November 2002 Archives
Inspectors angered by US claims over Iraqi weapons Relations between Washington and the UN were under severe strain yesterday as the leading weapons inspector in Iraq hit back at US criticism of his team’s work.
Lie, damned lies and terror warnings - John Pilger on the evil art of black propaganda --"Now health service teams are to have smallpox vaccinations to 'meet the threat of a germ warfare attack'; and the Foreign Office has produced a remarkable video suggesting that Britain is about to attack Iraq because of its concern for that country's human rights record. (This must mean Britain will soon attack other countries because of their human rights records, such as China, Russia and the United States). The absurdity of all this is becoming grotesque, and the British public needs to ask urgent questions of its Government."
Rule of the Pirates --The $200 billion payday (The Black Commentator) "...Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq will cost the American taxpayer between $100 and $200 billion... Citizens see the $200 billion figure as a mind-numbing cost of war. But Dick Cheney and George Bush represent the people who will soon pocket much of this money."
Medical experts warn of devastating impact of US war vs. Iraq A new report by Medact, an organisation of medical experts, predicts a nightmare scenario of possibly millions of deaths, human suffering and infrastructure collapse if the United States once again goes to war against Iraq.
US to boost Turkish bases The United States has announced it will invest millions of dollars in military bases in Turkey in readiness for a possible conflict with Iraq.
Turkish People Sharply Opposed to U.S. Use of Air Bases Against Iraq, New Survey Says Turks overwhelmingly oppose the use of a key U.S. air base in their country in any possible attack against Iraq, a new survey found, underscoring the difficulties faced by Turkey's leaders if they assist in the U.S. campaign against Baghdad.
Russia, India Oppose Unilateral Action Against Iraq Russia and India warned on Wednesday against any unilateral action against Iraq over weapons inspections, or any interference in its internal affairs.
Europe: Thousands protest plans for US-led war against Iraq Thousands of people have joined demonstrations across Europe to oppose the planned US-led war against Iraq.
Group rallies against suspensions Nearly three dozen peace activists rallied Wednesday at Petaluma High School, objecting to the one-day suspensions handed out to roughly 50 students who took part in a nationwide protest against the Bush mis-ministration's stance toward Iraq.
Kann Gives Angry WSJ-ers a New Lesson In Capitalism Peter Kann is getting a drubbing from his angry employees at Dow Jones in a revolt over his cost-cutting... The employees, including scribes at the Wall Street Journal, Barron's and Dow Jones News, even questioned whether capitalism was a valid economic system.
US manufacturing continues to decline: thousands more layoffs Manufacturing in the US declined for the third straight month in November, as major corporations continue to shed thousands of jobs.
O'Neill quits as treasury secretary Paul O'Neill, Dictator Bush's treasury secretary, announced his resignation Friday. His two years at Treasury were peppered with controversy.
Budget Panel Chairman Eyes Social Security and Medicare Programs The next chairman of the Senate Budget Committee wants Congress to consider finding savings from the government's popular and politically sensitive benefit programs -- which include Social Security and Medicare -- during its hunt for budget savings.
States May Get No Federal Budget Aid States seeking federal government help to stop their budget hemorrhaging may have to look elsewhere. With the exception of paying most of the increased costs of U.S. domestic security, the federal government is unlikely to give states more money, according to Moody's Investors Services.
Mis-ministration to Delay Aid to Local Law Enforcement The Bush mis-ministration has decided to wait several months to spend more than $1.5 billion in law enforcement and antiterrorism assistance allocated by Congress to local police departments and emergency agencies, citing Congress's inability to pass appropriations bills in the recently ended session.
Bush slashes federal workers’ pay raise With its November 29 executive action slashing pay raises for 1.8 million federal workers, the Bush mis-ministration has once again revealed itself to be the political representative of the most rapacious sections of the American corporate and financial elite.
Appointees' Bonuses Stir Anger The Bush mis-ministration's decision to revive cash bonuses for political appointees touched off a fury of criticism yesterday from Democrats, unions and some policy experts who said the move slighted ordinary federal employees and raised the specter of cronyism.
Digital Robber Barons? --by Paul Krugman "Last March the F.C.C. used linguistic trickery — defining cable Internet access as an 'information service' rather than as telecommunications — ... Broadband providers that face neither effective competition nor regulation may well make it difficult for their customers to get access to sites outside their proprietary domain — ending the Internet as we know it. And there's a political dimension too. What happens when a few media conglomerates control not only what you can watch, but what you can download?"
Want a Cover-Up Expert? Kissinger's Your Man --by Robert Scheer "The president [sic] clearly does not want to know the truth about Sept. 11. Otherwise he would not have appointed Henry Kissinger to head an inquiry into the origins of arguably the most successful terrorist attack in history. Long an unabashed advocate of concealing and distorting the truth in the name of national security, he is the last guy who has the right to ask someone in government, 'What did you know and when did you know it?' "
DoD Looks Forward to Working With Homeland Security Department The Defense Department looks forward to helping the new Department of Homeland Security in any way it can, said Peter Verga, director of DoD's Homeland Defense Task Force.
GSA Notice Favors Suburbs For Security Agency's Base The Bush mis-ministration has set requirements for the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security that appear to favor a suburban office park rather than a site in the District, according to a government document and sources familiar with the search.
Oppose video surveillance in our nation's capital (Action from the American Civil Liberties Union) "This is not just a local issue and not only because D.C. is our nation’s capital. This system would make D.C. the first city in the nation to have comprehensive video surveillance and unless it is stopped, other cities and communities will inevitably follow its example. The DC City Council is going to hold hearings on video surveillance next week."
The Kafkaesque Police State of USA-Patriot --by Kurt Nimmo "After the photographer Mike Maginnis took his pictures in downtown Denver near Cheney's hotel, a cop confronted him... When Maginnis had a lawyer call the Denver police, they denied ever having him in custody. It simply didn't happen. It was like a scene out of a Kafka novel."
Judge Grants 'Combatant' Access to an Attorney A U.S. citizen accused of plotting to explode a radiological "dirty bomb" in the United States must be granted access to an attorney to challenge his detention as an enemy combatant, a federal judge in New York ruled yesterday.
Ex-Prosecutor Tells of Ties Between F.B.I. and Mob A former United States attorney in Boston told a Congressional committee today that he knew that some gangland informers were committing murders and that their F.B.I. handlers had become personally involved with them. But he said he took no action because he was intimidated by the bureau.
Judge slaps INS officials with contempt charges (AZ) Three top Immigration and Naturalization Service officials in Arizona were cited for contempt Monday after they failed to answer a subpoena in a dispute over the treatment of a Guatemalan teenager.
Flag flap sparks lawsuit The Iowa Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued two police officers and a county attorney who threatened to arrest two Grinnell College students who hung a U.S. flag upside down from their dormitory room window.
Police Detainment of a Patient Following Treatment With Radioactive Iodine (NY) Three weeks after treatment, he returned to our clinic complaining that he had been strip-searched twice at Manhattan subway stations. Police had identified him as emitting radiation and had detained him for further questioning."
Update on CDC Plans to Force Smallpox Vaccine on the US --by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny "This is not 'just another vaccine.' There are defined risks and known contraindications that can lead to fatal consequences if they are not strictly adhered to."
Smallpox Vaccine Reactions Jolt Experts The side effects were startling. "The reactions we saw were really quite remarkable," according to Vanderbilt University researcher Kathy Edwards... Once among the deadliest scourges on earth, smallpox was declared eradicated worldwide in 1981. [But, Bu$h, a deadly scourge himself, is bringing it back. --Lori Price]
More Families Face Loss of Heat With Public Aid Scarce With the economy stagnant, social service agencies say people are seeking help in paying their heating bills earlier this year and the coming winter is likely to pose a chilling bind.
Gays to win same rights as married couples (UK) Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals are to be offered the same rights as married couples under revolutionary Government plans to create legally-recognised civil partnerships.
Mystery slick kills hundreds of birds on Norfolk coast (UK) The first casualties started arriving on the beaches three weeks ago, a tide of wretched creatures transformed from diving sea birds to listless feathered flesh by a thick coat of stinking fuel oil.
Michael Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who asks, "Shouldn't you be ashamed of yourself?" "Shame on the frauds that steal our government, ruin our world and now make war on false terms." --Mike Rectenwald
Allies blitz Iraq in preparation for all-out war The total amount of bombs dropped by British and American aircraft on targets in southern Iraq has increased dramatically over the past few months, in a clear indication that the no-fly zone is being used to destroy the country's air defence systems in anticipation of an all-out attack.
Britain and US step up bombing in Iraq Ministry of Defence reveals 300% rise in ordnance dropped over southern no-fly zone
Pentagon Is Set to Activate Thousands More Reservists The Pentagon is preparing for a major call-up of National Guard and Reserve troops, a move that would fill military jobs that would be critical if the United States goes to war against Iraq, Defense Department officials said today.
Turk Minister Urges Peaceful Iraq Solution; Wolfowitz Says Chances Best With Allied Help Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis pledged support Dec. 3 for U.S. and coalition efforts to separate Iraq from its weapons of mass destruction, but urged that all peaceful means be tried first before war.
Humanitarian Group Fined $50,000 For Bringing Medicine to Iraq (Press Release) On November 6 the U.S. Treasury Department imposed $20,000 in fines on Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness (VitW), a campaign to end the sanctions on Iraq. [VitW affirms] that they have traveled to Iraq in nonviolent defiance of US/UN sanctions and announce that they intend to raise thousands of dollars to continue breaking the embargo.
Officials: It's OK to kill U.S. al-Qaida members American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under Dictator Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say. The authority to kill U.S. citizens is granted under a secret finding signed by the dictator after the Sept. 11 attacks that directs the CIA to attack al-Qaida anywhere in the world.
CIA can kill citizens who aid al-Qaida --Bush doesn't exempt Americans American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under Dictator Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say.
U.S. Can Target American al-Qaida Agents American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under Dictator Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say.
Pentagon Plans to Deploy Journalists in Iraq The Pentagon, in a departure from recent policy, is planning to deploy hundreds of print reporters, photographers and television journalists with front-line U.S. units if there is a war with Iraq. [Well, this just cuts to the chase and eliminates trolling the Faux News propaganda. --Lori Price]
The emerging conservative spin on the DiIulio/Esquire bombshell is about as unconvincing as you'd expect. Take this paragraph from National Review White House correspondent Byron York's disquisition on the matter: "We will f*ck him. Do you hear me? We will f*ck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him [emphasis in original text]." --Karl [Goebbels] Rove
Hussein Says He Welcomes U.N. Inspections, Decries U.S. President Saddam Hussein urged the Iraqi people on Thursday to support the new U.N. arms inspections as an opportunity to disprove American allegations that his government still harbors weapons of mass destruction.
Poll Finds World Doubts U.S. Motives in Iraq Support for War on Terrorism Matched by Suspicions About Oil Suspicion about U.S. motives in Iraq and the broadly held perception that America ignores the interests of other nations in foreign policy disputes has tarnished the image of the United States around the world, according to a survey of public attitudes in 44 countries by The Pew Research Center for The People & The Press.
Worldwide survey finds image of U.S. slipping sharply The United States' standing with the rest of the world has taken a sharp downward turn in the past two years, reversing the initial pro-American reaction that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a survey of public opinion in 44 countries.
Entertaining a critical view of Bush Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins are scoffing at Bush's appointment of Henry Kissinger to head a commission probing intelligence and security failures that led to Sept. 11. "It's like something that 'Mad TV' thought up," Sarandon told us Monday night at a benefit for New York's 21-year-old Vineyard Theater.
The rise of anti-anti-Americanism --by Paul Knox "...in Canada, a vocal minority would have you believe it is the soul of anti-Americanism to question the Bush administration's motives in pursuing war against Iraq, its conduct of the battle against Osama bin Laden, or its attack on civil liberties at home."
The Right-Wing Affiliations of Bush Administration Officials (People for the American Way) "President [sic] Bush has drawn heavily from the ranks of the ideological right-wing, relying especially on the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society."
Help George W. Bush find 1972, 1973 "George Bush has lost a year of his youth and needs your help to find it." Between May 1972 and October 1974 George W. Bush seems to have lost: A year of his service in the Air National Guard (ANG)...
Asian states battle over Caspian wealth (Power and Interest News Report) With an estimated 250 billion barrels of probable oil reserves and almost 600 trillion cubic feet of probable natural gas reserves, the Caspian Sea region is quickly becoming one of the most important areas in the world as the hunt for and securing of global resources marches relentlessly forward.
Disgraced Admiral Now a Super Spy --by Joe Conason "Those compassionate conservatives in the Bush White House feel quite strongly that a convicted felon deserves a second chance (unless, of course, he or she is unlucky enough to be executed). How else would they explain their decision to hire Iran-contra mastermind John Poindexter?"
They spy How law enforcement is keeping tabs on the new peace movement --Perhaps the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 91 is a harbinger of things to come for the nascent peace movement.
Justices Express Concern For Free Speech In Pro-Life RICO Case The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that bars pro-life activists from protesting outside abortion clinics, and although free speech was not a question for the court to consider, several justices expressed concern about the impact the case could have on all forms of demonstration.
Bush's Domestic Enemies List Preparing for "National Emergency" (The Black Commentator) "The evidence is rolling in, and it is unmistakable: the Bush people are assembling purely political lists of individuals and groups to be targeted during some future crisis, real or manufactured."
Fla. Police Start Smallpox Vaccine Members of the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Department have begun receiving smallpox vaccines. Dictator Bush is expected to announce federal smallpox immunization plans this week.
It’s official. Country on alert for smallpox (UK) The nation was today on alert for a smallpox attack, a fortnight after the Chronicle & Echo revealed the county's contingency plans to deal with the threat of biological warfare.
Democrats' chief says he will resign (FL) The man who presided over the Florida Democratic Party's most devastating election losses in modern times, Bob Poe, told leading elected officials Wednesday that he would resign from his post.
GOP lusts to privatize --by Robert Kuttner "The newly elected Republican Congress has not even taken its seats yet, but one key GOP objective that most Republican candidates ducked during the campaign is already back in play - Social Security."
Bush's 'Abortion Politics' Blamed For Deaths of Poor Women and Children The United Nations Population Fund claims inadequate reproductive health is the biggest obstacle facing the world's poor, according to a report released Tuesday, and a New York congresswoman says the Bush mis-ministration is partly to blame.
U.S. Panel Rejects Plea for Loan Aid by United Airlines A federal panel today rejected a plea by United Airlines, the world's second-biggest carrier, for $1.8 billion in loan guarantees.
Coffee 'Crisis' Prompts Calls For Help From Bush The price of your morning coffee may be dropping, but Dictator Bush is under pressure to help boost the price of a cup of joe.
Arctic to lose all summer ice by 2100 The Arctic Ocean will be completely devoid of summer ice before the 21st century has ended, a NASA study predicts.
"Cryogenic Staffing" --animation by Mark Fiore
Michael Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who writes, "Gore lost the 2000 election, plain and simple"
Michael Rectenwald replies to a CLG website visitor who frowns on the "weasel" sobriquet for George W. Bush, a.k.a., the "Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel."
American al-Qaida operatives can be killed American citizens working for al-Qaida overseas can legally be targeted and killed by the CIA under Dictator Bush's rules for the war on terrorism, U.S. officials say. The authority to kill U.S. citizens is granted under a secret finding signed by the dictator after the Sept. 11 attacks that directs the CIA to covertly attack al-Qaida anywhere in the world.
It Will Be a Long Bet --by James Higdon "I am sorry that this word, 'Fascism,' has been so much used over the years, since the fall of the Third Reich. The word has lost its impact. But make no mistake. We have at least temporarily lost our democracy, and we have become a Fascist state." [a must-read]
Bush: Shoot Citizens, Ask Questions, Then Get A Lawyer (Maybe) --by Charles Sheehan-Miles "...Solicitor General Theodore Olsen plans to argue the police can detain or arrest anyone for any reason and then beat you up or even shoot you to get information, even if there are no emergent circumstances. In other countries, this is called torture. In our country, we have the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution designed to prevent such horrendous abuses by the police."
L.A. County to request 20,000 doses of smallpox vaccine Los Angeles County health officials are asking the federal government for 20,000 doses of smallpox vaccine to inoculate emergency health-care workers, police officers and firefighters against a possible bioterrorism attack.
Postal Workers to Get Radiation Pills U.S. postal workers will be offered potassium iodide pills to protect against thyroid cancer in the event of a radiological emergency.
Emergency Smallpox Vaccinations in USA, Canada, France, and UK One day after the British authorities announced a mass vaccination programme against smallpox, the USA, France and Canada has confirmed plans to carry out a large-scale inoculation project against the same disease.
Rice appoints Iran-Contra figure Abrams to head NSC's Mideast section Iran-Contra figure Elliott Abrams, who received a pardon from the first President Bush for his role in the scandal and has served in the White House for over a year, has been promoted to a key post among the current Dictator Bush's national security aides.
U.N. Chief Challenges Bush's Iraq Assessment Search Teams Gain Access, Annan Says --Secretary General Kofi Annan today challenged the Bush mis-ministration's downbeat assessment of weapons inspections underway in Iraq, saying that Iraqi "cooperation seems to be good" following the inspectors' first week of work.
Powell sees good start to U.N. inspections U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday that U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq had made "a pretty good start" and that a final judgment on their effectiveness could take weeks.
Turkey Saying No to Accepting G.I.'s in Large Numbers Turkey said today that it would not allow the United States to deploy substantial numbers of ground troops on its territory in the event of a war with Iraq.
Turkey Won't Commit to Allowing Access Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country would allow the United States to use military bases in the country for a strike against Iraq, but his ministry later said that his comments were not a firm commitment by Turkey.
Peace protests near White House growing Finding vacant space in the grassy area across from the White House is proving to be no easy task these days, as more and more activist groups are setting up camp to protest a potential war with Iraq.
Australia: Nationwide protests against war in Iraq Despite a lack of any publicity in the media, thousands of people, many of them young, took part in protests across Australia last weekend against the impending US-led war against Iraq.
Defense Department Targets Teens A little-noticed provision in a new federal education law is requiring high schools to hand over to military recruiters some key information about its juniors and seniors: name, address and phone number.
A Lump of Coal From the President [sic] --by David S. Broder "As my friend, columnist Mark Shields, pointed out recently, when Congress authorized the use of force in Iraq, not a single member of the House and only one senator had a son or daughter serving in the enlisted ranks of the armed services... A few people are being asked to give up a lot -- measured in time or money -- while others are being indulged in ways no one can claim are fair."
Regarding Henry: Will he explain his job for Unocal when the oil giant was cozying up to the Taliban? Oh, Henry --by Joe Conason "In 1995, Kissinger showed up for the signing ceremony in New York that sealed Unocal's agreement to build a $2 billion, 1,000-mile pipeline from the gas fields of Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan... '... To secure critical financing from agencies such as the World Bank, it [Unocal] needed the State Department to formally recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's government. Unocal hired former State Department insiders: former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger,...' "
The ugliest American --by Andre Achong "Mr. Kissinger's selection to head the 9-11 inquiry ensures that the controversy of the choice overshadows any real investigation or analysis of the massive foreign policy and intelligence failures that allowed a group of murderous thugs to effect the most catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil."
Israel No. 2 in West in social inequality Israel is now rated second in the Western world, after the United States, in terms of social gaps in income, property, capital, education and spending, as well as in the extent of poverty.
Clinton rallies Democrats Former President Clinton urged the party Tuesday to present a new, unified message with national security and a revived economy as priorities.
Clinton Offers Advice to Party Democrats Former president Bill Clinton called upon the Democratic Party to stiffen its spine and take on the Republican Party and what he called its right-wing personal "destruction machine."
Bush Restoring Cash Bonuses for Appointees The White House has decided that several thousand political appointees across the federal government will be eligible for cash bonuses, abandoning a Clinton-era prohibition that grew out of questionable practices in the first Bush mis-ministration.
Bush to End Rule Allowing Jobless Money for New Parents The Bush mis-ministration will repeal a Clinton-era rule that allows states to use unemployment insurance money to help people who take a leave from work to have babies or adopt children, officials said today.
Investigators Find Repeated Deception in Ads for Drugs Some companies have repeatedly disseminated misleading advertisements for prescription drugs, even after being cited for violations, and millions of people see the deceptive commercials before the government tries to halt them, Congressional investigators said today.
Ice giants losing fight to stay cool Perennial sea ice - the floating ice that remains year round near the Arctic Circle - could vanish entirely by the end of this century, a new study by NASA warns.
Groups Sue Over U.S. Snowmobile Rules Four environmental groups sued the Bush mis-ministration Tuesday to block changes that would allow more people to ride snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Texas Faulted in Death Row Report Texas is scheduled to execute a convicted killer today whose lawyer in a crucial state appeals process was suffering from bipolar disorder, had been disciplined three times by the state bar, failed to meet a critical deadline for a federal court review of the case and acknowledged that he did almost no investigative legwork on behalf of his client.
'Lethal Indifference' Questions about death row appeals should concern all (Houston Chronicle) "The report, entitled 'Lethal Indifference: The fatal combination of incompetent attorneys and unaccountable courts in Texas death penalty appeals,' is a study of Texas' post-conviction process and focuses on the question of the quality of representation provided by attorneys appointed to make habeas corpus appeals."
'Iraq has six days to avert war' says Bush Dictator Bush said last night that the initial Iraqi response to UN weapons inspections was "not encouraging" as he left himself room to attack Baghdad even if the inspectors return empty-handed.
Bush: Iraq Inspections 'Not Encouraging' Dictator Bush warned Iraq's Saddam Hussein that he has until a Sunday deadline to prove he is serious about averting war.
U.N. Team Visits Iraq President's Palace U.N. weapons inspectors on Tuesday made their first unannounced visit to one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces in an early test of new powers to inspect for weapons of mass destruction anywhere, anytime.
Iraq War Diary Russian officials have condemned a Dec. 1 strike by U.S.-British aircraft patrolling Iraq's southern "no-fly" zone, saying it hindered the work of U.N. arms inspectors, Agence France-Presse reports.
US, British air strikes kill Iraqi oil workers US and British warplanes Sunday fired missiles into facilities of the Southern Oil Corporation in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing several employees and seriously wounding approximately 20 others.
Al Qaeda, Taliban Sympathizers Harass U.S. Outposts Al Qaeda and Taliban sympathizers launched two hit-and-run attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan Dec. 2, DoD officials said today.
Calling All Yahoos Worried about what John Poindexter's up to as federal information czar? Call his home number and ask. --by Matt Smith "I arrived in San Francisco after 16 days spent vacationing... shocked to find Republicans had taken over all federal governance, the country was moving even faster toward pre-emptive war, and the future portended massive deficits, attacks on civil liberties, environmental rollbacks, and free rein for corrupt corporations... Optimistically, I dialed John and Linda Poindexter's number -- (301) 424-6613 -- at their home at 10 Barrington Fare in Rockville, Md., hoping the good admiral and excused criminal might be able to offer some insight."
Vaccination for 1 million in US A million Americans will be given smallpox vaccinations under the first wave of a mass inoculation order being prepared by Dictator Bush.
Emergency medical units get smallpox jabs (UK) The vaccine will be given to 700 key medical staff in the NHS and the Ministry of Defence who would be deployed in the event of an attack. But the Government also disclosed yesterday that it was seeking enough vaccine to inoculate the entire population "should this be deemed necessary".
Judge OKs state health database (MN) The Minnesota Health Department has won a victory in its controversial proposal to collect medical data on patients across the state.
Travelers face new screening at airports Someday soon, the names of airline passengers will be fed into a mammoth computer network. Algorithms will be used to sort through personal records -- birth certificates, travel patterns, credit history, tax returns, driver's licenses, child-support payments, bank accounts, criminal records, charitable donations -- searching for threatening signs. The computers will assign each traveler a score.
Terror War Detainees Appeal for Rights Declaring that foreigners captured in the war on terrorism have rights, attorneys for detainees held without charges at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base pleaded for help Monday from a skeptical federal appeals court.
Iran-Contra Figure Named To Senior Post In White House Iran-contra figure Elliott Abrams, who has served in the White House for more than a year, has been promoted to a key post among Dictator Bush's national security aides. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress. He received a Christmas Eve pardon from President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Selection of Kissinger to Head 9/11 Commission a Huge Mistake Master of Secrecy and Deceit Must be Removed --Prelude to a Cover-Up --Judicial Watch to Investigate Through Freedom of Information Act Requests How and Why Kissinger Was Selected
Former Bush Aide Apologizes for 'Machiavelli' Jibe A former senior aide to Dictator Bush apologized on Monday after being quoted in an article saying a band of "Mayberry Machiavellis" were running a White House where politics trumped policy.
Bush Aide's Letter to Esquire Reporter Revealed --October 24, 2002 letter to Esquire magazine editor, Ron Suskind, from John DiIulio [DiIulio needed to either apologize or stay away from any airplanes devoid of black boxes. --Lori Price]
Ex-Official Blasts White House The former head of Dictator Bush's faith-based office charged in a magazine article released yesterday that the mis-ministration's domestic policies are determined entirely by political considerations, with "everything" being run by the office of senior adviser Karl C. Rove.
The future of compassion President [sic] Bush's social program hasn't yet gotten a chance. --by John J. DiIulio, Jr. "...neither before Sept. 11 nor since has his noble, compassionate conservative vision been matched by equally compassionate domestic policies and social welfare initiatives."
The New American Freedom Fighters Organizing Against General Ashcroft --by Nat Hentoff "Now, spurred by the Massachusetts initiative, 15 city or town councils around the country have passed resolutions aimed at protecting their citizens from General Ashcroft."
Industry Seeking Rewards From G.O.P.-Led Congress A few weeks ago, officials of the American Petroleum Institute met in Denver to discuss their chief goal for the new Congress: an energy bill that would open up public lands in the Rocky Mountain West to further oil and gas exploration.
One For The Ages: Congress Rewards Corporate Tax Evaders With Our Money --by Arianna Huffington "As the war on terror shows troubling signs of becoming a war of error, the Bush administration is waging a far more successful war on behalf of its corporate backers. The latest victory comes courtesy of Congress' 11th hour reversal of a provision in the Homeland Security Bill banning government contracts for companies that move offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. This vote, shamelessly draped in the American flag, is so hypocritical, so despicable, and such an unmitigated 'screw you' to every American taxpayer that it has sent me scrambling in search of a barricade to storm."
The Visa Party --by Brian Balta "The Bush administration is the ultimate credit-addict. Coming in January, we can expect even more tax cuts, more defense spending, probably an invasion, some sort of private Social Security accounts, and even more spending on counter-terrorism operations."
Hey, Lucky Duckies! --by Paul Krugman "Emboldened by the midterm election, key conservative ideologues have now declared their support for tax increases — but only for people with low incomes. The public debut of this idea came, as such things often do, on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal."
Miami-Dade's elections chief calls it quits David C. Leahy, the low-key bureaucrat hired two decades ago to run Miami-Dade's elections department, announced his resignation Monday amid mounting criticism of botched elections under his watch. ["botched elections?" No, coup d'etats. --Lori Price]
Court Blocks Offshore Oil Leases in Calif. A federal appeals court today blocked an attempt by the Bush mis-ministration to revive three dozen old and dormant oil leases off the California coast without the consent of state officials, a ruling that enhances the longstanding state and federal ban here on offshore drilling.
Nevada States Case Against Waste Dump in Mountain Yucca Mountain cannot be used for disposal of the nation's nuclear waste, the State of Nevada said in a brief filed today, arguing that the site does not meet criteria that require its natural features to contain the material for thousands of years.
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sodomy Case The Supreme Court reopened a homosexual rights issue Monday, agreeing to decide a case that asks if it's unconstitutional for states to punish same-sex couples for having sex.
W.Va. appeals Microsoft decision West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Monday that his state would join with Massachusetts in appealing the landmark antitrust settlement between Microsoft, the Justice Department and 17 states.
Texas Death Row Appeals Lawyers Criticized Death row inmates in Texas are often assigned incompetent or unqualified state appellate lawyers who do not raise legitimate constitutional arguments and who fail to unearth facts that could prove the innocence of their clients, according to a new study by an advocacy group for capital defendants.
U.S. Supreme Court could make Miranda warnings thing of the past For five years, Oliverio Martinez has been blind and paralyzed as the result of a police shooting. Now he is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could determine whether decades of restraints on police interrogations should be discarded.
Covert Legal System Sought Under Bush's plan, suspects could be held indefinitely and denied all rights. The Bush mis-ministration is developing a parallel legal system [dictatorship] in which terrorism suspects -- U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike -- may be investigated, jailed, interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections guaranteed by the ordinary system, lawyers inside and outside the government say.
At Justice, Freedom Not to Release Information Today, at the Justice Department, some laws are more equal than others. One 36-year-old U.S. law can be broken, it seems. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, who is sworn to enforce all laws, has told federal employees that they can bend -- perhaps even break -- one law, and he will even defend their actions in court.
Supreme Court Could Opt for a Momentous Term The Supreme Court faces choices in the next few weeks that could convert the current term from solidly interesting to potentially momentous. [Albeit, possibly not as momentous as the whore Court installing the Idiot Usurper in a coup d'etat in 2000. --Lori Price]
Supreme Court to Weigh in On Affirmative Action The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether public universities may consider a student's race in admission decisions, an important national issue affecting higher education and affirmative action policies for minorities.
ACLU Sees Membership Surge After 9/11 Since Sept. 11 and the government's expansive campaign of monitoring and detention [Oh, let's just call it what it is: a burgeoning police state. --Lori Price], people are turning to the 82-year-old organization to help safeguard their liberties.
Material Concerns (The Washington Post) "Few Aspects of the government's domestic response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have been more shrouded in secrecy than its use of a relatively obscure federal law that permits the detention of 'material witnesses' in federal criminal proceedings."
The Bush dynasty and the Cuban criminals Jeb Bush has been instrumental in securing the release from prison of militant Cuban exiles convicted of terrorist offences, according to a new book. The Bush family has also accommodated the demands of Cuban exile hardliners in exchange for electoral and financial support, the book suggests.
Ex-Aide Insists White House Puts Politics Ahead of Policy A former member of the Bush mis-ministration says in a magazine interview that the White House values politics over domestic policy, lacking both policy experts and an apparatus to support them. In an interview with Esquire magazine, John J. DiIulio Jr. said: "There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus. What you've got is everything, and I mean everything, being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."
Three Reagan-era hard-liners return to help run Bush's foreign policy team They were key figures in the Iran-Contra scandal and U.S.-backed "dirty wars" in Central America in the 1980s. Now Otto Reich, Elliot Abrams and John Negroponte are back, helping run White House policy toward Latin America.
Inspector's resignation rejected by U.N.'s Blix A resignation offered by an Iraq-bound weapons inspector has been rejected by chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix. Harvey John McGeorge, 53, of Woodbridge, Va., offered his resignation after reports appeared that he lacked a specialized degree and has played a leadership role in sex clubs promoting sadomasochism (S&M).
Inspectors: No Iraq Atomic Evidence Yet U.N. inspectors combing Iraq for weapons of mass destruction have yet to find any incriminating evidence on nuclear arms, but are "far from reaching a conclusion," the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Sunday.
Iraq inspections 'could last a year' The world's top nuclear inspector said yesterday that it may take 12 months to discover whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction - a view that is likely to irritate Washington hawks.
Iraq Says Planes Hit Oil Company, Four Dead Western warplanes hit an oil company office block in Basra in southern Iraq Sunday, killing four people and wounding 27, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
India vows to stand by Saddam Hussein India will not let down Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the event of a U.S.-led military attack, Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha said Thursday.
Iraq attack 'means third world war' The warning comes from Hans von Sponeck, the UN's humanitarian aid co-ordinator in Iraq from 1998 to 2000.
Antiwar effort gains momentum Peace movement’s ranks include some unlikely allies --A growing peace movement has been gaining momentum and raises the possibility that there could be much more dissent if U.S. bombs begin falling on Baghdad.
Information remains inconclusive on Moussaoui's 9/ll role "I'm amazed that the government has never once sought to find out from Moussaoui who the people are in the United States that he was in touch with," said Ed MacMahon, one of Zacarias Moussaoui's court-appointed standby defense attorneys.
US rapped for backing warlord There has been criticism of the United States-led coalition for continuing to support an Afghan warlord who activists say is the enemy of human rights.
U.S. Uses B-52 in Clash in Afghanistan A mammoth B-52 bomber was called into combat for the first time in five months Sunday to protect U.S. special forces battling armed Afghans outside an American base.
September 11 widow condemns US war plans "The most hateful thing they could do to us" --Just over a year after her husband was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Jessica Murrow has said that if her voice carried any weight, she wanted to raise it as strongly as she could against the drive to war against Iraq.
U.S. and Philippines May Start Training Mission The United States and the Philippines may soon start a new military training operation against Muslim extremists in the southern Philippines that would involve 300 to 400 American troops, including many on jungle combat patrols in a risky hunt for a "resurgent guerrilla force," military officials say.
Some in GOP see another 'axis of evil'; analysts encourage engagement instead Some Republicans, including House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde of Illinois, have charged that the newly ascendant leftists in Latin America could join with Venezuela's populist President Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro to forge a Latin American "axis of evil."
First the Senate, Now the Courts of Appeals "I'm going to get those courts filled," Senator Orrin G. Hatch, [Republican Nutcase --OR] said, adding that a priority would be to win the confirmations of Charles W. Pickering Sr. and Priscilla R. Owen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit based in New Orleans. Both candidates were rejected by the committee when it was under Democratic control.
Report: NYC to Submit Smallpox Plan City health officials are expected to present the federal government Monday with a plan for responding to a smallpox outbreak, a published report said... The report will also lay out plans for isolating any infected people and dealing with laboratory specimens.
Faux News Moves From the Margins to the Mainstream Faux's importance as a powerhouse was underscored last week when President Gore named it first in a list of conservative news media that he said function as a "fifth column" in the larger media world. In an interview with The New York Observer, he complained of the influence now wielded by Faux, The Washington Times and Rush Limbaugh, among others, calling them "part and parcel of the Republican Party."
Kerry Embarks on 2004 Presidential Bid Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Sunday he is taking a first step toward running for president in 2004, forming a committee to explore a White House bid.
Bus driver's alleged Taliban remark prompts police response A bus driver is charged with creating a false public alarm after telling passengers that he was taking them "to the Taliban.''
Report: Boston Church Mulls Bankruptcy Move The Archdiocese of Boston is contemplating filing for bankruptcy protection to shield it from the estimated 450 clergy sexual abuse victims who have filed civil lawsuits against it, The Boston Globe reported on Sunday.
Opposition exposes lucrative radioactive wheat export scam Radioactive wheat grown in Ukrainian fields poisoned by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are being repackaged as 'Romanian-grown grain' and exported by Bucharest merchants to Arab countries in a lucrative multimillion pound scam.
Winds Keep Giant Slick Off Spanish Coast Waves of tarry oil crashed over a 20-foot-high sea wall and swamped a boardwalk along Spain's northwest "Coast of Death" Sunday, but high winds and strong currents kept most of an enormous, multimillion-gallon slick bobbing on the Atlantic horizon.
A world without borders --by Wole Akande "Perhaps it is time for the idea of international migration to be rescued, enshrined in international declarations as a normal and natural human right. People should have the right, internationally as they do within the countries of the European Union, to choose freely either to stay where they are or to migrate."
Unmanned aircraft in coastal security plan Within the next decade, planes without pilots will patrol the waters off South Florida to interdict not only terrorist threats but traffickers of drugs and illegal immigrants.
Inspectors Get Red Carpet in Iraq "We've received full cooperation," said one of the leaders, Demetrius Perricos of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission. He said he believed "that will remain the case" for visits to the nearly 1,000 sites declared by Iraq over the years as having a connection to nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs and missile development.
Iraq War Could Cost U.S. As Much as $200 Billion Allied nations aren't as likely to pitch in as they were in '91. Most expenses would cover the postwar occupation [involving corporate oil control]
U.S. Is Preparing Base in Gulf State to Run Iraq War The United States military is installing a new command center at a heavily guarded base in this small Persian Gulf state that would be ready to serve as the main headquarters for a war on Iraq.
U.S. troops leave Germany for Gulf exercise; some express concerns "My personal feeling is that we should stay out of other people's business," said Staff Sgt. Craig Nance, a native of Palmdale, California who said he had served six months in Saudi Arabia in 1990. "But I don't really have that choice. I go ahead and do what people tell me to do."
Congress Cracks Down On Overdue CIA Reports Congress has threatened to reduce by one-third the funds that are used to run the office of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet if the intelligence community fails to file dozens of overdue reports required by law within the next few months.
Does Bush Have a Mandate on Social Security, Too? People close to Dictator Bush say he was encouraged that many Republicans who won tough races for the Senate and House on Nov. 5 defended, in the face of ferocious Democratic attacks, the principle of allowing workers to invest a share of their payroll taxes in the financial markets.
S.E.C. Facing Deeper Trouble The Securities and Exchange Commission, still reeling from the recent resignation of its chairman, Harvey L. Pitt, and other top officials, is plagued by problems that go deeper than its leadership difficulties and have undermined its ability to police companies and markets, government officials and corporate law experts say.
An Upcoming Battle to Repeal a Toothless Tax The corporate alternative minimum tax, which was created to ensure that even the craftiest company feels an annual tax bite, has lost most of its teeth. The Republican-led Congress, with the Bush mis-ministration's blessing, is likely to try next year to repeal the tax, over the fierce objections of congressional Democrats.
Republican Party is very accommodating to rich tax avoiders --by Robyn Blumner "The 2002 election was a juicy delight to two kinds of people: those who want to shift more of the tax burden from the investor class to wage earners; and those who want to further starve the Internal Revenue Service of the resources needed to catch tax cheats."
Dazzling image left US press blind to the truth Enron: The media --by Rupert Cornwell "What went wrong? How did America's business press, with a few honourable exceptions, fail to latch on to the biggest and most lurid corporate scandal in a decade?"
Homeless numbers rise significantly across the nation The sluggish economy and rising rents have combined to produce higher homeless rates across the country, said Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The group puts the number of homeless people nationwide at 1 million.
Record numbers are homeless for the holidays (MA) This year, more people will be homeless for the holidays than ever before in Massachusetts' history.
Sen. Jeffords Blasts Bush on Environment The chairman of the Senate environment panel criticized Dictator Bush on Saturday for moving backward on the environment, saying he is putting special interests above clean air, clean water and public health.
He's Ba-a-ack! --by Maureen Dowd "Who better to ferret out government duplicity and manipulation than the man who engineered secret wars, secret bombings, secret wiretaps and secret coups, and still ended up as a Pillar of the Establishment and Nobel Peace Prize winner? It was Dick Cheney's brainstorm, naturally."
9/11 Victims Deserve Better Than Kissinger --by Les Payne "The 'war crime' charge against Kissinger became something of a scare in London earlier this year. During Kissinger's visit to Royal Albert Hall, human rights activists staged a protest, some banging drums and chanting 'evil war criminal' outside.
ER Workers Ready for Smallpox Vaccine Suzanne Lau is ready to risk a small chance of injury and even death to be vaccinated against smallpox. "It's what you do. It's part of the risk of the job,'' said Lau, whose hospital ID hangs on a red, white and blue cord, stamped USA, around her neck. [Mega STUPIDITY barf-alert! --Lori Price]
Mormon student may be excommunicated for articles A graduate student with Mormon family roots says he will probably be excommunicated next week for articles he has written questioning the validity of the Book of Mormon.
Secret Harvard tribunal's past revealed What began in 1920 as an inquiry into a student's suicide ended in Harvard University convening a secret tribunal that labeled 14 men "guilty" of being homosexual, and forcing the students among them to leave not only the school, but the city of Cambridge.
FEMA's Latest Bungle: P.O. Box for 9/11 Aid Shut for Nonpayment For more than a year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has had no end of problems with its stewardship of the Sept. 11 aid programs. Victims have complained that FEMA evaluators have been rude, ill-informed and condescending. Last week, a FEMA post office box in Albany was closed after the agency failed to pay the rent for almost three months.
USAC passes resolution condemning war with Iraq (CA --UCLA) More than 50 students from various student groups stormed the USAC (Undergraduate Students Association Council) general meeting to present the council with reasons to oppose the war. The resolution was approved with a 5-0-5 vote.
Murder, Incorporated --by Chris Floyd " 'We were told specifically that if there were women and children to kill them.' ["Operation Anaconda"] The Ithaca Journal in upstate New York, bringing news of Big Brother Georgie's old-fashioned approach to warfare: Ordering soldiers to kill women and children." [This article is from June, 2002 --but reposted for Thanksgiving, in Bush's Amerika. --Lori Price]
Big Business's Funding Shift Boosts --Major industries such as accounting, aerospace, commercial banking, defense, HMOs and pharmaceuticals have abandoned their tradition of bipartisan campaign contributions in favor of a commitment to the GOP, a trend that could deepen the problems of a Democratic Party rocked by this month's elections.
Bush’s Christmas gift to the jobless: one million lose benefits December 28 The US Congress adjourned November 22 without taking any action on an extension of unemployment benefits for long-term jobless workers, after the Bush mis-ministration refused to intervene in a dispute between the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Bush Plan Gives More Discretion to Forest Managers on Logging The Bush mis-ministration proposed today to give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and commercial activities with less evaluation of potential damage to the environment. The proposal would thoroughly rewrite rules issued by President Bill Clinton in November 2000.
Poll: Democrat Sen. Landrieu Leading Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu holds a commanding lead over Republican Suzanne Haik Terrell in the nation's last undecided Senate race, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Police in Va. Probe SUV Vandalization More than 30 gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles have been vandalized in the Richmond area over the past few months, many with an acid-like chemical, and authorities are investigating whether a radical environmental group is responsible.
The Absurdities of Water Flouridation -- by Paul Connett, Ph.D. "It started at a time when Asbestos lined our pipes, lead was added to gasoline, PCBs filled our transformers and DDT was deemed so 'safe and effective' that officials felt no qualms spraying kids in school classrooms and seated at picnic tables."
Bush Names Kissinger to Head Sept. 11 Commission Dictator Bush signed legislation creating a new independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks Wednesday and named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead the panel. [An untried war criminal heading this alleged "independent" 9/11 commission is NOT who I had in mind when I authored the "Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks," which has garnered over 17,325 signatures, thus far. -- Lori Price] Dr. Kissinger's role in overthrowing the democratic government of Chile and imposing the Pinochet dictatorship
Bush Not Likely to Testify in 9/11 Probe Dictator Bush does not envision testifying before an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, even if there is some precedent for the chief executive offering high-profile testimony, the White House said Wednesday. [Oh, but let's find out about the Clinton sexual liaison details!! -Lori Price]
9/11 victims' suit expanded A huge $15 trillion lawsuit intended to bankrupt the alleged financiers of al Qaeda grew even larger Friday, as the plaintiffs added more than three dozen new defendants, including members of the Saudi royal family.
But he is a moron! --by John Chuckman "Françoise Ducros, director of communications for Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien, said in a private conversation that Mr. Bush was a moron for the way he pushed his obsession over Iraq at a NATO meeting in Prague that had other important issues to resolve. Most informed people on the planet would classify her observation in about the same category as 'sugary cereal makes a terrible breakfast,' but it is so rare to hear even the slightest truth expressed regarding America's pathetic chief executive that a bit of a flap has arisen."
PM's aide resigns over 'moron' flap One of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's top aides quit today following a storm over her description of Dictator George W. Bush as a "moron."
Klein adviser calls Bush 'idiot' (Canada) A media adviser to the Alberta government has apologized for referring to George W. Bush as "that idiot" in an internal memo commenting on the controversy over a senior federal aide who called the U.S. dictator "a moron." [LOL! The entire planet knows that Dictator Bush is an idiot usurping lying weasel! --Lori Price]
Gov. Bush is linked to firm in fraud case Governor flew on company plane --Seven times during his reelection bid, Gov. Jeb Bush climbed aboard a private jet owned by National Century Financial Enterprises of Ohio, the once-high-flying health financing group now under federal investigation for multibillion-dollar fraud, campaign finance records show. [The fact that this was kept under wraps until AFTER the "election" speaks volumes about the media manipulation being undertaken by the rightwing. Notice the similarity between Jeb Bush's disavowal of Poulsen and George Bush's disavowal of Enron's Lay. These two liars are up to their eyeballs in corporate slime. -- Michael Rectenwald]
Federal Audit of Florida Pension Fund Postponed After Call From Jeb Bush's Office At the request of Gov. Jeb Bush's office, the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department ordered delays in a federal audit of Florida's pension fund that ensured the review wouldn't be completed before Bush won re-election, officials say.
Florida Pension Fund Audit Questioned At the request of Gov. Jeb Bush's office, the inspector general of the Health and Human Services Department ordered delays in a federal audit of Florida's pension fund that ensured the review wouldn't be completed before Bush won re-election, officials say. The delays by Janet Rehnquist, daughter of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, are now being investigated by Congress.
[Mega barf alert --This time, for real!] Unused ad reveals governor's true feelings This is the campaign ad Florida voters never saw: Gov. Jeb Bush, doubled over in apparent pain, unleashing a loud gagging sound as he pretends to choke. The striking image of our state's highest elected official booming, ''Uuugggghhhhhh,'' and then following it up with an exasperated, ''It's like -- God,'' was nearly placed in an ad in the final weeks of the campaign to illustrate exactly how the governor really felt about his Democratic rival, Bill McBride.
Gore’s TV War: He Lobs Salvo At Fox News --by Josh Benson " 'The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party,' said Mr. [President] Gore in an interview with The Observer. 'Fox [Faux] News Network, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh—there’s a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media… ' " [Perhaps The Observer should remember this little reproduced fact: Al Gore received more votes than any other candidate for President in US history, excepting only Ronald Reagan. He won more votes than George W. Bush. He won the popular election, and, had all the votes been counted in Florida, he won Florida and thus the 2000 election. The reason the rightwing tries to paint him as not being viable is precisely because they KNOW that he IS viable! He already beat their boy, and will beat him like a rented mule again in 2004. --Michael Rectenwald]
US Government Asks Court to Seal Vaccine Records Attorneys for the Bush mis-ministration asked a federal court on Monday to order that documents on hundreds of cases of autism allegedly caused by childhood vaccines be kept from the public.
ACLU Sues Over PATRIOT Act The government agreed to tell the American Civil Liberties Union by Jan. 15 which documents it would release about increased surveillance in the United States under a law passed in response to the terrorist attacks.
New Security Department Reinforces NORTHCOM Mission The National Guard has given the U.S. Northern Command a base that it can build on, one of that new organization's high-ranking officers said recently. The Department of Homeland Security will reinforce the Northern Command's mission, Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose maintained during a Nov. 13 summit on homeland security.
Signs Terror Insurance Boost
Dictator Bush signed a bill to reimburse the insurance industry for
as much as $100 billion a year in claims
resulting from terrorist attacks.
Bush Signs Bill to Protect Insurance Industry Dictator Bush this morning signed a law that pledges billions of taxpayer dollars to help insurance companies pay claims from a future terrorist attack. "The insurance companies have been very shifty about whether rates will drop," said J. Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America. "I suspect we're going to see some fairy significantly high prices."
A very public wargame As the military build-up continues in the Gulf, Julian Borger in Washington sees US forces preparing for house to house combat --After 10 months of secrecy and denial, US military preparations for the looming conflict with Iraq have abruptly been turned into well-catered press events over the last few days. Clearly, the message has changed.
Ford Motor Is Linked to Argentina's 'Dirty War' Pedro Troiani was at work on the assembly line at the Ford Motor plant here one morning in April 1976 when more than a dozen heavily armed men burst into the factory and made their way toward him... Mr. Troiani, a labor leader at the time, said he and four other Ford employees were then transferred to a secret prison and eventually to a special detention camp as part of the "dirty war" against anyone considered a leftist opponent by the military dictatorship that ruled this country from 1976 to 1983.
Low-Income Taxpayers: New Meat for the Right --by E. J. Dionne Jr. "Prepare yourself for the latest cause of the political right: You are about to hear a great deal about how working Americans at the bottom of the economy are not paying enough in taxes. I am not making this up."
FBI Whistleblower Harassed? Special agent John Roberts says he was threatened, intimidated and humiliated for exposing what he said has become a pattern of misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI and that has gone unpunished.
FBI agents cleared in false confession An internal probe has cleared the FBI agents who obtained a false confession from a former suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks. But the findings raise questions about the reliability of lie-detector tests.
Yucca Mountain Project workers say site problems kept quiet Some workers at the Yucca Mountain Project said there were flaws in the process scientists used to determine whether the site was suitable for disposing the nation's nuclear waste. At least two workers claim they were either fired or transferred after raising concerns about the project's safety, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in its Sunday editions.
Risk of internet collapse rising Simulated attacks on key internet hubs have shown how vulnerable the worldwide network is to disruption by disaster or terrorist action. [Ashcroft?]
Aids epidemic 'bringing social collapse' The Aids epidemic is causing the spiralling disintegration of some of the poorest countries in Africa, precipitating famine and social, political and economic collapse, says the latest official United Nations update.
Murdoch editorial justifies assault on democratic rights In the wake of the Howard government’s release of a sweeping terrorist alert last week, the Australian media has lined up behind the government’s efforts to condition public opinion to the far-reaching assault on democratic rights that is currently underway.
Muslim groups seeks action on Dershowitz A group of Muslim lawyers has asked the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to punish Alan Dershowitz because of the Harvard Law School professor's proposal to raze Palestinian villages in response to attacks on Israelis.
University of Tennessee Won't Punish Students Who Appeared in Blackface The University of Tennessee has decided not to penalize six white fraternity members who painted their faces black to appear as the Jackson 5, saying their right of expression must be protected.
Mis-ministration Begins to Rewrite Decades-Old Spying Restrictions The Bush mis-ministration, in its "fight against terrorism", is slowly chipping away at the wall that has existed for nearly three decades between domestic law enforcement and international intelligence gathering.
NYPD fights ban against spying on activists The New York police department has launched a courtroom crusade to overturn a longstanding legal ruling limiting its ability to spy on political activists. The move raised fears among civil liberties campaigners of a return to the days when the NYPD's notorious Red Squad infiltrated dissident groups and collaborated with the McCarthy anti-Communist witchhunts.
Chief Justice’s daughter purges Health and Human Services office A series of complaints about the conduct of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general has shed some additional light on the workings of the Bush mis-ministration.
Bush to push faith-based initiative With a Republican-controlled Congress at his back, Dictator George W. Bush plans to push his faith-based initiatives again next year, but the thorny questions of whether they violate civil rights laws and constitutional separation of church and state are unsolved, critics claim.
Conservatives Dispute Bush Portrayal of Islam as Peaceful pResident Bush finds himself in a rare disagreement with conservatives in his party over his efforts to portray Islam as a peaceful religion that is not responsible for anti-American terrorism.
Bush cuts federal workers' pay raises Citing a state of national emergency brought on by last year's terrorist attacks [?!?], Dictator Bush on Friday slashed the pay raises most civilian federal workers were to receive starting in January.
Mandate for the Middle --by James M. Jeffords "Our slumping economy, our threatened environment, our underfunded schools, our corporate scandals — these are not issues that you will hear discussed by the White House, but they are being talked about by people who don't have the power to define the nation's agenda."
Troubles Deepen for the Secret Service As security threats to America’s "leaders" mount, the Secret Service is beset with deepening personnel shortages, diminished levels of training, and staggering demands for overtime that have the average uniformed officer working 90 hours a week.
Influence and bailouts a business tradition in Bush family --by Robert Trigaux "Altogether, the Bush boys' business deals have received scant attention. What's intriguing is that, time and again, all four brothers have chosen to use a remarkably similar two-step business model."
Coleman billboard vandalized A billboard congratulating Norm Coleman on his election [sic] to the U.S. Senate has been defaced. Earlier this week, someone painted onto the billboard overlooking Interstate 94 in St. Paul the message: "Newest member of the SS," a reference to the Nazi paramilitary police, as well as a swastika, a Nazi symbol.
Polls Suggest Gore Has Democratic Edge Al Gore has an advantage among Democratic presidential hopefuls should he decide to run for president in 2004, polls suggest.
U.S. Forced to Allow Lawsuit on 'Lab Birth of Aids' In a November 20, 2002 letter from the Office of the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, AIDS ORIGIN researcher, Boyd E. Graves, J.D. has been given sixty days to file suit in the U.S. federal court of his choosing.
Little resistance to smallpox shots expected When the Pentagon begins inoculating troops with smallpox vaccine in the next few weeks, it is unlikely to encounter the resistance that erupted when the services administered anthrax vaccinations, military analysts say.
Judge: Rights Web-Posting Student Violated A federal judge has ruled that a school district violated a student's rights to free speech and due process when it suspended him for posting "intimidation and threats" on the Internet.
The Latest Kissinger Outrage Why is a proven liar and wanted man in charge of the 9/11 investigation? --by Christopher Hitchens "The Bush administration has been saying in public for several months that it does not desire an independent inquiry into the gross 'failures of intelligence' that left U.S. society defenseless 14 months ago. By announcing that Henry Kissinger will be chairing the inquiry that it did not want, the president [sic] has now made the same point in a different way."
Kissinger's unfit past (The Boston Globe) "Henry Kissinger made a Faustian bargain in 1968 to trade his tenured professor's status at Harvard for the opportunity to gain world-shaking power in the Nixon White House. His performance there makes him a poor choice to lead an independent commission investigating intelligence failures in the Sept. 11 attacks."
The strange choice of Henry Kissinger -- by Mark Shields "Tell me that a People magazine recount finds 'the sexiest man alive' not to be movie star Ben Affleck, but rather diet guru Richard Simmons. Tell me that Velcro-fingered Winona Ryder has been named security chief at Bloomingdale's. Tell me that Dracula has been put in charge of the local blood bank."
Kenya Detains U.S. Woman Citizen Among 12 Arrested In Attacks --An American woman and a Spanish man, possibly husband and wife, are among the dozen foreigners arrested in connection with Thursday's al Qaeda-style terrorist attacks against Israeli targets on the east coast of this African country.
US citizen under suspicion The Kenyan police has a pair with American passports after the notices on Israeli tourists in Kenya twelve suspects arrested, among them. [Note: this is link to the translated version of the original article, in German.]
Economy a Likely Casualty of War New Yorkers who heat their homes with oil will likely be hit hard financially if the country goes to war with Iraq. So will consumers, investors and just about anyone who works for or flies on one of the nation's airlines.
Lawmakers: Troops May Be Exposed to Bioattacks As the Pentagon girds for possible military action against Iraq, it is having problems providing U.S. troops with state-of-the-art protective gear against chemical and biological attacks, lawmakers from both parties said this week.
'Saddam's bombmaker' is full of lies --by Imad Khadduri "As I personally know the author and have worked with him during these two decades, I wish to clarify the following untruths and misinformation that has been postulated by him in his book."
Gen. Franks: U.S. committed to Afghans The U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan is on track, and the United States will remain in the country carrying out combat operations and reconstruction projects "for as long as it takes," the U.S. general overseeing the war said Friday.
Thanksgiving Stuffing Suspected as More Than 100 U.S. Soldiers Get Food Poisoning in Afghanistan Turkey stuffing from a Thanksgiving meal may have caused more than 100 soldiers to fall ill with food poisoning at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday.
Trees Near N.M. Lab May Be Radioactive Workers trying to thin forests near Los Alamos National Laboratory have been told not to remove trees cut down in certain areas because they might be radioactive, lab officials said this week.
Los Angeles health system near meltdown Los Angeles County has a population of 9.5 million and about 2.5 million—or over 26 percent—have no medical insurance, and this number is rapidly rising.
Mass. Appeals Microsoft Case Alone Massachusetts on Friday appealed the settlement in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case, splitting from a group of nine states that had been seeking tougher sanctions against the software giant.
Thousands of tons of oil pollute Spanish coast An ecological disaster of terrible magnitude has taken place and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their livelihoods as a consequence of the break up of the oil tanker Prestige off the north west coast of Spain.
The Boondocks --by Aaron McGruder (a classic, today)
9/11 Lawyers Seek Black-Box Data on Saudi Hijackers --by Tom Flocco In a letter written to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein from Douglas A. Latto, attorney at New York’s Baumeister & Samuels firm, Latto told Hellerstein that "we have been led to believe that the United States of America, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), will attempt to prevent discovery of the [9/11] black boxes."
UN struggles to explain away presence of weapons inspector with S&M fetish The first crisis the United Nations inspection mission faces concerns sado-masochism, pansexuality and leather fetishes. Senior officials were trying to explain yesterday how such a crucial mission came to include an American former Secret Service officer who has no specialised degree in any of the relevant sciences, but considerable expertise in unusual sexual practices.
Weapons Inspectors' Experience Questioned The United Nations launched perhaps its most important weapons inspections ever yesterday with a team that includes a 53-year-old Virginia man with no specialized scientific degree and a leadership role in sadomasochistic sex clubs.
Canadians to lead weapons inspection team into USA A coalition of Canadian peace groups today announced their intention to send an international team of volunteer weapons inspectors into the United States later this winter. The coalition, Rooting Out Evil, are recruiting inspectors through their newly launched website, www.rootingoutevil.org.
Bin Laden tape a fake, Swiss lab says The latest audiotape statement attributed to accused terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden is not authentic, a Swiss research institute said. The Lausanne-based Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence said it is 95-per-cent certain the tape does not feature the voice of the long-absent terrorist leader.
Bin Laden tape 'not genuine' Researchers in Switzerland have questioned the authenticity of the recent audio recording attributed to Osama Bin Laden.
Some see Kissinger as wrong man for the job Dictator Bush called him ''one of our nation's most accomplished and respected public servants,'' but the selection of Henry Kissinger to chair the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks left critics shaking their heads in wonder.
Kissinger Brings Controversial Legacy to Post In naming Henry Kissinger to lead the highly sensitive investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks, Dictator Bush picked a Republican Party eminence grise who is also one of the most controversial American statesmen [untried war criminal] of the last half-century.
U.S. Jets Respond to Indication of Approaching Craft The military command responsible for the defense of North American airspace scrambled fighter jets in response to unverified reports of an airborne condensation trail, or contrail, moving from the Caribbean to the United States, defense officials said yesterday.
UN ready to fight US on Iraq oil-for-food plan Frustrated by Pentagon interference, Russia has circulated a resolution that would extend the humanitarian program for Iraq for the usual six months rather than the three Washington wants.
Domestic Spying Pressed Big-City Police Seek to Ease Limits Imposed After Abuses Decades Ago (NY) New York's police commissioner wants to toss aside a decades-old federal court decree governing the limits on police spying and surveillance of its own citizenry.
The business lobby's campaign against McCain --by Mark Shields "Thanks to Robert Pear and Richard A. Oppel Jr. of The New York Times, we know that the kingpins of America's drug companies held an unpublicized, post-election victory and strategy summit at a private location near Washington's Dulles airport."
WorldCom Settles Accounting Scandal WorldCom and the government have settled a civil lawsuit over the company's $9 billion accounting scandal, leaving a judge to decide how much the bankrupt telecommunications giant will pay in fines.
Falwell critic defends Web site in court (IL) A Highland Park man's parody Web site calling the Rev. Jerry Falwell a false prophet has landed him in court. [Gee, there is whole lot more to add here --"false prophet" is just the *tip* of the odious iceberg. --Lori Price]
Bush Signs $900 Million Cybersecurity Act Dictator Bush today signed legislation dedicating more than $900 million over five years to security research and "education".
Critics: Feds Hiding Health Data Critics have accused two federal health agencies of restricting public access to information on the Web, in a dispute that reflects worries about the Bush mis-ministration's openness to public inquiry.
Democrats Favor Gore in Poll President Al Gore holds a substantial lead over his potential rivals for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, preferred by roughly half of the Democrats surveyed nationally in a new Washington Post poll.
In Media Res -- by Paul Krugman "This week Al Gore said the obvious. 'The media is kind of weird these days on politics,' he told The New York Observer, ' and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party.' "
New Federal Rule Tightens Demands on Failing Schools Critics suggested the mis-ministration was quietly paving the way for vouchers to private schools as the answer when districts could come up with nothing else.
Australian prime minister gives the nod to anti-Muslim racism Last week Reverend Fred Nile, leader of the rightwing Christian Democratic Party, issued an inflammatory call for the New South Wales state government to ban Muslim women from wearing the chador, the head-to-toe Islamic veil, in public.
Seoul restaurants bar US diners Some restaurants and pubs in the South Korean capital are refusing to serve Americans amid anger over the acquittal of two US soldiers for the road deaths of two teenage girls.
Asian Workers Call for U.S. Gap Boycott Garment workers from Indonesia are appealing to consumers in the United States to boycott Gap products to protest labor conditions at factories in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Florida judge kills Catholic sex-abuse cover-up suit A lawsuit accusing the Vatican of covering up worldwide sexual abuse is prohibited because the statute of limitations has run out, a judge ruled.
"Thanksgiving"- a National Day of Mourning --by Terri J Andrews "Never before in the history of America has a subset of this country's population been so misrepresented, lied about, and viciously condemned and criticized than the Native American Indians."
Bush anything but moronic, according to author Dark overtones in his malapropisms --When Mark Crispin Miller first set out to write Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, about the ever-growing catalogue of pResident George W. Bush's verbal gaffes, he meant it for a laugh. But what he came to realize wasn't entirely amusing. [However, Mark Crispin Miller fails to note that idiocy and brutal Republicanism often coincide; a lack of intellectual curiosity, a lack of cultural curiosity, a narrow-minded philistinian attitude, a fundamentalist ethos--these are traits often observable in morons. Bush is retarded--socially, morally and intellectually--when it comes to the vast majority of human beings living on the planet. This is the myopia of privilege and the mark of the only kind of idiocy to be despised.--Michael Rectenwald]
Satire ads banned for Bush 'insult' Broadcasting watchdogs in the UK have banned adverts for the satirical cartoon 2DTV after ruling that they were insulting to US pResident George W Bush. The commercials were to be broadcast to promote a Christmas video for the ITV1 show.
Advert attacking Bush's intelligence banned (UK) The BACC, which vets television adverts before they are broadcast, said the promotion of the Christmas video of ITV1's award-winning animation show 2DTV was offensive because it questioned the US pResident's intelligence. It would not clear the advert for broadcast unless Mr Bush gave his permission.
George W Bush TV cartoon banned in Britain "We found that ... President [sic] Bush might find the portrayal not to his liking and therefore offensive," Uisdean Maclean, director of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC), an industry-funded body which vets TV ads in Britain, told Reuters. [Yes, well --the entire global population, save transnational CEOs, find Bush's image not to THEIR liking.--Lori Price]
Bush fails to meet moron criteria --by Thomas Walkom "The debate over whether George W. Bush is a moron continues to sputter. Morons are outraged at being lumped in with the U.S. president [sic]. Americans, meanwhile, are mildly amused that it has taken Canadians so long to discover the obvious."
High Court to Hear Miranda Challenge A Ruling in an Oxnard, CA case could reinterpret landmark decision on rights during police questioning. White House backs a change.
Judge Refuses to Turn Over Cheney Case A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Bush mis-ministration's attempt to take a lawsuit against Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force to a federal appeals court.
Judge rejects appeal on Cheney papers Groups question influence of energy companies --Vice pResident Dick Cheney will have to turn over energy-policy documents within two weeks or explain why they should be withheld from watchdog and environmental groups, a U.S. judge ruled in an order released Wednesday.
4 defeated candidates file lawsuits Four defeated Democratic candidates, including state Rep. Debra Danburg of Houston, are suing the Texas Association of Business for spending almost $2 million in corporate money in selected legislative races.
White House Counsel's Methods Outrage Military Legal Experts Most people assume Attorney General John Ashcroft is the Bush appointee responsible for legal decisions that critics say place national security above civil liberties. But the real architect of many of those moves is someone most Americans have never heard of: White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. [I think the actual architect is Joseph Goebbels. --Lori Price]
Poindexter redux --by Daniel Schorr "Deep in the recesses of the Pentagon is the Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is where Vice Adm. John Poindexter (USN ret.) hangs out these days, working on TIA. TIA stands for Total Information Awareness... Admiral Poindexter is probably better known for destroying information than for gathering it."
Kissinger To Lead 9/11 Panel --Mitchell Named Vice Chairman Of Probe on Intelligence Flaws Former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger and former Senate majority leader George J. Mitchell were appointed yesterday to lead a high-profile commission probing the intelligence and security flaws that allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to succeed.
Regarding Henry Kissinger: A Panel Discussion on the Making of a War Criminal The forum was held on February 22, 2001, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Bush picks Kissinger to head official probe: new stage in the September 11 coverup (WSWS) "The nomination of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head the official US commission into the September 11 terrorist attacks guarantees that the inquiry will be a whitewash, not an independent investigation."
Fall Comdex 2002: 'E-postmark' gives stamp of approval At the Comdex technology trade show this week, a mundane product quietly unveiled at Microsoft's booth may have more of an impact on the average computer user. On display was an electronic stamp the U.S. Postal Service plans to sell to certify authenticity and delivery time of e-mail.
Bottlenecks arise in mock attack Mock Inoculation Drill in Arizona --Officers with assault rifles and paramedics armed with hypodermic needles invaded Mesa's Westwood High School on Thursday. Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta sent a shipment of mock antibiotics to Tucson from one of 12 secret locations that make up the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile.
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