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February 2004 Archives

The White House: A New Fight Over Secret 9/11 Docs Commission sources tell NEWSWEEK that 9/11 panel members are fed up with what one calls "maddening" restrictions by White House lawyers on their access to key documents. Unless the panel gets to see the docs, the report "will not withstand the laugh test," a commission official says. The panel is threatening to force a showdown soon—by voting to subpoena the White House.

Bush Won't Commit to Interview with 9/11 Panel Dictator Bush would not commit on Sunday to being questioned by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. [Transcript --Bush's television interview, NBC's Meet the Press]

Arrests at Ground Zero Police Claim Ground Zero Sidewalk is "Private Property" --by Michael Kane "On February 7th, 2004, four activists from the 'No Police State Coalition' were arrested at Ground Zero when they refused a police order to move from in front of the World Trade Center Path Train Station. The police claimed the sidewalk directly in front of the train station was 'private property' of the Port Authority..."

Bush terror team preps the next 9-11: Black: Terrorists Working on Dirty Bomb Terrorists have the will and some of the expertise to make a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapon, and are "doing everything they can'' [Oh, I am *sure* they are] to acquire the materials, the U.S. State Department's top anti-terror official said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Rap video glorifying Laden a hit A music video glorifying Osama bin Laden and containing images of the September 11 attacks in New York has become a big hit with young Muslims, the Observer newspaper said on Sunday. The song Dirty Kuffar (non-believer) by a young British rapper who calls himself Sheikh Terra rails against Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair and the US Dictator George W Bush, calling on believers to "throw them on the fire".

Rove's blueprint? Duma deputy calls for state of emergency in Russia It is necessary to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Federation Council to consider the issue of declaring the state of emergency in Russia and canceling the presidential elections, Dmitry Rogozin, the co-chairman of the bloc Rodina (Motherland), told journalists today.

Putin's rival goes missing Moscow police on Sunday launched a manhunt for a candidate in next month's presidential election who is backed by self-exiled billionaire Boris Berezovsky and has been missing for three days.

Blix Says Bush, Blair Insincere Salesmen on Iraq The former chief U.N. weapons inspector Sunday likened the use of intelligence by the leaders of Britain and the United States to justify war in Iraq to the tactics of insincere salesmen.

Former UN chief weapons inspector doubtful about Iraq intelligence Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Sunday expressed his doubts on Iraq weapons intelligence by saying that Britain and the United States dramatized intelligence information to bolster the argument for the war against Iraq.

Ignorance is bliss: I misunderstood Iraq dossier: Blair British PM Poodle Tony Blair said he misunderstood a key part of an intelligence dossier on Iraq , which he used to persuade a sceptical nation to back a war to oust Saddam Hussein.

Bush Offers Shifting Rationale for Iraq War Dictator Bush on Sunday offered a shifting rationale for the Iraq war -- that Saddam Hussein had the capacity to develop unconventional arms if not the actual weapons.

GI Dies As Iraq Resistance Fighters Attack Convoys Resistance fighters attacked U.S. Army convoys in three areas, killing one soldier and wounding three others Sunday, witnesses and the U.S. command said.

U.S. checking possibility of pumping oil from northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem. The Prime Minister's Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a "bonus" the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

Bush's Iraq commission and the "intelligence failure" fraud Part Two --by Barry Grey (Part One) "Lie number two: 'Bush was misled' Were this claim true, it would of itself be sufficient cause to remove Bush from office, on grounds of criminal negligence and incompetence. A chief of state who propels his country into war on the basis of false claims of an urgent threat is not fit to rule... In fact, the 'Bush was misled' ploy is just as threadbare as the 'no pressure' lie. Bush brought into his administration precisely those extreme militarists such as Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz who had for the better part of a decade been campaigning for a new war to 'finish the job' left undone by the Persian Gulf war of 1991—overthrowing the Baathist regime, occupying Iraq, and seizing control of its oil resources."

Bush Outs CIA Operative On Meet the Press (Internet Weekly Report) IWR Photo Cartoon

Venezuela's Chavez Says Foes Receive U.S. Funding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday that opposition groups seeking a recall referendum to vote him out of office were receiving "millions of dollars" of U.S. funding.

Castro: Bush like Hitler, Aznar a fascist Fidel Castro characterized Dictator Bush as Adolf Hitler and Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar as his fascist attendant during a speech to a congress on college education in Havana. The Cuban leader described Bush and Aznar as ''repugnant personages'' and said the work of the Cuban people "in the face of hostility, blockade and aggression cannot be destroyed.''

Bush Aims For 'Greater Mideast' Plan [I don't know which word is scariest --'Greater' 'Mideast' or 'Plan!'] 'Democracy' Initiative To Be Aired at G-8 Talks --The Bush dictatorship has launched an ambitious bid to promote 'democracy' [?!?] in the "greater Middle East" that will adapt a model used to press for freedoms in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. [We need to have democracy implemented here, first --starting with 'Diebold-free' elections.]

Gore Says America 'Betrayed' by Bush Al Gore, who won the presidency in 2000, assailed the commander in thief Sunday, accusing him of betraying the nation by invading Iraq. "He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, that was preordained and planned before 9-11," Gore told Tennessee Democrats at a party event.

Kerry: Bush told 'stories' about Iraqi prewar threat Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. John Kerry accused Dictator Bush on Sunday of changing his story on U.S. intelligence about Iraq during an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Kerry Asks Questions on Bush in Guard John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Democratic presidential front-runner, questioned Sunday whether Dictator Bush had fulfilled his Vietnam-era commitment to the National Guard. "Just because you get an honorable discharge does not in fact answer that question," the Massachusetts senator said.

Kerry Is Victorious in the Maine Caucuses Senator John Kerry won a solid victory in the Maine Democratic caucuses on Sunday, giving him a sweep in the voting this weekend. With about 50 percent of the precincts counted, the party announced that Mr. Kerry, of Massachusetts, had about half of the vote, Howard Dean had about a quarter, and Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio had about 15 percent.

CNN Says It Overplayed Dean's Iowa Scream It probably means little now to Howard Dean, but CNN's top executive believes his network overplayed the infamous clip of Dean's "scream'' after the Iowa caucuses. Only 39 percent of Dean's coverage on the network evening news was positive during the week after Iowa, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. By contrast, rival John Edwards' coverage was 86 percent positive during the same period, and new front-runner John Kerry's was 71 percent positive, the center said.

The Problem With Al Sharpton (The Black Commentator) "Roger Stone, a millionaire political consultant who began his career as a 19-year-old Watergate dirty trickster, virtually took over the [Rev. Al] Sharpton campaign in the last quarter of 2003, according to reports in the New York Times (January 25), Salon.com ("A GOP Trickster Rents Sharpton," February 3) and New York’s Village Voice ("Sleeping with the GOP," February 3). ...Roger Stone is the Hard Right storm trooper whose goons bum-rushed the Miami-Dade elections offices in 2000, shutting down the recount and setting the stage for George Bush’s "selection."

Sleeping With the GOP A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign --by Wayne Barrett with special reporting by Adam Hutton and Christine Lagorio "Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president [sic] in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton... While Bush forces like the Club for Growth were buying ads in Iowa assailing then front-runner Howard Dean, Sharpton took center stage at a debate confronting Dean about the absence of blacks in his Vermont cabinet. Stone told the Times that he "helped set the tone and direction" of the Dean attacks, while Charles Halloran, the Sharpton campaign manager installed by Stone, supplied the research."

Trial begins for 5 accused of violating Crawford's parade ordinance A trial began Saturday for five peace activists arrested here last May for allegedly protesting illegally within the city limits. The case carries nothing more than a fine if they are convicted, but would mean a restriction on speech to the defendants.

20 clowns surprise BART riders and a train becomes a fun house Twenty clowns on a mission rode BART on Friday, which is usually not a funny thing to do. The clowns were dressed as Dictator Bush, as Attorney General John Ashcroft and as a porn star. The clowns, all members of a group called Clownarchy, boarded a westbound BART train at San Francisco's Embarcadero Station and rode to 16th Street.

Protest alert from CLG! Des Moines -- Protest in support of Peace Activists!! Authorities also have subpoenaed membership and meeting records involving the Drake University chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild, a 65-year-old legal organization that frequently has been involved in social activism and the defense of public protesters. There is a protest scheduled at the Courthouse in Des Moines for 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10. *Visit our Actions page for a complete state-by-state listing of upcoming anti-Bush dictatorship protests!

The Idiot Usurper's economic legacy: Philadelphia groups ask judge to suspend auctions on foreclosures -- With a record number of Philadelphia homeowners unable to pay their mortgages, city officials, the sheriff and advocacy groups are trying to convince a judge to suspend the city's foreclosure auctions. "This is the worst time for foreclosures basically since the Great Depression," said John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, the group leading the moratorium drive.

Conn. First Lady Reportedly Subpoenaed The wife of Connecticut Gov. [R-thief] John G. Rowland has been subpoenaed by federal authorities investigating alleged corruption in her husband's mis-ministration, according to published reports.

Gasoline price hits new high for February in Chicago Gasoline prices -- which are supposed to be lower in the winter -- are setting new highs for February in the city, up 14 cents a gallon from this time last winter. "The thought was that crude oil prices would come down a little bit when Saddam Hussein was captured, but we really haven't seen that happen," said Steve Nolan of the AAA Chicago Motor Club.

Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices Inside the factory, amid clattering machinery and clouds of sawdust, men without earplugs or protective goggles feed wood into screaming electric saws, making cabinets for stereo speakers. Women hunch over worktables, many hands bandaged and few covered by gloves, pressing transistors into circuit boards... As capital scours the globe for cheaper and more malleable workers, and as poor countries seek multinational companies to provide jobs, lift production and open export markets, Wal-Mart and China have forged themselves into the ultimate joint venture, their symbiosis influencing the terms of labor and consumption the world over.

Health Experts to Re-Examine Autism, Vaccine Links A panel of independent experts will take a fresh look Monday at the possibility that vaccines, especially those made with a mercury preservative, may cause autism.

Bill Clinton Wins a Grammy Former U.S. President Bill Clinton won a Grammy Award on Sunday. Clinton was honored in the spoken word album for children category for a project he worked on with fellow winners, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Italian screen siren Sophia Loren.

Prepping for Coup 2004: Officials challenge Wexler's suit for state paper ballots U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's lawsuit to require paper ballots for the state's voting machines should be dismissed or transferred out of Palm Beach County, attorneys for the county elections supervisor and Florida secretary of state argued Friday. In an hourlong hearing before Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Karen Miller, attorneys for Supervisor of 'Elections' Theresa LeWhore and Secretary of State Glenda Hood said that the rules governing elections are made in Tallahassee, making that the proper venue for the case.

Touch-Screen S-elections Florida to shun voting backup Touch-screen 'voting' technology, on the cutting edge of election innovation just a few years ago, now is regarded with growing unease by voters who worry their choices won't be correctly counted. Despite mounting pressure for change, Florida lawmakers are unlikely to require the paper receipts that some experts insist are the only way to ensure voting security. Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach county leaders agreed last week to press the Legislature to let them add printers that would create a paper record of each ballot. Gov. Jeb Bush and lawmakers who have the authority to back such legislation say they're not interested. [Well, the entire nation is *not interested* in enduring another four years of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove terror team.]

Pentagon E-Voting Program Drops out of the Race The Internet's role in campaigns and elections continues to grow, but security snags continue to mar e-voting efforts. Amid a public outcry over security, the Pentagon said it would pull the plug on its plan to let U.S. citizens living abroad cast their votes online in the upcoming presidential election.

Puppet Dictator Revises Rationale for W-ar Bush, Cheney Stress Iraq's Capabilities --Dictator Bush and Vice pResident Cheney yesterday said the war in Iraq was justified because Saddam Hussein could have made weapons of mass destruction. [Only in Bush's "Minority Report!" But Bush has ALREADY committed mass murder and belongs in JAIL right NOW!]

Co-Chair of Bush Panel Part of Far Right Network --by Jim Lobe "President [sic] George W. Bush's choice to co-chair his commission to investigate intelligence failures prior to the Iraq War is a long-time, right wing political activist [federal appeals court Judge Laurence Silberman] closely tied to the neo-conservative network that led the pro-war propaganda campaign... In 1980, when he [Silberman] served as part of former Republican president Ronald Reagan's senior campaign staff, he played a key role in setting up secret contacts between the Reagan-Bush campaign and the Islamic government in Tehran, in what became known as the 'October Surprise' controversy."

The Intelligence Commission (The New York Times) "President [sic] Bush's new commission to review why the intelligence on Iraq misfired looks more like an effort to deflect attention until after the election than a genuine attempt to get to the bottom of the Iraq fiasco... Mr. Bush did not ask the panel for an unfettered look at how his administration had presented the intelligence in making the case for war."

Britain spied on UN allies over war vote Security Council members 'illegally targeted' by GCHQ after plea from US security agency --Britain helped America to conduct a secret and potentially illegal spying operation at the United Nations in the run-up to the Iraq war, The Observer can reveal.

Britain 'helped US spy on UN' Britain's intelligence services helped the United States spy on United Nations Security Council delegations ahead of crucial deliberations about the Iraq war, a British newspaper said today.

Sierra Club May Seek Scalia Recusal in Cheney Case The Sierra Club environmental group said on Friday it was considering formally asking U.S. Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from a case involving Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force. Cheney and Scalia flew to Louisiana on Jan. 5 to go duck hunting together, and the trip has prompted accusations of a potential conflict of interest because Scalia and his high court colleagues have agreed to hear an appeal in the energy task force case. [Don't you wish ducks could hunt?]

Group fights anti-war inquiry Lawyers move to block subpoenas --Lawyers worked Friday to derail a federal grand jury investigation into an anti-war conference held three months ago at Drake University. Officials with the civil liberties group wonder whether the investigation is being conducted under the Patriot Act, controversial legislation designed to expand the government's ability to pursue domestic terrorists. [If the government is trolling for terrorists, they might want to arrest Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove.]

Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.

2nd American Jailed for Obscene Gesture in Brazil The second American in a month was arrested while entering Brazil for making an obscene gesture while being photographed by an immigration official, police said on Saturday.

Airline Pilot Stirs Christian Discussion An American Airlines pilot asked Christians on board a flight to New York to identify themselves and suggested that the non-Christians discuss the faith with them, an airline spokesman said yesterday. The pilot, whose identity was not released, had been making flight announcements and then asked that the Christians on board raise their hands. The pilot told the airline that he then suggested that the other passengers use the flight time to talk to the identified Christians about their faith. [Well, we don't have 'faith' in a flying Christian fanatic who may believe Armageddon is coming and decides to crash land the plane! WE DEMAND THIS NUTCASE'S WINGS!]

Bush Says U.S. Economy in 'Lasting Expansion' [?!?] Dictator Bush, in the midst of a s-election-year push to bolster sagging poll numbers, said on Saturday the U.S. economy had entered a period of enduring growth.

Democrats Criticize Bush Budget Priorities Democrats criticized Dictator Bush's $2.4 trillion budget plan on Saturday, saying it calls for more tax cuts while slashing programs that could help revitalize the nation's cities.

Kerry Wins Two More States, Aims Volleys at Bush Front-Runner Carries Wash., Mich. --Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) swept two more states last night by dominating party caucuses in Michigan and Washington, and immediately shifted his attention from his Democratic rivals to Dictator Bush, signaling his readiness to challenge what he called the regime's "extreme" policies and saying, "Democrats will not run from a fight about who represents mainstream America."

Kerry Says Bush Leading 'Extreme' Administration [Regime] Democratic front-runner John Kerry on Saturday accused Dictator Bush and his Republican supporters of launching a smear campaign against him and vowed to fight back against what he described as an "extreme" administration [dictatorship] outside mainstream American values.

Cumulative delegate totals How delegates are allocated --The table below includes "superdelegates" and delegates picked up in caucus and primary voting so far.

Newsweek Poll: Bush Under Fire The dictator's numbers continue to slip while the Kerry campaign gathers steam --Under fire over the quality of prewar intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Puppet Dictator George W. Bush continues to lose ground in his approval ratings, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Meanwhile, Democrats are quickly rallying around current frontrunner Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who enjoys a narrow margin over the dictator himself for the third week running.

Bush in TV bid to halt poll slump Dictator George Bush will launch a determined media campaign today to reverse a slump in the polls and defend his regime against charges that officials manipulated intelligence on weapons of mass destruction.

Japan halts US poultry imports Japan has suspended all imports of US poultry following reports that chickens in the US state of Delaware were found infected with bird flu, according to the farm ministry here.

Flu Fears Force Killing of Delaware Birds A flock of 12,000 chickens in Delaware was destroyed on Saturday in a bid to prevent the spread of avian flu, and state agriculture officials hastened to say the virus differs from the one that has killed people in Asia.

Bush names 7 for Iraq intelligence probe Dictator Bush named seven people today to sit on an 'independent study' commission to look into intelligence failures on Iraqi weapons, choosing former Democratic Sen. Charles S. Robb and retired judge Laurence Silberman, a Republican [and 'October Surprise' Ronnie Ray-gun hostage deal lackey], to head the panel.

Bush's Iraq commission and the "intelligence failure" fraud Part One --by Barry Grey "The appointment of retired federal judge Laurence Silberman as co-chairman, in particular, exposes the utterly fraudulent character of the investigation (i.e., whitewash) that the commission [to investigate 'intelligence failures' with the WMD and Iraq] will conduct. Silberman, a long-time operative for the Republican right, is an old hand at covering up the crimes of Republican administrations. Appointed by Reagan to the Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Silberman and fellow right-wing Republican judge David Sentelle in 1990 voided the convictions of Lt. Col. Oliver North and Admiral John Poindexter for crimes related to the Iran-Contra affair. At the heart of Iran-Contra was a secret operation sanctioned by Reagan to finance and arm, in violation of US law, the contra death squads that killed tens of thousands of people in Nicaragua. Silberman's intervention played a key role in sabotaging the investigation by Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh."

Talking Points Memo --by Joshua Micah Marshall "Well, the fix, as they say, is in... The commission doesn't appear to have any subpoena power... Democrats who had much of any experience of Washington in the 1990s aren't going to be overly impressed with its being headed up by Judge Laurence H. Silberman, who was one of the key operators in the right-wing onslaught against Bill Clinton."

Intelligence probe under fire US Dictator George W. Bush today named a commission to investigate the yawning gap between pre-W-ar claims about Iraqi weapons and post-invasion findings and ordered all government departments to co-operate. Critics pounced, saying that Bush had given himself "political cover" by hand-picking the panel, pushing off potentially damaging findings until after the s-election, and limiting the scope of its investigation to intelligence failures, not whether the regime exaggerated the case for war.

Bush Iraq Intelligence Panel Criticized Democrats say Dictator Bush's appointment of a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq's weapons falls short of their demands for an independent probe of why prewar claims about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs now appear to have been wrong.

Lawmakers question whether Pentagon manipulated Iraq intelligence Lawmakers questioned this week whether policy offices inside the Pentagon exaggerated or misrepresented intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to build a case for invading the country.

Gore Says Bush Abused Trust, Played Politics of Fear President Al Gore on Thursday accused Dictator Bush of abusing the trust of Americans by playing on their fears as he led the United States to war against Iraq.

Hoon: Liar Or Idiot? Hoon: 45-min claim was 'not of great public concern' [Hello, McFly?] --Geoff Hoon yesterday brazenly declared the 45-minute claim about Iraq's alleged WMD was "not a matter of great public concern". His astonishing comment followed earlier disclosures that he never told Poodle Tony Blair the threat applied to battlefield, not strategic, weapons as Britain prepared to hit Saddam. And last night, with calls mounting for an inquiry into why we went to war, MPs were asking if the embattled Defence Secretary was lying or just plain foolish. [In Bush's case, it's both! No need to choose! He's a liar *and* an idiot!]

Half of Britons Say Blair Should Go - Poll Just over half of British voters believe the Prime Minister lied over the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq and they want Poodle Tony Blair to quit, a poll on Saturday showed.

Rumsfeld orders probe of rape reports Dozens of female service members allege assaults in Iraq --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, alarmed by numerous reports of sexual assaults involving U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait, has ordered an investigation into whether the Defense Department has done enough to prevent such attacks and help victims, officials said Friday. [*See: Betrayal in the Ranks, the DenverPost.com feature. Additional articles and information can be located here: G.I. Blues, --by Mary Titus]

First award for depleted uranium poisoning claim A Scots ex-soldier has become the first veteran to win a pension appeal after being diagnosed with depleted uranium (DU) poisoning during the 1991 Gulf war.

Fourth activist in D.M. ordered to testify (Des Moines) The federal probe also focuses on a November antiwar forum held at Drake University. --A federal investigation expanded Thursday as prosecutors ***subpoenaed*** a fourth peace activist to appear before a grand jury and secured a court order forbidding Drake University officials to discuss a demand for information about a November antiwar conference on campus. Federal authorities so far have refused to disclose what the investigation is about or what laws might have been broken. ***[Isn't it *ironic* that PEACE ACTIVISTS are SUBPOENAED, but the Puppet Dictator's NEW [Warren] Commission on 'Failed Intelligence (LOL - try *ZERO* Intelligence) in Iraq' has *NO* power to subpoena witnesses???]

U.S. soccer team hears Osama chants in Mexico The Mexican crowd hooted "The Star-Spangled Banner." It booed U.S. goals. It chanted "Osama! Osama! Osama!" as U.S. players left the field with a 2-0 victory.

Cheney faces impropriety claims Fresh revelations about a shooting trip taken by US Vice-pResident Dick Cheney and a Supreme Court judge are fuelling renewed allegations of impropriety.

U.S. Gives Lawyers to Two More Guantanamo Inmates The Pentagon said on Friday it had named military lawyers to defend two more of the foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one Yemeni and one Sudanese, in key step toward starting trials before military tribunals.

inJustice Dept. wants hold on 'net phone rules The inJustice Department has asked federal regulators to delay setting rules for carrying phone calls over Internet connections until they address how those conversations can be monitored.

N.Y. City Council Passes Anti-Patriot Act Measure New York City, site of the country's most horrific terrorist attack, Wednesday became the latest in a long list of cities and towns that have formally opposed the expanded investigatory powers granted to law enforcement agencies under the USA Patriot Act.

Frist Staffer Quits Over Judiciary Probe The counsel on judicial nominations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Cat-Torturer-Tenn.) has resigned in response to a probe of how Republican staff members gained access to Democratic computer files on Dictator Bush's most controversial choices for the federal judiciary. [*See: The Weasel Watch Tracks Bush Staff Exodus (satire) --by Mary Titus]

Bush Is Set to Strike Back at Democrats With his approval rating at a low point and new scrutiny of the war in Iraq and his military service, the Puppet Dictator plans to get tougher --The Dictator is going on the offensive. The Idiot Usurper has just had one of the worst months of his presidency [sic], with his approval rating skidding below 50% in the Gallup Poll for the first time. His regime is under new scrutiny over its decision to go to war in Iraq. Even his past [LACK OF] service in the National Guard has come under attack as a Vietnam War hero leads the Democratic presidential pack. Now, after holding their fire for much of the month, Bush and his aides are setting in motion a new strategy to try to turn the slide around. [They are??? Will they trot out Osama bin Laden, after yanking him from Carlyle Group's boardroom?]

AP Poll Notes Decline in Support for Bush Dictator Bush's public support dropped sharply over the past month, especially among older voters, political independents and people in the Midwest, an Associated Press poll found. And for the first time, more voters in this poll's two years of tracking the question said they would definitely vote against Bush than said they would definitely vote for him. "I think he's run the country into the ground economically, and he comes out with these crazy ideas like going to Mars and going to the moon," said Richard Bidlack, a 78-year-old retiree from Boonton, N.J., who says he voted for Bush in 2000. "I'm so upset at Bush, I'll vote for a chimpanzee before I vote for him." [That would be a contest between TWO CHIMPANZEES!!!!]

Prepping for coup 2004: Touch-Screen S-elections Florida to shun voting backup Touch-screen 'voting' technology, on the cutting edge of election innovation just a few years ago, now is regarded with growing unease by voters who worry their choices won't be correctly counted. Despite mounting pressure for change, Florida lawmakers are unlikely to require the paper receipts that some experts insist are the only way to ensure voting security. Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach county leaders agreed last week to press the Legislature to let them add printers that would create a paper record of each ballot. Gov. Jeb Bush and lawmakers who have the authority to back such legislation say they're not interested. [Well, the entire nation is *not interested* in enduring another four years of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove terror team.]

Michigan Plans Internet Vote Despite Hacking Risks The Michigan Democratic Party is sticking with its Internet voting system even though security concerns have prompted the Pentagon to abandon its own online voting efforts, a state party spokesman said on Friday.

Dean Raises Nearly $1 Million for Wisconsin Battle Democratic White House hopeful Howard Dean scrambled on Friday to avoid a knockout punch in the Feb. 17 Wisconsin primary as his campaign reported raising nearly $1 million to finance his campaign efforts in that state.

To Dean, Now It's Wisconsin or Bust Setting up a political showdown in his faltering campaign for president, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Thursday that he would be forced to quit the Democratic race if he did not win the Feb. 17 Wisconsin primary.

Dean Hints He Would Accept Vice Presidential Slot Acknowledging that his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is "a longer shot than it was," Howard Dean suggested today that he would accept the No. 2 spot on a national ticket if it were offered. "I would, to the extent, do anything I could to get rid of President [sic] Bush," Dr. Dean said on a morning radio program in Milwaukee.

Gephardt Endorses Kerry for President Rep. Dick Gephardt, who quit the presidential race following the Iowa caucuses, endorsed his former rival, Sen. John Kerry, for the Democratic presidential nomination today.

Another Clash on a Judicial Nominee, but the Issue Is New The battle over Dictator Bush's judicial choices moved into the environmental arena for the first time on Thursday when the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the nomination of a longtime lobbyist for ranching and mining interests who has been a leading critic of environmentalists.

U.S. Job Growth in January Disappoints The U.S. economy created just 112,000 new jobs in January, far fewer than expected, government data showed on Friday in a disappointing report that will likely weigh on Dictator Bush's re-s-election campaign.

Schröder quits as party chairman Staff and agencies Friday February 6, 2004 German chancellor Gerhard Schröder is to resign as chairman of the Social Democrat party but will continue to lead the country, he said today.

Australian scientist warns superflu pandemic 1,000 times worse than SARS An Australian scientist involved in the World Health Organisation fight against SARS in China said Friday a new pandemic resulting from bird flu combining with a human flu could be a thousand times worse than SARS.

CIA Chief: Hussein Wasn't Imminent Threat Intelligence analysts never told Dictator Bush before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's rule posed an imminent threat, CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday in a heated defense of agency findings central to the decision to go to war.

Tenet defends Iraq intel CIA chief says prewar data wasn't tainted CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday that the agency never claimed Iraqi weapons were an imminent threat, an assertion critics say calls into question the Bush dictatorship's justification for the war.

Tory leader calls for Blair to resign The leader of the Conservative party, Michael Howard, has called for Poodle Tony Blair to resign, saying he had failed to ask fundamental questions about intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Howard: Blair should resign over WMD claim Michael Howard today called on Tony Blair to resign, accusing him of failing to ask basic questions before committing Britain to war. The Tory leader's comments come after Mr Blair revealed to MPs yesterday that he was unaware that the intelligence that Iraq could launch weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes referred only to battlefield munitions, not any missile capability. [The Poodle, as well as Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove, need to be tried for treason.]

British government pressured over Blair's admission on Iraqi weapons Britain's government was forced on the defensive over its pre-war information on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction after Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair admitted even he had been in the dark about a key piece of intelligence.

BBC governors spurned legal advice Leaked to 'The Independent': 135-page document accuses Alastair Campbell of misleading Parliament --BBC governors spurned their lawyers' advice that Lord Hutton's report was legally flawed and instead offered the fulsome apology that Downing Street demanded, it emerged last night.

U.S. Image Abroad Will Take Years to Repair, Official Testifies Margaret D. Tutwiler, in her first public appearance as the State Department official in charge of public diplomacy, acknowledged Wednesday that America's standing abroad had deteriorated to such an extent that "it will take us many years of hard, focused work" to restore it.

Cheney's Staff Focus of Probe Federal law-enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity last year. The investigation, which is continuing, could lead to indictments, a Justice Department official said. According to these sources, John Hannah and Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, were the two Cheney employees.

Scalia's Trip With Cheney Raises Questions of Impartiality They may be old friends, but duck hunting together on a trip to Louisiana last month has brought Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Justice Antonin Scalia more than happy memories of a few days in the wild, bagging mallards and teal. With Mr. Cheney as a defendant in a Supreme Court case involving his energy task force, legal ethics experts and Democrats in Congress say the trip, which was first reported by The Los Angeles Times, was inappropriate and should lead Justice Scalia to recuse himself from the case.

More Than 100 Resistance Fighters Captured in Iraq U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 suspected resistance fighters in raids across the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs and another Iraqi believed 'involved' in a suicide bombing last month, a U.S. commander said Thursday.

Iraqis are learning the deadly cost of working for the US In the northern city of Mosul, Mustafa al-Sheikh, a businessman turned television producer, has just received a letter warning that he will be killed if he works with the Americans... Mr Sheikh is facing the same dilemma as tens of thousands of Iraqis working for the US forces. With unemployment at 70 per cent they have little choice.

Veterans to abandon legal claims for 'Gulf war syndrome' The legal battle to gain compensation for veterans suffering from "Gulf war syndrome" has been abandoned because of a lack of scientific evidence [?!?].

In Reversal, Bush Agrees to New 9/11 Panel Deadline Despite initial objections, Dictator Bush agreed on Wednesday to extend until July 26 the deadline for the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to complete its final report, setting the stage for its release at the height of the presidential campaign.

Feds didn't report ricin for 5 days The Secret Service said Wednesday that it failed to notify law enforcement and public health officials for five days last year that the poison ricin had been found at the White House mail-processing center.

Machine Gun Fire Noise Disrupts Bush Prayer Breakfast It sounded like a burst of machine-gun fire [Deus Ex Machina!] as Dictator Bush was speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday but the noise apparently was produced by sound equipment in the room. The Hilton is the same hotel where former President Reagan was shot in 1981 as he walked toward his limousine after a speech. The interruption occurred as Bush was talking about how American soldiers have been involved in reconstruction projects in Iraq. "Seeing great need, our servicemen and women have rebuilt hospitals, repaired schools ...," he said. At that point, there was a sound similar to automatic gunfire. [Deus Ex Machina!] After a second's hesitation, Bush continued, "and organized the donation of books and clothing and toys for Iraqi children."

Rising Anti-Bush Sentiment Driving Democrats to Polls The Democratic presidential contest went national yesterday, and what was true in Iowa and New Hampshire proved true coast to coast: Voters in these elections are deeply dissatisfied with Dictator Bush, and defeating him in November is their prime issue, according to exit polls.

US Democratic primary votes reveal growing popular hostility to Bush --by Patrick Martin "The initial weeks of the presidential campaign have begun to reveal the real state of popular opinion. Bush is an unelected president, regarded by a substantial fraction of the public, if not a majority, as illegitimate. Installed in office by the Supreme Court after losing the popular vote, Bush nonetheless behaves as though he had an overwhelming public mandate for his extreme-right policies. This pretense has been sustained by the cringing of the congressional Democrats and the adulation of the media, especially since the September 11 terrorist attacks."

Did Bush drop out of the National Guard to avoid drug testing? The young pilot walked away from his commitment in 1972 -- the same year the U.S. military implemented random drug tests. --by Eric Boehlert "One of the persistent riddles surrounding President [sic] Bush's disappearance from the Texas Air National Guard during 1972 and 1973 is the question of why he walked away... He still had two more years to serve, but Bush's own discharge papers suggest he never served for the Guard again [April, 1972]. " (subscription required)

Key Frist Staffer to Resign Over Leak One of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's key staffers will resign Friday because of an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to Dictator Bush's judicial nominees.

Online Voting Canceled for Americans Overseas Citing security concerns, the Department of Defense yesterday canceled plans to use an electronic voting system that would have allowed Americans overseas to cast votes over the Internet in this year's elections. The system, the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment, or Serve, was developed with financing from the Defense Department.

Pentagon Dumps Vulnerable Internet Voting System The Pentagon said on Thursday it had scrapped its program to allow U.S. troops and other Americans overseas to vote through the Internet because the system was so vulnerable to computer hackers it could cast doubt on the integrity of U.S. election results.

Dean Says Bush's Military Records Are 'Fair Game' Democratic White House hopeful Howard Dean said on Wednesday Dictator Bush's military records were "fair game" in the election campaign.

Dean confident of Wisconsin victory Candidate tells supporters state is a 'must win.' Aides to Dean remain optimistic that Washington will give him his first win when an estimated 100,000 voters caucus Saturday at 600 schools, fire stations and church basements.

Kerry Wins Gephardt Backing, Dean Makes a Stand Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry won the backing of former rival Richard Gephardt on Thursday as rival Howard Dean vowed to make what could be his last stand in Wisconsin.

Snow Says Debt Limit Will Have to Go Up Treasury Secretary John Snow told lawmakers Wednesday that the nation's debt limit will probably have to be raised sometime in late summer so the government can continue borrowing money.

Multiple Corporate Personality Disorder The 10 Worst Corporations of 2003 --by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman "As of this writing, of all of the U.S. corporate financial crimes committed that have cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the past couple of years, only two top level executives are in prison. That's it -- two. Now, ask yourself, if working class people committed crimes that cost hundreds of billions of dollars -- inconceivable as it is -- how many would be in prison? The whole lot of them."

Costco chairman, CEO give $95,000 each to defeat Bush Costco Wholesale Corp. Chairman Jeffrey Brotman and CEO James Sinegal gave $95,000 each in December to a political fund that aims to defeat Puppet Dictator Bush in the November s-election, records filed with the Internal Revenue Service show. Brotman and Sinegal were among 25 people who gave a combined $7.9 million to the Joint Victory Campaign 2004 fund. *Quick Action! Write a supportive email to Costco by clicking here. Click here to find a local Costco.]

'The Righteous Army' On Rise Evangelicals - Christians who place a personal relationship with Jesus Christ above all else - have become a major factor in American politics and culture, says a prominent Christian theologian. They now number an estimated 70 million, have several prominent American 'leaders', including Dictator Bush, among their ranks and their beliefs are echoed in an emerging conservative movement.

Frist Vows Senate Will Block Gay Marriages U.S. Senate Majority Leader [and Reichwing sick-o] Bill Frist vowed on Thursday that the Senate would block any effort to legalize same-sex marriage, a day after Massachusetts' top court ruled the state must allow homosexuals to wed.

Mega Barf Alert! Barbara Bush: Twins May Hit Campaign Trail Dictator Bush's heinous twin daughters may take part in their father's re-s-election bid after they graduate from college this spring, first lady Laura Bush said Thursday.

The Washington Post's E-Mail Goes Down The e-mail system for writers and editors at The Washington Post failed Thursday for hours because the newspaper did not renew its Internet address, the company said.

Oops at Post shuts down E-mail The Washington Post E-mail system went dark Thursday after the company let its domain name expire, a shocking mistake for the company that considers its Internet operation the best [media whoring] in the biz.

U.S. Troops Dying at Rate of Over 1 a Day American soldiers are dying at a rate of more than one a day in Iraq, despite some commanders' recent claims to have broken the back of the resistance.

British officers knew on eve of war that Iraq had no WMDs Key points • UK intelligence learned just before war that Iraq had not assembled chemical weapons • Mossad "knew 45-minute claim was an old wives' tale" - but did not tell UK or US • US Secretary of State "does not know" if he would have recommended invasion if he had been told Iraq had no WMDs

Israel knew Iraq had no WMD, says MP A prominent Israeli MP said yesterday that his country's intelligence services knew claims that Saddam Hussein was capable of swiftly launching weapons of mass destruction were wrong but withheld the information from Washington.

Protesters delay debate on Hutton Report Anti-war protesters shouting from the public gallery forced the temporary suspension of Britain's Parliament on Wednesday during the debate over the Hutton Report.

Furor Over Missing Iraqi Weapons Dogs UK's Blair Poodle Tony Blair's efforts to quell the furor over Iraq's missing weapons suffered another setback on Wednesday when a former intelligence official tore apart the British government's case for war.

Blair, Mauled by Critics, Defends Case for War Britain's Poodle, Tony Blair, batted off fresh attacks Wednesday over the case he made for war in Iraq and was heckled by anti-war protesters as the furor over Saddam Hussein's elusive banned weapons refused to die down.

Blair battles antiwar critics Anti-Iraq war protesters have interrupted Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair in Parliament amid renewed controversy over the use of intelligence in the run up to last year's war.

At Senate, Rumsfeld Defends Iraq War Despite Arms Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday defended the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq despite questions over the presence of chemical and biological weapons there, and said it was possible but not likely that Iraq had not possessed such weapons at the outset of the war.

Rumsfeld: WMD May Still Be Found in Iraq Defense Secretary [and Reichwing whackjob] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday he is not ready to conclude that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before U.S. troops invaded to depose Saddam Hussein last year.

Tenet to Defend CIA's Role In Prewar Iraq Intelligence CIA Director George J. Tenet plans today to deliver a spirited and highly unusual public defense of his agency's prewar conclusions that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and to disclose previously secret success the CIA had in uncovering weapons programs in Libya and Pakistan, senior intelligence officials said yesterday.

There was no failure of intelligence US spies were ignored, or worse, if they failed to make the case for war --by Sidney Blumenthal "Never before had any senior White House official physically intruded into CIA's Langley headquarters to argue with mid-level managers and analysts about unfinished work. But twice vice president [sic] Cheney and Lewis Libby, his chief of staff, came to offer their opinions. According to Patrick Lang: 'They looked disapproving, questioned the reports and left an impression of what you're supposed to do. They would say: 'you haven't looked at the evidence'. The answer would be, those reports [from Iraqi exiles] aren't valid. The analysts would be told, you should look at this again'. Finally, people gave up. You learn not to contradict them.' The CIA had visitors too, according to Ray McGovern, former CIA chief for the Middle East. Newt Gingrich came, and Condi Rice, and as for Cheney, 'he likes the soup in the CIA cafeteria,' McGovern jokes."

US army admits killing Iraqi child The US army has apologised for killing an Iraqi child even as the death toll from double bombings in Arbil, the deadliest post-war attacks in Iraq, climbed to more than 100.

Support for War in Iraq Drops A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans' support for the war in Iraq has retreated from the higher levels coincident with the capture of Saddam Hussein last December, and is essentially back where it was last fall.

Terror inquiry hampered by White House An independent commission on the September 11 terror attacks, established along similar lines to the intelligence inquiry announced by the White House this week, has been dogged by a constant struggle between the investigators and the Republican administration, which the commission regularly accuses of hampering its work.

GOP openly admits forthcoming 'October Surprise': An election forecast: We'll get bin Laden Sen. Grassley sees bin Laden nabbed by Nov. 2 vote Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is convinced the U.S. will track down the elusive mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks before November. "Obviously, he’ll be caught between now and the [s-]election," Grassley said Monday when asked if he’s disappointed that Osama bin Laden hasn’t been killed or captured."I think they’re on his trail now in a way they haven’t been all year," Grassley said. "It will happen because we will be able to divert more resources [to hunting down bin Laden]."

New 'Al Qaida' statement warns of major attack on U.S. 'Al Qaida' has again warned of a major strike in the United States. "A major strike, a big event will take place in America soon," the statement said. [...Just 'in time' for the 2004 s-election, so Bush can declare martial law and postpone it]

'Ricin Attack' - or Another Karl Rove Dirty Trick? (democrats.com) "The PentaPost splashed the alleged 'bioterror attack' on Sen Maj. Leader Bill Frist's office across page one, squeezing out the Dem primaries and news that Bush has dived again in polls. Yet the Post fails to mention that some of the preliminary tests of the mystery powder were negative for ricin. The 'confirmation' of ricin comes only from a Ft. Detrick (as in Pentagon-controlled) lab. The Post also fails to mention that Frist's usual office is NOT in the Dirksen building - and that he & staff were only there temporarily (how did the 'terrorist' know this?) Last, the Post doesn't mention that members of the Frist staff - the staff who 'discovered' the 'ricin' - are currently under investigation for Watergate-style computer espionage targeting Dems. Earlier in his political consulting career, Karl Rove bugged his OWN office to start an FBI investigation of the opposing candidate. Is this ricin 'attack' yet another Karl Rove dirty trick?" Letter With Ricin Vial Sent To White House November Discovery Was Kept Quiet --The U.S. Secret Service intercepted a letter addressed to the White House in November that contained a vial of the toxin ricin, but never revealed the incident publicly and delayed telling the FBI and other agencies, law enforcement sources said yesterday.

Frist Writes Bioterror Book ..then just 'happens' to get the ricin! Wow, what a coincidence!! (February 13, 2003, Faux News, of course) Senate Majority Leader [and Nazi psychopath] Bill Frist, the chamber's only doctor, last year published the book When Every Moment Counts. It details 'what you need to know about bioterrorism," and is aimed at the everyday American looking for more information on anthrax, plague, smallpox and other possible threats, as well as what people can do to protect themselves against them.

Justice Looks Into Halliburton in Nigeria The Justice Department is looking into allegations that a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. was involved in payment of $180 million in bribes to win a contract for a natural gas project in Nigeria, officials said Wednesday.

Another Halliburton Probe Already under fire for its contracts in Iraq, the company now faces a Justice Department inquiry about business done during Dick Cheney’s tenure --The Justice Department has opened up an inquiry into whether Halliburton Co. was involved in the payment of $180 million in possible kickbacks to obtain contracts to build a natural gas plant in Nigeria during a period in the late 1990’s when Vice pResident Dick Cheney was chairman of the company, Newsweek has learned. [Bush is doing this....* now*? Wow, he must feel a need to dump Cheney quickly, and replace him with Reichwinger Rudolph Guiliani, just in time for the GOP convention in New York.]

Sleeping With the GOP A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign --by Wayne Barrett with special reporting by Adam Hutton and Christine Lagorio "Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president [sic] in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton... While Bush forces like the Club for Growth were buying ads in Iowa assailing then front-runner Howard Dean, Sharpton took center stage at a debate confronting Dean about the absence of blacks in his Vermont cabinet. Stone told the Times that he "helped set the tone and direction" of the Dean attacks, while Charles Halloran, the Sharpton campaign manager installed by Stone, supplied the research."

Palm Beach County commission unanimous for ballot paper trail Republicans and Democrats on the Palm Beach County Commission unanimously agreed to create a ballot "paper trail" for the county's electronic voting machines. But, the anticipated $3.2 million expenditure doesn't guarantee printers will be in place for the November presidential s-election... Committee to Defeat Bush Chairwoman Ruth Pleva said she favors a paper trail to prevent Republicans from stealing the 2004 election. [Oh, I am sure the printers will *not* be ready for the 2004 Diebold s-election. Karl Rove is poised steal Florida, again, with the help of GOP operative, Theresa LeWhore and the Idiot Usurper's brother.]

Election administrator turnover on rise in U.S. Many faced scrutiny because of 2000 s-election --Turnover among election administrators in the nation's largest counties since the 2000 coup d'etat has been unusually high with, by one expert's count, at least 20 top officials leaving office. While individuals have cited various reasons for departing, many have faced greater scrutiny because of the 2000 coup and new demands to fix long-standing problems, but haven't been given the resources to make effective changes, said Richard Smolka, an election expert who compiled the list.

Democrat: Medicare Cost Numbers Held Back One of two Senate Democrats who helped write the new Medicare prescription drug law said Wednesday the Bush dictatorship withheld information about the law's estimated cost at key moments in negotiations last year.

Gays Have Full Marriage Rights, Massachusetts Court Says The highest court in Massachusetts declared today that only marriage between gay couples — not just civil unions — would comply with the state's constitution, clearing the way for the marriages to take place by mid-May. It would make Massachusetts the first state in the United States to uphold same-sex marriages.

Appeals court rejects EPA rule on power plant cooling An appeals court rejected a federal rule that allows new power companies to compensate for killing fish. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that the "restoration programs" benefit the environment but do not meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

More U.S. Cattle Likely To Have Mad Cow Disease Panel Warns More Must Be Done to Halt Spread --There is a "high probability" that more American cattle are infected with mad cow disease than the one found in Washington state late last year, an international panel of experts convened by the Agribusiness Department said yesterday.

Panel: More mad cows 'probable' in U.S. U.S. herds probably contain more cows infected with mad cow disease, an international panel of experts on the disease warned Wednesday.

Man Who Killed the Mad Cow Has Questions of His Own On Dec. 9, at Vern's Moses Lake Meats in Moses Lake, Wash., Dave Louthan killed the only mad cow found in the United States. Two weeks later, he says, he was dismissed after four years as Vern's slaughterer when he talked to the television crews outside and told them he was sure the cow, ground into hamburger, had already been eaten. Contrary to reports from the federal Department of Agribusiness, he asserts that the cow he killed was not too sick to walk. And it was caught not by routine surveillance, he says, but by "a fluke"...

AIDS drug's price soars Doctors are outraged by the 400% jump in the cost of the vital medicine. Doctors nationwide have begun an unprecedented protest over a 400 percent increase in the price of a drug made by Abbott Laboratories that has helped hundreds of thousands of patients with HIV and AIDS live longer.

Intelligence chief's bombshell: 'We were overruled on dossier' --The intelligence official whose revelations stunned the Hutton inquiry has suggested that not a single defence intelligence expert backed Poodle Tony Blair's most contentious claims on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq Dossier Concerns 'Overruled,' Says UK Expert Some British intelligence officials believed Iraq's chemical and biological weapons capability was overstated in a government dossier used to justify war, but their concerns were ignored, a former intelligence official said on Wednesday.

Halliburton Subsidiary Wins U.K. Contract Britain's government on Tuesday awarded a Halliburton Co. subsidiary a contract for running the supply chain for shipping military equipment to British troops, a day after the company agreed to pay $11.4 million in potential overcharges to the U.S. Pentagon.

Halliburton to Return $27.4 Million to Government The Defense Department said yesterday that Halliburton Co. will reimburse the government $27.4 million for possible overcharges for food services in Iraq and Kuwait.

Toll in Northern Iraq Blasts Soars to 101 The number of dead rose to 101 Tuesday in the twin suicide bombings of two Kurdish political offices, the highest confirmed toll in any terrorist attack since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Kurds blamed Ansar al-Islam, a militant group allegedly linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida.

Washington conceals US casualties in Iraq --by David Walsh "The Bush administration is deliberately concealing from the American people the number and condition of US military personnel who have been wounded in Iraq... Estimates on the number of US soldiers, sailors and Marines medically evacuated from Iraq by the end of 2003 because of battlefield wounds, illness or other reasons range from 11,000 to 22,000, a staggering figure by any standard."

Powell rows back on doubts over invasion 'Absence of stockpile changes the answer' --The US secretary of state, Colin Powell, yesterday revealed the first cracks of doubt from within the Bush dictatorship about the decision to go to war against Iraq, acknowledging he might not have supported an invasion had he known Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.

Bush accused of undermining investigation Puppet Dictator George Bush, repeatedly challenged on his prewar certainties about Saddam Hussein's arsenal, yesterday confirmed an outside investigation into intelligence failures on Iraq. But the promise of an independent, bipartisan commission came under immediate attack, with critics accusing the White House of trying to undermine the inquiry from the start.

Kerry Rolls to Big Wins; Edwards, Clark Fight On Democratic front-runner John Kerry took a huge stride toward the presidential nomination on Tuesday with wins in five states, but victories by John Edwards and Wesley Clark kept the race alive.

Kerry Emerges as Big Winner Edwards Energized by S.C. Win --Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) continued his dominance of the Democratic presidential race last night, decisively winning primaries in Missouri, Arizona, New Mexico, Delaware and North Dakota, but missed out on a seven-state sweep when Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) easily won in South Carolina and retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark led Edwards for first in Oklahoma.

Edwards Hails Win in South Carolina John Edwards handily beat national front-runner John Kerry in South Carolina on Tuesday, reinvigorating his Democratic presidential campaign and scoring what he portrayed as a victory for optimism.

Challenge to Democratic frontrunner Edwards emerges as rival to Kerry in race for presidential nomination after South Carolina victory John Edwards emerged as the principal rival to John Kerry in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination last night, scoring a thumping victory in South Carolina.

Clark Takes Oklahoma, Keeps Campaign Alive Former NATO commander Wesley Clark savored his first victory on Tuesday in the Democratic presidential contests, defeating John Edwards in Oklahoma by the narrowest of margins.

Lieberman Abandons Presidential Campaign [Great!] Sen. Joe LieberBush, unable to inspire Democratic voters who embraced his 2000 vice presidential campaign, ended his presidential bid Tuesday night after a string of disappointing defeats. He pronounced himself proud, nonetheless, of the campaign he waged. [Word of advice: become a Republican, Joe. That way, people will have more respect for you when you openly trash Democratic candidates.]

Bush's Guard Service In Question Democrats Say Dictator Shirked His Duty in 1972 --In recent days, a one-year gap in Dictator Bush's Texas Air National Guard service during the height of the Vietnam War has been raised by Democrats... In August 1972, Bush was suspended from flying because he failed to complete an annual medical exam. A month later, Bush requested to be assigned to a different unit in Alabama and was approved. Although he was required to attend periodic drills in Alabama, there is no official record in his file that he did.

Questions About Bush's Guard Service After years of Reichwing media whores ignoring real issues ['burbling on the Internet'], the one-year gap in Dictator Bush's Texas Air National Guard service records during the Vietnam War has become a mainstream issue. The tipping point was when Democratic National Committee Chairman Terence R. McAuliffe on Sunday called Bush "AWOL."

White House denies Bush was military "deserter" The White House denied accusations that Dictator George W. Bush was a "deserter" who did not formally complete his military service. [Prove it!]

White House Defends Bush's Guard Service During War The White House swung into campaign mode on Tuesday to defend Dictator Bush's record in the Texas Air National Guard far from the battlefields of Vietnam after Democrats accused him of going "AWOL."

Bob Kerrey Says 9/11 Group Meets With Condoleezza --by Gail Sheehy "National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has agreed to be interviewed by the bipartisan 9/11 commission on Feb. 7, after weeks of resistance from the White House to the bipartisan panel’s requests, The Observer has learned. In a Feb. 3 interview the newly minted commission member Bob Kerrey, the former Senator from Nebraska, now the president of the New School University, said that Ms. Rice’s interview will not be held under oath, and the results of the interview are not to be made public... Mr. Kerrey, the commission’s unlikely new spitfire, told The Observer he would lobby the commission to request sworn, public testimony from Bush's embittered national security advisor."

Graham gives Bush 'F' on 9/11 reforms Florida Sen. Bob Graham, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday the Bush dictatorship has ignored recommendations of the Sept. 11 investigation and that has contributed to intelligence failures in Iraq.

Rove prepping for the ultimate 'October Surprise': U.S. general optimistic about bin Laden capture The U.S. military's top general in Afghanistan expressed optimism on Tuesday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar would be captured this year. [Since Osama likely 'freelances' for Carlyle Group, Bush is privy to his movements and can easily schedule his 'capture'. I suspect the bin Laden 'capture' will occur sometime between the GOP convention in New York and S-election day, 2004.]

Letter With Ricin Vial Sent to White House November Discovery Was Kept Quiet --The U.S. Secret Service intercepted a letter addressed to the White House in November that contained a vial of the toxin ricin, but never revealed the incident publicly and delayed telling the FBI and other agencies, law enforcement sources said yesterday.

Original Recipient Before the Senate Offices, Ricin-Laced Letter Was Also Sent to White House --As federal investigators try to trace the origin of suspected ricin found Monday in the office of Senate Majority Leader [and Reichwing Nutball] Bill Frist, ABCNEWS has learned of an earlier, undisclosed incident in which a ricin-laced letter was intercepted on its way to the White House.

Poison Ricin Found in Sen. Frist's Office A white powder found in Senate Majority Leader [and Reichwing terrorist] Bill Frist's office tested Tuesday as the deadly poison ricin, forcing cancellation of most Senate business in the second such scare from a lethal toxin to hit the capital.

Water Agency Fired Manager Who Warned of D.C. Lead The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority fired a high-ranking manager last year who had repeatedly warned top agency officials and federal authorities of lead contamination in the city's tap water before tests last summer revealed that the lead exceeded federal limits in thousands of homes.

Bush Budget Cuts a Variety of Programs The White House on Tuesday released a list of 128 government programs that it plans to cut back or eliminate, including money for drug treatment centers and secondary school counselors and modernization of the air traffic system. The list highlights the effect of Dictator Bush's budget on a variety of popular programs in education, health, housing and even law enforcement.

Bush budget soaks S.F. for rent Hetch Hetchy tariff to $8 million a year from $30,000 --Dictator Bush's new budget contains an unwelcome bombshell for San Francisco, a proposal to raise the rent the city pays for its Hetch Hetchy reservoir inside Yosemite National Park from $30,000 a year to a whopping $8 million. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said in a statement: "The administration hasn't explained to us what this $8 million is for. Is it to raise money to offset the deficit? If so, this is yet another example of the administration putting a bigger burden on local government to pay for tax cuts for the rich.''

Palm Beach County avoids lawsuit, will buy printers for voting machines County commissioners got themselves out of a lawsuit Tuesday by agreeing to buy printers for the county's 5,400 touch-screen 'voting' machines. The county positioned itself to be among the first in the state to get printers for its machines, but getting them in time for the November election could prove tricky. [Oh, I am *sure* the printers will *not* be ready for the 2004 Diebold s-election. Karl Rove is poised steal Florida, again, with the help of GOP operative, Theresa LeWhore and the Idiot Usurper's brother.]

A blatant attack on democratic rights: Protestors jailed over antiwar sign on Sydney Opera House --by Richard Phillips "Two antiwar activists were sentenced last Friday to nine months’ periodic (weekend) detention and ordered to pay $151,000 cleanup costs for writing 'No War' in red paint on the Sydney Opera House roof last year in protest against the impending war against Iraq. The unprecedented prison term, handed down three months after they were found guilty of 'malicious damage' charges last October, is a serious attack on democratic rights and a clear attempt to intimidate future protestors."

US officials knew in May Iraq possessed no WMD Blair comes under pressure as Americans admit it was widely known that Saddam Hussein had no chemical arsenal --Senior American officials concluded at the beginning of last May that there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, The Observer has learnt.

Weapons inquiry could be biased, Democrats worry Blair also to appoint commission to investigate prewar intelligence --Dictator Bush's promise to appoint a bipartisan panel to investigate U.S. intelligence failures was challenged Monday by Democrats, who questioned whether the commission would have the independence to do a thorough job and report politically unpleasant findings.

WMD failures have damaged allies' credibility, say MPs The failure of Britain and America to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has damaged the credibility of the war on international terrorism, MPs said yesterday.

Blair caves in to calls for WMD inquiry into Iraq failures Poodle Tony Blair performed a hasty U-turn yesterday when Downing Street agreed to an inquiry into the intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction on which he took Britain to war in Iraq.

Blair to Follow U.S Lead, Call Iraq WMD Inquiry Britain's Poodle, Tony Blair, will bow to growing pressure on Tuesday and call an inquiry into apparent intelligence failings over Iraqi weapons after Washington agreed to its own probe into the justification given for war.

PM admits weapons claims may have been wrong Prime Minister John Howard today said investigations could prove intelligence agencies were wrong about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But he said it was wrong to suggest the intelligence was bogus, or that agencies made up material in their pre-war assessments on Iraq.

Weapons inspector: Israel knew Iraq had no WMDs Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter told ynet Sunday that the Israeli intelligence community was well aware that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Earlier, MK Roman Bronfman (Meretz) said that if Ritter was right, it meant that the government had purposely misled the Israeli public.

Bush May Need Up to $50 Billion Extra for Halliburton [Iraq] The White House said it may need up to $50 billion in extra funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year -- on top of the $400 billion military budget it sent to Congress on Monday.

Bush aide: W-ar-related military budget requests may reach $50B The Bush dictatorship expects to ask Congress early next year for up to $50 billion more for Halliburton ['ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan'], the White House budget director said Monday.

Halliburton Will Repay U.S. Excess Charges for Troops' Meals The Pentagon said Monday that the Halliburton Company would repay the government for overcharges estimated at $27.4 million for meals served to American troops at five military bases in Iraq and Kuwait last year, but the company did not admit to any wrongdoing [?!?].

Halliburton in $16M food probe Report: Contractor allegedly overcharged U.S. military for food-service work. --Halliburton Co. allegedly overcharged more than $16 million for meals at a U.S. military base in Kuwait during the first seven months of last year, according to a published report Monday, citing Pentagon investigators auditing the company's work.

Halliburton Branch to Pause Meal Billing A Halliburton Co. subsidiary has agreed to stop billing the government for feeding U.S. troops in Kuwait until the two sides settle what the company says is an accounting dispute. Pentagon auditors are raising the possibility of overcharging.

Army Study of Iraq War Details a 'Morass' of Supply Shortages The first official Army history of the Iraq war reveals that American forces were plagued by a "morass" of supply shortages, radios that could not reach far-flung troops, disappointing psychological operations and virtually no reliable intelligence on how Saddam Hussein would defend Baghdad. Logistics problems, which senior Army officials played down at the time, were much worse than have previously been reported.

Iraqi women could lose rights they've had for decades, lawmakers say Iraqi women are in danger of losing many of their rights to Islamic law, and the U.S. occupation authority is not doing enough to prevent it, Democratic lawmakers said Monday.

Suspicious Powder Found in Frist Office 6 of 8 Tests Positive for Lethal Toxin Ricin --A powder found in an office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Cat-Torturer-Tenn., tested positive yesterday for ricin, a lethal poison, prompting authorities to impose tight security and carry out street-side decontaminations.

Senate Powder Tests Positive for Ricin The Senate majority leader's office apparently has suffered its second bioterror attack in three years, with another suspicious white powder delivered through the mail system — this time laced with poisonous ricin, officials said. "This is a criminal action," said Sen. Bill Frist, R-Cat-Torturer-Tenn., whose staff discovered the white powder in their Dirksen Senate Office Building mailroom Monday afternoon. [Dr. Mengele Frist should know, as he is one of the leaders of Bush's cabal of murderers and international terrorists.]

Deadly ricin found in Bill Frist's mailroom Preliminary tests on a white, powdery substance found in the mailroom of Senate Majority Leader Bill 'Cat-Torturer' Frist indicate the presence of the deadly substance ricin, a Homeland Security official said Monday. [Well, at least Frist has the health care...]

Poison Powder In Senate Office U.S. Capitol police were investigating a potentially hazardous white powder reportedly discovered in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Cat-Torturer-Tenn., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

US security scares are condemned by pilots The "erratic" way transatlantic flights have been grounded because of US intelligence warnings was condemned last night by the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa).

France: No Data to Back U.S. Terror Fears France Nixed Flights As Precaution Though It Has No Data to Back Terror Fears, Official Says --French intelligence had no indications of its own to support U.S. warnings of a threat to trans-Atlantic flights on Sunday and Monday, but they were canceled anyway as a precaution because of the American concerns, a French official said.

Row hits Cheney case judge A judge seen as the defender of arch-conservative views on the US supreme court faced renewed pressure yesterday to withdraw from a case involving the vice-pResident, Richard Cheney, after the two went duck hunting together. The excursion by private jet to the marshes of southern Louisiana took place three weeks after the supreme court agreed to hear Mr Cheney's appeal in lawsuits brought over his formulation of the Bush regime's energy 'policy'.

Bush Puts Higher Medicare Costs on More Seniors Moving to HMOs, PPOs The Bush dictatorship figures that more than 12 million seniors will be enrolled in managed care plans under Medicare within five years, a threefold increase that is driving higher cost estimates for the new Medicare law.

Bush Budget Would Trim Community Policing Dictator Bush's budget plan would reduce spending for community police, water projects and other programs popular with lawmakers as well as broad programs ranging from environmental protection to agriculture.

Crude rises $1.93 to $34.98 a barrel Oil prices charged higher today as the gasoline market took strength from fires at two U.S. refineries and as selling from speculative hedge funds ran out of steam ahead of an OPEC meeting.

Poll: Bush approval hits new low Dictator Bush's approval among Americans has sunk to a new low, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll. Bush's 49% approval number -- the lowest of his p-Residency -- is 11 points lower than his approval number in early January.

Gov. Bush rallies activists for s-election Gov. Jeb Bush rallied an army of new volunteers to his brother's re-s-election campaign Saturday, asking for their help in the state that decided the 2000 coup d'etat.

Brit Hume honor triggers protest Geneva Overholser, former ombudsman of The Washington Post, has resigned from the board of the National Press Foundation because it plans to honor Faux News Reichwing 'anchor' Brit Hume at its annual dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19.

FCC Is Investigating Super Bowl Show Halftime Performance Faces Indecency Standards Test --The Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into Sunday's controversial Super Bowl halftime show yesterday and FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell telephoned Mel Karmazin, president of CBS parent Viacom Inc., to express his outrage, saying the entertainment giant should have known what was going to transpire during the show. [Instead of investigating the Super Bowl half-time show, why not launch *real* [not Bush pseudo-look-sees] investigations into Bush negligence/possible foreknowledge of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the actual reasons for the W-ar in Iraq?]]

Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of wintry weather PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. --After a rap on an oak stump roused him from his home on Gobbler's Knob, the world's most famous furry forecaster "saw" his shadow this chilly Groundhog Day morning, which according to tradition means six more weeks of winter. [We can tolerate six more weeks of winter --it's six more weeks of *Bush* that we can't endure!]

A scandal greater than Watergate --by Eric Margolis "'We were all wrong,' White House chief weapons hunter and longtime war booster David Kay admitted last week... The only thing real is Iraq's oil. If Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as it long insisted, we must draw one of two conclusions. Either President [sic] George Bush, and secretaries Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld, lied about the global threat they claimed Iraq posed, and deceived Congress and the American people. Or, they were grossly misinformed by their intelligence experts and must be judged fools of the first order... It turns out President Saddam Hussein, whom Bush repeatedly branded a 'liar,' was in fact telling the truth all along when he said all of Iraq's old weapons systems had been destroyed. It was Bush and British PM Tony Blair who weren't telling the truth. Saddam should hire attorney Johnny Cochrane and sue the U.S. and Britain for all they're worth." [A must read]

Kay Questions U.S. Pre-Emptive Strike Doctrine The former top U.S. weapons hunter in Iraq, David Kay, said on Sunday flaws in U.S. intelligence in prewar Iraq brought into question Dictator Bush's policy of pre-emptive strike against countries deemed a threat to the United States.

Hutton whitewash, redux: Bush Orders Independent Probe on Iraq Intelligence Dictator Bush will announce early this week the establishment of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate intelligence that was used to justify the Iraq W-ar, senior Bush regime officials said on Sunday.

Intelligence services to be blamed for WMD failures British and American intelligence services look set to share the blame for the spectacular failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Dyke makes blistering attack on betrayal, ignorance and incompetence- as Gilligan faces fresh onslaught Greg Dyke lashed out at Lord Hutton yesterday, accusing him of living in "cuckoo land" for clearing the Government in his "incredibly one-sided" report, and for getting the law wrong.

BBC reporters fear new management will cave in to No 10 Senior BBC correspondents have expressed deep unease about the "nightmare ticket" of Lord Ryder of Wensum and Mark Byford, the two men who have taken charge of the corporation in the midst of its gravest crisis. There is anger, in particular, at what is seen as the "opportunistically grovelling" apology to the Government offered by Lord Ryder.

Polls show backlash against Blair after 'whitewash' report Ministers may feel delighted that Lord Hutton vindicated them, but sceptical voters give them no credit for it. A poll yesterday was the sixth in three days to show that the Government has suffered an unexpected public backlash from those who suspect the law lord's report was a whitewash.

[Bush's disastrous day in Iraq (see next news summaries). Suddenly, the terror alerts and flight cancellations are rearing their ugly heads... as predicted. Whenever events turn sour in Iraq and the media reports of Bush's plummeting poll numbers, the flight cancellations kick into high gear. Bush must act soon. Where/what will be his next Weapon of Mass Distraction?]

Deadly day in Iraq Suicide bombers hit Kurdish party office in Iraq At least 56 killed, 235 wounded in attacks; death toll could rise --Two suicide bombers struck the offices of two U.S.-backed Kurdish parties in near-simultaneous attacks Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis gathered to celebrate a Muslim holiday. At least 56 people were killed and more than 235 were wounded, officials said.

Dozens Die in Iraq Bombings Two suicide attackers hit offices of Kurds' political parties Two suicide bombers blew themselves up within a few minutes of each other Sunday in the predominantly Kurdish town of Irbil in northern Iraq, killing at least 56 people and injuring more than 235 at offices of the country's two main Kurdish parties. The bombings were the deadliest in Iraq since August.

GI Killed As Army Base Attacked in Iraq An American soldier was killed and 12 wounded in a rocket attack Sunday on an Army base in central Iraq, the U.S. military said.

Burst of attacks kills 15 in Iraq Nine Iraqi policemen die in a Mosul car-bomb attack, three other Iraqis die in a Baghdad blast, and a roadside bomb kills three U.S. soldiers near Kirkuk. A bomb-laden car barreled into a barricade and exploded at police headquarters in this northern city Saturday, killing nine officers as they lined up for paychecks that included a bonus for dangerous duty. Three U.S. soldiers were also killed in Iraq's north, and at least three civilians died in a Baghdad rocket attack, bringing the grisly toll on the eve of a sacred Muslim feast to 15.

About 20 Killed in Iraq Ammunition Dump Blast Around 20 people trying to loot an ammunitions dump in southwestern Iraq were killed Sunday when the arms exploded, a Polish military official said.

Clark Attacks Bush Over Iraq on Campaign Trail Retired Gen. Wesley Clark 'played the military card' [?!?] on Sunday as he campaigned with the man who saved his life in Vietnam and accused Dictator Bush of making the same mistakes in Iraq as the United States did in Southeast Asia. [What does that mean - 'played the military card? The Idiot Usurper plays the 'AWOL moron' card every time he speaks.]

Chem-bio attack fears force flight cancellations Air France, BA cancel 9 flights after new intelligence on likely release of chemical or biological agents by 'Al-Qaeda' men --Fears that 'Al-Qaeda terrorists' would use a new tactic of releasing a chemical or biological agent on an airliner, or transport a radiological device in the cargo-hold, forced the cancellation of several international flights yesterday.

Eight Flights Between Europe and U.S. Canceled Six U.S.-bound flights from England, Scotland and France have been canceled because of security concerns. The U.S. government said it had fresh indications of Al Qaeda's continued interest in targeting commercial planes flying to the United States.

Terror threat to airlines queried British airline pilots have urged the government to examine the quality of intelligence that led to the cancellation of trans-Atlantic flights. The US intelligence prompted British Airways, Air France and Continental Airways to ground flights.

Airline Program has Slave Overtones The proposed computerized federal airline security system that would require passengers to present identification, undergo a background check and be color-coded, based on their perceived risk, harkens back to slave laws that prevented Blacks from traveling, says a Harvard University researcher who specializes in privacy issues. What this is really reminiscent of is what happened on plantations during slavery when Black people or persons of color had to have passes in order to travel, says Richard Sobel, a privacy policy researcher at the Harvard Medical School.

Democratic Party Chief Attacks Bush on Military Record Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, caustically attacked Dictator Bush today on his military record, as the party's presidential candidates campaigned in most of the seven states that will hold primaries or caucuses on Tuesday. Mr. McAuliffe criticized Dictator Bush on his [LACK OF] attendance for National Guard service during the Vietnam War. "I look forward to that debate when John Kerry, a war hero with a chest full of medals, is standing next to George Bush, a man who was AWOL in the Alabama National Guard," Mr. McAuliffe said in an interview on the ABC News program "This Week." "George Bush never served in our military in our country. He didn't show up when he should have showed up. And there's John Kerry on the stage with a chest full of medals that he earned by saving the lives of American soldiers. So, as John Kerry says, 'Bring it on!'"

Bush Giving Congress $2.4 Trillion Budget Dictator Bush is sending Congress a $2.4 trillion election-year budget that provides big increases to the military and homeland security while squeezing scores of other programs in an effort to cut a deficit projected to top a half-trillion dollars this year.

Bush plan would kill overtime for many veterans (uaw.org) "You’ve done your part – you’ve served your country and are proud to be a veteran of our armed services. You also work hard, using the training you’ve received in the military to advance yourself – and your company. And the thanks you get from President [sic] George W. Bush? It’s the possible elimination of your overtime pay." Quick Action! To telephone an Elected Official, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 or, using our online form, you can e-mail your officials.

Inquiry Sought in House Vote on Drug Plan for Medicare A leading House Democrat has called on Speaker J. Dennis Hastert to initiate an ethics investigation into accusations of bribery during last November's vote on the new Medicare drug plan, warning that Democrats will conduct their own inquiry if the House leader does not act.

2 Democrats Criticize Scalia's Refusal to Quit Cheney Case Reps. Waxman and Conyers cite the 1995 recusal of a judge with ties to President Clinton. Two House Democrats added to the pressure on Justice Antonin Scalia to withdraw from a pending Supreme Court case involving Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Friday, saying a recent duck hunting trip the justice took with Cheney posed the same kind of conflict of interest that had forced an Arkansas judge who was a friend of President Clinton to withdraw from a 1995 case.

Why the media turned on Gov. Dean --by C. Jensen "...[R]esearch examined 187 stories broadcast on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news in 2003. Only 49 percent of all on-air evaluations of Gov. Dean in 2003 were positive while the other Democratic contenders received 78 percent favorable coverage... What happened in the campaign that inspired the media to turn on Dean and throw their support to uninspiring Kerry? A clue may be found in a story published in the Washington Post on November 19, 2003. The Post reported: "In an interview Monday night [11/17/03], Dean unveiled his idea to 're-regulate' utilities, large media companies and businesses offering employee stock options. He also favors broad protections for workers including the right to unionize." Also on November 19, the Associated Press reported, "Dean, the former Vermont governor, said Tuesday that if elected president, he would move to re-regulate business sectors such as utilities and media companies to restore faith after corporate scandals such as Enron and WorldCom." Dean's idea of re-regulating two out-of-control business sectors produced criticism from some of his competitors and surely struck a raw nerve within monopolistic utilities and mega-media companies. I believe Dean's progressive attack on monopolies helps explain why the corporate media started piling on Dean, portraying him with the pejorative term of the angry candidate."

The Scream --by David Podvin "On December 1, 2003, Howard Dean was ahead by twenty points in the polls when he appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews and said, 'We're going to break up the giant media enterprises.' ...It was an extraordinarily noble and dangerous thing to do: when he advocated a truly free press, Dr. Dean was provoking the corrupt media conglomerates that control what most Americans see and hear and read, and thereby control what most Americans think... After the last presidential election, the corporate functionaries on the Supreme Court overrode the will of the people by empowering the man who had lost. It was an awkward procedure, so the process has been refined. In 2004, the mainstream media is rapidly disqualifying all the candidates who fail to honor the business agenda, thus eliminating the need for another controversial judicial intervention. Howard Dean’s campaign now lies in ruins because he chose to confront the multinational conglomerates that run this country."

Kerry Leads in Lobby Money Anti-Special-Interest Campaign Contrasts With Funding --Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who has made a fight against corporate special interests a centerpiece of his front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator over the past 15 years, federal records show

Clark motorcade gets speeding ticket Polls show Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark doing well as he fights for Oklahoma's 40 delegates, but the state hasn't been entirely friendly territory him. Clark's three-car caravan was headed back from a campaign appearance in McAlester to Oklahoma City shortly after midnight Sunday when it was pulled over by a state trooper.

Primary Voters must vow they are Democrats Party hopes to deter Republicans from voting by requiring oath in Tuesday’s S.C. primary Voters in Tuesday’s presidential primary must declare they are Democrats or they cannot vote. [Good, maybe the vote totals in this Democratic primary will actually reflect reality.]

Electronic votes could be hanging chads of 2004: experts Thousands of Americans who go to the polls on Tuesday will vote using computers instead of casting paper ballots, but experts warn the high-tech systems could cause more problems than they solve. Experts say the computers -- which leave no paper record of ballots -- have gaping holes in their security that would allow hackers to tamper with or alter the vote count.

Judge Orders DNA Test of Neil Bush A judge ordered DNA testing to determine whether Dictator Bush's brother Neil fathered a child with another woman while he was married.

FOIA fees surprise Sierra Club chapter The federal Bureau of Land Management answers about 100 Freedom of Information Act requests a year in California, usually without charging fees for services rendered. So it came as a shock to Sierra Club representative Edie Harmon of San Diego to learn recently that it would cost her group $25,280 for the bureau to provide the information she sought about off-road vehicle activity in California deserts managed by the agency.

Searching for OKC bombing evidence, police raid home of former congressman's aide The Fairfax County, Va., home of John Culbertson – once a member of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant’s congressional office – was raided Friday afternoon by Oklahoma City police detectives searching for evidence related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Speaking as the director of the Center for Reform in Washington, D.C., Culbertson told members of the committee: "With respect to the statements made by the Department of Justice that there are no photos or videos of the explosions of the Murrah Building, we have discovered that some indeed exist and are known to members of the law enforcement community. We have a short video presentation with a federal police officer describing a surveillance tape he personally witnessed at a gathering of law enforcement officers and comparing it to similar photos we have obtained in the Oklahoma City investigation, which will be presented after this opening statement, with your consent, Mr. Chairman. It is about 2 minutes long."

Britain set to become 'nuclear dustbin of the world' in policy shift Ministers are preparing to sanction a policy which could turn Britain into the "nuclear dustbin of the world" by allowing thousands of tons of radioactive waste shipped to the UK from abroad to be stored here permanently.

WMD Row Gathering Political Momentum On both sides of the Atlantic, the game of "weapons, weapons, where are Iraq’s weapons" gathered dangerous political momentum for US Dictator George Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair this week.

Blair fears being hung out to dry by Bush over WMD White House confirms possibility of independent inquiry into war. PM isolated over wait-and-see policy as weapons hunt flounders --Close associates of Poodle Tony Blair fear that the Prime Minister is on the point of being hung out to dry by Dictator George Bush over the issue of whether Iraq held weapons of mass destruction when Britain and the US went to war last March.

Bush OK's Independent Probe of Prewar Intelligence Dictator Bush has agreed to support an independent inquiry into the prewar intelligence that he used to assert that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, Republican and congressional sources said today.

Bush resists Iraq WMD probe calls The White House is facing increasing pressure to set up a full independent inquiry into alleged intelligence failures in the run-up to war in Iraq. All Democratic presidential contenders support an inquiry, and this weekend former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is expected to demand an investigation.

Britons Want Probe Over Iraq War Case-Polls The majority of British people want an independent inquiry into pre-war intelligence cited by Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's government to justify backing the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, new polls showed on Sunday. [Why isn't "Should there be an independent WMD-inquiry" a question for the pollsters in the United States instead of "Do you think Kobe Bryant is guilty?"]

The scandal of the shambolic search for Saddam's WMD Mr Blair's last hope of confirming the existence of Iraq's illegal weapons lies in a Qatar warehouse. Some analysts have said they suspected that the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), the Anglo-American team of WMD hunters sent in after the war, is being discouraged from producing a final report that could embarrass the Bush dictatorship ahead of the presidential s-election in November. Poodle Tony Blair, whose spokesman said on Friday that the group should be allowed to complete its work, would probably prefer such a report to be delayed until after a general election in the middle of 2005.

Speak No Evil --by Tom Shoop "Bush officials repeatedly asked intelligence analysts to justify their work [intelligence about weapons of mass destruction programs in Saddam Hussein's Iraq], gave great credence to dubious sources and demanded extensive, time-consuming studies of extraneous reports, such as the writings of conservative newspaper columnists. The administration eventually set up an organization in the Pentagon, the Office of Special Plans, to conduct its own analyses of Iraq intelligence.

Where's the Apology? --by Paul Krugman "George Bush promised to bring honor and integrity back to the White House. Instead, he got rid of accountability... Those much-ridiculed U.N. inspectors were right... So where are the apologies? Where are the resignations? Where is the investigation of this intelligence debacle? All we have is bluster from Dick Cheney, evasive W.M.D.-related-program-activity language from Mr. Bush — and a determined effort to prevent an independent inquiry."

200 Protest Outside British PM's Residence About 200 protesters have demonstrated outside British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's residence in London to demand an independent inquiry into why Britain went to war in Iraq.

Civil war breaks out at BBC as Hutton backlash grows Dyke was forced out after deal went wrong. Former DG accuses No 10 of 'systematic bullying' The BBC was at war with itself yesterday, as rival factions began to attack each other over competing versions of the events that triggered the worst crisis in the corporation's long history.

'Cut the crap, bring Greg back' It is not often you hear hundreds upon hundreds of staff affectionately chanting the name of their departing boss, or yelling at the tops of their voices "come back!" But within hours of director general Greg Dyke's resignation on Thursday, there were unprecedented scenes of spontaneous support and raw emotion from BBC employees outside Television Centre.

'Dismayed' BBC staff back Dyke Thousands of BBC staff have paid for an advert in a national newspaper supporting their former director general, Greg Dyke. Mr Dyke resigned a day after the Hutton report heavily criticised the BBC. The advert said: "Greg Dyke stood for brave independent and rigorous BBC journalism that was fearless in its search for the truth".

Evidence not included in Hutton's report --compilation by news.scotsman.com

Hutton Backlash Today's links in full

Iraqi Governing Council Limits Al Jazeera Coverage Halliburton's [Iraq's] Governing Council on Saturday banned Arabic television station Al Jazeera from covering Council events for a month over remarks made during a phone-in show broadcast last week which were deemed insulting. [Oh. Is this but another democratic element that comprises 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'?]

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz in Iraq U.S. deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of the war to topple Saddam Hussein, arrived in Baghdad on Sunday on a previously unannounced visit to gauge the security situation [?!?] in Iraq.

3 G.I.'s Among 12 Killed in Bombings in Iraq Twelve people, including three American soldiers, were killed on Saturday in two bomb attacks in northern Iraq as Iraqis and Americans braced for a potentially violent week. In one attack, a suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station crowded with officers in Mosul, killing at least 9 people and wounding 45.

No self-rule for Kurds, Bush tells Turkey Dictator Bush gave Turkey assurances Wednesday that the United States does not support an expansion of autonomy for Kurds in neighboring Iraq.

Bush to Increase Military Spending in Budget Plan Dictator Bush will propose a $2.3 trillion budget on Monday that backs away from some of the major spending and tax initiatives he supported in prior years, regime officials say. Mr. Bush is proposing an increase of 7 percent for the military, including 13 percent more for missile defense systems; an increase of nearly 10 percent for heightened security against 'terrorist attacks'; and an increase of 11 percent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mega Barf Alert! Bush, Blair Among Nobel Nominees as Deadline Looms Dictator Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair are among nominees for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize before a Sunday deadline for nominations despite failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. [Can Bush and Blair still be tried for war crimes if they win the Nobel Peace Prize?]

Record Number to Run Out of Unemployment Benefits A record-high 375,000 jobless workers will exhaust their unemployment insurance this month and an estimated 2 million workers will find themselves in the same predicament during the first half of the year, according to an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Panel Reveals U.S. Missteps Ahead of 9/11 At a two-day hearing this week, the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks revealed U.S. authorities had numerous opportunities to stop the hijackers, including many face-to-face encounters. "The evidence is pretty damning," said Michael Greenberger, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. "There were many signals to the White House that we were in a state of high danger in the summer of 2001, yet no leadership was exercised to shake the agencies down."

Flights Cut on Fear of Al Qaeda Attacks Intelligence indicating that al Qaeda terrorists are seeking to release a chemical or biological agent aboard an airliner, or transport a radiological device in cargo, was one of the factors that prompted the cancellation of six international flights scheduled for today and tomorrow, senior dictatorship officials familiar with the reports said yesterday.

Airlines Ground 6 Flights to U.S. Over Concerns About Terrorism Foreign and domestic airlines canceled six flights from Europe to the United States on Saturday after American officials raised concerns about the possibility of terrorist attacks, including hijackings. The concerns prompted the American officials to urge that armed sky marshals be placed on those routes; instead, the British and French airlines canceled the flights.

Candidate's pocket knife confiscated in beefed-up airport security search Sen. John Edwards had a penknife confiscated as part of a stepped up security search that caused a one-hour delay for the Democratic presidential candidate and others boarding his chartered plane. Albuquerque security officials gave extensive screenings to those traveling with the senator, including hand inspections of everyone's luggage and carry-on bags.

Hamdi, lawyer to meet for first time next week Yaser Hamdi, an American-born Saudi, has been held without charges or access to a lawyer since he was captured in 2001 in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, he will meet his attorney for the first time. Virginia federal public defender Frank Dunham said Friday he will meet with Hamdi at about 8 a.m. at the Navy brig in Hanahan, though it won't be a one-on-one session. Discussions will be monitored by a military representative. [Yaser Hamdi has been over two years without a lawyer and the United States has been over three years without a president.]

U.S., Canada launch talks on sharing citizen data The U.S. and Canadian governments have started formal negotiations over whether Canada will provide private information on its citizens for U.S. terrorist watch lists and aviation security programs, senior officials from both countries said Friday.

AP: States Weigh Common Terror Database Although privacy worries led several states to pull out of a federally funded crime and terrorism database project, others are actively considering joining and thereby sharing information on their citizens, The Associated Press has learned.

FTAA Aftermath Nonprotesting filmmaker wonders why he was shot A filmmaker and pro-free trade businessman questions why he was shot by police with a beanbag weapon during FTAA talks when he was on the sidewalk with other media, not in the street protesting. Carl Kesser did not want to believe that someone took aim at him because he was in the media. But he could not get past the reality that he was in a crowd of journalists on the sidewalk and the protesters were in the street.

Police estimate 14,000 march in support of CA grocery store strike A big show of solidarity by thousands of striking grocery workers in California. Police estimate some 14-thousand people marched and rallied outside Los Angeles today.

Anti-Bush ad rejected by CBS to air on CNN A television ad that calls attention to the federal deficit, rejected by CBS for airing during the Super Bowl as issue-advocacy advertising, will be seen on CNN throughout the day Sunday and through next week, its sponsor said Friday. The network's critics have said that, by its own policy, CBS should have rejected an ad by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to air during Sunday's game.

Censored at the Super Bowl You won't see MoveOn.org's ad during Sunday’s big game. But you will see it everywhere else The great struggle of this year's Super Bowl is being waged over a short advertisement—a 30-second spot with few words, none of them spoken aloud.

How to Hack an Election (The New York Times) "Concerned citizens have been warning that new electronic 'voting' technology being rolled out nationwide can be used to steal elections. Now there is proof. When the State of Maryland hired a computer security firm to test its new machines, these paid hackers had little trouble casting multiple votes and taking over the machines' vote-recording mechanisms. The Maryland study shows convincingly that more security is needed for electronic voting, starting with voter-verified paper trails."

The Awesome Destructive Power of the CPM *Corporate Power Media (The Black Commentator) "Howard Dean has joined the list of victims of U.S. corporate media consolidation. Dean shares this distinction with Dennis Kucinich and the people of the formerly sovereign state of Iraq, among many others. Dean was stripped of half his popular support in the space of two weeks in January while John Kerry – tied in the polls with Carol Moseley-Braun at seven percent just two months earlier – rose like a genie from a bottle to become the overnight presidential frontrunner... Corporate America decided that Dean must be savaged, and its media sector made it happen... Dean understands what was done to him, although there’s nothing much he can do about it. In an interview with CNN’s repugnant Wolf Blitzer, the candidate said: "You report the news and you create the news… You chose to play it ["The Scream"] 673 times."

Dean returns to raucous welcome in Washington Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean returned Saturday to Seattle, one of his hottest bases of support, looking for a boost before the state's caucuses next weekend.

Sharpton sharp in Dem debate Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton of New York provided one of the evening's sharpest sound bites in the 90-minute Democratic debate in Greenville, South Carolina. At the end of the lengthy discussion of Iraq, he said it was no surprise that Bush had said in the State of the Union address that as long as he was president [sic], the United States would never wait for "permission" from the United Nations or other nations to act on behalf of its own security. "It's no wonder he doesn't need permission," Sharpton said. "He doesn't think he needs votes from the American people to be president."

Plane diverted in N.J. as Bush leaves Pa. Military jets Saturday diverted a small plane flying in temporarily restricted air space shortly before Dictator Bush flew out of Philadelphia on Air Force One, a Secret Service spokeswoman said.

Threat to Bush alleged A man who said he didn't like Dictator Bush's State of the Union address was arrested Wednesday night after he phoned the county's 911 center and said he was a terrorist and was going to "kill the president [sic]," authorities said.

Outrage at Yakima senator's racial slur (WA) State House requests apology from lawmaker --State House officials requested a written apology yesterday from a Yakima senator who used a racial epithet during an argument in a closed-door meeting Thursday. Others are calling for more substantial redress, including at least one demand for [Republican] Sen. Alex Deccio's resignation from the Legislature.

U.S. Hiring Saddam Hussein's Former Security Agents New Iraq Agency to Hunt Resistance Fighters The Iraqi authorities, with the help of American 'intelligence' agencies, are creating an intelligence service here that will focus on rooting out resistance fighters, especially those from outside the country, Iraqi and American officials said Friday. The service will employ some former agents of Saddam Hussein's security apparatus and will probably receive financing from the American government, the officials said.

Experts Say WMD Dossier 'Flawed' MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove ordered his staff to re-check the single source for the 45-minute claim months after the Iraq war ended. The move came amid growing concern about the reliability of "secondhand" intelligence in the weapons dossier drawn up by the Joint Intelligence Committee. Yesterday, in a devastating blow to Poodle Tony Blair's case for going to war, two top intelligence experts - former JIC head Sir Paul Lever and ex-deputy chairman Air Marshal Sir John Walker - said the document was flawed.

Little comfort for Blair as polls view report as a 'whitewash' Poodle Tony Blair must have hoped the Hutton report would help persuade the public to trust him once more. He looks set to be disappointed.

Mirror.co.uk poll: Was the Hutton report a whitewash? Yes 88.67% - No 11.33%

BBC staff stop work in protest The BBC plunged deeper into its worst crisis yesterday as thousands of staff around the country walked out in support of their deposed leaders and opinion polls showed many Britons thought the Hutton report into the death of weapons scientist David Kelly had been "a whitewash".

BBC's Gilligan resigns, hits out at UK government Journalist Andrew Gilligan, whose story that the British government had "sexed up" the risk from Iraqi weapons was criticised in an inquiry as unfounded, has resigned from the BBC, arguing the report was largely right. Gilligan maintained in his resignation statement on Friday that his report that the government knowingly exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq to justify the war was mostly right. "If Lord Hutton had fairly considered the evidence he heard, he would have concluded that most of my story was right. The government did sex up the dossier, transforming possibilities and probabilities into certainties, removing vital caveats," he said.

His position became increasingly untenable. So Gilligan had to go Andrew Gilligan's departure last night was inevitable. In a whirlwind 48 hours, Gavyn Davies, the chairman of the board of governors, and Greg Dyke, the director general had gone, the staff were in turmoil, while an exultant Downing Street demanded a humiliating surrender... '[Hutton] Report casts a chill over all journalism' --Click here (scroll down) for an edited version of Andrew Gilligan's resignation statement.

Dyke warning over Hutton report Greg Dyke has said he is shocked by the findings of the Hutton report and that all parts of the media should be concerned by its implications. The departing BBC director general said the report into the death of Dr David Kelly had been read with "disbelief". Mr Dyke made it clear he did not accept all the report's findings, and attacked Alastair Campbell as "ungracious".

Gilligan quits, Dyke hits out and Hutton backlash grows Reporter exits claiming a 'grave injustice' Former BBC chief lambasts Campbell. Opinion polls say report was whitewash --Andrew Gilligan, the BBC reporter who suggested that the Government lied in compiling its Iraq weapons dossier, bowed to the inevitable and resigned from the BBC yesterday. Mr Gilligan, 35, the third BBC casualty of the affair, apologised for errors in the May broadcast, but said the BBC had been the victim of a "grave injustice".

Hutton Report Aftermath Today's links in full

McCain Wants WMD Inquiry Parting company with many of his fellow Republicans, Sen. John McCain said Thursday he wants an independent commission to take a sweeping look at recent intelligence failures. The White House has dismissed the proposal, saying the CIA is committed to reviewing the intelligence behind claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Intelligence Probe Would Be Risky for Bush A full-blown investigation of Iraq intelligence failures would pose election-year risks for Dictator Bush. No one could be certain where it would lead, who it would touch or what it would uncover.

Dutch Embassy in Baghdad Hit by Rockets Attackers fired two rocket-propelled grenades at the Dutch Embassy in Iraq on Friday, hitting the roof with one and setting it on fire. The blaze was quickly extinguished, and there were no injuries.

Soldiers, Families Oppose Bush Casualties Mount Post Saddam --by Kerry Taylor "President [sic] Bush's war in Iraq faces growing opposition from those who are on the front lines: soldiers, their families and veterans, including high-ranking officers."

Karzai: U.S. Air Raid Killed 10 Afghans An American airstrike in an Afghan village earlier this month killed 10 civilians, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday. The U.S. military had said it killed 'five militants' during a Jan. 17 raid against suspected Taliban leaders in southern Uruzgan province and insisted it fired only on armed men. But Karzai said an Interior Ministry investigation into the incident, 250 miles southwest of the capital, Kabul, established that 10 civilians had died.

Due to George W. Bush's 'war on terror': Afghanistan Reconstruction Hinges on Opium Poppy In 2000, the Taliban government banned opium production under advice from the U.N. Drug Control Program (UNDCP). After the ban was imposed, according to U.N. experts, opium production shriveled by more than 90 percent. But in 2002, they say, opium cultivation increased by 657 percent over the previous year.

Castro accuses Bush of plotting with Cuban American exiles to kill him Fidel Castro accused U.S. Dictator George W. Bush on Friday of plotting with Miami exiles to kill him as part of his regime's hardening policies against Cuba. During Castro's early years in power there were numerous documented cases of U.S.-sponsored attempts on his life.

Castro 'prepared for US invasion' Fidel Castro has said he will die "with a gun in my hand", in a defiant speech to anti-globalisation activists. In a five-hour speech in the Cuban capital, Havana, the communist leader said his country was ready to repel an invasion from the United States. [We are prepared to repel a second invasion of coup 2004 architects, as well.]

Bush Seeking Big Increase in Missile 'Defense' The Bush dictatorship will ask Congress to boost spending on missile defense by $1.2 billion next year and nearly double funding to 'modernize' the Army in the $401.7 billion U.S. military budget for 2005, according to Pentagon documents released on Friday.

Military budget plan accidentally ends up on Internet Flubbing Pentagon efforts to maintain strict secrecy, someone accidentally posted next year's military budget plan on the Internet.

Climate Collapse The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare --The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues. --Te seemingly remote climate risk may hit home sooner and harder than we ever imagined. In fact, the prospect has become so real that the Pentagon's strategic planners are grappling with it... Global warming, rather than causing gradual, centuries-spanning change, may be pushing the climate to a tipping point.

Officials: Intelligence warns of aircraft attacks Air France, British Airways flights mentioned --In the past 48 hours, the United States has received new intelligence that suggests a threat of possible terrorist attacks against the United States using aircraft, government officials told CNN on Friday.

US military lawyer denounces Guantanamo Bay trials --by Richard Phillips "Major Michael Mori, the US military lawyer appointed to defend Australian citizen David Hicks, the first of six Guantanamo Bay prisoners scheduled to face a US military court, has bluntly denounced the planned tribunals. In his first public statement on the hearings, Mori told a Washington press conference on January 21 that the military commissions were 'created by those only with a vested interest in conviction' and would 'not provide a full and fair trial'.

White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission Panel May Subpoena Its Summaries of Bush Briefings --The White House, already embroiled in a public fight over the deadline for an independent commission's investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is refusing to give the panel notes on presidential [sic] briefing papers taken by some of its own members, officials said this week. *Add your name! Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11

September 11 inquiry could become election embarrassment for Bush The White House is resisting pressure to push the deadline of the main inquiry into the September 11 attacks closer to the November presidential s-election in a move which could embarrass Dictator George W. Bush.

FBI Investigates Head of Detroit Office Agent Reassigned as Agency Looks Into Handling of Confidential Informants --The head of the FBI field office in Detroit has been temporarily removed from his post, making him the latest of several law enforcement officials there to face review by federal investigators over the handling of high-profile terrorism cases in recent months.

White House Intensifies Efforts to Safeguard Patriot Act The Bush dictatorship stepped up its fight to preserve the controversial [fascist] USA Patriot Act yesterday, warning that proposed legislation to scale back the law would undermine national security and would face a presidential veto if approved.

Ga. stayed in Matrix database despite governor's statement it was withdrawing In a crisply worded statement last October, [Republican] Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was ending Georgia's participation in a multi-state crime database that tracks the personal details even of law-abiding citizens. Yet several months later, the state still was pumping information into the database.

Video eyed for all school buses Students in Bristol, beware: Soon, you’ll be on camera. (CT) The school board has earmarked funds in its transportation budget for the next school year that will increase the number of video cameras on buses from two to 90. Currently, the buses, owned by First Student, house dummy [Bush?] cameras on all of the district’s buses, with two actual cameras rotating throughout the buses, so students never know when they are being videotaped.

Md. computer testers cast a vote: Election boxes easy to mess with In Annapolis, tales of trickery, vote rigging --For a week, the computer whizzes laid abuse - both high- and low-tech - on the six new briefcase-sized electronic voting machines sent over by the state. One guy picked the locks protecting the internal printers and memory cards. Another figured out how to vote more than once - and get away with it. Still another launched a dial-up attack, using his modem to slither through an electronic hole in the State Board of Elections software. Once inside, he could easily change vote totals that come in on Election Day. "My guess is we've only scratched the surface," said Michael A. Wertheimer, who spent 21 years as a cryptologic mathematician at the National Security Agency.

Security measures urged for voting machines Many forms of tampering possible, consultant says --Results tallied by Maryland's 16,000 new electronic voting machines can be trusted in their first statewide test during the March 2 presidential primary, but only with some added security measures, a state official and a consultant told legislators yesterday.

Gore to campaign for Dean in Detroit churches President Al Gore plans to visit the city Sunday morning to campaign in churches for presidential candidate Howard Dean. Gore is to be accompanied by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit, who also has endorsed Dean.

Economic Growth Below Expectations U.S. economic growth slowed to a 4 percent annual rate in the closing three months of 2003, less than half the third-quarter pace as consumers curbed their spending, the Commerce Department reported on Friday.

Proposed Mercury Rules Bear Industry Mark EPA Language Similar to That in Memos From Law Firm Representing Utilities --The Bush dictatorship proposed new rules yesterday regulating power plants' mercury pollution, and some of the language is similar to recommendations from two memos sent to federal officials by a law firm representing the utility industry.

Water in D.C. Exceeds EPA Lead Limit Random Tests Last Summer Found High Levels in 4,000 Homes Throughout City --Tap water in thousands of District houses has recently tested above the federal limit for lead contamination, a new phenomenon that has baffled the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and forced the agency to begin replacing service pipes.

Georgia considers banning 'evolution' The state's school superintendent has proposed striking the word evolution from Georgia's science curriculum and replacing it with the phrase "biological changes over time."

Carter denounces Georgia's proposal Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday he is embarrassed by his home state Georgia's proposal to drop the word "evolution" from the school curriculum.

Bush to eliminate nuclear plant standards Plan to let contractors devise new rules --The Bush dictatorship is moving to replace government safety standards at federal nuclear facilities with requirements written by [Bush's paymasters,] contractors -- after Congress directed it to start fining the contractors for violations.

Prepping for public for the 'October Surprise': U.S. military 'sure' of 'catching' bin Laden this year --The U.S. military is "sure" it will catch Osama bin Laden this year, a spokesman said Thursday, but he declined to comment on where the al-Qaida leader may be hiding. [??? Uh, try Carlyle Group's boardroom.]

Seven U.S. troops killed in Afghan explosion A weapons cache exploded Thursday in southeastern Afghanistan, killing seven U.S. soldiers and wounding three others and an interpreter, U.S. Central Command said. Another soldier was listed as missing after the explosion, which occurred west of Ghazni.

US deaths rise in wake of Hussein capture US combat deaths in Iraq have risen sharply during January despite a drop in the number of attacks and the capture of former president Saddam Hussein over a month ago.

Civil war possible in Iraq? History of grievances between sects leaves US officials wary. Reuters reports that as the US struggles to find a formula to return sovereignty to Iraq, officials are worried about the potential for civil war in a country marked by religious and ethnic tensions.

Iraq Commission Could Pose Serious Threat to Bush An independent commission to investigate intelligence failures before last year's invasion of Iraq being demanded by Democrats could pose a serious political threat to Dictator Bush.

Rice Admits Flaws In Iraq Intelligence, Rules Out Probe The U.S. national security adviser admitted on Thursday, January 29, flaws in Iraq prewar intelligence but shrugged off calls for launching an independent investigation. Condoleezza Rice, in a series of television interviews, defended Dictator George Bush's decision invade Iraq, arguing Washington may never learn the whole truth about Iraq's weapons capabilities because of looting [?!?], which U.S. forces failed to stop [hell, they were the ones who supplied the keys to the facilities, in some cases] immediately after the invasion, reported Reuters.

US acknowledges flaws in Iraq intelligence Dictator George W Bush's national security adviser on Thursday acknowledged there may have been flaws in prewar intelligence about Iraq but brushed aside calls for an independent investigation into the matter.

Shh ... Iraq (US) owes $200bn war debt --by Ian Williams "There has been a lot of discussion of debt forgiveness for Iraq, but there have also been some interesting, almost forbidden, topics in the debate. Perhaps the least mentioned issue is the reparations of US$200 billion that Iraq allegedly owes, mostly to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, from the first Gulf War of 1991."

Doctors question Kelly 'suicide' Fresh doubts about the death of Dr David Kelly, the British weapons expert, were raised yesterday by three doctors who questioned whether he took his own life. The doctors suggested that the former United Nations weapons inspector could not have committed suicide in the way described to the inquiry chaired by Lord Brian Hutton.

Britain: More questions on Dr Kelly's death as a confidante rejects suicide claim --by "The January 25 Mail on Sunday ran an interview with Mai Pederson, a United States Air Force translator who worked alongside Dr David Kelly in Iraq. In it she reiterated her earlier claim that the government scientist had received death threats because of his work in Iraq and her surprise that he had died apparently as a result of taking 20 painkillers before slashing his wrist. Pederson reported that Kelly had an aversion to swallowing tablets and had spoken to her shortly before his death of his plans for the future."

Blair claims victory as BBC wears the blame A relieved Poodle, Tony Blair, basked in victory yesterday and prepared to make an important domestic policy speech after his surprising, near-total vindication in the judge's inquiry into an Iraq weapons scientist's suicide.

Drama outside. Disarray inside. The governors force out Dyke The director general of the BBC, Greg Dyke, was effectively forced out of his job yesterday after the corporation's governors, stunned by criticism in the Hutton report, lost their nerve in the face of intense political pressure.

BBC in turmoil as director general resigns The turmoil at the BBC caused by the Hutton inquiry deepened today as it bowed to intense pressure from the Government for a full apology and Greg Dyke resigned as the corporation's director general. Many BBC staff were angry and demoralised as Lord Hutton's investigation into the death of David Kelly had claimed a second scalp, following yesterday's resignation of the BBC chairman Gavyn Davies.

Iraq critics owe me apology: Howard John Howard said yesterday that the British report clearing the Blair Government of claims it "sexed up" its intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons also exonerated him. "Those who have accused us of taking Australia to war on a lie owe me as much an apology as those who made equal accusations against Tony Blair owe him an apology," the Prime Minister said.

New poll reveals public mistrust Three times as many people trust the BBC to tell the truth than trust the government despite Lord Hutton's damning judgment, an exclusive poll by ICM for the Guardian shows.

Letters on "Hutton inquiry whitewashes Blair government over Iraq war" (WSWS) "Below we post a selection of recent letters on 'Britain: Hutton inquiry whitewashes Blair government over Iraq war'"

The public must look to what is missing from the report --by Scott Ritter "The Hutton report was released at the same time as the former head of the Iraq Survey Group, David Kay, testified before the US Congress that there appear to be no WMD in Iraq, and that the intelligence was 'all wrong'. Given this, the Hutton findings have taken on an almost Alice in Wonderland aura. By focusing on a single news story broadcast by the BBC, Hutton has created a political smokescreen behind which Blair is seeking to distract the British public from the harsh reality that his government went to war based on unsustained allegations that have yet to be backed up with a single piece of substantive fact."

Army won't review medication in suicides The U.S. Army didn't investigate whether a malaria drug it developed could have triggered suicides by soldiers in Iraq, despite a new government suicide warning and complaints from soldiers, a senator and a leading veterans' advocate.

Army Expansion Could Last 5 Years An additional 30,000 soldiers authorized this week by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on a temporary basis could swell the ranks of the Army for five years or longer, depending upon troop requirements in Iraq, Afghanistan and other potential conflicts [?!?], a senior Army official said yesterday. But the official, who briefed on the condition that he would not be identified, said it is not certain the Army would be able to cut strength in four to five years from the 510,000-troop level authorized by Rumsfeld under emergency authority approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Looking For Terrorists: Police check students for terrorism connections The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) registers students at Norwegian universities to prevent the development of weapons of mass destruction. PST registers all students at the University of Bergen who comes from outside the Schengen area and North America.

Heads up!! Homeland Security stocking detention centers: Correctional Services Corporation Awarded 1,020 Bed Contract by Department of Homeland Security - Contract Expected to Generate Nearly $109 Million in Revenue Over Initial 5 Year Period --SARASOTA, Fla.--Correctional Services Corporation (Nasdaq: CSCQ) today announced it was awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security - ICE in the procurement for a 1,020 bed detention facility to be located in South Texas. This award represents one of the largest in the last several years by the Federal Government in its efforts to consolidate its bed needs in regionalized procured Detention Centers. [U.S. investors can actually invest in Homeland Suckyourity's concentration camps. Conservatives are right: The Bush regime cannot be compared to that of Adolf Hitler as Karl Rove and John Ashcroft have 'out-Goebbeled' Goebbels.]

Houston Braces for Super Security Before Bowl Security for Super Bowl XXXVIII will be as extensive as at previous versions of the NFL's showpiece event since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, officials said on Thursday.

Ashcroft: Bush would veto bill scaling back Patriot Act The Bush dictatorship intensified its defense of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act on Thursday, threatening to veto legislation in Congress that would scale back key provisions.

Justice Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism efforts should speak out.

Security Poor in Electronic Voting Machines, Study Warns Electronic voting machines made by Diebold Inc. that are widely used in several states have such poor computer security and physical security that an election could be disrupted or even stolen by corrupt insiders or determined outsiders, according to a new report presented today to Maryland state legislators. [That is exactly what happened in the 2000 coup d'etat and we will not accept a second stolen election in 2004.]

Bipartisan Request Seeks Halt to Internet Voting Groups Fear Citizens Abroad Will Be Compromised -- In a highly unusual pairing, the Republican and Democratic party organizations for citizens living abroad have banded together against the Pentagon's Internet voting program for the presidential election.

Bush Budget Raises Cost of 'Medicare' Dictator Bush's new budget will project that the just-enacted prescription drug program and 'Medicare' corporate welfare program ['overhaul'] will cost one-third more than previously estimated and will predict a deficit exceeding $500 billion for this year, congressional aides said Thursday.

Ghastly debt Overspending sets record (The Charleston Gazette) "When Democratic President Jimmy Carter left the White House in 1981, America’s national debt was less than $1 trillion. Since then — mostly under Republicans — it has soared to a sickening $7 trillion, which equals about $65,000 owed per American family. Never in human history has a government outspent its revenue to such an extreme."

Bush-Cheney installers rewarded: Exxon Mobil Corp. set record profit in 2003: $21.51 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. saw fourth-quarter earnings jump 63 per cent as it benefited from higher prices for crude oil and natural gas. Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said Thursday that it also set a record for earnings in one year, $21.51 billion US, nearly double its profit for all of 2002.

Higher Prices, Tax Gain Lift Exxon Mobil Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday said fourth-quarter profit rose more than 60 percent on soaring oil and gas prices, a huge tax gain and a rebound in chemical earnings.

House Nudges Senate on Bankruptcy Bill By combining a bill making it harder for Americans to shed their debts with a bill offering bankruptcy help for farmers, House Republicans are hoping Senate Democrats will be compelled to act. Still, the House voted 265-99 Wednesday to combine the farm bankruptcy bill with the GOP bankruptcy legislation, and voted down Democratic legislation to pass the farm bankruptcy legislation as a standalone bill.

Missouri House advances bill on corporate tax break Legislation tightening a tax break enjoyed by some national corporations passed the House on Thursday despite objections that it actually provides guidance on avoiding Missouri income taxes. Crafted by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the bill was sent to the Senate on a 94-55 vote without debate.

US big shots back outsourcing Some of America’s best minds – Bill Clinton , Alan Greenspan, Bill Gates among others – have come out in support of free trade and against protectionism, issues that affect outsourcing to India.

Ford to lay off 1,000 Hazelwood workers (MO) Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it will lay off around 1,000 salaried and hourly workers at its Hazelwood assembly plant as part of a plan to eliminate the afternoon shift effective April 26.

Report: College Move Tied to Rowland [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland (CT) acquired thousands of dollars worth of stock in a company whose owner later benefited from a state project to move a community college, two newspapers reported Thursday.

Study finds insurance bias (MO) Calling the practice "controversial and secretive," Gov. Bob Holden called upon the Legislature Thursday to bar the widespread practice of selling auto and home insurance policies based upon computerized credit ratings of consumers. A state study released Thursday found that the practice discriminates against minorities and the poor.

Farmed salmon industry to face lawsuit over contaminants in fish The farmed salmon industry faces legal action in California for failing to warn consumers that the fish contain what environmental groups say are potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

Anti-FTAA activists plan protests to kill pact Anti-free trade activists called on Thursday for hemisphere-wide protests against the U.S.-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas and U.S. Dictator Bush.

Miami judge dismisses charges in first FTAA-related jury trial A judge dropped charges after the first jury trial related to a demonstrator arrested during November's Free Trade Area of the Americas meetings.

Israeli Groups Urge ICJ to Rule Against Separation Wall Several Israeli rights watchdogs and left-wing groups on Wednesday, January 28, urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule against Israel's separation wall.

Nasa accused of painting Mars red The American space agency Nasa has been accused of doctoring its pictures of Mars to make the Martian surface conform to our impression of the famously red planet. Nasa has been accused of digitally "tweaking" drab brown scenery to make it redder. It has even been suggested that Nasa removed green patches to hide evidence of life.

Army chief planning large U.S. force in Iraq through 2006 The Army's top general said today he is making plans based on the possibility that the Army will be required to keep tens of thousands of soldiers in Iraq through 2006.

30,000 More Soldiers Approved by Rumsfeld Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, invoking emergency powers, has authorized the Army to grow temporarily by 30,000 troops above its congressionally approved limit of 482,000 to facilitate a restructuring of forces severely strained by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and counter[pro-]terrorism missions elsewhere.

U.S. Army Plans Four-Year Boost of 30,000 Forces Strained by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army will boost its forces by 30,000 through emergency authority it expects to last four years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker told Congress on Wednesday.

Iraqi whispers mull repeat of 1920s revolt Whispers of "revolution" are growing louder in Baghdad this month at teahouses, public protests and tribal meetings as Iraqis point to the past as an omen for the future. Iraqis remember 1920 as one of the most glorious moments in modern history, one followed by nearly eight decades of tumult. The bloody rebellion against British rule that year is memorialized in schoolbooks, monuments and mass-produced tapestries that hang in living rooms. Now, many say there's an uncanny similarity with today: unpopular foreign occupiers, unelected governing bodies and unhappy residents eager for self-determination. The result could be another bloody uprising. [...'Unelected governing bodies'. Yes, we know it well, and will *not* tolerate another coup d'etat in November, 2004.]

"No to Israel! No to imperialism! No to America!" In the southern city of Nasiriyah, about 10,000 followers of a radical Shiite Muslim cleric forced the occupation-appointed provincial governor to vacate his office, insisting they would recognize only elected leaders. "No to Israel! No to imperialism! No to America!" the crowd chanted. [That is correct!!! We *ONLY* RECOGNIZE *ELECTED* LEADERS!! Hence, we will NEVER recognize George W. Bush as the 'president' --and Karl Rove, take note. Should you endeavor to pull off another coup d'etat in November, on the heels of some insane yet highly predicable 'October Surprise' --outside your door, we WILL be 'chanting'.]

Roadside Bomb Wounds 5 Iraqis in Baqouba A roadside bomb exploded Thursday in a central Iraqi city in the volatile Sunni Triangle, wounding five people, police said.

Suicide blast outside Baghdad hotel A suicide bomber blew up a van disguised as an ambulance in front of a hotel today after speeding through a security barrier in the heart of Baghdad, killing three people and injuring 17.

O'Neill Stands by Bush Criticism in Book Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says he stands behind his criticism of the inner workings of the Bush dictatorship, but regrets that some of his "vivid language" is detracting from serious issues he wants to discuss.

Ex-Arms Monitor Urges an Inquiry on Iraqi Threat David A. Kay, the former chief weapons inspector in Iraq, called on Wednesday for an independent inquiry into prewar intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. The White House immediately turned aside the calls from Dr. Kay and many Democrats for an immediate outside investigation, seeking to head off any new wide-ranging election-year inquiry that might go beyond reports already being assembled by Congressional committees and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Kay Testimony Impeaches Bush --by Robert Scheer "Can we now talk impeachment? The rueful admission by the chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction or the means to create them raises the prospect that the Bush administration is complicit in the greatest scandal in U.S. history... The evidence of the Bush administration's systematic abuse of the facts and its own intelligence has been out there for all who wanted to see it for nearly two years."

Demands grow for inquiry into the case for war as Hutton is accused of a 'whitewash' The BBC chairman Gavyn Davies became the first casualty of the inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly as Lord Hutton was accused last night of presiding over a "whitewash". [*See: The Hutton Inquiry - official site]

Blair Cleared Of "Dishonourable Conduct" British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair has been cleared by a judicial probe into the suicide of a weapons expert who claimed Downing Street "sexed up" intelligence prior to the Iraq war. [*See: Hutton report: full coverage]

Gavyn Davies has resigned BBC chairman Gavyn Davies has resigned after the corporation's board of governors accepted his decision to carry the can for Lord Hutton's damning verdict on the BBC's handling of the David Kelly affair. He said he was writing to the prime minister this evening to advise him of his decision to fall on his sword. [*See: Resignation statement by Gavyn Davies Wednesday January 28, 2004]

BBC At War M'Lord Hutton Blesses Blair's Attack On BBC's Investigation of Iraq War Claims --by Greg Palast "He did not say, 'hello,' or even his name, just left a one-word message: 'Whitewash.' It came from an embattled journalist whispering from inside the bowels of a television and radio station under siege, on a small island off the coast of Ireland: from BBC London. And another call, from a colleague at the Guardian: 'The future of British journalism is very bleak.' ...As of today, the independence of the most independent major network on this planet is under attack. Blair's government is 'cleared' and now arrogantly sport their kill, the head of Gavyn Davies, BBC's chief, who resigned today."

Britain: Hutton inquiry whitewashes Blair government over Iraq war --by Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland "The report by Lord Hutton has exonerated the British government of any responsibility for the death of whistleblower Dr. David Kelly and cleared Prime Minister Tony Blair of having manipulated and falsified intelligence in order to drag the country into an illegal war against Iraq. Hutton has produced a whitewash, delivering a ruling that is virtually bereft of criticism of the actions of Blair, his Director of Communications Alastair Campbell, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, and the Ministry of Defence, the civil service, the Joint Intelligence Committee and the intelligence services."

War of words Japan's deployment of troops in Iraq has led to conflict between the press, who want to tell the real story, and the government, who would rather they didn't, says Justin McCurry Not one, but two, Japanese armies rolled into Samawa in southern Iraq last week... In Samawa, meanwhile, tempers are fraying. At a press briefing last week, a self-defence force spokesman met uncharacteristic resistance when he repeated the call for media restraint. "If you force us not to report on anything, then that throws us back to the days of the Great Japanese Empire," was one journalist's retort.

U.S. military mapping operation to strike inside Pakistan U.S. plans 'Al Qaeda' offensive --The Bush dictatorship is preparing a U.S. military offensive that would reach inside Pakistan with the goal of destroying Osama bin Laden's 'Al Qaeda' network, military sources said. U.S. Central Command is assembling a team of military intelligence officers that would be posted in Pakistan ahead of the operation, according to sources familiar with details of the plan and internal military communications.

U.S. Plans Spring Offensive in Afghanistan The U.S. military is planning for a spring offensive against Taliban and 'al Qaeda' fighters in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Wednesday. But they refused to comment on a report that the offensive might extend into bordering Pakistan. The Chicago Tribune reported that an offensive was being planned that would involve thousands of American troops and which would go after refuges in Pakistan used by fugitive Osama bin Laden's 'al Qaeda' network.

Court Keeps Guantanamo Suspects Isolated The Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday to temporarily continue the isolation of 'terrorism' suspects at the Navy base in Cuba.

Legal Watch Dog Group CREW Alleges Cheney Leaked Classified Information, Breaking Federal Law Earlier today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-profit legal watchdog group, sent a letter to Dictator Bush asking that he call upon the White House Counsel to investigate Vice pResident Cheney's confirmation of leaked classified information in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News on January 9, 2004. Federal law prohibits leaking classified information.

FBI tipster says he broke law for FBI He claims agent directed him to steal mail from Arabs considered terror suspects --A confidential federal informant claims an FBI agent instructed him to break the law as part of the government’s 'terror' investigations in Metro Detroit. In a Jan. 21 letter, written at the airport as he left for an undisclosed foreign country, informant Marwan Farhat said he was asked by FBI Special Agent Robert Pertuso to steal mail from Arab Muslims whom the federal government had identified as 'terror' suspects.

Two More Bioscientists Dead --by Daystar, rumormillnews.com "As many of you are probably aware, there has recently been a rash of mysterious deaths among microbiologists. Within the past week two biosafety experts both who had evidently been involved with a lab upgrade at University Of Texas Medical Branch, have died... My source says that both of these Doctors were working on the upgrade of the UTMB lab to a level 4."

Government offering free cyber alert e-mails Aiming to increase Internet security[???!!!], the government is now offering Americans free cyber alerts and computer advice from the Homeland Suckurity Department. [?!? For what possible reason?]

9/11 panel: 9 were known risks Nearly half of hijackers were flagged by security, but only bags were searched --Nine of the Sept. 11 hijackers were identified as possible security risks by the government's passenger-profiling system before boarding their ill- fated flights, the commission investigating the 2001 attacks revealed Tuesday.

Governor Gets $4 Million Lesson In Running A Cleaner Campaign (The Mercury News) "Arnold Schwarzenegger personally will have to pay back a $4 million bank loan he got to help his campaign along, thanks to a judge who understands the plain meaning of campaign law. The ruling is especially apt for Schwarzenegger, who billed himself as Mr. Clean even as his fundraising bore a remarkable resemblance to that of the politicians he was denouncing."

Florida gearing up for coup 2004: Elections supervisor: Printers not needed Retrofitting Pinellas County's new touch screen voting machines to generate a receipt for voters to help verify how their ballots were cast would cost more than $2.5-million, the county's supervisor of elections told a County Commission workshop Tuesday. Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and New Jersey Democratic Rep. Rush Holt have both filed bills that would require a paper backup by the November election - an impossible task [?!?], many 'elections supervisors' have said. Graham has said his bill is meant to "ensure that every vote really counts."

New Hampshire exit polls present warning signs for Dictator Bush In Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, independent voters played a major role, making up almost half -- 45 percent -- of New Hampshire's record Democratic primary turnout of about 200,000. Seven in 10 independents who voted in the primary said the nation's economy is not in good shape, according to an exit poll... Almost nine in 10 said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next few years. Eight in 10 said the Bush tax cuts should be canceled altogether or only for the wealthy...

In Shake-Up, Dean Names Gore Ally to Run Campaign Dr. Howard Dean named a longtime friend of President Al Gore as his campaign chief on Wednesday, prompting the abrupt resignation of his campaign manager, Joe Trippi.

March 20, 2004 --Global Day of Action

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