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March 2003 Archives, Page Two

Bush is an international war criminal.

CIA Teams Seek to Kill Iraqi Elite U.S. "covert teams" [CIA] have been operating in urban areas in Iraq trying to kill members of President Saddam Hussein's inner circle, including Baath Party officials and Special Republican Guard commanders, according to U.S. and other knowledgeable officials. The covert teams, from the CIA's paramilitary division and the military's special operations group, include snipers and demolition experts schooled in setting house and car bombs.

CIA Trying to Take Out Hussein Allies - Newspaper Special CIA and U.S. military units are operating in Iraqi cities, trying to kill members of President Saddam Hussein's inner circle, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

U.S. Orders 4-6 Day Pause in Iraq Advance-Officers U.S. commanders have ordered a pause of between four to six days in a northwards push toward Baghdad because of supply shortages and stiff Iraqi resistance, U.S. military officers said on Saturday.

We Will Cut Force The number of troops in the Gulf could be dramatically reduced if war drags on, Britain's leading soldier warned yesterday.

*Amerikan Missile Misfire Section* updated daily as the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel bumbles and stumbles toward W-WIII.

Did Errant U.S. Missile Hit Kuwait City? "It was at first thought that the missile had apparently come from Iraq, but a published report now says officials are also looking into the possibility that it could have been a U.S. missile gone astray." [U.S. missiles "go astray" every five pico-seconds! --Lori Price]

Explosion, Said to Be From Missile, Rocks Mall in Kuwait An explosion rocked an empty shopping mall on the waterfront early today in Kuwait City, the capital, sending a huge plume of white smoke towering into the sky. Some Kuwaiti officials who examined the fragments said they believed an errant American cruise missile had been fired from the Persian Gulf toward Iraq. "It was an American cruise missile, we know from the markings and writing on it," said a Kuwaiti police colonel who did not give his name. "It doesn't go up, it comes in low from the sea, and that's why there was no alert."

Explosion rocks Kuwait City shopping mall A large explosion rocked a major shopping mall in the Kuwaiti capital early Saturday, according to a security official.

US cruise missiles fall in Saudi Arabia Several US cruise missiles fired towards Iraq have landed in Saudi Arabia, a senior US commander said.

Friendly Fire May Have Killed Soldier A British soldier was believed killed after armored vehicles came under attack in a possible "friendly fire" incident in southern Iraq, defense officials said Saturday. Four other soldiers were injured.

Blair caught lying about soldier’s "execution" The sister of a British soldier killed in Iraq has denounced Prime Minister Tony Blair for lying about the circumstances of his death.

Pitiful Apology Attempt Angers Hero's Family Angry relatives last night slammed a pitiful attempt by the Government to apologise for Tony Blair's claim that two soldiers who died in combat in Iraq were "executed".

Blair's Massive Blunder --by Paul Routledge "The families of Sapper Luke Allsopp and Staff Sgt Simon Cullingworth have not only lost their loved ones. They have learned a cruel lesson in reality from this dreadful war: Tony Blair will lie when it suits him. Without any corroborating evidence, the Prime Minister announced that these brave soldiers had been "executed" by Saddam Hussein's troops.

US to double Iraq troops The United States is preparing to deploy up to 120,000 more troops to Iraq amid growing concerns about the progress of the war.

U.S. moves to bolster supply-line security in Iraq Troops from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division have been placed near Nassiriya in southern Iraq to bolster security for supply lines amid threats posed by Iraqi forces, a defense official said on Saturday.

U.S. Forces Pound Nasiriyah With Rockets Artillery and rocket barrages set buildings on fire and raised a pall of thick, black smoke over Nasiriyah on Friday as Marines outside the Euphrates River city tried to stamp out Iraqi resistance on a key supply route to Baghdad.

Baghdad rocked by powerful bombardment Thunderous explosions rocked Baghdad on Friday in some of the most powerful bombardments of the Iraqi capital in days. One missile struck a market in western Baghdad on Friday afternoon, killing more than 50 people, news reports said.

'58 dead' in Baghdad market bombing (Mar. 29 update) Iraqi officials say at least 58 people were killed when a coalition bomb struck a bustling market in residential Baghdad.

Baghdad strike 'kills 55' · Delayed UK aid ship docks · UN restarts oil for food programme · Rumsfeld: US may besiege capital --There were grim reports tonight that a missile strike on a busy marketplace in Baghdad had killed up to 55 people and left scores more wounded.

'The Whole World Cries' Through the dreary, dirty streets of the neighborhood, the men carried the wood coffin draped hastily in a tattered orange blanket. In a cadence of death, their sobs a refrain, they murmured, "There is no god but God." And, in the coffin, they delivered 27-year-old Najah Abdel-Rida to his waiting family. "How can they make these mistakes, with the technology they have?" said Abdel-Hadi Udai, his brother-in-law, standing amid broken glass that littered the sidewalk. "There are no military installations anywhere near here. This war defies nature."

Rumsfeld tells Syria, Iran to stay out of war United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has delivered a blunt warning to Syria and Iran not to interfere with coalition forces in Iraq.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warns Syria that the U.S. considers military shipments to Iraq a 'hostile act'.

Perle resignation shows Anglo-American forces falling apart Iraq Iraq has commented on the resignation today of a top Bush regime advisor, saying it shows the "Coaltion" is falling apart.

Aznar faces 91% opposition to war The Spanish prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar, the third man on the international stage beside George Bush and Tony Blair in the run-up to war, was staring at political disaster yesterday as anti-war demonstrations spread and opinion polls revealed 91% of Spaniards against the war.

Ivanov Ridicules 'War of Liberation' Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov warned the United States on Wednesday not to start a propaganda war against Russia and ridiculed Washington's efforts to portray the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq as a war of liberation. A recent poll, meanwhile, shows a drastic rise in anti-U.S. sentiment over the war. Only 5 percent of 1,600 respondents in a nationwide poll completed earlier this week by VTsIOM said they sympathize with the United States.

U.S. Planes Pound Suspected Taliban Hideouts U.S. B-52 bombers and helicopters pounded areas in southern Afghanistan on Saturday where fugitives of the ousted Taliban regime were believed to be hiding, an Afghan official said.

No let up in anti-war protests Another wave of anti-war protests are being held in many parts of the world this weekend.

Pittsburgh police lock up antiwar protesters for 30 hours --An account of the experience of some of the 122 protesters in Pittsburgh who were arrested at the end of the March 20 march against the war in Iraq.

BBC complains of Pentagon lies The BBC has become so concerned at false and misleading information being put out on the war against Iraq that it has stressed to its journalists that they must clearly attribute military sources. [Well, "false" and "misleading" has been the hallmark of the illegal and immoral US-led massacre in Iraq. --Lori Price]

Al-Jazeera wins anti-censorship award Al-Jazeera, the Arab TV satellite channel whose war coverage has angered the US, has been awarded a prestigious prize for upholding freedom of expression. [Well, CensoringNewsNetwork surely wasn't going to win it!!]

Hackers divert al-Jazeera users to US porn and patriot sites The al-Jazeera website has suffered further attacks from hackers, who hijacked the Arabic news broadcaster's domain name and redirected users to what appears to be an American "patriot"'s website. Users trying to log onto the al-Jazeera website in the US found a message that read "Hacked by Patriot, Freedom Cyber Force Militia" beneath a logo of the US flag. [Mega barf alert!]

Gore criticizes war coverage President Al Gore criticized the media and the current regime's war on Iraq and suggested an "unhealthy relationship" between the two at Tuesday's Seigenthaler Lecture. "I admire these journalists who are covering this war who are embedded, but I don't want the owners of the companies they work for to be in bed with the government," Gore said.

TV anchors choke back tears: I gag --by Zoe Heller "...the real problem, in the American media at least, is the blatant and unembarrassed manner in which the reporters have become mouthpieces for the military... 'I can tell you that these soldiers have been amazing to us,' David Bloom, a reporter for NBC, travelling with the Third Infantry, reported the other night. 'They have done anything and everything that we could ask of them and we in turn are trying to return the favour.' Cute. But not the sort of thing you want to hear from a newsman."

Fog of coverage paved the way for war TV belatedly turning critical lens on itself --by Antonia Zerbisias "Then there's the business of Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network with some 35 million subscribers, among them some of the world's wealthiest people, including major investors in AOL Time Warner — which owns CNN. For all the blah-de-blah-blah about liberating the Iraqi people and giving them Western democracy, CNN never discussed — by the time I filed this column, anyway — how Al-Jazeera had been banned from both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq."

Madonna Video Ends With Image of Dictator Bush With Grenade In His Lap A final shock scene in the video of recording artist Madonna's upcoming release -- is that of the singer throwing a grenade in the lap of Dictator Bush.

China readies for future U.S. fight The Iraqi war has convinced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership that some form of confrontation with the U.S. could come earlier than expected. Beijing has also begun to fine-tune its domestic and security policies to counter the threat of perceived U.S. neo-imperialism.

British Man Changes His Name in Protest A British man named Eric Bush has taken a dramatic step to protest the U.S.-led war in Iraq - he's changed his name.Bush, a 72-year-old retiree living in Jonquieres, southern France, says he was "ashamed" to bear the same name as Dictator Bush. He said he had it officially changed Friday to Eric Buisson - the French word for bush.

Moore Film To Claim Ties Between Bush, Bin Laden Clans Fahrenheit 911 To Be Financed Through Gibson's Company --According to Variety online, Moore is putting together a deal with actor Mel Gibson's production company to finance Fahrenheit 911, a documentary that will trace the roots of terrorism against the United States. Moore will also spell out "alleged" dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden clans, according to Variety.

He's just getting started Apparently, Michael Moore's antiwar speech at the Oscars wasn't a career killer after all, reports Entertainment Weekly. The Bowling for Columbine Oscar winner has made a deal to finance his next documentary, which will detail the ties between the Bush and bin Laden families that predated (and, Moore says, post-dated) the Sept. 11 attacks. The title: Fahrenheit 911.

FBI wants new overseas offices to "fight terror" The FBI plans to open offices in Kabul, Jakarta and eight other foreign capitals as part of a decade-long overseas expansion that officials say is crucial to meet the global threat of al-Qaida and "other" terrorist groups.

Scientists Warn on Bush Bioweapons Push A Bush regime program to add at least three bioweapons labs is troubling many scientists and arms control experts, who say it can't be good to train more microbiologists in the black art of bioterror.

Third Death Follows Smallpox Vaccination A 55-year-old National Guardsman died this week from a heart attack, the Pentagon said Friday, in the third such death following a smallpox vaccination.

WHO doctor who spotted new killer pneumonia dies The World Health Organisation doctor who first identified the fast-spreading pneumonia that has killed 54 people worldwide has himself died of the disease, the U.N. agency said on Saturday.

Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that we "should look at the facts and review Iraq's history more closely" before protesting the W-ar "We protest the W-ar because it violates international law and is a W-ar of aggression fought not because of WMDs (the evidence for which was NEVER found and other 'evidence' for which was completely falsified and fraudulent!), but for geo-political and resource control. It's all in black and white. White people attacking brown people for black crude--and contracts to rebuild what they first had contracts to destroy." --Michael Rectenwald

UN to be Asked to Impose Sanctions On US and Britain Iraqi ambassador to Malaysia Kais S.A. Al-Yacoubi said, Thursday that efforts are underway to ask the United Nations to impose "sanctions" on the United States and Britain for their invasion of Iraq which has claimed the lives of many Iraqis.

Soldiers build secret camp to intern thousands of Iraqi captives British and American soldiers are building an internment camp at a secret location inside Iraq to hold thousands of prisoners of war from Saddam Hussein's forces. So far they have not disclosed the location, even to the Red Cross which has a right under international law to visit prisoners. [Oh, is *this* what 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' is all about?? Internment camps?!? This blurb is from the Independent.co.uk. Will one of the US media "embeds" climb *out* of Bush's bed and cover this story, please? --Lori Price]

Blair, the war criminal --by Tam Dalyell "My constituency Labour party has just voted to recommend that Tony Blair reconsider his position as party leader because he gave British backing to a war against Iraq without clearly expressed support from the UN. I agree with this motion. I also believe that since Mr Blair is going ahead with his support for a US attack without unambiguous UN authorisation, he should be branded as a war criminal and sent to The Hague." [Send the other international war criminal, George W. Bush, to The Hague, too!!]

Russian President Calls War Against Iraq the Most Serious Crisis Since End of Cold War Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the U.S.-led war against Iraq the most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War and warned it threatened global stability.

War, Souring U.S.-Canada Ties Threaten Bush Visit An official visit by Dictator Bush to Canada is under increasing doubt because of the war in Iraq and worsening ties between the two close allies, U.S. and Canadian officials said on Wednesday.

Villepin refuses to say which side he supports France's attempt to repair relations with America and Britain over Iraq backfired yesterday when Dominique de Villepin, their foreign minister, refused to say which side he supported. [Shocking and Awesome!]

I refused to help Bush: PM Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Thursday told the media how George Bush thrice sought his help in the war on Iraq, and how he refused the American Dictator. Vajpayee told Bush that India believed war was not a solution to any problem and so could not help.

U.S. had contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997 The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations walked out of a debate on the Iraqi war Thursday after Iraq's ambassador accused the United States of trying to exterminate the Iraqi people. Iraq's U.N. envoy Mohammed Al-Douri claimed the United States had arranged contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997, six years before the U.S.-led war began last week.

Contracts to Rebuild Iraq Go to Chosen Few KBR, the company the U.S. government picked this week to put out oil-field fires in Iraq, has a long history of working for the military on big projects in foreign hot spots. The former Kellogg Brown & Root -- a subsidiary of Houston-based energy services firm Halliburton Co., which Vice pResident Cheney headed from 1995 until 2000 [and still receives money from] -- developed a contingency plan for extinguishing the fires as part of a 10-year Pentagon logistics contract it was awarded in 2001.

Secret Bids Companies, Including Big GOP Donors, Invited to Vie for Iraq Contracts Weeks before the first bombs dropped in Iraq, the Bush regime began rebuilding plans. ABCNEWS has obtained a copy of a 99-page contract worth $600 million. Among the companies believed to be bidding are Bechtel, Fluor, Parsons, the Washington Group and Halliburton, Vice pResident Dick Cheney's old [and current] firm.

Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor Bush deputy gets $1m from firm with Iraq oil deal --Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-pResident, Dick Cheney.

Top Rumsfeld adviser resigns over ethics A top adviser to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and one of the intellectual architects of the war with Iraq resigned his post Thursday amid an ethics controversy. [The rats are abandoning the sinking Bush ship!!]

Perle Resigns as Pentagon Panel Chairman Facing Conflict-of-Interest Questions, Adviser Says He Doesn't Want to Be a Distraction --Richard N. Perle, a key adviser to the Bush national security team who recently has been dogged by conflict-of-interest allegations, resigned yesterday as the unpaid chairman of an influential Pentagon advisory board but intends to stay on as a member.

Unfinished business Richard Perle's resignation highlights questions over US economic involvement in postwar Iraq, writes Brian Whitaker "According to a report to be published today by the US watchdog Center for Public Integrity, at least 10 out of 30 members of the Pentagon committee are executives or lobbyists with companies that have tens of billions of dollars' worth of contracts with the US defence department and other government agencies."

'Bunker Busters' Fall on Baghdad Tower The biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far — two 4,700-pound "bunker busters" — struck a communications tower Friday in an intense U.S. bombardment. In the south, British officers said Iraqi fighters defending the besieged city of Basra fired on hundreds of civilians trying to flee.

Rumsfeld Hints Laying Siege on Baghdad Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested on Thursday that U.S. forces bearing down on Baghdad might lay siege to the capital and hope anti-Saddam Hussein citizens rise up against the government before American troops have to invade the city of 5 million.

Planners prepare for long conflict Military planners are now preparing for a bloody conflict that is likely to last months, according to Pentagon sources.

General: A Longer War Likely Logistics, Enemy Force Reevaluation The Army's senior ground commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, said today that overextended supply lines and a combative adversary using unconventional tactics have stalled the U.S. drive toward Baghdad and increased the likelihood of a longer war than many strategists had anticipated.

Anglo-American Forces Fight to Secure Supply Lines One group of Marines traded fire with Iraqi forces Friday amid the burning buildings of An Nasiriyah, while others pushed north of the strategic city in a grinding bumper-to-bumper movement of weapons and supplies. At least one American was reported killed in the fighting. Two other Marines were killed after they were accidentally run over by one of their vehicles as they slept.

US forced to send for the cavalry America doubled the number of troops committed to the war against Iraq yesterday in a tacit admission that its hopes of ousting Saddam Hussein using only light troops and air power had failed.

Iraqis eating into coalition 'cakewalk' --by Robert Novak "U.S. general officers I have questioned over the last year were angry that anybody--particularly an official adviser--should spread the impression this would not be a real war, with killing and dying. Nevertheless, the cakewalk image took hold among some of the strongest hawks in Congress and in the public mind."

Possible Friendly Fire Nine Marines were killed during a fierce battle in Nasiriyah on Sunday and a 10th was killed Monday. A military source said today that preliminary indications now suggest the nine may have died from friendly fire, not enemy attack. An A-10 Thunderbolt II may have hit the Marines under the impression they were Iraqi fighters, the source said.

Anglo-American Forces Launch New Afghan Offensive U.S.-led forces have begun a new air and ground offensive in northeastern Afghanistan against rebels of the ousted Taliban regime and their al-Qaida allies, the military said Friday.

Outspoken Army General Upsets White House With Public Comments The war in Iraq is about to get even tougher for Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace. He ignited the ire of the White House by observing publicly that Pentagon war strategists had misunderstood the combativeness of Iraqi fighters.

War Watch "Fog" is beginning to be the watchword of this war, with the lines between fact and propaganda being blurred on a daily basis. [list of claims and counterclaims]

Lack of trust in media turns many to alternative sources The Muslim view of al-Jazeera and alternative websites is sought amid suspicions that western networks are biased.

Al-Jazeera tells the truth about war My station is a threat to American media control - and they know it --by Faisal Bodi "Of all the major global networks, al-Jazeera has been alone in proceeding from the premise that this war should be viewed as an illegal enterprise... Its team of on-the-ground, unembedded correspondents has provided a corrective to the official line that the campaign is, barring occasional resistance, going to plan."

Will the war crush the U.S. dollar? --by Robert Shapiro "The odds are still small that the war will trigger a currency crisis. If it does, you’ll see it in a fast-falling dollar; and given our current sour relations with much of the G-7, we might not be able to do much about it.

Iraq War Spurs Depression Among Veterans Images from the war in Iraq are stirring up bad memories for veterans who served in the jungles of Vietnam; the foxholes of World War II and Korea; and the sandy deserts of the first Gulf War.

British troops prefer Iraqi boots to Her Majesty's standard issue British soldiers have been scavenging the debris of war for Iraqi army boots because the British army variety are disintegrating in the hot desert sun.

Lawmakers charge White House with stifling anti-war dissent A small but increasingly vocal contingent of Democratic lawmakers opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq accused the White House of stifling dissent by those who oppose the war.

MTV drops war-themed pop videos MTV has banned music videos with war-related titles, lyrics or images, including Paul Hardcastle's 19 and Outkast's Bombs over Baghdad, for the duration of the conflict in Iraq.

Dreamworks Execs to Rock: No Bush Bashing Comedian Chris Rock has been strongly advised not to engage in any Bush-bashing during the promotion of his new film Head of State, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned

Hollywood backs away from helping Bush with war in Iraq Hollywood is refusing to be drafted to help the regime of Dictator George W. Bush sell its stance on the US-led war in Iraq, it was reported.

Hundreds of NYC Peace Activists Arrested About 215 protesters were arrested Thursday after they lay down on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, blocking traffic in the latest of a series of demonstrations against the war.

Protesters plan massive rally at Common One of the biggest anti-war rallies in New England history is planned for tomorrow at Boston Common, where 25,000 to 50,000 people are expected to descend before a march and "die-in" on Boylston Street, organizers said yesterday.

Protesters urge Upton to repudiate document (MI) Every day this week anti-war protesters have been streaming into U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's Kalamazoo office. Specifically, they want the congressman to repudiate a document produced by a conservative Republican think tank that they say advocates American world supremacy.

Protestors Must Obtain Permit, Pay For Overtime To March In Streets Albuquerque police will no longer allow demonstrators to march on Central Avenue, or any other city street, without obtaining a permit and paying for police overtime. [Gee, that kind of obviates the incentive for making the protests *permitted* marches, doesn't it? Is it time for marching, sans permit? --Lori Price]

Officers In Training At UNM Not Wearing Uniforms To Avoid Confrontations Military officers in training at the University of New Mexico are taking measures to lower their profile and avoid confrontations with anti-war activists, including not wearing their uniforms.

Sarandon charity event canceled The United Way of Tampa Bay has canceled an upcoming event featuring Susan Sarandon after getting three dozen complaints [?!?] about her opposition to the war in Iraq.

Suit Filed Over Student's Anti-Iraq War T-Shirt A Detroit-area school was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday for prohibiting a student anti-war protester from wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Dictator Bush and the words "International Terrorist." [Well, he is. Duh.]

Muslim leaders ask Napolitano for hate crime protection Explosives were hurled into the back yard of an Iraqi-American family in Phoenix on Wednesday, the same day a Muslim advocacy group called on the governor to take action to prevent hate crimes.

Lawmakers skeptical of Bush bioterror plan Some lawmakers voiced doubts Thursday over the Bush regime's request to have open-ended control over a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar funding stream to encourage drug and vaccine makers to develop products to fight biological and chemical weapons.

Second worker dies of heart attack after smallpox vaccination A second health care worker has died of a heart attack after receiving the smallpox vaccine, and officials are investigating whether vaccinations are to blame for cardiac problems seen in 17 people who have been inoculated.

New Voting Systems Assailed Computer Experts Cite Fraud Potential --As election officials rush to spend billions to update the country's voting machines with electronic systems, computer scientists are mounting a challenge to the new devices, saying they are less reliable and less secure from fraud than the equipment they are replacing. [This is how the Bush dictatorship will steal the 2004 election, too.]

Senate Panel OKs Texas Judge for Federal Post Texas judge [and rightwing sickko] Priscilla Owen won approval for a federal appeals court seat from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday as the panel's new Republican majority overruled Democrats who voted her down last year.

Fight Brews at FCC on Media Merger Rules Critics say chairman is withholding key details of proposals to relax limits on ownership. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell on Thursday brushed aside calls that he slow down the agency's review of media ownership rules, and said he would ask for a vote on proposed reforms by June 2.

U.S. Proposes Wage Rule Changes The Bush dictatorship proposed new wage and hour regulations yesterday that would alter the criteria for determining which white-collar employees cannot receive overtime and would make it considerably harder for some workers to qualify for overtime. [Warning: the original New York Times article is *so* biased toward the Bush junta, it is nearly impossible to get to the core statement.]

"U.S. Department of Labor Proposal Will Secure Overtime for 1.3 Million More Low-Wage Workers [and Cuts Overtime for Many People]" (U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes --Comment period opens March 31, for 90 days.

Quick Action! (for AFL-CIO) Tell Dictator Bush: Working families count on overtime pay. --The Bush dictatorship has proposed changes in federal overtime rules, which would erode the 40-hour workweek--denying overtime pay to hundreds of thousands of America’s workers.

Good Morning, Iraq, America and, don't forget, Viet Nam --Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that "we are all cowards and really need to shut up!" "The war is a disaster, a fraud, and an international disgrace and travesty. The CLG is for protecting the interests of ALL Americans on an equal footing, and that is why WE are the true Patriots." --Michael Rectenwald

US will lose war, says former UN inspector The United States does not have the military means to take over Baghdad and will lose the war against Iraq, former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter said."The United States is going to leave Iraq with its tail between its legs, defeated. It is a war we can not win," he told private radio TSF in an interview broadcast here Tuesday evening. [Shocking and Awesome!]

War Could Last Months, Officers Say Despite the rapid advance of Army and Marine forces across Iraq over the past week, some senior U.S. military officers are now convinced that the war is likely to last months and will require considerably more combat power than is now on hand there and in Kuwait, senior defense officials said yesterday.

White House Nutcases Calculate Number of Casualties 'Acceptable' to Public As Anglo-American forces face unexpected complexities on their march to Baghdad, the Bush regime faces the political challenge of preparing a public lulled by the relatively low losses in Afghanistan and the first Persian Gulf war for a conflict that could be costlier than some optimists predicted. What level of casualties does the White House think the American public will tolerate?

Texas oil industry set to profit from Iraq war Texas oil and gas companies are well-positioned to benefit from the rebuilding of Iraq's multibillion-dollar oil industry, experts say. [This is the KEY to the W-ar. It's all about globalization/privatization. If you don't accept the WTO and World Bank way, you get bombed into the global market Bush W-ar style!--Michael Rectenwald]

Oil "shortage" rocks markets Oil prices have marched higher and key share indexes have fallen, as the war in Iraq continues to dominate world markets. Meanwhile, the world's stock markets were falling on Thursday, as investors fretted about the impact of W-ar on future economic growth.

U.S. Says Will Not Cede Control of Iraq to U.N. The United States will not cede control of Iraq to the United Nations if and when it overthrows President Saddam Hussein, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday.

U.N. members condemn Anglo-American forces' invasion of Iraq The U.N. Security Council, in its first open meeting on Iraq since hostilities broke out one week ago, held a formal debate Wednesday in which U.N. members overwhelmingly denounced the Anglo-American's military strike without council authorization.

*The We-Had-to-Destroy-the-Village-in-Order-to-Save-it: Bush Lies and Lunacy Section*

U.S.: Iraqis, not Anglo-Americans, may have hit market [How can they keep a straight face when they report this garbage???] 'We may never know' what happened, U.S. official says --"A U.S. Central Command spokesman said Thursday that "we may never know" precisely what happened at a Baghdad marketplace, but the destruction seen on Iraqi television probably was not caused by a coalition bomb." Iraqi officials said 15 people were killed in the Shaab district when a U.S. missile struck the market.

US admits '8,000 Iraqis captured' claim was false The US military has been forced to admit the 8,000 Iraqi soldiers they claimed to have captured last week are now battling British forces.

Who Lied to Whom? Why did the Administration endorse a forgery about Iraq’s nuclear program? --by Seymour M. Hersh "The Bush Administration’s reliance on the Niger documents may, however, have stemmed from more than bureaucratic carelessness or political overreaching. Forged documents and false accusations have been an element in U.S. and British policy toward Iraq at least since the fall of 1997, after an impasse over U.N. inspections."

Analysts Say Threat Warnings Toned Down [Read: We Were Lied To, Again] Guerrilla Tactics Were Predicted --Intelligence analysts at the CIA and Pentagon warned the Bush dictatorship that U.S. troops would face significant resistance from Iraqi irregular forces employing guerrilla tactics, but those views "have not been adequately reflected in the regime's public predictions" [OK, folks, that's a euphemism for a bold-faced *lie*, but the CIA-managed Washington Post doesn't dare go further in its report] about how difficult a war might go, according to current and former intelligence officials.

U.S. Commander Calls For Reinforcements* (*CBS News Email Alert --link is to related story) The commander of American ground forces in Iraq is calling for reinforcements. He has asked the Pentagon to fly in part of an armored cavalry regiment from the United States, CBS News has learned.

U.S. planning more invasions, McGovern says Former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern charged Wednesday that Dictator Bush intends to invade North Korea and Iran after finishing with Iraq.

Unembedded Journalist's Report Provokes Military Ire A reporter who never signed up for the Pentagon's "embedding program" [LOL, "embedding program"] in Iraq has run afoul of the military. Phil Smucker, who writes for the Christian Science Monitor, told his paper yesterday that military police were going through his belongings and were concerned that he had disclosed too much information in an interview, according to Monitor Foreign Editor David Scott. [BTW, Some of the media whores in Iraq thought the Pentagon said to be "in bed" with instead of "embedded" with them. --Lori Price]

USWAR/Some 40 US soldiers killed, injured or missed in Naseriah Some 40 US soldiers have been killed, injured or missed in Naseriah, said Lebanese TV al-Minar on Monday. Al-Minar said dead bodies of the US soldiers had been found near Naseriah.

'36 killed' in raids on Baghdad · Iraq: 350 civilians killed so far · US opens northern front · Aid ship delayed by mines --Iraq said today that yesterday's raids on Baghdad, including an apparent stray missile strike on a crowded market, had killed 36 Iraqi civilians.

'It was an outrage, an obscenity' --by Robert Fisk "It was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door, the swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside a garage, the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and her three small children in their still-smouldering car ...We may put on the hairshirt of morality in explaining why these people should die. They died because of 11 September, we may say, because of President Saddam's 'weapons of mass destruction', because of human rights abuses, because of our desperate desire to 'liberate' them all. Let us not confuse the issue with oil. Either way, I'll bet we are told President Saddam is ultimately responsible for their deaths. We shan't mention the pilot, of course." [The whole US massacre in Iraq, Bush's W-ar, is an outrage, an obscenity. --Lori Price]

US Prepares to Use Chemical Weapons in Iraq On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (Thursday 27th March: 7.23am), the willingness of the US to use chemical weapons in Iraq was reported. The item was presented by Tom Fielden, Science Correspondent for BBC Radio 4, who said strategists at the Pentagon and the Joint Non-lethal Directorate in Washington are keen to use ‘non-lethal’ chemical agents in Baghdad and elsewhere.

Anglo-American Air Force Flies 1,500 Missions March 26 (DoD) Anglo-American air forces struck repeatedly at Iraqi Republican Guard formations [and civilians] March 26, defense officials said. Anglo-American aircraft flew about 1,500 sorties with about 600 strikes on that day.

US Marines leave trail of death in their wake United States Marines pushing north towards Baghdad on Wednesday left a trail of death behind them as they fought off sporadic Iraqi attacks along the way.

Baghdad quakes under ceaseless [and mindless] bombardment Waves of fierce air attacks targeted the outskirts of Baghdad through the day on Tuesday and new explosions rocked the city centre as a sandstorm lashed the Iraqi capital, a Reuters correspondent said.

Jubilation turns to hate as aid arrives The young man wearing the brown shawl summed it up succinctly: "We want you to go back home. We do not want your American and British aid," he said, his eyes flashing with anger.

Bodies of 500 US, UK soldiers lying in Jacobabad Around 500 dead bodies of American and British soldiers killed during military operation in Afghanistan after September 11 blitz have been lying in a morgue at Shebhaz Airbase in Jacobabad.

U.S. Mongolian Diplomat Resigns Over Iraq A senior diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia has resigned in protest over Washington's decision to wage war in Iraq and U.S. policy toward the Middle East and North Korea.

US Military Vehicles Firebombed in Italy in Apparent Anti-War Protest Italian police say at least two vehicles belonging to American military personnel have been firebombed near U.S. bases in northern Italy.

Nobel Peace Winners Arrested at Protests Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, two bishops and Vietnam War activist Daniel Ellsberg were among those arrested near the White House in antiwar protests Wednesday. More than 100 demonstrators in Florida denounced Dictator Bush during his trip to the state.

Protesters crowd New York City's Fifth Avenue Hundreds of chanting demonstrators lined Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Thursday, and dozens lay down in the street in a "die-in" to protest the war... Russ Forster, a filmmaker from Chicago, said, "People are willing to risk life and limb, sitting in the middle of Fifth Avenue. I think that's a pretty strong statement."

Protesters Scrawl Patton Museum in Calif. Anti-war activists struck the General Patton Memorial Museum, spray painting "No War" near a statue of the World War II hero and scrawling on as many as 19 military tanks.

New Mexico prosecutor allegedly points out undercover officers at war protest A prosecutor who took part in an anti-war rally was placed on paid leave Tuesday because she allegedly pointed out undercover officers to fellow protesters. [Good. What are undercover spies doing at anti-war protests, anyway?]

4m in Europe sign up for al-Jazeera Subscriptions to the Arabic-language television network al-Jazeera have doubled since the war on Iraq began last week, signalling a significant demand for an alternative to western media coverage. [...a significant demand for news and not Pentagon propaganda. --Lori Price]

Congratulations on Your Liberation --by Mark Fiore (animation)

Ground Laid for Historic Presidential Powers Push Bracing for Bush's War at Home --On Friday, Justice Department spokesperson Mark Corallo confirmed to The Village Voice that Patriot Act II is coming soon.

Antiterror bill meets opposition at hearing (OR) A bill that would define violent protesters as terrorists and subject them to possible life imprisonment came under attack Monday at a packed and sometimes tense legislative hearing. The wording of the bill left many concerned that it could be applied to relatively minor acts of vandalism or misbehavior during a demonstration. Anyone convicted of "terrorism" would get an automatic life sentence with a 25-year minimum before being considered for parole... [...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. --Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America]

Freedom of speech threatened, Gore says With fewer companies owning more media outlets, the lack of tolerance for opposing views increases, President Al Gore told a college audience here last night.

9-11 Commission Funding Woes Questions arise concerning the administration's funding of the congressional investigation into the September 11th attacks --Is the Bush White House trying to put the brakes on the congressional panel created last fall to investigate 9-11 attacks?

Disease fuels quarantine alert Public health officials were taking unprecedented measures yesterday to contain a growing outbreak of a deadly disease --At least 25 households in the city are under quarantine — a figure Toronto medical officer of health Dr. Sheela Basrur said could rise into the hundreds — with residents told to remain inside for at least 10 days.

Ontario warns of 'health emergency' Health minister says SARS must be stopped --Protective face masks flew off supply store shelves today as panicked Torontonians sought to shield themselves against a deadly SARS outbreak that prompted Ontario to declare a "health emergency."

Fears grow bug may be airborne WHO scientists theorize two viruses may be combining --If SARS can be more easily spread through the air — rather than by close contact with infected people who cough or sneeze — it could force restrictions on travel to contain the disease.

Energy refund ordered for California Energy suppliers owe state $3.3 billion --The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday ruled that energy suppliers owe the state of California $3.3 billion in refunds from overcharges during the state’s power crisis, far less than the $8.9 billion the state demanded.

Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who exclaims, "My god you people are idiots!" "...we do hold that Bush was at least criminally negligent regarding 9-11, given his foreknowledge of the eventuality, if 'knowledge' is a word that can be used in connection with Bush without being oxymoronic." --Michael Rectenwald

U.S. Forces Prepare Martial Law for Iraq American lawyers and legal officials in military uniform, toting weighty law books and ready to establish martial law, are traveling with U.S. and British troops surging into Iraq. [Oh, I thought the US act of international terrorism was dubbed, "Operation Iraqi Freedom."? --Lori Price]

TV station attack could be illegal Questions are being raised about the legality of the bombing of Iraqi television's main station in Baghdad. The attack appears to have been triggered by Washington. Amnesty International said that the bombing could be a breach of the Geneva Conventions.

U.S. Drops 'E-Bomb' On Iraqi TV The U.S. Air Force has hit Iraqi TV with an experimental electronmagetic pulse device called the "E-Bomb" in an attempt to knock it off the air.

*Amerikan Missile Misfire Section* updated daily as the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel bumbles and stumbles toward W-WIII.

Missiles kill 14 in Baghdad neighborhood Fourteen Iraqis were killed and at least 30 wounded when at least two US-British missiles struck a Baghdad residential area, civil defense forces revealed.

Bodies in Baghdad street after U.S. raids intensify Up to 15 people have been killed in a poor Baghdad residential district in what enraged residents said was a missile strike during intensified air raids on the city.

Baghdad marketplace hit in air raid The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq claimed its first significant civilian casualties Wednesday when two cruise missiles mistakenly struck a busy Baghdad marketplace.

Eyewitness: Baghdad's shock and anger BBC correspondents described scenes of confusion, anger and fear at the al-Shaab district of Baghdad after the air attack on Wednesday morning.

In pictures: Baghdad shops bombing (BBC photos)

Language of war Decoding the jargon of war --Facing starvation and the threat of disease, Basra's 2 million residents will no doubt be relieved to hear that Britain means them no harm. They may be less happy to hear the clinical language deployed yesterday by the British military to describe their efforts to protect Basra's population.

A US delegation arrived in Amman in its way to Baghdad for ceasefire negotiations The UAE leading semi-official daily newspaper, Alittihad, reported today that a US government delegation has arrived in Amman, Jordan, yesterday in its way to Baghdad for negotiations with the Iraqi government about an immediate ceasefire.

Up to 103 US soldiers killed near Nasiriya: TV Some 103 American soldiers were killed Sunday in a battle between US-British forces and Iraqi troops near Nasiriya in southern Iraq, Al-Arabia Satellite Channel said.

Clark: Quick victory 'not going to happen' The scenario of a quick Anglo-American victory in Iraq is "not going to happen," according to retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark, a CNN analyst and former NATO supreme allied commander.

Top General Concedes Air Attacks Did Not Deliver Knockout Blow The nation's top military officer acknowledged today that the Pentagon's strategy to shock the Iraqi government quickly with a devastating early air assault has not worked exactly as desired.

Bush Lowers Expectations for Swift War Dictator Bush tried to rally U.S. troops and an anxious American public Wednesday while also lowering expectations for a quick end to the war with Iraq.

Opinions Begin to Shift as Public Weighs War Costs Americans say the war in Iraq will last longer and cost more than they had initially expected, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The shift comes as the public absorbs the first reports of allied setbacks on the battlefield.

Risks for Bush, nation grow as war goes on Officials are concerned about the possible consequences if the war lasts longer than expected. Analysts say it would be only a matter of time before the French and others who opposed the war began to say: I told you so.

Russia scorns U.S. "liberation" claim Russia has fired a new broadside against the United States over its military action against Iraq, scorning claims its troops were "liberating" Iraqis and accusing it of defying world opinion.

Peace observers report confusion in Baghdad As U.S. and British forces bear down on Baghdad, international peace observers report that far from "shock and awe", Iraqi civilians feel bewildered and confused. Kathy Kelly, head of a group of activists who have been in Baghdad since October, said ordinary Iraqi's were struggling to understand Washington's talk of liberating Iraq, given the "viciousness" of the strikes, now in their seventh day.

Warplanes attack Basra column Anglo-American warplanes are attacking a huge convoy of tanks and armoured personnel carriers which are heading south-east from Basra towards the al-Faw peninsula.

U.N. council to debate U.S.-led war In closed-door consultations, the U.N. Security Council Tuesday agreed to requests from the Arab Group and the Non-Aligned Movement for all members of the world organization to join in a formal debate on the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to unseat President Saddam Hussein.

Petition from Veterans Rejected at White House As bombs exploded in Baghdad and battles erupted across Iraq, more than 400 military veterans and family members demonstrated Sunday in the nation’s capital demanding the safe return of our troops. A petition to Washington signed by more than 2,000 veterans opposed to a preemptive war in Iraq was rejected at the White House.

Marines line up on Iranian border Royal Marines were deployed to Iraq's border with Iran yesterday in a move that will unnerve Teheran's regime, which fears encirclement by American-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Crusaders Readying for 2004 Invasion? US Bombs Iran --by John Stanton "While the slaughter continues in Iraq, the United States has its sights set on the real prize: the Islamic Republic of Iran. Even though Syria is next on the chopping block according to the authors of A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm--chief among them Richard Perle and Douglas Feith--it is Iran that they covet."

Al-Jazeera Site Experiences Hack Attack [CIA trolls?] Hackers attacked the Web site of Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera on Tuesday, rendering it intermittently unavailable, the site's host said.

Europeans flock to al-Jazeera The Arabic-language TV network al-Jazeera has seen its European subscriber numbers double since the start of the war in Iraq amid huge demand for an alternative to [heavily censored Pentagon propaganda] western media coverage.

CNN defies Pentagon pictures plea The American television network CNN yesterday defied Pentagon requests not to show video footage of dead and captured American servicemen and women.

Sun journalist quits in protest at war reporting A feature writer on the Sun has resigned over the tabloid's "gung-ho" stance on the war against Iraq.

Catholic Teacher Quits Rather Than Remove Anti-War Button A teacher at a Catholic high school has quit rather than remove an anti-war button the principal said violated the dress code. [Principal Dr. Joseph S. Fusco's email address, jfusco@bergencatholic.org, of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey.]

Senator's Wife Wants Peace There's an antiwar poster being prominently displayed in the window of conservative Montana senator Max Baucus's Georgetown house. The sign features the message "Peace is Patriotic" over the image of an American flag sporting doves instead of stars. Wanda Baucus, the senator's wife of 20 years, said yesterday it was she who put up the sign.

Anti-war school children battle police School children have battled police in central Sydney in a passionate protest against the war on Iraq, hurling bottles, plastic chairs, fireworks and paint-filled eggs. A police spokeswoman said 11 faced unspecified charges and the others warnings. She did not know their ages but reporters said they saw children as young as 13 being detained.

South Korean anti-war activists, wearing a U.S. President George W. Bush mask (R) and a costume representing an Iraqi woman (C), protest on a logo of McDonalds restaurant in Seoul March 26, 2003. [must-see photo]

Budweiser among American products boycotted in Europe A group of Europeans, calling themselves Consumers Against War, have posted a list of American companies whose products they are boycotting on a Web site, http://www.consumers-against-war.de. Among those companies are American corporate giants, including Budweiser, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Coca-Cola Co., Microsoft Corp., General Electric Co., Philip Morris International, McDonalds Corp., Pfizer, Levi Strauss, Pepsi Co., Texaco, Apple Computer and Procter and Gamble.

Bush fiddles with economy while Baghdad burns Could a faltering dollar and global rebellion against its values presage the decline, and eventual fall, of the American empire, asks Mark Tran "Independent Strategy believes that the US shows many symptoms of an empire that is cresting. First, it sees deepening mistrust of the US and predicts a rise in terrorism in reaction to US unilateralism. That is certainly the case with the Bush administration, which has made a habit of tearing up international treaties from Kyoto to the anti-ballistic missile treaty."

Witnesses: Nigerian Troops Attack Villages in Oil Delta Nigerian troops on Tuesday attacked four villages suspected of harboring ethnic militants involved in fighting that has crippled multinational oil operations, witnesses said. Ijaws, the largest ethnic group in the delta, have seized 11 oil pipeline stations and threatened to blow them up unless President Olusegun Obasanjo's government redraws voting boundaries currently seen as favoring the minority Itsekiris. Oil giant ChevronTexaco has nearly halted its operations, while Shell and TotalFinaElf have seriously curtailed production.

10 Downing St. Web site hacked Antiwar protesters closed down the U.K. government's 10 Downing St. Web site for a short period over the weekend.

Agency Suspends Smallpox Vaccines for People With Heart Disease Federal health officials ordered last night that no one with a history of heart disease be vaccinated against smallpox, after seven health workers with a history of cardiac disease developed severe health problems after being vaccinated.One of the seven vaccine recipients died, and one is on life support.

Woman Vaccinated Against Smallpox Dies Federal officials are investigating whether the smallpox vaccine contributed to the heart attack death of a Maryland woman and brought on heart problems in six others.

Tenn. May Scrap Presidential Primary Tennessee's presidential primary may be scrapped to help avoid a projected $780 million deficit for the next budget year.

SARS Global Toll More Than 1,200 as China Releases Its Numbers The global toll from a mysterious respiratory illness has jolted up, to more than 1,200, after mainland China raised its own death toll to at least 34 people, most of them in a province adjacent to Hong Kong.

Michael Rectenwald responds to responds to a Retired Army Master Sergeant who says, regarding our site, "Disgraceful is a word too kind"...and that we will "burn in hell" --"We will not be deterred by the likes of you and your fascist friends who have hijacked this nation, making it resemble Nazi Germany far more than the ideals represented by the founders of this nation, the ideals of the Enlightenment, and not some fanatical religiousness mixed with nationalistic W-ar mongering, imperialistic greed, and the repression of dissent." --Michael Rectenwald

Halliburton Charges Into Iraq A division of Halliburton named Kellogg Brown & Root was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work in Iraq. The size of the contract was not disclosed, but estimates put it near $1 billion. For now, Halliburton's KBR unit will douse oil fires in Iraq [that Anglo-American forces started, to fulfill a need for this contract] and repair the country's weakened or damaged oil production infrastructure, where possible. [Oh. I thought the war in Iraq was not a war for oil? --Lori Price]

Iraq rebuilding contracts awarded The first contracts for rebuilding post-war Iraq have been awarded, and Vice pResident Dick Cheney's old employer [and current paymaster], Halliburton Co., is one of the early winners. [Yeah, *real* early! Halliburton won the contract when the W-ar in Iraq was just a twinkle in Richard Perle's eye! --Lori Price]

U.S. Is Assembling a Civilian Team to Run Iraq The United States is preparing to establish immediate sole control of postwar Iraq, initially without recourse to the United Nations, with a civilian administration under the direct command of the military, according to senior regime officials. Even before American troops reach Baghdad, regime officials are assembling a team of civilian officials, largely retired American diplomats, to run Iraq as soon as the fighting is over.

Iraqi Shi'ites might turn against U.S.-SCIRI Opposition groups might turn their guns on the United States if Washington behaved as an occupying power in Iraq, a Lebanon-based official of Iraq's main Shi'ite opposition organisation said on Monday.

Leave After War, Iraqi Opposition Group Tells U.S. The leader of Iraq's main Shi'ite opposition group warned Washington on Tuesday that U.S. troops would face armed resistance if they stayed in Iraq once President Saddam Hussein was toppled.

Arab League demands withdrawal of US-led forces Arab foreign ministers condemned on Monday the "aggression" against Iraq and called for the "immediate and unconditional withdrawal" of "invasion forces" from the country.

*Amerikan Missile Misfire Section* updated daily as the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel bumbles and stumbles toward W-WIII.

F-16 fires on Patriot missile battery; no casualties reported In a friendly fire incident, an American F-16 fired on a U.S. Patriot missile battery in Iraq after the battery's radar locked on the jet, the U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.

Battle for Basra intensifies · Reports of Basra 'uprising' · Two British soldiers killed in "friendly fire" incident · Umm Qasr finally secured --The battle for Iraq's second city of Basra intensified today. Two British soldiers died last night and two more were seriously wounded after a British tank mistakenly fired on them, a military spokesman said tonight.

War in Iraq - fighting the people March 25, 2003, 1230hrs MSK (GMT +3), Moscow - As of morning March 25 the situation on Iraqi fronts remains quiet. Both sides are actively preparing for future engagements.

Anglo-American Aircraft Flew More Than 1,500 Sorties Over Iraq (DoD) Anglo-American aircraft flew more than 1,500 sorties in the continuing air war against the regime in Iraq on March 24, Anglo-American officials in the region said today.

Photos of some of the victims of the US-UK war on Iraq (WARNING --very strong images from aljazeera.info)

Pictures That bush Does Not Want You To See (website collection of various photo logs)

British source says unaware of any Basra uprising British military officials said on Tuesday they had no information on any popular uprising in Iraq's second city of Basra, but added that they would do everything possible to encourage such a revolt.

Basra: Why they are not cheering --by Paul Reynolds "They were supposed to be cheering in the streets as the American and British tanks rolled in, just as they did in France in 1944... The Qatari television channel al-Jazeera had a team in the city and it sent back graphic pictures of dead and wounded civilians which were widely shown in the Arab world. But these images have been all but ignored in the West, which seems more interested in pictures of the American prisoners of war. People do not take kindly to being bombed, even by "friendly forces".

Allies Risk 3000 Casualties in Baghdad - Ex-General The U.S.-led force in Iraq risks as many as 3,000 casualties in the battle for Baghdad and Washington has underestimated the number of troops needed, a top former commander from the 1991 Gulf War said on Monday.

Avoiding Urban Combat in 2nd Largest Iraqi City Was a Goal The British Royal Marines are now repositioning itself around Basra, artillery exchanges have taken place and the British force is getting ready to move in. Up until now, Anglo-American forces said they wanted to avoid urban combat in the urban center of Basra, where fedayeen militia forces have been operating.

Anglo-American forces run into guerrilla tactics The war in Iraq is taking on the appearance of a guerrilla conflict as Iraqi forces in civilian clothes harass Anglo-American troops behind front lines, military analysts said Monday. [The Iraqis are fighting an illegal and immoral invasion. --Lori Price]

Ground Fire Repels Copter Assault Advanced U.S Army Apache Longbow helicopters making their first large-scale strike deep in Iraq today cut the operation short in the face of intense fire from antiaircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, according to officers and pilots. One of the AH-64Ds went down in a farmer's field and its two pilots were captured.

Iraqi Farmers shot down two US helicoters Iraq said yesterday that Iraqi farmers had shot down two US helicopters south of Baghdad and vowed to show the pilots on television, just as it did with other captured and killed soldiers on Sunday.

Allied forces might have killed British journalist A veteran British war correspondent, missing in southern Iraq along with a cameraman and their translator, were presumed dead after being hit by "friendly fire" from allied tanks, according to a newspaper report yesterday. Another cameraman in the crew was rescued from a roadside ditch by Barbara Jones, a journalist for the Mail on Sunday weekly, who reported that US tanks had fired on the television crew.

US remembers Geneva Convention (Al Jazeera) "Are US prisoners of war more equal than the Iraqi prisoners in the custody of US-led forces? The answer seems to be yes, given the contrasting reactions to images of US prisoners of war captured yesterday. Just a day earlier, pictures of surrendering Iraqi soldiers being forced to kneel down and being body-searched by US-troops stirred few emotions in the Western world."

500,000 Displaced in Northern Iraq Up to half a million Iraqis fled cities in the northern Kurdish areas ahead of the US-led invasion, moving their families to outlying villages, aid agencies said yesterday.

Sydney Morning Herald Poll Results: Where do you stand now on this war?

"The Humanitarian Thrust Continues:" --by Steve Bell (Guardian political cartoon)

Al Jazeera launches English service The Arab-based news service Al Jazeera launched a bare-boned English-language Web site (http://english.aljazeera.net/) on Monday. The site carries a limited number of stories and is focused entirely on the war in Iraq.

NYSE Revokes Credentials for Al-Jazeera The Arab TV network Al-Jazeera said Monday two of its reporters covering the New York Stock Exchange have had their credentials revoked because the satellite station's coverage of the war in Iraq [dared to cross the MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable censorship threshold].

World and America watching different wars American audiences are seeing and reading about a different war than the rest of the world. The news coverage in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, reflects and defines the widening perception gap about the motives for this war.

Bush Asks for Nearly $75 Billion for War Costs Dictator Bush said today he would ask Congress for $74.7 billion to pay for the war in Iraq "and our global war against terror." [Bush's global war against the terror the Bush dictatorship spreads and creates]

Bush will ask for $75 billion to pay for war Dictator Bush plans to ask Congress for $74.7 billion to pay for the conflict with Iraq [the war criminal's "Shock and Awe"], rebuild the war-torn country [fulfill assorted Halliburton contracts] and fund additional domestic security needs [augment the burgeoning police state], White House officials said Monday.

Bush Offers Turkey Up to $8.5 Billion in Loans Despite a rift with Ankara over American troop deployments, Dictator Bush's war budget for Iraq includes up to $8.5 billion in direct loans or loan guarantees for Turkey, according to White House documents released on Tuesday.

Banks ordered to transfer $1.74 billion frozen Iraqi funds to US account Switzerland's leading financial institution UBS will comply with an American request to transfer million-dollar Iraqi funds, frozen under the UN sanctions imposed after the 1991 Gulf War, to a US treasury fund.

How Oil Interests Obscured US Government Focus On Chemical Weapons Use by Saddam Hussein (.pdf) Investigative report by Jim Vallette with Steve Kretzmann and Daphne Wysham --"This brief examines never-before-published government and corporate memoranda, letters, and telegrams, which we found in the National Archives, along with government documents recently published by the National Security Archives." Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein: The U.S. Tilts toward Iraq, 1980-1984 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 82 --edited by Joyce Battle February 25, 2003

Is Saddam winning political war? --by Thomas Walkom "Saddam Hussein is almost certain to lose the military war in Iraq. Politically, however, he is winning... up to now, Saddam [Hussein] has focused on the political elements of the struggle with the United States. And in this, he has proved himself far more adept than U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush."

Will American Administration Declare War on Russia? (Pravda) US officials think that Russia is guilty of their unsuccessful war "It is obvious today that the war in Iraq is not the kind of war that the American administration was intended to have. The strong resistance that Iraqi troops showed, Iraqi ABM systems and anti-tank facilities turned out to be an unexpected surprise for Americans."

Cheney daughter - human shield in Baghdad??? The London based Arabic daily Al Quds Al Arabi reported on Tuesday, March 25 that the American vice pResident, Dick Cheney, would soon head to the Jordanian capital, Amman. The newspaper claimed that the visit would be an attempt by Cheney to convince his daughter, who was in the Jordanian capital, to back down her decision to go to Baghdad within a group of volunteers who want to form human shields against the US led attacks on Iraq.

A demonstrator lights candles outside the U.S. Embassy during an anti-war rally in Athens [must-see photo]

33 demonstrators arrested in Austin More than three dozen antiwar protesters were arrested at two downtown locations Monday.

Ledger weighs up the war Australian actor Heath Ledger doesn't mind if his anti-war stance costs him a few jobs because his career was insignificant in the face of the Iraqi conflict. Ledger, back home promoting his latest film, clearly outlined his position on Iraq when he told Prime Minister John Howard to "grow up" and assert some independence on the issue last week.

Senate Votes to Trim Bush Tax Cut Plan The Senate voted Tuesday to take a nibble out of the tax cuts Dictator Bush has proposed for prodding the economy, but Republicans seemed to have the votes to approve a budget endorsing most of the $726 billion in [corporate] tax reductions he wants.

Key senators say insurance plan lacks safeguards Efforts to advance an insurance regulatory bill through the Senate hit a snag Monday when 11 Democratic senators announced they will oppose the measure until more safeguards for consumers are added.

Weak economy, war prospects drive consumer confidence lower Consumer confidence declined for a fourth consecutive month in March, dragged down by worries about the economy and tensions in Iraq, a private research group said Tuesday.

Outlook worsens for travel industry The travel industry's grim outlook worsened Monday on fears that a war could be more drawn-out than investors originally anticipated.

Grassroots Effort to Nominate Al Gore Bolstered by Zogby Poll A national grassroots effort to draft Al Gore for president in 2004 got a boost when the latest Zogby Poll confirmed that Gore represents Democrats' best hope to unseat George Bush. The Draft Gore 2004 Committee commissioned Zogby International to include Gore in its regular lineup of potential Democratic challengers vs. Bush. Despite his three-month absence from national politics, Gore polled only nine points behind Bush (42% to 51%).

Russia Wants Security Council to Meet on Iraq Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Monday called for a session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Arab League lines up behind Iraq Arab countries have condemned the "aggression" against Iraq and called for the immediate withdrawal of US and British forces from the country.

Saudi Advisory Body Demands Halt to War on Iraq Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, a government-appointed advisory body, on Monday demanded an immediate halt to the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Australian pilot gives thumbs down to US bombing order An Australian FA/18 Hornet pilot has refused an American command to bomb a target in Iraq in the first conflict between the different rules governing the way the two allies make war. [Awesome!! Keep refusing!! Refuse to participate in the illegal and immoral international act of terrorism perpetrated by Dictator George W. Bush!!!]

*Amerikan Missile Misfire Section* updated daily as the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel bumbles and stumbles toward W-WIII.

Syria angered by U.S. missile strike Syria strongly condemned the killing of five of its civilians in a Anglo-American air strike that targeted their bus [?!?] while on their way home from Iraq and summoned the U.S. and British ambassadors to lodge an official protest.

Errant U.S. missile kills 5 Syrians, injures 10 Bus carrying Syrians was fleeing Iraq fighting --A U.S. missile hit a passenger bus carrying Syrian civilians fleeing the war in Iraq, killing five and injuring 10, Syria's official news agency reported today.

U.S. Missile Kills Five Syrians on Bus in Iraq A U.S. plane fired a missile at a bus carrying 37 Syrians home from Iraq, killing five and wounding at least 10, the official SANA news agency said on Monday.

US cruise missiles misfire, land in Turkey Two US cruise missiles misfired on Turkish territory, without causing any reported victims, the Pentagon said late Sunday.

U.S. patriot missile may have shot down Royal Air Force aircraft, British officials say A Royal Air Force aircraft was reported missing Sunday, and British officials said it may have been shot down by a U.S. Patriot missile.

Pentagon Confirms Missiles May Have Struck Iran Two Pentagon officials now confirm that three U.S. cruise missiles may have gone astray in Iran. The officials say U.S. and Iranian officials are discussing the matter and that Iran realizes that any hit was unintentional. [Oh. I thought they were 'precision guided' ?!?!!! --Lori Price]

Attack Plan on Iraq Began in 2002 [around January 29, 2002] "... the president [sic] signed a secret intelligence order authorizing the CIA to undertake a comprehensive program to remove Hussein...The first CIA paramilitary team secretly began operating in Iraq in June 2002 to gather intelligence and meet with and support opposition groups. Eventually the CIA deployed additional paramilitary teams and established links with Iraqis throughout the country, including Baghdad." [Coupmeister Bush was staging another coup d'etat.]

US fears a hard, bloody war Mounting complications, including stronger enemy resistance and a climbing casualty count, have prompted United States warnings that a longer and more bloody fight will be needed to capture Iraq [actually, to *capture* oil wells for Halliburton and secure water rights for Monsanto --Lori Price].

Iraq claims 2 U.S. helicopters downed, pilots captured Iraq claimed Monday that it shot down two Apache helicopters and was holding the pilots prisoner. U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said two pilots were missing in action.

Apache Down and Another U.S. Symbol Dented U.S. military prowess suffered another setback in Iraq on Monday and another omen that bullets rather than liberators' garlands may await the invasion force when it finally reaches Baghdad. Farmers with grubby rifles were filmed swarming over one of the world's top attack helicopters, sitting impotent in a lush field.

Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields Fighting around burning oil wells in the Rumeila oil field in southern Iraq [by Anglo-American forces, so Halliburton's contracts to rebuild them can kick in after the W-ar?] has driven out civilian firefighters, an official said Monday. U.S.-led forces had previously thought the field's facilities were secure. U.S. Marines declared the field unsafe for journalists to visit Monday, and canceled plans for a press tour. [Gee, what a surprise.]

Iraqi Capital Braves Fiercest Barrage Yet Fires dotted a smoke-shrouded skyline in Baghdad yesterday after US and British forces unleashed a bombardment of unprecedented ferocity on its dazed residents.

US-UK forces proceed Toward Baghdad US and British warplanes pounded this city around the clock yesterday, upping the ferocity of their aerial bombardment as US Marines battled Iraqi forces on the outskirts of the southern city of Basra. US infantry said they had captured a vital bridge over the Euphrates River, needed for their drive on Baghdad, but elsewhere the invading troops met some stiffer-than-expected resistance.

Iraq says two US helicopters shot down, at least 15 paratroopers captured BAGHDAD, March 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The Iraqi troops on Sunday afternoon shot down two US helicopters near Mosul and captured at least 15 paratroopers, the Iraqi TV reported.

War in Iraq - situation in southern Iraq March 23, 2003, 1200hrs MSK (GMT +3), Moscow - The situation in southern Iraq can be characterized as unstable and controversial. Heavy fighting is taking place in the Umm-Qasr-An-Nasiriya-Basra triangle. Satellite and signals intelligence show that both sides actively employ armored vehicles in highly mobile attacks and counterattacks. Additionally, fighting is continuing near the town of An-Najaf. As of this morning the Iraqi defenses along the Basra - An-Nasiriya - An-Najaf line are holding.

Battles rage in Iraqi cities, bodies litter desert "Southern Iraq: Charred Iraqi corpses smoulder in burned-out trucks. Black smoke hangs over bombed cities where US troops battle Iraqi soldiers. Youths greet British tanks with smiles, then sneer when they have passed."

TV stations defy Rumsfeld, show US prisoners Many European television stations broadcast images of four men and a woman that Iraq said were American prisoners of war, despite criticism from US Defence Secretary [and international war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld.

Iraq displays dead and captured US soldiers Iraq has displayed five shaken US soldiers apparently captured in a battle near the southern city of Nassiriya and some bloodied bodies, in what US officials called a violation of the Geneva Convention. [Uh, is Rumsfeld's "Shock and Awe" in "violation of the Geneva Convention"? Just curious. --Lori Price]

*Rumsfeld Hypocrisy Alert* Speaking of the Geneva Convention, I am glad Rumsfeld has heard of it, as here are some recent tidbits worthy of reposting. Bear in mind, the Bush regime did not want the United States to join the International Criminal Court, and in fact, protested its very existence (Bush was concerned his entire "Shock and Awe" contingent of whackjobs and sickkos would be tried first, sans doute.) Is anyone in the *media* going to report this blatant hypocrisy by the Bush dictatorship?? Media whores, please do your jobs, for once. --Lori Price

Film exposing Pentagon war crimes premieres in US A powerful film exposing the US role in the massacre of thousands of unarmed prisoners of war in Afghanistan was shown for the first time in the United States February 6... Irish documentary filmmaker Jamie Doran said that the evidence he has gathered, and which he will use in his upcoming sequel to Afghan Massacre, indicates that the responsibility for the war crimes in Afghanistan goes "as high as [US Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld’s office."

America admits suspects died in interrogations American military officials acknowledged yesterday that two prisoners captured in Afghanistan in December had been killed while under interrogation at Bagram air base north of Kabul – reviving concerns that the US is resorting to torture in its treatment of Taliban fighters and suspected al-Qa'ida operatives.

Afghan prisoners beaten to death at US military interrogation base 'Blunt force injuries' cited in murder ruling --Two prisoners who died while being held for interrogation at the US military base in Afghanistan had apparently been beaten, according to a military pathologist's report. A criminal investigation is now under way into the deaths which have both been classified as homicides.

Afghan detainees' deaths ruled homicides Military coroners have determined that the deaths of two detainees while in U.S. custody in Afghanistan were homicides. A criminal investigation into the December deaths of the two men is in its final stages, but a U.S. military source said it is not clear whether anyone will be charged.

Allegations of Torture Hurt American Cause --by Jonathan Turley "Even more disturbing is emerging evidence that the United States may be operating something that would have seemed unimaginable only two years ago: an American torture facility... U.S. officials have admitted using techniques that this nation previously denounced as violations of international law. One official involved in the 'interrogation center' in Afghanistan said, 'If you don't violate someone's human rights, you probably aren't doing your job.'"

International War Crimes Court Is Inaugurated, but Without U.S. THE HAGUE, March 11 -- The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal was inaugurated today in this Dutch seat of government, despite efforts by the Bush dictatorship to hamper its creation and exempt Americans from its provisions.

War Crimes Court Comes Into Existence (July 1, 2002) The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal officially came into existence Monday, hailed by supporters as a milestone in international justice that will prevent future Hitlers and Pol Pots — but vehemently opposed by the United States.

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."

Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) in the Kansas City Star, 149 --May 7, 1918 [Of course, ours is only a "fictional president," as Michael Moore said at the Academy Awards ceremony last night. --Michael Rectenwald]

Toughest Iraqi resistance so far, says US DOHA - Sunday was the "toughest day of resistance" so far encountered by US-led forces in four days of war against Iraq, says a US army general.

US missile may have shot down UK plane Britain says a Royal Air Force plane that went missing in the Gulf today was likely shot down by a US Patriot missile in the first known "friendly fire" incident of the Iraq war.

Reporter missing near Basra is dead, says ITN Television journalist Terry Lloyd is believed to have died after the car he was travelling in came under fire in southern Iraq, ITN said yesterday. Mr Lloyd's colleagues, Fred Nerac, a cameraman, and Hussein Osman, a translator, are still missing. ITN remains convinced that Mr Lloyd was hit by "friendly fire".

Iraq shows civilians caught in the war BAGHDAD - The two Iraqi children lay helplessly in the hospital, their stomachs bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Iraqi officials pointed out the children and other civilians as a reminder on Saturday that the innocent are also victims of the US and British invasion to oust President Saddam Hussein.

Bye-Bye CNN (Arab News) "Iraq has now thrown CNN out of Baghdad for acting as a crude propaganda tool of the Bush administration. It is difficult to have any sympathy for that particular news outlet, so repulsively gung-ho has it been, so preposterously shallow its coverage of anything that actually matters."


ALI HAIDER/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE An Iraqi stands behind a "No Blood for Oil" sign that human shields took to a Baghdad oil refinery in early March in their campaign to prevent a U.S.-led attack.

Oil Prices Up on Fear of Longer Iraq War Oil prices surged Monday on market fears the Iraq war might take longer than some anticipated and because ethnic unrest was disrupting supplies from Nigeria.

Dollar Sharply Lower Amid Iraq War Setbacks The dollar was sharply lower against its major rivals Monday in New York, weighed by worries about an increasingly messy war in Iraq.

Stocks Fall on Investor Fears of a Prolonged War Wall Street pulled back sharply Monday, sobered by the realization that war with Iraq may be more difficult than investors had hoped.

Tibetan leader says Iraq war is all about business The United States is willing to try toppling Iraq's regime — but not help liberate Tibet from Chinese occupation — because there is "no oil in Tibet," the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile said.

France's Villepin Says Force Cannot Bring Peace French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Monday that force alone could not bring peace to the world and powerful countries should use their strength to convince and unite the international community.

Ex-U.S. Sen. McCarthy Questions Iraq War Last month, the former Minnesota senator and anti-war presidential candidate predicted that the United States wouldn't attack Iraq. On Sunday, he shook his head. "I'm not clear as to what a pre-emptive strike means," McCarthy said. "I don't think we should call it a war. It's kind of a police action."

Millions swell anti-war protests Millions of demonstrators turned out again yesterday in huge global protests against the United States-led war in Iraq.

Thousands stage Afghanistan's first demo against Iraq war Thousands of protesters Sunday took to the streets of eastern Afghanistan chanting slogans and demanding a halt to attacks on Iraq in the country's first-ever anti-US protests, officials said.

Anti-war protesters clash with police on Oscar night Protesters were ordered to end an anti-war rally Sunday when their permit expired after a three-hour demonstration that included scattered clashes with police and a few arrests near the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars were being handed out.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to counterspying techniques The Whore Court rejected a civil liberties challenge to post-Sept. 11 law enforcement spying on Monday, refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the boundaries of a law that gave the government broader surveillance authority after the terrorist attacks.

Proposed law could redefine peace protests as "terror" in Oregon (.pdf)

U.S. Steps Up Secret Surveillance FBI, Justice Dept. Increase Use of Wiretaps, Records Searches --Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Justice Department and FBI have dramatically increased the use of two little-known powers that allow authorities to tap telephones, seize bank and telephone records and obtain other information in counterterrorism investigations with no immediate court oversight, according to officials and newly disclosed documents.

Stars Strip Jewels, Flaunt Peace on Red Carpet Early arrivals Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins swept down the carpet without stopping for photographs, their faces grim and their hands held hands high above their heads flashing peace signs. Actor Andy Serkis who provided the voice for the monster "Gollum" in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," held up a large sign reading "No War for Oil" as he walked down the carpet.

Bowling for peace: Moore slams war Famed US documentary maker Michael Moore used his win of an Oscar today to criticize US Dictator George W. Bush and war in Iraq. (excerpt:) "...We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much. " [Text of full acceptance speech]

Oscar winner blasts 'fictitious president' on Iraq war Politics grabbed centre stage at the Academy Awards today as maverick director Michael Moore charged Dictator George W Bush with waging a "fictitious war" against Iraq.

Envoy in Myanmar Finds Listening Device A visiting U.N. human rights envoy on Monday suspended his mission to Myanmar after finding a bugging device while conducting confidential interviews with political prisoners.

Study Of Global Warming Hits 6-Month Delay Scientists know the Earth's temperature is warming - they just don't know how fast. Xinzhao Chu, a Chinese physicist, is an expert at shooting powerful lasers into the sky to find out... But when she tried to fly back to Illinois, she was stopped for a background check...

Dictator George W. Bush Discussed Removing Saddam Hussein From Power as Far Back as March 2002, TIME reports "F—k Saddam. We're taking him out," said Dictator George W. Bush in March 2002, after poking his head into the office of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, TIME reports.

War in Iraq - situation at Basra and An-Nasiriya March 22, 2002, 1300hrs MSK (GMT +3), Moscow - Additional information about the situation in the primary combat areas in southern Iraq became available by 1300hrs. The US command reports about the supposed surrender of the entire Iraqi 51st Infantry Division turned out to be a complete fabrication. According to our sources the 51st Division continues to fight on the approaches to Basra and we can only talk about individual cases of Iraqi soldiers being captured in combat. [OOPS! Some of the media whores in Iraq thought the Pentagon said to be "in bed" with instead of "embedded" with them. --Lori Price]

Casualties Reported in Fight for Nasiriya; Rumsfeld Says Some Soldiers Are Missing Key Bridge Over Euphrates Remains Under U.S. Control --U.S. Marines battled Iraqi guerrillas for control of the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya on Sunday, taking "significant'' casualties in a fight to open a route north to Baghdad, U.S. officers said.

Arab TV shows alleged U.S. troops held by Iraq The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera aired footage from Iraqi television Sunday of interviews with what the station identified as captured American prisoners, and also showed bodies in uniform in an Iraqi morgue that it said were Americans.

A few impressions offered by brave observers from on-the-scene in Baghdad as the United States unleashes its highly vaunted and sadistically brutal 'Shock & Awe' strategy onto Iraq.

Photo montage of Bush's massacre in Iraq (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Awesome fury of missiles shakes city's soul The Sydney Morning Herald's Paul McGeough is one of only a handful of journalists still in Baghdad. In this despatch he describes the night his hotel came within a whisker of a cruise missile attack. "The awesome barrage of missiles hammered Baghdad, tearing apart its palaces, compounds and bunkers as blinding bursts of light and blankets of smoke lit the city like the wildest screenings of Hollywood."

Bush Warns That the War in Iraq May Last Longer Than Anticipated Dictator Bush gathered his war council at Camp David this morning, while warning that the war in Iraq "could be longer and more difficult than some have predicted." [Duh! Gotta go after the water rights for Monsanto as soon as Halliburton's oil wells are secure. --Lori Price]

U.S. special forces yet to find banned weapons U.S. special operations troops combing Iraq for Scud missiles and chemical or biological weapons have found none so far, a senior American military officer said Saturday.

American forces cross Euphrates River in rush to Baghdad Allied forces crossed the Euphrates River and were halfway to Baghdad on Saturday, their swift advance unimpeded by lingering resistance in the cities of Basra and Umm Qasr.

Killed cameraman getting 'one last shot' Australian cameraman Paul Moran, killed in a suicide bombing in northern Iraq, was getting "one last shot" when a taxi pulled up beside him and exploded.

ITN chief says he fears for Lloyd The chief executive of ITN said this afternoon that he had to "presume the worst" about the fate of the veteran reporter Terry Lloyd amid fears he may have been killed by "friendly fire" from coalition forces in Iraq.

Missing ITN crew may have come under 'friendly fire' Missing British TV reporter Terry Lloyd and two of his ITN news crew may have been hit by "friendly fire" from coalition forces in Iraq, it was reported today.

G.I. Held In Attack On U.S. Soldiers A U.S. soldier was detained Sunday on suspicion of throwing grenades into three tents at a 101st Airborne command center in Kuwait, killing one fellow serviceman and wounding 13, three of them seriously.

U.S. soldier detained in grenade attack on 101st Airborne Troops in a tent at the 101st Airborne Division camp in Kuwait were attacked early Sunday with grenades, and 13 soldiers were wounded, six seriously, military officials said. An American soldier was detained as a suspect, the Army said.

GI dies, US soldier held for grenade attack An American soldier reportedly is dead and another is being held, suspected of carrying out a grenade attack on an army command tent in Kuwait which wounded 14 soldiers, four seriously, US military officials have said.

U.S. dismayed as Turkish troops pour into northern Iraq The United States has formally abandoned the prospect of a northern front in the war against Iraq as Turkey has once again balked at cooperating with the U.S. war effort.

Language always one of war's first casualties From 'Iraqnophobia' to 'psy-ops' Me --by David Olive "As the U.S.-led attack on Iraq began last week, it was soon apparent, as in past wars, the print pundits, TV anchors and correspondents in the field were all speaking the same lingo, spoon-fed to them by the Pentagon."

Lawmaker Calls War Resolution 'Dishonest' He was one of only 11 members of Congress to oppose a resolution aimed at showing support for U.S. troops in Iraq, but Rep. Jim McDermott said it had nothing to do with his feelings for the men and women of the military.

Diplomat resigns to protest war A career Foreign Service officer and Army Reserves colonel has resigned from the State Department in protest over several foreign and domestic Bush regime policies.

Is America's war on Iraq also a war on Islam? --by Haroon Siddiqui "Bush, a born-again Christian with a strong political base in the evangelical movement, makes even geopolitical imperatives sound like a faith-based foreign policy. He seems on a holy mission to smash the 'axis of evil,' dispatching American soldiers on God's assignment."

Huge peace protests across globe Tens of thousands of people gathered at an inner Sydney peace rally to vent their anger at the invasion of Iraq, joining millions of others in protest in cities around the world.

Click here for fantastic photo of Moscow protest on March 22, outside the U.S. embassy.

Stop the W-ar!
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Peace activists wave flags at Dam Square in Amsterdam on Saturday.
(click here and scroll to "Slide Shows", "Protests Around the World" for must-see New York Times photo-log)

London Iraq Protest Demands 'No War, Blair Out' Demanding "Blair Out!" and "Bring Our Boys Home!," tens of thousands of anti-war protesters marched in central London on Saturday to denounce British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's government over the Iraq conflict.

Peace Marchers Rally Across United States New York Peace March Draws Some 120,000; Anti-War Rallies Also Held in San Francisco, Chicago --Anti-war activists marched again Saturday in dozens of cities, marshaling well over 100,000 [Yes, *well* over the number your CIA-run management will allow you to report. The *actual* number was 200,000 *plus*. Learn to add. --Lori Price] in Manhattan and sometimes trading insults with backers of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Tens [Hundreds --stop the fuzzy math] of Thousands in U.S. Rally Against War Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities across America on Saturday against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Anti-war demonstrators across the nation take to the streets Anti-war protests and counter-protests rippled across the United States on Saturday. Not all were peaceful: 90 people were arrested in New York and about 80 were arrested in Los Angeles.

Tens Of Thousands Protest War In March Down Broadway More than 100,000 antiwar demonstrators [Yes, a lot more] -- many chanting "Peace now!" -- marched down Broadway on a warm spring day, voicing their opposition to the war in Iraq even as explosions were heard in Baghdad.

Video news report of last nights (Friday) protests in NYC

Portland protests (Indymedia) Nonviolent protesters harassed by police; At least three arrested

CLG T-shirt mentioned in Anchorage Daily News! "But only one candidate wore a [CLG] T-shirt: Thomas Higgins. In the center of the shirt was a large blue 'W' with a slash through it. 'Expose the Coup,' the shirt read. 'Oppose the Bush Occupation.'"

Activist killed in Gaza protest remembered at Washington college Mourners said prayer in the Muslim, Jewish and Christian fashion as they remembered an American student and peace activist who was killed last week in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Feds Interrogating Iraqi Immigrants In U.S. FBI interrogations of Iraqi immigrants in Los Angeles are increasing unease among people who are already shaken by the scenes in their homeland.

National guardman changed his name to a toy A member of Ohio's 5694th National Guard Unit in Mansfield legally changed his name to a Transformers toy. Optimus Prime is heading out to the Middle East with his guard unit on Wednesday to provide fire protection for airfields under combat.

Unfriendly justice (The Toronto Star) "...there was widespread disappointment last week over the recommendation by U.S. Air Force Col. Patrick Rosenow that criminal charges be dropped against William Umbach and Harry Schmidt, the U.S.pilots responsible for the deaths of the four Canadian soldiers and the wounding of eight more... [one interpretation is] that U.S. pilots can disobey orders, ignore rules of engagement, and recklessly drop their bombs with complete impunity.

Halliburton Makes a Killing on Iraq War Cheney's Former Company Profits from Supporting Troops --As the first bombs rain down on Baghdad, CorpWatch has learned that thousands of employees of Halliburton, Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company, are working alongside US troops in Kuwait and Turkey under a package deal worth close to a billion dollars. According to US Army sources, they are building tent cities and providing logistical support for the war in Iraq in addition to other hot spots in the "war on terrorism."

Ready for the Peace? --by Bob Herbert "Do most Americans understand that even as we are launching one of the most devastating air assaults in the history of warfare, private companies are lining up to reap the riches of rebuilding the very structures we're in the process of destroying? Companies like Halliburton, Schlumberger and the Bechtel Group understand this conflict a heck of a lot better than most of the men and women who will fight and die in it, or the armchair patriots who'll be watching on CNN and cheering them on."

Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor Bush deputy gets $1m from firm with Iraq oil deal --Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-pResident, Dick Cheney.

Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that "we have no 'bidness' ventures in Iraq"

Pentagon Confirms Missiles May Have Struck Iran Two Pentagon officials now confirm that three U.S. cruise missiles may have gone astray in Iran. The officials say U.S. and Iranian officials are discussing the matter and that Iran realizes that any hit was unintentional. [Oh. I thought they were 'precision guided' ?!?!!! --Lori Price]

Missiles rain on Baghdad as Iraqi troops surrender The US unleashed a withering air assault on Iraq yesterday, striking Baghdad and targets throughout the country with 1500 precision-guided bombs and cruise missiles in an escalating campaign to drive Saddam Hussein from power.

Night of Punishing Raids Reduced Many Buildings to Rubble Senior Iraqi officials struck a posture of defiance today in the face of advancing coalition troops and a night of punishing air attacks on Baghdad that reduced many of Saddam Hussein's palaces and other key government buildings to hollowed-out, smoldering wrecks.

Baghdad Blitz Resumes Air raids on the Iraqi capital resumed at first light this morning. At least three missiles were heard striking in or around Baghdad at 5.30am (1330 AEDT), the satellite network al-Jazeera said.

Dawn raids rock Baghdad · Turkish troops enter N Iraq · Entire Iraqi 51st Division surrenders · Coalition '160 miles inside Iraq' --Air attacks resumed as the sun rose over Baghdad today, hours after US and British forces launched their devastating "shock and awe" attack on the city. Two large explosions struck central Baghdad early this morning, shaking the city and sending fresh plumes of smoke into the sky.

Army, navy and air force all fighting An F/A-18 fighter jet dropped the first Australian bomb on Iraq today while SAS troopers were engaged in a firefight deep inside Iraq, the head of Australia's defence forces told reporters in Canberra today.

Navy Launches 320 Cruise Missiles at Iraq ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK - The U.S. Navy launched about 320 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Iraq from ships in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea during a heavy barrage Friday, senior officers said.

Baghdad Hit by Ferocious Aerial Assault The United States launched a ferocious, around-the-clock aerial assault on military targets [Oh, and *non-military* targets were *spared* during "shock and awe"?!? Not!!!] in Baghdad and other cities Friday, and invading ground troops penetrated 100 miles into Iraq. The ancient capital's skyline exploded in balls of flame, leaving Saddam Hussein's Old Palace compound and other symbols of his government ablaze.

Blitz sets Baghdad ablaze The allies launched a devastating series of air attacks on Baghdad and across the country last night in an unprecedented bombardment designed to "shock and awe" the Iraqi leadership into submission.

U.S. Bombs Ravage Targets in Baghdad; Ground Forces Sweep Across South Iraq Surrenders by Iraqi Forces — 2 Marines Die in Fighting --In a blaze of heavy bombing, American air power devastated parts of Baghdad tonight, including several government buildings and palaces built by Saddam Hussein, as waves of fresh ground forces swarmed into Iraq from the south.

Bubbles of fire tore into the sky above Baghdad --by Robert Fisk "The sheer violence of it, the howl of air raid sirens and the air-cutting fall of the missiles carried its own political message; not just to President Saddam but to the rest of the world. We are the super-power, those explosions said last night. This is how we do business. This is how we take our revenge for 11 September." [a must read]

The word 'napalm' has now been scrubbed from The Sydney Morning Herald's website: 'Dead bodies are everywhere' ...Hussein's first martyrs lost Herald Correspondent Lindsay Murdoch, travelling with a Marines artillery unit, reports on one of the war's first battles on the Iraq-Kuwait border. "'Dead bodies are everywhere,' a US officer reported by radio... Marine Cobra helicopter gunships firing Hellfire missiles swept in low from the south. Then the marine howitzers, with a range of 30 kilometres, opened a sustained barrage over the next eight hours. They were supported by US Navy aircraft which dropped 40,000 pounds of explosives and napalm, a US officer told the Herald." [Napalm? I didn't hear that reported on MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable.]

TV avoids showing deadly side of war Networks seem content to parade Pentagon line Washington resists press corps' efforts to deal with horror --by Antonia Zerbisias "Yesterday, when the America bombardment of Baghdad — and parts untelevised — began, the excitement among the anchors was palpable... Flipping from CBC's 'Attack On Iraq' to CNN's 'Strike On Iraq' to CBS' 'America At War' and on and around up to the business-oriented CNBC's 'The Price Of War,' I kept searching for signs of death. If this is a war, people are being killed. Where are the bodies?"

US Marines encounter resistance around Umm Qasr Iraqi forces put up stiff resistance to US Marines on outskirts of Umm Qasr where fighting is still going on.

Four US Soldiers Killed Four US soldiers are reported to have been killed in central Iraq. It is thought that they were in two lightly armoured vehicles and hit by rocket propelled grenades.

In the midst of 'shock and awe', proof of capitalism's perversion: Stocks Gain; Dow Has Best Week Since 1982 Stocks surged on Friday, driving the blue-chip Dow average to its eighth day of gains and its best week since October 1982, as a devastating air assault and speculation that Saddam Hussein was dead fueled investors' hopes the war in Iraq would soon end.

Turkey warned against deployment in N Iraq US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on Friday it would be “unhelpful” if large numbers of Turkish troops moved into northern Iraq.[Darn, I think the *U.S. presence* in Iraq --not to mention, several hundred exploding cruise missiles --is "unhelpful", too. --Lori Price]

Tense US warns Turkey over northern Iraq incursion Turkey sent a vanguard of commando troops into northern Iraq overnight in a move that courts US anger and risks confrontation with local Kurdish authorities. A Turkish military source told Reuters about 1,500 commandos crossed Turkey's southern border at three points late on Friday, aiming to secure access for subsequent, larger deployments.

A reckless path --by Paul Craig Roberts "Will Bush be impeached? Will he be called a war criminal?These are not hyperbolic questions. Mr. Bush has permitted a small cadre of neoconservatives to isolate him from world opinion, putting him at odds with the United Nations and America's allies."

War games put Korea 'on brink of nuclear conflict' North Korea warned yesterday the situation on the Korean Peninsula was deteriorating to the "brink of a nuclear war" because of US-South Korean war games.

Two British Navy Helicopters Collide Two British Navy helicopters collided Saturday over international waters in the Persian Gulf, and seven crew members were missing, officials said.

Baltimore Marine Dies In Chopper Crash Victim's Father Has Strong Words For Bush --One of the first American casualties in the war against Iraq is a Baltimore man, and his family shared their feelings about the war Friday.

Pentagon silence angers reporters A press briefing due to have been held in the Pentagon's press centre in the Gulf state of Qatar was cancelled with just minutes' notice on the orders of the US government, reporters claimed today.

CNN thrown out of Baghdad Iraqi authorities have expelled four CNN journalists from Baghdad today, accusing the "news" team of being a "propaganda tool" of the US army. [LOL! Well put! Poor Wolf... what will he have to lie about now???]

Car bomb kills journalist A car bomb in northern Iraq has killed one journalist and wounded nine people, according to a Kurdish official.

A few in military refuse to fight 'wrong war' "This war is the wrong war,'' says Marine reservist, Travis Clark, 25. ''I can't put myself into the position of going into another country and forcing them to defend themselves against me.''

The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq: A Macroeconomic and Geostrategic Analysis of the Unspoken Truth --by William Clark, MBA, Johns Hopkins University "Although completely suppressed by the U.S. media and government, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking -- it is an oil currency war."

Iraq Blames U.N. for Aiding Attack Iraq accused U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Friday of aiding the U.S. and British attack on Iraq by withdrawing U.N. peacekeepers and weapons inspectors, which allowed the invading force to cross the Kuwaiti border unchallenged. Iraq's U.N. ambassador, Mohammed Al-Douri, also criticized the secretary-general for not making a statement "condemning or deploring the attack," and for not sending a letter to the Security Council informing members that the war threatened international peace and security.

U.S. Battles Calls for Emergency UN Session on Iraq The United States has launched a worldwide diplomatic drive to head off the calling of an emergency session of the U.N. General Assembly to condemn the U.S.-led war on Iraq, diplomats said on Friday.

Blair 'restrained Bush from attacking Iraq after September 11' Tony Blair played a key role in stopping Dictator George W Bush from ordering military action against Iraq immediately after the September 11 attacks, and convincing him to take a longer diplomatic road to war, British sources disclosed on Thursday.

United States was 'dubious' from the start: Blix Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, said on Thursday he was "disappointed" at the decision to go to war before his teams had completed their work. Mr Blix, talking to reporters shortly before the first missiles struck Baghdad on Thursday morning, said he was "curious" whether the Allies would find evidence of weapons of mass destruction after the war.

Russia demands UN ruling on war Russia and other countries will ask the United Nations to rule whether the US-led war on Iraq is legal, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Friday.

Adviser quits Foreign Office over legality of war A senior legal adviser to the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, has quit the Foreign Office because of a difference over the legal advice sanctioning the war against Iraq, it emerged last night.

U.S. Shipments of Pathogens to Iraq (Oct. 01, 2002) "Shipments from the United States to Iraq of the kinds of pathogens later used in Iraq's biological weapons programs, according to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Senate Banking Committee and U.N. weapons inspectors:"

Protesters Promise More Demonstrations Today Anti-war protests were planned Saturday for New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Minn., and other cities.

San Francisco Police Brutality Legal Update (Indymedia) "Starting at 11am, a young African-American male was attacked by cops, beaten with billy clubs, and then dragged, alone into an unmarked vehicle. The Legal Collective has been unable to account for this guy, and nobody's heard from him." "At the Federal Building, a group of wheel-bound veterans were demonstrating, when one protester was dragged from his wheelchair and beaten by police. Look for video on this site."

Marching Forward --by David Callahan "Today there will be another rally for peace in Manhattan. In the last few months, the United States has seen the emergence of the largest antiwar movement since the days of Vietnam. Yet the protests had no evident impact on the Bush administration's plans for war in Iraq, which began Wednesday."

Computer 'hacktivism' is steadily on the rise Two thirds of all attacks launched on Internet hit sites of US Canadian companies in March as protest to Iraq war. Attacks by computer hackers against company Internet sites have been increasingly focusing on US firms, with many of the incidents clearly aimed at protesting the US-led war against Iraq, a specialist British consultancy said on Thursday.

Efforts to privatise water infrastructure condemned KYOTO: The participants of the 3rd World Water Forum on Friday came down heavily on IMF, World Bank and other donor agencies for their efforts to privatise the water infrastructure in the developing countries. [Where will Bush use 'shock and awe' next? Wherever Monsanto tells him to. --Lori Price]

S.D. Keeping List of Secret Pardons The two recently reported pardons came from GOP "Family Values" man, Bill Janklow, who spent two eight-year stretches in the governor's mansion before leaving for Congress in January. [More on Bill Janklow: Letter written to John D. Ashcroft regarding alleged rape/murder of Jancita Eagle Deer Sheldahl by William Janklow -- efforts to reopen rape/murder case 1/4/03 --Supreme Court of the United States Rule 8.1 Dictates Suspension of William Janklow from the Supreme Court Bar for alleged rape -- Fax to Clerk Suter]

CDC: 22 in U.S. now suspected of having mystery illness Nine more people in the United States are suspected of having the mysterious flu-like illness that has sickened hundreds in Asia, the federal government said Friday.

"Shock and Awe" underway as international war criminal George Bush launches an "unprecedented" air war on Iraq

'Shock and awe' airstrikes launched Massive cruise missile strikes took out dozens of buildings in Baghdad and across Iraq on Friday as the Pentagon began its promised "shock and awe" aerial campaign. Fires and huge plumes of smoke filled the nighttime skies of downtown Baghdad in what correspondent Peter Arnett said were strikes far larger than what he had seen in the 1991 Gulf War.

Bombs pound Baghdad in 'shock and awe' campaign The United States unleashed a massive aerial assault on targets in Baghdad and beyond on Friday in a major escalation of the war to drive Saddam Hussein from power. American and British troops seized Iraq's only port city after crushing Iraqi resistance.

"Shock and Awe" A U.S. war plan calls for the launch in March of three or four hundred cruise missiles a day at the start of a war on Iraq, more than were fired during the entire first Gulf War, according to a televised report on Friday...CBS said the battle plan, called "shock and awe"... We call the plan, "shock, awe, disgust and demonstrate criminal insanity." The time for regime change in the US is long, long overdue. We are now faced with silently sponsoring a violation of numerous international treaties and laws, a violation of the national and international will of the vast majority, and the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and others. Human shields or not, the Bush regime is set to murder everything in its path. The endgame is not even the important thing for them. Can Oil be enough to justify this killing, even for such homicidal maniacs? Power has gone undergone an unprecedented mutation, and merely wishes to extend itself without reason, cause, or even ideological justification.

"Shock and Awe" has begun as international war criminal George Bush launches an "unprecedented" air war on Iraq

Major airstrikes launched in Iraq The United States launched a massive campaign against Iraq from the air on Friday and pushed 100 miles into the country on the ground, a third of the way to Baghdad.

Major Air War Has Begun Against Iraq-US Official The United States has begun a major air war against Iraq as American and British thrust north from Kuwait toward Baghdad, a U.S. official said on Friday.

Iraqi capital and two other cities lit up by blasts American-led coalition forces began an intense bombing campaign in Iraq tonight, blasting targets in Baghdad and at least two other cities to the north, Pentagon officials said.

Iraqi Commander Surrenders to Marines, U.S. Military Says The commander of Iraq's 51st division and his top deputy surrendered to United States Marine forces today, according to American military officials.

PoWs to be stripped in "suicide bomb fears" American forces amassing on the Kuwait border were told yesterday to strip injured prisoners of war naked before loading them on to evacuation helicopters amid concern that some could be suicide bombers strapped with explosives. [Why *wouldn't* a government with NO dignity (The United States) try to strip others' dignities? No surprise here. --Lori Price]

Chirac threatens to veto any resolution backing U.S. control in Iraq Refusing to back down from his opposition to the United States and Britain, French President Jacques Chirac threatened Friday to veto any U.N. resolution letting them run Iraq after the war.

China Strongly Calls for Immediate Stop of Military Actions Against Iraq China issued an urgent appeal for the immediate halt of military actions against Iraq and a return to the right track to seek a political solution to the Iraq issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said Thursday.

Chinese FM Issues Statement on Iraq Question The Foreign Ministry of China issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the military actions against Iraq by the United States and some other countries. (translation of statement) "On 20 March, bypassing the UN Security Council, the United States and some other countries launched military operations against Iraq. The Chinese government hereby expresses its serious concern..."

More nations reject U.S. call to expel Iraqi diplomats A growing list of nations Friday brushed off, dismissed or outright rejected a U.S. request to expel Iraqi diplomats and close their embassies.

Anti-war protests sweep globe Protests against the attack on Iraq continued around the world today.

Worldwide protests denounce war in Iraq Police in some cities clash with thousands of demonstrators, including many students

Three killed outside U.S. Embassy in Yemen as anti-war protests continue worldwide Police clashed with 30,000 anti-war demonstrators Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, setting off an exchange of gunfire that killed three people and injured dozens. Similar outrage over the U.S.-led assault on Iraq spilled into streets in cities around the world.

Second Day of Protests Around the Nation Anti-war activists rolled out another wave of demonstrations Friday in their campaign against the war on Iraq that includes sit-ins in the streets and at federal buildings, mass rallies and quiet vigils. Hundreds have been arrested.

Protesters Arrested After Downtown March More than 100 protesters were arrested and loaded onto two city buses in Pittsburgh after a march through the downtown area Thursday evening that ended with some clashes with police.

Police arrest 122 at Pittsburgh protest A march through Downtown Pittsburgh and the South Side during rush hour ended with 122 arrests, including several for "inciting a riot".

Photo Journal (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Downtown march against war brings arrests At least 500 people marched around Downtown Pittsburgh and the South Side late this afternoon and early evening, a nearly 3-hour protest against the war in Iraq that ended with arrests. [Mike Rectenwald's protest report to follow. Mike led the march across the bridge into the Southside.]

Outbreak of war provokes protests around the world A wave of anti-war protest swept around the world Thursday, building a global chain of opposition and reflecting the range of reaction to American military action against Iraq.

Fans boo as U.S. national anthem is played Fans booed during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before the New York Islanders' 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. [<g>]

Iraq conflict hits websites hard The war in Iraq is testing the ability of many websites to cope with record numbers of visitors.

Marine Killed Advancing on Oil Field One U.S. Marine died Friday in fighting as troops advanced on an oil field in southern Iraq, the military said. Separately, 12 coalition soldiers were killed as their helicopter crashed in the first hours of the ground war. The Marine was killed during the advance on the Rumeila oil field, the military said. British forces said they ran into "stiff resistance" as they moved against Umm Qasr to the south.

US Marine felled by Iraqi gunfire A US Marine has been killed in Iraq, becoming the first reported combat death of the war, defence officials said yesterday. MSNBC cable network reported that the soldier was felled by Iraqi gunfire during the advance on the Rumeila oil field.

US and UK suffer casualties · US marine killed in combat · Troops 'in Baghdad within days' · 12 killed in helicopter crash --Britain and the United States today suffered their first casualties, as a US marine was killed in combat and eight British servicemen were among 12 soldiers who died in a helicopter crash.

16 U.S., British Troops Killed in Crash U.S. cruise missiles slammed into the center of Baghdad on Thursday night in a second attack, shaking the city with a series of massive explosions. The ground offensive has also kicked off.

S Korea to send up to 700 troops to Iraq South Korea on Friday decided to send up to 700 non-combatant troops to Iraq to support the US-led war, the presidential Blue House said.

Battle for Iraq Not the Pushover It Appears (Reuters) "By combining public optimism, a dearth of operational detail and carefully controlled news images of rapidly advancing troops, the allies aim to intimidate and befuddle the Iraqis. But while the world watches American armored columns race deep into the country, other, messier operations are likely to be unfolding out of the public eye."

Orange flames seen in direction of Iraqi oil center Orange flames could be seen Thursday on the horizon in the direction of the southern Iraqi oil center Basra, and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said three or four oil wells may have been set afire [by Coalition forces, to create more Halliburton contracts in the aftermath of W-ar?]

First Photos of Civilian Casualties in Gulf Massacre 2

Pentagon Adviser Is Also Advising Global Crossing Even as he advises the Pentagon on war matters, Richard N. Perle, chairman of the influential Defense Policy Board, has been retained by the telecommunications company Global Crossing to help overcome Defense Department resistance to its proposed sale to a foreign firm, Mr. Perle and lawyers involved in the case said today. [LOL, will nutcase Perle call the author of this New York Times article a terrorist, as he did Seymour Hersh?]

Whackjob Perle Suing Over New Yorker Article Richard Perle, the influential foreign policy hawk [and rightwing nutcase], is suing journalist Seymour Hersh over an article he wrote implying that Perle is using his position as a Pentagon adviser to benefit financially from a war to "liberate" Iraq.

Thank God for the death of the UN Its abject failure gave us only anarchy. The world needs order --by Richard Perle "This new century now challenges the hopes for a new world order in new ways. We will not defeat or even contain fanatical terror unless we can carry the war to the territories from which it is launched. This will sometimes require that we use force against states that harbour terrorists, as we did in destroying the Taliban regime in Afghanistan."

When a Gun Is More Than a Gun It is among the most horrific weapons in any army's collection: the thermobaric bomb, a fearsome explosive that sets fire to the air above its target, then sucks the oxygen out of anyone unfortunate enough to have lived through the initial blast. Last year, the U.S. military used such weapons for the first time in combat, to incinerate suspected underground al-Qaeda hideouts in Afghanistan. In the next few months, the U.S. Army will start putting this sweeping power in the hands of individual soldiers.

Chancellor Schroeder criticises US military campaign More than 100,000 Germans have protested against the start of the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

Pope Paul upbraided UK, Italian PMs Pope John Paul II lost his temper with British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair and Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi in recent discussions at the Vatican on a possible war in Iraq, a Catholic leaning newspaper reported on Wednesday. "John Paul II used words and gestures bordering on a diplomatic incident," in his audience with Blair on Feb 22, the daily said.

Antiwar protests circle the globe Outpouring of anger starts within hours of U.S.-led attack on Iraq From morning to night, a wave of sometimes violent demonstrations circled the globe Thursday to protest the beginning of a U.S.-led war against Iraq. In the United States, antiwar demonstrators blocked morning rush-hour traffic in Washington and San Francisco, chanted, "No blood for oil!" outside the White House and snarled traffic for evening commuters in Chicago. Internationally, protests of hundreds of thousands were mounted from Athens to Asia.

Swiss Police Attack Anti-War Protesting Children Hundreds of Swiss school children have been fired upon by riot police outside the US Mission in Geneva. The attack, witnessed by workers from the nearby World Health Organization, was unprovoked.

Anti-War Demonstrations Cause Mayhem [<g>] The start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting in years, leading to thousands of arrests across the United States and prompting pro-war counter-demonstrations [Sixteen people at *those*, LOL!]

Protesters Across the Nation Try to 'Stop Business as Usual' Thousands of protesters across the country today honored their pledge to "stop business as usual" the day after bombing began in Iraq, walking out of classes and work, shutting down major roads and converging on plazas, bridges, military bases and federal buildings to proclaim their opposition to war.

Protesters paralyze Portland Anti-war protesters blocked Interstates 5 and 84 Thursday night, part of a raucous, sometimes violent demonstration that shut down several of Portland's busiest bridges and intersections during rush hour.

Protest creates gridlock on SF streets Thousands of anti-war protesters poured into San Francisco on Thursday, fulfilling their promise to disrupt life in the city as they occupied intersections, blocked buildings and tried to shut down the Bay Bridge in protests that occasionally turned violent.

San Francisco protesters stage a 'vomit in' In a unique form of opposition, some protesters at the Federal Building staged a "vomit in,'' by heaving on the sidewalks and plaza areas in the back and front of the building to show that the war in Iraq made them sick, according to a spokesman.

Hundreds arrested in anti-war protest Chicago police arrested several hundred anti-war demonstrators who blocked the intersection of Chicago and Michigan avenues tonight during a protest that wound its way north from Federal Plaza in the Loop.

Protesters close Drive (Chicago) Protesters snarled downtown streets and shut down traffic on part of Lake Shore Drive after a demonstration outside the federal courthouse Thursday night. Late rush-hour traffic northbound on the Drive was stopped for blocks as demonstrators surged through police lines.

Protesters jam city streets With thunderous drumbeats and chants of "peace now" echoing down Boylston Street, several thousand students and faculty from colleges across Boston and Cambridge yesterday marched in protest of war with Iraq on the first full day of the U.S.-led military action.

War foes try to snarl Hub: Police arrest 36 demonstrators (Boston) Police arrested 36 anti-war protesters yesterday as they blocked streets and entrances to public buildings in a desperate, last-ditch bid to stop the countdown to war.

It's On: Where and How to Protest in New York After meeting with George W. Bush yesterday to plead for funds for wartime security, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters in Washington that New Yorkers are "fully behind the president [sic]." But the streets and polls here tell a different story.

Why Bush and his team need an attitude lobotomy Having failed to gain world support for a war, the US must win friends after it, writes Thomas Friedman. "George Bush is fond of cowboy imagery, so here's an image that comes to mind about our war with Iraq. In most cowboy movies the good guys round up a posse before they ride into town and take on the black hats. We're doing just the opposite. We're riding into Baghdad pretty much alone and hoping to round up a posse after we get there."

It's time to turn off, tune out and drop President [sic] Bush a message Boycotting the US showbiz behemoth is the most powerful anti-war gesture you could make, writes Gerald Stone. "If the leading democracy on earth is prepared to go to war regardless of public opinion around the world, what means are left to ordinary citizens in Australia and elsewhere to try to make their feelings heard?"

GOP to Hammer Democratic War Critics Congressional Republicans are implicitly challenging the patriotism of some Democrats who have criticized Dictator Bush's war plans, a sign that the divisive politics marking the 108th Congress are unlikely to cease during wartime.

U.S. Ready to Rescind Clinton Order on Government Secrets Making it easier for government agencies to keep documents secret, the Bush dictatorship plans to revoke an order issued by President Bill Clinton that among other provisions said information should not be classified if there was "significant doubt" as to whether its release would damage national security.

War Means Rights May Be Scaled Back The government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution, Whore Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday.

FBI questions Iraqis in security sweep The FBI has began to interview thousands of Iraqis to "get information about possible attacks in America", but the tactic drew criticism from Arab-American and civil liberties groups.

Area districts tell parents not to pick up children during lockdowns Duct tape has replaced duck and cover as the official warning call of wartime, as educators from Kingwood to Galveston are preparing their schools for the worst -- a gas or chemical attack. The Houston Independent School District told parents not to pick up children in case of an "emergency". [?!?!!! Yeah, right!]

Nuke Lab Head Details Security Problems The head of Sandia National Laboratories on Thursday acknowledged security problems at the nuclear lab, including guards napping on duty, stolen computers and the brief disappearance of a set of master keys.

Israel warns Web sites on war coverage Israel's top government censor has warned Web sites in her country not to publish sensitive information about the war with Iraq.

House Endorses Bush's $726 Billion Tax Cut The House passed a $2.2 trillion budget that endorses Dictator Bush's plan to cut taxes by $726 billion over the coming decade.

Rep. Stark blasts Bush on Iraq war Fremont Democrat says plan to bomb Baghdad is 'act of extreme terrorism' --In one of the most brutal critiques of the administration's policy toward Iraq by a member of Congress, East Bay Rep. Pete Stark said Dictator Bush would be responsible for "an act of terror" by launching a massive bombing campaign to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sen. Robert Byrd: 'Today I Weep for My Country' The oldest voice in the U.S. Congress rose on Wednesday to offer a final pre-war warning that Dictator Bush's march to battle is dangerously misguided.

President Hussein condemns strikes in televised address A subdued Saddam Hussein appeared on "state-run television" [Odd, US corporate-run media does not refer to US media as "corporate-run media", which it is] Thursday after the initial U.S. strikes on Baghdad, accusing the United States of a "shameful crime" and urging his people to "draw your sword" against the invaders.

Blix criticises US 'impatience' Former chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has expressed regret over US "impatience" to go to war with Iraq - and suggested Washington had little interest in peaceful disarmament from the outset.

Human Shields Still In Iraq As War Commences (Indymedia) "As the belligerent U.S. government, with assistance from Australia and the UK, begin their illegal war against Iraq, anti-war groups are calling all like-minded people to action. Continuous protests are planned across the country and around the world. Yesterday's demonstration in Sydney drew a large crowd as people are urged to maintain resistance now that hostilities have started."

War draws condemnation The start of war against Iraq has drawn a barrage of criticism from leaders around the world and brought thousands of demonstrators onto the streets.

Anti-War Activists Snarl Traffic in D.C. Anti-war protesters blocked morning rush-hour traffic in Washington and San Francisco and chanted "no blood for oil" outside the White House on Thursday in reaction to U.S. military strikes against Iraq.

School children march against war School children across the UK have walked out of lessons to stage demonstrations against the start of the war with Iraq.

'Stop the war protests' say heads (UK) Head teachers are being warned they should take firm action against pupils who stage anti-war protests or leave school to take part in demonstrations.

Arrests at children's anti-war protest Eight people including at least two children have been arrested at an anti-war demonstration in the centre of Leicester.

Turkish parliament OKs airspace for U.S. use Turkey's parliament on Thursday voted to allow the U.S. military to use Turkish airspace for a war in Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported. The decision took on added urgency now that U.S. bombers have begun striking Iraq.

U.S. begins air, ground war The U.S. military launched ground and air attacks on Iraq Thursday, firing Army artillery into the south and unleashing waves of bombings on Baghdad.

U.S. launches first stage of ground war To the "cheers of U.S. infantrymen" [?!?], the first stage of the ground war opened Thursday with American howitzers and multiple launch rocket systems firing at Iraqi troops.

UK troops come under fire British troops in Kuwait have come under fire during a "cross border skirmish" with Iraqi soldiers.

Pentagon readies for broader Iraq assault The Pentagon assessed the damage Thursday from its initial strikes against targets in Iraq and primed for a broader assault involving 300,000 U.S. and coalition forces.

Iraq role likely for Nighthawk stealth fighter Though its technology is 25 years old, the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter is still one of the world's most advanced planes and is expected to play a large role in the initial strike on Baghdad.

U.S., Iraq trade missile strikes; 1 reportedly killed in Baghdad U.S. forces launched their long-awaited war against President Saddam Hussein, targeting him personally with a barrage of cruise missiles and bombs as a prelude to invasion. Iraq responded hours later, firing missiles Thursday toward American troops positioned just across its border with Kuwait.

US helicopter crash A helicopter carrying U.S. special forces crashed inside southern Iraq hours before the missile strikes Wednesday night, a senior defense official said.

Turkish troops mass on border Up to 70,000 Turkish troops were massing on the country's border with Iraq yesterday, preparing to launch lightning raids to create a 40-mile buffer zone in Kurdish northern Iraq when war begins.

U.S. Troops Launch Raid in Afghanistan About 1,000 U.S. troops launched a raid on villages in southeastern Afghanistan [?!?] Wednesday night, "hunting for members of the Al Qaeda terrorist network", military officials said. [They should try the White House, if they are on the prowl for international terrorists. --Lori Price]

U.S. troops sweep southern Afghan villages About 1,000 U.S. troops and attack helicopters swept into villages in southern Afghanistan on Thursday in a new military operation to flush out remaining al-Qaida terrorists and their allies, an Army spokesman said.

Koreas put militaries on alert Both sides say they fear provocation during Iraq war South Korea put its military on heightened alert Thursday as the beginning of war in Iraq raised fears that North Korea might move to provoke its neighbor while the world is distracted.

Arizona nuclear plant reportedly received specific threat National Guard troops were posted around the Palo Verde nuclear plant this week reportedly because of a specific terrorist threat against the facility.

Top White House anti-terror boss resigns The top National Security Council official in the war on terror resigned this week for what a NSC spokesman said were personal reasons, but intelligence sources say the move reflects concern that the looming war with Iraq is hurting the fight against terrorism.

UK issues terror attack warning Britons around the world must be vigilant for terror attacks as war with Iraq begins, the Foreign Office said.

Up to 1,500 extra police on anti-terror duty Up to 1,500 extra police officers will patrol London's streets to "guard against terrorists" seeking to avenge strikes on Iraq [and to stop the anti-war sentiment].

Pentagon plans to create its own espionage network: report (Mar. 4) The US Defense Department is planning to create its own espionage network spread around the world to collect intelligence on terrorist organizations and other military targets, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Oliver North lets fly on TV Col Oliver North, the officer at the heart of the Iran-Contra scandal, has emerged as the first star of the wartime US television ratings battle, after some highly jingoistic reporting from the front line.

Republicans Seek To Slash VA Budget --by Kate McLaughlin "Today the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution that if passed will devastate the Veterans Administration's budget and severely reduce its medical, disability, and benefit programs. On the verge of war in Iraq, the Republican Party has placed in its cross-hairs American veterans from earlier wars." [Is this what they mean by 'support our troops?' --Michael Rectenwald]

Stocks Open Lower After a Moment of Silence Stocks fell at Thursday's open after six straight sessions of gains in the blue-chip Dow, as anxious investors scoured headlines to see how the hours-old U.S.-led war on Iraq is unfolding.

The twenty lies of George W. Bush --by Patrick Martin "Monday night’s 15-minute speech by Dictator Bush, setting a 48-hour deadline for war against Iraq, went beyond the usual distortions, half-truths, and appeals to fear and backwardness to include a remarkable number of barefaced, easily refuted lies."

Mr. Bush's War --by William Rivers Pitt "Welcome to the American Empire. Don't be surprised that your rights and privileges have changed all of a sudden. We used to be a constitutional democracy. That's pretty much done now. You're a citizen of an empire today, one that attacks sovereign nations without cause, with the backing of such international heavyweights as Spain and Eritrea..."

"When war starts, the world will stop"--European anti-W-ar organizers' statement

Today's Quote: "This is Not America" --David Bowie

War against Iraq has begun

White House Says Attack on Iraq Has Begun Anti-Aircraft Batteries Open Up in Baghdad --Dictator Bush ordered the beginning of a war on Iraq tonight, and his spokesman, Ari Fleischer, said at about 9:45 p.m. Eastern time that American forces had begun to "disarm Iraq" [massacre children for Halliburton's oil wells and Monsanto's water rights] and would depose Saddam Hussein.

The Bombardment of Iraq Has Begun The BBC reports that strikes on Baghdad have begun.

U.S. Launches Iraq War U.S. forces launched a surgical military strike against a "target of opportunity" near Baghdad after U.S. intelligence detected the possibility Iraqi leaders were in the area, a senior government official said Wednesday night.

Explosions rocked Baghdad at dawn on Thursday as the United States launched a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Anti-aircraft fire seen, sirens heard as sun rises in Baghdad.

Commando force poised to track and kill President Hussein Armed with high-tech weapons, night-vision goggles and pictures of their targets, small teams of Delta Force commandos will soon descend on the outskirts of Baghdad to begin the most anticipated mission of the war: capturing or killing Saddam Hussein.

Military action begins in Iraq Anti-aircraft fire and explosions were heard across Baghdad after air raid sirens went off in the capital at dawn Thursday.

The war has started British and American troops were involved in fierce fighting near Iraq's main port today as the war to topple President Saddam Hussein began.

Gov't Prepares Americans for Casualties White House Warns Americans to Be Prepared for Loss of Life As Iraq Deadline Nears War against Iraq will be as short as possible but Americans must be prepared for loss of life [for Halliburton's oil wells and Monsanto's water rights], the White House warned Wednesday as the deadline neared for Saddam Hussein to flee. [Can Bush flee instead, and we'll all declare peace? --Lori Price]

Bush gathers war council as deadline nears Dictator George W. Bush's war council gathered at the White House early Wednesday morning, finalizing war plans as the deadline for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to leave his country draws closer.

Forces enter demilitarised zone · Aziz defection rumour denied · Veto powers condemn action · 'War within 48 hours' --Allied forces today moved into the demilitarised zone straddling the Iraq-Kuwait border in preparation for the imminent attack on Iraq, Kuwaiti security sources cited by Reuters said.

Invasion begins (Debka) IST 15:10 While most analysts and forecasters predicted a mighty aerial-missile Blitzkrieg over Baghdad as the war’s opener, the campaign began Wednesday, March 19 with a Blitzkrieg by Marine forces into southern Iraq along the Shatt el Arb River towards the big naval base and town of Umm Qasr.

First shots fired at sea as allied battle plan unfolds The first shots of the war have been fired, killing at least one Iraqi during a suspected operation to mine the waters off Kuwait.

U.S. Forces Reported in Kuwait - Iraq Border DMZ Kuwaiti security sources said on Wednesday that U.S.-led forces had moved into the Kuwaiti side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the Iraq-Kuwait border, apparently in preparation for an invasion of Iraq.

U.S. and British Troops Mass at Iraq Border Sandstorm Envelops Forces as They Await Order to Advance A blinding desert sandstorm today enveloped American and British armies as they struggled to wheel into final position on the Iraqi frontier to await the order to wage a war intended to topple Saddam Hussein's government in Baghdad.

US Troops Stationed In Kuwait Move Closer To Iraqi Border The US has nearly 300,000 troops prepared to invade Iraq. Most of those troops are now stationed in Kuwait, where both tanks and troops were moving toward the Iraqi border in huge numbers Tuesday.

Turkey May Agree to Help U.S. Air Campaign (Ankara, Turkey) The government is asking Parliament to approve a resolution giving the American military the right to use Turkey's air space and air bases, but not to deploy ground troops, the Justice Ministry said early today.

US invasion of Iraq 'inevitable' The United States says American forces will enter Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction even if President Saddam Hussein complies with an ultimatum to leave.

Experts fear a war with Iraq will not be short Retired General Joseph Hoar, former Chief of the US Central Command, says that the determination of Iraq's Republican Guard and the unprecedented control of intimate battle plan detail by the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, will ensure that the battle will not be swift.

Parliament gives Blair go-ahead for war · Government war motion passed · 217 MPs vote against war. · 140 estimated Labour rebels Poodle Tony Blair tonight saw off the final obstacle to UK involvement on a war with Iraq, defeating a Commons anti-war vote with a majority of 179.

France offers aid to troops in event of bio-attack France yesterday promised military assistance for America and Britain if their forces come under Iraqi chemical or biological attack [that Bush will likely start himself but blame Saddam Hussein], even though Paris strongly opposes war and questions the danger posed by Baghdad's arsenal.

EU investigates mystery buggings European Union officials have launched an investigation after bugging devices were found at offices used by several delegations - including those of France, Germany and the UK. [Yup, it's a real mystery... I wonder who it could be? LOL!]

The Arrogant Empire America’s unprecedented power scares the world, and the Bush administration has only made it worse. (Newsweek) "But the [Bush] administration is wrong if it believes that a successful war will make the world snap out of a deep and widening mistrust and resentment of American foreign policy. A war with Iraq, even if successful, might solve the Iraq problem. It doesn’t solve the America problem."

Chirac and Schröder reject Bush's road to war Paris and Berlin have fiercely rejected George W. Bush’s declaration of war on Iraq. Early Tuesday morning, just a few hours after Bush’s speech at 02.00 hrs European time, the French presidential council issued a short communiqué denouncing the decision to go to war as an open violation of international law.

US military lists 300 suspected sites The US military has drawn up a list of more than 300 suspected sites of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that it will be investigating, a US military official said this week.

Media giant's rally sponsorship raises questions Some of the biggest rallies this month have endorsed Dictator Bush's strategy against Saddam Hussein, and the common thread linking most of them is Clear Channel Worldwide Inc., the nation's largest owner of radio stations. In a move that has raised eyebrows in some legal and journalistic circles, Clear Channel radio stations in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Antonio, Cincinnati and other cities have sponsored rallies attended by up to 20,000 people. The events have served as a loud rebuttal to the more numerous but generally smaller anti-war rallies.

Protests flare in Europe against looming war Protests against a looming war in Iraq flared across Europe on Tuesday as nations ordered their citizens out of the region and prepared for fallout from a military conflict. In Italy, militants briefly took over the offices of the US Esso oil company and pacifists temporarily blocked an Esso fuel terminal, as activists vowed to launch crippling strikes if war starts. "When war starts, the world will stop," organisers said in a statement.

Groups protest war outside federal building; arrests made (CT) A war protest in New Haven landed a dozen protesters in jail Wednesday. About 60 or so were rallying in front to the Federal Building in New Haven when "things got too disruptive." [No, things got GOOD. That's what things "got". Let's put an end to the media-induced coup d'etat by the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel NOW! Let's roll! --Lori Price]

DoD Warning: Info Technicians Must Be Mindful of Web Site Content (DoD) "The U.S. military uses the Internet as an electronic conduit to quickly disseminate information. From a security perspective, however, stretches of that worldwide information highway contain potholes." [LOL. Pothole *this*. --Lori Price]

Government to begin detaining Iraqi "sympathizers", "disgruntled individuals" With the nation back on high alert and officials warning that terrorists may already be planning major new attacks, ABCNEWS has learned the government will begin detaining dozens of suspected Saddam Hussein "sympathizers" in at least five U.S. cities this week. "Iraqi state agents, Iraqi surrogate groups, other regional extremist organizations and ad hoc groups, disgruntled individuals may use this time period to conduct terrorist attacks against the United States and our interests either here or abroad," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned. [What does that mean??? Where is it written in the Constitution that "disgruntled individuals" can be detained??? --Lori Price]

New York Sets Wartime Security Plan; Officials Watching for Terrorist Takeover [read: anti-W-ar commentary] of TV Outlets The New York Police Department has stepped up security outside major television news outlets in Manhattan to prevent "possible takeovers by terrorists who may want to broadcast anti-American messages" [No! They want to curtail dissent as they implement Bush's full miliatary dictatorship!! --Lori Price]

Read, weep --Poised for the Police State: Red alert? Stay home, await word (NJ) If the nation escalates to "red alert," which is the highest in the color-coded readiness against terror, you will be assumed by authorities to be the enemy if you so much as venture outside your home, New Jersey's anti-terror director and former FBI agent, Sid Caspersen, said on Thursday. For the first time, he disclosed the realities of how a red alert would shut the state down. "You must adhere to the restrictions announced by authorities and prepare to evacuate, if instructed. Stay alert for emergency messages... The state police and the emergency management people would take control over the highways..."

Ridge Launches 'Operation Liberty Shield' As War Footing Steps Up (DoD) As Dictator Bush delivered the final option to Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on Monday evening, Homeland Suckurity Secretary Tom Ridge launched Operation Liberty Shield. The government also put the nation's suckurity "apparatus" [?!?] on higher alert by raising the color-coded national terrorist threat index from yellow, or elevated risk of attack, to orange, or high risk of attack.

inJustice Scalia says war justifies rights' recess The government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution, Whore court member and all-around-Fascist Antonin Scalia said Tuesday. "The Constitution just sets minimums," Scalia said after a speech at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland.

inJustice Bans Media From Free Speech Event Whore Court inJustice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from an appearance Wednesday where he will receive an award for supporting free speech.

Missing Bill of Rights copy recovered The FBI has recovered a valuable copy of the Bill of Rights that had been missing for 138 years, bureau sources said Wednesday. [Don't tell AshKKKroft --he'll have it shredded.]

Zogby Poll: Al Gore Leading Contender Against Bush President Al Gore comes closer than any other Democrat to challenge Dictator Bush in 2004 [during the rigged or no elections], declared or undeclared. Draft Gore Statement "This is very encouraging news for us. Al Gore still leads the Democratic pack and has in fact improved his standing in the polls even though he removed himself from contention. It's remarkable that with other Democrats actively campaigning and President [sic] Bush constantly in the limelight on the eve of the war, Gore is still within easy striking distance of the president. This indicates the great depth of grassroots support that Gore enjoys."

Gore Joins Board of Apple Computer Inc. President Al Gore, who popularized the "information superhighway" as vice president, was elected Wednesday to the board of Apple Computer.

Senate Rejects Oil Drilling in Alaskan Refuge The Senate rejected the keystone of Dictator Bush's energy plan this afternoon, narrowly defeating a proposal to begin oil drilling in the Alaska wildlife refuge.

Alabama-Based HealthSouth Accused in $1.4 Billion Fraud HealthSouth Corp. and chairman Richard Scrushy were accused Wednesday of a massive accounting fraud that the government said inflated profits by at least $1.4 billion to mislead investors that the health care giant was keeping pace with Wall Street's expectations.

People with disabilities would suffer from Sutton's judicial confirmation --by Jim Ward "[Jeffrey] Sutton's hostility toward the Americans with Disabilities Act isn't based on some technicality of the law. When asked whether his position was meant to challenge only limited portions of the law, Sutton called his argument 'a challenge to the ADA across the board.'"

Hotel floor closed after 7 guests catch killer virus (Hong Kong) An entire floor of a Mong Kok hotel was isolated yesterday after it was found that seven people who contracted the mysterious killer pneumonia now spreading round the world had all stayed there.

Bush will be an international W-ar criminal when he bombs Iraq. Attack on Iraq could turn Bush into criminal --by Thomas Walkom "Under the U.N. Charter, it is a crime for any nation to make war, except in self-defence or with the explicit approval of the council. Anyone in any country that makes war outside of these conditions is breaking international law. This is not to suggest that Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are about to be bundled into police vans — although there are precedents. Bush had foresight enough to refuse to recognize the new international war crimes court that is being set up in Holland. In any case, it's tough to arrest a man surrounded by nuclear weapons."

Blair: 'Back me or I quit' The Prime Minister, Poodle Tony Blair, told a hushed Commons this afternoon that his Government now faced a "stark choice" - to stand down the thousands of troops now hours away from war, or to hold firm to the course they have set. And he declared "I believe we must hold firm."

Iraq rejects Bush ultimatum In a countdown toward war, Dictator Bush is ready to order a massive military strike against Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to surrender power by a deadline of 8 p.m. EST Wednesday. Wary of retaliation, Bush braced Americans for possible terrorist attacks. President Hussein's elder son, Odai Hussein, said in a statement that Bush is "unstable" and "should give up power in America with his family." [I couldn't agree more. --Lori Price]

Bush sets the timetable for war: 48 hours and counting Exile or war. George Bush handed Saddam Hussein that final stark choice last night as he delivered a 48-hour deadline for the Iraqi president to leave the country or face military conflict.

Bush Gives Hussein 48-Hour Ultimatum; Americans Warned to Prepare for War In Rebuff to U.N., Dictator Says U.S. and Allies Have No Choice --Dictator Bush told Saddam Hussein and his sons tonight that they had 48 hours to surrender power and to leave Iraq, or face a sure, swift and ruinous war.

Bush Gives Hussein 48 Hours to Leave As Diplomatic Effort Ends, Dictator Vows to Act --Dictator Bush tonight gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile or face attack from the United States and a handful of allies.

Bush gives Saddam and sons 48 hours to leave Iraq Dictator Bush has given Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile with his sons or face the full military might of the United States.

Transcript of Dictator Bush's address to the nation "They have delivered public and private messages urging the dictator to leave Iraq, so that disarmament can proceed peacefully." [LOL! Well, here's a *public and private message* urging the dictator to leave the *United States*.]

The Bush administration repudiates international law (WSWS) "It is hardly an accident that this repudiation of international law has been carried out by an administration that came to power on the basis of an unprecedented conspiracy against democratic rights. In the final analysis, there exists a symbiotic relationship between domestic and foreign policy. The plans for global conquest are a projection onto the world stage of the same criminal and anti-democratic processes that characterize capitalist rule in the United States." [Michael Rectenwald has been saying this for two years, and emphasized it on the Alan Colmes show, Feb. 24. --Lori Price]

Britain brings down the curtain on diplomacy It fell yesterday to Britain and its ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, to bring down the final curtain on diplomacy and clear the world's stage for war.

U.N. Orders Inspectors Out of Iraq The United Nations ordered its weapons inspectors out of Iraq on Monday, widening the stream of diplomats and foreign journalists heading for the exits before any shooting starts.

UN inspectors leave Baghdad; Britons urged to quit Bahrain, Jordan UN weapons inspectors pulled out of Iraq today. A plane carrying the inspectors took off from Saddam International Airport, headed for Laranca, Cyprus where the inspectors have a rear base. As the evacuation was underway, the Foreign Office urged all Britons except diplomatic staff to leave Bahrain and Jordan unless their presence was essential.

Israeli special forces join 'secret front' in Jordan As hundreds of thousands of men and machines mass in Kuwait, a highly secretive military build-up is also under way on President Saddam Hussein’s western flank. Special forces from the United States and Britain have begun to conduct long-range reconnaissance missions from their bases along the 113-mile border between Iraq and Jordan, military sources have told The Times. Israeli forces are also said to be involved.

Turkey reconsiders access for US forces The Turkish Cabinet will today discuss a resolution allowing US forces to use Turkey in a war against Iraq, Abdullatif Sener, the Deputy Prime Minister, said last night.

Troop strength nearing 300,000 Thousands of supply trucks ready to keep up with troops --Nearly 300,000 U.S. and British troops, more than half of them in Kuwait, stood ready Monday for possible orders from Dictator Bush to invade Iraq. Hundreds of aircraft were ready to launch bombing runs, while hundreds of tanks were joined by even more trucks that together form the backbone of a new "slingshot" supply strategy.

Relationship between Rumsfeld, chiefs strained On the eve of a potential U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Army’s top two leaders and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have intensified a long-running feud that underscores a bitter rift between the military’s largest branch and the Pentagon’s civilian boss.

Albuquerque base investigates cross burning Kirtland Air Force Base put four members of a security squadron on paid leave [?!?] after they allegedly burned a cross in the back yard of a home in southeast Albuquerque and participated in supremacist activities. [Why are these Trent Lott trolls on *paid* leave???]

Australia to fight alongside US Australian troops will fight in a war against Iraq if the United States launches military action, Prime Minister John Howard says.

Australia commits troops to war Prime Minister John Howard today declared that Cabinet had decided to commit Australian troops already deployed in the Gulf to war with Iraq.

Blix lists 12 disarmament tasks left for Iraq Chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix produced a "to do" list of 12 disarmament tasks Iraq should fulfill as he began to withdraw his inspection ahead of a likely war.

France Says World Against Bush Ultimatum on Iraq France said on Tuesday the world did not back Dictator Bush's ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face military action.

Russia Says War in Iraq a Mistake and Illegal Russia called for last-minute attempts to solve the Iraq crisis peacefully on Monday, saying any resort to force would be both a mistake and illegal.

President Fox says Mexico 'regrets' imminent war with Iraq President Vicente Fox said Monday he ''regrets'' the Iraq conflict appeared headed for war but insisted that Mexico's opposition to military action would not strain important relations with Washington.

List of Labour resignations Some members of the Labour Government are reconsidering their role in Parliament over the issue of a possible war with Iraq. Here is a list of the ones who feel they cannot support the Poodle's position...

Cook quits Cabinet and urges MPs to oppose invasion Robin Cook launched a blistering attack on the Government's case for war and accused it of "diplomatic miscalculations" after he became the first cabinet member to resign over Iraq. He told the Commons he could not "defend a war with neither international agreement nor domestic support", and proceeded to dismantle government policy in an electrifying resignation speech.

Cook wins Commons ovation Robin Cook has won an unprecedented standing ovation in the House of Commons after telling MPs why he resigned from the government over the looming war with Iraq. "What has come to trouble me most over past weeks is the suspicion that if the hanging chads in Florida had gone the other way and Al Gore had been elected we would not now be about to commit British troops," he said. [Well, Gore *was* elected, but Mr. Cook meant well!]

Cook's anti-war stance wins ovation Robin Cook was given a standing ovation by Labour MPs this evening when he announced that he would be voting against an attack on Iraq tomorrow. He attacked George Bush's regime for greeting evidence of disarmament with "consternation", because it undermines the case for war. In reference to Dictator Bush's controversial election victory, Mr Cook claimed that Britain was only now going to war "because of some hanging chads in Florida".

Cook, the first casualty of war Poodle Tony Blair will appeal to Parliament and the country today to back war with Iraq after Robin Cook shattered Cabinet unity by resigning in protest at the decision to authorise military action without the backing of the United Nations.

Key British cabinet minister quits over Iraq The Daily Mirror, a traditional Labour Party backer, published a photograph of a satanic-looking Mr. Blair on Friday with the headline "Prime Monster?" plastered across his forehead. And many of his old critics in the party have upped the rhetoric over what they see as his blind support for U.S. Dictator George W. Bush's regime. "He is roving ambassador to the right-wing, born-again, Bible-belting fundamentalist crew which first turned Texas into the toxic execution chamber of the western world," Labour MP George Galloway wrote in the latest issue of The Spectator magazine.

Blair Faces Huge Parliamentary Revolt Over Iraq British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair looks set to suffer a huge revolt by ruling Labour Party legislators over Iraq on Tuesday as he scrambles to keep his government together and win over a wary public.

Bush Expects to Seek Up to $90B for War The White House is expected to ask Congress for up to $90 billion to pay for a war with [massacre in] Iraq and other expenses within days of the start of combat, congressional and White House aides said Monday.

Sorry, Mr Blair, but 1441 does not authorise force The attorney general has a tricky task in defending the legal basis for war --by Keir Starmer "Simply to argue that the interpretation of resolution 1441 accepted by all the other security council members except the US and the UK should be abandoned in favour of military action won't convince anybody. Flawed advice does not make the unlawful use of force lawful."

Things to Come --by Paul Krugman "Victory in Iraq won't end the world's distrust of the United States because the Bush administration has made it clear, over and over again, that it doesn't play by the rules. Remember: this administration told Europe to take a hike on global warming, told Russia to take a hike on missile defense, told developing countries to take a hike on trade in lifesaving pharmaceuticals, told Mexico to take a hike on immigration, mortally insulted the Turks and pulled out of the International Criminal Court — all in just two years."

Bush Stages 'Shootout At Iraq Corral' - Orders Saddam To 'Get Out Of Dodge' --by Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Press release) "Without UN sanction and with a new doctrine of preemption, the former owner of the Texas Rangers is now acting as the Lone Ranger. Unlike his father's success at building a United Nation's 'coalition of the willing' in 1991, this President[sic]'s failure to get a UN resolution means he is going to war with a 'coalition of the wanting.' ...'Finally,' Congressman Jackson said, 'our lawyers have gone back into the Federal Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the President[sic]'s authority to wage war without a declaration from Congress.'

Homeland Security office puts nation on high-level terror alert Worried that war in Iraq could lead to terrorist reprisals at home [Duh! That's certainly a no-brainer and is *exactly* why the Bush terrorists are going to invade Iraq!], the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert one level to orange, or "high," Monday night and called for an increase in security measures nationwide. [Yeah, Homeland Suckurity has to thwart the upcoming *worldwide upheaval* against Dictator Bush and his illegal, immoral, perverted W-ar in Iraq. --Lori Price]

FBI tracking dozens of Iraqis in U.S. The FBI is "closely watching" [?!? i.e., illegally spying on] dozens of Iraqis and others living in the United States, implementing a wide-ranging security plan meant to deter any reprisals for a U.S. invasion.

Anti-war protesters plan mass demonstrations, civil disobedience They call it Day X, Trigger Day, The Day Of, or The Day After. Anti-war activists are using varying shorthand for an outbreak of war with Iraq - and they are designing a wide menu of protest strategies, from provocation to prayer.

Suitcase surprise: Rebuke written on inspection notice Tucked in his luggage was a card from the Transportation Security Administration notifying him that his bags had been opened and inspected at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Handwritten on the side of the card was a note, "Don't appreciate your anti-American attitude!" [Well, I don't *appreciate* living under a complete whackjob military Dictatorship, not even directed by a "benevolent" dictator but rather by an Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel, who installed himself in a media-backed coup in 2000. Regime change begins at home... Let's roll! --Lori Price]

Bush faces peace pretzel flood A French anti-war website has launched a campaign to bombard the White House with pretzels - the snack which caused George W Bush an injury in January 2001. The site, www.bretzelforbush.com, asks people to donate seven euros, of which six will be spent on buying and despatching pretzels to Washington, and one given to a children's charity, the Global Movement for Children.

Peace protests stepped up across the world The countdown to military action in Iraq has sparked peace protests in Britain and abroad, with more lasting and widespread action anticipated in the event of war. In London, hundreds of members of the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) began converging on Westminster to lobby their MPs.

Opera House demonstration (photos from Sydney Morning Herald)

Demonstrators Use More Active Tactics Protesters called on congressional lawmakers yesterday to stop a war in Iraq before it starts, singing "We Shall Overcome" on the Capitol's West Lawn and crossing police lines in a solemn day of antiwar actions.

Bush, Media Complicit in American False Beliefs on War in Iraq (republicons.org) "See the media in US, all corporate owned and broadcasting on the publicly owned airwaves, know that war sells. CNN made a killing in the first Iraq war with its ground breaking coverage that, while at first heart rending and personalized became the formulaic standard for serialized war coverage."

Networks Scramble Lineups as Nation Girds for War "The Big Four broadcast networks have a new head of scheduling -- President [sic] Bush." [actual quote from The Washington Post article lead, March 18. Can they get any more blatant about pushing this illegal, immoral, massacre in Iraq?]

Afghan officials confirm US role in massacre of Taliban prisoners On March 6, the German television programme Panorama presented fresh evidence implicating US troops in the massacre of Taliban prisoners during the 2001 war in Afghanistan... Since Doran’s film was completed, two of the eyewitnesses who testified on camera to seeing US soldiers at the scene of the killings have themselves been murdered. Other witnesses and co-workers of the filmmaker have received death threats.

Peace activists say protester was killed deliberately A group of international peace activists has disputed a claim by Israel that an American who was trying to block the path of an Israeli bulldozer in a Gaza refugee camp was crushed accidentally.

Outrage over Israeli bulldozer crushing of protester The United States is demanding a full investigation of the incident in which an American peace activist was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.

Israel Military Kills Peace Activist At about 5.20 pm today Rachel Corrie from Olympia in Washington State, USA died of her injuries in A-Najar Hospital in Rafah after being deliberately run over by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Bush out to derail appeals of Medicare denials New laws, rules would blunt power of judges --The Bush dictatorship is planning major changes in the Medicare program that would make it more difficult for beneficiaries to appeal the denial of benefits like home health care and skilled nursing home care. Ronald Bernoski, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, said: "We see President [sic] Bush's proposals as a serious assault on the Administrative Procedure Act, a stealth attack on the rights of citizens to fair, impartial hearings."

Supreme Court rejects bid to block Gulf vet's execution The U.S.Whore Court refused Monday to block the execution of a decorated Gulf War veteran who claims severe brain damage from his exposure to Iraqi nerve gas led him to kill.

The diplomatic window has closed. War is imminent. U.S. Ends Effort for U.N. War Approval And Declares Diplomatic Window Closed

Blair: War by Wednesday Poodle Tony Blair has told his Cabinet to brace itself for war on Iraq as early as Wednesday, in the clearest signal yet that hopes of a diplomatic solution have disappeared.

Blair calls emergency cabinet Tony Blair today called an emergency cabinet meeting for 4pm this afternoon, to be followed by a Commons statement by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, tonight at 7pm.

Bush to address nation tonight; war looms Dictator Bush planned to address the nation Monday night to give Saddam Hussein a final ultimatum. "He will say that to avoid military conflict Saddam Hussein must leave the country," spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

U.S. makes it clear: Exile or war The Bush dictatorship presented the world with a nonnegotiable demand yesterday regarding Iraqi President Saddam Hussein: It is time for him to go. [Odd, that's what I think about the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel every day: It is time for him to go. --Lori Price]

U.S., UK, Spain announce they won't seek a new Security Council vote on Iraq At the United Nations, the United States, Britain and Spain, almost certainly realizing that they would not have sufficient backing, said they would not seek a Security Council vote approving the use of force against Iraq.

U.S., U.K., Spain Withdraw Draft Disarmament Resolution (DoD) The United States, Britain and Spain have decided it's impossible to get U.N. Security Council consensus on a proposed resolution regarding disarmament of Iraq and have decided not to seek a vote on the proposal.

Russia Says No Legal Grounds for Force Against Iraq Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said on Monday existing U.N. Security Council resolutions gave no one any legal right to launch a strike on Iraq.

Putin: War Would Endanger World Security Ending weeks of silence about Iraq, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that a war to force Saddam Hussein to disarm would imperil world security.

Cronkite says war would put country in financial chaos A U.S. invasion of Iraq would destroy the United Nations, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite said.

France, Russia and Germany reject 24 hour ultimatum · France reiterates veto threat · Putin argues for 'peaceful' approach · Weapons inspectors told to quit Iraq --France, Russia and Germany today delivered a defiant response to the 24 hour ultimatum on Iraq laid down yesterday by the US and UK.

U.N. to Pull Inspectors From Iraq Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered U.N. employees on Monday to leave Iraq, after the United States, Britain and Spain abandoned efforts to win U.N. backing for military action. Dictator Bush gave Saddam Hussein an ultimatum to get out of his country or face a U.S.-led war.

U.S. advises weapons inspectors to leave Iraq In the clearest sign yet that war with Iraq is imminent, the United States has advised U.N. weapons inspectors to begin pulling out of Baghdad, the U.N. nuclear agency chief said Monday.

Foreign Office advises Britons to leave Kuwait The Foreign Office today advised all Britons in Kuwait except diplomatic staff to the leave the country as soon as possible.

Human Shields Defy Call to Evacuate Iraq (humanshieldaction.org press release) As the UN Arms inspectors evacuate, human shield volunteers have pledged to stay in Iraq. Despite inaccurate and mendacious reports to the contrary, over one hundred Western human shield volunteers, including eighteen Britons, remain in Baghdad and further shields are joining them every day.

Cook resigns from cabinet over Iraq Robin Cook, the leader of the Commons and a former foreign secretary, today resigned from the government in protest over Prime Minister Tony Blair's stance on Iraq.

Senior British Official Resigns Over Iraq Policy A senior British Cabinet minister resigned Monday after disagreeing with the government's decision to back military action against Iraq.

Israel warns it may fight back if Iraq attacks Israeli leaders warned Saddam Hussein yesterday that they reserved the right to retaliate if he attacked Israel in response to any American-led invasion of Iraq.

Israel Plans for Possible Iraqi Strike Israel will inform its citizens to prepare for a possible Iraqi attack as soon as the military learns that a U.S.-led offensive against Saddam Hussein is about to begin, Israel's defense minister said Monday.

We've Been Cut Off Soldiers say US top brass are listening to every word they say --Scots soldiers phoning home from the Gulf are being cut off over fears they are leaking vital war secrets. They are convinced the US is monitoring their calls from front-line base camps in Iraq.

Yamani: US wants to privatise Iraqi oilfields The US is examining ways of privatising the Iraqi oilfields, according to Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister. [Oh. I thought the impending W-ar in Iraq was not *about oil*. Oops, this one snuck into the UK media. How did that happen? --Lori Price]

Harsh Bush Letter Strains US-Turkish Relations A harsh letter to Turkey from U.S. Dictator George Bush relaying the message, "We cannot take it anymore. Speed up the process of the note. Make your airspace available," received an equally harsh reaction from Ankara that in essence said, "The formation of the new government will be delayed, and the United Nations' decision will be awaited."

Sickko US Culture: Stocks Surge as Start of Iraq War Seems Almost Certain Stock prices surged today, as the uncertainty about whether the United States and its allies would prosecute a war against Iraq all but evaporated after officials declared an end to efforts to resolve the crisis under the auspices of the United Nations. Trading volume was heavy and buying was broad-based.

Attorney general: war is legal (UK) A series of UN security council resolutions provides the legal basis for military action against Iraq, the government's top law adviser said today. [? Will Poodle Tony Blair be absolved for all the W-ar crimes he is about to commit?]

Brown leads campaign to avert backbench revolt over Iraq Seven Cabinet ministers, led by Gordon Brown, fanned out across the airwaves yesterday in an attempt to head off another damaging Labour revolt over Iraq that could see Poodle Tony Blair lose the confidence of his own backbenchers.

Rumsfeld urged Clinton to attack Iraq Dondald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary [and bellicose lunatic], and his deputy [nutcase] Paul Wolfowitz wrote to President Bill Clinton in 1998 urging war against Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein because he is a 'hazard' to 'a significant portion of the world's supply of oil'.

A world safe for democracy, or perpetual war? An influential group of foreign policy thinkers sees the possibly imminent overthrow of Saddam Hussein as just one early step in an ambitious blueprint to spread democracy throughout the world and eliminate threats to the United States.

UN resolution to eject the United States from the United Nations (arabicnews.com) "In its effort to gain support for war against Iraq, the US has failed to make a convincing case and failed in its effort to gain the support of the UN Security Council. Having failed, the US is threatening to act alone and outside the framework of the United Nations. This is the ultimate threat the US is using to intimidate and coerce world countries to gain their support. The tactics the US is using are those of despots, and dictatorships that always go beyond the law and will use any means to achieve their interests -- bribe, lie, intimidate, and if all else fails, use force."

The Azores summit: Bush sets deadline for US aggression against Iraq (WSWS) Sunday’s summit meeting in the Azores sets the stage for the launching of American military action against Iraq within a matter of days.

US troops would face elite Iraqi soldiers defending Baghdad 'street by street' American forces believe Saddam Hussein will order his most loyal soldiers to fight for Baghdad street by street against a ground invasion – creating an Iraqi version of the battle of Stalingrad.

IRAQ Crisis - DEC agencies step up emergency preparedness plans Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) - UK Regions: Iraq, Middle East --In the light of current political and military developments in and around Iraq, member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have taken steps to ensure that they are ready to provide additional humanitarian support in the event of war.

FBI prepares domestic plan for war If U.S. forces invade Iraq, the FBI has plans to mobilize as many as 5,000 agents to "guard against terrorist attacks", monitor or arrest suspected militants and interview thousands of Iraqis living in the United States, according to officials familiar with the effort.

NYPD: War would lead to higher security The New York City Police Department said Sunday that it will boost security throughout the city if the United States goes to war with Iraq.

Base Guards Can Shoot To Kill Protesters Activists Have Announced Plans To Trespass --Guards at Vandenberg Air Force Base can shoot to kill if antiwar demonstrators get in.

Support For War Slips Back to 54%, 42% Oppose Opposition Grows With Possibility of American Casualties --Opposition is even stronger (50/43) when the possibility of thousands of American casualties is mentioned.

MSNBC Newsweek Poll: On the Verge of War Poll: How is the United States is handling the current international situation and the looming war in Iraq?

Greeks demand Bush be rocketed into outer space Greek anti-war protesters are demanding George Bush be sent into outer space.

[The next six summaries are Lori's early b-day presents, <g>]

Aid to be dropped in 'illegal' war Belgium is to deny the United States use of its territory for military transports if it launches a war against Iraq without United Nations backing.

Top Brazil Port to Boycott US, UK Ships Labor unions at Santos, the largest port in Brazil and Latin America, are planning a 24-hour strike for peace by boycotting ships and goods under the U.S. or British banner, a union official said on Monday.

Anti-War Protesters Raid London Oil Exchange Anti-war protesters broke into London's International Petroleum Exchange on Monday and halted business at Europe's largest oil futures trading hub.

Mobilising For Piece - RAF Tornadoe sabotaged (Indymedia) Activist Ulla Roder entered RAF Leuchars Air Base early Tuesday morning in north-east Fife and is believed to have peacefully damaged a Tornado plane.

Police start arresting SF protesters Police have begun arresting some of the more than 100 protesters blocking the intersection at Market and Sansome streets in San Francisco. Protesters have said they plan to take over Citicorp Center, where the British Consulate resides, and police have begun arresting those blocking the building.

Nowhere for Bush to hide from anti-war protests Anti-war protests dogged U.S. Dictator George Bush on Sunday -- even to the remote Azores island in the mid-Atlantic where he and his closest international allies met for an emergency summit.

Will Work for Peace --My Adventure at the San Francisco Peace March --by Mark Gunnion "For this fourth peace march in San Francisco in the past five months, many things were different... The route itself seemed laid out to be a metaphor for what many of the marchers were feeling: a long uphill trudge, seemingly going in circles, going from literally gilded domes, marching through poverty and despair, to an unknown destination."

Iraqis march to protest a possible war Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad and other cities on Saturday in a show of defiance for the United States. Along with soldiers and militiamen, factory and office workers, women's groups and schoolchildren, the throngs parading past a reviewing stand on one of the capital's main shopping streets were a colorful panorama of Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups.

Counterspin: Pro-war mythology --by Scott Burchill "Perhaps the most remarkable feature of 'phoney peace' is that despite intelligence dossiers, parliamentary speeches and months of disingenuous government propaganda portraying Saddam Hussein as an imminent threat to life on earth, only 6% of Australians support an unauthorised unilateral strike by Washington against Baghdad."

Marines Outraged After Being Placed Under British Command In several desert camps, American troops have been placed under the command of British officers, it has been revealed. Some American marines camped in Kuwait are furious they have been put under British command, the Drudge Report can reveal.

Protesters gather at 12 sites in Valley (AZ) Protesters held candles at 12 vigils throughout the Valley on Sunday evening in opposition to war with Iraq.

American woman peace activist killed by IDF bulldozer in Gaza An American woman peace protester was killed Sunday by an IDF bulldozer, which ran her over during the demolition of a house at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Another activist was wounded in the incident.

Photo story: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Olympia, Washington, was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver.

***Monday Morning Rant*** Mindless letter CLG actually received, March 16, 2003: "YOU ARE ALL EVIL PEOPLE WITH ROTTEN AGENDAS. IT IS BECAUSE OF WIMPS LIKE YOU THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS FALLEN APART...." [ROFL!]

Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that 1441 is "proof of diplomacy" --"[The Bush dictatorship's] lies endlessly attempting to fabricate a war out of balsa wood and duct tape, plagiarised ten-year-old dissertations, alleged 'chemical and biological warfare plants' in N. Iraq that turn out to be bakeries, and 'evidence' of nuclear weapons in fake documents made by an 'unnamed' nation." --Michael Rectenwald

Bush to Seek U.N. War Approval on Monday Dictator Bush met with allied leaders in an Atlantic island summit on Sunday and said "tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world'' in the effort to disarm Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

War, Whatever Bush aide: Inspections or not, we'll attack Iraq --George Bush's top security adviser last night admitted the US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons. Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.

Powell: 'The curtain is coming down' Dictator Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar arrived Sunday for a summit on Iraq that a British official described as the "last chance for diplomacy."

Bush and Blair at 'war council' · US, UK and Spain in last-ditch effort for peace · War ultimatum may come tomorrow · Powell: second resolution not needed --Dictator George Bush, Poodle Tony Blair and Jose Maria Aznar, the Spanish prime minister, were this evening holding an emergency summit in the Azores that was widely seen as a council of war before imminent hostilities against Iraq.

Blair plans for war as UN is given 24 hours Poodle Tony Blair held an emergency 'war Cabinet' meeting yesterday to finalise plans for military action against Iraq and demand that the United Nations comes to a decision on the vital second resolution against Saddam Hussein within 24 hours.

Bush, Blair, Aznar Plot Moves as Iraq War Looms Dictator Bush met the leaders of Spain and Britain on Sunday to plot final diplomatic moves as a decision loomed over war with Iraq and efforts to win U.N. backing neared collapse. Powell warned U.N. inspectors, journalists and others to leave Baghdad now, saying they faced the threat of being taken hostage by Saddam Hussein as well as military action. [!?! No, they may get killed by nutcase Bush's "shock and awe" policy of state-sponsored terrorism.]

Troops move to battle positions as Bush and Blair give up on UN route British and American troops in Kuwait were this weekend moving into final positions for a military assault on Iraq as George Bush and Tony Blair indicated that they were ready to abandon the United Nations route and to declare war without a further Security Council resolution.

U.S. Plan Sees G.I.'s Invading Iraq as More Arrive The American-led coalition that is preparing to topple Saddam Hussein's government is planning for a complex invasion of Iraq to begin even as allied troops are still arriving in the region, senior commanders say.

US bombers destroy key targets America revealed last night that supersonic bombers armed with laser-guided missiles had struck at Iraqi targets, destroying strategic radar sites in the first military precursor to all-out war.

Russian warships ready to sail off within 10 days Warships of the Black Sea and Pacific fleets are prepared to sail off to the Indian Ocean within 10 days.

Dozens of former lawmakers urge holding off on war Warning of the potential for more terrorist attacks and a "tarnished reputation" for the United States, 74 former members of Congress sent a letter to the White House Friday urging the Bush dictatorship to "hold off" on any war plans with Iraq.

Germany calls for citizens to leave Iraq, will close Baghdad embassy The German foreign ministry said Sunday it had called on all Germans to leave Iraq ''immediately'' and would close its embassy in Baghdad after German citizens left the country.

Chirac would 'accept 30-day deadline for Iraq to disarm' Jacques Chirac says he is willing to accept a 30-day deadline for Iraq to disarm.

Russia, France, Germany confirm opposition to use of force in Iraq Russia, France and Germany have confirmed that in the current setting nothing will justify the decision to stop inspection missions and to opt for a military operation in Iraq.

Anti-war nations brace for payback France and its ally Germany will start to count the cost of their successful campaign to deny Britain, the United States and Spain the United Nations seal of approval for war on Iraq. They face being sidelined from decisions that will reshape the Middle East and having their own ambitions for Europe damaged.

Ex-CIA Officers Questioning Iraq Data A small group composed mostly of retired CIA officers is appealing to colleagues still inside to go public with any evidence the Bush dictatorship is slanting intelligence to support its case for war with Iraq.

Bleak future awaits poverty-stricken Iraqis The United Nations estimates that between 60 and 70 per cent of people in southern and central Iraq depend on official food rations. It could get much worse. International relief agencies and the nations bordering Iraq are bracing for a humanitarian emergency when the fighting begins, and a potential catastrophe if the war drags on.

Get ready for the propaganda war --by Robert Fisk "The BBC alone has 35 reporters in the Middle East, 17 of them 'embedded' – along with hundreds of reporters from the American networks and other channels – in military units. Once the invasion starts, they will lose their freedom to write what they want. There will be censorship."

US and its allies threaten rule of international law --by Donald Rothwell "From both a legal and political perspective, a fresh Security Council resolution clearly authorising the use of force is essential. Without it, any country which seeks to militarily intervene in Iraq will be in violation of international law."

Health minister: 'I was wrong to vote for war. To choose party loyalty was immoral' The split in senior Labour ranks over war in Iraq was blown wide open yesterday with an astonishing U-turn by health minister Malcolm Chisholm, who now 'bitterly regrets' his previous support for the party leadership's policy.

Act official calls anti-war member a pig (New Zealand) Act supporter Rufus Dawe was abused by a board member after he shouted down speakers at the annual conference in an attempt to raise concerns about the war against Iraq.

Vandenberg Air Force Base authorizes 'deadly force' against trespassing protesters Security forces at Vandenberg Air Force Base may use "deadly force" against protesters if they infiltrate the military complex if a war starts, officials said. Vandenberg officials revealed Friday that military security police may shoot to kill to protect base residents and machinery.

Worldwide Rallies Attack U.S. Iraq Policy People in Washington and around the world joined Saturday in an outpouring of dissent no less persistent than the buildup of forces ready to strike Iraq... Although Bush has not been swayed by demonstrations, Gary Sellani [CLG member], 46, said "the protests around the world have given him great pain in the U.N. and given the U.N. backbone. That will probably be his downfall in 2004.''

Global protests against Iraq war Hundreds of thousands take to the streets --From Tokyo to Beirut, Paris to Washington, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in what many saw as a last-ditch global protest against any U.S.-led war on Iraq. Protests ranged from the release of pigeons into the skies over Bangkok as symbols of peace to the burning of effigies of Dictator Bush in Calcutta and the Gaza Strip.

Huge protests against attack on Iraq worldwide Huge protests against a U-S-led attack on Iraq have been rippling across the globe today.

Count Us Right - The Election Not Forgotten --by Matthew Bradley "More than one sign protested the legitimacy of the Supreme Court selected President [sic] George W. Bush. This sign here doesn't explicitly protest the war or the election, but seems to be in protest of the marginalization of dissent -- whether its people in the streets or the voting booths -- in general."

Rally crowd, drivers pipe up for peace A roadside protest in downtown Miami's Bayfront Park on Saturday drew about 350 anti-war activists and inspired hundreds of motorists to blast their horns as they drove past.

In pictures: Peace protests (BBC News)

Antiwar Protesters Rally on the Mall Thousands of antiwar demonstrators marched through the streets of Washington today for what many saw as a last chance to speak out before a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

Optimistic War Protesters Keep Pressure on Bush They had come for what was billed as the last chance to make a statement, tens of thousands of them, chanting, waving their homemade signs, bringing their children for a real-life civics lesson to rally around the Washington Monument and march on the White House, pressing their case against war with Iraq.

Pop Stars Say No to Iraq War at London Concert Some of the biggest names in British pop gathered in a smoky London venue on Saturday night to voice their protests ahead of a possible conflict in Iraq.

Stock Exchange and Streets Blocked, Arrests --San Francisco anti-war demonstration March 14, 2003 (Indymedia photos)

Pyongyang says danger of war rising A U.S. aircraft carrier and stealth bombers prepared yesterday to join major war games with South Korea, while North Korea warned that the amassing of U.S. military might around the Korean Peninsula increases the danger of nuclear war.

Rare Health Alert Is Issued for Mystery Illness As a mysterious respiratory illness spread to more countries, the World Health Organization yesterday issued a rare health alert, declaring the ailment "a worldwide health threat" and urging all countries to help in seeking its cause and control. Asked whether this might be an instance of bioterrorism, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, replied, "We are keeping an open mind." [Prediction: Rumsfeld, Rove and AshKKKroft will link the respiratory illness to Saddam Hussein. Colin Powell has a plagiarized report by an eleventh-grader all ready to go. --Lori Price]

Word is made flesh as God reveals himself... as a fish An obscure Jewish sect in New York has been gripped in awe by what it believes to be a mystical visitation by a 20lb carp that was heard shouting in Hebrew, in what many Jews worldwide are hailing as a modern miracle... Some say they fear the born-again Dictator Bush believes he is preparing the world for the Second Coming of Christ, and war in Iraq is just the opening salvo in the battle of Armageddon.

U.S., Russian Experts Test 'Dirty Bombs' In New Mexico's desert and Russia's Ural Mountains, U.S. and Russian experts are experimenting with simulated "dirty bombs'' to see how such radiation weapons and potential terrorist tools might work, officials of the two countries say.

Senator Seeks FBI Probe of Iraq Documents The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the FBI on Friday to investigate forged documents the Bush dictatorship used as evidence against Saddam Hussein and his military ambitions in Iraq.

Fake Iraq documents 'embarrassing' for U.S. Intelligence documents that U.S. and British governments said were strong evidence that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons have been dismissed as forgeries by U.N. weapons inspectors. The documents, given to International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, indicated that Iraq might have tried to buy 500 tons of uranium from Niger, but the agency said they were "obvious" fakes. [The entire Bush dictatorship is also an 'obvious' fake and is 'embarrassing' for the U.S.]

Secret US report scorns Bush policy attacks Middle East policy A classified State Department report has poured scorn on George Bush's much-touted policy that a military invasion of Iraq will lead to a flowering of democracy across the Middle East.

Arab nations fear U.S. 'crusade' Some believe Iraq just a dry run for more conquests Islamic scholars warn Egypt, Syria could be next --For Westerners, the spectre of war in Iraq is often an abstract debate about ethics or tactics. Arabs look at it differently. Here, it's personal. And territorial.

Russia refuses to eject Iraqi 'spies' Russia has rejected a request from the United States to expel Iraqi diplomats accused by Washington of spying [LOL!]. Germany is still to make a decision, after receiving a similar request.

Bush Gives His Dog a Bone Reprieve for Blair as he wins delay on UN vote --Embattled Poodle Tony Blair was tossed a grudging morsel of support by Dictator Bush yesterday, winning a delay for a UN vote on war with Iraq. Facing huge domestic opposition to military action, Mr Blair begged Mr Bush [LOL!] in a 20-minute phone call for more time to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Sources: Pentagon to put troops on 'hair-trigger' alert Sources say the Pentagon is ready to put U.S. troops massed around Iraq on "hair-trigger" alert -- essentially ready to begin a war with Iraq if Saddam Hussein attacks after Dictator Bush gives Iraq an ultimatum.

Ground Troops Ponder Iraqi Resistance In the threatened war to disarm and overthrow President Saddam Hussein, expectations are that the main ground force could reach Baghdad in as few as two days to four days.

Marine Pigeon Force May Detect Attack On Friday, the Marines got a new avian force - a company of pigeons. The birds are meant to be the military equivalent of a canary in a coal mine. During a possible invasion of Iraq, they are to ride with a caretaker in armored vehicles. If they start to get sick, it could indicate a chemical attack and give the Marines a chance to put on their gas masks.

Pentagon Whackjobs Say Depleted Uranium is Safe! Pentagon Officials Say Depleted Uranium Powerful, Safe --Dr. Michael Kilpatrick attempted to dispel myths about the material the military has used for the past two decades, most extensively during the Gulf War. From an environmental standpoint, Kilpatrick explained that DU is found in low levels throughout the United States and is used in industrial settings such as ships and airplanes and that it has some medical uses. "It's something that we eat, and drink and breathe everyday," he said. [Let's not use the DU in Iraq, then. Let's hope DU is something members of the Bush dictatorship will "eat, and drink and breathe", per Kilpatrick, since it's safe.]

Powell Blamed for 'Mistake' In My Lai Massacre --report by Joe Shea "A former White House covert operations official has told The American Reporter that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, then a military aide to the U.S. Army command staff in Vietnam, misunderstood a general's instructions and mistakenly ordered the notorious March 16, 1968, My Lai massacre, and successfully covered up his error until now. The former official's allegations concerning the events, whose 35th anniversary occurs on Sunday, could not immediately be confirmed." [Other Powell tidbit from article:] "Powell was implicated in the Iran-Contra Affair as the official who provided information to the National Security Council about Iran's request for missiles in a scheme to trade them for the release of hostages taken at U.S. Embassy in Teheran in 1979." [Colin "Plagiarize" Powell has been a busy little bee over the last few decades. --Lori Price]

Britain: Charities warn 11 million Iraqis face starvation in event of war Some 11 million people would be at immediate risk of starvation if the US proceeds with its war on Iraq, leading aid charities in the UK have warned.

Spoon-feeding the press The Bush administration's unprecedented war on public information – and how the major news media are going along --by Camille T. Taiara "On March 2, the London Observer broke a stunning story about the U.S. government – a story with serious international implications: U.S. agents were bugging the homes and offices of United Nations Security Council members who had not yet vowed support for the war on Iraq... Yet it did not appear in the San Francisco Chronicle until five days later, buried on page A16 in the form of a reprint from the Baltimore Sun. The New York Times, the nation's paper of record, blacked out the story entirely.

Gulf War II: The New 'Real' --by Michael Rectenwald "It appears from the previews we are receiving regarding the media coverage of Gulf War II, that the real, now dead, is to be declared alive-and-well, dressed up, camouflaged, and paraded around by the Pentagon itself: a remediation of the real." *published in Al Jazeera, March 15, 2003

Antiwar protests in Pakistan rattle the Musharraf regime Large antiwar protests in Pakistani cities over the past two weekends have further undermined the increasingly shaky position of military strongman President Pervez Musharraf.

Teachers Suspended for Refusing to Remove Anti-War Signs From Classrooms Dozens of students walked out of class to protest the suspensions of two Rio Grande High School teachers who were removed after refusing to take down anti-war posters in their classrooms.

Legal Bid to Block War Rejected by U.S. Court A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling rejecting a legal bid by a group of soldiers and lawmakers to keep Dictator Bush from invading Iraq without a formal declaration of war by Congress.

Co-founder of Military Families Speak Out Arrested at Capitol Building --by Laurie Manis "Nancy Lessin, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out and three other peace activists were arrested at the Capitol Building Thursday during the kick off of a massive non-violent civil disobedience campaign."

Dixie Chick apologizes for saying she's ashamed of Bush The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines is apologizing for saying she's "ashamed" of Dictator Bush. Maines also says she's a proud American, and she wants to see all other options exhausted before the lives of Iraqi children and American soldiers are lost in an attack.

Dixie Chicks Slam Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel Singer Natalie Maines told the audience during a recent performance in London earlier this week, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president [sic] of the United States is from Texas." The group released a statement saying they've been overseas for several weeks and "the anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."

Senator Sickko (R-Insane-South Carolina) Lindsay Graham wants to have the Human Shields arrested and tried for treason! This was a segment topic on MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable's Countdown to Kill Iraqis to Get our Ratings Up, 8PM EST Friday, Mar. 14. (No link)

[Note: I just lost all email in Outlook. If you had submitted names for the "Name that W-ar" page, please resend to: clg_news@legitgov.org. If you see yours posted, please do not resend it/them. Please accept my apologies. (Yes, Microsoft is the worst.) --Lori Price]

On Terror and Spying, Ashcroft Expands Reich. Uh, Reach With the addition of nearly 5,000 law enforcement officials from the firearms bureau, Attorney General John Ashcroft has again expanded the policing authority of the Justice Department, a hallmark of his tenure as attorney general. And with the fight against terrorism as his soapbox, he has pushed the powers of federal law enforcement in directions few thought possible before the Sept. 11 attacks.

FBI Spy Planes Doing Domestic Surveillance in Bush's Phony Terror War The FBI has a fleet of aircraft, some equipped with night surveillance and eavesdropping equipment, flying America's skies to track and collect intelligence on suspected terrorists and "other criminals" [a.k.a., "AshKKKroft's undesirables"]. The FBI will not provide exact figures on the planes and helicopters, but more than 80 are in the skies. There are several planes, known as "Nightstalkers," equipped with infrared devices that allow agents to track people and vehicles in the dark.

U.S. jobs jumping ship Cheap offshore labor is not just for manufacturing any more --As painful as February's big job cuts were, what's even more painful is that many of those jobs are never coming back, as U.S. employers in a wide range of industries move more and more jobs overseas.

18 Calif. Tree Sitters Refuse to Budge (CA) Eighteen tree sitters continued Friday to defy a court's deadline to come down from their perches, clutching cell phones and two-way radios to warn each other in case a lumber company made good on its vow to take them down.

Disabling rights for us all --by Rachel Simon "Jeffrey Sutton is the country's most prominent crusader for federalism, a growing movement in which states are increasingly asserting their sovereign immunity from lawsuits based on federal laws. As Ohio state solicitor and partner at a major law firm, Sutton successfully used federalist arguments to restrict Congress' authority to enact civil-rights laws, including the Americans With Disabilities Act..."

Democracy Domino Theory 'Not Credible' A State Department report disputes Bush's claim that ousting Hussein will spur reforms in the Mideast, intelligence officials say --A classified State Department report expresses doubt that installing a new regime in Iraq will foster the spread of democracy in the Middle East, a claim Dictator Bush has made in trying to build support for a war, according to intelligence officials familiar with the document.

Democracy in Iraq doubtful, State Dept. report says --Social, economic obstacles work against transformation A classified State Department report expresses deep skepticism that installing a new regime in Iraq will foster the spread of democracy in the Middle East, a claim Dictator Bush has made in trying to build support for a war, according to intelligence officials familiar with the document.

Difficulties of long division Ethnic fault lines dating back to Britain's forgotten rule in the Middle East mean that a post-Saddam Iraq could rapidly slide into civil war, writes Luke Harding

Ex-CIA Officers Questioning Iraq Data A small group composed mostly of retired CIA officers is appealing to colleagues still inside to go public with any evidence the Bush dictatorship is slanting intelligence to support its case for war with Iraq.

Bush demonstrating 'strategic stupidity': ex-RAAF chief The US had squandered the goodwill shown to it by most of the world after the September 11 attacks through diplomatic bullying and stupidity, the former head of the Royal Australian Air Force said today.

Bill Clinton blasts 'political mess' by W Former President Bill Clinton double-dissed Dictator Bush last night, saying his successor in the White House has bungled handling the U.S. economy and the crisis over Iraq. Clinton, who drew standing ovations from a packed auditorium at the 92nd Street Y on the upper East Side, criticized the regime's economic policies as "wrongheaded" and getting worse.

Cook ready to quit cabinet The prime minister's problems over Iraq grew yesterday as Robin Cook, the leader of the Commons, indicated to colleagues he may quit the cabinet if Britain goes to war against Iraq without a new UN resolution.

Aussie city wants to 'defect' to France An Australian city wants to defect to France in protest at their Government's stance on Iraq. Wollongong in New South Wales is to make an appeal to the Consul General of France.

US Military Speeds Preparations for Iraq War Speeding preparations for a "shock and awe" war with Iraq, the Pentagon is moving B-2 stealth bombers and a dozen more missile-firing warships to the Gulf region, defense officials said on Thursday.

Navy Abandons Turkey Option, Moves Ships to Red Sea Signaling impatience with the Turkish government, the Pentagon on Friday began moving warships out of the Mediterranean into the Red Sea, where they could launch long-range cruise missiles on a path to Iraq that would not go over Turkey, officials said.

Scottish troops prepared for call to launch attack on Iraq British forces stationed near the Iraqi border are ready for battle and are awaiting the final order from the government to join forces from the United States massing in the region before an invasion.

Coalition Forces Target Iraqi Radar Sites, Thousands More Leaflets Dropped Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to attack Iraqi radar sites southwest of Baghdad in the Southern No-fly Zone, at about 4 p.m on March 13, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Pentagon Prevaricators Set to Blame Iraq for W-ar First Strike? U.S. officials fear that once Dictator Bush signals the U.S. is headed to war, Saddam Hussein will strike pre-emptively [?!? Yeah, right!], Bush regime sources told ABCNEWS [in an effort to justify their insane W-ar].

Paying Iraqi Bureaucrats is Part of U.S. Planned Coup Expatriates Also Are Being Tapped to Coordinate Efforts --The U.S. government intends to pay the salaries of 2 million or more Iraqi bureaucrats and soldiers to help "stabilize" [actually, install Bush's second coup --his own in 2000 was his first] Iraq after the fall of President Saddam Hussein, Pentagon officials said yesterday in revealing new details of a broad strategy to occupy and rebuild the country.

Bush, Blair, Aznar to Meet in Azores Islands for Summit Dictator Bush will meet the leaders of Britain and Spain in the Azores Islands on Sunday for a "final pursuit" of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq, the White House announced this morning.

White House decisions on a UN vote changing by the hour To vote, or not to vote. That was the question facing George Bush’s top advisers yesterday.

U.S. May Abandon U.N. Vote on Iraq, Powell Testifies Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said today that the United States might choose to abandon a second United Nations resolution authorizing military action against Iraq, only a week after Dictator Bush vowed to force countries to take sides on the issue.

PM backs resolution vote delay Prime Minister Poodle II John Howard has played down a delay in putting a new resolution on Iraq to a vote, saying it would have seemed "too bullying" to do anything else.

Security Council talks end, deadlock remains The United Nations Security Council has held almost four hours of inconclusive talks on a British proposal to break the deadlock over a draft resolution which would authorise military action to disarm Iraq.

Iraq dismisses British compromise proposal Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri dismissed a British compromise proposal on a US-backed resolution in the UN Security Council on Thursday, calling it "an attempt to beautify a rejected aggressive project".

Turkey reconsiders US proposal Turkey’s parliament agreed yesterday to meet for a special weekend session amid increased pressure from Washington for permission to ferry troops through the country to open up a northern front in Iraq.

Bill would automatically register men for a draft As the nation teeters on the brink of war, the Texas House on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would automatically register young men for a possible draft when they apply for or renew a Texas driver's license.

Kucinich Forces Regime To Disclose Iraq Document to Congress (Press release) "The Administration was forced to turn over documentation to Congress about Iraq due to a Resolution of Inquiry filed by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH). The Administration finally released to Congress the 12,000 page Iraqi declaration made to the United Nations on December 7, 2002. Kucinich... used a rare House procedure known as a Resolution of Inquiry, filed in the House on February 12, 2003, to pry [LOL!] the information out of the Administration."

Blix: Global Warming More of a Threat than Peace and War "...You have the instances like the global warming convention, the Kyoto protocol, when the U.S. went its own way. I regret it. To me the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war. We will have regional conflicts and use of force, but world conflicts I do not believe will happen any longer. But the environment, that is a creeping danger. I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict."

Schools Ask Parents to Hide Kids From Military Recruiters Two school districts in California have encouraged families to adopt a "don't tell" policy with their children to avoid a federal law that requires schools to notify military recruiters about students reaching enlistment age.

Whackjob Perle Suing Over New Yorker Article Richard Perle, the influential foreign policy hawk [and rightwing nutcase], is suing journalist Seymour Hersh over an article he wrote implying that Perle is using his position as a Pentagon adviser to benefit financially from a war to "liberate" Iraq. [Hello, McFly? Of *course* Perle is benefiting financially from the impending W-ar in Iraq! Duh! Sue me! --Lori Price]

Most blacks oppose war in Iraq Marc Edwards could not be more appalled as he watches Dictator Bush push ahead with plans for war. If the United States invades Iraq, a disproportionate number of blacks will be among the troops, said the 45-year-old Harlem resident. Other minorities will be the war's victims, he said, adding that black families will be especially hard hit by its costs.

Anti-W-ar Vets Prohibited From Marching in Parade A decision to bar an antiwar veterans group from marching Sunday in South Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade has politicians running for cover, as former servicemen face off over the pending war with Iraq.

Dixie Chicks Explain Anti-Bush Comment The Dixie Chicks are stirring up controversy with a recent negative comment about Dictator Bush while overseas promoting their current album, Home. The trio performed a live show in London on Monday (March 10th) night, and Natalie Maines told the crowd, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President [sic] of the United States is from Texas." [I bet the crowd went wild and roared their approval, and the media is conveniently failing to report it.]

Anti-war protesters descend on Financial District In a protest aimed at shutting down the Pacific Stock Exchange [Great!!!] , hundreds of anti-war marchers gathered in downtown San Francisco this morning, blocking streets and snarling traffic.

Thousands down tools over Iraq war Thousands of workers across Europe were reported Friday to have observed a labor union's call for a short strike to protest against possible war in Iraq.

Florida GOP Nutcase Has Bones to Pick with France Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Insane-Brooksville, plans to introduce a bill today proposing that the families of the thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen buried in France and Belgium be allowed to dig up their remains and have them shipped home.

State of New Mexico Rejects USA Patriot Act 46th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2003 --A Joint Memorial Affirming Civil Rights and Liberties; Declaring Opposition to Federal Measures That Infringe on Civil Liberties

UN human rights chief slams Guantanamo 'black hole' The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised an American court ruling that has found Guantanamo Bay detainees are not protected by United States law.

Report: Nuclear stockpiles vulnerable The study, prepared by Harvard University researchers, concludes that the Bush regime has not fulfilled its promise that keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists would be its "highest priority."

While the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel Distracts Us With His W-ar in Iraq, this Gem: House votes to limit medical malpractice awards --The House of Representatives voted Thursday to limit jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The House sided with Dictator Bush, doctors, health insurers and drug companies in approving the bill.

Michael Rectenwald responds to a military man who declares CLG members "don't see don't see the issues in Iraq as they really are" --"And now, the latest and perhaps most pathetic joke of all, the unmanned vehicles so vaunted as terrifying by Powell, a 'Deadly Drone' Made of Balsa Wood and Duct Tape. It appears the Iraqis have made better use of duct-tape than we have, but this use does not constitute a threat to American sanctity or security. Rather, this whole charade poses a threat and a major insult to the American MIND, or what is left of it, after such an extended campaign of complete LIES and propagandistic brainwashing. Further, they advance these lies for a promised war that will by all accounts be ILLEGAL-- a violation of international (and probably domestic) law." --Michael Rectenwald

Bush: US in 'final stages of diplomacy' [When did the diplomacy start? We must have missed that.]

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