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August 2003 Archives, Page Two

Vote Machine Owner Vows to Help Bush "Win" Head of firm seeking Ohio contract committed to Bush victory --The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president [sic] next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-s-election effort of Dictator Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election.

Cheney company big war winner Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice-pResident Dick Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $US1.7 billion ($A2.67 million) out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more under a no-bid contract awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents.

Iraq Seen As Ideal Test Bed For UAVs, Other Homeland Security Technologies With terrorism emerging as the primary threat to the reconstruction of Iraq, anti-terrorism technologies being marketed in the United States could prove useful in the Middle East, according to some observers.

Bomb Wounds Four U.S. Soldiers in Falluja Four U.S. soldiers in Iraq were wounded Thursday when a bomb exploded in a hotbed of anti-occupation sentiment west of Baghdad, a military spokeswoman said.

Territorial Army soldier killed in Iraq British troops fired on by crowd after being diverted by roadblock following raid on village --A British Territorial Army soldier was killed in southern Iraq when his patrol came under fire from a crowd of Iraqis, military officials said yesterday.

Army Silence over Mystery Illness Is Troubling --by George Bones [George Bones is the pen name for a U.S. Army physician] "According to published reports, more than 100 cases of pneumonia have been reported among our troops serving in the Iraqi theater of operations since March. That number by itself is not remarkable considering the number of troops deployed in the area. What is remarkable is that seventeen soldiers were sick enough to require mechanical ventilation (a "breathing machine") and two died."

U.S. misled by bogus pre-war intelligence? Allied agencies investigating possibly fake defectors, data [They should investigate the fake 'president', too.] Frustrated at the failure to find Saddam Hussein's suspected stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, allied intelligence agencies have launched a major effort to determine if they were victims of bogus Iraqi defectors who planted disinformation to mislead the West before the war.

Loyalist Hoon points finger at Blair Geoff Hoon "going, going, gone," predicted protestors' placards waved at the defence secretary as he entered the Royal Courts of Justice...The defence secretary is a lawyer, as well as a Blairite loyalist. His evidence owed more to the former than the latter career, with Mr Hoon offering up the political equivalent of a string of alibis, stressing his absence from the scene of the key decisions. His apparent anxiety to shift the blame placed his boss firmly in the frame.

BBC chief slams Blair officials The chairman of the BBC today accused British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair's officials of launching "inappropriate" attacks on the public broadcaster's credibility after it claimed that the case for war in Iraq had been hyped up.

Lines form to see Blair squirming The hottest ticket in London yesterday was a yellow scrap of paper letting the bearer into court to see British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair fight for his political life. Scores of people camped overnight on the street hoping to win one of only a handful of passes to see history being made in the Royal Courts of Justice.

Holy Weapon of Mass Distraction, Batman! As Poodle Blair testifies: Major power cut hits London --A major power cut has hit the London Underground, trapping thousands of people in trains during the evening rush hour.

Human Error Likely Cause of Blackout, Timeline Says Investigators of North America's biggest blackout say all signs from a nearly completed timeline point to human errors in the early stages in Ohio on Aug. 14 as the cause of the cascade into darkness.

Bush Turns Blind Eye to Blackout Culprit FirstEnergy's Executives Raised Thousands for Bush Campaign ( "An Ohio-based energy conglomerate has been identified as responsible for the massive power blackout that shut down much of the Midwest and Northeast -- but the Bush administration isn't taking notice. FirstEnergy's strong ties to the president [sic] may help explain why the company may be let off the hook for depriving millions of power during the blackout."

N. Korea vows to declare nuclear weapons, test them North Korea told a six-nation conference that it has nuclear weapons and has plans to test one, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Taliban guerrillas retake areas of southern Afghan Elusive Taliban fighters have recaptured some areas of a southern Afghan province despite a ongoing massive joint operation by government troops and US-led coalition forces to hunt them down, an Afghan military official said on Wednesday.

Terrorism escape clause in World Trade Center lease --by Norma Cohen, Property Correspondent, in London - Sep 14 2001 19:18:26 FT.COM "The owners of the demolished World Trade Center in lower Manhattan acquired the buildings just two months ago under a 99-year lease allowing them to walk away from their investment in the event of 'an act of terrorism'. The owners, Silverstein Properties and Westfield America - a shopping mall specialist - purchased the buildings from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $3.2bn in July and completed the financing just two weeks ago."

Judges dampen Democrats' legal hopes Panel of 3 will hear voting rights lawsuit --Democrats' hopes of winning court relief in their congressional redistricting battle dimmed further Thursday after a judicial panel of two Republicans and a Democrat was named to hear their voting rights lawsuit.

Who's Paying for the RNC? ( "The Republicans have already raised $91 million for their convention and as you can imagine, from a host of corporations, millionaires and billionaires."

Former Enron treasurer may cut deal Plea bargain could create a 'bloodbath,' lawyer says --Indicted ex-Enron Treasurer Ben Glisan Jr. is negotiating a plea bargain and cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors.

Audit: Fla. Official Falsified Reports The state official in charge of election records was fired Monday for allegedly backdating late-filed campaign finance reports to make it appear they had been submitted on time.

Bustamante Wants to Regulate Big Oil Lt. Gov Cruz Bustamante on Thursday accused the big oil companies of ripping off Californians and vowed to bring them under state regulatory control as he began what shaped up as a frenetic day of campaigning by gubernatorial candidates around the state. [Go, Cruz, go!]

Rove's tool, on the issues: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sex Talk 1977 interview --Arnold Schwarzenegger once told a magazine interviewer about participating in an orgy with other bodybuilders, noting that "everybody jumped on" the woman involved and "took her upstairs where we all got together." The California Republican added that not every muscleman participated in the gang bang, "just the guys who can f*ck in front of other guys..." [*Click here for original interview, "Conversation with Arnold Swarzenegger", in Oui.]

Affidavit regarding Janklow's Feb 1973 arrest for drunken driving, disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer, and indecent exposure. The text of the below images of the affidavit may be difficult to make out. If a problem is had reading. A transcription has been prepared and links to beside the image are given.

Group Calls for Janklow's Resignation (SD) A protest on the steps of the Moody County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon hoped to send a big message to the Congressman. A group of Native Americans representing various groups used a mega-phone to loudly protest Bill Janklow's name, and the fact that charges haven't been brought against him yet.

Rate of Rape at Academy Is Put at 12% in Survey Nearly 12 percent of the women who graduated from the United States Air Force Academy this year were the victims of rape or attempted rape in their four years at the academy in Colorado Springs, with the vast majority never reporting the incidents to the authorities, according to a survey by the inspector general of the Defense Department.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is not the Solution to Domestic Violence ( "Violence against women, especially pregnant women, is unacceptable. The pro-choice community is dedicated to preserving a woman’s right to have a family when she chooses – and any criminal act that robs her of her much-hoped-for child is tragic and intolerable. Because the women’s rights community feels so strongly about this important issue, we are urging you to oppose the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA). Lawmakers need to hear your opposition to this dangerous legislation. Send an e-mail message to your Representative now!"

Hillary For President --by Richard Reeves "Not for the record, though, Hillary and her advisers, including her husband the ex-president, her money-men and pollsters, will meet shortly after Labor Day -- September 6, I hear -- to discuss whether or not she should go for it."

March Honors 'I Have a Dream' Speech Arms linked, a crowd of 300 marched Thursday from downtown Atlanta and through the neighborhoods where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up to honor the civil rights leader's legacy on the 40th anniversary of his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

The Idiot Usurper was protested in Portland, OR, August 21, 2003. Copyright 2003 Chris Lock

Halliburton's Deals Greater Than Thought Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice pResident Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more dollars under a no-bid contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents.

More taxpayer dollars for Halliburton and the US Oil Regime: 'Most-wanted' posters of Saddam, dead sons released U.S.-U.K. occupation officials Wednesday released a new series of "most-wanted" posters for Saddam Hussein, announcing the $25 million reward for the former Iraqi leader whose image is shown next to photos of his sons, killed last month by U.S. forces.

Bremer admits Iraq shortfalls The top US dictator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, today admitted that reconstructing Iraq would require US taxpayers and foreign governments to contribute billions of dollars in the next year.

Bush might ask Congress for billions in extra Iraq funding earlier than expected The Bush dictatorship may ask Congress next month for a few billion more dollars for Iraq reconstruction, officials said Wednesday, only a few weeks after the Pentagon said extra money would not be needed at least until the new budget year begins in October.

Bush clears way for $500 million Iraq export plan Dictator George W. Bush cleared the way on Wednesday for the U.S. Export-Import Bank to start making loans to companies that do business in post-war Iraq.

Iraqi resistance fighters kill 2 U.S. soldiers As U.S. soldiers hunted Saddam Hussein loyalists [?!?] in remote hideouts north of Baghdad on Wednesday, the military reported that two more U.S. troops were killed in separate attacks in the Iraqi capital and a city just to the west.

Attacks in Iraq Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers, Wound Three Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq Wednesday in two separate attacks, one in Baghdad and the other in the restive town of Falluja, the Army said.

Iraqi Fisherman Says He Caught Americans The fisherman had just decided to take up arms, and he shook with fear as the American convoy approached his hiding place. As he later told it, he fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a Humvee and ran away as fast as he could. Nobody gave chase, he said, and in the time that has passed since that April attack, his band of seven guerrillas has slipped into an easy rhythm of attacking American convoys every few days. "I catch fish in the morning and Americans at night,'' he said. "Catching Americans is easier than catching fish.''

US slams Arab TV airing threats The United States slammed the Al-Arabiya television network for airing footage of masked men threatening to kill members of the US-appointed interim Iraqi 'Governing Council' [Oil dictatorship], calling it "irresponsible in the extreme".

Ten Oily Dates to Remember about the Iraq War - compiled by David M. Boje, Ph.D. (Oct 19 2002)

Action Figures For Imbeciles It's the G.W. Bush "aviator" doll, just in time to degrade every notion of heroism, ever --by Mark Morford "Country's in shambles and economy's gutted and schools are shot and Iraq's a violent bloody mess and joblessness is rampant and it's a proud time indeed to be an American, and hence you might be asking yourself, what, pray what, can I give the hardcore lockstep pseudo-Christian homophobic Republican on my gift list? ...And sure you can try to say 'George W. Bush action figure' without choking on your vodka/Valium martini, but it is worth noting that it is, apparently, and tragically, not common knowledge that Shrub avoided almost all military service through his daddy's connections, skipped right by the Vietnam draft by enlisting in the National Guard and then went AWOL from that service for well over a year..."

Ba'asyir accuses CIA of orchestrating Bali, Marriott bombings Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir on Wednesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of plotting the Bali and J.W. Marriott Hotel bombings in an attempt to discredit Islam. "The Bali and the Marriott bombing incidents are definitely the works of the CIA ... I have no doubt, all of these are the works of the United States and its allies in order to divide Islam," Ba'asyir told the court.

Classified Spending On the Rise Report: Defense to Get $23.2 Billion --"Black," or classified, programs requested in Dictator Bush's 2004 defense budget are at the highest level since 1988, according to a report prepared by the independent Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Evidence of Al Qaeda's Asian Ties Mounting Regional terrorists received funds and training for attacks, a report and officials say. Al Qaeda is suspected of funneling at least $80,000 to Indonesian militants to finance two of the country's deadliest bombings, Police Chief of Detectives Erwin Mappaseng said Tuesday.

Ashcroft's Song --by Geov Parrish "[John] Ashcroft was on the West Coast last week, as was Fatherland Secretary Tom Ridge, both visiting the 'troops.' ...Nobody had asked about the legal procedures or prison conditions now being used to terrorize noncitizens; nobody asked, even once, about civil liberties, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights... So much for the watchdog media, who are the only ones with the access or opportunities to challenge powerful figures like Ashcroft in their carefully controlled world."

Ashcroft touts Patriot Act's virtues Broad spectrum of protesters vilify attorney general (NV) Outside the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse, about 25 protesters braved a rainstorm and compared John Ashcroft and the Bush dictatorship to some of history's most evil figures.

Ashcroft Skulks into Boise Depot --by Idaho Indymedia Staff Report "John Ashcroft was welcomed to Boise by about 200 protesters organized by the Boise Patriots, ACLU, Idaho Greens, the Idaho Peace Coalition and others."

Cab Drivers to Assist Atlanta Police The city’s cab drivers and the Atlanta police department are joining forces to fight crime, officials announced Wednesday. The new community policing program is called Cabbies on Patrol or COPS. The program will use the nearly 1,600 taxi cabs that operate within the City of Atlanta to notify police of suspicious activities [?!?] such as vandalism, prostitution, drug activity and driving under the influence.

America's double standard infuriates rest of the world --by Max Castro "On Tuesday, the United States gave its blessing to a program -- known in bureaucratic doublespeak as the 'Airbridge Denial Program' -- that allows Colombian fighter pilots to shoot down unarmed civilian aircraft suspected of carrying drugs. ...the shooting down of civilian aircraft is a violation of international aviation rules no matter who is on board."

Forest fires' timing sets tongues wagging An emerging whodunit in Central Oregon hovers amid the smoke draping the east side of the Cascade Range. Can it be pure coincidence, locals are asking, that two wildfires sprang up in view of the spot where Dictator Bush planned to promote his plan to thin forests for wildfire prevention? And that they both appeared just as his plans emerged? "I think everyone in the community here is wondering that," said Judy Wattier, who works at the KOA Campground just east of Sisters.

Hillary Demands Evidence on White House-EPA Cover-up U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton is demanding that Dictator Bush turn over all records of communications between the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding air quality at Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. "[The EPA] knew and they didn't tell us the truth and the White House told them not to tell us the truth," the top Democrat fumed.

Air Force Lease With Boeing Seen Adding Billions to Cost The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office yesterday criticized a proposed $20 billion plan by the Air Force to lease 100 Boeing 767 air refueling tankers as being far more costly than expected and for failing to meet government rules on operating leases.

Chronicle shut out of 2 more hearings Fastow transcript still denied release --A federal judge held two more closed hearings in the criminal case against Andrew Fastow and two other former Enron executives on Tuesday and refused to unseal the transcript of a July 28 hearing he also held in secret. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt said he might continue to close hearings if he thinks it necessary. "There are matters that do not need to be discussed in public in ways that embarrasses or humiliates the government [????!!!!] or the defense and particularly the court," he said. "Embarrassment is not an exception to the First Amendment," Chronicle Editor Jeff Cohen said. [Hello, McFly? Secret trials are the hallmark of a totalitarian regime.]

Dictator Bush Urges Senate to Support Retroactive 'Enron Escape' Legislation to be Debated on Senate Floor --September 9th 'Class Action Fairness Act Empowers Those Who Looted Enron & WorldCom to Evade Accountability,' Says Alliance For Justice --"Retroactive legislation moving rapidly through Congress would make it easier for corporate wrongdoers to escape responsibility for defrauding investors, harming the environment and otherwise maximizing profits at the expense of the health and financial well-being of ordinary citizens," says Nan Aron, president of Alliance For Justice, a nonprofit corporation based in Washington, DC.

Okla. Files Charges Vs. WorldCom, Ex-CEO The Oklahoma attorney general Wednesday filed the first criminal charges against former WorldCom Inc. chief Bernard Ebbers, part of a wider complaint that also named the telecommunications company now known as MCI and other one-time top executives.

Memo to 268: Your vote didn't count Absentee ballots were untallied (FL) Diane Whatley mailed her absentee ballot a week early for last year's primary election. Eleven months later, her ballot sits -- still unopened and uncounted -- in a file with 267 others in the Broward State Attorney's office. The ballots, postmarked as much as a week before the primary, went unnoticed in a pile of thousands of pieces of elections mail dumped in the Broward elections office in the frenzied days leading up to the primary.

Democrats want election machine firm thrown out Democratic leaders want a major Republican fund-raiser blocked from becoming the state's new voting machines supplier, saying his presence puts in doubt the fairness of all Ohio elections. Wally O'Dell, CEO of Diebold Inc., this week sent out letters to central Ohio Republicans asking them to raise $10,000 in donations in time for a Sept. 26 Ohio Republican Party event at his home.

Bush Plans to Cut Federal Pay Raises Citing a national emergency that has existed since the 2001 terrorist attacks [???!!! LOL, if it wasn't so pathetic...], Dictator Bush said Wednesday he will cut the pay raises that most civilian federal employees were to receive in January.

3,000 agents to guard Bush's life At least 3,000 US security agents will be on hand to protect the life of [international terrorist] Dictator George W Bush during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

Movers Set to Move Commandments Monument A moving company began preparations Wednesday morning to move the Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building to comply with a federal court order to remove it from public display. [Question: WHY is MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable covering the hundred protesters of Roy's monument removal *all*day*long*, yet 250,000 anti-W-ar protesters demonstrating in the fall of 2002 were not worthy of even a *blurb* by the media whores?]

Roy Moore's 11th commandment is 'Thou shalt pander for votes' The showdown in Alabama over the Ten Commandments monument is about one man's calculating politics --by Frances Coleman "...Roy Moore is supremely arrogant. How else could you characterize his hauling a 2.5-ton monument of the Ten Commandments into the State Judicial Building late one night in July 2001, without notifying his constituents or even his fellow justices? (He did, however, take time to notify a Christian television network so it could film the monument's clandestine installation)... The chief justice's legal battle to keep the Ten Commandments in the State Judicial Building in Montgomery is not about the acknowledgment of God. It is about Roy Moore and his political career."

Records: Schwarzenegger's father was member of Nazi storm troops A brief entry in one of millions of documents stored at the Austrian State Archives shows that Gustav Schwarzenegger, the late father of the film star now running for governor of California, was a volunteer member of the Sturmabteilung, or SA - the notorious Nazi storm troopers also known as Brownshirts. [Arnold Schwarzenegger is a volunteer member of one of Karl Rove's Brownshirts, to stage yet *another* GOP coup. Rove needs Schwarzenegger in place to implement rampant vote fraud to pave the way for a Bush victory in California in 2004. Rove, at this point, knows he needs more than Florida in order to steal the 2004 s-election.]

Arnold Schwarzenegger -- A Name to be Reckoned With "Born in 1947 in Austria, Arnold was the son of Gustav and Aurelia Schwarzenegger. Gustav was.... well, here we run into a problem. Gustav was a commandant in what most people usually call 'The Nazis'...Arnold invited Kurt Waldheim to the wedding, who had been a friend of Gustav's (Arnold's father, remember?), and who also happened to be a Nazi. No beating around the bush here; the man was a war criminal, and in fact was banned the year after Schwarzenegger's wedding from entering the United States." [*Mega-barf alert warning: Nude pictures of Schwarzenegger from his porn star days are on this website.]

Dean Takes Double-Digit Lead in N.H. Howard Dean has grabbed a commanding 21-point lead over rival John Kerry in the latest New Hampshire poll in which voters said they prefer a take-no-prisoners Democrat even if that candidate seemed unlikely to beat Dictator Bush.

With money to spend, Dean to air political ads in six states In a show of political strength, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean plans to spend $1 million airing television ads in six early voting states.

Cheney Stifled Energy Probe, GAO Investigators Say Congressional investigators said on Monday that Vice pResident Dick Cheney had stymied their investigation into his energy task force by refusing to turn over key documents.

GAO Cites Corporate Shaping of Energy Plan The White House collaborated heavily with corporations in developing Dictator Bush's energy policy but repeatedly refused to give congressional investigators details of the meetings, according to a federal report issued yesterday.

Report: Power Grid Upgrade May Cost $100 Billion U.S. consumers would have to foot a $100 billion bill to upgrade the nation's rickety electric transmission grid. The Electric Power Research Institute, a utility-funded group based in Palo Alto, California, said sizable investment is needed to prevent a repeat of the massive Aug. 14 blackout which left more than 50 million people without power and exposed the dilapidated state of the nation's power grid.

GOP Renews Hopes for Alaska Oil Drilling Blackout Boosts Energy Bill's Prospects, but Democrats Stand Firm on Keeping Refuge Off-Limits --Renewed interest in a major energy bill has raised Republicans' hopes for a cherished goal: drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Report: EPA Lacked Data for Easing Rules The Environmental Protection Agency relied on anecdotes from industries it regulates [?!?] for its argument that relaxing air pollution rules for industrial plants will cut emissions and health risks, congressional investigators said Monday.

Dust and Deception --by Paul Krugman "Last week a quietly scathing report by the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed what some have long suspected: in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's collapse, the agency systematically misled New Yorkers about the risks the resulting air pollution posed to their health. And it did so under pressure from the White House. The Bush administration has misled the public on many issues, from the budget outlook to the Iraqi threat. But this particular deception seems, at first sight, not just callous but gratuitous... even after 9/11, hard-line conservatives opposed any spending, no matter how justified, that wasn't on weapons or farm subsidies, while some people from America's 'red states' just hate big-city folk."

MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable question August 25 Gas pains: Are the bloated prices rigged? * 4811 responses --Yes 94% No 6%

MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable question August 24 Gasoline price rise: Should the government investigate? *3723 responses --Yes 93% No 7%

Clark Alleges White House Pushed CNN to Fire Him The White House pressured CNN to fire former military analyst Gen. Wesley Clark, the retired Army chief told a Phoenix radio station on Monday. "The White House actually back in February apparently tried to get me knocked off CNN and they wanted to do this because they were afraid that I would raise issues with their conduct of the war," Clark told Newsradio 620 KTAR.

Tories would close BBC website The Conservative party would switch off a swath of the BBC's digital services, including its website and the youth channel BBC3, if it won the next general election.

Scarlett demanded alterations to Blair's foreword on Iraq dossier The chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee demanded changes to the Government's dossier on Iraq to distance the committee from its production, according to documents released by the Hutton Inquiry. John Scarlett, who will appear before the inquiry today, insisted that changes be made to the Prime Minister's foreword to the dossier to make clear that the JIC was not responsible for everything that was in it.

Bush Vows No Retreat Over Iraq, U.S. Soldier Killed Dictator Bush vowed on Tuesday he would never retreat over Iraq because it was part of the war on terror, as another U.S. soldier was killed and signs emerged of financial pain.

U.S. deaths in Iraq surpass 'end of major combat' total More American service members have now died in Iraq since the end of major combat than during the height of the war. On Tuesday, a soldier was killed in an attack on a military convoy near Baghdad, bringing the death toll since May 1 -- when U.S. Dictator George W. Bush declared major combat operations over -- to 139.

Postwar U.S. Iraq Deaths Exceed Toll During War More American troops have died since Dictator Bush declared major combat operations over on May 1 than during the actual war, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Bomb Kills One U.S. Soldier, Wounds Two in Iraq (DoD) One American soldier was killed and two were wounded in Iraq by an improvised explosive device Aug. 26, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

Army foresees doubling up tours For the first time since the all-volunteer Army began in 1973, significant numbers of U.S. combat soldiers may have to start serving back-to-back overseas tours of up to a year each in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea, top Army officers say.

Iraqi Shiites demonstrate outside U.S.-U.K. occupation headquarters Thousands of Shiite Muslims protested peacefully Monday night outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led dictatorship in Baghdad, charging the occupation force was lax on security and did too little to stop a weekend of ethnic bloodshed in the north and the bombing at the house of an important Muslim Shiite cleric in the south.

Saving face, losing a war --by Harley Sorensen "'Bring 'em on,' the man said. He is not a brave man, but he plays one on television... The solution to the Iraq problem is to get out. Now. Today. Let the Iraqis rule themselves. Meanwhile, go to the U.N. and offer as much assistance as humanly possible to help the Iraqis rebuild their country. Bush and his minions used to tell us that we had no quarrel with the Iraqi people, that it was Saddam we were after. Well, Saddam has vanished. Who is our enemy now?"

Unprepared for Peace in Iraq --by Robert C. Byrd "What has become tragically clear is that the United States has no strong plan for turning Iraq over to the Iraqi people and is quickly losing even its ability to maintain order. The administration is stumbling through the dark, hoping by luck to find the lighted path to peace and stability... The president[sic]'s stubborn insistence that much of the world be shut out of real participation in the rebuilding effort in Iraq is obviously costing lives."

Iraq trap America in a quagmire (The Charleston Gazette) "'We told you so.' America’s European allies have shown admirable restraint in not shouting those four words recently — particularly after this week’s tragic massacres. Unlike the Bush administration, the leadership in much of continental Europe holds very painful memories of the price of being an occupying power in the Middle East... President [sic] Bush’s sophomoric declarations about the saboteurs’ hatred of freedom only serve to prove the point. He doesn’t know much about history."

MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable question of the day "Do you approve of Dictator Bush's handling of Iraq?" *10132 responses --Yes 45% No 55% [Vote early and vote often, as do the Grassfire goons and the Freepers.]

Sen. Feinstein Critical of Bush Dictatorship Bunker Buster Bomb Proposals U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein of California says the Bush dictatorship is in danger of reversing the world trend to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Beware of VICTORY Act, Privacy Group Warns A consumer watchdog group is sounding an alarm over legislation that hasn't even been introduced yet. The National Consumer Coalition's Privacy Group recently read a draft copy of the VICTORY [Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003] Act, which "has some chilling implications for consumer privacy," the group said. According to the NCC's Privacy Group, the VICTORY legislation is "a grab-bag of enhanced police-state powers."

ACLU, Conservatives, Civil Rights Groups Agree: CAPPS II Raises Serious Privacy and Security Concerns (ACLU media release) "At a forum entitled 'CAPPS II: Passenger Screening and Privacy Concerns,' hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union, prominent conservatives and the Washington head of the NAACP today warned Congress about potential threats to privacy and civil rights under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) now infamous Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System (CAPPS II) airport spying system."

Ashcroft's Bizarre Promo Tour --by Rep. Ron Paul, MD "Attorney General John Ashcroft has embarked on a bizarre promotional tour to counter growing public opposition to the Patriot Act. The administration clearly is worried by recent votes in Congress to limit the scope of the Act, votes that reflect the willingness of even GOP loyalists to buck the president on the issue... Government assurances are not good enough in a free society. The overwhelming burden must always be placed on government to justify any new encroachment on our liberty."

Congressional Deficit Estimate May Exceed a Half-Trillion The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is likely to forecast a federal budget deficit for next year that is even larger than the Bush dictatorship has predicted, Congressional officials said today.

Analysts to Predict Record $500B Deficit The federal government faces another record deficit in 2004 - possibly as high as $500 billion - and will have a tough time trying to carve out a surplus while the country is saddled with the rising twin costs of war and homeland security.

Democrats Cite Deficit As Bush's Failure Dictator Bush's Democratic rivals seized on projections of record budget deficits Tuesday, arguing that the numbers add up to a failed economic policy that will hit future generations hard.

Cheney raises $40,000 a minute during speech in NE Ohio (July 1, 2003) Vice pResident Dick Cheney spoke for 15 minutes and raised an estimated $600,000 here last night. Several hundred well-dressed supporters - mostly from Summit and Stark counties - heard the vice pResident speak in a ballroom at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn. They nibbled on shrimp, sipped beer and wine and paid at least $1,000 each to hear Cheney.

Right-wing Alabama justice engineers "Ten Commandments" showdown --by David Walsh "In the name of halting the 'moral decay' supposedly presided over by 'permissive' liberalism and leftism—a tried and true method of fascistic movements—this sinister element has launched a wholesale attack on fundamental democratic rights, including the constitutionally guaranteed separation of church and state, in the US."

Bush 'Compassion' Agenda: A Liability in '04? Dictator Bush is running for re-s-election as a "compassionate conservative" who has sought to bring a new Republican approach to poverty and other social ills. But supporters, some regime officials among them, acknowledge that Mr. Bush's "compassionate conservative" agenda has fallen so far short of its ambitious goals, in a number of cases undercut by pressure from his conservative backers, that they fear he will be politically vulnerable on the issue in 2004.

Dean expects $10 million quarter Howard Dean’s insurgent campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday raised the bar for third-quarter fund-raising to $10.3 million and announced it would run television ads in six states starting this week.

Holy Cow! Democrat Dean Shocked by Campaign Crowds Democrat Howard Dean is the hot and hip presidential candidate of the summer. From Rolling Stone to Modern Physician magazine, everybody wants a piece of the doctor running for his party's nomination.

New Dennis Kucinich video ( "A powerful video about Dennis Kucinich -- his history, issues and campaign -- is viewable on our site. Spread this video, 'This Is The Moment,' to your friends. It is hosted by actor Hector Elizondo and features Ed Asner, James Cromwell and Mimi Kennedy."

Clark backers raise $1 million New poll shows him among top 5 Democratic hopefuls --Activists trying to persuade Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general, to run for president said Monday that by this weekend they would have $1 million pledged to finance a bid for the White House.

Bid for Texas Redistricting Fails Again The Texas legislature adjourned its second special legislative session Tuesday without passing a congressional redistricting bill, as Senate Democrats blocked the measure by their self-imposed exile in New Mexico.

AFL-CIO endorses Bustamante in case Davis recalled The California AFL-CIO voted Tuesday to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for governor in case Gov. Gray Davis is ousted in the Oct. 7 recall election. "We are going to beat the recall," said Ray Trujillo, Northern California regional director for the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Cruz who? California has new favourite as Arnie falters Suddenly, all conventional wisdom in the race to recall California's Governor has been turned on its head. Gray Davis, the embattled incumbent, may be able to beat off the attempt to toss him out of office after all, according to the latest poll by the Los Angeles Times.

Agent Orange found in some Vietnamese food A recent study says Agent Orange is still contaminating food in the Hoa City area of Vietnam.

Protests erupted at KB Toys today... (satirical picture on the whackjob KB Toys Bush 'Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush - U.S. Dictator and Naval Aviator - 12' Action Figure' [AWOL doll, actually] by Carol Schiffler)

Blair sought changes to dossier Tony Blair recommended that a claim Saddam Hussein could produce an "improvised nuclear device" within a few months be reinstated in the Iraq dossier, just days before its publication, evidence revealed this weekend.

War fever cooled by toll in Iraq "There's a higher level of apprehension and uncertainty," said the Rev. Robert Prince, pastor of the conservative 1,000-member church, whose white steeple rises above downtown's Main Street. "Most think we did the right thing going in there, but now there's a lot of concern about the whole indefinite nature of the thing."

Bombers could cost Bush the White House Although senior Republican strategists decline to discuss the prospect openly, some are whispering that the centrepiece of the Bush dictatorship - handling of national security, and the war in Iraq in particular - could now become a vulnerability rather than an asset. One senior regime official conceded that the suicide attacks in Iraq and Israel last Tuesday made 'by far the worst political day for Bush since 9/11'.

Concerning competence No media voice has been more sympathetic to America's adventure in Iraq than the internationally respected British journal, the Economist. So it had to come as a most unkind cut for Dictator Bush last week when the magazine's lead editorial pronounced this cautionary judgment: "An incompetent imperialist is bad for everybody."

Voters Don't Want Bush Re-s-elected - Poll The majority of American voters would not like to see Dictator Bush re-s-elected to another term according to a poll by Newsweek magazine.

Growth at base shows firm stand on military detention The hastily erected Camp Delta for ''enemy combatants'' will make a significant leap toward permanence with a previously undisclosed fifth phase that will be hard-sided and take a year to build.

Sobig.F Worm Believed to Start at Web Porn Site An FBI spokesman said the organization was working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate who was behind the e-mail attacks.

Blacklisted by the bank "You hear about it all the time, but you never think it will happen to you," says the Egyptian native, who came to the United States at age 12 and became a citizen this year.

'Texas 11' drawing supporters: Well-wishers, volunteers throng to Albuquerque Behind the "Texas 11" -- the Democrats who bolted the state July 28 to block a Republican redistricting effort -- is a rotating cast of staffers, family members and even groupies, also decamped to Albuquerque.

Protesters Near Bush Ranch Demand Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq "George Bush does not support our soldiers," said Candance Robison, whose husband is an Army lieutenant in Iraq. "He lies to our nation and our soldiers about our reasons for going to war. He makes thoughtless statements like, 'Bring 'em on' to the Saddam loyalists who target our troops."

Hundreds protest Bush a day after visit [Protest goes into its second day] "I was so pleased there were so many people," said Karen Cooper, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, one of the organizers of the event. "I think this Bush thing is finally starting to sink in with people."

King's movement a dream shared by many Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his father delivered the historic "I Have a Dream" speech 40 years ago, Martin Luther King III called on a cheering crowd of several thousand to look beyond the nostalgia of the moment and to actively champion the causes his father and other leaders of the civil rights movement fought and died for.

The North American blackout: deregulation, profit and the decay of the social infrastructure Within 24 hours of the resumption of electrical power in New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto and a large swath of the East Coast and Midwest of the US and Canada, the Bush administration was declaring that the cost of securing the electrical grid would be borne by ordinary consumers.


Foodshare Has To Ration Supplies [Life in George Bush's America] For the first time in its 22-year history, Foodshare is rationing the supplies it gives to local food pantries, a move begun last month to cope with a growing demand.


Subversion of democracy: Are Republicans trying to steal elections they cannot win? ...[I]n assessing the components of the Clinton-Davis message, we have one yes, one maybe, one yes and no, and one mostly yes. The chair therefore rules Republicans more or less guilty as charged of conducting "an ongoing national effort to steal elections Republicans cannot win."


Bustamante leads; Simon drops out California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante holds a wide lead over Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race to succeed Gov. Gray Davis, according to a new Los Angeles Times Poll.

Calif. Recall Support Waning, Poll Says California voters are losing their thirst for recalling Gov. Gray Davis, according to a new poll released amid signs that both Democrats and Republicans are moving to throw support behind their respective front runners.

US sanctions on Syria 'could come soon' Bush regime opposition to a bill that would impose sanctions on Syria seems to be fading, raising hopes the legislation could soon come into force, a key US Congressman said.

3 Likely To Be Freed From Guantanamo Rights Groups Urge Children's Release Under International Law --Three children whose detention at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison had outraged international human rights groups are likely to be freed soon, military officials indicated yesterday.

Students take on minute of silence, U.S. and Texas pledges With the passage the new state law that takes effect Sept. 1, students will have a few more daily requirements: observing a minute of silence and pledging allegiance the U.S. and Texas flags.

Hundreds protest Bush visit [Actually, thousands] UP to 500 [?!?] drum-banging demonstrators expressed their disapproval of US Dictator George W Bush, as he visited America's liberal and economically-stricken northwest today.

Fires, Vandalism Hit Cars at Dealership (CA) Fires destroyed or damaged dozens of sport utility vehicles and burned a warehouse at an auto dealership Friday, and vehicles there and at three other dealerships were spray-painted with slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans."

Obituary backs 'removal of Bush' Woman 'thought he was a liar' --Sally Baron had moved to Stoughton seven years ago to be closer to her children and was 71 when she died Monday after struggling to recuperate from heart surgery. Her family had come to the question of what might be a fitting tribute to her. Almost in unison, what her children decided to include in the obituary was this: "Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President [sic] Bush."

Australia 'lied' about Iraq threat The Australian government lied about the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction to justify its involvement in the U.S.-led war, an official inquiry into intelligence on Iraq was told on Friday.

Government 'sexed up' WMD report: Wilkie The federal government sexed up intelligence on Iraq to deliberately mislead Australians and build the case for war, an inquiry was told today. Andrew Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments (ONA), launched a blistering assault on the government's credibility and its use of intelligence on Iraq's weapons capabilities.

David Kelly hinted at suicide six months ago Iraq weapons expert David Kelly predicted his death six months ago, telling a British diplomat that if Baghdad were attacked he would be found "dead in the woods", the inquiry into his death was told today.

Blair will have to answer charge of settling scores in row with BBC Poodle Tony Blair will next Thursday be asked by the Hutton Inquiry if he ordered Dr David Kelly to be used as a weapon of last resort to settle Downing Street’s running battle with the BBC. The Prime Minister faces questions about whether Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, was acting under orders when he sent Dr Kelly to be grilled by a televised committee of MPs - against a senior civil servant’s advice.

An Inside Job? Inquiry of U.N. Bombing Focuses on Possible Ties to Iraqi Guards American investigators looking into the suicide bombing of the United Nations compound on Tuesday are focusing on the possibility that the attackers were assisted by Iraqi security guards who worked there, a senior American official here said today.

Iraqi Guards Eyed In U.N. Bombing U.S. investigators probing the bombing of the United Nations' Baghdad headquarters focused Friday on the possibility that former Iraqi intelligence agents working as guards in the compound may have assisted the attackers, a U.S. official said.

Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Separate Incidents in Iraq (DoD) One American soldier was killed and six were injured in Iraq Aug. 21 during a fire at a Baghdad small-arms shooting range, according to a U.S. Central Command press release.

Pentagon denies 2 soldiers captured Lebanese TV reported group seized Americans in Iraq Both U.S. soldiers claimed as captured by a previously unknown Iraqi group are safely in American hands and never were missing [?!?], Defense Department officials said Friday. The group claimed to have captured two American soldiers near Baghdad in a statement released to the Lebanese Broadcast Corp. [Can the Pentagon's lies get any more incredible?]

Pentagon: Soldiers Said Captured Are Safe A previously unknown Iraqi group obtained two U.S. soldiers' identification cards and claimed to be holding them captive, but Pentagon officials said the soldiers were safe and had never been missing. [Even MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable is having trouble keeping the Bush dictatorship's spin machine afloat in between Kobe and Laci updates.]

Army Short on Replacement Parts in Iraq The Army overcame enormous logistics obstacles in the successful march to Baghdad last spring, but sustaining the force has become a problem, a senior Army general said Friday.

Repeat: Iraq is not a modern-day Germany --by R.S. Zaharna "At the heart of this cycle of fear and response are two different views of military occupation: What officials in Washington call the Coalition Provisional Authority, the people in Iraq see as an American military occupation... It's one thing to be the occupier; it's another to be occupied. In the Arab world, foreign armies signal invasion and conquest."

U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan action A U.S. special operations soldier has been killed in action in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. military said today.

CIA 'had Sept 11 pilots on its files' In its second revelation in as many weeks, the German magazine Stern reports in its latest issue that the Central Intelligence Agency CIA had two of the September 11 terror pilots on its files well ahead of the terror attacks. In its edition to appear on Thursday, Stern said that in addition to Marwan Alshehhi, the CIA also must have known that Lebanese national Ziad Jarrah was connected to el-Qaeda but that the US let him enter the country anyway for pilot training.

Prosecutors Are Urged To Press Congress Opponents of Patriot Act Are Targeted --The inJustice Department has urged U.S. attorneys to contact congressional representatives who voted against a key anti-terrorism provision of the USA Patriot Act, part of a broad-based publicity campaign on behalf of the law, according to internal department documents.

Write a Story, Go to Jail Brian Robertson was just months away from graduation at Moore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, last year when he found the beginnings of what he thought was a short story on a school computer. He copied the file to another computer, added some paragraphs to the initial text and then promptly got arrested...

Airport Arrests Not Terrorism Related What first appeared to be a case of possible terrorists flying out of Seattle now seems to be a case of poor judgment and bad timing.

Ethics panel suspends Alabama chief justice over defiance on monument Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended by a judicial ethics panel Friday for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building rotunda.

Typical behavior of Nazis: Republicans to rip apart Democrats' old offices (TX) Republicans in Harris County have pounded their Democratic opponents time and time again at the ballot box during the past decade. Sunday, they intend to throw a grand old party to batter the Democrats' former headquarters in Midtown. Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill is asking local Republicans to bring sledgehammers and other implements of destruction to help level the building the Democrats vacated three months ago. "You bring the muscle, we'll bring the refreshments and we will have a party as we tear down the Harris County Democratic Party headquarters," Woodfill said in his invitation to party faithful.

Terror and Turbulence Will Follow Bush Into His Re[-s-]lection Year Subduing Iraq could take years, Afghanistan may unravel and the Middle East is ever-ready to erupt --by Tony Karon "Reality has careened wildly off the Administration script: ...But as election season dawns in America, there's no sign of closure on the horizon in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And that will send the President [sic] out on the campaign trail with his war on terrorism very much a work in progress."

Rule would let plants emit more air pollution The Bush dictatorship next week will roll back clean air regulations and allow old, coal-fired power plants and oil refineries to emit more air pollution, an environmental activist group said today.

Draft of Air Rule Is Said to Exempt Many Old Plants After more than two years of internal deliberation and intense pressure from industry, the Bush dictatorship has settled on a regulation that would allow thousands of older power plants, oil refineries and industrial units to make extensive upgrades without having to install new anti-pollution devices, according to those involved in the deliberations.

Radioactive nests of Hanford wasps are science fact (WA) Bechtel Hanford is tackling the radioactive mud dauber wasps nests of Hanford's H Reactor complex, while trying to entice the insects to use nonradioactive mud for their homes. Workers have found many slightly contaminated nests in the nooks and crannies of the H Reactor complex next to the Columbia River. "There's more than dozens," Bechtel spokesman Todd Nelson said. [And, the Idiot Usurper wants to build *more* nuclear plants.]

Idiot Usurper Calls Forest Fire a "holocaust" Dictator Bush on Thursday embarked on a two-day swing through the Pacific Northwest to polish his environmental credentials with swing voters and collect another $1 million for his re-s-election campaign war chest. Bush flew through western skies darkened by thick gray smoke from the burning forests below, on his way to tout his plans to lessen the threat of such fires [to inflate the coffers of one of his paymasters, the logging industry]. The dictator later toured by helicopter two fires raging near Deschutes National Forest and then told a friendly audience at Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, "It's the holocaust. It's devastating."

More Bush-Cheney economic terrorism: Gas prices may reach highest level in history --The highest gasoline prices in history appear to be just down the road. Dwindling supplies [to inflate the coffers of one of Bush's paymasters, the oil industry] in the face of increased demand threaten to push pump prices over the national record set last mid-March, when markets were shaken by the prospects of a W-ar with Iraq.

Protesters Greet Bush in Northwest About 2,000 protesters, some shouting "shame on Bush," met Dictator Bush in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday as he sought to promote his environmental agenda and raise campaign money.

Protesters Rally Against Bush In Portland Thousands of protesters jeered Dictator Bush's motorcade Thursday as it rolled into the gated, private campus of the University of Portland, where Bush was to address a Republican fund-raiser. - Bush visits Portland - 08/21/2003 (Photolog)

With new law, GOP routs Democrats in fundraising Four years ago, the two parties were at rough financial parity. But under the new campaign-finance law championed, ironically, by most Democrats and opposed by most Republicans the GOP has built a better than 2-to-1 advantage. When the Democrats' debt is taken into account, the gap grows to 4-to-1.

Judge Rejects Faux News' Request for Injunction on Franken Book A federal judge on Friday denied Faux News Channel's request for an injunction to block humorist Al Franken's new book, whose title mocks the Fox slogan "fair and balanced."

Boeing Wins Major Defense Contract The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Co. a contract worth up to $126 million to build a 767-400 jet for use in modeling a new missile-defense and surveillance aircraft, Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems unit said Monday.

'Phantom' vehicles and animals are among the things Janklow says has caused his crashes. After a fatal crash on Saturday near Trent, Rep. Bill Janklow told a highway patrol officer he had swerved to avoid a vehicle in his lane, an accident report shows... Police have not previously indicated there were any other vehicles involved in the crash that killed Randy E. Scott, and none is listed on the accident report released Wednesday. Accident records show Janklow has reported swerving to miss other vehicles or animals in past accidents.

Prosecutors weigh possibilities A 21-year-old Rapid City man was sentenced in 2002 to eight years in prison for his role in a fatal crash similar to the one caused by Congressman Bill Janklow last weekend. Janklow ran a stop sign on a rural road south of Flandreau on Saturday and collided with a motorcycle, killing its driver, Randy Scott of Hardwick, Minn.

She's at center of high-tech voting debate Bev Harris, who operates a small public-relations business out of her Renton (WA) home, is at the center of a national battle over electronic voting. In recent months her muckraking, Web-based journalism has helped energize a growing movement of citizens and computer scientists concerned about the potential for fraud in America's increasingly high-tech elections.

Kelly foretold 'death in the woods' Dr David Kelly said in February that if Iraq was invaded he would "probably be found dead in the woods", the Hutton inquiry heard today. David Broucher, a permanent representative on the convention on UN disarmament in Geneva, said that he had taken Dr Kelly's comment to be a throwaway remark at the time. However, in the light of Dr Kelly's apparent suicide last month, when his was found in woods near his Oxfordshire home, Mr Broucher realised the remark could be significant.

UN man tells of Kelly prophesy David Kelly told a senior diplomat in February that if Iraq was invaded he would "probably be found dead in the woods", the Hutton inquiry heard today.

UK Officials Wanted to Gag Expert on Iraq Dossier Government documents released on Wednesday show top British officials tried to stop a scientist airing doubts on a Iraqi weapons dossier on which Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair based the case for war.

Campbell wanted to leak Kelly details to paper Blair followed Gilligan row 'very, very closely' --Alastair Campbell [Tony Blair's official spokesman] wanted to leak details about David Kelly to a favoured newspaper two days before his identity was publicly revealed, the Hutton inquiry was told yesterday. Two Downing Street officials said Mr Campbell wanted to resort to private tactics to put out the information at the height of the affair.

Iraqi Resistance Fighters Target 'Traitors' Working for U.S. Resistance Fighters followed an Iraqi translator home and put a bullet through his head because he worked for U.S. occupiers, the American army said on Thursday. The killers left a note by the corpse threatening to attack more Iraqi "collaborators" after Tuesday's killing near the town of Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad.

U.S. soldier killed in Iraq explosion Saddam Hussein’s trail goes cold near ex-president’s hometown --One U.S. soldier was killed and two wounded by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad late on Wednesday night, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

Andover Shoots Himself to Avoid Deployment (MN) A Marine who told Anoka County authorities that he was shot while trying to help a stranded motorist has admitted that he shot himself, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday... Adam D. Welter, 20, was apparently despondent about an impending long-term overseas military assignment, according to investigators.

Spain under pressure to withdraw forces after first casualty in Iraq The Spanish government came under pressure Wednesday to withdraw its troops from Iraq as it mourned the first Spanish fatality in the international reconstruction effort to rebuild the war-shattered country.

Iraq's Governing Council received warning of truck bombing a week ago Iraq's 25-member interim Governing Council received intelligence on August 14 that a truck bombing was imminent in the capital, council member Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, said.

Attack On the UN: Iraqi Chaos 'Is America's Fault' Iraq is in chaos as America's plans to rebuild the country fail, it was claimed last night. Former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin spoke out after suicide bombers killed at least 24 people at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. He said the Bush dictatorship had "dropped the ball massively" since ousting Saddam Hussein and allowed terrorist groups to operate. [George W. Bush is the most dangerous terrorist.]

Annan Refutes Report He Rejected Tight U.S. Security U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan vowed on Wednesday the United Nations would not be driven out of Iraq and disputed reports he had turned down offers of tighter U.S. security before the devastating bombing in Baghdad.

UN's Annan Demands More Protection After Iraq Blast United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded more protection for UN workers in Iraq while pledging to continue the world body's work there, after an attack on its Baghdad office killed at least 17 people yesterday.

Defense Secretary Sees Terror Problem in Lat.Am Defense Secretary [and Reichwing nutcase] Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday the United States and Latin America faced "a terrible problem" from terrorism and narco-trafficking and suggested American forces might be realigned in Central and South America. [*Donald Rumsfeld* is the 'terrible problem'!]

Albright: U.S. Policies Divide Allies Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright says Dictator Bush's foreign policy has driven away moderate Arab leaders and created the potential for a dangerous rift with European allies.

US foreign strategy comes down with a sickening thud Despite his confident rhetoric, George Bush may well have to rethink his approach, writes Marian Wilkinson. "In less than 24 hours, the President[sic]'s two defining foreign policy ambitions were brought down with a sickening thud, replaced by the all-too-familiar images of broken bodies hauled from yet another bombsite."

U.S. gasoline prices to rise in next 2 weeks-gov't U.S. drivers can expect gasoline prices to rise over the next few weeks thanks to [mind-blowing greed and reckless profiteering by Bush's paymasters running the oil dictatorship in Iraq] tighter motor fuel supplies and strong demand, the government warned Wednesday. [Wow, now *there's* a big surprise (sarcasm switch *on*).]

Blackout fallout hits gasoline prices Last week's blackout in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest and eastern Canada didn't leave St. Louis-area residents in the dark. But the region is experiencing an unpleasant side effect - sharply higher gasoline prices.

Oversight Group Warned Utilities on Power Flows Three months before the biggest blackout in North American history, the industry group charged with protecting the nation's electrical grid put utilities on notice that the section of the grid covering Ohio and other parts of the Midwest was particularly vulnerable to the kind of "cascading events" that unfolded last Thursday.

The Road to Ruin --by Paul Krugman "...[T]there seems to be a weird reluctance to face up to what happened in California. Since the blackout, I've seen national news reports attributing California's woes in part to environmental restrictions, while ignoring the role of market manipulation. Huh? There's no evidence that environmental restrictions played any role; meanwhile, even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which strongly backs deregulation, has concluded that market manipulation played a major role. What's with the revisionist history?"

GOP 'Victory Act' Bill Would Add Anti-Terror Powers As Attorney General [and Reichwing whackjob] John D. Ashcroft begins a barnstorming tour of the country to shore up support for existing anti-terrorism laws, Senate Republicans are discussing legislation that would expand the inJustice Department's powers to investigate terrorists and drug criminals.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: Target: 'Narco-Terror' [?!?] GOP Draft Bill Would Provide Broader Power; Ashcroft Defends Patriot Act --As Attorney General John Ashcroft barnstorms the country to bolster support for the controversial USA Patriot Act, a new bill is quietly circulating on Capitol Hill to give even greater powers to law enforcement — in the name of fighting drug trafficking.

Voting security questioned Perdue seeks probe after study cites risks in new state system --Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday called for an investigation of charges that Georgia's new $54 million system of computerized voting machines is vulnerable to tampering.

Texas Dems Prolong Fight on Redistricting The 11 Democrats boycotting the Texas Senate over congressional redistricting asked a federal court Wednesday to determine whether the Senate sergeant-at-arms or the Texas Department of Public Safety can arrest the lawmakers for breaking a quorum.

Veterans plan to exact action at polls GOP-led House reneges on pledge to pass $3.2 billion for VA medical care --Veterans are condemning House Republicans' failure to deliver a $3.2 billion boost for the Veterans Affairs Department that would have shrunk the agency's waiting list for medical care. "A shameless betrayal" is how AMVETS sums it up. "A moral outrage," the American Legion said. "Abominable" is the word from the Non Commissioned Officers Association.

Bush Job Performance Continues to Slip; Re-elect Numbers Worsen; 43%-43% Bush vs. any Democratic Contender --The ‘down’ trend is also seen in the percent of likely voters who say it's time for someone new in the White House (48%), compared to 45% who said the Dictator deserves to be re-s-elected.

Dems Start Group to Try to 'Recall' Bush The latest Democratic drive to make sure Dictator Bush serves just one term takes a page from the effort to oust a Democratic governor in California, calling its web site "bushrecall" [to be launched Thursday --] and garnering support through petitions.

GOP 'family values': The Groping Governor When Arnold Schwarzenegger came to London in 2000, his behaviour led insiders to label him 'the octopus'. When TV presenter Anna Richardson interviewed Arnold for Big Screen at the Dorchester Hotel, he asked her pointblank if her breasts were real. He then pulled her onto his knee, circled her nipple with his finger, squeezed it and announced: 'Yeah, they are real.'

More GOP 'family values': Arnold's Mistress His Shocking 7-Year Affair (April 26, 2001) For seven years, Arnold Schwarzenegger hid a mistress from his loving wife Maria Shriver -- and hours after learning The ENQUIRER discovered his sordid secret, "The Terminator" terminated his run for governor of California.

Report: Janklow Going 70-75 Mph at Crash Rep. Bill Janklow (R-Insane-S.D.) was driving an estimated 70-75 mph when he ran a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle, according to an accident report released Wednesday by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The Saturday afternoon crash killed Randolph E. Scott, 55, whose Harley-Davidson collided with Janklow's Cadillac at an intersection of two paved roads near the Minnesota line.

Janklow expects charges in crash Republican Rep. Bill Janklow failed to stop at a stop sign before colliding with a motorcycle in a fatal accident in Moody County, the prosecutor in the case said Tuesday. And Janklow's son, Russ, said his father expects to be charged in the crash that killed Randy E. Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn.

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Bureaucratic Waste Dogs U.S. Health Care, Study Says Thirty-one cents of every dollar spent on health care in the United States pays administrative costs -- nearly double the rate in Canada, according to a new comparison that sees colossal bureaucratic waste in the American system.

No Ethics? No Experience? No Problem! The Tawdry Tale of WorldCom's Sweetheart Deal in Iraq --by Ted Rall "WorldCom Inc., recently and hilariously accused of rerouting phone calls to avoid paying connection fees to other phone companies (who was running the joint, frat dudes?), ranks with Enron in the annals of modern corporate debauchery. After an $11 billion accounting scandal sunk the infamous telecommunications conglomerate into bankruptcy, the U.S. General Services Administration banned federal agencies from doing business with WorldCom. So how is a proscribed 'company that has demonstrated a flagrant lack of ethics'--...poised to land a $900 million Pentagon contract to build a cell phone system for occupied Iraq?"

Tampa Police Eliminate Controversial Facial-Recognition System Tampa police have scrapped their controversial security camera system that scanned city streets for criminals, citing its failure over two years to recognize anyone wanted by authorities.

Govt launches net crackdown (Australia) The federal Government plans to outlaw using the internet for "offensive and menacing purposes", proposing new laws that could mean two years in prison for activities like organising or advocating violent protests through the internet. [Yikes! One man's 'organising' is another man's 'advocating violent protests'...]

Threaten Australia and you could be cut off People suspected of posing a 'threat' to Australia's security could have their telephone and internet services cut off under new laws before Parliament. The federal Attorney-General could order phone companies to stop supplying services to groups or individuals identified by law enforcement agencies as threatening national security.

French funeral parlors say death toll from heat much higher More people may have succumbed to a record-hot spell in France this month than officials previously thought. The largest French chain of funeral parlors says more than 13-thousand more people died this month as compared to last August.

France says heat toll may be 10,000 President Jacques Chirac promised to correct failings in France’s health service Thursday, his first comment on a heat wave his government said probably killed 10,000 people. Chirac, under fire from opposition politicians and newspapers for remaining silent during the crisis, noted that many victims "died alone in their homes."

Judge OKs trial in suit involving auto parts A class-action suit claiming that Geico Corp. deceived about 30,000 Illinois policyholders by forcing them to use lower-quality parts to fix their vehicles has been certified by a Madison County judge, clearing the way for the case to go to trial.

Geeks Grapple With Virus Invasion Microsoft, whose products have been the target of a half-dozen successful worm and viral attacks over the past two weeks, is being criticized for writing code that security experts refer to as "Swiss cheese": code that contains security holes that leave operating systems and applications open to far too many attacks. "Microsoft's sloppy code and arrogance is coming home to roost," said network consultant Mike Sweeney.

Davis Says GOP Trying to 'Steal' Election Gov. Gray Davis called the recall effort part of a wider effort to "steal elections Republicans cannot win," evoking the impeachment of former President Clinton and Florida's 2000 presidential election fiasco [coup d'etat].

'I will fight this recall and the right-wing forces behind it' Davis Accuses Republicans of Power Grab in Recall --Embattled California Gov. Gray Davis, while admitting he made some mistakes, accused the Republican party on Tuesday of staging "a right-wing power grab" through a recall election in the nation's most populous state. "This recall is bigger than California. What's happening here is part of an ongoing national effort by Republicans to steal elections they cannot win," Davis said in a major speech that aides said he spent over a week shaping to kick off a campaign to keep the job he was reelected to only last November.

Effort to Delay Calif. Recall Denied A federal judge on Wednesday refused to delay the Oct. 7 recall election, rejecting arguments by a civil rights group that punch-card voting machines used in at least six counties won't accurately tally votes. [Another GOP-styled coup d'etat in the works]

Blair Spokesman Behind 'Mitty' Claim to Testify The man who sparked fury by comparing dead Iraq weapons expert David Kelly to the fictional daydreamer Walter Mitty is due to testify on Wednesday at the inquiry into Kelly's death.

No 10 knew: Iraq no threat One of the prime minister's closest advisers issued a private warning that it would be wrong for Tony Blair to claim Iraq's banned weapons programme showed Saddam Hussein presented an "imminent threat" to the west or even his Arab neighbours.

No 10 'ordered dossier rewrite' Downing Street authorised a "substantial rewrite" of the Government's Iraqi weapons dossier in the run-up to its publication, Lord Hutton's inquiry into the death of the weapons expert David Kelly has been told.

World Bank, IMF Pull Staff Out of Iraq The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund informed the U.S. Treasury Department that they were pulling their staff out of Iraq on Wednesday, following the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, a U.S. official said.

US warned a week ago about Baghdad UN bomb Death toll from suicide bombing is expected to rise --US authorities in Iraq were warned last week that a large-scale terrorist attack on a 'soft' target in Baghdad was being planned.

Military Explosives Used in Baghdad Blast, F.B.I. Says Military weapons were used to blow up part of a United Nations compound here, the F.B.I.'s special agent in Iraq said today.

Bombers used 'enormous amount of explosives' The attack yesterday was the latest in a series on US and other Western targets that have seen the resistance forces modify their methods and take increasing risks.

Massacre of the peacemakers The United Nations chief envoy to Iraq was killed yesterday by a massive suicide truck bomb that blew his office in Baghdad to pieces. Sergio Vieira de Mello was among at least 20 people killed in the bombing and the death toll is still climbing.

The UN bombing: a product of the US occupation of Iraq --by Peter Symonds "Stripped of its obvious lies, [George] Bush’s menacing statement is a warning to the Iraqi people: either you are with us, or against us. By recklessly invading and occupying Iraq, the US administration has turned the country into a quagmire that is producing spiralling opposition and resistance. Bush’s comments are a signal that the political gangsters in the White House are preparing to escalate their war of attrition against the Iraqi population."

Troops accused of negligence in shooting cameraman dead Journalists who were with a Reuters cameraman shot dead by United States troops while filming outside a Baghdad prison accused the soldiers of behaving in a "crazy" and negligent fashion.

US admits cameraman was shot dead at close range The American army admitted yesterday that its soldiers killed an award-winning Reuters cameraman. Mazen Dana, a Palestinian, was shot dead by a US tank crew at close range while trying to film outside Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison on Sunday, after a mortar attack on the prison.

Death of Journalist Killed by G.I.'s Prompts Calls for Inquiry International journalists' groups and Reuters demanded today that the American military hold a full public inquiry into the death of a Reuters cameraman fatally shot by American soldiers in Iraq on Sunday as he filmed outside a prison.

Secret Burials in the desert Ultimate disrespect for U.S. Army personnel in Iraq --The Daily Life of Kawther Salam "Did the Pentagon order the assassination of a Journalist in order to cover up secret mass burials of dead U.S Soldiers in the desert around Baghdad? What is really behind the killing of my colleague, the Palestinian Reuters Cameraman Mazen Dana, in Baghdad? Is the Pentagon really scared of the media telling the U.S public what is really going on in Iraq? Do the criminals in the Pentagon want to cover their crimes against their own soldiers by killing journalists in Iraq? If, then this is what can be called organized terror."

As Iraqis die, hate for U.S. spreads Families left bitter by relatives' deaths --The shooting at dusk on Aug. 1 was just one of dozens of cases in which civilians have been caught in the crossfire of Iraq's guerrilla war. ...The firing was over in minutes and warranted only a five-paragraph statement from the U.S. military public affairs office in Iraq. But the tragedy and its aftermath reveal much about the chaotic, unpredictable nature of combat here and how the deaths of civilians can turn residents of an entire village, once sympathetic to the U.S. occupation, into bitter enemies.

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Accident [?!?] After Attack A U.S. soldier was killed and another injured in an accident [?!?] after they came under fire south of the capital Baghdad, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Wednesday.

Death of US soldier in Iraq raises stakes in testy guerrilla war The death of another soldier in Iraq had already jittery troops on edge following a weekend in which US troops mistakenly killed a journalist and anti-U.S.-U.K. occupation sabotage intensified... One powerful sheikh, who commands 300,000 clan members in the area around Kirkuk, told AFP at the weekend it was possible his own clan members were involved in the attacks, but he would not investigate his legion until the US forces paid him more.

'Why I attacked US troops' The shy young man in the cafeteria of a Baghdad hotel hardly seems the type to carry out attacks on US soldiers. But Walid (not his real name), a student of English literature at Baghdad University, has a story to tell that is compelling and detailed... Walid does not conform to the picture that has emerged over recent months of the typical new Iraqi guerrilla fighter. He dislikes the old regime, he is not a Muslim fundamentalist and he is not even unwaveringly anti-American.

Contractor Killed, Two U.S. Troops Wounded in Iraq Iraqi resistance fighters ambushed U.S. troops in Tikrit in central Iraq on Wednesday, killing a contractor and wounding two soldiers, a U.S. military officer said.

Separate Attacks Kill Two Americans in Iraq (DoD) Two separate attacks today have claimed the lives of two Americans in Iraq.

U.S. Soldier Killed by Explosive in Iraq -Military An American soldier was killed by an explosive device in Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military said in a statement. While the military did not give any further details of how the incident occurred, a Central Command spokesman in Florida said: "It was a hostile act."

Pakistani Mourners Torch U.S. Fast Food Outlet Hundreds of angry Pakistani Shi'ite Muslims went on a rampage in Karachi on Sunday, destroying property and setting fire to an American fast food restaurant after the funeral of a doctor killed by gunmen.

Sabotage Costing Iraq Billions, Bremer Says Attacks by saboteurs on Iraq's infrastructure and oil industry have cost the economy billions of dollars, the country's U.S. installed dictator said on Monday, as firefighters battled to control a pipeline blaze.

Gulf War Veterans Sue Banks, Companies Sixteen veterans from the Persian Gulf War filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., against 11 chemical companies and 33 banks from throughout the world that allegedly helped Iraq construct and support its extensive chemical warfare program.

Japan vows to pursue Iranian oil deal Japan will press ahead with a $2bn oil deal in Iran so long as it is commercially viable, in spite of US pressure to withdraw from the investment, according to a senior government official.

Another 9/11-like attack 'highly likely,' researchers say The United States ranks fourth among countries most likely to be targeted by terrorists next year, while tightly controlled North Korea was ranked as the least likely to suffer such an attack, according to an index assessing the risk of 186 countries.

Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush --by Gail Sheehy "So afraid is the Bush administration of what could be revealed by inquiries into its failures to protect Americans from terrorist attack, it is unabashedly using Kremlin tactics to muzzle members of Congress and thwart the current federal commission investigating the failures of Sept. 11. But there is at least one force that the administration cannot scare off or shut up. They call themselves 'Just Four Moms from New Jersey,' or simply 'the girls.'"

Military to Conduct Bio-Terror Exercise U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for military operations inside the United States, said Friday it will begin an exercise next week to test its ability to respond to multiple domestic emergencies simultaneously, including a bio-terror attack in Nevada.

Ashcroft Begins Patriot Act Tour At his first stop on a tour in support of the USA Patriot Act, Attorney General [and Reichwing whackjob] John Ashcroft told police officers and prosecutors Wednesday that the law made possible a series of recent terrorism arrests.

Ashcroft Promotes 'Patriot Act' in Tour Attorney General John Ashcroft began a nationwide campaign Tuesday to defend the USA Patriot Act, saying the anti-terrorism law is the chief reason America has not suffered another catastrophic terrorist attack since Sept. 11.

Ashcroft proposes vast new surveillance powers (Feb. 7, 2003) A sweeping new anti-terrorism bill drafted by the Justice Department would dramatically increase government electronic surveillance and data collection abilities, and impose the first-ever federal criminal penalties for using encryption in the U.S.

Court Rejects Ten Commandments Appeal The Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from an Alabama judicial building, rejecting a last-minute appeal from the judge who installed the display.

Energy Dept. Will Take Control of Blackout Investigation The Department of Energy has agreed to lead a sweeping investigation to determine precisely how a huge swath of the nation's electrical system collapsed last week, draining power from tens of thousands of miles of high-voltage electrical lines, leaving millions in the dark and inflicting widespread damage on local economies from Detroit to New York. [How *convenient* that the blackout swept the minute the US stock market trading had concluded for the day. Cui bono? (Who benefits?) *See 'Bush Confident Congress Will Expedite Energy Bill'.]

Bush Confident Congress Will Expedite Energy Bill Five days after the power failure that blacked out all or part of eight states and two Canadian provinces, Dictator Bush said today that Congressional Republicans had assured him that a conference committee would begin work within 20 days on a final package of energy legislation. The Democrats have said the dictatorship should strip the more controversial provisions from the package, including one to permit oil drilling in sensitive Alaska wilderness areas. [Hmmm.... how convenient for Bush-Cheney for a blackout to take place, after all!!]

The US blackout and "homeland security" --by Bill Vann "Last week’s massive blackout demonstrated the destructive impact of an economic system that subordinates the basic necessities of life, including electricity, to corporate profit and the accumulation of personal wealth. The workings of this system pose a far more immediate and profound threat to the security of the American people than any terrorist cell or so-called rogue nation."

Midwest Power Swings Detected Midday Thursday The Midwest power system recorded numerous voltage swings as early as midday Thursday, long before high-voltage lines failed south of Cleveland, officials said. This raised new questions of what might have triggered the nation's worst blackout.

Kucinich: FirstEnergy Should Lose License An Ohio congressman and longtime critic of FirstEnergy Corp., the Ohio-based utility at the center of the investigation into last week's blackout, wants the company's operating license revoked.

Rising Rates, Blackout Slam Mortgages U.S. mortgage applications fell 10.7 percent last week to their lowest level in more than a year, an industry survey said on Wednesday, as rising rates cut into demand and a widespread power outage temporarily closed many mortgage offices.

IBM lays off 500 workers at Vermont plant IBM, the world's largest provider of computer hardware, laid off 500 workers at its Vermont plant Monday in an effort to right itself amid steep industry declines, the company said.

New York skyline during blackout Keith Meyers/The New York Times
The whole of the city was dark and the setting sun painted one building.

New York skyline during blacout Vincent Laforet/The New York Times
The Manhattan skyline, dark at dusk.

Terror Not Ruled Out No Signs of Deliberate Attack in Blackout, But Possibility Not Ruled Out --Despite official assurances to the contrary, could terrorists have exploited a vulnerable power grid to cause Thursday's massive blackout? While there is no indication the power grid was sabotaged, some experts caution it is too soon to rule out any possible explanation — including cyber-terror.

Power Outage Traced To Dim Bulb In White House --- The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York, Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights --by Greg Palast (WebLog) "After LILCO [Long Island Lighting Company] was hammered by the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in the tens of billions of dollars, the industry leaders got together to swear never to break the regulations again. Their plan was not to follow the rules, but to ELIMINATE the rules. They called it 'deregulation.' It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring out how to make safecracking legal."

[Ironically, the power outage began when the NYSE closed, so normal daytime trading was not disrupted. Also, the Idiot Usurper referred to the blackout as a 'rolling blackout' when he 'addressed the nation'. Rolling blackouts are considered scheduled events.]

House Commerce Panel Launches Blackout Probe The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee said on Friday it launched an investigation into the biggest power blackout in U.S. history.

Canada says U.S. nuclear plant caused outage A severe outage at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant seemed to be the cause of the massive power blackout that hit large areas of North America on Thursday, the office of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said. But there were still conflicting reports on the cause. Canadian Defence Minister John McCallum said on Thursday night the U.S. military had advised him [?!?] the outage at the nuclear plant did not involve an act of terrorism or sabotage.

Canada Seeks to Explain Blackout's Cause Canadian officials gave conflicting explanations for the massive blackout across the Northeast and parts of Canada on Thursday, blaming the outage on a fire, possibly at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, after initially saying a lightning strike was responsible. U.S. officials in New York and Pennsylvania dismissed both claims.

Parts of Country May Enter Weekend Without Power Tens of millions of people struggled today to manage without electricity in the summer heat as power was slowly returning to a swath of the United States and Canada paralyzed by blackouts, including New York City, its suburbs and parts of at least eight states in the Northeast and the Midwest.

Power returning to US east coast Electricity was today returning to some of the 50 million people across the north eastern United States and eastern Canada who yesterday suffered one of North America's worst ever power cuts.

Power Slowly Returns to Northeast U.S. After Blackout Causes Major Disruptions A huge power failure swept through parts of the Northeast, Midwest and Canada late Thursday afternoon, snarling traffic and causing major disruptions in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, but by 9:30 p.m. power gradually was being restored.

Largest-Ever Blackout Hits Eastern U.S. A sudden blackout robbed electricity from millions of people across a vast swath of the northern United States and southern Canada on Thursday, exposing them to stifling heat and jammed rush hour streets - and then darkness.

World Sympathy And Wisecracks for U.S. Blackout Some people voiced admiration, others worried, and some could not help but poke fun at the world's self-confessed "superpower with a Third World grid." "Now we understand why they (Americans) have been unable to get the electricity running in Baghdad," said 47-year-old engineer Ghassan Tombin in the Gulf Arab country of Dubai.

Iraqis' 10 tips to beat blackout heat Iraqis who have suffered for months with little electricity gloated Friday over a blackout in the northeastern United States and southern Canada and offered some tips to help Americans beat the heat.

Heat apparent cause of soldier’s death Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on a local soldier who was found dead in Iraq last week reveal that he probably died from extreme heat, the family told The Telegraph Thursday.

Case against conscientious objector stands A judge declined on Thursday to throw out the Marine Corps' case against an openly gay conscientious objector who claims he is being court-martialed because he publicly criticized the war in Iraq. Navy judge John A. Maksym also denied Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk's lawyer access to Marine files on who else may have been absent without leave, or AWOL, and how they were punished.

More Orwellian doublespeak from the US government: Gas riots called sign economy improving Severe gasoline shortages that contributed to two days of rioting in Basra last weekend are at least partly the result of improving economic conditions that have boosted demand, officials say.

'It was punishment without trial' Hundreds of Iraqis civilians are being held in makeshift jails run by US troops - many without being charged or even questioned. And in these prisons are children whose parents have no way of locating them. Jonathan Steele reveals the grim reality of U.S.-U.K. occupation justice in Baghdad.

Military Rescinds Iraq Media-Access Order The U.S. military briefly issued an order Thursday that could have restricted journalists from accompanying American troops on all but routine missions in Iraq, including operations aimed at capturing or killing Saddam Hussein. The U.S. military headquarters in Baghdad rescinded the order shortly after The Associated Press reported on it. No explanation was given.

Military to Conduct Bio-Terror Exercise U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for military operations inside the United States, said Friday it will begin an exercise next week to test its ability to respond to multiple domestic emergencies simultaneously, including a bio-terror attack in Nevada. The exercise, dubbed Determined Promise '03 [?!? What Bush tool *thinks* of these names?], includes a simulated hurricane, real and simulated wildfires, an airborne terrorist threat in Alaska and an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Nevada. [Was this blackout step one of the exercise?]

U.S. Cuts Terrorism Life Insurance Plan The Treasury Department decided Friday not to extend a federal terrorism insurance program to include coverage for group life insurance policies.

FBI attacks BBC over terrorism story The FBI has accused the BBC of ruining an operation to infiltrate al-Qaida after Tom Mangold ran an "exclusive" 10 O'Clock News report about a missile sting. But the BBC said American broadcasters were aware of the missile story and called US government officials before Mangold's first report was broadcast in the UK at 10pm.

Louisiana GOP seeks input from White House strategist Karl Rove In the run-up to this fall's statewide elections, Louisiana Republicans turned to top White House strategist Karl Rove for advice - and a little help raising money.

Warner Blasts Bush Dictatorship Gov. Mark R. Warner told state labor leaders Friday that Bush dictatorship policies do little to help working men and women in Virginia. The Democrat said the Bush regime is on pace to oversee a nationwide job loss unprecedented since Herbert Hoover was president.

Bush protested at San Diego fundraiser Dictator Bush has raised another (m) million for his re-s-election campaign at a San Diego fund-raiser. Bush's motorcade through San Diego was lined with hundreds of protesters. They waved signs with messages such as "Commander 'n Thief," "Re-elect Satan in '04" and "Bush lied, our troops died."

Three Fatally Shot in West Virginia In shootings bearing an eerie resemblance to the sniper-style attacks that plagued the Washington, D.C. region last fall, two people were killed in separate incidents Thursday, just four days after a similar killing of another man.

GOP ponders tactic: No map, no primaries (TX) Without a quorum, Legislature can't pass a bill to delay the March vote, Democrats counter - The state's Republican leadership is looking into the possibility of postponing the March congressional primaries if the boycotting Democratic senators continue to delay the GOP effort to draw new districts. And Senate Republicans, eager to enforce fines it ordered earlier this week for the missing Democrats, today are expected to OK penalties that could include withholding the Democrats' access to conference and meeting rooms, limiting their postage, eliminating their Capitol and cutting off their cell phones. [Enough of this Reichwing Fascism -- we MUST undo the Bush coup!!]

Fresno council member wrote of using 'dirty bomb' to kill liberals. Duncan's e-mail note ignites fury --Fresno residents and community leaders, outraged by an e-mail message in which City Council Member Jerry Duncan wished he had a "dirty bomb" to kill every liberal in Fresno, called Thursday for his resignation, recall or reprimand.

Unfair and unbalanced / Fox News offers proof that it's a big fat idiot (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "The Fox News Channel is upset with Mr. [Al] Franken because of his use of the network's trademark phrase 'fair and balanced' in its title. In a suit filed in a New York federal court, Fox said Mr. Franken seeks 'to exploit Fox News' trademark, confuse the public as to the origins of the book and accordingly boost sales of the book'. Of course, it's an absurd claim."

Air Controllers Clash With White House After years of labor peace under a friendly Democratic administration, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has chosen to take on the Bush dictatorship over whether the Federal Aviation Administration can continue to contract out control towers at some smaller airports.

Anti-cancer drugs cut by Medicare Cancer doctors see a coordinated effort by the White House and Congress to siphon federal money from cancer treatment and use it for prescription drugs currently not covered by Medicare.

Climate Change Becomes a Burning Issue (Inter Press Service News Agency) "Nature and the human hand came together to set off fires this summer such as Europe has not seen before. Authorities took steps to stop people starting fires, but more difficult questions arose over steps to stop global warming."

Pro-gay Scout troop loses charter A Boy Scout troop in Sebastopol, Calif., has lost its charter in a battle over gay rights. The Boy Scouts of America pulled the charter because the troop refused to drop an antidiscrimination statement that runs counter to the BSA national policy barring gay members and troop leaders.

Garlic Truck Crashes on Pa. Interstate A tractor-trailer hauling seven tons of garlic powder crashed on a bridge and caught fire Friday, filling the air with the odor of burning garlic and fuel.

Huge power outage from NYC to Detroit to Canada A huge power blackout hit U.S. cities spreading from New York to Cleveland and Detroit and north into Canada Thursday afternoon.

California Confidential Who are the mystery men behind the recall push? --by Max Blumenthal "The cabal includes Kaloogian, who was a right-wing backbencher in the state Assembly, Sal Russo, who handled banker Bill Simon's hapless 2002 gubernatorial campaign, and David Gilliard, a veteran GOP strategist with a career steeped in scandal. They're joined by former Enron pollster and Republican tactician Frank [Putz] Luntz, who devised a strategy for the recall campaign centering around negative character attacks and avoidance of policy discussion... Thanks to this handful of men and the millionaires who bankrolled them, what started with a petition and a few phone calls has become an election that may unseat a twice-elected governor and dramatically affect the lives of one in seven Americans."

Schwarzenegger Outcome Could Affect Bush in 2004 Though rumors swirl about involvement in the Schwarzenegger campaign by Karl Rove, Bush's top strategist, the White House is officially mum. Schwarzenegger's decision to join the race have buoyed the Bush campaign's hopes of a lift in 2004. "Schwarzenegger is the only candidate who has a chance to achieve what we wanted," one adviser said. Even if a Republican governor does not deliver California to Bush next year, Republicans believe it would make Democrats spend more time and effort to win the state. "We can distract the opposition long enough to make them vulnerable elsewhere on the national political landscape," said Dan Schnur, a California GOP operative.

California Recall Ballot to Have 135 Candidates for Governor The Oct. 7 election will have 135 candidates attempting to succeed Gov. Gray Davis

Palm Beach commissioner fined over 2000 recount violations The Florida Elections Commission fined a Palm Beach County Commissioner $2,000 Wednesday by taking excessive contributions during an effort to oust three Florida Supreme Court justices who ruled for Al Gore during the 2000 presidential s-election recount [coup d'etat].

Democracy might be impossible, US was told US intelligence officials cautioned the National Security Council before the Iraq war that the American plan to build democracy on the ashes of Saddam Hussein's regime -- as a model for the rest of the region -- was so audacious that, in the words of one CIA report in March, it could ultimately prove "impossible."

U.S. Abandons Idea of Bigger U.N. Role in Iraq Occupation The Bush dictatorship has abandoned the idea of giving the United Nations more of a role in the occupation of Iraq as sought by France, India and other countries as a condition for their participation in peacekeeping there, regime officials said today.

Embedded, now media gagged The United States military, in what appeared to be a significant shift in its relations with the news media, announced on Thursday that reporters, photographers and television crews would be forbidden from accompanying the military on some operations.

Superiors warned Kelly against talking to BBC But weapons adviser wasn't threatened, MoD officials tell inquiry --British weapons adviser David Kelly was warned by his superiors at the Ministry of Defence about his contacts with reporters but was told no disciplinary action would be taken, an inquiry into his suicide heard today.

Kelly was 'read the riot act' Click here to enter the Hutton inquiry website --David Kelly was read a "version of the riot act" by his bosses at the Ministry of Defence after they found out he had spoken to BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan. It also emerged Dr Kelly was warned by his MoD superiors that further breaches of guidelines on contact with the press could lead to disciplinary action.

UK Defense Minister Refused to Shield Scientist British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon ignored advice that he shield weapons expert David Kelly from a hostile public grilling just days before he committed suicide, an inquiry into his death revealed on Thursday.

Tape Could Spell the End of Blair --by Paul Routledge "The net is closing on the merchants of death in Downing Street as witness after witness gives damning testimony to the Hutton inquiry... We are witnessing the slow motion death of this Government. Who can now believe there was not something dodgy about the dossier that claimed Saddam could fire weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes' notice? Dr Kelly insisted this just 'popped up' during spooks' deliberations. But it was clearly music to No10. Music to which they could set a seductive theme."

British Soldier Killed, Two Wounded in Iraq A British soldier was killed and two were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a military ambulance in the southern city of Basra on Thursday, a British military spokesman said.

Tensions simmer in Baghdad Tensions simmered today in Baghdad after a deadly confrontation between Shiite Muslims and US troops, as the United Nations was set to acknowledge Iraq's interim government and a message attributed to Saddam Hussein called for a holy war.

Baghdad ultimatum for U.S. troops Shiite group upset after banner incident led to death --A Shiite Muslim group on Thursday demanded compensation and that U.S. helicopters stay away from a Baghdad neighborhood, a day after American forces fired on protesters and killed at least one person.

Shiite Muslim group demands U.S. troops leave Baghdad a day after Americans fired on protesters A Shiite Muslim group demanded Thursday that U.S. troops withdraw from a Baghdad neighborhood within 24 hours, a day after American forces fired on thousands of protesters in the Shiite enclave and killed at least one person.

In Basra, goodwill toward occupation forces fades During the weekend, Basra residents rioted - throwing rocks and bricks at British troops to protest days of fuel, water and electricity shortages in this city of 1.5 million where temperatures routinely soar above 122 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity can be stifling.

Pakistan Protests U.S. Shooting of Two Soldiers President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday protested to the United States against the killing of two Pakistani soldiers by U.S. troops and demanded an inquiry to fix responsibility, the foreign ministry said.

No al-Qaeda link seen in embassy bombing The bombing of the Jordanian Embassy does not appear to have been the work of outside terrorist groups, according to the top U.S. adviser to Iraq's law enforcement agencies. "The information we have thus far does not indicate it was al-Qaeda," Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner, said Tuesday. Kerik's statement was the firmest yet from a U.S. or Iraqi official that the attack was likely the work of Iraqis.

Troops in Iraq face pay cut Pentagon says tough duty bonuses are budget-buster --The Pentagon wants to cut the pay of its 148,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, who are already contending with guerrilla-style attacks, homesickness and 120- degree-plus heat.

How hot must it get? British troops enduring 140°F in Iraq are being denied a special £15 weekly allowance for working in the searing heat.

America's Gulag For Iraq's VIP Prisoners --by Gordon Thomas "Each prisoner receives six pints of dank, tepid water a day. He uses it to wash and drink in summer noonday temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius... This is daily life in America’s shameful Gulag – Camp Cropper on the outskirts of Baghdad International Airport. Only the International Red Cross are allowed inside. They are forbidden to describe what they see. But some of its staff have broken ranks – to tell Amnesty International of the shocking conditions the 3000 Iraqi prisoners are held under. None had been charged with any offence."

Human shields face 12 years' jail for visiting Iraq Anti-war activists who visited Iraq before the US invasion have discovered that they could face up to 12 years in prison and $1m in fines.

The US Justice Department has sued Voices in the Wilderness to try to collect a fine of $20,000 from VitW for bringing medicines to the people of Iraq. Over the past seven years, Voices in the Wilderness has organized more than 65 delegations to Iraq made up of teachers, veterans, social workers, artists, health care professionals, trades people and people of faith.

Rumsfeld Says US Has No Ready Answer to Growing Problem of Opium in Afghanistan The United States has no ready answer to calls for action to reverse the upward trend in opium production in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.

US military pioneers death ray bomb Pentagon project brings fear of new arms race --American military scientists are developing a weapon which kills by delivering an enormous burst of high-energy gamma rays, it is claimed today. The bomb, which produces little fallout, blurs the distinction between conventional and nuclear weapons, and experts have already warned it could spark a new arms race.

Arms maker under fire: As David Hudak sits in a New Mexico jail accused of illegally purchasing and stockpiling warheads, his defense attorney takes aim at Halliburton Corp., which he said induced his client to buy the devices. Canadian David Hudak sits in a New Mexico jail cell, accused of stockpiling U.S.-made missile warheads... But his defense attorney wonders why the U.S. company that sold Hudak the devices has not been pursued with the same zeal, especially since prosecutors contend that the sale was illegal. Hudak's attorney, Bob Gorence, said Hudak was induced to purchase the items by Halliburton Corp. - the major U.S. conglomerate once headed by Vice pResident Dick Cheney.

Army Delays Destruction of Nerve Agent (IN) The Army said it will delay destruction of a deadly nerve agent at the Newport Chemical Depot until early 2004 because the plant doesn't yet meet environmental standards or have a sprinkler system.

Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction. [Whackjob Bush is *technically* a nutcase.]

New York Times reporter, photographer arrested at Kennedy Airport Police are apparently being more vigilant after three fisherman breached security at Kennedy International Airport Sunday. A New York Times reporter and photographer were picked up by police today while following up on the story of the lost boaters.

What chemical? What bomb? --by M.D. Brading "In the early morning hours of Aug. 1, locks were broken, doors destroyed and lives turned upside down as the FBI burst into the business and home of Sam and Rita Mody, owners of Super 8 Motel in Paris [IL], with a search warrant. Federal officers of the Springfield Illinois Division were searching for evidence of explosive making chemicals and any related items... What they found was nothing. What they left behind was a family of three, still in shock and desperately seeking answers that would justify the unimaginable hellish experience of their lives."

Some Fliers Don't Count First, hanging chads. Now, banned campaign fliers? Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Heinous Rove Tool-Fla.), the former Florida secretary of state who stood at the center of the 2000 presidential recount imbroglio [coup d'etat], has found herself in a dispute with some of her constituents after she banned all political literature from a town hall meeting -- except, critics said, her own.

Wal-Mart urges five stations to drop union's radio spots Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is demanding five St. Louis-area radio stations stop running a commercial paid for by a local union. If Wal-Mart does go to court over the matter, the company could have a difficult time winning its case, experts say.

Views On Economy Worsen Americans are getting more pessimistic about the economy – 60 percent say it's bad, the highest number recorded in a CBS News poll in ten years – and a majority disapproves of the way Dictator Bush is handling it.

Ravages Harming nature (The Charleston Gazette) "The sophisticated international magazine Vanity Fair says the Bush administration systematically is sabotaging pollution controls and other protections for the environment... The magazine notes that coal, gas, oil and other extractive industry moguls gave $48 million to the Republican Party in the 2000 election [coup d'etat], and those industries are reaping 'staggering results' from the White House. 'Every administration rewards its friends,' it says, “but never has there been such a wholesale giveaway of government agencies to the very industries they’re meant to oversee.'"

French heat deaths 'up to 3,000' The French health ministry has said the deaths of up to 3,000 people in recent weeks could be attributed to the European heatwave. The extreme heat has set records on the continent, leading to dozens of deaths from heat stroke and devastating forest fires in countries on the western Mediterranean.

Government warns of late-summer gasoline price surge Americans face a surge in gasoline prices, the government warned on Wednesday. Pump prices have increased 5.5 cents a gallon nationally over the last two weeks, the Energy Information Administration said in its weekly review of the oil market.

Troops in China wrote antiwar letters despite censors, archive reveals Japanese frontline troops during the 1937-1945 war with China wrote antiwar letters to their families and friends, even though they knew their correspondence would be censored by the Imperial Japanese Army, according to recent findings by scholars.

U.N. Official: Iraqis Ready to Turn on U.S. Troops Prominent Iraqis who despised Saddam Hussein will take up arms against U.S. forces if life under occupation does not quickly improve, a senior U.N. official said in outspoken criticism of Washington's postwar policy in Iraq.

Rising Tide of Islamic Militants See Iraq as Ultimate Battlefield In much the same way as the Russian invasion of Afghanistan stirred an earlier generation of young Muslims determined to fight the infidel, the American presence in Iraq is prompting a rising tide of Muslim militants to slip into the country to fight the foreign occupier, Iraqi officials and others say.

U.S. troops face fresh attacks in Iraq Iraqi insurgents have mounted fresh attacks on U.S. troops occupying the country, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding five more in assaults around Iraq’s "Sunni triangle" in 24 hours, the military said Wednesday. In separate incidents, two Iraqis were killed overnight when U.S. forces returned fire at attackers, officials said.

U.S. soldiers fire into Baghdad crowd, killing 1 U.S. soldiers shot into a crowd of thousands of demonstrators in a Baghdad slum on Wednesday, killing one civilian and wounding four after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at them, the military said. North of Baghdad, Iraqi resistance fighters killed two American troops.

Explosive Devices Kill Three U.S. Soldiers, Wound Five In Iraq Explosive devices apparently planted by anti-U.S. insurgents killed two U.S. 4th Infantry Division soldiers and injured three in two separate incidents in Iraq on Aug. 12 and 13, according to U.S. Central Command news releases.

Iraqi Resistance Fighters Kill 2 U.S. Soldiers The U.S. military Wednesday said two American soldiers were killed in guerrilla bomb attacks during the past 24 hours. The deaths brought to 60 the number of U.S. troops killed in action since May 1, when Dictator Bush declared major combat over.

In Basra, Worst May Be Ahead As Southern Iraq Bakes, British Also Frustrated by Shortages --Over the weekend, hundreds of people flooded into Basra's streets, taking British soldiers by surprise. Gangs of youths, some shirtless, barricaded roads with burning tires and threw rocks and chunks of concrete at the troops and vehicles thought to be owned by aid organizations and foreigners. British troops wearing riot gear fired shots into the air to disperse crowds. Two people were killed Sunday, witnesses and officials said, but some residents said the toll was higher.

U.S. troops told to settle into Iraq All troops in Iraq should expect to serve for at least a year, with brief rest breaks in the region and possibly a few days at home, the commander of U.S. forces said Tuesday. That came as news to some soldiers.

Families, Vets Urge U.S. Troops Come Home The mother of a Massachusetts National Guardsman stationed in Iraq since March, Susan Schuman has joined others - longtime pacifists, military veterans and parents with children on extended deployments - in a campaign to bring U.S. troops home. "Our soldiers are demoralized. They are fighting an illegal and unjustified war," Schuman said at a news conference Wednesday introducing the campaign, Bring Them Home Now. The campaign's name is a twist on Dictator Bush's comment at a July news conference. Responding to attacks on U.S. forces, Bush taunted, "Bring 'em on." The utterance was criticized as an encouragement for violence against American troops.

US military families push to bring Iraq troops home A group of about 600 U.S. military families, upset about the living conditions of soldiers in Iraq, are launching a campaign asking their relatives to urge members of Congress and Dictator George W. Bush to bring the troops home.

Journalist thrown out of U.S.-U.K. dictatorship centre in Iraq The editor of Iraq Today, a leading English-language daily, said the US military had handcuffed him, thrown him to the ground and banned him from one of its main Baghdad headquarters.

Military Strikes Out With Acronym (scroll to second article) Maybe it is all about oil. Since the debate began over war in Iraq, the Bush administration has denied that ousting Saddam Hussein was only about access to petroleum reserves, but left-wing conspiracists [and anyone with an IQ above the Idiot Usurper's] have continued to make that claim. Yesterday, U.S. Central Command issued a news release announcing lightning raids in the remote towns of Ain Lalin and Quara Tapa "to isolate and capture noncompliant forces." The name of the mission: Operation Ivy Lightning. Or, if you prefer the acronym: OIL.

Confidence in Iraq war falls below 50 percent Public confidence in America's military involvement in Iraq has eroded recently with 42 percent of U.S. adults now describing themselves as "not certain" that committing troops to war was the right thing to do.

Blair spin man gets blame for 'sexier' report made Iraq arms report 'sexier' Leading British weapons expert David Kelly believed Iraq posed only a minimal military threat and accused the government of overplaying the risk in order to justify war.

Reporter defends Blair aide story PM's spin doctor exaggerated Iraqi threat, source told two BBC staffers --Poodle Tony Blair's political troubles deepened last night after two journalists from the British Broadcasting Corp. testified that weapons expert David Kelly repeatedly had accused the Prime Minister's spokesman in private of interfering with a key intelligence document on Iraq.

Exactly What That Tape Said Here's the full transcript of the tape heard by the Kelly Inquiry this morning... "WATTS: But on the 45 minute... KELLY: Oh that I knew, because I knew the concern about the statement... it was a statement that was made and it just got out of all proportion... you know someone...they were desperate for information...they were pushing hard for information which could be released..."

Congress to restrict use of Special Ops Congress is set to impose new restrictions on the use of Special Operations Forces that for the first time will require a presidential order before deploying commandos in routine but hidden activities. The restrictions are contained in the classified Senate report accompanying the current version of the intelligence authorization bill for fiscal 2004.

Less Than Meets the Eye? U.S. Government Missile Sting Operation Criticized as Setup --Dictatorship officials are leaving out key facts and exaggerating the significance [Jessica Lynch, redux] of the alleged plot to smuggle a shoulder-launched missile into the United States, law enforcement officials told ABCNEWS. They say there's a lot less than meets the eye.

Pentagon Pressured on Terror Trial Rules Friends and critics alike are pressing the Bush dictatorship to change its new rules for trying suspects in the global war on terrorism - rules for the first military tribunals planned by the United States since World War II.

ABA backs fair, open terrorism trials The Bush dictatorship should drop plans to let agents eavesdrop on conversations between terror suspects and defense lawyers and should ease other rules to ensure military tribunals are fair and open, the nation's largest lawyers' group said yesterday.

Ashcroft will stump for the Patriot Act Attorney General John AshKKKroft, a key architect of the USA Patriot Act, will visit more than a dozen cities beginning next week to promote the contentious law passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Anarchist Web Site Lands Man in Jail A federal judge sentenced a man to a year in prison Monday for creating an anarchist Web site with links to sites on how to build bombs. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson sentenced Sherman Austin to more than the prosecutor had recommended under a plea bargain.

Note to Logan Airport Screwballs --by Charley Hardman "David Socha, a 17-year-old on his way to Hawaii from Paxton, Massachusetts, was arrested last week in Boston and charged with a felony for having a note in his gym bag which read: "[Expletive] you. Stay the [expletive] out of my bag you [expletive] sucker. Have you found a [expletive] bomb yet? No, just clothes. Am I right? Yea, so [expletive] you.' According to WCVB, he was charged with 'making a terrorist threat.' Now, I know I don't have the ability to read tea leaves like today's prosecutors and 'law' makers, but I do know that there's no terrorist threat contained in that note... Bin Laden's gift to the ruling class was a publicly delivered, Grade-A license to ill. There's nothing they can't say or do now, apparently, for when truth is removed from public discourse, anything goes. George Orwell either predicted it or wrote the manual – hard to tell which."

Immigrants awaiting hearings monitored with ankle bracelets Illegal immigrants awaiting deportation hearings are being monitored by electronic ankle bracelets under a federal pilot program. ADT Security Services is monitoring the bracelets to ensure the wearer remains within a specific area and alerts law enforcement if the bracelet is tampered with or leaves the area.

Rove says Florida will be 'ground zero' in 2004 election Karl Rove, Dictator Bush's top political adviser [and architect of coup 2000], says Florida will play a crucial role in the dictator's re-s-election strategy next year.

E-Vote Machines Face Audit After weeks of defending itself against charges of bad programming and lax security, Diebold Election Systems is facing an independent, third-party audit of the software for its touch-screen voting machines.

Why Bush, GOP can block all inquiries --by Susan Page "The law that provided for special counsels has expired. President [sic] Bush's fellow Republicans control both houses of Congress. The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has stepped back from challenging the White House after losing a court case that sought to open the records of Vice President [sic] Cheney's energy task force. The result: The White House is better able to control information and prevent a nagging controversy from becoming a full-blown crisis."

Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Next Energy Crisis --by Joe Shea "Remember the phony claims of energy traders that unraveled into the Enron scandal and, as California Gov. Gray Davis said during his Los Angeles Times debate with Republican businessman Bill Simon, 'We were bilked out of $21 billion...'? The same pattern of fraud is showing up now in several Western states and in Michigan - and will probably unfold again elsewhere this year in another energy staple: gasoline."

California's Embattled Governor Gains a New Adviser: Bill Clinton Former President Bill Clinton, who himself survived a recall effort of sorts [a failed GOP coup d'etat], has over the past week become one of Mr. Davis's main strategic advisers, associates of the two men say.

O'Reilly Lobbied For Lawsuit Faux News whackjob Bill O'Reilly lobbied his network to file suit against author Al Franken and his upcoming book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

Franken Says He Doesn't Mind Faux Lawsuit Al Franken, the humorist being sued by Faux News Channel for use of the phrase "fair and balanced," said Tuesday he doesn't mind the legal action. "And by the way, a few months ago, I trademarked the word 'funny.' So when Fox calls me 'unfunny,' they're violating my trademark," quipped Franken. "I am seriously considering a countersuit."

Many doctors call for healthcare system with universal coverage Medical journal publishes call by 8,000 doctors for systemwide overhaul - a sign of momentum for change. Wednesday, noting that "the 'health care mess' is too real for anyone to ignore," the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) gave the medical world a jolt by publishing a proposal for a national health-insurance system that has been endorsed by more than 8,000 doctors. They include two former surgeons general.

Bush White House: pattern of deception? ( "We've seen stepped-up logging in the name of forest fire safety, watered-down references to climate change, covered-up data on clean air and global warming bills and exaggerated claims of drinking water safety. The EPA's inspector general is investigating whether the agency deliberately misled the public by reporting discredited numbers of Americans enjoying safe drinking water. Meanwhile, the White House stripped Whitman's report of long sections acknowledging global warming." [Yes, but only Clinton's sex life rises to the level of an impeachable offense --these questions are not relevant or even mentioned. Just ask Karl Rove or the MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable nightly roundtable of pundits.]

Report: Arctic Ice Shrinking Due to Global Warming Global warming will melt most of the Arctic icecap in summertime by the end of the century, a report showed Wednesday. [Time for the Idiot Usurper to do some more studies on the environment again because GOP pollster Frank 'Putz' Luntz has instructed the Rove team to stop using the term 'global warming'.]


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