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13 myths about the case for War in Iraq (.pdf) Editors: Rich Cowan, Paul Rosenberg, Abigail Caplovitz, and Dan Schueler of

The whackjobs at the Pentagon need a name for their impending slaughter in Iraq! Send your ideas to: clg_news[at], and I will compile a list of the best suggestions and disseminate to the media. Please keep checking back here.

Four Belgian doctors in Baghdad Medical mission against war

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Pittsburghers for Peace Art Poster Project: A group of activists in Pittsburgh are using art to protest the war, creating a poster that draws on artwork by children and professional artists. The CLG is working with the group to help spread the anti-W-ar word. With your help, the project planners hope to customize the poster for other cities.

"If Saddam Hussein indicates that he has weapons of mass destruction and that he is violating United Nations resolutions, then we will know that Saddam Hussein again deceived the world. If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world." --White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer

We don’t do body counts" --General Tommy Franks, US Central Command

"This is the worst president [sic] ever... He [GW Bush] is the worst president [sic] in all of American history." --Helen Thomas (cached link to story)

Rumsfeld link to sale of reactors to North Korea The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, sat on the board of a company that three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts of build nuclear weapons. Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $US200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors.

Bush ally set to profit from the war on terror James Woolsey, former CIA boss and influential adviser to Dictator George Bush, is a director of a US firm aiming to make millions of dollars from the 'war on terror', The Observer can reveal. Woolsey, one of the most high-profile hawks in the war against Iraq and a key member of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board, is a director of the Washington-based private equity firm Paladin Capital. The company was set up three months after the terrorist attacks on New York and sees the events and aftermath of September 11 as a business opportunity which 'offer[s] substantial promise for homeland security investment'.

Move to bring Bush, Blair to trial taking on int'l scale Thousands of people in Arab and other Islamic countries have signed a petition demanding that US Dictator George W Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair be brought to trial for the actions committed by US and British forces on Iraqi territory. Initiators of the move accuse Bush and Blair of invading and occupying Iraq, destroying its infrastructures, contaminating the territory, plundering natural resources, and devastating Iraq's immense historical and humanitarian values.

U.S. Offers Rewards in Iraq Weapons Hunt [LOL! If it wasn't so pathetic...] U.S. Authorities in Baghdad Use Radio Announcement to Offer Rewards for Help in Banned Weapons Hunt --American authorities have promised rewards to Iraqis for information leading to discovery of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons programs, the U.S.-run Information [Propaganda] Radio said Saturday.

Task Force Unable to Find Any Weapons Frustrated, U.S. Arms Team to Leave Iraq --The group directing all known U.S. search efforts for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is winding down operations without finding proof that President Saddam Hussein kept clandestine stocks of outlawed arms, according to participants.

US rivals turn on each other as weapons search draws a blank One key argument for war was the peril from weapons of mass destruction. Now top officials are worried by repeated failures to find the proof - and US intelligence agencies are engaged in a struggle to avoid the blame.

WMDs for the Taking? While U.S. troops pushed on to Baghdad, Iraqis were looting radioactive materials from once protected sites --From the very start, one of the top U.S. priorities in Iraq has been the search for weapons of mass destruction. Weren’t WMDs supposed to be what the war was about? Even so, no one has yet produced conclusive evidence that Iraq was maintaining a nuclear, biological or chemical (NBC) arsenal.

Villagers suffer radiation sickness after looting nuclear power plants Doctors fear that hundreds of Iraqis may be suffering from radiation poisoning, following the widespread looting of the country's nuclear facilities.

US forces may stay in Iraq for more than a year US on Saturday said it is not possible to know how long its forces will remain in Iraq and hinted that stabilising the "newly liberated [sic] country" could take longer than a year.

Jordan Takes Dim View of a Rising Star in Iraq Ahmad Chalabi's critics recall the financial ruin he caused and his flight from their kingdom. Hailed by some in the Pentagon as a pro-American visionary and an emerging leader of the new Iraq, Ahmad Chalabi evokes quite a different response in Jordan, where he spent 12 years and left behind economic chaos, a court conviction on numerous financial charges — and a lengthy prison term he never served.

Bush Shakes Up Iraq Regime Bodine and Garner Recalled to U.S. in Effort to Speed Reconstruction --The American diplomat serving as chief administrator of Baghdad has been reassigned by the Bush dictatorship after less than three weeks in Iraq in what U.S. officials here said was part of a broader shake-up of the troubled Pentagon operation to rebuild the country.

American Overseeing Baghdad to Step Down The U.S. official sent in to oversee Baghdad and a large swath of its surrounding territory is leaving her position immediately after less than a month, a spokesman for the postwar American regime said Sunday.

Iraq in danger of starvation, says UN Iraqi agriculture is on the brink of collapse, with fears that many of its 24.5 million people will go hungry this summer, according to a confidential report being studied by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Baghdad skeptically waiting for better days With little food, no power, a community recalls another Bush's promises "The gray-bearded man, nearly blind, extremely hungry and fully out of patience, sat on a thin pillow in a hot room, resting his chin in his palms. Above him, a ceiling fan was still, and so was the air - the electricity had been out forever it seemed - and next to him sat a grandson who was 10, his teeth and eyes and bony limbs all showing signs of malnourishment. Outside, gunshots sounded..."

Iraqis told to sign pledge to get top health jobs U.S. officials shepherding in an interim government in Iraq started purging the ranks of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party yesterday, requiring Iraqi doctors and Health Ministry officials to formally resign from the party and denounce it to qualify for top jobs with the ministry.

Iraqis on Paradise Street want security On Paradise Street, as elsewhere, many Iraqis - even those pleased with Saddam's ouster - want foreign troops out of their country. It's a sentiment that has found expression right there in Paradise Square, on the base of the vanished statue, where someone with imperfect spelling and bold paint has told the Americans their work is completed. "ALL DONNE," it reads. "GO HOME."

Shiite Leader Demands U.S. Leave Iraq The leader of Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim group denounced the U.S.-led occupation forces Sunday and demanded they pull out and allow the Iraqi people to establish their own government.

Iraq's Crude Awakening It's only a trickle now, but it could become a gusher that rocks the world --For more than a half-century, American foreign policy involving oil has been cloaked in intrigue and deception, from the overthrow of the Premier of Iran in 1953 to the arming of Afghan rebels through the 1980s, from the permanent establishment of a military presence in the Persian Gulf to the early support of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

U.S. to Take Its Message to Iraqi Airwaves Just as political and economic reconstruction have lagged in the month since war in Iraq ended, so too has progress on the propaganda front.

Who is Michael Ledeen? Most Americans have never heard of Michael Ledeen, but if the United States ends up in an extended shooting war throughout the Middle East, it will be largely due to his inspiration.

Bush Visit Could Cost Some Omaha Workers a Day's Pay Stop on Dictator's Tax Cut Tour Aimed at Neb. --Senator Would Close Plant for Most of Two Shifts --About 340 workers at an Omaha plastics factory will lose pay or have to work next Saturday to make up for time lost during a visit by Dictator Bush on Monday to promote his "jobs and growth plan," their boss said today. [Everyone loses when the Idiot Usurper makes an appearance --Lori Price]

The Other "F" Word --"Chosen by the Grace of God"? --by Ben Tripp "For a long time I couldn't quite slap the 'F' word, as fascism is coyly known among lefties, on Bush and his minions. No matter how naughty the Man Who Would be President might be, for my tastes he never hit that perfect Kafka note-- until recently. Him and his people weren't really fascists. Just execrable excrudescent assholes. But 2003 has changed all that. These people are fascists, and they make Mussolini look like a mezzafinook." [a must read]

Secret Service Questions Students Some teachers in Oakland are rallying behind two students who were interrogated by the Secret Service. That followed remarks the teenagers made about the Dictator during a class discussion... "When one of the students asked, 'do we have to talk now? Can we be silent? Can we get legal council?' they were told, 'we own you, you don't have any legal rights,'" teacher Larry Felson says.

Blair tops most unpopular list Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair has been voted the most unpopular person in Britain -- followed by a topless model and the nation's first female premier, rightwing sickko Margaret Thatcher.

Reject Nomination of Bush and Blair for Nobel Peace Prize (Petition)

An Interesting Day: President [sic] Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11 --by Allan Wood and Paul Thompson --"It was an interesting day." - President [sic] Bush, recalling 9/11 [White House, 1/5/02] "After Card told Bush about the second plane and quickly left, the classroom was silent for about 30 seconds or so. [Tampa Tribune, 9/1/02] The children were about to take turns reading from a story called The Pet Goat. [AFP, 9/7/02] Bush picked up the book and began to read with the children. [Tampa Tribune, 9/1/02] In unison, the children read out loud, 'The - Pet - Goat. A - girl - got - a - pet - goat. But - the - goat - did - some - things - that - made - the - girl's - dad - mad.'"

New Find Reignites Anthrax Probe The FBI has developed a new theory on a central mystery of the 2001 anthrax attacks after finding evidence in a Frederick, Md., pond that may suggest how an ingenious criminal could have packed deadly anthrax spores into envelopes without killing or sickening himself, according to sources close to the investigation.

FEMA could bypass counties on Indian Point (NY) An executive order from the Reagan era may allow Entergy and federal regulators to create new Indian Point evacuation plans without local input — and then send taxpayers the bill.

Disney Parks Shielded With No-Fly Zones Walt Disney World and Disneyland have no-fly security zones like only a few other potential targets in the United States, according to a Local 6 News report.

Cheerleaders twirl pom-poms of protest Anyone attending recent political rallies in LA will have noticed the most visible sign of this, a team called Radical Teen Cheer, who chant: 'We're teens, we're cute, we're radical to boot!' Instead of backing the Oakland Raiders or the LA Lakers, they chant: 'Who trained, who trained, bin Laden? Who armed, who armed, Saddam Hussein?'

Did the Bush twins inhale? Kutcher won't say The White House didn't return phone calls Wednesday, but the dictator and first lady [sic] must be reeling over Ashton Kutcher's comments about their twin daughters in the new Rolling Stone.

A tokin' appearance by Bush twins? Actor Ashton Kutcher, 25, recounts how he met the First [sic] Daughters at a Los Angeles party a year and a half ago. Kutcher continues, "And then I go upstairs to see another friend and I can smell the green wafting out under his door. I open the door, and there he is, smoking out the Bush twins on his hookah." Stepping outside at one point, Kutcher recalls that "one of the Secret Service guys asked me if [the twins would] be spending the night."

Army demands death waiver as right of passage Foreigners to the Gaza Strip are being obliged to sign a waiver absolving Israeli forces from responsibility if they shoot them. They also have to sign a declaration that they are not peace activists.

Named: British double agent who murdered for the IRA Top Provo executioner was paid £80,000 by British government The British army's most deadly double agent, who operated at the very heart of the IRA, has been identified as Alfredo 'Freddy' Scappaticci, known to spy-masters by the codename 'Stakeknife'.

China blames U.S. for SARS Floats theory virus byproduct of bioweapon research --The deadly SARS pandemic, which has claimed more than 500 lives worldwide, originated as a bioweapon in a U.S. research lab, according to the Hong Kong newspaper Wenweipo.

U.S. Diplomats Decry 'Military Coup' Inside the beleaguered State Department, plenty of America's elite diplomats are privately seething. They are up in arms over what they see as the hijacking of foreign policy-making by the Pentagon and efforts to undercut their boss, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. "I just wake up in the morning and tell myself, 'There's been a military coup,' and then it all makes sense," said one veteran foreign service officer.

Senate panel votes to lift ban on low-yield nuclear weapons A Senate committee said Friday it had voted to lift a decade-old ban on the research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons, overriding Democratic arguments that repeal would damage U.S. efforts to stop the spread of nuclear arms.

Senate Panel Votes to Lift Ban on Small Nuclear Arms A sharply divided Senate Armed Services Committee voted today to repeal a 10-year-old ban on the development of small nuclear weapons. The measure goes before the full Senate in two weeks, where opponents, mainly Democrats, have vowed to fight it.

The allies' broken promises ( compilation) "Oil --Tony Blair: 'We don't touch it, and the US doesn't touch it' MTV, 7 March The reality: Yesterday's draft UN resolution gives total control of Iraq's oil revenues to the US and UK until an Iraqi government is established..."

Blueprint gives US-UK occupying forces control of oil US and Britain see advisory role for UN in draft resolution --America and Britain yesterday laid out their blueprint for postwar Iraq in a draft resolution to the United Nations security council, naming themselves as "occupying powers" and giving them control of the country's oil revenues.

Draft of new UN resolution on Iraq (May 9) A US-supported draft resolution on Iraq being considered today by the United Nations security council, taken from a draft copy circulated among UN diplomats ahead of the meeting. "Noting the letters of (1/8)DATE(3/8) from the Permanent Representative of the United States of America and the United Kingdom to the President of the Security Council and recognizing the specific authorities, responsibilities, and obligations under applicable international law of these states as occupying powers and the responsibilities of others working now..."

'US wants to control Iraq's oil, join OPEC' A top EU official derided today pledges by the United States to manage Iraqi oil revenues transparently, quipping Washington was on its way to becoming a member of OPEC as it prepared to introduce a UN resolution on lifting sanctions on Iraqi oil exports.

Bechtel Busy as a Bee:

New York Officials May Hire Bechtel For Trade Center Job (11/19/01) New York City could soon be turning to San Francisco-based Bechtel Group Inc. to manage the estimated $2.5-billion cleanup of the World Trade Center site. Bechtel has been working on the site "on an informal basis" since Sept. 12, says spokesman Alexander Winslow. [*Oddity question: since all domestic flights were canceled for two days and international for three (except for the bin Laden family members that were allowed to leave , <g>), HOW could San Francisco-based Bechtel have been 'on the site' in New York on Sept. 12, unless they were there in ADVANCE of 911? Just curious.] Bechtel tied to bin Ladens Osama bin Laden family members invested $10M in an equity fund run by former Bechtel unit. The Bush dictatorship launched a war on terror because of the alleged acts of Osama bin Laden. Ironically, one of the companies the regime has picked to rebuild Iraq after the latest phase of that war has ties to bin Laden's family, according to a published report.

Bechtel's roots in Mideast Lucrative projects date back to WWIII In the mid-1980s, Bechtel pursued construction of a pipeline linking Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. According to documents recently obtained by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., Saddam Hussein discussed the project during a 1983 meeting with current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who at the time was serving as an envoy for President Ronald Reagan.

Bechtel awarded Iraq contract: War profits and the US "military-industrial complex" On April 17 the US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a contract worth $680 million to Bechtel Corp., a private company with close ties to the Republican Party and the Bush dictatorship.

Rumsfeld warns against setting deadline withdrawing U-S troops Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is warning against setting any deadline for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

Muslims Seek Removal of U.S. Official in Iraq; Hiring Administrator Says Guiding Arabs Like 'Herding Cats' --A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the Bush dictatorship to remove an American official supervising the hiring of translators in Iraq because of offensive anti-Arab remarks he made to an Independent Television News (ITN) reporter.

Seven Nuclear Sites Looted Iraq's scientific files and some containers that held radioactive sources are missing. Seven nuclear facilities in Iraq have been damaged or effectively destroyed by the looting that began in the first days of April, when U.S. ground forces thrust into Baghdad, according to U.S. investigators and others with detailed knowledge of their work.

'Globe' Reporter Killed in Iraq Elizabeth Neuffer, a longtime reporter for The Boston Globe was killed Thursday in a car crash in Iraq while covering the war's aftermath., the Globe announced Friday. The Committee to Protect Journalists' Web site reports 13 journalists have died in Iraq, besides Neuffer. Of the 13, nine were killed in action. An additional two are missing, according to the site.

Veteran Globe reporter Elizabeth Neuffer killed in car accident in Iraq Elizabeth Neuffer, an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was killed today in an automobile accident in Iraq while on assignment there covering the aftermath of the war.

Iraqi opposition leader returns after years in exile The leader of the largest Iraqi Shiite Muslim group opposed to Saddam Hussein returned to his home land on Saturday after two decades in exile and called for Iraq to become an Islamic state.

Iran says U.S. nuclear claims false Iran on Friday rejected U.S. claims it is developing nuclear weapons and said the allegations stem from more than two decades of tense relations between the two countries.

Bush favors confrontational approach to Castro, Cuba Without fanfare, U.S. government efforts to promote political change in Cuba have shifted away from the subtle "people-to-people" contacts favored by the Clinton administration to a more confrontational approach, including direct support for dissidents, two U.S. officials say.

When Lying Pays Off The Fabrications of the Neo-Cons --by Wayne Madsen "America's manipulative neo-conservatives, who support unending aggression against any country that does not succumb to United States political, economic, and military control and who, themselves, seized power in Washington through electoral malfeasance, are taking a page from Nazi Germany's leaders in their quest for world domination."

Livingstone: Bush Is Repellant "Bush is repellent, a hawk who was a coward, leader of the most corrupt administration since the Twenties. He's not a legitimate President," - Ken Livingstone yesterday --Ken Livingstone last night launched an extraordinary attack on George Bush, branding him cowardly and corrupt. The left-wing Mayor of London said he was as keen to see the dictator ousted as he was to see Iraqi president Saddam Hussein go.

Bush's Triumphant Jet Flight Could Cause Future Turbulence --by Cynthia Tucker "Insinuating himself into the ranks of combat-hardened veterans, Bush, who sat in the co-pilot's seat of the S-3B Viking, told reporters, 'Yes, I flew it.' Even by current political standards, this was rank. Not only did Bush seek to link himself to combat pilots, but he did so despite his less-than-stellar National Guard service."

Danger Zone (The Salt Lake Tribune) "And he [Bush] all but dares his political rivals -- and a press that ought to be pursuing such things -- to again examine the president[sic]'s own military record. During the 2000 election campaign, The Boston Globe reported that Bush not only spent his years of exposure to Vietnam military service in the Texas Air National Guard rather than any combat-bound organization, but also managed to disappear from even that duty for a year."

Graham Claims Bush Regime Blocking Release Of 9/11 Report Florida Senator and presidential candidate Bob Graham says the Bush dictatorship is stonewalling the public release of a congressional report on the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Post-9/11 interviews faulted GAO report criticizes Justice Department effort --The Justice Department’s effort to interview some 7,600 foreigners in the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was conducted haphazardly, leading to incomplete, inconclusive results, congressional investigators say.

Secret Service Questions Students Some teachers in Oakland are rallying behind two students who were interrogated by the Secret Service. That followed remarks the teenagers made about the Dictator during a class discussion. The incident has many people angry.

Fox hunting We don't want biased news over here (The Guardian) "The network [Faux] referred to 'our troops' and to anti-war protesters as the 'great unwashed'. When Baghdad fell, the news anchors addressed those who opposed the 'liberation' with the words: 'You were sickening then, you are sickening now.' ...Here [UK] 'due impartiality' rules ensure the news is balanced and independent - otherwise a broadcaster can be taken off air."

Berlusconi, in a Rough Week, Says Only He Can Save Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi became the first sitting Italian prime minister to testify as a criminal defendant, prompting speculation that he could also become the first to be convicted of a crime while in office. He faced fresh accusations that he was trying to use his direct or indirect control over six of the seven national television networks to influence news coverage. [Hmmmm... shouldn't the Bush-Faux team be tried for media 'influence', starting with Faux's role in the 2000 coup d'etat?]

Amnesty Says Israel Shutting Out Foreign Scrutiny The rights group Amnesty International accused Israel on Friday of trying to prevent outside scrutiny of its army after a military clamp down on foreign activists working in Gaza and the West Bank.

Halliburton admits it paid Nigerian bribe Oil services giant Halliburton, already under fire over accusations that its White house ties helped win a major Iraqi oil contract, has admitted that a subsidiary paid a multi-million dollar bribe to a Nigerian tax official.

G.O.P. Seeks to Ease Rules on Filibusters of Judgeships After weeks in which Democrats have used Senate rules to block the confirmation of some of Dictator Bush's [rightwing sickko] judicial nominees, Senate Republicans said today that they would try to change those rules.

GOP Faces Battle Within Republicans On Right Target Party Moderates --A central player in the party drama is a new titan in American politics, but one largely unknown outside Washington political circles - the Club for Growth, which raised more than $4.2 million for the 2002 election and claims about 8,000 members who have given $100 or more.

House Approves 10-Year Tax Cut for $550 Billion The House voted today to cut taxes by $550 billion over the next decade, strongly endorsing Dictator Bush's drive to stimulate the economy [?!?] through lower taxes but differing sharply with him on the shape of the package.

Fed's minutes show deep economic worries The Federal Reserve was worried, in the hours before the outbreak of the war in Iraq, that US economic growth could be "muted for some time", according to meeting notes released Thursday.

Wall St. to Ship Research Jobs Overseas Wall Street research analysts have suffered rounds of layoffs, big pay cuts, and accusations that they routinely lied to the investing public. Now there's a new worry -- that their jobs are being shipped overseas.

Rule would give utilities more profits, rights Owners of hydroelectric dams are close to achieving a victory over environmentalists, federal-resource agencies and Indian tribes. Power companies, after two decades of losing ground, may be on the brink of saving billions of dollars in the operation of their dams while regaining greater control of rivers from New England to the Pacific Northwest.

Governor is warned about Glades proposal If his message didn't get through the first time, U.S. District Court Judge William Hoeveler delivered it again Friday to Gov. Jeb Bush in the bluntest language: A controversial Everglades bill is "clearly defective.'' Coming days before the governor visits Washington to discuss the measure with congressional critics, the stern words from a venerable federal jurist added considerably to mounting pressure on Bush to kill a bill backed by the sugar industry.

FCC Dems unhappy over agency performance The Federal Communications Commission's two Democrats said Friday they are frustrated by lack of information on the agency's review of media ownership rules and their chairman's refusal to make proposed changes public.

Feds Give States Cash to Promote Marriage The Bush dictatorship is giving communities in Michigan and Idaho money for a new idea: using the child support system to promote marriage among low-income families.

U.S. drafts a resolution to take control of Iraqi oil The Bush dictatorship circulated a draft resolution among key Security Council members Thursday calling for the elimination of more than a decade of international sanctions on Iraq and granting the United States broad control over the country's oil industry and revenues until a permanent Iraqi government is in place. [Insert "Oh. I thought the W-ar in Iraq was not a war for oil" lament here. --Lori Price]

U.S. and Britain want control of Iraqi oil U.N. Security Council members are meeting to discuss a proposal by the United States and Britain to end 12 years of sanctions against Iraq and give them control over its oil revenues.

EU Commissioner says U.S. out to seize Iraq's oil A European Union commissioner said on Friday he believed the United States aimed to take control of Iraq's oil and was "on its way to becoming a member of OPEC".

Iraq's Ragged Reconstruction A Month After Baghdad's Fall, U.S. Efforts Founder --A month after U.S. forces seized Baghdad, the Pentagon's occupation authority remains plagued by insufficient resources and inadequate preparations, fueling complaints from Iraqis and doubts about the Bush dictatorship's promise to reconstruct the country swiftly and set its politics on a new, democratic course.

Pentagon challenged over cluster bomb deaths Iraq Body Count, a group that monitors the numbers of civilian deaths in the recent war and its aftermath, is challenging the Pentagon's claim that only one civilian was killed by a cluster bomb.

US used deadly DU in Iraq Several years after the 1991 Gulf War, Dr Salma Haddad started noticing more and more children at Baghdad's Al Mansur hospital with an aggressive form of cancer. Haddad, a leading Iraqi specialist, was especially alarmed since the disease, acute myeloblastic leukemia, is closely associated with exposure to radiation – and suspicion fell on the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions. Worries are growing that another surge in long-term health problems, for Iraqi civilians and soldiers on both sides alike, is on the way.

Basra police to battle cholera Many Iraqis have been unable to get enough drinking water because of the damage caused in the recent war in Iraq and have resorted to using contaminated water. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it expected a cholera epidemic in southern Iraq because of problems with poor sanitation.

The rape of Iraq (WSWS) "It is high time that what the US is doing is called by its real name. A criminal regime in Washington is carrying out the rape of Iraq. One month after the fall of Baghdad to the US military, the real reasons for the Bush administration’s illegal war against Iraq are coming clearly into focus. Behind Washington’s rhetoric about 'liberation' and 'democracy,' America’s financial oligarchy is preparing to enrich itself through the outright theft of an entire nation’s wealth."

'The guys who are running America now are basically just thugs' The expected release this week of 20 to 30 Guantanamo Bay detainees does little to reassure Michael Ratner, who is alarmed at the erosion of civil liberties in the US --by Aaron Hicklin "For the past 18 months, the US has denied legal representation to more than 600 prisoners held without trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some are as young as 14."

Troops Overstretched on Iraq Security -US Officials The top U.S. officials in Iraq acknowledged on Thursday troops were overstretched in parts of the country and looters and revenge killers were taking advantage of the postwar power vacuum.

Black Hawk helicopter crashes in Iraq, three reported killed Another Black Hawk helicopter has gone down in Iraq, and Pentagon officials say three U.S. soldiers were killed.

The Black Hawk helicopter's troubled history Every time something goes wrong with a Black Hawk, these two Sikorsky employees, who don't want their identities revealed, wonder about the parts they've put on the helicopter. It's a situation, employees claim, which began several years ago with layoffs and the hiring of an outside firm to perform a crucial job- inspecting parts for the Black Hawk, which Sikorsky buys from sub-contractors. Both men say they and other Sikorsky employees have gone to management to no avail with concerns the company is cutting corners in ways that could compromise safety.

Mayor condemns Dictator Bush London Mayor Ken Livingstone has described U.S. Dictator George Bush as "corrupt." He told a forum of 200 schoolchildren on Thursday: "I think George Bush is the most corrupt president [sic] since Harding in the twenties. He is not the legitimate president." He added: "This (The U.S. administration) really is a completely unsupportable government and I look forward to it being overthrown as much as I looked forward to Saddam Hussein being overthrown." [Goodness knows, ***I*** can't wait, either! --Lori Price]

Livingstone attacks Dictator Bush London Mayor Ken Livingstone has launched an astonishing attack on US Dictator George W Bush, calling him "corrupt". He said he would get as much pleasure from Mr Bush being forced out of office as he had done from the downfall of former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein.

'Special courts' for Iraqi leaders A special Iraqi court may be set up to try members of Saddam Hussein's government for crimes against the Iraqi people, a senior US advisor to the Iraqi justice ministry says. [Can we get a 'special court' to try American 'leaders' for committing crimes against the global population? --Lori Price]

Two-Front Rumsfeld ('The Daily Outrage', The Nation, April 29, 2003) "Brace yourself. The Defense Secretary is pushing a 205-page bill through Congress that would -- take a deep breath: ...Free the Pentagon from dozens of requirements it report to Congress."

The two faces of Rumsfeld 2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea 2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change --Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Japan studied attack on North Korea - report Japan's Defence Ministry studied the feasibility of attacking a North Korean missile base after the North test-fired a Rodong ballistic missile in 1993, but decided that its forces were likely to suffer heavy casualties, a Japanese newspaper has reported.

Israel wants strike on Syria while iron's hot --by Robert Novak "Coinciding with the Bush administration's tough talk about Syria, a senior Israeli official Monday exposed a smoking gun. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Tel Aviv newspaper Maariv: ''We have a long list of issues we are thinking of demanding of the Syrians, and it would be best done through the Americans.'"

Israeli Army Raids Foreign Activists' HQ Israeli troops raided a West Bank headquarters used by pro-Palestinian foreign activists on Friday, detaining three women and taking away computers and files, its director said.

David Bloom's death tied to smallpox shot? NBC correspondent possibly victim of 'toxic vaccine' before war in Iraq --Is the death of NBC News correspondent David Bloom during Operation Iraqi Freedom the result of a vaccination he received before the war? That question is being raised in connection with a CBS News report which says the federal government is doing a sudden about-face and will let states stop administering the high-risk smallpox shot.

Another first for the Bush regime? Combining biological and economic warfare --by Wayne Madsen "Evidence is mounting that the Bush administration may be engaging in a new form of warfare: bio-economic attacks against countries that either opposed the U.S. war on Iraq or were showing signs of surpassing the United States in economic vitality and growth. Revelations that the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) does not occur naturally and that anthrax may have been introduced onto an Egyptian merchant vessel bound for Canada from Brazil has raised eyebrows among biological warfare experts."

Body bags ordered Down Under Aussie government takes precaution for terror attack --The Australian government is gearing up for a terrorist attack involving weapons of mass destruction by ordering thousands of body bags. [Prime Minister Poodle II recently met with Dictator Bush at his Crawford ranch... --Lori Price]

FBI Still Watching Hatfill Bio-weapons researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill, sources confirm, remains the FBI's number one suspect in the attacks, even though round-the-clock surveillance and extensive searches have failed to develop more than what even Justice Department prosecutors describe as a "highly circumstantial" case.

Senate Deal Kills Effort to Extend Antiterror Act Senate Republicans backed down today from an effort to make permanent the sweeping antiterrorism powers in a 2001 act, clearing the way for passage of a less divisive measure that would still expand the government's ability to spy on foreign terrorist suspects in the United States.

Murdoch gets warm reception from Congress News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch's attempt to gain control of the nation's largest satellite television company was warmly received by the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Thursday as Republican reaction to the $6.6 billion deal fell just short of fawning.

Report: Vendor of Miami-Dade voting machine failed to explain potential problems with devices The provider of the touch-screen voting machines used in last year's botched primary elections misled officials about the equipment, a government study said. The 41-page draft report by the Miami-Dade office of the inspector general said Election Systems & Software's sales team ''conveniently left out'' vital information about the touch-screen device capabilities and in effect turned the election into a live test for the software. [*See: "Who makes the vote-counting machines?"

Republicans Seek Rule Change on Bush Nominees U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday sustained procedural hurdles against two judicial nominees and moved toward likely blocking a third as Republicans readied a proposed rule change to break the roadblocks. [Whenever the rightwing nutcases don't 'get their way' in the Senate, they either change the rules midstream or out-and-out cheat, such as with the coup d'etat in 2000, which combined both rule-changing and cheating.]

Colorado GOP tries to redraw congressional map early Republicans redrew Colorado's congressional districts just two years after the once-per-decade redistricting, in a rare move that would solidify the GOP's tenuous hold on a new U.S. House seat and bolster the party's majority in Congress.

Cheney firm paid millions in bribes to Nigerian official The reputation of Halliburton, the oil industry giant once run by Vice-pResident Dick Cheney, took a new blow yesterday when it admitted one of its subsidiaries had paid millions of dollars to a Nigerian official in return for tax breaks.

Halliburton Says Gave Bribes in Nigeria Halliburton Co., the world's No. 2 oilfield services company, said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that it has disclosed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it made about $2.4 million in improper payments in Nigeria.

A year later, probe goes on at Halliburton Halliburton, the Houston-based oil-field services company formerly headed by Vice pResident Dick Cheney, said federal investigators are still questioning witnesses a year into a probe of the company's accounting.

State subpoenas 30 business elite Regulators probe allegations insiders 'dumped' $71 million in IPALCO stock. Insiders include former IPALCO director Mitch Daniels, a former Eli Lilly and Co. executive who is now Dictator Bush's budget director. Daniels, who sold about $1.45 million in IPALCO stock in January 2001, on Tuesday announced he is resigning the federal post, leading to speculation he will run for governor here.

Corporate greed a threat, chairman of SEC warns Public disillusionment with Wall Street and corporate America after a string of scandals threatens the economy, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson said Thursday.

Into the Sunset --by Paul Krugman "The new tax cut plan echoes the 2001 scam in other ways. In 2001 a tax cut that delivered about 40 percent of its benefits to the richest 1 percent of families was marketed as a tax break for ordinary folks. The same is true this time. In fact, the extent to which the House bill favors the rich is breathtaking: the typical family would get a tax break of only $217 next year, but families with incomes above $1 million would get an average of $93,500 each."

House passes jobs training bill with focus on religion Religious groups that receive federal funds to provide job training services could refuse to hire workers with different beliefs under legislation the House passed Thursday.

13,000 would lose Medicaid under deal (MO) Republicans, who took over the Legislature this year, say they're inching closer to downsizing state government under a budget compromise hammered out Wednesday.

Suit Says ChevronTexaco Dumped Poisons in Ecuador A group of American lawyers representing more than 30,000 indigenous people in Ecuador filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the ChevronTexaco Corporation yesterday. The suit asserts that during two decades of operation, ChevronTexaco dumped over four million gallons a day of toxic wastewater, contaminated with oil, heavy metals and carcinogens into open pits, estuaries and rivers.

Ecuadorean Court to Handle Villagers vs. ChevronTexaco Lawyers representing some 30,000 impoverished Ecuadoreans are expected to sue ChevronTexaco Corp. today, accusing the second-largest U.S. oil company of contaminating the rainforest and sickening local residents.

10 universities cut programs for minorities Several public and private universities, including Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have announced they will eliminate or alter summer programs and scholarships that accept only minorities.

Bush's Harvest of Shame --One Million Black Children in Extreme Poverty (The Black Commentator) "An American kind of Hell is quickly descending on the poorest Black children, nearly one million of whom now live in 'extreme poverty,' according to a study by the Children's Defense Fund. ...The Bush regime is less than two and one-half years old, and already they have condemned hundreds of thousands of additional Black children to incarceration, moral degradation, and early death."

George W. Bush Must Answer to the People ( "The U.S. Constitution provides the means for preventing George W. Bush from engaging in a war of aggression against Iraq, and from advancing a first strike potentially nuclear preemptive war. It's called impeachment." - adapted from Ramsey Clark's address to the half a million demonstrators at the January 18th National March on Washington to Stop the War on Iraq organized by International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism). Impeachment Resolution Against President George W. Bush --by Francis A. Boyle Professor of Law Jan. 17, 2003 View the Articles of Impeachment, drafted by Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

Graham Eyeing Evidence That Bush Blew 9/11 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bob Graham is reportedly sitting on damaging evidence that the Bush dictatorship could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks - but he hasn't released the information yet because it's classified.

September 11 Showdown Will the White House block a terror panel’s access to critical documents? --NEWSWEEK has learned, Dictator Bush’s chief lawyer has privately signaled that the White House may seek to invoke executive privilege over key documents relating to the attacks in order to keep them out of the hands of investigators for the National Commission on Terror Attacks Upon the United States—the independent panel created by Congress to probe all aspects of 9-11. Some commission members now fear a showdown over the issue.

Bush May Invoke 9/11 Executive Privilege and Secrecy --by Tom Flocco "Proof of prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks is continuing to trickle out of the purportedly 'leak-proof' White House, as more corroborative chickens of 9/11 are coming home to roost -- even as President [sic] Bush is considering invoking executive privilege to keep the clamps on evidence that could alter the political landscape for the nation’s conquering 'top-gun.'"

Towers' Strength Not Tested for a Fire, Investigators Find Federal investigators studying the collapse of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, say they now believe that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency that built the towers, never performed the fundamental tests needed to determine how their innovative structures would perform in a fire.

Al-Qaida planning attack on scale of 9-11, paper says An Arabic weekly is reporting an interview with a purported new spokesman for al-Qaida who claims the terror network has completely reorganized. [Great job with the war on 'tearer', Bush, you moron!] He says old operatives have been replaced by new ones who are planning an attack against the United States on the scale of Sept. 11.

Analysts weigh options for change in Iran Analysts at key think tanks in Washington say the U.S. foreign policy community is actively debating what steps should be taken to promote liberalization and regime change in Iran following the Iraq war.

New U.S. Concerns on Iran's Pursuit of Nuclear Arms The Bush dictatorship is concerned that Iran has stepped up its covert nuclear program, and the government is now seeking broad international support for an official finding that Tehran has violated its commitment not to produce nuclear weapons, officials said today.

Cheney company 'running Iraqi oil industry' Army reveals Halliburton producing for domestic use --Halliburton, the company formerly run by US vice-pResident Dick Cheney, has been granted a far broader role in Iraq than previously disclosed and is already operating oil fields in the country, the US Army admitted yesterday.

The Bush War Profiteers... Halliburton, Bechtel et. al. to Profit in Post War Iraq ( "Rush Limbaugh bills himself as a 'truth detector' and voice of the people. Rush rails against 'big government' and 'nation building' (at least where Bill Clinton is concerned). Now our country finds itself in a situation where the biggest nation building effort since Marshall Plan looms and the administration is fast tracking huge contracts to cronies who paid millions in political donations. Where is Rush Limbaugh the great 'truth detector" on this?'

Iraq Doctors Rally Against Health Ministry Hundreds of Iraqi doctors in white lab coats took to the streets Wednesday, insisting they will not accept the U.S.-appointed head the Health Ministry because of his ties to the overthrown regime of Saddam Hussein.

Hostility toward U.S. troops is running high in Baghdad Iraqis say they view the U.S. military occupation with suspicion, anger and frustration. Many say life was in some ways better under the regime of Saddam Hussein: The streets, they say, were safer, jobs more secure, food more plentiful and electricity and water supplies reliable. The hopelessness is breeding rage and raising fears that frustrated Iraqis could take up arms against U.S. troops.

U.S. General Has No Apologies for Iraq War Comments A veteran Army general being replaced as commander of the U.S. 5th Corps in Baghdad declined to apologize on Monday for controversial comments early in the war that he was surprised at the aggression of Iraqi fighters.

Karl Rove: Counting Votes While the Bombs Drop --by James C. Moore "Karl Rove led the nation to war to improve the political prospects of George W. Bush. I know how surreal that sounds. But I also know it is true... There needs to be something sacred about our presidents' decisions to send our children into combat. The Karl Roves of the world ought to not even be in the room, much less asked for advice."

Ship Carrying Bush Delayed Return Carrier That Spent Night off San Diego Could Have Gone Straight to Home Port --Pentagon officials said yesterday that an aircraft carrier waited within sight of San Diego last week while Dictator Bush slept aboard, instead of heading straight to port after 10 months at sea.

Democrats Question Cost of Bush's Sea Landing Democrats in Congress on Wednesday demanded to know the costs of Dictator Bush's jet landing on an aircraft carrier last week that they branded a costly political stunt.

The Only Law West of the Tigris "We have ways to make you talk." --by Robert Scheer "One hopes that is not how President [sic] Bush means to fulfill his promise that Iraq's elusive, or perhaps phantom, weapons of mass destruction would be found. What methods are U.S. inquisitors using to force captured Iraqis to confirm the president[sic]'s justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq? ...It is a disgrace that the U.S. media have shown little interest in the location, legal rights and treatment of these high-ranking prisoners of war."

Bush Administration Uses CIA To Stonewall Iraqgate Investigation --by Jack Colhoun "In House floor speeches, Rep. Henry Gonzalez has documented how pre-Gulf War U.S. policy helped Iraq develop weapons of mass destruction. But President [sic] George Bush, taking a page from one of the darkest chapters of the Nixon presidency, has enlisted the CIA as part of his campaign to derail the Texas Democrat's Iraqgate investigation. The CIA is investigating Gonzalez for revealing allegedly secret intelligence information, which it claims has harmed U.S. national security interests."

Lynch may never remember ambush in Iraq, doctor says It's unlikely that Pfc. Jessica Lynch will ever remember what happened in Iraq when her Army convoy was ambushed and she was taken as a prisoner of war, her doctor said Thursday. [Holy convenience, Batman!]

US-UK Invaders Hold 2,000 Prisoners in Umm Qasr; 7,000 Others Released (DoD) Seven thousand captured Iraqis have been released from the American internment facility at Umm Qasr, officials there said today. Roughly 2,000 remain captive.

Mega Barf Alert for 2003: Bush, Blair Nominated for Nobel Prize for Iraq War A Norwegian parliamentarian nominated Dictator Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair for the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, praising them for winning the war in Iraq.

Madonna thanks France for opposition to Iraq war Madonna has thanked France for its opposition to the Iraqi war, during a private performance for 200 guests of a radio station in Paris.

DJs stir Dixie Chicks row Two radio DJs in the US have been suspended after playing Dixie Chicks songs, after their station banned the group for its comments about Dictator George W Bush.

U.S. Senate Votes to Allow NATO Expansion (DoD) The U.S. Senate voted today to support NATO admission for seven central and eastern European nations, Dictator Bush said.

Bush Regime Issues Gag Order on EPA Discussion of Possible Rocket-Fuel Tainted Lettuce The Bush dictatorship has imposed a gag order on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from publicly discussing perchlorate pollution, even as two new studies reveal high levels of the rocket-fuel component may be contaminating the nation's lettuce supply. [Speaking of 'gag', the Idiot Usurper makes me gag every time I see his ugly smirk. --Lori Price]

TV watchdog checks claims of bias on Murdoch channel The Murdoch-owned Faux News Channel, whose determinedly patriotic stance during the Iraq conflict brought it critical notoriety but commercial success, is under investigation by television regulators in Britain for alleged bias.

GOP senators keep 'nuclear option' in reserve for judges Republicans could immediately break the current filibusters against two of Dictator Bush's judicial nominees with a rarely used parliamentary procedure that would confirm them through a simple majority vote, according to a plan under consideration by Senate Republicans. The tactic would be so drastic in the usually congenial Senate that Republicans refer to it as their "nuclear option."

Bush's new tax rules target the working poor As the Bush dictatorship and Congress debate proposals to slash taxes for the rich by hundreds of billions of dollars, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has unveiled plans to crack down on the working poor who file claims for an existing tax credit.

Senate GOP Reaches Dividend Tax Deal The Senate's Republican tax writers struck on agreement Wednesday on a dividend tax cut, ensuring that a scaled-back version of Dictator Bush's call to eliminate such taxes entirely for shareholders will win support in the Senate Finance Committee.

Voting machines in 2002 primary criticized The company that sold Miami-Dade the touch-screen voting machines used in the disastrous 2002 primary election misled county officials about the equipment and delivered goods that were ''hardly state-of-the-art technology,'' according to an inspector general's report obtained Wednesday by The Herald.

Jim Crow Revived in Cyberspace --by Martin Luther King III and Greg Palast "Astonishingly, and sadly, four decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marched in Birmingham, we must ask again, 'Do African-Americans have the unimpeded right to vote in the United States?'" [Lest we forget:] Silence Of The Lambs: The Election Story Never Told --by Greg Palast (March 12, 2001) "Here's how the president of the United States was elected: In the months leading up to the November balloting, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, ordered local elections supervisors to purge 64,000 voters from voter lists on the grounds that they were felons who were not entitled to vote in Florida. As it turns out, these voters weren't felons, or at least, only a very few were. However, the voters on this 'scrub list' were, notably, African-American (about 54 percent), while most of the others wrongly barred from voting were white and Hispanic Democrats.

Gore takes tour of research center President in town to speak to tech execs --President Al Gore Jr. toured the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research on Wednesday while in town to speak to technology executives at the second annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium.

Kucinich proposes health plan Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said Monday he would propose raising taxes on employers to pay for a government-run universal health insurance program.

Conn. Supreme Court: Fetus Is Body Part Angering both sides of the abortion debate, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a fetus is a body part, akin to teeth, skin and hair that are eventually shed.

U.S. preparing for increase in SARS cases U.S. health officials said Wednesday they are taking several steps to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome, including preparing for a larger outbreak in the country, as the World Health Organization said the disease could become much deadlier than previously thought.

SARS Toll Tops 500, WHO Warns of Taiwan Travel The global death toll from SARS passed 500 on Thursday after China reported five more deaths from an illness the government is trying desperately to stop spreading out of control in the countryside.

W.H.O. Doubles Its Estimate of Death Rate From SARS Analyzing what it said was more complete data, the World Health Organization said yesterday that the estimated overall death rate from SARS was about 15 percent — double its previous estimate.

At Hong Kong Hospitals, SARS Takes a Heavy Toll on Nurses According to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, nurses now make up 55 percent of the 368 health care workers who have had confirmed cases of SARS here over the last two months.

Bush was like Hitler, says weapons man Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, has compared the invasion of Iraq to Hitler's invasion of Poland. Both invasions were based on what he said was an artificial argument of self defence. Dictator George W Bush had used the September 11 attacks as Hitler used the 1933 burning of the Reichstag to repress domestic dissidents.

America's weapons evidence flawed, say spies As the hunt continues for Iraq’s alleged stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons — the main justification cited by Dictator Bush for the war — carefully placed leaks revealed deep misgivings inside the CIA over intelligence used by the White House to make its case against Saddam Hussein.

Legality of war no longer an issue: PM Prime Minister Poodle II John Howard has said questions of the international legitimacy of the invasion of Iraq should be dropped now that the conflict phase of the war has ended. [I don't think so... just as the Nuremberg war crimes trials took place following World War II, international terrorists Bush, Blair, Howard, et al., need to be tried for war crimes. --Lori Price]

Lawmaker Decries Halliburton's Iraq Deal Halliburton Co.'s emergency, no-bid contract to work on Iraq's oil wells must be fully disclosed, a Democratic lawmaker says, pointing to the Army's admission that the company has a far more lucrative role than originally believed.

Halliburton Contract Goes Beyond Fires An emergency contract the Bush dictatorship gave to Halliburton Co. to extinguish Iraqi oil fires also gave the firm a more lucrative role in getting the country's oil system up and running, documents showed Tuesday.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman questions Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers about Halliburton "The contract with Halliburton and the planned successor contract raise significant questions about the Administration's intentions regarding Iraqi oil." (.pdf)

Consulting and Policy Overlap Advisor Perle has given seminars on ways to profit from possible conflicts discussed by defense board he sits on. Last February, the Defense Policy Board, a group of outside advisors to the Pentagon, received a classified presentation from the super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency on the crises in North Korea and Iraq. Three weeks later, the then-chairman of the board, Richard N. Perle, offered a briefing of his own at an investment seminar on ways to profit from possible conflicts with both countries.

Report: Pentagon adviser in Iraq flap L.A. Times: Perle gave advice on making profit from conflicts --Pentagon adviser Richard Perle briefed an investment seminar on ways to profit from conflicts in Iraq and North Korea just weeks after he received a top-secret government briefing on the crises in the two countries, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

US crony capitalists go to war The failure to find Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction is putting the US grab for Iraqi oil into sharp focus --by Jeffrey Sachs "Whatever other goals lay behind the Iraq war, the Bush administration seems keen to line the pockets of its cronies and to capture increased control over Middle East oil and pipeline routes. Only a few pesky obstacles -- the UN and the Iraqi people -- stand in their way."

Bush Appoints State Department Official to Administer Iraq (DoD) Dictator Bush announced today he has appointed a State Department counterterrorism expert to administer Iraq. [Bush should know about being appointed: that is how he stole the presidency, by an appointment made by the Whore Court. --Lori Price]

Looters at key Iraqi nuke site terrify residents Looters rifling through one of Iraq's main nuclear sites at Al-Tuwaitha and carting off whatever they can carry are making local residents terrified of the danger.

Outbreak of Cholera Is Feared in Iraq Two hospitals in southern Iraq have reported 17 confirmed cases of cholera in Basra, and the World Health Organization said Wednesday it fears far more have gone unreported.

Press play for the voice of Saddam Hussein An audiotape has been handed to the Herald in Baghdad, with this tantalising claim: it is the voice of Saddam Hussein only two days ago. A tired-sounding voice calls on Iraq's people to stand together in a new underground war against the occupying forces.

Judge Awards $104 Million to 9-11 Victims A federal judge Wednesday awarded nearly $104 million in damages to the families of two victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, finding the plaintiffs had provided some evidence that Iraq provided support to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. [?!?] The judge noted that the experts provided few actual facts that Iraq provided support to the terrorists.

TOP TEN List Top Ten President [sic] Bush Excuses For Not Finding Weapons of Mass Destruction (humor from David Letterman)

Explanation for Bush's Carrier Landing Altered Dictator Bush chose to make a jet landing on an aircraft carrier last week even after he was told he could easily reach the ship by helicopter, the White House said yesterday, changing the explanation it gave for Bush's "Top Gun" style event. Citing Fleischer's revised explanation, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) wrote to the General Accounting Office to ask for a "full accounting" of the cost of the trip.

Top [Bottom] Gun Bush chose TV-friendly jet landing over simple helicopter ride For his dramatic jet landing on an aircraft carrier last week, George Bush wore a flight suit and a helmet and had to take underwater survival training in the White House swimming pool [LOL!]. But as it turns out, the United States Dictator chose to make the jet landing even after he was told he could easily reach the ship by helicopter, the White House said, changing its explanation for Mr Bush's Top Gun-style event.

Bush Wanted to Land on Carrier Via Plane It turns out that Dictator Bush was intent on landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln by jet plane even though the aircraft carrier was well within helicopter range.

Robert Byrd Blasts Bush's Aircraft Carrier Use Questioning the motives of a "desk-bound president [sic] who assumes the garb of a warrior," Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd on Tuesday reproached Dictator Bush for flying onto an aircraft carrier last week to declare an end of major fighting in Iraq. "I am loath to think of an aircraft carrier being used as an advertising backdrop for a presidential [sic] political slogan, and yet that is what I saw," Byrd said on the Senate floor.

Senate Remarks: Making the Military a Stage Prop for Politics --by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd "President [sic] Bush's address to the American people announcing combat victory in Iraq deserved to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with gratitude to God, not self-congratulatory gestures. American blood has been shed on foreign soil in defense of the President[sic]'s policies. This is not some made-for-TV backdrop for a campaign commercial."

Rep. Henry A. Waxman questions the Idiot Usurper on his propaganda stunt "I am writing to ask that you obtain information about the President[sic]'s visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln last week. The Administration has provided conflicting accounts of the reasons for the President[sic]'s dramatic visit to the aircraft carrier by jet." (.pdf)

Hollywood rallies to help orphaned Iraqi boy Hollywood today launched a drive to bring an Iraqi boy who lost both his arms and his family in a missile strike and became the symbol of civilian suffering in the US-led war, to the United States for medical treatment.

U.S. Says Iran Failing to Clear Up Nuclear Concerns Iran has done little to cooperate with U.N. inspectors examining its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, reinforcing Washington's view that Tehran is violating a key treaty and should face more international pressure.

Potential ingredients for dirty bombs being stolen in Florida Common radioactive devices found at construction sites and in the beds of pick-up trucks all across the Bay area are disappearing, and there is concern they could be falling into the wrong hands. [Instead of worrying about Iran, we should be worrying about the Bush-Rove whackjobs, trolling for another incident of domestic terrorism to blame on the next foreign power that Wolfowitz wants to subjugate. --Lori Price]

Nukes should be confined with five superpowers: US Even though India and Pakistan have proven capabilities of manufacturing nuclear weapons, the United States holds the view that only the five powers -- US, Britain, France, Russia and China -- should possess them.

N. Korea blockade would pose risks for Japan More than two weeks after talks among North Korea, the United States and China broke down, Washington declared, "All options are on the table." One of those options might be a selective naval blockade of North Korea as the next step, some U.S. officials hint, if the nation continues its alleged nuclear weapons program.

U.S. Approves Force in Detaining Possible SARS Carriers The Bush dictatorship has authorized immigration and customs agents at the nation's international airports to use force to detain arriving passengers who appear to have symptoms of the disease, senior regime officials said.

Cop takes 'midnight photos' of teacher's classroom (VT) John Mott is the Barre Town police officer who admits he spent part of an early morning break last month photographing student projects in the classroom of a controversial history teacher. Among the student projects that Mott said he photographed were a poster of Dictator Bush with duct tape over his mouth [LOL!] and a large papier-mâché combat boot with the American flag stuffed inside stepping on a doll.

Md. workers must report any legal action, including arrests, divorce cases New rules, contained in an executive order signed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. last week and released Monday, require workers to inform their department heads of matters as personal as divorces or custody battles or as sensitive as seeking protective orders from abusive spouses. "It's opening up a Pandora's box that's never been opened before," said Zachary J. Ramsey, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 92. Current policy and statute generally applies to criminal convictions, Ramsey said, not arrests. [Holy police state, Batman!]

ACLU files lawsuit challenging "no-fly" list The American Civil Liberties Union and the co-publishers of an antiwar newspaper have challenged the Bush dictatorship’s compiling of a secret "no-fly" list of persons who allegedly are a threat to airline safety because of terrorist links.

Intimidation punditry - a disservice There is limited range of objective reporting in mass media (Indian Country Today) "There is a growing concern about intimidation in media these days. The most rapid species extinction seems to be of the courageous journalist, willing to report the unpopular and to ask tough questions."

GOP lawmakers pushing plan to redraw voting districts In a move that could rewrite the nation's redistricting rules, Republicans in the Colorado legislature pushed through a plan yesterday that would redraw the congressional district map to their advantage.

Daschle-bashing reaches a new low in South Dakota --by Josh Marshall "If you’ve ever needed a textbook example of the psychological theory of projection, it’s those GOP operatives and their dingbat jihad against Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle... two Republican operatives are organizing something called the Daschle Accountability Project, a yearlong, $800,000 anti-Daschle ad-campaign featuring a folksy duo modeled off those old Bartles & James TV commercials."

Report: Daniels among 32 subpoenaed in securities probe White House budget director Mitch Daniels has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit accusing him and other former IPALCO Enterprises directors of dumping millions of dollars in stock before the utility company was sold.

EU set for WTO go-ahead on huge US trade sanctions The European Union on Wednesday will get the final go-ahead to hit the United States with a record $4.04 billion worth of trade sanctions in a long-running row over tax breaks for major exporting firms, diplomats said.

Fed Fears a Spiral of Falling Prices Deflation Risk May Prompt Rate Cuts --Federal Reserve policymakers officially acknowledged yesterday that weak growth poses a danger to the U.S. economy, not just in terms of lost jobs but also because it could cause prices to fall so much that the economy would stall completely.

House Considers Measure to Cut Billions in Pension Obligations A bill pending in the House of Representatives would allow businesses with union workers to reduce their company pension obligations by billions of dollars, because statistics show that most blue-collar workers do not live as long as other Americans.

Record number of US children in extreme poverty The number of black children living in extreme poverty climbed to nearly 1 million in 2001, according to the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a Washington, DC-based child advocacy group.

A Respected Face, but Is It News or an Ad? Aaron Brown of CNN, Walter Cronkite and other broadcast journalists have been hired to appear in videos resembling newscasts that are actually paid for by drug makers and other health care companies, blurring the line between journalism and advertising.

Chinese city quarantines 10,000 Authorities in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Tuesday resorted to extreme measures to protect the city of 6.4m people against Sars pneumonia. Nearly 10,000 people have been quarantined, jail terms have been threatened for those who conceal their symptoms and the city is virtually sealed off to travellers from Sars-infected parts of China.

Sars death rate higher than thought The first detailed study of the spread of the Sars virus in Hong Kong has discovered that the death rate among sufferers was much higher than previously estimated.

White House refuses to release Sept. 11 info The Bush dictatorship and the nation's intelligence agencies are blocking the release of sensitive information about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, delaying publication of a 900-page congressional report on how the terrorist assault happened. Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 19,600 signatures -- please add yours!

Bechtel tied to bin Ladens Osama bin Laden family members invested $10M in an equity fund run by former Bechtel unit. The Bush dictatorship launched a war on terror because of the alleged acts of Osama bin Laden. Ironically, one of the companies the regime has picked to rebuild Iraq after the latest phase of that war has ties to bin Laden's family, according to a published report. [Lest we forget, the Idiot Usurper awarded billions to the DynCorp child molesters. *See Scandal-hit US firm wins key contracts A US military contractor accused of human rights violations has won a multi-million-dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq, The Observer can reveal. DynCorp, which has donated more than £100,000 to the Republican Party, began recruiting for a private police force in Iraq last week on behalf of the US State Department. While the US has promised help in bringing law and order to Iraq, the involvement of DynCorp has caused concern as it has been involved in a series of recent high-profile scandals involving personnel in sensitive missions overseas. DynCorp personnel contracted to the United Nations police service in Bosnia were implicated in buying and selling prostitutes, including a girl as young as 12. Several DynCorp employees were also accused of videotaping the rape of one of the women.]

Bechtel's roots in Mideast Lucrative projects date back to WWIII In the mid-1980s, Bechtel pursued construction of a pipeline linking Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. According to documents recently obtained by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., Saddam Hussein discussed the project during a 1983 meeting with current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who at the time was serving as an envoy for President Ronald Reagan.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman questions Donald Rumsfeld about Halliburton "I am writing about Halliburton's ties to countries that sponsor terrorism." (.pdf)

US force incites terror: Governor Western Australia Governor John Sanderson has accused the United States of provoking terrorism by flexing its military might outside the United Nations.

Britain and US accused over cluster bombs The lives of Iraqi civilians are being endangered because Britain and the United States are failing to provide adequate information about their forces' use of cluster bombs, says the New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch.

Despite US denials, cluster bombs continue to claim lives in Iraq As George W. Bush gloats over the US "victory" in Iraq, Iraqi civilians continue to be terrorised by unexploded cluster bomblets.

Iraqi welcome for US turns to fury The mood is changing for the worse in Umm Qasr where food and medicine is desperately needed, writes Mark Baker from southern Iraq. "This is the way the war ends: not with the jubilation of the liberated but with the whimpering of ragged children. 'Water! Water!' they cry, running from the roadside towards passing cars, thrusting their fingers towards their mouths in the salute of the thirsty..."

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Picture: AFP An Iraqi mother carries her son, burned after a coalition bomb caused a house fire, to Umm Qasr for medical help.

So he thinks it's all over... --by Robert Fisk "When Iraqi civilians look into the faces of American troops, President [sic] Bush famously told the world on Thursday, 'they see strength and kindness and goodwill'. Untrue, Mr Bush. They see occupation... The Shia Muslim community, now supported by thousands of Badr Brigade Iraqis trained in Iran, believes the US is in Iraq for its oil. It is furious at America’s treatment of Iraq’s citizens; in three days last week at least 17 Sunni demonstrators were killed, two of them less than 11 years old."

'Comical Ali' kept broadcasting until the last minute Iraq's former information minister Mohammad Saeed al-Sahhaf kept broadcasting until the last minute while Bagdad was being destroyed around him. "This site is a coalition effort of bloodthirsty hawks and ineffectual doves united in admiration for Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information (currently on administrative leave)." "I speak better English than this villain Bush" --Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information

U.S. Says Iran Failing to Clear Up Nuclear Concerns Iran has done little to cooperate with U.N. inspectors examining its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, reinforcing Washington's view that Tehran is violating a key treaty and should face more international pressure.

First Anti-American Protest Held in Afghan Capital About 300 Afghans chanted anti-American and anti-British slogans in Kabul on Tuesday in the first such protest since U.S.-led forces toppled the fundamentalist Taliban in late 2001. [Americans are hated all over the world, thanks to the actions of international terrorist, George Bush. --Lori Price]

Trained by US, Colombia unit "gains" Reports "successes" [?!?] against guerrillas --Opening a new front in the war on terrorism, Colombian soldiers trained by the US military have killed or captured at least six guerrilla leaders as part of a ''decapitation strategy'' to defeat the country's rebel groups and "strike a blow against the drug trade", American military and intelligence officials told the Globe. [LOL, if the US government wants to stop the drug trade, why did Bush install the current regime in Afghanistan, which is producing record amounts of opium?] On Thursday, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the United States is considering transferring some military equipment from Iraq to Colombia.

Web Used to Trace Rally's Organizers Why was the NYPD willing to skate so close to the edge of the law in questioning anti-war protesters about their political beliefs and affiliations, a policy Police Commissioner Ray Kelly abandoned when it became public? Stunned by its failure to predict the large turnout on Feb. 15, the source said, the NYPD sought to trace the event's organizers through at least one anti-war Web site.

Media Monopolies Have Muzzled Dissent --by Ian Masters "If information is the oxygen of democracy, the United States has just been gassed, not by weapons of mass destruction but by a weapon of mass distraction. With George W. Bush basking in glorious ratings and Fox News climbing in the ratings, we may be moving toward a coronation instead of a reelection [sic: re-s-election] in 2004. It was, after all, Rupert Murdoch's unilateral anointment of Bush as the winner in the early hours of the morning after the undecided 2000 election that led Al Gore to foolishly concede, because he and the other networks believed what they saw on Fox Television."

The Iceman Cometh --by Maureen Dowd "[Bush:] Like greed, aggression is good. Aggression has marked the upward surge of mankind. Aggression breeds patriotism, and patriotism curbs dissent. Aggression has made Democrats cower, the press purr and the world quake. Aggression — you mark my words — will not only save humanity, but it will soon color all the states Republican red. Mission accomplished."

George W. Bush Military Record — and Misrepresentations Pertaining to Military Records George W. Bush, whose permission to fly was revoked by the military (he was suspended, assigned to a disciplinary unit and not allowed to fly military assignments again) liked to portray himself to voters as a "fighter pilot."

Media AWOL in noting irony of Bush's flight --by Eric Zorn "During the presidential campaign of 2000, it started going around that Texas Gov. George W. Bush, then the leading Republican candidate, had significant gaps in his military record. Specifically, that Bush failed to report for duty for an entire year toward the end of his hitch with the Texas Air National Guard... A search of all news publications and programs archived in the LexisNexis database for the last seven months of the 2000 campaign found 114 stories referencing Bush, the Texas Air National Guard and Alabama. Over that same span, nearly 10 times that many stories--1,076 to be exact--referenced Al Gore and the expression "invented the internet," an allusion to the bogus charge then haunting Gore that he had wildly inflated his role in the online revolution."

Man on Horseback --by Paul Krugman "...nobody seemed bothered that Mr. Bush, who appears to have skipped more than a year of the National Guard service that kept him out of Vietnam, is now emphasizing his flying experience. (...An exhaustive study by The Boston Globe found no evidence that Mr. Bush fulfilled any of his duties during that missing year. And since Mr. Bush has chosen to play up his National Guard career, this can't be shrugged off as old news.) ...Luckily for Mr. Bush, the frustrating search for Osama bin Laden somehow morphed into a good old-fashioned war, the kind where you seize the enemy's capital and get to declare victory after a cheering crowd pulls down the tyrant's statue. (It wasn't much of a crowd, and American soldiers actually brought down the statue, but it looked great on TV.)"

Fruitcakes --by John Brand, D.Min., J.D. "How does one explain a government claiming to bring democracy to Iraq while imposing the Patriot Act on its own people? How does the Chief Executive justify repetition of a failed program, the tax cut, to stimulate the economy? How does Kenneth Lay rationalize sale of his own stock while prohibiting his employees from selling theirs? How can a Pat Robertson claim to preach the message of the Prince of Peace while spouting hatred and venom? In other words, what causes seemingly normal people to act like a bunch of fruitcakes?"

DJs Suspended for Playing Dixie Chicks Country station KKCS has suspended two disc jockeys for playing the Dixie Chicks, violating a ban imposed after the group criticized Dictator Bush.

Anti-War Protesters March Through Midtown (New York City Indymedia) "Several hundred anti-war protesters marked the 33rd anniversary of the Kent State Massacre by marching down 5th Avenue Sunday afternoon demanding the Bush Administration tell the truth about its endless 'War on Terror' abroad and it's repression of civil liberties here in the U.S." Images: Truth March; Additional Truth March Photos

Patriot Act Defeated in Florida's Largest County Broward County Board of Commissioners today voted unanimously against an act that most seriously threatens civil rights and liberties of all people in America. Broward's resolution affirms all people's rights in accordance with the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

52 sent home after refusing anthrax jabs Fifty-two Australian defence force personnel were returned from the Persian Gulf because they refused an anthrax vaccination, the Federal Government revealed yesterday.

UC Berkeley Bars Students From SARS Areas The University of California at Berkeley will turn away new students from SARS-infected China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong this summer in what is believed to be the first such move by a major U.S. university to prevent the spread of the virus.

Secret Joe McCarthy Hearings Opened After 50 Years Fifty years after Sen. Joseph McCarthy's scorched earth investigation into supposed communist infiltration of America's most sensitive institutions, secret transcripts released on Monday add another layer of tarnish to his place in history. Transcripts can be viewed here.

White House Budget Director to Resign Mitch Daniels, Dictator Bush's budget director, will resign within the next 30 days, the White House announced Tuesday. Daniels has held the budget post since the beginning of the Bush regime, and his departure will mean that the dictator's entire initial economic team is gone. [Good. Can Bush resign now, too? Thanks.]

Budget Director to Quit to Run for Indiana Governor It's official: Dictator Bush's sharp-tongued budget director, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., is stepping down. The long-awaited announcement this morning that Daniels will resign within the next 30 days clears the way for the former aide to Ronald Reagan to run for governor of Indiana.

Job cuts skyrocket; Southwest hit hardest The number of announced job cuts skyrocketed 71 percent in April to their highest nationwide level since November, dousing any hopes for a quick economic rebound after the war in Iraq, a study released Monday found.

More States Cut Aid for Child Care Study Shows Fiscal Problems Led to Restrictions on Low-Income Families --Nearly half the states have reduced child-care subsidies for poor families during the past two years, according to a federal study to be released today, which shows that states' fiscal problems have prompted state agencies to restrict eligibility, stop accepting new families or charge them more for the care.

The Faces of Budget Cuts --by Bob Herbert "Oregon is one of many states caught in a fiscal quagmire. There are many reasons for the budgetary distress, which has spread from coast to coast. They include a lousy national economy, a widespread unwillingness locally and nationally to levy the taxes necessary to support government services, and the refusal of the Bush administration to help state and local governments that are experiencing their worst budget shortfalls since World War II."

Bush plan would wreck an already ailing economy --by Harry K. Schwartz "Even if Americans could afford President [sic] Bush’s original proposal to make all corporate dividends tax-free, it would be a profoundly bad idea. Congress is right to worry about the cost. But the most far-reaching impacts, and the most troublesome ones, have nothing to do with the federal deficit."

GOP Rep. Launches New Davis Recall Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican multimillionaire from Vista, plans to provide a six-figure donation as "seed money" for a campaign to recall Governor Gray Davis, his political aides said. Sacramento political consultant Dave Gilliard said the committee will have sufficient money to hire professional petition circulators who will attempt to gather 700,000 to 800,000 signatures of registered voters.

7,200 Miami-Dade third graders may not advance More than a quarter of Miami-Dade County's third-graders -- about 7,200 students -- will likely be held back after performing poorly on the state's standardized reading test, according to data released Monday. Most of Miami-Dade's lowest-performing third-graders were from inner-city schools, many of whose students live in poverty -- a factor often cited in research about underachievement.

William Bennett Says Gambling Days Over Former education secretary and family values whackjob William Bennett says he is giving up the high-stakes casino gambling that has cost him millions over the past decade.

US: 'Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction' The Bush dictatorship has admitted that Saddam Hussein probably had no weapons of mass destruction. Senior officials in the Bush regime have admitted that they would be 'amazed' if weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were found in Iraq.

Ritter Blasts Bush's War Ex-weapons inspector and former Marine Scott Ritter is calling for regime change in Washington. Scott Ritter may be the Bush re-s-election team’s worse nightmare. The former UN chief weapons inspector in Iraq and card-carrying Republican is barnstorming America with a blunt message: George W. Bush’s war on Iraq was waged on a "bodyguard of lies."

US invasion produces human catastrophe in Iraq An unprecedented social calamity is confronting the Iraqi people as a result of the US invasion and the widespread looting that followed the removal of the Baghdad government.

UN Agency Wants to Investigate Iraq Nuclear Looting The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Monday it had asked the United States to let it send a mission to Iraq to investigate reports of widespread looting at the country's nuclear facilities.

Peace force for Iraq may take half the Army British defence chiefs are concerned that plans for Britain and America to set up a stabilisation force for Iraq without United Nations support will put impossible financial and manpower strains on the Army.

Rival groups set for Iraq's first ballot Rival ethnic groups in Mosul are set to elect an interim council today and a leading Iraqi Kurdish group made its voice heard in Damascus. In Mosul, U.S. troops established a strong security presence at the community hall chosen to host the voting. [They can draw on the experience of the "Rove Rioters" -- the paid thugs who stopped the partial recount of the votes in Miami-Dade County on November 22, 2000, so that Bush could be installed in the coup. --Lori Price]

Director assaulted after Bush play The director of a Paris theatre that staged a play critical of US Dictator George W. Bush, has been beaten and slashed across the face with a box cutter. One man held him down, while another cut his face.

Paris Theater Director Attacked Two men attacked the director of a Paris theater Sunday, punching him and slashing his face, apparently because of a play he is staging that criticizes Dictator Bush, the theater said.

ROFL!!! Sources Say Jessica Lynch Has Amnesia Rescued POW Jessica Lynch says she can't remember anything about her time in captivity in Iraq [!!!???!!!] a huge obstacle for military investigators who were hoping the 19-year-old soldier would be the key to revealing Iraqi war crimes, Fox News has learned. [It just gets "curiouser and curiouser"... --Lori Price] The real 'Saving Pte. Lynch' Iraqi medical staff tell a different story than U.S. military 'We all became friends with her, we liked her so much' --The medical team that cared for Lynch at the hospital formerly known as Saddam Hospital is only now beginning to appreciate how grand a myth was built around the four hours the U.S. raiding party spent with them early on April Fool's Day. And they are disappointed.

Bad news Bush --by Leo McKinney "I'm betting some of you were disgusted by the jingoism of the Lincoln speech and have misgivings about Howard aligning himself too closely with Bush, feelings stemming from the widely held beliefs that the war in Iraq was mostly about oil and defence contracts, that Bush and company don't always mean what they say, and that more military action is to come. Well, you're right to feel that way."

Dozen arrested at Kent anti-war rally Police in riot gear arrested a dozen protesters at an anti-war rally that spilled off the Kent State University campus yesterday, hours after a peaceful commemoration of the May 4, 1970, student shootings.

Crawford authorities arrest five in Bush protest Authorities arrested five protesters Saturday who were among a group of about 100 in Crawford attempting to demonstrate on the road leading to the Western White House.

Portland man indicted on terrorism charges With the indictment of Maher (Mike) Hawash on terrorism charges this past Monday, the Bush dictatorship has added another sordid chapter to an already grim story. Hawash, a member of the Muslim community in the Portland, Oregon area, has been charged with three counts of aiding terrorism.

Secret Service grills students Oakland [Fascist] teacher calls U.S. security agents after teens make in-class comments 'threatening' Dictator Bush --Two students at Oakland High School were interrogated last month by the U.S. Secret Service after allegedly 'threatening the life of Dictator Bush' in a classroom discussion, school officials have confirmed.

Huge Homeland Security Drill Planned 'Dirty Bomb' in Seattle, Disease in Chicago Part of Scenario for May 12 Exercise Dubbed TOPOFF 2 (for Top Officials), the exercise will cost an estimated $16 million and involve more than 100 federal, state and local agencies, the American Red Cross and Canadian government agencies and organizations. [What is the Bush team of terrorists actually planning, as the Idiot Usurper's poll numbers tank with the economy? Rove needs a major distraction, as big as the 9-11 terrorist attacks. --Lori Price]

Radiological and Bioterror-Attack Exercise Starts May 12 (DoD) "Citizens of Chicago and Seattle shouldn't become alarmed if they see 'space suit'-attired groups of people rushing around May 12." [Right, don't be alarmed. It's just the Bush Terror Team trying to divert national attention away from the flatline economy. --Lori Price]

U.S. Army to Free Two Dozen Guantanamo Captives The U.S. government is preparing to release another group of prisoners from the high-security jail for terrorist suspects in Cuba, defense officials said Monday.

Taleban leader warns of jihad One of the most senior former Taleban leaders ousted from power in Afghanistan has emerged from a hideout promising "holy war" against the Americans and their allies.

U.S. Pressures Russia Over Iran Nuclear Cooperation The United States held high-level talks with Russia on Iran on Monday but appeared to have failed to win Moscow over to its view that the Islamic republic was actively trying to develop nuclear weapons.

US rejects North Korean proposals for defusing confrontation The Bush regime last week dismissed out-of-hand North Korean proposals to end months of tensions over the country’s nuclear program.

N. Korea has '300 nukes' North Korea has up to 300 nuclear warheads, all locked onto American cities, the unofficial spokesman for North Korea has said.

Bush Shifts Focus to Nuclear Sales by North Korea Tacitly acknowledging that North Korea may not be deterred from producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, Dictator Bush is now trying to marshal international support for preventing the country from exporting nuclear material, American and foreign officials say.

Observers disagree on how official the North Korean drug trade is The United Nations is at odds with the United States over the activities of another member of the so-called axis of evil, with its international narcotics agency saying it has no evidence that North Korea is operating an illicit drug trade.

Bribery alleged in Kazakh oil deals Charges strain ties to key ally in war on terror A little-noticed prosecution in a New York courtroom threatens to throw a harsh spotlight on a key U.S. partner in the war on terrorism and provide an unflattering view of the multibillion-dollar global oil industry.

ChevronTexaco faces $5 bln Ecuador pollution suit ChevronTexaco next week will begin its defense in a multibillion dollar legal battle in Ecuador against accusations it has polluted portions of the country's Amazon region, the company said.

State, Local Govt. Cash Crisis Hitting U.S. Economy A spreading fiscal crisis at the state and local government level in the United States is having a measurable effect on the national economy, analysts say.

Bush Turns Up Heat on Congress to Approve Tax Cut Dictator Bush urged Americans on Monday to pressure their representatives in Congress to approve a tax cut of at least $550 billion and said the need to restore economic growth outweighed the need to control deficit spending.

Bush targets swing votes for tax cuts The White House, working to build support for Dictator Bush's embattled tax-cut plan, is focusing on a few defiant Republicans and some moderate Democrats for the needed votes.

Jeffords rips Bush's tax cut plan Senator James Jeffords criticized Dictator Bush's tax cut proposal yesterday, saying the debate reminded him of two years ago when he decided to leave the Republican Party.

Pot plan puts U.S. noses out of joint Trade at risk, warns drug czar --Even as the wounds from a winter of bilateral discontent fester, Washington this week sharpened its attack on Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's plans to decriminalize marijuana, indicating a move most Canadians are prepared to accept with a shrug is seen as an affront to the administration of U.S. Dictator George W. Bush.

Key McVeigh Witness Criticized FBI Lab A prominent FBI science witness told federal investigators that his lab colleagues had performed shoddy work in the Timothy McVeigh case, then abruptly retracted several statements before appearing as a prosecution witness at trial, a transcript shows.

China Villagers Riot Over SARS, WHO Renews Warning Villagers in China rioted when they learned suspected SARS patients would be quarantined near their homes and China reported scores of new cases on Monday, suggesting the deadly disease was far from under control.

Bush vows to strike US enemies first US Dictator George W Bush proclaimed victory in Iraq on Saturday but said the 'war on terror' was far from over and vowed to hunt down America’s enemies before they could strike. [Can Bu$h start with the Carlyle Group and the other terrorists involved with the September 11th attacks? --Lori Price]

Britain expects to control south-eastern Iraq Britain is expected to take over the command of southeastern Iraq under a three-nation force set up by the United States to "stabilise" the country, the British ministry of defence said yesterday.

Allies carve up Iraq but sideline UN Progress on giving the United Nations the 'vital' role in Iraq promised by the United States and Britain was described last night by a source close to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw as proceeding at a 'glacial pace'.

Tension seen on Iraq rebuilding Showing strains within the Bush regime over rebuilding Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld responded testily yesterday to reports that a civilian former diplomat would be brought in to lead reconstruction efforts, outranking a retired general he had handpicked for the job.

Sources: Garner Out in Iraq Shuffle In an apparent acknowledgment that postwar reconstruction efforts in Iraq are floundering, the White House plans to name a politically astute career diplomat to replace Jay Garner as the civilian administrator of the country, sources said Thursday.

Slain Iraqi cleric said to be CIA ally $50, $100 bills fluttered out of robes as he died --The United States suffered a major blow in its campaign to recruit friendly Shiite clerics inside Iraq last month when it lost an influential religious ally to an angry mob — and as much as $13 million the CIA had given him to cultivate supporters [LOL!]

Did the Iraqi Army Take a Dive for the U.S.? --by Randolph T. Holhut "The Arabic-language weekly Arab Voice reported that there had been secret talks between U.S. forces and the Republican Guard. A deal was allegedly approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that offered large sums of money to the top echelon of the Republican Guard and offers of American citizenship for commanders and their families. If they chose to stay in Iraq, those commanders would be offered official roles in post-war Iraq, provided they hadn't committed war crimes." [a must read]

US appoints team to run Iraqi oil US authorities announced a new top management team, headed by an Iraqi, to run the Iraqi oil ministry, and an advisory board headed by an American.

US plan for Iraqi grain market deal Australia and the United States may share the lucrative Iraq wheat market in the aftermath of the war, US ambassador Tom Schieffer has said.

Iraq police chief resigns Iraq's police chief Zuhir al-Naimi, who was appointed to the post only ten days ago, resigned on Saturday.

Iraqi Nuclear Site Is Found Looted A specially trained Defense Department team, dispatched after a month of official indecision to survey a major Iraqi radioactive waste repository, today found the site heavily looted and said it was impossible to tell whether nuclear materials were missing.

Saddam Manuscripts Library in Baghdad is Safe We now have confirmation that the largest Iraqi MSS collection, in what was known as the Saddam Manuscripts Library in Baghdad, is safe. It contains more than 40,000 Arabic, Turkish, Persian & Kurdish MSS, including the collections formerly in the Iraq Museum as well as many other private and mosque collections. All of them were packed and transferred to safekeeping last winter, in anticipation of hostilities.

Laissez-loot --by Gabriel Ash "Looting the culture of the enemy is symbolic of victory, a kind of 'consummation' of the new imperial relation of domination. ...the looting of Baghdad's National Museum was almost de rigueur. True to its god, the U.S. empire didn't send its soldiers to loot the museum. It adopted a 'laissez-faire' attitude. The forces of the state stood by as the looting was conducted by 'private enterprise.' Iraq's heritage was not crated to the Metropolitan Museum. Instead, it ended up in the possession of Washington's supreme god -- the market."

'Liberators' find they are not wanted Bedouin tribespeople are incensed that the Americans dare to occupy their town, Ed O'Loughlin reports from Fallujah. "Residents of the central Iraqi town of Fallujah say they will mount further bombing attacks against US troops unless the soldiers evacuate a position they occupy in a former Baath party building. The warning comes as resentment runs high in the city, a stronghold of Bedouin tribes, and a day after a grenade attack on the position left seven US soldiers injured."

'Unlike the American troops, we look the Iraqis in the eye' As warfare has turned to peacekeeping, US and British soldiers are taking very different approaches to dealing with the Iraqis, reports Olga Craig in Baghdad "...To maintain control yet allow and encourage people to live in their traditional ways, they became accustomed to understanding and respecting local culture and customs. It is a lesson that the American army has yet, it seems, to learn."

Baghdad battle 'killed 2,300' The battle for Baghdad cost the lives of at least 1,101 Iraqi civilians, many of them women and children, according to records at the city's 19 largest hospitals.

Impatient Justice Congratulations. We've just won the wrong war. --by William Saletan "The war on terror gives meaning to the battle of Iraq. And the battle of Iraq demonstrates tangible success in the war on terror. Except it doesn't. The two stories—Iraq and al-Qaida, the battle and the war—have never really meshed. Bush keeps saying they're the same thing. But saying doesn't make it so."

America has been weakened by its victory in Iraq --by Martin Woollacott "The world has not been made more pliant and respectful by a demonstration of American might, but is, on the contrary, more recalcitrant, sulky, and difficult than it was before the Iraq war. That recalcitrance is visible in many ways and at many levels..."

Carnage obscures fast track to peace Robert Tait in Jerusalem charts the obstacles that appear to be looming larger in the wake of renewed violence across the Middle East following the publication of the Bush 'road map'

Theatrics of War The problems in Iraq, like Afghanistan, are just beginning --Speaking to the nation from the deck of an aircraft carrier heading home is a metaphor designed to leave the impression that the war is over and American troops are leaving Iraq. But the fighting continues, and the troops aren’t coming home. The Pentagon dispatched fresh reinforcements this week.

Combat over, but there's no peace in Afghanistan Rumsfeld says most of country is secure, but citizens disagree --The United States says Afghanistan is no longer a combat zone, but revived Taliban and other radical guerrilla bands are targeting American soldiers, foreign relief workers and the government -- sometimes with deadly results.

Soldiers fear 'Afghan Vietnam' Although Operation "Enduring Freedom" - launched 18 months ago in the wake of the devastating September 11 attacks in the US - has come to a close, the American death toll from the conflict shows no sign of abating.

Afghanistan: Launchpad for terror Even as US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared this week in Kabul that an end to military operations in Afghanistan is in sight, indications on the ground paint a somewhat different picture.

Rumsfeld taking no prisoners in Army power grab --by Robert Novak "Don Rumsfeld called Secretary of the Army Thomas White into his office last Friday afternoon for something the defense secretary had wanted to do for months. He fired White... With the Army secretary's post now also vacant, Rumsfeld can put his own people in charge of the nation's senior service as he proceeds with downsizing. His personal war against the U.S. Army is ending with a victory as complete as Saddam Hussein's defeat. It is now Don Rumsfeld's Army. "

Rumsfeld's soundbites take a back seat as he lashes out at waiting journalists Through a crack in the wall we could see Mr Hoon, head bowed, a virtual statue as the man behind the world's most powerful military machine let rip. "Someone should tell Rummy to shut up," said one of the US press corps. "He won't let anyone get a word in." ...Step forward Jon Snow, the veteran Channel 4 presenter. "Given the intimacy you had with planning for this war, what role did you have in the decisions to protect the oil ministry and the museum in Baghdad, and could I ... " Mr Rumsfeld cut him dead. "Just one at a time."

Powell Warns U.S. Will Be 'Watching' Syria Back from a Middle East trip, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Syria on Sunday that the United States would closely watch for policy and behavior changes that reflect Syrian cooperation in a changing regional landscape.

North Korea Urges Workers to be Prepared for War With U.S. North Korea marked May Day on Thursday by urging its workers to prepare for war with the United States, while South Korea's president said he will visit Washington to seek a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis.

US ready for military trial of 'terrorists' The Pentagon is ready to proceed with military trials of detained 'terrorist' suspects — possibly including those held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — when Dictator George Bush gives the green light, officials said on Friday.

Powell Urges Pentagon to Act on Detainees In a strongly worded letter, Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged Pentagon officials to move faster in determining which prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay can be released, defense officials said Saturday. Human rights advocates also have repeatedly criticized the Bush regime plan to hold prisoners indefinitely and without trial, charges or access to lawyers.

Pentagon: Tribunals to include gag rule The Pentagon plans to impose a permanent gag order on attorneys who defend alleged terrorists or "enemy combatants" before any U.S. military tribunals, senior defense officials said Friday. All statements and information about the trials will be made through the Pentagon spokesman's office.

Terrorism scare used to censor press Governments across the globe, including the United States [Duh!], are using the worldwide war against terrorism as an excuse for controlling the press, in some cases denying access to information, Jim Ottaway Jr., Chairman of the World Press Freedom charged.

A mean-spirited America Today, I fear my own government more than I do terrorists --by Jill Nelson "These days, a sense of apprehension and foreboding lurks in the back of my head and the pit of my stomach. It’s a gut-wrenching reminder that something very bad has happened and is about to happen anew. It is an anticipation of the next insult and injury in an America that has been defined under the Bush administration by a profound meanness of spirit."

Jeffords Warns GOP: Pressure Can Backfire Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords had some not-too-subtle words of advice yesterday for Republicans as they push reluctant GOP moderates to support Dictator Bush's tax-cut package: Don't forget what happened the last time you tried this.

Gore visit to push for Kyoto President AL Gore, who won the popular vote at the last presidential s-election, will visit Australia this month to urge the Howard Government to sign the Kyoto agreement on reducing greenhouse gases. In 2000, Mr Gore, the Democratic Party's nominee for president, won 500,000 more votes across America than Mr Bush. His supporters also argue that he won the key state of Florida but the Republican-dominated Supreme [Whore] Court ruled in favour of Mr Bush [in a coup d'etat].

South Carolina Democratic Party Presidential Debate --ABC --University of South Carolina --on C-SPAN Sunday, May 4

Democratic Hopefuls Debate Issues in S.C. The nine Democrats vying for the White House clashed over the U.S.-led war against Iraq, health insurance and Dictator Bush's tax cut in an ultra early primary debate in which they hope to distinguish themselves from the pack.

Democratic Candidates Clash on Health Care The nine Democratic presidential contenders clashed on health care and defense on Saturday night in the first debate of the 2004 campaign, but united in criticizing Dictator Bush on the economy.

Inspectors question safety commitment at Ohio nuke plant A team of consultants hired to examine safety attitudes at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, where inspectors last year found acid had eaten into a steel reactor cap, say the plant needs a greater commitment to safety.

Pressure to change executive pay is mounting Profits are down and stock prices are diving, but executive pay is still sky high.

Fla. Deputy Pepper Sprays 12-Year-Old Jaywalker FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --A deputy used pepper spray on a 12-year-old girl and wrestled her to the ground when she ignored repeated orders to stop jaywalking, the sheriff's office said Friday.

Abuse Accusations Plague Key West Police Department KEY WEST, Fla. --Accusations that Key West officers have acted with excessive force over the last few years have tainted the reputation of the police department and cast a shadow over the town.

Tibet gets mobile clinics for family planning A ceremony was held in the Potala Palace Square in Lhasa City, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, on Wednesday, to mark the hand-over of 64 specially equipped vehicles for use as mobile family planning clinics. The mobile clinics will be used for check-ups on local women, distributing contraceptives, transporting patients and publicizing the local family planning policy. [Why don't we have family planning mobile clinics here? Because some sickko-Santorum-whackjob would have them destroyed. --Lori Price]

SARS Can Live on Surfaces Key to Its Spread Lies in Quantity --The SARS virus apparently can survive on common surfaces at room temperature for hours or even days, which could explain how people can catch the deadly lung infection without face-to-face contact with a sick person, scientists have found.

Long Island Man May Have SARS A fourth resident of Nassau County may have SARS, Nassau County health department officials reported Friday.

Doubts grow over Iraq 'smoking gun' Saddam Hussein appears to have shut down or destroyed large parts of his unconventional weapons programmes before the war in Iraq, a senior Bush regime official who has been closely involved in the quest to purge Iraq of weapons of mass destruction said this week. The failure so far to find evidence of an Iraqi weapons programme has led to speculation that no such programme existed.

Iraqi Scientists Still Say Iraq Did Not Have Weapons of Mass Destruction U.S. officials say Iraqi scientists in custody are sticking to their stories - that Iraq hasn't had chemical, biological or nuclear weapons programs in years.

Bush Convinced Will Find Iraqi Weapons Dictator Bush, who went to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction, said on Saturday he was convinced it was only a matter of time until American forces found banned arms [after Rumsfeld has planted them].

Bush confident U.S. will find banned weapons inside Iraq Dictator Bush expressed unshakable confidence today that banned weapons will be found in Iraq [after Rumsfeld has planted them] and complained that Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein's closest deputies, is not cooperating with U.S. forces who have him in custody.

Hoon at odds with Straw over need to uncover weapons The Defence Secretary has put himself at odds with the Foreign Secretary over the need to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Geoff Hoon said finding them was essential to justify the war. However, that contradicted suggestions by Jack Straw, who said a weapons find was not needed to make the war in Iraq legitimate in international law.

American denials enrage Fallujah American Central Command has dismissed reports that US troops shot dead 13 civilians at a demonstration in Fallujah as "allegations" that are unlikely to be proved. In Fallujah, the new mood of bitterness was in evidence in the early hours yesterday when someone lobbed two small explosive devices at the Americans. The US explanations for Monday's tragedy have only served to exacerbate anger.

US appoints top team to run Iraqi oil ministry US authorities on Saturday announced a new top management team to run the Iraqi oil ministry headed by an Iraqi and an advisory board headed by an American.

Bush taps antiterrorism advisor as Iraq pro-consul The Bush dictatorship has selected of L. Paul Bremer, the former "counter-terrorism ambassador" of the Reagan administration, to become the top US official overseeing the creation of a new puppet regime in Iraq.

Multinational Force to Deploy in Iraq This Month A multinational force plans to deploy in Iraq this month to try to stabilize a country rocked by lawlessness since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, Poland's foreign minister said on Saturday.

Schools Reopen in Baghdad, but Few Students Show Up On the first official day of school since the war began many more students and teachers stayed home, fearing for their safety because overstretched American soldiers have been able to inspect only a fraction of the Iraqi capital's school buildings for weapons and unexploded ordnance.

Soldier killed by blast takes British toll to 33 A soldier has been killed by an explosion in southern Iraq, the Army said yesterday.

Britain: Media attack on MP George Galloway aimed at smearing antiwar protests Britain’s right-wing media has launched hysterical denunciations of Scottish Labour MP George Galloway charging him with having money from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The thrust of this smear campaign is to indict the entire mass movement against the Iraq war as illegitimate.

The War's Over, But the Fighting's Getting Worse --by Todd Gitlin "The combat in Iraq may be over, but political combat at home threatens to swell. Bitterness is likely to thrive for the duration of the Bush administration, not only because of domestic policy differences between the right and the left, but because of continuing anger on both sides stemming from their fight over the Iraq war."

Protesters Gather During Bush's Visit About 1,000 anti-war protesters tried to greet Dictator Bush for his brief Friday stop here — but his motorcade bypassed their gathering on its way to the defense contractor where he delivered a speech on the economy.

May 2nd Santa Clara Bush Protest -- by James Ian Zamora (San Francisco Indymedia) "Today on May 2nd 2003 a large protest against George Bush gathered together an estimated several hundred to a thousand protesters in Santa Clara CA. Meeting at 8:30 am and organized by South Bay Mobilization, the group proceeded a mile up the road to United Defence Technologies headquaters and a police blockade where the protest took place."

Bush protest report --by somegirl (San Francisco Indymedia) "My report from the May 2nd Bush Protest in Santa Clara. --8:30am - There are about 500 people here at Lafayette Park. Things seem pretty up beat and more and more people keep coming in. People inside the park are listening to speeches and others are standing along the streets with their signs..."

Powell Rejects Syrian Weapon Proposal Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday turned aside the idea of immediate U.S. support for an Arab-backed U.N. resolution on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction - a proposal obviously aimed at Israel.

Syria to urge Powell to support UN resolution for a WMD free Mideast Syria’s leaders will urge US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday to support a UN resolution calling for the Middle East to be free of weapons of mass destruction, Syria’s UN envoy said. The Arab-backed resolution, introduced by Syria in the Security Council, is clearly aimed at Israel, which is widely believed to have nuclear weapons.

Powell Says Syria Is Taking Action on Terror Groups Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, opening a new phase of direct American diplomacy in the Middle East, met today with President Bashar al-Assad and said afterward that Syria had begun closing the offices of at least some militant groups in Damascus as urged by the United States.

Rice actions on Syria disputed Anna Perez, White House communications counselor, Friday sharply contested a United Press International report that national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and political adviser Karl Rove shut down a Pentagon plan to expand the Iraqi ground war to Syria in closing days of combat.

Hizbollah TV ejected from Damascus Powell briefing US officials barred the crew of Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah television from a briefing by US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Syria, which supports the militant faction, a TV crew member said on Saturday.

Roh Frustrated at US Will for Nuke Talks President Roh Moo-hyun is feeling increasingly frustrated at the lack of enthusiasm from the United States about continuing dialogue with North Korea over the latter's nuclear programs.

Israeli troops kill British cameraman in Gaza Strip A British cameraman was shot dead by Israeli troops last night after a group of journalists came under fire in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Israeli troops kill British cameraman Israeli troops stationed on the borders between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt shot and killed a British cameraman late Friday as he filmed Israeli bulldozers razing Palestinian houses, witnesses said.

Israel to bar pro-Palestinian activists from entering country Israel will from now on bar pro-Palestinian activists from entering the country and will try to expel at least some of the dozens of activists who are already here, according a new plan drafted by the Israel Defense Forces and the foreign and defense ministries.

Actual CNN headline from May 1: Britain's Blair says Bush no mental lightweight [See, the reality is, everyone *knows* Bush is an idiot, so it is NEWS to say that he is not. --Lori Price] British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair, whose closeness to U.S. Dictator George W. Bush earned him praise from Washington and derision at home, says he thinks the American leader's lightweight image is "complete bull."

Bush pick for appeals court called gays 'queers' Allen, an abstinence-only advocate, would serve on Md., Va. court --Dicatator Bush this week nominated Claude A. Allen, a supporter of conservative former Sen. Jesse Helms, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Maryland and Virginia.

Republicans vow revenge for Democratic filibuster Democrats held fast to their filibuster in the Senate on Thursday and blocked Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen from being confirmed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Texas Republicans Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay vowed to make them pay [?!?] for thwarting Dictator Bush's nominee. [What are the Republicans going to do? Carry out another terrorist attack to keep the country's mind off of the domestic agenda, through 2004? --Lori Price]

The Man of Virtues Has a Vice Conservative activist Bill Bennett has wagered millions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos during the past decade --The popular author, lecturer and Republican Party activist speaks out, often indignantly, about almost every moral issue except one—gambling. It’s not hard to see why.

The Bookie of Virtue William J. Bennett has made millions lecturing people on morality--and blown it on gambling. --by Joshua Green "The Washington Monthly and Newsweek have learned that over the last decade Bennett has made dozens of trips to casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where he is a 'preferred customer' at several of them, and sources and documents provided to The Washington Monthly put his total losses at more than $8 million."

U.S. Court Issues Discordant Ruling on Campaign Law In the most significant court case dealing with money and politics since 1976, a special three-judge panel today upheld several major provisions of a sweeping new law limiting political donations, but found that some of its measures were unconstitutional.

Court strikes down parts of campaign-finance law A federal court Friday struck down most of a ban on the use of large corporate and union political contributions by political parties, casting into doubt the future of the campaign finance law that was supposed to govern next year's high-stakes presidential s-election.

House G.O.P. Tax Cuts Outdo Bush Plan in Favoring Wealthy The tax-cut plan offered this week by Republican leaders in the House would be even more favorable to the wealthiest taxpayers than the larger plan proposed by Dictator Bush, and those with incomes of less than $50,000 would have smaller tax reductions than under the Bush plan, a computer analysis showed today.

Senator Says Bush Pushing Too Hard for Tax Cut Independent Sen. Jim Jeffords said on Saturday the fervor for tax cuts has become a theology rather than an economic policy for some Republicans and warned Dictator Bush against pushing lawmakers too hard for his $550 billion package.

Deeper Look at Jobs Numbers Prompts Gloom The drop in U.S. jobs in April may not have been as bad as many had feared, but bleak signals within the data have economists convinced the labor market is even weaker than the headlines suggest.

U.S. jobs jumping ship Cheap offshore labor is not just for manufacturing any more --As painful as this year's big job cuts have been, what's even more painful is that many of those jobs are never coming back, as U.S. employers in a wide range of industries move more and more jobs overseas.

Cash-Poor California to Borrow Record $11 Billion California will issue $11 billion in short-term debt this spring, an amount state officials called a nationwide record, to pay its bills while legislators try to devise a budget for a state facing a revenue crunch.

Fuel Economy Hit 22-Year Low The average fuel economy of the nation's cars and trucks fell to its lowest level in 22 years in the 2002 model year, the Environmental Protection Agency reported today.

Urge the USDA Not to Ignore the Risks of Pharmaceutical Crops Comments Due by End of May 9th ( action alert) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to set up a regulatory system that will allow companies, like Prodigene and Monsanto, to continue growing in open-air fields genetically engineered food crops, like corn, with human and animal DNA for drug production... The only way to prevent our food from being contaminated with GE pharmaceutical crops is to stop the use of food crops for drug production and end open-air field tests.

Democratic Candidate Dean Helps Woman Who Fell Democratic presidential candidate and physician Howard Dean on Friday aided a woman who collapsed and struck her head outside an ice cream shop.

Democrats Head to S.C. for First Presidential Debate The nine Democratic presidential candidates, who have been largely invisible since Dictator Bush ordered U.S. military forces to war against Iraq, will gather on the campus of the University of South Carolina for their first debate of the 2004 campaign. Most Americans will not be able to see it as it happens -- in sharp contrast to the attention given Bush's speech at sea on Thursday night.

South Carolina Takes Spotlight in Democrats' Race for 2004 On Saturday, the nine Democratic contenders gather downtown for their first campaign debate, a choice that is testimony to this state's growing prestige.

'No sex before marriage' catch to AIDS grant The US House of Representatives has adopted a five-year $US23 billion package to combat HIV-AIDS worldwide. However there's a catch - the funding was only approved when the House agreed to conservative demands that at least a third of the money be used to promote abstinence before marriage.

White House Monitoring SARS Behind the scenes, Dictator Bush, Vice pResident Cheney and top aides are devoting more than a little attention to the deadly epidemic, said a half-dozen regime officials.

SARS cases pass 6,000; more than 400 dead The number of SARS cases continued to rise Friday, reaching more than 6,000, as a Hong Kong researcher reported that the virus linked to the disease appears to be changing rapidly.

Sick tanker crew headed for SARS-hit Hong Kong A chemical tanker with 10 of its 24-member crew suspected of having contracted SARS has sought urgent permission to anchor in Hong Kong for medical help, a senior government official said on Saturday.

SARS virus said to be 'rapidly mutating' The killer virus SARS has been mutating rapidly in Hong Kong, making a cure or vaccine more difficult, a group of scientists said today.

U.S., U.K. Waged War on Iraq Because of Oil, Blair Adviser Says The U.S. and U.K. went to war against Iraq because of the Middle East country's oil reserves, an adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

Iraq war helps BP gush to record £2.3bn profit BP announced its biggest ever profit bonanza yesterday, making $3.7bn (£2.3bn) in the first quarter of the year, or $41m a day.

BP posts best-ever quarterly profit BP, Britain's biggest company, today reported its biggest-ever quarterly profit as the war in Iraq, strikes in Venezuela and unrest in Nigeria pushed oil prices up.

Oil price drives BP to record profits Oil major BP revealed yesterday that it has no plans to sell any more North Sea assets, as it reported its biggest-ever quarterly profit, boosted by oil and fuel prices sent higher by the war in Iraq.

Shell 1st-Qtr Profit Rises as War Boosted Oil Price Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Europe's largest oil company, said first-quarter net income more than doubled, capping a week of record oil-industry profit as the war in Iraq caused prices to jump.

War propels Exxon profits to record $7bn ExxonMobil, the world's biggest privately owned oil group and a target of street protesters, celebrated May Day by reporting the largest quarterly corporate profits in history at $7.04bn (£4.4bn).

Dept. of Connections --The Contractors --by Jane Mayer "[Osama] Bin Laden’s estranged family, a sprawling, extraordinarily wealthy Saudi Arabian dynasty, is a substantial investor in a private equity firm founded by the Bechtel Group of San Francisco. Bechtel is also the global construction and engineering company to which the U.S. government recently awarded the first major multimillion-dollar contract to reconstruct war-ravaged Iraq... When the contract was awarded, two weeks ago, the Administration did not mention that the bin Laden family has an ongoing relationship with Bechtel."

Ex-Reagan aide to head civilian administration Paul Bremer, who was Ronald Reagan's counter-terrorism adviser and now runs a "crisis consulting" company, will be Iraq's civilian administrator, it was reported yesterday. However, the role of civilian administrator may prove to be a poisoned chalice as Iraqis grow restive under foreign occupation. The killing of at least 15 demonstrators by US troops during protests in Falluja this week illustrate how quickly the occupation can turn bloody.

Iraqis vow revenge as hatred of US grows Hatred of the Americans is boiling on the streets of Falluja, where Iraqis lobbed grenades into the US military compound yesterday, wounding seven and damaging vehicles. Outside the mayor's office, which is next to the American compound, staff had hung an uncompromising banner: "Sooner or later, US killers, we will kick you out." [Well, I suspect the anger is boiling against Amerika on other streets, as well... --Lori Price]

Americans split over marine's 'war crimes' A US marine under investigation for war crimes, after he told his local newspaper that he had executed an Iraqi soldier, has become a cause célèbre in his home town, Las Vegas, and has announced his intention to become a policeman. [?!?!!!]

Marine investigated for war crimes after newspaper interview A US Marine sergeant is under investigation for possible war crimes committed in Iraq based on statements he made to his hometown newspaper, military officials said today.

Pictures of massacre at Fallujah, Iraq

Diminishing Returns in Al Fallujah --by Sam Hamod " hear Rumsfeld, Cheney and Franks and some of the other generals speak, without giving any apologies for these killings but instead always blaming the civilians, I can start to believe that our men are getting orders to shoot live bullets into crowds; this is a strange new method of crowd control. If not, then why were there children killed in the last few days in Al Fallujah?"

Pentagon was told to pour praise on Canberra A report to the Pentagon in March advised that Australia and New Zealand be handled differently over war on Iraq, with praise being heaped on the Canberra leadership, a New Zealand newspaper reported yesterday.

Media bosses admit pro-war bias in coverage of Iraq Two leading media bosses have admitted what has been increasingly evident throughout the month-long war in Iraq: the American broadcast media systematically distorted the news of the war and functioned as an electronic arm of the Pentagon and the Bush dictatorship.

San Francisco newspaper fires antiwar reporter The firing on April 21 of technical reporter, Henry Norr, by the San Francisco Chronicle, ostensibly for falsifying a timesheet, is the latest incident in the ongoing struggle between free speech and the suppression of dissent.

Critic Accuses Media of Aiding U.S. War Propaganda It is one of the most famous images of the war in Iraq: a U.S. soldier scaling a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and draping the Stars and Stripes over the black metal visage of the ousted president. But for Harper's magazine publisher John MacArthur, that same image of U.S. military victory is also indicative of a propaganda campaign being waged by the Bush dictatorship. [*See picture of the staged propaganda stunt here.]

Vilified weapons inspectors may have got it right Condoleezza Rice has talked her way into a U-turn, writes Marian Wilkinson. "President [sic] George Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, is now acknowledging that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program is less clear-cut, and probably more difficult to establish, than the White House portrayed before the war... But the US's refusal to accept a role for Dr Blix and his team to verify what actually made up Iraq's WMD program in the last years will only encourage scepticism of all the coalition [sic: US-UK invaders'] claims."

Star scoop exposes both sides of the story --by Antonia Zerbisias "Both and attempted to poke holes in our stories and the discovery of the documents, suggesting that the media had been set up. ...Maybe if we had all been told the truth by the White House from the get-go, folks wouldn't be sitting around impugning motives to rival media, speculating without any hard facts or coming up with conspiracies today."

Back-Slapping Bush Revels in Carrier Landing There appeared to be no happier man aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on Thursday than Dictator Bush as he joked with pilots and posed for photographs with flight crew members.

Bush promises unending war in Iraq and internationally --by Bill Vann "The speech that George Bush delivered on the USS Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln Thursday night constituted a warning to the world that the carnage unleashed in Iraq is the only the beginning of worldwide eruption of US militarism."

Bush tops deck of cards playing on nuclear arms Greenpeace deals out decks at nonproliferation conference --In a play on the deck of cards distributed to U.S. troops in Iraq, Greenpeace has issued its own variation based on nuclear weapons — with Dictator Bush replacing Saddam Hussein as the ace of spades.

Rummy's North Korea Connection What did Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB's deal to build nuclear reactors there? And why won't he talk about it? --by Richard Behar "What's even more surprising about Rumsfeld's silence is that he sat on the board of the company that won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors."

Cuba's Castro Says U.S. Is Provoking War Fidel Castro, addressing a May Day rally of hundreds of thousands of people, accused the United States on Thursday of trying to provoke a war with Cuba.

Appetite for Authoritarianism Spawns an American Gulag --by Jonathan Turley "In keeping with the other shadowy facts about this camp, it is not clear how large the children's wing at Camp Delta has become... Camp Delta was originally justified as a holding area for alleged war criminals from the Afghanistan conflict. The administration now has broadened its use to include anyone whom it defines as a terrorist suspect or a person suspected of aiding or abetting terrorists. Of course, suspicion in the Bush administration is as good as a conviction because the vast majority will never be submitted to a tribunal, let alone a legitimate court of law." [a must read]

Broad Domestic Role Asked for C.I.A. and the Pentagon The Bush dictatorship and leading Senate Republicans sought today to give the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon far-reaching new powers to demand personal and financial records on people in the United States as part of foreign intelligence and terrorism operations, officials said.

A Recent Judicial Reprimand of Attorney General Ashcroft Exposes a Pattern of Gag Order and Ethics Violations By His Office --by Elaine Cassel "On April 18, Attorney General John Ashcroft was reprimanded by a federal judge for his failure to comply with a 'gag order' - a standing court order requiring attorneys not to make public comments about the case. ...But what is particularly upsetting is that this is not the first time."

U.S. warns Canada against easing pot laws A top White House drug policy official is threatening retaliation from the U.S. if Canada relaxes its laws against marijuana possession. ["Will Bush invade Canada?"--CLG member, John]

Resident Dictator Bush's Latest Proclamation: Loyalty Day, 2003 --By the President [sic] of the United States of America --A Proclamation --"The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as 'Loyalty Day,' and I ask all Americans to join me in this day of celebration and in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President [sic] of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003, as Loyalty Day..." [...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. --Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America --It is alter and abolish time, folks. --Lori Price] ["Everyday is blind obeisance day under the Bush junta for the majority of Americans." --CLG member, Thomas M. Fiddler, of Kentucky]

Democrats block 2nd Bush nominee Senate Democrats blocked Priscilla Owen, an associate justice on the Texas Supreme Court, from being confirmed to a federal appeals court Thursday, the second time they have thwarted Dictator Bush and majority Republicans in a confrontation over federal judgeships.

Sen. Kerry Says Will Take Years to Balance Budget U.S. presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry said on Thursday that it would take any president years to balance the federal budget, which until recently reflected a surplus.

U.S. jobless rate jumps in April Unemployment hits 6 percent as payrolls decline 48,000 --The nation’s unemployment rate jumped to 6 percent in April and companies slashed jobs for the third straight month — particularly in manufacturing, airlines and department stores — as the fragile economy continued to quash hiring prospects.

New report airs Houston's failure to get rid of smog Houston's air is just as smoggy as ever, according to a report released Thursday by the American Lung Association, which gave the city's air quality a failing grade for the fourth straight year.

Monsanto may face disaster - Greenpeace report A report on the prospects for the genetic engineering giant Monsanto, which has 91% of the world's market in GM seeds, says the company "could be another financial disaster waiting to happen".

New York Times reporter resigns; accused of appropriating material A New York Times reporter resigned Thursday after he was accused of appropriating without attribution material in a San Antonio Express-News story about a Texas woman whose son was killed in combat in Iraq.

Radio 'No Factor': Cable King O'Reilly Disaster on the Dial Barf [Bill] O'Reilly's Radio Ratings Revealed Publicly For The First Time --Just released ARBITRON radio ratings show Faux News Channel and bestselling author Barf O'Reilly in near-collapse, just one year after launching a nationally syndicated rival to Rush Limbaugh.

Faux Sports Host Faces Harassment Suit A hairstylist on Faux Sports Network's "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against co-host and former NBA player John Salley and others involved with the show.

Georgians Plan Whites-Only Prom Party A year after holding their first integrated prom, some students at Taylor County High School have decided to again hold a separate, private party for whites only.

US war crimes case 'going ahead' A Belgian lawyer is planning to press ahead with a war crimes lawsuit against US General Tommy Franks, despite American anger.

The war is over (except for Iraq) As Bush prepares to announce an end to hostilities today, more Iraqis are killed by American troops.

Two Killed in New Iraq Demo Shooting --by Chris Hughes "It started when a young boy hurled a sandal at a US jeep - it ended with two Iraqis dead and 16 seriously injured. I watched in horror as American troops opened fire on a crowd of 1,000 unarmed people here yesterday. Many, including children, were cut down by a 20-second burst of automatic gunfire during a demonstration against the killing of 13 protesters at the Al-Kaahd school on Monday."

Second massacre in Iraqi town A protracted, dirty war of colonial occupation For the second time in barely 48 hours, US Army paratroopers opened fire Wednesday on unarmed demonstrators in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, killing three people and wounding approximately 16, several of them critically.

The Effect of Iraqi Civilian Deaths Newspapers across Europe comment on latest deaths of civilians in Iraq and debate the merits of a controversial defense summit in Brussels.

Rumsfeld addresses Iraqis via radio Anticipating a pResidential announcement that major combat in Iraq is over, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld strode through the palace of a fallen dictator and told Iraqis their country was theirs to run.

Iraqis left baffled as Don drops in for a chat The first senior figure from the US administration to visit Iraq since the war, Mr Rumsfeld stopped in Basra to thank British troops and then went on to Baghdad. Anxious to avoid triumphalism, he opted for a folksychat direct to the Iraqis recorded in Saddam Hussein's presidential palace by the banks of the Tigris. "Hello, I'm Don Rumsfeld," he said, opening the broadcast. [MEGA barf alert!!]

Halliburton's Iraq work for U.S. adds to profit Halliburton Co., the world's second-largest oilfield service company, on Tuesday said first-quarter income nearly doubled, led by an increase in North American drilling activity and helped by work for the U.S. military in Iraq.

Defense CEOs are big winners of Iraq war --by Derrick Z. Jackson "More than 130 American soldiers died in a dubious war in a dusty, oil-rich land. In dust-free boardrooms, the CEOs behind our bombs, missiles, tanks, and planes went to corporate heaven... Since 2000, the 37 defense contractor CEOs (actually, given our first-strike war, it is more appropriate to refer to them as offense contractors) have taken home $1.35 billion."

French concessions on Iraq met by US threats France’s latest concession to US militarism—an offer to suspend UN sanctions against Iraq—has provoked only more threats and intimidation from senior officials in the Bush dictatorship.

Mexico's Fox meets with President Clinton Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Wednesday the United States needs to involve more countries in rebuilding Iraq and said the United Nations should not be weakened in the process.

Judge Rejects Suit Against Bush Over War A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former congressman alleging that Dictator Bush violated the 1973 War Powers Act by attacking Iraq.

Protesters hope to get close enough to catch Bush's eye Bay Area anti-war activists are salivating at the chance to personally send their message to Dictator Bush during his Friday visit to a Santa Clara defense contractor -- but some worry that they'll be corralled so far away that the Idiot Usurper might never see them.

Anti-war protests, and also violence, at European May Day rallies Annual May Day rallies across Europe mixed traditional labour union demands with anti-war protests, with violence erupting at events in Germany and Turkey and several other countries. Much further east, some 200 protesters in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek rallied against the presence of a US military base in the Central Asian republic, with one speaker saying: "We're living under the yoke of American fascism." [Why yes, yes we are (Seinfeld intonation). --Lori Price]

Spanish government plan for drastic punishment of war opponents Having confronted some of the biggest antiwar demonstrations seen anywhere in the world in recent months, the Spanish government of Prime Minister José Maria Aznar is planning to introduce legislation allowing for the severe punishment of those taking part in such protests.

Geraldo Rivera Rants About Media Critics Faux News correspondent Geraldo Rivera said he can usually leave behind the "emotional baggage" he picks up with each "dramatic assignment," but he's having trouble shaking the war in Iraq. He wrote that MSNBC used a "neo-Nazi ex-Congressman [That would be Joe "Lori Klausutis" Scarborough. Klausutis was Scarborough's aide, found dead in his office on July 21, 2001. She was killed from a blow to the head, but the whore media has never covered the story, as Bill Clinton's private parts were not involved. --Lori Price] ...and a psycho ex-sportscaster as their hatchet men".

U.S. says 7 nations sponsor terror Iraq still on list; Syria mentioned ahead of Powell’s visit --The United States again has branded seven countries — Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Sudan — as sponsors of terrorism. [Wow, the Idiot Usurper's poll numbers must be even lower than suspected --the Bush dictatorship is trolling for more W-ars. --Lori Price]

"Anti-War" Summit Backs Stronger Euro Military European leaders attending a controversial defense summit in Brussels on Tuesday agreed to coordinate military operations alongside NATO, while reaffirming their commitment to the transatlantic alliance.

Another criminal violation of human rights US admits jailing children at Guantanamo Bay Another instance of the Bush administration’s remorseless attack on basic democratic rights came to light last week after US officials admitted they were imprisoning children under 16 years of age at the Camp Delta military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Terror intelligence clearinghouse opens Thursday A new government clearinghouse for intelligence on terrorist threats begins operations Thursday.

Patriot Raid --by Jason Halperin "...'You have no right to hold us,' [roommate] Asher insisted. 'Yes, we have every right,' responded one of the agents. 'You are being held under the Patriot Act following suspicion under an internal Homeland Security investigation.'..."

U.S. says Canada cares too much about liberties [?!?] Terrorism report also says too little spent on police --The United States says the lack of funding for police and restrictive privacy legislation in Canada are frustrating probes of political extremists.

9/11 panel will be asked about gov't screening documents Officials of the blue ribbon commission set up to investigate the Sept. 11 terror attacks will be questioned at its meeting Thursday about a decision to let the U.S. government screen materials before releasing them to commission members.

The Secrets of September 11 The White House is battling to keep a report on the terror attacks secret. Does the 2004 s-election have anything to do with it? --Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, regime officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks.

Faulty Beacon Cannot Fully Explain Wellstone Crash NTSB releases report on Sen. Wellstone's crash --A faulty landing beacon at the Eveleth airport cannot fully explain why the plane carrying Sen. Paul Wellstone crashed last year, killing him and seven others, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Lawyers Raised Doubts About Expert's McVeigh Testimony Ten days before Timothy J. McVeigh was executed for the Oklahoma City bombing, lawyers for F.B.I. laboratory employees sent an urgent letter to the attention of Attorney General John Ashcroft, saying a crucial prosecution witness might have given false testimony about the security of forensic evidence.

Nuclear Power Plant Alert FBI Warms Law Enforcement About Terror Activity at Power Plants --The FBI is warning law enforcement officials around the country to be on the lookout for potential terrorist activity around nuclear power plants.

The FBI Plans to Warn Nuclear Facilities The bureau says there are no specific threats, but asks that plants stay on guard for suspicious actions [?!?] --TIME has learned that sometime today the FBI plans to send a classified Intelligence Bulletin to 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies over its secure telecommunications network, advising officials to pay attention to suspicious activities around nuclear power plants, and including people who are spotted photographing them and light aircraft flying near them.

Extraordinary Reactor Leak Gets the Industry's Attention Reactor experts around the country hope that there is something unique about Reactor No. 1 at the South Texas Project here. If not, the little crust of white powder that technicians found at the bottom of the reactor vessel, a discovery that has brought operations here to a halt for the indefinite future, could be the beginning of a broad problem for the nuclear power industry.

Energy Department to Invite Bids to Manage Los Alamos Lab For the first time, the Energy Department will seek competing bids for running Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, managed since it was created in the Manhattan Project by the University of California. [Hello, Halliburton? LOL!]

Former Enron Executives Surrender to Federal Authorities The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced new charges against former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow and for the first time accused his wife and seven other ex-Enron officials of fraud and other criminal violations in connection with the company's collapse.

Fastow's wife, 7 others target of Enron charges After filing at least one sealed indictment Wednesday evening, prosecutors are expected this morning to announce charges against seven former Enron employees and Lea Fastow, the wife of the company's former chief financial officer.

Exxon Mobil profit more than triples Net income of $7.04 billion vs. $2.09 billion a year ago --Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday said its first-quarter profit more than tripled, boosted by surging oil and gas prices.

Greenspan Says Tax Cut Is Not Needed for Growth Alan Greenspan, the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, told Congress today that the economy was poised to grow without further large tax cuts, and that budget deficits resulting from lower taxes without offsetting reductions in spending could be damaging to the economy.

Social Security statement will warn about funds Your next annual statement from the government estimating your Social Security retirement benefits will state in blunt language that those funds are in jeopardy.

U.S. to cut 6,000 airport screening jobs The U.S. will cut 6,000 airport screening jobs -- 11 percent of workers who clear passengers and luggage through security checks -- over the next five months to comply with congressional demands to limit staffing and save money, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

Boston mayor slams feds on state, local aid Boston Mayor Thomas Menino criticized the Bush regime Wednesday for slashing aid for the nation's cities, forcing them to lay off workers and struggle to provide local homeland security.

Teaching Kids a Lesson --by Bob Herbert "Throughout this budget-stricken state, school districts are dismantling programs, firing employees and tearing pages off the school calendar... Something ugly is happening in Oregon, and it is not unrelated to the sense of economic insecurity and the erosion of support for traditional public services that have spread across the U.S. There is a faint but unmistakable whiff of the Depression in the air."

Regime Appeals for 'Under God' The Bush dictatorship appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to preserve the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance recited by school children.

Bush tries to weaken tobacco treaty As more than 160 nations prepare to sign a landmark treaty to control tobacco, the Bush dictatorship is waging a last-ditch effort to gut the accord of its strongest provisions, including a worldwide ban on tobacco advertising.

Santorum Appears to Compare Gay Marriage to 9-11 Terrorist Attacks Santorum mailing angers his critics --The 2002 letter sought donations for a group opposing gay marriage - which he appeared to compare to the 9/11 attacks. Not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Insane-Penn.) sent out a letter asking for money for a nonprofit group lobbying against same-sex marriages.

Democrats prepared to filibuster Priscilla Owen's judicial nomination Senate Democrats have pledged to maintain simultaneous filibusters of two of Dictator Bush's judicial nominations - an act itself unprecedented - and are threatening a third. Democrats say Owen, who sits on the Texas Supreme Court, is an anti-abortion, pro-business judicial activist whose opinions and rulings are overly influenced by her personal beliefs.

Democrat blasts IRS plan for poor taxpayers A House Democrat vowed Wednesday to block the Internal Revenue Service from requiring some low-income taxpayers to file extensive documentation to show they qualify for a tax credit aimed a lifting workers out of poverty.

Howard Dean outlines health care plan Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean gave a preview of his health care proposal in a speech to labor union leaders Wednesday, saying the American people have made clear the issue should be center stage.

New dispute brewing over fate of Florida's 2000 ballots, hanging chads Another dispute is brewing over Florida's infamous "butterfly'' ballots and hanging chads -- whether more than 6 million votes cast in the nation's most disputed presidential contest [coup d'etat] should be destroyed or preserved for their historical significance. While state officials and elections supervisors try to decide, one South Florida lawyer has gone to court to save the ballots.

Anti-malaria drug cited in Illinois murder The lawyer for a former Marine convicted of murder will tell an Illinois jury next week that an anti-malaria drug associated with psychotic behavior and aggression triggered the killing, and he should be spared the death penalty. Some believe the same drug, Lariam, could have played a role in a string of killings by Fort Bragg soldiers last summer.

SARS cases continue to mount worldwide More than 200 new cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome and 19 additional deaths from the disease were reported worldwide Wednesday as new research gave health officials a better indication of who is most at risk of developing SARS.

U.S. braces for SARS outbreak Officials are closely studying how the disease was curbed in Canada --Federal officials are stockpiling ventilators, training health workers and encouraging hospitals to create isolation wards in case the SARS virus spreads in the United States the way it has in China, Canada and elsewhere.

We are not with you and we don't believe you The message from Moscow --Poodle Tony Blair's first public attempt to heal the diplomatic wounds of the Iraq war suffered a humiliating rebuff yesterday when Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, refused to lift UN sanctions and mocked the possibility that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq.

Putin taunts Poodle over Iraq weapons Putin taunts Blair: Is Saddam sitting in a bunker ready to blow the whole place up with WMD? -- President Putin scuppered Poodle Tony Blair’s efforts to repair Anglo-Russian relations after the Iraq war by challenging him and Dictator Bush to uncover weapons of mass destruction to justify the conflict.

Straw: Iraq May Not Have WMDs Mixed message paves way for search failure --There may be NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw admitted yesterday. He told the Commons that war was declared because the regime had ONCE been in possession of them.

Matters of Emphasis --by Paul Krugman " September Mr. Bush cited an International Atomic Energy Agency report that he said showed that Saddam was only months from having nuclear weapons. 'I don't know what more evidence we need,' he said. In fact, the report said no such thing — and for a few hours the lead story on MSNBC's Web site bore the headline 'White House: Bush Misstated Report on Iraq.' Then the story vanished — not just from the top of the page, but from the site."

Reining in US at the top of world agenda (The New Zealand Herald) "Somehow the world's sole superpower must be influenced to return to the principles that have guided the use of its power since the middle of last century. Foremost among those principles is the idea that the US does not initiate war... The US acts in its own interests and it is the sole judge of those interests."

Whackjob Bush Regime Threatens Belgium (Posted April 29, commentary added:) The Bush dictatorship has reacted angrily to suggestions that General Tommy Franks, the commander of the US-led war in Iraq, might be charged with war crimes. A senior regime official warned that even the issuing of indictments would result in what he called "diplomatic consequences" for Belgium. [LOL! This whackjob, sickko dictatorship can't even manage not to threaten *Belgium*. Pathetic is as pathetic does. --Lori Price]

France, Germany deepen UK rift Europe's anti-war camp risked new tensions with Britain and the US yesterday by establishing a joint military headquarters that could operate separately from Nato.

Four EU States Agree on Force HQ; U.S. Critical Four European Union countries that opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq agreed on Tuesday to create a multinational force headquarters next year, in what they called a drive to boost European defense integration.

U.S. Troops Fire on Iraqi Protesters Again; 2 Reported Dead United States soldiers opened fire here today on marchers protesting a clash late Monday night in which 15 anti-American demonstrators were reported killed by American troops. The city's mayor and hospital officials said two protesters were killed in today's incident and 14 were wounded.

US troops gun down Iraqi demonstrators US troops opened fire on a night-time demonstration by students and youth in the Iraqi town of Fallujah on Monday, April 28. Thirteen Iraqis are dead, as many as 75 are wounded and there is an outpouring of bitterness and anger.

US forces arrest Baghdad's 'mayor' US forces have arrested an Iraqi exile who had proclaimed himself Baghdad's mayor, saying he was exerting authority he did not have. [OK, can we arrest Bush now (and start the treason trial, <g>) as Bush is 'exerting authority he did not have', since the coup d'etat in 2000? --Lori Price]

Bush to Declare End of Major Iraq Combat Dictator Bush will address the nation Thursday evening from the deck of an aircraft carrier to say that major combat in Iraq has ended, his spokestool said Wednesday.

Operation Rent-a-Cop --by Pratap Chatterjee [DynCorp may be headed to Iraq for "policing" duties.] "...a group of Ecuadorian peasants filed a class action against the company [DynCorp] in September 2001. The suit alleges that herbicides spread by DynCorp in Colombia were drifting across the border, withering legitimate crops, causing human and livestock illness, and, in several cases, killing children... What's more, Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. International Police Force monitor filed a lawsuit in Britain in 2001 against DynCorp for firing her after she reported that DynCorp police trainers in Bosnia were paying for prostitutes and participating in sex trafficking."

Washington pushes for interim regime in order to pump Iraqi oil Washington has decided that it needs a "transitional government" composed of pliable Iraqi figures in order to give a semblance of legitimacy to its rule over the country and, above all, to its plans to begin pumping and selling oil on the international market as quickly as possible.

We went to war just to boost the white male ego --by Norman Mailer "With their dominance in sport, at work and at home eroded, Bush thought white American men needed to know they were still good at something. That's where Iraq came in... Exeunt: lightning and thunder, shock and awe. Dust, ash, fog, fire, smoke, sand, blood, and a good deal of waste now moves to the wings. The stage, however, remains occupied. The question posed at curtain-rise has not been answered. Why did we go to war? If no real weapons of mass destruction are found, the question will keen in pitch."

Thievery in Baghdad --by Firas Al-Atraqchi "In less than a week, the media was forced to admit that some of its own were willing participants in a little looting and 'confiscating' on the side, and report that U.S. military personnel were responsible for stealing cash as well as other Iraqi items.

No oil for blood: A post-war boycott in the making --by Paul Rockwell "Along with anti-war marches, demonstrations, acts of civil disobedience, and street battles with U.S.-backed police, spontaneous boycotts against U.S. and British goods are taking place in cities throughout the world, from South Africa to Pakistan. The impact of an international consumer boycott against the invading powers—a post-war as well as anti-war boycott—could be massive."

Iraq War May Have Raised Terrorist Risks The war on Iraq may have increased the short-term risk of terrorist attacks on British and American targets, the British government said Tuesday.

Text of 'Saddam Hussein letter' The text of a letter allegedly written and signed by Saddam Hussein, published by the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Arabic Newspaper Receives Letter Signed by Hussein, AFP Says An Arabic newspaper received a handwritten letter signed by ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein urging the Iraqi people to resist coalition forces, Agence France- Presse reported.

Pause the postwar glee to ask: Were supporters misled? --by Don Campbell "The 'victory' in Iraq that evoked so much irrational exuberance in Washington is degenerating into a bit of a farce. Iraqi Shiite clerics are telling us to get out and take our notions of nation building with us. We can't find Saddam Hussein, the egomaniacal dictator we could tolerate for 25 years but not a day longer, though we're fairly certain he's not in control anymore. Most importantly, the premise on which the White House sold this war to Americans — Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that were a direct threat to us — has yet to be validated."

NBC's Banfield Chided Over Criticisms NBC News president Neal Shapiro has taken correspondent Ashleigh Banfield to the woodshed for a speech in which she criticized the networks for portraying the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful."

Falwell calls Dixie Chicks 'French hens' The Dixie Chicks' stand on the war with Iraq may make them doves, but to the Rev. Jerry Falwell, they're three "French hens." Falwell apparently drew on France's opposition to the war in giving the trio the sarcastic nickname.

Dixie Chicks Hire 'Posse' To Protect Them From Angry Fans After Natalie Maines made an anti-Bush statement while performing overseas in March, the Dixie Chicks have received threats from angry Americans and have had to employ round-the-clock security.

CIA: Syria Harboring 15 Million Known Arabs (humor) In an alarming report released Monday by the Central Intelligence Agency, Syria may be harboring upwards of 15 million known Arabs within its borders...

N. Korea: Sanction move could trigger war North Korea said Wednesday that it would regard any U.S. move to seek U.N. sanctions against the communist country as "the green light to a war." [Bush's poll numbers are plummeting again. The Idiot Usurper will need a WMD (Whackjob Major Distraction) for 2004, or he won't be able to steal the election again. Even with rampant vote fraud in Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, and a few other states --it's not enough for another coup. Bush needs some votes; he is trolling for another W-ar or act of terrorism. --Lori Price]

US rejects N Korea concessions The United States has rejected the idea of making economic concessions to North Korea in exchange for a commitment to abandon its nuclear programme.

Rev. Moon, the Bushes & Donald Rumsfeld --by Robert Parry (January 3, 2001) "George W. Bush’s choice of Donald Rumsfeld to be U.S. defense secretary could put an unintended spotlight on the role of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon – a Bush family benefactor – in funneling millions of dollars to communist North Korea in the 1990s as it was developing a missile and nuclear weapons program... While negotiating those business deals with North Korea in the 1990s, Moon’s organization also hired former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush to give speeches at Moon-sponsored events."

Rev. Moon, North Korea & the Bushes --by Robert Parry (October 11, 2000) "The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's business empire, which includes the conservative Washington Times, paid millions of dollars to North Korea's communist leaders in the early 1990s when the hard-line government needed foreign currency to finance its weapons programs, according to U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents... Moon apparently was seeking a business foothold in North Korea. But the transactions also raise legal questions for Moon and could cast a shadow on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, given the Bush family’s longstanding financial and political ties to Moon and his organization."

White House Denounces Cuba's Return to U.N. Rights Panel On Tuesday, the United Nations voted to re-elect Cuba to its Human Rights Commission. Shortly after the vote, the White House called the action "a setback for the cause of human rights." Spokestool Arrogant Ari [Fleischer] said, "Cuba does not deserve a seat on the Human Rights Commission. Cuba deserves to be investigated by the Human Rights Commission." [LOL! I'm Shocked & Awed at the hypocrisy, folks, whilst Belgium pursues W-ar crimes charges against General Franksenstein. --Lori Price]

Bush wants to test bio agents at Long Island lab Will NY lab shift to terror research? The Bush dictatorship is considering testing deadly biological substances at a laboratory on an island in Long Island Sound located near several of the nation's most densely populated areas. On June 1, the new Department of Homeland Security takes over Plum Island, an 840-acre wooded landmass, one-and-a-half miles off the coast of Long Island, but has made no public announcement of its plans. [Lyme Disease was possibly born on Plum Island, in a US weapons lab, after WWII. *See Plum Island: BioWarfare Laboratory? --by David Keppel --Lori Price]

Problems Are Compounded at Indian Point Nuclear Plants (NY) A day after a power failure at the Indian Point nuclear plant complex, officials were dealing with new problems today: an early-morning fire, and criticism of the long hours that security officers there are forced to work.

U.S. Can Hold Immigrants Set to Be Deported, Supreme Court Says The government can imprison immigrants it is seeking to deport without first giving them a chance to show that they present neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community, a divided Whore Court ruled today.

Court Says Legal Immigrants Can Be Held Without Bail The Whore Court ruled today, in a case with significant impact on the rights of noncitizens, that the federal government can detain legal immigrants without bail during their deportation proceedings.

Lawyer says Homeland Security's search of home unwarranted (TX) Federal agents searched a Fort Bend County home on their suspicions the owner runs a money-laundering operation, but the homeowner's lawyer said the raid was an unwarranted humiliation.

Privilege Revoked The government says it can pry into the attorney-client relationship all it wants. --by Geov Parrish "Lynne Stewart, a New York human-rights lawyer with a taste for radical politics, is accustomed to representing unpopular clients. She never dreamed it would become illegal."

Spooked --by Fredric Alan Maxwell "The whole strange thing began nearly two years ago, when an acquaintance e-mailed me, wondering why the Secret Service had contacted him to ask if he thought I was a threat to George W. Bush. Me? A pretzel is more of a threat to Bush than I am. At the time, I was writing an unauthorized biography of Microsoft's C.E.O., Steve Ballmer."

Treasury Says U.S. Could Face Default The Treasury Department says the United States could face the prospect of not being able to pay its bills in late May unless Congress raises the government's borrowing authority, now capped at $6.4 trillion.

Shift in Housing Aid Proposed Block Grants Would Replace Federal Rent Vouchers --The Bush dictatorship is proposing to transform [Shock & Awe] the country's main form of housing assistance to the poor, replacing a popular program that provides rent vouchers to nearly 2 million families with a new system of block grants that would be run by the states.

Report Finds Number of Black Children in Deep Poverty Rising The number of black Americans under 18 years old who live in extreme poverty has risen sharply since 2000 and is now at its highest level since the government began collecting such figures in 1980, according to a study by the Children's Defense Fund, a child welfare advocacy group.

Sutton approved by Senate despite protests from disabled advocates The Senate on Tuesday approved a former Ohio solicitor general for a seat on the U.S. Appeals Court despite protests from disabled persons who say Jeff Sutton worked to curtail their rights.

Alabama Votes Against Legalizing Sex Toys Sex toys are still against the law in Alabama, at least as far as the Alabama Legislature is concerned.

Nearly 10,000 Quarantined in SARS-Panicked Beijing Nearly 10,000 people in the Chinese capital were under quarantine after the city confined residents of one building in the heart of the capital and another in a northern suburb, state media said.

Report: Beijing Running Out of Drugs Beijing hospitals treating more than 1,000 patients with SARS are running short of drugs and surgical masks, a report said Tuesday, while Chinese leaders are ordering officials to keep the economy growing as they fight the virus.

Chinese villagers riot over SARS UP to 2000 villagers torched a school earmarked as a SARS quarantine centre, ransacked government offices and overturned cars in China's first reported instance of social unrest related to SARS.

Iraqis Sue Franks For war Crimes, U.S. Irked Suffering from indelible psychological scars for losing their loved ones to the U.S.-led war on their country, Iraqi civilians are preparing to lodge a complaint with a Belgian court against Chief of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Tommy Franks and other U.S. military officials for committing unspeakable war crimes in Iraq, a leading U.S. newspaper reported Monday, April 28.

US anger at war crimes threat The Bush dictatorship has reacted angrily to suggestions that General Tommy Franks, the commander of the US-led war in Iraq, might be charged with war crimes. A senior regime official warned that even the issuing of indictments would result in what he called "diplomatic consequences" for Belgium.

Human Shield To Bear Witness To U.S. Crimes In Iraq (April 18) After a month sitting at a Baghdad power plant, Sergio Sahara has packed his bags. The Argentine human shield did not prevent the United States from invading Iraq, but he has no regrets, and is even angrier than the day he arrived, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said. "I'm heading back to Cordoba to bear witness to the crimes of the United States in Iraq," said the 36-year-old office administrator.

Rumsfeld heralds 'first strike' era US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that his country has entered a new era in which it must pre-emptively seek out and prevent attacks by terrorists and terrorist states.

'Shaming effect' on Arab world Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of President Bush's Iraq policy, said yesterday that the ouster of Saddam Hussein has had a "shaming effect" on the Arab and Muslim world where other tyrannical rulers exist.

Four anti-war states to create EU army Four European states that opposed the war on Iraq agreed Tuesday to pool their armed forces and set up a military headquarters independent of NATO in a move dismissed as unnecessary by Britain.

Iraqis killed in anti-US protest At least 13 Iraqis are reported to have been killed in the town of Falluja when US forces opened fire on demonstrators on Monday night.

US troops 'kill 13 Iraqi protesters' US troops opened fire on a group of Iraqi demonstrators near Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 75 others, according to reports from the area.

Jazeera Says US Troops Fire on Iraq Crowd, 10 Dead Al-Jazeera television said on Tuesday 10 people were killed and about 70 wounded when U.S. troops fired on a crowd in the town of Falluja, 30 miles west of Baghdad, overnight.

'Even under Saddam pay was better than this' The revolt of Basra began when a printed notice was pinned to the front gate of the former presidential palace, now the headquarters of the Desert Rats. The British Army was slashing its rates of pay for locally hired staff "due to circumstances beyond our control", it announced...

UNICEF: Water Supplies in Southern Iraq Undrinkable Within Weeks, Raising Specter of Epidemics --Water supplies in southern Iraq could be undrinkable within weeks, leaving millions of people - especially children - vulnerable to disease, UNICEF said Tuesday.

U.S. Reaches Cease-Fire With Terror Group The United States agreed to a cease-fire with an Iraqi-based terrorist group that will be allowed to continue fighting against the Iranian government, U.S. military officials said Tuesday. The deal signed April 15 with the Mujahedeen Khalq doesn't require its fighters to surrender to U.S.-led invasion forces - at least for now, said a military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. [?!? No shame for Wolfowitz with this deal, though.]

Chirac: U.N. Must OK NATO Peacekeeping NATO would need a U.N. resolution requesting it to intervene before planning a peacekeeping operation in Iraq, French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday.

Bush and Blair distorted facts to wage war The case for invading Iraq to remove its weapons of mass destruction was based on selective use of intelligence, exaggeration, use of sources known to be discredited and outright fabrication, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

The spooky provenance of the smoking gun that backfired --by Roger Franklin "The fact remains that the Iraq war has been a boon for forgers and peddlers of misinformation. Take the phoney war's great hoax: the dossier that Colin Powell finally presented to the UN in early March as 'proof' that Iraq had imported illicit uranium ore from Niger..."

The MemoryBlog --April 25, 2003 ( During the same week, the front covers of Newsweek and US News and World Report showed the same Iraqi kissing different soldiers. And the guy also had a prominent spot smashing the statue of Saddam at the stage-managed pull-down in Baghdad.

Did our leaders lie to us? Do we even care? --by Robert L. Steinback "Did Bush mislead us? Was the American public duped into supporting a war that killed 128 Americans, 31 Britons and thousands of Iraqis, damaged U.S. prestige around the world and may have worsened, rather than improved, U.S. security? Oh, who cares -- we won the war! At least Bush wasn't lying about sex in the Oval Office! We'd have impeached him for that."

Bechtel awarded Iraq contract: War profits and the US "military-industrial complex" On April 17 the US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a contract worth $680 million to Bechtel Corp., a private company with close ties to the Republican Party and the Bush dictatorship.

Developments in Iraq's Oil Fields, World Oil Markets Engineers re-established oil flow to the key southern refinery in Basra and were working to restart the plant. The refinery has been off-line awaiting a steady flow of crude from southern Iraq's enormous Rumeilah oil fields.

Dollar or Dinar? --by William L. Anderson "In the election of 2000, John Ashcroft managed to lose his Missouri seat in the U.S. Senate by losing to a dead man. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen the U.S. dollar do one better, as it has lost ground to what was supposed to be a dead currency, the Iraqi dinar, better known as the Saddam dinar, which portrayed the face of the allegedly-deceased Iraqi president. In both cases, the loser was thought to be invulnerable only to be bitten by reality."

US to welcome Russia in post-war reconstruction of Iraq: US envoy The United States will welcome Russia's participation in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq, the US ambassador in Russia said Monday.

Postwar force could be 125,000 Pentagon planners say a U.S. force of 125,000 soldiers is likely to be needed for at least a year to stabilize Iraq until a new Iraqi government can take charge and provide security.

Banfield Lashes Out at Own Network NBC News correspondent Ashleigh Banfield has ripped television news networks, including her own, for their "glorious" coverage of the Iraqi war and a lack of focus on international news overall... She ripped NBC for putting Michael Savage on the air saying, "He was so taken aback by my daring to speak to martyrs ... for being prepared to sacrifice themselves, he chose to label me a slut on the air, and that's not all, as a porn star and an accessory to the murder of Jewish children. These are the ramifications for simply bringing the message in the Arab world." [The disgusting whackjob pervert on the air is sickko Michael Savage, who MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable chose to install in its nightly lineup of media whores, replacing an actual journalist, Phil Donahue. --Lori Price]

Evanston Teachers Want Right To Wear Anti-War Buttons Some teachers and staff at Evanston Township High School say a ban on wearing "No War" and "Peace" buttons in the classroom violates their rights of free speech.

Superfast US missile to trap future enemies US scientists are trying to develop a new superfast missile that would be able to strike distant targets with lightning speed, all but denying future enemies of Washington a chance to escape, according to people familiar with the project.

N Korea never admitted to nukes: China China says that according to its information North Korea has never admitted to having nuclear weapons, contrary to United States claims.

US pulls out of Saudi Arabia The United States has said that virtually all its troops, except some training personnel, are to be pulled out of Saudi Arabia.

12 US, 7 Afghan troops killed in landmine blasts 10 Taliban suspects killed in armed clash --Twelve US and seven Afghan soldiers were killed when their vehicles drove over landmines in Afghanistan, reported a private TV channel on Sunday.

After the Airstrikes, Just Silence No Compensation, Little Aid for Afghan Victims of U.S. Raids --There are more graves than houses in Madoo. Seventeen months after U.S. warplanes bombed this village and others in the vicinity of Osama bin Laden's cave complex at Tora Bora, Madoo's survivors say they can tell civilian victims of U.S. bombing in Iraq what to expect in the way of help from Washington: nothing.

Attorney Asks Why Halliburton Not Being Pursued For Selling Warheads To N.M. Company An attorney for the head of a New Mexico anti-terrorism training firm is asking why prosecutors have zealously pursued his client for allegedly stockpiling warheads but ignored the company from they purchased the weapons.

New York law students honor attorney framed on terrorism charges Dean bans award at graduation ceremony --Members of the graduating class of the City University of New York law school, in a petition signed by more than half of their number, have nominated Lynne F. Stewart to receive their annual award for public interest lawyer of the year.

Judge turns up heat regarding evidence in Moussaoui case A federal judge Monday turned up the pressure on federal prosecutors to show why accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui should be barred from seeing evidence against him.

Arrogant Ari Show for April 23: Q Why won't you answer the question about -- MR. FLEISCHER: Greg. Q Hold on. We're entitled to follow up, Ari -- this isn't homeroom. MR. FLEISCHER: Greg. Q Why won't you answer the question about whether or not -- he said there are going to be consequences -- MR. FLEISCHER: David, there are other qualified reporters in here, too, who can follow-up. Q I didn't say they were not qualified, Ari. I'm saying you're running it like it's homeroom, like we can't follow-up when you're refusing to answer a question that's been posed twice to you, directly. The Secretary of State said that there would be consequences. Why won't you say what they might be? MR. FLEISCHER: Greg. Q Do you want to elaborate on what those consequences would be? MR. FLEISCHER: I addressed it earlier. You heard what I said about consequences. Q You didn't address it, which is the point. But you can't tolerate that kind of dissent.

Hillary Clinton Blasts Bush at CT Dinner In a fiery speech Monday night, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused the Bush regime of having the worst economic policies since Herbert Hoover, with no real plan to end the nation's fiscal troubles.

Poll: Shaky Economy is Top Concern In the aftermath of the war with Iraq, Americans have renewed concerns about the economy, which most see as in bad shape and the top problem for the government -- surpassing foreign policy, war and terrorism by a wide margin.

Federal Government Will Borrow $79 Billion in Current Qtr. The government said it will need to borrow $79 billion in the current quarter, a reversal of more than $100 billion from previous projections, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tueday.

Angry Workers Up the Ante At Wal-Mart Wal-Mart is on the receiving end of what could become the largest class action employment lawsuit in U.S. history.

Studies find disturbing amounts of chemical contamination in lettuce For six months of the year, 70% of the nation's lettuce comes from a few Western counties irrigated by the Colorado river. Now, two studies have found that some of this winter lettuce is contaminated with perchlorate, a pollutant that has found its way into the groundwater in as many as 20 states, from the manufacture of rocket fuel, flares and munitions and is known to contaminate the Colorado.

Fla. Senate votes to delay Everglades cleanup The state Senate voted unanimously Monday to delay the final stages of an Everglades cleanup program until 2013.

South Carolina allowed to catalog data on women seeking abortions The Whore Court cleared the way Monday for health authorities in South Carolina to collect names, addresses and other information from clinics and doctors about women seeking abortions.

Ohio School District Closes on SARS Fears The possibility that a group of students who visited Toronto last week may have been exposed to the SARS virus prompted officials to shut down an 1,100-student school district Monday.

Welcome to the Sars camp: 1,000 solitary, sterile, white rooms Amid the sound of buzz saws and hammers, a honeycomb of one-storey bedrooms to house 1,000 people has sprung up almost overnight in a field in a northern suburb of Beijing.

Police check drivers around Beijing Police in Beijing and nearby areas were stopping vehicles to check drivers and passengers for SARS symptoms, and at least one county has barred traffic from the capital in hopes of keeping out the virus.

Chinese banks quarantine cash Chinese banks have started putting incoming banknotes in 24-hour quarantine before returning them to circulation in an effort to contain SARS, state media said today.

Did the United State murder journalists? --by Robert Fisk "A Ukrainian, a Spaniard, an Arab. They all died within hours of each other. I suspect they were killed because the US – someone in the Pentagon though not, I’m sure, Ms [US Assistant Secretary of State of Defence for Public Affairs, Victoria] Clarke – decided to try to 'close down' the press. Of course, American journalists are not investigating this. They should – because they will be next.

Doctors may get new legal powers in war against Sars (UK) Sweeping new powers to control the spread of Sars that allow doctors to detain sufferers against their will may be introduced by the Government.

New York Officials Detain Foreign Tourist Due to SARS Fears A foreign tourist arrived in New York City early this month with a guidebook in hand and Knicks tickets in his pocket. But he did not use them because he also arrived with a suspected case of SARS and spent virtually his entire vacation involuntarily detained in a hospital. Because the tourist had nowhere to stay in isolation for 10 days, the Health Department exercised its power to involuntary isolate him.

Egyptian sailor dies in Brazil from anthrax-police A crew member of an Egyptian merchant ship has died in northern Brazil, almost certainly from anthrax, after opening a suitcase suspected of containing the substance which he was taking to Canada.

Blair calls for "one polar power" Europe and the United States should work as "one polar power" to tackle the world's problems rather then bickering as they did over Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair says.

Paris and Berlin prepare alliance to rival Nato Europe's self-inflicted wounds over Iraq will be on display tomorrow, when the leaders of France and Germany — dubbed the "Axis of Weasels" [LOL! Actually, *Bush* is the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel] in America — start to try to lay the groundwork for a European Union military alliance that would compete with Nato.

Iraqis target Gen. Franks for war crimes trial Iraqi civilians are preparing a complaint to present in court in Belgium accusing allied commander Gen. Tommy Franks and other U.S. military officials of war crimes in Iraq, according to the attorney representing the plaintiffs.

US will provide no estimate of Iraqi war casualties Bush regime and Pentagon officials have made it clear they have no intention of providing an official estimate of the number of Iraqi soldiers and civilians who were killed or wounded by US and British forces during the three-week war.

Fighting is over but the deaths go on Guardian investigation reveals mines have killed up to 80 civilians since the conflict ended --Unexploded ordnance and landmines littering northern Iraq have killed or maimed more people - many of them children - since the end of the war than during the fighting, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Supporters mark Saddam Hussein's birthday Supporters in the hometown and last bastion of Saddam Hussein have declared their loyalty to the toppled president on his 66th birthday. While, some portraits have been torn down and statues smashed, slogans such as "Happy Birthday, Saddam Hussein" and "Saddam, we love you" could be seen in the city today.

Suspicious Discovery Apparently* Wasn't Chemical Weapons Baghdad --A military team has tentatively concluded that there are no chemical weapons at a site where American troops said they had found chemical agents and mobile labs. [Notice when the Bush dictatorship is caught prevaricating, which happens approximately thrice weekly, media whores such as Judith Miller add extra words to cushion the lie, such as "apparently." Well, *apparently* we are living under a Fascist dictatorship, and it *apparently* needs to be removed. --Lori Price]

US lied about WMDs: Ritter Scott Ritter, a UN weapons inspector in Iraq for seven years, said that if the American and British justification for the attack on Iraq turns out to be a fabrication , which he believes to be the case, the war will turn out to be a defeat for the United States and for the international rule of law.

Franks Foresees a Weapons Hunt at 'Several Thousand Sites' Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the commander of allied forces in the Persian Gulf, said today that the hunt for unconventional weapons in Iraq would require scouring "several thousand sites," a process that experts said could take months.

Way clear for Rumsfeld to pick team Army Secretary Thomas White's abrupt departure and the coming retirements of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Keane will clear the way for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to install his own handpicked Army leaders and put his stamp on the Army's force structure, doctrine and training.

France's Alliot-Marie denies report govt gave information to Iraq Defence minister Michele Alliot-Marie said a report in the UK newspaper the Sunday Times claiming the French government briefed former Iraq president Saddam Hussein's officials on US plans prior to the coalition invasion of the country is "totally ridiculous".

Al-Qaida links still dubious Western intelligence officials are playing down the significance of documents appearing to show that Saddam Hussein's regime met an al-Qaida envoy in Baghdad in 1998 and sought to arrange a meeting with Osama bin Laden.

Halliburton: All In The Family After dropping more than 28,000 bombs on Iraq, the United States has now begun the business of rebuilding the country. And it promises to be quite a business... Even before the first shots were fired in Iraq, the Pentagon had secretly awarded Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root a two-year, no-bid contract to put out oil well fires and to handle other unspecified duties involving war damage to the country’s petroleum industry. It is worth up to $7 billion. [*See Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who declares that "we have no 'bidness' ventures in Iraq" Mar. 20, 2003]

Fury at agriculture post for US businessman Oxfam last night launched a scathing attack on the man the US has put in charge of agricultural reconstruction in Iraq. Dan Amstutz is a former senior executive of Cargill, the biggest grain exporter in the world, and served in the Reagan administration as a trade negotiator in the Uruguay round of world trade talks.

Local Iraqis question Bush Today, he is likely to find more skeptics in Dearborn --Metro Detroit's Iraqi Americans are raising questions about the Bush regime's policies on Iraq. While grateful that the United States liberated their homeland [?!?], local Iraqis are concerned about what they say has happened since: disorder, continued U.S. military presence and a reluctance to allow Iraqi opposition groups to rule.

Graham: Bush Has Abandoned War on Terror Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham said Sunday that Dictator Bush has virtually abandoned Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism, which allowed al-Qaida to regroup while he pursued war in Iraq.

The Fix Wolfowitz has words with Franken at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner ( "Take the exchange we heard about between comedian/smart-ass Al Franken and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz: Franken: 'Clinton's military did pretty well in Iraq, huh?' Wolfowitz: 'Fuck you.'"

Iraq victory may be opening move in U.S. strive for supremacy The world may be about to find out if the swift U.S. victory in Iraq was a one-shot war against a uniquely dangerous foe or just the opening salvo in a new Bush doctrine of U.S. political and economic supremacy. The first clue will be administration's policy toward Syria.

Syria warned to curb 'terror links' A senior US lawmaker warned Syria last night that it had made 'historic mistakes' in its policy towards Iraq, and said that an end to support for 'terrorist' organisations was a prerequisite for improving ties with the United States.

Israeli Calls for 'Regime Change' in Iran, Syria The Israeli ambassador in Washington called for "regime change" in Iran and Syria on Monday through diplomatic isolation, economic sanctions and what he called "psychological pressure."

'Heads will roll' in State Department A "poisonous" argument is brewing in Washington over allegations that diplomats knew for weeks that North Korea claimed to be reprocessing nuclear fuel rods but hushed the matter up for fear of derailing peace talks.

Anti-U.S. Vote in Argentina? Whether voters choose [on Sunday] former president Carlos Menem or one of his four major rivals turns partly on their growing resentment of the United States and the Bush regime. Many Argentines, adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq and increasingly resentful of the free-market policies that were promoted by the United States but failed to deliver, have embraced the anti-American sentiment of this campaign season.

Protesting 'Patriots' Town Among Several Vowing to Block Patriot Act Enforcement --Residents of Carrboro, N.C. (pop. 17,000) have pressured the City Council to pass a "Bill of Rights defense resolution." The measure requires federal investigators who visit the town to report to city hall and state their business. It also directs local police to stand in the way of any unreasonable searches or seizures.

Police Get Power to Check Prints On the Spot Portland police may soon be asking for more than a license when making a traffic stop, but also requesting a motorist to stick out a thumb and forefinger. Next month, more than a dozen officers will carry handheld devices on the street that will allow them to instantly verify a person's identity by analyzing their fingerprints.

Coloring Outside the Lines --by Meria Heller "My study of the painting has alerted me to several limitations that must be broken before true expression can happen. Here they are: 1. Freedom is a concept. It is a life choice to live free, not a right or some gift from some government. It is how your heart tells you to live, and giving yourself permission to do so..."

What To Do Next? The Real Epidemic is Here --by Marta Steele "Whatever became of the promise to allow all the illegally purged voters back onto the voting rolls in Florida? What of all those right-wing-manufactured touch-screen voting machines that will be used in 2004 to bounce all votes from the Democratic to the Republican corner without leaving a paper trail? I mean, whatever became of the irrefutable proof that the current occupant of the White House is there illegally and unconstitutionally?"

Brother thanks NRA for helping make Bush president [sic] Florida Gov. Jeb Bush thanked the National Rifle Association Saturday for helping elect his brother president [sic] in 2000.

In House, Fight Brews Over Bush Tax Plan Ways and Means Panel Targets Bush's Centerpiece -- Dividend Cut -- for Overhaul --While Dictator Bush focuses his political fire on the balking Senate, a major battle over the shape of his tax cut is forming in the normally compliant House of Representatives, where the powerful chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is considering a radical overhaul of the tax package.

Voinovich Won't Budge on Bush Tax Cuts One of the Senate's moderate Republicans who is blocking Dictator Bush's tax cut plan said Sunday he will stand his ground and resist White House pressure to vote more than a $350 billion reduction.

The jobless trap: Some settle for little, or give up (WA) The number of so-called "underemployed" — those forced to take part-time or low-paying jobs — has grown 41 percent nationwide since the recession started two years ago. Throw in the discouraged jobless who have stopped looking for work altogether, and the 5.8 percent U.S. unemployment rate darkens to a seasonally unadjusted 10.4 percent.

Coming soon: united serfs of America --by Molly Ivins "Boy, there is no shortage of creatively terrible ideas from the Republican Party these days. Those folks are just full of notions about how to make people's lives worse -- one horrible idea after another bursting out like popcorn -- and all of them with these sickeningly cute names attached to them."

Cutbacks Imperil Health Coverage for States' Poor Millions of low-income Americans face the loss of health insurance or sharp cuts in benefits, like coverage for prescription drugs and dental care, under proposals now moving through state legislatures around the country.

Busiest hospitals refusing patients Lack of beds, packed ERs force ambulances to be diverted --A surge in patients at Nashville's busiest hospitals is increasingly causing them to turn away ambulances because they can't handle the patient overload, hospital officials acknowledge.

S.F. mental ward is budget victim Critics decry 'unethical' discharge of severely ill patients --A San Francisco psychiatric facility for the severely mentally ill is preparing to close because of the city's budget crisis, and staff members say patients are already being discharged despite the risks to their well-being.

Where Your Taxes Aren't Going -- Health and Education --by Richard Reeves "Gov. Mitt Romney, another Republican, hopes to move toward balancing his budget next year by eliminating all state subsidies to local school services. That's the way it is in the richest nation in the history of the world... The president [sic] says no child will be left behind. But a lot of them will have to walk every day to catch up."

Borrowed Time For Women --by John Brummett "Leon Holmes, a federal judge nominee from Little Rock, has written a couple of very interesting things over the years... Research into Holmes' writings reveals that he penned the following in a letter to the editor more that 15 years ago: 'The concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.'"

Court rejects S.C. abortion rules dispute The Whore Court Monday left in place a lower-court ruling that upheld South Carolina's hefty regulations on abortion clinics.

Toxic rocket-fuel ingredient found in lettuce, lab says Environmental group urges FDA to examine perchlorate in produce --A laboratory test of 22 types of lettuce bought at Northern California supermarkets found that four were contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket-fuel ingredient that has polluted the Colorado River, the source of the water used to grow most of the nation's winter vegetables.

Bush X-ray -- by Pau Genestra

Canada to tighten airport screening, face the WHO Canada, the epicenter of the SARS outbreak outside Asia, said on Monday it will tighten airport screening to stop the spread of the disease and send an envoy to persuade the World Health Organization to rescind a warning to travelers to avoid Toronto.

Thousands Riot in Rural Chinese Town Over SARS Thousands of residents of this rural town, believing that a local school would be turned into a ward for urban SARS patients, ransacked the interior of the four-story building on Sunday night.

US plans 'Cuba lite' blockade on North Korea The Pentagon is planning a permanent selective blockade of North Korean shipping, to prevent the country's threatened export of nuclear materials to "other rogue states and terrorist organisations".

Wolfowitz blocked China hosted summit on North Korea in 1980s : documents Deputy US Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz blocked a Chinese initiative in the 198Os to hold inter-Korean talks with US officials in attendance, while serving in the State Department, according to documents released.

Revealed: How the road to war was paved with lies Intelligence agencies accuse Bush and Blair of distorting and fabricating evidence in rush to war --The case for invading Iraq to remove its weapons of mass destruction was based on selective use of intelligence, exaggeration, use of sources known to be discredited and outright fabrication, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

MP may be tried as traitor George Galloway, the anti-war Labour MP who is suing over allegations he secretly took money from Saddam Hussein, faces the prospect of a criminal prosecution for treachery. The Observer can reveal that the Director of Public Prosecutions is considering pursuing the Glasgow politician for comments during the Iraq war when he called on British troops not to fight.

Site That Contained Uranium Was Looted After War U.S. Has Not Inspected Iraqi Nuclear Facility--Nearly three weeks after U.S. forces reached Iraq's most important nuclear facility, the Bush dictatorship has yet to begin an assessment of whether tons of radioactive material there remain intact, according to military officials here and in Washington.

UK soldiers to be tested for toxic exposure Soldiers returning to Britain from the Gulf will be offered tests to check levels of depleted uranium in their bodies to assess whether they are in danger of suffering kidney damage and lung cancer as a result of exposure, the Ministry of Defence says.

U.S. soldiers ambushed in Baghdad, four wounded, one seriously Four U.S. soldiers conducting a public-health assessment were wounded Sunday morning when their Humvees were ambushed in downtown Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Fury as explosion at weapons dump kills 40 As many as 40 Iraqi civilians were killed and many were injured in a series of blasts at an arms dump on Baghdad's outskirts yesterday, an Iraqi medic told Reuters near the scene.

Stone-throwing children put U.S. troops on edge In one typical incident this weekend, a group of soldiers on foot patrol attracted an ever-increasing posse of children as they moved past a local fire station and on through a rough neighbourhood of Mosul. By the time they reached a school building, at least 200 children and a small group of adults were around them, and the stones came raining in from about a dozen of the older kids.

Aziz may have been spy inside Hussein's regime The favourable surrender terms agreed between US-UK invasion commanders and Tariq Aziz has prompted speculation that Saddam Hussein's trusted foreign policy adviser provided the intelligence responsible for the cruise missile attack on the Iraqi president's bunker in southern Baghdad in the opening salvoes of the war.

Documents link Iraq, bin Laden Star reporter finds terror chief's name in Iraqi dossier, covered with White-Out [ROLF!] --Top-secret Iraqi intelligence documents, unearthed by the Toronto Star in the bombed-out headquarters of the dreaded Mukhabarat intelligence service in Baghdad, have established the first clear link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization.

The proof that Saddam worked with bin Laden Iraqi intelligence documents discovered in Baghdad by The Telegraph have provided the first evidence of a direct link between Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terrorist network and Saddam Hussein's regime. The Telegraph found the file on bin Laden inside a folder [?!? What was the folder named, "Osama bin Laden and Us: Our Ties That Bind For Coalition to Find"?] lying in the rubble of one of the rooms of the destroyed intelligence HQ. [?!? No guards were posted at the 'intelligence HQ' that would prohibit such rummaging?] There are three pages, stapled together [LOL!]; two are on paper headed with the insignia and lettering of the Mukhabarat. The papers will be seized on by Washington as the first proof of what the United States has long alleged [Holy coincidence, Batman! --Lori Price] - that, despite denials by both sides, Saddam's regime had a close relationship with al-Qa'eda. [A researcher of US intelligence matters makes this comment: "That building has been secured for over a week. No occupying army would even think of allowing a band of marauding reporters inside the documents room of an intelligence facility to pick thru the files, it's pure hogwash"]

Rumsfeld to offer Franks top army post: report US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to offer the top army post to General Tommy Franks, who led US-UK invasion forces to [Pyrrhic] victory in Iraq, according to a report here.

And Now: 'Operation Iraqi Looting' --by Frank Rich "It was on April 10 as well, by happy coincidence, that the United States announced the imminent arrival of nightly newscasts from Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer and Brit Hume on newly liberated Iraqi TV. Better still, the White House let it be known, again on that same day, that it was seeking $62 million from Congress for a 24-hour Middle East Television Network that would pipe in dubbed versions of prime-time network programming. Goodbye, dreary old antiquity! Hello, 'Friends'!"

Bush pal blasts Newt for pre-war hit at Powell Former Secretary of State James Baker, who has close ties to Dictator Bush, blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich yesterday for trashing Secretary of State Powell's efforts before the Iraq war.

He's Out With the In Crowd --by Maureen Dowd "The swank cocktail party celebrating the fall of Baghdad was the hot ticket on Embassy Row. The host was the Bush administration's vicar of foreign policy. The guests on Saturday, April 12, included Tony Brenton, acting head of the British Embassy, and dozens of ambassadors from the smaller countries that fashioned the fig leaf known as the coalition of the willing."

Anti-Kerry effort angers family The parents of a Dracut soldier killed in Iraq have dismissed as politically-motivated a Republican group's attack on Sen. John F. Kerry for failing to attend their son's funeral. The November Coalition, a group that seeks to get more Republicans elected in Massachusetts, criticized Kerry, D-Mass., for campaigning out of state on the day of Mathew Boule's April 15 funeral, and has launched a petition drive demanding Kerry apologize.

Eerie Silence in Hollywood as Anti-War Stars Vanish Where has the Hollywood anti-war lobby gone? Liberals fear Hollywood's left-wing stars are being muzzled and their careers placed in jeopardy from what actor Tim Robbins, called in a recent speech a "climate of fear."

A Flashback to the 60's for an Antiwar Protester Last month, the local United States attorney, J. Strom Thurmond Jr., brought federal charges against Brett A. Bursey [an anti-Bush protester who held a sign on public property] under a seldom-used statute that allows the Secret Service to restrict access to areas the president is visiting. He faces six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. To some legal experts it is also part of a growing pattern of repression against protesters, demonstrators and dissenters.

Many Civilians Among 64 Killed in Afghan Fighting Factional fighting last month claimed the lives of 38 civilians, including women and children, as well as 26 soldiers executed in a remote province of northwestern Afghanistan, the United Nations said on Sunday.

Justice Dept. Seeks Sept. 11 Transcripts The Justice Department has asked to review the transcripts of secret Congressional hearings on the Sept. 11 terror attacks before they are handed over to a new federal commission that is also investigating the attacks, panel officials said today. The regime has invoked executive privilege to block the release of information on internal White House deliberations and advice to the president [sic]. [Why? What secrets regarding the Bush dictatorship and the 9-11 terrorist attacks is AshKKKroft hiding? ...Please sign the "Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks". The petition has over 19,375 signatures --please add yours. --Lori Price]

Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird (.793) Week of April 20, 2003 --Two American Legion posts and two other veterans' groups in Pleasanton, Calif., sponsored a class on dowsing in March to study whether domestic terrorists could be identified by pointing sticks at suspicious people to see if the sticks move.

Accused Spy's Ties to GOP Probed Lieberman Seeks Donations Probe --Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) has asked the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether an accused spy may have illegally funneled Chinese government money into Republican coffers in the 1990s, according to a letter he sent Friday.

Bush May Be a Write-In On More Than One State Ballot George W. Bush is not scheduled to accept the GOP party nomination until Sept. 2, 2004. That falls after the deadline for certifying presidential candidates not only in Alabama, but also in California, the District of Columbia and West Virginia. There are bills in the Alabama legislature to move its deadline from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. But if, for some reason, they don't pass, the dictator would be forced to run there as a write-in candidate.

As Companies Reduce Costs, Pay Is Falling Top to Bottom For the first time since the 1980's, the average pay of workers at all income levels is falling.

Jobless and Hopeless, Many Quit the Labor Force (Pittsburgh) Worn down by job searches that have stretched on for months, demoralized by disappointing offers or outright rejections, some unemployed people have simply stopped the search.

The I.R.S. Goes After the Poor (The New York Times) "The Internal Revenue Service is planning to impose oppressive new documentation requirements on taxpayers applying for the earned-income tax credit, which for more than a quarter-century has been an important source of income for the working poor... It is unfair, particularly in view of the fact that the I.R.S. is devoting diminishing resources to tax cheating by corporations and the wealthy."

Be a hand-plucked adviser but don't DeLay the check Imagine Mark Hafs' surprise this week when his wife called him at work to say she had just gotten off the phone with an assistant to Tom DeLay, the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. In recognition of his accomplishments as a key business leader in Washington state, Hafs was being honored with the prestigious National Leadership Award and an appointment to the Business Advisory Council. It seems that, since last fall, tens of thousands of Americans have been honored with this "award," which comes firmly attached to a request for a $300 donation to help lobby for Bush's multibillion-dollar tax cut.

Georgia Lawmakers Drop Rebel Cross From the Flag Ending, for now, a battle over symbols of history and hate that threatened to bring racial animosity back to the forefront of Georgia politics, the General Assembly late Friday adopted a new state flag that does not include the Confederate battle emblem.

D.A. in Hot Water After Taking on Logger Barely three months in office, Dist. Atty. Paul V. Gallegos faces a recall campaign, threats of lawsuits and court sanctions -- all after he brought civil fraud charges against a powerful timber company that has become a symbol of a beleaguered way of life.

Book on Arctic refuge gets a chilly reaction Last month, Subhankar Banerjee's book on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge got the kind of publicity money can't buy: an endorsement on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., used the book to argue against oil and gas leasing in the refuge, the Bellevue photographer saw the Smithsonian Institution relocate an exhibit of his photographs and drastically trim the pictures' captions. Meanwhile, the Office of the General Counsel has written The Mountaineers Books, Seattle-based publisher of Seasons of Life and Land, asking it to remove from all future editions any references to the Smithsonian or a Smithsonian-sponsored traveling exhibit.

In Jesus' name --by John Chuckman "My subject is Franklin Graham, one of President [sic] Bush's very public, religious confidants. Franklin's father, Billy, served President Nixon in a similar capacity. Billy's efforts were crowned with a kind of earthly immortality: he's on those White House tapes in the National Archives sharing anti-Semitic remarks with Nixon and never flinching or clearing his throat over the idea of using atomic bombs in Vietnam."

"Too early" to talk of SARS as pandemic: WHO expert It is "too early" to know whether there is a danger of the atypical pneumonia SARS becoming a pandemic like tuberculosis or AIDS, a World Health Organisation expert said on Sunday.

WHO head urges global bid to stem 'century's first epidemic' The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged countries worldwide to co-operate in stemming the spread of SARS, saying it was still not too late to halt "the first epidemic of this century.

Virus deadlier than predicted, expert warns A leading health expert has warned the Sars virus is twice as deadly as previously thought, although less infectious.

Millions trapped as Beijing shuts gates China has been forced to deny it is about to declare martial law in Beijing to counter the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) threat, but has begun erecting roadblocks around the capital.


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