April 2004 Archives, Page Two
Secret Service questions student on drawings (WA) Secret Service [SS] agents questioned a high school student about anti-war drawings he did for an art class, one of which depicted Dictator Bush's head on a stick. Another pencil-and-ink drawing portrayed Bush as a devil launching a missile, with a caption reading "End the war -- on terrorism." The 15-year-old boy's art 'teacher' [Nazi] at Prosser High School turned the drawings over to school 'administrators' [Nazis], who notified police, who called the Secret Service [Waffen-SS]. ..."If this 15-year-old kid in Prosser is perceived as a threat to the president [sic], then we are living in '1984.'" -- Kevin Cravens, friend of the unidentified boy's family [Kevin: Bush is not the president, but this *is,* unequivocally, 1984.]
[We call for this teacher's resignation. As an "art teacher," s/he is supposed to be encouraging, not squelching nor especially calling the POLICE on the budding young artists. For all we know, this student deserves an NEA grant.]
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Free Prosser --by Ken Schram "An art student was grilled by the Secret Service and punished by the school for sketches he made of his thoughts on the Iraq war. One 15-year-old turned in a sketch showing President [sic] Bush, dressed as a devil, launching a missile... Last week, Secret Service agents trekked out to Prosser and grilled the 15-year-old artist. They left without charging him with anything, but that didn't stop the school district from punishing the kid anyway. So, here's my question: When U.S. forces get finished bringing freedom to the people of Iraq, would it be possible for them to do the same thing for the people of Prosser?"
Students sent home again for wearing same-color T-shirts (WV) About 40 Capital High School students were sent home Monday after they wore light blue T-shirts to protest a warning not to wear similar colors at school. Last Friday, more than a dozen students were dismissed early after they banded together and wore pink T-shirts to school.
Calif. Man Wins $4.5 Million in Police Retaliation Suit A California man who was repeatedly ticketed after he lodged a complaint about a highway patrolman was awarded $4.5 million after a jury found that police had targeted him for retaliation, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
State's Prisons Declare a Crisis (CA) Department enacts emergency measures to cope with overcrowding, angering lawmakers. The state prison system has declared a state of emergency and begun triple-bunking prisoners in two-person cells in response to an increase in the number of inmates, which is approaching historical highs.
High Lead Found in Boston Area Water EPA-State Decision Influenced by D.C. Utility's Handling of Contamination --Federal and state regulators ruled yesterday that the drinking water delivered to 2.5 million customers in the Boston region has lead levels above the acceptable national standard, a decision prompted in part by lead problems in the District's water supply.
Warns on Climate Change As Threat Prime Minister Tony Blair
said Tuesday that the threat of climate change was the most pressing
long term issue facing the world and reaffirmed Britain's commitment
to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
[...Ya' think? RECORD
EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD
US sets limits to Iraqi self-rule The US has warned that the new government due to take power in Iraq on 1 July will have to delegate some of its powers to the dictatorship. Secretary of State Colin Powell said it was important that occupation troops continued to operate under US command. ["There ought to be limits to freedom." --Dictator George W. Bush, May 21, 1999]
10 U.S. Contractors in Iraq Penalized Ten companies with billions of dollars in U.S. contracts for Iraq reconstruction have paid more than $300 million in penalties since 2000 to resolve allegations of bid rigging, fraud, delivery of faulty military parts and environmental damage. The two largest government contractors in Iraq, Bechtel Corp. and Halliburton Co., have paid several penalties in the past three years. The contracts are legal because the Bush dictatorship repealed regulations put in place by the Clinton administration that would have allowed officials to bar new government work for companies convicted or penalized during the previous three years.
KBR Denies Withholding News on Iraq Hostages Texas company Halliburton, denying a published report it was withholding information from relatives of four workers kidnapped in Iraq, said on Monday it was keeping in touch with the missing employees' families.
Occupation issues Najaf ultimatum Baghdad blast kills 2 U.S. soldiers --'Top' occupation officials Monday issued an ultimatum to Iraqi insurgents in Najaf, warning them to immediately remove stockpiles of weapons from holy sites or face military action.
Heavy fighting erupts in Falluja US attack helicopters and planes have bombed targets in the Iraqi city of Falluja where resistance fighters engaged marines just hours after a truce extension. Resistance fighters attacked in the north of the city just before noon, sparking a two-hour battle in which one marine died and eight were wounded, the US said.
2 GI's Killed in Iraq Blast in WMD [Planting] 'Search' An explosion leveled part of a building as U.S. troops searched it for suspected [planting?] "chemical munitions" on Monday, an American general said. Two soldiers were killed and five wounded, and a cheering mob of Iraqis looted their wrecked Humvees, taking away weapons, a helmet and a bandolier.
The Lasting Wounds of War Roadside Bombs Have Devastated Troops and Doctors Who Treat Them --More and more in Iraq, combat surgeons say, the wounds involve severe damage to the head and eyes -- injuries that leave soldiers brain damaged or blind, or both, and the doctors who see them first struggling against despair.
New Iraqi Flag Meets With Public Disapproval The new national flag, presented Monday after an artistic competition sponsored by the Iraqi Governing Council, appears to have met with widespread public disapproval here -- in part because of its design and in part because of the increasing unpopularity of the U.S.-appointed council. In interviews in several Baghdad neighborhoods, a variety of residents expressed strong negative reactions to the flag, which was reproduced in most daily newspapers. In particular, people objected to the pale blue color of the crescent and stripes, saying it was identical to the dominant color in the flag of Israel.
Military Affirms TV Cover Ban on Iraq Coffins A ban on media access to coffins of killed American soldiers as they are transferred to U.S.-bound aircraft at an airbase in Germany will stay in place despite calls to relax the rules, officials said Monday.
British Ex-Diplomats Assail Blair on Mideast In a rebuke of British and American policy in the Middle East, 52 former ambassadors and senior government officials signed a letter on Monday criticizing Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair for his unflinching support for the Bush regime's approach to occupied Iraq and to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Protesters' Court Fight A judge will this week decide if the legality of the W-ar in Iraq can be challenged in a British court. Five activists who tried to disarm B52 bombers in the build-up to the war argue that they acted to stop an illegal conflict.
Roadside Bomb Injures Marines in Afghanistan Three Marines were injured, one seriously, when a roadside bomb detonated alongside their convoy April 24 near the village of Daylanor in Kandahar province.
US builds new Afghan airbase The US military is building a new airbase in south-eastern Afghanistan, in a remote desert area near the border with Pakistan.
Al-Qaeda [al CIAduh] chemical attack foiled Jordan foiled a chemical attack linked to al-Qaeda al-CIAduh against the intelligence services with trucks loaded with 20 tonnes of explosives that could have killed 80,000 people, security officials said today.
Cheney Secrecy Case Goes to High Court A nearly three-year fight over privacy in White House policy-making is going before a Supreme Court known for guarding its own secrecy. Justices were being asked by the Bush dictatorship Tuesday to let it keep private the records of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's work on a national energy strategy.
Scalia scoffs at notion that he's biased toward Cheney inJustice Antonin Scalia won't be sitting out the dispute over whether Vice pResident Cheney must disclose internal documents from the task force that helped shape the Bush regime's energy policy. Scalia recently rejected a request by the Sierra Club, one of the groups suing Cheney, to recuse himself because of a duck-hunting trip he took with Cheney to Louisiana in January — three weeks after the high court agreed to hear the Cheney case.
Democrats Question Use of 9/11 Emergency Fund Lawmakers Seek 'Full Accounting' of $40 Billion --The ranking Democrats on the House and Senate Appropriations committees charged yesterday that the Bush dictatorship had not complied with reporting requirements set by Congress for the use of a $40 billion emergency fund approved three days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Prosecutor to Probe GOP Access to Democratic Files A federal prosecutor has been assigned to investigate Republican U.S. Senate staffers' improper accessing of thousands of Democratic computer files, a U.S. Justice Department official said on Monday.
Democrats Call Cheney 'Attack Dog-In-Chief' Vice pResident Dick Cheney led a new Republican assault on John Kerry's record on Monday, setting off a wave of counterattacks from Democrats who said the "attack dog-in-chief" was misleading Americans and hiding the truth.
Kerry Questions Bush Attendance in Guard in 70's During a contentious interview on national television on Monday, when pressed on whether he threw away his Vietnam war medals in a protest in 1971, he defended himself and attacked the dictator. "This is a controversy that the Republicans are pushing," Mr. Kerry said on "Good Morning America" on ABC. "The Republicans have spent $60 million in the last few weeks trying to attack me, and this comes from a president [sic] and a Republican Party that can't even answer whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. I'm not going to stand for it."
Leaked Jones Day Memo Triggers Suit Against Newspaper The electronic voting machines produced by Diebold Systems Inc. have been a lightning rod in the field of electoral law. Now the controversial machines have sparked problems at 2,200-lawyer Jones Day after confidential documents written by the firm's attorneys were leaked to the Oakland Tribune. Jones Day has sued the newspaper, insisting that it return confidential communications between itself and Diebold, which it contends are protected by 'attorney-client privilege.'
Boston Radio Host Says Kill All Muslims; Islamic Civil Rights Group Calls for Host's Termination --The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for the termination of a Boston-area radio talk show host who allegedly said, "Let's kill all Muslims." CAIR made that demand after receiving a complaint from a concerned Muslim who heard WTKK-FM (www.969fmtalk.com) host [Nazi] Jay Severin's Thursday afternoon program. WTKK-FM General Manager Matt Mills told CAIR that in a discussion about how Severin claims Muslims want to take over America, even if it takes centuries, Severin said, "I've got an idea, let's kill all Muslims."
Secret Service [Waffen-SS] Investigates Teen's Art Project Depicting Bush As Devil One drawing showed Dictator Bush's head on a stick. [Good one!] Another depicted Bush as a devil launching a missile. The drawings by a 15-year-old boy in Prosser, Washington, were enough to prompt some questions from the Secret Service. Agents questioned the teen after being called by police. The boy's art teacher told school officials about the drawings, and they [the Nazis] called the police. [We call for this teacher's resignation. As an "art teacher," s/he is supposed to be encouraging, not squelching nor especially calling the POLICE on the budding young artists. For all we know, this student deserves an NEA grant.]
teacher: Kila Salyers-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students will need ID cards to get loans, says Clarke Students will be required to carry ID cards before they can obtain loans for university, Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, will tell MPs today. Mr Clarke will back a controversial draft Bill unveiled yesterday by David Blunkett which could make it compulsory for everyone in Britain aged 16 and over - except the Queen - to carry a biometric ID card by 2013.
Handbags insulting "president" in French sell like hot cakes in US There is no doubt that sales are hot for handbags bearing an insult -- in French -- aimed at "our president." The bag's designer Tom Bihn never guessed that purses with the message, "We're sorry our president is an idiot. We didn't vote for him" -- inscribed in French -- would be blowing out of the stores.
Senate Republicans to Promote Marriage Senate Republicans this week will launch a series of hearings to promote the value of traditional marriage, a move some Democrats are calling an election year ploy that is none of Congress' business.
CNN's Dobbs Accused of Outsourcing 'Jihad' The head of a group representing the chief executive officers of America's largest corporations on Monday accused CNN's Lou Dobbs of "one-sided" reporting about outsourcing and the shipping of U.S. jobs overseas. "He's on a jihad," John Castellani, president of the Washington-based Business Roundtable [and Reichwing whackjob], told reporters. Echoing a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Castellani added: "It's as if whatever made Linda Blair's head spin around in 'The Exorcist' has invaded the body of Lou Dobbs and left him with the brain of (Democratic presidential candidate) Dennis Kucinich."
California cops want spider guns Attention Spiderman: California needs you. The state highway patrol, hoping to avoid another epic traffic jam caused by a suicide jumper on a major bridge, wants inventors to design and build a gun that can capture would-be jumpers in a spider-like web.
Howard Stern's Radio Ratings Up Amid FCC Flap Federal regulators may have painted a big bull's eye on Howard Stern's back, but the recent government crackdown on indecency over the airwaves has proven a boon to the shock jock's ratings.
Mass. Gov. to Ban Gay Marriage for Out-Of-State Couples Gay rights groups criticized Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday for his decision to forbid gay couples from other states from marrying in his jurisdiction and called the move unconstitutional.
Conservationists Sue Over Utah Gas Survey Conservation groups filed suit Monday to stop a natural gas survey alongside an eastern Utah canyon that contains a wealth of ancient Indian art and dwellings.
1,000 World War One Grenades Found in Field The Belgian army said Friday it was clearing more than 1,000 grenades uncovered in a field in western Flanders, the scene of heavy fighting during World War One.
US troops threaten to cross Shia 'red line' to enter Najaf Amerikan troops will enter parts of the holy city of Najaf to crush the radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr but will avoid its sacred sites, a US general said yesterday. Shia leaders have warned there will be an explosion of anger among the 15 to 16 million Iraqi Shia if US soldiers enter Najaf, where Imam Ali, the founder of their faith, is buried in a golden-domed shrine.
Bremer warns of 'explosive' Najaf A highly dangerous situation has been developing in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, the top US dictator warns. Paul Bremer's spokesman said resistance fighters were stockpiling weapons and ammunition in mosques, shrines and schools. Several children are reported to have died in crossfire after an attack on a US military convoy in Baghdad, which also killed an American soldier.
Diplomat Cautions U.S. About Use of Force The United Nations envoy, who is helping draft an Iraqi interim government, urged the Bush dictatorship Sunday to "tread carefully" in besieged Fallujah and avoid alienating an already angry populace. As for Najaf, one of the holiest cities of Islam's Shiite sect that also is under near siege by U.S. forces, Lakhdar Brahimi warned of a disaster if American soldiers enter the city to hunt down a radical cleric.
U.S. Troops to Begin Patrols in Fallujah U.S. troops will begin patrols with Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, the military said Sunday, as the United States backed down from warnings of an all-out assault that could spark new bloodshed and deepen anti-Amerikan sentiment.
U.S. Opts to Delay Fallujah Offensive Marines, Iraqi Forces Planning Joint Patrols --U.S. Marines have postponed plans to mount an attack against resistance fighters holed up here and instead will attempt to regain 'control' of this violence-wracked city without a full-scale offensive, military commanders said Sunday.
Truce Extended in Falluja Siege, and Talks Go On Negotiators extended a shaky cease-fire in the volatile city of Falluja on Sunday for at least two more days, defusing the threat of an imminent Marine assault. But the Amerikan occupation authority said Shiite rebels in the holy city of Najaf were stockpiling weapons in mosques, shrines and schools, creating a "potentially explosive situation."
Canada's Harper Says He Would Not Send Troops to Iraq Canadian opposition leader Stephen Harper said Sunday that he would not send troops to Iraq if he is elected prime minister.
Former Dutch PM Says US Is Rogue State NOS: Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt said (in tv-news Nova - video only in Dutch) that the Dutch government should bring back its troops from Iraq as soon as possible, not because of the danger but because they are participating without any UN mandate in an illegal occupation.
Denmark's defence minister resigns over prewar Iraqi intelligence Denmark's defence minister resigned Friday as lawmakers questioned military intelligence reports the government used to justify its support for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
US admits it will still control Iraq after transfer The US has made clear that the transfer of sovereignty to a provisional Iraqi government on 30 June will be a limited affair, and that ultimate authority will reside at a gigantic new US embassy in Baghdad and with the military occupation force.
Four children shot dead in Iraq: witnesses Four schoolchildren have been killed by gunfire in Baghdad, shortly after a roadside bomb ripped through a US military vehicle, witnesses said. Some witnesses said the children, all aged around 12, were shot dead by US troops who had opened fire randomly after the blast on Canal Street in eastern Baghdad. At least five other people were wounded.
Raid disrupts Iraqi oil exports Iraq's main oil export terminal is still shut after being targeted in a suicide boat attack on Saturday, the Iraqi oil minister has said. Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulloum said the al-Basra terminal had suffered a power cut and would not resume operations until Monday at the earliest.
Another U-S servicemember dies from suicide attack on oil terminal A third American has died as a result of a suicide attack on Iraqi oil facilities. A Coast Guardsman died today and two Navy sailors were killed yesterday in the boat attacks off the Iraqi coast.
An Inspirational Interruption of the Empire U.S. Consulate Shut Down in Montreal to Resist a War Crime --by satellite "As US bombers continued to terrorize people in Fallujah, and as their troops surround the holy city of Najaf, a small group of people in Montreal succeeded in closing down the US consulate for four hours on Friday."
Iran 'Will Be Dealt With,' Bush Says Bid to Start at U.N., Dictator Says --Dictator Bush told newspaper editors in Washington yesterday that Iran "will be dealt with, starting through the United Nations" if it does not stop developing nuclear weapons and begin total cooperation with international inspectors.
N. Korea Accuses U.S. of Preparing Attack North Korea accused Washington of preparing an attack, citing the U.S. military's plans to move from an outpost along the tense Korean border this year. Pyongyang also warned that it would review parts of the armistice that ended the Korean War five decades ago because of the U.S. plans.
Renewed Focus on Scalia Trip inJustice's 2002 ruling on redistricting cleared the way for hunting partner Rep. Charles W. 'Chip' Pickering to retain his seat in Congress. It's turkey season in Mississippi, and Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia was tramping through the countryside here this month in pursuit of the big birds. His hunting partners, as usual, included Charles W. Pickering Sr., the federal judge who Dictator Bush recently elevated to the U.S. court of appeals; and his son, Rep. Charles W. "Chip" Pickering, a four-term Republican member of Congress... In 2002, Mississippi was forced to merge Pickering's district with one held by a Democratic congressman. Just days before the deadline for resolving the matter, Scalia rejected an appeal from Democrats and cleared the way for a Republican-friendly plan to take effect. The redistricting case marked at least the third time in three years that Scalia had participated in Supreme Court decisions involving friends he hunted with.
Rice gaffe at dinner has tongues wagging There's continuing buzz over a comment national security adviser Condoleezza Rice made at what was apparently an off-the-record Washington power dinner at the home of Washington bureau chief Philip Taubman. Rice, according to an account in this week's New York magazine, at one point said: "As I was telling my husb ... " then stopped and said, "As I was telling President [sic] Bush."
The Orwellian Olsens --by Maureen Dowd "Washington. It's their reality. We just live and die in it. In Bushworld, our troops go to war and get killed, but you never see the bodies coming home. In Bushworld, flag-draped remains of the fallen are important to revere and show the nation, but only in political ads hawking the president[sic]'s leadership against terror. In Bushworld, we can create an exciting Iraqi democracy as long as it doesn't control its own military, pass any laws or have any power. In Bushworld, we can win over Falluja by bulldozing it."
9/11 Panel Set to Detail Flaws in Air Defenses The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is expected to offer sharp criticism of the Pentagon's domestic air-defense command in its final report, according to commission officials who said they believed that quicker military action might have prevented a hijacked passenger plane from crashing into the Pentagon itself.
Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11 The Bush dictatorship will today seek to prevent a former FBI translator from providing evidence about 11 September intelligence failures to a group of relatives and survivors who have accused international banks and officials of aiding al-Qa'ida [al CIAduh].
FBI wants to watch you type --by Declan McCullagh "The FBI is trying to convince the government to mandate that providers of broadband, Internet telephony, and instant-messaging services build in backdoors for easy wiretapping. That would constitute a sweeping expansion of police surveillance powers. Instead of asking Congress to approve the request, the FBI (along with the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration) are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with minimal public input."
Blunkett wants ID cards in three years Home Secretary David Blunkett says he plans to introduce identity cards for the first time in 50 years but will not be able to make them compulsory for at least another seven years.
Police will be able to order eye scans under ID card plan Police will have powers to stop and check people against a national biometric database under plans for a compulsory identity card scheme to be unveiled today. David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, confirmed that police would be able to compare people against national fingerprint or iris records even if they did not carry the controversial document.
NASA Curbs Comments on Ice Age Disaster Movie In "The Day After Tomorrow," a $125 million disaster film set to open on May 28, global warming from accumulating smokestack and tailpipe gases disrupts warm ocean currents and sets off an instant ice age. The prospect that moviegoers will be alarmed enough to blame the Bush dictatorship for inattention to climate change has stirred alarm at the space agency, scientists there say. "No one from NASA is to do interviews or otherwise comment on anything having to do with" the film, said an April 1 e-mail, which was sent by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center top press officer. "Any news media wanting to discuss science fiction vs. science fact about climate change will need to seek comment from individuals or organizations not associated with NASA."
Gas prices continue record climb U.S. gasoline prices climbed another 3 cents per gallon in the past two weeks due to the immoral greed of the US corpora-terrorists and the Bush dictatorship, ['on the strength of high crude oil prices, tight capacity and soaring demand,'] an analyst said Sunday. [Bush, call your buddy Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and have him lower the oil prices *now,* instead of waiting until the weeks prior to the 2004 s-election. See: Exxon Mobil Profits Rise 38 Percent (Nov. 1, 2003) Higher oil and gas prices helped lift third quarter profits at Exxon Mobil Corp. by 38 percent... The world's largest publicly traded oil company said it earned $3.65 billion or 55 cents per share in the third quarter. See: Saudis pledge to oil Bush re-s-election (April 20, 2004) Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has promised Dictator George Bush the Saudis will cut oil prices before November to ensure the US economy is strong on s-election day, the journalist Bob Woodward says.]
Greenspan Tells Congress Rates Will Rise Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress on Wednesday that America's economic recovery has good momentum and that low, short-term interest rates will have to rise at some point, though he didn't say when.
Washington Mall Is Filled With Protesters From Across Nation There were no official crowd counts, but organizers obtained a permit for 750,000 people and said they exceeded that goal. A vast multitude of protesters marched here today in support of abortion rights and to highlight what organizers contend is the Bush regime's erosion of reproductive liberties.
Abortion-Rights Marchers Vow to Fight Another Bush Term Hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters protested Bush dictatorship policies in the nation's capital. Hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters rallied Sunday in the nation's capital, protesting the policies of the Bush dictatorship and its conservative allies and vowing to fight back in the November s-election.
Dog feels below par after eating 28 golf balls (London) Vets cut open a German Shepherd dog to find she had eaten no fewer than 28 golf balls... Libby is now recovering from the operation to remove the balls, with 30 stitches across her belly.
Britain resists pressure to extend Iraq force Britain's Ministry of Defence is resisting US pressure to extend its sphere of military influence in Iraq to some of the most violent parts of the country, including the capital, Baghdad.
Latham still wants troops home by Xmas Prime Minister John Howard says Australian troops will not be pulled out of Iraq anytime soon. He says Australia's commitment in Iraq will be funded until at least June 30, 2005. But Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham says Labor stands by its decision to withdraw the troops before Christmas if elected.
Bush confers on Fallujah with top military commanders A Pentagon source says tells The Associated Press Dictator Bush has been given an update on the standoff in Fallujah, Iraq. The official -- who asked not to be identified -- says General John Abizaid told the dictator in a teleconference that the Marines outside Fallujah are "ready to go."
Bush's Decision on Possible Attack on Falluja Seems Near Dictator Bush and his senior national security and military advisers are expected to decide this weekend whether to order an invasion of Falluja, even if a battle there runs the risk of uprisings in the city and perhaps elsewhere around Iraq.
Rocket fire kills 5 GIs 2 U.S. Navy sailors and at least 35 Iraqis die in series of attacks as United States denies air strike on civilians --At least 35 Iraqis and seven Americans died yesterday in attacks in Iraq. Five U.S. soldiers were killed when resistance fighters fired two rockets into their base at Taji, north of Baghdad.
Attacks Kill 28 Iraqis, at Least 9 U.S. Servicemen At least 14 Iraqis were killed Saturday when mortar bombs or rockets were fired into a crowded chicken market in Sadr City, the district on Baghdad's outskirts that is a stronghold of the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr, Iraqi police officers and hospital officials said. Violence also increased across much of Iraq. A roadside bomb in Iskandariya, 30 miles south of Baghdad, killed 14 Iraqis traveling to the capital on a bus, a doctor at a local hospital said. At least nine American soldiers and sailors were killed in three separate attacks of resistance, and a marine died of wounds suffered 10 days ago.
Boats explode near Iraqi oil platform; 2 soldiers killed Suicide attackers detonated explosive-laden boats near oil facilities in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, killing two U.S. Navy sailors in a new tactic against Iraq's vital oil industry. Elsewhere, violence across Iraq killed at least 33 Iraqis and four American soldiers.
Two killed in Iraqi oil terminal blasts Two members of the US-led occupation forces have been killed after an offshore oil export terminal in Basra of southern Iraq came under three coordinated boat attacks.
Our Hidden WMD Program Why Bush is spending so much on nuclear weapons. --by Fred Kaplan "The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President [sic] Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years. This does not include his much-cherished missile-defense program, by the way. This is simply for the maintenance, modernization, development, and production of nuclear bombs and warheads."
***Dead Microbiologists 'Oddities' Section***
Scientist found dead outside biochemical firm in Fremont (CA) Police say researcher may have purposefully inhaled combo of toxic substances [?!?]--A research scientist found dead Friday morning in front of the biochemical firm he worked (Ciphergen Biosystems Inc.), for apparently died after inhaling a combination of potassium cyanide and acid, police said.
Ciphergen picks up NIH grant to 'fight' bioterror-related viruses (September 12, 2003) Daniel S. Levine Ciphergen Biosystems Inc. and the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston received funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop new strategies for early diagnosis of viral infections caused by exposure to bioterrorism agents. The Fremont-based maker of tools for clinicians and researchers to identify and profile proteins did not disclose the size of the grant.
Biotechs may cash in with bioterror laws (June 28, 2002) In the "Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response Act" alone, nearly $2 billion of the $4.3 billion outlined in the legislation is expected to go to grants for developing new drugs and vaccines. Ciphergen Biosystems Inc. in Fremont has a screening technology designed to isolate disease-causing agents that could be used to determine, for example, if anthrax has made a person ill.
Scientists' deaths are under the microscope (May 4, 2002) It's a tale only the best conspiracy theorist could dream up. Eleven [The toll is much higher now] microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism.
A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health Death toll mounting as connections to Dyncorp, Hadron, Promis Software and disease research emerge --by Michael Davidson, FTW staff writer and Michael C. Ruppert
Pittsburgh City Council to vote on Patriot Act resolution Pittsburgh City Council will vote tomorrow on a pro-civil liberties resolution drafted in response to the USA Patriot Act.
Italians may make 'small doses' of torture legal Torture may be acceptable provided it is administered in small doses [?!?], says a bill under discussion in the Italian parliament that has outraged human rights organisations.
Dublin on high alert for summit Ireland is to mount the largest security operation since independence for next weekend's May Day European summit in Dublin.
Legislators Wary of Electronic 'Voting' A growing number of federal and state legislators are expressing doubts about the integrity of the ATM-like electronic 'voting' machines that at least 50 million Americans will use to cast their ballots in November.
A Controversial Choice for the Position of Archivist of the United States: Part of the Bush Administration's Secrecy Strategy? --by John W. Dean ---- "On April 8, the U. S. Senate received the President[sic]'s nomination for a new Archivist of the United States -- historian Allen Weinstein. For most Americans, this is an obscure post. But the Weinstein nomination has rightly been gathering increasing attention. Indeed, within the archival and historical communities, the nomination has sent sirens screaming and bells clanging."
Shrapnel still in senator's leg from war John Kerry has a piece of shrapnel in his left thigh from a wound he received in the Vietnam War, his doctor said Friday during a review of 36 pages of the Democratic presidential candidate's military medical records.
Colo. GOP's Statement on Kerry Draws Fire Democrats are furious about a statement by Republicans saying that comparing one of their candidates to presidential candidate John Kerry would be worse than comparing someone to the Ku Klux Klan.
Coors Official's Kerry Quip Draws Fire Democrats are furious about a statement by Republicans saying that comparing one of their candidates to presidential candidate John Kerry would be worse than comparing someone to the Ku Klux Klan.
EU ministers to rule on lifting GM food ban EU agriculture ministers are to decide on Monday whether to lift a five-year ban on bio-engineered crops, when they rule on allowing the import of a type of genetically modified (GM) sweetcorn.
Pesticides too harmful to use in any form, doctors warn The link between common household pesticides and fetal defects, neurological damage and the most deadly cancers is strong enough that family doctors in Ontario are urging citizens to avoid the chemicals in any form.
US admits it will still control Iraq after transfer The US has made clear that the transfer of sovereignty to a provisional Iraqi government on 30 June will be a limited affair, and that ultimate authority will reside at a gigantic new US embassy in Baghdad and with the military occupation force.
U.S. Official Acknowledges Mistakes in Iraq Bremer Asks Former Army Officers to Help Create Force; Shiite Cleric Issues Threat --The U.S. dictator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, acknowledged Friday that mistakes had been made in the occupation of the country and invited former Iraqi army officers who served under ousted president Saddam Hussein to help establish a new national force.
Bremer announces moves to reinstate some former Baathist members The US civil dictatorship in Iraq Paul Bremer announced steps to reinstate some former members of Saddam Hussein's disbanded Baath party in the new army, as well as in schools and universities.
U.S., U.N. Seek New Leaders for Iraq Chalabi and Others Occupation Relied on May Be Left Out --The United States and the top U.N. envoy to Iraq have decided to exclude the majority of the Iraqi politicians the U.S.-led occupation has relied on over the past year when they select an Iraqi government to assume power on June 30, U.S. and U.N. officials said yesterday. [We seek new leaders for the United States, too!]
Sadr Calls for National Unity to Expel US Occupiers Rebel Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he could unleash suicide bombers if U.S. forces attacked the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, and called on the whole nation to unite to expel Iraq's occupiers.
U.S. Issues Blunt Warning to Besieged Falluja Rebels The American authorities increased the pressure on besieged resistance fighters in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Falluja on Friday with a series of blunt warnings that if they did not lay down their arms, United States soldiers would attack within days.
Fallujah siege civilian death toll 271: Iraqi official A total of 271 Iraqis have been killed and 793 wounded in Fallujah since US marines laid siege to Fallujah on April 5, interim health minister Khodayir Abbas has said.
Occupation imposes Washington-style "democracy" 18,000 Iraqis illegally held in jails and prison camps --by Richard Phillips "Recent statements by human rights groups and news reports provide further evidence that Washington’s version of 'liberty and democracy' in Iraq is a Nazi-style reign of terror aimed at suppressing all opposition to its illegal neocolonial occupation. In fact, the eruption of a nationwide insurgency against US and coalition forces over the past three weeks came after a year of escalating violence and military provocations, with midnight-to-dawn raids, torture, assassinations, mass detentions and other breaches of the Geneva Conventions an everyday occurrence. According to the Baghdad-based Organisation for Human Rights, at least 18,000 Iraqis are now being illegally held in jails and prison camps."
General Says He May Ask for More Troops The top United States commander in the Middle East suggested in an interview on Friday that he was likely to ask for another extension in the current troop levels in Iraq, now at 135,000, and might even ask for more troops beyond that.
More troops could be sent to Iraq, says Straw British forces in Iraq could be reinforced to 'improve security' in the country, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw indicated today. Mr Straw acknowledged that British forces are likely to be in Iraq for "at least for a couple of years", adding "it could be longer".
Norway rejects US plea to stay in Iraq Oslo today rejected an appeal by the United States to keep Norwegian troops in Iraq after a planned pullout in June, when Norway aims to focus on helping stabilise Afghanistan.
Number of troops wounded in Iraq has skyrocketed this month The number of American troops wounded in Iraq soared in the past two weeks as the insurgency flared in south-central Iraq and in the Sunni Triangle north and west of Baghdad. The Pentagon announced Friday in its weekly casualty report that 3,864 troops have been wounded in action since the war began in March 2003, an increase of 595 from two weeks earlier.
The image turning America against Bush The photographs that Dictator George Bush does not want the American public to see show the flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of American servicemen and women - dying in Iraq at a rate of between four and six a day - being returned to the US and to their families. Aware of the power of these pictures and their potential to inflict political damage on Mr Bush as he campaigns for re-s-election, his chief political adviser, Karl Rove, is desperate that they should not be published. Under a White House directive, the press has not been permitted to photograph the return of such coffins for more than a year.
Bush Criticizes the Release of Photos of Soldier Coffins A White House spokesman, Trent Duffy, said on Friday that Dictator Bush had seen photographs of the coffins of service members killed in Iraq arriving at Dover Air Force Base that were made public on Thursday and agreed with the Pentagon that releasing the photographs was wrong. [Gee, isn't that too bad.... I think the 2000 coup was 'wrong,' along with the illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq and six thousand other 'policies' carried out by the illegal, immoral Bush regime.]
Bush Backs Policy Restricting Images of War Dead Dictator Bush on Friday stood by an order that no more photographs be released of flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq, a restriction critics say is aimed at sanitizing the W-ar for the public.
Ex-Football Star Killed in Afghanistan Former professional football star Pat Tillman, who gave up a $3.6 million sports contract to join the military's elite special forces, has been killed in a firefight in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said on Friday.
Sharon: 'We may kill Arafat' New threat from Israeli leader raises tension in Middle East Ariel Sharon issued an ominous warning last night that Yasser Arafat could be the next Palestinian leader to be in Israel's line of fire, when he reneged on a promise not to harm his old adversary.
U.S. Tells Sharon He Must Abide by Pledge on Arafat The White House bluntly told Israel on Friday to stick to a past pledge not to harm Palestinian President Yasser Arafat after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was no longer bound by the promise.
Inquiry after Israeli forces caught using boy as shield A photograph of a Palestinian boy tied to an Israeli police jeep has been handed to justice officials charged with investigating complaints over the use of "human shields" against demonstrators. The boy, 13-year-old Mohammed Bedwan, and three adult protesters were tied to border police vehicles last week during one of what have become almost daily demonstrations against the routing of the Israeli government's barrier through Palestinian land.
Hundreds Protest at Caterpillar Headquarters Demonstrators in downtown Peoria delivered their message on the doorstep of Caterpillar headquarters. They want Caterpillar to stop selling bulldozers to Israel. Associates of the 'Stop Cat Coalition' say the Israeli government uses Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes.
Democrats Seek Probe of Army Chaplain's Treatment Two Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee called on Friday for the Pentagon to conduct an investigation into its treatment of a Muslim Army chaplain who was suspected of spying, detained for months and then quietly released.
U.S. government blocks lawsuits by Sept. 11 victims U.S. officials and insurance companies representing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks are locked in an unusual legal standoff, stemming from the government's refusal to admit it has the alleged mastermind of the attacks in custody.
Pre-9/11 World Trade Center Power-Down --by Victor Thorn "Did the World Trade Center towers undergo a deliberate 'power-down' on the weekend prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks? According to Scott Forbes, a senior database administrator for Fiduciary Trust, Inc. – a high-net investment bank which was later acquired by Franklin Templeton – this is precisely what took place... This process, Forbes recalled, began early Saturday morning (September 8th) and continued until mid-Sunday afternoon (September 9th) – approximately 30 hours. As a result of having its electricity cut, the WTC’s security cameras were rendered inoperative, as were its I.D. systems, and elevators to the upper floors... In addition, Forbes says there were other peculiarities revolving around this unreported event, including: 1) Fiduciary employees trapped between the 90-97th floors of the South Tower told family members (via cell-phone calls) that they were hearing 'bomb-like explosions' throughout the towers. 2) Video cameras positioned atop the World Trade Center which were used to feed daily images to local television stations were inexplicably inoperative that morning. 3) A Fiduciary employee who was on one of the lower floors and escaped immediately after the first (North) tower was struck, reported that he was amazed by the large number of FBI agents that were already on the streets surrounding the WTC complex only minutes after the initial strike."
UK to Trial ID Cards in Anti-Terror Effort-Report Thousands of Britons will carry identity cards for the first time since the 1950s next week in a trial that is seen as central to countering the threat of 'terror' attacks, the BBC reported on Saturday. The pilot will involve 10,000 volunteers and could pave the way for compulsory identity cards for everyone in Britain within a decade, BBC TV said. ['volunteers' ??? Who in their 'right mind' would volunteer for this?!?]
ID card Bill brings in 10-year jail term for having false passport Possessing a false passport or driving licence is to be made illegal under moves to clamp down on identity fraud. Under a draft Bill to introduce a national identity card scheme to be published on Monday, people holding bogus identity documents from Britain or abroad will face up to 10 years in jail.
US heading for another election fiasco as reforms fail The United States may be on the way to another coup d'etat ['Florida-style presidential election fiasco'] this year because legislation passed to fix the system has either failed to address the problems or has broken down because of missed deadlines and unmet funding targets. Such is the conclusion of a damning new report by the US Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan government body which previously looked into the Florida mess and found alarming evidence of voter disenfranchisement among poor and minority groups, incorrectly compiled voter rolls and other glaring irregularities.
Republicans fined for posing as Democrats The campaign manager and fund-raising committee for a California Republican have agreed to pay $84,000 in civil penalties for sending out letters pretending to be Democrats during a 1998 congressional campaign, the Federal Election Commission said.
The man who stopped Miami recount makes gaming millions A Dirty Trickster's Bush Bonanza --by Wayne Barrett "Roger Stone, the dirty-tricks hobgoblin of Republican politics, has exploited his Bush connections to become an influence-peddling force in the $13 billion Indian gaming industry. Stone's booming business in such a federally regulated enterprise makes his recent pro bono orchestration of Al Sharpton's double-edged presidential campaign an even stranger covert caper. The longtime GOP consultant's reward for fomenting the 'Brooks Brothers mob' that shut down the Miami-Dade recount in 2000 was an invitation within days of Bush's election to serve on the Department of Interior transition working group—helping, in his own words, to staff its Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)."
Kucinich Calls for Suspension of Electronic Voting (kucinich.us press release) "Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who has been sounding warning alarms regarding electronic voting systems since he began his campaign last year, today called on federal, state and local election officials 'to suspend immediately the implementation of any voting systems that do not provide a 100 percent reliable paper-trail back-up to corroborate results.'"
Bush nets 4.4 million dollars in Florida fundraising sweep US Dictator George W. Bush banked a hefty 4.4 million dollars for the Republican Party in a one-day fundraising sweep across Florida.
Mega bulimia alert: Bush Challenges Kerry on the Environment Dictator Bush seized Friday on a remark Sen. John F. Kerry made this week about coastal drilling and suggested that the presumed Democratic presidential nominee had botched a sensitive issue in this crucial state. [I don't know which is more pathetic: the jaw-dropping title of this article or the triple promo for "Wolf Blitzer Distorts ['Reports']" on the Washington Post website.]
FBI to pay $2 million in Earth First suit Activists were arrested, called eco-terrorists after bomb exploded in their car The federal government has quietly agreed to pay $2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by two leaders of the environmental group Earth First who were arrested and branded eco-terrorists by the FBI after they were injured when a bomb exploded in their car in Oakland 14 years ago.
Balloon fight brings on cops While enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon at a Tempe park recently, several Valley peace and social justice activists decided to have a waterballoon war to cool off. But their actions actually brought down more heat — in the form of the Tempe Police Department. Activists said they were playing with water balloons at a picnic last month at Daley Park, 1625 S. College Ave., when the officers arrived.
Health fears over GM corn as Britain backs US imports Europe's moves to allow GM corn may open floodgates --Supermarkets are to get the go-ahead to stock genetically modified sweetcorn from the United States and Canada next week, ending Europe's five-year moratorium on new licences for GM food. Environmental groups yesterday appealed for the decision to be blocked on health and safety grounds.
Calif. Moves to Block Diebold's E-'Voting' Machines California should prohibit at least four counties from using 15,000 touch-screen 'voting' machines made by Diebold Election Systems, a key advisory panel recommended Thursday. By an 8-0 vote, the state's Voting Systems and Procedures Panel recommended that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley ban the machines from the November s-elections.
Panel recommends ban on computer voting system in four counties (CA) An advisory panel unanimously recommended this morning that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley ban use of a computerized voting system in four California counties. The panel also called on state Attorney General Bill Lockyer to open a criminal investigation into the conduct of Diebold Election Systems, the Ohio-based firm that manufactured the touch-screen system. [The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a 2003 fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic] next year." --Aug. 14, 2003 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc.]
Basra arrest bolsters revenge theory Evidence suggests homegrown terrorists - not al-CIAduh - carried out bombings in response to attack on Falluja --An Iraqi suspected of involvement in Wednesday's devastating bomb attacks in Basra came from the Sunni city of Falluja, Iraqi officials said yesterday, suggesting that the blasts may not have been the work of al-CIAduh but an act of revenge for the US's brutal offensive in the city.
Protesters in Iraq blame British for bomb blasts Followers of the radical Shi'ite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, protesting in Basra have blamed British forces for the coordinated series of car bombs which killed almost 70 people in the southern Iraqi city yesterday. Several Iraqi policemen in uniform joined the protests. The occupation say the attacks bore all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda, but al-Sadr's spokesman in Basra, Sheikh al-Bahadli, told the 300 supporters gathered in front of his office that there was evidence that British occupation forces were involved.
Iraqi city has 'days' to hand over weapons Resistance fighters and residents in Fallujah have "days, not weeks" to turn in heavy weapons, the top Marine commander in Iraq said Thursday, warning that fighting could resume and that a U.S. push to take the city could be costly for both sides.
U.S. Courting Former Baath Party Members Thousands of Iraqis who swore allegiance to Saddam Hussein's political party may be getting jobs with the U.S.-led occupation in Baghdad as the Bush dictatorship — struggling to put down resistance — undertakes a major shift in policy. [The only 'policy shift' involves the notion that the Baath Party members now swear allegiance to an unelected dictator: George W. Bush.]
White House U-turns on Iraqi Baathists The US will restore senior Iraqi officials purged after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein to duties while Congressional Democrats say the 30 June handover of sovereignty is an illusion.
US wants British to move north into heart of Iraq fighting The Ministry of Defence is resisting US pressure on Britain to extend its sphere of military influence in Iraq to some of the most violent parts of the country, including the capital Baghdad.
Pentagon Ban on Pictures of Dead Troops Is Broken The Pentagon's ban on making images of dead soldiers' homecomings at military bases public was briefly relaxed yesterday, as hundreds of photographs of flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base were released on the Internet by a Web site dedicated to combating government secrecy.
2 fired over photo of flag-draped U.S. coffins A military contractor fired two cargo workers responsible for a photograph of flag-draped coffins of U.S. soldiers that appeared on a newspaper's front page.
Woman loses her job over coffins photo A military contractor has fired Tami Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker whose photograph of flag-draped coffins of fallen U.S. soldiers was published in Sunday's edition of The Seattle Times.
Testing of New York guardsmen: first confirmed cases of Iraq war depleted uranium exposure --by Joanne Laurier "A group of American soldiers suffering from unexplained illnesses due to service in the Iraqi war have been diagnosed with radiation contamination likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by US troops... The testing organized by the Daily News on a handful of members of one company yielded results that point to the fact that thousands of US troops and a vast percentage of the Iraqi population are likely to have suffered exposure to depleted uranium, absorbing it either by inhaling contaminated dust or ingesting it from contaminated water, food and soil."
McCain Says U.S. Needs 10,000 More Troops in Iraq The United States needs at least 10,000 more troops in Iraq and must curb domestic spending to pay for the [insane and illegal] W-ar, John McCain, a Republican senator and former rival of Dictator Bush, said on Thursday.
Iraq costing more than expected; military draft issue comes up A top Pentagon official told lawmakers Wednesday the Iraqi military operation "is going to cost us more money" than anticipated, and the White House left open the possibility it will seek the additional funds before the end of the year. Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del. and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also raised the possibility that compulsory military service might be necessary to relieve pressure on U.S. troops stretched around the globe.
Australian defense analyst claims unlawful dismissal A former government defense adviser who has said she was sacked for refusing to lie about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction took her claim of unfair dismissal to Australia's labor court yesterday.
PLAN OF ATTACK: Countdown to War U.S. Aimed for Hussein as War Began CIA Informants Told of His Suspected Whereabouts --by Bob Woodward (fifth Washington Post excerpt) "[Having given the command to launch the invasion of Iraq, Dictator] Bush recalled in an interview last December. 'I prayed as I walked around the circle. I prayed that our troops be safe, be protected by the Almighty, that there be minimal loss of life.' He prayed for all who were to go into harm's way for the country. 'Going into this period, I was praying for strength to do the Lord's will. . . . I'm surely not going to justify war based upon God. Understand that. Nevertheless, in my case I pray that I be as good a messenger of His will as possible. And then, of course, I pray for personal strength and for forgiveness.'"
Appeals Court Allows Case Against Moussaoui to Proceed A federal appeals court in Virginia on Thursday allowed the government's case against terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to proceed and lifted a ban on prosecutors presenting evidence related to the Sept. 11 attacks.
House approves plan for special elections if terrorists strike House OKs Speedy Elections if Attacked Fearing that terrorists might target Congress, the House on Thursday approved a bill to set up speedy 'special elections' if 100 or more of its members are killed. [HR 2844, the Continuity in Representation Act of 2004]
U.S. House Approves 9/11-Inspired Doomsday Bill The U.S. House of Representatives mulled its own possible demise on Thursday as it approved doomsday legislation to speed its replacement in case of a widespread loss of lawmakers. Passed on a 306-97 vote, the measure would require special elections within 45 days if more than 100 of the 435 House members were ever wiped out. [With Dictator bush, it's all been 'special elections' though, hasn't it?]
North Korea stunned by train tragedy A huge railway blast has injured or killed up to 3000 people in North Korea only hours after the country's reclusive leader passed the site. [Al CIAduh again?]
Accused 'terrorists' face different kind of justice In letters to his father, 'terrorism' suspect Moazzam Begg has lamented that he has not been charged with a crime but is being held, with no end in sight, at a U.S. military base in Cuba. "I believe there has been a gross violation of my human rights, particularly to that right of freedom and innocence until proven guilty," wrote Begg, 36, a British citizen who U.S. officials believe was trained by al-Qaeda to use chemicals and explosives. "I still don't know what crime I am supposed to have committed."
Citing DA'S Possible Failure to Turn Over Evidence, Activists Move to Set Aside Verdict Sixteen political protesters still face jail for criminal conviction on non-violent civil disobedience. In a closely watched case which will set precedent for New York City’s treatment of protesters at the Republican National Convention, 16 non-violent demonstrators postponed their sentencing today with a motion to set aside their guilty verdict.
Cancer Patient Barred from Flight Airport security screeners refused to let a cancer patient board a flight home to Denver because they said she no longer resembled her identification photos.
Shirts Sport French Insults to Dictator Urban-bag designer Tom Bihn has seen sales double since a French-language presidential insult mysteriously made its way onto the bilingual washing instructions for hundreds of his laptop bags and backpacks. The labels read: "Nous sommes desoles que notre president [sic] soit un idiot. Nous n'avons pas vote pour lui." Translated into English: "We are sorry that our president [sic] is an idiot. We didn't vote for him."
Commission to Allow Insurance Cuts for Retired Employees The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission voted Thursday to allow employers to reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they become eligible for Medicare at age 65. The agency approved a final rule saying that such cuts do not violate the civil rights law banning age discrimination. The vote was 3 to 1, with Republicans lining up in favor of the rule and a Democrat opposing it.
FDA Stops Bus Full of Seniors A senior Food and Drug Administration official said Wednesday that it was unfortunate his agency stopped and inspected a busload of seniors returning from a medicine-buying trip to Canada. [They ought to be inspecting MEAT, not senior citizens. --Michael Rectenwald]
Appeals court temporarily blocks order seeking NYC hospital's abortion records A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked enforcement of a judge's contempt order against a New York hospital that refused to turn over abortion records.
Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House. The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds. The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery.
Cuba's infant mortality rate lower than U.S. --by Emile Schepers "Under the best of circumstances, it is hard for a poor, Third World country to equal, let alone surpass, the social statistics of wealthy developed countries. For years, Cuba has been passing all other relatively poor countries in its statistics on health, health care and education. It has now officially passed the United States of America, the richest country in the world, on one key measure of national well-being, namely, the infant mortality rate."
Cuba guarantees paid leave for parents Cuban law now protects mothers and fathers who want to share child-rearing... Law No. 234 also covers up to a six-month absence from work, without reprisal, for either parent should one of their children under 16 years of age become ill.
Artery errors cost more than $1b (MA) A yearlong Globe investigation found hundreds of similar errors committed by the Big Dig's management company, which is led by one of the world's largest engineering firms, Bechtel Corp. of San Francisco, and includes another industry titan, Parsons Brinckerhoff of New York. The Globe determined that at least $1.1 billion in construction cost overruns, or two-thirds of the cost growth to date, are tied to Bechtel mistakes. ...Even though Bechtel's gaffe cost taxpayers $991,000, the company never paid a penny back for its mistake. And no one from the state or federal government ever asked.
Desmond taunts Telegraph in 'Nazi' tirade Express owner Richard Desmond today launched an extraordinary tirade against Telegraph bosses at a meeting of their joint venture print works, hurling a string of abuse and goosestepping around a boardroom in mockery of a German newspaper group's bid for the paper. In a faux-German accent, Mr Desmond asked if the Telegraph bosses - who also included managing director Hugo Drayton and printing director Bill Ellerd-Styles - were looking forward to being run by Nazis. When Mr Desmond said: "They're all Nazis", Mr Deedes replied: "That is thoroughly offensive. Could you please sit down so we can start the meeting?" "Don't you tell me to sit down, you miserable little piece of shit," Mr Desmond said.
Pentagon: Iraq W-ar Faces $4B Shortfall The Pentagon's top general said Wednesday that increased violence in Iraq is pushing the cost of the war over budget, threatening a $4 billion shortfall by late summer.
Pentagon official: Iraq military operation to cost more than expected A top Pentagon official said Wednesday the Iraqi military operation ''is going to cost us more money'' than anticipated and the White House suggested it will seek additional funds before the end of this s-election year.
Violence in Iraq Forces 2 Big Contractors to Curb Work The resistance in Iraq has driven two major contractors, General Electric and Siemens, to suspend most of their operations there, raising new doubts about the American-led effort to 'rebuild' the country as hostilities continue. General Sir Mike Jackson hinted at tensions with US commanders, who have been accused of taking too heavy-handed an approach to putting down insurrections in Fallujah and Najaf.
Americans warned of looming 'civil war' Mistakes made by the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war, according to a confidential memo written by a US official working for the American-led body. The memo, provided to a Washington-based freelance journalist by a Western intelligence official, contradicts the pronouncements made by Dictator Bush and senior officials such as the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, who last week insisted America "must not waiver" in regard to Iraq.
Pentagon Drafts Iraq Troop Plan to Meet Violence The Pentagon has drawn up plans to send fresh troops quickly to Iraq in case it decides it must keep 135,000 or more American soldiers deployed beyond July, senior officials said Tuesday. The Pentagon's contingency plans for summer, fall and beyond were driven partly by the lack of new foreign troops and the unexpected difficulties of training Iraqi forces.
Republican senator: Bring back the draft Nebraska's Chuck Hagel says 'all of our citizens' should 'pay some price' for U.S. Iraqi operation --A Republican U.S. senator, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., is calling for a return of the military draft so the cost of the Iraq operation could be borne by people of all economic strata. A pair of bills was introduced in Congress last year that would bring back the military draft. S.89, the Senate version, was introduced Jan. 7, 2003, by Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C. The House of Representatives version of the bill, H.R. 163, is sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. [Yes, all of our citizens should 'pay some price' for Halliburton, Oops! Iraq. Let's send the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove chicken-hawk terror team to Iraq, to guard the Halliburton oil pipelines!]
Spain Plans to Hasten Withdrawal of Troops After announcing its decision last weekend to withdraw forces from Iraq, Spain has raised further ire in Washington by giving notice of plans to pull out faster than expected, a move that Bush dictatorship officials said yesterday is complicating military operations in Iraq and could put lives in danger. [No. Bush and *only* Bush is responsible for putting lives in danger with his illegal, immoral occupation of Iraq.]
New Terror Threat Targets 8 U.S. Allies A self-proclaimed "anti-American" group is threatening to carry out terrorist attacks against diplomatic compounds, airlines and public transportation systems in eight U.S. allies, several of which have sent troops to Iraq, a South Korean official said Thursday.
Four Killed and 148 Wounded in a Suicide Bombing in Riyadh A suicide bomber detonated a Chevrolet Blazer loaded with explosives in central Riyadh on Wednesday, shattering the facade of a police building, killing at least four people and wounding 148.
3 Car Bombs in Basra Kill Dozens of Iraqis Three car bombs exploded in front of Iraqi police stations in the southern city of Basra this morning, killing 68 people and wounding 98, the governor of Basra, Waei Abdul Latif, said. The toll included 23 schoolchildren and 9 police officers.
Deadliest Attacks in Iraq Since May 2003 A look at some of the deadliest attacks in Iraq since major combat was declared over on May 1, 2003...
Photos of Military Coffins (Casualties From Iraq) at Dover Air Force Base --(thememoryhole.org) "Military Coffins: The Photos You're Not Supposed to See"
U.S. Army troops found radioactive As many as 800 U.S. army soldiers are awaiting results to determine if they were exposed to radiation in Iraq, the New York Daily News said Monday. The demand for tests was sparked by the newspaper's report that four soldiers from the 442nd Military Police Company are contaminated with radiation, likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops both in the Gulf war and in the Iraq invasion.
Military Families Group Protests Iraq War "Military Families Speak Out," an organization that claims to represent more than a thousand U.S. military families, is one of several anti-war groups calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. The groups recently held rallies in Washington, D.C.
Parts Of Iraqi Nuclear Reactor 'Resettled': Sources Parts of Iraq’s neutralized nuclear reactor have been resettled somewhere in the far-reaching country, an Iraqi scientist told IslamOnline.net Sunday, April 18. "This can help the United States find a way out of the current limbo of failing to come across a sniff of Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction," the central rationale of the U.S.-led war one year ago, said the source, who asked not to be named.
PLAN OF ATTACK: The Special Relationship Blair Steady in Support 'I'm There to the Very End,' Prime Minister Told Bush --by Bob Woodward (fourth Washington Post excerpt) "[Dictator bush] called [Prime Minister Poodle Tony] Blair for one of their regular conversations... If it would help, Bush said, he would let Blair drop out of the coalition and they would find some other way for Britain and its 41,000 military personnel in the region around Iraq to participate. 'I said I'm with you. I mean it,' Blair replied. Bush said they could think of another role for the British forces -- 'a second wave, peacekeepers or something. I would rather go alone than have your government fall.' 'I understand that,' Blair responded, 'and that's good of you to say. I said, I'm with you.'"
Pentagon Deleted Rumsfeld Comment Remark to Saudi About War's Certainty Is Not in Internet Transcript of Interview --The Pentagon deleted from a public transcript a statement Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made to author Bob Woodward suggesting that the regime gave Saudi Arabia a two-month heads-up that Dictator Bush had decided to invade Iraq.
Woodward defends book about Bush W-ar strategy Journalist Bob Woodward was on the defensive Tuesday, rebutting denials by Bush dictatorship officials and the Saudi ambassador about who knew what and when they knew it when it came to planning the W-ar against Iraq.
US-trained lawyer to head court that will try Hussein The tribunal that will try former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has begun to take shape with the appointment of a 41-year-old US-trained Iraqi magistrate as head of the court. Salem Chalabi, a graduate of Yale University, is the nephew of Ahmad Chalabi, a Shiite member of the US-appointed interim Governing Council known for his close links to the Pentagon and staunch opposition to Saddam's regime.
Mexico backs Cuban motion on human rights inquiry into Guantanamo Mexico pledged Tuesday to support Cuba's draft resolution calling for an inquiry into Guantanamo if it is put to the vote at the UN Human Rights Commission.
Bush Draws Terrorism Law Into Campaign Dictator Bush defended the Patriot Act on Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y. This was the third time in just four days that Mr. Bush had publicly invoked the USA Patriot Act... David Axelrod, a consultant who worked for the Democratic presidential campaign of Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, observed: "The other side can pander. Terrorism is largely what is keeping Bush afloat now." [Yes! We concur: *terrorism* is largely what is keeping Bush afloat!!]
The Bible college that leads to the White House The campus is immaculate, everyone is clean-cut and cheerful. But just what are they teaching at Patrick Henry College? And why do so many students end up working for George Bush? --At Patrick Henry College, the students - about 75 per cent of whom have been taught at home rather than in schools - are required to sign a statement of faith before they arrive, confirming (among other things) that they have a literal belief in the teachings of the Bible... what makes Patrick Henry unique is the increasingly close - critics say alarmingly close - links this recently established, right-wing Christian college has with the Bush dictatorship and the Republican establishment as a whole.
Heinz Co. Is Campaign Weapon for Bush Though John Kerry's wife is an heir to the H.J. Heinz Co. fortune, the food company and its executives are providing Dictator Bush with money and a campaign issue — jobs flowing overseas — in this year's s-election. Members of the board of the Fortune 500 company and its corporate political action committee have donated thousands of dollars to Republicans in recent years, including contributions to the Bush campaign. The corporate PAC has given nothing to Kerry. [In other words, it's time to boycott all Heinz Co. products.]
Republican battle in Pennsylvania primary could threaten Bush's hopes of re-s-election Pat Toomey's challenge for incumbent Arlen Specter's Senate seat in Pennsylvania has turned into a civil war between the party's centrist and conservative wings, in which control of the Senate, and even of the White House, could be at stake.
In TV Coverage, Kerry Runs a Deficit Bush Airtime Is Triple His Rival's --by Howard Kurtz "When President [sic] Bush delivered a routine stump speech to a group of New Mexico homeowners on March 26, CNN and Fox News each carried his appearance for 35 minutes, and MSNBC for 33 minutes. When John Kerry gave what was billed as a major address on national security at George Washington University on March 17, he was knocked off the screen by a large explosion in Baghdad. CNN and Fox each dropped Kerry (who had been reduced to small box) after three minutes, and MSNBC never picked him up. But as the Iraq coverage continued, all three networks carried Vice President [sic] Cheney in California attacking Kerry as weak on national security -- Fox for 28 minutes, MSNBC for 23 and CNN for 13."
Kerry Highly Praised in Military Records Records of John Kerry's Vietnam War service released Wednesday show a highly praised naval officer who volunteered for a dangerous assignment and at one point was "unofficially credited with 20 enemy killed in action."
Man arrested after e-mail threat to Kerry A man has been charged with sending an e-mail threatening presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.
Church group calls Bush's clean air policies 'immoral' A national group of Christian leaders is sending a scathing letter to Dictator Bush on Earth Day, accusing his regime of chipping away at the Clean Air Act.
Global warming floods threaten 4m Britons Risks of flooding are growing to "unacceptable levels" because of climate change with up to 4 million Britons facing the prospect of their homes being inundated, according to a report to be published today by the government.
Oh, but another nuclear industry Bart Simpson moment: Fuel rod parts missing from nuclear plant Two pieces of a highly radioactive fuel rod are missing from a Vermont nuclear plant, and engineers planned to search onsite for the nuclear material, officials said Wednesday.
Senate to Take Test Vote on Asbestos Bill Republicans say they will push forward with a Thursday test vote anyway, even though Democrats say they have enough support to stop the [Republican] plan to give businesses immunity from asbestos lawsuits in exchange for a $124 billion trust fund to 'speed' money to sick people.
Records contradict USDA's mad cow decision A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to block a private company from testing all its cattle under 30 months of age for mad cow disease runs contrary to its own records that show it has tested more than 2,000 animals in that age range, United Press International has learned.
Senator says US may need compulsory service to boost Iraq force A senior Republican lawmaker, Senator Chuck Hagel, said that deteriorating security in Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft. [Two bills to bring back the military draft were introduced in Congress last year. S.89, the Senate version, was introduced Jan. 7, 2003, by Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C. The House of Representatives version of the bill, H.R. 163, is sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.]
Support is growing for sending more troops to Iraq For three weeks the nation has been battered by the worst news from Iraq since the war began 13 months ago. But despite the shootings, bombings, sieges, ambushes, kidnappings and combat deaths, most Americans still support the war. And an increasing number think it should be stepped up.
Pentagon sounds out troops for Iraq backup Pentagon officials said on Tuesday they were reviewing what active-duty forces could be quickly sent to Iraq in the coming weeks, as American diplomats scrambled to shore up the US-led occupation.
British troops will stay as long as necessary, Blair tells MPs Poodle Tony Blair insisted yesterday that occupation troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely to ensure that they got the job done, but urged the Americans to secure a peaceful solution to the crisis in Falluja, which he blamed on anti-democrats in Iraq.
Opinion swings against PM after bloodiest month in Iraq Download today's poll in full (pdf) --Support for Tony Blair's stand on Iraq has fallen sharply in the last two months, according to the findings of the latest Guardian/ICM opinion poll.
Top European Praises Spain on Pullout The European Commission president, Romano Prodi, today praised the new Spanish prime minister's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, and he suggested that other nations were likely to follow.
Dominican Republic to withdraw its troops from Iraq The Dominican Republic decided Tuesday to withdraw its 302 troops from Iraq in the wake of Spain's decision to pull out, defense secretary General Jose Miguel Soto Jimenez said.
Dominican Republic, Honduras Withdrawing Iraq Troops The Dominican Republic will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq "as soon as possible" and Honduras will bring home its 370 soldiers within two months, officials from the two Latin American countries said on Tuesday. The pullouts, which follow Spain's move to bring its soldiers home, were a double blow to the United States and its occupation allies.
General says Fallujah a "rat's nest" that needs to be dealt with The top US general, General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Iraqi town of Fallujah was "a rat's nest" that will have to be dealt with in part through the use of military force.
GIs Kill 2 Workers of U.S.-Funded Iraq TV U.S. troops shot to death two employees of U.S.-funded television station Al-Iraqiya on Monday and wounded a third in the central city of Samara, the station said. Correspondent Asaad Kadhim and driver Hussein Saleh were killed. Cameraman Bassem Kamel was wounded "after American forces opened fire on them while they were performing their duty," the station announced.
Wounded Iraqi journalist says U.S. troops and Kurdish militiamen killed his colleagues The U.S. military acknowledged Tuesday that American soldiers killed two employees of a U.S.-funded Iraqi television station, saying the men may have failed to heed 'warning shots.' [?!?] A wounded cameraman said troops opened fire immediately on their vehicle.
Baghdad Prison Attack Kills 22 A mortar attack on a prison near Baghdad has left 22 prisoners dead and nearly 100 injured. Twelve mortar rounds slammed into the occupation-administered detention facility at Abu Gharib, 20 kilometres west of the capital, on Tuesday.
Iraq 'Leaders' Create Tribunal for Hussein Iraqi leaders have set up a tribunal of judges and prosecutors to try Saddam Hussein and other members of his Baathist administration, a spokesman said Tuesday. Meanwhile, resistance fighters fired a barrage of mortar rounds at Baghdad's largest prison, killing 22 prisoners in an attack a U.S. general said may have been an attempt to spark an uprising against their Amerikan guards.
U.S. Says June 30 Not 'A Magical Date' for Iraq The Bush dictatorship said on Tuesday the June 30th transfer of authority in Iraq was just a step toward self-rule and not "a magical date."
PLAN OF ATTACK: Cabinet Divided Cheney Was Unwavering in Desire to Go to War Tension Between Vice President [sic] and Powell Grew Deeper as Both Tried to Guide Bush's Decision --by Bob Woodward (third Washington Post excerpt) "In early January 2001, before Bush was inaugurated [coronated], [Dick] Cheney passed a message to the outgoing secretary of defense, William S. Cohen, a moderate Republican who served in the Democratic Clinton administration. 'We really need to get the president[sic]-elect briefed up on some things,' Cheney said, adding that he wanted a serious 'discussion about Iraq and different options.' The president[sic]-elect should not be given the routine, canned, round-the-world tour normally given incoming presidents. Topic A should be Iraq. Cheney had been secretary of defense during George H.W. Bush's presidency, which included the Gulf War, and he harbored a deep sense of unfinished business about Iraq. In addition, Iraq was the only country the United States regularly, if intermittently, bombed these days."
The book points to Cheney Vice president [sic] was obsessed with Iraq & had President[sic]'s ear --by Richard Cohen "After all, the intent to go to war had seemed to arise out of nowhere - a mere 72 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Where had it come from? My guess is Cheney. The Bush-Cheney relationship remains sealed. Woodward seems to have been a fly on the White House wall, but we learn little about what Bush and Cheney discussed when they were not in formal meetings. We do know, though, that Secretary of State Powell considered Cheney obsessed with Iraq and so determined to make the case for war that the vice president [sic] exaggerated the threat and, in some cases - this is me talking now - just plain lied."
Fables of the reconstruction A Coalition memo reveals that even true believers see the seeds of civil war in the occupation of Iraq --by Jason Vest "As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the ominous news with matter-of-fact optimism... But according to a closely held Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) memo written in early March, the reality isn't so rosy. Iraq's chances of seeing democracy succeed, according to the memo's author -- a U.S. government official detailed to the CPA, who wrote this summation of observations he'd made in the field for a senior CPA director -- have been severely imperiled by a year's worth of serious errors on the part of the Pentagon and the CPA, the U.S.-led multinational agency administering Iraq. Far from facilitating democracy and security, the memo's author fears, U.S. efforts have created an environment rife with corruption and sectarianism likely to result in civil war."
Bush, the uniter... of Sunni and Shia: An Iraqi intifada Now the war is being fought in the open, by people defending their homes --by Naomi Klein "Donald Rumsfeld claims that the resistance is just a few 'thugs, gangs and terrorists'. This is dangerous wishful thinking. The war against the occupation is now being fought out in the open, by regular people defending their homes and neighbourhoods - an Iraqi intifada... Both Sunni and Shia have seen their neighbourhoods attacked and their religious sites desecrated. Up against a shared enemy, they are beginning to bury ancient rivalries and join forces against the occupation. Instead of a civil war, they are on the verge of building a common front. You could see it at the mosques in Sadr City on Thursday: thousands of Shias lined up to donate blood, destined for Sunnis hurt in the attacks in Falluja. "We should thank Paul Bremer," Salih Ali told me. "He has finally united Iraq. Against him."
The return of people's war Iraq shows the west and its new liberal imperialists have forgotten the lessons of history --by Martin Jacques "It is now clear to everyone - apart from Donald Rumsfeld and his cronies - that, far from being a rump of Saddamist malcontents, the resistance enjoys broad based support among the Sunnis and increasingly the Shias too. The old truths are alive and well. People do not want to be ruled by an alien power from thousands of miles away whose interests are self-serving. The resistance in Iraq bears all the hallmarks of a people's war for self-determination. Iraq is far messier than Vietnam."
Iraq Debacle Claims Even More U.S. Lives --by Mike Hudson "'Mission accomplished'? 'Bring 'em on'? The words of a fool. Bush didn't even know what the mission was... Those people hate us. No one was more oppressed under Hussein's rule than the Shiites, and no one could be expected to be more grateful to us for his ouster. Yet the Shiites have gone to war with a vengeance, an ill-equipped ragtag army that has proven remarkably effective in killing our people. Predicting how this thing is going to end is a no-brainer, and we didn't have to sink this deep into the quagmire to figure it out. The president, whether he's Bush or Kerry, is going to declare victory and start bringing our troops home."
Bush harbours no worries because God's on his side --by Bill Kaufmann "No doubt Bush, on bended knee last year, also implored his lord to divinely hoodwink Americans with the weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's al-Qaida links catechism. And lo and behold, God really is on Bush's side. In Fallujah, which has become Iraq's Alamo, hundreds of people -- most reportedly civilians -- have been killed or disfigured in the American onslaught. The few reporters who have evaded American efforts to bar outside witness to the massacre describe scenes of women and children in pools of blood, next to a pile of severed limbs. Other witnesses told how American tanks invaded Baghdad's Sadr City, indiscriminately blasting homes, obliterating kids together with their parents. Motorists were incinerated in their cars when hit by U.S. missiles launched by those liberating helicopters. The American occupiers and their Iraqi stooges condemn reporting of the carnage as an incitement to violence."
Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power US Christian fundamentalists are driving Bush's Middle East policy --by George Monbiot "To understand what is happening in the Middle East, you must first understand what is happening in Texas. To understand what is happening there, you should read the resolutions passed at the state's Republican party conventions last month. Take a look, for example, at the decisions made in Harris County, which covers much of Houston."
Did Saudis assure Bush on oil prices? Report says prince pledged re-s-election support --The White House Monday declined to comment on a report in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward that a Saudi Arabian ambassador had promised the Bush dictatorship that it would lower oil prices to help boost the U.S. economy in time for the November presidential s-election.
George Bush trumps George Orwell: Bush plans world recruitment drive to arm for peace Facing a chronic shortage of foreign troops for peacekeeping missions, US Dictator George Bush has decided to launch an international drive to boost the supply of available forces. It calls for the United States to commit about $US660 million ($880 million) over the next five years to train, equip and provide logistical support to forces in nations willing to take part in peace operations. The Global Peace Operations Initiative will be aimed largely at Africa. It will expand the peacekeeping skills of African forces and encourage international military exercises in the region, where US officials say much of the need exists.
Former Pentagon official hired by Boeing pleads to conspiracy charge A former Pentagon official hired by Boeing after working on a controversial deal to lease tanker planes to the Air Force pleaded guilty to a criminal conspiracy charge, officials said.
Supreme Court Hears First Test of Bush Regime 'Anti-Terror' Tactics Supreme Court 'justices' seemed deeply divided over the fate of more than 600 men from 44 countries who have been held for more than two years at the Guantanamo camp, and about the underlying questions concerning presidential powers in wartime... Next week, the court takes up two related cases that may hit closer to home for many Americans. Those cases test Dictator Bush's power to detain U.S. citizens for long periods without charges, and with virtually no access to the outside world.
Elex Day red-circled by Ridge For the second day in a row, a 'top' Bush regime official warned there may be terrorist attacks in the coming months tied to the November s-elections. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge ticked off Election Day in November, the political conventions in July and August, the inauguration in January and several other dates that also might be targeted by Al CIAduh or other groups. [Yes, it is the 'other groups' that concern me, such as the Bush-Rove terror team, so that Homeland Suckyourity can go to Code Red, establish martial law, postpone and/or steal the election (again).]
US facing attack in leadup to November poll: Rice The United States is bracing for possible terrorist attacks before the November presidential s-election, the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, has said. The opportunity for terrorists to try to influence the election, as was the case last month in Spain, appears to be an opportunity that would "be too good to pass up for them [?!?]," Dr Rice said. ['Them?' Rice actually meant us. It would be an opportunity too good to pass up for us, the Bush dictatorship, to postpone and/or steal the election and continue their illegal occupation.]
G-8 Protest Organizer Finds Hurdles on Path to a Permit (GA) Thousands of antiglobalization protesters are expected June 8-10 when Dictator Bush plays host to the leaders of Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Russia on secluded Sea Island, which is near Brunswick. Savannah, Brunswick and surrounding counties have passed ordinances governing protest permits. The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue, saying the laws "place impermissible limits on free speech."
Ind. Rep. Hostettler Detained at Airport Five-term Republican Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana was briefly detained Tuesday when airport security workers found a handgun in his briefcase as he was going through a checkpoint on a trip back to Washington.
McKinney: 9 / 11 Probe to Justify Comments Cynthia McKinney, who as a Georgia congresswoman suggested that the Bush regime had prior warning of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, says an independent commission's investigation into the matter justifies her concerns. ..."The Bush administration keeps giving us answers that don't answer, explanations that don't explain, and conclusions that don't conclude,'' McKinney said in Friday's interview.
Timeline of Tragedy Picking up the pieces of 9-11, putting them in order, trying to make sense --by James Ridgeway "At the hub of the 9-11 research is Thompson's intricate timeline on the website of the Center for Cooperative Research (cooperativeresearch.org). As of April 19, the crisply written timeline consists of 1,382 items, beginning with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and running up to the present. In addition to the basic, annotated chronology, there are offshoot timelines for each of the four flights that day, along with a minute-by-minute recounting of President [sic] Bush's activities on 9-11."
Bush's campaign spending rises to a hefty $98M Dictator Bush has spent $98 million in his re-s-election campaign, nearly as much as he spent to win the Republican nomination four years ago.
Bush, Airing Ads, Spent Record $49.6 Mln in March Dictator George W. Bush spent a record $49.6 million in March, the most paid out in one month by any presidential campaign, as it spent at least $40 million on media advertisements.
Bush-Cheney 2000 to Pay $90,000 Civil Penalty For Failing to Disclose Recount Activity The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into a conciliation agreement with Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc. resulting from the failure to report to the FEC receipts and disbursements associated with its recount activities. Bush – Cheney 2000, Inc. has agreed to pay a $90,000 civil penalty.
Prepping for the 2004 Florida coup: Voters unable to have printed receipt Miami-Dade election officials say they can't install printers on the county's 7,200 voting machines in time for this year's presidential s-election because they lack state approval and the technology [?!?]. The reason the county cannot install the printers onto the touch-screen technology is because the state has not certified any printers for such use.
Kerry says Bush 'playing dirty' on environment Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Tuesday accused Dictator Bush of "playing dirty" by gutting the nation's environmental laws, contending that the dictator has reversed 30 years of progress.
Environmentalists Seek to Defeat Bush Three environmental groups launched a campaign Tuesday to defeat Dictator Bush and support Democratic candidate John Kerry, with plans to pinpoint voters in four battleground states where the environment is considered a priority.
Poll shows Toomey surging as GOP Senate primary nears A surge in support for conservative challenger Rep. Pat Toomey one week before the primary has narrowed incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter's lead in Pennsylvania's Republican race for U.S. Senate to a scant five percentage points, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Oregon Judge Orders Halt to Same Sex Marriages A judge on Tuesday ordered a halt to same-sex marriage in an Oregon county that for weeks has been the only place in the nation where gays can get married.
Group seeks removal of pro-gay marriage judges A group that opposes gay marriage has enlisted the help of a state legislator in a long-shot attempt to remove the four justices of the state's high court who ruled that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Pottery Barn faults Powell's breaking point Company says quote from official misstates policy on merchandise --Pottery Barn, the 174-store home furnishings chain found itself in the news over the weekend as author Bob Woodward released his new book about the Iraq war, Plan of Attack, and began talking about it. Mr. Woodward quotes Secretary of State Colin Powell as warning Dictator Bush that invading Iraq would produce a "Pottery Barn rule" – which Mr. Powell defined as "you break it, you own it." "The policy is completely incorrectly represented by the secretary of state," said Leigh Oshirak, director of public relations for the company... She said the company had not contacted Mr. Powell but would probably send him a gift basket – wrapped very securely.
'I Haven't Suffered Doubt' Bush wanted to invade Iraq. What's striking, Bob Woodward's new book reports, is how little he discussed it with anyone --In his interview with Woodward, conducted over two days in December of last year, Dictator Bush displayed no second thoughts about Iraq's postwar miseries or the failure to turn up any WMD. "I haven't suffered doubt," he told Woodward. When the author—quoting Bush's political adviser Karl Rove—suggested that "all history gets measured by outcomes," Bush "smiled," reports Woodward. " 'History,' he said, shrugging, taking his hands out of his pockets, extending his arms out and suggesting with his body language that it was so far off. 'We won't know. We'll all be dead'.
"The new book by Bob Woodward, 'Plan of Attack,' is making headlines, but Powell's critics say he gave far too much to Woodward, in an effort to paint himself as the clear-headed diplomat. Whatever Powell's motives, there's plenty of juice in Woodward's narrative of the ramp-up to war. And there's plenty of sources other than Colin Powell. A sampling: *The Bush administration took $700 million from appropriations the U.S. Congress had earmarked for the war in Afghanistan and used it for Iraqi planning, a move which could be illegal. *Saudi Prince Bandar learned of the attack plans on January 11, 2003, two days before Powell was told of the decision. *Bush on his father: '...there's a higher father that I appeal to...'" (The Countdown Lowdown) [no link, email summary from Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann]
PLAN OF ATTACK: Making the Case With CIA Push, Movement to War Accelerated Agency's Estimate of Saddam Hussein's Arsenal Became the White House's Rationale for Invasion --by Bob Woodward (second Washington Post excerpt) "The meeting was for presenting 'The Case' on WMD as it might be presented to a jury with Top Secret security clearances. There was great expectation. In addition to the president [sic], Cheney, Rice and White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. attended... When [Deputy Director John E.] McLaughlin concluded, there was a look on the president[sic]'s face of, What's this? And then a brief moment of silence. 'Nice try,' Bush said. 'I don't think this is quite -- it's not something that Joe Public would understand or would gain a lot of confidence from.' ...Bush turned to Tenet. 'I've been told all this intelligence about having WMD and this is the best we've got?' From the end of one of the couches in the Oval Office, Tenet rose up, threw him arms in the air. 'It's a slam-dunk case!' the director of central intelligence said. Bush pressed. 'George, how confident are you?' Tenet, a basketball fan who attended as many home games of his alma mater Georgetown University as possible, leaned forward and threw his arms up again. 'Don't worry, it's a slam dunk!'"
PLAN OF ATTACK : Deciding on War Behind Diplomatic Moves, Military Plan Was Launched 'We're Going to Have to Go to War,' Bush Said to Rice (first Washington Post excerpt) --by Bob Woodward " "[national security adviser Condoleezza] Rice was the only member of his war cabinet whom Bush directly asked for a recommendation of whether to go to war. 'What do you think?' he had asked her a few weeks before. 'Should we do this?' 'Yes,' she said. 'Because it isn't American credibility on the line, it is the credibility of everybody that this gangster can yet again beat the international system.' ...Other than Rice, Bush said he didn't need to ask the principal advisers whether they thought he should go to war. He knew what Vice President [sic] Cheney thought, and he decided not to ask Secretary of State Colin L. Powell or Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. 'I could tell what they thought,' the president [sic] recalled."
Woodward Shares War Secrets Journalist Bob Woodward calls his new book, Plan of Attack, the first detailed, behind-the-scenes account of how and why the dictator decided to wage war in Iraq. "And there's this low boil on Iraq until the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, 2001. This is 72 days after 9/11. This is part of this secret history. President [sic] Bush, after a National Security Council meeting, takes Don Rumsfeld aside, collars him physically, and takes him into a little cubbyhole room and closes the door and says, ‘What have you got in terms of plans for Iraq? What is the status of the war plan? I want you to get on it. I want you to keep it secret.'" Woodward says immediately after that, Rumsfeld told Gen. Tommy Franks to develop a war plan to invade Iraq and remove Saddam - and that Rumsfeld gave Franks a blank check.
White House reels from Woodward book A new book on the run up to last year's invasion of Iraq has rattled the White House with the most detailed account yet of the deep divisions within the Bush administrations over the war. Implicitly, it raises the question of why Colin Powell, Secretary of State and the chief in-house sceptic about the war, did not resign once it was clear he had lost the argument.
'Fables of Reconstruction' In an unusual move for the organization, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) will release what it promises will be a bombshell article related to the Iraq conflict at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday. The 3,000-word story, embargoed until Tuesday but obtained by E&P today, is based on a "closely held" memo purportedly written by a U.S. government official detailed to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). The memo offers a candid assessment of Iraq's bleak future -- as a country trapped in corruption and dysfunction -- and portrays a CPA cut off from the Iraqi people after a "year's worth of serious errors." The article is titled, "Fables of Reconstruction," with a subhed, "A Coalition memo reveals that even true believers see the seeds of civil war in the occupation of Iraq."
U.S. Marines engaged in 'silent war' near Syrian border The United States has been fighting what officials term a silent war with Syria which killed at least five soldiers over the weekend.
US attack on Iraqi city fought off US occupation forces have tried to storm the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim, but have been repelled by resistance fighters, Aljazeera's correspondent reports. The clash occurred after a mortar attack on a US military base in the Jamarik area in the city near the border with Syria on Saturday.
British troops 'may have to stay 10 years to keep order' British troops might have to stay in Iraq for up to 10 years to help local forces maintain 'security' after the proposed hand-over of power to the Iraqi government on 30 June, the commanding officer of UK forces in Basra has warned.
British troops 'in Iraq for ten years' • Brigadier Carter warns UK soldiers could be in Iraq for decade • Brigadier admits local forces too weak to maintain security after hand-over • British soldiers under attack from militia in Al Amarah, north of Basra --"We are in cloud-cuckooland if we think we are going to create overnight a police force that is accountable to the population. Certainly for a number of years to come, western forces are going to have to be there to support the police force" - Brigadier Nick Carter, Commander of British forces in Basra
Spain plans an earlier withdrawal from Iraq Spanish troops will return from Iraq within six weeks, or about a month earlier than the scheduled June 30 deadline, Defence Minister Jose Bono confirmed yesterday.
Poland planning pull-out of troops from Iraq Poland is planning to withdraw its troops from Iraq in the coming months, dealing another blow to the US-led occupation forces there.
Honduras to pull its troops out of Iraq In a blow to President George W. Bush and his coalition partners in Iraq, Honduras followed Spain on Monday in announcing it will pull its troops out of the country.
Comic strip characters lose legs in Iraq war The Iraq war is making it into America's comic strips. Two syndicated strips this week are featuring soldiers who lose one of their legs in the war.
The Wrong War --by Bob Herbert "Follow me, said the president [sic]. And, tragically, we did. With his misbegotten war in Iraq, his failure to throw everything we had at Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, and his fantasy of using military might as a magic wand to 'change the world,' President [sic] Bush has ushered the American people into a bloody and mind-bending theater of the absurd. Each act is more heartbreaking than the last... Meanwhile, instead of destroying the terrorists, our real enemies, we've energized them. The invasion and occupation of Iraq has become a rallying cry for Islamic militants. Qaeda-type terror is spreading, not receding."
Bush names [terrorist] Negroponte ambassador to Iraq U.S. Dictator George W. Bush says he will nominate John Negroponte, the 'top' American diplomat at the United Nations, to serve in the "very difficult job" of ambassador to Iraq after the planned hand-over of sovereignty on June 30. Negroponte will essentially replace civilian dictator Paul Bremer as the top U.S. official in Iraq [*See John Negroponte - Death Squad Protector.]
Backgrounder on terrorist John Negroponte According to the human rights organizations Derechos Human Rights and Equipo Nizkor, John Dimitri Negroponte was ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985. As such he supported and carried out a US-sponsored policy of violations to human rights and international law. Among other things he supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, where the US trained Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980's. The base was used as a secret detention and torture center, in August 2001 excavations at the base discovered the first of the corpses of the 185 people, including two Americans, who are thought to have been killed and buried at this base.
Dictator Campaigns to Make Patriot Act Permanent Dictator Bush said Monday that he considers it vital to national security for Congress to pass a permanent version of the USA Patriot Act, which has been criticized by some liberals and conservatives as giving the federal government too much power in the name of fighting terrorism.
Precautions Raised for Pre-s-election Terrorism Al Qaeda Intends to Strike, Officials Say --The U.S. intelligence community believes al Qaeda is intent on launching terrorist attacks in this country sometime before the November s-elections, a conclusion that yesterday prompted the Department of Homeland Security to announce that it is increasing precautions in a number of areas.
NYC D.A. calls political protest "a crime," urges jail for organizers In letter to court, DA demands heavier punishment based on dissent history, not criminal record --In a move widely regarded as an anti-dissent crackdown on behalf of the imminent Republican National Convention, the NYC District Attorney has defined protest speech as "criminal", urging jail time for activists who have a history of dissent.
Air Marshals Use Behavior to Spot Threats A pilot program using "behavior pattern recognition" is under way at Boston's Logan International Airport, where two of the planes used by the Sept. 11 hijackers took off. Air marshals, passenger screeners and state police stationed there have undergone special training in things to look for that could indicate a terrorist plot.
Using M.R.I.'s to See Politics on the Brain The political consultants discreetly observed from the next room as their subject watched the campaign commercials. The subject lay inside an M.R.I. machine, watching commercials playing on the inside of his goggles as neuroscientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, measured the blood flow in his brain. Instead of asking the subject, John Graham, a Democratic voter, what he thought of the use of Sept. 11 images in a Bush campaign commercial, the researchers noted which parts of Mr. Graham's brain were active as he watched. The active parts, they also noted, were different from the parts that had lighted up in earlier tests with Republican 'brains.'
Frist Funnels Cash to Daschle's Foe Senate Majority 'Leader' Bill Frist, R-insane-Tenn., is relying on his fund-raising strength to try to oust his Democratic rival — Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. Frist has helped funnel more than $150,000 so far this year to Republican John Thune, who is trying to unseat the three-term Daschle in what is expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races.
Kerry Assails Bush on Oil Senator Calls Alleged Price-Fixing Deal With Saudis 'Disgusting' --Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) lambasted Dictator Bush on Monday for creating a "sweetheart relationship" with Arab countries and called "disgusting" a Saudi government pledge, described in a new book, to cut oil prices before the s-election.
Fuel prices still rising across U.S. There is no relief for U.S. consumers at the gasoline pump, as the national price for motor fuel hit a record high for the fourth straight week, increasing 2.7 cents over last week to $1.813 a gallon on Monday, the government said. [Too bad Bush's secret deal with Prince Bandar bin Sultan doesn't kick in until the November s-election.]
Former Illinois Governor Urges World Halt Executions Former U.S. Republican governor, George Ryan, who stunned the nation by stopping executions in his state, called on the United Nations Monday to step up a campaign for worldwide abolition of the death penalty.
Lies, cover-ups, fat cats and an oil giant in crisis Shell admits deceiving shareholders; Sacked chairman savaged in report Shell was embroiled yesterday in Britain's biggest corporate scandal for almost 20 years after it admitted a three-year plan to deceive its shareholders.
Saudis learned of war plan before Powell - Woodward U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell learned about Dictator George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq after Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States had already been informed, journalist Bob Woodward said on Sunday. Woodward, author of a new book entitled, Plan of Attack, said in a CBS' 60 Minutes interview that Bush told national security leader Condoleezza Rice, Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld first about his decision to go to war in January 2003.
Saudis pledged oil price cut before US s-election-report Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, promised Dictator Bush the Saudis would cut oil prices before November to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day, journalist Bob Woodward said in a television interview Sunday. In an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes about his new book Plan of Attack on the Bush dictatorship's preparations for the Iraq war, Woodward, a senior editor at the Washington Post, said Prince Bandar pledged the Saudi's would try to fine-tune oil prices to prime the U.S. economy for the election -- a move they understood would favor Bush's re-s-election.
Deal made with Saudis to Influence November Election --by Shane Cory "In an underplayed interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night, Bob Woodward revealed some shocking accounts within his new book, Plan of Attack. Woodward's book unveils the plans for the march to Baghdad which secretly began long before President [sic] Bush admitted it to the public. Most interesting was the revelation by Woodward that George W. Bush made a deal with Saudi Arabia to lower fuel prices before the coming November election. The lowered prices would give the appearance of a strong economy in contrast to the current, record high prices."
Bremer: Iraqis Not Ready to Run Security Iraqi security forces will not be ready to protect the country against resistance fighters by the June 30 handover of power, the top U.S. administrator said Sunday — an assessment aimed at defending the continued heavy presence of U.S. troops here even after an Iraqi government takes over.
Spain to pull troops out 'as soon as possible' Minister says forces could return within 15 days --Spain announced last night it was expediting the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, jolting its occupation partners after another weekend of heavy losses and setbacks.
Spanish Premier Orders Soldiers Home From Iraq Spain's new Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, keeping a firm campaign promise, announced Sunday that he was ordering Spanish troops to leave Iraq "as soon as possible."
Cabinet Minister: Portugal might consider Iraq withdrawal if violence worsens Portugal will consider pulling its peacekeeping police out of Iraq if the fighting there worsens, a Cabinet minister said Friday.
12 US soldiers, 30 Others Killed As Violence Continues In Iraq At least 30 Iraqis and 12 more American troops have died in clashes between the local resistance fighters or in other combat during the past two days of unabated violence in this war-torn Gulf nation, the US military said here.
99 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Killed in April Ten U.S. troops were killed on Saturday in combat across Iraq — including five U.S. Marines killed in pitched battles near the Syrian border — and an eleventh soldier died in a tank rollover, the military said.
US military shuts roads to halt bomb attacks Angry Iraqis say country is grinding to a halt --The road north out of Baghdad to Samarra and Tikrit is now off limits. So is the route south to the two holy Shia cities of Kerbala and Najaf. Announcing the occupation's decision on Saturday, the US military spokesman Brig Gen Mark Kimmitt said the roads had been blocked off "for the foreseeable future" to prevent resistance fighters from planting bombs on the side of the road - a favourite tactic - and from attacking the US supply lines.
Rice: U.S. Will Not Negotiate for Soldier Release The United States will not negotiate for the release of an American soldier being held by resistance fighters in Iraq but is working to win the freedom of hostages there, 'top' regime officials said on Sunday.
Calm before the storm in Baghdad Iraqi capital braces itself for mujahideen onslaught --The threat is clear. 'Do not go out of your homes. Keep your families off the streets,' the leaflet says. 'The Combined Mujahideen Brigades are coming to Baghdad.' This weekend, the capital of Iraq was waiting...
Bush Letter Cites 'Crusade' Against Terrorism Years after Dictator Bush set off alarm bells in the Muslim world by referring to his war against terrorism as a "crusade," the word that Arabs equate with Christian brutality has resurfaced in a Bush campaign fund-raising letter, officials acknowledged on Sunday.
Women and children hit by 'random shooting' Many civilians killed, witnesses claim --Dozens of civilians, including children, are among the 600 or more Iraqis who have been killed and injured in the past two weeks of bombing and ground operations by the US marines trying to retake Falluja, doctors and witnesses say.
Who will speak out? US troops have carried out a massacre in Falluja, but MPs are silent --by Ronan Bennett "What does it take to get a New Labour politician to speak out on Iraq? I'm not talking about the likes of Blair, Hoon and Straw - key players so deeply implicated in the cruel tragedy of conquest and occupation that they have no option but to stay the course, even as it spirals into slaughter and chaos. But there are ministers and backbenchers with a history of commitment to human rights. What does it take to shock them out of their baffling silence?"
This Is A War Of Liberation And We Are The Enemy --John Pilger "Amnesty International reports that US-led forces have 'shot Iraqis dead during demonstrations, tortured and ill-treated prisoners, arrested people arbitrarily and held them indefinitely, demolished houses in acts of revenge and collective punishment'... It is said that British officers in Iraq now describe the 'tactics' of their American comrades as 'appalling'. No, the very nature of a colonial occupation is appalling, as the families of 13 Iraqis killed by British soldiers, who are taking the British government to court, will agree. If the British military brass understand an inkling of their own colonial past, not least the bloody British retreat from Iraq 83 years ago, they will whisper in the ear of the little Wellington-cum-Palmerston in 10 Downing Street: 'Get out now, before we are thrown out.' "
Bush's dangerous arrogance --by Henry Porter "Somewhere in the mesmerising performance by Robert S. McNamara, the former US Defence Secretary, in the film The Fog of War, he says: 'America has no friends, only allies.' It's a phrase that should be chiselled into the Cabinet table because each new Prime Minister believes that the special relationship, a phrase that is unrecognised in the States, entails special favours, access and status."
Spanish minister writes to Blair, the "jerk" Spain's new Defence Minister Jose Bono, best known abroad for calling Tony Blair a "complete jerk", has written to the prime minister to say it is time to put the comments behind them, a Spanish source says.
Blair: 'We did not realise how strong resistance would be' As Spain officially announced that it will pull out of Iraq, Poodle Tony Blair yesterday admitted the occupation had underestimated how unstable the security situation in the country would become after the toppling of Saddam Hussein.
Blair refused three offers to stay out of Iraq Book says Bush was concerned at PM's plight --Eleven days before the invasion of Iraq, Poodle Tony Blair was given three chances by Dictator George Bush to keep British troops out of the war at no political cost, but refused, according to a Plan of Attack, by Bob Woodward, published today.
Blair has lost his grip --by Charles Kennedy "The gravest error is the continuing insistence that Iraq is the front line in an uncompromising 'war' against terrorism... Not everyone who opposes the coalition is a terrorist. If Iraq is a haven for Islamic terrorists it is because of the invasion; there was no proven link with al-Qaeda before."
Hamas vows 'volcano' of revenge The armed wing of the radical Hamas movement on Sunday vowed to wreak a "volcano" of revenge against Israel for the state's assassination of Hamas leader Abdelaziz Rantissi, a statement sent to AFP said. "We will explode a volcano of revenge," the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades vowed a day after Rantissi was killed in an Israeli helicopter strike in the Gaza Strip.
Cheney 'deranged' says Pyongyang North Korea described US Vice pResident Dick Cheney as "mentally deranged" yesterday after he reiterated the United States' position on how to resolve a nuclear standoff with Pyongyang during his recent visit to South Korea.
Chavez Threatens to Stop Selling Oil to U.S. if It Doesn't Stop "intervening" in Venezuelan Affairs Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to stop selling oil to the United States if Washington doesn't stop "intervening in Venezuela's domestic affairs." "In (Dictator) Bush's case, he should cease the madness of directly intervening Venezuela's internal affairs. That would spark a conflict here, and it would be absurd to continue selling oil to them," Chavez told the Italian newspaper Liberazione in comments published Sunday by Venezuela's state news agency, Venpres.
[Take note: we have two world leaders, within the time-span of a day, calling Cheney and Bush 'mentally deranged' and 'mad.' Maybe it is time to remove the entire Bush junta from power, and save the world?]
NORAD had drills of jets as weapons In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties. In a third scenario, the target was the Pentagon — but that drill was not run after Defense officials said it was unrealistic, NORAD and Defense officials say.
Islamic leader warns London is attack target Various groups sympathetic to al-Qaida are preparing large-scale attacks against London, the leader of an Islamic group has said in remarks published in Portugal.
Imminent Threat? Report Suggests Terror Operatives 'In Place,' Possibly in America --U.S. intelligence officials have uncovered evidence of a potential terrorist attack, ABCNEWS has learned. Like many such tips, it is vague, but the government is disturbed enough that it held a rare conference call with local police to warn them. The intelligence, received a week ago but secret until now, is from known Muslim extremists who suggested an attack — possibly in the U.S. — was imminent, and that operatives were already "in place," sources tell ABCNEWS.
Rice: U.S. bracing for attacks before election -- The United States is bracing for possible terrorist attacks before the November presidential s-election, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. [Is Dictator Bush purposefully pursing an insane foreign policy agenda in order to trigger a terrorist attack on US soil? To that end, Bush could extend the Patriot Act, pass Patriot II, and even 'postpone' the general election. He cannot (legitimately) 'win' in November. Therefore, the Bush terror team needs a Weapon of Mass Distraction...]
White House and Justice Officials Had Fierce Debates Over How to Treat Americans With Suspected Al Qaeda Ties: Either Lock Up Indefinitely As 'Enemy Combatants' or Let System Work 'There Have Been Some Very Intense Disagreements,' Says Official In September 2002, a group of senior Bush dictatorship officials convened for a secret videoconference to make a difficult decision: what to do with six Americans suspected of conspiring with Al Qaeda. The Yemeni-born men from Lackawanna, N.Y., were accused of training at a camp in Afghanistan, where some had met Osama bin Laden. For Vice pResident Dick Cheney and his ally, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the answer was simple: the accused men should be locked up indefinitely as "enemy combatants," and thrown into a military brig with no right to trial or even to see a lawyer, Newsweek reports in the current issue. That's what authorities had done with two other Americans, Yaser Hamdi and Jose Padilla... Officials privately debated whether to name more Americans as enemy combatants -- including a truck driver from Ohio and a group of men from Portland. [When will the lead elements of the Bush terror team be labeled 'enemy combatants,' so that they can be locked up, indefinitely?]
Prisoners test legal limits of war on terror The Supreme Court on Tuesday will begin to consider whether the Bush dictatorship, in its drive to prevent more terrorist attacks after Sept. 11, devised a wartime legal strategy that went too far in restricting civil liberties. [Would this not be the 'perfect time' for the Bush-Rove terror team to allow another terrorist attack, so that the Bush Dictatorship can extend the Patriot Act and continue to detain 'enemy combatants?']
Stern belongs on radio just as much as Rush --by Roger Ebert "Of course you may disagree with me and prefer [Rush] Limbaugh. I may disagree with you and prefer [Howard] Stern. That is our right as Americans. What offends me is that the right wing, secure in its own right to offend, now wants to punish Stern to the point where he may be forced off the air. The big difference, of course, is that Stern's offenses usually have to do with sex and language, while Limbaugh's have to do with politics. Stern offends the puritan right, which doesn't seem to respect the American tradition of freedom of expression."
Poll finds support shifting away from Bush, a change since October survey A new national poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics suggests that Democratic presidential contender Senator John F. Kerry holds a 10-point lead over Dictator Bush among America's college students.
Bush Losing Ground in Rural America Voters in struggling outlying areas tend to identify with his values, but economic concerns are alienating some lifelong Republicans.
Death set to ignite tinderbox in Iraq Iraq was last night poised on the edge of a full-scale religious uprising as the assassination of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi fed oxygen to the tinderbox siege of the holy cities of Najaf and Falujah. Hundreds of foreign fighters, including Palestinians, have already poured into Iraq, the new front line in the battle against the "infidels", making the peaceful resolution of the siege of the Shiite holy city of Najaf a near impossibility.
Violence in Iraq will get even worse, says Blair Tony Blair will tell MPs tomorrow that Britain should be prepared for worse violence in Iraq in the coming weeks. The warnings came as the commander of British troops in southern Iraq, Brig Nick Carter, admitted that he would be powerless to prevent the overthrow of Occupation forces if the Shia majority in Basra rose up in rebellion.
U.S. casualties highest since Vietnam With fighting in Iraq now at its worst, the number of U.S. troops killed by enemy fire has reached the highest level since the Vietnam War. The first part of April has been the bloodiest period so far for U.S. troops in Iraq.
6 Marines, scores of Iraqis killed in fierce battle Six Marines were killed and scores of Iraqi resistance fighters were slain in a fierce 14-hour battle Saturday between Marines and mujahedeen fighters who slipped into Husaybah, a town near the Syrian border.
All roads to Baghdad close The US led occupation in Iraq has announced the closure of all major highways into and out of Baghdad. Coalition spokesmen have denied the closure has anything to do with threats by resistance fighters. [Yeah, right!]
Guard killed in Baghdad mortar attack A Sudanese national has been killed in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after two mortar rounds struck near two hotels used by security guards employed by the US-led occupation and foreign journalists.
Mutiny in the Ranks Neophyte Iraqi soldiers refused to follow U.S. orders only to find themselves stripped of their jobs—and their uniforms. As fierce fighting erupted in parts of Iraq in early April, the U.S.-led coalition tried to deploy U.S.-trained Iraqi units to quell the fighting. The results were disastrous: During the violence, many Iraqi police and civil defense personnel abandoned their posts, or joined Shiite militants loyal to renegade cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. What’s more, some soldiers of the first U.S.-trained battalion of the New Iraqi Army (NIA) deserted their unit or refused to follow orders.
US military 'pressuring' journalists The US military has been accused of threatening the media covering the conflict in Iraq and pressuring journalists into presenting a one-sided picture of events.
Bush's Iraq policy targeted by Kerry Senator John F. Kerry aimed a new volley of criticism at Dictator Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq yesterday, saying Bush's failure to ''internationalize" the conflict has made America less safe and cost it credibility and momentum.
Bush to give UN key role in Iraq Tony Blair secured George W Bush's agreement yesterday to allow the United Nations a key role in Iraq's future, as the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to making it a 'democracy.' Indicating that Washington had abandoned hopes of trying to impose its stamp on Baghdad, Dictator Bush said he supported UN plans for the Iraqi interim authority that will take power after June 30.
Hamas leader assassinated *Israel says it will continue eliminating 'terrorists' *Hamas says it has right to avenge death in kind --An Israeli missile strike killed Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi as he rode in his car on Saturday evening, hospital officials said. Rantissi’s son Mohammed and a bodyguard were also killed in the attack, hospital officials said.
Israel Kills Top Hamas Leader in Missile Strike Israel assassinated top Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, drawing a threat of 100 revenge attacks from the militant Palestinian group rocked by another major blow before a planned U.S.-backed pullout from Gaza.
White House Won't Criticize Assassination The White House declined to criticize Israel's missile strike assassination of a top Hamas leader Saturday, saying instead that Israel has the right to defend itself from 'terrorist' attacks and urging Palestinians to use restraint in responding.
Straw and White House at Odds over Hamas Chief's Killing Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s condemnation of the assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi was starkly at odds today with the White House, which said Israel "had the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks". While Mr Straw claimed the killing was "unlawful" and "counter-productive", US officials refused to criticise the raid, but said they were "gravely concerned" over the stability of the region.
A Clear and Present Danger to the World --by Kevin Toolis "He is the most dangerous man in the world. A warmonger. A crackpot fundamentalist. A fanatic and a fool who has only the barest grasp of the killing power of the forces under his command. His name is George W Bush and his main battle plan is to set the world on fire. September 11 was a crime against humanity but from Afghanistan to Iraq, and now in Israel, Bush has blazed a purposeless trail of destruction and multiplied the dangers of terrorism a thousand-fold. The War Against Terror has turned into a war of terror in Iraq as American troops butcher their way through the civilian population in pursuit of an enemy that grows stronger daily with each dead Iraqi civilian." [A must read]
Bush Blows It Again --by Charley Reese "President [sic] George W. Bush continues to mislead the American people as to the cause of terrorism directed against the United States... It's no wonder he has to lie through his teeth to try to explain terrorism. We are not victims of terrorism because terrorists hate us or democracy or freedom. We are victims of terrorism because George Bush's policies inflict grievous harm on Palestinians, on Afghans and on Iraqis. One hates to say it, but Osama bin Laden makes more sense than Bush." [A must read]
We need foreign troops for 10 years: Karzai *Eight Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack --Afghanistan will still need the presence of foreign soldiers for another 10 years, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview with a German news magazine to appear on Monday.
Evidence gathers for the 'LIHOP Laundry List' [*Term coined by CLG reader, John Hoaglund, Ph.D. LIHOP: 'Let It Happen On Purpose'] 9/11 Files Show Warnings Were Urgent and Persistent In August, C.I.A. officials prepared a briefing about the possibility of Qaeda operations inside the United States, including the use of aircraft in terror attacks. The briefing paper was presented to Mr. Bush on Aug. 6 at his Texas ranch. The memorandum, declassified on April 10 by the White House at the commission's request, included some ominous information. It said that Qaeda operatives had been in the United States for years, might be planning an attack in the United States and could be focusing on a building in Lower Manhattan as a target. Mr. Bush said the Aug. 6 report was not specific enough to order new actions.
CIA Warned of Attack 6 Years Before 9/11 Six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA warned in a classified report that Islamic extremists likely would strike on U.S. soil at landmarks in Washington or New York, or through the airline industry, according to intelligence officials.
British intelligence put in the dock over failure to prevent September 11 attacks 14 April 2004 --Britain was accused yesterday of failing to provide in sufficient time crucial information about an alleged accomplice of the 11 September hijackers that could potentially have allowed investigators to detect and disrupt the al-Qa'ida plot.
9/11 commissioner: 'I've received threats' Gorelick says she won't step down; FBI investigating --Jamie Gorelick, a [Democratic] member of the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, said Saturday that she received death threats this week after a number of conservatives alleged that her former work in the Justice Department may have contributed to failures leading to the attacks.
Bush Attempting to Replace U.S. Archivist --by Bruce Craig "HISTORICAL AND ARCHIVAL COMMUNITIES URGE SENATE HEARING ON ARCHIVIST OF THE U.S. POSITION --Concern is growing within the archival and historical communities regarding the Bush administration's hoped for 'fast-track' process to replace Archivist of the United States John Carlin with one of its own choosing -- historian Allen Weinstein. According to informed sources, the administration hopes to short-circuit the normal confirmation process and see Weinstein confirmed through an 'expedited' process. Their goal -- place Weinstein in the position prior to the November [s]election. According to Hill insiders, the effort to replace Carlin is coming from the highest levels of the White House. Reportedly, Karl Rove who is widely viewed as one of the president[sic]'s chief political advisors, if not his political mastermind and, Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President, want their own archivist in place for two overarching reasons: first, because of the sensitive nature of certain presidential and executive department records likely to be opened in the near future, and second, because there is genuine concern in the White House that the president [sic] may not be re-[s]elected."
Bush Pushes Renewal of Patriot Act Dictator Bush on Saturday urged the U.S. Congress to renew the Patriot Act, the post-Sept. 11, 2001 law that beefs up law enforcement powers, as he sought to highlight his national security credentials.
FBI Secret Warrant Requests Up 85 Percent The number of secret surveillance warrants sought by the FBI has increased 85 percent in the past three years, a pace that has outstripped the Justice Department's ability to quickly process them.
Karl 'Goebbels' Rove Regrets 'Mission Accomplished' Banner A controversial "Mission Accomplished" banner used as a backdrop to Dictator Bush's speech aboard an aircraft carrier last May was a mistake, Bush's political adviser, [Nazi] Karl Rove, told a newspaper.
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Bush's Chicken-hawks exposed!! Citing His Vietnam Service, Kerry Assails Cheney, Rove Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said Friday that he is tired of having his commitment to national security questioned by Republicans who never served in the military. He singled out Vice pResident Cheney and White House senior adviser Karl Rove by name, saying they "went out of their way to avoid" service during the Vietnam War.
Edwards wins N.C. caucus North Carolina Democrats sent a belated Valentine's Day card to Sen. John Edwards today, handing him a decisive victory in the party's first-ever presidential caucus. Some Democrats said their vote was meant to be a political telegram to Kerry's Boston headquarters: Choose Edwards to be your vice presidential running mate.
Zapatero sworn in as Spanish prime minister Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was sworn in as Spanish prime minister on Saturday by King Juan Carlos, completing a shakeup of Spanish politics in the wake of last month's train bombings.
Spain to legalise gay marriage Incoming Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says Spain will legalise homosexual marriages and grant equal rights to gay couples.
Nafta Tribunals Stir U.S. Worries After the highest court in Massachusetts ruled against a Canadian real estate company and after the United State Supreme Court declined to hear its appeal, the company's day in court was over. Or so thought Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Massachusetts court, until she learned of yet another layer of judicial review, by an international tribunal.
Columbine Father Challenges Cheney on Guns A man whose son was killed in the Columbine High School shootings literally walked in his child's shoes to the National Rifle Association convention, where he hoped Vice pResident Dick Cheney would address the federal assault weapons ban set to expire in September.
Warming Climate Disrupts Alaska Natives' Lives Anyone who doubts the gravity of global warming should ask Alaska's Eskimo, Indian and Aleut elders about the dramatic changes to their land and the animals on which they depend.
Scientists stirred to ridicule ice age claims Climate scientists have been stirred to ridicule claims in an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow, that global warming could trigger a new ice age, a scenario also put forward in a controversial report to the US military.
MoveOn Bake Sales Raise Anti-Bush Funds Raising money to unseat Dictator Bush was a cakewalk Saturday, when a liberal advocacy group said it organized at least 1,000 bake sales nationwide to raise money for the effort.
Bush Began to Plan War Three Months After 9/11 Beginning in late December 2001, Dictator Bush met repeatedly with Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks and his war cabinet to plan the U.S. attack on Iraq even as he and regime spokesmen insisted they were pursuing a diplomatic solution, according to a new book on the origins of the war [Plan of Attack, by Bob Woodward]. Woodward describes a relationship between Vice pResident Cheney and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell that became so strained Cheney and Powell are barely on speaking terms. Powell felt Cheney and his allies -- his chief aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith and what Powell called Feith's "Gestapo" office -- had established what amounted to a separate government. Before the war with Iraq, Powell bluntly told Bush that if he sent U.S. troops there "you're going to be owning this place." Powell and his deputy and closest friend, Richard L. Armitage, used to refer to what they called "the Pottery Barn rule" on Iraq: "You break it, you own it," according to Woodward.
Journalist Shares War Secrets Bob Woodward discusses his new book [Plan of Attack], which reveals secret details of the White House’s plans to attack Iraq on 60 Minutes, Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. In the interview, Woodward talked about how the Bush regime was able to finance secret preparations for the Iraq war. "...The end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president [sic] approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. ...Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
Powell Said to Have Warned Bush Before the War, a New Book Says Two months before the invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned Dictator Bush about the potential negative consequences of a war, citing what Mr. Powell privately called the "you break it, you own it" rule of military action, according to a new book [Plan of Attack, by Bob Woodward]. Mr. Powell is described as having clashed in particular with Vice pResident Dick Cheney, whom Mr. Woodward describes as a "powerful, steamrolling force" advocating the war who was preoccupied with reports of links between Saddam Hussein and the Qaeda terrorist network.
Book: Bush secretly ordered Iraq plan Advisers kept in dark --Dictator Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book [Plan of Attack, a behind-the-scenes account of the 16 months leading to the Iraq invasion, by Bob Woodward] on his Iraq policy.
Dictator's men bitterly split on Iraq Bob Woodward's book, Plan of Attack, portrays a pre-war White House as a scheming and divided place, presided over by a sometimes hapless George Bush, driven towards war by a forceful vice-pResident, Dick Cheney, and an overly confident CIA.
Scholars Condemn U.S. 'Genocide' In Iraq The U.S. occupation forces should halt their "brutal genocide" against Iraqis and international community has to intervene for stopping this aggression that does not exempt even mosques or sanctities, 67 world Muslim scholars said in a statement.
U.S. Forces Kill 15 In Fresh Fallujah 'Massacre': Iraqis At least 15 people were killed and 20 others injured in overnight U.S. military offensive on Fallujah, according to news reports Friday, April 16. As dusk fell U.S. forces exchanged machine gun fire and bombarded parts of the city with grenade launchers, reported Reuters. The casualties could be much higher in the densely-populated town, where more than 300,000 people live. "I intend to use AC 130 gunships every night" on Fallujah, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Brennan Byrne told Agence France-Presse (AFP) without giving further details of the attack. Byrne said his troops were "definitely in the killing business now".
U.S. deploys loud music, insults in Fallujah In Fallujah's darkened, empty streets, U.S. troops blast AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and other rock music full volume from a huge speaker, hoping to grate on the nerves of this Sunni Muslim city's gunmen and give a laugh to marines along the front line. Unable to advance farther into the city, an Army psychological operations team hopes a mix of heavy metal and insults shouted in Arabic — including, "You shoot like a goat herder" — will draw gunmen to step forward and attack.
'Getting aid past US snipers is impossible' --by Jo Wilding. She and two other foreign nationals have been inside Falluja for the past week, providing medical and humanitarian aid "Everybody in Falluja has lost someone... Food and medical aid is now arriving but the problem is getting the aid around the city. A lot of it is delivered to the mosque, but then getting it to the hospitals, past the American snipers, is proving to be impossible."
U.S. Should Brag Less About Precision Bombs: U.S. Paper In an editorial Monday, March 31, a leading U.S. mass-circulation newspaper said the U.S. invasion forces should boast less about precision bombs, which claimed the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians over the past few days. "The widely publicized civilian deaths have generated anger at the United States and sympathy for Iraq in many nations. The incidents inevitably raise the question: How precise are our much-touted precision weapons?" The New York Times said.
Sadr's Followers Vow War if U.S. Attacks Iraq City Moqtada al-Sadr's core supporters vowed on Friday there would be all-out war if U.S. forces stormed Najaf, saying Iraq's Sh'ite Muslims would not let another of their leaders be killed with impunity.
U.S. Soldiers Fight Shiite Militiamen Explosions shook a riverbank as U.S. soldiers battled Shiite militiamen outside the southern city of Kufa Friday. The fighting came as the U.S. military held its first direct negotiations in an attempt to end fighting in Fallujah... Five civilians caught in the crossfire were killed and 14 wounded, hospital officials said.
Private security firms call for more firepower in combat zone Private military companies guarding foreign contractors in Iraq are demanding the right to carry more powerful weapons after the deaths of a number of bodyguards during a series of major battles with Iraqi resistance fighters.
Guard unit families launch Web site to nix extended tour Families of the Madison-based Wisconsin National Guard military police unit that had its tour of duty extended 120 days at the last minute are mounting a campaign to reverse the extension. The families created an Internet site listing the telephone numbers of Wisconsin members of Congress and urged people to call them on behalf of the Guard's 32nd Military Police Company, which was called up to active duty in March 2003 and sent to Iraq last May.
Iraq duty deters re-enlistment The number of soldiers staying in the Army is falling just as the demand is increasing in Iraq. Military personnel experts have warned that full-time soldiers and members of the Guard and Reserve could begin leaving this year because of the strains of service, including longer and more frequent overseas missions.
Portugal may withdraw troops from Iraq if situation worsens: minister Portugal may withdraw its national guard contingent from Iraq if the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate, Interior Minister Antonio Figueiredo Lopes said.
U.S. Soldier Shown Captive on Videotape Videotape broadcast Friday showed a tense and frightened U.S. soldier held captive by masked gunmen who said they want to trade him for men imprisoned by the U.S.-led occupation. The kidnappers also suggested they were holding other hostages.
Video shows GI in custody of Iraqi resistance fighters The Arab TV station Al-Jazeera said Friday it received video showing a U.S. soldier in the custody of resistance fighters.
Resistance fighters turn to abduction to fracture U.S.-led occupation Dozens of foreigners kidnapped in the past week --Before this month, only a handful of abductions of Westerners had occurred in Iraq. But in just the past eight days, at least 28 foreign nationals have been seized. Hostage-taking has mushroomed into a key part of the broad strategy seemingly designed to fracture the international occupation in Iraq and drive out U.S. allies, and ultimately the United States itself.
Radioactive materials disappearing in Iraq Iraq's nuclear facilities remain unguarded, and radioactive materials are being taken out of the country, the UN's nuclear watchdog agency reported after reviewing satellite images and equipment that has turned up in European scrap yards.
Anti-war protest planned at Blair's home Anti-war protesters will demonstrate near the prime minister's official residence today to call for a withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq.
"I think that some heads should roll over Iraq" --Retired general assails U.S. policy on Iraq --Warnings ignored, says retired Marine --Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be caught off guard by the chaos in Iraq that has killed nearly 100 Americans in recent weeks and led to his announcement that 20,000 U.S. troops would be staying there instead of returning home as planned. "I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling him that it was going to be thus," said Zinni, a Marine for 39 years and the former commander of the U.S. Central Command. "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?" For years Zinni said he cautioned U.S. officials that an Iraq without Saddam Hussein would likely be more dangerous to U.S. interests than one with him because of the ethnic and religious clashes that would be unleashed. "I think that some heads should roll over Iraq," Zinni said. "I think the president [sic] got some bad advice."
Americans Not Ready to Leave Saudi Arabia Amid new security fears, some American citizens in Saudi Arabia said Friday they are being more cautious but were in no rush to leave the kingdom - despite a U.S. State Department recommendation.
US warns Americans to leave Saudi Arabia The United States government today warned Americans to leave Saudi Arabia because of the terror threat as Tony Blair flew to meet George Bush in Washington.
CIA warned of attacks as early as 1995 Six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA warned in a classified report that Islamic extremists likely would strike on U.S. soil at landmarks in Washington or New York, or through the airline industry, according to intelligence officials.
Contingency planning Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies --Story and Photos by Dennis Ryan MDW News Service --Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2000 — "The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas. Don Abbott, of Command Emergency Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the flames. The Pentagon was a model and the 'plane crash' was a simulated one. The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room."
Contingency planning --Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies --Photolog
"Incurious George" - has dictator a new title? "Incurious," a rarely used word, is making a curious comeback as pundits dust it off to describe Dictator George W. Bush's alleged lack of curiosity about intelligence reports prior to September 11, 2001, according to a California language expert.
[Hypocritical Whackjob] DeLay Criticizes Sept. 11 Commission House Majority 'Leader' Tom DeLay urged the chairman of the Sept. 11 commission Friday to tone down "partisan mudslinging" by the group's members, saying it could undermine the credibility of the final report.
New rail security plan to be tested Travelers to be screened at station in Maryland --The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin testing techniques for improving passenger rail security at a Maryland station served by Amtrak and commuter trains that run between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The agency will screen passengers, but not the way it is done at airports. Government security officials say they have discussed whether to compare the names of railroad ticket buyers to "watch lists," as is done with airplane passengers.
FBI said buried by security demands The number of secret surveillance warrants sought by the FBI has increased 85 percent in the past three years, a pace that has outstripped the Justice Department's ability to process them quickly.
Dictator Bush Nominates, Appoints 24 to Various Posts Dictator Bush nominated or appointed 24 people to various posts on Friday. Bush used the presidential [SIC. That would be 'dictatorial.'] power to appoint four nominees while Congress is in recess -- something that has infuriated Democrats, especially when it involves judges.
Student newspapers denied access to presidential [sic] visit Three student newspapers were not allowed to cover Dictator Bush's visit to Des Moines on Thursday. Mike Allsup, reporter for the DMACC Chronicle, said he was later contacted by the White House press office and told the dictator didn't want students covering the event in Des Moines. "The fact they called me and told me that really pissed me off," he said.
Conn. Governor Accepted Gift Certificates [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland, already under investigation for receiving gifts from contractors, also spent thousands of dollars at a posh men's clothing store, much of it paid for with gift certificates from friends and employees, his lawyer acknowledged Friday. Federal investigators are also looking into Rowland's dealings with state contractors.
How to Gag On 'The Passion' Nine fun-filled ways Mel Gibson's brutal snuff film makes a mockery of true belief. Clip n' save! --by Mark Morford "Perhaps you, like so many across the planet, are more than a bit baffled by the runaway success of 'The Passion of the Christ.' Perhaps you, furthermore, are more than slightly disturbed that millions have flocked to this bizarre ultraviolent blood-drenched revisionist flick and that so many actually believe its story to be absolutely true, and that it just surpassed 'The Return of the King' in total box office and is the No. 8 most successful film of all time and it was No. 1 again across BushCo's flyover states during Easter weekend and has sold 650,000 books and 125,000 creepy pewter nail necklaces and you find it all just incredibly warped and disheartening and what the hell is the world coming to." [a must read]
Shia leader draws 'red line' round Najaf as US troops mass outside Iraq's most powerful Shia spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned the United States against entering the holy city of Najaf in pursuit of his militant rival, Moqtada al-Sadr, it was reported yesterday. A senior Shia source told Reuters that Ayatollah Sistani had declared Najaf a "red line".
Six killed in US attacks on Falluja At least six people have been killed and more than 23 wounded during overnight attacks by Amerikan warplanes in Falluja, which the US has described as "contained".
US troops shell Fallujah mosque The second largest mosque in the besieged city of Fallujah was shelled by US forces today, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
Marines in Fallujah trade 'culturally sensitive' training for bullets On a rooftop overlooking Fallujah's industrial wasteland, Lance Cpl. Tom Browne pokes his machine gun muzzle out of a hole in a barrier wall, singing to himself to pass the time. In the street below, the corpse of a resistance fighter suspect lies baking in the sun. Browne, from Boston, says he has killed several rebels, probably Iraqis, so far. "I don't even think about those people as people,'' he says.
Polish forces criticize US over Iraq Sadr violence Polish forces in Iraq said on Thursday they were blindsided by the violence caused by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers because U.S. officials did not warn them of actions that triggered the bloodshed. Lt. Col. Robert Strzelecki, a spokesman for the Poles, said the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority did not inform the multinational division in advance of shutting down a newspaper associated with Sadr or about the apprehension of a key lieutenant to the Shi'ite cleric.
Contractors flee Iraq, even as U.S. plans to bolster forces Foreign contractors scrambled to catch planes leaving Iraq on Thursday, even as three Japanese hostages were released and the Pentagon announced it's beefing up U.S. forces in Iraq by extending tours of duty.
Three Japanese Hostages Freed in Iraq Three Japanese were freed by their captors Thursday, a day after other kidnappers executed an Italian - the first known killing of a hostage in Iraq's wave of kidnappings. One of the Japanese wept as Sunni clerics tried to comfort her after securing their release.
Foreign workers told to quit Iraq Foreign nationals are being urged to flee Iraq as governments and private companies react to growing insecurity and a wave of kidnappings.
Probe Casts Doubt on Iraq Nuclear Security Some Iraqi nuclear facilities appear to be unguarded, and radioactive materials are being taken out of the country, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency reported after reviewing satellite images and equipment that has turned up in European scrapyards.
Syria Says U.S. Asked for Help With Iraq Secretary of State Colin Powell has asked Syria's president to help in stabilizing Iraq, Syria's official news agency said Thursday.
Rumsfeld: Iraq Toll Higher Than Expected Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that the death toll of U.S. troops in recent fighting in Iraq was higher than he had expected, acknowledging a change in plans as he announced thousands of soldiers won't be coming home as early as promised.
US troops to stay longer in Iraq Some 20,000 US troops now serving in Iraq will have their tour of duty extended, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has announced.
Blair to seek new UN resolution on Iraq Tony Blair said today he was seeking a new UN resolution to drive forward the process of transferring sovereignty back to the people of Iraq. He denied repeated claims that there was a transatlantic rift over how to deal with the growing crisis in Iraq.
The Vietnam Analogy --by Paul Krugman "The irony is painful. One of the real motives for the invasion of Iraq was to give the world a demonstration of American power. It's a measure of how badly things have gone that now we're told we can't leave because that would be a demonstration of American weakness. Again, the parallel with Vietnam is obvious. Remember the domino theory?"
Iraq war takes on form of George W.'s Vietnam --by Bill Press "'This has been tough weeks for that country.' With those mangled eight words, President [sic] Bush began his pathetic news conference on Iraq. Hastily scheduled to stop the bleeding from weeks of criticism about his inaction before Sept. 11 and his rush to war in Iraq, the president[sic]'s prime-time appearance was instead a total bust. He didn't answer one single question. He rambled incoherently. And he proved himself hopelessly out of touch with reality."
Bush Pirates Shipwrecked in Iraq (The Black Commentator) "George Bush presided at a wake this week. White American Manifest Destiny is dead, rotting ignominiously somewhere in Iraq. Neither Bush nor the corpse knows it yet, but the stench is pervasive and unmistakable... 'We're changing the world.' Bush offered variations on the mantra five times during his session with the servile corporate press, April 13. Bush and his Pirates have been vowing to remake the world since at least 1992, when Bush Sr. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Under-Secretary Paul Wolfowitz drew up a strategy to 'establish and protect a new order' that would deter 'potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.'...The Plan has come utterly undone in Iraq, in full view of a wired planet." [*See: Project for the New American Century]
Telling Bush he has got it wrong is what Blair must do Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook on an historic challenge facing the Prime Minister --"Half the problem is that a year after 'liberating' Iraq, President [sic] Bush will keep discussing the continuing US presence in the terms of 'waging a war', 'staying on the offensive' and 'defeating enemies'. There is no prospect of his leading a successful reconstruction of Iraq so long as he regards large parts of its population as enemies."
Lawyer condemns disgraceful behaviour of establishment (Aus.) "Nothing short of disgraceful" was how the lawyer appointed by the army to investigate the serious grievances of Lieutenant-Colonel Lance Collins described the defence establishment's treatment of the senior intelligence officer in his damning report.
International court cases to be brought against US Ambassador to Venezuela, Charles S. Shapiro On April 11, in Caracas, the Venezuelan group ASOVIC (Association of Victims of the April 11, 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez) announced that they would file charges in US courts, and in the World Court in the Hague, against US Ambassador to Venezuela, Charles Shapiro, for his involvement in sniper shootings at the Llaguno Bridge during the coup at the Miraflores Palace that left several people dead, including a journalist.
Private U.S. Citizens Urged to Leave Saudi Arabia The State Department on Thursday "strongly urged" private U.S. citizens to leave Saudi Arabia as it announced plans to order some U.S. diplomats out the country because of security concerns.
Bush Dictatorship Considers a Post for National Intelligence Director The White House is weighing whether to pre-empt the Sept. 11 commission's final report this summer by embracing a proposal to create a powerful new post of director of national intelligence, regime officials said on Thursday.
Hijackers fly into Pentagon? No chance, said top brass 'Unrealistic' war game pooh-poohed before 9/11 --Five months before the September 11 attacks, US military planners suggested a war game to practise a response to a terrorist attack using a commercial airliner flown into the Pentagon, but senior officers rejected the scenario as "too unrealistic".
Republican Lawmaker Urges 9/11 Panelist to Quit A Republican [whackjob] lawmaker on Wednesday called on a Democratic member of the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to step down due to a conflict of interest, but the commission's chief dismissed the request as "silly."
Head Spook Sputters --by Maureen Dowd "If only Osama had faxed an X-marks-the-spot map to the Crawford ranch showing the Pentagon, the Capitol, the twin towers and the word 'BOOM!' scrawled in Arabic. That might have sparked sluggish imaginations. Or maybe not. Only a couple of weeks after the endlessly vacationing President [sic] Bush got his Aug. 6, 2001, briefing with the shivery headline 'Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,' the C.I.A. chief, George Tenet, and other top agency officials received a briefing about the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui after his suspicious behavior in a Minnesota flight school. And that had another shivery headline: 'Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly.'..."
Test Screening Planned for Trains at Maryland Station The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin testing techniques for 'improving' passenger rail security at a station in New Carrollton, Md., that is served by Amtrak and commuter trains that run between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, according to government officials.
Anti-Kerry Ad on Terrorist Video Game Site A Republican ad criticizing Democrat John Kerry is on an Internet video game site in which a player can pretend to be a cartoon Dictator Bush killing terrorists who have invaded the White House. [a cartoon simulating a bad cartoon]
Weekly Jobless Claims Jump by 30,000 The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits, after having fallen to the lowest level in four years, shot up last week by the biggest amount since late 2002. The new report dealt a setback to hopes that the economy is finally beginning to produce a sustained recovery in jobs.
IMF report warns on U.S. deficits Report suggests stimulative effect of deficits will erode as budget tightens, interest rates rise. A new report from the International Monetary Fund suggests deficit spending by the United States has supported global recovery over the past several years but warns that its adverse effects on long-term interest rates cannot be delayed for long.
474 Counties Fail Federal Air Standards EPA Says 31 States Must Develop New Pollution Controls --The Environmental Protection agency told officials in 31 states Thursday they must develop new pollution controls because the air in some of their counties, home to more than 150 million people, does not meet federal health standards.
Expert Kept From Speaking at Antidepressant Hearing Top Food and Drug Administration officials admitted yesterday that they barred the agency's top expert from testifying at a public hearing about his conclusion that antidepressants cause children to become suicidal because they viewed his findings as alarmist and premature [?!?].
Company's Mad Cow Tests Blocked USDA Fears Other Firms' Meat Would Appear Unsafe [?!?] --To Creekstone Farms manager Bill Fielding, his company's idea does not seem unreasonable. In order to satisfy its very important customers in Japan -- customers the company needs to survive -- Creekstone wants to test for mad cow disease every one of the cattle it slaughters. To do that, Creekstone has spent more than $500,000 to build the first mad cow testing lab in an American slaughterhouse, and it has hired seven chemists and biologists to operate it. But there is a big obstacle in the way of Creekstone's mad cow initiative: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not allow it. The company has all the equipment it needs, but it does not have the kit of chemical reagents needed to run the tests. In the United States, the USDA controls the sale of those kits, and the agency ruled last week that only labs in the U.S. government's testing program can buy them.
Massachusetts' Romney Seeks to Delay Gay Marriages Massachusetts [Republican] Governor Mitt Romney, trying to stop his state from becoming the first in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage, proposed legislation that would delay a court ruling requiring such unions to be sanctioned by May 17.
Gay marriage rights lead Spanish PM's drive for sexual equality The incoming prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, set Spain on a radical course of social change yesterday by promising to legalise gay marriage and amend the constitution to give women the equal right of succession to the throne.
Australian cities face locust plague Millions of locusts swarmed towards Australia's second biggest city, Melbourne, yesterday, and the insects were also reported to be nearing the southern city of Adelaide.
Deaths of scores of mercenaries not reported At least 80 foreign mercenaries - security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American companies - have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq. [The Reichwing media needs to stop prevaricating and move away from the 'civilian contractor' misnomer.]
April becomes deadliest month for U.S. troops U.S. warplanes and helicopters firing heavy machine guns, rockets and cannons hammered resistance fighters Wednesday in the besieged city of Fallujah, and the commander of U.S. Marines here warned that a fragile truce was near collapse. With officials reporting four more Marines killed, the death toll of 87 U.S. troops in April made it the deadliest month since the military set foot in Iraq.
Anbar Fighting, Roadside Bomb Near Baghdad Claim American Lives Four Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died in recent fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, and a roadside bomb south of Baghdad claimed the life of a 1st Infantry Division soldier.
U.S. Launches Heavy Fire on Fallujah U.S. warplanes and helicopters firing heavy machine guns, rockets and cannons hammered resistance fighters Wednesday in the besieged city of Fallujah, and the commander of U.S. Marines here warned that a fragile truce was near collapse.
Iraqi 'beaten to death' by US troops An Iraqi has died of his wounds after US troops beat him with truncheons because he refused to remove a picture of wanted Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr from his car, police said today.
Two More Japanese Reported Kidnapped in Iraq Two Japanese civilians have been kidnapped in Iraq in addition to three taken hostage last week, Japanese media said on Thursday, as the killing of an Italian captive looked set to raise tensions in Japan.
Italian man becomes first hostage to be executed Italy's support for the Amerikan-led war in Iraq was again placed under pressure last night as it was revealed that an Italian hostage had been executed by his Iraqi kidnappers.
Bremer 'is powerless to restrain the US military' Divisions within the US 'leadership' in Baghdad are hampering negotiations to end the stand-off between the radical cleric Muqtada Sadr and the 2,500 Amerikan troops who are surrounding him.
Bush 'enforcer' for Iraq The American governor of Iraq is to be replaced within weeks by a controversial diplomat [Nazi], the Evening Standard has learned. Paul Bremer is to give up his post as leader of the Coalition Provisional Authority when sovereignty is handed over to a new Iraqi governor on 30 June. He will be replaced as America's most senior representative in Iraq by John Negroponte, the US ambassador to the UN and one of Washington's most controversial figures.
Hardline Amerikan diplomat handed top job in Baghdad Britain and the United States are to appoint top-level diplomats to become their first ambassadors to Iraq as part of the transfer of sovereignty to a new interim government. The handover is still scheduled for 30 June, despite the continuing resistance in the country. George Bush is believed to have chosen his ambassador to the United Nations, [Contra-supporting terrorist] John Negroponte, to head a US embassy in Baghdad that will number about 3,000 people.
Army Extends Tours Despite 1-Year Pledge About 21,000 American soldiers in Iraq who were to return this month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their tours extended at least three months to help combat the surge in anti-occupation violence, defense officials said Wednesday.
U.S. to Extend Duty Tours of 20,000 Troops in Iraq Faced with rising violence in Iraq, the U.S. military plans to keep more than 20,000 troops from the 1st Armored Division and 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment there this summer beyond their promised yearlong tours, defense officials said on Wednesday.
Howard unsure over troop return Prime Minister John Howard today admitted he did not know when Australian troops would return from Iraq. Mr Howard said Australian Defence Force personnel training Iraqis would have to remain in the strife-torn country until their job was done, and nobody knew when that would be.
Blair to support US over security crisis Poodle Tony Blair flies to Washington today for a show of solidarity with Dictator George Bush designed to scotch suggestions of a transatlantic split over Iraq.
French press writes off allied control of Iraq French media took a sharp swipe Monday at US Dictator George W. Bush's policy in Iraq, where US troops are struggling to regain control over several cities that have become flashpoints of insurgency. The left-leaning Liberation said the Americans were in "dire straits". Bush was seeing his support at home plummet, it noted, adding: "Each worsening of the situation only underlines the mediocrity of that figure (Bush), as well as the haphazard character of his strategic choices."
Military families protest U.S. involvement in Iraq Carrying banners inscribed "Bring them home" and photographs of soldiers who had died in the Iraq conflict, a group of families from across the country gathered in Washington Wednesday to urge an end to American involvement.
White House: Bush Erred on Mustard Gas Once again, Dictator Bush misspoke on a weapons issue, telling the nation that 50 tons of mustard gas were found in Libya -- twice the amount actually uncovered.
Bush makes three mistakes while trying to cite one While struggling unsuccessfully this week to think of a single mistake he has made since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, U.S. Dictator George W. Bush committed three factual errors about weapons finds in Libya, the White House said on Wednesday.
Hear no evil, read no evil, speak drivel Bush's press conference shows just how ill-informed he is about Iraq [and everything else] --by Sidney Blumenthal "Bush's press conference was the culmination of his recent efforts to staunch the political wounds of his bleeding polls since the 9/11 commission began public hearings and violence spiralled in Iraq. Bush had tried to divert blame by declaring that the August 6 memo he was forced to declassify at the commission's insistence contained no 'actionable intelligence', even though it specifically mentioned the World Trade Centre and Washington as targets. Bush, in fact, does not read his President's Daily Briefs, but has them orally summarised every morning by the CIA director, George Tenet. President Clinton, by contrast, read them closely and alone, preventing any aides from interpreting what he wanted to know first-hand... 'I know he doesn't read,' one former Bush national security council staffer told me."
Bush's press conference: evasions, lies and a promise of more bloodletting --by Barry Grey "President [sic] Bush's Tuesday night prime-time news conference was a bizarre and repugnant spectacle. After hiding out for a week at his Texas ranch, while his military forces attacked men, women and children in Iraqi cities with war planes, helicopter gunships, tanks and artillery—killing and wounding thousands—and the death toll of American soldiers soared, Bush came before the television cameras in an attempt to reassure a shaken ruling elite and stem a growing tide of popular discontent."
Purported Bin Laden Tape Offers Truce to Europe-TV Arab television stations aired a new audio tape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday offering a truce with European states if they stop attacking Muslims, but not with the United States. The voice on the tape, broadcast by Dubai-based Al Arabiya channel and then by Qatar-based Al Jazeera station, said there would be no truce with the United States.
Halliburton has 21 offices in Venezuela ... time to ask further questions? --by Oscar Heck "Since I first wrote (in October 2003) about the NED financially supporting the Venezuelan anti-Chavez, anti-democratic opposition, many more details have come into public view as to exactly how and when the NED has funded the many Venezuelan organizations that classify themselves as 'democratic' even though these have been and still are involved in attempting to oust Chavez by anti-democratic and terroristic means... It appears that Halliburton has 21 offices in Venezuela." [The National Endowment for 'Democracy' is a Washington-based organization which finances what it claims to be 'pro-democracy' [NOT!!!] movements in many countries throughout the world including Venezuela.]
Sept. 11 Panel Cites C.I.A. for Failures in Terror Case C.I.A. officials were presented in August 2001 with a briefing paper labeled "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly," but did not act. George J. Tenet and his deputies at the Central Intelligence Agency were presented in August 2001 with a briefing paper labeled "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly" about the arrest days earlier of Zacarias Moussaoui, but did not act on the information, the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said on Wednesday.
Tenet Misspoke [Lied] About Not Meeting Bush CIA Director George Tenet misspoke [lied] Wednesday when he told a federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks that he did not meet with Dictator Bush in August 2001. Under questioning by commissioner Tim Roemer, Tenet said he never spoke with Bush during the month before the attacks, a period marked by concern over possible terrorist strike. In fact, Tenet flew to Texas to brief Bush on Aug. 17, 2001, and briefed the dictator again on Aug. 31 when Bush returned to Washington, a spokesman for Tenet said later in the day.
Pentagon crash 'too unrealistic' Five months before Sept. 11, 2001, the officers responsible for defending American airspace wanted to test their ability to prevent a hijacked airliner from being crashed into the Pentagon, but the scenario was rejected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as impractical, a Joint Chiefs spokesman confirmed yesterday. The NORAD proposal is the clearest sign yet that national security officials were worried before 9/11 about terrorists using hijacked airliners as missiles, despite testimony that senior leaders, including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, didn't know of such concerns.
Pentagon Crash Scenario Rejected Before Sept. 2001 The U.S. military rejected a scenario in which a hijacked airliner flew into the Pentagon as it planned a training exercise months before an airliner was slammed into the building by hijackers in September 2001, defense officials said on Wednesday.
Senators Probe Plane Passenger Disclosures Two senators said Wednesday they want to know how many airlines have given passenger information to the government, a request that follows last week's disclosure that American Airlines provided such data.
Liberal radio stations silenced After just two weeks of broadcasting, Air America Radio, the fledgling liberal talk-radio network featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, was pulled off the air this morning in Chicago and Los Angeles, the network's second- and third-largest markets, in a dispute over payments for airtime. Air America filed a complaint today in New York state Supreme Court charging Multicultural Radio Broadcasting with breaching their contract and seeking an injunction to force Multicultural to restore the Air America broadcast on both stations.
The Sludge Report (airamericaradio.com) "Normally we’d let this go because 'habitual liars' like Drudge are laughable, and ridicule is our business. But Arthur Liu [owner of Multicultural Broadcasting] --- not funny. He lied to us, he ripped us off and now we’re chasing him down with a pipe wrench. It’s a metaphor. Here’s what really happened: This Liu-ser was ripping off our boss Evan Cohen big time (he can’t do that, that’s our job). Evan found out about it and he stopped payment on a check to keep Liu-cifer from ripping him off even more."
Microsoft Warns of 3 'Critical' Flaws in Windows Microsoft Corp., the world's largest [and most pathetic] software maker, warned on Tuesday that three "critical"-rated flaws in the Windows operating system and other programs could allow hackers to sneak into personal computers and snoop on sensitive data. The warning was issued with a software patch that fixes the problem on Windows operating systems dating back to Windows 98, as well as software that is part of Internet Explorer and the Outlook express e-mail program. [A little Bill Gates welcoming committee for the 'Patriot' Act(s)...]
Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings By the time a CIA briefer gave Dictator Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief headlined "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," the dictator had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda's intentions. So had Vice pResident Cheney and Bush's top national security team, according to newly declassified information released yesterday by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
US 2001 reports warned bin Laden planned attack Top U.S. officials received a series of intelligence reports in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that said Osama bin Laden appeared to be preparing a major attack.
Osama info deleted from second memo No mention made of possible al-Qaida activity --A day after Dictator George W. Bush received a pre-Sept. 11, 2001, briefing on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida's effort to strike on U.S. soil, government executives received a similarly titled memo that excluded information about current threats and investigations, say federal officials. The Aug. 7, 2001 memo, known as the senior executive intelligence brief or SEIB, didn't mention the 70 FBI investigations into possible al-Qaida activity that Bush had been told of a day earlier in a memo entitled 'Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US,' the officials said yesterday. The senior executives' memo also did not mention a threat received in May 2001 of a U.S.-based explosives attacks or say that the FBI had concerns about recent casing of buildings in New York, the officials told The Associated Press.
Commission report says Ashcroft rejected FBI counterterrorism funds request on Sept. 10, 2001 The FBI failed miserably over several years to reorganize and respond to a steadily growing threat of terrorism, and Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected an agency appeal for more funding on the day before al-Qaida struck, the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks said Tuesday.
Drug War Led Bush Astray Before 9/11 --by Robert Scheer "On May 15, 2001, I blasted the Bush administration for rewarding the Taliban for 'controlling' the opium crop with $43 million in U.S. aid to Afghanistan, to be distributed by an arm of the United Nations. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced the gift, specifically mentioning the opium suppression as the rationale and assuring that the U.S. would 'continue to look for ways to provide more assistance to the Afghans.' Five months before 9/11, I publicly challenged the wisdom of supporting a regime that backed Al Qaeda: 'Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.' I'm not clairvoyant, but I didn't need my own CIA to know that it's self-destructive to reward a regime that harbors the world's most dangerous terrorists... Today, opium production in a tattered Afghanistan is at an all-time high, benefiting various warlords and a resurgent Taliban, while our money, troops and attention are focused on a quagmire in Iraq, a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 and is not known for its opium."
World set back 10 years by Bush's new world order, says Blair aide George Bush has had a "devastating impact" on global sustainable development and set the world back more than ten years, says Jonathon Porritt, the prime minister's senior adviser on the subject, today.
Cheney Took in $178,437 from Halliburton in 2003 Vice pResident Dick Cheney received $178,437 in deferred pay last year from Halliburton, the Texas oil-field services company he once headed that has received billion-dollar government [no-bid] contracts in Iraq.
4 bodies found in Iraq might be those of missing workers Four bodies were found in Iraq on Tuesday, and though the remains had not been identified, U.S. officials indicated that they might be some of the seven Americans civilians who were missing after an attack on a convoy Friday. All seven are employed by Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton.
Americans 'drop demand for handover of killers in Falluja atrocity' After besieging the town of Falluja for more than a week, with the loss of an estimated 700 Iraqis as well as scores of Americans, the US has given up on its demand for the handover of those who killed four American security guards and mutilated their bodies, say senior Iraqis involved in talks in the town.
Some Iraq convoys halted after attack Shortfall in troop supplies feared --Halliburton Co. has suspended some convoys delivering supplies to the military in Iraq due to escalating violence, U.S. Army and company officials said Monday, raising the danger of shortfalls in food, fuel and water supplies if the situation continues.
Bush ready to send more troops to Iraq Dictator vows to finish job as stand-off with Shias increases tension --Dictator George Bush last night declared he was ready to send more US troops to Iraq "to finish the work of the fallen" in accomplishing the transition to 'democratic self-rule.'
U.S. Forces Poised to Swoop on Iraq Rebel in Najaf U.S. forces prepared for action in one of Iraq's holiest cities on Wednesday after vowing to kill or capture a radical Shi'ite cleric based there.
U.S. soldier killed as U.S. troops head toward Najaf Gunmen attacked a large convoy of U.S. troops heading toward Najaf with gunfire and roadside bombs, killing one soldier and wounding two others and an American civilian 'contractor,' officers in the convoy said Tuesday.
U.S. Troops Poised for Strike Against Rebel Cleric U.S. troops massed outside the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf Tuesday, ready for a possible move against rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia despite the risk enraged Iraqis would see this as defiling their shrines.
Probe needed into U.S. action in Falluja-watchdog A U.S. military offensive in Falluja last week in which 600 Iraqis may have died has raised concerns about excessive use of force and needs immediate investigation, a leading human rights group said on Tuesday.
Iraq echoes French experience in Algeria --by Andrew J. Bacevich "Iraq may be shaping up to be America's Algeria... In the Algerian war for independence, which began in 1954 and lasted until 1962, cities also played a central role... In their efforts to destroy the National Liberation Front, French authorities found that conventional tactics did not work. To abide by the traditional law of war was to concede to the other side an enormous advantage. So, in their frustration, the French opted to fight a 'dirty war,' employing systematic torture, extrajudicial killings and their own brand of terrorism... This process was brilliantly captured in Gillo Pontecorvo's recently re-released 1967 docudrama, 'The Battle of Algiers.' Last summer, perhaps to remind itself of the dangers of winning battles in ways that lose wars, the Pentagon screened Pontecorvo's film for Defense Department officials. But one wonders whether the lessons making their way into the field are the right ones."
Thousands dead and wounded US military seeks to crush Iraqi uprising --by James Conachy "A week of bloody repression by the US military and allied forces has killed at least 1,300 Iraqis and left thousands more wounded... Large numbers of the dead and injured are women, children and other noncombatants."
Russia to evacuate over 800 from Iraq Russia will send planes to evacuate more than 800 of its nationals and citizens of ex-Soviet states from Iraq on Thursday and Friday, the emergencies ministry said on Wednesday.
Dead soldier's sisters excused duty in war zone The two surviving sisters of a soldier killed in Iraq will not be compelled to return to the battlefield, US military officials said yesterday.
Democratic club's ad suggests shooting Rumsfeld An ad placed in a Florida community newspaper by a city Democratic club attacks Dictator Bush and U.S. policy in Iraq, and threatens Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The ad says of Rumsfeld, "We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say, 'This is one of our bad days,' and pull the trigger."
Fla. Democratic Club Ad Targets Rumsfeld Florida Republicans cried foul over a newspaper ad by a local Democratic club that said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should be "put up against a wall" and someone should "pull the trigger." The ad by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club in a weekly paper in nearby Gulfport criticized the Bush dictatorship's handling of the Iraq war before singling out Rumsfeld.
Spy network putrid, army man tells PM (Aus.) A high-ranking military analyst has accused the Federal Government of systematically putting foreign policy objectives ahead of intelligence, seriously undermining the work of its own spies.
Scientists ask city officials to nix bioterror lab Nearly 150 scientists and scholars, including two Nobel laureates, asked city officials Tuesday to block the bioterrorism lab that Boston University plans to build in the city's South End neighborhood. The scientists, as well as neighborhood and environmental groups, signed a letter to Mayor Thomas Menino and city councilors asking them to nix the laboratory, which would house scientists researching vaccines and handling deadly agents.
ACLU Calls On Bush To Resist Creation of Secret Police; Group Echoes Clinton, Bush Justice Department Officials (ALCU Press Release --Media@dcaclu.org) "In rare agreement, the American Civil Liberties Union today joined with Justice Department officials and FBI directors from both the Clinton and Bush administrations in urging the White House to resist the creation of a domestic intelligence agency, which could easily employ the same kind of dirty tricks the CIA uses overseas here in the United States against American citizens."
Mega barf alert!! Transcript of Dictator Bush's news conference Tuesday night, as recorded by The New York Times.
Bush gets a free pass from the White House press corps. -- Cleaning the Pool The White House Press Corps politely grabs its ankles. --by Matt Taibbi "After watching George W. Bush’s press conference last Thursday night, I’m more convinced than ever: The entire White House press corps should be herded into a cargo plane, flown to an altitude of 30,000 feet, and pushed out, kicking and screaming, over the North Atlantic... The Bush press conference to me was like a mini-Alamo for American journalism, a final announcement that the press no longer performs anything akin to a real function."
Kerry Statement on Dictator's News Conference Senator John Kerry issued the following statement tonight in response to the Dictator's news conference: "Tonight, the President [sic] had the opportunity to tell the American people what steps he was going to take to stabilize the situation in Iraq. Unfortunately, he offered no specific plan whatsoever..."
E-voting probe finds no reason for glitches Electronic devices that held the key to digital voting in Alameda County's Super Tuesday primary failed in at least a half-dozen ways, hobbling the $12.7 million 'voting' system at a quarter of polling places... Diebold Election Systems offered no fundamental explanation of how and why the company delivered faulty voting equipment to Alameda and San Diego counties -- its two largest West Coast customers -- on the eve of the 2004 presidential primary.
Absentee ballot may not require a witness State election officials want to do away with requiring absentee voters to find a witness to sign their ballots. Critics say the change could lead to fraud. With thousands more Floridians expected to use absentee ballots to vote in November's presidential s-election, state election officials are calling for changes that critics say could invite fraud. When looking into allegations of voter fraud, investigators often turn to the witness portion of the ballot in search of votes witnessed by [Bush-Baker Botts] ''ballot brokers,'' paid by campaigns to gather absentee votes.
Half of US is breathing bad air, government warns More than half the US population lives in or around areas that violate clean air standards, according to a list to be released tomorrow by the federal government.
Al Gore urges Yale students to take action on environment President Al Gore, backed by photos of melting ice caps and dry seas, urged Yale students Tuesday to become activists for the environment.
US military turns to Saddam Hussein's ex-officers The US military has begun recruiting former officers of Saddam Hussein's military to staff the new Iraqi army, an acknowledgement of the serious problems it has faced in trying to build reliable security forces.
U.S. seeks help of Hussein's military Defections, desertions in U.S.-formed army create problems --U.S. commanders in Baghdad said Monday that they would reach out to former senior members of Saddam Hussein’s disbanded army to try to stiffen Iraqi security forces who have proved disappointing against a growing insurgency.
General asks Pentagon to send 10,000 more troops The US-led forces in Iraq have lost 70 soldiers this month and killed 10 times as many Iraqi resistance fighters in by far the bloodiest period since the end of the war, a spokesman said yesterday. Iraqi doctors say their dead are mostly civilians, the majority women and children.
U.S. Military Seeks Additional Forces for Iraq Commanders Disappointed With Performance of Iraqi Forces; 2 U.S. Soldiers, 7 'Contractors' Missing After Convoy Attacked --Top U.S. military commanders expressed disappointment Monday with the performance of Iraqi security forces [?!?] in countering an intensifying insurgency and said they were requesting thousands of additional U.S. forces to meet the 'threat.'
Abizaid seeks more combat troops for Iraq General John Abizaid, commander of US forces in the Middle East, asks for more troops to quell the growing unrest.
Russia Considers Iraq Evacuation Russia is considering evacuating more than 500 of its personnel from Iraq after eight of its nationals were abducted in Baghdad.
Troops in Iraq Strain to Hold Lines of Supply American troops in Iraq are battling insurgents to keep open vital military supply lines in and out of Baghdad.
Explosion kills two Iraqi policemen Two Iraqi policemen have been killed and three citizens seriously injured when an explosive device hit an Iraqi police patrol in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad. The blast occurred in al-Mafriq area of central Baquba, Aljazeera's correspondent reported on Monday.
2 Soldiers, 7 'Contractors' Missing in Iraq Two American soldiers and seven U.S. 'contractors' [mercenaries?] are missing following an attack on a convoy in Iraq, the top two U.S. generals in the region said today from Baghdad.
Cleric pulls back militia to avoid clash The radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr yesterday pulled his militiamen out of police stations they had seized in three cities in Iraq, as part of an attempt to ease the stand-off with the US in the south.
Iraqi police defect to Sadr Some US-trained Iraqi policemen have defected to the insurgent forces of the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and some other Iraqi security forces have failed to fulfill their duties in recent days, the top commander of US forces in the Middle East said today.
U.S. Army Says It Intends to 'Kill or Capture' Sadr The U.S. military intends to kill or capture rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who launched an uprising this month with his militiamen clashing with occupation soldiers in several towns and cities.
'Do we look like fighters?' ask Fallujah families with their disabled, their old and their children In an abandoned air-raid shelter in west Baghdad, people from Fallujah crouch in semi-darkness. Their voices tremble as they recall how they survived the week-long siege. Not all did. In a tent outside relatives were mourning for Mushref Mohi, aged 70, who died of exhaustion during the eight hours that his family was kept waiting at US checkpoints as they fled the city.
Fallujah refugees complain of US military treatment Arrogance: Many of those who have escaped the dangerous Iraqi city during a ceasefire say that their support for the US military waned in the face of insensitivity --Brigadier-General Mark Kimmitt, the US army spokesman, talked Sunday about getting Fallujah "back under Iraqi control," as though it was in foreign hands. He accused the insurgents of using the population as "human shields." But, as the refugees tell it, the resistance is home-grown and mushrooming all the time.
Falluja toll tops 600 More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in fighting in Falluja since US occupation forces launched an offensive against resistance fighters in the town a week ago, say hospital sources. "I can say more than 600 have been killed, but the number may not be totally correct as many families have already buried their dead in their gardens", Dr Rafia Hayad al-Issawi, the director of Falluja's hospital, told Aljazeera.
New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq Fifty days after the first reports that the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of these weapons have been disclosed. Sources in Iraq speculate that occupation forces are using the recent unrest in Iraq to divert attention from their surreptitious shipments of WMD into the country.
Australian defence adviser 'sacked for refusing to sex up WMD reports' A former senior Australian defence adviser claimed yesterday she was edged out of her job because she refused to lie about the case for war in Iraq.
Halliburton's Role in Iraq -- from Meals to Oil Texas company Halliburton, which has seven workers missing in Iraq, is the U.S. military's biggest [no-bid] contractor there, responsible for everything from preparing meals for U.S. troops to 'repairing' Iraq's oil infrastructure.
Dead Soldier's Kin Want Sibling GIs Home The parents of a soldier killed in an ambush in Iraq are appealing to military leaders to allow her two surviving sisters to remain home after the funeral. Pvt. Michelle Witmer, 20, who died Friday, became the first woman ever killed in combat in the Wisconsin National Guard, Gov. Jim Doyle said Sunday. Her two surviving sisters, including her twin, will accompany the body home, and the family asked Sunday that they not be required to return to Iraq.
All's Well in Iraq -- Just Ask the Dead --by Stever Lopez "Everything's OK. Honest... If things were spinning out of control, would President [sic] Bush be on Easter holiday at the ranch in Texas, where he was visited Thursday by members of the National Rifle Assn., Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever? Twelve Camp Pendleton Marines have been killed in the last week, most of them in one horrific battle Tuesday. But there's no 'major combat' in Iraq, the president[sic]'s flack assured us even as several cities were under fire and up for grabs."
Taliban 'kill Afghan spy chief' Remnants of Afghanistan's ousted Taliban have killed a top intelligence chief and captured three districts near the border with Pakistan, a spokesman for the Islamic militia said. Taliban fighters killed Ahmadullah, intelligence chief of Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan, and were planning to step up attacks on Afghan government officials and the US military, said the Taliban spokesman, Abdul Latif Hakimi.
From green jackets to Green Berets: Tiger Woods arrives for training at Fort Bragg Fresh from the green jackets of Augusta National, Tiger Woods arrived at the home of the Green Berets on Monday for a week of military training. Woods, who finished 22nd at the Masters on Sunday, came on a private jet for his visit with the Army Special Forces.
Experts See Drawbacks to GOP Convention in NY The Republican Party hoped its convention show a nation healed from the Sept. 11 attacks, but the New York location may only highlight voters' fears Dictator Bush mishandled [created] the crisis and the war in Iraq, political strategists said on Monday. [Heads up!! Bush is trolling for a *major league* distraction for the GOP Convention. Bush/Rove cannot afford the negative publicity in the wake of the 9-11 Commission's report, issued in late July. Will the Bush-Rove terror team carry out an act of insanity, to avoid New York City as the Convention site?]
Ashcroft Faces Scrutiny on Pre-9/11 Actions Terrorism Not a Top Priority on August '01 List --On Aug. 9, 2001, three days after Dictator Bush was given a memo outlining Osama bin Laden's intent to mount attacks on U.S. soil, the Justice Department completed a draft of its seven strategic goals and 36 main objectives for the next four years. According to some members of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and others familiar with its findings, the memo reflects the low priority that Ashcroft placed on terrorism during his first seven months in office.
Bush News Conference Set Amid Campaign Concerns Dictator Bush's decision to face the press after a week in which he has largely kept out of view while vacationing in Texas is a sign of what some Republicans described as an increasingly jittery White House. Officials say they are concerned that events beyond their control, from the battlefields of Iraq to a hearing room in Washington, threaten a carefully planned re-s-election campaign.
Dictator spends 40% of time out of the office Dictator George Bush has spent more than 40% of his p-Residency at one of his three retreats, sparking criticism from Democrats that he is not taking his job seriously at a crucial time in US history. Mr Bush was on his 33rd visit to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, at the Easter weekend, where he has spent 233 days or almost eight months since his inauguration, according to a tally by CBS news.
Scalia apologizes for recording erasure Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia has apologized for an incident last week in which a U.S. marshal erased reporters' recordings of a speech Scalia gave to high school students. "I have written to the reporters involved, extending my apology," Scalia said in a letter to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Gov. Bush lobbies for drug-tracking database A proposal Gov. Jeb Bush is championing to create a massive electronic tracking system of who is prescribing and who is using prescription drugs is in trouble in the Florida Legislature.
Police cams to add gunshot detectors Big Brother isn't just watching the bad guys in Chicago. By late summer, he'll be listening as well -- for the sound of gunshots. Gunshot detection technology -- capable of "triangulating within 20 feet" the location of a shooting -- is being added to 30 surveillance cameras already in place on 'high-crime' [?!?] corners and to 50 new cameras expected to be installed by late summer at undisclosed locations.
Britain's Big Brother As surveillance grows, so does concern about privacy in the closely watched nation Three local government officials are charged with monitoring the 567 cameras that scan the streets and other public areas of the London borough. Over the last three years, the number of closed-circuit television cameras here has quadrupled to more than 4 million, making this the most watched country in the world, experts say.
Toxin Ricin Found in Wash. Man's Apartment A 37-year-old man is in FBI custody for allegedly possessing the deadly toxin ricin. Robert M. Alberg of Kirkland, Wash., was arrested at his apartment Friday for investigation of one count of possession of a biological agent or toxin.
Forest Service Photos Raise Flap Old Images Depicting Sparse Conditions Taken After Logging --The U.S. Forest Service has been accused of misrepresenting forest conditions by using misleading photographs in a brochure that urges more logging to prevent wildfires in the Sierra Nevada.
For Ralph Nader, but Not for President --by Howard Dean, M.D. "Voting for Ralph Nader, or for any third-party candidate for president, means a vote for a candidate who has no realistic shot of winning the White House... When I ended my bid for the presidency, I asked my supporters to continue our quest for change in America. Our group, Democracy for America, is committed to exposing the ways in which the Bush administration's policies are designed to prop up the privileged and please right-wing ideologues. Our agenda is rooted in hope and real American values — opportunity, integrity, honesty. This is the way to defeat George Bush."
Bush may have known about 9/11 Dictator George W Bush was told a month before September 11, '01, that Al Qaeda members were in the US and the FBI had detected suspicious activity "consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks", according to a secret memo the White House released under pressure on Saturday.
The August 2001 memo to Dictator Bush on al-Qaeda The text of the August 6, 2001, memo sent to US Dictator George W Bush on the possibility of al-Qaeda attacks in the United States --The memo, sent to Bush a little over a month before the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington and marked "For the President [sic] Only," was released by the White House today. Three redactions have been made in the memo, which was released in Crawford, where Bush is on vacation at his ranch. They have been noted with XXXXXX. The White House said the three redactions were made to "protect the names of foreign governments that provided information to CIA," the US Central Intelligence Agency. Osama bin Laden Determined To Strike in US
Dictator Bush was waiting for an engraved invitation: Memo Not Specific Enough, Bush Says --Dictator Describes Bin Laden Threat as 'Obvious' (too all but him) Before 9/11 --Dictator Bush said yesterday that a memo he received a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks did not contain enough specific threat information to prevent the hijackings and "said nothing about an attack on America."
Press Didn't Buy White House Spin on 9/11 Document --by Greg Mitchell "When the White House released the sure-to-be-controversial Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief (PDB) on the terrorist threat against the U.S., its timing could not have been accidental. Coming shortly after 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday, it not only emerged too late for the network news programs, it also gave the nation's daily newspapers just hours to digest and interpret it... But if the White House hoped that all of this would make major newspapers spin the story their way, officials there must be sadly disappointed today."
Ashcroft warned of threat assessment on commercial flights in July, 2001 Ashcroft Flying High (July 26, 2001) Fishing rod in hand, Attorney General John Ashcroft left on a weekend trip to Missouri Thursday afternoon aboard a chartered government jet, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart. In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
The ex-presidents' club (October 31, 2001) The offices of the Carlyle Group are on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, midway between the White House and the Capitol building, and within a stone's throw of the headquarters of the FBI and numerous government departments... For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the company has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians - including the first [sic] President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi and several south-east Asian powerbrokers - and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle's defence firms. But since the start of the "war on terrorism", the firm - unofficially valued at $3.5bn - has taken on an added significance. Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current dictator's father. And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm's multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden.
U.S. Backs Off Bin Laden Capture Forecast The U.S. military pulled back Saturday from an earlier prediction that Osama bin Laden would be captured this year, even while preparing its largest force to date for operations along the Pakistani border where the al-Qaida chief is suspected to be hiding.
Contractors put Iraq reconstruction on hold Many of Iraq's 'reconstruction' projects are being put on hold after a spate of foreign kidnappings and attacks on convoys in Baghdad grounded foreign and Iraqi contractors. [Hopefully, Halliburton will lose $$$ *billions.*]
Troops Hold Fire at 3 Iraqi Cities for Negotiations American troops withheld their firepower on Sunday outside three Iraqi cities where resistance fighters have seized control, allowing Iraqi intermediaries time to seek negotiated solutions to the most serious challenge yet to the year-old occupation.
Bush says it's "hard to tell" if casualties will keep mounting in Iraq Dictator Bush [a.k.a., the Idiot Usurper] says more American casualties may come in Iraq, but, "we're plenty tough." Bush attended an Easter Sunday service at Fort Hood, Texas, a base that has lost at least nine service members in the past week of fighting.
Attacks Across Iraq Continue Despite Cease-Fire A fragile cease-fire held between Sunni insurgents and U.S. Marines on Sunday in the besieged city of Fallujah, where Iraqis said more than 600 civilians were killed in the past week. Near Baghdad, gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter, killing two crewmembers.
Three U.S. Marines killed in fighting in Iraq Three U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in western Iraq, the military said Monday in a statement.
U.S. military says 16 troops killed in past 3 days The deaths of two U.S. Army pilots Sunday and the announcement of eight additional American military deaths in Iraq pushed the total number of troops killed there since Friday to 16, according to U.S. Central Command.
U.S. helicopter shot down in Baghdad Gunbattle interrupts cease-fire in Fallujah --A fragile ceasefire held between Sunni insurgents and U.S. marines today in the besieged city of Fallujah, where Iraqis said more than 600 civilians were killed in the past week. Near Baghdad, gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter, killing two crew members.
US tactics tragic - UK officer Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
Around 600 Iraqis Dead in Falluja Fighting-Hospital More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in fighting in Falluja since U.S. forces launched an offensive against Sunni guerrillas in the town a week ago, the head of the main hospital said on Sunday.
Warning! Graphic evidence of U.S. terrorism in Iraq: Falluja siege in pictures Aljazeera Exclusive [It is an 'exclusive' because we know that Faux won't cover the story.]
How GI bullies are making enemies of their Iraqi friends The battle for hearts and minds is not going well for the US --by Paul McGeough "It should have been a weekend of celebration - the first anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the first chance in decades for millions of Iraqi Shiites to join the Arbi'een pilgrimage to the southern shrine city of Kerbala - their holiest day which had been outlawed by Saddam. Instead, the country is in convulsions and it seems the Americans have already lost the battle for Iraqi hearts and minds."
U.S. may be facing intifada --by Trudy Rubin "The White House could soon confront a Shiite uprising that extends far beyond the forces of the radical cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. That is a much greater threat than the battles now being fought in Fallujah with minority Sunni insurgents. Shiite Muslims, who make up 60 percent of Iraq's population and were oppressed brutally by Saddam Hussein, were supposed to regard Americans as liberators... Should they rebel in large numbers against U.S. troops, those troops could not stay on."
US hostage will be 'spared' The Iraqi group holding a US hostage has agreed not to kill him, Mezher Dulaimi, a self-described Iraqi mediator, said today.
Seven Chinese kidnapped in Iraq - Xinhua Seven Chinese were kidnapped in central Iraq on Sunday, China's official Xinhua news agency said.
Iraq Briton's final tragic e-mail A former British soldier shot while guarding workers in Iraq predicted being "over-run" in an e-mail the night before his death in the town of Hit.
Halt Hutton inquisition, urges former BBC chief Tony Hall, opera boss tipped for director-general, says disciplining can harm faith in news coverage --Tony Hall, the former BBC news chief credited with reviving the fortunes of the beleaguered Royal Opera House since he took over as executive director in 2001, has launched a scathing attack on the corporation's response to the Hutton inquiry.
Among Military Families, Questions About Bush "This has completely changed my view of the administration," said Mrs. Samie Drown, 28, wearing an American flag T-shirt and sunglasses. "My husband is a soldier and his job is to fight for freedom. But after so many months and so many deaths, no one has shown us any weapons of mass destruction or given us an explanation. "So a lot of military wives are now asking: 'Why? Why did we go to Iraq?' The administration talked a strong story, but a lot of us are kicking our butts about how we voted last time around. Now we're leaning the other way."
Archeologists Mourn Plunder of Iraq's Treasures The crime is low-tech and bloodless, but it is slowly robbing humanity of the roots of its own existence. Across southern Iraq, often in the dead of night, tomb raiders and temple thieves are systematically looting ancient treasures that have lain undiscovered for thousands of years.
Oh but *another* country Dictator Bush has raided for oil and destroyed: Civil war fear as Afghan city falls to warlord Fighters loyal to one of Afghanistan's most powerful warlords have seized a major northern city from pro-government forces, raising fears that the country is sliding into civil war.
US soldiers in Haiti face anger and resentment Mission Impossible? Unlike in 1994, when the US was asked by Haitians to restore order, troops are confronted daily by hostile and rebellious street gangs.
Oh but *another* treaty Dictator Bush has abandoned for his copora-terrorist paymasters: Bush regime backs away from treaty governing oceans The Law of the Sea Convention, an international treaty governing uses of the world's oceans, was steaming toward Senate ratification last fall, backed by everyone from the White House to the U.S. Navy to lawmakers from both parties. But now U.S. approval may be capsized by conservatives wary of having the country sign on to any more international agreements, especially one overseen by the United Nations.
Feds issue threat over money for nuclear-waste cleanup The Energy Department is threatening to withhold $350 million that was to be used to pay for disposal of some of the most dangerous radioactive waste from Cold War bomb-making. First, it said, Congress and state officials must accept a cleanup plan already rejected in court. On Capitol Hill and in the states facing the cleanup task, critics are accusing the department of trying to force states to accept less-stringent cleanup standards to save money and finish the job more quickly. The department said that some of the waste has a low-enough level of radioactivity that it can be covered with cement and left in place.
Tale of the (Scalia) Tapes --by Al Kamen "It's always distressing to read stories of Supreme Court justices behaving badly. Worse still when it becomes a recurrent theme, as appears the case these days where Justice Antonin Scalia is concerned. The latest brouhaha came last week in Hattiesburg, Miss., where a deputy U.S. marshal ordered two journalists to erase recordings they were making of Scalia's speech on the Constitution at Presbyterian Christian High School.
Forest Service brochure criticized The U.S. Forest Service is being accused by environmentalists of misrepresenting forest conditions by using misleading photographs in a brochure that urges more logging to prevent wildfires in the Sierra Nevada.
U.S. Gasoline Rises to Record $1.80/Gallon in Survey The U.S. average retail price for self-serve gasoline rose about 2 1/2 cents in the past two weeks to almost $1.80 a gallon as of Friday, Trilby Lundberg said, citing a survey of about 8,000 gas stations by her research firm in Camarillo, California.
IRS is auditing fewer businesses, more individuals The Internal Revenue Service audited fewer corporations, small businesses and partnerships last year but more individual taxpayers, according to a study of government data.
'If you are poor, you are doomed' (IL) Medicare and Medicaid pay hospitals far less than their official rates. And insurance companies negotiate volume discounts that range from 30 percent to 60 percent and average 52 percent, according to Hewitt Associates, a human-resources consulting firm based in Lincolnshire that assists employers with benefits. But uninsured patients have no negotiating clout. Consequently, they're the only ones who get charged the full bill.
Kerry Uses 'Misery Index' to Hit Bush on Economy Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Sunday tried to keep the focus on Dictator Bush's economic record of "middle class misery" even as violence in Iraq threatened to overshadow the campaign.
Kerry Leads Bush in Newsweek Poll After weeks of increasingly violent news from Iraq, presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts now leads the dictator in a two-way trial heat by seven points (50 percent to 43 percent), according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll.
Prior to the Diebold-generated coups in November: Senate surprise: Democrats pulling ahead in close races Unexpected retirements and divisive Republican primary races have turned the battle for control of the US Senate into a tossup... Democrats, who less than a year ago faced dim chances of overcoming the GOP's 51-48 majority, now lead in the polls in all seven competitive races in which head-to-head public polling has been done, a trend that would produce a gain of three Democratic seats, in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alaska.
Children on Easter egg hunt find guns A group of children hunting for Easter eggs Saturday during a church event found two loaded handguns outside an elementary school.
Seattle, San Francisco air passengers may have been exposed to measles Passengers on four flights from Hong Kong to San Francisco and Seattle late last month may have been exposed to toddlers from China with measles, federal officials warned.
Violence Spirals In Iraq Straw Confesses Despair As a Nation Topples Into Hell --Iraq plunged further into the abyss yesterday as Foreign Secretary Jack Straw admitted: "We didn't think things would get this bad. The lid is off the pressure cooker."
Anti-U.S. Outrage Unites a Growing Iraqi Resistance Moneer Munthir is ready to kill Amerikans. For months, he has been struggling to control an explosion of miserable feelings: humiliation, fear, anger, depression. "But in the last two weeks, these feelings blow up inside me," said Mr. Munthir, a 35-year-old laborer. "The Americans are attacking Shiite and Sunni at the same time. They have crossed a line. I had to get a gun."
Army at breaking point in Iraq Tony Blair is to send hundreds more British troops to Iraq in a bid to prevent the south of the country descending into bloodletting and anarchy, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
The Iraqi rebels show me their latest victim: a German in a pool of blood A young Iraqi mujahideen fighter poses in triumph by the smouldering wreck, his face obscured by a red and white kaffiyeh scarf, his high-powered sniper's rifle ready for action. It is only minutes since a white Japanese 4x4 vehicle was forced off the road and its two occupants, both German, killed in a firefight and their bodies dragged from the vehicle when it burst into flames...
Iraqi kidnappers threaten to kill US hostage Iraqi kidnappers say in a tape aired on an Arabic television station they will kill a US hostage they are holding unless US forces lift the siege of Fallujah.
Halliburton worker's family on edge The family of a kidnapped American civilian gathered Saturday at his rural Mississippi home to await word on his fate from halfway around the world. Iraqi resistance fighters vowed Saturday to kill Thomas E. Hamill, an employee of Halliburton division Kellogg, Brown and Root, unless the U.S. military ends its siege of Fallujah.
Resistance Fighters kill Halliburton driver, soldier A least one Halliburton Co. truck driver and a U.S soldier are dead and possibly "several" others unaccounted for Friday after resistance fighters attacked a fuel convoy west of Baghdad. Two U.S. soldiers were known to be missing after the midday assault on the truck convoy, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad confirmed.
Halliburton worker killed in Iraq A Halliburton employee from New Mexico has been killed in Iraq. The family of Tim Smith says the Aztec man was killed yesterday while working as a truck driver for the company.
Violence erupts in Baghdad Occupation authorities in Iraq faced a new threat last night as the violence that gripped parts of the country last week spread to the capital, Baghdad.
Occupation troops suffer more casualties US-led occupation forces have suffered more casualties in Iraq with emboldened resistance fighters continuing to mount fierce attacks. Aljazeera's correspondent in the southern Iraqi province of Maisan reported that "several" British soldiers were killed in an artillery attack on a military base late on Saturday night.
'What the hell are we doing there and how the hell can we get out?' Eric Illsley, the MP for Barnsley Central and a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told The Sunday Telegraph: "It looks as though the Americans have just decided to wade in and quell the demonstrations by killing people. There is a growing feeling here of what the hell are we doing in there and how are we going to get out. It is beginning to look as if we have really embroiled ourselves in something here."
Iraqi Battalion Refuses to 'Fight Iraqis' A battalion of the new Iraqi army refused to go to Fallujah earlier this week to support U.S. Marines battling for control of the city, senior U.S. Army officers here said, disclosing an incident that is casting new doubt on U.S. plans to transfer security matters to Iraqi forces.
Private Army Mercenaries Fight and Die in Iraq, But Who Do They Answer To? What started with a trickle of special operations veterans freelancing as security consultants for the media and military contractors has grown into what is by some estimates the second-largest army in Iraq.
Japanese hostages to be released: Govt The three Japanese civilians taken hostage by a militant group in Iraq will likely be released by around noon on Sunday Japan time, according to Japanese Government sources.
US tactics condemned by British officers Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
Teenagers, U.S. troops in confusing Baghdad battle Teenagers fire rocket grenades and automatic rifle bursts at U.S. soldiers in Baghdad. They pause as a motorist quickly rolls down his car window to spit out information on Amerikan positions and drive on.
Iraqi children lie wounded in Falluja clinic Wounded children lie in a makeshift hospital in Falluja, bandaged and bloodied from fighting between U.S. forces and Sunni resistance fighters that has raged through the town's alleyways for days. Hundreds have been killed in the fighting, and attempts at a ceasefire have so far failed to halt the bloodshed. It is difficult for journalists to access Falluja, surrounded by U.S. troops who launched a crackdown on resistance fighters in the town early this week.
TV crew 'targeted by US fire' The correspondent in Fallujah of Qatar-based Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera charged today that he and his television crew had been targeted by US fire in the flashpoint Iraqi city.
Aljazeera targeted in Falluja Aljazeera journalists have come under fire in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Falluja. The only television crew to be reporting from inside the besieged town, Aljazeera crew members on Friday complained they had been fired at twice during the day.
Sign of split within Iraq's leaders Iraq's Governing Council demanded an immediate ceasefire across the country and a halt to "collective punishment" in a sign of a split between US-picked Iraqi leaders and American dictators over US military operations.
Mega Barf Alert! 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 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.
Woman who lost son now protests The pain of losing a child, she said, "is the toughest thing I've ever had to face." But 53-year-old Birmingham, Ala., native Jean Prewitt has found a way to cope: She takes every opportunity she gets to protest the U.S. involvement in the war. In fact, just three weeks ago she participated in an anti-war rally in front of the White House.
Sacked WMD adviser: I won't lie A Senior Defence adviser has been sacked after refusing to write media briefings that supported claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
FBI Disputes Rice Testimony The FBI on Friday disputed National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony that it was conducting 70 separate investigations of al-Qaida cells in the United States before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Memo contradicts Condoleezza Rice The White House has released a classified intelligence document that warned a month before the September 11 attacks of a possible al-Qaida strike inside the United States.
PDB: Agents Were Probing Possible Plot Inside U.S. Dictator Bush's August 2001 briefing on terror threats included information that federal agents were investigating reports three months earlier about a possible plot on U.S. soil.
Pre-9/11 Secret Briefing Said That Qaeda Was Active in U.S. The classified briefing that Dictator Bush received 36 days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks reported that the Al Qaeda terrorist network had maintained an active presence in the United States for years, was suspected of recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York and could be preparing for domestic hijackings.
White House releases bin Laden memo --The White House declassified and released Saturday the daily intelligence briefing delivered to Dictator Bush a month before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Portions of the intelligence report dealing with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network and dated August 6, 2001, have been redacted for 'national security reasons,' the White House said. [Bush on one-month vacation in Crawford, TX, when PDB was issued.]
White House Releases Aug. 6, 2001, Al Qaeda Document At the demand of the 9/11 commission, the White House made public on Saturday a classified intelligence document from a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that told Dictator Bush of al Qaeda plans to attack the United States with explosives or hijack airplanes.
Bush Gave No Sign of Worry In August 2001 Dictator Bush was in an expansive mood on Aug. 7, 2001, when he ran into reporters while playing golf at the Ridgewood Country Club in Waco, Tex. The day before, the president had received an intelligence briefing warning "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US." But he seemed carefree as he spoke about the books [???] he was reading [??? The Hungry Caterpillar, or the story about the pet goat?], the work he was doing on his nearby ranch, his love of hot-weather jogging, his golf game and his 55th birthday.
Sony takes on 'Enemies' for Clarke book Sony Pictures has optioned film rights to Richard Clarke's nonfiction best seller "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" for producer John Calley.
Bush Facts (Howardstern.com) A compendium of articles about Dictator Bush on a variety of topics --INCLUDING a link to 5-Minute Video of George W. Bush on the Morning of 9/11
Condoleezza Rice Testifies: Lies A Sixth Grader Would Not Accept --by Michael C. Ruppert "Ladies and gentlemen, what you witnessed today, on every major network, was perjury – a felony. We will prove that here. But compared to the crimes of murder, conspiracy and treason it was perhaps maybe too small a crime for the major media to notice. It was not too big a crime, however, for the American people and the victim families of 9/11 to notice. The revolution may not be televised. But it may have begun as a result of what was televised today."
Bush Catches Bass With Crew From TV Show "He [Bush] took the biggest one of the day," a bass nearly four pounds, said Roland Martin, host of the Outdoor Life Network program, "Fishing with Roland Martin." The dictator and Martin released several big fish they caught Friday but kept the smaller ones for eating. Bush had planned to spend Saturday with his father, the former president, and Martin and his crew fishing on the pond at Bush's Crawford ranch.
Kerry Warns of Drastic Bush Budget Cuts Touring a struggling job-training site, Democrat John Kerry on Friday sought to refocus the presidential race on pocketbook issues, warning of "almost criminal" cuts in bedrock training and education programs.
Bush OKs Pension Aid to U.S. Companies Dictator Bush signed into law on Saturday a measure aimed at saving U.S. companies more than $80 billion in pension contributions over two years, days before many firms make quarterly payments. Businesses lobbied hard for the bill.
Rejecting Wal-Mart Wal-Mart's California expansion plans were set back when Inglewood voters rejected a proposal to waive formal zoning and allow construction of a superstore the size of 17 football fields. The retailer spent more than $1 million but garnered less than 40 percent of the vote -- $230 per vote.
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