Saturday, October 25, 2003

Administration Faces Subpoenas From 9/11 Panel 

By Philip Shenon-New York Times-Saturday 25 October 2003

"Anything that has to do with 9/11, we have to see it — anything. There are a lot of theories about 9/11, and as long as there is any document out there that bears on any of those theories, we're going to leave questions unanswered. And we cannot leave questions unanswered." Chairman federal commission , Thomas H. Kean


Cuba in the Cross-Hairs  

Published on Friday, October 24, 2003 by TomDispatch.com
by Noam Chomsky

Now that the Bush administration, pursuing its "war against terrorism," has once again elevated Cuba into America's cross-hairs as a newly anointed member of the Axis of Evil, it seems like a good moment to consider the question of terrorism and Cuba. Noam Chomsky takes up this matter in his new book, 'Hegemony or Survival, America's Quest for Global Dominance', and a long, chilling excerpt from that book is included below (with his kind permission). No one has written more powerfully or consistently on the subject of state violence and state terror or reminded us more powerfully or consistently that "terror" isn't primarily what small stateless bands of fanatics deliver to large and powerful states. History is, in a sense, a history of state terror and the United States has been a practitioner of the form, in the case of Cuba, as Chomsky shows, with unrelenting perseverance and relish for nearly half a century.
-- Tom Engelhardt


Friday, October 24, 2003

A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America 

By Victoria Collier - t r u t h o u t | Perspective - Saturday 25 October 2003

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” --Thomas Jefferson

It should not surprise us that vote fraud has flourished in this vacuum of electoral vigilance. Criminals of every stripe have slithered through the unwatched gates and into positions of power in America. It has not taken them long to corrupt the entire electoral process itself, securing for themselves the gates of power. As I write this article, America is on the verge of losing the last shreds of its democracy, with the rise of ballot-less computerized voting machines.


Earth put on solar storm alert 

By Dr David Whitehouse - BBC News Online science editor

Imminent disruption is predicted for satellites, power systems and even mobile phones because of a solar storm.

The events, called Coronal Mass Ejections, have sent 10 billion tonnes of superhot gas speeding towards Earth.

As well as communication blackouts, aurorae - polar lights - may be seen from mid-latitudes as the gas arrives.


Seeing Double: Astronomers Amazed at Two Huge Sunspots
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer

"It’s somewhat unusual to have this much activity when we’re approximately three-and-a-half years past solar maximum," said Larry Combs, a forecaster with the NOAA Space Environment Center’s Space Weather Operations. "In fact, just last week, solar activity was very low with an almost spotless Sun."


Thursday, October 23, 2003

Indymedia fights Diebold's legal attempt to silence discussions about e-voting 

Documents are publicly available that detail vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines manufactured by the Diebold Corporation. Diebold has been sending cease and desist letters to internet service providers (ISPs) that host the documents or links to them.

Numerous Indymedia servers have been targeted by Diebold in its campaign to suppress this critical information.




Iraq: the missing billions 10/23/03 

A staggering US$4 billion in oil revenues and other Iraqi funds earmarked for the reconstruction of the country has disappeared into opaque bank accounts administered by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the US-controlled body that rules Iraq. By the end of the year, if nothing changes in the way this cash is accounted for, that figure will double.

What this report shockingly reveals, however, is that the billions of dollars of oil money that has already been transferred to the US-controlled Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) has effectively disappeared into a financial black hole. For all the talk of freedom and democracy for the Iraqi people – before, during and after the war which toppled Saddam Hussein – there is no way of knowing how the vast majority of this money has been spent.


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Conspiracy theories kneading city 

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Oct. 23, 2003

Bakers were baffled as well at the House of Bread. "Not one of our 10 House of Breads has ever been visited by the FDA," said Sheila McCann. "I'd say this sounds a little bit suspect."

SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz Mayor Emily Reilly is warning her constituents in this liberal beach town not to jump to conspiracy theories about several unusual events involving her bakery in the days since the city council decided to challenge President Bush. It was Reilly who, after a Santa Cruz City Council vote on Sept. 9, sent a letter to Washington asking the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to consider impeaching President Bush.

Four days later, a sophisticated burglar pried moulding off a window at Emily's Good Things to Eat bakery, evaded a motion detector and stole an old computer hard drive and the hard-drive backup.

Then, on Sept. 17, Emily's Good Things To Eat bakery was visited by an agent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who introduced himself, showed his identification, and looked around. He asked if they used artificial coloring (heavens no!) or if they transported anything across the state lines (they've been known to mail cookie-grams).


Rupert vs. the BBC -- The 'Foxification' of Britain  

Published on Thursday, October 23, 2003 by MediaChannel.org
by Dame Anita Roddick

LONDON, October 23, 2003 -- If you live any decent amount of time in the USA, as I do, broadcast media will drive you nuts. So it's been fascinating watching what has been going on in our media over the past few months. The attacks on the BBC by Tony Blair and his government, joinging forces with Rupert Murdoch and his executives at BSkyB, must be viewed in the context of what's already become a fait accompli in the United States -- the diminution of public space, especially public broadcasting space, by the ever more powerful forces of privatization.


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Tell Congress to stop the sneak attacks, and to stand up for America's environmental laws.  

As Congress works to finalize a series of appropriations bills, special interests and their allies on Capitol Hill have mounted a stealth attack on some of America's most broadly supported environmental laws.


Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Protecting Our Votes: A Critical Issue Now for Maryland 

Will Your Vote Count in 2004? The foundation of our democracy is the right to vote and a key principle is that every vote counts. In reaction to the 2000 Presidential election in Florida, many states including Maryland are upgrading their voting systems. Unfortunately, Maryland is moving quickly to put in place electronic voting machines that make it impossible to safeguard the integrity of your vote - electronic voting machines that are not designed with an independent recount capacity - paper or otherwise. Take Action now to protect your vote!


Read the REPORTS on DIEBOLD Voting Machines.

Singer Elliott Smith Dead in Apparent LA Suicide 

Wed Oct 22, 9:29 PM ET - Reuters

"I don't really have any goals as a songwriter," he once said, "other than to show what it's like to be a person — just like everybody else who's ever played music does." - Elliot Smith

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brooding singer-songwriter Elliott Smith (news), who earned an Oscar nomination and widespread notice for his 1997 single "Miss Misery" from the film "Good Will Hunting," has died at age 34 in an apparent suicide, officials said on Wednesday.

The body of the musician, who had appeared to have stabbed himself in the chest, was found by his live-in girlfriend at their Los Angeles home on Tuesday, city police spokeswoman Grace Brady said.

She said there was no sign of foul play and Smith's death was being treated as an apparent suicide, pending an investigation by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Smith had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, a subject he used as a metaphor in some of his songs. But Luke Woode, a DreamWorks Records executive who knew him, said Smith had been sober during the past year and seemed upbeat.



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