February 2004 Archives, Page Two
Big Oil Companies Granted $66 Million by Homeland Security (Investigation by Jim Hoffer) "As New York City scrambles to cover security costs to protect against another terror attack, Eyewitness News has found millions in taxpayer dollars going to protect some of the nation's wealthiest companies... We know that recently the Department of Homeland Security cut millions of dollars in grants to help improve communications between New York City's emergency responders. But you'll never guess who is getting millions in security dollars. Our investigation has found recipients of these limited funds are among the world's richest corporations... Our investigation has discovered that since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security has given oil companies tens of millions of dollars to secure their port refineries, many of those facilities in New York and New Jersey."
Bush 'wanted war in 2002' George Bush set the US on the path to war in Iraq with a formal order signed in February 2002, more than a year before the invasion, according to a book published yesterday. The revelation casts doubt on the public insistence by US and British officials throughout 2002 that no decision had been taken to go to war, pending negotiations at the United Nations.
US, Britain "created facts" before Iraq war: Blix The United States and Britain "created facts where there were no facts" in the run-up to last year’s war in Iraq, the former head of the United Nations' weapons inspections team in the country said in an interview published on Tuesday.
Rumsfeld "has a problem": Syrian FM Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara said Tuesday that US Defense Secretary [and perverted nutball] Donald Rumsfeld "has a problem", when asked about the US official's accusation that Syria allows militants to cross into Iraq. "This question has been asked several times, we have responded to it several times. The repetition of this question shows that the person who made these accusations has a problem," the Syrian minister said at a news conference.
'David Kelly Murdered' says British Lawyer Kelly "Taken Out" by assasination team says British national security lawyer (Alex Jones Show, 23 February) "Michael Shrimpton, a British National Security Lawyer with numerous contacts in intelligence on both sides of the Atlantic, appeared on the US Alex Jones Radio Show yesterday evening (morning, US time), and asserted that Dr David Kelly, who was found 'dead in the woods' last July, did not commit suicide as claimed in the Hutton Report, but was taken out by a team of assassins brought in from abroad."
Afghanistan: Now it's all-out war A massive land and air military operation on either side of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is now under way, with the main goals of catching leading commanders of the Afghan resistance, as well as Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
Bin Laden Deputy Warns of More Attacks on the U.S. A top al Qaeda leader warned Dictator Bush in an audiotape broadcast on Tuesday to prepare for more attacks on the United States. [Golly gee, if the 'attacks' happen just before 2004 Diebold s-election time... well, I guess Dictator Bush would have to 'postpone' them, wouldn't he? Another 'October Surprise.' It's time for Rove to drag bin Laden out of mothballs.]
CIA Chief: Al Qaeda Can Still Do 9/11 Style Attack [Just before the 2004 s-election, sans doubt] CIA Director George Tenet said on Tuesday that despite strides made against al Qaeda it remained capable of conducting an attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, and he warned of dangers from broader anti-American sentiment among 'Muslim extremists'.
Tenet Warns of Al Qaeda Threat CIA Chief Says Group Is Fragmented but Still Dangerous --Despite U.S. success in attacking al Qaeda's hierarchy, the network is still capable of "catastrophic attacks" against the United States, and acquiring chemical, biological and radiological weapons remains a "religious obligation" in Osama bin Laden's eyes, CIA Director George J. Tenet told the Senate intelligence committee yesterday.
US charges first Guantanamo captives Two men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay - both accused of being personal bodyguards to Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'ida leader - have become the first to face criminal charges, the Pentagon announced yesterday. Meanwhile the five Britons being released from Guantanamo will have their cases "fast-tracked" by police and prosecution authorities in the next few weeks, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, promised yesterday. Mr Straw's pledge came as MPs from all parties lined up in the Commons to condemn America's treatment of all detainees at the military base in Cuba. Tony Lloyd, a former Foreign Office minister, attacked the process as "a form of kidnap", while other MPs said they felt "a sense of rage" that the US was holding people for more than two years without trial or access to lawyers.
U.S. Charges 2 With War Crimes, Setting Stage for Tribunals Pentagon officials said today that they were charging two prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility with conspiracy to commit violations of the laws of war and engage in 'terrorism', making them the first candidates from there to face a military tribunal that might occur by this summer.
Key findings of the Pentagon · Future wars will be fought over the issue of survival rather than religion, ideology or national honour. · Access to water becomes a major battleground. The Nile, Danube and Amazon are all mentioned as being high risk. · A 'significant drop' in the planet's ability to sustain its present population will become apparent over the next 20 years...
Vaccine Boycott Grows in Northern Nigeria Two more states in Nigeria's Islamic north joined a boycott Tuesday of a massive polio immunization campaign, demanding government proof the vaccines don't spread AIDS or sterility as Islamic leaders contend. Northern Nigeria Islamic leaders say the immunization campaign is part of a U.S. plot to depopulate Muslim northern Nigeria by spreading AIDS or sterilizing agents. Northern states maintain their own lab tests show contaminants in the vaccine.
United States using 12-year-old book to counter anti-American sentiment in Indonesia The American Embassy said Tuesday it is distributing books on U.S. history to Islamic schools to counter rising anti-American attitudes in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population. "It's not enough," said Irun Sani, the chairman of the Muslim Student Association. "If the United States wants to change opinions of Indonesians, then they will have to change their foreign policy. It should be helping underdeveloped countries instead of taking them over."
Kerry Wins Idaho, Utah Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts won Democratic presidential contests in Utah and Idaho tonight, tightening his grip on his party's nomination as he heads into a round of potentially decisive primaries next week.
How the Dems Did In Howard Dean The party bosses slipped the stiletto into his back, just in case his own gaffes and free-spending campaign guru weren't enough --by Ciro Scotti "As The Washington Post reported on Feb. 11, a group called Americans for Jobs & Healthcare spent $500,000 on ads attacking Dean in the run-up to the primaries. The Post said the group was headed by David Jones, a longtime adviser to Gephardt. It said the group's spokesman was Robert Gibbs, who had previously been working for the Kerry campaign. And where did the money come from? According to the Post, disgraced former Senator Robert Torricelli of New Jersey, a Kerry supporter, gave $50,000. REASON TO SCREAM... One ad the group ran questioned Dean's foreign policy expertise and used an image of Osama bin Laden."
Bush Calls for Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Congress Is Urged to Begin Process to Amend Constitution Dictator Bush said today he supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, declaring that such a measure was the only way to protect the status of marriage between man and woman, which he called "the most fundamental institution of civilization."
Kerry: Bush Toying with Constitution for Political Purposes (blog.johnkerry.com) "John Kerry released the following statement about Bush's decision to support a constitutional amendment: 'I believe President Bush [sic] is wrong. All Americans should be concerned when a President [sic] who is in political trouble tries to tamper with the Constitution of the United States at the start of his re[s-]election campaign. This President [sic] can’t talk about jobs. He can’t talk about health care. He can’t talk about a foreign policy, which has driven away allies and weakened the United States, so he is looking for a wedge issue to divide the American people."
San Francisco Mayor Condemns Bush on Gay Marriage A defiant San Francisco mayor, who has allowed thousands of gays to marry in the past 12 days, on Tuesday called Dictator Bush's call for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage "shameful."
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McCain threatens to stall CMS head 'He’s a busy man' — too busy to discuss drug reimportation --Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) yesterday threatened to hold up Dictator Bush’s appointment of a new Medicare chief if the regime fails to provide detailed information on its drug reimportation policy. McCain is expected to introduce legislation this year that would legalize reimportation from Canada. Supporters of reimportation are upset that the FDA has threatened to sue states and cities that are helping consumers reimport cheaper drugs from other countries.
Wal-Mart a big giver to 2004 U.S. election Mega-retailer seen becoming largest corporate donor --Wal-Mart, the largest company in the U.S., looks set to pass a new milestone this year: It is well on its way to becoming the biggest business contributor to the 2004 election campaign. Wal-Mart's political contributions have been spread widely in Congress, with more than 220 members of the House and Senate receiving checks of $1,000 to $17,500 so far this election cycle. About 85 per cent of the money has gone to Republicans.
Democrats Block GOP Bill on Malpractice Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the latest GOP effort to curb medical malpractice lawsuits. "It's wrong to take away women's rights in the courtroom just to benefit insurance companies," added Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.
Another dubious feather in Jeb Bush's cap: Researchers: modern-day slave trade flourishes in Florida The slave trade that supposedly ended more than 150 years ago is still flourishing here in Florida, researchers claim. A human rights report released by Florida State University on Tuesday calls Florida one of the top three destinations in the United States for human trafficking, and says there may be thousands of slaves in the Sunshine State.
Yet another dubious feather in Jeb Bush's cap: Rowland Consorts With Two Bushes Bush family members publicly back-slapped Conn. [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland this week, even as they avoided mention of the hometown troubles that are threatening the political life of their "great friend." ..."I greatly admire him. He's a great friend," said Jeb Bush as he made his way through a crowd of Republican donors Monday night.
Court: 'Got Milk' Ad Bleeds Pa. Farmers The catchy "Got Milk?" dairy promotion — famous for plastering milk mustaches on celebrity faces — violates the free speech rights of farmers forced to pay for the ads, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Mexico Closes Borders to All U.S. Poultry Mexico closed its borders to all poultry imports from the United States on Tuesday, a day after a Texas chicken flock was diagnosed with an extremely infectious and fatal form of bird flu.
EU Bans U.S. Poultry Imports Due to Bird Flu The European Commission on Tuesday decided to slap a one-month ban on imports of chicks and eggs from the United States after the discovery of bird flu in Texas.
Teacher planted pot in boy's locker An American assistant principal who was trying to get a student expelled admitted planting marijuana in the boy's locker, police said.
Pentagon Opens Halliburton Criminal Probe The Pentagon said on Monday it opened a criminal investigation of fraud allegations against a unit of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton Co., including possible overpricing of fuel delivered to Iraq.
U.S. paying group that gave false leads The Bush dictatorship continues to pay millions to the group that provided some questionable prewar intelligence on Iraq. The Department of Defense is continuing to pay millions of dollars for information from the former Iraqi opposition group that produced some of the exaggerated and fabricated intelligence Dictator Bush used to argue his case for war.
Senator Levin Says Tenet Made False Statements on WMD A Democratic senator accused CIA Director George Tenet on Monday of making false statements when he said during public hearings that his agency gave the United Nations information about all the top suspected weapons of mass destruction sites in Iraq before the war. "All such sites were not shared, and Mr. Tenet's repeated statements were false," Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan said in a speech on the Senate floor.
Rumsfeld assesses security as bomb kills 13 US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has flown into Iraq to gauge security risks ahead of a handover of power to Iraqis amid an insurgency highlighted by a fresh suicide bombing.
More Australian troops bound for Iraq Australia will send a defence force team to Iraq to help train the new Iraqi armed forces, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today.
Rumsfeld warns Iran, Syria about helping militants US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iran and Syria about militants crossing their borders into Iraq after meeting with the chief US overseer and his military commanders on plans to shift security responsibilities to Iraqis in the face of intensified attacks.
Police sweep through village after attack kills pilot Hundreds of police swarmed through a southern Afghan village, searching house-to-house for an assailant who sprayed a US company's helicopter with gunfire, killing the Australian pilot and wounding three passengers.
Virus closes US army bases in Germany A mysterious viral infection has forced military authorities in Germany to close four bases, ordering nearly 4,000 personnel and their dependents to stay home, authorities said Friday.
Marine Team Deploys to Haiti A team of 50 Marines has departed the United States to beef up security for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, U.S. Southern Command confirmed today. The Marines are part of the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team [?!?] out of Naval Base Norfolk, Va.
Rights Groups Won't Get Seats at Guantánamo Base Tribunals Pentagon officials say they do not expect to be able to provide space for representatives of human rights advocacy groups to observe any military tribunals at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prompting complaints from those groups that the military is trying to shut out potential critics.
U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools Despite an outcry over privacy implications, the government is pressing ahead with research to create powerful tools to mine millions of public and private records for information about 'terrorists.' Congress eliminated a Pentagon office that had been developing this terrorist-tracking technology because of fears it might ensnare innocent Americans. Still, some projects from retired Adm. John Poindexter's Total Information Awareness effort were transferred to U.S. intelligence offices, congressional, federal and research officials told The Associated Press.
Ridge Announces New System, Database Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge today announced the creation of a new, unified national emergency communications system and an infrastructure database. "We will secure real-time, nationwide connectivity between all 50 states and territories," Ridge said during remarks he provided at George Washington University here.
C.I.A. Was Given Data on Hijacker Long Before 9/11 American investigators were given the first name and telephone number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington, but the United States appears to have failed to pursue the lead aggressively, American and German officials say.
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in Secret Sept. 11 Case The U.S. Whore Court on Monday allowed the Bush dictatorship to keep secret all documents in the case of a Middle Eastern man detained for immigration violations after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. As part of what it calls its 'war on [for] terror', the regime of Dictator Bush has clamped a secrecy lid on information related to its investigation of the attacks.
U.S. food sector may be vulnerable to attack U.S. officials worry al Qaeda [Bush?] may be plotting an attack against U.S. agriculture or food supplies, from importing a killer livestock disease to poisoning food products or supermarket produce.
Education Secretary Calls NEA 'Terrorist Organization' Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors on Monday. Democratic and Republican governors confirmed Paige's remarks about the National Education Association. "These were the words, 'The NEA is a terrorist organization,'" said Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin.
NEA President Calls Education Secretary's Comments About NEA 'Morally Repugnant' NEA President Reg Weaver issued the following statement regarding Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige's reference to the NEA as a "terrorist organization" today at a private meeting of governors at the White House. Weaver said, "It is morally repugnant to equate those who teach America's children with terrorists."
Paige Apologizes for Teachers Union Insult Education Secretary Rod Paige called the nation's largest teachers union a "terrorist organization" Monday, taking on the 2.7-million-member National Education Association early in the presidential election year. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, put it in stronger terms, accusing Paige of resorting "to the most vile and disgusting form of hate speech, comparing those who teach America's children to terrorists."
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Bush Assertion on Tax Cuts Is at Odds With IRS Data Dictator Bush defended his tax cuts yesterday as economic fuel for the small-business sector in response to mounting criticism from Democratic presidential candidates that the cuts chiefly benefited the wealthiest Americans. But the dictator's contention that upper-income tax cuts primarily benefit entrepreneurs conflicts with some of the government's own data.
Survey: Anger Toward Bush Intensifying A subtext to this year's presidential campaign is the intense anger that many Democrats are directing toward Bush, an attitude that has been growing in recent months. Some of the anger at Bush stretches back to the 2000 coup d'etat, when the dictator lost the popular vote but was installed after the Supreme Court stopped a recount in Florida.
Bush's disturbing sleeping disorder --by Hunter S. Thompson "George Bush went out of his way to announce formally that he went to sleep long before the end of the first half [of the Super Bowl]... ...Is he really as dumb as he looks and acts? ...Is it possible that he has already abandoned all hope of getting re-[s]elected? Or does he plan to cancel the Election altogether by declaring a national military emergency with terrorists closing in from all sides, leaving him with no choice but to launch a huge bomb immediately? All these things are possible, unfortunately, in a White House that is drowning in it's own failures. Desperate men do desperate things, and stupid men do stupid things. We are in for a desperately stupid summer."
Kerry Says Democrats Have Bush 'On the Run' White House hopeful John Kerry said on Monday that Democrats had George W. Bush "on the run" and had forced the Republican dictator to start his re-s-election campaign even before he knew who his opponent would be.
Edwards Promises Dignity, Higher Minimum Wage Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, pushing plans to help working families save and buy homes, on Monday told trade union members worried about their jobs that he would fight for their dignity as well as their livelihoods.
Kucinich Focuses on Oft-Ignored Hawaii Caucuses Give Hope for Long-Shot Win --No other Democratic presidential candidate bothered to campaign in Hawaii, but Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) came for the second time Sunday, confident that Tuesday night's caucuses will be his strongest showing so far.
Gov. Dean, Rejoin the Race (petition) "We need you now more than ever before. Please give us a real choice by returning to the race immediately."
To Greet G.O.P., Possibly a Million Protesters Though the Police Department and many protest organizers have been reluctant to predict how many people will ultimately turn out for protests at the Republican National Convention (Aug. 30 - Sept. 2) , estimates have ranged from 500,000 people to a million. Complicating things for protest organizers, the police, the Secret Service and convention planners have revealed little of their plans.
Britain: Leaked report reveals plans to slash 80,000 civil service jobs A confidential report leaked to the Financial Times has revealed plans to slash 80,000 civil service jobs and significantly rationalise public services.
USDA: Bird flu at Texas farm is deadly to poultry A strain of avian flu found on a Texas chicken farm is considered far deadlier to poultry than originally thought and has spread to live bird markets in Houston, federal officials said Monday. On Friday, state officials said the outbreak was a low-pathogenic version of bird flu, meaning it posed little risk to humans and only low risk to chickens. However, it was reclassified as high-pathogenic after genetic testing during the weekend, Dr. Ron DeHaven of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
GM food crops to be planted in weeks Thousands of hectares of genetically modified canola could be planted in NSW as soon as April, after a meeting of the State Government's expert council decided there was no reason it should not go ahead.
The White Death They call it bleaching, but the fact is our coral reefs are frying. When a coral gets into hot water, the shock makes it go white and die. Biologists call this effect "bleaching". It is not a metaphor. Just as the bubonic plague became known as the Black Death because it left blackened corpses all over medieval Europe, so coral bleaching is a kind of White Death because it leaves bleached bones and pallid dying tissue all over the tropics.
the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell "As long
as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping
up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we
are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught
of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against...
We should remain committed to the absolute condemnation of individual
acts of violence or terrorism."
The Junk Science of George W. Bush --by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. "Today, flat-earthers within the Bush Administration--aided by right-wing allies who have produced assorted hired guns and conservative think tanks to further their goals--are engaged in a campaign to suppress science that is arguably unmatched in the Western world since the Inquisition. Sometimes, rather than suppress good science, they simply order up their own. Meanwhile, the Bush White House is purging, censoring and blacklisting scientists and engineers whose work threatens the profits of the Administration's corporate paymasters or challenges the ideological underpinnings of their radical anti-environmental agenda. Indeed, so extreme is this campaign that more than sixty scientists, including Nobel laureates and medical experts, released a statement on February 18 that accuses the Bush Administration of deliberately distorting scientific fact 'for partisan political ends.'"
Scientists accuse Bush dictatorship of disregarding expert opinions Bush regime officials ignored expert assessments from three national laboratories in concluding Iraq was seeking to acquire aluminum tubes to make nuclear weapons, a group of scientists charged Wednesday. The dictatorship also has dropped highly qualified, independent scientists from scientific advisory committees on issues such as child lead poisoning, environmental health and drug abuse, replacing them with figures tied to regulated industries, the Union of Concerned Scientists said Wednesday.
Academic freedom alert! U.S. Embargos Extended to Editing Articles Treasury says altering any works written in the five affected nations is illegal. Academic publishers grapple with the implications.For U.S. publishers, changing so much as a comma in an author's work can be more than a delicate process. It can be criminal — punishable by fines of up to a half-million dollars or jail terms as long as 10 years. In a move that pits national security concerns against academic freedom and the international flow of information, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control recently declared that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes. Although publishing the articles is legal, editing is a "service" and it is illegal to perform services for embargoed nations, the agency has ruled.
Artistic freedom alert! 'Mr Ferrer can't be with us tonight' Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on 'security' grounds. In the spring of 2003, the celebrated Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi was travelling to South America from Hong Kong. He did not intend to stop in the US, but his flight path took him through New York's John F Kennedy airport. There, Panahi, a winner of the Golden Bear award at the Venice film festival who had visited the US several times, expected to while away a few dull hours. Instead, he was detained by officials; because his fingerprints were not on file, he was handcuffed and held in custody for several hours. He was so incensed at his treatment that he vowed never to return to the US.
U.S. 'terror watch' list keeps eye on all groups The U.S. master 'terror watch' list, used to stop suspected 'terrorists' from entering the country, includes not only suspected al Qaeda members but other suspects from a wide spectrum of organizations around the world, a top federal law enforcement official says.
Pentagon institutionalises indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo Bay --by Richard Phillips "Notwithstanding the impending repatriation of five British detainees and one Danish prisoner incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, the Bush administration has further undermined the basic legal and democratic rights of those held in the infamous military prison with the announcement of a new measure that will institutionalise the illegal detentions... Another jail, Camp Echo, is currently being built which will contain permanent interrogation rooms and cells for those defined as 'pre-commission detainees'—those selected to face military tribunals."
Car bomb outside Iraqi police station kills 6 Police chief says dozens wounded; precise figure not available --A suicide bomber killed himself and at least five other people at a police station in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday, a police official and an ambulance worker said.
Police: Bombing in Iraq Kills Dozens A vehicle bomb detonated outside an Iraqi police station in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing and wounding dozens of people, police said.
U.S. Copter Attacked in Afghanistan A gunman attacked a helicopter as it was preparing to take off from a health clinic in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing the pilot and wounding three passengers employed by the American construction company Louis Berger.
Helicopter pilot shot dead in Afghanistan A suspected Taliban militant opened fire on a helicopter contracted by a US-based engineering company in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing the Australian pilot and wounding several of the passengers, officials said.
Waiting For Answers Is the Army sandbagging its anticipated 'suicide report'? Military members and their families are asking the same question: Where is the Army’s so-called suicide report? It’s the work of the 12-member Mental Health Advisory Team, commissioned by the top generals in charge of the Iraq war after a string of battlefield suicides. It was initially due out last Thanksgiving. Then it was supposed to be released in early February. Now, there’s talk that it’s been shelved indefinitely.
10% At Hospital Had Mental Problems As many as 1 of every 10 soldiers from the 'war on terror' evacuated to the Army's biggest hospital in Europe, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, was sent there for mental problems. The hospital has treated 11,754 soldiers from the 'war on terror,' with 9,651 from Iraq and the rest from Afghanistan, according to data released by the hospital.
Former President Carter says Americans generally oblivious to suffering elsewhere in the world Former President Jimmy Carter delivered a Saturday sermon to a standing-room-only crowd at St. Olaf College, condemning the American people as much as their leaders for what he called their indifference to the disease and despair that prevail in much of the developing world.
Making Big Macs builds jobs? A White House wonk says building a Big Mac is a manufacturing job. Fast-food jobs should not be considered service sector work because it actually is "combining inputs to manufacture a product" - and should be reclassified as manufacturing work, Gregory Mankiw wrote in the Bush administration's annual economic report.
Pfizer Cuts Off Selected Canadian Pharmacies Pfizer has joined GlaxoSmithKline in cutting off shipments to selected Canadian pharmacies, as major drug companies try to shut off the flow of discount drugs from Canada to the U.S.
Pre-emptive strike on the Dean machine Howard Dean's online campaign threatened to sideline traditional Washington powerbrokers. No wonder they went on the attack, writes Vince Stehle "The Dean campaign, like no other campaign in history, was able to quickly amass a following by employing the new organising tools of the internet... It [media coverage] got so bad by the end of January that the Columbia Journalism Review's online political monitor called the media to task. The Review's campaign desk stated that it was no Dean booster, 'but we do give two hoots when the press singles out one candidate for the kind of mauling and piling on by exaggeration and distortion that Dean has endured in the past week'."
Ignoring Democratic Pleas, Nader Announces Run for White House Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir], the 'consumer advocate' [advocating the starvation and loss of rights for consumers in a continued Bush dictatorship] whom many Democrats regard as the spoiler in Al Gore's bid for the White House four years ago, said today he is running again for president this year as an independent. Mr. Nadir, who made his announcement on the NBC News program "Meet The Press," ignored pleas by Democratic leaders to sit out this race and not risk fracturing the party's bid to unseat Dictator Bush. [Nadir will punish all of us to prove he's "right" too. Maybe we should punish him first? The RLC (Republican Leadership Council) paid for pro-Nadir ads to air in close states (Gore V. Bush) in 2000. A 2004 campaign by Nadir will syphon Democratic votes which may then contribute to the re-selection of Bush. Note: our comment applies only to Ralph Nadir, not to the Green Party. See: RalphDontRun.net.]
GOP Group To Air Pro-Nader TV Ads Associated Press --Friday, Oct. 27, 2000; 11:59 a.m. EDT WASHINGTON –– Hoping to boost Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir] in states where he is threatening to hurt Al Gore, a Republican group is launching TV ads featuring Nadir attacking the vice president. The ads by the Republican Leadership Council will begin airing Monday in Wisconsin, Oregon and Washington, all states that are part of Gore's base and where Nadir is polling well. The group plans to spend more than $100,000 at first and hopes to raise more over the weekend. While the ads boost Nadir, they are a clear attempt to help Bush... The ads feature clips of Nadir from a National Press Club speech on Tuesday, where he laid into both Bush and Gore, though the ad only includes his criticism of Gore... Nadir, running a low-budget campaign, is not airing any television commercials of his own and it's possible that the RLC [Republican Leadership Council] will end up spending more on pro-Nadir media that Nadir himself.
Kerry Taking Military Issue to Dictator Senator John Kerry accused Dictator Bush on Saturday of trying to smear him about his record in Vietnam, his role in the antiwar movement and his commitment to the military, and he challenged Mr. Bush to a debate on the Vietnam era and "the impact of our experiences on our approaches to presidential leadership."
Edwards for president Democrat offers clear vision of a more hopeful future for nation. (The Fresno Bee) "It's time for a new vision for America, one that offers opportunity for all citizens, not just a coddling of the narrow interests that have been protected for too long in Washington, D.C. John Edwards represents that hope for change, and we urge Democratic and independent voters in California's March 2 primary election to support the North Carolina senator."
Shifting Gears When it comes to presidential elections, there may be more to the NASCAR set than meets the eye. --by Matt Thompson "Just before the race [Daytona 500] began, people were becoming impatient to get to their seats, and the increased security prompted by Bush's visit was slowing things down. To my left, I heard someone ask, "Who's voting for Bush?" Someone else instantly responded, "Not me."... It wasn't long before everyone realized we were being delayed until Bush had completed his entrance into the stadium. After only a minute's pause, people started grumbling. Soon, they started yelling at the security detail. A few minutes more and they'd turned their ire on the president [sic] himself. "We want to see the race, not Bush!" shouted someone in the crowd. "Why didn't that SOB stay in Washington?" screamed Doug Shelby, the loudest of the voices... Then Bush's motorcade drove by. One middle finger went up in the crowd, then another, and soon they were everywhere."
Disenchanted Bush Voters Consider Crossing Over In the 2000 presidential election, Bill Flanagan a semiretired newspaper worker, happily voted for George W. Bush. But now, shaking his head, he vows, "Never again." "The combination of lies and boys coming home in body bags is just too awful," Mr. Flanagan said.
Cat-torturer Frist may make 2008 White House run In the past six years, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [R-Cat-Torturer -Tenn.] has shown an ability to be in the right place at the right time, the physician's voice of calm in the midst of 'panic', whether over a political upheaval in the Senate or chemical-biological attacks on the Capitol [including saying there was ricin when there was not, in order to halt the investigation of his staff regarding the GOP theft of Democratic memos]. The speculation about 2008 is partly fueled by Frist's statement that he won't run for re-election in 2006. He hasn't said what he'll do, but political observers say that would be the time to launch a presidential bid. Frist reports having blind trusts worth up to $31 million _ wealth generated by his family's original ownership of the hospital chain HCA.
Schwarzenegger Argues for White House Run Nazi Arnold Schwarzenegger, making his Sunday talk show debut as governor, said that he and other foreign-born citizens should be eligible to run for the White House and that Dictator Bush can carry California in November if he does more to help the state... "Look at the kind of contribution that people like [Nazi] Henry Kissinger have made[, Madeleine Albright]," he said, referring to two former secretaries of state who were born in Europe. [Will Dictator Bush, via Carlyle Group owned CSX Transport, stage a bio-accident in California, prior to s-election 2004? Such an event would set the stage for Schwarzenegger and Bush to appear as strong 'leaders' and Bush would be able to pour millions into California. The last leg of the California coup could be handled by the electronic 'voting' machines. There are NO verifiable paper trails in California until 2006.]
Bush poised to deprive poor of Medicaid Gov. Jeb Bush soon will dispatch a cadre of health care advisers to Washington to deliver a message: It's time to change Medicaid as we know it. If Bush has his way, the 40-year-old national health care program for the poor no longer would be considered a government entitlement in Florida. Instead, spending would be capped and some people who need health care coverage could no longer count on Medicaid.
Rowland's Ties To Bush Family Still Strong The Bushes have not abandoned [Republican Governor and thief, John G.] Rowland as he faces an FBI investigation and possible impeachment for ethical lapses after admitting that he lied about receiving gifts from politically connected contractors at his vacation cottage on Bantam Lake in Litchfield. While many Connecticut Republicans have bailed out on Rowland or called for him to resign, the Bushes have not. "They've sent messages of support - the president [sic], his father and his brother [Florida Gov. Jeb Bush]," one high-ranking state Republican said.
S.F. to resume issuing gay marriage licenses today The city prepared to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt over the weekend to force an end to gay marriages drew no quick results.
Peterson case generates momentum for House bill Fueled by publicity over the murder of Laci Peterson and the baby she was carrying, the U.S. House is expected to pass legislation next week that would make it a federal crime to kill or injure a fetus. The bill would make it a federal crime to kill or harm a fetus or embryo at any stage after implantation in the womb, a proviso that has enraged abortion-rights advocates who claim it is a sneaky way of enshrining fetal rights in federal law.
RED ALERT. Bush Policy on Global Warming Will Kill Us All Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us · Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war · Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years · Threat to the world is greater than terrorism --Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.
Great Barrier Reef corals mostly dead by 2050 The brightly-coloured corals that make Australia's Great Barrier Reef one of the world's natural wonders will be largely dead by 2050 because of rising sea temperatures, according to a report released Saturday.
The scientists say ... (The Berkshire Eagle) When the World Trade Center collapsed in a shower of dust and smoke on September 11, 2001, the asbestos level in the air in lower Manhattan was 1,000 times the legal limit. Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency sampled the air and quickly drafted a warning, saying that asthmatics and the elderly were at special risk from airborne particulates and warning residents and businesses to have their homes and offices professionally cleaned. That warning never saw the light of day. The EPA's inspector general, in a report two years later, related that the Bush White House's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) instructed the EPA to lie, and say "Our tests show that it is safe for New Yorkers to go back to work in New York's financial district." This unconscionable abuse of scientific inquiry and disregard for public health is not an isolated incident.
Security Efforts Turning White House Into Armed Camp An antiaircraft missile, ready for use, sits atop a federal office building near the White House. Devices that test the air for chemical and biological substances are positioned throughout the city. Subway stations are now equipped with "bomb containment" trash bins. A major highway that runs by the Pentagon is being rerouted several hundred yards away. A security wall is going up around the Washington Monument. Day by day, the nation's capital is becoming a fortress, turning a city known for graceful beauty into a virtual armed camp. [These measures have been implemented as Dictator Bush is the most hated terrorist in the world.]
Sweeping new powers in UK war on 'terror' · Blunkett pledges huge increase in MI5 staff · Phone tap evidence to be allowed in court --'Terror' suspects could be convicted on the evidence of 'electronic eavesdropping' of phone calls and emails under sweeping moves to combat the threat of an al-Qaeda [Bush?] atrocity.
1,000 more agents in biggest peace-time expansion for MI5 David Blunkett will paint a grim picture this week of Britain still under imminent threat as he insists the state must have more power to deal with 'terrorists.' The Home Secretary is prepared to defy the Privy Council and risk a confrontation in the Commons rather than let go of his recently acquired power to detain foreign suspects indefinitely without charge.
Blunkett defiant on UK's terror detainees David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, will defy the Privy Council and civil rights campaigners this week over the 14 foreign terrorist suspects held in what has been nicknamed the "British Guantanamo Bay". The suspects have been detained indefinitely without charge under powers granted to the Home Secretary in a law passed after the 11 September attacks.
Russia says Iraq elections impossible during US military occupation Russia, a leading opponent of the US-led invasion of Iraq, said on Saturday that it did not support holding Iraqi elections until the end of the US military occupation and a handover to Iraqi sovereignty.
Bremer says no elections for 12-15 months Paul Bremer says it will be impossible to organise elections in Iraq for another year to 15 months for technical reasons. [Yes, the Bush dictatorship needs more time to prepare the coup.]
British spy op wrecked peace move A joint British and American spying operation at the United Nations scuppered a last-ditch initiative to avert the invasion of Iraq, The Observer can reveal. Senior UN diplomats from Mexico and Chile provided new evidence last week that their missions were spied on, in direct contravention of international law.
Troops accused on Iraq killings MoD faces lawsuits over deaths of 18 civilians --The Ministry of Defence is facing the prospect of a string of lawsuits over the deaths of at least 18 Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by British soldiers, the Guardian can reveal. The incidents, hitherto unreported, are separate from the suspicious deaths of seven Iraqis who were being held by British troops in the notorious Camp Bucca detention centre near the port of Umm Qasr, south of Basra.
Soldiers accused of another fatal beating Second 'heart attack' claim dismissed by victim's family --The family of an Iraqi headmaster who was seen being beaten with a rifle butt by British soldiers before they took him away, was told he had died in custody of a "sudden heart attack".
Red Cross Visits Saddam Hussein for First Time The international Red Cross visited Saddam Hussein in jail for the first time Saturday, and the ousted president wrote a letter to his family that will be delivered once the United States confirms it does not contain any 'hidden messages to his followers' [?!?].
Tents in Kuwait Serve As U.S. Mortuary The Theater Mortuary Evacuation Point occupies a forlorn cluster of tents at the back corner of this sand-covered base in Kuwait, hidden behind stacks of shipping containers... All U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq — whether in combat, by accident or suicide — pass through the morgue before being flown home to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The bodies' arrivals at Dover are closed to the public and the media, a legacy of the television coverage showing American soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam War. As of Friday, 544 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.
Anthrax risk kept secret Defence chiefs under fire over side-effects from Iraq vaccine --Defence chiefs admitted yesterday keeping secret a spate of serious side-effects from a controversial anthrax vaccine which was later given to troops bound for Iraq. So many Afghanistan-bound personnel suffered adverse reactions to the vaccine that the entire anthrax vaccination program was suspended for two months in November 2001.
Anthrax shots made troops sick The SAS and other Australian forces sent to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban suffered severe side effects from the anthrax vaccine, according to confidential Defence documents. The documents also reveal that 97 crew aboard HMAS Darwin in the Gulf last year reported ill after being given the controversial vaccine.
Quaker deserts as unit deploys Jeremy Hinzman said he could barely stomach chanting "kill we will" during basic training and, as a Quaker, he didn't want to shoot anybody. But it was the thought of serving U.S. interests in Iraq that made the 82nd Airborne Division specialist flee to Canada last month... He said he felt the war there was unjust and was being fought over oil interests.
Mystery over new [election] hunt for Bin Laden Pakistan is to mount new operations on its border with Afghanistan aimed at cornering al-Qa'ida terrorists in an area where Osama bin Laden may be hiding, Pakistani military and intelligence sources said last night. Citing "two senior American sources" - a senior Republican and an intelligence source - the newspaper said Bin Laden was within a 10 mile by 10 mile area being monitored by a US spy satellite.
Prepping for the 'October Surprise': Bin Laden 'boxed in' by US soldiers Osama bin Laden is reportedly surrounded by United States special forces in a mountain range that straddles north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan. Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas says the al-Qaida terror group leader has been sighted for the first time since 2001 and is being monitored by satellite. [?!?]
AP Interview: Before Rumsfeld visit, Uzbek official says U.S. forces could be based here Uzbekistan will allow the United States to keep military forces here as long as needed for operations in Afghanistan, and would consider a permanent U.S. outpost if Washington wanted one, the Uzbek foreign minister said in an interview Saturday. Earlier this month, an Uzbek court imprisoned a 62-year-old mother of a prisoner who was allegedly tortured to death [boiled alive].
Dictator's approval ratings continue to sag Dictator Bush finds his ratings slipping as Democrats get closer to picking a nominee and stepping up their attacks. Bush's slip coincides with growing complaints about slow job growth, accusations that he shirked his National Guard duty in the 1970s, failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and stalled efforts to establish democracy there [as well as an all-around lie pie stacked higher than a three-story building].
Gaffes by Bush economic team worry conservatives More than a year after Dictator George W. Bush revamped his economic team, none of the current players has emerged as a leading spokesman on the economy and conservatives are fretting over a series of election-year gaffes.
Economists Have a Beef About Jobs Raising the possibility of changing how manufacturing jobs are classified has provoked a sharp response --White House economists wonder whether hamburger flippers at fast-food restaurants should be considered manufacturers. Whackjob George W. Bush raised the issue in his annual economic report. In the report last week, Bush's chief economic adviser N. Gregory Mankiw called the definition "somewhat blurry" and asked whether it should be changed. "When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger, for example, is it providing a 'service' or is it combining inputs to 'manufacture' a product?"
Outsourcing: Danger to Privacy Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned the chief executives of banks and credit companies this week that she would crack down on them if they didn't take steps to protect their customers' private data, such as medical and financial information, which is increasingly being handled by clerks working abroad. They are using foreign accountants to prepare U.S. tax returns, foreign radiologists to examine X-rays and even foreign clerks to transcribe dictation of sensitive medical data from American doctors. In these cases, most Americans have no idea that someone outside the United States handled private information about them. More worrisome, Americans might not be able to sue or collect damages from foreigners who misuse the information.
Tobacco Industry Gave More Than $1.3 Million in Federal Political Contributions in 2003 The tobacco industry made more than $1.3 million in political contributions to federal candidates, political parties and political committees so far in the 2003-2004 election cycle, according to a quarterly report issued today by the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund and Common Cause.
White House Press Secretary Lashes Out at Reporter: "There's a Difference Between Trashy Rumors and Journalism" Scott McClellan finally lost it Friday, according to White House reporters... The White House press secretary had kept his cool all week as reporters pounced on him about Dictator George Bush’s 1970s 'service' in the National Guard. McClellan blew up at pro Helen Thomas during the private "gaggle" for reporters on Friday. Thomas had gotten a tip that Bush might have been absent from duty in Alabama because he was performing court-ordered community service in Texas in 1972. She asked McClellan if that was accurate.
Kerry Blasts Bush Over Attacks on Record Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry accused Dictator Bush on Saturday of using surrogates to attack his military service in Vietnam and his subsequent activism against that war.
Edwards, Kucinich woo Twin Cities Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich delivered populist messages in Minnesota on Saturday, hoping to draw a large share of the state's delegates in the Super Tuesday showdown March 2.
Convention plan puts protesters blocks away Protesters at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston may be confined to a cozy triangle of land off Haymarket Square, blocked off from the FleetCenter and convention delegates by a maze of Central Artery service roads, MBTA train tracks, and a temporary parking lot holding scores of buses and media trucks.
End the Corporate Occupation Sing-along Songbook --by Carol Schiffler
California Plans Move to End Gay Marriages California's attorney general will ask a court to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, his spokesman said Saturday, a day after [GOP installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the move.
New Mexico clerk allows same-sex couples to marry before AG's ruling prompts her to stop (BERNALILLO, N.M.) Dozens of gay and lesbian couples arrived in this rural town Friday to get married after a county clerk announced she would grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but the offer was soon revoked. The Sandoval County clerk's office granted licenses to 26 same-sex couples before New Mexico attorney general Patricia Madrid issued a late afternoon opinion saying the licenses were "invalid under state law."
Nutball Schwarzenegger: San Francisco's gay marriages 'present an imminent risk to civil order' Faxed on Friday night to the home of an aide to State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, GOP-installed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote: "I hereby direct you to take immediate steps to obtain a definitive judicial resolution of this controversy." The message also said that San Francisco's actions to wed gay couples "present an imminent risk to civil order." Lockyer called that statement "preposterous" and said it is the kind of "exaggerated, hot rhetoric" that risks stirring people up to commit hate crimes. [...Present *this.*]
Lockyer rejects halt to nuptials He dismisses governor's demand as a political ploy State Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Saturday rebuffed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demand that he force an end to San Francisco's same-sex marriages, calling the directive political rhetoric. "The governor can direct the Highway Patrol. He can direct the next 'Terminator 4' movie if he chooses. But he can't direct the attorney general in the way he's attempted to do," Lockyer said, adding that Schwarzenegger's written directive "was a statement designed for consumption at the Republican convention."
The flowering of love Strangers from Midwest send bouquets Robert Yamaguchi and Raymond Mungo were waiting outside City Hall in the cold early Friday morning when a florist clutching wedding bouquets handed them one. The outside of the accompanying envelope read, "To The Happy Couple, " and the card tucked inside said simply, "With love from Minneapolis, Minnesota."
Send flowers to gay couples in San Francisco Mystic Gardens 2626 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 Message on their webpage: 'Mention our website for FREE Delivery!!!' Or, click here. Link to a local shop. Or, call FTD 1-800-SEND-FTD (1-800-736-3383) (Toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) - 630-719-7756 (Outside the U.S. and Canada) The flowers can be sent to "couples in line at City Hall' or 'to anyone in line.'
San Francisco Valentine Weekend Revolution Photo Special
"We had to kill off Wellstone to get it." Rally has odd sense of humor During a Feb. 5 meet-the-candidate night for the newly formed College Republicans U. chapter, representatives for several candidates revved up the jovial crowd with such statements as support "the Democrat killers." As the audience giggled off and on, Mike Clement, representing congressional candidate Tim Bridgewater cited the 'victory' of Norm Coleman in the 2002 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. As Clement bantered with the audience, one Republican gadfly noted that they defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale in that race, adding: "We had to kill off Wellstone to get it." [Certain GOP elements are 'admitting' they assassinated Wellstone. Now, stop calling us 'conspiracy theorists.']
Bremer Says Iraq Elections Not Possible for a Year U.S. civilian dictator in Iraq Paul Bremer has said it would not be possible to hold elections in Iraq for a year to 15 months for "technical reasons," an Arabic television channel said on Saturday. ['TECHNICAL reasons?!???' The Bush dictatorship is preparing us to get ready for (yet another) stolen election in November due to the 'technical reasons' --caused by Diebold touch-screen 'voting' machines!]
Roadside Explosive Kills 2 U.S. Troops and 2 Iraqis Young men celebrate in Khaldiya after the attack, vowing to fight 'the Americans until the last drop of our blood.' U.S. death toll is at 545. A roadside explosive Thursday killed two U.S. soldiers and two Iraqis on foot patrol in this town that has become a vortex of anti-American violence.
Middle East - AP U.S. Expects Long-Term Troop Stay in Iraq American officials say U.S. forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is restored this summer, but they have yet to work out the terms of a continued presence.
Japan Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level Japan tightened security at airports, nuclear plants and government facilities Friday, dispatching armed riot police to guard against possible terror attacks as the country dispatches troops on a humanitarian mission to Iraq.
Japan inks major oil deal with Iran over U.S. objections Japan, overriding U.S. opposition, plans to develop an Iranian oil field that contains estimated reserves of 26 billion barrels.
North Korea accuses U.S. of telling 'whopping lie' North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of telling a "whopping lie" in claiming the Communist country has a uranium-based weapons program, an issue likely to be a key dispute at upcoming six-country talks on the North's nuclear ambitions.
U.S. Intensifies 'Anti-Terrorism' Strategy in Africa The commander of U.S. forces in Europe met South African President Thabo Mbeki on Friday for talks on America's new security strategy in Africa to combat 'terrorism,' military officials said.
High Court to Mull 'Enemy Combatant' Rule The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the Constitution forbids the Bush dictatorship from holding U.S. citizens indefinitely and without access to lawyers or courts when they are suspected of being "enemy combatants."
Supreme Court Will Hear 3rd Detainee Case The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider whether Dictator Bush had the authority to detain indefinitely an American who was seized on American soil by declaring him an enemy combatant.
National Guard recruiting methods raise eyebrows (OR) A National Guard recruiting drive at several high schools in the Columbia Gorge has sparked anger from some community members, who are upset that a simulated combat video was shown and a sign was displayed that read "only blood can buy you freedom." At Wahtonka High School in The Dalles, guardsmen also let student fire automatic weapons loaded with blanks.
Bypassing Senate for Second Time, Bush Seats Judge Dictator Bush on Friday used a weeklong Congressional recess to install William H. Pryor Jr., the Alabama attorney general, in a federal appeals court seat to get around a Democratic filibuster that had blocked the nomination. It was the second time in the last five weeks that Mr. Bush used a president[sic]'s power to make appointments when Congress is not in session to name judges directly to the bench and thus skirt the Senate confirmation process.
Bush Installs Judge, Bypassing Senate Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, Dictator Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a U.S. appeals court judge on Friday in his second "recess appointment" of a controversial nominee in five weeks. [Bush should know all about 'installation,' as that is how he stole the presidency.]
Bush Again Bypasses Senate to Seat Judge Dictator Bush bypassed the Senate on a high-profile judicial nomination yesterday for the second time in five weeks and seated William H. Pryor Jr., the Alabama attorney general and an outspoken opponent of abortion, as an appeals court judge through 2005. In 1997, his first year as Alabama attorney general, he invoked God's will while speaking at a Christian Coalition rally in defense of a state judge's prerogative to post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
Are You Optimistic? --by Don Hazen "No one is saying the election is a lock for the Democrats. A lot can happen between now and November, and no doubt will. Dick Cheney may be dumped for Rudy Giuliani or even Condoleezza Rice; Osama bin Laden may be plucked from a cave or evidence of his death discovered. There could even be some kind of domestic terrorist attack. A few months ago, any of these events would have sent shudders up the spine of regime change adherents, but today, there is a sense that even major obstacles can be handled. Slowly and steadily the Anybody But Bush Again team is growing in size and confidence, crossing lines of class and race, and potentially setting the stage for a restoration of balance to the American system of democracy."
Kerry Gets Secret Service Protection The Secret Service began protecting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Friday and will soon offer its services to Kerry rival John Edwards.
Doctored Kerry photo brings anger, threat of suit The photographer who snapped John Kerry attending a 1971 anti-war rally says he and his photo agency intend to track down -- and possibly sue -- whoever doctored and circulated a photo that made it appear that the then 27-year-old Vietnam veteran was appearing alongside actress Jane Fonda.
Nader to Jump in Presidential Race Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir], the 'consumer advocate' [ADVOCATING THEIR STARVATION, DROWNING IN GLOBAL WARMING SEAS, AND LOSS OF RIGHTS UNDER A CONTINUED BUSH DICTATORSHIP] who ran for president in 2000 as a Green Party candidate, will enter the 2004 race for the White House as an independent candidate, advisers told Fox News on Friday. [The RLC (Republican Leadership Council) paid for pro-Nadir ads to air in close states (Gore V. Bush) in 2000. A 2004 campaign by Nadir will syphon Democratic votes which may then contribute to the re-selection of Bush. Note: our comment applies only to Ralph Nadir, not to the Green Party. See: RalphDontRun.net.]
Nader to Announce Decision on 2004 Bid Ralph Nader will announce Sunday whether he will make another run for the White House, but all signs indicate the consumer advocate plans to jump into the race as an 'independent.'
Democrats United in Asking That Nader Not Enter Race Some of Ralph Nader's best friends are desperately trying to persuade him not to run for president this year.
Ebola exposure locks researcher in isolation unit A Fort Detrick scientist who grazed her finger with a needle carrying a weakened form of the Ebola virus has been in isolation for nine days and could have more than 20 days to go, Army officials said Thursday. The scientist was working in a highly secure laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) when the Feb. 11 incident occurred.
Pesticide Testing on Humans Is Ethical, Science Panel Says It is ethical to test pesticides and pollutants on human volunteers in order to determine whether environmental safety standards can be lowered, a top panel of scientists said yesterday in an opinion that is expected to strongly influence government policy.
Phillip Morris Gets Tax Break Va. Senate votes for tobacco export credit while raising cigarette tax.The Virginia Senate passed a multimillion-dollar tax break for Philip Morris on Friday, even as lawmakers voted to increase the cigarette tax for the first time in decades as part of a larger effort to help balance the budget.
Schwarzenegger orders attorney general to halt gay marriages Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered California's attorney general Friday to take legal action to stop San Francisco from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowland Hits New Low Honesty Rating Slips To 10 Percent In Poll --Faced with a string of revelations of ethical lapses and a widening FBI investigation of [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland, only 10 percent of Connecticut voters now believe Rowland is honest, according to a new poll.
'Code Black' Blizzard Paralyzes Eastern Canada Two of Canada's Atlantic provinces declared a state of emergency on Thursday after they were hit by a powerful blizzard that forced even snowplows to stay off the road.
FEC Moves to Regulate Groups Opposing Bush The Federal Election Commission decided yesterday that many of the political committees raising "soft" money to campaign against Dictator Bush are subject to regulation, but it postponed deciding how tough the restrictions should be.
Iraq Debate Shifts to Expanding the U.S.-Appointed Council As prospects fade for early elections in Iraq, the political conversation has shifted from whether to keep the American-appointed Iraqi Governing Council to how to expand it. Several members of the Governing Council said today that they were discussing doubling the size of the body and the various ways to select more members in an effort to make the body, which was appointed by American dictators, more legitimate. [This is a misnomer, 'more' legitimate. It is EITHER legitimate, or NOT. The Iraqi-appointed Council is NOT. Just as the entire Bush regime is ILLEGITIMATE, as Bush was APPOINTED by the U.S. Whore Court.]
U.S. Expects Troops in Iraq for Years American officials say U.S. forces will be needed in Iraq long after a sovereign government is restored this summer, but they have yet to work out the terms of a continued presence. [Will Bush bring back the draft, after the 2004 Diebold s-election?]
Two more Americans killed in Iraq An explosion killed two U.S. infantrymen in an insurgent center west of Baghdad on Thursday. The blast occurred as troops from Task Force All-American were investigating an earlier attack on a U.S. convoy near Khaldiyah, a Sunni Triangle town about 50 miles west of Baghdad, witnesses said.
Report says military distorts war deaths By refusing to make public its estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has undercut international support for the US campaigns in those countries and has made the postwar stabilization of the two societies more difficult, according to an independent report to be released today that accuses the Pentagon of appearing indifferent to the civilian cost of war.
Body Count Redux --by Ivan Eland "During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military released body counts of enemy and friendly dead to the media, which reported them voraciously. Invariably, the military’s data—showing more enemy than friendly dead—was designed to give the illusion that the United States was winning the war. What the data didn’t show was more important: that a tenacious enemy fighting for its homeland would be willing to incur high casualties and outwait an opponent with a short attention span. Similarly, in Iraq, the U.S. military gleefully reports that attacks against U.S. soldiers have dropped by more than half since their peak in November of last year and that firefights between U.S. soldiers and Iraqi guerrillas in Iraqi towns have also diminished. But like the body counts in Vietnam, the American public should be wary of such rosy assessments."
U.S. soldier seeks asylum in Canada A soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division who says he had "a romantic vision" of military life has left his post and is living in Canada, where he has sought refuge as a conscientious objector.
Soldiers 'took turns to beat Iraqi captives' British soldiers took turns to kick and punch hooded Iraqi prisoners on the night they allegedly beat one of them to death, it was claimed today.
U.S. to Send Military Team to Haiti The Bush dictatorship said Thursday it would send a military team to Haiti to assess the security of the U.S. Embassy there, but stressed that it is still looking for a political solution to the bloody uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
House passes controversial water bill JAKARTA (DPA): Indonesian lawmakers passed on Thursday a controversial water bill, allowing private sector participation in water resource management, despite strong protests against the new legislation from various groups in the country.
Scientist in isolation after Ebola exposure A civilian scientist at Fort Detrick remained free of Ebola symptoms Thursday, eight days after accidentally grazing her hand with a needle while injecting mice infected with a 'weakened form' [?!?] of the deadly virus, the Army said. The unidentified researcher is in a biosafety containment care suite known as "the slammer" that was last used for patient care in 1985, spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden said. The two-bed suite, rated BSL-4, the highest biosafety level, is at the U.S. Army Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, about 45 miles northwest of Washington.
Advocates slam plan to restrict access to critical infrastructure data Public interest advocates fear that private companies might use a program launched this week by the Homeland Security Department to conceal problems with the nation's critical infrastructure.
No rights, no charges, no lawyers ... life in the Cuban camp beyond the law Idyllic setting outside, suicide attempts and fear inside --Camp Delta prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, on the south-eastern tip of Cuba, is surrounded by fine white sand and a turquoise Caribbean sea. Despite the natural beauty of its surroundings the camp has become a monument to the US war on terror after the September 11 attacks, with up to 680 people locked up without charge, without access to a lawyer, and not knowing the evidence against them.
How Camp Delta allowed US to avoid Geneva Convention It seemed extraordinary enough, back in late 2001, that detainees would be flown halfway around the world from the war in Afghanistan to the eastern tip of Cuba. But that was only the start of it. The hundreds of men, suspected members of either the Taliban or al-Qa'ida, were not to be regarded as conventional prisoners of war. Instead, the US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, told us, they were being categorised as "enemy combatants", subject neither to the Geneva Conventions nor to the purview of the US civilian court system.
'We want answers: why have they been held so long without charge?' The images were stark and shocking. Britons, swathed in orange overalls, hooded and shackled, kneeling in front of their American captors. Others, on stretchers, being wheeled into mesh cages. None of them charged, let alone convicted, of any crime, yet facing indefinite sentences in prison. The unabating controversy caused by the treatment of British citizens arrested in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and then shipped off to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, was one of the most embarrassing problems faced by Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister Poodle, as he stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Dictator George Bush in the 'war on terror.'
Guantánamo Britons will not face trial in UK Key points • Released Britons will not face trial • Four still held in custody by American authorities • Downing Street expresses anger over detainees treatment
Terrorism police may question returning Britons Doubt over prosecutions --Anti-terrorist police [Uh... are there 'PRO-terrorist' police?] are investigating the five British men due to be released from Guantanamo Bay, but could not say if they would be questioned or arrested on their return to Britain. Lawyers said that prosecution of offences allegedly committed outside Britain would be difficult, and evidence collected while the men were in Camp Delta could be inadmissible if the UK courts ruled their detention unlawful.
After 772 days, five Britons face freedom from Guantanamo Bay Five of the nine Britons held without trial by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay are to be returned to the United Kingdom, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, announced yesterday.
Guantanamo Britons emerge from their legal purgatory Five likely to be freed, but others face trial --Two years of legal limbo for five of the nine Britons held at Guantanamo Bay, which has led to a festering diplomatic sore between the UK and US and provoked worldwide condemnation, finally ended yesterday.
EU Says No to CIA-Style Agency in Europe EU justice and interior ministers rejected on Thursday Austria's proposal to create a CIA-style agency to 'boost security cooperation' in the fight against terrorism and weapons proliferation in Europe.
Police infiltration of protest groups upsets rights activists Chicago Police officers infiltrated five protest groups in 2002 and launched four other spying operations in 2003 -- actions that civil rights activists are calling outrageous.
You could get 10 years in prison just for reading this --by David Grenier "I have on my desk right now a copy of the new Rhode Island 'homeland security' bill proposed by Governor Carcieri. It’s an 18 page document, and right on the first page, before talking about weapons of mass destruction or poisoning the water system or anything else that a rational person might consider 'terrorism', it says 'any person who shall teach or advocate anarchy' will go to prison for ten years... Technically, this headline is inaccurate, though. For reading this website there’s not a specific penalty. You’d only go to jail for reading the Rhode Island Anarchists site. Since that would be 'associating' with an 'organization [that] teach[es] and advocate[es] disbelief in or opposition to organized government.'"
9/11 Panel Head Assails Delay Chairman Warns That Inquiry Might Have to Be Limited --The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will have to consider scaling back the scope of its inquiry and limiting public hearings unless Congress agrees by next week to give the panel more time to finish its work, its chairman said yesterday.
Bush Plays Bait-and-Switch With 9/11 Panel --by Marie Cocco "Let us finally put to rest a widely circulated and grossly inaccurate story that's been making the rounds: Rumors of President [sic] George W. Bush's cooperation with the panel probing the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are unsubstantiated. Unlike those Internet rumors that pop to electronic life and die quickly without fingerprints, this one is traceable directly to the con artist-in-chief. The world thinks Bush is cooperating with the 9/11 commission because he says he is."
Reuters [Rove's?] 'Sniper' Snap of Kerry Raises Eyebrows A photo moved on the REUTERS international wire of presidential candidate John Kerry appears to put the Democrat frontrunner in the bull's-eye of a sniper's aim! The controversial snap from the British-based wire immediately raised alarm in newsrooms. [Senator Kerry needs to avoid planes that have no black boxes, lest he get 'Wellstoned.']
Edwards Calls Trade 'A Moral Issue' John Edwards, his campaign boosted by criticism of U.S. trade policy and the loss of jobs to overseas markets, on Thursday called trade "a moral issue'' that sets him apart from John Kerry in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Scientists rip into Bush's policy, charge 'suppression of information' Dictator Bush's regime distorts scientific findings and seeks to manipulate experts' advice to avoid information that runs counter to its political beliefs, a private organization of scientists asserted yesterday.
Chemical research on humans is approved to the dismay of environmentalists Environmental groups responded with dismay Thursday to a report from a panel of government advisers that says it might be OK to test pesticides on people if the strictest care is taken.
More States Are Fighting 'No Child Left Behind' Law Complex Provisions, Funding Gaps In Bush Education Initiative Cited --Two years after Dictator Bush proclaimed a "new era" in American public education with the passage of his No Child Left Behind initiative, a growing number of state legislators and school administrators are looking for ways to opt out of requirements they view as intrusive and underfunded.
Ex-Chief of Enron Pleads Not Guilty to 42-Count Indictment A former chief executive of Enron, Jeffrey K. Skilling, pleaded not guilty today to nearly three dozen counts of fraud, conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and insider trading arising from the company's financial collapse.
Bush Makes Pitch for Permanent Tax Cuts Whackjob Bush on Thursday pressed his s-election-year complaints against "tax raisers and spenders in Washington," arguing that failure to make dictatorship-backed tax cuts permanent would raise taxpayers' bills by billions.
Sales tax on food, clothes eyed GOP policy panel would use income to cut or eliminate property tax (PA) A House Republican panel held initial discussions yesterday on reducing the state sales tax from 6 percent to 4 percent and broadening it to cover food, clothing and other goods and services that are now exempt.
Poor to Put 'Bushville' Tent City at NY Convention A group fighting poverty announced plans on Thursday to erect a tent city called "Bushville" during the Republican Party convention in August, one of several demonstrations expected in a summer of political protest in New York.
Bush for Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage-Source Dictator Bush's political director has told a group of prominent conservatives that the dictator would soon publicly endorse a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
San Francisco Sues State Over Same-Sex Weddings Officials here moved on Thursday to force a constitutional showdown with opponents of same-sex marriage by suing the State of California over state laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman.
San Francisco same-sex weddings galvanize activists and unsettle politicians San Francisco's defiant choice to perform same-sex marriages by the hundreds is reverberating nationwide as gay-rights groups celebrate, their adversaries hope for a backlash and politicians wrestle with how to respond.
FBI report: Agents attempted murder, stole money An internal FBI report kept under wraps for three years details dozens of cases of agents fired for egregious misconduct and crimes, including drug trafficking, attempted murder, theft, misuse of informants and consorting with prostitutes.
Miller report hits Wal-Mart 'costs' Colossus retailer Wal-Mart drains government resources because its low-paid, under-insured or non-insured workers have to rely on public subsidies, such as school lunch programs and Section 8 housing, according to a congressional report Rep. George Miller released here Monday. The report, which the Democratic staff of the House Education and Workforce Committee prepared, estimates that taxpayers bear $420,750 in social services costs for each Wal-Mart store with 200 workers.
'Heads should roll' over Iraq Adviser wants U.S. intelligence chiefs to quit --Cites faulty conclusions on Hussein's weapons Richard Perle, a chief proponent of last year's U.S. invasion of Iraq, yesterday called for the chiefs of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency to step down because of their faulty conclusions that Saddam Hussein possessed mass-killing weapons. [...as long as his rolls first.]
France, Germany Want a U.N. Resolution on Iraq Such a vote on the world body's role there could lead to another showdown with the U.S. --France and Germany said Wednesday that a new U.N. Security Council resolution on the world body's role in Iraq would be needed, prompting U.S. concerns about possible delays in reconstruction efforts and in the planned hand-over of sovereignty this summer.
Attack on occupation base kills 8 Iraqis Pair of suicide bombings injures at least 106 civilians and soldiers --Two trucks packed with explosives blew up Wednesday outside a Polish-run base south of Baghdad after occupation forces opened fire on the suicide bombers racing toward them. Eight Iraqi civilians were killed and at least 106 people were wounded, many of them occupation soldiers.
British soldiers kicked and punched hooded Iraqi prisoners British soldiers in Iraq kicked and punched hooded prisoners as they screamed for mercy, a witness to an incident in which one Iraqi detainee was allegedly beaten to death was quoted as saying.
Suicides in Iraq, Questions at Home Pentagon Tight-Lipped as Self-Inflicted Deaths Mount in Military --22 suicides have been reported among troops in Iraq last year. According to William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, that represents a rate of more than 13.5 per 100,000 troops, about 20 percent higher than the recent Army average of 10.5 to 11. The number Winkenwerder cited does not include cases under investigation, so the actual number may be higher. It also excludes the suicides by soldiers who have returned to the United States.
Green Berets take on spy duties The Pentagon will start using the Army's storied Green Berets as spies in addition to their traditional combat roles. The training is part of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's overall goal of developing more "actionable intelligence" to find 'terrorists'. [*Find* them? They *are* them!]
Top Democrats lead Bush in poll Likely voters favoring Kerry, Edwards --Democrat John Kerry holds his largest lead yet over Dictator Bush in a head-to-head match-up among likely voters, a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll concludes, and rival John Edwards also holds a double-digit lead over the dictator.
Judge Denies Electronic Voting Challenge A Superior Court judge rejected a legal challenge Wednesday to California's March 2 primary over allegations that new electronic voting systems are vulnerable to hackers. Judge Raymond Cadei denied a temporary restraining order sought against electronic voter machine maker Diebold Election Systems, Inc., saying there isn't enough evidence of security threats to justify interfering in an election just 13 days away. Diebold attorney Daniel D. McMillan called the challenge a "waste of public resources" brought on by publicity-seeking "conspiracy theorists."
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Dean ends presidential campaign Thanking supporters who stood with his campaign "when we were an asterisk in the polls," Howard Dean ended his Democratic presidential campaign Wednesday. "I am no longer actively pursuing the presidency," Dean told supporters in Burlington, Vt., where he returned after finishing third in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. He will use his political organization to build a grass-roots progressive movement, he said.
Dean Ends Campaign for Presidency Former Vt. Governor to Continue Political Advocacy --Howard Dean formally abandoned his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday but vowed that his organization is "not going away" and would continue to seek change in the Democratic Party and the nation with the aim of defeating Dictator Bush in the November election.
Howard Dean Ends His White House Bid Former Democratic front-runner Howard Dean on Wednesday pulled the plug on his White House bid. "Today my candidacy may come to an end -- but our campaign for change is not over," Dean declared in an Internet message to online backers.
Governor Dean's Remarks Transcript [Wed 18-Feb-04] "The biggest lie that people like me tell people like you at election time is that, If you vote for me, I'll solve your problems. The truth is the power is in your hands, not mine. Abraham Lincoln said that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this Earth. You have the power to take back the Democratic Party and make us stand up for what's right again."
The Assassination of Howard Dean --by Naeem Mohaiemen "How could Dean's insurgent candidacy, which had energized and excited voters in every state, come to such a screeching halt? The pundits claim Dean's 'rage' undid him, that voters took a 'second look,' etc. etc. Nonsense really. The answer is much simpler. Howard Dean was assassinated in broad daylight. Unlike Kennedy's 'grassy knoll,' Dean's killers are not hiding – it was the Democratic Party itself, and more specifically the DLC, that successfully went after, and sabotaged his candidacy."
Kerry, Edwards sprint toward Super Tuesday Democratic race down to two after close finish in Wisconsin --Having failed to deliver a knockout blow in the Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin, John Kerry lined up Wednesday alongside persistent challenger John Edwards for what is now a two-man sprint to the March 2 "Super Tuesday" primaries in 10 crucial states.
Progressives Should Vote Kucinich --by Ronnie Dugger "Dennis Kucinich is the one candidate for President whose vision, eloquence and commitments on the issues can lead us to rise to and surmount the worldwide crises precipitated by the Bush Administration... Kucinich is the only member of Congress running for President who voted against the resolution authorizing Bush to attack Iraq."
US: Republicans lose House seat in Kentucky special election --by Patrick Martin "In an election result that confirms a sharp shift in public opinion against the Bush administration, a Democratic candidate won a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives, taking a seat in the Lexington, Kentucky area held for the last six years by the Republicans... The race took on national significance, as both the Democratic and Republican parties poured in staff and money, expending over $4 million to win a seat the victor would hold for only ten months."
Postal Service Could Deliver Medicine After [Bush's?] Bio Attack The U.S. Postal Service could be dispatched to deliver antibiotics to people in their mail in the event of a biological attack under a plan being developed by the service and other government officials. The postal service could use its network of more than 170 million addresses to speed the distribution of medication to residential areas in the event of a catastrophic incident [...which would just *happen* to cause 'postponement' the 2004 s-election, right? See: Will Bush play the bioterror card? --by Lori R. Price]
Bush's driving records disclosed The White House disclosed information in documents Thursday showing that Dictator Bush had been arrested once for a college prank [?!?] and was cited for two automobile accidents and two speeding tickets before he enlisted in the National Guard.
Abortion Claim Hits Dictator Publisher Larry Flynt says he has "nailed down" his claims George Bush, a pro-life campaigner, arranged for a girlfriend to have an abortion in the 1970s. Flynt, 61, a failed California governor candidate said: "I've talked to the woman's friends. I've tracked down the doctor who did the abortion, and the Bush people who arranged for the it. I've got the story nailed." He said he would publish his claims in a book at the height of the election season.
Gay couples queue to wed in San Francisco as Bush weighs in against them Scores of gay couples married in San Francisco as US Dictator George W. Bush said he was "troubled" by the same-sex marriages, which have won a legal respite.[That's ok, as the whole *world* has 'weighed in' against Bush, and is 'troubled' by his regime.]
National Debt Tops $7 Trillion The U.S. government's national debt -- the accumulated debt from past budget shortfalls -- totaled more than $7 trillion for the first time as of Tuesday, according to a Treasury Department report.
White House evades jobs forecast White House retreats on predictions of new jobs this year --The White House backed away Wednesday from its own prediction that the economy will add 2.6 million new jobs before the end of this year, saying the forecast was the work of number-crunchers and that Dictator Bush was not a statistician. [He is *also* not the president, and is, in fact, a complete idiot.]
Bush Administration 'Distorts Science' -Report Top scientists and environmentalists on Wednesday accused the Bush dictatorship of suppressing and distorting scientific findings that run counter to its own policies.
Nuclear Expert Tells AP Yucca Mt. Unsafe The nation's nuclear waste dump proposed for Nevada is poorly designed and could leak highly radioactive waste, a scientist who recently resigned from a federal panel of experts on Yucca Mountain told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Government to give go ahead for GM maize (UK) The Government is to give permission for the first commercial cultivation of a genetically modified crop, according to cabinet committee papers leaked today.
Database to list unproven charges provokes fears (UK) A national database containing the details of people accused of unproven allegations, and the subjects of failed police investigations, is to be set up in the wake of the Ian Huntley debacle.
Judge Clears Way for GPS Data in Peterson Trial Prosecutors may introduce evidence from high-tech devices that tracked the movements of Scott Peterson, who is accused of killing his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn child, a California judge ruled on Tuesday.
Death Row Inmate Acquitted a Decade Later A prisoner taken off death row after a judge ruled prosecutors withheld key evidence in his murder trial was found not guilty Wednesday in a second trial.
Colorado Coach Calls Rape Victim 'Terrible' Player The head coach of the University of Colorado football team called the only woman ever to play for it a "terrible" player on the same day she said she had been raped by a team member.
Coach's remarks about kicker cited by prez University of Colorado football coach Gary Barnett was placed on administrative leave [with pay] Wednesday after he criticized the on-field performance of a player who said she was raped by a teammate. CU President Elizabeth Hoffman also said she was "utterly distressed" by a 2001 Boulder police report that quotes Barnett as saying "he would back his player 100 percent" if another woman pursued rape charges against a player.
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Edwards Ebullient in Close Second After a hard-fought race in Wisconsin on Tuesday night, John Kerry was happy to have escaped with a victory, while John Edwards' near win gave him reason to continue the race, which he hoped had finally been narrowed to a two-man field. "Today the voters of Wisconsin sent a clear message," Edwards told energized supporters at the American Serb Memorial Hall in Milwaukee. "The message was this: Objects in your mirror may be closer than they appear."
Edwards Proves His Point With a Strong Late Surge He did not say, "I told you so," but he might as well have. Over and over, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina had urged Democrats not to count him out... With the results showing him just a few percentage points behind Mr. Kerry on Tuesday night, after some recent polls had placed him more than 20 points behind, Mr. Edwards hopped onto a stage at a community hall, beaming and pumping his fists, barely containing his glee. "Today the voters of Wisconsin sent a clear message," Mr. Edwards said, "and the message was this: Objects in your mirror may be closer than they appear."
Edwards Says Kerry Should Heed Wisconsin Result Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina said on Tuesday his close second place finish in the Wisconsin primary was a warning to front-runner John Kerry not to underestimate his candidacy.
Kerry Fends Off Edwards in Wisconsin Kerry Wins Wisconsin Primary After Close Race --Edwards's Candidacy Gets Boost; Dean Finishes Third --Sen. John F. Kerry fended off a late surge from North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in the Wisconsin Democratic primary today, notching a win by an unexpectedly narrow margin in a campaign that has become essentially a two-man race.
Narrow Win for Kerry in Wisconsin Primary Senator John Kerry looked unstoppable today in his bid for the Democratic nomination to run for the US presidency after winning another primary election in the state of Wisconsin.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, laughs at an election night party in Madison, Wisconsin February 17, 2004. Dean, who had previously declared Wisconsin a make-or-break test for his campaign, said his campaign to change the Democratic Party was not over despite losing in the state. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
Dean Tells Backers: 'We Are Not Done Yet' Democrat Howard Dean suffered a possible knockout in the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday yet came out swinging, telling cheering backers, "We are not done yet."
Democrats on Course for More Competition Just when the Democratic establishment was ready to declare an end to the race for the party's presidential nomination, Wisconsin voters Tuesday signaled their desire to keep it going a little longer. By giving a strong boost to John Edwards, who ran closer than expected against John F. Kerry, the Wisconsin electorate put the Democrats on course for more competition rather than an overnight coronation of the Massachusetts senator, which some in the party had planned.
Stage Appears to Be Set for a 2-Way Race in March The Democratic presidential nomination battle turned into a two-person contest on Tuesday as Senator John Kerry narrowly defeated Senator John Edwards in the Wisconsin primary. Howard Dean had a third-place showing.
Prepping for coup 2004, paper ballot copies not required in Florida: Copies of electronic ballots not required, state says Florida's manual recount law was never meant to apply to paperless touch-screen voting systems, the state Division of Elections says in a new opinion that amplifies the position it took after a tight January state House race. In a close election, the new opinion says, counties that use touch screens are not required to make paper copies of electronic ballot images to try to comply with state recount laws.
States May Soon Get $2.3B [to steal] Elections A long-awaited $2.3 billion in federal funds should be flowing to states by mid-May to help buy new voting-booth equipment and make other 'election improvements', the head of an electoral reform commission says. [Yes, the GOP needs to make sure the states have the money in time to STEAL the 2004 election via the rigged electronic voting machines, with NO paper trails!]
Group wants judge to order upgrades to e-vote machines Two weeks before California's March 2 primary, a group alleging widespread potential security glitches in electronic voting machines is asking a judge to make counties install new safeguards before voting begins.
Ga. Republicans Plan New Redistricting Republicans in the state Senate said Wednesday that they will draw up a new legislative map to replace the one that three federal judges said gave unfair advantage to Democrats. [Diebold generated 16,022 NEGATIVE Gore votes, added 4,000 POSITIVE Bush votes, in Volusia County, Florida, which the mainstream media failed to mention. Was that an 'unfair' advantage for the Republicans? "If you strip away the partisan rancor over the 2000 election, you are left with the undeniable fact that a presidential candidate conceded the election to his opponent based on [results from] a second card that mysteriously appears, subtracts 16,022 votes, then just as mysteriously disappears." --From Chapter 11 of her book Black Box Voting In the 21st Century, in .pdf format at blackboxvoting.com and at Scoop.]
Blix declares he never said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Spanish radio here Monday that at no point had he ever said that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Two-year wait for Hussein trial Iraqi officials report delays in setting up tribunal to investigate crimes against humanity --Iraq's deposed president Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for at least another two years, the Guardian has learned. [Yes, the Bush regime can't let the pictures of Donald Rumsfeld shakin' hands and makin' trades with Saddam Hussein appear prior to the 2004 s-election.]
Three Iraqi civilians killed by US mortar Three Iraqi civilians, including a 10-year-old girl, have been killed by a stray US mortar round which hit the backyard of a home near the main American military base in Baghdad. US troops fire mortar rounds across the Tigris River from their base several times a day.
US begins suggesting postponement of Afghan elections The Bush dictatorship has begun suggesting that Afghanistan's elections scheduled for June may have to be postponed because of 'security' problems and the failure to 'register enough voters'.
US is trying to overthrow me, says Venezuelan leader The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, yesterday angrily accused the United States of being behind a 2002 coup and of helping continuing opposition attempts to overthrow him.
Darpa Offers No Food for Thought The Pentagon is looking into ways for GIs to fight for up to five days -- without eating a single meal. Darpa, the U.S. military's far-out research arm, wants scientists to figure out if soldiers can operate at top levels -- without lunch breaks. "The question is: 'Are there temporary biochemical approaches we can use to squeeze the last ounce of performance out of soldiers when they're already worked to exhaustion?'" said a Darpa life sciences consultant [?!?], who asked not to be named.
Designers set sights on plane the size of a bee British researchers aim to make aircraft the size of a bee that could be used to spy inside buildings or monitor dangerous environments such as nuclear reactors. The work is being carried out with funding from the Ministry of Defence.
Prosecutor in Terror Case Sues Ashcroft A federal prosecutor in a major terrorism case in Detroit has taken the rare step of suing Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging the inJustice Department interfered with the case, compromised a confidential informant and exaggerated results in the war on terrorism. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino of Detroit accused the Justice Department of "gross mismanagement'' of the war on 'terrorism' in a whistleblower lawsuit filed late Friday in federal court in Washington.
The *REAL* terrorist is in the WHITE HOUSE. Arrest him. Finnish company to make biometric passports Finnish technology group Setec said Tuesday it won the first order for passports with new biometric technology required by international aviation authorities and the U.S. government. [*See related story, below.]
Frankfurt airport introduces iris scan for border control Travelers at Frankfurt airport, continental Europe's busiest, can now enter Germany with a three-second scan of their eyes, providing they sign up for a test project for iris recognition technology. To qualify, passengers would need background checks by German border police, a machine-readable passport, be citizens of the European Union or Switzerland, register at the airport and have an iris scan on file.
Town getting new life as target of 'terrorists' A New Mexico university is about to take over the village of Playas and turn it into a terrorist response training camp for Homeland Security Department agents, the military and emergency responders from local and state agencies. Once the transformation is complete, as early as this summer, the site will be the only 'anti-terrorism facility' in the nation that uses a real town for emergency training, according to officials with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which is purchasing the town for $5 million from Phelps Dodge Corp.
GOP [Nazi] fest may get G.I. patrol Federal officials have discussed bringing in U.S. troops to boost security at this summer's Republican National Convention - but the NYPD doesn't think it needs them. With the convention labeled a national special security event, the Secret Service [that's SS - as in Waffen-SS] is the lead federal coordinating agency. The NYPD may get some form of federal assistance "whether they want it or not," said one source involved in planning - although another official said it could take the form of an intense Secret Service and FBI presence, and not uniformed troops.
Rumsfeld, Tenet to Testify About Sept. 11 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA Director George Tenet will testify publicly next month in a federal commission probe into who should be held accountable for the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Family Steering Committee Statement and Questions Regarding the 9/11 Commission Interview with President [sic] Bush (911independentcommission.org) February 16, 2004 "The Family Steering Committee believes that President [sic] Bush should provide sworn public testimony to the full ten-member panel of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Collectively, the Commissioners are responsible for fulfilling the Congressional mandate. Therefore, each Commissioner must have full access to the testimony of all individuals and the critical information that will enable informed decisions and recommendations. Before an audience of the American people, the Commission must ask President [sic] Bush in sworn testimony, the following questions..."
Investigating the Investigation --by Morton Mintz "[On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, Senator Tom Daschle was Tim] Russert's guest. After playing a tape of Cheney's statement, Russert asked Daschle, 'Did the vice president [sic] call you and urge you not to investigate the events of Sept. 11?' Daschle flatly contradicted Cheney: 'Yes, he did, Tim, on Jan. 24, and then on Jan. 28 the president [sic] himself at one of our breakfast meetings repeated the request.' Russert persisted: "It wasn't, 'Let's not have a national commission, but let's have the Intelligence committees look into this,' it was 'No investigation by anyone, period'?' 'That's correct,' Daschle said. '[T]hat request was made' by Cheney not only on Jan. 24 and by Mr. Bush four days later, but 'on other dates following' as well."
Bush under attack by a barrage of books When White House spokesman Scott McClellan was asked about The Price of Loyalty, the best seller about former treasury secretary Paul O'Neill's disillusionment with the Bush regime, he replied, "I don't do book reviews." If he did, it would be a full-time job. The Price of Loyalty is part of a wave of books bashing Bush. In the first half of 2004, major commercial publishers will publish at least 25 books critical of Bush.
Despite the efforts of Karl Rove and the Reichwing media whores to hijack another election: Dean Vows to Stay in Race Past Wisconsin Democratic front-runner John Kerry promised to help military personnel and jobless Americans as Wisconsin voters decided Tuesday whether to push forward his campaign or boost his rivals for the presidential nomination. Howard Dean and John Edwards, Kerry's major competitors, vowed to stay in the race even if they lost the delegate election to the Massachusetts senator.
Vermont Court Rules Against Dean in Records Lawsuit A Vermont court Tuesday ruled against Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and the State of Vermont in a lawsuit brought by a 'public interest' [NOT!!] group seeking access to Dean's gubernatorial records.
Judge Issues Ruling in Favor of Stewart A federal judge Tuesday further limited the government's ability to prove Martha Stewart and her stockbroker conspired to lie about Stewart's sale of ImClone Systems stock. [Now go after the $848,560 Bush made on insider trading on Harken energy in 1990.]
More chicanery in Florida: State finds new wrinkles as licensing deal unfolds --by Howard Troxler "Last Tuesday's column was about how a big campaign contributor got a contract from Gov. Jeb Bush's administration. That contributor's company will have a role in keeping records on Florida's roughly 470,000 health care professionals... The company's founder, J. Thomas Solano, donated $43,750 to the Florida Republican Party and members of the state Cabinet in recent years, the last $10,000 coming three months before the contract was signed... Solano's company, Information Systems of Florida Inc., has been hired by the Department of Health to keep track of the 'continuing education' class hours that are required of all health care licensees... The chief lobbyist for Solano's company turns out to be a major fundraiser for Gov. Jeb Bush and for his brother, the president [sic]."
Lawmakers Challenge USDA Statement On Mad Cow Holstein A House committee on Tuesday questioned the government's credibility in the first U.S. case of mad cow disease, quoting three witnesses who denied Agriculture Department claims that the infected Holstein was lame.
Voting chaos looms for American s-election The electronic 'voting' system designed for the forthcoming American s-election is fundamentally flawed and could undermine the trustworthiness of the entire US democratic process, a scientist has told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Hi-tech voting machines 'threaten' US polls Scientist warns that electronic votes cannot be safeguarded --US voters will go to the polls in November using electronic voting machines which cannot be verified, a computer scientist warned yesterday.
The Computer Ate My Vote Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream fame will be dishing a little political activism with his ice cream tomorrow in Washington, D.C., when he calls on secretaries of state throughout the country to secure electronic voting machines. The Computer Ate My Vote campaign, which raised $100,000 in its first two days of fundraising last week, aims to convince other states to follow the lead of California. In December, California mandated that e-vote machines used in the state must produce a voter-verified paper trail by July 2006. [Well, the *problem* is... the Bush Dictatorship is up for re-s-election in *2004*. If/when the Bush junta steals the election again, all bets on 2006 will be off. By 2006, the last vestiges of democracy will have vanished from America and we'll be so screwed by Patriot Acts I, II, III, IV, and V that the *light* from screwed would take ten billion years to reach the earth.]
An I-Team 8 Investigation Part One: Will Your Vote Count? --by Rick Dawson and Loni Smith McKown "An I-Team 8 investigation reveals recent changes in voting technology have raised the risk of fraud and miscounting. The investigation finds serious questions about security and troubling concerns on both how the technology is sold, and who is getting rich on public money... You can blame all of this on the fiasco of the 2000 presidential [s-]election [coup d'etat]. It prompted the most change since the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. But after billions have been spent we have to ask: will your vote count?"
Report: More E-Voting Systems to Be Used More than 61 percent of the nation's voters this fall will use electronically enhanced 'voting' systems aimed at avoiding [precipitating] a repeat of the disputed 2000 s-election [coup d'etat], but the changes won't be enough if the tally is close, according to a new study. [The Reichwing media is psychologically preparing us for the inevitable 2004 coup d'etat, as Bush's poll numbers are plummeting.]
Citizens For Legitimate Government Launches B.Y.O.B., Bring Your Own (paper) Ballot, Campaign for "Election" 2004 --(press release from www.legitgov.org) CLG Founder and Honorary Chair, Michael D. Rectenwald, announced the CLG's inauguration of the B.Y.O.B., Bring Your Own (paper) Ballot, campaign. The group calls for voters in the 2004 presidential contest to print, fill-out, and notarize their own copy of the CLG paper ballot receipt, as a safeguard against known flaws and vulnerabilities of touch-screen voting and the recent history of discarding votes and overthrowing election results.
Iraq arms hunt in doubt in '02 A classified U.S. intelligence study done three months before the war in Iraq predicted a problem now confronting the Bush dictatorship: the possibility that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction might never be found.
Halliburton Halts More U.S. Billings Halliburton Co. said on Monday it would defer billing for an additional $140 million in meals for U.S. forces in Iraq and Kuwait until a discrepancy is reconciled between the number of meals ordered and those actually served.
U.S. may block Islamic law Bremer threatens to veto Iraq constitution [Just as the Bush dictatorship has done with the U.S. Constitution!!] The top U.S. dictator in Iraq suggested Monday he would block any interim constitution that would make Islam the chief source of law, as some members of the Iraqi Governing Council have sought.
Handover too much for battered forces: US Iraqi security forces will be unable to guarantee safety after the planned transfer of sovereignty to a home-based government on June 30, some Iraqi and Western specialists have concluded. The analysis follows an daring raid in Falluja at the weekend in which at least 27 people died.
Iraq may be slipping into civil war Rivalry and resentment among Iraq's ethnic and religious groups have become much more pronounced since Saddam's ouster in April. And those tensions are rising as various groups jockey for position with the approaching June 30 deadline for Iraqis to retake power. The fault lines are emerging for a possible civil war.
2 GIs and a U.S. Civilian Killed in Iraq Roadside bombs killed two U.S. soldiers in separate attacks Monday in Baghdad and a city northeast of the capital, the U.S. military said. Gunmen also killed an American civilian and wounded three others in a weekend ambush south of here.
At Least One Iraqi Child Is Killed in an Explosion in a Schoolyard An explosion on Monday in the corner of a crowded playground of an elementary school for boys in northern Baghdad killed at least one child and wounded at least three. The American military said the explosion had killed two children and had wounded three others.
Bush's idea of bringing 'democracy' to Iraq: 82nd Airborne Vs. An Elderly Couple: A Case Study of Excessive Force --by Ben Granby "It began with the rockets. Fired from distant jets, as the residents claim, several missiles began falling upon various homes around the dusty and remote village of Amiriyah at 1am on February 16th... Mishaan, 70, who is nearly blind, relied on his wife to recount what happened in the early morning hours. 'We woke up to the missiles hitting our home,' she explains, almost trembling from beneath her hejab. 'Then the soldiers came and blew up one of our trucks and attacked our sheep. They then came into the house and took everyone out.' Four of her children were hooded, bound and taken away. Afterwards, even though the Americans had the complete compliance of the family, she claims they ransacked the house, confiscating the family's two rifles, their jewelry and their life savings of 25 million Iraqi Dinars (about US$18,000)."
Soldier wants to take Hussein's dog back to Texas A US soldier in Baghdad has placed a request to take a dog belonging to the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein back to his hometown in Texas. The US soldier, identified as Steven Joe, said he noticed the dog immediately and began feeding him. The soldier has now grown so attached to the dog he wants to take it with him when he is transferred back to the US, the London-based al-Hayat reported.
WMD: A primer Let's be clear on what is - and isn't - a weapon of mass destruction --by Eric Margolis "'Weapons of mass destruction.' No term has been more abused, or less understood. George Bush has made it his personal mantra, and the slogan of his presidency [sic]... Last week, Bush warned of nuclear proliferation and called for a worldwide ban on the trade of nuclear material. This when U.S. ally Pakistan has been exposed as a major proliferator, Israel is covertly helping build India's nuclear capabilities and the U.S. plans to deploy a new generation of nuclear weapons designed to attack Third World targets."
Doonesbury, February 16, 2004 (topic: Halliburton)
Inquiry into Tiger Force advances Pentagon to interview 2 platoon members who witnessed U.S. atrocities in Vietnam War (From The Blade, cited in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "In a case that has reached the top levels of the Pentagon, military investigators will begin interviewing former soldiers of an elite platoon accused of slaughtering scores of unarmed civilians in the Vietnam War. Army agents will meet with former paratroopers who said they watched the executions of villagers by Tiger Force in 1967 in the longest series of atrocities by a U.S. fighting unit in the conflict."
'Imminent' Saudi attack warning Terrorists may be in the final stages of planning an attack in Saudi Arabia, the UK Foreign Office has warned. It has issued fresh guidance to travellers about the possibility of an imminent attack.
Dentist Doesn't Remember Treating Bush The White House released dental records intended to support Dictator Bush's account of his Air National Guard service in Alabama, while several members of the Guard unit said in interviews they don't remember ever seeing Bush at their Montgomery base. Nor does the dentist specifically recall treating Bush.
Greenspan says Congress should cut Social Security to keep tax cuts Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that Congress should make Dictator Bush's tax cuts permanent and cover the $1 trillion price by trimming future benefits in Social Security and other entitlement programs. Greenspan was asked how he would come up with the decade-long cost of $1 trillion to pay for extending the 2001 and 2003 individual tax cuts. "I would argue strenuously that it should be taken out on the expenditure side," he answered.
Five Headed for Demonstration at Bush Ranch Convicted of Violating Protest Ordinance Five peace activists arrested on their way to Dictator Bush's ranch were convicted Monday of violating the city's [insane] 'protest ordinance'.
Voters Head to Polls in Wisconsin Primary Voters head to the polls in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday. Howard Dean and John Edwards are taking a final stab in Wisconsin at slowing John Kerry's surge ahead of a March 2 round of 10 contests in states like New York and California that could put him over the top.
Kerry Tops Bush In CBS Poll Americans’ continued worries about jobs and the economy, along with a decreasing belief that Iraq posed an immediate threat to the U.S., has given his Democratic opponents an advantage. Most Americans also believe the Bush Dictatorship exaggerated the pre-war intelligence about Iraqi weapons, and that Bush's self-described status [lie] as a "war President" was brought on by his own choices, not forced upon him by world events. Registered voters now give a five-point lead to an unnamed Democratic candidate over George W. Bush.
Woman Denies Rumors of Kerry Affair A woman who has been the subject of rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry denied Monday that she ever had an affair with the Democratic presidential candidate. Kerry already has denied reports that he had an extramarital affair. On Monday, his campaign said he would have no further comment.
Statement from woman and parents about rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry A statement released Monday by Alexandra Polier, who has been the subject of rumors linking her to Sen. John Kerry: "I have never had a relationship with Senator Kerry, and the rumors in the press are completely false."
Kerry Hits Bush Economic Record, NASCAR Photo Op White House hopeful John Kerry, leading the Democratic race and a runaway favorite in Wisconsin, set his sights on Monday on George W. Bush's economic record in a state that has lost 75,000 jobs since the dictator took office [literally, *took* office]. "We don't need a president [sic] who just says, `Gentlemen start your engines,'" Kerry said. "We need a president who says, 'America, let's start our economy and put people back to work.'"
Kerry Blasts Bush's Daytona Photo Op A confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on Dictator Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. Howard Dean's campaign shed another top manager and John Edwards vowed to press on no matter how he fares Tuesday.
Crowd wowed by frankness from also-ran Although Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich didn't get to speak until about 10 minutes into Sunday's debate in Wisconsin, his answer to a question about negative campaigning drew the first applause of the night.
Rushing to Say 'I Do' Before City Is Told 'You Can't' Intent on getting a coveted marriage license before court hearings on Tuesday to stop same-sex marriages, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples continued to descend on City Hall on Monday, many after camping outside overnight and braving chilling rain. The clerk's staff, the sheriff's department and volunteers from other offices worked through the three-day holiday weekend without pay, said Mabel S. Teng, the assessor-recorder. "It's purely out of love and commitment to equal rights."
Gee, what a big surprise!! Recycling FRAUD in Jeb's State! Hidden camera investigation uncovers city's recycling fraud (TAMPA) Four out of the 10 businesses Action News watched -- 40 percent -- were ignored by city recycling crews. "Sure enough, they took the yellow recycle dumpster and put it in the truck along with the blue dumpster, and away the truck went," business owner Bill Hart told Action News. Our cameras were rolling as Bill Hart's cardboard was dumped for burning; not a single scrap was recycled.
New form of mad cow discovered Italian scientists have found a second form of mad-cow disease that more closely resembles the human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease than the usual cow form of the illness.
Pennsylvania becomes third US state hit by bird influenza A case of avian influenza has been discovered in Pennsylvania, the third northern US state to find the disease in chicken flocks, US agriculture officials said.
How America Doesn't Vote (The New York Times) "One outcome of this year's presidential election is already certain: people will show up to vote and find they have been wrongly taken off the rolls. The lists of eligible voters kept by localities around the country are the gateway to democracy, and they are also a national scandal. In 2000, the American public saw, in Katherine Harris's massive purge of eligible voters in Florida, how easy it is for registered voters to lose their rights by bureaucratic fiat. Missouri's voting-list problems received far less attention, but may have disenfranchised more eligible voters... Ms. Harris's 2000 purge in Florida is a classic case. Before it began, Ms. Harris cast a cloud of suspicion over the process by signing on as co-chairwoman of the Florida Bush campaign while she also served as the state's top election official... Thousands of Florida voters ended up being wrongly purged."
Former Iraq dictator sees decades-long U.S. military presence Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the former interim dictator of 'post-conflict' [???] reconstruction efforts in Iraq, said Thursday that a U.S. military presence in Iraq should last "the next few decades," but questioned the mix of forces already there and current plans to reconfigure the armed forces as a whole.
Iraq neighbours urge US pullout Iraq and its neighbours have said the US-led occupation forces must withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible. Iraq also said it would press the US to hand Saddam Hussein over after the transfer of power and to change his prisoner of war status to face trial.
Tutu tells Blair: Apologise for 'immoral' war Archbishop Desmond Tutu will challenge Tony Blair and George Bush today to apologise for their pursuit of a counter-productive and "immoral" war in Iraq. In a scathing analysis of the background to the invasion, he will ridicule the "dangerously flawed" intelligence that Britain and the US used to justify a military action which has made the world a "great deal less safe".
US civilian dies in Iraq ambush A US civilian with a religious group was killed and three others were wounded when their taxi was ambushed by gunmen as they were returning to Baghdad from the ancient city of Babylon, the US military said today.
Soldiers' bodies found in river The bodies of three US soldiers who went missing last month were found in the Tigris river by Iraqi police, a US military spokesman said today.
Resistance Fighters Storm Two Posts in Iraq Up to 23 Killed in Battle at Police Station In a brazen daylight attack, fighters with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and mortars stormed a police station Saturday morning in the restive city of Fallujah, freeing dozens of prisoners in a battle that killed as many as 23 people and dealt another blow to U.S. efforts to resurrect Iraq's security forces.
Thousands gather in Spain to demand end to occupation in Iraq Thousands of protesters demanding an end to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq took to the streets in downtown Madrid and other Spanish cities Sunday, holding banners reading, ''We are with the Iraqi people, Invaders, out of Iraq.''
The Thief of Baghdad --by Maureen Dowd "...Americans paid Ahmad Chalabi to gull them into a war that is costing them a billion a week — and a precious human cost. Cops dealing with their snitches check out the information better than the Bush administration did. Mr. Chalabi's séances swayed the political set, the intelligence set and the journalistic set. In an effect Senator Bob Graham dubs 'incestuous amplification,' the bogus stories spewed by Iraqi exiles and defectors ricocheted through an echo chamber of government and media, making it sound as if multiple, reliable sources were corroborating the same story. Rather, one self-interested source was replicating like computer spam."
U.S. Aides Hint Afghan Voting May Be Put Off The Bush dictatorship has begun suggesting that Afghanistan's elections scheduled for June may have to be postponed because of 'security problems' and the 'failure to register enough voters'.
Peru trial links CIA to drug terrorists Vladimiro Montesinos is a legendary figure in Latin America and is now at the centre of the most explosive trial in Peruvian history, watched with the kind of devotion usually only reserved for soap operas. But the 58-year-old’s latest trial, in which he is accused of smuggling 10,000 rifles to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), has also seen the US intelligence services become embroiled in an embarrassing row about whether the CIA not only knew what Montesinos was up to and turned a blind eye, but have actively undermined Washington’s multibillion-dollar war on drugs by doing so. "How can people doubt that the CIA is capable of something like this," said a senior Peruvian judicial source on condition of anonymity. "Did the Iran Contra scandal teach you nothing?"
U.S. again brands Canada terrorist haven Canada has been branded a "favoured destination for terrorists and international criminals" by the research arm of the U.S. Congress. Generous constitutional freedoms, weak law enforcement and lightly patrolled borders have made the country an inviting place for dangerous extremists to set up shop, says a new report by the Library of Congress in Washington. [The most dangerous international terrorist on the planet - George W. Bush - is in the United States, and has 'set up shop' in the White House.]
U.S. lawyer warns of 'unfair' tribunal A U.S. military lawyer for an Australian held at Guantanamo Bay said yesterday his client's planned military tribunal sets a bad international precedent that could backfire on captured American soldiers.
Bush Goal Was Dodging War --by Jimmy Breslin "What matters only is that [George W.] Bush was in the National Guard in Texas because he was dodging the war in Vietnam. In those days, if you were in the Guard, you were not called for Vietnam. Some people used college, or marriage, or Conscientious Objector or moving to Canada to evade. Bush used the Guard. Anybody trying that today is in great danger. The Guard units are being called up by the day. But Bush used the Guard when it gave safety. And now, shamelessly, preposterously, he sends people to get killed in Iraq. That he has no right to do so doesn't seem to enter his mind [sic - what mind?]... The picture of him playing soldier suit on an aircraft carrier, the helmet under his arm like he just got back from a run over Baghdad, marks him as exceedingly dangerous. He believes he is a warrior president [sic]. He is not. He is a war dodger. Therefore, it is preposterous for George Bush to be a commander of anything. He doesn't have the right to send people to war and yet he orders them off, and almost cheerfully." [a must-read]
Inquiry Focuses on Group DeLay Created A political action committee created by Tom DeLay, the House majority 'leader', enjoyed tremendous success here in 2002: all but 3 of 21 Republican candidates the committee backed for state representative won their races, helping the party take control of the Texas House. But local prosecutors and a grand jury here have been investigating the committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, including its use of corporate donations in the election, lawyers close to the case said.
Memo Theft (The Washington Post) "Last week, as the magnitude of the [GOP] snooping became clear, Republicans shifted gears and agreed with their Democratic colleagues that the acquisition of the memos was wrong and possibly criminal. ...[O]ne [accurate] document declares that 'most of Bush's nominees are Nazis.' That said, the effort by Republican staffers to acquire -- apparently over a long period -- large numbers of confidential Democratic memos and use them for political advantage is quite ugly... It isn't much of a defense to suggest that the material was not adequately protected on a shared network and was therefore fair game. If Democratic staffers had left their office doors unlocked, would it be open season on their file cabinets? Senate staffers appear to have done the electronic equivalent of rifling through one another's desks in a systematic and sustained effort to gather intelligence."
N.Y. Gov. Raises Funds for Schwarzenegger Gov. George Pataki is co-hosting a fund-raising dinner for fellow [GOP installed] Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California at which guests are being asked to donate up to $500,000. The minimum ticket price is $50,000 a person.
Critics punch at touch-screen voting security Computer experts at respected universities have sounded the alarm over the potential for high-tech chicanery. Grass-roots activists, leaders of alternative political parties and others have stoked the flames, mostly via the Web. Touch-screen-related legislation is pending in Congress and the General Assembly. Some critics suspect the machines might have played a role in the surprise defeats in 2002 of two Democrats — Gov. Roy Barnes and U.S. Sen. Max Cleland. Touch-screen opponents have alleged that Barnes' and Cleland's 2002 upset defeats are suspicious because of a last-minute 'fix' to the machines. [Oh, it was a 'fix', all right. An election 'fix.']
AP Enterprise: How Bush Reversed Regulatory Effort on Gas Additive That Pollutes The Bush dictatorship quietly shelved a proposal to ban a gasoline additive that contaminates drinking water in many communities, helping an industry that has donated more than $1 million to Republicans.
When it rains, EPA would let waste pour Bush Plan could boost dumping into lake --The Bush dictatorship wants to make it easier for cities to release partially treated sewage during heavy rains and snowmelts, a policy shift that could boost levels of disease-causing pathogens in Lake Michigan and other waterways.
Democrats Question Bush's Credibility The Democratic presidential hopefuls questioned Dictator Bush's credibility and leadership on Sunday, but steered clear of attacks on each other in a sober debate two days before the Wisconsin primary.
Kerry's Rivals Pull Punches in Wisconsin When one of the panelists asked Howard Dean about "special interests" accusations made against John Kerry by both Dr. Dean and the White House, Dr. Dean responded by attacking Republicans for raising some of the same questions about Mr. Kerry that Dr. Dean has. "George Bush has some nerve attacking anybody about special interests," Dr. Dean said. "Not only has he funded his campaign through special interests, but George Bush is systematically looting the American treasury and giving it to his friends."
Europe Eyes Kerry as Hope for Better Ties with U.S. Being more popular in Europe than George W. Bush is scarcely the hardest task facing his presidential challengers but John Kerry is off to a particularly good start among Europeans anxious to repair trans-Atlantic ties. "I would think he would have a strong personal interest in foreign issues, unlike Bush...who doesn't even read the papers," said William Drozdiak, executive director of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Center in Brussels.
1971 Photo of Kerry Doctored As a 20-year-old photographer documenting the country's struggle over the Vietnam War, Ken Light snapped the picture of John Kerry at a peace rally in Mineola. It captured the future senator alone at a podium, squinting into the sun. Light did not photograph Jane Fonda on that June Sunday in 1971. The actress did not even attend. But when opponents of the Democratic presidential hopeful began e-mailing Light's picture to one another four days ago, it depicted Fonda standing by Kerry's side. The photo had been doctored.
Edwards Woos Churchgoers in Wisconsin Campaign Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards courted churchgoers, students and retirees on Sunday in a race to close the gap with front-runner John Kerry before Tuesday's primary election in Wisconsin.
Dean to Advisers: 'We Are Not Bowing Out' Even if he loses the Wisconsin primary, former Vermont governor Howard Dean has asserted, "We are not bowing out."
Pushing cultural conservatism: Sex Doesn't Sell: Miss Prim Is In In such a blasé climate, the latest American fashions — pert skirts and prim coats, Peter Pan collars and proper tweeds, some harking back to Mamie Eisenhower's day — are refreshing and even subversive.
White House papers no help, says member of 9/11 panel A Democratic member of the national commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said yesterday that restricted access to White House intelligence documents will make it difficult for the panel to give a full accounting of the tragedy.
Intelligence Commission's Finances Will Stay Private The White House is declining to make public the financial histories of the commissioners Dictator Bush appointed to investigate American intelligence failures. Critics say the White House's refusal to disclose financial information raises questions about potential conflicts of interest that could cloud the commission's work.
Government threatens to break up BBC The BBC is facing the most radical shake-up in its history in a proposed overhaul that could split its Scottish operation from the rest of the UK as ministers seize on the crisis following the Hutton report. Leaked Whitehall documents reveal that ministers are considering the complete dismantling of the Corporation, with regional wings being allowed to develop into "separate entities". There are also plans to strip the BBC of its long-standing editorial independence, putting it under the control of an outside regulator and giving MPs more say over its affairs.
British soldiers face new charges of Iraq brutality British soldiers called hooded Iraqi detainees by footballers' names as they kicked and beat them, The Independent on Sunday has been told. One of the Iraqis subsequently died. Adam Price, a Plaid Cymru MP, said he had been warned off visiting Basra next month to make further inquiries. "I will be given no protection and my safety cannot be guaranteed," he said. "The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has told me that if I do go I 'will be killed'.There seems to be a deliberate attempt to prevent the information reaching the public domain - because these are embarrassing headlines."
Did British soldiers lose all control and decency at the notorious Camp Bucca? As the MoD investigates the death of a seventh Iraqi in British custody, attention is focused on one detention camp. The Army is now facing accusations of mistreatment of civilian detainees, several of whom have died in custody, long after the war was officially declared at an end. When Alaa Mousa, went to see Kifah Taha, one of those arrested, in hospital, they did not know [his brother] Baha had been killed. "Kifah looked like half a human, he was so badly beaten," Alaa said. "When we asked him about Baha, he said he didn't know. Then he said: 'I hope God will not show any human what I witnessed.'"
25 Die as Raid on Iraqi Police Frees Prisoners Resistance fighters shouting "God is great" staged a brazen assault on the main police station here on Saturday, blasting their way inside, killing at least 15 police officers and freeing dozens of prisoners.
U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq As of Friday, Feb. 13, 537 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. The department did not provide an update Saturday.
Soldier Killed, 9 Wounded in Afghanistan Mine Explosion One U.S. soldier was killed and nine were wounded by a mine Feb. 13 near Ghazni, Afghanistan.
White House Admits Bush Lied in 2002 State of The Union Over Al Qaeda Obtaining U.S. Nuke Plant Plans (democracynow.org) "President [sic] Bush claimed in his 2002 State of the [dis]Union address that the U.S. discovered in Afghanistan detailed plans of U.S. nuclear plants. The Bush administration was forced to admit this week that the claim was not based on factual evidence after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said there was no evidence any such plans were found in Afghanistan."
U.S. Marines Arrive at Philippines Base A contingent of 700 U.S. Marines disembarked Sunday at the site of a former American naval base to take part in combat exercises intended to help the Philippines fight 'Muslim and communist insurgencies' and guard against 'terror' attacks.
Camp Delta Prisoner's Father Rejects Rumsfeld Assurances The father of a British man held at Guantanamo Bay tonight rejected assurances from US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld that the detainees’ cases would be reviewed.
New York Police Training for Catastrophic Terrorism (New York Times, co-'authored' by GOP lead media whore, Judith Miller) The New York Police Department, working with city health officials, federal authorities and other agencies, has been preparing for a possible attack with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, perhaps the most daunting threat facing municipalities in a post-9/11 world. Meeting in secret and conducting complex drills, the department has brought together government agencies in a broad effort for much of the last year. In doing so, it has put together a program that some national security and law enforcement officials describe as unrivaled among American cities... The city recently changed the health code to allow the city to detain anyone health officials suspect of having being exposed to a deadly infectious pathogen. [Is Karl Rove getting desperate? Will he implement the ultimate 'Weapon of Mass Distraction' as Bush's poll numbers plummet?]
Many Gaps In Bush's Guard Records Released Papers Do Not Document Ala. Service --Files released by the White House last night from Dictator Bush's Vietnam War-era 'service' in the National Guard show that the future dictator was an exemplary pilot whose military record contains numerous gaps in the last two years of his six-year commitment.
The Tale of King George and the Unclear Mandate --by Carol Schiffler "Once upon a time... in the land of Washingtonia, lived a king with an unclear mandate. Because the Media Circus was coming to town and the king wanted to look his best, he decided that he must have a better-looking mandate - one that would compliment his new cowboy boots and his fine ten-gallon crown."
Big bang busted in science class for high schools When scientists learned last month that the word "evolution" had been removed from Georgia's proposed science curriculum for middle and high schools, some wondered what else might have been deleted. Some feared that the big-bang theory — the dominant scientific theory about the origins of the universe — would be absent. Their fears were well founded. The big bang had been eliminated from the science curriculum, and lessons on plate tectonics had been scaled back.
U.S. Plans to Escalate Porn Fight The Justice Department has quietly installed an outspoken anti-pornography advocate in a senior position in its criminal division, as part of an effort to jump-start obscenity prosecutions.
EPA Relaxes Estimations of Park Pollution North Dakota can alter the system to allow a new power plant nearby. Foes fear the precedent. In a decision that raises the possibility of increased pollution in national parks around the country, the Bush dictatorship will allow North Dakota to change the way it estimates air pollution over Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Global warming hitting Northwest hard, researchers warn To find the most compelling evidence to date that global warming could shrink damp Cascade snows by half in coming decades, Seattle scientists first took a step back in time. They picked through a half-century of snow data from Arizona to British Columbia to better grasp how an atmospheric stew of greenhouse gases may shape our region for years to come. Their conclusion: Their earlier warnings about future water shortages in the Northwest were more accurate — perhaps even understated.
Washington Dems 'smelling blood' for Bush defeat Confident Washington Democrats, energized by heavy caucus turnouts across the state, sense opportunity for their nominee, probably John Kerry, to bounce Dictator Bush from office. "Howard Dean infused energy into the Democratic Party with the way he was willing to take a steel brush to Bush's Teflon," Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt says.
Kerry Scores Easy Wins in Nevada, D.C. Democratic front-runner John Kerry notched easy wins in Nevada and the District of Columbia on Saturday to expand his lead in the party's presidential race, while rivals Howard Dean and John Edwards focused on stopping his winning streak in Wisconsin on Tuesday.
New York is madly for Kerry Outpolls W by 81% --Sen. John Kerry is the runaway favorite of New York Democrats and also would trounce Dictator Bush here, a new poll showed yesterday. The Quinnipiac University survey showed Bush, a Republican whose aides once hoped could win New York on his post-9/11 'popularity' [??? *popularity* ??? Surely, you jest.], getting pasted here, with 88% saying they would vote for Kerry if the election were today. Only 7% said they would vote for Bush. A national Washington Post/ABC poll released yesterday found Kerry extending his lead over Bush to nine points. The survey of registered voters said Kerry had a 52%-43% advantage over Bush.
Dean Seeks to Rally Democratic Base Howard Dean campaigned Saturday with his two black roommates from college as he sought to appeal to traditional Democratic voters ahead of Wisconsin's important primary.
Bush's Campaign [of Deception] More Aggressive in Coming Weeks Dictator Bush's political advisers are completing plans for a more aggressive stage of his re-s-election campaign, seeking to discredit Senator John Kerry and promote Mr. Bush's [anti-democratic, terrorist] record and [lying, unintelligent] 'character' with television advertisements and a more visible role for the dictator himself, aides and Republican officials said.
Sharpton campaign backed by 'dirty tricks' Republican The Rev Al Sharpton, the New York rabble-rouser who is contesting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, is being subsidised by a Right-wing Republican campaign consultant notorious for "dirty tricks". His organisation, the Harlem-based National Action Network (Nan), has received at least $250,000 in loans. The funds, and the services of a new campaign manager, have been provided by Roger Stone, a businessman and Republican political consultant from Miami. Mr Stone made headlines during the hotly disputed 2000 presidential election when he led the mob that stormed and briefly shut down a Florida ballot recount before the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Dictator George W Bush.
GOP Operative Poised to Help Bush Again: Nader expected to launch new bid for White House Almost exactly four years after Ralph Nader announced he would run for president, the former Green Party candidate is poised to declare that he is running again this year, this time as an independent. Despite a vigorous effort on the part of the left to keep Nader from running and despite his insistence that he's still mulling over his decision, friends, associates and insiders say he is determined to run again. [How much is Karl Rove paying Nader, this time?]
Anti-Tobacco Groups Blast Schwarzenegger Anti-tobacco groups on Saturday protested [GOP installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to return the smoke-filled room to California's political lexicon.
Courtin' trouble [Dictator Bush's daughter, Barbara] Bush's dirty-dancing partner has been hot-footing it from the law. Gotham gadabout Fabian Basabe - pictured in a hip-lock with Babs on the front page of the Daily News yesterday - is wanted on three warrants in California. The social climber has been busted for speeding, driving under the influence and trespassing. He even jumped bail in one case, court records show.
CBS Apologizes for Indian-Motif OutKast Number CBS television on Friday apologized for any offense taken at the American Indian-motif Grammy Awards performance by the hip-hop group OutKast that some Native Americans have condemned as racist.
Celebs Join March Against Mexico Killings Actresses Jane Fonda and Sally Field marched through this gritty Mexican border city Saturday urging authorities to investigate the brutal slayings of hundreds of young women and girls.
Most Think Truth Was Stretched to Justify Iraq War A majority of Americans believe Dictator Bush either lied or deliberately exaggerated evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in order to justify war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Kay: Bush Should Admit Error on Iraq WMD Former U.S. weapons inspector David Kay is advising Dictator Bush to acknowledge he was wrong about hidden storehouses of weapons in Iraq and move ahead with overhauling the intelligence process.
Fitzwater: Bush Regime Mishandled WMD Case A former reporter who served as press secretary to two presidents said Friday that the Bush dictatorship is paying the price for its handling of intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
Halliburton Accused of Wasting Tax Money Frustrated that they couldn't convince Republicans to conduct hearings on Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company, Democrats convened a panel of their own Friday to hear a former Halliburton employee testify that the company wastes taxpayers' money.
Ex-Halliburton workers allege waste Congressional Democrats said Thursday that two former Halliburton employees have evidence that the company routinely wasted taxpayers' money.
Halliburton Likely to Be A Campaign Issue This Fall As the accusations and investigations of the Halliburton Company's federal contracts in Iraq expand in size and number, Democrats say they will use the company's ties to the Bush dictatorship as a campaign issue, and Halliburton is responding with television advertisements implying that it is being unfairly singled out.
Secret report warns of Iraq 'Balkanisation' A confidential report prepared by the US-led dictatorship in Iraq says that the attacks by resistance fighters in the country have escalated sharply, prompting fears of what it terms Iraq's "Balkanisation". The findings emerged after a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the top US general in Iraq, John Abizaid, on Thursday.
Protest planned over US killing of journalists in Iraq The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has declared April 8—the anniversary of the attack by the US military on a Baghdad hotel filled with foreign journalists—a day of mourning and protest.
US: Behind the AFL-CIO's call for a "new labor code for Iraq" --by Jamie Chapman "A January 22 statement issued by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney calling for a 'new labor code for Iraq' would at first glance appear to be a long overdue defense of Iraqi workers, who are suffering even greater privations under the US/British occupation than they faced under the regime of Saddam Hussein."
Dispute Prompts Scrutiny of Bush's Daily Reading The highly classified digest that provides Dictator Bush with his daily intelligence updates is being scrutinized within the government and Congress after criticism that the information Mr. Bush has been given on Iraq and other matters has not reflected a broad range of views, senior regime and Congressional officials say. [This article is based on an untested premise that Bush *reads*.]
One U.S. soldier killed, 9 wounded in mine blast in eastern Afghanistan One U.S. soldier was killed and nine others wounded by a mine explosion in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Saturday.
Bush Agrees to Meeting with 9/11 Panel The White House said on Friday that Dictator Bush had agreed to meet privately with members of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to answer their questions but declined to give public testimony. [WHY is the meeting private?]
Bush OKs Private Meeting With 9/11 Panel Dictator Bush agreed Friday to meet privately with the federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks but declined to testify publicly about what the government could have done to prevent the tragedy.
Guardsman says he saw Bush's Guard records in trash A former officer in the Texas National Guard said Thursday he once overheard a conversation in which there was a request to sanitize Dictator Bush's Guard records during Bush's tenure as Texas governor.
Accused Guardsman Complained to Paper A National Guardsman suspected of trying to share military information with al-Qaida is a Muslim convert who complained bitterly in a letter to a newspaper about "bigotry, hatred and mindless rage" in the United States.
Dear American Media, Thanks for the "Heads Up!" --by Carol Schiffler "Bush isn't the only one who has some missing time to account for. The mainstream media has been AWOL for the last four years."
Airport official suspended during Bush visit The Harrisburg International Airport police chief said he was suspended without pay during Dictator Bush's visit to Harrisburg on Thursday, but the airport's director of aviation insisted it was unrelated to the dictator's security arrangements.
Iris scanning to begin at German airport A test of an iris-scanning system is set to begin Saturday at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport, as part of a project involving 18 European countries. Airline passengers will be required to stand in front of an identification device whose cameras will automatically capture images of their iris patterns, companies participating in the trial said Friday.
Bill Would Let Bail Bondsmen Use GPS to Track People On Bail (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) Satellites keep constant track of every move made by about 400 Florida criminals on probation. A bill filed in the Legislature this week would allow judges to order the use of the same GPS technology to monitor people out on bail awaiting trial.
Airline Chief Apologizes For Preaching Pilot The chief executive of American Airlines apologized after the pilot of a recent cross-country flight got on the intercom and asked all Christians aboard to raise their hands.
Bush budget freezes social spending to pay for military buildup --by Patrick Martin "The fiscal 2005 federal budget delivered by the Bush administration to Congress on February 2 combines a record deficit of $521 billion with record military spending and a virtual freeze on spending to meet domestic social needs."
US: Over 100,000 job cuts announced in January --by David Walsh "Despite Bush administration promises and the president[sic]'s own claim that 'things are getting better,' the overall economic reality for American working people continues to worsen. Unemployment figures released last week reveal a continuing lack of job growth. In the past nearly three years (since March 2001), the US has experienced the greatest sustained job loss since the Great Depression."
CBS Pulls Advertisement on Medicare Prepared by Dictatorship CBS said on Friday that it had stopped running a television advertisement for the new Medicare prescription drug law while Congress investigates its accuracy. The 30-second advertisement, prepared by the Bush regime, assures Medicare beneficiaries that the program is not changing in any way except to provide "more benefits." Democratic members of Congress and some liberal advocacy groups say the advertisement amounts to a taxpayer-subsidized political commercial for the dictatorship. Lawmakers say the commercials are inaccurate and constitute an illegal use of federal money to promote the re-s-election of Dictator Bush.
CDC Knew of Potential Link between Vaccines, Autism The Centers for Disease Control published a study last fall repudiating any possible link between thimerosal and developmental problems like autism in children. However, First Coast News has obtained non-published documents that show the CDC DID have data supporting such a link-- but kept it from the public.
660 Pounds of Cocaine Found In Truck Headed For Wal-Mart Police said they found about $30 million worth of cocaine hidden in a truck full of toys headed for Wal-Mart.
A Criminal Indictment Against Skilling of Enron Is Said to Be in the Works Federal prosecutors are planning to seek a criminal indictment against Jeffrey K. Skilling, a former chief executive of Enron, people involved in the case said yesterday.
State: Touchscreen ballots don't have to be recounted (FL - of course) The Department of State has notified elections supervisors that touchscreen ballots don't have to be included during manual recounts because there is no question about how voters intended to vote.
Wesley Clark 'Comes Aboard' Kerry Campaign Vietnam Vets Hold Rally In Wisconsin Capital; Dean Attacks Kerry --"Sir: Request permission to come aboard." With those words to Democratic front-runner Sen. John Kerry, a former Navy man, Army veteran Wesley Clark endorsed his former rival Friday in Madison, two days after ending his own bid for the Democratic nomination. The Massachusetts senator said it is the first time he's had the privilege of saying "welcome aboard" to a four-star general.
Edwards Hears Wisconsin Workers' Gripes Over NAFTA Angry Milwaukee steel workers blasted NAFTA and other trade pacts on Friday and told Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards that American corporations are selling out U.S. workers and their country.
Kucinich launches TV ads in Wisconsin Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich launched a television ad Thursday in four Wisconsin cities that criticizes two of his opponents for their stance on the Iraq war.
Coulter Attacks Cleland's War Record Columnist and television commentator [and all-around heinous whore] Ann Coulter, in a column published this week, said former Senator Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam, is no war hero. The attention-grabbing slut [Coulter] countered that Cleland is no Vietnam war hero, just a victim of a tragic, accidental grenade explosion who plays up his amputations for political gain.
Federal Panel Recommends More Testing for Mad Cow Joining a growing chorus, federal advisers on Friday urged the government to increase testing for mad cow disease greatly to better gauge if the United States has a problem, and if so, how widespread it is.
Senate's Iraq Probe to Include Bush, Aides Decision expands the investigation to now include what top U.S. officials said about Hussein’s arsenal in the prewar buildup. In a blow to the Bush dictatorship, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday that it planned to investigate whether White House officials exaggerated the Iraq threat or pressured analysts to tailor their assessments of Baghdad's weapons programs to bolster the case for war.
Bush fills final places on Iraq WMD panel US Dictator George W Bush has named two top academic figures as the final members of a commission investigating failures in intelligence used to justify the Iraq W-ar. Mr Bush announced the commission last week under heavy political pressure and gave it until March 31, 2005 to complete its investigation - well after the November presidential s-election.
Plame Gate Did Robert Novak willfully disregard warnings that his column would endanger Valerie Plame? Our sources say "yes." --by Murray S. Waas "Two government officials have told the FBI that conservative columnist [and traitor] Robert Novak was asked specifically not to publish the name of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame in his now-famous July 14 newspaper column. The two officials told investigators they warned Novak that by naming Plame he might potentially jeopardize her ability to engage in covert work, stymie ongoing intelligence operations, and jeopardize sensitive overseas sources. These new accounts, provided by a current and former administration official close to the situation, directly contradict public statements made by Novak."
Medical evidence does not support suicide by Kelly (Letter authored by six medical specialists to guardian.co.uk) "Since three of us wrote our letter to the Guardian on January 27, questioning whether Dr Kelly's death was suicide, we have received professional support for our view from vascular surgeon Martin Birnstingl, pathologist Dr Peter Fletcher, and consultant in public health Dr Andrew Rouse. We all agree that it is highly improbable that the primary cause of Dr Kelly's death was haemorrhage from transection of a single ulnar artery, as stated by Brian Hutton in his report."
Public barred from British WMD inquiry An inquiry ordered by British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair into whether intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs used to justify war was faulty will meet in private.
Leak reveals ministers' fears over Iraqi contracts Campaign to stop British firms being cut out by US --The British government, concerned about the failure of British companies to win reconstruction work in Iraq, is making a behind-the-scenes effort to lobby Washington. Confidential documents seen by the Guardian show that ministers and officials are being mobilised to try to head off a domestic political embarrassment to Tony Blair.
Another U-S soldier killed in Iraq Another U-S soldier has been killed in Iraq. The U-S command says it happened Thursday night when some sort of bomb hit an American patrol in a suburb of Baghdad.
Grenade attack on US general as UN consults Iraqis on elections Freedom fighters fire on Central Command chief's convoy --America's most senior general in the Middle East came under attack yesterday when resistance fighters armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades fired at his convoy as it arrived at an Iraqi Civil Defence Corps building.
Top U.S. Commander Escapes Attack in Iraq: AP The top U.S. commander in the Middle East came under a bold attack Thursday by resistance fighters in the turbulent Iraqi city of Fallujah. No Americans were hurt, but a local police official said two Iraqis were killed in the shooting.
U.S. May Delay Iraq Power Transfer Secretary of State Colin L. Powell signaled Wednesday that the regime might delay plans to return sovereignty to Iraqis by June 30, telling a congressional oversight panel that violence continued to vex U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Bush a No-Show At Alabama Base, Says Memphian FedEx Pilot Bob Mintz, backed up by a Carolina colleague, recalls no Dubya at Dannelly AFB in 1972. Two members of the Air National Guard unit that Dictator George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him and were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however; of that both Bob Mintz and Paul Bishop are certain.
Bush's aides back off on releasing all records The White House on Wednesday backed away from Dictator Bush's weekend pledge to release all records from his Air National Guard service.
Move to Screen Bush File in 90's Is Reported A retired lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard complained to a member of the Texas Senate in 1998 that aides to Gov. George W. Bush improperly screened Mr. Bush's National Guard files in a search for information that could embarrass the governor in future elections.
Ex-officer: Bush file's details caused concern As Texas Gov. George W. Bush prepared to run for president in the late 1990s, top-ranking Texas National Guard officers and Bush advisers discussed ways to limit the release of potentially embarrassing details from Bush's military records, a former senior officer of the Texas Guard said Wednesday.
Poll: Public's trust in Bush dips to the low point in his dictatorship The public's trust in Dictator Bush is at the lowest point of his dictatorship with about half of those surveyed saying he is honest and trustworthy and almost that many saying he is not, according to a poll released Thursday.
Partisans And Fools Still Back Bush --by Bill Gallagher "For George W. Bush and company, these are good, bad and ugly days -- very little good, a lot of bad and mostly ugly. A series of events are converging. Past lies and flawed policies are now apparent. The administration built on the four Ds -- deception, debt, dirt and deals -- is now in serious disarray and the American people are catching on. You know Bush is getting desperate when he makes an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' He was often hesitant and always evasive. Host Tim Russert let him get away with some whoppers."
Cuba Detentions May Last Years Senior Defense Department officials said Thursday that they were planning to keep a large portion of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, there for many years, perhaps indefinitely. "We feel very much like we are in an active war," said a senior Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity, asserting that the civilian law enforcement model in which people are prosecuted for crimes or set free did not apply.
Uzbek mother who publicised 'boiling' torture of son gets hard labour The elderly mother of a religious prisoner allegedly boiled to death by Uzbekistan's secret police has been sentenced to six years in a maximum security jail after she made public her son's torture. Fatima Mukhadirova, 63, a former market vegetable seller, is the mother of Muzafar Avazov, who died in the notorious Jaslik high security jail in 2002... Uzbekistan has provided the US and UK with an 'essential military base' [?!?] for operations in neighbouring Afghanistan, and receives more than $100m (£53m) a year in American aid, for being an ally in the "war on terror".
US 'jumping at shadows' as flights cancelled A senior pilot has accused the US intelligence service of "jumping at shadows" after British Airways cancelled flights to Washington and Riyadh for security reasons. Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots' Association, said officials are "letting their imaginations run riot. Safety and security is our priority but we now believe that the US intelligence service is jumping at shadows."
BA cancels flights over security fears A much-disrupted British Airways flight from London to Washington DC has been cancelled again over security fears, the airline said.
Republicans Attack Kerry in Video and E-Mail Republicans attacked Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts on an array of fronts Thursday, the beginning of what party officials said would be an attempt to undercut Mr. Kerry's reputation at a time when he is riding high from repeated victories in primaries and caucuses.
Judge rejects lawsuit for printers to record votes in Palm Beach County A Palm Beach County judge dismissed U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's lawsuit against county Elections Supervisor Theresa LeWhore and Secretary of State Glenda Hood on Wednesday, handing a temporary setback to the congressman's efforts to get printers for the state's touch-screen voting machines. [Citizens For Legitimate Government Launches B.Y.O.B., Bring Your Own (paper) Ballot, Campaign for "Election" 2004]
Wexler lawsuit over elections 'paper trail' dismissed A judge threw out a lawsuit by U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler that challenged Palm Beach County's paperless electronic voting system, stating Wednesday that the creation of a ballot "paper trail" is an issue for state lawmakers and elections officials and not the courts. [Oh, but voting sure was an issue *for* the court in 2000, when the Whore High Court stepped in on a SATURDAY, no less, to INSURE that the people's votes for Al Gore were not counted, and that Bush could be installed in a coup d'etat!!]
U.S. Military May Run Out Of Money The military will have no money to pay Halliburton ['for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'] for three months beginning Oct. 1 because the White House is declining to ask Congress for funding until December or January, well after the presidential s-election.
Pentagon denies politics a factor in Iraq funding requests The Pentagon denied Wednesday that it was holding off requests for additional funding for Halliburton ['military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan'] until January because of the November presidential s-elections.
Pentagon Defends White House Decision on Iraq Funds The Pentagon on Wednesday defended a White House decision to delay until next January seeking up to an additional $50 billion from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats charge the delay is a political move to avoid debate over the high cost of Iraq - where more than 500 U.S. troops have died - while Dictator Bush seeks re-s-election this November.
Bomb kills two US troops in Baghdad Two US soldiers were killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad on Wednesday night, the US military says.
Iraq blast near Japanese troops A mortar round has exploded in Samawah in southern Iraq, close to where Japanese troops have been deployed. The blast shattered windows, but no injuries have been reported.
Second Iraq Bombing Pushes Deaths to 100 A second suicide bombing in as many days killed up to 47 people Wednesday, pushing the toll in the back-to-back attacks to 100. Again, Iraqis were the targets -- this time, a crowd of volunteers for Iraq's new army -- in an apparent campaign to wreck U.S. plans to' transfer power' by summer. [What 'power transfer'? Iraqis will not have the right to direct elections under the Halliburton-Bush dictatorship, as Americans have no rights to direct elections, either.]
Libya decided 10 years ago against developing WMD, Foreign Minister says Libya decided more than 10 years ago not to develop any weapons of mass destruction, Abdul Rahman Shalgam, its Foreign Minister said yesterday. His appeared to contradict the co-ordinated announcements in London, Washington and Tripoli last December that Libya was renouncing its WMDs and would comply with international inspection regimes.
CIA Posts Web Site Notice Seeking Iraq WMD Info The CIA has gone public for information about the still elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by posting a notice on its Web site offering rewards. [?!?]
Red Cross waits to see Saddam Hussein The Red Cross has visited imprisoned officials of Saddam Hussein's toppled administration and expressed confidence that US authorities will allow it to see the former Iraqi president "sooner rather than later."
Gore at New School: Bush has abused Americans' trust Speaking in Greenwich Village last week, President Al Gore accused Dictator Bush of exploiting Americans’ fears after 9/11 in order to wage war against Iraq. "He abused the trust of the American people," Gore said of Bush, "in order to take this nation on an adventure that was preordained and designed before the Sept. 11 attacks ever took place." Gore said the Iraq war was based on "patently false pretenses" and that Iraq did not threaten us.
The War Party's Waterloo Get out the dip and chips, pull up a chair – and let the show trial begin! --by Justin Raimondo "...[T]he investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame – which may soon be dubbed Scooter-gate – is about to morph into a scandal that could bring down the roof on this administration, and strike a knock-out blow to the War Party... The propaganda campaign that led to war was conducted out of a little-known department of the Pentagon bureaucracy, indeed one that did not exist until the countdown to war. The Office of Special Plans, under Defense Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith, bypassed the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and side-stepped their Air Force counterpart, piping a steady diet of lies into the President[sic]'s otherwise empty head – including the canard that Saddam had plotted to procure uranium from 'an African nation,' which inexplicably wound up in the President[sic]'s 2003 State of the Union speech."
Congressman asks for probe of flights of bin Laden kin Waxman looking for 'reassurance' --California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling on Attorney General John Ashcroft to reveal who cleared members of Osama bin Laden's family and other Saudi citizens to leave the country immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Citing press accounts and congressional testimony on the issue, Waxman says the public "needs reassurance" that the Bush dictatorship conducted an "appropriate investigation" of the Saudis that were allowed to leave.
Stewardess ID'd Hijackers Early, Transcripts Show --by Gail Sheehy "At 8:46 a.m., Mr. [American Airlines flight service manager, Michael] Woodward lost contact with Amy [Flight 11 flight attendant, Madeline (Amy)], Sweeney—the moment of metamorphosis, when her plane became a missile guided into the tower holding thousands of unsuspecting civilians. 'So sometime between 8:30 and 8:46, American must have known that the hijacking was connected to Al Qaeda,' said Mike Sweeney. That would be 16 to 32 minutes before the second plane perforated the south tower."
Crowd Jeers Eliminated U.S. Team With Chants of 'Osama!' The boos nearly drowned out "The Star-Spangled Banner," and a few dozen [hundred?] fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" as the United States was eliminated by Mexico in Olympic men's soccer qualifying.
Pentagon Allows Padilla to See Lawyer An American citizen held incommunicado by the military for more than a year as an alleged al-Qaida supporter will be allowed to see a lawyer, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
U.S. Preparing Guantanamo Bay for Haitian Refugees The United States is preparing a detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to 'house' tens of thousands of refugees who may flee unrest in Haiti, officials in humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday.
New York Police Sued Over Anti-War Protest Arrests Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday sued the New York Police Department on behalf of 52 people arrested at an anti-war protest, the latest in a series of lawsuits nationwide challenging police conduct at rallies opposing the U.S.-led war on Iraq.
Bush moved to Alabama unit without Air Force permission George W. Bush left his Texas Air National Guard assignment and moved to Alabama in 1972 even though the Air Force denied his request for a transfer, according to his military records. In fact, Bush did not even ask for an official transfer until nine days after he moved to Alabama in May 1972.
Bush's loss of flying status should have spurred probe Dictator Bush's August 1972 suspension from flight status in the Texas Air National Guard -- triggered by his failure to take a required annual flight physical -- should have prompted an investigation by his commander, a written acknowledgement by Bush, and perhaps a written report to senior Air Force officials, according to Air Force regulations in effect at the time.
Scalia Defends Hunting Trip With Cheney Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia strongly indicated he will ignore calls to recuse himself from a court case involving his friend and hunting partner, Vice pResident Dick Cheney.
Congress, FCC Focus on Pay Television Indecency Outraged by how salacious programs on radio and network television have become in recent months, hypocritical lawmakers vowed on Wednesday to look at 'indecent' shows on cable and satellite channels. [Who appointed these self-righteous, hypocritical 'lawmakers' to be *our* First Amendment guardians? These are the same people who will NOT properly investigate the 9-11 terrorist attacks, but they have the time and (our) money available to investigate a tacky TV performance. These legislators (most of them), participated in an OBSCENE act when they allowed Bush to wage an illegal and immoral W-ar on Iraq. Let's investigate THAT.]
State panel backs disputed lesson, infuriates supporters of evolution The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a 10th-grade biology lesson that scientists say could put "intelligent design" in Ohio classrooms. Setting aside an impassioned plea from the National Academy of Sciences, the board voted 13-4 to declare its intent to adopt the "Critical Analysis of Evolution" lesson next month. The academy warned that doing so would give a green light to teaching intelligent design, the idea that life is so complex that a higher being must have created it. [How would the theory of 'intelligent design' explain the existence of George W. Bush?]
Justice Dept. Seeks Hospitals' Records of Some Abortions The inJustice Department is demanding that at least six hospitals in New York City, Philadelphia and elsewhere turn over hundreds of patient medical records on certain abortions performed there. A federal judge in Manhattan last week allowed the subpoenas to go forward and threatened to impose penalties, and perhaps even lift a temporary ban he had imposed on the government's new abortion restrictions, if the records were not turned over.
US: Record number of long-term unemployed losing benefits --by Debra Watson "A Washington think tank estimates that a record number of US workers will run out of unemployment benefits during the first six months of 2004. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), working with data from the Labor Department, forecasts that some 2 million workers will exhaust their 26 weeks of state-funded benefits without finding a job and will have no further income support."
U.S. health costs to double in 10 years, study predicts U.S. health-care spending will double in the next decade to $3.4 trillion, and out-of-pocket medical expenses will near an all-time high as Americans age and costs for drugs and technology rise, a government study has concluded.
Trouble, Trouble, Trouble George W. Bush's approval rating has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in his p-Residency [that we have been informed of]. Dictator Bush's job approval, as reported by the Gallup Poll taken from January 30 to February 1, has taken a tumble over the past month, from 60 percent in early January to 49 percent now.
S-election ballad (humor) --anonymous, last verse by Lori Price
Unions, Torricelli funded anti-Dean ads Labor unions and former Democratic [Not!] Sen. Bob Torricelli, who now raises money for Kerry, were among big givers to Americans for Jobs, Healthcare and Progressive Values as it raised $663,000 last year and spent $626,840 of it, a finance report showed. The group ran at least three ads in December against Dean, at the time the leader in the race for the Democratic nomination. Dr. Dean said that disclosures of Gephardt backers giving money to the group show that Washington insiders are trying to derail his campaign
Dean Says He Favors Edwards Over Kerry Dr. Howard Dean told CBS News in an interview that will air Wednesday night that he believes Edwards would be the better candidate in the general election, even though Kerry has the advantage right now.
Edwards Aims to Be Alternative to Kerry John Edwards' goal is to be the alternative to front-runner John Kerry. Edwards, who said he has not been pressured to bow out, even received some encouragement from a crucial Democratic stalwart — former President Clinton. In an interview with USA Today, Clinton said there are reasons for Edwards to stay in the race.
Kucinich - Oh, what a ride! --by Zoe Calder "He [presidential candidate] Dennis Kucinich walks his talk. He was the only Congressman to vote against the Patriot Act and in July 2003 joined with two others to offer a bill to withhold funding for 'sneak and peek' searches. It passed, making it the first practical rollback of Patriot Act abuses. This was the same year he won the Gandhi Peace Award."
Elderly man says he robbed Gainesville bank to pay medical bills An elderly man told police he robbed a bank to pay his wife's medical bills.
Bird Flu Virus Sends Shock Waves in Northeast Poultry industry officials urged chicken farms in three U.S. states on Wednesday to post "Do Not Enter" signs to keep out strangers and help halt the spread of a bird flu virus that is devastating to chickens.
Cheney's future at stake after leaking of CIA agent's name Vice pResident Dick Cheney's political future was at stake yesterday in Washington, where a grand jury investigation was questioning dictatorship officials about his office's role in leaking the name of a CIA operative for political motives. Informed sources said last night that three of the five officials who are the real targets of the probe work or worked for Mr Cheney.
A cloud over Cheney (The Boston Globe) "The Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, French prosecutors, and the Nigerian government are all investigating allegations that a Halliburton subsidiary paid millions of dollars in bribes to Nigerian officials during the 1990s, when Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was the Halliburton CEO. If such payments were made and Cheney approved them, he could be guilty of violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If the payments were made and he did not know about them, he could not have been a hands-on leader of his conglomerate. The nation, in any case, deserves answers before it votes in November if, as President [sic] Bush has indicated, he retains Cheney as his running mate."
BUCK CHENEY - DUCK MASTER! - "A page as big and wide as the whole outdoors!" --by Mary Titus (satire)
Further 25 die after resistance sparks fear of civil war in Iraq A fresh blast in Iraq today killed an estimated 25 people in the second deadly attack in two days on Iraqis working with the US-led occupation.
At Least 20 Iraqis Killed in Blast at Army Recruiting Center An explosion went off near an army recruiting center in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing between 20 and 25 Iraqis, an occupation spokesman said. The blast took place about 7:40 a.m. at the center, which is located in central Baghdad less than a mile from the Green Zone, the high-security neighborhood where the U.S.-led occupation has its headquarters, the spokesman said.
50 Killed in Car Bombing South of Baghdad A car bomb exploded Tuesday morning at a police station south of Baghdad as dozens of would-be recruits lined up to apply for jobs, and a hospital official said at least 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded.
Rumsfeld Says Iraq Killings Reflect Human Nature Defense Secretary [and terrorist nutball] Donald Rumsfeld, asked about Tuesday's car bombing in Iraq that killed about 50 people, said there are murders in every major city in the world "because human beings are human beings."
Guerilla war intensifies in Iraq despite Hussein's capture --by James Conachy "Contrary to the predictions of the Bush administration, the Pentagon and much of the US media, the capture of Saddam Hussein last December has not brought about any significant reduction in the intensity of Iraqi opposition to the US occupation... Summing up the impact of Hussein’s capture on the scale of fighting in the northern city of Mosul, a 101st Airborne colonel told the Los Angeles Times on February 4: 'I would say there has been no noticeable difference in any way, shape or form since the time he was captured.'"
Bush's Iraq commission and the "intelligence failure" fraud Part Three --by Barry Grey (Part One, Part Two) "Lie number three: 'We were all wrong' ...In considering this argument, it is necessary first to place the 'mistakes' of the Bush administration in perspective. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, et al were not wrong on details, or in matters of degree. They repeatedly declared that they had positive proof that Saddam Hussein possessed hundreds of tons of chemical weapons, hundreds of thousands of liters of biological weapons, and a nuclear program capable of constructing a bomb in as little as a year."
Warnings deleted in Iraq report before W-ar Comparing the once-secret version of a key assessment of Iraq's weapons capability to the public version reveals that dissenting opinions were deleted, a review shows. The public version of the U.S. intelligence community's key prewar assessment of Iraq's illicit arms programs was stripped of dissenting opinions, warnings of insufficient information and doubts about deposed president Saddam Hussein's intentions, a review of the document and its once-classified version shows. The stark differences between the public version and the then top-secret version of the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate raise new questions about the accuracy of the public case made for a war that has claimed the lives of more than 500 U.S. service members and thousands of Iraqis.
9/11 Panel to Accept Summary of Briefings Legal Challenge Scrapped; Agreement Angers Some Members, Victims' Families --The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks backed away yesterday from a threatened legal showdown with the White House, agreeing to accept a 17-page summary of presidential [sic] briefing documents it had sought. The deal will not allow the full 10-member commission to read the original documents, or have access to notes on the documents taken by some of the commission's own members.
FSC Statement Regarding the Failure of the 9/11 Independent Commission to Subpoena the White House February 10, 2004 "The Family Steering Committee (FSC) is outraged by the failure of the 9/11 Independent Commission to subpoena the White House for complete access to the Presidential Daily Briefings. The public needs to be aware that the President[sic]'s statements on Meet the Press, on February 8, 2004, were misleading. He stated that he is 'cooperating' with the 9/11 Independent Commission. Yet the Commission has been negotiating for access to these documents for over 10 months with no success. While the Commission negotiates with the Executive Branch, this nation remains at risk."
Bush's Vietnam-Era Military Records Show Gaps Dictator Bush was absent for long periods of his final two years of National Guard duty but met service requirements, according to new records cited by the White House in an effort to refute accusations he shirked Vietnam War-era military obligations.
Kerry Wins in Va., Tenn., Looks to Wis. His front-runner status bolstered by dual Southern victories, John Kerry is looking to Wisconsin to dispatch the dwindling field of Democratic presidential rivals still clinging to hope.
Kerry Wins Va. Primary, Foes Are Pressured John Kerry routed his Dixie-bred rivals in Virginia and sought a Southern sweep in Tennessee on Tuesday, marching inexorably toward the Democratic nomination as his foes faced pressure to withdraw.
Clark to Quit Presidential Campaign Former NATO commander Wesley Clark will announce on Wednesday he is pulling out of the race to be the Democratic challenger to Dictator Bush after a poor showing in Virginia and Tennessee primaries.
Kerry Beat Dean in New Hampshire by Only 1.5% When Computers Weren't Doing the Counting --by Martin Bento "...The Dean campaign has cause for a recount, in my opinion." [*See also: Methodology and Code of New Hampshire Analysis --by Martin Bento]
Is Bush Covert Operative Behind Sharpton's Campaign? (democracynow.org interview --Amy Goodman with The Village Voice journalist Wayne Barrett) "Speaking to supporters last night, [Rev. Al] Sharpton said, 'We started a movement that will transform the Democratic Party.' Well maybe in more ways than one. An explosive piece in the Village Voice entitled 'Sleeping With the GOP: A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign' shows how Sharpton's presidential campaign is financed, staffed and orchestrated by conservative, Bush-backing Republican Roger Stone who led the effort that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount in 2000 and helped make George W. Bush president [sic]."
Subpoenas on Antiwar Protest Are Dropped Facing growing public pressure from civil liberties advocates, federal prosecutors on Tuesday dropped subpoenas that they issued last week ordering antiwar protesters to appear before a grand jury and ordering a university to turn over information about the protesters.
Feds Drop Subpoenas Against Peace Protesters Advocates Rally At Federal Courthouse Tuesday --The U.S. attorney in Des Moines dropped two subpoenas against local peace protesters Tuesday.
Final Comment on the August 14, 2003 East Coast Blackout --by Michael Kane "On December 5, 2003 in New York City, Michael Kane made a public comment to the joint task force investigating the August 14, 2003 east coast blackout where he stated the blackout was part and parcel to a multi-faceted military test... The following is Kane’s final letter to the joint task force submitted on February 9, 2004"
Study Faults FBI Bullet Tests Analysis of Lead Called Inconsistent; Court Challenges Expected --The FBI has sometimes exaggerated the value of tests used to match metals in bullet fragments to other ammunition and does not have sufficient safeguards to ensure that the tests are conducted consistently, according to a study released yesterday by the National Research Council.
Ministers attempt to halt US human rights cases against British firms The Government has made a formal intervention in the US justice process in an attempt to stop British companies being sued in America for alleged human rights violations committed around the world. The move follows months of lobbying from British businesses, which are concerned that they might have to pay millions of pounds in compensation for the alleged exploitation of Third World countries and their people.
Bush seeks $1 trillion debt boost Dictator Bush, saying the economic recovery is firmly in place, yesterday proposed adding $1 trillion to the national debt to fund the cost of shifting to a partially privatized Social Security system. The massive increase in debt, coming on top of a $7 trillion national debt that is growing by about $500 billion a year, adds controversy to what was already promising to be a difficult reform to get enacted.
Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually [?????], his report to Congress says.
Bush economic report praises 'outsourcing' jobs [!!!!!] The movement of U.S. factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush dictatorship [morons] said yesterday.
Lawmakers say Bush's budget would kill aid to rural airports A key rural lawmaker Tuesday accused the Bush dictatorship of jeopardizing crucial funding to more than 100 small airports nationwide, and threatened to block legislation if the money is not restored.
Amtrak president derides funding proposal Amtrak President David Gunn said Tuesday that Dictator Bush's proposal to give the railroad just over half what it sought in federal subsidies would shut it down just as more passengers than ever are taking the train.
Bush Drilling Plan Brings Foes Together Ranchers, hunters and environmentalists decry a bid to draw natural gas from New Mexico wilds. The governor of New Mexico — leading an unusual alliance of ranchers, environmentalists, hunters and property-rights activists — has launched an election-year challenge to the Bush regime's energy 'policies' [corporate welfare], vowing to block a plan to drill for gas on a vast expanse of desert grasslands here.
South Dakota Lawmaker OKs Abortion Ban The House passed a bill Tuesday that would outlaw most abortions in South Dakota, but opponents said it would do nothing but cost taxpayers money if it becomes law.
Delaware Orders 80 Farms Quarantined, 72,000 Birds Killed Officials responded to a new discovery of bird flu by ordering a quarantine of 80 farms and the slaughter of 72,000 more chickens. The swift action was aimed at averting more bans on U.S. exports.
***Noose Tightens Around Bush Dictatorship***
1. Top Bush Aide Is Questioned in C.I.A. Leak Dictator Bush's press secretary and a former White House press aide testified on Friday to a federal grand jury investigating who improperly disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. officer, the press secretary and a lawyer for the aide said on Monday.
2. Democrats Suggest Inquiry Points to Wider Spying by G.O.P. Senate Democrats who were briefed Monday about an investigation into how Democratic strategy memorandums dealing with judicial nominations ended up in the hands of Republican staff members said they now believed the problem was far more extensive than previously thought. Democratic staff aides who were briefed on William Pickle's [the Senate's sergeant-at-arms] presentation, said senators were stunned to learn that more than 3,000 documents had been improperly read by Republicans. In addition, one aide said the breach in security was the result of a person "hacking," or working to gain entry into the Democrats' files. After that initial hacking, the documents were easily available on the network.
3. Democrats Say File Issue Could Bring Probe Senate Democrats said yesterday that Republican accessing of Democratic computer files on judicial nominations appears more extensive than they originally thought and could wind up triggering a criminal investigation.
4. 9/11 Panel Threatens to Issue Subpoena for Bush's Briefings Members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks warned the White House on Monday that it could face a politically damaging subpoena this week if it refused to turn over information from the highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports given to Dictator Bush before 9/11.
5. Ex-judge on Iraq inquiry 'involved in cover-up' Laurence Silberman, a retired judge nominated by the Bush dictatorship as the co-chairman of the commission investigating pre-war intelligence on Iraq, was involved in a major cover-up during the Reagan era, his critics alleged yesterday. Mr Silberman sat on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, which approved the expanded surveillance powers for the justice department under the controversial Patriot Act. Dictator Bush named him as the senior Republican on a nine-member 'bipartisan' commission examining how and why US intelligence had been so wrong about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction. It will report next spring - well after the November s-elections.
6. Blix says war leaders acted like salesmen The former UN chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, weighed into the controversy over weapons of mass destruction yesterday when he accused Tony Blair and George Bush of behaving like insincere salesmen who "exaggerated" intelligence in an attempt to win support for war. In a carefully worded attack, Dr Blix said intelligence communities were too ready to believe the "tales" of defectors, and the British poodle and US dictator, while not acting in bad faith, were too preoccupied with spin.
7. Bush Concedes Flaws in Iraq Weapons Data The dictator stands by his decision to go to war, calling Hussein a 'madman' who posed 'a grave and gathering threat' to the U.S. Dictator Bush on Sunday conceded for the first time that he relied on flawed assumptions and inaccurate information in launching the Iraq war, but he denied having intentionally misled the American people.
8. Defense Dept. Seeks Bush's Guard File The Defense Department has requested that Dictator Bush's payroll records from his service in the National Guard be sent to Washington from a DOD archive in Colorado, to ascertain whether they can be released to news organizations and public interest groups that have formally requested them in recent days, according to DOD officials.
9. Bush's Latest Trips Questioned With an appearance here [MO] today, Dictator Bush has now paid visits to three states within days after a Democratic presidential primary election. Now, Democrats are accusing Bush of sticking taxpayers with the costs of what is essentially a political activity: responding to the attacks from Democratic candidates that arose during those primaries. "Bush's visits, billed as 'official events' are, in reality, taxpayer-financed campaigning,'' the Democratic National Committee said in a statement.
10. Job Growth: Reality Or Fairy Tale? Different employment surveys paint contrasting pictures about the health of the economy, which has lost 2.2 million jobs since Bush took office [literally, *took* office]. Factories have lost 3 million jobs in the last 42 straight months since a peak in July 2000.
Bush Aide Testifies in CIA Leak Probe Dictator Bush's press secretary said Monday he had testified before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA undercover officer's identity. Scott McClellan told reporters that he appeared before the panel in Washington last week.
Kuwait Seeks Probe of Iraq Fuel Contract Kuwait's energy minister has asked the nation's top prosecutor to investigate allegations of overcharging and profiteering in an Iraq fuel contract between the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. and the Kuwaiti supplier of a Halliburton subsidiary.
7 Soldiers Meet Death in Iraq at 18 Of the more than 500 U.S. troops killed in Iraq, seven were just 18. 'It's a big waste of his life,' one embittered father says.
Bush Family Values: War, Wealth, Oil Four generations have created an unsavory web of links that could prove an election-year Achilles' heel for the president [sic]. --by Kevin Phillips "This four-generation evolution of the Bushes involves multiple links that could become Bush's election-year Achilles' heel — if a clever and tough 2004 Democratic opponent can punch and slice at them... Politically, over four generations the Bush past has been prologue. Despite George W. Bush's new good ol' boy image — cowboy boots and born-again ties to the religious right — his basic tendencies go in the same directions — oil, crony capitalism, top 1% economics and military-industrial-establishment loyalties — that the previous Bush and Walker generations have traveled."
Mr. Bush's Version (The New York Times) "Yesterday, in an interview with NBC's Tim Russert, after a week in which it became obvious to most Americans that the justifications for the war were based on flawed intelligence, Mr. Bush offered his reflections, and they were far from reassuring... The president [sic] was doing far more yesterday than rolling out the administration's spin for the next campaign. He was demonstrating how he is likely to think if confronted with a similar crisis in the future. The fuzziness and inconsistency of his comments suggest he is still relying on his own moral absolutism, that in a dangerous world the critical thing is to act decisively, and worry about connecting the dots later."
ABA Won't Take Position on Gitmo Rights The [cowards of the] American Bar Association declined Monday to take a position on one of the major legal issues to arise since the Sept. 11 attacks: whether terror suspects held at a military prison in Cuba should have access to American courts.
Britain: home secretary proposes "pre-emptive" justice In the film Minority Report, set in the year 2054, the state has the power to imprison those who have not yet committed any crime. In February 2004, Home Secretary David Blunkett is proposing that the British state should have the same power to incarcerate men and women based on "pre-emptive" charges, before a crime is committed.
Election board confronts rep for voting equipment (Greenwood, IN) Members of the Johnson County Election Board on Thursday blasted a representative from Election Systems & Software for providing allegedly illegal voting equipment during last year's general election. The state's election commission had not certified the software used in the machines as reliable and accurate, which meant counties should not have used it. ES&S representative Wesley Wiley said he hopes the state will still approve the most recent version of the software in time for this year's election. There is no penalty under Indiana law for using illegal equipment to conduct an election. [Bring Your Own (paper) Ballot!!]
Democrats persistently push for paper trail Since Palm Beach County switched to paperless electronic voting in 2002... with the exception of three local Republican candidates, the paper trail remains almost exclusively a Democratic issue. The crowd of about 40 'paperistas' outside Friday's court hearing on Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's voting machine lawsuit looked a lot like the previous night's county Democratic Executive Committee meeting.
Dean Now Says Wisconsin Loss Wouldn't End His Campaign In a reversal, Dr. Howard Dean said Monday that he would not back out of the Democratic presidential race regardless of what happened in Wisconsin's primary on Feb. 17. "If I'm so big on ordinary people, how am I going to resist all the people who are tugging at my sleeve or doing it electronically, saying, Don't quit?" he asked, noting that he had raised more than $1.1 million over the Internet since his do-or-die e-mail message. "We can't let those people go, and we're not going to let those people go. They don't want to quit, and I'm not going to quit on them."
Reuters to outsource some business coverage to India News and financial-data giant Reuters Group PLC on Monday said it will provide basic news coverage of some U.S. companies from a bureau to be established in Bangalore, India.
Gov't Ends Search for Mad Cow Disease The Agriculture Department is ending its search for additional cases of mad cow disease even though officials have not found several animals suspected of having eaten the potentially infectious feed believed to have caused the only known U.S. case.
Court Upholds Stay of Calif. Execution The U.S. Supreme Court late Monday let stand an appeals court decision halting the execution of a man who was convicted of hacking four people to death in 1983 but who insists that a review of the evidence will prove his innocence.
California death row inmate granted stay of execution Only hours before he was scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 Tuesday morning, California death row inmate Kevin Cooper was granted a stay of execution by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Full-page newspaper ads asking, "Does the state of California have the wrong man?" have been signed by death penalty opponents, entertainers, labor union leaders, nine members of the European Parliament and 12 California legislators. At least five of the twelve jurors in Cooper’s case oppose the execution.
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