SEPTEMBER 30-23, 03 Archives

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Bush's big swindle of Americans and Iraqis to pay off corporations September 30, 2003 L. E. Miller Bush is a puppet of the corporate barons, and if anyone doubted that, the following article in today's Washington Post should dispel any question marks. Bush has swindled the American people by awarding massive boondoggles, tax loopholes, and tax cuts, to his corporate paymasters who put this corrupt regime in office-- and to the richest-of-the-rich. Meanwhile, we're being forced to dig into our pockets to enrich these crooks!

Tax Cuts Lead to Largest Deficit Ever in Complete Reversal of Bush's Prediction September 30, 2003 Despite President Bush's assurance in 2001 that his tax cuts "could happen without fear of budget deficit, even if the economy softens," the estimated $455 billion budget deficit this fiscal year will be the highest in U. S. history. In the President's 2002 State of the Union message he tried to shift blame onto Congress, saying "our budget will run a deficit that will be small and short-term so long as Congress restrains spending," but earlier this month he admitted his tax cuts account for 25% of the deficit.

Soros calls for 'regime change' in US September 30, 2003 Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has called for an end to the Bush administration ahead of next year's presidential elections. Mr Soros - whose Foundations Network has given $1bn around the world to various causes to help tackle poverty and disease - told BBC Radio 4's United Nations Or Not? programme that the US would only stop pursuing "extremist" policies if there was a change at the White House.

PAYING TWICE PEOPLE LOVE DOUBLE TAXATION September 30, 2003 By: Ed Henry Pretty soon we'll be able to pay for our groceries at the super and then when we cart them home there will be someone there to make sure we pay for them again. Won't that be nice? It should fit right in with the taxes we are already paying twice. And President Bush can conduct fundraisers all over the country where it costs $100 to $1,000 to get in and another $100 to $1,000 to get out. All this is consistent with what the government is doing now, the double taxation rip-off. For

"Shallow Throat" Tells How Bush  Can be Defeated in 2004 September 30, 2003 By Bernard Weiner The message I got from Shallow Throat was: "Let's talk outside the Beltway. Lubbock airport 3 p.m. Tuesday, on your way back from Houston." The high-ranking GOP mole, who had provided exceptional information and advice from inside the White House and now in another government agency, didn't want to risk being spotted in conversation anywhere near Washington, D.C. Lubbock, Texas, is not near anything.

The Subpoenas are Coming! September 30, 2003 By Mark Rasch Citing a provision of the Patriot Act, the FBI is sending letters to journalists telling them to secretly prepare to turn over their notes, e-mails and sources to the bureau. Should we throw out the First Amendment to nail a hacker? Frequent readers of this space know that I am no apologist for hackers like Adrian Lamo, who, in the guise of protection, access others' computer systems without authorization, and then publicize these vulnerabilities.

American couple does not accept Israeli explanations of daughter's death September 30, 2003 JERUSALEM Parents of an American activist killed earlier this year in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer called Monday for an independent U.S. investigation of her death. Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., was crushed to death March 16 while trying to block a huge army bulldozer destroying a row of Palestinian homes in a refugee camp near the Gaza-Egypt border.

M. J. Akbar: As Canada shivers, Bush sings: My way, or take the highway September 30, 2003 When America wants to see the world, it stands in front of the mirror. When the world wants to see America it takes a long shot. If America does not find the world transformed in its own image, it seeks to change what it does not like. The rest of the world ponders the cost, and checks the exchange rate of collateral damage. If America looms across the world, then it broods over Canada. To be a peacetime neighbour of America is to win a lottery in destiny's stakes. To be a neighbour when America has been wounded in war, is a test of nerve. The brooding has become a glower ever since Canada wafted out of Washington's familiar embrace and refused to send troops to help America's occupation of Iraq. The Bush administration has been either sulking or fretting ever since. Geography makes no difference to America's inability to appreciate that others may have genuine reasons for their stance. Washington is as clueless about Ottawa as it is about Timbuktoo.

36 Reasons To Vote For Bush and Republicans In 2004 September 30, 2003 by James Boyne Vote for President Bush and Republican Senators and Congressmen if: You think $900/month ($10,800/year) is a fair price for a health insurance policy. You believe drug companies should prevent you from buying Canadian drugs at half price. Your state has a budget deficit of $2 billion but we should spend $600 billion in Iraq.You would like to see us attack Syria, Iran, and North Korea and Cuba at a cost of $1 trillion, because they are bad and are trying to get us and we better get them first

Companies Kept Cutting Jobs in September: U.S. Economy Preview September 29, 2003 (Bloomberg) U.S. companies eliminated jobs for an eighth straight month in September and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2 percent, suggesting the accelerating economy has done little to brighten the nation's labor market, economists expect a government report to show on Friday. The economy shed 25,000 jobs this month, bringing to almost a half million the number lost this year and about 2.7 million since President George W. Bush took office.

US election fraud scandal looms? Explosive conjectures and evidence September 29, 2003 By Egan Orion Wednesday 09 July 2003, 07:03 STEALING ELECTIONS is a sordid tradition in the United States, though it's certainly not unknown in some other countries, as well. From Tammany Hall's machine politics in the 19th century through Mayor Daley's grasp on Chicago elections, right up to Lyndon Johnson's first election and John Kennedy's 1960 cliff-hanger defeat of Richard Nixon, many US elections have been thought to have had "irregularities". So much so that it's not really certain where "Vote early, and often!" originated, whether in Boston, New York, or Chicago.

Chavez Blasts US for aiding and abetting terrorists September 29, 2003 The Venezuelan President Chavez canceled his trip to the US citing an assassination attempt by U.S.-supported Venezuelan coup plotters and Cuban exiles living in Maimi. Just days before he was to give a speech at the U.N. President Chavez abruptly cancelled his trip to the U.S. citing security threats, which included a potential attack on his airplane. Cuba's Fidel Castro claims the threat may have come from U.S.-supported anti-Castro exiles living in Miami, working in conjunction with the U.S. supported Venezuelan coup plotters of April 2002. This has prompted Hugo Chavez to lambaste the U.S. for doing nothing to stop the illegal attempts at overthrowing his government Entire Feature /

Dumbest Generation Yet - Mindless Hive America September 29, 2003 From David Goldman The End Is At Hand... I was surfing between stations when I came across The Jay Leno Show. He is the cheap imitation of Johnny Carson. I remember a few 'jewels' from this hilarious fiasco: He arranged a common knowledge 'competition' with three competitors, two men and one woman around 20 years old. They were typically-educated normal middle to upper middle class young people on their way to adulthood. During the 'competition' ... 1. None of them recognised the photo of Abraham Lincoln.

U.S. CORPORATIONS AND THE NAZIS September 29, 2003 The Elkhorn Manifesto Part II "A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime.

Democratic candidates back Bush’s Iraq war spending bill September 29, 2003 By Patrick Martin Last Thursday’s debate among the 10 Democratic candidates for president, held at Pace University in New York City, was a largely undistinguished and unremarkable affair. The seven “major” candidates—those whose campaigns have received sufficient funding from corporate America and the wealthy to be considered viable—traded criticisms of each other, while ignoring the three most liberal candidates, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun, and Reverend Al Sharpton, whose lack of financial backing renders them irrelevant to the outcome of the contest.

Diebold Internal Memos Admit Voting Machine Flaws  September 29, 2003 by CONSPIRACY PLANET mdb file in Gaston recently. I know our dealers do it. King County is famous for it. That's why we've never put a password on the file before." Diebold's own memos authenticate the security flaw Harris wrote about on July 8, 2003 ( In contrast to their rebuttal to the Johns Hopkins report,which confirmed serious flaws with the voting machine software, Diebold has never denied that Harris reviewed actual certified versions of its software used in real elections and never contended that her analysis is wrong.

No wonder America has so many enemies September 29, 2003 By ERIC MARGOLIS President Bill Clinton was impeached by a Republican-controlled Congress for lying about sex. President George W. Bush and aides lied the United States into a stupid, unnecessary colonial war that has so far killed more than 305 Americans and seriously wounded more than 1,400. It has also cost many thousands of Iraqi dead, and $1 billion US weekly. Lying about sex is an impeachable offence; lying the nation into war apparently is not.

Full Disclosure on Full Disclosure September 29, 2003 By RICHARD BLOW Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed his desire for greater openness in politics. "We need to throw open the doors and windows of government," he said. At the same time, however, Mr. Schwarzenegger has forced his campaign staff to sign strict confidentiality agreements. Under threat of termination, staff members must agree not to disclose information about "Arnold Schwarzenegger and his family, friends, associates and employees." The policy, first described in The Los Angeles Times, stipulates that Mr. Schwarzenegger can obtain an injunction against anyone trying to break it and a fine of $50,000 per violation. A campaign aide later promised that if elected, Mr. Schwarzenegger would abandon the policy. In the meantime, his use of confidentiality agreements shows how, as celebrity candidates are becoming more common in politics, so too are the dubious mechanisms of celebrity image control.

Congressman Ron Paul Admits Conspiracy to Create World Government September 28, 2003 Eric Rainbolt  Audience member asking question of Congressman Paul at event near Austin, Texas on August 30th, 2003: "Congressman Paul, I have a question..." Moderator: "Over here." (pointing to Eric Rainbolt.) Eric Rainbolt: "Great! If we can take a look at the big picture, could you tell us, the people in this room, any information that you may have of an international and deceptive conspiracy to overthrow the American Republic and its Constitution & Bill Of Rights in order to set up and usher in a totalitarian World Government likely espoused under the UN also.."?

Even traditional conservatives outraged by radicalism of the right September 28, 2003 By Clyde Prestowitz For a moment during the spring, neoconservatives associated with the Bush administration thought they had died and gone to heaven. The quicker than expected fall of Saddam Hussein seemed to justify their vision of a new America that would reshape world politics. The United States would use its overwhelming military power to crush tyrannical regimes, they declared, and establish American-style capitalist democracies in their place. Domestically, the neocons’ only question was whether the tax cuts aimed at reshaping American society would be merely big or gigantic. As time passes, however, it has become increasingly clear that this course is neither neo nor conservative and that it may lead more quickly to hell than to heaven

It's Official! Third Major War Supporting Country Hit By Blackouts! September 28, 2003 Either this is an insane coincidence .Blackout Across Italy, Police Say . . or . . .ROME (AP) - Power went out across Italy before dawn Sunday, plunging the nation into darkness, police and news reports said. Authorities did not immediately know the cause. The first power outages were reported around 4 a.m. local time in Rome, where the city was celebrating an all-night festival with museums and restaurants open around the clock. Later, the national electricity company ACEA said power was out across the nation, the ANSA news agency said. ``As far as we know it's all across Italy,'' police official Franca Sesti Miraglia said in Rome.

Thousands stage Iraq demo September 28, 2003 Thousands of protesters gathered for an anti-war rally in London calling for an end to the US and UK occupation of Iraq. The march started in Hyde Park and was followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square addressed by speakers including Tony Benn, filmmaker Ken Loach and Labour MP George Galloway.The organisers said they wanted to make Labour respond to their anger over the situation in Iraq, ahead of the party's annual conference.Police estimated there were about 20,000 marching, although organisers estimated up to 100,000 had attended the event.

Russia Won't End Accord With Iran to Build Reactor September 28, 2003 By DAVID E. SANGER President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said today that he would send "a clear but respectful signal to Iran" that it must comply with international inspections of its suspected nuclear weapons program. But he told President Bush that Russia would go forward with its plans to help Iran build a nuclear reactor. Mr. Putin's statement this morning that he would not terminate Russia's $800 million commercial nuclear contract with Iran came as a brief, and almost cryptic, aside in response to a question at a news conference with Mr. Bush at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Final agony of RAF volunteer killed by sarin - in Britain September 28, 2003 Antony Barnett As the inquest into the death of a 'human guinea pig' at Porton Down opens, a witness breaks 50 years' silence to recount the horrors he saw 'I had never seen anyone die before and what that lad went through was absolutely horrific... it was awful,' he said. 'It was like he was being electrocuted, his whole body was convulsing. I have seen somebody suffer an epileptic fit, but you have never seen anything like what happened to that lad... the skin was vibrating and there was all this terrible stuff coming out of his mouth... it looked like frogspawn or tapioca.

'Reuters Cameraman Killed For Filming U.S. Graves September 28, 2003 By Awad al-Ragoub, IOL Correspondent AL-KHALIL, West Bank, August 19 ( - The brother of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana said he was deliberately murdered for discovering mass graves of U.S. troops killed in Iraqi resistance attacks. "The U.S. occupation troops shot dead my brother on purpose, although he was wearing his press badge, which was also emblazoned on the car he was driving," he said. "Mazen told me by phone few days before his death that he discovered a mass grave dug by U.S. troops to conceal the bodies of their fellow comrades killed in Iraqi resistance attacks," Nazmi said. "He also told me that he found U.S. troops covered in plastic bags in remote desert areas and he filmed them for a TV program. We are pretty sure that the American forces had killed Mazen knowingly to prevent him from airing his finding."

Marchers Worldwide Demand Iraq Pullout September 28, 2003 By JACK GARLAND LONDON - Thousands of protesters demanding an end to the occupation of Iraq took to the streets Saturday in London, Athens, Paris and other cities around the world, chanting slogans against the United States and Britain.

Many forced into hard work in retirement September 28, 2003 Labor Investment losses, rising health care costs and longer lives are changing seniors' plans. By Bill Atkinson If Sarah A. Hale could retire with a lot of money, she would buy an RV, throw a dart at a map and travel. "If I had enough money ... I certainly would know how to enjoy it," she said. Instead, Hale might work until she dies. Dressed in a blue Rite Aid smock, blue shorts and white tennis shoes, Hale glides through narrow aisles like a 30-year-old. But Hale is 70, and she puts in 40-hour weeks as a cashier at the pharmacy in the Rotunda shopping center.

CIA seeks probe of White House September 28, 2003 Agency asks Justice to investigate leak of employee’s identity.  The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation against the woman’s husband, a former ambassador who publicly criticized President Bush’s since-discredited claim that Iraq had sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa, NBC News has learned.

Bush's Unofficial Official Secrets Act: How the Justice Department Has Pushed to Criminalize The Disclosure of Non-Security Related Government Information September 27, 2003 By JOHN W. DEAN Except in a few highly egregious circumstances relating to national security information (espionage and atomic secrets), the U.S. Congress has, in the past, never made it a crime to leak information to the news media. As a result, for over two hundred years, our government has operated without an "official secrets act." In contrast, Great Britain and other nations have long criminalized the disclosure of government information. But there's a crucial difference between them and us: They lack an equivalent of our First Amendment. Despite the free speech costs, President George W. Bush has created the equivalent of an official secrets act for America - and it is only growing stronger. Indeed, by cobbling together provisions from existing laws, Bush's Justice Department has effectively created one of the world's most encompassing, if not draconian, official secrets acts.

134,000 Lost Jobs in August 'Mass Layoffs' September 27, 2003 By Kirstin Downey More U.S. workers lost their jobs in large layoffs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday, another sign that employers are continuing to trim payrolls even as the economy strengthens.

Because His Lips are Moving September 27, 2003 by Bridget Gibson The last tax cut enacted by the George Bush’s Republican-led Congress was supposed to create 1,000,000 (one million) jobs. The truth has been quite the opposite. Jobs have been evaporating from all sectors of the economy. More than 500,000 were lost in the last quarter alone.

Mixed reports cast doubt on US recovery September 27, 2003 By John Labate A surprising fall in orders for US manufactured goods in August cast fresh doubts on Thursday about the sustainability of the US economic recovery.

Dollar's drop and oil fears cause gold rush September 27, 2003 Bullion price hits seven year high Larry Elliott Fears of a prolonged slump in the value of the dollar sent gold prices to their highest level in seven years yesterday as investors sought a haven from the turbulence of the foreign exchanges. The price of gold rose by $5 to just over $390 an ounce in London trading amid speculation that the $400 barrier could be breached in the coming weeks.

Bush faces pressure as US poverty rate continues to rise September 27, 2003 By Genaro Armas NEARLY 35 million people lived in poverty in the US in 2002 and incomes slipped for the second year in a row, the US government said yesterday, in a report sure to provide new ammunition for Democrats trying to unseat US President George W Bush. The Census Bureau’s annual report showed the number of people living below the poverty line rose by 1.7 million last year, from 32.9 million in 2001, when the national economy first went into recession.

15,000 More U.S. Troops Told to Prepare for Iraq September 27, 2003 (Reuters) The U.S. military, faced with reluctance by other nations to send forces to Iraq, on Friday night activated 10,000 Army National Guard troops to go there and put 5,000 more Army Guard soldiers on alert for likely service in Iraq.

Largest Ice Shelf in Arctic Fractured September 27, 2003 The Artic Circle's largest ice shelf has fractured.The huge mass of floating ice, which has existed for at least 3,000 years, is now in pieces, bringing up questions of how global warming will affect the Earth's ecosystem in coming years. The majority of the scientific community has come to accept the reality of climate change, citing it for contributions to impacts from declining plant and animal populations to a devastating effect on people. Some of those scientists will be meeting in Moscow in the next few days to discuss the issues relating to climate change. Each major weather related event like the heat wave in Europe or hurricane Isabel is not proof of climate change by itself, but taken all together, the probability that such catastrophic incidents would be happening now without climate change is extremely unlikely. This week's event in the Arctic, when viewed in the context of similar events in the Antarctic should be sobering news to those who doubt so-called global warming. In the meantime, some environmental activists are calling for an end to the carbon age. They continue to campaign on issues of climate change, make individual efforts, or take more radical action.

Military's message a tough sell for parents September 27, 2003 By ESTHER SCHRADER Jeff Fayette's mom said: `The people at work tell me you're trained to lie to me. My son is not fighting for anybody in Iraq. He's going to stay right here and he's gonna be my baby,' " Moody said. "That's the kind of feeling we're up against now. I tell you, it's real easy to get depressed."

'You lied, they died,' US parents tell Bush September 27, 2003 Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles The father of a soldier killed in Iraq accused President George Bush yesterday of being responsible for his son's death. Fernando Suarez, whose 20-year-old son, Jesus, was one of the first fatalities, said: "My son died because Bush lied."

DIEBOLD GOES POSTAL! September 27, 2003 From: Bev Harris All Black Box Voting files confiscated, including personal info on activists by Diebold. Here's what you can do to help: Get the word out far and wide that Diebold has done this thing. 1. Diebold issued a pull-down demand under DMCA for the web site, citing a link posted on a forum in the site, claiming that the link allowed web visitors to visit an unrelated page which contained items they say they own the copyright to. 2. Not only was pulled down, but ALL of the documents, databases and programming for approximately 500 pages of material, most of which did not relate to Diebold at all, was confiscated. Dozens of web pages were pulled down which had nothing whatever to do with the disputed information.

Md. Plans Vote System Fixes After Criticisms September 27, 2003 By Brigid Schulte Security Review Finds 328 Flaws in AccuVote. An independent review released yesterday found 328 security weaknesses, 26 of them critical, in the computerized voting system Maryland has just purchased, flaws that could leave elections open to tampering or allow software glitches to go undetected.

Just Remember Governor Gang Bang's Latest Public Groping Incident Was in 2000 September 27, 2003 Not Years Ago. He Was Trying to, As They Say, "Cop a Feel" from Female Broadcasters in Britain in 2000 Then, the same day, TWO OTHER attractive TV gals say he lewdly groped them." And there’s more: See [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK].

California debate travesty shows need for socialist alternative September 27, 2003 By John Christopher Burton The September 24 debate between the five so-called “major” candidates vying to replace Governor Gray Davis was a travesty. The ninety minutes of sound bites and mutual mud-slinging was an insult to the people of California and the nation, whose living standards are being devastated by the policies of war and social reaction pursued by Democrats and Republicans alike in Washington and Sacramento. None of the candidates seriously addressed the real concerns of Californians—rising unemployment, growing poverty and homelessness, tuition increases for college students, decaying schools, lack of health care, and the worsening quagmire in Iraq that is consuming hundreds of American lives, thousands of Iraqi lives, and tens of billions of dollars.

Stage Zero -The Moral Development Of George W. Bush September 26, 2003 By Carol Norris "...people progress in their moral reasoning (i.e., in their bases for ethical behavior) through a series of levels... The first is "the Preconventional Level," where one usually finds oneself in elementary school. The first stage of this level is where George, I believe, makes his home. It's called: Stage Zero." If George wasn't driving the world down the road to extinction with his wars, his environmentally disastrous choices and world alienating policies--"Look at me, ma, no hands" he says while sitting behind the wheel of our children's future--I'd think he was almost fascinating. Fascinating the way one who is steeped in myriad psychological issues is. The difference is they don't have the means to bomb human beings into "pink mist," obliterate the infrastructures of countries, and poison the world with coal and pesticides and carbon dioxide and depleted uranium and napalm, as they play grown up.

Amnesty International report denounces US treatment of war prisoners September 26, 2003 By Ruby Rankin A recent report by Amnesty International (AI) warns that the Bush administration is repudiating basic democratic rights and undermining the entire post-World War II system of international humanitarian law. The 60-page document, which exposes US torture of those captured in the “war on terror”, is entitled The threat of a bad example: undermining international standards. It details the US government’s treatment of foreign war prisoners held without charge and denied access to their families and legal counsel for almost two years in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Bagram US Air Base, Afghanistan.

Levi to Shut N. American Plants, Cut Jobs September 26, 2003 By Andrea Orr Struggling jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. said on Thursday it would close its remaining North American plants and cut nearly 2,000 jobs, completing its long exit from the U.S. manufacturing business that began more than 20 years ago. The job cuts and plant closures are part of the latest restructuring at the privately held 150-year-old company, an American icon which has been forced to move its production overseas to remain competitive.

Depleted uranium may stop kidneys "in days" September 26, 2003 By Rob Edwards Soldiers who inhale or swallow high levels of depleted uranium (DU) on the battlefield could suffer kidney failure within days, according to a new report from the one of the UK's premier scientific bodies, the Royal Society. There are also long term risks for children who play in heavily contaminated areas, it says.

The spies who pushed for war September 26, 2003 Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force. As the CIA director, George Tenet, arrived at the Senate yesterday to give secret testimony on the Niger uranium affair, it was becoming increasingly clear in Washington that the scandal was only a small, well-documented symptom of a complete breakdown in US intelligence that helped steer America into war.

Troop morale is Achilles heel for Bush September 26, 2003 Craig Stern Do you support the troops? For months, this phrase was used to silence peaceniks and drum up support for the war in Iraq. Keep it squarely in mind, for this same phrase may very well be the battle cry that unseats George W. Bush in 2004. Yes, that's right. Adding insult to injury, the Pentagon issued an interim budget report in July recommending a dramatic 47 percent drop in combat pay and family separation allowances for our soldiers. Combat pay is to be cut from $225 a month to $150 a month, and family separation allowances (which support soldiers' families back home) are to be cut from an already inadequate $250 a month to a truly pathetic $100 a month.

Israel Reels at Pilots' Refusal to Go on Missions September 26, 2003 By Jeffrey Heller Israel sharply criticized and grounded on Thursday a group of air force pilots who refused to carry out missions against Palestinian militants in which civilians could be killed. "The pilots' mutiny" was how Israel's largest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, described their action as commentators speculated whether other soldiers might follow suit in opposing the way the military confronts a Palestinian uprising.

Bush at the UN—a war criminal takes the podium September 25, 2003 By Bill Vann President George W. Bush’s ignorant and insulting speech to the United Nations General Assembly September 23 made clear that the US administration has all but written off any hope of obtaining significant international support for its colonial venture in Iraq. Bush came before the body as an unrepentant war criminal, whose actions had violated the UN Charter and international law by waging a war of aggression as criminal and unprovoked as those carried out by the Hitlerite regime in Germany more than 60 years ago. Having just last week publicly acknowledged there is no evidence of a link between the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC, Bush began his speech to the UN by invoking the ruins of the World Trade Center as the “symbol of an unfinished war.”

Climate change blamed as largest Arctic ice shelf breaks in two after 3,000 years September 25, 2003 By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor The largest ice shelf in the Arctic, a solid feature for at least 3,000 years, has broken in two and climate change is to blame, say American and Canadian scientists. The Ward Hunt ice shelf, on the north coast of Ellesmere Island in Canada, has split down the middle, and a freshwater lake held behind it has drained away, the researchers say. Reporting in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the scientists say the fracture, which had been developing since 2000, was further evidence of continuing and accelerating climate change in the north polar region.

Vote Against the Computerized Ballot September 25, 2003 By Marc Rotenberg We're nowhere near ready to hand over the core of our democratic process—voting—to electronic systems. In a recent article on, Simson Garfinkel gleefully reported that the concerns about electronic voting systems expressed by many of the country's leading technical experts were overblown. Suggesting that those who worry about the conversion from paper ballots and lever machines to newer technologies are like "a group of doctors arguing for the return of leeches. Back in the real world, however, the evidence is mounting daily that a lot more work needs to be done before the vote counting process—truly the kernel of democracy—is turned over to devices that lack adequate auditing and operate in secret.

2 Iraqi Boys, Injured, Tell of a Jet Attack in the Night September 25, 2003 By ALEX BERENSON  Tahseen Ali Khalaf was asleep beside his brother Hussein when the shooting started early this morning outside their ramshackle house in this farming community 40 miles west of Baghdad, he said. Then a pair of United States fighter jets swooped in, dropping nearly a dozen bombs or missiles — it was not immediately clear which — in a highly unusual strike. Now Tahseen, 12, and Hussein, 10, are lying beside each other again, in the main hospital in nearby Falluja, a center of resistance to the American occupation. The hospital lately has tended to a number of apparently accidental victims of American attacks.

Bashing Bush in N.Y. poll September 25, 2003 President Bush's support among New Yorkers has taken a double-digit dip, with his approval rating falling below 50% - and a quarter of Republicans saying they plan to vote against him, a new poll found.

Broward rethinks $17 million electronic voting system September 25, 2003 By Scott Wyman Less than two years after spending $17 million to replace Broward County's election system, county commissioners expressed growing apprehension Tuesday about electronic voting and decided to rethink what they had done. Commissioners ordered their staff to explore retrofitting the new touch-screen voting machines to print copies of each ballot or ditching the machinery in favor of paper ballots read by optical scanners.

How much is $87,000,000,000... September 25, 2003 $87 B is more than all state budget deficits in the United States, combined. President Bush wouldn’t help states deal with their deficits, even though his tax cuts helped drive down state revenues. $87 B is nearly double what we’re spending on unemployment benefits. Over one million Americans have exhausted their unemployment benefits without finding a job, and Congress has offered only measly extensions. $87 B is double what we invest in homeland security... eight times what we invest on Pell grants for college students... 87 times our investment in after-school programs. The White House budget slashes after-school programs from $1 billion to $600 million -- eliminating them for 475,000 children. ...and where can we get that kind of cash? Bush’s dividend and capital gains tax cuts mostly favor big investors. Repealing them would save $148 Billion over 10 years. (Joint Committee on Taxation) Bush cut the highest income tax rate for the wealthiest Americans. Restoring the pre-Bush rate could save $20 Billion annually.

Media sustained Bush propaganda September 25, 2003 James P. Cammarata Peoria So, a recent poll shows that 70 percent of Americans believe that Iraq had a direct role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. I'm not sure what upsets me most: The administration that produced the lies and innuendoes; the gullible public who swallowed them; or the supposedly free press that allowed so many outrageous half-truths to go unchallenged. Abraham Lincoln was right when he said you can't fool all of the people all of the time but, with the present administration, you can come pretty darn close.

Following JetBlue Privacy Breach, ACLU Urges Customers to Find Out If They Are In Government Database September 25, 2003 New ACLU Web Page Lets Passengers File Requests Under Privacy Act NEW YORK– The American Civil Liberties Union today unveiled an online form that lets airline passengers automatically issue an official Privacy Act request for any information that the government may hold about them in connection with the recent transfer of passenger data by the airline JetBlue. “We want to empower people to find out for themselves if they have been caught up in this experiment in using average Americans’ personal information in a misguided effort to detect terrorists,” said Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program, which set up the site.  “We believe this page is an unprecedented tool.  It lets Americans file official requests without having to hire a lawyer or become an expert in privacy law.”

Environmental Groups Want Records of Meetings with Polluters September 25, 2003 Statement Sierra Club Bush Administration Nearing Deal To Weaken Clean Air, Toxics Protections For Communities Near Factory Farms. Environmental Groups Seek Records From Bush Administration's Closed-Door Meetings With Agricultural Polluters. Washington, DC- Newly obtained documents from the Environmental Protection Agency reveal that the Bush Administration is formalizing a back-room deal with the livestock and poultry industries that would let giant factory farm polluters off the hook for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Superfund hazardous waste law that have protected communities for decades.

Weak dollar sparks share rout September 25, 2003 A drop in the value of the dollar caused stock markets to plunge around the world on Monday. Leading stock market indexes in the US, Japan, France and Germany all fell heavily during the day's trading. The falls were triggered by a statement from the G7 group of rich nations, meeting in Dubai at the weekend, who called for market forces to set exchange rates. The statement hit US stock markets, as investors feared that a laissez-faire attitude towards the weak dollar would deter foreign investment. "If the dollar continues to fall, there is increasing risk that foreign investors will pull money out of US stocks and bonds," said Mike Kayes, chief investment officer at Eastover Capital.

German Firm Probes Final World Trade Center Deals
September 24, 2003 By Erik Kirschbaum PIRMASENS, Germany (Reuters) - German computer experts are working round the clock to unlock the truth behind an unexplained surge in financial transactions made just before two hijacked planes crashed into New York's World Trade Center on September 11. A world leader in retrieving data, German-based firm Convar is Using a pioneering laser scanning technology to find data on damaged computer hard drives and main frames found in the rubble of the World Trade Center and other nearby collapsed buildings, Convar has recovered information from 32 computers that support assumptions of dirty doomsday dealings."There is a suspicion that some people had advance knowledge of the approximate time of the plane crashes in order to move out amounts exceeding $100 million," Wagner said. "They thought that the records of their transactions could not be traced after the main frames were destroyed."

Bush to World: Drop Dead! September 24, 2003 By Fred Kaplan The president lays an egg at the U.N. Has an American president ever delivered such a bafflingly impertinent speech before the General Assembly as the one George W. Bush gave this morning? Here were the world's foreign ministers and heads of state, anxiously awaiting some sign of an American concession to realism—even the sketchiest outline of a plan to share not just the burden but the power of postwar occupation in Iraq. And Bush gave them nothing, in some ways less than nothing.

Bush's plea for UN help in Iraq sparks hostile response September 24, 2003 By David Usborne in New York President George Bush was accused at the United Nations yesterday of undermining the system of multilateral security by going to war in Iraq without authorisation from the Security Council. The criticism was led by the French President, Jacques Chirac, who used the annual General Assembly of the UN, the first time world leaders had gathered in New York since the invasion of Iraq, to blame Mr Bush for the crisis of confidence facing the world body. By extension his criticism was also directed at Tony Blair, who did not attend. "The war, launched without the authorisation of the Security Council, shook the multilateral system," M. Chirac said. "The UN has just been through one of the most grave crises in its history." M. Chirac's sentiments were echoed by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, who warned that pre-emptive unilateral military action without the authorisation of the UN risked a move to the law of the jungle.

Israel builds concentration camp north of Hebron September 24, 2003 Occupied Jerusalem The Israeli army is building a large concentration camp in the Gush-Etzion area along the Hebron-Bethlehem highway. The concentration camp has a net area of 10,000 square metres and is surrounded by a 3-metre high fence made of barbed wire and other metal hurdles. The camp is equipped with numerous torture chambers, including tools and instruments for use during interrogations. The camp, which had been used as a lock-up to incarcerate Palestinian children involved in resisting the Israeli occupation, is designed to accommodate as many as 5,000 people at any time. Last month, the Israeli army said it was planning to reopen the infamous desert concentration camp, known as “Ketziot” located in the western Negev, not far from the Egyptian borders.

U.S. Will Pay Price for Rule of the Rich September 24, 2003 Ramsey Clark: "If you think it’s been a long evening, wait ’til I get through. But we’re going to have to take some long evenings, because this planet is deeply troubled, and the greatest cause of that trouble is our own government.  In the speech that Rev. James Lawson referred to that Martin Luther King made on April 5, 1967, the most startling thing that he said at the time  and the thing that caused the most anger and hatred to be directed toward him - was this sentence: “The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government.” Thirty-one years ago! Why anyone would have been startled is hard to say, because it was an obvious fact.  We call ourselves the world’s greatest democracy.  We are absolutely a plutocracy. It is the most obvious thing in the world.  Wealth governs this country, and wealth uses military violence to control the rest of the world as best it can.  And we’re responsible, and we will pay the price for it."

Big Three to shed 50,000 jobs in next four years: analysis. September 24, 2003 The Big Three domestic automakers could shed 50,000 jobs over the next four years under the terms of new labour contracts, according to an analysis by Goldman Sachs. Analysts with the Wall Street investment bank calculated that the closure or divestitures of 10-13 parts and assembly plants provided for under new labour contracts, plus regular attrition, could result in the loss of 50,000 hourly jobs in the United States.

HALLIBURTON PLANS TO FILE CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY IN NOVEMBER??? September 24, 2003 In case you were wondering why George W. Bush and friends are strongly pushing tort reform in class action lawsuits look no further than the case of mega-contributor Halliburton. How can a company contemplating bankruptcy for the past three years donate money to Republicans? On Monday Halliburton began mailing yet another reorganization plan to participants with a plan to file Chapter 11 reorganization in November. This delay in payments on 200,000 claims for asbestos related injury is entering yet another phase. Is this reminiscent of the Exxon delays in paying settlements for the Valdeze spill? Will it go on for 14 years without a dime being paid until friendly judges can reduce the settlement to peanuts? Stay tuned for more amazing stories of Corporate weasels circumventing the law while benefiting from billions of your taxpayer dollars.

Scientists: No WMD in Iraq September 24, 2003  Vienna Iraqi scientists working under the new provisional government confirmed on Tuesday United Nations claims made before the war that Iraq has not had any nuclear weapons program for over a decade.

Administrative Subpoenas for the FBI: A Grab for Unchecked Executive Power September 24, 2003 The Administration recently renewed its effort to obtain administrative subpoena authority for the FBI. The President called for it in his speech marking the second anniversary of 9/11. An administrative subpoena is essentially a piece of paper signed by an FBI agent issued with no prior judicial, prosecutorial or grand jury approval. Under the current proposals, failure to comply with an administrative subpoena could result in civil and criminal penalties, and the subpoenas would be executed in complete secrecy. In fact, under one of the proposals, anyone who disclosed the existence of an administrative subpoena could be subject to up to five years in prison.

Anti-war teacher quits her job rather than her principles September 24, 2003 By ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr.  For the kids at Olympic View Elementary, it's the day the music died. Their popular music teacher didn't come back to the Seattle school this year. Their arts instruction has been left with a gaping hole. The reason why seems so ridiculous: Instructor Mary K. McNeill -- "Mary K" to everyone at the school -- made the "mistake" of encouraging kids to write and sing songs about love and peace during the U.S. war in Iraq. A few parents complained. The school principal met with Mary, who had been at Olympic View for a few years and whose methods had been embraced. Mary was issued an ultimatum: You can sing about peace but in no way can you suggest anything about stopping war.

The research and activism arm of BlackBox September 24, 2003 Diebold: No real answers to flawed software, selling to Ohio, San Diego anyway Diebold webcast Aug 5 2003: "We have two primary drivers for the next quarter: San Diego and Ohio." The deal (for 10,000 touch screens) in San Diego is signed by not consummated yet. Ohio: By Aug 15 will identify preferred vendors to the counties. "We’d like that to be just one vendor, Diebold," said Thomas Swidarski of Diebold. Ohio counties will have a 30 day window to select which vendor to buy.

The Fixing of the 2004 Election September 23, 2003 By Norman D. Livergood The High Cabal is already busy fixing the 2004 election, using the tactic of making sure that both the Republican and Democratic candidates are "their man." As we saw in a previous article, they're also planning to use rigged electronic voting machines to claim victory no matter how American citizens cast their ballots.  But the disenchantment with their puppet, Dubya, is getting out of hand. Even Rove and the other members of the Bush II junta are having to admit that his "approval rating" is slipping to a dangerous low.

Studies document housing disaster for millions in US September 23, 2003 By Tim Tower Three recent studies have exposed a rapidly worsening housing crisis in the United States. Millions of families are living in substandard conditions, are homeless, or are making choices each day to spend money on housing and do without health care, child care, or other basic necessities. With virtually no affordable housing being built, the crisis can only intensify.

US plans to attack seven Muslim states September 23, 2003 Presidential hopeful General Wesley Clark says the White House devised a five-year plan after the 9/11 strikes to attack seven majority-Muslim countries. (Aljazeera) A former commander of NATO's forces in Europe, Clark claims he met a senior military officer in Washington in November 2001 who told him the Bush administration was planning to attack Iraq first before taking action against Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. The general’s allegations surface in a new book, The Clark Critique, excerpts from which appear in the latest edition of the US magazine Newsweek.

Dollar slumps after G7 call for flexible currencies September 23, 2003 Richard Wray in Dubai and Charlotte Denny The dollar went into a tailspin and stock markets around the world dropped into the red yesterday as investors took the weekend's call by the G7 for greater flexibility in global exchange rates as a green light to sell the US currency. Despite hints from Japan's new finance minister that Tokyo's policy of capping its currency had not changed following the meeting of finance ministers from the group of seven leading economies, the dollar slid against the yen to levels not seen for more than two and a half years.

Hispanic Soldiers Die in Greater Numbers in Iraq September 23, 2003 by Miriam Kagan One of the first U.S. soldiers to die in Iraq, Jose Gutierrez, was an orphaned Guatemalan who at the time of his death was not even an American citizen. As U.S. casualties in Iraq continue to mount, so does the worry in the country's Latino community that its children are dying in unusually high numbers and are being lured into dangerous service with targeted recruiting by the Armed Forces.

Cronkite: The new Inquisition September 23, 2003 By Walter Cronkite President Bush's televised answer to the growing concerns of many - including some Republicans - about the powers granted to him in the USA Patriot Act was to ask for even stronger measures, particularly the expanded use of "nonjudicial subpoenas." That means a federal agency such as the FBI can write its own subpoenas to conduct a search - no judges needed.

Campaign 2004: Clark’s Charge September 23, 2003 WORD WAS THAT Karl Rove, the president’s political mastermind, had blocked the idea. Clark was furious. Last January, at a conference in Switzerland, he happened to chat with two prominent Republicans, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Marc Holtzman, now president of the University of Denver. “I would have been a Republican,” Clark told them, “if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls.” Soon thereafter, in fact, Clark quit his day job and began seriously planning to enter the presidential race—as a Democrat.

America puts Iraq up for sale September 23, 2003 By Philip Thornton in Dubai and Andrew Gumbel Iraq was in effect put up for sale yesterday when the American-appointed administration announced it was opening up all sectors of the economy to foreign investors in a desperate attempt to deliver much-needed reconstruction against a daily backdrop of kidnappings, looting and violent death. In an unexpected move unveiled at the meeting in Dubai of the Group of Seven rich nations, the Iraqi Governing Council announced sweeping reforms to allow total foreign ownership without the need for prior approval. The initiative bore all the hallmarks of Washington's ascendant neoconservative lobby, complete with tax cuts and trade tariff rollbacks. It will apply to everything from industry to health and water, although not oil. But it is still likely to feed concerns that Iraq is being turned into a golden opportunity for profiteering by multinational corporations relying on their political connections.

Say no to privatisation September 23, 2003 America's plan to privatise the Iraqi economy is a mistake that needs to be corrected before it is implemented. The huge sell-off programme, tax breaks and virtual elimination of tariffs on imports is designed to attract foreign investment and revive Iraq's moribund industries. But recent evidence suggests Washington's radical prescription is doomed to fail. The last big socialist, centralised economy that opted for such sudden and drastic shock therapy was Russia in 1992. The result was economic devastation, rampant corruption and the rise of a powerful class of businessmen, the oligarchs.

China rejects US sanctions September 23, 2003 BEIJING: China on Sunday voiced strong opposition to the US move to impose sanctions on the Chinese government and a state-run military firm for allegedly selling advanced missile technology to an unnamed country. "We express our strong opposition to the US manner of constantly implementing sanctions on others based on their own (US) domestic law," foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan said in a statement.

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