover Cost of War-WSJ The Bush dictatorship is preparing supplemental spending requests totaling as much as $95 billion for a war with Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
U.S. and Saudis Agree on Cooperation The United States and Saudi Arabia have reached new agreements that will allow expanded U.S. air operations from Saudi territory, including full use of Prince Sultan Air Base as an air operations center, in the event of war against Iraq, according to senior U.S. officials and diplomatic sources.
US war memo to media: Get gas masks, jackets If the instructions from the Bush regime to the US and international media are any indication, war against Iraq is inevitable unless there is a dramatic change in Baghdad resulting in Saddam Hussain’s exit. On arrival, the ‘embeds,’ as the accredited media is called in military parlance, will "receive NBC (Nuclear, Chemical and Biological) [LOL, "NBC"!] gear and training, as well as the option of receiving anthrax and small pox vaccines," a message accompanying the memo says.
War Correspondent's Advice: Stay Off the Press Bus Chris Hedges Covered Many Armed Conflicts --On a day the Pentagon was announcing its guidelines for the more than 500 "embedded" reporters accompanying U.S. forces in any attack on Iraq, veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges remained worried about what, on the face of it, might seem extraordinary measures by the Pentagon to facilitate press coverage.
How the news will be censored in this war A new CNN system of 'script approval' suggests the Pentagon will have nothing to worry about --by Robert Fisk "The degree of censorship hasn't quite been worked out. But it doesn't matter how much the Pentagon cuts from the reporters' dispatches. A new CNN system of 'script approval' – the iniquitous instruction to reporters that they have to send all their copy to anonymous officials in Atlanta to ensure it is suitably sanitised – suggests that the Pentagon and the Department of State have nothing to worry about."
Iraqi radio station may be US 'black' propaganda Clues gathered by radio enthusiasts suggest that a mysterious new Iraqi radio station is in fact a source of CIA "black" propaganda. [Gee, what a surprise.]
Iraq taking 'new, positive' steps, says Blix Blair faces revolt in Commons as chief weapons inspector reports signs of co-operation --Unexpected signs of "substantive" Iraqi co-operation were complicating Poodle Tony Blair's task last night as he faced a rebellion by more than 100 MPs before a crucial Commons debate.
PM rejects 'absurd' plan to give arms team more time Poodle Tony Blair rejected France's plan for the UN inspectors to be given more time, telling MPs yesterday that it was "absurd" [?!?] to think that they could find weapons without Baghdad's full co-operation.
Britain's Blair Faces Stinging Revolt Over Iraq British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair braced Wednesday for the largest revolt he has suffered from his war-wary Labor Party, as parliament plunged into heated debate on Iraq.
War rebels challenge Blair Frantic efforts to win support for vote in Commons --Poodle Tony Blair tonight faces the most dangerous challenge to his authority during his six-year premiership as opponents of his "rush to war" policy on Iraq organise frantically to muster the Commons votes that may slow his momentum.
Kennedy won't back our troops (UK) The political divide over war with Iraq widened sharply last night when Charles Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat leader, said there were circumstances in which his party might not back British troops being sent into battle.
Britain 'must lose poodle image to win Arab trust' Britain must shed its image as America's "poodle" over Iraq to rebuild trust with the Arab world, according to a report published today by a think-tank close to Tony Blair.
West: Bush's war plan 'absolute disaster' Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia John West said this weekend that the Bush dictatorship's plans for a pre-emptive strike against Iraq are "an absolute disaster."
France Warns Iraq War Would Cause Split In an impassioned appeal, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned Wednesday that waging war now against Iraq without exhausting avenues for peace would split the international community and "be perceived as precipitous and illegitimate."
Retired U.S. General Slams U.S. War Plans for Iraq A retired American general who directed the 1991 Gulf War air campaign on Tuesday denounced the U.S. military strategy for a possible new war with Iraq as "criminal," saying it would risk more American and allied lives than necessary.
US pledge to aid millions of casualties that Bush creates The Bush regime has sent "massive" supplies of humanitarian aid to the Gulf region to cope with up to 2 million refugees and displaced people as part of its planning for a war with Iraq, US officials said yesterday.
Civil disobedience Anti-War Activists Plan to Disrupt Daily Activities if War Breaks Out --If U.S.-led forces attack Iraq, anti-war activists in the Bay Area and around the world have "emergency response'' plans to immediately blockade federal buildings, shut down commuting arteries and disrupt the financial districts of major cities with massive protests and non-violent civil disobedience.
Bush hands UN an ultimatum on Iraq war --by Patrick Martin "The resolution presented to the United Nations Security Council Tuesday by Britain, Spain and the United States is an unprecedented ultimatum, not to Iraq, but to the entire world. The Bush administration is demanding unconditional support for the war of aggression it has decided to wage against an impoverished country that poses no threat to the American people."
Blacks have good cause to oppose war in Iraq --by Derrick Z. Jackson "A lot of white Americans may not care for affirmative action, but we all care about the economy, which Bush is all but handing over to business interests. The low enthusiasm by African-Americans for a war in Iraq might be the most patriotic act yet."
Crossfire: Debate Over Boycotting French Products (Interview with author Gore Vidal --Transcript) "VIDAL: I think there's a lot of conspiracy going on as we can see with the USA patriot act which Congress passed without reading it. Something like 400 pages in which many of our liberties are removed from us. It's a war on the Bill of Rights. It came out 20 days after 9/11. That meant it was already written. You don't write it that fast. So that was in preparation. That's a coincidence that it was just sitting there, suspending Habeas Corpus and all sorts of things that are un-American."
Be ready for war: North Korea North Korea has urged its military and people to be ready for war, the South Korean news agency Yonhap has reported, quoting a statement from the North Korean Government.
N. Korea Urges People to Ready for Attack North Korea urged its military and people to be ready for a U.S. attack, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported quoting a statement from the North Korean government Tuesday.
North Korea missile launch fires up tension North Korea was accused last night of provocation after test-firing a missile into the Sea of Japan.
Sept. 11 conspiracy more extensive than believed, files reveal The hijacking conspiracy spawned in this northern port city likely was broader and deeper than previously reported, according to investigative files amassed by German authorities since Sept. 11, 2001.
U.N. says world must do more to curb Afghan opium The U.N.'s narcotics watchdog urged the international community on Wednesday to do more to help stamp out poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer of opium.
U.S. crackdown drives Muslims toward Canada Refugee claimants jam border posts --Refugee claimants have overwhelmed Canadian border posts since December when the American Department of Justice added Pakistan to a list of mostly Muslim nations, and North Korea, as countries whose visitors must undergo special registration.
NYC=JFK(24/7) Old New York, now departing, gate 5. --by Alan Cabal "Most Americans think Saddam Hussein is Osama bin Laden. Personally, I think Osama bin Laden has all the flesh-and-blood reality of Yoda. Bush, on the other hand, is as real as Jeffrey Dahmer and six times as weird."
Whistleblower Lawsuit: Insider Sues Voting Machine Company Voting Machine Engineer Sues, Alleges Machine Design Flaws --2/25/2003 -- Dan Spillane, a voting machine test engineer, has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, DRE touch-screen voting machine manufacturer VoteHere. Spillane's lawsuit charges wrongful and retaliatory termination; he contends he was removed so that he could not blow the whistle to certification labs and pass critical information to the US General Accounting Office.
Silicon Valley Wary of Voting Machine At least one in 10 voters nationwide cast ballots in the last presidential [s]election on electronic machines. But in Silicon Valley, computer scientists are calling for a halt to the trend — at least until voting machines are redesigned to produce a paper record of every vote.
Suddenly a paper trail is possible County Should Require It On Any Touch-Screen Voting System to Protect Against Fraud [and Rove] (The Mercury News) "In a major turn of events, all three voting machine makers competing for Santa Clara County's contract have told election officials that they're prepared to offer paper copies of touch-screen ballots for voters to inspect. Better yet, they'll include this feature at no cost to the county... It's also an offer supervisors have no reason to refuse." [The GOP spin on this one ought to be *very* interesting (as to why the supervisors should refuse it). I am predicting an expensive media campaign with an "environmental" thrust: the paper-trail would require using paper and that hurts the trees that Gayle Norton works so hard to protect (during the moments she is not voting for logging them and burning them). --Lori Price]
Experts Fault Bush's Proposal to Examine Climate Change A panel of experts has strongly criticized the Bush regime's proposed research plan on the risks of global warming, saying that it "lacks most of the elements of a strategic plan" and that its goals cannot be achieved without far more money than the White House has sought for climate research.
Mega Barf Alert: E.P.A. Approves the Use of Monsanto's Altered Corn The government announced yesterday that it had approved a type of genetically modified corn developed by Monsanto. The approval is a boost for [one of Bush's installers,] Monsanto, which has been struggling with falling earnings.
Monsanto Meltdown "Despite heavy advertising and PR greenwash, despite a cozy relationship with the White House, Monsanto's image, profits, and credibility have plunged. Its aggressive bullying on Frankenfoods, its patents on the Terminator gene, its attempt to buy out seed companies and monopolize seed stocks, and its persecution of hundreds of North American farmers for the 'crime' of seed-saving, has made Monsanto one of the most hated corporations on Earth."
The Photographic History of the Bush Administration Putting Its Mouth Where Its Money Isn’t A chronology of Bush saying one thing then doing another --Produced by the House Appropriations Committee
A U-Turn on National Service? Bush Promised Expansion, but Republicans in Congress Deliver a Cut (Progressive Policy Institute) "Buried in the 3,000-page appropriations bill signed by President [sic] Bush last week are provisions that threaten to gut AmeriCorps, America's full-time national service program. Despite Bush's promise to expand opportunities for service, congressional Republicans appropriated restrictive funding levels and imposed a membership cap that will almost surely lead to a sharp decline in the number of Americans serving in AmeriCorps in the upcoming year."
Ari Gets Laughed Out of the White House Briefing Room (Buzzflash) "The whole press corps, normally sheep, broke out in laughter... sweet, derisive laughter. They kept on laughing as Ari turned on his heels and strode out. Sheesh." [White House transcript of press briefing, Feb. 25, 2003]
Transplant Mix-Up Enters Debate in Congress on Malpractice Bills The death of Jésica Santillán, the 17-year-old given a heart and lung transplant from a donor with an incompatible blood type, is influencing the Congressional debate on Dictator Bush's proposal to limit damages in medical malpractice cases and may prevent the plan from passing intact, lawmakers say.
High court allows anti-abortion protests outside clinics In a victory for civil disobedience [well, for the radical Right. Women and clinics can be threatened, etc, but anti-W-ar protesters were denied a permit to march in New York on February 15th by Bush, Ashcroft, and Bloomberg. Why wasn't *that* illegal?] the Whore Court Wednesday ruled anti-abortion protesters cannot be prosecuted simply for blocking clinic doors and other disruptive behavior.
'Pledge of Allegiance Bill' Introduced In California A Republican state senator in California says with a war in Iraq looming, it's more important than ever for the Legislature to encourage patriotism in California's public schools.
Kansas Senate majority leader [GOP] arrested for drunken driving A high-ranking Kansas legislator was arrested early Tuesday for drunken driving.
MSNBC Dumps Donahue Show, Cites Weak Ratings Cable news network MSNBC on Tuesday canceled Phil Donahue's nightly talk show after only six months on the air, citing poor ratings.
Democrats Challenge Bush's Credibility After months of searching for a unified political attack against Dictator Bush, congressional Democrats have settled on a new and, some say, controversial strategy: questioning the dictator's truthfulness.
US plans total war against Kim While the White House continues its public war of words with North Korea, a battle plan is already being laid in secret by military strategists at the Pentagon. Behind the scenes, American strategists are now weighing up the option of a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea.
Revealed: 17 British firms armed Saddam with his weapons Seventeen British companies who supplied Iraq with nuclear, biological, chemical, rocket and conventional weapons technology are to be investigated and could face prosecution following a Sunday Herald investigation. Labour MP Tam Dalyell said: 'What the Sunday Herald has printed is of huge significance. It exposes the hypocrisy of Blair and Bush. The chickenhawks who want war were up to their necks in arms deals. This drives a coach and horses through the moral case for war.'
Iran sues U.S. in world court for helping Saddam kill Iranians A strange spectacle in court: As the USA prepares for a war against Iraq, it is being sued by Iran for its previous close relationship to Saddam Hussein. At the International Court of Justice, Teheran is accusing the United States of delivering dangerous chemicals and deadly viruses to Baghdad during the eighties. [*Click here for link to original Der Spiegel article.]
Top Bush aide savages 'selfish' Chirac White House adviser Richard Perle tells David Rose that France's 'cosy relationship' with Saddam means it will veto a second UN resolution --A leading adviser to Dictator Bush last night launched a savage attack on President Chirac's diplomatic campaign to block war with Iraq, saying that it was merely the product of French commercial interests masquerading as a moral case for peace. [OMG!! France's 'cosy relationship' with Saddam Hussein? See above summaries and articles detailing the UK and US side-by-side 'cozy' companionship with Saddam!]
Rumsfeld pushes big lie on "human shields" in Iraq In a chilling performance at a February 19 Pentagon press briefing, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sought to prepare American and world public opinion for the widespread civilian deaths that will inevitably be caused by the Pentagon’s "shock and awe" plan to unleash more than 3,000 missiles on Iraq in the first 48 hours of the invasion.
"Shock and Awe" A U.S. war plan calls for the launch in March of three or four hundred cruise missiles a day at the start of a war on Iraq, more than were fired during the entire first Gulf War, according to a televised report on Friday...CBS said the battle plan, called "shock and awe"... We call the plan, "shock, awe, disgust and demonstrate criminal insanity." The time for regime change in the US is long, long overdue. We are now faced with silently sponsoring a violation of numerous international treaties and laws, a violation of the national and international will of the vast majority, and the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and others. Human shields or not, the Bush regime is set to murder everything in its path. The endgame is not even the important thing for them. Can Oil be enough to justify this killing, even for such homicidal maniacs? Power has gone undergone an unprecedented mutation, and merely wishes to extend itself without reason, cause, or even ideological justification.
Wolfowitz: Ritter 'Speaking the Truth', 1998 Wolfowitz Statement on U.S. Policy Toward Iraq (Sept. 18, 1998) "Scott Ritter is a public servant of exceptional integrity and moral courage, one of those individuals who is not afraid to speak the truth... After first trying to smear his character with anonymous leaks, the [Clinton] administration then took to charging that Mr. Ritter doesn’t 'have a clue' about U.S. policy toward Iraq and saying that his criticisms were playing into Saddam Hussein’s hands by impugning UNSCOM’s independence."
Do or die: Final US ultimatum Australia has joined the United States and Britain in warning that Iraq will have only days to avoid war once it is handed a fresh ultimatum to disarm. The US is giving the United Nations one "last chance" to prove its relevance [Bush needs to prove his 'relevance', first] on Iraq, while it says Saddam Hussein has only two options to escape war - disarm immediately or leave the country.
Blair tries to head off Iraq revolt Tony Blair will move to avert a potentially crippling Labour backbench revolt over Iraq this week by heralding a new joint US-UK resolution to be tabled in the next 24 hours as part of "a push for peace".
Bush Faces Increasingly Poor Image Overseas The messages from U.S. embassies around the globe have become urgent and disturbing: Many [Stop sugar-coating it, CIA-managed Washington Post, duh. That would be *MOST* people, see Time poll, below] people in the world increasingly think Dictator Bush is a greater threat to world peace than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
The Biggest Threat to Peace: Which country really poses the greatest danger to world peace in 2003? TIME asks for readers' views Results, thus far: North Korea 5.8 %; Iraq 6.9 %; The United States 87.3 % --Total Votes Cast: 551231 *Be sure to vote!
Australia warned of growing isolation Richard Woolcott, a foreign affairs adviser to seven governments and Australia's last representative on the Security Council, said divisions in the council had sharpened since the last resolution, warning Iraq to disarm, was passed last year. It was more likely, he said, that other nations would react against the "unconscionable pressure" applied by the United States to follow it into a war.
US planes target communication sites in Iraq American warplanes bombed military communication sites in Southern Iraq after the Iraqis fired anti-aircraft guns at US planes early today, the US central command said.
Saddam Says Bush Lacks Manhood and Chivalry Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Sunday Dictator Bush had behaved without manhood and chivalry toward Baghdad, and that Washington would fail to humiliate Iraq.
We need to hear from Democrats on Iraq --by Helen Thomas "The Democratic presidential aspirants have been pussyfooting around the Iraq question, wanting to have it both ways on whether to support President [sic] Bush's rush-to-war. The time has come for them to show some backbone. They should declare their position clearly and point to peaceful options that the president [sic] has no time for." [Michael Rectenwald has made similar comments regarding the use of "inflammatory" language, previously: Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who argues that we need to adapt a "Non-Inflammatory Approach" to respond to the Bush regime, February 21, 2003. Michael Rectenwald: "We need strong, attacking, fiercely motivated and ferociously democracy-seeking voices in American politics, before the fascists have it all, and it's too late."]
Transcript: Now with Bill Moyers --Sy Hersh Details Rumsfeld's Approval of bin Laden's Family Evacuation in the Aftermath of 9/11 "JANE WALLACE: How high up was that evacuation authorized? SY HERSH: I am here to tell you it was authorized — Donald Rumsfeld who — we'll talk about what he said later — it had to be authorized at the White House. But certainly at the Secretary of Defense level."
Says Iraq Signals New Cooperation The chief U.N. weapons inspector
said Tuesday that Baghdad has shown new signs of substantive cooperation
in recent days, but Dictator Bush urged the United Nations to "honor
its word" and back a U.S. resolution declaring Iraq had missed
its chance to disarm peacefully.
Blix Says Iraq Signals New Cooperation The chief U.N. weapons inspector said Tuesday that Baghdad has shown new signs of substantive cooperation in recent days, but Dictator Bush urged the United Nations to "honor its word" and back a U.S. resolution declaring Iraq had missed its chance to disarm peacefully.
challenges Bush to debate ‘I
am ready,’ says Iraqi leader; White House says he’s not serious --Borrowing
a page from American politics, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has challenged
Dictator Bush to a live, internationally televised debate via satellite
linkup. The trouble is, the White House isn’t taking the offer seriously.
Saddam challenges Bush to debate ‘I am ready,’ says Iraqi leader; White House says he’s not serious --Borrowing a page from American politics, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has challenged Dictator Bush to a live, internationally televised debate via satellite linkup. The trouble is, the White House isn’t taking the offer seriously.
firms given contracts to 'rebuild' Iraq
Though a war on Iraq is yet to start, the US has decided to give
contracts to repair and rebuild the country exclusively to American
companies in the 'post-war' era, a report said today.
US firms given contracts to 'rebuild' Iraq Though a war on Iraq is yet to start, the US has decided to give contracts to repair and rebuild the country exclusively to American companies in the 'post-war' era, a report said today.
UN given clear message war is coming The United States and Britain laid down a challenge to the United Nations yesterday: back our use of force against Iraq or render useless the principal public forum for international diplomacy since the Second World War.
U.S. Warns France in Struggle Over Iraq The United States fired a warning shot Tuesday across the bows of France, the leading critic of its Iraq policy, saying it would view any French veto of a new U.N. resolution authorizing force as "very unfriendly."
U.S. expected to win backing at U.N. Nine ‘yes’ votes for the new Iraq resolution will put pressure on France --The challenge is formidable, but U.S. and British diplomats are confident they can wring the nine votes necessary to win approval of the new Iraq resolution circulated Monday on the Security Council.
U.S. and Britain Submit New Resolution on Disarming Iraq The United States, Britain and Spain introduced a United Nations resolution this afternoon saying that Iraq is in violation of requirements that it disarm, setting the stage for possible military intervention should Baghdad and the White House continue to remain at odds.
Turkey delays vote on U.S. troops Ruling party leader wants more political support --The head of Turkey's ruling political party said Tuesday that he will delay talks in parliament on a proposal to let U.S. combat troops use Turkish bases until he was sure the measure has enough political support to pass.
U.S. Army Trains Iraqi Forces in Hungary U.S. soldiers are training Iraqi exiles and expatriates at a Hungarian air base to aid U.S. forces should an invasion of Iraq occur.
Black Hawk Crash Kills 4 Soldiers Training in Kuwait A Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Kuwaiti desert killed four American soldiers early this morning. [HOW many Black Hawk helicopter crashes have occurred since 2002? 29.]
U.S. Judge Rejects Legal Bid to Block Iraq War A federal judge on Monday rejected a legal bid by a group of U.S. soldiers and some members of the U.S. Congress to keep Dictator Bush from ordering an invasion of Iraq without formal congressional approval, saying the court had no business getting involved at this stage.
Republican Leaders Encountering More Antiwar Sentiment Many lawmakers are working hard to try to prepare constituents for the possibility of war. With the U.S.-Iraq showdown possibly headed to a climax, many Republicans who have spent months staunchly behind Dictator Bush's hard-line posture are confronting anxiety, skepticism and some outright opposition among their constituents.
Grammys: What wasn’t seen on TV Other than Durst’s grammatically challenged comment that we should be in “agreeance that this war should go away,” the peace movement was fairly mute. Perhaps there was one reason some usually vocal stars remained silent: They were told to. "My manager got a call," Sheryl Crow told The Scoop.
Media question authority over war protests Did the media stumble on Iraq, downplaying opposition to war with Saddam Hussein until the USA's recent confrontation with Germany and France in the United Nations and worldwide protests gave them no choice?
Not So Fast --by William Raspberry "This is hard. So soon after very nearly swooning over Colin Powell's report to the United Nations Security Council, I find myself thinking the once unthinkable: I don't believe him."
Activists Occupy Spanish Embassy in Iraq Spanish anti-war activists occupied Spain's embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, saying diplomats who left Iraq while their country supported the threat of war have abandoned hopes for peace.
Protesters take it all off for peace (Vancouver, B.C.) Nude activists against a war in Iraq form a peace sign at Sunset Beach The group, called Artists Against War, said they were rallying against a possible attack on Iraq.
Naked for Peace With the cheering encouragement of 300 onlookers, fifty-seven men and women gathered at Vancouver's downtown Sunset Beach on Sunday February 23 to lie naked against Bush's war on Iraq. The participants, who ranged in age from 6 months to 65 years, chanted "More ass, less gas" and "Show your peace!"
U.S. Approach on North Korea Strains Alliances in Asia With little of the clamor generated by preparations for war with Iraq, the showdown between the United States and North Korea over that country's nuclear weapons program is severely testing Washington's oldest Asian alliances.
Minnesota Poll: Support for Bush slipping As he steers the nation to the brink of war with Iraq, Dictator Bush faces a continuing slide in his approval ratings and a majority that disagrees with his determination to proceed against Iraq even without a new U.N. resolution, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Marbury v. Madison v. Ashcroft --by Anthony Lewis "The war on terrorism is an especially dangerous occasion for judges to close their eyes to violations of our rights. In every other historical case of the courts yielding to wartime claims, the emergency ended before long and the country regretted the abandonment of constitutional values."
Sen. Nelson won't back filibuster As Republicans turned up the heat in a tough confirmation battle, Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida "Democrat", decided Monday not to support a Democratic filibuster blocking the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada. Sen. Bob Graham, recovering from heart surgery, has not made a decision on Estrada.[Quick action! Let Rethug-lite Bill Nelson hear from YOU on the Estrada filibuster: Washington DC: Phone: 202-224-5274 Fax: 202-228-2183; Bob Graham: Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-3041 Fax: 202-224-2237]
CSX to Move Headquarters to Florida CSX Corp. confirmed Tuesday that it will move its corporate headquarters from Richmond to Jacksonville, Fla. [LOL, is should be fascinating to see what future acts of "terror" via shipping (mentioned as a possible conduit in Bush's "State of disUnion" address) occur now, as CSX's owners, the Bush family's Carlyle group, moved the headquarters to Jeb's Florida. Bush needs a fast distraction as the Dow sinks below 8,000. --Lori Price]
Jailed Professor Decries U.S. 'Hysteria' A jailed university professor accused of helping run a Mideast terrorist group says he is a victim of post-Sept. 11 hysteria who has been "crucified" for his support of Palestinian rights.
McCain Accuses GOP of Misleading Activists on Campaign Finance Law Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his party of misleading GOP activists about the nation's new campaign finance law and employing "scorched earth" scare tactics to make the rules look more restrictive than they are.
U.S. Deficit Hits $97B in First 4 Months The government has run up a deficit of $97.6 billion in the first four months of the 2003 budget year, a reversal from the corresponding period last year when a small surplus was produced.
Consumer confidence crumbles U.S. consumer confidence fell sharply and unexpectedly in February to its lowest level since October 1993 as Americans fretted about the increasing threat of war with Iraq, weak stock markets and rising oil prices.
Fidelity profits decline 39%; customers' assets drop 12% Clients pull cash out of stock funds for 2d year in '02 --Profits at Fidelity Investments plunged 39 percent in 2002, to $808.2 million, as the stock market dropped for a third straight year and customer assets under the firm's watch shrank by 12 percent, the company said in its annual report yesterday.
Natural gas prices rise 40% Heating oil costs also soar, up 50% from year ago Natural gas prices jumped nearly 40% and heating oil costs hit their highest level on record Monday, developments that point to increases in already bloated home-heating bills.
Dutch Grocer Overstated Earnings Royal Ahold, the giant Dutch-based grocer and food distributor, said today that it had overstated its earnings by at least $500 million over the last two years. The problems at Ahold, whose American supermarkets include the Stop & Shop, Bi-Lo, Giant and Tops chains, stunned investors, who bid the company's stock price down by more than 60 percent, wiping out more than $5 billion in market value.
EPA worried as child asthma doubles Far fewer children are showing high levels of lead in their blood or the effects of secondhand smoke, a government report has found - but childhood asthma rates are doubling. The Environmental Protection Agency report also found that one of every dozen women of childbearing age has blood mercury levels that could hinder brain development in a fetus.
High Court Backs Texas Death Row Inmate The Supreme Court sided Tuesday with a black Texas death row inmate who claimed prosecutors stacked the jury with whites and said he was not allowed to present evidence of the alleged bias.
Dr. Dean Emerges From The Pack ...Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean followed Gephardt and rocked the hall. He began his speech by blasting Democratic leaders who support Mr. Bush, saying, "I'm here to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."
CLG (http://www.legitgov.org/) Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, appeared on the Alan Colmes DEBUT Fox Radio show as his second guest, following Newt Gingrich, 11 PM EST, Feb. 24, 2003. This is the FIRST Fox News syndicated radio show, and Mike Rectenwald appeared on the VERY FIRST show! FOX Live with Alan Colmes (http://www.alan.com/index2.html) has cleared 10 stations, eight of which are in the top 50 markets including New York, Long Island, NY (Island Talk, 540 WLIE AM), Dallas, Orlando, San Diego, Salt Lake City, West Palm Beach, Norfolk, VA, and Albuquerque.
Editor: Bush Cited Report That Doesn't Exist There was only one problem with Dictator George W. Bush's claim Thursday that the nation's top economists forecast substantial economic growth if Congress passed the dictator's tax cut: The forecast with that conclusion doesn't exist. [*Click here to read Lori Price's letter to Newsday, regarding this article.]
Military convoys face Italian anti-war blockade Anti-war protesters are vowing to block all movement of US arms by rail between American bases in Italy, dubbing the convoys "trains of death".
Global Labor Rejects War After a weekend of demonstrations involving over 10 million people worldwide, protesting an impending US war on Iraq, opposition to the Bush plan in many countries is hardly a question. But, among unions in many countries, opposition may take a much more concrete form.
'Inspectors' denied US access (MD) US military officials refused a 13-member international delegation entry to an army base after the group asked to carry out an inspection for illegal arms at the site. After being asked by military officials to leave the site, a British parliamentarian and leader of Labour Against the War, Alan Simpson, said: "Had this inspection taken place in Iraq, and had we been denied access to such a site, President [sic] Bush would have declared material breach of Resolution 1441 and authorised war on Iraq."
50 Pines seniors rally to silence war drums (FL) More than 50 residents of a Pembroke Pines retirement community lined up along Pines Boulevard Saturday to voice their displeasure with an anticipated U.S.-led attack on Iraq.
Democracy for the Middle East? Bah, humbug! --by Firas Al-Atraqchi "...to the informed reader and Middle East analyst, the call to liberate Iraq is a thinly veiled hypocrisy that is as much an insult to the intelligence as it is to the people of the region. History provides ample proof that no undertaking in the Middle East has been for the liberation of the peoples of the region."
Tens of Bush Supporters Take To the Streets In Support of the President (humor) "Four loyal Americans from Freerepublic.com break the will of 850,000 peacenik protesters with their spirited invective. [NOTE TO FOX NEWS: Start TelePrompTer here] --Over the weekend, throngs in numbers approaching almost 80 people worldwide took to the streets to provide a poignant counterpoint to the fringe-position presented by over 6,000,000 anti-war protesters."
US released al-Qaeda terrorists to Pak: Report Playing a "losing game", the US allowed many Interservice Intelligence (ISI) agents it had captured during the war on terror in Afghanistan to go back to Pakistan and they took with them thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists, who later spread into Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said.
Mohamed Atta and Rudi Dekkers Seen Together in Venice in Weeks Before Sept. 11 Attack Mohamed Atta was twice seen with flight school owner Rudi Dekkers in Venice, FL. during the final month before he crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, directly contradicting Dekker's account of his relationship with the terrorist ringleader.
Colombia Slams U.S. on Hostages Decision Colombian politicians on Sunday accused Washington of meddling in their country's affairs for sending more U.S. troops to search for three American CIA agents held hostage by rebels.
Irish anti-imperialist banned from US Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey, longtime activist in the Irish resistance movement, former member of the English parliament has been banned from the US on the grounds that she is a threat to national security.
N.M. May Go On Record Opposing U.S.A Patriot Act Proposed memorials in the state Senate and House would put the New Mexico Legislature on record as opposing the U.S.A. Patriot Act.
GE Tops List of U.S. Companies Paying Less in Taxes As Americans prepare to file their tax returns this April, they may be surprised to learn that they're paying higher rates than some of the largest companies in the land.
Bush's Medicaid plan could slash safety net (The Mercury News) "President [sic] Bush's plan for Medicaid represents a fundamental change in the philosophy behind the health care program for poor and disabled Americans. It's a change California's congressional delegation should resist."
Greenspan's Fed future in doubt The chairman's blunt criticism of Bush's tax-cut proposal leads to speculation that he either will retire or be replaced after the 2004 election --When he publicly undercut Dictator Bush's proposals to "stimulate" the economy, Alan Greenspan opened the door to widespread speculation that his career as chairman of the Federal Reserve may be drawing to a close.
Estrada Endorser Had Partisan Role Apparent conflict with ABA rules --The lawyer who recommended the American Bar Association's highest rating for controversial appellate judge candidate Miguel Estrada took part in partisan Republican activities during his term as a nonpartisan judicial nomination evaluator for the Bar, according to records and interviews.
Homes and cars insured from terrorists, but not nuclear attacks As nervous citizens stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting, insurers are getting questions from customers who want to know how far their policies will go in case of a terrorist attack. [Yes, after Bush's nuclear attack, I was going to promptly submit my claim. Can someone *please* awaken us from this nightmare?]
Downing Street to challenge Bush on greenhouse gas emissions Britain will today implicitly challenge George Bush's anti-environment stance by demanding that the world go further than the stalled Kyoto protocol and commit itself to a 50% cut in carbon emissions by 2050.
Saddam told: disarm in three weeks or it's war Saddam Hussein is to be given a final 'act or be defeated' deadline of the middle of March before a second United Nations resolution is debated by the Security Council, clearing the way for imminent military action.
Angry Arms Inspectors Hit Out US spy chiefs were branded "time wasters " yesterday after weapons inspectors rubbished their evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Angry and frustrated at being given vague or wrong information, a senior member of the UN team said they had been fed "garbage after garbage after garbage". The inspector said: "It took a long time for the US to hand over intelligence in the first place and when they did it has proved to be highly inaccurate."
Russia Condemns U.S. 'Pressure' on Iraq Inspectors Russia, in a clear attack on U.S. policy, said on Thursday U.N. arms inspectors were being put under pressure to leave Iraq or to produce reports that could be used as a pretext for military action.
U.N. Nuclear Chief Says 'no Reason' to Halt Weapons Inspections, Iraqi Cooperation Improving The United Nations' atomic energy chief sees "no reason" to halt weapons inspections and turn to war to disarm Iraq, arguing in remarks released Saturday that while Baghdad's cooperation is still imperfect it has steadily improved under the threat of force.
US and Britain pound Iraqi defences in massive escalation of airstrikes In recent days, an Independent on Sunday investigation reveals, US and Britain have stepped up attacks on missile sites near Basra which could threaten the military build-up in Kuwait and the Gulf.
Confidential EU paper spells out economic gloom of war on Iraq An EU country that fights in a war against Iraq may be allowed to relax strict rules governing the euro zone in the worst-case scenario of worldwide recession, said a confidential document obtained by AFP Wednesday.
Pope urges Blair to avoid war Pope John Paul II has urged Poodle Tony Blair to make "every effort" to avoid going to war with Iraq.
Iraq sparks rare church unity Most of the Christian churches have a long tradition of facing both ways over war. This time, though, there is vehement opposition to any attack on Iraq, with few dissenters - a surprisingly united front.
Chirac is 'uniting world', says Mugabe Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, and his wife, Grace, left their Paris hotel last night at the end of the France-Africa summit, praising French hospitality and President Jacques Chirac's role in "uniting the world."
Bush Says Iraq Resolution Last Chance [?!?] for UN Dictator Bush said on Saturday the United Nations had a last chance to prove its relevance [?????!!!!! Who the &!*% is Bush to cite anyone else's 'relevance'?] by adopting a resolution the United States will propose that could pave the way for war on Iraq.
Two men driving Bush into war Ed Vulliamy in New York profiles the religious figures behind a 'Texanised presidency' who believe war will mean America is respected in the Islamic world --"Behind President [sic] George W. Bush's charge to war against Iraq, there is a carefully devised mission, drawn up by people who work over the shoulders of those whom America calls 'The Principals'..."
Grammy stars free to sing out on war Get ready for antiwar protests at tomorrow night's Grammy Awards ceremony. Despite a report that CBS executives had considered blocking politically outspoken rockers, the network said last night it would not pull the plug on anyone protesting a war against Iraq.
Musicians are piping up for peace Tonight's Grammy awards could turn into one long anti-war protest, judging by the parties leading up to the event.
Actor George Clooney Frustrated by U.S. War Drive American actor George Clooney stepped up his criticism of George W. Bush's regime on Sunday, saying he feared a war against Iraq was inevitable but would ultimately only lead to more violence.
Peace Rally in Military Town Ignites Heated War of Words (CA) Dozens of antiwar protesters find their message unwelcome in a community whose base trains more than 50,000 Marines a year.
Pupils rally against war (NJ) Thirty-two students walked out of class Friday morning at Voorhees High School to protest U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
Feds Seeks to Dismiss Anti-War Lawsuit The federal government Thursday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to bar the dictator from launching a war against Iraq without an explicit declaration of war from Congress.
Concocting a 'just' war --by Mike Carlton "Subtly, ever so gradually, the war has changed. First it was the war on terrorism. Then, when it became so embarrassingly apparent that Osama bin Laden had vanished into thin air, it became the war to disarm Saddam Hussein of his weapons of mass destruction."
Of Gods and Mortals and Empire --by William Rivers Pitt "There will be adverse side effects. The siege mentality average Americans are suffering as they smother behind yards of plastic sheeting and duct tape will increase by orders of magnitude as our aggressions bring forth new terrorist attacks against the homeland. These attacks will require the implementation of the newly drafted Patriot Act II, an augmentation of the previous Act that has profoundly sharper teeth."
US considers intervention in Colombia Washington mulls tough response to kidnapping of CIA 'agents' The United States is considering direct military intervention in Colombia for the first time following the murder of an American and the kidnapping of three others, all suspected CIA agents.
Bush Sends 150 Soldiers to Colombia to Help in Search for American CIA Agents Dictator Bush has ordered an additional 150 U.S. soldiers to Colombia to help search for three American CIA members being held by leftist rebels, Pentagon officials said Saturday. Bush used his authority to go beyond congressional limits on the number of U.S. troops in Colombia and send more soldiers to help in the search, Defense Department officials said. [Bush *exceeding* his* authority* again. The Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel was never granted the "authority" in the first place, except by the Wh*re High Court. --Lori Price]
Americans Could Face a Swamp in Philippines Military and diplomatic experts Friday questioned a new mission that is expected to send American combat troops to the Philippines, warning that the U.S. force would face a complex web of local politics and a danger that the effort could backfire.
Inquiry on Wellstone Crash Finds Oddities About Pilot Safety officials looking into the charter-plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and seven other people in October have found a trail of oddities in the past of the pilot, as well as a vivid glimpse of preflight anxiety, but as yet no clear cause of the accident.
Newspaper: Texas Tech professor carried plague on airlines The Texas Tech University researcher accused of lying to the FBI about missing vials of plague bacteria repeatedly carried live samples of the germ aboard commercial airliners, a newspaper reported.
Germany warns of heightened terror attack threat The German government warned the public on Saturday the threat of terror attacks was higher than at any time since September 11, 2001 and said unguarded targets such as offices, nightclubs and churches were most vulnerable.
FEMA Says It Can't Approve Emergency Plan or Indian Pt. The future of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County grew cloudier last night after the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported it could not give "reasonable assurance" that emergency plans for the area around the plant would work.
Monkey in the middle of debate over proposed Davis biodefense lab When a monkey slipped from its cage recently at a University of California medical research lab here, handlers peered into sewers, poked behind cages and baited traps to catch the little runaway. After more than a week with no sign of the rhesus macaque, the town is armed with new ammunition against the school's proposal to build a new biodefense research center that would study the world's deadliest diseases.
Agencies Warn of Lone Terrorists A classified F.B.I. intelligence bulletin, issued on Wednesday to state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country, warned the authorities to be on the alert for lone terrorists who are not directed by organizations like Al Qaeda. [Is maggot-face Ashcroft trolling for Karl-Rove-planted faked links to the anti-W-ar movement, so he can invoke "Patriot Act II"? ]
US furious as Britain ignores extradition plea America yesterday expressed fury that the Home Office has not handed over Dr Bashir Nafi, the British academic charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism for a Palestinian group. An official in the US Department of Justice said: "I thought the Brits were on our side in the war against terrorism. But when something like this happens, you wonder." [Whhhaaa! Someone give AshKKKroft his bottle, would you please?]
Professor in terror indictments was a Bush supporter Sami Amin al-Arian, the University of South Florida professor charged with being the US leader of a Mideast terrorist group, was an influential figure in Tampa's small Muslim community whose political activism landed him in a photograph with Dictator Bush during the 2000 campaign.
'Horrendous': Nobel economist George Akerlof criticizes Bush regime's economic stimulus package "Ten Nobel Laureates Say the Bush Tax Cuts are the Wrong Approach" proclaimed a full-page advertisement [.pdf format] in the Tuesday, February 11, edition of The New York Times.
Dems: Bush Limiting Talks With Governors Democrats said Saturday that the White House was taking unprecedented steps to limit conversation at Monday's scheduled policy discussion between governors and Dictator Bush.
Cash-strapped governors meet in Washington to seek answers Their states' economies in tatters, governors are hoping to win more federal aid to cover soaring costs for health care, homeland security [to protect the people from the terrorism Bush causes] and education.
Bush Pushes for Estrada Vote Dictator Bush charged Saturday that Democratic senators are stalling Miguel Estrada's nomination to a federal appeals court. Democrats said Estrada's unwillingness to be more open has made it impossible for them to evaluate him.
Voter Fraud Legislation Rears Ugly Head in State: Legislation Appears to be Aimed at Indians (SD) Members of South Dakota's overwhelmingly Republican legislature sponsored three bills that presented a serious effort to limit Indian participation in the election process in South Dakota. Following the last general election, Republicans attacked the record high Indian voter turnout, alleging that fraud accounted for many voter registrations and absentee voters. Republican officials alleged that the election results were tainted by the fraud. Ultimately investigations revealed that the claims of fraud were based on individuals who had fabricated information to support the Republican claims of vote buying and false absentee voting.
Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who argues that we need to adapt a "Non-Inflammatory Approach" to respond to the Bush regime. Michael Rectenwald: "We need strong, attacking, fiercely motivated and ferociously democracy-seeking voices in American politics, before the fascists have it all, and it's too late."
***CLG Exclusive*** Michael Rectenwald, CLG founder and Chair, will interview Greg Palast Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003 on Greg's new book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth About Globalization, Corporate Cons and High-Finance Fraudsters and other topics. Also, stay tuned for an announcement of a major media appearance by Michael Rectenwald
Africa backs France on Iraq Leaders from 52 African countries have backed France's opposition to a military intervention aimed at disarming Iraq. At their annual Franco-African summit in Paris, they endorsed a statement saying: "There is an alternative to war."
Blix's list of key questions could be trigger for war Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, is drawing up a list of around 30 unanswered questions about Iraq's weapons programmes that are likely to form the core of Britain and America's case for war.
Spy agencies fail to confirm Iraqi ships' existence British newspaper reports three vessels loaded with WMD circumventing globe --U.S., British and German intelligence services failed to confirm on Wednesday the existence of three mystery ships suspected of carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, reported by a British newspaper.
Defense Department boosts order for rations twofold As American forces converge on the Persian Gulf and a new war with Iraq looms, the Pentagon has more than doubled the number of Meals Ready-to-Eat, the military's basic field ration.
US telecom giants and the war in Iraq: It’s not just about oil A growing number of people around the world recognize that the impending US assault on Iraq will be a war of plunder... Recent reports point to the large stake of another segment of American industry in an overthrow of the Iraqi regime: the telecommunications sector.
Marines Prepare for Taking First Breath After Gas Attack "It's easy to get Marines to slap on their gas masks when a chemical-attack alarm goes off. But in battle, it might not be so easy to get Marines to take them off once they've heard the all-clear. That's why the military has a plan for 'selective unmasking,' or, less euphemistically, sending a canary into the coal mine... And the harsh reality of military life is that the guy would have to be someone relatively expendable." [Article from The Wall Street Journal. *This* is what Bush has brought us to... Now, what do you think of the media discussing Al Gore's makeup after debate #1 with the Idiot? ...We *must* undo the coup. --Lori Price]
Global Eye --Chemical Brothers --by Chris Floyd "Six million marched for peace last week, but the Bush Regime and the Blair Regency were unmoved by this outburst from the ignorant rabble. Instead, the righteous leaders of the 'Coalition of the Willing' (or COW) declared that no power on earth will halt their holy quest to rid the world of Saddam Hussein and his chemical weapons. Strange, then, to see one of COW's biggest bovines --Pentagon warlord Donald 'Squinty' Rumsfeld --informing the dazed and docile rubber stamps of Congress of his intention to assault Iraq with, er, chemical weapons."
CBS Executives Want NO 'Anti-War' Statements During Grammys (Drudge) Top CBS executives are deeply concerned that Sunday night's GRAMMY Awards in New York may turn from a celebration of music -- into a giant anti-war political rally. Word has reached network suites how one star is allegedly planning a dramatic anti-war gesture. [Gee, that really is too bad for the CBS execs, isn't it? ROCK THE HALL!!!]
Pop Stars and Church Hit Out and Blair and Bush Poodle Tony Blair was reeling last night after being attacked over Iraq by two of the things he holds most dear - Cool Britannia and the Church. At the Brit Awards Coldplay's Chris Martin angrily declared: "Awards are essentially nonsense. We're all going to die when George Bush has his way. It's good to go out with a bang."
Larry Hagman slams US dictator over Iraq US actor Larry Hagman, former star of the television series "Dallas", slammed Dictator George W. Bush. The actor, who played the notorious Texas oil baron JR Ewing in the Dallas series, said Bush was a "sad figure: not too well educated, who doesn't get out of America much. He's leading the country towards fascism." [Yes, and that is the only *leadership* role that Bush and his junta have truly mastered. Maybe if the media wasn't so concerned about the shade of Al Gore's khakis, we would not be on the brink of W-WIII.]
Riot squad called in to U.S. consulate More than 100 anti-war protestors took to the streets Friday morning, trying to block the entrance to the U.S. consulate in downtown Montreal.
City Council Votes Against War Los Angeles Largest City To Oppose Iraq Attack --Elected leaders of the nation's second-largest city on Friday approved a resolution opposing a unilateral war against Iraq and urging the Bush dictatorship to exhaust all diplomatic options before committing military forces.
Los Angeles: No To W-ar! The City Council of the City of Los Angeles passed a resolution against preemptive war with Iraq. This follows on the heels of Santa Monica's anti-war resolution.
A silent protest on the basketball court As Mount St. Mary student Sara Klemeshefsky sang "The Star-Spangled Banner,'' Manhattanville's Toni Smith turned to the side, away from the American flag, and faced the floor. She held tight the hand of freshman teammate Dionne Walker. When the anthem was done, Walker gave Smith a hug.
Manhattanville Hoops Player Drawing Protests Toni Smith, a senior at Manhattanville College, says she is protesting "that the government's priorities are not on bettering the quality of life for all of its people, but rather on expanding its own power." She has turned away from the flag all season, usually without incident.
"Human shields" set up camp in Baghdad Westerners acting as "human shields" began setting up camp inside Iraqi civilian installations on Friday as the United States said it has amassed enough forces in the Gulf to attack Iraq. Omran, an immigrant from Tunisia who came with the Italian peace group, declared: "This war is to serve U.S. strategy. The United States does not have any regard to the people of this region and the world knows."
Bush Gives You The Finger Millions worldwide rally against Dubya's oily little war -- not that he gives a damn --by Mark Morford "And then there's the one about the smirky war-happy oil-drunk American president [sic] who shrugged off the disdain of pretty much the entire world and humiliated us all on a global scale and went ahead and blasted the living hell out of an otherwise worthless oil-rich nation with no real proof of serious wrongdoing and for no justifiable reason, except for the oil and the power and for Daddy and for the face-saving faux-macho pride, and the oil."
War support hits new low Canadians want U.N. support: Poll American motives found to be suspect --Support in Canada for a U.S.-led war on Iraq has reached a new low, a poll done for the Toronto Star shows.
US media move away from Bush The US media has begun to turn against Dictator George Bush's hard line on military action against Iraq. A majority of the country's top newspapers now oppose any attack on Iraq by US and British forces without the full support if the international community.
Rumsfeld was on ABB board during nuclear deal with North Korea Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defense, was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants. The Swiss-based ABB on Friday told swissinfo that Rumsfeld was involved with the company in early 2000, when it netted a $200 million (SFr270million) contract with Pyongyang.
US troops start war games amid nuclear stand-off Thousands of US troops began major war games near the heavily fortified inter-Korean border against a backdrop of rising tension over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Germany mulls Afghan pull-out Germany has said it could withdraw its troops from Afghanistan if tensions escalate in the region as a result of a US-led war on Iraq.
Alleged Terrorist Met With Bush Adviser A former university professor indicted this week as a terrorist leader attended a 2001 group meeting in the White House complex with Dictator Bush's senior adviser, Karl Rove, regime officials said yesterday.
GAO: Justice Dept. Overstating Terrorism Cases Federal prosecutors overstated their success in convicting terrorists last year, with at least three of four cases wrongly classified as "international terrorism," the General Accounting Office has found. The article found that among the cases classified as terrorism were incidents of erratic behavior by people with mental illnesses, passengers getting drunk on airplanes, and convicts rioting to get better prison food. [Ashcroft, get a life.]
Bookseller Purges Files to Avoid Potential 'Patriot Act' Searches Some booksellers are troubled by a post-Sept. 11 federal law that gives the government broad powers to seize the records of bookstores and libraries to find out what people have been reading. Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vt., will purge purchase records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names of books bought by its readers' club.
Bookstores Buck Patriot Act Some booksellers are troubled by a post-Sept. 11 federal law that gives the government broad powers to seize the records of bookstores and libraries to find out what people have been reading. Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT, will purge purchase records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names of books bought by its readers' club.
Is That Legal? Real estate attorneys are government informants. "A Richmond, Virginia title insurance company sent out at the end of January to their 'approved attorneys.' ...'New Requirements imposed on settlement agents by the USA PATRIOT Act.' It tells lawyers that from now on, before doing a real estate closing, they must first check a federal database to ascertain whether either seller or buyer is a 'Specially Designated National'--that is, a person or entity on a 'terrorist list' compiled by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department. And here's the kicker: if seller or buyer is on the list, then the lawyer must (a) report the fact to the federal government, (b) delay the closing, and (c) not tell the client(s) that the lawyer has done (a) and (b)."
Bush administration preparing new police state measures For months the Bush Dictatorship has been secretly preparing a new bill to add or change dozens of federal laws and thereby dramatically increase the executive branch’s power to spy on people in the US, hold them secretly, and even strip them of their US citizenship. [Shocking details of "Patriot Act II" summarized]
Welcome to the Machine --Glitch Wins by a Landslide --by Ben Tripp "Computerized voting machines in the 2002 election did all kinds of weird things: if you pressed the Democrat's name in some counties in Texas, for example, the Republican's name was chosen. And in Cormal County, Texas, three Republican candidates won by exactly 18,181 votes apiece... But it gets even more amazing: in two other races elsewhere in this great nation, Republicans won by--wait for it--18,181 votes. The odds of this are similar to the odds of waking up on the surface of Mars with your underwear on your head and a bowling trophy gripped between your knees." [a must read of the must reads]
Bush Job Approval Continues Downward Trend The last two months have taken a heavy toll on the dictator's popularity, but a modest 52% to 46% majority still gives him positive ratings.
Democratic Hopefuls Blast Bush Policies Democratic presidential candidates clashed Friday over U.S. policy toward Iraq, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean igniting a meeting of party activists by telling them to "stand for something" or fall again to Dictator Bush.
House GOP Fundraisers Put a Price On Honors "The call starts with flattery: You have been named businessman of the year, or physician of the year, or state chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Council. Then comes the fundraising hook: a request for as much as $500 to help pay for a full-page Wall Street Journal advertisement, then a request for $5,000 to reserve a seat at a banquet thrown in your honor..."
Judge Gives Warning to Jeb Bush's Girl A judge gently chided Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter Friday for missing some court-ordered counseling sessions imposed after she violated drug rehabilitation requirements.
Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage' While diplomatic maneuvering continues over Turkish bases and a new United Nations resolution, inside Iraq, U.N. arms inspectors are privately complaining about the quality of U.S. intelligence and accusing the United States of sending them on wild-goose chases.
PM Caught Out Over Iraqi Letters Poodle Tony Blair has been found out for a second time misleading the public with old allegations against Saddam Hussein.
Pentagon warns public of bloody war The Bush dictatorship yesterday began a campaign to prepare the American people for the possibility of a drawn-out, bloody war with Iraq.
Over 1 Million Iraqi Children Might Die in War - Secret UN Document (Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Press Release) "A newly-obtained confidential UN document predicts that 30 percent of children under 5 in Iraq, or 1.26 million, 'would be at risk of death from malnutrition' in the event of a war. The draft document, 'Integrated Humanitarian Contingency Plan for Iraq and Neighbouring Countries', was produced by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 7 January 2003."
Gulf War Veterans Association Questions Who Started the Oil Well Fires in Kuwait (American Gulf War Veterans Association Press Release) "For the past six years, the American Gulf War Veterans Association have received numerous reports from veterans stating that US forces were responsible for the setting of the oil well fires at the end of the Gulf War. These testimonies are now being taken very seriously in light of recent revelations of the events that occurred during the first Gulf War."
U.S., U.K. to Present New Iraq Resolution The Bush dictatorship and its closest ally, Britain, are planning to present a new resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday in a bid for support to use force to disarm Iraq.
Powell Says There Will Be No War if Hussein Leaves Iraq Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday if President Saddam Hussein leaves Iraq, there will be no war.
US falls out with Iraqi opposition The Bush dictatorship is on a collision course with its closest allies in the Iraqi opposition over how the country should be run after the fall of Saddam Hussein, compounding the confusion now surrounding Washington's preparations for war.
Full U.S. Control Planned for Iraq The Bush dictatorship plans to take complete, unilateral control of a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, with an interim administration headed by a yet-to-be named American civilian who would direct the reconstruction of the country and the creation of a "representative" Iraqi government, according to a now-finalized blueprint described by U.S. officials and other sources.
Chirac listed for Nobel Prize The French president, Jacques Chirac, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to avoid a US-led war against Iraq, it emerged yesterday.
Christian Aid joins Church leaders in Iraqi war warning Opposition to the war against Iraq intensified yesterday after a charity joined Church leaders in challenging the legitimacy of military action.
Anti-war pop stars find voice at Brit awards Winners at the Brit awards saluting the year's best in British popular music used the glitzy prize ceremony in London to speak out against war on Iraq..."We are all going to die when George Bush gets his way -- but it's great to go out with a bang," Chris Martin said as he picked up two awards for his group Coldplay.
Miss Germany lands in Baghdad hoping to meet Saddam for peace Miss Germany, Alexandra Vodjanikova, landed in the Iraqi capital hoping to meet President Saddam Hussein on a mission to help avert a US-led war.
Famed reporter criticizes Iraq tact Journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate story three decades ago, told a Sarasota audience Wednesday that the Bush regime should seek to prevent a holy war, not start one.
Hollywood stars plan to flood White House with anti-war calls and e-mails Hollywood stars opened a new front in their battle to derail US plans for a war with Iraq, unveiling plans to flood the White House and lawmakers with antiwar phone calls, e-mails and faxes.
Two Arrested for Posting Pictures of Iraqis in NYC Artist Emilie Clark and writer Lytle Shaw were arrested for posting pictures of people from Baghdad in Soho late Thursday night. Clark and Shaw were members of the Baghdad Snapshot Action Crew.
'Hustler' Magazine Denied Access to Troops A federal court Wednesday threw out a claim by Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt that his magazine's reporter was unlawfully denied access to U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan. Click here for court documents (before Ashcroft yanks them).
U.S. to Send Nearly 2,000 Troops to Fight in Philippines The United States will send nearly 2,000 troops to Philippines in the next few weeks to fight "Muslim extremists" in the southern part of the country, Pentagon officials said today.
Harper's Annotation: Resolved To Ruin --by Greg Palast, March 2003 Harper's Magazine "The second step in the IMF/World Bank regimen is privatization. Both at the urging of lenders and out of financial necessity, Argentina throughout the nineties sold off what Argentines now ruefully call 'las joyas de mi abuela,' grandmother's jewels: the state's oil, gas, water, and electric companies and the state banks. It was quite a fire sale. Vivendi of France won rural water systems; Enron of Texas the pipes of Buenos Aires; Fleet of Boston took the provincial banks..."
Ships boarded in search for smuggled weapons The US navy is boarding an average of six vessels a day as it steps up patrols in international waters searching for Iraqi weapons rumoured to have been hidden on ships or smuggled overseas.
Alerts take toll on nation’s psyche Terror warnings could backfire, say experts in mental health --Frequent but vague warnings of new terror attacks are making already anxious Americans even more nervous and psychologists say the government’s mixed messages have begun to take their toll on the nation’s psyche.
Computerized Voting Comes Under Fire in Georgia and California In California and Georgia, skepticism is quickly growing over the computer systems used to administer elections. The same type of system in question--known as "direct recording electronic" (DRE)--is used in Baltimore City and four Maryland counties, and the entire state is committed to switch to DRE by 2006 ("Future Vote," Dec. 12).
They Started It --by E.J. Dionne Jr. "...if Bush succeeds in filling every open seat, some of them vacant because Clinton nominees were blocked, 11 of the 13 circuits will have Republican-appointed majorities. In eight of the 13, Republican nominees would have majorities of 2 to 1 or more. Is that a formula for careful, balanced decision-making? To push attention away from this fundamental question, Republicans who say they don't want a politicized nominating process -- and who regularly accuse Democrats of 'playing the race card' -- are doing all they can to turn the Estrada fight into an ethnic imbroglio." [a must read]
Government Hits $6.4 Trillion Debt Limit Replaying a drama from last year, the government is once again bumping against the debt limit of $6.4 trillion and the Treasury Department has begun taking evasive actions to prevent an unprecedented default on the national debt.
Greenspan's Deficit Stance Threatens His Tenure, Bush Tax Cut Alan Greenspan last week may have signaled the end of his tenure as head of the Federal Reserve. He also may have undermined Dictator George W. Bush's proposed $690 billion tax cut.
Patrick Kennedy sets off on ‘Deja Voodoo’ tour to rap Bush (RI) Local police, fire and rescue departments across the country are tabbed to receive about $3.5 billion in Dictator George W. Bush’s budget proposal. $3.4 billion of that money will come from the grants that they have historically used for programs like community policing, Weed and Seed, juvenile justice, violence against women and truancy courts.
American chip maker cuts 10% of workforce The brutal conditions prevailing in the technology market were again evident yesterday when Micron Technology, the US-based maker of computer memory chips, announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs.
States to Sue EPA Over Plant Emissions Seven states are promising a lawsuit to force the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the latest in a string of challenges by states and cities to the Bush regime's go-slow approach on climate change.
7 States to Sue E.P.A. Over Standards on Air Pollution Seven state attorneys general, all Democrats, mostly from the Northeast, announced today that they would file a lawsuit accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of failing to enforce the Clean Air Act by neglecting to update air pollution standards.
Texas School Cancels Sharpton Visit The Rev. Al Sharpton's appearance at a Corpus Christi high school for Black History Month was canceled as a "safety precaution" after the school chief of staff said they received threats. He planned to speak at a church instead.
Pre-war action already under way Stepped-up bombing attacks in no-fly zones and Special Forces operations in Iraq are part of growing preparations. In important ways, the Gulf War of 2003 has already begun.
NATO to Send AWACS, Patriot Missiles to Defend Turkey (DoD statement) "NATO is sending several defensive weapons systems to Turkey to protect that alliance member from possible attack by neighboring Iraq."
Turkey Demands $32 Billion U.S. Aid Package [bribe] if It Is to Take Part in a War on Iraq Turkish and American officials continued their diplomatic brinkmanship today, as the Turks said they were waiting for the Bush dictatorship to answer their demand for an economic aid package worth as much as $32 billion to ensure their participation in a war with Iraq.
US threatens to cancel Turkey's military aid The US on Wednesday warned Turkey it would cancel a multi-billion-dollar aid package if Ankara did not immediately allow the US army to deploy troops intended for a military strike against northern Iraq.
France set to block second UN resolution on Saddam France deepened Tony Blair's political crisis over Iraq last night, when the President, Jacques Chirac, said he would be willing to veto a second UN resolution authorising war against Saddam Hussein.
Retreat in Downing Street: Blair's spokesman says Saddam can stay in power if he is disarmed Tony Blair's "moral" case for war in Iraq appeared to be in tatters last night after Downing Street admitted that Saddam Hussein would be allowed to stay in power if he disarmed fully.
Dictator Bush’s Ratings Plummet The last two months have taken a heavy toll on the dictator’s popularity, but a modest 52% to 46% majority still gives him positive ratings. Two months ago, almost two-thirds of all adults (64%) gave the president positive ratings and only just over a third (35%) gave him negative ratings.
Anti-Bush T-Shirt Banned at Mich. School School officials ordered a 16-year-old student to either take off a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "International Terrorist'' and a picture of Dictator Bush [That is great] or go home, saying they worried it would inflame passions at the school where a majority of students are Arab-American.
Anti-war group tries to enter Raytheon 'U.N. inspectors' arrested --United Neighbors targets missile factory --About 50 people in yellow hard hats, white lab coats and "U.N." armbands trudged up a two-lane road yesterday afternoon toward the main gate of a missile factory. But these arms inspectors were in Tucson, not Iraq.
U.S. "virtual march" to oppose war Hollywood celebrities and U.S. church leaders are calling for a "virtual march" on Washington via phone, fax and e-mail to oppose any military intervention against Iraq. *see action details, above breaking news area
Duct Tape This! (PA) The peace train out of Chestnut Hill is packed, amazingly so for a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in February. The train, also known as the R8, is packed with people heading into Center City for the demonstration against war in Iraq.
Protesters worldwide send a message --by Derrick Z. Jackson "This many people braving the ice might be the tip of the iceberg that blocks the war in Iraq. In New York, between 100,000 and 400,000 people, depending on police or organizer counts, clogged the streets last Saturday to protest against a US invasion of Iraq... They came despite the arctic gusts of government censorship. New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his police department, and John Ashcroft's US Justice Department all ganged up in court to get a federal court order that prevented a march past the United Nations."
Free Speech Gets Mugged --by Jimmy Breslin "The police commissioner, Ray Kelly, managed the thing to a point where he was separating pepper from salt. Let me be the first to tell him. The First Amendment is too tough an opponent. And he had police out there calling people 'Communists.' I don't know what that is anymore, except as an old broken-down word in the minds of police."
This Motion Against the Pending War With Iraq was Adopted at the January 21, 2003 Executive Board Meeting --"Whereas, over 100 trade unionists from 76 local, regional and national unions, central labor councils and other labor organizations... representing over 2 million members gathered in Chicago for an unprecedented meeting to discuss our concerns about the Bush administration's threat of war;..."
Seeking neutrality in the media's war of words In recent months, magazines, TV news networks and newspapers -- including the Chicago Tribune -- have used the term "impending war" when referring to the U.S. position regarding Iraq. The phrase's permeation in news culture raises questions about the media's word choice and objectivity, said Michael Josephson, president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Most Large Papers Argue for World Support on Iraq A new E&P survey of newspaper editorial positions on the Iraq crisis shows that the growing rift at the United Nations and massive antiwar demonstrations around the globe appear to have had an impact. E&P now finds that a majority of top papers oppose any attack on Iraq without broad international support.
Pakistan air force chief, 16 others die in crash A Pakistani air force plane crashed Thursday in a remote region of northwestern Pakistan, killing all 17 people on board, including the chief of the air force.
U.S. Home Security Chief Unveils New Defense Plan U.S. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge urged Americans on Wednesday to take three simple steps to prepare for any terror attack: put together a home emergency kit, draw up a family contact plan and know where to get official advice.
Ridge Issues Anti-Terror Plan Public campaign echoes '50s "duck and cover" tactics --Telling Americans to be ready for terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge launched a public-relations campaign Wednesday.
Luken reacts to Ridge visit: Where's beef? Mayor Charlie Luken had hoped for something more from Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's visit to Cincinnati Wednesday. "We asked for help in fighting terrorism, and we got a new Web site and some more duct tape," Luken said.
Professor Arrested for "Terrorist Ties" Eight people, including four U.S. residents, were charged in a 50-count indictment with supporting, financing and relaying messages for a Palestinian terrorist group. Among them are a Palestinian professor at the University of South Florida, 45-year-old Sami Amin Al-Arian. "It's all about politics,'' Al-Arian told reporters as FBI agents led him inside.
At $435 billion, trade gap tilts to record high The United States recorded a $435.2 billion trade deficit for 2002, the largest imbalance in history, as the weak global economy set back American exports while imports of autos and other consumer goods were hitting all-time highs.
Worst Inflation at Wholesale Level in 13 Years Energy touches off inflation spurt --Jobless claims hint at weakening labor market --The producer price index jumped 1.6 percent in January, led by increases of 4.8 percent in energy costs and 1.6 percent in food costs. Inflation accelerated elsewhere as well: The core rate of inflation rose 0.9 percent, the biggest jump in about four years.
Gas Pump Prices Top the $2-a-Gallon Mark Retail gasoline prices in the United States have breached $2 a gallon in some major cities as [corporations continue to gouge consumers amidst surpluses] and fears abound over potential war on oil supplier Iraq.
As Gasoline Prices Rise, Drivers Have Doubts About Why People pumping gas from Los Angeles to Charlotte, N.C., in the past few days surmised that the oil companies were cashing in on the uncertain geopolitical climate, with the effect trickling down to the corner gas station.
All Governors to Be Asked to Back Bush on Medicaid Tommy G. Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, said today that he wanted the nation's governors to endorse Dictator Bush's proposal for sweeping changes in Medicaid when they meet here next week.
Plan for health cuts raises ire Advocates warn losses would harm the disabled, poor --Severely disabled Texans plan to flood into budget hearings today, as lawmakers consider cutting more than 75,000 of them and the frail elderly from long-term care in their communities.
Ohio Rep. Kucinich: 'I'm ready to run for president' Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Monday that he is "ready to run for president" on an unabashed liberal platform that opposes the foreign policy championed by the Bush regime, including a possible war in Iraq.
Kucinich opens campaign with change on abortion U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich opened a long-shot bid for the White House yesterday by altering one of his long-standing positions, promising Iowa Democrats he would be "pro-choice" on the question of abortion.
The Unlikely Rise of Howard Dean The five-time governor of the Ben & Jerry's state is actually a product of Park Avenue, an outspoken critic of war against Iraq, and suddenly, a Democratic presidential force.
Florida fights over death-row lawyers Gov. Jeb Bush wants to cut capital-appeals agency --A state agency in Florida has become one of the most successful death-row defense services in the nation, working to overturn improper death sentences and, ideally, prevent the execution of innocent individuals. So why does Gov. Jeb Bush want to shut it down?
Bloomberg Pulls NYU Program's Funds Cuts journalism internships after professor's comments --Bloomberg L.P. will no longer support a business journalism program at New York University in the wake of public criticism by a professor, sources familiar with the situation tell Newsday.
GOP threats halted GAO Cheney suit Threats by Republicans to cut the General Accounting Office (GAO) budget influenced its decision to abandon a lawsuit against Vice pResident Dick Cheney, The Hill has learned.
Reliant 'Fun' Profit From Power Shortages Prompts Investigation Months before the California energy crisis, traders for Reliant Energy Inc., were already celebrating in Houston. It was June 2000, and they had just turned a losing bet on power prices into a moneymaker by shutting down one of the company's five generating plants in California.
White House: Iraq Can Pay For Its Own Reconstruction The Bush administration said Tuesday that it expects Iraq to pay for its own reconstruction in the event there is a war to oust Saddam Hussein.
Bush: Protests Won't Change Iraq Policy Declaring that "America's security" [not to mention, oil company profits] should not be dictated by protesters, Dictator Bush said Tuesday he would not be swayed from compelling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm.
Leave Iraq, Foreign Office tells Britons The Foreign Office today changed its travel advice on Iraq, warning Britons to leave the country immediately because of "increasing tension in the region and the risk of terrorist action".
Iranian-backed forces cross into Iraq Iranian-backed Iraqi opposition forces have crossed into northern Iraq from Iran with the aim of securing the frontier in the event of war, according to senior Iranian officials.
U.S. has 100,000 troops in Kuwait 'Ready to conduct an operation' --The commander of coalition forces in Kuwait said Tuesday more than 100,000 U.S. troops are in the country ready to launch an attack if one is ordered against Iraq.
Sea Lions Deployed As Gulf Guardians Move over Navy SEALs: There's a new sea creature in town. Make way for Zachary, the 19-year old sea lion, one of the U.S. Navy's new secret weapons in any war against Iraq.
Sharon: U.S. should also disarm Iran, Libya and Syria Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Iran, Libya and Syria should be stripped of weapons of mass destruction after Iraq. "These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve," Sharon said to a visiting delegation of American congressmen.
Annan Says Iraq Has to Move Fast U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that Iraq has to "move very fast" to heed the call of the international community and cooperate with U.N. inspectors or face possible war.
US may present new resolution this week The US said on Tuesday that it would propose a second United Nations resolution as early as this week, but reiterated its determination to disarm Saddam Hussein even without broad-based international support.
Turkey, U.S. fail to reach financial deal Turkey and the United States failed again today to agree on the size of an economic aid package [bribe] that would open the way for Turkey's parliament to approve the deployment of tens of thousands of U.S. combat soldiers.
Oil and the coming war against Iraq In the lead-up to last week’s global demonstrations against the impending US-led onslaught against Iraq, the London-based Financial Times mounted a somewhat desperate attempt to assert that oil is not one of the prime motivations for the American war drive.
Nations Speak At U.N. Against Rush to War While the United States and Britain worked on a new resolution that would authorize military action in Iraq, many countries spoke out Tuesday against a rush to war and demanded more weapons inspections to disarm Baghdad peacefully.
War Hero Joins Young and Old In Mass Demo 'I feel like a soldier in an army of peace' --As Thomas Gow surveyed the sea of protesters waiting to start marching, any doubts about his conversion to the peace campaign vanished. It was a surreal moment for the Gulf War hero. Ten years ago, the ex-soldier was pictured fighting Saddam's troops by Daily Mirror photographer Mike Moore. On Saturday, he joined more than a million people to protest against a new war on Iraq.
Is WTC cover-up another motive for war with Iraq? --by Margie Burns "Is there another agenda behind the White House's frenzied drive against Iraq, such as to distract attention from Sept. 11, 2001? The more information comes to light about the fallen WTC, the more the behind-the-scenes dealing and connections look odd. A brother of George W. Bush was connected to at least three companies in business with the site, though the White House has not mentioned this fact... "
U.S. prestige declining worldwide over Iraq In many corners of the globe, America's image is slipping. While the current crisis is over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the United States is on trial in the court of world public opinion for pushing efforts to disarm President Saddam Hussein by military force, rather than through slower but peaceful U.N. inspections.
Antiwar Groups Plan End-Run to Run TV Ads All-news cable networks including Fox News and CNN have refused to broadcast advertising opposing the impending war with Iraq -- but that hasn't stopped antiwar groups. Starting this week, one organization plans to do an end-run around the networks by buying time from local cable operators who will run the spots during time slots they control on some of the same news networks that turned the ads down.
'Why war?' needs answer --by Robert Steinback "Let's make clear what the impending war in Iraq is not. It is not a war to liberate the Iraqi people. More than a few hawks are putting forth this fiction to soothe the sting of what war really would be: History's first instance of America choosing to invade and occupy a sovereign nation that poses little discernible threat to this country or our allies."
The World Said No To War --by Donna Lamb "In countries east and west, north and south in over 600 cities around the globe, Saturday, February 15th, people massed in the streets to denounce the Bush Regime's call to war. From Cape Town to Helsinki, Karachi to Berlin, Manila to Cairo millions upon millions of people turned out in the largest protest in history.
CLG's Special February 15-16 Global Protest Coverage *updated Feb 19
Israeli Tanks Entering Gaza City At least 40 Israeli tanks headed for Gaza City late Tuesday, accompanied by bulldozers and attack helicopters, witnesses said.
Korea crisis could trigger race for nukes The South Korean President, Kim Dae Jung, has warned that his country and Japan may be forced to acquire their own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against the nuclear bombs that North Korea's government is suspected of trying to develop.
US plan for new nuclear arsenal The Bush dictatorship is planning a secret meeting in August to discuss the construction of a new generation of nuclear weapons, including "mini-nukes", "bunker-busters" and neutron bombs designed to destroy chemical or biological agents, according to a leaked Pentagon document.
Ashcroft tried to prevent NYC protests "As several readers pointed out to me, Ashcroft's Justice Department filed an amicus brief to uphold NYC's (wildly unsuccessful) ban of yesterday's anti-war protests. In other words, the Bush Administration did everything in its legal power to ban a protest against its policies."
Computerized voting lacks paper trail, scholar warns Warning of programming error, equipment malfunction and malicious tampering [not to mention, outright coups by the GOP], computer scientists from around the country, led by Stanford Professor David Dill, say computerized voting machines should provide a voter-verifiable audit trail.
Bush's 2004 Budget Proposes More Fees If Dictator Bush has his way, veterans soon will pay more for health care and visitors could encounter recreation fees at more national parks and forests.
Jeb Bush slips on Spanish history The U.S. dictator's brother Jeb Bush [also a moron] has sparked criticism after mistakenly referring to Spain as a republic in a speech to Spanish business leaders during a trip to Madrid to discuss business opportunities. Spanish historian Juan Pablo Fusi said the error by Bush was "foolish and grotesque." "It's an offence to Spain and its democratic monarchy," Fusi told Reuters. "It further ridicules the Bushes in general."
Cuba leads the way in HIV fight Few stories about HIV/Aids infection bring hope. But in the Caribbean, where communism takes its last gasp, there is encouragement in the fight against Aids. "Cuba has a lid on the HIV/Aids problem," said Byron Barksdale, the director of the American Cuban Aids Project, a non-profit organisation that provides humanitarian aid to the island.
Bush uses AIDS funding as an instrument of foreign policy US Dictator George W. Bush announced $15 billion to fight HIV and AIDS in his State of the Union address on January 28. Two thirds of the sum is new money, with the remainder being drawn from existing proposals. However, the move is far less generous than it first appears and has a definite and sinister ulterior motive.
Congo Ebola outbreak confirmed The government of Congo-Brazzaville has now confirmed that it is the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of 64 people, in the north of the country near the border with Gabon. The local population believe the recent deaths are a result of sorcery or something brought in to the area by the medical teams.
CLG in the Toronto Star "But right now, many of the biggest, most effective and most outspoken are in trouble, launching online begathons. Two of my American favourites for example, http://www.legitgov.org (Citizens for Legitimate Government) and http://www.mediachannel.org are open about their financial woes with the latter suspending part of its operations." --by Antonia Zerbisias
Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares us "pathetic cowards" "We do not support an illegitimate government illegitimately forcing its iron will of imperialism against the will of the majority internationally and domestically."
Ex-President Jimmy Carter Backs Our Fight Former US President Jimmy Carter is backing the Daily Mirror's Not in My Name campaign. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the only US president since 1945 never to order American soldiers into war, endorsed our stance on war with Iraq, saying: "You're doing a good job. I am glad about that. War is evil."
Blair's popularity plummets Poodle Tony Blair's personal popularity rating has plunged to minus 20 in a new poll to be published tomorrow.
Tony Blair's Popularity Drops by 14 Pct. Poodle Tony Blair's popularity has slumped amid concern over the Iraq crisis, according to an opinion poll published Monday.
New protests planned in bid to bring Britain to a standstill Direct action urged if conflict begins --Anti-war coalition leaders, emboldened by the massive turnout at peace rallies in London and around the world, are planning to try to shut Britain down should Tony Blair defy public opinion and go to war without a UN resolution.
Strike on March 5 to bring the troops home --by Kylie Moon "As Prime Minister John Howard buddies up for the media with his 'close personal friend' US Dictator George Bush, Australian students are preparing some US-Australian solidarity of our own. But we aim to prevent war, not to wage it. On March 5, high school, campus and TAFE students across Australia will act together with students across the United States and refuse to attend classes in protest against Bush and Howard's determination to wage war on Iraq."
White House Urged No Permit to March The Post-Standard (an affiliate of Syracuse.com) is reporting that the Bush dictatorship weighed in on the denial of a march permit to the NYC anti-war rally, by filing a brief with the judge panel, urging it to go along with the mayor's office which had told organizers they could not march in the streets.
Free Speech Trampled in Standstill (The Post-Standard) "There's a peace march scheduled in New York City today. But it will be more like a peace standstill. Unlike the 602 cities around the globe where protesters plan to march together to protest a war on Iraq, New York authorities won't allow it. The Bloomberg administration made the decision well before last week's heightened security alert. A federal three-judge panel affirmed it - even though The New York Times reported a police commander told a federal judge that he had no reason to expect violence."
Walking Along Streets of Peace --by Jimmy Breslin "...yesterday they said they did not want war. They said it with their presence and with the most signs of my time in my city. The signs were against war, and against George W. Bush, who, for the first time, was being heralded as a man who lost the popular vote in this country by 500,000... Because of the Police Department's reprehensible pens, the crowd was separated so that there was not one clear picture of an enormous group that would cause politicians here to faint."
39th Street and 5th Ave Arrests --by Mike Dvorak "A friend and I came upon over-zealous NYPD officers beating puppets [?!?] , arresting the innocent, swinging batons, and arresting the innocent." [a must read]
A New Power in the Streets --by Patrick E. Tyler "The fracturing of the Western alliance over Iraq and the huge antiwar demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion."
Behind the Great Divide --by Paul Krugman "What would someone watching cable news have seen? On Saturday, news anchors on Fox described the demonstrators in New York as 'the usual protesters' or 'serial protesters.' CNN wasn't quite so dismissive, but on Sunday morning the headline on the network's Web site read 'Antiwar rallies delight Iraq,' and the accompanying picture showed marchers in Baghdad, not London or New York."
F16: Bay Area Opposes Imperialist War On February 16, the San Francisco Bay Area followed up an historic world-wide anti-war protest with a massive demonstration of its own.
Vt. poets lead protest against war with Iraq They came more for politics than poetry. More than 400 people braved temperatures flirting with zero late Sunday afternoon to hear a group of Vermont poets — with two out-of-state friends — read against war.
Wanderings, with Walt Brasch
--week of Feb. 16, 2003
Demonstrators Released More than 250 demonstrators were arrested during the massive anti-war rally Saturday near the UN, with most released on minor charges, police officials said yesterday. Several of those arrested complained they were treated roughly, held on buses for egregious amounts of time and denied food, water and trips to the bathroom while they waited.
U.S. official: Syria, Iran will be dealt with [?!?] after Iraq war U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards.
Blair pushes EU leaders towards war European leaders clashed with President Jacques Chirac of France last night as they toughened their stance on Iraq.
US military masses 150,000 in Gulf Pentagon officials have confirmed 150,000 United States military personnel are now in and around the Gulf as part of the build-up for a possible war with Iraq.
First U-2 spy plane flies over Iraq Iraq reported the first flight by an American U-2 surveillance plane Monday in support of the U.N. inspection mission, marking another concession by Saddam Hussein's regime to stave off a U.S.-led attack.
Turkey puts brake on US deployment Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul has said the country's parliament is unlikely to vote to allow in tens of thousands of United States troops before the conditions of the deployment have been agreed.
Saudis warn US over Iraq war Saudi Arabia has warned the United States against a possible war against Iraq in an exclusive interview with the BBC.
Another war, another round of land mines? While UN inspectors are searching for dangerous weapons hidden in Iraq by Saddam Hussein, they must also be wary of American weapons already lurking there.
Aid groups say US shut them out of post-invasion plan Key nongovernmental relief organizations say the US government has cut them out of its planning to provide food, shelter, and security in Iraq following a US invasion, prompting concern over the adequacy of preparations for what could be a vast humanitarian crisis.
We're gonna smoke 'em out': The butchering of Iraq --by Firas Al-Atraqchi "Iraq, and whoever 'happens' to be there, is about to be annihilated. At Mayport Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. President [sic] George Bush told hundreds of naval personnel on the eve of war that rules of war would not apply to terrorists... Last month, Iraq 'experts' Frank Gaffney and Richard Perle said that the chemical and biological weapons in Iraq's possession were hidden in private homes of Iraqi citizens, in hospitals, universities and mosques. All these locations have effectively been made fair game."
White House Hopeful: Iraq Is 'Wrong War' Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean says Dictator Bush is focused on "the wrong war at the wrong time" and needs to do more for homeland defense such as providing money for emergency workers and suggesting more effective security measures.
Too much of a good thing Underlying the US drive to war is a thirst to open up new opportunities for surplus capital --by George Monbiot "Why, when the most urgent threat arising from illegal weapons of mass destruction is the nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan, is the US government ignoring it and concentrating on Iraq? Why, if it believes human rights are so important, is it funding the oppression of the Algerians, the Uzbeks, the Palestinians, the Turkish Kurds and the Colombians?..."
N Korea threatens truce breach North Korea has threatened to pull out of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War, accusing the United States of breaking the terms of the truce.
Radioactive materials go missing from Georgian base Three small containers containing radioactive materials are missing from a Georgian military base, officials confirmed Monday.
Monsanto Meltdown "Despite heavy advertising and PR greenwash, despite a cozy relationship with the White House, Monsanto's image, profits, and credibility have plunged. Its aggressive bullying on Frankenfoods, its patents on the Terminator gene, its attempt to buy out seed companies and monopolize seed stocks, and its persecution of hundreds of North American farmers for the 'crime' of seed-saving, has made Monsanto one of the most hated corporations on Earth."
Food rationing back on the agenda as government aims to secure emergency supply For Britons, food rationing is a brutal reminder of the hardships of the home front during the Second World War. Adults received ration books entitling them to a weekly supply including just three pints of milk and a shilling’s worth of meat. Now the government is drawing up urgent plans to bring rationing back in the event of a national emergency sparked by any terrorist attack.
A Chilly Response to 'Patriot II' Unlike its hastily passed predecessor, the Justice Department's wide-ranging follow-up to the Patriot Act of 2001 is already facing intense scrutiny, just days after a civil rights group posted a leaked version of the legislation on its website. The legislation, nicknamed Patriot II, would broadly expand the government's surveillance and detention powers. Among other measures, it calls for the creation of a terrorist DNA database [?!?] and allows the attorney general to revoke citizenship of those who provide "material support" to terrorist groups.
Reporters Without Borders - Press Freedom - United Nations - Freedom of Information Endangered on the Internet (Canada News Wire) "On 17 February, a preparatory conference will open in Geneva, under the patronage of the United Nations, concerning the World Summit on the Information Society to be held in the city this December. Reporters without Borders would like to take this occasion to forewarn the United Nations system, as well as all Member-State governments, not to make any attempt to use this Summit - whose aim is to narrow the technological gap between rich and poor countries - as a means to further impede press freedom on the Internet."
Barr seeks to return to Congress Former Congressman Bob Barr, the incendiary Republican famous for driving the impeachment of President Clinton, said Monday he wants to go back to Washington.
Laid-off workers exhaust options Unemployed are state's 'new poor' (CO) Every week, another 1,000 Coloradans cash their last unemployment check, slipping further down the economic ladder. They are poor - the new poor.
Correctional firm accused of giving illegal gifts to politicians (NY) Several agencies are bearing down on a private correctional company that has links to local politicians - an investigation some say could lead to discussion of much-needed ethical reform in the State Legislature.
Bush's niece warned off trip to UK White House officials are reported to have warned one of George Bush’s nieces that it is too dangerous to travel to Britain. The security warning came as Mr Bush’s other brother, Jeb, created diplomatic embarrassment after mistakenly describing Spain, one of the staunchest supporters of the US position, as a republic.
Tuesday Vent (The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution) "Amount Republicans spent investigating Clinton: $70 million. Amount Republicans earmarked for the Sept. 11 investigation: $3 million. Pointing out the Republican hypocrisy: Priceless."
Britain: War vs. Iraq "very difficult" with raging anti-war sentiment War against Iraq would be "very difficult'' with much of the public opposed to military action, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Monday after enormous, weekend anti-war demonstrations. Organizers claim 2 million people attended the anti-war rally, while police put the figure at 750,000. Straw told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the march was a "very, very large demonstration, probably the largest one we've seen in our recent democratic history in London. We have to take account of public opinion.''
Kurdish leaders enraged by 'undemocratic' American plan to occupy Iraq The US is abandoning plans to introduce democracy in Iraq after a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, according to Kurdish leaders who recently met American officials.
Spy reports 'given pro-war spin' Briefings by the intelligence services have been manipulated by ministers to make a firmer case for war against Iraq, a senior politician says today.
Saddam Has 'Weeks, Not Months,' Says Security Adviser Rice National Security Adviser [and rightwing sickko] Condoleezza Rice propelled the Bush dictatorship's clear message to Saddam Hussein during a Sunday morning talk show: "If you're ever going to comply, this is the time."
US to fight Iraq with new tactics, weapons If the United States unleashes a military attack against Iraq, US forces are expected to unsheathe several new weapons and tactics, including devices still under development.
U.S. planes bomb southern Iraq again The Iraqi military says aircraft taking part in U.S.-British patrols have hit civilian targets in southern Iraq in the sixth strike in nine days.
Military offers signing bonus for morticians Dangling a $6,000 enlistment bonus before applicants, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are looking for a few good morticians for special duty in Houston and several other cities around the globe.
U.S. Offers Turkey Big Aid Package [Bribe] for Help in Iraq The United States is offering Turkey an expanded "aid package" [bribe] that includes about $6 billion in grants and up to $20 billion in loan guarantees to secure Ankara's support in a possible invasion of Iraq, sources familiar with the offer said on Saturday.
US rejects French call for month's delay over resolution The United States said yesterday that a French proposal to give inspections in Iraq four more weeks before allowing consideration of a new United Nations resolution on the use of force would amount to appeasing the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Some Congressmen Want to Ban French Wine Some U.S. Lawmakers Want to Ban French Water, Wine and Move Troops From Germany --Some members of Congress are suggesting the United States impose trade sanctions on France and withdraw U.S. troops from Germany to retaliate for opposition to U.S. policies on Iraq.
People will not decide on war, says Government The federal government today ruled out allowing the Australian people to vote on whether the nation should go to war against Iraq. And a former defence chief warned that the demonstrations would disturb [?!?] Australian commanders in the Gulf.
Blair to defy anti-war protests Million-strong demonstration will not deflect Iraq policy as ministers rally round prime minister -- Poodle Tony Blair refused to blink last night in the face of the biggest anti-war demonstrations ever held in Britain and worldwide. Ministers and officials insisted the protests - which saw more than 1 million people march in London on Saturday - would not delay military preparations for war next month.
Cabinet rallies to Blair as war revolt looms John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, led a concerted cabinet drive to shore up support for Poodle Tony Blair's stance on Iraq yesterday in the face of open rebellion among Labour activists and the wider public.
Anti-war protests extend to 2nd day Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities on Sunday, beginning a second day of global marches against a possible U.S. war on Iraq. In a massive wave of demonstrations not seen since the Vietnam War, more than six million peace protesters took to the streets in towns and cities from Cape Town to Chicago on Saturday. [MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable has fuzzy math problems. There were ten million protesters on Saturday, by most accounts.]
A Day Late, but Not a Marcher Short, in San Francisco At least 150,000 people marched through the city's financial district, chanted antiwar slogans and listened to John Lennon's "Imagine" sung in Arabic. The afternoon of dissent was the largest antiwar demonstration in San Francisco since the protests against possible military action in Iraq began last fall.
Millions worldwide rally for peace Huge waves of demonstrations not seen since the Vietnam war jammed more than 600 towns and cities around the world over the weekend as protesters from Tasmania to Iceland marched against war in Iraq. Up to 30 million people demonstrated worldwide, including around 6 million in Europe, according to figures from organisers and police, although most conceded there were too many people in too many places to count.
Millions protest Iraq attack plan 528 cities throughout the world unite and plead for peace, many rallies called largest ever seen --Over six million protesters -- many of them marching in the capitals of traditional allies of the U.S. -- demonstrated yesterday against plans to attack Iraq.
Europeans angry and disgusted with Bush --Feel insulted by comments, mistrust motives Interviews conducted over the past few days in England, France and Germany show mounting anger and disgust with the dictatorship's perceived determination to push the Iraq crisis to a military conclusion regardless of world opinion.
The great unheard finally speak out Mary Riddell reports on the march that changed apathy into action for a cause which could crush a Prime Minister --"The age of apathy stops here, between a Thomas Cook branch and the Bloomsbury Diner, where the bodies are jammed together too tightly to move. In the minutes before the march begins, anyone will tell you why protest has supplanted politics."
Hundreds of protesters arrested in New York Rally was orderly overall, police say More than 100,000 people hit the streets of San Francisco on Sunday to join the voices around the world this weekend protesting a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq... In New York, police said Sunday that more than 250 people were arrested during a massive antiwar demonstration, as tens of thousands of protesters packed a 20-block area north of the United Nations headquarters.
Report from the San Francisco front --by Gary "Some were complaining about the cold. I'm sure you have no sympathy since it was around 58 degrees. Hell, I was in a T-shirt that said 'Friends don't let friends vote Republican.'"
Report from the local rally in Butler, PA --by Georgene Gallo "It wasn't New York, but the rally in Butler had everything in miniature."
Weasel Protest Sign Report! (New York City) --by Mary Titus *including special "Weasel" notes [they are awesome!] "Carrying the weasel, I was interviewed by Holland TV and Japanese TV. All that wear 'n tear and weasel only lost an ear."
*Note: more firsthand accounts, including photo-journals, are being compiled for Monday. (Pls. send me your firsthand reports: firstname.lastname@example.org).
London fashion designers protest war Young London designers Julian Roberts and Sophie Cheung decided not to stage a catwalk show during London Fashion Week in an anti-war protest. The pair said the frivolity of the shows was inappropriate at a time of looming war.
Boone County GOP chairman under fire for anti-war stance (MO) Boone County's Republican chairman said some party members have asked him to resign because of his public statements opposing war with Iraq. But Chairman Jack Walters of Columbia said Wednesday he won't step down because he has a right to free speech.
N.Korea Says Sure of Winning Nuclear War with U.S. North Korea said on Monday that victory would be certain for the communist state in any nuclear war with the United States thanks to Pyongyang's "army-first" political system.
North Korea to build four more nuclear reactors North Korea’s director of energy has revealed plans to build four more nuclear plants, each bigger and more powerful than the controversial Yongbyon plant that America fears may be used to develop nuclear weapons.
Elections not enough for Venezuela: US A hard-sought accord on early elections in Venezuela will likely further divide the crisis-wrenched nation, unless grass-roots allies and enemies of President Hugo Chavez are somehow drawn into dialogue, US Ambassador Charles Shapiro said on Saturday. [Bush trolling for yet another coup d'etat...]
US special forces search for CIA men A huge military operation was underway in the jungles of southern Colombia yesterday in an effort to rescue three US intelligence officers taken hostage by leftist guerrillas. In the aftermath of 11 September , the US has waded deeply into the 39-year civil conflict in Colombia, giving more than £300 million a year of "aid" [actually, oil pipeline protection] to this battered Andean nation and deploying up to 400 military personnel and an equal number of "contractors", most ex military and many with links to the CIA.
US security chief says may lower terror warning The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department said on Sunday the alert system warning of possible terror attacks could be lowered in the coming days from the heightened status it was raised to more than a week ago.
Kucinich Plans to Launch Presidential Run Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to file papers to launch a presidential campaign next week, a source familiar with the Ohio Democrat's plans said Saturday.
Liberal Radio Is Planned by Rich Group of Democrats [Actual New York Times headline. Now, since the GOP owns most of the media in the country, would their headline read: Conservative Radio Is Planned by Rich Group of Republicans if they were planning but another media consolidation? LOL. I think not. Just as the fact that Bill Frist is a millionaire (based on Medicare fraud) is never mentioned, but John Edwards is continually referred to in the media as a "wealthy trial lawyer". How about referring to Bill Frist as a "millionaire felony-committing-cat-torturer"?] A group of wealthy Democratic donors is planning to start a liberal radio network to counterbalance the conservative tenor of radio programs like "The Rush Limbaugh Show."
U.S., Britain Reworking Iraq Resolution Rattled by an outpouring of anti-war sentiment, the United States and Britain began reworking a draft resolution Saturday to authorize force against Saddam Hussein. Diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the final product may be a softer text that doesn't explicitly call for war.
UN has found no weapons of mass destruction UN inspectors have not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but Hans Blix says forbidden materials remain unaccounted for.
Iraq 'wants peaceful outcome to crisis' Iraq says it is committed to full co-operation with UN weapons inspectors.
Blix Casts Doubt on US Evidence US Secretary of State Colin Powell was today left humiliated by Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix. In a long-awaited report to the UN, Dr Blix appeared to cast doubt on evidence submitted to the security council by Mr Powell on February 5.
U.S. Fails to Rally U.N. Support on Iraq The United States suffered an embarrassing blow when its campaign to galvanize support for a war against Iraq failed to win any new converts in the U.N. Security Council and instead faced massive opposition from nations demanding more time for U.N. weapons inspections... When Powell finished speaking, there was silence in the council chamber.
Change of tone as Powell takes it personally In perhaps the most awkward moment of his long and distinguished career, Colin Powell could only sit stony-faced as Hans Blix accused him of exaggerating the evidence against Iraq as a way of justifying war.
The War Party's Huckster Colin Powell Has Lied Before - Do You Believe Him Now? --by John Sugg "Imagine if you will, an errant TV camera panning past 'Guernica' and reminding Americans what their government planned to inflict on another city, Baghdad. Bush lusts to hit Baghdad with force the German air marshals could only envy -- first-strike tactical nukes, 800 cruise missiles in the opening 48 hours."
War only weeks away, Powell warns US Secretary of State Colin Powell stared down opponents at the United Nations yesterday, warning that a decision on war with Iraq was only weeks away.
Britain and US unmoved as Blix calls for more time over Iraq British and American hopes of securing a second United Nations resolution on Iraq were set back yesterday when Hans Blix, head of the UN weapons inspectors, suggested that Saddam Hussein's regime could be disarmed if they were given more time.
'We're ready to win a war', says Bush United States Dictator George W. Bush told troops yesterday he was confident they were ready to win a war with Iraq and urged the United Nations to "ensure its credibility" by forcing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm.
Iraqi UN correspondent expelled The United States on Friday said that it was expelling the UN correspondent for Iraq's official news agency in the interests of national security, essentially accusing the reporter of espionage [?!?]. Earlier on Friday, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) slammed his expulsion, calling it 'a new arbitrary stupidity by the evil US administration' and noting that the expulsion came as 'Iraq is hosting hundreds of foreign journalists, including many US journalists'. INA also called on the UN to 'raise its voice against such arbitrary measures'.
The case against war: A conflict driven by the self-interest of America --by Robert Fist "In the end, I think we are just tired of being lied to. Tired of being talked down to, of being bombarded with Second World War jingoism and scare stories and false information and student essays dressed up as 'intelligence'. We are sick of being insulted by little men, by Tony Blair and Jack Straw and the likes of George Bush and his cabal of neo-conservative henchmen who have plotted for years to change the map of the Middle East to their advantage."
Republicans Suggest Expanding Nuclear Arsenal and First Strike Doctrine The U.S. Congress should lift restrictions and authorize an aggressive program for developing new nuclear weapons, said a report released this week by congressional Republicans.
Millions Gather in Cities Around the World to Protest Iraq War Millions of protesters - many of them marching in the capitals of America's traditional allies - demonstrated Saturday against U.S. plans to attack Iraq. In a global outpouring of anti-war sentiment, Rome claimed the biggest turnout - 1 million according to police, while organizers claimed three times that figure.
Protest 'will end Blair's legitimacy as leader of nation' At least 500,000 people are expected to take part in an anti-war demonstration in London today with millions more joining peace protests around the world. [1.5 million people showed up in London, in actuality.]
Something Special Happened Today (Pravda) In 600 cities around the world, in 50 countries, millions of people gave up their free time this Saturday to turn out in demonstrations for peace. In question is not the character of Saddam Hussein, but rather the notion that war cannot be waged without a valid pretext.
Why We Should March Tomorrow --by John Pilger "Tomorrow one of the most important public events in memory will take place in central London. It is not possible to overstate the significance and urgency of the march and demonstration against an unprovoked British and American attack on Iraq, a nation with whom we have no quarrel and who offer us no threat."
Battle cry to activism as war looms (New Zealand) As the United States and British leaders mobilise troops for war they are also, inadvertently, mobilising people for peace.
You don't tell an Aussie what to do As a survey of public opinion it wasn't particularly scientific - but when Australia's Daily Telegraph questioned 301 people across New South Wales about their country's involvement in a possible war in Iraq, the result was instructive. Just two supported it.
The First-Ever World-Wide Theatre Event For Peace --Lysistrata Project "A Theatrical Act of Dissent" --Public Readings of Lysistrata in 32 Countries Condemn War in Iraq
Court Stops Florida From Blocking Nude Anti-War Activists A federal court judge has barred the State of Florida from trying to block plans by a group of women to gather in a state park, strip nude and form a peace symbol with their bodies in protest of a U.S. war on Iraq.
Peace activist found guilty on trespass charge (WA) A six-member jury found Bellingham peace activist Mary Ellen Murphy guilty Thursday of trespassing at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center last fall.
Israeli officer tried for sabotaging raid (Feb. 3) An Israeli military intelligence officer has been court-martialled for refusing to obey an order he said targeted innocent Palestinians in retaliation for a suicide bombing, and was therefore illegal.
U.S. May Shift Troops In Korea Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld expressed support yesterday for shifting U.S. forces in Korea away from the fortified border between North and South and from the capital city, Seoul, adding that there might even be an overall reduction in the 37,000 U.S. troops stationed on the peninsula.
Libya working to extend the range of its missiles The Libyan government is continuing to develop its missile programme in spite of concern expressed by the US and Britain, according to a senior Libyan source.
Widow of Florida anthrax victim files $50 million claim The widow of a man killed by inhalation anthrax has filed a $50 million wrongful-death claim with the government, alleging lax security at a Maryland Army base allowed the theft of the deadly strain.
Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003," also known as "PATRIOT Act II". The draft legislation grants sweeping powers to the government, eliminating or weakening many of the checks and balances that remained on government surveillance, wiretapping, detention and criminal prosecution even after passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, Pub. L. No. 107-56, in 2001.
304 Terror Act arrests but few face charges Police in Britain have arrested more than 300 people as terrorist suspects since September 11 but only three have been convicted of any offence under the Terrorism Act.
Report: Ashcroft's death penalty orders raise questions of race All of the defendants in the 12 New York area cases in which Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty are either black or Hispanic, a published report said.
Weakening of Organic Standard Is Considered Buried within the $397 billion spending bill passed last night by Congress is a provision that would permit livestock producers to certify and label meat as "organic" even if the animals had been fed partly or entirely on conventional rather than organic grain. The provision was added to the omnibus spending bill behind closed doors on Wednesday night with only Republicans present.
House Approves Stricter Welfare Rules The House approved a Republican welfare reform bill Thursday that would require more single mothers to work and provide hundreds of millions of dollars to promote marriage.
AAA calls gas price jump unjustified, near gouging The American Automobile Association, the biggest US motorist organization, said a recent jump in gasoline prices isn't justified and that makers of the fuel may be ''close to'' gouging consumers.
Animals poisoned after licking shuttle debris Farm animals in America are thought to have been poisoned after licking debris from the space shuttle Columbia.
Special rendition of classic New Yorker magazine cover by artist Christopher Grotke
CIA 'sabotaged inspections and hid weapons details' Senior democrats have accused the CIA of sabotaging weapons inspections in Iraq by refusing to co-operate fully with the UN and withholding crucial information about Saddam Hussein's arsenal.
Swiss won’t verify "bin Laden" tape Swiss researchers who last November analysed a tape attributed to Osama bin Laden say they won’t be scrutinising the latest recording broadcast by the Arabic television network, Al-Jazeera. The Swiss analysts said the previous tape was almost certainly faked, despite US claims to the contrary.
US lobbies for final war resolution The United States is set to launch its final campaign to get the United Nations to back a military strike against Iraq, but faces stiff resistance and the possibility of a French or Russian veto.
US ready to use Blix report as launchpad for Gulf war The US and Britain will next week begin a push for a UN security council resolution authorising war against Iraq after the chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, delivers his report today on the frustrating hunt for weapons of mass destruction.
Israeli Sources Say War Imminent; Iran and Syria Next Sources in the Israeli defense establishment expect a Bush Dictatorship assault on Iraq within weeks, if not days. Israeli Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon, quoted by local media, says that the war would begin "before the end of February."
Canada has decided to join in war on Iraq Regardless of what happens at the United Nations Security Council in the coming days, Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will join the US war against Iraq.
Britain and US to risk French veto Britain and America are almost certain to press for a United Nations resolution authorising war next week, even if it provokes a veto by France, officials said yesterday. International Appeal for a French Veto at the Security Council of the United Nations
Plan: US general to run Iraq In Ankara and Washington, the US outlined its plans for a post-Hussein Iraq. Some Iraqi opposition leaders object. The head of the US military's Central Command, Gen. Tommy Franks, will rule Iraq in the initial aftermath of a US invasion to overthrow President Saddam Hussein.
Murdoch backs 'courageous' Blair over Iraq Rupert Murdoch has given his full backing to war, praising George Bush as acting "morally" and "correctly" and describing Tony Blair as "full of guts" for going out on a limb in his support for an attack on Iraq. And the head of the News Corporation media empire [including Faux news] has hit out at the US anti-war lobby.
CRAF Mobilization Comes with Legal Baggage For the first time since Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the Defense Department has activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), calling up 47 passenger aircraft available to the Pentagon from participating airlines under the program... the CRAF call-up does not come without a potential threat to the civilian airlines and their employees.
U.S. has new weapon ready It could kill circuits but spare people A man-made lightning bolt weapon developed in part from research at Livermore and Los Alamos national labs is primed to play a major role in a war against Iraq by zapping the circuitry of everything from jet fighters to TV sets while leaving people unscathed.
Schröder vigorous in rejection of conflict Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has vowed to fight on to prevent war with Iraq. He said in a passionate speech to the German Parliament yesterday that the UN’s Security Council resolution 1441 was not a trigger for war.
Austria Blocking Movement of U.S. Troops-Rumsfeld Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday accused Austria of blocking the movement of U.S. troops from Germany by rail through that neutral country to Italy, apparently part of a buildup of American forces preparing for possible war against Iraq.
Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences --by US Senator Robert Byrd "To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent -- ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing."
Poll Shows Most Want War Delay Even after the Bush dictatorship's aggressive case for going to war soon in Iraq, a majority of Americans favor giving United Nations weapons inspectors more time to complete their work so that any military operation wins the support of the Security Council, the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll shows.
Lawsuit filed in fed court aims to block Iraq invasion A group of soldiers, parents of soldiers and members of Congress filed a longshot lawsuit in federal court in Boston yesterday to block an invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Congress hasn't formally declared war.
Coalition Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Bush's Authority to Launch Iraq War As anti-war protest reach a boiling point across the country, a coalition of U.S. soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Congress members led by Representatives John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich, filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning, Thursday, that challenges George Bush's authority to wage the war.
The President [sic] Must Have Congressional War Resolution Before Starting War --by Jesse Jackson, Jr. Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., today said "U.S. soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and other congressional colleagues filed a lawsuit in a Boston Federal Court arguing that, according to the U.S. Constitution, President [sic] George W. Bush only has the authority to go to war in Iraq if Congress passes an official declaration of war - and Congress has not passed such a declaration..."
Quick Draw --Will Bush End the Debate By Starting the War Now? --by John Prados "The American public is growing increasingly restive at the possibility of war. Prolonging the period of prewar preparations only boosts the chances that the intricate web of Bush administration maneuvers will miscarry or be blocked, while the growing seriousness of the North Korean nuclear crisis threatens to cast Bush's Iraq plan in an absurd light. How to short circuit these headaches and cut to the chase? Go now!"
25,000 in Glasgow march Poodle Tony Blair will receive a hostile reception when anti-war campaigners hold mass demonstrations to coincide with Labour's spring conference which opens in Glasgow today.
Students' Anti-War Protest to be Relocated Downtown (NY) Barnard's reluctance to offer a suitable space for Saturday's protest forced organizers to go off-campus.
Billboard Ban A Viacom division is refusing to run antiwar ads on its outdoor sites Getting out the antiwar message has never been easy, but now a peace group has accused one of America’s largest media companies of censorship for its refusal to run a national billboard campaign with the slogan: INSPECTIONS WORK. WAR WON’T.
Afghanistan omitted from US aid budget The United States Congress has stepped in to find nearly $300m in humanitarian and reconstruction funds for Afghanistan after the Bush dictatorship failed to request any money in this latest budget.
False Alarm? Terror Alert Partly Based on Fabricated Information A key piece of the information leading to recent terror alerts was fabricated, according to two senior law enforcement officials in Washington and New York. [But... did Al Gore accompany James Lee Witt of FEMA seventeen or eighteen times to Texas? See, that is where telling the truth really matters... that and whether or not Kailey "was standing" outside of an overcrowded Sarasota High School classroom or "is standing" outside of a Sarasota classroom. "Serial Exaggeration." All in the mind of the beholder. --Lori Price]
Prosecutions increase as more crimes linked to terror Federal prosecutions of terrorism cases have increased tenfold since the Sept. 11 attacks as authorities expanded the types of crimes included, Justice Department records show.
Australians protest efforts to enlist them in antiterror fight Some citizens are marking the government's new terror-response kits 'return to sender.' --In post offices around this country, a quiet revolt has begun. Last week, Australia spent $15 million (Aus.) distributing antiterror kits to 8 million households. But instead of rousing Australians to watchfulness, the kits have riled thousands, who are marking them "return to sender."
Veteran Gulf War sailor 'wouldn't take anything' Former able seaman Jody Parrish is all for navy personnel refusing to have anthrax and other injections. A veteran of the Gulf War in early 1991, Jody, now Mrs Scoble, of Bundoora, was a 19-year-old electrical engineer aboard supply ship HMAS Westralia when hostilities broke out. Since her return, like her 86 crew mates, including six other women, she has experienced fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, skin irritations, memory loss and anxiety disorders...
Georgia: 22,000 Voting Machines Got a Program Fix, Right Before the Election. Black Box Voting --Did anyone look at the source code? None of your business! No one certified the patches — No one is explaining the files in a folder called "rob-georgia" In early February, 2003, programmers for Diebold Election Systems admitted that they had been parking highly sensitive company files on an unprotected web site. The very next week officials from the state of Georgia admitted that a program "patch" was administered to over 22,000 unauditable touch-screen voting machines in Georgia. This took place shortly before the November 2002 election.
Dems: We will not relent on filibuster Democrats spent the week filibustering the nomination of Miguel Estrada, a conservative lawyer in Washington, D.C. Hour after hour, deep into the night, Democratic senators stood at their individual wooden desks in the blue-carpeted chamber to criticize Estrada and fill the time with remarks on everything from a potential war with Iraq to old-fashioned courtship.
Enron Skirted Taxes Via Executive Pay Plan Enron Corp.'s 200 highest-paid executives received total compensation of $1.4 billion in 2000, more than triple the amount the year before and more than the company's $979 million in reported corporate profits, according to a three-volume report the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation issued yesterday. The executives' compensation, mostly stock option awards, enabled the Houston company to wipe out nearly all its federal tax obligations that year.
U.S. may leave forest care to timber firms Provision tacked onto federal spending bill --The timber industry could take a much greater role in managing millions of acres of national forests in California and across the West under a little-noticed provision added at the last minute to Congress' huge domestic spending bill.
End of the world nigh - it's official --by Michael Meacher "There is a lot wrong with our world. But it is not as bad as many people think. It is worse. Global warming is slowly but relentlessly changing the face of the planet. We are only in the early stages of this process, but already carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 375 parts per million, the highest level for at least half a million years..."
Valentine's Day, and all is not rosy Ecuadoran flower workers' health failing from regular use of pesticides on roses for U.S. Behind the beauty of the estimated 110 million roses that Americans will give their loved ones Friday are flower workers who suffer serious health problems from pesticide poisoning, according to local doctors and the United Nations.
Rumsfeld Won't Rule Out Nuclear Bomb Against Iraq Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday refused to rule out the U.S. use of nuclear weapons in the possible war with Iraq, but noted atomic weapons have not been unleashed in hostilities since 1945. [Would this be an extension of Bush's commitment to "govern from the center" and be a "uniter, not a divider" when he was cementing the 2000 coup d'etat? Frankly, I can't see too much unity engendered during a nuclear holocaust. --Lori Price]
U.S. eyes 'usable' nuclear bombs --Congressional support building for renewed testing --After narrowly failing last year, Republicans in Congress are poised to attempt the repeal of a law that prohibits the development of smaller, more "usable" nuclear bombs [?!?] --a decade-old cornerstone of America's cautious post- Cold War weapons policy.
Powellian Propaganda? --by Richard Cohen "In fact, to be perfectly frank, sir [Colin Powell], parts of your presentation to the United Nations seem, in retrospect, to have overstated the case. The telephone intercepts and satellite photos were compelling, but the purported link -- and the word 'purported' was not used -- between al Qaeda and Baghdad not only was not proved, but a gaggle of experts jumped all over it. This business of someone being somewhere (Baghdad, for instance) and then going somewhere else (rebel-held Kurdistan, for instance) is suggestive, not definitive. It didn't help either that the British intelligence report you cited was mostly lifted from magazines."
Students play dead to protest war The U.S.-led military campaign preparing for a war with Iraq has resulted in anti-war protests not only in New York and Washington, but also at USF [University of South Florida].
Russian threat to block Bush Russia has threatened to use its veto to block Washington's plans for a United Nations-endorsed Iraq war, as China swung behind the European proposal to beef up weapons inspections and avoid military action. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, told French journalists yesterday that Moscow was prepared to vote against a Security Council resolution that contained the threat of "an unreasonable use of force".
Russia threatens to veto US war plan For the first time, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has warned that it might use its veto to deny the United States UN backing for a war on Iraq.
China may be trying to get off the fence Is China about to join the Axis of Weasels? A telephone conversation on Tuesday night between French President Jacques Chirac and Chinese President Jiang Zemin has set off a flurry of speculation that Beijing is siding with a European push to delay the looming American-led attack on Iraq.
Congress lashes out at 'old Europe' US lawmakers are threatening to take retaliatory action against France, Belgium and Germany for their opposition to US policy towards Iraq. Anger with the French and German stand has led some US congressmen to call for a trade boycott of French products and the withdrawal of some US troops from Germany.
Bush Told Jordan's King he Wanted Iraq War in July One account given at authoritative levels here is that King Abdullah decided to prepare for an American attack on Iraq last July, after a meeting at the White House with Dictator Bush. A Jordanian official familiar with that meeting said the king had asked Mr. Bush if there was any point in trying to persuade the American leader to abandon plans to topple Mr. Hussein. Mr. Bush, this official said, told King Abdullah that his mind was made up, prompting the king to shift his priorities to making preparations to cushion Jordan against the impact of a war.
US already knew of Bin Laden tape The US knew about the latest Osama bin Laden tape five days before it was broadcast by the Qatar-based TV station al-Jazeera, according to a US intelligence source.
Group to file suit challenging Bush's authority to declare war Dictator Bush does not have the authority to launch a military invasion of Iraq without a congressional declaration of war, according to a lawsuit expected to be filed in federal court in Boston on Thursday.
Iraq missile systems struck Warplanes from a US-British coalition have again attacked Iraqi surface-to-surface missile systems capable of striking US troops in Kuwait, the US military said.
Special Operations Units Already in Iraq U.S. Special Operations troops are already operating in various parts of Iraq, U.S. defense officials and experts familiar with Pentagon planning said.
Israeli army chief predicts US strike on Iraq within two weeks A US-led offensive in Iraq is likely to be launched within the next two weeks, Israel's chief of staff Moshe Yaalon said.
U.S. Dismisses Calls for Iraq Inspections Senior Bush regime officials spoke dismissively Wednesday of European calls for more and better weapons inspections to disarm Iraq at the same time the Pentagon took new steps toward war.
Tony Blair is a coward --by John Pilger "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. There is about them the essential cowardice of the man who causes death and suffering not by his own hand but through a chain of command that affirms his 'authority'.
Confronting Empire --by Arundhati Roy "Before September 11, 2001 America had a secret history. Secret especially from its own people. But now America's secrets are history, and its history is public knowledge. It's street talk... When George Bush says, 'you're either with us, or you are with the terrorists,' we can say 'No thank you.' We can let him know that the people of the world do not need to choose between a Malevolent Mickey Mouse and the Mad Mullahs. Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it." [a must read]
Osama Rallies Muslims, Condemns Hussein --by William Rivers Pitt "Osama bin Laden rose from the dead yet again on Tuesday to prophesy doom and death for America. This is nothing new; he has been clawing his way out of various burial holes for seventeen months now, and always manages to strike fear into the American heart by way of the American media and the Bush administration at exactly the moment when incredibly important shifts in history are in the offing."
10 million join world protest rallies From Africa to Antarctica, people prepare to march for peace --Up to 10 million people on five continents are expected to demonstrate against the probable war in Iraq on Saturday, in some of the largest peace marches ever known.
War protests echo at town hall meeting Northern Virginia residents last night turned a town hall meeting in Alexandria with U.S. military representatives into a forum to vent opposition to a possible war in Iraq. The crowd was overwhelmingly against a war with Iraq and heckled Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke and Maj. Gen. Kevin Kuklok as they attempted to explain the imminent threat Iraq poses to the United States.
Council to Consider Proclamation Opposing War With Iraq Following Chicago, Detroit and dozens of other cities across the country, a coalition of six Los Angeles City Council members introduced a measure Friday urging their colleagues to officially oppose a war against Iraq.
Sean Penn: Iraq Stance Cost Me Role Actor Sean Penn says his opposition to a war in Iraq cost him a lucrative movie role. The feud over "Why Men Shouldn't Marry" erupted yesterday amid dueling lawsuits in Los Angeles. Penn accuses Steve Bing of "borrowing a page from the dark era of Hollywood blacklisting" by denying him a promised role in the movie, which Bing wrote and was supposed to direct.
Danny Glover bashes Bush in Brazil Add actor Danny Glover to the growing list of celeb Bush bashers. The "Lethal Weapon" star was in Brazil recently, where he called George W. a "racist" and blasted many of the dictator’s policies.
An Average American's Point of View --by George J. Zellers "...we are going to War. No evidence of WMD, no link to 9/11, no real threat to the US. Just lots of OIL and Daddy's unfinished WAR. Well Georgie Boy, you can't still blame Clinton."
Greenspan Says Threat of War Hurts Economy, Questions Need for Stimulus Plan Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Tuesday that uncertainties over a possible war with Iraq posed "formidable barriers" to business spending and made it tough to gauge the U.S. economy's health.
State Department Does it Again (cartoon) --by Erik P Sorensen
Nuclear stand-off may go to UN With United States support, the United Nations' top atomic energy monitoring group appears set to try to increase pressure on North Korea's nuclear program by sending the issue to the Security Council.
CIA warns of new nuclear arms race The world is being confronted by a new nuclear arms race that threatens to dismantle more than three decades of non-proliferation efforts, CIA director George Tenet has warned.
Afghans say 17 civilians killed in US-led raids Provincial Afghan authorities said on Wednesday at least 17 civilians had been killed in bombing raids by U.S.-led forces aimed at rooting out remnants of the Taliban.
Film exposing Pentagon war crimes premieres in US A powerful film exposing the US role in the massacre of thousands of unarmed prisoners of war in Afghanistan was shown for the first time in the United States February 6... Irish documentary filmmaker Jamie Doran said that the evidence he has gathered, and which he will use in his upcoming sequel to Afghan Massacre, indicates that the responsibility for the war crimes in Afghanistan goes "as high as [US Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld’s office."
Looming Cuts in Aid to EA As Bush Embraces Sudan Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have all been scheduled for sharp cuts in US development aid while southern Sudanese rebels stand to receive a huge increase in such assistance.
Troops shun anthrax jab (UK) More than half the armed forces personnel deploying to the Gulf have refused to be vaccinated against anthrax, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed.
Anthrax jabs mutiny widens amid fears of cancer, sterility (AU) The anthrax rebellion in the armed forces has widened, with another eight sailors en route to or already in the Persian Gulf refusing inoculations - bringing the total to 11. The protests have been prompted by fears of serious health problems despite assurances from the Federal Government.
Australian Sailors Refuse Anthrax Jab, Leave Gulf Eleven Australian sailors serving on a warship in the Gulf have been sent home after refusing to have an anthrax vaccination ahead of possible military action against Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
Industries warned to protect against possible terror attack Critical industries and key infrastructure should take steps to guard against potential terrorist attacks, including checking for possible infiltrators among employees [LOL! Forcing the TIPS program again, I see], according to a new government warning.
America gripped by fear of 'dirty bomb' attack From the anti-aircraft missiles around Washington to government recommendations that families prepare bunkers in their homes against biological, chemical, radiological weapons, America is suffering its most acute bout of terror jitters since the attacks of 11 September.
Daschle says Americans need more than duct tape U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle said on Wednesday the Bush regime must do more to protect Americans against a suspected increased risk of terrorist attacks than urge them to seal a designated room with duct tape and plastic sheets.
DoD Press Release Warns of Computer Hacking Disguised as Political Activism "Increased tensions between America and her allies and Iraq could lead to an increase in 'global hacking activities,' the government body dedicated to protecting the nation's infrastructure warned... Attacks of foreign and domestic origins may arise from political activism by those opposed to war with Iraq. They can also signal criminal activity masquerading as political activism, the advisory warns." [The Bush dictatorship is desperate to stop all dissent!!!]
Pentagon researchers at work on personal data mining Financed by more than $20 million in government contracts, researchers are taking the first steps toward developing a system that could sift through the financial, telephone, travel and medical records of millions of people in hopes of identifying terrorists before they strike.
Court sanctions expanded political surveillance by New York City police A federal judge Wednesday handed the New York City Police Department (NYPD) expanded powers to carry out spying on political organizations. US District Court Judge Charles Haight sided with the NYPD and the city in their bid to overturn an 18-year-old court order that placed limited restrictions on such surveillance.
Letter from John Conyers, Jr., Robert C. Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee to John D. Ashcroft Attorney General of the United States Objection to USA Patriot Act 2 --"We write to express my profound disappointment about your Department's handling of anti-terrorism policy. Recent reports irrefutably indicate that the Department of Justice has been working on a successor bill to the 'USA Patriot Act' for some time... there have been no consultations with the Committee on this bill."
Enron 'bribed tax officials' A crucial report into the collapse of disgraced energy giant Enron has discovered the firm's executives bribed tax officials. The findings of the investigation, which have been kept tightly under wraps until now, have been described by senators as "eye-popping", "disturbing", and "barn-burning".
Senator Says Enron Tax Report Findings Disturbing Enron's tax returns show disturbing efforts to manipulate taxes at the now-bankrupt energy trader and "eye-popping" revelations about executive compensation, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said on Wednesday.
Filibuster on Judgeship Halts Business in the Senate Senate Democrats began a filibuster today, speaking on the Senate floor without respite, to block a vote on Dictator Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada to a federal appeals court in Washington. As the debate wore on today, Democrats complained repeatedly that Mr. Estrada had refused to answer any questions at his confirmation hearing last year about his views. [Well, if *I* had Estrada's views, *I* wouldn't want to talk about them, either! Most can agree Estrada is one sick puppy, but Bush owes him for his assistance in the 2000 coup. --Lori Price]
Judge: Conn. Primary Unconstitutional A federal judge Wednesday tossed out the state's primary election system, saying that requiring challengers to get support from 15 percent of party delegates is unfair and unconstitutional. [OK, can someone please rule now that the 2000 coup d'etat was unconstitutional?]
Concealed carry passes first vote in House (MN) The House Civil Law Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow nearly every Minnesotan over the age of 21 to carry a handgun.
Mentally ill inmate to be 'made sane' for execution The capital punishment debate in America took a ghoulish new twist when a federal appeals court decided that a mentally ill inmate on Death Row could be treated with anti-psychotic drugs to make him sane enough to be executed.
Inmate Imprisoned for 21 Years Released a Day After DNA Tests A Hampton Roads man was freed from prison yesterday, two decades after he was convicted of raping a nursing student and just one day after DNA tests conclusively proved another man committed the crime.
NASA Engineer Warned of Tire Catastrophe A NASA safety engineer wrote two days before Columbia's mysterious breakup about risks to the shuttle from "catastrophic" failures caused by tires possibly bursting inside the spacecraft from extreme heat during its fiery descent, the space agency disclosed.
Email warned of 'catastrophic' failure A NASA engineer weighed the possibility of a "catastrophic" failure resulting from extreme heat on the shuttle Columbia's tires despite assurances days earlier that possible damage to insulating tiles near the landing gear wouldn't imperil the crew.
House Approves Anti-Telemarketing Bill The House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a program that would allow consumers to block unwanted telemarketing calls by placing their names on a federal "do not call" list.
Bin Laden offers tips to defend Iraq Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite channel that specialises in Osama bin Laden scoops, was itself scooped yesterday by the US secretary of state, Colin Powell. When Mr Powell announced that the station would shortly broadcast a new tape from the al-Qaida leader, executives at the TV studio in Qatar appeared flummoxed. The editor at first denied it and the press spokesman declined to comment. But Mr Powell's prediction came true... So perhaps Bin Laden has scored an own goal [sic]. Or perhaps it is not the voice of the al-Qaida leader at all. Could it simply be an actor, hired by the CIA, addressing the world from Langley, Virginia? [Funny how Powell knew about the tape before the station did! How was that? He knew it was being sent to the station before the station managers had received it! Could that be because the tape was made in D.C. and shipped over, via Pakistan? How is anyone to believe the "evidence" marshaled by this fraudulent government, after the highly touted, plagiarized British dossier, the lies about the chemical and biological plant in Northern Iraq with connections to Al-Quaida and controlled by Hussein, the lies about the nuclear capabilities of Iraq discredited by the inspectors and nuclear experts? Everything we have been told in connection with this W-ar has been lies, except that they intend to wage it, no matter what! Get to New York City or San Francisco on February 15th, America!!!!]
This war brought to you by Rendon Group (Nov. 13, 2002) Twice a week, for US$3,000 a month, the Iraqi student says, under condition of anonymity, that he took a taxi from his campus apartment to a Boston-area recording studio rented by the Rendon Group, a DC-based public relations firm with close ties to the US government. His job: translate and dub spoofed Saddam Hussein speeches and tongue-in-cheek newscasts for broadcast throughout Iraq.
Bin Laden Labels Saddam an Infidel - Jazeera TV A taped message believed to be from fugitive militant Osama bin Laden on Tuesday warned Arab nations against supporting a war against Iraq as threatened by the United States -- but branded Saddam Hussein an infidel.
U.S. Afghan General Says Bin Laden Tape Not Proof The U.S. general leading the hunt for Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives in Afghanistan said Wednesday that an audio tape purported to be from Osama bin Laden did not prove he was still alive.
Tape shows al-Qaida link to Iraq, White House says; others unconvinced The Bush dictatorship believes a new tape purportedly of Osama bin Laden, aired by the Al-Jazeera satellite television station, is clear evidence that there is a link between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. [That would be the same tape wherein bin Laden calls Hussein an "infidel." LOL! The CIA tee-vee production crew may want to put the brakes on these rushed editing sessions.]
NATO Rebels Defy US March to War NATO was on the brink of collapse last night after France and Germany blocked preparations for war with Iraq. The revolt by the key nations, scorned as "old Europe" by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, plunged the Western alliance into its worst crisis - and dealt a humiliating blow to Dictator George Bush's plans to invade Baghdad.
Replays show Powell did not score --by Thomas Walkom "...the alleged [terrorist] camp is operating in the Kurdish area of Iraq in the so-called no-fly zone, protected by U.S. and British warplanes. Is this camp, in American-protected Kurdistan, a sophisticated weapons factory? A gaggle of journalists who visited it late last week found no evidence. 'There is no sign of chemical weapons anywhere,' wrote Guardian reporter Luke Harding on Saturday. 'Only the smell of paraffin and vegetable ghee used for cooking.'"
Vulnerable but ignored: how catastrophe threatens the 12 million children of Iraq It is not Saddam Hussein and his henchmen, but Iraq's 12 million children who will be most vulnerable to the massive use of force that the US plans to unleash against their country in the coming months.
Washington takes diplomats' families back home to safety America has made the first move in evacuating staff and family from embassies and missions in countries near Iraq as fears mount that war will start within weeks.
US, British Jets Attack Iraqi Battlefield Missiles Aircraft taking part in U.S.-British patrols attacked a battlefield missile system in southern Iraq on Tuesday in an unusual response to Iraqi threats against the air patrols, the U.S. military said.
A Gathering Storm, By The Numbers Divisions, squadrons and carrier battle groups-and the people who serve in them-keep flowing toward the Persian Gulf, steadily building up a formidable force that many observers believe will invade Iraq before spring.
US activates 38,649 more reserves in Iraq build-up The U.S. military, preparing for possible war with Iraq, said on Wednesday it had activated nearly 39,000 more part-time Reserve troops, bringing the total number of reservists on active duty to more than 150,000.
America's 48 hours to kill Saddam American war planners believe that they have little more than 48 hours from the start of a ground war to kill President Saddam Hussein if they are to avoid a protracted conflict and a complicated peace. Haunted by the failure to capture Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Washington is putting in place plans to limit the damage if it fails to topple the Iraqi leader swiftly.
US names its choice to succeed Saddam America is planning to install the leader of a London-based opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, as the interim president of Iraq once Saddam Hussein is toppled.
U.S. Military Lays Out Postwar Iraq Plan If Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is toppled from power, U.S. military commanders will take early responsibility for delivering security, destroying weapons of mass destruction and providing emergency food to millions of vulnerable Iraqis [Yeah, right! After Bush's insane "shock and awe" missile attack on Iraqi don't' think there will be to many "vulnerable Iraqis" seeking food], senior Bush regime officials said yesterday.
Govt looks set to support U.S. attack on Iraq The government of Japan has decided unofficially to announce that it will endorse U.S. action against Iraq if Washington launches an attack, government sources said Thursday.
Norway's leading party declares opposition to Iraq war Norway's Labour Party has come out in favour of supporting a peace plan to resolve the Iraq crisis close to that of France and Germany.
Pope's special envoy in Amman, en route to Baghdad seeking peace Pope John Paul's special envoy to Iraq, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, arrived in Amman Monday evening, en route to Baghdad as part of increased international efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Kennedy Battles Bush On War --by Charles R. Steward III "Senator Ted Kennedy announced Thursday that he plans to introduce a resolution that requires President [sic] George W. Bush to 'provide full support to the United Nations weapons inspectors to facilitate their ongoing disarmament work' and to 'obtain approval by Congress of new legislation authorizing the President [sic] to use all necessary means, including the use of military force, to disarm Iraq.'"
A Republican Dissent on Iraq. Wall Street Journal anti-war print ad that ran recently, sponsored by Republican Party activists and business people (.pdf, requires Acrobat Reader to view)
Call for peace comes from all walks of life If the peace movement conjures up thoughts of patchouli-scented co-ops and picketing college students, think again. The ranks of antiwar activists are growing to include grandparents, religious leaders, labor activists, artists, teachers, veterans and others whose presence hasn't typically been associated with peacenik priorities.
1 million could join grassroots protest (UK) Groundswell of public opinion across country surprises most hardened campaigners --"It's a new movement, out of anyone's control. It's like a tidal wave. The people organising it are not in control. It has its own momentum," says Andrew Burgin, of Housman's bookshop in London and a member of the steering committee. [A tidal wave of dissent against the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel]
Question: Could Blair be toppled by war? BBC News inquiry: "Whether you are worried, angry or confused, there are thousands of questions surrounding the Iraq crisis. The Iraq Questions Panel is trying to give you some answers."
Anti-war activists mobilizing in Bay Area If U.S. forces attack Iraq, Bay Area anti-war activists hope the war at home will intensify within hours. Nonviolent protesters plan to try to blockade the Transamerica Pyramid, the Pacific Exchange and other "war-making" corporate and federal headquarters in San Francisco the first business day after a prospective U.S. attack.
Columnist Compares Potential Iraq War to 9/11 Attacks A syndicated columnist and co-author of a book opposing the potential war against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein Friday compared the possible military action to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "Nine-eleven was not a license to kill for the United States of America, even though it's being promoted as that by the president [sic]," said Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, appearing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Friday.
Beware perils of regime change, Uncle Sam (The Straits Times Asia News Network) "American Secretary of State Colin Powell's passionate performance at the United Nations last Wednesday reminded me of a newspaper's takeover by a right-wing syndicate. Suddenly, the teleprinters stopped clattering. Then, red ballpoint pens were banned..."
Anti-Aircraft Missiles Deployed Around Washington The U.S. military has deployed jeep-mounted Stinger anti-aircraft missiles around the nation's capital in an increased alert against possible terrorist attack, defense officials said on Wednesday.
Missile Launchers Positioned in D.C. An increased level of protection for the region means you'll see missile launchers around the District to guard against the possibility of an air attack.
Sales of emergency supplies pick up Americans skittish about the latest terrorism alert hit stores Tuesday to stockpile food, duct tape and plastic. [LOL! Time to "duck and cover" under your desks, children. Big, bad, Osama-Saddam is after you... (I'd be more concerned about the Rove team, myself.)]
Clinton Claims Republicans Want 'Secret Judiciary' Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a New York Democrat, is accusing Republicans of withholding information about one of Dictator Bush's judicial nominees in an attempt to create a "secret judiciary." [Yes, a secret judiciary, and a whole lot more! So, this is Bush's idea of "governing from the center", that he promised while trying to get the public to accept the 2000 coup? The center of *what*, hell? --Lori Price]
Conferees in Congress Bar Using a Pentagon Project on Americans House and Senate negotiators have agreed that a Pentagon project intended to detect terrorists by monitoring Internet e-mail and commercial databases for health, financial and travel information cannot be used against Americans. One important factor in the breadth of the opposition is the fact that the research project is headed by Adm. John M. Poindexter. Several members of Congress have said that the admiral was an unwelcome symbol because he had been convicted of lying to Congress about weapons sales to Iran and illegal aid to Nicaraguan rebels, an issue with constitutional ramifications, the Iran-contra affair.
Amendment to curb Pentagon dragnet advances Congress moved a step closer to reining in a Pentagon computer dragnet on Tuesday as an amendment holding up funds for the program was tucked into the final version of a bill, the provision's author said.
National Security Entry-Exit Registration System --by U.S. Justice Department Staff "Under the entry-exit registration system, all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria, as well as 'certain nationals of other countries whom the State Department and the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Services] determine to be an elevated national security risk' will be required to undergo fingerprinting, photographing and registration..."
Hundreds in U.S. Have Ties to Al Qaeda, F.B.I. Director Says F.B.I. Director Robert S. Mueller III said today that several hundred Islamic extremists linked to Al Qaeda are in the United States, with some organized in cells that could be ordered to carry out terrorist attacks in this country.
New World Order Arrives in UK!
Troops in Heathrow terror alert A suspected Islamist plot to fire a missile at an airliner prompted the largest security operation at Heathrow for a decade yesterday. Poodle Tony Blair personally authorised the use of 450 troops, with armoured vehicles, to back up more than 1,300 police officers.
Blair authorised terror alert troops The Poodle gave his personal authorisation for soldiers to be drafted in to boost security at Heathrow airport and other sites in London, says Downing Street.
'Do not go into government buildings, do not be in any financial institutions' An Islamic leader warned yesterday that people in Britain faced a dangerous new security threat from radical Muslims prepared to act as suicide bombers.
Schumer: FEDS Should Release Papers That Might Prove Link Between Vaccine and Autism (Press release from Sen. Schumer) "Standing in the Center for Autism at North Shore-LIJ, US Senator Chuck Schumer today called on the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release papers that might show a link between the vaccine Thimerosal and autism."
Drug traces found in cities' water Trace amounts of prescription drugs have been detected in the drinking water of four Canadian communities, including Montreal and Hamilton, the first time pharmaceutical products have been discovered in North America's municipal water supplies.
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