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18.Mar.2006 High tech helps airport screening switch
No need to worry so much about tweezers--airport screeners are focusing on explosives now, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said.

18.Mar.2006 Judge grants DOJ just part of Google data sought Blog: just in As expected, the judge hearing the Justice Department's request for access to...
18.Mar.2006 Only 15 Yale seniors are "tapped" for Skull & Bones each year.

Bonesmen run American industry and are often put in the Secretary of Commerce position by presidents.

00.000.2004 the world hardly noticed that the two "competing" presidential candidates,

Bush + John Kerry, were both members of the secret society that runs its own drug wars + gladly desecrates Native American history.
18.Mar.2006 Bush sends Skull & Bonesman to Australia

Australians are nervous about President George W. Bush's choice of a loyal Skull & Bones member as the new U.S. ambassador to that country.

Former assistant attorney-general Robert McCallum is the new American diplomat in Australia, after the Bush Administration let Canberra go an entire year without a U.S. ambassador.

McCallum, a tobacco-industry lawyer, has the deepest of connections to Bush.

Both are members of the ultra-elitist Yale University secret society known as Skull & Bones.

Also known as The Order of Death, The Order, The Eulogian Club and Lodge 322, the group conducts its Yale business at a windowless stone building called The Tomb.

There are many Bonesmen in the Bush Administration. At least 11 have been identified.
18.Mar.2006 'How to steal an election'

According to Professor Steve Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania it's easier to cheat democracy than Vegas
18.Mar.2006 The rising percentage of pro-legalization Americans coincides with the rising percentage of Americans who have no trust and no faith in the federal government.
18.Mar.2006 50% say 'legalize it!'

Nearly half of all Americans say they want legal marijuana and they want it now.

A new Zogby poll shows that 46% of all Americans agree that pot "should be regulated like alcohol."

And on both the East Coast and the West Coast, clear majorities supported legalization -- 53% and 55%, respectively.

The poll was commissioned by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, known as NORML.

Shockingly, the people most opposed to regulating the legal sale of marijuana are those between 30 and 49 years old -- 58% of that age group is against it.

That's even worse than with the elderly. Only 52 percent of Americans over 65 oppose making marijuana legal.
18.Mar.2006 Booher, though, won't back down, insisting that the state has been lying to him all along the way.

"I don't know what I can do. But I do know one thing," Booher said Thursday. "If they'd have told the truth, there never would have been a violation."
18.Mar.2006 Avian flu lands in five more countries

The deadly migration continues unabated, as the unstoppable avian flu was discovered in five more countries spanning thousands of miles.
18.Mar.2006 Witness-coach lawyer 'didn't act alone'

The woman who almost blew the government's chance to get the death penalty for an alleged 9/11 plotter has begun a counter attack.

Carla Martin gained infamy when the judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial found she had been coaching witnesses.

Yesterday she was placed on paid administrative leave and was named AOL's Employee of the Week.

For a time it seemed that the death penalty would no longer be allowed as a possibility in the case.

"It was one of the most bone-headed blunders ever seen in a high-profile federal case," said former U.S. attorney Kendall Coffey.

Not surprisingly, Judge Leonie Brinkema relented, saying that capital punishment was still an option.

But it appears irrevocable damage has been done to Martin's reputation and career. Now she and her lawyer are fighting back, saying she's been "viciously vilified."

"Someone has decided they're going to throw her under the bus + that's exactly what's happened here," Howard said.

He says that Martin will be presenting her case to Brinkema, explaining that she didn't know that what she was doing was wrong + that she didn't act alone.
18.Mar.2006 'It's not our top priority' Transportation Security Administration screeners at 21 different airports failed to catch bomb-making materials during a recent test
18.Mar.2006 The probe's observations also showed what exactly the universe is made of. Only about 4% of it is actual matter, another 22% is composed of so-called dark matter -- which is not made of atoms, doesn't emit or absorb light and is only detected by its gravity -- and the rest, 74% , made up of a mysterious dark energy, which scientists believe is making the universe expand now.
18.Mar.2006 Poll: GOP Losing Edge on Foreign Policy Issues A new poll of likely voters finds support dropping for President Bush and his party on issues of foreign policy and national security -- areas of debate they once dominated.
18.Mar.2006 The Bay Area's News Station Fri Mar 10, 9:49 PM ET
The California Highway Patrol advises Bay Area motorists who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a couple pints to leave their keys at home. This weekend the CHP is making a cooperative effort with other statewide law enforcement... Hip-hop trends spread to suburbia/Lyrics, ...

18.Mar.2006 France Weighs Forcing iPods to Play Other Than iTunes
A bill under debate in the French Parliament may require iPods to be able to play music purchased from competing Internet services, not just Apple Computer's own iTunes Music Store.

18.Mar.2006 Bush's Secret Service Agents Posed As Fox News Reporters... Author: The Huffington Post 
There was a whirlwind of activity in the days prior to President
Bush's arrival at a home on the beach in Gautier last week, with government officials and Secret Service scouting a location and checking the neighborhood where Bush would stop. The reason for all the fuss was kept a secret even ...
18.Mar.2006 "Out Of Touch" "Incompetent" "Good" "Idiot" "Liar"... Author: The Huffington Post 
Deep doubts about the Iraq war and pessimism about America's future have shattered public confidence in President George W.
Bush and helped drive his approval ratings to their lowest level ever, pollsters say.

As Bush launched a series of speeches to drum up support for the war, a new round of ...
18.Mar.2006 America Is Becoming A Strange Place Indeed

I think this morning's Washington Post story points out just what a strange place America is in politically.

It's strange to me that it is news merely because members of Congress from the President's own party asks a few questions about our national security.

There was a time that the Congress actually thought that was their job, regardless of which party was in the White House. 
18.Mar.2006 Franks Didn't Need Advice, He Already Had All The Answers

The NY Times has a major story today in which it spells out the flawed internal decision-making process early in the Iraq War.

The story makes very clear that the problems we have in Iraq today are the result of decisions made by Bush's team very early on. 

Shorter version:  Franks and Rumsfeld didn't need any advice because they thought they already had all the answers.  

 Shorterst version: Disaster.
18.Mar.2006 Farinella To Run Bayh's PAC - Farinella To Run Bayh's PAC -

In a prelude to the 2008 Presidential race, the Washington Post blog is reporting that Senator Evan Bayh has hired Marc Farinella to take over the helm of his PAC.

Farinella engineered Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan's victory over Senator John Ashcroft in 2000.  He's also the smartest political operative that I know.
18.Mar.2006 In A Time Of Crisis Bush's True Character Was Revealed

As someone famous once said, it is in times of crisis that one's true character is revealed. 

So what we now know about President Bush, is that he and his administration are profoundly imcompetent + when the President feared that was about to be exposed, he simply lied to cover it up.

From today's WaPo

Three days after Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of New Orleans, President Bush appeared on television and said, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." His staff has spent the past six months trying to take back, modify or explain away those 10 words.
The release of a pre-storm video showing officials warning
Bush during a conference call that the hurricane approaching the Gulf Coast posed a dire threat to the city and its levees has revived a dispute the White House had hoped to put behind it: Was the president misinformed, misspoken or misleading?
The video leaves little doubt that key people in government did anticipate that the levees might not hold. To critics, especially Democrats but even some Republicans, it reinforces the conclusion that the government at its highest levels failed to respond aggressively enough to the danger bearing down on New Orleans. To
Bush aides, the seeming conflict between Bush's public statements and the private deliberations captured on tape reflects little more than an inartful statement opponents are exploiting for political purposes.
18.Mar.2006 Rep. Doolittle Inducted Into Public Citizen's Ethics Hall Of Shame

Rep. John Doolittle has been inducted into Public Citizen's Ethics Hall of Shame.  Here are the highlights of his record:
Is under investigation by the Justice Department for his ties to Jack Abramoff.   Steered defense appropriations for technology the military did not request to a major campaign contributor.   Took action supporting Jack Abramoff tribal clients that contradicted his “anti-gaming position,” while taking tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Abramoff and his clients. Took action supported by two lobbying firms that employed his wife. Short-circuited an FDIC investigation into the primary owner of a failed S&L that cost taxpayers billions.  

Today is Public Citizen's "National Call Out Corruption Day."  To get more information on how to take part, click here.
18.Mar.2006 US warns over Iran talks tactic Washington says an offer by Iran to discuss Iraq could be a "device" to divert attention from its nuclear plans.
18.Mar.2006 Thousands due at anti-war rally Anti-war protesters are due to march in London to mark three years since the start of the Iraq conflict.
18.Mar.2006 Jobcentre service level 'failed' The UK's Jobcentre Plus system suffered a "catastrophic failure" last summer, a report says.
18.Mar.2006 Labour secretly loaned £14m Labour was secretly loaned nearly £14m ahead of last year's general election, the party confirms.
18.Mar.2006 New Moussaoui testimony allowed The US judge in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui rules that new witnesses may testify, after barring "tainted" ones.
18.Mar.2006 Police petrol bombed at fire site Police and fire crews come under attack at the scene of a large blaze in County Armagh.
18.Mar.2006 FTSE 100 makes it back to 6,000 London's leading share index, the FTSE 100, moves above 6,000 for the first time in five years - before closing just shy of that level.
18.Mar.2006 'Rendition flights' landed in UK Six US planes linked by campaigners to "extraordinary rendition" used UK airports, the government confirms.
18.Mar.2006 Ice layers record comet creation The Deep Impact mission is casting new light on how comets formed and how they shed their ice in space.
18.Mar.2006 UK heads world digital TV take-up The UK has the world's highest level of digital TV viewers at nearly 70%, says a report by Ofcom.
18.Mar.2006 Scientists make 'bionic' muscles Artificial muscles 100 times stronger than human ones and powered by alcohol and hydrogen have been made.
18.Mar.2006 Sleep loss 'harms route memory' Losing sleep can interfere with the part of the brain responsible for finding your way round, a study says.
18.Mar.2006 Low carb diet health risk fears Following a low carb diet could cause serious health conditions, doctors have warned.
18.Mar.2006 Drug-related HIV rates 'soaring' The number of HIV-positive drugs users who inject has reached its highest level for more than a decade.
18.Mar.2006 Satellites Will See More, Faster The next generation of commercial satellites will offer higher resolution + more frequent image updates,

so applications like Google Earth will come closer than ever to a real-time look at the globe. By Joanna Glasner.
18.Mar.2006 https://www.theage.com.au/news/world/digging-up-the-skull-and-bones-connection/2006/03/17/1142582525429.html#
One of the more interesting Bonesmen appointments is that of Jack McGregor, to the St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation advisory board.

Skull and Bones owns Deer Island, in the St Lawrence + uses it for an annual retreat.
18.Mar.2006 https://www.theage.com.au/news/world/digging-up-the-skull-and-bones-connection/2006/03/17/1142582525429.html#

Both George Bush + Robert McCallum are members of Skull and Bones, the Yale society with a fixation on the symbols of death.

The society is said to have the skull of the Apache chief Geronimo, dug up by Mr Bush's grandfather Prescott Bush, in a glass case.

Its members have included presidents + generals +journalists + businessmen.

00.000.1832 General William Huntington Russell founded the Skull and Bones secret society

Bonesmen, as they are called, are sworn to secrecy.

Tradition demands that if someone mentions Skull and Bones its members should leave the room.

Mr Bush, in his autobiography A Charge to Keep , wrote: "My senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society. So secret, I can't say anything."
18.Mar.2006 Another Google lawsuit Blog: Google, already fighting numerous lawsuits, is now being sued for banishing a Web site from its index, according to an Associated...
18.Mar.2006 Earth Life Possibly Could Reach Titan Author: Zonk 87
dylanduck writes "New simulations show that big asteroid impacts on Earth could have sent about 600 million boulders flying into space.

About 100 have reached Jupiter's moon Europa - but they landed at 24 miles/sec.

'This must be rather frustrating if you're a bacterium that survived launch from Earth,' says a researcher.

But 30 boulders from each impact reach Titan - and they land gently." From the article:

"'I thought the Titan result was really surprising - how many would get there and how slowly they'd land,' Treiman told New Scientist.

'The thing I don't know about is if there are any bugs on Earth that would be happy living on Titan.'

Titan's surface temperature is a very cold -179C and its chemistry is very different from Earth's."
18.Mar.2006 NASA Reaffirms Big Bang Theory Author: Zonk 212
Peretz writes "NASA has found evidence reinforcing a theory of what took place post-Big Bang and time expansion.

They claim:

'Over the course of millions of years, gravity exploited the density differences to create the structure of the universe---stars and galaxies separated by vast voids.' Thereby creating a 'structure' to the universe -- a kiddush cup. '...finds that the first stars---the forebears of all subsequent generations of stars and of life itself---were fully formed remarkably early, only about 400 million years after inflation. This is called the era of reionization, the point when the light from the first stars ionized hydrogen atoms, liberating electrons from the protons.'
18.Mar.2006 Digging up the Skull and Bones connection 

IF PRIME Minister John Howard ever wants anything from the new United States ambassador, Robert McCallum, here's a suggestion: don't mention General Russell.
That is the code used by members of one of the world's most powerful and elite secret societies.

President Bush is alleged to have used its connections to get his first job.
18.Mar.2006 Quest for immortality ends as freezer gives up ghost 

RAYMOND MARTINOT + his wife were the toast of the world cryonics movement.

For years they were France's best preserved corpses, lying in a freezer in a chateau in the Loire Valley, in the hope that modern science could one day bring them back to life.
But the French couple's journey into the future ended prematurely when, 22 years after his mother's body was put into cold store, their son discovered the freezer unit had broken down and they had started to thaw.

18.Mar.2006 Right-Wing Blocks Funding For Port Security, Disaster Preparedness  You gotta wonder why. Of course, that is where the drugs come through.
But buried in the comments is this wonderful idea from poster WC:
As for me, the other day I opened one of the endless pieces of junk mail (credit card offer) that has the postage paid return envelope. Got to thinking what I could do to take advantage of the free postage. Then it hit me...send back a list detailing the corruption of Republicans in Congress and of this administration. Some who open my little surprise may not read past the first few lines. Many will be Repubs and it may just piss them off. I say good! The thing is, even if no one reads the whole list, it may at least get them to thinking. And there are plenty of people in this country who need to think about things that are going on + start questioning our elected (or installed) leaders. Can't hurt to try.

Now that's a winner.

18.Mar.2006 Police probing suspicious activity around Loop buildings  Bush's numbers drop and the fake terror rises.
18.Mar.2006 Studentenproteste in Frankreich: Villepin zum Ende der Uni-Blockaden auf
18.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406511,00.html
Es sei "komisch", dass es einen konservativen republikanischen Präsidenten gebe, der seine Außenpolitik mit Argumenten seines demokratischen Vorgängers Bill Clinton verteidige, sagte der angesehene Politikwissenschaftler.

Im Wahlkampf des Jahres 2000 hatten Bush und die heutige Außenministerin Condoleezza Rice die US-Interventionen in Somalia, Haiti und auf dem Balkan noch als "falschen Idealismus" kritisiert.
18.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406511,00.html
"Diese Regierung hat zwar die richtigen Ziele, aber sie sieht nicht, wie schwach ihre Instrumente zur Durchsetzung sind", meint jedoch New Gingrich, ehemaliger Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses. Francis Fukuyama, einer der neokonservativen Vordenker der Republikaner, sagte in einem Interview, es sei naiv gewesen zu glauben, die USA könnten zum Geburtshelfer der Demokratie werden.
18.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406511,00.html
n der gestern vorgelegten Neufassung der Sicherheitsstrategie heißt es, es sei die Politik der USA, "in allen Nationen und Kulturen der Welt die demokratischen Bewegungen und Institutionen zu unterstützen und die Tyrannei zu beenden". Bei den Republikanern unterstützen vor allem Abgeordnete wie die Senatoren John McCain aus Arizona und Sam Brownback aus Kansas den Kurs des Weißen Hauses: Wahlen abzuhalten sei immer noch besser als Umstürze durch Gewalt. Man müsse einsehen, dass es bei der Demokratisierung oft zwei Schritte vor und dann einen zurück gebe.
18.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406511,00.html
Zu den Kritikern gehören demnach namhafte Republikaner wie die Senatoren Richard Lugar und Chuck Hagel, aber auch der frühere Außenminister Henry Kissinger.

Sie seien alarmiert über die hohen Kosten, die die Militäreinsätze + der Aufbau einer Demokratie im Irak + in Afghanistan verursachen. Gestern erst billigte das Repräsentantenhaus mit einem Sondergesetz zusätzliche Kriegsausgaben + gewährte weitere 67,6 Milliarden Dollar.
Im Gegensatz zu den Neokonservativen der Partei befürchteten die Kritiker, dass sich Extremisten in instabilen Ländern ohne demokratische Vergangenheit und gefestigte Zivilisationsstrukturen durchsetzen und Minderheiten nicht geschützt werden können. Sie fühlen sich durch die Entwicklung im Irak bestätigt, wo es zwar Wahlen gab, es aber seitdem immer wieder zu massiven Auseinandersetzungen zwischen ethnischen Gruppen kommt.
"Ich bezweifle, dass man eine demokratische Regierung in einem Land ohne demokratische Tradition einrichten kann", sagt Hagel. Die Kritiker fühlen sich auch durch die Erfolge etwa der radikalen Hamas in den palästinensischen Gebieten bestätigt.
Zum Jahrestag des Irak-Krieges hatte
Bush in dieser Woche die US-Bürger erneut um Geduld gebeten. Jüngsten Umfragen zufolge ist der Präsident jedoch im Ansehen seiner Landsleute auf dem Tiefpunkt angelangt. Nur etwa 36 % sind noch mit seiner Amtsführung einverstanden. Laut einer Umfrage des Gallup-Instituts meinen inzwischen 57 % der US-Bürger, die Invasion im Irak sei ein Fehler gewesen. 67 % sind sogar der Ansicht, Bush habe keinen Plan, um die Lage im Irak in den Griff zu bekommen.
17.Mar.2006 Erdumrundung: Fossett meldet neuen Rekord für Langstreckenflug
17.Mar.2006 Energiekonzerne: Milliarden für die Kohle
17.Mar.2006 General Motors: Kaum mehr wert als die Postbank

17.Mar.2006 Reporter ohne Grenzen: Protest gegen Anklage im "Cicero"-Fall 
17.Mar.2006 Parteifinanzierung: Blair, drei Lords und die Millionen-Kredite
17.Mar.2006 Seuche: Vogelgrippe in Israel - fünf Menschen in Klinik

17.Mar.2006 Deutsche Welle: Sendeverbot in Usbekistan
17.Mar.2006 Weltweite Demokratisierung: Republikanerdistanzieren sich von Bush-Doktrin
17.Mar.2006 Eruption: Mysteriöser Vulkanausbruch enträtselt
17.Mar.2006 Britische Marine: Rollenspiele sollen Homophobie besiegen
17.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-406388,00.html

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) https://wmap.gsfc.nasa.gov/
17.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-406388,00.html
Das Unsichtbare gewogen
Anhand der neuen Daten, die demnächst im "Astrophysical Journal" veröffentlicht werden sollen, konnten die Forscher nicht nur erstmals das Licht des Urknalls von dem der ersten Sterne unterscheiden, die sich den neuen Berechnungen zufolge rund 400 Millionen Jahre nach der Entstehung des Alls gebildet haben. Sie konnten auch die Zusammensetzung des Universums mit bisher ungekannter Genauigkeit bestimmen.
Demnach besteht das Universum zu lediglich vier % aus gewöhnlichen Atomen, die die für Menschen sicht- und messbare Materie ausmachen. 22 % gehen auf das Konto der Dunklen Materie, die bisher noch nie direkt nachgewiesen wurde, aber existieren muss, da sonst etwa die rotierenden Galaxien aufgrund der Fliehkraft auseinanderfliegen müssten.
Die restlichen 74 % des Alls gehen auf die nicht weniger geheimnisvolle Dunkle Energie zurück. Sie wird von Wissenschaftlern dafür verantwortlich gemacht, dass sich das Universum mit stetig wachsender Geschwindigkeit ausdehnt.

17.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/0,1518,druck-406388,00.html
Die Messungen von WMAP ("Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe") liefern den Wissenschaftlern zufolge den bisher besten Beweis, dass am Anfang aller Dinge tatsächlich der Urknall stand - +

dass das Universum in den ersten Augenblicken seiner Existenz mit unvorstellbarer Geschwindigkeit gewachsen ist.
Rasantes Wachstum
"Das All hat sich innerhalb einer Billionstelsekunde von der Größe einer Murmel zur Größe des heute beobachtbaren Universums aufgebläht", sagte WMAP-Forscher David Spergel von der Princeton University.

Das, fügte Bennett hinzu, sei "ein Wachstumsschub, der jede Mutter und jeden Vater beängstigen würde".
Für Brian Greene von der New Yorker Columbia University stellen die neuen WMAP-Ergebnisse einen enormen Durchbruch dar: "Wir treten in eine wundervolle neue Ära ein", schwärmte der Physiker, der als mathematisches Genie gilt und mehrere Bestseller über die Entstehung des Alls geschrieben hat. Die neuen Ergebnisse zeigten, "woher die Sterne und Galaxien kommen": aus kleinen Unregelmäßigkeiten in Dichte und Temperatur. Sie seien mit dem Universum gewachsen und hätten dafür gesorgt, dass die Galaxien und die leeren Räume zwischen ihnen entstanden seien.

17.Mar.2006 https://www.ask.com/web?q=Where%20did%20Germany%20lose%20imperial%20holdings%20during%20World%20War%201&qsrc=1&o=0
Beyond the Backword - 11/02
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between 1914 and 1918. www.usswashington.com/dl30au39b.htm

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17.Mar.2006 Teilerfolg für Prinz Charles: China-Tagebuch ist ab jetzt tabu

17.Mar.2006 Satellitenbild der Woche: Flächenbrände hüllen Texas in Rauch
17.Mar.2006 Uno-Sicherheitsrat: Beratungen über iranisches Atomprogramm kommen voran
17.Mar.2006 Rauhe Sitten: Erdmännchen fressen fremden Nachwuchs
17.Mar.2006 Stillstand am Ground Zero: Fegefeuer der Eitelkeiten
17.Mar.2006 Mehrausgaben: US-Senat billigt Bushs Haushalt
17.Mar.2006 Rechtsradikale in Ostdeutschland: Der alltägliche Irrsinn

17.Mar.2006 General Motors: Verlust 2005 weit größer als angenommen

17.Mar.2006 Kriegsgründe: USA veröffentlichen Papiere zu al-Qaida-Präsenz im Irak
17.Mar.2006 Studentenproteste: Straßenschlachten in Paris

17.Mar.2006 Durchbruch: Satellit erblickt die ersten Momente des Alls
17.Mar.2006 Amnesty International Calls On Israel to End Settlements and Constructing Apartheid Wall: " These practices are regarded as a violation of human and international laws and that settlements and the Wall are against international law and a violation for the Palestinians' basic human rights."

17.Mar.2006 Gaza is still a prison: US-brokered agreements on Gaza are as worthless as every other lie the Palestinians have been told,

17.Mar.2006 Charley Reese : Check Your Beliefs : Let's play a fantasy game to check on our belief in human rights.

17.Mar.2006 The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy : Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic. A must read .

17.Mar.2006 Look at the latins: In resisting the abuse of US power the Middle East has a lot to learn from Latin America

17.Mar.2006 Chavez pours oil on troubled waters : He is offering poor Americans hundreds of thousands of gallons of cut price fuel to help them heat their homes -

Venezuela's response, he says, to the events of Hurricane Katrina.

17.Mar.2006 Secessionists threaten Venezuela’s unity: It’s new evidence for a destabilization plan that North American imperialism, through the fascist government of George W. Bush, is carrying out in our country to torpedo and sabotage the revolutionary process.”

17.Mar.2006 Latin America Unchained: For decades the International Monetary Fund (IMF) served as one of the key pillars of the "Washington Consensus." Dominated by the White House, the Fund allowed successive administrations to control the economic policy of poorer countries in this hemisphere and beyond.

17.Mar.2006 Cuba Demands America Return Guantanamo Bay : In 1823, John Quincy Adams, the U.S. secretary of state, articulated the "ripe fruit" thesis, holding that Cuba would inevitably fall into U.S. hands as soon as it was no longer a Spanish colony

17.Mar.2006 Police attack Papuan students: "The Papuans, have been taken and beaten, kicked, hit with guns and threatened," he said.

17.Mar.2006 Embargoes on global arms trade have been total failure, says UN : Despite the UN naming hundreds of companies - including those in Britain - for allegedly violating embargoes imposed on countries engaged in bloody conflicts and repression, the system for bringing them to book has abjectly failed.

17.Mar.2006 Pigs at the trough: Former top U.S. general gets $200,000-a-year board gig : Recently retired Gen. Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who led the Pentagon into war with Iraq, hasn't stayed out of work long.

17.Mar.2006 More pigs at the trough: The Matthews Speaking Fee Controversy : The National Venture Capital Assocation (NVCA) confirmed that Matthews spoke at its 2005 Annual Meeting. NVCA told Think Progress that it booked Matthews through the Washington Speakers Bureau and that he received a fee of approximately $35,000. He received speaking fees from NCVA on at least two other occasions.

17.Mar.2006 GOP senators introduce eavesdropping bill : The ACLU said in a statement that the bill would allow "Americans' phone calls and e-mails to be monitored for 45 days without any court oversight and makes court review after that period optional" -- in violation of the Fourth Amendment's guarantees against unreasonable searches.

17.Mar.2006 US evangelicals warn Republicans : Prominent leaders from the Christian right have warned Republicans they must do more to advance conservative values ahead of the US mid-term elections.

17.Mar.2006 For folly, billions; for survival, pennies: Bush bankrupts the nation paying for a needless war -- while cutting budgets that could protect us against catastrophes like bird flu.

17.Mar.2006 Lawmakers attempt to block Tricare fee increases for retirees: With the backing of 13 military associations, a bill blocking the Bush administration’s planned Tricare free increases for military retirees was introduced Wednesday.

17.Mar.2006 Bomb Parts Pass Checkpoints at 21 U.S. Airports : Government investigators conducting undercover tests at 21 U.S. airports were able to get bomb materials through screening machines at all of them

17.Mar.2006 Sheila Samples: With Friends Like These: Most Americans are critically aware of the importance of security in the wake of 9-11. But with best friends and partners like the United Arab Emirates, the Carlyle Group and Halliburton controlling the house -- we have little time to worry about enemies at the gate.

17.Mar.2006 Quick! Vote while the black people are gone: Somehow, it seemed like a fair idea for Bush's Justice Dept. to allow elections to go forward in New Orleans before many of the refugees (overwhelmingly black and therefore overwhelmingly Democratic) have returned.

17.Mar.2006 Audio: Bill Moyers in Greensboro: Bill Moyers speaks to an audience in Greensboro about the challenge of covering religion, the importance of the environment + the controversy surrounding his public battle with Kenneth Tomlinson, former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Moyers spoke as part of the Bryan Series, presented by Guilford College

18.Mar.2006 Comedy Centeral: Motion Censure: Clearly Bill Frist knows that revenge is a dish best served with confusing parliamentary rhetoric.
18.Mar.2006 Pakistan supplied American missiles to Taliban: It is claimed that the missiles - originally supplied to the Afghan Mujaheddin by the US during the war against the Russians - have been fitted with new battery packs allegedly provided by the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, in the last four months.

18.Mar.2006 Pepe Escobar : In the heart of Pipelineistan: Pipelineistan actors are actively discussing the possibility of limited US strikes against, for instance, the Bushehr plant, as was implied by a recent belligerent statement of the US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton.
18.Mar.2006 Australia: PM denies lying about kickbacks: Mr Howard failed to explain why the nation's top spy agencies never passed on the explosive intelligence about Australian companies breaking United Nations sanctions in Iraq as long as eight years ago.

18.Mar.2006 Manufacturing Consent for war: US accuses Iran of "unhelpful activities" in Iraq: U.S. officials in Iraq on Friday again accused Iran of meddling in its neighbour's internal affairs, saying the Islamic Republic was carrying out "unhelpful activities" there.

18.Mar.2006 Greg Moses: The Bush Doctrine of Nuclear Preemption : Do You Feel Safe With This Man's Finger on the Button?

18.Mar.2006 Americans slightly favor plan to censure : A new poll finds that a plurality of Americans favor plans to censure President George W. Bush, while a surprising 42% favor moves to actually impeach the President.

18.Mar.2006 Blair finally calls for Guantanamo to close : Tony Blair joined the growing calls for the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay to be closed after he was questioned about the claims of torture by two British residents held there
18.Mar.2006 Brzezinski calls for Iraq pull out: One of America's most respected elder national security statesmen called for a full pull-out from Iraq Thursday. - It would take a U.S. commitment of half a million troops to make a significant difference in fighting the Iraqi insurgency, Brzezinski said. But, "We are not in a position to do this," he said.

18.Mar.2006 Saddam Hussein turns the tables at US-run show trial: Hussein asked, "What about those who are dying in Baghdad? Are they not innocents? Are they not Iraqis? ... Just yesterday, 80 bodies of Iraqis were discovered in Baghdad. Aren't they innocent?"

18.Mar.2006 The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq: Almost three years to the day after the war started, a new book titled "Cobra II" details the inside story of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The book is written by Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times + retired Marine general Bernard Trainor. Audio and transcript

18.Mar.2006 Video: The 50 Billion Dollar Robbery: : Following the Iraq war, billions of dollars of Iraq's money was directed to American companies to rebuild the country. But much of it remains unaccounted for + the BBC's Peter Marshall has been investigating startling allegations of post war profiteering.

18.Mar.2006 The time for accounting : The case against the Iraq war and occupation has been entirely vindicated. It must be brought to an end

18.Mar.2006 Video: Tony Benn Rallies Support for Anti-War Marches: Former Labour Government minister Tony Benn speaks in Manchester at a rally aimed at building support for the international day of action against war on 18th March 2003. This is the third anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Demos against war will take place in over 60 ciites araound the world on this date.
18.Mar.2006 " I t's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them ."

18.Mar.2006 A must watch 5 minute video
18.Mar.2006 Pink Slips Abound for Prosecutors and Therapists :
Humanity Suffers the Savagery of the American Empire’s Post 9/11 Worldview -By Jason Miller
Karl Rove, the mastermind of
Bush II’s ascension to America’s seat of power, is a man of great distinction. Despite his decidedly porcine features, Mr. Rove’s Machiavellian lust for power, narcissistic lack of empathy, sycophantic devotion to the Bush crime family, deceitful nature + conniving mind coalesce to leave the Prince looking like a pauper. Continued
18.Mar.2006 The central battlefield in the global resource war -By Mike Whitney
Once we observe the sharp black outline of America’s newest battlefield, the illusions of the “war on terror” are quickly dispelled. This is the geographic reality of the present conflict. The war on terror is merely public relations fluff. Continued

18.Mar.2006 The End Of Civilization -By Dave Eriqat
I had a mild epiphany the other day: it’s not President
Bush who’s living in a fantasy world, it’s most of his critics who are. I’m no apologist for BushI neither like nor dislike him. He’s no more significant to me than a fly buzzing around outside my window. So permit me to explain my reasoning . Continued
18.Mar.2006 What Did You See at the War, Jimmy? -By Michael Slenske,
We demonized the Iraqi people and we were given carte blanche to shoot first and ask questions later. I think that the truth hurts. I think when a lot of Marines read this book it's going to bring to their point of view the violations of the Geneva Conventions. Can you win a war with continued violations of the Geneva Conventions and International Law?
18.Mar.2006 ComputerWorld: New Orleans' Wi-Fi network now a lifeline.
18.Mar.2006 I missed this bit about a speech given by retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, warning of "dictatorship" in the United States. It was mentioned at the end of the first hour of the Diane Rehm show this morning.
17.Mar.2006 02-03248.a1 ... against Applicant for mishandling classified information and Applicant's conviction did not lead to his mishandling of classified information.

01-25284.h1 All that is required is proof of facts and circumstances that indicate an applicant is at risk for mishandling classified information , or that an applicant ...

Our World: Trial of American Jewry The recent conviction of former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin on felony charges of mishandling classified US government information and the passing of ...

Exclusive: How the FBI set up AIPAC It is unclear whether the " classified " information was real or bogus. ... against Franklin from alleged espionage to mishandling of classified evidence. ...

Roger Ailes Deutch eventually pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information (a misdemeanor) and paid a $5000 fine. Berger got a $10000 fine and lost his security ...

Air Force Times - News - This Week's Air Force TimesI never had any intention of giving those documents to anyone at all,” he said, a day after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

The New York Times > National > Convictions Dropped for Muslim ... An Army general on Wednesday dismissed the convictions in the case of a Muslim ... charges that included mishandling classified information at Guantánamo./FONT>

Secrecy News 10/19/05 Pointing out the strange fact that non-government employees are being prosecuted for mishandling classified information , the Reporters Committee argued that ...

The Seattle Times: James Yee Investigation: The Final Collapse, A ... Prosecutors' best hope for a conviction was on the two counts of mishandling classified documents, which carried a maximum of two years each. ...

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Evidence weak in Yee probe Yee, a West Point graduate who was held for 76 days in solitary confinement, charged with six criminal counts of mishandling classified information and ...
[Intelforum] Secrecy News -- 10/19/05 (IF)
... yet who are charged with mishandling classified information , ... the anomaly of this singular conviction in eighty-one years," Senator Moynihan wrote. ...

Notra Trulock | Code Name KINDRED SPIRIT ... with a long track record of successful espionage convictions , later determined ... of mishandling classified information was nothing short of bizarre. ...

Disarmament Diplomacy: - Wen Ho Lee Freed in Plea Bargain ... after pleading guilty to one charge of mishandling classified information. Unnamed Government Official, September 11: "We got a felony conviction.

Disarmament Diplomacy: - Bitter Aftermath of Wen Ho Lee Plea Bargain ... to one of 59 charges of espionage and mishandling classified information . ... contained vital information - a claim rebutted with equal conviction by

25.Aug.2000 Online NewsHour: Nuclear Secrets-

... the Los Alamos scientist charged with

mishandling classified nuclear weapons information , ...

Do they want a conviction or do they want information ? www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/july-dec00/lee_8-25.html

AIM Column - Chinese Spies Get Free Pass - May 20, 2003 ... for Lee's plea of guilty to one count of mishandling classified information.

They also implied strongly that obtaining an espionage conviction might ... www.aim.org/aim_column/A179_0_3_0_C

Accuracy In Media - Lee was eventually indicted on 59 counts of mishandling classified nuclear-weapons ...

00.0001986 -two weeks after his conviction- Lee committed suicide in jail. www.aim.org/aim_report/A1898_0_4_0_C

Chinese Spies Get Free Pass ... Lee’s plea of guilty to one count of mishandling classified information. Prosecutors also implied strongly that obtaining an espionage conviction ... www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/5/20/141827.shtml

Unknown News For the fifth time, the Army on Tuesday delayed the pretrial hearing for a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified information at the US terror ... www.unknownnews.net/040224guan.html

Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS) OPSEC Bulletin - What OPSEC ...

The mishandling of information can put everything at risk + cost the lives of many Americans ... Our work is information + not all of it is classified. www.ioss.gov/bulletin.html

Berger Is Planning To Plead Guilty In Documents Case - April 1 ... plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information , ... high altitude of Washington consulting to have a misdemeanor conviction. www.nysun.com/article/11494

JAG CENTRAL In a 2 page opinion, the court affirms the conviction and a reassessed sentence. ... the accused are both charged with mishandling classified information.

Report Details More FBI Blunders in Wen Ho Lee Probe ... Originally charged with 59 felony counts, Lee pleaded guilty in September to one felony charge of mishandling classified information after the government's ...

Spy Case Dismissed For Misconduct (washingtonpost.com) Though Leung was charged with taking classified documents, neither she nor ... unit viewed him as a source of classified information who had to be prevented ...

NPR : Analyst Pleads Guilty in Pentagon Leak Case Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin pleads guilty to three of six charges of mishandling or disclosing classified information . His case has drawn attention ...

William Jefferson & Hillary Clinton Facing prison after a drug conviction in ... John Deutch ("John M. Deutch, who has admitted mishandling classified information while serving as director of ...

The Next Hurrah: Libby Indicted Fox analysts says convictions could carry up to 17 years and over a million dollars in ... To do that is technically mishandling classified information.

Military Drops Guantanamo Chaplain Convictions MIAMI (Reuters) - The US military on Wednesday dismissed the convictions against ... charges that included mishandling classified information at Guantanamo. ...

Say Anything: Rove, Libby Convictions Would Be Shortsighted ... Some of the banter about mishandling classified fits under that roof. ... Robert108, if Scooter withheld information about a conversation with his boss, ...

(3/30/2004) Pentagon Was Determined To Convict "Guantanamo Spy" Of ... 2003, to the charges of mishandling classified information were added the ... He did not say it was because of his religious convictions or his race. ... www.albionmonitor.com/0404a/jamesyee3.html

Dec. 5, 2004 0:09 | Updated Dec. 7, 2004 3:58 'Post' exclusive ... - View as HTML Knowingly transferring classified information to a foreign power can be a breach ... Franklin from alleged espionage to mishandling of classified evidence. ... www.franklingate.com/docs/jpost_fbi_setup_aipac.doc

WorkingForChange-Rush to judgment: the Wen Ho Lee-ing of Capt ... whether the charges he is now facing -- mishandling classified documents, ... Under military law, conviction on these charges could result in a prison ... www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=16173

CNN.com - Transcripts First accused of spying, Captain Yee ultimately was charged with adultery and mishandling classified information while assigned to Task Force Guantanamo, ...

Asian Law Caucus - ... effort led by the Asian Law Caucus to secure a hate crime conviction . ... twenty years was charged with 59 counts of mishandling classified information.

Federal Crimes Blog - McNabb Associates, PC applies “only to convictions entered in any domestic court or to foreign ... James J. Smith, was arrested on charges of mishandling classified data, ...

CHAPTER 7 THE WEN HO LEE SAGA CONTENTS THE FBI’S ATTEMPTS TO SET ... Lee's lawyers also contended that no American civilian had ever been criminally prosecuted for mishandling classified information , especially in the absence ... www.angelfire.com/ca3/jphuck/Book15Ch.7.html

Islamic Information Office of Hawaii - Muslim Army chaplain ... And he noted that former CIA Director John Deutch was only reprimanded for breaching security regulations by mishandling classified information.

Solidarity USA:Guantanamo Detainee\'s Attorney Reports on ... James Yee on accusations of mishandling classified information . Yee was one of four arrested by investigators looking into alleged security breaches at the ...

MCRC Review - American Muslims: Settlements, Decisions GA - The military said that it was dropping all charges, including one of mishandling classified information , against Capt. James J. Yee, the former Muslim ...

MCRC Review - American Muslims: Legal Briefs, Case Updates James Yee, a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling classified information at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, have proposed a settlement with the ...
Guantanamo Bay Linguist Pleads Guilty
"Mr. Mehalba has pled guilty to all charges in the indictment and through this conviction he admits he mishandled classified information ," stated US ...

Obsidian Wings: Presented Without Comment One thing to note is that actual compromise (ie releasing classified information ) is treated far more seriously than potential compromise (ie mishandling ...

TURMOIL AT TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE ... other lesser sex-related counts and one count of mishandling classified information. We can only wonder how many “sex case convictions ” did Tech. ...

Boston.com/News/Local/Translator says zeal for job led to prison In January, Mehalba, who had been jailed after his arrest, pleaded guilty to mishandling classified material and lying to investigators. ...

The Washington Monthly Contrary to conventional wisdom, Publius suggests that a conviction would be ... Question: Why not charge Libby with passing along classified information ? ...
www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/monthly/2005_10.php - 14 Mar 2006

34 Scandals of the Bush Administration The outcome: Let's see: Overturned convictions , lawsuits and feuding about a ... be espionage or could constitute the mishandling of classified documents. ...

Spy of the Century? Agents claimed he had spent hours copying information from classified to unclassified ... He is accused of 59 counts of mishandling classified material, . www.gluckman.com/WenHoLee.html

Nat' Academies Press, Information Technology for Counterterrorism ... The case ended with the dismissal of all but one charge of mishandling classified information and with the judge’s apology for the conduct of the government ... www.nap.edu/books/0309087368/html/28.html

Judge Advocate General - Nautilus - View as HTML... that the evidence is insufficient to sustain her conviction for larceny. ... involving mishandling classified information bears out this conclusion. ...

Eca 18 ... of mishandling classified documents and doing work that "posed a threat to the ... Beginning with infancy, orphans classified as severely disabled were ... www.hrw.org/wr2k/Eca-17.htm

WAR ON TERRORISM/Legal Affairs/Spy court to review prosecutors ... Lee pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling classified information and ... He later joined a 2-1 decision overturning Oliver North's convictions for www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/09/01/MN220045.DTL

The Militant - January 17, 2000 -- China 'spy scare' frame-up ... on 59 felony counts of mishandling classified information stored on computers at the ...

An earlier "spy scare" 00.0001997 led to the conviction of another ... www.themilitant.com/2000/6402/640250.html

ACLU in the Courts: US v. Wen Ho Lee (2) a specific Executive report written 00.0001999 that details "dozens of examples of systemic mishandling of classified information " at LANL, none of which ...

March 30, 2004 Hon. Senator Diane Feinstein United States Senate ... - View as HTML
Conviction of disobeying orders of this type carries a maximum. penalty of two years in prison and a ... face trial for mishandling classified information. www.justiceforyee.com/letters/Prof%20Wang%20Letter.pdf

truthout - Pentagon Spies Want More to Do Lets get the Truth Out, changing things for the better through information . ... charged with six criminal counts of mishandling classified information and ...

truthout - The 34 Scandals of George W. Bush Lets get the Truth Out, changing things for the better through information . ... be espionage or could constitute the mishandling of classified documents. ...

Roger L. Simon: Motor Scooter There's the Espionage Act + even mishandling classified information. And Fitz isn't going to go for something he can't get a conviction on in court. ...

Keyword (AP) - The Muslim Army chaplain accused of mishandling classified ... <p> Mishandling of classified information by the legal staff at America's prison for ... freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=jamesyee

American Prospect Online - ViewPrint But a source told the Prospect that Franklin expressed the conviction that the United ... As such, investigations of espionage and mishandling of classified ...

MICHIGAN: Granholm vetoes bill on payday-loan fees ... mishandling classified documents and lying on a credit application. ... The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld last week the conviction of a Grosse Pointe ...

ILA Vol. 19 No. 4 September 15, 2000 ... was arrested for mishandling classified information while working at Los ... fund offered for information relating to the arrest and conviction of the ...

Behind the Homefront Search the archives: Send comments, leads ... Gerald E. Rosen is considering throwing out the convictions and starting over. ... a Muslim Army chaplain accused of mishandling classified information .

NM&L (Summer 2004): Sources of Frustration He later pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling secure documents, ... of security efforts to control sensitive classified information had failed amidst ...

Discourse.net: Law: Everything Else Archives After repeated complaints from defense lawyers that they could not proceed on the issue of mishandling classified information if it remained unclear whether ...

Did Rumsfeld ban Iraq camera phones? | The Register Rosenberg quote several sources: "No one anticipates any rules soon, beyond the admonition that mishandling classified information - even by accident in an ...

Counterintelligence News for the week of: March 7-13, 2004 A lawyer for a Muslim Army chaplain charged with mishandling classified information and insubordination inadvertently sent an e-mail to the media yesterday ...

Larry Franklin Case--Pentagon analyst arrested 4 MAY 2005; Passed ... The FBI investigation into whether classified information was passed to the ... at worst, guilty of mishandling a classified document, not espionage. ...

Committee on Human Rights of Scientists of the New York Academy of ... The committee marshaled the scientific community on behalf of Wen Ho Lee, the Chinese-American scientist accused of mishandling classified information , ... www.nyas.org/programs/human.asp

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYMENTAPPLICATION - View as HTML + conviction record checks, reference checks + release of investigatory information possessed by any private or public employer or ...

YudelLine: Self-Fulfilling Scapegoatism ... charged with six criminal counts of mishandling classified information and ... That conviction was set aside in April + his punishment was waived. ...

INTEL DUMP - - Captain Yee was charged with an offense far less serious than espionage � mishandling classified information � and was held in solitary confinement in a ...

INTEL DUMP - - A sampling of the major terror convictions since 9/11 highlights the problem ... The charges included adultery, mishandling classified information, ... www.intel-dump.com/archives/archive_2004_04_11-2004_04_17.shtml

Insight on the News: Accused Chinese Spy Wen Ho Lee Stigmatized by ... A criminal conviction after a defendant has enjoyed a full opportunity to discredit ... He was accused of mishandling classified information , a commonplace ... www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_6_16/ai_59585390

Air Force Law Review: Analyzing the constitutional tensions and ... Fleming, (252) the accused was convicted of mishandling and failing to safeguard classified information . (253) During the trial, the military judge failed ...

Shining Light In Dark Corners Cheney Ordered Release of Classified Information ? ... charged with six criminal counts of mishandling classified information and suspected of leading a ring ...

man accused of failing polygraph, actually passed! Lee has pleaded innocent to 59 counts under the Atomic Energy and Espionage Acts for allegedly mishandling classified information.

Translator says zeal for job led to prison - View as HTML released March 10 after serving 18 months in prison for mishandling classified documents and ... had brought classified information to his apartment. ...

Napalm News ... was charged with six criminal counts of mishandling classified information and suspected of ... That conviction was dismissed altogether last April. ...

Only a reprimand for Army chaplain - US Security - MSNBC.com He was eventually charged with mishandling classified material, ... Fidell said Monday he does not believe the information Yee possessed was classified , ...

www.GovExec.com - Behind The Badge (12/1/01) An FBI review last summer revealed that several hundred laptops, some containing classified information , were unaccounted for. Management Checkup ...

Free Ahmed Zaoui - or give him a fair trial Why is the classified information that forms the basis of the Security Risk ... There was an initial mishandling of the case, an attempt at cover-up, ...

The Bard Observer ... obstruction of justice or mishandling of classified information .” ... To get a conviction on this account, Fitzgerald would have to prove that at least ...

Daily Kos: Fort Huachuca: From Geronimo to Intelligence, Inc. ... later pled guilty to mishandling classified information and making false statements), ... but remained alive, strengthened his conviction in this power. ...

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community ... in this AI that Lee had passed any classified information to the Chinese. ... His conviction included a mass media campaign, which divided France. ...

Asiaweek.com | INSIDE STORY: The Spy of the Century? | 4/21/2000 Accused of mishandling classified material, Taiwan-born Wen-ho Lee is in jail, ... Agents claimed he had spent hours copying information from classified to ... www.pathfinder.com/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0421/is.main.html

SIAM: Much Ado About Ancient Legacy Codes ... in which he substituted his own private conviction that China had indeed ... weapons program," and why his own mishandling of classified information was ...

No Defense Trulock is now under investigation by the FBI for allegedly mishandling classified material. Despite all the criticism of Trulock, the New York Times's ...

One Hand Clapping ... Cuba - is now facing only charges of mishandling classified information , ... their ducks in line if they expect to get a conviction at court-martial, ...

alt.muslim - your muslim news community ... suspicion of espionage but later charged with mishandling classified data, ... "The Army's dismissal of the classified information charges against him ...
www.altmuslim.com/family.php 14 Mar 2006

summer 2004 bulletin.p65 - View as HTML
to only one charge of mishandling classified information ... throughout his good humor and conviction he was. doing the right thing.” ...

The Head Heeb: Comment on Pollard II? And by mishandling I think that what we are seeing is a complete PR meltdown ... a pragmatic attitude toward espionage and leaks of classified information.

From: Dawn Star <bratkid@e...> Date: Thu Sep 14, 2000 0:34pm ... Instead of facing life in prison upon conviction of any of the 39 most serious charges against him ... Lee did break the law by mishandling classified data.

PoliPundit.com » What An Outrage ... all he could be convicted of is mishandling classified material. ... Angry enough to go to records of past convictions , find someone currently serving ...

Hanover Community School Corp - View as HTML arrest and conviction record checks, reference checks + release of investigatory information possessed by any private or public. employer or any state, ...

Case No. VSO-0221, 27 DOE ¶ 82792 (HO Cronin February 16, 1999) Consequently, the Individual's record in not mishandling classified materials is not ... (2)The Individual's conviction pursuant to the May 1983 arrest was .

Department of Defense Polygraph Program: 1998 Report to Congress ... to a question concerning deliberately mishandling classified material. ... The employee also provided unauthorized classified information to the French ...
which had life imprisonment as a penalty + accused him of mishandling or downloading classified nuclear information on to his unclassified computer ...

constant.struggle The military said Friday night that it was dropping all charges, including one of mishandling classified information , against Capt. ... flawdlogic.org/archive/2004_03_01_archive.php

Congressional Research Service - View as HTML mishandling of classified information relating to the incarceration of enemy ... charges and convictions have been returned in connection with terrorist ...

POW org Miller only three days earlier dismissed all six criminal charges against Yee, including mishandling classified information and the lesser adultery and ... www.prisonerofwest.org/news/apr04/aljazeera_15apr04.htm
17.Mar.2006 Online NewsHour: Nuclear Secrets- August 25, 2000 ... the Los Alamos scientist charged with mishandling classified nuclear weapons information , ... Do they want a conviction or do they want information ? ...

17.Mar.2006  JustOneMinute: Rove On The Bubble, Libby In Trouble

The chances of Fitzgerald getting a conviction for mishandling of classified information is contingent on where the trial is held ... justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2005/10/rove_on_the_bub.html

10.Oct.2005-16.Oct.2005 JustOneMinute: ... is almost certainly weighing charges of mishandling classified information.

Such a report, they said, should address "all indictments, convictions ... justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2005/week41/index.html
17.Mar.2006  Patriotic or Unconstitutional? the Mandatory Detention of Aliens ... credibility + mishandling of the collection + use of that information . (99).

Section 412 goes one step further than the practice of using classified ... www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5001971210
17.Mar.2006  https://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1723801,00.html

The results will be unveiled when the programme airs. But early indications are that the volunteers had benefited from taking part. '

Some of them were ringing up and saying that this had totally transformed their lives or that they had had their first good night's sleep in five years,' said Morrow.

'A lot of people feel they are under-performing in their life, that they are letting themselves down, in terms of their ability to handle events or thinking that people at work are cleverer than them.

This programme shows everyone can get smarter + feel better, if they do these things.'

· Get Smarter in a Week, Saturday, BBC1 at 6.35pm and 9pm
17.Mar.2006  https://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1723801,00.html
'But an increasing body of scientific opinion holds that you can take steps in your life to actually improve your brainpower by, for example, enhancing your memory, working on your spatial awareness, doing things differently to normal and eating healthily. Scientists say you will see noticeable improvements within a week. Our show is seeing if the science works.'
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00.000.1958 Darpa was founded to keep US military technology ahead of Cold War rivals.

Its website says it has around 240 personnel and a $2bn (£1.1bn) budget. Supporters say much of its work has been successful, but it has also drawn criticism for unusable "blue-sky" projects.
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ANIMALS IN WARFARE WWII: Attach a bomb to a cat and drop it from a dive-bomber on to Nazi ships. The cat, hating water, will "wrangle" itself on to enemy ship's deck. In tests cats became unconscious in mid-air WWII: Attach incendiaries to bats. Induce hibernation and drop them from planes. They wake up, fly into factories etc and blow up. Failed to wake from hibernation and fell to death Vietnam War: Dolphins trained to tear off diving gear of Vietcong divers and drag them to interrogation, sources linked to the programme say. Syringes later placed on dolphin flippers to inject carbon dioxide into divers, who explode. US Navy has always denied using mammals to harm humans
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The foreign objects it suggests to be implanted are specific micro-systems - Mems - which, when the insect is fully developed, could allow it to be remotely controlled or sense certain chemicals, including those in explosives.

The invasive surgery could "enable assembly-line like fabrication of hybrid insect-Mems interfaces", Darpa says.

A winning bidder would have to deliver "an insect within five metres of a specific target located 100 metres away".

The "insect-cyborg" must also "be able to transmit data from relevant sensors, yielding information about the local environment. These sensors can include gas sensors, microphones, video, etc."
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Darpa believes scientists can take advantage of the evolution of insects, such as dragonflies and moths, in the pupa stage.

"Through each metamorphic stage, the insect body goes through a renewal process that can heal wounds and reposition internal organs around foreign objects," its proposal document reads.

DARPA SCHEMES Arpanet information processing system - a precursor to the internet Self Healing Minefield - the mines reconfigure themselves to fill gaps when one or more are stepped on Brain Interface Programme to wire soldiers directly into their machines Mechanical Elephant to penetrate dense Vietnam War jungle. Unused Policy Analysis Market - online futures market where "traders" wager on future terrorism and assassinations Computer game, Tactical Iraqi, to teach troops how to decipher Iraqi body language
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4815230.stm

The British team presented details of its research to a major science conference in Texas, US.

Scientists will have an early opportunity to examine the new ideas - Europe's Venus Express spacecraft is due to arrive at the planet next month for a two-year investigation of Earth's near-neighbour.

Crater counters

Researchers date planetary surfaces by looking at the distribution of their impact craters.
17.Mar.2006  https://www.megite.com/index.php?section=technology&date=1142474459&start=1
Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise 3 hours ago    permalink People-press.org

In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President Bush's approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged. Yet the public uncharacteristically has good things to say about the role that Congress played in this high-profile Washington controversy. ...
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

The government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed the law to help youths in the French suburbs who took to the streets last year, many unhappy with the lack of employment opportunities.

The BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Paris says the worry for the French government is that, as in May 1968, French students are expressing wider disenchantment with a government that is seen as remote and out of touch.
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

Employment aim

Students fear the First Employment Contract (CPE), which passed into law last week, will erode job stability in a country where more than 20% of 18- to 25-year-olds are unemployed - more than twice the national average.
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

Police also fired tear gas in the eastern city of Rennes and a small number of injuries were reported in Nancy, Nantes and Montpellier.

Police put the number of protesters nationwide at 250,000 but organisers said it was double that.

Student leaders cited an opinion poll showing 68% support for the protests, while union bosses called for further street protests on Saturday.

Banners on Thursday read "Slave labour by the back door" and "If you take away our security, you'll pay".

"You can't live with a knife at your throat," one of the protesters, 21-year-old film student Sophie Cojan, said.

Police were under orders to be firm with troublemakers but to show general restraint, the interior ministry said.
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

However, a group of about 300 masked protesters threw missiles at police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

A newspaper stand + a number of cars were set on fire + protesters at the symbolic

00.000.1968 Sorbonne University - where street protests shook France - pelted police with stones + bottles and chanted slogans comparing them to the Nazi SS.

Clashes went on into the evening and the interior ministry said there had been about 150 arrests in Paris, along with at least 50 more elsewhere.

Two officers and a student were slightly hurt in scuffles in the northern Paris suburb of Raincy.

Six people were arrested and two officers hurt in Vitry-sur-Seine, south-east of Paris.
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

The worst violence was in Paris, where riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas + was reported in some of the other 80 cities holding rallies.

Protesters object to new two-year job contracts for under-26s which employers can break off without explanation.

President Jacques Chirac has appealed for talks, but says the new law is important to fight unemployment.
17.Mar.2006  https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4812132.stm

'Slave labour'

The march in Paris, which police said was attended by 30,000 but which organisers put at 120,000-strong, was mainly peaceful.

You can't live with a knife at your throat
Sophie Cojan

17.Mar.2006  https://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=6903
"We see two intertwining strands wrapped around each other as in a DNA molecule," said Mark Morris, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy + lead author. "Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm. Most nebulae are either spiral galaxies full of stars or formless amorphous conglomerations of dust and gas — space weather. What we see indicates a high degree of order."
17.Mar.2006  https://www.sploid.com/news/2006/03/dna_nebula.php
Using the new Spitzer Space Telescope operated by the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, UCLA physics and astronomy professor Mark Morris said his team was flabbergasted by the elaborate structure of the space cloud.
17.Mar.2006 During their visits to the far away rock, U.S. astronauts placed seismometers near their landing sites.

Until they were switched off 00.000.1977, the instruments compiled massive amounts of data.

Now that we are planning to return to the moon, the data has received renewed scrutiny.

That duty fell to Clive R. Neal, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame. What he's learned doesn't bode well.

"The moon is seismically active," he says.

It turns out the moon regularly experiences four different type of quake: deep moonquakes far below the surface; vibrations from the constant barrage of meteors; thermal quakes caused by the expansion of the crust following two weeks without sunlight; and, most deadly of all, shallow moonquakes less than 100 feet below the surface.

Not only do moonquakes reach levels of 5.5 on the Richter scale, they last 20 times as long as our
17.Mar.2006 Majority wants Bush censured, 43% want impeachment

Cowardly Congress gets a message from disgusted voters
17.Mar.2006 Ariel Sharon struck by Kaballa curse

The same Israeli radicals who put a death curse on Prime Minister Yitshak Rabin only a month before his 1995 assassination say they also cast the grim spell on Ariel Sharon before his debilitating stroke.

"This curse is known in the Aramaic language as a pulsa denura or 'lash of fire,' and was motivated by opposition to the policy of withdrawing Israeli settlements from Gaza," Fortean Times reported.
17.Mar.2006 Operation Swarmer?

U.S. (and a few Iraqi) forces have unleashed hell on the rest of the Iraqis, allegedly the largest attack since the start of the war more than 3 years ago
17.Mar.2006 DHS gets an 'F' for security

Back in January came the not-shocking revelation that the Department of Homeland Security is teeming with porn freaks. This may help explain why for the second year in a row the department received an F for its computer security.

That's the word from the House Government Reform Committee, whose annual report card has just been released. And DHS is not alone.

In a show of solidarity, The Department of Health and Human Resources, the folks who urged us to stock canned tuna under our beds, also received an F.

The Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Interior and Veterans Affairs? F, F and F.

Allan Paller, director of research for the SANS Institute, a group in Bethesda, Maryland, experts in computer security training blames the report cards themselves.

"It turns out that the vast bulk of the federal information security money is spent on documenting these systems, not on securing or testing them against attacks," Paller said. "Most [agencies] are spending so much on the paperwork exercises that they don't have a lot of money left over to fix the problems they've identified."
17.Mar.2006 Now it's become clear that the room they've discovered was actually an embalmers workshop.

The coffins were customers, the jars filled with embalming fluids.
17.Mar.2006 'The use of force before attacks occur'

Thrilled with the rousing success in Iraq, Bush reminds Iran of his personal doctrine
17.Mar.2006 'You can't put it out' Winds of 40 MPH are making it impossible to fight the wildfires raging across Texas that have torched 700,000 acres killed 10,000 cattle and are heading for Oklahoma
17.Mar.2006 In San Francisco on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt had a similarly grim warning for Americans.
17.Mar.2006 Astronomers have discovered an incredible interstellar cloud that appears to be a giant "double helix" strand of DNA.

The nebula floats near the center of the Milky Way, some 25,000 light years away from Earth.
17.Mar.2006 Rape monsters swarm New Mexico roads

Rapists are blocking highways and impersonating cops to attack women on N.M. highways
17.Mar.2006 Simple ways to make yourself far cleverer It is not an intelligence-boosting formula likely to impress an Oxbridge don: watching Countdown, playing Sudoku, remembering telephone numbers and taking a shower with your eyes closed. Yet doing 'brain exercises' such as these can make us all up to 40 per cent cleverer within seven days, ...
17.Mar.2006 WMAP Mission Background
00.Feb.2003 WMAP released results from the first year of flight data. The Team described, in 13 papers spanning 241 journal pages, the data processing, calibration, systematic error analysis + other critical aspects of the experiment. The data were made readily accessible for scientists to ...

17.Mar.2006 The Final Days of Art Buchwald: A Visit
MILTON, Mass. Renowned columnist Art Buchwald has refused dialysis + it's only a matter of time, maybe a short time, before he dies. For a man awaiting The Reaper, he's in unusually fine fettle. I spent two days by his side to find Buchwald doesn't see himself as courageous, nor does he feel ...

17.Mar.2006 Ocean Forming At Staggering Speed That Will Split Apart Africa... Author: The Huffington Post 
Normally new rivers, seas and mountains are born in slow motion. The Afar Triangle near the Horn of Africa is another story. A new ocean is forming there with staggering speed -- at least by geological standards. Africa will eventually lose its horn. Geologist Dereje A
yalew and his colleagues ...
17.Mar.2006 Jessica Simpson snubs Bush
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with President
Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed. The apparent final word that Simpson would be a no-show at a major ...
17.Mar.2006 Resolution To Honor Jane Fonda's Hanoi Work Unanimously Defeated... Author: The Huffington Post 
Jane Fonda's 1972 trip to North Vietnam is haunting her again. The Georgia Senate on Thursday nearly unanimously defeated a resolution that would have honored the actress' charity work in the state. The Democratic sponsor had tried to withdraw the resolution after a rocky reception from ...

17.Mar.2006 Lord, send no sign
Lars Johansson asks me to comment on a press release entitled "Quantum computer solves problem, without running." Alright, what have we got this time? CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- By combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have ...

17.Mar.2006 Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise
In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President
Bush's approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged. Yet the public uncharacteristically has good things to say about the role that Congress played in this high-profile Washington controversy. ...
17.Mar.2006  https://www.megite.com/index.php?section=technology&date=1142474459&start=1#item_7
Evan Blass/Engadget :   DARPA solicits bids for insect cyborgs
Smart Mobs :   
Hybrid Insect MEMS
17.Mar.2006 Pentagon plans cyber-insect army
The Pentagon's defence scientists want to create an army of cyber-insects that can be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions. The idea is to insert micro-systems at the pupa stage, when the insects can integrate them into their body, so they can be remotely controlled ...

17.Mar.2006 For Bush's Ex-Aide, Quick Fall After Long Climb
Claude A. Allen, a former top adviser to President
Bush, was charged with a theft scheme involving stores like Target in Gaithersburg, Md. "Probably the vast majority of the kids who grew up in our neighborhood were either strung out on drugs or in jail or dead," Mr. Allen, one of the nation's ...
17.Mar.2006 Water discovery vs. NASA budget cuts Author: Feedback 
The potential discovery of liquid water on a moon of Saturn is bittersweet for many scientists.

17.Mar.2006 Salon.com Publishes All 279 Photos And 19 Videos From Army's Abu Ghraib Investigation... Author: The Huffington Post 
The human rights scandal now known as "Abu Ghraib" began its journey toward exposure on Jan. 13, 2004, when Spc. Joseph Darby handed over horrific images of detainee abuse to the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID). The next day, the Army launched a criminal investigation. Three and a ...

17.Mar.2006 Googling Joe Bruno Author: Tom Watson 
Suppose you were studying the voting patterns of the New York State Legislature, a body of representatives that is positively Dickensian in its sloth and malodorous reputation + you wanted people to pay attention to the results. Well, you could...

17.Mar.2006 If it's good enough for us, it's good enough for them.
The Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of what may be geysers of liquid water on a moon of Saturn, project scientists said on Thursday. "If we are right," said one of the Cassini researchers, the moon "might possibly have conditions suitable for living organisms." Liquid water is generally ...

17.Mar.2006 Top Republicans Telling Bush To Add “New Blood” To WH Staff… Author: The Huffington Post 
A move is afoot among some friends and confidantes of President
Bush to persuade him to bring in at least one seasoned Republican to help his struggling staff, CNN has learned. According to sources involved in the discussions, some veteran Republicans have been quietly trying to convince White ...
17.Mar.2006 Another notch in the First Amendment Author: Jeff Jarvis 
Our official nannies are at it again: The FCC issues more fines against supposed indecency today and upholds the Janet Jackson decision. The official press release, written at your expense, says: In these decisions, the Commission addresses complaints about nearly 50 television programs broadcast ...

17.Mar.2006 Labour 'to name future lenders' Labour plans to name people who loan it money in an attempt to end the 'cash for peerages' row.
17.Mar.2006 US launches major Iraq offensive The US says it has begun its biggest airborne operation in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, targeting insurgents.
17.Mar.2006 Papua protest leaves four dead Protesters against a gold mine in Indonesia's Papua province beat to death three police and a soldier.
17.Mar.2006 US backs first-strike attack plan The US will stick to its policy of pre-emptive attacks on states it considers hostile, the White House says.
17.Mar.2006 Violence flares at French rallies Protests turn violent as at least 250,000 people rally across France against a new employment law.
17.Mar.2006 US and Iran ready for Iraq talks Iran and the US say they are prepared to hold talks on Iraq - in what would be their first public dialogue since 1979.
17.Mar.2006 Bird flu confirmed in Afghanistan Tests in Afghanistan confirm the first lethal strain of H5N1 bird flu in the capital, Kabul + Jalalabad.
17.Mar.2006 Officer spared after child's plea A policeman who faked the theft of his own car and burned it for insurance money escapes a jail sentence.
17.Mar.2006 MPs in twin stand-off with Lords MPs are locked in a double stalemate with the House of Lords over identity cards and anti-terrorism laws.
17.Mar.2006 Doubt cast on Venus catastrophe British scientists call into question accepted views of how the planet Venus evolved.
17.Mar.2006 Europe Mars shot looks to upgrade Europe's Mars rover mission faces a review to decide if the vehicle will be joined by an orbiting spacecraft.
17.Mar.2006 UN creates human rights body The UN votes to create a new human rights monitor, despite US concerns the reforms are not enough.
17.Mar.2006 Ecuador demos prompt resignation Ecuador's interior minister resigns following protests over the prospect of a free trade deal with the US.
17.Mar.2006 'Memory robber' Alzheimer's sign Clusters of "memory-robbing" proteins could be one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, scientists suggest.
17.Mar.2006  https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-406410,00.html

American International Group
Weltgrößter Versicherer meldet heftigen Gewinneinbruch
Der nach Marktwert weltweit größte Versicherer American International Group hat im zurückliegenden Quartal einen heftigen Gewinneinbruch verzeichnet. Grund ist neben dem Hurrikan Wilma eine hohe Zahlung zur Beilegung eines Rechtsstreits.

New York - Wie das US-Unternehmen am Donnerstag nach Börsenschluss bekannt gab, fiel der Nettogewinn auf 444 Millionen Dollar oder 17 Cent je Aktie. Im Vorjahr hatte der Gewinn noch 1,6 Milliarden Dollar oder 62 Cent je Aktie betragen. Vor einem Monat hatte AIG angekündigt, wegen Betrugsvorwürfen und falscher Kontenführung 1,64 Milliarden Dollar zu zahlen. Dies ist die größte Summe, die ein Einzelunternehmen jemals gezahlt hat.
17.Mar.2006 https://www.wired.com/news/wireservice/1,70425-0.html

Without inflation, the brightness variations over small patches of the sky would be the same as those observed over larger areas of the heavens. But the researchers found considerable differences in the brightness variations.

"The data favors inflation," said Charles Bennett, a Johns Hopkins University physicist who announced the discovery. He was joined by two Princeton colleagues, Lyman Page and David Spergel, who also contributed to the research.

Bennett added: "It amazes me that we can say anything at all about what transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe."

The physicists said small lumps in the microwave background began during inflation. Those lumps eventually coalesced into stars, galaxies and planets.

The measurements are scheduled to be published in a future issue of The Astrophysical Journal
16.Mar.2006 https://www.wired.com/news/wireservice/1,70425-0.html
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Associated Press 11:26 AM Mar, 16, 2006 EST

Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.

The discovery -- which involves an analysis of variations in the brightness of microwave radiation -- is the first direct evidence to support the two-decade-old theory that the universe went through what is called inflation.

It also helps explain how matter eventually clumped together into planets, stars and galaxies in a universe that began as a remarkably smooth, super-hot soup.

"It's giving us our first clues about how inflation took place," said Michael Turner, assistant director for mathematics and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. "This is absolutely amazing."

Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist, said: "The observations are spectacular and the conclusions are stunning."
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
In Berlin zum Beispiel scheint es für die inzwischen von vielen Politikern geforderte "nachholende Integration" in manchem Viertel fast schon zu spät. Eine interne Studie des Polizeipräsidiums hat bereits in neun "Problemkiezen" bedrohliche Entwicklungen ausgemacht. Dort registrieren die Beamten "mafiose" Strukturen, "bewaffnete Gewalt" und eine "heranwachsende Frust-Generation", die "nach eigenen Regeln und Gesetzen lebt". Fazit: "Szenarien, die aus amerikanischen, englischen und französischen Großstädten beziehungsweise deren Ghettos bekannt sind", seien "auch hier vorstellbar".
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
Platzeck: "Die Demokratie als Grundlage unserer Gesellschaft verliert - und zwar gravierend - an Zustimmung."
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
Typische Äußerungen: "Die ganze Gegend ist heute schon an den Westen verraten und verkauft worden." - "Die deutsche Einheit wird es wohl nie geben. Hass zwischen Ossis und Wessis." - "Ein Staat gegen die kleinen Leute, schlimmer als bei Honecker. Alle Ostdeutschen haben Wut im Bauch."
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
"Es gehört nicht viel Phantasie dazu, sich vorzustellen, wohin der Testosteronüberschuss in Zukunft führen wird," kommentierte die "FAZ".
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
Chemnitzer Soziologieprofessor Bernhard Nauck: "In sechs bis sieben Jahren werden sich im Osten zwei Männer um eine Frau bemühen müssen, das ist sicher."
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
So hat der IQ-Export weite Regionen im neuen Osten abermals zu dem werden lassen, was er während der Massenflucht durch den Eisernen Vorhang schon einmal gewesen zu sein schien: ein Auswanderungsland, in dem nur "der doofe Rest" noch ausharrt, wie damals die Zurückgebliebenen selbstironisch "DDR" buchstabierten.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-404896,00.html
Bevölkerungswissenschaftler rechnen bis 2020 mit einer Schrumpfung des Ostens um mindestens eine weitere Million Einwohner. Zu den Fortzugswilligen zählen beispielsweise Fernpendler, die jahrelang die Woche über im Westen gearbeitet haben und nun, der Fahrerei überdrüssig, dort auch wohnhaft werden wollen.
16.Mar.2006 American International Group: Weltgrößter Versicherer meldet heftigen Gewinneinbruch

16.Mar.2006 Virusinfektion: Masur sagt US-Konzerte wegen Krankheit ab
16.Mar.2006 Sylvia:

"Geniuses are not only supposed to be innovative thinkers - the ones who come up with new memes, technologies + art - they're also supposed to be kind + loving to competitors, thieves, ex wives + assholes."
16.Mar.2006 'Free IPod' Takes Privacy Toll The million-dollar Datran settlement announced by New York's attorney general exposes a rat's nest of dubious privacy promises -- and indirectly scores a body blow on the Truste seal of approval. By Ryan Singel.
16.Mar.2006 Their Kingdom for a Corpse Body Brokers examines the hidden universe of people who buy and sell human remains without asking questions. By Randy Dotinga.
16.Mar.2006 Proving How the Universe Was Born A faint glow in space yields the first evidence of what happened immediately after the big bang, as cosmic "inflation" transpired in the blink of an eye.
16.Mar.2006 New denial-of-service threat emerges Attacks targeted 1,500 IP addresses and delivered a heftier blow than normal DOS threats, VeriSign security chief says.
16.Mar.2006 Google wins a court battle Judge rules in search giant's favor, dismissing copyright infringement lawsuit filed by e-book writer.
16.Mar.2006 Living with robots Blog: In an article about robots by Associate Editor Leslie Katz, she talks about humanoid robots and how helpful they are. It's perfectly...
16.Mar.2006 https://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/03/16/MNGA9HOP8I1.DTL&type=printable
"After all, absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence, just evidence of nonpreservation.

The feathers could have been present at different life stages or different seasons of the year. We just don't know, so that means it's still a good question."
16.Mar.2006 When robot pigs dry Blog: Before robots take over the world like some science-fiction books predict, artificially intelligent bots are taking a first step...
16.Mar.2006 No More Next Big Thing? Author: Zonk 402
CthuluOverlord writes "CNET News.com is reporting that Nicholas Donofrio, Big Blue's executive vice president of innovation and technology, made a declaration on Tuesday in an interview with ZDNet Asia. 'The fact is that innovation was a little different in the 20th century. It's not easy (now) to come up with greater and different things. If you're looking for the next big thing, stop looking. There's no such thing as the next big thing.'" Donofrio goes on to explain that he sees innovation as being services or social changes nowadays, rather than simply a better moustrap. What's the verdict? Is tech innovation dead?

16.Mar.2006 Nineteen Registrars Decry ICANN Arrangement Author: Zonk 108
hpcanswers writes "ICANN, the governing body for Internet domain names, recently gave VeriSign exclusive control of the top-level .com domain until 2012. Now, nineteen registrars, including GoDaddy and Network Solutions, have petitioned ICANN to reconsider on the basis that VeriSign will most likely increase registration fees. A few of the registrars have also asked the US Department of Commerce to veto the deal." From the article: "The new deal permits VeriSign to increase the price of domain name registrations by 7 per cent in four of the next six years. In the two remaining years, VeriSign will only be able to raise prices if it can show the rises are necessary for security reasons. It also gives VeriSign a presumptive right to renewal of the .com registry, on the proviso that it complies with certain aspects of the agreement."

16.Mar.2006 Google Base Retail Rumours Confirmed Author: Zonk 81 Comments 
kaufmanmoore writes "According to an MSNBC report, the head of Google's European arm has said that Google wants to use Google Base for brick and mortar stores to submit lists of goods and prices in order to create an online presence." From the article: "Google would index and package the information into a -friendly search engine, giving its users a virtual supermarket across a number of retail brands. Mr Arora said: 'Google Base is going to have a huge impact on retailers," adding that the move reflected internal research, which found many leading European retailers did not feel they were competitive enough online

16.Mar.2006 U.S. House Clears Anti-Internet Gambling Bill Author: Zonk 247
matr0x_x writes "The U.S. has just moved one step closer to banning all Internet gambling sites when the US House of Representatives cleared an anti-Internet gambling bill yesterday. The bill is against a World Trade Organization ruling last August that stated the US must not block online gambling sites based overseas." From the article: " The bill, cleared by voice vote in the House Financial Services Committee, would prohibit a gambling business from accepting credit cards, checks, wire transfers and electronic funds transfers in illegal gambling transactions. Unlawful gambling, under the legislation, would include placing bets on online poker sites, for example + any other online wager made or received in a place where such a bet is illegal under federal or state law."

16.Mar.2006 Gates Mocks MIT's $100 Laptop Author: Zonk 629+
QuietLagoon writes 'Reuters is reporting that Bill Gates is making fun of the one laptop per child initiative to revolutionize how the world's children are educated. 'The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk ... and with a tiny little screen,' Gates said at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in suburban Washington. 'Hardware is a small part of the cost' of providing computing capabilities, he said, adding that the big costs come from network connectivity, applications and support. 'If you are going to go have people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type,' Gates said.'

16.Mar.2006 A narrow majority (53%) has a negative view of foreign investors owning U.S. companies. But

that is significantly less than the

00.0001989 70% expressing the same opinion, when high-profile acquisitions of U.S. firms by Japanese companies provoked widespread concern.
16.Mar.2006 Bush's personal image also has weakened noticeably, which is reflected in people's one-word descriptions of the president. Honesty had been the single trait most closely associated with Bush, but in the current survey "incompetent" is the descriptor used most frequently (See pp. 7-8).
16.Mar.2006 Bush's overall approval measure stands at 33%, the lowest rating of his presidency. Bush's job performance mark is now about the same as the ratings for Democratic and Republican congressional leaders (34% and 32%, respectively), which showed no improvement in spite of public approval of the congressional response to the ports deal.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.bestsyndication.com/Articles/2006/g/gardiner_philip/03/031506-serpent_and_the_lady_of_the_lake.htm
There are various names attributed to the ‘Lady of the Lake;’ Nimue and Vivienne are the two most used, but most pertinent to us here is ‘White Serpent.’ Nimue is probably Mneme or Mnemosyne, who is one of the Muses or ‘water nymphs’ from Roman and Greek mythology and who gave out weapons - just as the Lady of the Lake did. Vivienne in all likelihood comes from Vi-Vianna or Co-Vianna the ‘water goddess’ or Coventina of Celtic origin (‘Coventina’s Well’ also had a skull offering discovered which is important in the worship of snakes and wisdom [1].)
16.Mar.2006 https://independent.gmnews.com/news/2006/0315/Front_page/005.html

"He had a relative, his grandfather, buried there and he sued to have the remains identified," Scharfenberger said.

This proved to be a challenge.

"There was not a stone on it," said Scharfenberger, describing the field. "It was tractor-trailer marks, beer cans, garbage, just whatever flew off the turnpike."

While narrating a slide show that showcased some of the most interesting grave items uncovered at the site, Scharfenberger related the story of how over 3,000 human burials were bulldozed over in the 1940s to make way for the turnpike.

"In the 1940s, one of the politicians must have just pocketed the money and said, 'Oh yeah, they got moved,'" said Scharfenberger. "Hudson County is not known for its pristine politicians up there."

Eventually, over 3,000 graves were unearthed, both underneath and alongside the turnpike. Instead of relocating the burials as planned, the bodies were left in the ground and the turnpike simply built over it.

It was not uncommon, he said, during the course of the excavation, to discover a human skull sticking out of a large concrete slab.
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Previous Posts Britain's dirty secret Inorganic phosphate fertilizers may contain radionuclides UK cited for 'obsessive' anti-Semitism In general, mice are more intelligent than humans Australia debt-free within four months Ok, here’s the scuttlebutt on H5N1 –Bird Flu Are we too blind to see? Someone else has the same opinion Great British Robberies 'God will judge me on Iraq invasion' says Blair

16.Mar.2006 Man Gets Five Years For Sodomizing McDonald's Employee  A Bullitt County man is headed to prison for following what he thought were police orders to sexually abuse a teenage girl. It's a bizarre case with nationwide connections.
Read about this unbelievably strange case here.

16.Mar.2006 Little dinosaur was missing feathers that typify its kin  Little dinosaur was missing feathers that typify its kin.
16.Mar.2006 Space and Time  Anyhow, the first time I heard Coast to Coast, I was about 18 or 19 years old, unable to sleep + skipping up and down the AM dial, looking for something to distract me from my interminable boredom and solitude. That night, Bell was talking to LSD guru Timothy Leary about Leary's recent experiments with DMT + as soon as I had heard enough to have even a vague idea of what they were talking about, I got chills. When you are a paranoid teenage insomniac, sitting in the dark and attempting to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of AM radio, this is exactly what you hope to find: something surreal and otherworldly.
16.Mar.2006 Excavation findings run from historic to macabre 

There was something round, maybe a handball, floating in a puddle near the edge of the graveyard. Archaeologist Gerard Scharfenberger moved in for a closer look.
"It was a human brain," he said, "perfectly preserved."

16.Mar.2006 Bush Approval Falls to 33%  The funniest part is down the page.
The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is "incompetent" +

close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: "idiot" and "liar .

All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago.
I can't believe douchebag wasn't on the list.

16.Mar.2006 Großbritannien: Unterhaus stimmt Einführung von Personalausweisen zu

16.Mar.2006 Protest gegen Kündigungsschutz-Gesetz: 150 Festnahmen nach Krawallen in Paris
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Jacques Barzun Quotations From Random Sources

Communication is most complete when it proceeds from the smallest number of words -- and indeed of syllables. --Jacques Barzun
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 Bush Regime Censorship: Censorship by President GeeDubya and company
1st Term:  2001-2004

2nd Term: 2005-2008

Bush religious initiatives and cover-ups
1st Term:  2001-2004

2nd Term: 2005-2008

Actions to shield George
Bush from free speech
1st Term:  2001-2004

2nd Term: 2005-2008

21st Century COINTELPRO
1st Term:  2001-2004

2nd Term: 2005-2008

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A Brief Chronological Compendium
of a Few Banned or Challenged Works,
and Censorship and Anti-Censorship Efforts

  ? - 1900 1901 - 1990 1991 - 2000 Jan-Dec 2001  
Jan-Jun 2002
Jul-Dec 2002 Jan-Jun 2003 Jul-Dec 2003 Jan-Jun 2004 Jul-Dec 2004
Jan-Jun 2005
Jul-Dec 2005     Jan-Jun 2006 Jul-Dec 2006
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arriving at certain firm conclusions:

1: Censorship advocates are nuts.
2: There is no rhyme or reason to censorship.

In actual fact I must admit that conclusion number one is a gross oversimplification. Despite that, it seems to be the kindest thing that one can say about censorship advocates.
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Censorship of Anti-Bush Sentiments: First Term

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Surf to
Second Term Censorship Page

2001, August 07: White House censures magazine for lack of censorship GeeDubya's administration has served notice that they will not cooperate with any journalist writing for Talk magazine.

Dan Bartlett, the White House communications director, said the use of models to satirise the Bush teenagers was disrespectful. He was quoted as saying: Talk "has openly opposed and even mocked the first family's desire to keep the lives of their daughters private and have decided not only to report on it but go to great lengths to distort it."

[Uh-huh! -- Su-u-u-u-u-u-ure it has! Problem is the Bush girls have made themselves newsworthy by getting busted for under-age drinking + that does make them public persons in a way they're being the President's daughters doesn't. See my comments and the entry for 27 Jan. In my books, this one is obviously just another case of Georgy-boy trying to hide his family's dirty linen and proof positive that GeeDubya has absolutely no sense of humor. --MN] Return to Chronology 07 Aug 2001

2001, November 04: Report of suppression of dissenting opinion By citizens of Sacramento. During a recent visit to Sacramento by Geedubya, some thirty anti-war protesters were kept away from the street the presidential motorcade was using, while non-protesters were allowed unrestricted access. The protesters were stopped by local mounted and foot patrol officers; ostentibly due to a request made by Secret Service agents during planning meetings for the event. Both agencies are ducking responsibility for the suppression and blaming the other. Return to Chronology 04 Nov 2001

2002, September 28: Observing a protest By Eleanor Eisenberg, executive director of the Arizona Civil Liberties Union. She was arrested while taking photographs of protesters at the Phoenix Civic Plaza during a presidential visit. Despite having taken part in numerous demonstrations, starting back during the Viet Nam war, this is her first arrest. Ms. Eisenberg is rather angered by this incident, contending that she did nothing to provoke an arrest. The police, however, state that she had been asked several time to clear an area the Secret Service had asked be closed for security + that she had resisted arrest. Return to Chronology 28 Sep 2002

2002, October 31: Free speech By Bill Neel. This Butler, Pennsylvania resident was arrested in Neville Island on Labour Day during a visit there by President Bush. Mr. Neel had refused to obey police directives to step into a free speech zone which had been allocated for dissenters. District Justice Shirley Rowe Trkula dismissed the disorderly conduct charge and returned Mr. Neel's protest sign; which read, "The Bush family must surely love the poor - they've made so many of them." Judge Trkula also chastised the Allegheny County police for having gone too far in curbing protests.

[Such zones seem to be common to visits by the President and are apparently established by local police at the request of the Secret Service. This is the third case I am aware of wherein dissenting, lawful citizens were restricted to areas away from Bush while non-dissenters were allowed to approach the motorcade freely. --MN] Return to Chronology 31 Oct 2002

2002, November 01: Free speech lawsuit By Jan Lentz, Sonja Haught + Mauricio Rosas; two grandmothers and a gay activist. The suit was filed on their behalf by the ACLU. It alleges a wrongful arrest during a rally organized last year for President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. This was on 04 Jun 2001. The three were apparently accosted by local and federal police officers at the rally for displaying dissenting opinions + forcibly removed in handcuffs even though they were demonstrating peaceably. They had even bought tickets to get into the event. They contend that other people with pro-Bush signs were not ordered to set aside their signs as they were theirs. They also contend that the officers used unnecessary force. A few criminal charges were laid, but then dropped.

ACLU cooperating attorney W.F. "Casey" Ebsary, Jr. of Tampa wrote in the brief, "The protestors were entitled -- just like the hundreds of other people at the rally -- to lawfully exercise their free speech rights, but they were arrested in an attempt to silence them and shield the government from criticism."

[Remember what I wrote previously about "free speech zones" being established by local cops at the behest of Secret Service goons? There is no doubt in my mind that this incident is part of a consistent pattern of behaviour. --MN] Return to Chronology 01 Nov 2002

2002, December 05: Allegations of wholesale rights abuse By Michael Maginnis. He claims that he had been arrested by Denver police and questioned by the Secret Service for photographing the hotel in which Vice-President Dick Cheney was staying. He claims that the agent interrogating him threatened him with charges under the USA PATRIOT Act + inflicted verbal abuse by calling him a "raghead collaborator" and a "dirty pinko faggot."

He further stated that his arrest was made to disappear by the simple expedient of they're not keeping the records + that his camera and film was essentially stolen from him.

[ CAVEAT LECTOR: 2600 Magazine says they'll follow up this incident as catch as catch can, but I'm not sure how much credibility to give it at all. I mean, "dirty pinko faggot"? That rhetoric sounds too supiciously outdated and too pat to be real. And "raghead" is hate speech for middle-easterners who wear turbans; most commonly of the Sihk faith. Not to mention that the agent's reported words and attitude come across as egregiously unprofessional.

Of course, law enforcement agencies are not allowed to discriminate against political conviction + Maginnis could have gotten a redneck bigot type. The rest of the incident sounds pretty much like what one would expect in an operation controlled by the Secret Service, given the pattern of other allegations of rights abuse contained in this chronology and reported by mainstream news outlets.

Also, a keypal of mine wrote that 2600 seems to be the sole source for this article, that it is not reproduced at any other news site or online magazine. Highly suspicious. This report should be considered untrustworthy. --MN] Return to Chronology 05 Dec 2002

2003, February 12: Anti-War poetry By American poets. First Lady Laura Bush had organized a symposium on the poetry of illustrious artists such as Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes + Walt Whitman. A number of the poets invited, however, wanted to exploit the occasion to protest the hostilities against Iraq; so it was cancelled. The cancellation was referred to as a postponement, but no future date was set for the event.

It was reported at Freedom Forum Online that a spokesperson for Ms. Bush had explained that the symposium was not an appropriate forum for such a protest, commenting, "While Mrs. Bush respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she, too, has opinions and believes it would be inappropriate to turn a literary event into a political forum." Boston Globe Online reported a White House statement as saying, "It came to the attention of the First Lady's Office that some invited guests want to turn what is intended to be a literary event into a political forum. While Mrs. Bush understands the right of all Americans to express their political views, this event was designed to celebrate poetry."

[See my commentary on this issue --MN] Return to Chronology 12 Feb 2003

2003, February 13: Dissenting opinion By Andrew J. O'Conner. This former public defender was arrested by Santa Fe police officers at 2100 hours in the St. John's College Library for the high crime of talking about George Bush in an online chat room. He was arrested at the terminal, handcuffed, taken to the police station + detained for approximately five hours for questioning by Secret Service agents from Albuquerque. The police accused him of making threatening remarks. Mr. O'Conner says he wrote that Bush was way out of control. Mr. O'Conner also speculated that he was being observed because at one time he had been involved with a pro-Palestinian group in Boulder, Colorado. The chat room he was in allowed face-to-face chat [via streaming video, I assume] + the woman with whom he was conversing wore a button saying "No war with Iraq".

Earlier this same day, officials at the college + at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College, had warned students and faculty that the FBI had been alerted to the presence of "suspicious" people on campus within the past month. Mr. O'Conner has said that he is going to sue everybody involved.

[So the FBI was monitoring all internet traffic at three major schools and had someone picked up for expressing his political opinions about Bush as a suspicious person. Sweet. And my friends wonder why I go ballistic over the mere establishing of systems where shit like this is so patently a potential of the program. --MN] Return to Chronology 13 Feb 2003

2003, February 17: Dissenting tee shirt By Bretton Barber. This 16 year old, Dearborn High School junior, wore a tee shirt to school with a picture of George Bush Jr framed by the words International Terrorist. He was ordered to either take it off, turn it inside out, or to go home. He opted to go home. The rationale for this move offered by Dearborn Public Schools spokesman Dave Mustonen was, "It was felt that emotions are running very high. The shirt posed a potential disruption to the learning environment at the school. Our number one obligation is to make sure we have a safe learning environment for all of the students." Lindsey Hoganson, another 16-year-old junior, disagrees, however: "A lot of people are worried about the war. We talk about it at school a lot. Talking about it isn't going to disturb the learning environment, because the topic's already been brought up in school."

[Smart kid. Smarter than the twits who are supposed to be seeing to her education. The basis for this action is that approximately 55% of the 17,600 students in the district are of Arabic extraction. What was not explained in the article I saw was how many of those students are in favour of hostilities against Iraq and how many are against and what kind of tensions there might be in the school. Prima facie, it appears very much that school officials decided that because Arab-Americans outnumber caucasians, then speech about American-Arabic relations should be suppressed as unpopular opinion. The .JPG of the tee-shirt was copied from a WireTap.com article from 25 Mar 2003 and is mirrored here without permission. --MN]
(see 01 Oct 2003) Return to Chronology 17 Feb 2003

2003, March 12: George W. Bush caricature By Allison Moore, student. As part of Concordia University's annual Art Matters Festival, Moore drew a depiction of President Bush with an enormous trouser-fly extending outward from the front of his pants in the shape of the World Trade Center towers. The annual art festival is designed to make students "pay attention to art" + this piece was certainly provocative. Moore had intended the piece to provoke an attack + everyone expected it. This work was hanging in the mezzanine of the Henry F. Hall Building and visitors were encouraged to comment on the work by writing with felt pens on huge sheets of brown paper on the floor in front of the canvas. Comments ranged from condemnation to praise + the University received two official complaints; one of which was filed anonymously.

On this day the work was torn down and a comment was written on the canvas itself, although the black-and-white drawing itself was not defaced. The piece was rehung until its scheduled dismantling on 15 Mar. Art Matters Festival co-producer Emily Pearlman was quoted as saying, "If the artist wants to take it down, it's up to her. It's a political statement, yes, but if the purpose of art is to make us ask questions, to think, then it is doing its job." Return to Chronology 12 Mar 2003

2003, March 19: Free speech condemned by fiat Dixie Chick Natalie Maines had uttered a criticism of George Bush, saying, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." She said this in public the week previous to this one. Subsequent public outcry in the U.S. included groups of fans destroying Dixie Chick CDs en masse (reportedly with bulldozers) + a nation-wide boycott by Clear Channel radio stations and possibly others. On this day, a resolution was introduced in the South Carolina state legislature condemning her exercise in free speech. The resolution demanded that the Dixie Chicks toe the party line with charity performances for service members and their families. It passed by a vote of 50 - 35.

[Basically: led by Rep. Catherine Ceips, 50 of the 85 members of the South Carolina legislature shit all over the Bill of Rights and the principle of free speech. Have a nice day you bunch of hillbilly yokels. And you and your cousin don't stay out too late on prom night.

Somebody explain to me why it is in the U.S. it takes two years for a bill to become a law but human rights violations can be passed on the same day? (Yeah, yeah, . . . I know that a resolution is essentially meaningless snivelling. I don't care that it's meaningless snivelling, its the principle of the thing and the principle behind this resolution is one of suppression.) --MN]
(see 08 May 2003) Return to Chronology 19 Mar 2003

2003, May 07: Free speech lawsuit By Gerald Rudolph. He is suing the Secret Service for the right to protest in areas where he can be seen by President Bush. In his lawsuit, he alleges that the Secret Service is treating anti-Bush protesters unfairly. The suit stems from an incident in which his sign was confiscated and he was ordered out of a restricted area and relegated to a "free speech zone" approximately a half a mile from where the president was speaking in Columbia in Oct 2002. Mr. Rudolph says that Bush supporters were allowed to keep their signs and remain the supposedly restricted area. One of the problems is that the boundaries of restricted areas seem to be fluid and depend on where on any given Secret Service agent wants them to be.

Secret Service spokeswoman Jean Mitchell was quoted as commenting, "We're not prejudiced against who you're protesting for or against. We don't designate a protest area based on the message." This statement, however, seems to fly in the face of other reports about suppression of free speech by the Secret Service.
(See 08 May 2003; 06 Aug 2003) Return to Chronology 07 May 2003

2003, May 08: Report on Dixie Chicks censorship movement In which the Chicks Strike Back and DJ's are punished for playing their songs.

The cover of the 02 May issue of Entertainment Weekly features the three gloriously nude and magnificiently hot Dixie Chicks exercising their free speech rights. As you can see, no mammilae, genitalia, or even pubic areas are exposed, but the girls have a number of epithets, denigrations, praises + slogans stencilled on their bodies. Each stencil is of something the girls have been called for Ms. Maines having dared to commit high treason by criticizing George Bush Jr. This exercise in free speech is in direct response to the exercise of censorship being directed against them (and is mirrored here without permission).

Meanwhile, Dave Moore and Jeff Singer have been suspended by station KKCS for daring to break the censorship ban against Dixie Chicks songs. There had been some talk about lifting the ban and the two DJ's got impatient and jumped the gun. The punishment was levied by station manager Jerry Grant.

[I love it when people who properly understand that the answer to free speech is more free speech put that principle into action. Especially when they do it the way the Chicks have done here! Whoo-hoooo! --MN]
(see 19 Mar 2003) Return to Chronology 08 May 2003

2003, May 08: Free speech lawsuit By Gerald Rudolph. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Perry ruled that he was unable to grant Mr. Rudolph's request for an injunction against the Secret Service because there was insufficient evidence the agency had planned to infringe his free speech rights. However, the Secret Service promised to not interfere with his protest during Bush's visit to University of South Carolina commencement on 09 Apr. They also promised to reserve an area on a sidewalk about a block away from the entrance to the arena specifically for protesters without tickets. The only limit the Secret Service set for protesters who would be allowed inside because they have tickets is that signs must not be on pickets as the sticks of wood could be used as weapons.

[In making his decision Judge Perry said, "I have only the October 2002 incident to look to. I know in the view of the plaintiff that's enough." It's certainly enough for me, but, then, I don't sit on the bench. I still say that the Secret Service is suppressing free speech and that it is a consistent pattern of behaviour, but I shall have to qualify that opinion by allowing as to how is seems to be a general trend rather than a concerted movement. Somebody needs to send a memo to all Secret Service offices to tell all agents to be more mindful of free speech rights. --MN]
(See 06 Aug 2003; 23 Sep 2003) Return to Chronology 08 May 2003

2003, May 12: Criticism of the king By the Fair Taxes for All Coalition, Nebraska chapter. This group was relegated to a "free speech zone" well away from where President Bush was to enter the Airlite Plastics Co. plant in Omaha, Nebraska on a visit on this day. The group, which had contacted the Secret Service the week of 04 May, when it learned of the presidential visit, was told on 10 May that their designated rally location was at the back entrance of the plant; which is a half a mile away and out of sight of news cameras and reporters covering the event. Patrick Pannett, a leader with Nebraska chapter, was quoted as saying, "There really isn't a viable or visible opportunity for us to get our point across. It's just a blatant political move." and, "Are they going to put the pro-Bush supporters who didn't get tickets a half-mile away? I doubt it." Jack Gould, of Common Cause Nebraska, a political watchdog group, commented, "They're willing to go through security. They're not terrorists. It's more a question of freedom of speech. Any group that's responsible and willing to go through the security and background checks should be allowed to be there." Return to Chronology 12 May 2003

2003, May 28: Report on opposition to suppression by the Department of Justice By eleven members of U.S. Congress. Ten democrats and one Texas republican wrote to the Attorney General urging him to stop the prosecution of Brett Bursey, who was arrested after refusing to comply with directives by Secret Service agents to retire to a free speech zone at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on 24 Oct 2002. The area, apparently designated specifically for protesters, was a half a mile from where the speech was delivered. Although local charges against Bursey were dropped, federal authorities are still pursuing the case under a statute that allows the Secret Service to restrict access to areas during a presidential visit.

[Except if they are going to restrict access to a given area, they have to restrict access for everyone, not restrict only those who dissent and allow those who support. --MN] Return to Chronology 28 May 2003

2003, July 17: Report of being investigated by the FBI for reading in public By Marc Schultz. A freelance writer with Creative Loafing + independent newspaper, he was interviewed by two FBI agents over an incident where he had been reading an editorial on politics. The piece in question was Hal Crowther's Weapons of Mass Stupidity from the Weekly Planet, a free independent out of Tampa and sister paper to Creative Loafing , which is based in Atlanta. Mr. Schultz wrote in his piece about the interview that one agent said to him, "I'll tell you what, Marc. Someone in the shop that day saw you reading something + thought it looked suspicious enough to call us about. So that's why we're here, just checking it out. Like I said, there's no problem. We'd just like to get to the bottom of this. Now if we can't, then you may have a problem. And you don't want that."

Weapons of Mass Stupidity is a political polemic as much as an anti-biased-media polemic. It is a most acerbic assessment of Rupert Murdoch and his Fox News network, as well as staff members Bill O'Reilly and Nick Cavuto. The piece mixes the two in that it derides Fox News for a blatant pro-Bush administration bias in its reporting and editorial stance, but it is also very highly critical of the posturing by George Bush jr. and his administration. Return to Chronology 17 Jul 2003

2003, August 06: Free Speech lawsuit By Joe Redner, Adam Elend + Jeff Marks. They are suing the Secret Service, the local Sheriff's office, the University of Southern Florida + Sun Dome Inc., the company which operates the public university's arena. The three had been arrested by Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies in Nov 2002 at a campaign rally for Gov. Jeb Bush, because they would not move into the Secret Service designated free-speech zone. The rally which was held at the University of South Florida, was specifically to protest such zones. This zone was about a half a mile away from the event being picketed. As is usual with such incidents, supporters of the president + in this case of the governor as well, were allowed free access to the limits of security. Return to Chronology 06 Aug 2003

2003, September 23: Free Speech lawsuit By the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four advocacy organizations. The ACLU filed the lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania, asking the federal courts to prevent the U.S. Secret Service from keeping anti-Bush protesters far away from presidential appearances while allowing supporters to display their messages up close. Witold J. Walczak, legal director for the ACLU's Greater Pittsburgh chapter, commented, "The pattern we found was at presidential and vice presidential appearances, protesters were restricted to areas where they were out of sight, out of earshot and often out of mind. Protecting our nation's leaders from harm is important. Protecting our nation's leaders from dissent is unconstitutional." The four advocacy groups are: National Organization for Women; United for Peace and Justice, an anti-war group; ACORN, an advocacy organization for low- and moderate-income families; and USAction, a group that supports universal health care and better public education and which opposes the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts. [Secret Service spokesman John Gill was quoted as saying, "The Secret Service does not comment on pending litigation. However, we have a long-standing policy of recognizing the constitutionally protected right of the public to demonstrate and voice their views to their elected officials." Given the consistent pattern of behaviour of the Secret Service toward protesters and dissidents, I consider that statement to be utter bullshit. --MN] Return to Chronology 23 Sep 2003

2003, October 01: Report on disposition of free speech case By Bretton Barber. On 29 Sep, U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan ruled that Mr. Barber had a right to wear a tee shirt to school with a political message on it. Judge Duggan wrote in his ruling, "There is no evidence that the T-shirt created any disturbance or disruption," and, "The record does not reveal any basis for (the assistant principal's) fear aside from his belief that the T-shirt conveyed an unpopular political message."

[In this case the message was unilaterally deemed to be unpopular by a reactionary without any indication that it actually was unpopular. The ruling does, however, support those opinions which actually are unpopular by weight of numbers. --MN]
(see 17 Feb 2003) Return to Chronology 01 Oct 2003

2003, October 03: Report of U.S. censorship of Al Jazeera It was reported at ArabNews.com in an article on 03 Oct + in a follow up article on 04 Oct, that the Unites States had employed an egregious use of political force to get two cartoons pulled from the news service's web sites. John R. Bradley, a Managing Editor, wrote of the incident: The two cartoons were pulled "without any hesitation" from both the Arabic and English language websites after a US government official complained about them, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. One cartoon was of so-called "green card soldiers", young Latino men shown going through an immigration tunnel to emerge from the other side as US soldiers ready to leave for military service in Iraq. The other was of the Twin Towers imploding + two giant fuel pumps rising to replace them from the ashes. Neither cartoon is now available in Al-Jazeera websites' cartoon archive.

"The journalists on the Arabic language website didn't give a damn," the source said, "but those on the English site were furious. However, their complaints were dismissed."

The revelation that Al-Jazeera was so easily cowed by US pressure over the "offensive" cartoons will be seen by many to undermine its combative and independent image. According to the article of 04 Oct, the Bush administration had effected the censorship of Al Jazeera by threatening economic and political sanctions: If Al-Jazeera failed to reconsider its news content, the e-mail reported the committee as having concluded, the US would in turn have to reconsider its relations with Qatar. Suggestions made, the Al-Jazeera journalist wrote, included transferring its largest military Gulf base to another Gulf state, minimizing its civilian presence, canceling the 50-year-old defense treaty between the US and Qatar + withdrawing most other US support for the tiny Gulf state.

[So much for the land of the free and the home of the brave. You can see the cartoons, in animated .GIF format at The Memory Hole web site. --MN] Return to Chronology 03 Oct 2003

2004, January 06: Political activism outside Secret Service Speech Free zones By Brett Bursey. On this day U.S. Magistrate Bristow Marchant ruled that Mr. Bursey had been protesting peacefully and was not engaged in any "wantonly criminal" act, but also defended the government's view of the importance of restricted areas for the president's safety. He found Mr. Bursey guilty of trespass under an obsure and seldom invoked 1971 law and fined him five hundred dollars, but also ruled that Mr. Bursey would not have to pay pending his appeal. The conviction was based on Mr. Bursey's inability to provide evidence in support of his contention that the Secret Service had discriminated against dissidents by relegating them to a Free Speech Zone a half a mile away from the president.

You can see the article at the First Amendment Center, or see the article at The State.com of South Carolina. There are too many details in this case to include them all here.

[For my money Bursey sells himself short when he says activists like Madison and Jefferson were far braver than he is. I'd rank him right up there with them. --MN] Return to Chronology 06 Jan 2004

2004, May 07: F ree U s G W By Frank Van den Bosch. This resident of Montfort, Wisconsin was subjected to three censorial actions while engaging in a peaceful protest during a presidential motorcade. According to the motion asking that the citation be dismissed, Mr. Van den Bosch was standing along a street in Platteville on this day, with his sign, waiting for Bush's motorcade to pass. Police told him he could not display the sign, so he changed it to read, "Free Us G W", adding "End the Occupation" on the back. A few minutes after that another police officer came over and ordered him to surrender the sign. Instead, he rolled the sign up and moved to the back of the crowd. As Bush went by he unrolled the sign and held it up, For that, the police handcuffed him and took him to the police station, where he was photographed, fingerprinted, cited $243 for disorderly conduct + then released.

Van den Bosch had written the letters "R E E" and "S" in tiny print + according to Platteville Police Lt. Tom Schmid, a business owner along the street had complained about the sign. The officers also thought children might see it. Mr. Van den Bosch, a member of the social issues group Southwest Peace Fellowship, commented about his arrest, "It's just a creeping theocratic fascism that's moving into the land here, where dissent is unpatriotic."

[Schmid is quoted as saying, "We had to take some action. If we were wrong, then the citation will be voided and taken care of that way. That's the way the system is supposed to work." No, dumbass, that is not how the system is supposed to work. The assumption is of innocence, not of guilt. The way the systmem works is: when in doubt, do not arrest. And even if a child was to see the sign, how many of them would know that F U G W stood for, "Fuck You, George W. [Bush]"? And even if they did, there are court rulings to the effect that "Fuck (this)" is protected speech. This is a clear and present free speech rights violation. --MN]
(see 26 Aug 2004) Return to Chronology 07 May 2004

2004, May 07: Dissenters denied entrance to Bush event in Dubuque By -- nobody's really sure, since the principals involved are ducking responsibility. President George Bush was in Dubuque to speak at the convention center on this day, at what was billed as a public event, but only self-proclaimed Bush supporters could get in. Security personnel at the entrance, apparently members of the Dubuque County Republican Party, asked people about their political leanings and turned away those who did not support the President. In an article published on 20 May, following up the story broken by the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Matthew Rothschild, of the Progressive , (and reprinted at Common Dreams News Center) reported the following personal anecdotes by a few of those who were turned away. Bill Ward, member of the 45th Infantry Division during World War II: "When I got up there, they asked to see my license and so forth + I showed it to them. And then this young guy asked, 'Are you a Bush backer?'

"And I said, 'No, I didn't vote for him the first time + I'm not going to vote for him this time.'

"And he said, 'Get out.'

"I said, 'I don't have to take this crap. I'm a World War II vet.'

"He said, 'Escort him out.'

"I said, 'I don't need an escort. I can find my way out.' (Ward proceeded right down to the offices of the Telegraph Herald. "I was teed off," he says.)

Nick Lucy, Vietnam veteran and past commander of the American Legion in Dubuque; "I blow taps two or three times a week for veterans.":

"One of my Republican friends, a prominent businessman, gave me two tickets," he recalls. "I promised to go because I've seen almost every President since Johnson."

But once he got to the checkpoint, the security staff said, "You're name is not on the list," he says.

Lucy explained who had given him the tickets + he suggested that the security staff call up his Republican friend then and there.

"I don't care who you want me to call," one of the security people said, according to Lucy.

When Lucy tried to take the man's picture, "he put his notebook in front of his face," Lucy says. And then the man told the police to get him out of there, Lucy recalls.

Jan Oswald and three other members of Women in Black were also denied entrance, even though they had proper tickets:

"I went the morning they were giving out tickets," she says. "It was a two-and-a-half-hour wait in the Dubuque Building, which is downtown."

The screening process was obvious, she recalls. "Everyone was being asked whether they supported the President, or were they registered Republicans, or would they put up a sign in their yard or a sticker in their car," she says. But for some reason, when she got to the front of the line, the woman handing out tickets let her buy four of them without any questions asked, except for the names and phone numbers of all four women, Oswald says.

On May 7, since she had a ticket, she expected to get into the event. "We walked up to the check people + we had our drivers' licenses out and the tickets, so they looked up our names and they said we were on the list to get in. But then a gentleman said, 'You do not look like the kind of people who are here for the right reasons,'" she recalls.

"I responded, 'You know, I'm an American. I've got a ticket that matches. I have identification + I want to see the President.'

"The man said, 'This is a private affair. You are not welcome.' At that point, he ripped up our tickets."

Matt Trewartha, student of political science at Northeast Iowa Community College:

He stood in line for an hour and a half on May 3 to get a ticket for himself and three friends. While there, he acknowledged to another person in line that he was not a Republican or a Bush supporter but nor was he a Kerry supporter. When he got to the front, he was told he would not be able to get a ticket because of the comment he made about not supporting Bush, he says.

"I'm a nineteen-year-old political science major + I thought it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the President in my hometown," he says he told the ticket people.

But to no avail.

Trewartha then asked what he was supposed to do about the three tickets he was trying to buy for his friends.

"Well, as long as they're Bush supporters they can come on down and get their own tickets," the man told him, according to Trewartha.

Trewartha's professor of American history, Ralph Scharnau, upon hearing of his troubles, decided to give him one of his own tickets.

"The day before the event, I went back to the same office and explained the situation and asked whether I could transfer the names on the tickets," Trewartha says. "And they said it was absolutely no problem. But then someone came out and said, 'Sir, you look familiar. You were here Monday. And you couldn't get a ticket then + you can't get one now.' I said, 'Can I at least have my ticket back so I can give it back to my professor?' And she said no."

Arthur Roche, coordinator of Dubuque Peace and Justice:

He also waited in line for two hours to get his ticket. Unlike Trewartha, he got a ticket.

But he did not gain entry into the event.

"As I was approaching the gate, a guy said, 'You need to have your ID and your ticket out,' so I did that + the woman asked to see them, so I gave them both to her," Roche explains. "She raised her eyebrows when she saw my name + she said, 'Just a moment please,' and walked about twenty feet away to confer with three men. She and one or two of those guys came back over to me and said, 'Sir, you're not invited. You'll have to leave.' She handed me my driver's license and my ticket back + then one of the guys grabbed the ticket out of my hand, tore it in half + threw it in the garbage."

Roche says he tried to retrieve it, but the man said, "You can't have that. That's our property. You'll need to leave now." The Chairman of the Dubuque County Republican Party, Steve Bateman said the screening policy was not his idea + is quoted, "I wasn't in charge of President Bush coming to Dubuque. The Bush campaign ran the event." The Bush campaign did not return phone calls for comment.

[And you were just following orders in perpetrating this wholesale civil liberties violation, so you consider yourself blameless, right? Ever hear of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials? --MN]
(see 07 Aug 2004) Return to Chronology 07 May 2004

2004, July 14: Report that a vague and overbroad restriction is struck down By McLennan County Court-at-Law Judge Tom Ragland. On 09 Jul he dismissed all charges against five anti-war activists who were arrested and convicted of protesting in violation of a city ordinance in Crawford (Texas, locale of the Bush Jr. ranch) in 2003. He ruled that the ordinance was "overly broad on its face and in the manner in which it was implemented and enforced by the City of Crawford and therefore contravenes the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America." The five defendants, Tricia Major, Michael Mashicek, Amara Malizewski, Ken Zarifis and Amanda Jack, were on their way from Austin to President Bush's ranch in May 2003 to protest the war in Iraq when they were arrested and put in jail overnight. They had not even been demonstrating at the time of the arrests, but were stopped by a police blockade and some had gotten out of their cars to try to negotiate with the officers. Return to Chronology 14 Jul 2004

2004, July 15: Anti-Bush T-shirts By Jeff and Nicole Rank. This couple had worn tee shirts with the slogan Love America, Hate Bush to the President's Fourth of July speech in Charleston. Because it was billed as an official Presidential appearance and not a campaign stop, the White House tried to keep people from bringing political paraphernalia into the event; White House spokesman Taylor Gross explained, "As a general rule, when the White House does an official event for the president, we don't allow any political signage in. That's either for or against." People managed to slip campaign buttons and political t-shirts into the event anyway; the Ranks wore shirts over their anti-Bush T-shirts when they went through the Secret Service's security check. The police did let some people who brought political items stay for the speech, including two children who wore anti-Bush shirts to the speech. Others, however, were asked by White House officials to cover up or leave, including six people sporting items supporting the president's re-election bid, Gross said. The Ranks were approached by an event staff member who told them to cover their anti-Bush T-shirts or leave. When they refused, the staff called the police and they were handcuffed, escorted out of the event + ticketed for trespassing.

After court opened for business at 7:30 a.m. on this day, assistant City Attorney Dolores Martin dismissed the charges against the Ranks because city code does not cover trespassing on Statehouse grounds.

[Core political speech is not allowed at political events. . . . How's that again? Boy, I'd like to know how long that policy has been place. --MN] Return to Chronology 15 Jul 2004

2004, August 07: Mixed signals about loyalty oaths By the party faithful. Both George Bush and John Kerry pledged they will not require "loyalty oaths" from those wishing to attend future appearances in West Virginia. Some residents of New Mexico were refused tickets to hear the Vice President speak at an event near Albuquerque, during the last week of Jul, unless they signed an oath that they "endorse George W. Bush for re-election". Whereas there will be no such pledges in W.Va., New Mexico GOP officials reportedly said they plan to require signed loyalty pledges at future Bush-Cheney campaign events + apparently stated that they are meant to curb demonstrations by anti-Bush activists; in short: the purpose of the oaths is to specifically violate free speech provisions. Despite Bush's pledge, Republican National Committee spokesman Yier Shi said on 05 Aug, "If we feel our event will get disrupted again, we will use the same method to make sure it's a positive event."
(see 07 May 2004) Return to Chronology 07 Aug 2004

2004, August 26: F ree U s G W By Frank Van den Bosch. Andrea Baker said that city of Platteville, Wisconsin, will pay $12,086.45 through its insurer to settle the federal free-speech violation claim filed on behalf of Frank Van den Bosch. The stipulation that led to the dismissal is a release of all claims of liability. The charge of disorderly conduct, with its attendant fine of 243 dollars had already been dismissed. Police Chief Earl Hernandez said his officers were responding to a complaint and had no choice but to issue the citation: "The way our ordinance was written + it has since changed, a complaint from one person is enough for us to respond + we had about six complaints." The law had not allowed for any latitude. That ordinance has since been rewritten to allow responding officers a degree of discretion.
(see 07 May 2004) Return to Chronology 26 Aug 2004

2004, August 29: Students banned from just listening to Bush By the Secret Service. Once again the Secret Service summarily barred private citizens who had already gotten tickets from attending a campaign event. This is the third such incident in West Virginia alone. Students Jeff Rogers and Jessica Williams, both of Wheeling, got tickets for this rally from a friend, but when they got to the ticket table a Secret Service agent said he believed Rogers worked for Kerry's advance team, which Rogers denies, although he had interned with the Ohio County Democratic Party. Ms. Williams was undecided. The two thought they would compare Bush's speech with what they'd heard from Kerry on his July 31 visit to the city. Mr. Rogers is quoted, "I was just there to listen ... and get a perspective of what he thinks about the issues. Neither one of us was going to cause any disturbance. We were just going to respectfully listen + afterward, process through what we agreed with and disagreed with." He is further quoted, "They said, 'We're not going to let you in. Nice try, though.'"

A separate incident along the same lines ended differently, however. John Prather was briefly ejected from the rally but then allowed to return. The source article wrote of the incident thusly: Prather was removed from a Bush rally in Cambridge, Ohio, on July 31 and came to the Wheeling event to find out whether he had been blacklisted. He stood quietly in line with no campaign memorabilia, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase, "D is for Democracy." But once inside, a campaign volunteer found him.

"He asked whether I was a Bush supporter. I said no + he said, 'This is a Bush rally. We don't want other people here'" The volunteer then took his ticket. Outside, the volunteer asked a Secret Service agent where to send protesters.

The Secret Service person asked me, 'Are you leaving of your own accord?'" "I said, no + he said, 'Escort him back in.'" This incident was attributed to an overzealous volunteer. Return to Chronology 29 Aug 2004

2004, September 04: Report on King George -- off with his head bumper sticker as a threat By Derek Kjar. He was visited by the Secret Service after neighbors complained about an anti-Bush sticker on his car. The decal, which Kjar printed from a web source, had a cartoonish depiction of Bush's head wearing a crown, with the words, "King George -- off with his head." Special agent Lon Garner, who is in charge of the Service's Denver field office, confirmed the investigation + said agents had ruled out a threat to the president. He said it was the agency's job to investigate all reported threats to figures under Secret Service protection -- including Democratic candidate John Kerry + is quoted, "We are bound by law. We take them very seriously, regardless of who the protectee is."

[Having been a security agent for nine years I can fully agree with and support law enforcement attitudes towards taking all threats seriously. What I take exception with is that these neighbours who essentially turned in a false alarm do not seem to have been chastised for abuse of due process. To be fair: at bottom, one would have to apply the reasonable person standard in any trial against someone making baseless accusations about anti-Bush proponents. On the flip side, trying some knee-jerk reactionary for making such accusations would have the same chilling effect on those who would be honest whistleblowers that violating press confidentiality would have. This sort of thing, however, is a perfect example of why the TIPS program would never have worked. Too many people would have exploited it to turn in dissenters. I predict that if Bush is re-elected, there will be an increase in such incidents. It's a safe bet, because, 1: there will certainly be more anti-Bush protest; 2: some Bush supporters will be emboldened by a sense of security. --MN] Return to Chronology 04 Sep 2004

2004, September 14: Anti-Bush tee shirts By Jeff and Nicole Rank. This couple filed a federal lawsuit alleging their First Amendment rights were violated at the 04 Jul event from which they were removed in handcuffs. Nicole Rank's shirt had the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back and Jeff Rank's had "Regime change starts at home" on the back. Their lawsuit was filed in federal court in Charleston by the American Civil Liberties Union + names as defendants: Gregory Jenkins, deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Presidential Advance + W. Ralph Basham, director of the U.S. Secret Service. The couple is asking that any policy that led to their arrest be declared unconstitutional + are seeking unspecified monetary damages for emotional harm. Spokesmen for the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Justice refused to comment, both saying their agencies did not comment on ongoing litigation.

The Charleston City Council and Mayor Danny Jones have publicly apologized to the Ranks. Mayor Jones has said the police officers who arrested the Ranks were told to do so by Secret Service agents. A spokesman for the Secret Service, Charles Bopp, had previously said the agency did not direct the arrests. The event was not a campaign event, but an official visit.
(see 15 Jul 2004) Return to Chronology 14 Sep 2004

2004, October 18: Trial for an exercise of free speech By the Smoketown Six. In Jul, when President Bush was in Pennsylvania, enroute to Lancaster County, six men stripped down to thong underwear and formed a human pyramid on the motorcade route to protest the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq. They were arrested by the police and on 09 Jul were charged for disorderly conduct. The men said they were trying to shame the president by re-creating an image of naked prisoners who had been forced to assume a similar position by U.S. soldiers in Abu Ghraib. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $300 fine [apiece?]. Paula Knudsen, the ACLU attorney who will defend them, commented, "The First Amendment protects many types of speech. What the defendants did in this case was clearly protected by the First Amendment, even though some people found it offensive."

[It is not entirely clear from the source article from what that charge stems exactly. It seems that particular charge might have been laid because some people might have been offended by the thongs, which would cover only the pubis in front, but leave the cheeks of the buttocks fully exposed. While leaving little to the imagination, the strategic areas would still have been covered. --MN]

[ Addendum (30 Oct 2004: ) An article by Dan Eggen of The Washington Post + which was reprinted at Truthout.org, reported that charges against the Smoketown Six had simply been dropped. Lancaster County's Republican district attorney dropped the charges, declaring that their "symbolic conduct" was protected by the First Amendment. The article looks at the tactic of arresting protesters and then never bringing them to trial. Christopher Hansen, an ACLU lawyer who tracks arrests and removals, is quoted, "Every president wants to suppress speech at one point or another. That said, the incidents seem to be more numerous this time around." It also illustrted some of the ducking responsibility that goes on over incidents such as those chronicled here. A spokesman said that the Secret Service strives to stay out of any confrontations or disputes that do not involve a security threat and that the agency is often wrongly identified as being involved in arrests.

"As long as there's no security threat, the responsibility for removing someone from the site is the responsibility of the site's sponsor," said spokesman Tom Mazur. At the very least, local agencies would take their cue for enforcement from the Secret Service and react accordingly + the Secret Service will always err on the side of protecting the President. --MN] Return to Chronology 18 Oct 2004

2004, November 16: Report on a talent show protest song as terrorist threat By the "Tali-banned". During the week of 07-13 Nov, at Boulder High School (Colorado), an impromptu band of students and one teacher was rehearsing Bob Dylan's Vietnam-era protest song "Masters of War" for a talent show scheduled for 12 Nov. An unidentified student misheard the song lyrics and claimed that the group had modified the lyrics to: "George Bush, I hope that you die/And your death will come soon." She told her mother, who phoned it in to a radio-talk show + that brought the Secret Service down on the group.

The group changed its name from "Tali-banned" to "Coalition of the Willing" under the urging of the faculty, but it was reported on this day that the Secret Service investigation was continuing even though it was clear that the "threat" was simply misunderstood lyrics and the talent show was over and done with on the previous Friday evening. Return to Chronology 16 Nov 2004

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16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-406389,00.html
Stevens und sein Team verglichen die Probe aus Vietnam nun mit älteren Viren. In der aktuellen Ausgabe des Fachmagazins "Science" schreiben sie, dass das Hämagglutinin des vietnamesischen Virus dem im Erreger von 1918 und anderer menschlicher Viren bereits ähnlicher ist als einer H5-Variante, die 1997 bei einer vogelgrippekranken Ente isoliert worden war.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-406389,00.html
Das Hämagglutinin des Vietnam-Virus (H5) verglich Stevens mit älteren H1-, H2- und H3-Varianten. Nur diese drei Oberflächenproteine sind bislang bei menschlichen Grippeerregern aufgetreten - unter anderem in den drei großen Grippepandemien des 20. Jahrhunderts: H1N1 bei der spanischen Grippe 1918, die weltweit bis zu 50 Millionen Menschen getötet hat, H2N2 im Jahr 1957 und H3N2 im Jahr 1968.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-406389,00.html
Ein bestimmtes Merkmal des Erregers ist vergleichbaren Viren einer Menschengrippe bereits ähnlicher, als bisher angenommen, so das Ergebnis.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-406389,00.html

Die Vogelgrippe ist noch immer eine Tierseuche. Allerdings fanden Wissenschaftler jetzt heraus: Das Protein, das dem H5N1-Virus das Andocken an menschliche Zellen ermöglicht, ist dem von anderen Pandemie-Viren viel ähnlicher als gedacht.

Mit ihren - nach menschlichen Maßstäben - unglaublich schnellen Reproduktionszyklen führen Viren Evolution auf der Überholspur vor. Binnen weniger Jahre können sie durch Mutation und Selektionsdruck ganz neue Eigenschaften erlangen. Welche, lässt sich nur schwer vorhersagen. Deshalb vergleichen Virologen die Entwicklung aktueller Virenstämme mit der Evolution älterer Erreger.
16.Mar.2006 Gepräche über Lage im Irak: Iran und USA wollen Atomfrage ausklammern
16.Mar.2006 Großbritannien: Labour-Sponsoren bringen Blair in Bedrängnis
16.Mar.2006 Viren-Evolution: H5N1 ähnelt Pandemie-Viren stärker als gedacht
16.Mar.2006 US-Großoffensive: "Operation Schwärmer" soll Sarkawis Qaida besiegen
16.Mar.2006 Microsoft-Attacke: 500-Millionen-Dollar-Kampagne gegen IBM
16.Mar.2006 Affenzirkus in Johannesburg: Pavian turnt auf Hochhäusern
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-406308,00.html
Um diese Muster überhaupt formen zu können, benötigte er zunächst einen Untergrund, vergleichbar einer Leinwand. Dazu legte er einen einzigen langen DNA-Strang in gleichmäßigen Abständen geknickt aneinander, so dass er eine quadratische Fläche bildete. Um das Molekül in dieser Form zu halten, benutzte Rothemund kleinere DNA-Schnipsel. Sie fungieren als Kleber oder Tacker an den Knickstellen.
Auch beim Auftragen von Mustern, vergleichbar der Farbe eines Malers, machte sich der Wissenschaftler eine Eigenschaft von DNA zu nutze: Sie lässt sich beliebig falten und knicken. So befestigte er Halteschnipsel auf dem Untergrund, an denen sich dann ein weiterer DNA-Strang anlagerte - und die gewünschten Figuren bildete.

16.Mar.2006 Verlassenes Land, verlorenes Land: Polinnen als letzte Hoffnung
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16.Mar.2006 Flugzeugunglücke: Zahl der Toten im Linienverkehr verdreifacht
16.Mar.2006 Militäroffensive im Irak: US-Armee startet größten Luftangriff seit dem Krieg
16.Mar.2006 100-Dollar-Laptop: Gates verhöhnt Rechner für arme Kinder
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16.Mar.2006 Guantanamo: Hilferuf vor dem zehnten Selbstmordversuch

16.Mar.2006 Eklat im Parlament: Linkspartei mit Streikwesten im Bundestag
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16.Mar.2006 DNA-Origami: Amerika auf Virengröße geschrumpft

16.Mar.2006 Vogelgrippe-Geschäft: Der Hühnertöter
16.Mar.2006 US-Unternehmen: Bessere Noten für Standort D
16.Mar.2006 Vogelgrippe: H5N1 breitet sich in armen Ländern aus
16.Mar.2006 Atomstreit: Iran will mit Washington verhandeln
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16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406235,00.html
Sollte es bei dem Ausschluss bleiben, erwägt die Staatsanwaltschaft offenbar, nicht mehr länger an ihrer Forderung nach der Todesstrafe festzuhalten.

"Nach Ihrer Entscheidung wissen wir ehrlich gesagt nicht, ob es sich für uns überhaupt noch lohnt weiterzumachen", sagte Chefankläger Robert Spencer am Dienstagabend bei einer Telefonkonferenz mit Richterin Brinkema, weiteren Staatsanwälten und dem Verteidiger Edward MacMahon, wie aus einer gestern veröffentlichten Transkription hervorging.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-406235,00.html
In dem bislang einzigen US-Verfahren um die Terroranschläge des 11. September 2001 geht es nur noch um das Strafmaß, da Moussaoui bereits gestanden hatte, von den Anschlagsplänen gewusst zu haben.

Die Anklage fordert Todesstrafe wegen Beihilfe zum 3000fachen Mord:

Sie will nachweisen, dass der bereits drei Wochen vor dem 11. September festgenommene Franzose mit einer rechtzeitigen Enthüllung des Komplotts den Behörden hätte helfen können, die Anschläge zu verhindern.
16.Mar.2006 Military launches largest air assault since the invasion of Iraq nearly three years ago. Winning hearts and minds by blowing them to pieces.
Sen. Harkin: "We have a President who likes to break things. He has broken the federal budget, running up $3 trillion in new debt. He has broken the Geneva Conventions, giving the green light to torture. He has repeatedly broken promises ? and broken faith ? with the American people. And now, worst of all, he has broken the law."
Busheviks Bang the "Bomb Iran" Drums. They've Got it Timed to Reverse the Democratic Trend in the Mid-Term Elections. What Happened? Did
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16.Mar.2006 Republican attacks on "activist judges" have inspired multiple death threats against Supreme Court justices.
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House Leaders Propose New Ethics Rules. Actually, they just want to stop George Soros' assistance to progressive causes. It's not really about ethics. Republicans in Congress have no ethics. They wouldn't no an ethical idea if -- like some lobbyists -- it hot-tubbed with Tom DeLay's daughter. 3/17

16.Mar.2006 Senate Votes to Raise Debt Limit (That's $30,000 per family), on a 52-48 vote + sent to President Bush a bill raising the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion and preventing a first-ever default on U.S. Treasury notes. "When it comes to deficits, this president owns all the records," said Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. 3/17
Michael Winship:
Bush Visits My Hometown -- You Got Trouble, My Friends! -- A BuzzFlash Guest Contribution
GAO Audit: Millions Wasted on Katrina Response by FEMA. Why does Michael Chertoff still have a job? 3/17

16.Mar.2006 The Torture Judge: U.S. court rules our government can break international laws to keep us safe. "...if Judge David Trager's ruling is upheld in an appeal to the Supreme Court, the CIA and other American officials will be told 'they have a green light to do to others what they did to Arar' ?- no matter what international or U.S. laws are violated in the name of national security." Frightening. 3/16

16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/In which case, we have a precedent that adds some weight to my theory as to what MZM and Foxcom have been up to. Permalink
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/Much spook lore revolves around the PROMIS software, a case management system which was once used widely in various intelligence and police agencies.

Gordon Thomas' biography of Robert Maxwell tells the story of how the Israelis got hold of PROMIS + engineered a "back door" into the software;

they then found ways to make sure that the intelligence services of many nations (China, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, even the USSR) got hold of and used this reconfigured program.

Whatever they heard, Mossad overheard . (For more, see here.)
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/So who would bug staffers in the West Wing? Well, any number of entities within the government might have wanted to do such a thing.

00.000.1970 -In the early s- the CIA bugged Nixon's staffers (+ probably even the Oval Office itself), using pretty much the same tactics.
In an earlier column, I suggested another possible party who might have shown an interest: the Mossad. Before you dismiss the suggestion, consider:

16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/CIFA has also spent some time keeping track of the anti-Bush blogosphere. Hi, boys!
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/The TPM Muckraker has uncovered some interesting background on MZM, the "other" company that bribed Duke Cunningham.

(MZM is the one that seems to have actually done stuff -- as opposed to the Wilkes empire, which was largely a series of false fronts.)
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/If we can tie Magdy El-Amir to Atta (and evidence does indeed point in that direction), then the Bush administration will face its worst scandal yet.

Even the red-staters might awaken from their intellectual slumber if they learn that Bush appointed as Homeland Security Director the lawyer for one of Mohammed Atta's co-conspirators. Permalink
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/3. Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone told the House Armed Services Committee that
The Department undertook its recent review of Able Danger in good faith and with due diligence. No chart or charts with Mohammed Atta’s name or photo have been found.

16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/And that's not all: The Defense Department announced its findings on

01.Sep.2005 -after a three-week investigation into Able Danger...

The DoD admitted they have found three other witnesses in addition to Shaffer + Philpott who confirm Able Danger had produced a chart that "either mentioned Atta by name as an al-Qaida operative [and/or] showed his photograph." Four of the five remember the photo on the chart. The fifth remembers only Atta being cited by name.

The Pentagon describes the witnesses as "credible" but did not rule out the possibility their recollections were faulty.

What evidence backs the current attacks on the "Atta identification" story? It's pretty thin.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/Weldon's source was Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer.

Most of the latest stories do not mention him -- or the harrassment he has undergone since going public -- although this column in the Washington Post resorts to smears and name-calling:
And then there's Shaffer, who offered a rambling, paranoid, messianic story in his testimony claiming again not only the existence of the chart, but also Defense Department efforts at cover-up and retribution against him for revealing the TRUTH.
Just read Shaffer's testimony and you'll see what I mean. He is his own worst enemy. Really?

That testimony is here. Read it with an open mind. I don't think Shaffer's historical allusions serve his purposes;

even so, this testimony hardly seems paranoid or messianic -- especially if you compare it to, say, Oliver North's blatherings before the Iran/contra committee.
The current news stories do not mention the confirmation Shaffer received. Xymphora
summarizes a fair amount of the counter-argument:

Of course, more than one person saw the picture + defense contractor J.D. Smith recognized Atta's picture on the chart by his distinctive cheekbones.

Weldon had previously indicated that the picture stood out because lawyers had put yellow stickies over it, an odd thing to do if the picture didn't exist.

The reason they put the stickies over it + the whole basis for Weldon's original comments, was that they were using legal technicalities to thwart the Pentagon's efforts to prevent a terrorist attack.

The legal technicalitites were based on the fact that Atta's green-card status protected him from further investigation, which of course meant that they had to know who Atta was, know he had a green card + know that the picture they were covering with stickies was a picture of Atta.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/The great virtue of such a tactic is that if a fake story falls apart - or if a true story proves embarrassing + needs to be reeled back in - all blame will go to Weldon.

Not to his informants.
And that, apparently, is what's going on right now. The media tells us that the Able Danger tale has unraveled -- + sure enough, Curt Weldon finds himself on the business end of many an accusatory finger.

It's all his fault.
16.Mar.2006 https://www.cannonfire.blogspot.com/The only thing that stinks worse than my vegetable bin is the latest attempt to spin away the Able Danger claim.

For those of you who do not recall, Able Danger was the name of the Pentagon "data mining" unit which

11.Sep.2001 -well before-identified Mohammed Atta as a potential terrorist threat -- + even had his picture up on a flow chart -

In fact, the team had placed Atta in the USA at a time when he was, according to the official chronology, in Germany.
That claim made Able Danger dangerous -- especially for Homeland Security head honcho Michael Chertoff. We'll get to that part of the story soon.

16.Mar.2006 Neuer Menschenrechtsbeauftragter Nooke: "Wenigstens einer hat es geschafft"

16.Mar.2006 Jericho-Effekt: Kadima-Partei profitiert von Gefängniserstürmung

16.Mar.2006 Kommunikation: Frosch quakt in Ultraschall

16.Mar.2006 Dinosaurier: Computer macht Tyrannosaurus Beine

16.Mar.2006 Heute in den Feuilletons: "Nichts formulieren, was die Hoffnung tötet"
16.Mar.2006 Profitschub: Allianz-Chef verdient fünf Millionen Euro
16.Mar.2006 11. September 2001: Ankläger erwägen Aufgabe im Moussaoui-Prozess
16.Mar.2006 Verbalattacken: Rice nennt Iran Zentralbanker des Terrorismus
16.Mar.2006 Israel and US are Above Law?: Palestinian journalists and human rights activist refuted what was mentioned in the US annual report released on March 8, 2006. The US report told that Israel is not one of the countries that violate human rights laws.

16.Mar.2006 'Israel subjected US detainees to traumas' : Americans have repeatedly suffered physical + psychological trauma while detained by Israeli security forces, a US court was told Tuesday during a hearing about the alleged torture of a man accused of funnelling money to Hamas.

16.Mar.2006 We warned of prison attack, says Israel : · UK and US told what to expect if they pulled out

16.Mar.2006 Lebanese forces stifle anti-US protest: Thousands of Lebanese security forces mobilised outside the US embassy to block a demonstration against "American-British collusion" with Israel in a prison raid in Jericho earlier this week.

16.Mar.2006 A Palestinian View : A practical guide to a successful nonviolent strategy

16.Mar.2006 Packed Finkelstein talk draws 'real outrage' : Finkelstein, the son of two Holocaust survivors who teaches political science at DePaul University in Chicago, spoke about his views of the "fabricated, concocted, illegitimate" Israeli-Arab conflict, while outside at least 150 members of the local Jewish community quietly protested the event.

16.Mar.2006 Pro-Israel Activists Block U.S. Travel Reform : Jewish organizations played a leading role in defeating the effort, launched in response to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, to ban privately funded trips for members of Congress.

16.Mar.2006 U.S. Votes Against U.N. Human Rights Council: The new Human Rights Council is meant to replace the

00.000.1946 -founded- 53-member Commission on Human Rights to censure countries abusing their own citizens.

16.Mar.2006 America can't block UN's new human rights body : AGAINST strong American opposition the United Nations has overwhelmingly voted to establish a new body to promote human rights around the world.

16.Mar.2006 The U.S. Gulag Prison System : The shame of a nation and a crime against humanity

16.Mar.2006 Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons: Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

16.Mar.2006 Moussaoui judge asked to allow FAA testimony: Prosecutors seeking the death penalty for al Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday asked a judge to reconsider her ban on testimony from aviation security specialists coached by an outside lawyer.

16.Mar.2006 Chris Floyd: Bush Puts America on Death Row : In yet another of those momentous degradations of public morality that go unremarked by the ever-vigilant watchdogs of the national media, Bush slipped a measure into the revamped "Patriot (sic) Act" he signed last week that will allow him to expedite the death penalty process across the land, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

16.Mar.2006 Sheila Samples: With Friends Like These: Most Americans are critically aware of the importance of security in the wake of 11.Sep.2001 .

But with best friends and partners like the United Arab Emirates, the Carlyle Group + Halliburton controlling the house -- we have little time to worry about enemies at the gate. 

16.Mar.2006 America can't block UN's new human rights body : AGAINST strong USA opposition the UN has overwhelmingly voted to establish a new body to promote human rights around the world.

16.Mar.2006 Senate Votes to Raise Debt Limit : The Senate, on a 52-48 vote, sent to President Bush a bill raising the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion +

preventing a first-ever default on U.S. Treasury notes

15.Mar.2006 Global Economic Hegemony: A New Kind of Warfare? -By Kaleem Hussain
00.000.2000 Iraq had decided that it was no longer going to accept dollars for oil being sold under the UN’s Oil For-Food Program and decided to switch to the Euro as Iraq’s oil export currency.

The result was a military strike by the U.S. and it’s allies and subsequently in ample time the dollar was restored as Iraq’s oil export currency. Continued
16.Mar.2006 Afghan Taliban chief vows "unimaginable" violence: Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar vowed a ferocious offensive against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, saying on Thursday they would soon face unimaginable violence.

16.Mar.2006 MI5, Camp Delta + the story that shames Britain : There is no evidence in the record, classified or unclassified, which supports the military's determination that these are enemy combatants. None.
16.Mar.2006 Launch of Iranian oil trading hits wall: : Despite repeated reports over the past 18 months or so that the planned bourse would finally open for business

20.Mar.2006 - + go head to head with the New York Mercantile Exchange + the ICE Futures Exchange in London - the start date has been postponed by at least several months + maybe more than a year.

16.Mar.2006 America's nuclear hypocrisy undermines its stance on Iran: Even as he was telling Iran not to produce nuclear weapons, President Bush was urging Congress to pay for a new nuclear weapon designed to destroy underground military facilities
16.Mar.2006 Why Journalists Are Being Murdered In Iraq: One of those killed was Yasser Salihee.

24.Jun.2005 He was shot dead as he approached a US checkpoint.

24.Jun.2005 -In the previous weeks- Salihee had documented, for the Knight-Ridder news agency, dozens of cases of men being dumped at morgues after having been detained by the Wolf Brigade, the most notorious unit among the Special Police Commandos + under the direct command of a US officer.

Building consent for Iran attack: Rice steps up rhetoric against ‘troubled state’ Iran: Condoleezza Rice on Thursday raised the diplomatic temperature over the nuclear stand-off with Iran, accusing the country of lying about its activities and again calling it a “central banker to terrorism”.

16.Mar.2006 US restates strike-first policy, warns Iran : Making no apologies for the war in Iraq, the USA reaffirmed its strike-first policy of preemption + warned that Iran may pose the biggest threat to US national security.

16.Mar.2006 Video: John Bolton Interview: Will the U.S. attack Iran?
16.Mar.2006 Iraq parliament ends in deadlock: The first session of Iraq's new parliament has concluded with no real business conducted as Shia, Sunnis, Kurds + others remain deadlocked over the posts of speaker, president, prime minister and cabinet members.
16.Mar.2006 Fight the invaders, Saddam urges Iraqis from dock : "I call on the people to start resisting the invaders instead of killing each other," he said.

16.Mar.2006 Terrorists or Resistance Fighters: America’s Dilemma in Iraq : When your homeland is occupied by foreign troops, extraordinary courage seems to come naturally.
16.Mar.2006 Hiroshima - Where Denial Meets Reality The Lies - The Deaths - The Future? Must watch flash presentation
16.Mar.2006 Is Another 9/11 in the Works? -By Paul Craig Roberts
If you were President George W.
Bush with all available US troops tied down by the Iraqi resistance + you were unable to control Iraq or political developments in the country, would you also start a war with Iran?

Yes, you would. Continue
16.Mar.2006 Nuclear Bunker Buster Bombs against Iran?: This Way Lies Madness -By Stephen M. Osborn
The “bunker buster” is a cute sounding name for a nuclear horror.

Air bursts are horrible enough, doing incredible destruction through heat, shock + high initial radiation.

The fallout from an air burst is registered around the world.

A surface or subsurface burst is even deadlier + more long lasting. Continued