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April 2003 Archives

Bush is an international terrorist

Geroge W. Bush: "It is not enough to attack today's terrorists on their own soil. We must disarm future generations of potential terrorists, both at home and abroad... We can't simply wait for children filled with an inexplicable hatred of our freedoms to launch their evil upon the world tomorrow. He must meet this enemy head on and disarm them today."


*** The CLG believes in building mass actions as opposed to individual acts of violence, but we thought our readers might enjoy these lyrics about now: "If I had a Rocket Launcher."***

NBC is anti-American!

 

Fascist with gun on civilians
Iraqi men are frisked by soldiers of the 1st Batallion Parachute Regiment carrying out vehicle searches for weapons in southern Iraq on Sunday. (AFP, AN, 3/31/03).

Saddam Hussein key in early CIA plot U.S. forces in Baghdad might now be searching high and low for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, but in the past Saddam was seen by U.S. intelligence services as a bulwark of anti-communism and they used him as their instrument for more than 40 years, according to former U.S. intelligence diplomats and intelligence officials.

Dictatorship Hawks Want More Regime Changes A loose-knit [loose-brained] group, whose core includes Vice pResident Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, sees the war in Iraq as a model for the world's lone superpower. Some regime supporters are already proclaiming the birth of a new historical period and suggesting that regime change in Iraq could be followed soon by Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Sony leads charge to cash in on Iraq Japanese electronics giant Sony has taken an extraordinary step to cash in on the war in Iraq by patenting the term "Shock and Awe" for a computer game.[OMG! BushMaggots are *everywhere*!! --Lori Price]

Iraqis Storm Embassy in Tehran, but Still Hate U.S. Iraqis stormed their embassy in the Iranian capital on Friday, tearing down photographs of Saddam Hussein but also chanting "Death to America."

Iraqis happy to see Saddam go, now waiting for Americans to leave Local leaders were adamant when the U.S. Marines came into this eastern city: They didn't want to see U.S. flags, didn't want Iraqi flags torn down and didn't want soldiers interacting with their women at checkpoints.

US accused of plans to loot Iraqi antiques Fears that Iraq's heritage will face widespread looting at the end of the Gulf war have been heightened after a group of wealthy art dealers secured a high-level meeting with the US regime.

Americans, Iraqis 'Haul Away Spoils of War' [i.e., Loot] From palace ashtrays and pillows to jeeps and a grand piano, the spoils of war are flying fast in Iraq. Civilians have plundered with little fear of retribution and some U.S. soldiers have helped themselves to battlefield souvenirs ["helped themselves to battlefield souvenirs" --LOL, a euphemism for "looted" --Lori Price] — a practice that could land them in trouble.

Looters at work (photo) In Baghdad, U.S.-U.K. invaders even took arms from the police station.

Killing a child: 'I did what I had to do' When a young Iraqi boy stooped to pick up a rocket propelled grenade off the body of a dead paramilitary, US Army Private Nick Boggs made his decision. He unloaded machinegun fire and the boy, whom he puts at about 10 years old, fell dead on a garbage-strewn stretch of waste land at Karbala...

Dead and injured in arsenal explosion Many Iraqi civilians and a US tank crew died today when a huge explosion destroyed around twenty houses in Baghdad, Al Jazeera channel reported.

Shi'ite Group to Boycott U.S. Talks on Iraq The main Iraqi Shi'ite opposition group said on Wednesday it would boycott a political meeting the United States is trying to arrange in southern Iraq next week because of the U.S. military presence.

Shi'ite Protesters Storm Iraq's Embassy in Tehran Dozens of supporters of Iraq's main Shi'ite Muslim opposition stormed the Iraqi embassy in the Iranian capital, tearing down photographs of Saddam Hussein and shouting "Death to America" on Friday, witnesses said.

US Proposed Iraqi Ruler a Convicted Felon --by Erik P Sorensen "Ahmad Chalabi is the darling of the neoconservatives. He is the anointed leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), the CIA construction designed to cabal together Iraqi expatriates and considered to be a leading candidate to be imposed as the US selected leader of Iraq."

Pelosi stands by vote against Iraq war House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it was still right to oppose granting Dictator Bush the authority to use force to disarm Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

American Flag Flap Stars and Stripes on Saddam’s Doomed Statue Strikes a Sensitive Chord --It took Cpl. Edward Chin just seconds to hang an Amerikan flag on the head of Saddam Hussein's statue in central Baghdad, but it's a move that's likely to be debated for years to come.

Who's next for global vigilante? --by Gwynee Dyer "So where is the next war? ...the next phase of the drama is already taking shape offstage and is likely to be more painful and difficult for the United States than simply smashing up a Third World army."

Iraq is a trial run Noam Chomsky interviewed by Frontline, by Noam Chomsky and VK Ramachandran, Frontline India April 02, 2003. "I cannot think of another case where hatred and contempt for democracy have so openly been proclaimed, not just by the government, but also by liberal commentators and others." [Neither can we, Noam.]

Lawmakers Move to Curb Bush's War Funds Control Congressional negotiators scrambling to send Dictator Bush a nearly $80 billion package to finance the war in Iraq agreed on Friday to curb his free use of an emergency war fund.

Producer Is a Casualty in CBS's 'Hitler' Miniseries Ed Gernon, longtime head of the movie and miniseries division of Canadian-based production company Alliance Atlantis, was let go because of an interview he gave regarding CBS's May sweeps miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. ...Gernon is quoted as saying of the miniseries, which tracks Hitler's rise to power in 1930s Germany: "It basically boils down to an entire nation gripped by fear, who ultimately chose to give up their civil rights and plunged the whole world into war. I can't think of a better time to examine this history than now," Gernon tells the upcoming TV Guide that he, [actress Julianna] Margulies and director Christian Duguay believe it's a good idea to look at the Bush White House through the prism of . . . Germany's genocidal psychopath." [Call, write, and scream at Alliance Atlantis for their FASCIST REPRESSION OF LEGITIMATE OPINION, a la McCarthyism!!!! Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Corporate Offices Toronto, ON M4X1J9 (416) 967-0022 (416) 967-8061 (fax) television@allianceatlantis.com; investor@allianceatlantis.com]

The Fall of 'Hitler' Producer Gernon fired from miniseries after comparing war push to Nazism --The company behind the four-hour biopic has dropped one of the program's top producers after he compared the Bush dictatorship's pre-emptive strike policy on Iraq with the rise of Nazism. [If the comparison was absurd, why the uproar? LOL. --Lori Price]

Rightwing protesters attack Garofalo show Will another anti-war celeb take a career hit? Bush supporters have been deluging ABC with calls and e-mails, complaining about a sitcom the network has in development starring outspoken war protester Janeane Garofalo. The pro-war protesters are threatening to organize a major campaign against ABC, including a boycott of advertisers, if the network airs the show.

The high cost of Bush-bashing Janeane Garofalo's relentless bashing of Dictator Bush just might have doomed her new ABC sitcom, Slice O'Life. ABC has been deluged with calls and e-mails from viewers threatening to boycott the network and its advertisers if the sitcom gets on the schedule. The war ''is a manufactured conflict for the sake of geopolitical dominance,'' Garofalo declared to the Washington Post in January, in one of her many outbursts against the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel, "I refuse to allow my government and the mainstream media to bully me into accepting a war that is immoral and illegal."

March, street theater take on FBI, Patriot Act Area residents disturbed by what they call an erosion of civil liberties in the United States marched to the place where many of their grievances were rooted: the local FBI office.

Citizens protest USA Patriot Act "Stand up, we've had enough!" and "2-4-6-8, we don't want your police state!" echoed between buildings Wednesday evening as about 200 students and residents marched from the Bloomington Courthouse to the local FBI office.

Disabled protesters are arrested next to governor's office (TX) Six protesters were arrested Thursday on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespass after they refused to leave the governor's reception room.

Tests point to domestic source behind anthrax letter attacks Army reproductions hurt theories of foreign culprit --Army scientists have reproduced the anthrax powder used in the 2001 mail attacks and concluded that it was made using simple methods, inexpensive equipment and limited expertise, according to government sources familiar with the work.

Lubbock Professor Indicted On Missing Plague Charges A Texas Tech professor is facing a long list of federal charges after erroneously reporting vials of bubonic plague missing from a university lab.

Ex-FBI Agent Faces Charges in Spy Case If the FBI is right, one of its own agents carried on an affair with a prominent Republican activist who happened to be a Chinese double agent.

House Approves $2.27 Trillion Budget for 2004 A budget endorsing up to $550 billion in tax cuts through 2013 passed narrowly in the House early Friday, and seemed on its way to Senate passage with the expected support of a pivotal moderate.

House Endorses Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge, Rejects Fuel Economy Measure The House on Thursday night endorsed oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, setting up a likely confrontation with the Senate as Congress struggles to produce a comprehensive energy policy.

House passes pro-development energy bill The House approved sweeping incentives Friday for oil and gas production, including a green light for drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, despite complaints that the legislation gives too much to energy companies and does little to promote conservation.

TV Commercial Blasts Citigroup for Environmental Destruction A new TV commercial blasting Citigroup for funding environmental destruction is airing in New York beginning this week. The ad by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) features celebrities cutting up Citi credit cards and shows graphic footage representing the environmental destruction caused by Citi’s unethical lending practices.

Digging Howard Dean Overflow Crowd Supports 2004 Prez Candidate --The next American presidential election is 19 months away. But--at least in antiwar, tech-savvy Seattle--one Democratic candidate is already drawing enthusiastic support.

Guidelines for Hatemail (humor) --by Carol Schiffler "Because we are growing weary of deleting mail from the inbred and clueless, we feel it has become necessary to lay down a few rules for those who feel compelled to send us the inane musings of their last, festering brain cell."

***Where, oh where, are the CLG newsletters going? Where, oh where, can they be? I have been sending the CLG newsletters to our list and they seem to be arriving... nowhere, since April 7. Please know that we are updating the CLG website throughout the day anyway. [Perhaps the CLG newsletter has also been "liberated" (i.e. OBLITERATED) by the Bush regime. --Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price]

Michael Rectenwald* responds to a CLG visitor who exclaims, "u left wing dickheads are such idiots" *Lori Price chimes in, too!

After Iraq, rogue nations won't be spared: Hoon If you thought the war on Iraq is over, wait. This could be just the first of many more to come. British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has said that pre-emptive military strikes against rogue nations that sponsor terrorism are likely to become more common... With the future of the UN under threat already, an Anglo-American military axis is now seen as emerging, with the attack on Iraq as only its first venture.

Hawks in U.S. Eyeing Syria As Next Target Debating its threat to region --With victory in Iraq assured, hawks outside and inside the Bush dictatorship have begun taking a notably aggressive stance toward its neighbor to the west, Syria.

Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President [sic] A secret blueprint for US global domination reveals that Dictator Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power [yes, literally 'took' power] in January 2001. The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- pResident), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb [mega barf alert: Jeb's involvement] and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff).

Iraq war planned long in advance; banned arms not the priority: Blix The invasion of Iraq was planned a long time in advance, and the United States and Britain are not primarily concerned with finding any banned weapons of mass destruction, the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said.

Iraqi Shi'ite leader assassinated Senior Iraqi Sh'ite leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and his aide have been assassinated in an attack in the holiest shrine in the central Iraqi city of Najaf, members of his family foundation have told Reuters.

Suicide Attack Kills 'Some' Soldiers in Baghdad, US Says A suicide bomber killed "some" American soldiers at a military checkpoint in Baghdad Thursday, a U.S. officer said. Asked by reporters how many U.S. servicemen had died in the attack, Marine officer Matt Baker told a Reuters correspondent in the Iraqi capital: "Some are dead in the attack but I don't know how many."

Staged 'toppling' of Iraqi regime a Propaganda Stunt [This is a MUST SEE; photographic evidence.]

Baghdad: a battle that did not happen The minimal resistance U.S. troops faced in Baghdad and the quasi-collapse of President Saddam Hussein's regime came as a surprise to many Arabs Wednesday, triggering speculation about the unimpeded advance of U.S. forces into the capital.

Air Force moving several MOAB bombs to Gulf region: Pentagon The US Air Force is moving several 21,000-pound MOAB bombs, the largest US conventional bomb, to the Gulf region, a US defense official said.

Troops fired on ambulance: doctor Two Iraqis were killed and three others wounded when US troops shot at an ambulance on a central Baghdad street, a doctor has said.

US-backed militia terrorises town Hay Al Ansar, on the outskirts of Najaf in Iraq, was glad to be rid of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party government, when the city was seized by US forces last week. But they appear to be just as terrified, if not more so, of their new rulers -a little-known Iraqi militia backed by the US special forces and headquartered in a compound nearby.

Bodies litter streets of Baghdad suburb Around 20 bodies and burnt-out cars littered the streets of the southwestern Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Dora, an AFP photographer reported.

Iraqi Girl’s Foot Liberated From Leg (Satire on US-UK terrorism in Iraq from Babylon Express) "Baghdad: US military officials are hailing the liberation of a 12 year old Iraqi girl’s left foot from her leg as a 'huge step forward' in winning the battle for the ‘hearts and minds’ of the Iraqi people."

'We shoot them down like the morons they are': US general Hundreds of Muslim fighters, many of them non-Iraqis, were putting up a stronger fight for Baghdad than Iraq's Republican Guard or the regular army, a top United States military officer said yesterday. "They stand, they fight, sometimes they run when we engage them," Brigadier-General Terrorist John Kelly said. "But often they run into our machine guns and we shoot them down like the morons they are."

U.K. Forces Committed Mass Killing In Umm Qasr: Iraqis The U.K. troops in the Iraqi southern port city of Umm Qasr set up mass graves in the city to cover up hard evidence of committing massacres that claimed the lives of some 200 Iraqis in the first days of the war, unleashed on March 20, eyewitnesses told IslamOnlin.net Tuesday, April 8.

Bombs Blast Homes Instead of Saddam Hussein --by Peter Arnett "Yarub al-Sadoon recognised me from my days with CNN. He lives in a house across the alleyway. Yarub was thrown to the ground by the explosion but he and his family were unhurt. Outraged he prodded my chest saying: 'You won't even cover this. The Americans don't want to hear this. I defy you to cover it. Is this freedom that you bring us? All you come here for is to kill innocent people. You bring us death.'"

Injured overwhelm hospitals Health organisations have warned that hospitals in Baghdad have been swamped with casualties now that fierce urban combat has erupted across the city, with supplies dwindling and medical personnel caught in the crossfire and unable to report to work.

U.S. Troops Kill 1,000 In 72 hours Near Najaf: Commander A U.S. commander acknowledged Wednesday, March 26, that U.S. troops have killed 1,000 Iraqis in the past 72 hours.

Agency wages media battle Team makes sure war message is unified, positive --The Office of Global Communications, a controversial agency created by Dictator Bush in January, has blossomed into a huge production company, issuing daily scripts on the Iraq war to U.S. spokesmen around the world, auditioning generals to give media briefings and booking regime stars on foreign news shows. [Rove's "Joseph Goebbels Office of Global Propaganda" --Lori Price]

US fires on Russian diplomats fleeing Baghdad Five Russian diplomats were injured April 6 as they attempted to leave Baghdad, when their convoy was fired on by American forces west of the Iraqi capital. The wounded included Ambassador Vladimir Titorenko, who later told Moscow media that he was lucky to be alive.

Editors blast Rumsfeld over 'reckless' US strike Representatives of editors in 115 countries have written to Donald Rumsfeld to condemn the "inexcusable" and "reckless" American attack on a hotel in Baghdad, which left two journalists dead and several injured.

A contemporary chronology of Iraq: 1916 to 1991

Iraqis have paid the blood price for a fraudulent war The crudely colonial nature of this enterprise can no longer be disguised "In reality, the course of the conflict has strengthened the case against a war supposedly launched to rid Iraq of 'weapons of mass destruction' - but which has now morphed into a crusade for regime change as evidence for the original pretext has so embarrassingly not materialised."

SYRIA and those elusive Weapons of Mass Destruction --by Lisa Walsh Thomas "Thank goodness OGL (Our Great Leader) is taking the time to explain it all to those of us who have trouble keeping numbers in our heads when we put on a new bonnet..."

Busted, broke, and on the back burner The Bush dictatorship is breaking its vow to rebuild Afghanistan. Why should we believe it will do a better job in Iraq? --by Richard Byrne "White House officials apparently forgot to request funds to rebuild the country they bombed to such hoopla shortly after the September 11 attacks. Congressional staffers who caught the slip eventually requested $300 million for reconstructing Afghanistan."

India has developed chemical weapons of mass destruction : Rashid Federal Minister for Information and Media Development Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Monday warned India of grave consequences against any misadventure of attacking Pakistan saying his country also has the right [thanks to BushMaggot's setting the precedent] of pre-emptive strikes. He accused India for secretly developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.

106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1146 To end membership of the United States in the United Nations. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A BILL To end membership of the United States in the United Nations. Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) re-introduced H.R. 1146 in March 2003. The bill was referred to the House Committee on International Relations. Cosponsors as of March 12, 2003: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland), Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.), and Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.)

NY Police Admit Keeping Anti-War Protest Database New York police admitted on Thursday to compiling and then destroying a database of people arrested during anti-war protests, but rights groups decried the practice as an erosion of civil liberties in the name of the U.S. war on terrorism.

Denver Men Are Ordered Released in Terror Probe Charges Against Two Not Proved, Judge Says --A federal judge rebuffed the government's Joint Terrorism Task Force today and ordered the release of two Pakistanis living in Denver whom the FBI has described as potential terrorists eager to wage war against the United States.

Houston on list of top terror targets Homeland Suckyourity Secretary Tom Ridge has identified Houston as one of seven cities most vulnerable to a terrorist attack, based on criteria that include population density [?!?] and intelligence squeezed from al-Qaida detainees[!?!] [not to mention, the pet pork-barrell projects that will suck the Homeland Suckyourity funds, too. --Lori Price]

House Passes Gun Lawsuit Immunity Bill A bill giving gun manufacturers and dealers broad protection from civil lawsuits arising from the misuse of firearms easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Dead Al Jazeera correspondent deliberately targeted Colleagues of the Al-Jazeera correspondent killed on Tuesday when two US missiles struck the Baghdad offices of the Qatar-based channel have said they believe they were deliberately targeted.

Pentagon Threatens to Fire on Independent Reporters in Iraq (March 10, 2003) The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."

Journalist Casualties in Iraq War Three journalists were killed in Baghdad on Tuesday in two separate incidents involving U.S. forces leading the war in Iraq.

US accused of plans to loot Iraqi antiques Fears that Iraq's heritage will face widespread looting at the end of the Gulf war have been heightened after a group of wealthy art dealers secured a high-level meeting with the US regime.

Lawmakers want tribunal to try Iraqis Lawmakers called Tuesday for international tribunals to prosecute Iraqi war crimes, including suicide car bombings that have killed U.S. soldiers. [The CLG wants a tribunal to try Bush et al. for international war crimes.]

U.S. Says Syria May Be Helping Move Out Iraqis Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld charged on Wednesday that Syria might be helping Saddam Hussein's supporters to flee Iraq. [Looks like the Bush terrorist team is trolling for more invasions... --Lori Price]

Israel eyes Iraqi oil An Israeli minister says he wants to reopen a pipeline which has been closed for more than fifty years to bring Iraqi oil through Jordan to Israel's Mediterranean coast.

Will Oil Flow Again From Iraq to Israel? [LOL! That would be "Duh!"] News media worldwide, from the Aftenposten in Norway and the The Balochistan Post in India to the Washington Post and Forbes Online, are quoting a source from Israels National Infrastructures Ministryas saying that Israel and Jordan have started talks on reopening the old Iraq-Israel oil pipeline.

Baghdad Diary 7 April 3 pm and 7.15 pm: Dr. Geert Van Moorter en Dr. Harrie Dewitte by satellite phone (WARNING: Graphic photos of US-UK invaders' terrorism committed against Iraqis) "An 'embedded' journalist, thinking I was a colleague of his, told me something fearful", [Dr.] Geert [Van Moorter] adds. 'American soldiers shot two Iraqi soldiers that had surrendered! He saw pictures of this but knows they won't be shown on CNN. The pictures show two Iraqi soldiers with their hands on their heads. As they are lying down, G.I.s step forward and shoot them in cold blood!'

Russia Denies Its Baghdad Embassy Sheltering Saddam Russia denied on Wednesday Arab and Western media reports that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was in the compound of its embassy in Baghdad.

Liberation by murder: Baghdad falls to American invasion After three weeks of death and destruction, the US media on Wednesday finally captured on film the scene it had been waiting for: the city of Baghdad falling to Amerikan tanks and troops.

Britain Claims 'Breakdown' Of Iraqi Regime With Arab and foreign TV channels showing footage of reported looting of government buildings and U.N. office in Baghdad, Britain said Wednesday, April 9, that Iraq's command and control structure appears to have broken down but admitted resistance to advancing U.S. troops were still quite fierce.

Iraqi Regime Collapses, Baghdad Under U.S. Control After a blistering three-week of U.S.-led aggression on Iraq and as a sign that the Iraqi regime would soon be history, U.S. tanks and troops poured into the heart of Baghdad Wednesday, April 9, amid scenes of jubilation from the Iraqis.

Iraqi government collapses United States-led forces have snapped the spine of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein government but the war is not yet formally over, the US military has declared.

Boy Bomb Victim Struggles Against Despair Ali Ismaeel Abbas, 12, was fast asleep when war shattered his life. A missile obliterated his home and most of his family, leaving him orphaned, badly burned - and blowing off both his arms... [Another "liberated" Iraqi]

King George Returns Neo-imperialism and the 'Anglosphere' – pro-war immigrants want an American Empire --by Justin Raimondo "The tax burden alone is enough to permanently crush any hope of freeing up the American economy, and, besides that, an empire cries out for an Emperor – or a President with monarchical powers. The Founders warned against the dangers of foreign entanglements and overseas wars precisely because they feared the restoration of royalism."

StopJayGarner.com is an international coalition advocating for the United Nations - not weapons maker Jay Garner --to oversee Iraq's transition to democracy. As a former Army General who until recently was building weapons systems now being used in the Iraq war, Jay Garner is no man of peace. In fact, he's just the man to inflame Iraq and the region.

The Reason Why --by George McGovern 'Thanks to the most crudely partisan decision in the history of the Supreme Court, the nation has been given a President [sic] of painfully limited wisdom and compassion and lacking any sense of the nation's true greatness. Appearing to enjoy his role as Commander in Chief of the armed forces above all other functions of his office, and unchecked by a seemingly timid Congress, a compliant Supreme Court, a largely subservient press and a corrupt corporate plutocracy, George W. Bush has set the nation on a course for one-man rule."

94 Arrested In Protest On 5th Ave. Nearly 100 anti-war protesters were arrested in midtown yesterday after they blocked the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue while protesting the Carlyle Group, which they accused of profiting from the war against Iraq, police said.

UA student arrested during anti-war demonstration A Fayetteville man was arrested for criminal trespass Saturday at the Northwest Arkansas Mall when he and other members of a University of Arkansas student group attempted to enter the facility wearing T-shirts emblazoned with antiwar slogans.

German Professors Declare War on English Terms A group of German university professors, angered by the U.S.-British war against Iraq, have launched a campaign to replace many popular English-language words used in Germany with French terms.

Readers mad that Chronicle ran ad to impeach Bush [Too bleeping bad!!] Monday's ad, which typically would cost about $45,000, called for the impeachment of Bush, Vice pResident Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Sickko Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashkkkroft. The ad charged that all four have committed war crimes and crimes against the Constitution. In the course of the war in Iraq and the campaign against terrorism, the Bush dictatorship has "ordered and directed the violent overthrow of sovereign states, disappearances, kidnappings, assassinations, summary executions, murders and torture," the ad continued.

Republicans Want Terror Law Made Permanent Working with the Bush dictatorship, Congressional Republicans are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping antiterrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said today.

News Corp. Agrees to Buy Hughes Electronics Stake News Corp. agreed to buy a 34 percent stake in Hughes Electronics Corp. for $6.6 billion, giving Chairman Maggot Rupert Murdoch control of the DirecTV satellite system and extending his global broadcasting operation.

Town Seeks to Ban Political Smirks A raised eyebrow, loud guffaw, smirk or other facial expressions could all be banned in future political debate under rules proposed for the city council of the Californian city of Palo Alto.

The Boondocks --by Aaron McGruder

Hussein survived attack on building say British intelligence sources President Saddam Hussein survived an attack on a building in Baghdad in which he was reported to have been meeting his sons Uday and Qusay on Monday afternoon, British intelligence sources said last night.

Australian PM embarrassed as anti-war protest halts Iraq-bound warship An Australian warship set sail for the Gulf with a "No War" banner attached to its bow after two daring peace activists clambered up the hull in a spectacular anti-war protest here.

Reporters Without Borders accuses US military of deliberately firing at journalists Reporters Without Borders called today on US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld to provide evidence that the offices of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera and the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad were not deliberately fired at by US forces earlier in the day in attacks that killed three journalists.

French TV film shows US tank blasting hotel Footage filmed by France 3 television of a strike on a hotel which killed two journalists in Baghdad on Tuesday shows a US tank targeting the journalists' hotel and waiting at least two minutes before firing, according to an AFP correspondent who viewed the film.

US murderers killing journalists
The turret of a U.S. tank (at left) aiming at a hotel filled with journalists before firing from a bridge in Baghdad on Tuesday. The Palestine Hotel came under fire after U.S. troops said snipers were shooting at them from the building. -- AP

Army admits firing on hotel US army chiefs today admitted they had fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad in an attack that left six western journalists injured.

Second journalist dies after hotel strike A third journalist has been killed as a result of US attacks on two media bases in Baghdad today after a Spanish TV station confirmed that one of its cameramen were killed.

Reuters man killed in US attack A Reuters cameraman has died as a result of the US attack on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad this morning.

Reuters cameraman killed in US blast on Baghdad hotel Reuters news agency said that one of its television cameramen, Taras Protsyuk, 35, a Ukrainian national, was killed after a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.

Al-Jazeera cameraman killed in US raid An al-Jazeera cameraman has died and another of the Arabic-language news channel's journalists is missing after a US-UK invaders' bombing raid hit its Baghdad office this morning.

Al-Jazeera says its car came under fire of US troops The Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera claimed Monday that US troops had fired at one of its cars from close range outside Baghdad.

War toll: journalists killed, missing and held in Iraq *updated April 8, 2003

'Angry' Ark Royal crew switch off BBC The BBC has been axed from the nation's flagship naval vessel following claims of pro-Iraqi bias.

14 civilians reported killed in missile strike US military authorities are investigating reports a missile killed at least 14 civilians when it hit a residential area in central Baghdad today, US Central Command said.

Iraqis fight back as Baghdad burns Iraqi forces staged a major counterattack today, sending buses and trucks full of fighters across the Tigris river in an attempt to overrun U.S. troops holding a strategic intersection on Baghdad's western side.

Iraq vows no surrender US forces will either surrender or "be burned in their tanks," Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf warned when asked if Iraq would surrender.

Iraqi troops fight back Iraqi forces defending the capital Baghdad have hit back with artillery, mortar and sniper fire after U.S. troops thrust into the heart of the city.

2 U.S. Soldiers, 2 Journalists Killed Near Baghdad Two U.S. soldiers and two journalists were killed and 15 people wounded on Monday in an Iraqi attack on a U.S. communications center on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, military sources said.

Half of U.S. Troop Deaths Said Accidental Since the war began in Iraq, one American soldier has been electrocuted, at least two others have drowned and nine more have died in automobile wrecks. All appear to be victims of accidents, which so far are responsible for about half the fatalities among U.S. troops sent to the Middle East for the war.

Antiwar leaders to meet in Russia Putin invites Chirac and Schroeder; Annan also expected --Leaders of the main countries opposing the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, this weekend, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia renews call for halting war in Iraq Saudi Arabia asked for halting the US war against Iraq, once more on Monday.

Arab critics slam post-war plans Prominent Arab political analysts and humanitarian experts have told United Press International that a Western military occupation of Iraq, even for the short period pressed by the Pentagon, will further destabilize the volatile region and could lead to chaos and violence.

CIA report slams Pentagon's favorite Iraqi The Central Intelligence Agency issued a report last week claiming that the opposition leader airlifted by the Pentagon to Iraq over the weekend, Ahmad Chalabi, would not be an effective leader to replace Saddam Hussein because many Iraqis do not like him.

"Smoking gun" WMD site in Iraq turns out to contain pesticide A facility near Baghdad that a US officer had said might finally be "smoking gun" evidence of Iraqi chemical weapons production turned out to contain pesticide, not sarin gas as feared. [LOLOLOL!! ...Stupid is as stupid does. --Lori Price]

'Bunker-busters' level building where U.S. officials believe President Hussein, sons were meeting An Amerikan bomber struck a residential complex in Baghdad on Monday after U.S. intelligence received information that Saddam Hussein, his sons and other top Iraqi leaders might be meeting there, U.S. officials said.

Special Ops, CIA fighting hidden war away from cameras As U.S. air and ground forces blast into Baghdad, dozens of CIA paramilitaries and thousands of U.S. Special Operations forces are waging a hidden war in Iraq's shadows.

The war plan comes full circle In battle for Baghdad, 'truth or dare' replaces 'shock and awe' --The U.S. war plan circled back on itself this week, zeroing in specifically on Saddam Hussein in an air attack as Amerikan armored task forces tore through the capital’s southern and western neighborhoods. A key Amerikan strategy-along with actual military victories- is to convince Iraqis of the inevitability of Saddam’s defeat. The psy ops war is back.

U.S. Plans Trials of Iraqis Accused of War Crimes The United States plans to conduct trials of Iraqis alleged to have committed war crimes against American forces and could possibly include President Saddam Hussein and his sons, U.S. officials said on Monday. [Speaking of W-ar crimes, can The Hague try Dictator Bush and Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair for W-ar crimes? Bush needs to be tried in the US for treason, as well.]

In Bid to Shape a Postwar Iraq, U.S. Propaganda Goes by the Schoolbook When the new Iraqi school year begins in five months, the Bush dictatorship hopes to have in place wholesale revisions to textbooks that have taught a generation of Iraqis. The revisions are part of an ambitious U.S. effort to propagandize a school curriculum that has touted Iraqi battlefield prowess and weaponry and demonized the United States as a fearsome enemy [which it is, lest we all forget 'Shock & Awe' just because media whore Bob Arnot has. --Lori Price]

Demonstrators Protest at Port Chicago Monday morning a small band of protesters demonstrated at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. They say ammunition is shipped through there, for use in the war against Iraq.

Vietnamistan --The News Blackout on What Is Happening in Afghanistan --by Michael Gilson De Lemos "...as we launch into this next glorious war in Iraq, I have one question. What’s going on in the present one? You know, Afghanistan, the land we used to call 'Moscow’s Vietnam.' It’s not that the government tells questionable tales, from magical Bin-Laden tapes and miraculously preserved 9-11 attack passports to our 'anti-Taliban' forces one day blandly re-branded as 'rebel warlords' the next, like Lawrence of Arabias randomly turning into menacing Conan the Barbarians."

Syria now top US target for 'regime change' One of the main subjects on the agenda of the Belfast summit yesterday was Syria, the Pentagon's next likely target for "regime change" amid suspicions it allowed Saddam Hussein to transfer weapons of mass destruction within its borders.

House Democrats Want Halliburton Probe Questioning whether Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company has received favored treatment from the Pentagon [boy, that sure is a no-brainer, isn't it? LOL!], senior House Democrats asked Congress' investigative agency Tuesday to delve into contracts awarded Halliburton Co. over the past two years.

John Negroponte's 600,000-dollar kitchen The United States will pay 600,000 dollars to remodel and expand the kitchen at the residence of the US ambassador to the United Nations, former torturer John Negroponte.

Democratic Candidate Says Democracy Gives Him Right to Assail Bush Presidential candidate John Kerry said Monday that democracy affords rival Democrats the right to criticize Dictator Bush even with the nation at W-ar.

Senate GOP Pushes Judicial Nominee Owen Stymied by the Miguel Estrada filibuster, Senate Republicans on Monday moved to another White House judicial nominee, Texas Whore Court inJustice Priscilla Owen.

Bush Annoys U.S. Muslim Group with Pipes Nomination Dictator Bush has named controversial Middle East commentator Daniel Pipes to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace to the dismay of a major American Muslim organization, which described Pipes on Monday as a "Muslim-basher" with bigoted views.

Norm Coleman's stupid remark about Paul Wellstone After telling a Capitol newspaper that he's a "a 99 percent improvement" over the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, Sen. Norm Coleman said he would never want to diminish the legacy of his Democratic predecessor. "To be very blunt and God watch over Paul's soul, I am a 99 percent improvement over Paul Wellstone," Coleman, R-Maggot-Minn., said in a front-page story published in Roll Call. "Just about on every issue."

Fischer rejects talks venue The German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, provoked a new row about the status of Jerusalem yesterday when he refused to attend a meeting at the Israeli justice ministry because it is in the occupied east of the city.

German Diplomat Defends Israeli Snub German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Tuesday he had no choice but to refuse a visit with Israel's justice minister because the official insisted on meeting in disputed east Jerusalem.

Police open fire at anti-war protest, longshoremen injured Police opened fire Monday morning with wooden dowels, "sting balls'' and other non-lethal weapons at anti-war protesters outside the Port of Oakland, injuring at least six demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby.

Police fire non-lethal projectiles at war protest in Oakland At least 18 injured Police opened fire with non-lethal projectiles at an anti-war protest at the Port of Oakland on Monday morning, injuring at least six demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby.

Rubber Bullets Used Against Oakland War Protesters Police fired rubber bullets on Monday against hundreds of anti-war protesters blocking a road near Oakland's port, witnesses and officials said.

Big role urged for oil firms after W-ar Iraqi exiles and senior U.S. officials agreed Saturday that international oil companies should take a leading post-W-ar role in "reviving" Iraq’s oil industry, delegates to a policy meeting said. [Oh. I thought the war in Iraq was not a war for oil. --Lori Price]

U.S. could run Iraq for more than 6 months It will take more than six months for an Iraqi government to be created to run the country after President Saddam Hussein’s regime has been defeated, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary [and rightwing whackjob] Paul Wolfowitz said Sunday. [Yes, the US will be 'Vietnam-ing'-it right up until the touch-screen voting machine rigged s-elections of 2004. The impending worst laid plans of mice and maggots will be predicated on this mantra: 'we have to stand by the president [well, dictator, actually] in times of national crises.' --Lori Price]

New Iraq Government Could Take More Than 6 Months, Senior U.S. Official Says Setting up a new Iraqi government likely will take more than six months once Anglo-Amerikan forces take full control of the country, a Bush regime official said Sunday.

Digging in for the 2004 s-elections: Chalabi Sees 2-Year Stay in Iraq for U.S. Military An Iraqi opposition leader who told U.S. officials to expect an easy victory over Saddam Hussein said in an interview taped for broadcast on Sunday that the American military may have to stay in Iraq for at least two years.

Bush, Blair to map out post-war Iraq plans US Dictator George W Bush has arrived in Belfast for a summit with his staunchest ally, British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair, to map out plans for a post-war Iraq.

Cracks in the US-UK invasion forces Following Poodle Blair's failed attempts to draw Britain's EU partners into the US camp, cracks have emerged within the US-British invasion forces. Meanwhile, the European peace camp is gearing up for another confrontation at the UN.

U.S. Airlifts Iraqi Exile Force For Duties Near Nasiriyah In a surprise move, the United States has begun airlifting hundreds of members of an Iraqi exile group into southern Iraq, vanguard elements of what a high-ranking Pentagon officer said would form the basis of a new Iraqi army.

Iraqi exile group says its forces will help find and root out paramilitaries fighting US-led forces U.S.-led forces were airlifting soldiers of an Iraqi exile group into southern Iraq to serve as "humanitarian liaison officers" [Yeah, right!] and help root out Saddam Hussein's paramilitary among the population, the group said Sunday.

It's Too Soon to Tell, but Expect the Final Tab to Be High The price of war is usually measured in blood, but the number of dollars required can also be staggering. Though it is too early to know how expensive the war in Iraq will ultimately be, members of Congress paid a first installment this week that gives a glimpse of the high costs — and the possible trade-offs — yet to come.

N.H. dems accuse GOP of stifling war debate State Democrats meeting at a convention on Saturday said Republicans were trying to squelch freedom of speech by criticizing those who question the Iraq war.

White man's burden The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing Dictator Bush to change the course of history. Two of them, journalists William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer, say it's possible. But another journalist, Thomas Friedman (not part of the group), is skeptical --by Ari Shavit "In the final analysis, what fomented the war is America's over-reaction to September 11. ...It is not only the neoconservatives who led us to the outskirts of Baghdad. What led us to the outskirts of Baghdad is a very American combination of anxiety and hubris."

Despair of a Village at Devastation --by Peter Arnett "Baker Nagill Sacanda Mohammed holds a blackened flatbread in his outstretched arms and begs for answers nobody can give. Behind him are the smouldering remains of his bakery, the hub of this quiet Shi'ite community until the war finally caught up with it 45 minutes ago... There are no obvious military targets here, just row after row of mud-walled houses..."

New Report: Water Under Siege In Iraq Human Rights Group Warns US/UK Military Forces Risk Committing War Crimes by Depriving Civilians of Safe Water (Press release) "A new report by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), WATER UNDER SIEGE IN IRAQ, charges that the United States and United Kingdom risk committing war crimes by depriving Iraqi civilians of safe water. In urban centers throughout southern and central Iraq, millions of civilians face disease and possible death due to inadequate access to water as a result of the US-British invasion."

'The US bomb fell just 10 yards from me, minutes later my translator was dead' --by John Simpson on the road to Dibajan "It was the most wasteful and pointless of mistakes. An instant's misunderstanding on the part of the US Air Force pilot who dropped a bomb on American and Kurdish special forces cost the lives of 18 people, including a local translator for the BBC.

US Missile kills eight Iraqi civilians, hospital says Eight civilians died and five were wounded by a missile that hit a vegetable market [Morons!] at Nahrawan on the southeastern edge of Baghdad, an Iraqi hospital source said.

Jordan Red Crescent: US-UK keeping wounded civilians from treatment The Jordan Red Crescent Society sharply condemned the U.S.-led war on Iraq Sunday, accusing the United States and Britain of preventing its Iraqi counterpart from treating wounded civilians. The Red Crescent is the equivalent of the Red Cross.

Red Cross: Iraq Wounded Too High to Count Red Cross Says Number of Casualties in Baghdad Is So High That Hospitals Have Stopped Counting --The number of casualties in Baghdad is so high that hospitals have stopped counting the number of people treated, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday.

Baghdad doctors overwhelmed by arrival of 100 patients an hour Hospitals in Baghdad are in danger of being overwhelmed by the huge numbers of wounded people brought in for treatment, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned yesterday.

US rampage through Baghdad kills thousands The American military has officially claimed the 64th Armored Regiment of the US Third Infantry Division killed between 2,000 and 3,000 Iraqis during a three-hour rampage through southwestern Baghdad on April 5.

Washington's colonial regime in waiting for Baghdad As the brutal US-led invasion of Iraq continues into its third week, a team of hundreds of mainly US officials is preparing to take the reins of power in Baghdad... There is no doubt as to its political character—it will be a neo-colonial regime implementing the dictates of Washington. [The Bush regime is poised to install a satellite Bush dictatorship in Iraq. --Lori Price]

A morally hollow victory No amount of PR will disguise the fact that this war is an outrage against humanity --by Mary Riddell "On the separate question of whether Iraqi acts of war are on a par with those of the coalition [sic], the answer is also simple. Ours are sometimes worse. The spectre of chemical attack remains, but, amid Iraqi Scuds unfired and bio-weapons undiscovered, reality trumps fear. The cluster-bombing of civilians by an invading force proclaiming its superior power is an outrage against humanity and the Geneva Convention."

Bomb alerts in Belfast before Bush-Blair summit Three bomb alerts were issued in Belfast just hours before the arrival of US Dictator George W Bush for a summit focusing on Iraq with British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair. [Live by the sword...]

1000 protest at Bush, Blair talks More than 1000 opponents of the war in Iraq are protesting near Hillsborough Castle near Belfast, where US Dictator George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair are due to hold a summit.

After Protest Arrest, Soldier's Mom Says, 'I'm Doing What David Is Doing. I'm Fighting a War.' Alice Copeland Brown taps out an e-mail to her son in Iraq. "I'm going to be arrested tomorrow," she tells him. From a tent somewhere in the desert comes the cryptic reply. "That's nice, Mom," writes Army Maj. David Floyd. "Just keep protesting as long as you keep sending food."

Nuns Convicted in Missile-Silo Protest A federal jury convicted three Roman Catholic nuns Monday of defacing a missile silo by swinging hammers and painting crosses on it with their own blood. The three women face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison [!?!] when they are sentenced July 25.

Church Event Set for Base Stirs Concern The Army major general who commands Fort Bragg's training center for special operations forces has invited a group of predominantly Southern Baptist pastors to the base this month to participate in a military-themed motivational program for Christian evangelists.

Enemy Forces Fire Missiles at U.S. Sites in Afghanistan (DoD) "Unknown enemy forces" [?!? If they are *enemies*, shouldn't DoD know who they are? LOL.] fired missiles at U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three separate incidents over the weekend, a military spokesman in Bagram said today.

India to test long-range nuclear-capable missile India hopes to test a third variant of a long-range nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile this year, Defence Minister George Fernandes has said. [No oil in India --hence, the "third variant of a long-range nuclear-capable surface-to-air missile" is NOT a WMD, according to the Bush regime.] --Lori Price

Principal pulls plug on anti-gun documentary A 12th grade teacher at English High School was forced to stop classroom screenings of the Oscar-winning documentary "Bowling for Columbine" on Friday because Principal Andrew Fila said the movie contains anti-war messages. [Principal Andrew Fila's contact information: Principal Andrew Fila Lynn --English High School --50 Goodridge Street Lynn, MA 01902 (781) 477-7366]

Librarians Use Shredder to Show Opposition to New F.B.I. Powers The daily shredding of library materials is part of a campaign by Santa Cruz libraries to demonstrate their opposition to the Patriot Act. Among provisions that have angered librarians nationwide is one that allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review certain business records of "people under suspicion", which has been interpreted to include the borrowing or purchase of books and the use of the Internet at libraries, bookstores and cafes.

Feds Label Wi-Fi a Terrorist Tool Attention, Wi-Fi users: The Department of Homeland Security sees wireless networking technology as a terrorist threat. "Homeland Security is putting people in place who will be in a position to say, 'If you're going to get broken into ... we're going to start regulating,'" said Cable and Wireless security architect Shannon Myers in a panel dubbed "Homeland Security vs. Wi-Fi." [That's OK: I see Homeland Suckyourity as *the* terrorist threat. --Lori Price]

A whiff of fascism --by Carla Binion "Traits of classic fascism include: strong nationalism, expansionism, belligerent militarism, meshing of big business and government with a corporate/government oligarchy, subversion of democracy and human rights, disinformation spread by constant propaganda and tight corporate/government control of the press. Today all of those conditions exist in our country to a degree."

Bush scraps rule aimed at keeping pension plan swaps fair for all workers The Bush dictatorship said Monday that it would scrap — for now — a proposed rule that sought to ensure that highly paid workers aren't unduly favored when companies switch to a new type of retirement plan.

Black Ga. Lawmakers Oppose Flag Proposal Black lawmakers expressed their opposition Monday to a proposal for an entirely new state flag, saying it could open the door to a referendum on restoring the Confederate battle emblem.

Senate Bill Puts Transgenic Animals on Fast Track Animal Drug Bill Weakens Regulation for GE Food Animals --Legislation intended to improve farmers’ access to animal drugs would have the unintended effect of undercutting the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval process for genetically engineered (GE) animals.

No WMD in Iraq, admits US The US military said today it had not yet found any weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and it believed there was a diminishing threat that Iraq might use them as US-led troops take over more territory. "The places it's most likely to be found we haven't even gotten to them yet," [?!?] Brigadier General Vincent Brooks told a briefing at Central Command in Qatar.

US begins the process of 'regime change' The US is ready to install the first leg of an interim government for the new Iraq as early as Tuesday, even while fighting still rages in Baghdad, officials said yesterday. America's readiness to establish the first stages of a civil administration to run post-war Iraq comes at lightning speed and constitutes a rebuff to European ambitions to stall on the process until some kind of role for the United Nations is agreed. It was reported yesterday that the National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has also ruled out any key role for the UN. [Can the U.S. have a regime change now? We need one very badly. --Lori Price]

U.S. Plan For Iraq's Future Is Challenged Pentagon Control, Secrecy Questioned --As it anticipates imminent victory in Iraq, the Bush dictatorship is facing questions, criticism and the threatened rejection of significant parts of its plan for rebuilding the country and establishing a new, representative Iraqi government.

Fear that 'sleepers' will destabilise new regime Senior military officials have for the first time warned that Iraqi militia fighters may survive the war to emerge as "sleepers" who destabilise the postwar regime. [Duh!]

US accused of hypocrisy on human rights State Department reveals double standards in annual global assessment of government treatment of citizens --The US State Department released its latest global report on human rights last week, inviting some ironic comment since the United States can now easily be perceived to have broken its own guidelines about the physical mistreatment of prisoners and suspension of judicial due process.

Some worry U.S. may bend facts for policy Intelligence: Analysts pressured to spin reports to support White House position, veterans say. Some former intelligence officers and historians say they are seeing a worrisome pattern of Vietnam-style politicization of intelligence, with pressure to play up the threat from Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and to minimize the potential for Iraqi resistance and the threat the war poses to regional stability.

The War For Truth --by John Pilger "'We had a great day,' said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of the US Marines last Saturday. 'We killed a lot of people.' He added: 'We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?' He said there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them fell when he and other Marines opened fire. 'I'm sorry,' said Sgt Schrumpf, 'but the chick was in the way'... Like their [Amerikan] attack on Iraq, their invasion of Vietnam was accompanied by a racist contempt for the people.

Russian diplomatic convoy attacked in Iraq A convoy of Russian embassy diplomats came under fire today as they were evacuating from Baghdad, leaving several people injured, the Kremlin said.

US 'friendly fire' hits Kurdish convoy · 10 'killed' in mistaken attack · Senior Kurdish leader 'injured' · BBC man hit by shrapnel --An Amerikan warplane was today reported to have bombed a Kurdish convoy travelling in northern Iraq with members of the US special forces, killing at least 10 people.

U.S. Friendly Fire Kills 18 Kurds U.S. warplanes struck a convoy of allied Kurdish fighters and U.S. Special Forces during a northern battle Sunday in one of the deadliest friendly fire attacks of the Iraqi war. At least 18 people were killed and more than 45 wounded, including senior Kurdish commanders, Kurdish officials said.

U.S.: Over 2,000 Iraqis Killed in Baghdad Up to 3,000 Iraqi fighters were killed in a show-of-force foray into Baghdad by American armored vehicles, the U.S. Central Command said Sunday.

The Battle of Baghdad 'Ever so slowly, the suburbs were turned into battlefields' --by Robert Fisk "At first, I thought the soldiers on the back were sleeping, covered in blankets to keep them warm. Yet I had opened my car window to keep cool this early summer morning and I realised that all the soldiers – there must have been 15 of them in the little truck – were lying on top of each other, all with their heavy black military boots dangling over the tailboard. The two soldiers on the vehicles sat with their feet wedged between the corpses. So did America's first victims of the day go to their eternal rest."

Two more Belgian doctors to besieged Baghdad "Belgian NGOs Medical Aid for the Third World (MATW) (www.m3m.be) and S.O.S. Irak Belgium (www.irak.be) remain in Iraq during the bombings and the invasion to witness the American and British aggression as well as the Iraqi resistance. They will comfort the people, monitor the effects of war on health and health care, observe how the Iraqi health services cope, and assist their Iraqi colleagues whenever possible. April 5: Today an additional medical emergency mission has left for Baghdad..."

First U.S. Plane Lands at Baghdad Airport A U.S. C-130 military transporter touched down at Baghdad airport on Sunday, the first plane to land since U.S. forces seized the facility early on Friday, a U.S. military source told Reuters.

Arab troops battle US forces outside Baghdad Egyptians, Jordanians, Saudis and Syrians are fighting alongside Iraqi troops against US forces moving on Baghdad, using tactics including suicide bombings which left two marines dead, US officers said.

3 CIA assets killed in Baghdad Three Iraqis who aided the CIA in the March 20 attempt by the United States to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were executed this week by Iraqi counterintelligence, former and serving U.S. officials told United Press International.

Suicide Bomber Attacks U.S. Unit at Baghdad Airport A suicide bomber has attacked U.S. Army soldiers at Baghdad international airport, a U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant said on Saturday.

Russian nuclear subs to head for the Gulf The Russian Defense Ministry is preparing to send warships to the Arabian Sea, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper reports.

Near Baghdad, U.S. troops encounter a 'remarkable' foe 'Jihad' forces from Syria, Egypt, Marine officers say --Until yesterday the Marines had pushed north at a brisk pace and encountered less resistance than expected from elements of the Iraqi army and Republican Guard...

American peace activist shot in face Jerusalem: An American peace activist working as a volunteer "human shield" in the West Bank was seriously wounded today when Israeli troops allegedly opened fire on him.

Army chaplain: baptism or no bath CAMP BUSHMASTER, Iraq - In this dry desert world near Najaf, there's an oasis of sorts: a 500-gallon pool of pristine, cool water. It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water shortage, which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks, as an opportunity. ''It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized,'' he said.

Now playing: Saving Private Lynch --by Linda McQuaig "One could have easily gotten the impression last week that the war in Iraq is being fought to liberate pretty young American girls from Iraqi hospitals. After a week of news of Iraqis strenuously resisting U.S. efforts to liberate them, the American campaign badly needed something to make war feel good again in the homeland." [LOL!]

U.S. writes off Pakistan's $1b debt The U.S. yesterday waived debt worth $1 billion owed by Pakistan. Pakistan, as a key ally of Washington in the 18-month-old "war on terrorism", helped the U.S. topple the Taliban regime and dismantle Osama bin Laden's Al Qaida network in Afghanistan.

Protesters plan to stop war shipments Shifting protests against the war in Iraq to a new level, a San Francisco group says that it will set up a picket line Monday to block supplies being shipped to U.S. forces fighting in Iraq. The group, Direct Action to Stop the War, said will attempt to "shut down the war merchants" at the port of Oakland by urging members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to not cross the picket line.

Protests Continue in War's Second Week (Oakland, CA) Thousands of protesters roared their approval of Rep. Barbara Lee at a downtown gathering here on Saturday, interrupting her anti-war remarks with spontaneous chants of "Impeach Bush."

Singer Belafonte feels the beat of anti-war sentiment Keynote speaker at Oakland rally hears international criticism --As he performed before sellout audiences across Europe during the first days of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, Harry Belafonte heard more anti- American comments than he has in more than a half-century of traveling the world.

Conyers chastises Bush during downtown rally The United States may now be battling to topple the regime of Iraq's Saddam Hussein. But Dictator George W. Bush will have a surprise of his own when his own regime is toppled, a U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said Saturday. [Topple, topple!]

Pope urges rapid end to Iraq war Pope John Paul II called for a quick end to the US-led war against Iraq and said he was praying for the Iraqi people.

Protest over Bush NI visit Craigavon Bridge in Londonderry has been blocked by about 150 people protesting against the planned visit by George Bush to Northern Ireland.

Bomb attack on Beirut McDonald's A bomb has exploded in a McDonald's restaurant in Lebanon, wounding at least three people. Beirut has seen almost daily anti-war demonstrations and calls for boycotts of Amerikan products.

F.B.I. Recruiting For Police Clergy-Liaison Program In response to the Sept. 11 attacks [?!?], the F.B.I. and other counterterrorism authorities have pursued a campaign to recruit Muslims as informers. As part of this effort in New York, the agency recently created a "citizen academy," where more than two dozen Muslim clerics and business leaders completed a course of eight evening sessions in January. Although they are not considered full-fledged informers, they have helped the F.B.I. chase down "terrorist suspects" by posting their pictures in mosques. [This Bush dictatorship is beyond beyond: "...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]

U.S. SARS Quarantine Policy in Effect Dictator Bush on Friday added it to the list of diseases for which health authorities can hold Americans against their will. It's the first time a new disease has been added to the list in two decades.

Computer Sciences Corporation Completes Acquisition of Dyncorp Acquisition Boosts CSC’s Homeland Defense Profile, Strengthens Overall Presence in U.S. Federal Marketplace

'Operation Cancelled Election 2004 is in play...' --by Rich Procter "Get ready for the wingnut Screech Monkeys to put this in play, and play it for all its worth - 'We're at war! God has chosen our President [sic] to lead us! To question him is to question America itself! To suggest replacing him is treason! To mount a political campaign against him is beyond the pale! These elections must be...(wait for it...wait for it...) 'postponed indefinitely!!'"

Guardian scoops best online newspaper prize Guardian Unlimited has been named best newspaper on the worldwide web for the fourth year running at the annual Newspaper Awards.

*** The CLG believes in building mass actions as opposed to individual acts of violence, but we thought our readers might enjoy these lyrics about now: "If I had a Rocket Launcher."***

Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that CLG is "in direct violation of the Congressional Sedition Act of 1918" "Likewise, we are the real patriots here. This country never called for blind obeisance to domination. And for me and mine, it never will." --Michael Rectenwald

Frank Luntz Pseudo Poll --by Lori Price "Ever get the feeling that rightwing pollsters are rigging the playing field when asking their vapid, fully 'loaded' questions to the American public? For example, Republican pollster Frank Luntz's heinous and biased face is plastered all over cable TV's punditry landscape, pushing W-ar and Bush's dictatorship... Here is my version of a Frank Luntz poll, employing Luntz's typical phraseology" --Lori Price

Bush issues SARS executive order to arrest and quarantine Dictator Bush issued an executive order Friday allowing the forced quarantine of people suspected of having SARS. The executive order calls for the "apprehension, detention or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission or spread of suspected communicable diseases."

Bush OKs quarantine for SARS --Dictator Bush signs executive order allowing health officials to quarantine people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Dictator Bush issues executive order adding SARS to list [?!?] of communicable diseases for which a person can be quarantined.

Kerry stands by 'regime change' barb at Bush John Kerry, D-Mass., dismissed the criticism Thursday at a meet-the-candidates dinner in Atlanta, saying, "I don't need any lessons in patriotism or in caring for America from the likes of Tom DeLay." He rejected the criticism in stronger terms on Friday. "If they want to pick a fight, they've picked a fight with the wrong guy," he said. [Right on, Senator Kerry!!]

Kerry Lashes Out at Republican Criticisms Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lashed out at top congressional Republicans on Friday after they assailed him for saying the United States, like Iraq, needs a regime change."The Republicans have tried to make a practice of attacking anybody who speaks out strongly by questioning their patriotism," the Massachusetts senator said.

Al-Sahaf: 200-300 US soldiers killed during the battle to restore Saddam International Airport In a live interview aired by Abu Dhabi TV, the Iraqi Press (Media) Minister, Muhammed Sa'id Al-Sahaf, said that the Iraqi forces are in total control of the Saddam International airport after a battle that took place last night.

Hundreds of Americans killed at airport: Iraq The Iraqi military said "hundreds" of US troops were killed at Baghdad international airport on Saturday in a battle, which Iraq said it had won.

No sign of Americans in Baghdad There was no sign of a US military presence in Baghdad despite American officials' claim that Anglo-American troops were in town to stay, AFP correspondents reported.

No US troops seen in Baghdad: Witness No US troops were visible in a tour of central and southern Baghdad on Saturday despite US reports that their forces had pushed into the heart of the capital, a Reuters witness said.

US jets on alert over Baghdad · Tanks cross city limits · Mass grave found · Guard division HQ 'captured' US attack jets were today put on 24-hour alert over Baghdad in preparation for an assault on the Iraqi capital after Anglo-American tanks entered the city earlier today.

Saddam Hussein appears in the streets of Baghdad Iraqi television showed footage of President Saddam Hussein visiting residential areas of Baghdad yesterday, hours after the U.S. military said it had taken control of the city's airport.

Finding President Hussein Not Needed for Victory Says US The White House said yesterday it would consider military action in Iraq a success [LOL!] even if US forces failed to find President Saddam Hussein, whose appearance on Iraqi television could prove he survived a US bombing raid on the first night of the war.

1.5 million Iraqis suffer in the south without water International aid convoys have started to trickle into southern Iraq, where an estimated 1.5 million people without water are the top target for assistance, UN agencies and the Red Cross said yesterday.

U.S. Use of Tear Gas Could Violate Treaty, Critics Say Dictator Bush has authorized American military forces to use tear gas in Iraq, the Pentagon says, a development that some weapons experts say other countries might see as a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Red Cross horrified by number of dead civilians Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw "incredible" levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women and children, a spokesman said Thursday from Baghdad.

US uses cluster bombs to spread death and destruction in Iraq "Weapons of mass destruction" have truly been unleashed in Iraq: new-generation cluster munitions are being used by US and British forces to massacre and terrorise the Iraqi population. Not a single Iraqi bio-chemical weapon has been witnessed, but the "liberators" have already resorted to weapons notorious for their vast and indiscriminate destruction of human life.

Hoon backs use of 'legitimate' cluster bombs Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, yesterday defended the use of cluster bombs in Iraq as human rights groups accused him of putting the lives of hundreds of children at risk.

What are cluster weapons? Cluster weapons are packed with small bombs, or bomblets, known as submunitions, designed specifically to cause the greatest possible number of human casualties...

The Saddest Story Of All An old man cries over the coffin of his daughter..."Everyone said I have a fabulous daughter. She spent all her time studying. Her head buried in books. She didn't have a care about going out enjoying herself. My other daughter is the same. She has a Master's degree in English and teaches at the university. Me? I'm just a lorry driver. A simple man."

Marines Remove Regimental Commander in Iraq U.S. military officials have taken the unusual step of removing a Marine unit's commander in the midst of the fighting in Iraq.

Photograph of "Apache" helicopter surrounded by the people

Ex-CIA director: U.S. faces 'World War IV' Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Wednesday the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could continue for years.

Al-Jazeera ties halted Akamai Technologies Inc., a Cambridge Internet company, said it has ended a brief business relationship with Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite news broadcaster. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said it thought Akamai was succumbing to political pressure not to help the channel, which has been criticized for alleged anti-American bias.

Peter Arnett now reporting for Arab channel Axed NBC correspondent Peter Arnett is reporting for pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya, the station said on Saturday.

Ally of Hamid Karzai Gunned Down in Afghanistan A close ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was gunned down in southern Afghanistan in an attack provincial officials blamed on the Taliban Saturday.

Anti-war marchers to confront Bush Anti-War protesters from all over Ireland are expected to gather at Hillsborough on Monday evening to bring their message of peace directly to Dictator George Bush.

Massive Protest Against War Tens of thousands of Pakistanis, most of them supporters of religious parties, rallied in the central city of Multan yesterday to protest the US-led war on Iraq.

Anonymous caller threatens to shoot protesters City, campus police warn students, public (WA) Bellingham police issued a public alert this morning because a man telephoned police and The Bellingham Herald threatening to shoot people at an anti-war rally and march planned for noon Friday at Western Washington University.

Natick Labs protesters reject deal, will go to court (MA) The self-titled "Peace Chain 18" will have their day in court after they rejected a plan yesterday. Prosecutor Mark Youngblood said if the defendants agreed to admit to trespassing, a guilty charge would be entered and, as a group, they would have to pay $10,000 for the police overtime of that day. Carole Bull said they would admit to the facts if they could pay the $10,000 to Iraqi victims of U.S. bombings.

Rockers Proud to Bash Bush Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder won't apologize for his Dictator Bush-bashing stage antics and downplaying the reaction of patriotic fans who walked out in disgust. At a concert Tuesday in Denver, Vedder impaled a mask of Bush on a microphone stand and then slammed it to the stage and stomped on it.

Top Country AlbumsTM Top 20 Positions /Issue Date:April 12, 2003 Dixie Chicks, Home 6 CRG | 86840* | Monument/Columbia | (12.98 EQ/18.98) [Great! I guess the Freeper morons did not succeed in their anti-American "Dixie Chicks" boycott! --Lori Price]

'Say No To War' may mean 'yes' to e-mail worms Beware, if you are an Anti-war activist and are trying to join any world peace movement via the Internet. Your computer server runs the risk of being infected by a virus.

Numbers, Please? On the Need for a Visible, Vocal Majority in the U.S. --by Marta Steele "Everyone who voted for Gore must materialize, both those whose votes were counted and those others, whose uncounted votes yielded rationalizations whose destructiveness we are suffering from now."

FBI Pulls Open Net For Wiretapping Wiretapping takes on a whole new meaning now that phone calls are being made over the Internet, posing legal and technical hurdles for the FBI. The FBI wants regulators to affirm that such services fall under a 1994 law requiring phone companies to build in surveillance capabilities.

Congressional Republicans Join Bush Dictatorship in Move to Slash Overtime Pay Working families could see their overtime pay cut, their work week increased and certain occupations no longer covered by overtime pay protection under five separate bills now in play in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Take Action! Tell Dictator Bush: Working families count on overtime pay.

Jobs Show Worse-Than-Expected Drop The U.S. economy suffered a worse-than-expected 108,000 decline in payrolls in March as the start of the war with Iraq and profit uncertainties took a toll on hiring.

Gun, Germs and Stall? --by Paul Krugman "The war has monopolized everyone's attention, including mine. But other things are happening, and you shouldn't be shocked if the economic news turns awful."

Mega barf alert: The Presidential Prayer Team Tour "Each golf event will feature a $1 Million Hole-in-One Contest, along with other prizes (See Prizes for fund-raising). It includes lunch with some of the influential leaders and Honorary Committee Members of The Presidential Prayer Team. All golf and prayer walk participants receive a wide array of gifts (See Gifts)."

Prosecutors look into $17 million minority vote-machine contracts (FL) The Broward State Attorney's Office has subpoenaed more than 1,000 pages of documents involving contracts awarded to minority firms as part of the county's controversial purchase of new touch-screen voting machines more than a year ago. Prosecutors also have questioned three county employees and re-interviewed a county commissioner in their widening investigation into the $17.2 million deal for Election Systems and Software's voting machines.

Florida Recalls Christian-Themed AIDS Pamphlet After Complaints State health officials pulled a Christian-themed AIDS brochure from circulation Friday after a civil liberties group complained that tax money was used for pamphlets with Biblical passages.

Senate won't revive Alaska drilling debate There will be no attempt to revive drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge as part of a Senate energy bill, says the Republican senator who will guide the legislation.

What Happened To America? A Letter, A Lament --by Margaret Atwood "Dear America: This is a difficult letter to write, because I'm no longer sure who you are..."

Vermont's Howard Dean to pen book Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has taken one more step that demonstrates he's a presidential candidate: He's writing a book.

Smoking gun still a phantom Bush regime officials have scaled back their talk about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq partly because they are still missing the "smoking gun" that prompted the invasion in the first place.

International Court Could Try Iraq War Crimes The International Criminal Court could prosecute crimes against humanity committed in the United States-led war on Iraq, despite the fact that neither the United States nor Iraq form part of the new court, said Costa Rican Judge Elizabeth Odio.

War Crimes Threat to Iraq Human Shields: Lawyers Threaten Prime Minister With Legal Action (Press statement) "Lawyers acting for Human Shield Action today warned the leaders of the coalition [sic: invaders] forces that political as well as military leaders will be liable to war crimes prosecution and claims for reparation if human shield volunteers are killed or harmed by the coalition[sic: invaders]’s attacks."

'Butterfly' bomblets rip into Iraqi children --by Robert Fisk "The wounds are vicious and deep, a rash of scarlet spots on the back and thighs or face, the shards of shrapnel from the cluster bombs buried in the flesh. The wards of the Hillah teaching hospital are proof that something illegal - something quite outside the Geneva Conventions - occurred in the villages around the city once known as Babylon.

US forces use schools for cover United States special forces have taken up strategic positions in three secondary schools located in a densely populated residential area of a city in northern Iraq.

U.S. morons making rations, bomblets same color The U.N. children's agency UNICEF warned Wednesday that bright yellow-wrapped US-UK invaders' Humanitarian Daily Rations hand-distributed in Iraq are the same color as air-dropped unexploded bomblets. [Lunacy redux, as this tactic was previously used by the Amerikan Fascists in Afghanistan. --Lori Price]

Iraqi Capital Loses Power, Running Water U.S. armored units backed by warplanes fought building by building to clear Iraqi forces from Baghdad's airport Friday, while civilians inside the city lost electricity and running water and wondered if a siege was imminent.

Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields Firefighters prepared Friday to attack two remaining well fires in the southern Iraqi oil field of Rumeila South. Teams from Boots & Coots International Well Control and the Kuwait Oil Co. failed to put out the blazes earlier this week because their mobile water tanks were too small... [Oh. I thought this was not a W-ar for oil? --Lori Price]

Prosecutor: Mobil Oil the Subject of Investigators in Bribery Case Federal prosecutors said Friday they are looking at Mobil Oil Corp. as part of the investigation into bribes paid by Americans to secure lucrative oil contracts in Kazakhstan.

Russia protests U.S. bombing of Baghdad Russia alleged Wednesday that American air strikes had targeted a residential Baghdad neighborhood where the Russian Embassy is located.

Poodle Blair Turns Into Terrier Tony Blair yesterday vowed to stop George Bush imposing a puppet state on Iraq.

Powell rules out UN lead role in rebuilding of Iraq Colin Powell yesterday swept aside demands from European leaders for United Nations primacy in Iraq's post-war settlement, insisting that Britain and America had earned the right to set policy by "sacrificing blood" [Yeah, the blood of innocent Iraqis].

Spanish PM faces legal action for supporting Iraq war A broad coalition of anti-war activists, militant lawyers and judges on Wednesday took legal action against Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, charging that his support for the US-led war on Iraq is illegal.

Evidence Against Syria Is Questioned The CIA has no credible evidence that the government of Syria has had a role in the shipment of night-vision goggles and other military equipment to Iraq, according to an regime official familiar with U.S. intelligence in the region.

US military admits 'suspicious' powder is explosive American officials have admitted that the thousands of boxes of white powder they seized north of Baghdad are explosives. The US military and various media outlets had suggested that they may have made the first discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq. [ROFL! How will the Pentagon spin *this* one?]

U.S. Maneuvers to Avoid Debt Ceiling Treasury Department debt managers intend to soon carry out an accounting maneuver that would free billions of dollars on paper to prevent the government from breaching the $6.4 trillion ceiling on the national debt.

Cowardly Bush Afraid of Four-Year-Olds: White House Closes Annual Easter Egg Roll --The annual Easter Egg roll at the White House will be closed to the public this year and replaced with a smaller event for the children of troops involved in the U.S.-led war on Iraq. "It's reduced as a result of the security situation,'' White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said.

Al Gore: I would Never Start This War I would never start this war if I were President [sic!], President Al Gore said via videoconferencing at the Economist Conference "Seventh Roundtable with the Government of Greece", which takes place April 2-4 in Athens. Al Gore, whose participation in the conference has been prevented by secret services ban on travelling, underlined that he would have tried to deal with Saddam Hussein with all other means available.

Al-Jazeera journalist held at Guantanamo Reporters Without Borders urge the US to break its silence --Reporters Without Borders called on US officials to urgently say why they are still holding Sami al-Haj, an assistant cameraman of the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera, at the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, nine months after his arrest.

Independents 'frozen out' by armed forces The British and US forces have created a "caste system" of journalists, giving preference to those that accompany troops and freezing out correspondents operating independently, the European Broadcasting Union has claimed.

Try Arnett for treason, senator says Correspondent Peter Arnett should be "tried as a traitor" for remarks he made in an interview with Iraqi state television, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Psycho-Ky., said Tuesday. [I think Bush and his W-ar cabinet need to be tried for treason. --Lori Price]

Outspoken British lawmaker draws cries of treason To Britain's tabloid press he's "Saddam's Stooge" and the member of parliament "for Baghdad Central." To the government, he's a nuisance - and to the opposition, all but a traitor. [The "T" word is starting to populate the US-UK landscape, used against those who oppose the Bush-Blair W-ar of imperialist aggression. The actual traitors are the members of the Bush-Blair W-ar cabinet and those in the Whore High Court that installed George W. Bush as pResident. --Lori Price]

Arnett Back on the Air From Baghdad Within days of being fired by the U.S. network NBC, Arnett found an unlikely new audience Thursday: the Dutch-speaking — and hopefully English-comprehending — citizens of northern Belgium. "Thanks Peter Arnett, we are proud to have you on our team," said VTM news anchor Dany Verstraeten after Arnett finished his first report for the private Belgian TV network.

Atlantic Monthly war reporter killed in Iraq Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly and a columnist, was killed while on assignment covering the war in Iraq.

War Commanders Report 4 Deadly Accidents American forces in Iraq had four deadly accidents, three of which may have been caused by friendly fire, officials said Thursday.

Commander of Marines First Regimental Combat Team Relieved of Duty A US commander who was leading a push by marines through southern Iraq towards Baghdad has been relieved of his post.

Family of POW: She Wasn't Shot, Stabbed The father of rescued POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch said Thursday she was in great spirits following her first surgery and said doctors told him she had not been shot or stabbed during her ordeal.

9000 Iraqis now POWs, says Britain More than 9000 Iraqis had been taken prisoner of war by US-British troops, British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said.

U.S. Forces Seize Parts of Baghdad's Main Airport United States armed forces rolled out of the desert to the western outskirts of Baghdad today. The thud of artillery marked the arrival near the city of the first foreign army since British forces occupied Iraq in 1941. Allied forces entered Saddam International Airport, 10 miles from the center of the city.

Al-Jazeera's Basra hotel bombed A hotel in Basra being used as a base by al-Jazeera's team of correspondents in the city was shelled this morning, the Arabic TV news channel has claimed.

Witnesses: Dozens Killed in Hit Near Baghdad Dozens of Iraqis, including civilians and soldiers, were killed in the village of Furat near Baghdad airport on Thursday evening in what witnesses said was a U.S. rocket strike, a Reuters reporter said.

Hundreds of anti-war protesters hurl paint bombs, cow dung at U.S. buildings in Mexico City About 500 members of radical student and neighborhood activist groups plastered boycott signs over the windows of U.S. fast-food restaurant chains, hurled paint bombs at the Mexican stock exchange and burned the American flag outside the U.S. Embassy during anti-war protests Wednesday.

Nationwide strike in Greece as protesters denounce Iraq war A nationwide strike called to protest the war in Iraq shut down banks, stores and government services, and disrupted flights Thursday in Greece, where thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities.

Anti-War Activists Join King Jr. (MEMPHIS, Tenn.) March Marchers remembering the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King 35 years ago were joined Friday by anti-war demonstrators. Several hundred people marched more than a mile to Mason Temple, a church where King gave his "I have been to the mountaintop'' speech the night before he was killed.

1,700 GIs to combat Filipino rebels U.S. takes fight "against" terrorism to Southeast Asia --The United States will send more than 1,700 troops to the Philippines in the next few weeks to fight Muslim extremists in the southern part of the country, opening a new front in the fight against terrorism, Pentagon officials said Thursday. [Gee, two Vietnams at once... keep movin' that debt ceiling threshold, LOL! --Lori Price]

Arab-American engineer held without charges Intel engineer held 2 weeks in solitary without charges An Arab-American software engineer at Intel Corp. has been seized by FBI agents and jailed in solitary confinement for two weeks without charges, friends say. "They haven't even questioned him once in the entire two weeks," said Steven McGeady, a former Intel executive who was Maher Hawash's boss. ["...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]

States put a leash on information Nearly half the states are closing meetings, sealing records and restricting the flow of information to the public, all in the name of homeland suckyourity.

Surveillance System in New York for Early Warning of Disease Patterns Public health experts call the New York City's Syndromic Surveillance System the most advanced early warning system for possible disease outbreaks in the country.

ACLU urges recall of religious AIDS pamphlet The American Civil Liberties Union asked the Department of Health Thursday to remove some AIDS education brochures from circulation because they are full of Biblical messages.

GOP Trying to Eliminate Overtime The nation's overtime pay law took another hit today as a House panel approved legislation that would let employers offer paid time off instead. Business groups, emboldened by complete Republican control of Congressa and federal executive branch, are pressing the Bush dictatorship to rewrite the labor law requiring employers to pay an hourly rate of time-and-a-half to some workers logging more than 40 hours a week.

Economy Lost 108,000 Jobs, Raising Worries of Recession The job market continued to deteriorate in March as the economy lost 108,000 jobs, raising worries that the United States is closer to slipping into a recession than it has been for more than a year.

The poetry of D. H. Rumsfeld (Satire) Dubious verse by the secretary of defense --Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is an accomplished man. Not only is he guiding the war in Iraq, he has been a pilot, a congressman, an ambassador, a businessman, and a civil servant. But few Americans know that he is also a poet.

Deal to sell water all wet, critics charge UMM QASR, Iraq - The U.S. military came up with a solution yesterday for the penniless people of this port town begging for water: Sell it. [The crux of "Operation Iraqi Freedom", LOL if it wasn't so pathetic. One can see why Le Monde polls have a full one third of the population hoping for an Iraqi victory. --Lori Price]

Bush approves use of tear gas in battlefield Weapons experts fear violation of law --Dictator George W. Bush has authorized American military forces to use tear gas in Iraq, the Pentagon says, a development that some weapons experts said could set up a conflict between American and international law.

Anger as US forces take over schools United States Special Forces have taken up positions in three secondary schools in a densely populated residential area of a northern Iraq city - seemingly in breach of US policy.

Bombs Fall On Babylon They lie in packed wards, eight to each airless room. Many are crying. Others softly moaning. Some stare, as if lifeless. These are the survivors of what are claimed to be cluster bomb attacks on villages in Babylon and its capital Al Hillah, some 70 miles south of Baghdad.

Kerry says US needs its own 'regime change' Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that Dictator Bush committed a ''breach of trust'' in the eyes of many United Nations members by going to war with Iraq, creating a diplomatic chasm that will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.

Jordan's king says war is 'invasion' Jordan's King Abdullah II Wednesday described the U.S.-led war on Iraq as an "invasion" and the Iraqis killed by coalition forces as "martyrs."

Rep. Conyers Seeks Disclosures of Pentagon Advisers A top congressional Democrat asked on Tuesday to see the financial disclosure forms of the 30 members of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and records from past meetings of the panel that advises the U.S. military.

Rumsfeld 'resisting' Powell's Iraq team A US official told The Times that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, was resisting State Department appointments to the administration-in-waiting, at least one of whom is already in Kuwait.

Pentagon gets tough in fight over post-war vision of Iraq The Pentagon is blocking US State Department involvement in forming a new Iraqi authority as part of a bitter dispute within the Bush dictatorship that threatens to leave post-W-ar plans in disarray.

U.S., Allies Clash Over Plan for US to Manage Iraq's Oil Industry After W-ar The Defense Department is pressing ahead with plans to temporarily ["temporarily?!? Yeah, right!] manage Iraq's oil industry after the war and to use the proceeds to rebuild the country, creating a conflict with U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East, according to diplomats and industry experts.

EU: No role in post-war Iraq without U.N. The European Union will play no major role in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq without a new U.N. resolution, the EU presidency Thursday told U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Blair at odds with US over Syria and Iran threats Differences between London and Washington over the future of the Middle East intensified yesterday when Tony Blair implicitly condemned the Pentagon's bellicose language against Syria and Iran.

Pentagon tries to lower expectations as troops near Iraqi capital As U.S. forces are approximately 20 miles outside Baghdad, the Pentagon sought Wednesday to lower expectations that the Iraqi capital could be taken quickly or easily. [Oh, no worries. My expectations can't possibly get any lower. --Lori Price]

US forces nowhere near Baghdad says Iraqi govt spokesman US forces are nowhere near Baghdad or its main airport, but remain trapped in combat with Iraqi resistance in every major town, Iraq's Information Minister Mohamed Said Al-Sahhaf said.

U.S. troops drive within sight of Baghdad U.S. forces fought to within sight of the Baghdad skyline 20 miles away Wednesday, seizing key bridges and shattering two divisions of the Iraqi Republican Guard as they thrust north from two directions - the Army from the southwest, Marines from the southeast.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 shot down in Iraq Iraq shot down a U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet with a surface-to-air missile, military officials said.

Army Black Hawk shot down in southern Iraq; 7 killed A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in southern Iraq on Wednesday, killing seven of the 11 soldiers aboard, Pentagon officials said.

Witnesses say U.S. tank fired at them without warning, causing deaths and injuries in Hillah Bassem Hawky lost his right arm when, he says, a U.S. tank fired on a bus that he and his family were riding in. But he worries more for his 10-year-old son, who lost both arms and is now fighting for his life. "We saw a column of U.S. tanks and when we got close to a the first tank, which flew the American flag, it fired on us without any warning," he said, speaking at the Hillah Hospital where his son is in the intensive care unit. "That Bush has no mercy, faith, or humanity," Hawky said.

Turkey lets US supplies move but bars troops Just hours after Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, met his Turkish counterpart yesterday the Americans began moving more than 200 military vehicles from Turkey into northern Iraq.

Iraq Vote Relieves S.Korea's Roh, Angers Protesters South Korea's president thanked parliament on Thursday for agreeing to send troops to Iraq, but the country's most militant union vowed bigger protests and two groups sought to have the deployment declared unconstitutional.

Heavy U.S. Air Strikes Pound Taliban Positions U.S. warplanes have launched heavy air strikes in support of hundreds of Afghan militiamen battling Taliban fighters in the southwest of the country, Afghan and U.S. officials said on Thursday. [Looks like the Idiot Usurper is trying to wage a W-ar on two fronts, and you know how *that* typically concludes, <g>. --Lori Price]

U.S. forces in Afghanistan come under rocket attack; U.S. Humvee hits anti-tank mine Unidentified assailants fired rockets at two U.S. bases in Afghanistan and an American Humvee vehicle struck an anti-tank mine, but no casualties were reported in any of the incidents, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Washington’s quiet war in Colombia 3 more U.S. contractors die in operations vs. drugs, rebels --While world attention is focused on the conflict in Iraq, the United States is also deeply, and quietly, involved in a battle in the jungles of Colombia. In that conflict, Washington employs a small army of private contractors who assist Colombia’s government in its fight with leftist rebels and drug lords.

Arafat plays key role in release of Newsday men in Iraq Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat was instrumental in gaining the release of two Newsday reporters covering the war in Iraq and jailed there for eight days without trace. According to the editor of Newsday, Arafat played a pivotal role in locating and winning the release of the two men.

Al-Jazeera Site Among Most Sought-After In spite of being mostly knocked offline, the Web site of Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera was among the most sought-after on the Internet last week.

National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Relieved of Command for Streaking on Base A National Guard battalion commander is being relieved of his command for running naked outside the barracks at Fort Bragg.

Kuwaitis Say They Confessed Under Duress Two Kuwaiti Muslims, accused of providing weapons to a man who allegedly killed an American contractor and wounded another in January, told a court Wednesday they confessed under duress.

KGB Russian Head-Hired by Homeland Security The former head of the KGB (the secret police of the former Soviet Union), General Yevgeni Primakov, has been hired as a consultant by the US Department of Homeland Suckyourity. Do you think he will share his expertise in "security" to prepare US citizens for domestic internal passports under the pretense of fighting the never-ending "War on Terrorism"?

Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorists An Oregon anti-terrorism bill would jail street-blocking protesters for at least 25 years in a thinly veiled effort to discourage anti-war demonstrations, critics say.

Minnesota governor considers fees for protesters who get arrested Critic calls idea 'un-American' --Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is considering a proposal that would require demonstrators who get arrested to foot a portion of the bill for the time it takes police to place them in custody.

HEAVE the media Humans Everywhere Against Violence Eternally (HEAVE) unexpectedly struck at the New York Faux News headquarters and CNN on Tuesday, April 1, 2003. A group of 12 snacked on homemade blueberry, cherry and apple pies before they emptied their stomachs on the sidewalk of Rupert Murdoch's Faux News Corp at 48th and 6th ave. and CNN at 49th. Tuesday's campaign was entitled "Operation G.I. Tract Freedom". [Mega barf alert for Faux and CensoringNewsNetwork!]

Stars learn cost of anti-war opinion American actors and musicians are discovering that openly criticising the war can have a hefty price tag.

Republican Urges Unpaid Cop, Firefighter Overtime Powerful Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens suggested yesterday that New York's cops and firefighters should work overtime without pay as a wartime sacrifice. [!?! Maybe Halliburton should actually *pay*some*taxes* as a 'wartime sacrifice'. The GOP consists of 'Economic Chickenhawks', as well! --Lori Price]

Tax Evasion Is Charged in U.S. Inquiry Into Oil Deals A former senior executive of the Mobil Oil Corporation was charged yesterday with evading taxes on a $2 million kickback as prosecutors broadened accusations of corruption involving American executives and Kazakhstan officials over oil deals.

Two Former Enron Broadband Executives Arraigned on Fraud Charges Two former midlevel Enron executives pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges related to an alleged scheme that generated $111 million in fake earnings with the bankrupt energy company's failed attempt to start an Internet movie-on-demand service.

Jobless Claims Soar to Highest Level in Nearly a Year New claims for unemployment benefits shot up last week to their highest point in nearly a year as businesses made work forces leaner amid a muddled wartime economic climate.

Deadly virus effortlessly hops species A single genetic change could have created the deadly virus that has killed over 50 people and infected more than 1,600, a new study suggests. The result strengthens the idea that the SARS coronavirus might have arisen when an animal and human virus met and swapped genes, says the study's lead scientist, Peter Rottier of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Five Pennsylvanians suspected of having mystery virus A Philadelphia doctor is among five Pennsylvanians suspected of having had sudden acute respiratory syndrome, a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds of people in east Asia.

Switzerland Documents U.S.-British War Crimes In Iraq 13 days after the launch of U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Swiss Foreign Ministry has decided to document U.S.-British war crimes against Iraqi civilians on a separate section within its website. *update: Foreign ministry abandons Iraq victims' list (April 2) The Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, has abandoned plans to publish on the Internet a list of civilian casualties of the war in Iraq.

Bush, Blair banned entry to Church of Nativity The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, has barred US Dictator George Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair from ever entering the shrine.

No 'Smoking Gun' Hit on Ansar al-Islam Camp Finds No Signs of Chemical Weapons --U.S. Special Forces troops went on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in northeastern Iraq today but came up empty handed. [That's OK. The CIA has *plenty* of time to plant some with some loyal "embeds" like Bob Arnot looking on, or just dig up the WMDs Rumsfeld sold to Iraq in the late 1980's. --Lori Price]

Democrat Calls for End to War in Speech Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich took his anti-war campaign to the House floor Tuesday, calling for an end to the fighting in Iraq to allow weapons inspectors to return.

One in three French wants President Hussein to win A poll in Le Monde showed that only a third of the French felt that they were on the same side as the Americans and British, and that another third desired outright Iraqi victory over "les anglo-saxons".

US Commander Refers to Fleeing Iraqis As 'Cockroaches' The battle at Diwaniya ...A .50-caliber machine gun atop a tank rakes the Iraqis, killing several and sending more fleeing into the surrounding countryside. "It was like turning a light on and watching the cockroaches scurrying," remarks Lt. Col. B.P. McCoy, the battalion commander. The column continues past mud huts and small farms.

US planes shot peaceniks: Iraq US warplanes attacked two buses bringing American and European peace activists to Baghdad from neighbouring Jordan, Iraq said on Tuesday.

U.S. strikes hit Baghdad maternity hospital U.S. aircraft have hit a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad, killing several people and wounding at least 25, hospital sources and a Reuters witness say. ["Operation Iraqi Freedom" is actually "Operation Illegal Immoral Bloodbath". Bush is an international war criminal --Lori Price]

'Dozens' of bodies seen after helicopter attack: Red Cross Red Cross workers saw the bodies of dozens of people — including women and children — at a town south of Baghdad where Iraqi officials claim U.S. helicopters attacked a residential neighbourhood, the International Red Cross reported today.

Children killed in US assault Dozens of Iraqi villagers were killed and injured in a ferocious American air and land assault near the Iraqi city of Babylon, hospital officials in the town said yesterday.

You just killed a family, the officer yelled Amerika yesterday stood by the actions of soldiers who shot dead at least seven Iraqi women and children when their vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint. A Washington Post reporter at the scene disputed the official death total, saying 10 people had been killed, including five children. He also said the American officer in charge of the checkpoint had accused his men of failing to fire warning shots early enough.

US Marines turn fire on civilians at the bridge of death --by Mark Franchetti, Nasiriya "Amid the wreckage I counted 12 dead civilians, lying in the road or in nearby ditches. All had been trying to leave this southern town overnight, probably for fear of being killed by US helicopter attacks and heavy artillery."

Iraqis Delirious with Grief After Missile Attack Almost every house in Baghdad's poor al-Shula neighborhood had a horror story to tell on Saturday after death rained from the night sky... People described horror scenes of dismembered bodies littering the streets. Survivors said most of those killed were so poor they had risked their lives to use a lull in the U.S.-British strikes to set up their stalls to try to make a living.

IRAQ: New Fears from Depleted Uranium New fears have arisen over the long-term damage that can result from use of depleted uranium in the Anglo-American forces' attacks on Iraq.

Captured Iraqi militia fighters may be sent to Guantanamo Bay Hundreds face trip to al-Qaida suspects' camp --US military officials have admitted they may send some of the prisoners captured in the Iraq war to the American detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

War will produce 100 Bin Ladens, says Mubarak Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said yesterday the war on Iraq would produce "one hundred new bin Ladens", driving more Muslims to anti-Western militancy.

Stocks Soar on Military Advance [Sickko US Culture: While maternity hospitals in Iraq are bombed, it's good to know the NASDAQ has recouped.] Stocks sprinted higher in early morning on Wednesday as U.S.-led forces thrust toward Baghdad.

American Forces Drive Toward Iraqi Capital 2nd Iraqi Division Has Taken a Severe Mauling, Pentagon Says --American forces, which crossed the Tigris River in the drive toward the Iraqi capital, destroyed the Baghdad Division of Iraq's Republican Guard, the United States Central Command here said today.

Big push for Baghdad begins American troops were engaged in a major battle with Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard early today as the Anglo-American advance towards Baghdad was resumed.

Battle For Baghdad Imminent Troops cross red line around Saddam fortress --The defining land battle of Gulf War Two was said to be "imminent" last night as ground forces moved on Baghdad.

Baghdad will be near impossible to conquer --by Simon Jenkins "An astonishing event is about to happen. For the first time in modern history a city with the population of London is preparing to resist assault from a land army. The outcome of such a struggle is wholly imponderable. Cities hate soldiers... In Baghdad the coalition forces confront a city apparently determined on resistance. They should remember Napoleon in Moscow, Hitler in Stalingrad, the Americans in Mogadishu and the Russians at Grozny.

Iraq Is Planning Protracted War The Iraqi defense minister suggested tonight that Iraq was now pursuing a protracted war with stepped-up guerrilla tactics that would carry into the summer, when soaring temperatures would sap the American will to fight.

Straw: UK will not attack Syria or Iran Britain would have "nothing whatever" to do with military action against Syria or Iran, the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, signalled today.

Syria, Iran not potential coalition targets: Britain Foreign secretary downplays fears of widening war --Britain would not join in any military action against Iran or Syria, and does not believe the United States has any intention to do so after the war in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said today.

BBC cameraman killed in Iraq The BBC cameraman Kaveh Golestan has died while covering the war in Iraq after stepping on a mine.

U.S. Military Detains, Beats and Threatens to Kill Four Foreign Journalists in Iraq A Democracy Now! interview with Israeli reporter "Amy Goodman: The international press watch group Reporters Without Borders has accused the US and British coalition forces in Iraq of displaying contempt for journalists covering the conflict who are not embedded with troops. The criticism comes after a group of four 'unilateral' or roving reporters revealed how they were arrested by US military police as they slept near a US unit a hundred miles south of Baghdad and were held overnight. They described their ordeal as the worst 48 hours of their lives. ...US military police seized the journalists outside their base, detained them even though they were carrying international press cards."

Four journalists missing in Iraq, including a former Gore photographer, send word they are all right Two Newsday journalists and two freelance photographers who were missing for more than a week in Iraq sent word Tuesday that they were safe and had left the country. A sister of one of the journalists said he told her that they had been imprisoned but were treated well.

War toll: journalists killed, missing and held in Iraq

Pentagon seeks to oust Rivera for drawing map Faux Network says Geraldo out of Iraq after divulging troop location --The Pentagon said Tuesday that Faux had agreed to remove Rivera from his posting with U.S troops in Iraq.

Halliburton Wants Secondary Contractor Role in Iraq Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company has decided not to enter a controversial bidding process open only to a few experienced and well-connected firms for major Iraq reconstruction projects. Instead, Halliburton Co. will focus on becoming a secondary contractor. Officials of the Houston-based company would not say whether the decision was related to questions of favoritism and cronyism concerning the firm.

First blows hit US economy The war on Iraq is already beginning to affect the health of the US economy, research shows.

The War's Dirty Secret: It's About Changing United States, Not Iraq --by Steve Lopez "The effort to turn Iraq into a democracy, in other words, is making the U.S. less of one. Our opposition party has disappeared, corporate interests dictate public policy, and the feds may be rummaging through your e-mail. There's a dirty secret no one has told you, and here it is: This war is not about changing Iraq, it's about changing America." [a must read]

Iraq War Lingo 101 Confused by the military terminology, slogans, acronyms, jargon being used in reporting on the 'war' against Iraq? Help is at hand. "Operation Iraqi Liberation: alternative name of US military action, but dropped from consideration because of obvious implication of acronym (OIL)"

Anti-war Italian Satellite Channel Launched Many people are now tuning in to a new anti-war Italian satellite channel, which covers the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The satellite channel also launched a website, www.nowartv.it, to spread its message all over the world.

Italian Anti-war Protesters Torch Ford Cars In another day of global anti-war demonstrations, Italian protesters torched around a dozen Ford cars at a showroom in western Rome to voice opposition to the U.S.-led war against Iraq, Italian police reported Friday, March 28. A banner declaring "Sabotage the Imperialist War" was left at the scene of the fire.

US nuns say they wanted to protect Iraqi children Three Catholic nuns wanted to protect the children of Iraq with a "symbolic disarmament" when they trespassed on a missile silo in northern Colorado last year, one of the sisters told a court on Tuesday. If convicted, the women face a prison sentence of up to 30 years and fines of up to $250,000.

Teachers placed on leave over war posters Two high school teachers said Tuesday they have been placed on leave for refusing to remove pro and anti war-related student artwork posted in their classrooms. One of the anti-war signs in question was written by an Afghani student who has had family members killed in U.S.-led bombings in Afghanistan.

Star's engagement cancelled over war stance Susan Sarandon has hit back at a charity that cancelled her appearance in response to criticism over her opposition to the war in Iraq.

A Red-Blue Terror Alert --by Paul Krugman "...less than 48 hours after the atrocity [9-11 terrorist attacks], Congressional Republicans tried to exploit the event to pass a cut in the capital gains tax... Even in the first months after Sept. 11, Republican lawmakers made it clear that they would not support any major effort to rebuild or even secure New York."

Citizen's rights trampled by FBI --by Steven McGeady (Letter to The Oregonian) "I was shocked to read that Maher Mofied 'Mike' Hawash... was 'detained' by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, apparently because of donations he made more than three years ago... I think many of your readers would be surprised to learn that our government can detain indefinitely a U.S. citizen, especially one with a wife, three children, a job and deep roots in our community. 'Material witnesses' such as Hawash are being held in maximum-security federal prisons, despite the fact that they are charged with no crime."

Wait until AshKKKroft learns of this one: Hong Kong sends SARS victims to quarantine camps --Hong Kong invoked a colonial-era law Tuesday to quarantine more than 240 people in "countryside vacation camps" [?!? Yeah, right!], part of redoubled efforts to halt the spread of a mysterious flu-like illness that has killed at least 64 people around the world.

SARS scare forces quarantine of jet in California An American Airlines flight from Tokyo was quarantined on the tarmac at San Jose's airport Tuesday after four people on board complained of symptoms like those reported from the mysterious new illness spreading through Asia, airline and city health officials said. *update: False SARS alarm aboard U.S.-bound jet (April 2) Fears that the fast-moving respiratory ailment known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, had broken out aboard an American Airlines flight from Tokyo were found to have been a false alarm Tuesday, but not before the aircraft and its passengers were detained for more than two hours in a safe corner of the San Jose airport.

Justices Rule H.M.O.s Can Be Forced to Open Networks The Supreme Court today unanimously upheld a law credited by its supporters with giving patients a much broader choice of doctors and hospitals from which to choose.

Texas Court Acts to Clear 38, Almost All Black, in Drug Case Conceding that they had made a catastrophic mistake in relying solely on the uncorroborated testimony of an undercover officer, prosecutors moved today to overturn the convictions of 38 people, almost all of them black, who were caught in a series of drug arrests in 1999 that tore this town apart.

Politician Urges Bush War Crimes Trial The United Nations must try Dictator Bush and his allies as war criminals, a top Indonesian politician demanded Monday as protesters elsewhere denounced the war in Iraq as illegal and voiced concern for its victims.

Rumsfeld denies U.S. in talks to end war Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld denied on Tuesday that the United States is negotiating an end to war with Iraq. "The only thing the coalition will discuss with this regime is their unconditional surrender," he said.

Rumsfeld's advisors are Pentagon contractors Members of a panel that advises Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld work for companies that do business with the Pentagon, including World Airways Inc, which flies troops to the Persian Gulf, and Alliant Techsystems Inc, the biggest maker of ammunition for US forces. [Holy conflict of interest, Batman! It is time for the Bush coup and all of its manifestations, to exit... stage left. --Lori Price]

US draws up secret plan to impose new regime on Iraq A disagreement has broken out at a senior level within the Bush dictatorship over a new government that the US is secretly planning in Kuwait to rule Iraq in the immediate period after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Under the plan, the government will consist of 23 ministries, each headed by an American.

After war in Iraq, Bush to halt nuclear weapons program in Iran When war ends in Iraq, the Bush dictatorship will give "extremely high priority" to halting a secret nuclear weapons program in neighboring Iran, a senior regime official said Monday.

It will end in disaster The US and British governments have dragged us into a mess that will last for years --by George Monbiot "...while no one can now ignore the immediate problems this illegal war has met, we are beginning, too, to understand what should have been obvious all along: that, however this conflict is resolved, the outcome will be a disaster."

Half of Basra Lacks Water, EU Says Half of the people in the besieged southern Iraqi city of Basra lack water, the European Commission said yesterday.

Non-Combat Losses Break Records (Pravda) "The battle in Iraq continues, and to all appearances, it’s going to be even more severe, which in its turn will entail more losses on both parties of the conflict. But as it’s stipulated by the realities of a propaganda war, neither Iraq nor the US/UK coalition command will report the exact figure of losses. Especially because the allied troops are already in a great mess they have made themselves."

 

U.S. kills scores of Iraqis near Baghdad U.S. Marines waged a firefight with Iraqi forces Tuesday in and around the town of Diwaniyah, killing up to 90 Iraqis and taking at least 20 prisoners, according to reports from the field.

Battle for Baghdad looms; Saddam calls for holy war, Iraq says U.S-led forces battled and bombed Iraqi troops across a large arc south of Baghdad on Tuesday in anticipation of a move against the capital. A Saudi suggestion that Saddam Hussein step down got a pungent reply from Iraq's vice president: "Go to hell." [Shocking and Awesome!]

Raytheon Cruise Missile Killed 60 in Baghdad Market on Friday It has emerged the explosion in a Baghdad market which killed more than 60 people last Friday was indeed caused by a cruise missile and not an Iraqi anti-aircraft rocket as the US has suggested. A metal fragment found at the scene by British journalist Robert Fisk carried various markings, including "MFR 96214 09". This is a manufacturer's identification number known as a "cage code". Cage codes can be researched (www.gidm.dlis.dla.mil), and keying in the number 96214 traces the fragment back to a plant in McKinney, Texas, owned by the Raytheon Company.

Bush, Blair Excommunicated: Church Of The Nativity Spokesman of the Orthodox Church in the Holy Lands, archimandrite Attallah Hanna declared that U.S. Dictator George Bush, his Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, British Premier Poodle Tony Blair, his Foreign Minister Jack Straw have all been deprived from visiting the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. "...leaders of the invading states did not listen to the church, and hence, we deem them excommunicates and perverted," Hanna stated.

Anger at 'Guantanamo prisoners plan' Reports that Iraqi paramilitaries may be taken to the American prison [concentration] camp in Guantanamo Bay as "illegal combatants" angered human rights groups today.

'The Yank opened up. He had absolutely no regard for human life. He was a cowboy out on a jolly' Three wounded British soldiers described yesterday how they survived a terrifying attack by an American anti-tank aircraft that killed one of their troop and destroyed two armoured vehicles. [I think they are actually describing Dictator Bush... --Lori Price]

Victim's Dad Hits at Bush The father of a US marine yesterday blamed George Bush for his son's death. Fernando Suarez de Solar said US officials had refused to give his family any details on how 20-year-old Lance Corporal Jesus died other than it was at Nassiriya. He said: "President [sic] Bush hasn't shown that this war is necessary. He has shown that this war is for the US to have the oil."

Terror tactics blamed for checkpoint deaths Allied commanders blamed Iraq's "tactics of terrorism" after US troops opened fire on two civilian cars approaching checkpoints, killing at least eight civilians, including women and children.

US Troops Kill Eight Iraqi Civilians at Roadblocks Edgy U.S. troops killed another Iraqi civilian in a checkpoint shooting on Tuesday, fueling Arab anger already roused by the roadblock deaths of seven women and children the previous day.

'You didn't fire a warning shot soon enough!' A journalist's account of the killing of a car full of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers differs widely from the official military version A US military spokesman says the soldiers motioned the vehicle to stop but their signals were ignored. However, according to the Washington Post, Captain Ronny Johnson, who was in charge of the checkpoint, blamed his own troops for ignoring orders to fire a warning shot. "You just [expletive] killed a family because you didn't fire a warning shot soon enough!", he reportedly yelled at them. In another checkpoint incident this morning, US forces say they killed an unarmed Iraqi driver outside Shatra.

7 Women and Children Killed by US Troops An investigation was launched tonight after US troops opened fire on a van carrying 13 Iraqi women and children, killing seven and wounding two others. [Well, the Bush Nazi dictatorship is showing its true colors. --Lori Price]

Seven killed in checkpoint incident Seven women and children were killed by US troops at a checkpoint in southern Iraq when their van would not stop as ordered.

Children die as US troops fire on van at checkpoint American troops killed seven Iraqi women and children yesterday when they opened fire on a van which "refused" to stop at a checkpoint.

Twenty civilians killed when raid hit farm Twenty people, including 11 children, were killed Saturday when a nighttime air raid hit a farm near Baghdad, relatives told AFP.

Burned Iraqi baby arrives in Britain for treatment An Iraqi baby who suffered serious burns in a fire at her home near the southern city of Basra arrived Monday in Britain for medical treatment, the Ministry of Defense said.

MP urges troops to disobey orders Antiwar Labour MP George Galloway has defended an interview in which he branded Tony Blair and George Bush as "wolves" for committing the "crime" of military action against Iraq. Mr Galloway is standing by his comments, arguing that the war is illegal - and urged British soldiers to refuse to obey "illegal orders."

Galloway Urges British Troops to Disobey Orders Anti-war Labour MP George Galloway today defended an interview in which he branded Tony Blair and George Bush as "wolves" for committing the "crime" of military action against Iraq.

Pentagon seeks to remove Rivera from Iraq The Pentagon said Tuesday it is asking Faux News Channel to remove Geraldo Rivera from a posting with U.S. troops in Iraq where he was accused of "disclosing unauthorized information". [Yeah, right. The lying maggots at the Pentagon don't want the truth told about the immoral and illegal Amerikan police massacre in Iraq. --Lori Price]

Former Gore Photographer Missing in Iraq An American journalist who was President Al Gore's photographer is missing in Iraq along with two other U.S. journalists taken from their Baghdad hotel, the photographer's family said on Monday. *update: Four journalists are OK (April 1)

Home of the Free: Arnett Joins Mirror Veteran newsman Peter Arnett sacked by Amerikan TV for telling the truth about the war is joining the Daily Mirror. He joins the Mirror on the day it was revealed that 8,700 bombs have rained down on Iraq in 12 days, including 3,000 missiles over the weekend.

Britain's Mirror Hires Fired Veteran Arnett Britain's Daily Mirror said on Tuesday it had hired veteran U.S reporter Peter Arnett, sacked by American TV network NBC after he told Iraqi television the U.S. war plan against Saddam Hussein had failed.

Pentagon Threatens to Fire on Independent Reporters in Iraq (March 10, 2003) The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."

This War is Not Working --by Peter Arnett "I am still in shock and awe at being fired. There is enormous sensitivity within the US government to reports coming out from Baghdad. They don't want credible news organisations reporting from here because it presents them with enormous problems."

CIA abandons defection lure for Iraqi leaders The CIA has stopped trying to persuade Iraqi generals and political leaders to defect after underestimating their "hatred" of Amerika. [LOL!]

War Puts Radio Giant on the Defensive Clear Channel finds itself fending off a new set of accusations: that the company is using its considerable market power to drum up support for the war in Iraq, while muzzling musicians who oppose it. Thirteen "Rally for America!" events held through last Friday were co-sponsored and promoted by local Clear Channel stations.

Madonna Pulls New Shock Video; Grenade Thrown at Bush AOLTIMEWARNER recording mogul Madonna late Monday shelved her shock video American Life -- a short which depicted American soldiers dressed as transvestites in a fashion show along with a scene of the star throwing a grenade at a Dictator Bush look-alike. "The video may still get aired this week throughout Europe," a WARNER BROS. source said late Monday.

North Korea test-fires ground-to-ship missile North Korea test-fired a ground-to-ship missile Tuesday morning, Japanese defense officials said.

Indonesia considers switch from dollar to euro Echoing a wider move away from the US dollar, the Indonesian government and the central bank, Bank Indonesia, may begin to use the euro in export-import transactions and foreign-exchange reserves.

Foley Constitutional Amendment Changes U.S. Citizenship Requirements 'America must stop giving away citizenship like free AOL hours.' (From the Office of Representative Mark Foley Florida, 16th District) Congressman Mark Foley (R-Maggot-Insane-FL) today re-introduced his amendment to the United States Constitution that would change U.S. citizenship requirements to "protect Americans from future acts of terror." [and further the objectives of the Bush Nazi police state].

Pennsylvania Guard Troops on Patrol in Wyoming Valley Pennsylvania National Guard troops were on patrol in Wilkes Barre Sunday, conducting "presence patrols" [?!?]. The patrols are part of a Homeland Suckyourity order to all armories in Pennsylvania to keep an eye on area buildings. [The United States is getting more like Nazi Germany every day... and you *know* what happens to empires that overextend themselves, such as Bush's Amerika, <g>. --Lori Price]

Using firewalls is about to become illegal Use a Firewall, Go to Jail --The states of Massachusetts and Texas (and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Tennessee, and Colorado) are preparing to consider bills that apparently are intended to extend the national Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The MA and TX bills would flatly ban the possession, sale, or use of technologies that "conceal from a communication service provider ...the existence or place of origin or destination of any communication".

HK Seals Off Apartment Block where Virus Cases Soar Hong Kong quarantined more than 200 people in a single apartment block and sealed the building on Monday to try to halt the spread of a mystery pneumonia that has killed nearly 60 people worldwide.

March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech --by Michael Rectenwald "A US arms trader, Jay Garner, will run Iraq after the invasion is complete and the occupation underway. But, we are told, this war is not about "bidness." It's about Liberation. We think it is about Liquidation! The nakedness of the power grab is indeed an extension of the naked grab for power that has characterized the Bush regime since the original coup in 2000." --Michael Rectenwald ***Listen to the speech here! ***

UN urged to hold a General Assembly meeting on Iraq The whole world was vociferous in opposition to war, but no action was taken to stop it, despite attempts by some nations to obtain a resolution from the UN General Assembly on the illegality of the US-led attack against Iraq. Meanwhile, the US is doing its utmost to block a General Assembly meeting.

Journalists lose Baghdad jobs Two well-known American reporters — Peter Arnett and Geraldo Rivera — took direct hits in the war with Iraq Monday, losing their berths covering the ongoing conflict.

Peter Arnett: U.S. war plan has 'failed' --The U.S. war plan has "failed," veteran war correspondent Peter Arnett told Iraqi TV in an interview that aired Sunday. "The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan," Arnett said. "Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces."

NBC Fires Peter Arnett Over Iraqi TV Interview American television network NBC said on Monday it had severed its relations with veteran reporter Peter Arnett after he told Iraqi television that the U.S. war plan against Saddam Hussein had failed. [A journalist is fired for telling the truth.]

NBC fires Peter Arnett after interview on Iraqi TV NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett today, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV in which he said the American-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Arnett called the interview a "misjudgment" and apologized.

NBC has fired journalist Peter Arnett after the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter told Iraqi TV that the US-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance. Do you think his comments were inappropriate? Actual Startribune poll, removed by 13:15 EST: "NBC has fired journalist Peter Arnett, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV in which he said the American-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance. What do you think? What should be done with Arnett now? Firing him is enough; Turn him over to U.S. authorities; Turn him over to Iraqi authorities; Try him in a U.S. military court; Keep him in the field, reporting the story [Ok, let us now strip all pretenses. The United States has become a Fascist police state, and we are under control of a Nazi regime. --Lori Price]

Knives come out for Rumsfeld [?!? LOL!] as the generals fight back Interfering style blamed for army setbacks --by Julian Borger "Whatever happens now, this has become 'Rumsfeld's war'. If Saddam Hussein's regime suddenly collapses, his superstar status from the Afghan war, when he proved the doubters wrong, will only be enhanced. If it slides into a gruelling slog, as coalition casualties climb into the hundreds, there is no doubt he will take the blame. [Is Rumsfeld becoming the fall-guy for the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel? I view the police action in Iraq as "Bush's W-ar", and the US is losing. --Lori Price]

Offense and Defense --by Seymour M. Hersh The battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon --"According to a dozen or so military men I spoke to, Rumsfeld simply failed to anticipate the consequences of protracted warfare... In the months leading up to the war, a split developed inside the military, with the planners and their immediate superiors warning that the war plan was dangerously thin on troops and matériel..."

Report: Rumseld Ignored Pentagon Advice on Iraq Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld repeatedly rejected advice from Pentagon planners that substantially more troops and armor would be needed to fight a war in Iraq, New Yorker Magazine reported.

Under fire: the architects of war Tony Blair suffered a backlash from senior Labour MPs over the war in Iraq yesterday when a former minister warned that the conflict could turn into another Vietnam.

U.S. officials concede they 'misjudged' Iraqi defections A three-month U.S. effort to persuade Iraq's generals and Baath Party leaders to surrender and oust Saddam Hussein is being scaled back after it failed to produce any significant defections, U.S. intelligence [? Intelligence?? Not!!] and military officials said.

Powell warns Syria and Iran US Secretary of State Colin Powell has issued a fresh warning to Iraq's neighbours, Syria and Iran, to stop supporting terrorism.

Back Off, Syria and Iran! --by Maureen Dowd "The incoherence of the battle plan — which some retired generals say is three infantry divisions short — has made the guts and stamina and ingenuity of American forces even more remarkable. Rummy was beginning to erase his fingerprints. 'The war plan,' he said, 'is Tom Franks's war plan.' Tommy, we hardly knew ye. Paul Wolfowitz, Rummy's deputy, conceded that the war planners may have underestimated the hardiness of the heartless Iraqi fighters. This admission is galling."

Syria's Assad: 'We will not wait' to be next U.S. target Syria, alarmed by the impending collapse of its neighbor and ally, has called for suicide missions against U.S. forces in Iraq.

Sergeant's suicidal act of war has struck fear into Allied hearts --by Robert Fisk "Sergeant Ali Jaffar Moussa Hamadi al-Nomani was the first Iraqi combatant known to stage a suicide attack. Not even during the uprising against British rule did an Iraqi kill himself to destroy his enemies. Nomani was also a Shia Muslim – a member of the same sect the Americans faithfully believed to be their secret ally in their invasion of Iraq.

Iraqi General Says 4,000 Volunteered for Suicide Attacks Gen. Hazem al-Rawi, a spokesman for the Iraqi armed forces, said today that 4,000 volunteers from 23 Arab countries stand ready to carry out suicide attacks against American forces.

3 US Marines Die in Copter Crash Three US Marines were killed and at least one injured when a UH-1 Huey transport helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, the Pentagon announced yesterday.

Infantry Attacks Baghdad Defense With First Probes American Marine and Army infantry units arrayed along a broad front south of Baghdad on Sunday made their first probing attacks against the Republican Guard division at Karbala, about 65 miles from the capital, after a week of heavy aerial bombardment on the Iraqi forces that guard the approaches to Saddam Hussein's stronghold.

Bombs shake centre of Baghdad Baghdad suffered another night of heavy bombing and a series of huge explosions reverberated through the city, igniting an inferno in the Iraqi ministry of information.

POWs or Terrorists? U.S. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said no decision had been made to designate any of the more than 4,000 Iraqi prisoners as unlawful combatants and send them to a prison [concentration] camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where Afghanistan peasants were incarcerated after the Afghanistan war.

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

Wounded British soldiers condemn US 'cowboy' pilot British soldiers injured when a US "tankbuster" aircraft attacked their convoy, killing one of their comrades, hit out angrily at the "cowboy" pilot today. Troops wounded in Friday's attack accused the A-10 Thunderbolt pilot of "incompetence and negligence" while others privately called for a manslaughter prosecution.

Another market massacre in Baghdad Last Friday, for the second time in two days, US missiles hit a busy market street in a working class district of Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of innocent civilians—the same slum dwellers that Dictator Bush and Prime Minister Blair had claimed would rise up to overthrow the Iraqi regime as soon as the war began. British journalist Robert Fisk refuted American and British claims that an Iraqi anti-aircraft missile was responsible for the carnage.

Baghdad Journal --by Wade Hudson "Our hotel shook like a San Francisco earthquake probably thirty or forty times. Often the bombs would hit one second after another for ten or fifteen minutes. The rolling thunder of the B-52s is an experience that I will never forget. And a number of times our building would shake even though we heard no bomb explode... It boggles the mind to realize how many bombs that they have at their disposal, to drop repeatedly as if it were nothing more than confetti."

British Soldiers Refuse to Fight Two British servicemen have been sent home from the Middle East after refusing to fight in the war against Iraq, The Sunday Times reported. They said they would refuse to fight because of the civilian casualties being caused by the US-British attack.

Nobel Prize Winner Blasts Bush's W-ar at Palm Beach Fundraiser After guests had been served chocolate mousse and berries, former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias took the mike and spent about 15 minutes lambasting the United States -- telling some 225 guests that hopes of peace had been dashed by Dictator Bush. The president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990, Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987 for drafting a peace plan in Central America.

Pittsburgh Indymedia news from March 30th demonstration (Michael Rectenwald was the first speaker at the rally.) Photos of Pittsburgh rally

Police pepper-spray protesters, arrest three (Pittsburgh) Swissvale and Edgewood police used pepper spray yesterday afternoon to break up an anti-war protest march as they ordered demonstrators from the middle of Braddock Avenue to the sidewalks. Three people were arrested, including at least one person who was on the sidewalk. Pittsburgh Police "officers" arrest anti-war demonstrator Gwendolyn Schmidt after she was pepper sprayed during a march Sunday, March 30, 2003, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh police use pepper spray on anti-war protesters after the protesters began an "unpermitted" [?!? How can a protest be "unpermitted?" They are de facto, permitted, by the US Constitution] march Sunday, March 30, 2003, in Pittsburgh.

Rightwing idiots at KDKA actually want to know (actual polling question on their home page: Do you think anti-war rallies/peace demonstrations should continue now that we're at war? [Duh! We don't stop adhering to the principles of the Constitution gist because a Dictatorial Weasel has stolen our democracy! --Lori Price]

Conservatives 'fed up' with protesters Dozens of flag-waving rallies for American troops in Iraq look like spontaneous, grass-roots gatherings. But many are orchestrated by conservative political groups [and the Clear Channel conglomerate], just as anti-war protests are led by peace groups and activists on the political left.

Insane and hateful N.Y. Post editorial, calling for Columbia professor to be gunned down: "Where's the Ohio National Guard when you really need it? Seriously? Hey, if a campus crank can wish for personal calamity to befall U.S. forces in Iraq, why not fantasize about a volley of Kent State-style militia musketry rattled off in his general direction? Not that Nicholas De Genova, an untenured prof of something or other at Columbia University, is worth the effort."

International protests against Iraq war continue over weekend The enormous opposition to the war against Iraq was evident again this weekend, as protests were held in numerous cities in the United States and internationally.

100,000 in Germany demonstrate for an immediate end to the war An estimated 100,000 joined protests, sit-ins and blockades throughout Germany on Saturday to demand an immediate end to the US/British war against Iraq.

Antiwar protests across Britain Demonstrations and rallies to protest the war against Iraq and Britain’s involvement in it were held across the UK on Saturday, March 29.

155 photos of French demonstration March 29, 2003

Australia: Thousands rally in Melbourne protest against war Antiwar protests continued in Australia last weekend with a 35,000-strong rally in Melbourne on March 29.

Anti-War on Iraq Rallies throughout Somalia Thousands of slogan-shouting demonstrators have taken to the streets of Somali cities to protest the US-led war on Iraq, media reports from Mogadishu said. Somalia’s Transitional National Government (TNG) President, Abdi Kassim Salad Hassan, has condemned the war, describing it as "naked aggression" on Iraq. He said he was praying for an Iraqi victory.

When in Doubt, Wave the Flag and Wag the Tail --by P.M. Carpenter "It shouldn't be the case that dissenting voices must preface their remarks with love-of-one's-country declarations, any more than it's the case that pro-war automatons don't feel the need to. In a sane world, only pro-war voices should be required to defend their advocacy of bloodletting versus the more peaceful status quo."

Idiot Usurper in Philadelphia Monday The Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel is coming to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with Tom Ridge. He will give a speech at the Coast Guard headquarters in Philly on homeland suckyourity, particularly port security to raise support for his war budget. [The Carlyle Group now owns CSX Transport. Since Bush has worked against any type of useful anti-terrrorism legistation for cargo ships, it should be easier for Bush to organize the next act of terrorism on US soil, as he is losing the W-ar in Iraq. Bush needs a new mass distraction. --Lori Price]

Undercutting the 9/11 Inquiry (The New York Times) "Reasonable people might wonder if the White House, having failed in its initial attempt to have Henry Kissinger steer the investigation, may be resorting to budgetary starvation as a tactic to hobble any politically fearless inquiry... The nation demands an unflinching 9/11 search. A forthright Congress could easily shake the money loose from the Capitol leadership."

Patriot Act 11 - the sequel Citizens can stop government power grab (The Miami Herald) "Warrantless surveillance. Secret arrests. Indefinite detention. Is this totalitarian Cuba? No, it's what the U.S. Justice Department is planning, based on legislation that Justice lawyers have been secretly drafting for months... No member of Congress, including those on key committees, was aware that the Justice Department was working on the 'Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003' -- or Patriot Act II, as it has been dubbed -- when a draft was leaked last month. That led to concerns that Justice intended to introduce the measure as a 'stealth bill,' at a time of high anxiety about national security, as happened with the original Patriot Act."

Airport watch for killer pneumonia Upgraded surveillance at Australian airports is being considered among tougher measures to reduce the risk of a lethal new pneumonia arriving in the country.

Police, army colluded to kill IRA suspects British police and army officers colluded with loyalist paramilitaries to murder Irish republicans in the 1980s and 1990s, an inquiry has concluded.

US arms trader to run Iraq Ex-general who will lead reconstruction heads firm behind Patriot missiles --Jay Garner, the retired US general who will oversee humanitarian relief and reconstruction in postwar Iraq, is president of an arms company that provides crucial technical support to missile systems vital to the US invasion of the country.

Man who would be 'king' of Iraq Jay Garner is the hawkish head of the Pentagon agency that will be handling lucrative reconstruction deals -- Jay Garner is closely linked with the group of hawks centred on US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who gave him his latest job), his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, who are as keen to bypass the UN in the aftermath of war as they were before it.

'Ex-presidents club' gets fat on conflict High-flying venture capital firm Carlyle Group cashes in when the tanks roll --For 15 years one of America's most powerful venture capital groups has tried to play down suggestions that its multi-billion dollar funds get fat on the back of global conflict. But now, with the invasion of Iraq under way, a new book chronicling the relatively short history of the Carlyle Group threatens to draw attention to the company's close links with the Pentagon.

UK pushes for a share of the spoils The UK government last week put pressure on the Bush dictatorship to include UK companies in its plans for reconstruction in a post-conflict Iraq.

Fury at Costain's 'bypass UN' advice British construction giant Costain is under severe pressure to retract comments by its chief executive urging the British government to 'bypass' United Nations efforts to reconstruct Iraq. On Friday, Costain chief Stuart Doughty told Reuters: 'If you go down the UN route, that means you go to the world to get the best price... [which is not only] political dynamite, but morally awful... Let's ensure that those who have been violently against this conflict don't share in the reconstruction.' His words sparked fury among humanitarian groups.

Arab Press Predicting Bloodbath Columnists Note Lack of Quick Victory --Arab columnists have started sounding shrill alarms warning of bloodbaths and massacres in Iraq, expressing dismay that the U.S.- and British-led war is not turning out to be as short as initially had been suggested.

Push Toward Baghdad Is Reaffirmed Dictator Bush yesterday encouraged his senior generals to keep their sights fixed on Baghdad despite the unexpectedly stiff resistance still plaguing allied forces far to the south of the Iraqi capital -- resistance that has some field commanders pleading for a new plan.

This gem from the Stupid-Is-As-Stupid-Does-Vietnam-Redux-Section: U.S. Mounts House-to-House Sweeps "It is a Vietnam-style environment with high tensions on both sides -- and, often, ambiguous results. U.S. troops walk through with weapons poised, unable to understand words spoken to them, detaining people they think might be shooting at them the next night, but often unsure if they get the right ones."

War's Military, Political Goals Begin to Diverge Ten days into the invasion of Iraq, the political imperative of waging a short and decisive campaign is increasingly at odds with the military necessity of preparing for a protracted, more violent and costly war, according to senior military officials.

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

Misfiring Tomahawks land in Saudi Arabia Some US Tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at Iraq have fallen on Saudi Arabia, forcing planners to suspend certain routes for launches, US military commanders say.

Turks shower U.S. soldiers with eggs, stones Turkish villagers showered U.S. soldiers with eggs and stones on Saturday when they arrived to recover pieces of a Tomahawk cruise missile which came down in eastern Turkey on Friday.

Special Search Operations Yield No Banned Weapons The [Anglo-American forces] teams set down at camouflaged structures believed to house chemical warheads, Scud missiles and eight-wheeled transporter-erector launchers, known as TELs. The mission turned up nothing. There were "no missiles, no TELs and no chemicals" where blueprints and scale-model terrain tables had directed the teams to look, one knowledgeable official said.

More Lies from the Bush regime: We have been had by the Pentagon!! "Today the Pentagon's press conference featured a video of an Iraqi young woman reading a letter from her cousin that was tortured in Iraq. The woman's name is Rania Rashi, she was born in Kuwait, and she is a student at Cambridge, and she doesn't wear a veil! Sunday morning saw Kashi touring TV studios admitting she had never been to Iraq, was born in Kuwait of Iraqi refugee parents and had arrived in Britain at the age of three months."

Iraqi Withdrawal in North Moves Kurds Closer to Key Oil Center Without firing a shot, Kurdish militiamen moved closer Saturday to the key prize of the north -- Kirkuk and its oil fields -- after Iraqi forces staged a sudden withdrawal to possibly plug defenses targeted by U.S. airstrikes. [Oh. I thought this was not a W-ar for oil? WHERE are the WMDs that Dictator Bush said that President Hussein was hiding??? --Lori Price]

During the past seven days of the war the US Navy detained all ships in the Persian Gulf going to Iraq under the US "Oil for Food" program. Since yesterday all these ships are being unloaded in Kuwait. Unloaded food is being delivered by the US military to Iraq and is being distributed as "American humanitarian aid" and as a part of the "rebuilding Iraq" program. These US actions have already cause a serious scandal in the UN. The US explained its actions by its unilateral decision to freeze all Iraqi financial assets, including the Iraqi financial assets with the UN. These assets the US now considers its property and will exercise full control over them. Captains of the detained ships have already called these actions by the US a "piracy."

US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush They may be the ones facing danger on the battlefield, but US soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for [nutcase] Dictator George W Bush. Thousands of marines have been given a pamphlet called "A Christian's Duty," a mini prayer book which includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House pledging the soldier who sends it in has been praying for Bush.

War in Iraq - a week of war According to the latest intercepted radio communications, the command of the Anglo-American group of forces near Karabela requested at least 12 more hours to get ready to storm the town. This delay is due to the much heavier losses sustained by the Anglo-American troops during the sand storms then was originally believed.

US denies Iraq campaign on hold Anglo-American forces' commanders maintain their campaign in Iraq has not paused, despite reports its frontline troops need up to six days to reinforce supply lines.

US ground troops prepare for assault on Baghdad After days of delay, US armoured units massed south of Baghdad are finalising plans for a decisive thrust toward the Iraqi capital within a week, commanders said.

Iraq claims Anglo-American forces' plane and helicopter shot down Iraqi forces have shot down a Harrier fighter and an Apache attack helicopter in central and southern Iraq respectively, Information Minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf said.

Truck hits US troops; 15 hurt AN attacker drove a truck into a group of American soldiers at the US base at Udairi overnight, injuring 15 people, US and Kuwaiti officials said.

Fierce bombing raids hit Baghdad US-led forces have mounted one of their fiercest air assaults yet on Baghdad, targeting the centre and outskirts of the city with repeated bombings that drew blasts of Iraqi anti-aircraft fire.

The "Shock and Awe" Photo Gallery (Warning - graphic)

U.S. Department of "Defense" online petition: "Send your Thanks To the U.S. Military" [for "Shock and Awe!"] The petition allows for your name and city. Happy signing!

Iraqi civilians feed hungry US marines Iraqi civilians fleeing heavy fighting have stunned and delighted hungry US marines in central Iraq by giving them food, as guerrilla attacks continue to disrupt coalition supply lines to the rear.

'Bring Our Troops Home' Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has denounced the war in Iraq as "bloody and unnecessary" and called on Tony Blair to bring Britain's troops home. And he warned that Britain and America risked stoking up a "long-term legacy of hatred" for the West across the Arab and Muslim world.

Cook calls for UK troop withdrawal Former foreign secretary Robin Cook today dramatically called on Tony Blair to bring Britain's troops home from Iraq. Mr Cook - whose resignation as Leader of the Commons was the most high-profile political protest against UK involvement in the war - denounced the campaign in Iraq as "bloody and unjust".

Resignation Letter from U.S. Diplomat Mary Wright's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell --Wright was most recently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. (March 19, 2003) "Military action now without UNSC agreement is much more dangerous for America and the world than allowing the UN weapons inspections to proceed and subsequently taking UNSC authorized action if warranted."

Human Shield News Email From Waratah (Rosemarie Gillespie, 22 March 2003 ), Baghdad. "Last night the United States bombarded Iraq with 1000 missiles. Three hundred and twenty of them hit Baghdad. One of them landed near the April 7 Water Treatment Plant where I am living...The United States, by firing the missile that landed so close to us last night, close to a Red Cross installation, has committed an act of criminal recklessness. These missiles are themselves clearly weapons of mass destruction, part of a huge arsenal of weapons of mass destruction ready to be hurled at Iraq, its people, and us."

Al-Jazeera Calls on US to Ensure Free Press [Good luck w. that one, LOL! The Bush-bought "embedded" US media is nothing but a Pentagon mouthpiece.] Banned on Wall Street and wiped off the Internet, Arab news channel Al-Jazeera defended its coverage of the Iraq war on Wednesday and demanded the United States come to its aid in the name of a free press. Al-Jazeera voiced concern after two of its reporters were banned from the New York Stock Exchange and its websites were hacked.

British Govt apologises for execution claim As the first British casualties in the Iraqi war were flown home today, Prime Minister Tony Blair was under attack for declaring that two British soldiers were executed by Iraqi forces after being taken prisoner.

Troops Who Won't Fight Sent Home A pair of British soldiers in the Gulf face up to two years' jail after refusing to fight.

US Navy's 'Flipper' goes AWOL Australian military divers yesterday questioned the effectiveness of the US Navy's mine-clearing dolphins [?!?], revealing one had disappeared for two days.

Takoma the dolphin is Awol The US Marines have suffered an embarrassment with reports last night that one of their most prized investigators may have defected. Takoma, the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin, had been in Iraq for 48 hours when he went missing on his first operation to snoop out mines. [That is great. What a brilliant dolphin! --Lori Price]

Two US soldiers killed in Afghan ambush Two US Special Forces soldiers were killed and one wounded when their convoy was ambushed in southwestern Afghanistan, the US military confirmed.

Protesters continue march against war Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators across the world have today once again taken to the streets to protest against the war in Iraq.

Tens of Thousands Around World Rally for Peace Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Boston to protest the war in Iraq, the latest in a wave of peace demonstrations that circled the globe on Saturday. In what officials and historians said was the biggest protest in Boston in at least 30 years, thousands chanted "This is what democracy looks like'' as they paraded through the elegant streets of America's education capital.

This is what Democracy looks like (huge Boston rally) Posted by samela "Finally, Boston pulled together for a huge rally and march today. I can't tell you how many because I don't know how to estimate crowds. But the very minimum was 10,000....it may be as many as 50,000. Kudos to Mayor Menino who opened the subways for free (ours was filled with other sign carriers!) and offered reduced-rate parking for the event. The 'T' conductors were even into it: 'Boylston Street--last stop for the Peace Rally!'"

Oscar winner targets Bush and bin Laden Fresh from his Oscar ceremony tirade against a 'fictitious President' fighting a 'fictitious war', documentary-maker Michael Moore has said he is setting his sights on the "alleged" links between former President George Bush senior and the Saudi family of Osama bin Laden. Although the bin Laden family has severed its ties with Osama, 'the senior Bush kept his ties with the bin Laden family up until two months after 11 September,' Moore claimed.

Dean Ends Polite Tone Among Democrats Howard Dean has brought an end to the polite public tone of the Democratic presidential primary by singling out John Kerry's position on Iraq.

CDC Telebriefing Transcript SARS Update --"DR. GERBERDING: ...we are concerned about the possibility of airborne transmission across broader areas and also the possibility that objects that become contaminated in the environment could serve as modes of spread."

CDC: Mystery illness spreads more easily than first thought The mystery illness that has sickened 1,550 people worldwide appears to spread more easily than was first thought, said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitals face tight control Staff don gowns, masks as police guard entrances --Police and security guards posted at hospital entranceways. Health-care workers gowned and masked for every patient in hospitals throughout the Toronto area. These are some of the measures provincial officials announced yesterday to further tighten control over hospitals in an attempt to contain the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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