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SECRECY SURROUNDS A BUSH BROTHER'S ROLE IN 9/11 SECURITY October 14, 2003 by Margie Burns A company that provided security at New York City's World Trade Center, Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., and to United Airlines between 1995 and 2001, was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm with ties to a brother of President Bush and the Bush family, according to records obtained by the American Reporter. Two planes hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 were United Airlines planes, and another took off from Dulles International Airport; two, of course, slammed into the World Trade Center. But the Bush Administration has never disclosed the ties of a presidential brother and the Bush family with the firm that intersected the weapons and targets on a day of national tragedy. anderson.ath

Der Speigel: Israel preparing strike to take out Iranian nuclear sites October 14, 2003 By Ellis Shuman The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday that the Mossad has marked six Iranian nuclear facilities as targets for an Israeli Air Force pre-emptive strike. An unnamed IAF pilot told the weekly that such a mission would be "complex, but feasible." The Los Angeles Times reported that Israel has modified U.S.-made Harpoon cruise missiles so it can launch nuclear warheads from submarines. israelinsider.com

Ohio's Kucinich formally announces White House bid October 14, 2003 Standing in the city council chamber where he won his greatest political victories and suffered his most humiliating defeats, Dennis John Kucinich came home to Cleveland on Monday to formally announce his campaign for the presidency of the United States. tallahassee.com

Army probes soldier suicides October 14, 2003 By Gregg Zoroya Alarmed by the number of suicides among soldiers in Iraq, the Army has asked a team of doctors to determine whether the stress of combat and long deployments is contributing to the deaths. "The number of suicides has caused the Army to be concerned," said Lt. Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, a psychiatrist at the Army's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Ritchie is helping to investigate the suicides in Iraq. "Is there something different going on in Iraq that we really need to pay attention to?" In the past seven months, at least 11 soldiers and three Marines have committed suicide in Iraq, military officials say. usatoday.com

UN official: 2,000 Palestinians made homeless by Rafah raid October 14, 2003 By Amos Harel, Haaretz UN official: 2,000 Palestinians made homeless by Rafah raid Up to 2,000 Palestinians have been made homeless in the most recent operation by the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip, a senior United Nations official said Sunday. Peter Hansen, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, said that "many houses have been completely demolished" during the three-day raid by IDF troops. haaretz.com

Spoils of war October 14, 2003 US plans to sell off Iraqi businesses are simply the modern equivalent of pillage, says Brian Whitaker. For centuries, pillage by invading armies was a normal part of warfare: a way in which to reward badly-paid or unpaid troops for risking their lives in battle. Nowadays, at least in more civilised countries, we do not let armies rampage for booty. We leave the pillaging to men in suits, and we don't call it pillaging any more. We call it economic development. guardian.co.uk

26 reported killed - Bolivian troops massacre strikers October 14, 2003 By César Uco and Bill Vann Bolivian army troops backed by tanks killed at least 26 workers and peasants and wounded some 90 more Sunday, as the US-backed government of President Gonzalo Sanchez Lozada unleashed murderous repressive force in an attempt to crush a month-long rebellion against his government’s International Monetary Fund-dictated austerity policies. wsws.org

Primate expert calls Bush's environmental record ``terrifying'' October 14, 2003 By LISA LEFF Primatologist Jane Goodall criticized President Bush's environmental policies Sunday, charging the White House with leading an "onslaught" against the Endangered Species Act that could lead to more African animals being killed or captured for profit. Goodall, famed worldwide for her life's work studying and protecting chimpanzees in Tanzania, said her beloved apes and other species face a threat from the Bush Administration that could undo decades of conservation efforts. sfgate.com

Impeachment is back October 14, 2003 Andrew Bird ARCATA Impeachment is on the agenda again this week. City Councilman Dave Meserve will ask the council at Wednesday's meeting to approve his resolution calling for the immediate impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. The vote in Arcata on Wednesday is likely to attract some national attention. Last month the Santa Cruz City Council voted to send a letter asking the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the Bush administration. times-standard.com

ST. LOUIS MAN CLAIMS RUSH LIMBAUGH AFFAIR October 14, 2003 St. Louis A 46 year old music store owner from the St. Louis area, Elliot Sanders, is claiming that while a college student at Southeast Missouri University in 1971, he had an affair with Rush Limbaugh. Sanders claims that he and Limbaugh, the well known talk radio star, had an affair that went on for about 3 months in the fall of 1971... sianews.com

AF Spokesman: "FAA Alerted Military Immediately On 9/11" AF Prevented From Responding! October 13, 2003 U.S. Air Force spokesperson; According to established guidelines, U.S. Air National Guard and Air Force units -- which are ALWAYS on alert to be scrambled for intercepts of either distressed OR suspicious and possibly hostile aircraft 365/24/7 in these United States -- WERE DEFINITELY contacted by FAA/ATC on 9.11 IMMEDIATELY after Air Traffic Control had become aware of the developing situation with the jets. The Air Force spokesman confirmed that AFTER the alerts and requests for INTERCEPTS of the aircraft were received from FAA/ATC, orders from the HIGHEST LEVEL of the executive branch of the federal government were received, demanding that the Air Force stand down and NOT follow through with ESTABLISHED scramble/intercept procedures that morning until further notice! apfn.org

Studies: 383,000 Missing Votes in Recall October 12, 2003 By RACHEL KONRAD More than 380,000 ballots cast in the recall election did not have a valid vote on whether to recall Gov. Gray Davis, and most of them were made on punch card systems, according to two independent studies. yahoo.com

Feds Condemn Robertson for Nuke Comment October 12, 2003 The U.S. State Department has condemned an on-air suggestion by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson that the agency ought to be blown up with a nuclear device. Robertson, who heads the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network, made the remark while interviewing author Joel Mowbray on "The 700 Club" television program last week. yahoo.com

The Mission October 12, 2003 By: William Rivers Pitt These Europeans know all about the Project for The New American Century, they know all about the Office of Special Plans, they know all about the lies that have been spoon-fed to America and the world. They know all of this, simply, because the news media in Europe is not owned and operated as an advertising wing for General Electric, AOL/TimeWarner, Viacom, Disney or Ruppert Murdoch. enter.net

Many soldiers, same letter October 12, 2003 LEDYARD KING Newspapers around U.S. get identical missives from Iraq  Letters from hometown soldiers describing their successes rebuilding Iraq have been appearing in newspapers across the country as U.S. public opinion on the mission sours. And all the letters are the same. A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Rock," in 11 newspapers, including Snohomish, Wash. theolympian.com

US soldiers bulldoze farmers' crops October 12, 2003 By Patrick Cockburn Americans accused of brutal 'punishment' tactics against villagers, while British are condemned as too soft. US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment independent.co.uk

New push to deregulate energy, Schwarzenegger electricity plan fuels fears of another debacle October 12, 2003 Zachary Coile Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing a push to deregulate the state's electricity markets -- a move embraced by business leaders and some energy analysts but criticized by many Democrats and consumer advocates as a return to the failed policies that sparked California's energy crisis. sfgate.com

Right reserved for pre-emptive strike if practice spreads: Putin October 12, 2003 MOSCOW Russia is opposed to the doctrine of using pre-emptive strikes to prevent attacks but reserves the right to resort to it if the practice should become widespread, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a Russo-German summit. "If the practice of preventive strikes should de facto become widespread and grow stronger, Russia reserves the right to such a practice," Putin said on the second day of a two-day summit in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. "We are against this, but we retain the right to carry out preventive strikes," he said, as quoted by the Interfax news agency. jang.com

UN estimate for rebuilding Iraq half that of Bush’s—where’s the money going?
October 11, 2003 By Patrick Martin Basic reconstruction in Iraq next year would cost less than half the amount requested by the Bush administration from the US Congress, according to a joint report prepared by the United Nations and World Bank. The report estimates that $9 billion are needed for reconstruction in Iraq in 2004. The report was released the same day that an $18.6 billion reconstruction budget was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. wsws.org

U.S. eyes conservation law October 11, 2003 U.S. may expand access to endangered species The Bush administration is proposing far-reaching changes to conservation policies that would allow hunters, circuses and the pet industry to kill, capture and import animals on the brink of extinction in other countries. msnbc.com

Typical Greenpeace Protest Leads to an Unusual Prosecution October 11, 2003 By ADAM LIPTAK Three miles off the Florida coast in April of 2002, two Greenpeace activists clambered from an inflatable rubber speedboat onto a cargo ship. They were detained before they could unfurl a banner, spent the weekend in custody and two months later were sentenced to time served for boarding the ship without permission. It was a routine act of civil disobedience until, 15 months after the incident, federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Greenpeace itself for authorizing the boarding. The group says the indictment represents a turning point in the history of American dissent. "Never before has our government criminally prosecuted an entire organization for the free speech activities of its supporters," said John Passacantando, the executive director of Greenpeace in the United States. nytimes.com

Jane Goodall attacks Bush environmental record October 11, 2003 Famed chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall attacked the Bush administration's environmental record Saturday, charging it could lead to more hunting of endangered animals. Goodall, who has spent more than 40 years researching the lives of chimpanzees in Tanzania, gave the keynote speech at the Wildlife Conservation Expo at Foothill College. "What the Bush administration has done over the past three years to overturn environmental laws is unbelievable," Goodall said. "It's shameful. We must not sit still and do nothing." sfgate.com

Adolf Hitler is reborn October 11, 2003 Only this time, rather than a swastika armband, he is adorned with a yarmulke. And his name is Ariel Sharon. joshua ben hinna And just as Hitler pursued his intent of forging the master race by putting millions in concentration camps and murdering them, so has Sharon pursued the policy of exterminating the innocent, except this time around it is a generous supply of tanks, Apache helicopters, and F-15s that do the dirty deed. Zionism today runs ominously parallel to Nazism. indymedia.org

Venezuelan Intelligence Sources Warn Of USA-CIA Backed Coup Attempt October 10, 2003 Venezuelan intelligence sources have informed VHeadline.com that a very much heightened state of security alert is being maintained this weekend following multiple indications that a USA-CIA initiative is about to be launched against the government of President Hugo Chavez Frias but that the Venezuelan Armed Forces (FAN) believe they will, nevertheless, be able to contain an eventual threat to Venezuela's constitutional rule.  USA-backed military-civilian infiltrators are said already to be on the ground in Venezuelan territory but they have not yet reached key positions. informationclearinghouse.info

"Bush Has To Go" October 10, 2003 The following report is taken directly from in-house memos from a high-level member of a major American television network; "The seasons change and the political season is also changing, gentlemen. Corporate, not only ours but most of the other major entities, have decided, reluctantly it is admitted, that Bush has to go. Why reluctantly? Because of the money we have given him for his campaigns…the President’s actions have so unnerved corporate America, (and this includes Bush Sr.)! that the market will never rebound until the irritant of Bush Jr’s chronic stupidity is gone and forgotten." thetruthseeker.co.uk

Dollar Falls to Three-Year Low Against Yen, Drops Versus Euro October 10, 2003 (Bloomberg) The dollar headed for its seventh week of declines against the euro and fell versus the yen after a drop in U.S. exports bolstered speculation policy makers will let the currency weaken in coming months. bloomberg.com

Greater Israel: A dream closer to fulfillment October 10, 2003 by Abid Ullah Jan A terrible, terrible time is ahead. Nevertheless, we are so indulged in our personal affairs and so mesmerized by the "mainstream" media’s onslaught and biased presentation of the international issues that we fail to see beyond what it wants us to see. usa.mediamonitors.net

The Age Of Total Microchip Control Is At Hand October 10, 2003 From Liz This is just the beginning, the opening shot. I kept telling people that this would be how they begin, by promoting safety for children, Next thing you know it'll be a law, that all minor children will have to have this chip, so they can be "protected." It's a hop skip and a jump from there to military use and then criminals, and then on to the rest of the population. rense.com

Diebold Machines Yield Fishy CA Results
October 9, 2003 MarkCrispinMiller.blogspot.com Long-shot candidates do startlingly well in Tulare County. I ran a number crunch of CA counties that use Diebold machines to cast/count votes and found some weird figures that show a skim of votes from top candidates to people who were unlikely to affect the outcome. I did my hand calculator work on the California election results (from the secretary of state's site) when 96% of precincts had reported. The website showed: rense.com

Navy Sonar May Give Whales the 'Bends' October 9, 2003 By Marc Kaufman High-powered sonar from Navy ships appears to be giving whales and other marine mammals a version of the bends, causing them to develop dangerous gas bubbles in some tissues and blood vessels and to beach themselves and die, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Nature. washingtonpost.com

Lethal Virus from 1918 Genetically Reconstructed October 9, 2003 US Army scientists create "Spanish Flu" virus in laboratory - medical benefit questionable The 'Spanish Flu' influenza virus that killed 20-40 million people in 1918 is currently under reconstruction. Several genes of the extraordinarily lethal 1918 flu virus have been isolated and introduced into contemporary flu strains. These proved to be lethal for mice, while virus constructs with genes from a current flu virus types had hardly any effect. These experiments may easily be abused for military purposes, but provide little benefit from a medical or public health point of view. sunshine-project.org

Special Iraq Coverage: Your Hearts and Minds, or Else October 9, 2003 Gert Van Langendonck (Balad, Iraq) Mohammed Al-Awasari's shack was no match for the American M-113 armored personal carrier. In a matter of minutes, the APC's powerful tracks reduced his small shop in the village of Albu Hishma to a pile of rubble. The U.S. soldiers on this "PSYOPS" (psychological operations) mission deep inside Iraq's Sunni Triangle, were laughing, some were taking pictures to show back home, while the gathered villagers stood around and looked on helplessly. guerrillanews.com

Stay in Bed October 8, 2003 Daniel Patrick Welch California awoke one morning to find itself governed by a giant cockroach. It's official: we are now living inside a Kafka novel-though even Kafka couldn't have predicted the turn of events that would bring us to this point. To be fair, Schwarzenegger is not a hyper-violent, frozen, misogynist, monosyllabic robot. He just plays one onscreen. In reality, he is-well, by now we all know who he is. The frightening part is that the people of California knew, too. There is some indication that tracking polls showed his support slipping in the wake of all last week's revelations. Polls are tricky things, of course, but if this is true then the election happened just in time. The republicans have become adept at cherrypicking such opportunities and milking them for all they're worth. danielpwelch.com

As Bush Implodes, 30 Ways Desperate Right Wingers Will Respond October 8, 2003 by Rob Kall Like Bill Clinton, George Bush seems to have some Teflon -like qualities. It is unlikely that the leaker of the info on Joe Wilson's wife's CIA connection will be identified. But as Bush and his bumbling team of lying incompetents continues to thrash, like Godzilla, through the assets and resources of the USA, knocking them down, destroying them, and creating chaos, the right wing is becoming and will become even more desperate. Here's a list of some desperate acts we can expect the far right and their legislative stooges to take: opednews.com

Rights Groups Ask Government For Proof That Detainees in U.S. Custody Are Not Being Tortured October 8, 2003 Citing news reports that the United States government may have tortured detainees or subjected them to "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional Rights and medical and veterans’ groups today asked Department of Defense and other agency officials for proof that that the U.S. is honoring its obligations under domestic and international law. aclu.org

GM 'could be another Thalidomide' October 8, 2003 By Victoria Fletcher Plans for the future of GM crops in Britain suffered a massive blow today as insurance giants issued dire warnings about the unknown dangers posed by the supercrops. Insurance firms are refusing to offer cover to farmers who want to plant GM crops because they fear a public health disaster and huge compensation payouts. thisislondon.co.uk

9/11/01: Where was George? October 8, 2003 by Eric Alterman September I I is often said to be the defining moment in the Bush presidency, even of modern history. How strange, therefore, that Bush's behavior that moming-along with that of his Administration-is almost never examined in any detail. This is all the more incredible when one considers the fact that 9/11 is among the most exhaustively chronicled days in human history and Bush among its most heavily covered individuals. No less odd has been the media's willingness to let the many inconsistencies in White House stories pass unexamined. They seem content instead to let Showtime tell the story, Leni Riefenstahl-style. thirdworldtraveler.com

Enron E-mails Confirm Schwarzenegger-Ken Lay Meeting October 8, 2003 Enron E-Mails Show Arnold Met With Ken Lay During Energy Crisis Santa Monica, CA -- Internal Enron e-mails confirm that Arnold Schwarzenegger was among a small group of executives who met with Lay at the posh Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel in May of 2001, in the midst of California's energy crisis. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which obtained the e-mails, is calling on Schwarzenegger to acknowledge the meetings and disclose the information that was presented and discussed. scoop.co

The Return of the Beast, Ask yourself: Would you have stopped Adolf Hitler in 1933? October 7, 2003 "I admired Hitler... because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people... We can't live without authority.  Because I feel that a certain amount of people who were meant to do this and control; and larger amount, like 95% of the people, who we have to tell what to do and how to keep order. That is why I am all for it... I feel if you want to create a strong nation and a strong country you cannot let everybody be an individual... In Germany there was a lot of unity. The German soldiers were the best, and with the police force and everything... There is one thing I don't like here and that people go on their own little trips too much. I think it's because we don't have a strong leader here... To speak to maybe 50,000 people at one time and have them cheer, like Hitler in the Nuremberg Stadium, and have all those people scream at you and just being in total agreement with whatever you say... --Arnold Schwarzenegger, from 1977 transcript of interview with George Butler. nex.net.au

'Horrifying': Computer Experts Fear Fraud in Recall Vote October 7, 2003 SAN JOSE, Calif. Punch-card ballots from today's historic recall election are sure to get a going-over by political activists, but some computer scientists think touch-screen voting machines deserve just as much scrutiny. Though punch-card ballots caused headaches for Florida election officials with their "hanging" and "pregnant" chads, nearly one in 10 California voters will be using touch-screen machines, which don't produce printouts voters can see. And no paper printouts, the scientists say, would make a legitimate recount impossible. newsmax.com

4. Top 10 Ways to Rig a Voting Machine October 7, 2003 Computer and accounting experts tell us that there are not 10, not 20, but literally hundreds of ways to rig the system. Faster than the best programmer can create computerized safeguards, new scoundrels will pop up with ways to beat the system. To conceptualize this, think virus: blackboxvoting.com

Slime October 7, 2003 By: W. David Jenkins III Can you believe this? The gang that promised to restore honesty and integrity to the White House is, once again, going to “slime” the opposition for shedding light on the corruption which has bloomed and flourished under George W. Bush. There will be no apologies and no explanation because, after all, why should this little problem be any different from all the others? That is why I refuse to get my hopes up this time. enter.net

US Wounded Hidden In The Shadows October 7, 2003 By David Isenberg ...hospital employees are told not to talk about numbers or types of injuries...health care personnel can go to prison and/or be fined astronomical amounts for even talking to other health professionals or family members about the condition and/or treatment of anyone in health care in the US at this time." rense.com

AWOL STATE OF MIND: CALLS FROM SOLDIERS DESPERATE TO LEAVE IRAQ FLOOD HOTLINE October 7, 2003 By LEONARD GREENE Morale among some war-weary GIs in Iraq is so low that a growing number of soldiers - including some now home on R&R - are researching the consequences of going AWOL, according to a leading support group. The GI Rights Hotline, a national soldiers' support service, has logged a 75 percent increase in calls in the last 12 weeks, with more than 100 of those calls from soldiers, or people on their behalf, asking about the penalties associated with going AWOL - "absent without leave" - according to volunteers and staffers who man the service nypost.com

Putin Says U.S. Faces Big Risks in Effort in Iraq October 7, 2003 By STEVEN LEE MYERS MOSCOW President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia says the United States now faces in Iraq the possibility of a prolonged, violent and ultimately futile war like the one that mired the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. nytimes.com

The end of American economic supremacy? October 7, 2003 By Hussain Khan Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Please click here if you are interested in contributing. It is beginning to appear that the events of September 11, 2001 have had such an impact that it could end American economic supremacy in the world. The peril to the US economy has been compounded by fiscal actions taken by the administration of President George W Bush. atimes.com

A Missing Statistic: U.S. Jobs That Went Overseas October 7, 2003 By LOUIS UCHITELLE The job market finally showed some life in September, but not enough to sidetrack a growing debate over why employment has failed to rebound nearly two years after the last recession ended. The debate intrudes increasingly on election politics, but in all the heated back and forth, an essential statistic is missing: the number of jobs that would exist in the United States today if so many had not escaped abroad. nytimes.com

And now, currency wars October 7, 2003 By Marc Erikson Complementing its strategic-military doctrine of preemptive action against putative constructors and proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, the administration of US President George W Bush has turned to preemption in the financial sphere to challenge unpalatable currency regimes and counteract their alleged ill effects on the US economy. China, Japan, and other Asian nations are the targeted offenders ...atimes.com

Foreclosure rate on rise Valley-wide October 7, 2003 Catherine Burrough The Arizona Republic In the midst of the hottest housing market in Phoenix history, a record number of people are losing their homes to foreclosure. People are caught living paycheck to paycheck. Laid-off workers can't find jobs. First-time buyers are too deep into debt. Homeowners are snared into bad refinancing deals. And some two-income families with expensive dream homes can't keep up. azcentral.com

Russia, with a little help from China, tries to outflank US in Central Asia October 7, 2003 Worried about American intentions, Moscow woos former Soviet republics and restores military bases on their territories Things seem to be unraveling rather badly for US President George W. Bush these days: Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s elusive weapons of mass destruction, Arab-Israeli peace efforts, North Korea’s nuclear posturing, the economy, credibility and authority of the administration itself, all combining to undermine the 2004 electoral campaign. But beyond this lies the recent emergence of an evolving alliance between Russia, China and India, all nuclear powers, all deeply concerned about the unilateralism of the United States and its doctrine of pre-emption. dailystar.com

Study Finds Direct Link Between Misinformation and Public Misconception October 7, 2003 A new study based on a series of seven nationwide polls conducted from January through September of this year reveals that before and after the Iraq war, a majority of Americans have had significant misperceptions and these are highly related to support for the war with Iraq. The polling, conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks, also reveals that the frequency of these misperceptions varies significantly according to individuals' primary source of news. Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely. truthout.org

US alone in standing by Israel after attack October 7, 2003 Only the United States stood behind Israel tonight in the face of international condemnation of the reprisal air raid on Syria that plunged the Mideast into deeper turmoil. breakingnews.iol

Israel And US Prepare To Attack Iran October 7, 2003 Goal is forcing capitulation or risking regional war. "There could be very, very serious ramifications in the wake of what's happened with this air strike by the Israelis in Syrian territory." Brent Sadler, CNN. “It could be a race who presses the button first (to strike Iran) – us or the Americans”. Israeli Mossad Official informationclearinghouse.info

The power to plunder October 7, 2003 By Lily Galili The norm of taking responsibility for actions and decisions seems to have all but disappeared from the nation's public and political life. Meanwhile, the people's demand for accountability on the part of its elected representatives seems to have vanished as well. haaretz.com

Did popping painkillers make Rush lose his hearing? October 7, 2003 By Tim Grieve The drugs Limbaugh is rumored to have abused are known to cause sudden hearing loss. But his doctors insist there's a different diagnosis. When Rush Limbaugh announced two years ago that he had suddenly gone deaf, he was uncharacteristically circumspect about the possible cause. "There is a theory as to what's happening," Limbaugh told his listeners in October 2001, "but I'm going to keep that to myself. It's not genetic. There's something more going on than that." Was the "something more" Limbaugh's abuse of painkillers? salon.com

Loyal Opposition, Disloyal Regent October 6, 2003 By Daniel Patrick Welch Remember the hullabaloo about The End of History? There were many of us who scoffed then at its hubris, the sheer arrogance of thinking we were “it.” Now, of course, even the adherents of such triumphalism are back in the trenches, forecasting their own gloom-and-obscene-profit version of Permanent War. It’s as if the Cold War never ended—and just in the nick of time for them, too. This gives the right the opportunity to revive that most heinous of Cold War anachronisms, the Loyal Opposition. Now the LO can be permanently kept toothless by the ever-present threat of the New Cold War (remember: they have actually used these words). Some have even promised World War IV. thepeoplesvoice.org

National Debt Quagmire 6, 2003 Doug McIntosh I remember a time when the entire United States Federal Debt was $500 billion. We are now in the age of $550 billion annual budget deficits. As of 9-30-03 the total Federal Debt was 6 Trillion, 782 Billion, 235 million dollars and change. In less than one year, it has gone from 6 Trillion, 228 Billion, 235 million and change. Isn't it interesting that the previous explosion of debt happened under the so called conservative Ronald Reagan? This current explosion is happening under the so called conservative George Bush Jr. Of course, Bubba Clinton merely faked the numbers so he doesn't really count. Dare I say that the Democrats lie much better on economic issues than the Republicans? gold-eagle.com

The end of vote-rigging? Not necessarily October 6, 2003 John Sutherland  Touch-screen voting is being used for the first time in the California recall. Few elections have provided such merriment as the current California Recall circus: pornographers, meat-packers (retired), religious fanatics, and comedians (aren't they all?). A cast of hundreds is jockeying for leadership of the world's fifth largest economy. And who will stride out from the campaign wreckage tomorrow? The Terminator - or "champion of women", as he prefers to be called, now that his groping days are behind him. Hollywood couldn't invent it. guardian.co.uk

Syria: Israel attacked civilian area October 6, 2003 Syria has said Israeli forces attacked a civilian area near  Damascus in a "grave escalation" of tensions in the Middle East. Damascus is capable of deterring Israel but will practice restraint, Syria's Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara said in a letter to the United Nations on Sunday. aljazeera.net

Rush Limbaugh May Teach Conservatives A Lesson October 5, 2003 by Thom Hartmann The reaction to the drug problem - and drug felonies - recently alleged against Rush Limbaugh highlight sharply the differences between conservative morality and liberal/progressive morality. Conservatives often mistakenly proclaim themselves the sole holders of morality. Their error comes when they define this word first and foremost in terms of personal behavior: What goes on in people's bedrooms, what drugs others may be taking in their own living rooms, whether a woman should be allowed to prevent or terminate a pregnancy. thepeoplesvoice.org

Putin Beefs Up ICBM Capacity 5, 2003 By Simon Saradzhyan Moscow Times President Vladimir Putin told top military commanders Thursday that Russia will put dozens of multi-warhead SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missiles on combat duty. In a separate development, a Defense Ministry paper released ahead of Putin's comments warned that Russia might have to revise its plans for military reform and nuclear defense strategy if NATO did not drop what it termed its "anti-Russian orientation." informationclearinghouse.info

British troops accused of torture October 5, 2003 Amid allegations of torture, the British military is investigating the death of a 26-year-old Iraqi man who died in their custody. Baha Salim Musa was arrested in the southern Iraqi city of Basra last month. But after being held for four days, his father was asked to identify his body. "His face was covered in blood, his nose broken, and the skin on his face was torn. There were bruises on his neck and all over his body," Baha's father Dawood told Reuters news agency. aljazeera.net

We report, you get it wrong By Jim Lobe The more commercial television news you watch, the more wrong you are likely to be about key elements of the Iraq War and its aftermath, according to a major new study released in Washington on Thursday. And the more you watch the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News channel, in particular, the more likely it is that your perceptions about the war are wrong, adds the report by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). informationclearinghouse.info

Davis wants criminal investigation 5, 2003 Robert Salladay and Zachary Coile Gov. Gray Davis, spending the final days of the recall campaign surrounded by women and prominent Democrats, suggested Saturday that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger committed a crime of sexual battery and should be investigated by law enforcement. The governor's comments were a significant escalation of his rhetoric against his chief Republican rival in Tuesday's recall campaign. The allegations about Schwarzenegger's conduct with women, and statements he is reported to have made about Adolf Hitler, provided the Davis campaign with a dose of optimism -- mixed with astonishment at the extraordinary events over the past couple of days. sfgate.com

Beaten, abused, chained. This is one Afghan woman's 'liberation' October 5, 2003 Yola Monakhov in Kandahar The Taliban's fall was supposed to bring freedom for women. But for many, life is still a misery - and for one, jail is the safest place to be. Mina rests on the earth floor of a Kandahar jail. Now eight months pregnant by a man she says raped and tortured her for seven years, she is in the Afghan prison for fleeing the marital home. She is 28 but wears the lined, sad face of an old woman. Wet eyes glimmering through her burqa, she rocks gently as she talks of her coming baby as a bleak and loathsome prospect. 'I was abducted,' she says. 'This man [the father of her unborn child] is not my husband. I have a family and I want to go back to them. But if my parents see I have a new baby, they may kill me.' observer.guardian.co.uk

SWISS TO JEWS: BECOME VEGETARIANS OR LEAVE THE COUNTRY October 5, 2003 Posted By: RogueButterfly All the Jewish spokespersons interviewed in the following article claim that the ritual is "humane" and "painless" and the banning of kosher meat is anti-semitism and not concern for animal rights. These people are truly aliens.--TRB "...the first time she [Temple Grandin] visited a kosher slaughter house, she heard screaming cattle from a half kilometer away and wondered what was different in this place. What she saw was shocking. I quote from her book, Thinking in Pictures, and Other Reports From My Life With Autism: "I will never forget having nightmares after visiting the now defunct Spencer Foods plant in Spencer, Iowa fifteen years ago. Employees wearing football helmets attached a nose tong to the nose of a writhing beast suspended by a chain wrapped around one back leg. Each terrified animal was forced with an electric prod to run into a small stall which had a slick floor on a forty-five degree angle. This caused the animal to slip and fall so that workers could attach the chain to its rear leg [in order to raise it into the air]. As I watched this nightmare, I thought, 'This should not be happening in a civilized society.' In my diary I wrote, 'If hell exists, I am in it.'" rumormillnews.com

The war on al-Jazeera The US is determined to suppress the independent Arab media October 4, 2003 Dima Tareq Tahboub When my husband decided to go to Baghdad, he knew that I would protest. He told me that I was exaggerating the risks; that there was nothing to be afraid of because he was a reporter, an objective witness, neither on this nor that side, and because of that was protected by world protocol. He bid us farewell, apologising for having been so busy. He promised to make it up to me and our daughter, Fatimah, when he returned. At first, I didn't know what had happened. I brought a chair and sat trembling in front of the TV. The house was suddenly full of people. I couldn't see or hear anyone. I was waiting for the film to end. I was waiting for the hero to appear and end all evil. I was waiting for the story of my life to end with "and they lived happily ever after". I couldn't cry, I was just listening to the news, seeing again and again all through the day how the Americans bombed the al-Jazeera office and killed my husband. guardian.co.uk

Schwarzenegger Admired Hitler October 3, 2003 By ADAM NAGOURNEY "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker." Schwarzenegger said, according to the transcript. Mr. Butler wrote in his book proposal that in the 1970's, he considered Mr. Schwarzenegger a "flagrant, outspoken admirer of Hitler." In the proposal, Mr. Butler also said he had seen Mr. Schwarzenegger playing "Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home" and said that the actor "frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an S.S. officer." nytimes.com

America the Forgiven 3, 2003 Reem Al-Faisal The Americans insist that most criticism directed toward their policies stems from a deep-seated anti-Americanism, which the entire world has been suffering from since the founding of the US. In fact I find that the world has been more than forgiving toward the Americans from the very beginning. If you take a quick look at American history, you will realize instantly that the atrocities committed by the Americans on their fellow man might be one of the worst in human history, and that’s saying much — one, because humanity has reached levels of evil that no other creature on earth can compete with, and two, because the very short history of the American nation makes its crimes even more shocking when compared with other, more ancient lands. arabnews.com

Supreme Court Term Could Bring Seismic Shifts in American Politics, Post-9/11 Criminal Law October 2, 2003 Steven R. Shapiro An array of cases involving elections and post-9/11 law enforcement could bring about major shifts in the American political and criminal justices systems by the end of the 2003 Supreme Court Term. The docket is already heavily loaded with criminal cases that take on a new significance in the post 9/11 era, including several that focus on the meaning and scope of the Miranda warning against self-incrimination. There are also looming free speech battles over the Internet, as well the government's effort to prohibit doctors from advising their patients about the benefits of medical marijuana. aclu.org

Job Losses at Level of Great Depression Contradict President Bush's Wishful Predictions October 1, 2003 Daily Mislead Archive Instead of creating 510,000 jobs in 2003, as President Bush predicted, the Republican-led economy has suffered a net loss of 473,000 jobs so far this year. The Timken Company, an Ohio-based steel and bearings manufacturer where the President launched his Jobs and Growth package in April, embarrassed the Administration two weeks ago with an announcement it will cut 900 jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that mass layoffs were the cause of 134,000 jobs lost in August. August marked the seven consecutive month of job losses, a cold dose of reality in the face of the President's wishful rhetoric. misleader.org

Sour mood descends on Wall Street October 1, 2003 Heather Stewart Downbeat data from the US economy underlined doubts about the strength of economic recovery yesterday, prompting a sell-off in equity markets on both sides of the Atlantic. After the closely watched Conference Board index of consumer confidence slid from 81.7 in August to 76.8 in September, its lowest level since the war in Iraq ended, the Dow Jones fell 113 points by mid-afternoon, to 9,267. Researchers at the Conference Board blamed the failure of the economic recovery to generate jobs for the slide in consumer confidence. "The lack of improvement in labour market conditions continues to dampen consumers' spirits," said Lynn Franco, director of its consumer research center. guardian.co.uk

When you can't counter a critic, go after his wife October 1, 2003 By Steve Duin It's one thing to be small in politics, another to be mean. But it's a whole 'nother thing entirely to be as petty and nasty as Bush administration officials are accused of being in seeking revenge against former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. It is, quite literally, criminal. Wilson is the diplomat asked by the CIA to investigate reports by British intelligence that Iraq was trying to purchase "yellowcake" uranium in Niger. Although Wilson concluded after visiting Niger that such a transaction was "highly doubtful," President Bush used the British report in his State of the Union address as one of the justifications for his decision to invade Iraq. oregonlive.com

What Are They Hiding? Does a Felon Rove the White House? October 1, 2003 By AMY GOODMAN and JEREMY SCAHILL Allegations are swirling that Karl Rove, senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, may have committed a felony by blowing the cover of a CIA operative. CIA Director George Tenet has called on the Justice Department to investigate but the White House said Monday that "President George W. Bush has no plans to ask his staff members whether they played a role." And what makes this story even more remarkable is how seriously the Bush family has viewed outing intelligence operatives in the past. counterpunch.org

Bush White House faces criminal investigation over Iraq smear campaign October 1,  2003 By Patrick Martin The Bush White House has taken on the aspect of a besieged fortress with the announcement late Monday of a formal FBI investigation into illegal leaks of information by administration officials attempting to intimidate a critic of Bush’s Iraq war policy. The full panoply of a Washington scandal is unfolding: charges of conspiracy, criminal referrals, subpoenas, orders to halt the shredding of documents and the deleting of emails, demands for the appointment of a special or independent prosecutor to investigate the charges. wsws.org

Chavez Blasts US for aiding and abetting terrorists October 1, 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 Miami. 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. http://indymedia.org

"To Die in Iraq" October 1, 2003 by Douglas O'Rourke They had it all. For the first time ever, the neoconservatives essentially controlled the Republicans and the entire U.S. Government. They'd dictated the Presidency, dominated the House and Senate, and owned the future of the Supreme Court. They didn't have a majority of the voters, but they did have a majority of the Fox News and Talk Radio audiences and a big pile of eager corporate money. How could they miss? They were going to show the whole world what true American patriots could accomplish leading a great Christian nation in the new century. And so they did... A funny thing happened on the way to Mr. Bush's second term. In a country run by and for millionaires, the surplus got spent. The rich got tax cuts, and the future got hocked. The environment got screwed.  Bechtel and Halliburton got contracts. Religious schools got public funds. Big CEOs robbed and ran free. Good jobs disappeared by the millions. Bankruptcies and child poverty set new records. Big Oil did just fine, thank you. Ken Lay still has your money. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and in the mean time, in between time, ain't we got war? columnleft.com

9/11 used as 'excuse' for government repression, claims UN report October 1, 2003 The terrorist attacks against the US on 11 September 2001 have been used by many countries as an "excuse for a crackdown on religion", especially in Central Asia, according to a new United Nations report released today.The interim report to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief, Abdelfattah Amor, added that the media have sometimes incited hatred of certain religious groups, including Muslims. www.4ni.co.uk



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