September 2003 Archives
Bush Seeks $87 Billion for Halliburton ["Iraq"] Bush announced on Sunday night that he plans to ask Congress for $87 billion to fund the U.S. military deployment in Iraq and pay for Halliburton's no-bid contracts ["reconstruction"].
Bush to Double Iraq Spending Dictator Seeks $87 Billion More For PostW-ar Effort --Dictator Bush, addressing the nation about the unexpectedly violent Iraq occupation, called last night for doubling the amount of money that already has been spent on the conflict and urged other countries to send more help. In a televised speech to the nation, Bush said he will ask Congress for $87 billion in military and reconstruction spending for next year, significantly more than the range regime officials had given lawmakers.
Bush asks for £55bn war fund as he woos Europe Dictator George Bush told the American people "we will spend what is necessary [for Dick Cheney's Halliburton], to achieve victory in the war on terror" and announced he will ask Congress for $87 billion (£55bn) in new funding.
Monthly costs of Iraq, Afghan wars approach that of Vietnam The monthly bill for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan now rivals Pentagon spending during the Vietnam War, Defense Department figures show.
Bush: 'We Will Do What Is Necessary' [The text of Dictator Bush's speech last night on the situation in Iraq] "I have asked for this time to keep you informed of America's actions in the 'war on terror.'"
Ex-Envoy Criticizes Bush's Postwar Policy A former U.S. commander for the Middle East who still consults for the State Department yesterday blasted the Bush dictatorship's handling of postwar Iraq, saying it lacked a coherent strategy, a serious plan and sufficient resources. "There is no strategy or mechanism for putting the pieces together," said retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, and so, he said, "we're in danger of failing." He also questioned the Bush regime's decision in January to have the Pentagon oversee postwar efforts in Iraq. "Why the hell would the Department of Defense be the organization in our government that deals with the reconstruction of Iraq?" he asked. "Doesn't make sense." [Three words: Dick, Cheney, and HALLIBURTON.]
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Responds to Dictator Bush's National Television Address of September 7, 2003 "President [sic] Bush's illegal war and occupation of Iraq has left the Administration in a position of extreme political vulnerability. He now wants the United Nations and U.S. taxpayers to bail him out. Having defied U.S. and world public opinion - which preemptively opposed his planned, illegal invasion of Iraq - the Bush administration wants to internationalize responsibility for the U.S. quagmire in Iraq... Having had his public rationale(s) for the war exposed in recent weeks as a complete fraud, Bush shamelessly reverts to the time-tested tactic of trying to scare the hell out of people."
Here is another response: CALL TO ACTION: Saturday, October 25, International March on Washington DC --Mass March on Washington to Say: Bring the troops home now --End the occupation of Iraq --Money for jobs, education & healthcare - Not war!
Dean castigates Bush during visit to San Jose Presidential candidate Howard Dean questioned the wisdom of spending $87 billion abroad when "three trillion of our tax money went to Ken Lay and the boys in Texas.'' He said that there were more Al-Qaida fighters in Iraq now than before the war. And he reminded nearly 1,200 supporters that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, though polls show that numerous Americans believe otherwise.
Wisconsin congressman asks Bush to oust defense leaders A congressman from Wisconsin has asked Dictator Bush to call for the resignations of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, saying they have so mishandled the war in Iraq that they should quit. [Actually, the entire Bush junta should step down.]
Desperate over growing debacle: Bush justifies Iraq occupation with lies on "terror" (WSWS) "Faced with the deepening debacle of the US military occupation of Iraq and growing popular opposition at home, President [sic] Bush delivered a televised speech to the American people Sunday in which he attempted to justify the continuing slaughter there with claims that are recognized internationally as patent lies."
U.N. report says inspectors found Iraqi nuclear program in so much disarray it was not a threat U.N. inspectors found Iraq's nuclear program in disarray and unlikely to be able to support an active effort to build weapons, the atomic agency chief said in a confidential report obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
UK to send 1,000 more troops to Iraq Britain is to send 1,000 more troops to bolster its security operation in Iraq, the defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, said today.
War wounded abound in "post-war" Iraq The war may have been declared over but the wounded keep coming: Iraqis hit by stray bullets, grenades or bombs and flocking to hospitals with only a long-shot hope of getting full treatment.
Thousands of Iraqi Professionals Purged from Jobs The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA -- 'Halliburton Junta' ) says its de-Ba'athification policy will force between 15,000 and 30,000 Iraqis from their jobs, the Guardian reported on August 30. Under the CPA's Order Number One, all former Ba'athist civil service workers employed in any of three top management levels have been expelled from their jobs; those who held one of the Ba'ath party's top four ranks have been ousted from public service. [I see Bush's economic terrorism is not limited to the United States.]
Iraqis in Najaf protest lack of jobs The governor of Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Najaf listened patiently to Jabar al-Khafaji as he complained on Sunday that he doesn't have a job. "We have families and 90 percent of us are unemployed," said Khafaji, one of hundreds of Shi'ite Iraqis protesting at the gates of the office of the U.S.-installed governor.
Over 400 Iraqi Women Raped Since War's End The Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq chided U.S.-U.K. occupation forces for their failure to protect women in post-war Iraq, asserting that over 400 have been raped since the war ended four months ago.
Democratic presidential candidates back US occupation of Iraq The first nationally televised debate between those competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, held September 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, saw all the major candidates give their support to the continuing US occupation of Iraq. Only one of the eight candidates who participated in the forum, Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich, supported immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. All the others declared that, in one form or other, they would continue the Bush dictatorship’s policy of conquest and domination of the oil-rich country.
12 Marines Contract Malaria in Liberia Twelve U.S. Marines who were in Liberia last month in support of a West African peacekeeping mission have contracted malaria and 21 other U.S. troops have symptoms of the disease, defense officials said Monday.
Venezuela Court: Chavez Ruling Was Forged Venezuela's high court late Monday denied ever ruling that President Hugo Chavez couldn't run if there are new elections, saying a statement purportedly from the court making that claim was a forgery. The court said that someone rewrote a sentence of a ruling, which had been given to reporters earlier Monday. It said that the forgery read that the justices had decided that Chavez wouldn't be able to run if he were to lose a possible recall referendum later this year. In a statement posted on its Web site late Monday, the court said that the ruling released to reporters was fraudulent, different from the one it actually approved. The Supreme Court said it was investigating the incident and did not disclose the real ruling was or explain how it had been altered. [Ask the Bush oil coupmeister team. They will know who forged the document. *See: Venezuela coup linked to Bush team --Specialists in the 'dirty wars' of the Eighties encouraged the plotters who tried to topple President Chavez (April 21, 2002)]
Amnesty International Examines Israel Israeli military checkpoints, curfews and a new fence sealing off large parts of the West Bank all violate Palestinians' human rights, the rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The report details the impact of military restrictions on Palestinian movement about three years into fighting that has heightened Israel's emphasis on shielding itself from would-be attackers.
Hunt for Osama bin Laden Narrowed to Hostile, Rugged Region of Pakistan The hunt for Osama bin Laden has been narrowed to a 40-square-mile section of the Waziristan region of Pakistan. [Well, if they really want to get specific, they should narrow the search to the Carlyle Group's board meeting room. After all, Osama bin Laden has so much pull with Bush that bin Laden's immediate family was shuttled out of the United States right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, despite the fact that all airplanes were 'grounded'.]
The day the City stood still ... and Britain's defence against terror was put to the test Huge emergency operation for simulated gas attack on the tube --Government ministers and the emergency services yesterday sealed off the heart of London's financial district for the most elaborate and high profile anti terrorist exercise Britain has ever seen. In scenes reminiscent of a science fiction movie, police, ambulance and fire service personnel, wearing gas masks and chemical suits, took control of the streets overlooking Mansion House and the Bank of England to deal with a simulated chemical attack on the underground network.
Interactive guide to London's simulated terrorist attack
Sobig.G: Digital Pearl Harbour Upcoming in a couple of days? (Posted by freedomfiles) Will the internet root DNS servers go down next week due to massive DDoS attacks to enhance the preparedness of the public for attacks in Cyberspace, as a huge 'exercise' in the scope of the US National Security Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, possibly combined with other threats (mass spamming, possible additional new worms and viruses)? The USG is currently implementing this strategy, and last month was the worst month ever related to computer viruses and worms. I'm wondering what sobig.g is going to bring us after the current version, sobig.f, gets deactivated on September 10th. [Article provides numerous links to relevant documents]
Ground Zero Now a Center of Disunity Beyond conflicts over ground zero, there are debates over whether Dictator Bush has kept his pledge to provide $21 billion in aid to New York, and over the Environmental Protection Agency's recent admissions that officials misled the public about air quality in Lower Manhattan after the collapse of the towers. There is also wrangling over the Republican Party's decision to hold its presidential convention in New York next summer.
Meacher: terrorism a pretext for conquest British official charges US "stood down" on 9/11 --by Bill Vann "A senior member of the ruling British Labour Party has charged that the Bush administration had advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and allowed them to take place in order to further longstanding plans for the invasion and occupation of Iraq... The Bush administration has exploited the tragedy of September 11 as the justification for launching two wars in the space of a year and a half and for carrying out far-reaching attacks on both the democratic rights and social conditions of the American people."
September 11, zero hour, the day the US shook and the world trembled. Two years on, the president [sic] might be nuts, but not all of America’s gone crazy --by Lawrence Donegan "At the same time as Attorney General John Ashcroft (a religious crank who abstains from dancing as a matter of theological belief, incidentally) pushed through this piece of quasi-Orwellian legislation, the White House used the post-September 11 mood of patriotism to introduce a ruinous economic plan which has singularly failed to revive the economy. However, it did (according to one calculation) give the millionaire members of Bush’s own cabinet a combined tax rebate of some $80 million (£53m)."
Lawsuit Vs. Cheney and Halliburton Dismissed A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Halliburton Co. and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, its former chief executive, of misleading investors by changing the way the company counted revenue from construction projects.
Interior Dept. To Probe Possible White House Interference in Klamath Water Policy The inspector general at the Interior Department will look into possible political interference by the White House in developing water policy in the Klamath River Basin in the Northwest. The inquiry follows the disclosure that Dictator Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, briefed dozens of political appointees at the Interior Department more than a year and a half ago about diverting water from the Klamath River in Oregon to irrigate farms.
US Senate panel blocks California emissions plan U.S. Senate panel approved legislation that would block California from setting new air pollution standards for the engines which power lawn mowers, generators, pumps and many other small machines.
HUD to public housing residents: compulsory unpaid work, or lose home Thousands of public housing residents across the nation have a choice to make this fall if they want to keep their rent-subsidized homes: either sign up for eight hours of 'volunteer' community service each month, or lose their homes. Starting next month the rule is expected to affect 370,000 public housing residents nationwide. Local housing officials question the fairness of singling out the nation's poorest people, most of them minority members, for compulsory unpaid work.
Rents Up Over 1/3 Since '99, Study Says The cost of rent and utilities for a typical two-bedroom apartment has increased more than a third since 1999, making such housing unaffordable for anyone earning minimum wage, according to a study by an advocacy group for low-income housing.
One Thousand Reasons to dump George Bush --Updated September 3, 2003
The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder
Incompetent, hypocritical --Bush deserves impeachment --by Marcia Weiss "[George W.] Bush's bloody lies are costing lives and have destroyed the world's respect for us. Our country is now almost universally viewed as a blundering invader and occupier, even in Iraq, which we have 'liberated.' An intelligent leader would have been more knowledgeable about the culture and political divisions before going off half-cocked. If ever a president [sic] deserved impeachment, it's George W. Bush. The photo op of this incompetent, hypocritical AWOL creature standing on the deck of a U.S. warship proclaiming the end of the war should nauseate any decent American."
Edwards Decides Against Second Senate Run Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection to a second term in the Senate next year and will devote all his efforts to winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
Schwarzenegger Snubbed by Mexican Holiday Parade California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, blaming "dirty" politics ["dirty?" Coupmeister Arnold and Karl Rove should know!] ahead of the recall vote, said on Sunday the organizers of a Mexican Independence Day parade in East Los Angeles had withdrawn an invitation for him to take part.
Record Industry Sues Hundreds of Internet Music Swappers In the latest salvo in the recording industry's battle against online piracy, a trade group today sued 261 people in the United States it accuses of violating copyright laws by swapping online files.
Extreme Makeover: A Teen Take on the New Testament Flip through the brightly colored magazine Revolve and you'll see skin care tips, top ten lists, personality quizzes, and Q&As that focus on teen angst. But look closer at the actual text of most pages, and you see lines like "During that time King Herod began to mistreat some who belonged to the church. He ordered James, the brother of John, to be killed by the sword."
Day by day, the noose tightens round No 10 Henry Porter examines the role of intelligence chief John Scarlett and shows how the Hutton inquiry is uncovering a dangerous mix of spies and secrets --"The narrative that still remains unresolved is what happened during the preparation of the WMD dossier this time last year, when intelligence analysts and spin doctors worked overtime to construct a convincing, unsinkable case for war. This is strictly outside the remit of Lord Hutton's inquiry into the circumstances of [Dr. David] Kelly's death, but during the past 10 days of evidence the unlit border between the intelligence services and policy-makers has become surprisingly central to the hearing."
Calls mount for Blair to quit over Iraq Pressure mounted on Sunday for British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair to quit over his part in the suicide of a weapons expert at the heart of a furious row over the government's case for going to war in Iraq.
Poll: British PM Blair should quit British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair should resign over the death of weapons expert David Kelly, according to a poll published today. [The Poodle's master, George Bush, should resign as well!]
Blair scorns Iraq claim by Meacher Poodle Tony Blair yesterday "totally rejected" remarks by his former minister Michael Meacher blaming the Iraq war on the United States' desire for world domination. Mr Meacher, who was environment minister until three months ago, suggested the Americans might have failed to prevent the 11 September attacks because they gave a pretext for military action. Mr Meacher yesterday stood by his remarks, saying he was no conspiracy theorist but simply "in favour of giving people the facts". [*See: This war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination --by Michael Meacher]
Britain and US will back down over WMDs Britain and the US have combined to come up with entirely new explanations of why they went to war in Iraq as inspectors on the ground prepare to report that there are no weapons of mass destruction there. The "current and serious" threat of Iraq's WMD was the reason Poodle Tony Blair gave for going to war, but last week the Prime Minister delivered a justification which did not mention the weapons at all. On the same day John Bolton, US Under-Secretary of State for arms control, said that whether Saddam Hussein's regime actually possessed WMD "isn't really the issue". [Oh, it's not? It is time for Dictator George W. Bush and Poodle Tony Blair to stand trial for treason.]
Bush seeks an exit strategy as war threatens his career The Dictator will make a dramatic U-turn on Iraq in a TV broadcast tonight to try to salvage his hopes of re-s-election amid Americans' growing hostility to the casualties and chaos. George Bush will attempt tonight to convince the American people that he has a workable 'exit strategy' to free his forces from the rapidly souring conflict in Iraq, as Britain prepares to send in thousands more troops to reinforce the faltering U.S.-U.K. occupation effort.
Cabinet member calls for troop withdrawal from Iraqi cities A member of Iraq’s new cabinet said today he wanted to see US and British soldiers pull out of Baghdad and other major cities within six months.
Soldier kills civilian, wounds one A Ukranian soldier serving in the Polish-controlled military zone in Iraq killed an Iraqi civilian and wounded another at the weekend, in the first such incident since Poland took command of the area, a spokesman for the force said today.
Farah tried to plead with the US troops but she was killed anyway The death of two innocent Iraqis was thought so unremarkable the US military did not even report it, but Peter Beaumont says it reflects an increasingly callous disregard of civilian lives in U.S.-U.K occupation operations Farah Fadhil was only 18 when she was killed. An American soldier threw a grenade through the window of her apartment. Her death, early last Monday, was slow and agonising. Her legs had been shredded, her hands burnt and punctured by splinters of metal, suggesting that the bright high-school student had covered her face to shield it from the explosion...
U.S. Troops Want Rumsfeld to Send Them Home If they had the chance, U.S. soldiers at a base in Iraq would have had one question for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- When are we going home?
U.S. Sees 15,000 More Foreign Troops in Iraq The United States expects no more than 15,000 foreign troops to be added to an Iraqi occupation force as a result of a proposed new U.N. resolution, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Sunday.
Is America's safety being "contracted out"? --by Jane Stillwater "Napoleon got it right when he said, 'An army moves on its stomach.' So who is feeding the U.S. Army these days? It's not the Pentagon. Army meals are being contracted out..."
Bush's Request for Iraq Could Top $80B Dictator Bush wants billions of dollars more to pay for U.S. troops in Iraq and rebuilding the country, and congressional aides say the figure could top $80 billion in the upcoming budget year.
Bush to Hold Firm on Iraq, Missile Misses Plane Dictator Bush prepared on Sunday to tell Americans they must stay the course in Iraq and to seek more international help against violence illustrated by a missile attack on a plane at Baghdad airport.
Qaeda Tape Pledges Fresh Anti-U.S. Attacks A purported audio tape by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group on Sunday vowed attacks on Americans "everywhere" and so devastating that Washington would forget the horror of the September 11 suicide hijackings. [And, the Idiot Usurper maintains that invading Iraq has made the world much safer... not!!]
Bush's war chickens coming home to roost (Sunday Herald) "Not only has the US failed to bring stability to Iraq but, by creating chaotic conditions, it has produced the kind of circumstances which favour terrorism – a disaffected population, an infrastructure that fails to work, a lack of confidence and a growing belief that things were better ordered before, no matter how dreadful the regime might have been."
Anti-War U.S. Marine Sentenced to Six Months in Jail A military jury found an anti-war U.S. Marine reservist guilty of unauthorized absence and sentenced him to six months in jail for refusing to report to his unit during the Iraq war, his lawyer said on Sunday.
Bush on warpath over UN's shock report on Iran A-bomb America will tomorrow demand that the United Nations takes urgent action to prevent Iran acquiring the atom bomb as fears mount that Teheran is on course to develop a nuclear weapons capability within two years.
GOP takes on 'leftist' education Top Republican legislators are working on a plan that would require Colorado colleges and universities to seek more conservatives in faculty hiring, more classics in the curriculum and more "intellectual pluralism" among campus speakers. Next year, the GOP leadership hopes to implement the "Academic Bill of Rights," which sets out "to secure the intellectual independence of faculty and students and to protect the principle of intellectual diversity." [Click here for 'Academic Bill of Rights' excerpts]
Carlisle Barracks blocks Web site Censored editor vows First Amendment fight --A freedom of speech battle is brewing over a decision by Carlisle Barracks leaders to block access to an Internet site that purports to uncover military corruption. The move to bar Army post workers from logging onto militarycorruption.com was taken to "preserve morale, good order and discipline," barracks spokeswoman Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher said.
Prescott and Brown move to block Blair's ID card plan Poodle Tony Blair is facing a Cabinet revolt over the introduction of compulsory identity cards as senior ministers press him to tone down his radical agenda in the run-up to the next general election. Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, and John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, are leading the Cabinet opposition to the cards.
YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE ... Group sues feds over medical privacy Doctors, patients, advocates claim new rules 'threaten essential liberties' --A group consisting of patients, doctors and privacy advocates has filed suit in federal court charging a new government rule actually "eliminates the right to privacy" of past and future communications between doctor and patient.
Did a Secret Military Experiment Cause the 2003 Blackout? --by Anonymous, Unknown et al. "The physical cause of the event such as the classic squirrel shorting out a transformer, has not been found; there were no indications of any lightning being present; nor was there any significant solar activity to cause an unexpected surge in the grid. Finally, the HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project) was turned on just after 4:00 PM EST on that fateful day. The question is 'Could a secret HAARP experiment have caused the blackout?' Interesting ionospheric effects occurred on 8/14/2003 that would have made the conditions for such a secret military test ideal, including a widespread, highly reflective ionospheric layer being expected (and was likely created by the electron event seen in figure 1), which would allow ideal conditions for signal propagation over long distances. Unfortunately, the ionosonde data that would help show where the effects of HAARP were directed by providing a picture of the ionosphere were not posted on the day of the blackout. The Gakona Ionosonde data is frequently not posted when classified HAARP experiments take place."
Government's Hobbled Giant Homeland Security Is Struggling --Six months after it was established to protect the nation from terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security is hobbled by money woes, disorganization, turf battles and unsteady support from the White House, and has made only halting progress toward its goals, according to regime officials and independent experts. [What *are* its *goals*? To implement a full-blown police state?]
US, EU Butt Heads On Airline Info A top American official urged European leaders Saturday to cooperate with U.S. demands to share information on airline passengers such as names, place of birth and date of birth, saying European resistance was hampering anti-terrorism efforts.
Santa Cruz to ask Congress to look into impeaching Bush The Santa Cruz city council looks to become the first lawmaking body in the nation to ask Congress to look into impeaching Dictator Bush. Santa Cruz leaders want to see Bush dumped, charging he misled the American public about the war on Iraq and ran roughshod over civil rights.
Calif. Race Evokes Sinclair's 1934 Run The Democratic Party's choice for governor had been rejected, a celebrity was getting all the headlines, and officials feared for the state's future. It was 1934 and novelist [and longtime socialist] Upton Sinclair was running for office... Faced with the real chance of Sinclair winning, Hollywood responded as if the Red Army had marched on the Paramount lot. While Charlie Chaplin and Katharine Hepburn were among the actors favoring Sinclair, studio heads such as Louis B. Mayer were conservative Republicans who led Hollywood's fight against the populist candidate.
Schwarzenegger: "Yeah, Americans like breasts. No, no," he says. "After watching mulattas shake it, I can totally understand why Brazil is devoted to my favorite body part -- the ass." Candidate's past bubbles up again Racy 1983 video starring Rove coupmeister Schwarzenegger may be rereleased --Women's groups carrying signs saying "No groper for governor" clashed Friday with supporters of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger over his attitudes toward women -- even as his campaign faced new questions about his past with the wide Internet play of a racy 1983 video starring the former bodybuilder.
In an Appearance With Davis, Dean Denounces Recall Effort Howard Dean today became the first Democratic presidential candidate to appear alongside Gov. Gray Davis as he fights off a recall initiative, urging Californians to turn back a campaign that Dr. Dean said was orchestrated by Dictator Bush and the White House.
Sudden jump in lumber prices -- homeowners will be hit soon The price of roofs is going through the roof. Ditto the price of siding and framing materials. Wholesale costs of lumber have soared in the past few weeks, driven by the continuing boom in new home construction, the harsh winter [?!?] that shortened this year's building season, and the military's need for wood for U.S. troops' camps in Iraq. Given that wood accounts for a third of the cost of materials for new homes, the stratospheric increases soon will start to hit homeowners.
EPA officials take jobs with firms gaining from rule change Two top Environmental Protection Agency officials who were deeply involved in easing an air pollution rule for old power plants just took private-sector jobs with firms that benefit from the changes.
Board advises study before spraying (Boulder) The city should find out whether spraying for mosquitoes prevents West Nile virus before insecticide is unleashed on neighborhoods, the environmental advisory board appointed by the City Council said Wednesday night.
Over 100 marchers criticize police in deaths of black men (Pittsburgh) About 125 people marched peacefully to a rally outside the Mount Oliver municipal building yesterday to decry what they say is a pattern of excessive force used by police against black men.
This war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination --by Michael Meacher "The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? ...Or could US air security operations have been deliberately stood down on September 11? If so, why, and on whose authority? ...[T]he PNAC [Project for the New American Century] blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into 'tomorrow's dominant force' is likely to be a long one in the absence of 'some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor'. The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the 'go' button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement."
Meacher sparks fury over claims on September 11 and Iraq war Fury over [the truth about] Meacher claims --Michael Meacher, who served as a minister for six years until three months ago, today goes further than any other mainstream British politician in blaming the Iraq war on a US desire for domination of the Gulf and the world. Mr Meacher also claims in an article in today's Guardian that the war on terrorism is a smokescreen and that the US knew in advance about the September 11 attack on New York but, for strategic reasons, chose not to act on the warnings... The US government last night expressed abhorrence at Mr Meacher's views. An embassy spokesman in London said: "Mr Meacher's fantastic allegations - especially his assertion that the US government knowingly stood by while terrorists killed some 3,000 innocents in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia - would be monstrous, and monstrously offensive [just like Bush himself], if they came from someone serious or credible."
Kellys want Blair back at inquiry The family of British government weapons expert David Kelly want Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair to be recalled for cross-examination before the inquiry into his death, a London daily said today. In a request likely to be granted, according to The Independent newspaper, the Kelly family plans to ask senior judge Brian Hutton to ask Blair to be questioned again over his role in releasing David Kelly's name to the press.
Hutton Inquiry: Blair government's lies on Iraqi WMD unravel --by Chris Marsden "Testimony from two weapons experts from the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS), attached to the British Ministry of Defence, has dealt a body-blow to the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Appearing September 3 before the inquiry by Lord Hutton into the death of whistleblower Dr. David Kelly, both made damning criticisms of the September 2002 intelligence dossier on Iraq claiming that government 'spin merchants' had exaggerated the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction."
An extra 3,000 British troops for Iraq The Government is to send several thousand more troops to Iraq, with some arriving there as early as tomorrow.
Two missiles fired at US military plane in Baghdad Two surface-to-air missiles were fired at a US military C-141 transport plane on Saturday as it was taking off from Baghdad airport but missed, a senior US defence official said.
Seven soldiers wounded in Iraq attacks Iraq Attacks Seven American soldiers have been wounded by unknown attackers in separate incidents north of Baghdad.
U.S. civilian worker killed in Iraq A civilian affiliated with oilfield services giant Halliburton was shot and killed in Iraq, the second person connected to the firm to die in an attack in a month.
Cleric Urges Resistance A senior Shia cleric called Friday for peaceful resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and warned that his followers were running out of patience. In Baghdad, gunmen attacked worshippers after prayers at a Sunni mosque, wounding three people.
Iraq Bombings Pose a Mystery U.S. Must Solve American military, intelligence and law enforcement officials cannot yet determine whether the recent spate of major bombing attacks in Iraq are part of a coordinated campaign, and they are wrestling with several competing theories about who is behind the continuing violence against the postwar reconstruction [Halliburton's no-bid coffer filling] effort.
Court martial begins for Marine conscientious objector A Marine Reservist court-martialed for failing to show up for active duty while he sought conscientious objector status probably would not have been sent to Iraq had he reported on time, his commanding officer testified Friday.
Bush says can't count on Iraqi oil revenues Despite prewar assurances by the White House, Dictator George W. Bush acknowledged on Friday that the United States cannot count on Iraqi oil revenues in the short-term to cover the country's reconstruction needs [Yes, only US taxpayers will be filling Halliburton's no-bid coffers.]
Jailing Iraqi Scientists May Be Hurting Weapons Search Uncertainty about how to deal with Iraqi scientists has complicated the search for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction being coordinated by David Kay, the CIA representative on the 1,200-person Iraq Survey Group, according to Bush regime and congressional officials as well as former United Nations inspectors.
The US should not be supported at the UN (ArabicNews.com) "The US had made a complete mockery of the UN when it decided to attack Iraq without the consent of the United Nations. The US said that it will do what it wants regardless of the UN decisions. Now, the UN, which seems to have no self respect, is talking about possible compromise."
Blunder after blunder in US foreign policy Daily casualties in Iraq, nuclear deadlock with North Korea and Mid-East unrest are forcing US to make embarrassing U-turns --by Roger Mitton "No one, frankly, appears to know which way to turn now. First, Iraq. Last month witnessed a series of bomb attacks on Jordan's Embassy, the United Nations headquarters, the Shi'ite shrine in Najaf as well as oil, electricity and water supply lines. This cavalcade of catastrophes showed without a shadow of a doubt that the United States cannot maintain order on its own... All that is growing is a violent antipathy to the American occupation. Finally, it has registered. The Washington caliphate is untenable. That is why, after disparaging the UN in the most vituperative manner, the White House is now asking the world body for help."
Rumsfeld in Iraq, Says Unhappy with Iran, Syria [Insert Gee, Isn't That Just *Too Bad* Comment Here] Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad on Thursday, saying neighboring Syria and Iran were not doing enough to stop an influx of anti-American fighters into Iraq.
Rumsfeld should resign (The Capital Times) "Is there anyone in the world who seriously believes that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz handled preparation for and execution of the U.S. invasion of Iraq appropriately, or that they are doing so now? ...After talking with military and diplomatic experts, assessing reports from Iraq, and visiting with his constituents in northern Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. David Obey, D-Wausau, came to the conclusion that Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz must go... Obey's assessment is rooted in genuine concern for America and Iraq... It is time to replace Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz." [Bush, Cheney, and Rove must go, too.]
Hussein Link to 9/11 Lingers in Many Minds Nearing the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, seven in 10 Americans continue to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks, even though the Bush regime and congressional investigators say they have no evidence of this. Bush's opponents say he encouraged this misconception by linking al Qaeda to Hussein in almost every speech on Iraq. Indeed, dictatorship officials began to hint about a Sept. 11-Hussein link soon after the attacks.
Bush to Address [Lie to] Nation on Iraq Sunday Dictator Bush, facing growing doubts at home about a violent and unstable postwar Iraq and an uncertain path to greater U.N. involvement in its reconstruction, will address the nation on Sunday night about Iraq and the 'war on terrorism'. White House spokesman Scott McClellan announced on Friday that Bush will speak at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Bush Numbers Hit New Low; Dean Tops List of Democratic Presidential Contenders, New Zogby America Poll Reveals --Dictator George W. Bush’s job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Coronation days, continuing a steady decline since a post-9/11 peak, according to a new Zogby America poll of 1,013 likely voters conducted September 3-5.
Bush Job Approval Falls in Two U.S. Polls Dictator Bush's job approval rating dropped in two polls released on Saturday amid concern about the economy and instability in Iraq.
North Korean Standoff Poses 'Greatest Threat,' Carter Says Former President Jimmy Carter, the man credited with defusing the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, warned here today that the current standoff was the world's "greatest threat."
Abbas Steps Down, Dealing Big Blow to U.S. Peace Plan Mahmoud Abbas submitted his resignation as Palestinian prime minister today and Israel lightly wounded the spiritual leader of Hamas with an airstrike in Gaza City, events that put the Bush dictatorship's initiative for Middle East peace close to the point of disintegrating.
Abbas Quits in Blow to Mideast Peace Plan Mahmoud Abbas, the appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority considered by the United States and Israel as crucial partner for creating a new era of peace in the Middle East, submitted his resignation today after an embattled four-month tenure.
Protesters, Police Scuffle Outside EU Meet Italian anti-riot police used batons yesterday to beat back anti-globalization protesters who tried to march on a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Texas Dems: Bush Is Part of GOP Power Grab Texas state Democrats brought Dictator Bush into their redistricting fight Thursday, accusing him of trampling minority voting rights and being part of a Republican national power grab.
G.O.P. Makes Clear It Will Guide Energy Bill Conferees Congressional negotiations on a broad new energy policy began today with Republican leaders serving notice that they intended to write much of the proposal.
Sen. Clinton to Block Bush EPA Nominee Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday she planned to block Dictator Bush's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency over an internal report saying the EPA misled New Yorkers about health risks after the World Trade Center attack.
Donate or else, drug companies told staff During the 2000 presidential campaign in the US, executives at Bristol-Myers Squibb, one of America's largest drug companies, received an urgent message: Donate money to George Bush. The message did not come from Republican campaign officials. It came from top Bristol-Myers executives, according to four executives who say they donated to Mr Bush under pressure from their bosses.
Senate Panel Rejects Air Force-Boeing Deal Boeing Co.'s proposed $21.2 billion lease of 100 767s to the U.S. Air Force was sent back to the Defense Department by a Senate committee that said the Pentagon was spending too much for use of the planes because it couldn't afford to buy them.
GOP Faces Uprising on Veterans Facing a rebellion in their ranks, House Republican leaders and Bush regime officials are working to come up with compromise legislation to allow hundreds of thousands of veterans to collect both retirement and disability benefits.
11 million remain jobless in US The US economy lost another 93,000 jobs in August, nearly half of them in factory production, the Labor Department announced Friday, as at least 11 million people remained unemployed, the highest number in nearly a decade.
California Gov. Davis Hammers Bush Over Job Losses As the GOP-staged recall 'election' [coup] approaches, Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis charged on Saturday that Dictator Bush's policies have led to massive job losses. "Twelve years ago, much like today, the American economy was hemorrhaging jobs, thanks to Republican leadership in the White House," Davis said in the Democratic response to the president's weekly radio address.
House Narrowly Passes School Voucher Plan In a 205-203 vote, the House endorsed private-school vouchers for poor District of Columbia students Friday, a plan likely to win final approval when the city's budget comes to a vote next week.
Protest Says Schwarzenegger Degrades Women Does movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger have a problem with women? A group of women announced they would picket the former bodybuilder's campaign headquarters on Friday to protest what they call his misogynist views and crude behavior toward women.
Report: Janklow had close call at intersection last December U.S. Republican Rep. Bill Janklow had a close call with another vehicle late last year at the same Moody County intersection where he was involved in a fatal accident two weeks ago.
Plan to bury CO 2 emissions under North sea Ministers are considering piping carbon dioxide waste from power stations and pumping it beneath the seabed in an attempt to meet greenhouse gas targets, reports David Adam. Green groups say the plan is expensive, hazardous, and the technology unproven --Millions of tonnes of the polluting greenhouse gas carbon dioxide could be piped from the power stations that produce it and dumped underneath the North sea, under controversial plans being considered by ministers.
Europe's harvest crisis Fear of severe effect on economies after heatwave devastates grain crops --The prolonged heatwave has devastated crops across Europe, leaving some countries facing their worst harvests since the end of the second world war.
Schröder: Calls From within his country for German troops to join any U.N. force in Iraq make him "want to puke." [Yes, the entire *world* has had a collective urge to *PUKE* ever since the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel STOLE the 2000 election in a coup d'etat!!] Schröder Feeling A Bit Queasy German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder now says that calls from within his country for German troops to join any U.N. force in Iraq make him, "want to puke." That comment, quoted in London's Daily Telegraph, seems to be a reflection of a much broader sentiment throughout Europe.
'Old Europe' says no to Bush again France and Germany dug in for another diplomatic battle yesterday when they rejected American proposals for a new UN resolution on Iraq.
US isolated as Europe scorns plea for more troops in Iraq Washington suffered a double blow in its plans for Iraq yesterday as France and Germany balked at proposals for an international force while the Prime Minister gave a cautious response to a call for 5,000 extra British troops.
Nous Sommes Tous Antiaméricains (We Are All Anti-Americans)Yet another poll shows that Europeans increasingly disapprove of U.S. foreign policy. Released yesterday by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Compagnia di San Paolo (in Turin, Italy), the survey says that 70 percent of Frenchmen consider American global leadership "undesirable." That may not be news, but it turns out that half of Germans and Italians now feel the same way -- 20 percentage points higher than last year...
Russia joins France, Germany in US snub Russia on Friday joined France and Germany in stating that Washington's proposal for a new UN resolution on Iraq needed a lot more work.
Australia won't send troops to Iraq Australia will not send peacekeepers to Iraq even if the UN Security Council supports a new multinational force to help U.S. troops there, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday.
No plans to send troops to Iraq: Canadian foreign minister It's unlikely Canada would contribute troops to any peacekeeping operation in Iraq but the Canadian role in Afghanistan might be expanded, Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said Friday.
Iraq: Delhi gets a US call again India is shown draft resolution on troops, wants firmer commitment on power transfer --Sources here conceded that India would be "definitely interested" in participating in a UN-mandated force in Iraq even if it were to be headed by an American general. The sources said that a bifurcation of authority was possible, with the occupation forces (US-UK) working simultaneously with a UN force. [It appears that the entire population of the *planet* does not want to help the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel. He may have to turn to Rove's 'Plan B' to steal the election, again, in 2004.]
Poll: Turkey Wary of Troops Going to Iraq Most Turks oppose sending peacekeepers to Iraq and believe the United States will fail to bring stability to the country, according to a poll made available Friday.
Turks snub 'stay away' plea Iraqi foreign minister rejects Ankara’s possible troop deployment --Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shrugged off comments yesterday by Iraq’s new foreign minister that Turkish peacekeeping troops would not be welcome in Iraq, saying Ankara would make its own decision. Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari said neighboring states such as Turkey should not send troops into his country because they would pursue their own political agenda.
Turkey sets conditions for deploying forces in Iraq Turkey has outlined its conditions for contributing troops to a US-led stability force in Iraq on the first day of talks between US and Turkish military experts in Ankara. Ankara said that its forces would be stationed in Iraq for a six month to one year term and deployment might been revised after the first term.
Hoon 'chaired the meeting that agreed Kelly naming plan' The political future of Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, was thrown into fresh doubt yesterday after the Hutton inquiry was told he had chaired a meeting that approved releasing the name of Dr David Kelly.
British army admits brutalising Iraqi civilians The British army has issued a public apology for brutally beating Iraqi civilians in the town of Majar al Kabir, 120 miles north of Basra. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, on August 23 soldiers from the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) clubbed and kicked 11 Iraqis they falsely believed to have been involved in the killing of six British military police officers in the town on June 25. [Uh, was the clubbing and kicking all part of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'?]
Spanish intelligence service says no link between Hussein and Al Qaeda: report Spain's counter-espionage service believes there is no link between toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the extremist Al Qaeda network, national media has reported.
Briton shot dead in Iraq as Rumsfeld continues tour Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit Friday, visiting American soldiers.
Bomb disposal expert killed in Iraq A 53-year-old British bomb disposal expert has been killed in a roadside ambush in northern Iraq.
Gunmen open fire at Iraq mosque Three injured in Baghdad as Najaf marks week after bombing --A week after a deadly attack on a Shiite shrine, three gunmen sprayed bullets at congregants at the end of dawn prayers Friday, wounding three people, the cleric at a Sunni mosque in northeast Baghdad said.
Many killed in Iraq blast; mosque attacked At least four Iraqis have been killed and many wounded including US soldiers in a series of incidents across the country since Thursday night.
Hussein secret police recruited to beat terror threat Former members of Saddam Hussein's feared secret services are being recruited to counter growing terrorist threats, a leading Iraqi political group with close ties to America said yesterday.
Fijians recruited as security guards in Iraq: report A London security firm has reportedly recruited hundreds of Fijians to work as private security guards in Iraq.
US 'corporate invasion' brings no respite from war Donald Rumsfeld flew to Baghdad yesterday. Not to a skyline bristling with cranes but to a city where there is still no electricity for much of the day because less power is being generated than under Saddam Hussein.
U.S. Troops Want Rumsfeld to Send Them Home (Tikrit, Iraq) If they had the chance, U.S. soldiers at a base in Iraq would have had one question for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- When are we going home? "I don't give a damn about Rumsfeld. All I give a damn about is going home," Specialist Rue Gretton said, humping packs of water bottles on his shoulders from a truck.
A U.S. soldier in Iraq wonders: 'How many more must die?' --by Tim Predmore "This looks like a modern-day crusade not to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator relentless in his pursuit of conquest and domination but a crusade to control another nation's natural resource. At least for us here, oil seems to be the reason for our presence. There is only one truth, and it is that Americans are dying. There are an estimated 10- to 14-attacks on our servicemen and women daily in Iraq. As the body count continues to grow, it would appear that there is no immediate end in sight." [Tim Predmore is on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division near Mosul, Iraq.]
The Big Lie Of Jessica Lynch A $1 mil book deal, zero memory of any "rescue" and the worst book you'll read this year --by Mark Morford "...[T]this is how we fabricate our history. This is how we spin our patriotism, how we bake our jingoistic cake, the Lynch tale the most apt and definitive myth of the war so far. Because Jessica's story, much like WMDs and Saddam's nukes and biotoxins and Orange Alerts and our imminently prosperous economy and Jenna Bush's ostensible prowess with a beer bong, does not rely on truths. We do not rely on first-hand reports. We do not rely on anything so piffling and small and dangerous as honesty. We rely, simply, on PR." [A must read]
US to miss key deadline for chemical weapons destruction The United States acknowledged late Wednesday it will miss -- by more than three years [?!?!] -- an important international deadline for destroying its arsenal of chemical weapons.
Protests begin against arms fair Campaigners against Europe's largest international arms show say half of the countries invited to the event next week are not allowed to buy weapons under British law. Up to 60 groups from the UK and Europe say they will hold protests against the event, which is expected to be attended by up to 20,000 top military and government figures from around the world.
FBI looking for 4 men in possible 'terrorism plot' The FBI issued a bulletin Friday announcing a worldwide search for four men in connection with possible 'terrorist threats' against the United States.
Reporter who interviewed bin Laden after 9-11 detained An Al-Jazeera journalist who interviewed Osama bin Laden shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks was detained Friday for questioning about links to al-Qaida members, the Interior Ministry said.
Al-Jazeera reporter who interviewed bin Laden after 9-11 detained in probe of al-Qaida links An Al-Jazeera journalist who interviewed Osama bin Laden shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks was detained Friday for questioning about links to al-Qaida members, the Interior Ministry said.
Security breached at Sydney airport Two men dressed as technicians entered a top-security section of Australia's busiest airport in Sydney, spent two hours disconnecting computers and disappeared with the machines.
Terror attack on grid would collapse U.S. Government scientific advisers and officials painted a grim picture Thursday of the consequences of a terror attack on the nation's power grid, saying that any outage that lasted longer than a couple of days would reduce urban centers to chaos and collapse the economy. [...and people would not want a change in 'leadership'. Bush would then walk away with the 2004 s-election, if such a blackout were to occur. Was the Aug. 14 a 'dress rehearsal' for a Rove 'Plan B'?]
IT links to blackout under scrutiny Investigators search system logs for evidence of sabotage --Federal and private-sector officials this week said they still can't rule out cybersabotage or IT-based failures as the cause of the Aug. 14 blackout.
U.S. Civil Engineers Society Report Says U.S. Infrastructure Crumbles The infrastructure of the world's only superpower, the U.S., does not look promising. A study conducted by the American Civil Engineers Society has indicated that all infrastructure systems, from highways, railways to electricity and water works, are neglected, broken-down or damaged, and that the situation is getting worse.
U.S. Employers Shed 93,000 Jobs in August Analysts are concerned, despite signs of growth, because job cuts for year now at 600,000. The number of payroll jobs fell by another 93,000 last month, bringing the total job loss since January to almost 600,000, the Labor Department reported today.
Employers Slash Jobs, Bush Downplays Data U.S. employers cut jobs in August at the fastest pace since March, the government said in an unexpectedly grim report on Friday that showed Americans are struggling to find jobs even as other areas of the economy recover.
Bush attacked on Iraq, economy US Dictator George Bush is nothing but a "miserable failure", according to Democratic presidential hopeful Richard Gephardt, who participated in a live televised debate.
Democratic Rivals Focus Barbs on Bush Struggling to stand out in a crowded field, seven Democratic presidential candidates avoided conflict with front-runner Howard Dean and focused instead on a more familiar target - Dictator Bush.
Why George W. Bush Can't Win [...legitimately. Diebold is ready to 'give' Bush states, however.] --by Richard Reeves "It could be argued now that President [sic] George W. Bush cannot be re-[s]elected -- not after screwing up most everything he touches. If you doubt that, look at the record. The poor guy is a disaster. I'll just list the first 10 reasons GWB looks like a lame duck -- or a dead duck: ...10. GWB lies a lot. At least, these are the things that Democratic candidates for president should be saying."
VNS Data From '02 Midterm Votes Released Ten months late, exit poll data that shed light on why Republicans scored their unusual 2002 midterm election 'victory' are finally becoming available.
Study rebuts doctors' claim of health crisis U.S. report casts doubt on Proposition 12 backers' key argument --There is little evidence that patients are losing access to health care because doctors are paying more for medical malpractice insurance, according to a study by the investigative arm of Congress. The General Accounting Office report issued last week appear to contradict one of the main arguments used by supporters of Proposition 12, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of damages Texas juries can award in medical malpractice cases.
100,000 Could Lose Housing Subsidies, Advocates Warn More than 100,000 low-income families could lose their rent subsidies next year under a spending bill passed today by a Senate committee and recently approved by the House, housing advocates said.
NRDC Cries Foul as 2 EPA Officials Depart Two Environmental Protection Agency officials are moving into the lobbying biz -- and the enviros are yelling foul. The Natural Resources Defense Council attacked the plans of John Pemberton, chief of staff to EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation, to go to work for Southern Co. just "a week after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule gutting a key Clean Air Act provision."
Dossier 'over-egged' Iraq weapons claims A Ministry of Defence intelligence official has told the Hutton inquiry his staff had a number of concerns over the 45 minute Iraq weapons claim. Brian Jones, who managed scientists working at the Defence Intelligence Staff, told the inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly he feared assessments of the Iraqi threat were being "over-egged" as the dossier was compiled.
Intelligence chief: Dossier exaggerated the case for war Iraqi weapons capability 'was not accurately represented'; concerns over both content and source of key 45-minute claim --Poodle Tony Blair's case for invading Iraq was in tatters last night after damning public criticism by two senior intelligence officials of the way the September weapons dossier was manipulated by government "spin merchants".
Day 14 is Blair's worst yet as focus falls on evidence Just when the Government was thinking the Hutton inquiry might have a quiet day, more witnesses, e-mails and memos materialised to grab the headlines and continue Poodle Tony Blair's misery. [Good.]
Key player says case for war 'over-egged' and staff were 'concerned and unhappy' Senior figures in defence intelligence warned that the Government had "over-egged" its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, one of the Ministry of Defence's most senior intelligence experts said yesterday.
Kelly's final e-mails revealed The Hutton inquiry has heard about a series of e-mails sent by Dr David Kelly shortly before his death - including one warning of "dark actors playing games". A number of e-mails, written off-line, were all sent together at 1118 BST on 17 July, just over three hours before Dr Kelly set off for his final walk. Among them was one to Gaeta Kingdom at Oxford University saying: "Many thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It has been a remarkably tough time. Should all blow over by early next week, then I will travel to Baghdad a week Friday. I have had to keep a low profile which meant leaving home for a week. Back now. With best wishes and thanks for your support. David" [WHY would someone about to commit suicide mention an upcoming trip one was planning to take? *Columbo* would have declared Kelly's death a homicide in five pico-seconds.]
Condi's Phony History Sorry, Dr. Rice, postwar Germany was nothing like Iraq. --by Daniel Benjamin "The [National Security Adviser Condoleezza] Rice-[Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld depiction of the Allied occupation of Germany is a farrago of fiction and a few meager facts... how did this fanciful version of the American experience in postwar Germany get into the remarks of a Princeton graduate and former trustee of Stanford's Hoover Institute (Rumsfeld) and the former provost of Stanford and co-author of an acclaimed book on German unification (Rice)?"
Post-War Iraq [Halliburton] Costs Soar To $70B The Bush regime has told key members of Congress that it will be asking for up to $70 billion to fund the 'occupation and rebuilding' of Iraq [Halliburton's coffers]– far more than earlier estimates and coming as budget deficits continue to soar out of sight.
Bush to seek $60 billion for [Halliburton] Iraq The White House has informed congressional leaders that it is preparing a new budget request for between $60 billion and $70 billion to 'help cover the mounting costs of the reconstruction and military occupation' of Iraq, sources on Capitol Hill said last night. [Read: line the coffers of Dick Cheney's Halliburton via their no-bid contracts. Every time Iraqi 'terrorists' blow up an oil pipeline, Halliburton gets to rebuild it with a no-bid contract. It's quite an arrangement, isn't it?]
KBR worker killed in Iraq A civilian affiliated with Houston-based Halliburton has been shot and killed today in Iraq. A Halliburton spokeswoman said the victim worked for subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Halliburton, which is the former company of Vice pResident Dick Cheney, has major no-bid contracts for reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Washington's Iraqi stooge urges mass repression --by Bill Vann "[Ahmad] Chalabi’s proposals for Nazi-style repression [in Iraq] are the logical outcome of a criminal war and colonial-style occupation. Both these repressive measures and the attempt to push through the predatory US economic aims in the country will only serve to intensify popular resistance. The formation of the type of Iraqi native corps proposed by Chalabi will prove no more effective in stopping the growth of resistance than similar efforts did during the days of British and French colonialism."
U.S. Report Ties Iraq Unrest to Poor Planning A "brutally honest" report prepared for the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff blames post-war unrest in Iraq on hurried, inadequate planning before the invasion, defense officials said on Wednesday.
France and Germany reject US Iraq plans French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have said a US draft resolution seeking greater international help in Iraq does not go far enough.
U.S. proposal on Iraq falls short, France, Germany say The leaders of Germany and France on Thursday criticized a U.S. push for international help in Iraq, saying the United Nations should guide Iraq's political rebuilding and that more responsibility must be turned over to Iraqi leaders.
Realities push Bush back to U.N. Dictator Bush's decision to ask for the United Nations' help in postwar Iraq is an admission that the current situation there cannot be sustained — militarily, financially or politically. U.S. forces are stretched to their limits; troops are dying almost daily.
Slain Soldier's Father Criticizes Lynch's Book Deal Kiehl Says Lynch Is 'A Profiteer' The father of a Comfort soldier killed in an ambush in Iraq that former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch survived said that Lynch's million-dollar book deal [about her automobile accident] will taint the memory of the soldiers killed in the ambush. [He's got that right!]
Stupid is as stupid does: Britney 'trusts' Dictator Bush Britney Spears came out swinging for Dictator Bush on Wednesday during an interview with CNN's Tucker Carlson. CARLSON: A lot of entertainers have come out against the war in Iraq. Have you? SPEARS: Honestly, I think we should just trust our president [sic] in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens. CARLSON: Do you trust this president [sic]? SPEARS: Yes, I do.
Democrats hammer Bush on Iraq Presidential hopefuls’ 1st debate seen as crucial test for Dean --Democrats who want to replace Dictator Bush welcomed the dictator’s decision to finally seek U.N. help in stabilizing postwar Iraq but argued Thursday that he should have done it earlier and that his delay has jeopardized U.S. relations around the world.
Anti-War Protest Planned for Washington Protesters plan to return to the nation's capital next month to oppose the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, demonstration organizers said Wednesday. Organizers of the International ANSWER coalition predict the Oct. 25 march from the Justice Department to the White House and the Pentagon will attract tens of thousands of people.
Iraq War Protester Refuses To Pay Fine, Goes To Jail Man Convicted of 'Blocking Traffic' --A Vietnam veteran will spend 12 days in jail after blocking traffic in Portsmouth five months ago to protest the war in Iraq. Pat Morse said in court that his actions were justified to protest U.S. war crimes against Iraq, including the use of dirty bombs made of depleted uranium.
Britain approves embassy exodus The Foreign Office today authorised the voluntary departure of non-essential members of staff and dependants at the British embassy in Tehran amid a souring of relations between Britain and Iran.
Taliban Fighters Take Control in Uruzgan Mujahideen forces have carried out several strikes upon coalition forces in Uruzgan, Badakhsan, Wardog and Logar.
Afghanistan campaign becomes guerrilla war The campaign to kill or capture Taliban fighters regrouping in Afghanistan’s mountains has broken down into a guerrilla war with no front lines, Aljazeera’s correspondent reports.
Terrorists might try to poison food, water supplies, FBI warns The FBI is warning that terrorists might try to poison food or water supplies, and senior bureau officials said Thursday that al-Qaida is determined to attack Americans at home even though the organization appears to have a relatively small U.S. presence. [Bush is trolling for a 'Weapon of Mass Distraction' from his plummeting poll numbers.]
Advisory: Al Qaeda planning new U.S. attacks Laundry list of possible attack scenarios --A Department of Homeland Security advisory issued Thursday warns that al Qaeda is working on plans to hijack airliners flying between international points that pass near or over the continental United States.
White House Approved Departure of Saudis After Sept. 11, Ex-Aide Says Top White House officials personally approved the evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, from the United States in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when most flights were still grounded, a former White House adviser said today. The statements by former White House adviser, Richard Clarke, are the first acknowledgment that the White House had any direct involvement in the plan and that senior regime officials personally signed off on it. [Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 21,200 signatures --please add yours!]
Police look for parallels to Erie bomb A device similar to the neck-clamp bomb that killed Brian Douglas Wells last week in suburban Erie also has been used by Colombian terrorists, but investigators have no evidence to link the cases. Longtime acquaintances said they found it incomprehensible that Wells would have gone along with such a bizarre scheme, or that he had the technical knowledge to build or handle a bomb. [PsyOps.]
Bizarre bank heist gets more puzzling One of the strangest cases in the annals of crime - a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank by making threats with a bomb locked to his neck - is getting more bizarre with each new twist. FBI agents now say that the bomb which killed Brian Douglas Wells, 46, in Erie, Pennsylvania, is unusual in the United States, and that they have found a second weapon connected to the plot.
WorldNetDaily whackjob wants to bring back 'Hollywood blacklist': [Joe 'Lori Klausutis' Scarborough would be *ecstatic*!] Bring back Hollywood blacklist --by Joseph Farah "I say we should make certain this scumbucket [actor Johnny Depp] never works in America again. That's right. I mean it's time to bring back the Hollywood blacklist. In fact, I'd very much like to start compiling the blacklist right now – and I welcome your suggestions for additions. I'm sure I'm missing some real anti-American zealots... It's time to silence these people... You've heard the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 1950s was a horrible thing – a great injustice. Nonsense. It was a good thing. It was the right thing to do at the right time in history. And, as America finds itself beleaguered in the world against – literally surrounded by – enemies who seek to destroy it, we cannot allow traitors privileged status in the entertainment industry. " [Silence *this*, you Amerikan Fascist. --Ed. *Note: tell Joseph what you think of his Reichwing idea: email@example.com]
The U.S. Government Wanted 'To Make An Example Out of Me': The Story of Sherman Austin --by Amy Goodman and the staff of Democracy Now! "The 20-year-old webmaster of a California-based site called raisethefist.com is to begin a year-long prison term today. And when he gets out of prison next year, he will be banned from associating with anyone who wants to 'change the government in any way.'" [I guess Austin, therefore, cannot associate with anyone from the Bush regime, as they want to 'change the government' ... to a Fascist police state.]
Voting Machines CALLED HOME --by Bev Harris "For some reason, the Diebold optical scan machines in 57 precincts at once had an E.T. moment. They called home with election results while the election was still in progress, summing up the votes in 57 precincts, then tagged the file to a Diebold employee and placed it on a Diebold company web site. This file is from the 2002 primary election in San Luis Obispo, California. It is dated March 5, 2002. It is date and time-stamped, and contains an internal audit log which confirms the date and time. It was saved as a backup file at exactly 3:31 p.m. on election day, about five hours before the polls closed."
Will Bush Backers Manipulate Votes to Deliver GW Another Election? As millions of voters prepare to use electronic voting machines for the first time we take a look at the companies selling these machines and their ties to the Bush administration -- interview with reporter Julie Carr Smyth and author Bev Harris. [Includes transcript] --by Amy Goodman and the staff of Democracy Now!
Lawmakers include themselves in proposed raise If approved, salaries to reach $158,000 --Members of Congress, along with more than 1 million other civilian government workers, are in line for a 4.1 percent pay raise next year under legislation moving through the House Thursday.
Bush Withdraws Stalled Estrada Nomination Miguel Estrada, a Reichwing Hispanic attorney, dropped his bid for a federal judgeship on Thursday in face of a 2-year-old Democratic wall of opposition in a divided U.S. Senate.
US power rules broken 444 times Electric companies violated transmission grid rules hundreds of times last year in ways that could have led to a power failure, the president of the rule-making association testified in the first Congressional hearing on the Aug 14 blackout.
Kowalski's records seized Linda Kowalski, a former Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority lobbyist, acknowledged Tuesday that her records have been subpoenaed by a state grand jury investigating the CRRA-Enron scandal. Kowalski came under scrutiny last year for her CRRA lobbying, which included charging the agency $27,000 in expenses for travel and meals -- some of which were purchased for Republican Gov. John G. Rowland’s staff. Rowland had also named Kowalski as the Republican Governor’s Association primary Connecticut fundraiser for the RGA when Rowland was chairman of that group.
Schwarzenegger egged at CSU Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger may have avoided tough policy questions by skipping Wednesday's debate among other major candidates in the gubernatorial recall election, but he endured jeers and was even egged when he made a brief speech to students at California State University here.
Schwarzen-egged at Cal State A heckler splattered Arnold Schwarzenegger with the first tossed egg of his political career Wednesday.
Calif. Governor Slams Actor for Debate No-Show California's Gov. Gray Davis bitterly criticized leading Republican rival Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday for missing the first debate of an unprecedented recall vote [GOP coup] at which the governor admitted mistakes while rivals vowed to do better.
N-test victims demand US compensation Nuclear test victims from the Marshall Islands have urged the US government to continue funding health care, nuclear test clean-ups and compensation programmes. About 50 islanders from the nuclear test sites of Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utrik atolls protested outside the US mission in Majuro on Wednesday.
Australian judge rules against LA man in Web defamation case An Australian judge has ordered a Los Angeles man to pay $61,000 for defaming an Australian journalism professor on several Web sites.
Indonesian VP: United States Is 'Terrorist King' Indonesian Vice President Hamzah Haz branded America the "terrorist king" Wednesday in remarks at odds with Jakarta's support for the war on terror. "Actually, who is the terrorist, who is against human rights? The answer is the United States because they attacked Iraq. Moreover, it is the terrorist king, waging war," the official Antara news agency quoted Haz as saying.
Bombshell hits government's claims (UK) The government was dealt a devastating blow today when two intelligence officers revealed there were deep concerns about the strength of the language used in the Iraq intelligence dossier, with one complaining the document was shaped for political purposes. Click here to enter the Hutton inquiry website.
Oops! The Hutton inquiry is heating up. Time for a 'Weapon of Mass Distraction' to hit the London landscape: London on high terror alert A terror attack by suicide bombers on a target in London is now almost inevitable, Britain's most senior police officer warned today. [Was the 'practice' suicide bomber the Erie, PA suicide bombing 'bank robbery' last week? That incident had Rove's PsyOps written all over it.]
Berlin insists on non military involvement in Iraq The German government reiterated Wednesday that the country will not be involved in any military mission in Iraq despite Washington's request for help from other countries.
Hungary is cool to U.S. idea to train Iraqis Prime minister calls 28,000 police cadets simply too many --A U.S. plan to send 28,000 Iraqis to Hungary for police training will not work because the country does not have the facilities for them, Hungary's prime minister, Peter Medgyessy, said Tuesday.
Bush Says He's Open to Greater U.N. Role Dictator Bush, meeting this morning with the Dutch prime minister, said he was willing to give the United Nations a larger role in Iraq, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende reported after the Oval Office conference. The strategy marks a significant shift and comes amid the mounting casualties and increasing costs of operations in Iraq.
Annual Iraq Occupation Cost May Hit $29B The U.S. military occupation of Iraq could cost from $8 billion to $29 billion annually, but the least expensive option would dramatically reduce the force, according to scenarios analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office.
Pentagon May Have to Reduce U.S. Forces in Iraq -CBO The Bush dictatorship may have to cut U.S. troops in Iraq by more than half to keep enough forces to face other threats, a congressional agency said on Tuesday in a report that fueled calls for more international help for peacekeeping in Iraq.
U.S. rushed post-Hussein planning A secret report for the Joint Chiefs of Staff lays the blame for setbacks in Iraq on a flawed and rushed war-planning process that "limited the focus" for preparing for post-Saddam Hussein operations.
Ousted Army secretary calls U.S. plan in Iraq 'totally inadequate' Thomas E. White, forced to resign as Army secretary in May, has fired back in a book that describes the Bush regime's postwar effort in Iraq as "anemic" and "totally inadequate." While saying there is still a chance to make a success of postwar Iraq, White wrote in his book that the record on U.S. efforts at rebuilding Afghanistan, which it invaded in October 2001, is "dismal."
Lebanese Ayatollah Warns U.S. on Iraq Lebanon's top Shiite Muslim cleric warned that Iraqi Shiites would join the armed resistance against U.S. and British forces if the occupation of Iraq persisted for too long.
Facing the truth about Iraq --by James Carroll "THE WAR IS LOST. By most measures of what the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is already a failure... Sooner or later, the United States must admit that it has made a terrible mistake in Iraq, and it must move quickly to undo it. That means the United States must yield not only command of the occupation force, but participation in it. The United States must renounce any claim to power or even influence over Iraq, including Iraqi oil."
Bush Was All Too Willing to Use Émigrés' Lies American experts urged the White House to be skeptical, but they hit a stone wall. --by Robert Scheer "Oops. There are no weapons of mass destruction after all. That's the emerging consensus of the second team of weapons sleuths commanded by the U.S. in Iraq, as reported last week in the Los Angeles Times... Nor has anyone produced any evidence of ties between the deposed Hussein regime and the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for 9/11. The entire adventure was an immense fraud... How distressing that it turns out to be Bush, leader of the world's greatest democracy, who is the true master of denial and deception, rather than Hussein, who proved to be a paper tiger. Bush is such a master at deceiving the American public that even now he is not threatened with the prospect of impeachment or any serious congressional investigation into the possibility that he led this nation into war with lies."
*Speaking* of Pentagon lies: Jessica Lynch Agrees to $1M Book Deal [to detail her automobile accident] Jessica Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her 'capture' and 'rescue' in Iraq. But questions remain over how much she remembers [and is told to forget, by the Pentagon].
Is Elmo Bush's secret weapon? Images of heavily-armed Marines patrolling Iraq may not be winning the US many friends in the Islamic world. So it could be time to enlist the soft and fluffy inhabitants of Sesame Street in the battle against anti-Americanism. The government's Agency for International Development (USAID) is now giving $6.26m for Sesame Street to produce a show for viewers in Bangladesh - a nation with a considerable Muslim population.
It looks like Bush needs Elmo's help in Afghanistan, too: Afghanistan Elementary School Set on Fire Suspected Taliban set fire to an elementary school south of Kabul, scattering leaflets saying girls should not be allowed in the classroom, an official said Wednesday.
U.S. 'Private Army' Grows in Colombia Contractors are performing "the entire spectrum of military services," says Peter Singer, an analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington and author of the new book, "Corporate Warriors," about the growth of the privatized military. He says US civilians in conflicts around the world do everything from handling mail services and feeding troops to training foreign troops and devising war games.
Johnny Depp Says U.S. Is Like a Stupid Puppy Hollywood star Johnny Depp said on Wednesday the United States was a stupid, aggressive puppy and he would not live there until the political climate changed. Depp slammed George W. Bush's regime for its criticism of French opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. "I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots," he told the Graman news magazine, Stern.
Saudi Arabia and Russia Sign Accord on Gas and Oil Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's two largest oil suppliers, agreed today to work on easing rules for setting up joint ventures in the oil and natural gas industry.
Bin Laden family's US exit 'approved' The United States allowed members of Osama bin Laden’s family to jet out of the US in the immediate aftermath of September 11, even as American airspace was closed. Former White House counter-terrorism tsar Richard Clarke said the Bush regime sanctioned the repatriation of about 140 high-ranking Saudi Arabians, including relatives of the al-Qaida chief.
Emergency Rooms Get Eased Rules on Patient Care The Bush dictatorship is relaxing rules that say hospitals have to examine and treat people who require emergency medical care, regardless of their ability to pay. Under the new rule, which takes effect on Nov. 10, patients might find it more difficult to obtain certain types of emergency care at some hospitals or clinics that hospitals own and operate. [This must be more 'compassionate conservatism.' Cat-Torturer Bill Frist must be overjoyed; billions to pilfer for his family from the 'health care' industry.]
Bush is Lying and People are Dying - Pass it on --by Mike Hersh "The Democratic candidates must expose the regime of lies because the mass media sure won't. The media won't hold Bush to anything close to a reasonable standard. The media is so deeply into Bush, they celebrate when the rate of job losses slows slightly. TV reports cover up Bush's slow-motion melt-down into another Great Depression. The media report Bush's deficit hikes and giveaways to the wealthy as 'stimulus' despite the loss of MILLIONS of jobs and sluggish growth."
Support for Bush slips in state Job rating falls since end of Iraq war, poll finds --Support for Dictator Bush's overall performance and his handling of Iraq has slipped noticeably in Wisconsin since the end of the Iraq war, a new statewide poll has found.
Exit Polls From '02 Election to Be Released The missing-in-action 2002 national exit poll data has been given to the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research for public release after a panel of academic experts reviewed the survey and concluded the results were reliable. [This should prove to be *very* interesting. What, oh what, will Frank 'Putz' Luntz do? Hello, Diebold?]
The Ambassador Wilson Affair: The End of Karl Rove - And George Bush? --by Al Martin "Ambassador Joseph Wilson... revealed on Friday August 29 in a symposium in Washington the person in the Bush administration, who had leaked it out to the Washington Post that Wilson's wife is a CIA agent of 26 years...The leaker, it turns out, was none other than the notorious Karl H. Rove, Bush's so-called White House advisor. Ambassador Wilson identified him as Karl Roverer, with the umlaut over the 'o.' According to reliable sources, as well as our own Al Martin Raw.com investigation, Karl Rove is, in fact, the grandson of Karl Heinz Roverer, the gauleiter of Mecklenburg, who was also a partner and senior engineer of Roverer Sud-Deutche Ingenieurbüro AG. They built Birchenau, the concentration camp in Nazi Germany."
So George, how do you feel about your mom and dad? Psychologist Oliver James analyses the behaviour of the American dictator "By totally identifying with an extreme version of their [his parents'] strict, religion-fuelled beliefs, he jailed his rebellious self. From now on, his unconscious hatred for them was channelled into a fanatical moral crusade to rid the world of evil. As Frum put it: 'Id-control is the basis of Bush's presidency [sic] but Bush is a man of fierce anger.' That anger now rules the world."
Dictator Bush to Hold Jacksonville Fundraiser $2,000-A-Person Event Planned At Alltel Stadium On Sept. 9 --Dictator Bush will bring his re-s-election campaign here next month for a fundraiser that's expected to raise upward of $1 million.
Democrats Renew Fight Over Overtime Rules Democrats and their labor allies renewed their drive Tuesday to block proposed Bush dictatorship rules that opponents say would cost 8 million workers their overtime pay.
Census: Nearly 1.4M More in Poverty The nation's rocky economy sent 1.4 million more people into poverty last year, a Census Bureau survey found. Nearly half of the newly impoverished were children [thanks to Bush and the GOP].
EPA Allows Sale of PCB-Contaminated Sites The Bush dictatorship is encouraging the sale of PCB-contaminated sites, reversing a 25-year-old policy barring any such sales before the land is cleaned.
Rusting, toxic 'ghost fleet' on way to UK A fleet of 13 dilapidated US ships, heavily polluted with asbestos, oil and deadly PCBs, will embark on the 4,500-mile journey from America's east coast to Teesside in the next month amid warnings from salvage experts that they risk bringing an environmental disaster in their wake.
UK: Protest groups aim to blockade arms fair More than 3,000 security guards and police officers will be deployed in London next week to protect Europe's biggest arms fair amid warnings of potentially violent protests. Up to forty groups of anti-arms activists, anarchists and anti-globalisation demonstrators are to lobby against the arms exhibition in Docklands, east London. The protesters have made plans, which have been posted on the internet, to "storm" and "blockade" what they call the "death fair".
[Whackjob] Tom DeLay issued the following press release today: (blog.deanforamerica.com) "House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Sugarland) today condemned the comments of presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who said, 'John Ashcroft is not a patriot,' [Dean's got *that right*!!] in New Hampshire yesterday. 'Howard Dean is a cruel and extremist demagogue,' DeLay said." Show Tom Delay what Americans really think about Ashcroft and Patriotism. Sign the Stop Ashcroft petition -- 60,000 Americans have already signed it -- and pass it on to your friends: http://www.deanforamerica.com/stopashcroft" -- Posted by Zephyr Teachout
No Schwarzenegger in Calif. Recall Debate As the state's most popular politician came to the defense of Gov. Gray Davis, the leading candidates to replace him — minus Arnold Schwarzenegger — prepared to take each other on in the recall election's first scheduled debate.
Pre-Debate Buzz Centers on Who Won't Be There Five of 135 candidates in the recall race will take the stage at a Bay Area playhouse this afternoon for the first debate of the harried election, but much of the focus Tuesday centered on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his decision to skip the event. Democrats condemned the movie star, saying he was being disrespectful to voters, and some Republicans chimed in as well.
Analysts Say Schwarzenegger AWOL Strategy May Fail Arnold Schwarzenegger is conspicuously skipping on Wednesday the first in a series of debates with Gov. Gray Davis and the top candidates who want to replace him in the state's unprecedented recall election. Some say novice politician Schwarzenegger's aloof strategy could backfire as it might signal to the public that behind his celebrity status is a man with a limited knowledge of how government works.
Top Iraqi blasts U.S. occupation At massive funeral, brother of slain cleric demands exit of U.S. soldiers --In a funeral eulogy, a member of the U.S.-picked governing council demanded Tuesday that American occupation forces leave Iraq, blaming them for last week’s killing of his brother, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim.
Iraqi Cleric's Brother Condemns U.S. The brother of a cleric assassinated in a car bombing told 400,000 mourners Tuesday he blamed the U.S. occupation forces for the lax security that led to the attack at Iraq's most sacred Shiite mosque.
U.S. Denounced at Shiite Cleric's Funeral A member of the U.S.-picked governing council angrily denounced the American occupation in a eulogy for his slain brother before 400,000 Shiite mourners Tuesday, demanding U.S. troops leave Iraq and blaming them for lax security that led to the revered cleric's assassination.
Car Bomb Explodes Near Baghdad Police Headquarters A car bomb at Baghdad's police headquarters killed an Iraqi police officer and wounded about 15 others Tuesday in a suspected attempt to assassinate the police chief, a key ally of the U.S.-led occupying dictatorship.
Iraq: Four weeks, four bombs, 110 dead The fourth car bombing in Iraq in a month killed a police station employee Tuesday, wounded at least 18 other people, and sent a column of thick black smoke rising over the Rasafa police station in western Baghdad. At least 110 people have died in the four assaults, each of which has targeted people cooperating with the U.S.-backed Dictatorship: In addition to the bombings at the Baghdad police station and the Najaf mosque, 17 people were killed in the August 7 bombing at the Jordanian embassy.
Explosion Kills Two Soldiers South of Baghdad, Another Drowns [?!?] (Dod) Two 220th Military Police Brigade soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Sept. 1 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on a main supply route south of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials reported today. The command also reported over the weekend that a soldier from the 4th Infantry Division's Task Force Ironhorse drowned Aug. 29 when the vehicle he was riding in fell into a canal near Tikrit.
1AD Soldier Killed in Helicopter Accident One 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and another was injured in a helicopter accident early Tuesday morning.
14 US soldiers wounded in Iraq over weekend Fourteen American soldiers were wounded in attacks in Iraq over the weekend, a US military statement said Monday.
Number of Wounded in Action on Rise Iraq Toll Reflects Medical Advances, Resistance Troops Face --U.S. battlefield casualties in Iraq are increasing dramatically in the face of continued attacks by remnants of Saddam Hussein's military and other forces, with almost 10 American troops a day now being officially declared "wounded in action."
Resistance in Iraq Is Home Grown Nationalists and Islamists are among diverse groups joining the attacks. Foreign fighters are present in moderate numbers. Despite the U.S. government's insistence that Iraq has become the new battlefield of global terrorism, most of the resistance is home grown. The guerrillas are militants from the deposed regime, but they are also ordinary Iraqis opposed to occupation.
Families seek answers about soldiers' deaths At least one family, and possibly two, want independent opinions on what caused the deaths of their loved ones after they became ill in Iraq. In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Bellville, Texas, family of Army Spc. Zeferino Colunga requested medical records, personal effects and blood and tissue samples of the 20-year-old soldier. “We as a family are concerned that we are not being told the truth,” the letter states.
Don't walk away from Iraq assignment, Washington tells Tokyo US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has expressed strong frustration at Japan’s intention to postpone dispatching troops to Iraq, where security is still fragile, Kyodo News said today. "Don't walk away" from the task, Armitage told Japan's envoy for Middle Eastern affairs Tatsuo Arima when they met Aug 22 at the State Department, the news agency said, quoting sources familiar with the issue. [We say, don't walk, too -- We say, RUN!!]
U.S. taxpayers may foot larger bill for new Iraq [Halliburton's no-bid coffers] A shortage of money is seriously hampering the U.S.-led effort to rebuild Iraq, and American taxpayers may end up footing a much larger bill than they expect, according to members of Congress and top U.S. officials in Baghdad.
Burning money in Iraq --by David Lazarus "A mid all the recall-related fretting over California's budget, it's been hard to keep up with the money mess at the federal level... The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised its estimates yet again this week and announced that the federal budget deficit will soar to a record $480 billion next year, reaching $1.4 trillion over the coming decade... These new estimates don't include the rising cost of the war in Iraq, which, if factored into the mix, would push the 2004 deficit well beyond $500 billion... And we'll put off paying the cost for many years, leaving a mountain of debt and obligations for our children to somehow tackle -- the president[sic]'s self-congratulatory remarks notwithstanding. Kind of makes California's troubles seem quaint by comparison."
Countries Resist Aid To Iraq Few Pledge to Help Because of Security Fears, U.S. Control --The Bush regime's effort to secure significant pledges of money to help rebuild Iraq is meeting stiff resistance from many foreign governments because of continued concerns over security and the predominant role played by the United States, according to diplomats and aid officials.
Belfast lawyers help Iraqi families sue US army A human rights law firm in Belfast said on Monday it was supporting the families of Iraqi civilians shot dead by the U.S. military in a planned multimillion dollar law suit.
Now you can email Poodle Tony Blair Finally, Poodle Tony Blair has capitulated to the communications revolution and published a 'personal' email address on the Number 10 website (www.number-10.gov.uk).
Kelly 'considered for a knighthood' David Kelly, the weapons expert who took his own life in the wake of revelations about his role in briefing journalists about the Iraq dossier, was being considered for a knighthood, his widow revealed today. [Click here to enter the Hutton inquiry website.]
EU: U.S. Anti-Terror Flight Rules Breach Privacy The European Commission said on Tuesday it rejected U.S. demands for airlines to reveal passenger information as the anti-terrorism measure could breach EU privacy rules.
Quick action! Tell Reichwing coupmeisters at Diebold what you think of them. In a letter to the Ohio GOP, Diebold (the voting machine company) President Warren O'Dell assured them he would be "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic] next year." Here are the contacts for Diebold: http://diebold.com/contactus/departments/corporatehq.htm -- Diebold, Incorporated, 5995 Mayfair Road, P.O. Box 3077, North Canton, Ohio USA 44720-8077 Phone: 1-330-490-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, here is the Ohio Secretary of State Department of Elections email address: email@example.com (Action idea, contact info: courtesy, Joanne Murphy)
Still MORE GOP dirty tricks: Breaking the Code If anybody really thought the "Choose Life" automobile tags weren't a thinly disguised effort to promote the anti-abortion cause, Johnnie Byrd certainly has dispelled the idea. Byrd, a Plant City Republican who is speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, used his office to obtain a list of the 30,000 "Choose Life" tag purchasers from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. (Average citizens would have to pay for such a list.) Then he used $14,000 in state money sending a letter to each one on the list drumming up support for a state constitutional amendment to restrict abortion. Perhaps coincidentally, Byrd announced at about the same time that he was a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2004.
Broward's top Republican official to switch parties Broward County Property Appraiser William "Bill" Markham, who was elected in 1968 at the high-water mark of Republican power in Broward and today is the lone GOP countywide officeholder, intends to become a Democrat this week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has learned. Markham's conversion is a major coup for the Democratic Party, which has had little good news since 2000 when the coup d'etat in Florida gave the election to George W. Bush.
Court overturns about 100 death sentences Court suggests judge-ordered executions be commuted --A federal appeals court overturned an estimated 100 death sentences in Arizona and elsewhere Tuesday, ruling that the condemned inmates were wrongly sent to death row by judges instead of juries.
Take Action! Act today: Overtime pay vote expected any day. (working families e-Activist action) "Protect overtime pay: Tell your senators to block the Bush overtime take away. Act now to voice your opposition to changes in federal overtime rules, which could deny overtime pay to at least 8 million people. Send a message to your U.S. senators with a copy to your representative." (Action info: courtesy, Johnny Iguanna)
"Do you approve or disapprove of labor unions?" August 3.2003, Gallop poll results: 65% in a national poll say 'yes'.
The Enterprise Prison Institute Domestic Outsourcing Services Offering American businesses American alternatives to offshore production - through partnerships with American inmate workers. Fortune Magazine's annual list of 'Most Admired' companies' is a who's who of corporate success stories. Their strengths in traditional disciplines like product innovation, finance, marketing and leadership are well known. What's not well known is that many of these companies, including three giants in the top tier, have bought products or used services from companies employing American inmate workers.
EPA lifts ban on selling PCB sites The Bush dictatorship has ended a 25-year-old ban on the sale of land polluted with PCBs. The ban was intended to prevent hundreds of polluted sites from being redeveloped in ways that spread the toxin or raise public health risks. [Oops! MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to cover this one...]
Kerry Opens W.House Bid Slamming Bush as 'Radical' Democratic presidential hopeful and decorated Navy veteran John Kerry said on Tuesday Dictator Bush's America was not the sort of country he once enlisted to defend.
Bush 48% Hillary 41% As a Presidential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton attracts more Democratic votes than other contenders but still trails Dictator Bush 48% to 41%. While Bush leads individual Democrats, his overall poll numbers have slipped. Against a generic Democrat, the Dictator is now tied, 42% to 42%.
Who Will You Vote For President? Dennis Kucinich leading Newsday poll for president (Sept. 2, 2003, 15:45 GMT) Percentage breakdown: 6.6% George W. Bush (69 responses) - 11.5% Howard Dean (121 responses) - 20.8% Dick Gephardt (219 responses) - 54.8% Dennis Kucinich (577 responses) - (summary of key candidates, 1052 total responses)
Your tax dollars at work: United States Secret Service Frequently Asked Questions By Kids "16: Is the Secret Service like the CIA, and do your agents use neat weapons like James Bond? --We are a federal law enforcement agency, but we do not gather intelligence like the CIA does. Our agents do work undercover during their criminal investigations, which includes investigating counterfeit money, credit card fraud, and financial institution fraud among other things. Additionally, we do have a lot of technical equipment to help our personnel perform their duties."
South Dakota Rep. Janklow Has 1st Court Appearance Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow made his first court appearance on Tuesday to face manslaughter charges after a deadly accident in which he is accused of speeding through a stop sign.
Paper: Dangerously High Levels of Radiation Measured Around Baghdad (express.co.uk) Soldiers and civilians in Iraq face a health timebomb after dangerously high levels of radiation were measured around Baghdad. Levels between 1,000 and 1,900 times higher than normal were recorded at four sites around the Iraqi capital where depleted uranium (DU) munitions have been used across wide areas. Experts estimate that Britain and the US used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of armour-piercing shells made of DU during attacks on Iraqi forces.
U.S. Raid Herds Iraqi Old and Young in Barbed Wire Iraqi sheep farmer Thani Mushlah was asleep on his roof when the American soldiers arrived before dawn. Two hours later, as the heat rose with the morning sun, Mushlah, 33, was sitting handcuffed on the desert floor inside a ring of barbed wire used as a temporary prison during the U.S. military raid on the village of Hamreen. The youngest of 30 or so detainees inside the circle of barbed wire was a 15-year-old boy, released after some hasty consultations. The eldest was a grandfather with a walking-stick who could only shuffle a few feet at a time. About half of the men were blindfolded, adding to their discomfort as they sat under the sun for several hours.
Iraqis' Rage at Boiling Point [Goodness knows, *mine* sure is!] A day after the third major bombing in a month left 100 dead, citizens' frustration with the U.S.-led occupation turns to anger. Recoiling from shock after shock in recent months, Iraqis place much of the blame for the chaos on the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in April and also helped scuttle the economy and their confidence about the future.
U.S. forces move into Mosul as thousands mourn al-Hakim US troops moved into a neighborhood of the northern city of Mosul in force on Sunday while tens of thousands marched through Baghdad in a funeral procession for Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim.
Oil pipelines attacked: six Iraqis killed US soldiers killed six Iraqis after their patrol came under attack near the northern city of Kirkuk, the U.S. army said on Sunday. He said the incident occurred on Saturday afternoon... The reopening of a vital pipeline carrying Iraqi oil to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has been delayed again by a fresh act of sabotage, a Turkish newspaper reported on Sunday. Witnesses heard a "violent explosion", reported the Cumhuriyet newspaper, and later Turkish television showed pictures of a huge black curtain of smoke billowing over the structure around Kirkuk, northeastern Iraq.
Iraqi oil pipeline ablaze An oil pipeline linking Iraq's oilfields in Kirth the Baiji refinery to the south was on fire Saturday afternoon after a possible sabotage attack, the US military said.
Hussein denies role in cleric's death Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has denied being behind last week’s bomb attacks that killed Shia cleric Ayat Allah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim. In an exclusive audiotape aired on Aljazeera on Monday Hussein rejected any involvement in the Najaf attacks last Friday that left at least 82 others killed and more than 100 people hurt.
US attacked over 'green card' soldiers Nearly 40,000 of America's frontline soldiers are not US citizens. Many of the troops on duty in Iraq do not count English as their first language and would prefer to take orders in their native tongue ... usually Spanish. The revelation has prompted British MP George Galloway, one of the fiercest critics of the invasion of Iraq, to accuse the US of using its "green card" troops as cannon fodder. Galloway went on to attack the US policy of putting its poor minorities and non-citizens in the frontline of its foreign wars.
Campbell's name 'made Kelly jump' A stressed David Kelly "jumped" at the mention of Alastair Campbell's name at the height of the Iraq dossier row, the weapons expert's daughter told the inquiry into his death.
Kelly felt 'betrayed' by MoD, widow tells inquiry Hutton inquiry day 12: Kelly "deeply, deeply hurt" by Straw describing him as a "junior" official --The widow of weapons expert David Kelly told the inquiry into her husband's death today that he felt "betrayed" by the MoD, which allowed his name to enter the public domain.
Kelly widow adds to Blair woe The widow of a British weapons expert who 'killed himself' after being dragged into a vicious row with Poodle Tony Blair’s government has given evidence to an official inquiry. Janice Kelly told the Hutton inquiry on Monday that her late husband had felt totally let down and betrayed.
Britons want UK forces out of Iraq More than 60 percent of Britons believe their government should be withdrawing its troops from Iraq, an opinion poll shows.
Bush public support on Iraq waning Four months after US Dictator George Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq, the body bags for dead US soldiers are still unpacked every two to three days. Since Bush announced the end of the war on 1 May more than 140 US soldiers have died. Of these, 66 have been killed by Iraqi resistance attacks.
Calls for a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, is pushing for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq, so more countries will send troops to the region.
A soft target This is a woman [Faith Fippinger] who went to Iraq and put herself in the path of U.S. missiles, on purpose, as a human shield... Then came the newspaper stories and the phone calls and letters. Then came the letter from the Treasury Department. It said that she could face up to 12 years in prison and $1-million in fines for violating sanctions against travel and commerce in Iraq.
Afghanistan: Attack on road construction team kills six The US based construction and engineering company Louis Berger Group (LBG) said that four people were killed and another four kidnapped when unidentified assailants attacked one of the company's guest houses on the Kabul-Kandahar road, about 100 km north of Kandahar on Monday.
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Two American soldiers were killed Sunday in a firefight with suspected Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, while hundreds of Taliban poured into remote southern mountains to join a week-long battle with Afghan forces and their U.S. allies. [International terrorist, George W. Bush, has U.S. soldiers dying all over the world.]
Australia warned against supporting US military trials The International Commission of Jurists says the Australian Government's cooperation in allowing Australians to be tried by the US Military sets a precedent for other regimes.
Fatherland Suckurity and the Internet: Digital Vandalism Spurs a Call for Oversight Proposals for government action being discussed by policy makers and computer security experts include strengthening the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division and offering tax incentives to businesses for spending on security.
Big Brother is watching, and he's your boss George Orwell had it wrong. It's corporate America, not government, that is emerging as the clearest embodiment of Big Brother -- the all-seeing, all-knowing entity in Orwell's novel "1984." With technology already available or on its way, corporations can block your e-mail from particular senders, stop you from printing documents deemed too sensitive and record instant-messaging conversations among workers.
Activists demand to be on WTO surveillance list A "watch list" drawn up by Mexican security forces of 80 anti-globalisation activists who are believed to be headed for Cancun for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) gathering next month has provoked an angry response -- from those whose names are missing.
Newspaper Apologizes For Madonna-Spears Kiss Photo Editor Says Photo Should Not Have Been On Front Page [WHY is a newspaper *apologizing* for exercising its First Amendment rights?!?] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper apologized to readers Monday for using a picture of Britney Spears kissing Madonna on its front page Friday. The picture, not much bigger than a postage stamp, was near the top of Friday's front page. It showed Spears and Madonna in an open-mouth kiss they shared at the MTV Video Music Awards the night before. The sloppy kiss picture elicited a deluge of complaints [from Reichwing hypocritical whackjobs] to the newspaper.
A top-secret conference call on 9-11 could shed new light on the terrorist attacks --Shoot-down order. The transcript may also shed light on the military's response to Dictator Bush's unprecedented order to shoot down any hijacked civilian airplane. Pentagon sources say Bush communicated the order to Cheney almost immediately after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon and the FAA, for the first time ever, ordered all domestic flights grounded. "There are unanswered questions," says Richard Ben-Veniste, a commission member and former federal prosecutor, as to whether the shoot-down order "had been rehearsed for, whether it had been prepared for, and what measures were in place to protect the Capitol," believed to be the hijackers' original target for Flight 77.
Calif. Candidates Blast Schwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger's views on the economy and immigration came under attack Sunday in California's gubernatorial recall campaign, but the GOP front-runner continued to keep a low profile over the Labor Day weekend.
ABCNEWS spikes interview with Schwarzenegger associate; racist comment comes back to haunt candidate --ABC NEWS has spiked an interview with a close associate of Arnold Schwarzenegger who went on camera and accused the California gubernatorial candidate of making racist comments back in the 1970s, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Charges of past racist comments by Schwarzenegger were leveled by Rick Wayne, sources claim, a former bodybuilding star who is now the publisher of the St. Lucia Star. Wayne, who is black, told ABC NEWS that Schwarzenegger made the comments regarding South Africa's former Apartheid system: "If you gave these blacks a country to run, they would run it down the tubes." [Oops! Rove may have to find a new Nazi tool-fool for his California recall coup.]
Gotta love those GOP family values: See photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger smoking marijuana.
Home Alone --by Bob Herbert "We barreled into Iraq with no real thought given to the consequences, and now we've got a tragic mess on our hands. California looks like something out of 'Lord of the Flies,' and yet the person getting the most attention as a candidate to clean up that insane situation is an actor with a history of immature behavior whose cartoonish roles appeal most strongly to children. Maybe he'll shoot the budget deficit. Hasta la vista, baby. Appalling behavior and appalling policies have become the norm among folks entrusted with the heaviest responsibilities in business and government.
Jesse Jackson arrested in Yale protest The Rev. Jesse Jackson and 13 people were arrested Monday after they blocked traffic on the Yale University campus in support of striking university service and clerical workers. Jackson led over 1,000 people on a Labor Day march and rally in support of the striking workers before he was arrested. "This is the site of national Labor Day outrage," Jackson said. "This is going to be for economic justice what Selma was for the right to vote." Police said between 1,000 to 1,500 people marched with Jackson, including Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who graduated from Yale, and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Yale Law School graduate.
UNITED WE STAND...in the unemployment line. --by Carol Schiffler "Let's take a little trip down memory lane and see how the Bush administration's 'strategery' is stimulating our economy. Who could forget the moment when the obviously stimulated Dow Chemical laid off 4,000 people? Or how about those Delta layoffs? Wow! Stimulated, inspired, visionary! And then there was the day that the Pension Benefit Agency announced record deficits. Way to go Team Bush! Who needs Labor Day, when EVERY day is a day off!"
Corporate growth? (compilation/commentary on govsux.com) "How Does George W. Bush Compare with Other Presidents [sic] on Job Creation? ...The Three Largest Bankruptcies In American History Happened Under Bush's Watch --WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING TO OUR ECONOMY & OUR COUNTRY?"
'We Were Not Told to Lie' About 9/11 and Health (Newsweek) After stepping down this summer as the head of the EPA, the embattled Christine Todd Whitman is once again in the hot seat. This time it’s over her role in the downplaying of health hazards for New York City residents after 9/11. A report by the EPA inspector general says that Whitman assured the public that the air was safe before testing was conclusive. She’s also under fire for allowing EPA statements to be filtered through the White House and screened by the Council on Environmental Quality, which is chaired by James Connaughton, a lawyer who formerly represented the asbestos industry.
Looks Like a Recovery, Feels Like a Recession --by Steven Greenhouse "Even though the recession ended nearly two years ago, polls show that American workers are feeling stressed and shaky this Labor Day because the nation continues to register month after month of job losses and wages are rising more slowly than inflation. One factor above all has fueled the insecurity: the nation has lost 2.7 million jobs over the last three years... Indeed, the current economic expansion is the worst on record in terms of job growth. The average length of unemployment, more than 19 weeks, spiked this summer to its highest level in two decades."
Bush Policy Sparks 'Revolt' By Ex-Park Officers Mike Finley devoted 32 years to the National Park Service... Yet he retired six years early because of what he calls the "devolution" of the parks during the Bush regime. Finley and dozens of other career park service leaders are so concerned about the effect White House policy is having on national parks that they sent a letter to the dictator accusing him of doing "irreparable damage to America's national parks." "The Bush administration has no view of the future, no understanding of stewardship for future generations," says Finley, now president of the Turner Foundation in Atlanta, which awards environmental grants.
We Must Stop Bush From Stealing the 2004 Election --by Norman D. Livergood "Americans must act now to stop the Bush II junta's already ongoing criminal initiative to steal the 2004 election. The Republican-owned voting machine corporations, the defense industry, and the entire criminal gang in the White House are already working in every way possible to rig the 2004 election in their favor... The same criminal forces within the Republican Party that organized the theft of the White House in 2000 are currently setting up their 2004 attack on American citizens' right to vote."
Paper or electrons? --by C.B. Hanif "While many Floridians may not want to hear about it, given all the money the state has spent on electronic voting machines, the state hasn't resolved such issues as ballot security and what should happen in the event of another too-close-to-call election. With a year to go until the state system's first major test, the September 2004 state primary, the Legislature needs to address those issues so that another recount or a question of fraud doesn't bring another meltdown."
Not just warmer: it's the hottest for 2,000 years Widest study yet backs fears over carbon dioxide --The earth is warmer now than it has been at any time in the past 2,000 years, the most comprehensive study of climatic history has revealed. Confirming the worst fears of environmental scientists, the newly published findings are a blow to sceptics who maintain that global warming is part of the natural climatic cycle rather than a consequence of human industrial activity.
US says CO2 is not a pollutant The Bush dictatorship has decreed that carbon dioxide from industrial emissions - the main cause of global warming - is not a pollutant. The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency - announced with minimal fanfare on the eve of the Labor Day weekend - reverses the stance taken under President Clinton and allows industry to increase emissions with impunity. The Bush dictatorship appears to be guided by a leaked memo by the political consultant Frank 'Putz' Luntz, which advised: "Should the public believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate."
Hot summer sparks global food crisis This summer's heatwave has drastically cut harvests across Europe, plunging the world into an unprecedented food crisis, startling new official figures show. ...Experts predict that the damage to crops will be found to be even greater when the full cost of the heat is known. They say that, as a result, food prices will rise worldwide, and hunger will increase in the world's poorest countries. And they warn that this is just a foretaste of what will happen as global warming takes hold.
'Iraq Dossier ignored reality' A British intelligence dossier 'did not correspond to reality' by suggesting Saddam Hussein's regime could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, the chief UN weapons inspector claims. Mr Dimitris Perricos, who replaced Dr Hans Blix in June as the top UN weapons inspector for Iraq, also said that inspections found no evidence to support US and British claims that Saddam Hussein possessed an arsenal capable of widespread death and damage, according to an interview published in Sunday's Eleftherotypia newspaper.
Nukes will 'likely' be found: Ashcroft US Attorney General [and Reichwing whackjob] John Ashcroft said on Friday it was likely that components of Saddam Hussein’s alleged nuclear weapons programme would eventually be found in Iraq [as the 2004 presidential s-election nears and Rumsfeld has them planted].
UK inquiry on Iraq to hear from scientist's widow An official inquiry will hear evidence on Monday from the widow of a British weapons expert who 'killed himself' after being dragged into a vicious row with Tony Blair's government over the case for war in Iraq.
U.S. and Iraqis Talk of Forming a Large Militia Stung by Friday's deadly car bombing, American and Iraqi officials said today that they were discussing the possibility of forming a large Iraqi paramilitary force to help improve security in the country.
US seeks a tamer version of Saddam (The Sydney Morning Herald) "Now that Islamic fundamentalists are emerging as the winners from the invasion of Iraq, the search is on for a new Saddam Hussein to keep them under control. It won't be easy. After all, the US has promised to give Iraqis the chance to enjoy democracy at the same time as it is recruiting former members of Saddam's secret police. A genuinely free election could easily produce an Islamic government which is no friend of the US - despite the naive expectations before the invasion. So far, all that has been achieved is a complete mess."
Mid-East papers predict chaos after killing Saturday's Middle East newspapers are unanimous in condemning the killing of Iraqi Shia leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim in Najaf on Friday. Many believe that his death will lead to a new cycle of violence, plunging Iraq into chaos and bloody sectarian conflict. Some blame the US-led occupation of Iraq for opening the doors to terrorism.
Bombing fury pushes Iraq into new peril The assassination of a Muslim cleric is pushing Iraq closer to a frenzy of religious violence not seen in the country for decades... The ayatollah's killing could have dire consequences for the US, which has been struggling to deal with Iraqi insurgency and an ever-deadlier wave of bombings.
More Than 300,000 in Baghdad Mourn Cleric Killed in Bombing Beating their chests and calling for revenge, more than 300,000 Muslims began a two-day, 110-mile march Sunday to the holy city of Najaf to mourn a cherished Shiite leader assassinated in a car bombing. The U.S. military reported that 125 people died in the attack on the Imam Ali mosque, a dramatic increase from earlier hospital reports of 85.
Slain Iraqi cleric slammed U.S. security policy Speaking a day before he was killed by a car bomb in Iraq last week, an Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric criticised U.S. forces for failing to prevent another bombing in the holy city of Najaf, an Egyptian paper reported.
Protesting Inaction, Shiite Suspends Membership Of Council In protest against U.S.-U.K.occupation forces' indifference about protecting religious leaders and places, Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom, a Shiite dignitary on Iraq's Governing Council, announced Saturday he was suspending his membership of the U.S.-named interim body.
Al Jazeera Says U.S. Forces Detain Two Journalists The Arabic television network Al Jazeera said U.S. forces on Friday detained two of its journalists near the Iraqi city of Ramadi while they were interviewing witnesses about a recent blast.
'We Just Want to Live' U.S. troops’ security sweeps across Iraq can have serious consequences for local economies. A look at one village --Yusuf Gatta woke in confusion in the early morning darkness of July 13. Helicopters were thundering over his house. Loudspeakers mounted on jeeps issued booming commands...
Counting the Bodies Hard to Keep Track of the Dead in Iraq --by James Ridgeway "[Mohammad al-Obaidi, an Iraqi doctor living in Britain told ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Jude Wanniski] that 'hundreds of our party's cadre' spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials, and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137 civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103 of them in Baghdad."
U.S. troops, delusions dying in Iraq quagmire --by Jim Spencer "In March, this country's leaders convinced us we had the power and obligation to invade Iraq without the consent or cooperation of much of the rest of the world... This occupation of Iraq very likely will continue for years. Terrorists very likely will inflict nickel-and-dime casualties that neither U.S. braggadocio nor blue-helmeted multinational forces can stop. The economy very likely will remain as uncertain as homeland security. And this country very likely will awaken rudely to a 'come to Jesus' meeting."
Who's Losing Iraq? --by Maureen Dowd "Karl Rove has got to be nervous. The man who last year advised Republican candidates to 'focus on war' is finding out that the Bush doctrine of pre-emption cannot pre-empt anarchy... Another Bush-Cheney energy crony is Anthony Alexander of Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation, which helped trigger the blackout after failing to upgrade its transmission system properly since deregulation. He was a Bush Pioneer, having raised at least $100,000 for the campaign. This logrolling attitude has led to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowing Halliburton — which made Mr. Cheney a rich man with $20 million worth of cashed-in stock — to get no-bid contracts in Iraq totaling $1.7 billion, and that's just a start."
Hello, are you starting to get the message now, George? --by Jack Mabley "The economy is a train wreck. Thousands more jobs are lost every month. The stock market is nervous and could easily be jostled into a full-scale recession. Debt is beyond control. We have become a predatory nation trapped in two wars, or three if you count the fight against terrorism as a war. The costs are staggering. If you ask any high official from Bush on down how long the Iraq war will last, the answer is 'As long as it takes.' How many billions will it cost? 'As much as needed to fulfill our mission.' ...Does anyone doubt these atrocities are going to get worse by the day? Are the American people finally grasping the magnitude of this multiple disaster? Will Bush hear us?"
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghan Combat Two American soldiers were killed Sunday in a battle with suspected Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said.
Confessions of a Terrorist Author Gerald Posner claims an al-Qaeda leader made explosive allegations while under interrogation --Posner elaborates in startling detail how U.S. interrogators used drugs—an unnamed "quick-on, quick-off" painkiller and Sodium Pentothal, the old movie truth serum—in a chemical version of reward and punishment to make [suspected terrorist] Zubaydah talk... The details of Zubaydah's drug-induced confessions might bring on charges that the U.S. is using torture on terrorism suspects. According to Posner, the Dictatorship decided shortly after 9/11 to permit the use of Sodium Pentothal on prisoners.
Officials Probe Bizarre Pa. 'Bank Robbery' A pizza delivery man told police he had been forced to rob a bank and asked authorities to help him minutes before a bomb strapped to his chest exploded and killed him. Erie Chief Deputy Coroner Korac Timon said Saturday the bomb appeared to have hung from Wells' neck, and that he had been told it was of a "very sophisticated construction." FBI Special Agent Bob Rudge called the case unusual, noting that while bank robbers sometimes claim to have a bomb, few actually do. [A new PsyOps Weapon of Mass Distraction as the 2004 s-election approaches?]
Broward, Fla., Elections Deputy Quits The second-in-command to Broward County's elections supervisor has resigned just days after state prosecutors said he told them his boss was incompetent.
GOP California Coup, Part Deux: Feds urge overturn of Calif. air law The federal government is backing a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to overturn a California clean-air agency's attempt to curb pollution from buses, taxis, trash trucks and other fleet vehicles. In a filing late Friday [so the Saturday Madonna-kissing-Britney entertainment news cycle won't *possibly* cover the story], the U.S. Department of Justice urged the court to overturn the South Coast Air Quality Management District's clean fleet rules for the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region.
Bush guts pollution controls on energy industry The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule on Wednesday that will undermine a crucial component of the Clean Air Act, the main piece of legislation governing air pollution. The rule is the latest in a series of modifications of the New Source Review (NSR) amendment to the act, which regulates coal-burning power plants... Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal noted that the revocation of NSR was being carried out by "dictatorial administrative edict."
GAO's Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President [sic] Made A False Statement to Congress --by John W. Dean "This month, the General Accounting Office (GAO) - the investigative and auditing arm of Congress - issued a report that contains some startling revelations. Though they are couched in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless. The report - entitled 'Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy' - and its accompanying Chronology strongly imply that the Administration has, in effect, been paying off its heavy-hitting energy industry contributors. It also very strongly implies that Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney lied to Congress."
Democrats Compare Bush to Hoover on Jobs Democrats marked the Labor Day weekend by attacking Dictator Bush's record on jobs, declaring the country had suffered the worst job losses under Bush's tenure since Herbert Hoover was president during the Depression.
Holiday Drivers See Record-High Gas Rates Many American drivers got a nasty surprise as they took off for the Labor Day holiday: record high gas prices in many areas of the country that averaged nearly $1.75 per gallon, up 15 cents in the last two weeks.
GM Proposes Wage Freeze, Higher Health Costs to UAW, People Say General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, offered the United Auto Workers union a contract that freezes wages, increases health payments for workers and allows for job cuts to combat overseas competition, said people familiar with the proposal.
Wal-Mart, union square off over workers The struggle between retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the union that wants to organize its 1.4 million workers will be decided in individual battles in cities across the United States and Canada.
UFW Backs Bustamante in Calif. Recall Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante accepted the endorsement of farmworkers in California's gubernatorial recall election Saturday. The United Farm Workers union is among several groups that have endorsed Bustamante while opposing the recall effort against Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.
Arnie's hopes shot by Smoking Gun Website denies its sex and drugs exposé is 'dirty tricks' --Taking drugs, having orgies and using homophobic language isn't behaviour that wins elections, not even in California, so it was no surprise when Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he 'couldn't remember' a 26-year-old magazine interview detailing his youthful behaviour. But it was too late. While Arnie feigned amnesia, the text of the embarrassing interview - published in 1977 by the now defunct porn magazine, Oui - was available on The Smoking Gun.
Religious Group to Schwarzenegger: 'Come Clean' A prominent U.S. religious group on Saturday stepped up its calls for Arnold Schwarzenegger to set the record straight over a 1977 interview in which the Republican candidate for California governor discussed taking part in an orgy and using marijuana.
RESOLVED: Voters should recall Gov. Davis on Oct. 7 NO: Stop the GOP coup --by John Fall "In the last four years, the Republican Party has attempted to overturn the results of every major election in which a majority of Californians voted for the winner... It hardly registered with Republicans that Davis won re-election only last November - he barely had time to begin his second term before the losing side began circulating recall petitions. Like sharks, the Republicans can smell the slightest hint of blood in the water... More Republican electoral coups will cause cynicism to multiply. Unless Democrats can win the recall and turn back other Republican attempts at electoral coups, the future will increasingly become a one-sided, one-party affair."
Crowds building as Dean surges More than 1,200 people, the largest gathering in New Hampshire so far this political season, turned out Saturday to see new Democratic presidential front-runner Howard Dean of Vermont.
Ban fishing in third of all seas, scientists say All fishing should be banned in a third of the world's oceans to reverse a catastrophic decline in fish stocks such as cod and tuna, British scientists have warned.
Hundreds of slaves freed in Brazil In Brazil, government inspectors from the Ministry of Labour have freed 849 workers being held in conditions of slavery on a coffee farm near Barreiras in the state of Bahia. So far this year inspectors have freed more than 2,000 workers from forced labour, mostly in the Amazon region.
U.S. sinking in Iraq quagmire --by Andrew Greeley "Faced with persistent sabotage and an increase in guerrilla violence, the Bush administration faces unpalatable options in Iraq, especially as the country approaches the beginning of the year before the election. Real imperial powers ought not to be distracted by elections... The savage jolt to American self-confidence and self-esteem caused by the World Trade Center attack has played into the hands of the spinners. They got us into the war by playing games with the truth. They may also be able to spin a coverup that will persuade the public that the Iraq situation is not as bad as it seems. Can they get away with it?" [A must read]
The Promise and the Threat --posted by river (an Iraqi citizen) August 28, 2003 "The Myth: Iraqis, prior to occupation, lived in little beige tents set up on the sides of little dirt roads all over Baghdad... The Truth: Iraqis lived in houses with running water and electricity. Thousands of them own computers. Millions own VCRs and VCDs. Iraq has sophisticated bridges, recreational centers, clubs, restaurants, shops, universities, schools, etc. Iraqis love fast cars (especially German cars) and the Tigris is full of little motor boats that are used for everything from fishing to water-skiing. I guess what I’m trying to say is that most people choose to ignore the little prefix 're' in the words 'rebuild' and 'reconstruct'. For your information, 're' is of Latin origin and generally means 'again' or 'anew'."
"War Makes Privatization Easy" In Iraq, Labor Protest is a Crime --by David Bacon "Iraq's legal code may be in disarray. The streets of Baghdad may be filled with thieves and hijackers who seem to have little fear of being arrested. But US occupation authorities seem to have no trouble identifying one crime, at least. For the four million people out of work in Iraq, protest is against the law."
MI5 led hunt for BBC's dossier mole Security services analysed media reports for clues to identity of MoD source --MI5 carried out an exhaustive analysis of newspaper articles in an attempt to discover the source of reports that intelligence officials were critical of the Iraq weapons dossier, documents released yesterday by the Hutton inquiry show.
Top Aide to Britain's Blair Quits Amid Iraq Storm Poodle Tony Blair's top aide and pugnacious spokesman Alastair Campbell announced his resignation Friday as the British prime minister battled the worst crisis of his six-year rule, triggered by the war in Iraq.
Blair's team: Aides who have left Number 10 Since 1997 many of Poodle Tony Blair's inner-circle of advisers have opted for a change of job. Alastair Campbell is just the most recent member of Number 10's staff to forge a new life away from Downing Street.
4 With al-Qaida Ties Held in Iraq Blast Iraqi police have arrested four al-Qaida-linked suspects in the bombing of Iraq's holiest Shiite Muslim shrine, a senior police official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
US taps JP Morgan Chase to lead Iraq bank consortium The United States has selected JP Morgan Chase to run the operating consortium for the Trade Bank of Iraq, an official said.
Iraq for sale on Ebay Bird in the hand is worth two in the Bush --Someone who claimes to own Iraq is claiming to be selling it on Ebay. He describes himself as needing to sell Iraq because "he has to win an election in 2004, and Iraq is a drag in the opinion polls." He also "forgot to tell the American people the true cost before invasion and occupation".
Record Afghan heroin shipment seized Tajik frontier guards prevented a record-large shipment of Afghan heroin from being smuggled into Tajikistan Friday.
Palestinian crusader wins peace prize Hanan Ashrawi, the outspoken advocate for the Palestinian cause, has won the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize. However, the jury's choice, which was unanimous, has already drawn heated opposition from the Jewish community.
Torture at the Push of a Button --by Jonathan Turley "Last week accused sniper John Allen Muhammad raised a point of legal procedure and received a shocking response -- literally. Muhammad objected to a medical test that had not been ordered by the court or discussed with his attorney. In response to his refusal to cooperate, the guards activated a stun belt that sent a powerful electrical charge through his body. While few people in this region have sympathy for Muhammad, the use of a 50,000-volt shock was a disturbing introduction to this common device. In fact, the use of the stun belt in such a circumstance is unlawful but not unique."
Moussaoui Granted Access to Witnesses Government Likely to Appeal Ruling --A federal judge yesterday granted Zacarias Moussaoui access to two more high-level al Qaeda operatives he says would help clear him of charges that he conspired to carry out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a source close to the case said. If the government ultimately is forced to allow the access to the al Qaeda captives, officials would likely move the case against Moussaoui to a military tribunal.
Texas Democrats learned the hard way about being nice to Republicans --by Jackson Thoreau "During the 2000 campaign before the world went to hell under Bush-Cheney, Rodney Ellis, a Democratic state senator in Bush-Cheney’s home state of Texas, was asked by some national Democratic officials to travel around the country saying not-so-nice things about the dangerous corporate hack who now occupies the White House. Ellis, an African-American from Houston who once worked under the late Congressman Mickey Leland, one of many Democrats who have died in suspicious ways, said he would talk about Bush’s rail-thin record... But he declined to bash Bush personally. Now after Bush, Rove and other Republicans have led efforts to squash minority voting rights in Florida, Colorado, Texas and other states, Ellis wishes it was early 2000 again. 'Now I regret I was so nice,' Ellis said during a recent conference call with mostly Texas journalists."
The Grinch That Stole Labor Day --by Greg Palast "In celebration of the working person's holiday, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced the Bush Administration's plan to end the 60-year-old law which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime. I'm sure you already knew that -- if you happened to have run across page 15,576 of the Federal Register."
Energy Dept Asked to Probe Gasoline Price Rise Democrats criticized record high U.S. gasoline prices on Friday and demanded that the Bush dictatorship investigate if big oil companies were gouging consumers at the pump.
Money Troubles With the federal budget deficit approaching $500 billion, lawmakers are furious about the way the administration has played them for fools when it comes to paying for Iraq --by Eleanor Clift "The U.S. administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, delivered the bad news this week. The war in Iraq will cost tens of billions of dollars, which means we’re approaching a collision between President [sic] Bush’s fiscal policy and national-security needs."
Bush faces rising concern over Iraq, deficit As the dictator returns to work after a month of vacationing and re-election fund raising, he faces rising concerns in Congress -- even from members of his own party -- over U.S. military casualties in Iraq and rising postwar costs. Seriously complicating the equation: a soaring U.S. budget deficit, his regime's underestimation of the complexities of rebuilding Iraq, and a rebuff from major allies unwilling to send peacekeepers or help foot the costs.
Bush Broadens Global Abortion Gag Rule Dictator Bush ordered the State Department on Friday to withhold U.S. family planning help from overseas groups that promote or perform abortions with their own money. The decision expands an order issued two years ago that applied only to family planning money administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development, a division of the State Department.
Schwarzenegger challenged over raunchy interview Actor seen as waffling over discussion of drugs, group sex --Karl Rove's California coup puppet, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was asked on Wednesday by a conservative radio host to talk about his racy 1977 Oui magazine interview -- detailing drug use and group sex. The GOP gubernatorial candidate responded with a laugh, "I never lived my life to be a politician. I never lived my life to be the governor of California." ...A day later, he was asked about it at a press conference. "I have no idea what you're talking about," he told reporters. "I have no memory of any of the articles I did 20 or 30 years ago."
Mr. Ordinary Could Eclipse Schwarzenegger in Calif. Bald, pudgy and short, Cruz Bustamante until recently did not even have a college degree. But the Mr. Ordinary of California politics could prove the terminator to Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race for governor.
Sen. Clinton Dismisses 2004 Speculation A drop in Dictator Bush's poll numbers has increased speculation about New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton jumping into the 2004 Democratic presidential race - a notion the former first lady rejected Friday.
Dean Moves to Lead Democrats Against Bush In a summer of political surprises, Howard Dean catapulted to the head of the Democratic presidential field while Dictator Bush lost his aura of invincibility in Iraq.
Manslaughter Count Filed Against a Congressman Republican Representative Bill Janklow, who served four terms as governor of South Dakota before winning election to Congress last year, was charged in his home state today with second-degree manslaughter because of a traffic fatality there two weeks ago.
Former governor intends to return to House duties U.S. Republican Rep. Bill Janklow - facing a felony charge after a fatal car accident - has no plans to give up his congressional seat and intends to return to Washington, his son said Friday.
Sigh. Another GOP sex offender. '88 Sex Offense Plagues L.I. Pol One of the candidates in next month's Republican primary for Riverhead, L.I., town supervisor is a convicted sex offender - and a group of local activists want to make sure every voter knows it. Parents for Megan's Law will begin running ads today in a local paper to inform voters that Tim Yousik, a prominent businessman, pleaded guilty in 1988 to sodomy. He had been charged with having sex with a minor in upstate New York.
Survey: 20 percent of female cadets victims of sexual assault Victims: Fear of reprisal kept them from reporting assaults --Of 579 female Air Force Academy cadets surveyed by the Department of Defense, 43 -- or 7.4 percent -- reported they were victims of rape or attempted rape, according to a draft report of the survey results.
Female Air Force cadets claim sex assault A draft report released in Washington by the Pentagon Friday lists 43 female Air Force Academy cadets who claim they were victims of rape or attempted rape.
NASA Worker Proposed 'Scrub' of Web Site NASA braced quickly for the intense investigation into the Columbia disaster, according to newly disclosed e-mails that include one proposal by a midlevel employee at headquarters for a "complete scrub" of the agency's safety office Web site to remove outdated or wrong information.
French heatwave kills 11,435 in two weeks The heatwave that roasted France this summer killed 11,435 people in the first two weeks of August alone, making it, in human terms, one of the worst natural disasters in the country's history. [And, the Idiot Usurper does not believe that global warming exists.]
Scientists battle to identify mystery killer illness (New Zealand) Scientists are battling to find the cause of the mystery illness which has killed three Dunedin people. Although no new cases of sudden deaths with similar symptoms have been reported, health officials and hospitals are on high alert. The three dead people, were all in their 40s and 50s, died suddenly from a so far unexplained pulmonary haemorrhage.
Bush Backer Competing For State Contract On Voting Machines A wealthy businessman who's helping the Ohio Republican Party try to win the state in 2004 for Dictator Bush also leads a company competing for a coveted state contract to sell voting machines. Walden O'Dell is chief executive of Diebold Incorporated in North Canton.
Blix Felt U.S. Intimidating Him Before Iraq War Former chief U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix felt Washington was intimidating him to produce reports that would justify military action in the run-up to the Iraq war, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday.
Dossier was part of strategy decided with Bush Poodle Tony Blair decided to publish an intelligence-based dossier on Iraq's weapons programme in a strategy decided during a telephone conversation with Dictator George Bush, the Hutton inquiry was told yesterday.
Blair's Communications Chief to Resign Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's powerful communications chief Alastair Campbell, a central figure in the controversy over whether Britain exaggerated the Iraqi weapon threat to justify war, announced Friday that he will resign.
Campbell quits Alastair Campbell has announced he is to leave his Downing Street job in a shock move mid-way through the Hutton inquiry.
Blair's U-turn as he admits central role in naming Kelly Poodle Tony Blair was forced to admit yesterday that he was personally responsible for Dr David Kelly's identity being disclosed, in direct contradiction to his denial at the time of the scientist's death.
Blair's involvement: What we now know (Timeline) LATE AUGUST 2002 George Bush and Tony Blair agree in a phone call that they "really had to confront this issue [of Iraq], devise our strategy and get on with it".
Britain's Hutton Inquiry: Still no account of how Dr. Kelly died --by Chris Marsden "When top diplomat David Broucher gave evidence before the Hutton Inquiry into the death of whistleblower Dr David Kelly, one aspect of his testimony was described by the media as a 'chilling prediction' by Kelly of his own death. Apparently on February 27 in Geneva, Kelly had told Broucher that he had assured senior Iraqi officials that if they cooperated with United Nations weapons inspections they would have nothing to fear. He explained, 'The implication was that if the invasion went ahead, that would make him a liar and he would have betrayed his contacts, some of whom might be killed as a direct result of his actions.'"
Soldier's funeral a long way from Hutton inquiry Captain David Jones 1974-2003: Yesterday, they buried Capt Jones, killed when a bomb hit a Red Cross ambulance near Basra. Hundreds paid their respects at his funeral. For them, the appearance 150 miles away of Tony Blair at the Hutton inquiry must have seemed an irrelevance...
Car Bomb Kills 75 at Mosque in Iraq A car bomb exploded at the Imam Ali mosque during Friday prayers in this holy city, killing 75 people, including one of Iraq's most important Shiite clerics, authorities said.
Blast in Iraq Kills a Leading Shiite Cleric A top Shiite leader and at least 14 other people were killed today in a huge car bomb explosion outside a mosque in this Shiite holy city soon after Friday prayers.
Soldier killed, 3 wounded in attack on convoy (DoD) A 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed and three others were wounded today when their convoy was hit in a rocket- propelled grenade and small-arms attack north of As Suaydat in Iraq.
G.I. Killed in Iraq Convoy Attack A U.S. soldier was killed in an attack on a convoy Friday morning and four others were wounded, the military said.
Family of soldier displaying outrage toward Bush (IL) With their 23-year-old son serving as an Army reservist in Iraq, Pat and Paul Vogel are trying as best they can to support the work he and his fellow soldiers are doing. But the Barrington residents are finding it much more difficult to endorse Aaron's commander in thief. The Vogels accuse Dictator George Bush of using fabricated information about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's ties with Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Hussein's potential use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States as the basis for declaring war on Iraq.
'Over 400 women kidnapped, raped in post-war Iraq' More than 400 Iraqi women have been kidnapped and raped amid the lawlessness gripping the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq said Sunday.
Records show Iraq was buying forbidden U.S. high-tech goods U.S. investigators examining bank and government records here say they have unearthed evidence that high-tech hardware manufactured by at least 30 U.S. companies was sold to Iraq in violation of United Nations sanctions and U.S. Customs regulations.
U.S. soldiers wed Iraqi women against orders In the few months since the fall of Baghdad, two U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi women courted, fell in love and decided to marry. They won each others' hearts and minds, but battled against disapproving senior American officers and fears of retribution by militant Iraqis.
Fistfuls of Dollars --by Paul Krugman "Before the war, hawks insisted that Iraq was a breeding ground for terrorism. It wasn't then, but it is now. Meanwhile, administration apologists blamed terrorists, not tax cuts, for record budget deficits. In fact, before the war terrorism-related spending was relatively small — less than $40 billion in fiscal 2002. But the costs of a 'bring 'em on' foreign policy are now looming large indeed... So Mr. Bremer was telling his masters that they can no longer fake it: he needs money, now... Someday, when the grown-ups are back in charge, they'll have quite a mess to clean up."
Hawks at home see no scope for a deal with N Korea Even as the US team sat down for what it called an "informal" direct exchange with North Korea in a multilateral, formal Chinese setting, conservative Republicans in Washington rated as close to zero the chances of getting a deal with what some call the "Axle of Evil".
North Korea Nuclear Wal-Mart? (The Charleston Gazette) "President [sic] Bush ordered the Iraq invasion to find horror weapons he claimed threatened America. At the same time, the administration mostly ignored North Korea. Iraq, it turns out, had no capacity to build nuclear weapons, but North Korea does. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., has warned about dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear capability for months. The nation’s senior senator asked why the White House ignored that danger for so long." [The quintessential 'Hello, McFly?' moment: Because Halliburton can't go into North Korea with a no-bid contract and seize its oil wells, as it could in Iraq.]
Egypt antiwar protesters face sedition trial --by Bill Vann "The Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak brought formal charges earlier this month against five activists who were involved in mass protests last March against the US drive to war in Iraq. The five... were charged in an Emergency State Security Court... Messages demanding the dropping of all charges against the five accused and the immediate release of Ashraf Ibrahim should be sent to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at: firstname.lastname@example.org."
More Taliban said killed, U.S. soldier dies Afghan forces clashed with Taliban fighters in the southern province of Zabul for a fifth consecutive day on Friday after reports of the deaths of another 30 militants, a local official said.
US launches military offensive to crush growing Afghan opposition In reply to a sharply rising level of guerrilla attacks, US and Afghan forces launched large-scale operations on Monday against armed opposition militia in the south east of Afghanistan. The attacks and the repressive response underscore the growing hostility and resistance to the US-led military occupation of the country and its client regime in Kabul.
Fierce fighting in Afghanistan Afghan soldiers were waging a fierce ground battle with entrenched Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan after a night of heavy U.S. bombing that left many Taliban fighters dead, an Afghan intelligence chief said Friday.
Ashcroft Taking Fire From GOP Stalwarts More Wish to Curb Anti-Terrorism Powers Even here [ID], in a bedrock Republican state in the heart of the conservative Mountain West, a lot of people think Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has gone too far.
Ashcroft spurns staff, insists on death penalty (MI) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a firm advocate of the death penalty, rejected a deal that would have spared the life of a Cadillac man in exchange for a guilty plea in a drug-related murder, according to sources familiar with the case.
Prosecutors Fight DNA Use for Exoneration After seeing more than 130 prisoners freed by DNA testing in the last 15 years, prosecutors in Florida and across the country have mounted a vigorous challenge to similar new cases.
US Navy's sonar is danger to sea life, judge rules The United States Navy has been stopped from testing a powerful sonar system in most of the world's oceans after a federal judge ruled that the booming sounds used to detect enemy submarines could "irreparably harm" whales, dolphins and fish.
Army to make first large burn of sarin near populated area (AL) The Army said Thursday it will destroy about 800 gallons of sarin nerve agent in the first bulk burn of the lethal chemical at the Army's newest weapons incinerator. The chemical, also known as GB, was drained from nearly 600 M55 rockets that have been chopped up and burned since the incinerator began operating on August 8. A single drop of sarin can kill a person.
EPA Quietly Cut Budget of Energy Star Senior Bush regime officials repeatedly have lauded the "Energy Star" energy conservation program, but that has not kept the Environmental Protection Agency from quietly slashing its budget by shifting millions of dollars to other programs.
EPA Says Won't Regulate CO2 Emissions from Autos The Bush dictatorship on Thursday denied a petition by three environmental groups to declare carbon dioxide spewed by automobiles as a pollutant, saying it has no authority over emissions linked to global warming.
States to Fight Relaxation of Power-Plant Pollution Standards A day after the Bush dictatorship issued new rules that will relax pollution-control regulations for thousands of power plants and factories, environmental groups and state officials across the Northeast began preparing legal challenges to the policy shift.
Change in Clean Air Act brings Pa. into suit Old power plants could avoid cleanup --Pennsylvania will file a federal lawsuit challenging the Bush dictatorship's decision to weaken air quality rules and exempt thousands of old power plants, refineries and factories from having to install expensive pollution controls when they upgrade production facilities.
Hoax cooked up by French leaves Bush's chef with egg on his face Dictator George W Bush's personal chef has been humiliated by a team of French practical jokers who tempted him with a job offer to desert his employer and go to work for President Jacques Chirac.
Bush's historic injustice (The Courier Journal) "You know you're in trouble when bad news becomes so routine that it's barely news anymore... [T]he President [sic] omits that he first proposed tax cuts as a response to a surplus that no longer exists, ignores that the cuts mainly benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and pretends that Congress can eliminate sufficient 'wasteful' federal expenditures to fund daunting defense and domestic security needs and to avoid deep reductions in vital human services. The country was far better off with a president whose deceptions were simply about sex."
American Indian activists award Castro with 'Eagle Feather' for exceptional warriors An American Indian activist group has selected Cuban President Fidel Castro for its highest honor for exceptional warriors - the first time the "Eagle Feather" has been bestowed on a non-native of the United States, a Cuban news agency reported Thursday. Daniel Cheng Yang, leader of the American Indian Movement's youth group, traveled to Cuba to present the award to Castro along with a declaration honoring "the man who represents respect, success, honor and bravery," the official National Information Agency said. [Well, we know that the Idiot Usurper wouldn't even be *eligible* for the 'Eagle Feather', that's for sure!!]
City Hall tags Dean for using graffiti City Hall sandblasted Howard Dean yesterday for making his presidential pitch in front a graffiti-covered backdrop at his Bryant Park rally. Dean's campaign staff had a New York graffiti artist known as KEO paint the backdrop live in front of thousands who waited Tuesday night for the candidate to arrive. "This is a very well-known, respected artist," Schmeltzer said. "Anybody who criticizes a politician for giving an artist space to express himself is out of touch with American values of free expression - especially the culture that exists in cities." [Well, I *tag* Bush for attempting to destroy the entire population of the earth through global warming and W-ars for oil. BTW, Mayor Bloomberg is Dictator Bush's Poodle.]
Group files recall papers against Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn A group of conservatives upset with Kenny Guinn's approval of the largest tax increase in state history filed papers Wednesday to begin recall proceedings against the popular Republican governor.
NAACP challenge attacks FCATs The complaint filed with a U.S. civil rights office contends the test fosters segregation. The Florida NAACP is accusing the state of discriminating against African-American students by perpetuating a system of segregation and unequal education.
House speaker to push scaled-back class-size measure House Speaker Johnnie Byrd is supporting a ballot item that would ask voters to limit the class-size proposal they approved last year in exchange for legislative commitment to improve teacher salaries and recruitment. "I have a couple of 'devious plans' if this thing passes," Gov. Jeb Bush told Florida Panhandle lawmakers at a meeting last year. What "Devious Jeb" didn't realize until it was too late was that a reporter from Gannett News Service was present. Click here to here to listen to Jeb sound bite. [Info: courtesy, Vilma Fox.]
South Dakota Rep. Janklow Charged in Fatal Wreck U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Friday, two weeks after the long-time South Dakota politician allegedly sped through a stop sign, striking and killing a motorcyclist. The Republican -- South Dakota's lone House member and a long-time friend of Dictator Bush -- has been at the center of storm of public attention since the Aug. 16 accident, which occurred in the late afternoon as the former two-term governor drove south toward Sioux Falls down a stretch of a rural county highway.
Poll: Janklow does not fare well A survey done this week for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and KSFY-TV found that many South Dakotans believe Rep. Bill Janklow's political career should come to a halt if he is convicted of causing an accident that killed a motorcyclist. Many also think he has received special treatment in the investigation.
Yale Workers Strike Over Pay, Pensions Thousands of Yale University workers went on strike over wages, pensions and job security early Wednesday as upperclassmen began returning to the Ivy League campus.
China wants unions for Wal-Mart As retailer enters market, Beijing seeks labor contracts --China’s government-controlled union body is pressuring Wal-Mart to establish trade unions for thousands of its employees, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Three deaths spark New Zealand medical alert New Zealand health authorities went on high alert Thursday as medical specialists struggled to unravel the cause of three sudden, unexplained deaths in the southern city of Dunedin in the last two weeks. The ministry was putting surveillance measures in place at medical centers and hospitals.
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