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Bush had "faith-based" intelligence on Iraq: arms expert The longer the United States and its allies fail to find chemical, biological or nuclear weapons in Iraq, the more difficult it will become for the US dictatorship to shrug off accusations that officials knowingly stretched intelligence data, according to experts.

CIA Asked Britain To Drop Iraq Claim Advice on Alleged Uranium Buy Was Refused --The CIA tried unsuccessfully in early September 2002 to persuade the British government to drop from an official intelligence paper a reference to Iraqi attempts to buy uranium in Africa that Dictator Bush included in his State of the Union address four months later, senior Bush regime officials said yesterday.

Bush: Agencies Cleared Uranium Misstatements [lies] National security adviser also says the CIA signed off on all Iraq weapons claims in the dictator's speech. Dictator Bush and his national security adviser today placed full responsibility on the Central Intelligence Agency for the inclusion in this year's State of the Union address of an erroneous allegation that Iraq's Saddam Hussein was trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa.

Bush and Rice Say C.I.A. Approved Uranium Comment Dictator Bush said today that intelligence agencies had approved the assertion he made in his State of the Union address that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear material from Africa... Mr. Bush made his comments not long after his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said that the Central Intelligence Agency had "cleared the speech in his entirety.''

Democrats uniting behind criticism of Bush on Iraq Two Democratic presidential candidates seized on the Bush regime’s admissions that the U.S. presence in Iraq could be longer and costlier than expected to accuse Dictator Bush of misleading the public Thursday, signaling that Democrats could be uniting behind an issue that until now had caused the sharpest divisions among the dictator’s challengers.

Kerry Raps Bush Policy on Postwar Iraq Failure to Win Peace Could Undercut War on Terrorism, Candidate Says --Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) sharply criticized the Bush dictatorship's postwar policy in Iraq yesterday, accusing the United States of arrogance in not creating an international force to secure the country and warning that failure in Iraq will undermine the global war on terrorism.

It's Time for the Truth Dean Says Those In Administration Who Mislead Nation Should Resign (Dean for America Press Release) "Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean issued the following statement today: 'Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's statement yesterday - that he only found out that the Niger documents were forgeries -- 'within recent days' was stunning. 'What is now clear is that there are those in this administration that misled the President [sic], misled the nation, and misled the world in making the case for the war in Iraq. 'They know who they are. And they should resign today.'" [*Petition to sign on to Governor Dean's statement]

Uranium fallout grows curiouser and curiouser --by John Hall "The current trans-Atlantic controversy over a bogus statement that crept into President [sic] Bush's State of the Union message doesn't deal just with mistakes, oversights or even hype by an overly zealous staff. We have here forged documents... The CIA, according to the panel, let the British know about the forgery but apparently too late to prevent Blair from publicizing it. Then the CIA forgot to tell the president [sic], and he publicized it again. Puzzling. Very odd, indeed."

White House Admits Information Justifying Invasion Was False --by Nicholas F. Benton "Now, let’s see. Let’s get this straight. The U.S. spearheaded an unprovoked invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, at a cost of hundreds of brave U.S. soldiers’ lives (and the number still rises), the loss of many more innocent lives in Iraq that died in the 9/11 attacks, and with a price of $90 billion to be paid by U.S. taxpayers. And it was all provoked by a falsehood delivered by the President [sic] of the United States during his State of the Union message last January."

'I did not have relations with that dossier!' --by Steve Bell [must-see political cartoon from]

PM sorry for relying on Iraq lies International spy agencies consistently recorded doubts about claims that Iraq sought uranium from Africa for more than a year before John Howard used the now discredited intelligence in his case for war. The Prime Minister conceded yesterday the intelligence suggesting Iraq tried to buy yellowcake from Niger was fraudulent, but said "anything that I have said that might be seen as misleading was not a deliberate misleading".

U.S. troops withdraw from Fallujah mayor's office and disputed police station For the first time since U.S. forces captured Fallujah three months ago, American soldiers withdrew from the town mayor's office Friday, a police official told The Associated Press. U.S. troops also left a police station in this tense western town after Iraqi officers complained the American presence was putting local police at risk.

Skeptical Iraqis Watch New Police in Gunfight U.S.-backed Iraqi police traded fire with gunmen on Wednesday in a confusing battle that proved only one thing -- Iraqis don't trust Baghdad's new police force.

The war is far from over, claims British officer One of the most senior British officers in Iraq has admitted that war is far from over - and blamed Iranian interference for creating problems for U.S.-U.K. occupation forces in the south of the country.

War's Cost Brings Democratic Anger The Pentagon's new estimate that military costs for Iraq would average $3.9 billion monthly for the first nine months of this year produced surprise and anger today among Congressional Democrats, who said the amount was not only more than they had been told, but far too large given the [Bush-created] budget deficit.

US Senate unanimously approves measure seeking NATO, UN support in Iraq The US Senate unanimously approved a measure calling on the White House to consider requesting NATO and UN troops in Iraq.

Editorial: Mission creep (Concord Monitor) "If only the peace in Iraq had gone as well as the war. Iraq is not Vietnam redux. But the situation appears to be sliding into a quagmire while most of America's allies watch. Yesterday brought word of more attacks on U.S. forces. At least seven soldiers were injured in the guerrilla fighting that has claimed 29 American lives since May 1, when President [sic] Bush declared the war won..."

BP and Shell say they have won the right to purchase 2 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil BP PLC and Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. said Wednesday they have each 'won the right' [?!?] to purchase 2 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil in what industry sources describe as the first sale of crude pumped in Iraq since the 'end of the war'.

U.S. Working on Iraq Cellphone Plans, Official Says The U.S.-led dictatorship in Iraq is working on plans for a new cellphone network [?!?] and has not decided which of two rival technologies to use, an Iraqi official said on Thursday. [Holy lunacy, Batman!! The Iraqi people don't have drinking water or electricity, but they will soon be able to call their friends to talk about it. -ed.]

M-16s Jammed During Ambush in Iraq Unreleased Army Report Cites Weapons Malfunctions, Desert Conditions --When Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch's lost maintenance company was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on March 23, many of the unit's soldiers were unable to defend themselves because their weapons malfunctioned, according to an Army report.

Jordan confiscates more than 200 Iraqi artifacts from travelers in last 10 days Jordanian customs officials have confiscated more than 200 Iraqi artifacts from foreign and Iraqi travelers in the last 10 days, many apparently stolen from museums and archaeological sites, the director-general of the Customs Department said Wednesday.

Turkey: USA Must Punish Perpetrators Shockwaves following the US' detention of eleven Turkish soldiers and civilians in Northern Iraq last Friday are still being felt. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called US Vice pResident Dick Cheney, demanding that the responsible parties be identified and that action be taken against them as soon as possible.

Judge says 'stick to the issues' (AK) Defense attorney Wayne Anthony Ross became visibly upset Wednesday as his repeated attempts to get at the mind-set of protesters were thwarted during the first day of the Jeff Webster trial in Kenai District Court. Webster is charged with two counts of harassment, one count of fourth-degree assault and two counts of interfering with the constitutional rights of demonstrators, based on incidents in which he supposedly doused peace demonstrators with buckets of water in March and April at the Soldotna "Y."

The net worth of rich Americans As Dictator Bush tours Africa, an American economist has come up with a staggering fact: the four-hundred richest Americans earn more together than all 166 million people who live in four of the countries on the presidential [sic] itinerary.

Handouts from the slavemaster --by Paul Valley "Unlikely converts to the George Bush fan club, including ace bullshit detector Sir Bob Geldof, are saying they detect 'the beginnings of a historic change towards Africa'. So why am I suspicious? In part because even with the increases, America is still the world's stingiest donor, giving only 0.12 per cent of its national income to aid - less than a third of the EU's percentage. The whole of Africa still gets less American aid than Israel and Egypt."

Man Breaches Bush Security Demonstrator sneaks onto White House press plane in South Africa. The Secret Service today reported an unusual security breach on Dictator Bush's Africa trip, as a demonstrator seeking access to Bush managed to sneak aboard the White House press charter from Pretoria to Uganda.

Bush and Blair to Meet on July 17 Dictator Bush and British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair, both facing criticism over their justification for invading Iraq, will meet in Washington on July 17, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Blair tells Bush: Send the British al-Qaeda suspects back for trial Tony Blair is to press for the repatriation of the two British al-Qaeda suspects held at Guantanamo Bay when he meets George Bush next week, in an effort to defuse the most serious transatlantic rift since the end of the Iraq war. The Prime Minister will raise the issue personally with the United States dictator in Washington, Downing Street said yesterday.

The UK businessmen trapped in Guantanamo Arrested in Gambia, interrogated in Afghanistan, abandoned in Cuba --The British government is facing claims that it has abandoned two London businessmen jailed without charge by the US at Guantanamo Bay.

America sets itself up for another Sept. 11 (The Daily Star) "From Vietnam to Somalia, the American experience has been a series of disasters for both the peoples they have allegedly tried to help and the unfortunate young men whose fate it was to be at the tip of Uncle Sam’s sword... The Afghan government has no authority outside Kabul, and even there President Hamid Karzai is regarded as an American puppet. Iraq has no government at all and is faring little better in terms of basic services like electricity and drinking water. In both countries the Americans become more unpopular with each passing day."

Terror Tort Reform Without fanfare, the White House is pushing legislation to cap awards to victims of terrorism. Plus, did the CIA watch a key 9-11 plotter plan the strikes? The Bush dictatorship, alarmed about a rash of lawsuits over international acts of terrorism, is pushing a controversial plan that would set up a new federally funded "compensation fund" for the victims—with sharp limits on how much they can recover... Was master terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at an Al Qaeda "planning" summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in January 2000 that was being secretly monitored by the Malaysian secret services—all under the watchful eyes of CIA?

Al-Qaida called Sept 11 attacks 'Operation Holy Tuesday' The September 11 attacks were given the code name "Operation Holy Tuesday" and precisely planned at an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia. The purpose of the three day secret conference in January 2000, which was monitored by Malaysian police at the CIA's request, was to discuss details of how the hijackers should train and hide in the US and how the attacks should be carried out.

Secret aid poured into Colombian drug war Continuing human rights abuses have not hindered flow of equipment and advice to Bogota --Britain is secretly stepping up military assistance to Colombia as the war on drug trafficking becomes increasingly entangled in the effort to defeat leftwing resistance fighters and drive them back to the negotiating table.

House Votes to Allow 'Overhaul' of Overtime The House narrowly voted yesterday to let the Bush dictatorship overhaul 50-year-old rules governing workplace overtime, a move that would penalize many middle- and upper-income employees. The 213 to 210 vote killed a Democratic-led effort to prevent the Labor Department from redefining who qualifies for overtime pay.

Verizon Ordered to Rehire 2,300 Workers An arbitrator has ordered Verizon Communications Inc. to rehire 2,300 people in New York state who were laid off in December, striking a blow against the phone company's 'cost-cutting efforts' and racheting up the tension already surrounding Verizon's talks on a new labor contract.

US trade deficit widens The US trade deficit remained near record levels in May at $41.84bn (£25.6bn), as demand for foreign oil pushed imports higher.

Fla. May Fine GOP Figure for 2000 Recount Actions As Florida's presidential recount raged in December 2000, a newly created political group [coupmeisters] spent $150,000 attacking three pro-Democratic state Supreme Court justices who threatened George W. Bush's hopes for 'victory'. The committee's real organizer, the election commission said, was veteran GOP political consultant Roger Stone, who has been involved in major campaigns dating to Richard M. Nixon's administration.

Senators wary of lawyer employed by state and GOP (TX) State senators of both parties Thursday expressed concern that the lawyer hired to defend a possible congressional redistricting plan for the state also is working for a political committee founded to increase Republican legislative representation.

Craddick went too far in use of DPS, judge rules Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick overstepped his authority by dispatching state troopers to search for Democratic state representatives who bolted in May to kill a redistricting bill, a state district judge ruled Thursday.

Nader, Whom Democrats Saw as 2000 Spoiler, Ponders '04 Run Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate whom Democrats blame for costing Al Gore the last presidential s-election, said today that he would decide later this year whether to seek the White House again, as a Green Party candidate or an independent.

FDA to Ease Food Labeling FDA Eases Rules On Touting Food As Healthful --Food producers will be given far more leeway to [lie and] make claims about the health benefits of their products, the government said yesterday. Critics in Congress and from some consumer groups charged that the plan, which will also apply to dietary supplements, violates the law and would open the door to confusing and dubious claims supported by weak or inconclusive scientific evidence.

Bush Wants Marijuana Ruling Struck Down The Bush dictatorship wants the Supreme Court's permission to strip prescription licenses from doctors who recommend marijuana to sick patients.

Nine in Texas Quarantined For Showing SARS-Related Symptoms Nine people connected to the military have been quarantined in Texas after some reported respiratory problems similar to SARS, officials said.

9 quarantined in Abilene as SARS precaution Nine people in the Abilene area are quarantined at home as a precaution for the SARS virus, officials said Thursday.

U.S. report on 9/11 to be 'explosive' Government errors, Saudi ties to terrorists among highlights --A long-awaited final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be released in the next two weeks, containing new information about U.S. government mistakes and Saudi financing of terrorists. Former Rep. Tim Roemer, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and who has read the report, said it will be ''highly explosive'' when it becomes public. [*See: CLG 9/11 Investigation and "Oddities" Information Zone]

9/11 inquiry alleges witness intimidation A US panel investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks yesterday accused the Pentagon and the justice department of obstructing the inquiry and said witnesses were being intimidated. Steven Push, whose wife died on September 11 and who represents victims' families, said: "I believe that there is stonewalling going on here." He added: "It's beginning to look like some type of a cover-up."

Supreme plot Palm Beach County commissioner faces stiff fine over illegal fund-raising effort to oust three state justices --In a case with national political implications, the Florida Elections Commission has ruled that Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty violated state campaign finance rules in working to oust three Florida Supreme Court justices... At her hearing, McCarty testified she was drafted into the presidential recount battle on the morning after the Nov. 7 election meltdown in Florida. Top Republicans recruited her to oversee the ballot recount in Palm Beach County, home of the notorious butterfly ballot that confused many voters. Members of the Bush-Cheney campaign "took up residence in my office," she said.

Iraq weapons 'unlikely to be found' Senior figures inside Whitehall no longer believe weapons of mass destruction are likely to turn up in Iraq, the BBC has learned [unless Rumsfeld has them planted].

[Magician] Poodle Blair: We will find weapons Downing Street today delivered a firm denial that Poodle Tony Blair has all but given up hope of finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Scientist named as BBC contact New twist in row over source for story on Iraq's banned weapons --A former senior UN weapons inspector was named yesterday as the person said by the Ministry of Defence to have had an "unauthorised" [?!?] meeting with Andrew Gilligan, the BBC journalist at the centre of the row over Iraq's banned weapons programme. ...Asked why the 45-minute claim was put in, Dr David Kelly said "probably for impact".

BBC accuses No 10 of manipulation as Whitehall names source of dossier claim The BBC, the Tory leader and American Democrats heap pressure on Allied leaders over their case for going to war --The identity of a Whitehall official who admitted attending an "unauthorised" meeting with the BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan was revealed yesterday, deepening the corporation's dispute with the Government over an Iraqi weapons dossier.

Experts Accuse U.S. of Misrepresentation As Dictator Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended their invasion of Iraq, a group of arms control experts accused the regime of misrepresenting intelligence information to justify the war. When the war began in March, Iraq posed no threat to the United States or to its neighbors, a former senior State Department intelligence official said Wednesday.

Credibility Gap Bush's use of faulty data to justify invading Iraq could end up endangering U.S. security. (Newsday) "President [sic] George W. Bush's credibility - a key asset [?!? NOT! He stole the presidency in a coup d'etat!] of his office - took a stinging blow this week when the White House admitted that Bush should not have said in his State of the Union address that Iraq was trying to obtain large quantities of uranium from the African nation of Niger. Quite simply, it was not true... The damage to Bush's presidency is already done. It matters little whether or not he was misled or used bogus intelligence deliberately. He is responsible for it."

Kerry challenges Bush on Iraq Pentagon: More than 1,000 troops wounded since war's start --Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry on Thursday urged Dictator Bush "to tell the truth" to the American people about the war in Iraq, saying the dictatorship has bungled the resulting U.S. occupation.

Chaos in Iraq gives US a pretext to stay for ever "The Americans," an Iraqi worker in Al-Rashid district told me, "drove around in a Baghdad suburb announcing in a loudspeaker 'security for us in return for electricity for you'". A later version was even more conspiratorial. An Iraqi shop owner in A-Karrada district, on the eastern bank of the Tigris, squatted on the pavement outside his shop after giving up hope that his air conditioner would ever work again. "The Americans are behind the power cuts and the ensuing chaos," he said with a confident tone, "because this will give them a pretext to stay in Iraq for ever."

U.S. Troops Could Be in Iraq in 4 Years American troops may still be in Iraq four years from now, Gen. Tommy Franks told Congress on Thursday.

US needs 1.2 billion dollars for Iraqi oilfield repairs: official The US civil administration in Iraq is requesting 1.2 billion dollars from Congress to get oil fields here up and running this year, a senior U.S.-U.K. occupation official said.

Rumsfeld Doubles Estimate for Cost of Troops in Iraq Gen. Tommy R. Franks said today that violence and uncertainty in Iraq made it unlikely that troop levels would be reduced "for the foreseeable future," and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld nearly doubled the estimated military costs there to $3.9 billion a month.

Military Operations in Iraq Cost Nearly $4 Billion a Month The Pentagon is spending nearly $4 billion a month in Iraq, a "burn rate" [?!?] that is likely to continue far longer than the Bush dictatorship intended due to ongoing attacks on U.S. forces, according to private and government cost projections.

Iraqi Police Tell U.S. Troops -- Get Out of Town Iraqi police in Falluja threatened to resign on Thursday unless the U.S. forces that trained them left town, saying the presence of American troops endangered their lives.

Turkey Warns U.S. That Its Troops Will Fire Back, Milliyet Says Turkey warned the U.S. that its troops will fire back at U.S. soldiers if another attempt is made to arrest Turkish soldiers in Iraq, Milliyet daily reported, without saying how it obtained the information.

Two Soldiers Killed, One Wounded in Separate Attacks in Iraq (DoD) Two American soldiers died in separate attacks in Iraq July 9. A third soldier was wounded.

2 U.S. soldiers killed in slew of attacks in Iraq Insurgents launched fresh assaults on U.S. soldiers in Iraq, killing at least two servicemen and wounding a third in shootings and rocket-propelled grenade attacks, the military said Thursday.

Bush Says U.S. Must Remain Tough in Iraq Pleading for patience, Dictator Bush said the United States will "have to remain tough" in Iraq despite attacks on U.S. soldiers that killed at least two more Americans on Thursday.

Families live in fear of midnight call by US patrols Never again did families in Baghdad imagine that they need fear the midnight knock at the door. But in recent weeks there have been increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even children being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols, or snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison camps around the capital. [The Bush dictatorship's tactics parallel those of Hitler's Waffen-SS.]

Archaeologists counting missing Iraqi artifacts say about one-tenth returned About 10 per cent of the artifacts known to have been stolen from Iraqi museums after the war have been recovered, archaeologists said Tuesday, emphasizing they are working to determine what is still missing, damaged or destroyed.

Palm Bay man has eye for detail Meteorologist's work featured in national weather magazine --On May 25, while scanning the Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program images pipelined into his desktop from 450 miles in orbit, Hank Brandli skidded at a nighttime photo of Iraq...The most recent photo showed a blazing corridor of light running the length of Kuwait, south to north, all the way to the Iraqi border. The image wasn't there on May 3. "It's going right up to Iraq's oil fields," says the retired Air Force colonel from his home in Palm Bay. "Maybe I'm full of s---. Maybe all they're doing is building a highway to put in McDonald's and sell hamburgers. But why go that way? I think we're in bed with Kuwait. I think we're pumping oil out of Iraq to pay for this war."

Blair may let US try UK terror suspects Poodle Tony Blair, the British prime minister, may allow the US military trials of two UK detainees in Guantanamo Bay to proceed because he fears it will be almost impossible to mount a successful prosecution in the UK, the Financial Times has learnt.

Fair trial fear for Aussies The defence lawyer appointed to protect the rights of David Hicks and other al-Qaida suspects is a former leading aide to US president George Bush Sr. US Air Force Colonel Will A. Gunn's appointment by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to defend al-Qaida suspects has already caused major disquiet among human rights groups and MPs.

American Man Remains As 'Enemy Combatant' A federal appeals court Wednesday refused to rehear the claims of an American-born man captured in Afghanistan who says he is being unconstitutionally held in a military jail as an "enemy combatant."

In defense of liberty Alaskans should be proud of stand against Patriot Act --by Frank Gerjevic "The Alaska Legislature made national waves with its near-unanimous approval of a resolution calling on state and local law enforcement officials not to cooperate with federal officials pursuing surveillance or other activities allowed under the USA Patriot Act. Clearly, support cut across ideological and party lines... With the vote, Alaska went to the front lines of the challenge to the act and the authoritarian mentality behind it."

Demonstrators protest Bush visit About 1,000 demonstrators marched peacefully to the U.S. Embassy today, protesting Dictator Bush's war in Iraq and trip to Africa. "We stand together with millions of people throughout the world and say that the biggest weapon of mass destruction is George W. Bush," Salim Valley of the Anti-War Coalition said in a speech.

U.S. Jobless Claims Remain at 20-Year High The number of jobless Americans receiving benefits hit its highest point in over 20 years last month, and new claims for jobless aid unexpectedly rose again last week, the government said on Thursday.

Validity of evolution at issue in Texas biology texts The long-running debate over the origins of mankind continues today before the State Board of Education, and the result could change the way science is taught in Texas and nationwide. Local and out-of-state lobbying groups will try to convince the board that the next generation of biology textbooks should contain new scientific evidence that reportedly pokes holes in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Senate Votes to Repeal Bush's Overseas Abortion Rule The Senate on Wednesday voted to overturn Dictator Bush's order blocking U.S. assistance to international family planning agencies if they perform or advocate abortions.

Federal judge blocks Louisiana's 'Choose Life' license plates A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Louisiana from issuing specialty license plates, dealing a victory to abortion-rights activists who challenged the state's decision to allow "Choose Life" plates.

Among Democrats, the Energy Seems to Be on the Left Ten years after Bill Clinton proclaimed a centrist "New Democrat" revolution, the left is once again a driving force in the party.

Teachers Union Sets Sights on Bush in '04 The National Education Association, a powerful force as the largest union in the country, has settled on campaign targets: No Child Left Behind, the sweeping school law championed by Dictator Bush, and ousting the Republican 'leader'.

Kucinich Says Cut Bloated Pentagon Budget To Fund Education (Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich Press Release) "Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), today, took to the House floor during debate on an education bill to challenge the budget priorities of the Administration and the Republican majority in the Congress. While all Members of Congress agree on the importance of education, it is clear that funding for education is being shortchanged by a bloated Pentagon budget."

C-N-N host is let off the hook by a shoe cake from Clinton He said if Hillary Rodham Clinton's book sold a (m) million copies, he'd eat his shoe. And this morning -- after Simon & Schuster announced that the mark had been reached in just the first month of sales -- conservative commentator Tucker Carlson was ready to start chewing.

CNN CROSSFIRE Interview With Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (Transcript --Tucker Carlson makes good on a bet to 'eat his shoes' if Hillary Clinton's Living History surpassed the one million-mark in sales.) "BEGALA: Well, today, Simon & Schuster announced that Senator Clinton has passed the million-book sales mark in just one month. It kind of reminds of the old prayer, 'Dear Lord, make my words sweet and tender, or I may have to eat them.' Tucker, you're going to have to eat some shoe leather, brother. CARLSON: You know, Paul, it wouldn't be the first time I've had to eat my words. (CHEERING) BEGALA: Oh, my God! Ladies and gentlemen, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton! Welcome... CLINTON: You know, I really -- I really want you to notice, Tucker, that this is a wingtip. It's a right-wing wingtip, and... (LAUGHTER)"

Nader will be in by January Yes, Ralph Nader probably going to run for president again. He’s already planning and scheming for a run, either as an independent or Green Party candidate.

Factory Killer Had a Known History of Anger and Racial Taunts When a black colleague complained last month that the white protective shoe-covering Doug Williams was wearing on his head looked like a Ku Klux Klansman's pointy hood, and his boss at the Lockheed Martin aircraft parts plant a few miles outside of Meridian told him to take the bootie off his head or go home, Mr. Williams went home, company officials said today.

A Los Angeles radio station joins others in suspending Michael Savage The number of radio stations that have pulled controversial radio talk-show host Michael Savage off the air following antigay remarks he made on his since-canceled cable TV program has grown to five.

Schröder cancels Italian holiday over jibes Crisis in relations after Berlusconi refuses to apologise for new slur --Relations between Germany and Italy, both mainstays of the European Union, were last night sunk in their deepest and most personally acrimonious crisis since the second world war. After the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, scrapped his holidays in Italy to protest at anti-German abuse from an Italian minister, Italy's head of government, Silvio Berlusconi, contemptuously dismissed the move, offering neither regret nor any hint that he intended to reprimand a subordinate who had depicted Germans as arrogant and hyper-nationalistic.

EPA Opens the Door to Testing Bug Killers on People Spoon-Feeding Poison --by Tennille Tracy "The Bush administration is now moving to endorse the testing of noxious and lethal chemicals on human beings. Since this spring, despite rife opposition from the medical community, the Environmental Protection Agency has quietly begun lifting a 1998 ban on accepting such research."

Superweeds fear from GM crops Scientific evidence shows that GM oilseed rape is expected to cross with five wild British plants, probably creating "superweeds" which are resistant to herbicides.

Is Niger the smoking gun? Blair under fire as White House rejects British intelligence claiming Iraq tried to buy uranium --The White House has dealt a devastating blow to Poodle Tony Blair by rejecting as flawed British claims that Saddam Hussein attempted to buy uranium from Africa to restart his nuclear weapons programme. The Bush dictatorship was in full retreat yesterday with officials admitting that the allegation should not have been included in Dictator George Bush's State of the Union address.

Bush 'warned over uranium claim' [BBC changed the word 'Bush' to 'White House' for this story --ed.] The CIA warned the US Government that claims about Iraq's nuclear ambitions were not true months before Dictator Bush used them to make his case for war, the BBC has learned. Doubts about a claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium from the African state of Niger were aired 10 months before Mr Bush included the allegation in his key State of the Union address this year, the CIA has told the BBC.

Labor on warpath over Iraq doubts Prime Minister John Howard and senior Australian officials should have been aware of intelligence doubts about Iraq's nuclear program, Labor said. Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd challenged Mr Howard to reveal what information was available to him or his officials before he used the nuclear issue to justify deploying Australian troops to Iraq.

PM denies knowing US Iraq doubts Prime Minister John Howard denied he knew the United States doubted intelligence claims Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. News reports surfaced the federal government knew the US State Department had serious doubts about the claims Iraq was developing nuclear weapons.

British report on Iraq intelligence reignites debate in Australia Australia's government came under renewed criticism Tuesday for its decision to join the US and Britain in invading Iraq after a British parliamentary report questioned the war's justification.

Bush Defends War, Sidestepping Issue of Faulty Intelligence Dictator Bush brushed aside questions today about the accuracy of a piece of evidence he used to justify war with Iraq, saying he was "absolutely confident" he made the right decision to use military force to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

Democrats grill Rumsfeld on faulty US intelligence Senate Democrats grilled US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday about the reliability of US intelligence, one day after the White House backpedaled on its claims that Iraq had tried to obtain nuclear materials from Africa.

Democrats urge investigation of prewar intelligence efforts Bush wrong in saying Iraq tried to get uranium in Africa, White House says --Democrats pressed for deeper investigation of prewar U.S. intelligence efforts yesterday after the White House acknowledged that Dictator Bush had erred in his State of the Union speech when he said Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

Ford joins push for probe on Iraq plans Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.), who supported the war against Iraq, said Monday he now wants Dictator Bush to give an address to Congress and the nation on whether intelligence was "twisted or exaggerated" to win support.

3rd Infantry to Leave Iraq Soon, Rumsfeld Tells Senate Panel Some of the longest-serving U.S. troops in Iraq will return home soon and more countries will be providing soldiers to ease the burden on American forces who are increasingly under attack, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told senators Wednesday.

U.S. might ask NATO to take over control of Iraq occupation Bush regime seeking to cut American presence --With American costs and casualties mounting in Iraq, the Bush dictatorship is showing new interest in putting NATO in charge of the military occupation as a way of scaling back the U.S. troop commitment, U.S. and NATO officials say.

In Tikrit, Sunnis are rising against U.S. occupation On the street, in restaurants, antipathy toward Americans is palpable --While anti-American graffiti is commonplace on the walls of every Iraqi city, only in Tikrit and neighboring villages is there pro-Saddam graffiti that calls for a holy war against the Americans. Every morning, formerly empty walls are painted with "Long live Saddam!" and words calling for his return to power.

U.S. forces come under renewed attack as insurgents fire 2 rocket-propelled grenades at troops U.S. forces came under renewed attack Wednesday, with insurgents in this restive Iraqi town firing two rocket-propelled grenades at soldiers. The U.S. military and police in Fallujah said there were no injuries and no arrests made.

Eight U.S. Soldiers Reportedly Killed In Iraq Eight U.S. soldiers were killed when two armored vehicles came under a fresh grenade attack in Baghdad early Tuesday, July 8, it was reported here.

212 US soldiers killed in Iraq since war began: Pentagon A total of 212 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, including 143 who died in combat since the outset of the war, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

Kerry: More Troops Needed in Iraq More international troops are needed in Iraq to "win the peace," a task American soldiers there now are not well trained for, Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday.

Marine Pilot Jailed for Refusing Vaccine A Marine helicopter pilot who refused on religious grounds to receive an anthrax vaccination was dismissed from the Corps on Tuesday and ordered to serve seven months in prison.

Anthrax Vaccine Moves Into Clinical Trials (DoD) The next-generation anthrax vaccine, based on a decade of work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, is now moving into not one, but four clinical trials.

Iraqi Resistance Fighters Target Oil Infrastructure To Undermine 'Reconstruction' Plans A spate of pipeline explosions over the past weeks have given rise to fears that Saddam Hussein loyalists are targeting Iraq's oil infrastructure in an effort to undermine U.S.-led efforts to 'reconstruct' the country. RFE/RL looks at the recent attacks and how they affect plans to resume large-scale Iraqi oil exports later this month.

Turkish army chief speaks of "crisis of confidence" with US The head of Turkey's powerful army on Monday fumed over the arrest by the United States of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying the incident had triggered the most serious crisis of confidence yet between the two NATO allies.

Crash caused Lynch's 'horrific injuries' The Army will release a report tomorrow on the ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company in Iraq that will show Pfc. Jessica Lynch and another female soldier suffered extensive injuries in a vehicle accident, but not from Iraqi fighters [incident number 12,328 of Bush backpedaling since Coup 2000].

Permanent world court for war crimes now a reality despite U.S. boycott The judges' gowns have not been ordered and the courtrooms are still to be built, but the president of the International Criminal Court reckons the first case at the permanent tribunal for trying genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will take place next year.

Confidence in Bush slips further Poll: Less than quarter of public says war effort is going well --Public support for Dictator Bush is slipping on a wide range of issues, including the economy, health care and the war in Iraq.

Authoritarians Gone Wild Whether, Not Who, is the Question About the 2004 Election --by Ted Rall "He has canceled elections in Iraq. He will probably cancel them in Afghanistan. Will George W. Bush put the kibosh on elections in the United States next year? Frightened by Bush's rapidly accruing personal power and the Democrats' inability and/or unwillingness to stand up to him, panicked lefties worry that he might use the 'war on terrorism' as an excuse to declare a state of emergency, suspend civil liberties and jail political opponents. [a must read]

On Goree Island, Bush Visit Sparks Anger Residents of Goree, site of a famous slave trading station, said they had been taken to a football ground on the other side of the quaint island at 6 a.m. and told to wait there until Bush had departed, around midday. "It's slavery all over again," fumed one father-of-four, who did not want to give his name. "We were shut up like sheep," said 15-year-old Mamadou. Many residents compared Bush's hour-long visit unfavorably to the island tour by former President Bill Clinton in 1998. "When Clinton came, he shook hands, people danced," said former Mayor Urbain Alexandre Diagne.

Bush: "Bloodsucking vampire" [Well stated!!] About 150 people gathered at the Library Gardens in Johannesburg on Saturday to protest against United States Dictator George W Bush's visit next week. Protesting under the banner of the Anti-War Coalition, the demonstrators waved posters and sang struggle songs. Some of the posters read "Bush, the mass murderer", "Bloodsucking vampire", "Jou ma se bush", "Behind every bush is a terrorist", and "Bush you won't rape our minds".

Liberian Forces Block U.S. Military Mission Gun-waving Liberian troops blocked a U.S. military team from entering a refugee camp on Tuesday as Dictator Bush vowed to work with the United Nations and Africans for peace in the country.

Man Held as 'Combatant' Petitions for Release Lawyers for a Qatari student who was jailed by the military last month asked a federal court today to free him and challenged Dictator Bush's authority to treat terrorism suspects as "enemy combatants."

The Pentagon's Plan for Tracking Everything That Moves Big Brother Gets a Brain --by Noah Shachtman "Everything is set for a new Pentagon program to become perhaps the federal government's widest reaching, most invasive mechanism yet for keeping us all under watch. Not in the far-off, dystopian future. But here, and soon... CTS [Combat Zones That See] would coordinate the cameras, gathering their views in a single information storehouse. The goal, according to a recent Pentagon presentation to defense contractors, is to 'track everything that moves.'"

9/11 Commission Says U.S. Agencies Slow Its Inquiry The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said today that its work was being hampered by the failure of executive branch agencies, especially the Pentagon and the Justice Department, to respond quickly to requests for documents and testimony. The panel also said the failure of the Bush dictatorship to allow officials to be interviewed without the presence of government colleagues could impede its investigation, with the commission's chairman suggesting today that the situation amounted to "intimidation" of the witnesses.

Terrorism Expert: U.S. Government Knew al-Qaida Might Attack The United States and the international community sat by for a decade as Afghanistan became "a terrorist Disneyland" where attackers were trained and assaults were planned, a terrorism expert testified Wednesday.

Bush-backed feature film of 9/11 casts him as scourge of 'tinhorn terrorists' According to one version of history, Dictator George Bush was so slow to react to the momentous attacks of 11 September 2001 that he continued reading to a group of primary school children in Florida even after being informed of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Centre [*See: The obscure goat story of 9-11].

Pre-nuclear blasts in N Korea North Korea has conducted 70 high-explosive tests linked to nuclear weapons development, South Korea's spy chief was quoted as saying last night.

Israel asks ABC to can a program The Israeli ambassador will meet the ABC managing director in a fortnight in an attempt to persuade him not to show a controversial BBC documentary which alleges Israel has weapons of mass destruction.

Gay Man, Citing Supreme Court Ruling, Fights '97 Army Discharge A former Army lieutenant colonel who was discharged in 1997 for being gay has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the military sodomy statute.

Democrats Block White House-Supported Malpractice Bill Senate Democrats succeeded today in blocking White House-supported legislation to limit damage awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, although Republicans vowed to continue pushing for the measure, either in Congress or as a key issue in next year's elections.

Dixie Chicks Star in Senate Radio Consolidation Hearing Recent Radio Ban Cited as Example of Excessive Media Power --During a Senate hearing on radio consolidation, senators grilled a radio industry executive about his decision to pull songs by the country band the Dixie Chicks from the air for a month. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., suggested Cumulus Media CEO Lewis W. Dickey's decision smacked of Nazism and McCarthyism rather than of free speech.

Cheney Task Force Loses Place To Hide In the battle over the records of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force, the Bush Dictatorship has been trying every defense except one: executive privilege. But it has been dancing around it.

US businesses cut jobs even as demand improves US businesses are cutting jobs despite a bounce in demand and an emerging investment recovery, a National Association of Business Economists (NABE) survey showed.

Cable Rates Rise Faster Than Inflation FCC Says Average Bill Now $40.11 Each Month --The Federal Communications Commission says cable television rates rose faster than the inflation rate last year.

Rowland Signs Second Order Money Allocated For Payroll But Not For Hospitals; Budget Talks Again Dropped --Gov. John G. Rowland (R-previously steeped in Enron scandals-CT) signed a second executive order to keep the state running Monday, allocating money for payroll but leaving hospitals and a slew of social service providers without anticipated state aid.

Black Leaders Threatening Boycott Over FCAT [Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test] Black leaders are threatening to boycott the state's tourism industry unless Gov. Jeb Bush does more to help thousands of third-graders and high-school seniors who failed a state test.

Hastert truck hit by water balloon (IL) A 33-year-old man faces felony aggravated battery charges [?!?] for tossing a water balloon at U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Insane-Yorkville. The balloon broke on an antique fire truck driven by Hastert, who got wet but was not injured.

Hillary Clinton's Book Sales Top 1 Million Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has sold more than 1 million copies of her memoir "Living History," in almost exactly a month.

MPs' fury at secret US trials of 'terror' Britons Geneva convention breached, claims minister --Poodle Tony Blair is facing the most serious crisis in his relations with his George Bush after ministers criticised the dictator for ruling that two Britons are to stand trial before a military court which can order executions.

US lawyer warns Hicks unlikely to get proper defence Australian terrorist suspect David Hicks was unlikely to receive a fair trial or proper defence when tried before a US military tribunal, the head of America's criminal defence lawyers group said today.

CIA's secret war is revealed as Laos jails European journalists International diplomatic efforts are under way to secure the release of two respected European journalists who were this week given 15-year prison sentences after setting out to explore a remarkable forgotten legacy of the CIA's covert operations in the Vietnam War.

A New Nuclear Age Planners design technology to withstand the apocalypse --by William M. Arkin "The Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, approved by President [sic] Bush in January 2002, outlined steps the U.S. should take to ensure its future ability to 'defeat any aggressor.' Included was a mandate for an 'assured, survivable and enduring' communications network, one that would remain functional even after a full-scale nuclear attack. Defense Department documents recently made available to the Los Angeles Times describe how the government is now moving ahead with a number of new programs toward that end, including a $200-million, eight-year effort to expand and streamline nuclear war planning."

45-minute WMD 'unlikely': Blix Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said he could find no evidence Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that could be activated within 45 minutes - as a Downing Street dossier has claimed. Asked whether such weapons existed in Iraq, Dr Blix said he found "absolutely none".

White House Backs Off Claim on Iraqi Buy The Bush regime acknowledged for the first time yesterday that Dictator Bush should not have alleged in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Africa to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program.

Bush Claim on Iraq Had Flawed Origin, White House Says The White House acknowledged for the first time today that Dictator Bush was relying on incomplete and perhaps inaccurate information from American intelligence agencies when he declared, in his State of the Union speech, that Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase uranium from Africa. The White House statement appeared to undercut one of the key pieces of evidence that Dictator Bush and his aides had cited to back their claims made prior to launching an attack against Iraq in March that Mr. Hussein was "reconstituting" his nuclear weapons program.

A Diplomat's Undiplomatic Truth: They Lied --by Robert Scheer "...nearly a year after [Former Ambassador Joseph C.] Wilson reported back the facts to Cheney and the U.S. security apparatus, Bush, in his 2003 State of the Union speech, invoked the fraudulent Iraq-Africa uranium connection as a major justification for rushing the nation to war: 'The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.'...The world is outraged at this pattern of lies used to justify the Iraq invasion, but the U.S. public still seems numb to the dangers of government by deceit."

Blair told: it's time for answers Fresh challenges for government as committee poses tough questions. The government was last night confronted with fresh challenges to its case for waging war in Iraq when a Labour dominated Commons committee posed a series of unexpectedly sceptical questions about Whitehall's prewar intelligence assessment.

Blair: I did not mislead Parliament over Iraq Poodle Tony Blair today defiantly declared he was right to go to war against Iraq and that he had not misled the public or Parliament.

BBC sticks by claims The governors of the British Broadcasting Corporation have stood by a report that government officials doctored intelligence about Iraq's weapons to boost the case for war.

The decision to go to war in Iraq Committee says jury still out on banned weapons ( "This is an edited version of the foreign affairs committee's report The Decision to Go to War in Iraq"

The phoney war Serious doubts were raised yesterday about whether Saddam Hussein possessed the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on which Tony Blair and George Bush rested their case for war in Iraq. In a damaging finding for Mr Blair, an inquiry by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee concluded that "the jury is still out" on the accuracy of the Government's dossier on Iraq's weapons, issued last September.

The four key questions that No 10 now has to answer The government has been given two months to address shortfalls in its evidence on Iraq's weapons --The Commons foreign affairs select committee set four potentially explosive traps for the government yesterday in the row over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. The MPs homed in on four of the biggest weaknesses in the government's September dossier, which was supposedly based on state of the art intelligence. They demanded ministers come up with answers.

Blair in clear over WMD, but doubts remain An influential parliamentary investigation has cleared the British Prime Minister, Poodle Tony Blair, of misleading Parliament to justify the war against Iraq, but cast doubt on several claims he made about Saddam Hussein's weapons program.

'Easter egg hunt' for WMD is abandoned When the first American soldiers advanced through Iraq in March, every warehouse with bags of pesticide was eagerly examined in case they might be weapons of mass destruction. "I can't get hold of any American officers because they are all out trying to win promotion by being the first to find WMD," said a Kurdish official in exasperation just after the fall of Mosul. "It is like a giant Easter egg hunt."

Iraqi resistance starts killing lone targets The point-blank shooting of a British reporter on a Baghdad street and the deaths of three United States soldiers have raised concern that Iraq's worsening insurgency - until now targeting only U.S.-U.K. occupying troops and Iraqis accused of US collaboration - will spread to Westerners in general.

Second 'Saddam' tape aired A tape recording said to be of Saddam Hussein has urged Iraqis to throw the occupying forces out of Iraq.

So Where Are My Weapons? (July 5) Saddam Hussein yesterday broke his silence and taunted the West over the hunt for weapons of mass destruction. In a taped message apparently from the toppled leader, he said: "They aim to destroy Iraq, and what they called the weapons of mass destruction was nothing but a cover for their plans. "I ask the invaders, where are these weapons of mass destruction?"

Iraqi insurgents continue to attack U.S. troops Iraqi resistance fighters dropped a homemade bomb from a bridge onto a passing U.S. military convoy in Baghdad on Tuesday, while another military vehicle struck a land mine in the capital. At least seven U.S. troops were injured in those and other attacks throughout the country, the military said.

Marine Who Helped Rescue Jessica Lynch Dead in Car Crash A Marine who was home for the first time since fighting in Iraq died Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving veered off State 11 and crashed into some trees, authorities said. Josh Daniel Speer, 21, died instantly about 8 a.m. while en route to his fiancee's house, said Kent Dill, a Greenville County deputy coroner. Speer was a member of a unit that helped rescue Jessica Lynch, said Capt. Shawn Turner, a corps spokesman. Details of the unit's role weren't available, he said [That would be an understatement].

As South Africa Awaits Bush, Anti-U.S. Feeling Is in the Air As officials in Pretoria made last-minute arrangements over the weekend to ensure a warm welcome for Dictator Bush when he arrives Tuesday evening, a graffiti writer here worked to convey a very different greeting. "Bush go home," the writer painted on a wall along the road to the University of the Witswatersrand, a hotbed of anti-Bush activity as post-apartheid South Africa prepares to meet the American Dictator.

Protesters tell Bush to 'make tea, not war' Only hours before the arrival in Senegal of Dictator George Bush, a group of about 40 intellectuals and political activists mounted a street protest denouncing the United States 'leader', notably for his government's policies on the newly-created International Criminal Court. The protesters marched through the streets of the Senagalese capital Dakar on Monday chanting "Bush is a criminal - send Blair to the International Criminal Court"...

Morning radio co-host sues station that fired her A former Upstate [SC] radio personality says she was fired for opposing the U.S. invasion of Iraq, according to a lawsuit filed Monday... A spokeswoman for San Antonio-based Clear Channel said the company does not comment on pending lawsuits.

Mom's plea to Army: Let daughter go Parent has terminal cancer --While her daughter is serving in Iraq, Andrea Fine is battling terminal breast cancer. The woman from Longmont wants nothing more than to get her daughter home before she dies. But she's running into roadblocks and running out of time.

White House Hurdles Delay 9/11 Commission Investigation Documents and Interviews Are Subject Of Tense Talks as Tight Deadline Looms --For the past seven months, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, otherwise known as the 9/11 Commission, has been looking into the events leading up to the 2001 attacks. But so far the probers have made little progress. The commission is embroiled in tense negotiations over the level of access it will have to White House documents and the federal personnel it wants to interview.

Credit bureaus screening for terrorists Agencies scan 'wanted' lists --Do you pay your bills on time? How much debt do you carry? Are you a terrorist? Credit bureaus are asking a grim new question in drafting financial scorecards for apartment hunters, car shoppers, mortgage applicants and others undergoing routine checks of their fiscal trustworthiness. Along with the standard searches of payment histories, bankruptcy records and civil judgments, the private-sector bureaus have started offering access to the government's list of accused terrorists.

Insurance limits put doctors on the spot Nearly one in three doctors withholds treatment information from patients because the services are not covered by insurance, and the number may be rising, according to an American Medical Association survey.

Amid official predictions of recovery US jobless rate soared in June The unexpectedly steep climb in the US unemployment rate announced by the Labor Department last week sent Wall Street into a tailspin and opened up a fresh crisis for the Bush administration, which has been predicting an economic upturn fueled by its policy of tax cuts for the rich.

Court Rejects Bid to Stop Cheney Lawsuit A federal appeals court today rejected Vice pResident Dick Cheney's bid to keep secret the workings of his energy task force, saying sufficient safeguards were already in place to prevent the disclosure of genuinely privileged information.

Court Allows Suit on Cheney Energy Panel A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the Bush dictatorship's bid to stop a lawsuit that seeks to delve into the energy industry's ties to Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Blame Bush in State Fiscal Crisis --by Robert Scheer "FERC at the same time said California must honor $12 billion in long-term contracts written under duress with the same companies that were gaming the market. ...It is absurd to blame current difficulties on any state's governor, Republican or Democrat. It is the Bush administration that has mismanaged a successful economy inherited from Bill Clinton. It is the Bush administration that should bear responsibility for the difficulties being experienced by state governments — and it should at least help California as much as it is helping our newest state, Iraq.

The Madness Of King George --by Harley Sorensen "So what we have in the White House today is a megalomaniac with a messianic complex, a man who believes that he and he alone can resolve the world's problems.'I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East,' he said. I, I, I, I, I! With Bush it's always 'I.' In a job that requires great humility, we have an egomaniac... A man who claims to get orders from God, and who creates world-shaking events on the basis of those 'orders,' needs watching."

Inside a U.S. Election Vote Counting Program --by Bev Harris (Bev Harris is the author of the soon to be published book, Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century, "Contents: Introduction Part 1 - Can the Votes Be Changed? Part 2 - Can the Password Be Bypassed? Part 3 – Can the Audit Trail Be Altered?" [*Also, see Bigger Than Watergate! -- a link to the story, including "for the first time, a link to the full 40,000 files from the Diebold ftp site".]

Texas House preliminarily adopts new redistricting map Democrats vainly battled against inevitable defeat as the Texas House approved a Republican redistricting plan early today that likely would eliminate six incumbent Democratic congressmen in next year's elections.

By running, Gore could help Dems define themselves --by William O'Rourke "Al Gore should reconsider his decision not to run for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2004... Gore could, finally, run a strong, free-wheeling, pure campaign, stating forthrightly what he and the Democratic Party stand for."

Dean First Presidential Candidate Declared Eligible for Primary Matching Funds in 2004 Race (Federal Election Commission Media Advisory) "Howard Dean today became the first 2004 presidential candidate to be declared eligible by the Federal Election Commission to receive federal matching funds. Dean is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2004."

Kucinich fires up Democrats He's way behind in fund raising, name recognition and political buzz, but U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, has been buoyed by some recent enthusiastic crowds that have turned out to hear him speak across the country. His grassroots efforts and crowd-drawing abilities in places like Iowa, Wisconsin and California have some outside the Washington beltway taking notice.

Glocester resident looking for escaped snake (RI) The police are looking for him, the town has been put on alert, but Slick remains on the lam. The 14-foot-long yellow and orange Burmese python slipped out of his 300-gallon tank on July 4. The snake worked his way out of the tank, onto the floor and up onto the computer table [?!? Yikes!]. Slick slid past the computer, knocked a picture frame down, nudged a clock out of the way and pushed up against the screen in the window that looks out on the lake... <g>

Bush pushes for next generation of nukes If the Bush dictatorship succeeds in its determined but little-noticed push to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons, this sun-baked desert flatland 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas could once again reverberate with the ground-shaking thumps of nuclear explosions that used to be common here.

Plan taps 'Persian Gulf of natural gas' in West Federal energy council will meet in Colorado --The Bush dictatorship has singled out the Rocky Mountain West for a pilot project to speed up energy development. The White House has charged a group of top administration officials with finding ways to streamline environmental approvals and accelerate renewable-energy projects, pipeline construction and natural-gas drilling on public lands.

White House Targets Rockies For Natural Gas Environmentalists Fear Dictatorship Will Run Roughshod --The Bush administration is promoting a pilot energy development project in the Rocky Mountain West, The Denver Post reported Sunday.

Washington Lends Muscle to Besieged Colombian Pipeline The George W. Bush dictatorship is planning to significantly expand U.S. commitments in Colombia, with a 2004 budget request for up to $147 million to protect a private oil pipeline in the South American country.

Bush has another agenda in Africa Oil quest may outflank efforts to end conflict, aid development --The trip to Africa, which in many ways echoes the themes of predecessor Bill Clinton, represents a turnaround from 2001, when candidate George Bush made it clear that Africa was not really on his radar. Now, with strife in Liberia focusing new attention on the continent, Bush says he wants to send the message to Africa that Americans care. He also has a new motivation to make friends on the continent: oil.

Rev. Sharpton calls Bush L.A. gang leader Democratic presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday compared Dictator Bush to a Los Angeles gang leader and demanded that he apologize to the American military and their families for challenging dissident Iraqis to "bring them on." "I'm in Los Angeles. For the president [sic] to say, 'Bring it on,' almost like daring and provoking Iraqis to kill American soldiers," Mr. Sharpton said, "he sounds more like a gang leader in South-Central L.A. than one that is trying to institute a policy of democracy and reconstruction in the world." [I doubt any gangs would allow 'chickenhawk' Bush into their groups, yet alone select him as their 'leader'.]

Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom' Soldiers stress is a key concern as the Army ponders whether to send more forces. US troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit "rock bottom."

Revolt appears to spread Attacks extending beyond U.S. forces --The point-blank shooting of an unarmed British reporter on a Baghdad street and a grenade attack on a U.N. compound raised concern Sunday that Iraq's worsening insurgency - until now targeting only U.S.-U.K. occupying troops and Iraqis accused of U.S. collaboration - will spread to Westerners in general.

In postwar Iraq, the battle widens Recent attacks on U.S. forces raise fears of guerrilla conflict --Recent Iraqi attacks on U.S. troops have demonstrated a new tactical sophistication and coordination that raise the specter of the U.S. occupation force becoming enmeshed in a full-blown guerrilla war, military experts said yesterday.

Shootings of three US soldiers mark escalation of resistance Three American soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq in the last 24 hours amid signs that many Iraqis approve of the killing of the occupying soldiers.

New attacks kill two U.S. soldiers in Baghdad Two American soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Baghdad overnight, U.S. military officials said Monday. Four others were wounded in an attack west of the Iraqi capital.

G.I. Killed by Gunman on Baghdad Campus An American soldier who was accompanying United States officials visiting Baghdad University was fatally shot today by an unidentified gunman, witnesses and American officials said.

U.S. soldier dies after Sunday attack A U.S. soldier from the 1st Armored Division died Sunday as a result of wounds received earlier in the day while guarding Baghdad University, the U.S. military said. The shooting follows the killing of a British journalist and seven U.S.-trained police cadets Saturday.

Grisly Death Enrages Anti-U.S. Town in Iraq The gruesome death of an Iraqi man whose head was shot off inflamed anti-American rage in the volatile town of Ramadi on Monday after a night of armed attacks which wounded four U.S. troops.

British journalist yearned to become war correspondent A British journalist, shot and killed on a Baghdad street corner at the weekend, was an eager 24-year-old videographer who had arrived from London just two weeks ago, aiming to become a war correspondent.

Doctors gave wounded Australian positive prognosis days before death Doctors had given Australian sound recordist Jeremy Little a positive prognosis days before he died from injuries suffered in an attack in Iraq, his close friend said today.

No need for additional US troops in Iraq now: Franks The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq said it is too soon to deploy additional US forces there, despite a growing chorus of calls for a stronger US military presence following a spate of recent attacks.

U.S. Raids Offend Iraqi Sensibilities U.S. troops raiding Iraqi homes in search of weapons and suspects are trampling on a particularly important Muslim sensibility--the sanctity of the home.

U.S. Reportedly Frees 11 Turkish Troops The United States on Sunday released 11 Turkish special forces detained in northern Iraq, Turkish news reports said, ending a standoff that strained efforts by the NATO allies to repair relations frayed over the Iraq war.

Iraq Policy Is Broken. Fix It. The dictatorship’s problem is that calling on NATO means bringing France and Germany back into the fold. My suggestion: get over it. --by Fareed Zakaria "'We’re utterly surprised,' a senior U.N. diplomat told me. 'We thought that after the war, the United States would try to dump Iraq on the world’s lap and the rest of the world would object, saying, 'This is your mess, you clean it up.' The opposite is happening. The rest of the world is saying, 'We’re willing to help,' but Washington is determined to run Iraq itself.' And what are we getting for this privilege? The vast majority of the costs, for starters."

All War All the Time The military game has changed, and the U.S. isn't ready --by William S. Lind "This year, it was the neo-cons' push to create an American world empire. One of the leading neo-conservatives made the usual pro- empire pitch: Empire is inevitable, we have to make the world safe for democracy, no one can stop us, etc. A cultural conservative, who wants America to be a republic, not an empire, asked a question: 'What is your answer to Fourth Generation Warfare?'"

Experts grow more sceptical about extent of threat posed by Saddam Hussein before war Focus on BBC row seen as limiting inquiry into intelligence --The Commons foreign affairs committee is scheduled to release its Iraq report today. In spite of its title, The Decision to Go to War in Iraq, MPs have focused on the BBC-Downing Street spat.

UK Parliamentary Report Criticizes Blair Gov't on Iraq Intelligence Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's government mishandled intelligence material on Iraqi weapons, a parliamentary committee reported Monday, but said it found no evidence Blair or his ministers deliberately misled lawmakers. The committee also cleared Blair's communications chief of accusations he redrafted an intelligence dossier against the wishes of intelligence agencies to include unreliable information.

Government demands apology despite being condemned Jack Straw is demanding an apology from the BBC over the Iraq dossier row, despite Alistair Campbell and Tony Blair receiving scathing criticism from investigating MPs. Mr Campbell was cleared by the Foreign Affairs Committee over the Government's September dossier, but his role in the second "dodgy" dossier was severely criticised.

BBC on collision course with Downing Street The chairman of the BBC emerged from a crisis meeting of the organisation's governors last night and set the corporation on a collision course with the Government by demanding an apology from Downing Street over the Iraqi arms dossier row.

Governors back BBC in row over Iraq dossier The BBC's governors sought to gain the upper hand in the Iraq war dossier row last night with a pugilistic statement demanding that Downing Street retract its claims of bias against the corporation's journalism.

PM told of doubts on Iraqi arms: US official One of the Prime Minister's justifications for war on Iraq was declared unreliable in a United States State Department alert to the Australian Government several months before.

Ex-Envoy: U.S. Twisted Iraq Intelligence An envoy sent by the CIA to Africa to investigate allegations about Iraq's nuclear weapons program contends the Bush dictatorship manipulated his findings, possibly to strengthen the rationale for war.

U.S. Military Experts Arrive in Liberia A team of U.S. military experts arrived in Liberia on Monday to assess whether to deploy troops as part of a peacekeeping force that would restore order to a nation torn by civil war.

Zimbabwe steps up criticism of Bush on eve of visit Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe warned US Dictator George Bush on the eve of his Africa visit that if he was coming to dictate what should happen in Zimbabwe, he should just go home. [Yes, we would *all* like to see Bush return home -- to Texas -- and stop squatting in the White House.]

Al Qaeda Trials Slammed Jack Straw has warned Colin Powell of Britain's "strong reservations" over the Guantanamo Bay trials of two British al Qaeda suspects. The Government expects any trials held at Guantanamo, termed military commissions by the US, to meet international standards of fairness [there's as much chance for *that* as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rocking chairs].

New study shows 'ugly Americans' no prettier We really are the "ugly Americans," at least in the view of a majority of 16,000 respondents from 44 countries surveyed recently by the Pew Research Center for The People and The Press. The war in Iraq has contributed to our slide in the global popularity poll, but other factors have contributed as well, including our approach to foreign policy and the fact that Muslims throughout the world believe the United States could threaten their religion.

Weaker Dollar May Boost Bush Re-S-election Prospects Some economists reckon that a weakened dollar could put dictator George W. Bush in the White House in 2004 with a comfortable victory.

Divisions emerge among challengers to Bush Some Democrats attack the dictator's economic policies, others criticize the war in Iraq. Those who supported the war in Iraq are emphasizing in their campaigns Dictator Bush's handling of the economy. Those who didn't support the war generally reject all things Bush, with the war at the top of the list.

Dean: U.S. becoming Argentina In the fan-cooled Deerfield [NH] home, former Vermont governor Howard Dean criticized George W. Bush, including the dictator's economic policy, the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Bush's lack of a comprehensive plan for health care coverage. Dean also criticized the Democratic party for trying to woo conservatives and ignoring traditional Democratic issues, like health care.

MSNBC fires Michael Savage after anti-gay comments MSNBC on Monday fired whackjob Michael Savage for anti-gay comments. The radio talk show host who did a weekend TV show for the cable channel referred to an unidentified caller to his show Saturday as a "sodomite" and said he should "get AIDS and die."

MSNBC Cans Savage Over AIDS Comment MSNBC has fired controversial right-wing talk show host [and whackjob] Michael Savage for gay-baiting comments he made on the network on his program, "Savage Nation" on Saturday.

Bald Eagle Is Found Dead at National Zoo Officials at the National Zoo suspect that a large cat got into a bald eagle's enclosure and killed the bird, perhaps already weakened by fierce storms and unable to fly.

Strip Blair of power to appoint his 'cronies' to top jobs, MPs demand Poodle Tony Blair should be stripped of his power to appoint his friends and Labour "cronies" to influential public posts, a powerful committee of MPs will recommend this week.

US complains about brothel called The White House The US Embassy in New Zealand had lodged a complaint with a brothel that calls itself The White House. After brothels were legalised in New Zealand this month, The White House in Auckland, which previously described itself as a massage parlour, advertised for prostitutes in a newspaper advertisement last week.

Saddam Hussein 'destroyed weapons in 1990s' A compelling explanation for why substantive evidence of weapons of mass destruction has not yet been discovered in Iraq has been given by intelligence experts who believe that Iraq dismantled its weapons in the mid-1990s.

What I Didn't Find in Africa --by Joseph C. Wilson 4th "Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat."

Ex-Envoy: Nuclear Report Ignored Iraqi Purchases Were Doubted by CIA --Joseph C. Wilson, the retired United States ambassador whose CIA-directed mission to Niger in early 2002 helped debunk claims that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium there for nuclear weapons, has said for the first time publicly that U.S. and British officials ignored his findings and exaggerated the public case for invading Iraq.

U.S. Envoy Says Bush 'Twisted' Iraq Intelligence A former U.S. ambassador who investigated a report about Iraq buying uranium from Niger accused the Bush dictatorship on Sunday of twisting intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

Leading Senators Clash on Iraq Probe The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee clashed on Sunday over whether to open another probe into alleged White House manipulation of intelligence to make the case for war against Iraq. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) told NBC's "Meet the Press" that new accusations by former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson over claims Iraq bought uranium from Niger added fuel to an investigation he was opening with his own staff.

MI6 chief briefed BBC over Iraq arms fears · Iran and Syria 'greater danger than Saddam' · Blair stakes reputation on row over weapons dossier --The head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, secretly briefed senior BBC executives on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction before the Today programme claimed Number 10 had 'sexed up' part of the evidence.

Panel weighs in on claims Blair "sexed up" Iraq intelligence After two weeks of hearings, the House of Commons' foreign affairs committee is to report Monday on whether Prime Minister Tony Blair "sexed up" the case for Britain joining the US-led war on Iraq.

Top Russian General Warns of "Second Vietnam" in Iraq The United States is in danger of getting bogged down in another Vietnam in Iraq, a top Russian general warned on Wednesday, saying that armed resistance to U.S.-led forces was not simple terrorism.

US Soldier Shot in Another Attack in Iraq A U.S. soldier was shot and critically wounded at Baghdad University on Sunday in the latest in a series of attacks on the occupying forces in Iraq that have grown bolder and more clinical.

US soldier shot at Baghdad University An American soldier has been shot at Baghdad University as students were gathering for lunch. At least 19 American soldiers have been killed in combat in Iraq since US Dictator George W Bush declared major hostilities over on 1 May.

Iraqi police recruits killed At least 8 die, many hurt in blast officials blame on pro-Hussein fighters; Anti-American crowd gathers; Death threats made against any civilians cooperating with U.S. --Guerrillas continued to deliver on threats against Iraqis who cooperate with U.S. occupation forces, killing at least eight young police recruits and wounding dozens of others yesterday in a midday bomb blast in front of police headquarters here.

Heat and violence hits US troops The recent spate of attacks on American troops in Iraq has had a profound effect on the morale of the US troops stationed here... "They're not giving us enough water" --A US soldier who must wear body armour in 50 degrees Celsius.

British journalist killed in Baghdad A British journalist was shot dead in Baghdad outside the Iraqi National Museum last night. The man, described as a freelance television picture researcher, is the 16th journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the war on 20 March.

British cameraman shot dead in Baghdad A British journalist was shot and killed by an Iraqi gunman last night in the centre of Baghdad.

Words matter / Bush's macho dare on Iraq was unpresidential (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) [Well, given the fact that Bush is *not* the president, what is to be expected?] "Discussing the attitude the United States should take toward attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, Mr. Bush said last week, 'Bring 'em on!' It was the sort of adolescent-sounding swagger that demeans the presidency and the president [sic]... This type of presidential [sic] comment on a situation that has so far claimed the lives of some 200 Americans in Iraq is inappropriate and irresponsible."

Ritalin for America --by Maureen Dowd "Let's apply the A.A.D.D. [Adult Attention Deficit Disorder] quiz to our fidgety president and his foreign policy team: ...'I have a quick temper, a short fuse.' (Like the president [sic], taunting the Iraqi militants, saying, 'Bring 'em on.' Shouldn't that sort of trash talking be reserved for football and Schwarzenegger sequels? ...We say everything is O.K. while the senators who went to Iraq last week say we're stretched thin in the face of more and more attacks by Saddam loyalists. Yep. These guys definitely have E.A.D.D. — Empire Attention Deficit Disorder."

Ready To Explode Hope for Future Fades in Iraq --Former Iraqi soldier Najab fingered his pistol and glared at two British soldiers trying to calm an angry crowd protesting at crippling shortages. This is Basra three months after British tanks rolled in to a rapturous welcome. Instead of jubilation there is frustration. In the broiling summer heat this is a city waiting to explode.

Behind the blue door The Americans claim attacks on their troops in Iraq are perpetrated by rogue officers from the old regime. But there are other causes, writes Graham Usher from Faluja "The 'liberation' had turned sour. For Iraqis in Faluja the Americans started to feel, act and look like occupiers."

Grounding Planes the Wrong Way U.S.-U.K. invading troops looted and vandalized the Iraqi airport that now must be rebuilt [so that US contractors can reap the benefits of rebuilding them. See "March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech" --by Michael Rectenwald "Halliburton, Dick Cheney's former company from which he still earns a million dollars in deferred salary, has multi-billion dollar contracts for rebuilding what they first had contracts to destroy."] In the case of the international airport outside Baghdad, the theft and vandalism were conducted largely by 'victorious' American troops, according to U.S. officials, Iraqi Airways staff members and other airport workers... U.S.-U.K. invading soldiers also vandalized the airport, American sources say.

Turkey Protests U.S. Detention of 11 of Its Soldiers in North Iraq Turkish officials protested today what they said was the detention of 11 Turkish soldiers by American forces in northern Iraq, where there are indications that the Turks want to play a more aggressive role.

U.S., Indonesian jets in standoff In a tense encounter above the Java sea, U.S. fighter planes went into attack mode and locked their missiles on Indonesian warplanes deployed to intercept them, an Indonesian air force official said Friday.

Senators Seek Vote on Liberian Deployment The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday they want Dictator Bush to get congressional approval before any U.S. troops are sent to Liberia.

Confess or die, US tells jailed Britons Outrage over plight of Guantanamo detainees The two British terrorist suspects facing a secret US military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay will be given a choice: plead guilty and accept a 20-year prison sentence, or be executed if found guilty. American legal sources close to the process said that the prisoners' dilemma was intended to encourage maximum 'co-operation'.

EU Against Death Penalty for U.S. Terror Suspects The European Commission urged the United States on Friday to avoid applying the death penalty to six foreign captives designated by Dictator Bush to be tried before U.S. military commissions.

Quizzing Them on 9/11 Bush and Clinton may be asked to meet with the independent commission investigating the terrorist attacks [See "The Obscure Goat Story of 9-11". Bush can provide amusing details of his day, how he continued to read a story about a pet goat to elementary school students for approximately thirty minutes *after* he was notified by Andrew Card that America was under attack.] Will Dictator Bush be summoned before the independent commission investigating 9/11? It now appears very likely.

Bioterrorism project falls into intelligence gap (June 16, 2003) --by Siobhan Gorman "[Paul] Redmond, assistant secretary for information analysis at the Homeland Security Department, testified before the House Select Homeland Security Committee about Project BioShield, President [sic] Bush's $6 billion anti-bioterrorism project that's been cruising through the House... Redmond's June 5 testimony—or lack of it—before a joint session of two of the House panel's subcommittees triggered bipartisan dismay. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., in an interview, described his reaction as one of 'shock, depression, outrage, embarrassment, and concern.' He added, 'They're basically acknowledging that they're useless.'... As proposed, BioShield would fund pharmaceutical companies in the latter stages of developing vaccines for those bioterror agents deemed most likely to pose a threat [?!?] to the nation."

House committee approves 'Bioshield' funding proposal (May 15, 2003) The House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday unanimously approved draft legislation authorizing $5.6 billion over the next decade for the research, development, and purchase of tests, treatments and vaccines to fight potential bioterror agents.

A Peek Into Congressional Corruption --by Jim Hightower "The latest ugly incident involves a Kansas corporation called Westar Energy Inc. and four top congressional leaders... The company wanted an exemption from a federal regulation and hoped to have its exemption slipped into an energy bill. 'We have a plan for participation to get a seat at the table,' says the email, which then bluntly names the price: 'The total package will be $31,500 in hard money (individual) and $25,000 in soft money (corporate).' It then names the four congress critters who named the price – Reps. Tom DeLay, Joe Barton, Billy Tauzin and Sen. Richard Shelby. The money was paid – and sure enough, Rep. Barton slipped Westar's exemption into the bill."

Military recruiters get school directories Pentagon says it needs to fill the ranks, but critics complain about aggressive sales pitches Under a little-noticed provision tucked into the No Child Left Behind Act--the sweeping [Reichwing] education-'reform' law designed to identify and overhaul failing schools--school administrators have little choice. The law gives the military unprecedented access to all high school directories of upperclassmen--a mother lode of information used for mass-mailing recruiting appeals and telephone solicitations.

MIT launches watch on US government Fittingly enough, Wired chose yesterday -- July 4, the US Independence Day -- to run the story that the MIT Media Lab has built a fully web-enabled system promoting Government Information Awareness. The MIT system's name consciously echoes the DARPA Terrorist Information Awareness programme.

Government Information Awareness "Mission --To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America."

HR 2239 IH Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003 (Introduced in House) "To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent record or hardcopy under title III of such Act, and for other purposes. May 22, 2003 --Mr. [Rush] Holt [D-NJ] introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration" [At, enter HR 2239 in the 'Bill Number' submission window.]

Senators going nuclear (The Baltimore Sun) "A Republican plan to shove those obstacles aside in order to win approval for the most controversial of President [sic] Bush's judicial appointments is not only short-sighted and foolhardy but also threatens the American system of government... Now, GOP leaders are proposing to do away with filibusters on judicial nominations. If they can't muster the super-majority required for such a rules change, they may resort to the 'nuclear option': bringing in Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney to issue a ruling as Senate president [sic] that judicial nominations can't be filibustered. An appeal of such a ruling could be rejected by a simple majority of 51.

Democrats Tweak Republicans on Child Tax Credit Democrats criticized Republican congressional leaders on Saturday for slowing an effort to let low-income families benefit from increased child tax credits, saying the delay was hurting soldiers' children even while U.S. troops are under fire in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Finance: the Downscaling of America According to Inferential Focus, a quirky New York prognosticating firm led by President Charlie Hess, we're going down. Downwardly mobile, that is. Even though the worst of the bear market might be behind us, the American middle class will continue to lose ground and the American consumer will continue to be squeezed for some time to come.

Bush Nets Record Returns in Fund Raising George W. Bush's recipe for record fund raising has been honed to precision since his first campaign for Texas governor in 1994, when he raised $16 million. Now, he is on the way to taking in a predicted $200 million or more for next year's presidential primaries, even without a GOP opponent.

O'Connor Dismisses Rumors That She Plans to Retire From Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said today that she would serve out the next term of the Supreme Court, dismissing speculation that she was ready to retire.

Life for spitting at police officer John Marquez, 35, was sentenced this week for spitting at the police officer, who was trying to arrest him, in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

"Fireworks," A declaration of independence, by Michael Rectenwald

Lawyers Furious as US Builds Death Chambers Lawyers expressed outrage yesterday at plans to put al-Qaeda suspects, including two Britons and an Australian, on military trial in Guantanamo Bay. They would effectively be tried by a "kangaroo court", stripped of all basic rights of due process that would be afforded in criminal courts in Britain or America, they said.

2 Britons May Face U.S. Military Tribunal Two Britons and an Australian in U.S. custody are among six terror suspects who will likely face U.S. military trial, British and Australian officials said Friday. Australian national David Hicks is also in the group. Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, said in Australia that his client faced "an American kangaroo court," where his fate will ultimately be in the hands of Dictator Bush.

Execution chamber report has Hicks's father worried Terry Hicks was despondent after learning yesterday that his son, suspected al-Qaeda recruit David Hicks, was likely to stand trial as a terrorist before a US military tribunal... Hicks's father was particularly alarmed at reports that the US proposed building an execution chamber at Guantanamo Bay where condemned prisoners with no rights of judicial appeal could be killed without leaving Cuba. "It's being built to coincide with something, isn't it?" Mr Hicks said.

Two Britons at Guantanamo face the death penalty Two Britons held at Guantanamo Bay face a possible death penalty after being named among the first group of prisoners likely to be tried before secretive US military tribunals. A decision on charges will be decided later but yesterday's move was condemned by families, lawyers and pressure groups as an attempt by the US dictatorship to undermine international law.

Concern as Britons face US tribunal The Foreign Office last night expressed serious concern about Washington's decision to put two Britons held as suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay before a secretive military tribunal which has the power to order executions.

US and Europe set for clash over terrorist trials The US faces another damaging diplomatic row with Europe over its decision to try six suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in secretive military tribunals.

Scandal of Iraqi PoWs TRUE PRICE OF WAR: Furious Red Cross attacks Blair and Bush for breaking the Geneva Convention over soldiers --The Red Cross yesterday accused Tony Blair and George Bush of breaching the Geneva Convention over the shabby treatment of Iraqi prisoners of war.

Officers cast doubt on tale of mosque as bomb factory United States commanders on the ground have found no evidence to substantiate allegations by the military's Central Command that a deadly explosion at a mosque compound was related to bomb-making activities.

Blast kills recruits in payback for working with US An explosion killed at least seven Iraqi police recruits and injured 54 others as they marched in a graduation ceremony in the tense western city of Ramadi yesterday, littering the street with blood, debris and shreds of clothing. Many of the victims blamed the US for the attack.

7 U.S.-Trained Police Cadets Are Killed in Iraq Explosion Seven Iraqi police recruits died today as explosives packed into a utility pole near a police station went off during the graduation ceremony for the first American-trained class for a new police force.

'Bring them on,' Bush says; Iraqis do Grenades fired at convoy of Humvees in broad daylight --A day after George W. Bush declared that U.S.-U.K. occupying forces in Iraq are strong enough to deal with any threat, U.S. troops came under fire again yesterday, with 10 soldiers wounded in three separate incidents as attacks on U.S. forces become bolder and more frequent.

Iraqis raise rebel action against US A day after attacks against the US-led occupying forces in Iraq escalated, American forces killed 11 attackers who ambushed them near the town of Balad, 100 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Dead on the Fourth of July: One US soldier and eleven Iraqis As the American army in Iraq prepared to celebrate Independence Day, an Iraqi sniper aimed at a US soldier in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle outside the national museum in Baghdad and shot him. The soldier died of his injuries a few hours later, bringing close to 30 the number of US soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq since Dictator Bush declared the war ended on 1 May.

No letup in attacks on troops in Iraq U.S. troops killed 11 Iraqis who ambushed a convoy on a highway north of Baghdad Friday, hours after mortar rounds slammed into a U.S. base in the same area, injuring 18 American soldiers, the military said. Another U.S. soldier was shot and killed while guarding the Baghdad museum, the U.S. military said Friday.

Saddam Hussein tape calls for jihad on invaders A broadcast allegedly made by Saddam Hussein exhorting the people of Iraq to continue their jihad against the "infidel invaders" was played on the Arab television channel al-Jazeera yesterday.

American troops plead for reinforcements American troops who narrowly escaped a rocket attack yesterday joined the growing number in the military who say that reinforcements are needed or they risk being overrun by the Iraqi resistance.

Wives clamour for US troops return Julian Borger reports from Hinesville in Georgia, where life is centred on the US Third Division -- "By the last week in May, many of the soldiers had prepared their equipment and had sent emails saying they were on the way home, when the rising level of guerrilla attacks stopped the withdrawal dead. 'That week, it's good that no one lit a match, because this town was a powder keg,' said Patrick Donahue, editor of the local paper, the Coastal Courier."

CIA was pressed to link Iraq, al-Qaida The Bush dictatorship pressured the CIA before the war on Iraq to look for evidence of close cooperation between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein, but the agency found no proof, according to an internal CIA intelligence review.

Citing 9/11 [?!?], Bush defends Iraq war Dictator Bush delivered an impassioned Fourth of July defense of war in Iraq, declaring that the United States is "on the offensive against terrorists and all who support them." More than two-dozen U.S. troops have died in hostile action in Iraq since May 1 when Bush declared major combat in Iraq was over and more than 60 have died overall.

MoD accuses BBC of 'skulduggery' over Iraq documentary A new front opened in the Government's hostilities with the BBC over the Iraq conflict yesterday, with the Ministry of Defence considering legal action against a documentary on the war.

Christian Science Monitor admits using forged documents against antiwar British MP Galloway Scottish Labour MP George Galloway has issued High Court libel proceedings against the Telegraph newspaper over a claim that he received money from Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. The move follows a public apology to Galloway by the Christian Science Monitor for having made similar allegations based on forged documents.

Photographs from July 4 Philadelphia Protests --by Kyle Cassidy (Philadelphia Indymedia) "Several thousand demonstrators protested President [sic] Bush's arrival in Philadelphia to open the U.S. Constitution Center. Perennial Philadelphia favorites Spiral Q Puppet Theater provided an oversized puppet of George W. Bush shredding the Constitution."

It may be a very rough ride if we go all the way with Bush America has the technology to wipe all life from the face of the planet. Maybe it will one day, writes Hugh Mackay. "Somehow, Bush manages to balance his reputation as the most belligerent president [sic] the US has ever produced with his claim to be a born-again Christian. Such a cocktail of military might and religious fundamentalism is potentially lethal, so what will be our response to this latest phase in Washington's relentless development of weapons of mass destruction? ...Unless someone is prepared to call a halt to this crazy escalation, the black masterminds of the US weapons program may eventually devise their own 'final solution'."

Force down rogue state jets, say US, Australia Australian and United States officials meeting in Brisbane next week will discuss an aggressive military operation to force down aircraft and board ships suspected of carrying prohibited weapons from North Korea, Iran, Syria and Libya. But the proposals being pushed by Australia and the US are expected to raise difficult questions of international law and could provoke a military confrontation with countries like North Korea.

Pentagon Seeking New Access Pacts for Africa Bases The United States military is seeking to expand its presence in the Arab countries of northern Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa through new basing agreements and training exercises intended to combat a growing 'terrorist threat' in the region.

US retaliates over war crime immunity demand 35 countries denied arms aid --In a further bid to place US officials and military personnel beyond the reach of war crimes prosecution, the Bush dictatorship cut off military aid to about 35 countries that failed to meet a June 30 deadline for signing bilateral immunity agreements.

Malpractice Bill is Likely to Lose Key Senate Vote A bill that would impose strict limits on jury awards in medical malpractice cases — a central element of Dictator Bush's plan to revamp tort law — appears headed for defeat in the Senate, but the majority leader, Bill Frist, intends to introduce the measure on Monday anyway, forcing a vote that could be used against Democrats in the next election. On Thursday, a group that opposes Dr. Frist's position called on him to remove himself from the debate because he and his family own substantial investments that would benefit from limits on medical liability.

The People Powering Howard For many of the people behind "people-powered Howard", Howard Dean holds much the same attraction as Howard Beale: They are mad as hell. Their anger -- and as the Rockville event shows, you don't have to go too far outside the Beltway to tap into it -- is aimed at Bush (they're angry after Florida, even angrier after Iraq) and at establishment Democrats for their perceived failure to stand up to the dictator.

Website turns tables on government officials Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials.

Entire rainforests set to disappear in next decade More than 23 million acres of the world's forests - enough to cover the whole of Scotland - are disappearing each year because of logging, mining and land clearance for agriculture.

The Italian poisoner Berlusconi is not just another rightwinger; he is a threat to democracy --by Martin Jacques "Berlusconi is - and has been ever since his political emergence in 1994 - the most dangerous political figure in Europe. This has gone largely unrecognised. Tony Blair has been happy to consort with Berlusconi and offer him the cloak of respectability in his various attempts to build a pro-American axis against the French and Germans... The Berlusconi regime represents a degenerate form of democracy: a halfway state between democracy and a new form of totalitarianism that we have not witnessed before."

Schools ignore it - but is it time for the empire to strike back? History teachers urged to include imperial past --More than three decades since the last pink-tinged maps of the colonies were hauled down from classroom walls across Britain, the empire looks like striking back. Leading historians addressing the Prince of Wales summer school for English and history specialists this week argued that Britain's imperial past has been ignored for too long, and should be reinstated at the core of the secondary school curriculum.

Supreme Court justice escapes injury Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor narrowly escaped injury on Friday when a heavy frame surrounding a mural fell onto the dais where she was sitting after receiving Philadelphia’s Liberty Medal. "We could have all been killed," she exclaimed after the collapse, which slightly injured a couple of people.

US still at war in Iraq, says general Two months after Dictator George Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq, the commander of coalition forces acknowledged that "we're still at war" and United States soldiers suffered heavy casualties in three separate guerilla attacks.

More attacks on US troops in Iraq despite reward US offers $25m for Saddam Hussein, dead or alive --Another American soldier was killed in an attack on a convoy in Baghdad and at least 19 were injured in a mortar attack as attacks against US forces in Iraq showed no sign of abating.

U.S. Soldier Killed, 20 Said Wounded in Iraq One U.S. soldier was killed and 19 were wounded in two attacks in central Iraq on Thursday night, while another was hurt in an explosion on Friday, the U.S. military and witnesses said.

Attacks Leave U.S. Soldier Dead, 18 Hurt On a day in which the commander of U.S.-U.K. occupying forces in Iraq acknowledged that the United States-led invaders in Iraq were still at war, one soldier was killed and at least 28 wounded, including 18 in a mortar attack near the town of Balad, as American forces continued to confront escalating violence throughout Iraq. [Note: The New York Times has since removed this summary and article and swapped it with a 'revised' story at the same URL. --ed.]

US kills 11 ambushers in wake of attacks on soldiers US troops killed 11 Iraqi insurgents who ambushed a convoy on a highway north of Baghdad yesterday, the military said. Just hours earlier mortar rounds slammed into a US base in the same area, wounding 18 American soldiers. Another US soldier was shot and killed while guarding the Baghdad museum.

Anger Rises for Families of Troops in Iraq Since major combat for the 150,000 troops in Iraq was declared over on May 1, more than 60 Americans, including 25 killed in hostile encounters, have died in Iraq, about half the number of deaths in the two months of the initial campaign. Frustrations became so bad recently at Fort Stewart, Ga., that a colonel, meeting with 800 seething spouses, most of them wives, had to be escorted from the session.

Saddam Hussein 'alive in Iraq' urges attacks on US troops A tape said to be of Saddam Hussein's voice was broadcast on Al–Jazeera TV today, on which he said that he is still in Iraq and vowed more attacks on Americans.

Up to 17,000 unexploded bombs left in war zone, MP warns Anything between 2,000 and 17,000 unexploded British bomblets may remain on the ground in Iraq, posing a daily threat to civilian lives, according to estimates by a British MP.

Bush gets earful for "bring them on" Iraq remark As US forces battle in Iraq, US Dictator George W. Bush is taking fire back home for what his Democratic opponents call "macho rhetoric" that can only invite more guerrilla-style attacks on American soldiers.

"Bring 'Em On?" --by Stan Goff A Former Special Forces Soldier Responds to Bush's Invitation for Iraqis to Attack US Troops --"This de facto president is finally seeing his poll numbers fall. Even chauvinist paranoia has a half-life, it seems... Now, exercising his one true talent--blundering--George W. Bush has begun the improbable process of alienating the very troops upon whom he depends to carry out the neo-con ambition of restructuring the world by arms. Somewhere in Balad, or Fallujah, or Baghdad, there is a soldier telling a new replacement, 'We are losing this war.'"

Britain stirs, America sleeps --by William Pfaff "...the culture of lies that prevails in the Bush administration is an integral part of a larger culture of expedience and systematic dishonesty that dominates the present leadership of American political society and business. There is little reason to expect this soon to change. Expedient lies have always been part of politics; and American business, at its higher levels, has often been crooked, but uneasily so, in conflict with the residual puritanism of the American establishment."

Invasion was 14 days early, says top officer The land invasion of Iraq was "brought forward" by 14 days, a top British military officer revealed yesterday.

CIA used data from early and mid-1990s when assessing Iraq's WMDs for 2003 U.S. intelligence analysts lacked new, hard information about Saddam Hussein's chemical, biological and nuclear weapons after United Nations inspectors left Iraq in 1998, and so had to rely on data from the early and mid-1990s when they concluded in months leading up to the war that those programs continued into 2003, according to preliminary findings of a CIA internal review panel. On another controversial Iraq intelligence issue, the preliminary report indicates that although al Qaeda and Hussein had a common enemy in the United States, and there were some ties among individuals in the two camps, "it was not at all clear there was any coordination or joint activities," said one individual inside the CIA who is familiar with the report.

US intelligence relied on old data in assessing Iraqi weapons A CIA internal review panel has concluded that US intelligence analysts lacked new, hard information about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction after UN inspectors left Iraq in 1998 and relied on data from the early and mid-1990s in the run-up to the Iraq war, The Washington Post reported.

Blair's spin-doctor admits tinkering with Iraq dossier British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's top aide, Alastair Campbell, has admitted to tinkering with a security report seen as bolstering the campaign for US-led action against Iraq, a confidential letter published in a London newspaper showed.

BBC launches inquiry into 'sexing up' story The BBC was backing down last night in its row with the Government as MPs looked likely to clear Alastair Campbell of the corporation's claim that he "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq.

BBC on defensive over dodgy dossier claim The BBC has launched an internal inquiry into the way it reported allegations that the British Government had doctored a dossier on Iraq's weapons to strengthen the case for war.

Poland seeks Iraqi oil stake Poland, which has sent troops to support the US-led forces in Iraq, has acknowledged its "ultimate objective" is to acquire supplies of Iraqi oil. The Polish Foreign Minister, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, said his country had never disguised the fact that it sought direct access to the oilfields.

Japan troops get Iraq go-ahead Japan's powerful lower house has given the green-light to the nation's biggest foreign military deployment since World War II, passing a law that allows soldiers to be sent to assist in the rebuilding of Iraq.

U.S. Vehicles Gain Iraq Role Under pressure from Michigan lawmakers, the State Department says it will no longer use foreign vehicles for the 'rebuilding effort' in Iraq, Rep. Joe Knollenberg said yesterday.

US subjects Iraqi detainees to "inhuman treatment" Numerous reports have emerged of brutal treatment and frequent torture of detainees rounded up and arrested by US occupying forces in Iraq.

U.S. Forces Launch Fresh Afghan Operation U.S. forces in Afghanistan have launched a fresh operation to root out Taliban fighters and their allies from rugged territory near the border with Pakistan. The operation, codenamed Haven Denial [?!?!], was launched on Wednesday in Paktika and Khost provinces to the southeast of the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said on Friday.

Bush Sends Military Experts to Liberia Dictator Bush is sending a team of military experts to Africa to assess whether sending U.S. troops to Liberia would help bring stability to the wartorn nation.

Bush Advisers Divided Over Liberia Action Liberian President Charles Taylor said Friday he would step down, but only after an international peacekeeping force is deployed to his west African nation. The moves comes as the Bush dictatorship struggles to decide whether to send troops.

Anthrax Probe Figure Worked for Pentagon Even after he came under FBI scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill continued to teach Pentagon training sessions for military personnel preparing to search for chemical and biological weapons overseas.

Britons to face US military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay Two Britons being held by American forces in Guantanamo Bay are among the first six detainees likely to face trial before a US military tribunal, the Foreign Office said today.

Six Detainees Soon May Face Military Trials Dictator Bush today designated six captives suspected of involvement in terrorism as eligible to be tried before military tribunals, setting in motion the process that officials say will soon lead to the first use of such tribunals by the United States in more than 50 years. "Things will start to move rather quickly now," a senior military officer said.

Bush Says 6 'Terror Suspects' May Be Tried By Military Tribunal- Officials Dictator Bush has designated six captives in what he has called the 'war on terrorism' as eligible to be tried before U.S. military commissions, defense officials said on Thursday. Any trials are set to be held at Guantanamo Bay. Charges set out in the Pentagon's instructions for the trials could bring the death penalty.

President [sic] Determines Enemy Combatants Subject to His Military Order (DoD Press Release) "The President [sic] determined that six enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his Military Order of November 13, 2001. Today’s action is the next step in the process that may lead to military commissions."

Thousands of smallpox shots unused In the latest sign that the nation's smallpox vaccination program has fallen short of expectations, public health officials in several large states say they may end up throwing away more smallpox vaccine than they have used.

Bush Faulted for Jobless Rate Democrats Blame Policies for Jump in Unemployment Level --Democrats pounced on yesterday's sharp rise in the unemployment rate, attacking Dictator Bush's "simplistic, knee-jerk tax cuts" as a policy failure and claiming the dictator "doesn't have a clue" about how to fix an economy that has lost 3.4 million jobs since he took [literally, *took*] office.

Democrats See Opening for Attack on Economy The jump in the unemployment rate gave Democrats a new opening today to attack Dictator Bush's 'management' of the economy and question the effectiveness of his signature tax cuts. In strikingly similar terms, many of the Democratic presidential candidates attacked Mr. Bush's policies as misdirected and unfair.

Tortuous Torts (Urban Legends) "Claim: Six real lawsuits showcase the need for tort reform. Status: False..."

US political life 227 years after the Declaration of Independence (WSWS) "The United States of America marks the anniversary of its founding revolution under conditions in which the political life of the country has entered a state of paralysis and its economic and social foundations are beset by crisis."

Pinochet generals admit exhumations Eight retired army generals in Chile have acknowledged that secret graves of people killed by the military regime were later dug up to dispose of the bodies.

Report: Fire Damages Japan Nuclear Plant A fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in central Japan Friday, after the sound of an explosion was heard at the complex, media reported. There was no immediate word on radiation leaks or casualties.

Berlusconi: I Never Apologized to Germany Premier Silvio Berlusconi insisted Friday he had never apologized to Germany, saying he merely said he was sorry that his "joke" likening a German lawmaker to a Nazi prison guard had been misunderstood.

Health chief calls for smoking ban to cut killer diseases A smoke-free Britain in which cigarettes would be banned in all enclosed public places was called for yesterday by the Government's chief medical officer.

Bush Issues Taunt on Iraqi Attacks: 'Bring 'Em On' Dictator Bush yesterday delivered a colloquial taunt to militants who have been attacking U.S. troops in Iraq, saying "bring 'em on" and asserting that the forces in Iraq are "plenty tough" to deal with the threat. The colorful challenge by Bush provoked indignation from some congressional Democrats, who said the dictator's bravado was inviting attacks on U.S. soldiers.

Bush to Iraqi militants: "Bring them on" U.S. Dictator George W. Bush had a tough message on Wednesday for Iraqi militants attacking U.S. troops -- "Bring them on" -- and said the U.S. military presence was sufficient to deal with the attackers. Democratic leaders were sharply critical of the remark. "I am shaking my head in disbelief. When I served in the army in Europe during World War II, I never heard any military commander -- let alone the commander in chief -- invite enemies to attack U.S. troops," said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

A Day After Bush Assurances, 10 U.S. Soldiers Hurt in Iraq A day after Dictator Bush asserted that U.S.-U.K. occupying forces in Iraq were prepared to deal with any security threat, American troops came under attack again today, with 10 soldiers wounded in three separate incidents.

Three Iraqis killed, 10 US soldiers wounded as violence flares in Iraq Three Iraqis were killed and 10 US soldiers wounded in four separate incidents in Iraq, as an upsurge in violence showed no sign of abating.

8 U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq blasts An Army truck hit an explosive west of Baghdad on Thursday injuring six U.S. soldiers, and assailants in the capital wounded two other American soldiers in separate attacks, U.S. military officials and witnesses said. The violence comes a day after Dictator Bush vowed that anti-U.S. attacks would not keep the United States from fulfilling its mission in Iraq.

Arrest of Shiite leader by US forces sparks protests US forces arrested a Shiite Muslim leader in the town of Baquba overnight, sparking a protest by thousands of his supporters, his family and an AFP correspondent said.

U.S. troops face more attacks by Iraqis An overnight blast at a mosque here killed at least four Iraqis and wounded several others, fueling anti-American anger and prompting residents to accuse the United States of launching an airstrike on the building. Since Dictator Bush declared an end to major combat operations two months ago, at least 728 members of U.S.-U.K. occupation forces in Iraq have been wounded, according to Sergeant Patrick Compton, a military spokesman in Baghdad. At least 154 of them have died in hostile actions and 75 have died in non-hostile actions, he said.

Straw denies allies are in quagmire · Foreign secretary's upbeat view contradicted by coalition officials · BBC in fresh row over soldier's death --Jack Straw yesterday claimed that the political and security situation in Iraq was improving, in spite of attacks on US soldiers and sabotage of electricity and oil supplies. The upbeat assessment by the foreign secretary - the highest-ranking politician of the US-UK coalition to enter the centre of Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein - contrasted with views expressed by U.S.-U.K.occupying officials on the ground.

Paras fired rubber bullets before troops were killed Two days before six British soldiers were killed by a mob in Majar al-Kabir, paratroops fired rubber bullets at a hostile crowd, Geoff Hoon said yesterday.

Blackouts Return, Deepening Iraq's Dark Days Lack of Steady Electricity Is Biggest Obstacle to Reconstruction, Officials Say Crippling blackouts have returned to the capital and the rest of the country, impeding the restoration of public order and economic activity, and creating a new focus of anger at the U.S. occupation.

BP benefits from Iraq oil delays The continued failure by America and Britain to get Iraqi oil exports back on track will help BP report very strong second-quarter figures and puts the oil firm on track for a near 35% increase in annual profits.

U.S. Offers $25M for Saddam Hussein's Capture U.S. administrators announced a $25 million reward Thursday for information leading to the capture of Saddam Hussein or confirmation of his death - an effort to resolve the fate of the ousted Iraqi leader and help end the violence blamed on his supporters.

'War president [sic]' is a lost cause --by John Farmer "Who says George W. Bush failed to make any post- Iraq war plans? Of course he did. You think he's dumb or something? [?!?!?!?] From the very beginning, our president [sic] knew exactly what he'd do once the war was over -- he'd launch an all-courts, cross-country fund-raising campaign to fuel his re-election effort. And he's been as good as his word. It began with his landing, warrior-style (no throwing up allowed here), on the carrier Abraham Lincoln to declare, formally, that the fighting in Iraq was over. Done. Finished. Kaput. Break out the champagne."

U.S. Planning for Intervention in Liberia The U.S. military commander in Europe has been ordered to begin planning for possible American intervention in Liberia, defense officials said Thursday.

U.S. Is Considering Sending Troops to Liberia The Pentagon has ordered military planners to prepare detailed options for American troops to join an international peacekeeping force to oversee a cease-fire in the war-battered West African nation of Liberia, two senior military officials said today. Officials said they are considering sending 500 to 2,000 American troops, a number that will be determined after a decision is made about the force's precise mission.

Kenyan Women Accuse British Troops of Rape A group of 650 Kenyan women who say they were sexually assaulted and in many cases gang raped by British soldiers on military assignment in their country won the right today to sue the Ministry of Defense for compensation.

US government jails thousands of juvenile refugees An Amnesty International USA report released on June 18 exposes the brutal treatment routinely afforded juvenile immigrant asylum-seekers by US government authorities.

Judge: Govt's case 'does not hold water' in holding 4 Four men accused of being part of a "jihad network" were granted bail Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate T. Rawles Jones Jr. said none of the defendants pose a threat to the community... "The government's argument that he should be denied bond because of concerns for community safety simply does not hold water," Jones said. The decision appeared to undermine the government's terror-related claims in a 42-count indictment unsealed last week.

4 Terror Suspects Ordered Released Pending Trials A federal judge delivered an unusual rebuke to the Justice Department in a major terrorism prosecution today, ruling that four men accused of having links to a Kashmir terrorist group should be freed from custody until their trials.

Tensions rise as report on 9/11 failures is due out A long-awaited report detailing intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could be released as early as next week, but it arrives amid rising political tensions and debates over declassifying sensitive material.

Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77 --by Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D "I am an ex Naval line officer and a psychiatrist in private practice in New Orleans, a Christian and homeschool dad. It troubled me a great deal that we rushed off to war on the flimsiest of evidence. I considered various ways to provide a smoking gun of who and why Sept 11th happened. Astute observers noticed right away that there were no Arabic sounding names on any of the flight manifests of the planes that 'crashed' on that day."

Jobless Rate Hits 6.4 Pct., 9-Year High The nation's unemployment rate shot up to 6.4 percent in June, the highest level in more than nine years, in an economic slump that has cost nearly a million jobs in the last three months.

Jobless rate up to 6.4% Climb in jobless rate worse than expected as employers cut another 30,000 jobs. U.S. unemployment rose to its worst level in nine years in June as businesses cut thousands of jobs, the government said Thursday.

Teachers union plans lawsuit over federal funds The nation's largest teachers union plans to sue the federal government on behalf of states, school districts and teachers to amend or throw out Dictator Bush's far-reaching education law.

Republican Enviros Blast Bush for Withholding Information Withholding of vital environmental information is getting to be a bad habit with the Bush dictatorship, REP America, the national grassroots organization of Republicans for environmental protection, said today.

Reaping the whirlwind Extreme weather prompts unprecedented global warming alert --In an astonishing announcement on global warming and extreme weather, the World Meteorological Organisation signalled last night that the world's weather is going haywire. It is possible that 2003 will be the hottest year ever recorded. The 10 hottest years in the 143-year-old global temperature record have now all been since 1990, with the three hottest being 1998, 2002 and 2001.

Wildfires said to be worsened by global warming Global warming experts warned yesterday that the curtain might be rising on a "summers-of-fire" scenario in the United States.

Republicans Fight Davis Recall Marvin: 'This Is Not A Banana Republic' --A small group of Republicans plans to raise money to oppose the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, saying it could lead to an "endless cycle of political instability."

Florida GOP leaders at odds Florida Senate President Jim King is questioning Gov. Jeb Bush's motives in the governor's persistent campaign to cap medical malpractice jury awards, charging Wednesday that his fellow Republican seems most interested in ''getting even'' with old political foes.

Anti-war Protestors Say Cops Used Excessive Force Fifteen people who were arrested in February during a huge anti-war protest sued the city Tuesday, claiming police used excessive force against demonstrators and treated them inhumanely.

Rescuing Protest Before Bush '04 Activists Push Back at NYPD --by Chisun Lee "The Bush administration's policies have roused hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to some of the most heated agitation the city has seen in decades. Angry protesters have claimed police are meeting these demonstrations with new heights of repressiveness, amounting to a pattern of unfounded arrests and abuses. Now, with an eye to the near future, they are pushing back. A look at the activist scene today reveals a number of challenges that together form a multipronged effort to free the streets. New Yorkers want their right to protest to be as firmly entrenched as the police presence will be come 2004 [for the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden].

Dean's Surge in Fund-Raising Forces Rivals to Reassess Him Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor making his first bid for national office, raised substantially more money this quarter than all his more established opponents in the Democratic presidential contest, according to figures released today.

Macho America Storms Europe's Runways A remarkable reversal of sentiment and symbolism has occurred in the five months since designers here and in Milan and London, the site of fervent antiwar rallies... in what was surely the first fashion show to treat combat as performance art, Bernhard Willhelm, a designer from Belgium, had beefy models in commando gear scramble over tabletops and explode balloons. "I enjoyed the reaction of people," said Mr. Willhelm, who had opposed the Iraq war. "They said, 'These guys really look like they could take Saddam's palaces.'"

Government Warns of Mass Hacker Attacks The government and private technology experts warned Wednesday that hackers plan to attack thousands of Web sites Sunday in a loosely coordinated "contest" that could disrupt Internet traffic.

Man Gets Life in Prison for Spitting (OK) A convicted rapist has been sentenced to life in prison for spitting on a police officer.

Berlusconi apology heals rift over Nazi jibe Chancellor Gerhard Schröder today said a diplomatic crisis with Italy was over, after Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi apologised for telling a German MEP that he should play a Nazi concentration camp guard in a film.

Berlusconi puts EU presidency in turmoil with Nazi insult Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, provoked uproar and threw Italy's presidency of the EU into turmoil yesterday by likening a German MEP to a Nazi concentration camp commandant.

U.S. to Send Troops to Liberia The Bush dictatorship has decided to send a "fast team" of U.S. forces to Liberia to serve as peacekeepers, senior defense sources told Faux News Wednesday. "We have the green light to do something in Liberia, we are working on that something right now," a senior defense official told Faux News.

Iraq's resistance: A new Vietnam for the White House? ...A more telling sign of real US apprehensions is that Paul Bremer's press conferences, at which he dispenses resolute optimism in the face of increasing scepticism from journalists, take place at the National Convention Centre in central Baghdad behind enormous fortifications of barbed wire and concrete blocks.

Ex-Army Chief Warns U.S. Troops Could Be Locked in Iraq For Next 10 Years A former four-star U.S. army general who led a major and controversial attack during the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, warned on Tuesday that U.S. troops could be locked into Iraq for the next decade.

Huge influx of troops sought to secure Iraq Amid growing indications that some of the attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq are organized and coordinated, the chief civilian administrator and Army officers on the ground would like an increase of as many as 50,000 troops in the theater, according to knowledgeable sources.

Bremer requests more troops as violence, tension escalate ...Donald Rumsfeld doesn't want to send more than the 146,000 American soldiers already in Iraq, and the issue is being fiercely debated, the U.S. officials said. "It is inconceivable that Rumsfeld and (Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul) Wolfowitz are fighting this because it would mean admitting they were wrong," said a senior administration official.

Grim signs of guerrilla war Cycle of attack, counterattack suggests troubling Iraq scenario --Two months after Dictator Bush declared major combat over in Iraq, stealthy enemies are still firing at American soldiers, killing 25 so far. The pattern of attack and counterattack looks like classic guerrilla warfare, in which a weaker foe attacks in the place of his choosing, then melts into the population.

U.S. Marine Killed in Iraq Mine Explosion A U.S. Marine was killed and three others were injured on Wednesday while conducting mine-clearing operations in Iraq, U.S. military officials said.

Soldier dies from wounds in Iraq A U.S. soldier wounded in one of two ambushes near Baghdad Tuesday died from his wounds on Wednesday, and Iraqi resistance fighters intent on stealing oil caused leaks that shut down one of Iraq’s main oil pipelines. Despite daily attacks on U.S.-U.K. occupying troops that have led some to fear a political and military quagmire, U.S. and British politicians vowed to stay the course in Iraq.

US soldiers injured after Iraqis blame army for mosque attack At least six American soldiers were wounded yesterday in the rising tide of anti-US violence in Iraq. And US forces were blamed for a blast at a mosque in the troubled town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, which killed 10 Iraqis, including the imam who was preaching when the explosion happened on Monday night.

Bush: We won't be chased from Iraq Dictator Bush said Tuesday that the United States will not be intimidated by attacks on its troops in Iraq, and he vowed to press the fight until peace and stability [?!?] are restored to that country.

Bush to Iraqi Militants: 'Bring Them On' Dictator Bush on Wednesday had a tough message for Iraqi militants attacking U.S. troops -- "Bring them on" -- and said the U.S. military presence was sufficient to deal with the attackers.

Firms Swarm Conference Seeking Business Opportunities in Iraq U.S. and foreign companies swarmed to a private investors conference on Iraq on Tuesday seeking business opportunities in a tight post-war market so far dominated by big U.S. firms.

Majority in US believes Bush 'stretched truth' about Iraq: poll For the first time since the beginning of the war in Iraq, a solid majority of Americans believe the Bush dictatorship either "stretched the truth" about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction or told outright lies, according to a new opinion survey.

Union goes to war with Labour Cabinet branded 'criminals' on Iraq --Tony Blair and his cabinet were branded "war criminals" yesterday as an organisation that gave birth to the Labour party faced expulsion in an historic split with the government.

Microsoft Word bytes Tony Blair in the butt --by Richard M. Smith "Back in February 2003, 10 Downing Street published a dossier on Iraq's security and intelligence organizations. This dossier was cited by Colin Powell in his address to the United Nations the same month. Dr. Glen Rangwala, a lecturer in politics at Cambridge University, quickly discovered that much of the material in the dossier was actually plagiarized from a U.S. researcher on Iraq... Revision logs are hidden and cannot be viewed in Microsoft Word. However I wrote a small utility for extracting and displaying revision logs and other hidden information in Word .DOC files... It is easy to spot the following four names in the revision log of the Blair dossier: P. Hamill, J. Pratt, A. Blackshaw, M. Khan --In addition, the 'cic22' in the first three entries of the revision log stands for 'Communications Information Centre,' a unit of the British Government."

In Korea, a quiet US weapons buildup The US is now sending $11 billion in high-tech equipment - part of a redesign of the South's defense. As the US prepares to reduce and redeploy troops that have long guarded the DMZ in South Korea, it is also sending a huge array of state-of-the-art military equipment onto a peninsula confronting a nuclear crisis.

U.S. Bans Aid to Nations For Not Exempting Americans From Int'l Criminal Court The United States on Tuesday declared almost 50 countries ineligible for military aid, including Colombia and six nations seeking NATO membership, because they back the International Criminal Court and have not exempted Americans from possible prosecution.

US cuts aid over ICC immunity refusals The United States has cut military aid to 35 countries over their refusal to exempt US troops from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC).

While 'Looking at All Options,' Bush Again Tells Liberian to Quit Dictator Bush said today he was "looking at all options" to bring peace to Liberia, and that it was essential that President Charles Taylor leave the country. Asked if he would rule out American troops going to Liberia, Mr. Fleischer replied, "I'm not ruling it out."

Another detainee dies in US custody in Afghanistan --by Rick Kelly "Not only has the US failed to recognise the basic democratic rights of detainees or to provide any explanation for three recent deaths in custody in Afghanistan, but the CIA is known to 'render' prisoners to third countries such as Jordan and Egypt for torture under US supervision. Moreover, as the US-based Human Rights Watch recently noted, officials in countries with a record of torturing prisoners now counter criticisms by declaring that they are acting no differently to the Bush administration."

Lawmakers want probe of chem-bio weapons tests to continue Several House members are asking Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to keep alive the Pentagon’s investigation into 50 chemical and biological weapons tests in the 1960s that involved 5,842 military personnel.

Subject of Anthrax Inquiry Tied to Anti-Germ Training Three years ago, the United States began a secret project to train Special Operations units to detect and disarm mobile germ factories of the sort that Iraq and some other countries were suspected of building, according to Bush regime officials and experts in germ weaponry... Officials familiar with the secret project say that to design an American version of a mobile germ unit, the government turned to Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, then a rising star in the world of biological defense but more recently publicly identified by the Justice Department as "a person of interest" in the anthrax investigation.

Travel Industry Opposes Anti-Terror Rules A travel industry trade group is campaigning against new federal rules aimed at preventing foreign terrorists from entering the country, warning that the measures would hurt tourism and do little to enhance security.

Travel Industry Fears New Rules Could Deter Visits to U.S. The Travel Industry Association of America warned today that several new security measures intended to prevent terrorists from entering the United States would also quite likely deter foreign tourists' visits.

Pentagon Developing System to Track Every Vehicle in a City The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a foreign city.

Final OK near for plan to give campus police broader powers Under legislation that's headed for Gov. Ed Rendell's desk, campus police from Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities would have the power to respond to incidents involving their students at bars in town or apartments near campus, and would be allowed to go off-campus during all police chases.

GOP's Rowland sends subpoenas to legislators Republican Gov. John G. Rowland [CT] has demanded immediate passage of a budget, and issued what he called "subpoenas" to call the General Assembly into special session today to resume the debate. But Democratic leaders and state officials said those documents, which Rowland had delivered by a dozen uniformed state troopers, had no legal authority. The state Senate’s top Democrat, Kevin B. Sullivan of West Hartford, claimed that Rowland’s actions were creating "a police state environment" that made the budget situation worse.

Recall chief held twice on illegal gun charges Issa convicted in '70s on misdemeanor count --Rep. Darrell Issa, within months of leaving Army service in the early 1970s, was arrested twice on illegal-weapons charges, including an incident in Michigan that led to a misdemeanor gun conviction, The Chronicle has learned. Issa's weapons arrests have come under new scrutiny as the millionaire San Diego County Republican attempts to oust Gov. Gray Davis in an unprecedented recall campaign.

Sierra Club Targets Bush on Environment The Sierra Club launched a television ad Tuesday critical of the Bush dictatorship's environmental policies, targeting some of the first issues ads of the 2004 presidential campaign in six swing states.

Bush Selects Former Pharmaceutical Company Executive to Head $15bn AIDS Program Dictator Bush named former chief executive officer for Eli Lilly & Co., Randall Tobias, to coordinate all the dictatorship's international AIDS/HIV activities for all government departments and agencies as well as faith-based community groups.

Willie Nelson Endorses Kucinich [ announcement --scroll to 'Dennis In Action' box on page] "One of the most beloved figures in popular music and culture has endorsed the populist presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich."

NEWS: Black Box Voting -- we found the hack. S.O.S. (Bev Harris post to Democratic Underground discussion forum) "Lawyers have been engaged. We are now working with the level of attorneys who protect activists from the government, in high profile cases. We will henceforth be following the advice of counsel. What was on that Diebold ftp site? I'm told that the identified files are the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers, perhaps worse. Bev Harris, Black Box Voting,"

EU OKs Tough New Rules on Biotech Foods Seeking to avoid a trade battle with Washington, the European Parliament on Wednesday paved the way for new biotech foods to be sold in Europe if they are clearly labeled.

MEPs ready to allow GM food in shops The EU will start moves today to admit genetically modified products to Europe, when MEPs vote on consumer protection and labelling laws.

Berlusconi Nazi Comment Triggers Outrage His country now leading the European Union, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi provoked an uproar Wednesday at the EU parliament by telling a German lawmaker he should star as a Nazi concentration camp guard in a movie.

Italy sparks row on first day at EU helm Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's controversial prime minister, who takes over the European Union presidency for the next six months, turned his fire on France and Germany by warning that Europe must not try to compete as a power block with the United States. Mr Berlusconi was one of the staunchest supporters of the US-led war on Iraq, along with Tony Blair and the Spanish prime minister, Jose Maria Aznar.

MEPs' fury at Berlusconi's Nazi jibe The controversial Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, today assumed the EU council presidency, and immediately provoked furious controversy saying a German MEP should take a film role as a Nazi concentration camp leader.

US-based missiles to have global reach Allies to become less important as new generation of weapons enables America to strike anywhere from its own territory --Over the next 25 years, the new technology would free the US from dependence on forward bases and the cooperation of regional allies, part of the drive towards self-sufficiency spurred by the difficulties of gaining international cooperation for the invasion of Iraq.

America to build super weapons US-based missiles to cover world --The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory.

Pentagon Reveals Secret Bio, Chem Tests The Pentagon used potentially dangerous chemical and biological agents in 50 secret tests involving military personnel in a decadelong project to measure the weapons' combat capabilities, according to a Pentagon findings released Monday.

U.S. Releases Final Reports on Secret Pentagon Toxin Tests on Thousands of People The Pentagon made public today a final set of reports on a cold war program that tested the vulnerability of American forces to unconventional attack, having identified 5,842 people who may have been exposed to chemical or biological agents.

Bush 'indicted' over war crimes A group of Japanese lawyers unveiled documents Monday "indicting" U.S. Dictator George W. Bush for war crimes allegedly committed against the Afghan people since the United States-led coalition began its antiterrorism campaign in Afghanistan in October 2001. They said the indictment will be handed to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo next week.

U.S. May Cut Aid Over Court Immunity About 35 Nations Could Lose Funds --The Bush dictatorship, intent on exempting U.S. citizens from prosecution by the International Criminal Court, is drawing fresh accusations of diplomatic heavy-handedness by threatening to cut off military aid to dozens of allies that refuse to sign immunity deals with the United States.

US condemned over Iraq rights A leading human rights group has criticised US treatment of detainees in Iraq, as the UN opened a workshop focusing on abuses committed by the regime of Saddam Hussein. Amnesty International has warned that the "conditions of detention Iraqis are held under... may amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, banned by international law".

Iraqi details harsh treatment as Amnesty criticizes U.S. interrogation methods --An Iraqi businessman detained during a raid on his home says U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, forced him to kneel naked and kept him bound hand and foot with a bag over his head for eight days. Khraisan al-Abally's story, told to an Associated Press correspondent, comes as an Amnesty International report released Monday harshly criticizes American interrogation techniques.

US and Britain admit mistakes on post-war plans Both the British and the Americans yesterday admitted serious mistakes in efforts to set up a 'secure and democratic' post-war civilian administration in Iraq.

'American troops in Iraq deserve to die' American forces today continued with their co-ordinated raids against Iraqi guerrilla forces, even as hostile relatives of one arrested suspect gave warning that all US soldiers in Iraq "deserve to die".

'Looters' killed in Iraq blast An ammunition dump has exploded in Iraq, killing about 30 people, according to reports.

Iraqi interim official arrested in U.S. crackdown U.S. troops arrested the interim governor of Najaf on kidnapping and corruption charges Monday as they continued efforts to quell attacks on U.S.-U.K. occupying troops in Iraq.

Blast at mosque kills at least 6 Iraqis Interpreter dies, 4 U.S. soldiers wounded in Baghdad attacks --Iraqis at the scene said a U.S. missile or bomb caused the blast... One witness said the United States attacked the mosque: "After late prayers we heard the shaking in the mosque. We heard a helicopter overhead and a whooshing sound, and then the building was destroyed."

6 U.S. troops wounded in Iraq Iraqi resistance fighters strike soldiers in Baghdad; Blast rocks Fallujah mosque --Six American soldiers were wounded in three separate attacks in Iraq on Tuesday and a massive explosion in a mosque in the troubled town of Fallujah reportedly killed several Iraqis. As the country appeared to simmer with anti-American sentiment, the chief U.S. administrator in Iraq sought to deflect criticism that opposition to the U.S.-led occupation was on the rise.

Six Soldiers Wounded In, Near Iraqi Capital (DoD) Six U.S. soldiers were wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq today, said Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials.

U.S. Troops Attacked Again in Iraq, Blast Hits Mosque Six more American soldiers were wounded in Iraq on Tuesday and a fatal blast at a mosque fueled Muslim anger toward U.S. forces, all within hours of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisting Iraq was no new Vietnam.

No Vietnam: Rumsfeld denial while toll rising Baghdad: Four US soldiers were reported killed and two wounded in an attack in Baghdad yesterday... The violence continued hours after the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, had denied that US-led forces in Iraq faced a Vietnam-style guerilla war.

Rumsfeld Says Iraq No Quagmire or Guerrilla War Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday remnants of toppled President Saddam Hussein's government have coalesced into a "terrorist network" in Iraq, but rejected the notion that U.S. and British forces are facing a guerrilla war or are stuck in a quagmire. Rumsfeld also accused some members of the news media, who he did not identify, of hoping Iraq becomes another Vietnam.

Third International Division Possible in Iraq A third international division- sized unit could possibly be stood up in Iraq in the future, DoD officials said during a press conference today... Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld mentioned editorial cartoons showing the news media asking, "Is it Vietnam yet?"

Mistrust Mixes With Misery In Heat of Baghdad Police Post Frustrated Reservists See a Mission Impossible --"U.S. officials need to get our [expletive] out of here," said the 43-year-old reservist from Pittsburgh, who arrived in Iraq with the 307th Military Police Company on May 24. "I say that seriously. We have no business being here. We will not change the culture they have in Iraq, in Baghdad. Baghdad is so corrupted. All we are here is potential people to be killed and sitting ducks."

Poll: Support for Iraq war slipping Conflict doesn't resemble Vietnam, Rumsfeld says --As a new poll shows Americans are taking a dimmer view of U.S.-led occupation efforts in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday that the fighting there would continue "for some time."

Poll Says Most Believe Hussein-9/11 Link Seven in 10 people in a poll say the Bush dictatorship implied that Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States. Only four in 10 of those polled, 39 percent, said they thought the government was being fully truthful when it presented evidence of links between Saddam and al-Qaida.

MP shoots down WMD report A leading member of the foreign affairs select committee today dismissed its forthcoming report into the government's claims about Iraqi weapons, saying it would not be able to come to any "definitive conclusions"... The Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, slammed the prime minister for failing to give evidence to the committee.

No 10 scales down attack against BBC over dossier Downing Street yesterday denied it has called a "truce" in its battle with the BBC, but signalled it will now tone down its claim that the broadcaster falsely accused it of doctoring the Iraq dossier.

No 'truce' in Iraq dossier row Downing Street has denied declaring a "truce" in its row with the BBC over the government's Iraq dossier. The BBC has refused to apologise for its report that a senior intelligence official had said last September's Iraq dossier was "sexed up" at Downing Street's request.

Just How Dodgy Is the Sexy Dossier? Iraq: Why Blair is still on the rack --by Oonagh Blackman "If the 45-minute claim is true, why were WMDs not used and why have they not been found in the months since coalition troops entered Iraq? Why are Labour activists claiming Cabinet minister John Reid said the 45-minute threat was 'more like 48 hours'? ...Why is No 10 threatening to sue the BBC for using a single uncorroborated source for its claim the September dossier was 'sexed up' when one of its own ministers admits the 45-minute claim also came from a 'single, uncorroborated source'?"

The BBC is standing up for a special British principle The corporation is not run by politicians. We need to keep it that way --by Hugo Young "The BBC lives off a textured public understanding of this that took decades to embed in the national culture. No one else has reproduced it. In the US, Murdoch's Fox News sent wave after wave of bombers live into Baghdad accompanied by the national anthem. Patriotism before truth was the networks' guiding star, and even the panjandrums of the print were scared to crack it."

Cheney And The CIA: Not Business As Usual --by Ray McGovern "As though this were normal! I mean the repeated visits Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney made to the CIA before the war in Iraq. The visits were, in fact, unprecedented. During my 27-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, no vice president ever came to us for a working visit... Did the president [sic] himself know that the information used to secure congressional approval for war was based on a forgery? We don't know. But which would be worse - that he knew or that he didn't?"

A Crack In Bush's Facade --by Ted Rall Growing WMD Scandal Could Lead to Impeachment "Bush lied about the weapons of mass destruction. He lied to us, the United Nations, and the soldiers he sent to die in Iraq. Bush's apologists defend his attempts to sell this obscene war as mere spin, but claiming certain knowledge of something that doesn't exist is hardly a question of emphasis... Lying to the American people is impeachable. Waging war without cause is subject to prosecution at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague."

The Attack Has Been Spectacular --by Maureen Farrell "Despite ample evidence that Bush misled the nation into a pre-planned war (and denounced anyone who tried to paint a realistic portrait of the aftermath), sets of razor-sharp teeth that bared for the slightest Clinton transgression have rescinded, and assorted bootlickers are now busily concocting doozies to cushion the Deceiver in Chief from blame."

US: Incomes of the ultra-rich quadrupled in eight years The 400 top-earning US taxpayers nearly quadrupled their income over the past decade, according to a report released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week.

As 2004 Nears, Bush Pins Slump on Clinton With the start of his reelection campaign in the past two weeks, Dictator Bush has revived his pastime of blaming his predecessor, Bill Clinton, for the economic recession. The recession officially began in March of 2001 -- two months after Bush was sworn in -- according to the universally acknowledged arbiter of such things, the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Amazon Destruction Jumps, Shocks Environmentalists The deforestation rate in Brazil's Amazon, the world's largest jungle, has jumped 40 percent, sparking alarm on Thursday among environmentalists and a promise by the government to launch emergency measures.

Democratic hopeful envisions 'Department of Peace' Former Cleveland, Ohio mayor Dennis Kucinich, one of nine people seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, promoted his peace platform Sunday in Connecticut.

Unprecedented police-state measures passed by Australian parliament --by Mike Head and Richard Hoffman "With the support of the Labor Party, the Howard government last week succeeded in pushing through the Australian parliament an unprecedented piece of legislation giving the government’s political police the sort of arbitrary power normally associated with fascist regimes or military juntas. Under the ASIO Terrorism Act, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation now has the power to detain and question people without charge or trial."

Flu could be next terror weapon, warn scientists Forget anthrax and smallpox, influenza could easily be turned into the next weapon of mass destruction, scientists said today.

BBC has fresh details to support its dossier claim The BBC will present fresh details about how the Iraqi weapons dossier was allegedly "sexed up'' by Downing Street and accuse Alastair Campbell of giving "inaccurate'' evidence to the official inquiry into the affair. According to senior sources, the corporation has decided at the highest level not to give in to the relentless pressure from the Government.

Tebbit defends the BBC in its war with the Government Norman Tebbit, one of the BBC's fiercest critics, has rallied behind the corporation in its bitter fight with Alastair Campbell over the claim that he "sexed up" a government dossier on Iraqi weapons.

Admission on Niger claim Britain was forced to admit yesterday that one of the central allegations against Iraq in last September's disputed weapons dossier was based on information from an overseas intelligence service rather than a British primary source. In a blow to the government's credibility, a Foreign Office mandarin admitted that a claim that Iraq had tried to procure nuclear material from an African country had come "from a foreign service".

Who Lost the WMD? As the weapons hunt intensifies, so does the finger pointing. A preview of the coming battle --Did U.S. intelligence officials—or their civilian bosses—overstate the evidence of weapons before the war? And if some intelligence officials expressed skepticism about WMD, who ignored them? For the past several weeks, the usually lockstep Bush Dictatorship has done its best to maintain a unified front in the face of these queries.

Was it a high crime? --by Daniel Meltzer "If President [sic] Bush launched a lethal war, one whose ultimate domestic and global consequences still cannot be foreseen, on the basis of evidence he either knew was false or about which he should have been judiciously skeptical, then in the words of Mr. Bush's own father, former President George H. W. Bush, 'this cannot stand,' and he should resign or be impeached."

Scandal lurks in shadow of Iraq evidence --by Diane Carman "Several members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Democrats Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., told The New Republic that they knew that evidence contradicting the Bush administration's claims had been concealed, but they were unable to reveal it because it was classified. Still, Congress, which spent $80 million to prove that, yes, Bill Clinton did have sexual relations with that woman, has yet to order an investigation."

Ten Appalling Lies We Were Told About Iraq --by Christopher Scheer "The mainstream press, after an astonishing two years of cowardice, is belatedly drawing attention to the unconscionable level of administrative deception. They seem surprised to find that when it comes to Iraq, the Bush administration isn't prone to the occasional lie of expediency but, in fact, almost never told the truth."

Lawmakers Want International Forces in Iraq An international force of up to 60,000 troops is needed in Iraq to halt the continuing violence, which will escalate if left unchecked, U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden warned on Sunday.

Troops' deaths laid to U.S. fire Air Force jet is faulted in incident that killed up to 9 Marines in Iraq; Perhaps worst such error of war; Victims' families still wait for official notification --A military investigation has concluded that fire from an Air Force warplane was responsible for killing up to nine Marines in March when it mistakenly attacked the armored vehicle they were riding in during a firefight in southern Iraq, according to senior defense officials.

180 Held, Including Colonel, in Raids in Iraq by U.S. Forces A series of aggressive raids by American forces across central Iraq and in Baghdad have resulted in the detention of 180 people, including an Iraqi colonel, the United States military said today.

American Forces Carry Out Raids in Central Iraq American forces carried out an aggressive series of predawn raids across central Iraq today, aiming to root out groups that have been attacking American and British soldiers and to project an intimidating display of power.

US strikes at Iraqi resistance US forces have launched a major offensive against resistance fighters in central Iraq. 'Operation Sidewinder' began with more than 20 simultaneous raids involving aircraft, armoured vehicles and infantry in an area north of the capital, Baghdad, along the River Tigris.

Two U.S. troops wounded in Iraqi attack Two American troops were wounded and an Iraqi civilian was killed in an attack on a U.S. military convoy early Sunday on a road leading to Baghdad International Airport, the military said, the latest in a string of attacks that has left more than 200 Americans dead since the war began.

Iraqi soldiers protest at UK base Disgruntled former Iraqi soldiers have protested outside British Army headquarters in Basra to demand their pay for the last three months.

Washington presses India to send troops to Iraq India is under pressure from the Bush administration to make a substantial commitment of troops to assist in shoring up the US occupation of Iraq.

Amnesty: U.S. violates international law in Iraqi detention camps Amnesty International said Monday it has gathered evidence that points to U.S. violations of international law by subjecting Iraqi prisoners to "cruel, inhuman or degrading" conditions at its detention centers in this occupied country.

Abizaid to replace Tommy Franks The Senate on Friday confirmed Army Lt. Gen. John Abizaid to replace Gen. Tommy Franks as head of U.S. Central Command, a position that includes responsibility for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Straw presses Iran on nuclear fears The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has begun his visit to Iran by urging the country's rulers to allow more inspections of their nuclear sites.

Freedom fighters Celebrities are paying a high price for speaking out against the war on Iraq. --by Gerald Wright "Within a month of September 11, the US Government had voted itself sweeping new powers of investigation, surveillance and detention, selectively applying the rules of war to its own and foreign nationals. Since then, expressions of disquiet have been heard from across American public life, including Hollywood and the music scene. But there have been repercussions."

CodePink Women in San Francisco and Los Angeles, delivered Bush a 'Pink Slip' as he dropped in on California to collect his payback from the profits of military spending and tax cuts. (Codepink: Women for Peace Press Release) "In Los Angeles, the women of CODEPINK hung a 45 foot satin 'pink slip' reading 'Bush/You Lied/You're Fired' off the Century Plaza Hotel while Bush collected his booty in the ballroom below."

Readiness for attack is lacking, study finds Responders need funds, equipment Nearly two years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States remains ''dangerously unprepared'' to handle another catastrophic attack, according to a study by the Council on Foreign Relations. The council, a private New York-based world affairs advocacy organization, recommended spending $98 billion beyond the $27 billion it said the federal government planned to spend on first responders over the next five years.

Gov't Still Napping As New 9/11 Looms A frightening new report claims America is "dangerously unprepared" to cope with another terror attack like 9/11. The report by the Council on Foreign Relations contends the United States needs to spend another $98 billion to brace for an attack - a figure that the federal Department of Homeland Security insisted was "grossly inflated."

Tensions rise as report on 9/11 failures is due out A long-awaited report detailing intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could be released as early as next week, but it arrives amid rising political tensions and debates over declassifying sensitive material.

Sept. 11 Families to Sue Port Authority Families of Sept. 11 victims will file a lawsuit Monday against the Port Authority to obtain greater public scrutiny in the rebuilding of the former World Trade Center site.

Ridge May Move Up in Succession List Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge could move up to eighth in the line of presidential succession, leapfrogging 10 other Cabinet members in a congressional effort to better prepare for a catastrophic attack on Washington.

Bush, Looking to His Right, Shores Up Support for 2004 A systematic effort by Dictator Bush to enlist members of his party's conservative wing in the White House, and to champion touchstone conservative issues, has produced a unified base of support for him from this sometimes wayward faction of the Republican Party, conservative leaders say.

Senate Leader Backs Ban on Gay Marriage The Senate majority leader said Sunday he supported a proposed constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the United States. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the Supreme Court's decision last week on gay sex threatens to make the American home a place where criminality is condoned.

Bush's War On Women The Bush Administration has stepped up its war against women, with remote, impoverished Nepal the epic center of the attack. --by Frederick Sweet "The numbers of women and girls dying from AIDs will continue to climb in Nepal and in most other Third World countries because of Bush administration policies. Each day, at least six women die in Nepal from unsafe abortions performed by unskilled providers..."

GOP's Rowland Subpoenas Lawmakers To Push Budget Passage Gov. John G. Rowland [R- Conn.] on Monday issued subpoenas ordering state lawmakers back to the Capitol by Tuesday to force passage of a state budget.

States Consider Closing Historic Sites Joan Ces and her 7-year-old son came all the way from California to see early American history, but when they reached the oldest stone house in New England [in CT], it was closed. The reason: state budget cuts.

Calif. Near Financial Disaster Hours Remain to Solve $38 Billion Shortfall --State lawmakers have until midnight to reach a compromise with Gov. Gray Davis (D) on a budget that would wipe out the enormous deficit, but the odds of that happening appear slim.

Communities Pinched by AmeriCorps Cuts The problem-plagued federal agency that oversees the program recently cut payments to many of the more than 2,000 groups it supports. The groups say hundreds of activities may have to shut down unless the government provides emergency funds to AmeriCorps.

Florida visits to be lucrative for Bush War chest far bigger than Graham's --Florida Republicans today will add their millions to Dictator Bush's fast-growing campaign account, kicking the Bush family's political machine into gear for the fourth straight election cycle with fundraisers in Miami and Tampa.

Oblivious in D.C. --by Bob Herbert "Those who still believe that the policies of the Bush administration will set in motion some kind of renaissance in Iraq should take a look at what's happening to the quality of life for ordinary Americans here at home. The president [sic], buoyed by the bountiful patronage of the upper classes, seems indifferent to the increasingly harsh struggles of the working classes and the poor. As Mr. Bush moves from fund-raiser to fund-raiser, building the mother of all campaign stockpiles, states from coast to coast are reaching depths of budget desperation unseen since the Great Depression."

Are U.S. journalists truly spineless? --by David Hundter "Are American journalists spineless? Or have the people who once wielded the editorial sword with such class and power caved in to the bean counters who run the media conglomerates? Either way, we have failed, and it's only going to get worse unless individual journalists begin to stand up and reclaim our place as the guardians of liberty. Once upon a time in this country, not so very long ago, every town of any size had at least two daily newspapers and weeklies that did more than just carry coupons and advertisements."

A hard line on Bush The US media don't ask many awkward questions of their leaders - except on the funnies page. Steve Bell has just returned from a cartoonists' convention in Pittsburgh where he discovered that now, more than ever, America needs the keepers of its conscience. "The net result of this timorousness, which is not exclusive to the New York Times by any means, is that Bush gets away with lies and murder while the press beats itself up about the ethics of Jayson Blair... I'm sure things will change in this vast country, which on one level seems to have its head so far up its own arse that it can't see the Bush for the brownies; it's too dynamic not to, and it will move in its own mysterious way in spite of the best efforts of Fox and the Bush junta."

Nader considering another try at White House in 2004 Ralph Nader, still blamed by many Democrats for draining critical votes from Al Gore in the 2000 race for the presidency, says he is seriously considering running in 2004... Nader acknowledges he could harm the Democrats' chances of winning the White House.

Donations to Dean Campaign Surge Former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) announced yesterday that he has raised more than $6 million in the second quarter of this year, an achievement many of his competitors privately conceded will add new credibility to his insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Dennis Kucinich: This Is The Moment... The Time is Now! (Video)

The Fire This Time: Why Kucinich May be the Right Guy at the Right Time --by Daniel Patrick Welch "Kucinich may be the only guy who can win this election. Sounds far-fetched, right? What the Brits would call Loony Left delusional thinking. The U.S. press would just ignore the whole thing, naturally, until it's no longer possible. Just plain crazy. But is it?"

Police enact law to gag leader's critics Indonesian newspaper editor Supratman is standing by his punchy page one headlines, even though they could soon have him jailed for six years.

Ministers knew war papers were forged, says diplomat US official who identified documents incriminating Iraq as fakes says Britain must have been aware of findings --A high-ranking American official who investigated claims for the CIA that Iraq was seeking uranium to restart its nuclear programme last night accused Britain and the US of deliberately ignoring his findings to make the case for war against Saddam Hussein.

BBC set to sue Minister over Iraq 'lies' claim Legal threat deepens crisis over weapons dossiers --The unprecedented row between the Government and the BBC took a dramatic twist last night when Andrew Gilligan, the reporter at the centre of claims that Number 10 deliberately 'sexed up' evidence against Saddam Hussein, announced he was ready to sue a serving Minister.

Commons committee poised to back Campbell in row with BBC Alastair Campbell is on the point of scoring a significant victory in his campaign to force the BBC to back down over allegations that he misused material from the intelligence services. The committee is likely to reject a BBC allegation that intelligence reports were "sexed up" by Mr Campbell's Downing Street staff to strengthen the case for war.

Iraq's resistance war was planned The bodies of two missing American soldiers were found yesterday as news emerged that a growing campaign of Iraqi resistance to the U.S.-U.K. occupation may have been planned before the war began.

War is not over yet, warns US Fresh wave of military fatalities as deteriorating security situation threatens aid programme --The United States warned yesterday that the war in Iraq was not yet over.

US forces launch massive new operation in Iraq The operation, dubbed "Desert Sidewinder", was taking place in a huge swath of central Iraq stretching from the Iranian border to the areas north of Baghdad, and was expected to last for several days, military officials said.

U.S. Sweeps Central Iraq in Campaign to Stem Resistance U.S. forces launched a massive operation early Sunday to crush insurgents and capture senior figures from Saddam Hussein's ousted regime, arresting more than 60 in a show of force designed to stem a wave of deadly attacks on U.S. troops.

Paras storm town where mob killed British soldiers The roar of tank engines and the clatter of helicopters echoed across the mudhouses of Majar-al-Kabir yesterday as the British Army returned in force to the town where six soldiers died last week at the hands of an Iraqi mob.

Saddam Hussein must be caught or killed, says Bremer Saddam Hussein must be captured or killed so he can no longer be a rallying point for anti-U.S.-U.K. fighters in Iraq, the top US official in the country said.

Iraqi killed, two US soldiers wounded in attack An Iraqi civilian was killed and two US military police were wounded in Baghdad today when an explosion targeted a US convoy, the latest in a series of hit-and-run strikes on occupation forces.

Boy's Killing Fuels Anti-U.S. Anger in Baghdad Around 10 p.m. Thursday, Mohammed Kubaisi, 12, was fatally shot in the chest on the roof of his home in Baghdad by a U.S. soldier. Those are the only facts on which the Kubaisi family and the U.S. military agree.

Contaminated Nuclear Barrel Swap Launched in Iraq Environmental group Greenpeace launched a campaign Saturday to give Iraqis clean water barrels in exchange for contaminated containers they have been using which were looted from a nuclear complex.

Missiles: Return to Sender A cache of missiles that were made in the United States found in Iraq (June 9 issue) Bush regime officials say that U.S. intelligence agencies and the Pentagon expected that American troops in Iraq would stumble across all kinds of lethal and “dual use” equipment made by Western companies as they comb through the wreckage of Saddam Hussein’s military-industrial complex.

Once Hailed, Soldiers in Iraq Now Feel Blame at Each Step "Don't talk to me about Saddam Hussein," snapped Ibrahim Aullaiwi, a 46-year-old shop owner in the poor neighborhood of New Baghdad. "The Americans are in charge of everything here. They could have brought generators in here within 24 hours."

And now for the really big guns War is one thing, but can Iraq survive full-on assault by Wall Street? Ed Vulliamy and Faisal Islam report "After the war, the corporate invasion... Despite the worsening security situation, the White House and Pentagon are marshalling these corporate battalions into Iraq - insurance companies, construction firms, commercial health managers and behemoth banks - in the name of free enterprise. The project: to privatise Iraq, a country where 30 per cent of the workforce is employed by the state, and the population is used to food rations and cheap petrol."

Bureau of Iraqi Affairs? --by Travis Snell "On Jan. 23, about two months before the United States and United Kingdom armed forces began bombing and invading Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq’s oil 'belongs to the Iraqi people' and the United States would hold Iraqi oil reserves in trust if (when) it occupied Iraq after a war. Powell also said Iraqi oil 'will not be exploited for the United States’ own purpose.' He said... Iraq’s oil fields... 'will be held in trust for the Iraqi people, to benefit the Iraqi people.' My only thoughts when I read that, 'Good luck Iraq. You’re going to need it if the United States holds your oil in trust. Native Americans must be laughing everywhere.'"

Errand Boy --by Chris Floyd "So now we know. After all the mountains of commentary and speculation, all the earnest debates over motives and goals, all the detailed analyses of global strategy and political ideology, it all comes to down to this: George W. Bush waged war on Iraq because, in his own words, God 'instructed me to strike at Saddam.'"

Nothing but lip service (Army Times) "In recent months, President [sic] Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress have missed no opportunity to heap richly deserved praise on the military. But talk is cheap — and getting cheaper by the day, judging from the nickel-and-dime treatment the troops are getting lately. For example, the White House griped that various pay-and-benefits incentives added to the 2004 defense budget by Congress are wasteful and unnecessary — including a modest proposal to double the $6,000 gratuity paid to families of troops who die on active duty. This comes at a time when Americans continue to die in Iraq at a rate of about one a day."

Suddenly, America has a brash neighbor up north "We look at you Americans and see the [National Rifle Association], rigged elections, Christian fundamentalists, and pre-emptive wars," says Michael Adams, author of the best-selling "Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values." By contrast, Canada is a place that prizes "peace, order, and good government." It's "a social welfare state where we raise taxes to pay for transit, housing, and more," he says.

Stop insulting U.S., Graham urges politicians Canadian politicians should resist the temptation to curry voter favour by taking gratuitous pokes at the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said yesterday.

S.Africa to Allow Peaceful Demos During Bush Visit South Africans will be allowed to demonstrate against Dictator Bush when he visits next month but the protests must be peaceful, the government said on Sunday.

Security personnel take down a banner that was unfurled by protesters from a balcony of the Century Plaza Hotel, June 27, 2003 in Los Angeles. Dictator George W. Bush was speaking at a Bush-Cheney fund-raising dinner in the ballroom of the hotel. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen (photo)

GOP silent on aid formula rationale Democrats want documents on shared revenue --Frustrated Democrats say Republicans are preventing a state agency from releasing documents that would explain GOP changes to Wisconsin's formula for doling out state aid to cities and towns. By law, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau cannot release such documents unless legislators who request the research give their permission, and the Republicans have refused.

Out of control If it's allowed to stand, an FCC ruling will feed media merger mania --by Bill Clinton "'It's your money,' says President [sic] Bush when he promotes tax cuts. I disagree with his tax policy but admire his spin. The same argument applies with greater force to whether big media conglomerates should be allowed to control more television and radio stations: 'It's your airwaves.'... We shouldn't give up our right to have more choice."

Protests grow as tech jobs move offshore A backlash is growing against one of the business world's hottest trends: moving a wide range of high-tech and service-sector jobs to developing countries.

$6 Million! And 45 Hours to Go (Dean for America Blog) "As of last Sunday morning, June 22, the Dean for America campaign had raised $3.2 million in this quarter. Since that morning--beginning with the Sunday Meet The Press interview, through our announcement of candidacy, continuing with our victory in the MoveOn primary and through Saturday June 28th--we have experienced an unprecedented surge in contributions, and have now crossed the $6 million dollar mark."

Bioweapon labs will bring threat of lethal viruses to urban America A network of high-security laboratories for storing and investigating some of the most lethal viruses known to mankind is being built across the US, leaving communities in uproar. They not only fear the risk of the viruses escaping, but also contend that the programme, part of the $6bn (£3.5bn) Project BioShield, is a stunning case of overkill.

GM threatens a superweed catastrophe Genetically modified farming will lead to a new generation of herbicide-resistant crops which could devastate the countryside, says English Nature. English Nature has warned ministers to prepare for the "worst case" scenario if they press ahead with proposals to grow GM crops.

U.S. halts elections throughout Iraq [just like in the good ol' USA] Decision creates anger, resentment among citizenry --U.S. military commanders have ordered a halt to local elections and self-rule in provincial cities and towns across Iraq, choosing instead to install their own handpicked mayors and administrators, many of whom are former Iraqi military leaders. [Is this what Bush calls bringing "Democracy" to Iraq?]

U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Passes 200 After days of intense searching by ground and air, U.S. forces on Saturday found the bodies of two soldiers missing north of Baghdad, as the toll of American dead since the start of war topped the grim milestone of 200.

U.S. Soldier Killed, Four Hurt in Baghdad Attack One U.S. soldier was killed and four others wounded in an attack in Baghdad overnight, raising to 22 the number of Americans killed by hostile fire in Iraq since the end of the war, officials said Saturday.

Remains of missing U.S. soldiers found The remains of two U.S. Army soldiers who disappeared Wednesday north of Baghdad have been found, U.S. Central Command announced Saturday.

Two U.S. Soldiers Found Dead North of Baghdad One Killed in Ambush Friday --News of missing GIs' fate comes amid rush of guerrilla-style attacks that have marred U.S. efforts to establish order in Iraq. The bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing for days were discovered early Saturday northwest of Baghdad, as the toll rises past 200 for Americans killed since war started in Iraq. At least 61 U.S. troops have died since the official end of fighting in Iraq - at least 23 of them in attacks.

Saddam Hussein loyalists target rebuilders Saddam Hussein loyalists in Iraq have begun to kill locals co-operating with the U.S.-U.K. occupying forces in an escalation of their campaign to block the rebuilding of the country.

US troops kill Iraqi boy A Gunman shot a US soldier in the neck as he browsed a Baghdad market and American forces accidentally killed an 11-year-old boy, part of a vicious cycle of Iraqi attacks and ever-tougher US crackdowns on resistance. The past two days have seen a torrent of guerrilla-style ambushes that have killed at least two US soldiers, with a third dying in a non-combat accident yesterday.

'UK soldier punched Iraqi civilian' The BBC says it has footage of a British soldier punching an Iraqi civilian while handing out water.

Pentagon Delays Releasing 5 Syrians Hurt in U.S. Raid The Defense Department has delayed the release of five Syrian border guards wounded last week in an American attack on an Iraqi convoy near the Syrian border, American officials said today. This delay has come despite objections from Syria, the U.S. State Department and even American military officers on the ground.

Deeper weapons probe is planned Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced yesterday plans to stage their own inquiry on the credibility of prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and its links to the Al Qaeda terror network.

British PM no longer trusted and should quit: poll Most British voters say Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair is no longer trustworthy, and more people want to see him quit than want him to stay on, according to a poll just released.

Weapons grilling riles Straw Jack Straw, the normally unflappable foreign secretary, lost his cool yesterday under intense questioning from MPs over allegations that Downing Street "sexed up" last September's dossier on Iraq's banned weapons.

BBC takes dossier fight to Campbell News chief defends coverage and claims No 10 intimidation --Extracts of the letter from Richard Sambrook, director of BBC News, to Alastair Campbell, director of communications at Downing Street "1. Allegations of biased reporting... It is our firm view that No 10 tried to intimidate the BBC in its reporting of events leading up to the war and during the course of the war itself... 2. The February dossier... What was by then clear was that your department had plagiarised an article from the internet, based on an old university thesis, changed crucial parts of it and then used it unattributed to strengthen the case for Britain going to war..."

Sound and fury over the BBC Campbell hits back as corporation accuses him of vendetta --Downing Street was last night embroiled in a full scale war with the BBC after the corporation accused the No 10 communications chief, Alastair Campbell, of intimidatory tactics and of pursuing a "personal vendetta" against its defence correspondent.

Master of spin storms studio to become the story With the cameras rolling and the news bulletin barely minutes old, the veteran Channel Four presenter Jon Snow heard an extraordinary piece of information on his earpiece. "Alastair Campbell [Downing Street's communications director] has entered the building," a producer told Mr Snow. Within two minutes, a stern-faced Mr Campbell was facing Snow across the studio for an unprecedented live interview which broke the first rule of spin doctoring: never become the story.

The BBC row has been got up to obscure the ugly truth Intelligence can't hide the fact we went to war on a false pretext --by Richard Norton-Taylor "We must not allow ourselves to be diverted by Downing Street, and in particular by Alastair Campbell, the prime minister's chief spin doctor, from extremely serious issues which go to the very heart of how we are being ruled. Ministers are desperate to reduce it all to a row about the BBC, its questioning of the reasons for going to war in general and a report by its defence correspondent, Andrew Gilligan, in particular."

Whoppers of Mass Destruction --by Matthew Norman "Responsibility for whoppers about Saddam's WMD capability cannot lie with a propagandist posing as a civil servant, however over- mighty, but with the elected leader who made them in the Commons. The one who still refuses to testify himself. Every time things go badly wrong, Tony Blair finds a scapegoat to sacrifice in his place... If his religious beliefs are correct, Mr Blair will have to ask God's mercy for his actions. But long before then, history - the thing he's supposed to be obsessed with - will cast its judgment, and it will convict him of being the smuggest moral coward ever to use blatant distortions to send young people to their avoidable doom, and then refuse to face the music."

Weapons of Mass Delusion Why did we go to war against Iraq? (The New American)

Tikrit believes Saddam Hussein is back Saddam Hussein statues are smashed and his posters are whitewashed. But people in his hometown of Tikrit are convinced the missing Iraqi leader has returned to the gritty streets where he grew up.

Iraq Oil Exports up to 1.8 million barrels a day Iraq's oil exports in July are expected to exceed 1 million barrels a day despite increasing sabotage to the country's oil infrastructure, the senior US government oil adviser in Iraq said.

Baghdad boils during blackouts Sabotage against Baghdad's power grids has blacked out much of the city for days on end, forcing residents to sleep on roofs and study by candlelight. The power outages are also fuelling anti-US sentiment at a time when occupation forces are seeking to quell a worsening insurgency that has seen a sharp rise in attacks on US troops.

US proposes world peacekeeping force Rumsfeld floats proposal to end Bush doctrine of unilateralism --The US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, is discussing the idea of an international peacekeeping force which could be dispatched to maintain order in the world's trouble spots.

Protesters call for Bush impeachment About 1,000 demonstrators shouting for Dictator George W. Bush's impeachment gathered outside a hotel in Los Angeles where Bush was helping raise $3.6 million for his re-s-election campaign. The protesters accused Bush of lying about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a central justification for the US-British invasion of Iraq in March. To date no such weapons have been found in the country.

Photolog of Los Angeles protest against Dictator Bush, June 27, 2003 --Thousands Protest Bush Outside Westside Fund-Raiser (LA Indymedia)

San Francisco Drops Charges Against Most War Protesters The district attorney's office today dismissed infractions against 407 people arrested in March in antiwar protests here and also indicated that it would not pursue charges against all but about 20 of the others who were arrested.

Key Lawyer Differs on U.S. Terrorism Trial Rules The Air Force officer named as chief defense counsel for terrorism suspects tried by U.S. military commissions says he disagrees with some rules set by the Pentagon, including the government's ability to monitor all conversations between defendants and their lawyers.

Clinton: Clark Would Make Good President While he's making no endorsements, former President Clinton says fellow Arkansan Wesley Clark would make a good president if he should decide to run.

GOP Victory Jitters Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg said he had a detected a fairly significant change in the last month in the way Americans feel about the war and the direction of foreign policy... Foreign policy may have become Dictator Bush's weakest suit.

'Soft' funds helped fuel House Flip DeLay, business group defend contributions; jury inquiry proceeds --For the first time in state politics, large amounts of corporate contributions made their way into political races during 2002, helping cement a GOP takeover of the Texas House, state and federal records show [similar to the GOP takeover of the 2000 national election].

Toward One-Party Rule --by Paul Krugman "...campaign finance is only the tip of the iceberg. Next year, George W. Bush will spend two or three times as much money as his opponent; but he will also benefit hugely from the indirect support that corporate interests — very much including media companies — will provide for his political message. Naturally, Republican politicians deny the existence of their burgeoning machine."

Rain Forest Is Losing Ground Faster in Amazon, Photos Show Newly released satellite images show that the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at an increasing rate, with about 10,000 square miles lost mainly to pasture land, soybean plantations and illegal logging in the 12-month period that ended last August.

Gun whips up a Metal Storm (Australia) Imagine a gun that fires a million rounds a minute -- enough to shred a target in a blink of an eye, or throw up a defensive wall against an incoming missile. This is Metal Storm, a weapons system that forsakes old-style mechanics for the speed of electronics...


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