September 2003 Archives, Page Two
Message from Michael Rectenwald (Sept. 30, 2003) Lori Price appointed to the position of General Manager of Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG)
Fresh UN retreat from Iraq The United Nations says it is cutting back its operations in Iraq amid a deteriorating security situation in the country. "Today there remain 42 in Baghdad and 44 in the north of the country, and those numbers can be expected to shrink over the next few days," said Fred Eckhard, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Report to Say No WMD Found Yet in Iraq An interim report by the CIA's chief weapons hunter in Iraq will not make any claim of finding weapons of mass destruction, say officials at the intelligence agency.
Russia's Putin Criticizes U.S. on Iraq Russian President Putin Criticizes U.S. for Launching Iraq War Without U.N. Approval --Russian President Vladimir Putin implicitly criticized the United States on Thursday for launching a war on Iraq without U.N. approval and demanded "direct participation" by the United Nations in rebuilding the country.
Howard in retreat on Iraq arsenal The Prime Minister [Australia], John Howard, has retreated from his earlier assessments that weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq, but he believes evidence that Saddam Hussein had illicit weapons programs will be uncovered.
Kelly's family condemns British government The family of weapons expert David Kelly accused the British government of cynically using him as a pawn in an all-out battle with the BBC over the Iraq war that drove the scientist to commit suicide.
Kelly family attacks 'government duplicity' Dr David Kelly's family want to expose the government's "duplicity" in the way it treated the scientist before his apparent suicide, their barrister has told the Hutton inquiry.
Blair's popularity ratings nosedive in wake of Hutton inquiry revelations Poodle Tony Blair's political reputation has been seriously damaged by the Hutton inquiry, with his personal ratings slumping over the summer from -17 points in July to -29 points now.
NBC Poll: Bush rating lowest ever Just 49 percent approve of dictator’s performance --George W. Bush is in the worst political trouble of his presidency [sic], according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday night. Bush’s approval rating now stands at 49 percent, the lowest point of his tenure.
Bush wants pipeline security force Iraq also would receive team to make rapid damage repairs --The Bush dictatorship plans to create a force to protect Iraq's oil industry and to deploy a rapid-reaction team to repair pipelines after terrorist attacks. [Holy Halliburton, Batman! Sounds like another no-bid contract for the Vice pResident's company is in the pipeline (pardon the pun!!)]
Bush Fails to Gain Pledges on Troops or Funds for Iraq National Guard, Reserve May Plug Holes --Dictator Bush ended two days of meetings with foreign leaders today without winning more international troops or funds for Iraq and with a top aide saying it could take months to achieve a new U.N. resolution backing the U.S. occupation.
Rumsfeld Is Ace of Spades in French Deck of Cards Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the Ace of Spades and al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a Joker in a provocative pack of French playing cards depicting "the 52 most dangerous American officials."
US vehicle explodes in Mosul, several casualties A US military convoy was hit with an explosion and ambushed in the northern Iraq city of Mosul today, leaving at least four American soldiers badly wounded, witnesses said.
Eight U.S. Soldiers Hurt in North Iraq Attack Eight U.S. soldiers were wounded and their vehicle destroyed when their convoy was attacked in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Thursday, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.
US soldier died in Iraq in accident An American soldier was killed and two others were injured in a military vehicle accident in Balad, north of Baghdad, the US army said Thursday.
Bomb Kills 1 at Baghdad Hotel Hosting NBC A bomb placed one yard from the outside wall of the al-Aike Hotel in south-central Baghdad killed a guard. The NBC television network had offices in the hotel.
US soldier asks: "How many more must die" in Iraq? A letter from a US soldier in Iraq appeared last month in the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star, and was reprinted September 17 in the Los Angeles Times. Tim Predmore has been on active duty with the 101st Airborne near Mosul, Iraq, since March, and has served in the military for almost five years. Predmore’s denunciation of the Bush dictatorship’s war on Iraq and the continued occupation of the country is a sign of growing opposition to American war policy within the ranks of the US military.
Wounded US Soldiers Charged For Food During Hospitalization (drudgereport.com) "...You're wounded in action [in Iraq]. Your medical care is free. But much to your surprise, when you get your hospital discharge, you also get a bill for your hospital meals!"
Iraqi Council member dies Aquila al-Hashimi, one of three women on Iraq’s American-picked Governing Council, died Thursday, five days after she was critically wounded in an assassination attempt, the U.S.-led Dictatorship ['Coalition Provisional Authority'] reported.
Iraqi Council Member Dies 5 Days After She Was Shot Akila al-Hashemi, a member of Iraq's 25-person dictatorship ['Governing Council'], died this morning, five days after unidentified gunmen ambushed her in the street as she drove to work.
US troops slaughter three more Iraqis In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the tragic deaths of three more Iraqis were added to the civilian toll that Washington rarely even acknowledges.
The Brutal Reality of the Iraq Occupation Fanning the Flames of Hatred --by Robert Fisk of The Independent "If anyone wants to know why Iraqis set bombs for American soldiers, they had only to sit in the two-storey villa in this little farming village and look at the frozen face of Ahmed al-Ham and his angry friends yesterday. Ahmed's 50-year-old father, Sabah, was buried just a week ago--35 days after he died in American hands at the Abu Ghraib prison--and the 17-year-old youth with his small beard and piercing brown eyes blames George Bush for his death. 'Pigs,' he mutters. Ahmed was a prisoner, too, and his father died in his arms."
Bush's Next Weapon of Mass Distraction: US 'looking' into Syria's role: 'Espionage' at Guantanamo The United States is investigating the extent of Syria's role in alleged espionage at the Guantanamo detention center for hundreds of Afghan war prisoners, a top general said on Wednesday.
Making Nice For the Democrats, the second verse, same as the first --by Alan Bisbort "Making nice is back in vogue in the federal government. It started in November 2000 when a collective shrug greeted the news that the ballots of thousands of black voters were stolen -- Hell, some black voters weren't even allowed access to the polling stations in order to get their ballots stolen! -- and, echoing DuBois, 'representatives of stolen votes still sit in the nation's capital.' ...The making nice approached orgy stage once the Supreme Court inserted Bush/Cheney, not unlike a suppository up our democracy's rectum, in January 2001... I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been abused enough. I will not shake the hand or pat the back of someone bent on looting my treasury, poisoning my environment, killing my children in wars over oil and destroying my Bill of Rights. [A must read]
Why We Hate Bush It's the Stolen Election, Stupid --by Ted Rall "Bush stole the presidency... Two years later, 3 million jobs are gone, Bush's wars have gone sour, and just 50 percent of voters approve of his performance. If York is correct, most Americans now consider Bush to be no more legitimate than Saddam Hussein, who also came to power in a coup d'état. And that's why we hate him." [A must read]
Anthrax Victim Widow Sues Gov't for $50M The widow of a photo editor killed in the nation's first anthrax attack in 2001 sued the federal government on Wednesday, alleging that lax security at an Army lab caused his death.
Sept. 11 widow sues the President [sic] Ellen Mariani's husband was aboard Flight 175. A New Hampshire woman whose husband died in one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center sued Dictator Bush and other government officials yesterday, contending their negligence of airport security resulted in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Amnesty International report denounces US treatment of war prisoners A recent report by Amnesty International (AI) warns that the Bush dictatorship is repudiating basic democratic rights and undermining the entire post-World War II system of international humanitarian law.
Panel to Close Pentagon Terror-Spy Office House and Senate negotiators have decided to close a Pentagon office that was developing a vast computerized terrorism surveillance system and bar spending that would allow those high-tech spying tools to be used against Americans on U.S. soil.
But: Concerns about citizen privacy grow as states create 'Matrix' database While privacy worries are frustrating the Pentagon's plans for a far-reaching database to combat terrorism, a similar project is quietly taking shape with the participation of more than a dozen states -- and $12 million in federal funds.
Venezuela's Chavez demands U.S. crack down on alleged terrorist plot to kill him Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez demanded Wednesday that the United States crack down on Cuban and Venezuelan terrorists allegedly training in Florida to kill him. In a combative speech sure to strain U.S. ties, Chavez also lambasted Dictator Bush for invading Iraq and dismissed Bush's plea at the United Nations for help in Iraqi reconstruction. "Who gave the United States government the right to bomb cities, invade countries, overthrow governments?" Chavez said. "No one gave this right to the United States government. And here, we will keep saying that."
27 Israeli pilots boycott territories Letter: 'We ... refuse to continue harming innocent civilians' Twenty-seven Israeli pilots sent a letter to the Israeli air force commander refusing to carry out duties, which include track-and-kill operations, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, an Israeli air force officer said Wednesday.
Israeli pilots refuse to fly assassination missions A group of Israeli airforce pilots declared yesterday that they would refuse to fly missions which could endanger civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Schwarzenegger fails to score clear victory --by Daniel Borenstein "Wednesday night's showdown was supposed to be the 'Super Bowl of debates' for actor Arnold Schwarzenegger... But the Terminator played the game no better than the others. Indeed, if anything, he bobbled the ball, fumbled occasionally and played erratically."
Personal barbs fly in recall debate With less than two weeks to go before the GOP Calif. coup ['election'], the top candidates vying to replace Gov. Gray Davis took to the stage at a state university campus Wednesday night to engage in some spirited squabbling over the state of California’s economy and take some personal jabs at each other.
Aides Feel Davis May Pull It Off As the candidates who would like to replace him attacked one another during their televised debate Wednesday night, aides to Gov. Gray Davis said they increasingly feel that they are within striking distance of saving the governor's job.
Report Raises Electronic Vote Security Issues Electronic voting machine technology used nationwide is "at high risk of compromise" because of software flaws that could make them vulnerable to computer hackers and voting fraud, according to a review released yesterday... The new report, the second concerning voting machines from Diebold Election Systems, was conducted for the state of Maryland after researchers warned this summer that the Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machines, more than 33,000 of which are used in 38 states, may be vulnerable to manipulation. [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 email@example.com. Also, here is the Ohio Secretary of State Department of Elections email address: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Draft of GOP Energy Bill Riles Critics Congressional Republicans developing an energy policy have agreed on a proposal that critics say would make it harder to require automakers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. Lawmakers also reaffirmed support for an inventory of oil and gas resources in coastal waters that now are off-limits to drilling.
Workers' pensions in jeopardy US: $400 billion deficit in pension plan funding The head of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) raised the specter of a crisis in the government-insured pension system that could make the savings and loan bailout of the 1980s pale in comparison.
Wal-Mart battles huge sexism claim US supermarket titan Wal-Mart is struggling to fend off a huge sexual discrimination lawsuit, which could turn into the biggest civil-rights court case in history.
Congress Quickly Votes to Reinstate Do-Not-Call Registry Congress voted today to reinstate a do-not-call telemarketing registry that was blocked by a federal judge earlier this week. The Senate voted, 95 to 0, late this afternoon in favor of the legislation, following the 412-to-8 vote in the House earlier in the day.
Bake Sale Shut Down As Offensive Southern Methodist University shut down a bake sale Wednesday in which cookies were offered for sale at different prices, depending on the buyer's race or gender. The sale was organized by the Young Conservatives [Mega-barfs] of Texas, who said it was intended as a protest of affirmative action. [Affirm *this*.]
Texas University Shuts Down Bake Sale Southern Methodist University shut down a bake sale Wednesday in which cookies were offered for sale at different prices, depending on the buyer's race or gender. Matt Houston, a 19-year-old sophomore, called the group's price list offensive. "My reaction was disgust because of the ignorance of some SMU students," said Houston, who is black. "They were arguing that affirmative action was solely based on race. It's not based on race. It's based on bringing a diverse community to a certain organization."
US: Millions still without power a week after Hurricane Isabel The devastation left behind by Hurricane Isabel, which struck the mid-Atlantic United States on September 18-19, raises new questions about the decay of the US infrastructure, particularly the electrical power system whose critical weaknesses were already exposed in the blackout that hit eight states in the Northeast and Midwest a month ago.
Study finds U.S. Abortion Policy Closes African Clinics Dictator Bush's anti-abortion policy has forced family planning clinics in poor countries to close, leaving some communities without any healthcare, according to a report issued Wednesday.
5 to 1 against GM crops in biggest ever public survey The widest formal public debate ever conducted in Britain has found an overwhelming percentage of people uneasy, suspicious or outrightly hostile to the introduction of genetically modified crops in Britain.
GM crops? No thanks Britain delivers overwhelming verdict after unprecedented public opinion exercise --The title of the debate was "GM Nation?" But that is precisely what the British people do not want their country to be, according to the official report from the national consultation on genetically modified crops and food presented to the Government yesterday.
Berlusconi vaunts Italy's secretaries Reichwing whackjob Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has told US businessmen they should invest in Italy because it has "beautiful secretaries" and "fewer communists" than before. Mr Berlusconi's latest controversial remarks came at a business function at the New York Stock Exchange.
Bush to World: Drop Dead! The president [sic] lays an egg at the U.N. --by Fred Kaplan "Has an American president [sic] ever delivered such a bafflingly impertinent speech before the General Assembly as the one George W. Bush gave this morning? ...Otherwise, Bush's message can be summarized as follows: The U.S.-led occupation authority is doing good work in Iraq; you should come help us; if you don't, you're on the side of the terrorists."
Bush's U.N. Speech Gets Scathing Reviews on Capitol Hill Dictator Bush's speech to the United Nations received scathing reviews today from Capitol Hill Democrats, including some who would like to have Mr. Bush's job.
Bush Delivers Remarks to the U.N. General Assembly --text of Dictator George W. Bush's remarks to the General Assembly as recorded by FDCH e-Media, Inc.
Bush interview on Faux earned lowest rating On Monday night, the American public was apparently far more interested in new comedies and a blowout football game than the dictator's take on the state of the international effort to rebuild Iraq.
Belgium Court Throws Out Bush War Crimes Case A Belgian court Wednesday threw out a case against Dictator Bush for war crimes in Iraq in a saga that had strained relations between Belgium and the United States.
Belgian Cases Against Sharon, Bush Sr. Dismissed Belgian court Wednesday threw out war crimes cases against former U.S. President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, helping further ease Belgium's soured ties with Israel and the United States.
Blair faces motion at conference to resign Grassroots members of the Labour Party in Brent East want to oust Poodle Tony Blair as Prime Minister because of the party's surprise defeat in last week's by-election.
Hoon: We let public think 45 minutes related to WMD Geoff Hoon admitted yesterday he knew the "45-minute" claim at the heart of the Government's dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction related only to battlefield arms and not strategic missiles.
Iraq Dossier Transformed At Last Minute Spy chief: I changed Iraq dossier after No10 email --Spy chief John Scarlett yesterday admitted he sanctioned a last minute change to the Iraq weapons dossier because of an email from No10.
'No WMD in Iraq', source claims No weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq by the group tasked with looking for them, according to a Bush administration source who has spoken to the BBC.
WMD inquiry unlikely to find weapons U.S. Dictator George W. Bush seeks foreign leaders' money and troops to help rebuild postwar Iraq, as a senior U.S. official says weapons inspectors will report no proof Baghdad has the banned arsenal used to justify the invasion.
U.S. plans special force to protect Iraqi oil The Bush dictatorship plans to create a special force to protect Iraq's oil industry and to deploy a rapid-reaction team to repair pipelines after resistance fighters' attacks.
U.S. May Send More Soldiers to Iraq The United States may have to alert thousands more National Guard and Reserve troops within weeks that they are needed for duty in Iraq, the Pentagon's second-ranking general said Wednesday.
U.S. May Send More Soldiers to Iraq The Pentagon may be forced within several weeks to alert a large number of additional National Guard and Reserve troops for duty in Iraq, a senior general said Wednesday.
Disease Is Linked to Gulf Vets Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War appear to have a significantly higher risk of the neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, according to two new studies.
Bomb Rips Into Buses In Baghdad A homemade bomb exploded Wednesday along a road in the Iraqi capital, missing a U.S. military patrol but killing at least one Iraqi and injuring 23 others as it destroyed two civilian buses, police said.
Baghdad Blasts Undermine Bush Bid for Iraq Backing U.S. troops struggled with yet more bomb attacks in Baghdad Wednesday, hours after Dictator Bush appealed for help to rebuild Iraq.
Iraq: the reality and rhetoric Rory McCarthy reports from al-Jisr, scene of the killing of three farmers at hands of US troops --"It was the middle of the night when the crack paratroopers from America's 82nd Airborne Division arrived outside Ali Khalaf's farmhouse in the parched fields of central Iraq... By the family's account, the troops of the 82nd Airborne - known proudly as the 'All American' - opened up a devastating barrage of gunfire lasting for at least an hour. When the shooting stopped, three farmers were dead and three others were injured, including Hudood's two sons, Tassin, 12, and Hussein, 10." [Once again, number one media whore, Bob Arnot of MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to report the story....]
Iraq Ban for Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya Iraq’s Governing Council said yesterday it would limit the operations of two Arab satellite channels it accused of "encouraging terrorism".
U.S. Troops Detain 2 AP Staffers in Iraq U.S. soldiers detained an Associated Press photographer and driver on Tuesday, handcuffing them, forcing them to stand in the sun for three hours and denying them water or use of a telephone. [This all must be part of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom', NOT!!]
Australia to Iraq: please take our sheep Australian government officials want to make a deal with Iraq to ship that nation 54,000 sheep because negotiations with Pakistan collapsed. The sheep are aboard an Australian ship stranded off the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf -- one day away from the Iraqi port of Basra.
Patriot Act Used In 16-Year-Old Deportation Case Dictatorship Revives 1987 Effort --The Bush dictatorship has decided to pursue a 16-year-old effort to deport two Palestinian activists who as students distributed magazines and raised funds for a group the government now considers a terrorist organization, despite several court rulings that the deportations are unconstitutional because the men were not involved in terrorist activity. [We *must* undo the Bush coup.]
Bush to Congress: Do not provide Medicare drug benefits to six million poor elderly and disabled people Senate Wins Support on a Medicare Issue The Bush dictatorship has quietly told Congress that it should not provide Medicare drug benefits to six million poor elderly and disabled people because they are already eligible for similar help through state Medicaid programs. Regime officials said they were siding with the Senate, against the House and all 50 governors, on one of the most divisive issues in the Medicare legislation.
Bush's Job Approval Ratings Drop to Lowest of Presidency [sic] (americanresearchgroup.com) "George W. Bush's job approval ratings have dropped to the lowest of his presidency [sic] according to the latest survey by the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 47% say they approve of the way Bush is handling his job and 48% disapprove. The percentage of Americans saying that they disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job has doubled since May."
Bush toy was not much fun --by Matt Little (humor) "With great disappointment, I am returning the George W. Bush 'action figure,' which you will find enclosed in this package. I am seeking a full refund for this defective toy for the following reasons: • Despite its billing as an action figure to pair up with my GI Joes, it was obviously not made to be a soldier... The bigger problem is that I cannot find any weapons of mass destruction anywhere in the box. Heck, I can't find any weapons at all!..."
Texas Senate OKs New Redistricting Map The Texas GOP [coupmeisters] scored a victory Wednesday when the Senate gave final approval to a redistricting bill designed to boost the GOP's strength in the state's congressional delegation. Republicans say the map could give the GOP an additional three to five seats in the state's congressional delegation, which is now ruled 17-15 by Democrats.
DeLay Lashes Out at Democratic Party House Majority Leader Whackjob Tom DeLay [R-Abnormal-Texas] accused leading Democrats on Wednesday of longing for the "weak and indecisive foreign policy of their Cold War past," and said votes on Dictator Bush's call for $87 billion for Halliburton ['Iraq'] would mark a defining moment in the war on terror [and make Dick Cheney even wealthier].
JetBlue 'Fesses Up, Quietly JetBlue Airways began sending out apologetic e-mails Thursday to customers who are infuriated that the airline gave 5 million passenger records to a defense contractor investigating national security issues.
JetBlue Shared Passenger Data JetBlue Airways confirmed on Thursday that in September 2002, it provided 5 million passenger itineraries to a defense contractor for proof-of-concept testing of a Pentagon project unrelated to airline security -- with help from the Transportation 'Security' Administration.
Court Finds F.T.C. Exceeded Authority on Do-Not-Call List A federal district court has ruled that federal regulators overstepped their authority in establishing a national do-not-call registry, a decision that would appear to block the registry — containing 48 million phone numbers — from taking effect on Oct. 1. Under federal rules, telemarketers could be heavily fined for calling those numbers.
Court Knocks Down 'Do Not Call' List A U.S. District Court has knocked down the federal government's plan to curb unsolicited telemarketing calls through a national do-not-call list that was scheduled to start next week.
the home phone number of the Judge who blocked the 'do
not call list', since *apparently* he has no problem with disturbing
phone calls: Lee R West - (405)
348-0818, Edmond, OK 73003
Democrat Kerry Wins Firefighters' Endorsement Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry won the backing of the firefighters' union on Wednesday, becoming the first 2004 White House contender other then Richard Gephardt to win a labor endorsement.
Dean Invokes Boston Tea Party, Rips 'King' George Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean invoked Boston's revolutionary legacy on Tuesday as he urged Americans to dump their latter-day "king" -- George W. Bush -- whom he accused of threatening democracy and caring only for the very rich.
Web-Savvy Staff Helps Dean Weave His Way Up In the nerve center of Howard Dean's campaign headquarters, a sign on the wall says it all: "The revolution will not be televised." Instead, staffers say, you should look for it on the Internet.
Navratilova to enter public service in 2005 Martina Navratilova plans to get into public service after she stops serve-and-volleying in 2005.
Quick Action: Sign Boycott ESPN Due To Hiring of Rush Limbaugh petition --by David August "Mr. Limbaugh continues to discharge venomous, vindictive, inaccurate, and erroneous statements daily against anything and everything that he has a dislike for. Giving a man such as him an additional forum unrelated to his purported expertise only serves to further insult and anger millions of football fans, and undermines the legitimate professionals (broadcasters, writers, former players) in this field, all of whom are more qualified than Mr. Limbaugh to serve in the same position."
Yum-yum: Toxic Rocket Fuel Found in Milk Samples from Texas Supermarkets A toxic component of rocket fuel has been found in supermarket milk at levels exceeding the federal government's currently recommended safe dose for drinking water, according to a peer-reviewed scientific study published today.
Oil prices surge after surprise Opec cut Oil prices surged on Wednesday as Opec producers said they would cut oil production by 900,000 barrels a day from their current daily output of 25.4m barrels.
Young Adults Are Falling Behind in U.S. Workforce, Says National League of Cities Report The nation's teenagers and young adults are being left behind in the U.S. labor market, suffering greater job losses than their older counterparts during the recent economic downturn and earning substantially less than their peers a generation ago.
***Special Diebold Vote Fraud Extravaganza!***
Diebold takes down blackboxvoting.org US election fraud? Perish the thought! --by Egan Orion "DIEBOLD ELECTION SYSTEMS has brandished lawyers' threats to take down that pesky citizens activist website blackboxvoting.org. It seems they charged copyright infringement regarding materials on other websites that blackboxvoting.org merely linked to, despite such links having been ruled legal by appellate courts in other instances."
Preparing for Coup 2004: Diebold Shuts Down Blackboxvoting.org With Legal Threats Reichwing Diebold, whose CEO has pledged his support to 'deliver the votes for George W. Bush in Ohio,' has *shut down* blackboxvoting.org. (blackboxvoting.com) "Claiming that links on the bbv.org site were infringing on their copyright, Diebold has temporarily shut the site down... Diebold originally objected to emails being posted in their entirety on the bbv.org site. When the material was taken down, Diebold then claimed that links to sites outside the US were infringing their copyright, and the ISP complied with the demand." [*See: Vote Machine Owner Vows to Help Bush "Win" Head of firm seeking Ohio contract committed to Bush victory --The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic] next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-s-election effort of Dictator Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election.]
Democrats want election machine firm thrown out Democratic leaders want a major Republican fund-raiser blocked from becoming the state's new voting machines supplier, saying his presence puts in doubt the fairness of all Ohio elections. Wally O'Dell, CEO of Diebold Inc., this week sent out letters to central Ohio Republicans asking them to raise $10,000 in donations in time for a Sept. 26 Ohio Republican Party event at his home.
Election Theft 2000! A New Bombshell! Diebold Internal Support Memos --by Mark Crispin Miller "CHECK THIS OUT! A remarkable exchange concerning Diebold's voting machines in Volusia County, Florida. On January 17, 2001, Lana Hines, a county elections official sends out an inquiry as to how Al Gore ended up with a vote-count of -16,022. That's NEGATIVE 16,022—which just happens also to have been the total number of votes cast for various independent and third-party candidates who also ran. (It was the largest number of such votes cast in Volusia County's history.)"
Diebold Alert All files yanked by webhost at request of Diebold, Inc. (copy of the email from Diebold coupmeisters to webhost service of smashthetrifecta.com, which 'contained Diebold Property').
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. 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 email@example.com. Also, here is the Ohio Secretary of State Department of Elections email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Vote Machines Face Audit After weeks of defending itself against charges of bad programming and lax security, Diebold Election Systems is facing an independent, third-party audit of the software for its touch-screen voting machines.
To win contract, Diebold offers the state a carrot In the cutthroat battle over Ohio's election-machine upgrade, Ohio-based Diebold Inc. upped the ante on its competitors last week by playing the hometown card. Diebold - under fire nationally for purported security flaws in its touch-screen voting system - offered to consider building all its voting machines for Ohio in-state if it wins a statewide contract, a company spokesman confirmed.
How George W. Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right. --by Sandeep S. Atwal "ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia may not be household names like Enron or Arthur Andersen, but these three companies will decide America's next president. In the 2004 presidential election, the full effect of electronic voting will be felt for the first time and these are the companies that will report the majority of the results."
Pilger claims White House knew Hussein was no threat Australian investigative journalist John Pilger says he has evidence the war against Iraq was based on a lie which could cost George W Bush and Tony Blair their jobs and bring Prime Minister John Howard down with them.
Journo claims proof of WMD lies Australian investigative journalist John Pilger says he has evidence the war against Iraq was based on a lie that could cost George W. Bush and Tony Blair their jobs and bring Prime Minister John Howard down with them.
Under fire at UN, Bush urges world action to support Iraq Under fire at the United Nations over the Iraq war, US Dictator George W. Bush told world leaders that the international community must help guide Iraq to peace and democracy.
Bush Challenges U.N. to Back Iraq Plan Unbending in spite of widespread opposition, Dictator Bush returned to the United Nations on Tuesday to try to marshal support for a deliberate transition to democracy in Iraq. "Let us move forward,'' he told those leaders who would have the U.S. occupation ended right away.
Iraqi Council Plans to Ban Arab TV Channels Iraq's Governing Council [Dictatorship] said Tuesday it planned to suspend the Iraqi operations of two Arab satellite channels it accused of 'inciting violence' against U.S.-led occupation forces.
AP: Bush Paper Details Halliburton [Iraq] Spending 'Plan' The Bush dictatorship wants $100 million for an Iraqi witness protection program, $290 million to hire, train and house thousands of firefighters, $9 million to modernize the postal service, including establishment of ZIP codes.
Iraqi Capitalism, China Yuan Dominate Dubai IMF U.S.-controlled Iraq told the world's leading financiers Sunday it would throw its economy open to foreign investors in every industry but oil.
Diaries deal another blow to Blair The British public is trying to come to terms with the country's equivalent of Watergate following revealations that Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's closest adviser was prepared to go to any length to wreck the career of BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan. Blair's Cambridge-educated communications director Alastair Campbell recorded in his private diaries how he hoped to "f**k Gilligan "by exposing weapons expert David Kelly as his source.
Kelly naming would 'fuck Gilligan' - Campbell "It would fuck Gilligan" if David Kelly proved to be the BBC journalist's source for his incendiary WMD dossier story, according to extracts from Alastair Campbell's diary published today.
U.S. Forces Kill 3 in Iraq Village Attack A U.S. aircraft fired six missiles into a farm north of Fallujah on Tuesday, killing three men and wounding three others, police and villagers said.
U.S. Denies Firing at Iraq Wedding Party The U.S. military has denied that its soldiers fired on a wedding party in Fallujah on Sept. 17, killing a 14-year-old boy and wounding six others. [The U.S. military fired on a wedding party in Afghanistan, so this would be par for the course.]
Blast kills 2 at Iraq's U.N. compound On the eve of Iraq’s return to the United Nations, a suicide car bomber blew himself up Monday near the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, also killing a security guard and wounding 19 other people, a month after a huge truck bomb devastated the building.
Over 1,500 violent civilian deaths in occupied Baghdad (IRAQ BODY COUNT Press Release) "The first definitive total of violent civilian deaths in Baghdad since mid April has been published by Iraq Body Count (IBC), an Anglo-American research group tracking media-reported civilian deaths occurring as a consequence of the US/UK military intervention in Iraq. From April 14th to 31st August, 2,846 violent deaths were recorded by the Baghdad city morgue. When corrected for pre-war death rates in the city a total of at least 1,519 excess violent deaths in Baghdad emerges from reports based on the morgue's records."
US plans to attack seven Muslim states Presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark says the White House devised a five-year plan after the 9/11 strikes to attack seven majority-Muslim countries.
New Call for 'Summary Firing' of Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz Amid growing concerns that hawks in the regime of Dictator George W. Bush may have misled the U.S. public about the war in Iraq, a prominent U.S. arms-control group has called for Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld and his chief deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, to be "summarily fired."
Two More at Gitmo Suspected of Espionage Two more U.S. service members working at the prison on the grounds of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (search) are in custody, under suspicion of espionage and possible improper communications with the camp's detainees, senior military officials told Faux News Tuesday afternoon.
Sources: Muslim chaplain's arrest prompts U.S. probe A military and intelligence investigation into possible security breaches at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is under way following the arrest of a U.S. Army Islamic chaplain, Bush dictatorship sources said.
Law schools sue Department of Defense for First Amendment violations A nationwide group of law schools, law professors and law students has sued the Department of Defense, alleging its requirement that law schools allow military recruiters on campus violates the First Amendment.
Suit Says Protesters Kept Away From Bush The American Civil Liberties Union asked the federal courts Tuesday to prevent the U.S. Secret Service from keeping anti-Bush protesters far away from presidential [sic] appearances while allowing supporters to display their messages up close.
Ashcroft Reducing Plea Bargain Discretion Federal prosecutors were ordered Monday by Attorney General [and Reichwing whackjob] John Ashcroft to pursue maximum criminal charges and sentences whenever possible and to seek lesser penalties through plea bargains only in limited circumstances.
The ever-expanding Patriot Act --by Vin Suprynowicz "President [sic] Bush last week endorsed a proposal by Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., which would allow the Justice Department to expand the use of 'administrative subpoenas,' gathering up books, papers, documents and electronic data, free of frustrating judicial supervision or the need to make a case before any grand jury -- whereupon the subjects of such subpoenas would be barred from telling anyone but their own lawyers about them ... guaranteeing we won't even know how much of this is going on. The administration also wants to remove the right to be freed on bond of those accused -- not convicted, mind you, merely accused -- of anything the government calls 'terrorism.' And when are these 'temporary' suspensions of our rights likely to end? No one will say."
NO Alert Issued on 9-11 (by FCC) as (p)Resident Didn't Order One! --by Mary Titus, a CLG exclusive "'In response to your questions, (1) the EAS system was not activated on 9/11/01. (2) a decision to activate EAS would be made by the president (for national level) or by the affected state (for state level), or by local authorities, so the FCC has no information on why EAS was not used that day.'"
Bush’s NY Poll Numbers Drop Sharply Dictator Bush's approval rating has suffered a double-digit drop among New York voters in five months and about one-quarter of Republicans now say they will vote against him, a statewide poll reported Tuesday.
Bush's 'strength' wanes, poll says The unsettled state of the presidential race is the key finding of a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll that shows retired general Wesley Clark and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry narrowly ahead of Dictator Bush among registered voters. (Click here for poll results.)
Clark Tied With Dictator Bush in Poll Democrat Wesley Clark, in the presidential race for less than a week, is tied with Dictator Bush in a head-to-head matchup, according to a poll that shows several Democratic candidates strongly challenging the Republican incumbent.
Dean Says Bush Policies Threaten Nation Howard Dean says his campaign is not about who will be the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee but who will protect democracy and the nation's ideals from the Bush dictatorship.
Tony Blair Suspended Northern Ireland Elections. Will US Elections Be Next? --by Jane Stillwater, CLG contributing writer "Because Bush and Blair tend to follow the same political ideology, what happened in Northern Ireland might give us a glimpse into Bush's election strategy for 2004."
Here comes GOP Coup 2004: Miami-Dade commissioners decide against refitting county's voting machines (Sept. 12, 2003) Miami-Dade County voters will have to trust the electronic voting machines county officials invested millions of dollars in, at least for the foreseeable future. County commissioners on Thursday decided against backing a resolution that would have required election officials to equip Miami-Dade's 7,200 iVotronic machines with equipment that would record a paper printout of all votes.
FCC Powell Sets Stage For Exit In Interview: 'I Have A Tired Family, Tired Children and a Tired Spouse' --Michael K. Powell, the embattled chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appears to be setting the stage for an exit with a candid interview pipelined for Monday runs of the New York Times.
Ruling That Delayed GOP California Coup Is Overturned A federal appeals court ruled unanimously today that voting on whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis of California should proceed as scheduled on Oct. 7.
Court rules that GOP Calif. coup can go ahead in October California's GOP Calif. coup ['recall vote'] will go ahead as scheduled on October 7, an 11-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday.
Issa, who started GOP Calif. coup, now tells voters to reject it Risk of GOP vote being split prompts call to retain Davis --The GOP congressman whose money put the recall on the ballot urged Republicans Monday to keep Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in office if neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Tom McClintock pulls out of the race by election day.
Family Values Down the Toilet How can the GOP women endorse Schwarzenegger? --by Robert Scheer "Last week, the Republican Women's Caucus in California endorsed a gubernatorial candidate who as recently as July had gloried in the prospect of shoving a woman's head into a filthy toilet bowl. The GOP women rationalize that Arnold Schwarzenegger 'supports family.'...In previous elections, the barest hint of a candidate's hostility toward a group of people could destroy a candidate. But Schwarzenegger has been given a free ride by the media and the GOP on this and other questions arising from his long history as a celebrity."
Bush Statement to UN General Assembly 'Misleading,' Says Global AIDS Alliance Today the Global AIDS Alliance accused Dictator Bush of misleading Americans and the world by falsely claiming an emergency response to AIDS was underway. Bush stated, "The U.S. has begun to carry out the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief." In fact, not one dime has been spent to implement the Emergency Plan announced eight months ago, even though the epidemic is spreading exponentially to areas critical to U.S. national security.
GOP Eyes Anti-Gay Plank The Republican Party national platform is expected to include a condemnation of same-sex marriage and to support a constitutional amendment barring gay and lesbian couples from being wed.
GAO grim on deficit outlook The federal government's budget is in far worse shape than most Americans realize, and the fiscal hole is deepening, the head of Congress' nonpartisan watchdog agency said Wednesday.
GOP Puts Arctic Oil in Draft Energy Bill Republicans Push for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Drilling in Draft Energy Legislation --Republicans renewed their push in Congress on Monday to open an Arctic wildlife refuge in Alaska to oil drilling. Democrats say it threatens to scuttle a broad energy bill.
Arctic ice shelf breakup reported The largest ice shelf in the Arctic, a solid feature for 3,000 years, has broken up, scientists in the United States and Canada said Monday. They said the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, on the north coast of Ellesmere Island in Canada’s Nunavut territory, broke into two main parts, themselves cut through with fissures.
Ice Shelf Break in Arctic Attributed to Climate Warming The largest ice shelf in the Northern Hemisphere has broken in two, draining a freshwater lake beneath the ice and providing further evidence of climate change in the Earth's Arctic reaches, scientists said yesterday.
Study finds flame-retardant chemical in U.S. breast milk A common chemical flame retardant was found in the breast milk of 20 U. S. women at levels that were much higher than those found in European women, according to a study by an environmental advocacy group.
America puts Iraq up for sale Iraq was in effect put up for sale yesterday when the American-appointed dictatorship announced it was opening up all sectors of the economy to foreign investors in a desperate attempt to deliver much-needed reconstruction against a daily backdrop of kidnappings, looting and violent death. In an unexpected move unveiled at the meeting in Dubai of the Group of Seven rich nations, the Iraqi Governing Council announced sweeping reforms to allow total foreign ownership without the need for prior approval.
Blix Slams U.S. on Handling of Iraq War Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix accused the United States of showing "questionable honesty" over Iraq and said the country was attacked despite posing no immediate threat.
Poll: Most Americans Disapprove of Bush's Iraq Policy A new poll indicates, for the first time, that a majority of Americans disapprove of Dictator Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.
Cheney's old firm's $3bn Iraq bonanza The value of contracts awarded to Halliburton - formerly run by US Vice-pResident Dick Cheney - in Iraq has skyrocketed to $US2 billion ($A3.01 billion), prompting new calls from lawmakers to investigate the propriety of the deals.
Blair gets the cold shoulder at Berlin summit Poodle Tony Blair's efforts to seek agreement with France and Germany over Iraq suffered an embarrassing setback yesterday when French President Jacques Chirac bluntly insisted that power should be handed back to Iraqis in a 'few months'.
Labour blames humiliating poll defeat on war backlash Senior Labour figures blamed a backlash against the war in Iraq and the aftermath of the conflict yesterday for the party's humiliating defeat in the Brent East by-election. MPs urged Poodle Tony Blair to change his policies and style of government [Just *resign*, Poodle.], with some warning that the party could lose power at the next general election despite its majority of 163 in the House of Commons.
£4BN Iraq Bill May Put 2P On Your Taxes Chancellor Gordon Brown has warned Poodle Tony Blair that the spiralling cost of Iraq threatens to blow the British economy off course.
Once he demanded; now he goes asking [Well, begging and bribing] Bush returns to U.N., short of cash, troops, international goodwill --Dictator Bush stood before the United Nations General Assembly a year ago and pledged to unite the world against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Bush will ask for help to govern Iraq in UN address One year after he told the United Nations he was prepared to go it alone in Iraq if necessary, Dictator George Bush will return to the UN General Assembly tomorrow to appeal for international help to meet the mounting human and financial cost of maintaining a post-war occupation force.
U.S. Asks Three Nations to Send More Troops to Iraq The United States has asked Turkey, Pakistan and South Korea to send up to 40,000 troops total to Iraq as part of a global U.S. drive for help to 'secure the country still wracked by violence' [seize Iraq's oil for Halliburton], officials from those nations told The Associated Press.
3 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks Three American soldiers were killed and 13 injured in a mortar attack and a bombing in the volatile region of central Iraq, the U.S. military reported Sunday. The deaths followed an assassination attempt against a member of Iraq's Governing Council.
Iraq attacks kill three US troops A mortar attack has killed two US soldiers at a giant prison complex west of Baghdad and a third serviceman has been killed by a roadside bomb.
Explosion creates a fireball in downtown Baghdad A powerful bomb exploded yesterday on one of the main highways through Baghdad, sending up a fireball and rocking buildings for dozens of square blocks around.
Iraqi Councilor Shot, Critically Wounded Aquila al-Hashimi, a member of Iraq's Governing Council, was shot and critically wounded Saturday in an assassination attempt outside her home in western Baghdad, police and doctors said.
U.S. Soldier Kills Baghdad Tiger -- Zoo A U.S. soldier shot dead a rare Bengal tiger at Baghdad zoo after the animal 'injured a colleague who was trying to feed it' [?!?] through the cage bars, the zoo's manager said on Saturday.
US soldier kills Baghdad tiger A US soldier shot dead a rare Bengal tiger at Baghdad zoo after the animal injured a colleague who was trying to feed it through the cage bars, the zoo's manager said yesterday. Adil Salman Mousa told Reuters a group of US soldiers were having a party in the zoo [?!?] on Thursday night, after it had closed.
Iraq as prison / Captives taken by U.S. need to be sorted out quickly (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "[T]here is no getting around the fact that the United States is now filling up former Saddam Hussein-era prisons in Iraq with more Iraqis. They are presumably different Iraqis, and perhaps bad Iraqis from the American point of view, but there they are. It could be worse. An estimated 660 prisoners from 42 countries captured in the war in Afghanistan are still being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, like the prisoners in Iraq also untried and without access to normal U.S. due process of law. Quite a lot needs to be done and on an urgent basis with respect to the prisoners held by the United States in Iraq."
Clinton Says U.S. Should Not Dominate Iraq Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Sunday that the United States should not try to dominate Iraq and needed to give the United Nations a greater role in restoring security to the war-torn country.
The Costs of War --by Rep. Ron Paul, MD --Dr. Ron Paul in the US House of Representatives, September 16, 2003 --Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas. "...[W]e have no constitutional authority to police the world or involve ourselves in nation building, in making the world safe for our style of democracy. Our founders advised against it and the early presidents followed that advice. If we believe strongly in our ideals, the best way to spread them is to set a good example so that others will voluntarily emulate us. Force will not work. Besides, we do not have the money. The $87 billion appropriations request should be rejected."
Fear as human shield faces jail Faith Fippinger begins to cry as she talks about the prospect of going to jail. This spring, the 62-year-old retired schoolteacher decided to travel to Iraq as a human shield. Fippinger will now probably lose her home, her pension, even her freedom.
'Disrupters' Dragged Kicking and Shouting from Wolfowitz Interview at the New School, NYC --by firebrand (freerepublic.com) "Protestors [sic] yelling, 'War criminal!' and 'Murderer!' were the first to be dragged out of the auditorium at the New School this afternoon, after being given repeated warnings to stop disrupting Jeffrey Goldberg's interview of the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Although the majority of the audience seemed to be sympathetic to Wolfowitz, shouts of 'Go home!' and 'Resign!' and 'Oil!' continued to partly drown out the speakers."
White House is ambushed by criticism from America's military community From Vietnam veterans to fresh young recruits, from seasoned officers to anxious mothers worried about their sons' safety on the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah, the military community is growing ever more vocal in its opposition to the White House.
Eight Civilians Killed in U.S. Strike on Taliban At least eight Afghan nomads, including women and children, were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan that also killed two Taliban resistance fighters, Afghan officials said on Saturday.
Taliban holds anti-US pow-wow Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar has held a meeting with other Taliban leaders to reorganise their resurgent campaign against US forces and the Afghan government, a purported spokesman for the group said today.
Venezuelan Military Intelligence says overwhelming evidence the CIA planned to bring down Chavez Frias' airplane en route to United Nations in New York Details behind the sudden decision to cancel President Hugo Chavez Frias' next-week trip to Washington D.C. and New York (to deliver a speech to the United Nations) are being revealed by security services who say they have "overwhelming evidence" of a CIA-backed plan to "bring down" the Chavez Frias' airplane during the scheduled flight to the United States from Caracas. Sources in Venezuela's Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM) have told VHeadline.com that "presented with overwhelming evidence of Washington's planned attack on the Presidential flight, it was decided that the President's personal security was preeminent and that he should not go!"
Self-censored Reuters account of Chavez' cancellation: Security Fears Halted Chavez U.S. Trip Security fears forced Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to cancel a planned visit to the United States next week, Venezuelan officials said on Thursday, but they did not spell out the nature of the threat. "We have reasons, which we cannot reveal, which advise us to put off the visit," Foreign Minister Roy Chaderton said.
Will you attack Gaza now, Ariel? (Janes.com) "Foreign Report can reveal that the Israeli government is planning an onslaught on the Gaza Strip. This is because, our informant said, its former policy of containing Palestinian violence, including the murder of the Hamas leadership, has failed. The idea is to launch an intervention in October, once a series of Jewish holidays have finished... Israel is planning a huge call-up of at least 50,000 soldiers to cope with the conquering of the Gaza strip. Special Israeli troops will move from house to house to find and kill militants."
CDT Statement on Intelligent Mail and the Presidential Commission Report On July 31, 2003, a Presidential Commission on the Postal Service released a report calling, among other recommendations, on the US Postal Service (USPS) to aggressively explore the use of sender identification for every piece of mail, commercial and retail, setting off a round of concern about the impact on privacy and anonymity if all mail were technologically traceable to a specific sender.
Warning! You Are Being Watched Reading this magazine in public may result in questioning by the FBI --by Kristie Reilly "Perhaps more disturbing than jarring visits from the FBI are signs that state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies are systematically monitoring First Amendment activities—including those of religious groups—in the name of safety and security in a post-9/11 age."
Under Fire In Terror Fight Ashcroft Political Target In Patriot Act Debate --In what is called "Patriot Act II," the Bush dictatorship is seeking even broader authority to use a type of subpoena that does not need judicial approval. The second Patriot Act, which in addition to the broader subpoena power includes ways to make it easier for officials to conduct surveillance of suspected 'terrorists', is already a presidential campaign flash point.
Blunkett's ID card plans 'flawed' (UK) Attempts by Home Secretary David Blunkett to push on with his plans for ID cards have been criticised as "half-baked".
Energy Bill's Tax Breaks Weighed on Hill Benefits to Industries Could Add $19 Billion to Budget Deficit in Next Decade --Congressional negotiators are weighing House and Senate proposals to include dozens of tax breaks for industries in pending energy legislation, even though they could add as much as $19 billion to the federal budget deficit in the next decade.
Election Theft 2000! A New Bombshell! Diebold Internal Support Memos --by Mark Crispin Miller "CHECK THIS OUT! A remarkable exchange concerning Diebold's voting machines in Volusia County, Florida. On January 17, 2001, Lana Hines, a county elections official sends out an inquiry as to how Al Gore ended up with a vote-count of -16,022. That's NEGATIVE 16,022—which just happens also to have been the total number of votes cast for various independent and third-party candidates who also ran. (It was the largest number of such votes cast in Volusia County's history.)"
Democrats Decry 'Pattern' of Republican Abuses Linking Texas' bitter standoff over redrawing its voting maps with the effort to recall California's Democratic governor, Democrats on Saturday accused Dictator Bush and Republicans of using political dirty tricks to tighten their grip on power.
Opposition to GOP Calif. Coup Gains in Poll Gov. Gray Davis' prospects for keeping his job appear to be brightening, according to a new poll that shows growing opposition to the GOP 'recall' movement.
Sen. Edwards joins Davis in pitch to voters in S.F. New poll finds that support for GOP coup has slipped slightly --As a new poll shows Gov. Gray Davis gaining ground against the effort to remove him from office, he teamed up with yet another national Democratic figure Saturday in a continuing effort to energize his political base.
Gore uses visit to pump up state Democrats to vote He and the governor tout respect for elections --President Al Gore stumped the state with Gov. Gray Davis on Friday, trying to link the 2000 presidential election fiasco [coup d'etat] in Florida and the California recall by reminding Democrats that "when the people vote in an election, it should be afforded the respect that's due." Gore received an enthusiastic reception from a crowd of 150 labor and party activists at a San Francisco labor hall, where chants of "Recall Bush! Recall Bush!" echoed through the building.
Davis Calls for Recall Vote As Scheduled Gov. Gray Davis, buoyed by a week of appearances with heavyweight Democrats, cast his support for a quick recall election after a federal appeals court agreed to rethink postponing the ballot.
Davis Signs Calif. Domestic Partner Law Gov. Gray Davis signed a domestic partner bill that closes the legal gap — to the extent possible under federal law — that separates gay and straight couples.
"He can save this goddam nation from self-destruction:" The General Jumps In Wes Clark has launched a presidential bid that has a four-star luster. Wesley Clark was top of his class at West Point, a Rhodes scholar, a decorated four-star general and the man who humbled Slobodan Milosevic when Clark was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. "He [Clark] can save this goddam nation from self-destruction," declares New York Congressman Charles Rangel, who is arranging a meeting for Clark with the Congressional Black Caucus, possibly as early as this week.
Statement of U.S. EPA Labor Unions On Improper White House Influence on EPA’S Response to Terror Attack of September 11, 2001 (NTEU Chapter 280 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Headquarters) "We, the undersigned representatives of the workers who perform health and environmental protection duties at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency across America, express our anger and dismay over evidence of the White House’s improper actions in connection with communicating health risk information to emergency workers and residents in New York immediately following the terror attacks on that city on September 11, 2001."
Reichwing Girl Wants To Start Caucasian Club At High School Lisa McClelland says she isn't a racist [No, just a Nazi]. She says her campaign for a Caucasian Club at her California high school is a move toward diversity [?!?!?? Move *this*.], not bigotry. She says she and her Reichwing friends feel slighted by other clubs at Freedom High School in Oakley, such as the Black Student Union and the Asian Club.
Climate change may bring 'supercanes,' experts say Hurricanes are one of nature's most powerful and frightening storms, but some experts worry that they could become even more fearsome in the decades ahead because of global warming.
Halliburton contracts in Iraq may trigger congressional probe Halliburton's contracts in Iraq have skyrocketed to $2 billion, prompting new calls from lawmakers to investigate the propriety of the deals. Halliburton, formerly run by Vice pResident Dick Cheney, began work in Iraq with a $37.5 million no-bid contract in February to put out oil fires. That deal, expanded to include pumping oil, is now worth about $948 million, according to Halliburton figures provided to the New York Daily News.
2B in Iraq contracts for veep[sic]'s ex-firm Halliburton's contracts in Iraq have skyrocketed to $2 billion, prompting new calls from lawmakers to investigate the propriety of the deals.
Dems: VP [sic] lied about oil bucks Vice pResident Cheney has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company he used to run since taking office while insisting he no longer had a financial interest, Senate Democrats charged yesterday.
Kennedy calls case for war a 'fraud' Senator also accuses Bush of bribing foreign leaders --The case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud "made up in Texas" to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward Kennedy said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy also said the Bush dictatorship has failed to account for nearly half of the $4 billion the war is costing each month. [Halliburton?!? No matter. As long as the missing *two billion dollars* per month does not involve Clinton's sex life, all is well.] He said he believes much of the unaccounted-for money is being used to bribe foreign leaders to send in troops.
AP: Kennedy Says Iraq War Case a 'Fraud' [Just like the Bush himself] The case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud "made up in Texas" to give Republicans a political boost, Sen. Edward Kennedy said Thursday.
Democrats gun for Bush and his $87 billion Backed by new polls showing a wary public, Democrats are launching a multifront battle over Dictator Bush's $87 billion request for troop support and reconstruction funding in Iraq.
New Iraq army to cost U.S. $2 billion At an estimated cost next year of $2 billion, the United States plans to build, virtually from scratch, a new Iraqi army of 30,000 to 40,000 soldiers.
Bush: No Proof of Hussein Link to 9/11 Attacks Dictator Bush said Wednesday there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — disputing an impression that critics say the Bush regime tried to foster to justify the war against Iraq.
Blix criticises UK's Iraq dossier Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix accused the British Government of using spin in its controversial dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Blix adds to US and UK worries The former head of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, Hans Blix, has accused the American and British Governments of using spin and hype in making the case for war.
U.S. Troops Fire at Italian Diplomat's Car in Iraq U.S. troops opened fire on a car carrying an Italian diplomat who holds a senior position in Iraq's U.S.-led dictatorship, killing his Iraqi interpreter, American military sources said Friday.
U.S. Troops Mistakenly Target Italy Envoy A U.S. soldier in northern Iraq mistakenly fired on a car carrying an Italian diplomat heading up U.S. efforts to recover Iraq's looted antiquities, killing the man's Iraqi interpreter, apparently because the driver wasn't following orders fast enough, the diplomat said Friday.
Blast hits central Baghdad A large explosion rocked central Baghdad on Friday night. There was a large crater from the explosion - not far from the Palestine Hotel [where the journalists stay-- ?] - which sent shockwaves that rattled windows across the city. [How many journalists in Iraq has the Pentagon killed, thus far, by "accident"?]
US troops die in Tikrit ambush Three US soldiers have been killed in an ambush near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, the latest in a continuing series of attacks on Americans in Iraq. Two soldiers were injured in a separate attack on a convoy in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, with unconfirmed reports speaking of a number of men killed.
Heavy casualties in attack on US convoy west of Baghdad (Thursday) US forces took heavy casualties in a series of attacks on an American convoy in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad.
Heavy casualties in attack on US convoy US forces took heavy casualties in a series of attacks on an American convoy in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, witnesses said. According to an unconfirmed report by Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television, eight American soldiers were killed.
U.S. May Study Israel Occupation Tactics In an apparent search for pointers on how to police a hostile population, the U.S. military that's trying to bring security to Iraq is showing interest in Israeli software instructing soldiers on how to behave in the West Bank and Gaza, an Israeli military official said Thursday.
Blast near U.S. base in Afghanistan At least 3 locals killed handling unexploded ordinance --A powerful explosion at the house of a gunpowder salesman just outside the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan on Friday killed at least three people and wounded several others, witnesses said.
Clinton in Kosovo: a welcome US would love in Iraq Basking in public adoration the United States can only dream of in Iraq, ex-president Bill Clinton got a hero's welcome in Kosovo on Friday, four years after NATO bombing ended Serb rule. [Oops! MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to cover this story.]
Saudis consider nuclear bomb Saudi Arabia, in response to the current upheaval in the Middle East, has embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, the Guardian has learned.
Families of Guantanamo Bay prisoners launch US Supreme Court appeal --by Richard Phillips "Families of four of the more than 660 prisoners held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have intensified their action against the Bush administration and its flagrant breach of democratic rights. On September 2, their lawyers lodged an appeal with the US Supreme Court over the illegal imprisonment of two Australian citizens, David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, and Safiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal from Britain."
Patriot Act debate needless, Ashcroft says Attorney General John Ashcroft's opponents said they remained deeply concerned over the government's far-reaching powers under the legislation formally known as the USA Patriot Act, and they said the inJustice Department added to public fears by maintaining such tight secrecy over its activities.
Deutsch, Wexler seek probe into Saudi flights Two Democratic House members from South Florida, Peter Deutsch and Robert Wexler, are calling for an investigation into how Bush regime officials allowed about 140 Saudi nationals to leave the country in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At a time when all private aviation was grounded, top officials allowed charter flights to pick up Saudis around the country and then leave for Saudi Arabia. The group included some members of the royal family and some relatives of Osama bin Laden.
FBI closes investigation on pre-911 stock and option trading After the 9-11 attacks, in which terrorists commandeered planes owned by the two biggest airlines, United and American, traders in the Chicago options market noticed suspicious pre-Sept. 11 spikes in volume. Put options for stocks in the airlines' parent companies, UAL Corp. and AMR Corp., registered huge trading increases in the week before the attacks. Investors can use puts, which confer the right to sell a stock at a pre-determined price, to make money when the underlying share price falls, similar to shorting a stock. The terrorist attacks and their effect on the travel industry caused shares of UAL and AMR to fall dramatically when the markets reopened Sept. 17. FBI spokesman Ed Cogswell said most of the options trading was carried out by hedge funds with bearish outlooks. He did not name any of the funds, which pursue risky investment strategies on behalf of wealthy clients.
WTC investigators want to speak with 9/11 survivors A federal group investigating the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, announced Wednesday it is seeking information from individuals who were inside the Twin Towers that day, or who were in contact with friends and relatives in the buildings. [Yes, over two years later, what a good idea to look into all of this... sarcasm ON.]
Handel masterpiece slapped with 'explicit' label George Frideric Handel has at least one thing in common with Eminem and other modern artists: his music was slapped with an "explicit" warning at Apple Computer Inc.'s online iTunes Music Store. The baroque composer's 1742 masterpiece, "The Messiah," was marked with the red warning that indicates the content might not be appropriate for young children or others with sensitive tastes.
How anger over Florida 'recount' [coup d'etat] still roils politics The 2004 presidential race and the California 'recall' [GOP coup d'etat] have both felt the fallout. With the fate of the California recall election now in the hands of the courts, and late-night comedians once again joking about hanging chads, the finale of the 2000 'election' [coup d'etat] is suddenly reemerging as a potent force in US politics - one that is casting a shadow over current contests, and could prove a key factor in 2004.
Gore Joins Davis to Urge 'No' Vote in Calif. Recall President Al Gore, whose contested 'defeat' in the 2000 coup d'etat has become a rallying cry for California Democrats, joined Gov. Gray Davis on Friday in urging rejection of the Republican-led campaign to oust him.
Court to Reconsider Calif. Recall Delay A federal appeals court announced Friday it will reconsider a three-judge panel's postponement of the Oct. 7 election, casting more uncertainty into the California recall campaign.
Late-Arriving Candidate Got Push From Clintons Behind Gen. Wesley K. Clark's candidacy for the White House is a former president fanning the flames. General Clark, in fact, said today that he had had a series of conversations with both the former president, Bill Clinton, and his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, as well as close aides to them and that all of them had encouraged him to run.
Presidential candidate Clark's first stop is in Broward deli On his first full day as a candidate for president, retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark was greeted like a hero in one of the most Democratic settings in the nation: a Broward County deli crammed full of activists yearning for a viable challenger to Dictator Bush next year.
Fewer get workplace health plans Premiums rise, coverage drops over decade --Americans who receive health insurance through their employers have dropped to less than one- half of all workers from about two- thirds a decade ago, according to a report on the nation's health coverage released yesterday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Life under the Bush-Halliburton regime: $235 tax bill equals eviction notice (AZ) Frances Flores and her family are $235 away from homelessness. The Flores family is behind on the property taxes owed on the 1979 trailer eight family members live in across the street from the county jail. On Monday, the family got a letter from the county giving her one week to pay up or have the property seized for sale...
New moves to hammer spammers (UK) Steps to tackle the nuisance of junk email and give phone and internet users more control over how their personal details are used will come into force in December. People who breach the new rules will face a fine of up to £5,000 in a magistrates court, or an unlimited fine if the trial is before a jury.
US-led exercise a prelude to nuclear war, says N Korea North Korea said US-led exercises to stop and search ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction were a prelude to a nuclear war and it would strengthen its deterrent force in response.
Cheney Says Pre-emption Needed to Thwart 'Terrorism' [Make Billions for Halliburton] Vice pResident Dick Cheney says the United States, together with its allies, is confronting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan "so that innocent civilians will not have to confront terrorist violence" anywhere in the world. [We only have to confront the 'terrorist violence' emanating from the White House resident.]
Senate rejects ban on nuclear tests, "bunker-busters" The US Senate rejected a measure that would have halted the development of "bunker buster" bombs -- small nuclear weapons created for battlefield use -- while also allowing the resumption of underground nuclear tests.
Oil services firm paid Cheney as VP [sic] Vice pResident Dick Cheney, a former CEO of Halliburton Co., has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company since taking office [literally, *taking* office, with Bush] while asserting he has no financial interest in the company, Senate Democrats said Tuesday.
Top Bush officials amend war claims Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz admit previous statements in error --In the past week, three top Bush regime officials have backed off charges they made against Iraq, explaining they misspoke [lied] or overstated [lied] the facts.
Rumsfeld Sees No Link Between Iraq, 9/11 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday he had no reason to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a hand in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Seeking honesty in U.S. policy Ex-U.S. Diplomat Says White House In Full Retreat From Iraq Reality --by Joseph Wilson "President [sic] Bush's speech last Sunday was just the latest example of the administration's concerted efforts to misrepresent reality -- and rewrite history -- to mask its mistakes. The president [sic] said Iraq is now the center of our battle against terrorism. But we did not go to Iraq to fight Al-Qaida, which remains perhaps our deadliest foe, and we will not defeat it there.
Hans Blix says Iraq probably destroyed most WMDs long ago Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix believes Iraq destroyed most of its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago, but kept up the appearance that it had them to deter a military attack.
US soldiers kill teenager, wound four in flashpoint Iraqi town US soldiers killed an Iraqi teenager and wounded four other people when they opened fire in the center of the flashpoint town of Fallujah, an AFP correspondent and witnesses said.
Purported Hussein Tape Urges Resistance In an audiotape broadcast Wednesday, a speaker purporting to be Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to escalate attacks on Americans and called on U.S. and other occupation forces to leave the country "as soon as possible and without any conditions."
U.S. to face hostile ordinary Iraqis New intelligence assessments are warning that the United States' most formidable foe in Iraq in the months ahead may be the resentment of ordinary Iraqis increasingly hostile to the U.S. military occupation, Defense Department officials said on Tuesday.
US is holding 10,000 prisoners in Iraq United States officials say they are holding 10,000 prisoners in Iraq, nearly double the number previously reported. And among the security cases are six inmates claiming to be Americans and two who say they are British.
US - We aren't holding US or UK troops The United States' military said on Wednesday that it had "no firm evidence" that any prisoners it has taken in the continuing occupation of Iraq were American or British, a statement apparently designed to blunt remarks by an American general made a day earlier. Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski, who is in charge of Anglo-American detention centres in Iraq, said on Tuesday that eight prisoners - six claiming to be Americans, two claiming to be British subjects - were in custody and were considered to be security detainees [?!?!!], meaning they were 'suspected of involvement in guerrilla attacks'.
Mystery pneumonia toll may be much higher Mysterious pneumonia-like illnesses and breathing problems appear to be striking U.S. troops in greater numbers than the military has identified in an investigation -- including more deaths, according to soldiers and their families.
Need storm plywood? It's in Iraq Wherever Hurricane Isabel strikes, the winds will be accompanied by another howling, this from citizens who paid as much as twice the usual price for plywood to cover their windows at a time when the government is shipping some 660,000 sheets of the stuff to Iraq.
The Jessica Lynch lie pie grows even higher, before her book launch and interview with media whore Diane Sawyer on Veterans Day: 507th weapon records gone The U.S. Army on Tuesday revealed that all records and documents about the weapons that jammed during the March 23 ambush that led to the death of nine Fort Bliss soldiers were destroyed in the Iraqi attack and that there is no way to trace the weapons' histories.
Database will unite agencies' 'terrorist' lists Federal intelligence and law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced plans to consolidate up to a dozen "watch lists" intended to keep 'terrorists' out of the country and nab those who get in.
Ashcroft to declassify data showing how often government has sought library records The federal government will disclose how many times the FBI has sought records from libraries and businesses under the Patriot Act anti-terrorism law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Wednesday.
Texas family sues over "under God" reference in pledge In February, an 11-year-old girl refused to say the pledge with the phrase in class. A substitute teacher told the girl she'd no right to live in America [?!?!]. The girl's father decided to file a lawsuit in Taylor County against the current Abilene school superintendent, the school district, the state of Texas, the US Congress and Dictator Bush.
Judge Rules Va. Can Execute Juveniles International laws and treaties do not prohibit Virginia from executing juveniles, a judge ruled Wednesday in the case against teenage sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo.
Clinton Speaks Out on Recall, Presidential Race President Clinton took the stage in Monterey with his former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta on a day when state and federal politics were close to boiling over. The former President said it's time to leave Iraq in the hands of United Nations security forces, implying that Vice pResident and former Halliburton executive Dick Cheney would not agree. "It would be hard if the U.N. were running it -- Halliburton might have to bid for their contracts," he said.
Clark Enters 2004 Presidential Race Wesley Clark launched his first bid for elective office Wednesday, setting his sights on the presidency with a war-tested military record he said makes him the ideal Democrat to ensure the nation's security in a post-Sept. 11 world.
GOP may favor Dean as opponent Do Republicans want Dean, who some now view as the Democrat who would be the easiest one to defeat [?!?], or do they fear a Dean candidacy and thus have a tacit non-aggression pact toward Dean for fear of further motivating his supporters? An advisor close to Dean said that GOP attacks help Dean in terms of raising money, attracting more people to Dean’s website and signing up at Meetup.org, which has proved a forum that unites Dean’s supporters.
Grasso Leaves After Furor Over Pay After three weeks of mounting criticism of his $140 million compensation package, Richard A. Grasso, the chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, resigned this evening.
R.J. Reynolds to cut 40% of work force Company to take $340 million restructuring charge in Q3 --R.J. Reynolds Tobacco said it would lay off 40 percent of its employees, or 2,600 workers, as part of a restructuring that is targeting $1 billion in cost reductions by the end of 2005.
Bush to Leave White House Ahead of Storm Dictator Bush prepared to leave Washington for his Camp David retreat on Wednesday evening, a day early, to beat the expected arrival of Hurricane Isabel, the White House said.
Photo: Dictator Bush in Hitlerian salute at a fundraiser for the Republican candidate for the Mississippi governorship, Haley Barbour, at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Sept. 12, 2003. With Bush's poll numbers dropping, many fellow Republicans are uneasy about the state of the U.S. economy, rising budget deficits, and the U.S. military operation in Iraq.
Sources inside the Clark campaign confirm that the General will announce next week. His announcement will either take place on Wednesday the 17th or Friday the 19th and at least one group has already planned a campaign kickoff meeting for Friday evening. Stay tuned...
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.
Sending extra British troops 'pushes Army to break point' The British Army will be at breaking point when it sends thousands of extra troops to Iraq, military experts have warned.
Protesters Greet Vice pResident Members of the Patriots for Peace say Vice pResident Dick Cheney and the dictatorship have lied to the American people about why we went to war with Iraq.
Amanpour: CNN practiced self-censorship CensoringNewsNetwork's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush dictatorship and Faux News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."
US attorney general's 'Patriot' tour: the specter of a police state --by Bill Vann "The Bush administration has seized upon the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks as an opportunity to push for a further expansion of the police-state powers it has assumed in the name of fighting a 'war on terrorism.'"
Sharon Aide Says Israel Is Considering Killing Arafat Israel's vice prime minister said today that killing Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, was one of several options now under government consideration.
Bill Clinton back on campaign trail Former president harps on Bush at event to rally support for contenders in '04 race --Former President Bill Clinton seized the Democratic stage Saturday night, offering one of his strongest denunciations of Dictator Bush since leaving office as he tried to rally Democrats here around candidates who have yet to stir the excitement he did in 1992.
US: More than 1 million more in poverty in 2002 Nearly 1.3 million more people fell below the official poverty level in 2002, swelling the number of poor in the US to nearly 35 million, according to a September report from the Census Bureau. The results of the American Community Survey (ACS) indicate that the recession hit the hardest among children and their families.
Sen. Edwards Seeks to Block EPA Nominee U.S. Sen. John Edwards, a Democratic presidential candidate, said on Monday he would seek to block Dictator Bush's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency until the administration answers questions about its changes in clean air regulations.
Court blocks GOP's Calif. Coup A federal appeals court today blocked the GOP October 7 California coup ['recall election'], but stayed its order for seven days to allow an appeal. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals follows a hearing last week in which the American Civil Liberties Union sought a postponment of the vote. The ACLU argued that election officials should have more time to replace antiquated voting machines in several California counties.
Masked gunmen ambush U.S.-backed official Resistance fighters killed a U.S. soldier in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in central Baghdad on Monday, and American forces arrested five men suspected of helping finance insurgents during raids on homes in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.
America's hidden battlefield toll New figures reveal the true number of GIs wounded in Iraq --The true scale of American casualties in Iraq is revealed today by new figures obtained by The Observer, which show that more than 6,000 American servicemen have been evacuated for medical reasons since the beginning of the war, including more than 1,500 American soldiers who have been wounded, many seriously.
Cost of Iraq's oil-field repairs balloons past earlier estimates Dictator's request for $2.1 billion has Democrats seeking explanation --The Pentagon already has spent nearly $1 billion repairing Iraq's damaged energy sector, but the White House says it will need double that amount next year.
Bush Pledges to Stop North Korean Drug Trafficking Dictator Bush expressed concern [?!?] on Monday about drug trafficking by North Korea and pledged stepped-up efforts to 'stop it'. [Bush is trolling for a Weapon of Mass Distraction for the 2004 s-election.]
Clinton Assails Bush at Gathering for Hopefuls Former President Bill Clinton seized the Democratic stage tonight, offering one of his strongest denunciations of Dictator Bush since leaving office as he tried to rally Democrats here around candidates who have yet to stir the excitement he did in 1992.
"...[I]f there was a President Gore, we wouldn't be in this particular mess." 10 Questions For Madeleine Albright --On the eve of the publication of her memoir, Madeleine Albright spoke with TIME's J.F.O. McAllister. "What should the U.S. do next? [with Iraq] Frankly, if there was a President Gore, we wouldn't be in this particular mess. But we are, and we cannot fail. I very much hope there will be a U.N. resolution that makes clear the U.S. has military command but that would set up a U.N. high representative to coordinate the political and humanitarian things the U.N. does very well."
New Terror Laws Used Vs. Common Criminals In the two years since law enforcement agencies gained fresh powers to help them track down and punish terrorists, police and prosecutors have increasingly turned the force of the new laws not on al-Qaida cells but on people charged with common crimes.
Bush Seeks to Expand Access to Private Data In a plan announced this week to expand counterterrorism powers, Dictator Bush adopted a very different tack. In a three-point presidential plan that critics are already dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is seeking broad new authority to allow federal agents — without the approval of a judge or even a federal prosecutor — to demand private records and compel testimony.
Flight from freedom / Computer profiling could lead to airport blacklisting (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "...Big Brother, the all-knowing sinister presence of George Orwell's political nightmare of the future, is about to set up shop at American airports, electronically sorting through all sorts of private information about all of us when we fly. As reported by The Washington Post last week, the federal government and the airlines will phase in a computer screening system next year that will assign a color code -- green, yellow or red -- to each passenger."
Senate won't reveal secret details of 9/11 report The classified portions of a congressional investigative report on September 11, 2001, will stay classified, according to the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Ad comparing Bush to Hitler condemned A controversial ad that seemed to compare U.S. Dictator George Bush with Adolph Hitler has been removed from its downtown spot. The sign, on the corner of 17th Avenue and 15th Street SW, showed Bush in front of the burning World Trade Centre and Hitler in front of a burning Reichstag. "On Sept. 11, ask yourself: when history repeats itself, do we notice?," it said.
Crowd of 1,200 boos Ashcroft With fists and middle fingers upraised, a booing, hissing and chanting crowd of about 1,200 people awaited United States Attorney General John AshKKKroft when he arrived at Faneuil Hall Tuesday morning, decrying his support of what some protesters called government policies undermining civil rights.
Texas senators visit S. Florida, aim anti-GOP ads at Hispanics Three Texas state senators who fled to New Mexico to foil a Republican redistricting plan got a warm welcome Monday from South Florida Democrats and introduced an advertising campaign that will blast the GOP across the country. "We have come here to sound the alarm nationally about an abuse of power," Democratic state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso told Florida Democrats on Monday.
White House selects Symantec executive as new cybersecurity chief The Bush administration on Monday selected Amit Yoran, a respected software executive from Symantec Corp. [MEGA barf alert], as the nation's new cybersecurity chief inside the Department of Homeland Suckurity.
Security fears grow over electronic voting systems Bev Harris, a freelance writer and public relations consultant in Washington state, made a startling discovery while conducting research for a book about elections. Without trying, she stumbled upon one of Diebold Election Systems' most proprietary company secrets - the entire computer code to its electronic voting machines.
Diebold Alert All files yanked by webhost at request of Diebold, Inc. (copy of the email from Diebold coupmeisters to webhost service of smashthetrifecta.com, which 'contained Diebold Property')
[*See 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. 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 email@example.com. Also, here is the Ohio Secretary of State Department of Elections email address: firstname.lastname@example.org]
'Arnie the Bricklayer' Ad Upsets Calif. Democrats California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an appeal to Latino workers, says in a radio advertisement released on Friday that he moved to America to start as a bricklayer -- a claim immediately challenged by Democrats as being deceptive.
Texas Voters OK Lawsuit Limits Texas voters approved all 22 constitutional amendments on a statewide ballot, including a heavily debated plan to limit medical malpractice and other civil lawsuit awards.
As Factory Jobs Disappear, Workers Have Few Options Factory unemployment has snowballed into a huge social and political issue across the Midwest, after manufacturing in the region boomed in the 1990's.
AFL-CIO Chief Arrested at Yale Protest AFL-CIO President John Sweeney was arrested with 151 other demonstrators Saturday for blocking traffic as they marched through city streets in support of two striking Yale University unions.
America set to torpedo trade talks Fears are growing that the United States could effectively walk away from crucial trade talks in the Mexican resort of Cancun aimed at solving the deepening economic and social crisis afflicting billions of the world's poorest people.
Ozone hole is bigger than it has ever been The Antarctic ozone hole is bigger than it has ever been at this time of year, threatening populated regions of south America and New Zealand with harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation.
Draft Gore: Gore in Statistical Dead Heat with Bush, Leads All Democrats in Zogby/Draft Gore Poll For the first time since the 2000 s-election, a major poll shows the country split evenly between President Al Gore and Dictator Bush. The same poll also shows that half the voters in America have not forgotten the controversy of the 2000 coup d'etat.
Clark Set to Enter 2004 Presidential Race Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark has told friends he is likely to become the 10th Democratic presidential candidate, a move that could shake up the crowded field just four months before the first ballots are cast.
Why Don't We Have Answers To These 9/11 Questions? --by William Bunch "...Why did President [sic] Bush continue reading a story to Florida grade-schoolers for nearly a half-hour during the worst attack on America in its history? ...In the two years since the attacks, questions have only grown about the president[sic]'s bizarre behavior that morning, when he was informed in a Sarasota classroom that America was under attack... Why did Bush read a children's story about a pet goat and stay in the classroom for more than a half-hour after the first plane struck the World Trade Center and roughly 15 minutes after Chief of Staff Andrew Card told him that it had been a deliberate attack? Why didn't he take more decisive action, and why wasn't he hustled to a secure area while the attacks were clearly still under way? Conspiracy advocates have cited these strange lapses as evidence that Bush knew about the attacks ahead of time, but why would anyone with advance knowledge appear so clueless? [*See: The obscure goat story of 9-11]
Miami commissioners tentatively adopt protest limits Over the objections of civil liberties advocates, city commissioners tentatively adopted restrictions Thursday for protests expected during a hemispheric trade summit this fall.
"It was an interesting day." - Dictator Bush, recalling 9/11
Stand and Demand (a Thorough Investigation of 9-11!!!) by CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald
The obscure goat story of 9-11 (lawgiver.org) "It is very important to examine the first reactions President [sic] Bush had concerning the events of September 11. You can tell much about the truth by observing the reactions of men... 'In Sarasota, Florida, Bush was reading to children in a classroom at 9:05 a.m. when his chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispered into his ear. The president [sic] briefly turned somber before he resumed reading. He addressed the tragedy about a half-hour later.' - Associated Press, September 12, 2001 [bold emphasis added]."
Complicit - Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime. --Killtown's 9-11 timeline
Killtown's 9-11 Oddities
Map: Hijacked 9/11 Flights and Military Bases (thememoryhole.org) "In this picture, which is worth even more than a thousand words, MediaLab has merged a map of the 9/11 planes' flightpaths with a map of military bases in those areas. The flights went through some of the most heavily militarized parts of the country, yet nothing could be done to stop them?"
Wherdy Go? --by Michael Gilson de Lemos
Ghost Riders in the Sky An Alternative 9-11 Scenario --by A. K. Dewdney
WTC-7: The Improbable Collapse --by Scott Loughrey
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Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading lead directly into the CIA's Highest Ranks CIA Executive Director "Buzzy" Krongard managed Firm that handled "put" Options on UAL --by Michael C. Ruppert "Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That evidence also demonstrates that, in the case of at least one of these trades -- which has left a $2.5 million prize unclaimed -- the firm used to place the 'put options' on United Airlines stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three Executive Director position at the Central Intelligence Agency."
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."
An Interesting Day: President [sic] Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11 --by Allan Wood and Paul Thompson --"It was an interesting day." - President [sic] Bush, recalling 9/11 [White House, 1/5/02]
9 11 2003 Calendar Major New York Events for 2003's 9-11 Commemoration --For Skeptics of the 'Investigation' and for peace activists. --by Mary Titus
Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 21,375 signatures --please add yours!
Remembering September 11 1973 Were the lives of those killed at the World Trade Centre more valuable than the innocents murdered in Chile's US-backed coup, asks Tito Tricot "It is not a matter of comparing sorrow and pain, but for the past year the US media has tried to convince us that north American lives are worth more than other people's lives. After all, we are from the third world, citizens of underdeveloped countries who deserve to be arrested, tortured and killed. How else are we interpret the fact that the military coup in our country was planned in the United States? The truth is that no US president ever shed a tear for our dead; no US politician ever sent a flower to our widows. The US government and media use different standards to measure suffering."
The Pinochet files A series of declassified US documents have revealed the extent of America's role in the Chilean coup, reports Jonathan Franklin "September 11 1973 was a day of terror and bloodshed in Chile. After months of rising tension, army troops stormed the presidential palace, leaving President Salvador Allende dead and thousands prisoners throughout this previously democratic nation. Now, on the 30th anniversary of the coup, professors, journalists and citizen activists around the world are continuing to expose the full role of the US government in financing and promoting this bloody coup, which ushered in the 17-year military dictatorship headed by General Augusto Pinochet."
'Brutal' effects of Ground Zero fumes Scientists who have analysed the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center say that workers at Ground Zero suffered "brutal" effects from the fumes coming out of the wreckage. "The debris pile acted like a chemical factory," said Professor Thomas Cahill of the University of California at Davis.
Statement On the Second Anniversary of 9/11 (September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows) "...[B]ut much about the US government’s approach to responding to our loved ones’ deaths stands in stark contrast to the common sense words and comforting actions of ordinary people. On this two-year anniversary, we stop to reflect on the dangerous course of current policies and to call for a new approach to 9/11 that is focused on bringing about true security and justice."
Another fine mess Post-September 11, George Bush began an unwinnable war on multiple fronts against a nebulous enemy. And two years on, a new study shows, the campaign has had little impact on its targets. Brian Whitaker reports "From the very beginning, the war on terrorism was ill-conceived...The war on terrorism, almost by definition, is infinite and unwinnable. No political leader is ever going to claim 'victory' because that would be tempting fate. The best we can hope for is that it will eventually fade to more manageable proportions."
Critical Report Lands Blair in New Iraq Trouble A damning parliamentary report criticized a key British case for war in Iraq on Thursday and revealed that spy chiefs had warned Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair an invasion would only increase the risk posed by terrorists.
Straw may be summoned to testify in Kelly probe British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw could be summoned by an independent inquiry into the suicide of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. This, after documents released by the Hutton Inquiry revealed that Mr Straw had asked for the dossier on Iraq's weapons capability to be strengthened to highlight Saddam Hussein's defiance of the United Nations over 12 years.
'Leak' puts Hoon in firing line The prime minister today failed to back his under-fire defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, after leaks of a parliamentary committee report appeared to accuse him of misleading an inquiry into the case for invading Iraq. The Evening Standard claims to have a leak of the intelligence and security committee (ISC) report due out tomorrow, which it says will find that Mr Hoon withheld evidence from their investigation when it delivers its report tomorrow.
Kelly conspiracy theorists flock online The death of David Kelly has sparked the imagination of conspiracy theorists across the globe, with thousands of websites now dedicated to discussing the circumstances surrounding the demise of the weapons expert.
ITN rejects new Lloyd claims ITN has rubbished an Iraqi businessman's claim that veteran correspondent Terry Lloyd was only slight injured by the "friendly fire" that was believed to have killed him in the Iraq war. It has dismissed claims that he died from an attack from a US helicopter hours later when he was being transported to hospital by an Iraqi businessman who stumbled across Lloyd and his burned out jeep.
CIA weapons expert to quit after uranium scandal The chief expert on weapons of mass destruction at the CIA, which was caught up in the recent storm over the invasion of Iraq, is quitting the agency next month after 26 years. Alan Foley, who heads the Weapons Intelligence, Non-proliferation and Arms Control Centre, became enmeshed in the row over inclusion of a bogus reference to Iraqi efforts to purchase uranium in Niger, in Dictator George Bush's State of the Union address.
White House: Don't Expect Help in Iraq Just days after the United States began pushing for a new U.N. resolution authorizing a multinational military force for Iraq, senior regime officials are seeking to lower expectations that large offers of foreign troops will be forthcoming. [Yes, all that can be *expected* of the Bush dictatorship is 'lower expectations'.]
Mystery shrouds Pentagon's extra funds The Bush dictatorship has been tight-lipped about where the huge sums - which come on top of $62bn appropriated for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in April - are going. Because Iraq military efforts are being funded outside the normal appropriations process, in so-called "supplemental" or emergency spending bills, the funding does not go through the same rigorous congressional oversight to which normal Pentagon spending is subject annually.
Angry Iraqis tell of U.S. troops fatal errors Dr. Talib Abdul Jabar Al Sayeed was asleep at home with 11 relatives, he said, when U.S. troops surrounded his house, stormed his gate and began firing. At least three dozen American soldiers blazed away for more than 60 minutes in the early morning hours of July 31, the British-trained physician recounted recently, pointing to the hundreds of bullet holes that still mark his stately home. "I shouted at them with all my strength to stop shooting," said Al Sayeed, 62. "I will open the door. Please give me a chance." [More 'compassionate conservatism' in action...] His story is one of dozens of tales that angry Iraqis tell of sometimes tragic errors by U.S. troops.
Major firefight erupts outside of Fallujah A major firefight erupted west of the flashpoint town of Fallujah with reports of several US troops wounded after an American convoy broke down, an AFP correspondent and witnesses revealed.
Missile threat keeping Baghdad Airport closed: US commander The threat posed by surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) which fell into civilian hands after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's armed forces is still blocking the reopening of Baghdad Airport, the coalition ground forces commander revealed.
Bush's warfare state --by Ilana Mercer "The Iraq quagmire and its ever-mutating justifications show that George W. Bush is oblivious to a basic principle of his own conservative ideology: Top-down central planning -- economic or political -- is doomed to fail. In the process of pursuing some sort of neo-conservative Manifest Destiny, President [sic] Bush has junked the American Constitution -- it gave him no authority to 'promote' global freedom, democracy or nation-building with blood and treasure not his own."
Bush Resignation Hailed by World Leaders (humor) --by Greg Palast "The surprise resignation of the forty-third President [sic] of the United States, George W. Bush, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, was hailed by chiefs of state throughout the world. Mr. Bush announced that after, 'two years of bloodshed, economic devastation, and spreading fear in America and abroad,' he saw no choice but to accept that, 'I have held a title which I did not win, and for which I have proven unqualified.'"
Protesters greet Dictator Bush in Fort Lauderdale Air Force One landed at Fort Lauderdale Jet Center at 4 p.m., and Dictator Bush was whisked to the Hyatt Pier 66 hotel for a 5:30 p.m. reception. An estimated 400 protesters crowded 17th Street opposite the hotel, lining the sidewalk in front of a nearby Hess gas station and chanting slogans such as "1-2-3-4, Bush and Cheney out the door!''
Coverup Alleged On Malaria Drug A Naval Reserve commander who volunteered for the Iraq war says the military doctored his medical file to eliminate all traces of an anti malaria drug that he believes made him severely ill, suicidal and aggressive, and that he has the before and after evidence to prove it.
U.S. Allies Press Russia to Back Iran Nuke Deadline The United States and key allies worked through the night to get Russia and South Africa to back a U.N. nuclear resolution Thursday giving Tehran until Oct. 31 to prove it has no secret nuclear weapons program.
APS Study Points to Severe Limits on Boost-Phase Missile Defense A two-year study challenges many of the assumptions behind the Bush regime's $600 million boost-phase program. Boost-phase missile defense, the strategy of destroying a hostile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as it climbs into the sky during the first few minutes of flight, is virtually impossible in all but a few limited circumstances, according to a 476-page report released in July by the American Physical Society.
U.N. Aide Says Afghan Drug Trade Pays for Terrorist Attacks The American-led forces in Afghanistan must address the country's drug trade because the huge opium and heroin crops are being used by militants to finance their activities, the top United Nations drug official has warned. [It appears that Bush/Rove have, therefore, achieved their prime directive in Afghanistan.]
Dictator George W. Bush foments worldwide terrorism, due to his illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq: U.S. warns of possible al-Qaida attacks today --The State Department has issued a worldwide warning of possible al-Qaida attacks against U.S. interests, citing the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
FBI says it can't infiltrate al-Qaeda The FBI has concluded that it may never be able to plant undercover agents inside al-Qaeda, and so agents are focusing more on recruiting terror operatives as informants and on continuing to get details from those already in custody
Al-Qaida vows anti-US attacks Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Iraqis to "devour" their American occupiers. In a audio recording broadcast by Aljazeera on Wednesday he vowed the real battle with the United States has yet to begin. "Rely on God and devour the Americans, like lions devour their prey. Bury them in the Iraqi graveyard," Zawahri said.
Rumsfeld: Military Trials to Be Delayed Most suspected 'terrorists' at a U.S. prison camp in Cuba could expect to be held for the duration of the global war on terrorism [Isn't that war FOREVER??] rather than face trial, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday. "Our interest is in not trying them and letting them out," he said. "Our interest is in - during this global war on terror - keeping them off the streets, and so that's what's taking place."
Feds Defy Judge In Terror Case The Bush dictatorship is risking dismissal of charges against Zacarias Moussaoui by refusing for a second time to obey a court ruling that allows the terrorism defendant to question senior al Qaeda prisoners.
America's dirty torture secret --by Henry Porter "Weeks go by without serious newspapers investigating or commenting on human rights abuses by the American government. At home and abroad, hundreds, maybe thousands, of men are being held in camps and prisons by the military, by the CIA and by the justice department, incommunicado, without legal representation or hope of release, there to endure prolonged and terrifying interrogation."
States are flush with security funds Since the terrorist attacks two years ago, the federal government has awarded more than $250 million in grants to Missouri and Illinois for homeland security. Emergency planners are buying equipment, adding training sessions and hiring employees at a time when most state and local government agencies are dealing with declining revenue, budget cuts and layoffs.
Border Breach? Customs Fails to Detect Depleted Uranium — Again For a second year, U.S. government screeners have failed to detect a shipment of depleted uranium in a container sent by ABCNEWS from overseas as part of a test of security at American ports.
Images: Ashcroft Visit to NYC (nyc indymedia photos)
Gaffe Casts Doubts on Electronic Voting The strange case of an election tally that appears to have popped up on the Internet hours before polls closed is casting new doubts about the trustworthiness of electronic voting machines. During San Luis Obispo County's March 2002 primary, absentee vote tallies were apparently sent to an Internet site operated by Diebold Election Systems Inc., the maker of the voting machines used in the election.
GOP facing 'perfect storm' --by Robert Novak "Republicans on Capitol Hill were stunned last Saturday when the Zogby Poll reported that Bush's national approve-disapprove ratio has slipped into negative territory for the first time (with only 45 percent saying he is doing a good job). That couples with continued job losses and the rising cost of Iraq, in blood and treasure. On top of that, GOP senators are depressed that Democrats are winning the judicial confirmation war."
Media Whore Funds Rove's California Coup: San Francisco Bay Area Television Anchor-Reporter Gives $1,000 to Schwarzenegger A television station's business editor contributed $1,000 to Arnold Schwarzenegger, breaking an old industry taboo against reporters supporting political campaigns. Brian Banmiller, business editor for KTVU, asked the Schwarzenegger campaign to return the money Tuesday after inquiries from The Associated Press, said Ed Chapuis, news director at the Oakland station.
Gen. Clark Reportedly Is Asked to Join Dean Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has asked retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark to join his campaign, if the former NATO commander does not jump into the race himself next week, and the two men discussed the vice presidency at a weekend meeting in California, sources familiar with the discussions said.
AFL-CIO Delays Presidential Endorsement Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt retain their top tier status, but an endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination from the largest union in the AFL-CIO will have to wait, union leaders have decided.
Tab for health care rises rapidly Health insurance premiums rose 13.9% this year, their fastest clip since 1990 — and twice as many Americans fear being unable to afford prescription drugs as worry about stock market losses or becoming unemployed.
DC Voucher Passage is Huge Defeat: Right-funded Black "leadership" Ascending (The Black Commentator) "The phony voucher 'movement,' hatched only a few years ago by the same rich, racist, rightwing foundation that funded Charles Murray’s infamous book, 'The Bell Curve,' has proven to be the perfect Trojan Horse. Hard Right money has successfully infested – poisoned – the national Black body politic, a penetration so deep and toxic, the victims of the 'experiment' may never recover."
Learning to Be Stupid in the Culture of Cash --by Luciana Bohne "Cultural fascism manifests itself in an aversion to thought and cultural refinement. 'When I hear the word 'culture,' Goebbels said, 'I reach for my revolver.' One of the infamous and telling reforms the Pinochet regime implemented was educational reform. The basic goal was to end the university's role as a source of social criticism and political opposition."
Rude Awakening for File Sharers The tales of woe are featured on front pages of newspapers everywhere -- the unemployed woman from Chicago, the Manhattan single mother, the 71-year-old grandfather in Texas, the Yale University photography professor. They have been sued for song swapping by the Recording Industry Association of America...
Activists plan legal challenge to arms fair policing Civil rights activists today challenged the home secretary, David Blunkett, to justify his decision to give police permission to use anti-terrorism powers against protesters at an arms fair. Scotland Yard initially denied using the Terrorism Act 2000, but later admitted that the act had been used by some officers involved in policing the London exhibition.
WTO head urges removal of trade barriers The head of the World Trade Organisation today appealed to its members to agree to remove barriers to trade as the Cancun summit opened amid protests in the meeting hall.
EU reneges on pledge to third world The European commission was last night secretly preparing to sabotage plans to help poor countries trade their way out of poverty, as backstairs wrangling dominated the opening day of the World Trade Organisation's talks in Cancun, Mexico. A confidential paper not shown even to member governments, including the UK, revealed that the commission was planning to water down the already modest concessions on offer to the world's poorest countries in the talks.
GMO import ban caught in crossfire The UN's Biosafety Protocol - which allows bans where governments fear imported genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food may have an "adverse effect" on biological diversity or human health - comes into force on Thursday. But as it does, the right to impose bans is being attacked by a US action launched in August against the European Union.
What is $87 Billion Worth? Dictator Bush will submit to Congress a request for $87 billion to fund the military and for Halliburton's no-bid 'reconstruction' contracts in Iraq. The amount of the request surpasses many of the White House's other largest discretionary budget items in submitted to Congress for the upcoming fiscal year starting Oct. 1. (graph from The Washington Post)
AP Staffer Fact-Checks Powell's UN Speech Key Claims Didn't Hold Up --Last month, Charles J. Hanley, special correspondent for the Associated Press, wrote a devastating 2,500-word critique of claims made by Secretary of State Colin Powell in his influential Feb. 5 speech to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. In a column published this week, E&P [Editor & Publisher] Editor Greg Mitchell calls this speech the single most important moment in the march to war -- and charges that the media's unquestioning endorsement of Powell's assertions made invasion inevitable. Here are brief, edited excerpts from the Hanley article (available in its entirety at Philly.com).
Will Press Roll Over Again on New WMD Report? 'E&P' Editor Cites 'Depressing' Failure in Past --by Greg Mitchell "It's fashionable to suggest that the White House was bent on war and nothing could have stopped them. But until the Powell speech, public opinion, editorial sentiment, and street protests were all building against the war. The Powell speech, and the media's swallowing of it, changed all that. An E&P survey of editorial pages of major newspapers just after the Powell speech found the number of papers characterized as 'hawkish' rose from 5 to 15 while those considered 'war skeptics' plunged from 29 to 11."
Powell's battle cry fails test of time Six months after his case swung opinion toward attacking Iraq, his intelligence file looks thin. --by Charles Hanley (August 10, 2003) "...[I]n the hushed U.N. Security Council chamber in New York, U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was unleashing an avalanche of allegations, speaking of 'the gravity of the threat that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.' ...How does Powell's Feb. 5 indictment look today? He has said several times since then that he stands by it, the State Department said last week. Here is an Associated Press review of major elements, based both on what was known in February and what has been learned since..."
'Indeed, in the last 24 hours, at least six U.S. soldiers killed.' CNN LIVE TODAY --U.S. Soldier Killed as He Tried to Diffuse Bomb Aired September 10, 2003 - 10:03 ET ('rush' transcript from cnn.com) "WALTER RODGERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Indeed, in the last 24 hours, at least six U.S. soldiers killed... So again, one day before the anniversary of September 11, there has been a spike in the number of attacks against U.S. forces and, again, no one claims responsibility, but this remains a very dangerous and unstable environment..."
IEDs Claim More Soldiers' Lives; Engineers Seize Weapons, Cash (DoD) Improvised explosive devices have claimed the lives of two more American soldiers in Iraq, and U.S. soldiers en route to a bridge repair mission detained 15 people, seizing weapons and cash.
Three killed in Irbil suicide bombing A suicide car bomber attacked the US 'intelligence' headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil last night, killing three people and injuring 41, a Kurdish security official said. In another attack, a US soldier died when a homemade bomb exploded close to a military vehicle near Baghdad. The Kurdish official said that three Iraqis, including a 12-year-old boy, had died in the Irbil bombing.
Two U.S. troops killed in Iraq One Iraqi killed, 52 wounded in car bombing in northern Iraq --Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate incidents over the last 24 hours in the Baghdad area, U.S. Central Command said.
Number of Wounded in Action on Rise Iraq Toll Reflects Medical Advances, Resistance Troops Face --With no fanfare and almost no public notice, giant C-17 transport jets arrive virtually every night at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, on medical evacuation missions. Since the war began, more than 6,000 service members have been flown back to the United States. The number includes the 1,124 wounded in action, 301 who received non-hostile injuries in vehicle accidents and other mishaps, and thousands who became physically or mentally ill.
[Analysis of Washington Post article by WSWS:] Thousands of US troops evacuated from Iraq for unexplained medical reasons Citing the US military Central Command as its source, the Washington Post reported on September 2 that "more than 6,000 service members" had been medically evacuated from Iraq since the launch of the war. At the time, the number of combat wounded stood at 1,124. A further 301 personnel had been injured in non-combat incidents such as vehicle accidents. The figure of "more than 6,000" supplied to the Post therefore implies that over 4,500 US troops have required evacuation from Iraq for medical reasons other than combat or non-combat injuries.
Pentagon targets Latinos and Mexicans to man the front lines in war on terror With the casualty rate in Iraq growing by the day and Dictator George Bush's worldwide "war on terrorism" showing no signs of abating, a stretched United States military is turning increasingly to Latinos - including tens of thousands of non-citizen immigrants - to do the fighting and dying on its behalf. [All part of Bush's 'compassionate conservatism..."]
Bush's Absence At Soldier's Wake Insults the District --by Courtland Milloy "In the District, President [sic] Bush serves as commander in chief of the D.C. National Guard, the way governors do in their states. So you might have expected him to show up yesterday at the funeral for Spec. Darryl T. Dent, 21, the D.C. guardsman who was killed recently in Iraq... Call Bush AWOL [Oh! We do, we do, as he was, he was], missing in action -- or just too busy fundraising. But he blew it. 'We haven't heard from him or the White House, not a word,' said Marion Bruce, Dent's aunt and family spokeswoman. 'I don't want to speak for the whole family, but I am not pleased.'"
Military Families Call on Congress to Pull Troops out of Iraq Claiming their loved ones were deceived by the Bush dictatorship, the family members of troops serving in Iraq urged Congress on Tuesday to bring home the troops and vote down additional spending for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq.
Protesters disrupt Rumsfeld speech Protesters briefly disrupted a speech by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the National Press Club, chanting, "How many children did you kill today?" Shouts went up of "Bring the troops home now!" and "Tell us when the troops are coming home. They need to come home." Protesters unfurled a banner from the gallery before being led away, chanting, "Hey, Mr. Rumsfeld, what do you say? How many children did you kill today."
Poll on aljazeera.net: Is the US an honest broker in the Middle East peace process? a) Yes: 25% b) No: 75% --Number of pollers: 18658
He Must Admit the Error of His Ways --by Robert Scheer "Once again, [Dictator] Bush is using the Big Lie technique, continuing to slyly conflate those responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks with Saddam Hussein and Iraq, although there is no evidence of such a relationship. It is an insult to those who died on that day of infamy to exploit them to defend a failed policy of preemptive war designed by a bunch of think tank neoconservatives as part of a cockamamie plan to remake the Middle East."
Four Afghanistan aid workers killed Four aid workers were killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, according to refugee officials. The Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) sent five employees to Ghazni province on Tuesday when they were attacked by armed men.
The Heavy Stuff Cobalt casings and more, below the decks. --by Paul Krassner ... "'So they turn regular ordinance into nukes? 'No, not exactly. The cobalt doesn’t detonate itself. It just scatters everywhere.' 'Well, what? Does the radiation kill people?' 'Not immediately. Cobalt jackets will not likely ever be used. They’re for a situation where the U.S. government is crumbling during a time of war, and foreign takeover is imminent. We won’t capitulate. We basically have a scorched earth policy. If we are going to lose, we arm everything with cobalt–and I mean everything; we have jackets at nearly every missile magazine in the world, on land or at sea–and contaminate the world. If we can’t have it, nobody can."
81% Against Bush's Approach to Fighting Terrorism Two years after the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the U.S. public favours a distinctly less unilateral strategy than the one pursued by Dictator George W. Bush, found a major new poll released Tuesday. Some 81 percent of more than 1,200 respondents told pollsters from the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) that working ''more closely'' with other countries was a key lesson learned from Sep. 11, as opposed to Washington acting ''on its own more'' to fight terrorism. [Even Reichwing Frank 'Putz' Luntz would have a hard time spinning this data in one of media whore Chris Matthews' 'focus groups'.]
***Holy coincidence, Batman!*** Osama bin Laden (bin Laden is the Bush family business associate from the Carlyle group) sends a new tape, *coincidentally* the same day Bush pushes to strengthen 'anti-terror' act!!
Station airs bin Laden video; message says to 'bury' Americans The Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera aired a video of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy on Wednesday. The footage was made in late April or early May, the broadcaster said. An accompanying audiotape attributed to the deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, called on Iraqi guerrillas to "bury" American troops in Iraq.
Bush Calls for Broader Police Powers to Fight Terrorism Invoking the memories of Sept. 11, 2001 [as he does every five pico-seconds for every whackjob Reichwing cause under the sun], Dictator Bush prodded Congress today to "untie the hands" of law enforcement and enact broader search-and-seizure powers and wider use of the death penalty to combat terrorism.
Bush Seeks to Toughen Anti-Terror Law Dictator Bush on Wednesday was to call for tougher anti-terrorism legislation to deny bail to terror suspects, expand the death penalty and let investigators bypass grand juries to issue subpoenas. [This country is trolling to become a Fourth Reich! Since even *conservatives* would balk at this new push -- 'putsch', pardon the pun -- toward Fascism, my thought here is that Bush knows -- with Diebold's help -- he is *going to steal* the 2004 s-election. Why else be so brazen and disregard the sentiments of most people who are against further expansion of the 'Patriot Act', even conservatives'?]
Anti-terrorism laws used on peace protesters (UK) A civil rights group has launched court action against police after officers used anti-terror laws to arrest peace protesters at Europe's biggest arms fair. "When appropriate some officers used sections 44-1 and 44-2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to make some arrests," a Scotland Yard police spokesman said.
Bloomberg asks vice pResident not to come to main 9-11 ceremony Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked Vice pResident Dick Cheney not to attend the city's World Trade Center anniversary ceremony because Cheney's security would have "inconvenienced" family members of victims, the mayor said Wednesday. [Well, why would victims' families want members of the Bush regime at the ceremony who were at minimum, criminally negligent in the September 11th terrorist attacks and at worse, complicit in the attacks?]
Cheney Asked to Skip Main 9-11 Ceremony Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday he asked Vice pResident Dick Cheney not to attend the city's World Trade Center anniversary ceremony because Cheney's security would have "inconvenienced" family members of victims. [If the victims' families wanted him there, they would be happy to be inconvenienced by the extra security.]
Thurs. 9/11 Sept. 11 Comedy Slam (nypress.com) "We’ll be down at the 9/ll Comedy Slam, where comics and performers will be attacking terrorists—and the Bush Family, and the CIA and the FBI. Hosted by provocateur VoxFux (voxfux.com), expect funny rants, strange video and music (including the underground 9/11 hit song 'Twin Towers Reactivate!')." Collective: Unconscious, 145 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 212-254-5277, 10, $12.
Study Finds WTC Fires Spewed Toxic Gases for Weeks The burning ruins of the World Trade Center spewed toxic gases "like a chemical factory" for at least six weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks despite government assurances the air was safe, according to a study released on Wednesday.
Senate blocks effort to limit overtime eligibility The Senate voted Wednesday to bar the Bush dictatorship from issuing new overtime pay rules that Democrats and organized labor said would take money from the pockets of millions of workers.
Senate Votes to Block Overtime Changes A divided U.S. Senate defied a White House veto threat on Wednesday and voted to block proposed federal work rule changes that foes say could cost millions of Americans overtime pay. The Republican-led chamber approved a Democratic amendment that would derail proposed expansion of overtime exemptions for white-collar workers under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.
Senate Blocks Changes in Student Aid Rules The Senate blocked proposed changes in U.S. student aid rules on Wednesday that critics said would deny federal assistance to thousands of students even as tuition costs at the nation's universities surge.
Former Enron Treasurer Sent to Prison Former Enron Treasurer Ben Glisan on Wednesday became the first executive sent to prison for his role in the scandal that brought down the giant energy trader, destroyed the accounting firm Andersen and tarnished Wall Street.
Ex-Enron Treasurer Pleads Guilty Fired Enron Corp. Treasurer Ben Glisan on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, CNBC reported.
How the Government Is Using A Shell Game to Fool You --by John Crudele "Was the nation's productivity miracle a hoax? The supposed rise in productivity was the silver lining in the economic cloud of the last three years. Fed chief Alan Greenspan has spoken proudly of it, saying the United States was becoming a more efficient producer of goods. But the slip of a tongue may call the whole productivity miracle into question."
House overrides abortion, gun vetoes (MO) bill requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion after a visit with a doctor took an important step forward Wednesday when the Missouri House voted to override a veto of the measure. The House later voted to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons.
Bush Rating At 2-Year Low Dictator Bush's approval ratings fell for a fifth straight month in September, hitting their lowest level since just before 9-11.
Florida Invests $24M in Wireless Voting Machines The ES&S hardware and software replaces Miami-Dade County's punch-card voting system and meets a mandate from the Florida legislature that all punch-card systems in the state be 'upgraded' [for Coup 2004] to either touch-screen or optical-scan units by September 2002. A contract inked with Election Systems & Software (ES&S) provides for the purchase of 7,250 iVotronic touch-screen voting units, four Model 650 central count tabulation machines and related election software and support services. [Plans for Coup 2004 are well underway. See Bigger Than Watergate! from scoop.co.nz.]
Recall God And Fake Orgasms --Screw the whiny CA politicos and their PR machines. Let's recall things that really matter --by Mark Morford "Recall Monsanto. Oh dear god yes. Dump big agribiz, vile pesticides, food additives you can't pronounce but which they swear on a stack of buried cancer data won't hurt the integrity of your kids' bones over 10 years of sucking down corn-syrup solids and triglycerides and MSG... And then, recall God. Not just any god, but that angry bitter Christian God, the one that says we should bomb with impunity and kill anyone who stands in the way of our petrochemical profits and our savage empire building."
Prelude to 9/11 Still a Mystery FBI and congressional investigators are still deeply divided over whether hijackers got help from inside U.S. Two years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, FBI and congressional investigators remain deeply divided over whether the 19 hijackers received help from other al Qaeda operatives [or others] inside the United States and still are unable to answer some of the central questions in the case. The uncertainties persist despite the largest FBI investigation in U.S. history and raise the possibility that Americans will never know precisely how the conspirators were able to pull off the most devastating terrorist attacks in U.S. history.
Judge Allows 9/11 Suits to Proceed Negligent security procedures could have contributed to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, a federal judge ruled today in a decision that allowed victims' families and those injured to proceed with their lawsuits against airlines, aircraft makers and the owners of the World Trade Center.
Rich firms 'got 9/11 fund millions' More than a third of the fund aimed at helping small businesses located near the World Trade Center survive its destruction in the 11 September attacks went to rich firms, the New York Times says.
White House Says Halliburton ["Iraq"] Funds Request Still Falls Short The White House acknowledged Monday that it substantially underestimated the cost of rebuilding Iraq, and that even the additional $87 billion it is seeking from a wary Congress will fall far short of what is needed for postwar reconstruction [to line Halliburton's no-bid coffers]. Regime officials said Dictator Bush's emergency spending request -- which would push the U.S. deficit above the half-trillion-dollar mark for the first time -- still leaves a reconstruction funding gap of as much as $55 billion dollars.
Other People's Sacrifice --by Paul Krugman "...[A]s always, what he [Dictator Bush] means by unity is that he should receive a blank check, and it turns out that what he means by sacrifice is sacrifice by other people. It's now clear that the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch operations. Mr. Bush and his officials portrayed the invasion of Iraq as an urgent response to an imminent threat, and used war fever to win the midterm election. Then they insisted that the costs of occupation and reconstruction would be minimal, and used the initial glow of battlefield victory to push through yet another round of irresponsible tax cuts."
Enough Is Enough (Common Cause CauseNet action center) Halliburton Contract Raises Questions In what may be the most egregious recent example of unchecked spending, Halliburton, Inc. – Vice pResident Cheney’s former company – is making close to $2 billion for the 'rebuilding' of Iraq, hundreds of millions more than we were first told.
More billions for Dick Cheney's no-bid Halliburton for 'reconstruction': Saboteurs blow up Iraq pipeline Saboteurs set off an explosion today at a pipeline linking two oil fields in northern Iraq, a civil defence official in the petroleum centre of Kirkuk reported.
Saboteurs Attack N. Iraqi Oil Pipeline Saboteurs struck a critical oil pipeline in northern Iraq on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks that have halted the country's oil deliveries to Turkey at an estimated cost of $7 million a day.
Car bomb kills and wounds "large number" in Kurdish city: report A car bomb killed and injured a "large number" of people in the Kurdish city of Arbil, in northern Iraq, Egypt's official MENA news agency said.
US soldier killed in attack on tanker convoy 14 US soldiers wounded as new wave of attacks hit troops after 2-day spell --A US soldier driving a tanker full of liquefied petroleum gas was killed Tuesday when an explosion hit his convoy as it passed between two underpasses on the main road north out of Baghdad, said an Iraqi policeman on the scene.
U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Attack One U.S. soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack on their vehicle in Iraq, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
US soldiers injured in fresh attack US forces in Iraq faced fresh violence and a showdown with armed militias in the drive to clean up what Dictator George W Bush called the "central front" in the war on terror. Iraqi resistance fighters attacked an American patrol in Baghdad with explosives as soldiers were driving out of a tunnel in the centre of the city, the military said.
Thousands of US troops evacuated from Iraq for unexplained medical reasons Citing the US military Central Command as its source, the Washington Post reported on September 2 that "more than 6,000 service members" had been medically evacuated from Iraq since the launch of the war. At the time, the number of combat wounded stood at 1,124. A further 301 personnel had been injured in non-combat incidents such as vehicle accidents. The figure of "more than 6,000" supplied to the Post therefore implies that over 4,500 US troops have required evacuation from Iraq for medical reasons other than combat or non-combat injuries.
UK bolsters troops in Iraq Britain is sending around 1200 extra troops to Iraq to tackle escalating resistance attacks and social anarchy. UK Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon also promised on Monday further reinforcements to help restore the country's crippled infrastructure.
Speaker's rebuke leaves Hoon looking precarious Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, was given a rough ride in the Commons yesterday over Iraq and the death of David Kelly as he struggled to regain his authority.
Straw implicated in the naming of Kelly Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, was implicated for the first time yesterday in the naming of David Kelly in documents freshly released by the Hutton inquiry.
Protesters gather at Fort Lauderdale to criticize Bush on Iraq Protesters carrying signs and crosses with the names of soldiers killed in Iraq greeted Dictator Bush as he arrived at a waterfront resort for a fund-raiser.
Democrats: Iraq Request Shows Unrealistic Prewar Planning Democratic senators maintained Tuesday that Dictator Bush's request for an additional $87 billion, mostly for Iraq, buttresses contentions the regime seriously miscalculated the cost of going to war there.
Democrats Rip Bush on Terror War, Economy Two days before the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Democrats criticized Dictator Bush's handling of the war on terror at the same time they began to jab one another over foreign policy. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio criticized Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri for voting to support Dictator Bush's call for war in Iraq, saying "I wish you would have told him no" at a face-to-face meeting.
Strategy on Pyongyang is wrong, Bush told A former key US State Department official involved in North Korean nuclear talks has attacked the Bush Dictatorship, saying that unless its approach to negotiations is rethought, any prospect of success is "very grim".
Angry Chavez asks US to back off Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has demanded that the United States stop meddling in the Latin American country's internal affairs. Chavez's angry insistence came after the US ambassador Charles Shapiro met Venezuelan electoral officials, who are to decide on whether to allow a referendum on the leftist leader's rule.
Indian activist takes Bush to task One of India’s most prominent peace activists criticized the Bush dictatorship here Monday for its response to the Hindu-Muslim violence that left more than 600 dead last year in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Al-Qaida issues a chilling warning A new tape purporting to be from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network yesterday threatened an onslaught against Americans so devastating it would obliterate memories of the September 11 suicide attacks. [It appears that the Idiot Usurper is not winning the 'war on tear-er'.]
Air Force launches Titan 4B rocket carrying secret military payload A Titan 4B rocket lit up the night sky as it roared from its pad early Tuesday carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite into space. Air Force officials would not discuss the secret payload, but the NRO is charged with building and monitoring the nation's network of spy satellites and providing reconnaissance information to the Central Intelligence Agency and the military.
Ashcroft Protested in Boston Attorney General John Ashcroft came to the old haunt of America's Revolutionary War heroes Tuesday to defend the USA Patriot Act against criticism that it violates fundamental Constitutional rights. Outside the hall, hundreds of protesters argued that Ashcroft's act defied the civil liberties that the early patriots sought to protect during debates at Faneuil Hall two centuries ago.
Ashcroft Protested in NYC Speaking blocks from the World Trade Center site and repeatedly invoking Sept. 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the USA Patriot Act on Tuesday amid the distant din of a crowd of protesters who assembled outside. Wedged in by police barricades on Broad Street, in front of the New York Stock Exchange, several hundred protesters gathered with signs urging "Ashcroft, back off!" and calling Dictator Bush a fascist. "Leave the Bill of Rights alone!" the protesters chanted.
Fliers to Be Rated for Risk Level New System Will Scrutinize Each Passenger, Assign Color Code --In the most aggressive -- and, some say, invasive -- step yet to 'protect' air travelers, the federal government and the airlines will phase in a computer system next year to measure the risk posed by every passenger on every flight in the United States.
Airlines may screen fliers for risk Codes based on criminal, travel info planned in '04 that could block thousands from flights. Airline passengers could soon be assigned a color code to assess their security risk that could keep tens of thousands of passengers daily from boarding a flight, according to a published report.
Deficit nears level of early 1990s Dictator Bush's request for an additional $87 billion for Halliburton ["Iraq"] and Afghanistan threatens to push the federal budget deficit into territory it last visited in the 1980s and early 1990s, when deep anxiety about the red ink touched off devastating budget wars that helped topple the first [sic] President Bush.
Bill exempts disputed Halliburton drilling process Despite water-pollution fears, technique would not be regulated by feds --Tucked inside an 800-page energy bill winding its way through Congress is a short section that would exempt from federal regulation a lucrative gas-drilling process perfected by the energy company Vice pResident Dick Cheney once ran. The process, widely used across Colorado and the rest of the West, injects diesel fuel, hydrochloric acid or other additives into the ground to help boost production. Environmentalists say that could put drinking water at risk, and they want federal officials to have regulatory power to prevent problems and step in if water is contaminated.
Calif. Recall Support Stalls, Poll Says Support for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis has stalled, while Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has opened a slim lead over Republican Coupmeister Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race to replace Davis, according to a new poll.
Poll: Support for Recalling California Governor Slipping; Support for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis is slipping, a new poll says, while Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has opened a slim lead over Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
California Crowd Hostile to Schwarzenegger's Wife A crowd at a mall in California's capital greeted Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver with hostility on Monday as she made her first solo appearance in the gubernatorial campaign. Opponents of the recall, including union members, gathered outside a Sacramento Wal-Mart to shout, carry placards and otherwise express their opposition to the recall when Shriver appeared at a voter registration booth.
Dixies Blast Schwarzenegger Robison casts her vote against Arnold in Governor's race --The Dixie Chicks are on tour in Europe again and targeting Rove Coupmeister Arnold Schwarzenegger. "[Arnold Schwarzenegger] is a great film star," banjo player Emily Robison told a German newspaper, "but I find his run for governor absolutely insane." [We *all* do, Emily!] "America should be governed by people who have a clue," Robison continued. "I hope he doesn't win."
Ueberroth Abandons Bid To Be California Governor Former baseball commissioner Peter V. Ueberroth (R) dropped out of the California gubernatorial recall election today and said he will endorse one of his rivals.
Color of Money to Change Oct. 9 915M Bills Ready to Go --America's first colorized $20 bills are set for release next month. Banks will start stocking up Oct. 9, and then the 20s with splashes of peach, blue and yellow will start appearing at ATMs and cash registers.
Man Ruled Security Risk Says He Wanted Daughter to Attend College A man from the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia is currently out of work because of the decision of a federal judge. Mike Lynch just wanted to put his blind daughter through college. Now he's considered a threat to national security. Last week a federal judge ruled that he could no longer have the security clearance he needs to sweep floors at Lockheed Martin. The reason? He paid his daughter's tuition instead of his city wage tax.
Plan to keep file on every child Every child in England will be given a unique identifying number attached to an electronic file of personal information about their lives, under plans announced yesterday.
Arrests over arms fair protests Police have made 61 arrests in the run-up to a major arms fair being held in London. Protesters have been arrested on charges ranging from fly-posting, swimming in the Royal Docks and chaining themselves to Woolwich bridge to conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Monsanto's French GM Maize Crop Attacked An experimental genetically modified (GM) ['FrankenFood'] maize crop in southern France, owned by U.S. seeds giant Monsanto, has been attacked and destroyed, police said on the weekend. Another of Monsanto's perverted GM fields, also in the southwest of France near Toulouse, was destroyed in July.
'Super El Nino' could turn Amazon into dustbowl The Amazon river could dry up and its lush vegetation turn into a dustbowl within 50 years because of global warming, British scientists warned yesterday.
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