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May 2002 Archives

May 31, 2002

Congress Should Investigate AshKKKroft's Detentions -- by Stuart Taylor Jr. Ashcroft has used at least four different rationales—all of questionable legality—for locking up Muslims -- "Congress should call on Ashcroft to explain and justify the incarceration of so many people, for so long, in such harsh conditions, under such unprecedented secrecy, and with so little apparent progress in finding terrorists."

Smog-Forming and Toxic Gases 'Consistently' Undercounted, Major Study Finds In a discovery with national implications, a group of government, academic and private researchers involved in a $20 million study of Houston's air quality have found that operators of petrochemical plants in the city's vast industrial complex have been significantly underestimating emissions of key air pollutants in required reports to regulators.

Early blooming flowers tied to warmer Earth Study examines flowering patterns over half century -- In a new measure of how a warmer globe is changing biology, British researchers have found that plants are blooming much earlier and they forecast the trend will continue if temperatures rise.

New Study Adds to Debate on E.P.A. Rules for Pesticide The Environmental Protection Agency is struggling to write new rules governing the use of atrazine, one of the nation's most widely used pesticides. The chemical, linked in studies to cancer in humans and to deformities in frogs, is banned in some European countries.

Government doesn't need more power -- by Jesse Walker "After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration claimed we needed to give up some of our privacy to make it easier for the government to spy on potential terrorists in the United States. Congress responded with an anti-terror bill trampling our civil liberties and granting far-reaching search and surveillance powers to law enforcement agencies. But it turns out the atrocities of Sept. 11 were not a surveillance failure. They were an analysis failure."

US looks to evade the world criminal court From July 1, prosecutors based in The Hague will be authorised through international law to try those believed to have committed crimes against humanity. But the US has begun to pursue creative ways to try to extract itself from their jurisdiction.

Newsletter and Internet Publisher in Solitary Confinement Internet publisher Paul Trummel, whose February jailing prompted a flood of protests by journalists and others around the U.S., has now been dispatched to solitary confinement at King County Jail.

Journalists barred from Oklahoma bridge cleanup site Photographers and reporters, including one placed in handcuffs, blamed the inexperience of small-town law officials for series of obstacles blocking the reporting of a bridge collapse that killed at least 14 people.

They weave a tangled web -- by Stephen Winn "Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney has been asking Americans to be on the lookout for 'things that are out of the ordinary or unusual.' Well, Mr. Vice President, now that you mention it, something odd did happen recently: You and other high-ranking administration officials began frantically clanging the terrorism alarm bells without offering any real evidence of an increased risk."

U.S. Argues War Detainee Shouldn't See a Lawyer The government argued today that Yasser Esam Hamdi, a prisoner from the Afghan war who was born in Baton Rouge, La., and is in custody in Norfolk, should not be allowed to see a lawyer for national security reasons [?!?].

Capitol Ban on Protests Nullified A federal appeals court yesterday struck down a 30-year-old ban that keeps protesters from the House and Senate entrances of the Capitol, ruling that security concerns do not outweigh First Amendment rights at a building that is "a centerpiece of our democracy."

Ban Lifted on Capitol Steps Protests A federal appeals court panel today struck down a rule banning demonstrations on a sidewalk outside the United States Capitol, ruling that the ban violated freedom of speech.

Court Overturns Law Mandating Internet Filters for Public Libraries A federal court panel struck down a law requiring libraries to filter the Internet for material harmful to minors yesterday, saying that the technology blocks so much unobjectionable material that it would violate the First Amendment rights of library patrons.

Lawsuit Halts Plutonium Shipments in Flawed Containers Environmental groups are claiming victory in their fight to keep the Department of Energy (DOE) from using uncertified containers to ship plutonium.

Democrats Question Handling of Fla. Voting Probes Key Democratic senators contended yesterday that the Justice Department did not address the most politically sensitive issues in the 2000 pResidential s-election in Florida, particularly allegations of illegal purges of voter lists and the denial of voting rights to minorities.

Senate Democrats seek information on election lawsuits, Florida redistricting Senate Democrats on Thursday asked Attorney General [and rightwing nutcase] John Ashkkkroft to explain why the inJustice Department chose not to file lawsuits in nine cases it was investigating for possible voting rights violations.

Fresh memories of war -- by Kandea Mosley "'We were told there were no friendly forces,' said [Army Private Matt] Guckenheimer, an assistant gunner with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. 'If there was anybody there, they were the enemy. We were told specifically that if there were women and children to kill them.'"

US Supreme Court reinstates death sentence against Tennessee man In a decision that will further restrict the right of death row inmates to appeal their sentences, the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and reinstated the death sentence of a Tennessee man who argued that his mentally ill lawyer did nothing to save him from the death penalty.

Texas Man to Be Tried for Heckling Student Who Heckled Former President Bush in 1998 Must Go to Trial, Texas High Court Rules

Halliburton and Inquiry by the S.E.C. The Halliburton Company — which disclosed Tuesday that it was under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for a change in its accounting practices in 1998, while Vice pResident Dick Cheney was its chief executive — adopted more aggressive policies last year about recording sales and postponing potential losses.

Cancer town wins fight with US Radio Liberty A small town in Germany has taken on the US government and won, writes Allan Hall in Berlin. Villagers who live near gigantic radio-transmitting masts for US Radio Liberty forced the German parliament to agree to remove the masts because of the high number of cancer cases in the area.

Australian prisoners in Guantanamo Bay send letters exposing their illegal detention Letters received last week by the families of two Australian citizens currently jailed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, further expose the inhumane and illegal nature of their arrest and detention.

New FDA rule allows approval of certain drugs not tested on humans In a move to help development of bioterrorism antidotes [As long as stocks in the pharmaceutical industry increase in value, it's all good.] the Food and Drug Administration finalized rules Thursday allowing approval of certain drugs based only on animal studies if it would not be possible or ethical to test them in people [Can they be tested on Bu$h and Cheney?]

Calgary labs prepare for bioterror during G8 summit A Calgary medical lab is preparing for the possibility of a bioterrorist attack while NORAD readies its crews to patrol the skies during the G8 summit in Kananaskis.

University offers first course in Clintonology A university course devoted to Bill Clinton's time as US president, said to be the first of its kind, will be offered in his native state next year.

John Conyers blasts Ashkkkroft's further expansion of FBI surveillance authority "The Administration's continued defiance of constitutional safeguards seems to have no end in sight. This decision decimates the Fourth Amendment. The Justice Department is intent on another power grab when it has become clear that a lack of competence - not law enforcement authorities - prevented the Administration from connecting the dots before September 11. I call on the Bush Administration to immediately halt any efforts to unilaterally expand surveillance authority and to consult Congress before implementing further intrusions on our civil liberties..."

Top Democrat slams DOJ terror guidelines Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, issued a scathing statement Thursday in response to new inJustice Department guidelines on terrorism investigations.

Ashkkkroft Permits F.B.I. to Monitor Internet and Public Activities Attorney General [and rightwing nutcase] John Ashkkkroft said today that he was stepping up the fight against terrorism by expanding the F.B.I.'s authority to monitor the World Wide Web, political groups, libraries and religious organizations, including houses of worship like mosques.

FBI Gets More Freedom for Domestic Surveillance The FBI on Thursday won additional powers to conduct domestic counterterrorism surveillance at places like mosques -- changes critics say could trample on Americans' rights and civil liberties.

Trust in Government Declines Post-9/11 Jump in Americans' Confidence in Washington Is Fading

FBI Given Wider Surveillance Rules New Surveillance Rules Remove Evidence Hurdle [?!?] -- New Justice Department guidelines to be unveiled today will give FBI agents latitude to monitor Internet sites, libraries and religious institutions without first having to offer evidence of potential criminal activity, officials said yesterday.

Financial Database To Screen Accounts Leading financial services firms here have formed a private database company that will compile information about criminals, terrorists and other suspicious people [?!?], for use in screening new customers and weeding out those who may pose a risk.

Patriot Act's supposed justification is gone -- by Peter Erlinder "The 'lack of specific warnings' defense may justify a lack of action before the airliners hit the World Trade Center, but it can't explain away the lies that were told to Congress and the American people after Sept. 11 to justify the administration's war on civil liberties."

KKKatherine Harris writing book on Florida recount [Barf alert!] KKKatherine Harris is finishing her term as Florida secretary of state, she's running for Congress and, CNN has learned, she's busy working on a book about the 2000 presidential s-election recount, which made her an international celebrity [and traitor].

U.S. Loses a Ruling On Secret Detentions A federal judge in New Jersey dealt a significant blow yesterday to the government's efforts to hold terrorism suspects in secret, ruling unconstitutional a directive closing immigration hearings deemed of "special interest" to the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court backs states against feds: The Supreme Court says states have wide immunity when federal agencies investigate complaints about them, then challenge their activities. They forgot to mention, "with the exception of Florida, in one particular case, not to be used as precedent, etc. etc." HYPOCRITES AND FRAUDS that they are!!!

No vote-plot evidence found The inJustice Department said Tuesday that it found no credible evidence that any Florida residents were intentionally denied their right to vote in the 2000 election and that the number of Floridians unable to vote was insufficient to ''cast any doubt'' on pResident Bu$h's margin of victory [sic]. [It was a bona fide coup d'etat, however.]

DOJ says no credible evidence that any Florida residents intentionally denied voting rights in 2000

"Are there blacks in Brazil?" (Der Spiegel) When talking with Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 71, pResident Moron Bu$h surprisingly asked: "Do you have blacks too?" Original article from Der Spiegel: Gibt es Schwarze in Brasilien?

AARP Joining Suit Against Drug Makers The AARP, the nation's largest lobbying group for older Americans, is accusing pharmaceutical companies of paying their competitors not to market cheaper generic drugs.

CHP defends arrest of bridge girl -- 11-year-old denies actions at protest In the face of criticism from civil rights groups, the California Highway Patrol is defending its decision to arrest an 11-year-old Los Gatos girl for allegedly hitting an officer after a protest on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Alarm as tribe offers land for nuclear dump The bleak, barren land in Utah that was given to the Goshute Indians as their reservation in the 19th century could now turn the tribe's few remaining members into millionaires by becoming a nuclear waste dump - to the fury of the rest of the state.

F.B.I. Director, Facing Criticism, Plans New Focus on Terror Fight The Federal Bureau of Investigation, facing intense criticism over its performance before Sept. 11, is planning a series of changes intended to alter its mission fundamentally, from solving crimes like bank robbery to countering terrorism, government officials said today.

Terrorism Focus Set For FBI The FBI will shift 480 agents from drug and other criminal investigations to counterterrorism posts and plans to more than double the bureau's anti-terror forces under a major reorganization that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is scheduled to announce today.

Security Assistance After September 11 (Foreign Policy In Focus) "Among the countless repercussions from September 11 is a new rationale for doling out security assistance: the war on terrorism. Not since anticommunism was used to excuse the arming and training of repressive governments during the cold war has there been such a broad, fail-safe rationale to provide military aid and arms to disreputable foreign militaries."

Clamp on Drills Seen Raising Risk at U.S. Reactors When nuclear regulators put U.S. atomic reactors on high alert after the Sept. 11 attacks, they also froze training drills for the plant's security forces, a move critics warn weakens their defense.

This goofy estrangement The Bu$h administration's rhetorical assaults on Cuba are being met with growing US scepticism -- by Duncan Campbell "In Moscow last week, President [sic] Bush said the cold war was over. Maybe he should re-read his speech on his return to the White House while looking at an atlas with the page open at the Caribbean."

Bu$h's desire to attack Iraq -- by Keiler Hook "What exactly is the legal basis for a war with Iraq?"

'Carnivore' Glitches Blamed for FBI Woes The FBI mishandled a surveillance operation involving Osama bin Laden's terror network two years ago because of technical problems with the controversial Carnivore e-mail program, part of a "pattern" indicating that the FBI was unable to manage its intelligence wiretaps, according to an internal bureau memorandum released yesterday.

Anti-snooping operating system close to launch Computer activists in Britain are close to completing an operating system that could undermine government efforts to the wiretap the internet. [WTG!]

LePore: Mock election to be held in malls, supermarkets Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore said Tuesday she'll schedule a mock election [Been there, done that] - probably in shopping malls and supermarkets on a Saturday in July - so voters can sample new touch-screen machines before the fall primaries and general election.

Rightist death squads hail Colombia’s new president

FBI objects to the Constitution (Boulder Weekly) When the jury in the Judi Bari trial requested copies of the First and Fourth Amendments this week, the FBI showed its true stripes by objecting.

U.S. Criticized on Detainee Policy Amnesty Warns of Human Rights Fallout -- U.S. moral authority to criticize human rights abuses abroad has been undermined by the Bu$h mis-ministration's failure to guarantee the rights of foreigners detained in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and its "selective adherence" to international law, Amnesty International charged in a report to be released today.

Global Eye -- Prior Engagement -- by Chris Floyd "Last week's outpouring of stories in the mainstream press about the Bush regime's criminal carelessness in safeguarding the citizens of the United States surely came as no surprise to anyone. The facts were always out there, in plain sight. You just had to sift through the sludge -- the spin-gobbling, self-serving prose of the corporate media -- to find the truth."

Dwindling job prospects and rising education costs face US college graduates

Fort Stewart soldier jailed in Florida on $5 million bond [Is Rumsfeld "trolling for terrorism" to deflect questions regarding the 9/11 investigation -- which will soon be illegal to ask, anyway?] Police believe soldier tried to plant explosive device at power plant -- Jacksonville, Fla., police arrested a Fort Stewart soldier Saturday after finding him armed, wearing black clothes and leaving a power plant where he allegedly left an explosive.

US plan to strike enemy with Valium Pentagon scientists aim for future battlefield victories with the aid of tranquillising drugs and GM bugs -- American military chiefs are developing plans to use Valium as a potential weapon against enemy forces and to control hostile populations, according to official documents seen by The Observer. [OK! It is now time for me to ask the penultimate question: What defines a "hostile" population?!? Oh, I get it! One that doesn't want a UNOCAL pipeline!]

Thousands jeer Bu$h in Paris "You are the terrorist," crowds cry More than 4,000 demonstrators marched through central Paris today to protest pResident Bu$h's two-day visit to France and to denounce American domestic and foreign policy. "Bush, you are the terrorist" the marchers shouted as they walked from the landmark Place de la Republique to the Bastille, where they burned American flags.

Anti-Bu$h Demonstrators March in France More than 4,000 protesters marched through Paris slamming US foreign, military and environmental policy, in a demonstration that passed off without incident, while police said more than 1,000 took to the streets in Caen, northwest France.

Anti-war rally ties up bridge Cops stop traffic to make arrests at Golden Gate -- An anti-war protest on the Golden Gate Bridge turned ugly Saturday when police stopped northbound traffic to arrest demonstrators, causing a backup several miles long.

Rally Censures Military Action In Afghanistan About 250 people gathered outside MacDill Air Force Base on Sunday to protest U.S. military action in Afghanistan. The four-hour rally ended with 10 people arrested for unlawful assembly after they blocked the Dale Mabry Highway entrance to the base, which serves as the command center for the war. As they were led to the Tampa Police Department's paddy wagon, the protesters shouted, "No Justice. No Peace."

Police Make Arrests at Peace Rally Police arrested 10 people at a peace rally in front of MacDill Air Force Base on Sunday after they attempted to block the front gate. After a peace rally at Gadsden Park about 200 protesters headed to the front gates of MacDill Air Force Base, home to U.S. Central Command leading the war effort on terrorism [sic] in the mid-east.

Protests Cancel Rehnquist Assembly An assembly to honor Chief Justice William Rehnquist at his high school alma mater was canceled Friday because of a student protest.

Ghosts Surround You as the World Watches An Open Letter to George Bu$h from America's Youth -- by Friday Addams & The New American Rebels "You and your ultra-conservative cronies have grossly underestimated the intelligence and rebellion that surrounds you. Now you are leading our country, and our world into HELL, mistaking your fate for ours. You have endangered all of us by seizing power the way you did, with your careless and callous foreign policies."

U.S. plans for martial law, tele-governance, suspension of elections -- by John Stanton and Wayne Madsen "The U.S. government and its military and corporate officials are fond of making the pitch to the American public that the U.S. Constitution mandates that their survival, above all others, is absolutely necessary to ensure that the government that emanates from that document survives a debilitating attack."

"Are there blacks in Brazil?" (Der Spiegel) When talking with Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 71, pResident Moron Bu$h surprisingly asked: "Do you have blacks too?"

Hard-Liner Elected in Colombia With a Mandate to Crush Rebels Voters [with a bit of assistance from the CIA, perhaps?] gave a resounding victory today to a hard-right candidate for president who promises a sharp buildup in the armed forces to battle two rebel groups that have been waging war for 38 years.

Bu$h Fourth Reich Official "Questions" [?!?] Release of a Hollywood Movie (Drudge Report) Recent private discussions at the White House question the timing and release of Paramount's new action movie Sum of all Fears, -- a movie which depicts a nuclear bomb unleashed on an American sporting event.

Prisoners of war held in horrific conditions in Afghan jails Months after their capture, thousands of Afghan and Pakistani prisoners of war are still being held in appalling conditions in Afghan jails.

Cost scaring many women away from healthcare A third of women have health conditions that require continual treatment, yet nearly a quarter of women said they delayed or went without health care in the past year because they couldn't afford it, a new study says.

Castro to Americans: Don't Fear Cuba "Cuba will never place blame or sow hate against the people of the United States for the aggressions that we have suffered because of their governments,'' Fidel Castro told a crowd the government estimated at 300,000 -- a figure impossible to verify independently.

CIA Analysts to Assist FBI The CIA is dispatching personnel to help the FBI upgrade its ability at headquarters in Washington to analyze intelligence and criminal data for use in preventing terrorist acts, according to senior FBI officials.

'Planted' candidates has GOP leaders ducking Republicans officials have been "planting" candidates in Democratic senate primaries, to cause problems for prominent Democrats who would have otherwise been unopposed.

Disabled Veterans Lobby for Full Retirement Pay

Bu$h Protesters Arrested in Russia A small [yeah, right!] but determined group of anti-U.S. demonstrators followed pResident Bu$h around St. Petersburg on Saturday until its leaders were shoved into a van by plainclothes security personnel and driven away. The small size of the protests contrasted starkly with the situation in Berlin, where some 20,000 anti-war demonstrators greeted Bu$h.

French Protesters Ready for Bu$h Visit French protesters Saturday geared up for demonstrations to coincide with a visit by pResident Bu$h while police prepared a massive security operation.

Governor to study castration bill (Okla.) Gov. Frank Keating will study "very carefully" the language in a bill that would allow chemical and surgical castration of criminals convicted of sex crimes, a top aide said Friday.

Act Would OK Warrantless Snail Mail Searches On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the new surveillance powers by a 327 to 101 vote. The bill, titled the Customs Border Security Act, says that incoming or outgoing mail can be searched at the border "without a search warrant."

Under Bu$h, the Briefing Gets Briefer Under President Bill Clinton, the PDB [President's Daily Brief] ran around 12 pages and often included detailed analyses as well as new information that Clinton generally read before the briefing. Under Bu$h, the PDB has become shorter, according to a former senior intelligence official who was involved in the process. It is written with the understanding that the pResident is a "multi-modality learner" [read: the pResident is a moron who cannot read!!!] processes information better through questions and answers while reading along, the former official said.

Evildoers In The Hood Another batch of fresh terrorist warnings from the government, and you without your skepticism -- by Mark Morford "The evildoers are coming. Again. No really, they are. This time we really mean it. Those last 17 times we only partially meant it but this time we really really mean it and look even pallid and barely animate VP [sic] Cheney is muttering through the scary side of his disquieting mouth that fresh terrorist attacks on the US are 'almost a certainty.'"

Terrific political cartoon by Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News

Florida Counties Seek to Avoid Suit Over Election Officials in three Florida counties have confirmed that they are facing potential Justice Department lawsuits charging voting rights violations. Elections officials in Miami-Dade, Osceola and Orange Counties say they are in talks with the department over complaints that they failed to provide language assistance to voters with limited proficiency in English.

Executive: 'Big Coal' Swayed Bu$h Industry Lobbied Against Pledge to Reduce Emissions -- A member of a government advisory committee on coal charged last year that pResident Bu$h's decision to reverse himself on a campaign pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions was a "monumental mistake" that resulted from vigorous coal industry pressure, newly disclosed documents show.

Lindh's Lawyers Want Detainee Access Lawyers for John Walker Lindh insisted Friday they must have direct access to military detainees in Cuba who could help the case of the U.S.-born Taliban soldier.

FBI Warns of Possible Scuba Diver Terror Attacks The FBI on Friday added to a recent string of warnings by citing the possible use of scuba divers by terrorists to conduct an attack. [OK, you can stop listing warnings now -- the media is done talking about investigating Bu$h and 9/11, go back to reporting Britney Spears' concert schedules.]

Venezuelan Coup Plotter Escapes The man who briefly replaced Venezuela's president during a short-lived coup was seeking asylum in the Colombian Embassy Friday after escaping from house arrest.

Detainees Allege More Retaliation Detainees at a federal jail in Brooklyn have been harassed recently by guards for cooperating with a Justice Department investigation into previous allegations that the guards assaulted and verbally abused the prisoners, according to civil rights lawyers.

House approves $29 billion anti-terror bill The House approved $29 billion early Friday for the fight against terrorism overseas and at home as the two parties grappled in a bitter election-year spat over war and the growing national debt. [pro-terror, extra-Constitutional bill, but who's looking?]

Sailors Sprayed With Nerve Gas in Cold War Test, Pentagon Says The Defense Department sprayed live nerve and biological agents on ships and sailors in cold war-era experiments to test the Navy's vulnerability to toxic warfare, the Pentagon revealed today.

Iceberg 35 miles long, 7 miles wide breaks away from Antarctica The berg named D-17 broke off from the Lazarev Ice Shelf, a large sheet of glacial ice and snow extending from the Antarctic mainland into the southeastern Weddell Sea. [This is the largest iceberg to break away from Antarctica since... well, last month's iceberg, which was the largest one to break away since the previous month's iceberg.]

Forget Kyoto deal for another 10 years, says Bu$h adviser The United States has in effect ruled out any possibility of taking part in the Kyoto treaty to reduce greenhouse gases for at least another 10 years, its senior climate negotiator said yesterday.

Iraq Invasion Put on Hold After Pleas by Military The uniformed leaders of the U.S. military believe they have persuaded the Pentagon's civilian leadership to put off an invasion of Iraq until next year at the earliest and perhaps not to do it at all, according to senior Pentagon officials.

Military Would Be Stressed by a New War, Study Finds A top-secret Pentagon war game has revealed that expanding the campaign against terrorism to a country like Iraq would place severe strains on personnel and cause deep shortages of certain critical weapons, senior officials say.

John Ashkkkroft's First Year as Attorney General: The Triumph of Right-Wing Ideology Over Our Constitution and Laws [PFAW Report] "...Ashcroft has done much to ensure his legacy as a right-wing ideologue who is willing to bend the Constitution and laws to his worldview, disregard the constitutional principle of checks and balances, and endanger Americans' basic rights and freedoms."

Enron Headache in Connecticut Costly Deal Troubles Republican Governor's Reelection Bid -- The state trash collecting agency has lost $220 million on an ill-timed transaction with the ruined Texas energy company. The propriety of the governor John G. Rowland's meeting with Enron officials and his staff's entertainment by the lobbyist has been questioned by Democrats, and last week the FBI and Justice Department began looking into the case.

Probe Deep, and Fairly -- by John McCain

F.B.I. Was Warned It Could Not Meet Terrorism Threat A top secret report warned top officials of the F.B.I. in the months before Sept. 11 that the bureau faced significant terrorist threats from Middle Eastern groups like Al Qaeda but lacked enough resources to meet the threat, senior government officials said.

More Pre-Attack Warning Memos Emerge The FBI yesterday acknowledged two more pre-9/11 memos that hinted at terror attacks - one about a Middle Eastern country seeking a flight simulator, and another about Middle Easterners in Oklahoma flight classes.

FBI chiefs so lax agents felt they were spies FBI officials in Washington not only stymied an investigation into flight school student Zacarias Moussaoui before September 11, but also tried to stop field agents linking the suspected 20th hijacker to the terrorist attacks after they occurred, an agent claims in a 13-page "whistle-blower" letter. Requests for a warrant were thwarted by FBI supervisors in Washington, who seemed so intent on ignoring the threat Moussaoui posed that some field agents speculated that key officials at FBI headquarters "had to be spies or moles ... working for Osama bin Laden".

Special Agent Wright “blows the whistle” on FBI negligence and obstruction by senior, supervisory FBI agents and FBI headquarters Terrorism Unit agents of counterterrorism investigations targeting figures belonging to and supporting terrorist operations by Hamas and al Qaeda. Larry Klayman’s press conference on C-SPAN

Tearful FBI Agent Apologizes To Sept. 11 Families and Victims In a memorandum written 91 days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an FBI agent warned that Americans would die as a result of the bureau's failure to adequately pursue investigations of terrorists living in the country. FBI Special Agent Robert Wright, Jr., who wrote the memo, led a four-year investigation into terrorist money laundering in the United States. Wright began crying as he concluded his remarks at a Washington press conference Thursday.

FBI Agent Says He's Prevented From Exposing Agency (Update1) An FBI agent in Chicago [Robert Wright] who has written an unpublished book attacking the agency's counterterrorist activities said the bureau is preventing him from airing his criticisms. "The FBI threatened Robert Wright from coming forward, effectively threatened him with his job,'' his lawyer, Larry Klayman, said.

Terrorist Signs Were Missed, FBI Chief Says Intelligence -- As more "red flags" come to light, Mueller disagrees with Bu$h team's assertions that nothing could have prevented attacks.

U.S. Ignored Warnings From French A key point in unraveling why the FBI failed to follow up leads on Al Qaeda terrorism now centers on the Bureau's contemptuously brushing aside warnings from French intelligence a few days before 9-11.

F.B.I. Chief Admits 9/11 Might Have Been Headed Off The director of the F.B.I., Robert S. Mueller III, acknowledged today for the first time that the attacks of Sept. 11 might have been preventable if officials in his agency had responded differently to all the pieces of information that were available.

E-mail glitch hurt bin Laden case The FBI destroyed evidence gathered in an investigation involving Osama bin Laden's network after its e-mail wiretap system mistakenly captured information to which the agency was not entitled.

September 11 cover-up crumbles: Who was covering for Moussaoui, and why? (WSWS)

Daschle: Bu$h, Cheney Urged No Sept. 11 Inquiry Both pResident Bu$h and Vice pResident Dick Cheney urged Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle four months ago not to push for an investigation into the events of Sept. 11, Daschle said on Sunday.

Poll: Many Suspicious of Bu$h Two-thirds of Americans think the Bu$h mis-ministration is hiding something about what it knew before Sept. 11, while just over a fifth think the administration is "telling the entire truth," a CBS News poll released May 21 said.

Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller TIME's "edited" version of the letter

New evidence that US government suppressed September 11 warnings (WSWS) "It is quite possible that the US government did not foresee the precise consequences, in terms of the colossal scale of the damage and loss of life inflicted on September 11. But there can be little doubt that a deliberate decision had been made to look the other way while the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were prepared."

F.B.I. Inaction Blurred Picture Before Sept. 11 A reexamination of events before Sept. 11 clearly suggests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation [not to mention, the Bu$h junta] paid insufficient attention to danger signals.

Bu$h opposes commission to probe 9/11 warnings [Gee, what a surprise!!!]

[Cowardly] Bu$h Fled 'Harm's Way' With 9/11 Flights pResident AWOL Bu$h spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about his fears for himself and his family in the hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling a German television reporter he was "trying to get out of harm's way" before returning to the White House.

From Newsweek Sept. 24, 2001: "On Sept. 10, NEWSWEEK has learned, a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns."

Stock Adviser Knew About 9/11 Attacks, U.S. Suggests A San Diego stock adviser who is accused of bribing an F.B.I. agent to give him confidential government information may have had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal prosecutor said yesterday.

SF Lawyer Sues Bu$h Admin Over Sept. 11 A San Francisco lawyer filed an ambitious federal lawsuit today on behalf of all American citizens against pResident Bu$h and six other officials for alleged dereliction of duty in failing to stop the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

FBI Agents Cite Lapses In Pre-Sept. 11 Probes Minneapolis FBI agents investigating terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui last August were severely hampered by officials at FBI headquarters, who resisted seeking search warrants and admonished agents for seeking help from the CIA, according to a letter from the general counsel for the FBI's Minneapolis field office.

FBI Agent Alleges Moussaoui Roadblocks Concerned that Washington headquarters was hindering their pre-Sept. 11 probe of terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui, FBI agents in Minnesota took the radical step of contacting the CIA for help, an FBI whistleblower says.

Agent Complaints Lead F.B.I. Director to Ask for Inquiry

Alerts tied to memo flap The Bu$h mis-ministration issued a spate of terror alerts in recent days to mute criticism that its national security team sat on intelligence warnings in the weeks before the September 11 attacks.

What Went Wrong The inside story of the missed signals and intelligence failures that raise a chilling question: did September 11 have to happen?

Unfortunately -- their solution: The Answer? A Domestic CIA.

May 24, 2002

Government by provocation: Bu$h mis-ministration escalates terror warnings The series of statements over the past several days from the Bu$h mis-ministration, warning of terrorist attacks that could take the lives of thousands, if not millions of Americans, constitutes a huge political provocation.

Papers Detail Enron Ties New disclosures show White House aides tried to limit bankruptcy's damage.

USDA accused of allowing tainted beef Two consumer groups and two congressmen Thursday charged the U.S. Department of Agriculture failed to conduct required safety testing of beef, allowing millions of pounds of meat potentially contaminated with the bacteria salmonella to reach consumers.

U.S. plans for martial law, tele-governance, suspension of elections -- by John Stanton and Wayne Madsen "The U.S. government and its military and corporate officials are fond of making the pitch to the American public that the U.S. Constitution mandates that their survival, above all others, is absolutely necessary to ensure that the government that emanates from that document survives a debilitating attack."

Bu$h mis-ministration threatens trade war with Europe over GM food The Bu$h mis-ministration is angry about a proposal to amend an EU Directive, which would make it compulsory to label all food containing GM ingredients or derivatives. Now the United States is preparing to demand that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) overturns the proposed amendment. Washington is threatening a trade war if Brussels doesn’t back down.

Ghosts Surround You as the World Watches An Open Letter to George Bu$h from America's Youth -- by Friday Addams & The New American Rebels "You and your ultra-conservative cronies have grossly underestimated the intelligence and rebellion that surrounds you. Now you are leading our country, and our world into HELL, mistaking your fate for ours. You have endangered all of us by seizing power the way you did, with your careless and callous foreign policies."

Study blames 18,000 deaths in USA on lack of insurance -- Millions don't get preventive care More than 18,000 adults in the USA die each year because they are uninsured and can't get proper health care, researchers report in a landmark study released Tuesday. .

Disclosures Pop Up on SEC Chairman's Meetings With CEOs of Companies Under Agency Investigation As an attorney, SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt represented Wall Street's big players as a private securities lawyer before pResident Bu$h named him last spring to head the market watchdog agency. Pitt had represented major Wall Street brokerage firms, the New York Stock Exchange, all Big Five accounting firms, including KPMG and Andersen, and British insurer Lloyd's of London.

Feeney campaign files on state computer The state computer belonging to a top aide of House Speaker Tom Feeney held a list of prominent GOP donors as well as travel schedules for Feeney linked to his congressional campaign. State law prohibits employees from using state resources, including equipment or office space, on political campaigns.

Tens of thousands march against Bu$h in Berlin As many as 50,000 demonstrators marched through the middle of Berlin Tuesday in the first of a series of demonstrations and rallies planned for the next three days protesting the first ever visit to Germany by pResident George Bu$h.

Thousands march in Berlin protest against Bu$h visit German MPs joined thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Berlin yesterday to protest against the policies of pResident George Bu$h, who is due to arrive in the capital today for a 19-hour visit.

White House Gets Subpoenas Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) issued the first congressional subpoenas on the Bu$h mis-ministration yesterday after accusing the White House of stonewalling his committee's demand for records about Enron Corp.

Democrats seek minimum wage hike Congressional Democrats moved Wednesday to reintroduce legislation to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 over the next three years.

Pro-US military strongman elected president in Mali

Microsoft 'Barraging' Military The Pentagon is pressed to drop its use of free, open-source software.

Michael Rectenwald replies to a Merchant Marine

U.S. Plans Suits in Florida Over the 2000 Election Rights Violations Alleged In 3 Counties in Florida -- The Justice Department disclosed yesterday it will file suit in three Florida counties charging voting rights violations in the 2000 presidential [s]election. The department will file similar suits in a Tennessee municipality and one in Missouri.

U.S. to sue Fla. counties over vote Voting rights violated in 2000 [s]election, Justice official says -- The government will file three lawsuits against Florida counties alleging voting rights violations resulting from the bitterly disputed 2000 [s]election, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.

Security Tighter in New York After Vague Terrorist Threat Federal and local law-enforcement officials yesterday issued a warning of vague and uncorroborated threats against the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty as the city imposed security measures not seen since the first months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tax Strategy Boosted Enron Internal papers reveal how complex deals inflated profits by $1 billion. Enron Corp. created a series of intricate tax-reduction transactions that boosted its reported profits by nearly $1 billion between 1995 and last year, significantly exaggerating the size and strength of its operations.

Under Cheney, Halliburton Altered Policy on Accounting During Vice pResident Dick Cheney's tenure as its chief executive, the Halliburton Corporation altered its accounting policies so it could report as revenue more than $100 million in disputed costs on big construction projects. Halliburton did not disclose the change to investors for over a year.

Letter from U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman to Vice pResident Richard B. Cheney Did the Cheney Task Force Aid Energy Fraud in California?

Statement by The Natural Resources Defense Council Data Shows Industry Had Extensive Access to Cheney's Energy Task Force Industry; Outnumbered Non-Industry Contacts 25 to 1

Democrat Rendell to Run for Pa. Gov. Running on his record as Philadelphia mayor, pro-business liberal Ed Rendell soundly defeated conservative Robert Casey Jr. to win the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor Tuesday.

Bu$h brothers have crucial lapses (The Miami Herald) "The current crises go beyond politics. We're talking about civilians who shouldn't be dead, and children who shouldn't be missing. No leader deserves a courtesy pass on such matters."

At Cannes, off-screen Bu$h bashing It’s Bu$h-bashing time on the Riviera. A number of films being shown at the Cannes Film Festival this year were inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks and other violence in America — and George W. has emerged as a favorite target of some festival-goers.

New arms treaty paves way for US military buildup pResident George Bu$h will join Russian President Vladimir Putin in signing a new arms-control treaty, which allows for the continued escalation of American militarism with the acquiescence of the Russian government.

Heat and poverty kill over 700 people in India A severe heat wave in India has killed at least 734 people over the past fortnight. Most of the victims were poor—small farmers, elderly people, rickshaw pullers and street vendors—who succumbed to heatstroke and dehydration in temperatures that reached 49 degrees Celsius.

Rumsfeld Says Terrorists Will Use Weapons of Mass Destruction Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned today that terrorist states [and GOP operatives] will inevitably be able to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction.

The Bu$h People Know How to Run and Hide -- by Marie Cocco "In all the verbiage that has rained down since word leaked that President [sic] George W. Bush was warned that Osama bin Laden's crew might hijack a plane and strike at the United States, two words count: 'No warnings.'"

No Bu$h Worship, Even in Wartime -- by Robert Reno "Suddenly, Americans are having to ask themselves whether the nation can survive a time of peril without an unquestioning worship of its commander-in-chief, or with anything less than an unshakable conviction that he can do no wrong and that it's unpatriotic, perhaps evil, to suggest he's fallible."

Surprise, surprise! UNOCAL Gets Its Pipeline!!! Afghanistan plans gas pipeline Afghanistan hopes to strike a deal later this month to build a $2bn pipeline through the country to take gas from energy-rich Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India. Mohammad Alim Razim, minister for Mines and Industries, told Reuters US energy company Unocal was the "lead company" among those that would build the pipeline, which would bring 30bn cubic meters of Turkmen gas to market annually.

Seeking answers at any cost 9/11 widow passes up $1.85m payment, presses wrongful-death suit After her husband's body ''rained down over New York City'' on Sept. 11, as Ellen Mariani puts it, resolved as she was to face the reasons for Sept. 11 head-on, the government's offer to pay her $1.85 million in victims' compensation seemed like a bribe for her silence.

While the Idiot Usurper calls for "free and fair elections in Cuba..." Thousands of state voters purged More than 300,000 South Carolina voters -- nearly 29,000 of them in Greenville County -- have been removed from the state's list of active voters, alarming some local residents who question the timing.

Clinton Critic in Re-Election Fight Rethuglican [and world-class hypocrite] Sen. Tim Hutchinson, a vocal critic of President Clinton who won election six years ago by touting family values, faces his first political challenge Tuesday since divorcing his wife and marrying a former staff member.

Video shows Andersen executives discussing pros of shredding Prosecutors in Arthur Andersen's obstruction of justice trial today introduced a video of the accounting firm's executives discussing the advantages of shredding documents that might be of use to those suing Andersen.

Walk-in suicide bombers eventually will strike U.S., FBI director says Walk-in suicide bombers like those who have attacked public places in Israel eventually will hit the United States, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Monday.

There's Big Money in Fear "Homeland security" is the latest market for startups in the Pacific Northwest. A number of small Washington companies have expanded their product lines, or retooled the way they market them, in response to the call for heightened security in the wake of Sept. 11.

Bu$h vows tighter blockade, Castro pushes for rapprochement with US Just three days after former president Jimmy Carter ended his trip to Cuba by urging an end to Washington’s 40-year-old embargo and closer economic ties with the island nation, the Idiot Usurper vowed to tighten the blockade.

India and Pakistan move to the brink of war

German government clamps down on opposition prior to Bu$h visit A total of 10,000 police are being mobilised for the one-day visit to Berlin, Germany planned by pResident Bu$h this week. In addition to a full mobilisation of the Berlin police force, extra contingents of police are being drawn from other states in the east and west of the country.

Drug Treatment Initiative Approved by Fla. Supreme Court; 2004 Campaign Likely

Karl Rove's Daybook (humor) -- by Carol Schiffler

Bu$h rules out easing Cuba embargo pResident Bu$h is to rule out easing the US trade embargo against Cuba in a speech on Monday, according to excerpts released in advance by the White House.

On the Way to the Fundraiser Stopovers Let Bu$h Charge Taxpayers for Political Trips During a February trip to New York, where he raised $2 million at a pair of reelection receptions for Gov. George E. Pataki (R), pResident Bu$h stopped by the New York Police Department's command-and-control center for a brief tour and to give a 21-minute speech. That side trip allowed the White House to bill taxpayers for 54 percent of the hotel rooms, rental cars and other local expenses for setting up the visit.

Most of Baril's interim report censored Canadians will have to wait until U.S. probe is finished, ex-general says -- The families of four Canadian soldiers killed by an American bomb last month will have to wait longer for answers after almost any insight into the tragedy was censored out of the public version of an interim report released Tuesday. [HOW many countries has the Idiot Usurper enraged by now?]

Few details in 'friendly fire' interim report Retired general Maurice Baril left many questions unanswered in his interim report on the deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. The three-page interim report made public on Tuesday shed no new light on the April 18 "friendly fire" incident in which a U.S. fighter jet dropped a laser-guided 220-kilogram bomb on Canadian soldiers, killing four of them and wounding eight.

Cheney: Future Attacks Are 'Almost Certain' Possibility of Another Al Qaeda Strike 'Almost Certain,' Vice pResident Says [odds of Tali-Bu$h attack increase as GOP poll numbers slip...]

Cheney Expects More Terror for U.S. Vice pResident Dick Cheney said today that he considered another major attack by Al Qaeda against the United States to be "almost certain." [Probably conveniently timed by Bu$h-bin Laden for the November elections, if the GOP is slipping in the polls...]

Lock-and-Load Ashcroft -- by Mary McGrory "Ashcroft does not connect the dots, as we say all the time now."

W.H.O. Delays End of Smallpox Virus The World Health Organization agreed today to delay the planned destruction of the world's remaining stocks of the deadly smallpox virus, which are stored in the United States and Russia. [No mention as to who asked the W.H.O. to halt the eradication of the virus]

U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack American intelligence agencies have intercepted a vague yet troubling series of communications among Al Qaeda operatives over the last few months indicating that the terrorist organization is trying to carry out an operation as big as or bigger than the Sept. 11 attacks, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.

Mystery ailment in Afghanistan ID’d The mystery ailment that has laid low dozens of British troops in Afghanistan has been identified, the British Ministry of Defense said Saturday.

Free Checkups for Ground Zero Workers The occupational health center of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan will begin offering free health examinations this summer — at federal government expense — to thousands of people who worked or volunteered at ground zero. The $12 million program was announced yesterday by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Climate change threatens polar bears Climate change is the number one threat to the 22,000 polar bears that remain in the world, according to a new report from WWF. Polar bears are already suffering from a loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic - and that loss is set to get worse, the report says.

Chilean Mystery: Clues to Vanished American It was Jan. 4, 1985, and the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet was at its peak. After the herder's brother told the police there was a "foreign extremist" in the area, they sent a patrol.

Kaiser Gave Bonuses to Telephone Customer Service Clerks Who Limited Patients' Doctor Visits Telephone clerks at California's largest HMO received bonuses for keeping calls with patients brief and limiting the number of doctor visits they agreed to set up. [capitalism's finest hour, folks]

NBC Censors Lie about winner of “Healthcare Olympics” For the first and only time on TV Nation, NBC censors made us change the ending of a segment.

United States prevents Cuban scientists from attending meeting of cancer researchers State Department denies visas to specialists from Molecular Immunology Center -- Cuba has condemned the U.S. State Department’s refusal to grant visas to outstanding Cuban researchers who were to participate in an event on the fight against cancer, scheduled for Orlando, Florida.

The axis of nonsense -- by Andrew Murray "Washington's war is going à la carte. Each passing week is placing both new targets and new justifications for attack on the menu for military action. There is now not the slightest pretence that the scope of the US's regime-change wishlist is in any way tethered to the attacks of September 11."

Massive revise of school code is law (FL) Supporters have said this "seamless" system better serves students while critics say it has concentrated power in the hands of [Gov. Jeb] Bush -- soon to be the only elected official answerable for the state education system.

Australia: Howard government bans French movie Baise-moi These moral crusaders are members of the Lyons Forum, which has links to various extreme rightwing groups, refuses to disclose its membership but has at least 20 federal MPs and 13 senators on its rolls, including some ALP members.

Anthrax Shots for Military to Be Limited to High Risks The Pentagon wants to abandon its policy of anthrax vaccinations for all troops and limit shots to those with the highest risk, officials said today... Some military personnel say the vaccine causes health problems, and hundreds have been removed from the armed forces after refusing orders to take it. The government insists the vaccine is safe.

US media cowed by patriotic fever, says CBS star Network news veteran admits national mood caused him to shrink from tough questions on war in Afghanistan -- Dan Rather, the star news anchor for CBS, said last night that "patriotism run amok" was in danger of trampling the freedom of American journalists to ask tough questions. And he admitted that he had shrunk from taking on the Bu$h mis-ministration over the war on terrorism.

Venezuelan Coup Disrupting Oil to Cuba Venezuela has not yet resumed shipments of 53,000 barrels a day of oil that Cuba received before the failed April 11 coup against President Hugo Chavez, Basic Industry Minister Marcos Portal said Thursday.

Airport Face Scanner Failed Facial recognition technology tested at the Palm Beach International Airport had a dismal failure rate, according to preliminary results from a pilot program at the facility. The system failed to correctly identify airport employees 53 percent of the time.

White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security Final Report to President Clinton by Vice President Al Gore, Chairman February 12, 1997

More opposition to detentions in terror probe A pair of high-profile lawsuits and the first signs of skepticism from the courts, all within the past month, are posing new challenges to inJustice Department investigators who scoured the country for suspected terrorists in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bu$h Aides Seek To Contain Furor The White House yesterday offered a detailed timeline showing that pResident Bu$h was first told on Aug. 6 that Osama bin Laden's associates might be planning airline hijackings -- speculation that was repeated several times in briefings the pResident received leading up to Sept. 11.

Senate Plans Disaster Drill Convening Outside D.C. Considered Senate officials are scouting locations 1,000 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in an effort to identify facilities that could house the body if a catastrophic event forced lawmakers to flee the nation's capital. [Bu$h is doing a terrific job since he's stolen the election, hasn't he? We're now considering Doomsday drills thanks to this illegitimate moron's reign of terror!]

Senator Prevents Action on Online Privacy Bill Senator Trent Lott, the minority leader [and rightwing nutcase], forced the Senate Commerce Committee to adjourn this morning as it was on the verge of adopting an online privacy bill.

Big Brother Is Watching, Listening It is America's new reality: security and surveillance. From intense scrutiny at airports to expanded government authority to track Internet use, federal agents now watch American citizens more closely than ever.

Bu$h, Democrats at Odds in Secret HMO Talks Despite signs of progress in secret talks over a patients' bill of rights, the White House and Democratic negotiators have hit an impasse over limiting court awards against HMOs and other issues, informed sources said on Thursday.

Utility Board Votes to Restart a Nuclear Reactor in Alabama That Has Been Idle Since 1985 The board of the Tennessee Valley Authority voted today to spend $1.7 billion to restart a troubled nuclear reactor at its Browns Ferry plant in northern Alabama.

Wyo. Drilling Project Gets Failing Grade from EPA The Environmental Protection Agency's Denver office gave a failing grade yesterday to a gas drilling project in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, saying the plan fails to protect the basin's rivers.

Planet is running out of time, says Meacher US rejection of Kyoto climate plan 'risks uninhabitable Earth' -- Britain will today launch its strongest attack on George Bush's rejection of the Kyoto climate protocol, as the government warns that Washington's actions threaten to make the planet "uninhabitable". Angered by the US government's decision to rule out signing up to Kyoto for the next 10 years, the environment minister, Michael Meacher, writes in today's Guardian that the world is running out of time.

Hill Group Urges End To Sanctions on Cuba Bu$h Plans to Keep Policy in Place -- Forty members of Congress called yesterday for unrestricted U.S. travel and increased trade with Cuba as the first steps in an overhaul of a decades-old foreign policy that has failed to topple Cuban President Fidel Castro or deliver democracy to the island.

Americans Plan 'Walk for Peace' Across Iraq Desert Sanctions-Defying Walk To Raise Funds For Cancer-Stricken Iraqi Children

Number of US workers on jobless benefits hits 19-year high

The unquiet death of Charles Horman Chilean court reenacts stadium execution of American journalist -- Gunshots rang out once again in Santiago’s National Stadium May 14, nearly 30 years after the Chilean sports facility was turned into a center of torture and execution by a US-backed military junta that overthrew the elected government of President Salvador Allende.

Bu$h wins the final battle for star wars Kremlin abandons bitter opposition; Construction starts in Alaska within weeks

Dire Budget Warnings -- by Bob Herbert "...there is growing evidence that the budget hole is even deeper than the mayor at first thought. The [New York] city's comptroller, William Thompson, said the deficit may be $6 billion, not the $5 billion estimated by the mayor.

Vote on Tax Bill Blocked in House Republicans in the House of Representatives are blocking an attempt by Democrats to force a vote on a measure that would prevent companies from avoiding income taxes by reincorporating in Bermuda and other offshore tax havens.

FBI to launch new terrorism fighting team in Washington FBI Director Robert Mueller is creating a new terrorism-fighting team in Washington that will oversee all U.S. terrorism investigations worldwide, officials say.

At MIT, they can put words in our mouths Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created the first realistic videos of people saying things they never said - a scientific leap that raises unsettling questions about falsifying the moving image. [Well, the possibilities are now endless for Bu$h/Rove's upcoming CIA Avid-edited released videos of bin Laden's latest confessions.]

Fever hits U.K. troops in Afghanistan 18 soldiers struck by mystery illness; 350 quarantined -- Eighteen British soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been struck by a contagious but unidentified fever, and 350 people have been quarantined to prevent it from spreading, the top British commander in the coalition said Wednesday.

U.S. task force hints at long-term Afghan stay The United States is setting up a joint task force headquarters in Afghanistan, a move that signifies a long-term U.S. commitment [ruination] to the region, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Special Counsel Probe of Enron Urged A Democratic-led Senate panel urged the Bu$h mis-ministration today to appoint a special counsel to investigate Enron Corp's "culture of corruption", which it said inflated electricity prices and worsened California's energy crisis.

White to Testify on Enron Role in Calif. Energy Crisis A Senate Commerce panel yesterday called on Army Secretary Thomas E. White, a former Enron Corp. executive, to testify within the next two weeks on Enron's role in the California energy crisis.

Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein on the August 2000 Edison Memo to FERC Documenting Market Manipulation by Energy Traders

Suit Says Company Promoted Drug in Exam Rooms Newly unsealed court documents reveal that some physicians, in exchange for money, have allowed pharmaceutical sales representatives into their examining rooms to meet with patients, review medical charts and recommend what medicines to prescribe.

George Bu$h? He's nice but dim, says crown prince In the most regal possible manner, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia skewered pResident George Bu$h yesterday as a man so ignorant about the Middle East, and specifically about the suffering of the Palestinians, that he needed several hours of personal tuition to bring him up to speed.

Bu$h Signs Foreign Student Monitoring Bill pResident Bu$h signed an immigration bill Tuesday meant to screen out terrorists by using high-tech passports and more border enforcers to check millions of people who enter the United States each year. The new law will record the acceptance of noncitizens by educational institutions, the issuance of student visas and the enrollment of non-Americans in schools. It also will force schools to tell government officials if foreign students do not report for class.

9-11 Bu$h Photo Offered to Donors The Republican National Committee aimed for a record $30 million fund-raising bonanza Tuesday while congressional Republicans sought to reward donors with a Sept. 11 photo of Bu$h aboard Air Force One. [heading for the bunker with his cowardly cohort, Dick Cheney]

Bu$h Aims for $30 Million Fund-Raising Record pResident Bu$h helped the GOP to a record $30 million one-night fund-raising bonanza Tuesday while congressional Republicans rewarded some of their donors with a photo of the pResident making calls Sept. 11 aboard Air Force One.

A Picture is Worth...... $1,000? Some bad publicity? Whatever you can get for it? It's only May, but Karl "Goebbels" Rove and political operatives and media consultants of both parties long ago began contemplating how to handle September 11—both the anniversaries in 2002, 2003 and 2004

President Gore's Statement on Bu$h's [mis]Use of Sept. 11th. Photos for Fund-Raising [another "I hit the Trifecta!" moment for the Idiot Usurper] "While most pictures are worth a thousand words, a photo that seeks to capitalize on one of the most tragic moments in our nation's history is worth only one - disgraceful. I cannot imagine that the families of those who lost their lives on September 11th condone this - and neither should the President [sic] of the United States."

Photo Op-Portunism -- by Maureen Dowd "The Bush crowd has a glaring double standard when it comes to opportunistic use of catastrophes."

Carter comment exposes Bu$h mis-ministration’s "big lie" against Cuba The visit by former US president Jimmy Carter to Cuba may not lead to a rapprochement between Washington and Havana or an end to the four-decades-old US economic blockade against the Caribbean nation, but it has already provided a valuable lesson on the nature of the US government’s global "war on terrorism."

Anthrax attacks: FBI cover-up and New York Times whitewash As few as 20 scientists may have had the combination of technical knowledge and access to secret anthrax stocks—maintained illegally by the US government in violation of international treaty obligations—required to perpetrate the attacks. Yet the FBI continues to claim that it has made no progress in the investigation and that no suspects are being actively targeted.

Isn't it Rich? Rockefeller Gets Feds' Farm Aid David Rockefeller: billionaire, financier, philanthropist — and federally subsidized soybean farmer.

US attorney general invokes God in "war on terrorism" Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Christian right and its allies in the Republican Party have sought to stoke up religious intolerance. Remarks of John Ashcroft at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention last February in Nashville, where he invoked religion in support of Bu$h’s “war on terrorism” and attacked the democratic and secularist underpinnings of the US Constitution, deserve particular note.

Session over, Gov. Bush takes off gloves [and, on record, actually calls Democrats "sinners!"] Bush said it was ''undeniable'' that education has received more money during his first four years in office, calling the Democrats 'sinners.'' "'What they'd need to do is say, `I was a sinner, I apologize for my neglect,' then I would respect them a little bit more, but they don't,''' Governor Bu$h said.

Jeb Bu$h's State Technology Office broke law, audit finds The state agency responsible for spending $763-million on new information technology illegally solicited money from businesses with state contracts, failed to adequately account for expenditures and may have paid for services that were not received, an audit has found.

Opec chief warned Chavez about coup -- by Greg Palast The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, had advance warning of last month's coup attempt against him from the secretary general of Opec, Ali Rodriguez, allowing him to prepare an extraordinary plan which saved both his government and his life, an investigation has revealed.

Crusader a Boon to Carlyle Group Even if Pentagon Scraps Project Whatever the fate of the Army's multibillion-dollar Crusader mobile artillery system, it has already helped provide an ample return for some of Washington's most prominent power brokers.

How do you design a "Keep Out!" sign to last 10,000 years? The Department of Energy is creating a vast monument to scare future trespassers away from radioactive waste sites. Their plan: A granite Stonehenge thing with warnings in Navajo!

Military casinos Uncle Sam's one-armed bandits Since 1981, the Department of Defense has been raking in a tidy sum from more than 7,000 slot and video poker machines on 94 U.S. military installations overseas.

Energy Report Steered Clear of California As Vice pResident Dick Cheney's task force was writing its report on the nation's energy policy last year, the task force's deputy director told an official at the Environmental Protection Agency that officials were "desperately trying to avoid California in this report as much as possible," according to a partial e-mail message released today.

Few keeping Enron contributions Bu$h received more than $400,000 in Enron donations for his gubernatorial and presidential bids, the most of any candidate by far, records show. The Idiot Usurper has resisted calls to contribute the money to charity, to Enron employees or back to the bankrupt company.

Lights Out on Bu$h's Excuses -- He left California hanging in the energy crisis -- by Robert Scheer "Now that the Enron culprits have been caught red-handed, might not the media inquire of the president whether he takes any responsibility for nearly bankrupting California by refusing to come to the state's aid in a timely fashion?"

Lawyers for Lindh Ask Court to Dismiss Several Charges Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the Californian accused of fighting for the Taliban, today sought the dismissal of 5 of the 10 counts against him.

Rights Panel Plans Fight The United States Commission on Civil Rights announced today that it planned to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a court decision seating a Bu$h Fourth Reich appointee on the panel.

Risky business and fast times at Feeney High In numerous notification letters sent out to folks appointed to boards and commissions by the Christian Coalition's man of the year and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Tom Feeney -- the taxpayer funded GOP $55,000-plus "aide" by the name of Bridgette Gregory not only exhibited awful grammar but also misspelled her own name several times.

The "Oh Really?" Factor Bill O'Reilly spins facts and statistics -- by Peter Hart "If it’s spin to back up your arguments with bogus facts and statistics, and to dismiss numbers that don’t fit in with your preconceptions, then Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News Channel show isn’t, as he repeatedly claims, a 'no-spin zone' -- it’s Spin City.

Welcome to the Information War -- by Matthew Riemer "The question on the mind of every responsible journalist as of late (indeed, on the mind of every responsible individual, period) is: Has the media officially become the public relations arm of the United States government? And: Have we lost freedom of the press?"

"Bu$h sex scandal in Chicago" (humorous account of May 13 Chicago anti-Bu$h protest by Carolyn Kay of Make Them Accountable)

American peace activists starving to stay in Mideast

Bees take the sting out of explosives The latest buzz words in landmine detection are Apis mellifera. Having tried ground-penetrating radar, polymer-based detectors, seismic shockwaves and something called quadropole magnetic resonance technology, US defence scientists have co-opted the honeybee.

Bees Learning Smell of Bombs With Backing From Pentagon [Your tax dollars at work!] Scientists working for the Pentagon have trained ordinary honeybees to ignore flowers and home in on minute traces of explosives.

Honeybees in a Mite More Than Trouble Parasites, an Exodus of Apiarists and Budget Cuts Imperil Vital Insect [Wait until the Pentagon starts going after them!]

The many uses of cybernetic rats -- [Your tax dollars at work, part deux!] Pentagon wants paralysis-research rodents trained as tiny soldiers the Pentagon is now supporting the efforts to learn whether the rats, carrying tiny video cameras on their backs, might prove useful sniffing out hidden explosives, as mine detectors, or even to aid in search-and-rescue operations.

Qatar Lawyer Builds Case for Detainees At Guantanamo Bay Attorney's Clients Include U.S.-Born Prisoner -- The former justice minister of Qatar has assembled a legal team from a half-dozen countries to represent the families of 70 al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners held at a U.S. Navy base in Cuba and is preparing to ask the U.S. government to release them or hold hearings to determine their fates.

Bu$h exploring post-Sept. 11 "civics" education Bu$h mis-ministration officials are exploring ways to use the public's strong patriotic response to the September 11 attacks to promote the teaching of civics and the obligation of citizenship in American classrooms, a U.S. official said Saturday

pResident to mark Cuba day in Miami [mark your calendars for the protest!] pResident Bu$h will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain here in Miami on May 20. He will cap his trip here with a fundraiser for his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, and Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan.

Democrats: GOP prescription drug bill too weak Two Democratic senators called Saturday for Congress to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare and lower drug costs for all Americans.

Black leaders chastise county for failing to settle lawsuit ''Citizens are upset about events surrounding the last election,'' Bradford Brown, president of the local NAACP, said. ``When a large number feels they were wronged . . . the county should address that.''

U.S. Military Proposes Illegal Bioweapons Research -- by Russ Kick "According to documents unearthed by a nonprofit government watchdog, the United States military has proposed the development of biological weapons that would violate international treaties and federal law. In fact, they may have already developed some of these illegal, treaty-busting bioweapons."

124-mile-long iceberg breaks off Antarctica An iceberg 124 miles long and more than 19 miles wide has broken off Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. The iceberg is the largest to break off Antarctica since a March 2002 berg that was 170 miles long and 25 miles wide.

Army reservists begin mystery mission A hundred medical professionals spent a last hour with their families in Coraopolis (PA) yesterday morning before hoisting duffel bags and boarding buses for a destination unknown. The destination is still classified information.

G. Gordon Liddy blasts recent government expansion Conservative radio talk-show host and Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy says the expansion of government in the wake of the terrorist attacks threatens liberty. [A member of the extreme right is, in essence, calling Bu$h a fascist. Is it not time to be... a bit concerned?]

GOP's Rove Carries Spin to Extreme -- by John Nichols "In Texas, where he managed George W. Bush's political rise, [to coup level], Karl Rove was always referred to as 'Bush's brain.'" [Oh, God - can we please refer to him as the actual body part(s) to which he simulates so well?]

Democrats to Sic Carville On Gov at Convention With Pataki's ratings high as he seeks a third term, the Democrats have lined up the party's Ragin' Cajun to rip the Republican incumbent at their May 22-23 state convention in Manhattan.

GOP gives in on NE Ohio voter districts GOP leaders agreed yesterday to move the new congressional district of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Cleveland Democrat, out of Summit County, squeezing the whole thing back in Cuyahoga County, where it is now. "You're talking about 80,000 Republicans [in Cuyahoga County] who are going to be represented by very liberal Democrats, with almost no chance of beating them," said State Rep. James Trakas of Independence, Cuyahoga County Republican chairman.

Philippine bomb blasts provide excuse for expanded US military presence

Howard (Australian) government backs US incarceration of second Australian in Camp X-Ray According to an April 22 Sydney Morning Herald article, US authorities are now considering a “new legal doctrine” that would allow them to bring the prisoners before military tribunals without specific evidence of war crimes. One unnamed US official told the newspaper that the changes were necessary because they had not been able to extract enough information from the prisoners to otherwise charge them.

Pensions benefits slashed for US workers Companies channel retirement funds into the stock market

Stanley Voids Bermuda Vote and Promises to Try Again Stanley Works threw out a contested shareholders vote today that would have allowed it to become a Bermuda company and said that it would schedule a new vote. The decision came after Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, sued to block Stanley's move to Bermuda on the ground that the company, which makes tools, used deception to win shareholder approval of the plan.

Government Reversal Adds to Rift in South Carolina For years the Energy Department has promised to clean nearly all the radioactivity out of bomb wastes here that are to be secured in giant concrete blocks. Now, faced with a cleaning technology that it has been unable to make work properly for more than a decade, department officials have reversed themselves. Gov. Jim Hodges of South Carolina has threatened to use state troopers to block new shipments of plutonium into the site, the Savannah River nuclear reservation here.

U.S. Agencies Seen as Slow to Move on Terrorism Risk Independent auditors at several federal agencies have issued new reports in recent weeks criticizing the agencies for moving too slowly to confront the risks of terrorist attacks.

CIA Warns or Major Terror Attack The CIA has concluded that the United States will be rocked by a major attack from Islamic insurgents.[A surefire poll-booster by and for Bu$h's Fourth Reich as the 2002 elections approach...]

Daschle Is Seeking a Special Inquiry on Sept. 11 Attacks

Calls Grow Louder For 9/11 Panel

Ashkkkroft Learned of Agent's Alert Just After 9/11 [but Bu$h Was Not Told?!?]

Armed pilots banned 2 months before 9-11

Bu$h's critics backing off on Sept. 11 clues Facing a strong counterattack from the Bu$h Fourth Reich, some legislators on Sunday moderated their criticism of the inability of the White House and intelligence agencies to piece together hints last summer and grasp the nature of the terrorist threat ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ashkkkroft travel assessment unrelated to terrorism [Yeah, right!!]

Commission warned Bu$h But White House passed on recommendations by a bipartisan, Defense department-ordered commission on domestic terrorism -- by Jake Tapper

Cheney Warns Democrats The Bu$h Fourth Reich is going on the offensive to counter charges it could have done more to head off the Sept. 11 attacks, calling Democrats irresponsible [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're blaaaaccckk!!!] for criticizing the president at wartime while pushing for limits on any congressional investigations.

Cheney Rejects Broader Access to Terror Brief Vice pResident Dick Cheney said today that he would advise pResident Bu$h not to turn over to Congress the August intelligence briefing that warned that terrorists were interested in hijacking airplanes, and he insisted that the investigation into Sept. 11 should be handled by the Congressional intelligence committees, not an independent commission. [Does this mean the Enron documents are a no-go, as well?]

Strife, Dissent Beset Hill Panel on Sept. 11 The congressional panel authorized and funded to investigate the performance of intelligence agencies leading to the Sept. 11 attacks has been racked with internal strife, partisan politics and disagreements over its ultimate goal.

Key Rethuglican calls 9/11 warning report old news [yes, it is "old news" that George W. Bu$h stole the presidency in a coup d'etat, and is a murderous moron and dangerous criminal, endangering the entire planet!!]

White House under fire on warnings

What Bu$h Knew May Play in November Election -- by Patrick E. Tyler

The bin Laden Warning: Why Did Bu$h Keep It a Secret? -- by David Corn

Aug. Memo Focused On Attacks in U.S. The top-secret briefing memo presented to pResident Bu$h on Aug. 6 carried the headline, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."

FBI Admits: No Evidence Links 'Hijackers' to 9-11 -- by Michael Collins Piper

Cover-up and conspiracy: The Bu$h administration and September 11 (WSWS)

F.B.I. Knew for Years About Terror Pilot Training

Alert news angers families of victims

Bu$h accuses Democrats on Hill for his lies and failures

Democrats End United Support of Bu$h on War

Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on 9/11 Warnings (as prepared) on the Floor of the United States Senate

US asks: just what did Bu$h know?

Bu$h Seeks to Deflect Questions About Warnings Over Sept. 11

Congress Demands Answers of Bu$h About Pre-Sept 11

Lawmakers Push for Hearings on Warning Given to Bu$h

What They Knew Before Sept. 11

Bu$h told attack possible

Unheeded Warnings

Pre-Attack Memo Cited Bin Laden

Bu$h briefed on hijacking threat before September 11

Senator: U.S. didn't connect 'dots' before 9/11

9/11 Widow Looks for Answers in Court

Public Reaction to Rep. McKinney’s Call for 9-11 Investigation Quashes Intended Media Massacre -- by Michael Davidson

F.B.I. Says Pre-Sept. 11 Note Got Little Notice

More evidence of warnings to Washington of September 11 attacks

Briefing by Senator Thomas Daschle; News Conference on 9-11 Admissions by the White House

May 13, 2002

Terrorism Case Sets Dilemma For Judge The federal judge who must decide whether Zacarias Moussaoui can fire his lawyers and represent himself in his terrorism conspiracy trial could face a stark choice, legal analysts say: allow an alleged terrorist to use his defense as a political platform or find him mentally incompetent and cancel the trial.

Whale Has Belly Full of Poisons A postmortem on a killer whale found near a Washington bay has uncovered what may be the most toxic mammal ever tested. In fact, scientists who tested the female whale for polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, had to recalibrate their machines because the results were too high to read.

Does Jeb Need A Blue Ribbon Panel To Order Lunch? by Daniel Ruth "When in a pickle, it is as natural as breathing for a politician to form a 'blue ribbon committee' to study, ponder and muse on the problem, eventually arriving at a preliminary report, which is a precursor to the interim report, leading ultimately to the (ta- dah!) - FINAL REPORT.

Paul Wellstone, Fighter by John Nichols "'There are people in the White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how they will defeat Paul Wellstone,' a senior Republican aide confides. 'This one is political and personal for them.'"

Daschle in the crosshairs -- by Bill Berkowitz and GOP target the Senate Majority Leader "With nearly five months to go before November's mid-term congressional election, in some states the campaign is beginning to look more like a World Wrestling Federation smackdown than your basic congressional election."

Blair says no attack on Iraq without UN assent Tony Blair has privately reassured his Labour Party critics that Britain will not back US military action against Iraq unless it wins the backing of the United Nations Security Council.

Senators Debbie Stabenow and Jean Carnahan deliver the weekly Democratic Radio Address

Does Energy Deregulation Still Make Sense? The memorandums released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission show in detail how traders drove up prices in California when electricity supplies were tight.

With Markets Flawed, Enron's Tactics May Live On The battle-tested technicians in Folsom, Calif., who control the nation's largest power grid are acutely aware that energy markets remain susceptible to manipulation at the hands of traders doing what traders do — exploiting loopholes and inefficiencies to maximum gain.

Smoking Fat Boy -- by Paul Krugman "It turns out that Enron was indeed rigging the markets, with schemes that had smart-alecky nicknames like Fat Boy, Death Star and Get Shorty. Who said business isn't fun?"

Feds Block Cheney Aide Questioning The Bu$h mis-ministration is asking a federal judge to bar questioning of a former top aide on Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Treasury circumventing Hill on tax breaks In a series of little-noticed executive orders intended to ease the tax burden on corporate America, the Bu$h mis-ministration has implemented a number of new policies that will provide corporations with billions of dollars in tax relief without the consent of Congress.

California Officials Face Unprecedented Budget Gap The fury of last year's dot-com bust may be fading from memory, but its effects are proving far more severe than anyone had predicted even a few months ago, state officials and economists say.

The CIA attempts political assassination in Afghanistan The US administration has, for the first time, openly attempted to assassinate a major political opponent of the interim Afghan administration of Hamid Karzai.

Denver family relieved peace activist is safe Larry Hales, a writer and recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, was among a group of 10 international peace activists who slipped into the church on May 2 to deliver water and food to Palestinians and others inside.

Army Liaison Who Lobbied Congress for Weapon Resigns The Army said today that it had accepted the resignation of a midlevel official who aggressively lobbied Congress to support an $11 billion artillery system that Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld had vowed to cancel.

Doctors poorly informed about side effects of smallpox vaccine, survey finds Doctors are poorly informed about the dangerous side effects of the smallpox vaccine and the government's plan to control an outbreak if terrorists release the deadly germ, according to a survey.

Where did the money go? -- by Carol Schiffler

Wary Words On Social Security GOP Shunning Use Of 'Privatization' --Republican congressional leaders are bracing for Democratic attacks on the issue of Social Security this fall.

Recession and welfare reform increase hunger in US Rising unemployment in the US has led to a corresponding increase in hunger.

New Rules to Screen Students Foreign students seeking to do advanced work in sensitive subjects and technologies taught only at American universities or laboratories will be screened by a special panel that will include representatives of intelligence and law enforcement agencies under new regulations unveiled today by the Bu$h Fourth Reich.

INS aims to "better track" foreign students A new system will help schools and the government "keep closer track" [spy] on the more than 1 million foreign students attending U.S. colleges and trade schools, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Friday.

Clinton Cites Anti-Terror Accomplishments In a National Public Radio interview aired yesterday, Bill Clinton said his White House did much to fight terrorism. The accomplishments included thwarting "a lot more terrorist attacks than we had," Clinton said.

Daschle Says Enron Broke Calif. Laws Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Thursday he believes Enron Corp. broke laws while manipulating electricity supply and prices during the California energy crisis.

Senate Panels to Investigate Pricing of Energy Two Senate committees moved today to investigate price manipulation in the California energy market, as lawmakers prepare to hear testimony from the authors of internal Enron memorandums that describe how the company manipulated electricity prices during the California energy crisis of 2000-2001.

9/11 Widow Looks for Answers in Court Nearly eight months to the day after the attacks of September 11th, few details have emerged about how hijackers were able to overtake the four aircraft they crashed that day. A Derry, New Hampshire widow is trying to use the courts to get answers, but she is finding her search frustrated by a series of stumbling blocks.

Andersen Shredding Trial to Start The first criminal case to emerge from the collapse of energy trader Enron Corp. will be in the spotlight in the coming weeks as Arthur Andersen LLP goes on trial for allegedly obstructing justice by shredding volumes of Enron-related documents.

Bu$h presses Senate to confirm his judicial nominations; Democrats say Republicans to blame "We have so many vacancies on the federal courts precisely because the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee failed to confirm qualified, ideologically moderate Clinton nominees," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "They engaged in a deliberate slowdown to keep slots open."

Anthrax attack bug "identical" to army strain The DNA sequence of the anthrax sent through the US mail in 2001 has been revealed and confirms suspicions that the bacteria originally came from a US military laboratory.

US non-lethal weapon reports suppressed Bugs that eat roads and buildings. Biocatalysts that break down fuel and plastics. Devices that stealthily corrode aluminium and other metals. These are just a few of the non-lethal weapons that the US has tried to develop, or is trying to develop. The US National Academy of Sciences is refusing to release dozens of reports proposing or describing their development, even though the documents are supposed to be public records.

The many uses of cybernetic rats -- Pentagon wants paralysis-research rodents trained as tiny soldiers the Pentagon is now supporting the efforts to learn whether the rats, carrying tiny video cameras on their backs, might prove useful sniffing out hidden explosives, as mine detectors, or even to aid in search-and-rescue operations. [Our tax dollars at work!]

Smallpox Vaccine Knowledge Found Lacking The standard smallpox vaccine can cause a variety of severe, even fatal, reactions. A recipient of smallpox vaccine may infect another person through transfer of the virus by hand or bathing, and the infection can be far more severe in such contacts than in the vaccine recipient.

Panel Bars U.S. From War Tribunal A House panel voted Thursday to bar U.S. cooperation with the new international war crimes tribunal, heeding critics of the court who said it would imperil American troops.

Federal Court Bars Companies Nationwide From Filling Streams With Waste A federal judge in West Virginia held on May 8, 2002, that the Bu$h mis-ministration violated the Clean Water Act last Friday when it issued a federal regulation allowing companies to dispose of waste in streams throughout the United States.

Maryland's governor issues death penalty moratorium Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening imposed a moratorium Thursday on executions in Maryland until the state completes a study of whether there is racial bias in the use of the death penalty.

House Panel Considers Emergency Spending Bill A U.S. House of Representatives panel begins debating a $29.8 billion emergency counterterrorism funding bill on Thursday despite concerns in the Bu$h mis-ministration and Congress over its cost.

House Backs Plan to Store Atomic Waste in Nevada The House voted overwhelmingly today to go ahead with a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, brushing off arguments of environmental and terrorist risks.

Musharaff gives go-ahead for US military operations in Pakistan Under intense pressure from Washington, Pakistan’s military strongman General Pervez Musharraf has given the green light for US troops to operate inside the country alongside local army forces in pursuing so-called Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.

Pentagon Pushes for Offensive Biological Weapons Development by Edward Hammond and Jan van Aken -- "US Navy and Air Force biotechnology laboratories are proposing development of offensive biological weapons. The weapons, genetically engineered microbes that attack items such as fuel, plastics and asphalt, would violate federal and international law."

President [sic] Bu$h's Wag-the-Dog Policy on Iraq - by Rober Scheer "With its admission that an alleged link between Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11 attacks doesn't exist, the Bush administration has lost its most compelling argument for invading Iraq."

Invasion of Iraq: It's Sooner Than You Think -- by Fran Shor "The invasion of Iraq may be sooner than we are being led to believe by the propaganda machine. Among the more telling signals not discussed yet in the mainstream media is the revelation that a number of MASH units are being called up to report for duty in July... Further evidence of a push for a late summer/early fall invasion is the churning out of weapons, including the so-called 'low-yield' nuclear bunker buster bomb."

Australian government defends its brutal treatment of refugees Despite mounting domestic and international condemnation of its anti-refugee measures, the Australian government is continuing to thumb its nose at its critics.

Missouri Stops Payments of Tax Refund Checks The state of Missouri has stopped sending out income tax refunds. And there are no plans to put the checks in the mail any time soon. State officials have told 415,500 taxpayers that their refund checks--worth a total of $167 million--are on indefinite hold because of an extreme cash flow crisis.

The Neighbors Are Whispering -- by W. David Jenkins III "George Jr. was right. He is a 'uniter, not a divider.' He's managed to unite the people of the world against us. And the rest of the world thinks we're right behind this evil imbecile. Seriously, they really do. Are you mad yet?"

White Should Go--Now -- by Jason Leopold "...Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California have asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to launch a criminal probe into Enron's role in manipulating California's electricity market, after Enron memos released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission showed how Enron boosted electricity prices in California and created shortages."

Bu$h Critics Tread Lightly All administrations want loyalty from party members. But by all accounts, the Bu$h mis-ministration is preoccupied with it. "They have a view of politics as warfare greater than other administrations," said one Republican strategist. "So they don't tolerate it at all when conservatives criticize them."

Democrats Sense Gov. Bush of Florida Could Be Beaten Sensing vulnerability in Gov. Jeb Bush's re-election bid, state Democratic Party leaders are pressing Mr. Bush to act more forcefully in the case of Rilya Wilson, the 5-year-old girl who disappeared while under state supervision.

Interior Dept. Faulted On Sept. 11 Response Senator Urges Law Enforcement Revamp -- A senior Senate Republican yesterday called for an immediate shake-up of Interior Department law enforcement operations in response to findings that officials did little to meet requests for assistance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Report: School money returns to rich districts (TX) Property-wealthy school districts have used a loophole in the law to route $38.5 million away from poorer schools that were meant to get the money, according to a legislative report.

Gore wows Truman Day crowd Al Gore came to Knoxville on Wednesday evening and invoked a classic blend of well-rehearsed humor and political cheerleading that left the crowd of more than 1,500 howling at one point while cheering in full partisan fervor the next.

Statement by Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Peace Is Possible In The Middle East

Daschle: TPA Dead on Arrival Blaming Republicans, Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle pronounced trade promotion authority, or fast-track legislation, dead even though the debate and vote are not even scheduled to begin until next week.

RNC sues over campaign finance law The Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that several campaign finance restrictions recently signed into law by President Bush are unconstitutional. The California Democratic Party also challenged the law, the first Democratic committee to do so.

Willey's Radio Show Canceled [Fantastic!!!] Kathleen Willey, who accused former President Clinton of sexual misconduct in the White House, lasted less than a month as host of a talk radio show.

Bu$h's budget promise goes bust pResident Bu$h's campaign promise to control government spending grows more elusive, with the nation's wartime budget about to mushroom and election-year politics promising huge new programs, particularly for the elderly.

Bu$h's California Energy Stance Faulted Throughout California's energy crisis early last year, pResident Bu$h and Vice pResident Dick Cheney strongly opposed any government intervention or price controls intended to rein in the surging costs of electricity.

How Enron Got California to Buy Power It Didn't Need Fat Boy. Death Star. Get Shorty. These were the cocky nicknames that Enron traders gave the complex trading strategies they employed in 2000 and 2001 to maximize gains in California's wholesale electricity market.

Scientists' deaths are under the microscope Eleven microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism.

Truth is casualty in fog of the Afghan war Foreign Editor’s Briefing by Bronwen Maddox -- "The frustration of Operation Snipe this week replicates many of the frustrations of the Afghan campaign, not least the lack of information."

Nation and Narration -- by Michael Berube "Imagine the 43rd Presidency without Osama bin Laden, the year 2001 with an uneventful September 11. It's January 2002, one year after Bush's controversial inauguration, and the White House is a shambles. Having passed the tax bill that was the only rationale for his Presidency in the eyes of his financiers, George W. Bush is in deep doo-doo."

Clinton will lead US Delegation to East Timor Inauguration pResident Bu$h has chosen former President Bill Clinton to lead a United States delegation to East Timor's independence celebrations later this month, a senior mis-ministration official said today.

Former President Clinton still mobbed during campus appearances More than a year after Bill Clinton left office, college students still treat him like a rock star, clamoring for autographs, snapshots and handshakes and screaming the former president's name when they see him.

West Wing TV president to stump for Reno in Florida Martin Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's hit drama The West Wing, is coming to Florida in early June to raise money and rally votes for the real former U.S. attorney general's bid to unseat Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, Reno's campaign announced Tuesday.

War on terror may extend to Cuba The US threatened to extend its war on terror to Cuba yesterday, accusing Fidel Castro's regime of developing biological weapons and sharing its expertise with Washington's enemies. In a speech called "Beyond the Axis of Evil," [LOL!] the undersecretary of state John Bolton presented no evidence for his claims, pointing only to Cuba's advanced biomedical industry and Mr Castro's visits last year to three "rogue states" accused by the US state department of sponsoring terrorism.

Responding to September 11: A War without End? -- by David McReynolds "Instead of building a multilateral and legal response to the attacks, Bush hijacked the tragedy of September 11 for his own purposes...In the current mood of war, it can be forgotten that Bush really was not elected President."

Libertarian candidate for Senate doesn't mince words "I believe he [Wayne Allard] should be indicted for treason," Libertarian candidate Rick Stanley wrote of the Republican incumbent. "Hung, when found guilty. Wayne Allard voted for the Patriot Act. That violates the Constitution seven or eight different ways."

Bu$h's Renunciation of War Crimes Court Assailed The Bu$h mis-ministration's nullification Monday of the United States signature to the 1998 Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) has drawn heavy fire from major U.S. human rights, church, and peace groups as a potentially disastrous precedent certain to alienate Washington's closest allies.

Letter from US Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Leahy and Barbara Boxer to Tommy Thompson, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Subject: Restoring Patients' Medical Privacy Rights

F.B.I. Says Pre-Sept. 11 Note Got Little Notice Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acknowledged today at a Senate hearing that his agency had paid too little attention to a July 2001 memorandum written by an F.B.I. agent in Phoenix who detected a disturbing pattern of Middle Eastern men attending American flight training schools.

Democrat Implies Sept. 11 Administration Plot

Congresswoman McKinney Presses for Investigation of Bu$h Mis-ministration Links to 9-11 -- Statement by Congresswoman (and hero) Cynthia McKinney of Georgia

Inquiry of Intelligence Failures Hits Obstacles

FBI Warned of Training Before Sept. 11

Remarks prepared for delivery by Robert S. Mueller III, Director, FBI - Commonwealth Club of CA April 19, 2002

Head of Congressional Probe Into Sept. 11 Quits

Events Raise Nuclear Safety Questions A nuclear reactor in Ohio is found to have a large hole nobody thought possible, burned almost through its six-inch protective steel cover. Cracks of a type never seen before are discovered at a reactor in South Carolina, triggering widespread inspections.

Nuclear drums fail 'crush test' Flats shipment could spew if ruptured, engineers warn -- If the federal government starts shipping nuclear weapons material through Colorado this month, some of it might be hauled in substandard steel drums that could rupture in a collision, spewing radioactive material into the environment.

Nevada representative warns against nuclear waste storage Transporting nearly 80,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste to a depository in Nevada could be "catastrophic" and endanger homeland security if the shipments become targets for terrorists, the state's sole congressional Democrat said Saturday.

Billionaire Predicts Nuclear Attack Investment guru Warren Buffett offered a bleak prediction for the nation's national security, saying a terrorist attack on American soil is "virtually a certainty." Envy and dislike of the United States have fueled rage against the country even as the ability to build a nuclear device has spread, Buffett said Sunday at the final day of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s annual meeting.

Bu$h's stance on N. Korea raises tensions Washington's get-tough stance has distressed the South Korean government, rattled North-South relations and escalated fears of military confrontation between the United States and North Korea.

U.S. May Require Waivers Before Sending Peacekeepers The U.S. said it may require potential host countries to sign agreements exempting U.S. soldiers from being turned over to an international war crimes court before participating in future peacekeeping missions. U.S. officials also notified United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan the U.S. won't be bound by the treaty creating the International Criminal Court.

Washington Accuses Cuba of Germ-Warfare Research The Bu$h mis-ministration has accused Cuba of producing small quantities of germs that can be used in biological warfare and says Libya and Syria are also violating international treaties by making unconventional weapons. [Uh, anyone else?]

Anthrax Sent Through Mail Gained Potency by the Letter Deepening the mystery of the biological attacks that terrified the nation last fall, federal investigators have discovered that the anthrax sent through the mail, in general, grew more potent from one letter to the next, with the spores in the final letter to be opened — the one sent to Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont — the deadliest of all.

INS, in a Panic, Wants List Back The INS has done it again — big-time. Government sources told the Daily News that the Immigration and Naturalization Service gave congressional investigators a top-secret list of Sept. 11 detainees in an apparent breach of Justice Department policy. Now, frantic department officials are beseeching the General Accounting Office to give it back.

Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, to the AP Report on a Pre-Sept. 11 FBI Memorandum on Flight Schools

Homeland: White House will review the Homeland-Security Office Part of the problem is, nobody knows what they’re doing,” said a government consultant about Ridge’s office. “It’s just this black hole.

Activists Welcome Ruling That Corporations "Must Speak Truthfully" In a ruling hailed by corporate-accountability and labor activists, the California Supreme Court has held that corporations may be liable under the state's consumer-protection laws for misleading advertising or public statements about their products or operations.

Enron Forced Up California Energy Prices, Documents Show Electricity traders at Enron drove up prices during the California power crisis through questionable techniques that company lawyers said "may have contributed" to severe power shortages, according to internal Enron documents released today by federal regulators.

Unjust Rewards The government continues to award federal business worth billions to companies that repeatedly break the law.

Tembec seeks $200 million from United States in softwood lumber claim Tembec will use the North American Free Trade Agreement to file a $200 million damage claim against the United States over that government's plans to impose duties against Canadian softwood lumber producers.

EPA ombudsmen accuse Whitman (Citigroup Ties Behind Whitman's moves at EPA)

Devil in the Details: Let Them Eat Lead (The American Prospect)... "First arsenic. Now lead? We have a new campaign slogan for Bush: 'Leave No Child Unpoisoned.'"

Rilya haunts Bush's promise Girl may figure in governor's race --by Peter Wallsten and Carol Marbin Miller "For [Jeb] Bush, who enjoys strong approval ratings and a double-digit lead [?] in opinion polls over his nearest rival, the Rilya Wilson case is focusing an unexpected election-year microscope on 1998 promises and the governor's record with the Department of Children & Families."

How to beat Asskkkroft's FBI -- by Jackson Thoreau

Norshipco parent's IPO to raise about $139 million U.S. Marine Repair, owned by privately held Washington investment firm The Carlyle Group, indicated in its filing that it chose to offer its stock to the public now because of expectations that federal defense spending will grow in the next several years.

U.S. Raids Along Afghan Border Seen as Lasting Past Summer The new American strategy for wiping out enemy fighters [and, trolling for more expenditures to justify Bu$h's defense budget, secure the oil pipeline, and engender more terrorist attacks against the United States in hopes of same] in the most lawless area of Afghanistan calls for mounting continuous counterinsurgency operations on both sides of the border with Pakistan that could last beyond this summer, senior officials at the Pentagon say.

The Loyal Opposition: Commercializing The E-commons The Bu$h Commerce Department Puts .us Domain On The Auction Block -- by David Corn "How does the Bush administration take care of valuable public property? It hands the asset to a private corporation and allows that business to exploit away. That’s precisely what the Bush gang did with an important piece of Internet real estate."

Penny-Wise, Dirty Nuke Foolish -- by Arianna Huffington "If President [sic] Bush's goal is to make the United States a safer country, he's got an odd way of doing it. In a desperate attempt to trim the budget and minimize the projected $100 billion deficit, the Bush administration has slashed by 93 percent a Department of Energy (DOE) request for $379 million to better secure America's storehouse of nuclear weapons and waste -- the number one item on every terrorist's shopping list."

Chirac wins French presidency with 82 percent of the vote The incumbent president of France, Gaullist leader Jacques Chirac, has won reelection for a five-year term after defeating the neo-fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front in the May 5 runoff election, by a margin of approximately 82 to 18 percent of the vote.

Le Pen defeated but defiant Far-right leader gains 5.8m votes -- Jacques Chirac was re-elected president of France by a landslide yesterday but his rival Jean-Marie Le Pen, far from being wiped off the political map as his opponents had hoped, booked the highest score ever recorded by the French far right.

In Michigan, Anti-Terrorism Effort Goes Public Haddad case forces rare glimpse of secret U.S. campaign -- The case provides a striking example of the government's controversial, secretive campaign of arrests and detentions since Sept. 11.

Protesters disrupt BAE Systems' annual meeting BAE Systems' annual meeting was brought to a temporary halt yesterday after campaigners against the arms trade drowned out a statement by chairman Sir Richard Evans with noisy protests about the sale of weapons to countries with poor human rights records.

Police attack May Day protests in Australia In the most recent example of state violence against political protest in Australia, May Day demonstrations in two cities were subjected to police attack last Wednesday. In Sydney, at least 100 demonstrators required medical attention and 31 were arrested.

Fields of poison ...Fertilizer being spread on farms in the Quincy area and across Washington and presumably the rest of the nation contain heavy metals and contaminates such as lead and cadmium, arsenic and mercury as well as such suspected carcinogens as dioxin. The fertilizer, it turned out, had been made from industrial waste.

Timber giant gears up for eco-battles The Pacific Lumber Co. said it is gearing up for a new set of clashes around its plans to log in certain areas of Humboldt County (CA). The timber giant appealed in late April for help from the county's Board of Supervisors in tackling what it called "eco-terrorists" who seek to disrupt company operations.

Aids fear as Bu$h blocks sex education US undermines global declaration -- pResident Bu$h is blocking an international drive to provide teenage sex education because of his belief in chastity before marriage. Health experts say this could fatally undermine the battle against Aids. Bu$h has triggered a row with British and other European Union governments by refusing to sign a United Nations declaration on children's rights - unless pledges on sexual health services are scrapped.

Voting receipts: Yes or no? Two lawsuits in Palm Beach County, a federal complaint in California and proposed legislation in Washington raise the same question about electronic voting: Where's the paper trail?

Bu$h's Coattails May Be Fashionable but Not as Long as Candidates Hope pResident Bu$h may be two years away from seeking re-s-election, but he is already starring in campaign commercials, for Senate candidates in three states.

AmeriSnitch -- by Bill Berkowitz "Up to now, Neighborhood Watch has been a fairly low-key crime-prevention tool focused on break-ins and burglaries. But all that is changing, as the Bush Administration has earmarked it for a broader role--surveillance in the service of the 'war on terrorism.'"

Party differences A short-lived White House proposal on student loans illustrates the importance of partisan politics -- (Boston) editorial "With the news dominated by the ongoing clergy sex-abuse scandal, Middle East mayhem, and, locally, a Beacon Hill budget crisis that may result in tax increases, the student-loan brouhaha barely registered."

A Bu$h assault on college funds -- by Thomas Oliphant "The point is not that pResident Bu$h has given up for the moment on his latest attempt to sock it to college students or that he lacked the stomach to go up against Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The real point is that he tried to sock it to college students, has already socked it to college students, and is certain to try again."

Bu$h's State Records Ruled Open to Public pResident Bu$h's gubernatorial records are subject to the state's open public records law even though they are housed at his father's presidential library, state Atty. Gen. John Cornyn ruled.

U.S. to Renounce Its Role in Pact for World Tribunal The Bu$h mis-ministration has decided to renounce formally any involvement in a treaty setting up an international criminal court and is expected to declare that the signing of the document by the Clinton administration is no longer valid, government officials said today.

Executions in Texas Up Sharply After Lull After a sharp decline in executions last year, Texas appears likely to become the nation's death penalty capital again.

Documents Claim Hastert Belittled Rights Concerns Before becoming House speaker, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert told Colombian military officers that he was "sick and tired" of human rights considerations controlling U.S. anti-drug aid, according to a newly declassified government document.

Hastert Played Down Rights Concerns While the Clinton administration was pressuring Colombia to stop human rights abuses, Rep. Dennis Hastert was telling the country's police and military leaders that rights concerns were overblown, a newly declassified government document says.

The Guantanamo prisoners will now be charged with the retrospective crime of belonging to the Taliban, a legal device that was not even used against the Nazis at Nuremberg -- by Andrew Stephen "What a shambles 'homeland security' is becoming here."

Arab Groups Demand Armey Apology for Remarks About Palestinians Several Arab-American groups have called on House Republican Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) to apologize for remarks he made during a recent television interview about the Palestinian pursuit of statehood. The groups contend that Armey called for an "ethnic cleansing" of the Palestinians, during an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball program earlier this week.

Chirac Urges French to Block Le Pen Campaigning has ended and France entered a political quiet period Saturday with just one day left before a presidential runoff to decide whether incumbent Jacques Chirac or ultra-right rival Jean-Marie Le Pen leads the country for the next five years.

Radio Address: US Representative Shelly Berkley (NV) Delivers Democratic Radio Response -- Shipping Nuclear Waste to Nevada

Willing Witness, Painful Price A Virginia man who volunteered information about some of the Sept. 11 terrorists could face deportation.

Appeal Revives Debate Over Calif. Crime Law Supreme Court to Review 3-Strikes Penalties

Report: FBI Investigating Local No-Warrant Raid The FBI is reportedly investigating a mistaken police raid on an Ocala family that led to the pepper spraying of a 74-year-old grandmother, according to Local 6 News.

Bioterrorism Office Gets a New Director A man who led the campaign to rid the world of smallpox is resigning as director of the campaign to protect Americans from bioterrorism.

Vast, Right-Wing Cabal? Meet the Most Powerful Conservative Group You've Never Heard Of -- When Steve Baldwin, the executive director of an organization with the stale-as-old-bread name of the Council for National Policy, boasts that "we control everything in the world," he is only half-kidding.

U.S. May Nullify Signature on War Crimes Treaty A U.S. official said yesterday that the Bu$h mis-ministration has decided to nullify the American signature on the treaty establishing the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal. [This is because Bu$h himself is a war criminal.]

Bu$h Blasts Democrats for Lagging on Judicial Nominees Sen. Leahy Asserts Pace Has Improved -- pResident Bu$h yesterday intensified pressure on the Senate to accept his federal judicial nominees, accusing Democrats who control the chamber of "endangering the administration of justice in America."

The Coup Master Otto Reich Named to Board for US Army's School of the Americas -- Otto Reich has been named to the Board of Visitors at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA).

Why Milosevic, but not Kissinger? If Slobodan Milosevic can be put on trial for war crimes, why can't Henry Kissinger, asks human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Saudis Hire GOP Spin Docs Saudi Arabia has hired a slew of D.C.'s most powerful lobbying and p.r. firms - including turning to an ad-buying company that's helped top Republicans - to buff its post-9/11 image.

Nuclear Industry Rolls Out Red Carpet for Congress The Nuclear Energy Institute is bankrolling the junket for 22 congressional staffers as the House prepares to vote next week on whether to override Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn’s veto of the Bu$h mis-ministration’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump designation.

Weapons Worker Alleges Corners Cut Managers at the nation's only chemical weapons incinerator encouraged workers to cut corners so a deadly nerve agent stockpile could be destroyed before the Winter Olympics in nearby Salt Lake City, a plant employee says.

Ozone hole causes mixed Antarctic message Recent conflicting reports about whether Antarctica is warming or cooling can now at least be explained - it is all the fault of the ozone hole.

Pride in President [sic] May Have an Expiration Date -- by Richard L. Berke "...there are stirrings of discontent about other aspects of Mr. Bush's presidency[sic], signs that he might not be able to continue to rely on the post-Sept. 11 good will."

FBI Warned of Training Before Sept. 11 None of the Middle Eastern men identified by the Arizona counterterrorism agents or any information contained in their July 2001 memo [waning that several Middle Easterners were training at a U.S. aviation school] pointed to the suicide plot that leveled the World Trade Center and killed thousands in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, officials said.

U.S. Jobless Rate Increases to 6%; Highest in 8 Years The unemployment rate surged last month to 6 percent, its highest level in almost eight years, the government said yesterday in a sign that many companies are too worried about the economy to begin hiring again.

Window of Ignorance -- by Paul Krugman "The latest budget news is worse than even the most dour pessimists had thought possible. But the unfolding fiscal disaster hasn't yet penetrated the public's consciousness — and the administration is trying to exploit that window of ignorance."

The Intrusion Explosion -- by William Safire "... libertarians of left and right should hold President [sic] Bush to his pledge to require merchants to ask the consumer's consent. How would he like to have 'observational research' in the Oval Office?"

Legislators poised to give $262 million tax break to big businesses Florida legislators appear eager to approve a lucrative tax break sought by the state’s biggest corporations but are less likely to relieve crowded classrooms when they return to the Capitol today for a two-week special session.

4 Lawmakers Urge Transportation Dept. to Allow Pilots to Carry Guns

Clinton delivers Yucca pep talk Former president tells Nevadans to keep fighting against repository -- President Clinton advised Nevadans on how to turn back the Bu$h mis-ministration's plans for a nuclear waste repository: Focus on senators from small states.

Sierra Club Announces New Round of Endorsements of 50 Candidates for 2002

Prez [sic] wimps out at city limits -- by Jim Mohr "As President [sic] Bu$sh headed toward San Jose on Tuesday, it must have crossed even his mind that he was going in the wrong political direction. While his limo headed down Highway 101, one can imagine the 'compassionate conservative' in him yearning to turn around and drive toward the axis of the Bay Area. He couldn't. He was afraid."

Surveillance blimps may prowl skies to protect North America NORAD wants to build unpiloted surveillance blimps that will watch for enemy attack by circling 70,000 feet above North America.

Court rules Nike suit can proceed The California Supreme Court ruled today that a lawsuit accusing Nike of lying about its business practices can go forward.

The Carlyle Connection: How the Pentagon Learned to Love the Weapon No One Wanted -- by Geoffrey Gray "Frank Carlucci never trained much as a salesman. The former CIA spook turned Reagan defense secretary has been working as chairman for the Carlyle Group, the nation's 11th largest military contractor, and for the last five years, he's been championing the production of 482 Crusader armored vehicles, over $11.2 billion dollars' worth of self-propelled Howitzer firepower."

Go to Pell: The Bu$h mis-ministration's dumb anti-student initiative -- by Bob Batchelor Among life's few certainties are that many politicians will be pro-education while campaigning only to forget the pledge once elected. But few appear to experience such total amnesia as George W. [moron] Bu$h.

If I were a US citizen seeking to be reassured of my government's probity and diligence, I would now head for the hills with a hunting rifle and a do-it-yourself nuclear bunker -- by Mark Thomas "Enron had nearly 700 subsidiaries registered in the Cayman Islands and not one person from the entire US government had had the wisdom, time or power to request the disclosure of these companies' details."

Le Pen calls demos a 'pantomime' France's far-right presidential candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen, dismissed the country's biggest street protests for more than 30 years as an "irrelevant pantomime" yesterday, saying the only thing that counted was the result of Sunday's vote.

A silent war - with no enemy in sight Jason Burke reports from the British Marines' forward operating base in south-east Afghanistan

Raids Launched in Afghanistan to Search for Al Qaeda British troops are leading a force of 1,000 allied troops in a major new sweep in a mountainous region of southeastern Afghanistan that is thought to have been a key al-Qaida base, the British military said Thursday.

Treasury Warns That Government Is Close to Borrowing Limit Faced with lower than expected tax revenues, the Treasury Department said today that the federal government would hit its legal borrowing limit in about two weeks, putting pressure on Congress to agree to increase the debt ceiling to avert a potential financial crisis.

Schumer: Justice Dept. Undermining Environment The inJustice Department has been quietly undermining environmental laws by settling or refusing to appeal court decisions on industry challenges that tilt against strict environmental regulation, according to a study by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

'Science' as a Political Angle Bu$h's defense of environmental and energy-related policy faces scrutiny.

Notorious Priest Arrested A Roman Catholic priest who allegedly advocated sex between men and boys was arrested Thursday on charges that he raped a young boy repeatedly for years, sometimes in the church confessional, prosecutors said.

Senator Carl Levin, Chairman Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: Hearing on Gas Prices: How Are They Really Set?

More Than a Million People Demonstrate Throughout France Against Extreme-Right Leader Le Pen

Powell Wants Freer Hand in Mideast Much of Powell's frustration is directed at Defense Secretary [and rightwing nutcase] Donald H. Rumsfeld, who has a greater say over Middle East policy than his predecessors, says a senior mis-ministration official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

USA Patriot Act powers prompt second look Secret court subpoenas, examinations of bookstore records, revised immigration policies and other uses of sweeping new powers have some Senate Democrats taking a new critical look at the USA Patriot Act, enacted in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Soldiers of fortune: Civilian employees of Dick Cheney's former company are carrying out military missions around the world – for profit In early January, Jon France, transportation officer at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif., was asked to help support the war in Afghanistan by sending prefabricated military bases that could be run by private corporations.

Axis of Incompetence On the shambles that is the Bu$h foreign policy -- by Harold Meyerson

At the DOE, Dowsing for Dollars The feds make an investigation into the paranormal -- by Leon Jaroff

Amid riots, some cross a religious divide -- by Scott Baldauf

Remarks prepared for delivery by Robert S. Mueller III, Director, FBI - Commonwealth Club of CA April 19, 2002 "...The hijackers also left no paper trail. In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper – either here in the U.S. or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere – that mentioned any aspect of the September 11th plot. The hijackers had no computers, no laptops, no storage media of any kind. They used hundreds of different pay phones and cell phones, often with prepaid calling cards that are extremely difficult to trace... "

Protesters Detained in Milwaukee: Are You on the No Fly List? Twenty members of the Peace Action Milwaukee group--including a priest and a nun--were pulled aside and questioned by Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies...due to the computerized "No Fly Watch List" that the federal government now supplies to all the airlines.

Sen. Lashes Out Over Ridge No-Show The Bu$h mis-ministration is preventing the public from gaining an overview of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy by barring Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge from testifying to Congress, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Tuesday.

Judge Rules Detention Illegal Judge Rejects a Tactic Used in Sept. 11 Probe -- A key legal tactic employed by the government in its post-Sept. 11 war on terror is illegal, a federal judge ruled today, delivering a potential blow to the Justice Department's methods of detaining suspects and gathering evidence.

Is the US torturing Abu Zubaida? Two recent “terrorist alerts” in the US have raised serious questions about the type of treatment being meted out to top Al Qaeda leader, Abu Zubaida, captured in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad on March 28.


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