September 2004 Archives
Why al-Qaeda is winning: Three years after September 11, President [sic] George W Bush's crusade is a failure. "War on terror" is a meaningless myth: you can't combat a supple attack machine like al-Qaeda with shock and awe. What should have been a long, meticulous police operation was turned by Bush - instigated by his foreign policy adviser, God - into an illegal, preemptive attack on a nation that had nothing to do with terror.
Despite Bush's claims, terrorism may well be his Achilles' heel: The Bush campaign has made the war on terrorism the baseline issue in this [p]residential race. That was underscored by Vice President [sic]Dick Cheney's blunderbuss shot this week charging that if the Democrat candidate John Kerry were elected, "the danger is that we'll get hit again" by terrorists. But a close look at Dictator George W. Bush's record on terrorism suggests that his favorite issue may actually be one of his vulnerabilities.
"Freed" Iraqi Boy Grateful for "Liberators"
Not a Safer World: Three years after September 11 and the subsequent launch of the worldwide 'War on Terror', the world has become safer, US president [sic] George W Bush has claimed in his campaign for re-election...Three years on, the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq has passed the symbolic threshold of 1000. The number of soldiers wounded or maimed for life is of course much higher, and conservative estimates put the death toll among Iraqis at least ten times higher.
[Pointing to 'faith-based' knowledge] Cheney insists on Saddam, al-Qaeda link: Cincinnati - Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney on Thursday again linked former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with al-Qaeda to defend invading Iraq in a week when United States deaths there passed the 1 000 mark...The Bush regime has in the past cited reports that Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al Zarqawi had been treated at a Baghdad hospital as evidence of the links between Saddam and al-Qaeda. [Using that criteria, the US is also linked to terrorism, since bin Laden met with the CIA's Dubai station chief in July, 2001, before being treated in the US-friendly Dubai hospital. And George H.W. Bush was meeting with his half-brother on September 11th itself!!!]
Now it's Bush's turn to squirm: Evidence of the George Bush's fudged war record emerged in time to undermine the Republicans' triumphal march. --by Sidney Blumenthal
Journalists covering debates are asked for racial data --Journalists requesting credentials for the presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 8 at Washington University are being asked to disclose their race on the media application. The question surprised several local editors and news directors, eliciting prickly responses from some and recalling for others a flare-up over the race of an Arizona photographer scheduled to cover a visit by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney.
Secret Service Not Coddling Hecklers --Secret Service agents are famous for their willingness to take a bullet for the president. Less famous is their willingness to take out a heckler for the president. Officially, the Secret Service does not concern itself with unarmed, peaceful demonstrators who pose no danger to the commander in chief. But that policy was inoperative here Thursday when seven AIDS activists who heckled President [sic] Bush during a campaign appearance were shoved and pulled from the room -- some by their hair, one by her bra straps -- and then arrested for disorderly conduct and detained for an hour.
'Cheer For Your President [sic] - or be punished' (hardnewsnow.com) --September 7, 2004 "President [sic] Bush Rolled into a Kansas City High School Today... The media, reported on this Campaign stop... But, a daily reader of Hard Attack News sent an email in that paints a different picture of what really went on..." 'I am from Lee's Summit Mo. where the President [sic] just came in. The reason why I wrote is because the Republican Party held a slated campaign speech on Lee's Summit High School Public Property, during school hours, and students were forced to go. If they did not want to attend the rally they couldn't leave but had to go to a study hall where they couldn't talk but work. Those that did attend the rally couldn't wear anything Kerry, or else they were given detention or sent home. Added to this sad fact, the Republican Party handed out tickets all over the Kansas City Area to republicans only..."
Kerry Suggests Rivals Might Suppress Black Votes -- Senator John Kerry suggested on Saturday that Republicans might be trying to suppress black votes in key electoral battlegrounds, pledging to an audience of the capital's black elite to make sure that "every vote is counted and every vote counts." "We are not going to stand by and allow another million African-American votes to go uncounted in this election," Mr. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, told some 3,000 people at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual gala at the Washington Convention Center. "We are not going to stand by and allow acts of voter suppression.'' [Right. We're not.]
Blacks Enlist Groups to Court New Voters: Motivated by unpleasant memories of the 2000 Florida recount [a.k.a. coup d'etat], black leaders determined to boost voter turnout this fall are enlisting hip-hop artists and community organizations in campaigns to register millions of new voters... Anger over the Florida recount that gave Bush the presidency resonated throughout the conference. After Bush took [literally, *took*] office, federal civil rights monitors concluded that the ballots of black Florida voters were disproportionately tossed out in an election plagued by faulty machinery and ballot problems. [Racist Bush refused an invitation to speak at the kickoff event.]
Fiscal Conservatives Challenge Bush: President Bush [sic], who accuses his Democratic rival of keeping his budget plans secret, has yet to offer plans of his own for funding his campaign promises and cutting the deficit in half, fiscal conservatives said on Friday. [His plans are quite obvious: Continue to raid the treasury for Halliburton, et al., exacerbate the most expensive W-ar in history, give more tax cuts to his friends, and cut all social spending, making the government (other than the military-industrial complex and the prison system) small enough to 'drown in a bathtub.' What's so mysterious about that? His plan has been apparent since he stole office.]
Bush Has Already Won the 2004 Contest, Ralph Nader Declares --Democrat John Kerry has already lost the 2004 presidential race and the country should get ready for another four years of Republican George W. Bush's leadership, Ralph Nader said Thursday. Kerry "blew it," Nader said, by neglecting the Democratic Party's historic roots.
Sixth lowest central pressure on record for a hurricane in the Atlantic Basin -- HURRICANE IVAN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 38A NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 8 PM EDT SAT SEP 11 2004 ...IVAN SHOULD BE MOVING NEAR OR OVER THE CAYMAN ISLANDS ON SUNDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 165 MPH...270 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. IVAN IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR/SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE. ...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175 MILES...280 KM. AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT MEASURED A MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 912 MB...26.93 INCHES. THIS IS THE SIXTH LOWEST CENTRAL PRESSURE ON RECORD FOR A HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN.
Devastation linked to global warming --Scientists are claiming that the unprecedented ferocity and frequency of the hurricanes that have battered the Caribbean this year can be blamed on one factor: the unexpectedly warm water that has been building up in the Atlantic over the past year.
Bush Regime Attempts to Censor U.S. Media: -Book Unflattering to Bush Draws His Campaign's Fire -- Anticipating a barrage of unflattering accusations and innuendo [?!?] about Dictator Bush's personal [sic] life in a soon-to-be-published book by the celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley, the Bush campaign has opened a wave of advance counterstrikes intended to undermine her credibility. A representative of the White House recently called Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, to discourage that network from broadcasting interviews with Ms. Kelley about the book on its "Today'' program and on its MSNBC cable program "Hardball With Chris Matthews,'' a network executive said. [Once again, the GOP media whores at the New York Times invoke bias toward Bush in their 'news' coverage. Why is the word 'personal' used in the NYT summary? If George W. Bush was using drugs, such an action has an impact on his character and judgment as 'president.' 'Personal' implies that Kelly carried out an investigation into irrelevant and none-of-our-business matters. This is not the case.]
Will Hurricane Ivan Blow Bush National Guard [dis-]Service Records Away?
Records Say Bush Balked at Order --National Guard Commander Suspended Him From Flying, Papers Show --Dictator Bush failed to carry out a direct order from his superior in the Texas Air National Guard in May 1972 to undertake a medical examination that was necessary for him to remain a qualified pilot, according to documents made public yesterday.
National Guard Memos Show Bush Refused Direct Order --Bush Suspended After Failing To Meet Standards --The White House has released memos saying that as a National Guard pilot years ago, Dictator George W. Bush was suspended from flying fighter jets for failing to meet standards of the Texas Air National Guard and failing to take his annual flight physical as ordered. [Gee, what *will* the Swift Boat Lying Rats for Rove have to say about *this* one? Will the media spend three weeks destroying Bush over facts after spending five weeks destroying Kerry over fiction?]
New Scrutiny of Bush's [dis-]Service --Dictator Bush received preferential treatment in gaining entry to the National Guard during the Vietnam War and did not meet standards during his service period, a CBS News interview and newly released documents suggest. In an interview broadcast Wednesday, former Texas House Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes told CBS News that in 1968, at the request of a Houston businessman friendly with the Bush family, he helped arrange to get George W. Bush into the Texas National Guard.
New Questions On Bush Guard 'Duty' --The military records of the two men running for president have become part of the political arsenal in this campaign – a tool for building up, or blowing up, each candidate’s credibility as America's next commander-in-chief. While Sen. Kerry has been targeted for what he did in Vietnam, AWOL Bush has been criticized for avoiding Vietnam by landing a spot in the Texas Air National Guard - and then failing to meet some of his obligations.
Memos Show Bush Suspended From Flying --Newly unearthed memos state George W. Bush was suspended from flying for the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war because he failed to meet Guard standards and failed to take his annual flight physical as required.
Timeline of Bush's [dis-]Service in [to] the Air National Guard --Major events in Dictator Bush's Vietnam-era military [Dis-]service with the Air National Guard [BTW, where is Bush's cocaine binge on the timeline, AWOL like Bush himself?]
TV Writer Gives $100G to Texans for Truth -- television writer and fund-raiser for John Kerry is the first six-figure donor to a new group that is criticizing Dictator Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam War. Writer/producer Daniel O'Keefe donated $100,000 this week to Texans for Truth, an Austin-based group that plans to run anti-Bush television ads starting Monday.
New blow to Blair over Iraq --Report concludes no WMD as PM completes reshuffle --Poodle Tony Blair will be confronted with a fresh challenge over Iraq within the next two weeks when the long-awaited final report of the Iraq Survey Group concludes there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country at the time of the US-UK invasion.
U.S. Forces Take Action in Areas Dominated by Iraqi Insurgents --The American military said today that its forces had entered the city of Samarra to re-assert the U.S. puppet dictatorship's ['Iraqi government'] authority there and that it had conducted an airstrike in Falluja, taking action in two cities that had fallen into the hands of insurgents.
U.S. Military Kills Scores in Fighting Near Mosul --After a long morning of fierce but one-sided combat near the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, American forces said they had killed 57 enemy fighters with great 'precision,' [?!?] and without a single American casualty. But a local hospital said it had received scores of civilian dead and wounded, including women and children, a reminder of the humanitarian and political costs of military victory in battlegrounds like this one, near the Syrian border and a hub of Sunni resistance.
At least 57 Iraqis killed in US-led assaults on 'insurgents' -- At least 57 people were killed when US-led forces spearheaded assaults on Iraq's northern trouble spot of Tall Afar and the notorious insurgent bastion of Fallujah, a hospital official said.
Children Among 8 Dead in U.S. Air Strikes on Falluja --U.S. warplanes bombed houses in the Iraqi city of Falluja for a third successive night, killing at least eight people, four of them children, doctors and residents said on Thursday. A statement from the U.S. military said the air assault was part of a "precision strike" [Oops! Looks like (once again) it was a bit less than 'precise'...] on an operating base for Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a man Washington says is allied to Bush bin Laden's al CIA-duh network.
US Hid Dozens of Iraqi Prisoners, Investigators Say --The United States kept up to 100 "ghost detainees" in Iraq off the books to conceal them from Red Cross observers, a far higher number than previously reported, Army generals told Congress on Thursday.
Army Says C.I.A. Hid More Iraqis Than It Claimed --Army jailers in Iraq, acting at the Central Intelligence Agency's request, kept dozens of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and other detention facilities off official rosters to hide them from Red Cross inspectors, two senior Army generals said Thursday. The total is far more than had been previously reported.
Group: 'Ghost Detainees' Likely in Iraq --Army generals said Thursday at least two dozen unregistered "ghost detainees" may have been held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, but they don't know the number for certain because the CIA did not cooperate with their investigation into abuses.
Plane Passes to Be Checked for Explosives --The airport closest to the nation's capital is now the first to test boarding passes for residue from explosives. A positive test would suggest the passenger had recently handled explosives.
Mayor outlines elaborate camera network for city --From a hi-tech command center, the City of Chicago plans to monitor a vast security network. Thousands of surveillance cameras will be linked -- and authorities will be alerted to crimes and 'terrorist' acts.
Wellstone Was Murdered. In "American Assassination," two professors explain how. (drenchkiss.com) "Senator Paul Wellstone was,'the first 1960s radical elected to the U.S. Senate.' In Senate Race 2002, the White House made defeating Wellstone priority #1. Karl Rove hand-picked arch Republican Norm Coleman to run against him. Despite massive funding, Coleman was trailing the popular Wellstone two weeks before election day. Then, tragedy struck..."
Judge Lifts Contempt Charge For Holding Protesters Too Long --A judge who cited the city for contempt for holding arrested protesters too long during the Repugnant Nazi Carnival lifted the charge Thursday.
WTC Rescue Workers' Health Suffering, Government Says --Nearly half of the more than 1,000 screened rescue workers who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks suffer from new or exacerbated respiratory, mental and other health problems, according to a government report released on Thursday.
$2.3 Trillion in New Debt Expected by 2014 --Economic Growth Will Not Ease Strain on U.S., Budget Office Director Warns --This year's federal budget deficit will reach a record $422 billion, and the government is now expected to accumulate $2.3 trillion in new debt over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday.
Cheney: Economic Stats Miss EBay Sales -- Indicators measure the nation's unemployment rate, consumer spending and other economic milestones, but Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney says it misses the hundreds of thousands who make money selling on eBay.
Health Insurance Premiums See Double-Digit Increase --Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums rose 11.2 percent this year, registering the fourth consecutive double-digit annual increase and pushing the cost of family coverage under the most common type of plan past $10,000, according to a new nationwide survey.
U.S. Health Insurance Costs Soar, Workers Hit --Health insurance premiums rose five times faster than U.S. workers' salaries this year, according to a survey released on Thursday that also showed slippage in the percentage of American workers covered by employer health plans.
House Votes to Block New Overtime Rules --In a sharp rebuke of a new Bush regime policy, the House moved Thursday to block the Labor Department from carrying out overtime rules that critics argued could deprive millions of workers of their overtime pay.
Holy insanity, Batman! Bush Gains Solid Lead, Poll Shows --Dictator Bush emerged from his New York convention with a solid lead over Democratic challenger John F. Kerry, strengthening his position on virtually every important issue in the campaign and opening up a clear advantage over his rival on many of the personal characteristics that influence voters in presidential elections, according to a Washington Post-ABC News Poll.
Court: Nader May Be Off Florida Ballot --In what could be a major defeat for Ralph Nader, a judge has issued a temporary order that keeps the' independent' presidential candidate off the Florida ballot.
Nader on Oregon Ballot, For Now --Ralph Nader will appear on the ballot in Oregon after all. A Marion County judge Thursday ordered Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to certify the consumer advocate for the election. The ruling overturns Bradbury's decision last week by to toss out several thousand signatures because of technical problems.
Bill Clinton Takes Short Walks in Hospital --Former President Clinton was taking short walks in the hallway outside his hospital room and was in good spirits Thursday following heart bypass surgery this week, his office said.
States Sue HUD Over Use of Pesticide --The attorneys general of five states and the U.S. Virgin Islands filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to try to force the government to reduce pesticide use in public housing projects.
Acidic, radioactive water spills into bay --A breach in a dike at a phosphate company in Tampa lets loose 18,000 gallons of wastewater. A dike holding millions of gallons of acidic phosphate water breached Sunday during hurricane rains, releasing at least 18,000 gallons of wastewater into Hillsborough Bay.
Spill corrodes reputation for aiding environment --Cargill's intent was to minimize discharges of its fertilizer plant, but the plan backfired as rains overwhelmed the system. A month ago, Cargill Crop Nutrition received an award for its environmental stewardship. On Tuesday, company representatives stood watch as government officials surveyed the environmental damage created when the fertilizer manufacturer dumped 60-million gallons of acidic water into a creek leading to Hillsborough Bay.
Pa. Bank Wins Fight Over 'Citizens' Name --One of the nation's biggest banks must rename its branches in a corner of western Pennsylvania to avoid trampling on a tiny competitor, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Bush faces pressure over drugs and draft --After weeks in which John Kerry's military record has been picked to pieces, Dictator George Bush now faces a double blast of scrutiny over his own past, raising new questions over his avoidance of the Vietnam draft and his alleged use of drugs. The first salvo is due to be fired on CBS tonight, when Ben Barnes, a Democrat and the lieutenant governor of Texas in 1968, will explain his role in securing for the 22-year-old Yale graduate Bush a coveted place in the state's Air National Guard - a unit so full of the sons of Texas's rich and powerful that it was known as the "Champagne Unit".
Exclusive Interview: Ben Barnes (CBS) Wed., Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT "Correspondent Dan Rather talks exclusively to former Texas House Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, a Democrat, about the role Barnes says he played in getting President [sic] George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard -- and why he now regrets it."
Bush Book Alleges Past Drug Use By Dictator Bush --Peter Gethers, vice president of Random House and Kitty Kelley's editor, said the publisher's chief counsel and Kelley's own lawyer went over the book "with a fine-toothed comb." Gethers confirmed the accuracy of a report in London's the Mail on Sunday, which said the book contains, among other things, allegations of past drug use by Dictator Bush.
Bush fell short on duty at Guard --Records show pledges unmet --In February, when the White House made public hundreds of pages of Dictator Bush's military records, White House officials repeatedly insisted that the records prove that Bush fulfilled his military commitment in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows... Bush didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice. [*See, also, The Boston Globe's "Bush's National Guard record."]
Bush skipped ’70s drills, paper says --Boston Globe: No punishment for missing training --Dictator Bush fell short of meeting his military obligations during the Vietnam War and was not disciplined despite irregular attendance at required training drills, The Boston Globe said Wednesday.
Lawsuit Uncovers New Bush Guard Records --Months after insisting it could find no more records of Dictator Bush's Air National Guard 'service', the Defense Department has released more than two dozen pages of files, including Bush's report card for flight training and dates of his flights.
AP: Lawsuit Gets Bush Guard Papers Out --Dictator Bush was ranked in the middle of his Air National Guard class and flew more than 336 hours in a fighter jet before letting his pilot status lapse and missing a key readiness drill, according to his flight records belatedly uncovered Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act.
Coincidences are the strangest things --by Josh Marshall (scroll for item) "... AP: 'U.S. death toll in Iraq passes 1,000 mark' ... 4:27 PM, Sept. 7th, 2004 AP: 'Ridge: Terrorists hope to disrupt election' ... 4:40 PM, Sept. 7th, 2004"
Chickenhawk Bush afraid to debate Kerry: Bush Likely to Bow Out of 1 Debate --Dictator Bush may skip one of the three debates that have been proposed by the Commission on Presidential Debates and accepted by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Republican officials said yesterday. The officials said Bush's negotiating team plans to resist the middle debate, which was to be Oct. 8 in a town meeting format in the crucial state of Missouri. The Bush-Cheney campaign announced that its debate negotiation team will be led by [2000 coup d'etat architect and Reichwing terrorist] James A. Baker III, who was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush. Baker headed the Bush campaign's 'Florida recount response' [coup d'etat] in 2000 and is Dictator Bush's personal envoy on Iraqi debt 'resolution.'
Luzerne County puts hold on absentee ballots (PA) WILKES-BARRE -- Luzerne County Bureau of Elections said it has been forced to deny absentee ballot applications that an official said were prompted by a mass mailing from Dictator George W. Bush's campaign. Leonard Piazza, director of the election bureau, said Tuesday a mailing sent out by the Bush/Cheney campaign encouraged the county's absentee ballot-eligible voters to submit their applications and vote in the Nov. 2 election.
Calif. to Sue Diebold Over False Claims --California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said on Tuesday he would sue electronic 'voting' machine maker Diebold Inc. on charges it defrauded the state with false claims about its products.
Saddam's generals working as US military consultants --Dozens of Saddam Hussein's former generals and colonels are being paid hundreds of dollars a month by the Pentagon to advise US and Iraqi officials on how to 'contain' the insurgency in northern Iraq.
U.S. Conceding Rebels Control Regions of Iraq --As American military deaths in Iraq operations surpassed the 1,000 mark, top Pentagon officials said Tuesday that insurgents controlled important parts of central Iraq and that it was unclear when American and Iraqi forces would be able to secure those areas.
2 More U.S. Soldiers Are Killed in Iraq Today --In the Shiite ghetto of Sadr City, an armed standoff there dissolved into gun battles Monday night and Tuesday, leaving at least 40 Iraqis and one American soldier dead and 202 people wounded.
2 Italians and 2 Iraqis Kidnapped From Offices in Baghdad --Armed men seized two Italian aid workers and two Iraqis in their offices here on Tuesday in the most brazen kidnapping raid here in months.
U.S. Planes Hit 'Rebel Stronghold' in Falluja; 6 Reported Killed --American planes struck a 'militant stronghold' that has recently been coordinating attacks against occupation forces near the Sunni city of Falluja, the United States military in Baghdad said today. On Tuesday a United States military statement said up to 100 insurgents had been killed in the Falluja attacks.
U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Pass 1,000 --U.S. military deaths in Halliburton's W-ar in Iraq passed 1,000 Tuesday, an Associated Press tally showed, as a spike in fighting with Sunni and Shiite insurgents killed seven Americans in the Baghdad area.
U.S. Deaths in Iraq Top 1,000; Aid Groups Eye Exit --Dozens of international aid agencies considered quitting Iraq Wednesday following the abduction of two Italian women, and as the U.S. military death toll rose above 1,000.
Bush wants to shift $3.3 billion to strengthen Iraq 'security' --Funds would be diverted from 'rebuilding' projects --The Bush regime is preparing to seek congressional approval to divert $3.3 billion earmarked to rebuild Iraq's shattered infrastructure into programs focused mainly to establish 'law and order.' [It looks like another windfall for Halliburton and Rudy Giuliani's 'security' companies, either way.]
Anti-Blair move legal, lord says --A former Labour law officer who opposed the Iraq war said yesterday that legally, Tony Blair would not be able to avoid a parliamentary debate calling for his impeachment. Lord Murray, the former lord advocate of Scotland who served under the Wilson and Callaghan governments in the 1970s, said it was "perfectly permissible to move an impeachment motion".
Iraqis sack man named to head trial of Hussein --Salem Chalabi, the man organising the trial of Saddam Hussein, has been sacked after allegedly failing to return from Britain to face a murder charge in Iraq.
FBI investigates suspected Pentagon security breaches --An FBI investigation into suspected security breaches involving Pentagon officials and Israel is unlikely to result in prosecution of senior figures following pressure from the White House, according to people familiar with the case.
FBI painting ugly picture --by Eric Margolis "...[T]he current investigation is one indication of growing concerns that U.S. national security and foreign policy have been gravely compromised, or even hijacked, by a small but powerful group of Bush administration neocons. The concern is that this group, with the aid of Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney, helped to engineer the Iraq war at least in part to destroy an enemy of Israel."
US threatens sanctions on Sudanese oil --The US today drafted a resolution to the UN security council, threatening Sudan with sanctions on its oil output if does not rein in Arab militia fighters in the Darfur region.
Oh, joy: Russia prepared for pre-emptive strikes on 'terror bases' worldwide --Russia is prepared to make pre-emptive strikes on "terrorist bases" anywhere in the world, the Interfax news agency cited the country's chief of staff as saying. [Will Russia, therefore, bomb the White House in order to eliminate the terrorists' lair and end the greatest threat to life on the planet?]
Pentagon Says Guantanamo Prisoner Improperly Held --The Pentagon has determined for the first time that one of the nearly 600 Guantanamo Bay prisoners was improperly held by the United States as an "enemy combatant" and will be released to his home country, the Navy secretary said on Wednesday.
Senator Accuses Bush of Cover-Up --Senator Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who is a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the White House on Tuesday of covering up evidence that might have linked Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11 hijackers.
Bush Now Would Give Intelligence Chief More Power --Under election-year pressure [translation: Bush flip-flops, *again*], Dictator Bush said on Wednesday he supported giving "full budgetary authority" to a new national intelligence director after initially balking at the recommendation of the Sept. 11 commission.
Cheney Warns of Terror Risk [Attack] if Kerry Wins --Stepping up the battle over national security, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney warned on Tuesday that the country would be at risk of a terror attack if it made "the wrong choice" in November, and President [sic] Bush accused Senator John Kerry of adopting the antiwar language of his Democratic primary rival Howard Dean. [Note that New York Times GOP media whore David E. Sanger used the word 'risk' instead of 'attack' in his headline, thereby diluting the strength of Cheney's statement and thus downplaying the source of Democrats' outrage. Cheney clearly warned of an 'attack,' not just terror 'risk:' "It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice," Mr. Cheney told a crowd of 350 people in Des Moines, "because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."]
Cheney: Kerry Victory Would Bring Terrorist Attack on U.S. Cheney Warns Against Vote for Kerry --Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney on Tuesday warned Americans about voting for Democratic Sen. John Kerry, saying that if the nation makes the wrong choice on Election Day it faces the threat of another terrorist attack. [Is the Bush dictatorship planning *another* terrorist attack, so that they cannot 'vacate' the White House in January, 2005, regardless of the outcome of the election?
Gee, can they get any more blatant? Ridge: Terrorists Hope to Disrupt Election --'Terrorists' [Bush regime freelancers] still hope to disrupt the U.S. democratic process even though the presidential nominating conventions and other high-profile gatherings this summer went off without incident, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday. Threat reporting over the last several months has been "consistent, general and credible" and indicated the al-CIA-duh network is trying to push ahead with its plans, Ridge said.
Albright calls Cheney charge on terror "irresponsible" --Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's charge that the United States could be hit by another terrorist attack if Democrat John Kerry is elected president was irresponsible, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.
Kerry: Domestic Needs Starved Due to Iraq W-ar --Kerry Criticizes Bush's 'Catastrophic' Iraq Policy --Sen. John F. Kerry today accused the Bush dictatorship of pursuing a "catastrophic" course in Iraq that has not only cost the country a thousand lives but has starved a broad array of domestic programs of money and attention.
Global poll shows a Kerry landslide --If the world could cast a vote in the United States presidential election, John Kerry would beat George W. Bush by a landslide, according to a poll released on Wednesday that is described as the largest sample of global opinion on the race.
Long-Term Deficit Projections Worsen --The deficit for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, will reach $422 billion -- $46 billion more than last year's record level.
Kerry Assails Deficit As Bush's Fault --Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday's projection of a record budget deficit this election year and the continuing movement of U.S. jobs overseas show Dictator Bush is taking the country down the wrong economic track. The Congressional Budget Office predicted a $422 billion deficit.
Gun Makers Ready to Start Selling Assault Weapons Again --With the federal ban on assault weapons set to expire next Monday, gun manufacturers are marketing military-style firearms and are ready to sell them as soon as Sept. 14, a consumer group said Tuesday.
A doctor's role, as seen by Bush --Dictator George Bush's stoush with the English language continued this week, when he offered a surprising explanation of what gynaecologists might do with their patients - if it were not for all those pesky malpractice lawsuits. "Too many good docs are getting out of business," Bush said on Monday. "Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practise their love with women all across this country." It's not clear what Mr Bush meant to say.
Judge Finds Abortion Ban Unconstitutional --A third federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional, saying it fails to include an exception when a woman's health is in danger.
Nader Denied Spot on Va. Presidential Ballot --Virginia election officials on Tuesday rejected a bid by 'independent' candidate Ralph Nader for a spot on the state's November presidential ballot after concluding that Nader's supporters failed to collect enough signatures from registered voters.
Carter Calls Miller's GOP Speech Disloyal --Former President Jimmy Carter is accusing fellow Georgia Democrat Zell Miller of "unprecedented disloyalty" for the senator's speech at the Republican convention. In a letter sent over the weekend, Carter also called Miller's speech "rabid and mean-spirited."
Gay Republican Group Won't Endorse Bush --Leaders of the largest group for gay men and lesbians in the Republican Party voted overwhelmingly against endorsing Dictator Bush for re-selection because he favors a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, The New York Times said on Wednesday.
Keyes Says Christ Would Not Vote For Obama --Illinois Republican U.S. Senate candidate [and Reichwing whackjob] Alan Keyes injected religion into his race against Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday. According to a list of quotes put out by the Democratic candidate, Keyes said in a radio interview at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival that Jesus would not vote for Obama.
Moore to Pursue Best Picture Oscar --Michael Moore says he won't submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for consideration as best documentary at this year's Academy Awards. Instead, he's going for the bigger prize of best picture. Moore's critically acclaimed film slams Dictator Bush's war on terror as ill-advised and corrupt.
Filmmakers Examining the 'What Ifs' of Nuclear Power ...Rory Kennedy's film, "Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable," takes a less emotional approach. It features interviews with the plant's detractors (including her brother Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chief prosecutor for Riverkeeper, an environmental- protection group) and a few defenders. Ms. Kennedy, who narrates the film, begins with questions: what if American Airlines Flight 11, navigating along the Hudson valley on Sept. 11, had banked left and hit Indian Point, rather than continuing south to the World Trade Center?
Millions will die in extreme climate change: scientist --Millions of people across the globe are set to die early due to extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves caused by climate change, a British scientist said yesterday.
Gasoline distribution will be regulated --Gov. Jeb Bush has issued an executive order to regulate who gets gasoline and how. Bush cites the current fuel shortage in Florida, which is so severe even search-and-rescue teams are in short supply.
White House blocked probe of Sept. 11-Saudi link: top US senator --The White House blocked a congressional investigation into alleged links between the Saudi government and two September 11, 2001, hijackers, a top US senator wrote in a book.
Protesters Allege 9/11 Terror Attacks Were Government Conspiracy --On the final day of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival, protesters gathered where the World Trade Center once stood to allege a massive government conspiracy and cover-up regarding the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
U.S. Troops in Iraq See Highest Injury Toll Yet --About 1,100 U.S. soldiers and Marines were wounded in Iraq during August, by far the highest combat injury toll for any month since the W-ar began and an indication of the intensity of battles flaring in urban areas.
Iraqi violence flares after lull --The body of an Egyptian who was kidnapped in Iraq last month has been found in the northern part of the country, police said yesterday, as France awaited word on the fate of two French reporters. Iraqi militants also threatened to behead a Turkish truck driver if the Kuwaiti contractor he worked for did not cease operations in Iraq within 48 hours, a videotape aired on Al Arabiya television on Saturday said...
Mortar Attack Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq --A mortar attack Sunday killed two U.S. soldiers and left 16 wounded -- one critically -- at a base west of the Iraqi capital.
U.S. Assault Likely Before Jan. 'Elections' --A U.S. assault on one or more of Iraq's three main "no-go" areas — including Fallujah — is likely in the next four months as the US puppet dictatorship ['Iraqi government'] prepares to extend control before 'elections' slated for January, the U.S. land forces commander said Sunday.
Armed men beat Iran TV crew in Iraq, take cameras --Armed men beat up an Iranian state television camera crew in Iraq and took their equipment, Iranian state radio reported today, as relations sour between the neighbours who fought a bitter 1980-88 war.
Musharraf imposes former Citibank official as Pakistan’s prime minister --by Vilani Peiris and Keith Jones "Pakistan’s US-backed military strongman, president and armed forces chief Pervez Musharraf, has orchestrated the installation of Shaukat Aziz, a former top official at New York’s Citibank, as the country’s prime minister."
Mega barf alert! Bush Forms Civil Liberties Board --In an executive order issued on Friday night, Dictator Bush responded to a key 9/11 commission recommendation by creating a civil liberties board composed of high-level government officials tasked with making sure their agencies' programs do not violate privacy and civil rights laws. Civil liberties advocates blasted the board, comparing it to the proverbial "fox guarding the hen house," and questioned how it could be effective without outside appointees and independent investigative powers.
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Presidential Tracking Poll: Bush-Kerry --The Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll shows Dictator George W. Bush with 48% of the vote and Senator John Kerry with 46%.
Kerry Enlisting Clinton Aides in Effort to Refocus Campaign --Former President Bill Clinton, in a 90-minute telephone conversation from his hospital room, offered John Kerry detailed advice on Saturday night on how to reinvigorate his candidacy, as Mr. Kerry enlisted more Clinton advisers to help shape his strategy and message for the remainder of the campaign.
US puppet dictatorship in Iraq spreads its wings: Aljazeera outraged by Iraq ban extension --Aljazeera has reacted with shock and outrage at the interim Iraqi government's [US puppet dictatorship's] indefinite extension of a ban on the network's coverage operations in the war-torn country.
Suicide bomber kills 17 in northern Iraq -- A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle outside a police academy in the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing 17 people, including 14 policemen. A further 36 people were injured by the blast.
Medicos hit out at Iraq war --Some of Australia's leading doctors have signed a joint statement condemning the Howard government for taking the nation to war in Iraq.
US to rely on special forces --Defence priorities shifting to non-conventional threats like terrorism --THE United States would emphasise the use of special forces in guerilla conflicts against 'terrorists' and 'rogue states' rather than fighting large-scale wars against traditional enemies, officials said on Friday. The shift in strategy comes under a broad change in defence thinking being weighed by Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Four SEALs Are Charged With Abuse of Prisoners --The Navy said yesterday it charged four of its SEALs with abusing detainees in Iraq, marking the first time that elite Special Operations troops have been accused of such offenses in the expanding series of probes into the U.S. military's mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.
FBI informed White House of Israeli intelligence probe two years ago --Dictator George W. Bush's top national security advisers were told more than two years ago of an FBI investigation into whether classified information was passed to Israel by a powerful pro-Israeli lobbying group, US officials said on Thursday.
FBI probes Jewish sway on Bush government --The FBI investigation into the Pentagon mole affair has expanded beyond data analyst Larry Franklin's immediate circle to encompass the entire issue of Jewish influence on the neoconservative part of the administration.
Graham book: Inquiry into 9/11, Saudi ties blocked --Two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers had a support network in the United States that included agents of the Saudi government, and the Bush dictatorship and FBI blocked a congressional investigation into that relationship, Sen. Bob Graham wrote in a book to be released Tuesday. The discovery of the financial backing of the two hijackers ''would draw a direct line between the terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia, and trigger an attempted coverup by the Bush administration,'' the Florida Democrat wrote.
'We don't want our loved ones who died in 9/11 used as an excuse to start war' --The Protesters: Relatives of terror victims are foremost in the mass demonstrations that show not everyone loves Bush. The decision to hold the convention just a few blocks from the site where nearly 3000 people died in the World Trade Centre attacks has been condemned by many opponents of the Republican Party as a gross exploitation of America’s suffering.
Holy September Surprise, Batman! Bin Laden could be arrested at any time, says US official --US Coordinator on counter-terrorism Ambassador J Cofer Black expected on Friday that Osama [Bush] Bin Laden and his collaborators could be arrested at any time and said, "Everything is in place and a little bit is needed to localise these people and catch them." [Yes, everything is in place... the Repugnant Nazi Carnival needs a post-convention 'boost'... time for Bush bin Laden's 'capture' to be announced.]
U.S. Near Seizing bin Laden, Official Says --The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama [Bush] bin Laden in the last two months, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.
Frequent Fliers Sign Up to Ease Security Checks -- About 10,000 people have enrolled in a test program for speeding passengers through airport security checkpoints, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Friday. Under the program, passengers give the Transportation Security Administration basic personal information at airport kiosks... Volunteers are photographed and submit to fingerprinting and eye-scans.
Security Scare Shuts Los Angeles Airport --A security breach and a flashlight battery explosion shut down four terminals at Los Angeles International Airport for nearly four hours on Saturday, delaying dozens of flights and clogging traffic for miles on surrounding city streets.
Pied-piper police guard Bush from protests --Reporters who tail US Dictator George W. Bush around the world were surprised by a "Pied Piper"-like method for minimizing protests at a rally in the crucial state of Ohio.
Bush Opens Lead in Electoral Vote Race --In a seesaw campaign, Dictator Bush has opened a lead over John Kerry in their drive to White House victory by making gains in the Midwest and solidifying his Southern base.
Democrats Urge Kerry to Turn Up Intensity of Campaign --Dictator Bush roared out of his New York convention last week, leaving many Democrats nervous about the state of the presidential race and pressing Senator John Kerry to torque up what they described as a wandering and low-energy campaign.
Democrat Says He Helped Bush Into Guard to Score Points -- A former senior politician from Texas has told close friends that he recommended George W. Bush for a pilot's slot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War because he was eager to "collect chits" from an influential political family. The reported comments by former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes add fuel to a long-running controversy over how Bush got a slot in an outfit known as the "Champagne Unit" because it included so many sons of prominent Texans.
Pentagon to check Kerry war record --In a fresh blow to John Kerry's flagging presidential campaign, the Pentagon has ordered an official investigation into the awards of the Democratic senator's five Vietnam War decorations.
Bush renews call for privatization of Social Security --Dictator Bush revived a pledge Thursday to give workers more control over retirement savings and put Social Security on sound financial footing.
Hollinger Files Stinging Report on Ex-Officials --In a 513-page report shot through with sarcasm and disgust, a special committee of the publishing company Hollinger International Inc. concluded that the former officials Conrad M. Black and F. David Radler ran a "corporate kleptocracy,'' diverting to themselves virtually all the company's $400 million in earnings over seven years... And the report reserved some of its harshest criticism for Richard N. Perle, the former Reagan administration official and current board member, calling on him to return $5.4 million in pay after "putting his own interests above those of Hollinger's shareholders.''
Heinz Kerry released from Mason City hospital --Teresa Heinz Kerry was taken to a hospital here late Saturday after complaining of an upset stomach, a spokeswoman said. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa by ambulance from the airport. "As a precaution, Mrs. Heinz Kerry had a series of routine tests performed and was released," said Sarah Geggenheimar, a spokeswoman for Heinz Kerry. "She is feeling better and is traveling to her home in Pittsburgh tonight as planned."
Awaiting Surgery, Clinton Is Up, Around and Seeing Visitors --Awaiting open heart surgery early this week, former President Bill Clinton remained hospitalized in New York yesterday, but was reported in good spirits, moving around his room, dressed in street clothes and being visited by his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea.
Climate change takes its toll on Fiji's coral --A marine biologist is alarmed at the deterioration of the Fijian coral reefs he has seen in the past 20 years.
Edwards: Bush has taken US to the edge of the cliff --On Friday, Senator John Edwards, made the rounds of the morning radio and television shows. "What we heard from the Republicans in that hall last night was an enormous amount of anger," he said on CBS's The Early Show. "If you went to the refrigerator to get a Diet Coke, you would have missed any discussion of what they're going to do about health care, what they're going to do about jobs, what they plan to do about this mess in Iraq."He accused the Bush regime of leading the nation from "the edge of greatness to the edge of the cliff".
Shot Fired Into GOP Headquarters (WV) A shot was fired at the Republican Party headquarters in Huntington Thursday night, while two dozen supporters of George W. Bush watched him accept his party's nomination.
Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell "So I ask you, isn't it time that left-leaning liberals and leftists exercised their 2nd amendment rights and got organized and prepared? Isn't it time, before it's too late? Isn't it time, before another Bush coup and the following four years of increased repression and economic ruin?"
U.S. Troops Death Toll Mounts as Iraq Danger Persists --The U.S. military death toll in Iraq is approaching 1,000, with the danger faced by American troops undiminished in the two months since the formation of an interim government.
Al-Sadr Says U.S. Can't Defeat Militia --Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr declared U.S. forces can never defeat his Mahdi militia in a defiant speech read out to 2,000 supporters during the first Friday prayers since the end of a brutal three-week standoff with American troops.
Letter 'shows No 10 made pact with White House to push the Conservatives on Iraq' --Downing Street was accused yesterday of mobilising Dictator George Bush to put pressure on the Conservative Party to support Tony Blair's stance on Iraq.
US Marine guilty of Iraq abuse --A marine reservist has been found guilty of dereliction of duty and the abuse of prisoners last year at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq. But he was cleared of assaulting a 52-year-old Iraqi man who later died there.
Wider FBI Probe of Pentagon Leaks Includes Chalabi --FBI counterintelligence agents are investigating whether several Pentagon officials leaked classified information to Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a law enforcement official and other people familiar with the case.
Source: Bush regime briefed about spy probe early --The FBI first briefed senior White House officials early in the Bush dictatorship about an investigation into whether a major pro-Israel lobbying organization was providing U.S. intelligence information to Israel, officials said Friday.
Chirac rule under threat as protégé spreads his wings --There will be a shift of power on the French right this weekend which could mark the beginning of the end of the Chirac era in French politics. Today, the Finance Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, once a protégé of President Jacques Chirac but now his most formidable rival, will launch his candidature for the vacant presidency of the UMP, the dominant party on the centre-right.
Judge fines NYC over protester detentions --City appeals, saying 1,100 arrests Tuesday overwhelmed system --A judge in Manhattan held the city of New York in contempt Thursday, saying police did not abide by his order to release more than 500 people arrested in protests this week. The judge imposed a $1,000 fine for every person who was not released.
Thousands arrested in battle for New York --Once again yesterday, the streets of the city were coloured dark blue with the uniforms of thousands of police officers, and the skies vibrated with helicopters and a large NYPD airship as commanders braced for more noisy demonstrations on the last night of the convention, attended by Dictator George Bush. New York police toiled to contain the myriad of protests that erupted in Manhattan, arresting almost 2,000 people over four days.
'Courtroom' ready for Bush protesters (PA) A special courtroom set up at the Lackawanna County Stadium this morning probably wasn't too busy. There were only three protesters in the area set up for them outside the stadium when Dictator George W. Bush arrived.
Edwards' Plane Grounded at WB/Scranton Airport --Senator John Edwards' plane left at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. It had been grounded because of a runway problem. Airport officials said an Air Force C-17 was taxiing on the runway when it made a turn and ripped up a chunk of the runway. It happened just before 3:00 p.m. [Note to Karl Rove and the GOP: we will assume any mysterious 'acts of God' and/or 'lightening strikes' that once-again-just-so-happen to kill key Democrats (as in Mel Carnahan and Paul Wellstone) are your acts of terrorism and we *will not accept* the outcome of your (second) coup d'etat.]
Ruppert Names Cheney Prime Suspect In 911 Mass Murders --"I will name Richard Cheney as the prime suspect in the mass murders of 9/11 and will establish that, not only was he a planner in the attacks, but also that on the day of the attacks he was running a completely separate Command, Control and Communications system which was superceding any orders being issued by the NMCC [National Military Command Center], or the White House Situation Room." -- Michael Ruppert --Text of Michael Ruppert's Speech at the Commonwealth Club Last Night by repost Wednesday, Sep. 01, 2004 at 9:34 AM. (.pdf)
Federal judge dismisses terrorism charges against two men in Detroit --Acting at the request of prosecutors, a federal judge on Thursday dismissed the terrorism charges against two men convicted last year.
Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery --Dictator Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery." "He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally. Bush's audience of thousands [of Reichwing maggots] in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
Bill Clinton to Have Heart Surgery Next Week --Former President Bill Clinton will have heart bypass surgery early next week after being rushed to a top New York hospital on Friday complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath. "He will be having surgery early in the week," his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, said.
Bill Clinton Hospitalized, to Undergo Heart Bypass Surgery --Former President Bill Clinton will undergo heart bypass surgery after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath, his office said Friday. Clinton was being admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, a statement said. He had seen a doctor first on Thursday, and additional tests Friday revealed the need for the surgery, it said.
Electoral math offers number of nightmares --Shifts in electoral votes and the realities of an evenly divided nation mean there is a credible case that the final tally in Bush vs. Kerry could be 269-269 — an outcome that would throw the election to the House of Representatives. The reaction among Americans could make the firestorm after the last election seem like a backyard barbecue. [It better be.] "One of the reasons that there's so much hatred in American politics right now is the dispute over the 2000 [s]election," says Paul Sracic, a political scientist at Youngstown State University in Ohio, one of the battleground states. "If we had a second election like that, the passions and the hatred in this country would build even more," Sracic says. "...It may seem like a coup." [That is because the first 'election' ***WAS*** a coup!!! We will not tolerate a ***second*** coup d'etat!!]
Diebold stumbles into 'a minefield' of voting machines --Diebold Inc. got a fast start in the voting-machine industry two years ago, but sales have dropped as the company stumbles over technical and political hurdles... Politics got into the volatile mix because O'Dell is a Republican Pioneer, meaning he has raised at least $100,000 for Dictator Bush. In a fund-raising letter he sent in August 2003, O'Dell said he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic]."
Discrepancy forces re-count of 6,000 absentee ballots (FL) A more than 6,000-vote discrepancy in absentee ballots counted in Tuesday's election has forced Palm Beach County to re-count all of those votes.
Computer Glitch Stalls Hillsborough Results (FL) Vote counting in Hillsborough County slowed to a crawl Tuesday night, leaving the outcome of some major races in limbo well into early morning today. Hillsborough's results stalled for hours as elections officials struggled to figure out why their computerized counting system malfunctioned.
Two Anti-Kerry Vets Tapped for VA Panel --Two former Vietnam prisoners of war who appear in ads attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry were appointed by the Bush dictatorship to a panel advising the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bush by numbers: Four years of double standards --by Graydon Carter "1 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security issued between 20 January 2001 and 10 September 2001 that mentioned al-Qa'ida. 104 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and defence in the same period that mentioned Iraq or Saddam Hussein."
Bush Glosses Over Complex Facts in Speech --Dictator Bush glossed over some complicating realities in Iraq, Afghanistan and the home front in arguing the case Americans are safer and his opponent cannot deliver.
Cheney Says Kerry Doesn't Understand West --Vice pResident Dick Cheney portrayed Democrat John Kerry as a flip-flopper from the Northeast who doesn't understand the needs of the West.
Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry --Vice pResident Dick Cheney said yesterday that the nation's fundamental security was at stake in the presidential election, that Senator John Kerry had repeatedly "made the wrong call" on critical foreign policy challenges and that the Democratic challenger did not appreciate the severity of the threat the nation faced after the Sept. 11 attacks. [Well, at least Kerry didn't orchestrate them.]
Swift Boat Vet's Signature Forged on Anti-Kerry Letter --Columbus swift boat vet angry about letter --Swift boat veteran Bob Anderson of Columbus is ticked. He is irritated that his name was included - without his permission - on a letter used to discredit Kerry. When he found out last week that his name was one of about 300 signed on a letter questioning Kerry's service, he was "flabbergasted."
Outraged Kerry takes the gloves off at last after Republican jibes --John Kerry launched a stinging and personal counter-attack against George Bush's regime, singling out Dick Cheney, the vice-pResident, for having "refused to serve" in Vietnam. The ferocity of the Democratic party's presidential challenger at the midnight rally of supporters in Ohio marked a sharp change in his campaign tactics.
Kerry on Bush Speech: 'All Hat, No Cattle' --Democrat John Kerry said Friday that Dictator Bush didn't keep the promises he made as a candidate four years ago, and pledged to do better if elected. He also summed up Bush's convention speech in four words: "All hat, no cattle.''
Kerry hits back at GOP 'insults,' says Bush unfit to serve --Democrat John Kerry criticized new unemployment figures Friday that showed a slight dip in the jobless rate and fewer jobs created than expected as another example of what he says is Dictator Bush's "record of failure."
Kerry Criticizes Cheney for Avoiding Vietnam War --Democrat John Kerry hit back at Dick Cheneyon Thursday by raising the Republican's failure to serve in the Vietnam War and asking voters to weigh his two tours of duty against the vice pResident's five deferments.
Edwards: Bush Hides Dismal Jobs Record --Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday blamed Dictator Bush for failing American workers and said George Bush was trying to hide a dismal record on job creation.
Ind. Congressman Gets Suspended Sentence --A Republican congressman who brought a loaded Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun into Louisville International Airport received a 60-day jail sentence, but will not have to serve it unless he has other criminal troubles during the next two years.
Fla. poor can't afford to flee hurricane FORT PIERCE, Fla. --Charles and Laura Willis sat on a blanket in a high school hallway Friday because they had nowhere else to go to get away from Hurricane Frances. With a beat-up car and no money to even board up their house, they probably couldn't have gotten there anyway...
"This is what a police state looks like." --Pier 57 Likened To Guantanamo --To the protesters, it's Guantanamo on the Hudson. Some protesters have complained bitterly about conditions at the temporary holding area set up by police at Pier 57 in Chelsea for processing convention-related arrests. One former detainee, Andrew Lynn, claimed he was held there for hours on end in "Guantanamo-style pens" — a reference to the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On Tuesday night, some chanted "This is what a police state looks like."
Police Tactics Mute the Protesters, and Their Message --As the Repugnant Nazi Carnival approached its final evening tonight, there had been nearly 1,800 arrests of protesters on the streets, two-thirds of them on Tuesday night alone. But for all the anger of the demonstrations, they have barely interrupted the convention narrative, and have drawn relatively little national news coverage.
Anti-Bush Protesters Swarm Grand Central Station --About 200 activists swarmed into New York's Grand Central Station on Thursday, hung banners and chanted "Fight AIDS, not war" on the day Dictator Bush accepts the Republican nomination at his party's convention.
Repugnant Nazi Carnival Dogged by Relentless Protests ...Police arrested 19 people in several incidents, bringing the total of those detained so far during seven days of relentless convention-related protests to more than 1,760, a record for a U.S. political convention.
Crackdown on anti-Bush protests Thousands arrested in New York City -by Bill Van Auken "The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has launched a harsh crackdown against anti-Bush protesters, arresting between 1,500 and 2,000 since demonstrations against the Repugnant Nazi Carnival began last Friday... The conditions under which the thousands of arrestees are being held sparked another protest on Tuesday morning outside Pier 57 at 15th Street on the West Side Highway. The facility has been turned into a mass detention center that protesters have dubbed 'Guantánamo on the Hudson.'"
After Citing Doubt, Bush Declares 'We Will Win' Terror War (NYT) --In a speech to the national convention of the American Legion, Bush said, "We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start yet one that we will win. That statement differed from Bush's earlier comment, aired Monday in a pre-taped television interview, that "I don't think you can win'' the war on terror. [Bush is the world's biggest terrorist. The only way to end the W-ar on [of] Terrorism is by getting rid of Bush!]
Topic of Terror Overshadowing All Others --Bush Pushes Aside Talk of Agenda, Sees Talk of National Security as Ticket to Second Term --In delivering its message this week, the GOP elephant so far has been something of a one-trick pony. On Monday, the prime-time speakers at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival spoke about terrorism. [They ought to know - they issued the ticket in the first place --i.e., they are the terrorists.]
Cheney and G.O.P. Mount Vigorous Assault on Kerry --Vice pResident Dick Cheney said yesterday that the nation's fundamental security was at stake in the presidential election, that Senator John Kerry had repeatedly "made the wrong call" on critical foreign policy challenges and that the Democratic challenger did not appreciate the severity of the threat the nation faced after the Sept. 11 attacks. [Well, at least Kerry didn't orchestrate them.]
Edwards Assails GOP Speakers on Issues --Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards fought back Thursday after a torrent of Republican criticism of John Kerry, saying Repugnant Nazi Carnival speakers used angry rhetoric to attack his running mate but ignored key issues like jobs and health care.
Kerry Challenges Bush on Terror Policies --In a sharply worded challenge to Dictator Bush, Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday "extremism has gained momentum" as a result of 'administration' missteps in Iraq, but said the war on terror is a winnable one with the right policies.
Edwards' Plane Grounded at WB/Scranton Airport --Senator John Edwards' plane left at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. It had been grounded because of a runway problem. Airport officials said an Air Force C-17 was taxiing on the runway when it made a turn and ripped up a chunk of the runway. It happened just before 3:00 p.m. [Note to Karl Rove and the GOP: we will assume any mysterious 'acts of God' and/or 'lightening strikes' that once-again-just-so-happen to kill key Democrats (as in Mel Carnahan and Paul Wellstone) are your acts of terrorism and we *will not accept* the outcome of your (second) coup d'etat.]
U.S. Seeks to Dismiss Terror Convictions --In a dramatic reversal, the Justice Department acknowledges its original prosecution of a suspected terror cell in Detroit was filled with a "pattern of mistakes and oversights" that warrant the dismissal of the convictions.
Pentagon Censors 'Right to Know' Video --The Defense Department spent $70,500 to produce a Humphrey Bogart-themed video called "The People's Right to Know" to teach employees to respond to citizen requests for information. But when it came to showing the tape to the public, the Pentagon censored some of the footage.
Cleric Says Right to Fight U.S. Civilians in Iraq --An Egyptian cleric based in Qatar and often described as a moderate has ruled that it is a religious duty for Muslims to fight Americans in Iraq, including U.S. civilians, his office director said Thursday.
Gunmen Kill an Associated Press Driver --Gunmen killed an Associated Press driver near his home in Baghdad on Thursday, his relatives and police said.
U.S. airstrike in Fallujah kills 17 --A U.S. airstrike late Wednesday targeted a suspected safehouse in Fallujah used by followers of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, U.S. officials said. The attack killed 17 people, including three children, and wounded six, hospital officials and witnesses said.
Iraqi group claims killing of 3 Turks --The bodies of two Turkish citizens and a third unidentified man were discovered at a farm in northern Iraq, the police said Thursday. All three had been slain.
Israeli political advisor may have received U.S. secrets --Pentagon espionage investigation continues --U.S. government sources confirm to NBC News that the Israeli diplomat suspected of receiving U.S. secrets is Naor Gilon — political advisor to the Israeli embassy in Washington.
FBI Copies Computer Hard Drive in Israel Probe --FBI agents copied the computer hard drive of a senior official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in their investigation of a Pentagon analyst suspected of turning over classified information to Israel, people familiar with the matter said.
Kissinger Comments Seen As OK for Abuse --While Argentina's military junta was suppressing dissidents in 1976, Secretary of State [war criminal] Henry Kissinger told the country's foreign minister, "If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly," according to a newly declassified document. The conversation left Argentine generals with the belief that Kissinger gave them "a carte blanche for the dirty war," said Carlos Osorio of the National Security Archives.
Judge Delays Criminal Trial For Former Enron Executives --Defendants in Internet Unit Case Get 5-Month Extension --A federal judge in Houston yesterday agreed to postpone for five months the criminal trial of several former executives in Enron Corp.'s Internet division, just one day after a leader of the unit pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Swift boat TV ads set to air locally (FL) Anti-Kerry group aiming message at veterans in Jacksonville, across the state. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [sic] have begun an advertising barrage in Florida with a new television spot about Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry giving back his military medals in protest of the Vietnam War.
Groups head to Florida to watch, work election --Legions of labor organizers, poll watchers, high-powered lawyers and sneaker-clad volunteers from Maine to California are heading to the Sunshine State. They could be joined by an official election monitoring team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
E-'Vote' Recount Rule in Dispute --Florida officials will not require any recounts of votes cast on touch-screen 'voting' machines during Tuesday's state primary, despite a ruling by an administrative judge that counties using electronic 'voting' are not exempt from laws requiring the re-tabulation of votes in close elections.
Judge upholds touch screens --Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck yesterday rejected a challenge to Maryland's electronic 'voting' system, ruling that the state has "taken all reasonable steps to protect the integrity of the voting process in Maryland."
Use Electronic Voting From Overseas As 'Last Resort,' Official Says --Some overseas servicemembers have another way to vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 elections, but they should use it as a last resort, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
Election 2004: Nader files to be on Florida ballot --Ralph Nader will be on the November ballot in Florida, where four years ago his candidacy [and the Bush coup d'etat] is widely believed to have cost Al Gore the presidency.
Backlash builds against Keyes' remarks --U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes stridently defended his statements about the vice pResident's gay daughter today even as Illinois Republican leaders expressed reactions ranging from dismay to disgust.
Iraq's Chalabi Escapes Assassination Attempt --Gunmen opened fire Wednesday on a convoy carrying former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi in an apparent assassination attempt that wounded two of his bodyguards, Chalabi's spokesman said.
Mother of soldier killed in Iraq starts withdrawal petition --The mother of a British soldier killed in an Iraqi ambush has launched a petition for the withdrawal of UK troops as she prepares to sue the Ministry of Defence over the death of her son.
Drug Cos. Woo Lawmakers at Repugnant Nazi Carnival --The pharmaceutical industry, fighting to defeat proposals that would give U.S. patients easier access to cheaper Canadian drugs, is making the most of its chance for face time with lawmakers at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival.
Action alert! (nrcnotwelcome.org) Dictator Bush is going to be watching Dick Cheney's convention speech tonight at a social club in Elmhurst. According to a Daily News article, it is at the Italian Charities of America club, which looks to be at 83-20 Queens Blvd. 718-478-3100. The best way to get there is probably the Q60 bus (which departs from 60th St./2nd Ave. in Manhattan), or the R train to Elmhurst Avenue.
on the Hudson" (nrcnotwelcome.org)
"At 15th Street on the West Side Highway, the
City of New York has set up a temporary detention center
on Pier 57 for people arrested during the RNC protests. The building
was formerly a garage for buses, and the conditions are appalling: the
large holding pens are made of chain link fence with razor wire on top;
each pen has only two portable toilets and very few benches; most people
have to sleep on the floor; arrestees have gone for many hours without
access to food, water, phones, or lawyers. The building most likely
has asbestos and there are large areas where oil from the buses that
used to be housed there has spilled. There is some question about
whether the building has an operable fire-suppression system. On top
of that, people are being held an unusually long amount of time before
they are moved through the process and released." --Join us
in a picket line in front of Pier 57 Thursday morning to protest the
appalling conditions there and show solidarity with arrestees.
NYC Police Arrest Nearly 1,000 Protesters --Nearly 1,000 protesters were arrested across Manhattan on Tuesday as swarms of activists massed in the streets for marches to the site of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival — by far the biggest day of arrests since the demonstrations began last week.
NY Police Arrest Over 900 in Anti-Bush Protests --New York Police arrested more than 900 people late on Tuesday as anti-Bush activists blocked traffic, staged anti-war protests and harassed Republican delegates on the second day of a convention to nominate Dictator Bush to a second term.
Student Arrested After Getting Close To Cheney --A straight-A Yale junior was arrested after entering a restricted area near Vice pResident Dick Cheney's booth at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival, coming within 10 feet of him and shouting anti-war statements, authorities said Tuesday.
Three Missourians followed by FBI say they are anarchists --The three Missouri political activists who claimed the FBI intimidated them by putting them under investigation have come out and publicly identified themselves as anarchists and said they planned no violence at the [Democratic National Convention] protest.
U.S. Planes Seen Vulnerable Over Bomb Screening Gaps --U.S. airlines are vulnerable to the same kind of mid-air bombings that apparently blew up two Russian planes because most travelers are not screened for explosives, industry experts and officials said on Tuesday.
Tax Code --Tax cuts were just the beginning: the President [sic] is signalling a far more radical agenda. by John Cassidy "When the President [sic] pledges to create an 'era of ownership,' he is not talking merely about encouraging people to buy their own homes and start small businesses. To conservative Republicans who understand his coded language, he is also talking about extending and expanding the tax cuts he introduced in his first term; he is talking about allowing wealthy Americans to shelter much of their income from the I.R.S.; about using the tax code to curtail the government’s role in health care and retirement saving; and, ultimately, about a vision that has entranced but eluded conservatives for decades: the abolition of the graduated income tax and its replacement with a levy that is simpler, flatter, and more favorable to rich people."
Butterfly Ballot Designer Loses Election --The county election supervisor [GOP whore] whose confusing ballot design contributed to the 2000 coup d'etat has lost her job. Theresa LePore, the inventor of the butterfly ballot that was scrutinized during the presidential recount, lost her re-election bid to remain Palm Beach County elections supervisor. Despite the loss, LeGOPWhore will remain in office until Jan. 3 and will oversee the November election in the county.
Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole --by Bev Harris (blackboxvoting.com) "Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator -- 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time. By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks."
Florida orders nearly 500,000 people to evacuate as Frances nears --Forecasters readied a hurricane watch for South Florida and emergency managers ordered mass evacuations upstate - and pleaded with residents everywhere to make final preparations Thursday - as a monstrous Hurricane Frances prowled relentlessly closer.
Evacuations to start tomorrow in Florida --Thousands of Floridians are being advised to flee ahead of Hurricane Frances. Just weeks after Hurricane Charley devastated parts of the state, another Category 4 hurricane is bearing down on Florida. A hit from Frances would make it the worst double hurricane strike on one state in at least a century.
Prosecutor to Drop Rape Charge Against Kobe Bryant --Prosecutors in the Kobe Bryant rape case will ask a judge on Wednesday to drop the rape charge against the basketball player, a source close to the case said.
Secret Court Poses Challenges --Non-Government Litigants Lack Access, Ways to Influence Cases --The Justice Department has argued in a recent court case that librarians, booksellers and other businesses can easily challenge a controversial provision of the USA Patriot Act by appealing to a super-secret court that approves surveillance of terrorists and foreign intelligence agents. The only problem, according to a document released last week, is that the same court does not allow anyone but government attorneys and agents inside its doors.
the Texas RNC delegates for a *special* Halliburton Breakfast
Schedule of Some of the Activities Occurring as part of the August 31st Day of Action (a31.org) "Permits were not sought for or granted to any of the following events; other events, both spontaneous & planned may also occur. Join us as we make history in the streets of New York City! Throughout the day, actions will focus on events affiliated with the Republican National Convention [Repugnant Nazi Carnival], such as the Bank of America's 9:30am 'Finance Roundtable' at Tavern on the Green. Some of these Midtown protest sites for the 4pm wave of action include but are not limited to the following corporations: ..."
Anarchists promise disruptions --Among some of the events the anarchists are planning for today are actions at the Manhattan office sites of companies that the group feels have benefited from the war, such as Carlyle Group, Rand Corporation, Hummer and Chevron. In addition, people who want to join the group's events are invited to meet up at 4 p.m. at Union Square.
Protesters' Encounters With Delegates on the Town Turn Ugly [sic] --Outside a hotel in Times Square, delegates to the Repugnant Nazi Carnival were swarmed by protesters dressed in black and swearing at them... Since platoons of heavily armed police are guarding the convention site at Madison Square Garden, anarchists and other radicals are carrying out a coordinated plan to strike out at delegates at their hotels, breakfasts, parties, and on the streets. [CLG will post protests of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival, so keep checking back.]
Repugnant Nazi Carnival opens; stocks slide Stocks Dip on Consumer Income Report News --Trading volume was on pace for a new year-to-date low as many on Wall Street refused to make large moves until the Repugnant Nazi Carnival concluded without incident.
Addendum to weekend protest coverage: On Saturday, we marched from Washington Square with the 911truth.org folks past WTC Building 7 and held a rally for exposition of 9-11 truth. We had a 'ring out' at Ground Zero. The signs we carried: 'Expose the 9/11 coverup' and 'Fiscal Ruin, Lost Rights, Endless War --Only 9/11 Truth Will Set Us Free.' Several hundred people attended. New York Lawyers' Guild observers were there, along with tons of media. [Note: CLG's report from the New York protest front will be posted Tuesday evening.]
Vast Anti-Bush Rally Greets Republicans in New York --A roaring two-mile river of demonstrators surged through the canyons of Manhattan yesterday in the city's largest political protest in decades, a raucous but peaceful spectacle that pilloried George W. Bush and demanded regime change in Washington. On a sweltering August Sunday, the huge throng of protesters marched past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival opening today, and denounced Dictator Bush as a misfit who had plunged America into war and runaway debt, undermined civil and constitutional rights, lied to the people, despoiled the environment and used the presidency to benefit corporations and millionaires.
March Draws Hundreds of Thousands to NY Streets --Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators carrying colorful banners and shouting "no more Bush" took to the streets of New York on Sunday, the day before the Repugnant Nazi Carnival was to open, to decry the U.S.-led war in Iraq and Dictator Bush's policies. Organizers for United for Peace and Justice coalition estimated 400,000 people marched for more than five hours in summer heat and humidity. Police declined to estimate the size of the crowd, but it stretched out more than a mile along two main avenues in central Manhattan.
111 photos of the New York protests (Newsday)
August 29th, 2004: NYC Protest Against the Bush Agenda organized by United for Peace & Justice --photogallery (joecitizen.org)
Effort Intensifies to Secure Penn Station --Trash cans are welded shut, armed guards are watching rail yards and thousands of cops are patrolling Penn Station. North America's busiest train station is the epicenter of the city's largest police deployment in memory.
All That Secrecy Is Expensive --During the 2003 fiscal year, the federal government spent more than $6.5 billion securing classified information, according to a new "Secrecy Report Card" from OpenTheGovernment.org, a coalition of government watchdog and civil liberties groups. But it's only a best guess, really; the report card's accounting doesn't include a penny from the Central Intelligence Agency, which keeps even its overall budget classified.
Half of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" to Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York’s Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals --On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International.
9/11 dominates convention start --Four miles from the pit at ground zero, Republicans opened their national convention yesterday with former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York paying tribute to the heroes and dead from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Jeers and Boos at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival --Left wing film-maker Michael Moore faced a barrage of jeers and boos at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival today. Moore, who was wearing a dark red hat bearing the Stars and Stripes flag, got into the convention with a media messenger pass. He was earlier denied access to the floor area and escorted away by Secret Service agents and convention security officials who said he had the wrong credential.
Subpoena Seeks Records About Delegate Lists on Web --The inJustice Department has opened a criminal investigation and is demanding records regarding Internet postings by critics of the Bush dictatorship that list the names of Republican delegates and urge protesters to give them an unwelcome reception in New York City. Federal prosecutors said in a grand jury subpoena that the information was needed as part of an investigation into possible voter intimidation. [?!? The Republicans *steal* the 2000 election in a coup d'etat, and are now *whining* about possible voter intimidation??? If they are so concerned, they need to tell Jeb Bush's henchmen to stop intimidating African-American voters in Florida. See: A Chill in Florida --by Bob Herbert "...[T]he sending of state troopers into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando was said by officials to be a response to allegations of voter fraud in last March's mayoral election. But the investigation went forward despite findings in the spring that appeared to show that the allegations were unfounded. Why go forward anyway? Well, consider that the prolonged investigation dovetails exquisitely with that crucial but unspoken mission of the G.O.P. in Florida: to keep black voter turnout as low as possible." BTW, here is the link to the Repugnant Nazi Carnival delegates list: 2004 RNC Delegates (rncdelegates.com) "...[T]oday we are releasing a list of delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention [Repugnant Nazi Carnival]. This list includes the names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of RNC delegates in addition to what hotel each one is staying at during their invasion of New York City. It is not a complete list, but does include information on over 1600 delegates gathered from a variety of sources."]
Iraq: Kirkuk Education Head Shot Dead --Gunmen today shot dead the head of the education department of the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk, police said.
U.S. May Shift Iraq Reconstruction Funds to Security --The U.S. envoy to Iraq wants to shift $3.3 billion set aside for Iraqi water, sewer, power and other reconstruction projects to improve security, boost oil output and create jobs, a U.S. official said on Monday.
New Threats Against Americans in Kabul --Taliban Takes Responsibility for Sunday's Attack, Warns of More Against U.S. Targets --American officials warned U.S. citizens Monday to avoid high-profile locations and government facilities in the Afghan capital after Sunday's car bombing outside the office of an American 'security' firm here. Officials raised the death toll to at least six people, including three Americans.
7 Killed in Kabul as Bombing Rips a U.S. Contractor --At least seven people, including at least two Americans, were killed Sunday when a powerful bomb exploded outside the compound of an American contractor helping to train the Afghan police.
99% chance of attack on Iran --A prominent Jordanian journalist on Monday expected the United States or Israel to launch a "pre-emptive strike" against Iran in September or October with a view to enhancing Dictator George Bush's re-selection chances.
FBI Interviews Senior Defense Officials in Probe of Analyst --Investigators Looking At Contacts With Israelis --The FBI has interviewed several senior Pentagon officials in recent days in connection with an investigation of a Defense Department analyst who is suspected of providing classified documents to Israel but has been cooperating with investigators for several weeks, government officials said yesterday.
FBI probes DOD office --The FBI has intensified its investigation of senior members of what was formerly known as the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans on suspicion that one of them passed highly classified U.S. military information to the government of Israel, according to federal law enforcement officials.
Iran-Contra II? Fresh scrutiny on a rogue Pentagon operation. -- by Joshua Micah Marshall, Laura Rozen, and Paul Glastris "The focus of the investigation, according to U.S. government officials, is Larry Franklin, a veteran Defense Intelligence Agency Iran analyst now working in the office of the Pentagon's number three civilian official, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith. ...[T]he FBI is looking with renewed interest at an unauthorized back-channel between Iranian dissidents and advisers in Feith's office, which more senior administration officials first tried in vain to shut down and then later attempted to cover up."
England 'enjoyed' abuse of prisoners --Lynndie England, the US army reservist accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad, participated willingly in creating a "human pyramid" of naked detainees, a fellow soldier already convicted in the scandal said yesterday. Pte Jeremy Sivits told a hearing in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that, while helping escort a detainee into the prison in December 2003, he heard a sergeant order England and another soldier, Sgt Javal Davis, to stop "stomping on the fingers and toes" of a prisoner.
Heads up!! Oil found off Cuba's coast; look for Bush-Halliburton invasion soon! Spanish firm discovers oil field off Cuba's coast (July 31, 2004) Havana (VNA) - The Spanish petrochemicals company Repsol-YPF has discovered a large oil field off Cuba's coast, Repsol Chief Operating Officer Ramon Blanco said.
Powell Cancels Athens Visit Amid Protests --Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday canceled a weekend visit to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympics, just hours after demonstrators marched through central Athens.
Fla. judge rules in favor of manual recounts --A state rule barring the 15 Florida counties with touchscreen 'voting' from conducting manual recounts is at odds with state law, which requires hand recounts in some close elections, a judge ruled Friday.
Kerry campaign attacks Bush over 'war honour he did not earn' --Supporters of Senator John Kerry yesterday warned of "blowback" against Dictator George W Bush for the political "attack ads" by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth which have damaged Mr Kerry's election campaign.
Edwards: Bush 'miscalculations' are frequent --Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards said that Dictator George W. Bush has committed multiple errors, beyond his admitted "miscalculation" on the war in Iraq.
Bush Suggests Terror War Cannot Be Won --Dictator Bush ignited a Democratic inferno of criticism on Monday by suggesting the war on terrorism could not be won, forcing his aides to scramble to defend his remarks just as he had hoped to bask in convention accolades.
A No-Win Situation --by Paul Krugman "Yesterday Mr. Bush, who took a 'winning the war on terror' bus tour just a few months ago, conceded that 'I don't think you can win' the war on terror. But he hasn't changed the national security adviser, nor has he dismissed even one of the ideologues who got us into this no-win situation. Rather than concede that he made mistakes, he's sticking with people who will, if they get the chance, lead us into two, three, many quagmires."
"I think they are trying to prepare us for perpetual war... George Orwell wrote about that in 1984." - Craig Crawford, MSNBC analyst (hopefully not fired for speaking the truth).
The CLG's Lori Price and Michael Rectenwald reporting on the action live from the march protest of the Repugnant Nazi Carnival in NYC.
Report: Sunday, 4:05 PM. We are at the Great Lawn at Central Park with thousands of others who are more than annoyed at Bush and the Neocons. A shouting match broke out with some few supporters of Bush. Such shouting matches attract the media, although they ignore what the tens of thousands of protesters say otherwise. They are looking for conflicts and ways to make the protesters look bad. But we are sitting on the lawn holding our signs, proving we can be in Central Park. A huge Fuji blimp is being used by the NYPD and buses are available for use in the events of mass arrests. We are making a huge peace sign out of people now! We are standing being arranged into a gigantic peace sign and are yelling, "What do we want? Peace! When do we want it? Now!" We are shouting "Whose park? Our park!" Now the police are moving in on us. Police calling in for reinforcements. The police are definitely moving in now. We are probably with the more radical end of the protests here. We are reciting the non-violent pledge of resistance. Chants of "Four more months! Four more months!" are being repeated. About ten thousand people are still here in the Park, without permit. A stand off is very likely. Stay tuned.
Report: Sunday, 2:30 PM EST: We are at Union Square. United for Peace and Justice has announced that this is the end of the "legal march." Protesters proceeding to Central Park do so at the risk of arrest. Here at Union Square there are police on bikes, on horses, in vans, cars, and in helicopter. We will rally here a while and check Central Park for developments. Check back soon. Reporting live from NYC at Union Square, Lori Price and Mike Rectenwald.
Report: 1:45 PM EST: Marched past Madison Sq. Garden, past phalanx of helmeted police. Fox news there elicited anti-Faux chants. Code Pink people in pink slips. Marching now in front of Bank of America at 5th Avenue. March route is making a square: from W. 23rd past RNC HQ, where we yelled for long time. Past 34th Penn St., curved East down 5th Ave. Destination Union Sq. Park. About 40 or 50 counter protesters only... protected by Police, were allowed on sidewalk. Two Bush supporters were greeted with chants of "Idiots for Bush!" So far, the police have been very restrained and thus no violence has yet broken out to our knowledge. Reporting live, Lori Price and Mike Rectenwald.
Report: 12:04 PM EST: Must be over 100,000 people here so far. Counter demonstration ahead, don't know where. The March has begun!!!
Report: 11:48 AM EST: Counter protesters, escorted by Police. Looks like possible trouble. Phone call from Lori & Mike disconnected in attempt to report.
Report, Sunday, 11:12 AM EST from Lori Price and Michael Rectenwald in NYC: We have taken over the streets of New York. We are on 7th and 19th. A solid wall of protesters as far as the eye can see. 85 degrees and humid. People carrying casket with an American flag symbolizing the dead in Iraq. People carrying a tank with Bush's head popping out of the top. ACLU observers. United for Peace and Justice, environmentalist groups, 911truth.org. People singing, beating drums, chanting. Signs reading: "Empty Warhead found in White House," "Re-defeat in 2004," "End the Occupation in Iraq," "Support our Troops, Vote Kerry," "Stop Bush." Tens of thousands of protesters so far, more joining. Everyone carrying a sign. Helicopters overhead circling. Police punctuating the march on each side with metal barricades on either side. Shops are open. The march is peaceful; so far the cops have not started any violence. People screaming, cheering,. The march starts at noon! check back for a report at noon!!!
'King George II' faces the rebels --It was a shout heard across New York: "The Republicans are coming". Tens, probably hundreds, of thousands of protesters rallied to the cry, determined to rant, rage and resist Dictator George W Bush when he arrives next week. All the passion, anger and hatred born of the past four years will soon be brought to bear on a few blocks of Manhattan.
NYC Police Arrest 250 in Bicycle Protest --Nearly 250 bicyclists were arrested during a mass protest that passed Madison Square Garden Friday night, the first major police crackdown on demonstrators just days before a wave of activists were expected to descend for the Repugnant Nazi Carnival.
August 27th: Critical Mass! (nyc.indymedia.org) "11:08PM Police are now reporting at least 250 cyclists arrested."
Note: Send your news of Reichwing groups' plans to CLG's own little Homeland Security Department, so we can post their plans on our website!! Send to: email@example.com.
The ProtestWarriors are hardcore Reichwingers (pro-Nazis), formed solely to harass protesters. Currently they are working on operation "Liberty Rising" (insert mega barf alert here), which, in effect, is trying to sow dissent into the RNC protests. Their headquarters (private, LOL!) address: 243 W. 38th St., NY, NY 10018
They are having a meeting on Saturday, August 28th at 6:00 pm at their HQ... be sure to attend and spread the word on their plans. They are also going to have a meeting on Sunday morning at 8:00am. And they'll meet at 10:00am each day of the protests, with "something big" planned for Monday.
group's plans and (secret, LOL!) address : ConservativePetitions.com
Alert --"AUGUST 29th (Sunday): We will protest the large "March
of the Radical Liberals" who are protesting the war on terror and the
liberation of Iraq. We'll meet at 11:00 AM in the Madison Square Garden
area (exact location will be announced at the rally the night before)."
Great NYC cabbie protest! (No link, from Faux's "Neil Cavuto" show) John McDonagh, NYC cab driver, wants to protest the Bush dictatorship by asking passengers to request that their cab drivers turn on their lights to 'shine a light on the Bush administration.' Cab drivers will be turning on their lights all over Manhattan, according to McDonagh!
Tampa Police officer threatens to kill Dictator Bush --Tampa police officer Joseph Mazagwu has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill George Bush when the Dictator was here in July. In Federal Court today, the U.S. Atty.’s office quoted Mazagwu's conversation with a dry cleaning employee [?!?] on July 15th. Mazagwu allegedly said he wanted nothing to do with protecting the Dictator and went on to criticize Bush's policies in both Iraq and Africa. The conversation ended with Mazagwu allegedly saying that both the Dictator and his father, former President Bush, should be shot. He reportedly went on to say that if he had enough bullets, he'd shoot the President [sic] in the head himself.
FBI Probe Targets Pentagon Official Analyst Allegedly Gave Data to Israel --The FBI is investigating a mid-level Pentagon official who specializes in Iranian affairs for allegedly passing classified information to Israel, and arrests in the case could come as early as next week, officials at the Pentagon and other government agencies said last night.
FBI probes possible Israeli spy in Pentagon --The FBI is investigating whether an aide to the Pentagon's No. 3 official acted as a spy for Israel, giving Israel classified materials about secret White House deliberations on Iran, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. The officials refused to identify the Pentagon employee who is under investigation, but said the person works in the office of Douglas J. Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon.
FBI investigating alleged Israeli spying: CBS --CBS News reported Friday that the FBI believes an Israeli spy is operating at the very highest level of the Pentagon. The FBI has been conducting an investigation into the potential espionage, the network said. CBS said according to its sources, the suspected spy handed over a presidential directive on Iran while it was still in the draft phase. The sources said this put Israel "inside the decision-making loop" and could help them influence the eventual outcome. Investigators are also wondering if the Israelis used the mole to help influence U.S. policy on the Iraq war. The mole is described as a "trusted analyst" at the Pentagon with ties to Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defence for policy who played an instrumental role on the Iraq file.
White House Blocks Request for Records on Contact With Anti-Kerry Vets --The White House is stonewalling a Freedom of Information Act request for records detailing Bush regime contacts with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [sic], the GOP-backed anti-Kerry organization that is challenging the Democratic Presidential nominee's actions in Vietnam. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the FOIA request on August 24 and received a letter from the Executive Office of the President Friday, denying the grounds that it is "exempt from having to disclose the information" under the law.
Texan 'Ashamed' on Bush Role --Ben Barnes, a former speaker of the Texas House who has said he got George W. Bush into the National Guard in 1968, told an audience of John Kerry supporters in Austin on May 27 that he was ashamed of his role.
Bush Confident On Election Despite W-ar --Dictator Bush said Thursday that he believes he made the right decision to invade Iraq and thinks voters will not deny him a second term even if they disagree with the war. [***Second*** term??? Voters denied Bush the ***first*** term!!]
Booth's chambers will help impeach Blair over Iraq war --Cherie Booth's chambers, Matrix, are to draw up the document to impeach her husband, Tony Blair, for "high crimes and misdemeanours" in the run up to the war against Iraq, it was disclosed yesterday. The 12 MPs planning to revive the ancient parliamentary procedure - last used 156 years ago against Lord Palmerston - have engaged his wife's chambers to frame the motion because of their record in taking up human rights issues. [Can her chambers draw up Bush's impeachment papers, as well? Better yet, there should be a treason trial.]
Now for the politics of last resort - impeach Tony Blair --Having duped us into war, the prime minister must be held to account --by Adam Price "The evidence for Blair's duplicity is overwhelming... Today a number of MPs, including myself, are declaring our intention to bring a Commons' motion of impeachment against the prime minister in relation to the invasion of Iraq. This is the first time in more than 150 years that such a motion has been brought against a minister of the crown, and it is clearly not an undertaking we enter into lightly. We do it with regret, but also with resolve."
British envoys under siege in Basra --The British diplomatic mission in Basra has been under siege for three weeks, suffering almost daily mortar attacks as security in the southern Iraq city has deteriorated dramatically. The only way in or out of the mission is by military helicopter and the British Army now moves around Basra only in armoured vehicles.
Top Brass Won't Be Charged Over Abuse --Army Reports Find Officers Responsible, but Not Culpable, in the Abu Ghraib Scandal --The senior officers cited for indirectly allowing the abuse to flourish at the Abu Ghraib prison will not face charges under the findings of an Army report issued this week -- a fact that three Army generals explained and defended yesterday in interviews.
End the Iraq War (Alternative Press Review) "'Sometimes a guy will go down, and I'll let him scream a bit to destroy the morale of his buddies. Then I'll use a second shot.' – A Marine sniper stationed in Iraq --The United States does not belong in Iraq and should immediately withdraw all military forces from the country. Far from liberating Iraq, the invasion installed a puppet dictatorship that has retained many of the trappings of Saddam Hussein’s old dictatorship... All the excuses used to justify continued US presence in Iraq are wrong and most are generic excuses that could be used to justify support for the British against America’s own war for independence or any other kind of imperialism."
Unfit for Command: Bush acknowledges he made a "miscalculation" regarding Iraq --Dictator Bush said on Thursday that he did not believe Senator John Kerry lied about his war record, but he declined to condemn the television commercial paid for by a veterans group alleging that Mr. Kerry came by his war medals dishonestly. Mr. Bush also acknowledged for the first time that he made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be'' in postwar Iraq.
Bush Acknowledges Iraq 'Miscalculation' --Dictator Bush said for the first time on Thursday he made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be" after U.S. troops went to Iraq, The New York Times reported.
Bush Gives CIA Director More Power --Dictator Bush signed executive orders and directives yesterday bolstering the authority of the CIA director over the nation's intelligence programs and budgets, signaling a renewed effort by the White House to shape the national security debate roiling Congress and the presidential campaign.
Bush Expanding Power of CIA Director, McClellan Says --Dictator George W. Bush will give more power to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency as an interim step until Congress can complete legislation creating a national intelligence director, spokesman Scott McClellan said. A second Bush directive will carry out another recommendation by the Sept. 11 panel, creating a National Counterterrorism Center, McClellan also said.
The FBI's Pre-Emptive Interrogations Of "Possible" Demonstrators: Chilling Political Speech --by Bob Barr "The FBI, no longer content with working to maintain order at political events, is now preemptively identifying and interrogating ('interviewing') possible demonstrators. It has summarized this strategy in a memo. To make matters worse, the Department of Justice blessed the FBI strategy in its own memo - suggesting that no First Amendment concerns are raised by the interrogations... The strategy, as outlined in the memo, is a serious threat to free speech."
Opening Week of Hearings in Guantánamo Ends in Dispute -- The opening week of hearings in the war crimes trials being conducted here ended Friday with disputes over a longstanding complaint from the military defense lawyers: they have gone into the fight outgunned by the prosecutors.
9 Gitmo inmates to be charged soon --The Pentagon will announce charges in the coming weeks against the next terrorism suspect to be tried by a military commission, a senior military official involved in the new system said yesterday. Eight others also will be charged in the near future, said Army Col. Robert Swann, the chief prosecutor for the system authorized by Dictator Bush for trying men captured in the war on terror.
Fighter jets prepared to shoot down hijacked jets, general says --The commander of the forces that failed to intercept the four airliners al-CIA-duh 'hijackers' used in the Sept. 11 attacks now says "the procedure is in place" to shoot down any hijacked aircraft, and there are enough fighter jets on patrol to stop a hijacked plane before it can hit its target. "We're prepared to do that," says Gen. Ralph "Ed" Eberhart, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
FBI Says Al-Qaida May Target VA Hospitals --Al-CIA-duh may attempt to attack Veterans Affairs hospitals as an alternative to more heavily guarded U.S. military installations, the FBI and Homeland Security Department warn in a new nationwide terrorism bulletin. Although U.S. authorities say there is no credible intelligence regarding a specific threat against such hospitals, the bulletin said there have been persistent reports of "suspicious activity" [?!?] at medical facilities throughout the United States.
Russia Blames Terrorism for Downed Jet --One of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was brought down by a terrorist act, officials said Friday, after finding traces of explosives in the plane's wreckage. An Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a Web statement.
Micro lie detectors help screeners ID air passenger threats --An Israeli firm has developed a miniature system that can provide unobtrusive lie detector tests for commercial air travelers deemed suspicious.
Holy coincidence, Batman! Tampa Radar Failed Before Charley Hit --As Hurricane Charley bore down on Florida this month, the principal radar covering the landfall area went down due to mechanical failure - and wasn't restored until 14 hours before the storm smashed into the state, according to documents and officials. While backup radars still would have tracked the hurricane as it made landfall in the Punta Gorda area Aug. 13, they might not have detected any local tornadoes generated by the storm system, government and private weather experts said.
Calif. pharmacies sue drug makers, alleging price fixing --Nineteen California pharmacies filed a lawsuit in state court Thursday accusing the world's largest pharmaceutical companies of conspiring to inflate U.S. drug prices.
Scandals have eroded US public's confidence in drug industry --Only 13% of Americans believe that pharmaceutical companies are "generally honest and trustworthy," putting the industry on a par with tobacco, oil, and managed care companies, a recent Harris Poll survey has found.
US economic growth slows to 2.8% pace in second quarter --The US economy braked harder than first thought in the second quarter, skidding to a 2.8 percent annual growth rate as consumers gripped their purses, a government report showed.
10 Nobel economists endorse Kerry --Experts criticize Bush's 'reckless and extreme course' --John Kerry won the endorsement of 10 Nobel Prize-winning economists Wednesday as he attacked Dictator Bush for policies that he said have led to the creation of only low-paying jobs.
Florida judge rules that ban on touchscreen hand recounts violates state law --A state rule barring the 15 Florida counties with touchscreen voting from conducting manual recounts is at odds with state law, which requires hand recounts in some close elections, a judge ruled Friday.
State to receive $32 million for electronic voting --Connecticut has received $32.7 million from the federal government to help buy new electronic 'voting' machines and make other 'upgrades' in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. House Minority Leader Robert Ward, R-North Branford, said he still has concerns about whether electronic voting has been tested enough. "I remain dismayed that we are proceeding with electronic voting when opinions from the experts on this matter continue to raise flags about it," Ward said... Ward said studies have shown that mechanical lever machines, like the ones used in Connecticut, are most reliable.
Invalid Signatures Cast Doubt on Nader --A large percentage of the signatures that Ralph Nader's campaign submitted to get on the Pennsylvania ballot appear to be invalid, his attorney told a court Friday in a concession that casts doubt on whether the 'independent' will be a presidential choice in the battleground state.
Corporate Send-Off for Schwarzenegger --The trip to New York by GOP-installed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California to address the Republican National Convention is being financed by a variety of major corporations. Mr. Schwarzenegger, who is scheduled to speak in a prime-time slot on Tuesday night, came to office promising to rid Sacramento of "special interests." But he has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from companies and interest groups with business before state government. Schwarzenegger aides said Wednesday that the estimated $350,000 cost of his excursion to New York next week would be underwritten by a number of entertainment, pharmaceutical, oil and telecommunications concerns with major business interests in California. [The Toke-inator!! Click here to see GOP-installed California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, smoking marijuana.]
Key Midwest Swing States Are Leaning Toward Bush --Dictator Bush is leading Sen. John F. Kerry in three hotly contested Midwestern states, despite continued doubts about the country's direction and the dictatorship's policy choices, new Times polls have found.
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