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Corporations Point Workers Toward [GOP] Ballot Boxes A growing number of large U.S. corporations are offering services to register their employees to vote and mounting get-to-the-polls drives that advocates hope will swell the ranks of pro-business voters this election year. Republicans see it as a boon to their hopes of maintaining control of the House and Senate and re-s-electing Dictator Bush. Democrats, who have long benefited from union-led get-out-the-vote campaigns, are worried that business finally has developed a vigorous counterpunch.

Bush 'Ignored Terrorism for Months,' Clarke Tells '60 Minutes' The White House counter-terrorism coordinator at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks said it's "outrageous'' that U.S. Dictator George W. Bush is running for re-s-election based on his record in fighting terror. Richard A. Clarke said in a television interview airing Sunday that Bush "ignored terrorism for months'' before the 2001 attacks, then looked to attack Iraq rather than Afghanistan, the nation harboring the terrorist group al-Qaeda [al CIA-duh], which launched the attacks.

Rumsfeld 'wanted to bomb Iraq' after 9/11 Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defence, urged Dictator Bush to consider bombing Iraq almost immediately after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, says a former senior aide.

The Armageddon Plan During the Reagan era Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were key players in a clandestine program designed to set aside the legal lines of succession and immediately install a new "President" in the event that a nuclear attack killed the country's leaders. The program helps explain the behavior of the Bush Dictatorship on and after 9/11. --by James Mann "One option was to have the new 'President' order an American submarine up from the depths to the surface of the ocean—since the power to surface a submarine would be a clear sign that he was now in full control of U.S. military forces. This standard—control of the military—is one of the tests the U.S. government uses in deciding whether to deal with a foreign leader after a coup d'état. 'One of the awkward questions we faced,' one participant in the planning of the program explains, 'was whether to reconstitute Congress after a nuclear attack. It was decided that no, it would be easier to operate without them.'"

Iraq on the Record: The Bush Administrations Public Statements on Iraq --Presented by Rep. Henry A. Waxman

Weak on Terror --by Paul Krugman "Polls suggest that a reputation for being tough on terror is just about the only remaining political strength George Bush has. Yet this reputation is based on image, not reality. The truth is that Mr. Bush, while eager to invoke 9/11 on behalf of an unrelated war, has shown consistent reluctance to focus on the terrorists who actually attacked America, or their backers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan... It's now clear that by shifting his focus to Iraq, Mr. Bush did Al Qaeda a huge favor. The terrorists and their Taliban allies were given time to regroup; the resurgent Taliban once again control almost a third of Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda has regained the ability to carry out large-scale atrocities."

U.S. Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny --Federal investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush dictatorship paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, which would be offered to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines. The videos are intended for use in local television news programs. The materials were produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, which called them video news releases, but the source is not identified.

Medicare analyst confirms muzzling He said his boss told him he'd be fired if he gave lawmakers higher cost estimates for the prescription-drug bill. The nation's top Medicare cost analyst confirmed yesterday that his former boss had ordered him to withhold from lawmakers unfavorable cost estimates about the Medicare prescription-drug bill. He said the estimates exceeded what Congress seemed willing to accept by more than $100 billion.

Diebold, electronic voting and the vast right-wing conspiracy --by Bob Fitrakis "[Author Bev] Harris writes that the documents expose how the mainstream media reversed their call projecting Al Gore as winner of Florida after someone 'subtracted 16,022 votes from Al Gore, and in still some undefined way, added 4000 erroneous votes to George W. Bush.' Hours later, the votes were returned. One memo from Lana Hires of Global Election Systems, now Diebold, reads: 'I need some answers! Our department is being audited by the County. I have been waiting for someone to give me an explanation as to why Precinct 216 gave Al Gore a minus 16,022 [votes] when it was uploaded.' Another hacked internal memo, written by Talbot Iredale, Senior VP of Research and Development for Diebold Election Systems, documents 'unauthorized' replacement votes in Volusia County. Harris also uncovered a revealing 87-page CBS news report and noted, 'According to CBS documents, the erroneous 20,000 votes in Volusia was directly responsible to calling the election for Bush.'"

Editorial Mocks New U.S. Arabic Channel Unsigned editorial, Al-Quds al-Arabi (Palestinian expatriate), London, England, Feb. 17, 2004 "Yesterday, the Americans entered the arena of 'guided news,' unleashing a satellite channel that speaks to Arabs in their own language, just like the totalitarian Arab and Soviet regimes did during the Cold War... From the start, when it got U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush to be its first guest, the station brought to mind official Arab channels broadcast by regimes mired in dictatorship, just like those at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the ’70s." [Yes, that's exactly what the Bush coup d'etat has brought us: a regime mired in dictatorship!]

U.S. to Buy Anthrax Vaccine Stockpile Would Permit Mass Inoculations --The government is preparing to buy enough experimental anthrax vaccine for 25 million people, a stockpile that would permit mass inoculations in numerous U.S. cities if terrorists launched a broad assault with the deadly germ. [Does a correlation exist between Dictator Bush's plummeting poll numbers and his renewed interest in bioterror? See: Will Bush play the bioterror card? --by Lori R. Price]

FBI pushes for broadband wiretap powers All broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, would have to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police, according to a new proposal from the FBI. The long-awaited proposal, submitted to the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, has been crafted so broadly that it would outlaw the introduction of new broadband services that did not support ready wiretapping access. Companies currently offering broadband would be given 15 months to comply.

With no Democrats present, Orrin Hatch Halts GOP Memo Probe A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee effort to devise a bipartisan request for federal prosecutors to probe a scandal in which Republican staffers improperly accessed sensitive Democratic computer memos collapsed in bitter disarray on Thursday night. With no Democrats present, committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, announced on Thursday evening he was not going to take any further action on the memo probe and would leave it up to the Senate sergeant-at-arms to decide what to do next.

Bush regime ordered Medicare plan cost estimates withheld The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush dictatorship cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan.

Bush Campaign Seeks Probe of Election Ads Dictator Bush's re-s-election campaign says it will ask the Federal Election Commission to investigate a Democratic-leaning group that will air $4.5 million worth of TV ads against Bush, beginning Wednesday. [Bush's 'probe' evokes tremendous irony given that his own 9-11 body parts ads provide some of the tackiest moments in the history of television.]

RNC tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads GOP committee says MoveOn.org's spots are illegally financed --The Republican National Committee is warning television stations across the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that criticize Dictator Bush, charging that the left-leaning political group is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new campaign-finance law.

Supreme Court's Gag Rule on Us 'The Powerful Have Only Gotten More Powerful' --by Nat Hentoff "Independent organizations—not tied to political parties—wanting to place broadcast ads criticizing George W. Bush will have these obstacles, as detailed by the AFL-CIO: 'Beginning 30 days before the first primary or caucus . . . December 14, 2003 . . . Section 203 [of McCain-Feingold] will criminalize broadcast references to the President [sic] in a series of geographic blackouts that will continuously ripple through the Nation, blocking every broadcast outlet, wherever located, whose signal can reach 50,000 persons in an upcoming primary or caucus state until June 8, 2004. This blackout will become national in scope on July 31, 30 days before the August 30-September 2 Republican National Convention . . . and it will then continue without interruption throughout the remaining 60 days until the November 2 [s]election. Thus, from July 31, 2004 until the election, it will be a crime for a union, corporation, or incorporated non-profit organization to pay to broadcast any 'reference' to the President [sic] by 'name,' 'photograph,' 'drawing' or other 'unambiguous' means anywhere in the United States.'"

C.I.A. Chief Says He's Corrected Cheney Privately George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he had privately intervened on several occasions to correct what he regarded as public misstatements on intelligence by Vice pResident Dick Cheney and others, and that he would do so again.

What Happened to $1 Trillion? Though Defense has long been notorious for waste, recent government reports suggest the Pentagon's money management woes have reached astronomical proportions. A study by the Defense Department's inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn't properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent. A GAO report found Defense inventory systems so lax that the U.S. Army lost track [?!?] of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.

Is Military Creeping Into Domestic Law Enforcement? In a little-noticed side effect of the war on 'terrorism,' the military is edging toward a sensitive area that has been off-limits to it historically: domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement... Another little-known Pentagon group, the Counterintelligence Field Activity, was set up two years ago. With 400 service members and civilians stationed around the globe, the CIFA was originally charged with protecting the military and critical infrastructure from spying by terrorists and foreign intelligence services. But in August, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, issued a directive ordering the unit to maintain a "domestic law-enforcement database that includes information related to potential terrorist threats directed against the Department of Defense."

Shocking figures reveal sad plight of birds One out of every eight of the world's 10 000 different bird species are now threatened with extinction.

The Pentagon's Secret Scream Sonic devices that can inflict pain--or even permanent deafness--are being deployed. Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before used in combat — or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse, clears buildings and repels intruders. "[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees."

New World Order weapon readied: Army's new Smar Truck lll concept Designed for America's homeland security or for use in a war zone, the truck sits outside Cobo Center March 6, 2004 before being put on display for it's March 8 unveiling at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress. Smar Truck lll is equipped with a weapons station module featuring a remote controlled .50-caliber machine gun which rises from the back of the vehicle and has sniper-detection directional sound capabilities. [WHY is this weapon being displayed/promoted now? Is the Bush dictatorship preparing itself for the impending and necessary protests when he tries to steal the election again in November?]

Revealed: Shocking new evidence of the dangers of GM crops Genetically modified strains have contaminated two-thirds of all crops in US --More than two-thirds of conventional crops in the United States are now contaminated with genetically modified material - dooming organic agriculture and posing a severe future risk to health - a new report concludes. Because of the contamination, the report says, farmers unwittingly plant billions of GM seeds a year, spreading genetic modification throughout US agriculture. This would be likely to lead to danger to health with the next generation of GM crops, bred to produce pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals - delivering "drug-laced cornflakes" to the breakfast table.

Doubts cast on efforts to link Saddam, al-Qaida Dictator Bush's claim that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had ties to al-Qaida - one of his regime's central arguments for a pre-emptive war - appears to have been based on even less solid intelligence than the regime's claims that Iraq had hidden stocks of chemical and biological weapons. A Knight Ridder review of the Bush dictatorship statements on Iraq's ties to terrorism and what's now known about the classified intelligence has found that regime advocates of a pre-emptive invasion frequently hyped sketchy and sometimes false information to help make their case. On two occasions, they neglected to report information that painted a less sinister picture.

RNC tells TV stations not to run anti-Bush ads GOP committee says MoveOn.org's spots are illegally financed --The Republican National Committee is warning television stations across the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that criticize Dictator Bush, charging that the 'left-leaning' political group is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new campaign-finance law. [Hello, McFly?!? The entire *Bush dictatorship* (and its acts of international terrorism) was illegally installed and illegally funded.]

Crossing the threshold While we’re all fretting over the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft's Justice Department is after much bigger game --by Harvey A. Silvergate and Carl Takei "Threshold rights enable civil society to know what government is doing and to rein in abuses... Threshold rights enable you to know what the government is doing, and that’s why they form the core of democratic society... On [Attorney General John] Ashcroft’s domestic battlefield, threshold liberties are indeed under grave attack, and none with more alarming success, at least thus far, than the right to judicial oversight of the executive branch, specifically the writ of habeas corpus — the oldest and most fundamental right of free citizens in the Anglo-American legal tradition."

GOP Aides Implicated In Memo Downloads Democrats' Files Accessed and Leaked In Security Breach --Probe in Senate finds thousands of Democratic files were downloaded. A three-month investigation by the Senate's top law enforcement officer found a systematic downloading of thousands of Democratic computer files by Republican staffers over the past few years as well as serious flaws in the chamber's computer security system.

Blix: Iraq war was illegal Blair's defence is bogus, says the former UN weapons inspector --The former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has declared that the war in Iraq was illegal, dealing another devastating blow to Poodle Tony Blair. Mr Blix, speaking to The Independent, said the Attorney General's legal advice to the Government on the eve of war, giving cover for military action by the US and Britain, had no lawful justification.

Air Force One phone records subpoenaed Grand jury to review call logs from Bush's jet in probe of how a CIA agent’s cover was blown --The federal grand jury probing the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity has subpoenaed records of Air Force One telephone calls in the week before the officer's name was published in a column in July, according to documents obtained by Newsday. Also sought in the wide-ranging document requests contained in three grand jury subpoenas to the Executive Office of Dictator George W. Bush are records created in July by the White House Iraq Group, a little-known internal task force established in August 2002 to create a strategy to publicize the 'threat' posed by Saddam Hussein.

Lawyers submit war crimes petition A group of anti-war lawyers today tried to indict Poodle Tony Blair and the foreign and defence secretaries for war crimes over the invasion of Iraq.

US told UK Attorney General to alter legal advice on Iraq war The attorney general initially told Poodle Tony Blair that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal without a new resolution from the United Nations and only overturned his advice when Washington ordered Downing Street to find legal advice which would justify the war.

U.N.: Iraq had no WMD after 1994 A report from U.N. weapons inspectors to be released today says they now believe there were no weapons of mass destruction of any significance in Iraq after 1994, according to two U.N. diplomats who have seen the document.

Revealed: Attorney General changed his advice on legality of Iraq war Lord Goldsmith believed that a 'further UN resolution was needed'. Blair under increasing pressure to publish full legal case for Iraq war --The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, changed his advice in the run-up to war in Iraq to declare that the conflict was legal, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.

Blix says US spied on him over Iraq Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Mr Hans Blix said today he suspected the United States bugged his office and home in the run-up to the Iraq war, but had no hard evidence. Describing such behaviour as "disgusting", Mr Blix told Britain’s Guardian newspaper in an interview: “It feels like an intrusion into your integrity in a situation when you are actually on the same side."

The Destabilization of Haiti --by Michel Chossudovsky "The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged military intelligence operation... It constitutes a well armed, trained and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of Le Front pour l'avancement et le progrès d'Haiti (FRAPH), the "plain clothes" death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. The self-proclaimed Front pour la Libération et la reconstruction nationale (FLRN) (National Liberation and Reconstruction Front) is led by Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces and Police Chief. Philippe had been trained during the 1991 coup years by US Special Forces in Ecuador, together with a dozen other Haitian Army officers... Washington seeks to reinstate Haiti as a full-fledged US colony, with all the appearances of a functioning democracy. The objective is to impose a puppet regime in Port-au-Prince and establish a permanent US military presence in Haiti. The US Administration ultimately seeks to militarize the Caribbean basin."

Big Oil Companies Granted $66 Million by Homeland Security (Investigation by Jim Hoffer) "As New York City scrambles to cover security costs to protect against another terror attack, Eyewitness News has found millions in taxpayer dollars going to protect some of the nation's wealthiest companies... We know that recently the Department of Homeland Security cut millions of dollars in grants to help improve communications between New York City's emergency responders. But you'll never guess who is getting millions in security dollars. Our investigation has found recipients of these limited funds are among the world's richest corporations... Our investigation has discovered that since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security has given oil companies tens of millions of dollars to secure their port refineries, many of those facilities in New York and New Jersey."

Bush 'wanted war in 2002' George Bush set the US on the path to war in Iraq with a formal order signed in February 2002, more than a year before the invasion, according to a book published yesterday. The revelation casts doubt on the public insistence by US and British officials throughout 2002 that no decision had been taken to go to war, pending negotiations at the United Nations.

Canadians to Bush: Hope You Lose, Eh According to a new poll, only 15 per cent of us would vote for the Dictator (February 09, 2004) --by Jonathon Gatehouse "Maybe it's that smug little smile. His penchant for fantastically expensive military photo-ops. Or the swaggering, belt-hitching walk that cries out for a pair of swinging saloon doors. And though, God knows, we have too many of our own syntactically challenged politicians to be casting stones, shouldn't the leader [sic] of the free world know that 'misunderestimate' isn't a word? Yes, we're cavilling, but clearly there is something about George W. Bush that gets under the skin of Canadians... Only 15 per cent, according to an exclusive new Maclean's poll, would definitely cast a ballot for Bush if they had the opportunity."

Other People's Sacrifice --by Paul Krugman "...[A]s always, what he [Dictator Bush] means by unity is that he should receive a blank check, and it turns out that what he means by sacrifice is sacrifice by other people. It's now clear that the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch operations. Mr. Bush and his officials portrayed the invasion of Iraq as an urgent response to an imminent threat, and used war fever to win the midterm election. Then they insisted that the costs of occupation and reconstruction would be minimal, and used the initial glow of battlefield victory to push through yet another round of irresponsible tax cuts."

White House Says Halliburton ["Iraq"] Funds Request Still Falls Short The White House acknowledged Monday that it substantially underestimated the cost of rebuilding Iraq, and that even the additional $87 billion it is seeking from a wary Congress will fall far short of what is needed for postwar reconstruction [to line Halliburton's no-bid coffers]. Regime officials said Dictator Bush's emergency spending request -- which would push the U.S. deficit above the half-trillion-dollar mark for the first time -- still leaves a reconstruction funding gap of as much as $55 billion dollars.

Bush Seeks $87 Billion for Halliburton ["Iraq"] Bush announced on Sunday night that he plans to ask Congress for $87 billion to fund the U.S. military deployment in Iraq and pay for Halliburton's no-bid contracts ["reconstruction"].

Monthly costs of Iraq, Afghan wars approach that of Vietnam The monthly bill for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan now rivals Pentagon spending during the Vietnam War, Defense Department figures show.

Ex-Envoy Criticizes Bush's Postwar Policy A former U.S. commander for the Middle East who still consults for the State Department yesterday blasted the Bush dictatorship's handling of postwar Iraq, saying it lacked a coherent strategy, a serious plan and sufficient resources. "There is no strategy or mechanism for putting the pieces together," said retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, and so, he said, "we're in danger of failing." He also questioned the Bush regime's decision in January to have the Pentagon oversee postwar efforts in Iraq. "Why the hell would the Department of Defense be the organization in our government that deals with the reconstruction of Iraq?" he asked. "Doesn't make sense." [Three words: Dick, Cheney, and HALLIBURTON.]

Day by day, the noose tightens round No 10 Henry Porter examines the role of intelligence chief John Scarlett and shows how the Hutton inquiry is uncovering a dangerous mix of spies and secrets --"The narrative that still remains unresolved is what happened during the preparation of the WMD dossier this time last year, when intelligence analysts and spin doctors worked overtime to construct a convincing, unsinkable case for war. This is strictly outside the remit of Lord Hutton's inquiry into the circumstances of [Dr. David] Kelly's death, but during the past 10 days of evidence the unlit border between the intelligence services and policy-makers has become surprisingly central to the hearing."

GOP takes on 'leftist' education Top Republican legislators are working on a plan that would require Colorado colleges and universities to seek more conservatives in faculty hiring, more classics in the curriculum and more "intellectual pluralism" among campus speakers. Next year, the GOP leadership hopes to implement the "Academic Bill of Rights," which sets out "to secure the intellectual independence of faculty and students and to protect the principle of intellectual diversity." [Click here for 'Academic Bill of Rights' excerpts]

This war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination --by Michael Meacher "The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? ...Or could US air security operations have been deliberately stood down on September 11? If so, why, and on whose authority? ...[T]he PNAC [Project for the New American Century] blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into 'tomorrow's dominant force' is likely to be a long one in the absence of 'some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor'. The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the 'go' button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement."

Hutton Inquiry: Blair government's lies on Iraqi WMD unravel --by Chris Marsden "Testimony from two weapons experts from the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS), attached to the British Ministry of Defence, has dealt a body-blow to the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Appearing September 3 before the inquiry by Lord Hutton into the death of whistleblower Dr. David Kelly, both made damning criticisms of the September 2002 intelligence dossier on Iraq claiming that government 'spin merchants' had exaggerated the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction."

Blunder after blunder in US foreign policy Daily casualties in Iraq, nuclear deadlock with North Korea and Mid-East unrest are forcing US to make embarrassing U-turns --by Roger Mitton "No one, frankly, appears to know which way to turn now. First, Iraq. Last month witnessed a series of bomb attacks on Jordan's Embassy, the United Nations headquarters, the Shi'ite shrine in Najaf as well as oil, electricity and water supply lines. This cavalcade of catastrophes showed without a shadow of a doubt that the United States cannot maintain order on its own... All that is growing is a violent antipathy to the American occupation. Finally, it has registered. The Washington caliphate is untenable. That is why, after disparaging the UN in the most vituperative manner, the White House is now asking the world body for help."

Donate or else, drug companies told staff During the 2000 presidential campaign in the US, executives at Bristol-Myers Squibb, one of America's largest drug companies, received an urgent message: Donate money to George Bush. The message did not come from Republican campaign officials. It came from top Bristol-Myers executives, according to four executives who say they donated to Mr Bush under pressure from their bosses.

Schröder: Calls From within his country for German troops to join any U.N. force in Iraq make him "want to puke." [Yes, the entire *world* has had a collective urge to *PUKE* ever since the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel STOLE the 2000 election in a coup d'etat!!] Schröder Feeling A Bit Queasy German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder now says that calls from within his country for German troops to join any U.N. force in Iraq make him, "want to puke." That comment, quoted in London's Daily Telegraph, seems to be a reflection of a much broader sentiment throughout Europe.

A U.S. soldier in Iraq wonders: 'How many more must die?' --by Tim Predmore "This looks like a modern-day crusade not to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator relentless in his pursuit of conquest and domination but a crusade to control another nation's natural resource. At least for us here, oil seems to be the reason for our presence. There is only one truth, and it is that Americans are dying. There are an estimated 10- to 14-attacks on our servicemen and women daily in Iraq. As the body count continues to grow, it would appear that there is no immediate end in sight." [Tim Predmore is on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division near Mosul, Iraq.]

The Big Lie Of Jessica Lynch A $1 mil book deal, zero memory of any "rescue" and the worst book you'll read this year --by Mark Morford "...[T]this is how we fabricate our history. This is how we spin our patriotism, how we bake our jingoistic cake, the Lynch tale the most apt and definitive myth of the war so far. Because Jessica's story, much like WMDs and Saddam's nukes and biotoxins and Orange Alerts and our imminently prosperous economy and Jenna Bush's ostensible prowess with a beer bong, does not rely on truths. We do not rely on first-hand reports. We do not rely on anything so piffling and small and dangerous as honesty. We rely, simply, on PR." [A must read]

Dossier 'over-egged' Iraq weapons claims A Ministry of Defence intelligence official has told the Hutton inquiry his staff had a number of concerns over the 45 minute Iraq weapons claim. Brian Jones, who managed scientists working at the Defence Intelligence Staff, told the inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly he feared assessments of the Iraqi threat were being "over-egged" as the dossier was compiled.

Intelligence chief: Dossier exaggerated the case for war Iraqi weapons capability 'was not accurately represented'; concerns over both content and source of key 45-minute claim --Poodle Tony Blair's case for invading Iraq was in tatters last night after damning public criticism by two senior intelligence officials of the way the September weapons dossier was manipulated by government "spin merchants".

White House Approved Departure of Saudis After Sept. 11, Ex-Aide Says Top White House officials personally approved the evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, from the United States in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when most flights were still grounded, a former White House adviser said today. The statements by former White House adviser, Richard Clarke, are the first acknowledgment that the White House had any direct involvement in the plan and that senior regime officials personally signed off on it. [Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 21,200 signatures --please add yours!]

Voting Machines CALLED HOME --by Bev Harris "For some reason, the Diebold optical scan machines in 57 precincts at once had an E.T. moment. They called home with election results while the election was still in progress, summing up the votes in 57 precincts, then tagged the file to a Diebold employee and placed it on a Diebold company web site. This file is from the 2002 primary election in San Luis Obispo, California. It is dated March 5, 2002. It is date and time-stamped, and contains an internal audit log which confirms the date and time. It was saved as a backup file at exactly 3:31 p.m. on election day, about five hours before the polls closed."

Bombshell hits government's claims (UK) The government was dealt a devastating blow today when two intelligence officers revealed there were deep concerns about the strength of the language used in the Iraq intelligence dossier, with one complaining the document was shaped for political purposes. Click here to enter the Hutton inquiry website.

Facing the truth about Iraq --by James Carroll "THE WAR IS LOST. By most measures of what the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is already a failure... Sooner or later, the United States must admit that it has made a terrible mistake in Iraq, and it must move quickly to undo it. That means the United States must yield not only command of the occupation force, but participation in it. The United States must renounce any claim to power or even influence over Iraq, including Iraqi oil."

Bush Was All Too Willing to Use Émigrés' Lies American experts urged the White House to be skeptical, but they hit a stone wall. --by Robert Scheer "Oops. There are no weapons of mass destruction after all. That's the emerging consensus of the second team of weapons sleuths commanded by the U.S. in Iraq, as reported last week in the Los Angeles Times... Nor has anyone produced any evidence of ties between the deposed Hussein regime and the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for 9/11. The entire adventure was an immense fraud... How distressing that it turns out to be Bush, leader of the world's greatest democracy, who is the true master of denial and deception, rather than Hussein, who proved to be a paper tiger. Bush is such a master at deceiving the American public that even now he is not threatened with the prospect of impeachment or any serious congressional investigation into the possibility that he led this nation into war with lies."

Exit Polls From '02 Election to Be Released The missing-in-action 2002 national exit poll data has been given to the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research for public release after a panel of academic experts reviewed the survey and concluded the results were reliable. [This should prove to be *very* interesting. What, oh what, will Frank 'Putz' Luntz do? Hello, Diebold?]

The Ambassador Wilson Affair: The End of Karl Rove - And George Bush? --by Al Martin "Ambassador Joseph Wilson... revealed on Friday August 29 in a symposium in Washington the person in the Bush administration, who had leaked it out to the Washington Post that Wilson's wife is a CIA agent of 26 years...The leaker, it turns out, was none other than the notorious Karl H. Rove, Bush's so-called White House advisor. Ambassador Wilson identified him as Karl Roverer, with the umlaut over the 'o.' According to reliable sources, as well as our own Al Martin Raw.com investigation, Karl Rove is, in fact, the grandson of Karl Heinz Roverer, the gauleiter of Mecklenburg, who was also a partner and senior engineer of Roverer Sud-Deutche Ingenieurbüro AG. They built Birchenau, the concentration camp in Nazi Germany."

EPA lifts ban on selling PCB sites The Bush dictatorship has ended a 25-year-old ban on the sale of land polluted with PCBs. The ban was intended to prevent hundreds of polluted sites from being redeveloped in ways that spread the toxin or raise public health risks. [Oops! MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable forgot to cover this one...]

Australia warned against supporting US military trials The International Commission of Jurists says the Australian Government's cooperation in allowing Australians to be tried by the US Military sets a precedent for other regimes.

A top-secret conference call on 9-11 could shed new light on the terrorist attacks --Shoot-down order. The transcript may also shed light on the military's response to Dictator Bush's unprecedented order to shoot down any hijacked civilian airplane. Pentagon sources say Bush communicated the order to Cheney almost immediately after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon and the FAA, for the first time ever, ordered all domestic flights grounded. "There are unanswered questions," says Richard Ben-Veniste, a commission member and former federal prosecutor, as to whether the shoot-down order "had been rehearsed for, whether it had been prepared for, and what measures were in place to protect the Capitol," believed to be the hijackers' original target for Flight 77.

Home Alone --by Bob Herbert "We barreled into Iraq with no real thought given to the consequences, and now we've got a tragic mess on our hands. California looks like something out of 'Lord of the Flies,' and yet the person getting the most attention as a candidate to clean up that insane situation is an actor with a history of immature behavior whose cartoonish roles appeal most strongly to children. Maybe he'll shoot the budget deficit. Hasta la vista, baby. Appalling behavior and appalling policies have become the norm among folks entrusted with the heaviest responsibilities in business and government.

Bush Policy Sparks 'Revolt' By Ex-Park Officers Mike Finley devoted 32 years to the National Park Service... Yet he retired six years early because of what he calls the "devolution" of the parks during the Bush regime. Finley and dozens of other career park service leaders are so concerned about the effect White House policy is having on national parks that they sent a letter to the dictator accusing him of doing "irreparable damage to America's national parks." "The Bush administration has no view of the future, no understanding of stewardship for future generations," says Finley, now president of the Turner Foundation in Atlanta, which awards environmental grants.

We Must Stop Bush From Stealing the 2004 Election --by Norman D. Livergood "Americans must act now to stop the Bush II junta's already ongoing criminal initiative to steal the 2004 election. The Republican-owned voting machine corporations, the defense industry, and the entire criminal gang in the White House are already working in every way possible to rig the 2004 election in their favor... The same criminal forces within the Republican Party that organized the theft of the White House in 2000 are currently setting up their 2004 attack on American citizens' right to vote."

Not just warmer: it's the hottest for 2,000 years Widest study yet backs fears over carbon dioxide --The earth is warmer now than it has been at any time in the past 2,000 years, the most comprehensive study of climatic history has revealed. Confirming the worst fears of environmental scientists, the newly published findings are a blow to sceptics who maintain that global warming is part of the natural climatic cycle rather than a consequence of human industrial activity.

US says CO2 is not a pollutant The Bush dictatorship has decreed that carbon dioxide from industrial emissions - the main cause of global warming - is not a pollutant. The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency - announced with minimal fanfare on the eve of the Labor Day weekend - reverses the stance taken under President Clinton and allows industry to increase emissions with impunity. The Bush dictatorship appears to be guided by a leaked memo by the political consultant Frank 'Putz' Luntz, which advised: "Should the public believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate."

'Iraq Dossier ignored reality' A British intelligence dossier 'did not correspond to reality' by suggesting Saddam Hussein's regime could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, the chief UN weapons inspector claims. Mr Dimitris Perricos, who replaced Dr Hans Blix in June as the top UN weapons inspector for Iraq, also said that inspections found no evidence to support US and British claims that Saddam Hussein possessed an arsenal capable of widespread death and damage, according to an interview published in Sunday's Eleftherotypia newspaper.

US seeks a tamer version of Saddam (The Sydney Morning Herald) "Now that Islamic fundamentalists are emerging as the winners from the invasion of Iraq, the search is on for a new Saddam Hussein to keep them under control. It won't be easy. After all, the US has promised to give Iraqis the chance to enjoy democracy at the same time as it is recruiting former members of Saddam's secret police. A genuinely free election could easily produce an Islamic government which is no friend of the US - despite the naive expectations before the invasion. So far, all that has been achieved is a complete mess."

Counting the Bodies Hard to Keep Track of the Dead in Iraq --by James Ridgeway "[Mohammad al-Obaidi, an Iraqi doctor living in Britain told ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Jude Wanniski] that 'hundreds of our party's cadre' spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials, and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137 civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103 of them in Baghdad."

U.S. troops, delusions dying in Iraq quagmire --by Jim Spencer "In March, this country's leaders convinced us we had the power and obligation to invade Iraq without the consent or cooperation of much of the rest of the world... This occupation of Iraq very likely will continue for years. Terrorists very likely will inflict nickel-and-dime casualties that neither U.S. braggadocio nor blue-helmeted multinational forces can stop. The economy very likely will remain as uncertain as homeland security. And this country very likely will awaken rudely to a 'come to Jesus' meeting."

Who's Losing Iraq? --by Maureen Dowd "Karl Rove has got to be nervous. The man who last year advised Republican candidates to 'focus on war' is finding out that the Bush doctrine of pre-emption cannot pre-empt anarchy... Another Bush-Cheney energy crony is Anthony Alexander of Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation, which helped trigger the blackout after failing to upgrade its transmission system properly since deregulation. He was a Bush Pioneer, having raised at least $100,000 for the campaign. This logrolling attitude has led to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowing Halliburton — which made Mr. Cheney a rich man with $20 million worth of cashed-in stock — to get no-bid contracts in Iraq totaling $1.7 billion, and that's just a start."

Hello, are you starting to get the message now, George? --by Jack Mabley "The economy is a train wreck. Thousands more jobs are lost every month. The stock market is nervous and could easily be jostled into a full-scale recession. Debt is beyond control. We have become a predatory nation trapped in two wars, or three if you count the fight against terrorism as a war. The costs are staggering. If you ask any high official from Bush on down how long the Iraq war will last, the answer is 'As long as it takes.' How many billions will it cost? 'As much as needed to fulfill our mission.' ...Does anyone doubt these atrocities are going to get worse by the day? Are the American people finally grasping the magnitude of this multiple disaster? Will Bush hear us?"

Bush guts pollution controls on energy industry The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule on Wednesday that will undermine a crucial component of the Clean Air Act, the main piece of legislation governing air pollution. The rule is the latest in a series of modifications of the New Source Review (NSR) amendment to the act, which regulates coal-burning power plants... Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal noted that the revocation of NSR was being carried out by "dictatorial administrative edict."

GAO's Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President [sic] Made A False Statement to Congress --by John W. Dean "This month, the General Accounting Office (GAO) - the investigative and auditing arm of Congress - issued a report that contains some startling revelations. Though they are couched in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless. The report - entitled 'Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy' - and its accompanying Chronology strongly imply that the Administration has, in effect, been paying off its heavy-hitting energy industry contributors. It also very strongly implies that Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney lied to Congress."

RESOLVED: Voters should recall Gov. Davis on Oct. 7 NO: Stop the GOP coup --by John Fall "In the last four years, the Republican Party has attempted to overturn the results of every major election in which a majority of Californians voted for the winner... It hardly registered with Republicans that Davis won re-election only last November - he barely had time to begin his second term before the losing side began circulating recall petitions. Like sharks, the Republicans can smell the slightest hint of blood in the water... More Republican electoral coups will cause cynicism to multiply. Unless Democrats can win the recall and turn back other Republican attempts at electoral coups, the future will increasingly become a one-sided, one-party affair."

U.S. sinking in Iraq quagmire --by Andrew Greeley "Faced with persistent sabotage and an increase in guerrilla violence, the Bush administration faces unpalatable options in Iraq, especially as the country approaches the beginning of the year before the election. Real imperial powers ought not to be distracted by elections... The savage jolt to American self-confidence and self-esteem caused by the World Trade Center attack has played into the hands of the spinners. They got us into the war by playing games with the truth. They may also be able to spin a coverup that will persuade the public that the Iraq situation is not as bad as it seems. Can they get away with it?" [A must read]

Bush Backer Competing For State Contract On Voting Machines A wealthy businessman who's helping the Ohio Republican Party try to win the state in 2004 for Dictator Bush also leads a company competing for a coveted state contract to sell voting machines. Walden O'Dell is chief executive of Diebold Incorporated in North Canton.

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.

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.

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.

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.]

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."

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."

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."

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.

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.]

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.

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.]

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?"

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].

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'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.

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.

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."

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!!]

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.

The Art of the False Impression --by Bob Herbert "There's something at least a little crazy about an environment in which people are literally stumbling over one another to hear what Arnold Schwarzenegger has to say about the budget crisis in California (short answer: nothing), while ignoring what a thoughtful former vice president [Al Gore] has to say about the budget and the economy of the U.S.... This is an administration that is particularly sensitive to light. It prefers to do business behind closed doors, with the curtains and shades drawn."

How George W. Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right. --by Sandeep S. Atwal "ES&S, Diebold and Sequoia may not be household names like Enron or Arthur Andersen, but these three companies will decide America's next president. In the 2004 presidential election, the full effect of electronic voting will be felt for the first time and these are the companies that will report the majority of the results."

Blair 'intervened in hardening up dossier on Iraq' A senior BBC journalist was told that Tony Blair was "involved" in sending the September Iraq dossier back to the Joint Intelligence Committee to harden up its content. The source of the report is understood not to have been the late David Kelly.

The Niger timebomb We have spoken to the Iraqi diplomat Britain accuses of trying to buy uranium for Saddam Hussein. If what he has told us is true, his evidence will blow apart one of Mr Blair's main justifications for war. --The man accused by Britain of trying to buy uranium in Africa for Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme - one of the Government's main justifications for waging war on Iraq - has denied the allegation, saying he is the victim of a forgery.

Pentagon, Iran-Contra figure talked Meeting took place more than 1 year ago; Powell 'blindsided' --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed Friday that Pentagon officials met secretly and discussed Iran with a controversial and discredited figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Rumsfeld said the talks "went nowhere."

Schwarzenegger's Nazi problem Will his ties to Kurt Waldheim hurt his bid for governor? --Here’s a question Jay Leno forgot to ask [insipid moron] Arnold Schwarzenegger when he announced his candidacy for governor of California on last night’s Tonight Show: "Will you renounce your support for Kurt Waldheim?"

Memo casts recall as windfall for Bush Grassroots appeal to 'women against Davis' --While White House and national GOP officials insist they won't get involved in the California recall, a memo obtained by The Chronicle outlines a Republican strategy to oust Gov. Gray Davis and help Dictator Bush before the 2004 presidential 'election'.

Fawning media benefit Bush --by Norman Solomon "Midway through July -- even while Time's latest cover was asking 'Untruth & Consequences: How Flawed Was the Case for Going to War Against Saddam?' -- the president [sic] told reporters: 'We gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power.' Bush's assertion about Saddam and the inspectors -- that he 'wouldn't let them in' -- wasn't true. Some gingerly noted that the statement was false. But the media response was mild. The president [sic] openly uttering significant falsehoods was no big deal... Many U.S. news organizations are beginning to piece together a grim picture of deceit in Washington and lethal consequences in Iraq." [a must read]

Democracy Is Under Attack - Let's Take it Back --by the Honorable Cynthia McKinney, Harlem, July 31, 2003 --"George Bush and Dick Cheney, who remain in office, have the nerve to launch two simultaneous wars, at least one that is against international law; award no bid contracts to their friends in the defense industry; erode our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; put Paul Wolfowitz in charge of military tribunals (that same travesty of justice that we have excoriated other countries for in the past); put a felon, convicted of lying to Congress, in charge of our privacy; and lie about the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as well as the landing of America's top gun—George W.--on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which supposedly was out at sea, but that was really in San Diego harbor. And this all comes after they stole the Presidency on the uncounted chads of black and Latino voters in a scheme that was orchestrated at the top." [a must read]

Arrogance, or something darker? --by John David Rose "If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed to happen you may not have to look any further than the Oval Office... A little more than a month before the attack, in his Aug. 6 daily intelligence briefing, Bush was 'told that morning of the al-Qaida terror network's interest in conducting a strike within the U.S., and that it might involve highjacked airplanes,' reports the Wall Street Journal (7/24/03.) Why didn't he order airlines to be alerted, inform the Federal Aviation Administration of the threat, put the military air commands on a high level of readiness and tell the FBI, CIA and INS to be super vigilant? He brushed the warning aside. 'Nine months before 9/11 the Clinton administration had a bold plan to attack al-Qaida,' wrote Time magazine (8/12/02) before it could attack us. Weakened by the impeachment battle, Clinton put the plan on hold as a courtesy to the incoming Bush. In January 2001, the Clinton security team attempted to brief incoming Bush officials of the al-Qaida threat and the plan. Again they were given the brushoff." [A must-read. A mainstream American newspaper publishes this editorial, which concludes, in part, "Here's the chilling kicker: To convince the American people to spend extra billions for defense instead of on Social Security, Medicare, etc., PNAC suggested it would take a 'catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.' (PNAC's exact words.)"]

US anti-war activists hit by secret airport ban After more than a year of complaints by some US anti-war activists that they were being unfairly targeted by airport security, Washington has admitted the existence of a list, possibly hundreds or even thousands of names long, of people it deems worthy of special scrutiny at airports. The list had been kept secret until its disclosure last week by the new US agency in charge of aviation safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And it is entirely separate from the relatively well-publicised "no-fly" list, which covers about 1,000 people believed to have criminal or terrorist ties that could endanger the safety of their fellow passengers.

Suit Says Machines Missed 60,000 Votes in 2000 Race The votes of as many as 60,000 people in New York City may not have been counted in the 2000 presidential s-election because of an adjustment made to city voting machines back in 1964, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday by advocacy groups. The advocates say voters in poor and immigrant communities were more likely to have been among those whose votes had not been counted. For reasons that still remain a mystery, the city's election workers disabled special sensor latches in 1964, taking away a built-in safeguard that advocates say would have prevented thousands of residents from losing their votes in every election.

The 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House Statements On Intelligence --by John W. Dean "Bluntly stated, either the Bush White House knew about the potential of terrorists flying airplanes into skyscrapers (notwithstanding their claims to the contrary), or the CIA failed to give the White House this essential information, which it possessed and provided to others. Bush is withholding the document that answers this question. Accordingly, it seems more likely that the former possibility is the truth. That is, it seems very probable that those in the White House knew much more than they have admitted, and they are covering up their failure to take action. The facts, however, speak for themselves."

Ex-Diplomat Wilson: Bush May Start Another War in 2004 to Win Election (democracynow.org) "Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Joseph Wilson predicts the situation in Iraq will deteriorate so much over the next year Bush may resort to start another war in order to win the 2004 election. Wilson is the retired diplomat who visited Niger in a CIA-sponsored trip last year during which he determined the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal was bogus. His conclusion was ignored by the Bush White House." [Well, either that or have Karl Rove rig the 'touch screen voting machines' for the GOP.]

Philippine Rebellion Over Staged Bombings of Citizens to Justify More US Aid (July 28, 2003) Mutinous troops who seized a Manila shopping and apartment complex demanding the government resign ended a 19-hour standoff late yesterday and returned to barracks without a shot fired. Before storming the complex, the rebels released a statement demanding ''the resignation of our leaders in the present regime.'' [That is what we want here, as well!] They also released a video accusing the government of selling arms and ammunition to Muslim and communist rebels, staging deadly bombings to justify more aid from the United States, and preparing to declare martial law to stay in power.

Spiegel Online Interview With Nobel-Prize Laureate George Akerlof on the Bush Economy ("Das Akerlof-Interview im englischen") "A Form of Looting" "Akerlof: I think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than 200 years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible policies not only in foreign and economic but also in social and environmental policy. This is not normal government policy. Now is the time for people to engage in civil disobedience."

Blair accused of genocide in Iraq Poodle Tony Blair was accused yesterday of war crimes including genocide, as a dossier of 22 alleged incidents involving British troops in Iraq was lodged with a new international court in The Hague. [I bet they didn't even need to 'sex up' the dossier to document the 22 incidents!]

Lawyers sue Blair over war Top lawyers from Greece filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague on Monday against senior UK officials. They want to indict Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair and other senior members of the UK government and military for allegedly breaching international law by attacking Iraq.

Schumer Asks Mueller to Open an FBI Investigation Into Illegal Leak of CIA Agent's Identity (Press Release, Office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer) "US Senator Charles Schumer today asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to open an investigation into reports that two senior members of the Bush Administration illegally disclosed the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative. According to Section 421a of the Intelligence Identities and Protection Act, the unauthorized identification of a CIA operative is a criminal act punishable by up to ten years in federal prison." [Click here to read Sen. Schumer's letter to Director Mueller.]

Outrageous Bush Executive Order on Iraq Oil Must Be Investigated (EarthRights International) "President [sic] Bush has issued an Executive Order, so far completely unreported [Oh! Now, *there's* a big surprise!], that purports to grant broad legal immunity to oil companies operating in Iraq... Executive Order 13303, issued on May 22, 2003, claims to be essential to Iraqi reconstruction efforts. A cursory reading of the Order indicates that its real purpose is to protect oil companies by giving virtual impunity for any activities undertaken relating to Iraqi oil.

America is a religion US leaders now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world of its demons --by George Monbiot "Are we really expected to believe that the members of the US security services are the only people who cannot see that many Iraqis wish to rid themselves of the US army as fervently as they wished to rid themselves of Saddam Hussein? What is lacking in the Pentagon and the White House is not intelligence (or not, at any rate, of the kind we are considering here), but receptivity. Theirs is not a failure of information, but a failure of ideology."

White House Says Part of 9/11 Report on Saudis Will Stay Secret The White House, facing a crucial meeting Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, refused to declassify part of an intelligence report on possible links between individuals in the Saudi government and some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., a presidential candidate and the co-chairman of a congressional committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, called on Monday for Bush to declassify a section of the 900-page congressional report dealing with foreign support for the hijackers.

Loyalty pays off in Bush camp - Job security seems to depend on it regardless of the facts In the rising controversy over how the Bush dictatorship built its case for war in Iraq, one curious fact stands out. Some who gave Dictator Bush unwelcome information that turned out to be accurate are gone. Those who did the opposite are still around.

Reconstruction role for James Baker may herald return of the Bush old guard Amid chaos and danger in Iraq and the admission of unexpected difficulties in countering guerrilla resistance, the Bush administration may ask the former secretary of state [and 2000 coup architect] James Baker to go to Iraq to help with reconstruction. Mr Baker has been a loyal friend of the Bush [crime] family, most recently running the Dictator's campaign during the torrid days of the Florida recount [coup] in November, 2000.

US troops charged with POW abuse US military officials say four American soldiers have been charged with assaulting Iraqi prisoners of war - the first such charges to be brought. The four face charges of punching, kicking and breaking the bones of POWs at the largest detention centre in Iraq, Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr.

Terms of engagement Herewith, definitions to keep on top of current events --by Eric Margolis "It's very difficult keeping up with Mideast news due to the Orwellian newspeak coming from Washington. So here's a handy list of key terms, translated into simple English... Liberation - Invasion... Terrorism - violent acts by dangerous fanatics and malcontents who refuse to accept the downtrodden status assigned to them by Washington. Anti-terrorism - State terrorism..." [a must read]

BBC Chairman Says Government Pressured Broadcaster The chairman of the BBC's board of governors on Sunday accused the government of trying to pressure the broadcaster to change the tone of its coverage of the Iraq war's fallout. Gavyn Davies, chairman of the BBC's board of governors, wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper that during the war in Iraq, the BBC "was under constant attack" from politicians for coverage they perceived as anti-war. He added that the network "upheld its traditional attachment to impartiality and the truth under almost intolerable pressures." [No bullying of the media is needed in the US: the media worked in tandem with the Whore High Court to install Bush in the coup d'etat, and the media typically continues to give Bush a 'free pass', to insure his re-s-election.]

E-voting flaws risk ballot fraud Scientists warn of big security holes in version of software --Some versions of electronic voting software could allow for ballot fraud on a massive scale, computer security researchers reported Thursday. The researchers made their claim based on an analysis of computer code that was purportedly taken from one of the country’s top suppliers of voting equipment, Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems.

Ex-CIA Agent on Cheney Iraq Speech: "Longest Statement of Disinformation" Ever Fed U.S. Public (democracynow.org show segment summary) "Yesterday, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney attempted to restate the administration's case for war at a speech at the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute. He repeatedly cited an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate that warned Saddam Hussein was seeking to develop nuclear weapons... Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman responded on Democracy Now! by describing Cheney's speech as the 'longest statement of disinformation that I think the American government has distributed to the American people.'"

White House, CIA Kept Key Portions of Report Classified Dictator Bush was warned in a more specific way than previously known about intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda terrorists were seeking to attack the United States, a report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks indicated yesterday. Separately, the report cited one CIA memo that concluded there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Saudi individuals provided financial assistance to al Qaeda operatives in the United States [WHY did the US bomb Afghanistan???]

CIA probe finds secret Pentagon group manipulated intelligence on Iraqi threat --by Jason Leopold "A half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the so-called Iraqi threat and then delivered it to top White House officials who used it to win support for a war in Iraq."

Watching BushCo Crumble Ratings slipping, economy tanking, lies spiraling, credibility shot. Try not to cheer --by Mark Morford "Maybe it's the regular slew of lies. You know the ones: 'proof' of uranium purchases, 'proof' of Iraqi nuke facilities, 'proof' of WMDs, poison gas, plus two quick and 'painless' wars, a robust economy, women's rights, gay rights, America proud and strong and respected the world over, a nice shiny oil-sucking SUV for every flag-waving misguided Fox News-drugged American. Ha. Funny how the BS can wear you down. Funny how it can make you feel like someone's been piling huge rocks on our collective chest for the past three years and stomping on them with ugly polished right-wing loafers until we can hardly breathe."

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Part I Jim Crow in Cyberspace -- The Unreported Story of How They Fixed the Vote in Florida --by Greg Palast " In Harris’s computers, they [purged voters, 57,700 of them] are named as felons who have no right to vote in Florida. Thomas Cooper is on the list: criminal scum, bad guy, felon, attempted voter. The Harris hit list says Cooper was convicted of a felony on January 30, 2007. 2007? You may suspect something’s wrong with the list. You’d be right. At least 90.2 percent of those on this 'scrub' list, targeted to lose their civil rights, are innocent. Notably, over half—about 54 percent—are Black and Hispanic voters. Overwhelmingly, it is a list of Democrats."

Secret report undercuts Iraq connection to WTC 'No specific information' Saddam behind 1993 bombing, any other attack on U.S. --U.S. intelligence services unanimously agreed last fall that "no specific intelligence information" tied Iraq to U.S. terrorist attacks, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Bush's nose is growing; nobody cares --by Antonia Zerbisias "As http://www.fair.org reports, the 'Bush uranium lie' is the 'tip of the iceberg' of confabulation. Why aren't the media making more of the falsehoods? How can Bush get away with saying that Saddam would not allow the weapons inspections? Funny thing is, according to the latest poll from the Washington-based Pew Research Center for People & the Press, more than half of all Americans — 51 per cent — believe that the U.S. media are liberal, while 70 per cent want a 'decidedly pro-American' tilt to their news. Looks like the media are delivering. Talk about gassing your own people."

Probe called for White House tactics over Iraq intelligence Efforts by White House officials to intimidate those who questioned intelligence used to justify invading Iraq could be illegal and must be investigated, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said Tuesday.

White House striking back? Former ambassador charges mudslinging over statements --They were just 16 words in the State of the Union address — words that we now know were misleading. Retired career diplomat Joe Wilson tried to warn the Bush dictatorship of just that nearly a year before the speech. Wilson says his family is the subject of a smear campaign and he tells NBC News the White House deliberately leaked his wife's identity as a covert CIA operative, damaging her future career and compromising past missions after he criticized the dictatorship on "Meet the Press" and in the New York Times.

Who's Unpatriotic Now? --by Paul Krugman "...[B]oth the columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine say that administration officials told them that they believed that Mr. Wilson had been chosen through the influence of his wife, whom they identified as a C.I.A. operative. Think about that: if their characterization of Mr. Wilson's wife is true (he refuses to confirm or deny it), Bush administration officials have exposed the identity of a covert operative. That happens to be a criminal act; it's also definitely unpatriotic."

Oct. Report Said Defeated Hussein Would Be Threat Saddam Hussein posed more danger if defeated, a declassified report says. Last fall, the Bush dictatorship repeatedly warned in public of the danger that an unprovoked Iraqi President Saddam Hussein might give chemical or biological weapons to terrorists. But declassified portions of a still-secret National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released Friday by the White House show that at the time of the dictator's speech the U.S. intelligence community judged that possibility to be unlikely. In fact, the NIE, which began circulating Oct. 2, shows the intelligence services were much more worried that Hussein might give weapons to al Qaeda terrorists if he were facing death or capture and his government was collapsing after a military attack by the United States.

Kelly had converted to Baha'i faith, which rejects suicide The acknowledgement that Dr David Kelly was the BBC mole and Andrew Gilligan’s claim that he did not misquote or misrepresent his words leaves awkward questions for the weapons expert’s grieving family... A weapons expert educated at Oxford, Dr Kelly was a religious man who followed the Baha’i faith, which rejects suicide in any circumstances.

Kelly case arouses Mid-East suspicions Middle East media have been looking at the death of Dr David Kelly, the weapons inspector at the heart of the BBC 'mole' row. Several newspapers consider his death as being at least suspicious. Others accuse the government of "assassination".

DNC ad charges Bush with misleading U.S. on Iraq Democrats said Sunday they will launch a new television ad in Wisconsin accusing Dictator Bush of misleading Americans on the threat from Iraq. Republicans warned broadcasters not to air the ad [?!? Who the do these Nazis they think they are?!?], scheduled to start Monday, calling it "deliberately false and misleading." [The entire Bush dictatorship is based on fraudulence!]

Embattled Blair heads to S Korea Ignoring calls to rush back home, or even resign, Poodle Tony Blair was to meet South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun during a nine-hour stopover in Seoul. During a press conference, a stone-faced Blair remained silent when a British reporter provocatively asked, "Do you have blood on your hands?" and did he intend to resign.

Former minister tells Blair to quit Glenda Jackson, a former minister in Poodle Tony Blair's government, on Saturday urged the British prime minister to resign over the death of arms expert David Kelly.

Blair in the Dock Over Scientist Suicide British Prime Minister Poodle Tony Blair will appear on television on Sunday to face accusations his government hounded an expert on Iraqi weapons to suicide.

Kelly's last cry for help: I'm haunted by 'many dark actors playing games' In a dramatic development last night, the Ministry of Defence admitted that it had privately given Dr Kelly's name to three newspapers on July 9. This contradicted earlier claims by Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, that there had been no such breach of confidentiality.

U.S. Accused Of Torture In Iraq Amnesty International is looking into a number of cases of suspected torture in Iraq by American authorities. One of case involves Khraisan al-Aballi... [It is time to try Dictator Bush and Poodle Blair for W-ar crimes.]

Amnesty Accuses U.S. of Rights Abuses in Iraq Amnesty International accused U.S. troops on Sunday of "very severe" human rights abuses in Iraq and complained that it had been denied access to thousands of prisoners held without charge in "appalling" conditions."

Kelly warned of 'dark actors playing games' Weapons expert Dr David Kelly reportedly told of "many dark actors playing games" in an email to a journalist hours before his 'suicide'. The words appeared to refer to officials at the Ministry of Defence and UK intelligence agencies with whom he had sparred over interpretations of weapons reports, according to the New York Times.

Iraq Nuke Evidence Was Thin, Experts Say Even as the Bush dictatorship concluded Iraq was reviving its nuclear weapons program, key signs - such as scientific data of weapons work and evidence of research by Iraq's nuclear experts - were missing, according to several former intelligence officials.

Fraud Traced to the White House How California’s energy scam was inextricably linked to a war for oil scheme --by Katherine Yurica "This story ends as it began: with unrequited lies, deception and fraud. Three sentences inserted into the National Energy Policy report reveal: 1) the White House knew the California crisis was man-made; 2) knew the power companies were manipulating the market in California; 3) and knew these facts at the time the people of California were being fleeced by the scam; 4) yet the Bush White House did nothing to stop the fraud. A special prosecutor should be appointed by Congress to investigate this whole matter as well as what Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney knew and when they knew it."

Recall forces told how to 'trash' governor Consultant's memo advises Issa's troops to 'kill Davis softly' --A private memo from a prominent Republican [Nazi] strategist, Frank 'Putz' Luntz, offers a rare glimpse at the bare-knuckle approaches being considered to oust Gov. Gray Davis, outlining numerous ways to "kill Davis softly" in the recall effort without turning the unpopular governor into a sympathetic figure. [Frank 'Putz' Luntz is introduced on the MoreSh*tNoBrainsCable talk-show circuit as an 'MSNBC pollster'. The producers at MSNBC fail to mention his ACTUAL job: Republican strategist.]

Texas lawmaker sues agency for papers on legislator hunt U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, has sued the Justice Department in the Democrats' ongoing fight to force the agency into disclosing its role in May's search for missing Texas lawmakers.

A Kind of Fascism Is Replacing Our Democracy --by Sheldon S. Wolin "Like previous forms of totalitarianism, the Bush administration boasts a reckless unilateralism that believes the United States can demand unquestioning support, on terms it dictates; ignores treaties and violates international law at will; invades other countries without provocation; and incarcerates persons indefinitely without charging them with a crime or allowing access to counsel. The drive toward total power can take different forms, as Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union suggest." [A must read]

Group: Cheney Task Force Eyed Iraq Oil Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force appeared to have some interest in early 2001 in Iraq's oil industry, including which foreign companies were pursuing business there, according to documents released Friday by a private watchdog group.

Cheney Energy Task Force Documents Feature Map of Iraqi Oilfields Commerce & State Department Reports to Task Force Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects, Contracts & Exploration --Saudi Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities Profiled As Well (Media Advisory from judicialwatch.org) "Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, said today that documents turned over by the Commerce Department, under court order as a result of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and 'Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.' The documents... are dated March 2001..." Cheney Energy Task Force, March 2001; 'Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts'; Iraqi gas; oilfield maps; Judicial Watch Media Advisory

Body of UK arms advisor found A body found in central England matches the description of a missing Ministry of Defence adviser who had become embroiled in a controversy over the government's intelligence dossiers on Iraqi arms, police said on Friday.

ex-Porton Down Scientist named as BBC Source (July 10, 2003, from globalfreepress.com, posted by ewing2001)The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) claimed, that a former UN Inspector was source of BBC --"As the Guardian reported, Dr. David C Kelly was named yesterday 'as the person said by the Ministry of Defence to have had an 'unauthorised' meeting with Andrew Gilligan' (BBC). GFP found out, that Kelly was more than just an 'adviser to the Foreign Office'. From 1984-1992 he was Head of Microbiology at the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down."

Republicans said Democrats were being disorderly and did not have the right to occupy the library: GOP Chairman Calls Capitol Police on Democrats House Democrats Storm Out of Ways and Means Committee --Months of political tension in the House of Representatives erupted into open warfare today when Democrats stormed out of a Ways and Means Committee session and the panel's chairman called in the Capitol Police on the Democrats.

GOP Committee Chair Summons Police to Arrest Democrats A House committee on Friday approved a $50 billion pension bill, but only after the Republican chairman summoned police in the midst of a Democratic boycott and protests over the way the measure was being handled. Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Waffen-SS-Calif., summoned police because he thought the lone Democrat to remain in the room, Rep. Pete Stark of California, was speaking out of line [?!?], other Republicans on the panel said. He asked police to remove Democrats from the adjacent room, but later rescinded that request, the Republicans said.

Wolfowitz committee instructed White House to use Iraq/uranium reference in State of the Union speech --by Jason Leopold "A Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised George W. Bush to include a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the case for war in Iraq, despite the fact that the CIA warned Wolfowitz's committee that the information was unreliable, according to a CIA intelligence official and four members of the Senate's intelligence committee who have been investigating the issue."

The spies who pushed for war Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force --"As the CIA director, George Tenet, arrived at the Senate yesterday to give secret testimony on the Niger uranium affair, it was becoming increasingly clear in Washington that the scandal was only a small, well-documented symptom of a complete breakdown in US intelligence that helped steer America into war. It represents the Bush administration's second catastrophic intelligence failure."

Durbin Says W.House Pushed for Disputed Iraq Charge A Democratic senator charged on Thursday that CIA Director George Tenet had told members of Congress that a White House official had insisted on including a disputed allegation about Saddam Hussein's push for a nuclear weapon in a presidential [sic] speech.

Bush: Hussein would not let inspectors in [?!? Is Bush Sane??] Defending the broader decision to go to war with Iraq, Dictator Bush said the decision was made after he gave Saddam Hussein "a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in." Bush's assertion that the war began because Iraq did not admit inspectors appeared to contradict the events leading up to war this spring: Hussein had, in fact, admitted the inspectors and Bush had opposed extending their work because he did not believe them effective.

Report: U.S. May Call National Guard for Iraq Duty The Pentagon could start a call-up of as many as 10,000 U.S. National Guard soldiers by this winter to bolster forces in Iraq and offset a lack of troops from allies, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

GIs: Why Can't We Come Home? --by Jonathan Foreman "...[O]n July 9, Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the 3ID [Army's 3rd Infantry Division] would at last be home by September. But four days later, the Pentagon suddenly, quietly changed its mind, informing the stunned troops and their shocked families that the return home of its 1st and 2nd Brigades has been postponed 'indefinitely.' ...E-mails and phone calls received by The Post from troops in the 2nd Brigade as well as their wives tell of whole units being put on suicide watch."

Cheney under pressure to quit over false war evidence Anger grows on both sides of Atlantic at misleading claims on eve of Iraq conflict --Dick Cheney, the US Vice-pResident and the dictatorship's most outspoken hawk over Iraq, faced demands for his resignation last night as he was accused of using false evidence to build the case for war.

Enter the FBI Bureau to conduct its own investigation into the documents that linked Iraq with Niger and uranium --The FBI, plunging full steam into the Iraq intelligence controversy, is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the forged documents that purported to show that Saddam Hussein’s regime was seeking to buy significant quantities of uranium.

A Firm Basis for Impeachment --by Robert Scheer "Does the president [sic] not read? [No, no he doesn't. (Seinfeld intonation)] Does his national security staff, led by Condoleezza Rice, keep him in the dark about the most pressing issues of the day? Or is this administration blatantly lying to the American people to secure its ideological ends? [Yes, yes it is. (Seinfeld intonation)]

Impeachable Offense --by Geov Parrish "Finally, and far too late, national media are discovering that the Bush administration's case for invading Iraq was a combination of willfully gross exaggerations and flat-out lies... The unprovoked invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iraq should never have happened. Instead, the White House claimed that Bush spent several months agonizing over whether to launch an invasion, one he had already approved. Before and after his secret decision, his administration's claims were largely false. Bush used those claims to sacrifice the lives of American soldiers—along with other coalition soldiers and countless Iraqis, soldier and civilian alike. And he continues his lies... For this egregious abuse of his oath of office, he should be impeached."

Bush feels burn of waning popularity The troubles of the United States dictator, George Bush, are mounting, as his regime finds it increasingly difficult to shrug off claims it misled the American public over Iraq’s weapons programmes... Joseph Cirincione, an arms proliferation expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Niger was "a key link in a longer chain of questionable claims... The president [sic] looks dazed and confused on this issue. His statements are bizarre, almost Reagan-esque. Yesterday, he said we went to war because Saddam would not let inspectors back in. This is stunning."

Nothing Left to Lie About With BushCo reaming the nation on just about every possible front, is implosion imminent? --by Mark Morford "And the lies, the flagrant GOP bitch slappings of the American public, the maniacal jabs straight in eye of truth with the icepick of utter BS, have just reached some sort of critical mass, some sort of saturation point of absurdity and pain and ridiculousness and you just have to stand up and applaud. Really." [a must read]

Sorting Fact From Fiction --by Ellis Henican "So what can we still believe about the war in Iraq? That's a tough one. So many of the claims and assertions of the Bush administration are turning out to be wrong. The duration, the cost, the reaction of the Iraqi people, the ease of the post-war recovery, the reason we attacked in the first place, even the story of our plucky poster girl: Every day we learn that more and more of it was built on lies, exaggeration, miscalculation or deceit."

Passing the buck / CIA's Tenet takes the blame for the president [sic] (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) "...to try to cause the American population to focus on the Iraq-Niger letter as 'the issue' is the equivalent of a plea bargain. The defendant, in this case, the Bush administration, pleads guilty to having bought and marketed one piece of bad intelligence, whereas, in fact, what it did was to deliberately mislead the American population on a fundamental point -- the possession by Saddam Hussein's Iraq of weapons of mass destruction -- and then take the United States to war on the basis of that piece of deception."

Concentration Camps in Baghdad Families live in fear of midnight call by US patrols --In recent weeks there have been increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even children being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols, or snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison camps around the capital. Children as young as 11 are claimed to be among those locked up for 24 hours a day in rooms with no light, or held in overcrowded tents in temperatures approaching 50C (122F). On the edge of Baghdad International Airport, US military commanders have built a tent city that human rights groups are comparing to the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Remarkably, the Americans have also set up another detention camp in the grounds of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad.

A Big Letdown Soldiers Learn They’ll Be in Baghdad Longer Than Expected --The sergeant at the 2nd Battle Combat Team Headquarters pulled me aside in the corridor. "I've got my own 'Most Wanted' list," he told me. He was referring to the deck of cards the U.S. government published, featuring Saddam Hussein, his sons and other wanted members of the former Iraqi regime. "The aces in my deck are Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush and Paul Wolfowitz," he said... "If Donald Rumsfeld were sitting here in front of us, what would you say to him?" I asked a group of soldiers who gathered around a table, eager to talk to a visiting reporter. In the back of the group, Spc. Clinton Deitz put up his hand. "If Donald Rumsfeld was here," he said, "I'd ask him for his resignation."

Deficit soars to $455B The Bush dictatorship estimated Tuesday that the federal budget deficit will reach a record $455 billion this year, 50% larger than it predicted five months ago.

Intelligence Unglued --by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity "MEMORANDUM FOR: The President [sic] FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Intelligence Unglued ...Recommendation #1 We recommend that you call an abrupt halt to attempts to prove Vice President Cheney 'not guilty.' His role has been so transparent that such attempts will only erode further your own credibility. Equally pernicious, from our perspective, is the likelihood that intelligence analysts will conclude that the way to success is to acquiesce in the cooking of their judgments, since those above them will not be held accountable. We strongly recommend that you ask for Cheney’s immediate resignation."

Lying Pays Off Neo-Cons Learn from Past Nazi Leaders --by W. Madsen "America's manipulative neo-conservatives, who support unending aggression against any country that does not succumb to United States political, economic, and military control and who, themselves, seized power in Washington through electoral malfeasance, are taking a page from Nazi Germany's leaders in their quest for world domination. It is no coincidence that the neo-cons are in fact worried about comparisons between their policies and those of Hitler."

U.S. Will Defy Court's Order in Terror Case The inJustice Department said today that it would defy a court order and refuse to make a captured member of Al Qaeda available for testimony in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. The department acknowledged that its decision could force a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against Mr. Moussaoui, the only person facing trial in the United States in connection with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Bush dictatorship officials have said for months that if Mr. Moussaoui's indictment were dismissed, his prosecution would almost certainly be moved to a military tribunal.

Schumer: Tactics Are 'Stalinist' Sen. Charles Schumer accused the Bush dictatorship yesterday of using "Stalinist" tactics by requiring overseers to sit in when federal employees are interviewed by an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. "Gatekeepers usually occur in places with totalitarian regimes," the New York Democrat said at a news conference yesterday. "Stalinist Russia was known for that."

Guantanamo gulag U.S. base in Cuba is an affront to American principles (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "The military base which the United States maintains at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is, in effect, a triple offense to Americans in its inconsistency with national principles and interests... None of this is necessary for security or for the defense of American interests. Maintaining the base at Guantanamo, holding Afghan war captives prisoner there and putting them on trial at the base is expensive to the American taxpayer and inconsistent with U.S. concepts of justice. A new expensive courtroom facility has been built at Guantanamo for the event. The Kellogg Brown & Root subsidiary of Halliburton, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's former company, alone received an open-ended $300 million contract for construction at Guantanamo to accommodate the prisoners."

CIA Got Uranium Reference Cut in Oct. Why Bush Cited It In Jan. Is Unclear [Bush is a liar --that *is* clear] --CIA Director George J. Tenet successfully intervened with White House officials to have a reference to Iraq seeking uranium from Niger removed from a presidential [sic] speech last October, three months before a less specific reference to the same intelligence appeared in the State of the Union address, according to senior regime officials.

Blair ignored CIA weapons warning Intelligence breakdown after Britain dismissed US doubts over Iraq nuclear link to Niger --Britain and America suffered a complete breakdown in relations over vital evidence against Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, refusing to share information and keeping each other in the dark over key elements of the case against the Iraqi president.

Terror Suspect's Lawyer Blasts U.S. Gov't A lawyer for an Australian terror suspect who allegedly fought with the Taliban accused the United States in an interview aired Sunday of staging a "Stalinist show trial" in order to convict and possibly execute him quickly. [This quip brings to mind the late fall of 2000, when Bush was trying to engender public support for the coup d'etat (prior to the Less-Than-Supreme Court's ruling) and Bush assured the American people that he would 'govern from the center'. The center of *what*?? Hell??? -- ed.]

Bremer a quick study in colony building --by Pepe Escobar "The United States may try to import its preferred leaders - or force them down Iraqis' throats. It may impose an alien governance system. It may marginalize powerful indigenous Shi'ite religious leaders or tribal elders. It may try to grant privileges to tribal and commercial elites who enjoy disproportionate local power. It may use locals and then get rid of them when they are no longer useful. May the US try any one of these things, it's possible that former minister of information Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, aka 'Comical Ali', will be proved prophetic: 'They're coming to surrender or be burned in their tanks.'"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revealed: US plan to 'own' space As part of a plan to ensure its total military supremacy, the US is preparing to complete the domination of space -- by any means necessary. Neil Mackay explains the terrifying new face of global warfare "The Air Force Space Command Strategic Master Plan is a clear statement of the US's intention to dominate the world by turning space into the crucial battlefield of the 21st century. The document details how the US Air Force Space Command is developing exotic new weapons, nuclear warheads and spacecraft to allow the US to hit any target on earth within seconds. It also unashamedly states that the US will not allow any other power to get a foothold in space. The rush to militarise space will also see domestic laws and foreign agreements torn up. As the document warns: 'To fully develop and exploit [space] ... some US policies and international treaties may need to be reviewed and modified'."

US arrogance knows no bounds (Shanghai Star) "Today I was watching BBC World when George W. Bush came on speaking at a conference on genetically modified (GM) foods in California. He was telling the Europeans that their desire not to support or buy GM foods was wrong and was contributing to famine in Africa. Their decision, he said, was based on - and this is the funny bit - 'unfounded fears'. Unfounded fears? Now, wouldn't that be like starting a war in a country because they allegedly had weapons of mass destruction? Weapons of mass destruction which, as of now, have not been located ... about the existence of which the UN weapons inspector expressed doubt. A war begun on the 'unfounded fears' that Iraq might have and use these weapons. A war with ulterior motives. Just as it has been suggested that George Bush may have ulterior motives for supporting bio-tech companies."

Expert Said to Tell Legislators He Was Pressed to Distort Some Evidence A top State Department expert on chemical and biological weapons told Congressional committees in closed-door hearings last week that he had been pressed to tailor his analysis on Iraq and other matters to conform with the Bush dictatorship's views, several Congressional officials said today.

We ask the questions It took a British journalist to put the American Defence Secretary on the spot. Why, asks Justin Webb, are the US media so timorous? --"The world's most powerful nation does not have the world's most powerful press... I went to see the Vice-President [sic] make a speech a few nights ago. He finished with a reference to the war in Iraq, telling his audience: 'You did well - you have my thanks.' Were these troops or government officials he was addressing? Neither, in fact: the occasion was the annual dinner of the American Radio and Television Correspondents Association."

Bush's Vietnam --by John Pilger "The Americans call the guerrillas 'Saddam loyalists' and 'Ba'athist fighters', in the same way they used to dismiss the Vietnamese as 'communists'. Recently, in Falluja, in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, it was clearly not the presence of Ba'athists or Saddamists, but the brutal behaviour of the occupiers, who fired point-blank at a crowd, that inspired the resistance... 'Search and destroy', the scorched-earth tactic from Vietnam, is back."

Iraqi Fighters: "We will send them back the bodies of their soldiers" --by Firas Al-Atraqchi "Somewhere in America, someone is itching to say 'told you so'. Elsewhere in the world, millions of people laugh, scoff, mock, and launch vitriol and hyperbole when discussing America's role in the world. All of a sudden, the so-called victory in Iraq, which was neither a military nor a popular victory, is beginning to look like a public relations disaster."

A Fate Sealed Under Secrecy --by Jimmy Breslin "On March 1, give or take a day, in Columbus, Ohio, the FBI arrested an American citizen they say is Iyman Faris. There wasn't a word uttered. He vanished. No lawyer was notified. He made no phone calls and wrote no postcards or letters. He was a United States citizen who disappeared without a trace into a secret metal world... They held him secretly in an iron world for the next six weeks. This is plenty of time to hand out giant beatings. Oh, yes, don't gasp. If cops are performing a Fascist act, then always suspect them of acting like Fascists. They have fun beating people up."

Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday.

Without WMDs, it's got to be the oil --by Derrick Z. Jackson "Seven weeks later and with no vile vials in hand, Bush gave a speech Monday in Elizabeth, N.J., where he did not make a single reference to weapons of mass destruction. Instead, Bush chose to distract Americans from his Nixonian erasing of his justification for war by criticizing his critics as 'revisionist historians.' Meanwhile, Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress were suppressing history by fighting any formal investigation into the possible cooking of intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Their job, for the time being, is being made a piece of cake by a Democratic Party that cannot spell the term 'opposition party' if you spotted them all the o's and p's."

WMD lies no surprise --by Crispin Sartwell "...the case was luridly bad from the get-go, riddled with holes that were obvious to anyone who was watching. We kept reaching for crudely forged documents and aluminum tubes. When Secretary of State Colin Powell got up in front of the United Nations to make the case that Saddam was connected to Osama bin Laden, he used as his main point the existence of an al-Qaeda training camp in Iraq. The camp was in the Kurdish autonomous zone, controlled not by Saddam but by the people to whom we had allied ourselves. That would have justified bombing D.C. - but not Baghdad."

The Masters of Spin Why the Bush administration is the most arrogant in memory --by Eleanor Clift "American GIs are dying almost daily. So are Iraqis. But that hasn’t stopped President [sic] Bush from embarking on a fund-raising spree premised on his triumphal role as commander in chief. Who needs reality when you’ve got spin? ...The debate over weapons of mass destruction is an inside-the-Beltway story; it’s not resonating with the public. The bigger question is existential: do the gods punish hubris? This is the most arrogant administration in memory. Every day brings another issue where a careful observer of the political scene cannot believe what’s happening."

Police will run internet after terrorist attack [UK] Wide-ranging powers to enable the police to run the internet and the rest of Britain’s information superhighway in the event of a terrorist attack will be unveiled this week. Airlines, the transport network, town halls and the postal service could also come under police direction in the event of a national disaster.

Bush's ideological facade hides political goal --by Neal Gabler "From the moment of his disputed election in 2000 [coup d'etat], President [sic] Bush has been dramatically reversing the traditional relationship between politics and policy. In his administration, politics seem less a means to policy than policy is a means to politics. Its goal is not to further the conservative revolution as advertised. The presidency[sic]'s real goal is to disable the Democratic opposition, once and for all." [a must read]

Short: I was briefed on Blair's secret war pact Senior figures in the intelligence community and across Whitehall briefed the former international development secretary Clare Short that Poodle Tony Blair had made a secret agreement last summer with George Bush to invade Iraq in February or March, she claimed yesterday.

Shocking, shoddy and shameful: Short's verdict on Blair's campaign to win backing for war Former ministers rail against Blair for sidelining his Cabinet and misusing intelligence - a charge echoed in Washington --Clare Short launched a devastating attack yesterday on the "collapse in decision-making" at the heart of Poodle Tony Blair's government.

Exposed: Blair, Iraq and the great deception Poodle Tony Blair was charged with deliberately misleading the public over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction yesterday as two former cabinet ministers revealed that MI6 believed Saddam Hussein's arsenal posed no immediate threat.

CIA deliberately misled UN arms inspectors, says senator The row over Iraq's missing weapons intensified in Washington yesterday as a leading Senate Democrat accused the CIA of deliberately misleading United Nations inspectors to help clear the decks for an invasion of Iraq.

US intelligence on Iraqi weapons rubbish says MP A Federal Opposition backbencher has strongly criticised United States' intelligence agencies, describing information they supplied on Iraq's banned weapons as "rubbish".

Halliburton's Iraq oil industry work may last longer than expected Halliburton's contract to restart Iraq's oil production has doubled in cost over the past month, and the no-bid work may last longer than expected, the Army says. The expanded role awarded to Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company cost taxpayers $184.7 million as of last week, up from $76.7 million a month ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed this week.

The War Built On A Lie View From the Left --by Harley Sorensen " Why mince words? These are the facts: 1) President [sic] George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is a liar. To the above facts we might add these: There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, none were there when our war against Iraq began, and none will be found unless we plant them there."

A mission in Iraq built on a lie When Bush wondered what to do about September 11 an ultra-right lobby group was there to tell him, writes Robert Manne. "It is gradually becoming transparent that the endlessly repeated claim used to justify the invasion of Iraq - that Saddam Hussein possessed a vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction - was false... The spurious justification constitutes, in my opinion, one of the greatest foreign policy scandals involving Western governments since 1945. It is surely imperative for all those who care about democracy - whether or not they supported the war - to try to discover an explanation for the deception and the true causes of what has occurred."

Former Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror Rand Beers's resignation surprised Washington, but what he did next was even more astounding. Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White House as special assistant to the dictator for combating terrorism, he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to oust his former boss. All of which points to a question: What does this intelligence insider know?

British air marshal vetoed US targets British commanders were regarded by American forces as their "conscience" during the war against Iraq, Britain's top military officer in the Gulf revealed last night. Air Marshal Brian Burridge also made clear that he had vetoed the US choice of targets and disapproved of Washington's talk of "shock and awe" tactics.

America's imperial delusion The US drive for world domination has no historical precedent --by Eric Hobsbawm "The present world situation is unprecedented. The great global empires of the past - such as the Spanish and notably the British - bear little comparison with what we see today in the United States empire. A key novelty of the US imperial project is that all other empires knew that they were not the only ones, and none aimed at global domination. None believed themselves invulnerable, even if they believed themselves to be central to the world - as China did, or the Roman empire."

Hawks turned media into parrots --by Antonia Zerbisias "Turns out that CNN was the Pentagon's Bitch after all. That was my rather unladylike phrase for AOL Time Warner's news network throughout the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq... At least that's how I interpret a study conducted March 20 to April 9, the first three weeks of the war, by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (http://www.fair.org). American television viewers 'were more than six times as likely to see a pro-war source as one who was anti-war; with U.S. guests alone, the ratio increases to 25 to 1,' [as reported in] the May/June edition of FAIR's magazine Extra! ...Looks like Canada's airwaves are not about to 'liberated' by AOL Time Warner nor by News Corp., which owns Fox, nor by General Electric, which owns NBC. There will be no bending over for the Pentagon on our screens."

US turns to the Taliban Such is the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, compounded by the return to the country of a large number of former Afghan communist refugees, that United States and Pakistani intelligence officials have met with Taliban leaders in an effort to devise a political solution to prevent the country from being further ripped apart.

Army Backtracks on Halliburton Contract Halliburton's no-bid work to revive Iraq's oil industry is likely to last longer than originally estimated, the Army has acknowledged, and the cost to the government has more than doubled in the past month.

War may have killed 10,000 civilians, researchers say At least 5,000 civilians may have been killed during the invasion of Iraq, an independent research group has claimed. As more evidence is collated, it says, the figure could reach 10,000.

Come Back, Clinton Sex Nation Is the country better off with a president who actually has an active libido? Hell yes. --by Mark Morford "At least Clinton had Stephanopolous and Carville and Mike McCurry and hell even Gore had a sort of stiff bland GQ handsomeness. Bush has Ashcroft and Dick Cheney and Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer. Paint peels. Flowers wilt. Hide the children. ...Now, glimpse the current state of American affairs, that acidic stifling powder-keg feeling, that sense of sad closed-mindedness and deep-seated fear and the sense that the only real screwing going on is what the USA Patriot Act and the 2004 Bush budget are doing to you, right now. Show me a brutish dictator/despot/pseudo-fascist/Rumsfeld, and I'll show you a sneering hunk of sexual ineptitude."

How the media might have to cop the blame for Bush's blushes From rushing to report on the no-WMDs scandal, the press has been caught up in the scandal, writes Russ Baker. "The growing scandal over the Bush Administration's manipulation of intelligence data on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction focuses on the role of the White House. But it doesn't devote proper attention to the role of the US media in the propaganda effort that misled the world. Probably the central character in that effort was The New York Times' Judith Miller, perhaps the world's leading journalistic 'specialist' in covering chemical and biological weapons threats... On April 21, in a front-page story from Iraq, Miller suggested that US forces had failed to find the much-ballyhooed WMDs - the ostensible primary reason for the invasion - because they had been recently destroyed or existed only as precursors with dual civilian uses. Her source? A man standing in the distance wearing a baseball cap, who military sources told her was an Iraqi scientist who had told them those things."

US clashes with Europe over war crimes The United States and several European countries are once again on a collision course at the United Nations, as Washington manoeuvres to renew controversial provisions that shield its troops from prosecution for war crimes.

Pinter blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair The playwright Harold Pinter last night likened George W Bush's dictatorship to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, saying the US was charging towards world domination while the American public and Britain's "mass-murdering" prime minister sat back and watched. In conversation on stage with Michael Billington, the Guardian's theatre critic, Pinter said the US government was the most dangerous power that had ever existed. The American detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where al-Qaida and Taliban suspects were being held, was a concentration camp. Pinter blamed "millions of totally deluded American people" for not staging a mass revolt. ...The US population could not be let off scot-free for putting the country under the control of an "illegally elected president - in other words, a fake".

Guantanamo death chamber planned A court and execution chamber could be built at the US detention camp in Cuba under plans being drawn up by military officials. Military tribunals for some of the hundreds of men detained at the US base on Guantanamo Bay moved a step closer last month with the appointment of a chief prosecutor and chief defence counsel.

Bad Iraq Data From Start to Finish Americans were duped: Evidence of administration manipulation and mendacity just keeps rolling in. --by Robert Scheer "Ever since the tragedy of Sept. 11, the Bush administration has relied on selective and distorted intelligence data to make the case for invading Iraq. But the truth will out, and the White House is now scrambling to explain away its mendacity...The British Parliament is in an uproar, but so far the U.S. Congress has failed to exercise its obligation to hold the executive branch accountable."

Who's Accountable? --by Paul Krugman "...dishonest salesmanship has been the hallmark of the Bush administration's approach to domestic policy. And it has become increasingly clear that the selling of the war with Iraq was no different... I'll tell you what's outrageous. It's not the fact that people are criticizing the administration; it's the fact that nobody is being held accountable for misleading the nation into war."

This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On. --by Bill Moyers Text of speech to the Take Back America conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future June 4, 2003 Washington, DC --"So go for it. Never mind the odds. Remember what the progressives faced. Karl Rove isn't tougher than Mark Hanna was in his time and a hundred years from now some historian will be wondering how it was that Norquist and Company got away with it as long as they did – how they waged war almost unopposed on the infrastructure of social justice, on the arrangements that make life fair, on the mutual rights and responsibilities that offer opportunity, civil liberties, and a decent standard of living to the least among us."

Weapons of mass stupidity The marriage of television and propaganda may well have been the funeral of reason --by Hal Crowther "Years ago in Moscow, at the dawn of perestroika, a pair of Russian journalists showed me headlines from the New York Post that made Khruschev's 'We will bury you' sound like 'Have a nice day.' How can there ever be peace, they asked me, if America hates us so much? ..Is it sheer coincidence that the president's stage manager, Greg Jenkins--responsible for the notorious flight-suit landing on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, and for posing George Bush against Mt. Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty--was recently a producer at Fox News?" [a must-read]

Blow to Blair over 'mobile labs' Saddam Hussein's trucks were for balloons, not germs --Poodle Tony Blair faces a fresh crisis over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, as evidence emerges that two vehicles that he has repeatedly claimed to be Iraqi mobile biological warfare production units are nothing of the sort. The Observer has established that it is increasingly likely that the units were designed to be used for hydrogen production to fill artillery balloons, part of a system originally sold to Saddam by Britain in 1987.

Saddam Hussein's chemical labs 'made no weapons' The intelligence agencies of Saddam Hussein ran a network of secret cells that carried out chemical and biological research but produced no weapons, according to a top Iraqi security official.

No 10 says sorry to MI6 for 'dodgy' Iraq dossier Tony Blair's closest adviser has written a personal letter apologising to Sir Richard Dearlove, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, for discrediting the service with the release to journalists last January of the so-called "dodgy dossier" on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. [*See "Labour 'doctored' second dossier on WMDs" --Poodle Tony Blair's denial that he exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons is called into question today by fresh accusations that Downing Street distorted a second Iraq dossier."]

"Admit Your Lies", Ex U.N. Inspector Tells U.S., U.K. The United States and Britain should admit they lied when claiming the ousted Baghdad regime had weapons of mass destruction, Scott Ritter, a former U.N. senior weapons inspector in Iraq, said in an interview published here Friday, June 6.

Methodist leaders to Bush: Repent Clergy claim dictator's policies 'incompatible' with church teachings --A group of leaders from Dictator George W. Bush's denomination, the United Methodist Church, have signed a magazine ad asking the chief executive to "repent" of what they consider policies "incompatible" with Christian teaching, reports the Christian Times. They claim Bush is "threatening the very earth and all its inhabitants with open discussion of the usage of nuclear weapons."

Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense? --by John W. Dean "President [sic] George W. Bush has got a very serious problem. Before asking Congress for a Joint Resolution authorizing the use of American military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake - acts of war against another nation. Now it is clear that many of his statements appear to be false. In the past, Bush's White House has been very good at sweeping ugly issues like this under the carpet, and out of sight. But it is not clear that they will be able to make the question of what happened to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) go away - unless, perhaps, they start another war."

Ashcroft Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers Attorney General [and Reichwing sickko] John Ashcroft asked Congress Thursday for expanded powers to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely before trials and to let him seek the death penalty or life imprisonment for any terrorist act.

DisneyAOLViacom Owns Your Butt After all, who the hell wants diversity and choice in major media? Thanks, FCC! --by Mark Morford "Ah, screw it. Let's just give in. Let's just laugh bitterly and toss back a shot of something potent and grain based and throw ourselves under the GOP steamroller and give in to the great excruciating cosmic joke of it all."

WMD Will Be On Blair's Political Headstone --by John Pilger "Such a high crime does not, and will not, melt away; the facts cannot be changed. Tony Blair took Britain to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal following world war two, who inspired much of international law, called this 'the gravest of all war crimes'. Blair had not the shred of a mandate from the British people to do what he did. On the contrary, on the eve of the attack, the majority of Britons clearly demanded he stop. His response was contemptuous of such an epic show of true democracy. He chose to listen only to the unelected leader of a foreign power, and to his court and his obsession."

Holy 2004 coup d'etat, Batman! Pentagon launches Internet voting effort for overseas Americans --Thousands of overseas Americans are expected to be able to cast ballots from their home computers in the 2004 elections, the Pentagon said Monday. Military personnel and civilians alike will be eligible to take part in the federal government’s most ambitious experiment yet in Internet-based voting.

Berating the Generals The Siege of Washington --by Wayne Madsen "March 25, 2003 may serve as a crucial turning point in American history. On that day, George W. Bush displayed his increasingly erratic and irresponsible behavior before America's top military leadership ...Our Founding Fathers established the blueprint for such an action to remove Bush and his criminals and gangsters from office. Let us remember these words from Thomas Jefferson: 'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government ... it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future.' And these from Abraham Lincoln: 'This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.' Amen."

Soldier 'took torture snaps' A British soldier is today being questioned by Ministry of Defence war crimes investigators after the emergence of photographs showing disturbing scenes of alleged "torture" of Iraqi PoWs. One of the photographs is reported to show an Iraqi PoW gagged and bound, hanging in netting from a fork-lift truck. Others allegedly depict soldiers committing sex acts near captured Iraqis. [The Bush-Blair whackjobs need to be prosecuted for W-ar crimes, and the Idiot Usurper and Poodle Blair need to be tried for treason. --Lori Price]

'Torture' snaps: man held A British soldier has been arrested over sickening "torture" photos of an Iraqi prisoner. They show a PoW dangling from a fork-lift truck. Others allegedly depict soldiers committing sex acts near captured Iraqis. Last night a war crimes probe was launched by the Army’s Special Investigations Branch. If proven, the incident would be a breach of the Geneva Convention and would cause huge embarrassment to the Army and Government.

Official explodes key WMD claim Downing Street doctored a dossier on Iraq's weapons programme to make it "sexier", according to a senior British official, who claims intelligence services were unhappy with the assertion that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were ready for use within 45 minutes. [Click here for the No 10 dossier in question. (.pdf)]

Britain must not be suckered a second time by the White House The British government needs to concede that we went to war for reasons of US foreign policy and Republican Party politics --by Robin Cook "Before the war he [Donald Rumsfeld] told us that Saddam had 'large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and an active programme to develop nuclear weapons'. After the war he explains away the failure to find any of these stockpiles or nuclear installations on the possibility that Saddam's regime 'decided they would destroy them prior to a conflict'. You have to admire his effrontery. But not his logic."

Oil, campaign execs help in Iraq Iraq is being helmed by a group of American executives and government officials handpicked by the Bush dictatorship, ministry by ministry. Among the ministers is former Shell Oil chief Philip Carroll, who also headed the Fluor Corp., one of six companies hired by the Defense Department before the war in a closed bid for Iraq reconstruction projects. Under his leadership the corporation gave $483,000 in individual, political action committee and soft money contributions to political campaigns between 1999 and 2002, 57 percent of it to Republicans. Carroll retired from Fluor last year. Carroll is the senior adviser to the Ministry of Oil.

Iraqi weapons only one reason for war-Wolfowitz The U.S. decision to stress the threat posed by Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction above all others was taken for ''bureaucratic'' [?!?] reasons to justify the war, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in remarks released Wednesday.

FEMA - The Plan to Kill America --by Kirwan "The Bush Crime family has been secretly and voraciously devouring the critical funding for everything from schools and medicine to infrastructure and the 'privatization' of social security. The willful destruction of social programs, coupled with an economically irresponsible foreign policy of continual and unnecessary wars; plus a 'reorganization' of the entire federal government through implementation of the HOMELAND Security Act that has obviously - all been created to bring this nation to the brink of economic collapse. This brings us back to the original question - 'Why are we doing this?'"

Stating the Obvious --by Paul Krugman "It's no secret that right-wing ideologues want to abolish programs Americans take for granted. But not long ago, to suggest that the Bush administration's policies might actually be driven by those ideologues — that the administration was deliberately setting the country up for a fiscal crisis in which popular social programs could be sharply cut — was to be accused of spouting conspiracy theories. Yet by pushing through another huge tax cut in the face of record deficits, the administration clearly demonstrates either that it is completely feckless, or that it actually wants a fiscal crisis. (Or maybe both.)"

US plans death camp The US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber. Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday. [This Bush dictatorship is beyond beyond: "...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America]

Swedish Minister on the American Dictator: "That fucking Texas geezer" Jan O. Karlsson, the Swedish Minister for Migration, has got himself into trouble after calling the American Dictator "that fucking Texas geezer". The rather impolite [but accurate, nonetheless] description of George W. Bush was presented by the Swedish minister during a meeting with the press this week. According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Mr. Karlsson called Mr. Bush "that fucking Texas geezer". [I still like the Idiot Usurping Lying Dictatorial Weasel moniker, but this is a good one, too. <g> --Lori Price]

Revealed: Iraq war plan left troops exposed A top secret debriefing on the Gulf War has heard disturbing evidence of a catalogue of errors in the U.S.-U.K. invasion forces' campaign, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. High-level military officials were told that the RAF failed to provide adequate ground support for British troops, and that tanks rolled into battle without proper armour. The briefing, at a military college in Oxfordshire, also heard confirmation that there was a lack of planning for the administration of post-war Iraq, which resulted in widespread looting.

Red Cross denied access to PoWs Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport --The United States is illegally holding thousands of Iraqi prisoners of war and other captives without access to human rights officials at compounds close to Baghdad airport, The Observer has learnt.

Revealed: Iraq war plan left troops exposed A top secret debriefing on the Gulf War has heard disturbing evidence of a catalogue of errors in the U.S.-U.K. invasion forces' campaign, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. High-level military officials were told that the RAF failed to provide adequate ground support for British troops, and that tanks rolled into battle without proper armour. The briefing, at a military college in Oxfordshire, also heard confirmation that there was a lack of planning for the administration of post-war Iraq, which resulted in widespread looting.

Bush equated with Hitler in 'Matrix' sequel? Image of dictator shown with Hitler in discussion of evil --Is Dictator Bush equated with Adolf Hitler in the science-fiction flick "The Matrix Reloaded"? The question is being asked in connection with a scene in the new movie where images of Bush and the German dictator are displayed during a discussion of evil in the world.

The 'Matrix' (abs-cbnNEWS.com) "....This discussion is complete with flashing images of those miseries, including Adolf Hitler, the atom bomb and George W. Bush. If the Matrix films, the most philosophically-challenging movies to be produced in a generation, reveal any obvious signs of the politics of its makers, then this subliminal equation (Hitler=Bush?) is it. ..It is not difficult to see Agent Smith as the American secretary of Defense, of the entire Matrix as the military-industrial-political-entertainment complex of the Western world; to see the Merovingian as the French (obviously, complete with accent); the Oracle as Britain, the God-like figure Neo confronts as a slimmer, bewhiskered Dick Cheney. The only question is if Neo and the rave- and orgy-enjoying residents of Zion are terrorists, or freedom fighters, or freedom fighters living among terrorists."

Chief Security Officers Reveal Concerns About US Government Security Measures Thirty-one percent fear US will become a police state while 33% report they receive security alerts unavailable to public --A new poll of 559 chief security officers (CSOs) and senior security executives conducted by IDG’s CSO magazine reveals some concerns about US government’s tactics to provide security. When considering the impacts of Patriot Acts I and II, a third of respondents (31%) say the US is in jeopardy of becoming a police state. [*Becoming?* Became. --Lori Price]

Saving Private Lynch: Take 2 The rescue was pure Hollywood, reportedly a bit of Pentagon fiction. --by Robert Scheer "After a thorough investigation, the British Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of the 'heroic' rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S. military and a breathless American press. 'Her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived,' the BBC concluded — the polite British way of saying 'liar, liar, pants on fire.' Though the Bush administration's shamelessly trumped-up claims about Iraq's alleged ties to Al Qaeda and 9/11 and its weapons of mass destruction take the cake for deceitful propaganda — grand strategic lies that allow the United States' seizure of Iraq's oil to appear to be an act of liberation — the sad case of Lynch's exploitation at the hands of military spinners illustrates that the truth once again was a casualty of war."

Blair Has Betrayed Britain ... Not Me A defiant George Galloway yesterday accused Poodle Tony Blair of betraying Britain and putting the country in "the first ranks of the hated on the earth". Galloway, suspended by Labour over comments on Iraq, told an anti-war rally: ...'By putting us in the first ranks of the hated on the earth, Tony Blair is the one who has betrayed this country, not me and not you. If there's a treason in this picture it is those who have sold our country to a foreign power, who have decided that it is our fate to be the tail of a dog whose head is the virtually imbecilic right- wing republican fundamentalist George W Bush."

The Dead Want the Truth The GOP attack machine's consistent message, though, is "let's move on" --by Alan Bisbort "This whole thing begs the tree in the forest question. What if our government fell into the hands of fascists and nobody was told? Would it make a sound? Another question: Why is Clinton's sleazy personal behavior more pressing to the national interest than the possibility that we may now have a president [sic] who lied to United Nations, Congress and the American people about the reasons for starting an unprovoked war and who, therefore, may have violated the U.S. Constitution, which he is sworn to protect, and who may (and certainly would if he were a Democrat) face an impeachment hearing as a result?"

A provocation against democratic rights: Texas Republicans order state police to seize Democratic legislators --by Patrick Martin "The political crisis in Texas is a warning to the American people on the decay and disintegration of democratic processes in the United States... A government that lacks any democratic legitimacy, headed by a president who lost the popular vote and was installed in office by the Supreme Court, is now seeking to remove any check on its power."

Achtung! Are We the New Nazis? Soldiers, God and Empire --by Douglas Herman "The barbarism of conquered Baghdad mirrors the Nazi blueprint for dealing with foreign art and culture: Loot the art and burn the culture. Yet even The German High command never allowed or conspired in the wholesale eradication of French culture to the degree the American Army appeared to do in Baghdad... Truthfully, to the rest of the world, we already are the New Nazis."

Bush should be impeached and tried for war crimes --by Denise Giardina "Weapons of mass destruction? Saddam no longer had them. If he had, he would have used them. And if any are found now, the cabal that has hijacked our country will have planted them there. That is why the Bush administration has made clear it will not allow the U.N. back in the country to provide neutral inspections. Here is what is coming clear. George W. Bush and his cabal lied to the American people so they could attack another country to seize its oil wealth."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US anger at war crimes threat The Bush dictatorship has reacted angrily to suggestions that General Tommy Franks, the commander of the US-led war in Iraq, might be charged with war crimes.

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

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

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

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

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

Annan says coalition [US-UK invasion forces] is an 'occupying power' The United States has reacted angrily to comments today by Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, that the coalition in Iraq is an "occupying power" and must respect international law. Last week, Brigadier-General Vincent Brooks, the deputy operations director at US Central Command, said that the United States did not consider itself an occupying power in Iraq, instead seeing the coalition as a "liberating force" - a classification that does not exist in the Geneva or Hague Conventions.

Haliburton, Bechtel & the Spoils of War --by Dr. Mohammad T. Al-Rasheed "Haliburton and Bechtel, to name but two, have landed sizeable contracts from the fallen Babylonian cow. Dick Cheney and George Shultz (Reagan’s man) have undeniable ties with those two companies. Ahmed Chalabi, the Bush administration’s choice to lead Iraq, is a figure out of Enron itself. The Swiss have just come out with information about him that would make the Houston executives proud. How do we square this activity with the declared aim of WMD, terrorist attacks, and regional peace?"

Chest Banging, Here and There --by Maureen Dowd "The Bushies pretend that we don't want an all-access pass to Iraqi bases (we do); that we are not interested in influencing the disposition of Iraqi oil (we are); that we will stay out of Iraqi politics, even if they go fundamentalist (we won't); and that we will leave Iraq soon (we can't). Even as they stifle their Pax Americana impulses in Iraq, the imperialists swagger with a Pox Americana at home. Karl Rove has broken creative new ground in appalling political opportunism by pushing back the Republican National Convention in New York City to September 2004, the latest date for a convention in the party's history and only days away from you-know-when."

Jesus Plus Nothing Undercover among America's secret theocrats --by Jeffrey Sharlet "Regular prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries... In the process of introducing powerful men to Jesus, the Family has managed to effect a number of behind-the-scenes acts of diplomacy. " [a must read]

The unthinkable is becoming normal. Do not forget the horror The saving of one little boy must not be a cover for the crime of this war --by John Pilger "We must not forget that a British defence secretary has announced, for the first time, that his government is prepared to launch an attack with nuclear weapons. He echoes Bush, of course. An ascendant mafia now rules the United States, and the Prime Minister is in thrall to it. Together, they empty noble words – liberation, freedom and democracy – of their true meaning. The unspoken truth is that behind the bloody conquest of Iraq is the conquest of us all: of our minds, our humanity and our self-respect at the very least. If we say and do nothing, victory over us is assured.

As Luck Would Have It . . . A 9/11 victim testifies that the carnage could have been averted --by Howard Blume "On the Chicago Board Options Exchange during the week before September 11, put options were purchased on American and United Airlines, the two airlines involved in the attacks. The investors who placed these orders were gambling that, in the short term, the stock prices of both airlines would plummet. Never before on the Chicago Exchange were such large amounts of United and American Airlines options traded. These investors netted a profit of at least $5 million after the September 11 attacks. Interestingly, the names of the investors remain undisclosed, and the $5 million remains unclaimed. Why were these aberrant trades not discovered prior to 9/11? Who were the individuals who placed these trades? Have they been investigated?"

US bars access to oil ministry, power plant While many Iraqis began returning to work, oil ministry employees were wondering why US forces, heavily guarding their offices, barred them from re-entering the building on Saturday. It was also unclear why a Baghdad power station had apparently been booby-trapped by occupation troops.

Iraq - Did Portugal have all the facts? The Portugal News has received a full transcript of a report by a former CIA senior political analyst that states that Iran was responsible for the mass murder of 5,000 Kurds by chemicals at the Iraqi township of Halabja in 1988. The Halabja massacre was one of the pretexts put forward by the US Government for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Some political commentators are saying that if the report had been made public before the build up to the present conflict in Iraq, Portugal and Spain might well have had second thoughts about supporting the US and British invasion.

Prove Iraqi guilt, MPs tell Blair Poodle Tony Blair is facing the threat of a fresh rebellion from Labour backbenchers who are growing increasingly alarmed that the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will confirm that the war was illegal.

Iraqis Accuse US of Cultural 'Crime of the Century' US troops committed the cultural "crime of the century" when they failed to protect priceless Iraqi artifacts from looters and likely trampled archaeological sites during the invasion, top antiquities officials here charged yesterday.

Israel Approaches Turkey for Reactivation of Mosul-Haifa Pipeline Israel has made an offer to Turkish contacting firms to reactivate the Mosul-Haifa pipeline, which has been closed for the last 55 years. Not only the Israeli government but also Israeli firms have reportedly approached Turkish companies for an oil pipeline that would provide transportation of 5 million barrels of oil from northern Iraq to the Israeli port of Haifa. [Holy Cui Bono, Batman!! --Lori Price]

For the people on the streets, this is not liberation but a new colonial oppression --America's war of 'liberation' may be over. But Iraq's war of liberation from the Americans is just about to begin --by Robert Fisk "It's going wrong, faster than anyone could have imagined. The army of 'liberation' has already turned into the army of occupation. The Shias are threatening to fight the Americans, to create their own war of 'liberation'."

In bombed neighborhoods, everyone 'wants to kill Americans' In Baghdad's al Kharnouq neighborhood, five unexploded American-made cluster bomblets perch precariously in Qusai Abdel Majid's lemon tree and the flower bed beneath it. Stepping carefully, one can follow a trail of dozens of the 2-inch-long black bombs that have killed four of his neighbors so far. "A year ago, on these streets, we would have yawned if someone had mentioned America to us," Khalid Tarah said. "Now, look what they have done to us. Everyone feels this pain. Everyone here now wants to kill. Everyone here now wants to kill Americans."

American troops massacre Iraqi protesters in Mosul American troops opened fire on anti-US protesters in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least 10. Hours earlier, 20,000 people marched through the southern city of Nasiriyah to oppose Washington’s plans to install a puppet government. In Baghdad, the US military tried to prevent journalists from reporting on the third straight day of anti-US demonstrations.

'No to Saddam, No to US' Thousands of demonstrators gathered yesterday on the road leading to a hastily constructed air base outside Nassiriyah, the location of a meeting between US government representatives and members of the opposition Iraqi National Congress. Many Iraqis boycotted the meeting in opposition to US plans to install retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner atop an interim administration.

So who really did save Private Jessica? The rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, which inspired America during one of the most difficult periods of the war, was not the heroic Hollywood story told by the US military, but a staged operation that terrified patients and victimised the doctors who had struggled to save her life, according to Iraqi witnesses. [a must read]

Iraqis Say Lynch Raid Faced No Resistance "They made a big show," said Haitham Gizzy, a physician at the public hospital here who treated Pfc. Jessica Lynch for her injuries at Saddam Hospital. "It was just a drama," he said. "A big, dramatic show." Gizzy and other doctors said no Iraqi soldiers or militiamen were at the hospital that night, April 1, when the U.S. Special Operations forces came in helicopters to carry out the midnight rescue.

"A rapacious colonial war": Interview with Arab journalist Said Dudin on US bombing of Al Jazeera A WSWS team spoke with Arab journalist and writer Said Dudin last week on the Iraq war and the intimidation of Arab journalists, which culminated in the US bombing of the Al Jazeera media centre in Baghdad on April 8... Dudin emphasised there could be no doubt that the aim of the US bombing of Al Jazeera was the decapitation of its work in Iraq.

Keep your eye on the ball --by Brent Flynn "...how many Americans have forgotten that it was a CIA coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party into power in the first place? How many have forgotten that it was the United States that helped Saddam consolidate his power as a counter balance to the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran? But more importantly, how many times did our government and media remind us of these historical facts?"

Ultimate Insiders --by Bob Herbert " The primary goal of Mr. [Donald] Rumsfeld's visit to Baghdad [in December, 1983] was to improve relations with Iraq. But another matter was also quietly discussed. The powerful Bechtel Group in San Francisco, of which Secretary Shultz had been president before joining the Reagan administration, wanted to build an oil pipeline from Iraq to the Jordanian port of Aqaba, near the Red Sea. It was a billion-dollar project and the U.S. government wanted Saddam to sign off on it."

Library books, letters and priceless documents are set ablaze in final chapter of the sacking of Baghdad --by Robert Fisk "So yesterday was the burning of books. First came the looters, then the arsonists. It was the final chapter in the sacking of Baghdad. The National Library and Archives – a priceless treasure of Ottoman historical documents, including the old royal archives of Iraq – were turned to ashes in 3,000 degrees of heat. Then the library of Korans at the Ministry of Religious Endowment were set ablaze... And the Americans did nothing. All over the filthy yard they blew, letters of recommendation to the courts of Arabia, demands for ammunition for troops, reports on the theft of camels and attacks on pilgrims, all in delicate hand-written Arabic script. I was holding in my hands the last Baghdad vestiges of Iraq's written history."

Americans have forgotten that it was a CIA coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party into power in the first place? How many have forgotten that it was the United States that helped Saddam consolidate his power as a counter balance to the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran? But more importantly, how many times did our government and media remind us of these historical facts?"

Scandal-hit US firm wins key contracts A US military contractor accused of human rights violations has won a multi-million-dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq, The Observer can reveal. DynCorp, which has donated more than £100,000 to the Republican Party, began recruiting for a private police force in Iraq last week on behalf of the US State Department. While the US has promised help in bringing law and order to Iraq, the involvement of DynCorp has caused concern as it has been involved in a series of recent high-profile scandals involving personnel in sensitive missions overseas. DynCorp personnel contracted to the United Nations police service in Bosnia were implicated in buying and selling prostitutes, including a girl as young as 12. Several DynCorp employees were also accused of videotaping the rape of one of the women.

U.S. Threatens Iraqi Scientists Appealing to the world community to protect them from the U.S. aggression aimed at obliterating Iraq’s minds, a number of Iraqi scientists and university professors sent an SOS e-mail complaining American occupation forces were threatening their lives.

Secret deals alleged between US, Iraqi generals The low level of resistance against the US-led invasion could be because Iraqi generals struck secret deals with Washington, Russia's Ambassador in Iraq, Vladimir TItirenko who returned home from the war-zone said today.

Dictators' Collusion --by Parviz Esmaeili "Almost 10 days ago, there was a halt in U.S.-British operations in Iraq. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Tommy Franks, in their interviews with the media never elaborated on the issue, but instead tried to mislead world public opinion in order to hide a greater secret decision from them."

The Hoodwinking Continues --by Dennis Rahkonen "What is propaganda? It's when ordinary people fighting fiercely but futilely with AK-47's against an army of invading tanks are never given media credit for being 'patriots,' but are invariably portrayed as 'ruthless fedayeen' and worse... This war has been a cruel, soul-devouring fraud from the start."

Baghdad: the day after Arson, anarchy, fear, hatred, hysteria, looting, revenge, savagery, suspicion and a suicide bombing --by Robert Fisk "The Americans may think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of thieves – they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and cars searching for booty – seem to have a different idea of what liberation means. American control of the city is, at best, tenuous – a fact underlined after several marines were killed last night by a suicide bomber close to the square where a statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down on Wednesday, in the most staged photo-opportunity since Iwo Jima."

British-appointed Basra chief exposed as former Ba'athist Troops protect sheikh after mob attack --Violence broke out in Basra after a sheikh asked by British commanders to become the new leader of the province was revealed to be a former brigadier-general in Saddam Hussein's army and a one-time member of the Ba'ath party.

US-UK weapons teams scour Iraq Secret units in desperate hunt for banned arsenal --Britain and the United States have bypassed the United Nations to establish a secret team of inspectors to resume the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Producer Is a Casualty in CBS's 'Hitler' Miniseries Ed Gernon, longtime head of the movie and miniseries division of Canadian-based production company Alliance Atlantis, was let go because of an interview he gave regarding CBS's May sweeps miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. ...Gernon is quoted as saying of the miniseries, which tracks Hitler's rise to power in 1930s Germany: "It basically boils down to an entire nation gripped by fear, who ultimately chose to give up their civil rights and plunged the whole world into war. I can't think of a better time to examine this history than now," Gernon tells the upcoming TV Guide that he, [actress Julianna] Margulies and director Christian Duguay believe it's a good idea to look at the Bush White House through the prism of . . . Germany's genocidal psychopath." [Call, write, and scream at Alliance Atlantis for their FASCIST REPRESSION OF LEGITIMATE OPINION, a la McCarthyism!!!! Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Corporate Offices Toronto, ON M4X1J9 (416) 967-0022 (416) 967-8061 (fax) television@allianceatlantis.com; investor@allianceatlantis.com]

The Reason Why --by George McGovern 'Thanks to the most crudely partisan decision in the history of the Supreme Court, the nation has been given a President [sic] of painfully limited wisdom and compassion and lacking any sense of the nation's true greatness. Appearing to enjoy his role as Commander in Chief of the armed forces above all other functions of his office, and unchecked by a seemingly timid Congress, a compliant Supreme Court, a largely subservient press and a corrupt corporate plutocracy, George W. Bush has set the nation on a course for one-man rule."

Vietnamistan --The News Blackout on What Is Happening in Afghanistan --by Michael Gilson De Lemos "...as we launch into this next glorious war in Iraq, I have one question. What’s going on in the present one? You know, Afghanistan, the land we used to call 'Moscow’s Vietnam.' It’s not that the government tells questionable tales, from magical Bin-Laden tapes and miraculously preserved 9-11 attack passports to our 'anti-Taliban' forces one day blandly re-branded as 'rebel warlords' the next, like Lawrence of Arabias randomly turning into menacing Conan the Barbarians."

Despair of a Village at Devastation --by Peter Arnett "Baker Nagill Sacanda Mohammed holds a blackened flatbread in his outstretched arms and begs for answers nobody can give. Behind him are the smouldering remains of his bakery, the hub of this quiet Shi'ite community until the war finally caught up with it 45 minutes ago... There are no obvious military targets here, just row after row of mud-walled houses..."

A morally hollow victory No amount of PR will disguise the fact that this war is an outrage against humanity --by Mary Riddell "On the separate question of whether Iraqi acts of war are on a par with those of the coalition, the answer is also simple. Ours are sometimes worse. The spectre of chemical attack remains, but, amid Iraqi Scuds unfired and bio-weapons undiscovered, reality trumps fear. The cluster-bombing of civilians by an invading force proclaiming its superior power is an outrage against humanity and the Geneva Convention."

The Battle of Baghdad 'Ever so slowly, the suburbs were turned into battlefields' --by Robert Fisk "At first, I thought the soldiers on the back were sleeping, covered in blankets to keep them warm. Yet I had opened my car window to keep cool this early summer morning and I realised that all the soldiers – there must have been 15 of them in the little truck – were lying on top of each other, all with their heavy black military boots dangling over the tailboard. The two soldiers on the vehicles sat with their feet wedged between the corpses. So did America's first victims of the day go to their eternal rest."

'Operation Cancelled Election 2004 is in play...' --by Rich Procter "Get ready for the wingnut Screech Monkeys to put this in play, and play it for all its worth - 'We're at war! God has chosen our President [sic] to lead us! To question him is to question America itself! To suggest replacing him is treason! To mount a political campaign against him is beyond the pale! These elections must be...(wait for it...wait for it...) 'postponed indefinitely!!'"

The War For Truth --by John Pilger "'We had a great day,' said Sgt Eric Schrumpf of the US Marines last Saturday. 'We killed a lot of people.' He added: 'We dropped a few civilians, but what do you do?' He said there were women standing near an Iraqi soldier, and one of them fell when he and other Marines opened fire. 'I'm sorry,' said Sgt Schrumpf, 'but the chick was in the way'... Like their [Amerikan] attack on Iraq, their invasion of Vietnam was accompanied by a racist contempt for the people.

March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech --by Michael Rectenwald "A US arms trader, Jay Garner, will run Iraq after the invasion is complete and the occupation underway. But, we are told, this war is not about "bidness." It's about Liberation. We think it is about Liquidation! The nakedness of the power grab is indeed an extension of the naked grab for power that has characterized the Bush regime since the original coup in 2000." --Michael Rectenwald ***Listen to the speech here! ***

Kerry stands by 'regime change' barb at Bush John Kerry, D-Mass., dismissed the criticism Thursday at a meet-the-candidates dinner in Atlanta, saying, "I don't need any lessons in patriotism or in caring for America from the likes of Tom DeLay." He rejected the criticism in stronger terms on Friday. "If they want to pick a fight, they've picked a fight with the wrong guy," he said. [Right on, Senator Kerry!!]

Kerry says US needs its own 'regime change' Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that Dictator Bush committed a ''breach of trust'' in the eyes of many United Nations members by going to war with Iraq, creating a diplomatic chasm that will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.

Bush issues SARS executive order to arrest and quarantine Dictator Bush issued an executive order Friday allowing the forced quarantine of people suspected of having SARS. The executive order calls for the "apprehension, detention or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission or spread of suspected communicable diseases."

Bush OKs quarantine for SARS --Dictator Bush signs executive order allowing health officials to quarantine people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Dictator Bush issues executive order adding SARS to list [?!?] of communicable diseases for which a person can be quarantined.

The War's Dirty Secret: It's About Changing United States, Not Iraq --by Steve Lopez "The effort to turn Iraq into a democracy, in other words, is making the U.S. less of one. Our opposition party has disappeared, corporate interests dictate public policy, and the feds may be rummaging through your e-mail. There's a dirty secret no one has told you, and here it is: This war is not about changing Iraq, it's about changing America." [a must read]

A Red-Blue Terror Alert --by Paul Krugman "...less than 48 hours after the atrocity [9-11 terrorist attacks], Congressional Republicans tried to exploit the event to pass a cut in the capital gains tax... Even in the first months after Sept. 11, Republican lawmakers made it clear that they would not support any major effort to rebuild or even secure New York."

This War is Not Working --by Peter Arnett "I am still in shock and awe at being fired. There is enormous sensitivity within the US government to reports coming out from Baghdad. They don't want credible news organisations reporting from here because it presents them with enormous problems."

March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech --by Michael Rectenwald "A US arms trader, Jay Garner, will run Iraq after the invasion is complete and the occupation underway. But, we are told, this war is not about "bidness." It's about Liberation. We think it is about Liquidation! The nakedness of the power grab is indeed an extension of the naked grab for power that has characterized the Bush regime since the original coup in 2000." --Michael Rectenwald ***Listen to the speech here! ***

Offense and Defense --by Seymour M. Hersh The battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon --"According to a dozen or so military men I spoke to, Rumsfeld simply failed to anticipate the consequences of protracted warfare... In the months leading up to the war, a split developed inside the military, with the planners and their immediate superiors warning that the war plan was dangerously thin on troops and matériel..."

Back Off, Syria and Iran! --by Maureen Dowd "The incoherence of the battle plan — which some retired generals say is three infantry divisions short — has made the guts and stamina and ingenuity of American forces even more remarkable. Rummy was beginning to erase his fingerprints. 'The war plan,' he said, 'is Tom Franks's war plan.' Tommy, we hardly knew ye. Paul Wolfowitz, Rummy's deputy, conceded that the war planners may have underestimated the hardiness of the heartless Iraqi fighters. This admission is galling."

Baghdad Journal --by Wade Hudson "Our hotel shook like a San Francisco earthquake probably thirty or forty times. Often the bombs would hit one second after another for ten or fifteen minutes. The rolling thunder of the B-52s is an experience that I will never forget. And a number of times our building would shake even though we heard no bomb explode... It boggles the mind to realize how many bombs that they have at their disposal, to drop repeatedly as if it were nothing more than confetti."

Patriot Act 11 - the sequel Citizens can stop government power grab (The Miami Herald) "Warrantless surveillance. Secret arrests. Indefinite detention. Is this totalitarian Cuba? No, it's what the U.S. Justice Department is planning, based on legislation that Justice lawyers have been secretly drafting for months... No member of Congress, including those on key committees, was aware that the Justice Department was working on the 'Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003' -- or Patriot Act II, as it has been dubbed -- when a draft was leaked last month. That led to concerns that Justice intended to introduce the measure as a 'stealth bill,' at a time of high anxiety about national security, as happened with the original Patriot Act."

TV anchors choke back tears: I gag --by Zoe Heller "...the real problem, in the American media at least, is the blatant and unembarrassed manner in which the reporters have become mouthpieces for the military... 'I can tell you that these soldiers have been amazing to us,' David Bloom, a reporter for NBC, travelling with the Third Infantry, reported the other night. 'They have done anything and everything that we could ask of them and we in turn are trying to return the favour.' Cute. But not the sort of thing you want to hear from a newsman."

Fog of coverage paved the way for war TV belatedly turning critical lens on itself --by Antonia Zerbisias "Then there's the business of Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network with some 35 million subscribers, among them some of the world's wealthiest people, including major investors in AOL Time Warner — which owns CNN. For all the blah-de-blah-blah about liberating the Iraqi people and giving them Western democracy, CNN never discussed — by the time I filed this column, anyway — how Al-Jazeera had been banned from both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq."

Blair, the war criminal --by Tam Dalyell "My constituency Labour party has just voted to recommend that Tony Blair reconsider his position as party leader because he gave British backing to a war against Iraq without clearly expressed support from the UN. I agree with this motion. I also believe that since Mr Blair is going ahead with his support for a US attack without unambiguous UN authorisation, he should be branded as a war criminal and sent to The Hague." [Send the other international war criminal, George W. Bush, to The Hague, too!!]

'It was an outrage, an obscenity' --by Robert Fisk "It was an outrage, an obscenity. The severed hand on the metal door, the swamp of blood and mud across the road, the human brains inside a garage, the incinerated, skeletal remains of an Iraqi mother and her three small children in their still-smouldering car ...We may put on the hairshirt of morality in explaining why these people should die. They died because of 11 September, we may say, because of President Saddam's 'weapons of mass destruction', because of human rights abuses, because of our desperate desire to 'liberate' them all. Let us not confuse the issue with oil. Either way, I'll bet we are told President Saddam is ultimately responsible for their deaths. We shan't mention the pilot, of course." [The whole US massacre in Iraq, Bush's W-ar, is an outrage, an obscenity. --Lori Price]

Basra: Why they are not cheering --by Paul Reynolds "They were supposed to be cheering in the streets as the American and British tanks rolled in, just as they did in France in 1944... The Qatari television channel al-Jazeera had a team in the city and it sent back graphic pictures of dead and wounded civilians which were widely shown in the Arab world. But these images have been all but ignored in the West, which seems more interested in pictures of the American prisoners of war. People do not take kindly to being bombed, even by "friendly forces".

U.S. had contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997 The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations walked out of a debate on the Iraqi war Thursday after Iraq's ambassador accused the United States of trying to exterminate the Iraqi people. Iraq's U.N. envoy Mohammed Al-Douri claimed the United States had arranged contracts to rebuild Iraq in 1997, six years before the U.S.-led war began last week.

Contracts to Rebuild Iraq Go to Chosen Few KBR, the company the U.S. government picked this week to put out oil-field fires in Iraq, has a long history of working for the military on big projects in foreign hot spots. The former Kellogg Brown & Root -- a subsidiary of Houston-based energy services firm Halliburton Co., which Vice pResident Cheney headed from 1995 until 2000 [and still receives money from] -- developed a contingency plan for extinguishing the fires as part of a 10-year Pentagon logistics contract it was awarded in 2001.

Secret Bids Companies, Including Big GOP Donors, Invited to Vie for Iraq Contracts Weeks before the first bombs dropped in Iraq, the Bush regime began rebuilding plans. ABCNEWS has obtained a copy of a 99-page contract worth $600 million. Among the companies believed to be bidding are Bechtel, Fluor, Parsons, the Washington Group and Halliburton, Vice pResident Dick Cheney's old [and current] firm.

Halliburton Wants Secondary Contractor Role in Iraq Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former company has decided not to enter a controversial bidding process open only to a few experienced and well-connected firms for major Iraq reconstruction projects. Instead, Halliburton Co. will focus on becoming a secondary contractor. Officials of the Houston-based company would not say whether the decision was related to questions of favoritism and cronyism concerning the firm.

Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor Bush deputy gets $1m from firm with Iraq oil deal --Halliburton, the Texas company which has been awarded the Pentagon's contract to put out potential oil-field fires in Iraq and which is bidding for postwar construction contracts, is still making annual payments to its former chief executive, the vice-pResident, Dick Cheney.

US arms trader to run Iraq Ex-general who will lead reconstruction heads firm behind Patriot missiles --Jay Garner, the retired US general who will oversee humanitarian relief and reconstruction in postwar Iraq, is president of an arms company that provides crucial technical support to missile systems vital to the US invasion of the country.

Man who would be 'king' of Iraq Jay Garner is the hawkish head of the Pentagon agency that will be handling lucrative reconstruction deals -- Jay Garner is closely linked with the group of hawks centred on US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who gave him his latest job), his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, who are as keen to bypass the UN in the aftermath of war as they were before it.

'Ex-presidents club' gets fat on conflict High-flying venture capital firm Carlyle Group cashes in when the tanks roll --For 15 years one of America's most powerful venture capital groups has tried to play down suggestions that its multi-billion dollar funds get fat on the back of global conflict. But now, with the invasion of Iraq under way, a new book chronicling the relatively short history of the Carlyle Group threatens to draw attention to the company's close links with the Pentagon.

Top Rumsfeld adviser resigns over ethics A top adviser to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and one of the intellectual architects of the war with Iraq resigned his post Thursday amid an ethics controversy. [The rats are abandoning the sinking Bush ship!!]

Texas oil industry set to profit from Iraq war Texas oil and gas companies are well-positioned to benefit from the rebuilding of Iraq's multibillion-dollar oil industry, experts say. [This is the KEY to the W-ar. It's all about globalization/privatization. If you don't accept the WTO and World Bank way, you get bombed into the global market Bush W-ar style!--Michael Rectenwald]

Pentagon Threatens to Fire on Independent Reporters in Iraq (March 10, 2003) The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."

'Butterfly' bomblets rip into Iraqi children --by Robert Fisk "The wounds are vicious and deep, a rash of scarlet spots on the back and thighs or face, the shards of shrapnel from the cluster bombs buried in the flesh. The wards of the Hillah teaching hospital are proof that something illegal - something quite outside the Geneva Conventions - occurred in the villages around the city once known as Babylon.

Antiterror bill meets opposition at hearing (OR) A bill that would define violent protesters as terrorists and subject them to possible life imprisonment came under attack Monday at a packed and sometimes tense legislative hearing. The wording of the bill left many concerned that it could be applied to relatively minor acts of vandalism or misbehavior during a demonstration. Anyone convicted of "terrorism" would get an automatic life sentence with a 25-year minimum before being considered for parole... [...whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. --Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776 --The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America]

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