Refines Plan for War in Cities
The American military is training furiously and polishing a plan for
attacking Baghdad that calls for isolating the city and then taking
control of it by seizing or destroying Saddam Hussein's pillars of
power — but avoiding house-to-house combat in its hostile streets.
- [Bush no longer
needs Iraq for a mega-pre-election distraction: he has the sniper!]
- [Look what slipped in over the
wires during 24/7 Sniper TV coverage:] White
House Touts Iraq Regime Change
The White House said Monday
it is unrealistic to think that Saddam Hussein will yield to international
demands that he disarm, dampening any suggestion that he could stay
in power if he did so. U.S. policy remains to seek a change of leadership
in Baghdad, White House spokesman Ari "Goebbels" Fleischer
Penn takes on Bush over Iraq
Actor Sean Penn on Friday weighed in on the international debate over
a possible war with Iraq, paying for a $56,000 advertisement in the
Washington Post accusing pResident Bush of stifling debate and threatening
for Hitler -- by Paul
Krugman "Michael Kinsley recently wrote that 'The Bush campaign
for war against Iraq has been insulting to American citizens, not
just because it has been dishonest, but because it has been unserious.
A lie is insulting; an obvious lie is doubly insulting.' All I can
say is, now he notices? It's been like that all along on economic
policy. You see, some folks must be under the impression that as long
as something is repeated often enough, it will become true. That
was how George W. Bush got to the top." [a must read]
prepares to launch biowarfare on the American populace
(Vancover Indymedia thread) "Death Toll: Saddam Hussein 100,000
-- US Foreign Policy 10 million " -- by Joe 1
George W Fight Song!
About War on Terrorism Highest Since Sept. 11
Bush job approval rating falls -- Americans have become more pessimistic
about the war on terrorism than at any point since military action
began in Afghanistan in October 2001. pResident Bush's job approval
rating has slipped to 62%, the lowest since the terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11.
accused of Eritrea 'coup plot'
The Eritrean statement implies that the top 11 Eritrean government
officials, including former leaders of the liberation movement, who
publicly criticized the Eritrean president after the recent war with
Ethiopia, were recruited by the CIA.
Hundreds of Navy PCs missing
The U.S. Pacific Fleet's warships and submarines were missing nearly
600 computers as of late July, including at least 14 known to have
handled classified data, according to an internal Navy report obtained
(The Economist) Brace yourself: George Bush reckons what's good for
the Republicans is good for America -- "Mr Bush has used a disputed
election victory [sic] to push through a strikingly radical agenda,
on everything from tax cuts to military pre-emption. At the same time,
he has refashioned the Republican Party in his easy-going image, urging
it to swap the angry snarl of Gingrichism for the smiling face of
Hit by Miami Vote Problems - ACLU
Black voters were disenfranchised more than others by snafus when
Florida's Miami-Dade County introduced electronic voting equipment
for the Sept. 10 primary, the American Civil Liberties Union said
Ads to Attack Bush on Economy
The Democrats plan to run TV ads in states where pResident Bush is
campaigning for congressional candidates between now and Nov. 5, hoping
to switch the subject to the stumbling economy — and on their
terms rather than his.
industry's dirty little details about to see light
-- by David Lazarus "Sources close to the matter say Timothy
Belden, who previously ran Enron's trading office in Portland, Ore.,
is prepared to implicate a number of other industry players in what
could shape up to be one of the biggest conspiracies in U.S. corporate
Decry Bush Generic Drug Plan
Democrats on Monday assailed President Bush's proposal to get
low-cost generic drugs to consumers faster, calling it a loophole-laden
imitation of the Senate-passed plan that he recently rejected.
"It closes one door to the pharmaceutical industry in their attempt
to delay generics but it opens up several others," said Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y., an author of the Senate proposal.
Dems Accuse HHS of Removing Info Two Democratic congressmen contended
Monday that the Bush mis-ministration is putting ideology over science,
citing appointments to advisory committees and the removal of information
from Web sites. Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Sherrod Brown
of Ohio demanded explanations in a letter to Health and Human Services
Secretary Tommy Thompson.
Sen. Angry Over GOP Campaign Ad As
a triple amputee Vietnam War veteran, Democratic Georgia Sen.
Max Cleland might seem immune to political attacks on national security
and fighting terrorism. But his Rethuglican rival, Rep. Saxby Chambliss,
is challenging conventional wisdom with a new television ad that features
cameo appearances by Osama bin Laden, the fugitive terrorist leader,
and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Snipers and the Posse Comitatus Act
-- by Kurt Nimmo "Rummy just shot another big hole in the Posse
Comitatus Act. It's looked like Swiss cheese for years, ever since
the military was 'enlisted' to combat evil drug dealers. You know,
drug dealers who sell CIA certified heroin and cocaine on the streets
of American cities." [Posse
Court Refuses to Take Case on Execution of Minors
A bitterly divided Supreme Court refused Monday to consider ending
the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their
crimes. Currently, states that allow the death penalty may impose
it on killers who were 16 or 17 at the time of their crimes.
Campaign/Million Mom March Reveal 2002 Dangerous Dozen: 12 Candidates
Who Oppose Sensible Gun Laws, Endanger Public Safety
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million
Mom March today released its "Dangerous Dozen" list of 12 candidates
for the United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and state
governorships whose election could make the difference between common-sense
gun laws and laws that make it easy for children and criminals to
agricultural subsidies in rich countries hurt poor nations
-- by Wole Akande "While the 2002 farm bill acts as a welfare
program for agribusiness, with U.S. taxpayers footing the bill, it
also robs the world's poor."
Fingerprint Replaces Lunch Money
(Tolland, CT) Officials at Parker Memorial School are implementing
finger-scannings of second-, third- and fourth-graders during school
lunches at the cash registers. Last spring, Parker students had both
index fingers scanned into the system.
get U.S. monitors for Nov. 5 election
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Friday that the Justice
Department will send attorneys from its civil rights division to monitor
the Nov. 5 election in Miami-Dade and several other Florida counties.
[Hold onto your hats! Here comes Coup 2002!!] Yet, six months
earlier, the inJustice Department stated that it found no
credible evidence that any Florida residents were intentionally denied
their right to vote in the 2000 s-election and that the number
of Floridians unable to vote was insufficient to ''cast any doubt''
on pResident Bush's margin of victory. [The quintessential "Hello,
McFly?" moment: there could be no "margin of victory"
as Bush did not win.]
to Help McBride's Get-Out-the-Vote Bid in Fla.
Democratic Party officials have decided to rush additional staff and
resources to Florida to bolster the campaign of gubernatorial candidate
Bill McBride after an on-the-ground assessment found the challenger's
get-out-the-vote operation badly in need of assistance. [Yes, but
are those eighteen "missing" voting machines from Broward County setting
the stage for Coup '02?]
for governor (St. Petersburg
Times) "Bill McBride is the candidate best suited to forge the
broad alliances needed to deal responsibly with the challenges facing
Florida... The Times recommends Bill McBride for governor."
Editorial Cartoon -- by Jim
Is Losing Its Grip on Illinois Governor's Mansion
Era of power-sharing in jeopardy as Democrat leads contest for
state's top spot -- With less just over two weeks to go before
election day, the Republican candidate for governor, state Atty. Gen.
Jim Ryan, is low on cash, short on endorsements and down by double-digits
in most polls to Democratic challenger Rod Blagojevich.
Minnesota Sen. Wellstone Leads Challenger Coleman
U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Minnesota Democrat, has widened his slender
lead over former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, his Republican challenger,
according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune poll.
Ethics Ripped in N.Y. Debate
George Pataki's ethics were attacked Sunday as Democratic challenger
H. Carl McCall and billionaire businessman B. Thomas Golisano used
the gubernatorial campaign's second debate to renew charges of wrongdoing
in the Republican governor's administration.
Race Narrows For Dole, Bowles
Elizabeth Dole's lead has shrunk from 20 points or more, prior to
Erskine B. Bowles's winning the long-delayed Democratic primary on
Sept. 10, to single digits in both parties' private polls last week.
Web Site Boosts Democrats
Democrats who cast what some considered a politically risky vote --
opposing the resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq -- are
getting a financial reward for their troubles. MoveOnPAC.org, an Internet
site, raised more than $1 million this week for four members of Congress
that the group calls "heroes."
Democratic Donors' Focus
Nearly Matching GOP, Activists Pour Millions Into Key Races -- The
Democratic donor community's top priority this fall appears to be
retaining control of the Senate, as party activists pour millions
of dollars into the handful of races that will determine whether Republicans
can regain the slim majority they enjoyed two years ago.
Opposed to War on Iraq Plan Rally
Thousands Expected for Speeches, March to White House on Saturday
-- Thousands plan to rally in Washington this weekend in the capital's
first mass protest of a potential war in Iraq. Saturday's protest
is set to coincide with marches in San Francisco and abroad, including
London and Tokyo. The rally's sponsors predict that hundreds of
thousands will participate in all.
the world stands on Iraq
The US has been trying to build diplomatic support for military action
to topple the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Click on the map
to find out where key countries stand on the issue.
frees thousands of political prisoners
Iraq started to release thousands of political prisoners yesterday
under an unprecedented and unconditional amnesty announced by President
Saddam Hussein in an effort to defuse hostility to his regime at home
Diverge on 2 in 'Axis of Evil' Diplomacy
toward North Korea, which peddles missiles and may have one or
two nuclear weapons, along with chemical and biological weapons, but
confrontation toward Iraq, which has no nuclear weapons and,
depending on the analysis, could be years from obtaining them, though
it possesses chemical and biological weapons.
Says Disarming Iraq is Enough
Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has spoken of "regime change"
in Iraq for at least 18 months, said Sunday the United States might
not seek to remove Saddam Hussein if he abandoned his weapons of mass
Remark on Powell Starts Debate James Cone, author of "Martin &
Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare," said Malcolm X criticized
mainstream civil rights leaders and groups as "the black leadership
which was chosen by the dominant white society." "Now didn't the Bush
administration choose Powell? So what's the difference?" Cone said.
Graham Seeks to Declassify Key 9/11 Data
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham said on Sunday
he is seeking to declassify "the most important information" obtained
in a congressional probe of the Sept. 11 attacks.
U.S. Intelligence Stumbled
The monthlong series of congressional intelligence hearings that ended
this week produced a detailed and disheartening portrait of the U.S.
spy community as it groped its way toward Sept. 11. It also reshaped
thinking about the most basic lingering question: Could the attacks
have been prevented?
FBI Directors Warn of New Attacks, Compare Situation to Pre-9/11
Terrorists could try to strike again
soon in the United States, FBI Director Robert Mueller says, while
offering little assurance the agency can thwart the next attack. CIA
Director George Tenet says the current situation is comparable to
the summer before Sept. 11. [Yes, "terrorists could try to
strike again soon" as Jeb's campaign is in trouble. The Bush
junta could be poised to attack as Nov. 5 is just*around*the*corner
and Rove needs a big-time diversion!]
snows may soon be history
The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro are melting so quickly they could be
gone in two decades, researchers report today. As they melt, they
take with them a record of 11,000 years of African climate history
as well as a vista enshrined in literature and on film.
action on drugs ads declining
As drug companies blanket patients and doctors with ads touting their
newest prescription drugs, the federal agency charged with keeping
them honest and protecting the public appears to be backing off
from policing those promotions.
See a Stealthy Drive by Drug Industry to Help Republicans
In important Congressional races around the country, a fierce battle
is being waged over what Democrats assert is a stealth campaign by
the pharmaceutical industry to help House Republicans. At issue are
advertisements being run in 20 Congressional districts by the United
Seniors Association, a conservative group that acknowledges it
receives some financing from the drug industry's major trade group.
Bungling FDA -- The Agency Seizes Taurine Capsules Sold for Autism
and Finally Admits to Its Major Life-Threatening Screw-Up on Anthrax
Vaccine -- by Nicholas Regush
"The FDA needs to be re-worked from the ground up. The agency
is a disaster and there is no end in sight to its steady decline.
Frankly, there are far too many apologists for the FDA - many academic
types and weak politicians who don’t like to get too vocal - and not
enough strong venom being unleashed about the way this teeter-tottering
fool of an organization is going about its business. Consider the
FDA’s latest bungle: the seizure of dietary supplements, namely taurine."
Lines Withhold Key Papers
After promising this week to produce proof of a dockworker slowdown
at West Coast ports, shipping companies embroiled in a labor dispute
with longshoremen again delayed filing the documents with federal
To Probe Penn. Mine Accident
State prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the
accident that trapped nine men underground for more than three days,
the attorney general said.
Shot Near Richmond; Massive Police Response
Although Authorities in Virginia said last night that no witnesses
had described a suspect or a vehicle, I-95 was
shut down as far away from Washington as Henrico County,
south of Richmond. Route 301 and Route 1 also were shut for
several hours. In addition to stopping cars on main roads in
the shooting area, police threw up roadblocks and checked cars
on highways in the immediate Washington metropolitan area, including
a checkpoint at Chevy Chase Circle where police looked into car
trunks. [Is the Bush mis-ministration poised to close the I-95
corridor to stop the Oct. 26 protest in DC?]
task force responds to shooting
Local police immediately shut down several roadways as well as a long
stretch of nearby Interstate 95. The shutdown of Routes 1 and 54 and
Interstate 95 was enacted soon after the shooting, following directives
created after a meeting of Virginia law enforcement officials as a
"sniper response," snarling traffic for miles, with officers checking
cars one by one [albeit no vehicle description was provided
petition draws interest
Activist requests Congress to probe Sept. 11 'oddities' -- What has
Lori Price done to earn so many enemies? She is an Internet activist
who, in the space of a few months, has collected more than 15,000
signatures on an online petition (www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html).
Planning for Full Control Of Congress
White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill are so optimistic
about winning control of both chambers of Congress in next month's
elections that they have begun mapping how they would use their new
power, including the possibility of speeding up tax cuts that were
to take effect gradually.
corruption and academia: The Bu$h-Harvard-Enron connection
Information that has come to light over the past several weeks underscores
the extent to which both the Bush mis-ministration and the academic
establishment are implicated in the wave of corporate corruption scandals
in the United States.
Tapped HHS Funds for Trips
The White House has billed the federal Office of Family Assistance
$210,000 to help pay for five trips in which pResident Bush promoted
welfare reform at official events and made separate fundraising appearances
for GOP candidates.
Bush Reveals Lobby Effort
Documents Show Intervention in Trademark Case of GOP Donor -- Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has released documents outlining a sustained lobbying
campaign by his office on behalf of a major Republican donor, which
included efforts to get political appointees of pResident Bush to
overrule career employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
couple (dad and mom) hit trail for Jeb
The governor's parents -- former President George Bush and Barbara
Bush -- will host a $25,000-per-couple fund-raising dinner
for the state party in Naples. The event should raise more than $500,000
for the GOP. Their arrival follows a Florida visit Thursday by
the governor's brother, pResident George W. Bush, who raised an estimated
$1 million for Republicans.
Backs Curry At Fund-Raiser
Saying Bill Curry can do the same for Connecticut as he did for the
White House, President Al Gore endorsed the gubernatorial challenger
Friday night as the man who can close the state's looming budget deficit.
Security Dept. R.I.P.! --
by Dick Meyer "A long running performance just closed in the
Senate. It was masquerading as a debate over creating a Department
of Homeland Security. The question for the audience is whether to
laugh or cry."
to train Saddam's opponents
The Pentagon will train thousands of opponents of Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein to help in a possible invasion, under an order signed
by pResident Bush, U.S. officials said Saturday.
war 'unjustifiable', says Bush's church head
pResident George Bush's own Methodist church has launched a scathing
attack on his preparations for war against Iraq, saying they are 'without
any justification according to the teachings of Christ'.
Soufflé Doctrine -- by Maureen
Dowd "The Boy Emperor picked up the morning paper and, stunned,
dropped his Juicy Juice box with the little straw attached... The
Boy Emperor was starting to feel bamboozled by his war tutors. He
needed a fresh perspective."
and Iraq -- by Anthony Lewis
"What is President [sic] Bush's ultimate objective in Iraq? Is
it to make sure that Saddam Hussein does not have weapons of mass
destruction? Or is it to remove Saddam by force and remake the politics
of Iraq? And if the latter, would it be the first step toward a new
Opportunity for Tyrants --
by Mary McGrory "Voters have long been accustomed to living with
a double standard from both parties in dealing with troublesome foreigners...
But as we barrel down the road to war with Iraq, maybe we ought to
quiz our unilateralist president [sic] about why it is necessary for
us to bomb, invade and occupy Iraq while North Korea gets the striped-pants
-- Unanswered question (West
Virginia Gazette) "Here’s a question nobody in the administration
has answered: Iraqi exile groups told The Washington Post that, when
Saddam is replaced by White House-approved leaders, America’s oil
corporations will have an opportunity to drill into Iraq’s giant reserves.
Is the war cry by Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney designed
to help their Big Oil colleagues?" [Uh, that would be
a resounding YES!]
government uses Bali atrocity to demand new repressive powers
The Australian government has quickly seized upon the atrocity in
Bali last Saturday to demand more draconian "anti-terrorism"
laws than those introduced since September 11 last year.
Sues U.S. Forest Service
A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Forest
Service is illegally withholding reports on the health of two
national forests where logging and forest management have been in
Hall of Fame Lauds Clinton
Former president Bill Clinton returned to his home state Saturday
night to become an honorary inductee Saturday night to the Arkansas
Black Hall of Fame. Once described by author Toni Morrison as "our
first black president," the former Arkansas governor and two-term
president was the first non-black recognized in the hall's 10-year
not sure which planet they live on"
Hawks in the Bush mis-ministration
may be making deadly miscalculations on Iraq, says Gen. Anthony Zinni,
Bush's Middle East envoy. pResident Bush continues to encounter war
critics in the unlikeliest of places -- the United States military,
Secrecy Irks Congress N.
Korea's nuclear efforts were kept from Dems until after Iraq war vote.
The White House withheld North Korea's admission about a nuclear
weapons program from key Democrats until after Congress had passed
its resolution authorizing war with Iraq, prompting complaints on
Capitol Hill that the administration has let politics influence its
conduct of foreign affairs.
Worries Support for Attacking Iraq Begins to Wane Across the U.S.
"America speaks with one voice," says
pResident Bush. On the streets of America, nothing could be further
from the truth. Across the nation, in city after city, ABCNEWS found
voices of opposition, and many of them were from military towns.
forces are 'ready for a land war against Iraq as early as December'
The United States already has a force of 60,000 within striking range
of Iraq, and would be in a position to launch a land war as early
as December, a military think-tank reported yesterday.
Counts in Iraq War Equation
Regime change might mean a rise in output. For Russia, that could
put prices, deals at risk. The prospect of military action against
Saddam Hussein has touched off an international contest for Iraq's
vast oil reserves and has complicated U.S. efforts to cultivate Russia
as a major future source of oil.
In Anti-War Protest Thousands
of Scots took to the streets yesterday in protest against war on Iraq.
Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Glasgow city centre to voice their
anger at Britain and America's stance. CND's Scottish co-ordinator
John Ainslie said: "This turn out shows the strength of opinion in
Penn takes on Bush over Iraq
Actor Sean Penn on Friday weighed in on the international debate over
a possible war with Iraq, paying for a $56,000 advertisement in the
Washington Post accusing pResident George W. Bush of stifling debate
and threatening civil liberties.
Help the War Effort -- Ten sticky and nicely blasphemous things true
patriots can do right now to help keep America free
-- by Mark Morford "It is a time when one single false war against
an already decimated ragtag terrorist opponent is not nearly enough
to satiate the delirious military-industrial complex and arouse Cheney's
defibrillator and hence we must launch another one... And given how
it's all for oil and power anyway, and it has almost nothing to do
with Saddam being all evil and brutal, even though he is, which is
certainly as convenient an excuse as any."
Qaeda snipers on golf courses [ROFL!!!]
U.S. senators were warned earlier this week that
those who play golf may be targets of al Qaeda snipers on golf courses.
Capitol Police spokeswoman Marcia
Krug would not say which agency notified
the Capitol Police or when exactly they were told. But she said
her department, in turn, notified the sergeant-at-arms, who then notified
the senators that al Qaeda snipers might be looming near golf courses,
ready to pick them off. [If only cars could get as much mileage
as Karl Rove's sniper is getting...]
Brother Joins the Hunt for the Sniper
For a distinct, vocal minority, the two most innovative responses
— using a military surveillance plane to look for the shooter and
creating a so-called ballistic fingerprinting system that could have
identified the rifle used in the killings (and its first purchaser)
— are dangerous overreactions that raise threats even more sinister
than the one posed by the sniper.
Seeks to Cut Back on Raise for S.E.C.'s Corporate Cleanup
Less than three months ago, pResident Bush signed with great fanfare
sweeping corporate antifraud legislation that called for a huge increase
in the budget of the Securities and Exchange Commission to police
corporate America and clean up Wall Street. Now the White House is
backing off the budget provision and urging Congress to provide the
agency with 27 percent less money than the new law authorized.
Trader Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
A former senior trader at the Enron Corporation pleaded guilty yesterday
to engaging in a conspiracy that illegally manipulated the California
power market during the state's energy crisis, driving up prices and
generating millions of dollars in excess profits for his employer.
Orders Release of Cheney Energy Papers
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Bush mis-ministration to produce
documents from Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force by Nov.
5, rejecting arguments they should stay secret because they relate
to top advisers.
urges Maloney supporters to keep the faith
President Al Gore urged supporters of U.S. Rep. Jim Maloney to keep
up their enthusiasm for the Democrat as he heads into the final weeks
of a bitter showdown with U.S. Rep. [lying Rethuglican] Nancy
Johnson for the 5th Congressional District.
Vote May Be Key in Fla. Race
A political neophyte, McBride is working to become better known among
blacks and convince them their lives will improve if he beats Republican
Gov. Jeb Bush on Nov. 5.
Foti charged with felony misconduct
(WI) Prosecutors today charged Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen
(R-Town of Brookfield) and Assembly
Majority Leader Steven Foti (R-Oconomowoc)
with felony offenses of misconduct in office.
Twists May Hurt Ark. Senator
Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson's re-election hopes and his party's
drive to recapture Senate control may rest on whether conservative
Arkansans decide to vote. But his bid for a second term comes after
he divorced his wife of 29 years and married a former Senate aide.
among Arkansas Republicans (July 16, 1999). In its July issue,
the Arkansas Review revealed U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson's upcoming divorce
-- two days before his lawyer filed papers -- and suggested that
Hutchinson was having an affair with a former staffer. [ROFL,
another GOP "Family Values" man, who sat as a House "manager"
for the impeachment of President Clinton.]
Sends Potassium Iodide Pills To Millstone Area
(CT) Close to 70,000 households within 10 miles of the Millstone nuclear
power plant are expected to get an unusual package in the mail today:
tablets that protect the body from radiation released from the plant
by accident or during a terrorist attack. [If CT did not have the
useless Millstone nuke plant, there would be no need for potassium
iodide pills. And, if the US did not have the useless Bush mis-ministration
in power, there would also be no need for potassium iodide pills.]
Orders Vice pResident Cheney to Turn Over Documents in Energy Task
Force Case Cheney lawyer admits Vice pResident's office has not
searched for documents despite months of litigation - Judge calls
Americans Hit by $200 Billion Corporate Abuse Tax
A new report, "The Cost
of Corporate Recklessness," claims Americans are now paying in
what the report describes as "corporate abuse taxes." According to
the report, the real cost of all the recently exposed corporate
misbehavior has fallen largely onto the shoulders of ordinary working
Enron Trader Pleads Guilty to Manipulating California Power Market
A former Enron trader accused of masterminding a scheme to drive up
energy prices during California's power crisis pleaded guilty Thursday
to conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
300,000 Phony Construction Jobs
The president [sic] says the lack of terrorism insurance has cost
300,000 jobs. Don't believe it. -- by Daniel Gross "This line,
in various forms, has become a staple of Bush's non-Iraq-related public
utterances. It's effective, because it makes it appear as if there's
a plan on the table that will magically create 300,000 jobs—something
the entire U.S. economy has failed to do in the past two years."
Parties, Different Platforms
(op. ed. piece by John Michael, age 16) "Through Enron-type scandals,
our government turns its shoulder and suddenly the rich get richer
as our environment gets exploited, and consumer investors get shafted."
Offers Deal on Iraq Resolution
Seeking to win a new U.N. resolution on Iraq, the United States has
removed language explicitly threatening military action, while making
clear Baghdad will face consequences if it fails to cooperate with
weapons inspectors, diplomats and U.S. officials said Thursday.
Offers Compromises on UN Resolution Against Iraq Facing
opposition from most countries in the world, the Bush mis-ministration
has offered new compromise proposals that would involve U.N. Security
Council consultations before any attack against Iraq, diplomats said
Garners Little Support at U.N. for an Attack on Iraq
The Bush mis-ministration's push for an early American-led war against
Iraq drew broad opposition today in an unusual open debate in the
Security Council. Many countries backed weapons inspections, and Arab
states said they would not support an attack without United Nations
endorsement, considering an attack only as a last resort.
wags the dog, rolls it over
U.S. media march to beat of White House war drum -- by Antonia Zerbisias
"If war isn't imminent, then how long will MSNBC be 'counting
down' to Iraq? Weeks? Months? Or until Nov. 5? ...The White House
insists it isn't 'wagging the dog' to divert attention from domestic
issues, an accusation that Fleischer and Vice President Dick Cheney
have both pooh-poohed as 'reprehensible.' But still, much of the mainstream
media is chasing the war ball. After all, it's a lot sexier than
discussing how 41 million Americans have no health insurance."
[a must read]
the War Against Iraq, Washington is a Sacrifice-Free Zone
-- by Mark Shields "Let us pause on the eve of war to reflect
on who the Americans are who will die... If you need further proof
of the complete separation of the people in power in Washington from
the people at peril in the Persian Gulf, just consider this: Not
one of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives has a
son or a daughter on active duty in the enlisted ranks of this nation's
to Your Facts, CIA (Los Angeles
Times) "The Central Intelligence Agency needs to provide decision-makers
with the best facts and analysis possible, free of political interference.
As the Bush administration prepares for possible war with Iraq, some
analysts and members of Congress complain that intelligence officials
are being pressured to supply facts that fit decisions already made,
not the other way around."
goal in Iraq (The Atlanta-Journal
Constitution) "...what are the reasons underlying the Bush administration's
ramped up push to authorize the use of force? Is this really about
Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, or terrorism, or Saddam, or U.N.
resolutions? Jay Bookman says no. He spent an hour on Monday, Oct.
7, answering questions about his views." [transcript]
briefed on hijacking threat before September 11
Bin Laden 'chatter' since Clinton administration -- pResident Bush's
daily intelligence briefings in the weeks leading up to the September
11 terror attacks included a warning of the possibility that Osama
bin Laden's al Qaeda network would attempt to hijack a U.S.-based
airliner, senior mis-ministration officials said Wednesday.
Justice 'out of control,' violating rights
House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, lashed out at the Justice
Department Wednesday for what he called its ''lack of regard for personal
civil liberties in America'' while combating terrorism. ''I told the
president [sic] I thought his Justice Department was out of control,''
the retiring lawmaker told USA TODAY's editorial board.
Qaeda detainees to be questioned on sniper
United States investigators intend to question al Qaeda detainees
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere to see if they have any information
about the sniper attacks in the Washington area, government sources
said Thursday. [For details on the sniper, troll Karl Rove's covert
employee roster. There is no further talk of Enron, the economy, 401K
disasters, Cheney's Energy Task Force, the dismantled 9/11 commission,
suspension of Posse Comitatus -- it's sniper TV, 24/7! And, if there
are more shootings, will Rumsfeld close the I95 corridor into DC for
the 10/26 protest?]
Question Legality of Military Involvement in Beltway Sniper Hunt
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) warned Cato Institute/Federalist Society forum
attendees that citizens must be very careful when asking their government
to exercise new authority over them or to exercise existing authority
in new ways.
- [With the Bush Fourth Reich utilizing
the military to hunt for the sniper, is a revocation of Posse
Comitatus taking place? Click on link for details of law.]
takes on U.S. over deported Canadian
A diplomatic battle has erupted between Washington and Ottawa over
the deportation of a Canadian telecommunications engineer by U.S.
officials who refuse to explain why he was arrested and sent to Syria.
due process (SFGate) "Advocates
for 12 Kuwaitis, held among 600 alleged Taliban and al Qaeda fighters
in a U.S. stockade at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are continuing a legal
and diplomatic effort to have the dozen recognized as innocents who
were trapped in the dangerous confusion of the Afghan conflict...
To hold a person indefinitely, without regard to guilt or innocence,
is not the American way." [Oh, but it's Ashcroft's way, to
be sure! He is setting the stage for future detainees to be held indefinitely.]
Inoculation Urged for Employees of Hospitals
A panel of specialists advising the government on smallpox vaccinations
recommended today offering the immunization to an estimated half-million
emergency room and other hospital workers because of the possibility
of a bioterrorist attack [as well as the Idiot Usurper's immediate
cash infusion to one of his installers from Coup 2k: the pharmaceutical
Korea admits nuclear program
North Korea has acknowledged that it has a uranium-enrichment program,
which U.S. officials believe would be used only to develop a nuclear
bomb, the Bush mis-ministration said Thursday. [i.e., take it with
six grains of salt.] U.S. sources told NBC News that Pyongyang
reacted angrily to U.S. accusations about the program and declared
an anti-nuclear agreement it signed eight years ago to be "nullified."
Brewing Over FDA Nominee
A physician who pushed the Food and Drug Administration to ban the
abortion pill RU-486 is in line to become an FDA advisor on reproductive
health, drawing fire from women's groups that urged the Bush mis-ministration
Wednesday to retract the choice.
Fights Congressional Pay Raise
For the second time in two years, Sen. Russ Feingold is working to
block a pay raise for members of Congress, arguing it would be unseemly
as the nation battles a struggling economy and prepares for war.
back on Nov. 5 -- by Stephen
Goldstein "Bushwhacked-Floridians are worse off than we were
four years ago. Thanks to Jeb Bush's voodoo economics, smoke-and-mirrors
education reforms, environmental poison pills and right-wing pandering,
the state is in shambles. Florida needs regime change. Here are
24 reasons to vote the governor out of office on Nov. 5."
to Enter Black Hall of Fame
Bill Clinton, once famously described by author Toni Morrison as "our
first black president," is being inducted into the Arkansas Black
Hall of Fame as an honorary member.
Reject Private Care As Health-System Fix
Canadians say their universal public health-care system needs a major
overhaul but a majority of them reject U.S.-style private care as
a way of fixing it, a survey released on Thursday shows.
sentences Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter to 10 days in jail for drug violation
Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was led away in handcuffs Thursday after
a judge sentenced her to 10 days in jail for violating the terms of
her drug treatment program.
Readies New Draft UN Resolution Against Iraq
The United States, showing signs of impatience in seeking United Nations
backing for action against Iraq, intends to submit a new U.N. draft
resolution shortly, diplomats said late on Wednesday.
Signs Iraq War Resolution
pResident Bush on Wednesday signed an Iraq war resolution approved
by Congress. Bush spoke as the United Nations began a bitter debate
over his anti-Iraq resolution.
Preps Tanks for Desert Britain
plans to modify more than 200 of its tanks for desert warfare, a senior
defense official said Wednesday — raising speculation Britain will
follow the United States into war against Iraq.
Style, Goals Strain Ties In Pentagon
Many senior officers on the Joint Staff and in all branches of the
military describe Rumsfeld as frequently abusive and indecisive...
seemingly eager to slap down officers with decades of distinguished
service. The unhappiness is so pervasive that all three service secretaries
are said to be deeply frustrated by a lack of autonomy and contemplating
leaving by the end of the year.
an American tired of American lies
-- by Woody Harrelson "The fact is that Saddam Hussein was our
boy. The CIA helped him to power, as they did the Shah of Iran and
Noriega and Marcos and the Taliban and countless other brutal tyrants.
The fact is that George Bush Sr continued to supply nerve gas and
technology to Saddam even after he used it on Iran and then the Kurds
in Iraq. While the Amnesty International report listing countless
Saddam atrocities, including gassing and torturing Kurds, was sitting
on his desk, Bush Sr pushed through a $2bn 'agricultural' loan and
Thatcher gave hundreds of millions in export credit to Saddam."
(animated cartoon on US-Iraq history) -- by Mark Fiore
'linked to CIA' The explosive
used in the Bali bomb attack could have come from supplies handed
over to the Mujahideen by the CIA during the Soviet occupation
explosive clue in Bali bombing
Indonesian police investigating the devastating bombing of a nightclub
on the island of Bali have found traces of plastic explosive at the
site of the attack. Police say C4 explosive was used - a type manufactured
mainly in the United States and used widely by military forces around
Urges North to Abide by Nuclear Agreements
South Korea urged North Korea on Thursday to abide by all nuclear
pledges after Washington revealed that the North had acknowledged
it was violating a 1994 agreement by operating a secret nuclear weapons
Enron Trader to Plead Guilty to Fraud Charge
A former top Enron Corp. energy trader was scheduled to plead guilty
Thursday in federal court to a charge he manipulated California's
energy market to drive up power prices, according to sources close
to the investigation.
Policy Faulted in IMF Bailouts
The Bush mis-ministration has been inconsistent in handling recent
financial crises that have engulfed Latin America and Turkey, first
declaring opposition to large bailouts only to relent and support
record loans from the International Monetary Fund, two Democratic
senators said Wednesday.
Relatives Push for Commission
Tearful relatives of Sept. 11 victims urged White House officials
Wednesday not to block Congress' plans to create an independent commission
to investigate the attacks.
to assist in sniper hunt
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has signed a deployment order that
allows Army airborne surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to be
used in the hunt for the Washington-area sniper. The order, signed
Tuesday night, authorizes the use of RC-7 and U-21 aircraft. Law
enforcement authorities will request the equipment as needed.
Aircraft With Detection Gear to Augment Police
Military aircraft equipped with sophisticated sensors far more sensitive
than those used by police will join in the hunt for the sniper terrorizing
the Washington area, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Helps Hunt Sniper Senior
defense officials said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had approved
the unusual deployment of military surveillance aircraft in
the search for the gunman who has terrorized the region but was reportedly
seen for the first time as he struck on Monday night at a suburban
Virginia mall. Officials said there would be no formal announcement
of the move by Rumsfeld, who canceled a news conference on Wednesday
that was to have addressed the war on terrorism. [Rumsfeld does
not want to answer questions on the revocation of Posse Comitatus.]
Takes On Ashcroft The American
Civil Liberties Union announced today plans for its first-ever $3.5
million ad campaign designed to protect America's civil liberties
during pResident Bush's war on terror. It also is organizing a grassroots
campaign to mobilize its more than 300,000 members to "lobby in defense
Anti-War Activists Snagged by "No Fly" List
The No Fly list is still up and running. The FBI and the Transportation
Security Administration have a list of suspicious people they distribute
to the airlines, and the airlines check the names of their passengers
against this list.
Expands Plan for Smallpox Vaccine Recommendations
A federal committee voted Wednesday to recommend vaccinating about
510,000 hospital workers against smallpox, bringing its earlier proposal
closer to the Bush mis-ministration's suggestion.
Retracts Gov. Davis Allegation
A group that accused Gov. Gray Davis of illegal fund-raising has retracted
the allegation, which Rethuglican opponent Bill Simon briefly
made an issue in his campaign then conceded was incorrect.
[Simon needs to borrow from the Rove
playbook, which was borrowed from the Goebbels playbook.]
Karen Hughes Leads Nasty, Desperate Republican Campaigns In Texas
-- by Jackson Thoreau "Earlier this year, when key Bush babysitter
and ghostwriter Karen Hughes left Washington, tearfully saying how
much she missed Texas, I was one of the few columnists in the country
to call Hughes’ bluff."
stolen from Bredesen headquarters
(TN) Sensitive campaign material was stolen from the headquarters
of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Bredesen during a break-in
over the weekend, campaign officials said.
EU rules to end ban on GM food
Legislation expected to bring the end of a four-year ban on the sale
and use of new genetically modified food products in Britain and the
rest of Europe takes effect today.
Allege U.S. Research Linked to Beached Mexican Whales
Conservationists fear that sound blasts being fired into the Gulf
of California to help map the ocean floor may have caused two whales
to beach themselves and die.
is good for you -- by Paul
Harris "Well, maybe not for you personally but it is surely good
for the economy. It's sure as hell good for Philip Morris. Apparently,
it is good for government. At least that is the unequivocal conclusion
of a superb study prepared for Philip Morris and presented to the
government of the Czech Republic."
Top Ten Reasons to vote Republican in Nov. 2002
(humor) -- by Jackson Thoreau
Joins Hunt for Washington Sniper
The U.S. military agreed on Tuesday
to help hunt for a sniper who has been terrorizing the Washington
area as police said new evidence gleaned from the latest murder could
help them catch the serial killer. [Good-bye, Posse
Comitatus. How convenient for Rove/Ashcroft/Rumsfeld.]
Military Spy Planes Enlisted in Hunt for Sniper The
Pentagon agreed today to patrol the skies over the nation's capital
with secret surveillance planes — now used to combat drug lords
in Colombia and track military movements in North Korea — as part
of a broadening effort to catch the sniper in the Washington area.
rise in favour of war on Iraq
There has been a spectacular surge in support among British voters
for military action against Iraq in the immediate aftermath of the
terror attack in Bali, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll.
Split on Iraq Deepens The
impasse between the United States and France over military action
in Iraq has deepened in recent days after an effort to reach a compromise
stalled, with the French insisting that the Americans must come back
to the United Nations Security Council before they can use force,
diplomats said today.
Minister Says His Country Opposes War on Iraq
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Monday his country
opposed war on Iraq and would not participate in any possible U.S.
strike against the kingdom's northern neighbor.
Street/Washington insider spills the dirty secret of Iraq war
"Getting control of that oil will make a vast difference"
-- A US war against Iraq is
"probably the most bullish thing I can think of," William
Seidman, a senior economic adviser under four US presidents, told
his audience at the posh Peninsula Club. Seidman, a commentator
for CNBC, was an adviser to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush
the Nation to War -- by Sam
Parry "...Bush’s belligerence might speed up the timetable for
terrorist groups getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction,
a point acknowledged in a new CIA threat assessment. Meanwhile, another
danger looms – that Bush’s policies will transform anti-Americanism
into the world’s common language of protest, what journalist Fareed
Zakaria has called the emerging 'default ideology of opposition.'
always bite U.S. back --
by David Weintraub "One of the more startling examples of American
complicity in shaping international disorder is its incurable addiction
to arming dictators. According to the Center for Defense Information,
in the 1980s alone, the U.S. and its military contractors exported
$175 billion in weapons and training; 40 percent of this went to arm
Military Or U.S. Mercenary?
-- by Stewart Nusbaumer "The privatization of the military is
another way to circumvent the will of the American people. When hospitals
are turned into for-profit institutions, should we be surprised that
the for-profit world has penetrated our military to make money? Should
we be surprised that when culture is dominated by the all mighty dollar,
U.S. foreign policy becomes fodder for the all mighty dollar?"
Says Voters Looking at Economy
President Al Gore says he's sensing a yearning from voters to "change
the subject" on the campaign trail because of a deep unease about
the economy. President Gore said the focus on Iraq and ousting
Saddam Hussein won't be enough to sway voters in midterm elections
just three weeks away.
House e-mail calls Byrd ‘senile' -- Mistakenly sent message also rips
Hispanic leaders A White
House intern "mistakenly" forwarded to dozens of Hispanic leaders
an e-mail that described the Senate's senior Democrat as "doddering
old Bob Byrd, the senile senator from West Virginia," a mis-ministration
spokeswoman has told The Denver Post.
spending millions to influence Congress
Airlines are paring flights and employees -- but not their spending
to influence Congress. The industry received $15 billion in grants
and loan guarantees from Congress after the September 11 attacks and
now is looking for more help [corporate welfare].
for Smear Enron Pits 'Times,' 'Salon' Against Freelancer -- by
Cynthia Cotts "The more mud that gets flung, the harder it is
to see anything clearly. The latest such media match pits Secretary
of the Army Thomas White and editors at The New York Times and Salon
against freelancer Jason Leopold."
approves outside monitors for Nov. 5 election
Still divided over the issue of election monitors, the Miami-Dade
County Commission on Tuesday narrowly voted to hire the Washington,
D.C.-based Center for Democracy to oversee the Nov. 5 general elections.
report -- by Sanford Alberts
(letter to editor) "The GOP-dominated House Government Reform
Subcommittee just released a report on gifts received by the Clintons,
which were legally turned over to his presidential library. These
neverending investigations of the Clintons are so blatantly biased.
Why don't they go after the Bush/Cheney/Harken Oil/Haliburton [sic]
Prosecutors, 1996 Law Is Key Part of Anti-Terror Strategy
Some Courts Troubled by Broad Terms of Previously Seldom-Used Law
-- Many defense attorneys and civil liberties advocates contend the
law is worded so broadly that even unknowing contributions to groups
the government labels terrorists can be prosecuted. Two federal judges
in Los Angeles, in separate cases, have declared all or parts of the
Vaccine Data Show Small but Serious Risk of Infecting Others
A new report on millions of smallpox vaccinations given in the 1960's
confirms that there is a small but significant risk that newly vaccinated
people can make others seriously ill by infecting them with vaccinia,
the virus used in the vaccine.
Worketh Patience -- by Maureen
Dowd "W.W.J.D. at the F.D.A.? We may soon find out, if W. David
Hager becomes chairman of the powerful Food and Drug Administration
panel on women's health policy. His résumé seems more impressive for
theology than gynecology... Are we so worried about medieval villains
abroad that we no longer worry about medievalism at home?"
Seeks to Shift Blame for Economy
Bush, beginning three weeks of near-daily campaigning, sought to
place responsibility for the faltering economy on Democrats in Congress,
calling on them to pass energy and terrorism insurance measures he
has proposed. "They need to get moving," he said at an airport rally
here before heading to a $1.4 million fundraising reception.
[This irony is self-explanatory...]
toughens talk At least one
high-level Democrat wants to turn this year's congressional elections
into a referendum on pResident Bush's performance in office. "Do you
think we're better off now than we were two years ago?" President
Al Gore asked Monday afternoon in Mount Vernon. "I know I'm not better
Tells Iowans to Turn Anger Into Action
President Al Gore made his first visit in a year to the key caucus
state of Iowa on Monday and asked voters to turn their anger over
the 2000 s-election [coup d'etat]
into action on Nov. 5. Gore leveled harsh blasts at George W. Bush,
saying he had brought about an "economic catastrophe,"
and said the Iraq resolution passed by Congress last week was too
on: White House Concern over Brother Bush; Seen Vulnerable in Election
(Drudge) A growing concern that Florida Governor Jeb Bush may be vulnerable
in next month's election has become a near-obsession inside
of the White House, top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
- MSNBC/Zogby Poll - Governor
Poll conducted of 500 likely voters statewide Oct. 8-10. Margin of
sampling error +/- 4.5%
Shows Growing Gap Between Davis and Simon
The new poll shows Simon at 33 percent with Davis at 48 percent.
Device Found on Candidate's Phone
Campaign officials for Democratic congressional candidate Dave
Thomas told state investigators that a listening device was discovered
on one of Thomas' phone lines.
Candidate's Antiwar Vote Proves Popular
Representative Jim Leach's decision
to oppose pResident Bush on Iraq looks very different here in Iowa's
Second District. Calls and e-mail messages to his Congressional offices
are running overwhelmingly in support of his stance. Contributions
are coming into his campaign headquarters with handwritten notes,
thanking him for his vote. Letters to the editor at The Cedar Rapids
Gazette are running eight to one against a unilateral strike on Iraq.
turn out to protest White House Press Secretary Fleischer
A lecture by White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer prompted a
loud protest that drew as many as 1,500 people.
is met with protest pResidential
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was welcomed back to Middlebury College
Sunday with large and loud protests outside. Fleischer’s presence
on campus sparked a protest march through downtown Middlebury that
brought opponents of the Bush mis-ministration’s policy on Iraq from
all over Vermont and beyond.
anti-war voices set rally
(FL) The Manatee County Coalition for Peace and Justice and other
local groups, like Parents 4 Peace, are giving the anti-war message
a voice. The Coalition for Peace and Justice's next rally is scheduled
to start at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 outside the Manatee County Courthouse.
easy sentence: Peace protesters do time with hardened cons
For years, peace protesters arrested for trespassing at Fort Benning
were allowed to serve their sentences at minimum-security federal
institutions closer to their homes. Not anymore. Some protesters --
including a priest and a grandmother-to-be -- were sentenced earlier
this year to serve their six-month sentences alongside thieves and
drug addicts behind razor wire in a rural Georgia jail.
over Iraq takes rise via the Net
This year, for the first time since the advent of the Internet, Americans
are engaging in public debate about whether to go to war, and a great
deal of the opposition has coalesced online.
Attack at San Jose Recruiting Office
Police say someone set two military vehicles on fire just after 4am
at the facility on McKee Road and Jackson Avenue. They also found
smashed windows and anti-government graffiti on Navy and Air Force
offices. The graffiti said, "Pre-emptive Attack."
Lets Slip the Dogs of War
-- by Neil A. Lewis "We are giving the president [sic] extraordinary
authority," he [Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle, Democrat of South
Dakota] said on the Senate floor. And he admonished the president
[sic] not to use the resolution to ignore Congress. Whether or not
he does, the power to wage war has now passed clearly from Congress
to the White House."
plan for Iraq: Back to colonialism
(WSWS) "Bush administration officials let it be known October
10 that the White House was planning to impose US military rule over
Iraq following an American invasion. Washington aims to conquer the
country and install a military proconsul—perhaps the commander of
US forces in the Gulf, Gen. Tommy Franks—who will rule Iraq for months,
or even years. Direct military rule is to be followed by a colonial-style
regime run by US civilian officials."
Wanton War Home -- by Michael
Hammerschlag "As sad as it is, this conflict is largely driven
by politics- the President[sic]’s popularity rests on his martial
prowess- without a conflict, the electorate’s attention may turn towards
the devastated economy, deficits, and corporate scandals lapping at
the feet of the Bush administration. Indeed, without 9-11, his
popularity percentage might now be in the 30’s."
War Drums Have Political Beat
-- by Les Payne "...a third of the U.S. Senate and the House
are up for election on Nov. 5. Democrats had planned to win by making
the case that President [sic] George W. Bush has willfully urinated
away the good economic times. 'It's the economy stupid,' however,
has been reduced to an unpatriotic rant by a president [sic] got up
in feathers and war paint."
Camp Commander Relieved of Duties The commander of the Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, concentration camp where suspected terrorists are being
detained has been removed from his post, officials said. Brig. Gen.
Rick Baccus left the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay on Oct. 9,
amid unconfirmed reports he had philosophical differences with
those interrogating detainees. Published reports – this past weekend
in the New York Post and earlier in The Washington Times – stated
that Baccus was undermining interrogators by being too nice [?!?]
USA Takes on Homeland Insecurity with New Ads Starting October
15, a national advertising blitz will begin reminding voters how the
Bush junta's mismanagement of the economy has gutted the robust economy
left it by the outgoing Clinton administration.
House Keeps a Grip on Its News
Tensions have escalated far beyond the inevitable grousing between
press secretaries and journalists, who said they could not remember
a White House that was more grudging or less forthcoming in informing
the press. Complaints from the White House press corps ranged from
the paucity of pResidential press conferences to fewer briefings from
mis-ministration policy experts to instances where they believe they
have been frozen out by White House officials when they ask questions
considered out of bounds.
Groups Blame Bush for Large Meat Recalls
U.S. consumer advocates on Monday blamed an "industry-friendly" Bush
mis-ministration for a series of meat recalls on an unprecedented
scale this summer, saying hundreds have fallen ill because Washington
eased food safety standards.
Union Head Facing Federal Probes
Investigation of Insurance Stock Deals Testing Bush's Ties to Labor
Leader -- Over the past year and a half, Douglas J. McCarron, president
of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, has
emerged as pResident Bush's closest ally in the labor movement.
fatalities increased in Florida last year
Workplace deaths increased in Florida in 2001 for the first time in
three years, the state Department of Insurance reported Monday.
decision (AL) This week,
Chief Justice Roy Moore goes to federal court to defend his display
of the Ten Commandments (Part I). Challenging
convictions Can Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore knock a hole in
the wall separating church and state that the U. S. Supreme Court
has been building for the last 50 years (Part II)? Online
poll: Should Roy Moore be allowed to keep his display of the
Ten Commandments in the Judicial Building rotunda?
Investigators, Keep Out The
vice pResident blocks an independent commission to investigate 9-11
-- Dick Cheney played a behind-the-scenes role last week in derailing
an agreement to create an independent commission to investigate the
9-11 attacks. On Thursday, hours after congressional negotiators hailed
a final deal over the scope and powers of a 9-11 panel, Cheney called
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Porter Goss, sources told
to interfere in Nov. 5 election
(FL) County officials called their own cavalry -- the Miami-Dade Police
Department -- to "restore order" [In an effort to insure
another Bush (Jeb this time) coup d'etat, police will intimidate minorities
so that they don't vote] by the Nov. 5 general election.
Admin Staffers to Observe Florida Elections
With Florida set to have its first general election since implementing
broad balloting reforms, [?!?] the House Administration Committee
plans to send observers to the state to be the "eyes and ears" of
Congress on Nov. 5.
salvages vote on monitors for election
(FL) A plan to hire election monitors for the county's Nov. 5 vote
was revived Friday despite an apparent attempt to foil it by Cuban-American
county commissioners this week.
denies using influence (FL)
Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo, -- or one of his law partners -- asked the state's
top technology official to arrange a private meeting with an Oviedo
computer company Feeney is paid to represent, documents and interviews
show. Allegations that Feeney used his position as state House
speaker to benefit his private client have become the main "issue"
for his opponent in a nasty Central Florida congressional race.
For-Profit Secret Army
Mercenaries are thriving — only this time they are called private
military contractors, and some are even subsidiaries of Fortune 500
companies. The Pentagon cannot go to war without them. A few
are somewhat familiar names, like Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary
of the Halliburton Company that
operates for the government in Cuba and Central Asia...
Favors Forceful Actions to Foil an Attack
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a personal set of guidelines
for committing forces to combat, wrote that America's leaders must
quickly judge when diplomacy has failed, then "act forcefully, early,
during the precrisis period" to foil an attack on the nation. If those
actions fall short, America must be "willing and prepared to act decisively
to use the force necessary to prevail, plus some," he wrote.
gives Straw a grilling over Iraq's chemical weapons
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has voiced his doubt over the threat
posed by Saddam Hussein, and hit out at the West for supplying Iraq
with chemical arms in the first place, IRNA reported Thursday. Accusing
US leaders of "arrogance and haste", Khatami warned British
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw that Washington's "political conduct
can only result in the strengthening of extremist movements' activities
in the Islamic world."
aiming at wrong target, US critics fear
Terrorist groups are not yet defeated, says senior Republican -- The
upsurge in terrorist attacks on western targets around the world over
the past month, culminating in the bombings in Bali, has fuelled criticism
of the Bush mis-ministration that its focus on Iraq has sapped its
effort against an undefeated al-Qaida.
Protests Get Louder In Calif.
Anti-war rallies on two consecutive weekends drew 10,000 people each,
and hastily called protests draw several hundred. Unlike the rest
of the country -- or even the rest of California -- activists in the
Bay Area can boast that most of their elected representatives (10
of 13) heeded their thousands of phone calls and voted against the
resolution on Iraq.
Sun Can't Set on This Empire Too Soon
-- The U.S. has no right to indulge in imperialism -- by Robert Scheer
"It sure smells like imperialism. That's the word historians
use when powerful nations grab control of desired resources, be it
the gold of the New World or the oil of the Middle East. Imperialist
greed is what 'regime change' in Iraq and 'anticipatory self-defense'
are all about, and all of the rest of the Bush administration's talk
about security and democracy is a bunch of malarkey."
voice of America Only his
people can stop Bush now - and many are speaking out against war in
Iraq -- by Simon Tisdall "Who can stop Bush on Iraq?... Americans
can stop America's next war as they have stopped similar planned or
actual idiocies in the past."
crisis illuminates flaws of policy on Iraq Conflict: Unlike the Cuban
Missile Crisis, the U.S. approach to Baghdad seems emotional, ill-conceived
and too risky -- By William
R. Polk " 'Shooting from the hip,' we may cause the death of
thousands of people; spread the very dangers we seek to avoid; give
license to repressive regimes that profoundly oppose our way of life;
corrupt the wells of our influence throughout the world, causing even
our allies to regard us as a 'rogue' state; and, finally, bring about
enormous internal damage to our country and particularly to our tradition
of civil liberties, democracy and the rule of law."
the War on Terrorism is Shrinking Congressional Powers: Part One
-- by John W. Dean "Not since Richard Nixon's presidency have
the powers of Congress been in greater jeopardy... The Bush-Cheney
efforts, along with those of the Rehnquist-Scalia-Thomas-O'Connor-Kennedy
bloc, are raw power politics and an example of short-sighted decisionmaking."
confusion -- by Bess Berkowitz
(letter to editor) "... Please tell me when the supreme being
-- God -- abdicated and appointed Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld his successors.
Where was I when this happened?"
new George W. Bush -- by
Sheila Purdy (letter to editor) "I did not vote for George W.
Bush, and I do not agree with much of what he stands for, but I am
now worried about his mental health."
St Girds for Thousands More Layoffs
The paucity of mergers and other deals on Wall Street has traders
and bankers spending most of their time these days worrying about
Say U.S. Agencies Lose Track of Billions
Year after year, auditors studying the financial records of federal
government departments find many of them so disorganized, even chaotic,
that the agencies cannot account for tens of billions of dollars.
scours sniper-school records in hunt for killer
The FBI is investigating the possibility that the gunman terrorising
the Washington area could be an army-trained sniper and has asked
the Pentagon to check its records for possible suspects, it was reported
Rejects LDS Plaza Rules (UT)
Three judges in Denver voided free-speech restrictions on the LDS
Church's Main Street Plaza on Wednesday, reopening the one-block stretch
of Salt Lake City's most historic street to sunbathers, pamphleteers
[sic] seems unable to bear the sight or sound of dissent
-- By Robyn E. Blumner "President [sic] Bush seems to think bullying
is the only way to deal with dissent. Bush has so much trouble articulating
a defense for his own policies, so little capacity to formulate a
reasoned response, that he resorts to shibboleths, name-calling or
worse, using authorities to shut down his critics."
Orders War Plans Redone for Faster Action
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today that he had ordered
the military's regional commanders to rewrite all of their war plans
to capitalize on precision weapons, better intelligence and speedier
demands total impunity on war crimes
With the Bush mis-ministration gearing up for a "preemptive"
war against Iraq, Washington this week dispatched a senior US diplomat,
Marisa Lino, to Europe to demand that the governments of the European
Union (EU) agree to a blanket exemption of all US citizens from the
jurisdiction of the newly formed International Criminal Court.
Considering Foreign Recruits
Faced with a critical shortage of native Arab speakers, the Army is
considering recruiting Middle Easterners into the ranks of its elite
Special Forces, defense officials say.
Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Bush Rebuked
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
on Friday by a committee whose head called the decision a deliberate
slap in the face for the current U.S. government over its policy on
Aides Say Bush Is Wrong On Crisis
Two top advisers to President John F. Kennedy said pResident Bush
is misreading history when he cites Kennedy's actions in the 1962
Cuban Missile Crisis to justify a preemptive military strike against
Iraq. "I would flunk him in history," said Arthur Schlesinger
Fails to Win Putin Backing for Iraq Move
Russia turned down a bid by British Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday
to secure backing for a tough U.N. resolution on Iraq and dismissed
his charges that Baghdad held weapons of mass destruction.
to war grows across Europe
The imminent war against Iraq has met with rising public opposition
in Europe. Large anti-war demonstrations have been held in many cities,
as well as protests at the US military outposts, listening stations
and airbases that litter the continent.
of Protest Growing on College Campuses
As the threat of military action against Iraq looms, students across
the country are talking about the possibility of war. The first stirrings
of an antiwar movement are emerging, even as a few conservative students
who support the president are starting to organize.
Plans Smallpox Shots for Up to 500,000
With the Bush mis-ministration moving closer to military action against
Iraq, the Pentagon is expected to begin vaccinating up to half a million
troops against smallpox as soon as the vaccine is licensed in mid-November,
military and mis-ministration officials said today.
consequences of attacking Iraq
-- by Dr. Helen Caldicott "As the Bush administration prepares
to make war on the Iraqi people -- and make no mistake, it is the
civilian population of that country and not Saddam Hussein who will
bear the brunt of the hostilities -- it is important that we recall
the medical consequences of the last Gulf War. That conflict was,
in effect, a nuclear war."
Spoils of War Be the First
on Your Block to Make a Buck off Iraq -- by James Ridgeway "The
doctrine of the preemptive strike is the perfect strategy for ushering
in a new century of neocolonialism, unfettered by any need to respect
sovereignty or self-determination. Better still, it's going to mean
big bucks for whoever gets in on the ground floor."
profitable side of war --
by Larry Baumwall (letter to editor) "I understand that if Congress
rejects Bush's call to war, Fox News is prepared to start the war
themselves. An anonymous Fox official explained that 'Without Bill
Clinton, we're nothing...' "
Of War & Fears Of Disaster
-- by Kevin Bowen "For months now, the words have been like a
drum roll over the background noise of radio and television... Iraq
and Saddam. Iraq and Saddam. Is this true?
The CIA says it is not true. Former United Nations Inspectors say
it is not true. Generals and military analysts say it is not true.
Then why is the country moving forward?" [Uh...oil?]
into the storm -- by George
Lewandowski "We have now begun the long slow process of defeating
ourselves from the inside out. We have openly declared our imperial
right to strike at will... We no longer pretend to have any respect
for the rule of law."
leads, but too few follow him --
by Jules Witcover "As in the Gulf of Tonkin resolution of 1964
with a Democratic president, Congress has willingly put aside concern
over its own prerogatives on the plea of a Republican president [sic]
to trust him. Let's hope it's more warranted than the last time."
needs to be changed here
-- by Ron Vara (letter to editor) "I find it both repugnant and
reprehensible that the warmongers in the Bush administration would
put Americans in harm's way for their own political gain. The entire
Iraqi imminent danger scenario is a hoax perpetrated on the American
public to detract from the disastrous state of our country at election
time. A regime change is definitely needed -- in the United States."
the name of war, reports on Cold War testing show dangers of government
secrecy (Herald Tribune)
"As the United States prepares for war, ostensibly to topple
an Iraqi regime for harboring biological and chemical weapons, declassified
information has revealed that Americans were exposed four decades
ago to similar poisons."
clean (Orlando Sentinel)
"Americans deserve a full and immediate accounting of weapons
tests. Talk about bad timing -- and bad judgment. Amid U.S. warnings
to the world about Iraq's biological and chemical weapons, the Pentagon
released details this week on 27 biological- and chemical-weapons
tests it conducted decades ago on American soil, including in Florida
near Yeehaw Junction."
Advocates Blame White House
The Bush mis-ministration has quietly sidetracked a bipartisan effort
to create an independent commission to examine the Sept. 11 attacks,
the commission's advocates charged Friday. House Minority Whip
Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blamed the White House for killing the deal.
After an agreement was reached, "almost immediately the invisible
hand came down," Pelosi said.
GOP Stops 9/11 Probe Plan
Proponents of Proposal Point to White House Opposition -- A tentative
congressional deal to create an independent commission to investigate
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks fell apart hours after the White House
and House Republican leaders objected to the plan, sources said last
11 Commission Falls Apart
An agreement announced by leading
lawmakers to form an independent commission to investigate the Sept.
11 attacks fell apart late Thursday after the chairman of the House
Intelligence Committee said more details needed to be worked out.
latest 9/11 dodge (Palm Beach
Post) "Like a corporate executive accused of fraud, former FBI
Director Louis Freeh went before Congress Wednesday and made the not-my-fault
Bush a Liar -- or is memory serving him badly? -- by Ekstra Bladget
"Most people will easily remember where they were and what they
were doing at September 11th last year. Not President [sic] Bush.
At two Town Hall Meetings he was asked about his day, and both times
he ended up telling untrue stories about how he learned of the WTC-attacks."
Respects for a Litany of Firefighters
Legions of white-gloved firefighters, a solemn brotherhood from across
the nation and around the world, gathered under weeping gray skies
in New York City yesterday for an outpouring of remembrance and farewell
for 356 comrades killed in the World Trade Center attack and in other
York Honors Fallen Firefighters
Thousands of firefighters from around the world packed Madison Square
Garden and the surrounding streets Saturday for a solemn memorial
ceremony to honor 356 city firefighters killed in the line of duty
-- 343 of them at the World Trade Center.
sues over Enron losses (UK)
Abbey National bank, which lost more than £50 million by investing
in US energy giant Enron, is suing a host of investment banks. It
claims they must have known Enron's finances were fatally flawed when
the deal was made.
Deregulation, Enron and Chickenhawks
-- by Pat Dawson "As this column continues to point out, the
utility deregulation bill passed in haste by the 1997 Montana Legislature
will continue to wreak economic havoc on this state... All of this
carnage could have been stopped by one person: Marc Racicot."
Decision Shifts Race Toward Democrats
In the two weeks since Senator Robert G. Torricelli abruptly ended
his bid for re-election, the race for his seat has been transformed
into a contest that is less predictable, less expensive and more likely
to focus on issues favorable to Democrats, officials with both parties
campaigns -- for book [Mega
barf alert!] Republican [Coupmeister] Katherine Harris interrupted
her campaign for the U.S. House District 13 seat this week to hawk
her new book about the disputed 2000 presidential s-election
[coup d'etat] on the national TV talk show circuit.
Might Edit Death Penalty Law
Opponents say the new measure will effectively lower the minimum age
at which killers can be put to death to 16 from 17.
at Florida A-Plant Exposed to Radiation
Federal officials are investigating how 28 nuclear power plant workers
were exposed to radiation during a maintenance operation.
chefs feed GM foods rebellion
Elite three-star chefs have launched a crusade for a Europe-wide ban
on genetically modified crops and livestock. They fear that lax controls
could threaten cherished ingredients for their famous dishes and lead
to an equivalent of 'mad cow disease'.
Has a Plan to Occupy Iraq, Officials Report
The White House is developing a detailed plan, modeled on the postwar
occupation of Japan, to install an American-led military government
in Iraq if the United States topples Saddam Hussein, senior mis-ministration
officials said today. The plan also calls for war-crime trials of
Iraqi leaders and a transition to an elected civilian government that
could take months or years. [A (legal) regime change is desperately
needed in the United States. The nutcases running the U.S. government
should be impeached, but they are not elected officials, so the point
coalition hits radar site at Iraqi airport
U.S.-led coalition aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone in
Iraq struck a radar installation at the airport in Basra on Thursday,
according to Iraqi and Pentagon officials.
Pete Stark's Statement -- Opposing H.J. Res. 114, Authorization for
Military Force Against Iraq
October 9, 2002 "...The bottom line is I don’t trust this
President [sic] and his advisors."
rips colleagues over Iraq
He lashes out after senators reject bid to broaden resolution -- Florida's
Sen. Bob Graham Wednesday told his colleagues that ''blood is going
to be on your hands'' if action is not taken to foil terrorist attacks
in America should the United States invade Iraq.
Must Resist the Rush to War
-- by Robert C. Byrd "A sudden appetite for war with Iraq seems
to have consumed the Bush administration and Congress. The debate
that began in the Senate last week is centered not on the fundamental
and monumental questions of whether and why the United States should
go to war with Iraq, but rather on the mechanics of how best to wordsmith
the president[sic]'s use-of-force resolution in order to give him
virtually unchecked authority to commit the nation's military to an
unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation."
Roll Call The 77-23 roll
call by which the Senate voted Friday to authorize pResident Bush
to use military force, if necessary, to disarm Iraq.
in 77-23 Vote, Passes Iraq Resolution
The Senate voted overwhelmingly early this morning to authorize pResident
Bush to use force against Iraq, joining with the House in giving him
a broad mandate to act against Saddam Hussein.
authorizes use of force Byrd
fights to the end, but Senate backs Bush by big margin -- The
Senate joined the House on Friday morning in voting solidly to give
pResident Bush the authority to use force against Iraq, approving
a resolution endorsed by the pResident and leaders of both parties.
Call Vote in House on Iraq Resolution The 296-133 roll call
Thursday by which the House voted for a resolution to authorize pResident
Bush to use military force in Iraq. Voting yes were 81 Democrats and
215 Republicans. Voting no were 126 Democrats, six Republicans and
one independent. (Including, Democrats: Harman, Y; Waxman,
Y; Meehan, Y; Markey, Y. Republicans: Hostettler, N; Leach,
N; Morella, N; Houghton, N; Duncan, N; Paul, N.)
Resolution Authorizes Use of Force Against Iraq
The House voted 297 to 132 this afternoon to give pResident Bush authority
to use military force against Iraq. The resolution gives Bush the
authority to use military force as he determines is appropriate to
"defend the national security of the United States against the continuing
threat posed by Iraq" and to "enforce all relevant United Nations
Security Council resolutions against Iraq."
OKs use of force against Iraq
Most Democrats oppose; Daschle throws support to Bush -- House lawmakers
voted solidly Thursday to grant pResidential authority to use force
against Iraq, approving a resolution endorsed by pResident Bush and
House leaders from both parties. The Senate was prepared to act in
chorus, rejecting by a 75-25 vote a bid by opponents to slow down
a final vote.
war and the future of Iraq
-- by Michael Moran "Oil: the ultimate conspiracy theory. Forget
'wag the dog' electoral explanations for George W. Bush’s determination
to go to war in Iraq; put aside the idea that he is 'avenging his
father’s honor,' or the alleged al-Qaida bigwigs in Baghdad, or even
the need to divert public attention away from Osama bin Laden’s next
move. Nothing animates Bush’s critics more effectively than the suggestion
that our Texas oilman president and his ex-Halliburton CEO sidekick
are plotting to turn Iraq into America’s strategic petroleum reserve."
Monsters -- by Nicholas D.
Kristof "President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney
portray Saddam Hussein as so menacing and terrifying that one might
think they've lain awake at night for years worrying about him. But
when Mr. Cheney was running Halliburton, the oil services firm, it
sold more equipment to Iraq than any other company did."
Wraps in Flag, Turns Back on Country
-- by Sheryl McCarthy " 'This is the eve of an election, and
the president [sic] is wrapping this issue up in the flag,' [Congressman
Charles] Rangel said. 'To be honest, even the Democrats are saying
where are the Democrats?'... The collective lack of courage about
a gratuitous and potentially disastrous war is mind-boggling."
on War Talk Hampers Democrats
The prospect of war with Iraq is dealing Democratic candidates a triple
blow. It's pushing their best issues, such as health care and the
economy, into the background, while also damaging two crucial campaign
operations -- fundraising and voter turnout -- among key liberal constituencies
disillusioned over the party's failure to challenge pResident Bush
more forcefully on his bellicose posture toward Baghdad.
should crash war party --
by C.B. Hanif, Palm Beach Post Ombudsman " 'He continues to make
fascinating comments that reveal who he really is,' but aside from
The Post's reporters and a couple of others, 'the capital press corps
(in Tallahassee) has become so lazy that they don't even go after
this stuff anymore.' That was state Sen. Ron Klein, D-Delray Beach,
commenting to the paper's editorial board this week about Gov. Bush's
'devious' gaffe." [email@example.com]
Ombudsman: Readers complain Bee Iraq coverage is inadequate
(Sacramento Bee) With the current debate over a war with Iraq heating
up in Congress, and around the world, several requests were for more
information on the details and background of everything about that
divisive and hotly debated issue. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
protesters hole up inside Sen. Clinton's New York office Five
demonstrators staged a peaceful protest for nine hours Thursday inside
the midtown Manhattan office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, demanding
she vote against authorizing a U.S. strike against Iraq.
march against war (WA) Candlelight
vigil, procession again fill Seattle streets Thousands of anti-war
demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle last night -- the second
time in less than a week -- pounding the pavement in the hope that
options for a peaceful resolution in Iraq aren't drowned out by the
rising drumbeat for war.
crash MTV's TRL -- Eight
NYU students crashed the stage of Total Request Live yesterday, disrupting
the show with an anti-war demonstration and angering Limp Bizkit’s
Fred Durst. The students, clad in white T-shirts with the words "No
war on Iraq" stenciled in green and orange spraypaint, hit
the stage two separate times, interrupting the broadcast.
Panel Seeks Release of Presidential Papers
A House committee voted without dissent today to overturn pResident
Bush's executive order that delayed release of President Ronald Reagan's
papers and allowed relatives of future presidents to keep papers
makes the vote-counting machines?
The largest vote-counting company in the USA was given its grubstake
in 1984 when the multi-millionaire Ahmanson family injected enough
cash to get ahold of a 68 percent ownership. This wealthy family has
been instrumental in making the Republican Party take a hard right
turn — pouring money into conservative Christian candidates and right-wing
Bush vs. Gore II (Palm Beach
Post) "In Florida, Republicans wanted to stop counting votes.
In New Jersey, they tried to prevent them from being cast... Although
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in another case, 'The Supreme Court of
the United States does not sit to announce 'unique' decisions,' the
court did just that in Bush vs. Gore. The majority, including Justice
Scalia, said the ruling was for George W. Bush only."
Misused Secret Wiretaps, According to Memo
The FBI illegally videotaped suspects, improperly recorded telephone
calls and intercepted e-mails without court permission in more
than a dozen secret terrorism and intelligence investigations, according
to an internal memorandum obtained by a member of Congress.
Host Forum to Spark Debate on Economy
As part of an effort to focus voter attention on the lackluster U.S.
economy ahead of the November elections, congressional Democrats on
Friday are hosting a economic forum they hope will put the spotlight
on pResident Bush's policies.
leaders say port intervention will hurt GOP
Labor leaders say the fallout from pResident Bush's move to end a
10-day shutdown of West Coast ports will hurt Republicans in next
month's congressional elections. They're using it to rally their
members to turn out Nov. 5 and vote Democratic.
Slash Medicaid Funds As the
economy creates more poor, the health care plan they need is cut.
Oklahoma will mail letters soon to nearly 79,000 poor residents
-- some families that recently left welfare, others people who are
disabled or old -- telling them that, as of March, they no longer
will be eligible for Medicaid.
Won't Support Pregnancy Bill
The Bush mis-ministration says it no longer supports legislation adding
pregnant women to a government health care program. It's no longer
needed, administration officials say, because they've accomplished
the same thing by providing health coverage directly to the fetus.
at Work -- by Paul Krugman
"Now we know why it [Harken Energy] recovered. It wasn't just
the mysterious invitation to drill for oil off Bahrain. Harken also
pulled a trick that would be emulated on a larger scale by Enron:
In effect it borrowed money to pay its bills, while using loopholes
in accounting rules to conceal the resulting debt."
Photo Plan Poses $4 Million Ethics Question
(CT) Behind-the-scenes efforts by Republican John H. Sununu of New
Hampshire are raising questions about a proposal by GOP Gov. John
G. Rowland's mis-ministration to create a computerized system of "digitized"
aerial photographs of the state. For two years, Rowland's budget office
never wanted to spend about $2 million to complete work on an existing
DEP aerial photo contract with a Wisconsin firm - and now, in Bush/Rowland-Enron-created
state budget crisis, it wants to spend even more.
Activists Outraged Over Pentagon Revelation About Chemical Weapons
Tests on Island in 1960s
Revelations that U.S. Marines were subjected to a simulated chemical
weapons attack on Vieques Island stirred anger among anti-Navy activists
Was Unlikely Savior Of Bush Energy Firm Harken University's
Endowment Arm Injected Cash Into Off-Balance-Sheet Deals to Save Harken
-- When the small company that helped make George W. Bush a multimillionaire
verged on bankruptcy in 1990, newly unearthed documents show an unlikely
financial archangel came to the rescue: Harvard University.
Oil Firm Did Enron-Style Deal - Report
pResident Bush's former oil firm formed a partnership with Harvard
University that concealed the company's financial woes and may have
misled investors, a student and alumni group said in a report on Wednesday.
The partnership between Harken Energy Corp. and Harvard, created
with Bush's approval, bore strong resemblance to the partnerships
that helped disguise Enron's problems, the report's authors said.
role in Harken called deeper -- Group says partnership kept Bush firm
afloat Harvard University's
financial relationship with pResident Bush's former oil company was
deeper than previously understood, with the university's management
fund creating a separate ''off the books'' partnership with
Harken Energy Corp. that helped keep afloat the financially troubled
company, according to a report to be released today.
politician accused of lying on oath
Thomas White, Secretary of the Army and former vice-chairman of Enron
Energy Services, has been accused of lying under oath to the Senate
to cover up corporate sleaze allegations, the BBC reported.
Drops Case on GOP-Business Link
The FEC decided against penalties in a case prompted by a Democratic
Party complaint against a business group alliance called The Coalition,
its members, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican
Congressional Committee and 37 candidate committees, among others.
Democrats Demand SEC's Pitt Resign
Congress' two top Democrats on Wednesday wrote to pResident Bush seeking
the resignation of Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey
Pitt, and questioning his handling of the creation of a national board
to police corporate accounting.
Pittfall (Orlando Sentinel)
"Our position: SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt still doesn't have what
it takes to run the agency. Even after almost a year of scandals on
Wall Street, Harvey Pitt still doesn't get it."
U.S. Consumer Confidence Sinks to Lowest Level Since January 1996
Consumer confidence in the U.S. economy plunged last week to its lowest
level since January 1996, according to an ABC News/Money Magazine
poll released Wednesday. The consumer comfort index fell five points
to -20 in the week ended Oct. 6, ABC News reported on its Web site.
The drop was one of the biggest declines since the survey began
16 years ago, ABC News said.
stocks dive to fresh multi-year lows The
stocks indexes hit fresh multi-year lows on Wednesday, slammed by
a gaggle of Wall Street analyst downgrades and ongoing worries about
profit growth ahead of the official start of the third-quarter reporting
stocks dive in morning, U.S. dollar lower against yen
After hitting 19-year lows Wednesday, Tokyo shares went into a
free-fall Thursday morning, giving up more than 3 percent following
losses on Wall Street overnight.
stocks fall, banks in global downdraft
Australian stocks fell 0.7 percent by midday on Thursday, near
an all-time low, as gains for Telstra, Qantas Airways and Rio
Tinto failed to offset the sliding bank sector.
Prepare Scribes For Biochemical War
As the United States prepares
to invade Iraq, military correspondents are bracing for biological
and chemical threats far beyond what they've endured in other war
zones, with many training to protect themselves from biochemical
weapons on the battlefield. At the same time, many remain frustrated
at the continuing lack of cooperation with the Pentagon and
fear it will severely restrict their access to information -- and
troops -- when the fighting begins.
Street Journal Gets Ready for War, Cedes Battle Lines
After George Bush’s Oct. 7 speech in Cincinnati, where he evoked the
Cuban missile crisis and laid out his case for waging war on Iraq,
newspaper editors were wondering how soon they would need to tell
their reporters to unpack their flak jackets and grab a satellite
Byrd Plans Iraq Vote Delay
A jealous guardian of congressional powers, Democratic Sen. Robert
Byrd of West Virginia is making sure the Senate takes time to debate
war with Iraq and creation of a Homeland Security Department.
of Senator Jim Jeffords, Senate Resolution Authorizing the Use of
Force Against Iraq "We
owe it to the American people not to rush into a war, but to work
with the institutions that we fought so hard to develop for just this
eventuality... I cannot support a resolution that puts this nation
on a path to war without first exhausting diplomatic efforts.
Now is the time to put the international system to work for us, and
consider unilateral military action only as a last resort."
former warriors in Congress line up as doves
Some lawmakers pressing for war with Iraq never saw combat themselves.
Some urging caution have fought. In a nation that does not require
military service, one distinguishing factor in the war debate is who
wore a uniform and who did not.
accuses Bush of plotting to be emperor
U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott broadened his attack on George W. Bush's war
plans yesterday, saying the pResident is threatening military action
in Iraq as part of a plot to crown himself emperor of America.
Warns That a U.S. Attack May Ignite Terror
The Bush mis-ministration pushed Congress today for a broad vote to
authorize the president to use force against Iraq. But a new element
was injected into the debate by a C.I.A. assessment that Saddam Hussein,
while now stopping short of an attack, could become "much less constrained"
if faced with an American-led force. [Duh! The quintessential
"Hello, McFly?" moment...]
is no one talking about casualties?
-- by Arianna Huffington "Sitting on a desk somewhere in the
Pentagon is a computer printout listing projected American casualties
for a range of Iraq invasion scenarios. Unfortunately, these vital
figures are the only numbers that haven't been part of the war debate."
plan for Iraq inspections: invasion under another guise
-- by Bill Vann "George W. Bush and his junior partner, British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, have repeatedly insisted that their aim
is to 'disarm' the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq... The reality
is that Washington is straining every muscle to block two United Nations
inspection agencies from returning to Iraq, while proposing a new
Security Council resolution that is aimed at scuttling the entire
War -- by blah3.com (requires
rage against Iraq war (TN)
Several hundred people of different voices and different faiths gathered
this morning to protest pResident Bush’s call for war against Iraq.
In a rally that began about 10:15 a.m., their message was clear: No
Hold 'Em With A Stacked Deck
-- by Harley Sorensen "These days, with the government lying
to us routinely, it's wise to look for the hidden agenda. Last
Friday, at the Pentagon press briefing, we were told that our forces
in Afghanistan had located and destroyed a buried cache of bombs,
the largest such find since that war began. One of the Pentagon reporters
had the good sense to ask whether the munitions were aerial bombs.
Yes, he was told, they were. But, oops,
the people we're fighting in Afghanistan don't have combat aircraft."
Over -- Your New Federal ID Has Arrived
Right now the U.S. House of Representatives is debating in committee
what could be the single most federal power expanding bill in American
history -- HR 4633, the "Driver's License Modernization Act of
2002." Computer Chips in Driver's Licenses and ID Cards? This
Bill requires that "a State shall embed a computer chip in
each new or renewed driver's license or identification card issued
by the State."
tries to remove genetic label before it sticks In
an unusual move, the federal government has warned the state of Oregon
that it could be interfering with national food producers if voters
pass a ballot measure requiring all genetically modified foods sold
in the state to be labeled. [Gee, what happened to the "states'
rights" mantra of the hypocritical GOP?!?]
Controversial Smallpox Vaccine: Eighteen Points You Should Consider
-- by Meryl Nass, MD "...what does a perpetrator do when the
nation is immunized against anthrax or smallpox? He simply picks another
agent, like tularemia, plague, ebola, or an encephalitis virus. We
have no vaccines for these agents. Mass vaccination simply guarantees
that the agent for which you were vaccinated will not be used, and
something else will be selected."
Urge Caution on Smallpox Vaccinations
Leading medical groups are urging caution in the use of smallpox vaccine,
particularly if no cases of the disease occur. Their concerns stem
from the risks of the vaccine, which is significantly more likely
than any other vaccine to cause serious side effects.
House Takes Unprecedented Action in Dockworkers Lockout
(AFL-CIO) "The Bush administration has sided with the employer
since early in the bargaining process—undermining the incentive for
the employer to negotiate. Labor Solicitor Eugene Scalia acknowledged
this is the first time a president [sic] has taken such action while
workers were not on strike but actually blocked by their employer
from doing their jobs. The board is the first at all in nearly 24
years. Scalia previously represented the employer group as a private-sector
Scalia's financial disclosure report [.pdf] PMA reference on last
House Joins Fight Against Electric Cars
The Bush mis-ministration went to court today to support the automobile
industry's effort to eliminate requirements in California that auto
manufacturers sell electric cars. pResident Bush's chief of staff,
Andrew H. Card Jr., was the chief lobbyist for General Motors, one
of the plaintiffs in the case. [Bush needs to keep rewarding one of
his principle paymasters, the oil industry.]
Wages Quieter War to Invade Our National Parks
-- by Jackson Thoreau "While Bush publicly pushes to drill for
oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and invade Iraq,
he is waging a quieter campaign to invade popular national parks,
including Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Texas’ Big Bend National Park,
with increased oil and mining exploration."
Ironic Implication of the New Jersey Imbroglio
-- by Ted Rall "In the course of the tortured drama of the New
Jersey Senate race, the U.S. Supreme Court has inadvertently confirmed
that Al Gore won the presidency in 2000."
Endorse Democrat McBride for Florida Governor
The Teamsters on Wednesday endorsed Democrat Bill McBride for Florida
governor, bypassing GOP incumbent Jeb Bush despite efforts by his
brother, pResident Bush, to court the national union.
Change in the US -- Proposal from a Concerned Citizen
"A regime change is indeed necessary, but not in Iraq. The
primary regime which needs to be changed, is the one found in Washington
DC. The greatest tyrant and true threat to world peace who needs to
be ousted, is George W. Bush... America is clearly a nation which
aspires to global domination, through the use of the most expensive
and high tech military the world has ever known."
House 'exaggerating Iraqi threat'
Bush's televised address attacked by US intelligence --pResident Bush's
case against Saddam Hussein, outlined in a televised address to the
nation on Monday night, relied on a slanted and sometimes entirely
false reading of the available US intelligence, government officials
and analysts claimed yesterday. Officials in the CIA, FBI and energy
department are being put under intense pressure to produce reports
which back the mis-ministration's line, the Guardian has learned.
great misleader Bush's
arguments strain the limits of plausibility to justify war on Iraq,
and this, says Simon Tisdall, means regime change is imperative -
in Washington "In his speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr Bush
employed what might in British parlance be termed the kitchen sink
approach. In other words, he threw just about everything he had at
the target, including domestic appliances."
the President [sic] Nuts? Diagnosing Dubya
-- by Carol Wolman, M.D. "Many people, inside and especially
outside this country, believe that the American president is nuts,
and is taking the world on a suicidal path. As a board-certified
psychiatrist, I feel it's my duty to share my understanding of his
psychopathology. He's a complicated man, under tremendous pressure
from both his family/junta, and from the world at large. So the following
is offered with humility and questioning, in the form of a differential
the chicken hawks -- by John
Sugg "As you read this, Congress is being bullied into granting
aspirant world emperor George Bush a blank check to go to war with
Iraq and against any other "threat." For senators and representatives,
the club cynically wielded by the White House is the dilemma of either
handing Bush what amounts to dictatorial power or being subject to
charges of lack of patriotism."
Bush's Nuclear Lie Last night,
while addressing the nation, Bush forgot the truth about his nuclear
lies, which undermines any truth in his speech. -- by Frederick Sweet
"Before we can believe his other arguments, on chemical and biological
weapons, on Saddam Hussein's intentions, our president [sic] must
first come clean. He must set the record straight that he has 'misrepresented'
the truth about Iraq's nuclear potential."
minds change in Mountain State
pResident Bush’s speech to the nation on Monday night didn’t appear
to change the minds of West Virginia’s congressional delegation about
the need for a military invasion of Iraq. "There was a lot
of new rhetoric, but no new evidence," said Rep. Nick J.
Rahall, D-W.Va., who has criticized Bush for rushing to invade Iraq.
over going to war grows among U.S. government officials
While pResident Bush marshals congressional and international support
for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence
professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep
misgivings about the mis-ministration's double-time march toward war.
threatens to delay vote on Iraq
Lawmakers resumed their debate Tuesday on authorizing pResident Bush
to use military force against Iraq, but a leading critic said he would
use parliamentary tactics to delay a final vote, even as supporters
of the resolution compared Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to Adolf
Hitler. [Any student of history can draw far more comparisons between
George W. Bush and Adolph Hitler.]
Has a Lot of Nerve! ( Part I )
-- by Tom Flocco "Will Congress Permit Bush 43 to Place Soldiers
in Harm’s Way, With Questionable Protective Equipment, Against Same
Chemical Weapons that Bush 41 Officials Allowed to be Shipped Illegally
Call Meets Sound of Silence
-- by Dennis Duggan "The anti-war anvil that glowed a bright
red during the Vietnam War is cold to the touch now. But there are
signs it's heating up - an anti-war rally in Central Park Sunday and
a new poll that shows voters are more concerned with the faltering
economy than Saddam Hussein."
Presses for Total Exemption From War Crimes Court
A top State Department envoy left for Europe today to try to persuade
several governments to ignore a recent European Union compromise on
the international criminal court that would exempt only some Americans
Conducted Open-Air Biological, Chemical Weapons Tests, Records Show
The United States held open-air biological and chemical weapons tests
in at least four states - Alaska, Hawaii, Maryland and Florida - during
the 1960s in an effort to develop defenses against such weapons, according
to Pentagon documents.
Troops Were Subjected to a Wider Toxic Testing
Acknowledging a much wider testing of toxic weapons on its forces,
the Defense Department says it used chemical warfare and live biological
agents during cold-war-era military exercises on American soil,
as well as in Canada and Britain, according to previously secret documents
cleared for release to Congress on Wednesday.
9/11, Appeals Court Upholds Secret Hearings
The federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled yesterday that the
Bush mis-ministration had acted lawfully in holding hundreds of deportation
hearings in secret based on its assertion that those detained might
have links to terrorism.
Threatens Veto of Defense Bill Bush
Wants Disabled Military Pension Benefits Eliminated pResident
Bush has threatened to veto the $355 billion defense authorization
bill for the new fiscal year if House and Senate conferees do not
eliminate new pension benefits for disabled military retirees.
group is backing Wellstone
Conferring a blessing that may offset charges that he is soft on national
defense, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national political action committee
on Monday endorsed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone for re-election.
Considers Universal Health Plan
Every man, woman and child in Oregon would receive full medical insurance
— no co-payments, no deductibles — under a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot
that would create the first universal health care plan in the nation.
Change Induced Disasters Could Cost $150B Over Next Decade
Climate change is causing natural disasters that the financial services
industry must address, a group of the world's biggest banks, insurers
and re-insurers warned Monday. [Looks like they are trolling for
more corporate welfare rather than clamoring for the Bush mis-ministration
to stop destroying the environment.]
dark secret kept hidden for 50 years: how a global media empire was
built on a lie The virtuous
image of the Bertelsmann media empire has been destroyed by a devastating
historical study into the company's Nazi links that exposes
its post-war success as built on a lie.
Board Repudiates Falwell's "60 Minutes" Comments on Islam Protestant,
Orthodox, Anglican Leaders Call Bush to Condemn Falwell's Remarks
-- The Executive Board of the (U.S.) National Council of Churches
this afternoon (Oct. 7) voted unanimously to "condemn and repudiate"
the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s statements yesterday on CBS-TV’s "60 Minutes"
about Islam and the Prophet Muhammed, Islam’s founder, saying Falwell’s
statements endangered the lives of Christians around the world. [another
Nazi with a media empire: Jerry Falwell.]
Seeks Provision in Bill To Punish Hometown Paper
Furious at how the Dallas Morning News covered his son's failed congressional
bid this year, House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) is
trying to insert language in a military spending bill that would force
the newspaper's parent company to sell off one of its Dallas media
Close Court for Noelle Bush
An attorney for Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter asked a judge Tuesday to
close her drug court proceedings, arguing that she has a right to
privacy while under that court's supervision.
to order invasion force this month ·
Threat of war · Tanks will form the core of British contingent --
Tony Blair is expected to order defence chiefs by the end of the
month to prepare a significant British force for an attack on Iraq,
Whitehall sources said yesterday. They said that to be "legitimate"
such an attack would not necessarily have to be supported by a UN
mandate. Britain's contribution to an American-led invasion of Iraq
would be substantial and include heavy armour.
for Iraq action at new low of 32%
(UK) Support for military action against Iraq among British voters
has fallen to 32%, the lowest level recorded during the five weeks
that the Guardian/ICM weekly tracker survey has been running.
first, ask questions later
The black holes in Bush's logic might suck us all in, writes Robert
Manne. "At the centre of the doctrine, a huge conceptual hole
appears. Does the US, as the world hegemon, alone possess the sovereign
right to act unilaterally against a supposed threat to its security
by prosecuting a preventive war, or does an identical right exist
for other states?"
has always been top of Bush's foreign-policy agenda
The White House decided that diplomacy was not an option in the Middle
East, writes Ritt Goldstein. "As the United States prepares for
war with Iraq, a report commissioned early in George Bush's presidency
[sic] has surfaced, showing that the US knew it was running out of
oil and foreshadowing the possible need for military intervention
to secure supplies. The report forecasts an end to cheap and plentiful
fuel, with the energy industry facing 'the beginning of capacity limitations'."
- The Anti-W-ar Movement's Response
to George W. Bush's Televised Speech: Thousands
Will March Against War With Iraq on October 26 in Washington, D.C.,
San Francisco, and Cities Around the World
of protesters gather shortly before Bush speech
Hundreds of protesters marched Monday night toward a former railroad
terminal where pResident Bush planned to speak on Iraq. Many carried
signs with slogans such as, "War is a failure of government." Some
chanted "If we attack Iraq, we create more enemies."
in U.S. Rally for Peace (CA)
Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets throughout the
state Sunday, beating drums, hoisting signs and proclaiming their
opposition to a potential war with Iraq. Protesters jammed Union Square
in San Francisco and a lively demonstration also took place at the
Federal Building in west Los Angeles.
at Central Park Rally Oppose an Iraq War
Several thousand people filled the park's East Meadow yesterday afternoon,
taking in the sun that bathed the slight slope facing a stage where
speaker after speaker — from activist actors to relatives of people
killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to high school students —
strode to the microphone.
Overflow NYC’s Central Park
Sunday in New York City, 15,000 determined demonstrators said no
to war with Iraq. More than the feel of a Vietnam anti-war protest,
the history of that movement was present in Central Park.
Report from the Scene Central
Park Peace Rally: Sunday, October 6 -- by David Cogswell
walk for peace Mile-long
procession to Westlake Center protests Iraq policy (WA) A crowd estimated
by march organizers at 6,000 to 8,000 people registered their dissent
yesterday, rallying and marching in a nearly mile-long procession
from Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill to Westlake Center as part of
a nationwide anti-war protest.
arrested at congressman's office
(Troy, NY) Seven anti-war protesters were arrested Monday after they
refused to leave a district office of U.S. Rep. Michael McNulty, officials
said. Peace activists have been
stepping up anti-war activities as Congress prepares to vote on resolutions
authorizing force against Iraq.
administration officials expressing misgivings on Iraq
While pResident Bush marshals congressional and international support
for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence
professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep
misgivings about the administration's double-time march toward war.
few Democrats standing tall
(San Francisco Chronicle) "For the last month, Democrats have
been mostly missing in action, allowing the president to shape the
terms of debate on Iraq... It is heartening to see that a disproportionate
number of the elected officials who have resisted a 'rush to judgment'
represent California and the Bay Area."
Senators Vow to Override Veto of Bill Strengthening Veterans Benefits
A Senate Democratic leader dared pResident Bush on Monday to veto
a bill that would allow disabled veterans to collect their full military
pensions. "We'll override the veto," said Assistant Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the Senate floor. "Let everyone here in
the Senate decide who they want to support: the president [sic]'s
people or the veterans of their states."
Court Declines to Intervene in Election Dispute
The Supreme Court refused Monday to be drawn into an election fight
that resurrected memories of the court's contentious intervention
[the coup d'etat] in the presidential s-election
two years ago. Democrats may now go ahead with plans to replace Sen.
Robert Torricelli with former Sen. Frank Lautenberg on the Nov. 5
ballot in their effort to retain their one-seat hold on the Senate.
Blasts Enron Errors All Watchdogs
Failed Investors, Probe Finds -- Federal regulators and Wall Street
watchdogs were entangled in a web of "systemic and catastrophic failure"
in the Enron collapse, a failure that meant "investors were left defenseless,"
maintains a scathing Senate committee staff report that will be released
to the A-list choice to oversee accountants
(Palm Beach Post) "Accountants, who didn't want anyone looking
over their shoulders, are trying to block John Biggs from running
the oversight board they don't want. They have been lobbying Securities
and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt, who all but gave the
jobs to Mr. Biggs."
Fights Could Produce a Big Winner
-- by Dana Milbank "...but in a broader sense, Bush is demanding
-- and the House has approved -- powers to rearrange the federal
bureaucracy in ways not seen since Congress passed the Pendleton Act
Director to Face Grilling on Hill
Former FBI director Louis J. Freeh comes before Congress in what could
be a contentious and wrenching appraisal of his record on counterterrorism,
widely viewed as one of the triumphs of his tenure when he departed
in June, 2001. As the clues the FBI missed have become widely known,
Freeh's tenure is now being reassessed in light of the Sept. 11, 2001,
Urge Smallpox Limits The
American Academy of Pediatrics says the nation's smallpox plan should
involve limited vaccinations if a case occurs, not universal inoculations
before there's even an attack. Potential side effects are too severe,
and available vaccines have not been tested on children, who may
be at higher risk for bad reactions, the academy said in a policy
statement released Monday.
elite clamours for huge increase in military spending Canada’s
Liberal government is under intense pressure from big business and
the political establishment to dramatically increase military spending.
crash fears as German bank sinks
Stockbrokers around the world are braced for a potentially calamitous
week as alarm mounts over a looming, Thirties-style global financial
crisis. A leaked email about the credit-worthiness of Commerzbank,
Germany's third largest bank, yesterday increased fears of the international
stock market malaise exploding into a fully-fledged banking crisis.
Nikkei Has Biggest Slide in 3 Months
(Bloomberg) -- Japanese stocks fell, with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average
having its biggest drop in more than three months.
Say They're Concerned U.S. Recovery Is Stalling
(Bloomberg) -- America's top corporate executives, cloistered at a
West Virginia resort, said they're concerned the U.S. economy's recovery
has stalled and investors may have to wait more than a year for stronger
Says Bush Needs to Pay Heed to Weak Economy
A majority of Americans say that the nation's economy is in its worst
shape in nearly a decade and that pResident Bush and Congressional
leaders are spending too much time talking about Iraq while neglecting
problems at home, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News
poll. [Yikes! I hope Bush doesn't ponder more terrorism to get
the public's mind off of the economy. Hopefully, Karl "PowerPoint"
Rove will *not* see this poll!]
Sharpen Attack on Bush Economic Policy
A Democratic cartoon depicting pResident Bush pushing wheelchair-bound
seniors down a sliding stock market chart to highlight the risks of
individual Social Security investment accounts has Republicans fuming.
[Insert "Awe, too bad, corporate weasels! The truth hurts,
doesn't it?" comments here.] Click here
or on cartoon below for animated ad (Requires Flash).
for some political courage
-- by Bob Ray Sanders "Thank God for Al Gore. Finally, someone
in America has the guts, and the heart, to stand up and articulate
what many people are thinking but what most so-called leaders are
afraid to say."
jobs, not war! -- by Yusuf
Agha "At the precise moment President [sic] Bush was admonishing
the United Nations on Iraq, another of the nation's icons was unveiling
plans to disrupt the lives of thousands of Americans... With massive
layoffs, business foreclosures, exhausted unemployment benefits, a
diminishing job market, shrinking 401(k) plans, non-existent health
care benefits and increasing fuel costs - there appears to be no light
at the end of the tunnel for today's unemployed in America."
Heads Anti-War Coalition in Congress "Let's
stop wasting American lives," reads an old anti-war flier kept as
a memento in the office of Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
Thirty years after handing out copies of this leaflet during his first
run for Congress as a young foe of the Vietnam War, Kucinich is rallying
opposition to a possible U.S. attack on Iraq.
Academy Inducts Fellows; Kennedy Uses Ceremony to Call Bush Doctrine
'imperialism' Sen. Edward
M. Kennedy was among more than 100 politicians, scientists, authors
and academics inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He also used the opportunity to criticize pResident Bush's plans for
military action against Iraq, calling the administration's doctrine
of preventive war "21st century American imperialism."
change Italy on Iraq? --
by Eric J. Lyman "More than 1.5 million Italians took to the
streets of dozens of cities Saturday afternoon and evening to protest
possible U.S. military action against Iraq -- a surprise show of discord
that could be fervent enough for the Italian government to re-think
its support of Washington."
York to California -- Tens of thousands in US rally against war on
Iraq On the eve of pResident
Bush’s televised address to the nation urging support for a war of
aggression against Iraq, tens of thousands turned out at demonstrations
from New York to California to oppose US military action.
With Iraq: Americans In No Hurry
Americans generally support military action against Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein, and while most think war is inevitable, there is no
rush to begin it. The public overwhelmingly wants to get the United
Nations' weapons inspectors back into Iraq and allied support before
taking any military action.
-- Armey shouldn't criticize
(West Virginia Gazette) "Bush’s chickenhawks shouldn’t
question the patriotism of men and women who experienced war first-hand,
and now want to make sure the United States sends more young men and
women into harm’s way only as a last resort." [a must read]
Terrorist Plots, F.B.I. Is Tracking Hundreds of Muslims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to make an open book
of the lives of hundreds of mostly young, mostly Muslim men in the
United States in the belief that Al Qaeda-trained terrorists remain
in this country, awaiting instructions to attack. Senior law enforcement
officials say the surveillance campaign is being carried out by
every major F.B.I. office in the country and involves 24-hour monitoring
of the suspects' telephone calls, e-mail messages and Internet use,
as well as scrutiny of their credit-card charges, their travel and
their visits to neighborhood gathering places, including mosques.
[Insert Roger Waters' Waiting for the Worms quote here.]
in Seattle: Is Man Held by U.S. a Terrorist or Just a Hustler?
While conceding that James Ujaama has become a follower of a militant
brand of Islam, his family and friends say the activities that the
government views as criminal have an innocent explanation. Some prominent
blacks in Seattle support Mr. Ujaama, saying he appears to be the
victim of the persecution that black leaders endured in the past.
court wades into NJ dispute
Attorneys for GOP Senate candidate Doug Forrester are to go to federal
court Monday to argue that the Voting Rights Act was violated when
Democrats were allowed to switch nominees for a U.S. Senate seat after
a deadline specified in state law had passed. [ROFL!! Republicans
complaining about "voting rights," after Coup 2K!! "Hello,
Pot? This is Kettle. You're Blaaaccckkk."]
Issues Wait in Wings for the Justices
The Supreme Court has already accepted 45 cases for decision — and
is likely to produce important decisions on criminal law, immigration,
federalism, copyright law, hate speech and health care, among other
the Energy Bill (The New
York Times) "Both [House and Senate versions of a multibillion-dollar
energy bill] are also suspect on environmental grounds... the bill
points in exactly the wrong direction, enriching industries that already
have plenty of investment capital while doing relatively little to
encourage newer technologies that could lead the way to a less oil-dependent
and business: Fast success, brushes with mystery
It was 1991, dad was in the White House, and Jeb Bush was hopscotching
through Nigeria in a corporate jet, on his way to meet government
officials he hoped would buy $74 million worth of water pumps from
his South Florida business partner.
all the niggers you can,' said the cop. So they made him mayor
Ex-policeman on trial for complicity in murder during American race
riots -- Charlie Robertson's arrest in May 2001 came just before primary
elections that would almost certainly have led to a third term in
office. [Maybe he can get a job with AshKKKroft.]
'Devious Plans' To Counter Class Size Amendment
Bush told a delegation of lawmakers he has "devious plans" to circumvent
a state amendment to cap class sizes if voters approve the initiative
in November. Bush, in a meeting with five Panhandle lawmakers, said
he would try to kill the amendment outright along with other costly
initiatives that might strain the budget. He didn't know a reporter
from Gannett Regional Newspapers of Florida was in the room recording
the meeting. Hear
the audio clip (requires RealPlayer)
would seek to kill class-size amendment
Governor cites his own 'devious plans' to squash unfunded proposal
if it passes and he is re-elected. Gov. Jeb Bush and other Republican
leaders, fearful that Florida voters one month from now will pass
a constitutional amendment to limit class size, are struggling for
a counter offensive. For Bush, the plan is to kill the amendment outright,
along with other budget-unfriendly initiatives. "I have a couple
of devious plans if this thing passes," the governor told Panhandle
lawmakers at a meeting in his office earlier this week. Bush
discusses his intent to kill the ballot initiative if it passes
(mp3 format -- 182 K)
Mulls Taking N.J. Senate Case
The Supreme Court is considering whether to intervene in a fight over
New Jersey's Senate race, a case with similarities to the 2000 presidential
s-election dispute. ["Those
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -- George
from the Boston front! -- by Robyn Su Miller reports "from
the First Amendment Zone" on the October 4 anti-Bush protest:
"We had some amount of hundreds present---I estimate six hundred
Protest Iraq War Plans Chanting
"no more war," an estimated 5,000 people rallied in the city's
downtown Saturday against possible U.S. military attacks on Iraq,
one of a number of such protests planned across the nation this weekend.
In Texas, the chant by hundreds who flocked to the state capitol was
"No more blood for oil." In Manchester, N.H., about 50 demonstrators
protested outside as pResident Bush stumped for Senate candidate John
Open Letter to the Members of Congress
(The Nation) "Members of Congress! ...Show respect for your constituents--they
require your honest judgment, not capitulation to the executive. Say
no to empire. Affirm the Republic. Preserve the peace. Vote against
war in Iraq."
Debate Heated On Iraq Military Action
Democrats Urge Delay Until Security Council Vote -- On Friday, Armed
Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), Sen. Edward M.
Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) led the opening day
opposition to the White House-backed resolution.
asks Turkey permission to use air bases
The United States has formally asked permission from Turkey to deploy
more warplanes and use its air bases for a possible military operation
against Iraq, a television station reported yesterday. According to
private NTV television, the United States asked Turkey permission
to deploy more warplanes in southern Incirlik air base, which has
hosted some 100 US and British warplanes since the Gulf War.
Bolstering Forces in Gulf
Pentagon Says It Is Not Preparing a Surprise Attack on Iraq -- The
Pentagon is taking steps to prepare for a rapid massing of U.S. forces
around Iraq in the weeks ahead, bolstering stocks of military equipment
and ammunition in the Persian Gulf, expanding command facilities and
readying Navy aircraft carriers in U.S. ports to steam to the region.
To Begin War Games Near Iraq
The U-S is already holding war games in one country bordering Iraq,
and will soon begin more in another. On Sunday, a three-week exercise
called "Early Victor '02" starts in Jordan. It will involve more than
1,400 American troops plus 300 to 400 Jordanian soldiers.
forces get OK to use CIA methods
American commandos hunting Taliban and al Qaeda guerrillas in Afghanistan
have gained permission to employ new clandestine tactics that typically
are confined to the CIA in the shadows of war. Mis-ministration
and military sources said that in recent weeks the covert warriors
received authority from commanders in the United States to conduct
"source operations," a special-operations term for a number
of classified war tactics.
War May Be Unavoidable if Inspections Fail, Bush Says
Declaring Iraq's weapons program a "grave and growing" threat
to the United States, pResident Bush said on Saturday war might be
unavoidable if Baghdad refuses to disarm.
Seeks F.B.I. Data on Informer; F.B.I. Resists
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had a confidential informer who
rented rooms in California to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, but the
bureau is resisting a request from the Congressional committee
investigating the attacks to interview the informer and his F.B.I.
handler, government officials said.
Mailed The Anthrax? -- by
Pete Velis "One effect of the anthrax mailing was that we went
on a complete wartime footing with an incredible host of domestic
security/control initiatives cemented into place, including new Justice
Dept. wartime powers."
Fourth Reich Considering Vaccinating Entire Country Against Smallpox
The Bush mis-ministration
is considering a daunting decision to vaccinate the entire country
against smallpox before an attack occurs, a choice that would strain
local health resources and could kill or sicken thousands from the
side effects. It's an abrupt policy switch from earlier this year,
when federal advisers were recommending that only select hospital
workers get the smallpox vaccine, maybe 20,000 people total.
Vaccine Backed for Public
It was the first time federal officials have said that the public
should have access to the vaccine, which carries significant risk
of serious side effects. The vaccine can also cause many non-life-threatening
complications such as blindness. Thirty to 50 million Americans
might be disqualified from getting the vaccine because their immune
systems have been weakened by cancer, AIDS or other diseases, or because
they have two common skin conditions, eczema and atopic dermatitis,
which increase the risk of complications.
Focusing on Coming 401(k) Jolt
Democrats are attempting to use the imminent mailing of millions of
dismal investment statements to return voters' attention to the struggling
economy before next month's midterm elections. In the coming weeks,
investors will receive statements for the quarter, ended Monday, in
which the S&P 500-stock index and the Dow Jones industrial average
dropped 18 percent, the worst in 15 years.
Coast Port Shutdown Continues
A weeklong shutdown of the West Coast's major ports has left stacks
of market-bound farm produce to rot on the docks and in the holds
of ships that can't reach shore. Each day it continues, the shutdown
is costing the U.S. economy an estimated $2 billion, and for many
farmers, it comes at the worst possible time - the peak of the fall
'Lula' poised take Brazil election
Leftist candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva, known by his fellow Brazilians
simply as Lula, appears poised to win the presidency on his fourth
try as up to 115 million people in Latin America's largest country
go to the polls Sunday. Lula's election could also have an impact
on U.S.-Brazil relations. He has criticized a proposed hemisphere-wide
free trade zone, backed by pResident Bush. [Uh-Oh. Next, the Idiot
Usurper will have Ari try to link Lula to Osama bin Laden and Saddam
Calls For Probe of Mine Permit
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) yesterday called for an investigation
of possible conflicts of interest in a recent Interior Department
decision that removes a major hurdle to development of a large open-pit
gold mine in a rocky section of the Southern California desert.
racist hunted after sniper attacks
Police across three US states were searching yesterday for a 33-year-old
whitesupremacist from North Carolina who they believe may be linked
to the shocking series of random killings that have terrorised the
Washington area over the past few days.
launches new 'sus' patrols
(UK) Britain's biggest police force is to launch controversial new
'stop-and-search' patrols in the new year, despite concerns from many
black leaders that they will lead to increased persecution of ethnic
voters file suit to throw out results of McKinney-Majette primary
Five DeKalb County voters today filed a federal lawsuit seeking to
throw out the results in the Aug. 20 Democratic primary that handed
Denise Majette a victory over incumbent Cynthia McKinney in the 4th
Congressional District. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court
in Atlanta, says "malicious crossover" voting by Republicans
in the primary violated the Voting Rights Act.
Poll Finds Lautenberg with New Jersey Lead
A Democratic poll released on Friday showed new Senate candidate Frank
Lautenberg, whose placement on the New Jersey ballot has been appealed
to the U.S. Supreme Court, with an 11-point lead over his Republican
opponent. [Well, the Less-Than-Supreme Court has not spoken yet.]
Lautenberg is eager to run again
Frank Lautenberg did not need a guide when he visited the U.S. Senate
on Thursday afternoon. The man picked by New Jersey Democratic leaders
to replace Sen. Robert Torricelli on the Nov. 5 ballot served 18 years
in the upper house of Congress.
Has the Vision Bush Lacks
(Mirror.co.uk) "What a performance. What a politician. What
a superstar. Bill Clinton played the parts of elder statesman,
philosopher and world leader at Labour's conference and played them
to perfection... In place of the gung-ho 'Let's go get 'em' rhetoric
of George Bush, Mr Clinton spoke with insight and common sense while
still recognising the menace of Saddam." [a must read]
veto on Middle East talks
Humiliating rebuff for Blair initiative -- Tony Blair's drive for
Middle East peace talks has suffered an embarrassing setback at the
hands of pResident Bush, only days after the prime minister flagged
up his plan at the Labour party conference in Blackpool. The Guardian
has learnt that Mr Bush has blocked the initiative and has
made it clear to Mr Blair that he does not want such talks to be held
in the near future.
nation can stand alone, Graham warns
(Canada) On the same day that the U.S. warned it could attack Iraq
even without United Nations backing, Foreign Minister Bill Graham
warned that unilateralism will never win against terrorists whose
existence is "an affront to the very principles of international law."
by Senator Robert C. Byrd: Rush to War Ignores U.S. Constitution --
October 3, 2002 "Before
risking the lives of American troops, all members of Congress -- Democrats
and Republicans alike -- must overcome the siren song of political
polls and focus strictly on the merits, not the politics, of this
most serious issue."
troops ill-prepared for Baghdad street fighting
U.S. troops who may be ordered to capture Baghdad in the next few
months are insufficiently trained for the bloody chaos of city street-fighting,
or dealing with nerve gas or germ agents, according to Pentagon sources.
General William Kernan, head of the U.S. joint forces command, said
yesterday: "Fighting in a city is probably the most complex environment
for military operations... Casualties in the average rifle company
can run as high as 30%."
Group Calls for Rumsfeld Resignation
(Press release) "The American
Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA) now calls for the resignation
of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In response to questioning
by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, (D-WV), Rumsfeld denied any knowledge that
the United States had shipped biological weapons to Iraq during the
1980’s. Rumsfeld was addressing the Armed Services Committee last
week, when he stated that he '…had no knowledge of any such shipments
and doubted that they ever occurred.' "
president [sic] is greater threat than Iraq's leader to the world
-- by Kurt Berggren "By some accounts we have already killed
millions of Iraqis by our 10-plus year brutal economic sanctions and
our self-imposed no-fly zone bombing. Yet, we seek more dead Iraqis
and destruction of that country. How can that proposed course of action
be in harmony with American values? What kind of government could
even consider such subhuman conduct, which is illegal and in clear
violation of international law?"
Should Accept Saddam's Challenge to Duel
(Petition) "To: White House, U.S. Congress -- On Oct. 3, Iraqi
Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan offered that President [sic] Bush
and Vice President [sic] Cheney should each take one weapon and take
on both Saddam Hussein and himself in a duel on neutral territory,
with Kofi Annan as referee."
Jerry Falwell Calls Islam's Prophet Muhammad 'Terrorist'
The Rev. Jerry Falwell says "I think Muhammad was a terrorist" in
an interview to be broadcast Sunday on the CBS program "60 Minutes."
The conservative Baptist minister tells correspondent Bob Simon he
has concluded from reading Muslim and non-Muslim writers that Islam's
prophet "was a — a violent man, a man of war." Falwell stood
by his opinion in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
indicted in Ore. for al-Qaida links Six U.S. citizens have
been indicted in Portland, Ore., for suspected links to the al-Qaida
terrorist organization, NBC News has learned. The six are accused
of signing up to fight against the United States after the Sept. 11,
2001, hijacked plane attacks, the officials said. [We need an URGENT
legal regime change in the United States.]
Fundraising Shatters Records
pResident Bush is expected to bring his record-shattering fundraising
tally above $140 million this weekend in a pair of luncheons for Republican
candidates as Bush begins a New England weekend of politics and relaxation.
Sell-Off Gives Shares a Sixth Week of Losses
Stocks fell sharply yesterday, dragging the Dow Jones industrial
average to its lowest point in almost five years and pushing the Nasdaq
composite index to its lowest point in six years. The sell-off
came after a mixed report about the job market and more corporate
Economic Plan -- by Paul
Krugman "Although other news has been drowned out by the barking
of the dogs of war, something ominous is happening on the economic
front. It's not dramatic, but month by month the numbers keep coming
in worse than expected. Let's put politics completely aside for once,
and review where we are and what should be done."
'The Man Who Knew' Producer/Director,
"Frontline" Friday, Oct. 4, 2002; 11 a.m. ET When the Twin Towers
fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man
who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any
other person in America: John O'Neill.
Officials Say Smallpox Vaccine Should Be Rolled Out Slowly
Just a year ago, the nation only had 15.4 million doses of vaccine
in hand, but there now is enough for every American, thanks to fast-track
purchasing, studies that found the existing vaccine can be watered
down [?!?] and a drug company that discovered 86 million doses
in its freezer. [OK, how do you "find" 86 million doses
of *anything* in your freezer?? This *purchase and pushing* of the
deadly smallpox vaccine is transpiring so that Bush can repay of one
of his larger group of installers in 2000: the pharmaceutical industry.]
Spain on September 25, actress Jessica Lange weighed in forcefully
against the American government and its plans for Iraq.
(scroll down) "As far as the political situation in the US is
concerned, we are facing a dangerous and extremely unfortunate administration.
The way I see it, the presidential election was stolen by George
W. Bush and ever since we have all been suffering the consequences."
-- Jessica Lange
Spies Beneath (Your PC) --
by Chris Taylor "Chances are you haven't read the Bush Administration's
'National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.' Since it weighs in at a
hefty 65 pages, who can blame you? Still, a surprising amount of the
draft report is aimed at home-computer owners... Spyware is any kind
of program installed in your computer without your consent to gather
information about you or your organization."
appeals to U.S. high court to stay ruling for Democrats
Republicans appealed to the Supreme Court Thursday in hopes of keeping
New Jersey Democrats from substituting another candidate for Sen.
Robert Torricelli on the November ballot. [Heads up! Republicans
are poised to steal another election!!]
Looks to Supreme Court for Delay in Torricelli Ruling
Rebuffed in their own state, Republicans from New Jersey looked to
the United States Supreme Court today to delay a crucial ruling that
Democrats can replace Senator Robert G. Torricelli's name on the Nov.
role in creation of Iraqi bioweapons becomes issue
Iraq's bioweapons program was started with help from Uncle Sam two
decades ago, according to government records that are being reexamined
in light of the discussion of war against Iraq.
UK Planes Drop Leaflets Warning Iraqis, Bomb Air Defense Operations
Center In a direct message
to Iraqi troops, allied forces dropped thousands of leaflets over
the southern no-fly zone in Iraq warning gunners to stop firing on
U.S. and British patrol planes. Iraqi forces responded by firing on
aircraft delivering the leaflets. That led allied forces to bomb an
air defense operations center, U.S. Central Command officials said.
Say CIA Withholding Info The
chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday the CIA
has not provided information sought by the panel on Iraq, impeding
Congress' ability to consider the need for military action.
gulf widens over Iraq MP's
'bizarre, paranoid, [and oh-so-accurate] anti-American rant'
sets off storm in Commons - PM accuses Bush of 'wrapping himself in
the flag' to stifle dissent - Liberal MP compares attack to Nazi aggression,
Pearl Harbor - Second MP blames Gulf War coalition for destroying
'progressive' Iraq - Foreign minister insists 'we do not have the
right to invade'
the War Bush hopes talk of
Iraq will help the GOP reverse the tides of history. But on the ground,
the fight is as much about financial jitters and the country’s changing
contours -- by Howard Fineman "The widespread assumption in Washington
is that Bush has masterfully cornered the Democrats with 'national
security,' pumping the bellows of war in a classic wedge-issue move
that is dividing the opposition and changing the central topic of
the election from the economy and health care (the Democrats’ strongest
suit) to the one that highlights the president[sic]’s popular role
as commander in chief."
Votes 'No!' to War (Madison
Capital Times) "They spoke in different voices and from different
perspectives. But the dozens of Wisconsinites who addressed Monday's
extraordinary legislative hearing on whether the United States should
attack Iraq delivered a single message: The Bush administration's
attempt to fake up a case for war has not succeeded in convincing
the people of this state that there is a need to go to war."
Is Four-Letter Word -- by
Paul Vitello " 'The cost of one bullet, if the Iraqi people take
it on themselves, is substantially less than going to war ...' - Ari
Fleischer, White House press secretary, asserting Tuesday that the
Bush administration would welcome the assassination of Saddam Hussein...
This is the language of fanatics. Thugs. Racists. The insane. Yet
it is coming from a person who speaks in the voice of what is known
around the world, for better or worse, as the voice of America, the
to Debate Possible Strike on Iraq
The Senate opens debate Thursday on pResident Bush's call for authority
to launch a U.S. strike on Iraq, which Congress is expected to grant
overwhelmingly despite some Democrats' misgivings that the war
powers are too broad and premature.
REV. Jerry Falwell Calls the Prophet Mohammed 'a terrorist' Many
Fundamentalist Evangelicals believe there will be catastrophic events
on earth, some occurring already, including the turmoil in the Middle
East, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon in which Christ will
triumph and begin ruling the earth. At this point, they believe, non-believers
will be destroyed, good Christians saved and any remaining Jews converted
to Christianity. Says Ed McAteer, a founder of the Moral Majority
and known as the godfather of the Christian Right, "I believe
that we are seeing prophecy unfold so rapidly and dramatically and
wonderfully, and, without exaggeration, [it] makes me breathless."
Enter the Colombia Fray to Protect a Vital [LOL! Are you ready?--]
The 500-mile pipeline, which snakes through eastern Colombia, transporting
100,000 barrels of oil a day for Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles,
is emerging as a new front in the terror war. Potentially one of Colombia's
most valuable assets, the pipeline has long been vulnerable
to bombings by Colombia's guerrilla groups, which along with the country's
paramilitary outfits are included on the Bush mis-ministration's list
of terrorist organizations. [Is there ONE action implemented by
the Bush terrorist team that does *not* involve corporate oil addiction
as the impetus?]
detainees attempt suicide
The number of detainees scooped up in the "war on terror"
who have tried to commit suicide in their wire-mesh cells is increasing,
military officials said Wednesday. But they declined to say at what
releases study showing big drop in EPA policing Enforcement of
the nation's environmental laws has fallen precipitously under the
Bush mis-ministration, US Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat
of Malden, (MA) said yesterday.
Lawsuit Seeks To Link Enron, Rowland
(CT) The state trash authority's failed contract with Enron Corp.
was the result of a secret deal under
which Enron got the lucrative contract in exchange for contributions
to Gov. John G. Rowland's campaign and the Republican Governors
Association, of which Rowland is chairman, a new lawsuit contends.
The class-action lawsuit, prepared by the town of Rocky Hill, alleges
in unusually provocative language that Rowland and other Republicans
benefited politically as a "quid pro quo" for Enron getting the deal.
The deal resulted in the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority's
loss of $220 million in public funds
last year when Enron went bankrupt. Poll
Shows Rowland Building On His Lead A Quinnipiac University gubernatorial
poll released Wednesday: Democrat Bill Curry trails Republican Gov.
John G. Rowland by 22 points. [CT residents? HELLLOOOO!!!!]
Bush Takes Heat From Gay Rights Groups for Offering "juicy Details"
in Missing Girl Case Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush told a delegation of lawmakers that he had "some juicy
details" about the sexual orientation of a missing Miami girl's caretakers...
Joshua Fisher, Pamela Graham's attorney, called the governor's comments
"outrageous" and "disgusting." Fisher said he is trying to get paperwork,
including birth certificates, that will prove the women are sisters,
not a couple.
director Spielberg lines up with Bush war drive
At a September 26 press conference in Rome US film director Steven
Spielberg, echoed by actor Tom Cruise, spoke out in support of the
Bush mis-ministration’s war drive against Iraq. The pair were in Italy
to promote the release the following day of the Hollywood blockbuster
Minority Report, directed by Spielberg and featuring Cruise.
Our Nation's Economic Course to Our Current Realities
Remarks at the Brookings Institution -- October 2, 2002, by President
Al Gore (transcript) "President [sic] Bush believes that
it is urgent that the Congress act on the issue of Saddam Hussein
prior to the election on November 5th. I think it's even more urgent
that both he and the Congress take action to strengthen our economy
prior to the election. Is it really essential that the Congress
authorize war prior to the election, but can wait until after the
election to deal with the economy?"
Bush Lost on the Economy
President Al Gore said Wednesday that George Bush is lost in an economic
wilderness, "racing in the wrong direction" while critical domestic
issues are drowned out by international affairs in the final weeks
of the midterm campaign.
Bush Should Focus on Economy
Gore Says U.S. Suffers 'Crisis
of Confidence' -- Warning that the economy "is in big trouble," President
Al Gore upbraided George W. Bush for ignoring the problem and urged
Bush to meet with congressional leaders to begin drafting a new economic
plan before the November election.
'may become unavoidable', says Bush
Bolstered by a deal with House leaders authorising him to use force
against Baghdad, pResident Bush today said that attacking Iraq "may
become unavoidable" if Saddam Hussein failed to disarm.
hardline on Iraq leaves full-scale invasion a 'hair-trigger' away
Washington last night revealed its intention to use UN weapons inspections
as a possible first step towards a military occupation of Iraq by
sending in troops, sealing off "exclusion zones" and creating secure
corridors throughout the country.
snaps: Iraq edict to UN The
Bush mis-ministration has confronted the United Nations with the most
important test of its credibility since its inception, rejecting its
deal on weapons inspections with Iraq and demanding that it back moves
for Saddam Hussein to surrender unconditionally to its demands.
moves to 'thwart' weapons inspectors
America is pressing strongly to slow the momentum behind UN weapons
inspectors' preparations to re-enter Iraq following the deal that
was struck with Iraqi negotiators in Vienna yesterday.
House Leaders Reach Iraq Deal
Unswayed by a new U.N. plan for arms inspections, pResident Bush and
House leaders agreed Wednesday on a resolution for dealing with Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein "diplomatically if we can, militarily if
Rejects Call for Iraq Report
The Central Intelligence Agency has refused to provide Congress
a comprehensive report on its role in a possible American campaign
against Iraq, setting off a bitter dispute between the agency and
leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Congressional leaders
Defend Visit to Iraq Two
Democratic congressmen, brushing off criticisms they were aiding the
enemy, said Wednesday their mission to Iraq succeeded in impressing
on Iraqis that war was likely if they did not agree to unfettered
inspections of weapons stockpiles.
Says Preventive Strike Raises Ethical, Legal Questions; Majority of
Italians Oppose War on Iraq
The Vatican renewed its opposition to war in Iraq on Wednesday, saying
military action would only make matters worse and that a pre-emptive
strike raised serious ethical and legal problems.
gets Franco-German snub on Iraq
France and Germany are opposed to any UN resolution that makes military
action against Iraq "automatic" from the start, French President Jacques
Chirac has said.
is hell, revolting, unholy, evil
-- by Tom Blackburn "Gutless politicians abolished the draft,
and the military leaders, to their surprise, found they get along
better without us. So there now exists what the Founding Fathers feared:
a standing army that the president can order into action."
CFO Fastow Charged in Fraud
The former chief financial officer of Enron Corp. was charged Wednesday
with securities, wire and mail fraud, money laundering and conspiring
to inflate Enron's profits and enrich himself at the company's expense.
Torricelli Can Be Replaced
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Democrats can replace
Sen. Robert Torricelli on the November ballot with former Sen. Frank
Lautenberg, even though the deadline for making such a change has
passed. Republicans vowed to take the case to federal court.
Tell Court There's Still Time to Replace Torricelli
With the outcome of a key race for control of the Senate on the line,
Democrats told the New Jersey Supreme Court today that there was still
time to replace Robert G. Torricelli on the Nov. 5 ballot without
conflicting with the intent of a state election law. Republicans,
however, argued that the deadline for a switch had passed. [Republicans
are poised to steal another election!!]
D.C. Police Go Too Far? Legal
Experts Debate Legality of Mass Arrests -- Legal experts differed
yesterday on whether police exceeded their authority by arresting
a large group of anti-capitalist protesters for the actions or threats
made by a few.
Did Happen to Flight 93?
-- by Richard Wallace "...of the four aircraft taken on September
11, the exact fate of Flight 93 after its two-hour journey is proving
difficult for US officials to explain. What was the white jet doing
there and why won't they admit to its presence? Why did other witnesses
see smoke and flames trailing from Flight 93 as it fell from the sky,
indicating a possible explosion aboard? Or - and this is proving to
be the most uncomfortable question of all - in the moments before
the airliner piled into the black, spongey earth at 575mph did
an American fighter pilot have to do the unthinkable and shoot down
a US civil airliner?"
pollution causing polar bears to change sex
Polar bears, Arctic foxes and Inuit peoples are under threat from
man-made toxins such as polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) that build
up in the food chain, new research reveals. Some scientists believe
the PCBs are leading to "gender-bender" polar bears in Norway and
Greenland, after the discovery of a number of female bears which had
both male and female sexual organs.
in Noelle Bush Drug Case
Noelle Bush's drug treatment workers may not be forced to tell police
officers about whether she had cocaine in her shoe - but nothing
is stopping investigators or anyone else from learning more details
in open court.
"Goebbels" Fleischer Backs Assasination of World Leader
'One Bullet' Less Costly Than War, Bush Spokesman Says -- The White
House press secretary yesterday said the Bush mis-ministration
would welcome the assassination of Saddam Hussein by his countrymen,
arguing that "one bullet" would be a cost-effective way of removing
the threat the Iraqi leader represents. [It is time for a legal
regime change within the United States.]
House: Dead Saddam Is Cheaper
Commenting on the cost of a war in Iraq, White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer said Tuesday it would be cheaper if Saddam Hussein simply
inspectors reach agreement with Iraq
U.N. inspectors reached agreement with Iraq today about a new mission
to reassess Saddam Hussein's alleged arsenal of weapons of mass
destruction. Iraq said it expected an advance party in Baghdad in
Complicates U.S. Plans
With Iraq's decision yesterday to agree to new weapons inspections,
the mis-ministration faces difficult choices and complex diplomacy
as it races to complete action on a U.N. resolution and congressional
authorization for military action.
and Rumsfeld "discover" Al-Qaeda in Baghdad
-- by David North "Ten days before the date Hitler had set
for the planned invasion of Poland, he told a meeting of military
commanders and chiefs of staff that the regime would find a 'propaganda
pretext' for war... What brings these words to mind is last week’s
announcement by Defense Secretary Donald von Rumsfeld, supporting
a claim made by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, that
there existed 'bullet-proof' evidence of close ties between Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda members."
Rejects Hill Limits on Resolution Allowing W-ar
pResident Bush yesterday rejected congressional efforts to limit
his options to confront Iraq, part of what is shaping up as a successful
though contentious campaign to win unfettered power from lawmakers
to strike Saddam Hussein [and to get that oil to hit 100 dollars
a barrel, ASAP].
are finally opposing Bush’s drive to invade Iraq; why, then, are
they also preparing to give Bush authority to invade Iraq?
-- by Regis T. Sabol "While Senate and House Democrats may
attempt to attach some parameters to Bush’s war lust, the resolution
will, in the end, become another 'Gulf of Tonkin' resolution, giving
Bush all the power he needs."
Administration raises stakes for critics of government policy
(YellowTimes.org) "By arresting over 30 percent of protesters
on Friday, along with scaring others by having the military film
and gather intelligence on citizens merely exercising their Constitutional
rights to free speech and assembly, the Bush Administration is increasing
the risks for any citizen who disagrees with government policy."
Top 10 Reasons for Invading Iraq
(humor -- by four veterans at Intervention Magazine.)
Detainee Held Without Bail
A federal magistrate Tuesday ordered an American Muslim held without
bail on charges of trying to establish a terrorist training camp
in Oregon, saying it was the only way to ensure his appearance at
trial. U.S. Magistrate John Weinberg noted James Ujaama's previous
work as a community activist in Seattle. "He was a fine citizen
over those years,'' the magistrate said, "but people change."
activates NORTHCOM Anti-terrorist
command center to open today at Peterson Air Force Base -- The command's
area of responsibility will include all approaches to the United
States and North America, extending 500 miles out from the coastlines.
Union Walks Out of Mediation Talks Efforts to start federal
mediation for a U.S. port dispute that has stranded mountains of
cargo on West Coast docks collapsed Tuesday after the longshoremen's
union stormed out of talks, accusing port employers of bringing
"gun-toting thugs" to the meeting. A federal mediator later
rebuked the port employers for bringing armed security guards to
the talks, calling it inappropriate and a breach of bargaining
store shelves, quiet factories could be result of lengthy West Coast
port shutdown pResident
Bush urged West Coast longshoremen Tuesday to "get
back to work," saying the labor dispute that has shut
down ports from San Diego to Seattle threatens the nation's economy.
[Helloooo!!! Anyone home? Can someone please define the term
"LOCKOUT" to the Idiot Usurper?!?]
House intervention possible in port dispute -- pResident worried
shutdown could hurt economy [Gag
me with a chainsaw!! This "economic worry" from a man
(and I use that term loosely) whose mere utterances provoke a mega-Dow-meltdown
on a daily basis!] pResident Bush is concerned that a prolonged
shutdown of West Coast ports would harm the nation's beleaguered
economy and may step in to prevent it, a White House spokesman warned
With W -- by Paul Krugman
"Of course, the worst thing of all would be if our leadership
decides that economics is not its thing, if it simply tries to distract
the public from rising unemployment and plunging stocks by going
off and invading someone. But we don't have to worry about that,
list donations unreported by Bush Gov.
Jeb Bush and the Republican Party have not reported as much as $221,000
in donated corporate airplane flights it provided his campaign,
despite a state law requiring that such gifts be listed. [Oh, that's
OK. It's Republican law-breaking. No worries, Senator Torricelli.]
says he wasn't tipped off at debate
Democrats have been buzzing since Friday's gubernatorial debate
about a response from Republican Gov. Jeb Bush that seemed to suggest
he knew in advance what videotaped questions were going to be asked
by Florida voters.
refuses visa to Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami
Internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami
was recently denied a visa to enter the United States, having applied
in response to an invitation from officials at the New York Film
Festival to attend this year’s event (September 27-October 13).
After an appearance at the festival screening of his new film Ten,
he was scheduled to lecture at Harvard and Ohio State universities.