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11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m. USANORADNEADSNortheast Air Defense Sector,that covers Washington + New York areas employees Lt. Col. Dawne Deskins + other are starting their work day.

25.Jan.2002 Newhouse News] 11.Sep.2001 -on- NORAD is unusually prepared, because it is conducting a week-long semi-annual exercise called Vigilant Guardian.

11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m. NORAD is thus fully staffed + alert +

11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m. NORAD senior officers are manning stations throughout the USA.

11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m. NORAD entire chain of command is in place +

11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m. NORAD ready

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. when the first hijacking is reported.

03.Jun.2002 -later-[Aviation Week + Space Technology] :"In retrospect,the NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise would prove to be a serendipitous enabler of a rapid military response to terrorist attacks on 11.Sep.2001 " 14.Sep.2002 -later-[ABC News] reports that because NORAD is "conducting training exercises [it] therefore [has] extra fighter planes on alert."

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. [ABC News] "We had the fighters with a little more gas on board. A few more weapons on board."-Colonel Robert Marr, in charge of NEADS,says-.

25.Jan.2002 [Newhouse News]„NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise poses "an imaginary crisis to USA North American Air Defense outposts USA nationwide."

11.Sep.2001 09-00 a.m.(see) is being run : NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise, along with another exercise named Northern Vigilance "at various radar sites + command centers in USA + Canada, including USA Air Force bases in upstate New York + Florida + Washington + Alaska .

12.May 2003 [Bergen Record] 11.Sep.2001 06-30 a.m.-a week-long Vigilant Guardian is said to be a practice attack "across the North Pole by Russian forces."

25.Jan.2002 [Newhouse News]Accounts # by participants vary on whether was 11.Sep.2001 the 2. or 3. or 4. day of NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise.

11.Sep.2002 [Ottawa Citizen]Accounts # by participants vary on whether was 11.Sep.2001 the 2. or 3. or 4. day of NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise.

00.Jan.2002 [Code One Magazine]Accounts # by participants vary on whether was 11.Sep.2001 the 2. or 3. or 4. day of NORAD Vigilant Guardian exercise.

17.Jun.2004 11.Sep.2001 -'DAY OF- ' INTERIM UPDATE TO THE

00.Jun.2004 11.Sep.2001 -Commission has issued a new report regarding the USA military's response on 11.Sep.2001 .

00.Jun.2004 -new report- contains an incredible number ## of errors.

Most critically :

00.Jun.2004 11.Sep.2001 -Commission -new report- almost completely fails to mention Clarke, Richard +

00.Jun.2004 11.Sep.2001 -Commission -new report- almost completely fails to mention Clarke, Richard efforts as 11.Sep.2001 USA national crisis manager.

00.Jun.2004 11.Sep.2001 -Commission -new report- There is only one mention of Clarke, Richard, as 11.Sep.2001 USA national crisis manager :

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. "The White House Situation Room initiated a video teleconference, chaired by Clarke, Richard.

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. While important, "The White House Situation Room initiated“- video teleconference, chaired by Clarke, Richard,-“had no immediate effect on the emergency defense efforts."

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. video teleconference appears to have been one of the first +

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. video teleconference certainly was the most important methods of communication amongst the top leaders on 11.Sep.2001 .

11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. video teleconference Virtually every top Bush [BGW968] official participated in this conference.

This is vital, because Clarke, Richard s account of this 11.Sep.2001 00-00 a.m. video teleconference contradicts many # of the other stories about what happened 11.Sep.2001 .

We have published this interim update in order to highlight several important accounts + information that the recent 11.Sep.2001 Commission s -new report- failed to mention.

Much of it focuses on information from Clarke, Richard s book, Against All Enemies, a book the 11.Sep.2001 -Commission has seemingly completely ignored.

The new + updated entries listed below will soon be incorporated into the "Day of 11.Sep.2001 " timeline. [The color coding + acronyms are the same as on that page.]

We will soon post another update that will include information regarding the 11.Sep.2001 Commission -new report-.

15.Jul.2004 USA Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that USA Bush administration has discussed possibly delaying USA 02.Nov.2004 presidential election if there is a new terrorist attack.

The report, in Newsweek magazine + confirmed Monday, says the discussions were spurred by a letter from USA Election Assistance Commission chairman DeForest Soirees.

Newsweek says Mr. Soaries wrote Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to suggest asking Congress for emergency legislation to allow postponing USA election after any attack.

California Congresswoman Jane Harman, USA Senior Democrat on USA House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, called the plan excessive.

But the Republican chairman of USA House Homeland Security Committee, California's Christopher Cox, told CNN Sunday the request was a prudent effort to plan for what he called "doomsday scenarios."

15.Jul.2004 -Last week USA Department of Homeland Security asked USA Justice Department s Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the cancellation + rescheduling of 02.Nov.2004 election.

This came in response to a request from the chief of the newly created USA Election Assistance Commission for Congress to pass emergency legislation to empower the Commission to cancel + reschedule elections.

A spokesman for USA Department of Homeland Security told Newsweek

"We are reviewing the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure USA election URL:
12.Jul.2004 Could Bush Cancel USA Election?

A report in Newsweek finds that USA Justice Department + Department of Homeland Security have begun examining ways to postpone 02.Nov.2004 's presidential election in the event of an attack near election day.

We speak with Michael Isikoff, investigative correspondent for Newsweek.

14.Jul.2004 -
Headlines for - Did Dennis Kucinich Sell Out Anti-War Democrats

14.Jul.2004 Hidden Prisons: USA Maintaining Global Network of Secret Detention Facilities

14.Jul.2004 Clear Channel Rejects Times Square Peace Billboard Timed for RNC
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15.Jul.2004 Military Developments Bode Ill For Our Future Security: A number of dangerous developments in our military have suddenly come together -- pushed forward by the war in Iraq --

that should give Americans grounds for worry about the future security of our nation.

15.Jul.2004 Chavez Warns Andean Nations Against Trade Deal with USA: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned other Andean leaders against pursuing a trade agreement with the USA,

accusing Washington of having "imperialist" intentions in the region.

Venezuelan President Chavez again accuses USA of backing campaign to unseat him: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez restated his long-time contention that Washington is behind a campaign for a "yes" vote in an

15.Aug.2004 recall referendum aimed at removing him from power, in order to control Venezuela's oil.

In case you missed it: Greg Palast: Warning to Venezuelan leader : "The dependence of the USA on oil is increasing progressively.

And Venezuela is one of the most important suppliers of the USA. And the 'stability' of Venezuela is very important for the USA."

USA in talks over biggest missile defence site in Europe : The USA administration is negotiating with Poland + the Czech Republic over its controversial missile defence programme,

with a view to positioning the biggest missile defence site outside the USA in central Europe.

USA considers keeping key air base in Bosnia after NATO pullout: The USA is considering keeping a key military air base in Bosnia-Herzegovina

after NATO wraps up its peace mission there as part of a new force projection concept designed to facilitate the war on terror, military officials said Monday.

Barroso criticises 'arrogant' USA : José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing Portuguese prime minister who has been nominated as president of the European Commission,

on Tuesday criticised the USA for its occasional "arrogance"

15.Jul.2004 Macedonia admits assassination of illegal immigrants : Macedonian police confirmed

on Sunday that six Pakistanis + one Indian, killed two years ago as "Mujahideen terrorists", were in fact illegal immigrants executed for political purposes by the government of the time.

Battling "evil-doers" Begets Evil: Macedonian police commanders were dispatched to lure seven impoverished Muslim immigrants from Pakistan into their country.

The van parked, the driver opened his door + fled, + a special terrorist unit of the police command opened fire, slaughtering all seven of the immigrants.

15.Jul.2004 The Selective Justice of USA And Its Allies: Is it any wonder that Israel continues to flout all the UN Security Council Resolutions that call for the Jewish state's withdrawal from the Palestinian land?

As usual, where American interest is concerned, there is a set of rules for USA + its friends, + another set for the rest of the world

Report concerning maltreated children in the torture-prison

15.Jul.2004 In case you missed it: USA Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive

Chemical weapons antidotes shipped: New York + Boston, sites of the upcoming political conventions, are among the first areas to receive the "chem-packs."

Sen. Ernest F Hollings: Now we know: It's our Mideast policy that's creating enemies: It's time to stop this wag of people "hating us" and against us "because of our values."

It's not our values or people, but our Mideast policy they oppose. We need to return to evenhandedness and active negotiations in the Mideast.

Israelis fire on UN food convoy: A UN Relief + Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) convoy delivering food to a besieged Palestinian town has come under Israeli fire in the occupied Gaza Strip.

15.Jul.2004 Europeans Refuse to Play Bin Laden Deadline Game: An ultimatum from Osama bin Laden to European governments will expire this week,

but security officials say they do not see it as an immediate trigger for fresh attacks.

Arms Spending Fueled by Iraq Conflict : World military spending 00.000.2003 increased by about 11% in real terms. "

A remarkable rate of increase," it commented, coming after the 6.5% rise a year earlier.

Spending 00.000.2003 reached $956 billion. The USA counts for almost half of the world total of military spending.

Greg Palast: Black Voters Are Expendable : In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term.

The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.

'Potential felons' list that was scrapped cost Florida almost $2 million:

It spent at least $125,000 in attorney fees to a GOP-linked law firm in a failed effort to keep the list secret, even though the state's chief lawyer, Attorney General Charlie Crist, said it was not worth defending.

In case you missed it?: Hail To The Thief: Greg Palast: BBC Investigation Into How Voter Data Was Used To Prevent Democrats From Voting In The Last Presidential Elections.

15.Jul.2004 Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction : Lobbyists, aides to senior officials + others encouraged invasion + now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict.

CIA's Acting Chief Says Threat Highest Since 11.Sep.2001 : "This is about as serious a threat environment as I have seen since 11.Sep.2001 ," said McLaughlin

Danger Will Robinson! Osama has Nukes! : Williams’ book claims Osama has “six or seven” suitcase nukes already in-country + he’s biding his time, waiting for the right moment to light the match.

“They want the most bang for the buck + that is nuclear,” Williams told NewsMax

Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran: A CIA official who has written a book claiming the West is losing the global war on terrorism said in an interview on UK television today that

the USA-led war in Iraq was a gift to Osama bin Laden.

The Misunderstood Osama: How to read Imperial Hubris.: Osama Doesn't Hate Our Freedom

Bush Rebounds on Terrorism : The survey found that 55 percent of all Americans currently approve of the way Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism, up 5 points in the past three weeks.

15.Jul.2004 'Open to doubt + seriously flawed': UK intelligence reports on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in the run up to the Iraq war were "open to doubt" + "seriously flawed", the Butler Inquiry said today.

Butler report: key findings : In 00.Mar.2002 the intelligence available was "insufficiently robust" to prove Iraq was in breach of the United Nations' resolutions.

Full the Butler report (pdf)

A failure of the system: A government cannot go to war on a false pretext. Either Blair apologises - or there must be a change of leader

In case you missed it: British officers knew on eve of war that Iraq had no WMDs : UK intelligence learned just before war that Iraq had not assembled chemical weapons.

Mossad "knew 45-minute claim was an old wives’ tale" - but did not tell UK or USA

In case you missed it: Blair's secret weapon: A covert project, set up by the UK government, 'cherry-picked' intelligence to fit the hidden agenda of justifying war with Iraq,

Bush + CIA Won't Release Paper on Prewar Intelligence: The White House + the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence in Iraq prepared for President Bush that contains few of the qualifiers and none of the dissents spelled out in longer intelligence reviews

Ray McGovern: The CIA and Iraq: An Intelligence Debacle...and Worse: In our various oral and written presentations on Iraq my veteran intelligence officer colleagues and I took no delight in sharply criticizing what we perceived to be the corruption of intelligence analysis at CIA. Nothing would have pleased us more than to have been proven wrong. It turns out we did not know the half of it.

Torture as Due Process: After 11.Sep.2001 , the word of the president was supposedly the only protection that the rights and liberties of the American people needed. After 11.Sep.2001 , President Bush granted himself unlimited, unchecked power over anyone in the world suspected of being a terrorist.

In case you missed it? : From Hitler to Bush : The editor of La República del Uruguay replies to the USA ambassador, Martin Silverstein, ( Uruguay ) who had complained about the comparisons the newspaper had drawn between Hitler and Bush. This is a must read

Ten Reasons to Fire George W. Bush : And nine reasons why Kerry won't be much better

Ted Rall: Boycott The Military: I'd rather sleep under a bridge, eating trash out of a Dumpster, than murder human beings for Halliburton.

Bring My Brother Home!: Class, War and Education: "The way we fund education, that's at the heart of how this military recruits," said Erin Murphy, whose 20-year old brother is serving in Iraq. "Without that leverage they would not be able to recruit people in such numbers."

15.Jul.2004 1:03:30
Bush Administration "Guidelines" for Postponing or Canceling the November Presidential Elections by Michel Chossudovsky    July 2004

The URL of this article is:

"... Credible reporting indicates that Al Qaeda is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the USA in an effort to disrupt our democratic process...

"This is sobering information about those who wish to do us harm... But every day we strengthen the security of our nation." (DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, 8 July 2004)

Does this last announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge entail a code red emergency scenario of "closing down the country" (prior to the November elections) as conveyed by Secretary Ridge in a previous statement:

"If we go to [code] Red ... it basically shuts down the country,"  (22 December 2003, emphasis added)

Homeland Security and the White House no doubt have several "scenarios" in mind to "win" the presidential elections in November. (See Steven Moore, ). Recent developments suggest that Homeland Security is indeed contemplating a code red alert.  (See ).

At the same time, the Bush Administration is also maneuvering cautiously behind the scenes, with a view to embedding formal "guidelines" into federal election procedures, which would allow for the cancellation or postponement of an election in the event of a terror attack.  

To reach their objective, the Bush Administration is using the jurisdiction of one of its bogus federal agencies, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) , established 00.000.2003 under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA)

Concurrent with Homeland Security's statement regarding the possibility of a large scale "11.Sep.2001 type attack", EAC director DeForest B. Soaries , a Bush appointee, has hinted to the need for:

"establishing guidelines for canceling or rescheduling elections if terrorists strike the USA again".

  "Look at the possibilities. If the federal government were to cancel an election or suspend an election, it has tremendous political implications. If the federal government chose not to suspend an election it has political implications... Who makes the call, under what circumstances is the call made, what are the constitutional implications?... I think we have to err on the side of transparency to protect the voting rights of the country... I'm hopeful that there are some proposals already being floated. If there are,! we're not aware of them. If there are not, we will probably try to put one on the table ... The states control elections, but on the national scale where every state has its own election laws and its own election chief, who's in charge?". (quoted in AP, 8 July 2004, emphasis added)

What is important in this new initiative, is that if these so-called guidelines were to be adopted, the Administration would technically be able to postpone or cancel an election, "with the stroke of a pen" + without resorting to far-reaching emergency procedures and/or martial law.

A temporary postponement might be considered by Republican strategists as a (desperate) propaganda ploy, for swinging votes away from the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Whether these guidelines will be accepted prior to November by the Democrats is, at this stage doubtful.

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is described as a  "clearinghouse of voting information and procedures". The statements and news coverage seem to suggest that if guidelines on the postponement or cancellation of elections are to be formulated, they should emanate from the EAC, which has a (bipartisan) mandate under the USA Congress to oversee federal voting systems, rather than the DHS.

But the EAC is an "informal arm" of the Department of Homeland Security. Both the DHS and the White House are indelibly behind the proposed "guidelines" initiative, calling the shots from behind the scenes.

EAC Director Reverand DeForest "Buster" Soaries, a former Baptist minister, is a handpicked appointee. He was New Jersey Secretary of State under   Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, who is a political crony of Sec. Tom Ridge, going back to their days as GOP governors of the neighboring states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Todd Whitman was appointed by the Bush Admistration to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has since then worked very closely with Tom Ridge in the domestic war on terror.   

The press reports suggest that DeForest "Buster" Soaries took the initiative on his own accord, acting on behalf of a federal governmental body.  He has even complained:  "that he was rebuffed when he wrote to Ridge seeking to discuss election security, including how to handle rescheduling the election if it were to be disrupted by an attack." (Associated Press, 9 July 2004).

Secretary Tom Ridge has said that he is "against the guidelines." What he does not say is that various procedures have already been carefully worked out by Homeland Security analysts, who have simulated precise red code alert scenarios including situations, implying the cancellation or postponement of elections. (See ).

Ridge says that "he doesn't agree with all of the conclusions in Soaries' letter, but the department is working on constitutional and security questions + Soaries will be involved in the process." (AP, 9 July 2004 )

Homeland Security is intent on establishing entrenched procedures under the EAC. The "guidelines" to postpone or suspend the elections could then be presented as a means to "protecting democracy" in the case of a terror attack.

The setting of so-called "guidelines" at the level of an official body, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), would establish a "trigger mechanism" under the jurisdiction of a federal commission.

A code red alert would contribute to activating the guidelines, although the latter could indeed be activated without resort to "the highest" terror alert level.

E-Democracy or Electoral Fraud?

The same Bush sponsored body, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which has hinted to the need for "guidelines" in the case of a terror attack, has also been pushing for the establishment in several states of the Diebold electronic voting system .

Diebold is a black box system which very conveniently does not leave a paper trail. In other words, it does not leave a paper record of the vote. In fact: "all three black box computer manufacturers are Republican-led corporations actively involved in Bush’s re-election campaign." (Steve Moore, July 2004, ).

In June 2004, Diebold Inc, which is backing the Bush campaign, congratulated EAC Chairman DeForest Soaries for assisting Diebold in marketing is E-election system:

We welcome the opportunity to provide input on these important issues and pledge our strong support to the EAC," said Mark G. Radke, director of marketing for Diebold Election Systems, Inc. 'This initiative by Chairman Soaries and the EAC will further increase voter confidence in the election process as election practices and procedures transition to more efficient, accurate technology," said Walden W. O'Dell, chairman and CEO of Diebold, Incorporated, the parent company of Diebold Election Systems." (Diebold News Release, ).

Diebold's CEO Walden O'Dell confirmed in a subsequent interview that:

 "he has been a top fund-raiser for the Republican president, but said he intends to lower his political profile and "try to be more sensitive" in light of the national criticism he has faced. ...  Because the fund-raising revelations fell closely on the heels of security questions raised about Diebold's machines in a later-questioned Johns Hopkins University study, O'Dell's critics began to suggest that Diebold should not be allowed to be involved in elections. (The Plain Dealer, 16 September 2003),

Michel Chossudovsky is the author of War and Globalization, the Truth behind 11.Sep.2001 , Global Outlook, 2004

It is hardly biased of the court to find that the Occupied Territories are indeed occupied and that the settlements are illegal. That is the position that the UN has always taken, and even the USA had supported explicitly until very recently. The Israelis beg to differ, but then Saddam Hussein decided unilaterally that Kuwait was his 19th province and the world disagreed with him. In the end, the world tends to win.
The Palestinians by now may be a little bewildered. If they had sent people to place bombs next to the wall, or launched armored bulldozers against it, they would have been roundly condemned for terrorism. So they go to court and find both themselves and the judges condemned for bias and worse.
15.Jul.2004 T
he combination of the court and the General Assembly is the route that led to the independence of Namibia and sanctions against South Africa. It is the route that led to the eventual independence of East Timor - and a route that has kept Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara unrecognized by any other country in the world.
It may be slow - but such opinions are binding on all law-abiding countries. Indeed, it was the General Assembly that voted for the partition of mandatory Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.
The other defense is to attack the decision as one of a kangaroo court. Just before the hearings, Howard Meyer, an authoritative historian of the World Court, pointed out that the lead counsel for Israel would "be Dr Shabtai Rosenne, an Israeli diplomat and longtime observer of the ICJ [International Court of Justice]". As a student of the court, he has written more books about its procedures and its rulings than anyone.
The one dissenting vote was American judge Thomas Buergenthal, who said the opinion did not take into account Israel's need to protect itself against terrorism. His opinion was seconded by many American politicians seemingly more mindful of the coming presidential election in November than of ensuring a sound and peaceful world order.
In any case, Buergenthal's statement was economical with the truth. The court considered the issue of Israel's security needs and the threat of terrorism in some depth and length in its 56-page opinion - and it concluded that if Israel wanted to build the wall, it could do so entirely legally, on its own side of the "Green Line". However, it could not do so on illegally occupied territory. Indeed, the court specifically excluded the small section of the wall built in Israel from its judgment.
People who attack the World Court for its July 9 opinion on the Israeli wall in the Occupied Territories should beware.
In doing so, they are calling into question the United Nations Charter + the whole foundation of international law and humanitarian conventions and treaties: which in the end are the legal basis of the state of Israel's international recognition, and, in a broader sense, everyone else's best hope for a global order that does not rely on anarchistic violence and force majeure .
The court in The Hague said in its ruling that the 600-kilometer wall, about a third built, "severely impeded" Palestinian rights to self-rule. It curves at points deep into the West Bank around Jewish settlements built on land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. The court said the wall violated international humanitarian law and called on the UN Security Council and General Assembly to stop the barrier's construction.
It is not often that the court comes out with such an unequivocal opinion. Just because it ruled against Israel and, by extension, its USA protector, on every point, does not invalidate the reasoning for the rest of the world.
When most of our journalists fail us, it's hardly surprising that the few who are brave enough to expose the lies of the powerful become heroes, even if their work is pretty coarse. When a scruffy comedian from Michigan can bring us closer to the truth than the BBC, it's time for a serious examination of why news has become the propaganda of the victor.

While you are rewarded for flattery, you are punished for courage. The USA, British and Israeli governments can make life very difficult for media organisations that upset them, as the BBC found during the Gilligan affair. The Palestinians and the people of Iraq have much less lobbying power. The media are terrified of upsetting the Israeli government, for fear of being branded anti-semitic. Powerful governments can call on the rightwing press for support. Rupert Murdoch, who has a commercial interest in the destruction of the BBC, is always happy to oblige.

Analytical and investigative reporting has given way to breathless descriptions of troop movements and military technology. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this leaves the audience without the faintest idea of what's happening: in one of the groups of viewers the researchers interviewed, the people who said that the occupied territories had been occupied by the Israelis were outnumbered by those who believed they had been occupied by the Palestinians. Another is that, as in all professions, you are rewarded for greasing up to power. The people who are favoured with special information are those who have ingratiated themselves with the government. This leads to the paradoxical result that some of our most famous and successful journalists are also the profession's most credulous sycophants.

The BBC emerges very badly from these studies. The Cardiff report shows that it used USA and British government sources more often than the other broadcasting networks + used independent sources, such as the Red Cross, less often than the others. It gave the least coverage to Iraqi casualties + was the least likely to report Iraqi unhappiness about the invasion. A separate study by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of news networks in five different countries showed that the BBC offered the least airtime of any broadcaster to opponents of the war: just 2% of its coverage. (Even ABC news in the USA gave them 7%). Channel 4 News, by contrast, does well: it seems to be the only British network that has sought to provide a balanced account of these conflicts.

The Glasgow study shows that BBC and ITN news reports are biased in favour of Israel and against the Palestinians. Almost three times as much coverage is given to each Israeli death as to each Palestinian death. Killings by Palestinians are routinely described as "atrocities" and "murders", while Palestinians deliberately shot by Israeli soldiers have been reported as "caught in the crossfire". In the period the researchers studied, Israeli spokespeople were given twice as much time to speak as Palestinians. Both BBC and ITN reports have described the West Bank as part of Israel. By failing to explain that the Palestinians are living under military occupation, following the illegal seizure of their land, correspondents routinely reduce the conflict to an inexplicable "cycle of violence". Even this cycle is presented as being driven by the Palestinians: the Israelis are reported as "responding" or "retaliating" to Palestinian attacks; violence by the Palestinians is seldom explained as a response to attacks by Israelis. Both networks regularly claim that the USA government is seeking peace in the region (ITN has described it as "even-handed") while omitting to mention that it is supplying some $3bn a year of military aid to Israel.

The Cardiff study, for example, shows that 86% of the broadcast news reports that mentioned weapons of mass destruction during the invasion of Iraq "suggested Iraq had such weapons", while "only 14% raised doubts about their existence or possible use". The claim by British and USA forces that Iraq had fired illegal Scud missiles into Kuwait was reported 27 times on British news programmes. It was questioned on just four occasions: once by Sky and three times by Channel 4 News. The BBC even managed to embellish the story: its correspondent Ben Brown suggested that the non-existent Scuds might have been loaded with chemical or biological warheads. Both the BBC (Ben Brown again) and ITN reported that British commanders had "confirmed" the phantom uprising in Basra on March 25. Though there was no evidence to support either position, there were twice as many reports claiming that the Iraqi people favoured the invasion as reports claiming that they opposed it. "Overall, considerably more time was given to the original [untrue] stories than to any subsequent retractions," the researchers found.

I don't need to discuss the failings of the USA news networks. Fox and NBC have often boasted about their loyalty to Bush's government. Owned by rightwing businessmen, they could reasonably be described as components of the military-industrial complex. But the failures of the British media, in particular the BBC, require more explanation. Studies by the Cardiff School of Journalism and the Glasgow University Media Group suggest there is a serious and systematic bias among British broadcasters in favour of the government and its allies.

When starving people find food, they don't worry too much about the ingredients. Michael Moore's film is crude and sometimes patronising. He puts words into people's mouths. He finishes their sentences for them. At times he is funny and moving, at others clumsy and incoherent. But I was shaken by it + I applauded at the end. For Fahrenheit 11.Sep.2001 asks the questions that should have been asked every day for the past four years. The success of his film testifies to the rest of the media's failure.

Tomorrow the Butler report will reopen the debate about who was to blame for the lies with which we went to war - the government or the intelligence agencies. One thing the news networks will not be discussing is the culpability of the news networks. After this inquiry, we will need another one, whose purpose is to discover why journalists help governments to lie to the people.

They are free to wonder, with all the money Halliburton has been paid, when they will have potable water and electricity more than 8 hours a day; they are free to wonder about this and much more. They are free to wonder why Americans pay no attention to their own General Accounting Office reports that clearly state Iraq is worse off than before the invasion. (GAO report, 6/2004: “Iraq is Worse off Than Before the War Began”)
I could go on for a long time enumerating the theft of Iraq, but time and space prevent that. Be that as it may, one last thought on the “liberation” of Iraq: For those willing to use the brain’s memory cells, you will recall that in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, not one time was “liberating Iraq” part of the discussion. From the beginning, it was weapons of mass destruction, mushroom clouds over Manhattan + the link between Saddam, bin Laden + al Qaeda, all of which has proven to be false and deliberately so! It was when those “reasons” began to unravel that Bush’s adventure morphed in to a war of “liberation.” This was deliberate deception, just like with Vietnam.
I for one am really tired of Bush and company pissin’ on my boots while trying to convince me it’s raining. The crazy part is how many of you are reaching for umbrellas.
Jack Dalton is a disabled Vietnam veteran suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

While some at home were being “patriotic” and proudly waving the American flag with self-righteousness and vociferously supporting that un-mitigated disaster, as is being done today with Iraq, I and thousands of other Americans were getting shot to hell and back, as is happening in Iraq today.
Thirty-five years later, after all the pontificating about “never again” has faded from memory, that same flag of false and misguided patriotism once again “proudly” waves over USA. It seems that never again is here again (if it ever went away).
The ease at which those of you who so blindly follow Bush can label fellow citizens as “wimps without backbone that do not deserve to be called Americans,” including those of us who are combat veterans, concerns me in some ways more than my serious concerns for George Bush. Having been decorated for counter-insurgency operations in 1966, having been three times wounded and living a life fighting the effects of Agent Orange, I am not a wimp.
By your statements, one can only conclude that you believe the only patriotic Americans are those that toot the horn for George Bush. I guess it makes no difference to you that the man you support has cut and is cutting funding for the Veterans Administration which to date has forced over 250,000 veterans out of the system due to a lack of funding. At the same time, this same man is creating more veterans and more disabled veterans.
If continuing my open opposition to the Bush cabal makes me a “wimp without backbone,” I guess I’ll be a wimp without backbone for whatever life I have remaining. For I will go to my grave in opposition to any and all who preach perpetual war for profit.
The thing that really stands out is that the vast majority of those who feel free to label their fellow citizens as un-patriotic, un-American, traitors, wimps, etc., especially those of us who actually wore the uniform and went to war, is that they themselves, for whatever reason, never wore this country’s uniform and never went to war. The arrogance of people to call anyone, let alone combat veterans, wimps and un-American is astounding!
My right to criticize was born in the thick of war. Your right to criticize was born in your front rooms from watching 30-second sound bites on Fox “news.” My right is carried by sacrifice, yours by privilege.
Fahrenheit 11.Sep.2001 ” is inspiring the Democrats, persuading the undecided + scaring the Bush Administration. What more could we want from a movie?
In God he trusts - how George Bush infused the White House with a religious spirit Bush's born-again Christianity cannot be questioned. Indeed, it dovetails with his widely attested lack of intellectual curiosity, his seemingly utter certainty of his convictions and with the difficulty of persuading him to change a mind already made up. Few mortals can compete with God for his ear.

When USA Foreign Policy Meets Biblical Prophecy: Does the Bible foretell regime change in Iraq? Did God establish Israel's boundaries millennia ago? Is the United Nations a forerunner of a satanic world order? For millions of Americans, the answer to all those questions is a resounding yes. 

For many believers in biblical prophecy, the Bush administration's go-it-alone foreign policy, hands-off attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict + proposed war on Iraq are not simply actions in the national self-interest or an extension of the war on terrorism, but part of an unfolding divine plan.

The Cult Of Israel

What is the message of the Christian Zionist? Simply stated it is this: Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God + should be condoned, supported + even praised by the rest of us.

"Never mind what Israel does," say the Christian Zionists. "God wants this to happen."

The Unannounced Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for the State of Israel 

In order for most of today’s Christians to escape physical death, two-thirds of the Jews in Israel must perish, soon. This is the grim prophetic trade-off that fundamentalists rarely discuss publicly, but which is the central motivation in the movement’s support for Israel. It should be clear why they believe that Israel must be defended at all costs by the West. If Israel were militarily removed from history prior to the Rapture, then the strongest case for Christians’ imminent escape from death would have to be abandoned. This would mean the indefinite delay of the Rapture. The fundamentalist movement thrives on the doctrine of the imminent Rapture, not the indefinitely postponed Rapture.

Has The Christian Message Been Corrupted ?  

Theology of the Land: A History of Dispensational Approaches
Published in The Land of Promise: Biblical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives (
IVP, Leicester, 2000), pp. 142-171.
1. Introduction: The Dispensational Family Tree

Dispensationalism is one of the most influential theological systems within the universal church today. Largely unrecognised and subliminal, it has increasingly shaped the presuppositions of fundamentalist, evangelical, Pentecostal and charismatic thinking concerning Israel and Palestine over the past one hundred and fifty years.
John Nelson Darby is regarded as the father of dispensationalism and its prodigy, Christian Zionism. It was Cyrus. I. Scofield and D. L. Moody, however, who brought Darby’s sectarian theology into mainstream evangelical circles. R. C. Sproul concedes that dispensationalism is now ‘...a theological system that in all probability is the majority report among current American evangelicals.

Legal Nonsense

Another word that is vastly abused in this crazy time is "intelligence." Do you know what intelligence is? It's just knowledge + knowledge must be factual. Assertions are not knowledge. Beliefs are not knowledge. Fears are not knowledge. Regardless of what so-called "intelligence" said, the facts are that Iraq had no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, had no programs to produce them and had no cooperative arrangements with al-Qaida.

Vice President Dick Cheney, who probably should see a psychologist as well as a cardiologist, continues to claim a connection, but what he calls a connection is one or two meetings in a period of years from which nothing ever came. If a mere meeting is a ," then all of us have connections with every human being we've ever met, however briefly. This is another example of language abuse.

Another architect of the illegal war, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, still coyly claims that just because we haven't found the weapons doesn't mean they don't exist. That's true. We haven't found any Martians, either, but perhaps they do exist, perhaps even in the offices of the Pentagon. It's always been hard to prove a negative.

This is an administration of sick puppies whose minds are haunted by lust for power, ideological phantoms and a profound contempt for the American people. A willingness to deceive is always proof of contempt.

Hopefully, in November, a majority of Americans will decide that this administration, like its illegal war, isn't worth re-electing.

MANY OF US feel that our faith has been stolen + it's time to take it back. A misrepresentation of Christianity has taken place. Many people around the world now think Christian faith stands for political commitments that are almost the opposite of its true meaning. How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war + pro-American? What has happened? How do we get back to a historic, biblical + genuinely evangelical faith rescued from its contemporary distortions?

12.Jul.2004 Indian minister strip-searched in USA -New Delhi-
The Guardian
India's former defence minister was twice strip-searched at Washington airport while on official business, according to the former USA deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott.

George Fernandes appears to have quietly swallowed the post-11.Sep.2001 humiliation, recounting his experiences only in New Delhi this February to a private USA group that included Mr Talbott, who tells the tale in a new book.

On an official USA visit in 2002 + en route to Brazil 00.000.2003 - the ageing politician, who likes to wear a kurta (baggy long shirt ), was strip-searched by USA immigration.

"He seemed to enjoy our stupefaction at this tale," writes Mr Talbott. "He and other Indians who later referred to the incident clearly regarded it as more than merely a lapse of protocol or just another example of the post-11.Sep.2001 excesses for the sake of security.

"They saw it as a symptom of a deep-rooted condescension, or worse, on the part of the west toward the east."

The officials said that the CIA was also protective of its relationships with foreign intelligence services, including those of Britain, Germany and Jordan, which provided much of the human intelligence on Iraq and its supposed illicit weapons. None of those intelligence services is mentioned in the Senate report, which takes American intelligence agencies to task for their reliance on foreign governments in providing sources of human intelligence on Iraq and illicit weapons.
"While these sources had the potential to provide some valuable information, they had a limited ability to provide the kind of detailed intelligence about current Iraqi weapons of mass destruction efforts sought by USA policymakers," the report said. "Moreover, because the intelligence community did not have direct access to many of these sources, their credibility was difficult to assess and was often left to the foreign government services to judge."
The public version of the report contained much more information than the CIA had initially been willing to approve for release, according to Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, the Republican chairman of the committee. In early June, the agency had approved for release only about half of the document, Mr. Roberts said last week, and relented only after long negotiations with the committee staff. 
Mr. Roberts and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the top Democrat on the panel, have said they will continue to press the CIA to agree to the release of more of the document, adding that they still believe that more information could be released without harm to American national security.
14.Jul.2004 Doubts on Informant Deleted in Senate Text
07/13/04 "
New York Times" -- WASHINGTON, July 12 - Among the passages deleted from the public version of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iraq is a detailed assessment that casts doubt on the credibility of an Iraqi defector whose claims about Iraq's mobile biological weapons laboratories have been discredited, according to government officials. His name was kept secret because he is still working for British intelligence, they said.
About one-fifth of the 511-page report still has not been made public, despite objections from both Republican and Democratic senators. As in the case of the Iraqi defector, the deletions were the result of objections raised by American intelligence agencies in the interest of protecting sources and methods, sometimes in deference to a foreign intelligence service, according to American government officials who have read the classified version of the Senate committee's report.
Stets nach oben gefallen- Unter Strauß senior hatte Pfahls eine sensationelle Beamten-Karriere hingelegt. Als promovierter Jurist arbeitete er zunächst am Gericht und bei der Staatsanwaltschaft, doch im Jahr 1974 wechselte er ins gerade erst entstandene Umweltministerium in Bayern. Schon vier Jahre später wurde Pfahls Referent von Strauß und stieg schnell zum Abteilungsleiter auf. Aufgrund eines schweren Spionage-Skandals beim Verfassungsschutz wurde Pfahls urplötzlich zum Präsidenten erkoren, zwei Jahre später bekam er einen Sessel als beamteter Staatssekretär im Verteidigungsministerium.
Seine steile Karriere endete erst 1989, als ein umstrittener Rüstungs-Deal mit Israel aufflog, der Pfahls seinen Stuhl kostete. Abgesichert hatte er sich zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits - schon Jahre zuvor hatte er einen Vertrag mit dem Mercedes-Konzern geschlossen und wurde ohne lange Übergangszeit der Repräsentant des Auto-Riesens in Südostasien.
Strauß soll wie Pfahls von dem Rüstungslobbyisten Karlheinz Schreiber Schwarzgeld kassiert + nicht versteuert haben. Laut Anklage dreht es sich um 2,6 Millionen Euro.

Der heute 61 Jahre alte Pfahls galt als Vertrauter des langjährigen bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten Franz Josef Strauß (CSU), dessen Sohn Max Strauß nun vor Gericht steht.

Zeitungsberichten zugolge hoffen die Verteidiger von Max Strauß, Pfahls könne ihren Mandanten entlasten

"Wir müssen darüber nachdenken, ob wir den Untersuchungsausschuss wieder aufnehmen."
Ströbele begründete seine Meinung mit der wichtigen Rolle des Polit-Beamten in allen Geschäften, die in dem Untersuchungsausschuss eine Rolle spielten. "Pfahls ist eine Schlüsselfigur für das Panzergeschäft mit Saudi-Arabien. Und er hatte Kontakt mit dem damaligen Bundeskanzler Helmut Kohl - auch wenn der das immer von sich gewiesen hat", sagte der Grünen-Politiker. Pfahls soll als Staatssekretär im Verteidigungsministerium die umstrittene Lieferung von 36 "Fuchs"-Spürpanzern aus Bundeswehrbeständen nach Saudi-Arabien vorangetrieben und dafür rund 1,9 Millionen Euro Schmiergeld kassiert haben.
Ziehsohn von FJS
The committee's staff director tells me that the 35-page document was disseminated to the intelligence community, but was never made public by Bob Graham, a Democrat who was chairman then. No reporter agitated for a copy until I just did.
If the committee was sharply critical of the CIA in 2002, why wasn't the public alerted to the failures that led to the Cole bombing - and why wasn't action taken to shake up the place then?
Contrariwise, if the senators found nothing worthy of public correction at the CIA and the F.B.I. at the end of the Clinton years, then political posterior-covering motivates their belated need to excoriate the agency they failed to oversee

Where has this Senate committee (and its House counterpart, Porter Goss's "Hipsie") been for the past decade? Did any of its recent members - John Edwards, for one - or any staff members have the wit to ask the CIA, with its $40 billion a year to spend, how many American spies we had in Iraq? (Answer: not one.) If the intelligence agencies were as badly run for years as the Senate now says, then Congressional oversight has long been bleary-eyed.
And while our Monday morning quarterbacks are dumping all over our intelligence agencies as a pack of inept sheep, we in the non-group might ask, with Juvenal, quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who is to watch the watchers?
The Senate Intelligence Committee, with a staff of 30 and an annual budget of $3.5 million, exists to oversee our intelligence services, to note their shortcomings and to demand that they be fixed, on pain of withholding funds.
The group then switched. When Saddam later obstructed U.N. inspectors - forgoing $100 billion in oil sales to keep out prying eyes - groupthinkers logically concluded that the "Butcher of Baghdad" had been hiding weapons. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat who is privy to secret intelligence, spoke for the group in late 2002: "Saddam's existing biological and chemical weapons capabilities pose a very real threat to USA now."
OPINION -The New Groupthink -
The partisan groupthink on Iraq runs contrary to what the Senate Intelligence Committee report says. By WILLIAM SAFIRE
The salient news in the Senate Intelligence Committee report is this: all you have been hearing about "he lied to us" + "they cooked the books" is a lot of partisan nonsense.
The 511-page Senate report concluded this: Nobody in the White House or the Pentagon pressured the CIA to change an intelligence analysis to conform to the judgment that the world would be a safer place with the monstrous Saddam overthrown.
Ah, second-guessers say, but what about "groupthink"? Before Gulf War I, the consensus held that Saddam was five to 10 years away from producing a nuclear bomb, but when we went in, we discovered that his W.M.D. were less than six months away.

Der Anwalt von Alt-Kanzler Helmut Kohl (CDU), Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, geht davon aus, dass die Pfahls-Festnahme keinerlei Auswirkungen auf seinen Mandanten haben wird. "Pfahls ist damals auf Bitten von Strauß in das Amt gekommen", sagte der Rechtsanwalt und sagte weiter: "Kohl hat mit dieser Geschichte nichts zu tun."

Gegen eine Wiedereinsetzung des Ausschusses sprach sich der stellvertretende CDU/CSU-Fraktionschef Wolfgang Bosbach aus. Er sagte im Deutschlandradio Berlin, er wisse nicht, was an einer "Reanimierung" des Gremiums sinnvoll sein solle. Es bleibe abzuwarten, welche neuen Erkenntnisse ein Strafprozess gegen Pfahls bringe. Der FDP-Politiker Max Stadler nannte Ströbeles Forderung "voreilig und unseriös".

Der stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Grünen, Hans-Christian Ströbele sagte, die Bundestagsabgeordneten hätten die Pflicht, alles zu tun, um das aufzuklären, was damals in der Bundesregierung "gelaufen" sei. Pfahls könne möglicherweise sagen, wer außer ihm von den über 200 Millionen Mark an "nützlichen Aufwendungen" ebenfalls Geld bekommen habe. Schließlich wisse er, welcher Minister und ob der damalige Bundeskanzler Kohl etwas davon gewusst hätten. Ähnlich äußerte sich auch Grünen-Politiker Volker Beck.
In der Anklageschrift für den Elf-Prozess 2003 wurde Pfahls vorgeworfen, rund acht Millionen von den insgesamt fast 40 Millionen Euro schweren Elf-Provisionen für den Kauf der ostdeutschen Raffinerie Anfang der neunziger Jahren eingestrichen zu haben

Obwohl die deutschen Behörden auf eine schnelle Auslieferung Pfahls hoffen, kann sich diese nach Angaben eines Sprechers der Augsburger Staatsanwaltschaft verzögern, falls die französischen Behörden Pfahls zu seiner Rolle in der Elf-Aquitaine-Affäre befragen wollten. Der Sprecher sagte jedoch: "Wir werden dafür sorgen, dass der Auslieferungsantrag so schnell wie möglich an die Franzosen geht."

Die 3,8 Millionen D-Mark für Pfahls kommen bisherigen Ermittlungen zufolge vom selben Konto wie das an den ehemaligen CDU-Schatzmeister Walther Leisler Kiep gezahlte Schwarzgeld. Daher war in der Vergangenheit immer wieder ein Zusammenhang zwischen den Schmiergeldzahlungen des Thyssen-Konzerns und der CDU-Schwarzgeldaffäre hergestellt worden. Allerdings sind alle Dokumente zu dem umstrittenen Panzergeschäft von 1991 mit Saudi-Arabien vor dem Regierungswechsel 1998 aus der Registratur verschwunden.
Vor seiner Festnahme in Paris waren die Ermittler fünf Jahren lang hinter Pfahls her, der vom Rüstungslobbyisten Karlheinz Schreiber im Zusammenhang mit dem Panzerexport nach Saudi-Arabien fast zwei Millionen Euro Schmiergeld kassiert haben soll. Der Vertraute des einstigen bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten Franz Josef Strauß (CSU) gilt als Schlüsselfigur in der so genannten Panzeraffäre von 1991. Als Staatssekretär im Verteidigungsministerium soll er den Export von 36 ABC-Spürpanzern "Fuchs" nach Saudi-Arabien vorangetrieben haben.
Nach einem Bericht der "Süddeutschen Zeitung" fahndet die deutsche Polizei nun nach Pfahls Fluchthelfern. Der Zeitung zufolge hat Pfahls auf 22 Seiten notiert, wer ihn während seiner fünf Jahre dauernden Flucht unterstützt hat. Diese Unterlagen seien bei der Durchsuchung seiner Pariser Wohnung sichergestellt worden. Pfahls solle erklärt haben, dass er sich fast die ganze Zeit über in Paris aufgehalten habe.
Bei den Helfern von Pfahls soll es sich vorwiegend um ehemalige Geheimdienstmitarbeiter und um Kaufleute handeln, schreibt das Blatt. Die deutschen Fahnder konzentrierten sich nun auf eine Reihe verdächtiger Deutscher und Franzosen, die Pfahls in den vergangenen Jahren geholfen haben könnten. Zu ihnen gehöre der deutsche Geschäftsmann Dieter Holzer, der ein guter Freund von Pfahls gewesen sei.

14.Jul.2004 Partei-Krise: Clement sieht SPD in "verteufelt schwerer Zeit"

14.Jul.2004 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Bastion der Abriegelung"

14.Jul.2004 Report über Geheimdienst-Pannen: Bericht entlastet Tony Blair

14.Jul.2004 Report zum Irak-Krieg: Blair räumt Fehler ein (Politik

14.Jul.2004 Ostdeutschland-Studie: Aufbruch der Zonenkinder (Politik

14.Jul.2004 USA: Bayer akzeptiert Millionenstrafe wegen Preisabsprachen (Wirtschaft,

14.Jul.2004 Angst vor Entführung: Staatsanwalt trägt Ortungs-Chip im Arm
Um Entführer abzuschrecken, hat sich der mexikanische Generalstaatsanwalt einen Ortungs-Chip in den Arm implantieren lassen. Der Chip dient gleichzeitig als Zugangsberechtigung zu einer neu eingerichteten Verbrechensdatenbank.

14.Jul.2004 Dinosaurier-Knochen: Riesenechse bricht Europarekord
In Spanien wurde der größte jemals in Europa entdeckte Dinosaurier ausgegraben. Der Riese war bis zu 35 Meter lang, brachte 40 bis 50 Tonnen auf die Waage und hatte Knochen von der Größe eines Menschen.

14.Jul.2004 Homo-Ehe: Rückschlag für USA-Präsident Bush

14.Jul.2004 "Ocean's Twelve": Mafia wollte Pitt und Zeta-Jones erpressen
Die Leinwandstars Brad Pitt und Catherine Zeta-Jones sind ins Visier der sizilianischen Mafia geraten. 23 Mitglieder der Verbrecherbande wurden jetzt festgenommen, die von der Hollywood-Produktion "Ocean's Twelve" Schutzgeld erpressen wollten.

14.Jul.2004 SUPER SIZE ME" Angriff der Killer-Burger
30 Tage lang ernährte sich der New Yorker Filmemacher Morgan Spurlock ausschließlich von McDonald's-Produkten. Die verheerenden Folgen schildert er in seiner polemisch-amüsanten Dokumentation "Super Size Me" - einem Film, der nicht nur den Fast-Food-Giganten das Fürchten lehrte. Von Andreas Borcholte mehr...
Dokumentarfilm-Boom: Die Droge Wirklichkeit
Entdecker Columbus: Der geheimnisvolle Lotse des Abenteurers
Nach dem Tod des Abenteurers machte in Spanien das Gerücht die Runde, nicht Columbus, sondern ein mysteriöser Lotse habe Amerika entdeckt. Doch brauchte der Seefahrer wirklich einen Navigator, um den Weg zu finden?

14.Jul.2004 Zuchtpläne eines Neonazis: Germanen im Glas

14.Jul.2004 REPORT ÜBER GEHEIMDIENST-PANNEN Bericht entlastet Tony Blair
Großbritanniens Regierungschef kann aufatmen. Zwar konstatiert ein Untersuchungsbericht massive Fehler der Geheimdienste in der Zeit vor dem Irak-Krieg. Blairs Regierung wird aber nicht beschuldigt, die Expertise über die angeblichen Waffenlager Saddams beeinflusst zu haben. Blair sieht sich bestätigt: "Niemand hat gelogen."

The Incredible Lying BushCo 

This just in: More irrefutable proof that Dubya's is the slimiest administration in 100 years
Like you even needed more proof.

This needs to be said. This needs to be repeated, over and over again, because apparently it is still not clear and apparently Republican apologists love to trot it out as some sort of justification, some sort of hollow and childish accusation, signifying nothing.

Yes, Bill Clinton lied, too. He lied about stupid adulterous sex. And the GOP savaged him like rabid feral swine attacking a rutabaga. Had him impeached over it. Loathe him still + his wife, too, with unprecedented level of hatred and bile and vicious litigious action never before seen in this nation.

No such fate for BushCo. Shockingly, the GOP isn't the slightest bit upset about this pro-corporate, oil-drunk administration's deadly string of lies. Shall we wonder why? Or is it just too poisonous and sad to consider for very long, lest the intellect curdle and the soul recoil?

OK, I'll spell it out: George W. Bush and his entire senior administration lied + continue to lie, flagrantly, openly, knowingly, with full intent, about the need to drive this nation into a brutal and unwinnable and fiscally debilitating war, one that protects no one and inhibits no terrorism and defends nothing but BushCo's own petrochemical cronies and political stratagems.

This much is obvious. This much is painfully, crushingly sad. And this much we must purge like so much clotted gunk from the collective social artery one year from now. Otherwise, we should just turn in our stained and bloody Superpower badge + resign ourselves to our fate.

14.Jul.2004 Translation: Bush's urgent call back in March to bomb the living crap out of pissant Iraq because Saddam had irrefutably cranked up his nuke arsenal and might possibly bomb weak depressed New York at any minute and wipe out all the Starbucks and ruin Monday Night Football was not only completely
bogus and impossible, it was shockingly dangerous + unprecedented + even borderline treasonous

Look. There is no doubt left. Zero. None. Even many high-ranking Republicans are deeply worried over the increasingly embittered national timbre regarding BushCo's lies, as reflected in his ever-slipping ratings and declining reelectability quotient and his smug little smirky emptiness.

Do you need to be reminded? Do you need to see it again?

Very good, then. Let us recap: No WMDs. Biggest joke on the American public in the past 50 years. Saddam doesn't have 'em + probably never did. Over 1,400 of BushCo's own investigators and specialists and scientists -- affectionately known as the Iraq Survey Group -- canvassing postwar Iraq for six months, not to mention the teams of original U.N. investigators, and finding not a trace of anything resembling huge stockpiles of massive scary weaponry.

Which is to say, no nukes. No biotoxins. No big cannons full of scary Korans and rusty bullets and old gum. Nothing at all resembling what Condi Rice and Cheney and Rummy and Wolfowitz, et al., said were absolutely positively no question going to be found any day now because after all that's why we went to war. Except that it wasn't. And they knew it.

To paraphrase The Washington Post: Among the judgments of the above-mentioned Iraq Survey Group, as overseen by David Kay, who reports directly to CIA Director George Tenet, are these: Iraq's nuclear-weapons scientists did no significant arms-related work after 1991. Also, all those facilities with suspicious new construction (remember Colin "Emasculated" Powell's bogus satellite photos?) proved benign + of no military use whatsoever.

This is not speculation. This is not liberal wishful thinking. These are facts. And BushCo knew them. And more.

Rising doubts about NATO
 By David Howell
 (July 8)

Cracks visible in USA-Australia alliance
 By Robyn Lim
 (July 2)

All-too-aware of how former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic won sympathy in Serbia by challenging his foreign accusers, perhaps Bush's aides plan to mute as much of Hussein as possible. After all, administration supporters are committed to making political mileage out of the trial.

Hussein was a cruel dictator, a thug who deserves to be tried and punished. But that does not make him unique. Nor does it justify the USA and its allies going to war. The American people must hold the Bush administration accountable for taking the country into war on a lie.

So now administration officials hope that American voters will simply forget. And the president's supporters think the trial of Hussein will help promote mass amnesia.

In fact, the administration seems to be positioning itself to manipulate coverage of the trial. At Hussein's hearing, USA officials ordered pool reporters to disconnect their audio equipment when the former dictator was speaking

Said Secretary of State Colin Powell, "Saddam Hussein could have produced 25,000 liters" of anthrax and had accounted for none of it. Added Powell: "Saddam Hussein has never accounted for vast amounts of chemical weaponry: 550 artillery shells with mustard [gas], 30,000 empty munitions and enough precursors to increase his stockpile to as much as 500 tons of chemical agents."

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of "large, unaccounted-for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons -- including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas; anthrax, botulism + possibly smallpox."

Bush claimed that "we found biological laboratories." Powell pointed to unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, that "are well suited for dispensing chemical and biological weapons." In fact, the administration charged that UAVs could hit American cities. Alas, all of these claims have proved to be false.

Of course, maybe someone will eventually find something, as Hussein seemed to preserve program elements in the hopes of a future revival. But that isn't the same thing. Said David Kay, who ran USA's Iraq Survey Group: "It clearly does not look like a massive, resurgent program, based on what we discovered."

The day after former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appeared in the dock in Baghdad, a story appeared in The Washington Times headlined "Bush Backers See Trial Taking Focus Off WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)." White House spokesman Scott McClellan and Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman both publicly pointed to Hussein's brutality. One unnamed source told the newspaper: "Put aside the WMDs + go look at the mass graves."

The Bush administration's strategy is clear: After taking the USA into war-based on a lie, get Americans to forget the lie. Playing the humanitarian card just won't do. The administration was blissfully unconcerned about mass graves before 11.Sep.2001 . There were no plans to oust Hussein and end his tyranny even as his security forces continued to arrest, torture + murder people.

Moreover, after preparing for war, Bush offered to call off the attack if Hussein went into exile. Hauling Hussein into court and creating Western-style democracy were dispensable objectives.

The supposedly charity-minded administration has done nothing about millions of dead in Congo, starvation and civil war in Sudan, and ongoing Russian brutality in Chechnya, to name just a few humanitarian catastrophes around the globe.

14.Jul.2004 Doubts on Informant Deleted in Senate Text : Among the passages deleted from the public version of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iraq is a detailed assessment that casts doubt on the credibility of an Iraqi defector whose claims about Iraq's mobile biological weapons laboratories have been discredited, according to government officials.


Bush goes to work with the whitewash: The Bush administration's strategy is clear: After taking the USA into war-based on a lie, get Americans to forget the lie. Playing the humanitarian card just won't do.

The Incredible Lying BushCo : This just in: More irrefutable proof that Dubya's is the slimiest administration in 100 years. Like you even needed more proof.

USA -- we need to talk. : I hate to say this, but it looks as if Bush is only here for the killing. He's finally found something he's good at and so far -- thanks to target-eyed flag-waving Americans -- destroying all those who are either with us or with the enemy has been as easy as sticking firecrackers in a frog's mouth. A must read

14.Jul.2004 Indian minister strip-searched in USA : India's former defence minister was twice strip-searched at Washington airport while on official business, according to the former USA deputy secretary of state, Strobe Talbott.

14.Jul.2004 Recovering a hijacked faith: How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-American? What has happened? How do we get back to a historic, biblical + genuinely evangelical faith rescued from its contemporary distortions?

14.Jul.2004 Charley Reese: Legal Nonsense: I love the sharp tongue of the British. A former legal adviser to the British Foreign Office has said George Bush's war on terrorism is "legal nonsense" and confers no more power on the USA to detain people than the war against obesity.

14.Jul.2004 In case you missed it: Bush, Blair, Zionism, Armageddon and the corruption of Christianity

14.Jul.2004 The USA Has Lost its Moral Authority: Iraq , as a threat to the USA , was all contrived. Richard Clarke stated in his book, Against All Enemies, with John McLaughlin of the CIA confirming, that there was no evidence or intelligence of "Iraqi support for terrorism against the USA " from 1993 until 2003 when we invaded.

Blair on the rack as spy chiefs attack Iraq claims : BRITAIN's intelligence community united today in a series of astonishing attacks on Tony Blair and his handling of the run-up to war in Iraq.

14.Jul.2004 Red Cross says U-S may be holding detainees in secret locations : The International Red Cross fears U-S officials are holding terror suspects secretly in locations around the world.

14.Jul.2004 Homeland Security Confirms Election Delay Talks: The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the Bush administration has discussed possibly delaying the November presidential election if there is a new terrorist attack.

Could Bush Cancel the Election?: The Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security have begun examining ways to postpone November's presidential election in the event of an attack near election day. This according to a report in Newsweek.

Bush Administration "Guidelines" for Postponing or Canceling the November Presidential Elections

14.Jul.2004 Israel up against the wall : People who attack the World Court for its July 9 opinion on the Israeli wall in the Occupied Territories should beware.

14.Jul.2004 Greasing up to power : A USA comedian brings us closer to the truth than the BBC. Most of our journalists fail us

14.Jul.2004 You Calling Me An Unpatriotic Wimp? : When Americans opposed to Bush are called unpatriotic wimps, a disabled veteran in a wheelchair goes on the attack.

14.Jul.2004 "No one is going through what we are going through": Sgt. Reggie Butler saw his gunner buddy die inches away from him as they patrolled in Sadr City. "I'll do everything I can to bring all the soldiers back," he says. "Anything."