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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Veteran, 85, Petitions Bush, Senator for Iraq Duty 

Veteran, 85, Petitions Bush, Senator for Iraq Duty
He's even penned handwritten letters on lined notebook paper to President George W. Bush and to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, to volunteer and to make some points. He's yet to hear back from either.

S.F. Man Says Beheading Video Is a Hoax
A video aired Saturday that purportedly showed an American being decapitated in Iraq was a hoax.

22-year-old staged Iraq execution at San Francisco house
S.F. Man Says Beheading Video Is a Hoax

Pakistan: U.S. Blew Undercover Operation
The al-Qaida suspect named by U.S. officials as the source of information that led to this week's terrorist alerts was working undercover, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday, putting an end to the sting operation and forcing Pakistan to hide the man in a secret location.

US Military Bracing for Recruitment Headaches
The US Army, its numbers seriously depleted by deployments in Iraq, foresees recruiting problems in the coming year and is offering big cash incentives to induce young people to sign up.

Democratic Party Should Live Up to Its Name by Ralph Nader
Though the Democrats have the right to robustly oppose my independent presidential campaign, they don't have the right to engage in dirty tricks designed to deny millions of voters the opportunity to choose who should be the next president.

BUSH - Freudian Slip: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful - and so are we," the US president told a high-level meeting of Pentagon officials. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people - and neither do we."

In his latest gaffe, President George W Bush has appeared to suggest that his administration is forever thinking up ways of harming the US and its people.

Kerry's Freudian Slip: "We will double our special forces to conduct terrorist operations..."

We will add 40,000 active duty troops - not in Iraq, but to strengthen American forces that are now overstretched, overextended, and under pressure. We will double our special forces to conduct anti-terrorist operations . We will provide our troops with the newest weapons and technology to save their lives - and win the battle. And we will end the backdoor draft of National Guard and reservists.

"This is caused by the Americans," Yahiya, 34, who makes about $4 per day as a taxi driver, said, waving his hand at the line of cars stretching down the street. "I waited for such a long time to fill up my tank when my country is rich in oil. Is this freedom?"
Lines more than a mile long continue to form at the mostly government-run gas pumps around Iraq, despite stepped up imports -- an 10 million additional liters of gas per day that is costing the Iraqi government up to $150 million per month

Did Pentagon Reveal Name of Edmonds’ 'Semi-Legit' Group?
The ongoing saga of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ small war with the Department of Justice has garnered increasing media attention in recent weeks.

D.C. May Sue Government If 15th Street Is Closed
D.C. officials said yesterday that they would explore all legal options, including suing the federal government, if the Secret Service or another federal agency moves to restrict traffic on 15th Street NW east of the White House and the Treasury building in response to a heightened security alert.

Before the bomb: A young girl's diary
There is a certain frisson in the air in Japan in August.

Mr Bush’s un-American activities
There are few vices a left-leaning liberal cannot admit to these days, but affection for the United States is among them.

World chess champion Bobby Fischer, He has said "an international Jewish conspiracy" and a "Jew-controlled U.S." are behind plots to both rule the world and ruin his life. He has also denied the Holocaust.
Chess legend plans to renounce U.S. citizenship.

New York is on high alert, as it seems some of the world's big financial institutions have been surveyed by members of al-Qaeda. But what is it like living in a city constantly looking over its shoulder?
US security: Protection or intrusion?

Newport returns to its jazz roots
Covering the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 was like being present at the creation without knowing it at the time. Yes, we reporters saw the rarity of gathering the crowned heads of jazz on a rain-flecked July weekend in the unsyncopated resort town of Newport, R.I.

Is Osama Bin Laden Really a 'Wahhabi'?
The term "Wahhabi" is often misused for less than honest purposes...

Secrets of the Iraq War
The story of spying, bribery and secret deals done by U.S. with Saddam's senior commanders to betray their former boss, and the story of what happened to the feared Republican Guard.

SUDAN: Related articles

Flashback - FAZ: July 29, 1998 In Southern Sudan, People Are Fighting Mainly Over Oil, Not Religion. The article also reports on the various estimates that have been made of Sudan's oil potential. Chevron, which first explored for oil in the south,
secured 80% of the concession in southwestern Sudan. It was estimated at the time that one oil field alone would have 3 million barrels reserves. A Chevron representative said at the time he estimated Sudan had more oil than Iran and Saudi Arabia together. In 1985, Garang began attacking the oil exploration sites, and after 3 French workers from Total (which also had a concession) were killed, the foreign oil companies left the country.

1998: Foreign oil companies have invested $1.6 billion thus far in exploration, etc. The new pipeline alone costs $1 billion.

SUDAN: As in all these instances, even a cursory examination of the US and Britain’s interest in Africa shows that something other than humanitarian concern is also involved in the case of Sudan.
The major consideration was to bring some stability to a region that is already pumping out 345,000 barrels of oil per day and has reserves, just in the oilfields currently being exploited, at between 660,000 and 1.2 billion barrels according to the US Energy Information Administration.

India's oil investments safe in Sudan
NEW DELHI: India's investment in Sudan's oil sector is safe despite mounting US and EU threats of a United Nations sanctions if Khartoum fails to stop ethnic strife in the country's western region.

SUDAN: "As oil pipelines continue to be blown up in Iraq," he writes, "the west not only has a clear motive for establishing control over alternative sources of energy, it has also officially adopted the policy that our armies should be used to do precisely that." Mr. Laughland's article has been reprinted on many antiwar and Islamic Web sites.
As the killing in the western Sudanese region of Darfur unfolds, there is nothing but chilling silence from Europe's usually vociferous antiwar crowd.

Experts Urge Stronger US, International Pressure on Sudan Government
A panel of experts in Washington has urged even stronger international pressure on the government of Sudan.

The United Nations is preparing to send a team of human rights observers to Sudan. Eight observers are expected in the capital on Sunday. Plans call for six of them to leave Khartoum and go to the Darfur area in western Sudan. The U.N. team will supervise efforts to disarm the pro-government groups known as the Janjaweed militias.
IN THE NEWS – Sudan Update



Friday, August 06, 2004

Veteran, 85, Petitions Bush, Senator for Iraq Duty 

Veteran, 85, Petitions Bush, Senator for Iraq Duty
He's even penned handwritten letters on lined notebook paper to President George W. Bush and to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, to volunteer and to make some points. He's yet to hear back from either.

BUSH - Freudian Slip: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful - and so are we," the US president told a high-level meeting of Pentagon officials. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people - and neither do we."

In his latest gaffe, President George W Bush has appeared to suggest that his administration is forever thinking up ways of harming the US and its people
President gaffes in terror speech...

Is George W. Bush Planning to Attack America?
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
- George W. Bush, August 5th, 2004


Kerry's Freudian Slip: "We will double our special forces to conduct terrorist operations..."
Dear Alex, I could not believe what I heard with my own ears. John Kerry said this during his speech at the DNC on Thursday evening July 29th, at approximately 10 : 32 EDT: "We will double our special forces to conduct terrorist operations..." then he corrected his freudian slip.

General Tommy Franks Talks About Martial Law, His Premonition about Sept 11th Before It Happened
As revealed on The Alex Jones Show, Franks did talk about martial law (again) on Hannity and Colmes yesterday.

War Resisters League calls for Mass Civil Disobedience at RNC
THE WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE CALLS FOR MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
TUESDAY AUGUST 31, 2004


Globally corruption costs $1000b: Study
Cost due to corruption in both rich and developing countries is estimated at a whopping $1000 billion a year, a World Bank Institute study has said.

Passport to Terror Israel's underground passport factory – a threat to US national security
In the world of international terrorism, both privatized and state-sponsored, passports and other identity papers are the coin of the realm.

US planes pound Najaf as clashes rage across central, southern Iraq
US planes pounded the central Iraqi holy city of Najaf as intense clashes raged between US forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen in the worst fighting since a truce was agreed in June.

Election Protection Volunteer
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Internet lights fire to ax income tax Citizens excited about possibility
of doing away with 'dreaded' IRS

The possibility of abolishing the federal income tax and the Internal Revenue Service is igniting the passions of thousands of Americans, as the idea spreads like wildfire across the Internet and talk radio.

Iraq Set to Use Martial Law in Terror Fight
The interim Iraqi government last night looked increasingly prepared to impose martial law on sections of the country as coalition and Iraqi forces fought fierce battles with armed insurgents loyal to the radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr.

Besieged D.C. Both Resentful And Resigned
Navigating his taxi through five of the new checkpoints set up around the U.S. Capitol, E. Ini pleasantly greeted the police officers who glanced inside his cab yesterday before waving him through. But as he drove by a bomb-sniffing dog poised beside an SUV with its tailgate open for inspection, Ini said he felt a profound sense of loss.

Israeli Attack On Iran To Stir Explosive Autumn: Report
Israel could launch a massive strike at Iran's nuclear facilities in autumn, creating an explosive situation in the region with a possible fierce response from Tehran, Arab diplomats have expected according to a leading Arabic-language newspaper.

US hold pair in missile scheme
TWO leaders of a mosque in Albany, New York state were arrested on charges stemming from an alleged plot to purchase a shoulder-fired missile that would be used to assassinate the Pakistani ambassador in New York, according to court papers filed today.

Dow falls below 10,000
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrials suffered their second-largest drop of the year Thursday and closed below 10,000 as another surge in oil prices rattled Wall Street yet again.

The passport from Canada would later become a preferred document of the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, whose agents on at least two occasions employed phoney Canadian identities while on assassination missions. Yesterday it was reported that federal officials are investigating whether a suspected Israeli spy is travelling in Asia on a stolen Canadian passport.
Terrorists and others don't seek Canadian papers because they are easy to obtain; they are desired because of our geographic pro.

Do you support the constitution? YOU'RE A TERRORIST SUSPECT!
From those same lovable folks who brought you the crimes and abuses of COINTELPRO comes the following brochure, printed at taxpayer expense by the FBI and intended to be issued to law enforcement, requesting that the Joint Terrorism Task Force be called in the event suspicious behavior is witnessed.

Cover Up Continues: Feds Search Homes in 2001 Anthrax Probe
Federal agents investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks searched homes Thursday belonging to the founder of an organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks.

Uprooted trees, razed houses... Israel leaves its calling card in Gaza
More than 42,000 olive, citrus and date trees had been uprooted, according to the local council. Altogether, 4,405 acres of orchards, vineyards and vegetable fields were flattened.

Outsourcing pays off! Source code stolen from U.S. software company in India
Jolly Technologies, a division of U.S. company Jolly Inc., reported Wednesday that an insider stole portions of the source code and confidential design documents relating to one of its key products, at its research and development center in Mumbai, India. The company has as a result halted all development activities at the center.

Hiring by U.S. employers slowed significantly in July, according to a government report Friday, as the number of new jobs added to payrolls came in far below Wall Street expectations
July payroll growth far shy of Wall Street forecasts; unemployment rate down to 5.5%.

Albany-- Lawsuit claims company hired by state to buy medications took tens of millions of dollars it didn't earn
The company that New York pays to negotiate prescription drug prices for more than a million public employees and retirees defrauded the state out of as much as $100 million, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

The celebrity governor terminates the financial lives of future Californians
A lot of people in California get all gaga about their latest actor-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on whose coattails George W. Bush hopes to ride this November. But Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" is likely to be recalled only with bitter humor 50 years from now.

Mortgage Broker Group Takes on Issue of 'Predatory' Lending
Consumer advocates say the industry organization's definition of the practice is vague.

NYC Independent Media Center Loses Newsroom Space Weeks Before GOP Convention
Minutes before NYC Indymedia was prepared to sign a temporary lease yesterday, the landlord pulled out of the deal after being approached by law enforcement. Police have been in regular contact with many buildings in the city ahead of the Republican National Convention, especially those near Madison Square Garden and other protest locations.

Useless Homeland Security! Border Patrol Agents being misused.

Frustrated traffickers target agents
Smugglers of drugs and aliens, desperate to protect their illicit cargoes, have reacted with increased violence against U.S. Border Patrol agents involved in a new law-enforcement initiative aimed at gaining "operational control" of the Arizona-Mexico border.

Border Patrol Faces New Limits in Inland Empire
Documents and interviews show that Department of Homeland Security officials want to concentrate Border Patrol agents at the borders and limit their inland activity to arresting illegal immigrants while they are traveling from the border and at transportation centers such as Los Angeles International Airport and highway checkpoints such as those in Temecula and San Clemente.

Latest Open Borders Fad: Non-Citizen Voting
It’s got to be pretty atrocious when even a flaming liberal like U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Ca., believes the open borders lobby has done something “unconstitutional.” Yet there she was, joining the many nationwide critics of the July 20 vote by San Francisco’s liberal city legislature allowing non-citizens to vote in Board of Education elections. (The measure will still need full approval from voters in November.)

Law enforcement in Mexico goes a bit bionic
Crime has become such a problem in Mexico that the government has created a fleet of cyborgs to fight it. Call them Mexico's "Robocops."

Evidence of Pentagon Psychological Warfare Operations Against U.S. Citizens Surfaces in Want Ads
The U.S. military’s domestic operations command says it is not planning or conducting a secret psychological warfare campaign to manipulate the opinions of American citizens, despite a U.S. Air Force document suggesting such activities might be taking place.

Santa Fe to spend $20,000 on cloud seeding study
The Santa Fe City Council has decided to chip in $20,000 for a study on whether cloud seeding is effective at producing extra rainfall over the northern New Mexico mountains.

Tenn. Official Suspended After Mock Terror Drill Disrupts County Meeting
An official who staged a security drill that disrupted a county commission meeting with guns and mock hostage-takers has been suspended.

The 9/11 Commission & Civil Liberties:
"We Need an American Secret Police"

Life after the bomb
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 were Japan's single greatest catastrophe of World War II. They loom so large in the popular imagination that the events of the previous decade and a half have paled -- or faded from view altogether. (Conveniently so, as Asians affected by those events have noted.

U.S. secretly agreed to buy Belgium uranium for Hiroshima bomb
A Belgian historian has found documents showing that the United States reached a secret agreement with Belgium during World War II to obtain the right to purchase uranium ore that was later used in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Two bombs found; 500 evacuated at apartment complex
A bomb squad yesterday exploded two bombs found in the home of a Tucson man who committed suicide Saturday after he killed his estranged wife and her friend in Texas, police said.

Unmanned Flight with Windows XP Embedded
Faculty and students at Cornell University have built an unmanned airplane with its own on-board, embedded control system. The large-scale model plane flies by accessing coordinates from an off-the-shelf GPS unit.



Thursday, August 05, 2004

D.C. Becoming a Fortress 

AT THE RATE federal authorities are walling off U.S. buildings and grounds in the nation's capital, downtown Washington could become a partitioned government enclave in only a few years.
'Fortresses of Fear'

Veteran, 85, Petitions Bush, Senator for Iraq Duty
He's even penned handwritten letters on lined notebook paper to President George W. Bush and to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, to volunteer and to make some points. He's yet to hear back from either.

911 Operator Snoozing?
Anne Arundel County police are investigating after a 911 operator fell asleep while taking an emergency call.

Coup d'Etat in America?
Based on so-called "credible" reports, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has warned that Osama is now "planning to disrupt the November elections." A large-scale attack on American soil is said to be planned by Al Qaeda during the presidential election campaign:

Google queries provide stolen credit cards
Simple queries using the Google search engine can turn up a handful of sites that have posted credit card information to the Web, CNET News.com learned on Tuesday.

FBI arrests two in N.Y. in alleged missile plot
Two Muslim leaders suspected of having ties to al Qaeda have been arrested in New York, and are facing charges of providing material support to terrorism.

A Wave of Jews Returning to Russia
As the Iron Curtain began to fall, Igor Dzhadan left the Soviet Union with his family, bound for Israel and a longforbidden opportunity.

Bush & Sharon: The Oil Connection
On its face, President George Bush’s recent endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s land grab in the occupied territories makes little sense. The plan, under which Israel would abandon Gaza while permanently annexing most of the West Bank, has met with almost universal condemnation.

Egypt newspaper: Holocaust a lie State publication says Jews invented genocide claim to extort the West
Egypt's leading newspaper has published a series of articles that deny the Holocaust, and claim Jews invented "lies of genocide" to extort the West and make possible the establishment of the Jewish state, prompting some Israeli lawmakers to express reservations about allowing Egypt to control security in Gaza after Sharon's withdrawal plan is implemented next year.

9/11 Basic Questions + WRH 9/11 Index + Questions for Michael Moore
9/11 - The Basic Questions.

The African Union said it could send a 2000-strong peacekeeping force to the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur as tens of thousands marched through Khartoum to warn foreigners not to intervene in the conflict.
With Sudan's army vowing to fight "the enemies of Sudan on land, sea and air", tens of thousands of demonstrators marched on the UN offices in Khartoum to show their opposition to outside intervention in the oil-rich area.

Intervene in Sudan, Tories urge Blair
British troops should be sent to Sudan "in a matter of days" unless there is an improvement in the country's humanitarian crisis, the Conservatives urged today.

U.S. evangelicals press Bush on Sudan troop option
Influential American evangelical Christian leaders have urged President George W. Bush to consider sending troops to stop what they call genocide in Sudan, officials said on Tuesday.

China is Sudan's largest trading partner and the main foreign investor in Sudan's oil industry. China National Petroleum Corp. has a 40 percent share in the international consortium extracting oil in Sudan, and it is building refineries and pipelines, enabling Sudan to benefit from oil export revenue since 1999.
Were China to use even a small part of its leverage to call Sudan to account, it would go a long way toward saving lives in Sudan.

Oil will be the driving factor for military intervention in Sudan
If proof were needed that Tony Blair is off the hook over Iraq, it came not during the Commons debate on the Butler report on July 21, but rather at his monthly press conference the following morning. Asked about the crisis in Sudan, Mr Blair replied: "I believe we have a moral responsibility to deal with this and to deal with it by any means that we can."

Blair Seeks Sudan Invasion For Oil, No Genocide: Paper
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is making the case for a "colonial war" against Sudan because of its growing oil reserves, as there are no signs of highly-touted claims of genocide in the Arab country, The Guardian reported Monday, August 2.

New rail link plan for Sudan
The oil resources in the southern Sudan were one of the reasons for civil war. At the peace negotiations, both sides had agreed to share equally any future oil revenue. So far, oil pipelines from the south lead only to the north.

Western Powers Seek Sudan Disintegration
The United Nations Security Council is debating a resolution on Sudan, in preparation for a vote, which blames the Sudanese government as being responsible for the humanitarian disaster that has engulfed its Western Darfur province for more than one and a half years. Other governments, and members of the U.S. Congress, are pushing to threaten Sudan's government with sanctions and military intervention if it fails to stop the crisis. This is combined with a massive international press campaign accusing the Sudanese government of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur.

Sudan's sovereignty should be respected
China's abstention, which not only shows its understanding of some countries' eagerness to end the violence in Sudan but also its respect for the African nation's desire to be its own master, is another sign of mature diplomacy in the international arena.

Pakistan, China skip vote against Sudan
UNITED NATIONS- With Pakistan and China abstaining, the U.N. Security Council Friday adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution threatening Sudan with actions if it does not rein in Arab militias, blamed for widespread killings in Darfur.

SUDAN: US steps up pressure over Darfur crisis
In July 1998 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that a Chevron representative estimated “Sudan had more oil than Iran and Saudi Arabia together”. However, Washington's economic sanctions against Sudan meant that ChevronTexaco and the other US oil corporations have been unable to get their hands on this potential source of enormous profits.

McCain Condemns Anti-Kerry Ad
The 60-second ad features Vietnam veterans who accuse the Democratic presidential nominee of lying about his decorated Vietnam War record and betraying his fellow veterans by later opposing the conflict.

When it came to lost election data in Miami-Dade County — information that was nearly two years old — Secretary of State Glenda Hood sent in a team to make sure that local errors didn't make the state look bad. If only she had worried as much about the actions of her own Division of Elections
Harris, Hood gave state flawed felon voter list.

Raw meat - a gift fit for a President
A SAUDI prince lavished nearly $US130,000 ($185,000) of fine jewellery on US President George W. Bush, his wife, children and top aides in 2003, but the weightiest gift for the first family last year was kilos of raw meat.

Chords for Change By BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
A nation's artists and musicians have a particular place in its social and political life. Over the years I've tried to think long and hard about what it means to be American: about the distinctive identity and position we have in the world, and how that position is best carried. I've tried to write songs that speak to our pride and criticize our failures.

Sudan
With the completion of a major oil export pipeline in July 1999, Sudanese crude oil production and exports have risen rapidly over the past few years. Sudan's estimated oil reserves have doubled since 2001, with crude production reaching an estimated 345,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in June 2004. Energy Minister Awad al-Jaz said in May 2004 that he expected crude production to reach 500,000 bbl/d in 2005.

In Southern Sudan, People Are Fighting Mainly Over Oil, Not Religion
The article also reports on the various estimates that have been made of Sudan's oil potential. Chevron, which first explored for oil in the south, secured 80% of the concession in southwestern Sudan. It was estimated at the time that one oil field alone would have 3 million barrels reserves. A Chevron representative said at the time he estimated Sudan had more oil than Iran and Saudi Arabia together. In 1985, Garang began attacking the oil exploration sites, and after 3 French workers from Total (which also had a concession) were killed, the foreign oil companies left the country.

Sudan
With the completion of a major oil export pipeline in July 1999, Sudanese crude oil production and exports have risen rapidly over the past few years. Sudan's estimated oil reserves have doubled since 2001, with crude production reaching an estimated 345,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in June 2004. Energy Minister Awad al-Jaz said in May 2004 that he expected crude production to reach 500,000 bbl/d in 2005.

Despite the Whitewash, We Now Know that the Bush Administration was Warned Before the War That Its Iraq Claims were Weak
As the 9/11 Commission recently reported, there was “no credible evidence” of a collaborative relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. Similarly, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. With U.S. casualties mounting in an election year, the White House is grasping at straws to avoid being held accountable for its dishonesty.

Whistleblower explodes 9-11 Commission Report
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation's own September 11 whistleblower has done it again, this time taking aim at the 9-11 Commission itself.

20 Months and 585 Pages Wasted – Your Government at Work for You!
Reading through the official 9/11 report, I quickly lost my focus – apparently emulating the 9/11 commission over the past 20 months.

The Use of Knowledge in Society
What is the problem we wish to solve when we try to construct a rational economic order?

Personal income stalls, consumer spending falls
Consumer spending took a deeper-than-expected drop of 0.7% in June as personal income growth ground to a halt, according to a Commerce Department report.

CEOs Enjoyed Double-Digit Pay Gains
Survey finds that four company chiefs saw their pay rise by more than 1,000 percent.


Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Feet On Bench = Arrest 

Feet On Bench Lands Parks Director's Hubby In Jail
The husband of Baltimore's director of parks is asking for an apology after he was arrested for putting his feet on a park bench.

Cartier-Bresson dies at 95
Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the 20th Century's most important photographers, has died just weeks short of his 96th birthday, it has been announced.

Sudan masses defiant over Darfur
Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Sudanese capital Khartoum to protest against any Western intervention in war-ravaged Darfur.

U.S. evangelicals press Bush on Sudan troop option
Influential American evangelical Christian leaders have urged President George W. Bush to consider sending troops to stop what they call genocide in Sudan, officials said on Tuesday.

Iraq-to-Haifa oil pipeline could spur economic rebirth
With Baghdad effectively in American hands, Israel and Jordan are testing the political waters to see whether the Haifa-Mosul pipeline could once again pump oil from Iraq to Israel's major port city.

US Checking Possibility of Pumping Oil from Northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan
The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.

Officials don't see attack as imminent
The U.S. financial institutions identified in a recently disclosed al-Qaeda surveillance operation are not believed to be at imminent risk of attack, two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.

The Revolution of 1800 and the USA PATRIOT Act
In this election year, there are significant parallels between the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.

'Black boxes' urged for cars
The government should require data recorders in all passenger vehicles, federal safety officials said Tuesday in a recommendation arising from the investigation of a car crash that killed 10 people and injured 63.

Darfur security force to double
The authorities in Sudan have announced plans to double the number of security forces in the troubled Darfur region to 12,000 over the next four months.

Report Proves Bush Knew He Was Lying About Iraq
Earlier this week, President Bush claimed "we all thought we would find stockpiles of weapons"1 in Iraq, and claimed that he had no inkling that his pre-war claims about the Iraqi threat were weak. But as a major new story released today shows, the President and other top administration officials were repeatedly warned before the invasion that its case for war was weak.

Animation Outsourced: George Lucas opens animation studio in Singapore
George Lucas, creator of blockbuster films "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on Tuesday announced the opening of a digital animation studio in Singapore.

Stressed Israeli soldiers to be treated with cannabis: report
Israeli soldiers suffering from combat stress after tours of duty in the Palestinian territories could soon be treated with cannabis to relieve their symptoms, the Maariv daily reported Wednesday.

The Most Resiliant Lawn Ever!
Exclusively tested at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.




Tuesday, August 03, 2004

U.$. Will Go Broke This Fall 

US Treasury Secretary John Snow has urged Congress to raise the government's debt ceiling, or face a cash crunch in the autumn
Call to raise US debt threshold.

Warning: Raise debt ceiling - or we go broke
The United States could face the prospect of not being able to pay its bills this fall unless Congress raises government borrowing authority now capped at $7.4 trillion, Treasury Secretary John Snow said Monday.

In Iraq, $8.8 billion is MIA. Serious dough even for the big spenders in Washington, D.C.
One of the Biggest Heists in History.

Is a USA Economic collapse due in 2005?
The US Senate just reconfirmed 78-year-old Alan Greenspan to an unprecedented fifth term as chairman of the world‘s most powerful central bank, the Federal Reserve, or Fed as it is known. The fact that President Bush re-nominated Greenspan underscores how vulnerable the global financial edifice is, and not how excellent a central banker Greenspan is.

On Wall Street: A crash around the corner?
It is hard for Wall Street to remember what prognosticators were saying three weeks ago, so it is doubtful many will recall a quote by a prominent economist in a January 7, 1973 New York Times article.

Why are oil prices so high?
U.S. oil prices have set another record on the New York Mercantile Exchange, reaching $44.24 a barrel, the highest since NYMEX launched its crude contract in 1983.

Forget the poor - it's the rich who deserve UN aid programmes
In spite of efforts by humanitarian organisations, charities and philanthropic societies, the problem of wealth only gets worse.

IL launches compulsory mental health screening for children and pregnant women
"We're moving toward social training over academic training with this program," Larry Trainor, a Mt. Prospect parent of four children and a contact for Citizens Commission on Human Rights, based in Los Angeles, said today.

The Texas Project - The Texas Project started in 1995 as an alliance of individuals from the pharmaceutical industry, the University of Texas, and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas. The project was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant—and by several drug companies. A sweeping mental health -NAZI- initiative will be unveiled by President George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative. While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.

REPOST: Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness
A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled by President George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom/toc-2004.html). While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.

New Freedom Initiative
New Freedom Initiative

Pre-9-11 Intelligence Underpinning US Terror Alert
Much of the intelligence that prompted US authorities to raise alerts around major financial institutions indicated that Al-Qaeda studied the sites as potential targets before the September 11, 2001 attacks, The Washington Post said.

Can’t Bush and Blair See Iraq Is About to Explode?
BAGHDAD - The war is a fraud. I’m not talking about the weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Nor the links between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda which didn’t exist. Nor all the other lies upon which we went to war. I’m talking about the new lies.

Wal-Marts Cost State, Study Says
Employment practices at Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer with relatively lower labor costs in the retail sector, cost California taxpayers about $86 million annually in public assistance to company workers, according to a study released Monday by a UC Berkeley research institute.

Study: Millions Have Lost Coverage
Nearly 9 million Americans lost their employer-provided health insurance from 2001 to 2003, with low-income workers and Latinos feeling the biggest impact, says a study released today.

The incident is thought to have come against the backdrop of power struggles between Israeli crime families that own casinos and other businesses in Prague.
Attack near Israeli-owned casino in Prague injures 18.

Material Behind New U.S. Alert Is Years Old
Much of the information obtained from al Qaeda that led the United States to raise terror alerts in Washington and New York was at least three years old but a top U.S. official said on Tuesday it remained relevant.

Digital tweak may unravel JFK mystery
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have begun work on a digital scanning apparatus they believe will be able to reproduce sound from the only known audio recording of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

The Dayton Discord 'Undefended': A senator finally takes the government to task over the 9-11 findings
At long last, one member of the U.S. Senate has spoken out about the 9-11 report. Last Friday, during a Governmental Affairs committee meeting, Mark Dayton, a Democrat from Minnesota, directly attacked the government for distorting facts and covering up what happened that day. Highlights of his narrative:

State of national emergency
Regarding what is known as a State of National Emergency, Paula Demers writes: "According to the United States Constitution, Article 1, only Congress shall make federal law. However, since the War and Emergency Powers Act of 1933, every president has usurped lawmaking powers. Their 'laws' are called Executive Orders (EOs). These EOs, not our Constitution, are what is governing America today. The War and Emergency Powers Act enables ... the president to declare a national emergency, and thereby become a dictator."[1

Who owns CNN? or MSNBC? ABC?
So ya think we have a "free press" eh? Check out who owns who, and who owns what you think.......

Ashcroft Tells Libraries to Destroy Citizen-Friendly Publications
Statement regarding DOJ request for removal of government publications by depository libraries

CIA's new form of spyware
The software works quietly, noticing your work habits and tracking everything you research and write. Then it finds other employees working on the same issue and, if you choose, links you to share information.

Worse Than Useless by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
Not all Americans know their taxes fund both the Democratic and Republican presidential conventions. In fact, the political parties receive nearly $15 million apiece from the Federal Election Committee to hold their conventions. Checking the little box on your 1040 form to give one dollar to the parties changes nothing, as the convention money comes from general revenues whether you check the box or not.

Russia welfare bill sparks anger
About 200 Russian protesters have been rallying near the Duma, as parliament debates a controversial overhaul of the country's welfare system.

Israel Tries To Block U.S. Arms Sale To Jordan
Israel is trying to stop the United States from providing Jordan with advanced air-to-air AMRAAM missiles, the Ha'aretz newspaper reported Sunday.

Murder allegations against Iraq’s Allawi: an exchange of letters with the New York Times’ public editor
Below we are publishing an exchange of letters between WSWS correspondent James Conachy and Daniel Okrent, the public editor of the New York Times. The letters concern the failure of the Times to date to publish any articles or commentaries on public allegations that Iyad Allawi, the interim prime minister of Iraq, personally carried out the extra-judicial execution of six suspected insurgents.

FBI, ATF Told Of Three Tons Of Stolen Ammonium Nitrate; Volatile Fertilizer Often Used In al Qaeda Truck Bombs
Nearly three tons of stolen ammonium nitrate are unaccounted for in North Carolina, even as the U.S. braces itself against a possible al Qaeda truck bomb attack.

Pure evil in Sudan By Nat Hentoff
The news media can no longer be blamed for not bringing light to the world about the more than 30,000 black African Muslims murdered by the Arab Muslim Janjaweed in Darfur, Sudan. The world has also been told of nearly 2 million of the survivors having been removed from their homes, many huddled in remote camps where epidemic diseases add to the corpses. And there is no doubt that the government of Sudan arms and supports the Janjaweed.

"Pod People" try to hijack the 9/11 truth movement
Muddying the waters with easily disproved phony claims a COINTELPRO effort to discredit the 9/11 Truth Movement?

Allegations against Rep. Tom DeLay reveal seamless loop linking industry, lobbyists and war chests
First came the grand jury investigation. The Travis County district attorney is trying to find out whether House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority spent corporate funds to gain control of the Texas House.

West Bank verges on unprecedented chaos
Palestinian leaders warned the West Bank was on the verge of unprecedented chaos as thousands of demonstrators showed their support Sunday for militants who attacked the offices in Jenin of the security services and local governor.

Basic freedoms to protest are being systematically undermined by anti-terror legislation
A threat to democracy.

Jewish Journalists Grapple with 'doing the write thing.'
DO Jewish journalists have more obligations than others? Are they responsible first to their communities, and do they need to represent Israel in their newspapers?

Kerry Sketches an Iraq Exit Plan
He calls replacing most U.S. troops with foreign forces within a first term a 'reasonable' goal.

'Everything is at stake,' Kerry tells riverfront crowd
Race's intensity visible in exchanges with Bush supporters.

Is The Media 'Retarded' or Guilty of 'Group Think'?
On Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" the other night, Jon Stewart asked CNN's Wolf Blitzer if the media failed the country by not asking tough questions of the Bush administration prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and in the run up to war in Iraq last year.

From yesterday's weekend All Things Considered, about journalist Jack Anderson:
So everything Nixon tried, you know, didn't seem to work and finally he turned to smearing him sexually and an assassination plot.

The law and Tom DeLay
The Bush administration's chief far-right Ninja on Capitol Hill, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, will be swinging his legal and political nunchucks more fiercely than ever in coming months, for some of his bloodied victims are starting to fight back.

The big EU powers are moving to lift the ban on arms sales to China in a frontal challenge to U.S. policy and power in Asia
Bullets for Beijing.

American valour? All hogwash, say Indian truckers
Indian truck drivers who returned after working in Iraq have a poor impression of American soldiers and their valour.

John Kerry's 1971 Senate testimony
This afternoon I was listening to Democracy Now's recording of John Kerry's 1971 Senate testimony about the Vietnam War. I was shocked by how relevant his comments were to our current world situation, if you just replaced "Vietnam" with "Iraq".

Why I Am Scared of George Bush--And Why You Should Be, Too
Why I Am Scared of George Bush--And Why You Should Be, Too

Secret Proposals: Fighting Terror by Attacking ... South America?
'Non Al Qaeda targets.' A memo proposed responding to terror in New York by heading south

John Kerry and John Edwards have released a book outlining their plan to make America stronger at home and respected in the world. Together, they will ensure America is secure, that all Americans have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and that families are strong and have the support they need.
Our Plan for America

US will not back down from arms sales to Taiwan, senators say in China
A US senate delegation has had "strong words and very forceful discussions" with China over Taiwan, telling Beijing that Washington would not back down from selling arms to the island, a leading American lawmaker said.

Increased Terrorism Alert Based on Political Needs, Uses Outdated Info
Much of the "new" information cited as reasons for raising the alert dates back to 2001.

"We shot a man with his hands up," he said, "We even shot women and children."
Soldiers tell stories about Iraq.

Government Documents Pulled Out of Public Circulation
Each year, the federal government sends thousands of documents to Federal depository libraries, most of which are public and university libraries that have signed up to become depositories.

This stunning disclosure has been made by a small-town weekly newspaper in Arizona, the Tombstone Tumbleweed, whose editor, Chris Simcox, posted an article on the paper’s website last week revealing the presence of Arab-speaking males amid the waves of recently-captured illegals. The article is based on separate, first-hand interviews with three U.S. government agents who confirmed that males of possible Syrian and Iranian descent have been detained in the past few weeks.
Breaking Silence over a Possible Terror Threat.






Monday, August 02, 2004

Sudan prepares for war 

Sudan prepares for war
Khartoum - Sudan's army has called the United Nations resolution giving it 30 days to resolve its Darfur crisis "a declaration of war" and warned it will fight any foreign troops sent into the western region, a report said on Monday.

In July 1998 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that a Chevron representative estimated “Sudan had more oil than Iran and Saudi Arabia together”. However, Washington's economic sanctions against Sudan meant that ChevronTexaco and the other US oil corporations have been unable to get their hands on this potential source of enormous profits.
SUDAN: US steps up pressure over Darfur crisis.

US: Prison Labor Is Cheap, Tough for Private Companies to Beat
Devastation struck makers of office furniture between 2000 and 2002 as industry sales plunged 28 percent--or $4.1 billion--and domestic furniture companies laid off tens of thousands of workers.

The country may not be fully prepared for another terrorist attack, but one thing, at least, has been settled: Government employees assigned to take up positions at "Site R," the Raven Rock underground bunker that housed Vice President Dick Cheney after Sept. 11, have been told what to pack.
How to Pack for the Bunker

Secret Proposals: Fighting Terror by Attacking ... South America?
'Non Al Qaeda targets.' A memo proposed responding to terror in New York by heading south.

Is Florida facing a new polling fiasco?
With hundreds of reporters and pundits on hand at last week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, no aspect of U.S. politics seemed too trivial or irrelevant to be mulled over and speculated about endlessly on national television.

International Groups Denounce World Trade Pact
While negotiators from the United States and the European Union (EU) declared victory in rescuing global trade talks in the early hours on Sunday at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) denounced the results as a sell-out of poor countries and the environment.

PHOTOS of ever expanding police state
PHOTOS of ever expanding police state

Iraqi Muslims Did Not Blow Up Christian Churches
Having discussed the matter in detail with other experts on the Middle East, Christianity in Iraq and on Islam in Iraq, we have all concluded this is not the work of any Muslim group. There has never been any animosity between the Christian and Muslim communities in Iraq, in fact, they have stood toe-to-toe against the American occupation and they have resisted efforts by the Israeli office in Baghdad to become allied with Israel.

Pair grounded over 'lewd' shirt
A US couple have been removed from a New York-bound flight at Miami airport because crew members considered a T-shirt one of them was wearing obscene.

Top 21 Pieces of Evidence that Show Iraq is only the First Step to 'Reshaping the Middle East': A Reference for Seekers of Truth
Have you ever wondered what would happen if George W. Bush is sent back to the White House in November? What do you think this administration would do as an encore to the invasion of Iraq?

Terrorists Maybe Using New Zealand Passports
Police fear al Qaeda terrorists using NZ passports following arrest of 2 men in Thailand and seizure of fake NZ passports.

An Open Letter to the 9/11 Panel
Dear Chairman Kean:

American Israel Public Affairs Committee
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, bills itself as not only a pro-Israel lobby, but as a group that is consistently ranked as the most influential foreign-policy lobbying organisation on Capitol Hill.

Pumping for Arnold in Baghdad
At the Arnold Classic Gym in Baghdad, two things matter: Arnold Schwarzenegger and bodybuilding.

Another president who won't budge the Middle East
Even though there are still three months before the presidential elections in the United States, one fact is already clear - no matter who wins, the stance of the White House regarding the conflict in the Middle East will continue to be unequivocably pro-Israeli.

Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons
A few months from now, Peter Anthony Schlesinger hopes to zap a laser beam at a couple of chickens or other animals in a cage a few dozen yards away. If all goes as planned, the chickens will be frozen in mid-cluck, their leg and wing muscles paralyzed by an electrical charge created by the beam, even as their heart and lungs function normally.

About Sender, Berl & Sons Inc.
SenderBerl's decision to stop public service efforts.

5/22/03 Statement from FAA Contradicts 9/11 Report Findings
The following text was sent in an WORD attachment to an email from FAA spokesperson Laura Brown following former head of the FAA Jane Garvey's inability or unwillingness to answer simple questions about the timeline of events on the morning of September 11th 2001.

Iraq's Child Prisoners
A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture By Neil Mackay

In early 2002, when Mr. German got word that a group of AMERICANS might be plotting support for an overseas Islamic terrorist group, he proposed to his bosses what he thought was an obvious plan: go undercover and infiltrate the group.

Another F.B.I. Employee Blows Whistle on Agency.

In-depth studies by the U.S. Army after the war showed that between 80 percent and 85 percent of the greatest generation never fired their weapons at an exposed enemy in combat, military psychologist Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman reports in Christianity Today
Global Eye

BUSH AWOL
BUSH AWOL

Seas turn to acid as they absorb global pollution
The world's oceans are sacrificing themselves to try to stave off global warming, a major international research programme has discovered.

Amazon will not handle book on Bush-Saudi links
Amazon.co.uk was last night criticised for refusing to stock a controversial book which examines the links between George Bush's circle and rich Saudis.

Excited by the scent of blood, a dozen sharks dart about in a frenzy as a researcher dips a pole in the sea and squirts out a clear, yellowish substance. Within seconds, the sharks jerk their snouts away and vanish.
Shark Repellent Deemed a Breakthrough.

Is a USA Economic collapse due in 2005?
The US Senate just reconfirmed 78-year-old Alan Greenspan to an unprecedented fifth term as chairman of the world‘s most powerful central bank, the Federal Reserve, or Fed as it is known. The fact that President Bush re-nominated Greenspan underscores how vulnerable the global financial edifice is, and not how excellent a central banker Greenspan is.

On Wall Street: A crash around the corner?
It is hard for Wall Street to remember what prognosticators were saying three weeks ago, so it is doubtful many will recall a quote by a prominent economist in a January 7, 1973 New York Times article.

Forget the poor - it's the rich who deserve UN aid programmes
It is reported there are more billionaires in Moscow than any other city in the world. The United States now has tens of thousands of millionaires. Failing companies distribute extravagant bonuses to redundant executives; a handful of individuals command more wealth than the total GDP of the poorest 50 countries. These unfortunates are compelled to live in enclosures, protected by armed guards, dogs and razor-wire, the internees of excess.

The Place of Mises's Liberalism
The great intellectual and political movement known as liberalism has been one of the prime shapers of the modern world.

Baghdad Burning
An insurmountable combination of heat and family issues has kept me from blogging and I’m feeling terribly guilty. I have actually started to avoid the computer which seems to look at me reprovingly every time I pass by.

In this 1973 official report, the U.S. Senate admits that the Emergency Powers given to the President under the pretense of the National Emergency of 1933 have remained in force and that the normal function of the Federal government has been suspended.
Emergency Powers Statutes
(Senate Report 93-549)


Inventing the Enemy
It used to be said during the Cold War that, "If the Communist threat did not exist, the US would have to invent it." The threat of nuclear war and the notion of a Communist (or capitalist) under every bed provided American and Soviet ruling elites excellent means to frighten and control their own citizens, justify enormous arms expenditures, and legitimize power projection abroad in the name of saving the world from Communism (or capitalism).

Webmaster Sherman Austin, jailed under PATRIOT Act, released to halfway house
Political prisoner Sherman Austin, who made headlines last year after being targeted as one of the first casualties of the infamous USA PATRIOT Act

FBI uses US Patriot Act against alleged "copyright infringer"
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) sicked the FBI on the owner of a harmless fan website dedicated to the MGM TV show Stargate. The crime: "Criminal Copyright Infringement". The FBI used the US Patriot Act to obtain financial records from the websites Internet Service Provider (ISP) during the investigation.

FBI admits probe
The FBI acknowledged Wednesday that it is interviewing activists in several states about "people or groups planning criminal acts" during the national political conventions.

Bush: U.S. probes possible Iran links to 9/11
Bush said the CIA has found no sign of a direct connection between Iran and the suicide hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Our high-tech industries need the best scientists and engineers if they are to compete in the global economy. But our universities are not graduating enough Americans in engineering and computers to meet the demand.
If we don't find ways to convince more American students to study math, science and engineering, we will perpetuate our skilled-labor shortage and find ourselves at a competitive disadvantage to countries that are graduating thousands more in these areas.

Plans aren't in U.S. interest-The Republican and Democratic plans are premised on two erroneous beliefs: Illegal immigration cannot be stopped, so we might as well let just about anybody who wants to come here do so legally. And virtually open immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens is the key to winning the growing Hispanic vote.
Both plans — which include amnesty for up to 10 million illegal aliens, substantial increases in legal immigration, which already exceeds 1 million a year, and massive new guest-worker programs — would signal the death knell of the middle class in America. Labor markets, public school systems and public health care, already overwhelmed by the impact of mass illegal and legal immigration, would be devastated by the proposals of the two presidential contenders.

New U.S.-Mexico Agreement on Social Security Benefits Is a Looming Threat to an Already Imperiled System, Warns FAIR
Millions of Bogus Social Security Accounts Pose Huge Potential Liability for American Workers and Retirees...

Johnnie Been Good?
The millionaires are dancing now. The balloons are falling on John Kerry, John Edwards and their nuclear families.

Electricity Riots in Najaf Amara Council Dissolved
These signs of continued civil instability in Iraq, which in many respects are more telling than the daily bombings, do not appear to be being reported in the American press any longer.

This is the first of a two-part series on illegal military equipment trafficking in Connecticut. On Monday, the Post examines the case of a mystery woman involved in trafficking illegal parts and another woman charged with solving such cases.
Waging war on state's illegal arms trade. They shopped for radar components for HAWK missile systems and Phantom F-4 fighter jets in Connecticut. They purchased Black Hawk helicopter engines and illegally shipped them to China. They enlisted companies to export helicopter gun mounts that found their way to Iran and nuclear weapons testing parts that ended up in Pakistan. They are people like Yasmin and Tariq Ahmed of Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, Kwonhwan Park of South Korea and Leib Kohn, a Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn. In the past 18 months, each has been charged in Connecticut with conspiring to violate federal export laws by attempting to ship military parts overseas without the proper approvals or licenses.

Senator Dayton says: "NORAD lied"
At last someone in government, and a Senator at that, is willing to call a spade a spade in this so-called investigation into 9/11. And a member of the press has the courage to run with the story putting it as a headline over the focus on recommendations that flow from a flawed or incomplete report:








Sunday, August 01, 2004

NYC: Suicide Attack Warning! 

NYC. More Bushit! The authorities in New York are warning residents and businesses that al-Qaeda may be planning a fresh suicide attack in the city.
NY given al-Qaeda attack warning.

Bloomberg: New York Police Issues Terror Advisory to Businesses
The New York Police Department said it has received intelligence reports that al-Qaeda, the terrorist group that attacked the World Trade Center, ``continues to target commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations.''

The leaders of a Phoenix church group pleaded guilty to people-trafficking charges in U.S. District Court on Wednesday after they were stopped near the border at Lukeville with a group of illegal entrants hiding in the back of their motor home.
Three guilty of smuggling entrants.

N.Y. Police Issue Terror-Threat Warning
But ABC News, citing anonymous sources, reported Saturday night that al-Qaida planned to send terrorists across the Mexican border into the United States, and that suicide attacks were being planned in the city, possibly using trucks.

NYC: Cellphone Antennas to Sprout Atop Light Poles and Signs
The plan, which will add about $21.3 million to city coffers, will improve spotty cellphone reception - and turn many intersections into wireless Internet "hot spots."
Manhattan prepares for a future of al fresco internet browsing

Early last week, Rashi Abu Sba, head of the preventive security apparatus in Gaza, the equivalent of the Shin Bet, accused the Israeli security service of tricking young Palestinians into conducting missions in the name of Al-Qaida
Ibrahim, the Shin Bet wants you to join Qaida.

Orthodox leader: U.S. Jews have no right to criticize Israel
A prominent member of America's Orthodox community, who was also a Senate staff member for three decades, spoke out on Sunday night against American Jews who publicly criticize Israeli policies.

9/11 and Anthrax: FRAMING ARABS
Let us start with the infamous Anthrax letters, which terrorized the United States in the weeks after 9-11.

Iraqi group claims over 37,000 civilian toll
An Iraqi political group says more than 37,000 Iraqi civilians were killed between the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003 and October 2003.

World trade deal gets thumbs up
The deal, approved by all 147 members, will cut rich countries' farm subsidies in return for developing countries opening markets for manufactured goods.

Why Sudan?
By this time, we have all learned a lot about the current Bush administration, its predecessors and sadly, its successors. Let’s review. No offense to the Bush Administration, but genocide in Sudan (the House version, not the real life inspiration) couldn’t have come at a better time.

Decision 2004: Iran or Sudan?
The election will, however, decide which country is next to have its "regime changed." If Kerry is elected, it’ll be Sudan. If Bush is reelected, it’ll be Iran. China will veto any Security Council resolution calling for regime change in either Sudan or Iran.

REPOST/Sudan: Malaysia's MMC, Sinopec in Sudan oil pipeline deal
The consortium, which include China's Sinopec (SNP.N) (0386.HK) and Oman Construction Co., won the deal from Petrodar Operating Company which is developing two oil reserves - Block 3 and 7 - in Sudan's southeast, MMC said in a statement.

REPOST/Sudan: Petronas and the Sudanese genocide
No one mentions the genocide in Sudan. Malaysian mainstream papers do not mention this atrocity perpetrated on the animists, Christians and on the Muslims themselves by the Arab North. Black Muslims, Christians and animists are being massacred.

SUDAN
Sudan dithers over UN resolution.
British soldiers are being put on standby this weekend for possible deployment to Sudan as aid agencies warned that hundreds of thousands of lives could be at risk in the western region of Darfur.
France is deploying 200 soldiers to help secure Chad's eastern border with Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region.

With the completion of a major oil export pipeline in July 1999, Sudanese crude oil production and exports have risen rapidly over the past few years. Sudan's estimated oil reserves have doubled since 2001, with crude production reaching an estimated 345,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in June 2004. Energy Minister Awad al-Jaz said in May 2004 that he expected crude production to reach 500,000 bbl/d in 2005.
As of January 2004, Sudan's estimated proven reserves of crude oil stood at 563 million barrels, more than twice the 262 million barrels estimated in 2001.

The Vatican yesterday depicted what it claimed were women's characteristic traits: 'Listening, welcoming, humility, faithfulness, praise and waiting.'
A woman's place is to wait and listen, says the Vatican.

The Chinese authorities say they have shut down nearly 700 websites and arrested 224 people in a new campaign against internet pornography-But on the other hand they have sought to restrict use of the internet for political purposes. Beijing has blocked access to dissident websites and most foreign news organisations.
Petition: PayPal and eBAY

Airlines Collapse May Cost U.S. Billions
Deposits in savings institutions are, like pensions, guaranteed by a federal insurance program. The savings industry first sickened because changes in market conditions made the traditional way savings and loans operated unprofitable, but government delays and policy missteps then made the situation much worse. In the end taxpayers bailed out the industry - at a cost, according to various estimates, of $150 billion to $200 billion.

President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.
Bush camp solicits race of Star staffer.

Taxpayers face tab for airline pensions
In an echo of the savings and loan industry collapse of the 1980s, the federal agency that insures company pensions is facing a possible cascade of bankruptcies and pension defaults in the airline industry.

The Canadian authorities are looking into the fact that a Mossad agent arrested in New Zealand used a Canadian passport to enter the country, as reported in the New Zealand Herald yesterday and confirmed by the Canadian Foreign Ministry in Ottawa.
Canada now probing NZ affair.

All Bush Has to Sell, Is Fear Itself
I sit here day after day wondering whom in the world these 47% of the people are in this country that can still sit there and support the worst President in modern history. What does George W. Bush offer us anymore? What has he ever offered?

Israel Tries to Stop US Selling Missiles to Jordan
Israel has asked the US Congress to delay approval of the deal, which is already in advanced stages, while Jewish-American lobbyists and Israeli officials press their case with the Bush administration, an Israeli government official said on condition of anonymity.

It is this reporter's opinion that we should take note of American citizenship amendment H.J. RES. 42. This piece of legislation proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. to deny U.S. citizenship to individuals born in the U.S., and to parents who are neither U.S. citizens or persons who owe permanent allegiance to the U.S.
At least 300,000 "anchor babies" are arriving in California annually. The situation has become absolutely ridiculous. Here are two examples of the insanity going on in our courts today:

Half a century ago, the daily puppet show, "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" delighted millions of children and a lot of their parents. It was the creation of puppeteer Burr Tillstrom. He and Fran Allison did the show without either script or rehearsal for a decade, 1947–57. Although I was never a big fan – I was a "Time for Beany" partisan – I recognized early that Ollie the Dragon, with his one enormous tooth, was mostly toothless.
I was reminded of Ollie this week when Alan Greenspan announced that the Federal Reserve System would raise the federal funds rate by .25 of a percentage point. This was big news in the media. Why, I do not understand.

Would Aristotle agree with this Strauss-endorsed Platonic approach to foreign policy? One of Aristotle's arguments against domination of other nations is that it is "not even lawful" for one city to "rule and exercise mastery over" other cities "whether they wish it or not." That is, Aristotle, who is always closer to "common sense" than Plato, speaks as if there is after all such a thing as justice and injustice among nations. Strauss seems to take Plato's view, not Aristotle's, as the genuine expression of the classical approach.’
West’s prime quote from Strauss is the following: ‘[the] end of the city is peaceful activity in accordance with the dignity of man, and not war and conquest.’ Here West takes Strauss’ interpretation of Plato’s view of the end of the city to be correct not merely as regards Plato, but as regards reality.

9/11 Reforms Could Weaken Rights, Says White House
The Bush administration warned Friday that the two central reforms proposed by the Sept. 11 commission — creating a powerful intelligence chief and establishing a new counterterrorism center — may remove barriers protecting intelligence from political influence and undermine civil liberties.

"Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right."
- H.L. Mencken


John Kerry's Pure Wind
A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from my sister, a thoughtful and intelligent modern liberal. The discussion turned to politics, and my sister implored me to cast a ballot in November for John Kerry.

An experimental cancer vaccine being tested for its safety and toxicity has produced startling results, appearing to provide immunity from the disease and leaving most patients cancer-free after more than two years.
Cancer vaccine startles researchers.

2004 Top Ten Career Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds
Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2004 Congressional Candidates.

Clean Break or Dirty War? Israel’s Foreign Policy Directive to the United States
Great changes are seldom achieved without a plan. The Israeli policy paper “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” (ACB) was authored by a group of policy advisors to Israel. Subsequently, nearly all members ascended to influential policy making positions within U.S. government, media, and academic circles. Many of the ACB policies such as toppling the government of Iraq are now in full implementation and present new challenges to the global community. Others, such as the reform of Israel’s economy have been abysmal failures, but generate little visibility or impact outside of Israel. (See Exhibit 1)

Peter Mandelson, the twice-sacked minister who is to be Britain's new European Commissioner, rented a luxury London home from the Lebanese millionaire now accused of funding an illegal African coup
The European Commissioner's alleged links with a millionaire accused of backing a putsch bid in Africa are prompting questions.

When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A.
enator John Kerry, a decorated battle veteran, was courageous as a navy lieutenant in the Vietnam War. But he was not so courageous more than two decades later, when he covered up voluminous evidence that a significant number of live American prisoners—perhaps hundreds—were never acknowledged or returned after the war-ending treaty was signed in January 1973.

Over 5000 Indians in US troops' custody in Iraq
"Over 5000 Indian truck drivers and labourers are still in the custody of the American army and some of them have been killed in attacks by Iraqi people on the vehicles carrying US Army's personnel and war equipment," Lakhwinder Singh and Harnke Singh of Bhangala village told reporters in Jalandhar.

The transit officer who was initially lauded for courage and vigilance last month in warning commuters away from a pipe bomb in a Times Square subway station was arrested yesterday and charged with placing the bomb, the authorities said.
The officer, Joseph Rodriguez, 27, was taken into custody yesterday morning at Columbia-Presbyterian Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been undergoing psychiatric evaluation, a police official said. Later in the day, he was ordered to undergo more tests to determine whether he was fit to stand trial. Through a lawyer, he has denied any wrongdoing.

Report Omits Key Player – Foreign Policy
It is from this sea of hatred that the blowback terrorism of a small minority of individuals emanates. Ending longstanding U.S. government meddling in the Middle East would do more than any of the commission’s recommendations to reduce terrorist attacks on innocent Americans.




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