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April 2004 Archives

Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says Dictator Bush was told more than a month before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that supporters of Osama bin Laden planned an attack within the United States with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes, a government official said Friday.

Secret memo shows Bush knew about hijack plot before 9/11 Forced on to the defensive by talk of a cover-up, the White House yesterday agreed to publish a top secret memorandum which warned Dictator George W Bush a month before the September 11 attacks that terrorists might be preparing to hijack aircraft. The Aug 6, 2001 memo is a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States".

9/11 Documents Show Hijacking Warnings 2 U.S. government agencies issued repeated warnings in the summer of 2001 about potential terrorist plots against the United States masterminded by Osama bin Laden, including a possible plan to hijack commercial aircraft, documents show.

Al Gore Testifies to 9/11 Panel President Al Gore testified behind closed doors on Friday before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. "The former Vice President was candid and forthcoming during the three-hour meeting," the panel said in a statement. "We thank him for his continued cooperation with the commission."

F-16s Intercept Small Plane Near Bush Ranch U.S. F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small plane flying near Dictator Bush's ranch on Friday. [...Where were they on 9-11?]

Bush Conceals Names of U.S. Firms That Paid Kickbacks to Hussein Saddam Hussein siphoned off $10.1 billion from Iraq's oil-for-food program through illegal oil contracts and kickback deals with private suppliers of food and medicine, a congressional agency said Wednesday. John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador [and Contra-supporting terrorist] to the United Nations, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Bush regime can identify the private business firms that cut kickback deals with Saddam Hussein, but intends to keep the names secret.

Answers sought on US 'private armies' in Iraq Thirteen of the most powerful US opposition senators have asked Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to explain the role of mercenaries ['civilian contractors'] in Iraq.

Cleric tells Bush: get out of Iraq or face revolution 'Outlawed' Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has told US Dictator George W Bush to withdraw his troops from Iraq or face a revolution.

US-picked Iraqi leaders blast Fallujah offensive Angry members of the US-installed interim Iraqi Governing Council threatened to resign if Amerikan forces did not halt their bloody offensive in the restive Sunni Muslim town of Fallujah.

US-led dictatorship will not negotiate with kidnappers in Iraq The US-led dictatorship will not negotiate with "terrorists" who may have been taking hostages in Iraq, senior occupation spokesman Dan Senor told a news conference.

Two US soldiers, several civilians missing in Iraq: Pentagon The Pentagon has confirmed that two US soldiers and several US civilians are missing following an attack by Iraqi resistance fighters on a fuel convoy west of Baghdad, as the fierce fighting in south and central Iraq continues. Defence officials say it is not immediately known if the missing Americans have been captured.

Rebels hit US supply line Resistance fighters attacked a US fuel convoy west of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least nine people, as resistance to American-led forces intensified in central and southern Iraq on the first anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Aljazeera targeted in Falluja Aljazeera journalists have come under fire in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Falluja. The only television crew to be reporting from inside the besieged town, Aljazeera crew members on Friday complained they had been fired at twice during the day.

Marines Halt Operations in Fallujah Marines halted offensive operations in Fallujah to allow negotiations as the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad was marked by more violence, the Associated Press reported today.

Falluja Fighting This Week Killed 450 Iraqis-Doctor At least 450 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in fighting in the city of Falluja this week, the director of the main hospital, Rafi Hayad, told Reuters.

'Let Them Eat Lead' --by David Wiggins "I recently received an email from a reliable administration source. This highly reputable source tells me that between campaign fundraisers, watching Major League baseball games, and vacationing at his Texas ranch, his top advisors told President [sic] Bush of the Sadr Offensive and the deteriorating situation in Iraq via conference call. On being informed that many poor US foot soldiers were dying or dead, he listened on in silence. Mr. President [sic], what will we do?" he was asked. According to this official, President [sic] Bush hesitated for a second, then smirked, 'Let them eat lead.'"

Howard stands firm on Iraq Prime Minister John Howard has reaffirmed his commitment to Australian troops remaining in Iraq, despite the escalation of violence this week.

PM Flies Into Iraq Protest Tony Blair was met by an anti-war protest as he joined his family in Bermuda yesterday. Six protesters vented their anger over Iraq as he stepped off the plane for his Easter holiday.

Iraqis told them to go from day one Resistance will continue to spread until the occupation ends --by Sami Ramadani "

Broken US troops face bigger enemy at home A stretched Pentagon is sending unfit soldiers back to Iraq long before they are ready to serve again --The Guardian has uncovered more than a dozen instances in which ill or injured soldiers were sent to war by a US military whose resources have been stretched near to breaking point by the simultaneous fronts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In its investigation, the Guardian learned of soldiers who were deployed with almost wilful disregard to their medical histories, and with the most cursory physical examinations.

Afghan Renegade Continues Advance Despite Talks An Afghan strongman whose forces have overrun a northern province issued a stark warning to the U.S.-backed president on Friday -- fire the defense and interior ministers or your government will fail.

N Korea on 'brink of nuclear war' with US North Korea has issued its latest pronouncement in its diplomatic stoush with the United States, saying it is on the brink of nuclear war with the US. Pyongyang has dismissed the recent multilateral talks on the region as fruitless.

National alert over missing fertiliser (Aus.) Counter-Terrorism police have joined the search for 3.5 tonnes of missing ammonium nitrate fertiliser, fearing the potentially lethal explosive may have made its way to the black market and into the hands of terrorists.

Panel Says Voting System Same As in 2000 When the nation turns out to cast ballots in this fall's elections, the voting system will be in no better shape than it was in 2000, a panel of voting experts said Friday.

Bush Avows Free Trade Despite Dem Attacks Never mind the Democratic broadsides about soaring trade deficits and lost manufacturing jobs. Dictator Bush is campaigning as an unrepentant free trader and criticizing Democrat John Kerry as an "economic isolationist."

Check the price: City says 78% of drugstores overcharge Chicagoans are being overcharged at drugstores, retailers and groceries, a city investigation shows.

Police take former Enron exec to hospital Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was taken to a Manhattan hospital early Friday after several people called police saying he was pulling on their clothes and accusing them of being FBI agents, a police source told The Associated Press.

Girl, 9, cuffed and arrested over missing bunny (New Port Richey, Fla.) A 9-year-old girl accused of stealing a rabbit and $10 from a neighbor’s home was arrested, handcuffed and questioned at a police station.

Scotts Testing Genetically Modified Grass In an unmarked site on the edges of this community of berry farmers, Bob Harriman puts one foot on the world's most controversial grass. It's a blanket of brilliant green — as thin as a piece of paper and as uniform as cellophane. If it sounds unnatural, that's because it is. The turf is a genetically modified version of the creeping bentgrass popular on golf course greens and fairways, and it is being tested here by Scotts Co., which hopes its creation will be resistant to a common weed-killing chemical.

'US is bigger threat than terror' Globalisation and the US pose a more serious threat to the world than war and terrorism, according to a BBC poll. [...thanks to the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel]

US now 'the common enemy' Sunni and Shiite Muslims have found a common enemy in the US-led dictatorship occupying Iraq, while the violence raging across the country is partly linked to the approaching return of Iraqi sovereignty, experts said Thursday.

Marchers break through US roadblocks Thousands of Sunni and Shiite Muslims forced their way through US military checkpoints Thursday to ferry food and medical supplies to the besieged Sunni bastion of Fallujah where US marines are trying to crush resistance fighters.

Marines Try to Quell 'a Hotbed of Resistance' (Fallujah) After four days of round-the-clock street clashes with elusive, heavily armed urban resistance fighters, U.S. Marines moved Thursday to beef up their fighting capacity and take more aggressive action against an enemy that is proving both stubborn and resourceful.

General May Bolster Force in Iraq; Militias Kidnap a Dozen Foreigners Fighting Continues; Troop Deployments May Be Extended The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Thursday that he is considering holding several thousand troops here beyond their planned departure this spring in an attempt to squelch continuing uprisings by Shiite militiamen and Sunni insurgents.

More British Troops Head For Iraq Hundreds more British troops were today heading for Iraq as attacks on occupation forces continued.

Rumsfeld defiant, but US troops face extended Iraq duty US defence chief Donald Rumsfeld played down rebel resistance against occupation forces in Iraq today, despite several days of serious violence.

Five 18-year-olds among those killed in action in Iraq this month Among the surging number of American troops killed in action in Iraq this month were five 18-year-olds.

U.S. Troops in Bloody Battles on Hussein Anniversary U.S.-led forces mark the first anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall on Friday fighting fierce battles with Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim rebels as Iraq plunges into the bloodiest and most chaotic period of the occupation.

Iraqi police stand aside as Shiite gunmen seize cities During this week's uprising, Iraqi police have abandoned stations or stood by while gunmen roamed the streets, raising concerns about their role in a future Iraq.

Shiite militia controls part of 3 cities Militiamen loyal to an anti-U.S. Shiite cleric controlled large swaths of three Iraqi cities Thursday after clashes with occupation forces, while U.S. Marines fought resistance fighters for the second day around a mosque in the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah.

Iraqi militants kidnap, threaten foreign civilians Shiite Muslim militants held partial control Thursday over three southern Iraqi cities, while Sunni resistance fighters killed a U.S. Marine in the battle for Fallujah. In escalating violence, gunmen kidnapped 13 foreigners in a new tactic to pressure U.S. allies in Iraq.

Fierce Fighting Rages in Iraq, Foreigners Kidnapped U.S.-led troops fought fierce battles with Sunni and Shi'ite rebels Thursday and a spate of kidnappings snared foreigners as Iraq descended into bloody chaos not seen since Saddam Hussein's fall a year ago.

Japan vows to keep its troops in Iraq Japan vowed to keep its troops in Iraq on Friday as three of its citizens remain in the hands of kidnappers who have threatened to execute them unless the country's forces are withdrawn.

Iraq Kidnappers Take 3 Japan Journalists Hostage, Jazeera Says Kidnappers will kill three Japanese journalists they are holding in Iraq in three days unless Japanese forces withdraw from the country, Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite news reported, showing video pictures of the hostages.

Iraq interior minister resigns as battles rage Nouri Badran, Iraq's interim interior minister, resigned on Thursday in the latest blow to the US-appointed 'transitional' dictatorship, while the kidnapping of three Japanese citizens increased the pressures facing the occupation.

Concern Mounts Over Growing Unrest in Iraq [...Ya think?] U.S. officials and outside experts are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Iraq despite Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's [INSANE] assurances that the insurgency is limited to a relatively small number of 'malcontents' [?!?].

US plans new UN force The United States has asked more than a dozen countries to contribute to a multinational force to protect a UN operation in Iraq, should the world body decide to return there, US officials said Thursday.

Thinking Unthinkable Thoughts Theologian Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack --by Nick Welsh "According to [author of The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray] Griffin, a case can be made that the Bush administration arranged the attack, or allowed it to happen... NICK WELSH: Is there a smoking gun that shows the Bush administration knew 9/11 was likely to happen and did nothing about it? DAVID RAY GRIFFIN: I think there are four. One is the fact that standard operating procedures for dealing with possibly hijacked airplanes were not followed on 9/11. Those procedures call for fighter jets to be sent out immediately upon any sign that a plane may have been hijacked. These jets typically get to the plane within no later than 15 minutes anywhere in the United States. And on that day, there were four airplanes that went for a half-hour or more after they were hijacked without jets intercepting them... And the other smoking guns? The second strongest piece of evidence I would say is the crash at the Pentagon. The physical evidence contradicts so violently the official account, that the Pentagon was hit by a Boeing 757 — Flight 77, that is. The physical evidence, photographs, and eyewitness testimony say that the Pentagon was hit by something that caused a hole no larger than 18 feet in diameter. The story the Pentagon put out, and was published by the Washington Post, was that the hole in the Pentagon was five stories high and 200 feet wide. If you look at the photographs taken by Tom Horan of the Associated Press — that’s just not the size of the hole. But if the hole was only 18 feet wide, it had to have been created by something other than a Boeing. Whatever went into the Pentagon pierced six reinforced walls. This was the west wing, the part of the Pentagon being refurbished and reinforced. These walls were extra strong, and yet whatever it was went through six walls creating a hole about seven feet in diameter in the sixth wall. This had to have been something with a very powerful head on it. A Boeing 757 has a very fragile nose, and would not have pierced through all those walls; it would have been crushed by hitting the Pentagon. And given that it only penetrated these three rings, the rest of the aircraft would have been sitting outside on the yard. And yet the photographs taken just as the fire trucks got there — very shortly after the crash — show no plane whatsoever. What do they show? They show no aircraft whatsoever. And everyone agrees on this. The official story is that the whole aircraft went inside the Pentagon. The problem with that — the firefighters in there would have seen the airplane. They would have seen the engines, they would have seen the aluminum fuselage, but they reported nothing."

9/11 panel seeks public release of intelligence document The Bush regime indicated Thursday it would seek to declassify an intelligence memo that was the subject of heated questioning at a hearing of the 9/11 commission. Earlier Thursday, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States -- as the panel is formally known -- asked the White House to declassify the August 6, 2001 daily intelligence briefing (PDB) for the dictator. At Thursday's hearing, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said the title of that memo was "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."

Some 9/11 Families Angered by No Apology from Rice Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims responded in anger on Thursday to what they described as the White House's failure to accept responsibility for the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Rice clashes with 9/11 commission National security adviser Condoleezza Rice has clashed sharply with Democratic members of the commission on September 11 over how seriously the Bush dictatorship treated the al-Qaeda threat in the weeks before the attacks.

Rice Says Bush Understood al-Qaida Threat Under contentious questioning, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified Thursday "there was no silver bullet that could have prevented" the deadly terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and disputed suggestions that Dictator Bush failed to focus on the threat of strikes in advance.

Rice Yet to Answer For Two Dishonest Statements (The Daily Mis-Lead) "As Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission approaches, she continues to push two distinctly dishonest statements in an effort to blur President [sic] Bush's failure to defend America in 2001."

Rice's Testimony before the Sept. 11 Commission A text of National Security Adviser [and liar] Condoleezza Rice's testimony as delivered before the Sept. 11 commission on Thursday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.

Rice's Opening Statement before the Sept. 11 Commission A text of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony as delivered before the Sept. 11 commission on Thursday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.

Former President Clinton Testifies to 9/11 Panel Former U.S. President Bill Clinton testified behind closed doors to the national commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday, the panel said.

Journalism Group Protests Scalia Tape Grab A deputy federal marshal violated the law and "the fundamental tenets of press freedom" when she ordered two reporters to erase recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a journalists' advocacy group said Thursday.

Texas Consumers Kept In Dark over Auto Loan Overcharges Because of Legislation Signed by Then-Texas Gov. Bush Two consumer groups today called on the Texas Legislature to repeal a unique law – passed under former Gov. George Bush – that blocks Texas consumers from recovering $6 billion in overcharges on car loans and allows dealers to keep kickbacks secret.

Howard Stern Dropped After FCC Threat [Actually, after he criticized Dictator Bush] Federal regulators Thursday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation's largest radio chain to drop the country's best-known shock jock.

Howard's Response to the FCC's Actions --by Howard Stern, "This is not a surprise. This is a follow up to the McCarthy type 'witch hunt' of the administration and the activities of this group of presidential appointees in the FCC, led by 'Colin Powell Jr.' and his band of players...It is pretty shocking that governmental interference into our rights and free speech takes place in the U.S."

Senate rejects requirement for special DUI plate (AZ) The state Senate on Thursday shot down proposals to require convicted drunk-drivers to place special "DUI" plates on vehicles they drive and to pay for publishing their names in newspapers.

USDA Rejects Meatpacker's Plan to Test All Animals for Mad Cow The Agriculture Department has rebuffed a meatpacker's plan to test every animal at its Kansas slaughterhouse for mad cow disease.

Concern over 'mystery containers' off Somalia A number of mysterious containers seen in the waves off the coast of Somalia raised concerns on Thursday that foreign vessels are illegally dumping hazardous waste in the unpatrolled waters off Africa's longest coastline.

When Anna met Arnie: Why a British TV presenter is suing the Governor of California California's coup-installed governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is set to face his own judgement day in an English court. Mr Schwarzenegger, 57, will be forced to defend allegations that he made unwelcome advances towards several women including the British television presenter Anna Richardson. She is expected to file a £100,000 libel suit next week.

Iraq on verge of civil war: Blix "The country is on the verge of civil war today. The majority of Iraqis are certainly happy to be rid of Saddam Hussein, but they are all against the American occupation, which is resented as a humiliation," Blix told the Le Parisian daily. Worse, the United States hasn't stationed enough troops in the country to maintain order and prevent attacks so "Iraq has become a machine producing terrorism."

Kerry says US in a "mess" in Iraq Democratic presidential contender John Kerry called the US occupation of Iraq a "mess" and said it was time for Dictator George W. Bush to acknowledge his difficulties to the world.

US forces battling to maintain control in Iraq, say experts Mounting armed opposition to US forces in Iraq has left US military commanders battling to maintain control without provoking new fronts of unrest, according to US experts. As US troops battled uprisings in Sunni and Shiite sections of Iraq, many experts now believe that the US operation in Iraq is facing its biggest risk since the fall of Baghdad.

U.S. Marines Fight Resistance Fighters in Fallujah U.S. Marines battled resistance fighters for control of this Sunni Muslim stronghold Wednesday, calling in airstrikes against a mosque compound where witnesses said dozens were killed in six hours of fighting. An anti-U.S. uprising led by a radical Shiite cleric raged for the fourth day in southern cities.

U.S. Forces Take Heavy Losses As Violence Spreads Across Iraq About a Dozen Marines Killed; Foreigners, Scores of Iraqis Die --Sunni Muslim resistance fighters killed about a dozen U.S. Marines in heavy fighting Tuesday in the western city of Ramadi, a military spokesman said. Troops from the United States and several allied countries also came under fire from militiamen loyal to Moqtada Sadr, a militant Shiite Muslim cleric, in cities across southern Iraq.

Body bags in Ramadi
A U.S. Marine carries the body of a comrade who was killed during an ambush by Sunni insurgents in Ramadi. (David Swanson - Philadelphia Inquirer via Knight Ridder Tribune)

US battle two-pronged offensive against Sunni, Shiite rebels US forces bombed a mosque in a flashpoint town west of Baghdad as they pressed a two-pronged offensive against Shiite and Sunni Muslim resistance fighters opposing the US-led occupation of Iraq.

U.S. Missiles Blast Mosque in Fallujah Many Iraqis reported killed, injured. U.S. forces fired missiles at a mosque in this flashpoint city Wednesday after taking several hours of fire from resistance fighters.

Marines bomb Fallujah mosque US marines pressing an offensive in this Iraqi town west of Baghdad bombed a mosque in the center of the town Wednesday and killed up to 40 people inside, a marine officer said.

U.S. Hits Mosque Compound; 40 Said Killed U.S. Marines in the third day of a battle to pacify this Sunni Muslim city fired rockets that hit a mosque compound Wednesday, and witnesses said as many as 40 people were killed. Shiite-inspired violence spread to key cities in Iraq.

At Least 97 Iraqis Killed In Fallujah, 40 In Ramadi At least 97 Iraqi civilians were killed and 165 were injured in continued U.S. bombardment of the besieged town of Fallujah, while at least 40 others were slain in similar raids on Ramadi. "F16 helicopters shelled the densely-populated areas of the city, leaving 45 inhabitants dead and 65 others injured for the day," Aljazeera correspondent reported Wednesday, April 7, citing official medical counts.

Two Marines killed in Fallujah fighting Two more U.S. Marines were killed over the past two days in fighting in Fallujah to uproot Sunni Muslim insurgents there, the military said Wednesday. The deaths bring the total known Marine death toll in the battle for the city to three.

SA mercenary killed by Shi'a radicals - report A South African working for a British security company [mercenary] was killed by Iraqi Shi'a radicals in the southern Iraqi city of Kut on Wednesday, occupation sources said.

'Sadr Uprising' Gains Support of Sunni Iraqis Iraqi Sunnis showed Monday, April 5, great support toward the uprising of followers of Shiite young leader Moqtada Sadr against the U.S.-led occupation forces.

Sadr aide says Iraqis capture occupation soldiers A top aide to the militant Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Wednesday that his supporters had captured a number of soldiers from the U.S.-led occupation during clashes currently taking place across a large swathe of Iraq.

Arrest Warrant For Sadr 'Illegal': Iraqi Judges As the Iraqi Governing Council Wednesday, April 7, urged investigations into the American military use of "deliberate" force against civilians, the Iraqi Jurists Association said the arrest warrant against Shiite leader Muqtada Sadr is "illegal and based on a lie". "The arrest warrant is illegal and incorrect, as the occupation forces issued it in disregard for sovereignty of Iraq's justice system," the Association said in a statement a copy of which was obtained by ["illegal and based on a lie" --just like the Bush occupation in the US]

U.S. Military's Tactic in Fallujah is to Draw Fire, Then Pursue The tactic in Fallujah is to advance, deliberately drawing fire from insurgents, so they can be pursued, encircled and subdued or killed. It's dangerous work and the U.S. Marines step warily.

Some U.S. Troops May Stay Longer in Iraq Some U.S. troops scheduled to leave Iraq soon might be kept there longer to deal with the surge in violence, Defense Secretary [and chickenhawk] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday.

More than 1,100 Hoosiers called up Guard activation is state's largest since Iraq invasion --More than 1,100 Indiana National Guard troops will join the global war on 'terrorism' in the largest call-up of Hoosier citizen soldiers since the invasion of Iraq.

Powell Cautions Kennedy on Iraq Remarks Secretary of State Colin Powell 'cautioned' [?!?] Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to be more careful in criticizing the war in Iraq after the Massachusetts Democrat called the conflict "George Bush's Vietnam." [Iraq *is,* Bush's Vietnam and who is liar Powell to 'caution' Senator Kennedy??? What's the Bush-Rove terror team going to do, send anthrax to the Democrats and kill a Democrat in a small plane crash? Oh, I forgot --they may have already done that! Daschle, anthrax; Mel Carnahan and Paul Wellstone, plane crashes.]

Dayton criticizes Bush's baseball game appearance in time of battle Sen. Mark Dayton criticized Dictator Bush for throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game this week, calling it inappropriate to do while soldiers were dying in Iraq.

Norwegian troops will probably leave Iraq Norway will probably withdraw its troops from Iraq within the next few months. Foreign Minister Jan Petersen said this following meetings at the UN in New York on Tuesday.

Norwegian aid workers leave Iraq The Norwegian Churhc Aid (NCA) is pulling out its Norwegian staff from Iraq because of the unsettled situation in the country. Three workers left Basra on Tuesday, and the last four will leave the city on Wednesday.

US troops train for urban warfare against North Korea US troops have trained this week in South Korea for possible urban warfare against North Korean 'guerrilla's or 'terrorists,' military officials said Tuesday. Some 160 US military police gunned down pop-up targets, raided mock houses and cleared buildings of hostile forces in an unspecified model city, said US Forces Korea (USFK) officials. [Maybe they are actually preparing for urban warfare that will ensue in the United States, in the aftermath of the next Bush/Diebold coup d'etat?]

Military renews drive to reshape environmental laws The Defense Department wants the government to ease environmental laws to avoid costly cleanups of military ranges and give states more time to handle air pollution from training exercises.

9/11 Panel: Bush White House Withheld Papers Commission Is Demanding Terrorism-Related Documents From Clinton Era --The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks announced yesterday that it has identified 69 documents from the Clinton era that the Bush White House withheld from investigators and which include references to al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and other issues relevant to the panel's work.

'Armageddon' Plan Was Put Into Action on 9/11, Clarke Says An "Armageddon" program designed to ensure that the federal government would continue to 'function' [?!?] in the aftermath of a nuclear war was put into place during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Former counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke told ABC's "Nightline," "Every federal agency was ordered, on the morning of 9/11, to activate an alternative command post, an alternative headquarters outside of Washington, D.C., and to staff it as soon as possible." The Washington Post reported in 2002 that as part of the plan, Bush has dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior 'civilian managers' [?!?] to live and work secretly outside Washington.

German Court Frees Sept. 11 Suspect Pending His Retrial The only man convicted in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Mounir el-Motassadeq, was released today by a German court pending a new trial later this year. The release of Mr. Motassadeq, who was serving a 15-year sentence on 3,000 counts of accessory to murder, was the result of a decision by a German appeals court last month to reverse his conviction on the grounds that he had been denied a fair trial because of the refusal of the United States to allow testimony by a captured terrorist suspect.

Rice Plans No Apology in 9/11 Testimony U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice has no plans to make a public apology for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in her public testimony before the 9/11 commission, White House officials said on Wednesday.

Axis of execution: American justice ranked alongside world's most repressive regimes --America is just one of just four countries responsible for 84 per cent of executions around the world last year, a report released yesterday by Amnesty International said.

$2,000 meal, but no utensils Silverware banned to prevent clinking while dictator was speaking --It was a mouthwatering menu. Not that you'd expect less for $2,000 a plate... A gourmet luncheon with only one thing missing: something to eat it with. The explanation was at the bottom of the menus distributed at Dictator Bush's $1.5 million Charlotte fund-raiser Monday. "At the request of the White House, silverware will not accompany the table settings," it said in discreetly fine print. No silver. No plastic. The lack of utensils might have been why many plates went virtually untouched. The reason: So the tinkle of silver wouldn't disrupt the dictator's speech.

Governors Call For Presidential [sic] Inquiry Into Rising Gas Prices Ten Democratic Governors, including Washington State's Gary Locke, are asking Dictator Bush to launch an immediate investigation into rising gasoline prices, particularly on the West Coast... Someone at Shell disobeyed company orders and e-mailed Tim Hamilton, an industry watchdog for independent gasoline dealers, copies of confidential financial records... The comment of one Shell official written on the leaked document was: "Wow."

Jeffords holds up EPA nominations over document requests Four of Dictator Bush's nominations for top jobs at the Environmental Protection Agency were put on hold Wednesday by Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., who said he was protesting the agency's refusal to provide him documents over the past three years. Jeffords said he had been "stonewalled in getting information from the EPA" and pointed to 12 unmet requests for documents between May 2001, when he left the Republican Party and became an independent, and January 2004.

Judge clears lawsuit against GOP group 4 Democrats who lost races can seek substantial damages --Four Democratic candidates who lost their races after being targeted by several GOP groups may proceed with a lawsuit, a state district judge ruled Wednesday. The Democrats are suing the group, which acknowledges spending about $600,000 in corporate contributions on polls, fund raising, receptions, voter contact and consultants to pursue Republican victories in 22 state House races during the 2002 elections. It is illegal to spend corporate funds to further the campaign of a candidate.

Two reporters ordered to erase tapes while covering Scalia speech Two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by U.S. Supreme Court inJustice [and Nazi] Antonin Scalia at a Mississippi high school. During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for The Associated Press erase a tape recording of the injustice's comments.

Inglewood Voters Reject Wal-Mart (CA) A bid by the world's largest corporation to bypass uncooperative elected officials and take its aggressive expansion plans to voters failed Tuesday, as Inglewood residents overwhelmingly rejected Wal-Mart's proposal to build a colossal retail and grocery center without an environmental review or public hearings.

Georgia evolution debate goes to trial School district sued for putting disclaimers in science books --A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a school district's practice of posting disclaimers inside science textbooks saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact."

Easter Bunny whipped at church show; some families upset A church trying to teach about the crucifixion of Jesus performed an Easter show with actors whipping the Easter bunny and breaking eggs, upsetting several parents and young children.

Stossell Tries to Scam His Public --by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman "At the time, we reported that [ABC News correspondent John] Stossel, who started his television career as a consumer reporter and now spends his time attacking government and trial lawyers as co-host of ABC's 20/20, was asked during the question-and-answer period after his 1996 speech: 'If you believe that consumer reporting works, and is a better regulator than regulation or lawsuits, why did you stop doing it?' 'I got sick of it,' Stossel responded. 'I also now make so much money I just lost interest in saving a buck on a can of peas...'"

Furor over First Amendment: CMU editors assailed over spoof paper Spotlights beat down on the three Tartan newspaper staff members sitting on stage before a crowd of fellow Carnegie Mellon University students. The Tartan's April Fools' Day edition, which included a cartoon with a racial slur and graphic poems about raping and mutilating women, was a failed attempt at satire, said Jenny Andrus, a graduate student in English... [Actually, it's furor over *hate speech,* NOT furor over the 'First Amendment.]

April Fools' spoofs not suffered lightly Special editions spur controversy for college newspapers --Carnegie Mellon's paper, The Tartan, voluntarily shut down for the rest of the semester after publishing a racially charged cartoon in its 12-page spoof edition. The cartoonist lost his job, and the editor in chief -- who blamed fatigue for clouding editors' judgment -- is taking a leave of absence until fall. About 75 readers protested Carnegie-Mellon's The Natrat -- Tartan backward -- which included poems about rape and mutilation.

Gay Couples Sue NY State Over Marriage Rights Thirteen same-sex couples sued New York State on Wednesday for the right to obtain marriage licenses, opening another front in the politically charged battle over gay marriage during a U.S. presidential election year.

Greenland ice faces meltdown Greenhouse gas pollution is so bad that on current trends, Greenland's icesheet may start to melt by the end of this century, a scenario that eventually will drown coastlines around the world, a study warns.

Food-stamp inquiries go to India Ohio congresswoman wants feds to halt states' outsourcing --The Bush dictatorship should bar states from letting workers in other countries answer phone inquiries about the federal food-stamp program, Ohio Democratic congresswoman, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, maintains. (link corrected)

Blix: Iraq Worse Off Now Than With Saddam Hussein Iraq is worse off now, after the U.S.-led invasion, than it was under Saddam Hussein, Hans Blix told a Danish newspaper Tuesday.

Blix wants transcripts of bugged talks Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix says he wants to see transcripts of his bugged conversations that were passed to Australian intelligence agencies before the war in Iraq. The ABC has discovered that Dr Blix's phone calls were tapped each time he flew into Iraq and his hotel in Baghdad was also bugged.

Fierce Fighting With Sunnis and Shiites Spreads to 6 Iraqi Cities American forces in Iraq came under fierce attack on Tuesday, with as many as 12 marines killed in Ramadi, near Baghdad, and with Shiite militiamen loyal to a rebel cleric stepping up a three-day-old assault in the southern city of Najaf, American officials said.

Fierce Fighting in Ramadi
Maurizio Gambarini/ European Pressphoto Agency --A U.S. marine driving a Humvee with a smashed windshield after a gunfight in Ramadi, near Falluja, Iraq. The attack in Ramadi was on an American base at the governor's palace, and it involved several dozen resistance fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons.

Baghdad Sunnis, Shi'ites unite Sunni and Shi'ite residents of two Baghdad suburbs, once fierce enemies, said overnight they had put their differences aside to unite in their fight to oust the US occupying force from Iraq. [Well, as Dictator Bush has maintained... he is a 'uniter,' not a divider.]

Defiant al-Sadr vows uprising will continue The revolt by supporters of Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr will continue until occupying troops are withdrawn from populated areas and prisoners are released.

US resolve in Iraq 'unshakable' Dictator Bush has declared that the US resolve in Iraq remains "unshakable". His [insane] comments came after 12 US marines were killed and about 20 others injured in a major assault by Iraqi insurgents in Ramadi, west of Baghdad.

Uprising in Iraq could derail Bush As US forces suffer another bloody day, Republicans turn on dictator --Dictator George Bush was yesterday struggling to prevent the escalating violence in Iraq from engulfing his re-selection campaign, after his worst political week this year triggered bipartisan calls for a rethink of US strategy there. Fighting spread across the country as the US-led coalition fought a two-front war against Sunni rebels concentrated in the western town of Falluja and a radical Shia uprising in south and central Iraq. [Just as Adolph Hitler lost a two-front war, so will George W. Bush.]

Locals Say U.S. Attack in Falluja Kills 25 Iraqis At least 25 Iraqis were killed in an attack that destroyed a house in Falluja, witnesses and doctors said on Wednesday, and locals blamed U.S. forces who have launched a major crackdown in the Sunni Muslim town.

12 Marines, 66 Iraqis Killed in Battles Iraqi resistance fighters and rebellious Shiites mounted a string of attacks across the south and fought pitched battles against Marines in the turbulent city of Fallujah on Tuesday. Up to a dozen Marines, two more occupation soldiers and at least 66 Iraqis were reported killed.

U.S. Marines Face Tough Urban Warfare in Falluja Assault U.S. forces faced a tough urban battle Tuesday in their drive to 'pacify' [Is that like burning the village to save it?] one of Iraq's most dangerous cities. Block by block, they fought their way into Fallujah, where Iraqi resistance fighters killed four Amerikan mercenaries and a mob mutilated their bodies last week.

Rumsfeld: U.S. Troops Arresting Suspects in Falluja U.S. troops armed with photographs [??? Yikes!] have captured a number of people in the restive city of Falluja in Iraq in a search for those responsible for an ambush that killed four Amerikan mercenaries there last week, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday. "The (U.S.) forces have cordoned off the city. They have photographs of a good many people who were involved in the attacks against the individuals and they have been conducting raids in the city against high-value [?!?] targets,'' Rumsfeld told reporters in Norfolk, Virginia. [What, then, would be a 'low-value' target?]

Sadr's Men Begin Broadcasting, Fallujans Feel Squeeze Iraqi sources have revealed that cleric Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi army militia have seized the television broadcast building in the central town of Kut and started to broadcast pre-recorded messages from the young Shia now wanted by U.S. forces. [Oh, freedom of speech, that's an idea. Wish we could have that here in the Bush-occupied US.] For his part, Sadr has sought refuge in a mosque in the historic city of Kufa and is surrounded by thousands of his supporters who have vowed to shred to pieces anyone wishing to arrest their leader. In a related development, dozens of Sunnis from the north of Iraq have flocked southward to join Sadr's call for a revolt. Analysts are pointing to the converging of Sunni and Shi'a interests.

Rumsfeld Backs More Iraq Troops if Needed If violence in Iraq gets worse, U.S. military commanders will get the troops they need to deal with it, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.

No more Aus troops to Iraq: PM Australia has no plans to send more troops to Iraq, despite growing clashes between United States forces and Shi'ite Muslim groups, Prime Minister John Howard said today.

Kerry Says June 30 Iraq Handover Date a 'Mistake' Democrat John Kerry said on Monday the United States made a mistake in setting an arbitrary date for handing over power in Iraq and suggested Dictator Bush may have chosen June 30 for political reasons.

MI6 anger over war intelligence Agency tells Butler inquiry it never again wants to be used by politicians to justify military action --MI6 has told members of the Butler inquiry into the role of the intelligence services in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq that it never again wants to be used by politicians to provide a public case for going to war.

Snowballing terror spree sparks worldwide concern Religious edicts from al-Qaeda leaders and anger over the US occupation of Iraq are more likely behind a rash of bombings around the world than direct orders from Osama bin Laden's organization, government officials and terrorism experts say.

Chemical bomb plot uncovered Terrorist suspects discussed a plan to use a dangerous chemical in a bomb attack which could have harmed many people, sources familiar with the plot said last night.

Dynamite theft unsettles Norway Thieves have stolen 660kg (1400lb) of dynamite from an unstaffed storage depot in Norway, say police. Around 5,000 detonators were also stolen, raising fears of a terrorist attack, officials told state radio.

ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over 'No-Fly' List Seven Americans filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge the U.S. government's "no-fly" list that stops suspected 'terrorists' from boarding planes.

US lawmaker lashes out at foreign firms for avoiding tax A US lawmaker lashed out at foreign firms operating in the United States after a watchdog found 71 percent of them paid no tax here at all from 1996 to the end of 2000.

Retail Gas Price Hits New Record - AAA The national average price for retail regular gasoline hit a record $1.77 a gallon, the AAA auto club said on Tuesday, with little relief in sight for the nation's 200 million drivers.

White House Minimized the Risks of Mercury in Proposed Rules, Scientists Say While working with Environmental Protection Agency officials to write regulations for coal-fired power plants over several recent months, White House staff members played down the toxic effects of mercury, hundreds of pages of documents and e-mail messages show.

Bush job rating in poll drops to a new low As of last week, Bush's overall job approval was at 43 percent, a low for his p-Residency, according to a poll reported on Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press; 47 percent disapproved of his job performance. [More people come out of their comas every day.]

Amid credibility questions, Bush approval rating sinks in California Doubts about the credibility of Dictator Bush's statements to the public and poor reviews of his handling of the economy and the war in Iraq have led to a sharp drop in his job approval rating in California, a new poll found. The California Consumer Confidence Survey found that just 38 percent of adults in the state said they approve of Bush's job performance, while 50 percent said they disapprove.

Poll finds Bush is losing support across California A new poll shows Dictator Bush's approval ratings in California have plummeted, even in the state's most GOP-dominated conservative areas.

Voters in Inglewood reject Wal-Mart measure Voters in this Los Angeles suburb rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed Wal-Mart to build a warehouse-sized store while skirting zoning, traffic and environmental reviews. With 27 of 29 precincts reporting, Inglewood voters opposed the initiative, with 65.6 percent voting 'no' and 34.3 percent voting 'yes,' said Gabby Contreras of the city clerk's office.

Voters go to the stumps in bitter Wal-Mart referendum Voters in a southern California city went to the polls in a bitter referendum to decide if retail behemoth Wal-Mart will be allowed to override planning laws to open a giant new super-store. The chain has taken its plans directly to voters in a ballot initiative that could sideline local officials and allow the sprawling complex to be built without the usual traffic studies, environmental reviews and public hearings.

News Corp. Cuts Australian Roots in U.S. Move Rupert Murdoch made the final break from his Australian roots on Tuesday with plans to shift the corporate headquarters of News Corp. Ltd., one of the world's top four media empires, to New York. News Corp., which includes 20th Century Fox film studios, the Faux News Channel, scores of newspapers and a swath of pay-TV businesses from BSkyB to DirecTV, makes more than 75 percent of its profits in the United States.

CMU slur brings apology The editor-in-chief of Carnegie Mellon University's student newspaper, The Tartan, said he will suspend operations tomorrow because of public protests over a racial slur in the newspaper's April Fool's Day edition. Alex Meseguer has fired cartoonist Bob Rost, who drew the strip in which a goat uses a racial slur to brag to a mouse that he had hit a black person on a bike. Meseguer said he and Managing Editor Jim Puls, who signed off on that page, are considering resigning. All are white.

UConn women follow men's lead to make history A hard-fought victory on Tuesday over Tennessee enabled Connecticut to become the first school to win both the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments in the same season. The Huskie men beat Georgia Tech for their championship on Monday.

US may send more troops as deaths rise The Bush dictatorship was last night considering sending more troops to Iraq to reinforce the 130,000 already there as a Shia uprising continued to rock parts of the country and threaten Washington's plans to hand over sovereignty this summer.

U.S. studies increasing troops in Iraq U.S. military commanders have begun studying ways they might increase troops in Iraq should violence spread much more widely, a senior officer said Monday.

US considers Iraq reinforcements The US is examining the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq if the situation there gets out of control, a top Central Command official has said.

On the brink of anarchy · US fight on two fronts [as Hitler did?] · Arrest warrant for Shia radical · Bush firm on Iraq handover --The Bush dictatorship was last night facing a nightmare scenario in Iraq, fighting on two fronts against Sunni and Shia militants less than three months before it is due to hand over power to an Iraqi government.

Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Battles Italian Troops Radical Shi'ite militiamen fought gun battles with Italian troops in the southern town of Nassiriya on Tuesday and two civilians were killed, witnesses said.

Iraqi Militias Will Be Targeted, U.S. Military Says The U.S. military will target private militias in Iraq including the Mahdi Army of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr that attacked occupation forces in Baghdad and Najaf at the weekend, the U.S. military command said.

U.S. forces seal off Fallujah Witnesses report copter strike; Marines hope to nab resistance fighters --Hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi troops in tanks, trucks and other vehicles surrounded the turbulent city of Fallujah on Monday ahead of a major operation against resistance fighters blamed for the grisly slayings of four Amerikan mercenaries ['security contractors'] last week.

US offensive to 'pacify' Falluja US troops have launched a big offensive against Iraqi insurgents in the Sunni flashpoint town of Falluja. They have sealed off the town where four Amerikans were killed and their bodies mutilated by a mob last week.

U.S. declares Iraqi cleric an 'outlaw' after bloody clashes U.S. dictators in Iraq declared a radical Shiite cleric an "outlaw" Monday and announced a warrant for his arrest, heightening a confrontation after battles between his supporters and occupation troops killed at least 52 Iraqis and nine occupation troops, including eight Americans. [When is BUSH going to be declared an outlaw, with a warrant issued for HIS arrest???]

Iraq dictator outlaws Muslim cleric The United States dictator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has branded the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr an outlaw and warned that US-led forces will not tolerate any uprising by his followers. Speaking to a meeting of Iraq's national security committee, Paul Bremer said Sadr was effectively trying to establish his authority in the place of the legitimate authority. [?!? Holy hypocrisy, Batman! The most perverted and *illegitimate* authority on God's green earth is George W. Bush's regime, which has illegally and immorally imposed itself upon the United States *and* Iraq!]

Stand-off continues in Iraq Supporters of the anti-Amerikan Shiite cleric, Moqtada Sadr, have taken over the local government headquarters in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Men holding assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were seen deployed inside and on the rooftop of the governor's office, alongside policemen who had been inside the building when it was taken over. Sheikh Sattar al-Bahadli, the head of Sadr's office in Basra, told AFP that the militants had handed over a letter with their demands to a convoy of British troops which had briefly passed by.

Our tax dollars at work: Private Guards Repel Attack on U.S. Headquarters --An attack by hundreds of Iraqi militia members on the U.S. government's headquarters in Najaf on Sunday was repulsed not by the U.S. military, but by eight commandos from a private security firm, according to sources familiar with the incident. Before U.S. reinforcements could arrive, the firm, Blackwater Security Consulting, sent in its own helicopters amid an intense firefight... The Blackwater commandos, most of whom are former Special Forces troops, are on contract to provide security for the U.S.-led Coalition [sic] Provisional Authority (CPA) in Najaf.

Anti-U.S. violence leaves 8 GIs dead Cleric's backers riot in four Iraqi cities --Supporters of an anti-American cleric rioted in four Iraqi cities Sunday, battling occupation troops in the worst unrest since the spasm of looting and arson immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein. At least 22 Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and one Salvadoran soldier died.

Poll Says Bush Is Losing Support on Iraq Public approval of Dictator Bush's handling of Iraq has slipped to a new low — alongside his overall job rating — after last week's grisly deaths of four contractors in Fallujah, a poll says.

Support for Bush on Iraq Falling, Poll Shows Support among Americans for Dictator Bush's handling of the Iraq war has fallen to 40 percent after last week's mutilation killings of U.S. contractors, according to a new poll issued on Monday.

Kennedy: 'Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam' Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, on Monday launched a withering election-year attack on Dictator Bush's domestic agenda and again blasted him over his handling of Iraq. "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam," Kennedy declared in a speech at the Brookings Institution, a think tank.

Kennedy Compares Bush to Richard Nixon Iraq has become "George Bush's Vietnam," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Monday, calling the dictator deceitful and for the first time comparing him to former President Nixon, who resigned in disgrace. Saying that truth has become the biggest casualty of the Bush administration, Kennedy said Bush misled the public about the war, the economy, health care and education, eroding the nation's reputation at home and abroad. [Well, Bush can't really be compared to Nixon as: one, Nixon was actually elected and two, Nixon could read.]

State-funded propaganda for the Bush dictatorship: U.S. military finds way around the press corps The U.S. military will launch its own news service in Iraq and Afghanistan to send military video, text and photos directly to the Internet or news outlets. The $6.3 million project, expected to begin operating this month, is one of the largest military public affairs projects in recent memory, and is intended to allow small media outlets in the United States and elsewhere to bypass what the Pentagon views as an increasingly combative [?!?] press corps.

Top BBC staff threaten to walk out over WMD probe Marr, Paxman and Humphrys said to be concerned at corporation's 'Guantanamo' --Senior BBC staff are threatening to take some flagship programmes off the air rather than face criticisms from an internal inquiry launched in the aftermath of Hutton. A remarkable series of internal battles, which has pitched some of Britain's most senior broadcasting figures against one another, has led to the threats. Stars such as political editor Andrew Marr, Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, and Today's John Humphrys and Jim Naughtie have all raised concerns at the process that has been likened to 'the BBC's own Guantanamo'.

On Visit to Haiti, Powell Says the U.S. Weighs Prosecution of Aristide on Corruption Charges Secretary of State [and liar] Colin L. Powell said during a visit here on Monday that American judicial authorities were looking into prosecuting the former Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on corruption charges.

GAO Says Army on Road to Ruin It's been called the most ambitious military effort since the Manhattan Project, and the centerpiece of Donald Rumsfeld's plans to overhaul America's armed forces: a $92 billion push to change almost everything about the Army by 2010, from the guns GIs carry, to the officers they salute, to the tanks they drive. A new congressional report is alleging that the Future Combat Systems program is poised for major delays and a financial train wreck. Worst of all, the report claims, the Army knew this was going to happen all along.

U.S. Bets on Land Mine Technology The Bush regime's argument for shunning a global treaty on land mines rests largely on the U.S. military's use of "smart," self-destructing mines that don't linger after wars end to kill and maim civilians. [Oh. Bush thinks it's OK to kill and main civilians *during* a war.]

White House vetting could delay 9/11 report until after s-election The [Republican] chairman of an independent commission looking into US counterterrorism activities prior to the September 11 attacks said he could not guarantee that the panel's report will be released before the November presidential election because of a protracted White House vetting [?!?] process. [...because of a protracted White House COVER-UP. The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove terrorists need to be tried for TREASON.]

Poll: Bush Credibility Takes Hit The 9/11 Commission hearings on appear to have raised concerns about both the Bush Dictatorship's credibility and its overall performance, even on the issue on which the Dictatorship may be staking its re-selection... Only one-quarter thinks the Bush Dictatorship is telling the entire truth about what they knew of the terror threat prior to 9/11.
Q: What did they know before 9/11?: Is the Bush Administration…?

Telling the entire truth 24%
Telling mostly truth, but hiding something 59%
Mostly lying 11%

'Very Nasty' Potential Bomb Plot Involved Deadly Chemical --British authorities believe terror suspects arrested last week were planning to make a bomb that would include a highly toxic, easily obtained chemical called osmium tetroxide, ABCNEWS has learned.

ID cards 'compulsory by 2008' Everyone in Britain could be forced to have identity cards within five years under a fast-track plan by David Blunkett which is backed by Tony Blair and gaining support within the Cabinet.

Utility Could Have Halted '03 Blackout, Panel Says An Ohio power company should have prevented last summer's blackout across a wide swath of North America by intentionally cutting off electricity to most of the Cleveland area, American and Canadian officials said yesterday.

Officials Seek New Rules to Stem Blackout A seven-month investigation into the nation's worst blackout is putting new pressure on Congress to boost the reliability of power grids -- but legislation addressing the problem remains in limbo. Nearly eight months after all or parts of eight states and sections of Canada went dark, a U.S.-Canadian task force on Monday called for urgent approval of mandatory reliability rules to govern the electric transmission industry.

Kerry digs up six trillion dollar hole in Bush accounts Democratic presidential contender John Kerry put the spotlight on what his campaign called a six trillion dollar hole in Dictator George W. Bush's budget that could leave future generations with "a mountain of debt".

Government: Gasoline Price at Record High The average price U.S. consumers pay for gasoline hit a record high for the second straight week, increasing 2.2 cents over the last week to $1.78 a gallon, the government said on Monday.

Post-FleetBoston merger, Bank of America slashing 12,500 jobs Bank of America Corp., now the No. 3 bank in the country, will cut 12,500 jobs -- or nearly 7 percent of its 180,000-employee work force -- over the next two years.

Reproductive Rights Assaulted (The New York Times) "At a bill-signing ceremony at the White House, and in federal courtrooms across the country, the Republican campaign against women's basic reproductive and privacy rights reached an ominous new stage last week... The administration's defense of its "partial birth" ban and the new 'unborn victims' law have a common theme: profound disrespect for women."

Dean Calls on Voters to Reject Nader Bid Former Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean warned on Monday that "a vote for Ralph Nader is the same as a vote for George Bush" as Nader sought to qualify for his first state ballot.

Nader Fails to Qualify for Oregon Ballot Ralph Nader failed to qualify for Oregon's presidential ballot on Monday when fewer than 1,000 people showed up at a Portland gathering to sign their names to petitions. But aides to the 'independent' presidential candidate said he would try again.

Martha Stewart Lawyers Seek New Trial, Cite Juror's Arrest Record Martha Stewart asked for a new trial Wednesday, saying one of the jurors who convicted her lied about an arrest on assault charges. Stewart lawyer Robert Morvillo said in papers filed in federal court that he would have sought to strike juror Chappell Hartridge had he known about his past. Included in the defense filing was an affidavit from the woman, who said Hartridge was "occasionally physically abusive" to her during the four months they lived together.

Clinton's boyhood home burns A fire gutted about 75 percent of one of former President Bill Clinton’s boyhood homes, fire officials said... On Friday, a cottage in Lake Winola, Pa., owned by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s family was slightly damaged in a fire that destroyed an adjacent home.

White House to Review 9/11 Report Before Release The White House will vet "line by line" the report of an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before it is publicly released, the commission chairman said on Sunday. [Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11
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White House has final say on 9/11 report The White House will have the final say on the text of a report examining whether the Sept. 11 attacks could have been prevented and will also determine when the report will be released.

U.S. Could've Stopped 9/11 Attacks, Panel Chief Says The terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, could have been prevented had the United States government acted sooner to dismantle Al Qaeda and responded more quickly to other terrorist threats, the chairman of the commission investigating the attacks said today, even as the White House sought to dispel the notion that the attacks were avoidable.

Uneven Response Seen on Terror in Summer of 2001 A review of the Bush regime's deliberations and actions in the summer of 2001, based on interviews with current and former officials and an examination of the preliminary findings of the commission, shows that the White House's impulse to deal more forcefully with terrorist threats within the United States peaked July 5 and then leveled off until Sept. 11. [Note: Bush's *month-long* vacation in Crawford was in AUGUST.] The review shows that over that summer, with terror warnings mounting, the government's response was often scattered and inconsistent as the new dictatorship struggled to develop a comprehensive strategy for combating Al Qaeda and other terror organizations. The warnings during the summer were more dire and more specific than generally recognized. Descriptions of the threat were communicated repeatedly to the highest levels within the White House. In more than 40 briefings, Mr. Bush was told by George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, of threats involving Al Qaeda. [What *was* Dictator Bush doing on his *month-long* vacation, in August of 2001? Planning for the best way to get the 'Patriot' Act passed in the aftermath of the impending Al Qaeda attacks? Deciding on how to blow through the Clinton surplus for Halliburton, with impunity? The Bush-Cheney PNAC crew was certainly NOT working on thwarting the impending terrorist attacks, which permitted the Bush dictatorship to survive.]

Odigo says workers were warned of attack Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack. Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI. [And, we haven't heard a *single* word about this incident in the U.S. mainstream media in two and a half years. Why?]

Cheney is running a shadow government, claims Watergate aide In the latest political blockbuster, John Dean accuses Dictator Bush and Dick Cheney of wilfully misleading Congress over the nature of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein before the war in Iraq, and of "stonewalling" over inquiries into the events of September 11. "When it comes to dealing with dissenters and those willing to speak the truth," said Mr Dean, "this administration is putting Nixon to shame."

Condi Rice's other wake-up call Former Sen. Gary Hart says he, too, warned Rice about an imminent terror attack on two occasions before 9/11. Richard Clarke was not the only national security expert who warned Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush regime officials about terrorist threats before 9/11. Former Senator Gary Hart also directly told senior Bush officials loudly and clearly that, in his words, "The terrorists are coming, the terrorists are coming."

Ex-FBI woman says Rice lied London: US officials knew months before September 11, 2001, that al-Qaeda planned to use aircraft to commit a terrorist attack, a former FBI translator has told a British newspaper. A claim by Dictator George Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there had been no such warnings was "an outrageous lie", Sibel Edmonds told The Independent. She said she had provided information about her claims to the US commission investigating the September 11 attacks. [*See: 'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes' Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent]

Framework of Clarke's Book Is Bolstered Former White House counterterrorism chief Richard A. Clarke's criticism of Dictator Bush's terrorism 'policy' has been corroborated by a number of other former officials, congressional and commission investigators, and by Bush's admission in the 2003 Bob Woodward book "Bush at War" that he "didn't feel that sense of urgency" about Osama bin Laden before the attacks occurred. ...Indeed, the declassified 838-page report of the 2002 congressional inquiry includes many passages that appear to bolster the arguments Clarke has made.

The Mystery Deepens (The New York Times) "The Bush administration's handling of the bipartisan commission investigating the 9/11 tragedy grows worse — and more oddly self-destructive — with each passing day. Following its earlier attempts to withhold documents from the panel and then to deny its members vital testimony, we now learn that President [sic] Bush's staff has been withholding thousands of pages of Clinton administration papers as well. Bill Clinton authorized the release of nearly 11,000 pages of files on his administration's antiterrorism efforts for use by the commission. But aides to Mr. Clinton said the White House, which now has control of the papers, vetoed the transfer of over three-quarters of them. The White House held the documents for more than six weeks, apparently without notifying the commission, and might have kept them indefinitely if Bruce Lindsey, the general counsel of Mr. Clinton's presidential foundation, had not publicly complained this week. Yesterday the commission said the White House had agreed to allow its lawyers to review the withheld documents, but without guaranteeing any would be released."

Thanks to the Idiot Usurper: Spread of Bin Laden Ideology Cited Iraq Invasion Said to Alter Dynamics of Local Militants --The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has accelerated the spread of Osama bin Laden's anti-Americanism among once local Islamic militant movements, increasing danger to the United States as the al Qaeda network is becoming less able to mount attacks, according to senior intelligence officials at the CIA and State Department. At the same time, the Sunni Triangle has become a training ground for foreign Islamic jihadists who are slipping into Iraq to join former Saddam Hussein loyalists to test themselves against U.S. and occupation forces, these officials say.

Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war · Decision came nine days after 9/11 · Ex-ambassador reveals discussion --Dictator George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001. According to Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted from the war on terror's initial goal - dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Bush, claims Meyer, replied by saying: 'I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.' Regime change was already US policy.

Powell admits Iraq evidence mistake US Secretary of State Colin Powell has admitted that evidence he submitted to the United Nations to justify war on Iraq may have been wrong. In February last year he told the UN Security Council that Iraq had developed mobile laboratories for making biological weapons. On Friday he conceded that information "appears not to be... that solid".

Lugar Says U.S. May Need to Delay Iraq Handover The Bush dictatorship may have to consider extending its June 30 deadline for the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq or risk seeing the country lapse into civil war, the head of the U.S. Senate's foreign relations panel said on Sunday.

More US troops may be needed in Iraq - key senator The United States may need to bolster its troop presence in Iraq and extend the deadline for transfer to Iraqi rule, amid an insurgency that could lead to civil war, a leading Republican lawmaker said on Sunday.

Iraq's top Shiite cleric refuses to meet Bremer A spokesman for the Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Sistani, rejected any contact between the Ayatollah and Amerikan occupiers, UAE's al-Bayan newspaper said on its website Saturday, quoting Abdolmehdi Karbalaei, the Ayatollah's spokesman.

U.S. military deaths in Iraq reach 610 471 Americans have died since the Moron Bush declared the 'end of major combat' --The American military death toll in Iraq reached 610 on Sunday with the reports that seven U.S. soldiers died in fighting in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, two Marines died in dangerous Anbar province and that one soldier was killed near Najaf.

Poisoned? Shocking report reveals local troops may be victims of America's high-tech weapons --Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving in Iraq are contaminated with radiation likely caused by dust from depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops, a Daily News investigation has found.

Bush Loyalists Pack Iraq Press Office Inside the marble-floored palace hall that serves as the press office of the U.S.-led occupation, Republican Party operatives lead a team of Amerikans who promote mostly good news about Iraq. One-third of the U.S. civilian workers in the press office have GOP ties, running an enterprise that critics see as an outpost of Bush's re-selection effort with Iraq a top concern.

Modern Mercenaries on the Iraqi Frontier ...Such is the corporate but still consummately dangerous world of "security" or "risk management" firms that have struck gold in the lawless frontiers of Iraq. They are hired by private and government contractors, by the media, and by the Coalition Provisional Authority itself to provide protection from the bullets and bombs that still make up so much of daily life there. It was one of the largest of these firms, Blackwater U.S.A., that lost four employees in a horrific ambush in the central city of Fallujah last week.

Violent Disturbances Rack Iraq From Baghdad to Southern Cities Iraq was wracked today by its most violent civil disturbances since the occupation started, with a coordinated Shiite uprising spreading across the country, from the slums of Baghdad to several cities in the south.

Shiite cleric declares support for armed resistance Angry demonstrations erupted into full blown gun-battles Sunday as rallies for a firebrand anti-Occupation Shiite cleric left 24 dead and over 100 wounded sparking concern of a civil war among some Iraqi Governing Council officials. Hussein Ali, a Shiite cleric from Sadr City lounged under a shady tree a few steps from where about 1000 demonstrators gathered chanting "Death to America," and "Bush is a son of bitch." Ali said he began to support the insurgency because the "Americans are imposing their ideas on us with arms."

Iraqi cleric urges action against U.S. Sadr tells followers to 'strike them where you meet them' 11:53 p.m. ET April 02, 2004 --An influential Shiite Muslim cleric whose newspaper was shuttered for printing inflammatory articles called Friday for his followers to strike back at officials and appointees of the U.S.-led occupation authority. "I and my followers of the believers have come under attack from the occupiers, imperialism and the appointees," Moqtada Sadr said in a sermon in the southern town of Kufa, outside the holy city of Najaf. "Be on the utmost readiness, and strike them where you meet them." On Wednesday, thousands of Sadr's followers crossed the Jumhuriya Bridge that spans the Tigris River and past the heavily protected compound where the occupation authority is based. "Just say the word, Moqtada, and we'll resume the 1920 revolution," they chanted, invoking an uprising against British rule. Another chant vowed, "Today is peaceful, tomorrow is military."

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An Iraqi man armed with a Kalashnikov rifle takes cover after clashes broke out with U.S. forces in the impoverished Baghdad suburb of Al Sadr City April 4, 2004. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

US army in deadly Baghdad militia clash Seven US soldiers were killed and two dozen wounded in clashes with the militia of Shiite firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr in Baghdad yesterday. The soldiers died in a battle for control of police and public buildings with Mr Sadr's militia, the Mehdi Army, in the impoverished Shiite suburb of Sadr City.

30 Die as U.S.-Led Troops Battle Shi'ites in Iraq Open warfare between U.S.-led forces and radical Shi'ite militiamen left at least nine occupation troops and 21 Iraqis dead, officials said on Monday, raising the specter of a new front in the Iraq conflict.

Shooting kills 4 Salvadorans, 14 Iraqis Gunmen opened fire on the Spanish garrison near the holy city of Najaf on Sunday during a huge demonstration by followers of an anti-Amerikan Shiite Muslim cleric. Four Salvadoran soldiers and at least 14 Iraqis died, and more than 130 people were wounded.

10 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraqi Violence Supporters of an anti-Amerikan cleric rioted in four Iraqi cities Sunday, killing eight U.S. troops and one Salvadoran soldier in the worst unrest since the spasm of looting and arson immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Seven wounded in Iraq suicide blast A suicide bomber has blown up his vehicle beside US soldiers 'keeping order' [?!?] at a mass protest in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Two US soldiers and five Iraqi civilians were wounded in the blast, police say. Torhan Abdul Rahman, Kirkuk's police chief, said three of the wounded Iraqis were children.

Suburban police chief gunned down in Iraq The police chief of a Baghdad suburb was shot to death Saturday morning after leaving his home in the Iraqi capital, less than 24 hours after another police chief was gunned down in southern Iraq.

US tanks crush Iraqi protesters: police At least two followers of Shiite Muslim radical leader Moqtada Sadr have been killed after throwing themselves in front of US tanks during a demonstration in central Baghdad.

Anti-Amerikan Voices Get Louder Across Iraq The people who burned and kicked the corpses of four Amerikan mercenaries in the Iraqi town of Falluja this week were not armed resistance fighters or foreign fighters. Children joined in as jubilant crowds played with the charred bodies, dragging them like trophies through the streets of a town overwhelmed by hatred for the occupying forces. Those who participated in the brutality may represent just a tiny minority of Iraqis, but across the country anti-Amerikan voices are getting louder and more insistent.

US Promises Overwhelming Response to Iraq Killings U.S. troops Thursday promised an "overwhelming" response to brutal killings in the Iraqi town of Falluja and vowed to hunt down those who shot four American mercenaries and mutilated their bodies.

U.S. Muslims Seek Pentagon Probe of Iraq Photo U.S. Muslims called for a Pentagon probe of a photograph circulating on the Internet that showing an Amerikan soldier apparently mocking an Iraqi child.

Sovereignty or 'sovereignty' The recently signed interim constitution is really designed to make sure the upper hand is stamped 'U.S.' --by Carolyn Eisenberg "The Bush administration's commitment to restore sovereignty to the Iraqi people on June 30 is as illusory as Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. ...[The] 'Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period' is a deceptive document designed to obscure continued U.S. control. It sets forth elaborate arrangements for a 'transitional government' that will come into effect some time after Dec. 31, but specifies neither a structure nor a method of selection for the Iraqi body that will supposedly exercise 'full sovereignty' after June 30."

Mired in a Mirage --by Maureen Dowd "By holding back documents, officials, information, images and the sight of returning military coffins, by twisting and exaggerating facts to fit story lines, by demonizing anyone who disagrees with its version of reality, this administration strives to create an optical delusion... The administration does not want to admit the extent of anti-American hatred among Iraqis. And even if some of the perpetrators are outsiders, they could never succeed without the active help of Iraqis... Mr. Bush also likes to brag that the Taliban is no longer in power. But the Taliban roots are deep. At least a third of Afghanistan is still so dicey that voters there cannot be registered, and the Kabul government has postponed June elections."

Official: Afghans, U.S. to Attack Al Qaeda Fighters Afghan and U.S. forces will soon launch an attack on al Qaeda militants who fled from an offensive in Pakistan's tribal lands into Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Sunday.

Marines may patrol key waterway The United States is considering deploying Marines and special operations forces on high speed vessels along the Straits of Malacca to flush out 'terrorists' in one of the world's busiest waterways. The potential deployment of US forces along the narrow straits straddling Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia would be part of Washington's new counterterrorism initiative to 'help' Southeast Asia, said Admiral Thomas Fargo, the top US military commander in the Asia-Pacific region.

Malaysia rejects US sea patrols Malaysia has rejected a proposal that the United States help patrol one of the world's busiest waterways. America's top military commander in the region said Washington intended to use US forces to counter possible 'terrorism' in the Straits of Malacca [?!?].

U.S. Fingerprint Plan Dismays Foreigners Expanded U.S. plans to fingerprint and photograph millions of foreigners upon entry got cautious support from most nations, but travelers were frustrated.

U.S. Moves to Protect Trains, Buses A warning that [Bush-created] terrorists might strike trains and buses in major U.S. cities using bombs concealed in bags or luggage has the nation's transit systems ratcheting up security measures.

New York's Emergency Plan Stalled Two-and-a-half years after the World Trade Center attack, a plan to improve the city's handling of emergencies is incomplete because of bureaucratic delays and infighting between the police and fire departments. "Police want to be in charge of everything," said New York City Deputy Fire Chief Nick Visconti, who represents chiefs for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. "We're supposed to play nice in the sandbox. That seldom works because there's egos involved."

Parts of U.S.-Canadian Border Disappear in Brush A small agency responsible for marking and maintaining the expansive border between the United States and Canada has fallen so far behind it may never catch up without more money and resources. The agency, the International Boundary Commission, has warned that border markers are deteriorating and parts of the border are becoming overgrown by trees and brush to the point that the border's location could be lost in some areas.

It's Kerry over Bush by 12 points Seven months before the election, Democratic Sen. John Kerry has a 12-point lead over Republican Dictator Bush in Minnesota, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

RNC opens assault on anti-Bush groups Complaint filed with FEC alleges collusion [?!?] with Kerry campaign --The Republican National Committee launched a wide-ranging legal assault Wednesday on more than two dozen political groups working to defeat Dictator Bush. The committee says the groups are part of an "unprecedented criminal enterprise" [?!?] to circumvent federal campaign laws and pour illegal soft money contributions into the 2004 race. [OMG!!! Well, it takes one to recognise one, doesn't it? The Republicans STOLE the 2000 election in a coup d'etat, lied their way into an illegal and immoral W-ar; KNEW, at minimum, about the impending September 11th terrorist attacks and did NOTHING to stop them (at most, did/knew a WHOLE LOT MORE with bin Laden); released the name of a C.I.A. agent in an illegal, disgusting act of 'revenge'; poisoned the environment at the behest of the corpora-terrorists, day by day; blew through Bill Clinton's $200 billion SURPLUS and created a $5.2 trillion (and counting) DEFICIT for Halliburton and Exxon-Mobil; and they DARE to call anti-Bush groups members of an 'unprecedented criminal enterprise' ????!!! The members of the Bush dictatorship need to be tried for TREASON, with all penalties for that crime on the table.]

Bush attacks environment 'scare stories' Secret email gives advice on denying climate change --George W. Bush's campaign workers have hit on an age-old political tactic to deal with the tricky subject of global warming - deny, and deny aggressively. The Observer has obtained a remarkable email sent to the press secretaries of all Republican congressmen advising them what to say when questioned on the environment in the run-up to November's election. The advice: tell them everything's rosy. It tells them how global warming has not been proved, air quality is 'getting better', the world's forests are 'spreading, not deadening', oil reserves are 'increasing, not decreasing', and the 'world's water is cleaner and reaching more people'. Probably the most influential voice behind the memo is Frank Luntz, a leading MSNBC 'analyst' and chief GOP whore ['Republican Party strategist'].

Kerry: Bush Plan Would Cost $6 Trillion Democrat John Kerry is launching a campaign to contrast his economic strategy with the $6 trillion in unpaid spending that he says Dictator Bush has proposed over the next 10 years.

Kerry Camp Hits Bush for 'Drunken Sailor' Spending Democrat John Kerry, back in full campaign mode after shoulder surgery and a vacation, opened a new front on Sunday in his election-year battle with Dictator Bush over the U.S. economy and soaring federal budget deficits.

Fewer Say Bush Is Serving Middle Class As he approaches the November s-election, Dictator Bush has shed a good part of the "compassionate conservative" image he cultivated during the 2000 election, a Washington Post poll has found. Forty-four percent now believe Bush cares most about serving upper-income people, an increase from 31 percent in September 1999 and 39 percent in July 2000. Forty-one percent believe Bush cares equally about all people, with small numbers saying he favors the poor or the middle class.

Food-stamp inquiries go to India Ohio congresswoman wants feds to halt states' outsourcing --The Bush dictatorship should bar states from letting workers in other countries answer phone inquiries about the federal food-stamp program, Ohio Democratic congresswoman, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, maintains.

Detroit schools to cut 3,200 jobs Detroit Public Schools officials announced Thursday the district would lay off 3,200 school employees, including 900 teachers, by July 1.

3 Students Face U-Md. Action For Shouting at Cheney Speech Vice pResident's Wife Addressed Policy Forum --Three University of Maryland students are facing disciplinary action for an incident in which they shouted questions and comments to Lynne Cheney, the vice pResident's wife, during a public forum at the school. There was no open microphone at Cheney's Feb. 29 appearance on the College Park campus, and guests had been told to 'submit questions for her in writing.' [**** 'submitting questions for her in writing' so Lynne Cheney's team of GOP whores can 'screen' them.]

MLK's Sister Says He Foresaw Own Death Christine King Farris clearly remembers a sermon that her brother, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave soon before his assassination 36 years ago. "It was very touching and piercing to me, so much so that I had to leave the choir loft and go outside and shed a tear," Farris said.

UK firm tried HIV drug on orphans GlaxoSmithKline embroiled in scandal in which babies and children were allegedly used as 'laboratory animals' --Orphans and babies as young as three months old have been used as guinea pigs in potentially dangerous medical experiments sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, an Observer investigation has revealed. Most experiments were funded by federal agencies like the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Until now Glaxo's role had not emerged. [Why aren't the GlaxoSmithKline terrorists who approved of these experiments on trial for attempted murder?]

Prosecutors Investigating Whether Bush Officials Lied About Leak of C.I.A. Agent's Name Prosecutors Are Said to Have Expanded Inquiry Into Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name --Prosecutors investigating whether someone in the Bush administration improperly disclosed the identity of a C.I.A. officer have expanded their inquiry to examine whether White House officials lied to investigators or mishandled classified information related to the case, lawyers involved in the case and government officials say.

Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said on Thursday that it was pressing the White House to explain why the Bush dictatorship had blocked thousands of pages of classified foreign policy and counterterrorism documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House files from being turned over to the panel's investigators.

Top Focus Before 9/11 Wasn't on Terrorism Rice Speech Cited Missile Defense --On Sept. 11, 2001, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to outline a Bush dictatorship policy that would address "the threats and problems of today and the day after, not the world of yesterday" -- but the focus was largely on missile defense, not terrorism from Islamic radicals. The address was designed to promote missile defense [?!?] as the cornerstone of a new national security strategy, and contained no mention of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or Islamic extremist groups, according to former U.S. officials who have seen the text.

Clarke: 9/11 might have been prevented Intelligence coordination could have been crucial, ex-aide says --Richard Clarke, Dictator Bush’s former chief counterterrorism adviser, said Wednesday it was possible that he and his team could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks if the Bush regime had paid more attention to Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network.

'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes' Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent --A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie". Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush dictatorship, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state secrets privilege".

FBI informant revealed 9-11 plot in April 2001 2 D.C. agents filed report that al-Qaida planned suicide attacks involving planes --A former FBI employee recently briefed the 9-11 Commission about a tip he says he and two agents got from an intelligence asset outlining the 9-11 attacks -- four months before they happened. In April 2001, the long-time FBI source is said to have told two counterterrorism agents from the Washington field office that al-Qaida planned to carry out terrorist attacks in major U.S. cities, including New York, using planes and suicide operatives. The other cities named were Chicago and Los Angeles.

9/11 Widows Skillfully Applied the Power of a Question: Why? Americans just tuning in to the work of the commission investigating the attacks may not have heard of Kristen Breitweiser, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken and Patty Casazza, "the Jersey girls." But on Capitol Hill, these suburban women are gaining prominence as savvy World Trade Center widows who came to Washington, as part of a core group of politically active relatives of Sept. 11 victims, and prodded Congress and a recalcitrant White House to create the panel that this week brought official Washington to its knees. ...For every battle they have won, though, the families have lost others. The commission rejected their calls to subpoena classified intelligence briefings and to fire its executive director, Philip D. Zelikow, who co-wrote a book with Ms. Rice.

Documents Related to Cheney Case Ordered Released A federal judge ordered several government agencies to release documents related to an energy policy task force led by Vice pResident Dick Cheney. In an opinion released late on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ordered seven government agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management to hand over pertinent documents by June 1. [Prediction: The Bush dictatorship will unleash a Weapon of Mass Distraction on the American people and Homeland Suckyourity will need to go to 'orange' or 'red' alert by June 1.]

Powell concedes trusted intelligence not solid Secretary of State Colin Powell conceded Friday that his presentation to the United Nations alleging that trailers were used for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction might have been wrong.

Germans accuse US over Iraq weapons claim An Iraqi defector nicknamed Curveball who wrongly claimed that Saddam Hussein had mobile chemical weapons factories was last night at the centre of a bitter row between the CIA and Germany's intelligence agency. German officials said that they had warned American colleagues well before the Iraq war that Curveball's information was not credible - but the warning was ignored.

More attacks in Iraq day after grisly display of abuse A roadside bomb injured three American troops on Thursday near Fallujah, a day after the grisly killing and mutilation of four American mercenaries in the city. The top U.S. dictator in Iraq said the deaths would not go unpunished.

Fallujah horror points to rising anti-Amerikan rage The horrific killing and dismemberment of Amerikan mercenaries from North Carolina ['civilian contractors'] in the Iraqi rebel town of Fallujah was evidence of mounting anti-US rage and a serious blow to occupation efforts to control the "Sunni Triangle".

Al-Qaeda targets UK muslims in new terror campaign One of al-Qaeda’s top officials has ordered the killing of Muslim leaders if they co-operate with intelligence services and the police to thwart terrorist attacks.

New Islamic terrorist groups taking root, official warns A new cadre of untested Islamic militants is emerging to take the place of leaders in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, the senior State Department counterterrorism official told a House International Relations subcommittee Thursday.

U.S. Transit Systems Increasing Security A warning that terrorists might strike trains and buses in major U.S. cities using bombs concealed in bags or luggage has the nation's transit systems ratcheting up security measures.

U.S. warns of summer bomb plots in major cities Due to the immoral and insane policies of the world's number one terrorist, George W. Bush: Terrorists might try to bomb buses and rail lines in major U.S. cities this summer, according to a government bulletin issued to law enforcement officials nationwide.

Millions More Travelers to U.S. to Face Fingerprints and Photos The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday that it planned to require travelers from 27 industrialized nations, including longtime allies like Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Australia, to be photographed and electronically fingerprinted when they arrive in the United States.

TSA eyes RFID boarding passes to track airline passengers Privacy groups view the idea as a 'nightmare' for civil liberties The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is examining the use of RFID-tagged airline boarding passes that could allow passenger tracking within airports, a proposal some privacy advocates called a potentially "outrageous" violation of civil liberties.

White House refuses to let adviser testify on Medicare drug costs Citing executive privilege, the White House refused to allow Dictator Bush's chief health-policy adviser, Douglas Badger, to testify Thursday before the House Ways and Means Committee about early regime estimates that the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit would be far more costly than many lawmakers believed when they voted for it.

Senators Fault Mercury Pollution Proposal Forty-five senators and 10 state attorneys general asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to withdraw its proposal on how to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants and replace it with a more stringent proposal. The agency said in December that it would abandon a Clinton administration plan in favor of a market system that would let plants buy and sell the rights to emit mercury.

A Toxic Cover-up? A government whistle-blower says the Bush dictatorship covered up the reasons for a toxic coal slurry spill in Appalachia that ranks among the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. Jack Spadaro states that political appointees in the Department of Labor whitewashed a report that said an energy company that had contributed to the Republican Party was responsible for the 300-million gallon spill.

FDA: Mad cow feed rules OK for now Regulations revised in January may be enacted soon --The Bush dictatorship won't make additional changes to rules on cattle feed unless additional cases of mad cow disease are found in the United States, a senior official said Friday.

Florida Senate plan would ban paper recounts with electronic 'voting' machines South Floridians pushing for a touch-screen 'voting' paper trail are steamed about a state Senate proposal that they say runs counter to their cause. Tucked into the 90-page proposal (SB 3004) is a decree that "a manual recount may not be conducted of undervotes on touch-screen machines," which are used in South Florida's three big counties.

Bill would exempt electronic votes from manual recount The Florida law that requires a manual recount in close elections would not apply to ballots cast on paperless electronic voting machines under a bill endorsed by a state Senate committee Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, who has filed two lawsuits challenging paperless voting, called the proposed change "blatantly unconstitutional."

Bush Campaign Tops Goal of Record $170 Million Dictator Bush's re[s]election campaign has exceeded its fund-raising goal of $170 million nearly five months ahead of schedule, cementing its cash advantage over Democrat John Kerry in the hard-fought presidential race, Bush campaign officials said on Friday.

Bush Outspends Democrats 2-To-1 on Air Just a month into his advertising campaign, Dictator Bush has poured about $40 million into television and radio commercials that highlight his record and criticize John Kerr's, outspending Democrats 2-to-1.

Teen threatens to kill Bush E-mail message: 'I'm going to blow up the White House' A 17-year-old high school student from upstate New York faces up to a year in jail for threatening to kill Dictator Bush and attack the White House. "I'm going to blow up the White House and Kill you and your family," John Fellows admitted he wrote in an e-mail message. "You're a stupid peace [sic] of [excrement] and deserve to Die!!!"

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Bodies mutilated in Iraq attack Four contractors working for the US army have been killed and their bodies mutilated in the Iraqi city of Falluja. The group were shot and burnt in their cars, before a cheering crowd dismembered the corpses and hung two of them from a bridge.

Iraqis Drag U.S. Corpses Through Streets Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four American contractors [working for the U.S. Army] through the streets Wednesday and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. Five American soldiers died in a roadside bombing nearby.

Jubilant Iraqis abuse bodies; bomb kills 5 GIs Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four foreign contractors - one a woman, at least one an American - through the streets Wednesday and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. In Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the four killed in Fallujah were contractors working with the U.S. dictatorship. He did not say what they were doing in the city. Five American soldiers died in a roadside bombing nearby. The four contract workers for the U.S.-led occupation were killed in a rebel ambush of their SUVs in Fallujah, a Sunni Triangle city about 35 miles west of Baghdad and scene of some of the worst violence on both sides of the conflict since the beginning of the Amerikan occupation a year ago.

4 From U.S. Killed in Brutal Assault by a Mob of Iraqis Four Americans working for a security company were ambushed and killed Wednesday, and an enraged mob then jubilantly dragged the burned bodies through the streets of downtown Falluja, hanging at least two corpses from a bridge over the Euphrates River. Less than 15 miles away, in the same area of the increasingly violent Sunni Triangle, five American soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their armored personnel carrier. "Viva mujahedeen!" shouted Said Khalaf, a taxi driver. "Long live the resistance!" Nearby, a boy no older than 10 ground his heel into a burned head. "Where is Bush?" the boy yelled. "Let him come here and see this!" Masked men gathered around him, punching their fists into the air. The streets filled with hundreds of people. "Falluja is the graveyard of Americans!" they chanted.

4 Killed in Iraq Worked for N.C. Firm The four civilians who were killed and dragged through the streets of an Iraqi town Wednesday worked for a North Carolina subcontractor that is providing security in a hostile area of Iraq.

Attacks against U.S.-led occupation forces on rise Latest bombings kill 2, injure 8 --A suicide bombing outside the house of a police chief killed the attacker and wounded seven others Tuesday. Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier died in a bomb blast, and Spanish soldiers and Iraqi police quelled a riot by jobseekers. Attacks against U.S.-led occupation forces have increased in the past week, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said. He said there has been an average of 26 attacks daily, an increase of about six from recent weeks.

Medical evacuations in Iraq war hit 18,000 In the first year of war in Iraq, the military has made 18,004 medical evacuations during 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' [sic] , the Pentagon's top health official told Congress Tuesday.

U.S. Vows to Stay Course in Iraq The United States vowed on Wednesday to stay the course in Iraq after three Amerikan contractors were killed in an ambush and their bodies dragged through the streets of Falluja.

This Isn't America --by Paul Krugman "Last week an opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz about the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin said, 'This isn't America; the government did not invent intelligence material nor exaggerate the description of the threat to justify their attack.' So even in Israel, George Bush's America has become a byword for deception and abuse of power. And the administration's reaction to Richard Clarke's 'Against All Enemies' provides more evidence of something rotten in the state of our government... Where will it end?" [A must read]

Never mind the torture and political prisoners, he's Bush's man Islam Karimov, who has ruled the impoverished republic of Uzbekistan as a dictator for 15 years, may well be the cruellest, accused of torture of opponents, muzzling freedom of speech and jailing up to 6,500 political prisoners. Mr Karimov, 66, has rarely troubled with elections [just like Bush himself]. After opening an air base to the US military for the war against the Taliban, he was thanked with a visit to the White House. Despite the human rights abuses in his one-party state, Mr Karimov looks likely to stay as the Bush regime's man in central Asia.

US Marine reinforcements join Afghan al Qaeda hunt The first of 2,000 U.S. Marine reinforcements have arrived in Afghanistan to help the 13,500 U.S.-led troops already there intensify the hunt for al Qaeda and Taliban fugitives and boost security ahead of 'elections.'

Aristide launches kidnap lawsuit Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has filed a lawsuit against unnamed French and US officials, accusing them of kidnapping him.

EU Rules on Airline Passenger Data The European Parliament on Wednesday said it was illegal for the United States to force European airlines to provide data on arriving passengers and threatened to go to court to block an agreement that calls for the information sharing. The vote came a day after European Union ministers overcame similar privacy concerns and agreed to give their own law enforcement authorities access to more limited passenger data.

US blamed over death row Mexicans The International Court of Justice at The Hague has ruled that the US violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row in American prisons. The court found that the prisoners did not receive a fair trial because they were not told of their rights to consular assistance.

Court: U.S. Violated Mexicans' Rights THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that the United States violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row and ordered their cases be reviewed.

Liberal Voices Get New Home on Radio Dial Air America, which has raised more than $20 million, has grand plans for buying stations, or at least all of the broadcast time on stations, in more than a dozen cities by year's end. Many are in Ohio, Florida and other states considered battlegrounds in the presidential election. But since the media ownership rules were eased in the mid-1990's, much of the broadcast spectrum is owned by a handful of companies.

Martha Stewart Lawyers Seek New Trial Martha Stewart requested a new trial Wednesday, saying one of the jurors who convicted her failed to disclose a checkered past that includes an arrest on assault charges.

George Soros Hit With Glue, Water in Ukraine, Interfax Says Billionaire financier George Soros had glue and water thrown on him by two unidentified people ahead of a human rights forum in Kiev, the Interfax news service reported.

President [sic] Commemorates 23rd Anniversary of Botched Reagan Shooting Which Nearly Begat A Gloriously Elongated George H.W. Bush Reign "Statement by the President [sic] --THE PRESIDENT [sic]: ...Twenty-three years ago today, at almost this very moment, a brave bullet was making its way across a stretch of dirty DC sidewalk, headed right into the geriatric chestal region of America's recently-elected President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. And friends, never was the expression 'Guns Don't Kill People' more true than on that very day." [Humor, but note actual newsclipping from The Houston Post, dated March 31, 1981. The righthand sidebar article is titled: "Bush's son was to dine with suspect's brother." Yes, the Hinkley family had a friendly relationship with the Bush family; Osama bin Laden enjoyed a fruitful business relationship with Carlyle Group. The Bushes are able to rely on dedicated friends for the seedier tasks, such as assassinations and large-scale acts of terrorism, with virtually *no* questions asked.]

Electronic Ballots May Have Altered Race Outcome Orange County registrar says incorrect electronic ballots may have altered a race's outcome, but says results will be certified today. Although some Orange County voters cast the wrong electronic ballots in the March 2 primary, potentially altering the outcome of one race for a Democratic Party post, Registrar Steve Rodermund said he will certify the results of the election today. In a report circulated late Monday to the Board of Supervisors, Rodermund acknowledged for the first time that his office's failures could have affected a race — and gave ammunition to critics of electronic voting.

U.S. Weapons Hunt Shifts Focus to 'Intent' in Iraq The U.S. search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will continue despite the failure so far to find them but the mission will also investigate whether Saddam Hussein intended to develop [?!?] such weapons, the chief U.S. arms hunter said on Tuesday. [Does David Letterman write their material, or what?]

Iraq Contracts Give Halliburton Headaches Halliburton Co. has reaped as much as $6 billion in contracts from the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but improprieties in those military contracts have also given Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company high-profile headaches.

Security firms and mercenaries coining it in Iraq An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq's major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers. They have been hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees. Many of the armed Britons are former SAS soldiers, while heavily armed South Africans are also working for the occupation. There are serious doubts even within the occupying power about the US's choice to send Chilean mercenaries, many trained during General Augusto Pinochet's vicious dictatorship, to guard Baghdad airport.

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Explosion One U.S. soldier was killed and a second wounded in a roadside bomb explosion west of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

Soldiers of Misfortune At Bottom Rung of Poverty, More Homeless Veterans Seeking Help --Robert Slay, 52, is a veteran of the Vietnam War era, and one of a growing number of aging soldiers who find themselves at the bottom rung of poverty. Despite a Bush regime goal to end homelessness [?!? Yeah, right!] in the United States by 2012, surveys are reporting more people asking local governments and charitable organizations for food and shelter.

Shooting Stars U.S. Military Takes First Step Towards Weapons in Space For all of human history, people have looked at the stars with a sense of wonder. More recently, some U.S. military planners have looked skyward and seen something very different — the next battlefield.

Military Recruiters May Get Campus Access The House moved Tuesday to deny defense-related funding to universities that don't provide ROTC programs and military recruiters equal access to their campuses. Opponents said the bill was an assault on university policies banning gay discrimination.

Former Sec of State Albright worried Bush is fueling terrorists' hate Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told a crowd at the Yale Divinity School Tuesday that she is concerned Dictator Bush is fueling the hate of terrorist organizations.

Threats Prompt Searches of U.S. Planes and Trains Bomb threats against three U.S. passenger jets and two Amtrak trains triggered extensive security checks on Tuesday but no explosives were found, authorities said.

British Police Seize 8 in Terror Sweep Police arrested eight men and seized half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing, in raids by hundreds of officers — one of the biggest anti-terrorism operations in Britain since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Condoleezza Rice to Testify In Public, Under Oath Condoleezza Rice will apparently testify after all. A dictatorship official said the White House will 'let' the national security adviser testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks.

Hill pressure tipped the balance on Rice GOP lawmakers told White House stance 'untenable' Dictator Bush’s decision yesterday to allow his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was prompted at least in part by concerns among senior lawmakers in the House Republican caucus. They had come to feel that the White House position had become politically untenable, The Hill learned.

DeLay dismisses stepping down Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-sociopath-Texas) yesterday dismissed reports that he has discussed stepping aside if indicted. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is investigating whether Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), a political action committee that DeLay fathered but never ran, illegally raised corporate money for political campaigns.

Whackjob Miller: Sept. 11 investigation energizes terrorists U.S. Sen. [and 'Democratic' wackjob traitor] Zell Miller is questioning the usefulness of a panel investigating the terrorist attacks of 2001, arguing its public quarrels with the Bush dictatorship could "energize our enemies and demoralize our troops."

Supreme Court Allows Border Search of Gas Tanks A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that agents at the border can take apart and search a vehicle's gas tank for drugs or contraband without violating constitutional privacy rights.

White House Threatens to Veto Highway Bill The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a massive House highway spending bill, rejecting efforts by House GOP leaders to find common ground between the regime's demand for 'fiscal discipline' [?!? Iraq/Halliburton? Hello?] and lawmaker pleas for more road-building money.

House barely kills Democratic drive to restrict tax cuts The House killed a Democratic drive Tuesday to make it tougher for lawmakers to reduce taxes, as Republicans by the slimmest of margins rescued Dictator Bush's tax-cutting agenda from an embarrassing rebuke. The 209-209 tally – one shy of the majority Democrats needed to prevail – came only after the chamber's GOP leaders held the roll call open an extra 23 minutes so they could coax several Republicans to switch their votes.

Retail Gasoline Rises to Another Record, AAA Says With the summer driving season still two months away, Americans kept digging deeper into their pockets at the pumps.

Summer U.S. gas shortage feared Exxon-Mobil's profiteering ['Tight gasoline inventories and overburdened refining capacity'] will spark shortages in the United States this summer, sending prices soaring to record highs and perhaps leading to 1970s-era lineups at U.S. pumps, an American oil expert said yesterday at a conference on security of North American energy supplies.

White House Blames Congress for Gas Prices Americans would not be paying high prices for gasoline if the Congress had passed Dictator Bush's proposed energy package three years ago, a spokesman said Tuesday as the regime faced criticism from Democratic rival John Kerry. [*See: January 29, 2004 Exxon Mobil 4Q profit up 63% Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp. said its quarterly profit jumped 63 percent, helped by a tax settlement gain and higher prices for crude oil and natural gas, while annual earnings for 2003 rose to a record high.]

Bush Mining Regulatory Change Is Denounced Tales of floods and flattened peaks and of homes swept away or devalued in central Appalachia were laid out Tuesday by opponents to the Bush dictatorship's plan to ease a buffer-zone regulation protecting streams from coal mining operations.

Replacement Workers Okayed A federal judge has ruled Caterpillar can use temporary replacement workers if there is a work stoppage. The law bars the use of temporary replacement workers in the case of a work stoppage.

9/11 Panel Likely to Conclude 9/11 Attacks Could Have Been Prevented "NEWSWEEK reporting in fresh editions; The 9/11 commission is likely to conclude the attacks could have been prevented by the simple act of sharing information. In Phoenix in July 2001, an FBI agent wrote a memo warning that some young Arabs taking flying lessons might be terrorists. Had that warning made it to Clarke's counterterror shop, airlines might have begun bolting cockpit doors."

9-11 Commission to Ask Condoleezza Rice to Testify Under Oath Two Democratic senators, Edward Kennedy and Charles Schumer, planned to introduce formal resolution in the Senate calling on Rice to testify under oath. The White House did not allow a recording to be made of what Rice said when she met privately with commissioners for 4 hours in February.

Experts See No Law Barring Rice Testimony There is no ironclad legal doctrine buttressing National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's refusal to testify publicly before the panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, law experts said Monday.

Rice Rejects Public Testimony to 9/11 Panel The head of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks urged Condoleezza Rice on Sunday to testify before it in public but the White House national security adviser repeated her refusal to do so.

Poll: Bush credibility down Dictator Bush's credibility rating is down since his former counterterrorism chief went public last week with accusations that Bush minimized the al-Qaeda threat to focus on getting rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. The Bush regime did not do all it could to prevent the attacks, 54% say, and 53% say the White House is covering up something about its handling of intelligence before Sept. 11. [*See USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll results]

Shifts from bin Laden hunt evoke questions In 2002, troops from the 5th Special Forces Group who specialize in the Middle East were pulled out of the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to prepare for their next assignment: Iraq.

Clarke book flying off almost all S.D. shelves Even 3,000 miles outside the Washington Beltway, "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror" is a must-read. That is, if you can find a copy. Over the weekend, most local Barnes & Noble stores were out. The few copies at the Borders in Mission Valley were being held for customers who called ahead. Even the Controversial Bookstore on University Avenue in San Diego didn't have any copies...

US arms hunter to tell Congress no Iraqi WMD found The new chief U.S. weapons hunter in Iraq will tell lawmakers this week in his first congressional briefings that his teams have not found any banned arms, but it is too early to reach conclusions and the search will continue, U.S. officials said on Monday.

US now looking to install a PM in Iraq The United States wants to transfer power in Iraq to a hand-picked prime minister, abandoning plans for an expansion of the current 25-member governing council, coalition officials in Baghdad say.

Reporter Apologizes for Iraq Coverage (Editor & Publisher) "...[O]ne might expect at least a few mea culpas related to the release of false information on the Iraq threat before and after the war. This has not happened so far, with President [sic] Bush on Wednesday going so far as to joke about the missing weapons of mass destruction at a correspondents dinner in Washington. While the major media, from The New York Times on down, has largely remained silent about their own failings in this area, a young columnist for a small paper in Fredericksburg, Va., has stepped forward. 'The media are finished with their big blowouts on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and there is one thing they forgot to say: We're sorry,' Rick Mercier wrote, in a column published Sunday in The Free Lance-Star."

A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq As of Monday, March 29, 589 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq a year ago, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 398 died as a result of hostile action and 191 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

IED Kills One Soldier A 13th COSCOM soldier is dead and one is injured as the result of an improvised explosive device attack near Al-Habbaniya at approximately 10:30 a.m.

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Bomb Blast A bomb exploded near a U.S. military convoy west of Baghdad on Monday, killing an American soldier, a U.S. official said.

U.S. soldiers kill four resistance fighters in Mosul U.S. soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels suspected of involvement in attacks in the region, the military said Monday. Two American soldiers were wounded in the firefight.

U.S. Mulls Discipline in Iraq Friendly Fire Deaths A U.S. Marine Corps general will consider possible disciplinary action against a ground-based Marine air controller faulted in the most deadly U.S. "friendly fire" incident in the Iraq war, officials said on Monday.

Lapse Blamed for Iraq Friendly Fire Deaths The worst "friendly fire" incident of the Iraq war (March 23, 2003) was triggered by a Marine air controller who mistakenly cleared Air Force attack planes to shoot at U.S. positions, killing as many as 10 Marines, officials said Monday.

Demonstrators Swarm Around Rove's Home Several hundred people stormed the small yard of Dictator Bush's chief political strategist, Karl ['Goebbels'] Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants. [Great! The Fascist goons on Rove's payroll pounded on windows to stop the counting of the votes in Miami Dade in November of 2000 for the Bush/Rove/Baker Botts' coup d'etat. No one complained about that window-pounding though, right?]

Europeans unite against Bush Several European politicians are coming together in an effort to throw Bush out of office, on "behalf of Europe and the world". A new European campaign against Bush will be launched in a couple of weeks. The founder is the former vice president of the Young Liberals in Norway, Knud E. Berthelsen, and he has joined forces with politicians all over Europe for one reason: "We cannot just sit back and watch Bush destroy the whole world. If there is only one political issue that we all agree on in Europe, it's this one," Berthelsen said to TV 2 Nettavisen.

Senate considers requiring paper receipts for voter Legislation that would require electronic voting machines to produce paper records of ballots is pending in the Senate, while House leadership and Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration agree it may be too late to make any changes in time for the November presidential s-election.

Nader draws donations from Bush's supporters Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is receiving a little help from his friends — and from George W. Bush's friends. Nearly 10 percent of contributors who have given Nader at least $250 have a history of supporting the Republican dictator, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records.

Gasoline Price Hits Record High The average price U.S. consumers pay for gasoline hit a record high on Monday, increasing 1.5 cents over the last week to $1.758 a gallon, the government said.

Kerry would press OPEC, boost renewable energy Retail gasoline prices have risen by more than 11 percent to a record high under Dictator George W. Bush and must be reined in by pressuring OPEC to produce more crude oil, aides to Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said on Monday.

New Look at Boy's Sentence in Boatyard Fire At the order of a federal appeals court, a Federal District Court judge in Portland, Me., has reopened the sentencing hearing for a boy who as a 14-year-old in 2002 set fire to a boatyard containing an engine that belonged to former President George Bush and was sentenced to 30 months in a maximum security juvenile prison.

Trials Challenging Abortion Law Open A new federal law banning certain types of abortions is unconstitutional and threatens most late-term abortions, a lawyer for plaintiffs said at the start of one of three trials on the law getting under way Monday.

D.C. Knew of Lead Problems In 2002 Timing of Emails Contradicts Claims --Emails show officials knew of water contamination months before public. Senior D.C. government officials knew that the city's water contained unsafe levels of lead 15 months before the public learned of the problem but failed to flag the issue as a major concern, according to internal documents that contradict the account provided recently by top managers.

U.N. Warns About Ocean 'Dead Zones' So-called "dead zones," oxygen-starved areas of the world's oceans that are devoid of fish, top the list of emerging environmental challenges, the United Nations Environment Program warned Monday in its global overview.

Investigators to probe INC member Ahmad Chalabi's use of US money: report The investigative branch of the US Congress is looking into whether Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi broke the law in using US money to attempt to sway US opinion in favor of ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Occupiers spend millions on private army of security men An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq's major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employees. There are serious doubts even within the occupying power about America's choice to send Chilean mercenaries, many trained during General Pinochet's vicious dictatorship, to guard Baghdad airport. included in the regular body count put out by the occupation authorities, which may account for the persistent suspicion among Iraqis that the US is underestimating its figures of military dead and wounded. Casualties among the mercenaries are not included in the regular body count put out by the occupation authorities, which may account for the persistent suspicion among Iraqis that the US is underestimating its figures of military dead and wounded.

Britain's secret army in Iraq: thousands of armed security men who answer to nobody So many British security firms are cashing in on the violence in Iraq that armed private security men now outnumber most of the national army contingents in the country. Thousands of former soldiers and police officers from Britain, the US, Australia and South Africa are earning wages as high as £600 a day to protect Western officials, oil company executives and construction firm bosses in Iraq.

U.S.-Led Occupation Shuts Down Iraq Paper The U.S.-led dictatorship on Sunday shut down a weekly newspaper run by followers of a hardline Shiite Muslim cleric, saying its articles were increasing the threat of violence against occupation forces.

U.S. dictatorship bans Iraqi Shi'ite newspaper Iraq's U.S.-led dictatorship on Sunday shut down a newspaper that is a mouthpiece for radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr, accusing it of publishing articles that incite violence against American troops. Ali Yasseri, editor of the weekly al-Hawza newspaper, said dozens of U.S. troops padlocked the newspaper's offices after ordering staff to leave.

US troops 'shoot three-year-old boy' (0315 AEDT Friday) US forces fired on a civilian car in Tikrit, killing a three-year old boy and wounding six women and children as well as their male driver, Iraqi police and relatives have said.

Iraqi detentions fuel anti-US sentiment The American military is holding some 8,000 Iraqi security detainees without trial or formal charges, most of them in a prison where at least six US guards have been criminally charged with abusing inmates.

Iraqi Minister of Public Works Attacked Iraq's minister of public works escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday in northern Iraq, a Kurdish official said.

Missiles Hit Government Building in Iraq, Killing Two Mosul attack injures 19. In separate incidents, two civilians working for the occupation are slain, one reportedly by U.S. forces. Missiles smuggled in a wooden cart of second-hand clothing slammed into the local government headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring 19 in another day of violence across Iraq in which two Iraqi civilians working for the U.S.-led occupation forces were also slain.

Resistance Fighters fire at US military vehicle in Iraq Resistance fighters fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. military vehicle in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, setting it on fire, witnesses said.

Briton, Canadian Killed in Northern Iraq Gunmen killed a Briton and a Canadian guarding a power station near Mosul on Sunday, in the second straight day of violence in the northern Iraqi city that was home to large numbers of Saddam Hussein's military officers.

21 Killed in Two Days of Attacks in Iraq Rebel rockets slammed into a government building in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, killing two civilians and wounding 14 others. An explosion rocked central Baghdad in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy, wounding five Iraqis. The Mosul attack brought to 21 the number of people killed in two days of explosions and shootings across the country.

14 killed in Iraq clashes A US marine and 13 Iraqis, including a news cameraman, have been killed in separate clashes between resistance fighters and US troops as politicians readied for talks with a UN team of experts on upcoming Iraqi 'elections.'

Army Spouses See Troops Wanting to Leave Military Spouses of soldiers in the U.S. Army believe many will not want to re-enlist following the war in Iraq, according to a poll published by the Washington Post on Saturday.

Army Spouses Expect Reenlistment Problems [Army spouse] Patty B.Morgan's experience is part of a significant change in Army life brought about by the post-9/11 world: The extended, or repeated, deployments that have characterized the Army since then have intensified the burdens traditionally borne by military families. And most of the spouses who have remained behind are wondering how long the Army can keep it up. [*See: 'Military Families Poll' sidebar.]

The 'war president [sic]' waged a war of lies --by Eric Margolis "A cascade of embarrassing revelations and accusations are demolishing George W. Bush's slickly packaged, made-for-TV persona as a 'war president [sic]' and the scourge of Islamic terrorists. ...A group of leading American business executives ran a full-page ad in The New York Times entitled 'Have you noticed what's happened to chief executives who lie?' with a picture of an executive being led away in handcuffs. The ad described the Iraq invasion as a 'state-sponsored deception (that) already dwarfs the damage done by the worst corporate scandals,' citing 566 American dead and a cost of $125 billion US (not to mention 20,000 Iraqi deaths). The underlying message was stark: the president [sic] and his 'war cabinet' ought to face criminal charges for lying to the nation and starting an unnecessary war for domestic political reasons."

I'll bring troops home: Latham Mark Latham has pledged to bring home Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas if Labor wins the election, describing the war as an "act of folly" that increased the risk of terrorism.

Labor winds back Iraq troop pullout Opposition Leader Mark Latham is narrowing plans to withdraw Australian troops from the Iraq campaign by Christmas to bringing home only those serving inside Iraq.

W. Va. Sen. on Iraq: 'My Vote Was Wrong' U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller regrets his vote to authorize a war against Iraq. "If I had known then what I know now, I would have voted against it,'' Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Friday. "I have admitted that my vote was wrong.''

Democrats, public not amused by Bush weapons jokes Dictator Bush's joking references to a search for weapons of mass destruction in the White House during a correspondents' dinner night has drawn criticism from Democrats, who said the after-dinner remarks were tasteless and insensitive. At the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association event in Washington on Wednesday, Mr Bush playfully provided mock captions to a series of photographs taken in and around the White House.

Clarke wants testimony, records declassified Former White House counterterrorism aide Richard Clarke, whose criticism of the Bush dictatorship's anti-terrorism policy has triggered a ferocious response from the [liars at the] White House, said Sunday he supports Republican calls for declassifying testimony he gave Congress in 2002. [Why aren't Bush's and Rice's documents declassified, as well? What *was* the bush team of terrorists *doing* on Bush's month-long vacation, which he took in August of 2001?]

Rice Rejecting Calls for Public Testimony White House allies and Republicans investigating the Sept. 11 attacks pressed Sunday to hear open testimony from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, with one commissioner calling her refusal a "political blunder of the first order."

Sept. 11 Panel to Press, Not Subpoena Rice The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will not relent in its pursuit of public testimony from the dictator's national security adviser but is unlikely to subpoena Condoleezza Rice, the panel's chairman said Sunday.

Kerry Calls on Rice to Testify John Kerry said Saturday the White House is committing character assassination with its treatment of former counterterror chief Richard Clarke to avoid responding to questions about national security. Kerry also said Condoleezza Rice, Dictator Bush's national security adviser, should testify in public before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Kerry says White House commits 'character assassination' against Clarke John Kerry said the White House is committing character assassination with its treatment of former counterterror chief Richard Clarke to avoid responding to questions about national security that Clarke raised.

Terror backlash hits Bush's votes The damning testimony of former terrorism adviser Richard Clarke has left the Dictator's team in disarray as their approval ratings begin to fall. Republicans fear the devastating revelations about their failure to see al-Qaeda as an imminent threat before the 11 September terrorist attacks have seriously dented Dictator George Bush's s-election campaign.

Bush's Support Over Handling of Terrorism Drops, Poll Shows Voter approval of Dictator George W. Bush's handling of the war on terrorism fell by 8 percentage points after criticism from his former anti-terror chief, a Newsweek poll found.

Elephants in the Barracks The Complete Failure of the 9-11 Commission --by Michael Kane "#1 – On the morning of September 11, 2001, NORAD was running war games involving hijacked airliners while the National Reconnaissance Offices (NRO) was running a drill for the scenario of an errant aircraft crashing into a government building at the exact same time as an identical scenario was perpetrated. The Air Force was in day two of annual drills testing all of its systems to respond to various threats. What role, if any, did Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld, Under Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz, and acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers play in any war game scenario on the morning of September 11, 2001? What briefings did they receive about these war games before, during, and after the morning in question? #2 – On October 24 through 26 of 2000 a mass emergency drill was conducted in response to an airliner being crashed into the Pentagon. What did Defense Secretary [William] Cohen tell Secretary Rumsfeld about this drill during the transition process from the Clinton to Bush administration? Now how is it possible these two questions were 'overlooked?'"

Detroit's terror trial Fed missteps jeopardize terror case Federal review finds government ignored own rules, withheld more than 100 documents from defense --Prosecutorial missteps and questionable investigative practices threaten to undermine the convictions in the first terror trial held in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. A Detroit News review of thousands of pages of documents in the case and interviews with law enforcement experts found that the case was colored by an overly aggressive prosecution in an atmosphere of public demand for a terror crackdown. Government investigators repeatedly ignored rules intended to ensure a fair trial.

Court Opens Door to Searches Without Warrants It's a groundbreaking court decision that legal experts say will affect everyone: Police officers in Louisiana no longer need a search or arrest warrant to conduct a brief [?!?] search of your home or business. The decision was made by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Two dissenting judges called it the "road to Hell."

It was too many appliances, not pot, that police found at Carlsbad home When police noticed Dina Dagy's family was spending $250 to $300 a month on electricity, they suspected a marijuana farm was flourishing under high-intensity lights inside their suburban home. What they found when they showed up with a drug-sniffing dog and a search warrant was a wife and mother who does several loads of laundry a day, keeps a dishwashing machine going, has three electricity-guzzling computers and three kids who can't remember to turn the lights out when they leave a room. Authorities say they have already apologized verbally several times and were only following proper procedures. Tracking down marijuana growers by reviewing electricity bills, they say, is a common practice.

Man Arrested For Saving A Stray Chicken --by Carl Worden (OR) "...The next thing that happens is that four Josephine County Sheriff squad cars loaded with militarized, jack-booted deputies with guns show up at Nick [Gombo]'s home at 1:00 AM, armed with a tainted search warrant they received from sleepy Judge Gerald Neufeld. How do you describe a chicken accurately on a search warrant? Anyway, they arrest Nick, a Vietnam veteran, handcuff him and drag him off to jail like a common criminal wearing nothing more than his red Speedos (bikini briefs). The arresting officers allegedly injure Nick in the process."

Disenfranchised Florida Felons Struggle to Regain Their Rights Since daybreak on Nov. 8, 2000, when the nation awoke to the shock of a presidential race ending in a virtual tie, Florida's voting laws and practices have been the subject of intense debate and scrutiny. The coup d'etat ['disputed election results'] led the state to adopt sweeping changes in how votes are cast and counted and how voter rolls are maintained...

Electronic voting requires savvy election officials (letter to the editor, by Carol Schiffler) "The reports generated by the current touch-screen machines do not provide an adequate fail-safe because they are generated from the same machines that may have caused the problem in the first place. There have been numerous other problems reported nationwide with these machines - voting on uncertified software, inadequate testing, security flaws and improper handling of software 'patches.' ...For officials without such a background to blithely pronounce paper receipts unnecessary is irresponsible and misleading."

Kerry Hits Bush for Leading U.S. Down 'Dead-End Road' Democratic White House candidate John Kerry on Sunday charged that Dictator Bush's economic policies have led the United States down "a dead-end road paved with broken promises."

GOP donors double dipping with Nader 'Independent' presidential candidate Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir] is getting a little help from his friends – and from George W. Bush's friends. Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican dictator, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News. Among the new crop of Nader donors: actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein, Florida frozen-food magnate Jeno Paulucci and Pennsylvania oil company executive Terrence Jacobs. All have strong ties to the GOP.

Nader's Image Slips In Survey Barf Nadir's stock appears to be in decline. A growing number of Americans say they hold unfavorable views of the independent candidate [who is running to aid and abet his GOP paymasters] today compared with in 2000, when he first ran for president, according to the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey released yesterday.

Israel's State Attorney: Indict Sharon Israel's state attorney formally recommended Sunday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be indicted for bribe-taking, an official close to the investigation said. The state attorney does not have the last say on the matter; the final decision is up to the attorney general who is expected to rule within a month.

Schwarzenegger: Freed inmate shouldn't return to prison Court ruled Martinez released too soon and must serve 65 more days --California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he backs an effort to excuse a woman from returning to prison, after she's been out of jail for more than two years, to serve more time after a court ruled she had been released too early.

Conn. woman had signs of human mad cow A Connecticut woman who physicians initially suspected in 2000 of being the nation's first case of human mad cow disease appears to have been overlooked by state and federal health officials, United Press International has learned.

Brazil storm kills two, destroys homes A spiraling storm lashed the coast of southern Brazil, killing two people, injuring at least 30 others and destroying hundreds of homes, Civil Defense officials said Sunday. Meanwhile, Brazilian and U.S. meteorologists disagreed over whether the storm was a hurricane -- the first on record in the South Atlantic.

Tensions run high as Bush visit ignites clashes (Boston) A brawl erupted between opponents and supporters of Dictator Bush last night behind police barricades a block from his fund-raiser at the Park Plaza Hotel. A crowd estimated at 750 to 1,000 was largely anti-Bush, including hundreds of union workers. "Bush wants to get rid of unemployment (insurance) and overtime - we need to get rid of him,'' said Charlie Walsh, a Local 223 laborer. The Bush opponents held signs that read, "Get the terrorists out of the White House.''

Activist spray-paints GOP headquarters An unseen activist scrawled the word "LIES" across the walls and pillars of Ohio Republican Party headquarters overnight Thursday. The activist's black spray paint stood out sharply against the white trim of the tidy brick building, which sits at the corner of South Fifth and Rich streets a few blocks from the Statehouse. [That is great!!]

Dem leaders gather in D.C. to embrace Kerry The Democratic Party came together to embrace its presidential standard-bearer on Thursday, aligning its diverse constituencies and past luminaries behind John Kerry's candidacy. The party also formally opened a renovated, technology-packed $30 million headquarters. Entering Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe's new corner office, visitors walk over a doormat bearing a likeness of Dictator Bush and the words, "Give Bush the Boot."

Wipe Your Feet on the Idiot Usurper!

White House Wages A War on Clarke Dictator Bush's aides have turned the full power of the executive branch on Richard A. Clarke, formerly the regime's top counterterrorism official, who charges in his new book that Bush responded lackadaisically in 2001 to repeated warnings of an impending terrorist attack.

GOP Moves to Declassify 2002 Clarke Testimony In a highly unusual move, key Republicans in Congress are seeking to declassify testimony that former White House terrorism adviser Richard Clarke gave in 2002 about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday. [The biggest liar and terrorist on God's green earth is Dictator George W. Bush.]

Bush's brand new enemy is the truth Clarke's claims have shaken the White House to its foundations --by Sidney Blumenthal "[Dictator] Bush protests now: 'And had my administration had any information that terrorists were going to attack New York City on September 11, we would have acted.' But he had plenty of information. The former deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, the only member of the 9/11 commission to read the president[sic]'s daily brief, revealed in the hearings that the documents 'would set your hair on fire' and that the intelligence warnings of al-Qaida attacks 'plateaued at a spike level for months' before September 11. Bush is fighting public release of these PDBs, which would show whether he had marked them up and demanded action... The administration's furious response to [Richard] Clarke only underscores his book."

Condi must testify - under oath (Daily News) "The White House has offered to let national security adviser Condoleezza Rice testify in private before the 9/11 commission, and thanks, but that's an empty and unacceptable gesture. Rice was only at the hub of the Bush administration's anti-terror efforts before Sept. 11. What did she know? What didn't she know? What did she do? What didn't she do? The American people deserve to hear her answer those questions - publicly, under oath. It's not like she's out sick."

TV cameraman killed by US fire in Iraq: doctors An Iraqi cameraman was killed by a bullet to the forehead when US troops fired in the direction of journalists during clashes in the flashpoint town of Fallujah, doctors and witnesses told AFP.

Violence kills four as UN experts confer in Iraq over 'power transfer' Four people were killed and 26 wounded as UN experts conferred with the US-led occupation ahead of meetings with Iraqi leaders on the troubled blueprint for the 'transfer of power' to this summer.

U.S. Marine Killed in Iraqi Firefight A U.S. Marine and an ABC freelance cameraman were killed during a bitter, hours-long firefight between American troops and Iraqi resistance fighters in the city of Fallujah, while 18 people died in violence elsewhere across Iraq.

U.S. Marine killed in Falluja One U.S. Marine has been killed and several wounded during fighting in the Iraqi town of Falluja, west of Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman says.

U.S. troops buying own armor for Iraq duty Soldiers headed for Iraq are still buying their own body armor -- and in many cases, their families are buying it for them -- despite assurances from the military that the gear will be in hand before they're in harm's way.

Report Details Low U.S. Army Morale, Suicide in Iraq U.S. soldiers in Iraq were plagued by low morale, experienced spikes in suicides last July and November and lacked access to some medications sought by military mental-health specialists to treat emotional problems, Army experts reported on Thursday. [*See: Report]

Gulf troops' babies 'are 50pc more vulnerable' Babies whose fathers served in the first Gulf war are 50 per cent more likely to have physical abnormalities than those born to soldiers not sent to the region, according to a study published today.

AWOL soldier faces trial by Army The U.S. Army has charged Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of North Miami -- who extended a two-week leave into a five-month absence -- with desertion from the war in Iraq, authorities said Friday.

Democrats Call Bush's 'Comedy' Skit Tasteless Dictator Bush's joking references to a search for weapons of mass destruction in the White House drew criticism from Democrats, who said the after-dinner remarks were tasteless and insensitive. At the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association event in Washington on Wednesday, Bush playfully provided mock captions to a series of photographs taken in and around the White House. One series of photos showed the president in awkward positions -- on his knees, looking behind draperies and moving furniture in the Oval Office -- accompanied by such comments as, "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere," "Nope, no weapons over there!" and "Maybe under here?"

French Lawyer Says He Will Defend Hussein French lawyer Jacques Verges said Saturday that Saddam Hussein's nephew had chosen him to represent the deposed Iraqi president.

U.N. Urged to Probe U.S. Role in Haiti Caribbean leaders said the U.N. General Assembly should investigate Jean-Bertrand Aristide's claims that the United States staged a coup in Haiti and forced the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president. [Bush and his terror team staged a coup d'etat in November, 2000, in the United States, and forced the ouster of a democratically elected president, Al Gore.]

Caribbean Leaders Don't Accept Haiti Gov't The 15-nation Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed interim government Saturday as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Senators ask who's in charge of homeland intelligence Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Thursday for clarification about which federal agency is ultimately responsible for the analysis of foreign and domestic intelligence on threats to the United States and whether the lines of authority are clear.

Feds Cancel Flight on 'Psychic' Bomb Tip (Florida) A self-described psychic's tip that a bomb might be on a plane prompted a search with bomb-sniffing dogs that turned up nothing suspicious, but forced the cancellation of the flight.

Security increased as terror threat targets I-95 A terror threat targets Connecticut's busiest stretch of highway, the Interstate-95 corridor in Bridgeport. State police began stepping up security in the area Thursday. The response is a coordinated effort between local and state police, the Coast Guard, and Homeland Security.

MSG/Penn Station Security Reevaluated for Republican Convention The FBI is calling this summer's national political conventions in Boston and here in New York - prime targets for a terrorist attack. Thats because both are being held in convention centers built above local subway systems.

Big Brother's Bus High-tech school bus tracks kids by fingerprints, GPS. For kids in the Pinellas County of Florida, getting on and off any one of the district's 750 school buses will soon require finger scans. The local school board last week passed over $2 million in funding to outfit its fleet of yellow buses with new high-tech gear -- digital fingerprint scanners and global positioning system, or GPS, satellite locators -- to track drivers and their young passengers.

EU agrees anti-terrorism measures European leaders have agreed a range of security measures, including the naming of an anti-terrorism co-ordinator.

Democrats Criticize Republican Budget Plan Democrats charged on Saturday the Republican budget plan approved by the House of Representatives this week would create historic deficits and spend every cent of Medicare and Social Security funds over the next decade.

Senate Passes Fetus Protection Bill In a major win for social conservatives, Congress is sending to the dictator legislation that would expand the legal rights of the unborn by making it a separate crime to harm a fetus during an assault on a pregnant woman.

Abortion rights activists concerned about precedent set by "Unborn Victims" act Abortion rights activists fear that a new law passed by the US Senate recognizing a fetus as a victim separate from the mother during a violent crime will threaten US women's right to terminate a pregnancy.


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