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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Insurgents have stormed two security targets in the town of Falluja, west of Baghdad, triggering a gun battle which killed at least 22 people
  • Gunmen go on rampage in Iraq town


  • Did Cheney give Orders for the Stand Down?
  • Norman Mineta on Cheney's (unknown) 'Orders'


  • Baby gets Vaccinia Virus Via Breast-Feeding
  • According to military doctors, the first documented case of breast milk-transmitted Vaccinia virus, the virus used in innoculation against smallpox, was recorded when a U.S. soldier's wife and her breast-feeding infant were infected after the soldier's innoculation


  • A telescope in space has sent back a cosmic Valentine picture - a stellar nursery resembling a pink rosebud
  • A Valentine rose from the Cosmos


  • The Mossad Happy Dance
  • In recent days there has been quite a firestorm of controversy ignited over my little piece on Mossad and Moving Companies


  • A Voice Of Trade Rebellion
  • The change is a warning to free-traders: Guys, you'd better wake up. There's rebellion in the country, a justified revolt by workers who cannot understand why the economic recovery has produced so few new jobs


  • BUSH A NO-SHOW AT ALABAMA BASE, SAYS MEMPHIAN
  • Two members of the Air National Guard unit that President George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him and were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however; of that both Bob Mintz and Paul Bishop are certain


  • White House papers no help, says member of 9/11 panel
  • A Democratic member of the national commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said yesterday that restricted access to White House intelligence documents will make it difficult for the panel to give a full accounting of the tragedy


  • Report: Al Qaida boats to attack British targets
  • Al Qaida has allegedly acquired 15 vessels it plans to send into British ports laden with lethal chemical and 'dirty bomb' containing depleted uranium, reports the London-based newspaper The Mirror


  • Drowned Iraqi 'was forced into river by five US soldiers
  • Five American soldiers have been accused of driving a 19-year-old Iraqi civilian to his death in the Tigris river in one of the main centres of resistance to the occupation


  • In the western world, only one newspaper reports the suicide of the woman who accused George W Bush of rape
  • Despite the enormity of the story, a virtual news blackout has remained in place since Margie Schoedinger first filed charges against George W Bush in 2002. Schoedinger had accused Bush of rape and other sexual crimes against both her and her husband, only one publication in the USA saw fit to print anything about her or her allegations. That publication was her local newspaper




  • Friday, February 13, 2004

    Ties Between the Chocolate Industry and Child Slavery 

    The Dark Side of Valentine's Day
  • Global Exchange is working to raise awareness about the state of the world's cocoa producers which are home to widespread child labor and even child slavery


  • The United States has allocated its anti-terror ally Pakistan $700 million from its International Affairs Budget for the fiscal 2005, to help boost the country's security and economy
  • US allocates $700 mn to Pak to help boost security, economy


  • The father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and the creator of the "Islamic bomb," Abdul Qadeer Khan, has confessed to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea
  • The Islamic Bomb


  • Khan Job: Bush Spiked Probe of Pakistan’s Dr. Strangelove, BBC reported in 2001
  • The Islamic Bomb


  • THE KATHARINE GUN CASE
  • Katharine Gun, a British former government employee, now faces two years imprisonment in England for the "crime" of telling the truth. She is charged with leaking an embarrassing U.S. intelligence memo indicating that the U.S. had mounted a spying "surge" against U.N. delegations in early 2003 in an effort to win approval of the Iraq war resolution. The leaked memo was big news in parts of the world


  • Russian candidate 'was kidnapped'
  • The Russian presidential candidate who went missing for five days has said he was detained against his will


  • The Diminishing of John Ashcroft
  • A Bipartisan Groundswell of Rebellion


  • Secret report warns of Iraq 'Balkanisation'
  • A confidential report prepared by the US-led administration in Iraq says that the attacks by insurgents in the country have escalated sharply, prompting fears of what it terms Iraq's "Balkanisation"


  • Source Code Leak May Be Threat to Windows
  • Microsoft Corp. says incomplete portions of the source code for some versions of its Windows computer operating system were leaked over the Internet


  • China executes former vice-governor for corruption
  • The former vice-governor of East China's Anhui province, Wang Huaizhong -- found guilty of corruption -- was on Thursday executed by administering lethal injection


  • Comment on 'Outsourcing' Draws Congressional Wrath
  • An adviser to President Bush ruffled Republican feathers this week with his comments about "outsourcing" American jobs


  • Nuclear groups question terrorist threat
  • Contend NRC official, Bush's address offer divergent appraisals


  • MUSLIM UNREST
  • tensions between the government of predominantly Buddhist Thailand and the Muslim community in the south


  • Washington DC student fatalities highlight need for sustained effort
  • Within a week and a half, two Washington DC students, a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year old girl, were fatally shot. One shooting occurred at school and the second involved drug related gang activity


  • DRUDGE A LYING SACK OF SHIT
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE!


  • Bush Aides Accused of Destroying Military Documents
  • Just four days after pledging to open up his entire military file1, President Bush has reneged on the pledge


  • Sharon to ask Bush for $2b for disengagement, fence
  • The Prime Minister’s Office claims US demands for changes in the separation fence route mean NIS 1.5 billion will be wasted


  • Are We Running Out of Oil? Scientist Warns of Looming Crisis
  • "Civilization as we know it will come to an end sometime in this century unless we can find a way to live without fossil fuels."


  • The new Jewish problem
  • Israel's existence depends on legitimization and this cannot come from within a policy of force


  • White House Under Fire for Outsourcing Proposal
  • The Jobs for America Act (search) was introduced in response to President Bush's annual economic report


  • Move to Screen Bush File in 90's Is Reported
  • A retired lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard complained to a member of the Texas Senate in 1998 that aides to Gov. George W. Bush improperly screened Mr. Bush's National Guard files in a search for information that could embarrass the governor in future elections


  • To understand why questions about George Bush's time in the National Guard are legitimate, all you have to do is look at the federal budget published last week. No, not the lies, damned lies and statistics — the pictures
  • The Real Man


  • Dealing with Jewish Self-Absorption
  • It’s most challenging to go where the silence is and say something." Amy Goodman


  • To understand why questions about George Bush's time in the National Guard are legitimate, all you have to do is look at the federal budget published last week. No, not the lies, damned lies and statistics — the pictures
  • The Real Man


  • Alexandria voters went the way of the rest of the Commonwealth and overwhelmingly selected Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as their Democratic candidate for president
  • Kerry racks up electronic votes -- machines backed by CIA-linked Texas-govt slush fund


  • A US National Guardsman is facing charges of attempting to give information to the al-Qa'ida network, shortly before he was due to serve in Iraq
  • US soldier 'tried to contact al-Qa'ida'

  • US guardsman 'in al-Qaeda plot'


  • The United States is considering action over what it says is Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons
  • US warns Iran over nuclear plans


  • The U.S. Congress is hard at work trying to punish Internet users who value their privacy
  • Privacy reduction's next act


  • Iraqis blame US for bomb attacks on army recruits
  • "The Americans did this, the Americans killed my brother," screamed a man named Essam, who lost two brothers in the explosion


  • Bird Flu Found in Flocks in Two More U.S. States
  • A strain of bird flu which is devastating to commercial chicken flocks but not harmful to humans has spread into Pennsylvania and more cases may be found in Delaware


  • Where has all the ice gone?
  • The icefields in Patagonia are suffering from the fastest glacial retreat on Earth caused by global warming. Jorge Quinteros who first visited the area during an expedition 50 years ago, joined the Artic Sunrise to witness firsthand the speed of the devastation


  • Woman settles for $7.5 million over false repressed memories
  • Longtime Northwest suburban resident Elizabeth Gale thought she was the victim of satanic cult, a "breeder" whose children had been stolen to be exploited in pornography, sex abuse, incest and bestiality


  • Continental U.S. armies mobilize 200,000 Soldiers
  • The two continental U.S. armies have mobilized, trained and deployed more than 200,000 Army Reserve and National Guard troops in support of the War on Terror, since Sept. 11, 2001


  • "Biological courts, forced sterilisation, detention for the socially inadequate," and euthanasia were among the pre-war "American eugenic accomplishments."
  • America the Model for Nazi Eugenics?


  • Foreign police may help Haiti leader quell revolt
  • The US is discussing sending foreign police to Haiti but is not pushing for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to step down to defuse an armed revolt


  • But as the village of Canneto di Caronia remained deserted yesterday amid claims that demonic spirits were to blame for the blazes, the hysteria had an all too familiar ring for one Scottish mother
  • Sicilian fires recall nanny's 'witch' ordeal


  • A new close-up image of the Martian surface reveals more of the tiny spherical objects that have been puzzling scientists for several days
  • Mystery Continues: Scientists Baffled by Spheres on Mars


  • Russian president laments death of Soviet Union in campaign speech
  • "The breakup of the Soviet Union is a national tragedy on an enormous scale," from which "only the elites and nationalists of the republics gained,"


  • US may establish large military depot in Australia
  • The United States is considering developing a joint training facility in Australia capable of storing large amounts of military hardware, a senior Pentagon official said here on Thursday


  • High-powered microwave weapons, capable of winning wars without causing human casualties, just may be the future of warfare
  • E-Bombs future for weaponry


  • Russia Says Will Sign Deal on Nuclear Fuel for Iran
  • Russia said on Thursday it planned to sign a deal with Iran next month to ship nuclear fuel for Iran's power plant, defying U.S. pressure on Moscow to sever nuclear ties with the Islamic Republic


  • Science has clarified how many of our less lovely traits aren't our fault, like depression and PMS
  • Kiss and Tell


  • CBS News Correspondent Bill Plante went to CIA Headquarters to get a sneak peek at what some have called "the finest museum you'll never see
  • Inside the CIA Museum


  • The Memory Hole
    Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan: A Photo Gallery
  • Most Americans haven't seen the growing legion of wounded troops returning from Iraq who are cared for at military facilities sealed off from the public


  • Copies of Forms Used by the FBI
  • The Memory Hole is in the process of getting blank copies of many forms used by the FBI


  • Ask Your Representatives for Congressional Research Service Reports
  • To remedy this blockage, we propose a collective effort on the part of The Memory Hole's readers. If you're a US citizen, you're allowed to request a small number of CRS reports from your Congressional representatives


  • The fantasy of democracy in an Arab state
  • Arab states are largely squalid, corrupt, brutal dictatorships. No surprise there. We created most of these dictators


  • Part 2: Counting the dollars and cents
  • To paraphrase the well-known saying of former US Senator Everett Dirksen, a division sent here, a division over there, and pretty soon you are talking about real empire


  • U.S. Postal Service to issue Chemtrail stamp designs
  • In June of 2004 the U.S. Postal Service will release a new set of Cloudscape postage stamps


  • Zombie Drugs for The Troops and the Masses -- and You
  • Today, when Alex reported on the story below, "Blanks for the Memories," he reminded his audience about the report last year from The Village Voice that amnesiacs were being developed for the troops to create a "guilt free" solder


  • U.S. stocks down after consumer sentiment falls
  • U.S. stocks dropped at midday on Friday as a worse-than-expected report on consumer sentiment showed people were cautious about the economy and overshadowed strong earnings from Dell Inc.


  • Rumsfeld Says Iraq Killings Reflect Human Nature
  • Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asked about Tuesday's car bombing in Iraq that killed about 50 people, said there are murders in every major city in the world "because human beings are human beings."


  • Wounded U.S. veterans get a raw deal at home
  • There's no emotional sting like the one inflicted by that 500 number


  • An Open Letter from Michael Moore to George "I'm a War President!" Bush
  • Dear Mr. Bush


  • In the third of a six-part series entitled Age of Empire, the BBC's Jonathan Marcus examines some of the issues confronting the US army in an age of the pre-emptive strike
  • America's 'asymmetric' warfare





  • Thursday, February 12, 2004

    Why do I torture myself with all this bad news? 

    FLORIDA! Public officials, ignorant of the law or paralyzed by suspicion, regularly thwart citizens exercising their constitutional right to inspect public records, a statewide audit has found
  • ACCESS DENIED


  • ElBaradei: World may be headed for nuclear destruction
  • The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday the world could be headed for destruction if it does not stop the spread of atomic weapons technology, which has become widely accessible


  • TOP COP: I'LL QUIZ MI5 OVER DIANA
  • THE heads of MI5 and MI6 face questioning about claims Princess Diana was killed by a conspiracy, Britain's top policeman has confirmed


  • THE WORLD PETROLEUM LIFE-CYCLE
  • These graphs are based on


  • Bush's Vietnam-Era Military Records Show Gaps
  • President Bush (news - web sites) was absent for long periods of his final two years of National Guard duty but met service requirements, according to new records cited by the White House in an effort to refute accusations he shirked Vietnam War-era military obligations


  • Is FBI Tracking War Protesters?
  • Civil liberties groups and politicians raised the prospect Sunday that FBI monitoring of anti-war protesters could stifle legitimate dissent and jeopardize people's First Amendment right to speak their mind


  • U.S. Military May Run Out Of Money
  • The military will have no money to pay for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for three months beginning Oct. 1 because the White House is declining to ask Congress for funding until December or January, well after the presidential election


  • Can Israel Survive as a "Jewish" State?
  • "Israel will not survive as presently constituted. It is the last vestige of 19th century ethno-national ideology and there is no place for race-based privilege in the 21st century."


  • Oil: The illusion of plenty
  • One hundred and twelve billion of anything sounds like a limitless quantity


  • Ex-officer: Bush file's details caused concern
  • As Texas Gov. George W. Bush prepared to run for president in the late 1990s, top-ranking Texas National Guard officers and Bush advisers discussed ways to limit the release of potentially embarrassing details from Bush's military records, a former senior officer of the Texas Guard said Wednesday


  • Pentagon fails to crack down on contractor tax cheats
  • The U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Defense Department have failed to pursue aggressively an estimated $3 billion in back taxes owed by defense contractors at the end of fiscal 2002


  • The unseen cost of the war in Iraq
  • The true extent of US casualties in Iraq are still unknown


  • Former German Defense Minister Confirms CIA Involvement in 9/11: Alex Jones Interviews Andreas Von Buelow
  • CIA Involvement


  • Senators Push Two-Year Internet Tax Ban
  • U.S. senators opposed to a bill to permanently ban Internet access taxes unveiled rival legislation on Wednesday for a temporary tax moratorium that would not threaten state and local revenues


  • New weekly claims for unemployment come in unexpectedly higher than Wall Street forecasts
  • The Labor Department said 363,000 people filed new claims for state unemployment benefits in the week ended Feb. 7, up from a revised 357,000 the prior week


  • $30 Million In Cocaine Found On Truck Hauling Toys To N.C.
  • Police found an estimated $30 million worth of cocaine hidden among a tractor-trailer full of toys headed for Wal-Mart stores in North Carolina


  • ISRAELI police have come up with plans to place bags of pig lard on buses in a bid to deter Palestinian militants from carrying out suicide attacks, the Maariv daily reported
  • Pig lard to stop terror attacks


  • 75,000 have HIV/AIDS in New York City
  • More than 75,000 people in New York City are known to be living with AIDS or are infected with the virus that causes the disease, health researchers reported


  • Attackers Kill Almost 200 Ethiopians
  • Attackers killed almost 200 people in western Ethiopia, most of them small-scale miners


  • Russian observers estimate Iraqi military losses at 30,000 deaths and 120,000 seriously wounded. This means that many Iraqis now know that in the name of their "liberation", the Americans have killed or maimed 200,000 people
  • IRAQ AND AL-QAEDA
    Part 1 - The usual suspects


  • In American usage, the problematic term "rogue state" usually means a nation which puts a high priority on subverting other nations by violence, including terrorism in all its forms
  • Pakistan, a rogue state unpunished


  • Is the U.S. Funding Haitian Contras?
  • Several grassroots political activists from Haiti's Lavalas movement recently sat in a small room watching television on the first day of the Bush administration's war against Iraq


  • Is Washington Backing Another Coup in Haiti?
  • Up to 40 people have been killed in Haiti as anti-government gangs and militias work to overthrow the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide


  • Dean says Kerry part of 'corrupt political culture in Washington'
  • Democrat Howard Dean assailed front-runner John Kerry on Wednesday for being part of "the corrupt political culture in Washington."


  • GAO: Defense Contractors Owe $3 Billion In US Taxes
  • More than 27,000 Defense Department contractors owe at least $3 billion in taxes, a General Accounting Office report to be released Thursday says


  • Authoritarianism and Its Discontents
  • Polls conducted both before and after the election revealed that voters had grown tired of big talk and bigger upheavals


  • Two children in two different states in the U.S. have been killed by exorcists recently
  • When Religion Kills Children


  • Bin Laden has bought fleet of 15 ships for terror attacks
  • Ship insurer Lloyd's of London is said to be helping MI6 and the CIA trace vessels bought by al-Qaeda from a Greek shipping magnate with links to bin Laden


  • Sept. 11 Panel to Ask for Bush Testimony
  • The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will soon ask President Bush


  • More than 160 illegal aliens, some who had not eaten in days, were found crammed inside a house in a well-to-do suburb of Phoenix
  • Home in Fancy Phoenix Suburb Houses 160 Illegal Aliens


  • Both Cheney and Rumsfeld had front-row seats from which to watch the self-destruction of the Nixon presidency
  • Nixon's Children


  • Another step in the “Balkanisation" of the world market
  • This is not a free trade agreement but rather a preferential trade deal, part of a growing pattern of bilateral and regional trade arrangements that could eventually see the world market split into rival trading blocs


  • Conservationists: Bush administration values oil, gas above all other resources
  • "Dinosaur National Monument and wilderness lands are special places that must be protected for all Americans,"


  • How did we get it so wrong?
  • With inquiries under way on both sides of the Atlantic, the failure of western intelligence over Iraq is coming under intense scrutiny. Yes, the spies got it wrong, admits former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack, but the politicians also moulded the evidence to fit the case for war


  • Soft-drink giants accused over pesticides
  • Coke and Pepsi residues posed health risk, say Indian MPs


  • What is America?
  • An Exploration Of Who We Are


  • The Justice Department is demanding that at least six hospitals in New York City, Philadelphia and elsewhere turn over hundreds of patient medical records on certain abortions performed there
  • Justice Dept. Seeks Hospitals' Records of Some Abortions


  • Reaction to New York City's $5-billion-plus Hudson Yards plan, in today's newspapers
  • Hudson Yards, The Day After





  • Wednesday, February 11, 2004

    Stewardess ID'd Hijackers Early, Transcripts Show 

  • Congress has already given him a big-picture look—in a scathing 900-page report by the joint House and Senate inquiry into the intelligence failures pre-9/11. But the Bush administration doesn’t look at what it doesn’t want to see


  • Guerilla war intensifies in Iraq despite Hussein’s capture
  • According to most recent briefing by the Provisional Authority in Iraq, the number of attacks on US forces has increased over recent weeks, from 18 to 24 per day


  • Two Bulgarian Banks Named In Saddam's Money Laundry
  • At least two Bulgarian banks have done the washing of about USD 40 B of Saddam Hussein, with the late British tycoon Robert Maxwell servicing as a go-between, Gordon Thomas, a British investigative journalist, told the Bulgarian section of BBC on Thursday


  • General Says Military Exercise Not Aimed at U.S.
  • A massive military exercise that will involve numerous launches of ballistic missiles and flights of strategic bombers is not aimed against the United States but reflects Moscow's concerns about U.S. plans to develop new types of nuclear weapons, a top general said Tuesday


  • General says maneuvers are response to American nuclear development plan
  • Russia cites U.S. action for war exercises


  • Critics Say Newly Relased Military Pay Records Don't Prove Bush Fulfilled Guard Duty
  • Bush says he recalls showing up for drills in Alabama, but critics are demanding proof


  • Violent clashes in the Gaza Strip
  • Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen have left at least 13 Palestinians dead and more than 50 wounded. V-O-A's Larry James reports from Jerusalem


  • Two Republican U-S lawmakers, just back from a trade mission to CUBA, believe the United States will drop its ban on Americans' travel to the Caribbean island next year
  • The two lawmakers are seeking to lift the ban against travel to Cuba by Americans, arguing it is the best way to bring about democratic change to the communist-ruled island nation


  • US: Behind the AFL-CIO’s call for a “a new labor code for Iraq”
  • With unemployment reaching as high as 70 percent, workers have taken to the streets in defiance of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to demand jobs


  • Britain: 19 Chinese workers drown working on slave labour gang
  • The deaths of 19 young workers from China whilst picking cockles (a type of clam) in Morecambe Bay expose the appalling risks that thousands of asylum seekers and immigrants must take in order to survive


  • "Congress must censure President Bush for misleading the country about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction"
  • Join our call on Congress to censure President Bush


  • ACLU Outlines "Myths and Realities" About State-Run Data Surveillance Program
  • Newly obtained documents concerning the MATRIX data surveillance program make it clear that, contrary to the claims of boosters, this state-run program represents part of a radical new trend toward mass-surveillance of the American people


  • Sea lion found 65 miles from ocean doing OK
  • That's what state wildlife officials were trying to figure out today, a day after a male sea lion was spotted wandering in a farmer's field about 65 miles inland and about a mile from a canal, the nearest body of waterh


  • Mid-East 'democracy' plan raises questions
  • A plan by President Bush to make a ringing declaration about democracy in the Middle East at the G8 summit of industrialised nations in June is raising questions among some American allies


  • Comcast launches bid for Disney
  • The deal would create one of the world's largest media groups, including film studios, theme parks and the ABC television network


  • OPEC Cuts Oil Production, U.S. Scolds
  • ALGIERS (Reuters) - OPEC on Tuesday announced a surprise cut in oil supplies from April, propelling crude prices higher and drawing a caution from the United States that it risked stunting world economic growth


  • Al Qaeda Under Pressure to Strike Again
  • A top German intelligence official has said today that Al Qaeda is under increased pressure to strike a "high-value" target in the very near future


  • Worried About Bioterrorism? Add Roaches and Mice to Your Kitchen
  • Ordinary things are being bio-engineered to do extraordinary tasks. You may think roaches and mice are revolting, but if they can help detect bioweapons, you may actually want to have them around in the future


  • The untold story of the thousands of injured U.S. military personnel now being treated for wounds in German hospitals can finally be revealed
  • Unlike the war in Vietnam, images of wounded U.S. soldiers from Iraq are rarely seen


  • 1,188 Americans Killed in Iraq - Your Son Will Be Next
  • According to a well-placed Pentagon source, the White House and corporate media are reporting less than half the actual American military deaths in Iraq


  • Calling Maj. Ritter
  • Like it or not, Maj. Scott Ritter had it right all along


  • President Bush, saying the economic recovery is firmly in place, yesterday proposed adding $1 trillion
  • Bush seeks $1 trillion debt boost


  • The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history
  • 25 neoconservative intellectuals


  • What if the dark energy and dark matter essential to modern explanations of the universe don't really exist?
  • Things fall apart


  • 1,341 Priests Accused Since 1950
  • The scope of sex abuse accusations against Roman Catholic clergy since 1950 appears to be much greater than previously estimated by victims' groups and the media, an Associated Press review of reports from dioceses has found


  • U.S. Officials Drop Activist Subpoenas
  • Federal authorities retreated Tuesday in their investigation of an Iowa anti-war demonstration, withdrawing grand jury subpoenas delivered last week to four peace activists and Drake University


  • Love across the lines
  • It was never going to be easy for the American sergeant and the Iraqi doctor who fell in love in Baghdad - he was kicked out of the army and the country and she was threatened in the street


  • Russia: Yukos Says National Oil Output To Surpass Saudi Arabia's By 2009
  • Russia will overtake Saudi Arabia this decade as the world's biggest national oil producer


  • Is it just me, or is President Bush's demeanor a bit Napoleonic these days?
  • SCHEER: War As An Excuse For Everything


  • Europe Attacks U.S. Space System
  • The European Union (EU) is pursuing space technology that the United States fears, if completed as planned, would become a serious threat to U.S. national security


  • Bush to back a change in Constitution, We're gonna let someone who's never read the Constitution make changes?
  • President Bush plans to endorse a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman


  • Secretary Rumsfeld Admits Missile Damage to Pentagon
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Parade Magazine


  • The system is said to have a range of 15,000 metres and to generate 120 decibels of noise at ground level when in use. It is also said to switch on automatically when weather conditions conducive to hailstorms are detected
  • 'Sonic gun' tested as hailstorm suppressor





  • Tuesday, February 10, 2004

    'Hard Evidence' Shows Cheney's Staff Outed CIA Operative 

  • Federal law-enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney's office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer's identity last year


  • "Capacity" under CALEA refers to the number of communications interceptions, pen registers and trap and trace devices to which a carrier must be able to provide simultaneous access
  • In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed a portion and reversed a portion of a lower court's decision on the FBI's rules on the capacity requirements under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)

  • CALEA

  • Congress responded to these developments in 1994 with the enactment of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)


  • U.S. Police and Intelligence Hit by Spy Network
  • In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the FBI has stumbled on the largest espionage ring ever discovered inside the United States. The U.S. Justice Department is now holding nearly 100 Israeli citizens with direct ties to foreign military, criminal and intelligence services


  • Islamic extremists invade U.S., join sleeper cells
  • Islamic radicals are being trained at terrorist camps in Pakistan and Kashmir as part of a conspiracy to send hundreds of operatives to "sleeper cells" in the United States, according to U.S. and foreign officials


  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency transforms beyond maps to focus on geospatial intell
  • When mourners gathered in New York City's Battery Park for the one-year memorial of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a small, secretive agency played a critical role in securing the site


  • Khan Job: Bush Spiked Probe of Pakistan’s Dr. Strangelove, BBC reported in 2001
  • The "Back-Off" Directive and the Islamic Bomb


  • Did Bush Spike Probe of Pakistan's Dr. Strangelove?
  • Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged for the first time yesterday that he long suspected his country's top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan was sharing nuclear secrets with other countries


  • Who Attacked The USA?
  • Stern-Intel (Canada) - A US military intelligence source revealed details of an internal intelligence memo that points to the Israeli Mossad intelligence service having links to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks


  • Ivanov Says Russia May Pull Out of Arms Treaty
  • Russia may abandon a security treaty limiting conventional weapons and troop deployments in Europe


  • Wounded U.S. veterans get a raw deal at home
  • There's no emotional sting like the one inflicted by that 500 number. It's larger now, the total of Americans dead from an Iraq war launched on false pretenses, but 500 is getting a lot of usage as the ultimate cost of this mess. It's a cost 500 can't begin to illuminate


  • The White House: A New Fight Over Secret 9/11 Docs
  • Bush may be coming to blows with the 9-11 commission over access to his top secret intelligence briefings


  • St. Paul passes resolution condemning PATRIOT Act
  • The St. Paul City Council recently joined Minneapolis and more than 200 cities that have passed resolutions condemning the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act


  • Enron ''On the Hook'' for Pension Losses
  • Proceeds from the $2.3 billion sale of Portland General Electric will be held in safekeeping until Enron's underfunded pension liabilities are settled


  • Judge quashes subpoena for Enron documents
  • Lawyers defending ex-Enron executives accused of crimes may not be able to take a short cut through the voluminous materials collected by the company's bankruptcy examiner


  • Pilot's sermon fails to take off
  • American air travellers have become accustomed, in recent years, to taking off their shoes and spreadeagling themselves for security checks, but they have drawn the line at being asked to reveal their religion by a pilot apparently on a mission from God


  • Palestinian camps rocked by series of grenade explosions
  • Targets had no discernible political affiliation


  • Bush keeps mum about secret society
  • US President George W. Bush discussed Iraq, the November elections and the war on terrorism in an interview broadcast Sunday but laughingly stonewalled a question about his university secret society


  • HERO VS ZERO: DUBYA'S WAR RECORD PROBLEM
  • GEORGE Bush has never exactly been in a position to boast about his glittering military career


  • Iranian plane crashes in Emirates
  • An Iranian plane has crashed near Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing at least 43 people


  • Christmas card with 'Jesus' banned
  • Mother suing after son's offering confiscated, sent to superintendent


  • 'NEW LABOUR' EXPOSING THE LIES, CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE
  • RESIGN! - ARE YOU DEAF MR BLIAR? - YOU ARE A LIABILITY TO YOUR PARTY AND A DISGRACE TO THE NATION


  • In This Corner...Ellen Mariani
  • For some time, 9-1-1 has meant help. Since September 11, 2001, 9/11 means the Republic is in danger. And the heroes answering that call are not only police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. They are ordinary citizens--people like you and me


  • Jackson Could Become First In State To Adopt Ordinance Against Act
  • The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the city of Jackson to become the first in Mississippi to adopt a resolution that condemns portions of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act


  • WhatReallyHappened-Moving Experience!
  • As one friend in Britain put it, how can anyone be expected to relax on a tropical Pacific island when you are treated like a POW trying to get there!


  • Missing Russian Presidential Candidate Located, Staff Says
  • The Russian presidential candidate, missing since last week, has been located in neighboring Ukraine and will return to Russia Tuesday night, a campaign staffer said


  • Avian Flu in Delaware Chicken Flock
  • China Halts Poultry Imports From U.S. on Bird Flu Fears


  • 9/11 Panel Threatens to Issue Subpoena for Bush's Briefings
  • Members of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks warned the White House on Monday that it could face a politically damaging subpoena this week if it refused to turn over information from the highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports given to President Bush before 9/11


  • Boston Writer on the AWOL Story That First Broke in 2000
  • As the issue of President George Bush's alleged absence without leave (AWOL) from the Texas National Guard in the early 1970s becomes a topic in the 2004 election


  • Musharraf doing somersaults with India: Benazir
  • Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's actions can't be believed as they are meant only to relieve momentary pressures, the country's former premier and chief of Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Butto has said


  • Virginity auctioned for $20,000
  • A poverty-stricken student has reportedly sold her virginity via the Internet to raise money to pay for her "excessive tuition fees"


  • How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age
  • New research on the Great Ocean conveyor belt and climatology show How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age. A report in The Independent claims new research also suggests Britain is likely to be plunged into an ice age within our lifetime by global warming. Some reports claim Climate Collapse is The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare


  • This subject has caught the attention of India - how would have Pakistan's tainted nuclear scientist
  • If Dr Khan were in India


  • Bush lied to get us into Iraq and now believes his lies that we can't leave Iraq
  • The way wars get started, according to Karl Kraus, is that "the politicians tell lies to journalists, and then believe those same lies when they turn up in print." Kraus may have had WWI in mind when he wrote those words, but they could easily apply to the recent war against Iraq


  • The US armed forces and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) have historically relied on large, complex - and therefore expensive - satellites to maintain a position of 'space supremacy'
  • Making space fast and cheap


  • Man fined $10,000 for going to church
  • Maine resident breaks law by crossing border to Quebec for Sunday services


  • Government Agency Exposes Day Care Data Daily whereabouts of hundreds of children posted on public Web site
  • A government subcontractor posted the names, birthdays and daily whereabouts of hundreds of upstate New York children to the Internet, where the information remained publicly available for weeks until MSNBC.com notified authorities


  • American Border Patrol
  • American Border Patrol


  • Bush report: Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.
  • The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said yesterday


  • 8 Questions for Russert -- for George W. Bush
  • Tim Russert, the Grand Inquisitor of Sunday morning, is scheduled to have George W. Bush in the witness chair for a full hour on the next Meet the Press. He's a lucky man--Russert, that is. This will be high drama, as the nation's politerati--and millions of others--watch to see if Russert gives Bush the hot-seat treatment






  • Monday, February 09, 2004

    The 10 Worst Corporations of 2003 

    2003 was not a year of garden variety corporate wrongdoing. No, the sheer variety, reach and intricacy of corporate schemes, scandal and crimes were spellbinding. Not an easy year to pick the 10 worst companies, for sure
  • But Multinational Monitor magazine cannot be deterred by such complications. And so, here follows, in alphabetical order, our list for Multinational Monitor of the 10 worst corporations of 2003


  • This is outrageous! Where's all the Taxpayer Pentagon money going? Bullets and bombs to kill innocent people and yachts and mansions for CEO Weapon manufacturers! Amid Shortage of Gear, Some U.S. Soldiers Must Equip Themselves
  • An unidentified soldier considers buying extra military equipment


  • "N.Y. City Council Passes Anti-Patriot Act Measure"; page 11 of Wash Post; not on CNN; not in NY Times (?)
  • New York City, site of the country's most horrific terrorist attack, Wednesday became the latest in a long list of cities and towns that have formally opposed the expanded investigatory powers granted to law enforcement agencies under the USA Patriot Act


  • In the first ruling to strike down part of the Patriot Act, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins in Los Angeles said the provision is too vague to enforce and violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments
  • Portions Struck Down by Los Angeles Judge


  • Catching the World in the Act of Changing
  • At first it looked like snow. There was a stillness in the city. White dust floated in the air. People looked up to see where it was coming from. The traffic was moving slowly. Then people started running, running north and running east. It was around 9 in the morning on Sept. 11

  • Pictorial Mood Reflecting Sidebars of The Aftermath


  • Khan Job: Bush Spiked Probe of Pakistan’s Dr. Strangelove, BBC reported in 2001
  • On November 7, 2001, BBC TV and the Guardian of London reported that the Bush administration thwarted investigations of Dr. A.Q. Khan who this week confessed selling atomic secrets to Libya, North Korea, and Iran


  • Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records
  • In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists


  • U.S. House bill would put CIA agents on the local beat with local police
  • To promote the sharing of personnel between Federal law enforcement agencies and other public law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes


  • The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare
  • climate risk may hit home sooner and harder than we ever imagined. In fact, the prospect has become so real that the Pentagon's strategic planners are grappling with it


  • 'Arresting' Kids for Downloading Music
  • The critics of downloading and sharing music files say it is the Internet equivalent of shoplifting


  • Iraqi Communists take to the streets of Baghdad to celebrate the capture of Saddam Hussein
  • With the Soviet Union gone, who is to take up the communist cause in Iraq? If some in the U.S. relief effort have their way, it will be the American taxpayer


  • Haitian government warns of coup
  • The prime minister of Haiti has accused the civil opposition of trying to mount a coup as unrest continues to spread


  • Moscow murder probe annulled
  • Russia's prosecutor general on Monday cancelled a murder inquiry into the disappearance of presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin less than an hour after it had been opened


  • Classified Israeli military data on 'special arms' on Internet: report
  • Secret Israeli military documents related to the Jewish state's arsenal of "special arms" have been published on the Internet, private television channel 10 reported late Sunday


  • LBJ, Israel & the USS Liberty Massacre
  • "The White House knew within minutes of the USS Liberty attack, that the perpetrator was really Israel


  • Report: Al-Qaida has obtained tactical nuclear explosives
  • Al-Qaida has possessed tactical nuclear weapons for about six years, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Sunday


  • "Controlling the News" Part 36
  • Bush does not want to extend the mandate of the 9/11 commission but he may have to. They are all afraid of what most of us know is clear knowledge of the attack and the deliberate failure to do anything about it. Their arrogance is unbelievable….


  • U.S. soccer team hears Osama chants in Mexico
  • The Mexican crowd hooted "The Star-Spangled Banner." It booed U.S. goals. It chanted "Osama! Osama! Osama!" as U.S. players left the field with a 2-0 victory


  • Who Speaks for Liberty in Cuba?
  • Years ago, at the Cuban mission to the United Nations, I asked the revolutionary Cuban icon Che Guevara, who professed not to understand English, "Can you conceive of any time in the future when there will be free elections in Cuba?"


  • In 1972, George W. Bush dropped out of his National Guard service and later lied about it. With the media finally paying attention, will he now come clean?
  • Bush's missing year


  • In what may be the first subpoena of its kind since Sept. 11, 2001, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war protesters
  • University, Peace Activists Receive Subpoenas


  • A New American Century? Not!
  • Despite the apparent swift U.S. military success in Iraq, the U.S. dollar has yet to benefit as safe haven currency. This is an unexpected development, as many currency traders had expected the dollar to strengthen on the news of a U.S. win. Capital is flowing out of the dollar, largely into the Euro


  • Send the ''Fortunate Sons'' to War
  • I'm the son of a medal winner in the Battle Of The Bulge and my dad was also assigned to guard one of the Nazi Generals at the Nuremburg Trials


  • More Dead Top Microbiologist Scientists
  • Dr. Mike Patrick Kiley, Ebola, Mad Cow Expert, top of the line world class, dies of massive heart attack. Dr. Robert Shope, Virus Expert Who Warned Of Epidemics dies in the same week


  • Zbigniew Brzezinski US National Security Adviser key architects of Al Qaeda network
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter was one of the key architects of the Al Qaeda network, created by the CIA at the onslaught of the Soviet Afghan war (1979-1989)


  • U.S Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary
  • Benefits to Israel of U.S. Aid
    Since 1949 (As of November 1, 1997)


  • US defense budget sees arms buying up through 2009
  • The Bush administration's 2005 defense budget envisions spending on new weapons reaching $114 billion in fiscal year 2009, including huge outlays for new ships, unmanned and manned aircraft and other weapons


  • The confession by the Bush Administration's chief arms investigator that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction before the war has sent a thunderbolt of puzzlement through the pundits and politicians of the Anglo-American elite
  • Team Spirit


  • What's Wrong with the CIA
  • How the Agency Should be Changed


  • Bush Defends Iraq Invasion, Military Record & Economy In Rare NBC Interview
  • In a rare one-on-one interview with Tim Russert, Bush defends his record as his national poll ratings sink to new lows


  • PASS THE BLOOD
  • February 12 is the birthday of a grim-handed killer who inflicted more casualties on his foes than anything the Russians did in Chechnya


  • Part 1: Dragon seizes market share
  • Some say Beijing wants a modern version of the ancient tributary state system and see inevitable conflict with the US


  • How Did An Army Patriot Missile Battery Shoot Down A Navy F-18?
  • An investigation by CBS 11 News (KTVT-TV Dallas/Fort Worth) questions, “Did chronic problems with the U.S. Army’s newly upgraded three billion dollar Raytheon built Patriot Missile system contribute to shooting down the only U.S. Navy pilot lost during combat in Iraq?”


  • East China Sea Fleet makes breakthrough in new fighter training
  • On January 31, in the airspace above the East China Sea, a number of new fighters pierced the clouds and mist and successfully broke through the "enemy's" defense line by way of hedge-hopping flight and attacked the fleet of the enemy by firing air to ship missiles


  • Student group stands by 'Reconquista' plan MEChA won't disavow document calling for recapture of Southwest
  • A Latino student group that drew attention during the California gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante says it will not disavow a founding document outlining the aim of recapturing the southwestern United States for Mexico


  • AN ACT Relating to population sustainability
  • Introduced by Rep. Maralyn Chase on January 28, 2004, to direct the secretary of health to develop and distribute a pamphlet or other educational material that emphasizes the benefits and importance of couples limiting themselves to two or fewer children to promote population sustainability

  • Legislator's bill urges two-child limit


  • Are You On Uncle Sam's No Fly List?
  • The war on terror casts a wide net and has so far prevented a second September 11th. But is that net too wide? CBS 2 has learned of a top secret government list of Americans who are not allowed on any commercial airlines


  • Nissan Uses Device to Stop Hail
  • Nissan demonstrated its new device designed to protect its parking lot from a hailstorm for WLBT News on Tuesday. It is a cannon that sends sonic waves up to 50,000 feet in the air to keep hailstones from forming


  • Videotapes show secret CIA & Venezuelan terrorists conspiring another coup d'etat
  • Video-taped images filmed by Venezuelan intelligence agents are to be screened in Los Angeles (Calif., USA)-at the Echo Park Film Center at 1200 North Alvarado Echo Park, Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Thursday, February, 26, with English subtitles


  • Nissan Uses Device to Stop Hail
  • Nissan demonstrated its new device designed to protect its parking lot from a hailstorm for WLBT News on Tuesday. It is a cannon that sends sonic waves up to 50,000 feet in the air to keep hailstones from forming


  • Gore Says Bush Betrayed the U.S. by Using 9/11 as a Reason for War in Iraq
  • In a withering critique of the Bush administration, former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday accused the president of betraying the country by using the Sept. 11 attacks as a justification for the invasion of Iraq


  • NYC biz leaders hedging on stadium?
  • some city business leaders are starting to doubt the wisdom of a Manhattan stadium for the Jets, fearing it will only stir up opposition (and lawsuits) that could doom the greater West Side redevelopment plan


  • Bush Testifies On "Meet the Press"
  • In criminal law, the rule of thumb is that the defendant doesn’t need to take the stand unless the trial appears to be going badly for him. Only if his best chance were to try to dig himself out of the hole would he risk opening himself up to potentially devastating cross examination


  • Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices
  • Most of the 2,100 workers here are poor migrants from the countryside who have come to this industrial hub in southern China for jobs that pay about $120 a month








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