Wenders' "Land of Plenty": Der Kopfstand der Dinge
Heute in den
Feuilletons: "Sprachlos vor dem Fax"
Amerikanische Verhältnisse: Ifo-Chef
fordert radikale Kürzung der Sozialhilfe
Wahlkampf: Michael Moore will weiter Unterwäsche verteilen
Rekord: Öl kostet mehr als 52 Dollar
Senat stimmt Reform zu
vs. WLAN: Das Verdrängungsduell fällt aus
zur US-Präsidentenwahl: Kerry holt auf
Viele Tote bei Bombenanschlag in Pakistan
George , fails
to foresee nuclearization of Pakistan
George , fails
to foresee the attack on the World
20.Jan.2003 President George
W Bush in
the State of the Union speech utters sixteen poorly vetted (or
perhaps deliberately fallacious) words:
"The British UK government has learned
sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
responsibility for the "sixteen words" in George
State of the Union speech, wherein Saddam
accused of attempting to acquire yellowcake from Nigeria.
despite the fact that the CIA was not actually responsible for
the line's appearance in the speech.
The last thing any president wants is a
disgruntled former CIA chief out on the streets, which no doubt
accounts for the long, secure tenure of Casey,
George 's current address is the corner of Rock St. + Hard Place
meaner, tougher S.O.B.s than him have been sacrificed to the Gods
of Public Deniability in the past + it's an election year.
might just be time to start updating that resume.
hear there's an opening for a special executive assistant to a
senior coordinator for something or other...
color commentary from Slate Magazine: "As deputy director of
the CIA, [Tenet,
George ] shaved his beard at his boss's request."
Rumsfeld: Iraq/al-Qaida remarks 'misunderstood'
-today- USA defence secretary, Rumsfeld,
Donald, attempted to distance himself from his
comments that there were no links between Saddam
Hussein + al-Qaida.
a statement issued several
hours after he had told the Council on Foreign
Relations in New York that "to my knowledge, I have not seen
any strong, hard evidence that links the two", Mr Rumsfeld
claimed he had been "misunderstood".
-"I have acknowledged since- that there were ties between
al-Qaida + Iraq," the statement said.
assessment was based upon points provided to me by [the] then CIA
George to describe the CIA's understanding of
the al-Qaida Iraq relationship."
Rumsfeld's comments in New York, however, were a reversal of the
position adopted by many senior Bush administration figures.
between the war in Iraq and the fight against Osama bin Laden's
terror network following
the 11.Sep.2001 attacks on New York + Washington
have become one of the key battlegrounds of the US presidential
Democratic challenger, John Kerry, has accused Mr Bush of
allowing himself to be diverted from the "war on terror"
by his pre-emptive war in the Middle East.
Dick, the US vice president, has been the main
proponent of the idea of a relationship, last
month telling a meeting in the swing state of Ohio
that Saddam had "provided safe harbour + sanctuary ... for
during their televised debate-when he accused
the president of being vague about which "enemy" had
been responsible for 11.Sep.2001,
Kerry forced Mr Bush to say: "Of course I know Osama bin
Laden attacked us"
alleged link between Saddam + al-Qaida was one of the
justifications used by Mr Bush for the US-led invasion of Iraq,
but there has been little to substantiate it.
commission report acknowledged contacts between the
two, but found no evidence of a "collaborative"
Rumsfeld, Donald told his audience in New York that he had seen
intelligence on the Saddam-al-Qaida question "migrate in
amazing ways" during the past year, adding that there were
"many differences of opinion in the intelligence community".
Donald on Saddam and al-Qaida
:Mr Rumsfeld, Donald claims "there are al-Qaida in Iraq",
+ accuses Saddam of "harbouring al-Qaida operatives who fled
the US military dragnet in Afghanistan".
:"We do have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of
al-Qaida members, including some that have been in Baghdad,"
Mr Rumsfeld, Donald says.
have what we consider to be very reliable reporting of
senior-level contacts going back a decade + of possible chemical
+ biological agent training."
: Mr Rumsfeld, Donald tells a Pentagon briefing he had already
been informed there is "solid evidence of the presence in
Iraq of al-Qaida members".
: Mr Rumsfeld, Donald says the US-led coalition has solid
evidence that senior al-Qaida operatives had visited Baghdad in
the past + that Saddam had an "evolving" relationship
with the terror network.
: Mr Rumsfeld, Donald, USA defence secretary confuses the
jailed Saddam + the fugitive Bin Laden in a speech to the USA
National Press Club:
Hussein, if he's alive, is spending a whale of a lot of time
trying to not get caught. And we've not seen him on a video since
: Mr Rumsfeld, Donald corrects himself when asked for
13:48:14 GMT Posted by (220.127.116.11) on
Saturday, September 28 th, 2002 at-
13:44:35 GMT In Reply to:
Plan Requires Inspection Access to All Iraqi Sites
by on Saturday, September 28th, 2002 at-: From
the New York Times article linked to below:
Rumsfeld, Donald Says USA Has ‘Bulletproof‘
Evidence of Iraq‘s Links to Al Qaeda -By ERIC SCHMITT-
-ATLANTA— Defense Secretary Rumsfeld,
Donald H. said today that USA intelligence had "bulletproof"
evidence of links between Al Qaeda + the government of President
Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
Rumsfeld, Donald said that recently declassified intelligence
reports about suspected ties between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi
the presence of senior members of Al Qaeda in Baghdad in "recent
periods," were "factual" and "exactly
comments today were the latest in a string of statements this
week by senior administration officials — including
Condoleezza Rice, President Bush‘s national security
adviser + Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman — that
seemed to raise the prospects of new proof linking Al Qaeda +
in each case, the officials have offered no details to back up
the assertions. Mr. Rumsfeld, Donald said today that doing so
would jeopardize the lives of spies + dry up sources of other
also acknowledged that the information he described was probably
not strong enough to hold up in an American court.
our quest is for proof positive, we probably will be left
somewhat unfulfilled," Mr. Rumsfeld, Donald said at a
Chamber of Commerce luncheon here.
not going to have everything beyond a reasonable doubt."
statements this week by senior administration officials have
reopened a debate over the extent to which Iraq has ties to Al
administration had set aside serious efforts to prove this link
in favor of a strategy that focused on what it contends is the
threat from Iraq posed by weapons of mass destruction.
officials say there is still no evidence to link Mr. Hussein
directly to the attacks on 11.Sep.2001
in the USA.
-today- Some intelligence + law enforcement
officials said, in addition, that there was little new in what
Mr. Rumsfeld, Donald + others were describing.
the new statements of suspected links between Al Qaeda + Iraq
happen to come at a time when the administration is trying to
muster support both on Capitol Hill + at the UN for a resolution
backing military action against Iraq, should Mr. Bush chose that
Mr. Bush on Wednesday talked about the danger
"that Al Qaeda becomes an extension of Saddam‘s
Asked to describe the connection between the
Iraqi leader + the al-Qaida terror network at an appearance
Monday at the Council on Foreign Relations,
Rumsfeld, Donald, the Pentagon chief first refused to answer,
then said: "To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong,
hard evidence that links the two."
hours after his appearance, Rumsfeld, Donald issued a statement
from the Pentagon saying his comment "regrettably was
misunderstood" by some. He said he has said since September
2002 that there were ties between Osama bin Laden's terror group
assessment was based upon points provided to me by then-CIA
George to describe the CIA's understanding of
the al-Qaida relationship," he said.
included "solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of al-Qaida
members, including some that have been in Baghdad," he said.
his New York remarks, Rumsfeld, Donald said he had seen
intelligence on the Saddam-al-Qaida question "migrate in
amazing ways" in the past year, adding that there were "many
differences of opinion in the intelligence community." He
did not elaborate on that but said relationships among terrorists
"evolve and change over time."
whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the war,
Rumsfeld, Donald told the New York audience flatly that
intelligence about such weapons before the invasion was faulty -
a markedly different statement than what he told a television
interviewer just a day earlier.
turns out that we have not found weapons of mass destruction,"
Rumsfeld, Donald said Monday in the speech. "Why the
intelligence proved wrong I'm not in a position to say, but the
world is a lot better off with Saddam Hussein in jail."
I saw more than a few dead children
littering the streets in Nasiriyah, along with countless other
civilians. And through all this, I held on to the belief that it
had to be for some greater good.
Months have passed
since I've been back home and the unfortunate conclusion I've
come to is that Bush is a lying, manipulative motherfucker who
cares nothing for the lives of those of us who serve in uniform.
Hell, other than playing dress-up on aircraft carriers, what
would he know about serving this nation in uniform?
silence and refusal to speak under oath to the 11.Sep.2001
Commission further mocks our country. The Patriot
Act violates every principle we fight and die for. And all of
this has been during his first term. Can you imagine his policies
when he doesn't have to worry about re-election? We can't allow
that to happen + there are so many like me in the military who
feel this way. We were lied to and used. And there aren't words
to describe the sense of betrayal I feel as a result.
Mr Moore, I am an ex-military intelligence
officer who served 10 months in Baghdad; I was the senior
intelligence officer for the area of Baghdad that included the UN
HQ and Sadr City.
Since Bush exposed my person and my
friends, peers + subordinates to unnecessary danger in a war
apparently designed to generate income for a select few in the
upper echelon of America, I have become wholeheartedly anti-Bush,
to the chagrin of much of my pro-Republican family.
"foot soldier" in the "war on terror" I can
personally testify that Bush's administration has failed to
effectively fight terrorists or the root causes of terror. The
White House and the DoD failed to plan for reconstruction of
Iraq. Contracts weren't tendered until Feb-Mar of 2003 + the
Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (the
original CPA) didn't even come into existence until January 2003.
This failure to plan for the "peace" is a direct cause
for the insecurity of Iraq today.
[ Willy sent an update in early August
People's perceptions of this war have done a complete 180
since we got here. We had someone die in a mortar attack the
first week + ever since then, things have changed completely.
Soldiers are calling their families urging them to support John
Kerry. If this is happening elsewhere, it looks as if the
overseas military vote that Bush is used to won't be there this
It's just so ridiculous, which leads me to
my next point. A Blackwater contractor makes $15,000 [£8,400]
a month for doing the same job as my pals and me. I make about
$4,000 [£2,240] a month over here. What's up with
Beyond that, the government is calling up more and
more troops from the reserves. For what? Man, there is a huge
fucking scam going on here! There are civilian contractors
crawling all over this country. Blackwater, Kellogg Brown &
Root, Halliburton, on and on. These contractors are doing
everything you can think of from security to catering lunch!
Dear Mike, Iraq sucks -
contractors are fleecing taxpayers; US troops don't have proper
equipment; and supposedly liberated Iraqis hate them. After the
release of Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore received a flood of
letters + emails from disillusioned + angry American soldiers
serving in Iraq.
in an exclusive extract from his new book, we print a
selection 10.May 2004 "The Guardian"
As a Bonesman is reported to have said about Bush
vs. Kerry, "It's a win-win situation." Maybe it is for
the order. But what about the rest of us?
The Washington Post assigned Bonesman Dana Milbank
to cover the election + he hasn't brought the question up.
Even Ralph Nader has been quiet. Is this because Nader's
sometimes lawyer and long-standing associate, Donald Etra, is
Skull & Bones 1968 + a good friend of George W. Bush?
George W. Bush has appointed 11 fellow Bonesmen to
government jobs: Evan Griffith Galbraith, adviser to the U.S.
mission to NATO; William Henry Donaldson, chairman of the
Securities and Exchange Commission; George Herbert Walker III,
U.S. ambassador to Hungary; Jack Edwin McGregor, member of the
advisory board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.;
Victor Henderson Ashe, member of the board of directors of the
Federal National Mortgage Association; Roy Leslie Austin, U.S.
ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago; Robert Davis McCallum Jr.,
associate attorney general; Rex Cowdry, associate director of the
White House's National Economic Council; Edward McNally Sr.,
associate counsel to the president and general counsel to the
Office of Homeland Security; David Batshaw Wiseman, an attorney
in the Justice Department's Civil Division; and James Emanuel
Boasberg, an associate judge on the Superior Court of the
District of Columbia.
and George H. W. Bush were both one-term presidents. George W's
secret name in the order is reported to be "Temporary."
Will he be the first member of the Order of Skull & Bones to
serve two terms, in spite of his secret name, or will he hand the
reins of government to his rival Bonesman, John Kerry?
Election a 'win-win situation' for secretive Bonesmen B oth
major presidential candidates are members of a small secret
society at Yale University - the Order of Skull & Bones. On
different Sunday mornings, "Meet the Press" anchor Tim
Russert asked George Walker Bush and John Forbes Kerry if they
could talk about their memberships in this 172-year-old
off with nervous laughter, their answers were, "It's so
secret that I can't talk about it," and, "Not much,
because it's a secret."
URL: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-321719,00.htmlURL: http://www.registerguard.com/cgi-bin/printStory.py?name=ed.col.millegan.0930&date=20040930
Das Grab von Dschingis Khan
gehört zu den meistgesuchten archäologischen Schätzen
der Welt. Ein Forscherteam aus Japan und der Mongolei hofft, die
letzte Ruhestätte des Eroberers nun endlich zu finden - in
den Ruinen seines Palastes, die jetzt in der mongolischen Steppe
entdeckt wurden, 250 Kilometer westlich der mongolischen
Hauptstadt Ulan Bator.
Metallpreise verhelfen Alcoa ins Plus
Uno-Belegschaft bittet Annan um Abzug
Rekord: Öl kostet mehr als 52 Dollar
und Asche: Mount St. Helens brodelt immer heftiger
Dschingis Khans Palast entdeckt
vor Beitrittsverhandlungen: Deutsche Türken jubeln über
Terror-Prozess: Neonazis wollten "Demokratie aus den Angeln
Türkei erhält offizielle Einladung aus Brüssel
Athen begrüßt die Empfehlung
Früchte: "Diese Tomaten sind der reine Sex"
Kriminelle Banden gehen Allianz mit Terroristen ein
Polioviren aus indischen Labors entwichen
Nebenverdienst: Ärzte profitieren von eigenen Produkten
ohne ABC-Waffen: US-Waffeninspektoren widerlegen Kriegsgrund
Karzais Kandidat überlebt Anschlag
Frachter mit waffenfähigem Plutonium eingetroffen
Cheney kontra Edwards:
Unentschieden im Duell der Stellvertreter
Waffeninspektionen Irak: Fahnder finden nichts 06.Okt.2004
TV-Duell Cheney/Edwards: Schlagabtausch über den
Ölverträge: Rumsfeld, Donald droht Vorladung
Wählerbestechung: Republikaner wollen Moore anklagen
Thema im Internet: · US-Wahl: Wer von
Bush und wer von Kerry profitiert (manager-magazin.de)
Die nun behauptete Spionageaktion dürfte
das Klima zwischen beiden Staaten erneut belasten.
"BBC Online" sagte Vernet, die Überwachung Chiracs
sei möglich gewesen, weil der französische
Staatspräsident nur selten sichere Telefonleitungen nutze.
tue er nur, wenn er geplante fernmündliche Gespräche
mit Regierungschefs führe.
Mithören konnten die
Amerikaner den Angaben zufolge bei internen Gesprächen
innerhalb des Elysee-Palastes.
interessant dürften die Unterhaltungen zwischen den
Mitgliedern eines kleinen Teams gewesen sein, das sich mit der
französischen Strategie zum Irak befasste.
Arbeitsgruppe wurde zunächst von Chirac angeführt, dann
vom französischen Außenminister Dominique de
Anfang des Jahres hatte die inzwischen
zurückgetretene UK Ministerin Claire Short mitgeteilt, die
Regierung in London habe im Vorfeld des Irak-Kriegs
Uno-Generalsekretär Kofi Annan in New York
Süddeutsche Zeitung- Katajun Amirpur
antwortet auf die als Vorwurf gemeinte Frage mancher deutschen
sich die in Deutschland lebenden Muslime nicht in eindeutigen
Worten vom fundamentalistischen Terror distanzieren:
den rund 3,2 Millionen Muslimen in Deutschland stammt der
überwiegende Teil aus einfachen, ländlichen
Verhältnissen - vor allem aus Anatolien.
wenige von ihnen können nicht einmal lesen und schreiben .
man also unterstellen, dass diese ein ausgeprägtes
politisches Bewusstsein haben, ein Bewusstsein, das Grundlage der
Überlegung wäre, man müsse etwas tun, um das Image
der Muslime + des Islams zu verbessern?
Bewusstsein davon, was es heißt, ein politisches Zeichen zu
setzen? (...) Hinzu kommt, dass gerade diesen Bürgern mit
einem einfachen Bildungshintergrund
Idee, der heutige Islam könnte kriegerisch sein, gar
terroristisch + das Töten anderer Menschen gutheißen,
mehr als absurd erscheint."
Manfred Lindinger stellt die
amerikanischen Nobelpreisträger für
Physik vor: H . David Politzer , Frank Wilczek und David J.
Gross , Begründer (oder sagt man Erfinder?) der
Der Eröffnungsvortrag des
32. Deutschen Soziologentages machte, wie Michael Ott berichtet,
den Vorschlag, "den historisch verabschiedeten
Klassen-Begriff neu zu diskutieren".
USA sollen Chiracs Telefon abgehört haben
Nobelpreis für den zellulären Todeskuss
"Die Entscheidung in Brüssel verändert die Welt"
The Afghan Miracle
After all, Mr. Cheney didn't
just promise Americans that "we will, in fact, be welcomed
as liberators" by the grateful Iraqis. He also played a
central role in leading us to war on false pretenses.
that's not an overstatement. In August 2002, when Mr. Cheney
declared "we now know Saddam has resumed his efforts to
acquire nuclear weapons," he was being dishonest: the
administration knew no such thing. He was also being
irresponsible: his speech pre-empted an intelligence review that
might have given dissenting experts a chance to make their case.
It's also not clear whether
voters have noticed the collapse of Mr. Bush's cover story for
the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. In Coral Gables, Mr. Bush
asserted that when Mr. Kerry voted to authorize the use of force
against Saddam, he "looked at the same intelligence I looked
at." But as The Times confirmed last weekend, the Bush
administration suppressed intelligence that might have raised
doubts in Congress.
case for war rested crucially on one piece of evidence: Saddam's
purchase of aluminum tubes that, according to Condoleezza Rice,
were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs."
But the truth, never revealed to Congress, was that most of the
government's experts considered the tubes unsuited for a nuclear
program and identical to the tubes used by Iraq for other
purposes. Yes, Virginia, we were misled into war.
Still, something important
happened on Thursday. Style probably mattered most: viewers were
shocked by the contrast between Mr. Bush's manufactured image as
a strong, resolute leader and his whiny, petulant behavior in the
debate. But Mr. Bush would have lost even more badly if
post-debate coverage had focused on substance.
one underreported example: So far, Mr. Bush has paid no political
price for his shameful penny-pinching on domestic security and
his refusal to provide effective protection for America's ports
and chemical plants. As Jonathan Chait wrote in The New Republic:
"Bush's record on homeland security ought to be considered a
scandal. Yet, not only is it not a scandal, it's not even a
in den Feuilletons: "Hallo, Herr Schimmerlos"
Regensburger Bischof entlässt kritischen Professor
über Panzer: Grünen-Bosse rechtfertigen "Fuchs"-Export
The Archive obtained
3200 Kissinger telcons last week through a Freedom of Information
Act request to the State Department.
1900 additional telcons are still under review by agencies other
Mr. Kissinger's tenure first as national security adviser to
Presidents Nixon + Ford starting in 1969 + then as Secretary of
State from 1973 through 1976, his secretaries listened in on his
phone calls - unbeknownst to most of the other callers - + typed
these almost verbatim transcripts.
Kissinger took the telcons with him when he left office in
January 1977, + the
State Department only recovered copies in August 2001
the National Security Archive initiated legal action.
this year, the
National Archives + Records Administration released the telcons
from Kissinger's White House years ,
a set which NARA
acquired in February 2002 also
as a result of the National Security Archive's initiative.
Kissinger State Department Telcons
SHOW KISSINGER OPPOSED HUMAN RIGHTS DIPLOMACY; SECRETARY OF STATE
TAPPED OWN PHONE CALLS
SECURITY ARCHIVE OBTAINS RELEASE OF 3,000 TRANSCRIPTS, INCLUDING
CALLS ON VIETNAM, CHINA, PINOCHET + SINATRA
Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 135 Edited by Tom
Blanton, William Burr and Peter Kornbluh 202/994-7000
As for what may lie ahead, the shape and
fate of any intelligence overhaul still remains far from certain.
The terms of possible legislation are still being debated by the
House and Senate.But all of the changes under consideration
threaten to strip the CIA from its position of pre-eminence among
American intelligence agencies that it has enjoyed for more than
"I think this has much more to do with
intelligence reform than with Iraq," said the former senior
CIA official. "People are just very angry and worried and on
the defensive about what they think might happen to the agency."
(Like most others interviewed for this story, the former official
spoke on condition that his name not be used, saying that
publication of his name would jeopardize his professional and
The steps taken by people sympathetic
to the CIA to call attention to intelligence successes on Iraq
have been notable. They included the disclosure to The New York
Times of details included in a classified National Intelligence
Estimate prepared for Bush in July 2004 and
distributed in late August, whose gloomy assessment of the
challenges facing Iraq said that an environment of tenuous
stability was the best-case outcome the country could expect
through the end of
Fortunately for Republicans,
the party leadership cleverly disabused the nation about the
worth of special prosecutors and impeachment proceedings a few
years ago, when they hounded Bill
a constitutional crisis over blow
the mounting list of actual scandals the Bushies are racking up,
that strategy is proving to be prescient. Most Americans are
about as thrilled at the prospect of a special prosecutor as they
are at the prospect of a root canal.
Until late 2003, anyway, when
an ugly little incident revealed just how dark the dark side of
Karl Rove could be, in a burgeoning scandal that could have
serious consequences for the Bush White House.
former U.S. ambassador by the name of Joseph Wilson was one of
the biggest political liabilities the White House faced in 2003.
Wilson had been dispatched to Niger early in 2002 to investigate
whether Iraq was trying to buy uranium there. Turns out, they
reported this information back to the White House, which promptly
ignored it. Bush cited the uranium story in his 2003 State of the
Union address, Cheney cited it repeatedly + the State
Department cited it in several of its endless justifications for
why the U.S. just had to invade Iraq.
the war was "over" and still no Weapons
of Mass Destruction had
been found, Wilson pointed out to the media that he had TOLD the
White House that there was no uranium purchase. He wrote about
his fact-finding trip in the New York Times as well.
did not please the White House. It was bad for politics, bad for
poll numbers. And when the poll numbers are threatened, Karl Rove
gets cranky. Homicidally cranky, apparently. Did I say
apparently? I meant allegedly.
July 2003, arch-conservative Robert Novak reported that Wilson's
wife was a CIA
blowing her cover and endangering her life, not to mention
national security. (Inexplicably, no one has gone after Novak
over this issue.)
and his wife didn't take this lying down. They came out swinging.
Wilson accused Rove of being the source for the leak that
endangered his wife's life and destroyed her career.
is someone who at a minimum would have condoned it and certainly
did nothing to knock it down for over a week after the article
appeared. The outing of my wife was obviously a political or
communications move. The head of the political operation is Karl
Rove," Wilson told reporters.
Bear in mind, it wasn't that
Rove wasn't being consulted . He was consulted about every single
thing that happened in the White House and every decision that
emerged from the Oval Office. He just wasn't being allowed to sit
at the meetings himself. He had to get his updates after the fact
from Bush, Cheney and Condoleezza
Privately, of course, the Bush
team was far from certain that they had, in fact, won. Jeb Bush
promised to stay out of the recount debate + instead entrusted
it to his political appointees, who lived for no other reason
than to curry favor. Rove didn't like the looks of this, so he
stacked the deck in every conceivable way.
the tactics he employed: Loading Republican operatives from
Washington, D.C., onto a bus and sending them to Florida, where
they played the part of "angry mob" shouting and
intimidating the hapless bureaucrats who had been lumped with the
unenviable job of evaluating the ballots. Ah, those youthful
the end, Bush came out on top, of course, catapulting Rove into a
position of power that few Mr. Hooper-lookalikes have ever
achieved. Although the White House repeatedly insisted that Rove
had no policy-making role, the advice of his "White House
Office of Strategic Initiatives" was sought on virtually
every major decision that Bush administration faced.
Halliburton's construction and
engineering subsidiary has been paid nearly $1 billion through
government contracts containing profit-guarantees + various
other contracts initiated since the company's former CEO arrived
in the White House. Halliburton has built military bases in the
former Soviet Union and Turkey + it made $33 million building
jail cells for terrorists at Camp
(In all fairness, even these contracts don't make up for Cheney's
major accomplishment as CEO, an acquisition which is expected to
cost Halliburton upwards of $4 billion in asbestos liabilities.)
Cheney was pissed, however.
His old hawkish ways rapidly reasserted themselves as the hunt
bin Laden began.
Almost immediately after the attacks, Cheney and his old crony
Donald (now Secretary of Defense) began beating the
war drums for a new invasion of Iraq,
despite a complete absence of any evidence that Saddam
anything at all to do with September 11 or al
got his way, eventually. After a staged confrontation at the
United Nations, where Secretary of State Colin Powell was roped
into making the improbable case for an invasion, the Bush
administration discarded all hopes of attracting allies (other
than faithful lapdog Britain),
despite Cheney's last-minute "can't we be friends" tour
of Europe. The U.S. went ahead with the invasion in spring 2003.
During the 2000 elections,
Cheney's history of heart troubles raised serious concerns among
the electorate. Voters worried that if Cheney died while in
office, his running mate George
W Bush might
be left in charge of the country. In a concession to these
worries, Cheney had a super high-tech pacemaker installed in
2001. Nevertheless, the heart issue would continue to haunt
the Pentagon and the World
Trade Center on
September 11, the official version had the vice president
shuttled to an emergency bunker in the basement of the White
House. According to his own account, he was grabbed by a couple
Secret Service agents and carried to the basement, despite being
fully conscious and not at all having a heart attack.
When Bush Sr. was drubbed by
1992, Cheney decided it was high time he became a titan of
industry. With nothing but insider Washington credentials on his
resume, he became chairman and CEO of Halliburton Corp. in 1995.
made millions leading the massive oil industry construction
company, while carefully "tweaking" its accounting
practices. A 1998 accounting change improved the company's
revenues by $234 million over the course of four years.
to the change, Halliburton had booked sales when a client agreed
to pay for cost overruns and contract disputes. After the change,
the company took a guess at what they'd collect and booked the
sales as a done deal. Despite the fact that the practice looks
and sounds a bit sleazy, it's fairly commonplace in the industry.
Of course, before Enron,
off-balance sheet financing was pretty commonplace too.
Bush Sr. took
office after the 1988 election, Bush settled on Cheney as
Secretary of Defense, after his first choice, John Tower,
self-destructed in a haze of alcoholic booty calls. Cheney helped
lead the Gulf
personally twisting the arm of King Fahd of Saudi
the monarch allowed a massive contingent of U.S. troops to set up
shop in the kingdom. The resulting Arab outrage was personified
who used the presence of U.S. troops on Saudi soil as the pretext
for a declaration
of jihad against
After washing out of the White
House, Cheney adopted the same tactic as when he washed out of
Yale — he fled back to Wyoming. In 1978, he ran for
Congress and won handily. In Congress, Cheney rose through the
party ranks, endearing himself to Ronald
his hawkish views on foreign policy and his fevered support for
the "Star Wars" missile defense system.
This article comes
from Intervention Magazine http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/
George W. Bush’s United States,
sitting next to a friend who expresses an opposing political
viewpoint can get you into big trouble.
... opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed.”
Hitler’s Nazi party won 230 out of 608 seats
in the Reichstag, making it the majority party, but he was not
yet in power.
was several years before Hitler became the cosmically evil war
Hitler was finally sworn in as Chancellor. Historian Alan Bullock
“Hitler came to office -in. as the result, not of any
irresistible revolutionary or national movement sweeping him into
power, nor even of a popular victory at the polls, but as part of
a shoddy political deal with the ‘Old Gang’ whom he
had been attacking for months....
did not seize power; he was jobbed
into office by a backstairs intrigue.”
the time, most Germans couldn’t imagine that Hitler would
last long because his bombastic and swaggering manner and his
overly simplistic speeches about Germany’s social,
economic + political problems were a “joke.”
Politically sophisticated Germans dismissed Hitler as an inept
caricature, but he + his accomplices consolidated their power by
passing national security legislation supported by a stacked
these critical times of concentrating power, der Schutzstaffein
(SS) made sure that Hitler’s critics + opponents were kept
far away + silenced so that it would appear as though he had
complete national support + indeed, a mandate.
peacefully began Nazi totalitarianism.
Frederick Sweet is
Professor of Reproductive Biology in Obstetrics + Gynecology at
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
6:11 Bush Years Three and
As the November presidential election approaches, Bush’s
police state tactics for silencing dissent and eliminating
opposition has been accelerated.
the hundreds of examples--thousands if the suppression of dissent
in New York City during last month’s Republican National
Convention is counted--here are a few recent examples of
“opposing political + cultural expression being
short list of recent Secret Service actions against peaceful
dissenters is posted at
... imposing a form of government in which the political
authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all
aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and
opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed emphasis
- The American Heritage Dictionary
These unfortunate initials
recall Nazi Germany’s defensive security organization, der
Schutzstaffein , abbreviated SS. Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS
units became the backbone of the ruling Nazi party’s
private military force. Hitler put them in charge of suppressing
his regime’s opponents within Germany (and eventually
abroad). Now the American SS is running Bush’s police
“Police state?” Think I’m
exaggerating? Is it too harsh ... too off the wall ... to
suggest that America is becoming a police state like Nazi
Germany? Think again.
Bush process had its beginnings long before the 2004
election campaigns began.
creation of a police state is a gradual process see
- 06:09 PM Bush’s
Police State Commentary / Commentary
sitting next to a friend who expresses an anti-Bush opinion can
get you into big Secret Service trouble in George W. Bush’s
Recently on Michael Feldman’s National
Public Radio show “Whaddya Know?” a high school
junior told the audience how he and his friend had recently been
stopped on a city bus by the Secret Service.
The two high
school students had obtained tickets from an insurance company to
attend a pro-Bush campaign rally.
before the students could get off the bus, the Secret Service
already knew who they were + that they had worked for John
was enough for the students to be labeled “national
security risks.” Unless they turned around + went home,
they would be arrested, warned the Secret Service
Carrying out President George W. Bush’s
violation of American citizens’ civil rights is something
of a cottage industry for the Secret Service, abbreviated SS.
Cheney was born in Casper, so his brain crystallized into its
current form just before the 1960 s introduced the idea of fun
into American life.
picture appears next to the definition of "dour" in the
dropped out of Yale in favor of attending the prestigious
University of Wyoming, where he majored in political science, +
he went on to earn his doctorate from the prestigious University
your face, Yale!
life in politics began during the Nixon
he arrived in Washington, D.C., then-Sen. Rumsfeld,
Cheney under his wing.
was buddies with Gerald
Ford ascended to greatness, he took Rumsfeld along as chief of
took Cheney along, as deputy chief of staff.
-When Rumsfeld took a stroll down the road for his first stint as
Secretary of Defense, Cheney rose to glory, serving as Ford's
chief of staff for more than a year, before the accidental
president was obliterated by Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.
Feuchte Füße lassen Fliegen kleben
Business-Handys: "Was ich nutze, das bin ich"
kontra Edwards: Unentschieden im Duell der Stellvertreter
Yorker Rekord: Ölpreis springt erstmals über 51 Dollar
Aktion gegen Wahlmuffel: Republikaner wollen Moore anklagen
Repräsentantenhaus droht Rumsfeld mit Vorladung
"Wir spüren den Aufwärtstrend"
US-Veto verhindert Ächtung Israels
abgelehnt: Lennons Mörder muss im Gefängnis bleiben
Cheney/Edwards: Schlagabtausch über den Irak-Krieg
Israel hält Uno-Mitarbeiter in Haft
Polizistinnen gefoltert und getötet
agrees on a 10-day ceasefire with Al-Qaeda
Pakistani military + Al Qaeda-linked fighters have agreed to a
10-day truce to give chance to their tribal allies to negotiate a
local administrator said.
says can launch missile with range of 2,000km
Iran is able to launch a missile with a range of 2,000 km, the
official IRNA news agency
quoted influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as
signs pact with International Criminal Court opposed by US
The Bush administration is bitterly opposed to the new court +
rescinded former President Bill Clinton's signature to the
tribunal's statutes, arguing that it would expose US soldiers and
officials to frivolous law suits.
prime minister accuses world leaders of indifference to
Palestinian suffering : Nine
Palestinians died Monday in northern Gaza, including four
militants and a 14-year-old girl who residents said was shot
she baked bread with her mother in their garden.
Nations at UN Demand Israel Stop Gaza Attacks:
Arab nations want the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution
demanding Israel stop a major offensive in the Gaza Strip, but
objections at an emergency meeting on Monday
Army backtracks on U.N. claim :
The Israeli army removed videos from its Web sites that it had
said showed a U.N. ambulance being used to transport a
If Bush 'touches' Jerusalem, we'll form 3rd party
If Bush shifted his position toward support for Jerusalem as a
capital for both Israel + a Palestinian state, his Evangelical
backing would disappear,
on Christian Zionism
Defends Israeli Invasion, May Veto UN Resolution:
Security Council to Vote Tuesday on Israel’s Gaza Onslaught
review finds no evidence Saddam had ties to Islamic terrorists:
A new CIA assessment undercuts the White House's claim that
Saddam Hussein maintained ties to al-Qaida,
there's no conclusive evidence that the regime harbored Osama bin
Laden associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
raised on Saddam theory in 2001
The Bush administration knew as early as mid-2001
that a central plank of its argument about Saddam
Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction
regarded by its own nuclear experts as probably untrue.
Bush Doctrine is Israel's Doctrine:
Iraq and Palestine are two centres of identical atrocities
committed by two close allies against defenceless populations.
atrocities are only allowed to continue because of the silence
and passivity of Western citizens + media pundits.
Faces Complex Insurgency in Iraq: The
U.S. military is fighting the most complex guerrilla war in its
history, with 140,000 USA soldiers trained for conventional
against a thicket of insurgent groups with competing aims and no
'war on terror' is unwinnable :
The so-called "war on terror" has become not only
unwinnable but counter-productive, greatly exacerbating the
threat of global terrorism.
Rumsfeld Says No Hard Evidence Links Saddam To al-Qaida
In case you missed it:
Rumsfeld Says U.S.
Has 'Bulletproof' Evidence of Iraq's Links to Al Qaeda
Iraq/al-Qaida remarks 'misunderstood'
The US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, today attempted to
distance himself from his earlier comments that
were no links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida.
eyes that cannot see beyond Jabaliya and Samarra :
"Mr" Sharon and the US president, George Bush, have a
fill it, it seems ongoing civilian carnage is not too high a
price to pay.
U.S. had too few troops in Iraq:
Bremer has generally defended the USA approach in Iraq but in
recent weeks has begun to criticize the administration for
tactical and policy shortfalls.
H. Hackworth: Uncle Sam Will Soon Want Your Kids:
Although Pentagon puff artists insist they’re making quota,
recruiters are already saying it would be easier to find $100
the sidewalk outside a homeless shelter than fill their
enlistment quotas, even with the huge bonuses now being paid.
Mike, Iraq sucks :
Michael Moore received a flood of letters and emails from
disillusioned + angry American soldiers serving in Iraq.
in an exclusive extract from his new book, we print a selection
Grief of Baghdad:
"You can see my fingers is messed up." Cpl. Tyson
Johnson is 100 percent disabled, cannot support his family –
+ the National Guard wants its bonus back.
Rights Watch: "Afghanistans Frauen werden nach wie vor
des Tages: Ein Loch ist im Schädel
Osten: "Iran besitzt Langstrecken-Raketen"
und al-Qaida: Rumsfeld stiftet Verwirrung
Schilys schöne neue Welt des Datenflusses
NPD holt militante Neonazis an die Parteispitze
Riecher: Spermien erschnüffeln Eizellen
BGH sieht Banken nicht in der Pflicht
Drei US-Forscher teilen sich Physik-Nobelpreis
in der Völklinger
"Gouvernementalität" (mehr in unserer Bücherschau
ab 14 Uhr).
Die Tageszeitung, In
der Kolumne Theorie und Technik denkt
Charim über die "Kollateralschäden der
war früher eine Strategie, um die Grenzen des Zulässigen
auszuloten + zu erweitern.
Strategie setzte also so etwas wie Öffentlichkeit voraus.
Öffentlichkeit, das ist der Raum, in dem Menschen
wird das Gemeinsame, das uns zugleich 'verbindet und trennt',
sicht- + hörbar. Hannah Arendt nannte deshalb Öffentlichkeit
aber wird aus dieser Öffentlichkeit, wenn sie täglich
von Bildern des Grauens okkupiert wird?"
Zusammen mit 100 anderen Politikern und
Intellektuellen forderte der USA Politikwissenschaftler Francis
der vergangenen Woche in einem offenen Brief an westliche
Staatschefs eine kritischere Haltung gegenüber Russland .
Interview kritisiert Fukuyama die westlichen Länder, die
wegschauen, wenn Putin gegen demokratische Gepflogenheiten
amerikanische Präsident George W. Bush braucht einen
Alliierten im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus .
ist er so unkritisch gegenüber Putin", aber "die
anderen Regierungschefs verhalten sich ganz ähnlich, wenn
auch vielleicht aus anderen Motiven.
den italienischen Präsidenten Berlusconi , für
Bundeskanzler Schröder + andere hat Russland momentan keine
sie haben jeweils gute Gründe, um ihr Verhältnis mit
Putin nicht zu belasten.
dieses Verhalten ist nicht im Interesse eines demokratischen
Russlands. Putin vertraut momentan darauf,
die internationale Öffentlichkeit abgelenkt ist + dass er
mehr oder weniger unbeobachtet seine Macht konsolidieren kann."
chinesische Dichter Yang Lian (mehr),
der kürzlich die in China verbotene "Untersuchung
zur Lage der chinesischen Bauern"
Chuntao+Chen Guidi für
den am Wochenende verliehenen Lettre
Ulysses Award vorgeschlagen
hatte, übt in seiner Laudatio heftige Kritik an den
westlichen Demokratien .
Profites + der Verlockung des künftigen Marktes wegen
schüttelten ihre Vertreter "Hände, an denen Blut"
weit ist es gekommen: Dass sich die westlichen Investoren heute
mehr sorgen, China könne 'instabil 'werden als die KP.
brauchen die Diktatur der KP! Deshalb schauen sie etwas verlegen
bei allen Schandtaten der Partei in die andere
kontra Bush: Krieg mit dem Weißen Haus
Prognose: Arbeitsagentur rechnet im Winter mit fünf
US-Offiziere quälten irakischen General zu Tode
Vera Cooper Rubin 76-jährige
US-Astronomin gilt als Entdeckerin der Dunklen Materie - jener
geheimnisvollen Masse, die noch nie direkt nachgewiesen werden
offenbar verhindert, dass etwa die Galaxien von ihren eigenen
Fliehkräften auseinander gerissen
Dunkelmaterie und Nanoröhren lassen Gerüchte kochen
Israel verhandelt mit Palästinensern
Jeder vierte Amerikaner hat Vorurteile gegen Muslime
über Panzer: Grüne finden sich mit "Fuchs"-Lieferung
"Wir hatten im Irak nie genügend Truppen"
Regierungen geben Rhinos zum Abschuss frei
bei CDU/CSU: Union droht Umfrage-Absturz
Eta vor dem Zerfall
Rumsfeld räumt Irrtum ein