Hot Articles --Page 2
*Articles updated Wednesday, July
21, 2004 03:00 GMT
Point Workers Toward [GOP] Ballot Boxes A
growing number of large U.S. corporations are offering services
to register their employees to vote and mounting get-to-the-polls
drives that advocates hope will swell the ranks of pro-business
voters this election year. Republicans see it as a boon to their
hopes of maintaining control of the House and Senate and re-s-electing
Dictator Bush. Democrats, who have long benefited from union-led
get-out-the-vote campaigns, are worried that business finally has
developed a vigorous counterpunch.
'Ignored Terrorism for Months,' Clarke Tells '60 Minutes'
The White House counter-terrorism coordinator at the time of the
Sept. 11 attacks said it's "outrageous'' that U.S. Dictator
George W. Bush is running for re-s-election
based on his record in fighting terror. Richard A. Clarke said in
a television interview airing Sunday that Bush "ignored terrorism
for months'' before the 2001 attacks, then looked to attack Iraq
rather than Afghanistan, the nation harboring the terrorist group
al-Qaeda [al CIA-duh], which
launched the attacks.
'wanted to bomb Iraq' after 9/11
Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defence, urged Dictator Bush
to consider bombing Iraq almost immediately after the 11 September
2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, says a former
During the Reagan era Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were key players
in a clandestine program designed to set aside the legal lines of
succession and immediately install a new "President" in the event
that a nuclear attack killed the country's leaders. The program
helps explain the behavior of the Bush Dictatorship on and after
9/11. --by James Mann "One option was to have the new 'President'
order an American submarine up from the depths to the surface of
the ocean—since the power to surface a submarine would be a clear
sign that he was now in full control of U.S. military forces. This
standard—control of the military—is one of the tests the U.S. government
uses in deciding whether to deal with a foreign leader after a coup
d'état. 'One of the awkward questions we
faced,' one participant in the planning of the program explains,
'was whether to reconstitute Congress after a nuclear attack. It
was decided that no, it would be easier to operate without them.'"
on the Record: The Bush Administrations Public Statements on Iraq
--Presented by Rep. Henry A. Waxman
--by Paul Krugman "Polls suggest that a reputation for being
tough on terror is just about the only remaining political strength
George Bush has. Yet this reputation is based on image, not reality.
The truth is that Mr. Bush, while eager to invoke 9/11 on behalf
of an unrelated war, has shown consistent reluctance to focus on
the terrorists who actually attacked America, or their backers
in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan... It's now clear that by shifting
his focus to Iraq, Mr. Bush did Al Qaeda a huge favor. The
terrorists and their Taliban allies were given time to regroup;
the resurgent Taliban once again control almost a third of Afghanistan,
and Al Qaeda has regained the ability to carry out large-scale atrocities."
Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny
--Federal investigators are scrutinizing television segments in
which the Bush dictatorship paid people
to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare
law, which would be offered to help elderly Americans
with the costs of their prescription medicines. The videos are intended
for use in local television news programs. The materials were produced
by the Department of Health and Human Services, which called them
video news releases, but the source is not identified.
analyst confirms muzzling He
said his boss told him he'd be fired if he gave lawmakers higher
cost estimates for the prescription-drug bill. The nation's
top Medicare cost analyst confirmed yesterday that his former boss
had ordered him to withhold from lawmakers
unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription-drug
bill. He said the estimates exceeded what Congress seemed willing
to accept by more than $100 billion.
electronic voting and the vast right-wing conspiracy
--by Bob Fitrakis "[Author Bev] Harris writes that the documents
expose how the mainstream media reversed their call projecting Al
Gore as winner of Florida after someone 'subtracted
16,022 votes from Al Gore, and in still some undefined way, added
4000 erroneous votes to George W. Bush.' Hours later,
the votes were returned. One memo from Lana Hires of Global Election
Systems, now Diebold, reads: 'I need some answers! Our department
is being audited by the County. I have been waiting for someone
to give me an explanation as to why Precinct 216 gave Al Gore a
minus 16,022 [votes] when it was uploaded.' Another hacked internal
memo, written by Talbot Iredale, Senior VP of Research and Development
for Diebold Election Systems, documents 'unauthorized' replacement
votes in Volusia County. Harris also uncovered a revealing 87-page
CBS news report and noted, 'According to CBS documents, the erroneous
20,000 votes in Volusia was directly responsible to calling the
election for Bush.'"
Mocks New U.S. Arabic Channel
Unsigned editorial, Al-Quds
al-Arabi (Palestinian expatriate), London, England, Feb.
17, 2004 "Yesterday, the Americans entered the arena of 'guided
news,' unleashing a satellite channel that speaks to Arabs in their
own language, just like the totalitarian Arab and Soviet regimes
did during the Cold War... From the start, when it got U.S.
President [sic] George W. Bush to be its first guest, the station
brought to mind official Arab channels broadcast by regimes
mired in dictatorship, just like those at the end of
the 1960s and beginning of the ’70s." [Yes, that's exactly
what the Bush coup d'etat has brought us: a regime mired in dictatorship!]
to Buy Anthrax Vaccine Stockpile
Would Permit Mass Inoculations --The government is preparing
to buy enough experimental anthrax vaccine for 25 million people,
a stockpile that would permit mass inoculations in numerous U.S.
cities if terrorists launched a broad assault with the deadly germ.
[Does a correlation exist between Dictator Bush's plummeting
poll numbers and his renewed interest in bioterror? See: Will
Bush play the bioterror card? --by Lori R. Price]
pushes for broadband wiretap powers All
broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies,
would have to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping
by police, according to a new proposal from the FBI. The long-awaited
proposal, submitted to the Federal Communications Commission on
Wednesday, has been crafted so broadly that it would outlaw the
introduction of new broadband services that did not support ready
wiretapping access. Companies currently offering broadband would
be given 15 months to comply.
no Democrats present, Orrin Hatch Halts GOP Memo Probe
A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee effort to devise a bipartisan
request for federal prosecutors to probe a scandal in which Republican
staffers improperly accessed sensitive Democratic computer memos
collapsed in bitter disarray on Thursday night. With
no Democrats present, committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch,
a Utah Republican, announced on Thursday evening he was not going
to take any further action on the memo probe and would leave
it up to the Senate sergeant-at-arms to decide what to do next.
regime ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld
top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he
would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series
of Bush dictatorship cost estimates that could have torpedoed
congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug
Campaign Seeks Probe of Election Ads
Dictator Bush's re-s-election
campaign says it will ask the Federal Election Commission to
investigate a Democratic-leaning group that will air $4.5 million
worth of TV ads against Bush, beginning Wednesday. [Bush's 'probe'
evokes tremendous irony given that his own 9-11 body parts ads provide
some of the tackiest moments in the history of television.]
tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads GOP committee
says MoveOn.org's spots are illegally financed --The
Republican National Committee is warning television stations
across the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund
that criticize Dictator Bush, charging that the left-leaning political
group is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new
Court's Gag Rule on Us
'The Powerful Have Only Gotten More Powerful' --by Nat Hentoff
"Independent organizations—not tied to political parties—wanting
to place broadcast ads criticizing George W. Bush will have these
obstacles, as detailed by the AFL-CIO: 'Beginning 30 days before
the first primary or caucus . . . December 14, 2003 . . . Section
203 [of McCain-Feingold] will criminalize
broadcast references to the President [sic] in a series
of geographic blackouts that will continuously ripple through the
Nation, blocking every broadcast outlet, wherever located, whose
signal can reach 50,000 persons in an upcoming primary or caucus
state until June 8, 2004. This blackout will become national
in scope on July 31, 30 days before the August 30-September 2 Republican
National Convention . . . and it will then continue without
interruption throughout the remaining 60 days until the November
2 [s]election. Thus, from
July 31, 2004 until the election, it will be a crime for a union,
corporation, or incorporated non-profit organization to pay to broadcast
any 'reference' to the President [sic] by 'name,' 'photograph,'
'drawing' or other 'unambiguous' means anywhere in the United States.'"
Chief Says He's Corrected Cheney Privately
George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, told a Senate
committee on Tuesday that he had privately intervened on several
occasions to correct what he regarded as public misstatements
on intelligence by Vice pResident
Dick Cheney and others, and that he would do so again.
Happened to $1 Trillion?
Though Defense has long been notorious for waste, recent government
reports suggest the Pentagon's money management woes have reached
astronomical proportions. A study by the Defense Department's
inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn't properly account
for more than a trillion dollars in
monies spent. A GAO report found Defense inventory systems so
lax that the U.S. Army lost track
[?!?] of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command
Military Creeping Into Domestic Law Enforcement?
In a little-noticed side effect of the war on 'terrorism,' the military
is edging toward a sensitive area that has been off-limits to it
historically: domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement...
Another little-known Pentagon group, the Counterintelligence
Field Activity, was set up two years ago. With 400 service members
and civilians stationed around the globe, the CIFA was originally
charged with protecting the military and critical infrastructure
from spying by terrorists and foreign intelligence services. But
in August, Paul Wolfowitz, the
deputy defense secretary, issued a directive ordering the unit to
maintain a "domestic law-enforcement database that includes information
related to potential terrorist threats directed against the Department
figures reveal sad plight of birds
One out of every eight of
the world's 10 000 different bird species are now threatened with
Pentagon's Secret Scream Sonic
devices that can inflict pain--or even permanent deafness--are being
deployed. Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive
troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before
used in combat — or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone
the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings
in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating
to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse,
clears buildings and repels intruders. "[For] most people, even
if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent
of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American
Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It
will knock [some people] on their knees."
World Order weapon readied: Army's
new Smar Truck lll concept Designed for America's homeland
security or for use in a war zone, the truck sits outside
Cobo Center March 6, 2004 before being put on display for it's March
8 unveiling at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress.
Smar Truck lll is equipped with a weapons
station module featuring a remote controlled .50-caliber machine
gun which rises from the back of the vehicle and has
sniper-detection directional sound capabilities. [WHY is this
weapon being displayed/promoted now? Is the Bush dictatorship preparing
itself for the impending and necessary protests when he tries to
steal the election again in November?]
Shocking new evidence of the dangers of GM crops
modified strains have contaminated two-thirds of all crops in US
--More than two-thirds of conventional crops in the United States
are now contaminated with genetically modified material - dooming
organic agriculture and posing a severe future risk to health -
a new report concludes. Because of the contamination, the report
says, farmers unwittingly plant billions of GM seeds a year, spreading
genetic modification throughout US agriculture. This would be
likely to lead to danger to health with the next generation of GM
crops, bred to produce pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals
- delivering "drug-laced cornflakes"
to the breakfast table.
cast on efforts to link Saddam, al-Qaida
Dictator Bush's claim that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had ties
to al-Qaida - one of his regime's central arguments for a pre-emptive
war - appears to have been based on even less solid intelligence
than the regime's claims that Iraq had hidden stocks of chemical
and biological weapons. A Knight Ridder review of the Bush dictatorship
statements on Iraq's ties to terrorism and what's now known about
the classified intelligence has found that regime advocates of
a pre-emptive invasion frequently hyped sketchy
and sometimes false information to help make their case.
On two occasions, they neglected to report information that painted
a less sinister picture.
tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads GOP
committee says MoveOn.org's spots are illegally financed --The
Republican National Committee is warning television stations across
the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that criticize
Dictator Bush, charging that the 'left-leaning' political group
is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new campaign-finance
law. [Hello, McFly?!? The entire *Bush dictatorship* (and its
acts of international terrorism) was illegally
installed and illegally funded.]
the threshold While
we’re all fretting over the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft's Justice
Department is after much bigger game --by Harvey A. Silvergate
and Carl Takei "Threshold rights enable civil society to know
what government is doing and to rein in abuses... Threshold rights
enable you to know what the government is doing, and that’s
why they form the core of democratic society... On [Attorney General
John] Ashcroft’s domestic battlefield, threshold liberties are indeed
under grave attack, and none with more alarming success, at least
thus far, than the right to judicial oversight of the executive
branch, specifically the writ of habeas corpus — the oldest and
most fundamental right of free citizens in the Anglo-American legal
Aides Implicated In Memo Downloads Democrats'
Files Accessed and Leaked In Security Breach --Probe
in Senate finds thousands of Democratic files were downloaded.
A three-month investigation by the Senate's top law enforcement
officer found a systematic downloading of thousands of Democratic
computer files by Republican staffers over the past few years as
well as serious flaws in the chamber's computer security system.
Iraq war was illegal Blair's
defence is bogus, says the former UN weapons inspector
--The former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has declared that
the war in Iraq was illegal, dealing another devastating blow to
Poodle Tony Blair. Mr Blix, speaking to The Independent,
said the Attorney General's legal advice to the Government on the
eve of war, giving cover for military action by the US and Britain,
had no lawful justification.
Force One phone records subpoenaed Grand
jury to review call logs from Bush's jet in probe of how a CIA agent’s
cover was blown --The federal grand jury probing the leak of
a covert CIA officer's identity has subpoenaed records of Air Force
One telephone calls in the week before the officer's name was published
in a column in July, according to documents obtained by Newsday.
Also sought in the wide-ranging document requests contained in three
grand jury subpoenas to the Executive Office of Dictator George
W. Bush are records created in July by the White House Iraq Group,
a little-known internal task force established in August 2002
to create a strategy to publicize the 'threat' posed by Saddam Hussein.
submit war crimes petition
A group of anti-war lawyers today tried to indict Poodle Tony Blair
and the foreign and defence secretaries for war crimes over the
invasion of Iraq.
told UK Attorney General to alter legal advice on Iraq war
The attorney general initially told Poodle Tony Blair that an invasion
of Iraq would be illegal without a new resolution from the United
Nations and only overturned his advice when Washington
ordered Downing Street to find legal advice which would justify
Iraq had no WMD after 1994
A report from U.N. weapons inspectors to be released today says
they now believe there were no weapons of mass destruction of
any significance in Iraq after 1994, according to two U.N. diplomats
who have seen the document.
Attorney General changed his advice on legality of Iraq war
Lord Goldsmith believed that a 'further UN resolution was needed'.
Blair under increasing pressure to publish full legal case for Iraq
war --The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, changed
his advice in the run-up to war in Iraq to declare that the conflict
was legal, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.
says US spied on him over Iraq
Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Mr Hans Blix said
today he suspected the United States bugged his office and home
in the run-up to the Iraq war, but had no hard evidence. Describing
such behaviour as "disgusting",
Mr Blix told Britain’s Guardian newspaper in an interview: “It feels
like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are
actually on the same side."
Destabilization of Haiti
--by Michel Chossudovsky "The armed insurrection which contributed
to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result
of a carefully staged military intelligence operation...
It constitutes a well armed, trained and equipped paramilitary unit
integrated by former members of Le Front pour l'avancement et
le progrès d'Haiti (FRAPH), the "plain
clothes" death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians
and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored 1991 military
coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically
elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. The self-proclaimed
Front pour la Libération et la reconstruction nationale (FLRN)
(National Liberation and Reconstruction Front) is led by Guy Philippe,
a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces and Police Chief. Philippe
had been trained during the 1991 coup years by US Special Forces
in Ecuador, together with a dozen other Haitian Army officers...
Washington seeks to reinstate Haiti as a full-fledged US colony,
with all the appearances of a functioning democracy. The objective
is to impose a puppet regime in Port-au-Prince and establish a permanent
US military presence in Haiti. The US Administration ultimately
seeks to militarize the Caribbean basin."
Oil Companies Granted $66 Million by Homeland Security
(Investigation by Jim Hoffer) "As New York City scrambles to
cover security costs to protect against another terror attack, Eyewitness
News has found millions in taxpayer dollars going to protect some
of the nation's wealthiest companies... We know that recently the
Department of Homeland Security cut millions of dollars in grants
to help improve communications between New York City's emergency
responders. But you'll never guess who is getting millions in security
dollars. Our investigation has found recipients of these limited
funds are among the world's richest corporations... Our
investigation has discovered that since 9/11, the Department of
Homeland Security has given oil companies tens of millions of dollars
to secure their port refineries, many of those facilities in
New York and New Jersey."
'wanted war in 2002'
George Bush set the US on the path to war in Iraq with a formal
order signed in February 2002, more than a year before
the invasion, according to a book published yesterday. The revelation
casts doubt on the public insistence by US and British officials
throughout 2002 that no decision had been taken to go to war,
pending negotiations at the United Nations.
to Bush: Hope You Lose, Eh According
to a new poll, only 15 per cent of us would vote for the Dictator
(February 09, 2004) --by Jonathon Gatehouse "Maybe it's that
smug little smile. His penchant for fantastically expensive military
photo-ops. Or the swaggering, belt-hitching walk that cries out
for a pair of swinging saloon doors. And though, God knows, we have
too many of our own syntactically challenged politicians to be casting
stones, shouldn't the leader [sic] of the free world know that 'misunderestimate'
isn't a word? Yes, we're cavilling, but clearly there is something
about George W. Bush that gets under the skin of Canadians... Only
15 per cent, according to an exclusive new Maclean's poll,
would definitely cast a ballot for Bush if they had the opportunity."
--by Paul Krugman "...[A]s always, what he [Dictator Bush]
means by unity is that he should receive a blank check, and it turns
out that what he means by sacrifice is sacrifice by other people.
It's now clear that the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch
operations. Mr. Bush and his officials portrayed the invasion of
Iraq as an urgent response to an imminent threat, and used war fever
to win the midterm election. Then they insisted that the costs of
occupation and reconstruction would be minimal, and used the initial
glow of battlefield victory to push through yet another round of
irresponsible tax cuts."
House Says Halliburton ["Iraq"] Funds Request Still Falls
The White House acknowledged Monday that it substantially underestimated
the cost of rebuilding Iraq, and that even the additional $87
billion it is seeking from a wary Congress will fall
far short of what is needed for postwar reconstruction [to line
Halliburton's no-bid coffers]. Regime officials said Dictator
Bush's emergency spending request -- which would push the U.S. deficit
above the half-trillion-dollar mark
for the first time -- still leaves a reconstruction funding
gap of as much as $55
Seeks $87 Billion for Halliburton ["Iraq"]
Bush announced on Sunday night that he plans to ask Congress for
$87 billion to fund the U.S.
military deployment in Iraq and pay for Halliburton's no-bid contracts
costs of Iraq, Afghan wars approach that of Vietnam
The monthly bill for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan
now rivals Pentagon spending during the Vietnam
War, Defense Department figures show.
Criticizes Bush's Postwar Policy
A former U.S. commander for the Middle East who still consults for
the State Department yesterday blasted the Bush dictatorship's handling
of postwar Iraq, saying it lacked a coherent strategy, a
serious plan and sufficient resources. "There is no strategy
or mechanism for putting the pieces together," said retired
Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, and so, he said, "we're in danger
of failing." He also questioned the Bush regime's decision in January
to have the Pentagon oversee postwar efforts in Iraq. "Why
the hell would the Department of Defense be the organization in
our government that deals with the reconstruction of Iraq?"
he asked. "Doesn't make sense." [Three words: Dick, Cheney,
by day, the noose tightens round No 10
Henry Porter examines the role of intelligence chief John Scarlett
and shows how the Hutton
inquiry is uncovering a dangerous mix of spies and secrets --"The
narrative that still remains unresolved is what happened during
the preparation of the WMD dossier this time last year, when intelligence
analysts and spin doctors worked overtime to construct a convincing,
unsinkable case for war. This is strictly outside the remit of Lord
Hutton's inquiry into the circumstances of [Dr. David] Kelly's death,
but during the past 10 days of evidence the unlit border between
the intelligence services and policy-makers has become surprisingly
central to the hearing."
takes on 'leftist' education
Top Republican legislators are working on a plan that would require
Colorado colleges and universities to seek more conservatives in
faculty hiring, more classics in the curriculum and more
"intellectual pluralism" among campus speakers. Next year, the GOP
leadership hopes to implement the "Academic Bill of Rights," which
sets out "to secure the intellectual independence of faculty and
students and to protect the principle of intellectual diversity."
for 'Academic Bill of Rights' excerpts]
war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US
an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination
--by Michael Meacher "The first hijacking was suspected at
not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in
Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled
to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles
from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon
at 9.38 am. Why not? ...Or could US air security operations have
been deliberately stood down on September
11? If so, why, and on whose authority? ...[T]he PNAC [Project
for the New American Century] blueprint of September 2000 states
that the process of transforming the US into 'tomorrow's dominant
force' is likely to be a long one in the absence of 'some catastrophic
and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor'. The 9/11 attacks
allowed the US to press the 'go' button for a strategy in accordance
with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically
impossible to implement."
Inquiry: Blair government's lies on Iraqi WMD unravel
--by Chris Marsden "Testimony from two weapons experts from
the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS), attached to the British Ministry
of Defence, has dealt a body-blow to the government of Prime Minister
Tony Blair. Appearing September 3 before the inquiry by Lord Hutton
into the death of whistleblower Dr. David Kelly, both made damning
criticisms of the September 2002 intelligence dossier on Iraq claiming
that government 'spin merchants' had exaggerated the threat posed
by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction."
after blunder in US foreign policy Daily
casualties in Iraq, nuclear deadlock with North Korea and Mid-East
unrest are forcing US to make embarrassing U-turns --by Roger
Mitton "No one, frankly, appears to know which way to turn
now. First, Iraq. Last month witnessed a series of bomb attacks
on Jordan's Embassy, the United Nations headquarters, the Shi'ite
shrine in Najaf as well as oil, electricity and water supply lines.
This cavalcade of catastrophes showed without a shadow of a doubt
that the United States cannot maintain order on its own... All that
is growing is a violent antipathy to the American occupation. Finally,
it has registered. The Washington caliphate is untenable. That is
why, after disparaging the UN in the most vituperative manner, the
White House is now asking the world body for help."
or else, drug companies told staff
During the 2000 presidential campaign in the US, executives at Bristol-Myers
Squibb, one of America's largest drug companies, received an urgent
message: Donate money to George Bush.
The message did not come from Republican campaign officials. It
came from top Bristol-Myers executives, according to four executives
who say they donated to Mr Bush under pressure from their bosses.
Calls From within his country for German troops to join any U.N.
force in Iraq make him "want to puke." [Yes,
the entire *world* has had a collective urge to
*PUKE* ever since the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel
STOLE the 2000 election in a coup d'etat!!] Schröder
Feeling A Bit Queasy German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
now says that calls from within his country for German troops to
join any U.N. force in Iraq make him, "want
to puke." That comment, quoted in London's Daily Telegraph,
seems to be a reflection of a much broader sentiment throughout
U.S. soldier in Iraq wonders: 'How many more must die?'
--by Tim Predmore "This looks like a modern-day crusade not
to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator
relentless in his pursuit of conquest and domination but a crusade
to control another nation's natural resource. At
least for us here, oil seems to be the reason for our presence.
There is only one truth, and it is that Americans are dying. There
are an estimated 10- to 14-attacks on our servicemen and women daily
in Iraq. As the body count continues to grow, it would appear that
there is no immediate end in sight."
[Tim Predmore is on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division
near Mosul, Iraq.]
Big Lie Of Jessica Lynch A
$1 mil book deal, zero memory of any "rescue" and the
worst book you'll read this year --by Mark Morford "...[T]this
is how we fabricate our history. This is how we spin our patriotism,
how we bake our jingoistic cake, the Lynch tale the most apt and
definitive myth of the war so far. Because Jessica's story, much
like WMDs and Saddam's nukes and biotoxins and Orange Alerts and
our imminently prosperous economy and Jenna Bush's ostensible prowess
with a beer bong, does not rely on truths. We do not rely on first-hand
reports. We do not rely on anything so piffling and small and dangerous
as honesty. We rely, simply, on PR." [A must read]
'over-egged' Iraq weapons claims
A Ministry of Defence intelligence official has told the Hutton
inquiry his staff had a number of concerns over the 45 minute
Iraq weapons claim. Brian Jones, who managed scientists working
at the Defence Intelligence Staff, told the inquiry into the death
of Dr David Kelly he feared assessments of the Iraqi threat were
being "over-egged" as the dossier was compiled.
chief: Dossier exaggerated the case for war Iraqi
weapons capability 'was not accurately represented'; concerns
over both content and source of key 45-minute claim --Poodle Tony
Blair's case for invading Iraq was in tatters last night
after damning public criticism by two senior intelligence officials
of the way the September weapons dossier was manipulated by government
House Approved Departure of Saudis After Sept. 11, Ex-Aide Says
Top White House officials personally approved the evacuation of
dozens of influential Saudis, including
relatives of Osama bin Laden, from the United States
in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when most flights
were still grounded, a former White House adviser said today. The
statements by former White House adviser, Richard Clarke, are the
first acknowledgment that the White House
had any direct involvement in the plan and that senior regime
officials personally signed off on it. [Petition
to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11
21,200 signatures --please add
Machines CALLED HOME
--by Bev Harris "For some reason, the Diebold optical scan
machines in 57 precincts at once had an E.T. moment. They called
home with election results while the election was still in progress,
summing up the votes in 57 precincts, then tagged the file to a
Diebold employee and placed it on a Diebold company web site. This
file is from the 2002 primary election in San Luis Obispo, California.
It is dated March 5, 2002. It is date and time-stamped, and contains
an internal audit log which confirms the date and time. It was saved
as a backup file at exactly 3:31 p.m. on election day, about five
hours before the polls closed."
hits government's claims
(UK) The government was dealt a devastating blow today when two
intelligence officers revealed there were deep concerns about the
strength of the language used in the Iraq intelligence dossier,
with one complaining the document was shaped for political purposes.
to enter the Hutton inquiry website.
the truth about Iraq
--by James Carroll "THE WAR IS LOST. By most measures of what
the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is
already a failure... Sooner or later, the United States must admit
that it has made a terrible mistake in Iraq, and it must
move quickly to undo it. That means the United States must yield
not only command of the occupation force, but participation in it.
The United States must renounce any claim to power or even influence
over Iraq, including Iraqi oil."
Was All Too Willing to Use Émigrés' Lies
American experts urged the White House to be skeptical, but they
hit a stone wall. --by Robert Scheer "Oops. There are no weapons
of mass destruction after all. That's the emerging consensus of
the second team of weapons sleuths commanded by the U.S. in Iraq,
as reported last week in the Los Angeles Times... Nor has anyone
produced any evidence of ties between the deposed Hussein regime
and the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for 9/11. The entire
adventure was an immense fraud... How distressing that it turns
out to be Bush, leader of the world's greatest
democracy, who is the true master of denial and deception, rather
than Hussein, who proved to be a paper tiger. Bush is such
a master at deceiving the American public that even now he is not
threatened with the prospect of impeachment or any serious congressional
investigation into the possibility that he led this nation into
war with lies."
Polls From '02 Election to Be Released The
missing-in-action 2002 national exit
poll data has been given to the Roper Center for Public Opinion
Research for public release after a panel of academic experts reviewed
the survey and concluded the results were reliable. [This
should prove to be *very* interesting. What, oh what, will Frank
'Putz' Luntz do? Hello, Diebold?]
Ambassador Wilson Affair: The End of Karl Rove - And George Bush?
--by Al Martin "Ambassador Joseph Wilson... revealed on Friday
August 29 in a symposium in Washington the person in the Bush administration,
who had leaked it out to the Washington Post that Wilson's wife
is a CIA agent of 26 years...The leaker, it turns out, was none
other than the notorious Karl H. Rove, Bush's so-called White House
advisor. Ambassador Wilson identified him as Karl Roverer, with
the umlaut over the 'o.' According to reliable sources, as well
as our own Al Martin Raw.com investigation, Karl Rove is, in
fact, the grandson of Karl Heinz Roverer, the gauleiter of Mecklenburg,
who was also a partner and senior engineer of Roverer Sud-Deutche
Ingenieurbüro AG. They built Birchenau, the concentration camp in
lifts ban on selling PCB sites
The Bush dictatorship has ended a 25-year-old ban on the sale
of land polluted with PCBs. The ban was intended to prevent
hundreds of polluted sites from being redeveloped in ways that spread
the toxin or raise public health risks. [Oops!
MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to cover this one...]
warned against supporting US military trials
The International Commission of Jurists says the Australian Government's
cooperation in allowing Australians to be tried by the US Military
sets a precedent for other regimes.
top-secret conference call on 9-11 could shed new light on the terrorist
transcript may also shed light on the military's response to
Dictator Bush's unprecedented order to shoot
down any hijacked civilian airplane. Pentagon sources say
Bush communicated the order to Cheney almost immediately after Flight
77 hit the Pentagon and the FAA, for the first time ever, ordered
all domestic flights grounded. "There are unanswered questions,"
says Richard Ben-Veniste, a commission member and former federal
prosecutor, as to whether the shoot-down order "had been rehearsed
for, whether it had been prepared for, and what measures were
in place to protect the Capitol," believed to be the hijackers'
original target for Flight 77.
--by Bob Herbert "We barreled into Iraq with no real thought
given to the consequences, and now we've got a tragic mess on our
hands. California looks like something
out of 'Lord of the Flies,' and yet the person getting
the most attention as a candidate to clean up that insane situation
is an actor with a history of immature behavior whose cartoonish
roles appeal most strongly to children. Maybe he'll shoot the
budget deficit. Hasta la vista, baby. Appalling behavior and appalling
policies have become the norm among folks entrusted with the heaviest
responsibilities in business and government.
Policy Sparks 'Revolt' By Ex-Park Officers
Mike Finley devoted 32 years to the National Park Service... Yet
he retired six years early because of what he calls the "devolution"
of the parks during the Bush regime. Finley and dozens of other
career park service leaders are so concerned about the effect White
House policy is having on national parks that they sent a letter
to the dictator accusing him of doing "irreparable damage to
America's national parks." "The Bush administration
has no view of the future, no understanding of stewardship for future
generations," says Finley, now president of the Turner
Foundation in Atlanta, which awards environmental grants.
Must Stop Bush From Stealing the 2004 Election
--by Norman D. Livergood "Americans must act now to stop the
Bush II junta's already ongoing criminal initiative to steal the
2004 election. The Republican-owned voting machine corporations,
the defense industry, and the entire criminal gang in the White
House are already working in every way possible to rig the 2004
election in their favor... The same criminal forces within the Republican
Party that organized the theft of the White House in 2000 are currently
setting up their 2004 attack on American citizens' right to vote."
just warmer: it's the hottest for 2,000 years
Widest study yet backs fears over carbon dioxide --The earth
is warmer now than it has been at any time in the past 2,000 years,
the most comprehensive study of climatic history has revealed. Confirming
the worst fears of environmental scientists, the newly published
findings are a blow to sceptics who maintain that global warming
is part of the natural climatic cycle rather than a consequence
of human industrial activity.
says CO2 is not a pollutant
The Bush dictatorship has decreed that carbon dioxide from industrial
emissions - the main cause of global warming - is not a pollutant.
The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency - announced
with minimal fanfare on the eve of the Labor Day weekend - reverses
the stance taken under President Clinton and allows
industry to increase emissions with impunity. The
Bush dictatorship appears to be guided by a leaked memo by the political
consultant Frank 'Putz' Luntz, which advised: "Should the public
believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about
global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to make
the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate."
Dossier ignored reality'
A British intelligence dossier 'did not correspond to reality' by
suggesting Saddam Hussein's regime could deploy weapons of mass
destruction within 45 minutes, the chief UN weapons inspector claims.
Mr Dimitris Perricos, who replaced Dr Hans Blix in June as the top
UN weapons inspector for Iraq, also said that inspections found
no evidence to support US and British claims that Saddam Hussein
possessed an arsenal capable of widespread death and damage, according
to an interview published in Sunday's Eleftherotypia newspaper.
seeks a tamer version of Saddam
(The Sydney Morning Herald) "Now that Islamic fundamentalists
are emerging as the winners from the invasion of Iraq, the search
is on for a new Saddam Hussein to keep them under control. It won't
be easy. After all, the US has promised to give Iraqis the chance
to enjoy democracy at the same time as it is recruiting former
members of Saddam's secret police. A genuinely free election
could easily produce an Islamic government which is no friend of
the US - despite the naive expectations before the invasion. So
far, all that has been achieved is a complete mess."
the Bodies Hard
to Keep Track of the Dead in Iraq --by James Ridgeway "[Mohammad
al-Obaidi, an Iraqi doctor living in Britain told ex-Wall Street
Journal reporter Jude Wanniski] that 'hundreds of our party's
cadre' spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials,
and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled
by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137
civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103
of them in Baghdad."
troops, delusions dying in Iraq quagmire
--by Jim Spencer "In March, this country's leaders convinced
us we had the power and obligation to invade Iraq without the consent
or cooperation of much of the rest of the world... This occupation
of Iraq very likely will continue for years. Terrorists very likely
will inflict nickel-and-dime casualties that neither U.S. braggadocio
nor blue-helmeted multinational forces can stop. The economy very
likely will remain as uncertain as homeland security. And this country
very likely will awaken rudely to a 'come to Jesus' meeting."
--by Maureen Dowd "Karl Rove has got to be nervous. The man
who last year advised Republican candidates to 'focus on war' is
finding out that the Bush doctrine of pre-emption cannot pre-empt
anarchy... Another Bush-Cheney energy crony is Anthony Alexander
of Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation, which helped trigger the blackout
after failing to upgrade its transmission system properly since
deregulation. He was a Bush Pioneer, having raised at least $100,000
for the campaign. This logrolling attitude has led to the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers allowing Halliburton — which made Mr. Cheney
a rich man with $20 million worth of cashed-in stock — to get no-bid
contracts in Iraq totaling $1.7 billion, and that's just a start."
are you starting to get the message now, George?
--by Jack Mabley "The economy is a train wreck. Thousands more
jobs are lost every month. The stock market is nervous and could
easily be jostled into a full-scale recession. Debt is beyond control.
We have become a predatory nation trapped in two wars, or three
if you count the fight against terrorism as a war. The costs are
staggering. If you ask any high official from Bush on down how long
the Iraq war will last, the answer is 'As long as it takes.' How
many billions will it cost? 'As much as needed to fulfill our mission.'
...Does anyone doubt these atrocities are going to get worse by
the day? Are the American people finally grasping the magnitude
of this multiple disaster? Will Bush hear us?"
guts pollution controls on energy industry
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule on
Wednesday that will undermine a crucial component of the Clean Air
Act, the main piece of legislation governing air pollution. The
rule is the latest in a series of modifications of the New Source
Review (NSR) amendment to the act, which regulates coal-burning
power plants... Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
noted that the revocation of NSR was being carried out by "dictatorial
Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President [sic]
Made A False Statement to Congress
--by John W. Dean "This month, the General Accounting Office
(GAO) - the investigative and auditing arm of Congress - issued
that contains some startling revelations. Though they are couched
in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless. The report
- entitled 'Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National
Energy Policy' - and its accompanying Chronology
strongly imply that the Administration has, in effect, been paying
off its heavy-hitting energy industry contributors. It also very
strongly implies that Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney lied to Congress."
Voters should recall Gov. Davis on Oct. 7 NO: Stop the GOP coup
--by John Fall "In the last four years, the Republican Party
has attempted to overturn the results of every major election in
which a majority of Californians voted for the winner... It
hardly registered with Republicans that Davis won re-election only
last November - he barely had time to begin his second term before
the losing side began circulating recall petitions. Like sharks,
the Republicans can smell the slightest hint of blood in the water...
More Republican electoral coups
will cause cynicism to multiply. Unless Democrats can win the recall
and turn back other Republican attempts at electoral coups, the
future will increasingly become a one-sided, one-party affair."
sinking in Iraq quagmire
--by Andrew Greeley "Faced with persistent sabotage and an
increase in guerrilla violence, the Bush administration faces unpalatable
options in Iraq, especially as the country approaches the beginning
of the year before the election. Real imperial
powers ought not to be distracted by elections... The
savage jolt to American self-confidence and self-esteem caused by
the World Trade Center attack has played into the hands of the spinners.
They got us into the war by playing games with the truth. They may
also be able to spin a coverup that will persuade the public that
the Iraq situation is not as bad as it seems. Can they get away
with it?" [A must read]
Backer Competing For State Contract On Voting Machines
A wealthy businessman who's helping the Ohio Republican Party try
to win the state in 2004 for Dictator Bush also leads a company
competing for a coveted state contract to sell voting machines.
Walden O'Dell is chief executive of Diebold
Incorporated in North Canton.
Machine Owner Vows to Help Bush "Win" Head
of firm seeking Ohio contract committed to Bush victory --The
head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans
in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed
to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic]
next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief
executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the
re-s-election effort of Dictator
Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety
of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential
company big war winner
Halliburton, the company formerly
headed by Vice-pResident Dick Cheney, has won contracts worth
more than $US1.7 billion ($A2.67
million) out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds
of millions more under a no-bid contract awarded by the US
Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents.
Deals Greater Than Thought
Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice pResident
Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7
billion out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make
hundreds of millions more dollars under a no-bid contract awarded
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available
fires' timing sets tongues wagging
An emerging whodunit in Central Oregon hovers amid the smoke draping
the east side of the Cascade Range. Can it be pure coincidence,
locals are asking, that two wildfires sprang up in view of the spot
where Dictator Bush planned to promote his plan to thin forests
for wildfire prevention? And that they both appeared just as his
plans emerged? "I think everyone in the community here is wondering
that," said Judy Wattier, who works at the KOA Campground just
east of Sisters.
shut out of 2 more hearings Fastow
transcript still denied release --A federal judge held two more
closed hearings in the criminal case against Andrew Fastow and two
other former Enron executives on Tuesday and refused to unseal the
transcript of a July 28 hearing he also held
in secret. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt said he might
continue to close hearings if he thinks it necessary. "There
are matters that do not need to be discussed in public in ways that
embarrasses or humiliates the government
[????!!!!] or the defense and particularly the court," he said.
"Embarrassment is not an exception to the First Amendment,"
Chronicle Editor Jeff Cohen said. [Hello, McFly? Secret trials
are the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.]
--by Paul Krugman "Last week a quietly scathing report by the
inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed
what some have long suspected: in the aftermath of the World Trade
Center's collapse, the agency systematically misled New Yorkers
about the risks the resulting air pollution posed to their health.
And it did so under pressure from the White House. The Bush administration
has misled the public on many issues, from the budget outlook to
the Iraqi threat. But this particular deception seems, at first
sight, not just callous but gratuitous... even after 9/11, hard-line
conservatives opposed any spending, no matter how justified, that
wasn't on weapons or farm subsidies, while some people from America's
'red states' just hate big-city folk."
of VICTORY Act, Privacy Group Warns
A consumer watchdog group is sounding an alarm over legislation
that hasn't even been introduced yet. The National Consumer Coalition's
Privacy Group recently read a draft copy of the VICTORY [Vital Interdiction
of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003] Act, which "has
some chilling implications for consumer privacy," the group said.
According to the NCC's Privacy Group, the VICTORY legislation is
"a grab-bag of enhanced police-state powers."
of democracy: Are Republicans trying to steal elections they cannot
win? ...[I]n assessing the components of the Clinton-Davis
message, we have one yes, one maybe, one yes and no, and one mostly
yes. The chair therefore rules Republicans more or less guilty as
charged of conducting "an ongoing
national effort to steal elections Republicans cannot win."
of Nazis: Republicans
to rip apart Democrats' old offices
(TX) Republicans in Harris County have pounded their Democratic
opponents time and time again at the ballot box during the past
decade. Sunday, they intend to throw a grand old party to batter
the Democrats' former headquarters in Midtown. Harris County GOP
Chairman Jared Woodfill is asking local Republicans to bring
sledgehammers and other implements of destruction to help level
the building the Democrats vacated three months ago. "You
bring the muscle, we'll bring the refreshments and we
will have a party as we tear down the Harris County Democratic Party
headquarters," Woodfill said in his invitation to party faithful.
nests of Hanford wasps are science fact
(WA) Bechtel Hanford is tackling the radioactive
mud dauber wasps nests of Hanford's H Reactor complex,
while trying to entice the insects to use nonradioactive mud for
their homes. Workers have found many slightly contaminated nests
in the nooks and crannies of the H Reactor complex next to the Columbia
River. "There's more than dozens," Bechtel spokesman Todd
Nelson said. [And, the Idiot Usurper wants to build *more* nuclear
foretold 'death in the woods'
Dr David Kelly said in February that if Iraq was invaded he would
"probably be found dead in the woods", the Hutton inquiry
heard today. David Broucher, a permanent representative on the convention
on UN disarmament in Geneva, said that he had taken Dr Kelly's comment
to be a throwaway remark at the time. However, in the light of
Dr Kelly's apparent suicide last month, when his was found in woods
near his Oxfordshire home, Mr Broucher realised the remark could
man tells of Kelly prophesy
David Kelly told a senior diplomat in February that if Iraq was
invaded he would "probably be found dead in the woods", the Hutton
inquiry heard today.
On the UN: Iraqi Chaos 'Is America's Fault'
Iraq is in chaos as America's plans to rebuild the country fail,
it was claimed last night. Former US Assistant Secretary of State
James Rubin spoke out after suicide bombers killed at least 24 people
at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. He said the Bush dictatorship
had "dropped the ball massively"
since ousting Saddam Hussein and allowed terrorist groups to
operate. [George W. Bush is the most dangerous terrorist.]
Road to Ruin
--by Paul Krugman "...[T]there seems to be a weird reluctance
to face up to what happened in California. Since the blackout, I've
seen national news reports attributing California's woes in part
to environmental restrictions, while ignoring the role of market
manipulation. Huh? There's no evidence that environmental restrictions
played any role; meanwhile, even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
which strongly backs deregulation, has concluded that market manipulation
played a major role. What's with the revisionist history?"
Says GOP Trying to 'Steal' Election Gov.
Gray Davis called the recall effort part of a wider effort to "steal
elections Republicans cannot win," evoking the impeachment
of former President Clinton and Florida's 2000 presidential election
fiasco [coup d'etat].
will fight this recall and the right-wing forces behind it'
Republicans of Power Grab in Recall --Embattled California
Gov. Gray Davis, while admitting he made some mistakes, accused
the Republican party on Tuesday of staging "a
right-wing power grab" through a recall election in the
nation's most populous state. "This recall is bigger than California.
What's happening here is part of an ongoing national effort by Republicans
to steal elections they cannot win," Davis said in a
major speech that aides said he spent over a week shaping to kick
off a campaign to keep the job he was reelected to only last November.
10 knew: Iraq no threat
One of the prime minister's closest advisers issued a private warning
that it would be wrong for Tony Blair to claim Iraq's banned weapons
programme showed Saddam Hussein presented an "imminent threat" to
the west or even his Arab neighbours.
10 'ordered dossier rewrite'
Downing Street authorised a "substantial rewrite" of the
Government's Iraqi weapons dossier in the run-up to its publication,
Lord Hutton's inquiry into the death of the weapons expert David
Kelly has been told.
Outage Traced To Dim Bulb In White House
--- The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York, Carted
Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights --by Greg
Palast (WebLog) "After LILCO [Long Island Lighting Company]
was hammered by the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara
Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility
companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in
the tens of billions of dollars, the industry leaders got together
to swear never to break the regulations again. Their plan was not
to follow the rules, but to ELIMINATE the rules. They called it
'deregulation.' It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring
out how to make safecracking legal."
ponders tactic: No map, no primaries
(TX) Without a quorum, Legislature can't pass a bill to delay the
March vote, Democrats counter - The state's Republican leadership
is looking into the possibility of postponing the March congressional
primaries if the boycotting Democratic senators continue to delay
the GOP effort to draw new districts. And Senate Republicans,
eager to enforce fines it ordered earlier this week for the missing
Democrats, today are expected to OK penalties that could include
withholding the Democrats' access to conference
and meeting rooms, limiting their postage, eliminating their Capitol
and cutting off their cell phones. [Enough of this
Reichwing Fascism --we MUST undo the Bush coup!!]
are the mystery men behind the recall push? --by Max Blumenthal
"The cabal includes Kaloogian, who was a right-wing backbencher
in the state Assembly, Sal Russo, who handled banker Bill Simon's
hapless 2002 gubernatorial campaign, and David Gilliard, a veteran
GOP strategist with a career steeped in scandal. They're joined
by former Enron pollster and Republican tactician
Luntz, who devised a strategy for the recall campaign
centering around negative character attacks and avoidance of policy
discussion... Thanks to this handful of men and the millionaires
who bankrolled them, what started with a petition and a few phone
calls has become an election that may unseat a twice-elected governor
and dramatically affect the lives of one in seven Americans."
Outcome Could Affect Bush in 2004
Though rumors swirl about involvement in the Schwarzenegger campaign
by Karl Rove, Bush's top strategist, the White House is officially
mum. Schwarzenegger's decision to join the race have buoyed the
Bush campaign's hopes of a lift in 2004. "Schwarzenegger
is the only candidate who has a chance to
achieve what we wanted," one adviser said. Even if a
Republican governor does not deliver California to Bush next year,
Republicans believe it would make Democrats spend more time and
effort to win the state. "We can distract
the opposition long enough to make them vulnerable elsewhere on
the national political landscape," said Dan Schnur, a
California GOP operative.
Art of the False Impression
--by Bob Herbert "There's something at least a little crazy
about an environment in which people are literally stumbling over
one another to hear what Arnold Schwarzenegger has to say about
the budget crisis in California (short answer: nothing), while ignoring
what a thoughtful former vice president [Al Gore] has to say about
the budget and the economy of the U.S.... This is an administration
that is particularly sensitive to light. It prefers to do business
behind closed doors, with the curtains and shades drawn."
George W. Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election
Purging voter lists is just the
beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that
is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian
right. --by Sandeep S. Atwal "ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia
may not be household names like Enron or Arthur Andersen, but these
three companies will decide America's next president. In the 2004
presidential election, the full effect of electronic voting will
be felt for the first time and these are the companies that will
report the majority of the results."
'intervened in hardening up dossier on Iraq'
A senior BBC journalist was told that Tony Blair was "involved"
in sending the September Iraq dossier back to the Joint Intelligence
Committee to harden up its content. The source of the report is
understood not to have been the late David Kelly.
Niger timebomb We have
spoken to the Iraqi diplomat Britain accuses of trying to buy uranium
for Saddam Hussein. If what he has told us is true, his evidence
will blow apart one of Mr Blair's main justifications for war.
--The man accused by Britain of trying to buy uranium in Africa
for Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme - one of the Government's
main justifications for waging war on Iraq - has
denied the allegation, saying he is the victim of a forgery.
Iran-Contra figure talked Meeting
took place more than 1 year ago; Powell 'blindsided' --Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed Friday that Pentagon officials
met secretly and discussed Iran with a controversial
and discredited figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Rumsfeld
said the talks "went nowhere."
Nazi problem Will
his ties to Kurt Waldheim hurt his
bid for governor? --Here’s a question Jay Leno forgot to ask
[insipid moron] Arnold Schwarzenegger when he announced his candidacy
for governor of California on last night’s Tonight Show:
"Will you renounce your support for Kurt Waldheim?"
casts recall as windfall for Bush Grassroots
appeal to 'women against Davis' --While White House and national
GOP officials insist they won't get involved in the California recall,
a memo obtained by The Chronicle outlines a Republican
strategy to oust Gov. Gray Davis and help Dictator Bush before the
2004 presidential 'election'.
media benefit Bush
--by Norman Solomon "Midway through July -- even while Time's
latest cover was asking 'Untruth & Consequences: How Flawed Was
the Case for Going to War Against Saddam?' -- the president [sic]
told reporters: 'We gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in,
and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable
request, we decided to remove him from power.' Bush's assertion
about Saddam and the inspectors -- that he 'wouldn't let them in'
-- wasn't true. Some gingerly noted that the statement was false.
But the media response was mild. The president [sic] openly uttering
significant falsehoods was no big deal... Many U.S. news organizations
are beginning to piece together a grim picture of deceit in Washington
and lethal consequences in Iraq." [a must read]
Is Under Attack - Let's Take it Back
--by the Honorable Cynthia McKinney, Harlem, July 31, 2003 --"George
Bush and Dick Cheney, who remain in office, have the nerve to launch
two simultaneous wars, at least one that is against international
law; award no bid contracts to their friends in the defense industry;
erode our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; put Paul Wolfowitz
in charge of military tribunals (that same travesty of justice that
we have excoriated other countries for in the past); put a felon,
convicted of lying to Congress, in charge of our privacy; and lie
about the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as well as the landing of America's
top gun—George W.--on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which
supposedly was out at sea, but that was really in San Diego harbor.
And this all comes after they stole the Presidency on the uncounted
chads of black and Latino voters in a scheme that was orchestrated
at the top." [a must read]
or something darker?
--by John David Rose "If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed
to happen you may not have to look any further than the Oval Office...
A little more than a month before the attack, in his Aug. 6 daily
intelligence briefing, Bush was 'told that morning of the al-Qaida
terror network's interest in conducting a strike within the U.S.,
and that it might involve highjacked airplanes,' reports the Wall
Street Journal (7/24/03.) Why didn't he order airlines to be
alerted, inform the Federal Aviation Administration of the threat,
put the military air commands on a high level of readiness and tell
the FBI, CIA and INS to be super vigilant? He brushed the warning
aside. 'Nine months before 9/11 the Clinton administration had a
bold plan to attack al-Qaida,' wrote Time magazine (8/12/02) before
it could attack us. Weakened by the impeachment
battle, Clinton put the plan on hold as a courtesy
to the incoming Bush. In January 2001, the Clinton security
team attempted to brief incoming Bush officials of the al-Qaida
threat and the plan. Again they were given the brushoff." [A
must-read. A mainstream American newspaper publishes this editorial,
which concludes, in part, "Here's the chilling kicker: To convince
the American people to spend extra billions for defense instead
of on Social Security, Medicare, etc., PNAC suggested it would take
a 'catastrophic and catalyzing event - like
a new Pearl Harbor.' (PNAC's exact words.)"]
anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban
After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists
that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington
has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even
thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special
scrutiny at airports. The list had been kept secret until its disclosure
last week by the new US agency in charge of aviation safety, the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And it is entirely
separate from the relatively well-publicised "no-fly" list, which
covers about 1,000 people believed to have criminal or terrorist
ties that could endanger the safety of their fellow passengers.
Says Machines Missed 60,000 Votes in 2000 Race
The votes of as many as 60,000 people in New York City may not have
been counted in the 2000 presidential s-election
because of an adjustment made to city voting machines back in 1964,
according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by advocacy groups. The advocates
say voters in poor and immigrant communities were more likely
to have been among those whose votes had not been counted. For
reasons that still remain a mystery, the city's election
workers disabled special sensor latches in 1964, taking away
a built-in safeguard that advocates say would have prevented thousands
of residents from losing their votes in every election.
9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House
Statements On Intelligence
--by John W. Dean "Bluntly stated, either the Bush
White House knew about the potential of terrorists flying airplanes
into skyscrapers (notwithstanding their claims to the
contrary), or the CIA failed to give the White House this essential
information, which it possessed and provided to others. Bush is
withholding the document that answers this question. Accordingly,
it seems more likely that the former possibility is the truth. That
is, it seems very probable that those in
the White House knew much more than they have admitted,
and they are covering up their failure to take action. The facts,
however, speak for themselves."
Wilson: Bush May Start Another War in 2004 to Win Election
(democracynow.org) "Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Joseph Wilson
predicts the situation in Iraq will deteriorate so much over the
next year Bush may resort to start another war in order to win
the 2004 election. Wilson is the retired diplomat who visited
Niger in a CIA-sponsored trip last year during which he determined
the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal was bogus. His conclusion was
ignored by the Bush White House." [Well, either that or
have Karl Rove rig the 'touch screen voting machines' for the GOP.]
Rebellion Over Staged Bombings of Citizens to Justify More US Aid
(July 28, 2003) Mutinous troops who seized a Manila shopping and
apartment complex demanding the government resign ended a 19-hour
standoff late yesterday and returned to barracks without a shot
fired. Before storming the complex, the rebels released a statement
demanding ''the resignation of our leaders in the present regime.''
[That is what we want here, as well!] They also released
a video accusing the government of selling arms and ammunition
to Muslim and communist rebels, staging deadly
bombings to justify more aid from the United States, and
preparing to declare martial law to stay in power.
Online Interview With Nobel-Prize Laureate George Akerlof
on the Bush Economy ("Das Akerlof-Interview im englischen")
"A Form of Looting" "Akerlof: I
think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more
than 200 years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily
irresponsible policies not only in foreign and economic but also
in social and environmental policy. This is not normal government
policy. Now is the time for people to engage in civil disobedience."
accused of genocide in Iraq
Poodle Tony Blair was accused yesterday of war crimes including
genocide, as a dossier of 22 alleged incidents involving British
troops in Iraq was lodged with a new international court in The
Hague. [I bet they didn't even need to 'sex up' the dossier to
document the 22 incidents!]
sue Blair over war
Top lawyers from Greece filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal
Court (ICC) in the Hague on Monday against senior UK officials.
They want to indict Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair and other senior
members of the UK government and military for allegedly breaching
international law by attacking Iraq.
Asks Mueller to Open an FBI Investigation Into Illegal Leak of CIA
Agent's Identity (Press
Release, Office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer) "US Senator Charles
Schumer today asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to open an investigation
into reports that two senior members of the Bush Administration
illegally disclosed the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) operative. According to Section 421a of the Intelligence Identities
and Protection Act, the unauthorized identification of a CIA operative
is a criminal act punishable by up to ten years in federal prison."
to read Sen. Schumer's letter to Director Mueller.]
Bush Executive Order on Iraq Oil Must Be Investigated
(EarthRights International) "President [sic] Bush has issued
an Executive Order, so far completely unreported [Oh!
Now, *there's* a big surprise!], that purports to grant broad
legal immunity to oil companies operating in Iraq... Executive
Order 13303, issued on May 22, 2003, claims to be essential
to Iraqi reconstruction efforts. A cursory reading of the Order
indicates that its real purpose is to protect oil companies by giving
virtual impunity for any activities undertaken
relating to Iraqi oil.
is a religion US leaders
now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world
of its demons --by George Monbiot "Are we really expected to
believe that the members of the US security services are the only
people who cannot see that many Iraqis wish to rid themselves
of the US army as fervently as they wished to rid themselves of
Saddam Hussein? What is lacking in the Pentagon and the White
House is not intelligence (or not, at any rate, of the kind we are
considering here), but receptivity. Theirs is not a failure of information,
but a failure of ideology."
House Says Part of 9/11 Report on Saudis Will Stay Secret
The White House, facing a crucial meeting Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's
foreign minister, refused to declassify part of an intelligence
report on possible links between individuals in the Saudi government
and some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., a presidential
candidate and the co-chairman of a congressional committee investigating
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, called on Monday for Bush to declassify
a section of the 900-page congressional report dealing with foreign
support for the hijackers.
pays off in Bush camp - Job security seems to depend on it regardless
of the facts In the
rising controversy over how the Bush dictatorship built its case
for war in Iraq, one curious fact stands out. Some who gave Dictator
Bush unwelcome information that turned out to be accurate are gone.
Those who did the opposite are still around.
role for James Baker may herald return of the Bush old guard
Amid chaos and danger in Iraq and the admission of unexpected difficulties
in countering guerrilla resistance, the Bush administration may
ask the former secretary of state [and 2000 coup architect]
James Baker to go to Iraq to help with reconstruction. Mr Baker
has been a loyal friend of the Bush [crime] family, most
recently running the Dictator's campaign during the torrid days
of the Florida recount [coup] in November, 2000.
troops charged with POW abuse
US military officials say four American soldiers have been charged
with assaulting Iraqi prisoners of war - the first such charges
to be brought. The four face charges of punching, kicking and
breaking the bones of POWs at the largest detention centre in
Iraq, Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr.
of engagement Herewith,
definitions to keep on top of current events --by Eric Margolis
"It's very difficult keeping up with Mideast news due to the
Orwellian newspeak coming from Washington. So here's a handy list
of key terms, translated into simple English... Liberation
- Invasion... Terrorism - violent acts by dangerous fanatics
and malcontents who refuse to accept the downtrodden status assigned
to them by Washington. Anti-terrorism - State terrorism..."
[a must read]
Chairman Says Government Pressured Broadcaster
The chairman of the BBC's board of governors on Sunday accused the
government of trying to pressure the broadcaster to change the tone
of its coverage of the Iraq war's fallout. Gavyn Davies, chairman
of the BBC's board of governors, wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper
that during the war in Iraq, the BBC "was
under constant attack" from politicians for coverage
they perceived as anti-war. He added that the network "upheld its
traditional attachment to impartiality and the truth under almost
intolerable pressures." [No bullying of the media is needed in
the US: the media worked in tandem with the Whore High Court to
install Bush in the coup d'etat, and the media typically continues
to give Bush a 'free pass', to insure his re-s-election.]
flaws risk ballot fraud Scientists
warn of big security holes in version of software --Some versions
of electronic voting software could allow for ballot fraud on
a massive scale, computer security researchers reported Thursday.
The researchers made their claim based on an analysis of computer
code that was purportedly taken from one of the country’s top suppliers
of voting equipment, Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems.
Agent on Cheney Iraq Speech: "Longest Statement of Disinformation"
Ever Fed U.S. Public
(democracynow.org show segment summary) "Yesterday, Vice President
[sic] Dick Cheney attempted to restate the administration's case
for war at a speech at the conservative think tank the American
Enterprise Institute. He repeatedly cited an October 2002 National
Intelligence Estimate that warned Saddam Hussein was seeking to
develop nuclear weapons... Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman responded
on Democracy Now! by describing Cheney's speech as the 'longest
statement of disinformation that I think the American government
has distributed to the American people.'"
House, CIA Kept Key Portions of Report Classified
Dictator Bush was warned in a more
specific way than previously known about intelligence suggesting
that al Qaeda terrorists were seeking to attack the United States,
a report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks indicated yesterday. Separately,
the report cited one CIA memo that concluded there was "incontrovertible
evidence" that Saudi individuals provided financial assistance to
al Qaeda operatives in the United States [WHY did the US bomb
probe finds secret Pentagon group manipulated intelligence on Iraqi
threat --by Jason Leopold
"A half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence
have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams
of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the so-called
Iraqi threat and then delivered it to top White House officials
who used it to win support for a war in Iraq."
BushCo Crumble Ratings
slipping, economy tanking, lies spiraling, credibility shot. Try
not to cheer --by Mark Morford "Maybe it's the regular
slew of lies. You know the ones: 'proof' of uranium purchases, 'proof'
of Iraqi nuke facilities, 'proof' of WMDs, poison gas, plus two
quick and 'painless' wars, a robust economy, women's rights, gay
rights, America proud and strong and respected the world over, a
nice shiny oil-sucking SUV for every flag-waving misguided Fox
News-drugged American. Ha. Funny how the BS can wear you down.
Funny how it can make you feel like someone's been piling huge rocks
on our collective chest for the past three years and stomping on
them with ugly polished right-wing loafers until we can hardly breathe."
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:
I Jim Crow in Cyberspace -- The Unreported Story of How
They Fixed the Vote in Florida --by Greg Palast " In Harris’s
computers, they [purged voters, 57,700 of them] are named as felons
who have no right to vote in Florida. Thomas Cooper is on the list:
criminal scum, bad guy, felon, attempted voter. The Harris hit list
says Cooper was convicted of a felony on January 30, 2007. 2007?
You may suspect something’s wrong with the list. You’d be right.
At least 90.2 percent of those on this 'scrub' list, targeted to
lose their civil rights, are innocent. Notably, over half—about
54 percent—are Black and Hispanic voters. Overwhelmingly, it
is a list of Democrats."
report undercuts Iraq connection to WTC 'No
specific information' Saddam behind 1993 bombing, any other attack
on U.S. --U.S. intelligence services unanimously agreed last
fall that "no specific intelligence information" tied Iraq to U.S.
terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
nose is growing; nobody cares
--by Antonia Zerbisias "As http://www.fair.org
reports, the 'Bush uranium lie' is the 'tip of the iceberg' of confabulation.
Why aren't the media making more of the falsehoods? How can Bush
get away with saying that Saddam would not allow the weapons inspections?
Funny thing is, according to the latest poll from the Washington-based
Pew Research Center for People & the Press, more than half of all
Americans — 51 per cent — believe that the U.S. media are liberal,
while 70 per cent want a 'decidedly pro-American' tilt to their
news. Looks like the media are delivering. Talk about gassing your
called for White House tactics over Iraq intelligence
Efforts by White House officials
to intimidate those who questioned intelligence used to justify
invading Iraq could be illegal and
must be investigated, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said Tuesday.
House striking back? Former
ambassador charges mudslinging over statements --They were just
16 words in the State of the Union address — words that we now know
were misleading. Retired career diplomat Joe Wilson tried to warn
the Bush dictatorship of just that nearly a year before the speech.
Wilson says his family is the subject of a smear campaign and he
tells NBC News the White House deliberately leaked his wife's
identity as a covert CIA operative, damaging her future career and
compromising past missions after he criticized the dictatorship
on "Meet the Press" and in the New York Times.
Unpatriotic Now? --by
Paul Krugman "...[B]oth the columnist Robert Novak and Time
magazine say that administration officials told them that they believed
that Mr. Wilson had been chosen through the influence of his wife,
whom they identified as a C.I.A. operative. Think about that: if
their characterization of Mr. Wilson's wife is true (he refuses
to confirm or deny it), Bush administration officials have exposed
the identity of a covert operative. That happens to be a criminal
act; it's also definitely unpatriotic."
Report Said Defeated Hussein Would Be Threat
Saddam Hussein posed more danger if defeated,
a declassified report says. Last fall, the Bush dictatorship repeatedly
warned in public of the danger that an unprovoked Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein might give chemical or biological weapons to terrorists.
But declassified portions of a still-secret National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE) released Friday by the White House show that at the
time of the dictator's speech the U.S. intelligence community judged
that possibility to be unlikely. In fact, the NIE, which
began circulating Oct. 2, shows the intelligence services were much
more worried that Hussein might give weapons to al Qaeda terrorists
if he were facing death or capture and his government was collapsing
after a military attack by the United States.
had converted to Baha'i faith, which rejects suicide
The acknowledgement that Dr David Kelly was the BBC mole and Andrew
Gilligan’s claim that he did not misquote or misrepresent his words
leaves awkward questions for the weapons expert’s grieving family...
A weapons expert educated at Oxford, Dr Kelly was a religious
man who followed the Baha’i faith, which rejects
suicide in any circumstances.
case arouses Mid-East suspicions
Middle East media have been looking at the death of Dr David Kelly,
the weapons inspector at the heart of the BBC 'mole' row. Several
newspapers consider his death as being at least suspicious.
Others accuse the government of "assassination".
ad charges Bush with misleading U.S. on Iraq
Democrats said Sunday they will launch a new television ad in Wisconsin
accusing Dictator Bush of misleading Americans on the threat from
Iraq. Republicans warned broadcasters
not to air the ad [?!? Who the do these Nazis they
think they are?!?], scheduled to start Monday, calling it "deliberately
false and misleading." [The entire Bush dictatorship is based
Blair heads to S Korea
Ignoring calls to rush back home, or even resign, Poodle Tony
Blair was to meet South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun during a nine-hour
stopover in Seoul. During a press conference, a stone-faced Blair
remained silent when a British reporter provocatively asked, "Do
you have blood on your hands?" and did he intend to resign.
minister tells Blair to quit
Glenda Jackson, a former minister in Poodle Tony Blair's government,
on Saturday urged the British prime minister to resign over the
death of arms expert David Kelly.
in the Dock Over Scientist Suicide
British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair will appear on television
on Sunday to face accusations his government hounded an expert on
Iraqi weapons to suicide.
last cry for help: I'm haunted by 'many dark actors playing games'
In a dramatic development last night, the Ministry of Defence
admitted that it had privately given Dr Kelly's name to three newspapers
on July 9. This contradicted earlier claims by Geoff Hoon, the
Defence Secretary, that there had been no such breach of confidentiality.
Accused Of Torture In Iraq
Amnesty International is looking into a number of cases of suspected
torture in Iraq by American authorities. One of case involves Khraisan
al-Aballi... [It is time to try Dictator Bush and Poodle Blair
for W-ar crimes.]
Accuses U.S. of Rights Abuses in Iraq
Amnesty International accused U.S. troops on Sunday of "very
severe" human rights abuses in Iraq and complained that it had
been denied access to thousands of prisoners held without charge
in "appalling" conditions."
warned of 'dark actors playing games'
Weapons expert Dr David Kelly reportedly told of "many dark actors
playing games" in an email to a journalist hours before his 'suicide'.
The words appeared to refer to officials at the Ministry of Defence
and UK intelligence agencies with whom he had sparred over interpretations
of weapons reports, according to the New York Times.
Nuke Evidence Was Thin, Experts Say
Even as the Bush dictatorship concluded Iraq was reviving its nuclear
weapons program, key signs - such as scientific data of weapons
work and evidence of research by Iraq's nuclear experts - were missing,
according to several former intelligence officials.
Traced to the White House How
California’s energy scam was inextricably linked to a war for oil
scheme --by Katherine Yurica "This story ends as it began:
with unrequited lies, deception and fraud. Three sentences inserted
into the National Energy Policy report reveal: 1) the White
House knew the California crisis was man-made; 2) knew the power
companies were manipulating the market in California; 3) and knew
these facts at the time the people of California were being fleeced
by the scam; 4) yet the Bush White House did nothing to stop the
fraud. A special prosecutor should be appointed by Congress to investigate
this whole matter as well as what Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney knew and
when they knew it."
forces told how to 'trash' governor
Consultant's memo advises Issa's troops to 'kill
Davis softly' --A private memo from a prominent Republican
[Nazi] strategist, Frank 'Putz' Luntz, offers a rare
glimpse at the bare-knuckle approaches being considered to oust
Gov. Gray Davis, outlining numerous ways to "kill
Davis softly" in the recall effort without turning the
unpopular governor into a sympathetic figure. [Frank 'Putz' Luntz
is introduced on the MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable
talk-show circuit as an 'MSNBC pollster'. The producers at MSNBC
fail to mention his ACTUAL job: Republican strategist.]
lawmaker sues agency for papers on legislator hunt
U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, has sued the Justice
Department in the Democrats' ongoing fight to force the agency
into disclosing its role in May's search for missing Texas lawmakers.
Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy
--by Sheldon S. Wolin "Like previous forms of totalitarianism,
the Bush administration boasts a reckless unilateralism that believes
the United States can demand unquestioning support, on terms it
dictates; ignores treaties and violates international law at will;
invades other countries without provocation; and incarcerates persons
indefinitely without charging them with a crime or allowing access
to counsel. The drive toward total power can take different forms,
as Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union
suggest." [A must read]
Cheney Task Force Eyed Iraq Oil
Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force appeared to
have some interest in early 2001 in Iraq's oil industry,
including which foreign companies were pursuing business there,
according to documents released Friday by a private watchdog group.
Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of
Iraqi Oilfields Commerce
& State Department Reports to Task Force Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects,
Contracts & Exploration --Saudi Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities
Profiled As Well (Media Advisory from judicialwatch.org) "Judicial
Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes
government corruption and abuse, said today that documents turned
over by the Commerce Department, under court order as a result of
Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning
the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map
of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well
as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and 'Foreign Suitors
for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.' The documents... are dated March
Energy Task Force, March 2001; 'Foreign
Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts'; Iraqi
Watch Media Advisory
of UK arms advisor found
A body found in central England matches the description of a missing
Ministry of Defence adviser who had become embroiled in a controversy
over the government's intelligence dossiers on Iraqi arms, police
said on Friday.
Down Scientist named as BBC Source
(July 10, 2003, from globalfreepress.com, posted by ewing2001)The
British Ministry of Defence (MOD) claimed, that a former UN Inspector
was source of BBC --"As the Guardian reported, Dr. David
C Kelly was named yesterday 'as the person said by the Ministry
of Defence to have had an 'unauthorised' meeting with Andrew Gilligan'
(BBC). GFP found out, that Kelly was more than just an 'adviser
to the Foreign Office'. From 1984-1992 he was Head of Microbiology
at the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down."
Democrats were being disorderly and did not
have the right to occupy the library: GOP
Chairman Calls Capitol Police on Democrats House Democrats
Storm Out of Ways and Means Committee --Months of political tension
in the House of Representatives erupted into open warfare
today when Democrats stormed out of a Ways and Means Committee session
and the panel's chairman called in the Capitol Police on the Democrats.
Committee Chair Summons Police to Arrest Democrats
A House committee on Friday approved a $50 billion pension bill,
but only after the Republican chairman summoned police in
the midst of a Democratic boycott and protests over the way the
measure was being handled. Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Waffen-SS-Calif.,
summoned police because he thought the lone Democrat to remain in
the room, Rep. Pete Stark of California, was
speaking out of line [?!?],
other Republicans on the panel said. He asked police to remove
Democrats from the adjacent room, but later rescinded that request,
the Republicans said.
committee instructed White House to use Iraq/uranium reference in
State of the Union speech
--by Jason Leopold "A Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz,
the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised George W. Bush to include
a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq
trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the
case for war in Iraq, despite the fact that the CIA warned Wolfowitz's
committee that the information was unreliable, according to a CIA
intelligence official and four members of the Senate's intelligence
committee who have been investigating the issue."
spies who pushed for war
Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network
set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification
for toppling Saddam Hussein by force --"As the CIA director,
George Tenet, arrived at the Senate yesterday to give secret testimony
on the Niger uranium affair, it was becoming increasingly clear
in Washington that the scandal was only a small, well-documented
symptom of a complete breakdown in US intelligence that helped steer
America into war. It represents the Bush administration's second
catastrophic intelligence failure."
Says W.House Pushed for Disputed Iraq Charge
A Democratic senator charged on Thursday that CIA Director George
Tenet had told members of Congress that a White House official had
insisted on including a disputed allegation about Saddam Hussein's
push for a nuclear weapon in a presidential [sic] speech.
Hussein would not let inspectors in [?!? Is
Bush Sane??] Defending the broader decision to go to
war with Iraq, Dictator Bush said the decision was made after he
gave Saddam Hussein "a chance to allow the inspectors in, and
he wouldn't let them in." Bush's assertion that the war began
because Iraq did not admit inspectors appeared to contradict
the events leading up to war this spring: Hussein
had, in fact, admitted the inspectors and Bush had opposed extending
their work because he did not believe them effective.
U.S. May Call National Guard for Iraq Duty
The Pentagon could start a call-up of as many as 10,000
U.S. National Guard soldiers by this winter to bolster forces in
Iraq and offset a lack of troops from allies, The Wall Street Journal
reported on Thursday.
Why Can't We Come Home? --by Jonathan Foreman "...[O]n
July 9, Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee
that the 3ID [Army's 3rd Infantry Division] would at last be home
by September. But four days later, the Pentagon suddenly, quietly
changed its mind, informing the stunned troops and their shocked
families that the return home of its 1st and 2nd Brigades has been
postponed 'indefinitely.' ...E-mails and phone calls received by
The Post from troops in the 2nd Brigade as well as their wives tell
of whole units being put on suicide watch."
under pressure to quit over false war evidence
Anger grows on both sides of Atlantic at misleading claims on eve
of Iraq conflict --Dick Cheney, the US Vice-pResident and
the dictatorship's most outspoken hawk over Iraq, faced
demands for his resignation last night as he was accused
of using false evidence to build the case for war.
the FBI Bureau to
conduct its own investigation into the documents that linked Iraq
with Niger and uranium --The FBI, plunging full steam into the
Iraq intelligence controversy, is conducting a wide-ranging investigation
into the forged documents that purported to show that Saddam Hussein’s
regime was seeking to buy significant quantities of uranium.
Firm Basis for Impeachment
--by Robert Scheer "Does the president [sic] not read? [No,
no he doesn't. (Seinfeld intonation)] Does his national
security staff, led by Condoleezza Rice, keep him in the dark about
the most pressing issues of the day? Or is this
administration blatantly lying to the American people to secure
its ideological ends? [Yes, yes it is. (Seinfeld
Offense --by Geov Parrish
"Finally, and far too late, national media are discovering
that the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq was a combination
of willfully gross exaggerations and flat-out lies... The unprovoked
invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iraq should never have happened.
Instead, the White House claimed that Bush spent several months
agonizing over whether to launch an invasion, one he had already
approved. Before and after his secret decision, his administration's
claims were largely false. Bush used those claims to sacrifice the
lives of American soldiers—along with other coalition soldiers and
countless Iraqis, soldier and civilian alike. And he continues his
lies... For this egregious abuse of his
oath of office, he should be impeached."
feels burn of waning popularity
The troubles of the United States dictator, George Bush, are mounting,
as his regime finds it increasingly difficult to shrug off claims
it misled the American public over Iraq’s weapons programmes...
Joseph Cirincione, an arms proliferation expert at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, said Niger was "a key link in
a longer chain of questionable claims... The president [sic]
looks dazed and confused on this issue. His
statements are bizarre, almost Reagan-esque. Yesterday, he
said we went to war because Saddam would not let inspectors back
in. This is stunning."
Left to Lie About With
BushCo reaming the nation on just about every possible front, is
implosion imminent? --by Mark Morford "And the lies, the
flagrant GOP bitch slappings of the American public, the maniacal
jabs straight in eye of truth with the icepick of utter BS, have
just reached some sort of critical mass, some sort of saturation
point of absurdity and pain and ridiculousness and you just have
to stand up and applaud. Really." [a
Fact From Fiction --by
Ellis Henican "So what can we still believe about the war in
Iraq? That's a tough one. So many of the claims and assertions of
the Bush administration are turning out to be wrong. The duration,
the cost, the reaction of the Iraqi people, the ease of the post-war
recovery, the reason we attacked in the first place, even the story
of our plucky poster girl: Every day we learn that more and more
of it was built on lies, exaggeration,
miscalculation or deceit."
the buck / CIA's Tenet takes the blame for the president [sic]
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "...to try to cause the American
population to focus on the Iraq-Niger letter as 'the issue' is the
equivalent of a plea bargain. The defendant, in this case, the Bush
administration, pleads guilty to having bought and marketed one
piece of bad intelligence, whereas, in fact, what
it did was to deliberately mislead the American population
on a fundamental point -- the possession by Saddam Hussein's Iraq
of weapons of mass destruction -- and then take the United States
to war on the basis of that piece of deception."
Camps in Baghdad Families
live in fear of midnight call by US patrols --In recent weeks
there have been increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even
children being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols,
or snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison
camps around the capital. Children as young as 11 are claimed
to be among those locked up for 24 hours a day in rooms with
no light, or held in overcrowded tents in temperatures approaching
50C (122F). On the edge of Baghdad International Airport, US military
commanders have built a tent city that human rights groups are comparing
to the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Remarkably,
the Americans have also set up another detention camp in the grounds
of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad.
Big Letdown Soldiers
Learn They’ll Be in Baghdad Longer Than Expected --The sergeant
at the 2nd Battle Combat Team Headquarters pulled me aside in the
corridor. "I've got my own 'Most Wanted' list," he told me.
He was referring to the deck of cards the U.S. government published,
featuring Saddam Hussein, his sons and other wanted members of the
former Iraqi regime. "The aces in my deck
are Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush and Paul Wolfowitz,"
he said... "If Donald Rumsfeld
were sitting here in front of us, what would you say to him?" I
asked a group of soldiers who gathered around a table, eager to
talk to a visiting reporter. In the back of the group, Spc. Clinton
Deitz put up his hand. "If Donald Rumsfeld was here," he said,
"I'd ask him for his resignation."
soars to $455B The
Bush dictatorship estimated Tuesday that the federal budget deficit
will reach a record $455 billion
this year, 50% larger than it predicted five months ago.
Unglued --by Veteran
Intelligence Professionals for Sanity "MEMORANDUM FOR: The
President [sic] FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Intelligence Unglued ...Recommendation #1 We recommend
that you call an abrupt halt to attempts to prove Vice President
Cheney 'not guilty.' His role has been so transparent that such
attempts will only erode further your own credibility. Equally pernicious,
from our perspective, is the likelihood that intelligence analysts
will conclude that the way to success is to acquiesce in the cooking
of their judgments, since those above them will not be held accountable.
We strongly recommend that you ask for Cheney’s immediate resignation."
Pays Off Neo-Cons Learn from Past Nazi Leaders
--by W. Madsen "America's manipulative neo-conservatives, who
support unending aggression against any country that does not succumb
to United States political, economic, and military control and who,
themselves, seized power in Washington through electoral malfeasance,
are taking a page from Nazi Germany's leaders in their quest for
world domination. It is no coincidence that the neo-cons are in
fact worried about comparisons between their policies and those
Will Defy Court's Order in Terror Case
The inJustice Department said today that it would defy a court
order and refuse to make a captured member of Al Qaeda available
for testimony in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. The department
acknowledged that its decision could force a federal judge to dismiss
the indictment against Mr. Moussaoui, the only person facing trial
in the United States in connection with the attacks of Sept. 11,
2001. Bush dictatorship officials have said for months that if Mr.
Moussaoui's indictment were dismissed, his prosecution would
almost certainly be moved to a military tribunal.
Tactics Are 'Stalinist' Sen.
Charles Schumer accused the Bush dictatorship yesterday of using
"Stalinist" tactics by requiring
overseers to sit in when federal employees are interviewed by an
independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. "Gatekeepers
usually occur in places with totalitarian regimes," the
New York Democrat said at a news conference yesterday. "Stalinist
Russia was known for that."
gulag U.S. base
in Cuba is an affront to American principles (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"The military base which the United States maintains at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba is, in effect, a triple offense to Americans in its inconsistency
with national principles and interests... None of this is necessary
for security or for the defense of American interests. Maintaining
the base at Guantanamo, holding Afghan war captives prisoner there
and putting them on trial at the base is expensive to the American
taxpayer and inconsistent with U.S. concepts of justice. A new expensive
courtroom facility has been built at Guantanamo for the event.
The Kellogg Brown & Root subsidiary of Halliburton, Vice President
[sic] Dick Cheney's former company, alone received an open-ended
$300 million contract for construction at Guantanamo to accommodate
Got Uranium Reference Cut in Oct. Why
Bush Cited It In Jan. Is Unclear [Bush is a liar --that *is*
clear] --CIA Director George J. Tenet successfully intervened with
White House officials to have a reference to Iraq seeking uranium
from Niger removed from a presidential [sic] speech last October,
three months before a less specific reference to the same intelligence
appeared in the State of the Union address, according to senior
ignored CIA weapons warning
Intelligence breakdown after Britain dismissed US doubts over
Iraq nuclear link to Niger --Britain and America suffered a
complete breakdown in relations over vital evidence against Saddam
Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, refusing to share information
and keeping each other in the dark over key elements of the case
against the Iraqi president.
Suspect's Lawyer Blasts U.S. Gov't
A lawyer for an Australian terror suspect who allegedly fought with
the Taliban accused the United States in an interview aired Sunday
of staging a "Stalinist show trial"
in order to convict and possibly execute him quickly. [This
quip brings to mind the late fall of 2000, when Bush was trying
to engender public support for the coup d'etat (prior to the Less-Than-Supreme
Court's ruling) and Bush assured the American people that he would
'govern from the center'. The center of *what*?? Hell??? -- ed.]
a quick study in colony building
--by Pepe Escobar "The United States may try to import its
preferred leaders - or force them down Iraqis' throats. It may impose
an alien governance system. It may marginalize powerful indigenous
Shi'ite religious leaders or tribal elders. It may try to grant
privileges to tribal and commercial elites who enjoy disproportionate
local power. It may use locals and then get rid of them when they
are no longer useful. May the US try any one of these things, it's
possible that former minister of information Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf,
aka 'Comical Ali', will be proved prophetic: 'They're coming to
surrender or be burned in their tanks.'"
from the slavemaster
--by Paul Valley "Unlikely converts to the George Bush fan
club, including ace bullshit detector Sir Bob Geldof, are saying
they detect 'the beginnings of a historic change towards Africa'.
So why am I suspicious? In part because even with the increases,
America is still the world's stingiest donor, giving only 0.12 per
cent of its national income to aid - less than a third of the EU's
percentage. The whole of Africa still gets less American aid than
Israel and Egypt."
May Fine GOP Figure for 2000 Recount Actions
As Florida's presidential recount raged in December 2000, a newly
created political group [coupmeisters] spent $150,000 attacking
three pro-Democratic state Supreme Court justices who threatened
George W. Bush's hopes for 'victory'. The committee's real organizer,
the election commission said, was veteran GOP political consultant
Roger Stone, who has been involved in major campaigns dating to
Richard M. Nixon's administration.
plot Palm Beach
County commissioner faces stiff fine over illegal fund-raising effort
to oust three state justices --In a case with national political
implications, the Florida Elections Commission has ruled that Palm
Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty violated state campaign finance
rules in working to oust three Florida Supreme Court justices...
At her hearing, McCarty testified she was drafted into the presidential
recount battle on the morning after the Nov. 7 election meltdown
in Florida. Top Republicans recruited her to oversee the ballot
recount in Palm Beach County, home of the notorious butterfly ballot
that confused many voters. Members of the Bush-Cheney campaign
"took up residence in my office,"
in Iraq gives US a pretext to stay for ever "The
Americans," an Iraqi worker in Al-Rashid district told me,
"drove around in a Baghdad suburb announcing in a loudspeaker
'security for us in return for electricity for you'". A later
version was even more conspiratorial. An Iraqi shop owner in A-Karrada
district, on the eastern bank of the Tigris, squatted on the pavement
outside his shop after giving up hope that his air conditioner would
ever work again. "The Americans are
behind the power cuts and the ensuing chaos," he
said with a confident tone, "because this will give them
a pretext to stay in Iraq for ever."
live in fear of midnight call by US patrols
Never again did families in Baghdad imagine that they need fear
the midnight knock at the door. But in recent weeks there
have been increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even children
being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols, or
snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison
camps around the capital. [The Bush dictatorship's
tactics parallel those of Hitler's Waffen-SS.]
Gone Wild Whether,
Not Who, is the Question About the 2004 Election --by Ted Rall
"He has canceled elections in Iraq. He will probably cancel
them in Afghanistan. Will George W. Bush
put the kibosh on elections in the United States next year? Frightened
by Bush's rapidly accruing personal power and the Democrats' inability
and/or unwillingness to stand up to him, panicked lefties worry
that he might use the 'war on terrorism' as an excuse to declare
a state of emergency, suspend civil liberties and jail political
opponents. [a must read]
Goree Island, Bush Visit Sparks Anger
Residents of Goree, site of a famous slave trading station, said
they had been taken to a football ground
on the other side of the quaint island at 6 a.m. and told to wait
there until Bush had departed, around midday. "It's
slavery all over again," fumed one father-of-four, who did not
want to give his name. "We were shut up like sheep," said
15-year-old Mamadou. Many residents compared Bush's hour-long visit
unfavorably to the island tour by former President Bill Clinton
in 1998. "When Clinton came, he shook hands, people danced,"
said former Mayor Urbain Alexandre Diagne.
"Bloodsucking vampire" [Well
stated!!] About 150 people gathered at the Library Gardens in
Johannesburg on Saturday to protest against United States Dictator
George W Bush's visit next week. Protesting under the banner of
the Anti-War Coalition, the demonstrators waved posters and sang
struggle songs. Some of the posters read "Bush,
the mass murderer", "Bloodsucking
vampire", "Jou ma se bush",
"Behind every bush is a terrorist",
and "Bush you won't rape our minds".
Madness Of King George
--by Harley Sorensen "So what we have in the White House today
is a megalomaniac with a messianic complex, a man who believes that
he and he alone can resolve the world's problems.'I am determined
to solve the problem in the Middle East,' he said. I, I, I, I, I!
With Bush it's always 'I.' In a job that requires great humility,
we have an egomaniac... A man who claims to get orders from God,
and who creates world-shaking events on the basis of those 'orders,'
A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program
--by Bev Harris (Bev Harris is the author of the soon to be published
book, Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century,
"Contents: Introduction Part
1 - Can the Votes Be Changed? Part
2 - Can the Password Be Bypassed? Part
3 – Can the Audit Trail Be Altered?" [*Also, see Bigger
Than Watergate! -- a link to the story, including "for
the first time, a link to the full 40,000 files from the Diebold
pushes for next generation of nukes
If the Bush dictatorship succeeds in its determined but little-noticed
push to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons, this sun-baked
desert flatland 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas could once again
reverberate with the ground-shaking thumps
of nuclear explosions that used to be common here.
taps 'Persian Gulf of natural gas' in West
Federal energy council will meet in Colorado --The Bush dictatorship
has singled out the Rocky Mountain West for a pilot project to speed
up energy development. The White House has charged a group of top
administration officials with finding ways to streamline environmental
approvals and accelerate renewable-energy projects, pipeline construction
and natural-gas drilling on public lands.
House Targets Rockies For Natural Gas
Environmentalists Fear Dictatorship Will Run Roughshod --The Bush
administration is promoting a pilot energy development project in
the Rocky Mountain West, The Denver Post reported Sunday.
Lends Muscle to Besieged Colombian Pipeline
The George W. Bush dictatorship is planning to significantly expand
U.S. commitments in Colombia, with a 2004 budget request for up
to $147 million to protect a private oil
pipeline in the South American country.
Sharpton calls Bush L.A. gang leader
Democratic presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday
compared Dictator Bush to a Los Angeles gang leader and demanded
that he apologize to the American military and their families for
challenging dissident Iraqis to "bring them on." "I'm in Los Angeles.
For the president [sic] to say, 'Bring it on,' almost like daring
and provoking Iraqis to kill American soldiers," Mr. Sharpton said,
"he sounds more like a gang leader in South-Central
L.A. than one that is trying to institute a policy of democracy
and reconstruction in the world." [I doubt any gangs would
allow 'chickenhawk' Bush into their groups, yet alone select him
as their 'leader'.]
Hussein 'destroyed weapons in 1990s'
A compelling explanation for why substantive evidence of weapons
of mass destruction has not yet been discovered in Iraq has been
given by intelligence experts who believe that Iraq
dismantled its weapons in the mid-1990s.
I Didn't Find in Africa
--by Joseph C. Wilson 4th "Did the Bush administration manipulate
intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify
an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration
in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to
conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear
weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."
going nuclear (The
Baltimore Sun) "A Republican plan to shove those obstacles
aside in order to win approval for the most controversial of President
[sic] Bush's judicial appointments is not only short-sighted and
foolhardy but also threatens the American system of government...
Now, GOP leaders are proposing to do away with filibusters on
judicial nominations. If they can't muster the super-majority required
for such a rules change, they may resort to the 'nuclear
option': bringing in Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney to
issue a ruling as Senate president [sic] that judicial nominations
can't be filibustered. An appeal of such a ruling could be rejected
by a simple majority of 51.
Furious as US Builds Death Chambers
Lawyers expressed outrage yesterday at plans to put al-Qaeda suspects,
including two Britons and an Australian, on military trial in Guantanamo
Bay. They would effectively be tried by a "kangaroo
court", stripped of all basic rights of due process
that would be afforded in criminal courts in Britain or America,
may be a very rough ride if we go all the way with Bush
America has the technology to wipe all life from the face of the
planet. Maybe it will one day, writes Hugh Mackay. "Somehow,
Bush manages to balance his reputation as the most belligerent president
[sic] the US has ever produced with his claim to be a born-again
Christian. Such a cocktail of military might and religious fundamentalism
is potentially lethal, so what will be our response to this latest
phase in Washington's relentless development of weapons of mass
destruction? ...Unless someone is prepared to call a halt
to this crazy escalation, the black masterminds of the US weapons
program may eventually devise their own 'final
down rogue state jets, say US, Australia
Australian and United States officials meeting in Brisbane next
week will discuss an aggressive military operation to force down
aircraft and board ships suspected of carrying prohibited weapons
from North Korea, Iran, Syria and Libya. But the proposals being
pushed by Australia and the US are expected to raise difficult questions
of international law and could provoke a military confrontation
with countries like North Korea.
'Em On?" --by Stan
Goff A Former Special Forces Soldier Responds to Bush's Invitation
for Iraqis to Attack US Troops --"This de facto president is
finally seeing his poll numbers fall. Even chauvinist paranoia has
a half-life, it seems... Now, exercising his one true talent--blundering--George
W. Bush has begun the improbable process of alienating the very
troops upon whom he depends to carry out the neo-con ambition of
restructuring the world by arms. Somewhere in Balad, or Fallujah,
or Baghdad, there is a soldier telling a new replacement, 'We are
losing this war.'"
stirs, America sleeps
--by William Pfaff "...the culture of lies that prevails in
the Bush administration is an integral part of a larger culture
of expedience and systematic dishonesty that dominates the present
leadership of American political society and business. There is
little reason to expect this soon to change. Expedient lies have
always been part of politics; and American business, at its higher
levels, has often been crooked, but uneasily so, in conflict with
the residual puritanism of the American establishment."
Issues Taunt on Iraqi Attacks: 'Bring 'Em On'
Dictator Bush yesterday delivered a colloquial taunt to militants
who have been attacking U.S. troops in Iraq, saying "bring 'em on"
and asserting that the forces in Iraq are "plenty tough" to deal
with the threat. The colorful challenge by Bush provoked indignation
from some congressional Democrats, who said the dictator's bravado
was inviting attacks on U.S. soldiers.
to Iraqi militants: "Bring them on"
U.S. Dictator George W. Bush had a tough message on Wednesday for
Iraqi militants attacking U.S. troops -- "Bring them on"
-- and said the U.S. military presence was sufficient to deal with
the attackers. Democratic leaders were sharply critical of the remark.
"I am shaking my head in disbelief.
When I served in the army in Europe during World War II, I never
heard any military commander -- let alone the commander in chief
-- invite enemies to attack U.S. troops," said New Jersey Democratic
Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Word bytes Tony Blair in the butt
--by Richard M. Smith "Back in February 2003, 10 Downing Street
published a dossier on Iraq's security and intelligence organizations.
This dossier was cited by Colin Powell in his address to the United
Nations the same month. Dr. Glen Rangwala, a lecturer in politics
at Cambridge University, quickly discovered that much of the material
in the dossier
was actually plagiarized from a U.S. researcher on Iraq... Revision
logs are hidden and cannot be viewed in Microsoft Word. However
I wrote a small utility for extracting and displaying revision logs
and other hidden information in Word .DOC files... It is easy to
spot the following four names in the revision log of the Blair dossier:
P. Hamill, J. Pratt, A. Blackshaw, M. Khan
--In addition, the 'cic22' in the first three entries of
the revision log stands for 'Communications Information Centre,'
a unit of the British Government."
of Mass Destruction
--by Matthew Norman "Responsibility for whoppers about Saddam's
WMD capability cannot lie with a propagandist posing as a civil
servant, however over- mighty, but with the elected leader who made
them in the Commons. The one who still refuses to testify himself.
Every time things go badly wrong, Tony Blair finds a scapegoat to
sacrifice in his place... If his religious beliefs are correct,
Mr Blair will have to ask God's mercy for his actions. But long
before then, history - the thing he's supposed to be obsessed with
- will cast its judgment, and it will convict him of being the smuggest
moral coward ever to use blatant distortions to send young people
to their avoidable doom, and then refuse to face the music."
US plan to 'own' space
As part of a plan to ensure its total military supremacy, the
US is preparing to complete the domination of space -- by any means
necessary. Neil Mackay explains the terrifying new face of global
warfare "The Air Force Space Command Strategic Master Plan
is a clear statement of the US's intention to dominate the world
by turning space into the crucial battlefield of the 21st century.
The document details how the US Air Force Space Command is developing
exotic new weapons, nuclear warheads and spacecraft to allow the
US to hit any target on earth within seconds. It also unashamedly
states that the US will not allow any other power to get a foothold
in space. The rush to militarise space will also see domestic laws
and foreign agreements torn up. As the document warns: 'To fully
develop and exploit [space] ... some US policies and international
treaties may need to be reviewed and modified'."
arrogance knows no bounds
(Shanghai Star) "Today I was watching BBC World when George
W. Bush came on speaking at a conference on genetically modified
(GM) foods in California. He was telling the Europeans that their
desire not to support or buy GM foods was wrong and was contributing
to famine in Africa. Their decision, he said, was based on - and
this is the funny bit - 'unfounded fears'. Unfounded fears? Now,
wouldn't that be like starting a war in a country because they allegedly
had weapons of mass destruction? Weapons of mass destruction which,
as of now, have not been located ... about the existence of which
the UN weapons inspector expressed doubt. A war begun on the 'unfounded
fears' that Iraq might have and use these weapons. A war with ulterior
motives. Just as it has been suggested that George Bush may have
ulterior motives for supporting bio-tech companies."
Said to Tell Legislators He Was Pressed to Distort Some Evidence
A top State Department expert on chemical and biological weapons
told Congressional committees in closed-door hearings last week
that he had been pressed to tailor his analysis on Iraq and other
matters to conform with the Bush dictatorship's views, several
Congressional officials said today.
ask the questions It
took a British journalist to put the American Defence Secretary
on the spot. Why, asks Justin Webb, are the US media so timorous?
--"The world's most powerful nation does not have the world's
most powerful press... I went to see the Vice-President [sic] make
a speech a few nights ago. He finished with a reference to the war
in Iraq, telling his audience: 'You did well - you have my thanks.'
Were these troops or government officials he was addressing? Neither,
in fact: the occasion was the annual dinner of the American Radio
and Television Correspondents Association."
Vietnam --by John Pilger
"The Americans call the guerrillas 'Saddam loyalists' and 'Ba'athist
fighters', in the same way they used to dismiss the Vietnamese as
'communists'. Recently, in Falluja, in the Sunni heartland of Iraq,
it was clearly not the presence of Ba'athists or Saddamists, but
the brutal behaviour of the occupiers, who fired point-blank at
a crowd, that inspired the resistance... 'Search and destroy', the
scorched-earth tactic from Vietnam, is back."
Fighters: "We will send them back the bodies of their soldiers"
--by Firas Al-Atraqchi "Somewhere in America, someone is itching
to say 'told you so'. Elsewhere in the world, millions of people
laugh, scoff, mock, and launch vitriol and hyperbole when discussing
America's role in the world. All of a sudden, the so-called victory
in Iraq, which was neither a military nor a popular victory, is
beginning to look like a public relations disaster."
Fate Sealed Under Secrecy
--by Jimmy Breslin "On March 1, give or take a day, in Columbus,
Ohio, the FBI arrested an American citizen they say is Iyman Faris.
There wasn't a word uttered. He vanished. No lawyer was notified.
He made no phone calls and wrote no postcards or letters. He was
a United States citizen who disappeared without a trace into a secret
metal world... They held him secretly in an iron world for the next
six weeks. This is plenty of time to hand out giant beatings. Oh,
yes, don't gasp. If cops are performing a Fascist act, then always
suspect them of acting like Fascists. They have fun beating people
al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy
The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned
to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and
has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported
WMDs, it's got to be the oil
--by Derrick Z. Jackson "Seven weeks later and with no vile
vials in hand, Bush gave a speech Monday in Elizabeth, N.J., where
he did not make a single reference to weapons of mass destruction.
Instead, Bush chose to distract Americans from his Nixonian erasing
of his justification for war by criticizing his critics as 'revisionist
historians.' Meanwhile, Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress were
suppressing history by fighting any formal investigation into the
possible cooking of intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed
by Saddam Hussein. Their job, for the time being, is being made
a piece of cake by a Democratic Party that cannot spell the term
'opposition party' if you spotted them all the o's and p's."
lies no surprise --by
Crispin Sartwell "...the case was luridly bad from the get-go,
riddled with holes that were obvious to anyone who was watching.
We kept reaching for crudely forged documents and aluminum tubes.
When Secretary of State Colin Powell got up in front of the United
Nations to make the case that Saddam was connected to Osama bin
Laden, he used as his main point the existence of an al-Qaeda training
camp in Iraq. The camp was in the Kurdish autonomous zone, controlled
not by Saddam but by the people to whom we had allied ourselves.
That would have justified bombing D.C. - but not Baghdad."
Masters of Spin Why
the Bush administration is the most arrogant in memory --by
Eleanor Clift "American GIs are dying almost daily. So are
Iraqis. But that hasn’t stopped President [sic] Bush from embarking
on a fund-raising spree premised on his triumphal role as commander
in chief. Who needs reality when you’ve got spin? ...The debate
over weapons of mass destruction is an inside-the-Beltway story;
it’s not resonating with the public. The bigger question is existential:
do the gods punish hubris? This is the most arrogant administration
in memory. Every day brings another issue where a careful observer
of the political scene cannot believe what’s happening."
will run internet after terrorist attack [UK]
Wide-ranging powers to enable the police
to run the internet and the rest of Britain’s information superhighway
in the event of a terrorist attack will be unveiled this week. Airlines,
the transport network, town halls and the postal service could also
come under police direction in the event of a national disaster.
ideological facade hides political goal
--by Neal Gabler "From the moment of his disputed election
in 2000 [coup d'etat], President [sic] Bush has been dramatically
reversing the traditional relationship between politics and policy.
In his administration, politics seem less a means to policy than
policy is a means to politics. Its goal is not to further the conservative
revolution as advertised. The presidency[sic]'s real goal is to
disable the Democratic opposition, once and for all." [a
I was briefed on Blair's secret war pact
Senior figures in the intelligence community and across Whitehall
briefed the former international development secretary Clare Short
that Poodle Tony Blair had made a secret agreement last summer with
George Bush to invade Iraq in February or March, she claimed yesterday.
shoddy and shameful: Short's verdict on Blair's campaign to win
backing for war Former ministers rail against Blair for
sidelining his Cabinet and misusing intelligence - a charge echoed
in Washington --Clare Short launched a devastating attack yesterday
on the "collapse in decision-making" at the heart of Poodle Tony
Blair, Iraq and the great deception
Poodle Tony Blair was charged with deliberately misleading the public
over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction yesterday as two former
cabinet ministers revealed that MI6 believed Saddam Hussein's arsenal
posed no immediate threat.
deliberately misled UN arms inspectors, says senator
The row over Iraq's missing weapons intensified in Washington yesterday
as a leading Senate Democrat accused the CIA of deliberately misleading
United Nations inspectors to help clear the decks for an invasion
intelligence on Iraqi weapons rubbish says MP
A Federal Opposition backbencher has strongly criticised United
States' intelligence agencies, describing information they supplied
on Iraq's banned weapons as "rubbish".
Iraq oil industry work may last longer than expected
Halliburton's contract to restart Iraq's oil production has doubled
in cost over the past month, and the no-bid
work may last longer than expected, the Army says. The
expanded role awarded to Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company
cost taxpayers $184.7 million
as of last week, up from $76.7 million a month ago, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers confirmed this week.
War Built On A Lie View
From the Left --by Harley Sorensen " Why mince words? These
are the facts: 1) President [sic] George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary
of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
is a liar. To the above facts we might add these: There are no weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq, none were there when our war against
Iraq began, and none will be found unless we plant them there."
mission in Iraq built on a lie
When Bush wondered what to do about September 11 an ultra-right
lobby group was there to tell him, writes Robert Manne. "It
is gradually becoming transparent that the endlessly repeated claim
used to justify the invasion of Iraq - that Saddam Hussein possessed
a vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction - was false... The
spurious justification constitutes, in my opinion, one of the greatest
foreign policy scandals involving Western governments since 1945.
It is surely imperative for all those who care about democracy
- whether or not they supported the war - to try to discover an
explanation for the deception and the true causes of what has occurred."
Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror
Rand Beers's resignation surprised Washington, but what he did next
was even more astounding. Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White
House as special assistant to the dictator for combating terrorism,
he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry
(Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to
oust his former boss. All of which points to a question: What
does this intelligence insider know?
air marshal vetoed US targets
British commanders were regarded by American forces as their "conscience"
during the war against Iraq, Britain's top military officer in the
Gulf revealed last night. Air Marshal Brian Burridge also made clear
that he had vetoed the US choice of targets and disapproved of
Washington's talk of "shock and awe" tactics.
imperial delusion The
US drive for world domination has no historical precedent --by
Eric Hobsbawm "The present world situation is unprecedented.
The great global empires of the past - such as the Spanish and notably
the British - bear little comparison with what we see today in the
United States empire. A key novelty of the US imperial project is
that all other empires knew that they were not the only ones, and
none aimed at global domination. None believed themselves invulnerable,
even if they believed themselves to be central to the world - as
China did, or the Roman empire."
turned media into parrots
--by Antonia Zerbisias "Turns out that CNN was the Pentagon's
Bitch after all. That was my rather unladylike phrase for AOL Time
Warner's news network throughout the Anglo-American invasion of
Iraq... At least that's how I interpret a study conducted March
20 to April 9, the first three weeks of the war, by Fairness & Accuracy
In Reporting (http://www.fair.org).
American television viewers 'were more than six times as likely
to see a pro-war source as one who was anti-war; with U.S. guests
alone, the ratio increases to 25 to 1,' [as reported in] the May/June
edition of FAIR's magazine Extra! ...Looks like Canada's
airwaves are not about to 'liberated' by AOL Time Warner nor by
News Corp., which owns Fox, nor by General Electric, which owns
NBC. There will be no bending over for the Pentagon on our screens."
turns to the Taliban
Such is the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, compounded
by the return to the country of a large number of former Afghan
communist refugees, that United States and Pakistani intelligence
officials have met with Taliban leaders
in an effort to devise a political solution to prevent the country
from being further ripped apart.
Backtracks on Halliburton Contract Halliburton's
to revive Iraq's oil industry is likely to last longer than originally
estimated, the Army has acknowledged, and the cost
to the government has more than doubled in the past month.
may have killed 10,000 civilians, researchers say
At least 5,000 civilians may have been killed during the invasion
of Iraq, an independent research group has claimed. As more evidence
is collated, it says, the figure could reach 10,000.
Back, Clinton Sex Nation
Is the country better off with a president who actually has an active
libido? Hell yes. --by Mark Morford "At least Clinton had Stephanopolous
and Carville and Mike McCurry and hell even Gore had a sort of stiff
bland GQ handsomeness. Bush has Ashcroft and Dick Cheney and Karl
Rove and Ari Fleischer. Paint peels. Flowers wilt. Hide the children.
...Now, glimpse the current state of American affairs, that acidic
stifling powder-keg feeling, that sense of sad closed-mindedness
and deep-seated fear and the sense that the only real screwing
going on is what the USA Patriot Act and the 2004 Bush budget are
doing to you, right now. Show me a brutish dictator/despot/pseudo-fascist/Rumsfeld,
and I'll show you a sneering hunk of sexual ineptitude."
the media might have to cop the blame for Bush's blushes
From rushing to report on the no-WMDs scandal, the press has been
caught up in the scandal, writes Russ Baker. "The growing scandal
over the Bush Administration's manipulation of intelligence data
on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction focuses on the role of the
White House. But it doesn't devote proper attention to the role
of the US media in the propaganda effort that misled the world.
Probably the central character in that effort was The New York
Times' Judith Miller, perhaps the world's leading journalistic
'specialist' in covering chemical and biological weapons threats...
On April 21, in a front-page story from Iraq, Miller suggested that
US forces had failed to find the much-ballyhooed WMDs - the ostensible
primary reason for the invasion - because they had been recently
destroyed or existed only as precursors with dual civilian uses.
Her source? A man standing in the distance
wearing a baseball cap, who military sources told her was an Iraqi
scientist who had told them those things."
clashes with Europe over war crimes
The United States and several European countries are once again
on a collision course at the United Nations, as Washington manoeuvres
to renew controversial provisions that shield its troops from
prosecution for war crimes.
blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair The
playwright Harold Pinter last night likened George W Bush's dictatorship
to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany,
saying the US was charging towards world domination while the
American public and Britain's "mass-murdering" prime minister sat
back and watched. In conversation on stage with Michael Billington,
the Guardian's theatre critic, Pinter said the US
government was the most dangerous power that had ever existed.
The American detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where al-Qaida
and Taliban suspects were being held, was a concentration
camp. Pinter blamed "millions of totally deluded American
people" for not staging a mass revolt.
...The US population could not be let off scot-free for putting
the country under the control of an "illegally
elected president - in other words, a fake".
death chamber planned A
court and execution chamber could be
built at the US detention camp in Cuba under plans being drawn up
by military officials. Military tribunals for some of the hundreds
of men detained at the US base on Guantanamo Bay moved a step
closer last month with the appointment of a chief prosecutor and
chief defence counsel.
Iraq Data From Start to Finish Americans
were duped: Evidence of administration manipulation and mendacity
just keeps rolling in. --by Robert Scheer "Ever since the
tragedy of Sept. 11, the Bush administration has relied on selective
and distorted intelligence data to make the case for invading Iraq.
But the truth will out, and the White House is now scrambling to
explain away its mendacity...The British Parliament is in an uproar,
but so far the U.S. Congress has failed to exercise its obligation
to hold the executive branch accountable."
Accountable? --by Paul
Krugman "...dishonest salesmanship has been the hallmark of
the Bush administration's approach to domestic policy. And it has
become increasingly clear that the selling of the war with Iraq
was no different... I'll tell you what's outrageous. It's not the
fact that people are criticizing the administration; it's the fact
that nobody is being held accountable for misleading the nation
This is Your Story - The Progressive
Story of America. Pass It On. --by Bill Moyers Text
of speech to the Take
Back America conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s
Future June 4, 2003 Washington, DC --"So go for it. Never mind
the odds. Remember what the progressives faced. Karl Rove isn't
tougher than Mark Hanna was in his time and a hundred years from
now some historian will be wondering how it was that Norquist and
Company got away with it as long as they did – how they waged war
almost unopposed on the infrastructure of social justice, on the
arrangements that make life fair, on the mutual rights and responsibilities
that offer opportunity, civil liberties, and a decent standard of
living to the least among us."
of mass stupidity The
marriage of television and propaganda may well have been the funeral
of reason --by Hal Crowther "Years ago in Moscow, at the
dawn of perestroika, a pair of Russian journalists showed me headlines
from the New York Post that made Khruschev's 'We will bury
you' sound like 'Have a nice day.' How can there ever be peace,
they asked me, if America hates us so much? ..Is it sheer coincidence
that the president's stage manager, Greg Jenkins--responsible for
the notorious flight-suit landing on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln,
and for posing George Bush against Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of
Liberty--was recently a producer at Fox News?" [a must-read]
Blow to Blair over 'mobile labs'
Hussein's trucks were for balloons,
--Poodle Tony Blair faces
a fresh crisis over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction,
as evidence emerges that two vehicles that he has repeatedly claimed
to be Iraqi mobile biological warfare production units are nothing
of the sort. The Observer has established that it is increasingly
likely that the units were designed to be used for hydrogen production
to fill artillery balloons, part of a system
originally sold to Saddam by Britain in 1987.
Hussein's chemical labs 'made no weapons'
The intelligence agencies of Saddam Hussein ran a network of secret
cells that carried out chemical and biological research but produced
no weapons, according to a top Iraqi security official.
10 says sorry to MI6 for 'dodgy' Iraq dossier
Tony Blair's closest adviser has written a personal letter apologising
to Sir Richard Dearlove, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service,
for discrediting the service with the release to journalists last
January of the so-called "dodgy
dossier" on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. [*See "Labour
'doctored' second dossier on WMDs" --Poodle Tony Blair's
denial that he exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's
weapons is called into question today by fresh accusations that
Downing Street distorted a second Iraq dossier."]
Your Lies", Ex U.N. Inspector Tells U.S., U.K.
The United States and Britain should admit they lied when claiming
the ousted Baghdad regime had weapons of mass destruction, Scott
Ritter, a former U.N. senior weapons inspector in Iraq, said in
an interview published here Friday, June 6.
leaders to Bush: Repent Clergy
claim dictator's policies 'incompatible' with church teachings
--A group of leaders from Dictator George W. Bush's denomination,
the United Methodist Church, have signed a magazine ad asking the
chief executive to "repent" of what they consider policies "incompatible"
with Christian teaching, reports the Christian Times. They claim
Bush is "threatening the very earth and all its inhabitants with
open discussion of the usage of nuclear weapons."
Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Is Lying About The Reason For War An
--by John W. Dean "President [sic] George W. Bush has got a
very serious problem. Before asking Congress for a Joint Resolution
authorizing the use of American military forces in Iraq, he made
a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States
needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake
- acts of war against another nation. Now it is clear that many
of his statements appear to be false. In the past, Bush's White
House has been very good at sweeping ugly issues like this under
the carpet, and out of sight. But it is not clear that they will
be able to make the question of what happened to Saddam Hussein's
weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) go away - unless,
perhaps, they start another war."
Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers
Attorney General [and Reichwing sickko] John Ashcroft asked Congress
Thursday for expanded powers to hold suspected
terrorists indefinitely before trials and to let him seek the death
penalty or life imprisonment for any terrorist act.
Owns Your Butt After
all, who the hell wants diversity and choice in major media? Thanks,
FCC! --by Mark Morford "Ah, screw it. Let's just give in.
Let's just laugh bitterly and toss back a shot of something potent
and grain based and throw ourselves under the GOP steamroller and
give in to the great excruciating cosmic joke of it all."
Will Be On Blair's Political Headstone
--by John Pilger "Such a high crime does not, and will not,
melt away; the facts cannot be changed. Tony Blair took Britain
to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on
a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths
of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal
following world war two, who inspired much of international law,
called this 'the gravest of all war crimes'. Blair had not the shred
of a mandate from the British people to do what he did. On the contrary,
on the eve of the attack, the majority of Britons clearly demanded
he stop. His response was contemptuous of such an epic show of true
democracy. He chose to listen only to the
unelected leader of a foreign power, and to his court and his obsession."
coup d'etat, Batman! Pentagon
launches Internet voting effort for overseas Americans --Thousands
of overseas Americans are expected to be able to cast ballots from
their home computers in the 2004 elections, the Pentagon said Monday.
Military personnel and civilians alike will be eligible to take
part in the federal government’s most ambitious experiment yet in
Berating the Generals
Siege of Washington
--by Wayne Madsen "March 25, 2003 may serve as a crucial turning
point in American history. On that day, George W. Bush displayed
his increasingly erratic and irresponsible behavior before America's
top military leadership ...Our Founding Fathers established the
blueprint for such an action to remove Bush and his criminals and
gangsters from office. Let us remember these words from Thomas Jefferson:
'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their Powers from
the Consent of the Governed, that Whenever any form of Government
becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government ...
it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government,
and to provide new Guards for their future.' And these from Abraham
Lincoln: 'This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people
who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government,
they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or
exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.' Amen."
'took torture snaps'
A British soldier is today being questioned by Ministry of Defence
war crimes investigators after the emergence of photographs showing
disturbing scenes of alleged "torture" of Iraqi PoWs. One of the
photographs is reported to show an Iraqi PoW gagged and bound,
hanging in netting from a fork-lift truck. Others allegedly
depict soldiers committing sex acts near
captured Iraqis. [The Bush-Blair whackjobs need to
be prosecuted for W-ar crimes, and
the Idiot Usurper and Poodle Blair need to be tried for treason.
snaps: man held A British
soldier has been arrested over sickening "torture" photos
of an Iraqi prisoner. They show a PoW dangling from a fork-lift
truck. Others allegedly depict soldiers committing sex acts near
captured Iraqis. Last night a war crimes probe was launched by the
Army’s Special Investigations Branch. If proven, the
incident would be a breach of the Geneva Convention and
would cause huge embarrassment to the Army and Government.
explodes key WMD claim Downing
Street doctored a dossier on Iraq's weapons programme to make it
"sexier", according to a senior
British official, who claims intelligence services were unhappy
with the assertion that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction
(WMD) were ready for use within 45 minutes. [Click here
for the No 10 dossier in question. (.pdf)]
must not be suckered a second time by the White House
The British government needs to
concede that we went to war for reasons of US foreign policy and
Republican Party politics --by Robin Cook "Before
the war he [Donald Rumsfeld] told us that Saddam had 'large stockpiles
of chemical and biological weapons and an active programme to develop
nuclear weapons'. After the war he explains away the failure to
find any of these stockpiles or nuclear installations on the possibility
that Saddam's regime 'decided they would destroy them prior to a
conflict'. You have to admire his effrontery. But not his logic."
campaign execs help in Iraq
Iraq is being helmed by a group of American executives and government
officials handpicked by the Bush dictatorship, ministry by ministry.
Among the ministers is former Shell Oil
chief Philip Carroll, who also headed the Fluor Corp., one of
six companies hired by the Defense Department before the war in
a closed bid for Iraq reconstruction projects. Under his leadership
the corporation gave $483,000 in
individual, political action committee and soft money contributions
to political campaigns between 1999 and 2002, 57 percent of it to
Republicans. Carroll retired from
Fluor last year. Carroll is the senior adviser to the Ministry
weapons only one reason for war-Wolfowitz
The U.S. decision to stress the threat posed by Iraq's supposed
weapons of mass destruction above all others was taken for ''bureaucratic''
[?!?] reasons to justify the war, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in remarks released Wednesday.
- The Plan to Kill America
--by Kirwan "The Bush Crime family has been secretly and voraciously
devouring the critical funding for everything from schools and medicine
to infrastructure and the 'privatization' of social security. The
willful destruction of social programs, coupled with an economically
irresponsible foreign policy of continual and unnecessary wars;
plus a 'reorganization' of the entire federal government through
implementation of the HOMELAND Security Act that has obviously -
all been created to bring this nation to the brink of economic collapse.
This brings us back to the original question - 'Why are we doing
the Obvious --by Paul
Krugman "It's no secret that right-wing ideologues want to
abolish programs Americans take for granted. But not long ago, to
suggest that the Bush administration's policies might actually be
driven by those ideologues — that the administration was deliberately
setting the country up for a fiscal crisis in which popular social
programs could be sharply cut — was to be accused of spouting conspiracy
theories. Yet by pushing through another huge tax cut in the face
of record deficits, the administration clearly demonstrates either
that it is completely feckless, or that it actually wants a fiscal
crisis. (Or maybe both.)"
plans death camp The
US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death
camp, with its own death row and execution chamber. Prisoners
would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries,
without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday
newspaper reported yesterday. [This Bush dictatorship is beyond
beyond: "...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive
of these Ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,
and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles,
and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most
likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Action of Second
Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of
the thirteen United States of America]
on the American Dictator: "That
fucking Texas geezer" Jan O. Karlsson, the Swedish
Minister for Migration, has got himself into trouble after calling
the American Dictator "that fucking Texas geezer". The
rather impolite [but accurate, nonetheless] description of
George W. Bush was presented by the Swedish minister during a meeting
with the press this week. According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet,
Mr. Karlsson called Mr. Bush "that fucking Texas geezer".
[I still like the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel moniker,
but this is a good one, too. <g> --Lori Price]
Iraq war plan left troops exposed
A top secret debriefing on the Gulf War has heard disturbing
evidence of a catalogue of errors in the U.S.-U.K. invasion forces'
campaign, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. High-level military
officials were told that the RAF failed to provide adequate ground
support for British troops, and that tanks rolled into battle without
proper armour. The briefing, at a military college in Oxfordshire,
also heard confirmation that there was a lack of planning for the
administration of post-war Iraq, which resulted in widespread looting.
Cross denied access to PoWs
Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians
- believed to be gagged, bound, hooded
and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport --The
United States is illegally holding thousands of Iraqi prisoners
of war and other captives without access to human rights officials
at compounds close to Baghdad airport, The Observer has learnt.
Iraq war plan left troops exposed
A top secret debriefing on the Gulf War has heard disturbing
evidence of a catalogue of errors in the U.S.-U.K. invasion forces'
campaign, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. High-level military
officials were told that the RAF failed to provide adequate ground
support for British troops, and that tanks rolled into battle without
proper armour. The briefing, at a military college in Oxfordshire,
also heard confirmation that there was a lack of planning for the
administration of post-war Iraq, which resulted in widespread looting.
equated with Hitler in 'Matrix' sequel?
Image of dictator shown with Hitler in discussion of evil --Is
Dictator Bush equated with Adolf Hitler
in the science-fiction flick "The Matrix Reloaded"? The question
is being asked in connection with a scene in the new movie where
images of Bush and the German dictator are displayed during a discussion
of evil in the world.
"....This discussion is complete with flashing images of those
miseries, including Adolf Hitler, the atom bomb and George W. Bush.
If the Matrix films, the most philosophically-challenging
movies to be produced in a generation, reveal any obvious signs
of the politics of its makers, then this subliminal equation (Hitler=Bush?)
is it. ..It is not difficult
to see Agent Smith as the American secretary of Defense, of the
entire Matrix as the military-industrial-political-entertainment
complex of the Western world; to see the Merovingian as the French
(obviously, complete with accent); the Oracle as Britain, the God-like
figure Neo confronts as a slimmer, bewhiskered Dick Cheney. The
only question is if Neo and the rave- and orgy-enjoying residents
of Zion are terrorists, or freedom fighters, or freedom
fighters living among terrorists."
Security Officers Reveal Concerns About US Government Security Measures
Thirty-one percent fear US will
become a police state while 33% report they receive security alerts
unavailable to public --A new poll of 559 chief security officers
(CSOs) and senior security executives conducted by IDG’s CSO magazine
reveals some concerns about US government’s tactics to provide security.
When considering the impacts of Patriot Acts I and II, a third of
respondents (31%) say the US is in jeopardy
of becoming a police state. [*Becoming?* Became. --Lori
Private Lynch: Take 2
The rescue was pure Hollywood, reportedly a bit of Pentagon fiction.
--by Robert Scheer "After a thorough investigation, the British
Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of the 'heroic'
rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and
a breathless American press. 'Her story is one of the most stunning
pieces of news management ever conceived,' the BBC concluded — the
polite British way of saying 'liar, liar, pants on fire.' Though
the Bush administration's shamelessly trumped-up claims about Iraq's
alleged ties to Al Qaeda and 9/11 and its weapons of mass destruction
take the cake for deceitful propaganda — grand strategic lies that
allow the United States' seizure of Iraq's oil to appear to be an
act of liberation — the sad case of Lynch's exploitation at the
hands of military spinners illustrates that the truth once again
was a casualty of war."
Has Betrayed Britain ... Not Me
A defiant George Galloway yesterday accused Poodle Tony Blair of
betraying Britain and putting the country in "the first ranks
of the hated on the earth". Galloway, suspended by Labour over
comments on Iraq, told an anti-war rally: ...'By putting us in
the first ranks of the hated on the earth, Tony Blair is the one
who has betrayed this country, not me and not you. If
there's a treason in this picture it is those who have sold our
country to a foreign power, who have decided that it is our fate
to be the tail of a dog whose head is the virtually imbecilic right-
wing republican fundamentalist George W Bush."
Dead Want the Truth
The GOP attack machine's consistent message, though, is "let's
move on" --by Alan Bisbort "This whole thing begs the tree
in the forest question. What if our government fell into the hands
of fascists and nobody was told? Would it make a sound? Another
question: Why is Clinton's sleazy personal behavior more pressing
to the national interest than the possibility that we may now have
a president [sic] who lied to United Nations, Congress and the American
people about the reasons for starting an unprovoked war and who,
therefore, may have violated the U.S. Constitution, which he is
sworn to protect, and who may (and certainly would if he were a
Democrat) face an impeachment hearing as a result?"
provocation against democratic rights: Texas Republicans order state
police to seize Democratic legislators
--by Patrick Martin "The political crisis in Texas is a warning
to the American people on the decay and disintegration of democratic
processes in the United States... A government that lacks any democratic
legitimacy, headed by a president who lost the popular vote and
was installed in office by the Supreme Court, is now seeking to
remove any check on its power."
Are We the New Nazis?
Soldiers, God and Empire --by Douglas Herman "The barbarism
of conquered Baghdad mirrors the Nazi blueprint for dealing with
foreign art and culture: Loot the art and burn the culture. Yet
even The German High command never allowed or conspired in the wholesale
eradication of French culture to the degree the American Army appeared
to do in Baghdad... Truthfully, to the rest of the world, we already
are the New Nazis."
should be impeached and tried for war crimes
--by Denise Giardina "Weapons of mass destruction? Saddam no
longer had them. If he had, he would have used them. And if any
are found now, the cabal that has hijacked our country will have
planted them there. That is why the Bush administration has made
clear it will not allow the U.N. back in the country to provide
neutral inspections. Here is what is coming clear. George W. Bush
and his cabal lied to the American people so they could attack another
country to seize its oil wealth."
Other "F" Word --"Chosen by the Grace of God"?
--by Ben Tripp "For a long time I couldn't quite slap the 'F'
word, as fascism is coyly known among lefties, on Bush and his minions.
No matter how naughty the Man Who Would be President might be, for
my tastes he never hit that perfect Kafka note-- until recently.
Him and his people weren't really fascists. Just execrable excrudescent
assholes. But 2003 has changed all that. These people are fascists,
and they make Mussolini look like a mezzafinook." [a must
link to sale of reactors to North Korea
The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, sat on the board of
a company that three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors
to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis
of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington
because of its efforts of build nuclear weapons. Mr Rumsfeld was
a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based
in Zurich, when it won a $US200 million contract to provide the
design and key components for the reactors.
drafts a resolution to take control of Iraqi oil
The Bush dictatorship circulated a draft resolution among key Security
Council members Thursday calling for the elimination of more than
a decade of international sanctions on Iraq and granting the
United States broad control over the country's oil
industry and revenues until a permanent Iraqi government is
in place. [Insert "Oh. I thought the W-ar
in Iraq was not a war for oil" lament here. --Lori Price]
condemns Dictator Bush
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has described U.S. Dictator George
Bush as "corrupt." He told a forum of 200 schoolchildren on Thursday:
"I think George Bush is the most corrupt president [sic] since
Harding in the twenties. He is not the legitimate president."
He added: "This (The U.S. administration) really is a completely
unsupportable government and I look forward to it being overthrown
as much as I looked forward to Saddam Hussein being overthrown."
[Goodness knows, ***I*** can't wait, either! --Lori Price]
rape of Iraq (WSWS)
"It is high time that what the US is doing is called by its
real name. A criminal regime in Washington is carrying out the rape
of Iraq. One month after the fall of Baghdad to the US military,
the real reasons for the Bush administration’s illegal war against
Iraq are coming clearly into focus. Behind Washington’s rhetoric
about 'liberation' and 'democracy,' America’s financial oligarchy
is preparing to enrich itself through the outright theft of an entire
two faces of Rumsfeld 2000:
director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear
reactors to North Korea 2002: declares
North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target
for regime change --Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary,
sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light
water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards
as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime
change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.
Vendor of Miami-Dade voting machine failed to explain potential
problems with devices
The provider of the touch-screen voting machines used in last year's
botched primary elections misled officials about the equipment,
a government study said. The 41-page draft report by the Miami-Dade
office of the inspector general said Election Systems & Software's
sales team ''conveniently left out'' vital information about the
touch-screen device capabilities and in effect turned the election
into a live test for the software. [*See: "Who
makes the vote-counting machines?"
Eyeing Evidence That Bush Blew 9/11
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bob Graham is reportedly sitting
on damaging evidence that the Bush dictatorship
could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks - but he hasn't
released the information yet because it's classified.
11 Showdown Will
the White House block a terror panel’s access to critical documents?
--NEWSWEEK has learned, Dictator Bush’s chief lawyer has privately
signaled that the White House may seek to invoke executive privilege
over key documents relating to the attacks in order to keep them
out of the hands of investigators for the National Commission
on Terror Attacks Upon the United States—the independent panel created
by Congress to probe all aspects of 9-11. Some commission members
now fear a showdown over the issue.
May Invoke 9/11 Executive Privilege and Secrecy
--by Tom Flocco "Proof of prior knowledge of the September
11 attacks is continuing to trickle out of the purportedly 'leak-proof'
White House, as more corroborative chickens of 9/11 are coming home
to roost -- even as President [sic] Bush is considering invoking
executive privilege to keep the clamps on evidence that could alter
the political landscape for the nation’s conquering 'top-gun.'"
was like Hitler, says weapons man
Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, has compared
the invasion of Iraq to Hitler's invasion of Poland. Both invasions
were based on what he said was an artificial argument of self defence.
Dictator George W Bush had used the September
11 attacks as Hitler used the 1933 burning of the Reichstag to repress
Henry A. Waxman questions Donald Rumsfeld about Halliburton
"I am writing about Halliburton's ties to countries that sponsor
and Policy Overlap Advisor
Perle has given seminars on ways to profit from possible conflicts
discussed by defense board he sits on. Last February, the Defense
Policy Board, a group of outside advisors to the Pentagon, received
a classified presentation from the super-secret Defense Intelligence
Agency on the crises in North Korea and Iraq. Three weeks later,
the then-chairman of the board, Richard N. Perle, offered a briefing
of his own at an investment seminar on ways to profit from possible
conflicts with both countries.
Remarks: Making the Military a Stage Prop for Politics
--by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd "President [sic] Bush's address
to the American people announcing combat victory in Iraq deserved
to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with gratitude to
God, not self-congratulatory gestures. American blood has been shed
on foreign soil in defense of the President[sic]'s policies. This
is not some made-for-TV backdrop for a campaign commercial."
Approves Force in Detaining Possible SARS Carriers
The Bush dictatorship has authorized immigration and customs agents
at the nation's international airports to use force to detain
arriving passengers who appear to have
symptoms of the disease, senior regime officials said.
workers must report any legal action, including arrests, divorce
cases New rules, contained in an executive order signed
by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. last week and released Monday, require
workers to inform their department heads of matters as personal
as divorces or custody battles or as sensitive as seeking protective
orders from abusive spouses. "It's opening up a Pandora's box
that's never been opened before," said Zachary J. Ramsey, executive
director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees Council 92. Current policy and statute generally applies
to criminal convictions, Ramsey said, not arrests. [Holy police
tied to bin Ladens Osama
bin Laden family members invested $10M in an equity fund run by
former Bechtel unit. The Bush dictatorship launched a war on
terror because of the alleged acts of Osama bin Laden. Ironically,
one of the companies the regime has picked to rebuild Iraq after
the latest phase of that war has ties to bin Laden's family,
according to a published report. [Lest we forget, the Idiot Usurper
awarded billions to the DynCorp child molesters. *See
US firm wins key contracts
A US military contractor accused of human rights violations has
won a multi-million-dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq,
The Observer can reveal. DynCorp, which
has donated more than £100,000 to the Republican Party,
began recruiting for a private police force in Iraq last week on
behalf of the US State Department. While the US has promised help
in bringing law and order to Iraq, the involvement of DynCorp has
caused concern as it has been involved in a series of recent high-profile
scandals involving personnel in sensitive missions overseas. DynCorp
personnel contracted to the United Nations police service in Bosnia
were implicated in buying and selling prostitutes, including
a girl as young as 12. Several DynCorp employees were also
accused of videotaping the rape of one of the women.]
'Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction'
The Bush dictatorship has admitted that Saddam Hussein probably
had no weapons of mass destruction. Senior officials in the Bush
regime have admitted that they would be 'amazed' if weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) were found in Iraq.
the Iraqi Army Take a Dive for the U.S.?
--by Randolph T. Holhut "The Arabic-language weekly Arab Voice
reported that there had been secret talks between U.S. forces and
the Republican Guard. A deal was allegedly approved by Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld that offered large sums of money to the top echelon
of the Republican Guard and offers of American citizenship for commanders
and their families. If they chose to stay in Iraq, those commanders
would be offered official roles in post-war Iraq, provided they
hadn't committed war crimes." [a must read]
--by Gabriel Ash "Looting the culture of the enemy is symbolic
of victory, a kind of 'consummation' of the new imperial relation
of domination. ...the looting of Baghdad's National Museum was almost
de rigueur. True to its god, the U.S. empire didn't send its soldiers
to loot the museum. It adopted a 'laissez-faire' attitude. The forces
of the state stood by as the looting was conducted by 'private enterprise.'
Iraq's heritage was not crated to the Metropolitan Museum. Instead,
it ended up in the possession of Washington's supreme god -- the
vow revenge as hatred of US grows Hatred
of the Americans is boiling on the streets
of Falluja, where Iraqis lobbed grenades into the US military compound
yesterday, wounding seven and damaging vehicles. Outside the mayor's
office, which is next to the American compound, staff had hung an
uncompromising banner: "Sooner or later,
US killers, we will kick you out." [Well, I suspect the anger
is boiling against Amerika on other streets, as well... --Lori Price]
of Connections --The Contractors
--by Jane Mayer "[Osama] Bin Laden’s estranged family, a sprawling,
extraordinarily wealthy Saudi Arabian dynasty, is a substantial
investor in a private equity firm founded by the Bechtel Group of
San Francisco. Bechtel is also the global construction and engineering
company to which the U.S. government recently awarded the first
major multimillion-dollar contract to reconstruct war-ravaged Iraq...
When the contract was awarded, two weeks ago, the Administration
did not mention that the bin Laden family has an ongoing relationship
for Authoritarianism Spawns an American Gulag
--by Jonathan Turley "In keeping with the other shadowy facts
about this camp, it is not clear how large the children's wing at
Camp Delta has become... Camp Delta was originally justified as
a holding area for alleged war criminals from the Afghanistan conflict.
The administration now has broadened its use to include anyone whom
it defines as a terrorist suspect or a person suspected of aiding
or abetting terrorists. Of course, suspicion in the Bush administration
is as good as a conviction because the vast majority will never
be submitted to a tribunal, let alone a legitimate court of law."
[a must read]
Dictator Bush's Latest Proclamation:
Loyalty Day, 2003 --By the President [sic] of the United
States of America --A Proclamation --"The Congress, by Public
Law 85-529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as 'Loyalty
Day,' and I ask all Americans to join me in this day of celebration
and in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation. NOW, THEREFORE,
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President [sic] of the United States of
America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day..."
[...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of
these Ends, it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers
in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their
Safety and Happiness. --Action of Second Continental Congress,
July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United
States of America --It is alter and abolish time, folks. --Lori
is blind obeisance day under the Bush junta for the majority of
Americans." --CLG member, Thomas M. Fiddler, of Kentucky]
went to war just to boost the white male ego
--by Norman Mailer "With their dominance in sport, at work
and at home eroded, Bush thought white American men needed to know
they were still good at something. That's where Iraq came in...
Exeunt: lightning and thunder, shock and awe. Dust, ash, fog,
fire, smoke, sand, blood, and a good deal of waste now moves to
the wings. The stage, however, remains occupied. The question posed
at curtain-rise has not been answered. Why did we go to war? If
no real weapons of mass destruction are found, the question will
keen in pitch."
of Emphasis --by Paul
Krugman "...in September Mr. Bush cited an International Atomic
Energy Agency report that he said showed that Saddam was only months
from having nuclear weapons. 'I don't know what more evidence we
need,' he said. In fact, the report said no such thing — and for
a few hours the lead story on MSNBC's Web site bore the headline
'White House: Bush Misstated Report on Iraq.' Then the story
vanished — not just from the top of the page, but from the site."
Sue Franks For war Crimes, U.S. Irked
Suffering from indelible psychological scars for losing their loved
ones to the U.S.-led war on their country, Iraqi civilians are preparing
to lodge a complaint with a Belgian court against Chief of the U.S.
Central Command Gen. Tommy Franks and other U.S. military officials
for committing unspeakable war crimes in
Iraq, a leading U.S. newspaper reported Monday, April
anger at war crimes threat
The Bush dictatorship has reacted angrily to suggestions that General
Tommy Franks, the commander of the US-led war in Iraq, might be
charged with war crimes.
the United State murder journalists?
--by Robert Fisk "A Ukrainian, a Spaniard, an Arab. They all
died within hours of each other. I suspect they were killed because
the US – someone in the Pentagon though not, I’m sure, Ms [US Assistant
Secretary of State of Defence for Public Affairs, Victoria] Clarke
– decided to try to 'close down' the press. Of course, American
journalists are not investigating this. They should – because
they will be next.
may get new legal powers in war against Sars
(UK) Sweeping new powers to control the spread of Sars that allow
doctors to detain sufferers against their
will may be introduced by the Government.
calls for "one polar power"
Europe and the United States should work as "one polar power" to
tackle the world's problems rather then bickering as they did over
Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair says.
How the road to war was paved with lies Intelligence
agencies accuse Bush and Blair of distorting and fabricating evidence
in rush to war --The case for invading Iraq to remove its weapons
of mass destruction was based on selective
use of intelligence, exaggeration, use of sources known to be discredited
and outright fabrication, The Independent on Sunday can
may be tried as traitor
George Galloway, the anti-war Labour MP who is suing over allegations
he secretly took money from Saddam Hussein, faces the prospect of
a criminal prosecution for treachery. The Observer can reveal that
the Director of Public Prosecutions is considering pursuing
the Glasgow politician for comments during the Iraq war
when he called on British troops not to fight.
says coalition [US-UK invasion forces] is an 'occupying power'
The United States has reacted angrily to comments today by Kofi
Annan, the UN Secretary General, that the coalition in Iraq is an
"occupying power" and must respect international law. Last week,
Brigadier-General Vincent Brooks, the deputy operations director
at US Central Command, said that the United States did not consider
itself an occupying power in Iraq, instead seeing the coalition
as a "liberating force" - a classification that does not exist
in the Geneva or Hague Conventions.
Bechtel & the Spoils of War
--by Dr. Mohammad T. Al-Rasheed "Haliburton and Bechtel, to
name but two, have landed sizeable contracts from the fallen Babylonian
cow. Dick Cheney and George Shultz (Reagan’s man) have undeniable
ties with those two companies. Ahmed Chalabi, the Bush administration’s
choice to lead Iraq, is a figure out of Enron itself. The Swiss
have just come out with information about him that would make the
Houston executives proud. How do we square this activity with the
declared aim of WMD, terrorist attacks, and regional peace?"
Banging, Here and There
--by Maureen Dowd "The Bushies pretend that we don't want an
all-access pass to Iraqi bases (we do); that we are not interested
in influencing the disposition of Iraqi oil (we are); that we will
stay out of Iraqi politics, even if they go fundamentalist (we won't);
and that we will leave Iraq soon (we can't). Even as they stifle
their Pax Americana impulses in Iraq, the imperialists swagger with
a Pox Americana at home. Karl Rove has broken creative new ground
in appalling political opportunism by pushing back the Republican
National Convention in New York City to September 2004, the
latest date for a convention in the party's history and only days
away from you-know-when."
Plus Nothing Undercover
among America's secret theocrats --by Jeffrey Sharlet "Regular
prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of
Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with
businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries... In the process
of introducing powerful men to Jesus, the Family has managed to
effect a number of behind-the-scenes acts of diplomacy. " [a
unthinkable is becoming normal. Do not forget the horror
The saving of one little boy must
not be a cover for the crime of this war --by John Pilger "We
must not forget that a British defence secretary has announced,
for the first time, that his government is prepared to launch an
attack with nuclear weapons. He echoes Bush, of course. An
ascendant mafia now rules the United States, and the
Prime Minister is in thrall to it. Together, they empty noble
words – liberation, freedom and democracy – of their true meaning.
The unspoken truth is that behind the bloody conquest of Iraq is
the conquest of us all: of our minds, our humanity and our self-respect
at the very least. If we say and do nothing, victory over us is
Luck Would Have It . . . A 9/11 victim testifies that the carnage
could have been averted --by
Howard Blume "On the Chicago Board Options Exchange during
the week before September 11, put options were purchased
on American and United Airlines, the two airlines involved in the
attacks. The investors who placed these orders were gambling that,
in the short term, the stock prices of both airlines would plummet.
Never before on the Chicago Exchange were
such large amounts of United and American Airlines options traded.
These investors netted a profit of at least $5 million after
the September 11 attacks. Interestingly, the
names of the investors remain undisclosed, and the $5 million remains
unclaimed. Why were these aberrant trades not
discovered prior to 9/11? Who were the individuals who placed these
trades? Have they been investigated?"
bars access to oil ministry, power plant
While many Iraqis began returning to work, oil ministry employees
were wondering why US forces, heavily guarding their offices, barred
them from re-entering the building on Saturday. It was also unclear
why a Baghdad power station had apparently been
booby-trapped by occupation troops.
- Did Portugal have all the facts?
The Portugal News has received a full transcript of a report by
a former CIA senior political analyst that states that Iran
was responsible for the mass murder of 5,000 Kurds by chemicals
at the Iraqi township of Halabja in 1988. The Halabja
massacre was one of the pretexts put forward by the US Government
for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Some political commentators
are saying that if the report had been made public before the
build up to the present conflict in Iraq, Portugal and Spain might
well have had second thoughts about supporting the US and British
Iraqi guilt, MPs tell Blair
Poodle Tony Blair is facing the threat of a fresh rebellion from
Labour backbenchers who are growing increasingly alarmed
that the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
will confirm that the war was illegal.
Accuse US of Cultural 'Crime of the Century'
US troops committed the cultural "crime of the century"
when they failed to protect priceless Iraqi artifacts from looters
and likely trampled archaeological sites during the invasion, top
antiquities officials here charged yesterday.
Approaches Turkey for Reactivation of Mosul-Haifa Pipeline
Israel has made an offer to Turkish contacting firms to reactivate
the Mosul-Haifa pipeline, which has been closed for the last 55
years. Not only the Israeli government but also Israeli firms have
reportedly approached Turkish companies for an oil pipeline that
would provide transportation of 5 million barrels of oil from northern
Iraq to the Israeli port of Haifa. [Holy Cui Bono,
Batman!! --Lori Price]
the people on the streets, this is not liberation but a new colonial
war of 'liberation' may be over. But Iraq's war of liberation
from the Americans is just about to begin --by Robert Fisk "It's
going wrong, faster than anyone could have imagined. The army of
'liberation' has already turned into the army of occupation. The
Shias are threatening to fight the Americans, to create their own
war of 'liberation'."
bombed neighborhoods, everyone 'wants to kill Americans'
In Baghdad's al Kharnouq neighborhood, five unexploded American-made
cluster bomblets perch precariously in Qusai Abdel Majid's lemon
tree and the flower bed beneath it. Stepping carefully, one can
follow a trail of dozens of the 2-inch-long black bombs that have
killed four of his neighbors so far. "A year ago, on these streets,
we would have yawned if someone had mentioned America to us," Khalid
Tarah said. "Now, look what they have done to us. Everyone feels
this pain. Everyone here now wants to kill. Everyone here now wants
to kill Americans."
troops massacre Iraqi protesters in Mosul American
troops opened fire on anti-US protesters in
the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least 10. Hours
earlier, 20,000 people marched through the southern city of Nasiriyah
to oppose Washington’s plans to install a puppet government. In
Baghdad, the US military tried to prevent journalists from reporting
on the third straight day of anti-US demonstrations.
to Saddam, No to US' Thousands
of demonstrators gathered yesterday on the road leading to a hastily
constructed air base outside Nassiriyah, the location of a meeting
between US government representatives and members of the opposition
Iraqi National Congress. Many Iraqis boycotted the meeting in opposition
to US plans to install retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner atop an interim
who really did save Private Jessica?
The rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, which inspired America during
one of the most difficult periods of the war, was not the heroic
Hollywood story told by the US military, but a staged
operation that terrified patients and victimised the doctors who
had struggled to save her life, according to Iraqi witnesses.
[a must read]
Say Lynch Raid Faced No Resistance "They
made a big show," said Haitham Gizzy, a physician at the public
hospital here who treated Pfc. Jessica Lynch for her injuries at
Saddam Hospital. "It was just a drama," he said. "A big, dramatic
show." Gizzy and other doctors said no Iraqi soldiers or militiamen
were at the hospital that night, April 1, when the U.S. Special
Operations forces came in helicopters to carry out the midnight
rapacious colonial war": Interview with Arab journalist Said Dudin
on US bombing of Al Jazeera
A WSWS team spoke with Arab journalist and writer Said Dudin last
week on the Iraq war and the intimidation of Arab journalists, which
culminated in the US bombing of the Al Jazeera media centre in Baghdad
on April 8... Dudin emphasised there could be no doubt that the
aim of the US bombing of Al Jazeera was the decapitation of its
work in Iraq.
your eye on the ball
--by Brent Flynn "...how many Americans have forgotten that
it was a CIA coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party into
power in the first place? How many have forgotten that it was the
United States that helped Saddam consolidate his power as a counter
balance to the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran? But more
importantly, how many times did our government and media remind
us of these historical facts?"
Insiders --by Bob Herbert
" The primary goal of Mr. [Donald] Rumsfeld's visit to Baghdad
[in December, 1983] was to improve relations with Iraq. But another
matter was also quietly discussed. The powerful Bechtel Group in
San Francisco, of which Secretary Shultz had been president before
joining the Reagan administration, wanted to build an oil pipeline
from Iraq to the Jordanian port of Aqaba, near the Red Sea. It was
a billion-dollar project and the U.S. government wanted Saddam to
sign off on it."
books, letters and priceless documents are set ablaze in final chapter
of the sacking of Baghdad
--by Robert Fisk "So yesterday was the burning of books. First
came the looters, then the arsonists. It was the final chapter in
the sacking of Baghdad. The National Library and Archives – a priceless
treasure of Ottoman historical documents, including the old royal
archives of Iraq – were turned to ashes in 3,000 degrees of heat.
Then the library of Korans at the Ministry of Religious Endowment
were set ablaze... And the Americans did nothing. All over
the filthy yard they blew, letters of recommendation to the courts
of Arabia, demands for ammunition for troops, reports on the theft
of camels and attacks on pilgrims, all in delicate hand-written
Arabic script. I was holding in my hands the last Baghdad vestiges
of Iraq's written history."
Americans have forgotten that it
was a CIA coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party into power
in the first place? How many have forgotten that it was the United
States that helped Saddam consolidate his power as a counter balance
to the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran? But more importantly,
how many times did our government and media remind us of these historical
US firm wins key contracts
A US military contractor accused of human rights violations has
won a multi-million-dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq,
The Observer can reveal. DynCorp, which
has donated more than £100,000 to the Republican Party,
began recruiting for a private police force in Iraq last week on
behalf of the US State Department. While the US has promised help
in bringing law and order to Iraq, the involvement of DynCorp has
caused concern as it has been involved in a series of recent high-profile
scandals involving personnel in sensitive missions overseas. DynCorp
personnel contracted to the United Nations police service
in Bosnia were implicated in buying and selling
prostitutes, including a girl as young as 12. Several DynCorp employees
were also accused of videotaping the rape of one of the women.
Threatens Iraqi Scientists
Appealing to the world community to protect them from the U.S. aggression
aimed at obliterating Iraq’s minds, a number of Iraqi scientists
and university professors sent an SOS e-mail complaining American
occupation forces were threatening their lives.
deals alleged between US, Iraqi generals
The low level of resistance against the US-led invasion could be
because Iraqi generals struck secret deals
with Washington, Russia's Ambassador in Iraq, Vladimir
TItirenko who returned home from the war-zone said today.
Collusion --by Parviz
Esmaeili "Almost 10 days ago, there was a halt in U.S.-British
operations in Iraq. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
and the chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Tommy Franks,
in their interviews with the media never elaborated on the issue,
but instead tried to mislead world public opinion in order to hide
a greater secret decision from them."
--by Dennis Rahkonen "What is propaganda? It's when ordinary
people fighting fiercely but futilely with AK-47's against an army
of invading tanks are never given media credit for being 'patriots,'
but are invariably portrayed as 'ruthless fedayeen' and worse...
This war has been a cruel, soul-devouring fraud from the start."
the day after Arson,
anarchy, fear, hatred, hysteria, looting, revenge, savagery, suspicion
and a suicide bombing --by Robert Fisk "The Americans may
think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of
thieves – they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and
cars searching for booty – seem to have a different idea of what
liberation means. American control of the city is, at best,
tenuous – a fact underlined after several marines were killed
last night by a suicide bomber close to the square where a statue
of Saddam Hussein was pulled down on Wednesday, in
the most staged photo-opportunity since Iwo Jima."
Basra chief exposed as former Ba'athist
Troops protect sheikh after mob attack --Violence broke out in Basra
after a sheikh asked by British commanders to become the new leader
of the province was revealed to be a former
brigadier-general in Saddam Hussein's army and a one-time member
of the Ba'ath party.
weapons teams scour Iraq
Secret units in desperate hunt for banned
arsenal --Britain and the United States have bypassed
the United Nations to establish a secret team of inspectors to
resume the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Is a Casualty in CBS's 'Hitler' Miniseries
Ed Gernon, longtime head of the movie and miniseries division of
Canadian-based production company Alliance Atlantis, was let go
because of an interview he gave regarding CBS's May sweeps miniseries
Hitler: The Rise of Evil. ...Gernon is quoted as saying of
the miniseries, which tracks Hitler's rise to power in 1930s Germany:
"It basically boils down to an entire nation gripped by fear,
who ultimately chose to give up their civil
rights and plunged the whole world into war. I can't think
of a better time to examine this history than now," Gernon tells
the upcoming TV Guide that he, [actress Julianna] Margulies and
director Christian Duguay believe it's
a good idea to look at the Bush White House through the prism of
. . . Germany's genocidal psychopath." [Call,
write, and scream at Alliance Atlantis for their FASCIST REPRESSION
OF LEGITIMATE OPINION, a la McCarthyism!!!! Alliance Atlantis Communications
Inc. Corporate Offices Toronto, ON M4X1J9 (416) 967-0022 (416) 967-8061
Reason Why --by George
McGovern 'Thanks to the most crudely partisan decision in the
history of the Supreme Court, the nation has been given a President
[sic] of painfully limited wisdom and compassion and lacking any
sense of the nation's true greatness. Appearing to enjoy his role
as Commander in Chief of the armed forces above all other functions
of his office, and unchecked by a seemingly timid Congress, a compliant
Supreme Court, a largely subservient press and a corrupt corporate
plutocracy, George W. Bush has set the nation on a course for one-man
--The News Blackout on What Is Happening in Afghanistan
--by Michael Gilson De Lemos "...as we launch into this next
glorious war in Iraq, I have one question. What’s going on in the
present one? You know, Afghanistan, the land we used to call 'Moscow’s
Vietnam.' It’s not that the government tells questionable tales,
from magical Bin-Laden tapes and miraculously preserved 9-11 attack
passports to our 'anti-Taliban' forces one day blandly re-branded
as 'rebel warlords' the next, like Lawrence of Arabias randomly
turning into menacing Conan the Barbarians."
of a Village at Devastation --by
Peter Arnett "Baker Nagill Sacanda Mohammed holds a blackened
flatbread in his outstretched arms and begs for answers nobody can
give. Behind him are the smouldering remains of his bakery, the
hub of this quiet Shi'ite community until the war finally caught
up with it 45 minutes ago... There are no obvious military targets
here, just row after row of mud-walled houses..."
morally hollow victory
No amount of PR will disguise the fact that this war is an outrage
against humanity --by Mary Riddell "On the separate question
of whether Iraqi acts of war are on a par with those of the coalition,
the answer is also simple. Ours are sometimes worse. The spectre
of chemical attack remains, but, amid Iraqi Scuds unfired and bio-weapons
undiscovered, reality trumps fear. The cluster-bombing of civilians
by an invading force proclaiming its superior power is an outrage
against humanity and the Geneva Convention."
Battle of Baghdad 'Ever
so slowly, the suburbs were turned into battlefields' --by Robert
Fisk "At first, I thought the soldiers on the back were sleeping,
covered in blankets to keep them warm. Yet I had opened my car window
to keep cool this early summer morning and I realised that all the
soldiers – there must have been 15 of them in the little truck –
were lying on top of each other, all with their heavy black military
boots dangling over the tailboard. The two soldiers on the vehicles
sat with their feet wedged between the corpses. So did America's
first victims of the day go to their eternal rest."
Cancelled Election 2004 is in play...'
--by Rich Procter "Get ready for the wingnut Screech Monkeys
to put this in play, and play it for all its worth - 'We're at war!
God has chosen our President [sic] to lead us! To question him is
to question America itself! To suggest replacing him is treason!
To mount a political campaign against him is beyond the pale! These
elections must be...(wait for it...wait for it...) 'postponed indefinitely!!'"
War For Truth --by
John Pilger "'We had a great day,' said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of
the US Marines last Saturday. 'We killed a lot of people.' He added:
'We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?' He said
there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them
fell when he and other Marines opened fire. 'I'm
sorry,' said Sgt Schrumpf, 'but
the chick was in the way'... Like their [Amerikan] attack
on Iraq, their invasion of Vietnam was accompanied by a racist
contempt for the people.
30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech
--by Michael Rectenwald "A US arms
trader, Jay Garner, will run Iraq after the invasion is complete
and the occupation underway. But, we are told, this war is not about
"bidness." It's about Liberation. We think it is about Liquidation!
The nakedness of the power grab is indeed an extension of the
naked grab for power that has characterized the Bush regime since
the original coup in 2000." --Michael Rectenwald
to the speech here!
stands by 'regime change' barb at Bush
John Kerry, D-Mass., dismissed the criticism Thursday at a meet-the-candidates
dinner in Atlanta, saying, "I don't need any lessons in patriotism
or in caring for America from the likes
of Tom DeLay." He rejected the criticism in stronger
terms on Friday. "If they want to pick a fight, they've picked
a fight with the wrong guy," he said. [Right on, Senator
says US needs its own 'regime change'
Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that Dictator Bush committed
a ''breach of trust'' in the eyes of many United Nations
members by going to war with Iraq, creating a diplomatic chasm that
will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.
issues SARS executive order to arrest and quarantine Dictator
Bush issued an executive order Friday allowing the forced
quarantine of people suspected of having SARS. The executive
order calls for the "apprehension, detention
or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction,
transmission or spread of suspected communicable diseases."
OKs quarantine for SARS --Dictator Bush
signs executive order allowing health officials to quarantine
people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Dictator Bush issues executive
order adding SARS to list [?!?]
of communicable diseases for which a person can be quarantined.
War's Dirty Secret: It's About Changing United States, Not Iraq
--by Steve Lopez "The effort to turn Iraq into a democracy,
in other words, is making the U.S. less of one. Our
opposition party has disappeared, corporate interests dictate public
policy, and the feds may be rummaging through your e-mail.
There's a dirty secret no one has told you, and here it is:
This war is not about changing Iraq, it's about changing America."
[a must read]
Red-Blue Terror Alert
--by Paul Krugman "...less than 48 hours after the atrocity
[9-11 terrorist attacks], Congressional Republicans tried to exploit
the event to pass a cut in the capital gains tax... Even in the
first months after Sept. 11, Republican lawmakers made it clear
that they would not support any major effort to rebuild or even
secure New York."
War is Not Working
--by Peter Arnett "I am still in shock and awe at being
fired. There is enormous sensitivity within the US government
to reports coming out from Baghdad. They don't want credible
news organisations reporting from here because it presents them
with enormous problems."
30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech
--by Michael Rectenwald "A US arms
trader, Jay Garner, will run Iraq after the invasion is complete
and the occupation underway. But, we are told, this war is not about
"bidness." It's about Liberation. We think it is about Liquidation!
The nakedness of the power grab is indeed an extension of the
naked grab for power that has characterized the Bush regime since
the original coup in 2000." --Michael Rectenwald
to the speech here!
and Defense --by Seymour
M. Hersh The battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon --"According
to a dozen or so military men I spoke to, Rumsfeld simply failed
to anticipate the consequences of protracted warfare... In the
months leading up to the war, a split developed inside the military,
with the planners and their immediate superiors warning that the
war plan was dangerously thin on troops and matériel..."
Off, Syria and Iran!
--by Maureen Dowd "The incoherence of the battle plan
— which some retired generals say is three infantry divisions short
— has made the guts and stamina and ingenuity of American forces
even more remarkable. Rummy was beginning to erase his fingerprints.
'The war plan,' he said, 'is Tom Franks's war plan.' Tommy, we hardly
knew ye. Paul Wolfowitz, Rummy's deputy, conceded that the war planners
may have underestimated the hardiness of the heartless Iraqi fighters.
This admission is galling."
Journal --by Wade Hudson
"Our hotel shook like a San Francisco earthquake probably thirty
or forty times. Often the bombs would hit one second after another
for ten or fifteen minutes. The rolling thunder of the B-52s is
an experience that I will never forget. And a number of times our
building would shake even though we heard no bomb explode... It
boggles the mind to realize how many bombs that they have at their
disposal, to drop repeatedly as if it were nothing more than confetti."
Act 11 - the sequel Citizens
can stop government power grab (The Miami Herald) "Warrantless
surveillance. Secret arrests. Indefinite detention. Is this totalitarian
Cuba? No, it's what the U.S. Justice Department is planning, based
on legislation that Justice lawyers have been secretly drafting
for months... No member of Congress, including those on key
committees, was aware that the Justice Department was working on
the 'Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003' -- or Patriot Act
II, as it has been dubbed -- when a draft was leaked last month.
That led to concerns that Justice intended to introduce the measure
as a 'stealth bill,' at a time of high
anxiety about national security, as happened with the original Patriot
anchors choke back tears: I gag
--by Zoe Heller "...the real problem, in the American media
at least, is the blatant and unembarrassed manner in which the reporters
have become mouthpieces for the military...
'I can tell you that these soldiers have been amazing to us,' David
Bloom, a reporter for NBC, travelling with the Third Infantry, reported
the other night. 'They have done anything and everything that we
could ask of them and we in turn are trying to return the favour.'
Cute. But not the sort of thing you want to hear from a newsman."
of coverage paved the way for war TV belatedly turning critical
lens on itself --by
Antonia Zerbisias "Then there's the business of Al-Jazeera,
the pan-Arab news network with some 35 million subscribers, among
them some of the world's wealthiest people, including major investors
in AOL Time Warner — which owns CNN. For all the blah-de-blah-blah
about liberating the Iraqi people and giving them Western democracy,
CNN never discussed — by the time I filed this column, anyway —
how Al-Jazeera had been banned from both the New York Stock Exchange
the war criminal --by
Tam Dalyell "My constituency Labour party has just voted to
recommend that Tony Blair reconsider his position as party leader
because he gave British backing to a war against Iraq without clearly
expressed support from the UN. I agree with this motion. I also
believe that since Mr Blair is going
ahead with his support for a US attack without unambiguous UN authorisation,
he should be branded as a war criminal and sent to The Hague."
[Send the other international war criminal, George W. Bush, to
The Hague, too!!]
was an outrage, an obscenity' --by Robert Fisk "It
was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door,
the swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside
a garage, the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and
her three small children in their still-smouldering car ...We may
put on the hairshirt of morality in explaining why these people
should die. They died because of 11 September, we may say, because
of President Saddam's 'weapons of mass destruction', because of
human rights abuses, because of our desperate desire to 'liberate'
them all. Let us not confuse the issue with oil. Either way,
I'll bet we are told President Saddam is ultimately responsible
for their deaths. We shan't mention the pilot, of course."
[The whole US massacre in Iraq, Bush's W-ar,
is an outrage, an obscenity. --Lori Price]
Why they are not cheering
--by Paul Reynolds "They were supposed to be cheering in the
streets as the American and British tanks rolled in, just as they
did in France in 1944... The Qatari television channel al-Jazeera
had a team in the city and it sent back graphic pictures of dead
and wounded civilians which were widely shown in the Arab world.
But these images have been all but ignored in the West, which
seems more interested in pictures of the American prisoners of war.
People do not take kindly to being bombed,
even by "friendly forces".
had contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations walked out of a debate
on the Iraqi war Thursday after Iraq's ambassador accused the United
States of trying to exterminate the Iraqi people. Iraq's
U.N. envoy Mohammed Al-Douri claimed the United States had arranged
contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997, six years before the U.S.-led
war began last week.
to Rebuild Iraq Go to Chosen Few
KBR, the company the U.S. government picked this week to put out
oil-field fires in Iraq, has a long history
of working for the military on big projects in foreign hot spots.
The former Kellogg Brown & Root -- a subsidiary of Houston-based
energy services firm Halliburton Co.,
which Vice pResident Cheney headed from 1995 until 2000 [and
still receives money from] -- developed a contingency plan for extinguishing
the fires as part of a 10-year Pentagon logistics contract it was
awarded in 2001.
Including Big GOP Donors, Invited to Vie for Iraq Contracts
Weeks before the first bombs dropped in Iraq, the Bush regime began
rebuilding plans. ABCNEWS has obtained a copy of a 99-page contract
worth $600 million. Among the companies believed to be bidding are
Bechtel, Fluor, Parsons, the Washington Group and Halliburton,
Vice pResident Dick Cheney's old [and current] firm.
Wants Secondary Contractor Role in Iraq
Vice pResident Dick Cheney's
former company has decided not to enter a controversial bidding
process open only to a few experienced and well-connected firms
for major Iraq reconstruction projects. Instead, Halliburton Co.
will focus on becoming a secondary contractor.
Officials of the Houston-based company would not say whether the
decision was related to questions of favoritism and cronyism
concerning the firm.
is still paid by Pentagon contractor Bush
deputy gets $1m from firm with Iraq oil deal
the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract
to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding
for postwar construction contracts, is still
making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-pResident,
arms trader to run Iraq
Ex-general who will lead reconstruction heads firm behind Patriot
missiles --Jay Garner, the retired US general who will oversee humanitarian
relief and reconstruction in postwar Iraq, is president of an arms
company that provides crucial technical support to missile systems
vital to the US invasion of the country.
who would be 'king' of Iraq
Jay Garner is the hawkish head of the Pentagon agency that will
be handling lucrative reconstruction deals -- Jay Garner is closely
linked with the group of hawks centred on US Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld (who gave him his latest job), his deputy Paul Wolfowitz
and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, who are as keen to bypass the
UN in the aftermath of war as they were before it.
club' gets fat on conflict
High-flying venture capital firm Carlyle
Group cashes in when the tanks roll --For 15 years one
of America's most powerful venture capital groups has tried to play
down suggestions that its multi-billion dollar funds get fat on
the back of global conflict. But now, with the invasion of Iraq
under way, a new book chronicling the relatively short history of
the Carlyle Group threatens to draw attention to the company's
close links with the Pentagon.
Rumsfeld adviser resigns over ethics
A top adviser to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and one
of the intellectual architects of the war with Iraq resigned
his post Thursday amid an ethics controversy. [The rats are abandoning
the sinking Bush ship!!]
oil industry set to profit from Iraq war
Texas oil and gas companies are well-positioned to benefit from
the rebuilding of Iraq's multibillion-dollar oil industry, experts
say. [This is the KEY to
the W-ar. It's all about globalization/privatization.
If you don't accept the WTO and World Bank way, you get bombed into
the global market Bush W-ar style!--Michael
Threatens to Fire on Independent Reporters in Iraq
(March 10, 2003)
The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the
satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq,
according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview
with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences
of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had
said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."
bomblets rip into Iraqi children
--by Robert Fisk "The wounds are vicious and deep, a rash of
scarlet spots on the back and thighs or face, the shards of shrapnel
from the cluster bombs buried in the flesh. The wards of
the Hillah teaching hospital are proof that something illegal -
something quite outside the Geneva Conventions
- occurred in the villages around the city once known as Babylon.
bill meets opposition at hearing
(OR) A bill that would define violent protesters as terrorists and
subject them to possible life imprisonment came under attack Monday
at a packed and sometimes tense legislative hearing. The wording
of the bill left many concerned that it could be applied to relatively
minor acts of vandalism or misbehavior during a demonstration.
Anyone convicted of "terrorism" would get an automatic
life sentence with a 25-year minimum before being considered
for parole... [...whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these Ends, it is the Right
of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing
its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
their Safety and Happiness. --Action of Second Continental Congress,
July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United
States of America]
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