August 2004 Archives
Ex-FM Warns of 'Seeds of Resistance' In Iraq --An advisor to Iran's supreme leader says U.S. troops have already 'sown the seeds of resistance' in Iraq by disrespecting holy sites in Najaf which is the resting place of the first Imam of Shiite Muslims, Imam Ali (AS). "The Americans, by affronting holy sites across Iraq, have now sown the seeds of combat and resistance, whose sibling will be irrigated with the blood of martyrs and grow up stronger," he said. Fighting in Najaf in the wake of a massive incursion launched by U.S. troops has centered on the mausoleums and small caves of the city's ancient cemetery.
Iraq Cleric Vows Fight to Death Vs. U.S. --A radical Shiite cleric vowed to fight to the death as his loyalists battled U.S. troops for a fifth straight day Monday, and bombings in Sunni regions outside Baghdad — including a failed attempt to assassinate a deputy governor — killed at least 10 Iraqis.
Group Threatens Attacks on Iraq Offices --A militant group on Monday threatened to launch a campaign of attacks against ministers and government offices and warned Iraqi state employees to stay away from work. The group, calling itself the Divine Wrath Brigades, said its "military rebellion and the shelling" would start Tuesday against state buildings. [Divine Wrath Brigades? Sounds like a Bush-created/funded group.]
Roadside Bomb Near Baghdad Hotels Used by Foreigners --A roadside bomb apparently aimed at a U.S. military convoy exploded near hotels used by foreigners in central Baghdad early on Tuesday, but Iraqi police said there were no casualties.
One U.S. Marine Killed in Action Iraq --A U.S. Marine was killed in action in western Iraq, the military said Monday.
British soldier killed in Iraq --A British soldier has been killed and several other UK troops injured after clashes with insurgents in southern Iraq.
Mugabe slams 'bully of world' for Iraq war --The United States and Britain lied to justify the war against Iraq, and smaller countries should guard against being dragged into similar "illegal" acts against weaker states, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Monday.
US soldiers ordered to ignore abuse --A United States senator has sought an investigation into reports that US soldiers were ordered to abandon an effort to prevent Iraqi jailers from abusing prisoners. Soldiers from the Oregon National Guard reportedly tried to stop Iraqi jailers from abusing the prisoners but were ordered to leave.
U.S. Military Again Delays Report On Afghan Prison Abuse --The US military said Monday it would delay announcing the results of a long-awaited review of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan for the third time, saying they would "hopefully" be released by the end of August.
Iraq 'halts Basra oil production' --Iraqi officials say they have stopped pumping oil from key southern oilfields because of violence in the region. About 90% of Iraq's oil exports go through Basra.
Bush wreaking Mideast havoc to enrich Exxon-Mobil's coffers: Oil sets another record --Crude within pennies of $45/barrel; Iraq's main oil production center closes due to uprising. Crude oil prices jumped just 3 cents shy of $45 a barrel Monday on news that production in Iraq's main oil production center was stopped because of threats from Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia, re-igniting concerns about tight international supplies.
Happy pump$ (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 2, 2004) "Happy days are here again at the gas pumps, for the oil companies. Two major oil companies announced huge growth in income last week, with Exxon Mobil scoring a record $5.8 billion in profits for just the second quarter of the year. Royal Dutch/Shell Group reported a 54 percent growth in net income."
Iran's Bushehr Is 90% Ready --Russia has completed more than 90 percent of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran. Russian officials said Moscow has accelerated work on the Bushehr power reactor.
US out to sabotage Iran's bomb plans --The Bush Regime is trying to find covert ways to sabotage or delay Iran's nuclear weapons program believing that diplomatic deals struck with European nations have barely slowed Tehran's rush towards the bomb. White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that the US could not rule out taking such action against Iran.
US mulling 'many means' to keep nukes out of Iran --White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday said the United States could not rule out taking covert action against Iran to disrupt its nuclear weapons program. "We will use many means to try to disrupt these programs," Rice told NBC television. "The president [sic] will look at all the tools that are available to us."
Rice: Iran's Nuclear Intentions Worrisome --The world finally is "worried and suspicious" over the Iranians' intentions and is determined not to let Tehran produce a nuclear weapon, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Sunday. In appearances on two television talk shows, Rice would not say whether the United States would act alone to end the program if the Bush regime could not win international support.
CIA executives gathered in Santiago de Chile revealed in contingency plot to overthrow Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias --Venezuela state-owned news agency VENPRES is quoting an El Mundo de Madrid (Spain) report that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is set to put a contingency plan in motion in the (likely) event that President Hugo Chavez Frias wins next weekend's Recall Referendum. [So many coups, so little time...]
The "Official" Operative Clique For The Next 9/11? --by Chaim Kupferberg "When Abu Musab Zarqawi was publicly unveiled by Colin Powell before the UN in February 2003, he had yet to make his very public splash as the next Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. But in the opening months of 2004 - as I surmised back in October 2003 - Zarqawi would lay his own foundation in the public mind (particularly by way of the Daniel Pearl-like Berg killing) as the guy tagged to head up the next 'big one.' If the Ressam-connected Canadian clique is involved, the likely target is the U.S. West Coast."
Pakistan Angered by F.B.I.'s Fake Plot Against Ambassador --Pakistan expressed outrage yesterday over the tactics used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a sting operation that involved a fake plot to import a shoulder-fired missile and assassinate its ambassador to the United Nations in New York... The man was an F.B.I. informer and the missile had been disabled, but a spokesman for the Pakistani foreign ministry, Masood Khan, said the whole plan was "bizarre" and "dangerous."
Senator Asks White House to Explain Khan Leak --Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, has asked the White House to explain how and why the name of an al Qaeda informant was leaked to the press, amid concerns it had hurt the war on 'terror,' a letter from the lawmaker showed on Monday.
Reporter Held in Contempt Over C.I.A. Leak --A federal judge in Washington held a reporter for Time magazine in contempt today and ordered him jailed for refusing to name the government officials who disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. agent to him. The magazine was also held in contempt and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 a day.
Court Holds Reporter in Contempt in Leak Case --Time Magazine's Matt Cooper Threatened with Jail for Not Revealing Source --A reporter is being held in contempt of court and faces possible jail time, and another was earlier threatened by a federal judge with the same fate, after they refused to answer questions from a special prosecutor investigating whether administration officials illegally disclosed the name of a covert CIA officer last year.
Judge Upholds Media Subpoenas in CIA Leak Case --A federal judge on Monday upheld subpoenas to compel testimony of journalists at NBC News and Time magazine in a special prosecutor's probe into whether Bush dictatorship officials illegally leaked a covert CIA officer's name to the news media.
Mega bulimia alert! Kids' role in 'securing' USA (USA Today) "Coming soon to a school or TV near you: efforts to teach fourth- to eighth-grade kids the ABCs of emergency preparedness in the event of a [Bush inspired] terrorist attack. Complete with a mascot — an American shepherd dog — and instructions to bug parents to develop a family emergency plan." [Homeland Security should get a pet goat for the mascot in time for Bush's next attack, paying homage to the focal point of Bush's concern during the 9-11 terrorist attacks.]
Blunkett faces revolt over terror powers --David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, faces a cabinet backlash over his plans to overhaul anti-terrorism laws aimed at deterring an attack in Britain. A powerful coalition of ministers opposes the renewal of emergency powers to detain foreign terrorist suspects without charge.
Las Vegas terror threat 'kept quiet' --A year after the September 11 attacks, the US Justice Department obtained video surveillance tapes suggesting terrorists were targeting Las Vegas casinos. But authorities never alerted the public as they discussed whether a warning might hurt tourism or increase the casinos' legal liability, internal memos show.
New terror threat info warns of plans with helicopters, limos --The FBI is warning that al-Qaeda could attempt to commandeer helicopters, limousines and other rental vehicles to launch attacks inside the United States.
Bush-backers-only policy riles voters at RNC rallies --Republican National Committee practice of having people sign a form endorsing President Bush or pledging to vote for him in November before being issued tickets for RNC-sponsored rallies is raising concern among voters... Nick Lucy, a 64-year-old veteran and Democrat, said he was turned away from a May 7 rally in Dubuque, Iowa, at which Dictator Bush spoke even though he had a ticket given to him by a local Republican leader. Lucy, who was not asked to sign a form, said he was denied access because he is not a registered Republican. ''They asked the police to escort me out of there," Lucy said. [I am waiting for the next letter I receive, whining that I call Bush and his terrorist ilk 'names.' Sorry, folks. These are Nazis - the real McCoy. Oops! Faux, you 'forgot' to cover this story. Fair and balanced? NOT.]
Family booted over T-shirts --George W. Bush's T-shirt police [Brownshirts] got their family. Campaign workers removed the Millers -- Marvin, Barbara and Theresa -- from Wendler Arena on Thursday minutes before Bush's motorcade rolled up. The Midland clan's offense? Barbara Miller, a 50-year-old chemist for Dow Chemical Co., had carried in a rolled-up T-shirt emblazoned with a pro-choice slogan.
White House Intercedes for Gas Project in National Forest --Overriding the opposition of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico state officials, a White House energy task force has interceded on behalf of Houston-based El Paso Corp. in its two-year effort to explore for natural gas in a remote part of a national forest next door to America's largest Boy Scout camp.
Republicans fund Nader as decisive electoral weapon --In two separate lawsuits, Democratic activists in Pennsylvania sought to keep Ralph Nader off November's ballot. The move intensifies the war between Republicans and Democrats over Mr Nader's candidacy, a conflict fuelled by the maverick's willingness to accept funds and help from some of George Bush's most ardent supporters. Republicans are eager to see Mr Nader do well - not because of his stand on the environment or Iraq - but in the hope that he will tip the balance towards Mr Bush in the race against John Kerry, the Democratic challenger.
Is this the future of Democracy in America? --Must view animation by Eric Blumrich
"The Manchurian Candidate" - picking up where "Fahrenheit 9/11" left off --by Carol Schiffler "For those folks who have spent the last three years perplexed by terrorist alerts issued on thin and aging evidence or who have attempted to follow the ever-shifting justifications for US imperialist interventions, this film may provide the solid line that, in the end, connects the proverbial dots...from Main Street to Washington and beyond."
Anti-Kerry book defaced at online store --In an apparent case of Internet graffiti at an online retailer, the cover of a book critical of John Kerry's war record was altered to appear as if the tract supports the Massachusetts senator. The book cover for the anti-Kerry book "Unfit for Command" was somehow changed Monday on Web bookseller Barnesandnoble.com to read "Fit for Command."
Rumsfeld intervention rescues $3bn BP pipeline --Construction of BP's controversial $3bn (£1.6bn) oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Turkey resumed only after the intervention of Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defense [W-ar criminal], and other senior members of the Bush dictatorship, it has emerged.
Iranian Diplomat Is Abducted by Militants, Agency Reports --An Iranian diplomat in Iraq was reported Sunday to have been kidnapped by militants, and Iran's Foreign Ministry said he had been missing since Wednesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency said.
Iraq Explodes as Allawi Appeals for Ceasefire --Protected by about 100 guards, US puppet Dictator [Iraq’s 'interim Prime Minister'] Ayad Allawi visited the war-shattered city of Najaf, calling on Shiite militants to lay down their weapons after days of fierce clashes with US forces.
Fifth day of heavy fighting rocks Najaf --Heavy clashes have pounded the holy city of Najaf where days of fighting between Iraqi security forces, backed by US marines and Shiite Muslim militiamen, are believed to have left hundreds dead.
Iraqis Denounce US-made 'Bloodbath' In Najaf --As fighting kept raging in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf between US occupation forces and Mehdi Army fighters, loyal to firebrand Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr, Sunni and Shiite leaders slammed what they saw as a "bloodbath" and called upon the international community to step in to rein the Americans.
US Forces Kill 400 Iraqis In An-Najaf: Governor --US occupation forces killed 400 Iraqis and detained 1,000 others after fierce clashes in An-Najaf over the past two days, the holy city’s governor Adnan Al-Zorfi said Friday, August 6.
U.S. Helicopter Is Shot Down Over Baghdad; Crew Escapes --A United States military helicopter was hit Sunday morning by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed in Baghdad's Shiite area, but its two crew members escaped unharmed, military officials said.
11 Wounded in Six Explosions in Baghdad --Six explosions boomed across central Baghdad on Sunday, sending plumes of smoke into the air and wounding at least 11 people, a hospital official said. Another of the blasts hit a bank of the Tigris River bordering the Green Zone, the fortified enclave housing the Iraqi government's offices and the U.S. Embassy.
Hussein trial chief faces Iraqi murder charge --Salem Chalabi, the man organising the trial of Saddam Hussein, was facing a murder charge himself last night after an Iraqi judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Another was issued for his uncle Ahmed Chalabi, the founder of the Iraqi National Congress and a former key ally of the US. He is accused of money laundering.
Judge: Warrants issued for Chalabi and nephew --Chalabi on counterfeiting charges, nephew facing murder case --Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmed Chalabi, [Bush ally] and a former governing council member, on counterfeiting charges and another for Salem Chalabi, the head of Iraq's special tribunal, on murder charges, Iraq's chief investigating judge said Sunday.
Senator Seeks Inquiry Into Abuse Report --A senator sent the Pentagon a letter Sunday seeking an investigation into a report that U.S. soldiers were ordered to abandon an effort to prevent Iraqi jailers from abusing prisoners. The request from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld followed a report by the Oregonian newspaper that guardsmen saw dozens of Iraqi prisoners being abused on June 29, one day after Iraq's interim government assumed power.
Ordered to just walk away --by Mike Francis "...[A] team of Oregon Army National Guard soldiers swept into the yard and found dozens of Iraqi detainees who said they had been beaten, starved and deprived of water for three days. In a nearby building, the soldiers counted dozens more prisoners and what appeared to be torture devices -- metal rods, rubber hoses, electrical wires and bottles of chemicals. Many of the Iraqis, including one identified as a 14-year-old boy, had fresh welts and bruises across their back and legs. The soldiers disarmed the Iraqi jailers, moved the prisoners into the shade, released their handcuffs and administered first aid. Lt. Col. Daniel Hendrickson of Albany, Ore., the highest ranking American at the scene, radioed for instructions. But in a move that frustrated and infuriated the guardsmen, Hendrickson's superior officers told him to return the prisoners to their abusers and immediately withdraw. It was June 29 -- Iraq's first official day as a sovereign country since the U.S.-led invasion."
Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse hearing halts --The pretrial hearing for a female soldier photographed with naked Iraqi prisoners recessed without a ruling on whether US Vice pResident Dick Cheney and other high-ranking Bush regime officials must testify - and without the photos being accepted into evidence.
Bahrain royal tortured at Guantanamo - human rights group -- A Bahraini rights group said on Saturday it had received reports a member of the country's royal family had been tortured at Guantanamo Bay. It is the second report of abuse of a Bahraini national at the US naval base in Cuba where hundreds of people seized during the 2002 US-led war in Afghanistan are held.
Detainee says confession result of torture --A Tunisian recanted a confession that he had been a fighter against US forces when he appeared before a US military tribunal on Saturday, a military official said.
Iraq set to use martial law in 'terror' fight (06 August 2004) The Bush dictatorship ['interim Iraqi government'] last night looked increasingly prepared to impose martial law on sections of the country as occupation and Iraqi forces fought fierce battles with armed insurgents loyal to the radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr. There were strong hints that Iyad Allawi, the US puppet dictator in Iraq ['interim' Prime Minister], could for the first time apply his emergency powers when he announces plans for tackling the spreading insurgency tomorrow.
Iraq reimposes death penalty --The Bush dictatorship [Iraq's 'government'] reinstated the death penalty for crimes including murder, kidnapping and drug running on Sunday, saying the move was a necessity and would last until stability was restored. US-installed Minister of State Adnan al-Janabi said the measure was effective immediately.
The lies that led to war --by Eric Margolis "Iraq had no nuclear industrial infrastructure to enrich uranium, as everyone knew. What would it do with raw ore? Iraq had no means to deliver nuclear warheads. The only way Iraq could get a nuclear warhead to the U.S. was by FedEx... Completing the farce, we now learn an astounding 15,000 tons of highly enriched uranium the U.S. sent around the world since the '50s for various research projects remain unaccounted for."
Bush like Custer --Eric Margolis says U.S. prez [sic] is an arrogant, wrong-headed fool in the mould of doomed soldier "George W. Bush takes pride in being strong and decisive, comparing himself to FDR and Reagan. Republicans keep trumpeting the president [sic] is bold and resolute. Bush has been decisive alright -- decisively wrong. The American leader he most closely resembles is Col. George Armstrong Custer, an arrogant, opinionated, headstrong fool who spurned all warnings, boldly and resolutely leading his command to disaster on the Little Big Horn."
IED Attack Kills Two Soldiers, Interpreter in Afghanistan --Two U.S. soldiers and their Afghan interpreter died and another soldier was wounded today in an improvised explosive device attack on their Humvee in southeastern Afghanistan.
Rice Says Iran Must Not Be Allowed to Develop Nuclear Arms --Dictator Bush's national security adviser said Sunday that the United States and its allies "cannot allow the Iranians to develop a nuclear weapon" and warned that Dictator Bush would "look at all the tools that are available to him" to stop Iran's program.
Prosecutors thwarted by terrorism unit, documents show --Prosecutors in the first major terror trial after Sept. 11 were hindered by superiors from presenting some of their most powerful evidence, including testimony from an al-Qaida leader and video footage showing Osama bin Laden's European operatives casing American landmarks, Justice Department memos show.
Cheney opposed intelligence post in '92 --As defense secretary, Dick Cheney urged a presidential veto of legislation that would have given a national intelligence director budget authority over spy agencies run by the Pentagon. [Oops! Looks like a Cheney 'flip-flop' to me... Where is the media labeling it as such?]
Tourist Copters in New York City a 'Terror' Target --Pakistan has given American officials what they regard as credible and specific information indicating that Al CIA-duh has considered using tourist helicopters in 'terror' attacks in New York City, domestic security officials said Sunday. As a result, the officials said, security measures for helicopter operators will be stepped up in a new directive as early as this week. [Is the Bush terror team announcing rapid-fire phony 'terror' threats leading to an insane directive to forbid the protests of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival?]
Poll: 83 Percent Don't Want RNC In NY --A recent survey by a Manhattan public relations firm found 83 percent of those polled do not want the Repugnant Nazi Carnival in town. When asked why, more than half, 53 percent, were worried about traffic, street closures, and security hassles. [Shut It Down. New York City, 1 September 2004 "We have the power to SHUT IT DOWN. You're either with us, or you're with the Republicans"]
Concerns with Patriot Act mount --330 communities, four states worry federal law gives too much power --The City Council of Tumwater, WA had a public hearing on whether to oppose the USA Patriot Act... The concerns about the Patriot Act were enough to compel the Tumwater City Council on July 20 to join more than 330 communities and four states that have condemned or expressed worry about the act. The resolution called on city employees in this town near Olympia not to follow provisions of the law that violate the Constitution — though leaving it vague how they would interpret this.
Bush Zones Go National --by Jim Hightower "...[I]n May of last year, the Homeland Security Department waded butt-deep into the murky waters of political suppression, issuing a terrorist advisory to local law enforcement agencies. It urged all police officials to keep a hawk-eyed watch on any homelanders who [Warning: Do not read the rest of this sentence if it will shock you to learn that there are people like this in your country!] have 'expressed dislike of attitudes and decisions of the US government.' MEMO TO TOM RIDGE, SECRETARY OF HSD: Sir, that's everyone. All 280 million of us, minus George Bush, you and the handful of others actually making the decisions. You've just branded every red-blooded American a terrorist. Maybe you should stick to playing with your color codes."
Kerry says Americans need to train to respond to terrorism --Americans should do more to protect themselves against terrorism by setting up neighborhood watch groups, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says.
Police granted more time to question nine terrorism suspects --London police have been given more time to question nine terrorist suspects arrested last week in raids across Britain.
City turned into fortress --Olympic organisers have built a ring of steel around the ancient city, cluttering one of the most famous skylines in the world with the largest security network international sport has seen... Costing more than $1.4 billion, the exercise has turned Athens into a fortress for the first Games since the September 11 and Bali attacks and the Iraq war.
International team to monitor presidential election --Observers will be part of OSCE's human rights office-- A team of international observers will monitor the presidential election in November, according to the U.S. State Department.
Ohio voter purge via Hamilton County continues: Ex-felons' voting rights misstated (August 4, 2004) Reform advocates fault Hamilton County --Hamilton County elections officials are providing "misleading and erroneous" voting information to ex-felons, a Cincinnati-area prisoner advocacy group said Tuesday. The Prison Reform Advocacy Center found that one in five ex-felons don't realize they can re-register to vote, and some election boards were unaware of the law. "This is absolutely unacceptable that boards of elections that are supposed to know Ohio law ... are giving misleading, inconsistent and flat-out wrong information to ex-offenders," said David Singleton, executive director of the center. Singleton said the Advocacy Center is "particularly disturbed" by what was found in Hamilton County. Ex-felons who try to register to vote by mail in Hamilton County are required to attach a document from the state prison system or adult parole authority proving they are no longer in prison. Singleton said the requirement is unnecessary under Ohio law.
CLG Exclusive: Ohio Voter Purge (July 16, 2004) by Steven Monroe "I noticed that one of the most critical counties in President [sic] Bush's re-[s]election efforts in Ohio, Hamilton County (Cincinnati), had a dramatic decrease in the voter rolls. It went from over 585,000 in 2000 to 519,048 today."
Rolling Down the Highway, Looking Out for Flawed Elections --by Adam Cohen "While surfing the Internet last year, she [Bev Harris] came across secret source code - programming instructions - for Diebold voting machines, and made it publicly available. Mr. Rubin relied on the code she found in a report last July in which he identified what he called 'stunning, stunning flaws' in Diebold software. Ms. Harris also found software updates, or patches, that Diebold added to Georgia's electronic voting machines before the 2002 election, even though the software had not been properly certified."
Edwards Heads Back to Kansas to Apologize for Snub --Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards was to head to Lawrence, Kansas, on Sunday to offer an apology for an inadvertent snub by presidential hopeful John Kerry and himself. The two rolled through the town shortly past midnight on Saturday on their campaign train without saying hello or goodbye to an unexpected crowd of more than 1,500 supporters lined up beside the tracks to see them. [1,500 supporters showing up at midnight in Lawrence, Kansas to show their support of Kerry/Edwards? Bush has as much chance of winning this election (legitimately) as a cat with a long tail in room filled with rocking chairs. --Lori Price]
GOP Picks 19-Time Inmate for State Race --Republican leaders in Washington state were happy to have a contender for state auditor when they accepted Will Baker's last-minute offer to challenge a popular Democrat. They didn't worry too much about who he was or how he spent his time - until they realized a considerable amount of his time was spent in jail.
Top Texas Donor's Influence Far More Visible Than He Is --Robert Perry is behind an ad attacking John Kerry's war record and many GOP campaigns. Robert J. Perry, the main financier behind the effort to discredit Sen. John F. Kerry's military record, is the most prolific political donor in Texas. A homebuilder who lives lakeside in this Houston suburb, Perry has helped bankroll the widespread success of Republican candidates here, has long-standing ties to many close associates of Dictator Bush and has contributed to Bush's last four campaigns.
Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid --In 1997, as a top executive of a Utah mining company, David Lauriski proposed a measure that could allow some operators to let coal-dust levels rise substantially in mines. The plan went nowhere in the government. Last year, it found enthusiastic backing from one government official - Mr. Lauriski himself. Now head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, he revived the proposal despite objections by union officials and health experts that it could put miners at greater risk of black-lung disease.
Bush breaks environmental promise --by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. "...George W. Bush's policy advisers somehow don't see the benefits we've received from our investments in America's environmental infrastructure. All they see is the cost of compliance to their campaign contributors -- a group that is led by the nation's most egregious polluters. This myopic vision has led the White House to abandon its responsibility to protect the public trust."
Prozac seeping into water supplies --The anti-depressant drug Prozac is being taken in such large quantities in Britain that it has entered water supplies. Experts from the Environmental Agency are calling for an immediate investigation after it emerged that quantities of the medication were found in rivers and groundwater used for drinking supplies.
Anti-depressant 'found in drinking water' --Britons could unwittingly be swallowing traces of the anti-depressant Prozac and other drugs in drinking water.
Abu Ghraib lawyers want Cheney on stand --Hearing for England adjourns indefinitely --The fifth day of military hearings for Pfc. Lynndie England on charges connected to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad included a defense request for Vice pResident Dick Cheney to appear as a witness. [Cheney needs to be put on the stand... during his trial for treason.]
Soldier says officials ordered some detainees hidden from Red Cross --Military intelligence officials at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq ordered military police soldiers to keep several detainees hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross, leaving a coded message on cell doors to indicate which detainees the visitors were not allowed to see or interview, according to court testimony here yesterday.
Prison abuse was praised: England --US Army Private Lynndie England, photographed holding a leash tied to the neck of a naked Iraqi detainee, claimed she was commended for humiliating prisoners at Abu Ghraib jail, according to Army investigators.
Coded letters from Briton in Guantanamo reveal 'regime of violence' --Martin Mubanga, from Neasden, is using a mixture of slang and patois in his letters home to describe the conditions in Camp Delta. Serious new allegations about the ill-treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been revealed in a series of letters from a British detainee, who has accused US guards of threatening him with sexual assault and physical violence, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
Al Jazeera taken down due to 'unfair reporting' ...Does that mean that we can all say goodbye to Faux News pretty soon? Hopefully.
Bush dictatorship in Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office --Qatar-based TV network to close in capital for one month --Dictator Bush's puppet regime in Iraq has closed the Baghdad office of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television network for one month, citing 'national security' [LOL!] concerns.
Al-Jazeera 'no more biased than other TV channels' --The Iraqi government's ban on the Arab satellite TV news channel is a mistake, say critics --Many analysts of journalism argue that al-Jazeera should not be silenced but allowed to blossom... Al-Jazeera is the region's first mass-audience vehicle for uncensored - if sometimes sensational - journalism. Its defenders argue that if it is biased towards an Arab perspective, then so what? Aren't the American networks guilty of overlaying their coverage of Iraq with barely disguised patriotism and pride for US soldiers?
Series of explosions hit central Baghdad --A series of at least 12 explosions echoed throughout central Baghdad on Saturday night. The blasts appeared to be targeting the fortified Green Zone enclave that houses the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi interim government buildings.
Mortar bombs wound five in central Baghdad --At least five people were wounded when two mortar bombs rattled central Baghdad on Saturday, security sources said.
Iraq battles claim three US troops --Three US soldiers have been killed in fighting in Baghdad and the flashpoint province of Najaf, the military said. Two US marines
US planes pound Najaf as clashes rage across central, southern Iraq --US planes pounded the central Iraqi holy city of Najaf as intense clashes raged between US forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen in the worst fighting since a truce was agreed in June.
Four Lebanese truck drivers missing in Iraq --Lebanese officials Friday said four citizens working as truck drivers are missing in Iraq, bring to five the number of Lebanese citizens either unaccounted for or held captive by insurgents.
Turkish company pulls out Iraq -- A Turkish company today said it was pulling out of Iraq after Turkish television broadcast a video purportedly showing a kidnapped Turkish truck driver in Iraq repeatedly urging fellow truckers not to come to the country.
Iraq on the Verge of Implosion --by Charley Reese "The failure to anticipate and plan for what would happen after our military victory is reason enough to dump the members of the administration in Washington. They had to disregard a huge amount of wise advice and be skull-dense stupid to get us into this bloody, multibillion-dollar cesspool. To this day, they don't know how they are going to get out. It's hard to reconcile elections in January, assuming they even happen, with simultaneous talk about American troops staying for years."
S.F. Man Says Beheading Video Is a Hoax --A video aired Saturday that purportedly showed an American being decapitated in Iraq was a hoax. The man shown in the video, reached by The Associated Press in San Francisco, said he videotaped the staged beheading at his friend's house using fake blood.
FBI probes hoax video of Iraq beheading --The FBI have questioned a San Francisco computer expert who duped international media into believing Islamist kidnappers had executed an American hostage in Iraq, by staging his own mock beheading on the Internet.
Iraq war a 'gift' to Osama: CIA analyst --The US invasion of Iraq was a "tremendous gift" to Osama bin Laden and a major setback in the struggle against al-Qaeda, according to a CIA terrorism expert who has written a scathing account of the conduct of the US "war on terror".
Bush Warns Americans They Are 'Still Not Safe' [from him] --Dictator Bush warned Americans on Saturday last weekend's terrorism alert was another sign the country was still not safe but said he was taking steps to prevent [foment] future attacks.
Al CIA-duh Threatens Italy --Militants linked to al CIA-duh say they will attack Italy if the country does not pull out of Iraq. The group, calling itself Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, last week gave the Italians a 15-day deadline to quit or "face the consequences."
Pakistan: U.S. blew undercover operation Al-Qaida suspect was secretly cooperating with counterterrorist sting --The al-Qaida suspect named by U.S. officials as the source of information that led to this week’s terrorist alerts was working undercover, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday, putting an end to the sting operation and forcing Pakistan to hide the man in a secret location.
Unmasking of CIA-duh Mole a U.S. Security Blunder-Experts --The revelation that a mole within al CIA-duh was exposed after Washington launched its "orange alert" this month has shocked security experts, who say the outing of the source may have set back the war on terror [which is *exactly* why the Bush terror team did it].
Slowdown in 'chatter' worries officials [?!?] Drop in intercepted communication also noticed before 9/11 --A drop in so-called "chatter" among suspected terrorists is troubling some counterterrorism officials, who noticed a reduction in intercepted communications before the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, government sources said.
Was State A Conduit For Terror Data? --Suspect May Have Used Connecticut Websites [?!?] Babar Ahmad scarcely set foot in the United States. But using Connecticut-based websites, he may have wreaked untold havoc in his zealous support of Taliban and Chechen terrorists, federal officials say. Connecticut U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor would not comment when asked if the New Jersey and Connecticut sympathizers would, or could, be prosecuted.
Oops! Local man wrongly identified at terrorist --A Brighton (NY) software consultant says some national news outlets used his picture to identify a suspected terrorist. Now, he's preparing to sue for libel. Asif Iqbal shares the same name with a British detainee.
Online data a gold mine for terrorists --IT's high-alert response overlooks corporate sites --The widespread availability of sensitive information on corporate Web sites appears to have been largely overlooked by IT and security managers responding this week to the Department of Homeland Security's warning of a heightened terrorist threat against the financial services sector.
Schwarzenegger: California a Potential Target for Terrorism (August 6, 2004) --The [GOP-installed] governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, spoke on Friday while reviewing the state's first statewide terrorism drill near Sacramento. The California effort is called "Golden Guardian." The governor said California's golden promise makes the state a target.
Terrorism and the Election: California is the Target! (July 14, 2004) No postponement, just bedlam at the polls and a low turnout on the west coast is Bush's plan for 'victory' -- by Wayne Madsen "If the pre-election internal tracking polls and public opinion polls show the Kerry-Edwards ticket leading in key battleground states, the Bush team will begin to implement their plan to announce an imminent terrorist alert for the West Coast for November 2 sometime during the mid afternoon Pacific Standard Time. At 2:00 PST, the polls in Kentucky and Indiana will be one hour from closing (5:00 PM EST – the polls close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM EST)."
Chart: Bush Ratings vs. Terror Alerts --by Julius Civitatus "I have put together a chart comparing Bush approval numbers to the timeline of terror alerts... There are few things that are quite evident from the chart: - Whenever his ratings dip, there's a new terror alert. - Every terror alert is followed by a slight uptick of Bush approval ratings. - Whenever there are many unfavorable headlines, there's another alert or announcement (distraction effect). - As we approach the 2004 elections, the number and frequency of terror alerts keeps growing, to the point that they collapse in the graphic. At the same time, Bush ratings are lower than ever."
The Reliable Terror Barometer --by Skydrifter "Keep an eye on the combined local FEMA and 'Homeland Security' activity; the more intense their preparations, the more likely the event - and the location. If FEMA or 'Homeland Security' assets are moved, try to discover the magnitude of the urgency behind their move; and their destination. In order to 'shine,' FEMA needs to coordinate with city officials, police and fire departments, as well as the Red Cross and local hotels. There will be indicators, in the form of increased activity and particularly an increased staffing or coordination of resources." [Also, see 9-11 and the IMPOSSIBLE --by Skydrifter]
FBI Agents Search Car Belonging to Bioterrorism Expert Whose Homes Were Raided in Anthrax Probe (Pittsburgh) FBI agents searched a car on Saturday belonging to the bioterrorism expert whose homes were raided earlier this week by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Officials ask judge to dismiss protesters' lawsuit --The federal government, Miami prosecutors and law enforcement officials have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit by protesters claiming officials organized a punitive, pre-emptive campaign to stifle legal demonstrations during a global trade summit. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, area police, prosecutors and mayors have various arguments for killing the lawsuit, filed in March.
Former trooper admits he lied to federal agent --A former Arkansas state trooper who said years ago that he arranged sexual liaisons for former President Clinton while Clinton was governor has pleaded guilty to a felony in an unrelated federal civil-rights case.
Halliburton accused of misleading --Four former employees claim that Halliburton Co engaged in systematic accounting fraud, according to a filing in a class-action lawsuit against the oilfield-services giant. The fraud allegedly occurred from 1998, when US Vice pResident Dick Cheney ran Halliburton, to 2001. Cheney, who left Halliburton in August 2000, was not named as a defendant in the filing.
US generates meagre 32,000 jobs in July, markets in shock --US employers hired a meagre 32,000 extra workers in July, government figures showed, shocking markets worldwide and shattering hopes of a labor market rebound.
Dow hits new low for '04 on jobs, oil worries --The Dow Jones industrial average plunged nearly 150 points Friday to a new 2004 low as investors bailed out of stocks in the wake of a disappointing jobs report and continuing high oil prices. The Nasdaq composite index and Standard & Poor's 500 also marked new year-to-date lows for the second straight session. Payroll figures released early Friday showed that employers added just 32,000 jobs last month.
Poor Jobs Figure a Sharp Blow to Bush - Analysts --Disappointing job creation figures issued Friday were a sharp blow to Dictator Bush, making it much more difficult for him to argue on the campaign trail that the economy has turned the corner, analysts and pollsters said.
Court rejects U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's lawsuit over touch-screen 'voting' machines --A panel of state appellate court judges dismissed U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's lawsuit over touch-screen 'voting' machines Friday, saying that while the right to vote is fundamental state officials don't need to guarantee a perfect voting system. Wexler, D-Boca Raton, sued in both federal and state court to compel the state government to install paper receipts for Florida's ATM-style touch-screen machines.
Pentagon Focuses on Voting Plan for Troops --The Pentagon, faced with nearly a half-million troops overseas, has 'improved' its Web site for absentee voters and promised faster mail service as it pushes several programs to [help steal the election for Dictator Bush].
Temps hired to gather signatures for Nader to help Bush --Ralph Nader's bid to get on the state ballot in November apparently got some help from Republicans who gathered to see Dictator Bush during a campaign stop Friday. ...Petition worker Emily Sawka provided Foster's Daily Democrat with a copy of the script the workers were given. It advised them to approach people and say, "Excuse me sir/miss etc. I was wondering if you could take a second to help President [sic] Bush?"
Nader fails to make California ballot --Third-party candidate Ralph Nader has failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the California ballot as an independent after ditching his Green Party label of four years ago.
Unabashed Racist Wins GOP Primary in Tenn. --An unabashed racist will represent the Republican party in the November election for a congressional seat after a write-in candidate failed to derail his effort.
Calif. lawyer sues Yahoo over message-board posts --A California lawyer who has waged an ongoing battle with Yahoo Inc. over personal attacks made against him on Yahoo message boards has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the company.
Homeless in Hawaii: More land for the military than for Hawaiians --by Winona LaDuke "It’s summer in Hawaii, the state is considering another generous land donation to the military and has made homelessness a crime. Under the cover of the term 'Military Transformation' and with the blanket of 9/11, the military is taking a wide berth in land stealing. And, recently enacted Act 50 makes criminals out of people who have been displaced by the military itself, many of them Native Hawaiian."
Experts warn of wider vCJD threat --Many more people could become infected with vCJD than previously thought, experts have warned. It follows analysis of a probable transmission of the human form of BSE, via a blood transfusion.
UK's new mad cow threat --Britain may be on the brink of an epidemic of the human form of mad cow disease with up to half the population at risk, experts say.
Terror scare paves way for police-state measures (WSWS) "Over the past several months... government officials have mounted a relentless propaganda campaign on the theme of a terrorist attack occurring on or near election day... The new terror hysteria being mounted by the government and the media must serve as a warning that the danger of an election-period provocation is very real. The aim would be either to stampede the voters into reelecting Bush, or close down the election altogether."
Suspect in New Terror Alerts Fed U.S. False Info in 2002 --An imprisoned terror suspect that the Bush regime says provided "vital" information that led to increased alerts in Washington, New York and New Jersey is the same suspect who provided false information that led to false alerts in 2002, angry intelligence officials say. ...Capitol Hill Blue has learned the terror suspect is Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaida honcho captured in Pakistan in March, 2002.
South Africa Casts Doubt on al-Qaida Plot Government officials have cast doubt on reports that two South Africans captured along with a senior al-Qaida terrorist in Pakistan were plotting attacks on tourist sites in their home country.
British Muslim arrested for extradition to the US --Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in December last year under Terrorism Act 2000 and later released without charge, was rearrested today at 4.05 in south west London. He was arrested following US request for his extradition.
FBI studies U.S. contacts by al-Qaeda --A captured al-Qaeda operative whose computer files described surveillance of key U.S. financial centers contacted people in the USA as recently as this year, two U.S. officials with knowledge of counterterrorism efforts said Wednesday.
Burden of Proof Raised in Fla. Terror Case --Prosecutors putting a former professor on trial on charges he raised money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad will have to prove contributions to the group were used for terrorist attacks rather than for charity, a federal judge has ruled.
New Jersey Objects to Anti-Terror Funding Cuts --New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey complained to Dictator Bush on Tuesday that his state would be disproportionately hurt by proposed cuts in federal funding for anti-terrorism efforts, just as New Jersey's threat level was rising.
Tenn. Official Suspended After Mock Drill --An official who staged a security drill that disrupted a county commission meeting with guns and mock hostage-takers has been suspended.
'Hostage' drill catches flak from ruffled officials --ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Just as members of the Carter County Commission prepared to vote on a proposal to raise property taxes, three men and a woman burst in with guns drawn and took hostages. "There will be no new taxes, everyone here is going to vote no," one man announced as he held a gun to the head of the county finance director. One of the intruders even fired into the air... It wasn't until some commissioners scrambled for cover and a commotion ensued that the county's emergency management director announced it was only a mock security drill.
FBI, Post Office search NJ, NY homes in anthrax probe --Federal agents investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks searched a lagoon-front bungalow here Thursday along with two upstate New York homes belonging to the founder of an anti-terrorism organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks.
Asylum seekers can be 'held indefinitely' --The High Court today upheld the government's tough immigration detention laws in two cases of people refused political asylum in Australia. Democrats Leader Andrew Bartlett said, "This is a sad day for the rule of law in Australia. Our High Court has unfortunately found that our legislation allows the government to lock up people for the rest of their lives, people who have committed no crime, who have merely come to Australia seeking protection. The potential for this massive increase in government power, without legal protection, is chilling. This means the government has the power to make laws regarding the detention of any other social group. It can be pointed at any Australian." Senator Bartlett said the government should work with the other parties to find alternatives to indefinite detention.
Detainees have 'no right to escape' --The High Court today rejected an asylum seeker's claim that harsh conditions justified his escape from the Woomera Detention Centre.
CIA Curbs War Critic Author --A senior official of the Central Intelligence Agency who has written a best-selling book critical of the Bush regime's handling of the war on terror has been ordered to sharply curtail his interviews with news organizations in connection with the book, his publisher said on Wednesday. The author of "Imperial Hubris," who wrote the book anonymously, is a longtime counterterrorism official at the C.I.A. who previously ran the agency's unit that concentrated on [Bush family/Carlyle Group associate] Osama bin Laden.
Bush Signs Bill With $25B More for Wars Dictator Bush signed a $417.5 billion wartime defense bill Thursday providing an additional $25 billion for Halliburton ['Iraq and Afghanistan.']
Payback: 99 percent of political donations from Halliburton's board of directors go to Republicans (halliburtonwatch.org) "Halliburton's board of directors has given nearly $300,000 to Republican candidates and political action committees over the 2004 campaign season, a HalliburtonWatch analysis reveals. The board, comprised mostly of individuals from the energy industry, gave $296,065 (or 99 percent) to the Republicans and $4,000 (or 1 percent) to the Democrats. Halliburton's political action committee gave another $133,500 to political campaigns, with $120,000 (or 90 percent) going to the Republicans."
Halliburton to pay $7.5 million fine for not disclosing accounting change --Halliburton Co. agreed to pay a $7.5 million penalty to settle charges that it failed to disclose accounting changes that boosted its reported profits in 1998 and 1999, the Securities and Exchange Commission said yesterday. The violations occurred while Vice pResident Dick Cheney served as Halliburton's chief executive officer, although Cheney, who provided sworn testimony to the SEC, wasn't charged.
15 U.S. troops wounded in Iraq attacks --Assailants and militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wounded 15 American troops in four separate attacks in Baghdad, the U.S. command said Friday.
US helicopter shot down in Najaf --A US helicopter has been shot down in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The US military spokesman confirmed the incident, saying several members of the crew were wounded.
Clashes Threaten to Reignite Shi'ite Rising in Iraq --Followers of rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr shot down a U.S. helicopter on Thursday in the Iraqi city of Najaf and two were killed by British troops in Basra in clashes that threatened to reignite a Shi'ite uprising.
Resistance Captures US General In Ramadi (Aug. 04, 2004) By Omar al-Faris, JUS "In the latest news in Iraq, resistance fighters have captured a US general in Ramadi. The Americans went ballistic with this news and closed all roads in and out of the city. Heavy fighting is currently underway... Two Marines were killed in the Anbar province west of Baghdad, not one as the military previously reported."
South of Baghdad, car bomb kills at least 5 --A car bomb exploded outside a police station south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding 21, Iraq's Health Ministry said.
12 Killed as Iraqi Police and Rebels Clash in Mosul --Fighting flared Wednesday between the Iraqi police and insurgents in Mosul, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens more and prompting city authorities to impose a curfew to restore order, city officials said.
U.S. Launches Major Mission Along Syrian Border --The U.S. military, backed by Iraqi forces, has launched a major operation along the border with Syria.
Danish Officer Accused in Iraq Prison Case --A Danish army officer was accused Thursday of four counts of negligence for allegedly denying food and water to detainees in Iraq, forcing them to sit in "painful positions" and verbally humiliating them.
Colombia's Uribe: US ally in "war on terror" named as drug trafficker --by Bill Van Auken "The release of a 13-year-old previously classified military intelligence document linking Colombia’s right-wing president Alvaro Uribe to drug traffickers has intensified the crisis of Washington’s most slavish supporter in Latin America... Uribe appears as number 82 in this list of assassins and drug smugglers."
Stocks Plummet, Hit by Soaring Oil Prices --U.S. stocks suffered one of the sharpest declines of 2004 on Thursday, knocking the blue-chip Dow below the psychologically key 10,000 level as crude in New York resumed its march higher, chasing investors from equities.
Analysts say $50-a-barrel oil is possible --Oil prices could rise as high as $50 per barrel before the year is up, analysts say, as the world's growing thirst for crude stretches supplies thin and uncertainty abounds in petroleum-producing nations.
Miracles and Wonders --by Alan Cabal "Before this new "Pico cell," it was nigh on impossible to make a call from a passenger aircraft in flight. Connection is impossible at altitudes over 8000 feet or speeds in excess of 230 mph. Yet despite this, passengers Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and Edward Felt all managed to place calls from Flight 93 on the morning of September 11... And last but not least, every suburban homeowner will want the miraculous PentaGrass. Whatever that lawn at the Pentagon is made out of, it sure is amazing stuff—it resists and repels fire, explosion, skid marks, aircraft debris, jet fuel, luggage and body parts." [A must read]
N.M. GOP to Keep Screening for Bush Events --Republicans [Bush's Brownshirts] in New Mexico say they will keep asking some people who want to attend Bush-Cheney campaign events to sign an endorsement pledge before receiving tickets. Republican Party spokesman Yier Shi said the GOP campaign plans to correct errors and omissions in the pledge: "I ... herby (sic) endorse George W. Bush for re[s]election of the United States.'' Besides correcting the spelling of hereby, it will make clear what office Bush is running for, Shi said. [I *will* be 'attending' the Repugnant Nazi Carnival in New York... and let me say, I won't be signing any 'endorsement pledge' [LOL!] for Dictator Bush. BTW, we're not putting up with any 'First Amendment Zones,' either. -LRP]
Shut It Down. New York City, 1 September 2004 "We have the power to SHUT IT DOWN. You're either with us, or you're with the Republicans"
August 29, the world says NO to the Bush Agenda! - March and Rally at the Republican National Convention, New York City, Assemble at 10:00AM, Seventh Avenue @ 14th Street, march steps off at noon
"I'll go into their First Amendment Zone . . . if they visit my Second Amendment Zone, first." --CLG reader, Mark J. Yannone, Phoenix, AZ
Unabashed Racist Leads Tenn. GOP Primary --A Republican write-in candidate was trailing badly Thursday in an attempt to keep an unabashed racist from representing the party in the November election for a congressional seat.
Bush Misspeak Cites U.S. Readiness to Harm U.S. --Dictator Bush told a roomful of top Pentagon brass on Thursday that his dictatorship would never stop looking for ways to harm the United States. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," Bush said.
Texan Bankrolls Anti-Kerry Vets Group --A wealthy Texan and prolific Republican donor is helping bankroll a television ad assailing Democrat John Kerry's decorated military record in the Vietnam War.
McCain condemns anti-Kerry ads, calls on White House to follow suit --Republican Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, called an ad criticizing John Kerry's military service "dishonest and dishonorable" and urged the White House on Thursday to condemn it as well.
Springsteen Joins Anti-Bush Concert Tour --Bruce Springsteen will be among more than 20 artists performing shows in nine battleground states in October. They hope to raise money for Democratic campaign efforts and to sway voters toward Kerry.
Hanford worker exposed to unsafe radiation levels --At least one Hanford worker was recently exposed to unsafe radiation levels after key safety measures were ignored during a cleanup project in an underground waste area, the contractor coordinating the work said yesterday. Five or more workers encountered unexpectedly high levels of radiation during the incident July 22, according to CH2M Hill Hanford Group.
Judge Orders USDA to ID Biocrop Locales --A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify where four companies are performing open-field testing of genetically modified crops in Hawaii.
Annual 'Dead Zone' Spreads Across Gulf of Mexico --A huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution.
Lawsuit Says Women Were Misled to Delay Abortions (LA) In a federal lawsuit, seven women charge that William A. Graham of the Causeway Center for Women never intended to refer them for an abortion at all, but was merely stalling until it was too late. On Wednesday, Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of United States District Court ordered Mr. Graham to disconnect his phone because he had caused "irreparable harm" to the women and to Causeway Medical Clinic, an abortion provider that is also suing Mr. Graham.
Al Qaeda operators being held in Pakistan until 'right moment' (election time) Pakistan produces the goods, again --by Syed Saleem Shahzad "Security experts close to the corridors of power in Pakistan tell Asia Times Online that as the November presidential elections in the US draw closer, more such dramatic - and timely - arrests can be expected. The announcement of [Tanzanian al-Qaeda operative, Ahmed Khalfan] Ghailani's arrest coincided with the Democratic Party's convention in Boston... ...[U]nder intense pressure from the US, Pakistan has handed over as many as 350 suspected al-Qaeda operators into US custody. Most have been low-ranking, but some important names are, according to Asia Times Online contacts, being held in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) safe houses to be presented at the right moment. [The Bush regime is preparing for an 'October Surprise.]
Al CIA-duh May Still Be Plotting Against US-Reports --An al CIA-duh plot to attack financial targets in the United States could still be in the works, U.S. television networks reported on Wednesday, while the White House said it had new and alarming evidence that justified raising the nation's terror alert level. The White House said on Wednesday it had received "another new stream of intelligence reporting" on Friday that contributed to the decision to raise the terrorism alert level, brushing aside suggestions it relied solely on the dated information. [Is Bush poised to play his trump card? 'Another new stream' of 'terror' threats revealed from al Bush-duh from Friday night - not the four-year-old data - which begs the question: WHY are we - on Wednesday - learning of the 'Friday' data?]
U.S. says threat corroborated by third person Officials strongly deny latest alert driven by political concerns --The Bush regime learned from a third person, separately from documents and two prisoners named this week, that al-CIA-duh was plotting to attack U.S. financial buildings, officials said Wednesday, rejecting criticism that the government’s latest terror warning was overblown.
Sources: Al Qaeda may have made contact in U.S. recently --Intelligence found in Pakistan suggests that suspected al Qaeda operatives in that country contacted an individual or individuals in the United States in the past few months, according to two senior U.S. government sources.
Al-Qaeda man held for plot to attack Heathrow: report --Police in Britain are reportedly holding a senior al-Qaeda operative who was allegedly planning an attack on London's main Heathrow airport.
Group said to be planning hits on Western, Asian leaders --Shifting tactics, an al-Qaida-linked group that staged the deadliest post-Sept. 11 terror bombing is believed to be planning assassinations of Western and regional leaders in Asia, moving away from large-scale strikes against civilian targets, officials told The Associated Press.
Harris Regrets Terror-Plot Comments -- 2000 coupmeister, Reichwing Rep. KKKatherine Harris, said Wednesday she regrets making the claim that a plot existed to blow up the power grid in Carmel, Ind., a notion city officials disputed.
Authorities: Possible terror suspects being monitored in NYC area, but no known link to threats --Authorities on Wednesday confirmed they are monitoring possible terror suspects in the New York City area but added they have no evidence that any was involved in threats against financial institutions. The FBI-New York Police Department Joint Terrorism Task Force has been using electronic surveillance and other methods to track them, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Security Checks Ordered Near Federal Reserve --Police will be deployed to inspect trucks at checkpoints around the main Federal Reserve building at Constitution Avenue NW in response to a terror alert for financial institutions in Washington, New York City and Newark, the Department of Homeland Security announced last night. [Yes, they need to check MOVING VANS and RENTAL TRUCKS being USED as MOVING VANS... especially around MIDNIGHT...]
USCG to Check Ports Worldwide --The U.S. Coast Guard will visit at least 130 countries to assess port security, its commanding officer in the Far East said Wednesday, as a top U.N. official said Africa was lagging behind in implementing anti-terror measures.
U.S. no longer reporting security gaps at nuclear plants --Citing a need to keep information from 'terrorists' ?!? [the public], regulators said Wednesday the government will no longer reveal security gaps discovered at nuclear power plants or the subsequent enforcement actions taken against plant operators. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the change in policy during its first public meeting on power plant safety since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It drew barbs from critics who said the secrecy would erode public confidence in the agency.
Officials don't see attack as imminent --The U.S. financial institutions identified in a recently disclosed al-Qaeda surveillance operation are not believed to be at imminent risk of attack, two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.
Bush's phone terror alerts, illegal W-ar in Iraq enriching the Exxon-Mobil coffers: Oil prices rise to new record high levels --Oil prices climbed to new record high levels. Analysts said sky-high prices were the result of a mix of fear and fundamentals, with worries over terrorism and the risks of supply disruptions from Russia, Iraq and Venezuela accompanied by burgeoning demand... Prices have been further fuelled by sabotage attacks to pipelines in major producer Iraq.
Fabricating Intelligence for Political Gain --by Michel Chossudovsky "The decision to launch the code orange terror alert in New York City, Washington DC and northern New Jersey was taken on the night of John Kerry's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. No 'specific' intelligence out of Pakistan was reviewed at that Thursday evening meeting on June 29 at CIA Headquarters at Langley. The supporting intelligence used to justify the terror warning, not only turned out to be 'outdated', it was only made available to counterterrorism officials ex post facto, once the decision to increase the 'threat level' had already been endorsed by President [sic] Bush."
US abuse could be war crimes --Red Cross says Tipton Three may have a case --Repeated abuses allegedly suffered by three British prisoners at the hands of US interrogators and guards in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba could amount to war crimes, the Red Cross said yesterday. The organisation, which maintains a rigidly neutral stance in public, took the unusual step of voicing its concerns in uncompromising language after the former detainees, known as the Tipton Three, revealed that they had been beaten, shackled, photographed naked and in one incident questioned at gunpoint while in US custody.
Habib lawyer blasts Canberra 'Nazis' --An Australian terror suspect's lawyer today accused the Australian government of behaving like Nazis over abuse claims at Guantanamo Bay military base. Australian prisoner Mamdouh Habib's lawyer, Stephen Hopper, said the Australian government's support for the US (abusive) treatment of the prisoners was unsurprising, he said. "The Australian government is just like the Nazi government," Mr Hopper said. "The Howard Coalition government work hand-in-hand with the American government."
Call for probe into White House 'torture' memos --Twelve former judges, seven past presidents of the American Bar Association, a former FBI director and more than 100 other legal experts called today for a thorough investigation of Bush dictatorship memos that explored ways to skirt the laws against torture. The group also asked the regime to release all memos on the subject and urged congress to probe how Bush officials decided to treat detainees captured in the war on 'terrorism.'
Britons once held by U.S. claim brutality --Three Britons freed from Guantanamo Bay claim they suffered systematic brutality and sexual humiliation during their detention at the U.S. prison.
Terror suspect panel won't recommend freedom for many --United States military panels reviewing the cases of hundreds of terror suspects will likely not recommend freedom for a significant number because each case already has been examined repeatedly, the US Navy secretary said today.
Witnesses: England often sneaked into area where detainees were abused --Pfc. Lynndie England was often sloppy at her paperwork job at Abu Ghraib prison because of illicit, late-night visits to the part of the facility where detainees were abused, her supervisor testified Wednesday.
Prisoners 'run into walls with bags over heads' --US Army Specialist Matthew Wisdom told a military court today he witnessed fellow soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees inside Abu Ghraib prison in the presence of Private Lynndie England. Wisdom told the court at Fort Bragg via telephone from Fort Lee in Virginia that he saw fellow troops stomping on the fingers of Iraqi inmates, punching them, and running detainees into walls with sandbags over their heads in late 2003.
Interrogation contract: firm wins new $15m deal --CACI International, under scrutiny over whether it contributed to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, was awarded a $15 million extension of its work in Iraq, the US Army said today. The award allows CACI's work supporting interrogations and other intelligence operations to continue while competitive bids are sought on a new contract for these services, a senior Army contracting official said.
American valour? All hogwash, say Indian truckers --Indian truck drivers who returned after working in Iraq have a poor impression of American soldiers and their valour. According to their accounts, whenever armed militants attacked a convoy of trucks ferrying supplies to US troops in Iraq, the escort vehicles carrying American soldiers, instead of protecting the convoy, would be the first to flee leaving the unarmed and hapless truck drivers to fend for themselves.
Islamic groups deny role in church blasts --Three Islamic groups have denied any role behind the recent church bombings in Iraq that killed at least 11 people. In a statement posted on websites on Wednesday, the groups instead accused Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie of involvement in the blasts. "Any attempt to use these foolish explosions to attack the Mujahideen is doomed to fail," said the statement signed by the Mujahideen Information Centre. [Were the bombings carried out at the behest of those who wished to 'rally' Bush's Christian Fundamentalist base?]
Canada probes Israeli spy ring --Canada announced it was investigating whether a suspected Israeli fugitive involved in a New Zealand spy ring was using a stolen Canadian passport. New Zealand suspended high-level contacts with Israel after two suspected members of Israel's Mossad intelligence service were jailed in July for trying to fraudulently obtain New Zealand passports.
FCC: Web phone calls must allow wiretaps --Ruling doesn't affect other regulation, agency says --Internet phone carriers such as Vonage should set up their systems so U.S. law enforcers can monitor suspicious calls, the Federal Communications Commission tentatively ruled on Wednesday.
GOP Senator Leaked Classified Intercepted Messages to Faux News --Investigators Concluded Shelby Leaked Message --Justice Dept. Declined To Prosecute Case [WHY NOT???] Federal investigators concluded that Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) divulged classified intercepted messages to the media when he was on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, according to sources familiar with the probe. Specifically, Faux News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron confirmed to FBI investigators that Shelby verbally divulged the information to him during a June 19, 2002, interview, minutes after Shelby's committee had been given the information in a classified briefing, according to the sources.
Halliburton to pay SEC fine --Halliburton filed "materially misleading" financial statements that raised its profits in 1998 and 1999 while Vice pResident Cheney was its chief executive, but it did not violate accounting rules, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. [Cheney went from 'materially misleading' investors to 'materially misleading' the entire country. When will the Bush terror team be tried for treason?]
Fla. GOP keeps its delegate list secret --GOP officials in Florida are refusing to release the names of state delegates to their party's national convention in New York later this month. Florida will send 112 delegates to the national convention to be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Madison Square Garden. [People need to obtain the 'secret list' and distribute it... far and wide.]
Dade leader wants voting overhaul --Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Barbara Carey-Shuler sent a strongly worded message to County Manager George Burgess this week, calling the county's election department ''the laughingstock of the nation,'' and telling him to address problems by Aug. 16 -- 15 days before the primary election. In another development, U.S. [Democratic] Sen. Bill Nelson continued to ask state election officials for an independent audit or in his words a ''complete review of the voting process.''
Three GOP officials arrested in election office shoving (TN) Polk County Sheriff's officers have arrested two county election commissioners and the county Republican Party chairman in a ballot box scuffle. Democratic Election Registrar Sula Jenkins Registrar says [the two Republican] commissioners wrested a ballot box from her grasp Saturday as early voting ended for the state primaries and snapped an extra padlock on it. [It is not enough for Bush's Brownshirts to steal national elections, now they are literally grabbing ballot boxes!! Time to read... Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell ]
Group Planning Illegal Protests on Second Day of Convention --Members of a group opposed to the Republican National Convention, many describing themselves as anarchists, said yesterday that they would carry out illegal protest activities on the convention's second day. Organizers in the group, the A31 Action Coalition, said they were calling for a nationwide day of nonviolent civil disobedience on Aug. 31 aimed at using parts of Midtown to stage demonstrations, without permits, against the Bush dictatorship.
Unusual Sentence Over E-Mailed Threats --Judge Orders Roanoke Youth to Write a Paper on Homeland Suckyourity --A 14-year-old Roanoke youth who sent threatening e-mails to federal officials -- including a threat to kill Dictator Bush -- has been given an assignment by the judge that could wipe the incident off his record: write a research paper on homeland security.
Bands Gather to Stump Against Bush --In an unprecedented series of concerts in nine swing states, more than 20 musical acts - including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks - will perform fund-raising concerts one month before the Nov. 2 election in an effort to unseat Dictator Bush.
Federal Reserve reports early summer economic slowdown --The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the U.S. economy cooled off in June and July as consumer spending, especially on autos, slowed significantly after a big surge in early spring.
Three bank robberies for Iowa town during Bush, Kerry visits --Three banks in this town were robbed Wednesday while Dictator Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry hosted rival campaign rallies, police said.
Pinochet kin questioned on bank account --The wife, two daughters and a son of Gen. Augusto Pinochet were questioned Tuesday by the judge investigating the former dictator's secret bank account in the United States.
$1.9 Billion of Iraq's Money Goes to U.S. Contractors --Halliburton Co. and other U.S. contractors are being paid at least $1.9 billion from Iraqi funds under an arrangement set by the U.S.-led occupation authority, according to a review of documents and interviews with government agencies, companies and auditors. Most of the money is for two controversial deals that originally had been financed with money approved by the U.S. Congress, but later shifted to Iraqi funds that were governed by fewer restrictions and less rigorous oversight.
Shocking prisoner abuses are revealed --Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were subjected to Abu Ghraib-style torture and sexual humiliation in which they were stripped naked, forced to sodomise one another and taunted by naked female American soldiers, according to a new report. Some of the abuse has been captured on videotape.
US soldiers abused Iraqis for fun, court told US troops who photographed naked Iraqi prisoners on a leash did it "just for fun", an inquiry heard. Graphic photographs beamed around the world showed smiling US Army Private Lynndie England giving a thumbs up posing beside naked Iraqi detainees. Testifying on Tuesday, chief warrant officer Paul Arthur - who headed up the investigation - said England told him in an interview that it was all "a big joke" and represented "nothing serious" and had been "just for fun." He said England told him "they were joking around, having some fun, during the night shift" at the prison late last year when the abuse occurred.
Private England called to explain her 'bit of fun' on the Abu Ghraib night shift --Seeking to discredit claims that Private Lynndie England was following orders, prosecutors yesterday portrayed her as an out-of-control soldier who was photographed mocking Iraqi prisoners "just for fun".
Iraq Jail Chief Says Prisoner Abuse Covered Up --The U.S. general formerly in charge of Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison said on Tuesday abuse of Iraqi captives was hidden from her in a cover-up that may reach all the way to the Pentagon or White House.
6 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq --Insurgents killed seven Iraqi security personnel in a car bombing and other attacks Tuesday, and the U.S. military announced the deaths of six Americans, including four killed by resistance fighters.
Thanks to Dictator Bush: Water Offers Deadly Relief in a Blistering Iraqi Slum --Typhoid and hepatitis E are running rampant through Sadr City this summer, as residents rely heavily on a sewage-tainted water supply to endure temperatures of 115 degrees and up.
Iraq may fail as a state, warn MPs --The government's handling of the "war on terror" received a damning appraisal this morning, as senior MPs warned that, more than a year after the invasion, Iraq was in danger of turning into a "failed state" and that Afghanistan "could implode". The foreign affairs committee also reported that there was "little, if any" sign of the much heralded war on drugs being won under the new regime in Afghanistan. Full text: read the committee's report (pdf)
Irishman shot dead in Saudi office -- An Irishman was shot and killed Tuesday when armed men stormed into his office and began firing machine guns, Irish and Saudi officials said.
Pakistan Allows Taliban to Train, a Detained Fighter Says --For months Afghan and American officials have complained that even while Pakistan cooperates in the fight against Al Qaeda, militant Islamic groups there are training fighters and sending them into Afghanistan to attack American and Afghan forces.
Terror alert: how four-year-old information was transformed into clear and present danger --The Bush dictatorship was forced into the embarrassing admission yesterday that "new" intelligence about al-Qa'ida's plans to attack US financial institutions - information that led to an official alert and a slew of fresh security measures - was up to four years old and predated the 11 September attacks.
US terror plot intelligence 'old' --The US administration admits that new warnings of attacks on American cities were based on information gathered by al-Bush-duh up to four years ago. Homeland security adviser Frances Townsend said some of the information recovered was collected in 2000/2001.
Is the Bush Administration Planning a Red Code Alert? (globalresearch.ca) "This is the sixth orange code alert since September 11, 2001. There is evidence from police sources that at least two of the previous high profile post-9/11 code orange terror alerts were fabricated. (February 7, 2003, and December, 21, 2003) (details and documentary evidence). Is the administration planning on triggering a code red alert, which in the words of Sec Tom Ridge, would 'close down the country'? What is the hidden agenda?"
Ridge: U.S. Must Assume al Qaeda in Country, Waiting to Strike --The United States must operate under the assumption that al Qaeda terrorists [al Bush-duh terrorists] are already in the country, waiting to strike when they believe they can achieve success, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said today in New York City.
Source: Attack to be in early September --More financial institutions than previously disclosed may be at risk of attack, and an al-Bush-duh operative has told British intelligence that the group's target date is early September, intelligence sources said yesterday. The operative, described as "credible" [Yes- I am sure the information is 'credible,' as it is from the Bush terror team, itself. The Bush dictatorship is poised to attack so that they can 'go to code red' and terrify people into 'voting' for them] by British intelligence, told his debriefers that the attack would take place "60 days before the presidential election" on Nov. 2, according to a former senior National Security Council official. On Sept. 2 Dictator George W. Bush is expected to address the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden.
CNN QuickVote: (Aug. 3) Do you agree with Howard Dean's suggestion that the latest terror alert may be politically motivated? Please vote!! Tally thus far: Yes, 55%; No, 45% --as of 11:45PM EDT, Tuesday Governor Dean appeared on Hardball on Tuesday.
Republicans Sabotaged Clinton's Anti-Terror Efforts --by Mike Hersh "Despite President Clinton's extensive efforts to combat terrorism - and their own refusal to help, even eagerness to hinder those efforts - Republicans shamelessly blame Bill Clinton."
Sikh student detained by Secret Service --BC leader says beard, turban triggered stop --A Boston College student leader who wears a turban and full beard in accord with his Sikh religion says he was detained and interrogated for seven hours Saturday night by Secret Service agents for doing nothing more than taking photographs of the campus.
Evidence of Pentagon Psychological Warfare Operations Against U.S. Citizens Surfaces in Want Ads --The U.S. military’s domestic operations command says it is not planning or conducting a secret psychological warfare campaign to manipulate the opinions of American citizens, despite a U.S. Air Force document suggesting such activities might be taking place... The possibility of a propaganda program run out of the military’s domestic headquarters surfaced with a phrase in an online employment ad.
Spitzer gives 9/11 warning to GOP --Attorney general says Republican convention shouldn't exploit tragedy --Democratic state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Thursday warned Republicans not to "dare" use the memory of 9/11 for political purposes when they convene for their convention in New York City next month. "Do not go there," Spitzer said at a breakfast he sponsored for the New York delegation at the national convention Thursday. [Right, don't go there - and literally --don't go there. The Repugnant Nazi Carnival is not welcome in New York.]
Activists Plan to Disrupt GOP Convention --Activists plan to hold sit-ins at delegate hotels, take over city intersections, block doors to major corporate offices, confront GOP bigwigs and infiltrate events when Republicans come to town for their political convention.
Ashcroft Tells Libraries to Destroy Citizen-Friendly Publications --Statement regarding DOJ request for removal of government publications by depository libraries --Statement from ALA President-Elect Michael Gorman: "Last week, the American Library Association learned that the Department of Justice asked the Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy five publications the Department has deemed not 'appropriate for external use.' The Department of Justice has called for these five these public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed, making their content available only to those with access to a law office or law library."
DOJ Reverses Documents Order After Librarian Protest --After a government documents recall notice posted on the Government Printing Office (GPO) web site generated strong reactions from librarians, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said late last week that depository libraries could keep the disputed materials on their shelves after all.
Bush Will Install Majoras at FTC During Congressional Recess --Dictator George W. Bush will install Deborah P. Majoras as head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, using his power of appointment during a congressional recess to overcome opposition by a West Coast senator who argued she wouldn't fight high gasoline prices.
Bush announces 20 recess appointments --Dictator Bush on Friday announced his intention to make 20 appointments during the congressional recess, including a new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a manufacturing czar and three ambassadors.
Bush Guttersnipes Get Ride On Diverted Flight --Airline Defends Decision to Divert Plane --US Airways confirmed Tuesday that a scheduled flight between Boston and D.C. was diverted on Saturday so Dictator Bush's [disgusting] daughters could get on the plane. The Bush twins were picked up, along with 22 other passengers. However, News4's Tony Dorsey reported that the move caused a two-hour delay for those traveling from Boston.
Missouri Voters Ban Same-Sex Marriage --The bellwether state's overwhelming rejection precedes similar ballot measures in 10 states. Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to ban same-sex marriage — the first such test of the issue since it rose to national prominence when a Massachusetts court legalized gay and lesbian weddings last fall.
Critics Say Calif. Gov. Hides Spending --GOP-installed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has funneled nearly a quarter million dollars of campaign money to a lobbying committee that promotes his views without disclosing how the money is spent or where it came from, records show.
Greenwood: It's just coincidence --by John Grogan "U.S. Rep. [Bucks County, PA Republican] James Greenwood acknowledges that the timing of his resignation from Congress to lead a biotechnology trade group is a little awkward... After all, he was offered the job of president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization on July 16, just four days before he was to hold a high-profile congressional hearing into antidepressants and child suicide."
Republican candidate admits supporting eugenics --The Republican [Nazi] congressional candidate James L Hart has acknowledged that he is an unapologetic supporter of eugenics, the fake science that resulted in thousands of people being sterilised in an attempt to purify the white race. Despite his radical views, Mr Hart may end up winning the Republican nomination in a north-western Tennessee district because he is the only Republican candidate on the ballot in tomorrow's primary.
Bill Clinton offered guest spot on 'Saturday Night Live' --Former President Bill Clinton could be a host of "Saturday Night Live'' this season. At least, that's what the folks at NBC are hoping. TV Guide Online quotes anonymous sources saying that Clinton has been offered the gig if he wants it.
BUSH'S BROWNSHIRTS shout '4 More Years' at Kerry rally in Downtown Milwaukee... JOHN KERRY: 'I want to thank George Bush for sending the goons here tonight to excite us to do a little more work'...
WHY is it that people had to sign a 'loyalty oath' to attend a Cheney rally, but Bush's Brownshirts can freely subvert Kerry rallies??? Some Democrats seeking Cheney tickets had to sign oath --Some Democrats who signed up to hear Vice pResident Dick Cheney speak here Saturday were refused tickets unless they signed a pledge to endorse Dictator Bush.
Heinz Kerry: Four More Years of 'Hell' if Bush Wins --Teresa Heinz Kerry, the outspoken wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, pulled no punches on Monday in telling a rally what she thought of the Bush regime -- hell. When a Bush supporter with a bullhorn shouted "four more years" from the back of a large crowd packed into a downtown Milwaukee park, Heinz Kerry, who was introducing her husband, responded: "They want four more years of hell."
Kerry: Bush Policies Encourage Terrorism --Democratic candidate John Kerry on Monday accused Dictator Bush of encouraging terrorist recruitment with policies that have made the world angry at the United States.
Britain on heightened terror readiness --Britain is in a state of "heightened readiness" after plans for terror strikes in the UK and the United States were uncovered following the arrest of a senior al-Bush-duh suspect.
Bush Calls for New Intelligence Director --Dictator Bush on Monday endorsed creation of a national intelligence czar and counter[sic]terrorism center - his first steps in revamping the nation's intelligence-gathering system to help prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "We are a nation in danger," Bush said in the White House Rose Garden. [Thanks to Dictator Bush, 'we are a nation in danger.' He and his Neo-con Nazi friends have put us in that position.]
A nation in danger. Or a president [sic] in peril? --"We are a nation in danger," said Dictator George Bush, after the nation's state of alert was raised to "orange" (high) on Sunday evening... The US has issued numerous terror alerts since the attacks of September 2001, and some people were sceptical yesterday as to the nature of the regime's latest warning. The former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean highlighted the concerns of many without access to the information. "It's hard to know what to make [of it]. None of us outside the administration have access to the intelligence which led to this determination," he said. "I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President [sic] Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism," he told CNN. "His whole campaign is based on the notion that 'I can keep you safe, therefore, at times of difficulty for America, stick with me' and then out comes Tom Ridge. It's just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there's some of both in it."
Al Qaeda Gathered Data Prior to 9/11 3-year-old information led to alerts; officials unsure if spying continued. Most of the al Qaeda surveillance of five financial institutions that led to a new terrorism alert Sunday was conducted before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and authorities are not sure whether the casing of the buildings has continued, numerous intelligence and law enforcement officials said yesterday. More than half a dozen government officials interviewed yesterday, who declined to be identified because classified information is involved, said that most, if not all, of the information about the buildings seized by authorities in a raid in Pakistan last week was about three years old, and possibly older. "There is nothing right now that we're hearing that is new," said one senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the alert. "Why did we go to this level? . . . I still don't know that."
Reports That Led to Terror Alert Were Years Old, Officials Say --Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terror plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way.
Phony Terror Threats Enrich Exxon-Mobil's Coffers: Warnings about possible attacks on U.S. financial institutions investors drove U.S. crude oil prices to a record high of $43.94 a barrel earlier in the day before prices eased a bit to settle Monday at $43.82, up 2 cents.
Happy pump$ (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) "Happy days are here again at the gas pumps, for the oil companies. Two major oil companies announced huge growth in income last week, with Exxon Mobil scoring a record $5.8 billion in profits for just the second quarter of the year. Royal Dutch/Shell Group reported a 54 percent growth in net income."
Motive behind phony terror threats: Kerry Leads Bush in Post-Convention Poll --Washington Post-ABC News Poll Shows Voters Favor Kerry 50-44 --Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry emerged from his national convention last week with a small lead over Dictator Bush in the race for the White House and improved his standing against Bush on both the economy and on who is better qualified to serve as commander in chief, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll.
Another motive behind phony terror threats: Northrop Grumman to receive up to $175 million for Homeland Suckyourity contract --Northrop Grumman team will play a key role in providing research and technical assistance for the design of the pay system for Homeland Suckyourity. ...The company's contract could run as long as three years and pay Northrop Grumman as much as $175 million.
D.C. Police to Block Capitol Traffic Flow --Police announced plans to block all traffic flow around the Capitol, and to search some of the vehicles, to ensure that explosives do not get near the building.
Vehicles to Be Stopped on Way to U.S. Capitol --A security net was clamped down around the U.S. Capitol on Monday, as police began to inspect cars, buses and trucks headed toward the complex that houses the U.S. Congress in response to the elevated terror alert of possible car bomb attacks.
Street Closing Irks D.C. Leaders --Checkpoints Set Up Near World Bank, IMF and Capitol --Police officers carrying automatic weapons patrolled streets around the Capitol last night as they prepared to close a major thoroughfare on Capitol Hill and to set up 14 vehicle checkpoints, creating a huge security perimeter around powerful symbols of American 'democracy.' Amid objections from city leaders, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said last night that First Street NE between Constitution Avenue and D Street NE -- which runs between two of the Senate office buildings -- would be shut down indefinitely, starting this morning.
Police Secure Businesses on Terror Alert --Police searched trucks, blocked streets and posted machine-gun toting officers outside financial landmarks Monday, a day after the government's chilling warning that [Bush's] terrorists might target the buildings with bombs.
"A new poll says that if the election were held today, John Kerry would beat President [sic] Bush by a double digit margin. The White House is so worried about this, they're now thinking of moving up the capture of Osama Bin Laden to next month." -- Jay Leno
Another F.B.I. Employee Blows Whistle on Agency ...Mike German says F.B.I. officials sat on his request, botched the investigation, falsified documents to discredit their own sources, then froze him out and made him a "pariah." He left the bureau in mid-June after 16 years and is now going public for the first time - the latest in a string of F.B.I. whistle-blowers who claim they were retaliated against after voicing concerns about how management problems had impeded terrorism investigations since the Sept. 11 attacks...
FBI Director Admits Whistle Blower Fired for Blowing Whistle --A classified Justice Department investigation determined that a whistle-blower's allegations of security lapses in the FBI's translator program were at least partly responsible for her firing, the FBI director told U.S. senators.
Open Letter to Thomas Kean --Chairman Of The 9/11 Commission --From FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds --"Unfortunately, I find your report seriously flawed in its failure to address serious intelligence issues that I am aware of, which have been confirmed, and which as a witness to the commission, I made you aware of. Thus, I must assume that other serious issues that I am not aware of were in the same manner omitted from your report. These omissions cast doubt on the validity of your report and therefore on its conclusions and recommendations."
Kuwait Bans 'Fahrenheit 9 / 11' --Kuwait, a major U.S. puppet ['ally'] in the Persian Gulf, has banned Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11'' because it deems the movie insulting to the Saudi Arabian royal family and critical of America's invasion of Iraq, an official said Sunday.
Retired general: Bush foreign policy a 'national disaster' --A former Air Force chief of staff and one-time "Veteran for Bush" said Saturday that America's foreign relations for the first three years of Dictator Bush's term have been "a national disaster" but that Bush's Democratic rival was "up to the task" of rebuilding.
US troops surround Najaf home of Shiite militia leader --US troops surrounded the home of wanted Shiite Muslim radical leader Moqtada Sadr in the central Iraqi holy city of Najaf, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
US Arrest Of Iraqi Scholar A 'Punitive Measure': AMS --Iraq's highest religious authority accused US forces of detaining one of its prominent members late Sunday, August 1, as a "punitive measure" for its opposition stance to the more than one year occupation of the oil-rich country.
Few Troops Get Disability Pay --Nearly one-third of the National Guard and Reserve troops returning from war with illnesses or injuries are forced to wait more than four months to learn whether they'll be compensated under the military's disability system.
Halliburton sues retirees who complained about insurance cut --Halliburton has sued three former employees who complained about the company's plan to stop providing health insurance for retirees who are eligible for Medicare. The lawsuit was filed on January 21st, shortly after the retirees, sent a letter complaining about the change.
Regulatory change ignores message of 'Silent Spring' (The Daily News, Longview, Washington) "The Bush administration is proposing to streamline the licensing of pesticides. But they're forgetting the message of 'Silent Spring,' Rachel Carson's 1962 classic that exposed the hazards of DDT... Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to cut out federal wildlife from that process. Steve Williams, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tried to put a good face on this proposal. He said it will 'address a long-standing need to create a workable framework to protect species, ranging from salmon to butterflies and songbirds.' This is the kind of rhetoric reminiscent of George Orwell's '1984,' in which a totalitarian 'Big Brother' government manipulates language to suppress truth and freedom."
My Beef With Big Media --How government protects big media--and shuts out upstarts like me. --by Ted Turner "...[C]orporations say they would never suppress speech. But it's not their intentions that matter; it's their capabilities. Consolidation gives them more power to tilt the news and cut important ideas out of the public debate. And it's precisely that power that the rules should prevent."
Lott throws barbs at Kerry during Neshoba fair stump speech --U.S. Sen. [and Reichwing Racist] Trent Lott today told an enthusiastic Neshoba County Fair (Philadelphia) crowd that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry is "a French-speaking socialist from Boston, Massachusetts, who is more liberal than Ted Kennedy."
Bush terror team builds toward the 2004 coup d'etat: Plan to Ease Voter Registration for Spanish Speakers Stalled --Translated Form Still Not Available on FEC Web Site --Federal promises to make registering to vote easier for Spanish-speaking voters by posting the required forms on the Internet have been lost in translation. Seven months after the government hired a company to translate the material, and nearly a year after the English version was made available, nothing appeared online.
Is Florida facing a new polling fiasco? --by Linda McQuaig "On the floor of the Democratic convention, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Florida Senator Bob Graham if the state had solved the problem of hanging chads and punch-card ballots... Graham noted that those problems had been solved, but pointed to another problem: about half of Florida voters will use electronic voting machines in November, even though '(We) do not have any verifiable backup in case one of those machines malfunctions or there's a challenge to the accuracy of the machines.' Blitzer seemed shocked by this. 'Well, how is that possible in this day and age you don't have a backup?' Graham's answer was stunning: 'Because I'll say (Florida) Governor (Jeb) Bush and his administration have stonewalled the efforts to get a paper trail behind these electronic machines.'"
"President [sic[ Bush said he was 'troubled' by gay people getting married in San Francisco. He said on important issues like this the people should make the decision, not judges. Unless of course we're choosing a president, then he prefers judges." -- Jay Leno
U.S. Warns of [Bush regime plans] Qaeda Attack in 'Near Term' --The Bush dictatorship on Sunday declared a high risk of [Bush-planned] terrorist attacks against financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas after receiving what it described as alarming information that operatives of Al Qaeda had conducted detailed reconnaissance missions at certain sites.
Lockdown: Security alert as [Bush's?] terrorists target U.S. financial landmarks --Officials are launching a massive security crackdown today after reports al-Bush-duh plans to strike a deadly blow at the heart of America's financial pulse - targeting landmarks in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J. "We are deploying our full array of anti[pro]-terror resources,'' vowed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Holland Tunnel closing inbound to trucks --The Holland Tunnel was to close to commercial traffic heading to New York at 12:01 a.m. Monday, officials said Sunday evening.
N.Y. police to stop trucks at random --New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday said police will start stopping trucks at random, part of the response to the latest 'terror' threat.
NYSE, IMF Step Up Security After Threats of Attack by al-Bush-duh --The New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup Inc., the International Monetary Fund and two other financial institutions in the New York area and Washington prepared to open under intensified security after the U.S. government said al- Bush-duh was planning terrorism attacks. Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge said at a news conference in Washington yesterday that the government had gathered "new and unusually specific information [LOL, that's because it's theirs] about where al- Qaeda would like to attack.''
Here's a thought: Let's say the terror alerts are real (which I doubt). If the 'terrorists' know that New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J. are under 'High Orange Alert,' wouldn't they choose to attack a city that was *not* under the increased blanket of security, such as a *West* Coast city? Hello, McFly? Even if we take the Bush regime 'at its word,' we lose. These people are so stupid that the *light* from stupid would take ten billion years to reach the earth. --Lori Price
Financial hubs as terror targets --Government says it has good reason to believe terrorists are plotting to hit NYC, Newark, Washington --Citing "unusually specific" intelligence that al-Bush-duh plans to attack landmark financial institutions in New York, Newark and Washington, most likely with truck or car bombs, the federal government yesterday raised the threat level to "high" for the five reported targets, including the New York Stock Exchange. At a hastily called news conference yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge disclosed that the government had received "unusually specific information" [that is because the information is from them themselves] that al-Bush-duh intends to attack the stock exchange and the Citigroup buildings in New York, as well as the Prudential financial building in Newark and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings in Washington.
Intelligence obtained on threats described targets in great detail --The government provided details Sunday of new intelligence it had obtained that led to the increased threat level against financial institutions, including several specific buildings. A senior intelligence official described the details only on condition of anonymity. He said it was the most extraordinary detail he had seen in 24 years of intelligence work. [That is because the Bush-al Qaeda team has leaked details of their next attack.]
U.S. Warns of Possible Terror Threat Against 5 Buildings --The federal government warned Sunday of possible 'terrorist' attacks [by Bush-Qaeda?] against "iconic" financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J., saying a confluence of intelligence over the weekend pointed to a car or truck bomb. Specifically, the government named certain buildings as potential targets. Ridge said it would be up to New York City officials to decide whether to move to the highest level, red. The city has remained on orange since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. [Northern NJ, NY, Washington D.C. Special 'buffer zones' to be established, and an all around-fascist clampdown in a pathetic attempt to stop the protests in New York, but we will not be intimidated. We will *still* protest Dictator Bush at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival.]
Whiz-Bang Gizmos --U.S. Special Forces and military disaster-response teams guarding New York during the Repugnant Nazi Carnival will be armed with the latest high-tech weaponry, including "ballistic" sunglasses, advanced machine guns and a flashlight that can blind attackers, The Post has learned. As many as 25 sniper teams will ring Madison Square Garden, including black-clad Secret Service sharpshooters, sources said. "There will not be a place where [Bush] will not be covered by a weapon," [?!?] said Terry Griswold, an anti-terror consultant and an ex-commander of Army Special Forces who's familiar with convention preparations. [We will not be intimidated. We will *still* protest Dictator Bush at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival.]
Campaign Dogged by Terror Fight --On Sunday, the candidates were reminded that the most pivotal thing that could happen before the election was beyond the control of either campaign. [Well, it is under the control of the Bush campaign of terror, since they are more dangerous than any other terrorists. We fear nothing more than this regime!] "I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President [sic] Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism," Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN on Sunday. "His whole campaign is based on the notion that 'I can keep you safe, therefore at times of difficulty for America stick with me,' and then out comes Tom Ridge," Mr. Dean added, referring to the homeland security secretary.
*24 hours* before the New York 'High Alert' hoopla... Cheney: Bush Will Defend Against Terrorism Dictator Bush Will Defend U.S. Against Terrorist Attacks, Vice pResident Dick Cheney Says --TUCSON, Ariz. July 31, 2004 — George W. Bush is the presidential candidate most capable of defeating [fomenting] terrorism, Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Saturday.
ACLU quits federal donation program --Group refuses to use anti-terrorist watch list --The American Civil Liberties Union has withdrawn from a federal donation program, refusing to follow U.S. Patriot Act rules requiring use of a government anti-[pro]terrorism watch list to check employees' names, a spokeswoman said.
'Terror' Against the Press --The curious saga of the Boston FBI's 'unconfirmed reports' of a right-wing threat to the media --by James Ridgeway "It looks like the FBI's Boston field office faked a threat of domestic terrorism just before the start of the Democratic National Convention by leaking 'unconfirmed' reports of white supremacist groups readying an attack against media vehicles in Boston... The effect of this probably was to make the press even more suspicious of anti-war demonstrators than it already is—to even view them as possible terrorists, and if not actual terrorists, then a crowd within which terrorists could operate."
Former cop charged in blast --Joseph Rodriguez, the troubled former cop at the center of the pipe bomb explosion in Times Square, was arrested yesterday on charges of planting the bomb there himself, police said.
White House Anger at Hollywood Election Surprise: Paramount Puppet Movie to Mock Terror War --A new film set for release from PARAMOUNT has raised the pop culture threat levels at the White House -- a film which mocks the war on terror and media urgency using puppets, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Dayton: FAA, NORAD hid 9/11 failures --Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., charged Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have covered up "catastrophic failures" that left the nation vulnerable during the Sept. 11 hijackings.
Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons --Directed energy weapons could paralyze potential attackers or noncombatants like a long-range stun gun... At the same Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico, researchers working with Raytheon Co. have developed a weapon called the Active Denial System, which repels adversaries by heating the water molecules in their skin with microwave energy. The pain is so great that people flee immediately. "It just feels like your skin is on fire," said Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the laboratory who, as a test subject, has felt the Active Denial System's heat.
Justice Launches Investigation Into Missing Iraq $ Billion --The Justice Department has launched an urgent investigation after U.S. civilian authorities in Baghdad failed to keep track of more than a $1 billion, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Investigators have found multiple examples of fraud and abuse in millions of dollars worth of contracts to rebuild Iraq that used U.S. taxpayer and Iraqi funds.
Grand Jury Hears Testimony From Powell --The U.S. grand jury investigating the leak of an undercover CIA operative's name has interviewed Secretary of State Colin Powell, but he is not a subject of the inquiry, the State Department said Sunday. Powell is the latest official from the Bush regime to be called before the grand jury in Washington.
Scarlett asked for 'lies' in WMD report --The new head of MI6 tried to persuade weapons inspectors in Iraq to harden up a report on their hunt for weapons of mass destruction, it was claimed yesterday. John Scarlett suggested that the Iraq Survey Group report should include claims about Saddam Hussein's supposed arsenals - which had already been proven unreliable, an unnamed member of the ISG was quoted as saying in The Mail on Sunday.
Scarlett 'Asked Experts to Harden Weapons Hunt Report' --The new head of secret intelligence service MI6 tried to persuade weapons inspectors in Iraq to harden up a report on their hunt for weapons of mass destruction, it was claimed today.
Talking Points Memo --by Joshua Micah Marshall "Today, the Sunday Times of London reports that the Italian middle-man who provided the notorious Niger uranium documents to Italian journalist Elizabetta Burba (she later brought them to the US Embassy in Rome, you’ll remember) was himself given the documents by the Italian military intelligence service, SISMI. In late 2001, the SISMI officer brought the Niger Embassy employee a packet of documents --- those later identified as forgeries --- and instructed her to slip them in with the other documents she was providing to the 'security consultant' on an on-going basis. She mixed those documents in with authentic documents which she had access to in the course of her work at the embassy. She then passed those documents --- again, a mix of authentic and forged ones --- to the 'security consultant'."
Iraq's Child Prisoners --A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that occupation forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture. --by Neil Mackay "In another witness statement, passed to the Sunday Herald, former prisoner Thaar Salman Dawod said: '[I saw] two boys naked and they were cuffed together face to face and [a US soldier] was beating them and a group of guards were watching and taking pictures and there was three female soldiers laughing at the prisoners. The prisoners, two of them, were young.'"
Hearing Set for U.S. Soldier in Iraq Abuse Photos --A twice-delayed hearing for a U.S. soldier photographed holding an Iraqi prisoner on a leash, set for Tuesday, is a key step in the legal wake of the prison abuse scandal that shook the Bush regime's war effort.
Bombs Explode Near Churches in 2 Iraqi Cities --Assailants staged coordinated car bombings on Sunday evening near four churches in Baghdad and another in Mosul, in northern Iraq. In Baghdad, at least 11 people, including 2 children, were killed in the explosions and at least 20 people were wounded, witnesses and hospital officials said. One person died in the Mosul attack, and seven people were wounded, a United States military report said.
World trade deal hailed as 'historic', but pressure groups fear a 'catastrophe' --After five days of intense negotiation, the World Trade Organisation agreed to an interim text and set a deadline of December 2005 to hammer out a new global deal. The deal was hailed as "historic" by the WTO and the main wealthy nations but fiercely attacked by activist groups who condemned it as a "catastrophe for the poor."
Bush's Republicans prepare for their 'dirty war' on Kerry --Dictator George Bush's senior strategists have vowed to use the month of August to mount derisive and personal attacks on the Democratic candidate John Kerry in what is becoming an increasingly bitter election campaign.
Bush-Cheney Campaign Headquarters: What They Don't Want You To Know --by Wayne Madsen "One of many new office buildings rising along Arlington County's growing Rosslyn-Ballston business corridor, the structure nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac at 2107 Wilson Boulevard has a special mission this year: to ensure that the Bush-Cheney administration is guaranteed another term in office. ...I realized that one of the screens represented GOP tracking polls. In many cases, such internal political party polls - which are always highly classified - represent truer numbers than what is being reported by the national media organizations. Quickly scanning the map, I saw that the GOP numbers are a matter of serious concern.
Feds twist facts for logging, critics say --The Forest Service exaggerated the effect of wildfires [arson] on California spotted owls to justify a planned increase in logging in the Sierra Nevada, according to a longtime agency expert who worked on the plan.
California, Feds Ease Pesticide Reviews --California's pesticide regulations often duplicate federal rules, slowing the introduction of new pest controls without doing much to protect public health or the environment, according to a government reorganization plan reviewed by The Associated Press. The Bush dictatorship has proposed ending a requirement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consult with federal wildlife agencies to determine if pesticides might harm plants and animals protected by the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. Mad Cow Testing Ignites Criticism --The U.S. government has refused to support widespread testing of the nation's cattle herds. Instead, the Agriculture Department has launched a limited voluntary testing program that its own inspector general said may be scientifically invalid. Critics are also accusing the government of favoring big businesses that oppose extensive testing, at the expense of small cattle companies that back it. "It is truly a mess," said Thomas McGarity, who teaches food safety law at the University of Texas and heads the Center for Progressive Regulation think tank.
[Kerry up in the polls, so...] Threat level raised in New York, D.C. [? New York has already been under 'Orange Alert.'] --Localized alerts based on specific information on attacks The federal government has raised the threat level for financial companies in Washington, D.C., New York City and northern New Jersey, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Sunday.
Republicans try to stop anti-Bush protests at the RNC by issuing bogus terror threats. NYC police issue warning of terrorist threat --New intelligence suggests an al-Qaida plot against New York, prompting tighter security. New 'intelligence' that the al-Bush-duh terrorist network plans to attack financial or international institutions in New York City has prompted police to urge extra security precautions at various city buildings. The warning, announced Saturday night, didn’t say how the attacks might be carried out or when they would occur. [We will not be intimidated. We will *still* protest Dictator Bush in New York at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival.]
White House seems too quiet. They must be cooking up something. What could it be? Bioterrorism alerts (or attacks), hijacking alerts (or attacks), rogue nuclear bomb alerts (or attacks), or what? What is up their slimy sleeves? We wonder, because Kerry looks unassailable by other means. --Michael Rectenwald, July 30, 2004
Ashcroft targets protesters to pad antiterror record --by Jonathan Turley "Attorney General John Ashcroft recently went to Congress to herald another record year of fighting terrorism, showcasing numbers showing 310 defendants charged as evidence that 'the Patriot Act is al-Qaida's worst nightmare.' Few would argue about the nightmare part, but it is hard to see al-Qaida losing much sleep: To a large degree, Ashcroft has used antiterrorism laws against citizens with no ties to al-Qaida or even terrorism."
Marijuana smuggling case first local use of Patriot Act provision --The U.S. attorney in Seattle has used a Patriot Act provision to charge 15 people with smuggling marijuana money out of this country as part of a drug operation based in Canada.
A Battle Over Blame --Rumsfeld may be rebuked by his own commission investigating prison abuse. In mid-August, the commission that James Schlesinger chairs—handpicked by [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld from members of his own Defense Policy Board—is expected to issue its final report on abuses by U.S. interrogators stemming from the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal. NEWSWEEK has learned the Schlesinger panel is leaning toward the view that failures of command and control at the Pentagon helped create the climate in which the abuses occurred.
The Secret File of Abu Ghraib New classified documents implicate U.S. forces in rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners --by Osha Gray Davidson "The new classified military documents offer a chilling picture of what happened at Abu Ghraib -- including detailed reports that U.S. troops and translators sodomized and raped Iraqi prisoners... The files make clear that responsibility for what Taguba called 'sadistic, blatant and wanton' abuses extends to several high-ranking officers still serving in command positions."
Explosions Strike Christian Churches in Iraq Attacks in Baghdad, Mosul Appear to Have Been Coordinated --A series of powerful explosions at or near Christian churches shook the cities of Baghdad and Mosul Sunday in what appeared to be a new tactic of the already lethal insurgency in Iraq.
U.S. Soldier Killed in Explosion; Marines, Insurgents Fight in Fallujah --One American soldier with the Army's 1st Infantry Division was killed and two others were injured when a remotely detonated improvised explosive device struck their patrol, near Samarra, Iraq, around 12:30 p.m. today.
Senator Dayton: NORAD Lied About 9/11 --Mark Dayton has become the first U.S. senator to challenge the establishment consensus that "The 9/11 Commission Report" settles the open questions of Sept. 11, 2001. In hearings last Friday, Sen. Dayton (D-MN) raised an obvious point: if the timeline of air defense response as promoted in the Kean Commission's best-selling book is correct, then the timeline presented repeatedly by NORAD during the last two years was completely wrong.
Where's the media coverage? Clinton Adviser Berger Cleared of Document Theft President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger -- who'd been accused of stealing classified material from the National Archives -- has been cleared of all wrongdoing. The National Archives and the Justice Department have concluded nothing is missing and nothing in the Clinton administration's record was withheld from the 9-11 Commission. The Wall Street Journal reports archives staff have accounted for all classified documents Berger looked at. [Oops! Faux forgot to report that Berger was cleared, they were only there to participate in the (most recent) Clinton witch-hunt.]
White House Projects Highest Deficit Ever --This year's federal deficit will soar to a record $445 billion, the White House projected Friday.
Bailout Feared if Airlines Shed Their Pensions --In an echo of the [Ronald Ray-gun] savings and loan industry collapse of the 1980's, the federal agency that insures company pensions is facing a possible cascade of bankruptcies and pension defaults in the airline industry that some experts fear could lead to another multibillion-dollar taxpayer bailout.
Bush Campaign Uses Nazi Ad on Website --The Bush re-s-election campaign is refusing to withdraw an anti-Kerry ad displaying Nazi imagery from its website, despite criticism from US Jewish organizations. The advertisement on the Bush-Cheney website, georgewbush.com, opens with a close-up image of Gore shouting, "How dare they drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud of Saddam Hussein’s torture prison." A fuzzy image of Hitler immediately follows, along with shouts of "Sieg Heil!"
Bush camp solicits race of Star staffer --Dictator Bush's re-s-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice pResident Dick Cheney. The Star refused to provide the information.
Obtaining Cheney Rally Ticket Requires Signing Bush Endorsement --Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice pResident Dick Cheney's rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news: Unless you sign an endorsement for Dictator George W. Bush, you're not getting any passes. [Are they checking IDs? If not, sign your name "Osama bin-Bush" or "Bush Hussein" or "Donald Rumsfeld Hussein" or "Abu Bush."]
Cincinnati focus group shows swing away from Bush --Republican pollster Frank I. Luntz sized up a group of Cincinnati-area swing voters Wednesday night with just three questions before declaring, "This room is George Bush's greatest nightmare." Of the 20 voters he had lined up in front of national television cameras, 14 voted for George W. Bush in 2000. Only eight said they plan to vote for him again.
The Race Is On: An Analysis of the Post-Convention Zogby Poll --by John Zogby and Christopher Conroy "The most recent Zogby poll shows deeper trouble for President [sic] George W. Bush beyond just the horserace. Mr. Bush has fallen in key areas while Senator John Kerry has shored up numerous constituencies in his base. The Bush team’s attempted outreach to base Democratic and swing constituency has shown to be a failure thus far, limiting his potential growth in the electorate."
'Lost' Florida Voting Records Found --Miami-Dade County elections officials said Friday they have 'found' detailed electronic voting records from the 2002 gubernatorial primary that were originally believed lost in computer crashes last year. Seth Kaplan, spokesman for the Elections Supervisor office, said the records were found on a compact disc in the office.
How They Could Steal the Election This Time --by Ronnie Dugger "On November 2 millions of Americans will cast their votes for President in computerized voting systems that can be rigged by corporate or local-election insiders. Some 98 million citizens, five out of every six of the roughly 115 million who will go to the polls, will consign their votes into computers that unidentified computer programmers, working in the main for four private corporations and the officials of 10,500 election jurisdictions, could program to invisibly falsify the outcomes. The result could be the failure of an American presidential election and its collapse into suspicions, accusations and a civic fury that will make Florida 2000 seem like a family spat in the kitchen." ['Civic Fury?' No, revolution.]
Bush's Nazi-style concentration camp: Medical Experiments in Guantanamo Bay --Frenchmen Say Guantanamo Detention Was Like Hell --Two Frenchmen described as hell Friday their more than two years of detention in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, their lawyer said after meeting them for the first time. Mourad Benchellali and Nizar Sassi had concerns "about the interrogation techniques and medical experiments" at Guantanamo, Jacques Debray said outside the headquarters of the DST domestic intelligence service where the two men were being questioned. A letter from Sassi said "bizarre" medicines had been given to inmates at night and that one caused some prisoners to break out in spots, Debray told reporters. [Which, if any, US corporations are ordering such experiments?]
Audit: Spending Records on Hundreds of Millions of Iraqi Dollars MIA --U.S. authorities in Baghdad spent hundreds of millions of Iraqi dollars without keeping good enough records to show whether they got some services and products they paid for, government investigators said. Officials of the former Coalition Provisional Authority did not have records to justify the $24.7 million cost for replacing Iraq's currency, according to the report from the authority's inspector general. The report also said the authority paid nearly $200,000 for 15 police trucks without knowing if the trucks were delivered. [Check Bremer's garage.]
High Qaeda Aide Retracted Claim of Link With Iraq --A senior leader of Al Qaeda who was captured in Pakistan several months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was the main source for intelligence, since discredited, that Iraq had provided training in chemical and biological weapons to members of the organization, according to American intelligence officials.
Uzbek Blasts Hit U.S. and Israeli Embassies --TASHKENT, Uzbekistan --Suspected suicide bombers struck the U.S. and Israeli embassies in [US-supported terrorist police state] Uzbekistan as well as the state prosecutor's office Friday, killing two local guards at the Israeli mission and wounding nine other people. [For reasons as to why resistance fighters are blowing up embassies in terrorist police states, see: Rumsfeld: U.S. Eyeing Uzbekistan for Bases (Feb. 24, 2004) TASHKENT, Uzbekistan --After the Sept. 11 attacks, Uzbekistan provided U.S. troops a base near its border with Afghanistan, from which U.S. troops launched strikes against the Taliban, and in 2002, the two countries signed a strategic partnership agreement. Since then, the Bush regime has praised Uzbekistan's support in the war on [of] terror, but Karimov's government has been frequently criticized for human rights issues. Just hours before Rumsfeld's arrival, a Uzbek court reduced the sentence and ordered freed a 62-year-old woman convicted of anti-constitutional activity after publicizing her son's death in prison from torture by being boiled alive. Dictator Bush's allies consist of governments that *boil people alive.* Tell me again about Saddam Hussein's 'rape rooms.' Saddam Hussein's? The only evidence of 'rape rooms' are those in George Bush's dictatorship. The 'rape rooms,' 'dog biting rooms,' and 'human pyramid rooms' --all found in George Bush's Abu Ghraib prison.]
Don't Let the Bush Administration Sweep the Plame Case Under the Carpet! --action by Carol Schiffler, CLG Actions Chair
Tribunals Begin for Guantanamo Detainees --The tribunals [Fascist kangaroo courts] to determine if detainees held at Guantanamo are enemy combatants began today, said Navy Secretary Gordon England. "Over the next few weeks, we will then stand up two more tribunal teams," he said. "Optimistically we are hoping that each team can conduct 24 tribunals a week."
Census Bureau Tracking Arab-Americans for U.S. Government --The US Census Bureau has provided Government security officials with detailed information about neighbourhoods where people with Arabic backgrounds live, it emerged today.
Security czar Ridge weighs resigning after election --Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is considering stepping down after the November election, telling colleagues he is worn out from the massive reorganization [and from trying to keep his lies straight and orange alerts matching key democratic precincts] of government and needs to earn money in the private sector to put his teenage children through college, officials said.
Disgraced judge picked for homeland post --A key overseer of the Bush regime’s unsuccessful efforts to create a more comprehensive screening process for airline passengers resigned in disgrace four years ago from the New Hampshire Supreme Court to avoid prosecution over his conduct on the bench. W. Stephen Thayer III, who left New Hampshire’s high court in 2000 under a deal with prosecutors, is now serving as deputy chief of the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of National Risk Assessment.
Obtaining Cheney Rally Ticket Requires Signing Bush Endorsement --Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice pResident Dick Cheney's rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news: Unless you sign an endorsement for Dictator George W. Bush, you're not getting any passes. [Are they checking IDs? If not, sign your name "Osama bin-Bush" or "Bush Hussein" or "Donald Rumsfeld Hussein" or "Abu Bush."]
Anonymous letter urges cop sickout during Republican convention --In another sign of labor unrest among police heading into the Repugnant Nazi Carnival, someone has circulated a letter urging officers to stage a sickout on the event's first day.
GOP apologizes over voting flier; glossy mailer warns against touch-screens --An embarrassed state Republican Party apologized Thursday for a GOP campaign brochure that urged voters to use absentee ballots, undermining efforts by Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Glenda Hood to inspire confidence in new touch-screen voting machines.
Moore to train camera on Florida voting machines --More than 3,000 people -- three times more than originally expected -- sat on lawn chairs, pillows or blankets Wednesday night to watch Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 in a rural parking lot close to U.S. Dictator George W. Bush's Texas ranch... Yesterday, Moore said he plans to take his cameras to Florida on Election Day, amid continuing controversy over voting machines in the state known for its 2000 coup d'etat ['electoral debacle'], the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported.
Bush Blames 'Terrorists' [Right, he only has himself to blame.] The White House is set to project a record budget deficit of up to $450bn (£248bn) in its mid-year report. Washington sources said the figure would be at least $425bn (£234bn).
Bush Derides Kerry as Man of Few Achievements [?!?!?!] --Dictator Bush sought to grab back the political spotlight from John Kerry on Friday by casting his Democratic rival as a man of few achievements and offering a bare-bones preview of his own second-term agenda. [Bush has achieved much: bankrupting everything he touches, including the US government and Iraq.]
Nancy Reagan to Bush: 'We Don't Support Your Re-[S]Election' --The widow of former President, and Republican icon, Ronald Reagan has told the GOP she wants nothing to do with their upcoming national convention or the re-[s]election campaign of Dictator George W. Bush. Nancy Reagan turned down numerous invitations to appear at the Republican National Convention and has warned the Bush campaign she will not tolerate any use of her or her late husbands words or images in Bush’s re-[s]election effort."Mrs. Reagan does not support President [sic] Bush’s re-[s]election and neither to most members of the President’s family," says a spokesman for the former First Lady.
The Case Against George W. Bush --The son of the fortieth president of the United States takes a hard look at the son of the forty-first and does not like what he sees --by Ron Reagan "Does anyone really favor an administration that so shamelessly lies? One that so tenaciously clings to secrecy, not to protect the American people, but to protect itself? That so willfully misrepresents its true aims and so knowingly misleads the people from whom it derives its power? I simply cannot think so."
From Left Field: So why Kerry? --by Eric A. Smith "...[I]f Bush wins, it is guaranteed that HAVA will be strengthened, DREs will be forced upon the American electorate and verifiable elections will become a permanent impossibility. And THAT, friends and neighbors, means THOSE IN POWER CAN NEVER BE VOTED OUT, and with nothing to oppose them and their agenda, whoever has seized power through an electronic coup need never answer to ANYONE."
Woman's Dying Wish: Bush Defeated --Loved Ones Asked To Donate To Democratic Cause --A South Florida woman who died this week had an unusual last request. Instead of flower or contributions in her name to a charity, she asked those who loved her to try to make sure Dictator George W. Bush is not re-[s]elected.
Dems challenging Nader's bid in Pa. Allege that prez hopeful getting GOP aid --Democrats from the state House of Representatives on Monday will challenge Ralph Nader's petitions for a place on the Pennsylvania presidential ballot in November. Democrats say that Nader has been accepting help from Republicans and conservative groups to collect nominating petitions. In Philadelphia, Nader has hired a contractor to pay people to circulate his petitions. Two attorneys for a nonprofit legal service say those workers were misleading people into signing the petitions last Friday.
Thousands Sue Makers of Paxil --Paxil is supposed to help people deal with depression but one woman said her life turned into a living hell after taking Paxil. 4,000 plaintiffs have joined a class-action lawsuit against Glaxo Smith Kline, the maker of Paxil. They said they are hooked on the drug and unable to quit. ["Side effects may include depression; suicide; homicide; anxiety; paranoia; OCD; hallucinations; psychosis; manic-depressive illness and death."]
Kerry Accepts Nomination, Telling Party That He'll 'Restore Trust and Credibility' --I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war. I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States." Text of speech
Invoking His Past, Kerry Vows to Command 'a Nation at War' -- John Forbes Kerry stood before the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, pledging to "restore trust and credibility to the White House" as he accused Dictator Bush of misleading the nation into war and pursuing policies that he described as a threat to the environment, the economy and the Constitution. Mr. Kerry promised to take charge of "a nation at war.'' He invoked his service in Vietnam 35 years ago as he vowed to protect Americans from terror in the 21st century.
General Wesley Clark --"The safety of our country demands urgent and innovative measures to strengthen our armed forces. The safety of our country demands credible intelligence. The safety of our country demands cooperation with our allies. The safety of our country demands making more friends and fewer enemies. The safety of our country demands an end to the doctrinaire, ineffective policies that currently grip Washington. Enough is enough!" Text of Speech
Max Cleland -- Text of Speech
Clark dismisses Bush as unfit to command --Retired Gen. Wesley Clark brought the crowd to its feet early in the evening repeatedly with a hard-edged address in which he denounced the Bush regime from the perspective of a career soldier. In particular, Clark accused Bush of acting as though the Republicans had "a monopoly on the best defense of our nation." By doing so, he said, Bush was "committing a fraud on the American people." [Bush's ***installation*** after his illegal seizure of power was/is, a fraud!!]
Tonight, We Became One Voice --by Mary MacElveen "If anything, this Election Day is code red. Where we must take our message of freedom, truth, a high moral purpose, patriotism and our very American message to those who are unsure of how they will vote in November. We must get them all into Senator [John] Kerry's boat."
Zogby Poll Shows Democratic Ticket Up 5 Points --While the Democratic National Convention was under way, the Republican ticket of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lost some ground to John Kerry and John Edwards, a poll showed Thursday. The poll of 1,001 likely voters conducted from Monday through Thursday found Kerry-Edwards leading Bush-Cheney 48 percent to 43 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
Unhappy Workers Should Take Prozac --Bush Campaigner --A campaign worker for Dictator Bush said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones -- or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better. "Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac? [like Bush, himself?]" said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt. [Kerry should mention this in his speech tonight. Bush's underemployment, unemployment solution: Take Prozac.]
Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior --Dictator George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair Bush's mental faculties [What mental faculties?] and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, regime aides admit privately.
Judge Orders U.S. to Defend Detentions --A federal judge ordered the Bush dictatorship on Thursday to explain its detention of a Libyan at a U.S. military prison in Cuba by next week, the first such demand since the Supreme Court ruled in June that foreign detainees can use American courts to challenge their confinement.
Homeland Security Given Data on Arab-Americans --The Census Bureau has provided specially tabulated population statistics on Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security, including detailed information on how many people of Arab backgrounds live in certain ZIP codes. The assistance is legal, but civil liberties groups and Arab-American advocacy organizations say it is a dangerous breach of public trust and liken it to the Census Bureau's compilation of similar information about Japanese-Americans during World War II.
US Arabs 'fear for their family' --Almost 60% of Arab Muslims living in the US fear for the future of their families, according to a new report. Almost a quarter of those asked said a family member had been insulted because of their race or religion.
Fear of Death Wins Minds and Votes, Study Finds --Dictator Bush may be tapping into solid human psychology when he invokes the Sept. 11 attacks while campaigning for the next election, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. Talking about death can raise people's need for psychological security, the researchers report in studies to be published in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science and the September issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. "There are people all over who are claiming every time Bush is in trouble he generates fear by declaring an imminent threat," said Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, who worked on the study. "We are saying this is psychologically useful."
Florida Again Faces Disputes Over Elections --Recounts, Missing Records Debated --"We are no safer than we were in 2000," said Lida Rodriguez-Tasseff, chairman of the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, a voting-rights group. Rodriguez-Tasseff's organization unearthed the latest in an increasingly lengthy string of embarrassments for the Florida elections system when it filed a public-records request this month with the Miami-Dade County elections office asking for the audits of votes in the 2002 governor's election. The records were supposed to have been collected by the county's new $25 million electronic voting network. The answer the group received has made voter advocates queasy about how the system will perform in the November presidential election: The records were gone.
Ex-N.H. GOP Director Pleads Guilty --The former director of the New Hampshire Republican Party pleaded guilty Wednesday to jamming Democratic phone banks on Election Day 2002. Chuck McGee was accused of arranging to have hundreds of hang-up calls made to phone lines that were installed to help voters get rides to the polls. Among the contests decided that day was the close Senate race in which Republican Rep. John Sununu beat Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. [Why aren't endless Republican coup d'etats considered acts of terrorism?]
Kidnappers Holding 7 in Iraq Threaten to Kill One --Kidnappers holding seven foreign drivers hostage in Iraq threatened to "slaughter" one of them Friday if there was no answer to their demands, showing an Indian with a gun to his head to make their point.
The real reasons Bush went to war --WMD was the rationale for invading Iraq. But what was really driving the US were fears over oil and the future of the dollar. --by John Chapman "There were only two credible reasons for invading Iraq: control over oil and preservation of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Yet the government has kept silent on these factors, instead treating us to the intriguing distractions of the Hutton and Butler reports. Butler's overall finding of a 'group think' failure was pure charity. Absurdities like the 45-minute claim were adopted by high-level officials and ministers because those concerned recognised the substantial reason for war - oil."
FBI Issues Terror Warning for Calif., N.M. --The FBI warned police in California and New Mexico that it received information about 'possible terrorist activity' in their states. However, the warning wasn't specific about particular targets or a method of attack, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday. [*See: Terrorism and the Election: California is the Target! No postponement, just bedlam at the polls and a low turnout on the west coast is Bush's plan for 'victory' --by Wayne Madsen]
Texas Dems Want DeLay Censured --The Texas Democratic Party chairman sent a letter to the House ethics committee Tuesday urging a broadened examination of charges against House Republican leader Tom DeLay of Texas. Charles Soechting, party chairman and head of the Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention, told his delegation Tuesday that he had sent the letter, which accused DeLay of placing his constituents in danger of toxic poisoning. A railroad company with political ties to DeLay has proposed a railway line that would carry hazardous chemicals through his district. The railroad company, Burlington Northern, has given money to a political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, founded by DeLay.
Bush's search for clean Cuban hookers goes awry --Earlier this month, Dictator Bush launched an attack against Fidel Castro and his alleged promotion of sex tourism in Cuba. Bush dug from 1992 speech given by Castro to prove his case. "The dictator [sic - and Bush should know what a dictator is, since Bush is one] welcomes sex tourism," Bush told a room of law enforcement officials in Florida, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Here's how he bragged about the industry," Bush said. "This is his quote: 'Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.'" As it turns out, Bush had lifted that quotation not from an actual Castro speech but rather from a 2001 essay written by then Dartmouth University undergraduate Charles Trumbull. In the essay, Trumbull did appear to quote a Castro speech about prostitution. Sadly, the student made the quotation up.
Ron Reagan Rips Bush In ESQUIRE Essay --Ron Reagan has written a scathing, sweeping, 4,100 word critique of Dictator Bush that will be appearing in next month's ESQUIRE magazine. "The Bush Administration cannot be trusted." ..."When Nobel laureates, a vast majority of the scientific community, and a host of current and former diplomats, intelligence operatives, and military officials line up against you, it becomes increasingly difficult to characterize the opposition as fringe wackos." ..."He is ineloquent not because he cannot speak but because he doesn't bother to think."
CJD/Mad Cow Deaths Not Reportable In 28 States --from Patricia Doyle, PhD "The fact that 28 states are not required to report the diagnosis, makes a big difference in CJD stats and numbers of US cases. The families of victims, understandably, would not want the doctor to publicize the diagnosis of CJD and many cases in these 28 states go unreported. This totally skews the stats... My guess is that CJD is not the rare disease the CDC would have us believe it is."
Greenland ice-melt 'speeding up' --In 2001 NASA scientists published a major study based on observations by satellite and aircraft. It concluded that the margins of the Greenland ice-sheet were dropping in height at a rate of roughly one metre a year. Now, amid some of the most hostile conditions anywhere on the planet, Danish scientist Carl Boggild of GEUS [the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland] and his team have recorded falls as dramatic as 10 metres a year - in places the ice is dropping at a rate of one metre a month.
Disaster at sea: global warming hits UK birds --Hundreds of thousands of Scottish seabirds have failed to breed this summer in a wildlife catastrophe which is being linked by scientists directly to global warming.
Bush eases pesticide reviews for endangered species --The Environmental Protection [sic] Agency will be free to approve pesticides without consulting wildlife agencies to determine if the chemical might harm plants and animals protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to new Bush administration rules.
1,500 Homing Pigeons Get Lost During Race (July 22, 2004) Organizers of a race for homing pigeons were still scratching their heads in wonder Thursday after about 1,500 of the birds, famous for their ability to find their way home, went missing during the contest. "The weather was perfect — no rain, no thunder and no strong winds," Lars-Aake Nilsson of the Malmoe Homing Pigeon Club, said. "I have worked with pigeons since 1960 and have never experienced anything like this," Nilsson said, adding that the birds might have been thrown off course by subtle changes in the earth's magnetic field.
Pesticides found in 43% of fruit and vegetables traces of pesticide --More than four out of ten items of fruit, vegetable and cereals on sale in Britain contain traces of pesticide, according to a new report which reveals the extent of chemical contamination in the food chain.
Kerry Nomination for President Is Official --In his turn in spotlight, Edwards says Democratic ticket will restore respect for U.S. and make the country safer. John F. Kerry was nominated as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate Wednesday night after running mate John Edwards praised the Massachusetts senator as a decisive and battle-tested leader, and he urged voters to embrace the politics of hope over what he called a low-road campaign by the Republicans.
With nomination sealed, roll call is all about bragging rights --John Kerry's home state went first, but it was the key battleground state of Ohio that put him over the top. And so, 35 minutes after the roll call began Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, the Massachusetts senator officially became the party's presidential nominee.
Hope is on the way --"When you wake up and sit with your kids at the kitchen table, talking to them about the great possibilities in America, you make sure that they know that John and I believe at our core that tomorrow can be better than today. Like all of us, I have learned a lot of lessons in my life. Two of the most important are that first, there will always be heartache and struggle—you can’t make it go away. But the other is that people of good and strong will, can make a difference. One lesson is a sad lesson and the other’s inspiring. We are Americans and we choose to be inspired." --John Edwards
Edwards, Hailing Kerry, Says 'Hope Is on the Way' --Senator John Edwards, summoning all his skills as a trial lawyer and a populist, made an impassioned case for Senator John Kerry on Wednesday, hailing him as a battle-tested veteran ready to be commander in chief and a man who could restore economic hope and opportunity. "Hope is on the way," Mr. Edwards declared to a cheering Democratic National Convention. The heart of Mr. Edwards's speech was the theme he sounded throughout his primary campaign, that "we still live in a country where there are two different Americas," one for people who "are set for life," the other for "most Americans who live from paycheck to paycheck." Text of speech
John Edwards hits a home run!! "When John [Kerry] is president, we will listen to the wisdom of the September 11th Commission. We will build and lead strong alliances and safeguard and secure weapons of mass destruction. We will strengthen our homeland security and protect our ports, safeguard our chemical plants, and support our firefighters, police officers and EMTs. We will always use our military might to keep the American people safe. And we will have one clear unmistakable message for al Qaida and the rest of these terrorists. You cannot run. You cannot hide. And we will destroy you." Text of speech
Edwards to Call Kerry 'Decisive, Strong' --John Edwards was to salute John Kerry Wednesday night as a man tested under enemy fire a generation ago, ready now to lead America in an age of terrorism. "Decisive. Strong. Aren't those the traits you want in a commander in chief?" he was to say at the Democratic National Convention.
Kerry makes splashy entrance a day before accepting nomination --Former Navy officer John Kerry and his Vietnam-era swiftboat crewmates hailed a water taxi for a splashy entrance to this Democratic convention city Wednesday, with the presidential hopeful promising "No retreat, no surrender" in political combat against Dictator Bush. The Lulu E — a white ferry decorated with red, white and blue bunting — lumbered across Boston’s inner harbor, flanked by Coast Guard speed boats mounted with machine guns as it cruised past the FleetCenter convention site to the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Abu Ghraib victims file US lawsuit --Abu Ghraib abuse victims, including the widow of one who died of torture at the prison, have filed a lawsuit in a US district court. The lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a US District Court in Washington names CACI International and Titan Corporation, which had employees at the notorious Iraqi prison under a contract with the Pentagon.
Canadian disputes U.S. claims against torture --"I think when they say they do not support torture, they are not being truthful," the Syrian-born telecommunications engineer said in an interview in Ottawa. "Whether they admit or not, they are complicit." Maher Arar, 34, was the victim of rendition, in which the United States sidesteps formal extradition and quietly ships detainees to other countries to be interrogated or tried. U.S. agents also have snatched terror suspects from other countries and taken them to unknown facilities for interrogation or for trial.
Iraqi Says U.S. General Witnessed Abuse --The American general who headed the U.S. military prison at Abu Ghraib personally witnessed abuses there, an Iraqi man alleged in a federal lawsuit protesting his treatment.
Laughing UK Troops Tortured Iraqis, Court Told --Laughing British soldiers tortured Iraqi detainees by beating and kicking them, pouring freezing water on their heads and forcing them to recite names of English and Dutch football stars, a court heard on Wednesday.
[UK] High Court reviews Iraqi deaths --UK troops 'beat Iraqi to death' --British soldiers killed a 26-year-old Iraqi civilian by repeatedly beating him on the neck, chest and genital areas, High Court judges have heard. Baha Mousa was one of six Iraqis whose families are challenging the UK Government's decision not to hold an independent inquiry into their deaths. Fellow hotel worker Kifah Taha al-Mutari said soldiers competed to see who could kick detainees the furthest. The six test cases include the shootings of four Iraqi civilians.
Cancer Spreads Like Wildfire In Iraq --Cancer and birth defects have been spreading like wildfire in Iraq since the 1991 US-led Gulf War, prompting doctors to describe them as the Iraqi version of flu. Depleted uranium (DU) used by the United States and its allies against Iraq has taken its toll on around 120,000 to 140,000 Iraqis, according to the latest estimates released by the Iraqi health ministry. With Iraq becoming an almost radioactive toxic wasteland, the number of birth defects and cancer-infected Iraqis is on the rise day in and day out due to the lingering effects of the deadly nuclear substance, the London-based Al-Quds Press news agency reported Tuesday, July 27. [120,000 to 140,000 deaths for Halliburton]
Two US aircraft damaged, 11 Americans injured --Two US aircraft were damaged and 11 American service members wounded in fierce fighting in the western city of Ramadi. A spokeswoman from the US military command said "multiple" US military camps in Ramadi came under attack about 1pm yesterday, leaving 10 soldiers injured.
35 insurgents, seven Iraqi troops killed near Baghdad --About 35 insurgents and seven Iraqi troops were killed in a joint raid with multinational soldiers south of Baghdad early yesterday, the US military said.
Four Iraqi police killed in Fallujah --Four Iraqi policemen were killed when a homemade bomb targeted a joint US and Iraqi convoy, west of the flashpoint city of Fallujah, said a local hospital security officer.
Minibus blast kills 70 Iraqis at police station --At least 70 people were killed and 56 wounded yesterday when a minibus packed with explosives blew up at a marketplace in the city of Baquba in a day that saw the worst violence in Iraq since the US handover a month ago.
Saddam Hussein's 'Stroke' --Hussein's lawyer says he had brain scan and could die --Saddam Hussein has suffered a minor stroke and could die before his trial, his defence lawyers claim. The multinational legal team is still awaiting permission to visit the deposed Iraqi ruler. A letter demanding their doctor be given access to the former president was yesterday sent by Jordanian lawyer Mohammed al-Rashdan to Salem Chalebi, the head of the Iraqi prosecuting authorities.
System to Track Iraq Oil May Take Months --The U.N. controller chairing an oversight body for Iraq said it may take more than a year to establish a system to track how much oil is being produced in the Mideast country.
Judge Who Resigned Under Cloud Helps Run Homeland Security Anti[pro]-Terrorism Project --A top manager of the Bush regime's troubled anti[pro]-terrorism project to use computers for screening airline passengers had resigned from the New Hampshire Supreme Court to avoid prosecution over his conduct on the bench.
Whistle-Blowing Said to Be Factor in an F.B.I. Firing --A classified Justice Department investigation has concluded that a former F.B.I. translator at the center of a growing controversy was dismissed in part because she accused the bureau of ineptitude, and it found that the F.B.I. did not aggressively investigate her claims of espionage against a co-worker.
Moore misery for the U.S. --by Antonia Zerbisias "Earlier this month, Fox News' primetime host [and Reichwing whackjob] Bill O'Reilly, while attacking Canadian teens who, in a recent survey, called the U.S. 'evil,' brought it all down to 'the Michael Moores of the world.' They, like other 'anti-Americans' like 'to condemn this country because they don't like certain policies.' Well, Bill, I have news. It's not Canadians' attitudes you need worry about. It's America's policies in the Middle East that are the problem, as the 9/11 commission report released last week revealed."
Holy convenience, Batman! Touchscreen 'Vote' Records 'Lost' in Flori-duh --A 'computer crash' [Yeah, right!] erased detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen 'voting' machines, raising again the specter of elections troubles in Florida, where the new technology was supposed to put an end to such problems. The crashes occurred in May and November of 2003, erasing information from the September 2002 gubernatorial primaries and other elections, elections officials said Tuesday. The malfunction was made public after the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, a citizen's group, requested all data from the 2002 gubernatorial primary between Democratic candidates Janet Reno and Bill McBride. [Crash = Jeb, who could not allow the world to see that Janet Reno actually won the primary, and not Jeb's whackjob pseudo-Democratic plant, Bill McBride. Oh, btw: where *is* Bill McBride now?]
USA Today Drops Ann Coulter --USA Today has dropped plans to have GOP whore ['conservative author'] Ann Coulter write a daily column from the Democratic convention. The newspaper dropped Coulter in a dispute over the first column she had written about the Democrats. Coulter published the disputed column on her Web site. After writing that cops and pretty girls were her allies at the convention, she had this to say about the women in attendance: "My pretty-girl allies stick out like a sore thumb amongst the corn-fed, no make-up, natural fiber, no-bra needing, sandal-wearing, hirsute, somewhat fragrant hippie-chick pie wagons they call 'women' at the Democratic National Convention."
Activists to cops: Stop picking on us --Peace activists say the FBI has been harassing and intimidating them with visits across the country, including an incident in Boston Saturday where federal agents, police and firefighters searched a "mobile kitchen'' and seized five propane tanks.
I.R.S. Says Americans' Income Shrank for 2 Consecutive Years --The overall income Americans reported to the government shrank for two consecutive years after the Internet stock market bubble burst in 2000, the first time that has effectively happened since the modern tax system was introduced during World War II, newly disclosed information from the Internal Revenue Service shows.
U.S. Crude Prices Hit 21-Year High --Crude prices shot to a 21-year high Wednesday due to the unstoppable greed of Bush's corporate paymasters, the oil companies ['as markets reacted to a threat by Russian authorities to shut down most of the production from that country's largest oil company']. [So many excuses, so little time. Bottom line: Exxon-Mobil is reaping record-breaking profits each quarter.]
Justice Dept. to Probe Former Examiner at Riggs --The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has asked the Justice Department to review whether a former federal bank examiner of Riggs Bank broke ethics laws after he left government and went to work at the bank.
BLM Nears Record for Drilling Permits --As oil and natural gas prices climb, the Bureau of Land Management is on pace to issue a record number of well drilling permits on public land this year.
Moore's next target: U.S. health care --The success of Fahrenheit 9/11 is making Michael Moore's life a bit easier on his next film. With Fahrenheit 9/11 becoming the first documentary to cross the $100 million (U.S.) mark at the domestic box office, director Moore expects a smooth path on raising money to make Sicko, his critique of health-maintenance organizations.
Florida Activists Urge Manual Recount Possibility --Political activists asked a judge on Tuesday to invalidate a Florida election rule barring manual recounts on touch-screen 'voting' machines that will be used by half the state's registered voters. A coalition of groups is suing Florida's Department of State over a rule preventing local elections supervisors in 15 counties from setting up manual recount procedures for touch-screen 'voting' systems.
Lost Record of Vote in '02 Florida Race Raises '04 Concern --Almost all the electronic records from the first widespread use of touch-screen 'voting' in Miami-Dade County have been lost, stoking concerns that the machines are unreliable as the presidential election draws near. The records disappeared after two computer system crashes last year, county elections officials said, leaving no audit trail for the 2002 gubernatorial primary. A citizen's group uncovered the loss this month after requesting all audit data from that election. [We WILL NOT PERMIT a SECOND coup d'etat, in 2004.]
Teresa Heinz Kerry: "With John Kerry as president, we can, and we will, protect our nation’s security without sacrificing our civil liberties... John is a fighter. He earned his medals the old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line for his country. No one will defend this nation more vigorously than he willand he will always be first in the line of fire." Text of speech
Barack Obama: "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States." Text of speech
Howard Dean Rocks the Democratic Convention! "Were not going to be afraid to stand up for what we believe. Were not going to let those who disagree with us shout us down under a banner of false patriotism. And were not going to give up a single voter, or a single state. Were going to be proud to call ourselves Democrats, not just here in Boston. Were going to be proud to call ourselves Democrats in Mississippi, proud to call ourselves Democrats in Utah and Idaho. And were going to be proud to call ourselves Democrats in Texas. Never again will we be ashamed to call ourselves Democrats. Never. Never. Never. Were not just going to change presidents, were going to change this country and reclaim the American dream." Text of speech
Thank Howard Dean! --Open Letter to Governor Howard Dean "Dear Governor Howard Dean, We, the undersigned, would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you for the contributions you made to our country during your political campaign. To us, you are not a politician. You are a leader in the battle for a better America. Your voice is inspiration for millions of Americans who dream of a nation that not only promises, but also delivers, greatness for all..."
Ted Kennedy mesmerizes Democratic Convention, sends powerful message --accuses Dictator Bush of being an illegitimate king!! "The goals of the American people are every bit as high as they were more than 200 years ago. If America is failing to reach them today, it’s not because our ideals need replacing, it’s because our President [sic] needs replacing. We bear no ill will toward our opponents. In fact, we’d be happy to have them over for a polite little tea party. I know just the place – right down the road at Boston Harbor." We hear you, Ted!! Text of speech
Kennedy Launches Attack on Bush on Convention's 2nd Day --Senator Edward M. Kennedy welcomed Democrats to his beloved Boston this evening with a fiery attack on Dictator Bush, who he said had broken America's covenant with the world and Washington's compact with the people of the United States. Mr. Kennedy told delegates that Mr. Bush had too much in common with the King George of old, against whom the spirit of revolution was born in the very streets of this city, and that for the sake of the country he must be turned out in November.
Michael Moore Is Huge Draw at Democratic Convention --They started lining up to hear Michael Moore at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, five hours before the movie director delivered a fiery speech to a packed hotel ballroom with hundreds of people locked outside. "The unelected side who occupy the White House -- they are not going to go peacefully," Moore said, referring to the 2000 coup d'etat. "They are better fighters than we are," Moore said of Republicans. "They are up at six in the morning trying to figure out which minority they are going to screw today. Our side, we never sees six in the morning, unless we've been up all night."
Dreyfuss blasts Bush, urges Florida delegates to help Kerry --Actor Richard Dreyfuss offered a scathing critique of the Bush regime on Tuesday, urging Florida delegates to help John Kerry. "For the past few weeks, the Bush re-election campaign has begun a ferocious effort to cast doubt on John Kerry's record as a senator, as a soldier, implications that he is not honest, not bright, that his wife is odd, that he is only a massive hypocrite from Vietnam days on," Dreyfuss said. "It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance,"
'War is almost unavoidable,' North Korea tells UN --North Korea urged the United Nations yesterday to dissolve the UN Command on the tense peninsula and press for the withdrawal of US troops based in South Korea.
13 dead in Iraq blast --At least 13 people have died after a car bomb exploded today outside a police station in the town of Baquba, just north of Baghdad.
US soldier dies in roadside bomb --A roadside bomb exploded and killed one US soldier and injured three others while on patrol in northern Iraq, the military said today.
Jordanian Firm Pulls Workers From Iraq --A Jordanian company working for the U.S. military decided Tuesday to withdraw from Iraq, complying with demands of kidnappers threatening to kill two employees, even as a senior Egyptian diplomat returned to work a day after being released by militants.
Doctors Without Borders pulling out of Afghanistan --Doctors Without Borders announced Wednesday that the killings of five of its staff members and the danger of further attacks has prompted the international medical relief agency to pull out of Afghanistan.
"Don't Enter or You Will be Shot" --The Struggle for Iraq is Just Beginning --by Patrick Cockburn "The struggle for Iraq is only beginning. The Shia want elections and real power. The Sunni want the US out and will not accept being marginalised. The Kurds want a greater measure of autonomy, very close to independence, than the Iraqi Arabs will give. The Islamic resistance think the US is vulnerable in Iraq as the Soviet Union was in Afghanistan. The nationalist guerrillas will not stop killing American troops."
Paramilitary Ops Wanted In Pentagon --A proposal buried in the Sept. 11 commission's report is that paramilitary operations be made the sole province of the military, which now shares such duties with the CIA.
4 Detainees Are Returned to France After 2 Years at Guantánamo -- Four French citizens held without trial for more than two years at the American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, arrived in France on Tuesday and were immediately detained by the French authorities under the country's tough antiterrorism laws.
Defence hot and bothered over Fahrenheit 9/11 --The Australian Defence Force stands accused of censorship after it banned the showing of the inflammatory anti-war blockbuster Fahrenheit 9/11 on military bases, despite requests direct to the distributor from serving personnel. The request was rejected last Wednesday by Defence headquarters in Canberra, which has since banned the film at all bases.
Bush Invited to 'Fahrenheit' Screening --CRAWFORD, Texas - Filmmaker Michael Moore is bringing his blockbuster documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" to Dictator Bush's adopted hometown — and has invited the film's star to attend.
Groups sue to stop bag searches in Boston --Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from randomly inspecting passengers' bags, saying it's an unconstitutional violation of personal privacy.
VA Scraps Fla. Hospital's Computer System --The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is scrapping a hospital's troubled new computer system because of problems that have delayed surgeries, prompted congressional investigations and led to the resignation of several top officials.
Slave labor in the US: 5,000 Inmates Hold Company 'Jobs' --Several states are using joint ventures with private firms to put prisoners to work. [Note: the nutball author of the article makes it appear as if the inmates are the recipients of wonderful opportunities, instead of the fact that they are being utilized as SLAVE LABOR.]
Chairman of US Federal Reserve assures Congress wages will be kept low --by Joseph Kay and Barry Grey "In his July 20 testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan revealed the ruthless class strategy of American big business, which is based on an unrelenting offensive against the wages and living standards of workers. Signaling the central banking institution’s determination to head off any tendency toward significant wage increases for American workers, Greenspan downplayed the importance of soaring gas prices, which are taking an enormous toll on workers’ paychecks, while making it clear he was prepared to raise interest rates more sharply if signs emerged that unit labor costs were rising significantly."
Spain Govt Puts 'Social' Back in Socialism --Propelled to power by anger over the country's worst terror attack, Spain's new Socialist government first tackled foreign policy, fulfilling a pledge to withdraw troops from Iraq. But 100 days later, the Socialists are living up to their name, turning their attention to liberal social change. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's agenda includes support for stem cell research, hiking wages and pensions, creating affordable housing and, perhaps most dramatically, legalizing same-sex marriage. [Yes, let us turn our attention to liberal social change here in the United States. Let's get the Zapatero ball rolling!]
Who's a Pirate? Russia Points Back at the U.S. --A Russian industry and product designer are asserting that the United States has been abetting intellectual-property pirates to suit its own needs, by directing copies of Russian merchandise around the world. The complaint is not about software or music. It makes no mention of movies or video games. It is about the Kalashnikov assault rifle, the most prolific firearm ever made.
Report Says 195,000 Deaths Due to Hospital Error --As many as 195,000 people a year could be dying in U.S. hospitals because of easily prevented errors, a company said on Tuesday in an estimate that doubles previous figures.
It's oh but *another* Republican child molester. Philip Giordano, you are not alone. Lawyer pleads no contest in sex sting --Kevin T. Coan, a former official of the St. Louis Election Board, acknowledged in court Monday that he had solicited what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex over the Internet in 2001. Coan avoided jail time with a no-contest plea to the charge - indecent solicitation of a child. But he probably will not avoid a challenge to his Missouri law license, because the charge is a felony. Coan had been the Republican director of the Election Board when he was arrested at an Alton grocery, arriving with his wallet in hand and expecting to meet the girl.
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