July 2004 Archives, Page Two
"I'll be candid with you. I had hoped to be back here this week under different circumstances, running for re-election. But you know the old saying: you win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category." --Al Gore, July 26, 2004
Top Democrats press case for Bush's defeat --Democrats raised the curtain on their four-day presidential nominating convention last night with spirited speeches urging voters to elect Senator John F. Kerry for his national security credentials and the economic and social programs he promises.
Clinton Assails Bush as Democrats Open Convention --Former President Bill Clinton opened the Democratic National Convention on Monday with a systematic challenge to Dictator Bush's leadership, using humor and a piercing attack to argue that Mr. Bush had unraveled a prosperous and well-respected nation that Mr. Clinton left him four years ago.
Clinton Sends Democrats to Battle for Kerry Former President Bill Clinton promised on Monday to be a "foot soldier" in John Kerry's fight for the White House as a unified and determined Democratic Party opened its national convention with a ringing call to battle in November.
Bill Clinton: "Therefore, John Kerry will make choices that reflect both conviction and common sense. He proved that when he picked John Edwards to be his partner... Now, their opponents will tell you -- their opponents will tell you we should be afraid of John Kerry and John Edwards because they won't stand up to the terror. Don't you believe it. Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. They go hand in hand. They go hand in hand, and John Kerry has both." Text of speech
Al Gore Rocks the Democratic Convention! "To those of you who felt disappointed or angry with the outcome in 2000, I want you to remember all of those feelings," said Gore, the winner of the popular vote four years ago. "But then I want you to do what I have done — focus them fully and completely on putting John Kerry and John Edwards in the White House." Text of speech [Oh, we WILL remember, President Gore. We WILL NOT PERMIT a SECOND coup d'etat, in 2004. CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 1, The Ballot, The Bullet, and the Grand Refusal and Part 2, The Revolution Will Be Webcast! --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair]
More from Gore's tremendous speech: "I sincerely ask those watching at home who supported President [sic] Bush four years ago, did you really get what you expected from the candidate you voted for?" Gore asked. "Has the promise of compassionate conservatism been fulfilled? Or do those words ring hollow now?" "For that matter, are the economic policies really conservative at all? Did you expect, for example, the largest deficits in history? ... And the loss of a million jobs?"
Gore Assails Bush on Iraq at Convention --Al Gore criticized Dictator Bush for his handling of Iraq, the economy and more on Monday night and urged Democratic National Convention delegates to "fully and completely" channel anger over the disputed 2000 election into victory for John Kerry this fall. "When policies are clearly not working, we can change them. If our leaders make mistakes, we can hold them accountable - even if they never admit their mistakes," said the man who won the popular vote in 2000 but lost the White House.
Dean Urges His Delegates to Support Kerry --Howard Dean formally released the 201 delegates who supported his failed presidential bid and urged them on Monday to vote for John Kerry at this week's Democratic National Convention. He said the ultimate decision rests with the delegates, but that he asked them at a private meeting to drop any rogue campaigns on his behalf.
John Edwards Heading to Convention --John Edwards did some last-minute polishing of his convention acceptance speech and was heading to Boston, after some down time at home and resting a raspy voice.
Whackjob, Reichwing whore Ann Coulter's 'column': Put the speakers in a cage [Nutball Ann Coulter was hired by USA Today to offer commentary about this week’s Democratic National Convention, but her first column was summarily rejected late last night.] "My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie chick pie wagons they call 'women' at the Democratic National Convention."
'Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks' has reached 25,000 signatures. Lori Price's 9-11 'Oddities' petition was started in January, 2002, long before the Warren [9-11] Commission issued its findings. Where is the media coverage of the '9-11 truth' movement?
The Index of Words Not Contained in the 9/11 Commission Report (List) ...Building 7, Building Seven, Marvin Bush, Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, Delta Oil, Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia... [updated: July 26, 2004 19:00GMT]
Amtrak Announces Rules for GOP Convention --As a 'security' precaution, nearly all Amtrak passengers who want to ride the rails between Washington and Boston during the Republican National Convention — Aug. 28 through Sept. 2 — will have to make reservations in advance, the railroad announced Monday.
Democratic National Convention: Boston gripped by "anti-terror" security operation --by Kate Randall "Boston has become a training ground for the most up-to-date methods of surveillance and crowd-control, potentially aimed—not at foreign terrorists—but against the domestic population. These security measures have created a massive inconvenience for city workers and residents, and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, within which authorities are carrying out gross violations of privacy and democratic rights."
£8m terror advice campaign launched --The public are urged to use "common sense" in the event of a terrorist attack in an £8m government awareness campaign launched today. The 22-page leaflet, which will be sent to all of the UK's 25m households, also offers practical guidance on how to deal with specific emergencies. If you are trapped in debris following a bomb explosion it recommends staying close to walls and tapping on pipes to let emergency services know where you are. It also advises against lighting matches or lighters in case of gas leaks [?!? Duh.]. [Uh, they need to spend £8m to tell people to use 'common sense' in the event of a terrorist attack? LOL. The 'common sense' should have been implemented *eons* ago, as people should have STOPPED the US and UK from waging an illegal and immoral W-ar in Iraq for Halliburton and Bechtel.]
Terror advice 'alarmist' --In the latest sign of growing concern throughout Europe - especially in nations whose leaders supported the war in Iraq - the British government on Monday began mailing a booklet to every home, telling people to "go in, stay in and tune in" if disaster struck. But some Britons who saw the leaflet after it was released on Monday dismissed it as merely common sense, if not alarmist.
Explosives-laden car kills 3 Iraqis --Attack also injures 3 U.S. soldiers --A suicide car bomb packed with explosives, mortars and rockets exploded today outside a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul, killing three Iraqis -- including a child -- and injuring three U.S. soldiers.
Assassins kill top Iraqi official as eight die in attacks --Gunmen assassinated a senior Iraqi Interior Ministry official and two of his bodyguards in Baghdad yesterday, a ministry source said. Mussab al-Awadi was reported to have been killed along with two of his bodyguards as he left his house in the capital.
Egyptian diplomat freed in Baghdad --An Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq for three days was released today in good condition, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.
US admits imprisoning teenagers in Iraq --The US army admits for the first time to having detained adolescents in its prisons in Iraq, according to a German press report. The TV magazine "Report Mainz," to be broadcast Monday evening on the ARD network, quoted Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson, a spokesman for the US troops in Iraq, as saying that they still imprisoned 58 Iraqis in the age of from 14 and 17.
U.S. troops use cash to woo Iraqis --Military gives thousands to help the jobless and counter offers to kill Americans --Cash has become the U.S. military's first line of defense in some parts of Iraq, where U.S. soldiers are distributing money to encourage good will and to counter their enemies' offers of money to unemployed Iraqis willing to attack Americans, officers say here. Even patrol leaders now carry envelopes of cash to spend in their areas. The money comes from [US taxpayers] brigade commanders, who get as much as $50,000 to $100,000 a month to distribute for local rehabilitation and emergency welfare projects through the Commanders Emergency Response Program.
Congress quietly keeps School of the Americas alive --by Doug Ireland "Remember how congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle deplored the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib as 'un-American'? Last Thursday, however, the House quietly passed a renewed appropriation that keeps open the U.S.’s most infamous torture-teaching institution, known as the School of the Americas (SOA), where the illegal physical and psychological abuse of prisoners of the kind the world condemned at Abu Ghraib and worse has been routinely taught for years."
Democrats Defend Heinz Kerry's 'Shove It' --Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry doesn't have a problem with his wife telling an insistent Reichwing maggot ['journalist'] to "shove it'' when urged to explain her plea for more civility in politics. A spokeswoman for Heinz Kerry later said, "This was sheer frustration aimed at a right-wing rag that has consistently and purposely misrepresented the facts in reporting on Mrs. Kerry and her family.'' [Right on, Mrs. Kerry!!]
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'For the next four days, Boston will have a touch of Guantanamo Bay.' --CBS News 'Up to the Minute,' Jim Axelrod reporting, July 26, 2004
Taking no chances, police turn downtown area into fortress --The FleetCenter convention site was ringed with military police in camouflage, bomb-sniffing dogs, uniformed Secret Service agents and 7-foot metal barricades... North Station, the commuter train depot next to the FleetCenter, will be closed for the week, and 40 miles of major arteries will be closed every evening to inbound traffic.
Confusion reigns as security rules --With 15-foot fencing and black netting, the area around the FleetCenter was transformed yesterday into the so-called hard zone, where uniformed soldiers and police officers in bright orange raincoats patrolled outside while the Secret Service completed its sweep of the facility for security threats in preparation for tomorrow's start of the Democratic National Convention.
Judge upholds "free speech zone" at Democratic convention but O-K's march --A federal judge has called a fenced-in "protest zone" at the upcoming Democratic National Convention "an affront to free expression" -- but rejected an effort to block its use. Judge Douglas Woodlock also agreed with protesters' lawyers that the area, more than a block away from the convention site, looked worse than a concentration camp, with razor wire on a chain-link fence, and overhead netting.
On Iraq, 'the president [sic] broke his word' Kerry heads to convention in fight mode --On the eve of his convention, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said he does not regret his vote authorizing the Iraq invasion but does regret that Bush broke his promise to pursue war as a last resort. Giving Bush the authority he sought ''was appropriate and is authority I would have wanted as president,'' Kerry said Thursday in an interview with USA TODAY. ''He didn't use the authority correctly.''
Rumsfeld under fire over abuse report --The New York Times and The Washington Post opened fire yesterday at the conclusions of a report by the US army on abuses in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the Times calling it a "whitewashing" to exonerate the high command.
US forces kill 15 Iraqis in Baquba --15 insurgents arrested --Sadr boycotts Iraqi national conference 'elections' --US-backed Iraqi forces killed 15 insurgents in a blistering shootout north of Baghdad on Sunday.
2,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq: Russian expert --The United States suffers far heavier casualties in Iraq than it officially admits, a Russia military diplomat claimed. The actual U.S. military losses in Iraq may have reached 2,000 personnel, more than twice the official figure of 900, as Washington badly understates its casualty statistics, a military diplomatic source told the Itar-Tass news agency.
U.S. Using Cash as a Defensive Weapon --Cash has become the U.S. military's first line of defense in some parts of Iraq, where U.S. soldiers are distributing money to encourage goodwill and to counter their enemies' offers of money to unemployed Iraqis willing to attack Americans, according to officers here.
Australia Says Will Ignore Terror Attack Threat --Australia will ignore threats of attack by a group saying it is the European wing of al Qaeda and blamed Spain and the Philippines for fueling the threats by giving in to terrorists and withdrawing troops from Iraq.
Funding behind 9/11 still a mystery --Despite almost three years pursuing the September 11 "money trail", investigators remain in the dark about who financed the 2001 al-CIA-duh strike on the US that killed 2973 people. The final report of the September 11 commission indicates that the FBI, CIA and numerous US and foreign intelligence agencies failed to find a definitive answer as to who paid for the attacks.
The Index of Words Not Contained in the 9/11 Commission Report (List) ...Building 7, Building Seven, Marvin Bush, Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, Delta Oil, Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia... [updated: July 25, 2004 18:00GMT]
Carlyle Interested in BAE's Shipbuilding Unit, Telegraph Says --U.S. buyout firm Carlyle Group, whose senior advisers have included former President George H.W. Bush, has expressed interest in buying BAE Systems Plc's shipbuilding business, the Sunday Telegraph reported, without citing sources.
Missing disks to halt US weapons research industry --Most of the United States nuclear weapons research industry is set to grind to a halt in an unprecedented move prompted by a burgeoning scandal at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of America's nuclear bomb shaken by a spate of security breaches.
3 Hours Over 4 Nights With 1 Fear --This conspiracy unfolds in a sinister present-day America where surveillance cameras track library visitors, cable news channels peddle apocalypse 24/7, and the American government launches pre-emptive military strikes in countries like Guinea to prolong a war on terror "with no end in sight." The crucial election at hand will use electronic touch screens for voting, a dark intimation of Floridian balloting mischief. It will not be an election at all, says the movie's military-man hero (Denzel Washington in Colin Powell's rimless specs), but "a coup — in our own country, a regime change."
'Fahrenheit 9/11' sets new documentary mark, topping $100 million --Michael Moore joined the $100 million club as his political assault "Fahrenheit 9/11" became the first documentary ever to top that mark at the domestic box office.
Protesters decry plan to limit picketing (FL) The group gathers outside Baywalk on a busy weekend night to condemn a city proposal for no-protest zones. Protesters from five different groups joined forces on Saturday, creating a larger-than-usual crowd outside the complex.
Protesters shut down Baywalk in Florida July 25, 2004 --ST. PETERSBURG --by Carol Schiffler "While all eyes are focused on the 'protest pens' built to contain demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, a smaller but no less significant First Amendment drama is being played out in St. Petersburg, FL, where activists are fighting a proposed city ordinance which would create 'no protest' zones." [Related: Sleepless in the Garden of Eden --by Carol Schiffler]
Clinton fervor boils over at book signing (FL) Bill Clinton proved himself as popular as ever on Thursday when he signed his autobiography for 2,000 admirers in Coral Gables.
U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High --The number of Americans under the control of the criminal justice system grew by 130,700 last year to reach a new high of nearly 6.9 million, according to a Justice Department report released today.
U.S. Oil Price Rises to Near $42 --Oil prices rose on Monday as disruptions to refined products output in Germany and South Korea ahead of winter gave added impetus to speculative fund buyers who were capitalizing on fears of unstable crude supplies.
Drug maker acknowledges making misleading statements about popular schizophrenia drug --The maker of a popular medicine for schizophrenia [Janssen Pharmaceutica Products] has notified doctors that it minimized potentially fatal safety risks and made misleading claims about the drug in promotional materials.
Microsoft gains double-clicking patent --Microsoft has successfully patented using short, long or double clicks to launch different applications on "limited resource computing devices" - presumably PDAs and mobile phones. Now any US company using a variety of clicks to launch different software functions from the same button will have to change their product, pay licensing fees to Microsoft or give Microsoft access to its intellectual property in return.
'Breaking News' from "Truthout" [This one they didn't scoop from us]: "There is a mid-sized protest taking place in the Public Garden downtown right now. Nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly not threatening. Which is why the 50 cops in full body armor and face-shield helmets lining up outside the park seemed a bit ominous [they seemed ominous in relation to the protest, or...?]. These guys looked ready for some hard business [as opposed to the "soft" beatings they usually dole out?]. They had bunches of those plastic handcuff strips attached to their belts. There are regular uniform cops all over the city. Boston is locked down right now. These guys didn't come for the chowder." [Thanks to Wm. Pitt for this news from the Convention. No, we didn't think that the cops came to Boston for the chowder; they came to MAKE chowder of all dissidents. --Michael Rectenwald].
Sen. Shelby Probe Referred to Ethics Panel --The Justice Department has referred to the Senate Ethics Committee an investigation into whether Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama or his staff leaked classified information, indicating that criminal charges are highly unlikely, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday. The investigation concerned the 2002 disclosure to news reporters of two messages intercepted by the National Security Agency a day before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Those messages contained the words "the match begins tomorrow" and "tomorrow is zero day."
Sunni leaders press insurgents to fight US forces, not Iraqis -- Religious, tribal, and political leaders in the Sunni heartland say they are encouraging Iraqi insurgents to fight on, but to focus on attacking US troops and stop killing Iraqi civilians and security forces.
Alleged militant threat to Australia and Italy Group linked to al Qaeda warns of 'columns of car bombs' --Australia and Italy have received warnings through a statement purportedly from militants linked to al Qaeda that demanded those countries withdraw troops from Iraq.
Australia, Italy threatened with wave of 'rigged cars' --Get troops out of Iraq: Militants --Iraqi construction firm boss abducted --A group claiming to be the European wing of Al Qaeda yesterday threatened Australia and Italy with attacks if they did not pull troops out of Iraq. "Australian people ... we call upon you to leave Iraq before your country turns to pools of blood," said a statement by "Islamic Tawhid Group, the Al Qaeda organization, Europe" posted on a website.
Australia 'not cowed' by threats --Australia's foreign minister, Alexander Downer, said his country was "absolutely determined" not to give in to what he called terrorist threats.
U-S soldier killed while escorting fuel convoy in northern Iraq --The U-S military says a roadside bomb in northern Iraq has killed one American soldier and wounded another.
A Secret Deportation of 'Terror' Suspects --CIA aided Sweden in deporting two Egyptians, who were later tortured. The CIA refers to such cases as "extraordinary renditions," the fast and forcible transfer of foreign 'terrorism' suspects to other countries, often their places of origin, where they can be detained or interrogated more freely, often without all the legal protections available in the country they left. ...CIA officials have testified in Congress about engaging in about 70 renditions before 2001. Security analysts said the number has increased substantially since then, as the U.S. government has become more aggressive in its global hunt [?!?] for people considered a 'threat to national security.'
Abu Ghraib, Whitewashed (The New York Times) "The authors of this 300-page whitewash say they found no 'systemic' problem - even though there were 94 documented cases of prisoner abuse, including some 40 deaths, 20 of them homicides; even though only four prisons of the 16 they visited had copies of the Geneva Conventions;... Even the report's release on Thursday was an exercise in misdirection, timed to be overshadowed by the 9/11 commission's report."
Photos of the "Free Speech Zone" --July 23rd (Boston Indymedia)
Delegates Lean Left And Oppose the War --Nine out of 10 of the Democratic delegates gathering in Boston this week think the United States should not have gone to war in Iraq and say the gains from the war were not worth the loss of American lives, a New York Times/CBS News poll shows.
Another anonymous donor sponsors free 'Fahrenheit' shows this weekend (WI) For the second successive weekend, the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, 6823 W. North Ave, is offering free screenings of "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Nuclear Weapons Facilities Closed --Energy Department officials Friday effectively shut down part of the nation's nuclear weapons complex, fearful that security lapses discovered at Los Alamos National Laboratory had occurred elsewhere.
Air Force Spends $2.6B on Subpar Planes --The Air Force continues to order a new type of cargo plane despite spending $2.6 billion to buy 50 planes that do not meet the military's requirements and cannot be flown in combat zones, Pentagon investigators said.
Records offer no evidence to place Bush in Ala. Guard in 1972 --Documents released on Friday [suddenly, no longer 'destroyed'] by the Pentagon included two faded computerized payroll sheets showing George W. Bush was not paid during the latter part of 1972 and offer no evidence to place Bush in Alabama during the latter part of 1972. A Pentagon official said Friday the earlier contention that the records were destroyed was an "inadvertent oversight."
GOP Gears to Spread Message on Airwaves Bush Campaign Wants to Offset Bump in Polls --Dictator Bush's operatives [Reichwing whackjobs] have spent months acquiring and cataloging snippets of videotape of past interviews and speeches by Sen. John F. Kerry and will dispense them during the Democratic National Convention to try to counterprogram the message from inside FleetCenter.
Action News Truth Squad looks at Bush ad "Priorities" --In his first Truth Squad report of the 2004 election year, Brendan McLaughlin analyzed a GOP ad targeting Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
Feel-Good Speak Cheney this --by Congressman Barney Frank, Fourth District, Massachusetts --"I am recommending to my fellow elected officials — and to others engaged in public controversies — a semantic solution to this dilemma: use the word 'Cheney' where discretion is required in the expression of frustration, anger, or extreme derision. Here are some examples of how this would work. • Go Cheney yourself. • How the Cheney would I know? • Cheney you."
Raitt dedicates 'About to End' to Bush --Winding up her summer tour across Europe, Bonnie Raitt drew thunderous applause at the Stockholm Jazz Festival for dedicating a classic to Dictator George Bush. "We're gonna sing this for George Bush because he's out of here, people!" Raitt crowed Tuesday night before she launched into the opening licks of "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," a cover that was featured on her 1979 album, "The Glow."
States Cut Health Insurance for 145,000 Kids --Some 145,000 poor children were dropped from a U.S. federal-state health insurance plan in the second half of 2003, with more than half the cuts made by Texas, a health-care research foundation said on Friday. [more compassionate conservatism...]
Maker of drug admits hiding its risks --The maker of a billion-dollar antipsychotic medication has acknowledged misleading doctors and other healthcare providers about the safety of its product, minimizing potentially deadly side effects.
Worst US drought in 500 years fuels raging California wildfires --Record wildfires blazing across the American West are being caused by the worst drought in at least 500 years. US government scientists believe the conflagrations may herald an epochal, permanent change in the climate and landscape of the region, endangering the future of one of the richest areas on Earth.
A Former President of Mexico Charged With 1971 Killings --A special prosecutor filed charges on Friday against a former president and other officials in the killings of at least 25 student protesters 33 years ago, reopening a dark and divisive episode that was a turning point in Mexico's struggle for democracy.
Secular Prayer for Occupied Lands --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG
Founder and Chair
Bin Laden will be 'caught' soon: CIA --Al CIA-duh’s leaders have faced increasingly aggressive Pakistani military operations in June and July in South and North Waziristan, a senior official of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) official said. Military and intelligence agencies from numerous countries, but most significantly Pakistan, have assisted in the search for him. Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin has pledged recently that Bin Laden would be 'caught'. [Has bin Laden already been 'caught,' and the Bush team is waiting for the right moment to make the announcement? Say... late October, 2004?]
Manifest shows 13 bin Laden relatives left U.S. on charter flight --At least 13 relatives of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by bodyguards and associates, were allowed to leave the United States on a charter flight eight days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to a passenger manifest released Wednesday. Though much was already known about the so-called "bin Laden flight," Lautenberg provided additional details, including the information that the plane, a 727 owned by DB Air and operated by Ryan International, began in Los Angeles and made stops in Orlando, Dulles and Boston before continuing on to Gander, Newfoundland, Paris, Geneva and Jeddah. The aircraft, tail number N521DB, has been chartered frequently by the White House for the press corps that travels with Dictator Bush.
Plane Carried 13 Bin Ladens Manifest of Sept. 19, 2001, Flight From U.S. Is Released (Washington Post original)
Al Qaeda Bent on Causing Mass Death in U.S. -- Kean --Security experts all believe al CIA-duh is determined to launch an attack on the United States and if it can will try to use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, the chairman of the Sept. 11 commission said on Friday.
Networks warned of threat --The FBI began warning the U.S. news networks and divisions Thursday night of a "credible" terrorist threat targeting media vehicles during the Democratic National Convention in Boston next week. [The Bush-Rove terror team is intimidating the media (whores) so that they do not 'cover' the Democratic National Convention.]
FBI inquiry into threats against Democratic Convention --The FBI is looking into "unconfirmed" reports that a domestic group [Bush's Reichwing terrorists?] is planning to attack media vehicles during the upcoming Democratic Convention in Boston, officials said. "The FBI has received unconfirmed information that a domestic group is planning to disrupt the Democratic National Convention by attacking media vehicles with explosives or incendiary devices," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
The State Cracks Down... --by Kansas Mutual Aid "Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004 Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and possibly local law enforcement agencies. It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the FBI and that at least two people had been arrested... We do know that they were asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about 'ABC'."
Air Force Spends $2.6 Billion on Planes That Can't be Flown --The Air Force has spent $2.6 billion to buy 50 planes which do not meet the military's requirements and cannot be flown in combat zones, Pentagon investigators reported Friday. The Air Force has continued to order more C-130J planes despite the fact that contractor Lockheed Martin hasn't delivered one that met requirements in the eight years since the program began, the report said.
Proposed NASA Cuts In Space Travel Draw a Veto Threat --The Bush regime has threatened to veto a major spending bill unless Congress reverses proposed cuts in Bush's signature space initiatives to return to the moon. Bush made headlines in January when he outlined his "Vision for Space Exploration." He promised to "extend a human presence across our solar system" with a return to the moon by 2020 and eventual human space travel to Mars.
Egyptian Diplomat Taken Hostage in Iraq --Militants in Iraq took an Egyptian diplomat hostage Friday and demanded his country forsake any plans it had to send security experts here, according to a video broadcast Friday on the Al-Jazeera television station.
Iraqi Resistance Kills 33 American Soldiers In Ramadi --by Muhammad Abu Nasr (Free Arab Voice) "Translated from their original Arabic, they are published uncut and uncensored. Resistance Ambush Sparks Day-Long Confrontation With Invader Troops At least 14 Americans were killed in ar-Ramadi yesterday as a day of fierce and heavy fighting that raged from about 11:00am local time until sunset got under way."
Aznar accused over Madrid bomb papers --Former Spanish prime minister [Bush troll] José María Aznar yesterday denied allegations that he was illegally holding on to secret intelligence reports and that his government paid a Washington lobbyist firm to help him secure a Congressional Gold Medal. Mr Aznar, who is in Latin America promoting an autobiography, has so far failed to reply to a request from Spain's Centre for National Intelligence (CNI) that he return any documents he may still have that refer to the March 11 bombings. [Did Aznar have the 3/11 bombings occur in an insane effort to secure his reelection by blaming al Qaeda and scare the electorate - and the plan backfired? It backfired because the Spanish people are intelligent, and their media actually does its job. In the US, you can be sure that terror attacks were/are considered by the Bush-Rove terror team as a pathway to steal the 2004 election. The Reichwing can always rely count on the US media whores and a docile, brainwashed population.]
Venezuela May Suspend Oil Shipments to U.S. --The Venezuelan government said Wednesday it may suspend oil shipments to the United States in case of an eventual conflict with that country.
Bush's Military Records Fail to Dispel AWOL Charges -- Some of Dictator Bush's missing Air National Guard records during the Vietnam War years, previously said to be destroyed, turned up on Friday but offered no new evidence to dispel charges by Democrats that he was absent without leave.
At 5PM on a Friday... we learn: Pentagon finds Bush's military payroll records --Payroll records related to Dictator George W Bush's service in the Air National Guard three decades ago that the Pentagon said earlier this month were 'accidentally destroyed' [?!?] now have been located, defence officials say.
Ethics committee extends DeLay review --The House ethics committee on Friday declined to dismiss a complaint accusing House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of misusing his office to raise money for Republicans and to marshal government resources against Democrats.
Church Leaders Worried Over GOP Roster Use --Republican efforts to obtain church rosters from Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics who support Dictator Bush have alienated some of the very people the GOP campaign is trying to court, as religious leaders worry the outreach could violate limits on politics in church. This week, the Republican National Committee confirmed it had asked Catholics who back Bush to give parish directories to the RNC as a way to identify and mobilize new voters. The Bush campaign has asked the same of congregants in other denominations.
Bush Urges Blacks Not to Back Democrats --Dictator Bush tried on Friday to sow doubts about Democrats' commitment to black Americans and told black voters "there is an alternative this year" - him.
Ex-felons face new twist in voting Gov. Jeb Bush has decided to eliminate paper applications for felons seeking to recover their civil rights, and attorneys assert that the move will thwart thousands of potential voters. Last week, the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee unanimously ruled that state prison officials must follow the law and provide newly released felons the necessary paperwork and assistance to get their full civil rights back. That would include a one-page application for a formal hearing before the Florida Clemency Board -- the only way an estimated 85 percent of felons will ever get their rights restored. But instead of providing the application, Bush decided to scrap it altogether.
U.S. Dictator George W. Bush a big winner at World Stupidity Awards --The November elections may still be ahead of him but U.S. Dictator George W. Bush came out a big winner Friday - at the World Stupidity Awards.
Bush twin guttersnipes call Blair "amazing" --In an on-line "chat" on their father's campaign Web site, Barbara and Jenna Bush declared, "We have also met Tony Blair of Great Britain and Vladimir Putin of Russia -- in addition to being highly intelligent and amazing leaders, they both have a great sense of humour!" they wrote.
Nader campaign again fails to get candidate on ballot --Ralph Nader's organizers in Oregon acknowledged Thursday that their recent convention failed to attract enough supporters to put their candidate on the state presidential ballot. Portland attorney Greg Kafoury said the Nader campaign has now hired paid [by the GOP?] canvassers to conduct a petition drive that has about a month to collect 15,306 signatures from registered voters.
Censorship and the city (FL) Someone on the St. Petersburg City Council should get a copy of the First Amendment and read it. They obviously haven't glanced at it in a long time. ...[T]he constitutional outrage du jour is a proposal to bar protesters from two key city sidewalks during popular hours. Council members don't seem to understand that they don't have the authority to wall off challenging and uncomfortable ideas and words in their city."
Feds order Enron to pay $32 million --Door opened to larger payments --Federal energy regulators on Thursday ordered Enron Corp. to forfeit $32 million in ill-gotten profits from the Western energy crisis and opened the door to much larger payments by ordering a review of the company's profits from 1997-2003.
Dow Closes Below 10,000 on Weak Earnings --Wall Street skidded further Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrials back below 10,000 as disappointments from Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. deepened investors' dread of a second-half earnings slump.
Sleepless in the Garden of Eden --by Carol Schiffler, "It is up to us to don the shining armor, each in our own way - big or small, enthusiastically or reluctantly, with brave heart or with trembling hands. And we must do it every day, rain or shine, even if evil seems very far away and the Garden of Eden spontaneously arises from some vast barren mid-western plain. We must not go back to sleep."
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 2, The Revolution Will Be Webcast! --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "What are the TRIGGERS, what 'election' events will trigger the Grand Refusal? [List of Bush 'trigger' events updated, July 23]
9/11 Commission found there was no "collaborative operational relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda. [But, we already knew that! The real question is whether there is a "collaborative operational relationship" between the Bush NeoCons and al Qaeda. After all, how else can we explain the Penta-lawn phenomenon?]
Congress Eyes Iraq Costs - Surpass $100B --As the costs of Halliburton's corporate welfare ['fighting and rebuilding in Iraq'] keep mounting by the billions, lawmakers and policy makers are debating how much more will be needed and whether money used so far was well spent.
Congress Clears Final $416 Billion Defense Bill --The U.S. Congress on Thursday sent Dictator Bush a $416.2 billion defense spending bill that includes $25 billion in 'emergency funds' for Halliburton ['operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,'] giving the measure overwhelming backing after little debate.
PM admits graves claim 'untrue' --Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue, and only about 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered. The claims by Blair in November and December of last year, were given widespread credence, quoted by MPs and widely published, including in the introduction to a US government pamphlet on Iraq's mass graves.
Bush green lights arms sales to Iraq --US Dictator George W. Bush on Wednesday gave the green light to US arms sales to Iraq's fledgling government, which faces deadly insurgent violence nearly one month after assuming power.
US launches air strike on Falluja --US forces have launched an air strike on 'suspected insurgents' in the Iraqi city of Falluja, the US military says. A hospital source said five people were injured in the attack early on Friday morning, including children.
'They can have it' U.S. pulls back from turbulent province --After more than a year of fighting, U.S. troops have stopped patrolling large swaths of Iraq's restive Anbar province, according to the top American military intelligence officer in the area.
More troops killed in July than June in Iraq, says military --More U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq during the first three weeks of July than in the entire month of June, dashing hopes that the handover of sovereignty at the end of last month would ease U.S. losses or bring Iraqis a respite from violence.
Three soldiers die in helicopter attack in Iraq --Three U.S. soldiers died this Wednesday when the helicopter in which they were flying was brought down in the locality of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, according to the Arab television network Al Arabiya, quoted by EFE. Citing police sources, the channel stated that the helicopter was downed by firing from the Iraqi resistance. [*See: It's Raining Men --by Mary Titus]
Afghan Car Bomb Injures 4 U.S. Soldiers -- A powerful car bomb exploded Friday as a U.S. military convoy passed by, and police officials reported at least four American soldiers were seriously wounded. A U.S. spokeswoman said that according to an initial assessment, one soldier was hurt.
Accused torturers claim Pentagon support --The ringleader of three Americans on trial for torturing Afghans at a private jail in a freelance counter[pro]-terror mission denies any wrongdoing and claims they had active support from the US Defence Department...
Kabul 'bounty hunter' accuses US --A US citizen arrested in Kabul over an alleged freelance counter-terrorism operation says he was working with the knowledge of the US defence secretary.
US admits 'bounty hunter' contact --The US military has admitted it detained an Afghan man handed over by a US citizen accused of running a freelance counter-terrorism operation. The American, Jonathan K Idema, is facing charges of torture, kidnapping and running a private jail.
CIA secrecy at issue in beating case --A federal judge agreed Wednesday to set up procedures to help keep secret what the CIA may have been doing in the mountains of Afghanistan when one of its independent contractors allegedly beat a detainee who died a day later.
U.S. Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse --The U.S. military has found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan since the fall of 2001, the Army's inspector general said Thursday in a long-awaited report made public at a hastily called Senate hearing.
Army rations rehydrated by urine --Would you eat food cooked in your own urine? Food scientists working for the US military have developed a dried food ration that troops can hydrate by adding the filthiest of muddy swamp water or even peeing on it. The ration comes in a pouch containing a filter that removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria and most toxic chemicals from the water used to rehydrate it, according to the Combat Feeding Directorate, part of the US Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts.
Stand firm on Iran, U.S. urges Europeans The United States is pressing Britain, France and Germany for strong measures against Iran in response to its 'violating a nonproliferation agreement' reached with the three last fall, a State Department official said Wednesday.
More Revelations in Berger Inquiry Wider Circle in Regime Claims Prior Knowledge of Probe --For the second day in a row, regime officials said yesterday that more of Dictator Bush's aides knew about an investigation of former Clinton national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger than the White House originally acknowledged. The question is sensitive because Democrats have charged that Republicans leaked word of the investigation to try to taint next week's Democratic National Convention and to distract attention from criticisms of Bush in the report of the commission investigating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. [Nah... 'ya think?]
Warren [9/11] Commission Final Report (full text)
Sept. 11 panel recommends broad intelligence overhaul in final report --The United States government could not protect its citizens from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because it failed to appreciate the threat posed by al-Bush-duh operatives who exploited those lapses to carry out the deadliest assault ever on American soil, the chairman of the Warren [Sept. 11] commission said Thursday.
Police Question N.J. Amtrak Passengers --Police Question Passengers on N.J. Amtrak Train, Checking Identification of Each Passenger --A Washington-to-New York Amtrak train was detained for more than an hour Thursday morning while police questioned passengers, checked identifications and searched overhead luggage racks.
Police seal building housing Kerry campaign --Police sealed off the office building that houses Sen. John Kerry's headquarters on Thursday after a package with white powder was opened by campaign staff. The discovery of the package prompted authorities to order a fleet of emergency vehicles to converge on the location, and personnel in biohazard suits entered the building. [Update: initial tests on the white powder indicate garlic powder. But, this Reichwing terror tactic needs to be added to Michael Rectenwald's list of events possibly paving the way to for a stolen election. Reports of real or imagined al-Bush-duh ricin/botulism/anthrax scares that seem to only befall... Democrats!!]
More GOP dirty tricks: Veterans' group critical of Kerry backed by Bush supporter --Bob Perry, a major supporter of Dictator Bush and the Republican Party, is the biggest financial backer of a veterans group seeking to discredit Democrat John Kerry's military service, according to federal records. Perry, a Houston homebuilder, gave $100,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that has been critical of Kerry's anti-war activities after he returned from Vietnam. That accounted for two-thirds of the organization's receipts to date.
Station pulls liberal show after threats --A Silver City radio station yanked a liberal talk show off the air because of pressure from advertisers, the station's owner says. "It's a shame that, in America, we can't have someone with an opposing view," said Matt Runnels, owner of KNFT.
New York City officials muzzle anti-Republican protests --by John Lavine "Negotiations between New York City officials and organizers of protests planned for next month’s Republican Party convention have reached an impasse, with the city rejecting all demands for an accessible public rally. Instead, the administration of billionaire Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg is insisting that protesters be relegated to an isolated strip of highway far from the convention site."
Media Take Bryant Ruling to Supreme Court --Media organizations have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in their fight to publicize details from closed-door hearings in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case... In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld District Judge Terry Ruckriegle's order — though it acknowledged it amounts to prior restraint, which is barred by the Constitution.
Deaths from Asbestos Exposure Surge in U.S. - Report -- Deaths from asbestos exposure have surged in the United States and are set to keep rising in the next decade as more workers succumb to the lung disease caused by the industrial mineral, federal health experts warned on Thursday.
Macho Spaniards approve of gay wedlock --Nearly 70 percent of Spaniards are in favour of a planned law to legalise gay unions, despite strong opposition from the church in the traditionally Catholic country, a poll showed on Thursday.
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 2, The Revolution Will Be Webcast! --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "What are the TRIGGERS, what 'election' events will trigger the Grand Refusal? The following list is by no means exhaustive. The Bush regime may very well alter their approach to stealing the election this time. But, this is a list that will guide us... The Real Revolution was against the people and the Constitution and took place in 2000 and continues to this day."
CLG's strategy in case of stolen elections: Part 1, The Ballot, The Bullet, and the Grand Refusal --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "...[A] postponed election, or the playing the fear factor for low voter turnout, are acts of terrorism in themselves. We are already being attacked. This warning is yet another in a series of attacks on our rights, on our democratic system, on our freedom, and on our self-determination."
Michael Rectenwald responds to a Freeper who declares that 'Your [sic] are all NUTS!'
Panel to Hear of Halliburton Waste --In the spring of 2003, not long after John Mancini arrived in Kuwait City as procurement employee for Halliburton Co., he came to an unsettling conclusion: No one cared about his skill at buying goods and making sure government money was wisely spent. Over the next three months, Mancini said in a recent interview, he watched as colleagues at Halliburton subsidiary KBR paid inflated fees for cell phone services, bought hundred of rolls of duct tape for $60 each and obscured the waste by failing to file paperwork properly. In one case, he said, a fellow procurement employee recorded a multimillion-dollar purchase as a $200 order, then dismissed it as a mistake.
Pentagon overshoots war budget by $17 billion --The United States Pentagon faces a $17 billion shortfall for Halliburton ['the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'] and its worldwide effort against [of] terrorism, congressional auditors estimated today. The amount is triple what General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, projected in April he would need to make it through September.
Iraq dismisses nuclear find report --Iraq's Interior Ministry has dismissed as "stupid" a report in a local newspaper that said three nuclear missiles were found near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. A senior U.S. military official told reporters on Wednesday he had no information on the report in the Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah. He said officials were checking the report. Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said: "It's stupid."
Annan Rejects Bush Claim That World Is Safer Now --The world is no safer than it was three years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, countering Dictator Bush's claims he had made the world a safer place.
Iraqi unemployment rate reaches 70% --A study by the college of economics at Baghdad University has found that the unemployment rate in Iraq is 70%. [Oh. I see that Bush has ruined their economy, as well.]
Group Threatens to Behead 6 New Hostages --Militants took six foreign truck drivers hostage and threatened Wednesday to behead them unless their company ends its business in Iraq, and their countries - India, Egypt and Kenya - pull all their citizens out.
Head of slain American hostage found --The head of slain American hostage Paul Johnson, who was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Saudi Arabia last month, was found by Saudi security forces during a raid on a militant hideout that left two militants dead, the Interior Ministry said.
Fewer Army Recruits Lined Up --Manpower Concerns Raised as Pool Shrinks to Three-Year Low --The Army's pool of future recruits has dwindled to its lowest level in three years, worrying Pentagon officials as the service is being stretched by the unexpectedly difficult occupation of Iraq.
U.S. Army Asking Guardsmen to Stay Longer in Iraq --The Army is asking some National Guard troops serving in Iraq to volunteer to stay on active duty beyond a statutory two-year limit for such service, officials said on Wednesday, in a fresh sign of the strain on the U.S. military amid operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Report: Bigger breasts offered as perk to soldiers --The New Yorker magazine reports in its July 26th edition that members of all four branches of the U.S. military can get face-lifts, breast enlargements, liposuction and nose jobs for free -- something the military says helps surgeons practice their skills.
Kabul 'bounty hunter' accuses US --A US citizen arrested in Kabul over an alleged freelance counter-terrorism operation says he was working with the knowledge of the US defence secretary.
CIA secrecy at issue in beating case --A federal judge agreed Wednesday to set up procedures to help keep secret what the CIA may have been doing in the mountains of Afghanistan when one of its independent contractors allegedly beat a detainee who died a day later.
Bush rewards pharmaceutical paymasters: Bush Signs $5.6 Billion BioShield Legislation Bush signs vaccine stockpile legislation --BioShield bill provides antidotes to [Bush's?] bioattacks --Dictator Bush on Wednesday signed legislation to develop and stockpile vaccines and other antidotes to chemical and germ attacks, saying the measure will "rally the great promise of American science and innovation to confront the greatest danger of our time." [Along the lines of Halliburton destroying in Iraq that which it was (over)paid to 'rebuild' via no-bid contracts, Bush is generating a 'need' to justify this inane and insane expenditure with one of his paymasters, the pharmaceutical industry. See: Will Bush play the bioterror card? --by Lori R. Price (January 22, 2004)]
Bush signs vaccine legislation --Legislation allows distribution of certain vaccines prior to FDA approval --Dictator Bush on Wednesday signed a bill to develop and stockpile vaccines and other antidotes to biological and chemical weapons. The legislation provides the drug industry with 'incentives' [$$$$$$$] to research and develop bioterrorism countermeasures, speeds up the approval process of antidotes and, in an emergency, allows the government to distribute certain treatments before the Food and Drug Administration has approved them.
Video Shows 9/11 Hijackers Clearing Security --A law firm representing Sept. 11 victims' families released a security video on Wednesday that showed three hijackers setting off a metal detector at Washington Dulles International Airport the morning of the attacks. Airport screeners quickly checked them, apparently found nothing that raised suspicions, and allowed the hijackers to board American Airlines Flight 77, which plowed into the Pentagon less than 2 1/2 hours later.
'Fahrenheit 9/11' making GOP nervous --Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream.
Editor Put on Leave After Kerry Donation --A San Francisco Chronicle editor who gave $400 to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has been placed on paid leave, pending an investigation into whether his campaign contributions violated the newspaper's ethics policy. William Pates, the Chronicle's letters editor [and Reichwing maggot], went on leave last week after Grade the News, a media watchdog organization based at Stanford University, contacted the paper about Pates' donations to Kerry and other Democrats.
S.F. Chronicle Editor Suspended Over Kerry Donation --A San Francisco Chronicle editor who gave Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry $400 has been placed on leave for possibly violating the newspaper's rules, an official said on Wednesday.
Appleton official ejected from Bush event (WI) --Outagamie County Supv. Jayson Nelson, who joined the County Board this year, said he got bounced from the VIP list for Dictator Bush’s speech Wednesday at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon because of inappropriate attire. Nelson attended a John Kerry for President rally in Fond du Lac earlier in the day before taking his spot in line outside the Bush campaign venue. Nelson said he was ejected after being caught sporting a T-shirt endorsing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, though he said it was fully hidden beneath a heavy cotton button-down shirt. "I have no idea how they knew I was wearing it," he said Friday. Whether betrayed by a Republican informant or by a dash of Kerry green above the buttons, Nelson found himself plucked from the line and ordered to shed his outer shirt. [This incident is indicative of nascent fascism in the US.]
'Terrorist' remark roils Chili (NY) It all started at the June 16 board meeting when Louise Hunter, treasurer [and Reichwing whackjob] of the Republican fundraising group Chili Vision 21, referred to a group of government watchers — supposedly including Bea Wilcox, Dorothy Borgus and Irene Brixner — as "the terrorists of Chili."
Boston battens down for DNC Security precautions cast a somber mood on festivities. A convoy of mobile command centers will be ready to respond at this year's Democratic National Convention if communication systems in the city of Boston shut down. If something suspicious occurs around federal buildings, 75 wireless cameras will be able to zoom in on the details - perhaps a birthmark on a face, or the last number on a license plate... One boutique hotel in the South End will use retina technology for identification.
Fortress Big Apple Will the President [sic] Escape From New York? --by Nick Turse "...[A]t least '75 government entities' of all stripes including the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be involved. The Secret Service will, according to Bloomberg's office, be 'supported by... [the] Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Defense.' Further, the FBI field office in New York is already engaged in pre-convention work, with nearly all of its 1,100 agents in the field 'collecting intelligence' and attending to 'other security tasks.' ... The NYPD will also be in on the black-bag action. The NYPD's crack Intelligence Unit was already caught, by Massachusetts State Police no less, allegedly spying on protesters out of state."
Bush Quashes GOP Deal on Tax Cuts' Life --Dictator Bush yesterday scuttled a Republican agreement to extend three expiring middle-class tax cuts for two years, deciding instead to push for a more costly five-year extension when Congress returns in September.
Kucinich to Endorse Kerry for President --Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who has remained in the presidential race despite John Kerry's obvious lock on the party's nomination, will formally throw his support to the Massachusetts Democrat on Thursday.
Prepping for coup 2004: Ex-felon voting rights trial is delayed --The fate of a voting rights lawsuit filed by 613,000 former Florida felons now will be decided by an entire federal appellate court. The ruling means many ex-felons could miss the presidential vote. A federal appeals court on Tuesday delayed indefinitely a long-awaited Miami trial to decide whether more than 600,000 former felons in Florida could have their voting rights automatically restored. Gov. Jeb Bush's office and lawyers for the state praised the decision as a big boost for their side.
Rig My Election, Please --Just how far will desperate Republicans go to trick America into another BushCo victory? --by Mark Morford "Semi-clever, ultra-wealthy Bush supporters suddenly donating piles of money to the Nader campaign in an obvious attempt to steal votes from John Kerry? Pshaw. Ptooey. Child's play. Tip of the iceberg. A mere distraction. We ain't seen nuthin' yet. This is the time of desperation and anxiety. This is the time of hysterical Orange Alerts and imminent al Qaeda attacks coming from outta nowhere at any minute... And, yes, this is the time of election-year political tactics coming from the increasingly anxious Right that will make Sun Tzu's 'Art of War' look like a cupcake cookbook."
Last-Ditch Effort --FBI Imposes October Deadline to Make a Case in the 2001 Anthrax Poisonings --FBI agents returned to search the U.S. Army's biological weapons labs at Fort Detrick, Md. [?!?], as part of a last-ditch effort by the bureau to make a case in the 2001 anthrax attacks, federal officials tell ABC News. [OMG, they are going to search the lab NOW??? 2.8 years after the scene of [Bush's?] crime? Gag me with a chainsaw!]
Warner Helped the Rev. Moon Senator's Office Says He Arranged for Meeting Space in March --Sen. John W. Warner's office acknowledged yesterday that the Virginia Republican arranged for religious activists to use a Senate office building last March for a ceremony in which the Rev. Sun Myung Moon declared himself the Messiah and said his teachings have helped Hitler and Stalin be "reborn as new persons." [Moon is right! Hitler and Stalin *were* 'reborn as new persons': Bush and Rove!!]
Ice Cream Entrepreneur Totes Bush Effigy --Call it the burning Bush. The co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is on the road, towing a 12-foot-tall effigy of Dictator Bush with fake flames shooting out of the pants. Ben Cohen says it's an acceptable way to point out what he calls Bush's lies.
12,000 jobs to be cut in Bank One merger --J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. expects to save $3 billion in its merger with Bank One Corp., up from the earlier estimate of $2.2 billion. But chief financial officer Dina Dublon told a news conference that some 12,000 jobs were expected to be eliminated, up from the original projection of 10,000.
Outpouring --Many books warn of Bush (The Charleston Gazette) "Byrd’s indictment [Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s new book, Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency] is part of an amazing phenomenon: a tidal wave of new books alleging that the Bush administration is inflicting severe harm on America. Never before have so many books warned of looming danger from a U.S. presidency. Remarkably, some of them are by Republicans formerly inside the administration... The reason, obviously, is that never before has there been such reason to protest."
Chelsea co-op behind 12 foot fence: Republican National Convention Security Procedures (No RNC listserve) "The city will be building a 12 foot fence around the perimeter of the co-op... Any deliveries will be forbidden, whether that be UPS or pizza. There will be 'sharpshooters' (snipers) on the roof."
CLG Exclusive: Ohio Voter Purge --by Steven Monroe "I noticed that one of the most critical counties in President [sic] Bush's re-[s]election efforts in Ohio, Hamilton County (Cincinnati), had a dramatic decrease in the voter rolls. It went from over 585,000 in 2000 to 519,048 today."
America Hosts 76 percent of Islamic Terrorist Websites --by Sean Beesley "The Middle East Media Research Institute has released part one of it's report on terror-affiliated Websites. In a special report entitled Islamist Websites and Their Hosts Part I: Islamist Terror Organizations, which they state is to be the first of many reports on the topic. MEMRI has listed 25 terror affiliated or official Websites active as of July 16, 2004. Based on the information shown, 20 of the sites are hosted in North America, 19 in the United States and 1 in Canada. The remaining sites were from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and Iran. Meaning 76 percent of the official or affiliated terror sites mentioned are hosted in the United States, while two sites or 8 percent are from the middle east."
Pressure mounts to do something about Iran (The Age) The White House is being pulled this way and that on dealing with Tehran, writes Robin Wright. "The Bush Administration is under mounting pressure to do something about Iran, and end the drift that has characterised US policy for more than three years... Increasingly alarmed over Iran's failure to come clean on its arms programs, a Senate resolution, similar to the House resolution passed on May 6, calling for punitive action, mainly through broad, new UN sanctions, is expected to win overwhelming support in Congress. In an even more dramatic move, Republican Senator Sam Brownback plans to introduce an Iran liberation act in the northern autumn, modelled on the Iraq Liberation Act that mandated regime change in Baghdad and provided more than $90 million to the Iraqi opposition."
U.S. Probes Possible Iran-9/11 Link --Panel Report Is Expected to Accuse Nation of Aiding Hijackers --George W. Bush said yesterday that the United States is investigating possible connections between Iran and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, renewing his periodic warnings to one of the two remaining members of his "axis of evil."
US media kills story that Iraqi PM executed 6 prisoners --The US media has surprisingly failed to pick up the shocking disclosure by Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s leading newspaper, that the US Puppet Dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Iyad Allawi personally executed six suspected insurgents in a Baghdad police station. The story by award-winning Australian journalist Paul McGeough said that the prisoners were handcuffed and blindfolded, lined up against a courtyard wall and shot by the Iraqi PM [as part of "Operation Iraqi Freedom," no less.]
900th GI Dies Since War Began in Iraq --On Wednesday, a 1st Infantry Division soldier became the 900th U.S. military death in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003.
4 Marines Killed In Action --Four U.S. Marines were killed in action in separate incidents in Anbar Province, a Sunni-dominated area west of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
UK serviceman dies in Iraq crash --A member of the RAF has been killed after a military helicopter crashed in southern Iraq.
Army to begin 'Involuntary Classification' reassignments --Some soldiers are about to switch jobs — whether they like it or not. Under a long-standing authority called "Involuntary Classification," Army officials are about to exercise their right to tell soldiers they need to take a different job in order to "rebalance the force," Army officials said.
Ala. Doctor Reactivated for Iraq War at 68 --John Wicks, a 68 year-old psychiatrist, has been called out of military retirement by the Army to fill a shortage of mental health experts needed to help soldiers cope with combat. He could be gone as long as a year.
Mega bulimia alert!! Bush: 'I Want to Be the Peace President [sic]' --After launching two W-ars, Dictator Bush said on Tuesday he wanted to be a "peace president [sic]" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defense. [OMG!! Firstly, Bush is not for peace, and in the second place, he is not the president.]
Another mega bulimia alert!! Jenna Bush, daughter of Dictator Bush, sticks her tongue out at the media July 20, 2004, as she departs Lambert International Airport in St. Louis for an appearance with her father in St. Charles, MO. [What a lovely daughter! We hope Bush keeps this well-mannered girl on the campaign trail (drinking expedition?). She expresses so well his attitude toward the electorate.]
The Arabian Candidate --by Paul Krugman "Mr. Bush's 'war on terror' has, however, played with eerie perfection into Osama bin Laden's hands - while Mr. Bush's supporters, impressed by his tough talk, see him as America's champion against the evildoers. ...[W]hen Tom Ridge offered a specifics-free warning about a terrorist attack timed to 'disrupt our democratic process,' many people thought he was implying that Al Qaeda wants George Bush to lose. In reality, all infidels probably look alike to the terrorists, but if they do have a preference, nothing in Mr. Bush's record would make them unhappy at the prospect of four more years."
Halliburton's Work in Iran Stirs Democrats --Democrats who have been hammering away at Halliburton Co. and its former chief executive Dick Cheney about the company's work in Iraq yesterday added Iran to their list of complaints. In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said he found it "unconscionable" that a Halliburton subsidiary appeared to be doing business with a country tied to terrorist activities at a time Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive.
US looks at 'allies only' rule on Iraq contracts --The US government is considering opening up billions of dollars of Iraqi reconstruction contracts to all countries, reversing a policy that restricted them to countries that supported the US war in Iraq.
Remove Wall, Israel Is Told by the U.N. --The General Assembly approved a resolution overwhelmingly on Tuesday evening demanding that Israel obey a World Court ruling that it abandon and dismantle its separation barrier on the West Bank and pay compensation to Palestinians affected by its construction.
UN demands Israel scrap barrier --The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution demanding that Israel comply with a world court ruling to dismantle its West Bank barrier.
Officer Is a Focus in Subway Pipe Bomb Case --The police were investigating yesterday whether the young off-duty transit officer who reported finding a burning backpack in the Times Square subway station on Monday night might have actually planted it there himself and detonated the pipe bomb inside, several police officials said. The explosion panicked riders and shut down part of the busy station shortly after the evening rush.
Pressured by U.S., Greece Will Allow Troops at Olympics --Under intense pressure from the United States, Greece will allow 400 American Special Forces soldiers to be present at the Olympic Games next month under NATO auspices and will also permit American, Israeli and possibly British security officers to carry weapons, Greek and American officials said. The delicate arrangements, which the officials say will not be formally acknowledged for fear of roiling anti-American sentiment, represent a significant departure from Olympic tradition, as well as from Greek law, which prohibits foreign personnel from carrying weapons within the country.
McKinney Takes Lead Politician Could Avoid Run-off --It appeared early Wednesday that candidate Cynthia McKinney was close to capturing her old seat. McKinney lost her House seat two years ago to Denise Majette in a oh-but-another election theft by the GOP ['voter backlash spawned by her incendiary remarks about Dictator Bush.']
GOP to Set Up Boston 'War Room' --Vowing to answer "every misstatement" [?!?] Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and his allies make at next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, Republicans will set up a "war room" nearby and launch a new Web site devoted to debunking Democrats. [We'll show them a 'war room.']
Democrats Block a Seventh Bush Reichwing Whackjob 'Judicial' Nominee --Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a seventh Bush regime 'judicial' nominee and got ready to possibly stop an eighth, reigniting a partisan battle certain to intensify as November elections near. Bush wants to put Myers, a Boise, Idaho, attorney who has worked as U.S. Interior Department solicitor general and as a beef-and mining-industry lobbyist, on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
New York City and 8 States Plan to Sue Power Plants --Eight states and New York City plan to sue utilities today that they say are the country's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas that scientists have linked to global warming. The states and the city will not seek financial penalties but, according to a draft news release, will demand "substantial cuts" in the emissions, which they say "pose serious threats to our health, our economy and our environment.''
Nixon EPA chief criticizes Bush --The head of the Environmental Protection Agency for two Republican presidents criticized Dictator Bush's record on Monday, calling it a "polluter protection" policy.
High oil prices are made in the United States (The Daily Star) "The usual explanation that simply blames OPEC and makes it the scapegoat for sharp rises in oil prices is no longer convincing... The fears of oil disruption from the Middle East due to the security situation in Iraq and possible terror attacks on Saudi oil installations have generated what some traders call the 'terror premium.' Some observers estimate that this premium adds as much as $8 to the price of the crude oil barrel."
Bush-Mart vs Kerry and Costco --Executives at Wal-Mart Stores and Costco Wholesale, competitors in the $76 billion (R446 million) US warehouse-club market, have taken their rivalry to a new level: national politics. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and owner of Sam's Club warehouse stores, gives more money to Republican candidates than any other company... Costco chief executive Jim Sinegal is a Democrat who says Bush's $1.7 trillion in tax cuts unfairly benefit the wealthy. He opposed the Iraq war and supports senator John Kerry for president. He's the only chief executive of a company in the Standard & Poor's 500 index to donate money to independent political groups formed to oust Bush, tax records show. [Find a Costco warehouse. Also, drop CEO Jim Sinegal a note of thanks, for working to end the Bush regime!]
Martha May Have Jaywalked, but Kenny Boy Did Worse --by Allan Sloan "The names are linked: Martha Stewart with Kenneth Lay. Martha with Kenny Boy. The 'domestic diva' (whatever that means) with the former chief executive of Enron. Stewart's sentencing last week got even bigger play than the previous week's indictment of Lay, who presided over Enron when its collapse in 2001 touched off our ongoing corporate scandalfest... Treating Stewart and Lay as equivalents is like equating jaywalking with vehicular homicide. Both take place on streets -- but that's about the only thing the offenses have in common."
US singer Linda Ronstadt kicked out of casino for praising Michael Moore --US singer Linda Ronstadt was booed off the stage and kicked out of a Las Vegas casino after praising polemical filmmaker Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," the casino said.
Desperadoes (The New York Times) "Linda Ronstadt ...dedicated the song "Desperado"- an encore - to Michael Moore and urged members of the audience to go see his new movie, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' ...At the Aladdin, a few audience members tore down posters, threw drinks and demanded their money back. According to one person who was present - William Timmins, the Aladdin's president - it was 'a very ugly scene.' Mr. Timmins promptly made it even uglier. He had Ms. Ronstadt ejected from the premises."
Al Franken Beats O'Reilly in NY Radio Matchup --Liberal Air America's political humorist Al Franken surged past conservative nemesis [and Reichwing nutball] Bill O'Reilly in the first quarterly ratings matchup between the two in New York City.
Last Chance to Make Sure All Our Votes Count! --by Cheryl Guttman "You should contact your representatives now about verified voting and other essential voting reform legislation HR2239, HR4250, S.1980 and S.2437 if you want to make sure that all our votes really count--which is essential, especially in a close election. We only have until 7/26 (Mon) to start the process!"
Amber Alert links up to Web July 19 --The nation's Amber Alert system will be connected to the Web starting July 19, by transmitting messages over pagers, cell phones and BlackBerrys. Until now, Amber Alerts have been based on radio technology, for an emergency alert system to notify citizens of natural disasters and other civil emergencies.
[Caveat: Off-topic] A 27-pound rabbit from Holland is believed to be the world's longest rabbit, according to a Local 6 News report. Roberto the 2-year-old Continental Giant is almost 4 feet long and sleeps on a dog's bed because he can't fit into a normal-sized hutch.
Halliburton Subpoenaed Over Unit's Iran Work --A U.S. grand jury issued a subpoena to Halliburton Co. seeking information about its Cayman Islands unit's work in Iran, where it is illegal for U.S. companies to operate, Halliburton said on Monday. U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat, said the probe into possible sanctions violations should address the role of the Republican vice pResident.
How has the US been spending other people's billions? -- by Simon Tisdall "...Mr Waxman [Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA] is curious about 'the [Bush] administration's last-minute 'draw-down' of billions of dollars from the DFI for unspecified expenses' prior to last month's transfer of sovereignty. 'For example, $1bn [about £550m] was withdrawn from the DFI during the last month of the CPA's existence for unspecified 'security' purposes.' ...Halliburton was the largest single recipient of Iraqi oil funds during the occupation, according to the Army Corps of Engineers' figures released last month. And among US politicians, according to the Center for Public Integrity, Mr Bush has been the largest single recipient of US oil and gas industry campaign contributions since 1998 - his total stands at $1,724,579."
Iraq is not improving, it's a disaster --The only sensible objective now is orderly disengagement, and soon --by Oliver Miles "Unless we really want to rebuild the British empire, under our flag or the stars and stripes, the only sensible objective now is disengagement in as good order as possible. No scramble to get out, but send no more troops and look for every opportunity to build up Iraqi prestige, authority and responsibility."
Iraqi governor killed in Basra --The interim governor of the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Hazem al-Ainachi, was killed when unidentified assailants shot him dead Tuesday as he was leaving home, Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite news TV reported.
Nine killed in fuel-truck bombing in Baghdad --A truck bomb was detonated in front of an Iraqi police station in Baghdad on Monday morning, killing nine people and wounding 60.
'Butler report on WMDs was altered to protect Blair' --Inquiry watered down contrast between case for war and actual intelligence --Last week’s damning report into British intelligence failures ahead of the Iraq war was amended at the last minute to make it less critical of Prime Minister Tony Blair, a report said late on Saturday.
Clinton tells US not to interfere in Australia politics --Former US President Bill Clinton warned that interference in Australian politics by the United States, which has sharply criticised the opposition Labour Party over withdrawing troops from Iraq, could backfire.
Pentagon creates new office to deal with prisoner abuse reports --Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld signed an order Friday creating the Office of Detainee Affairs, a Pentagon-level office to deal primarily with the International Committee of Red Cross and their reports of alleged prisoner abuse.
Top commanders in Iraq allowed dogs to be used --U.S. military commanders in Iraq authorized the use of dogs for interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison five months after Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld barred the practice for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to classified military documents.
Is KGUN reporter's role in military a conflict of interest? --by David Hatfield (AZ) "Dave Hecht, a KGUN reporter and weekend weather forecaster, broke the news [the death of Marine Cpl. Jeff Lawrence]. Hecht also happens to be Lt. j.g. Hecht, public affairs officer for the Navy and Marine Reserve Center. 'There are two issues here,' says Michelle Germano, news director at KOLD-TV, Channel 13. 'One is the way the information was disseminated, and second, there is a conflict of interest when a public information officer being paid by the military is also a reporter covering those same stories.' Bob Richardson, managing editor at KMSB-TV, Channel 11, says he, too, is concerned about the military's apparent conflict of interest. 'It's one thing for us to miss a story,' Richardson said. 'But it's an entirely different matter when stories from a governmental entity are intentionally given to one news organization and withheld from the others.'"
U.S. Exploring Possible Iran-9/11 Link --Dictator Bush said Monday the United States is exploring whether Iran had any role in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a scenario discounted by the CIA.
Former U.S. Officials Oppose Israel Attack on Iran --An Israeli military strike likely would not solve the problem of Iran's nuclear program and would harm U.S. national interests, two former senior U.S. officials said on Monday.
Chirac: Israeli prime minister not welcome in Paris --French President Jacques Chirac said Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not welcome in Paris until he explains his appeal to French Jews to leave the country, a presidential spokeswoman said.
US Approves $701m Assistance Package For Pak --The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted $701 million assistance package for Pakistan, which is the first instalment of $3 billion five-year U.S. assistance package announced in June 2003.
A mighty show of force from U.S. fleets abroad --In the coming weeks, the USS Kitty Hawk and six other Navy aircraft carriers will be deployed around the globe to demonstrate America's ability to deal with a decidedly post-September 11 scenario: the outbreak of violence just about everywhere at once.
Cleland Attacks Bush --The former senator goes ballistic. [Good!!!] Former Democratic Sen. Max Cleland today launched into a blistering attack against Dictator Bush. In a conference call with reporters, Cleland said Bush went to war in Iraq "because he concluded that his daddy was a failed president" for not having removed Saddam Hussein from power after the first Gulf War. Therefore, Cleland explained, the younger Bush decided to "be Mr. Macho Man" by removing Saddam himself. Cleland also said Bush "flat-out lied" when he asked Congress to authorize war in Iraq. "The president [sic] is living in a world of denial," Cleland said. "So is the Vice President [sic], and so is the Secretary of State."
Moore: "Gibson Quit After White House Warnings" --Director Michael Moore claims Mel Gibson backed out of financing his hit documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 after Republican sources told the actor he would never be invited to the White House again.
Aladdin expels Ronstadt after political remarks --Aladdin President Bill Timmins ordered security guards to escort pop diva Linda Ronstadt off the property following a concert Saturday night during which she expressed support for controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. Timmins, who was among the almost 5,000 fans in the audience at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, had Ronstadt escorted to her tour bus and her belongings from her hotel room sent to her. [This incident is indicative of nascent fascism in the US.]
Vegas Casino Boots Singer Linda Ronstadt --Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after lauding filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" during a performance at the Aladdin hotel-casino. Before singing "Desperado" for an encore Saturday night, the 58-year-old rocker called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth."
Elton attacks 'censorship' in US --Elton John has said stars are scared to speak out against war in Iraq because of "bullying tactics" used by the US government to hinder free speech. "There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious," he told New York magazine, Interview. Sir Elton said performers could be "frightened by the current administration's bullying tactics".
Blair launches five-year plan with call to end '1960s consensus' on law and order --Use of electronic tagging will double so that 18,000 will be monitored at any one time, with satellite tracking for 'sex offenders and men convicted of domestic violence' [leftists?] beginning in pilot form in September. Under the plan, which restates the Home Office's commitment to introducing identity cards, from 2008 all travellers entering or leaving Britain will be photographed, and could be compared with international databases of criminals.
C.I.A. Sends Terror Experts to Tell Small Towns of Risk --The Central Intelligence Agency has begun a series of terrorism briefings for state and local law enforcement personnel, for the first time dispatching counter[pro]terrorism experts to cities and small towns to warn of the possibility of an attack by Al CIA-duh this election season ['this year'], government officials said this week.
FBI Warns al-Qaida May Recruit Non-Arabs --The FBI is cautioning local authorities the al-Qaida 'terror network' may be recruiting non-Arabs [read: Leftists] less likely to attract notice as they carry out attacks in the United States. [Oh, yes. We meet with them all the time. Actually, a cursory Web search reveals that the Taliban met with and worked with Bush family Carlyle Group and assorted oil executives throughout the '90's and were big contributors the GOP. In fact, Colin Powell handed the Taliban a check for $43 million in April, 2001. What was the money used for, the 9-11 attacks?]
Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban --by Robert Scheer --Published May 22, 2001, Los Angeles Times --"Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you line up as an ally in the drug war... That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God... Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.
Guess Who's Going to Dinner with Diebold, Sequoia, and Electronic ES&S? The Groups Responsible for Insuring Electronic Votes Are Secure. --by Amanda Lang "When speakers from the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) attend the August 24-28, 2004, Election Center's conference for federal and state election employees in Washington, DC, they will be participating in a huge conflict of interest as they eat, drink, and make-merry at the Diebold, Sequoia, and ES&S (voting machine vendors) sponsored events. Sequoia Voting Systems is co-sponsor for a dinner cruise on the Potomac and a monuments by night tour. A welcome reception compliments of Diebold with ES&S throwing in a graduation luncheon and awards ceremonies. It being Washington, members of the House and Senate are also invited. The EAC, supposedly an independent bipartisan agency, was appointed by President [sic] George W. Bush following the Election Fiasco of 2000 [coup d'etat], and is authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)..."
Republicans Helping Nader to Help Themselves --The Michigan Republican Party submitted more than 40,000 signatures last week in a bid to get independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the state's November ballot. It is all about helping Bush and hurting Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry's campaign in a closely contested state.
Frist Calls for Creation of Medical Courts --U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-cat torturer-TN) has called for the creation of expert medical courts. In a wide-ranging speech on health policy delivered last Monday, July 12, at the National Press Club, Sen. Frist urged the federal government, among other things, to "set up an expert medical court system with transparent decisions, limits on punitive damages, and scheduled compensatory damages to provide rapid relief to truly [?!?] injured patients (instead of trial lawyers) and hold negligent doctors accountable," according to Common Good.
New Bush blow to UN population program --In what critics are calling its latest slap at women and multilateralism, the administration of US Dictator George W Bush announced on Friday that the US$34 million Congress had earmarked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA; formerly the UN Fund for Population Activities) will be used for other purposes.
Mega bulimia alert! Bush Extends Debate on Values to Children --Dictator Bush is extending the political debate over values by citing evidence that strong families and communities are developing responsibility and character in the nation's children. [What "values" would those be: the values of lies, murder, rape, torture, and militarism, or the values of love, tolerance and understanding? We stand for the latter: Bush has only demonstrated his adherence to the former.]
Democrats say Schwarzenegger's 'girlie men' comment sexist and homophobic --As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrapped up a weekend of rallies with renewed calls for a budget deal, a spokesman said the governor won't apologize for calling lawmakers "girlie men" despite criticism from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.
WEASEL: You're the worst ! --A Sing-A-Long to the tune of Cole Porter's classic "You're the Top" --by Mary Titus (satire)
$285 000 on Iraq PM's head --Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the fugitive Jordanian Islamist who has a $25m US bounty on his head, offered a reward of his own for anyone who kills Iraq's pro-US dictator ['prime minister.'] "The Khalid ibn Al-Walid Brigade announces to the Iraqi people a reward of $285 000 for the one who cuts the head of (Iyad) Allawi," said the statement. [I bet an Iraqi is willing to do it for five bucks.]
PM 'should be tried for war crimes' --A former federal Liberal Party president says Prime Minister John Howard should be tried and punished for war crimes over the Iraq conflict. John Valder told a peace forum in Sydney today the invasion of Iraq by the United States-led occupation was one of the great military atrocities of our time. Mr Valder likened the war to a person breaking into a neighbour's house.
Inquiry into British WMD intelligence watered down to protect Blair: report --Last week's damning report into British intelligence failures ahead of the Iraq war was amended at the last minute to make it less critical of Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair, a report said.
Blair warned of legality of Iraq war: paper --Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair was warned before the Iraq war by British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith that a world court could rule Britain's invasion unlawful, The Independent newspaper reported Sunday.
Blair should apologise for handling of war, says poll --Poodle Tony Blair should use tomorrow's Commons debate on the Butler report to repair his damaged reputation by apologising for his handling of the war in Iraq, an opinion poll suggested yesterday.
Clinton reopens book on Iraqi bid to buy uranium in Africa --Tony Blair's ally and former US president Bill Clinton yesterday reopened the sensitive issue of Saddam Hussein's attempts to buy uranium in Africa. Speaking on BBC1's Breakfast with Frost, Mr Clinton, who is promoting his memoirs, said there was "no evidence" the CIA had ever told George Bush about the claim.
At Least 10 Dead in Baghdad Car Bomb --A suspected car bomb blew up outside a police station in southwestern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 people, wounding dozens and leaving a tangled wreckage of burned out cars and destroyed buildings.
U.S. Airstrike in Fallujah Kills 14 --A U.S. airstrike Sunday on a Fallujah neighborhood previously targeted by American forces destroyed a house and killed 14 people, hospital and local officials said. Interim US Puppet Dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Iyad Allawi's office said he had given the go-ahead for the attack.
'Enemy Contact. Kill 'em, Kill 'em.' --The vehicle goes silent as the driver, Spc. Joshua Dubois, swerves around asphalt previously uprooted by a blast. "I'm confused about how I should feel about killing," says Dubois, who has a toddler back home. "The first time I shot someone, it was the most exhilarating thing I'd ever felt." Dubois turns back to the road. "We talk about killing all the time," he says. "I never used to talk this way. I'm not proud of it, but it's like I can't stop. I'm worried what I will be like when I get home."
The Pet Goat Approach --by Daniel Radosh "Although you do not know his name, Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann is one of the most talked-about authors in the country right now. His most prominent work, which you have not read, is a story for second graders. It begins, 'A girl got a pet goat.' Engelmann’s story is the one that George W. Bush was reading in a Florida classroom on the morning of September 11, 2001, at the moment he learned of the terrorist attacks. ...Engelmann is not fond of Bush. 'For whatever it's worth, I think Iraq is a total circle jerk,' he said. 'I couldn’t think of how to do it worse.'" [Yes, and in fact, that is exactly what the Iraq W-ar should be called: Operation Circle Jerk.]
US cancels $495.3m Pakistani debt --The governments of United States and Pakistan on Friday signed a debt cancellation agreement worth $495.3 million in official government-to-government debt owed by Pakistan to the United States.
CIA chief opposes Cabinet intel post idea --Rejecting a recommendation expected this week from the Sept. 11 commission, the CIA's acting director said Sunday a new national intelligence chief is unnecessary and that intelligence agencies have made changes since the 2001 attacks to better protect the country.
C.I.A. Sends Terror Experts to Tell Small Towns of Risk --The Central Intelligence Agency has begun a series of terrorism briefings for state and local law enforcement personnel, for the first time dispatching counterterrorism experts to cities and small towns to warn of the possibility of an attack by Al CIA-duh this year, government officials said this week.
Holy police state, Batman! Surveillance targeted to convention --Wide network of cameras planned -- An unprecedented number of video cameras will be trained on Boston during the Democratic National Convention, with Boston police installing some 30 cameras near the FleetCenter, the Coast Guard using infrared devices and night-vision cameras in the harbor, and dozens of pieces of surveillance equipment mounted on downtown buildings to monitor crowds for 'terrorists,' unruly demonstrators, and ordinary street crime. For the first time, 75 high-tech video cameras operated by the federal government will be linked into a surveillance network to monitor the Central Artery, City Hall Plaza, the FleetCenter, and other sensitive sites. Their feeds from cameras mounted on various downtown buildings will be piped to monitoring stations in the Boston area and in Washington, D.C., and officials will be able to zoom in from their work stations to gather details of facial descriptions or read license plates.
Police 'terror papers' go missing --Police are investigating the disappearance of documents said to contain plans to counter a possible terrorist attack on Heathrow airport. A report in the Sun newspaper claims the papers identified 62 sites from which a missile strike could be made.
Liberal law and order days over, says Blair --Labour's crime plan includes satellite tracking of 5,000 worst offenders --Tony Blair will today make the provocative claim that Labour's new five-year crime plan heralds "the end of the 1960s liberal consensus on law and order" by putting the values of the law-abiding majority at the centre of the criminal justice system.
Satellites will track 5,000 of the worst criminals in Britain --Satellite technology will be used to track 5,000 career criminals in Britain, the Home Secretary David Blunkett will announce tomorrow. The radical new technology, which has been developed in the US, will enable law enforcement officers to pinpoint the exact location of criminals who have been released early from prison and fitted with electronic tags.
Enron E - Mail a Window on Political Money --In only a few e-mails, Enron employees laid bare the reality of politics: the money trail from companies seeking favors from lawmakers with the power to grant them. The e-mails circulated among Enron officials in 2000 and 2001, before the collapse of the Houston energy company, are under review by the House ethics committee, which is considering whether to investigate the fund-raising activities of the No. 2 'leader' in the House, Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Thief-Texas.
The Carlyle Group and QUALCOMM Close Venture Capital Investment in China July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Global private equity firm, The Carlyle Group and QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the successful closing of a US$3 million investment in Enorbus Technologies.
More GOP family values!! Hurry and read, before it is yanked: Lawmaker arrested for alleged lewdness --Rep. Brian Blundell of Lahaina is accused of groping a male HPD undercover officer --A state representative from West Maui allegedly approached a plainclothes police officer outside a Kapiolani Park restroom and groped his crotch, police said. Rep. Brian K. Blundell (R, Olowalu-Kapalua) was arrested for fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor offense, for an incident which allegedly took place at 11:15 p.m. across from the Diamond Head Tennis Center, 3908 Paki Ave.
CBS Head Says Would Fight Fines Over Janet Jackson --Viacom Inc. co-president and CBS chairman Leslie Moonves vowed on Sunday to fight any fines levied against CBS-owned TV stations for airing Janet Jackson's breast-baring Super Bowl performance in February.
Edwards revives memories of Florida 2000 --Democratic vice presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards vowed Sunday to get out the vote in the Sunshine State, site of the 2000 coup d'etat. "We're going to make sure that all those voters that go to the polls and cast their votes, that [their] votes are counted this time," Edwards said during a campaign stop at Orlando's St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Edwards takes $1 million in S. Fla. visit --Stopping in Hollywood and Orlando, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards added campaign cash ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.
Never again? / Fla. voting system threatens a new debacle (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "Unless one wishes to subscribe to a conspiracy theory that says the Bush administration wants Florida to remain an electoral shambles so it will have the possibility of cooking the 2004 elections through the state's 27 Electoral College votes, the fact that the process is still a mess there nearly four years later, less than four months before the next elections, is inexplicable. The reality of the current situation is that an unreliable, malfunctioning electoral system in a key state governed by the brother of one of the presidential candidates risks once again throwing that state's and the nation's election results into major confusion."
Conservatives to Protest Anti-GOP Protest --Groups planning to demonstrate against the upcoming Republican National Convention will have some unfriendly company on the asphalt and concrete outside Madison Square Garden. Members [email@example.com] of a new group of young GOP conservatives plan to protest the protesters. Tom Paladino, who leads the New York chapter of Protest Warriors, a nationwide [Nazi?] organization [Rove's paid Brownshirts?], said members want to show the protesters that "there are Republicans that will protest them right back.'' From their Nazi website: "At the ProtestWarrior Store, you'll find everything you need to arm yourself on and off the battlefield." [Here is the text of our email message to "Protest Warriors": Hey you protesting morons, what are you protesting?! We protest over issues, such as the election theft, 9-11 fraud, illegal Iraqi W-ar and occupation death, the torture, rape and murder of prisoners, the rape of the environment, US imperialism, and more. You protest because we are protesting. What are you, a bunch of apes? monkey-see-monkey-do? You are morons. You have no program. You have no ideas. You have no analysis of the system. All you have is imbecilic, moronic, Neanderthal rage. You only protest because some rightwing moron told you to. Rush Limbaugh approves? He also denies global warming. You have hormonal protests only. Try reading a book other than one by a rightwing pundit on a talk show, you ideologically indoctrinated morons.]
RNC platform? "The Government will regard as its first and foremost duty to revive the spirit of unity and cooperation in the nation and to preserve and defend its basic principles of Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life." --Adolph Hitler, 'My New World Order Proclamation' Berlin, February 1, 1933
'Scarborough Country' for July 14 (Transcript) "[MIKE] RECTENWALD: Well, first of all, to continually throw epithets at the movie ['Fahrenheit 9/11'], that it‘s propaganda, that it‘s not a documentary, this purely blurs the issue." DSL and Dialup versions! July 14 video and July 8 video of Mike Rectenwald's appearances on 'Scarborough Country' --Special appreciation to Ron Harold of CorvusWorld.com for making the recordings.
FAUX News faces legal action over slogan --American news [sic] channel FAUX News is facing legal action over its slogan. The station - which claims to be "fair and balanced" - is being taken to task by Move On, an organisation which believes the broadcaster has a clear Republican bias and should be held "accountable" for it. Move On is planning to announce two major legal actions against FAUX at a press conference on Monday, which will conclude with the delivery of papers to the channel's New York studios.
33 internal FAUX editorial memos reviewed by MMFA reveal FAUX News Channel's inner workings --FAUX news exec John Moody on 9-11 Commission: "Do not turn this into Watergate" Moody on George W. Bush: "His political courage and tactical cunning ar[e] [wo]rth noting in our reporting through the day" Moody on Sen. John Kerry: "starting to feel the heat for his flip-flop voting record" --Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald's new film Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, which interviews former FAUX employees to provide "an in-depth look at Fox News [Channel] and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know," premiered at the New School University in New York on July 13.
Now America accuses Iran of complicity in World Trade Center attack --Iran gave free passage to up to 10 of the September 11 hijackers just months before the 2001 attacks and offered to co-operate with al-Qa'eda against the US, an American report will say this week. The all-party report by the 9/11 Commission, set up by Congress in 2002, will state that Iran, not Iraq, fostered relations with the al-Qa'eda network in the years leading up to the world's most devastating terrorist attack. [Oops! I guess we'll have to go bomb them now.]
Regime change in Iran now in Bush's sights --Dictator George Bush has promised that if re-s-elected in November he will make regime change in Iran his new target. Bush named Iran as part of the Axis of Evil along with North Korea and Iraq almost three years ago. A US government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that military action would not be overt in changing Iran, but rather that the US would work to stir revolts in the country [another money pit] and hope to topple the current conservative religious leadership... There was embarrassment for the Bush regime last week when it emerged a tight deadline was being pushed for the capture of Osama bin Laden to generate headlines during the Democratic Convention when presidential rival John Kerry will be grabbing the limelight. Pakistani security forces have apparently been given deadlines to capture bin Laden that are before the US general election in November, according to US sources.
PM admits graves claim 'untrue' --Downing Street has admitted to The Observer that repeated claims by Tony Blair that '400,000 bodies had been found in Iraqi mass graves' is untrue, and only about 5,000 corpses have so far been uncovered. The claims by Blair in November and December of last year, were given widespread credence, quoted by MPs and widely published, including in the introduction to a US government pamphlet on Iraq's mass graves.
Car Bomb Hits Iraqi Minister's Convoy --A car bomb struck the Iraqi justice [sic] minister's convoy as it moved through western Baghdad on Saturday. Malik Dohan al-Hassan was unhurt but five bodyguards were killed, including his nephew.
Blast rocks National Guard barracks in Iraq -- A car bomb exploded outside an Iraqi National Guard barracks south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing two people and wounding 25, the health ministry said.
Iraq Blast Kills Soldier, Wounds Another --A roadside bomb hit a U.S. convoy Saturday, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding a second, the U.S. military said.
IRAQ: Rights groups unable to visit child detainees (IRIN) Amnesty International (AI) complained that it had been "refused access" to enter Occupation detention centres, except for a brief visit to one in Mosul, in northern Iraq. A researcher at the international watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) also said workers did not have access to detained children.
Russia to Send Troops to Iraq? --40,000 troops and an agreement 'in principle' say sources Russia, reports Stratfor, is seriously considering sending up to 40,000 troops to Iraq.
Libya Threatens to Sue Powell Over Comment --Libya's foreign minister has threatened to sue U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell for calling Moammar Gadhafi's regime "totalitarian.''
Antiwar Displays to Hang in New York --Federal Case Ends in Compromise --A California public interest group declared victory Thursday in its battle against media giant Clear Channel Spectacolor, ending a dispute over an antiwar billboard planned for Times Square.
9/11 Panel Is Said to Urge New Post for Intelligence --The final report of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will recommend the creation of a cabinet-level post to oversee the nation's intelligence agencies, a position that would take power away from the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the National Security Council, the Pentagon and other agencies that face blistering criticism from the panel, government officials who have seen the report said.
New poll finds Bush's approval ratings at low levels --A latest poll published on Saturday found that US Dictator George W. Bush's approval ratings were at low levels for an incumbent at this point in a presidential campaign, and that for the first time a majority of Americans feel the United States should have stayed out of Iraq.
Dictator Is Still Mum on Agenda For Second Term --As he campaigned around the country last week, Dictator Bush asked voters to give him another four years to make the nation "safer and stronger and better" [barf]. But with the election less than four months away, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding Bush's campaign is what he would actually do if he wins a second term. [I am sure Bush's second 'Reign of TerrorISM' would involve: countless inane and insane W-ars, military tribunals, Bush bin Laden's planes crashing into buildings, implementation of Project BioShield, and at *least* one foray into a Code Red state of emergency. We may even see the startup of some summer camps for leftists... sans toasted marshmallows.]
Florida exterminators, repairmen recruited to spy on citizens --Florida Citizens to Help Catch 'Terrorists' --Law enforcement officials in central Florida are planning to train cable repairmen, exterminators and apartment managers to report signs of 'terrorism' inside their clients’ homes.
Minn. GOP Asks Activists to Report on Neighbors' Politics --In Minnesota, the state Republican Party has developed a Web site that allows its activists to tap into a database of voters whose political allegiances and concerns it would like to know. But it is not just any group of voters -- they are the activists' neighbors. The project, dubbed WebVoter, gives GOP activists the names and addresses of 25 people who live, in most cases, within a couple of blocks from them. The party has asked 60,000 supporters from across the state to figure out what issues animate their neighbors and where they stand in the political spectrum, and report that information back to the party -- with or, possibly, without their neighbors' permission. [Well, that computer program needs to be eliminated, with or without the GOP's permission.]
Four on Ethics Panel Accepted DeLay Money --Four of the five House ethics committee Republicans investigating Majority Leader Tom DeLay have accepted money in the past from the fund-raising operation involved in the complaint against him.
Boeing Has a Powerful Ally With Hastert --House Speaker Throws His Clout Behind Controversial Air Force Tanker Deal --Congress is poised to appropriate $100 million to keep one of the federal government's most scandal-ridden and contentious programs -- the Air Force's plan to replace its aging aerial-refueling tankers with new Boeing 767s. Insiders say that the primary reason for the payout is that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Nutball-Ill.) has made Boeing Co.'s cause his own.
Journalist Christopher Hitchens fully embraces the Bush war camp --by David Walsh "Hitchens’s political evolution is instructive, if not particularly surprising. He represents a type excreted out of the pores of the English middle class in considerable quantities over the past century or so, from Oswald and Cynthia Mosley (one-time Independent Labour Party members who formed the British Union of Fascists in 1932) to the legion of former Communist Party members and fellow travelers (Kingsley Amis, Iris Murdoch, Stephen Spender, et al) who discovered the Tory Party, the Catholic Church or the CIA during the Cold War." [...We have no hesitation in predicting that Hitchens has not completed his evolution. There is a logic to these processes. This is a political freebooter and scoundrel who is fated to end up in the company of sinister and fascist-minded elements.]
Blackwell Halts Deployment of Diebold Voting Machines For 2004 --Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell today halted deployment of Diebold Election Systems’ electronic voting devices in Ohio for the 2004 General Election. The decision is based on preliminary findings from the secretary of state's second round of security testing conducted by Compuware Corporation showing the existence of previously identified, but yet unresolved security issues.
Hourly Pay in U.S. Not Keeping Pace With Price Rises --The amount of money workers receive in their paychecks is failing to keep up with inflation. Though wages should recover if businesses continue to hire, three years of job losses have left a large worker surplus.
Group tests Falwell tax exemption --He's 'thumbing his nose at the IRS' by endorsing Bush, watchdog says -- Religious watchdog group is accusing the Rev. Jerry Falwell of violating his church's tax-exempt status by endorsing Dictator Bush and urging followers to donate to a conservative political-action campaign.
Most experts who promote cholesterol lowering drugs have made money from producers --Most of the experts who tell us to take cholesterol lowering drugs have made money from pharmaceutical companies that produce them, say consumer groups.
Fla. Patient Who Got Wrong Blood Type Dies A patient died after receiving the wrong blood type during a transfusion, but Sarasota Memorial Hospital officials said it has not been determined whether the mistake killed her. In March, the hospital mistakenly performed a heart catheterization on the wrong patient.
Protesters un-welcome Bush to Florida --July 16, 2004 ---TAMPA --by Carol Schiffler "Approximately 250 people lined the sidewalk across from the Tampa Convention Center today to protest the inexplicable appearance of George W. Bush who was speaking at the National Conference on Human Trafficking. I say 'inexplicable' because as near as I can tell, Bush has never shown much interest in anything that deals with the human rights of oppressed people, but I digress."
U.S. House wants aid cut to countries that hand Americans to war crime courts --U.S. economic aid could only flow to countries that have agreed not to surrender Americans to a world court for prosecution of war crimes, under a measure the U.S. House of Representatives approved Thursday. The 241-166 vote by the Republican-controlled chamber expanded the current prohibition on military aid to such countries.
Blair faces quit call in backbench backlash --Three Labour MPs called on Poodle Tony Blair to stand down as Prime Minister yesterday after the party lost the safe seat of Leicester South in Thursday's by-election and came within a whisker of a humiliating defeat in Birmingham Hodge Hill.
Blair Knew Dossier Source Unproven --Poodle Tony Blair was warned two weeks before publication of the Iraq dossier that the intelligence was dodgy, it emerged last night. In a personal meeting with the PM, the head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove admitted one of the key sources on Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons was "on trial". He told the PM "the source remains unproven". But just 14 days later Mr Blair declared in the forward of the dossier that the chemical weapons intelligence was "beyond doubt".
No 10 admits Hutton cover-up --Downing Street admitted yesterday that MI6 embarked on an unprecedented cover-up after it withdrew intelligence supporting the Government's dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction because it was unreliable. In an astonishing admission after the disclosure of the cover-up in yesterday's Independent, Tony Blair's official spokesman said MI6 decided not to tell the Hutton inquiry - set up to investigate the death of the government scientist David Kelly - that crucial intelligence on Saddam's chemical and biological weapons was unsound. The security services, he said, felt it was "too sensitive'' to be made public.
Former CIA director used Pentagon ties to introduce Iraqi defector --A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks. R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush regime's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator.
Senior Sunni cleric calls for holy war against US forces in Iraq --A senior Sunni cleric called on his followers to launch a holy war against the US forces in Iraq and threatened to turn the hotspot city of Ramadi into a "graveyard" for American troops.
Iraqi clerics call on US occupation to end --Sunni clerics have called on US forces to pull out of Iraq and stop "hiding behind the so-called multinational forces" or face a growing resistance movement.
Allawi shot prisoners in cold blood: witnesses --Iyad Allawi, Bush's puppet dictator in Iraq ['Prime Minister'] pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings. Informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans from the Prime Minister's personal security team watched in stunned silence. [Is this a component of Operation Iraqi Freedom? Just curious.]
'Secret film shows Iraq prisoners sodomised' --Young male prisoners were filmed being sodomised by American soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to journalist Seymour Hersh who first revealed the abuses there. Hersh told an audience in San Francisco: "The boys were sodomised with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war." He accused the US regime, and all but accused Dictator George Bush and Vice-pResident Dick Cheney of complicity in covering up what he called "war crimes".
Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT --Broadcast: 16/07/2004 --Iraqi PM executed six insurgents: witnesses --Reporter: Maxine McKew "MAXINE MCKEW: Let's go straight to the allegations that Iyad Allawi executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station at the end of June. The explosive claims in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers allege that the prisoners were handcuffed and blindfolded, lined up against a courtyard wall and shot by the Iraqi Prime Minister [US puppet dictator]. Dr Allawi is alleged to have told those around him that he wanted to send a clear message to the police on how to deal with insurgents... PAUL McGEOUGH, 'SYDNEY MORNING HERALD' AND 'AGE' FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: ...What you have is two very solid eyewitness accounts of what happened at a police security complex in a south-west Baghdad suburb. They are very detailed. They were done separately. Each witness is not aware that the other spoke."
Arms suppliers scramble into Iraq --When the 15-member United Nations Security Council legitimized the US-imposed dictatorship ['interim government'] in Baghdad in June, the five-page unanimous resolution carried a provision little publicized in the media: the lifting of a 14-year arms embargo on Iraq. The Security Council's decision to end military sanctions on Iraq has triggered a rush by the world's weapons dealers to make a grab for a potentially multimillion-dollar new arms market in the already over-armed Middle East.
A cloud over civilisation --Corporate power is the driving force behind US foreign policy - and the slaughter in Iraq --by JK Galbraith "In 2003, close to half the total US government discretionary expenditure was used for military purposes. A large part was for weapons procurement or development. Nuclear-powered submarines run to billions of dollars, individual planes to tens of millions each... In an impressive flow of influence and command, the weapons industry accords valued employment, management pay and profit in its political constituency, and indirectly it is a treasured source of political funds."
Iraq: Philippines to Withdraw Troops Early --The Philippines said Friday it was pulling out 11 members of its Iraq 'peacekeeping' mission, the start of a full withdrawal aimed at saving the life of a captive Filipino truck driver Angelo dela Cruz, news wires report.
Army Chief Says War Looks Grim --The incoming commander of the Fort Gillem-based unit in East Point responsible for training Army Reserve and National Guard units for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan painted a grim picture Thursday of the war on terrorism.
Rumsfeld Has Less Visible Role --Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld, for years the most public face of the Bush regime's war on [of] terrorism, has suddenly become scarce.
US developing new bunker-buster bomb --The US military plans to develop an experimental 30,000-pound (13,600 kg) bomb, the biggest in its inventory, aimed at destroying deeply buried targets beyond the reach of existing bombs, the Air Force said.
DoD Developing New Training to Help Potential Captives --The Defense Department is taking a hard look at the way it trains service members to avoid capture and, if they do fall into 'enemy' hands, how to handle themselves. A new "core captivity curriculum," expected to be completed this summer, is designed to update training currently being provided to service members whose jobs put them at the highest risk of being captured, Air Force Col. Mark Bracich, director of policy, doctrine and training for the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., told the American Forces Press Service.
Fukuyama Withdraws Bush Support --Famous academic Francis Fukuyama, one of the founding fathers of the neo-conservative movement that underlies the policies of US Dictator George W. Bush's regime, said on July 13 that he would not vote for the incumbent in the November 2 US Presidential election.
Angry Prime Minister hammers Israel --The Prime Minister made a scathing attack on Israel and imposed tough diplomatic sanctions after two alleged Mossad spies were jailed for passport fraud yesterday. "The New Zealand Government views the act carried out by the Israeli intelligence agents as not only utterly unacceptable but also a breach of New Zealand sovereignty and international law," Helen Clark said.
9/11 report to propose big changes, panel members say --The 9/11 commission's final report, scheduled to be made public next week, is expected to propose significant changes in how the U.S. government organizes intelligence agencies and how they interact, according to two panel members. It is unclear whether the panel will endorse a new national intelligence director to oversee all the various agencies or the creation of a new domestic intelligence agency [?!?]. [Demand a REAL investigation of the September 11 attacks!! Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 --24,900 signatures --AshKKKroft cannot arrest *all* of us!]
FAA worker says hijacked jeltiners almost collided before striking World Trade Center --September 13, 2001 -- The two hijacked jets that sliced into the World Trade Center nearly crashed into each other before reaching New York City, according to a Federal Aviation Administration employee who works in the Nashua control facility. FAA air traffic controllers in Nashua have learned through discussions with other controllers that an F-16 fighter stayed in hot pursuit of another hijacked commercial airliner until it crashed in Pennsylvania, said the employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. By 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the military had taken control of U.S. airspace, the employee said. The jet crashed into a field at 10:37 a.m.
Civil rights panel says disenfranchisement of voters was deliberate --The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said Thursday it will ask the Department of Justice to investigate whether Florida's use of a flawed database to remove felons from the voter rolls was a deliberate attempt to block some voters from casting ballots. Commissioners, who heard Thursday from the architects of the database as well as its critics, want to know whether the overwhelmingly Democratic and blacks voters on the list were targeted for removal.
Write-In Candidate Enters Race for Sheriff --Election officials say Louis Orlando mailed in all the correct paperwork notarized in Colorado which made him a write-in candidate for sheriff. "The only thing is they don't get their name on anything," says Lee County's Supervisor of Elections, Sharon Harrington. "It won't show up on any absentees and it won't show up on any electronic voting at all." Orlando's decision to jump in the race leaves 160,000 voters out of the equation. That's because now only registered Republicans can vote, which may prompt many Democrats and Independents to switch.
Oops! PG&E Says Has Lost Track of Some Spent Nuclear Fuel --Pacific Gas & Electric said on Friday that it has lost track of the location of three pieces of spent nuclear fuel, although the utility said there was no threat to public safety [?!?]. [How do you *lose track of* spent nuclear fuel? C'mon. Where's Homeland Suckyourity?]
UC Halts Los Alamos' Classified Work --UC Halts Los Alamos' Classified Work After Security Lapse --All classified work at Los Alamos National Laboratory has come to a halt while officials conduct a wall-to-wall inventory of sensitive data.
GE Lobbyists Mold Tax Bill --Firm Saw Subsidy Repeal as Chance to Pay Less --GE has shaped legislation that would replace the old export-promotion law in ways that would allow it to save as much, if not more, in taxes, according to both GE lobbyists and congressional aides. In pursuing its financial interest, the company may also have turned the U.S. corporate tax code away from domestic manufacturing and toward expansion of operations abroad. "The bill is truly amazing," said Michael J. McIntyre, a tax law professor at Wayne State University and an expert on international corporate tax issues. "We had an incentive for exports that was illegal and had to be repealed. Now Congress takes the money saved by the repeal and uses it to reduce taxes on the income earned by U.S. companies in foreign countries, thereby making foreign investment more attractive than U.S. investment."
PNC Financial Services to Purchase Riggs Bank --Pittsburgh's PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Riggs Bank, once Washington's most venerable financial institution. Riggs, which is 167-years-old and is the oldest Washington-based bank, was fined in May for repeated violations of laws designed to prevent money laundering and was the subject of a Senate investigative hearing yesterday on allegations that it hid assets of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee also is conducting a separate probe of the bank's dealings with the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
'World's most important bank' sold after months of scandal --"The most important bank in the most important city in the world" was the boast of Riggs Bank, pillar of an old-line Washington establishment and banker of choice to the dozens of foreign embassies at the court of the global superpower. Yesterday, 168 years of independence came to an undignified end as Riggs was sold off to a financial group based in Pittsburgh. The sale capped the worst two months in the bank's long history, marked by a record fine for money laundering offences, accusations that it hid money for the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and a growing scandal at its embassy banking division, featuring Saudi Arabia and Equatorial Guinea.
US bank helped dictator hide millions --A respected American bank discretely helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to hide millions of dollars over an eight-year period, even after he was arrested in London in 1998 and a court froze his assets, a US Senate report said today. Executives of Washington-based Riggs Bank approached Pinochet in Chile in 1994 and invited him to open an account, said Senator Carl Levin, delivering the conclusions of the document in the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Bush to Serve as President & CEO of Riggs Investment Management Subsidiary (May 31, 2000) --Riggs Bank N.A. today announced that the Board of Directors of RIMCO, a wholly owned investment management subsidiary, has elected Jonathan J. Bush President & Chief Executive Officer and a Director, replacing Philip Tasho who resigned. In addition, Henry A. Dudley, Jr. was elected Chairman. Mr. Bush will continue as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J. Bush & Co., an investment management company he founded in 1970, which Riggs acquired in 1997.
George H. W. Bush sent Lay supportive message -FT --Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara sent former Enron Corp. chairman Kenneth Lay word of their support after he was indicted on criminal charges, the Financial Times quoted Lay as saying in a report on Friday. "They've sent word to us," Lay said in an interview with the newspaper, adding that public support from other erstwhile political friends had been scarce.
Stewart Gets 5 Months Prison, 5 in Home Confinement --Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison, plus five months of home detention and a $30,000 fine for lying to federal authorities investigating her sale of stock in a friend's company. [For lying??? Oh. Well, when are the *trial/prison sentences* beginning for the *entire* Bush junta? Martha Stewart didn't kill thousands of people to enrich Dick Cheney's Halliburton coffers and allow the 9-11 attacks to occur so that Bush could invade Iraq. Also, see: The Bush Harken Insider Trading Collection. Stewart was not even *charged* with 'insider trading,' but the (lying) prosecution implied that she was charged for it.]
Stewart's stockbroker Peter Bacanovic also gets five months --Martha Stewart's former stockbroker and co-defendant, Peter Bacanovic, was sentenced Friday to five months in prison, five months home confinement and a $4,000 fine. Bacanovic, was convicted in May on all but one count against him, a charge of submitting a false document [?!?]. [Dictator Bush's 'State of disUnion' speech in 2003 was in *itself* a false document, and thousands died in Iraq as a result! When will Bush be tried for treason?]
New GOP gay-ban tactics --Court powers could be taken away, says majority leader --Realizing that a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage faces little chance of passing soon, if ever, House Republicans yesterday discussed alternative approaches, including stripping federal courts of jurisdiction over the issue, passing a federal law to define marriage and using the appropriations process to ban gay marriage in Washington.
Bush's Not-So-Big Tent --by Bob Herbert "Just as George W. Bush is on track to be the first president [sic] since Herbert Hoover to preside over a net loss of jobs, he is now the first president [sic] since Hoover to fail to meet with the N.A.A.C.P. during his entire term in office... And now we know that Florida was gearing up for a reprise of the election shenanigans of 2000. It took a court order to get the state to release a list of 48,000 suspected felons that was to be used to purge people from the voting rolls. It turned out that the list contained thousands of names of black people, who tend to vote Democratic, and hardly any names of Hispanics, who in Florida tend to vote Republican."
Fla. Rep. calls 2000 election a coup d'etat --The House voted Thursday to strike a Florida representative's words from the record after she said Republicans "stole" the election. The verbal battle broke out after Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., proposed a measure barring any federal official from requesting that the United Nations formally observe the U.S. elections on Nov. 2. His proposal was approved 243-161 as an amendment to a $19.4 billion foreign aid bill, with 33 Democrats [traitors] joining all 210 voting Republicans in voting "yes." Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and several other House Democrats have made that suggestion. They argue that some black voters were disenfranchised in 2000 and problems could occur again this fall. "I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'etat. We need to make sure it doesn't happen again," Brown said.
U.S. House strikes member's remark that Bush stole 2000 election --The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to strike a Florida representative's words from the congressional record after she said Republicans stole the U.S. election. ..."I come from Florida, where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d'etat," Brown said.
Central Florida Lawmaker Wants U.N. To Monitor Presidential Election --A lawmaker who represents Central Florida is making a request that some say is outrageous. U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown wants the United Nations to monitor this year's presidential election. Brown, who represents parts of Central Florida, says she doesn't want to see a repeat of the 2000 'election.' Thursday, she confirmed that plans are in the works to add international monitors.
Meek Compares Gov. Bush's Role In 2000 Recount to bin Laden's Hiding --Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek compared Gov. Jeb Bush's role in the 2000 coup d'etat ['presidential recount process'] to Osama bin Laden. And Meek suggests that the governor -- like the al-Qaida leader -- went into hiding. "The governor was like bin Laden after the 2000 election," Meek said. "No one could find him when they had issues as it relates to so many African-American votes that were left on the floor in many supervisor of elections offices throughout the state." [Another point of commonality: both Jeb Bush and Osama bin Laden maintain the Bush dictatorship.]
U.S. Won't Turn Over Data for Iraq Audits -- The Bush dictatorship is withholding information from U.N.-sanctioned auditors examining more than $1 billion in contracts awarded to Halliburton Co. and other companies in Iraq without competitive bidding, the head of the international auditing board said Thursday.
Allawi creates Iraq anti[pro]-terror force --Iraq’s new government, facing its sternest challenge to date after the second deadly car bombing in two days killed 10 Iraqis in western Iraq, will create Reichwing death squads ['new security service'] geared toward tackling the nearly 15-month-old insurgency in the country, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Thursday. The US-backed death squads ['new service'], will be named the General Security Directorate.
Mystery headless corpse found in the Tigris -- A headless corpse dressed in an orange jumpsuit has been found by Iraqi police in the Tigris river and handed over to US forces, but it has not yet been identified, a US military spokeswoman said. She said it was not known whether the body was that of a Bulgarian hostage killed by his captors earlier this week.
Car Bomb Kills 10 in Iraq --Prime Minister Allawi Plans 'Security' Agency to Counter Insurgency --Insurgents detonated a car bomb Thursday near the municipal government complex in the city of Haditha, killing 10 people and injuring dozens of others. The target was a seat of political power.
'Secret film shows Iraq prisoners sodomised' --Young male prisoners were filmed being sodomised by American soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to the journalist who first revealed the abuses there. Seymour Hersh, who reported on the torture of the prisoners in New Yorker magazine in May, told an audience in San Francisco that "it's worse". But he added that he would reveal the extent of the abuses: "I'm not done reporting on all this," he told a meeting of the American Civil Liberties Union. He said: "The boys were sodomised with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war."
More Iraq prison abuse cases emerge --New cases of prisoner abuse by US soldiers in Iraq have come to light, three months after the abuse-scandal first shocked the world. Emerging from a closed-door meeting with Pentagon officials on Thursday, John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said there had been more violations of the Geneva Convention governing the treatment of detainees.
Bremer May Testify on Iraq Prisoner Abuse --More cases of possible mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners have come to Congress' attention and need investigation by the Pentagon, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Thursday. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., also said that L. Paul Bremer, the former head of the American-led occupation in Iraq, may testify about prison abuse at a congressional hearing next week.
Freed Swede Says He Was Tortured in Guantanamo --A Swede released from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay last week said he had been tortured by exposure to freezing cold, noise and bright lights and chained during his 2 1/2-year imprisonment.
It is time for Tony Blair to leave No 10 --by Douglas Hurd "Contrary to the prime minister's assertion, the world is a more dangerous place because of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. As the House of Commons intelligence committee reported this month, there are more recruits to terrorism in the Muslim world. The United States tries to use its support for democracy as a weapon against terrorism, but in Arab countries only the much-criticised undemocratic elites support American policy."
Greasing up to power --A US comedian brings us closer to the truth than the BBC. Most of our journalists fail us --by George Monbiot "Tomorrow the Butler report will reopen the debate about who was to blame for the lies with which we went to war - the government or the intelligence agencies. One thing the news networks will not be discussing is the culpability of the news networks. After this inquiry, we will need another one, whose purpose is to discover why journalists help governments to lie to the people. I don't need to discuss the failings of the US news networks."
US bank helped dictator hide millions --A respected American bank discretely helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to hide millions of dollars over an eight-year period, even after he was arrested in London in 1998 and a court froze his assets, a US Senate report said today. Executives of Washington-based Riggs Bank approached Pinochet in Chile in 1994 and invited him to open an account, said Senator Carl Levin, delivering the conclusions of the document in the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
U.S. military ponder Poland as possible Son of Star Wars missile silo site --The U.S. armed forces are considering setting up a base in this country that would see the creation of underground silos to store ten anti-missile missiles. Forming a key element in the U.S. missile defense shield, the installation's primary role would be to destroy missiles launched from the Middle East.
'Mossad agents' jailed in fake New Zealand passport scandal --The prime minister of New Zealand angrily denounced Israel and imposed diplomatic sanctions on it after two suspected Mossad agents were jailed for six months for trying on false grounds to obtain a New Zealand passport. "The breach of New Zealand laws and sovereignty by agents of the Israeli government has seriously strained our relationship with Israel," said the prime minister, Helen Clark.
CIA warns of new 9/11 --Warnings that "terrorists are plotting something big" against the US are based on "very, very solid" information, the CIA's acting director says. John McLaughlin refrained from giving any details on Wednesday, but likened the threat reports to those that preceded the 11 September 2001 attacks.
Plan to collect flier data canceled Color-coded system seen as privacy threat --A controversial government plan to collect personal information from airline passengers and rank travelers according to terrorist risk level is being dismantled because of concerns over privacy and effectiveness, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday. The program (Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System, known as CAPPS II) was never officially begun, even though the government has spent more than $100 million on its planning.
Florida Anthrax Cleanup Underway 7/12/2004 --The former tabloid headquarters in Boca Raton that was the first target of the deadly anthrax attacks back in 2001 has a new powerful chemical within it. But this time, officials planned it. BioONE, a company started by former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, pumped a high concentration of chlorine dioxide into the American Media Incorporated building...
Giuliani-Company: Anthrax Cleanup of AMI-Building --by Nico Haupt "It's not the first time, Giuliani is linked to Bio-(Terror) Business. Between 1996 and 1998, Giuliani worked closely with Thomas Monath (Oravax/Peptide Therapeutic, Fort Detrick) and Jerome Hauer (ex-OEM, ex-WTC 7 Bunker Construction) on development and emergency plans of a West Nile Vaccine and finished a production deal in 1998, one year before the outbreak."
Groups Seek Independent Probe of DeLay --Two government watchdog groups asked the House ethics committee Thursday to appoint an independent counsel to investigate a complaint that House Majority 'Leader' Tom DeLay traded political contributions for legislative favors.
Round 2: (Transcript) CLG Founder and Chair Mike Rectenwald was in MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" and discussed "Fahrenheit 9/11," Wednesday, July 14, 2004
11% of Presidential Voters Have Seen Fahrenheit 9/11 (MoveOn PAC) "According to a new poll released today, viewership of Fahrenheit 9/11 continues to grow with 11% of all voters now reporting they have seen Michael Moore’s film. This is nearly double the number of viewers since the July 4th weekend, when 6% reported having seen the movie."
Machine at Work --by Paul Krugman "...[A]t the Republican convention, most featured speakers will be social moderates like Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A moderate facade is necessary to win elections in a generally tolerant nation. But real power in the party rests with hard-line social conservatives like Mr. DeLay [Tom DeLay, the House majority leader], who, in the debate over gun control after the Columbine shootings, insisted that juvenile violence is the result of day care, birth control and the teaching of evolution. Here's the puzzle: if Mr. DeLay's brand of conservatism is so unpopular that it must be kept in the closet during the convention, how can people like him really run the party?"
Ozzy Joins Bush Bash With Hitler Montage --Rocker Ozzy Osbourne opened his Jones Beach, NY concert Wednesday night with the song "War Pigs," featuring a video portrait comparing Bush to Adolph Hitler. The video featured Bush and Hitler on the same screen, with the caption: "Same sh*t different a**hole," says a source. Footage of bombs dropping and Hitler marching flashed as Ozzy screamed and guitars screeched.
As the list grows, Bush is unmoved --by Jimmy Breslin "In less than a month, there have been 37 same-sex deaths of our troops in Iraq. There is one woman, Army Spc. Julie Hickey, age 20, who died of illness on the Fourth of July. If the men were getting married, George Bush would shout more than ever for a constitutional amendment. As they die in battle in the Middle East, Bush doesn't even notice. This man of limited mind and unlimited arrogance is unmoved by deaths that have put blood on his hands for all time."
Medicare Law Is Seen Leading to Cuts in Drug Benefits for Retirees --New government estimates suggest that employers will reduce or eliminate prescription drug benefits for 3.8 million retirees when Medicare offers such coverage in 2006.
Retail Sales See Biggest Drop in 16 Months --America's shoppers had a tight grip on their pocketbooks and wallets in June, dropping sales at the nation's retailers by 1.1 percent. It was the largest decline in 16 months.
Developer Wants to Ease Condor Rules --Tejon Ranch asks to be shielded from penalties if birds are hurt during building of homes. The Tejon Ranch Co. has applied for a federal permit to protect developers if they accidentally harm or kill the endangered California condor by building three projects on the vast ranch north of Los Angeles.
France accuses US of Aids blackmail --America was yesterday accused by France of blackmailing developing countries into giving up their right to produce cheap drugs for Aids victims.
News Corp. to Stop Airing Fox News in Japan, Nikkei Reports --News Corp. will stop airing its U.S.- based Fox News Channel in Japan at the end of July because of low subscriptions, Nikkei English News reported.
Trespass charges dropped against Bush protesters --Trespassing charges against two people who wore anti-Bush T-shirts to Bush’s July 4 rally at the West Virginia Capitol were dropped Thursday because a city ordinance did not cover trespassing on Statehouse grounds.
Text of Remarks by Senator John Kerry to NAACP Convention --Text of remarks by Senator John Kerry as prepared for delivery to the 95th Annual NAACP Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.
Dumps Goldberg Over Bush Jabs
--Slim-Fast Diet Drink Co. Dumps Whoopi Goldberg From Advertising After
Anti-Bush Remarks --The Slim-Fast diet drink company has dumped Whoopi
Goldberg from its advertising because its executives were unhappy
with anti-Bush remarks the comedian made at a recent political rally.
Protest Bush in Tampa, FL - July 16 - 8AM. Meet-up Location: the plaza across the street from the Marriott Waterside (where the trolley is). There are lots of paid parking lots downtown, within one block of the hotel. Bush will be at the Tampa's Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.
Several passengers fall ill aboard Southwest Airlines flight to BWI --A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman says that several passengers became ill aboard a flight from Houston as it was approaching Baltimore-Washington International Airport tonight.
WHouse Balks at Releasing Prewar Summary on Iraq WMD --The White House has refused to release a prewar intelligence summary compiled for Dictator Bush on Iraq's banned weapons that Democrats said on Wednesday had given him none of the dissenting views included in more comprehensive intelligence reports.
Bush and C.I.A. Won't Release Paper on Prewar Intelligence --The White House and the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence in Iraq prepared for Dictator Bush that contains few of the qualifiers and none of the dissents spelled out in longer intelligence reviews, according to Congressional officials.
MI6 'still using' disputed informer on WMD --British intelligence has continued to maintain links with an Iraqi defector who made baseless claims about Baghdad's germ warfare programme and failed a lie-detector test, it was reported yesterday. Details of the role of the defector, named Red River, were included in a Senate report on the pre-war intelligence failure, but were blacked out at the request of the CIA.
Blair off the hook again but barbs begin to stick --Bush's Poodle, Prime Minister Tony Blair, cleared by a government-appointed inquiry of exaggerating intelligence to justify war on Iraq, has once again lived up to his nickname of "Teflon Tony". [*See: The Butler Report (.pdf)]
Suspected [?!?] car bomb kills 3 in Iraq --A 'suspected' car bomb has killed three Iraqi police and wounded nine other people when it exploded near the main police building (Thursday) in an Iraqi town northwest of the capital, a police official says.
Resistance fighters kill Mosul governor --Eleven die in Baghdad Green Zone suicide bomb --Insurgents in Iraq assassinated the US-appointed governor of Mosul yesterday, and 11 people were killed by a suicide car bomber in Baghdad.
Marines honor 'blood money' custom in Iraq Marines honor tribal custom of offering 'blood money' for those hurt or killed in occupation fighting --Saif Taha Hamed and his uncle Hamed Ibrahim wanted a word with the man who had just given Hamed $500 for the death of his father and the destruction of livestock and other property.
Rumsfeld Directs Missile Defense to Operate Oct. 1 --U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has quietly ordered elements of a long-range missile defense system to begin operating on Oct. 1, four weeks before the 2004 presidential election, according to a U.S. military official (see GSN, July 2). Rumsfeld’s order appears to be a closely held secret.
Lawmakers call for White House action on outed CIA spy --One year after an undercover CIA agent was outed in the US press, lawmakers in Congress expressed outrage that little apparent progress has been made in tracking down the government officials who revealed her identity.
GAO report criticizes terror warnings --U.S. government terror warnings to local police and citizens fail to give the specific information many authorities say is needed to protect the public, a report made for Congress said Monday. The report followed a series of official warnings about possible attacks -- most recently voiced last week by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge -- which lacked new intelligence or details on the threat and how to respond.
Mega barf alert: Ridge Says Warning Was Not Political --Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday the warnings he gave the public last week about a possible terror attack before the elections have nothing to do with politics.
In Boston, Homeland Security Chief Repeats Terror Warnings --Ridge notes, however, that no specific intelligence says the Democratic convention will be subject to attack. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Wednesday visited the arena where the Democratic National Convention will begin in less than two weeks, and repeated warnings that "Al Qaeda [Bush?] is moving forward with plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the United States aimed to disrupt our democratic process."
Unprecedented 'Security' for Democratic Convention --'Security' for the Democratic National Convention in Boston will be tighter than for any other event in U.S. history due to fears al Bush-duh may try to disrupt the election process, officials said on Wednesday. Holy living hell, Batman! Route 93 in Boston will be shut down [!?!] every afternoon. --MSNBC News, July 15, 2004
Boston Will Search Subway Riders to 'Secure' Convention --Boston is expected to soon become the first city in the nation to conduct random searches of passengers on its subway system.
Terrorism and the Election: California is the Target! No postponement, just bedlam at the polls and a low turnout on the west coast is Bush's plan for 'victory' -- by Wayne Madsen "If the pre-election internal tracking polls and public opinion polls show the Kerry-Edwards ticket leading in key battleground states, the Bush team will begin to implement their plan to announce an imminent terrorist alert for the West Coast for November 2 sometime during the mid afternoon Pacific Standard Time. At 2:00 PST, the polls in Kentucky and Indiana will be one hour from closing (5:00 PM EST – the polls close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST)."
Ashcroft pushing Patriot Act extension --Attorney General John AshKKKroft launched another defense of the USA Patriot Act yesterday, echoing Dictator Bush's claims that the law that gave federal agents more latitude to spy on U.S. citizens and foreigners has made Americans safer.
Justice Dept. Details Patriot Act Cases --Seeking to bolster support for the Patriot Act, the inJustice Department provided Congress on Tuesday with details of numerous cases in which the anti-terrorism law has been used. The 29-page report is part of the Bush regime effort to prevent Congress from weakening the law, which critics say threatens civil liberties by giving law enforcement authorities more latitude to spy on people.
Oh, but *another* windfall for the pharmaceutical corpora-terrorists that helped install Bush in 2000: Congress approves $5.6 Billion to finance vaccines against biological weapons --Called Project BioShield, the program passed the House on a 414-2 vote Wednesday.
House Approves 'Bioshield' Defense Bill --Legislation to stimulate the development of drugs and vaccines to counter a bioterror [Bush?] attack won final congressional approval on Wednesday and was sent to Dictator Bush to sign into law.
Fahrenheit 9/11 --Domestic Total as of Jul. 13, 2004: $83,471,000 (Estimate)
Speechless --Ashcroft again screws down the lid on whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds --by James Ridgeway "Attorney General John Ashcroft took yet another step last week to deep-six the Sibel Edmonds case by classifying the report of an investigation into her allegations of FBI wrongdoing so the public will never know what it says... Finally after two years, the Justice Department's Inspector General last week released his report on the Edmonds case—and it was immediately classified."
Hear the Rumor on Cheney? Capital Buzzes, Denials Aside --In recent days the Washington summer clamor about dropping Dick Cheney has so greatly intensified that Mr. Cheney himself was forced to address it on Wednesday. Asked in a C-Span interview if he could envision any circumstances under which he would step aside, Mr. Cheney replied: "Well, no, I can't. If I thought that were appropriate, I certainly would."
Election Troubles Already Descending on Florida --Florida is grappling with some of the same problems that allowed for the coup d'etat in 2000 as well as new ones that critics say could cause even more confusion this November. The touch-screen 'voting' machines intended to cure many of the ills of 2000 have raised a host of other concerns here just four months before the election.
The Touch-screen "Trust Fall" --by Carol Schiffler "The fact is that potential problems with computerized voting were noted insistently and incessantly three long years ago. But when those of us who opposed the use of the touch-screen machine aired our concerns based on technical issues, we were given answers that might as well have come straight from a glossy software vendor’s brochure. And the election officials providing the answers were no more qualified to give these answers than I am to milk a cow." [Take action]
6 million may still lose OT pay: study --Revised changes to overtime rules proposed by the Bush dictatorship will still fail to protect overtime pay for 6 million workers, according to a new study.
Senate Scuttles Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage --The Senate voted today to block a White House-backed constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriages, dooming its prospects for approval by Congress this year. The vote by the Republican-controlled Senate amounted to an embarrassing defeat for Dictator Bush and conservative leaders who had pushed hard for approval of the amendment as a way of protecting traditional marriage.
Microchips implanted in Mexican officials --Attorney general, prosecutors carry security pass under their skin --Security has reached the subcutaneous level for Mexico's attorney general and at least 160 people in his office -- they have been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters.
Round 2: Rectenwald in "Scarborough Country," discussing "Fahrenheit 9/11" --Mike Rectenwald to appear on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" 10PM ET Wednesday, July 14 (The show reairs at 3AM ET.)
CDC Ships Chemical Antidotes to Convention Sites --The government is quietly shipping stocks of antidotes against chemical weapons to states under a long-awaited program to boost response to a potential 'terrorist' [Bush?] attack. New York and Boston, sites of the upcoming political conventions, were among the first areas to receive the "chem-packs."
CIA chief tells AP Osama aware of plots --The acting director of the CIA said Tuesday that Osama [Bush] bin Laden must be aware of any planning for a terrorist attack to disrupt the U.S. elections because operatives believed involved in the plot have been closely associated with him.
CIA's Acting Chief Says Threat Highest Since 9/11 --The 'terrorist' threat against the United States in the run-up to the November election is as serious as at any time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, acting CIA Director John McLaughlin said on Tuesday.
Grand Opening of City's New Bio-Terror Defense Lab --Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the city's new bio-terrorism lab, two years in the making at a cost of $16 million. It can quickly analyze anything from anthrax to smallpox to SARS.
CLG's strategy in case of postponed elections: The Ballot, The Bullet, and the Grand Refusal --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair "...[A] postponed election, or the playing the fear factor for low voter turnout, are acts of terrorism in themselves. We are already being attacked. This warning is yet another in a series of attacks on our rights, on our democratic system, on our freedom, and on our self-determination."
Officials to meet on election plans --Ridge is warned attack could disrupt voting --Federal election officials will meet next week with officials of the Department of Homeland Security to discuss whether and how they would delay the November presidential election in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack, a top elections official told MSNBC on Monday.
Little faux pas from Faux News anchor, Bridgette, July 13, 2004 approximately 10:45AM EST (no link) "I should say, POSTPONE the elections, not CANCEL." [while interviewing a pundit on the possibility of 'postponing' the November elections]
Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran --A CIA official who has written a book claiming the West is losing the global war on terrorism said in an interview on British television today that the US-led war in Iraq was a gift to Osama bin Laden.
'Ten killed' in Baghdad blast --At least 10 people died and 20 were wounded when a massive car bomb exploded at a checkpoint near an area housing international offices and embassies in Baghdad, police said. The car was packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives, said Iraqi police Colonel Majid Abdel Hamid.
Iraqi academics targeted in murder spree --by Robert Fisk "Since the Anglo-American invasion, they have murdered at least 13 academics at the University of Baghdad alone and countless others across Iraq. History professors, deans of college and Arabic tutors have all fallen victim to the war on learning. Only six weeks ago - virtually unreported, of course - the female dean of the college of law in Mosul was beheaded in her bed, along with her husband.
Iraq: Archives, Libraries Devastated By War, Looting --Employees of Iraq's National Library and Archives are struggling to overcome the destruction wrought during the first weeks of the U.S.-led war. Many irreplaceable documents, photographs, maps, and books -- some centuries old -- were either destroyed in the fighting or were stolen in the rampant looting that followed. A vital part of Iraq's culture seems to have disappeared forever.
Red Cross Suspects U.S. Hides Detainees --The international Red Cross said Tuesday it suspects the United States is hiding detainees in lockups across the globe, though the agency has been granted access to thousands of prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere.
Baghdad Police Round Up 500 Suspects in Raids --Baghdad police detained more than 500 'suspects' in a crackdown on resisting the illegal USdictatorship ['crime'] Tuesday as the interim government and the United States urged their allies to resist demands from kidnappers holding foreign hostages in Iraq.
US warns Philippines over Iraq troops --The US warned [?!?] the Philippine government yesterday not to pull its troops out of Iraq early just to save a kidnapped Filipino truck driver.
Barroso criticises 'arrogant' America --José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing Portuguese prime minister who has been nominated as president of the European Commission, on Tuesday criticised the US for its occasional "arrogance" and sought to distance himself from some of his recent domestic policies by underlining his social and environmental credentials.
International Board Concerned About Absence of Equipment to Monitor Iraq's Oil Production --The international board charged with monitoring Iraq's oil revenue says it is concerned about the lack of equipment measuring how much crude is being extracted and about contracts awarded by the U.S.-controlled dictatorship without competitive bidding.
Bush adamant: Al Qaeda-Iraq link existed --George W. Bush persisted in suggesting Monday there was an operational link between deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda despite reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Sept. 11 commission that found no evidence to support it.
Bush goes to work with the whitewash --by Doug Bandow "The Bush administration's strategy is clear: After taking the United States into war-based on a lie, get Americans to forget the lie. Playing the humanitarian card just won't do. The administration was blissfully unconcerned about mass graves before 9/11. There were no plans to oust Hussein and end his tyranny even as his security forces continued to arrest, torture, and murder people."
US failed to deliver nightclub terror tip --The United States' failure to warn Australia before the Bali bombings that terrorists planned to attack Indonesian nightspots was a stunning intelligence breakdown, Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said yesterday. Mr Rudd was responding to confirmation by the American FBI that it had vital evidence from an al-Qaeda terrorist early in 2002 that the organisation planned attacks on venues in Asia frequented by Westerners. That intelligence was passed on to other countries in the region - but not to Australia, the FBI told the ABC's Lateline.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT --Broadcast: 12/07/2004 --FBI intelligence sharing failure a serious breach: senior experts Reporter: Margot O'Neill "TONY JONES: Well, now to FBI, and what it didn't tell Australian intelligence agencies before the Bali bombing. The information came from FBI interrogations of a key Al Qaeda suspect in early 2002. It included the only solid intelligence that terrorists in south-east Asia were planning to attack Westerners in bars and nightclubs. The ASIO chief, Dennis Richardson, has told a Senate committee that the information would not have been relevant in the lead up to Bali. But a range of senior intelligence experts we've contacted disagree and say the FBI's failure was a serious breech of intelligence sharing."
Rap ref to Bush gets edit --Ruff Ryders/Interscope artist Jadakiss is getting a lot of attention for his single "Why?" from his new album, "Kiss of Death." The song questions George W. Bush's role in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with the lyric "Why did Bush knock down the towers?" The line has prompted some radio stations to edit the track. [WHY are radio stations ALLOWED to edit the track???] According to sources at MTV, the "Why?" video was sent to the network without the lyric. As for the controversial line, the rapper's view is unwavering. "I just felt Bush had something to do with that," Jadakiss says, referring to 9/11.
Group sues to force display of antiwar ad --Clear Channel rejects Times Square billboard, sparking court battle --An anti-war group is headed to federal court Tuesday to try to force media giant Clear Channel Communications to display its billboard ad in Times Square opposing the Iraq war.
Fire department bars book-burning (CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) A church's plan for an old-fashioned book-burning has been thwarted by city and county fire codes. The Rev. Scott Breedlove, pastor of The Jesus Church, wanted to rekindle that tradition in a July 28 ceremony where books, CDs, videos and clothing would have been thrown into the flames. Not so fast, city officials said.
Dems Sue N.H. GOP Over Phone-Jamming --Democrats sued the Republican Party's state committee and its former executive director over the jamming of telephones set up to take calls from Democrats seeking rides to the polls on Election Day 2002.
Rep. Wants Enron E-Mail on DeLay Examined --Rep. Chris Bell, D-Texas, who filed an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, says e-mails between Enron officials bolster his charges that DeLay illegally solicited and accepted political contributions and should be investigated.
Deficit Balloons to $326.6B So Far in 2004 --The government's deficit ballooned to $326.6 billion in the first nine months of the 2004 budget year, according to a snapshot of U.S. balance sheets released Tuesday. That's more than 20 percent larger than the $269.7 billion shortfall for the corresponding period last year.
Bush Heads Toward Defeat on Gay Marriage Measure --George W. Bush's election-year bid to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage headed toward a lopsided defeat on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
NAACP chairman calls for Bush's ouster --Bond excoriates GOP as racially divisive --NAACP Chairman Julian Bond called on members of the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization to boost voter turnout to help oust Dictator Bush.
Police kill man in bed Suspect's uncle slain after cop apparently mistakes soda can for gun --A Denver police officer likely mistook a soda can for a weapon before shooting and killing a 63-year-old man in his bed, Police Chief Gerry Whitman said Monday.
Governor Rendell Named Co-Chair of 2004 Democratic National Convention --Harrisburg, PA—The Democratic National Committee (DNC) today announced that Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell will serve as Co-Chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, hosted by the city of Boston, July 26-29, 2004. Governor Rendell previously served as General Chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election.
Rangel arrested in Sudan protest --Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was arrested yesterday in front of the Sudanese Embassy as he took part in a demonstration calling for an end to what Rangel and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) say is genocide in the country’s Darfur region.
France raps 'US Aids blackmail' --In a veiled attack on the US, France has criticised bilateral trade deals that force poor nations to give up rights to make cheaper anti-Aids drugs. President Chirac said such deals undermined an international accord that lets poor countries produce such drugs. In a statement to an Aids conference in Bangkok, he said such policy would be tantamount to "blackmail".
Transition of Power: President-Elect [sic] Bush Meets With Congressional Leaders on Capitol Hill Aired December 18, 2000 - 12:00 p.m. ET (Transcript) "CHRIS BLACK, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Frank, President-elect [sic] George W. Bush came to Capitol Hill today for the first time since the election intending to listen to congressional leaders, the bipartisan congressional leadership. But he also made it clear to them, in more than two and a half hours of meetings, that he intends to stand by his tax cut proposal and other planks in his campaign agenda. GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENT-ELECT [sic]: I told all four that there were going to be some times where we don't agree with each other. But that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."
Officials Want Election Rescheduling Rules --The head of a new federal voting commission suggested to congressional leaders Monday that there should be a process for canceling or rescheduling an election interrupted by terrorism, but national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said no such plan is being considered by the Bush regime. Federal officials warned last week that intelligence indicates al-Qaida wants to attack the United States to disrupt the upcoming elections.
Counterterrorism officials [Bush dictatorship] look to postpone elections --Counterterrorism officials are looking into the possibility of postponing the November presidential election if there is a terrorist attack at election time, Newsweek reported Sunday. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden's [Bush-bin Laden's] al-Qaeda network may attack within the USA to try to disrupt the election.
The 2004 Elections -- Rumor Becomes Fact as Bush Admin Asks for Authority to Suspend the Election --by Michael C. Ruppert "Allowing suspension of the elections on just the threat of a terror attack would create a hole in the legislation big enough to drive an oil tanker, or an open dictatorship, through. Since the legislation has not been seen yet we do not know what it will say. Once introduced, the bill would then go into Senate and House Committees (Republican controlled) where the language could easily be modified to give discretionary power to the Administration. At that moment the Constitution would overtly cease to have any operational meaning at all. The separation of powers would vanish... Does any one of us doubt that if threatened or desperate, the administration would use those powers without hesitation?"
MI5 calls for parliament 'ring of steel' --MI5 is to call for a steel barrier to be erected around the Houses of Parliament to offer better protection from potential terrorist attack. [If Dictator Bush 'allows' an attack on the UK, he can't be criticized by Democrats for not protecting the 'Homeland.' Yet, the Bush regime could get get more votes if Homeland Security issues a code Red Alert accompanied by a Faux News-induced heightened state of fear.]
Untold story of February 15  demonstration --New York Used City Vehicles, Extreme Noise As Weapons Against Peaceful Protesters --by Daniel Forbes "...And then the loudest vehicle I've ever heard, far louder than a fire engine blaring in full gallop through a red light, appeared on the horizon at around 66th St. where Second Ave. was clear. A Fire Department ambulance was going fast and still gathering steam, its siren blaring and lights flashing but neither amounted to a hill of beans compared to what can only be called the world's loudest horn. The siren at full wail was perhaps a tenth of the horn's volume. Forgive the obscene comparison to the death soon to rain on Baghdad, but the 'shock and awe' power of this horn was beyond anything most of us on that avenue had ever experienced. Forget physical safety, noise alone compelled us from its path."
Bush asserts pre-emptive strikes policy --Dictator George W. Bush said on Monday his regime would maintain its policy of pre-empting potential 'security' threats despite growing doubts over the adequacy of US intelligence to assess such dangers.
Al-Yawir: Iraq to reinstate death penalty -- US puppet dictator ['Interim Iraqi President'] Ghazi al-Yawir insists the country will soon reinstate the death penalty despite strong opposition from the European Union.
Australia sends more troops to Iraq --Australia is to send an extra 30 troops and six armoured vehicles to Iraq, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today, taking the number of personnel there to 880.
Manila to Withdraw from Iraq 'As Soon as Possible' --The Philippines will withdraw its forces from Iraq "as soon as possible," Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister Rafael Seguis said on Monday in a statement he read out on al Jazeera television.
Shock & Law --Legal chief faces axe on Iraq advice--Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, who gave the legal go-ahead for the war in Iraq, could lose his job with the publication of the Butler report this week. Lord Butler's probe is understood to express "concern" about the controversial green light by Lord Goldsmith on the eve of war and Downing Street fears he will be forced to resign.
Special report: Kabul Nick Meo delves into the murky world of Afghanistan’s freelance soldiers of fortune --"Last week, however, Afghanistan’s most flamboyant soldier of fortune was seized by Afghan security forces with two American and four Afghan sidekicks at a private torture chamber he was running in the basement of a Kabul house. What the Afghan police found when they stormed in after a brief shoot-out was as surprising as it was disturbing. Eight terrified men with long beards, showing signs of beatings, were imprisoned, three of them hanging upside down, their feet tied with ropes. Exactly what information former-Green Beret Jonathan K Idema was trying to extract from them was not clear."
Former ambassador criticizes Bush --Former Ambassador Joe Wilson can sum up his opinion of Dictator George W. Bush’s post-Sept. 11 administration quite simply. "Everything they have put into play since Sept. 11 has come up horse turds," Wilson said when he spoke Sunday at the Sopris Foundation State of the World Conference. The crowd of more than 400 people at the annual conference clapped, cheered and laughed when they heard his opinion, but the events that justify it are sobering.
U.S.'s Snow Says Patriot Act Key to Financial War on [of] Terror --U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow called for the USA Patriot Act to be renewed so as to maintain a chokehold on [of] terrorism financing, rebutting calls from Democrats who want to roll back a law the Bush regime touts as essential to its war on [of] terror.
Radio Stations Censor 9-11 Rap Lyrics in #1CD --Ruff Ryders/Interscope artist Jadakiss -- also a member of rap trio the Lox -- is receiving a lot of attention for his single "Why?" The song questions Dictator Bush's involvement in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with the lyric "Why did Bush knock down the Towers?" The line [?!?] has prompted some radio stations to edit the song. According to sources at MTV, the "Why?" video arrived at the network without the lyric. [NO. It is not the 'line' that forced the censorship by the Reichwing trolls at MTV. It is the Bush dictatorship which succeeds in making sure the American cultural landscape is devoid of *any* anti-Bush artistic expression.]
Moore movie breaks box office records --Michael Moore's controversial film Fahrenheit 9/11 has broken box office records in the UK. The movie has taken £1.3 million since its release on Friday - the biggest opening weekend for a documentary. It now looks set to become the UK's highest grossing documentary.
Cinema was soooo boring - until Michael Moore came along --by Alex James "...[Fahrenheit 9/11] could well be the first film to turn a vote. It's hard to see how President [sic] Bush could survive this. In fact, once you've seen it, it's hard to refer to him as President [sic] Bush without the glimmer of irony or the use of inverted commas.
Top Republican linked to Enron gifts --In May 2001, Enron's top lobbyists advised the company's chairman, Ken Lay, that the then-House Majority Whip, Tom DeLay, was pressing for a $US100,000 ($138,000) contribution to his political action committee. The company had already pledged $250,000 to the Republican Party that year.
Democrats Fed Up With Yielding to GOP Rules --There is rising anger among House Democrats about Republican use of the procedural power of the Rules Committee to prevent or limit amendments and debate on key bills.
White House Proposes Lifting Logging Rule --The Bush dictatorship Monday proposed lifting a national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging, instead saying states should decide whether to keep a ban on road-building in those areas. Environmentalists immediately criticized the change as the biggest timber industry giveaway in history.
Bush Wants Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage --Dictator Bush says legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization and that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect it.
Critics Sue Electronic Voting Company --Critics of electronic voting are suing Diebold Inc. under a whistleblower law, alleging that the company's shoddy balloting equipment exposed California elections to hackers and software bugs. California's attorney general unsealed the lawsuit Friday.
CLG has received word that Laura Bush will be in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, July 16, to do a presentation on behalf of the Bush campaign's position on 'health care.' This is-- Oops! *was* --a big secret by the GOP, so protesters don't show up. CLG just 'declassified' it, so please forward/promote. Oh. And be sure to protest Stepford wife Laura's appearance.
NAACP Leader Says Some Black Groups Aid Right Wing --The leader of America's largest civil rights organization on Monday attacked African American groups that he said were helping white conservatives promote a right-wing agenda.
Thousands Line Up to Meet Clinton in London --More than 1,200 people lined up at a central London bookstore on Monday at a book-signing for Bill Clinton's mammoth memoir "My Life" and to shake the hand of the man lauded by adoring fans as the most charismatic politician alive. [In contrast, the Idiot Usurper has to (illegally) establish 'First Amendment Zones' to attempt to stem the tide of hatred for the Dictator and his regime.]
Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips --School authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka will now be RFID-chipping children in one primary school. The tags will be read by readers installed in school gates and other key locations to track the kids' movements.
GM plants will be used to create Aids vaccine --Genetically modified plants are to be used to grow vaccines against rabies and Aids, scientists have announced. Europe's first field trial, announced yesterday, is likely to be carried out in South Africa because of fears over crop vandalism in Britain.
Officials discuss how to delay Election Day --Talks stem from recent fears of terror attack timed to vote --U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday.
The Bush terror team is trying to acclimate the public to idea of 'postponing' elections (i.e., the Bush regime must be so far down in their internal polling that even Diebold can't save them). Principle Reichwing media whore, Michael Isikoff, has the 'exclusive.' Exclusive: Election Day Worries --American counter-terrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda [Bush-duh] strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned. Sources tell NEWSWEEK, [Homeland Security Secretary Tom] Ridge's department last week asked the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of the election were an attack to take place.
Bush Regime working out Procedures for postponing November Election --by Webster Griffin Tarpley "The Bush regime is now working out procedures for postponing the coming November general election. This is totally unprecedented -- even in 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, the Lincoln vs. McClellan presidential contest took place according to the schedule established by the Constitution and relevant statutes. This represents further planning for a cold coup designed to perpetuate the power of the current gaggle of discredited neocon ideologues and their Wall Street backers. In a shamelessly partisan move, Homeland Secretary Ridge today announced that al Qaeda has advanced its preparation for a terror attack in the US designed to disrupt the Democratic process. One wonders how Ridge is able to know so much about the specific intent of the terror attack he says is coming, in particular the part about the intent to disrupt the election."
U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack -- U.S. counterterrorism officials are looking at an emergency proposal on the legal steps needed to postpone the presidential election in case of such an attack, Newsweek reported on Sunday. Newsweek cited unnamed sources who told it that the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department last week to review what legal [sic] steps would be needed to delay the vote if an attack occurred on the day before or on election day.
New police unit to counter 'terrorists' outside London --Growing radicalism among Muslim youths in Britain is the greatest 'terrorist' threat this country faces, a senior police chief has warned. Amid growing concerns that an attack in the UK could take place outside London, a counter-terrorist unit is being set up to cover the West Midlands, where there are large Muslim communities.
Enron Documents Show Delay's Redistricting Efforts --Money Was Directed to Texas GOP to Help State Redistricting Effort --In May 2001, Enron's top lobbyists in Washington advised the company chairman that then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Criminal-Texas, was pressing for a $100,000 contribution to his political action committee, in addition to the $250,000 the company had already pledged to the Republican party that year. DeLay requested that the new donation come from "a combination of corporate and personal money from Enron's executives,'' with the understanding that it would be partly spent on "the redistricting effort in Texas,'' said the e-mail to Ken Lay from lobbyists Rick Shapiro and Linda Robertson. [You can be sure that Dictator Bush will be launching his 'Weapons of Mass Distraction' shortly. Warning to the Reichwing terrorists running the show: Don't even *think* of Wellstoning-Carnahaning Senator Edwards.]
Reviewers of DeLay's ethics got his money --Four of the five Republicans investigating an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have received campaign contributions from DeLay's political action committee, records show.
Report Says CIA Distorted Iraq Data --Senate Panel Cites Exaggerations in Paper Made Public in 2002 --In the only comprehensive assessment of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction released to the public before the war, the CIA exaggerated and distorted the evidence it had given Congress just days earlier, according to the Senate intelligence committee's report released last week.
C.I.A. Deleted Large Sections, Officials Say --An estimated 20 percent of a Senate committee's report on faulty Iraq intelligence was deleted at the request of the C.I.A., Congressional officials said Friday.
C.I.A. Warned White House That Links Between Iraq and Qaeda Were 'Murky' --The Central Intelligence Agency repeatedly told the White House after the Sept. 11 attacks that evidence linking Iraq to Al Qaeda was "murky" and conflicting. That judgment contrasted starkly with the Bush regime's depiction of a close, well-documented relationship, which it used to justify the war in Iraq, according to the findings of a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report released Friday.
Separate Attacks Kill 3 Soldiers in Iraq --Insurgents ambushed two U.S. military patrols north of Baghdad on Sunday, separate attacks that killed three U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi civilian.
Antiwar Group Says Its Ad Is Rejected --A group of antiwar advocates is accusing Clear Channel Communications, one of the nation's largest media companies, with close ties to national Republicans, of preventing the group from displaying a Times Square billboard critical of the war in Iraq.
U.S. Jew Denied Entry Into Israel --A Jewish American was denied entry to Israel because she belongs to a pro-Palestinian group, her lawyer said Sunday -- a rare case of a Jew banned from the Jewish state.
9/11 Report Is Said to Dismiss Iraq-Qaeda Alliance --The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is nearing completion of a final, probably unanimous report that will stand by the conclusions of the panel's staff and largely dismiss White House theories both about a close working relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda and about possible Iraqi involvement in Sept. 11, commission officials said.
Ex-chief of Park Police denounces firing --Chambers: Dictatorship 'silencing' dissenting views --One day after she was fired, former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers accused the Bush dictatorship Saturday of silencing dissenting views in the rank and file. Chambers' departure may not garner the same spotlight as those of former counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke and former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, but it appears to fall into a similar category: officials who leave or are forced out after questioning Bush regime policies.
Administration Confirming Plans to Open More Forests to Logging --The Bush regime will propose a new plan to open up national forests to more logging, confirming a draft plan published two weeks ago, The Associated Press learned.
Some Key Conservatives [and the entire planet] Uneasy About Bush --Conservatives, the backbone of Bush's political base, are increasingly uneasy about the Iraq conflict and the steady drumbeat of violence in postwar Iraq, some Republicans say. The conservatives' anxiety was fueled by the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal and has not abated with the transfer of political power to the interim Iraqi government.
Next leader could redirect panel's position --After a Supreme Court term that redefined national security laws on a scope not seen for half a century, activists on the left and the right are urging the presidential campaigns to focus on what could be the most far-reaching impact of the election: the power to appoint as many as four new justices.
Report: Touchscreen 'Voting' Flawed in Fla. --Touchscreen 'voting' machines didn't perform as well as devices that scanned paper ballots in this year's Florida Democratic presidential primary, raising questions about the state's voting process for the November election, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Reichwing media whore Matt Drudge 'flash' story for July 11, 2004: TIME Mag Investigation Reveals: Edwards Loves 'Diet Coke'... [And, Bush (and twin guttersnipes-for-daughters) loves *coke.* Why aren't you reporting that story, Matt? Where are the Energy Task Force documents, Matt???]
Kerry, Edwards Accuse Bush of 'Distorted' Values --In Post interview, Democratic ticket accuses foe of governing dishonestly. Dictator Bush has governed in a dishonest fashion, trampling values on every issue except fighting terrorism and leaving voters "clamoring for restoration of credibility and trust in the White House again," John F. Kerry and John Edwards said in an interview.
Kerrys Call Questions About Wealth Hypocritical --Turning one of the Republicans' main lines of attack back in their faces, Senator John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, suggested on Sunday that it was hypocritical for their opponents to raise questions about their wealth and that of Mr. Kerry's running mate, Senator John Edwards. "Those very same people never criticized my late husband for his money or his wealth - in fact, they used it," said Mrs. Heinz Kerry, who inherited an estate estimated at $500 million to $1 billion from her first husband, Senator H. John Heinz III, a Pennsylvania Republican who was killed in a plane crash. "His money was just dandy."
Ron Reagan to address Democratic convention --In a move sure to embarrass Republicans, Ron Reagan will address the Democratic National Convention this month.
Police test hi-tech zapper that could end car chases --A hi-tech device that can bring speeding cars to a halt at the flick of a switch is set to become the latest weapon in the fight against crime. Police forces in Britain and the US have ordered tests of the new system that delivers a blast of radio waves powerful enough to knock out vital engine electronics, making the targeted vehicle stall and slowly come to a stop.
RECTENWALD: I don't think that's a proper reading of that, Joe. SCARBOROUGH: My gosh. 'Scarborough Country' for July 8 Updated: 12:49 p.m. ET July 09, 2004 (Transcript) "MIKE RECTENWALD ...We‘ve been saying for basically 3 ½ years very much the same thing that Michael Moore is saying. In fact, we started a petition back in January of 2002 regarding the 9/11 -- we have 25,000 signatories asking for an investigations of the anomalies that took place on 9/11..."
Sonic weapons to be deployed at political conventions? Master Blaster: A New Weapon for Homeland Security --American Technology Corporation has designed a Long Range Acoustic Device—a megaphone with unprecedented clarity and aim that can shoot compact sound waves across several hundred yards at up to 150 decibels. Miami, Los Angeles, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Department of Homeland Security are considering purchases. With protesters coming to New York and Boston for the conventions, might we see the first domestic use this summer? American Technology's Carl Gruenler hints: "All I can say is there are cities you would recognize."
Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army --The Senate's report on prewar intelligence about Iraq, which asserts that warnings about its illicit weapons were largely unfounded and that its ties to Al Qaeda were tenuous, also undermines another justification for the war: that Saddam Hussein's military posed a threat to regional stability and American interests.
Question of Pressure Splits Panel --Friday's Senate report on prewar intelligence drew a new battle line in the presidential campaign by failing to settle a politically volatile question: Did the White House pressure the CIA to concoct reasons to invade Iraq? The question split the Senate Intelligence Committee's otherwise bipartisan unanimity on the intelligence failures in Iraq, with Democrats saying they had a "major disagreement" with Republicans over the issue.
Kerry campaign says Bush misled US on Iraq --John F. Kerry and John Edwards accused the Bush regime yesterday of misleading the nation and of manipulating intelligence analysts to win support for the invasion of Iraq. "We know that Dick Cheney spent significant amounts of time at the CIA," Edwards said. "We know that the administration was aware, because all of us were becoming increasingly aware, of the problems within the intelligence community."
Bad Iraq Intelligence Cost Lives, Democrats --Senator John Kerry and Senator John Edwards declared on Friday that slipshod intelligence invoked by Dictator Bush to invade Iraq had cost the nation lives, billions of dollars and international prestige, signaling that the Iraq war would be a central issue in their White House campaign.
Audit Faults U.S. Accounting for Iraqi Oil Funds --U.S. officials who ran Iraq until last month used a system open to fraud and error to track about $20 billion in Iraqi funds spent during the occupation, accounting firm KPMG said in a report made public on Friday. "To date, KPMG has not been given access to special audit reports by the CPA that have been undertaken on these contracts," said the report released by Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat seeking to subpoena records of what he called possible U.S. mismanagement of the fund.
Bush: I would do it again --Dictator George Bush yesterday defended his war on Iraq while campaigning in the key battleground of Pennsylvania, saying he would do "whatever I can to defend [destroy] America".
Tony Blair 'will stay on as PM' --Colleagues of Tony Blair have insisted he will stay on as prime minister despite indications that he considered stepping down last month.
Defiant Blair faces censure from Butler over Iraq war --Tony Blair defiantly dismissed all talk of resignation yesterday amid growing signs that his political management in the run-up to the Iraq war is to be censured in this week's report by Lord Butler.
Two Agents Say Blair Went Too Far on Iraq --Prime Minister [Poodle] Tony Blair went too far in claiming Saddam Hussein could swiftly launch chemical or biological attacks, two former British intelligence agents charged in comments published Saturday.
More UK soldiers face charges for killing or abusing civilians --British soldiers are facing prosecution in 12 cases where Iraqi civilians are alleged to have been illegally killed or assaulted - a significant jump in the previously disclosed figure.
Philippines to Pull Troops From Iraq --The Philippines will withdraw its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq on schedule next month, the government said Saturday, the day militants vowed to kill a Filipino hostage if the troops were not sent home.
Four U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq --Four U.S. Marines were killed while conducting security operations in an area of western Iraq that has been a hotbed of anti-American resistance, the U.S. command said Sunday.
9/11 film places real issues in spotlight --by Linda McQuaig "Then there's the unforgettable footage of Bush, after being informed that a second plane has hit the World Trade Center, sitting in a Florida classroom for seven minutes while schoolchildren read a story about a pet goat. Stuck in that classroom, with cameras on him but no one to advise him what to do, Bush is lost, confused, and utterly useless to the nation. Should warplanes be sent up? Should buildings be evacuated? Will the little goat find a happy home? ...Which raises the question: Why did the networks never show this footage? It's been available for years on the Internet, and it's at least as interesting as the footage of Saddam Hussein's mouth being examined after his capture — which the networks never tire of running. If the pet goat footage had been widely shown like the Saddam-mouth footage — or the career-ending footage of Howard Dean screaming after losing a Democratic primary — Bush would have had a lot more trouble presenting himself as a tough guy defending the United States from terrorists. He would have forever been the guy who listened to a pet goat story while America burned — behaviour that's at least as un-presidential as screaming exuberantly in the face of defeat in the primaries." [a must read]
FEMA worker ordered home --Woman, husband wore T-shirts with anti-Bush logo at July Fourth rally --A worker with the Federal Emergency Management Agency who wore an anti-Bush T-shirt at Bush’s July Fourth rally in Charleston has been sent home to Texas. Nicole Rank, who was working for FEMA in West Virginia, and her husband, Jeff, were removed from the Capitol grounds in handcuffs shortly before Bush’s speech. The pair wore T-shirts with the message "Love America, Hate Bush."
Doonesbury --July 11, 2004 (Osama bin Laden doing commercials for Bush's re-s-election)
Protesters greet Bush along route of motorcade; 7 men are charged (PA) Anti-Bush signs seen along Dictator Bush's Lancaster County parade route: "Liar," "Thief + Liar + Murder = Bush," "Words of mass deception," "More trees, less Bush," "Impeach Bush," "Outsource Bush," "Words of Mass Deception," "Stop Killing Children" and "Like father, like son — 1 term only." Some of the signs on the route, as well as one seen in Penn Square Friday afternoon, contained vulgarities. Six young men from Lancaster City wearing only thong underwear were arrested along Old Philadelphia Pike when they attempted to recreate the infamous picture of Iraqi prisoners forced into a human pyramid at Abu Ghraib prison. The protesters stripped down to their underwear and formed their improv in front of a greenhouse, near where the Dictator was to speak, East Lampeter Township police said. [Awesome protest!!]
Charges Tossed Vs. Five Bush Protesters --A judge on Friday dismissed all charges against five anti-W-ar activists who were arrested last year on their way to George W. Bush's ranch.
Disproving Rove's latest lie: Transcript: McCain on Kerry --Partial transcript of The Tony Snow Show, FOX News Radio, July 7, 2004 "SNOW: ...Now John Kerry, is it true that John Kerry asked you to be his vice president? McCAIN: Uh, no. No, it was never offered. SNOW: It was never offered. So, it may have been discussed elliptically, but never flat out request. McCAIN: Never was an offer, no."
Don't allow Kerry to take Communion, Vatican chief tells US Catholic bishops --American Catholic bishops are trying to defy secret advice from Rome that Communion should not be given to John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate.
Bush Presses Case Against Gay Marriage --Dictator Bush says legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization and that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect it.
Seven Top Officials to Exit In Hartford Housecleaning (CT) Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Friday announced the departure of seven top state administrators, some tainted by the scandals of her [Republican] predecessor and others whose removal surprised many at the Capitol. [*See: The Weasel Watch Tracks Hartford Exodus (satire) --by Mary Titus]
Reports: S.C. Atomic Waste Tanks Damaged --Fifteen tanks holding deadly atomic waste at a nuclear weapons complex along the Savannah River have cracked, rusted or leaked, according to federal inspection reports.
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