August 2003 Archives
Iraq adventure could cost U.S. $600-billion The U.S. bill for rebuilding Iraq and maintaining security there is widely expected to far exceed the war's price tag, and some private analysts estimate it could reach as high as $600-billion (U.S.).
Postwar Iraq Likely to Cost More Than War U.S. Offers Hazy Details as Cost of Rebuilding Iraq is Expected to Exceed War's Price Tag --The U.S. bill for rebuilding Iraq and maintaining security there is widely expected to exceed the war's price tag, but the Bush dictatorship is offering only hazy details about the multibillion-dollar totals.
The dossier is damned again Downing Street's Iraq weapons dossier caused such deep concern among senior intelligence officers that they formally complained to their superiors, the Hutton inquiry into the death of David Kelly heard yesterday.
Gilligan: Campbell 'wanted extra information for Iraq dossier' Weapons expert David Kelly told BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan that Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell asked for additional information for the Government's Iraqi weapons dossier, the Hutton inquiry heard today... Lord Hutton then asked Mr Gilligan: "You put the question 'Was it to make it sexier?' and Dr Kelly replied 'Yes, to make it sexier'?" Mr Gilligan replied: "Yes."
Iraq dossier blow for Blair · Doubts raised by two more officials · Kelly portrayed as key expert · Words 'not wrong but lots of spin' · Charge against Campbell rejected --The government's attempts to bolster its case for the war against Iraq suffered a heavy blow on the first day of the Hutton inquiry yesterday when it was revealed that unease about the dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme ran much deeper than Downing Street has claimed.
First Kelly Inquiry Witness Attacks No 10 Smears The first witness at today's David Kelly inquiry said the weapons expert was tough and cool under pressure - smashing Downing Street's "Walter Mitty" smear.
The Hutton Inquiry -- Investigation Into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Dr David Kelly --The Right Honourable Lord Hutton (Official website) Terms of Reference: "...urgently to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr Kelly."
Flames Shooting From Iraqi Oil Pipeline Flames shot 200 feet into the air from a burst oil pipeline north of Baghdad on Tuesday, and U.S. forces fired warning shots to keep people from approaching the scene. [Yes, gotta make sure there is no media present so that the Pentagon can get their lies straight...]
Explosions rock US military base Huge explosions rocked a US military base west of Baghdad, several hours after US troops raided two sleepy villages where they suspected 'pro-Saddam Hussein' resistance fighters were hiding.
Iraq Convoy Attack Kills One U.S. Soldier, Wounds Two (DoD) One U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry soldier was killed and two were injured today in Iraq when their convoy encountered three improvised bombs, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.
Soldier dies suddenly of illness after April deployment to Iraq Army Spc. Zeferino Eusebio Colunga was a healthy 220-pound former Texas high school tackle when he was deployed to Kuwait in late April. He died on Wednesday at a hospital in Germany after a battle with acute leukemia his family didn't know he had as well as pneumonia, his sister said Thursday.
Sanchez: Troops in Iraq to Serve 1 Year All troops in Iraq should expect to serve for at least a year, with brief rest breaks in the region and possibly a few days at home, the commander of U.S. forces said Tuesday. That came as news to some soldiers on the ground.
CIA warned dictatorship of postwar guerrilla peril In February, the CIA gave a formal briefing to the National Security Council, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Vice pResident Dick Cheney, and Dictator Bush himself: ''A quick military victory in Iraq will likely be followed by armed resistance from remnants of the Ba'ath Party and Fedayeen Saddam irregulars.''
CIA disclosure is dangerous (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) "There's a cancer somewhere in the Bush administration. Two officials revealed national security information to embarrass or scare critics of the administration's mishandling of Iraqi intelligence."
Back from Iraq, activist finds price of protest is $10,000 fine Ryan Clancy went to Iraq to protest the war, leaving Iraq before bombing by the U.S. began. Clancy recently got a call from federal officials, he learned that authorities have fined him $10,000, and if he doesn't pay, he could spend up to 12 years in prison.
CMU Professor's Web Site Causing Controversy Computer science professor Dr. David Touretzky refers to his website as a free speech project --some people say the site promotes terrorism because it includes instructions for building a bomb. A spokesperson for CMU had no comment on individual faculty Web sites.
Controversial Pentagon Office Gets A Makeover Dictatorship changes name, focus of Iraqi war planning group --A controversial Pentagon office that included hard-liners who pushed for regime change in Iraq has gotten a bureaucratic make-over, with a name change and a slightly smaller staff, amid complaints by critics inside and outside the Bush dictatorship that the office had overstepped its bounds.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who's The Biggest Rogue Of All? --by Richard Du Boff "1. Comprehensive [Nuclear] Test Ban Treaty, 1996. Signed by 164 nations and ratified by 89 including France, Great Britain, and Russia; signed by President Clinton in 1996 but rejected by the Senate in 1999... In November 2001, the US forced a vote in the UN Committee on Disarmament and Security to demonstrate its opposition to the Treaty, and announced plans to resume nuclear testing for development of new short-range tactical nuclear weapons."
The Art of the False Impression --by Bob Herbert "There's something at least a little crazy about an environment in which people are literally stumbling over one another to hear what Arnold Schwarzenegger has to say about the budget crisis in California (short answer: nothing), while ignoring what a thoughtful former vice president [Al Gore] has to say about the budget and the economy of the U.S.... This is an administration that is particularly sensitive to light. It prefers to do business behind closed doors, with the curtains and shades drawn."
Impeachment Is Not Enough From the Streets of Little Beirut --by Glen Yeadon "By now its clear to everyone, that Bush lied to congress about weapons of mass destruction. He lied to the American people. He had aides lie to the Untied Nations. He lied about the connection between Iraq and bin Laden. He lied about Nigeria. He lied about chemical and biological weapons. He lied about the underlying reasons to wage war. He lied blaming others for his lies. He lied about his staff; they are all a bunch of convicted felons and retreads from his daddy’s administration. He lied and good men died because he lied."
Bush's high crimes against the nation --by Walter Williams "George W. Bush has knowingly deceived the American people on the two overriding policy issues of his presidency [sic] — the invasion of Iraq and the deep tax cuts. Other presidents have lied. Only Bush has repeatedly duped Congress and the public to thwart their exercise of informed consent. He is the first president [sic] to use propaganda as the main weapon in selling his policies. Bush's unprecedented pattern of deception may constitute an impeachable offense."
Britons held in Cuba 'may agree to plea deal' British and US officials will meet today in London to discuss the fate of two of nine British prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay amid an unconfirmed report that the men are about to accept a plea bargain.
ABA Panel Wants Tribunal Rules Changed The Bush dictatorship should change the rules for any future military tribunals so terrorism suspects can get the best help possible from independent civilian defense lawyers, a panel of the American Bar Association says.
ABA Loosens Attorney-Client Secrecy Rules The American Bar Association on Monday narrowly passed a controversial proposal that will allow lawyers to pierce sacred attorney-client secrecy rules to help stop financial crimes.
Who's watching the class? Webcams in schools raise privacy issue When students in Biloxi, Miss., show up this morning for the first day of the new school year, a virtual army of digital cameras will be recording every minute of every lesson in every classroom. Superintendent Larry Drawdy, along with principals and security officers [?!?], can use a password to view classrooms from any computer. In an 'emergency', police also can tune in.
Maryland May Cancel Voting Machines Purchase Maryland officials said they may cancel a $55.6 million agreement to buy electronic voting machines if an international computer security firm finds a problem with the machines' security. Maryland is reviewing its purchase after a report by Johns Hopkins University says the system's software could be easily hacked into, and election results could be tampered with.
Dems Get Win in Texas Redistrict Fight Texas Senate Democrats now in their third week of self-imposed exile in New Mexico got a legal boost when their state's highest court refused to get involved in their redistricting boycott — although GOP lawmakers back home may not have given up.
Kucinich responds to homeless attacks (OH) Rep. Dennis Kucinich asked the federal government on Monday to investigate violence against homeless people after six vagrants were attacked last weekend with a stun gun.
Bush: $60 million needed for prisons Gov. Jeb Bush threw a curveball at lawmakers returning to the Capitol today for their third attempt at easing the state's medical-malpractice insurance woes by suddenly asking for more money for prisons [?!?].
Faux Sues Humorist Al Franken Over Slogan Faux News Channel has sued liberal humorist Al Franken and the Penguin Group to stop them from using the phrase "fair and balanced" in the title of his upcoming book. The trademark infringement lawsuit seeks a court order forcing Penguin to rename the book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."
You're fired, now train the new guy Tech workers asked to instruct their overseas replacements --It was tough for computer programmer, Scott Kirwin, 36, to relish his final assignment: training a group of programmers from India who would replace him within a year.
Bush Nominates Utah Governor to Lead E.P.A. Dictator Bush today nominated Gov. Michael O. Leavitt, the three-term Republican governor of Utah, as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, tapping a veteran of the West's volatile land use debates.
European heat threatens power France's power company asked people to use less electricity today as some plants were forced to cut output during a Europe-wide heatwave that has fanned wildfires and killed dozens of people.
'Global warming killing Great Barrier Reef' Australia's Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest chain of living coral - could be devastated by global warming in the next 50 years unless drastic action was taken, a report said on Monday.
Web Worm Attacks Windows, Spreads Fast, Experts Say An Internet worm that takes advantage of a recently discovered, widespread security hole in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software emerged around the United States on Monday, crashing systems and spreading to vulnerable computers, security experts said. The worm contains code that includes a phrase: "Billy Gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!!," according to SANS.
Today We Face Another 'Watergate' --by Samuel Dash "Thirty years ago the Senate of the United States prevented President Richard Nixon from destroying constitutional democracy in our country. Watergate was a wrenching turning point in our history and its lessons must be learned and re-learned. Now our lives as a free people are also being threatened by an administration bent on grabbing unprecedented power, a timid Congress and an uninformed electorate. That is why the Watergate experience remains so relevant to our republic today."
Test of Blair's trust begins today Government ministers are privately acknowledging that the chances of Tony Blair recovering the trust of the British electorate rest on the next two months and the Hutton inquiry starting today into the suicide of the government scientist Dr David Kelly.
Hutton Inquiry: The first witnesses The first witnesses for the Hutton Inquiry have been named. Below is a brief guide to their background as the inquiry begins its task of shedding light into the death of the scientist, Dr David Kelly.
Blair 'must apologise for Kelly smear' Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has said Tony Blair must apologise for comments made by his spokesman about dead weapons expert Dr David Kelly.
Police given 'shoot to kill' orders in new terror alert Police have been ordered to "shoot to kill" suicide bombers following intelligence warnings that an al-Qa'eda terrorist attack in Britain may be imminent. The Telegraph can reveal that Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, placed his force on its highest alert last week. [Is Poodle Blair planning to detonate his own 'weapon of mass distraction' from the Kelly inquiry?]
Two Iraqi policemen shot dead by US soldiers US soldiers in Baghdad on Saturday shot dead an Iraqi policeman they mistook for an attacker, killed another as he tried to surrender to them and beat a third, a survivor of the incident told AFP.
GI killed, 2 hurt in Iraq bomb attack British troops try to 'quell unrest' in southern city of Basra --A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in a new bomb attack in northern Iraq, the American military said Monday.
Rioting worsens as fuel dwindles Sabotage blamed for Iraqi shortages --Riots over severe fuel shortages continued Sunday in Basra, the nation's second-largest city, as officials who have studied the matter said the shortages could expand to other parts of the country.
New Revelation Surfaces About Gulf War II "Mystery Illness" (Gulf War Veterans Association Press Release) "The American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA), an independent Gulf War Veterans’ support organization, has long searched for answers to explain why nearly half of the 697,000 Gulf War I Veterans are now ill and why over 200,000 of those servicemen/women have requested disability, but have received no adequate diagnosis or treatment, from either the Department of Defense (DOD), or Veteran’s Affairs... The AGWVA is now again asking questions, this time, about the newest 'mystery illness' to hit the military."
Study: Agent Orange Lingers in Vietnam Food Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange continues to contaminate livestock and fish eaten by Vietnamese decades after it was used, a study released on Monday showed.
Veterans Organize To Bring Troops Home! "Veterans For Peace" is gearing up to become a major national force to oppose the Bush Administration both at home and overseas --by Stewart Nusbaumer "At the Veterans for Peace annual convention this weekend in San Francisco, the most pressing issue was not veterans’ affairs or government benefits or even homeless veterans, although these and more subjects were discussed. What fired up these aging veterans was the threat to our civil rights, and even more, the continuing war in Iraq."
The war according to David Hackworth The retired colonel calls Donald Rumsfeld an "asshole" whose bad planning mired U.S. troops in an ugly guerrilla conflict in Iraq. His sources? Defiant soldiers sending dispatches from the front. --by Jonathan Franklin "Retired U.S. Army Col. David Hackworth is a cocky American military commander who for half a century was at the front lines of the Army's most important battles. Most recently, though, Hackworth has been at the frontlines of a domestic war: the debate over U.S. military strategy in Iraq, and whether the Bush administration planned well enough to achieve a decisive military victory, and to keep the postwar peace."
Nato takes control of Afghanistan peace mission Nato took command of the 5,000-strong international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital Kabul today, its first ground mission outside Europe since it was created 54 years ago.
King's Bay Sub Club Protestors from Savannah, South Carolina and Florida gathered outside the gates of King's Bay Submarine base where a fleet of the U.S. Trident submarines are maintained. Each Trident Submarine packs 57.6 megatons of firepower. The Hiroshima bomb, which levelled an entire city and killed over 75,000 people instantly (and over 100,000 from after effects), was a mere 21 kilotons. A single Trident submarine carries the power of over 2,700 Hiroshima bombs. There are 8 Trident subs based in King's Bay.
Coup 2004 in the planning stages: Bush campaign sees California, New York as ripe for taking The Bush-Cheney campaign plans to make a strong play to take [steal] California and New York in 2004, despite the states' recent history of supporting Democratic presidential candidates.
Bush aims to be out of reach by time Dems pick candidate By the time the first votes are cast in the Democratic primary election season, on Jan. 19 at Iowa's caucuses, the Bush campaign plans to have a well-established national organization of chairmen and other staffers in every county in key states, and a leader in every crucial precinct.
Sharpton Admonishes Youth, Blacks to Vote Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton on Sunday admonished a church congregation to avoid taking past civil rights gains for granted and play a more active role in current politics.
At least Gore is still debating Bush --by Tom Brazaitis "Who better to analyze the decline and fall of the American economy than the man who lays claim to the dubious distinction of 'the first one laid off' by George W. Bush? I'm talking, of course, about Al Gore, the former vice president whose claim on the presidency was rejected in 2000 not by a majority of the country's voters, but by a partisan Supreme Court. In a speech last week at New York University, Gore laid out a convincing case for how Americans have been duped by the Bush administration into an unnecessary war in Iraq and an economic catastrophe at home."
Jolted Over Electronic Voting Report's Security Warning Shakes Some States' Trust --A recent report by Johns Hopkins University computer scientists warning that the [electronic voting] system's software could easily be hacked into and election results tampered with, the once perfunctory vote now seemed to carry the weight of democracy and the people's trust along with it. Since being released two weeks ago, the Hopkins report has sent shock waves across the country.
To win contract, Diebold offers the state a carrot In the cutthroat battle over Ohio's election-machine upgrade, Ohio-based Diebold Inc. upped the ante on its competitors last week by playing the hometown card. Diebold - under fire nationally for purported security flaws in its touch-screen voting system - offered to consider building all its voting machines for Ohio in-state if it wins a statewide contract, a company spokesman confirmed.
How George W. Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right. --by Sandeep S. Atwal "ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia may not be household names like Enron or Arthur Andersen, but these three companies will decide America's next president. In the 2004 presidential election, the full effect of electronic voting will be felt for the first time and these are the companies that will report the majority of the results."
10 Questions Senators Should Ask Ken Lay Even If He Takes the 5th California Consumer Group Says Enron, Lay Must Be Held Responsible For Energy Deregulation Fallout (The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights News Release, February 12, 2002) "10. What was the purpose and substance of the May 11, 2001 meeting with then-Mayor Richard Riordan, former junk bond king Michael Milken, and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Lawmakers should obtain the materials Ken Lay provided at that meeting."
Davis: Recall Bid an 'Insult' to Voters Gov. Gray Davis called the effort to recall him an insult to those who voted for him last year. Davis, in an interview broadcast Monday on NBC's "Today" show, said he has "gotten the message. I understand a lot of people signed a recall." But he also called it "an insult to the 8 million people who went to the polls last November and decided I should be governor."
Bush Dictatorship is Targeting Progressive Non-Profits A new report reveals a disturbing pattern: the Bush dictatorship is targeting non-profits that criticize the government. The report by OMB Watch, a nonpartisan non-profit that monitors government and non-profit issues, found that the Bush regime is attacking the non-profit sector in three ways: imposing limits on non-profit speech, targeting non-profit advocacy, and implementing the USA Patriot Act, which gives the government unprecedented surveillance powers.
Bush Promotes Forest-Thinning Initiative Brain-thinned Dictator Bush surveys a fire-ravaged community in Arizona on Monday as part of a push to get the Senate to approve 'preventive forest thinning' [?!?] aimed at 'preventing forest fires' [lining the coffers of corporate eco-terrorists]. The House passed a bill that calls for aggressive logging on up to 20 million acres of federal land at high risk of fire. It would eliminate some environmental reviews and limit appeals on overgrown woodlands so forest projects could be completed within months. [It's time to eliminate the Bush dictatorship.]
Bush to Tout His [Barf] Environmental Policies Dictator Bush planned first to survey a fire-ravaged community in southern Arizona and press the Senate to approve regime initiatives aimed at 'preventing catastrophic wildfires' [rewarding his corporate paymasters]. From there, we was to travel to Colorado to headline a $2,000-per-person fund raiser - his 11th event for his 2004 re-s-election campaign this year. He already has raised about $40 million.
While the Idiot Usurper touts his, ahem, environmental 'policies', Europe simmers [due to the effects of global warming]: France Frets Over Nuke Plants and Heatwave Toll France called emergency talks on Monday on overheating at nuclear power plants as Europe's heatwave entered its second week, with officials torn between output cuts and allowing hotter water to pour into rivers.
Response to Global Warming (The Miami Herald) "Frustrated with the Bush administration's backpedaling and the lack of action by Congress on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, the governors of 10 Northeastern states are forging their own regional program to respond to global warming... The trouble is, President [sic] Bush and his advisors don't accept the abundant research on global warming. Mr. Bush has rejected the Kyoto Accord to roll back greenhouse-gas emissions to below 1990 levels. Recently, the president [sic] again called for yet 'more study' on global warming instead of mandating meaningful remedies."
Autumn chaos to hit France 200,000 gather at Larzac festival --Two hundred thousand protesters came together in the southern French countryside at the weekend to plot ways of making September a difficult month for the government.
Letter from the Balkans: An Underreported Horror Story Writing about the sex-slave trade is a dangerous assignment. --by Sherry Ricchiardi "A story smoldering in the war-bedraggled Balkans has all the earmarks of a Pulitzer Prize. At the core is a medieval sex-slave trade masterminded by cutthroat crime cartels. The tentacles reach into Italy, Germany and even the United States."
Ludacris Seeks revenge against Bill O'Reilly in September After losing his endorsement from Pepsi due to the criticism by conservative news commentator Bill O'Reilly, Ludacris is about to speak his mind this coming September. Chicken and Beer, the title of his fourth upcoming album will be angled more so as a party album featuring production by various unknown producers but will also feature lyrics that will retaliate against O'Reilly and his past position that cost Ludacris his Pepsi deal. "You're gonna have to wait and see," Ludacris teases about the lyrical barbs directed towards O'Reilly. "[But] the dude is a complete asshole."
Blair 'intervened in hardening up dossier on Iraq' A senior BBC journalist was told that Tony Blair was "involved" in sending the September Iraq dossier back to the Joint Intelligence Committee to harden up its content. The source of the report is understood not to have been the late David Kelly.
The Niger timebomb We have spoken to the Iraqi diplomat Britain accuses of trying to buy uranium for Saddam Hussein. If what he has told us is true, his evidence will blow apart one of Mr Blair's main justifications for war. --The man accused by Britain of trying to buy uranium in Africa for Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme - one of the Government's main justifications for waging war on Iraq - has denied the allegation, saying he is the victim of a forgery.
Point by Point, a Look Back at a 'thick' File, a Fateful Six Months Later The Most Detailed U.S. Case for Invading Iraq Was Laid --by Charles J. Hanley, The Associated Press "For 80 minutes in a hushed U.N. Security Council chamber in New York, the U.S. secretary of state unleashed an avalanche of allegations: The Iraqis were hiding chemical and biological weapons, were secretly working to make more banned arms, were reviving their nuclear bomb project. He spoke of 'the gravity of the threat that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.'"
Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence His name was Joe, from the U.S. government. He carried 40 classified slides and a message from the Bush dictatorship. An engineer-turned-CIA analyst, Joe had helped build the U.S. government case that Iraq posed a nuclear threat... Doubts about Joe's theory emerged quickly among the government's centrifuge physicists.
US admits it used napalm bombs in Iraq American pilots dropped the controversial incendiary agent napalm on Iraqi troops during the advance on Baghdad. The attacks caused massive fireballs that obliterated several Iraqi positions.
Family shot dead by panicking US troops Firing blindly during a power cut, soldiers kill a father and three children in their car --The abd al-Kerim family didn't have a chance. American soldiers opened fire on their car with no warning and at close quarters. They killed the father and three of the children, one of them only eight years old. Now only the mother, Anwar, and a 13-year-old daughter are alive to tell how the bullets tore through the windscreen and how they screamed for the Americans to stop.
Iraqis Riot in Basra; One Protester Dead Iraqis enraged by fuel shortages rioted in Basra Sunday and British troops fired warning shots for a second day in some of the worst unrest seen since the fall of Saddam Hussein. At least one Iraqi involved in protests was killed and two others were wounded.
British troops battle to control mobs in Basra Rioters attack petrol stations in protest over dire shortage of fuel and electricity --British troops in riot gear fought to restore calm in the southern Iraqi city of Basra yesterday as dire shortages of fuel and power sparked disturbances. One witness said soldiers fired into the air to keep back a crowd at a petrol station as Muslim clerics desperately appealed to the crowds for calm. Another said the British fired baton rounds at a crowd, wounding two young boys.
Tension Grows Between U.S. Troops, Iraqis The tribal leader had just been freed after 12 days in an American prison. Well-wishers flocked to his house. They kissed his cheek. They cried. Mostly, they cursed their U.S. occupiers.
Terror Group Seen as Back Inside Iraq The American-led dictatorship in Iraq has received intelligence reports that hundreds of Islamic militants who fled Iraq during the war have returned and are planning to conduct major terrorist attacks.
'Bring us home': GIs flood US with war-weary emails An unprecedented internet campaign waged on the frontline and in the US is exposing the real risks for troops in Iraq. Paul Harris and Jonathan Franklin report on rising fears that the conflict is now a desert Vietnam. --Breaking the traditional silence of military families during time of war, Susan Schuman knows what she wants - and who she blames for the danger to her son, Justin. 'I want them to bring our troops home. I am appalled at Bush's policies. He has got us into a terrible mess,' she said. Schuman may just be the tip of an iceberg.
Sen. Lugar Calls for New U.N. Resolution on Iraq The United States should seek a new U.N. resolution on Iraq to help secure greater international support in reconstruction and peacekeeping efforts, a key Senate Republican said on Sunday.
U.N. Suspends Road Travel in Afghanistan The United Nations suspended road travel for its workers in a southern Afghanistan region where five policemen were wounded and Afghan aid workers were tied up and beaten, a U.N. spokesman said Sunday. [Afghanistan: Bush's Carlyle Group-opium-producing terrorist police state]
Women protest over Afghan security A thousand women protesters have gathered in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to call for action to improve security in the country.
Pentagon, Iran-Contra figure talked Meeting took place more than 1 year ago; Powell 'blindsided' --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed Friday that Pentagon officials met secretly and discussed Iran with a controversial and discredited figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Rumsfeld said the talks "went nowhere."
Report Finds Threat Alerts in Color Code Baffle Public A new Congressional report has found that the government's much ridiculed color-coded terrorist alert system is so vague in detailing threats that the public "may begin to question the authenticity" of the threats and take no action when the alert level is raised.
The Mystery of the WTC Collapse --by Skydrifter "The more one reads about the WTC collapse, the more skeptical they should become of the 'official' account. The following presentation is speculation, but well worth thinking about..."
WTC-7: The Improbable Collapse --by Scott Loughrey "Mysteries abound about World Trade Center 7's (WTC-7) demise on September 11. In the early evening in the Big Apple of that horrific day this 47-story steel building suddenly collapsed. An odd series of failures had occurred."
9/11 Politics --by Robert Novak (scroll to last article) "Republican members of the special 9/11 investigating commission were delighted to lose former Sen. Max Cleland as a colleague when he accepted President [sic] Bush's appointment as a Democratic director of the Export-Import Bank, a full-time job. Cleland, still obviously bitter over his defeat for re-election in Georgia last year, was the most anti-Bush member of the bipartisan commission headed by former New Jersey Republican Gov. Tom Kean."
Supreme Court justice urges shorter sentences Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy last night proposed repeal of mandatory minimum sentences and mercy for those serving them, five months after he cast the deciding vote to allow California to give petty thieves 50 years to life.
Protest Groups Planning for Republican Convention One night last week, dozens of young people crammed together in a Brooklyn storefront to brainstorm how they would take advantage of a unique opportunity a year away: Dictator Bush will visit Madison Square Garden next summer for the 2004 Republican National Convention, a springboard for Mr. Bush's re-s-election campaign and for what dissenters say will be protests on a scale not seen in the city in dozens of years.
Democratic Party Chairman Predicts Comeback In 2004 Terry McAuliffe spoke on Friday at the University of South Florida. "Today is the beginning of the end of George Bush's administration,'' declared the Democratic National Committee Chairman, to cheers from most of the Democrat-heavy audience. "He has been a dismal failure for this country,'' McAuliffe said, blistering Bush on the economy, the federal surplus- turned-deficit, and what he called a deception of the public about the reasons for war in Iraq. McAuliffe said the issue is whether Dictator Bush deliberately misled the American public to justify war. President Clinton, he added, "did not lie to the American people about national security issues.''
Democrats' national leader says party still unified in California Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe denied Friday that some top California Democrats are breaking ranks with Gov. Gray Davis and said he has been assured Democratic efforts are focused on keeping Davis in office.
Protesters rally against redrawing congressional lines in Texas Thousands gathered Saturday to rally against a Republican push to redraw state congressional lines and in favor of the Democratic state senators who fled to New Mexico to scuttle the effort.
Enemies of the people / Blame Senate GOP leaders for Pennsylvania's gridlock (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "...[A]s time marches on and the impasse hardens, it has become increasingly clear -- to those inside the government and to those who cover it -- that the obstacle to the Legislature returning to work is the Senate Republican leadership... This is a crime. It's a crime of inactivity and an affront to public service."
Big Boys Bruise Issa: Used and Abused by the Republicans --by Sam Hamod "Darrell Issa broke down crying when he announced that he was dropping out of the gubernatorial race in California; I should say, when he 'was told he should drop out' by the D.C. and California Republican big boys."
Jobless recovery lasting longer than economists expected Many economists predicted a jobless recovery, but few expected it to last so long. Twenty-one months after the official end of the recession in November 2001, the number of jobs in the United States continues to decline.
More than 100,000 join Bove at anti-WTO rally More than 100,000 people have flocked to a rally to welcome the release from prison of French eco-warrior Jose Bove and to protest against the agenda for World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks next month, organisers said yesterday.
UK hits 100F for first time The record for the hottest day ever in Britain was broken on Sunday as temperatures soared to 37.9C (100.2F). --The record was registered at Heathrow airport at 1500 BST, meaning the hottest day since records began about 130 years ago in 1875. [Too bad the Idiot Usurper did not sign the Kyoto Protocol...]
Secret Talks With Iranian Arms Dealer Sources: Meetings 'unauthorized' --Pentagon hardliners pressing for regime change in Iran have held secret and unauthorized meetings in Paris with a controversial arms dealer who was a major figure in the Iran-contra scandal, according to dictatorship officials.
Iraqi Trailers Said to Make Hydrogen, Not Biological Arms Engineering experts from the Defense Intelligence Agency have come to believe that the most likely use for two mysterious trailers found in Iraq was to produce hydrogen for weather balloons rather than to make biological weapons, government officials say.
Overstatement seen in Bush's case for war Four months after U.S. forces seized Baghdad, an in-depth look at that case shows that virtually all the regime's allegations regarding Iraq's destructive capabilities remain unproven or in dispute, according to outside experts, former intelligence analysts and a variety of foreign-policy think tanks. There still is no clear-cut, concrete evidence that Hussein had ready-to-use chemical or biological weapons, a functioning nuclear weapons program, or direct ties to Al Qaeda, as Dictator Bush and his lieutenants have said repeatedly since last summer.
Wolfowitz Lets Slip Iraq Was Not Involved in 9/11; No Ties to Al-Qaeda --by Jason Leopold "Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, one of the main architects for the war in Iraq, admitted for the first time that Iraq had nothing to do with the September 11 terrorist attacks, contradicting public statements made by senior White House and Pentagon officials whose attempt to link Saddam Hussein and the terrorist organization al-Qaeda was cited by the Bush administration as one of the main reasons for launching a preemptive strike in March against Iraq." [Click here for DoD transcript of "Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz Interview with The Laura Ingraham Show".]
Who exposed whistleblower's wife? The FBI may launch an inquiry into whether the White House revealed the identity of a covert CIA official to punish her husband for blowing the whistle on Dictator Bush for making misleading claims about the Iraqi nuclear programme, officials in Washington said yesterday.
Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealings Raises Alarm Some contend Bush’s order grants U.S. firms a broad exemption --An executive order signed by Dictator Bush more than two months ago is raising concerns that U.S. oil companies may have been handed blanket immunity from lawsuits and criminal prosecution in connection with the sale of Iraqi oil.
Fuel Prices Move Higher, and Trend Is Expected to Persist Fuel prices have risen over the last two weeks, and analysts warn that the increase may be an early signal that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than usual through the end of the year. More than three months after Dictator Bush declared an end to the war, the Iraqi oil industry is pumping only about a million barrels a day, less than half its prewar output, and exporting oil only sporadically.
Miller Brouhaha The New York Times' [Bush dictatorship tool] Judith Miller has been pummelled unmercifully for her reporting on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But coverage of this murky subject has hardly been the finest hour for the news media in general. --by Charles Layton "In the months leading up to the war, Washington Post Ombudsman Michael Getler wrote repeatedly in his weekly column about what he considered one-sided coverage by his paper. He found that the claims of pro-war politicians tended to get front-page play, while dissenting voices tended to run deep inside the paper, when they were given space at all."
Rising sun? / Japan's deployment to Iraq raises concerns (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "In response to Bush administration pressure, the Japanese parliament voted late last month to authorize the deployment of some 1,000 of its Self-Defense Forces to Iraq. President [sic] Bush had twisted Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's arm hard to push this measure through a reluctant parliament. Support for the measure by the Japanese public was gauged in a poll at only 33 percent."
More Bush-inspired international terrorism: Iraqi Islamists in New Tape Call for Guerrilla War A hitherto unknown group of Iraqi Islamists called for guerrilla attacks against occupying forces in Iraq, saying in a videotape broadcast on Saturday it was the only way to free the country.
UK Troops Fire in Air as Frustrated Basra Erupts British troops in riot gear were deployed in Basra on Saturday to quell spreading disturbances sparked by shortages of fuel and power in Iraq's second city. In one instance, witnesses said soldiers fired in the air to keep back a crowd at a petrol station. Another witness said the British fired baton rounds at a crowd, wounding two Iraqis.
New Attacks Wound 4 U.S. Troops in Iraq U.S. troops came under renewed attacks Saturday that wounded at least four soldiers, and a team of FBI investigators prepared to take control of the probe into the car bombing of the Jordanian Embassy.
Occupation forces under attack as FBI probes embassy blast Occupation soldiers in Iraq came under renewed fire from suspected supporters of ousted leader Saddam Hussein as the FBI was called into help investigate the fatal bombing of the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad.
US soldier dies of gunshot wound in Baghdad A US soldier died after suffering a gunshot wound while on guard duty in Baghdad, the US military said yesterday, but it declined to say [?!???] whether he was killed in a hostile attack.
Grenade sets US Humvee ablaze in central Baghdad Iraqi guerrillas fired a rocket-propelled grenade that set ablaze a US military vehicle in central Baghdad yesterday, inflicting US casualties, witnesses said.
Napalm by another name: Pentagon denial goes up in flames The United States military has admitted it used napalm-type weapons in Iraq. A Pentagon spokesman had told the [Sydney Morning] Herald it did not have any stocks of napalm, but it seems the denial was a quibble. The Pentagon no longer officially uses the brand-name Napalm, a combination of naphthalene and palmitate, but a similar substance known as fuel-gel mixture contained in Mark-77 fire bombs was dropped on Iraqi troops near the Iraq-Kuwait border at the start of the recent war.
New, improved and more lethal: son of napalm The Pentagon no longer officially uses the brand-name 'Napalm', but a similar sticky, inflammable substance known as 'fuel-gel mixture', contained in weapons called Mark-77 fire bombs, was dropped on Iraqi troops near the Iraq-Kuwait border at the start of the war. "I can confirm that Mark-77 fire bombs were used in that general area," Colonel Mike Daily of the US Marine Corps said.
US defends using napalm-like firebombs US forces used napalm-like MK-77 firebombs against Iraqi forces in their drive toward Baghdad last spring, a Pentagon official confirmed today, defending their use as legal and necessary. "The generals love napalm," Colonel Randolph Alles, the commander of Marine Air Group 11, was quoted as saying. "It has a big psychological effect."
Woman who went to Iraq as 'human shield' faces federal fine A woman who went to Iraq to serve as a human shield during the war faces thousands of dollars in federal civil penalties. She says she'll go to prison rather than pay.
Letter to President [sic] Bush Regarding his Justifications For War --by the Sebastopol, CA City Council --On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, the Sebastopol, CA City Council unanimously voted to send the following letter to President [sic] Bush. "Dear Mr. President[sic]: ...As one of the 165 city councils throughout this country which passed resolutions opposing a preemptive strike against Iraq, we have serious concerns about the consequences of your decision to go to war."
U.S. Fires Back After Rockets Land by Afghan Base U.S. forces returned fire after six rockets landed near their base in southeastern Afghanistan early on Saturday, a U.S. military spokesman said.
Democrats Blast Bush Record on Air Security Congressional Democrats criticized the Bush dictatorship's aviation security policies on Friday, demanding more screening of mail cargo and a stepped-up effort to put anti-missile technology on U.S. airliners.
Flight 93 Families Dispute FBI's Theory Families of passengers who rebelled against hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 said Friday the FBI theory that the terrorists deliberately crashed the plane into a Pennsylvania field was based on "limited and questionable interpretations" of the cockpit recording.
White House Sway Is Seen in E.P.A. Response to 9/11 An investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general into official statements about air quality after the collapse of the World Trade Center has found that White House officials instructed the agency to be less alarming and more reassuring to the public in the first few days after the attack.
Kanjorski claims Bush has failed the American people (Wilkes-Barre, PA) U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, told about 20 seniors gathered to listen about Medicare on Friday that the Bush dictatorship has "absolutely, categorically" failed the American people.
Cheney, GOP leave city with tab for $15,500 Vice pResident Dick Cheney's fund-raising visit Wednesday was a fund-drainer for the city of Billings. Cheney's 21/2-hour stopover in Billings reportedly raised $175,000 for the Bush-Cheney re-s-election campaign, and it cost the city of Billings about $15,500, mostly in overtime costs for police officers, firefighters and airport workers.
Arnie and the Jews --by Tom Gross (The Jerusalem Post, December 16, 1996) "In Hollywood and here, opinions are divided over Arnold Schwarzenegger's suitability to portray a 'good' Nazi... In the past, the superstar actor has strongly denounced the Nazis, including his own father, Gustav... In 1989, he [Schwarzenegger] successfully sued a British newspaper which had suggested he was an anti-Semite. Yet the rumors continued after Schwarzenegger was photographed last year with Jorg Haider, leader of Austria's extreme right-wing Freedom Party. Haider has praised Hitler's 'sensible policies' and also been filmed at a secret SS reunion."
Bush May Consider Stumping for Insipid Moron Schwarzenegger in Calif. Election Dictator Bush is leaving the door open to campaigning for California Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger if it could help tip the balance in a close recall election, officials said Thursday. [LOL, Rove knows all about 'tipping the balance' in close elections.]
Literature confiscated at KKKatherine Harris Bradenton town hall meeting Security guards and KKKatherine Harris' Waffen-SS confiscated any written material people tried to bring into the hall. The confiscated literature included analysis of the Medicare prescription bills passed in the House and Senate in June as well as a chart showing Harris' voting record since she began her term in January.
KKKatherine Harris booed at Bradenton town hall meeting U.S. Rep. KKKatherine Harris, who gained the national spotlight as Florida secretary of state during the 2000 coup d'etat, was booed several times at a town hall meeting about the Medicaid prescription drug plan being considered by Congress. Hundreds of people showed up with detailed questions for Harris at the Bradenton Kiwanis Hall Thursday night. The lines at the microphones were long. The boos were loud.
Democrats Urge Bush to 'Quit Digging' Fiscal Hole U.S. Democrats on Saturday urged Dictator Bush to reconsider his economic agenda in the face of record budget deficits and a swelling national debt.
Texas Congressman Rips GOP for Deficit Dictator Bush and congressional Republicans continue to increase budget deficits while jobs disappear, Rep. Charlie Stenholm, D-Texas, said Saturday.
Bush dictatorship lengthens workday for US truck drivers The US Department of Transportation (DOT) released its final policy for Hours of Service (HOS) for US truck drivers this spring. When the new rules are implemented next January, the number of hours truckers can be behind the wheel before a mandated break will rise from the current 10 hours to 11 hours each day.
Army Begins Burning Weapons in Alabama The Army on Saturday fired up its first chemical weapons incinerator near a residential area and destroyed a Cold War-era rocket loaded with enough sarin to wipe out a city.
California to Ban Chemicals Used as Flame Retardants California will become the first state to ban flame retardant chemicals, which are suspected of contributing to learning disorders, attention deficit and hyperactivity in children.
As homelessness increases, number of laws targeting homeless people rise In Milwaukee, a church has been declared a public nuisance for feeding homeless people and allowing them to sleep there. In Gainesville, police threatened University of Florida students with arrest if they did not stop serving meals to homeless people in a public park. In Santa Barbara, it is illegal to lean against the front of a building or store, and no one can park a motor home on the street in one place for more than two hours...
The End? --by Stephen James Kerr "Get out of the way. American capitalism has declared war on the laws of physics. Somebody please tell the president of the United States that whatever political and economic system we create, human beings cannot change the 1st law of thermodynamics. We can't create energy from thin air. Big business may be able to swindle the American electorate, but it can't repeal the law of diminishing returns... It's half gone."
Schwarzenegger's Nazi problem Will his ties to Kurt Waldheim hurt his bid for governor? --Here’s a question Jay Leno forgot to ask [insipid moron] Arnold Schwarzenegger when he announced his candidacy for governor of California on last night’s Tonight Show: "Will you renounce your support for Kurt Waldheim?"
Memo casts recall as windfall for Bush Grassroots appeal to 'women against Davis' --While White House and national GOP officials insist they won't get involved in the California recall, a memo obtained by The Chronicle outlines a Republican strategy to oust Gov. Gray Davis and help Dictator Bush before the 2004 presidential 'election'.
N. Korea next to hear U.S. war drum A senior Pentagon adviser has given details of a war strategy for invading North Korea and toppling its regime within 30 to 60 days, adding muscle to a lobbying campaign by U.S. hawks urging a pre-emptive military strike against Pyongyang's nuclear facilities.
Bush Team Kept Airing Iraq Allegation Officials Made Uranium Assertions Before and After Dictator's Speech Since last month, presidential aides have said the allegation that Iraq had tried to buy African uranium for nuclear weapons, made it into Dictator Bush's State of the Union address because of miscommunication between the CIA and Bush's staff. But by the time the dictator gave the speech, on Jan. 28, that same allegation was already part of a regime campaign to win domestic and international support for invading Iraq.
Iraq war's 20,000 wounded civilians ignored -group Around 20,000 civilians were wounded in the Iraq war and the U.S.-British occupiers are ignoring their suffering, a research group said on Thursday in what it termed the first study of the conflict's casualty toll. ''The maimed civilians of Iraq have been brushed under the carpet,'' the Iraq Body Count (IBC) said.
U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad, Bombing Toll Rises to 19 In the latest attack on American forces, a U.S. soldier was shot and killed in western Baghdad, the military reported Friday. Also, U.S. snipers killed two men unloading weapons for sale in a market in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.
Father of dead soldier claims Army coverup The father of a soldier who died of pneumonia this spring said Thursday the Army has excluded her death from its investigation of deadly pneumonia because it wants to cover up vaccine side effects. Moses Lacy, whose daughter, Army Spc. Rachael Lacy, died April 4 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after getting pneumonia, said his daughter "was a healthy young woman" but got ill within days of getting anthrax and smallpox vaccinations on March 2 in preparation for deployment to the Persian Gulf.
US occupation forces attack Iraqi journalists US occupation authorities shut down an Iraqi newspaper last month and have stepped up the detention of journalists for reporting on the ongoing resistance. These actions, along with many other repressive measures, indicate the true character of the "democracy" and "freedom" the American occupiers are bringing to the Iraqi people.
Iraqi Town's Anger Explodes Into Chaotic Revolt Tense Encounter Underscores U.S. Difficulties --The troubles that swept through this rough-and-tumble farm town along the Euphrates River began with a grenade attack Monday on a U.S. convoy parked outside the mayor's office... "We're sad this building was destroyed. This is our property," said Said Farhan Abed, 41, as he gazed at the two-story mayor's office, which was looted of everything except a toilet. "But we feel happy we got rid of the Americans."
Children in Iraq caught in crossfire Gunbattles, kidnappings mark post-war world --The outside world is a scary place for Iraq's children these days. Attacks on American troops kill innocent bystanders, some of them youngsters. Kidnappers seize kids and demand ransom. "It's not safe on the streets," said Ismael, a 46-year-old father's two boys, who is unemployed. "Right now, it's better for the children to stay at home."
Japanese parliament gives green light for troops to Iraq The Japanese Diet passed legislation late last month allowing the government to proceed with plans to dispatch up 1,000 troops to bolster the US-led occupation of Iraq. The deployment will be the first time Japanese soldiers have been stationed in a combat zone since the end of World War II and the first without a UN mandate.
U.S. re-evaluates 'iron fisted' strategy in Iraq Military says large sweeps may be counterproductive [Hello, McFly?] The U.S. military, in a major revision of strategy, has decided to limit the scope of its raids after receiving warnings from Iraqi leaders that they were alienating the public [Yes, I can see where the perpetrators of 'Shock & Awe' could be thought of as 'alienating', duh!] the top allied commander said yesterday.
Rivals Say Halliburton Dominates Iraq Oil Work The Bechtel Group has dropped out of the running for a contract to rebuild the Iraqi oil industry, as other competitors have begun to conclude that the bidding process favors the one company already working in Iraq, Halliburton. After the United States Army Corps of Engineers quietly selected Halliburton in the spring to perform early repairs of the Iraqi oil business in the aftermath of the war, other companies and members of Congress protested that the work should have been awarded through competitive bidding.
Chevron named oil tanker the "Condoleezza Rice" Picture of the oil tanker before Chevron quietly renamed it the "Altair Voyager" and before Dictator George Bush appointed Ms. Rice as National Security Advisor.
The Freedom to Shut Up For Some Cartoonists, Freedom of Expression in a Post-9/11 World Isn’t Always Welcome --Sometimes freedom of expression is not very popular — just ask some cartoonists who have criticized the war on terrorism and U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Webmaster Sentenced to One Year in Federal Prison [Yikes!!] Sherman Austin, webmaster of RaisetheFist.com, was sentenced August 4, 2003, to one year in federal prison, with three years of probation. Judge Wilson shocked the courtroom when he went against the recommendation of not only the prosecution, but the FBI and the Justice Department, who had asked that Austin be sentenced to 4 months in prison, and 4 months in a half-way house, with 3 years of probation.
September 11 hijackers ran plane into ground to quash passenger revolt Hijackers on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania during the September 11 attacks rammed the aircraft into the ground to quash a passenger uprising, according to a report recently submitted to Congress.
Feds: Hijackers Crashed Flight 93 on 9/11 A Sept. 11 hijacker in the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 instructed terrorist-pilot Ziad Jarrah to crash the jetliner moments before it slammed into a Pennsylvania field because of a fierce passenger uprising in the cabin, recently disclosed testimony by the FBI director shows.
U.S. Clamps Secrecy on Warnings Before 9/11 --by Marie Cocco "The recent report of the joint congressional committee that probed intelligence failures before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon reveals what the Bush administration doesn't want Americans to know about the American government... The White House refused to provide contents of the president[sic]'s daily brief. This would clear up questions about how much specific information President [sic] Bush received about an impending attack during the spring and summer of 2001 - a period in which the intelligence community was reporting with alarm that a 'spectacular' attack against the United States involving 'mass casualties' was in the works."
Saudi Secrets Are Safe With Bush --by Joe Conason "Commercial connections between the Saudis and the Bushes extend from limited-partner investments in George W.’s failed oil ventures more than 20 years ago to the Carlyle Group, a mighty merchant bank that currently employs Mr. [James] Baker, former President George Herbert Walker Bush and a host of lesser family vassals. Saudi money has also figured in several of the most significant political scandals of the postwar era, notably the Iran-contra affair and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International blowup. Whatever the Saudis might say about any of those matters is probably better left unsaid—not only to protect state secrets, but also for the sake of Bush senior, the former C.I.A. director and suspected Iran-contra conspirator."
Bush Approval Slips - Fix Economy, Say Voters (Pew Research Center) As Dictator Bush shows increasing political vulnerability, the Democratic presidential field is beginning to come into focus. Bush's overall approval rating has declined to pre-Iraq war levels and his lead in a match-up with a hypothetical Democrat has narrowed to five points (43%-38%). Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) now say the economy - not terrorism - is the more important presidential priority.
New Security Woes for E-Vote Firm Following an embarrassing leak of its proprietary software over a file transfer protocol site last January, the inner workings of Diebold Election Systems have again been laid bare. A hacker has come forward with evidence that he broke the security of a private Web server operated by the embattled e-vote vendor, and made off last spring with Diebold's internal discussion-list archives, a software bug database and more software.
The cancellation of democracy --by Bob Guldin "The right to vote is absolutely basic to the American system of free and democratic government. That's why it's strange, and more than a little disturbing, that in several states, U.S. citizens are being deprived of their opportunity to vote in a 2004 presidential primary... No matter how you rationalize it - budget shortfalls, election schedules or partisan politics - the prospect of multiple states calling off elections is deeply disturbing."
Bush Misuses Science, Report Says Democrats Say Data Are Distorted to Boost Conservative Policies --The Bush dictatorship has repeatedly mischaracterized scientific facts to bolster its political agenda in areas ranging from abstinence education and condom use to missile defense, according to a detailed report released yesterday by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.).
Salt of the Earth --by Paul Krugman "Before last year's [s-]elections Frank [Putz] Luntz, the Republican pollster, wrote a remarkable memo about how to neutralize public perceptions that the party was anti-environmental. Here's what it said about global warming: 'The scientific debate is closing [against us] but is not yet closed. There is still an opportunity to challenge the science.' And it advised Republicans to play up the appearance of scientific uncertainty. But as a recent article in Salon reminds us, this appearance of uncertainty is 'manufactured.'"
Fawning media benefit Bush --by Norman Solomon "Midway through July -- even while Time's latest cover was asking 'Untruth & Consequences: How Flawed Was the Case for Going to War Against Saddam?' -- the president [sic] told reporters: 'We gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.' Bush's assertion about Saddam and the inspectors -- that he 'wouldn't let them in' -- wasn't true. Some gingerly noted that the statement was false. But the media response was mild. The president [sic] openly uttering significant falsehoods was no big deal... Many U.S. news organizations are beginning to piece together a grim picture of deceit in Washington and lethal consequences in Iraq." [a must read]
Business to get out GOP vote Fortune 500 firms mobilize to take on pro-Dem unions --Approximately 170 corporations, including some 60 Fortune 500 companies, are participating in an ambitious plan to mobilize employees in the presidential and congressional elections 15 months away.
Liberals Form Fund to Defeat Dictator Aim Is to Spend $75 Million for 2004 --Labor, environmental and women's organizations, with strong backing from international financier George Soros, have joined forces behind a new political group that plans to spend an unprecedented $75 million to mobilize voters to defeat Dictator Bush in 2004.
Billionaire Commits $10M to Defeat Bush Making a major foray into partisan politics, multibillionaire George Soros is committing $10 million to a new Democratic-leaning group aimed at defeating Dictator Bush next year.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to President Dennis Kucinich! --by Michael Heaton "...[T]here is one Clevelander out there making national headlines every day who isn't getting his due. And it strikes me as odd. I'm talking about Congressman, Presidential Candidate and former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich. I sense a kind of collective resistance to Kucinich from this town as he plays out a mission on the national stage... Kucinich is a small, smart, scrappy guy with a lot of heart. Deep down, he's a good man who cares about people."
State schools fail to meet new federal test standards Nearly 90 percent of Florida's public schools failed to meet reading and math standards this year under the new federal No Child Left Behind law, The Herald learned Thursday. There are no direct consequences to the failures, but they are a stinging rebuke to a system that Gov. Jeb Bush's A+ Plan for Education has painted as steadily improving.
Third graders being held back protest FCAT near Bush's office About 30 students who were told they won't be promoted to the fourth grade held signs and read aloud from books during a protest over a policy that holds back third graders who don't pass the FCAT.
A politically connected industry devastates the Everglades --by Ted Levin "Last spring, in a bravura display of clout, the industry succeeded in ramming a sweetheart deal through the Florida legislature that gives Big Sugar more time to clean up its act. The measure, supported by Governor Jeb Bush, pushes back a looming 2006 water cleanup deadline to 2013, and gives sugar companies until 2017 to pay a cleanup tax. 'Big Sugar is not only raping the resource; it expects breakfast in the morning,' wrote Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas."
India orders an inquiry into 'toxic soft drinks' claim The Indian government has ordered in investigation into why an analysis of 12 brands of cold drinks owned and marketed by Coca-Cola and Pepsi allegedly found that they contained on average more than 30 times the EU legal limit for pesticides.
Gore Takes Aim at Bush President Gore Assails Regime's Iraq Policy --President Al Gore, assailing U.S. policies in Iraq and at home, on Thursday argued that the Bush dictatorship "routinely shows disrespect" for the "honest and open debate" that produces the truth.
Gore Attacks White House on Economy, Iraq Policy President Al Gore, assailing U.S. policies in Iraq and at home, on Thursday argued that the Bush dictatorship "routinely shows disrespect" for the "honest and open debate" that produces the truth. "I think it's partly because they feel they already know the truth, and aren't very curious to learn about any facts that might contradict it," Gore said in a speech at New York University.
Gore Criticizes Bush's Leadership on Iraq President Al Gore upbraided Dictator Bush on Thursday for pursuing a divisive, ideologically narrow agenda and misleading the nation on issues from Iraq to the economy. The winner of the 2000 presidential race delivered the major policy address amid calls from some Democratic quarters for Gore to change his mind and join the crowded field of nine White House candidates.
Al Gore's Speech at NYU Prepared text of President Al Gore's remarks at New York University on August 7, 2003
Speculation rife on Gore speech President Al Gore is set to deliver a highly promoted attack on the Bush dictatorship today, prompting a new flurry of speculation that he may be testing the waters to enter the presidential race, although his office insists he will not.
Blix Blasts 'Illegal' US War on Iraq Former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix yesterday blasted the US-led war on Iraq as a violation of international law. He said: "I do not see the action as compatible with the UN charter."
U.S. Considers Reducing Its Role in Iraq The steady loss of American troops and a terror bombing at the Jordanian Embassy may prompt the Bush dictatorship to revise the U.S. security role in Iraq, shifting some responsibility to emerging local forces.
Sickko Security Adviser Likens Iraq Path to Civil Rights Struggle Rice Touts Democratic Hopes for Iraq --National security adviser [and whackjob liar] Condoleezza Rice likened Iraq's halting path toward self-government to black Americans' struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, imploring black journalists Thursday to reject arguments that some people are incapable of democracy.
Seven die in Baghdad embassy blast A truck bomb exploded outside the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad today, killing at least seven people. The Reuters news agency reported that the attack killed nine people and wounded dozens more.
2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Car Bomb Claims at Least 7 A massive car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding 52, hospital and rescue workers said. Two U.S. soldiers died in a gun battle in another part of the Iraqi capital.
General: Hussein Allies Raise Bounty on Americans Killing an American may now be worth $5,000 to an Iraqi in Saddam Hussein's heartlands -- a quadrupling of the bounty that the U.S. commander in the region said is a sign of desperation among guerrilla diehards. [And, that leaves the U.S. million-dollar bounties a sign of... *what*?]
Military families speak out against Iraq war at Pittsburgh rally The daughter of Staff Sergeant Charles Pollard, who is stationed in Iraq, and her mother spoke out against the Iraq war and called for US troops to be brought home at a noon-time press conference Wednesday, July 30, outside the federal building in downtown Pittsburgh.
Ex-insider blows whistle on Pentagon ‘intelligence’ 'What I saw was aberrant, pervasive and contrary to good order and discipline' Retired official says operations by Office of Special Plans subverted 'constitutional limits on executive power' The Pentagon’s Early Bird, a daily compilation of up to 50 news articles on defense-related issues taken mostly from the US and British press, omitted an opinion piece distributed by the Knight-Ridder news agency by a senior Pentagon Middle East specialist, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who worked in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, until her retirement in April...
Defense Department funding brain-machine work --by Gareth Cook "Even by Washington scandal standards, the 'terrorism futures' scandal was strange and dramatic... What most people don't know is that the Department of Defense is already funding a research program with far creepier implications. The $24 million enterprise called Brain Machine Interfaces is developing technology that promises to directly read thoughts from a living brain -- and even instill thoughts as well."
Navy Looks to Blimps As Anti-Terror Tool The military is looking to something old as a new weapon in the war on terrorism: blimps.
Facilitating the 2004 GOP coup d'etat: Online absentee voting eliminates postmarks The Pentagon is putting the 'finishing touches' [Yikes!] on an electronic voting system that will allow about 100,000 military personnel and other Americans living abroad to cast their ballots through the Internet in the 2004 elections. [The Pentagon, the Internet, and elections -- all making it so much easier for Bush-Rove to steal the presidential election, AGAIN.]
Whackjob Ashcroft Orders Tally Of Light Sentencing Critics Say He Wants 'Blacklist' of Judges --Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has ordered U.S. attorneys across the country to become much more aggressive in reporting to the Justice Department cases in which federal judges impose lighter sentences than called for in sentencing guidelines.
Group Challenges Part of Patriot Act Civil rights lawyers have filed a challenge to a section of the Patriot Act that makes it illegal to provide "expert advice and assistance" to groups with alleged links to terrorists.
Judge Chides NYPD Over Interrogations A federal judge broadened judicial oversight of the city's police department Thursday, saying the force showed "some need of discipline" after subjecting anti-war protesters to questions including whether they hated Dictator Bush.
Anti - Bush Protesters Sue Secret Service Three protesters who were arrested at a 2002 rally attended by Dictator Bush for refusing to picket inside specified areas sued the Secret Service Wednesday, arguing that their First Amendment rights were violated.
Anti-Bush protesters arrested at Tampa rally file suit Three protesters arrested at a 2002 rally attended by Dictator Bush sued the U.S. Secret Service and others Wednesday, arguing that their First Amendment rights were violated when they were arrested for refusing to picket inside specified zones.
Senate Hits Back in Saudi Terror List Fight A top U.S. Senate Republican on Wednesday criticized as "inexcusable" a refusal by the Bush dictatorship to give Congress details about Saudi organizations and individuals that have been investigated as possible terrorism financiers.
EBay refuses to list Yukon artist's 'weasel' cards An artist in Yukon who created pictures of playing cards mocking the regime of U.S. Dictator George W. Bush has been told he can't sell them on EBay – and received death threats for even trying.
FCC Chair Powell Says He's Not Quitting Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Michael Powell, met with top aides after returning from vacation Monday and assured them he won't quit. Powell, a champion of deregulation who critics say is too pro-big business, rose from commissioner to chairman when Dictator Bush took office [literally, *took* office] in 2001. His term isn't over until 2007. [Ugh!]
Al Sharpton Criticizes White Media Veteran black activist Al Sharpton contended Wednesday that the news media are dismissive of his presidential campaign because newsrooms are overwhelmingly white.
Banks Moved Billions to Shelter Income From Taxes Some of the nation's biggest banks have sheltered hundreds of millions of dollars from state taxes by creating investment funds that didn't sell shares publicly but paid tax-exempt dividends to the banks, Thursday's Wall Street Journal reported.
Despair of the Jobless --by Bob Herbert "The folks who put the voodoo back in economics keep telling us that prosperity is just around the corner. For the unemployed, that would mean more jobs. Are there more jobs just around the corner? This alleged economic upturn is not just a jobless recovery, it's a job loss recovery. The hemorrhaging of jobs in the aftermath of the recent 'mild' recession is like nothing the U.S. has seen in more than half a century. Millions continue to look desperately for work, and millions more have given up in despair."
IG Investigates Whether EPA Misled Public on Water Quality Agency Audits Suggest Reports Overstated Utilities' Record --The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is investigating whether the agency is deliberately misleading the public by overstating the purity of the nation's drinking water, according to EPA officials and agency documents.
Rendell blames Senate GOP for budget crisis Gov. Ed Rendell came to Pittsburgh yesterday and placed the blame for the state's budget gridlock squarely on recalcitrant Republicans in the state Senate.
Dem. Bustamante to Run in Calif. Recall Cruz Bustamante is the son of an immigrant barber who grew up in central California in the 1950s and rose to become lieutenant governor of the nation's most populous state. Now, he has broken party ranks to become the first prominent Democrat to declare his own candidacy in California's recall election.
Arianna Huffington talks about Running for Governor of California and the Recall Election of Gray Davis (A BuzzFlash interview) "Huffington states her main reason for running on her new campaign website at http://www.ariannaforgov.com/fix.html... BUZZFLASH: Let me start off by asking you why you decided to put your name on the California gubernatorial recall ballot. ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: Because even though I believe that the recall effort has been a Republican power grab -- and that this is not a way to run a democracy -- I also see here an unprecedented opportunity to take back our political system, and to reorder our policy priorities, so that finally public policy is set not by special interests and big contributors, but by what is best for the public."
Schwarzenegger running in Calif. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger terminated the suspense Wednesday night by declaring that he would challenge Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election, immediately becoming the most prominent [Well, he's an insipid puppet pushed by the Reichwing media] opponent of the embattled Democrat.
Jerry Falwell Forms Anti-Gay Marriage Coalition The Rev Jerry Falwell announced Wednesday that he is putting aside everything to devote his time to passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Mini-nukes on US agenda A two-day conference to plan the future of the American nuclear arsenal, including the development of so-called mini-nukes, is being held this week at StratCom, the headquarters of US Strategic Command in Nebraska. The Bush regime appears determined to build a new generation of small nuclear weapons, especially "earth penetrators", designed to attack nuclear, chemical or biological materials buried deep underground.
Friends bid farewell to 'gentle' Kelly David Kelly's funeral was marked by "lots of tears and lots of reflection" and focused heavily on his Welsh roots according to his close friend the former BBC journalist Tom Mangold.
Some of Army's Civilian Contractors Are No-Shows in Iraq U.S. troops in Iraq suffered through months of unnecessarily poor living conditions because some civilian contractors hired by the Army for logistics support failed to show up, Army officers said.
Returning Marines critical of Iraq plan Occupation not run well, some say [The Bush occupation is not going well here, either.] ''We're an infantry unit and they kind of used us as an occupying force,'' said Sgt. Chris Masterson, 25, a Wappingers Falls resident who left his pursuit of a business degree at Dutchess Community College to serve...
Vaccine link raised in U.S troops' deaths The U.S. Army should look at whether the anthrax vaccine is behind the unexplained cluster of pneumonia cases among soldiers in Iraq, according to the co-author of a government-sponsored study that last year found the vaccine was the "possible or probable" cause of pneumonia in two soldiers.
Pilots confirm napalm dropped on Iraqi troops American jets killed Iraqi troops with firebombs – similar to the controversial napalm used in the Vietnam War – in March and April as Marines battled toward Baghdad. Marine Corps fighter pilots and commanders who have returned from the war zone have confirmed dropping dozens of incendiary bombs near bridges over the Saddam Canal and the Tigris River. The explosions created massive fireballs. "We napalmed both those (bridge) approaches," said Col. James Alles in a recent interview.
Hiroshima mayor lashes out at Bush on atomic bombing anniversary Hiroshima's mayor lashed out at the United States' nuclear weapons policy during ceremonies marking the 58th anniversary of the city's atomic bombing, which caused the deaths of over 230,000 people. Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba said the United States worshipped nuclear weapons as "God" and blamed it for jeopardising the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.
Disdain for Bush Simmers in Democratic Strongholds There is a powerful disdain for the Bush dictatorship, stoked by the aftermath of the war in Iraq and the continuing lag in the economy. There is also a conviction that Dictator Bush is eminently beatable and a hunger to hear their party's leaders and candidates make the case against him — straight up, from the heart rather than the polling data... For the past two and a half years a fairly consistent 38 percent of respondents in The New York Times/CBS News Poll have said that Mr. Bush was not legitimately elected president.
Iraq war lies and impeachment: Official Washington tiptoes round the "i" word The American political establishment has responded with a mixture of silence, unease and outright hostility to the first suggestion by a prominent Washington insider that Dictator George W. Bush could be impeached for his actions in taking the United States into a war with Iraq on the basis of lies.
Democracy Is Under Attack - Let's Take it Back --by the Honorable Cynthia McKinney, Harlem, July 31, 2003 --"George Bush and Dick Cheney, who remain in office, have the nerve to launch two simultaneous wars, at least one that is against international law; award no bid contracts to their friends in the defense industry; erode our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; put Paul Wolfowitz in charge of military tribunals (that same travesty of justice that we have excoriated other countries for in the past); put a felon, convicted of lying to Congress, in charge of our privacy; and lie about the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as well as the landing of America's top gun—George W.--on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which supposedly was out at sea, but that was really in San Diego harbor. And this all comes after they stole the Presidency on the uncounted chads of black and Latino voters in a scheme that was orchestrated at the top." [a must read]
Powell Advises Resuming Colombia Anti-Drug Flights [yet pushes full court press for Afghanistan's CIA/Taliban-backed drug lords] Secretary of State Colin Powell has recommended resuming U.S.-backed 'anti'[?!?]-drug flights over Colombia that were halted two years ago after a U.S. missionary and her baby died when their plane was mistakenly shot down over Peru, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
N Korea plans to export Taepodong 2 missiles to Iran North Korea is contemplating a plan to export its Taepodong 2 long-range ballistic missiles to Iran and to jointly develop nuclear warheads, a Japanese daily reported Wednesday.
Gov't Won't Release Terror Financing List The Treasury Department rejected a request from senators Tuesday and refused to release a classified list of Saudi individuals or organizations suspected of financing terrorist groups. [Well, they can't have the public see Bush family's Carlyle group atop the heap.]
Playing politics with 9/11 (The Berkshire Eagle) "While Attorney General John Ashcroft scares Americans with vague warnings about pending terrorist attacks by al-Qaida, the White House and related departments continue to stonewall efforts to reveal the events that led up to al-Qaida's infamous attacks on American soil nearly two years ago... The latest step in the growing cover-up came Monday when the Treasury Department announced it would not provide the Senate with a list of Saudi individuals and organizations it has investigated for possibly financing al-Qaida attacks."
Police knew that bombed Jakarta hotel was terror target Indonesian police seized documents last month showing terrorists were planning to target the area around Jakarta's Marriott Hotel, devastated yesterday by a powerful suicide car bomb that killed 15 people.
Jakarta Police Seized Documents that Foretold Hotel Bombing Jakarta Police Had Anticipated Attack --Police on Wednesday said they seized documents last month showing terrorists had planned to target the area around Jakarta's Marriott Hotel, where a powerful car bomb a day earlier killed as many as 14 people and injured nearly 150.
Staff and Guests were evacuated prior to blast Indonesian police said the attack was "similar" to last year's Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people... Hotel bosses said staff and guests had been evacuated before the blast, which happened during the busy lunch hour.
US Embassy cancelled booking of Marriott Hotel 4.5 hours before explosion (translation from original article) The US Embassy cancelled the booking of 10-20 rooms in the J. W. Marriott Hotel. The cancellation was at 8.00 West Indonesian Time, Tuesday, or only 4.5 hours before the explosion. This information is from an employee of the Marriott Hotel who refused to be identified. He explained that the booking was made several days ago. The US Embassy's guests had planned to stay for 3 days. [*Note: link accesses original article, not translated version.]
D.C., Four States to Share Law Enforcement, Other Records Authorities in the District and four large Eastern states plan to launch an 'anti-terrorism' data-sharing effort in September to enable federal, state and local agencies to search instantly through millions of law enforcement records, Mayor Anthony A. Williams said yesterday. Williams said the pilot program would share criminal justice information, "not only for emergency preparedness, but for regular, garden-variety crime-fighting."
Groups Seek Probe of Bush Judge Nominee Environmental groups asked the Office of Government Ethics to investigate meetings between the Interior Department's top lawyer, now nominated for a federal judgeship, and cattle interests who may have been his former clients.
Everything Is Political --by Paul Krugman "Across the board, the Bush administration has politicized policy analysis. Whether the subject is stem cells or global warming, budget deficits or weapons of mass destruction, government agencies are under intense pressure to say what the White House wants to hear. And the long-term consequences are likely to be dire."
Watchdog Reveals Effort to Gag Anti-Bush Causes Muffling the Left --by Chisun Lee "The Bush administration is actively seeking to gag or punish social service organizations that challenge the party line on such matters as health care for poor children and HIV prevention, according to a new report. Nonprofits that disagree with the president[sic]'s own solutions, or go further and blame him for problems in the first place, have come to expect unpleasant consequences. Those might include audits of federal-funds spending and reviews of content, such as workshop literature."
California governor launches lawsuit to delay 'unfair and hasty' recall election California's embattled governor, Gray Davis, sought to put off his date with destiny yesterday as his lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court to delay the extraordinary "recall" election set for October.
Sen. Feinstein Says Won't Run in California Recall Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said on Wednesday she would not step in as an alternate candidate should current Democratic Gov. Gray Davis lose office in the state's recall ballot in October.
Recall Jeb Bush - Governor of Florida (petition) "Jeb Bush has freeloaded off the citizens of Florida for too many years and his job as governor borders on criminal as he has used the power of the state government itself against the citizens of Florida. Please help to Rescue Florida from the grips of a self-serving governor."
U.S. Backs Florida's New Counterterrorism Database 'Matrix' Offers Law Agencies Faster Access to Americans' Personal Records --Police in Florida are creating a counterterrorism database designed to give law enforcement agencies around the country a powerful new tool to analyze billions of records about both criminals and ordinary Americans.
Character training riles DCF workers Program based on evangelist's teachings --Children and Families director [and Reichwing whackjob] Jerry Regier is using his fundamental Oklahoma roots to make employees of Florida's embattled agency participate in mandatory character-training sessions.
California budget imposes massive spending cuts On August 2, California Governor Gray Davis signed a budget that allowed the state government to continue functioning by combining draconian cuts in social spending with massive borrowing. The measure, meant to assuage Wall Street concerns about California’s fiscal stability, resolves none of the issues underlying the budget crisis.
Food fright: Black neighborhoods in L.A. have poor choice A new study confirms what obesity researchers have said for years: Grocery stores in lower-income black neighborhoods offer fewer healthful foods than stores in more affluent, mostly white communities, making it more difficult for poorer people to maintain a normal weight and live a healthy lifestyle.
Legal Foundation for Hawaiian Independence Law Library, Historical Documents, and Research Material --Legal Testimony of Prof. Francis Boyle, Dec. 28, 1993 Excerpts or Full text "Interpretation of U.S. Public Law 103-150 under International Law, and its Implications for the Restoration of the Independent and Sovereign Nation State of Hawai'i"
Microsoft to Get EU Fine, Curbs on Media Software Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software company, will probably be fined, forced to disclose programming data to competitors and ordered to change the way it sells its music and video software to settle four-year-old European antitrust allegations, the European Commission said.
U.S. Accused of Intimidation in Iraq Uranium Flap Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a key figure in the Iraq-Niger uranium controversy, accused the Bush dictatorship on Monday of using intimidation tactics to stifle criticism about its handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq.
Niger president challenges Blair government over uranium allegations The prime minister of Niger, Hama Hamadou, has demanded that British prime minister Poodle Tony Blair put up or shut up over his continued allegations that Saddam Hussein had sought to purchase uranium from the African country.
Downing St accused of new low after 'Walter Mitty' smear of Kelly Downing Street engaged in a frantic damage-limitation exercise as colleagues of Dr Kelly accused the Government of sinking to a new low so close to his funeral tomorrow, and said his family was hurt and appalled at the attempt to portray him as a fantasist. John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, ordered ministers and officials to show respect and decency towards the family of David Kelly last night after a Whitehall source described him as a "Walter Mitty" character.
No 10 apologises for 'Walter Mitty' slur against dead weapons expert The Prime Minister's official spokesman Tom Kelly apologised today for describing the dead Iraqi weapons expert Dr David Kelly as a "Walter Mitty character." Tony Blair faced calls to sack him over the briefing about events leading up to Dr Kelly's apparent suicide.
Kelly family wanted Hoon to stay away from funeral, No 10 admits Downing Street appeared to concede yesterday that David Kelly's family had told Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, to stay away from his funeral.
MoD Tries to Burn Dr Kelly Evidence Papers found in bin-bag --Defence chiefs were accused of a cover-up yesterday after trying to burn documents about scientist David Kelly just days after his suicide. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that copies of a "media plan" relating to Dr Kelly were discovered in a bin- bag heading for the incinerator.
American Civilian Wounded in Iraq; Two U.S. Soldiers Wounded An American civilian was killed and at least two U.S. soldiers were wounded on Tuesday in two separate attacks in Iraq. It was not clear who was behind the latest attacks, but increasingly U.S. officials are suggesting foreign fighters — and by implication, Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. On the other hand, Iraqis and U.S. officers on the ground say the evidence is stronger that disgruntled Iraqis or Saddam Hussein loyalists are behind most attacks.
US baffled as troops in Iraq hit by killer virus The United States Army has dispatched a team of medical experts to Iraq to investigate a serious outbreak of pneumonia among US troops, with two dead and more than 100 ill.
Death marches at double in Iraq but US public unaware Since May 1, when Dictator George Bush called an end to combat operations, 52 of his troops have been killed by hostile fire, according to Pentagon figures. But the total of deaths from all causes is much higher at 112. The other unreported cost of the war for the United States is the number of wounded - 827.
The unreported cost of war: at least 827 American wounded US military casualties from the occupation of Iraq have been more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe because of an extraordinarily high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths in the ranks that have gone largely unreported in the media.
Bitterness grows in Iraq over deaths of civilians In numerous interviews, Iraqis said that more than factors like unemployment, fuel shortages, or electricity blackouts, civilian casualties since the war's end have raised the level of bitterness against US soldiers and could prolong or widen armed resistance. ''It has increased our hate against Americans,'' said Ali Hatem, 23, a computer science student at the University of Baghdad.
U.S. Limits Payments to Kin of Slain Iraqi Civilians Compensation is possible only in cases of wrongdoing or negligence. Fatal errors and combat-related deaths are excluded. The families of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed or injured by U.S. forces will not receive compensation unless they prove clear-cut negligence or wrongdoing by soldiers, military officials said Sunday.
For an Iraqi Family, 'No Other Choice' Father and Brother Are Forced by Villagers to Execute Suspected U.S. Informant --U.S. officials say they have received a deluge of tips from informants, the intelligence growing since U.S. forces killed former president Saddam Hussein's two sons last week. But a shadowy response has followed, a less-publicized but no less deadly theater of violence in the U.S. occupation. U.S. officials and residents say informers have been killed, shot and attacked with grenades.
Soldier Sleeps in Fridge to Escape Iraq Heat A British soldier serving in Iraq tried to escape from the sweltering heat by sleeping in a walk-in fridge but ended up being treated for hypothermia.
Gore Plans NYU Anti-War Speech Amid talk he's being urged to jump back into the presidential race, President Al Gore has arranged to speak out on Iraq to a large anti-War group at New York University on Thursday. It will be Gore's first speech on Iraq since he came out against the Bush dictatorship's push toward war last September.
Afghans on Edge of Chaos As opium production and banditry soar, the country is at risk of anarchy, some warn, and could allow a Taliban resurgence. U.S. forces have their hands full trying to subdue attacks in Iraq. But with the slow buildup of a national Afghan army, an inadequate U.S. and coalition presence and poor progress on reconstruction projects, Afghanistan is spiraling out of control and risks becoming a "narco-mafia" state, some humanitarian agencies warn.
US move to expand military influence A vastly extended deployment of American forces has been proposed by the US Defense Department. Troops would be moved from West European NATO bases to bases in Poland, Bulgaria and Romania (the current assumption), and to "lily-pad" bases along what Washington calls the "arc of instability."
Medal of shame --by Jane Chastain "Last week, Pfc. Jessica Lynch returned to Palestine, W. Va., to a hometown celebration few service members have experienced... There is a big difference between being a hero and a victim of circumstance. However, in Jesse's case, that distinction has been blurred. This is unfortunate."
US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at airports. The list had been kept secret until its disclosure last week by the new US agency in charge of aviation safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And it is entirely separate from the relatively well-publicised "no-fly" list, which covers about 1,000 people believed to have criminal or terrorist ties that could endanger the safety of their fellow passengers.
TSA to Issue Airport Security Advisory for Electronic Devices The government is expected to instruct airport security screeners and state, local and federal law enforcement officers on Tuesday to give greater scrutiny to electronic devices that might be used in a terrorist attack, a federal source said Monday.
Arrogance, or something darker? --by John David Rose "If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed to happen you may not have to look any further than the Oval Office... A little more than a month before the attack, in his Aug. 6 daily intelligence briefing, Bush was 'told that morning of the al-Qaida terror network's interest in conducting a strike within the U.S., and that it might involve highjacked airplanes,' reports the Wall Street Journal (7/24/03.) Why didn't he order airlines to be alerted, inform the Federal Aviation Administration of the threat, put the military air commands on a high level of readiness and tell the FBI, CIA and INS to be super vigilant? He brushed the warning aside. 'Nine months before 9/11 the Clinton administration had a bold plan to attack al-Qaida,' wrote Time magazine (8/12/02) before it could attack us. Weakened by the impeachment battle, Clinton put the plan on hold as a courtesy to the incoming Bush. In January 2001, the Clinton security team attempted to brief incoming Bush officials of the al-Qaida threat and the plan. Again they were given the brushoff." [A must-read. A mainstream American newspaper publishes this editorial, which concludes, in part, "Here's the chilling kicker: To convince the American people to spend extra billions for defense instead of on Social Security, Medicare, etc., PNAC suggested it would take a 'catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.' (PNAC's exact words.)"]
Bush's 9-11 Secrets The Government Received Warnings of Bin Laden's Plans to Attack New York and D.C. --by James Ridgeway "Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received repeated warnings of impending attacks—and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington—for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming."
More Calls to Vet Voting Machines A recent report that showed touch-screen voting machines could be vulnerable to hackers spurred the National Association of Secretaries of State, a majority of whose members are in charge of their states' elections, to consider whether the standards for the machines should be beefed up to prevent tampering.
Voting Company Reverses Stand (Press Release: Bev Harris, blackboxvoting.com) "Voting Company Reverses Stand: Flawed software WAS used in Georgia and other elections - There are 'kinks' in touch screens According to an Aug. 4 article in Wired.com: Diebold company spokesman Mike Jacobsen 'confirmed that the source code Rubin's team examined was last used in November 2002 general elections in Georgia, Maryland and in counties in California and Kansas.'"
Voting-machine concerns prompt changes in state plan Spooked by reports that new, sophisticated voting machines may be vulnerable to tampering, North Dakota election officials have changed plans to install them within three years.
GOP whackjobs send Democrat senators 'care package' The Republican Party of Texas has sent a "care package" that includes undergarments to the 11 Texas Democrat senators holed up in a New Mexico hotel.
NDP in hot water over 'Shrub' memo Saskatchewan's plan to petition the United States to reopen borders to Canadian beef stumbled out of the gate Wednesday when an internal government document flippantly referred to U.S. Dictator George W. Bush as "Shrub." [LOL! They should have referred to him as the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel!]
Protest Plans Could Make Long, Hot Texas Summer for Bush (Houston Indymedia) Antiwar protesters thwarted by Crawford, TX, officials during Bush's annual August-long vacation at the Texas White House last year will be better prepared this year, thanks to the logistical details supplied by Bob Devers.
More corporate welfare on the way for one of Bush's installers: the pharmaceutical corpraterrorists Panel Urges U.S. to Broaden Role in Vaccinations --The federal government should require all health insurance policies to pay for vaccines, should reimburse insurers for the costs and should subsidize vaccines for uninsured people, an expert panel from the National Academy of Sciences said today.
Citigroup, Morgan Chase fined for Enron deals: corruption at the heights of American finance Citigroup Inc. and JP Morgan Chase & Co., the largest and second largest US banks respectively, reached an agreement July 28 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pay a combined $255 million in fines in connection with their involvement in the fraud perpetrated by Enron.
A Direct Hit to American Workers --by James P. Hoffa "...American workers will suffer a direct hit at home when thousands of additional foreign workers take jobs here in the United States under a new program that permits visas to be renewed indefinitely... Yet this appears to be just the opening salvo in a war waged against America's working families by the Bush administration and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle."
Well-Heeled 'Rangers' Oil Bush Re-s-election Machine Millions already raised have some questioning agendas of donors and organizers themselves. In the secluded, 8,000-acre splendor of the Reynolds Plantation luxury resort, Georgia showered Dictator Bush with money last month...
Will Howard beat Bush? --by Harry Heidelberg "There seems to be a growing crazy feeling out there that Howard could defeat Bush! Not John Howard but Democrat, Howard Dean. If this happens, America will be taking the next exit to the left. Off the Bush track and down a different highway... The point is that people go on and on about America's conservatism, conveniently ignoring the coasts and conveniently ignoring that Al Gore won the popular vote in the last elections."
LieberBush Warns Party On Ideology Candidate Assails 'Extremist' [???] Policies --Sen. Joseph I. LieberBush (D-R-In-Sheep's-Clothing-Conn.), expanding a fight among Democrats, attacked former Vermont governor Howard Dean and several other rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination yesterday, arguing that they have embraced extreme left ideas that threaten to return the party to political exile. [Exile *this*.]
LieberBush Warns U.S. Democrats Against Turn to Left Presidential hopeful Joseph LieberBush warned Democrats on Monday the party's soul was at stake in 2004 and a return to the "extremes" of rivals like Howard Dean would doom it to the political wilderness. [Doom *this*.]
Poll Shows Gov. Bush's Popularity Drops Amid Malpractice Fight Gov. Jeb Bush's approval rating has dropped as he spars with state lawmakers over efforts to reduce the cost of doctors' medical malpractice insurance, a poll shows.
U.S. Court Asked to Halt Nerve Gas Destruction A coalition of environmentalists and citizens groups asked a U.S. court on Monday to issue a last-minute injunction barring the military from destroying hundreds of Cold War-era chemical weapons at an incinerator in Alabama.
Britain bakes, Europe burns. Is this proof of global warming? Sometime tomorrow, in southern England or the Midlands, the mercury in the thermometer may pass 37.1C, which became the national record when registered in Cheltenham on 3 August 1990... A record would be hugely significant - a three-figure Fahrenheit temperature for the UK would be breaking psychological as well as new meteorological ground as it would give many people for the first time the perception that global warning is a real, not a theoretical phenomenon - and that it is happening to them.
Denver Faces New Ozone Health Threat Ozone is posing a new health threat to Denver residents, a year after health officials said they had stamped out smog as an air pollution problem.
Classified 9/11 report said to 'damn' Saudi officials However one interprets the 27 pages, all who have read them agreed on one thing: If they are made public, they will prove extremely embarrassing not only to the Saudi government, but the U.S. government as well...
Hutton orders Blair to testify Tony Blair faces the humiliation of having to cut short his summer holiday and endure a public cross-examination by BBC lawyers at the inquiry into the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly.
U.S. Seeks War Crimes Exemption for Liberia Peacekeepers ''Insisting that peacekeeping forces should have immunity from international law and crimes as a condition to enforce international law is grotesque and irresponsible,'' said William R. Pace, convenor of the Coalition, Thursday.
Far From Homeland, Staff Deployed in Iraq Some employees of the Department of Homeland Security are working pretty far from the homeland these days. About 6,200 miles away, actually -- in Iraq.
Global strife swells Exxon's coffers Exxon Mobil, the largest publicly quoted oil company, yesterday reported a 58% increase in profits to $4.2bn (£2.6bn) during the second quarter, on the back of soaring energy prices.
Support for 1st Amendment rising after 9/11 Two years after terrorists made America blink about personal freedoms secured by the First Amendment, Americans appear to be reconsidering the issue.
Dems plan Pryor filibuster “There will be a filibuster and we will prevail,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said following a weekly luncheon meeting of Senate Democrats. "I would be surprised if there was not a filibuster." Schumer, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, added, “The meeting was very emotional. The two-by-four tactics of [our opponents] is uniting our caucus. I’ve never seen our caucus more united.”
In politics, NASCAR is driving force In 2000, it was soccer moms. Today, the demographic that’s most in demand by political strategists converges at racetracks Sunday afternoons to whoop, holler and shake a fist at the souped-up Fords and Chevys whizzing past. They’re called “NASCAR dads.”
Erosion of jobs clouds outlook Unemployment dipped from 6.4 percent to 6.2 percent in July -- suggesting that the job market is improving. But behind those figures is an increasing number of Americans too discouraged to continue their search for jobs.
A new hard-liner at the DEA Though the Republican Party prides itself on being a champion of state sovereignty, one need only mention phrases like "medical marijuana" or "drug law reform" to see how quickly the Administration of George W. Bush becomes hostile to the notion of the autonomy of states. The latest – and perhaps most egregious – example of this enmity is about to become manifest via a new appointment, that of veteran Justice Department official Karen Tandy, soon to be new chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Public health tailored to Bush line, critics charge When CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding presented a check for abstinence education to Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ last month, she reignited a debate over whether politics is trampling on public health... Combined with other efforts, the grants are part of the Bush dictatorship's goal of spending $135 million a year on abstinence-only education.
French militant farmer walks free Mr. Bove was allowed to walk free after public prosecutors failed to appeal against a judge's decision, taken on Friday. Mr. Bove was arrested on 22 June in a dramatic commando-style dawn raid on his farm in southern France - involving scores of police officers - for damaging GM crops.
Trash in seas off Hawaii appalls Cousteau's son Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau headed to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands last month imagining unspoiled terrain -- pristine masses of land in the middle of nowhere. What he found was shocking: Hundreds of tons of trash, thousands of dead seabirds, the ocean used as a garbage can.
US scraps nuclear weapons watchdog A US department of energy panel of experts which provided independent oversight of the development of the US nuclear arsenal has been quietly disbanded by the Bush dictatorship, it emerged yesterday. The decision to close down the national nuclear security administration advisory committee - required by law to hold public hearings and issue public reports on nuclear weapons issues - has come just days before a closed-door meeting at a US air force base in Nebraska to discuss the development of a new generation of tactical "mini nukes" and "bunker buster" bombs, as well as an eventual resumption of nuclear testing.
Three months after end of major combat, Iraqis deeply distrustful of U.S. occupiers Iraqis who expected the invading superpower to hand them the American dream are becoming bitter that their hopes - however overly optimistic - haven't been realized. As the United States tries to convert this war-shattered nation into a democracy [Yeah, right!], the chasm between U.S. claims of success and Iraqi perceptions of failure widens daily.
Conflict 'may have driven Muslims into arms of al-Qa'ida' The war to topple Saddam Hussein may have damaged the campaign against international terrorism by driving Muslims into the arms of al-Qa'ida, an all-party committee of MPs said yesterday.
British Panel: al-Qaida May Be Stronger The al-Qaida terror network remains capable of carrying out new attacks and may have gained strength from the war in Iraq, a parliamentary committee warned Thursday. [Way to go, Bush - you moron!]
Commander: Troops in Iraq Powerless Against Bombs The U.S. military commander of Iraq's biggest province said Thursday American troops were virtually powerless to stop escalating booby-trap and bomb attacks on their convoys.
Complaints mount as 'weekend warriors' enter second year Defense Secretary Donald Rusmsfeld wants Pentagon officials to prepare for a "force rebalancing" of the 1.2 million men and women in the reserves "in order to limit involuntary mobilizations to not more than one year." Too many needed skills, like military policing or civil affairs, are concentrated in the reserves, he said.
Swing voters, politicians: 'Dubya duped us' Independent voters and members of Congress continued to raise doubts about Dictator George W Bush's war on Iraq on Tuesday.
When God Kicks Your Ass From Hell to Eternity - Man Talk --by Adam Engel "So I went to THE MAN and I said, straight to HIS face, 'Who's fooling who, MAN? I mean, what kinda hustle you trying to pull? That's two countries destroyed in two years and Iran and god-knows-who else on the way. What happened to Al Quaeda and Bin Laden and all the other excuses for Police State laws and rhetoric and all that killing?'"
Poindexter to Quit Pentagon Post Amid Controversy John Poindexter, the retired Navy admiral who spearheaded two sharply criticized Pentagon projects, intends to resign from his Defense Department post within weeks, a senior U.S. defense official said on Thursday.
Hedge a bad bet: Fire Poindexter (Atlanta Journal Constitution) "This is the second time that Poindexter -- the retired rear admiral who helped design a plan for illegally diverting Iranian arms sales proceeds to Nicaraguan rebels -- has come up with a wacky post-Sept. 11 scheme. He got into trouble with Congress earlier when he proposed electronic spying on Americans-- tapping into private medical and financial records. The White House has been unfortunately silent. In addition to abolishing Poindexter's toy job, Congress should demand full disclosure of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's secretive initiatives -- from Rumsfeld himself."
Lawsuit with Delaware ties would challenge income tax system A nationwide group with a local affiliate in New Castle County plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government as soon as September challenging the constitutionality of the income tax system, the war in Iraq, the Federal Reserve Bank and the USA Patriot Act.
Mother appeals for son held in Camp Delta to be returned to Britain for fair trial The mother of one of the Britons being held as a suspected terrorist by the Americans in Guantanamo Bay appealed to the Government yesterday for her son to be tried in Britain.
Suit Says Machines Missed 60,000 Votes in 2000 Race The votes of as many as 60,000 people in New York City may not have been counted in the 2000 presidential s-election because of an adjustment made to city voting machines back in 1964, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by advocacy groups. The advocates say voters in poor and immigrant communities were more likely to have been among those whose votes had not been counted. For reasons that still remain a mystery, the city's election workers disabled special sensor latches in 1964, taking away a built-in safeguard that advocates say would have prevented thousands of residents from losing their votes in every election.
Do not use 45-minute claim, CIA told No 10 The CIA objected to claims in the British government's September dossier on Iraq's banned weapons programme, the issue at the heart of the Kelly affair, it was revealed yesterday. It appears that among the CIA's objections was the much-trumpeted claim that Iraqi forces could deploy chemical and biological weapons within 45 minutes of an order to do so.
WMD intelligence: "gross exaggerations" As the Bush regime tries to lay to rest questions about bad intelligence reaching all the way up to the Dictator’s State of the Union speech last January, intelligence experts are now lining up to discredit the dictatorship’s motives, as well as the unreliable information it used to justify its war against Iraq.
Scientists Still Deny Iraqi Arms Programs U.S. Interrogations Net No Evidence --Despite vigorous efforts [?!?], the U.S. government has been unsuccessful so far in finding key senior Iraqi scientists to support its prewar claims that former president Saddam Hussein was pursuing an aggressive program to develop nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, according to senior regime officials and members of Congress who have been briefed recently on the subject.
Senators Slam Shifting Iraq War Justification The Bush dictatorship came Wednesday, July 30, under a barrage of criticism from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who charged the administration had "shifted justification" of the Iraq war from alleged weapons of mass destruction to simply the human rights violations of ousted president Saddam Hussein, a leading U.S. daily [The Washington Post] reported July 30.
Rice Feels 'Responsible' for Iraq Uranium Charge Dictator Bush's national security advisor Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she felt personally responsible for the dictator's now-discredited charge that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa.
Bush Denies Claim He Oversold Case for W-ar Dictator Bush today rejected criticism that he had exaggerated the urgency of going to war with Iraq and said American forces were "on the hunt" for Saddam Hussein.
Several U.S. Soldiers Killed, Wounded In Iraq Two American soldiers were reported killed and several others wounded Thursday, July 31, in separate attacks in Baghdad bringing to four the number of U.S. fatalities in the past 24 hours.
2 U.S. soldiers killed, 5 wounded Two American soldiers were killed and five wounded in new attacks in Iraq, U.S. officials said Thursday. One soldier was killed and three were wounded on Thursday when their vehicle hit a land mine on the road to Baghdad International Airport. Another American was killed and two injured by small-arms fire at their base north of the city late Wednesday, the military said.
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq An American soldier was killed Thursday when his armored personnel carrier hit a land mine on the dangerous road from central Baghdad to the city's airport. It was the second death reported Thursday by the U.S. military, after a soldier was killed in a small-arms fire attack northeast of Baghdad late Wednesday.
7 more cases of mystery illness Military trying to identify malady that killed lake area soldier -- (MO) Seven more soldiers in Iraq have contracted the same puzzling illness that has killed two soldiers, including one from the lake area.
Veterans encouraged to dump on Rumsfeld --by Dick Higgins (longtime veterans' benefits legislation activist) "[Secretary of Defense] Donald Rumsfeld sent a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees warning them of his opposition to spending any more money on health care for disabled retirees. The Republican leadership of Congress seems similarly disposed, under pressure from the Republican president [sic]. Not unexpectedly, veterans service organizations oppose his opposition. Based on history, veterans will find their own way to unseat and defeat Rumsfeld through the Legislative process and through their franchise to 'vote them out.' [if voting is still an option in 2004]"
U.S. Troops Fire on Taxi, Wound Afghan Soldiers Jumpy U.S. soldiers fired on a taxi in Kabul Thursday, wounding three officers of Afghanistan's fledgling national army which U.S. forces have been helping to train.
Annan Warns of World 'Crisis' Secretary General Kofi Annan called publicly today for a rethinking of the international institutions that were largely sidelined during the Iraq war. "Many of us sense that we are living through a crisis of the international system," he said.
Truthout Interview: Stan Goff with Jennifer Van Bergen "[JVB] About the fact that we now know that Bush lied about WMD's? [SG] Every thing this administration has told the public has been a lie from the very beginning. The way you determine whether on not the Bush cabinet is lying is by whether or not their lips are moving. They started with a fraudulent election, consolidated by a right-wing judicial fiat. They had planned the invasion of Afghanistan as a first step for developing a standing military presence in the region the summer prior to 9/11. They'd even informed the Pakistanis of their intention to invade in October. Then the 9/11 hijackers fly in like a scourge against the nation, but like Santa Claus for the Bush's neo-con clique."
Last of the Big Time Spenders: U.S. Military Budget Still the World's Largest, and Growing (Center for Defense Information chart of worldwide 2004 budgets for defense spending)
US terror warning a blunder, says spy chief An honest bureaucratic error was probably to blame for a United States advisory warning of possible terror attacks in Australia [?!?], head of the domestic security agency said today. Earlier today a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security told ABC radio the Australian government's comments were inaccurate and there would be no revised warning.
Suit Challenges Constitutionality of Powers in Antiterrorism Law The American Civil Liberties Union and six Muslim groups today brought the first constitutional challenge to the sweeping antiterrorism legislation passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing that the law gives federal agents virtually unchecked authority to spy on Americans.
ACLU files lawsuit against Patriot Act The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed the first lawsuit against the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The lawsuit claims one section of the law authorizing searches of records, including those of businesses, libraries and bookstores, is unconstitutional.
ACLU, community groups challenge Patriot Act surveillance The American Civil Liberties Union, several Islamic groups and a Portland mosque that has been at the center of a terrorist investigation mounted a legal challenge Wednesday to a provision of the USA Patriot Act.
GOP senator joins push to declassify 9/11 report Bush rejects calls for release of information [WHY??] --An influential Republican senator has joined Democrats in pushing for the release of a 28-page section of the congressional report on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks allegedly dealing with Saudi Arabia's ties to the hijackers.
Saudis outraged by US censorship of September 11 report Saudi Arabia has accused the United States of "indictment by insinuation" over the White House's refusal to declassify the Saudi chapter in a congressional report on the September 11 attacks.
The 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House Statements On Intelligence --by John W. Dean "Bluntly stated, either the Bush White House knew about the potential of terrorists flying airplanes into skyscrapers (notwithstanding their claims to the contrary), or the CIA failed to give the White House this essential information, which it possessed and provided to others. Bush is withholding the document that answers this question. Accordingly, it seems more likely that the former possibility is the truth. That is, it seems very probable that those in the White House knew much more than they have admitted, and they are covering up their failure to take action. The facts, however, speak for themselves."
US agents 'can question Saudi' Saudi Arabia will allow US intelligence officers to question a Saudi man who is alleged to have had links with the 11 September hijackers, the country's foreign minister has reportedly said. [He's already been questioned. We need the 28 redacted pages declassified.]
Supressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly into the CIA's Highest Ranks CIA Executive Director "Buzzy" Krongard managed firm that handled "PUT" options on United Airlines Stock --by Michael C. Ruppert (From The Wilderness, October 9, 2001) "Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the case of at least one of these trades -- which has left a $2.5 million prize unclaimed -- the firm used to place the 'put options' on United Airlines stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three Executive Director position at the Central Intelligence Agency."
Bush attack on overtime pay passes House --by Joanne Laurier "On July 10 the House of Representatives voted 213-210 for a measure, proposed by the Bush administration, that represents an historic attack on the 40-hour week and gives employers the power to extract overtime without compensation. The measure would overhaul rules for overtime pay adversely affecting millions of working people."
Consumer Group Calls on Insurance Industry to Make Medical Malpractice Data Available; GAO Report: No Call For Liability Caps --Insurance companies should immediately make publicly available data related to medical malpractice premiums in response to the sole recommendation of a report by the United States General Accounting Office (GAO), the nonpartisan Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) said today.
McCain Pushes Bush on Greenhouse Gases He knows he doesn't have the votes to win, yet Sen. John McCain is determined to challenge Dictator Bush head-on over global warming by pushing for a Senate vote on climate change. It would be the first public expression of the Senate on the issue since just before the Kyoto climate treaty was drafted six years ago.
Exposed: Britain's worst polluters They make billions in profits, and deliver millions in dividends to their shareholders. They care a sight less about the environment. More than a dozen blue chip companies were revealed yesterday as serial polluters who simply shrug off the paltry fines for breaking the law...
Bush wants to 'codify' marriage Dictator Bush said Wednesday that marriage should be between a man and woman, and that White House lawyers were looking at legislation that in effect would deny gays and lesbians the right to marry. [Codify *this.*]
Bush wants marriage reserved for heterosexuals 'We ought to codify that' --Dictator Bush indicated Wednesday he opposes extending marriage rights to homosexuals, saying he believes marriage "is between a man and a woman."
AIDS Activists Jeer Senior Bush Health Official The Bush dictatorship's second-ranking health official on Wednesday advocated making abstinence a key pillar of HIV prevention programs for young Americans, prompting sharp criticism from AIDS activists.
New York Power Insider "Friday, August 1, 7:00 pm (EST) --It's Safety Night! Come out to the Power Zone before the game and get your kids fingerprinted [!?!] for safety at the Court TV booth. Learn valuable safety tips from Court TV, but make sure you get to the Power Game early!"
Devil's Highway - U.S. 666 - gets roadside exorcism With the blessings of officials from three Western states, the stretch of highway that cuts across northwestern New Mexico got a new identity Wednesday: U.S. 666 became U.S. 491. "We're kicking the devil out of New Mexico," said Rhonda Faught, secretary of New Mexico's Department of Transportation.
Ex-Diplomat Wilson: Bush May Start Another War in 2004 to Win Election (democracynow.org) "Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Joseph Wilson predicts the situation in Iraq will deteriorate so much over the next year Bush may resort to start another war in order to win the 2004 election. Wilson is the retired diplomat who visited Niger in a CIA-sponsored trip last year during which he determined the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal was bogus. His conclusion was ignored by the Bush White House." [Well, either that or have Karl Rove rig the 'touch screen voting machines' for the GOP.]
Senators Rap Administration on Iraq Policies Senators from both parties on Tuesday assailed the Bush dictatorship for not spelling out the costs of rebuilding Iraq, and for focusing on Iraq's role in terrorism to the exclusion of other threats.
Doubts mount on Powell's evidence to UN Colin Powell, US secretary of state, was advised that the evidence he cited in his speech to the United Nations in February concerning Iraq's nuclear weapons programme was questionable.
Bush Takes Responsibility for Iraq Claim Dictator Bush on Wednesday accepted personal responsibility for a discredited portion of last winter's State of the Union address that suggested Saddam Hussein was shopping for nuclear material in Africa. [Time to resign, Mr. Bush.]
Blair's lack of courage If Britain had held out for UN control of Iraq, we wouldn't be bogged down in a bloody occupation --by Clare Short "The law, the UN and the international community were pushed to one side. Four months later, after much destruction, suffering and loss of life, Washington is considering a return to the security council in order to strengthen the UN role and widen international engagement. If the prime minister had only had more courage, reconstruction in Iraq would almost certainly be more advanced and the US and UK at less risk of getting bogged down in an unpopular and costly occupation."
Anti-US resistance spreads through Iraq As attacks against US targets in central Iraq increase, many factors in the north and south are combining to add to the woes of the US occupiers, the US-appointed dictatorship, and their supporters.
Belgium amends war crimes law The lower house of parliament in Belgium has approved a bill amending a war crimes law which has led to cases being filed against several world leaders including Dictator George W Bush and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. Under the existing law, Belgian courts are empowered to try anyone for war crimes regardless of their nationality and regardless of where the alleged crimes are committed. The new bill will limit the jurisdiction of the courts to cases only involving Belgian citizens and residents.
US grants military aid to countries over ICC exemption issue Washington waived its suspension of military aid to five countries after they granted immunity from prosecution to US citizens by the International Criminal Court, the White House said.
Prosecutor, Defense Counsel Prep for Military Commissions Six enemy combatants now being detained by DoD will be evaluated to determine if any should be charged and tried for war crimes under military commissions, two senior U.S. military lawyers told the American Forces Radio and Television Service recently.
A Debate Over Civil Liberties Enemy Combatant Vanishes Into a 'Legal Black Hole' --The pivotal question: Can an American citizen, arrested on U.S. soil, be held incommunicado in a military prison indefinitely -- without being charged with a crime, without access to a lawyer? It has been argued on the Senate floor and on op-ed pages, and Amnesty International has condemned Padilla's treatment as "an unprecedented suspension of fundamental rights of U.S. citizens in U.S. custody."
Philippine Rebellion Over Staged Bombings of Citizens to Justify More US Aid (July 28, 2003) Mutinous troops who seized a Manila shopping and apartment complex demanding the government resign ended a 19-hour standoff late yesterday and returned to barracks without a shot fired. Before storming the complex, the rebels released a statement demanding ''the resignation of our leaders in the present regime.'' [That is what we want here, as well!] They also released a video accusing the government of selling arms and ammunition to Muslim and communist rebels, staging deadly bombings to justify more aid from the United States, and preparing to declare martial law to stay in power.
Philippine military intelligence chief resigns in mutiny aftermath The Philippines' military intelligence chief has resigned, saying he wanted to end restiveness in the military after a failed rebellion but denying accusations by mutineers he had staged terrorist bombings.
All bets off for terror attack investors The Pentagon has scrapped a planned online futures market that aimed to get information on Middle East events by letting investors bet on the probability of wars, terrorist attacks and assassinations. [The perverted architects of this program should NOT be on the government payroll. Then again, neither should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, or whackjob Ashcroft.]
Did war compromise al-Qaida hunt? 'Clear tradeoff' while pursuing regime change in Iraq --As "Operation Enduring Freedom" kept al-Qaida on the run, the White House was already planning for war against Iraq. Sources say that in the spring of 2002, key weapons in the war against terror were rotated out of Afghanistan. Now experts tell NBC there was a clear tradeoff as the United States let up on al-Qaida to pursue regime change in Iraq.
Bush Calls Threat of New Attacks 'Real' Dictator Bush on Wednesday took personal responsibility for the first time for using discredited intelligence in his State of the Union address, but predicted he would be vindicated for going to war against Iraq. He also warned of possible new al-Qaida attacks, possibly involving airlines.
U.S. Terror Alerts Lose Meaning for Many The government's five-color terror alert system has become almost meaningless for many Americans, with the threat level stalled inexorably at yellow for elevated risk or orange for high.
Flip-flop on air marshal schedules Guards will continue to fly on international, cross-U.S. trips --In an apparent reversal of policy, the Transportation Security Administration will immediately begin scheduling air marshals back on cross-country and international flights. The move comes less than 24 hours after MSNBC.com reported that air marshals were being pulled from those flights because of budget problems associated with the costs of overnight lodging for the marshals.
Air marshals pulled from key flights Despite renewed warnings about possible airline hijackings, the Transportation Security Administration has alerted federal air marshals that as of Friday they will no longer be covering cross-country or international flights. [The world should make note, Bush is pulling the federal air marshals.]
Library thwarts Patriot Act snooping Boulder patrons' records purged Librarians across the country have raised their voices in objection to the USA Patriot Act - and those in Boulder may have found an end-run around the law. The library has decided to almost completely stop recording what books patrons have checked out.
Bush rejects pleas by Saudi, senators to unseal 9/11 info Dictator Bush Tuesday resisted an urgent plea from Saudi Arabia and bipartisan pressure from U.S. lawmakers to release a classified section of a congressional report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying that revealing the contents would expose intelligence methods and aid terrorists.
Journalists: U.S. media censorship is 'rampant' If the reality in Iraq is one thing and the reporting of it another, that is because much of the media wants it that way, say two leading journalists who have been reporting the "other" side of the Iraq story. The level of self-censorship in the media has risen, not just since the Iraq war, but also since 9/11, agreed Robert Fisk of The Independent newspaper in Britain and John Pilger, an Australian broadcaster and film-maker.
House unable to produce quorum The hunt for missing lawmakers has expanded to the Texas House. [Awesome!!] The chamber was unable to produce a quorum when it met this morning at 10 a.m. Only 96 members of the 150-member showed up — four short of the number necessary to conduct business. It is unclear whether the House members have merely stayed home or have left the state as well. This is the first time in Texas history that both chambers have failed to have a quorum.
No bags, still traveled Dems left Austin with no time to pack --The 11 Democratic senators from Texas had known for weeks that the moment might come when they would have to flee Austin to try to thwart a congressional redistricting bill. As events developed quickly at the state Capitol in Austin on Monday, a decision to leave had to be made immediately and Democratic senators were forced to board a pair of private jets for Albuquerque with literally little more than the clothes on their backs.
Code words set flight in motion Essentials forgotten as Democrats hurried to getaway vehicles The code words were "Town Lake." The Democrats got wind of the GOP plan to make their move Monday, so they invoked the code words and enacted their own plan to flee the state capital for New Mexico.
Bush, the rainforest and a gas pipeline to enrich his friends Plan would enrich Bush corporate campaign contributors --Dictator George Bush is seeking funds for a controversial project to drive gas pipelines from pristine rainforests in the Peruvian Amazon to the coast. The plan will enrich some of Mr Bush's closest corporate campaign contributors while risking the destruction of rainforest, threatening its indigenous peoples and endangering rare species on the coast.
Senate Report Says Enron Used Government Funds for Payments The Enron Corporation used money from the World Bank and the United States government to make at least $17 million in questionable payments to a group of Guatemalan businessmen who helped win approval for a power plant in Latin America, a Senate investigation has found.
Report: 1 in 10 tech jobs may go overseas One out of 10 jobs in the U.S. computer services and software industry could shift to lower-cost emerging markets such as India or Russia by the end of 2004, a top computer consultancy said on Tuesday.
Bush team's message a tough sell Tax breaks take back seat to foreign competition, job losses during bus tour stop --Touting its package of tax cuts and an imminent economic recovery [?!? Insert 'Yeah, right!' comment here], the Bush dictatorship Tuesday ran into a tough sell as it kicked off its "Jobs and Growth Tour" in a Harley-Davidson engine plant just outside Milwaukee.
GAO chief warns of dangerous deficit The head of Congress' investigative arm, in a highly unusual move, will issue a stern warning to the American public that the U.S. economy is facing "a large and growing structural [Bush] deficit" that requires dramatic action and tough choices to curb.
Spiegel Online Interview With Nobel-Prize Laureate George Akerlof on the Bush Economy ("Das Akerlof-Interview im englischen") "A Form of Looting" "Akerlof: I think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than 200 years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible policies not only in foreign and economic but also in social and environmental policy. This is not normal government policy. Now is the time for people to engage in civil disobedience."
Less than half of US would vote to send Bush to White House: poll Less than half of Americans surveyed -- only 47 percent -- would vote for Dictator George W. Bush in the 2004 election, according to a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll published.
Dems find hope in Bush polls - Support for 2nd term below 50% Asked who they're likely to vote for in 2004, 47% said Dictator Bush and 41% the Democratic nominee, whoever that turns out to be. It puts Bush's support below 50%, a threshold that traditionally divides safe incumbents from those who are vulnerable.
Dean -- Bush lead into Iraq war based on untruths Democratic Party presidential candidate Howard Dean on Tuesday cited what he called the "lies" of Dictator Bush. Dean said the way to win the 2004 presidency is to not show voters the areas of agreement with Bush, but to paint the divisions the former Vermont governor sees between himself and the dictator, "the most conservative president [sic] of our lifetime."
Dean blames economic woes on Bush policy Presidential hopeful Howard Dean is dismissing Democrats in Washington as too timid to challenge Dictator Bush's economic policies, arguing that their reticence reflects a fear of losing.
Corn Growers Endorse Kucinich Proposals The American Corn Growers Association has endorsed several legislative initiatives introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) that address such issues as the area of genetically engineered (GE) foods, crops, and livestock.
Ohio Congressman Kucinich campaigns in Beaver (PA) The populist, former Cleveland mayor who fought the city's banks and presided over its bankruptcy during his administration, unabashedly calls for a return to the spirit of the New Deal in arguing for universal, single-payer health care; a federal jobs program and an end to trade agreements that he claims have drained American jobs.
Backers pressure Gore to run again next year President Al Gore is coming under pressure from political supporters and friends to jump into the 2004 presidential campaign even though he ruled himself out in December.
Voting systems 'can't be trusted' Machines at risk for fraud, hacking --Dangling chads, nothing. Florida's voting snafus during the 2000 presidential s-election pale in comparison to the vulnerabilities of high-tech voting machines counties throughout the nation are scrambling to buy in compliance with a new federal law, several top computer scientists are warning.
Foreign visits to US drop sharply From college students to lab researchers to au pairs, America is normally a magnet for millions of foreigners. But this year it's seeing a dramatic drop-off in the number of visitors. Both tighter restrictions on getting into this country - and a strong disillusionment with the US abroad - are causing tens of thousands of people worldwide to forgo trips to America.
GOP Senators Blame Nature for Climate Change Some Senate Republicans say there is considerable doubt that the climate is warming and if it is, humans are not responsible. Leading scientists vehemently disagree.
Farmed salmon not so safe, report says Toxins higher than EPA recommends in fish from wild --A report released yesterday by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization, says 10 samples of farmed salmon bought at markets on the East and West coasts were found to be contaminated with PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, at an average level far higher than any other protein source, including other seafood.
Mistrial Declared in Calif. Police Beating Case A jury on Tuesday said it was hopelessly deadlocked on whether a former police officer in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood was guilty of assaulting a black teenager during a rough arrest caught on videotape last year. [Yeah, it's really difficult to decide when the EVIDENCE of police abuse is caught on VIDEOTAPE. --ed.]
Allen Michaan, owner of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, expresses his patriotism!
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