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Saturday, February 12, 2005

'Every gun that is made, every warship that is launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.'
President Eisenhower 1953 Posted by Hello

News From Iraq

17 Killed South Of Baghdad As Attacks Continue Police say the strike south of the capital killed at least 17 people and wounded another 16. They say it hit just outside of a hospital.

Six more bodies found in Iraq as attacks continue A hospital official in the Iraqi city of Mosul says officials have found the bodies of six Kurds who apparently worked as security guards.

Car bomb targeting U-S convoy kills Iraqi woman : U-S soldiers targeted in a car bombing in Baghdad have escaped injury but an Iraqi woman was killed and three others hurt.

Iraqi judge assassinated by gunmen in Basra: Member of the Court of Appeal in this southern Iraqi city Judge Taha Al-Ameer was assassinated Saturday by gunmen.

In pictures: Week of violence in Iraq : Scores of Iraqis have died in a week of attacks. Correspondents say violence is returning to pre-election levels.

Americans more upbeat about Iraq Americans are a bit more optimistic about Iraq's future, a bright spot for the administration in an Associated Press poll that indicates many are souring on President Bush's job performance.

Survey: Only 4 in 10 Americans know how many U.S. troops killed in Iraq Most Americans guess wrong when asked to estimate how many troops have died in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, a sign that many are giving scant attention to the nation's most dangerous military operation since the Vietnam War.

Americans try to paint over Iraqi ethnic tensions This is "Team Paint", set up by the U.S. military to obliterate many of the flags, symbols and slogans that cover the walls of Iraq's most ethnically diverse city.

The most powerful man in Iraq is an ayatollah with a website Grand Ayatollah Ali al- Sistani has never met an American official or soldier. He did not vote in Iraq’s elections last month. And yet this religious recluse could wield more influence over Iraq’s destiny than all the foreign troops and Iraqi politicians put together.

The hard to find GANNON the prostitute pic....HAW HAW HAW HAW ..This guy was lurking in the WH for two very interesting years.. Posted by Hello

Dispatch from Down Under

WOW Rossi you are AMAZING.

Great Stuff !...You Go Momma.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A vegetable truck rigged with explosives blew up Friday outside a Shiite mosque northeast of Baghdad, and gunmen sprayed automatic fire into a bakery in a Shiite district of the capital in sectarian violence that killed at least 23 people.

Republicans in hot seat for donations to DeLay
Democratic House leaders say the pair should be removed from the Ethics Committee
An unhealthy silence comes from military medics
U.S. Refuses One-On-One North Korea Talks. Why? Because the Last Four Years of Ignoring Them Worked So Well? Bush and Condi Better Wake Up and Smell the Nuclear Flowers. 2/12

More than 200 scientists employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says.
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats demanded Thursday that President Bush (news - web sites) order a halt to personal attacks on the party's leader, Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), and expressed regret that they had failed to mount a stronger defense for his defeated predecessor.

Black Democrats Tuesday assailed President George W. Bush’s proposed budget, calling the $2.57 trillion spending plan “disappointing” and saying drastic cuts in education, food programs and literacy initiatives will create serious hardships for blacks across the nation.
Domestic gibberish Bush's incoherence on home affairs reminds us that pre-9/11 he was the most unpopular president
This is an excerpt from 'The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press),' edited by Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel.

NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amidst a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq.

'I'm more scared of going out with these guys than fighting insurgents'They have a reputation for spraying bullets all around them if fired on, and two Americans have been killed by such stray rounds. “I’m more scared of going out with these guys than clashing with the insurgents,” an American trooper says. “They have no concept of identifying friendlies, and let loose at anything.”

The 13-page proposal presented to Dr. Rice by her top counterterrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, laid out ways to step up the fight against Al Qaeda, focusing on Osama bin Laden's headquarters in Afghanistan. The ideas included giving "massive support" to anti-Taliban groups "to keep Islamic extremist fighters tied down"; destroying terrorist training camps "while classes are in session" and then sending in teams to gather intelligence on terrorist cells; deploying armed drone aircraft against known terrorists; more aggressively tracking Qaeda money; and accelerating the F.B.I.'s translation and analysis of material from surveillance of terrorism suspects in American cities.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today appointed Santa Cruz political stalwart Bruce McPherson to replace Kevin Shelley as secretary of state.

More than 200 scientists employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says

Expressing outrage Thursday, family members of 9/11 victims called on the federal government to probe why it didn't act on intelligence warning of terrorist hijackings in the months before the World Trade Center was destroyed.
C.I.A. Operation in Iran Failed When Spies Were Exposed By Greg Miller The Los Angeles Times

Changing Minds, One at a Time By Howard Zinn The Progressive

Once upon a time, working the White House Press Briefing Room was the crown jewel of mainstream political journalism beats. That was it; short of reporting live from under the President's desk or nailing down an interview with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, you weren't going to get a better gig if you were a political reporter

The Iraqi Prime Minister Seeks an Alliance with the Kurds to Save His Job By Cécile Hennion Le Monde

Let us stand back in awe at the Bush administration's genius. Few administrations in our history have been more successful in setting the terms of the political debate. None has been as skilled at getting its facts accepted as plausible even when they are not. None has looked so principled, even when it said one thing while doing another.

WASHINGTON -- A Halliburton Co. shipment of radioactive material went missing in October but the company didn't alert government authorities until this week, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said today. The material -- two sources of the element americium, used in oil well exploration -- was found intact Wednesday in Boston after an intense search by federal authorities. NRC and Halliburton officials say the public never was in danger

THE Howard Government has defied US efforts to dissuade the European Union from lifting its 15-year arms embargo on China, which Washington fears could transform the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait.
BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he'll do his "damnedest" to open a dialogue with the United States in the coming months to tackling the issue of global warming.
Last autumn, while Pentagon lawyers were writing memos suggesting that Mubanga may not have had any involvement in terrorism at all and may not have been given a fair hearing, the Guantanamo authorities subjected him to the harshest treatment in his 33 months in Guantanamo, with three brutal assaults by the 'Instant Reaction Force' riot squad for trivial violations of the camp rules.

Fort Carson amputee returning to Iraq for second tour of duty
SACRAMENTO — In a fiery speech to Republican faithful Friday evening, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ridiculed Democrats as wasteful spending "addicts" who have been taking "sleeping pills," and he characterized California's problems as stemming from "evil."

Harare - President Robert Mugabe on Friday sharply criticised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying she was a "slave" to white masters in Washington who had branded Zimbabwe an outpost of tyranny.

Texas GOP moves to exempt itself from law

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high of $617.7 billion last year, pushed by soaring oil prices and Americans' insatiable appetite for everything foreign, from cars to toys and food

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

TREASON...? You decide.

May 2004.

Bush "Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of this government to protect the American people."

AND NOW.....

9/11 Report Cites Many Warnings About Hijackings


Published: February 10, 2005

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 - In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.

But aviation officials were "lulled into a false sense of security," and "intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures," the commission report concluded.

The report discloses that the Federal Aviation Administration, despite being focused on risks of hijackings overseas, warned airports in the spring of 2001 that if "the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable."


To be clear....They KNEW...and did NOTHING......


I can think of TRILLIONS of reasons....

Awake! my beloved country. Awake! the sleeping patriot....

We are still in terrible danger.

Dispatch from Down Under part 2

Gunmen kill Iraqi journalist

By Andrew Marshall in Baghdad

February 10, 2005

GUNMEN killed an Iraqi journalist working for a US-funded television network in Basra and assassinated a senior government official in Baghdad today in the latest attacks following the January 30 election.Police in Basra, 550km southeast of Baghdad, said Alhurra correspondent Abdul-Hussein Khazal had been shot dead at his home in the mainly Shiite city.

Alhurra is a Virginia-based satellite news network set up with US funding to compete with Arabic channels such as Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. Alhurra said one of Khazal's sons had also been killed. He was three years old.




Congresswoman calls for investigation into White House ‘reporter’ linked to escort sites

Rep. Slaughter Calls on President Bush to Explain Emerging White House Briefing Room Scandal

Dear Mr. President:

In light of the mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate in favor of Administration policies, I feel compelled to ask you to address a matter brought to my attention by the Niagara Falls Reporter (article attached), a local newspaper in my district, regarding James "JD" Guckert (AKA Jeff Gannon) of Talon News.

According to several credible reports, "Mr. Gannon" has been repeatedly credentialed as a member of the White House press corps by your office and has been regularly called upon in White House press briefings by your Press Secretary Scott McClellan, despite the fact evidence shows that "Mr. Gannon" is a Republican political operative, uses a false name, has phony or questionable journalistic credentials, is known for plagiarizing much of the "news" he reports, and according to several web reports, may have ties to the promotion of the prostitution of military personnel.



U.S. general says he believes British plane was downed by hostile act, not accident

By Robert Burns, Associated Press,

2/9/2005 11:53

WASHINGTON (AP) A senior U.S. general said Wednesday he believes the British C-130 aircraft that crashed in Iraq on Jan. 30, killing all 10 people aboard, was downed by hostile action rather than by a mechanical problem. The British government has not said whether it was shot down.

''I personally believe there may have been either hostile action or something that happened inside the aircraft, but I doubt that it was mechanical in nature, if you know what I mean,'' Air Force Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters.


---WOW Welcome to the party asshole.---


FBI checking Clermont voting Congressman claims tampering

BATAVIA - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is interviewing members of the Clermont County Board of Elections because of a Democratic Congressman's claim of vote-tampering during the presidential election.
The allegations stem from white oval-shaped stickers, about the size of an M&M, placed on fewer than 100 ballots.

Poll workers used them on Election Day to correct mistaken votes and determine intent on the optical scan ballots. Some voters, for example, marked their vote, but also etched a small mark in the space for another candidate, which threw off the machines.


---I'm not sure if this reporter actually read the SWORN AFADAVITS by these witnesses whom have stated that the stickers covered KERRY votes and there were MANY more than 100 of them.---


China executes 650: AmnestyFrom correspondents in Beijing

February 10, 2005

CHINA, which puts more people to death than the rest of the world combined, has executed at least 650 in the two months leading up to the Lunar New Year, rights group Amnesty International said.

The executions reached a fearful crescendo in the last two weeks before the holiday, when 200 people were put to death, according to the London-based organisation, which based its data on official Chinese media reports.

"The true figure is certainly much higher, as China refuses to publish full details of all the people it executes," Amnesty said in a statement on China's "horrific New Year."


---Notice Bush doesn't seem eager to take on the Chinese DICTATORS...?---


Video shows 'Iraqi troop deaths'

Iraqi insurgents say they have killed seven members of the security forces, whose deaths are apparently shown in a video posted on the militants' website.

The video, released by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, shows seven men being interrogated and then shot as they kneeled outdoors with their eyes bound.

Seven Iraqi soldiers were captured on Thursday in an ambush near Baghdad.

The deaths come as a top US general says "severe intimidation" by rebels is affecting numbers of Iraqi soldiers.



Seduction of an unwitting suicide bomber

A mother had no hint her disabled son had been chosen for a deadly mission, writes Paul McGeough in Baghdad.

Of all the savage stories of the 20-month-long Iraqi insurgency, the story of how a young disabled boy was turned into a human bomb is one of the cruellest.


--- God...?...Why ...WHY...Why..Whywhywhywhywhywhywhywhywhy...---


Shirin Ebadi warns Washington against military strikes

Iran's Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi issued a stark warning to the U.S. saying any military attacks on the country would be "utter disaster" for the human rights cause in her country.Ebadi's warning was published Tuesday in the New York Times and comes weeks after President Bush said he hadn't ruled out the use of military force, if diplomacy fails to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.



What makes a terrorist tick?By Caroline Drees in Washington

February 10, 2005

WHAT turns a man into a terrorist? What makes a doctor like al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri swap healing for killing, or a Palestinian mother of two blow herself up at an army checkpoint?

A new US government-funded centre at the University of Maryland aims to find out. Scholars involved in the project, funded with a $US12 million ($15.67 million) three-year US grant, hope their research will explain what makes people adopt terrorist tactics, and then help stop attacks before they occur.


---I'll tell you what causes terrorists for a measly MILLION...What a joke.---


Abbas deploys aide for militia talks

From correspondents in Ramallah

February 10, 2005

PALESTINIAN leader Mahmud Abbas has dispatched a top aide to Lebanon for talks with Hizbollah leaders in a bid to stop them trying to wreck a Middle East ceasefire, political and security sources said today.

Abdelfatah Hamayel, who served as a cabinet minister under Abbas during his time as prime minister in 2003, was expected to urge the Shiite militia to stop funding attacks by militants amid fears that Hizbollah is trying to derail the fledgling peace process.


---Good luck. I truely hope it works.---


Iraq Deposits Five Billion Dollars with US Federal Reserve

February 8, 2005

BAGHDAD, Feb 8 (AFP) - The Iraqi central bank has built up five billion dollars in reserves in recent months which have been deposited with the US Federal Reserve, a top US treasury official said Tuesday.

The sum will earn the Iraqi government about 100 million dollars of much needed interest each year, John Taylor, US treasury under secretary for international affairs, told a press conference after talks with Iraqi officials.


---Now this is a joke right?...Because the recent news has the Provisional Authority 'misplacing' 10 BILLION dollars in 18 months...I don't have it...do you?...hmmm---


Rice threatens Iran to refer it to the UN Security Council

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice repeated the U.S. threats against Iran over its nuclear programme, saying that Tehran has one of two choices, either accepts a European deal or faces referral the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.


---To put it in mild terms..I simply can not stand the site of this lying bitch anymore. She makes me vomit.---


Extremists make barbers new hunted

Baghdad: Umm Ali says militants killed her son last month for the most unlikely of reasons: he trimmed men's beards.

In Baghdad's Dora neighbourhood, residents say Sunni extremists have made barbers the new hunted, accusing them of violating a strict reading of Islamic teachings that say men should keep their beards long.

Some extremists also consider Western-style haircuts an offensive symbol of the hated, secularised culture of Europe and the United States. To them, sporting a clipped beard or a modern haircut is an infraction worthy of death.


---Just when you thought the stupidity had reached a breaking point...it folds back around to ghastly dumb instead.---


Top US team presses Nato on Iraq

Two of the US administration's top officials are holding talks in Europe aimed in part at drumming up support for operations in Iraq.

Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in the French city of Nice to call for Nato colleagues to do more for the military effort there.


---It is true Rummy hates the French, but he would MUCH rather go there than say, Germany...You know Germany the place WAR CRIMINALS fear because they have ummm..certain legal precedents...They got Pinochet, in time... eventually Rummy, they will get you, too. You will never be able to run far enough.---


Syria says U.S. isolation threats to please Israel

Syria slammed the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over her threat to isolate Damascus, saying that it was designed to please Israel.

"Accusing Syria of terrorism is not new, and although the United States knows Syria is cooperating on this, it nevertheless continues to demand more," Radio Damascus said.

The U.S. threats, expressed by Rice or anyone else, "have the sole aim to please Israel, which thinks that (Lebanese-Syrian) unity threatens its security".

"By calling resistance movements terrorist (organizations), the administration of President George W. Bush violates a legitimate right of the UN charter," the radio added.


---You know the world is assbackwards when SYRIA has to point out to the USA what thier rights are under the U.N Charter...Oh yeah Bush and his merry band of mighty Iraqi killers NEVER READ the UN Charter...--


Baghdad suicide bomb blast kills 21

Up to 21 people were killed and 27 wounded by a suicide bomb in the west of Baghdad, a US army spokesman said, marking the deadliest insurgent attack since Iraq's general election nine days ago.

Hospital sources had initially put the death toll at up to 14 but the army spokesman confirmed it had risen and said the bomber had been on foot.
The blast occurred near an Iraqi army recruitment centre in western Baghdad, hospital officials said. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of the explosion. Black smoke rose into the sky and ambulances raced to the scene.

Separately, gunmen ambushed the convoy of an Iraqi politician in western Baghdad, killing two of his sons, police said.

They said Mithal al-Alusi, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation, had survived the attack.

Alusi is a controversial figure in Iraq - he has been a vocal critic of Syria and Iran, and was widely criticised in Iraq for visiting Israel last year.
After his visit he was expelled from the Iraqi National Congress party led by Ahmad Chalabi.


---BTW...Is the Jordanian arrest warrant still out on Chalabi for stealing MILLIONS some years ago?---

What Children REALLY Think of War. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Dispatch from Down Under

Because I've been seriously ill, this blog is posting slowly.

However Thanks to Rossi The Aussie, we have still been keeping up.

The many links she has sent me will be posted soon. In the meantime I feel the need to print this one link as it is very much WHY I can not support or even imagine supporting the Iraqi War.

I am not anti- any war.

I am anti- this war. ..Here is some of why....

The Abu Ghraib Scandal You Don't Know

American soldiers often have a tough time with Arabic names, so to guards, he was just "Gus.'' To the world outside Abu Ghraib prison, he became an iconic figure, a naked, prostrate Iraqi prisoner crawling on the end of a leash held by Private Lynndie England, the pixyish Army Reserve clerk who posed in several of the infamous photographs that made the name Abu Ghraib synonymous with torture. Now, it emerges, there may be another dimension to Gus' story and certainly to the horrors of Abu Ghraib. In what amounted to a perversion of the traditional doctor's creed of "first, do no harm," the medical system at the prison became an instrument of abuse, by design and by neglect. As uncovered by legal scholars M. Gregg Bloche and Jonathan Marks, who conducted an inquiry published by the New England Journal of Medicine, not only were some military doctors at Abu Ghraib enlisted to help inflict distress on the prisoners, but also the scarcity of basic medical care was at times so severe that it created another kind of torture.

Medical personnel and others who worked at the prison tell TIME that, with straitjackets unavailable, tethers--like the leash on Gus--were put to use at Abu Ghraib to control unruly or mentally disturbed detainees, sometimes with the concurrence of a doctor. That such a restraint-- which is supposed to be placed around legs, arms or torsos--ended up instead around a man's neck seems to be a case of a medically condoned practice degenerating into abuse. But there was also medical disarray at the prison: amputations performed by nondoctors, chest tubes recycled from the dead to the living, a medic ordered, by one account, to cover up a homicide. That in itself would have made Abu Ghraib a scandal even without the acts of torture inflicted on the inmates by their guards.


If you want to know who is to blame, he sits now as Attorney Genral of the United States of America.

And now we all STINK of tortured human flesh.

ReBelle Daily Dispatch

WHouse Balks at Submitting Social Security Plan

Tue Feb 8, 2005 08:31 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has told lawmakers it has no immediate plans to submit its own detailed proposal to Congress for overhauling Social Security, sources briefed by the administration said on Tuesday.


---Of course he won't submit it.Bush knows if ANYONE has more than 2 minutes to read it they would then catch on that he is dillusional.---


Holy crap

by John in DC - 2/8/2005 07:03:51 PM

Update: He just resigned


Let me say again, holy crap.The blogosphere has dug up some really really really creepy stuff about that pseudo-reporter with the pseudonym who the White House lets ask all the softball questions about their briefings. His pseudonym is Jeff Gannon, and well, the folks at DailyKos, and Eschaton, have been doing a little digging around on him.It's a long and sordid tale, but let me give it to you in a nutshell. Mr. Gannon's home page is JeffGannon.com . Well, JeffGannon.com is owned by a person and company that owns the following Web addresses as well:
And for those of you who are really straight or really clueless, "m4m" is a gay online term for men who are looking to have sex with other men, and "escort" means prostitute. And being a military escort is also against the Uniform Code of Military Justice in at least two different ways, if not more.Now, I'm not one to judge how folks like to get their jollies (assuming no children are involved and it's consensual), but then again, I don't suck up to the family values agenda like Mr. Gannon does. I've been through Gannon's archives, and it's a horrendous accumulation of religious right suck-up pieces on gay issues. Some are concerned that perhaps it's not fair to hit him with the gay card, if he is gay. Well, take a look at some of the stories from Gannon's Talon News Service: here, here, here Talon is promoting "ex-gays," defending Bush on gay marriage, and Gannon himself writing a story defending Santorum on his man-dog-sex commments about gays. There are lots more, you get the picture.Oh, and speaking of pictures, they found photos too.The big issue here is whether the White House has been knowingly opening its doors to a pseudonymous male hustler (or pimp) so he'll pose softball questions to the president. If that's the case here - and in all fairness, we still need to hear from Gannon - it's not just creepy, it's outrageous and an incredible violation of the country's trust, and just as importantly, White House security. Do these people do a background check on anyone?Just go and read it all for yourself.


----OH WOW---


'New Times Broward-Palm Beach' Jumps into Feeney, Yang (YEI), Curtis Fray!

The bad news for Feeney is that much of the meat and potatoes of Curtis' allegations are about to receive even wider coverage in South Florida (Flashback to Curtis' affidavit [PDF] quoting YEI CEO Mrs. Yang: "You don’t understand, in order to get the contract we have to hide the manipulation in the source code. This program is needed to control the vote in South Florida.")The latest thorn in Tom Feeney's side is scheduled to hit the stands on Wednesday. We will, of course, offer a link to the online version of the article just as soon as it is made available to us. We're told it should be up by tomorrow P.M....STILL DEVELOPING...


---In case you have not been paying attention..this story is HUGE. It involves NASA, chinese spys and yes election rigging. The man making these accusations has time and time again been put to the fire yet out of ALL the players Clint Curtis is the ONLY one who has NOT been CAUGHT in a lie or series of lies. OH and BTW...If Feeney did arrange this software REMEMBER..Feeney was at one time the running mate of none other than JEB BUSH...When you understand this story, THEN you will understand what happened in Ohio on Nov. 2, 2004...---



Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Typical Israeli timeline:

Peace summit arranged in Egypt between Sharon and Abbas.

On the morning of February 7, a day before the summit is to start, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Israel Army Radio that he had received intelligence warnings that some militants, including Hezbollah, may try to disrupt the summit.

Due to the intelligence warnings, Israel Police moved to a level III heightened alert status, one level below a state-of-emergency.

Like clockwork, on the afternoon of February 7, rockets rained down on the northern Israeli town of Nahariya, and were immediately described by Israeli police as Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

Later in the same day, the attack was described as the result of 'human error' involving test by an Israeli weapons manufacturer in the area. It was made clear - some might say too clear - that although the failed test took place on an IDF firing range and was by a weapons company closely associated with the IDF, the IDF had nothing to do with it.

Obviously, the IDF attempted to disrupt the summit, or even provide a reason to call it off, by faking a rocket attack by Hezbollah. It wasn't a coincidence that the Israeli Defense Minister announced the possibility of an attack in the morning, and a faked attack occurred in the afternoon. This is the usual Israeli terrorist bullshit. On times too numerous to mention, whenever Sharon needs political cover to hide some outrage he is committing a convenient 'Palestinian' attack pops up to distract the press and make the poor, poor Israelis look like victims again. This time they were caught red handed, and had to come up with the laughable excuse of 'human error' in rocket testing (you've got to be kidding!). But here's the good part, and the aspect of this whole sordid matter that inspires some optimism. They were busted, and they were busted by IDF insiders. People in the IDF was so disgusted by the trickery that they spilled the beans, resulting in the necessity of the ridiculous cover story to explain the inconvenient fact that rockets coming from an IDF firing range were landing on an Israeli town. It wouldn't do for people to find out that crazies in the IDF were willing to murder Israelis in order to stop the peace process. The good news is that there are Israelis, including Israelis in the IDF, who wouldn't let them get away with it. If Israel is ever to have peace, we need to see more of this whistleblowing.



Election Crime Scene-2004

"We the People Do Not Concede"

By Carol Sterritt

John Kerry did not lose the electoral votes in Florida. They were stolen.
Nor did he lose the electoral votes in Ohio. They were stolen as well.
And with these two states being a rigged game, suspicions multiply. Suspicion falls especially hard upon the supposed three and a half million votes that Bush now claims as the popular vote margin. Across the nation, at least 400,000 people used voter hotlines to report the difficulties noticed on election day. Among those complaints, a full 50,000 instances were outright malfunctioning voting machinery. And in each of these 50,000 instances the vote went to Bush. If election day machine malfunctions were random, then logic dictates that Kerry must receive the benefit of the machine failures at least a few times. Unless the breakdowns were not random. And if not random, then they must be considered part of a network of fraud.


--Yall didn't think this was over eh?..The evidence is gathering into a MOUNTAIN...---


Results of Landmark Iraq Election Delayed

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials said Wednesday the announcement of final results from landmark national elections will be delayed because the election commission must recount votes from about 300 ballot boxes.

Amid spiraling postelection violence, gunmen killed an Iraqi journalist working for a U.S.-funded television station and his 3-year-old son as they left their home Wednesday in the southern city of Basra, an official said.


---If you cannot trust Ohio elections, Then you CANNOT trust Iraqi warzone elections. Just ask the Iraqis when the explosions stop a moment...---


Bush: Holding Three Jobs 'Uniquely American'

Drudge Report February 9 2005 http://www.drudgereport.com/flashss.htm

Last Friday when promoting social security reform with 'regular' citizens in Omaha, Nebraska, President Bush walked into an awkward unscripted moment in which he stated that carrying three jobs at a time is 'uniquely American.'

While talking with audience participants, the president met Mary Mornin, a woman in her late fifties who told the president she was a divorced mother of three, including a 'mentally challenged' son.
The President comforted Mornin on the security of social security stating that 'the promises made will be kept by the government.'
But without prompting Mornin began to elaborate on her life circumstances.

Begin transcript:
MS. MORNIN: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.
THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?
MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)


---What a dick.---


US Held Responsible For KAM AIR Disaster


KABUL (Online) -- A source close to the Afghan government has held United States troops responsible for crash of a passenger plane. Talking to Radio Tehran on condition of anonymity told that the KAM AIR, which was on its way from Herat to Kabul did not land at Kabul airport due to bad weather. The pilot of the plane wanted to land at Bagram airbase where the US forces have been stationed; however, the US troops did not allow the plane to land. The source further told that the staff of the plane had informed the US troops at Bagram airbase that it could remain in air for only fifteen minutes. That is why necessary for the plane to land but the US forces did not allow it which caused its crash. Consequently 104 passengers were killed on board the plane.



What Ward Churchill Didn't Say: (It's the Singer...Not the Song)

Thanks to Ward Churchill, we have a good idea of what provokes the H Word in today’s McSociety. But is he really guilty of hate speech for what he said? In the end, that’s a matter of opinion...but I do know what Churchill didn’t say.

Ward Churchill didn’t say this: "God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did." That was George W. Bush, twice un-elected president of the United States of Advertisement.

Ward Churchill didn’t say this: "There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire." That was John F. Kerry and he was still considered soft (he just didn’t hate enough, I guess).

Ward Churchill didn’t say this: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building" or this: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." That was the noted humanitarian Ann Coulter.



Rice lashes Europeans over Iran diplomacy

The Europeans have expressed frustration that the US has kept a relatively low profile in the talks with the Islamic republic while making what are seen as veiled threats about the possibility of military action.
"The international community has got to be certain to speak with one very tough voice to the Iranians that it is not going to be acceptable for Iran to build a nuclear weapon under cover of civilian nuclear power," Dr Rice told Fox.
She said the US had believed all along that Iran should be referred to the UN Security Council for violating international non-proliferation norms.
"But they need to hear that the discussions that they're in with the Europeans are not going to be a kind of way-station where they are allowed to continue their activities, that there's going to be an end to this and that they're going to end up in the Security Council," Dr Rice said.


---This bitch has let her cheese slide off her cracker.Hey Cunnalingus...yall said that one voice crap to get the Iraqi War Resolution passed BEFORE the UN Security Council could even meet. AND WHERE ARE THOSE IRAQI WMDs??? Now Bush is on my tv saying it..ONE VOICE ONE VOICE...YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME YOU PSYCHOTIC BITCH!---


Don't mention Fallujah: Another unembedded journalist disappears in Iraq

February 9, 2005—Joseph Goebbels, minister of the Nazi propaganda factory, urged Hitler's willing journalists "to think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play."
I thought of this snarling manufacturer of lies Saturday as I learned that the unembedded Italian journalist, Giuliana Sgrena, disappeared in Iraq.


---UPDATE; This woman has been killed. I pray her family finds answers.---


Pentagon to broadcast to millions of U.S. homes

Big News Network.com Wednesday 9th February, 2005
The U.S. military is to beam its own news coverage to millions of Americans. Moving on from its phase of embedding journalists, or as some would say, 'a policy of restricting and contolling the flow of information,' the Pentagon will now produce and disseminate the news itself. It will be beamed to the public at no charge. The service will emanate from what is known as the Pentagon Channel, an internal public relations television unit within the Department of Defense. It was set up nine months ago.


---Why PAY for propaganda when you can just MAKE YOUR OWN...---

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Art For Boys Posted by Hello


A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:from bondage to spiritual faith;from spiritual faith to great courage;from courage to liberty;from liberty to abundance;from abundance to selfishness;from selfishness to complacency;from complacency to apathy;from apathy to dependency;from dependency back again to bondage.

Sir Alex Fraser Tytler

The Flu Epidemic

Due to illness, I will not be posting today.

I will start the Rebelle Daily Dispatchs again first thing tommorrow morning.

Monday, February 07, 2005

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News from Iraq

22 Iraqi Officers and 14 Resistance Fighters Killed Near Baghdad : Elsewhere, one U.S. soldier from Task Force Baghdad was killed and two others were wounded Sunday afternoon

Suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraqi hospital: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a hospital compound in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday, killing 12 policemen and injuring four others, hospital officials said.

Eight people killed in Baghdad car bombing: A car bomb exploded on Monday outside the police headquarters in the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, killing eight people, hospital sources said.

Militant group kills Iraqi translator: Iraqi militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it had shot dead an Iraqi translator working for U.S. forces and posted an Internet video of the killing on Monday.

Reporter's captors warn Italy to pull troops from Iraq : The purported kidnappers of an Italian journalist abducted in Iraq claimed they still were interrogating her and said they had given Rome a final warning to withdraw its troops from the country, according to a statement posted on the Internet Sunday.

Out with the old, in with the new : The Iraqi elections were designed not to preserve the unity of Iraq but to re-establish the unity of the west

Juan Cole: The Republicans' Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iraq: The Republican Party spin machine was bouncing around the airwaves like an overloaded washing machine on Sunday attempting to obscure from the American public that they had by their actions managed to install a Shiite religious ruling class in Iraq.

Unqualified medics 'did amputations': UNQUALIFIED US military medics stationed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison reportedly carried out amputations and recycled used chest tubes. A Time magazine report today said staff also lacked medical supplies to treat inmates account, to cover up a homicide inside the jail.and that a medic was ordered, by one

Beware the euphoria about Iraq's election: History has a sober lesson for those intoxicated by the poll

UK troops `murdered Iraqi man: UP to seven British paratroopers are to be charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian, military sources revealed yesterday.

Iraqi Shia leaders demand Islam be the source of law: Iraq’s Shia leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and another top cleric on Sunday staked out a demand that Islam be the sole source of legislation in the country’s new constitution.

---War is Hell...Somewhere tonight, there is Hell on Earth.---

A pic my mom approves of..The mountains behind me PROVES that, yes, I have left the south at least once in my lifetime...BTW my hair is much longer now Posted by Hello

ReBelle Daily Dispatch

E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Washington Post Writers Group

Not even a smidgen? Bush Social Security hysteria stops at giving back a dime of his tax cuts

WASHINGTON -- Our country could profit from an honest debate about the future of Social Security. Judging from President Bush's State of the Union address, that is not the kind of debate we are about to have.



Homeless vets wait years for aid

John Staresinich is a Purple Heart veteran who has slept in cracks in highway overpasses and abandoned cars, camped out in thin tents next to railroad tracks and fought off rats and bugs in Chinatown flophouses.
In December, he was diagnosed with severe combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder -- 32 years after returning from Vietnam -- and is now getting help from the federal Veterans Affairs in Chicago. He says it took more than a year of begging that agency.


---The closest Bush will ever come to a Purple Heart is if they marker one in on a bandaid to try to smear an opponent. An opponent who DID NOT DESSERT his post. Duh' Leader propably thinks Veterans SHOULD beg.. His policies seem to have him GETTING OFF on it.---

'Most wanted' ad for Laden in Pak paper!

The United States placed a newspaper advertisement on Friday offering rewards of millions of dollars for information leading to the arrest of Osama bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda kingpins.

The half-page ad in the Urdu daily Mashriq, published in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, near the Afghan border, puts a 5-million-dollar price on the head of the 9/11 mastermind and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.


----OK WAIT JUST A DAMN MINUTE.....I thought the reward was 50 (FIFTY) million dollars FOR ONE...For two, IS newspaper ads what is COSTING US BILLIONS? bin Laden will not be found because BUSH DON'T WANT HIM FOUND! We can find Saddams spider hole BUT NOT bin Ladens LUXURY CAVE???? Boys and Girls, when it comes to bin Laden..There is TREASON afoot.-----


White House, Congress to Battle Again Over Domestic Programs

By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page A07

President Bush announces a $2.5 trillion budget for fiscal 2006 tomorrow that takes a hard line with domestic spending, slashing or eliminating more than 150 federal programs. But the administration's record last year does not promise much success.
A year ago the White House targeted 65 programs to save nearly $5 billion. But Congress agreed to ax only five of them -- and restored a previously eliminated a trade-relations program with historic whaling partners, and the saving shrank to $292 million.


---Bush has just bit off more than he can chew.---


Gonzales to Take 3 White House Lawyers to Justice Dept.

By Dana MilbankSunday, February 6, 2005; Page A04

For those wondering how much distance new Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will keep from the White House, here's an early clue: He's taking three White House lawyers with him to be his top aides at the Justice Department.

Gonzales, confirmed Thursday, said during his confirmation hearings: "I will no longer represent only the White House, I will represent the United States of America and its people. I understand the differences between the two roles."

But now comes word that Gonzales plans to name Ted Ullyot to be his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson as his deputy chief of staff, and Raul Yanes as counselor, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. All three have been lawyers in the White House counsel's office under Gonzales.

If the names sound familiar, it may be because Ullyot and Yanes were the coordinators of the White House's response to the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. That investigation is being handled by, uh, the Justice Department.


---Let us NOT FORGET...WHOMEVER leaked Mrs. Plames' name as a C.I.A. agent did so as a DIRECT act against her husband, who had critisized the Bush story about Niger yellowcake. This act is NO LESS than TREASON... Novak...We KNOW your the mouthpiece that revealed the secret. You too will be brought to JUSTICE.... By WHOM you ask?...BY WE...---


Kurds accused of rigging Kirkuk vote

Turkmen and Arab political parties in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk have accused Kurds of fixing the result of provincial elections held on the 30 January.

Official results for the election held on the same day as Iraq's national vote have not yet been released.


---Can you say REGIONAL CONFLICT?...It sounds so much CLEANER than Civil War..---
---Oh and BTW...I already got one complaint for an Al Jazeera link and I'll make this clear right now...In this day and these times Al Jazeera has AS MUCH credibility as ANY of our so called 'Fee Press'...When you want to KNOW whats happening OVER THERE.. You might want to actually listen to the people who are OVER THERE..---

What Sistani Wants

He refuses a new air conditioner, yet his office is Internet-wired. He wants women to take political office, but not to shake the hands of men outside their families. He is easily the most powerful man in Iraq. Yet he's an Iranian.


---As a women this is appalling to me. Appalling because even under that bastard Saddam, Iraqi women have been MORE free than almost ALL other women in the Middle East. Now that freedom will never be found again in our lifetimes and these women will pay the terrible price of it.---


Shia 'poll landslide' set to put religion at heart of Iraqi power

There is a word used often by politicians in Iraq's deep south. It is tahmeech, meaning isolation.

It is used to say that for decades not a single government minister in Baghdad has come from Iraq's second city, Basra. It signifies a generation of discrimination against Shias by Saddam's Sunni-dominated regime.

Now, if the initial results of last Sunday's Iraqi elections prove to represent the final picture, the centre of political gravity has shifted inexorably south - away from the violence of the cities of the north, away from Baghdad and that city's technocratic class - towards the poverty-stricken, dust-blown Shia heartland



U.S. Redesigning Atomic Weapons


Worried that the nation's aging nuclear arsenal is increasingly fragile, American scientists have begun designing a new generation of nuclear arms meant to be sturdier and more reliable and to have longer lives, federal officials and private experts say.

The officials say the program could help shrink the arsenal and the high cost of its maintenance. But critics say it could needlessly resuscitate the complex of factories and laboratories that make nuclear weapons and could possibly ignite a new arms race.


----So thats why Condi set out to piss off the Russians...Thank you, you incompetant skank...Vodka anyone?---


The 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004


---If you click this link PLEASE consider DONATING to these Doctors... Thier work is both noble and brave.----


No Returns


Published: February 6, 2005

Last month, the self-appointed head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, railed against ''this evil principle of democracy'' and said he would send his fighters to kill people who tried to vote. Days before, in Washington, President Bush delivered an inaugural address focused almost exclusively on promoting democracy, which he portrayed as an antidote for ''our vulnerability.'' His theory was that ''resentment and tyranny'' simmer in undemocratic nations, breeding violent ideologies that will ''cross the most defended borders'' to pose a ''mortal threat.''
Given these statements by Zarqawi and Bush, Americans might well conclude that Al Qaeda's primary aim is preventing democracy. Following the president's theory, they might assume terrorism cannot grow in democracies and that the best way to deal with it is to create more democracies. Unfortunately, both beliefs may be mistaken.


---God Bless You Mr. Clark. We KNOW your courage, and your sorrow---


Cheney: Social Security Plan to Cost Trillions

By Christopher LeeWashington

Post Staff WriterMonday, February 7, 2005; Page A02

Vice President Cheney acknowledged yesterday that the federal government would need to borrow trillions of dollars over the next few decades to cover the cost of the personal retirement accounts at the heart of President Bush's plan to restructure Social Security.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Cheney said the government would have to borrow $754 billion over the next 10 years, and conceded that the price tag would involve borrowing trillions of dollars more in subsequent decades.


---Didn't somebody tell Angina Cheney that Russia and China ain't our dollar daddy anymore?..Maybe we could borrow it from the Saudis..Maybe thats what they intended to do..Scary Scary..----


James C Moore: If not now, when?

Condoleezza Rice says the United States has no plans to attack Iran 'at this point in time'. But recent history suggests otherwise

06 February 2005

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace

Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

President Bush's rhetorical flourishes against tyranny, both in his state of the union speech and his inaugural address, have left Britain, the rest of the EU and much of America wondering if Iran will be the next target of US military might. The consternation is great, and not without cause. Under the Bush administration, a pathology has emerged for asserting foreign policy, and each step foreshadows the next: the President expounds vague principles to stir American hearts and, subsequently, lower administration officials mumble the frightening details. That's the way the US ended up occupying Iraq, and it is how any move will be made against Iran.
The President's thinking on Iran is readily discernible. A few hours before Bush's inauguration, Vice-President Dick Cheney said on a radio talk show that "Iran is at the top of the list" of trouble spots because of "a fairly robust nuclear programme". A similar public pronouncement about Iraq by Cheney proved to be unfounded, but had, nonetheless, the political effect of generating public support for invasion. The day after his state of the union speech, President Bush repeated his conviction that Iran was "the world's primary state sponsor of terrorism". The White House ought to have diminished credibility on such allegations after Iraq, but the American public continues, disturbingly, to listen and trust.


--Ok this is getting stupid beyond belief.---


Abuses Endangered Veterans in Cancer Drug Experiments


Mr. Steubing jumped at the chance to participate in an experimental drug study at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, believing it offered him the hope of surviving longer. The research coordinator, Paul H. Kornak, told Mr. Steubing that he was "just a perfect specimen," with the body of a man half his age, according to Jayne Steubing, Mr. Steubing's widow.

He was not, though. Because of a previous cancer and poor kidney function, Mr. Steubing was not even eligible to participate in the experiment, according to government documents. Mr. Kornak, however, brushed that obstacle aside. He altered Mr. Steubing's medical records, according to prosecutors, and enrolled him in the study. He also posed as a doctor.


---Kim this link is for you as a follow up to the conversation we had about using soldiers as lab monkeys. Simply ghastly---


Canseco confessions

The longtime Oakland star, who made a brief appearance with the Yankees in 2000, claims he introduced steroids to the game and injected fellow Bash Brother Mark McGwire in the rear end numerous times in clubhouse bathroom stalls.

He also describes watching disgraced Yankee slugger Jason Giambi and McGwire injecting each other when they both played with the Oakland A's, and says he personally taught All-Star and potential Hall of Famers Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez to use 'roids after he was traded to the Texas Rangers in 1992.

Canseco claims the team's general managing partner at the time - an aspiring politician named George W. Bush - had to have been aware that his players were using performance-enhancing drugs but did nothing about it.

White House spokesman Ken Lisaius declined to comment on the allegations, but he noted that President Bush called on players and owners during his 2004 State of the Union address to get rid of steroids and applauded the beefed-up drug policy Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to in December.

"This President's position on steroids has been clear for some time," Lisaius said.


---OHHH Well Georgie if its JUST SO CLEAR...WHY are people still asking about it?...HAHAHAHAHA BUSTED----


Bush Budget Raises Drug Prices for Many Veterans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 - President Bush's budget would more than double the co-payment charged to many veterans for prescription drugs and would require some to pay a new fee of $250 a year for the privilege of using government health care, administration officials said Sunday.


---This is SOOO WRONG---


Iran Would Accelerate Nuke Program if Attacked

Sun Feb 6,10:45 AM ET
By Paul Hughes and Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran would both retaliate and accelerate its drive to master nuclear technology if the United States or Israel attacked its atomic facilities, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator warned on Sunday.
Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, also told Reuters there was nothing the West could offer Tehran that would persuade it to scrap a nuclear program which Washington fears may be used to make bombs.



Attacks in Iraq Kill at Least 30 People

By MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents struck at Iraqi police forces with a suicide bomb, a car bomb and mortars in the cities of Mosul and Baqouba on Monday, killing at least 30 people as they pressed their campaign to undermine the nation's fledgling security forces.
The deadliest attack came in Baqouba, where a car bomb exploded outside the gates of a provincial police headquarters, killing 15 people and wounding 17, police Col. Mudhahar al-Jubouri said. Many of the victims were there to seek jobs as policemen, al-Jubouri said.



Congresswoman Tubbs Jones Joins Rep. Conyers in Introducing Voting Reform Legislation

Friday February 4, 2:51 pm ET

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones joined Rep. John Conyers in introducing the Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act, or the VOTER Act of 2005.

"I am pleased to join with Rep. Conyers as we continue our efforts to ensure that every American is afforded their Constitutional right to vote," stated Rep. Tubbs Jones. This legislation seeks to combat the tremendous voting irregularities that plagued both the 2000 and 2004 elections. If in fact we see it is our obligation to secure democracy around the world, to monitor and oversee free and fair elections in other countries, most recently in Iraq, then we must ensure, protect and guarantee the right to vote right here at home."


--- If I can't trust elections in Ohio..then I damn sure do not trust Iraqi war zone elections---

Okrent Column Hits Judith Miller, After She Plays "Hardball"

The Times' star reporter gave a scoop about her old friend Ahmad Chalabi to Chris Matthews a week ago, and it still hasn't shown up in her own paper. Now the Times' public editor has pressed Executive Editor Bill Keller for an explanation, but Keller replies that this "is not the time" for that.

By William E. Jackson, Jr. (February 06, 2005) -- Last Sunday, Judith Miller revealed, on Chris Matthews’ MSNBC program "Hardball," that sources had informed her that U.S. officials were, once again, "reaching out" to her old friend, disgraced former Iraqi exile leader Ahmad Chalabi, even pushing for a major post-election cabinet post. It is clear, however, that the New York Times reporter committed a serious professional and public relations blunder in the "Hardball" interview. On Sunday, Daniel Okrent, the public editor at The Times, took Miller and the newspaper to the woodshed in his column "Talking on the Air and Out of Turn." Okrent wrote: "To anyone who has tried to follow the jagged contours of Ahmad Chalabi's connections to the Bush administration, Miller's statement was a shocker. This piece of news hadn't appeared in The Times that morning; it didn't appear in The Times the next morning....But if you watched 'Hardball' and saw Judith Miller identified as a reporter for The New York Times, you would have every reason to think she was speaking with the authority of the paper." He continued: "Judging by their absence from the paper, one must conclude that either Miller's Chalabi revelations were wrong or unsubstantiated or that The Times is suppressing an important piece of news. If the first, the paper has suffered a blow to its credibility....If there's an act of suppression going on, the price is of course incalculable.


---A reckoning at the NYTs!!!!...who'd have thunk it?---


Rights Official Tells of Abuses in Afghanistan

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Published: February 6, 2005

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 5 (Agence France-Presse) - A United Nations rights investigator examining the situation in Afghanistan said Saturday that foreign troops had mistreated and possibly tortured people.
"There is a very unusual practice in Afghanistan, mainly foreign forces, who have taken upon themselves the right, without any legal process of arresting people, detaining them, mistreating them and possibly even torturing them," said Cherif Bassiouni, an independent expert on human rights appointed by the United Nations.


---You didn't think they just did the naked pyramid thing in Iraq, did you?---


How I entered the hellish world of Guantanamo Bay

Martin Mubanga went on holiday to Zambia, but ended up spending 33 months in Guantanamo Bay, some of the time in the feared Camp Echo. Free at last and still protesting his innocence, he tells the full story to David Rose


---No Taliban here?..It's all good we will take those tourists over there instead.---


Armed 'robo-soldier' set for Iraq

The rain is turning to snow on a blustery January morning, and all the men gathered in a parking lot here surely would prefer to be inside.
But the weather couldn't matter less to the robotic sharpshooter they are here to watch as it splashes through puddles, the barrel of its machine gun pointing the way.
The Army is preparing to send 18 of these remote-controlled robotic warriors to fight in Iraq beginning in March or April.


---The word CREEPY..just isn't strong enough...---


CIA Chiefs Quash Revealing Report Pointing Fingers For September 11

Detailed CIA report is ordered to be kept secret for fear that ‘prying eyes’ may uncover truth

By Greg Szymanski

An internal CIA report, naming individuals who may have been responsible for intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks, has been kept secret despite public outcries and congressional demands to release the incriminating evidence. The delays began last July on orders from CIA’s acting director, John McLaughlin, and have continued since Porter Goss took charge last September. Critics claim President George W. Bush has personally directed Goss, a Republican partisan, to keep the names from "prying eyes" in order to hide the truth exposing either government incompetence or outright complicity.
Ever since 9-11, the public has called for government accountability, but the Bush administration has been trying to block truth-seeking efforts at every corner. The lack of government cooperation began with obstructing justice at ground zero by FEMA’s quick removal of hard evidence and continues now by keeping the CIA report secret.


--Ofcourse Bush is trying to block it....Anytime any serious 9/11 question arises Bush is FORCED to distance himself from it because HIS MOTIVES are the MOST INTERESTING part of the story..---


Is the White House Lying About the Fargo Blacklist?


Who is telling the truth?

"The White House said the list may have come from volunteers; it did not come from the White House."- Washington Post, Kurtz, 2/4/05 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62221-2005Feb3.html

"Larson said Burgum told him he got the list, along with the tickets and forms, from the White House advance team."- Fargo Forum, Almquist, 2/5/05 http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?page=article_full&id=82503

"The list arrived in one of two boxes containing tickets and other forms. People who showed up for tickets were asked to write down names and addresses of anyone attending the event on the forms, which Carley believes were then returned to the White House."- Fargo Forum, Almquist, 2/5/05 http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?page=article_full&id=82503

Which brings up the question, how many other blacklists are there? Just asking.




'Cash for Commentary' is Business as Usual

by Sheldon Rampton

Conservative commentators Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus have been outed recently for taking money under the table to endorse Bush administration programs. These cases are only the tip of a much bigger iceberg, as you can tell from looking at the images I'm attaching here. I wrote about it three years ago in a story that described the work of conservative direct marketer Bruce Eberle, whose Omega List Company specializes in raising money using mail and e-mail.
On a section of the website that has subsequently been removed, Omega List was quite straightforward about the fact that it pays conservative commentators to endorse clients and their causes. A series of web pages featured conservative radio show host Blanquita Cullum explaining exactly how the system works and how other radio hosts could get in on the gravy. "You do what you do best!" she said. "Get on the air and talk to your listeners! Drive them to your website by conducting a daily survey or a contest on the topic of your choosing." Eberle's "polling wizard" software, installed on the site, would then capture the names of respondents so that they could be hit up for money. "What happens next is a cakewalk," Cullum continued. "Omega will call you with an opportunity to send an endorsement e-mail to your list . . . and receive a royalty for lending your name to a cause, organization or product you believe in. . . . Omega gives you their specialized software absolutely FREE and presents you with an opportunity to earn an extra $25,000 or more annually.


---YOUR taxpayer dollar at work----


Katsav unlikely to visit New Zealand amid strained ties

By The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Prime Minister Helen Clark on Monday ruled out a visit by President Moshe Katsav to New Zealand next month, saying diplomatic relations were still strained following a passport fraud case involving suspected Mossad spies.
Ties between the countries plunged last year following the conviction and imprisonment of two men New Zealand alleges are Israeli agents who tried illegally to obtain a New Zealand passport.


---This Isreali spy thing keeps getting BIGGER and BIGGER...Ever wonder who provided the USA with all that BAD pre-war Iraqi WMD intell...?...Stay tuned--


Rice warns Iran against provoking Israel

Julian Borger in WashingtonMonday February 7, 2005The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk

Condoleezza Rice turned Washington's rhetoric on Iran up another notch yesterday, telling Iranians they would have to "live up to their international obligations" to avoid a conflict with Israel.
But back in Washington, the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, struck a more dovish note, saying the estimates he had seen said Iran was "years away" from building a nuclear bomb, and that the White House had meanwhile opted for diplomacy.
"The president handles Iran policy, he's decided on a diplomatic route ... They're on a diplomatic path," he said.
The Bush administration has sent mixed signals to Tehran in the past week, mixing bellicose and reconciliatory remarks, amid reports that the Pentagon is already sending special operations teams into Iran to spot potential targets.


---In case your wondering...YES this is EXACTLY the way they spoke to and about Iraq just before we INVADED IT---


Bush's budget axe to fall on poor

Julian Borger in WashingtonMonday February 7, 2005The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk

President Bush is proposing to reduce spending on public health and social welfare in the US to help pay for tax cuts and the war in Iraq, according to early reports of today's White House budget.
In an attempt to keep government spending under control at a time of record deficits, Mr Bush's proposals to Congress will include cuts in public housing subsidies, in health projects aimed at diseases related to poverty, and in food stamps, which help America's poorest buy groceries.
Mr Bush inherited a budget surplus from Bill Clinton but is now running deficits of over $400bn (£215bn) a year, partly as a result of an economic slump and the September 11 attacks. But the turnaround is also due to huge tax cuts which disproportionately benefit the wealthiest 1% of Americans, and the war in Iraq, for which the administration has asked for another $80bn this year.


---Bush is a punk who never once in his life worried about feeding his family. Even as WE starve he still won't be worried about it---


Israel to 'pray for failure'

Jerusalem - Israeli rabbis were planning on Sunday to hold special sessions in 100 synagogues to pray for the failure of this week's summit between prime minister Ariel Sharon and new Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.


---WHO are THESE people accusing of NOT wanting Peace?---


Probe of Iraq intelligence won't assign blame

Commission keeps focus on policy issues

Washington -- The White House-ordered inquiry into the intelligence failures about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction won't blame individual officials for the errors that contributed to President Bush's decision to start the war almost two years ago.

Instead, the nine-member commission will emphasize how the United States should deal with future threats, according to commission spokesman Laurence McQuillan.


---Ofcourse he can't have blame assigned...If they did that they would have to ask..ok what two families PROFITED the MOST from Sept. 11...?...I'll give you a hint..both surnames start with a B...---


Israeli army commander released

An Israeli military court has ordered the release of the army commander responsible for shooting to death a young Palestinian girl at point-blank range in the Gaza Strip last year, according to the Israeli press.
Thirteen-year-old Iman al-Hams's body was found riddled with over 17 bullets near an army post in the southern Gaza strip refugee camp of Rafah last October.


---Ghastly..just totally ghastly..---

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