May 2003 Archives, Page Two
100,000 people physically block FCC voters in June? (DC Indymedia) "These public hearings we've had are good, but with 150 bi-partisian Congresspeople asking for a delay and the son of Colin Powell totally ignoring them and pushing for an FCC vote, the one way to stop the vote is to block all access to the building the day of the vote."
Bush Dictatorship Sets Sights on Iran Despite reports, senior Bush regime officials are not meeting about Iran Tuesday. But talk of a strategy session may have served the dictatorship's purpose — sending a signal to Tehran that the United States is watching it closely.
Bush aides to review Iran strategy May 12 Saudi bombings [Hmmm.... by who???] caused shift, Pentagon seen as pushing regime change --In what could mark an escalation of an already tense situation with Iran, top aides to Dictator Bush were to meet Tuesday to discuss options for action — including the idea of trying to undermine Iran’s clerical leadership with an uprising. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said he’s certain Tehran is harboring senior al-Qaida terrorists, a charge Iran has denied.
Will the USA Invade Iran? A military operation in Iran is probable --The American dictatorship has been seriously looking into the issue of the "axis of evil" lately. The pressure on Syria resulted in a certain effect, and then American officials paid attention to North Korea.
Iran Warns U.S. Not to Interfere in Its Affairs Tehran Tuesday told Washington to stay out of its internal affairs as U.S. policymakers prepared to discuss whether to take a tougher stance on Iran aimed at destabilizing its clerical establishment.
Next stop Tehran? With Iraq beaten, the US is now playing the same dangerous WMD game with Iran --by Simon Tisdall "What is certain is that at almost all points of the compass, the unmatchable US military machine besieges Iran's borders... Without some new terrorist enormity in the US 'homeland', surely Bush is not so reckless as to start another all-out war as America's election year approaches?"
U.S. rebuffs North Korean call for bilateral talks U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday rebuffed a North Korean call for bilateral talks on its suspected nuclear arms program and said Washington wants to address the matter in multilateral talks.
New missile silos dug into Alaska Huge project readies installation for ballistic interceptors --On a barren Alaskan field shorn of the spruces and poplars that once crowded it, construction crews now churn up tons of dirt, carving 80-foot-deep holes for missile silos and erecting about a dozen state-of-the-art military command and support facilities. All in all, construction site managers have identified about 13,000 activities that need to be completed for the antimissile system to be up and running by Sept. 30, 2004, the date set by Dictator Bush.
U.S. shift on nuclear arms stirs concern New authority from Congress gives the Bush dictatorship the flexibility it says it needs to embark on a new nuclear weapons regimen, but Democrats say they fear the move could set off another nuclear arms race.
'War vaccines poisoned us' Four British soldiers who received jabs for the Iraq conflict are to sue the Ministry of Defence claiming they are suffering from a new form of Gulf War Syndrome.
Soldiers 'show gulf war syndrome symptoms' (UK) The Government was facing growing criticism over claims that four soldiers who received multiple vaccinations before the Iraq war could be suffering from a potential "Gulf War II Syndrome".
Hussein general was CIA agent, says French paper Gen. Maher Soufiane al-Tikriti, head of Mr Saddam Hussein’s presidential guards, happened to be a double agent working for the CIA, a report on Sunday said.
UN chief warns of anti-American backlash in Iraq The UN's most senior humanitarian official in Iraq warned yesterday that US attempts to rebuild the country were overly dominated by "ideology" and risked triggering a violent backlash.
More US soldiers killed in Iraq, marring focus on reconstruction Another US soldier was killed in Iraq in a second day of guerrilla attacks, marring the US-led dictatorship's claim that post-war reconstruction is steaming ahead.
Iraq Firefight Leaves 4 Dead, 9 Injured Gunmen opened fire on American troops at a checkpoint early Tuesday, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding nine others in the troubled town of Fallujah — a hotbed of support for Saddam Hussein's fallen Baath Party, the U.S. military said.
2 American Soldiers Killed in New Violence in Iraq Two United States soldiers died and nine others were wounded in a firefight west of Baghdad today, bringing to at least four the number of Americans killed in hostile exchanges with Iraqis in the past 24 hours.
Violence, accidents kill 5 U.S. troops over weekend A U.S. soldier was killed Monday and another injured in an attack on U.S. forces. Separately, an American soldier died and three were injured when a land mine or bomb wrecked their vehicle in the western part of Iraq's capital.
U.S. Soldier Dies in Iraq Ambush Gunmen ambushed a U.S. military convoy in northern Iraq on Monday, killing an American soldier and wounding four others. Also, four soldiers were wounded in what appeared to be a land-mine attack in a wealthy Baghdad neighborhood, military officials and witnesses said.
The Point U.S. has gained little if Bush lied about reason for war --by Mark Bowden "It has been two months since the United States and Britain went to war against Saddam Hussein, and coalition forces have yet to discover convincing evidence of the weapons programs that President [sic] Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair said were its primary cause. ...I trusted Bush, and unless something big develops on the weapons front in Iraq soon, it appears as though I was fooled by him."
Turkey's military chief warns pro-Islamist government of possible coup The head of Turkey's armed forces warned the government yesterday that the possibility of military intervention still existed and that the government should be sensitive to the country's secularist constitution.
Afghan Massacre: the Convoy of Death produced and directed by award-winning Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran. The film has been broadcast on national television in countries all over the world and has been screened by the European parliament. Human rights lawyers are calling for investigation into whether U.S. forces are guilty of war crimes. But no U.S. media outlet has broadcast the film.
Bush Presence to Fuel Anti-G8 Protests in France Anti-capitalist protesters plan a mass blockade of this weekend's G8 summit, fired up by the presence of Dictator Bush on a continent where millions demonstrated against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Argentines Cheer Fidel Castro's Speech To the cheers of thousands of screaming Argentines, Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticized U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America in a speech Monday. Castro's criticism of the U.S-led war in Iraq drew the loudest applause. "We send our doctors, not bombs, to the farthest corners of the world to help save lives, not kill them," he said to a roar of cheers. "The people of Buenos Aires are sending a message to those in the world who want to ride roughshod over our cities and our countries in Latin America," he added in a thinly veiled reference to the United States.
Documents from the Phoenix Program --supplied and introduced by Douglas Valentine "Created by the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix was a program aimed at 'neutralizing'—through assassination, kidnapping, and systematic torture—the civilian infrastructure that supported the Viet Cong insurgency in South Vietnam. It was a terrifying 'final solution' that violated the Geneva Conventions and traditional American ideas of human morality."
FEMA - The Plan to Kill America --by Kirwan "The Bush Crime family has been secretly and voraciously devouring the critical funding for everything from schools and medicine to infrastructure and the 'privatization' of social security. The willful destruction of social programs, coupled with an economically irresponsible foreign policy of continual and unnecessary wars; plus a 'reorganization' of the entire federal government through implementation of the HOMELAND Security Act that has obviously - all been created to bring this nation to the brink of economic collapse. This brings us back to the original question - 'Why are we doing this?'"
Cloudcroft chief stops Israelis with suspicious cargo (NM) That they were speeding through the school zone first got his attention... The men were turned over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and U-Haul recovered the truck. Contents of the boxes remain unknown, pending investigation.
Democrats Seek Accountability in Texas Dispute Lieberman, Others Want to Know if Federal Resources Aided GOP in Redistricting Controversy --Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) plans to call on the White House today to release a list of any efforts to help Texas authorities round up Democratic lawmakers who slipped out to Oklahoma to block action on a redistricting bill earlier this month.
For Partisan Gain, Republicans Decide Rules Were Meant to Be Broken --by Adam Cohen "The Texas power grab is part of a trend. Republicans, who now control all three branches of the federal government, are not just pushing through their political agenda. They are increasingly ignoring the rules of government to do it. While the Texas redistricting effort failed, Republicans succeeded in enacting an equally partisan redistricting plan in Colorado. And Republicans in the Senate — notably those involved in the highly charged issue of judicial confirmations — have been just as quick to throw out the rulebook."
Government is a Pagan Cult: And We've All Been Drinking The Kool Aid --by Humberto Nunez "Government is a pagan cult. When you join the Armed Forces, the first thing they do is shave your head. Just like in many cults, where they shave your head. The Army also uses sleep deprivation in Boot Camp, just like many cults do, to brainwash their people. ...the fact is that governments send out draft cards, not churches. Governments started WWI and WWII, not religion. In fact, during times of peace governments hate religion because religion is the governments’ #1 competition for allegiance, and during times of war, governments use religion for their own agenda."
Where Did the Feisty Americans Go? --by Robert Steinback "Bush exists in a dimension far beyond having to fend off criticism. It's as if critical evaluation itself has gone into hibernation. Virtually nobody questions Bush -- not the opposition Democrats, not the bulk of the media, and by all reckoning, not the public. There can be only one explanation: Sept. 11." [Right. Can you say 'motive?' Sept. 11th: the cui bono of the century... --Lori Price]
Behind the DLC Takeover --by John Nichols "This is the real-life version of Invasion of the Party Snatchers--with the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) burrowing into the pod that is the Democratic Party. ...In the ensuing fifteen years, the DLC's impact on the American political debate has been dramatic. The group now controls much of the upper-level apparatus of the Democratic Party."
Military waste under fire $1 trillion missing The Department of "Defense", already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention dozens of tanks, missiles and planes [?!? Has anyone checked Dick Cheney's bunker? <g> --Lori Price].
Bush Signs Bill for Higher Debt Limit Without comment or ceremony [Duh!], Dictator Bush on Tuesday signed a bill allowing a record $984 billion increase in the amount the federal government can borrow, to a record $7.4 trillion.
Stating the Obvious --by Paul Krugman "It's no secret that right-wing ideologues want to abolish programs Americans take for granted. But not long ago, to suggest that the Bush administration's policies might actually be driven by those ideologues — that the administration was deliberately setting the country up for a fiscal crisis in which popular social programs could be sharply cut — was to be accused of spouting conspiracy theories. Yet by pushing through another huge tax cut in the face of record deficits, the administration clearly demonstrates either that it is completely feckless, or that it actually wants a fiscal crisis. (Or maybe both.)"
Euro Extends Climb Vs Dollar After Data The euro rose further into record territory on Tuesday as demand for higher-yielding, euro-based assets overshadowed U.S. economic data showing rising consumer confidence and a strong housing market.
Euro Hits Record High Versus Dollar The euro hit a record high against the dollar at $1.1899 on Tuesday, climbing above the previous record of $1.1886 set on one major trading system on the day of its launch in January 1999, Tokyo traders said.
High Court Sides With State Workers in Family Care Case The Supreme Court departed from its recent path on a vital constitutional question today, ruling that Congress had the power to remedy some discrimination against state workers.
Supreme Court Upholds Reach of Family Leave Law The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that states can be sued by state workers seeking damages under a federal law that allows employees to take time off to care for a seriously ill family member.
U.S. Report Faults Efforts to Track Water Pollution The computer system used by the Environmental Protection Agency to track and control water pollution is obsolete, full of faulty data and does not take into account thousands of significant pollution sources, according to a new government report.
Sugar industry threatens to scupper WHO (April 21, 2003) The sugar industry in the US is threatening to bring the World Health Organisation to its knees by demanding that Congress end its funding unless the WHO scraps guidelines on healthy eating [!?!], due to be published on Wednesday.
Drug companies' secret reports outrage doctors Drug makers, in a level of detail unknown to many physicians, are spending millions of dollars to develop secret reports about individual doctors and their patients, according to consultants to the drug companies.
Rumsfeld's Car Is in Fender Bender Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's car was involved in a minor crash Tuesday, Pentagon officials said.
Toronto Returns to Global SARS Alert List Precautions at Toronto hospitals since last month's SARS outbreak failed to prevent dozens of possible new cases, health officials conceded Monday as the World Health Organization put Canada's largest city back on its list of SARS-affected places.
Homeland Security Buys N.M. Town for Training The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has bought for about $5 million the small New Mexico ghost town of Playas, and plans to transform it into a terrorist response training center, officials said on Friday. Training at the 1,840-acre town about 40 miles north of the Mexican border, could provide training for U.S. Marines in urban warfare [?!?] and a first responders program that includes testing responses to various terrorist bombing possibilities, they said.
US plans death camp The US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber. Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday. [This Bush dictatorship is beyond beyond: "...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America]
Rights and the New Reality Power, Ever More Power (Los Angeles Times) "When it passed the USA Patriot Act in October 2001, giving law enforcement agents sweeping new powers, Congress unleashed a spying free-for-all that shows no sign of abating. Pentagon analysts are even trying to figure out if they can nab terrorists by watching how people walk — 'gait recognition,' it's called. ...Set against the broad Patriot Act powers already in place and the administration's continued refusal to release the House-Senate investigation into the 2001 terrorist attacks, these proposals are assaults on the Constitution."
The Persecution of Farouk (PA) When visitors of Farouk Abdel-Muhti at the York County Jail went to saw him there, it was not lost on them that he was the only one of the inmates in the visitors' room that was handcuffed shackled. This is the kind of treatment he has had to endure for over a year. Moved from Passaic County Jail to York 95 days ago, he spends most of his day in an 8'x 7' cell, only being allowed out for 45 minutes each day so his cell can be cleaned. He is only allowed to shower every two days. Even in the confines of his cell, he is shackled, and that has piqued the interest of his fellow inmates. "When they see me in this situation, people see me as some big criminal," he said.
Postal Anthrax Testing to Expand New Security System to Undergo 30-Day Trial at 14 Sites --The U.S. Postal Service plans next week to greatly expand the testing of a new security system to detect against bioterror agents, the direct result of the anthrax attacks of October 2001, when two employees lost their lives at the Brentwood postal facility in Northeast Washington.
Howard government blocks release of Australians from Guantanamo Bay The Howard government has been accused by the New York Times of blocking the release of two Australians imprisoned by the US military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Providing DNA doesn't exonerate anyone: Police (Toronto) Males over 16 asked to provide swabs --Door-to-door canvass unprecedented --Residents who voluntarily provided DNA samples to police probing the murder of 10-year-old Holly Jones aren't necessarily being ruled out as suspects, a police spokesman said today.
9/11 panel told of cover-ups before attacks Witnesses: U.S. suppressed warnings --The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were made possible by gaping holes in airline security, government cover-ups that prevented problems from being fixed and a failure to respond to a growing threat that terrorists might use airliners as weapons, witnesses told an independent commission this week.
On 9/11, U.S. radar was facing wrong way 'Cold War vestige' guided air defenses --A top U.S. air defense official testified yesterday that an outdated "cold war" view of the world before the 9/11 attacks blinded the nation to mounting evidence that hijacked airliners were becoming the terrorist's weapon of choice.
1995 Memo Warned of Terror Vulnerability Nearly six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman was told by his senior staff that the FBI and other government agencies had missed warning signs about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and were ill-prepared to prevent future domestic terrorist attacks, memos show. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Insane-Utah, whose committee oversees federal law enforcement, approved holding investigative hearings about the information, but they never took place, the memos show.
The Top 150 Subpoena list for the 911 Commission (posted by ewing2001) "After the disaster of the first 4 days of the hearings of the 911 Commission, which included obvious lies on the Timeline, it became now very clear, that the 911 victims can't expect an honest investigation without help from 'outside'. The following list suggest therefore some witnesses, who might help in the investigation of Sep11th in plausible Subpoenas."
Syrian leader questions al-Qaida's existence Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Sunday that he doubts the existence of al-Qaida, the terror group blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks and recent strikes in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. "Is there really an entity called al-Qaida? Was it in Afghanistan? Does it exist now?" Assad asked, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anba. Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born Islamic extremist who heads al-Qaida, "cannot talk on the phone or use the Internet, but he can direct communications to the four corners of the world?" Assad said. "This is illogical."
John Doyle Breaking News (May 20, 2003) "What is suggested in both 24 and The West Wing is that the American president can be snatched away from office in an instant. It might be a palace coup, as happened on 24, or it could be a wild convergence of personal and political reasons, as we saw on The West Wing. The upshot is this: George W. Bush became president in a wildly unreal scenario of an almost-tied vote, contentious ballots in Florida, and a Supreme Court intervention. The previously solid institution of the presidency is now a malleable thing, almost fictional in its elasticity. Add to that the widespread belief that Bush is manipulated and influenced by people and forces the public knows little about — oil companies, right-wing zealots and the shadowy advisors with secret plans for world domination and locking up oil supplies. In the Bush presidency [sic], even Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney could be called a 'shadowy presence.'"
Momentum gathers for regime change in Iran Iran's hardline government, accused by the Bush dictatorship of harbouring top al-Qaeda members, poses a big problem for the United States and should be replaced, lawmakers said today. [The *Bush dictatorship* poses a big problem for the United States and should be replaced. --Lori Price]
Downer's call to Iran: crack down on terror The Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, delivered a tough, last-chance call to Iran yesterday to crack down on al-Qaeda terrorists allegedly in the country.
U.S. Hands Out $1 Million a Day in Iraq U.S. dollars are flown to Iraq by the planeload. An Army clerk pays Baghdad electricians from a footlocker full of cash. Soldiers string barbed wire at the site where Iraqi retirees get their pensions.
U.S. Soldier in Iraq Killed in Ambush A U.S. soldier was killed and another was wounded Monday when their convoy was attacked north of Baghdad, the U.S. Central Command said.
Wave of Attacks Claim U.S. Casualties in Iraq One U.S. soldier was killed and four were wounded in Iraqi ambushes on Monday.
UN to resume Iraq checks · Nuclear inspectors to return · Baghdad police chief fired · $250m found in Iraqi central bank --UN nuclear inspectors will return to Iraq by the end of this week to check on radioactive material at the country's largest nuclear facility, the International Atomic Energy Agency said today.
U.S. Will Find Iraq Arms, General Says The chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday he believes it's "just a matter of time" before U.S. military forces find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq [as soon as Rumsfeld has them planted].
British officer: Iraqi war hero or pistol-whipping bully? The British Ministry of Defence is to conduct a far-reaching inquiry into the Royal Irish Regiment, the unit commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, the British Army officer at the centre of allegations that he seriously mistreated Iraqis during the recent war.
Shiite group ignores US demand to disarm militia The largest Shiite party in Iraq has refused to disarm its militia of 25,000 men after a United States draft directive called for all armed groups except the Kurdish peshmerga fighters to surrender their weapons.
Baghdad's fall blamed on betrayal of Saddam Hussein Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was betrayed by three of his cousins, senior military officers, and a cabinet minister, in moves that led to the fall of Baghdad, former officials claim.
Saddam sold out One of Saddam Hussein's cousins, Special Republican Guard chief Maher Sufian al-Tikriti, betrayed the deposed Iraqi leader by ordering his elite forces not to defend Baghdad. This happened after he made a deal with the United States, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported on Sunday.
Texan values 'are new global menace' Anti-American sentiment dominates discussions --Asked why debates at the festival were becoming more and more focused on anti-Americanism, American polemicist Michael Lind said: "The world supported the US immediately after September 11 and Bush squandered that repeatedly and unnecessarily by his belligerent approach."
The power of one Weak nations will succumb to American ambition unless we insist on respecting sovereignty --by Martin Jacques "Does anyone seriously believe that Iraq will become a western-style, free-market liberal democracy - in five years or indeed 50? Embedded in this lack of respect for other cultures is a barely concealed racism. To this day, the racist legacy of the British empire is little considered and hugely underestimated. The new imperialism carries its own racial charge, in some respects greater than before. The new global fault line - the struggle between 'good' and 'evil', between 'civilisation' and 'barbarity' - is terrorism; and the agents of terror are, in this discourse, usually brown, sometimes black, never white."
Courage Byrd the fighter (The Charleston Gazette) "Incredibly, the Web site of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., received 3.7 million visits in March — largely because he has become a hero to huge numbers of Americans who doubted the wisdom of President [sic] Bush’s war on Iraq... Sen. Byrd is waging a brave battle to uphold the independence of Congress, and restore balance to government. Instead of ridicule, he deserves respect from all Americans. We’re proud that we chose him a few months ago to be West Virginian of the Year. Day after day, his courage proves how much he merits the title."
N Korea threatens S Korea with disaster Communist North Korea on Monday threatened to inflict "unimaginable disaster" on South Korea which it accused of escalating the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.
SRS makes first shipment of fuel for nuclear reactors Fuel for nuclear reactors in Tennessee has been prepared and soon will be on its way from the Savannah River Site, a former nuclear weapons complex. Excess weapons-grade uranium has been chemically enriched and combined with natural uranium to make the fuel, which will be used in Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear reactors.
Catholic Workers Disarm Ship in NYC During Fleet Week (NYC Indymedia center, press release) "On Sunday, May 25, four people calling themselves the Riverside Ploughshares symbolically disarmed a war ship used whose missiles were used on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the former Yugoslavia. The USS Philippine Sea is docked in NYC for Fleet Week."
Peacekeepers Killed in Crash 75 Killed on Plane Carrying Mostly Spanish Troops --An airplane carrying Spanish peacekeepers back from Afghanistan crashed into a fog-shrouded mountain in northeastern Turkey and exploded Monday, killing all 75 people aboard.
Plaintiffs still want McKinney defeat in Ga. overturned (May 16, 2003) As a lawsuit challenging the validity of the vote that unseated Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) winds through the courts, plaintiffs are hopeful that an opinion by conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia actually will help their cause. The controversial August 20, 2002 election saw a massive White Republican crossover that practically equaled an all-White state primary.
Bush makes poor pay for military might and tax cuts Schools and health lose out as US public services endure worst crisis since 1930s --Oklahoma's job cuts are part of a deep nationwide retrenchment eating away at the public sphere. According to some analysts, the states, which control most public services, are going through their worst crisis since the Depression. While the US is at the zenith of its global power, its health and education systems would be grounds for a scandal in poorer countries.
Offshore Cos. Make $1B in Deals With U.S. Companies that reduced their U.S. tax bill by incorporating overseas did $1 billion worth of business with the federal government last year, an Associated Press computer analysis of federal contracts showed.
A Familiar Odor (The Washington Post) "...with the 2004 campaign officially underway, and the president poised to vacuum up $170 million or more, a new lure is being dangled to those who can raise the big bucks: lunch with presidential [sic] adviser Karl Rove."
Faith-Based Charities May Not Be Better, Study Indicates The assumption behind Dictator Bush's faith-based initiative is that religious charities can do a better job, at a lower cost, than secular organizations in providing many social services, from drug treatment to employment training. But an Indiana study suggests it isn't necessarily so.
Market enforcers Biotech firms found persuasion didn't work, so they are using a new tactic: coercion --by George Monbiot "...there's no shortage of evidence to suggest that corporate control of the food chain has devastating effects on nutrition. But, though we have won the argument, we are losing the war. For the GM companies have rediscovered the old way of dealing with reluctant customers: if persuasion doesn't work, use force."
Swedish Minister on the American Dictator: "That fucking Texas geezer" Jan O. Karlsson, the Swedish Minister for Migration, has got himself into trouble after calling the American Dictator "that fucking Texas geezer". The rather impolite [but accurate, nonetheless] description of George W. Bush was presented by the Swedish minister during a meeting with the press this week. According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Mr. Karlsson called Mr. Bush "that fucking Texas geezer". [I still like the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel moniker, but this is a good one, too. <g> --Lori Price]
Revealed: Iraq war plan left troops exposed A top secret debriefing on the Gulf War has heard disturbing evidence of a catalogue of errors in the U.S.-U.K. invasion forces' campaign, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. High-level military officials were told that the RAF failed to provide adequate ground support for British troops, and that tanks rolled into battle without proper armour. The briefing, at a military college in Oxfordshire, also heard confirmation that there was a lack of planning for the administration of post-war Iraq, which resulted in widespread looting.
U.S. sped Bremer to Iraq post Move reflected worries over rebuilding efforts --The appointment of L. Paul Bremer III early this month as the new head of the U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq, portrayed by the Bush dictatorship as part of a smoothly running postwar plan, was a hastily arrived-at decision by a White House increasingly worried about collapsing civil order in Iraq, according to senior regime officials.
U.S. to send 20,000 additional troops to stabilize Iraq The United States plans to increase its military force in Iraq in an effort to "stabilize" [?!?] the country. U.S. officials said nearly 20,000 troops would arrive in Iraq over the next few weeks.
NGOs Decry 'Bribes' and 'Threats' Behind U.N. Vote A coalition of over 150 peace groups and global non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is lashing out at the U.N. Security Council for adopting a resolution that virtually legitimises the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and endorses the foreign occupation of a U.N. member state.
Well-connected and wealthy: Bechtel wins from Hussein's demise Few companies represent the corporate face of the Bush dictatorship quite like Bechtel of San Francisco. And few - Vice-pResident Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton, is the only possible competitor - were quite so identified with the drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein, starting months before the US-led invasion began.
Red Cross denied access to PoWs Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport --The United States is illegally holding thousands of Iraqi prisoners of war and other captives without access to human rights officials at compounds close to Baghdad airport, The Observer has learnt.
On the streets of Baghdad, there are no heroes or villains. Only victims Haider Tahab was so quiveringly angry that the blood vessels at his temples seemed ready to burst... Bobbing above the heads of the people crowded behind him was a crude wooden coffin, which they were trying to load on to the roof of a white mini-van. They seemed as furious as he. "Down Bush! Up Saddam!" he bellowed into my face. "The Americans have turned into murderers and thieves."
Al-Jazeera defends war reports Arab news broadcaster al-Jazeera has said it was justified in showing images of dead and captured U.S.-U.K.invasion forces' soldiers in the Iraq war. "This is part of disclosing the real war and what is going on behind the scenes because there are many fronts that we cannot see," said editor-in-chief Ibrahim Hilal. "What we are doing is showing the reality. We didn't invent the bodies, we didn't make them in the graphics unit. They are shots coming in from the field. This is the war."
Democrats Question Whether Bush 'Hyped' Iraq Threat Top Senate Democrats on Sunday said they believed the Bush dictatorship either exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq, or may have had faulty intelligence on its alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Was 'Saving Private Lynch' Story True? Doctors At Hospital Say Lynch Treated Well; Raid Unnecessary --A British tabloid and a British Broadcasting Company report are quoting Iraqi witnesses in calling the official story of Lynch's capture and rescue into question. A report in Thursday's UK Guardian by John Kampfner, a British reporter who will host a BBC special on the Lynch story this weekend, quotes Iraqi doctors who cared for Lynch as saying the rescue didn't happen the way it was portrayed by the Pentagon and the American press. And the British press is not alone in questioning the "Saving Private Lynch" narrative. Other members of the international media are pointing to what they call discrepancies in the official story.
Good Night, Vietnam --by C. W. Brown "For the Bush syndicate, Iraq is the harbinger of a new era of political cleansing. The cabal can play both the attack and occupation games they have only dreamed about in their manifesto 'Rebuilding America's Defenses,' the well-known grand project for global domination produced by the PNAC. It can bomb people in Iraq into submission, kick them around during occupation, and play government with them. It can also set up an occupation force that will mould them into America clones in the name of 'security.'"
3 Anti-War Nuns Prepare to Enter Prison Three Roman Catholic nuns facing possible eight-year prison terms for pounding on a missile silo with hammers and smearing it with their own blood are spending their final days of freedom thanking supporters before a court decides their sentences.
U.S. Contemplating New Moves Against Iran With Washington turning up the heat on Iran for alleged al Qaeda operations in the Islamic republic, leading U.S. lawmakers predicted Sunday a positive development [?!?] soon in the war there on terrorism. The Washington Post reported, meanwhile, that the White House was set to consider Tuesday an effort to destabilize the Iranian government through a popular uprising.
Contacts With Tehran Ended The Bush dictatorship, alarmed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia [?!?, well it got our minds off of the WMD that were *not* found in Iraq], has cut off once-promising contacts with Iran and appears ready to embrace an aggressive policy of trying to destabilize the Iranian government, regime officials said.
United States Cuts Off Contact with Iran-Report The Bush dictatorship has cut off contact with Iran, and Pentagon officials are pushing for action they believe could destabilize the government of the Islamic republic, The Washington Post reported in its Sunday edition.
NKorea could consider multilateral talks only after bilateral meet with US North Korea said it would consider five-party talks -- including South Korea, Japan and China in meetings with the United States -- only after a bilateral meeting between Pyongyang and Washington.
US, Japan "will not tolerate" nuclear weapons in North Korea US Dictator George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed that they "will not tolerate" nuclear weapons in North Korea, advancing US efforts to forge a united front in the region.
Rice Quoted Saying U.S. to Ignore Schroeder Condoleezza Rice was quoted in a German magazine Sunday saying the Bush dictatorship was trying to patch up strained relations with Germany but would continue to ostracize Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
Cold War revisited --by Hans de Vreij "For those who miss the 'good old days' of the Cold War, despair no longer. The United States is planning the development of low-yield nuclear weapons, meant both as bunker-busters and instant vaporizers of hostile stocks of chemical or biological weapons. While this is perfectly permissible within the limits imposed by international arms control agreements, 'low-yield' has a dangerous implication; it could also lower the threshold for the first use of a nuclear weapon since the bomb on Nagasaki in the summer of 1945."
U.S. Terror Tribunals: Fair Trial or Kangaroo Court As the Pentagon finalizes plans for military trials of the terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, some legal experts are voicing doubts that justice will be done. [Holy Franz Kafka, Batman! We have an illegitimate regime conducting illegitimate trials. --Lori Price]
Allied forces used dirty bombs in Afghanistan: Research report A US scientist, Dr. Asif Dorakovich, after chemical tests of some urine samples of Afghan citizens has said that the samples have surprisingly large quantity of Uranium, a press report said Friday.
Secrets: The CIA Web site acknowledges documents that Bush aides won't Classified: Censoring the Report About 9-11? Bush officials are refusing to permit the release of matters already in the public domain—including the existence of intelligence documents referred to on the CIA Web site. --Why is the Bush dictatorship blocking the release of an 800-page congressional report about 9-11? The bipartisan report deals with law-enforcement and intelligence failures that preceded the attacks. For months, congressional leaders and regime officials have battled over declassifying the document, preventing a public release once slated for this week. NEWSWEEK has learned new details about the dispute.
New Panel, Independent of 9/11 Commission, Is Sought Several prominent lawmakers, including two Democratic presidential contenders, yesterday urged an independent commission to forcefully investigate government shortcomings prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including an aviation security system experts described as riddled with holes.
Lieberman Wants White House to Review Texas Case Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman said on Sunday he would ask the White House to investigate whether precious federal resources were used illegally in the search this month for runaway Texas state legislators. "We ought not to be spending our security resources basically trying to get a bunch of Democrats to come back and do what Republicans want them to do in Texas," Lieberman said.
GOP, Democrats Squabble Over Aiding Vets Democrats contend Republicans are shortchanging veterans to help pay for Dictator Bush's tax cuts.
Teed Off The press corps as collective caddie --by Alan Bisbort "Lest we forget, the nation compromised itself by bending the rules in January 2001 and accepting, as the president, a man who'd lost the election by more than 500,000 votes. What it thought it was getting in return -- a so-called 'compassionate conservative' -- has turned out to be a guy who waves golf clubs in women's faces. When will that golf club be replaced by a jackboot and when will that jackboot be aimed at the faces of anyone in America who dares to ask questions?"
Media Giants Tune You Out --by Paul Vitello "The main issue is this: Should two or three companies control all the information available to you on the six o'clock news and in the morning newspaper? ...Tom Brokaw has never led the evening news with an in-depth report about this. Yet, the officers of every major media company, including Viacom (CBS), General Electric (NBC), Disney (ABC), Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (Fox), and Tribune have spent years lobbying the FCC on the case."
Aussie man living in Sweden gets spam from George W. Bush Send money now, George says --Our Australian reader Tony Clark, lets us know that George W. Bush appears to have spammed him, an Australian citizen living in Scandinavia. As Tony says: "I know Australia is held in very high regard by the said man, but I didn't think he had passed on voting rights to Australians for US presidents, though it might be a good thing. [I wish *we* could vote for US presidents, too... --Lori Price]
Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. May 21-22, 2003. Democrats and independents who lean Democratic nationwide. "...suppose Al Gore changes his mind and runs for the Democratic nomination for president -- who would you vote for? . . ." Al Gore, 40 per cent; next Democratic candidate receives 7 per cent of the vote.
Al Gore Leads in New Hampshire Poll Democrat John Kerry holds a slight lead over rival Howard Dean in the latest poll of likely presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. A name from the past, however, could best them both. Al Gore, who won in 2000 but announced last December that he would not seek the Democratic nomination, garnered 25 percent to Kerry's 17 percent and Dean's 16 percent if there were a draft campaign for the former vice president.
Buoyed by Resurgence, G.O.P. Strives for an Era of Dominance The Democrats are still dispirited by the outcome of the disputed 2000 s-election [coup d'etat], shut out of control of Congress and the White House and confronted by a popular [?!?] Republican dictator fighting a war against terrorism. The party finds itself in a desperate effort to rebuild and to avoid permanent minority status.
Nasa deal closes the door on Columbia inquiry Civilian members of the expert group investigating the Columbia space shuttle disaster have been put on the Nasa payroll to ensure much of the inquiry will be carried out in secret. The highly controversial move - which has prompted angry accusations that the inquiry can no longer be considered impartial - will see the five civilian representatives on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) each receive executive-level salaries of up to $134,000 (£82,000) a year.
Police, Dressed As Homeless, Give Tickets Homeless advocates are outraged by an operation where undercover police officers dressed as vagrants, observed drivers running red lights or committing other traffic violations, then radioed ahead to other officers who stopped those cars and wrote tickets.
Congo death toll: 2,500 per day No end in sight for deadliest conflict since WW II --Diplomat sees 'a type of genocide going on here' --For nearly five years, the sprawling regional war being waged in the former Zaire has drifted in and out of world view, grabbing occasional headlines only after a spate of heavy fighting, a massacre, the murder of a president or a volcanic eruption.
New SARS fears put 1,000 in quarantine (Toronto) 2 deaths at North York General being probed Officials caution against panic as tourism ads pulled --At least 25 people are being investigated for SARS and 1,000 more are in quarantine after an undetected suspected case of SARS spread through a ward at North York General Hospital and into St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital.
Blair faces war crimes suit Greek lawyers say they are going to sue British officials - including Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair - for their role in the Iraq war. The Athens Bar Association says it will file a suit against Britain at the International Criminal Court - the recently created tribunal for cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
US army chief says Iraqi troops took bribes to surrender Senior Iraqi officers who commanded troops crucial to the defence of key Iraqi cities were bribed not to fight by American special forces, the US general in charge of the war has confirmed.
US contracts come under scrutiny Reconstruction offers rich pickings, but must you be a Bush supporter to benefit? --Two official watchdogs are to review every contract awarded by the US government agency for international development, USAid, for reconstruction work in Iraq, the Guardian has learned. The awards have been criticised because foreign firms are not allowed to bid, leading to allegations of a US carve-up.
UK firms scramble to share in spoils of war British firms scrambling for contracts in the reconstruction of Iraq were told yesterday that the Government would ensure they got a "fair chance" to grab a division of the spoils.
Iraq Oil Output Predicted to Double Soon Iraq could double its production of crude oil within a month and resume oil exports within three weeks, the acting oil minister said Saturday.
US rejects Iraq DU clean-up The US says it has no plans to remove the debris left over from depleted uranium (DU) weapons it is using in Iraq. It says no clean-up is needed, because research shows DU has no long-term effects. It says a 1990 study suggesting health risks to local people and veterans is out of date.
Pentagon Rejects Claims Lynch Rescue Was Hyped to Boost War Support Defense officials said on Friday the Pentagon was insulted [LOL!] by media claims the rescue of Jessica Lynch in Iraq was hyped to boost support for the war as questions swirled over the private's capture, her rescue and injuries.
Iraq's free fall --by Imad Khadduri "Once they [U.S.-U.K. invasion forces] were in Iraq, with their hundreds of 'specialists,' they promised to uncover the hidden weapons of mass destruction. One such idiotic attempt was the intrusion of American soldiers in the often-bombed Nuclear Research Center. The soldiers broke the protective seals originally placed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and opened Tuwaitha's radioactive burial mound; instead, they could have easily contacted the IAEA for an inventory of the tons of natural 'yellow cake' and radioactive liquid and solid waste found."
Robbers and Killers Stalk City of Terror --by Chris Hughes " I watched first hand as Baghdad spiralled into lawless anarchy thanks to US troops. The 4,000 US military police supposedly in Baghdad were nowhere to be seen. Instead, ordinary troops lounged on the backs of tanks in the baking heat or patrolled edgily. Like the good soldiers they are, they were far more focused on self-preservation than bringing calm to a very volatile situation."
UNICEF: Iraq survey finds child health sliding (Press Release) Two months after the start of the Iraq war, UNICEF has called for urgent action to halt what it believes is the plummeting nutritional status of Iraqi children.
Dollar losing value in Iraq Far from Wall Street, but just as influential here, this is al Kefaah, where the value of the American dollar is determined each day. As U.S.-led invasion forces struggle to restore even basic services, they also need to reform the monetary system, where the popular 250-dinar note still bears Saddam Hussein's face.
The Senator Votes Nay Robert Byrd Opposed the Iraq War, and He's Not About to Yield --"What is happening?" Robert C. Byrd asks. "What is happening to us?" His voice is soft but etched with an unmistakable anger. At age 85, the West Virginia Democrat, the Senate's most senior member, has become its most outspoken dissident.
Pentagon sets sights on a new Tehran regime The Pentagon has proposed a policy of regime change in Iran, after reports that al-Qaida leaders are coordinating terrorist attacks from Iran. But the plan is opposed by the US state department and the British government, officials in Washington said yesterday.
Wolfowitz in Ankara: US urges military to overrule Turkish government --by Justus Leicht "If any additional proof were needed to demonstrate that the aim of the US in the Middle East is the subjugation of the region rather then the introduction of 'freedom' and 'democracy,' then it was provided by the visit to Turkey two weeks ago by US Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz."
Anti-U.S. Protest Turns Violent in Kabul About 200 people chanted "Death to Americans" and threw rocks at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Saturday in protest against the killing of four Afghan soldiers by U.S. troops at the same spot earlier in the week.
Bush Says U.S., Japan United on North Korea Policy Dictator George W. Bush said he and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi agree that "tougher measures" against North Korea may be necessary if it escalates its nuclear programs.
U.S. 'negation' policy in space raises concerns abroad While much of the talk around the Pentagon these days focuses on "transformation" of the military, some of the United States' closest allies worry about another buzzword being used in subtler ways at the National Reconnaissance Office: "negation." The nation's largest intelligence agency by budget and in control of all U.S. spy satellites, NRO is talking openly with the U.S. Air Force Space Command about actively denying the use of space for intelligence purposes to any other nation at any time—not just adversaries, but even longtime allies, according to NRO director Peter Teets.
Tarrytown justice won't resign over 'terrorist' remark (NY) A village justice facing criticism for calling an Arab-American woman a "terrorist" in his courtroom brushed aside the controversy and Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano's call for his resignation yesterday.
Threat 'Matrix' Guides Terrorism Alerts The decision to put the country on high alert for a terrorist attack was based largely on a top-secret daily report produced by the FBI and CIA that details every sign of a threat, from intercepted e-mails to satellite photos to clandestine whispers of spies. [Really? I thought their Astrology charts. --Lori Price]
The Fictional War on Terrorism --by Ted Rall "We've killed thousands of Muslims and taken over two of their countries. We're spending billions of dollars to make it easier for our government to spy on us. But we haven't caught Osama, Al Qaeda is doing better than ever and airport security is still a sick joke. So when are Americans going to demand a real war on terrorism?
Ashcroft to appear before House panel on Patriot Act Attorney General John Ashcroft will be called to testify in early June before a congressional committee examining how the Justice Department and FBI handled post-September 11 expanded powers to fight terrorism, sources said Wednesday.
Sedition & Treason in the US Imperial State --by Al Martin "The most important story last week was -- The Department of Homeland Security Pursues Seditious Democrats. The 50+ 'Fugitive Democrats' were the Texas state legislators who were hiding out at the Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Governor Rick Perry of Texas, an Arch Bushonian Cabalist, in fact, issued arrest warrants for them under the seditious utterance and publication acts, insofar as they were obstructing the will of the State (not the state of Texas, but the Nation State. Note the capital S.)... The Texas Republicans, particularly the Speaker of the House Tom Craddick, as well as Texas Governor Perry and Congressman Delay are using this incident to do what they say they intend to do – to eliminate the Democratic Party in the state of Texas."
Bush answers on 9/11 overdue --by Andrew Greeley "...President [sic] Bush is not going to assume responsibility for the World Trade Center catastrophe. His political allies blame former President Bill Clinton (as they are blaming him three years later for the current recession). Moreover, Bush continues to stonewall attempts to set up an independent investigation of what went wrong, and continues to sit on the 900-page report prepared by a bipartisan congressional committee."
Declassify the 9/11 Report (Lost Angeles Times) "...the Bush administration continues to block the release of last year's House-Senate 9/11 panel report. It raises the question: What's to hide? ..Far from trying to disseminate information, reviewers wanted to reclassify information already in the public domain, such as portions of the highly embarrassing July 10, 2001, 'Phoenix memo' by FBI Agent Kenneth Williams warning of Osama bin Laden followers attending U.S. flight schools. The logic is that because the memo was never officially declassified, it shouldn't be included in the 9/11 report... The reviewers' Kafkaesque thinking leaves the impression that the intelligence agencies are trying to evade public and congressional scrutiny."
Federal Legislation Introduced! Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey has introduced a bill requiring a voter-verifiable paper trail. The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003. "We cannot afford nor can we permit another major assault on the integrity of the American electoral process," said Rep. Rush Holt. "Imagine it's Election Day 2004. You enter your local polling place and go to cast your vote on a brand new 'touch screen' voting machine. The screen says your vote has been counted. As you exit the voting booth, however, you begin to wonder. How do I know if the machine actually recorded my vote? The fact is, you don't."
Congress Boosts Debt Ceiling by $984B Congress is sending Dictator Bush a record $984 billion boost in the government's authority to borrow money.
Congress Clears Largest-Ever Debt Hike The U.S. Congress on Friday cleared the largest-ever increase in the statutory limit on the U.S. national debt, hours after giving final approval to a $350 billion tax cut package sought by Dictator Bush.
U.S. rich-poor gap "unsustainable"-Fed's McDonough A large gulf between the rich and poor can tear at a society's fabric, departing New York Federal Reserve Bank President William McDonough said on Thursday, calling U.S. income disparity "unsustainable in a democracy."
No Big Rush to Stocks After Cuts in Two Taxes Investors did not rush into the market yesterday after Congress agreed to sharp cuts in the taxes on dividends and capital gains. Stocks finished up slightly on the day and down for the week.
Unemployment Bill Awaits Bush's Signature With the bleak jobs outlook unlikely to improve soon, legislation that makes federal unemployment benefits available through December is awaiting Dictator Bush's signature.
Congress Approves Extending Unemployment Benefits The U.S. Congress on Friday voted to extend an expiring program that allows laid-off workers to get an additional 13 weeks of unemployment payments after exhausting their normal benefits.
Unemployment hits 8 percent in Oregon Oregon continues to lead the nation in joblessness, as April’s unemployment figure showed a four-tenths of a percent increase to 8 percent. Unemployment in Oregon now exceeds by 2 percent the national rate, which increased to 6 percent in April, a level unseen since 1995.
GOP Raises $22M at Gala Headlined by Bush There were no six-figure corporate donors on the program at congressional Republicans' gala, but even in the new world of smaller checks Dictator Bush helped the GOP raise $22 million for its fight to maintain control of Congress.
On the Road Again—and Again Federal Communications Commission officials have been showered with nearly $2.8 million in travel and entertainment over the past eight years, most of it from the telecommunications and broadcast industries the agency regulates, a new study by the Center for Public Integrity has found.
Some who fail FCAT still may get a diploma Gov. Bush wants state to consider students' scores on college --In an abrupt turnaround after heated protests and a threatened boycott of key state industries, Gov. Jeb Bush pressured lawmakers Friday to give another chance to high school seniors who wouldn't get a diploma this year because they failed the FCAT.
Go ahead, break a leg; even better, break two --by Howard Troxler "I am deeply grateful to the Florida Legislature for cracking down on 'catastrophic' injuries in workers' compensation cases. No longer can a goof-off worker in Florida lose a mere eye, or a lone leg, hand, arm or foot, and still have a 'catastrophic' injury for disability purposes. No. The House and the Senate have voted for a 'reform' bill that says that a Florida worker must lose BOTH eyes, or BOTH arms, or BOTH legs, or BOTH feet."
Canada Widens Probe, Mad Cow Quarantines Inspectors fanned out across Canada's crippled cattle industry on Friday to search for more clues of mad cow disease after one case forced several farms into quarantine and sparked worldwide bans on Canadian beef.
Toronto Faces Possible New SARS Cluster U.S. health officials reinstated a travel alert for Toronto Friday as Canada announced a new cluster of about 20 possible SARS cases in Toronto.
Bush 'is on brink of catastrophe' The most senior Republican authority on foreign relations in Congress has warned Dictator Bush that the United States is on the brink of catastrophe in Iraq.
Victims of the peace decide Americans are worse than Saddam Hussein The small dank cells with cold stone floors, tiny windows and iron bars for a door used to house criminals and the victims of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Now Khan Bani Saad prison, overlooked by watchtowers and surrounded by razorwire, is filled with families who are victims, not of the war, but of the peace...
Blix Suspects Iraq May Have Had No Banned Weapons The chief U.N. weapons inspector says he's starting to suspect Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
Blix casts doubt on WMDs The chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said he was starting to suspect Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction in advance of the war on Iraq, a German newspaper reported today.
Britain: New Statesman publishes government report on illegality of Iraq war A leaked memo from British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith confirms the charge levelled by International Development Secretary Clare Short when she resigned on May 12 that Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair had been warned that the occupation of Iraq by the US and Britain may be illegal.
US building giant warns of Iraq chaos Violence and lawlessness, the threat of disease, and political uncertainty could make business ventures in Iraq less attractive then expected, Bechtel, the controversial US construction giant, warned today.
A Journey to the Dark Side of Baghdad Two TIME reporters witness victims of the city's chaos firsthand --by Brian Bennett and Michael Weisskopf "In a city virtually without civil authority since Saddam Hussein's fall, many districts have organized vigilante night patrols to scare off looters and shooters. But these victims received no help: no phones work; no police patrol the beat. None of the gawkers even lent a hand as we tried to lift the wounded man into our Daewoo sedan. It took several universally understood expletives to elicit help."
U.S.-British Rule of Iraq Wins U.N. Vote Putting aside bitter divisions over the Iraqi war, the U.N. Security Council gave the United States and Britain a mandate Thursday to govern Iraq and use its oil riches to rebuild the country. The resolution opened the door to a quick resumption of oil exports.
Mixed Reaction Among Iraqis to End of Sanctions Basra residents fired off AK-47s Thursday to celebrate the end of crippling U.N. sanctions but other Iraqis were suspicious that the move was part of a U.S. plan to control Iraq's massive oil reserves. [No, you think? LOL! --Lori Price]
US Seizes What May Be $500 Million in Gold in Iraq American troops have seized what appears to be $500 million worth of gold bars from a truck in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Friday.
WorldCom contract triggers outrage The Pentagon made an interesting choice when it hired a U.S. company to build a small wireless phone network in Iraq: MCI, aka WorldCom, perpetrator of the biggest accounting fraud in American business and not exactly a big name in cellular service.
Senate panel to probe MCI/WorldCom government contracts A US Senate panel has opened a probe into new contracts awarded to the company formerly called WorldCom despite the massive fraud allegations against the telecom giant. 2002, 2000, and 1998 election cycle: WorldCom Inc. donations (opensecrets.org)
London axes plan for British troops to replace US troops in Baghdad British officials have rejected a reported plan for British troops in southern Iraq to replace US troops in Baghdad.
British Troops Step In to Bail Out Yanks U.S.- U.K. invasion force chiefs plan to send 5,500 British Paras to Baghdad to save US troops from losing control of the Iraqi capital. Central Command top brass are terrified that war-weary American soldiers in Saddam Hussein's former power base have turned the population against them.
Ba'ath Party teacher accuses 'war crimes' British colonel of staging mock execution The Ba'ath Party representative in the first town occupied by the Royal Irish Regiment is thought to be the source for four of the five allegations of "war crimes" made against Col Tim Collins.
'The British officer took out his pistol and hit me on the head. There was a lot of blood' The Iraqi at the centre of the war crimes allegations against Colonel Tim Collins claimed yesterday that the British commander subjected him to a mock execution.
Colonel Collins: new inquiry into how he ran regiment Fresh claims prompt MoD to launch second investigation --The Ministry of Defence is to conduct a far-reaching inquiry into the Royal Irish Regiment, the unit commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, the officer at the centre of allegations that he seriously mistreated Iraqis in the recent war.
BBC documentary exposes Pentagon lies: The staged rescue of Private Jessica Lynch A BBC Correspondent documentary, "War Spin" broadcast in Britain on Sunday 18 May, presented a devastating account of how US and British government and military forces set out to mislead and misinform the public during their war against Iraq—aided by hundreds of compliant "embedded" journalists. Presented by BBC war correspondent John Kampfner the documentary was subtitled Saving Private Jessica: Fact or fiction? because it focused initially on how the widely circulated account of the US navy seals rescue of Private Jessica Lynch owed more to Hollywood myth making than reality.
Army to probe Lynch capture The Army is investigating the Iraqi ambush of a maintenance company that resulted in nine dead soldiers and six prisoners of war, including the capture of Pfc. Jessica Lynch.
"The Truth Will Emerge" Delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate, May 21, 2003 --by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd "...Regarding the situation in Iraq, it appears to this Senator that the American people may have been lured into accepting the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation, in violation of long-standing International law, under false premises."
A Proud Nation Should Be Sorry --by Norah Vincent "We're doubly sorry they allowed the bed-lice correspondents to film the scene of your humiliation in detail, zooming in on all those brazen, smiling thieves waving at the camera and winking at you. We should have changed the channel when the insatiable 24-hour news networks broadcast that farcical footage ad nauseam around the world as evidence of Tommy Franks', or Donald Rumsfeld's, or Jay Garner's or somebody else's bungled command."
Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception --by Jim Lobe "What would you do if you wanted to topple Saddam Hussein, but your intelligence agencies couldn't find the evidence to justify a war? A follower of Leo Strauss may just hire the 'right' kind of men to get the job done – people with the intellect, acuity, and, if necessary, the political commitment, polemical skills, and, above all, the imagination to find the evidence that career intelligence officers could not detect."
U.S. researching N Korea's geological structure The U.S. Defense Department dispatched a research team to Japan and South Korea from late last year through early this year to collect information on the geological structure of North Korea, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.
Afghans' uranium levels spark alert A small sample of Afghan civilians have shown "astonishing" levels of uranium in their urine, an independent scientist says. He said they had the same symptoms as some veterans of the 1991 Gulf war.
Afghan opium production soars, country top producer Three years after the Taliban stamped out opium growing in Afghanistan, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday the country had reclaimed its spot as the world's biggest opium producer [thanks to Bush].
United States Paves Way for Military Terrorism Tribunals The Pentagon on Thursday named a chief prosecutor and defense counsel and began seeking civilian defense lawyers for trials of suspects seized in the U.S. war on terrorism in a key step toward bringing Guantanamo Bay prisoners before military commissions.
Pakistani relives Guantanamo ordeal A Pakistani man recently freed from US custody at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has said he was given injections to make him talk. Shah Mohammad alleged that the Americans had given him injections and tablets prior to interrogations. "They used to tell me I was mad," the 23-year-old told the BBC in his native village in Dir district near the Afghan border. "I was given injections at least four or five times as well as different tablets. I don't know what they were meant for."
Bush equated with Hitler in 'Matrix' sequel? Image of dictator shown with Hitler in discussion of evil --Is Dictator Bush equated with Adolf Hitler in the science-fiction flick "The Matrix Reloaded"? The question is being asked in connection with a scene in the new movie where images of Bush and the German dictator are displayed during a discussion of evil in the world.
The 'Matrix' (abs-cbnNEWS.com) "....This discussion is complete with flashing images of those miseries, including Adolf Hitler, the atom bomb and George W. Bush. If the Matrix films, the most philosophically-challenging movies to be produced in a generation, reveal any obvious signs of the politics of its makers, then this subliminal equation (Hitler=Bush?) is it. ..It is not difficult to see Agent Smith as the American secretary of Defense, of the entire Matrix as the military-industrial-political-entertainment complex of the Western world; to see the Merovingian as the French (obviously, complete with accent); the Oracle as Britain, the God-like figure Neo confronts as a slimmer, bewhiskered Dick Cheney. The only question is if Neo and the rave- and orgy-enjoying residents of Zion are terrorists, or freedom fighters, or freedom fighters living among terrorists."
Northern Revolt Alaska Passes Anti-Patriot Act Resolution; Second State to Oppose Feds --Alaska has joined a growing national rebellion against the USA Patriot Act, voting to oppose the massive federal anti-terrorism law passed by Congress soon after Sept. 11, 2001.
DeLay admits to role in hunting for Democrats DPS focus of 'potentially criminal' action U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay admitted Thursday he provided Texas Speaker Tom Craddick with the same information that state police used to enlist a homeland security agency in the search for runaway Democratic legislators.
Ridge says unmanned drones could be patrolling borders by end of the year Unmanned aerial drones similar to ones used in the war on Iraq could be patrolling the U.S. border by the end of the year to help stem illegal immigration and increase security, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday.
"Yelling 'kill the Muslim girl. Get her, that's what she deserves'..." Erie Police Investigate Possible Ethnic Intimidation In Teen Fight --Erie police are investigating an alleged case of violent ethnic intimidation Monday afternoon on the city's Eastside. 14 year old Zaman Abo-Zebiba who's of Iraqi decent says she was beaten by a classmate after they got off their school bus. She says a crowd of other Wayne Middle school students stood around, and yelled anti-Iraqi and anti-Muslim statements. "Yelling 'kill the Muslim girl. Get her, that's what she deserves'...I don't even feel safe in this country because everyone's messing with me."
Calif Rep Coble urged to resign over internment remarks The California Assembly this week called for Rep Howard Coble to resign as chair of a key House subcommittee because of his comments about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, officials said Wednesday. The California State Assembly, the lower house, passed a resolution by a vote of 72 to 0 on Monday, calling on Coble to resign from the chairman's post of the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
Britain's 'Patriot Act' National ID cards proposed --The home secretary, David Blunkett, intends to bring in legislation this autumn to introduce a national identity or "entitlement" card for all adults as part of a package of measures to tackle illegal working by migrants. The package will include a further clampdown on the appeal rights of rejected asylum seekers and measures to tackle those who destroy their documents on arrival in Britain.
FAA Delay in Reporting 9/11 Hijackings Probed Commission also questions ex-chief on shooting report --The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks grilled the former chief federal aviation regulator yesterday in a tense public exchange over whether the government bungled its response that day.
The Mouse That Roared 9,000 FTW Subscribers Take on America (and the World)! (From The Wilderness) "Since our ad ran in The Washington Post last Friday we have been completely overwhelmed with email and calls from people who want to help run the ad in more newspapers in America and around the world."
Complicit - Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime. --Killtown's 9-11 timeline "...Andrew Card whispers in Bush's ear that 'America is under attack' and immediately leaves without waiting for any kind of response from the President [sic]... Bush continues to listen to the kids read for at least 8 minutes when he is the only person authorized to order a shoot down of a civilian plane..."
Vice pResident cancels appearance Vice pResident Dick Cheney canceled his visit to Baton Rouge at the last minute today, but is sending his wife to deliver the LSU commencement address Friday morning. The tight security measures set up for Cheney will remain in effect for his wife Lynne's visit, according to the LSU press office.
Terror Alerts Stretching Resources Thin State officials responsible for tightening security are having to weigh the threat of terrorism against the worst budget woes in a half-century.
Congress Approves $350 Billion Tax Cut Plan Congress passed a $350 billion tax cut plan on Friday.
Bush Tax Cuts Will Do a Number on Us --by James K. Galbraith "It isn't about the economy. It isn't about meeting the needs of the country. It certainly isn't about managing the federal fisc. No. The new tax cut is about cutting taxes on the rich. Texas-style... The train wreck will come after the [s-]election. The Fed will turn about, and the collapsed dollar will be declared an inflation threat. So much for today's 'deflation' talk, which is mostly nonsense. Interest rates will be raised 'in order to defend the dollar,' as the Fed will say.'"
House Passes Bill Extending Aid to Jobless by 13 Weeks The House overwhelmingly passed a bill tonight to extend jobless benefits by 13 weeks for workers who exhaust their state benefits this year. Those workers' benefits would have begun expiring next week under current law. The bill passed the House 409 to 19 with only Republicans opposing it.
Well Connected: FCC and Industry Maintain Cozy Relationship on Many Levels (The Center for Public Integrity) The three largest local phone companies control 83 percent of home telephone lines. The top two long distance carriers control 67 percent of that market. The four biggest cellular phone companies have 64 percent of the wireless market. The five largest cable companies pipe programming to 74 percent of the cable subscribers nationwide.
Free Trade Area of Americas is NAFTA on a grand scale January 2005 is the date that trade negotiators for 34 Western Hemisphere nations have set to create the massive framework for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle.
Thousands of protesters rally against FCAT standards Thousands of protesters rallied outside Gov. Jeb Bush's Miami office today, announcing a boycott of major Florida industries and demanding he grant amnesty to thousands of high-school seniors who will be denied diplomas because they have not passed the state's standardized test. [Right, thousands protested against moron Jeb. But rightwing propaganda rag, The Miami Herald, showed a tight shot of the crowd, hence not conveying the visual representation of the actual numbers of demonstrators in Florida. Duh. Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of Rove's mainstream media whores. --Lori Price]
Abortion politics — Bush-style Florida governor plays hardball with a disabled woman’s life --by Arthur Caplan "Shame on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Most Americans would agree that when a woman has been raped, or if she’s likely to die as a result of giving birth, termination of her pregnancy should be an option. Not Jeb. The governor of Florida is playing hardball abortion politics with a severely disabled woman’s life when he should instead be worried about her best interests."
CDC Health Expert Has Symptoms of SARS A disease expert working to control the spread of SARS in Taiwan will be flown to an Atlanta hospital after showing symptoms of the virus, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
With impending war crimes case, Gen. Franks decides to retire Architect of Iraq campaign will write, hit speaking circuit --Top U.S. commander, Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who orchestrated the U.S. military police action against Iraq, has decided to retire, Pentagon officials told NBC News on Thursday. General named in war crimes lawsuit America's top military officer has warned that NATO may have to move from its Brussels headquarters after an attempt to bring war crimes charges against Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of U.S.-U.K. invasion forces in Iraq, in the Belgian courts. [MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to mention that fact in their rightwing summary. --Lori Price]
Iraqis Suspect U.S. Motive Behind Sanctions Move Iraqis said on Thursday the United States wanted to lift crippling sanctions on Iraq to have a free hand with the country's oil reserves, the world's second largest after Saudi Arabia.
U.N. lifts sanctions against Iraq The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a U.S.-backed resolution that lifts sanctions against Iraq and gives the United States and Britain extraordinary powers to run the country and its lucrative oil industry. Approval came after France, Germany and Russia backed a U.S. compromise that opened the door to a greater U.N. role in Iraqi reconstruction.
Iraq Oil to Flow Quickly After UN Sanctions End Iraq's stalled oil exports will resume quickly after the U.N. Security Council lifts sanctions, as it is expected to do on Thursday, a key U.N. diplomat said on Wednesday.
Oil boss paid $1m a year by contract bidder America braced for criticism over rebuilding plans and claims of human rights abuse --The US-led effort to rebuild Iraq was facing more criticism yesterday after the Texan businessman installed to run the country's oil industry admitted having financial links to a company bidding for reconstruction work. [...I thought the war in Iraq was not about oil? --Lori Price]
Oil giants eye African prospects African governments and major international oil explorers are meeting in Angola to discuss to how to exploit offshore oil from West and Central African nations. US firms attending the conference include Chevron Texaco, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Halliburton, the oil field services firm once run by US Vice-pResident Dick Cheney, Reuters news agency reported.
Iraqi Says U.S. Purge of Baath Fosters Terrorism A senior Iraqi politician on Wednesday criticized the United States for planning to purge thousands of top Baathists from office, warning the policy would force some to go underground and wage a terrorist backlash.
Byrd Says Bush Built 'House of Cards' on Iraq War Sen. Robert Byrd, the Senate's most outspoken critic of Dictator Bush, on Wednesday accused him of constructing a "house of cards, built on deceit" to justify the war against Iraq.
Byrd: 'False Premises' Prompted Iraq War Sen. Robert Byrd accused the Bush administration of using "false premises" to get Americans to accept what he said was an illegal and unprovoked attack on Saddam Hussein's government.
Prewar Views of Iraq Threat Are Under Review by C.I.A. The Central Intelligence Agency has begun a review to try to determine whether the American intelligence community erred in its prewar assessments of Saddam Hussein's government and Iraq's weapons programs, several officials say.
Blair 'broke his promise not to tap MPs' phones' Poodle Tony Blair has been accused of misleading MPs and concealing the tapping of politicians' telephones by the security services.
George Galloway Anti-war campaigner and MP for Glasgow Kelvin --"I hope Mr Blair is proud of himself. He really has done everything that he can to ensure the reelection [sic] of the most rightwing fundamentalist American president [sic] the country has ever seen. Anyone who saw Bush arrive as a copilot on an aircraft carrier in military clothes; anyone who's seen him roaring like a bull in aircraft hangars to pumped up young men, roaring with approval at the belligerence of their leader - I hope Mr Blair's proud of himself in that picture, because he has certainly helped to strengthen the far right in American politics."
Surveys pointing to high civilian death toll in Iraq Preliminary reports suggest casualties well above the Gulf War. Evidence is mounting to suggest that between 5,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians may have died during the recent war, according to researchers involved in independent surveys of the country.
Looters cart away Basra University U.S.-U.K. invasion forces are blamed for failing to stop the vandals --Every morning, the professors and students come to Basra University and watch one more donkey pull one more load of loot from the place. . Every morning, they stand around and look at the wreckage of what was once one of Iraq's premier institutions of higher learning and ask: How? Why? [George W. Bush was intstalled in a coup d'etat in 2000, that is how and that is why. --Lori Price]
U.S. Makes Digital Log of Iraq Prisoners U.S. interrogators in Iraq are building a digital catalog of prisoners of war and loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, scanning and saving their fingerprints and other body characteristics in databases.
Army Orders Troops to Seize TV Station in Northwest Iraq A Major Balks at Directive and Gets Relieved of Duty (May 8, 2003) The U.S. Army issued orders for troops to seize this city's only television station, leading an officer here to raise questions about the Army's dedication to free speech in postwar Iraq, people familiar with the situation said. The officer refused the order and was relieved of duty.
Bush's message to Cubans gets ironical reply Fidel Castro's government responded ironically on Wednesday to US Dictator George W Bush's Cuban independence day message, thanking him for his efforts to liberate the Caribbean nation. "Thank you, Fuhrer," was the title of the editorial on Wednesday in the Communist Party daily Granma. "Mr Bush, author of bombings against cities that are transmitted by television ... promises that the Cuban people will soon be free and that dictatorships have no place in America," read the editorial, a response to Bush's brief radio message on Tuesday. "That, unfortunately, is true," the statement continued, a reference to Havana's recent declarations that the United States is trying to form a worldwide fascist dictatorship. "The American people will get fed up with its ludicrous and fanatical ideas."
Anti-Bush play returns to Paris stage A play lampooning US Dictator George W. Bush that was withdrawn from a Parisian theatre after its director was attacked, is set to return to the stage next week. Attilio Maggiulli, who wrote and directed the play "George W. Bush ou le triste cowboy de Dieu" (George W. Bush or God's sad cowboy), was assaulted by two unidentified individuals on May 4.
Elvis Costello defends outspoken artists British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello Tuesday defended musicians who speak their minds in these "fairly dangerous times" and warned Americans to guard against "any attempts by people who swindle their way into office."
Dancing With the Devil --by Bob Herbert "Let's see. Who's less patriotic, the Dixie Chicks or Dick Cheney's long-term meal ticket, the Halliburton Company? ...The Chicks learned how dangerous it can be to criticize the chief of a grand imperial power. Halliburton, on the other hand, can do no wrong. ...instead of being punished for its misdeeds, it[Halliburton]'s been handed a huge share of the riches to be reaped from the reconstruction of Iraq and U.S. control of Iraqi oil."
On rescuing Private Lynch and forgetting Rachel Corrie The Israeli army got away with murder - and now all activists are at risk --by Naomi Klein "It turns out that the lives of some US citizens - even beautiful, young, white women - are valued more than others. And nothing demonstrates this more starkly than the opposing responses to Rachel Corrie and Pte Jessica Lynch. ...while Lynch's story has been distorted to make its protagonists appear more heroic, Corrie's story has been posthumously twisted to make her, and her fellow ISM activists, appear sinister."
Bush Issues Directive Describing Policy on Antimissile Defenses Dictator Bush issued a directive today describing his approach to deploying missile defenses and encouraging America's allies to join in the effort. He said his objective was to counter enemies around the world who try to use long-range missiles "as tools of extortion and aggression."
Still Angry Over War, Pentagon Limits Contacts With France "It does look like the Pentagon is on its own private vendetta against France," said Michael O'Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution, who said it was "not helpful to U.S. foreign policy. It's not smart. Military-to-military cooperation was not the problem here, and the French Ministry of Defense was not the problem," O'Hanlon said. "We need the French Ministry of Defense to help in the stabilization of Iraq. This just smacks of vengeance for pettiness' sake."
Rumsfeld Asks for Personnel, Environmental "Flexibility" (Dod) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has appealed to legislators to pass his recommendations to streamline [?!?] personnel and environmental policies in the department.
Military on Highest Domestic Terror Threat Alert The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA] has raised its warning of possible terror attack against military facilities in the United States to its highest level, defense officials said on Wednesday. Unlike civilian facilities throughout the nation, which depend on the new Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible terrorist attack alerts, the military uses warnings issued by the DIA. [Who on God's green earth would attack a US military base here in American except one of our own??? Know what I mean??? --CLG reader Priscilla Andrews, Dothan, Alabama]
Intelligence points to Gulf-area attack Saudi foreign minister: 'This is our 9/11' --Another terror attack may be imminent, U.S. officials said Wednesday, with intelligence information pointing more toward an attack in the Persian Gulf region than the United States.
Top Republican wielded 'criminal' words against missing Dems The Texas Republican Party chief told colleagues last week that she was deliberately using language in public statements that connoted "criminal wrongdoing" in a Democratic walkout that shut down the state House. "I've been using 'on the lam' because I'd like to connote them more with criminal wrongdoing and taxpayer-paid vacations," State GOP Chairwoman Susan Weddington said.
Texas Deleted Documents About Search for Democrats The fight over the flight of Democratic legislators intensified yesterday as the Texas Department of Public Safety admitted it had destroyed documents that were collected last week as state troopers searched for the missing lawmakers. What started out as a local partisan dispute about redistricting escalated into accusations of a cover-up and abuse of federal power.
Texas Officials Reportedly Ordered Destruction of Records Related to Democrats' Rebellion Texas Department of Public Safety captains were ordered to destroy all records gathered in the search for Democratic legislators who fled the state to prevent a redistricting bill from passing.
Democrats' probe runs into wall DPS destroys data; feds mum --Democrats claimed Wednesday that state police and the federal Department of Homeland Security are obstructing justice by destroying or refusing to release records about the hunt for lawmakers who shut the Texas House down last week.
Spying under Patriot Act disclosed The inJustice Department released information Tuesday showing that federal agents have conducted hundreds of bugging and surveillance operations and visited numerous libraries and mosques using new law-enforcement tools.
Tarrytown judge's remark sparks outrage (NY) An Arab-American woman who fainted in village court said she suffered an anxiety attack after the judge asked if she were a terrorist.
Indonesia will intern civilians in war against Aceh rebels Indonesian forces were pursuing their renewed civil war against separatist rebels in Aceh after the breakdown on Sunday of a five-month ceasefire. The army has vowed to exterminate rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam), but face huge difficulties posed by rugged terrain and a broadly sympathetic population. The Government has said that up to 200,000 people are to be taken from their homes and put into tented camps guarded by soldiers to prevent ordinary Acehnese from being caught in the crossfire. [LOLOLOL! It's like when Jerry asked Elaine to have sex to 'save the friendship' in a Seinfeld episode. Concentration camps --to 'save the citizenry' --I can see AshKKKroft is already chomping at the bit. --Lori Price]
Indonesia launches "shock and awe" military offensive in Aceh Exactly five years after the fall of military strongman Suharto, the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) have unleashed a military offensive that recalls the worst atrocities of the dictatorship. Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri gave the green light on Monday for the TNI to carry out its own massive "shock and awe" operation aimed at destroying the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and terrorising the local population in northern Sumatra.
Australian government announces new military force for domestic use The Australian Federal government has used the threat of increased terrorism following the US-led war on Iraq to further bolster repressive state powers. On May 18, Defence Minister Robert Hill confirmed the government would draw 1,000 personnel from Australia’s 25,000-strong Army Reserve to create a special body trained in "counter terrorism" duties.
Foreign Secretary was target for assassination by Zionist groups Files reveal terrorist plot to help achieve Jewish state and tell of struggle to unmask spy who betrayed atomic secrets --Jewish extremists planned to set up "IRA-style" cells in London with instructions to assassinate politicians including the Foreign Secretary to help achieve a Jewish state, MI5 papers released today show.
Japan ready to strike first if threatened: PM The Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, has indicated his country would be prepared to make a pre-emptive strike against a foreign threat, adopting the most strident position by a Japanese leader since World War II.
Chirac to embarrass Bush at G8 conference President Chirac is preparing to embarrass Dictator Bush at the forthcoming G8 summit in France by laying out an agenda heavy on environmental, development and economic issues and light on the fight against terrorism.
2 Paths of Bayer Drug in 80's: Riskier Type Went Overseas A division of the pharmaceutical company Bayer sold millions of dollars of blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs — medicine that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS — to Asia and Latin America in the mid-1980's while selling a new, safer product in the West, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.
AES colluded with Enron to rig auction AES, the US energy group, and Enron, the disgraced energy trader, colluded to rig the auction for the largest electric distribution company in Latin America, an FT investigation has found.
The Great Media Gulp --by William Safire "[An] F.C.C. proposal remains officially secret to avoid public comment but was forced into the open by the two commission Democrats. It would end the ban in most cities of cross-ownership of television stations and newspapers, allowing such companies as The New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune to gobble up ever more electronic outlets. It would permit Viacom, Disney and AOL Time Warner to control TV stations with nearly half the national audience. In the largest cities, it would allow owners of 'only' two TV stations to buy a third."
House, Senate Reach Deal on $350B Tax Cut House and Senate tax writers struck agreement Wednesday on a $350 billion tax cut that Republicans leaders plan to pass by Memorial Day.
Two of America's Richest Assail Bush Tax Cut Billionaire investors Warren Buffett and George Soros, Nos. 2 and 24 on Forbes Magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans, both railed on Tuesday against Dictator Bush's plan to deepen income tax cuts and eliminate taxes on corporate dividends.
SUV tax cut (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) "Under current tax law, it's permissible to write off $25,000 from your taxes in the first year after the purchase of a 6,000-pound truck or SUV. (Then there's the gravy of 20 percent a year after that.) But the Senate bill increases the tax deduction to $100,000. Who did it? We don't even know, yet. There are no fingerprints on the amendment -- legislation was going back and forth so fast Thursday night that this little gem slipped in quietly."
Kennedy kin irate at ads linking JFK, Bush tax cuts The Washington-based Club for Growth, a pro-business political action committee, is running commercials with footage of John F. Kennedy to boost support for Dictator Bush's proposed tax cuts. But the political ads have drawn the wrath of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, the brother and daughter of the late president, who describe them as "politically irresponsible and grossly inaccurate."
States Cut Test Standards to Avoid Sanctions The 600-page law, Dictator Bush's basic education initiative, was passed with bipartisan backing four months after Sept. 11, 2001. Many prominent Democrats, however, have since withdrawn their support, including Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, who recently described it as "a phony gimmick." "We were all suckered into it," Mr. Gephardt said. "It's a fraud." [Hmmmm... sounds a lot like George Bush, himself: a fraud. --Lori Price]
Whitman: Bush 'Hurt' by Environmental Decisions A day after announcing she would quit as Environmental Protection Agency chief, Christine Todd Whitman said on Thursday Dictator Bush had been "hurt" by his regime's inability to explain unpopular environmental decisions.
Christie Whitman Resigns As EPA Chief Christie Whitman resigned as Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Wednesday, weary after two and a half years of struggles with fellow Bush officials, Congress and business and environmental groups.
Texas OKs rigid abortion-counseling law Doctors must cite nonexistent link to cancer --Texas approved one of the nation's most sweeping abortion "counseling" laws Wednesday, requiring doctors, among other things, to warn women that abortion might lead to breast cancer -- a correlation that does not exist, according to the American Cancer Society and federal researchers.
German Attorneys Sue Bush for Iraqi War German attorneys have registered a claim against US Dictator George W. Bush in the General Office of the Public Prosecutor in Germany. In addition to George W. Bush, the claim includes members of the German and British governments, who are all alleged to be in violation of international law in launching the war in Iraq.
British officer faces war crimes investigation A senior British army officer is being formally investigated over alleged war crimes in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said today.
'I'm no war criminal' A senior British officer celebrated as a hero in the Iraq war today strongly denied accusations that he is a "war criminal". Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins, 43, stands accused of a number of "serious breaches" of the Geneva Convention after claims that he punched, kicked and threatened Iraqi prisoners of war to force information from them and that he opened fire needlessly.
U.S. Regime in Iraq to Begin Seizing Weapons From Most Iraqis Iraqi citizens will be required to turn over automatic weapons and heavy weapons under a proclamation that "allied authorities" plan to issue this week, allied officials said today.
Iraqi Politicians to Issue a Protest of Occupation Rule Iraq's main political groups said tonight that they were drafting a formal statement of protest to the American and British authorities over their plans to declare an occupation authority in Iraq, which would delay the rapid turnover of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.
U.N. inspectors plan return to Iraq Radioactive material missing from Iraqi nuclear site --The U.N. nuclear agency and the United States are discussing the return of nuclear weapons inspectors to Iraq to investigate reports of looting and destruction at the country’s nuclear sites, including Tuwaitha, Iraq’s largest nuclear facility, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Plans for the inspectors’ return to Iraq come following reports that 20 percent of the radioactive materials known to have been stored at Tuwaitha are unaccounted for.
Rep. Barney Frank Calls for Wolfowitz's Resignation Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) yesterday called for the resignation of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, accusing the Pentagon official of seeking to undermine Turkey's democratic government. [Well, nutcase Wolfowitz seeks to undermine *all* democratic governments. --Lori Price]
Secrets galore --by Col. David Hackworth "...tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent on covering up what happened to Jessica Lynch and her mates during and after their unit was ambushed and they were captured. Soldiers from Jessica's El Paso, Texas-based 507th Maintenance Company have been warned not to talk. A soldier in that unit said, 'It's almost 'say a word and you'll be shot at dawn.' ' Jessica has been locked up in a private Walter Reed hospital room with an around-the-clock security detail normally reserved for high brass to ensure that what happened to her as a prisoner of war remains inside her room."
Saving Private Lynch: Take 2 The rescue was pure Hollywood, reportedly a bit of Pentagon fiction. --by Robert Scheer "After a thorough investigation, the British Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of the 'heroic' rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and a breathless American press. 'Her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived,' the BBC concluded — the polite British way of saying 'liar, liar, pants on fire.' Though the Bush administration's shamelessly trumped-up claims about Iraq's alleged ties to Al Qaeda and 9/11 and its weapons of mass destruction take the cake for deceitful propaganda — grand strategic lies that allow the United States' seizure of Iraq's oil to appear to be an act of liberation — the sad case of Lynch's exploitation at the hands of military spinners illustrates that the truth once again was a casualty of war." [*See: Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed' Private Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war, and the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. But her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived.]
Text of the Rockford College graduation speech by Chris Hedges "I want to speak to you today about war and empire. Killing, or at least the worst of it, is over in Iraq. Although blood will continue to spill -- theirs and ours -- be prepared for this. For we are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige, power, and security. But this will come later as our empire expands and in all this we become pariahs, tyrants to others weaker than ourselves. Isolation always impairs judgment and we are very isolated now. We have forfeited the good will, the empathy the world felt for us after 9-11..."
New York Times Reporter Has Microphone Unplugged While Delivering Antiwar Speech (IL) New York Times reporter Chris Hedges was booed off the stage Saturday at Rockford College’s graduation because he gave an antiwar speech. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter began his abbreviated 18-minute speech comparing United States’ policy in Iraq to piranhas and a tyranny over the weak. His microphone was unplugged within three minutes. Voices of protest and the sound of foghorns grew. [Oh, speaking of Fascism... the CBS miniseries, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, elucidates the similarities between Dictator Bush's coup in 2000 and Hitler's power grab. Hitler had his Reichstag; Bush had his 9-11. --Lori Price]
U.S. shoots, kills 4 Afghan troops 'Misunderstanding' [?!?] blamed for incident outside U.S. Embassy --U.S. troops guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday shot and killed four Afghan soldiers whom they mistook for assailants, Afghan officials said.
Promises, promises President Karzai of Afghanistan shouldn't hold his breath as he waits for the country's provincial governors to hand over customs revenues, says Derek Brown --"On the face of it, he unity is indeed illusory. That a president [Hamid Karzai] should have to threaten to resign in order to extract a promise from his highest lieutenants that they will hand over state revenues, is a measure of the desperate fragility of the enterprise. The dire, sad fact is that for all intents and purposes Afghanistan is no longer a country at all."
Congress watches its power ebb From controlling budgets to deciding when and why to go to war, Congress appears less relevant today than at any time in decades. The center of gravity has shifted toward the White House, in a change that could be more than just the passing phase of Republican control on Capitol Hill.
DPS ordered search records destroyed One day before Democrats ended their boycott of the Texas House last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety ordered the destruction of all records and photos gathered in the search for them, documents obtained Tuesday show.
Anti-Terror Power Used Broadly Laws Invoked Against Crimes Unrelated to Terror, Report Says --The inJustice Department has used many of the anti-terrorism powers granted in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to pursue defendants for crimes unrelated to terrorism, including drug violations, credit card fraud and bank theft, according to a government accounting released yesterday.
Pentagon Details New Surveillance System Critics Fear Proposed Extensive Use of Computer Database Raises Privacy Issues --The Pentagon yesterday detailed the development of a massive computer surveillance system that would have the power to track people as never before.
A Spy Machine of DARPA's Dreams The Pentagon is about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed to gather every conceivable bit of information about a person's life, index all the information and make it searchable. What national security experts and civil libertarians want to know is, why would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?
Six French journalists detained on arrival at Los Angeles, sent back to France Reporters Without Borders today protested against the detention of six French journalists on arrival a week ago at Los Angeles international airport to cover a video games trade show and their forcible repatriation after being held at the airport for more than 24 hours. [Well, after seeing: CBS's Bush: The Rise of Evil, it really is *time* to resist the US police state, before it is too late. --Lori Price]
Chief Security Officers Reveal Concerns About US Government Security Measures Thirty-one percent fear US will become a police state while 33% report they receive security alerts unavailable to public --A new poll of 559 chief security officers (CSOs) and senior security executives conducted by IDG’s CSO magazine reveals some concerns about US government’s tactics to provide security. When considering the impacts of Patriot Acts I and II, a third of respondents (31%) say the US is in jeopardy of becoming a police state. [*Becoming?* Became. --Lori Price]
How terror talk is tracked "Anti-terrorism" intelligence monitors "electronic chatter" to see when attacks are imminent - but what exactly is it? Where does it come from and how is it monitored? [i.e., why hasn't the *monitors* (the Bush dictatorship's CIA) ACTED on the 'chatter' and make arrests? The US has the technology. Because, Bush is trolling for more terrorism for an excuse to install the police state and needs blind patriotism and a fearful population (just like Hitler) to get re-s-elected as the economy tanks. --Lori Price]
Bin Laden deputy calls for attacks An audio tape said to be of Osama bin Laden's top aide urging attacks on British and US diplomatic missions and businesses has been played on Gulf satellite TV station al-Jazeera.
Embassies in Saudi Arabia closed amid fears of new terrorist attacks Britain, Germany and the United States are closing their embassies and consulates in Saudi Arabia after receiving "credible information" of possible imminent terrorist attacks against targets in the country.
Reports Of Explosion At Yale Law School Smoke could be seen rising from downtown near Yale University late this afternoon, and a city spokesman said an explosion was reported in a mail room at the law school.
Explosion Reported in Mail Room at Yale An explosion was reported in a mail room at the Yale University law school, a city spokesman said. The FBI in New Haven said members of the agency's terrorism task force were sent to the scene. Smoke could be seen rising from downtown.
U.S. Terror Alert at 2nd-Highest Level The Bush dictatorship raised the national terror alert level to orange Tuesday amid fears a wave of terrorist attacks overseas will spread to the United States.
U.S. to raise terror alert to 'high' U.S. intelligence operatives have intercepted communications indicating an imminent al-Qaida threat inside the United States and against U.S. interests abroad, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday, and the White House said the nation’s terror threat level would be raised to orange, or "high," later Tuesday.
EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman Resigns Resignation Effective June 27 Christine Todd Whitman, often at odds with the Bush White House over environmental issues and a lightning rod for the regime's critics, resigned Wednesday as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dividend Tax Cut Cost More Than Thought Senators who approved a suspension of taxes on investor dividends last week underestimated the cost of the measure by $70 billion because of an error by congressional tax experts.
Squandering Prosperity George W. Bush has the worst economic record of any president [sic] since Herbert Hoover. But can the Democrats exploit that at all? --by Harold Meyerson "...it is the distinctive feature of the Bush presidency that there is but one economic policy come boom or bust, fire or flood. That, of course, is tax cuts, preponderantly for the rich... With the economy going nowhere but south, the administration has been obliged to come up with an explanation for the downturn that directs responsibility away from the White House. Until 9-11, the recession was Bill Clinton's fault; thereafter, it was Osama bin Laden's and, more recently, Saddam Hussein's."
GOP outspends Democrats in states Republicans, who pride themselves on being frugal with taxpayers' money, were bigger spenders than Democrats in state legislatures over the past five years, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
Bush Slams Europe Over Agriculture Policy Dictator Bush today accused Europeans of "perpetuating starvation in Africa" by subsidizing agricultural exports and by objecting to the use of bio-engineered crops, raising another grievance with Europe at a time of already tense transatlantic relations.
Mad cow ban ordered on Canada beef Case jolts stocks, but U.S. downplays risk --The U.S. government imposed a temporary ban Tuesday on cattle, beef products and animal feed from Canada after an 8-year-old cow in Alberta tested positive for mad cow disease.
House approves plan to speed up logging The House voted Tuesday to accelerate tree cutting on 20 million acres of overgrown woodlands that are prone to the wildfires that scorched millions of acres across 15 states last year.
Criticized Glades bill signed by Bush Proposed changes do little to placate its critics --Gov. Jeb Bush quietly signed into law Tuesday a controversial bill that critics fear could imperil a massive Everglades restoration project.
The Boondocks --by Aaron McGruder for May 21 [a must read]
Before facing the field Thursday, Sorenstam meets the media On Thursday, Annika Sorenstam will become the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour, a challenge she compared to climbing Mount Everest. [Bank of America Colonial --starting approximately 10 A.M. ET Thursday, this website will have LIVE scoring]
Sorenstam wants to compete --by Dan Patrick "There are some who have criticized [Annika] Sorenstam for accepting a sponsor's exemption instead of qualifying for the tournament. They say that if she wants to play in a PGA Tour tournament then she should have to qualify for it like a man would. This criticism rings hollow since Phil Mickelson and Tiger [Woods] used exemptions during college and in Tiger's case since he was a teenager. In 2001, David Gosset won the John Deere Classic on a sponsor's exemption and Tiger won his first tournament while using an exemption. And in 1992, sponsors of the Kemper Open gave an exemption to then-Washington Redskins QB Mark Rypien." [Someone needs to supply Joe "Lori Klausutis" Scarborough with these facts, since Moron Joe will just *not*shut*up* on the exemption topic. --Lori Price]
Bush Affirms U.S. Is Ready to Send Troops to the Philippines Dictator Bush reaffirmed Washington's commitment today to send American troops to help root out "Muslim militants" [?!?] in the southern Philippines, but he did not provide any details of how or when they would be sent.
U.S. to increase troop presence in Philippines Amidst a spate of terrorist bombings in the Muslim world, Dictator Bush on Monday rewarded a stalwart ally, the Philippines, with the promise of more U.S. troops and support in its "fight against terrorism".
Iraq 'first battle of a wider US war' The invasion of Iraq was a "single campaign in a much larger war" against the Bush dictatorship's "axis of evil", the conference was told. "Iraq was not a war, Iraq was a battle," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, an American defence policy research group.
Oil wars Pentagon's policy since 1999 A top-level United States policy document has emerged that explicitly confirms the Defence Department's readiness to fight an oil war. According to the report, Strategic Assessment 1999, prepared for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defence, "energy and resource issues will continue to shape international security".
Iraq nuclear and oilfield chaos confront US rulers Lawlessness in oilfields and a warning of a possible nuclear emergency reared up to confront Iraq's United States dictatorship as thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad to demand their own government. [We demand our own government here, too --one that is legitimate. Bush, and his neo-con cabal of international terrorists, should be tried for treason. --Lori Price]
U.N. Atomic Chief Again Warns U.S. About Iraq The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency warned the United States for the third time yesterday of the danger of radioactive contamination in Iraq because of looting at nuclear sites and called on the Bush dictatorship to allow his safety and emergency response teams to enter the country.
US post-war effort seen as on the brink of "fiasco" Nearly 40 days after the fall of Baghdad, US efforts to restore order and establish a dictatorship in Iraq are faltering as US forces struggle to cope with lawlessness, a fragile infrastructure and fractious Iraqi political forces, analysts said. "It's close to a fiasco," said Loren Thompson, an analyst with the Lexington Institute, a Washington research organization.
Protesters in Iraq assail U.S. occupation Thousands of Shiite and Sunni Muslims marched peacefully through Baghdad on Monday in a religious rally that turned into a largely political protest against the American military presence and its plans for a future Iraqi government. [Hey, we assail the Bush occupation here, too!]
Thousands of Iraqis Rally to Demand US Forces' Pullout Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of a Baghdad suburb yesterday to demand an Iraqi government and the withdrawal of US forces.
Iraq's landmine legacy Any country suffers from the dangers posed by unexploded munitions after a war, but Iraq has been through three major conflicts in the last 30 years and UN officials say it is the most contaminated country they have ever worked in.
Hush, hush on coalition [sic: U.S.-U.K. invasion forces] deaths --by Firas Al-Atraqchi "The rise in military fatalities has received scant attention in mainstream media. During the war, newspapers and broadcast media would lead their coverage with an update of the number of deaths, POWs, or Missing in Action. Since the toppling of the Saddam statue on April 9th, however, there have been few reports of military fatalities. Troubling signs emerging from Iraq may indicate why the media has strayed from reporting the rising number of coalition casualties."
Saddam Hussein Plotting Return to Power, Ex-Generals Say Saddam Hussein is hiding in Iraq with a small group, probably including his sons, and issuing orders to trusted supporters as he plots a return to power, according to former Iraqi generals returned from exile.
Blair Has Betrayed Britain ... Not Me A defiant George Galloway yesterday accused Poodle Tony Blair of betraying Britain and putting the country in "the first ranks of the hated on the earth". Galloway, suspended by Labour over comments on Iraq, told an anti-war rally: ...'By putting us in the first ranks of the hated on the earth, Tony Blair is the one who has betrayed this country, not me and not you. If there's a treason in this picture it is those who have sold our country to a foreign power, who have decided that it is our fate to be the tail of a dog whose head is the virtually imbecilic right- wing republican fundamentalist George W Bush."
Belgium: government seeks to block war crimes case against US General Tommy Franks The Belgian government has intervened to block a war crimes case against US General Tommy Franks. The lawsuit, lodged with the federal prosecutor’s office in Brussels on May 14, accuses Franks of being responsible for war crimes carried out during the US war against Iraq.
War crimes case against General Franks: Interview with Belgian lawyer Jan Fermon Richard Tyler spoke with the Belgian lawyer Jan Fermon, who filed the war crimes lawsuit against US General Tommy Franks last week.
Pentagon calls BBC's Lynch allegations 'ridiculous' Report said commando raid was unnecessarily theatric --Any charge that the U.S. military misrepresented the facts of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch's rescue April 1 from an Iraqi hospital to make the mission appear more dramatic or heroic is "void of all facts and absolutely ridiculous" the Pentagon said Monday.
The pressures of spin Tony Blair and George Bush may be close - but for them to lose their spokesmen on the same day is verging on the paranormal.
Protests planned as dictator speaks at Coast Guard Academy (CT) Anti-war protesters will demonstrate outside the gates of the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, when Dictator Bush will deliver the commencement address.
Ashcroft Goes After 200-Year-Old Human Rights Law U.S. Attorney General John AshKKKroft has launched a sweeping attack against a 214-year-old human rights law that has helped provide justice to Nazi Holocaust victims and peasants from Latin America and Asia.
Foreigners entering U.S. face new rules Starting Jan. 1, U.S. officials say they will scan fingerprints and snap photographs of every foreigner with a U.S. visa in hand who enters the country at a seaport or an airport.
Lawmaker's Internment Remark Draws Fire The California Assembly on Monday called for Rep. Howard Coble (N-Nazi-NC 6th) to resign as chair of a key House subcommittee because of his comments about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Many Guantanamo Bay Prisoners 'Have Gone Crazy' A Pakistani released from the United States’ secretive prison on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba said yesterday that most of the 600-plus prisoners still held there on suspicion of Al-Qaeda links had become mentally disturbed.
Richest nations arming rights abusers: Amnesty Amnesty International accused the world's wealthiest countries yesterday of arming some of the worst abusers of human rights despite their assurances to the contrary.
Defense Department can't adequately track emergency 'anti-terror' funds, GAO says Even if it follows official guidelines, the Pentagon cannot be sure it is properly spending $38 billion in emergency funds allocated to "fight terrorism", congressional investigators said Monday.
Pentagon Readies Massive Spying System To "thwart terrorists", the Pentagon is developing a computer surveillance system that would give U.S. agents fingertip access to government and commercial records from around the world that could fill the Library of Congress more than 50 times.
Statement Condemning Cuba Fails at OAS A United States-backed statement condemning human rights violations in Cuba [Helloooo!!!] was withdrawn Monday at the Organization of American States after failing to garner enough support from its members. [Holy Hypocrisy, Batman!! The United States citing other countries' human rights violations! Well, Shock & Awe me with a chainsaw!! --Lori Price]
Gov. Bush Accused by Cuban Official of Working Against Castro A spokeswoman for Gov. Jeb Bush discounted charges aired Sunday by the president of the Cuban National Assembly that the Florida governor is conspiring to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
10 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan: Sources Ten U.S. soldiers were killed and three personnel carriers destroyed during an operation carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network in this mountainous area in southeastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani borders, al-Qaeda sources told IslamOnline.net.
FBI issues new warning on al-Qaida State and local law enforcement agencies across the country have been alerted by the FBI that al-Qaida could mount new attacks in the United States.
Al-Qaeda threatens 'stunning blows' against US, Israel Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror network has threatened to deliver devastating blows to the United States and Israel, a Saudi-owned weekly reports.
Why the War on Terror Will Never End Bomb attacks in Riyadh and Casablanca suggest that even on the run, al-Qaeda is a resilient threat to the West --Just days before the bombings in Riyadh, Dictator Bush stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln to bask in his Iraq triumph and declared, "The war on terror is not over, yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory, but we have seen the turning of the tide."
Kerry assails Bush on terrorism Presidential contender sees bungled diplomatic effort --In an appearance on MSNBC’s "Hardball" on Monday, Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry criticized Dictator Bush’s anti-terrorism efforts. "The administration has not done enough of the hard work of diplomacy, reaching out to nations, building the kind of support network" needed to catch and deter terrorists, Kerry said.
Cool heads are hard to find these days --by Molly Ivins "Meanwhile, back at the Capitol …Mighty was the wrath of the Republicans who were left holding session without a quorum. Bills died by the dozens as Democratic lawmakers who were wanted by the law bollixed up the legislative works. (Bills not passed through second reading as of May 15 die automatically -- a bit of legislative process that the fleeing Dems cunningly used to their advantage.)"
He jabs to the left, he jabs to the right Journalist Greg Palast takes a bipartisan swipe at democratic icons in an unsettling and surprising bestseller. --by Reed Johnson "He [Greg Palast] dissects California's bogus 'energy crisis' of two years ago, probes the political backdrop to the Enron scandal — 'Enron was the Rosemary's baby of the frightening coupling of deregulation and campaign cash,' he writes — lays out the troubling details of the so-called cash for access scandal that rocked British Prime Minister Tony Blair's administration, and lambastes globalization apostles who preach the overnight conversion of Third World economies without regard for the short-term social costs."
Voters must have faith in the vote count --by Warren Slocum "Computerized voting is here to stay. The only question is: Should we blindly trust touch-screen voting systems to capture and count our votes correctly? Opinions vary. Surprisingly, some elections professionals say that touch-screen voting systems can be trusted. But when voters are given the choice, most say, 'absolutely not.' And the computer scientists who have studied this issue say no way."
Dennis Kucinich: The Progressive Choice (Dennis Kucinich 2004 website article, citing "Presidential Debate", ABC News, 5/3/03) "As a candidate for President, I offer a different vision for America, one which separates me from the other candidates..."
Court Restores Campaign Finance Limits A federal court Monday temporarily restored limits on political donations and advertising that it had struck down as unconstitutional, making 2004 candidates operate under the law passed by Congress last year until the Supreme Court settles the matter.
White House Urges Senate To Raise Debt Ceiling Soon GOP to Face Issue While Pushing Tax Cut --The Bush dictatorship warned the Senate yesterday that it must increase the government's debt ceiling by May 28, putting new pressure on Republicans to acknowledge mounting debt as they push to enact Dictator Bush's tax cuts.
Drug Price Breaks Upheld The U.S. Supreme Court gave a boost Monday to the campaign to give uninsured Americans low-cost prescription drugs, reviving a novel Maine law that forces drug makers to discount their prices for all consumers if they want to sell to the huge Medicaid program that serves the poor. The decision, while not the final word, clears the way for other states to pass similar drug discount laws.
Rebels humiliate Glaxo The shareholders' message: You won't get £22m for failure --Shareholder activists scored an extraordinary victory against spiralling executive pay yesterday, voting down a plan by GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's biggest drug manufacturer, to give chief executive Jean-Pierre Garnier £22m if he were to lose his job.
McDonald's a "Green Business"? I Resign --by Paul Hawken "Please let me take this moment to reflect on what a Green Business is and then submit my request to be taken off the Steering Committee... To have a company such as McDonald's on the Steering Committee is an insult to the idea of being 'green.' ...Their strategy is to get involved with green NGOs and receive their blessing precisely because they do not want their business model changed or challenged."
Canada Discovers Case of Mad Cow Disease in Alberta, Govt Says Canadian authorities discovered a case of mad cow disease in Alberta, the country's biggest beef-producing province, government officials said.
Museum erred in hiding ANWR exhibit --by Debbie S. Miller "I recently attended the opening of Subhankar Banerjee's Arctic Refuge photo exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. As a contributing author for the companion book 'Seasons of Life and Land,' I was disturbed that Banerjee's beautiful photos had been hung in an obscure hallway, and the informational captions, including some of my own words, had been censored... In an effort to appease pro-drilling forces, Banerjee's exhibit was moved to a ground-level hallway that leads to a cargo dock... Such censorship can be considered an infringement of our First Amendment rights."
Blood Drive Cancelled Over Anti-Gay Policy Students at Southern Oregon University have cancelled this term's Red Cross blood drive saying the organization discriminates against gay men. The blood drive has been a spring term tradition for a number of years. This semester though students said the Red Cross policy of refusing to allow gay men to be donors is a violation of the university's anti-discrimination policy.
Iraqis unite for anti-US march Thousands of Shia and Sunni Muslims have marched through Baghdad protesting against the US occupation, and demanding a say in the new Iraqi Government. [Gee, if only US citizens would unite in protest against the Bush occupation over here. --Lori Price]
Shiites March in Baghdad Against U.S. In the biggest anti-U.S. demonstration since the end of the war, thousands of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully through the capital on Monday to protest the U.S. occupation and reject what they feared would be a U.S.-installed puppet government.
Iraq Nuclear, Oilfield Chaos Confront U.S. Rulers Lawlessness in oilfields and a warning of a possible nuclear emergency reared up to confront Iraq's U.S. dictatorship as thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad Monday to demand their own government.
ElBaradei Frustrated Over U.S. Iraq Nuclear Issue The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency expressed frustration on Sunday over the U.S. government's failure to respond to his request that inspectors return to Iraq and finish their job.
Iraqi Parties Say US Sidelining Them Two of Iraq’s main parties blasted the United States yesterday, accusing Washington of going back on what they said was a firm US commitment to give Iraqis a free hand in running the country.
New proconsul in Baghdad tightens US grip over Iraq --by Peter Symonds "Just days after his arrival in Baghdad last week, Washington’s new proconsul in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III, has ushered in a series of measures which signal the US will brook no opposition to its neo-colonial rule and will not hesitate to use military force to deal with any challenge."
Plan to Secure Postwar Iraq Faulted Pentagon Ignored Lessons From Decade of Peacekeeping, Critics Say --A month before the war began in Iraq, senior Bush dictatorship officials said their plan for winning the peace was built upon the swift provision of basic services that would "immediately" make the Iraqi people feel they were better off than they had been under the government of Saddam Hussein.
Looting Is Derailing Detailed U.S. Plan to 'Restore' Iraq The looting, lawlessness and violence that planners thought would mar only the first few weeks has proved more widespread and enduring than Dictator Bush and his aides expected and is threatening to undermine the American plan.
Australian companies rush to profit from Iraqi devastation In the aftermath of its participation in the illegal invasion of Iraq, the Howard government has rushed to ensure that Australian corporations win a slice of the multi-million dollar contracts being offered for the rebuilding of Iraq’s devastated infrastructure.
Fears grow for Iraqi children The head of the UN Children's Fund, Carol Bellamy, says a sharp rise in acute diarrhoea is hitting children in Iraq already weakened by malnutrition.
Child Drug Abuse, Crime on the Rise in Iraq About a dozen homeless children, aged between four and 18, sleep on the pavement or wait their turn to inhale at the side of the road running alongside the Tigris River... One thin boy dressed in rags is stretched out on the ground, shivering despite the heat, his foot bleeding.
General named in war crimes lawsuit [story *finally* hits US mainstream media] America's top military officer has warned that NATO may have to move from its Brussels headquarters after an attempt to bring war crimes charges against Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of U.S.-U.K. invasion forces in Iraq, in the Belgian courts.
Retired General Dissents, Big Media AWOL Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni favors peace over war in the Middle East, but the large media outlets ignore his message. --by Jan Barry "Working for peace in the Middle East is more important than waging war in places like Iraq, Gen. Anthony Zinni maintains. That's the message the retired four-star general has presented loud and clear for the past year..."
Marine Corps Sea Knight helicopter reported down in Iraq; no sign of survivors A Marine Corps transport helicopter crashed Monday in central Iraq near Karbala with at least four people aboard, and there were no indications of survivors, Pentagon officials said.
US POW rescue was 'stage-managed' The rescue of the young POW [Jessica Lynch] boosted morale on the US home front at a time when the invasion of Iraq had appeared to run aground. There was only one problem: the story simply wasn't true. The dramatic rescue was a well-prepared 'infowar' operation staged for the cameras. The purpose being to shift media focus away from the killing of civilians by the US bombardment of Iraq and on to the 'heroism' of US forces. [Hey, Matt Drudge, where's your siren on *this* story? --Lori Price]
How truth was edited in saving Private Lynch (article also published in the Guardian) Jessica Lynch's rescue will go down as one of the most stunning pieces of news management conceived. It provides a remarkable insight into the real influence of Hollywood producers on the Pentagon's media managers, and has produced a template from which America hopes to present its future wars.
Saudi Envoy Warns of New Attacks in U.S. Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador warned Monday that new intelligence suggests there could be more terror attacks in Saudi Arabia or the United States.
Saudi ambassador warns of new terror attacks Saudi Arabia's ambassador to America has predicted possible terror attacks in his country or the United States.
Al Qaeda Arms Traced to Saudi National Guard Saudi authorities are investigating suspected illegal arms sales by members of the country's national guard to al Qaeda operatives in the country, U.S. and Saudi officials said.
Thousands of al-Qaida suspects ready to attack, warns US official A senior US official warned that thousands of al-Qaida activists are still at large and preparing more attacks, as police raids around the world netted several dozen suspects yesterday.
Al-Qaeda 'Planning More Attacks' The Al-Qaeda network has reorganized and could be planning more attacks in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, Germany’s BND intelligence service has warned.
Rumsfeld baffled by bin Laden Bush Dictatorship officials have acknowledged that the United States now faces serious obstacles in finding Osama bin Laden and other remnants of al-Qaeda's leadership.
Presidential Hopefuls Slam Bush Over Failure to Crush Al-Qaeda Democrats hoping to challenge Dictator George W. Bush in 2004 elections slammed his failure to dismantle Al-Qaeda and find its leader, [Bush family/The Carlyle Group/Bechtel group business partner] Osama Bin Laden, at a union forum here.
You let al-Qaida off hook, Bush told Democrats attack presidential [sic] record on homeland security --The attacks in Riyadh and Casablanca emboldened the Democrats contending for next year's presidential nomination to launch the most vigorous attack yet on Dictator George Bush's war on terrorism.
Democratic Candidate Dean Blasts Bush in Iowa Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean told Iowa activists on Sunday that Dictator Bush has mishandled the economy, ignored a health care crisis and cost millions of Americans their jobs.
Cuba says Gov. Bush is urging an attack A top Cuban official charged in an interview broadcast Sunday that Gov. Jeb Bush is pressing his brother, Dictator Bush, to bring down the government of Fidel Castro.
Experts: Bush must act on N. Korea U.S. may need to use naval blockade to stop nuclear peril if talks fail --A prominent foreign policy think tank has warned that unless the White House formulates a coherent strategy with allies on North Korea, including a serious attempt to negotiate, the world will soon be confronted with a fully nuclear-armed North Korea with the capacity to export nuclear fissile materials or even bombs. If negotiations fail, said a report issued Monday by the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States must be prepared to take tough unilateral measures — including sanctions and a naval blockade.
U.S. Must Be Ready to Blockade N.Korea - Experts With the North Korean crisis on a dangerous course, the United States must be prepared to take tough unilateral measures -- including sanctions and a naval blockade -- if negotiations cannot arrest Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, prominent foreign policy experts say.
Manila Claims 50 Separatists Killed in New Offensive Philippine Air Force planes and helicopters, taking advantage of clearing weather, began pounding rebel strongholds in the southern Philippines yesterday with bombs and rockets in a new "anti-terrorist" crackdown.
Chavez puppet sparks protests A puppet show at the US ambassador's residence in Caracas has strained Venezuela's already tense relationship with Washington. A comedian brandishing a rubber-lipped effigy of Venezuela's leftwing president, Hugo Chavez, entertained an audience of Venezuelan newspaper proprietors and television moguls at an event hosted by the American ambassador, Charles Shapiro, last week. Venezuela's vice-president, Jose Vicente Rangel, said the "grotesque" performance contravened the Vienna conventions on diplomatic relations.
Democrats Push to Retain Nuclear Ban The development of low-yield nuclear weapons could precipitate a new arms race, Senate Democrats said Monday, working to keep the Bush dictatorship from lifting a decade-old ban.
Pentagon System Hopes to Identify Walks Watch your step! The Pentagon is developing a radar-based device that can identify people by the way they walk, for use in a new antiterrorist surveillance system.
Bush family funded Adolf Hitler --by Astrid Barnet "According to research carried out over the last few years, Wall Street bankers (amongst others) financed Hitler’s rise to power whilst making large profits at the same time. What is yet still more deplorable is the fact that relatives of the current U.S. president [sic] were amongst this group of individuals... Therefore defining the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and the threats to other countries as a continuance of blitzkreig offensives as fascist is no blunder. Neither is convening an anti-fascist front is a rhetorical exercise."
Hollywood goes paranoid TV's closed-mouth conservatism surfaces in firing of 'Hitler' producer --by Joanne Ostrow "The executive producer of this week's CBS miniseries, 'Hitler: The Rise of Evil,' was fired for publicly likening the climate in America in advance of the invasion of Iraq to the climate in pre-war Germany that allowed the rise of the Third Reich. Ed Gernon lost his job for drawing an analogy. ...Suddenly, 'just another Nazi miniseries' has new relevance."
Aryan Fleischer sees himself in last night's CBS miniseries, Bush: The Rise of Evil: Bush Press Secretary Fleischer Resigns White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, the public face of the Bush dictatorship, said Monday he will resign in July to enter the private sector. His replacement will likely be deputy press secretary Scott McLellan.
Blair spokesman to quit One of Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's two official spokesmen has announced he is quitting No 10.
Supreme Court Seat Shuffle? Judges' retirements would spark first shift in decades --Well-informed court observers say that there could be two Whore Court resignations next month, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, bringing the greatest upheaval on the court in 32 years.
High Court Declines Terror Detainee Case The Whore Court turned away an appeal Monday over detention of hundreds of U.S. prisoners picked up in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Voting for Bush, Voting to Get a Smallpox Shot In states carried by Mr. Bush in the 2000 s-election, the vaccination rate is almost three times as high as in states won by Al Gore.
White House may put less value on seniors, disabled After senior citizens raised a ruckus, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman said last week that her agency's rule makers would stop calculating the lives of the elderly as less valuable than those of younger people. But if the White House has its way, future regulations could be based on similar calculations that not only place less value on the lives of seniors, but also on the lives of the disabled and the sick.
Enron to Keep 19 International Assets Enron Corp. announced plans to cluster 19 international power and pipeline assets in a new company as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization, ending efforts to sell the businesses after they did not draw satisfactory bids.
WorldCom agrees to pay $500M in SEC fine WorldCom and the Securities and Exchange Commission have reached a final settlement that would force the phone company to pay $500 million to victims of its $9 billion accounting scandal, people familiar with the matter say.
White House Warns on National Debt Limit The Bush dictatorship warned Congress on Monday it would run out of room by May 28 to juggle the government's books to stay within the current national debt limit.
I was wrong. Free market trade policies hurt the poor The IMF and World Bank orthodoxy is increasing global poverty --by Stephen Byers "Since leaving the cabinet a year ago, I've had the opportunity to see at first hand the consequences of trade policy. No longer sitting in the air-conditioned offices of fellow government ministers I have, instead, been meeting farmers and communities at the sharp end. It is this experience that has led me to the conclusion that full trade liberalisation is not the way forward."
Hungry to achieve, Lula gnaws at weighty issues President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has hired a personal trainer and is on a diet to lose weight he has put on since taking charge of this country where a third of people are overweight and a third malnourished. President Lula, Brazil's first working class president, pledged on entering office January 1 to cut inequalities and get all 175 million of his people eating three meals a day.
Warning over new killer diseases Global health chiefs have urged countries around the world to be on alert for new killer diseases. The World Health Organization has warned that new diseases could spread in the wake of the deadly Sars virus.
Baghdad's Death Toll Assessed At least 1,700 Iraqi civilians died and more than 8,000 were injured in the battle for the Iraqi capital, according to a Los Angeles Times survey of records from 27 hospitals in the capital and its outlying districts. In addition, undocumented civilian deaths in Baghdad number at least in the hundreds and could reach 1,000, according to Islamic burial societies and humanitarian groups that are trying to trace those missing in the conflict.
Troops 'vandalise' ancient city of Ur One of the greatest wonders of civilisation, and probably the world's most ancient structure - the Sumerian city of Ur in southern Iraq - has been vandalised by American soldiers and airmen, according to aid workers in the area. They claim that US forces have spray-painted the remains with graffiti and stolen kiln-baked bricks made millennia ago.
The Bush Regime Finds Something That *Really* S*cks: In Search for WMD, Army Team Finds Vacuum Cleaners The door creaked open and Army Maj. Kenneth Deal stepped through. There, in the innermost chamber, he found a cache of vacuum cleaners. So it goes for Site Survey Team 3, which today begins its ninth week in the hunt for illegal weapons.
America threatens to move Nato after Franks is charged America's top military officer has warned that Nato may have to move from its Brussels headquarters after an attempt to bring war crimes charges against General Tommy Franks, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq, in the Belgian courts.
Iraqis Say Anarchy Could Lead to Anti-US Violence Iraqis said on Friday their patience with U.S. pledges to restore law and order in Baghdad and to improve the economy was running thin and fear of lawlessness could lead to anti-American violence.
Iraq's Slide Into Lawlessness Squanders Good Will for U.S. It was another bad week for Karim W. Hassan, director general of Iraq's electricity commission. Looters had already pilfered underground cables, carted off computers that regulate power distribution, stolen 25 of the guards' 30 patrol cars, emptied warehouses of spare parts, ransacked substations and shot up transmission lines across the country's electric grid.
Rift Over Transfer of Power Divides U.S., Iraqis U.S. lackey Paul Bremer Sunday insisted he was pushing ahead with the creation of an Iraqi interim authority, but Iraqi groups accused Washington of backing away from its promises to hand real power to Iraqis.
U.S. Says No Plan to Delay Iraqi Interim Authority The U.S. lackey for Iraq, Paul Bremer, said on Sunday that Washington had no plans to suspend the transition to an Iraqi interim authority planned for the next few weeks.
Plan for Iraq handover government scrapped US and British plans for rebuilding Iraq were descending into chaos this weekend as officials admitted they had indefinitely scrapped plans for a transitional government and Spain revealed a gaping hole in funding for reconstruction.
Russian Experts: US Must Show Iraq Is Free of WMD If Sanctions Are to Be Lifted To lift Iraqi sanctions, the US should officially prove the absence of weapons of mass destruction in the country, Russian experts said at a RIA Novosti round table.
OPEC won't recognise US as Iraqi representative The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will not recognize the United States as a representative of Iraq on oil-related matters, OPEC President Abdallah al-Attiyah said here Wednesday. OPEC "will not speak with the United States as a representative of Iraq in the area of oil," Attiyah told a Russian news agency. "We will wait for the time when we can speak with the national government of Iraq." [LOL!]
Iraq could break with OPEC: report Iraq, which sits on the world's second-largest proven oil reserves [for which the U.S. waged W-ar to steal], after Saudi Arabia, could one day drop OPEC quotas, a Pentagon-appointed oil adviser to Iraq said in a newspaper report published.
Kurds go it alone with international oil deals Local authorities ignore US regime and seek to lure major companies with generous contracts --Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq are offering hugely lucrative oil deals to European and American companies without consulting either the US administration in Baghdad or any other Iraqi groups. The move threatens to raise new problems over the future ownership of Iraq's vast oil reserves.
Psyop --The U.S. military is using Metallica and the 'Barney' theme song as instruments of coercion in Iraq --Your parents aren’t the only ones who hate your music—some Iraqis hate it, too. U.S. military units have been breaking Saddam supporters with long sessions in which they’re forced to listen to heavy-metal and children’s songs. "Trust me, it works," says one U.S. operative.
U.S. probes passports as France protests lies The Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the French government provided passports to members of Saddam Hussein's regime fleeing Iraq [?!?] as French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin demanded yesterday that lies published in the U.S. and British press stop.
Iran Denies Has Banned Weapons or Shelters Al Qaeda Iranian government officials strongly denied on Friday that Iran was producing weapons of mass destruction or was sheltering members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
Top al-Qaida Harbored in Iran Source: New attacks ordered from there [?!?] --The United States has developed intelligence indicating that top al-Qaida leaders operating inside Iran directed Monday's bombing attacks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and have ordered a terrorist strike in East Africa, according to counterterrorism sources.
US accuses Iran of stockpiling chemical arms Iran, already accused by the Bush dictatorship of hiding attempts to build a nuclear bomb, faces fresh allegations about its chemical and biological weapons programmes.
Barbs aside, 9/11 questions aren't going away --by Michele Landsberg "Why did the U.S. military, with the most powerful arsenal in world history, fail to prevent or at least try to stop a series of hijackings and crashes that went on for nearly two hours? Where was the Air Force? ...President [sic] Bush, or, as he delights to call himself, the commander-in-chief, must certainly have been briefed about the ominous drumbeat of terrorist threats that were accumulating over the spring and summer of 2001."
Half of al-Qaeda leaders have been eliminated: Bush Almost half of al-Qaeda's leadership has been captured or killed, US Dictator George W Bush said yesterday, after a week that began with bombings in Saudi Arabia and ended with bomb attacks in Morocco. [What about the other 'half'? Or, are they too busy cashing their checks from The Carlyle Group to have time to become active? --Lori Price]
Bombings result of war on terror Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday described the latest suicide bombings in Morocco as a result of how the world chose to fight the war on terror.
Spain Denies That Its Backing for War Incited Suicide Bombings The Spanish government sought to dismiss suggestions by political opponents that its staunch support for the American-led war in Iraq led suicide bombers in Casablanca to pick out a Spanish club and restaurant on Friday night. But Julio Anguita, the former leader of United Left party, whose son was killed while covering the war as a journalist for the Spanish daily El Mundo, accused the United States, Britain and Spain of "stirring up a wasp's nest" and making the world a more dangerous place, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.
CIA may be behind Saudi bombing: Ka Roger The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Thursday claimed the Saudi bombings, which resulted in multiple deaths, including that of three Filipinos, was most likely the handiwork of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "All indications show that the series of bombings in Davao City and Koronadal were carried out by this CIA terrorist cell," said CPP Spokesman Gregorio 'Ka Roger' Rosal.
Democrats Say Bush Is Weak on Terrorism Democratic presidential candidates challenged Dictator Bush today on his handling of the war on terrorism, questioning the regime's failure to find [Bush family/The Carlyle Group/Bechtel group business partner] Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein and asserting that Mr. Bush had failed to protect the nation adequately against further terrorist attacks.
Democrats Attack Bush on Security, Taxes At a Saturday forum in Des Moins, Iowa, the 2004 Democratic presidential contenders said the inability to ascertain the fate of suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden is symbolic of what they contend is Bush's failed policy on fighting terrorism.
Now we have to think again If the war in Iraq was a gift to bin Laden, then the Saudi bombings were a thank you note --by Mary Riddell "The result of conquest in Iraq has been delivered. On last week's evidence, the war against terror has failed. The very term has been proved nonsensical. War does not stop terrorism. President [sic] Bush's assertion that the removal of Saddam Hussein had bequeathed to bombers 'the short, unhappy life of the fugitive' is demonstrably untrue. As Bob Graham, the Democrat presidential hopeful, has said, al-Qaeda used the Iraq war as regeneration time."
So what was the war for? --by Robert Fisk "Afghanistan is in a state of anarchy, its pathetic government scarcely ruling over Kabul. Iraq is in an even more incipient state of anarchy, largely without electricity, money or petrol. And this is a war of good against evil? Casablanca is a sorry and pertinent page in the history of America's folly in the Arab world. So what comes next? More boasts by President [sic] Bush that he is winning the 'war against terror' or more claims - yes, he told you so - that the 'war on terror' is eternal? Heaven spare us all.'
Women in Afghanistan Fear New Taliban-Like Rule A women's rights activist struggles to publicize the persecution of women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, where fundamentalist pressures are returning and the burqa is back.
Prize fighter thumps Bush Faisal Islam meets Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate who took on the IMF and is now turning his guns on the American Dictator "[Joseph] Stiglitz drives a bulldozer through US domestic economic policies, too. The American economy has lost 2 million jobs since Bush came to power."
Sky marshals will be used on UK flights, minister says United States-style armed sky marshals will secretly be installed on flights in and out of Britain, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has told The Independent on Sunday.
Police raid three buildings, detain occupants St. Louis police detained an undisclosed number of people Friday in a sweep of at least three buildings said to be used by protesters of the World Agricultural Forum, which starts here Sunday. One woman was arrested, her companions said, when police stopped a van and confiscated pills in an unmarked container that she said were vitamins. An occupant of the van said they were videotaped by people in plain clothes who accompanied officers.
Arrests and weapons allegations spark activists' anger St. Louis police said, when raids Friday to enforce housing laws [?!?] yielded "weapons" like rocks and nails from homes of some people planning to protest the World Agricultural Forum here this weekend. But the activists said it was just an excuse to get in and snoop. More than a dozen people were arrested - none on weapons violations - and most remained in jail into Friday night.
Report from St. Louis press conference [regarding police raid] (Indymedia) "Don Fitz, organizer for the Greens and the Biodevastation Conference, spoke about the raids. He said that they were an effort to deny people their first amendment rights. He thought that the police arrested people to prevent them from participating in the conference. The housing violations were simply a pretext, and that they were planned 'days ago.' ...A St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer was also arrested."
With Patriot Act, companies forced to play informant on customers --by Robyn E. Blumner "The USA Patriot Act, well known as a law that sacrificed civil liberties in the name of national security, may also be one of the largest unfunded mandates on private business since Social Security. Section upon section of the law imposes new obligations on businesses to produce the personal records of their customers, or to spy and snitch on their customers as a condition of operating. Million-dollar fines and criminal liability are punishment for noncompliance."
Houston-Based Oil Firm Digs for Documents Near Hobbs, N.M Houston-based EOTT Energy has been burrowing in the desert near Hobbs, N.M., in search of something other than oil. Since last week, the former Enron Corp. subsidiary has been scouring barren land at the former site of an oil spill in search of what may be a stash of missing documents related to the operation of a nearby pipeline EOTT acquired in 1999 from Texas-New Mexico Pipeline Co., said Dan Dolan, an Albuquerque attorney who represents EOTT.
Protesters Walk Out on Santorum Speech (Philadelphia) About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior.
Coalition vows legal fight over FCAT Bush says he won't rescind results --Members of the FCAT Protest Coalition announced at a town hall meeting in Miami-Dade County on Saturday that they will pursue legal action against the state of Florida if Gov. Jeb Bush does not suspend the results of the mandatory statewide exam that will prevent thousands of students from receiving high school diplomas.
D.C. Pockets of Poverty Growing In spite of '90s boom, neighborhoods of the very poor expanded in district. The number of D.C. residents living in high-poverty neighborhoods more than tripled in the 1990s, a sharp contrast to most other big cities, where communities grew more economically mixed.
Lakes Cleanup --Report reveals dismal effort, especially by Michigan (Detroit Free Press) "The United States and Canada both have a lot to be embarrassed about in this month's International Joint Commission report on how well the two countries have met their stated goals to clean up toxic sediment in the Great Lakes."
GOP Invokes Laci Case to Push Fetus Bill Adding fuel to the already fierce debate over abortion, Republicans in Congress are invoking the Laci Peterson murder case as they try to enact the first federal law to endow a fetus with legal rights separate from the expectant mother.
Belgium to Send General Franks Iraq Lawsuit to US Belgium's Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said on Saturday he would send a war crimes lawsuit filed in Belgium against the commander of U.S.-led forces in Iraq to the United States next week.
Pentagon accused of 'whitewash' Questions Linger About Hillah Battle --Human Rights Watch on April 25 accused the Pentagon of a "whitewash," of minimizing in its public statements the deadly effect of cluster munitions on Iraqi civilians by discussing only aerial bombs and not artillery shells, which the group says caused most civilian casualties from cluster munitions in Iraq. On March 31 and April 1, and apparently on later dates as well, cluster munitions fell among Iraqi peasants in and around their homes in Nadr, Amira, Kifl and other districts mostly on Hillah's southern edge.
U.S., British Troops Accused of Torturing Iraqi POWs Amnesty International is investigating claims that British and American troops tortured prisoners of war in Iraq with night-long beatings and, in at least one case, electric shocks, the group said Friday.
Iraqi PoWs tell Amnesty they were tortured Former Iraqi prisoners of war have accused British and American troops of torturing them in custody, blindfolding them before kicking and beating them with weapons for long periods.
In Reversal, Plan for Iraq Self-Rule Has Been Put Off In an abrupt reversal, the United States and Britain have indefinitely put off their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government by the end of the month.
Was Baghdad Handed Over? --by Jala Ghazi "Arabic media are speculating that a 'safquas -- Arabic for a secret deal -- was arranged between the United States and Iraq's Baath regime to hand over Baghdad. Although nobody can pinpoint the exact terms, there are three clear outcomes. First, the lives of many American and British forces as well as most senior Baath officials were spared. Second, Baghdad itself did not turn into the blood bath widely anticipated by military experts. Third, the war was shortened dramatically, saving the region -- especially Saudi Arabia -- from catastrophic consequences."
Bush Gets a Pass on WMD No Political Fallout for Bush on Weapons --Few willing to challenge dictator on failure to find forbidden weapons. Dictator Bush appears to be in no political danger from the failure to find chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq, with Democrats reluctant to challenge Bush on any aspect of the war and polls showing Americans unconcerned about weapons discoveries.
MPs ask Blair to disclose Iraq weapons intelligence MPs urged Tony Blair yesterday to release full details of intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction amid growing concern at the failure to uncover proof of chemical, biological or nuclear arms in Iraq.
U.S. Hits Roadblocks in Lifting Iraqi Sanctions The United States is hitting roadblocks in its attempts to have the U.N. Security Council adopt a new resolution aimed at legitimising its military attack on Iraq and giving it full control of the massive oil resources of the war-devastated nation.
French-U.S. Relations Show New Strains in Wake of Iraq War New cracks are showing in the damaged French-American relationship with the disclosure that the Pentagon will snub the upcoming Paris Air Show and France's allegation that the Bush dictatorship is planting false stories about it with U.S. media.
Boycott of French wine losing fizzle with public "Overall, in the bigger metro areas, our French business is up for the year," said John Janak, Maryland and D.C. sales manager for Franklin Selections, a regional wine importer and distributor.
Schröder meeting with Powell fails to heal Iraq rift The German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, failed to repair the "poisoned" relationship between Berlin and Washington when he met the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, yesterday during the first visit to Germany by a top US government official since the fallout between the two countries over the Iraq war.
U.S. exaggerated Lynch rescue tale, BBC says The U.S. military distorted POW Jessica Lynch's story to create an inspiring, but largely false, myth of a heroic Special Forces rescue, according to a British news account. [*See BBC article: Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed' Private Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war, and the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. But her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived.]
N.Korea to Respond with War to U.S. Strike -S.Korea TV North Korea will respond with war to any U.S. military strike against it, South Korean television said on Saturday, citing a broadcast in the communist state.
Panel Rejects Nuclear Arms of Small Yield A proposal by the Bush dictatorship to allow development of new kinds of small nuclear weapons has been rejected by the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee.
Albright: Bush should concentrate on peace Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on Dictator George W. Bush to make clear to allies that the United States knows how to make peace as well as war.
Terror blasts rock Casablanca At least 41 people have been killed and about 100 injured in suicide bomb attacks in Morocco's largest city, Casablanca, local officials say.
U.S. Expecting More al-Qaida Bombings U.S. counterterrorism officials said Saturday they expect additional al-Qaida bombings at lightly defended targets in Asia and Africa.
U.S. Officials See Signs of a Revived Al Qaeda Leaders and operatives of Al Qaeda have reorganized bases of operations in at least a half-dozen locations, including Kenya, Sudan, Pakistan and Chechnya, senior counterterrorism officials said this week. [OOPS! What happened to the Idiot Usurper's 'War on Terrorism?' Oh, that's right. He is too busy using Homeland Suckyourity to track down Democrats to be concerned with Al Qaeda. --Lori Price]
'Pay for Destruction', Indigenous People Tell Corporations Indigenous leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss ways to protect their culture and environmen are demanding that multinational corporations accept legal responsibility for their policies that destroy indigenous lands and lifestyles.
Legal limbo of Guantanamo's prisoners With the arrival of 30 new detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the United States is now holding more prisoners there than ever before.
Police Now Using 'Person of Interest' "Person of interest" has no legal basis but it has become a new part of American law enforcement vernacular. More vague than suspect or target, person of interest can apply to anyone who might have knowledge that police want. Critics complain it is a subtle way of calling someone a suspect, and authorities acknowledge the distinction is hard for people to make.
Calif. Town Rebels Against Patriot Act More than 100 cities and one state have passed resolutions condemning the USA Patriot Act, saying it gives the federal government too much snooping power. But in this liberal fold of Northern California's Redwood Curtain, a simple denouncement just doesn't go far enough. To cooperate with the act, the Arcata City Council says, is criminal.
TV networks signs contracts for AP to count the vote on s-election night The Associated Press announced Thursday it has signed agreements with five television networks to provide special vote tabulation services for them starting with next year's presidential primaries. ['special' vote tabulation --oh, I am *sure* it will be, ROFL!! --Lori Price]
Dade's voting software fails tests ES&S' fixes not certified by state-- (FL) The company being paid millions of dollars to run Miami-Dade's high-tech voting machines has failed to win state approval for its plan to fix the problems that led, in part, to last year's bungled primary elections.
Dozens of runaway Texas House Democrats stand in front of a welcoming crowd outside the Capitol on Friday, May 16, 2003, in Austin, Texas. The 51 congratulated each other after four days away from a Republican-dominated Texas House Chamber, thwarting a quorum. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Republicans enlisted Department of Homeland Security in Texas political fight Texas state Republican officials turned to the federal Department of Homeland Security for assistance in tracking down 53 Democratic state legislators who boycotted the state House of Representatives this week to block a redistricting bill.
Rightwing Nutcase Tom DeLay Sics Homeland Suckyourity on Democrats: Don't mess with Texas Dems Since when do you get the Play of the Week for walking off the job? Since Texas Democrats did it this week. --by Bill Schneider "When the news got out that Texas authorities had followed up on [Tom] DeLay's suggestion and asked the feds to help round up lawmakers on the lam, Democrats had a field day. 'Tom Nixon DeLay. Not since Watergate thirty years ago has anyone tried to invoke federal law enforcement officials to resolve a political, partisan dispute,' said U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas."
Bush Is Accused of 'new McCarthyism' National Democratic chairman Terry McAuliffe accused Dictator Bush on Saturday of unleashing a "new McCarthyism" by vilifying people who oppose his policies.
Democrats Meet for Iowa Forum, Bash Bush Democratic presidential rivals united Saturday in attacking Dictator Bush on national security, an issue on which voters rate him highly.
Democrat Blasts Bush on Unemployment Aid Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., lambasted Dictator Bush and House Republicans on Saturday for what he said was inaction in renewing federal unemployment assistance.
Democrats Urge Extended Unemployment Benefits Democrats on Saturday urged Dictator Bush and his fellow Republicans to back a further extension of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who could lose them at the end of the month.
City studies budget options - including bankruptcy (Pittsburgh) [Mayor Tom] Murphy administration officials are studying "worst-case scenarios" including bankruptcy, layoffs and closing city facilities in case the city does not get budget help by July 1.
New cases stir US abortion fight Two pregnancies, a rape and a murder have merged to redraw the battle lines over abortion in America, one of the country's most polarising issues.
6 dead porpoises found since test Federal authorities have confirmed the deaths of six harbor porpoises whose bodies were found after a Navy vessel tested midrange sonar in Haro Strait early last week.
Biodevastation 7: Call it the counter-conference Call it the counter-conference. Today, activists and scientists will gather for Biodevastation 7, a three-day look at the worldwide state of agriculture. The event is scheduled to culminate Sunday in a protest at the World Agricultural Forum's 2003 World Congress.
EU Defies U.S. in Row over Genetically Modified Foods The European Commission has condemned the U.S. decision to file a complaint with the World Trade Organisation against the European Union's de facto ban on genetically modified foods. Senior EU officials dismiss the U.S. dictatorship's move as "legally unwarranted", "economically unfounded" and "politically unhelpful".
Belgian war lawsuits "very serious": US defense chief Lawsuits filed in Belgium against US officials for alleged war crimes are "very serious" and could impact on travel arrangements of US officials, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.
U.S.-U.K. invaders 'tortured Iraqi POWs' Amnesty International is investigating claims that Iraqi prisoners of war were tortured by US and British troops. A "substantial proportion" of 20 former Iraqi POWs interviewed by the human rights group said they had been maltreated by U.S.-U.K. invasion forces in central and southern Iraq.
US needs to export Iraq's oil to avoid storage problems: Pentagon US officials are eager to ramp up Iraqi oil production, but are stymied by the problem of finding somewhere to store it all, a top Pentagon official said Thursday.
Britain: Straw admits may never find Iraqi WMD Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has admitted that allied forces may never find "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq.
U.S. official says weapons hunt is 'huge undertaking,' may take years The search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could take years to complete, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Thursday. [LOL, holy convenient cover-up, Batman! --Lori Price]
Ad depicts Rumsfeld, Saddam Berkeley group uses real photo to show U.S. once backed Iraqi leader --A Berkeley-based peace group intends to place advertisements depicting U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in mass transit systems from coast to coast.
Iraqis Say Anarchy Could Lead to Anti-US Violence Iraqis said on Friday their patience with U.S. pledges to restore law and order in Baghdad and to improve the economy was running thin and fear of lawlessness could lead to anti-American violence.
France protests 'plot' by U.S. French officials on Thursday complained formally to the White House, State Department and Congress that France had been victimized by a campaign of "repeated disinformation," allegedly fed by Bush dictatorship sources accusing Paris of providing military and diplomatic aid to Iraq.
New mini-nukes an about-face in U.S. weapons policy In just two months, the Bush dictatorship and Republican lawmakers dismantled a decade-old cornerstone of arms control and put weapons scientists to work on not one but at least two nuclear weapons without any formal Pentagon request for them.
I loathe America, and what it has done to the rest of the world --by Margaret Drabble "Others have written eloquently about the euphemistic and affectionate names that the Americans give to their weapons of mass destruction: Big Boy, Little Boy, Daisy Cutter, and so forth... there was something about those playfully grinning warplane faces that went beyond deception and distortion into the land of madness. A nation that can allow those faces to be painted as an image on its national aeroplanes has regressed into unimaginable irresponsibility. A nation that can paint those faces on death machines must be insane."
Dissident says bin Laden behind Saudi attacks U.S. receives threat of possible attack in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia --A leading Saudi dissident who broadcasts a nightly radio newscast from London into the Saudi kingdom said he is certain that Saudi exile Osama bin Laden gave the "green light" for Monday's suicide attacks in Riyadh.
Iraq War Didn't Stop Terrorism --by Tom Teepen "That triple bombing in Saudi Arabia reminds us, bloodily, just what the real war is and who the real enemy is. Iraq and Saddam Hussein were just distractions. The Riyadh attack had the fingerprints of al-Qaida all over it, and to carry it out the terrorists managed to breach security even though intelligence had raised timely alerts that action was imminent in Saudi Arabia."
Paths of Glory --by Paul Krugman "The Iraq war, in particular, did nothing to make America safer — in fact, it did the terrorists a favor. I've written before about the Bush administration's amazing refusal to pay for even minimal measures to protect the nation against future attacks — measures that would secure ports, chemical plants, nuclear facilities and so on. (But the Department of Homeland Security isn't completely ineffectual: this week it helped Texas Republicans track down their Democratic colleagues, who had staged a walkout.)"
Keepers of Bush [Barf] Image Lift Stagecraft to New Heights George W. Bush's "Top [Bottom] Gun" landing on the deck of the carrier Abraham Lincoln will be remembered as one of the most audacious moments of presidential [sic] theater in American history. But it was only the latest example of how the Bush dictatorship, going far beyond the foundations in stagecraft set by the Reagan White House, is using the powers of television and technology to promote a regime like never before.
Stars and Stripes searched The offices of the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt, were searched on Wednesday by the U.S. Army's main criminal investigative branch.
The man behind 'No Iraq War' signs dies at 66 Morgan Griffin, who along with his wife launched the ubiquitous "No Iraq War" yard signs that appeared in hundreds of Seattle front yards and bobbed through crowds of anti-war protesters, died Tuesday, April 8.
Texas TV stations pull CBS 'Hitler' TV miniseries The CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, has opted not to air a two-part miniseries dramatizing the young life of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler [CBS, Sunday and Tuesday nights at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time]. [LOL, struck a little too close to home, did it? The OBVIOUS Bush-Hitler similarities, along with Bush's little Joseph Goebbels Rove troll, too. --Lori Price]
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1995 Memo Warned of Terror Vulnerability Nearly six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman was told by his senior staff that the FBI and other government agencies had missed warning signs about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and were ill-prepared to prevent future domestic terrorist attacks, memos show.
Terrorism Test Peaks in Chicago Panicked "residents" besieged health officials, a building "collapsed" and hundreds of rescue workers were called out in Chicago on Thursday, the fourth day of the government's biggest-ever disaster management test.
DPS urgently asked feds' help tracking Democrats' plane A federal agency got involved in tracking down some Texas Democratic legislators only after a state law enforcement official placed an urgent call saying that the lawmakers' plane was in trouble, officials said Thursday. On Thursday, a number of Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. demanded that Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge explain why his agency resources were used "to help settle partisan political scores." [George W. Bush's progeny, the newly reconstituted Al Qaeda, is running rampant, while Homeland Suckurity is being used by the Bush regime to track American citizens. --Lori Price]
Feds helped search plane for Texas lawmakers An agency within the federal Homeland Security Department said today it helped search for a plane believed to be carrying Texas lawmakers because a state law officer made it seem as though the plane had run into trouble and might have crashed. Democrats are fuming over the use of a federal agency to try to locate Texas legislators who left the state to halt debate in the Texas House of Representatives on a congressional redistricting bill.
Fugitive legislators celebrate return to Austin Several hundred supporters gave a hero's welcome early today to more than 50 returning Democratic legislators, whose four-day flight to Oklahoma succeeded in killing a Republican-backed congressional redistricting bill.
Texas Dems End Exile, Declare Victory Fifty-one fugitive Democratic lawmakers declared victory Thursday in their scheme to scuttle a GOP redistricting effort and returned to Texas from self-imposed exile in Oklahoma.
Back in Texas Wayward lawmakers journey to Austin now that redistricting is dead --ON A BUS HEADING SOUTH ON INTERSTATE 35 — Striking Democratic lawmakers were back in Texas early today after their Red River war with Republican Speaker Tom Craddick ended Thursday with the death of a GOP-drawn congressional redistricting plan.
Ashcroft should leave medicine to doctors (The Seattle Times) "Nowhere on Attorney General John Ashcroft's official bio does it say he has a medical degree or license to practice medicine. Yet, that is exactly what Ashcroft wants to do, judging by his attempts to thwart Oregon and California voter initiatives with widespread support in the states' medical communities."
Times publisher warns against media consolidation The publisher of The Seattle Times warned Tuesday that a federal proposal to relax media ownership rules could lead to a handful of companies controlling what people see, hear and read.
Senate Backs Temporary Dividend Tax Cut Measure The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to a temporary elimination of taxes on dividends as a way to bring a $350 billion tax cut package more in line with Dictator Bush's original proposal.
American Airlines to lay off 3,100 American Airlines will lay off 3,123 flight attendants beginning July 1 --a result of cost-cutting moves and recent labor concession talks.
Perhaps Your Family Doesn't Deserve Tyson Tyson, Jefferson County's largest employer, wants to: 1) freeze wages for four years; 2) drop new hires' wages by $2.15 an hour; 3) cut sick leave and disability benefits by more than half; 4) cut workers' vacations by a third; 5) freeze pension benefits for those already employed; 6) increase health care premiums dramatically; 7) eliminate all severance provisions workers now have... As of now, few Madison grocers have stopped selling Tyson products, mostly because they haven't been asked to switch to other brands. Next time you go to the grocer's, stop at the office and ask them not to stock Tyson's products.
Bill requires conference call in death penalty case The Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would require the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to discuss death penalty cases in group conference calls, a change from the much-criticized practice of faxing or calling in individual decisions.
Gov. Bush calls FCAT protest 'flawed' Gov. Jeb Bush lashed out Thursday at critics who are threatening a boycott over the standardized tests that could keep hundreds of black students from graduating from high school this year, calling the effort "politically motivated." [LOL! Holy irony of ironies, Batman!! *This* from a man who stole an entire *presidency* for his brother?!? --Lori Price] ACTION REMINDER: Bishop Curry and other community leaders will be discussing the Florida-wide boycott. The meeting will be held at 9:00 am, Saturday, May 17th, at New Birth Baptist Church, located at: 2300 N.W. 135th Street, Miami, FL, Tel. #: 1-800-721-9626 305-672-1100 / FAX #: 305-673-1194 / Email: WMBM@wmbm.com
SARS Scare at J.F.K. Brings Fast Response From Doctors On Wednesday afternoon, the van from Kennedy International Airport's medical center dropped off a passenger at a terminal, and a young man from Pakistan, spotting the medical emblem on the shuttle, walked up and tapped on its window. The traveler told the driver that he felt ill, with a fever and a cough. That chance encounter quickly escalated into a frightening series of steps as doctors sought to rule out SARS, the new pneumonia that has killed hundreds and disrupted entire nations.
Group Budgets $50,000 to Attack Daschle A conservative group, Club for Growth, has budgeted $50,000 for a South Dakota television ad campaign to attack Democratic Leader Tom Daschle [*Note: story is from May 12, but link was incorrect.]
The truth about Jessica Her Iraqi guards had long fled, she was being well cared for - and doctors had already tried to free her. John Kampfner discovers the real story behind a modern American war myth --Jessica Lynch's rescue will go down as one of the most stunning pieces of news management yet conceived. It provides a remarkable insight into the real influence of Hollywood producers on the Pentagon's media managers, and has produced a template from which America hopes to present its future wars. But the American media tactics, culminating in the Lynch episode, infuriated the British, who were supposed to be working alongside them in Doha, Qatar.
Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed' Private Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war, and the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. But her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived.
U-S military tells Iraqis to turn in all guns or face arrest The U-S military is now telling Iraqis they cannot own or sell guns. Any Iraqi who does faces arrest, according to a new radio spot running in the country.
Fear of Baghdad Unrest Prompts a Halt in Sending Troops Home The Third Infantry Division has been told to stop sending troops home and to step up patrols, a move that reflects mounting concerns within the Bush dictatorship about security in Baghdad, military officials said today.
U.S. Takes 260 Prisoners in Iraq Raid Heavily armed U.S. Army forces stormed into a village near the northern city of Tikrit before dawn Thursday, seizing more than 260 prisoners, including one man on the United States' "most-wanted" [?!?] list of former Iraqi officials.
U.S. Forces Shoot Looter in Iraq A day after denying a shoot-to-kill policy against Iraqi looters, U.S. forces wounded a looter from a group they said fired on Americans.
Iraqi children killed by rocket At least six children have been killed and seven wounded after a rocket they were playing with in southern Iraq detonated.
Munitions endanger Iraqi children Children in Iraq are endangering their lives on a daily basis as they strip dumped ammunitions for copper to sell for food, according to aid agencies.
MCI to Begin Rebuilding of Iraqi Phones American telephone giant MCI has been awarded a contract to build a small mobile phone network in Baghdad as the United States takes an initial step to rebuild basic communications in a city ravaged by [U.S. terrorism consisting of] two wars and 11 years of severe economic sanctions.
Straw retreats on finding banned weapons Britain back-tracked on the contentious issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction yesterday when the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, was forced to concede that hard evidence might never be uncovered. He said it was "not crucially important" [?!?] to find them, because the evidence of Iraqi wrongdoing was overwhelming.
France Says It Is Target of Untruths The French government believes it is the victim of an "organized campaign of disinformation" from within the Bush dictatorship, designed to discredit it with allegations of complicity with the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.
Army Announces Mandatory Support Program for Soldiers Returning from Iraq As they prepare to come home from Iraq, thousands of U.S. soldiers are being screened [?!?] for emotional problems. One goal is to prevent tragedies such as those last summer when three men who returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., from Afghanistan killed their wives.
Bush protesters get pushed away from plant On Monday, there were some jeers for Dictator Bush during his brief visit to Nebraska. A small group of protesters lined parts of Abbott Drive between the airport and Airlite Plastics Co., where the dictator spoke to the plant's employees and supporters about his economic stimulus plan. Most of the protesters were with the opposition group Fair Taxes for All. Organizer Patrick Pannett said the group was moved away from an original protest site designated by the Secret Service.
Some Audience Members Told Not to Wear Ties for Bush Speech Dictator Bush came to Indianapolis to send the message that his tax cut plan will help everyone and not just the wealthy. That's why all those people sitting behind him were instructed on what to wear.
Russia to Deliver Attack Against the USA: A Training One The Russian military command seems to have learned the lessons of the Iraq war and now plans to demonstrate the USA and its allies the whole of Russia's resolve to strike back against any potential threat from the West, the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports.
Terror crackdown has not reduced al-Qaida threat, warns thinktank Iraq war and internet aids network --Al-Qaida remains a "potent" international terrorist network with more than 18,000 trained members at large in up to 90 countries, and could take a generation to dismantle, a leading international affairs thinktank warned yesterday.
Blowback in Riyadh --by William Rivers Pitt "Thousands and thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have learned what justice means to George W. Bush. It means a terrible grinding death in the dirt while the real killers get away... George W. Bush and his handlers believe 9/11 granted them the ability to reinvent America and the world according to their own perverted ultra-conservative views."
Firm was 'cover for CIA' As befits a company that has been accused of being a CIA front, of recruiting “executive mercenaries” and attempting to overthrow the Prime Minister of a Commonwealth state, the Vinnell Corporation kept a low profile in Riyadh. Dan Briody, author of The Iron Triangle, a study of Vinnell’s one-time owners, the Carlyle Group, says that there is "no publicity, no press releases, no news clippings".
Officials Who Failed to Put Hijackers on Watch List Not Named Seven months after telling Congress he would do so, George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, has yet to provide the names of agency officials responsible for one of the most glaring intelligence mistakes leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, according to Congressional and agency officials. Soon after the attacks, the mistake emerged, showing that the Central Intelligence Agency had waited 20 months before placing on a federal watch list two suspected terrorists who wound up as hijackers.
Enron Linked to Saudi Bin Laden Group Enron Corporation has been linked to business dealings with the Saudi bin Laden Group, the bin Laden family's construction company. Specifically, Enron submitted a bid in cooperation with the bin Laden Group for the construction of the Shuaiba power plant in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia cannot wait too long for power project (Nov. 26, 1997) Saudi Arabia may have to abandon plans to have a private consortium finance the construction of the planned Shuaiba power plant because surging demand for power has made its completion more urgent, a senior Saudi official said recently. Bids from five groups are being considered: ...- Enron Corp of the U.S. with Saudi Binladen and Italy's Ansaldo Energia
The Dead Want the Truth The GOP attack machine's consistent message, though, is "let's move on" --by Alan Bisbort "This whole thing begs the tree in the forest question. What if our government fell into the hands of fascists and nobody was told? Would it make a sound? Another question: Why is Clinton's sleazy personal behavior more pressing to the national interest than the possibility that we may now have a president [sic] who lied to United Nations, Congress and the American people about the reasons for starting an unprovoked war and who, therefore, may have violated the U.S. Constitution, which he is sworn to protect, and who may (and certainly would if he were a Democrat) face an impeachment hearing as a result?"
Reports of terror crimes inflated In the first two months of this year, the Justice Department filed charges against 56 people, labeling all the cases as "terrorism." But an Inquirer investigation has found that at least 41 of them had nothing to do with terrorism - a point that prosecutors of the cases themselves acknowledge.
Missile defence: It was wrong then and it's wrong now --by Paul Hellyer "For the first time in my memory, the U.S. administration is dominated by a small group from the Pentagon... The 2000 copy of the document makes very clear that NMD is just one step in the direction of a system that will involve 'interceptors' and weapons of mass destruction in space. It will be designed to pulverize any military or civilian installation on Earth and have the capacity to zap any person in their garden. The picture is so abhorrent that it is beyond any sense of shock and awe."
Clinton: Dems Can Win on Clear Platform Former President Clinton said Wednesday night that the Democrats seeking the White House have a chance to win in 2004 if they quit bickering and develop a clear philosophy with a national security element.
Democrats Raise Influence Peddling Charge Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss thought he was chatting privately with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist when he asked for help in securing an appointment for a rich GOP donor who raised "a chunk of money for me." Little did he know Frist had allowed a reporter to listen in and his story would spark allegations by Democrats that the two GOP lawmakers were "selling ambassadorships to the highest bidder."
Texas GOP halts effort to arrest Democrats On the eve of a deadline for key legislation to live or die, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives formally halted efforts to arrest the 51 Democratic legislators who fled to Oklahoma. Singer Willie Nelson sent bandannas, T-shirts, and bottles of whiskey to the Democrats in Ardmore.
Texas Democrats Stay Put in Rural Oklahoma Texas Democratic lawmakers vowed on Wednesday to stay away from their home state until a Republican redistricting plan is withdrawn, as lawmen waited for them across the border and a tornado touched down near their exile quarters.
A provocation against democratic rights: Texas Republicans order state police to seize Democratic legislators --by Patrick Martin "The political crisis in Texas is a warning to the American people on the decay and disintegration of democratic processes in the United States... A government that lacks any democratic legitimacy, headed by a president who lost the popular vote and was installed in office by the Supreme Court, is now seeking to remove any check on its power."
The issues in the Texas redistricting --by Patrick Martin "The Republican redistricting drive in Texas is a flagrant power grab, since the current district lines were established only a year ago, by a nonpartisan panel of federal judges, based on the 2000 Census figures. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, said the district boundaries could remain in force, as is customary, until the next census in 2010."
Jeb Plane Spurs a D.C. Alert An F-16 fighter jet was sent to investigate a plane carrying Gov. Jeb Bush after it lost radio contact yesterday on approach to Ray-gun National Airport in D.C.
Gov. Jeb Bush to Seek Guardian for Fetus of Rape Victim Gov. Jeb Bush has asked a court to appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled rape victim, a move that has angered women's rights groups and reignited the debate over abortion in Florida.
Fear of failure leads to FCAT rebellion Parents are picketing, students are walking out of class and civic leaders are conjuring a wide-ranging boycott -- all decrying a statewide test in a protest that some of its own leaders fear is grossly misunderstood. ''It is one of the most abusive things ever perpetuated on our children,'' said Robert Ingram, vice chairman of the Miami-Dade School Board.
Fallout Continues Over FCAT Boycott Threatened If No Action From Governor By May 22 Hundreds of students walked out of Hialeah High School [Miami] on Wednesday, in the third school protest against the state's requirement that students pass the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test in order to graduate.
Miami High School Students Protest FCAT Students Say Language Barriers Make Passing Test Impossible --One student is in jail after more than 300 students marched outside Miami High School to protest the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test.
3 call centers take jobs to India The parent companies of Tucson's three largest call centers - Convergys, Intuit and America Online - have moved jobs to India, mostly to take advantage of lower labor costs. If the trend continues, some fear, it could threaten many local call-center jobs, which number about 16,000 and make up 4 percent to 5 percent of Tucson's work force.
Graduates Lower Sights in Stagnant Job Market The nation's class of 2003 was the last one to enter college while the stock market was still rising, but it is graduating into the worst hiring slump in 20 years, one that is now into its second year on campuses and has afflicted young and well-educated workers to an unusual degree.
Commercial Fleets Reduced Big Fish by 90%, Study Says In just 50 years, the global spread of industrial-scale commercial fishing has cut by 90 percent the oceans' population of large predatory fishes, from majestic giants like blue marlin to staples like cod, a new study has found.
Key Ocean Fish Species Ravaged, Study Finds Industrial fishing practices have decimated every one of the world's biggest and most economically important species of fish, according to a new and detailed global analysis that challenges current fisheries protection policies.
States Slicing Prison Food Funds Minnesota is considering following Virginia's lead in serving only two meals per day on weekends, calling one of them "brunch." Texas prisons have been ordered to cut inmates' daily calories.
China May Execute SARS Quarantine Violators China has said it will execute or award a jail sentence of up to life imprisonment for anyone violating quarantine and intentionally spreading SARS. People with such contagious diseases, or suspected of having them, who refuse medical exams, isolation or treatment and pass on the illness unintentionally can get three to seven years in jail, the interpretation said.
Fresh SARS outbreaks feared in Singapore, Taiwan Singapore reported a possible outbreak of SARS at its largest mental health hospital and Taiwan said the disease had spread to the island's south, dashing hopes that the deadly virus was slowly coming under control.
Britain Confirms First SARS Case Britain on Thursday confirmed its first case of SARS, the deadly flu-like virus which has killed more than 600 people around the world.
Woman Isolated With "Probable" Case of SARS A Rhode Island woman has been isolated with what state health officials are calling a "probable'' case of SARS.
War crimes suit filed against top US general A Belgian lawyer on Wednesday filed a suit against General Tommy Franks, commander of United States forces in Iraq, under Belgium's controversial law that allows its courts to try foreigners for war crimes. Lawyer Jan Fermon filed the suit in a Brussels court on behalf of 19 Iraqis whom he described as victims of cluster bombs and alleged US attacks on ambulances and civilians.
'Make Bush and Blair stand trial over Iraq' Police on Sunday prevented about 300 Bangladeshi leftists from marching on parliament in a protest demanding that the United States and British leaders be tried over the war in Iraq.
Bush Officials Change Tune on Iraqi Weapons The Bush dictatorship has changed its tune on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the reason it went to war there. Instead of looking for vast stocks of banned materials, it is now pinning its hopes on finding documentary evidence. [*Pin this.* --Lori Price]
Locating Iraq's weapons not vital, says UK Finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is not vital to justify the decision by London and Washington to invade the country, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Wednesday.
BushCo Reams Nation Good No WMDs after all, no excuse for war, too late for anyone to care anymore. Ha-ha, suckers --by Mark Morford "We have done this ghastly horrible inane hate-filled entirely unprovoked thing in the name of power and petroleum and military contracts and strategic empire building, our nation is numb and more bitterly divisive than ever and our leaders are not the slightest bit ashamed."
Rumsfeld: U.S. Used New Missile in Iraq The United States used a new kind of missile for the first time in Iraq that can destroy the contents of the first floor of a building while leaving the rest of the structure intact, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress on Wednesday.
New Policy in Iraq to Authorize G.I.'s to Shoot Looters United States military forces in Iraq will have the authority to shoot looters on sight under a tough new security setup that will include hiring more police officers and banning ranking members of the Baath Party from public service, American officials said today.
Report: U.S. to Approve Shooting of Iraqi Looters The new U.S. dictator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is preparing a series of security-related measures that include permitting soldiers to shoot looters on sight, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Achtung! Are We the New Nazis? Soldiers, God and Empire --by Douglas Herman "The barbarism of conquered Baghdad mirrors the Nazi blueprint for dealing with foreign art and culture: Loot the art and burn the culture. Yet even The German High command never allowed or conspired in the wholesale eradication of French culture to the degree the American Army appeared to do in Baghdad... Truthfully, to the rest of the world, we already are the New Nazis."
Shakeup in US occupation as Iraqi society disintegrates --by Bill Vann "The sweeping purge of the American military occupation authority’s top personnel is an indication of the deep crisis plaguing Washington’s attempt to install a neocolonialist regime in Iraq. Having effectively destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure and social institutions through massive bombardment and a dozen years of punishing economic sanctions, the US has appeared powerless to restore even a semblance of order and basic social services for this country’s 24 million people."
Americans losing democracy: Arundhati Roy The United States government is waging "a spurious war on terror" that is costing Americans their freedoms and democracy, Indian writer and human rights activist Arundhati Roy said on Monday.
Galloway: Fakes Prove It's a Smear Galloway hits back over 'dirty tricks' Rebel Labour MP George Galloway last night insisted he was innocent after it was revealed a dirty tricks scam was used to frame him for taking money from Saddam Hussein.
Britain has capitulated to US hawks over UN resolution At the Hillsborough summit in April, Poodle Tony Blair and Dictator Bush promised a "vital role" for the United Nations in postwar Iraq. The draft resolution that Britain and America introduced in the UN Security Council last week paid lip-service to that pledge.
Imperial overstretch in Iraq --by Roger Burbach "Rather than the triumph of a new imperial order, the war may actually accelerate the decline of US hegemony. In late 2002, Charles Kupchan, a professor at Georgetown University and a member of the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, released a book titled The End of the American Era. Cast in mainstream political language, Kupchan argues that 'Pax Americana' will end due to 'the rise of alternative centres of power and a declining and unilateralist US internationalism'."
Saudi Ambassador Was Former Bush Lawyer Robert Jordan, who spoke for American interests Tuesday in the wake of the terror attacks in Saudi Arabia, was a prominent Dallas attorney and arbitrator with close ties to Dictator Bush before being tapped to become U.S. ambassador to Riyadh in September 2001.
'The US war on terrorism has backfired' Washington's policy during the Iraq crisis has harmed its position on the world stage, the International Institute for Strategic Studies said on Tuesday.
Dirty bomb victims 'may be shot' Police could be 'forced' to shoot members of the public to maintain order in the event of a terrorist "dirty bomb" or biological attack on Britain, it was claimed yesterday. Asked if he could foresee officers firing on civilians, Bob Elder, the chairman of the constables’ central committee, said: "It’s an option the government is going to have to consider.."
If the dirty bombs don't kill you, the police might Police could be 'forced' to shoot members of the public to maintain order in the event of a terrorist "dirty bomb" or biological attack on Britain, it was warned today. The Police Federation annual conference in Blackpool was told that so few officers have been trained to deal with a chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological (CBRN) strike they would have to resort to "very unsavoury but necessary" aspects of crowd control.
Graham Alleges a 9/11 'Coverup' Democratic Florida senator says intelligence failures are being kept secret, endangering Americans. Sen. Bob Graham on Sunday accused the Bush dictatorship of engaging in a "coverup" of intelligence failures before and after the Sept. 11 attacks to shield it from embarrassment, and said the war with Iraq has allowed Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups to become a greater threat to Americans than ever before.
Speaking of a 'New Nazi': DeLay backs federal aid to track down walkouts House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday he wants federal authorities to pursue Texas Democrats dodging a vote on a plan he authored to increase Republican seats in Congress.
Homeland Suckyourity Department Was Tracking Dems One federal agency that became involved early on was the Air and Marine Interdiction and Coordination Center, based in Riverside, Calif. -- which now falls under the auspices of the Homeland Suckyourity Department.
Texas' Republicans Fume; Democrats Remain AWOL On Monday, Speaker Tom Craddick, a Republican, locked the House chamber to prevent further flight. In the state House, legislators patched together milk cartons plastered with the faces of missing Democrats. Speaking to reporters today, United States House majority leader, Tom DeLay did not deny being in the thick of the redistricting fight. Indeed, he said, it would be fine with him if federal authorities, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were dispatched to drag back the lawmakers who were, in his words, "on the lam."
House Dems unite to support walk-out of Texas House Democrats U.S. House Democrats united Tuesday to support dozens of Democratic colleagues who walked out of the Texas House to thwart a GOP-proposed redistricting plan. A statement issued by absent Democrats accused GOP leaders of conducting political power plays to gain seats during redistricting, while pushing higher priority legislation aside. "We won't be present today - or any day that the House plans to consider this outrageous partisan action. We refuse to provide a quorum for (House Majority Leader) Tom DeLay's attempt to grab power at the expense of the rights all Texans are guaranteed under our Texas and United States Constitution," they said. In a letter to Craddick on Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Jim Dunnam, a Waco Democrat, requested law enforcement quit stalking members' families.
Furtive plan was 'only alternative' Oklahoma's Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday commending the Texas lawmakers who fled to Ardmore. A Republican-supported resolution that would have encouraged Oklahoma officials to assist Texas officials in returning the errant lawmakers to Texas failed.
GAO Won't Investigate Bush Carrier Flight Congress' investigative agency won't look at the costs of Dictator Bush's "Top [Bottom] Gun" flight to an aircraft carrier to declare an end to major fighting in Iraq.
One Hundred ADAPT Activists Arrested at the White House ADAPT came to Washington DC to change the long-term care system in this country. To begin the action, over 500 ADAPT advocates marched straight to the White house and demanded that Dictator Bush apologize to those Americans whose lives have been stolen because of the bias that exists in this nation’s public policy.
Bush Putting Trial Lawyers on Defensive Renewing a battle from Dictator Bush's days as Texas governor, the White House and its GOP congressional allies are putting trial lawyers on the defensive, from immunizing drug makers from lawsuits to cutting into the fees of attorneys who sue major corporations.
Cable Provider to Run Ad Critical of Bush In an about-face, the local branch of cable provider Cox Communications has decided to air a TV commercial critical of Dictator Bush's tax cut plan.
Pro-Republican group launches anti-Edwards campaign Eight months before the first 2004 presidential primary, a pro-Republican group founded by the American Insurance Association has unveiled attack ads targeting U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.
FCC Proposal Eases Media Ownership Rules Companies could own combinations of newspapers and television and radio stations in the same city and any one company could control TV stations reaching nearly half of U.S. homes under broad changes to media ownership rules proposed Monday.
Meet The Mullah Omar of Pennsylvania --Santorum: That's Latin for Asshole --by Jeffrey St. Clare "While in serving in the House, [Rick] Santorum was asked by a reporter to explain why his record on environmental policy was so dreadful. Santorum replied by observing that the environment was of little consequence in God's grand plan. 'Nowhere in the Bible does it say that America will be here 100 years from now.' The reference was to the Rapture, which apparently is impending."
New York Times: Ex-reporter faces fraud inquiry Federal probe is related to reporting conduct, paper says Ex-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is being investigated in connection with allegations "his reporting conduct violated the law," the newspaper acknowledged Tuesday. [Why isn't Judith Miller being investigated? Oh, and btw: the entire Bush junta, since the coup d'etat in 2000, should be investigated and removed for fraud. --Lori Price]
Calif. Governor Seeks to Borrow Billions A politically embattled Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday proposed raising an array of taxes and borrowing more than $10 billion to help close a deficit projected at a record $38 billion. Four years ago, Davis was the new governor of a state reveling in prosperity, and many suggested his next big step might be a run for the White House. Then [Dick Cheney's Enron-created] energy crisis in California led to rolling blackouts in early 2001.
Sen. Kerry Proposes $80B Health Care Plan Jumping into the Democratic fray over health care, presidential hopeful John Kerry is proposing an $80 billion plan that would expand existing programs to insure children and low-income adults and would repeal some of Dictator Bush's tax cuts to cover the cost.
Little Tougaloo College prepares big welcome for Clinton (MS) Sunday, former President Bill Clinton will deliver the commencement address, and in August, Tougaloo will play host to one of four Democratic presidential debates being sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus.
Faux Fool Dick Morris Owes Connecticut $257,624 Dick Morris, a commentator for Faux News Channel and a columnist for the New York Post, owes $257,624 in income tax, making him No. 6 among Connecticut's top 100 delinquent taxpayers, the department said.
Lowe's limits sale of toxic products to those under 21 In recent weeks, Lowe's stores have quietly introduced a nationwide policy to put age requirements on customers buying certain products that can be used as inhalants. Last weekend, the Wilkesboro-based home improvement chain backtracked on its original ban of 2,000 products, cutting the list to about 1,200 after some consumers complained about not being able to buy basics such as latex paint and motor oil.
Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9-11 Surpasses 20,000 Signatures Mark [Hello, media weasels?!? Instead of worrying about Jayson Blair's reporting for The New York Times, why not actually step up to the plate and report the myriad of oddities surrounding the 9-11 terrorist attacks? Or, are most 'journalists' 'in bed'ed-with-Bush? Oh, speaking of the whorish New York Times, I didn't see the Times promptly report that Colin Powell praised a Downing Street Ph.D. student's plagiarized twelve-year old thesis when he prattled at length in front of the U.N. Security Council to push for Bush's sickko police massacre in Iraq --God, what a farce. Where was the Times, citing Greg Palast's lead that ChoicePoint DBT illegally purged ninety-seven thousand votes in Florida in 2000, before the Whore Court installed Bush? The Times considers Blair's mis-reporting the 'low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper'?!? Gag me with a chain saw! --Lori Price]
What Did Happen to Flight 93? --by Richard Wallace, US Editor "...did an American fighter pilot have to do the unthinkable and shoot down a US civil airliner? Susan Mcelwain, 51, who lives two miles from the site, knows what she saw - the white plane rocketed directly over her head... 'There's no way I imagined this plane - it was so low it was virtually on top of me. It was white with no markings but it was definitely military, it just had that look. It had two rear engines, a big fin on the back like a spoiler on the back of a car and with two upright fins at the side... The FBI came and talked to me and said there was no plane around. Then they changed their story and tried to say it was a plane taking pictures of the crash 3,000ft up. But I saw it and it was there before the crash and it was 40ft above my head. They did not want my story - nobody here did.'"
Three-minute discrepancy in tape Cockpit voice recording ends before Flight 93's official time of impact (Sept. 16, 2002) The final three minutes of hijacked United Flight 93 are still a mystery more than a year after it crashed in western Pennsylvania. A Daily News investigation has found a roughly three-minute gap between the time the tape goes silent - according to government-prepared transcripts - and the time that top scientists have pinpointed for the crash. The FBI and other agencies refused repeated requests to explain the discrepancy.
Green light for 9/11 film A film on the September 11 attacks that criticises US Dictator George W Bush has won short-term backing from Miramax Film Corp, an industry source said today.
GOPUSA Wants to Stop Moore's 9-11 Film (WARNING --GOP sickko website, be sure to configure your browser to not accept cookies if you access this link) Contact Miramax and Disney about Michael Moore 9-11 Film!!
It's time for Tony Blair to go --Clare Short tells the Guardian · 'We must keep Labour well-led ... and organise an elegant succession' · 'I think it would be very sad if he hung on and spoiled his reputation' · 'Diktats in favour of bad policy initiatives come down from on high' Mr Blair had failed to stand up to Dictator Bush - and was not so much a poodle ("poodles get off their lead and jump about") as a figleaf. "Fig leaves just stay where they are," she told the Guardian. It also left the occupation of Iraq as illegal, she said.
Short calls for Blair to step aside Tony Blair should step down before the next election, Clare Short said 24 hours after her resignation.
Clare Short interview International Development Secretary Clare Short quit the government on Monday. BBC Political Editor Andrew Marr talked to her about her reasons for quitting.
Short resignation letter in full International Development Secretary Clare Short has resigned from the cabinet. Here is the full text of her letter to Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair announcing the news, and his response.
Fury in British press as Labor leader attacks Blair's 'Jewish cabal'; theocracy or democracy in post-war Iraq?; and more. "The cabal that I referred to was in the U.S.," Tam Dalyell, the veteran Labour MP and opponent of W-ar in Iraq, explained. (Guardian) "That is the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. I was thinking of [U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul] Wolfowitz, [defense adviser Richard] Perle, [Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John] Bolton ... [Douglas] Feith, [Ken] Adelman, [Elliott] Abrams and [White House press secretary Ari] Fleischer. Those people drive this policy."
Bush should be impeached and tried for war crimes --by Denise Giardina "Weapons of mass destruction? Saddam no longer had them. If he had, he would have used them. And if any are found now, the cabal that has hijacked our country will have planted them there. That is why the Bush administration has made clear it will not allow the U.N. back in the country to provide neutral inspections. Here is what is coming clear. George W. Bush and his cabal lied to the American people so they could attack another country to seize its oil wealth."
A New Iraq Contract For Halliburton No competitive bidding involved --Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton gained a $24 million contract to distribute gasoline and cooking fuel in Iraq. The contract was awarded under the $7 billion agreement with Halliburton.
Where the CIA is in control, narcotics flourish After Afghanistan, Baghdad is flooded with heroin --Baghdad: The city, which had never seen heroin, a deadly addictive drug, until March 2003, is now flooded with narcotics including heroin.
Fury rises in Baghdad as drugs return to the alleys Anger is growing among Iraqis at the Allies' failure to restore order in a city awash with weapons and gangs. Heroin – banned under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship upon pain of hanging - is now being traded in back streets.
Radiation poisoning feared from Iraq looting Doctors fear that hundreds of Iraqis are suffering from radiation poisoning after widespread looting of the country's nuclear facilities.
New Iraqi TV Complains of U.S. Censorship The U.S.-sponsored Iraqi television station began broadcasts Tuesday after complaining of American censorship, including efforts to stop it airing passages from the Koran, the Muslim holy book.The charges of censorship could reaffirm for many Iraqis the perception [fact] that Washington is not allowing them a free hand in building democratic institutions.
Iraqi Leaders Voice Concerns on U.S. Shuffle Massoud Barzani, who will play a crucial role in the formation of the interim government in Iraq, said in an interview today that the United States risked squandering its victory over Saddam Hussein by allowing chaos and anarchy to run unchecked in the country.
The White House lied --by John David rose "The White House Lied" was the headline on the ABCNews.com Web site on April 25. They weren't harking back to the days of Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Nobody died from Clinton's dalliance or his lies. The ABC News report reveals a White House so depraved that it makes Clinton seem like a choir boy... Bush has got to go. Join those who are trying to retrieve our nation's honor by logging onto www.VotetoImpeach.Org. Stop him before he kills again."
QuestionW in Public In the true spirit of Question W, a noon-time Empty Chair event was held in front of the Roundhouse (State House) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Organized with only three days notice, the event drew about 150 people, and a handful of press, photographers and writers. While Mr. Bush was golfing at a lushly (and controversially) irrigated desert golf course nearby, his absence was noted in the empty chair.
Support the Freedom to Read! (ACLU action) Rep. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has proposed the "Freedom to Read Protection Act" (HR. 1157). This act would restrict the key provision of the USA PATRIOT Act -- by exempting libraries and bookstores from the laws that allow the FBI to conduct these searches of personal records.
Tuesday's Editorial Cartoon --by Jim Morin
U.S. keeps pre-emption doctrine 'open' The Bush dictatorship yesterday rebuffed a call by South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to exempt North Korea from the U.S. military doctrine that allows for pre-emptive attacks on rogue states that develop weapons of mass destruction.
N. Korea fired laser at troops North Korea's military fired a laser in March at two U.S. Army helicopters patrolling the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in what U.S. officials call a provocative action, The Washington Times has learned.
Minister gagged media to guard dirty secret Hoon agreed to injunctions to protect army undercover unit --The defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, repeatedly gave his personal authority to an extraordinary series of gagging attempts on the army's undercover Force Research Unit and its IRA "mole" Freddy Scappaticci.
British army spy at heart of IRA death squad unmasked · Agent known as Stakeknife in hiding · Provos shocked as 25-year role revealed · Dozens may have died to protect cover --The IRA was reeling in shock and panic last night after one of its top members was unmasked as the infamous army spy known as Stakeknife.
Over 50 Texas Democrats still hiding out Three Texas House Democrats returned to the Capitol today, but more than 50 remained on the lam in Oklahoma, frustrating Republican efforts to push through a plan to redraw the state's congressional districts. The rebellious Democrats holed up in Ardmore, Okla., where they blamed Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas for interfering with redistricting.
AWOL Democrats hole up in Oklahoma motel House Speaker Tom Craddick announced in the state Capitol that most of the missing Democrats were at the Holiday Inn in Ardmore and that officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety were sent to offer to escort them back to Austin, an offer that was rejected. He said the DPS officers did not have arrest authority in Oklahoma but he was seeking federal assistance to arrest the lawmakers.
Some rebel Texas lawmakers surface in Oklahoma town A group of Democratic lawmakers who threw the Legislature into turmoil when they went into hiding to block a Republican congressional redistricting plan turned up Monday evening in Ardmore, Okla. The legislative walkout erupted from months of growing tension that the Democrats described as the "tyranny of the majority," resulting from the Republican takeover of the House for the first time since Reconstruction.
Text of Democrats' letter The text of the letter sent to House Parliamentarian Steve Collins and voting clerk Jennifer Telgen from 52 Democrats who walked out in protest, halting business, including a congressional redistricting
List of House Democrats who've walked out These are the House Democrats who were intentionally absent as of Tuesday
State troopers, Texas Rangers sent to arrest absent Democratic lawmakers State troopers and the elite Texas Rangers were ordered to track down and bring in 59 Democratic lawmakers who brought the Texas House to a standstill Monday by going into hiding.
Texas House Seeks Arrest of Truant Dems State troopers and the elite Texas Rangers were ordered to track down and bring in 59 Democratic lawmakers who brought the Texas House to a standstill Monday by going into hiding. Most of the missing lawmakers said they planned to leave the state to avoid arrest, and late Monday the Texas Department of Public Safety asked the public for help in finding the lawmakers.
Outgunned, Texas Democrats Vamoose With rangers on their trail, 53 lawmakers vanish from Austin to derail GOP's agenda. In an act of political subterfuge, at least 53 Democratic legislators packed their bags, disappeared from the Capitol and apparently scattered across the Southwest on Monday as Texas Rangers searched for them, bringing a divisive legislative session to an abrupt halt. With Thursday the last day legislation can be sent to the Senate, the conservative agenda they've effectively waited 130 years to advance could die. [Let it die a thousand deaths!! <g> --Lori Price]
Federal Court in Florida Hides Cases From Public A fresh spotlight is shining on a little-known practice by the U.S. District Court in South Florida that's hiding civil and criminal cases from the public. The defense team of accused Colombian drug lord Fabio Ochoa says it has identified several drug cases in which the existence of events and pleadings were omitted from the public docket. The Daily Business Review learned that in one case drug defendant Nicholas Bergonzoli was convicted, sentenced and imprisoned last year in total secrecy. Drug cases aren't the only ones sometimes kept completely secret.
Critics of Graduation Exam Threaten Boycott in Florida A small group of minority politicians and prominent religious leaders in Florida is threatening a boycott of some of the state's largest industries in the hope of forcing the suspension of an achievement test that thousands of high school seniors recently failed.
ACLU Lawsuit Over Pittsburgh's Property Sweeps of Homeless Results in One of Nation’s Most Protective Policies --Under a settlement reached in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless people by the American Civil Liberties Union, city officials have agreed to stop destroying homeless people’s property and to provide advance notice of property sweeps.
Journalistic ethics, hypocrisy and war at the New York Times Jayson Blair and Judith Miller --by Bill Vann "[New York Times reporter Jayson] Blair did not attempt to deceive the public for the purpose of furthering some hidden agenda. The same cannot be said, however, for the work of Judith Miller. Assigned to Iraq, Miller has been the source in recent weeks of sensational stories purporting to substantiate US charges concerning the existence of chemical and biological weapons in the conquered Middle Eastern country."
Cox rejects anti-tax cut ad, citing controversy [Cox rejects anti-tax cut ad, citing censorship] A television commercial opposing tax cuts sought by Dictator Bush won't be seen on Cox cable in Phoenix because it is either "in poor taste" or is "too controversial." The 30-second spot was playing Monday in 20 markets across the country, but was rejected locally by Cox Communications and by another cable provider in [Jeb-ville] Tampa, its producer said. The ad is a re-enactment of 50 parents lining up a month ago in Eugene, Ore., to sell blood plasma to help pay a teacher's salary.
IMF, World Bank Join Forces with WTO Attempts by global financial institutions to synchronise their policies on developing nations threaten to further entrench a one-sided approach to development, fuel instability and widen the gap between the world's rich and poor, watchdog organisations warned Monday.
Study shows class counts A study co-authored by Wichita State University sociologist David Wright shows that class mobility has decreased over the past few decades. While the study shatters the myth that working hard will lead to a better station in life, it shores up the idea that "the rich are getting richer."
Extended unemployment benefits being cut in US Extended benefits for hundreds of thousands of jobless workers will begin being phased out at the end of this month.
New Study Finds 60 Million Uninsured During a Year Nearly 60 million people lack health insurance at some point in the year, the Congressional Budget Office said today, adding that official estimates fail to distinguish between people who lack coverage for a few months and those who are uninsured for a full year or more.
Dr. Dean's Health Care Plan for America --Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., announced his health care plan in a speech delivered today at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. The four point plan, which builds on pre-existing programs such as Medicaid, will offer access to health care for all Americans.
Mega barf alert:U.S. to Sue E.U. Over Ban on Modified Foods The Bush dictatorship is taking the case for genetically modified food to the world's top trade regulator, congressional officials say. The European Union started the ban because it doubts the safety of biotech foods.
Graham alleges a coverup of pre-9/11 failure Sen. Bob Graham accused the Bush dictatorship Sunday of covering up its failure to possibly prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by refusing to release the findings of a Graham-led congressional investigation last year. Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 19,900 signatures --please add yours!
Conspiracy crusader doubts official 9/11 version (interview of Barrie Zwicker by Michele Landsberg "Why did the United States Air Force fail to scramble interceptor jets — in defiance of all long-standing rules and well-established practice — for almost two hours after it was known that an unprecedented four planes had been hijacked? ...Why did George Bush sit for half an hour in a Florida classroom, listening to a girl talk about her pet goat, after his chief of staff told him about the second plane? [*See: "The obscure goat story of 9-11"] For that matter, why did he pretend that he first learned of the attacks in that classroom, when he had actually been briefed as he left his hotel that morning? Why has there been no public investigation into the billions of dollars 'earned' by insider trading of United and American Airlines stock before 9/11?"
Mickey Moore: Disney to Finance New Bush-Bashing Documentary The Walt Disney Co. is set to finance a new explosive Bush-bashing documentary from Michael Moore --a documentary which claims bin Laden was greatly enriched by the Bush family. Disney, via subsidiary Miramax, has agreed to cover the production costs, said to be in the millions, of Moore's planned FAHRENHEIT 911.
U.S. Testing Readiness for Bioterrorism A five-day drill, combining the Seattle disaster with the fake threat of a biological agent in Chicago, is aimed at testing the ability of local, state and federal authorities to handle terrorist attacks. It is the first large-scale counterterrorism exercise since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The idea, said Mayor Greg Nickels, is for regional and national agencies to see where strengths and weaknesses lie. [Yeah, for Karl Rove to exploit them. --Lori Price]
Drill to test nation's nuclear, bioterror responses Governments take on $16 million scenarios this week --This week, officials across the nation will have their hands full with an imaginary "dirty bomb" in Seattle and the fake threat of a biological agent in Chicago -- both part of the most extensive bioterrorism drill in the nation's history [to prepare for the Bush dictatorship's next act(s) of lunacy].
Hussein Backers Regain Role in Government The U.S. Army has allowed several once-forceful supporters of Saddam Hussein's regime back into power here, including a religious leader who just weeks ago ordered Muslims to fight American troops to the death.
Short Attacks 'Obsessed' Blair Clare Short quit the Cabinet today with a blistering attack on Poodle Tony Blair. She accused him of running the Labour Party in a "control freak style" and being "increasingly obsessed" by securing his place in history.
Clare Short quits post over Iraq International Development Secretary Clare Short has quit her cabinet job, accusing Poodle Tony Blair of breaking promises over Iraq's future.
Clare Short's letter to Tony Blair resigning as international development secretary "I am afraid that the assurances you gave me about the need for a UN mandate to establish a legitimate Iraqi government have been breached."
U.S. Sending New Team to Iraq for Weapons Search With evidence of weapons of mass destruction elusive [uh, that would be 'not there'], the United States and its war allies are replacing arms inspectors in Iraq with a new, larger team [LOL!] that will try to piece together "a deception program" by Saddam Hussein, a top White House official said on Monday.
US tables a transparent plan for plundering Iraqi oil The US, with the support of Britain, has brazenly presented the UN Security Council with a draft resolution on Iraq that legitimises its illegal invasion of the country, sanctions an indefinite US-led military occupation and gives Washington unfettered power over Iraq’s huge oil reserves.
Self-Declared Baghdad Mayor Freed by U.S An Iraqi exile who was arrested by the U.S. military for declaring himself the mayor of Baghdad was freed Sunday and admitted the error of his ways [?!?], U.S. Central Command said.
Disorder deepens in 'liberated' Baghdad The US administrator for central Iraq left the post Sunday after just three weeks in office. Fearful of going out after dark, waiting up to 10 hours to fill their cars with gas, spreading rumors in the absence of reliable media, watching landmark buildings set on fire and wondering who is in charge, the residents of this capital are growing increasingly impatient with the deepening disorder that is plaguing their lives more than a month after US troops took over the city.
A minister quits, buildings burn, rubbish rots. So much for the 'reconstruction' --by Donald Macintyre "It was just another day in the process of 'getting Baghdad back to normal'. Well, on this most normal of days when news was supposed to be slow, the US-appointed Health Minister finally resigned at the time of a steadily mounting public health crisis after a week of relentless pressure from doctors disgusted at his prominent past in the Saddam Hussein regime..."
U.S. to stay engaged in Afghanistan Observers say that the Afghan government needs more than mere assurance to expand its control over the country. They say that the remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, ousted from Kabul in December 2001 by U.S. forces, have increased their activities since the United States launched its military offensive in Iraq.
Mexican President Rejects U.S. Oil Action President Vicente Fox on Sunday joined a wave of other Mexican officials in rejecting a U.S. congressional committee's call to link an agreement on immigration to U.S. investment in Mexico's state-run oil company.
Mexicans upset by move linking immigration to oil Committee advises to ease immigration laws only if investment rules are relaxed --A move in the U.S. Congress to link immigration with opening up Mexico's state oil company to U.S. investment has outraged Mexicans, and newspapers Saturday accused American lawmakers of arrogance and blackmail.
Brazil Launches Inquiry Into U.S. Population Activities The charge: millions sterilised to meet U.S. political objectives (*Note: this article is from 1991) --A U.S.-sponsored program that resulted in the sterilisation of nearly half of Brazil's women has prompted a formal congressional inquiry, sponsored by more than 165 legislators from every political party that is represented in the Brazilian legislature. The investigation was initiated after information about a secret U.S. National Security Council memorandum on American population control objectives in developing countries was published in the Jornal de Brasilia, Hova do Povo (Rio de Janeiro), Jornal do Brasil, and other major newspapers in early May.
Detention under terror law to be doubled (UK) Civil liberties groups reacted angrily last night to the Government's plans to double to 14 days the period that terrorist suspects can be detained without charge.
French town under siege before G8 summit France has gone into security overdrive to prepare the town of Evian-les-Bains for a Group of Eight (G8) summit on June 1-3. Around 18,000 police, gendarmes, riot units and Army troops, supported by barricades of barbed wire, armoured vehicles, anti-aircraft missiles, helicopters, special forces frogmen and patrol boats have been mustered...
Court will decide if police need warrant for GPS 'tracking' The Washington Supreme Court will decide soon whether police agencies throughout the state may use a satellite tracking device freely -- without a warrant. Said Doug Klunder of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Really, we get to the possibility of a police state." [Uh, we've crossed the 'possibility' line eight eons ago. --Lori Price]
Feds Doing More Secret Searches A record number of searches and wiretap orders granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2002 underscores a growing trend of reliance on the secret court in government investigations, privacy advocates say.
1940s-present, International: "Mockingbird," Buying the Media --by Steve Kangas "In the late 1940s, the CIA began a mission called Operation Mockingbird to recruit American journalists. ..A Few CIA Media Recruits:"
City of Chicago Guilty of Covering Up Criminal Police Violence $1 Million Verdict in Federal Court --On Friday, a ten-person jury found the City of Chicago guilty of systematically covering up criminal violence by its police officers, to the point where officers felt they could commit crimes without fear of arrest or discipline by the department.
Top British spy in IRA flees as papers blow cover The British army's top intelligence agent inside the IRA, a suspect in up to 40 murders, was reported to be in hiding after several Sunday newspapers in Ireland and Britain blew his cover.
Religious Wrong God's role in the Republican assault on the environment --by Glenn Scherer "Americans need to pay attention to the winds of change blowing in from the Arctic, then decide just how much Republican environmental policies contradict clear messages relayed by our planet. Our leaders could be viewing the world through a distorted lens, with their corporate worldview and sometimes their fundamentalist Christian faith guiding them to an interpretation of reality, based not on scientific fact, but on dogma."
Penn can sue for loss of film role A California judge has ruled that actor Sean Penn can pursue a legal claim that he was fired from a film because of his piquant political views and a brief visit he made to Iraq last December.
FCC to propose easing US television caps Michael Powell, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, is expected to propose an increase in the US television cap to 45 per cent when he presents a draft of new media ownership rules to his fellow commissioners on Monday.
RNC Seeks to Uphold 'Soft Money' Ruling The Republican National Committee asked a federal court Monday to keep in effect a decision on the new campaign finance law that lets the national party get involved in state and local elections this year.
US Fed acknowledges deflation threat Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting of March 18, released last week, highlight the growing concern among Fed members over lower price levels. They were also pessimistic about the possibility of increased business investment, which is regarded as crucial for any sustained upturn in the US economy.
Deficit to Be Largest Ever, CBO Predicts This year's federal deficit should exceed $300 billion -- the largest ever -- as the government's fiscal outlook grew grimmer thanks to surging defense spending and declining revenue, the Congressional Budget Office said.
Bush Urges Americans to Call for Tax Cuts Convinced that persistent persuasion is the way to sway the Senate, Dictator Bush renewed his call for hefty tax cuts Monday, exhorting citizens to tell their lawmakers to support his plan.
Dems Call Bush Tax Plan 'Hogwash' Treasury Secretary John Snowjob, promoting the regime's tax plan ahead of Monday's Senate debate, called it the right fix for "a soggy economy." "Hogwash," countered Senate Democrats, who say any benefits from the tax cuts will not help most people.
Walkout by angry Democrats halts work at Texas House Outnumbered by House Republicans determined to pass a congressional redistricting bill, 52 Democrats went into hiding today to keep the House from meeting.
Leaders threaten boycott on FCAT Dozens of South Florida's community activists and politicians on Sunday threatened a boycott of several major industries if Gov. Jeb Bush doesn't rectify recent FCAT results that could keep thousands of high school seniors, mostly blacks and Hispanics, from graduating.
Jenna, Survivor's Amazon Queen Jenna Morasca outwitted, outplayed and outlasted her rivals to become the newest "Survivor" millionaire. [Too bad the only person we cannot seem to vote *off* the Island is the person who has lied and cheated his way to permanent immunity: the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel. --Lori Price]
SARS Battle Strains U.S. Health System Keeping SARS from spreading in the United States is straining the already besieged public health system, and it's partly a matter of luck that this newest killer so far has been contained here.
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