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Bernie faces FBI probe of charity's missing 1M

The FBI is investigating former top cop Bernard Kerik's involvement in a charity that was secretly run out of the city Correction Department when Kerik served as its commissioner, the Daily News has learned. FULL STORY
this link is a list of law enforcement officers who died at WTC site on 911-
5 are financial crimes investigators !
Were these guys in WTC 6? Or did they die on the stairso f WTC 1 or 2 - I had not seen this before. What cases were they working?

He didn't mention that the president had barred the special inspector general from investigating Pentagon scandals.

This would not be the first time that many of the individuals in the Bush Administration side stepped Congress.

The missing money in Iraq totals $21 billion and includes $12 billion in cash that the Pentagon flew into Iraq straight from Federal Reserve vaults via military transports + for which there has been little or no accounting.

It has been reported that one of President Bush's 750 Presidential signing statements attached to the investigation blocked findings by adding a caveat that the new inspector general would have no authority to investigate any contracts or corruption issues involving the Pentagon.

The limitations on the investigations would not have been reported by someone loyal to the President. The appointee to the post, Stuart Bowen, has a long history of working as a loyal supporter of the president. Bowen was a deputy general counsel for Governor Bush, the assistant to solicitor Alberto Gonzales).

He did service to Bush as a member of the team that handled the famous vote count atrocity in Florida in the

00.Nov.2000 election + worked under Gonzales again in the White House during Bush's first term, before returning briefly to private practice.

Lawrence's friendship with Feisal, coupled with his sense of guilt at making promises on behalf of Britain that he had no authority to make, blinded him to the weakness of the case that he was trying to make.

His own government was at best apathetic to Feisal's claims, the French antagonistic towards them and the Americans found themselves uninterested in taking on any responsibility towards Feisal.

Unable to convince heads of state and alienating others at the conference, Lawrence could only watch as the dream of a truly independent Arab state was sacrificed on the altar of self-aggrandizement that was being constructed by the imperialists of Britain and France. He left Paris a disappointed and disillusioned man.

00.Jun.1920 -When Greece moved inland from Smyrna, a Greco-Turkish war unfolded, culminating in a victory for Atatürk + his troops when they marched into Smyrna on 10.Sep.1922.

In the end the Turkish settlement was not finally signed, sealed and delivered until the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on 24.Jul.1923 .

00.May 1919 -by-As for Ibn Saud, his quarrel with Hussein had been smoldering for months with "repeated border incursions by one side or the other…

The British Government was embarrassed, since Hussein was a key figure in its Middle Eastern policy, while Ibn Saud was a protégé of the India Office."

 (104) Attempts by Britain at mediation between the two protagonists to end this display of Arab factionalism led nowhere.

00.000.1924 Hussein was forced to abdicate while Mecca was taken over by Ibn Saud. The whole of the Hejaz region was eventually to be absorbed into the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The task

The challenge is implicit in the "conditions" section of a recent job posting for an auditor's post at Bowen's agency:

"Living conditions in Baghdad are austere + there is potential for confinement to a compound.

Work often requires long periods of overtime, intense concentration, emotional + mental stability + participation in activities under dangerous and trying conditions."

Bowen talks about it as "extreme auditing."

00.Mar.2003 Bowen left the White House for the job at Patton Boggs, a prominent law firm.

He was recruited by Benjamin Ginsberg, a Patton Boggs partner who had been national counsel for the Bush presidential campaigns and a key player in the Florida recount.

After only nine months at Patton Boggs, the White House asked him to become the government watchdog over the reconstruction of Iraq.

After the presidential race, Bowen served as deputy counsel for the transition team, including a 35-day stay in Florida during the recount.

Jim Mitchell, Bowen's spokesman, confirmed that Bowen had intervened on behalf of URS while it was seeking the contracts.

Mitchell said Bowen, who did not directly represent URS, "made some phone calls + arranged" for a U.S. Agency for International Development person to meet with URS,

which eventually got non-USAID-related business in Iraq.

"They did wind up getting a sector contract in Baghdad in a partnership, but that had nothing to do with the transaction with Stuart," Mitchell said, adding that Bowen's agency could wind up auditing the URS contract.

In addition to skepticism about Bowen's independence, critics were concerned about the structure set up by Congress for the agency.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.05.Aug.2006 ., called it a "fake inspector general" after Democrats failed in an attempt to give it broader powers.
00.000.1936 WSC attempts to keep Edward VIII on the throne after scandal

20.Jan.1936 - King George V dies; Edward VIII becomes King

We say we are in Mesopotamia to develop it for the benefit of the world. All experts say that the labour supply is the ruling factor in its development.

How far will the killing of ten thousand villagers + townspeople this summer hinder the production of wheat, cotton + oil?

How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of Imperial troops + tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on behalf of colonial administration which can benefit nobody but its administrators?

* Sir Percy Cox was to return as High Commissioner 00.Oct.1920 to form a provisional Government.

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Our government is worse than the old Turkish system.

Yet our published policy has not changed + does not need changing. It is that there has been a deplorable contrast between our profession and our practice.

We said we went to Mesopotamia to defeat Turkey. We said we stayed to deliver the Arabs from the oppression of the Turkish Government + to make available for the world its resources of corn and oil.

We spent nearly a million men and nearly a thousand million of money to these ends. This year we are spending ninety-two thousand men and fifty millions of money on the same objects.
22.Aug.1920 A Report on Mesopotamia by T.E. Lawrence By Ex.-Lieut.-Col. T.E. Lawrence
Sunday Times
[Mr. Lawrence, whose organization and direction of the Hedjaz against the Turks was one of the outstanding romances of the war,

has written this article at our request in order that the public may be fully informed of our Mesopotamian commitments.]

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour.

They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete.

Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows.

It is a disgrace to our imperial record + may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are to-day not far from a disaster.

00.Jul.1917 Lawrence of Arabia, as he became known, carried out raids on the Damascus-Medina Railway. His men also captured the port of Aqaba.

Sympathetic to Arab nationalism he helped established local government in captured towns such as Dera.

00.Dec.1917 -By- Edmund Allenby + his army had captured Beersheba, Gaza and Jerusalem.

00.000.1918 British Army defeated General Otto Liman von Sanders + the Turkish-German Army in Palestine. Lawrence now joined Allenby's forces and entered Damascus on


Lawrence had been converted to the cause of the Arabs and felt they were betrayed by the treaties agreed at the Paris Peace Conference. He was particularly concerned about the decision to give France control over Syria.

In 1921 Lawrence joined the Middle East Department of the Colonial Office. He also served as special adviser on Arab affairs to Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary (1921-22). Both men visited the Middle East in an attempt to deal with the growing conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine.

After the war Lawrence accompanied the Arab delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, initially as Feisal's adjutant.  He was a research fellow at Oxford and served at the invitation of Winston Churchill as a political adviser to the Middle East Department in the Colonial Office (1921-22).
Lawrence soon became an influential figure in the Arab forces.  In particular his guerrilla warfare proved successful in undermining Germany's Ottoman ally.  Lawrence was wounded several times in his campaigns - he suffered dozens of bullet and
shrapnel wounds.  He took the port of Akaba in July 1917 + led his Arab forces into the desert, distracting the Turks when the British army began its invasion of Palestine and Syria.

Lawrence was born in Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales, the illegitimate son of Thomas Chapman.  His father left his wife, who had refused to allow a divorce.  He set up a new home with Sarah Junner, a woman who had been governess in his household.  Lawrence was the third son of this union.

Another aspect of British diplomacy in the Middle East that affected the Arab cause was the Balfour Declaration and the promises made to Zionists regarding the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Sir Gilbert Clayton, who remained stationed in Cairo throughout the Conference, was chief political adviser to General Sir Edmund Allenby, commander of the Egypt Expeditionary Force. Clayton summed up the British diplomatic dilemma;

We are committed to three distinct policies in Syria and Palestine:-

1. We are bound by the principles of the

00.000.1916 -Anglo-French Agreement of- wherein we renounced any claim to predominant influence in Syria.

2. Our agreements with King Hussein … have pledged us to support the establishment of an Arab state, or confederation of states, from which we cannot exclude the purely Arab portions of Syria and Palestine.

3. We have definitely given our support to the principle of a Jewish home in Palestine and, although the initial outlines of the Zionist programme have been greatly exceeded by the proposals now laid before the Peace Congress, we are still committed to a large measure of support to Zionism.

The experience of the last few months has made it clear that these three policies are incompatible … and that no compromise is possible which will be satisfactory to all three parties:-

1. French domination in Syria is repudiated by the Arabs of Syria, except by the Maronite Christians and a small minority amongst other sections of the population.

2. The formation of a homogeneous Arab State is impracticable under the dual control of two Powers whose system and methods of administration are so widely different as those of France and England.

3. Zionism is increasingly unpopular both in Syria and Palestine where the somewhat exaggerated programme put forward recently by the Zionist leaders has seriously alarmed all sections of the non-Jewish majority. The difficulty of carrying out a Zionist policy in Palestine will be enhanced if Syria is handed over to France and Arab confidence in Great Britain undermined thereby.

It is impossible to discharge our liabilities + we are forced, therefore, to break, or modify, at least one of our agreements. (74)

The Presentation to the Council of Ten

06.Feb.191- the Hejaz delegation, the members of which were, the Emir Feisal, Colonel Lawrence, Rustum Haider, Emir Abdul Hadi + Nuri Said, (65) was finally invited to present its case to the Peace Conference.

As Feisal spoke in Arabic, Lawrence simultaneously translated.

This time the words of Feisal + the translation were genuine.

Feisal argued that the Arabs wanted + had earned, the right to self-determination (see Appendix A).

The only concession he was prepared to make was on Lebanon + Palestine falling under French and British control respectively.

Feisal called upon France + Britain to honor their promises of Arab independence.

Just as the conference was getting under way, on

20.Jan.1919 The Times newspaper of London quoted Feisal as saying,

"The Arabs of this most ancient race…desire to become the youngest independent state in Asia + they appeal to America as the most powerful protector of the freedom of man."

The direct appeal to the Americans + the tone of the language were interpreted as arrogant and assertive by certain of the English delegation + by the French. (61)

At the Peace Conference, Feisal enjoyed the support of Lloyd George who wanted France to be excluded from the Middle East as much as possible, Sykes-Picot agreement or no Sykes-Picot agreement.

Lloyd George felt that the situation had changed since 1916. (53)

With the Russian Revolution underway, the British now wondered, "Was it still desirable to let the French have Mosul?" + "Why do we still need a French buffer zone?"

Back in London, Lord George Curzon, Leader of the House of Lords + member of the War Cabinet, described the Sykes-Picot agreement as,

"That unfortunate agreement which has been hanging like a millstone round our necks ever since." (54)
When Feisal landed at Marseilles, the French did everything possible to make life difficult for him.

They delayed him from reaching Paris, and, instead sent him on a tour of battlefields.

10.Dec.1918 Feisal left France temporarily + traveled to England.

There the welcome was warmer, but there he also learned that he might have to accept France as overlord in Syria.

He was also reminded that the British were not prepared to consider Palestine a part of any Arab state. (51)

The Peace Conference

00.Nov.1918 -when Prince Feisal boarded His Majesty's Ship Gloucester in Beirut to attend the upcoming peace conference in Paris, he did so in the knowledge that

00.000.1915 -as early as- the British had promised independence to the Arabs in return for a revolt against the Turks. (47)

Feisal was aware of + had accepted, certain limits to Arab claims;

a line drawn from Aleppo in the north to Damascus in the south meant exclusion of the Mediterranean coastline as far south as Damascus.

The British also had claimed the old Turkish provinces of Basra in the south + Baghdad in the north. (48)

Feisal was prepared to accept these provisions, but the details had yet to be worked out.

Lawrence was to accompany Feisal to Paris. Officially he was a delegate of the British Government assigned to Feisal as his interpreter.

In 1922, using the name, John Hume Ross, he underwent basic training at RAF Uxbridge. He described the experience in a book, The Mint. Lawrence was older than the other recruits and found the physical exercise and arms drill very tiring. He also resented the deliberate humiliations meted out by the NCOs.

After ten weeks Lawrence was posted to Farnborough for a photography course. When the Daily Express revealed his identity, he had to leave the RAF. However, he enlisted again, this time using the name Shaw ? borrowed from his friend George Bernard Shaw. He subsequently served in the Tank Corps and the RAF, even reappearing briefly at Uxbridge in 1925.
00.000.1921 Winston Churchill and T. E. Lawrence,

00.000.1921-00.000.1922 As Secretary of State for the Colonies () Churchill played a large role in determining the fate of the territories that had been detached from the Ottoman Empire after WWI.

This photograph shows him during the Cairo Conference (00.000.1921), walking with T. E. Lawrence-"Lawrence of Arabia."

During this conference Churchill helped establish the government, ethnic composition + political boundaries of Iraq + other portions of the Middle East.
Lawrence and the Arabs at the Peace Conference

The agendas + purposes that these leaders brought to Paris were as varied as the characters that were hawking them.

At one end of the spectrum came the idealist Wilson with his dream of a world without imperialism or colonialism + his Fourteen Points.

At the other end of the spectrum was Clemenceau wishing to exact "revenge" (revanche) from Germany + to ensure French security.

In between could be found many agendas:

independence for Ireland, women's suffrage,

a Jewish homeland.

As one author put it, "The world ha[d] never seen anything quite like it + never will again."  (1)

Into this play stepped a character who was, by birthright at least, British.

Yet his appearance in Arab head dress gave a clue that perhaps his allegiance did not necessarily lie entirely with his own government's position.

The man was Thomas Edward Lawrence, soon to be immortalized as Lawrence of Arabia.

He was destined to become a hero for every British schoolboy + his exploits, during his time in the sands of Arabia, were later re-created on the silver screen by David Lean.  (2)

For now though, Lawrence was in Paris accompanying Prince Feisal ibn Hussein, allegedly a descendent of the Prophet Mohammed + a member of the ancient tribe of Hashemites.

Feisal came to Paris as the self-proclaimed representative of the Arab world.

Having fought alongside the Arabs in the campaign to defeat the Ottoman Turks, Lawrence now arrived in Paris as official interpreter for the Arabs as they pressed their claim for an independent Arab state.
TE Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia TE Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia ...

15.Aug.1888 Lawrence was born in Tremadoc, Wales, educated at University of Oxford.
TE Lawrence on the ambiguity of "going native" - Vagablogging TE Lawrence on the ambiguity of "going native".

"In my case, the efforts for these years to live in the dress of the Arabs + to imitate their mental ...
TE Lawrence and the Arab cause at the Paris Peace Conference This paper will describe the role played by TE Lawrence at the Paris Peace Conference.

It will begin with a brief description of the background to the peace ...
Winston Churchill and TE Lawrence, 1921, Churchill and the Great ... This exhibition examines the life + career of Winston Spencer Churchill +

emphasizes his lifelong links with the USA--he nation he called ...

08.Feb.1920 Illustrated Sunday Herald page 5 Picture caption: "Mr. Churchill inspecting his old regiment, the 4th Hussars, at Aldershot last week."

Mr Churchill's authorship of this article has been authenticated by one of the world's leading Churchill bibliographers, Richard Heinzkill, of the University of Eugene, Oregon.

A Home for the Jews.

Zionism offers the third sphere to the political conceptions of the Jewish race. In violent contrast to international communism.

Zionism has already become a factor in the political convulsions of Russia, as a powerful competing influence in Bolshevik circles with the international communistic system.

Nothing could be more significant than the fury with which Trotsky has attacked the Zionists generally + Dr. Weissmann in particular.

The cruel penetration of his mind leaves him in no doubt that his schemes of a world-wide communistic State under Jewish domination are directly thwarted and hindered by this new ideal, which directs the energies + the hopes of Jews in every land towards a simpler, a truer + a far more attainable goal. The struggle which is now beginning between the Zionist + Bolshevik Jews is little less than a struggle for the soul of the Jewish people.
In der Endphase des Krieges wurde natürlich May + nicht Lawrence, der zur Standardlektüre britischer Kampfeinheiten gehörte,

in Ermangelung von Papier- + Druckkapazitäten für Hitlers letzte Aufgebote als Leitfaden gepriesen.73

Die May- wie Lawrence-Rezeption im Dritten Reich bediente sich geschickt der Weglassung: May verurteilte nämlich jeglichen, auch den deutschen Imperialismus, was zu umfänglichen Bearbeitungen des in diesem Sinne verfaßten ›Und Friede auf Erden!‹ führte. Durch Unterschlagung von Textstellen stutzte man sich auch T. E. Lawrence, einen entschiedenen Gegner des überholten Kolonialreich-Gedankens,41 passend zur NS-Ideologie zurecht. Doch auch das sich von Hitlerdeutschland zunehmend bedroht sehende Großbritannien benötigte in den dreißiger Jahren einen Helden, der keinen Zweifel an der Außenpolitik des Empire aufkommen ließ. A. W. Lawrence, der Bruder des Schriftstellers, beschreibt im Vorwort zu dem Band mit ausgewählten Briefen ›Oberst Lawrence geschildert von seinen Freunden‹ sein editorisches Vorgehen wie folgt:

Meine Aufgabe als Herausgeber bestand darin, einige wenige sachliche Irrtümer zu berichtigen und Wiederholungen und Unwichtiges auszuschließen. Ich habe die Meinung der Beiträger auf keine Weise geändert oder gar unterdrückt und auch nicht an ihre Ausdrucksweise gerührt. Nur Weitschweifigkeiten habe ich beseitigt und die Interpunktion normalisiert.42

Das erinnert an die editorische Notiz einer Radebeuler Bearbeitung. Ein Jahr nach Erscheinen von ›Oberst Lawrence geschildert von seinen Freunden‹ präsentierte man die Bearbeitung eines Textes aus dem Kolportagezyklus ›Der verlorne Sohn‹ als abschließenden Band 65 der Gesammelten Werke: ›Der Fremde aus Indien‹. Der Verlag verweist darauf, daß »der Roman sorgfältig durchgefeilt und tunlichst von Fremdkörpern, Weitschweifigkeiten und Unstimmigkeiten befreit«43 wurde - mit dem Ergebnis, daß er bis in Nachkriegsauflagen u. a.  n i c h t  von May, sondern von Otto Eicke stammende antisemitische Äußerungen enthielt.44

Doch zurück zu ›Lawrence geschildert von seinen Freunden‹: Gerade dieser von ›Weitschweifigkeiten‹ befreite, 1938 in Deutschland erschienene Band trug zu einer der bis heute zählebigsten Legenden bei, nämlich, daß Lawrence Sympathien für die Nationalsozialisten gehegt und ein Treffen mit Hitler in Erwägung gezogen habe.45 Der Autor Henry Williamson äußert darin nämlich folgendes:

Ein neues Zeitalter muß beginnen. Europa ist reif für den Frieden. Lawrence war der geborene Führer in dieses Zeitalter. Ich träumte von einer deutsch-englischen Freundschaft. Hitler und Lawrence müßten zusammentreffen. Ich schrieb ihm das, kurz nachdem er die Fliegertruppe verlassen hatte. Er antwortete mir umgehend mit einem Telegramm, bat mich, am nächsten Tag ihn zu besuchen, bei jedem Wet-


ter. Aber wie er auf dem Rückweg von der Poststelle war, wo er das Telegramm aufgegeben hatte, sausend auf seinem Motorrad, sah er plötzlich (...) zwei Jungen auf Fahrrädern vor sich, und bremste und fuhr zur Seite, um sie nicht zu verletzten.46

Nationalsozialisten griffen die Legende begeistert auf. Unter der Überschrift ›Hitler und Lawrence‹ schrieb Josef Rick im Dezember 1939: »In diesen Wochen, wo wir das Wort ›Krieg‹ immer noch nicht recht auszusprechen wagen, (...) suchen wir Jüngeren nach Parallelen und fragen: ›Wie war das denn damals?‹«47 In Beantwortung dieser Frage war der Schriftsteller Rick auf den genannten Sammelband gestoßen. Nach dem Zitieren der Briefzeilen von Williamson schreibt Rick weiter:

Welche Tragik liegt in diesen knappen Zeilen aufgezeichnet! Sie kennzeichnen den edlen Geist des Frontsoldaten Lawrence, des ›Helden von Arabien‹, des Verfassers der ›Sieben Säulen der Weisheit‹, des meisterhaften Übersetzers der ›Odyssee‹, des genialen Strategen, der wie Adolf Hitler den Krieg haßte und verabscheute und ihn für Europa als überwunden betrachtete.48

Einen wichtigen Hinweis auf die NS-Kompatibilität des Briten Lawrence gibt eine Verlagswerbung für ›Die Sieben Säulen der Weisheit‹:

Eine so einzigartige Erscheinung wie Thomas Edward Lawrence kann unserem Volke nicht eindringlich genug vor Augen gestellt werden. Man mißversteht Lawrence (...), wenn man ihn als einen jener frisch-fröhlichen Abenteurer betrachtet, die, von Gedanken unbelastet, die Welt zu erobern ausziehen, um als Helden glühender Knabenphantasien fortzuleben. (...) »Ich ging zu den Fliegern«, schrieb er, »(...) um der Mechanik zu dienen, nicht als Führer, sondern als Teil der Maschine. (...) Einen Vorteil hat es, Teil der Maschine zu sein: man lernt, daß es nicht auf den einzelnen ankommt.« Diese Sätze sind gleichsam Bruchstücke einer Philosophie der Technik, die bei näherem Zusehen überraschende Ähnlichkeit mit den Denkergebnissen eines Lawrence in vielen Zügen verwandten deutschen Aktivisten, Ernst Jünger, aufweisen. Das ist kein Zufall, sondern Ausdruck eines typischen Vorgangs. Der handelnde Mensch, der das Diesseits durch seine Tat auszufüllen trachtet, ist ein geschichtlicher Typus, den die Antike zuerst geprägt und der an der Gestaltung des Abendlandes immer erneuten Anteil hatte, ist in unserer Zeit in der Gestalt des von der Maschine besessenen Menschen gewandelt wiedererstanden.49

Hier liegt wohl der Schlüssel für das Verständnis der Begeisterung für Lawrence, wobei sich wie im Falle May Pragmatismus und Eklektizismus einmal mehr als nützliche Instrumentarien erwiesen.50 Mühelos ignorierten die Nazis zumeist T. E. Lawrence' Sympathie für den Zionismus,51 persönliche Freundschaften mit dessen Führern,52 seine sexuellen Präferenzen oder pazifistischen Neigungen. Hingegen samplete man für die Öffentlichkeit einen Übermenschen, welchen das deutsche Reich selbst in dieser idealen


Kombination kaum aufzuweisen hatte. Als Autor, Ästhet und Philosoph wie sein Frontkämpferkollege Ernst Jünger praktizierte Lawrence im Unterschied zu diesem Technikphilosophie: Er konstruierte und testete selbst Hochgeschwindigkeitsmotoren. Dem Rausch der Geschwindigkeit immer schnellerer Motorräder verfallen, ist er den Rennfahreridolen des Dritten Reiches vergleichbar.53 Bernd Rosemeyer,54 dem ›Blonden aus Lingen‹, sogar äußerlich ähnlich, stirbt T. E. Lawrence wie dieser am Steuer, wenn auch eines Motorrads und nicht eines Rennautos, seiner ›Maschine‹.55 Trat in Deutschland »(a)n die Stelle des Rennkampfwagens (...) von 1939 an der Tank, an die Stelle des Rennfahrers der Panzerfahrer«,56 so war der Brite auch da Trendsetter: Er diente bereits in Friedenszeiten bei den Panzertruppen. Auch als Idealbild des unbarmherzigen Kriegers war Lawrence zu gebrauchen. Hitler und seine Paladine bewunderten zwar die englische Kolonialpolitik. Doch gerade  d i e  wüstenerfahrenen Offiziere Gordon und Kitchener - Lean zitiert sie natürlich in seinem Film - entsprachen mitnichten der Phantasie von durch die Wüste ›schweifenden Bestien‹. Gordon, Kitchener oder Allenby waren Vorzeigemilitärs: vollendete britische Gentlemen.57 Die genannten Attribute fehlen Lawrence weitestgehend; er empfand sich selbst als einen Paria, einen Bastard; für ihn galten verbindliche Regeln nicht.

Nur wenige der Soldaten des Ersten Weltkrieges schienen als Beispiel für das Ideal des ›zäh wie Leder, hart wie Kruppstahl, schnell wie Windhunde‹ so vorbildlich geeignet wie T. E. Lawrence. Die ihm verschworene Leibgarde aus tatsächlichen oder potentiellen Kriminellen der verschiedenen Stämme - wie bei der Fremdenlegion schützte sie der Beitritt vor Strafverfolgung - erinnert hinsichtlich ihrer Brutalität und Schlagkraft ohnehin an die Waffen-SS.58 Die Bewunderung für ›jugendlich-reinlich schreitende Männerkörper‹ teilt T. E. Lawrence mit Walter Flex.59

Zudem haftet Lawrence noch das Flair des exotischen Abenteurers an, erinnerten die Schauplätze seiner Kriegserlebnisse auch an Kara Ben Nemsis Ritte durch die Wüste, durchs wilde Kurdistan, von Bagdad nach Stambul usw. Lawrence scheint so ungleich besser als die Helden Mays, über deren Tauglichkeit als Vorbilder für die Jugend im Dritten Reich es kontroverse Auffassungen gab,60 zum Ideal für kriegszubegeisternde Heranwachsende prädestiniert. Bislang unberücksichtigt blieb, daß ein Vertreter der mayfeindlichen Fraktion, Fritz Steuben, T. E. Lawrence sogar als veritables Gegenmittel gegen die Mayschen Orientromane ins Spiel brachte. Mit seinen Tecumseh-Romanen, deren rassistische und nationalistische Tendenz trotz inzwischen erfolgter Bearbeitungen nach wie vor unverkennbar ist, versuchte Steuben erfolgreich, dem Wild-West-Kosmos Karl Mays mit ›völkischen Indianerbüchern‹ entgegenzutreten. Ähnlich wie er den wohl populärsten nordamerikanischen Häuptling und dessen tragisches Schicksal den erfundenen Winnetou-Geschichten61 entgegensetzte,62 suchte und fand er in T. E. Lawrence einen nicht minder spektakulären Helden für den Na-


hen Osten als realistisches Gegenstück zu Kara Ben Nemsi.

Zu untersuchen wäre die Widersprüchlichkeit der Rezeption von T. E. Lawrence und Karl May im Dritten Reich. Für Hitler war das britische Empire das heimlich bewunderte Vorbild, das es zu überflügeln galt. Hetztiraden gegen England gehörten im Dritten Reich zur Tagesordnung. Auch May lehnte den britischen Imperialismus strikt ab; ja geißelte ihn bei jeder sich bietenden Gelegenheit. So äußert der Ich-Erzähler im ›Boer van het Roer‹:

»Ich bin während meiner weiten Reisen vielfältig mit den Söhnen Englands zusammengetroffen und habe da manche Freundschaft geschlossen, welche wohl für das ganze Leben andauern wird; doch hier muß man den Einzelnen vom Ganzen wohl unterscheiden. Ich habe kein persönliches Interesse an den hiesigen Verhältnissen, doch gestehe ich, daß ich ohne Zaudern zur Büchse greifen würde, wenn Ihr [ein Bure], solange ich an Eurer Seite bin, derselben gegen einen Eurer Feinde bedürftet.« 37

Antibritische Ressentiments finden sich, aus dem Ungeist der Zeit gewachsen, auch in einer der vielgescholtenen Bearbeitungen des Karl-May-Verlages. In dem 1930 erschienenen Band ›Allah il Allah‹ stellt nämlich das ›perfide Albion‹ Waffen für eine Rebellion gegen den Khediven zur Verfügung, um seinen Einfluß nach Schwächung beider Parteien zu stärken: »Der Umstand, daß die Gewehre englischen Ursprungs waren, legte den Verdacht nahe, daß auch England seine Hand im Spiele hatte - wie immer, wenn es galt, über die ›Wahrung der englischen Belange‹ zu wachen.«38 Verkürzte hier Bearbeiter Kandolf lediglich originär Maysche Aussagen? Der der Radebeuler Version zugrundeliegende Kolportage-Text ›Deutsche Herzen, deutsche Helden‹ spricht in seiner strikten Ablehnung imperialer britischer und russischer Ambitionen eine deutliche Sprache. Interessanterweise nimmt der sächsische Autor hier einmal mehr auf heute äußerst aktuelle Krisengebiete Bezug. So liegt das Fürstentum Nubrida in Nenas Erzählung

»hoch im Norden Indiens ..., da wo die Riesen des Himalaja hoch in den Himmel ragen. Dort berühren sich die Interessen der Engländer und der Russen. Dort kämpfen sie still und heimlich gegen einander wie die zwei Klingen einer Scheere, welche nicht sich selbst vernichten, sondern Alles, was zwischen sie geräth. Jedes dieser beiden Völker sendet seine Beauftragten, welche nichts Anderes sind als Spione. Wehe Dem, der in ihre Hände geräth. Auch zu Banda, dem Maharadscha von Nubrida kamen Engländer und Russen. Sie wollten ihn glücklich machen, aber Jeder auf eine andere Weise. Er wollte ihr Glück nicht, denn er war bereits glücklich.« 39

Beiden Persönlichkeiten, May wie T. E. Lawrence, ist - bei ihren literarischen Helden oder in der Realität, sei es Kara Ben Nemsi oder Lawrence in seinen autobiographischen Schriften - ein erstaunliches Maß an Anpassungsfähigkeit an die jeweils sie umgebende soziale Gemeinschaft eigen; gerade bei Lawrence ein wichtiges Kriterium seines propagandistischen Erfolges unter Beduinen. Doch auch bei May läßt sich das sowohl in der Realität wie im Werk beobachten, die wie bei Lawrence kaum zu trennen sind. Gerade der sächsische Autor war gezwungen, sich mit steigendem Ansehen, mit dem lawinenartigen Anwachsen seines literarischen Ruhms, in ganz unterschiedlichen sozialen Räumen zu bewegen. Das entsprach auch seinem Anliegen, Wirkung bei möglichst breiten gesellschaftlichen Schichten zu erzielen. Er war Gast bei Angehörigen des österreichischen Hochadels, verstand sich aber auch auf die Sorgen und Nöte des ›kleinen Mannes‹. So war er - u. a. auch ob seiner Großzügigkeit bei der Vergabe von Trinkgeldern - beliebt,


wenn auch vielleicht weniger gelesen bei den unteren Schichten des Kaiserreiches. May beherrschte ein für das moderne Marktgebaren unabdingbares Geschick, seine Produkte gemäß der Zielgruppe zu verkaufen; chamäleonartig wechselt der Ich-Erzähler je nach Publikum wichtige Identitätsmerkmale: Für das bevorzugt katholische Publikum der Marienkalendergeschichten wird der protestantische Schriftsteller zum eifrigen Katholiken - ein wichtiger Angriffspunkt späterer Kritiker. Mays Romanhelden finden sich sofort in die fremde Umgebung; sie sind schon beim ersten Kontakt indianischer als die gewiefteste Rothaut; und ihre arabischen Reitkünste stellen die des sattelfestesten Beduinen in den Schatten.

Die Diskussionen um Mays oder Lawrence' sexuelle Präferenzen sollten jedoch nicht vergessen lassen, daß es hinsichtlich enger Beziehungen zum eigenen Geschlecht eine nicht zu leugnende Gemeinsamkeit gab: Psychologisch beachtlich ist nämlich schon, daß beide in entscheidenden Phasen ihres Lebens in von der sozialen Umwelt isolierte - wie Schmidt zu May schreibt - »‹Männerbünde› hineingezwungen«25 waren. Karl May verbrachte fast acht Jahre in Gefängnis und Zuchthaus. Lawrence war als Soldat in der Wüste - abgesehen von gelegentlichen Aufenthalten in Kairo - von herkömmlichen bürgerlichen Kreisen seiner Zeit isoliert. Seine - im Unterschied zu May allerdings freiwillig gewählten - Aufenthalte in diversen Kasernen und Militärlagern - man vergleiche seine Ausführungen in ›The Mint‹ - sind mit einem ausgeklügelten System von Schikanen und Drill, denen sich T. E. Lawrence, der sich unter Pseudonym als einfacher Soldat eingetragen hatte, ausgesetzt sah, durchaus Mays Erlebnissen in Waldheim und anderen Strafanstalten vergleichbar. Diese Erlebnisse hinterließen bei beiden Autoren deutliche Spuren im Werk. Beide, May und Lawrence, führen in Realität oder literarischer Fiktion Kriegerbünde, unter denen sie als kongeniale Führungspersönlichkeiten herausragen.26 Bei Lawrence, dem historisch gebildeten Homer-Übersetzer, drängt sich der Vergleich zu antiken Vorbildern auf. Seine Leibgarde entspricht in der Schilderung einer Art thebanischer Legion: Schon auf den ersten Seiten der ›Seven Pillars of Wisdom‹ findet sich die Rechtfertigung von Männerliebe im Felde:

The men were young and sturdy; and hot flesh and blood unconsciously claimed a right in them and tormented their bellies with strange longings. Our privations and dangers fanned this virile heat, in a climate as racking as can be conceived. We had


no shut places to be alone in, no thick clothes to hide our nature. Man in all things lived candidly with man.27

Für May wie Lawrence sind Ethnien männlich dominiert. Es gibt nur ›den Indianer‹, ›den Russen‹, ›den Araber‹28 etc.; zudem wimmelt es - auch bei Lawrence - von Stereotypen:

The Arab was by nature continent; and the use of universal marriage had nearly abolished irregular courses in his tribes. The public women of the rare settlements we encountered in our months of wandering would have been nothing to our numbers, even had their raddled meat been palatable to a man of healthy parts. In horror of such sordid commerce our youths began indifferently to slake one another's few needs in their own clean bodies - a cold convenience that, by comparison, seemed sexless and even pure. Later, some began to justify this sterile process + swore that friends quivering together in the yielding sand with intimate hot limbs in supreme embrace, found there hidden in the darkness a sensual co-efficient of the mental passion which was welding our souls and spirits in one flaming effort.29
04.Aug.2006 Autoren als Medienidole

Die Werke von Karl May (1842-1912) und Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935), letzterer besser bekannt und berühmt unter seinem ›Nom de guerre‹ Lawrence of Arabia, prägen das Bild des Nahen Ostens und seiner Bewohner in ihren Herkunftsländern bis in die Gegenwart. In einer aktuellen Lawrence-Biographie heißt es:

In den Augen der breiten Öffentlichkeit in Großbritannien wie in der ganzen Welt ist und bleibt Lawrence einer der berühmtesten Engländer seiner Generation. (...) Die Begeisterung der Öffentlichkeit für Medienidole ist in der Regel kurzlebig, aber im Falle von Lawrence hält sie nunmehr fünfundsechzig Jahre an. Anstatt zu verblassen, hat sich die Legende weiterentwickelt und dem jeweils herrschenden Zeitgeist angepaßt.1

Arno Schmidt bezeichnete Karl May bereits 1962 in neidvoller Haßliebe als eine »großdeutsche Institution«,2 welche »seit nunmehr 3 Generationen Hunderte von Millionen deutscher Menschen mühelos zu Einwohnern [ihrer] Welt wirbt«.3 Zu May und Lawrence existiert eine inzwischen schwer überschaubare Forschungsliteratur. Ein Vergleich von Werk und Vita der inzwischen zu Klassikern avancierten Autoren, vor allem unter dem Gesichtspunkt ihrer Rezeption in Deutschland, wurde hingegen bislang nicht angestellt.4 Die wissenschaftliche Beschäftigung blieb jeweils vor allem auf ihre Herkunftsgebiete beschränkt, also den deutschsprachigen und angelsächsischen Raum.5 Gründe dafür finden sich in der literarischen, vor allem aber auch in der politischen Sphäre. Aufschlußreich erscheint nun gerade eine Gegenüberstellung der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung von Leben und Werk genannter Autoren vor dem Hintergrund eines politischen Systems wie etwa dem des Nationalsozialismus. May ist der englischsprachigen Öffentlichkeit fast unbekannt.6 Hingegen genießen T. E. Lawrence und sein Werk in Deutschland - und genossen auch besonders zwischen 1933 und 1945, als Hunderttausende der ›grünen Bände‹ verkauft und die ersten Karl-May-Festspiele veranstaltet wurden - ungleich größere Popularität als der geistige Vater des Winnetou in den USA und England.7 Wo ernsthaftere Forschung zu den genannten Autoren betrieben wurde, in Deutschland vor allem in der Karl-May-Gesellschaft, in Großbritannien in der T. E. Lawrence Society, ignorierte man lange die in der Gegenwart tatsächlich massenwirksamen Umsetzungen wie Kinoproduktionen und Fernsehserien und beschränkte sich in erster Linie auf die Originalschriften. //246//

04.Aug.2006 Big Brass Balls » Blog Archive » TE Lawrence On The British Disaster In Baghdad.

It appears Bush did not learn from history… The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap ... /

04.Aug.2006 It is unclear whether provisional authority officials knew about Stein's prior conviction. Jim Mitchell, spokesman for the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, said there was a lack of oversight when the provisional authority was hiring people because the inspector general's office was not yet in place there.
The U.S.-controlled provisional authority ran Iraq from just after the March 2003 invasion until June 2004. It had final say over spending from the Development Fund for Iraq, made up mainly of Iraqi oil revenues.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, said Thursday that the complaints against Bloom and Stein deserve congressional hearings.
"Now that there is concrete evidence of fraud involving U.S. officials and the Development Fund for Iraq, we have an obligation not to avert our oversight,"

Waxman wrote Rep. Chris Shays, R-Connecticut, chairman of a House Government Reform subcommittee that has examined fraud allegations in the UN oil-for-food program.
The allegations against Bloom and Stein have their roots in audits performed by Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen Jr.
Mitchell said Bowen is working on more than 50 cases involving Iraq reconstruction + has referred up to a dozen to the Justice Department.
"This is the first case and there will be more," Mitchell said.
At one point, Bloom was allegedly paying at least $200,000 a month to provisional authority officials and others, although the affidavit does not say for how long.
Projects won by Bloom's companies included a new police academy for Al-Hillah and renovation of the public library in Karbala. Bloom's Romanian-based companies are Global Business Group, GBG Holdings and GBG-Logistics Division, the affidavit said.

Pentagon agency charged with fraud watch left Iraq 'a year ago ... + the originally unforeseen need for heavy security in Iraq, are affecting rebuilding efforts,

The Washington Post reports that Stuart W . Bowen Jr., ...
28.Oct.2005 Iraq Reconstruction Plans In Shambles, Reports Find

This view was echoed by Stuart W . Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, in a congressional hearing 20.Oct.2005

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Inside the Ring Stuart W . Bowen Jr., the Bush administration's special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, has been trotting the globe lately.
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The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart W . Bowen Jr., was quoted as saying that this kind of fraud is limited to "... just a few ...
The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA): Origin, Characteristics ... - HTML-Version 20, 2004, Stuart W . Bowen Jr. was appointed as Inspector General by the Secretary. of Defense. 23. Rear Admiral LarryL. Poe, US Navy(ret. ...
Security Companies: Shadow Soldiers in Iraq - Richard A. Oppel Jr. + Kate Zernike + was written by Mr. Barstow. ... said Stuart W . Bowen Jr., the new inspector general of the authority. ...

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04.Aug.2006 Report: 'Appalling Fraud and Greed' in Iraq Contracts - by William ... Stuart W . Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, told a House subcommittee hearing focused on US handling of the Development Fund ...
04.Aug.2006 C-SPAN: Full Schedule Stuart W . Bowen Jr., Iraq Reconstruction Management Office The beginning and end of this live program may be earlier or later than the scheduled times. ...

04.Aug.2006 Stuart Bowen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Stuart Bowen is a lawyer, from Texas. He worked on George W . Bush's first gubernatorial campaign, in 1994. He subsequently served as Governor Bush's ...
04.Aug.2006 Former Bush aide oversees Iraq reconstruction spending Like many people whose paths have crossed with George W . Bush, former Austinite Stuart Bowen Jr . has parlayed that link into several influential government ...
04.Aug.2006NYT: Arabische Öffentliche Meinung unterstützt Hisbollah? sfux Karl Weiss -

Ob sich die israelische + die US-Regierung wirklich bewußt sind, was sie angestellt haben mit dem Libanon-Krieg, jetzt schon, geschweige, denn wenn, er ausgeweitet wird?

Man muß vermuten: Nein. Muß sich fragen, ob sie von allen guten Geistern verlassen waren.
The Invisible Government & 9/11 Synthetic Terror Paul Joseph Watson- Author Webster Tarpley's profusely illustrated lecture on the history of the invisible government, its hidden
For Shame! Tim Lee - Matt Stoller thinks my New York Times op-ed is “just disgraceful.”

Why? Timothy B. Lee comes from the ‘Show-Me Institute’, a fake think tank that defends the teaching of Intelligent Design and is funded by corporate interests and foundations with...
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Tom DeLay must stay on the November ballot for the office he resigned from in June, according to a lawyer for the Texas Democratic Party. details of the ruling were not immediately available.

04.Aug.2006 Top scientist makes climate plea The Royal Society president urges politicians to do more on new energy technologies to beat global warming.
ID card plan lacks clarity - MPs Too many aspects of the government's ID card scheme are unclear, say MPs who are also sceptical about its costs.
Bankruptcies set for big increase Another sharp rise in the number of people going bankrupt is set to be shown by latest quarterly figures.
Bush calls for democracy in Cuba The US president urges Cubans to work for democracy in his first public comments since Fidel Castro fell ill.
BA profits soar despite fuel cost Rising passenger numbers help British Airways shrug off rising fuel costs to post a 57% hike in first quarter profits.
Royal Bank enjoys profits surge Royal Bank of Scotland sees profits rise by more than 20%, but says more customers are struggling to pay their debts.
Bad spelling 'puts off employers' More than three-quarters of employers would be put off a job candidate by poor spelling, a survey suggests.
Rare turtle to get satellite tag A critically endangered turtle is to be tracked swimming across the Indian Ocean as part of conservation efforts.
Vote rig tests 'good but costly' Trials to cut fraud at the English local elections worked well but were costly, the Electoral Commission says.
Iraq civil war warning for Blair Civil war is a more likely outcome than democracy in Iraq, a top diplomat warns in a confidential memo.
Emotions 'fuel irrational acts' People who make irrational decisions when faced with problems are at the mercy of their emotions, a study says.
Sun layoff hits hundreds Second phase of a job cut hits employees of the server and software company, part of a plan to lay off up to 5,000.
Future of the environment is in the smart cards U.K. firm Design Stream envisions a smart card that would let people keep track of their ecological behavior.
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"V for Vendetta" DVD, a Parable for the Despotism of Our Times
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Pat Robertson Must Have Got Hit on the Head with a Rock. Now He Says Global Warming is for Real. 8/4
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Don't Let Them Swift Boat John Murtha 8/3

04.Aug.2006 Curious about Castro dr. elsewhere here
* Pre-Castro Cuba under Batista actually enjoyed a lively economy and reasonably healthy middle class, along with a very slim sliver of uber-rich + a large rural and urban poor.
* Batista was not the blond, blue-eyed Euro-blood portrayed in Sydney Pollack’s Havana, but instead embodied a blend of most of the descendents that populated the island, including African, Amerind, Chinese + European.
* The Cuban mafia depicted in Pollack’s film, as well as in Coppola’s Godfather II, was quite realistic, as not only did American organized crime gain a significant foothold with gambling and prostitution and so on, but so did American corporate power impose its presence.
* Castro’s early support came in large part from the Cuban middle class, which was growing increasingly unhappy with the crime and American corporate influence (a universal theme, eh?) + he was championed as a Robin Hood of Latin America.
* Castro shifted to Communist ideology quickly after Havana fell in 1959, though he had not taken complete control immediately. There are stories of widespread slaughter of opponents when he did, though the US embraced him until he began expropriating US companies (particularly United Fruit) and paying them only the value they had been taxed on their properties. He visited the US only months after taking control as a guest of the Press Club, but was rebuffed by Ike. It was not long before he shifted to the attentions of Kruschev.
* The Bay of Pigs occurred in April of 1961, but had been hatched well before that, in fact prior to Ike’s leaving office + thus likely prior to Castro’s shift to Communism, though no doubt intensified by it.
* The previous factoid should make anyone suspicious that the driving forces behind both the Bay of Pigs and the continuing rabid Castro-hating exile faction based in Miami might have at least some support from those American mobsters (and even American corporations?) who lost so much revenue when Castro took over.
* Given the numbers of vigilante missions taken by the thuggier elements of this exile faction, including their purported role in JFK’s assassination and Luis Posado Carriles’ terrorist activities (also apparently protected if not sanctioned by our government), suspicions of mob influence gain further ground.
* In another familiar US delusion, those backing the Bay of Pigs invasion insisted the Cuban people would be emboldened by it and join in the overthrow of Castro, but in fact, even E. Howard Hunt had to admit (albeit decades later) that his interviews of Cubans in Havana prior to the invasion showed full throttle enthusiasm for Castro.
* Stats about pre-Castro Cuba differ, depending on who’s presenting them. For example, exiles like to claim that under Batista, there were high wages and a high per-capita income (of course, these numbers can look good despite high unemployment and huge wealth disparity, as we see increasingly here in the US). In contrast, more Castro-friendly data show that Cubans now enjoy 100% literacy, low infant mortality rates + 100% health coverage by a system acclaimed the world over for its emphasis on preventive care and natural treatments. Get this: Americans and Cubans have the same life expectancy + yet the cost in the US is almost $6000 per capita, compared to less than $300 in Cuba. In fact, Castro has done more exporting of medicines than of revolution, even offering medical teams to NOLA after Katrina (which left Cuba with little damage and no death, due to exquisite planning), which Bush rejected.
* Perhaps the most fascinating example of Castro’s resilience can be seen in the Cuban recovery from the fall of the Soviet Union, which had essentially subsidized the island’s economy for three decades. Immediately after, food production and nutrition on the island plummeted, caloric intake dropped precipitously + a crisis appeared imminent with an 80% drop in foreign trade. Instead of rolling over and begging to be bailed out, Castro converted its agriculture from conventional methods that included huge Russian tractors and polluting pesticides into a “Green Revolution” that, like the health care system, has become of model for
sustainable agriculture the world over, while recovering the health of the population and the economy to previous levels.
* For those of you who saw Motorcycle Diaries, you’ll recognize the mind and heart behind the Cuban healthcare system as Che’s sidekick, Dr. Alberto Granado, on that journey; for those of you who have not seen it, do!

04.Aug.2006 All this being said – including the heavy investment of the mob in Batista’s Cuba, the role these Cuban thugs played in the Bay of Pigs invasion and the JFK assassination, the role they continue to play in terrorizing the island and its leader, the continued harboring of these terrorists (most obviously Posado) by our government – is it worth considering that Castro’s illness may not be death, as Joe suggested (via Joy), but induced, as in poisoning?
04.Aug.2006 In the meantime we have plenty of information to consider, such as the Bush administration’s decision just two weeks ago to apply $80 million to the support of Cuban dissidents (which in itself sounds almost as if maybe they knew something?) + of course, the shameful and depraved celebration of an old man’s illness by the same Cuban exiles who could not stomach returning a child to his father if that father was in the same country as this ailing leader of an isolated but self-reliant island.
Would Elian be better off had he remained in the US with video games and Nikes and unbridled pollution and astronomical health care and education costs? Would Cuba have been better off had Castro remained enamored of the US with its NYTimes and Coca Cola and cars and astronomical wealth and weapons?

04.Aug.2006 Australia Conducting Electronic Census timothy 77 ajdlinux writes

"On 8th August 2006, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will be conducting the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. The big difference this year is that you will now be able to fill out your census online. The technology, developed by IBM, cost AU$9 million and is designed to be accessible to screen readers, and, unlike similar efforts in Canada, does not require any special software. However, there is concern that the 2011 eCensus could be integrated with the proposed Human Services Access Card. Will this turn the Census from an anonymous snapshot into one connected with name-identified information?"
Solar Wi-Fi To Bring Net to Developing Countries CowboyNeal 102 JLavezzo writes

" has an article today on a new wifi development organization: MIT and the UN have teamed up to provide kids living in the world's least developed nations $100 laptops, their 2 watts of juice provided by hand or foot crank. Cool, but - and this was one of Bill Gates' criticisms - what's a computer without internet access? Enter Green Wi-Fi, a non-profit that seeks to provide 'last mile internet access with nothing more than a single broadband internet connection, rooftops and the sun.' Their wi-fi access nodes, which consist of a small solar panel, a heavy-duty battery + a router, can be linked together to extend one internet connection into a larger network. The two guys who started the company - Bruce Baikie and Marc Pomerleau - happen to be veterans of Sun Microsystems. Deployment is set to start in India at the end of this summer."
Moon's Bulge Explained Zonk 129 anthemaniac writes

"The moon has an unexplained bulge that astronomers have been trying to find a source for since 1799. Finally, an apparent answer: The equatorial bulge developed back when the developing moon was like molasses (and you thought it was cheese!) and, rather than today's nearly circular orbit, it 'moved in an eccentric oval-shaped orbit 100 million years after its violent formation.'"
04.Aug.2006 Christina Sanson, Radio Martí's current director of programming, said the station delayed its broadcast to include reaction from U.S. officials and present a more balanced story. Others suggested the delay might have been because of political, rather than journalistic, considerations. The Clinton administration's decision to return González to Cuba was highly unpopular among many Cuban-Americans.
The Martí broadcasts also have been criticized over the years as biased and untrustworthy. The State Department's Office of the Inspector General said in a 1999 report that Radio Martí's news reports suffered from a lack of "credibility and professionalism." "The problems affecting credibility were lack of balance, fairness, objectivity and lack of adequate sourcing," the report said. "The problems affecting professionalism dealt with intermingling news and opinion + using poor judgment in the selection of stories." Criticism of Radio Martí
"The day that Cubans can watch CNN and purchase foreign newspapers, there won't be a need for these broadcasts," said Frank Calzón, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, an anti-Castro group in Washington. Critics, however, say TV Martí is a $10 million-a-year boondoggle that should be shut down. The C-130 broadcast is the latest attempt by the U.S. to penetrate Cuban jamming after failing to reach large numbers of Cubans through satellite transmission and a transmitter fixed on a helium-filled balloon tethered 10,000 feet above the Florida Keys. "You can't repeal the laws of physics," said Philip Peters, a former State Department official and Cuba expert at the Lexington Institute. "It's always going to be easier for Cuba to jam the broadcasts than for the U.S. to get them through."
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05.Aug.2006 Ärger mit Aktienoptionen: Apple revidiert Gewinne, Aktie stürzt ab
Libanon- Friedenstruppe: Streitmacht mit Stotterstart

05.Aug.2006 Nahost: Welle von Luftangriffen trifft Beirut
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04.Aug.2006 “It’s sort of the fashionable liberal view Nico -to be anti-American, anti-Israel.” — Rudy Giuliani, America’s mayor.
04.Aug.2006 Pat Robertson: I’m ‘A Convert’ On Global Warming, ‘It Is Getting Hotter’ Judd- Yesterday on the 700 Club, evangelical Pat Robertson declared himself “a convert” on global warming. Robertson said that he has “not been one who believed in global warming in the past.” But now, Robertson said, he believes “it is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and there is a build up of carbon dioxide in the air.” Robertson implored, “we really need to do something on fossil fuels.” Watch it:

Robertson talked briefly about global warming again on today’s edition of the 700 club. Alternet has the video.

Today’s transcript:

They are defending the society. But I tell you stay in doors ladies and gentleman. Stay cool. Get fans or whatever. And the poor, they need emergency fans and ice to cool down — the number of people dead. I have not been one who believed in the global warming. But I tell you, they are making a convert out of me as these blistering summers. They have broken heat records in a number of cities already this year and broken all-time records and it is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and there is a build up of carbon dioxide in the air. We really need to address the burning of fossil fuels. If we are contributing to the destruction of the planet we need to do manage about it.
03.Aug.2006 Honey heals wounds faster than antibiotics 
A new study into an ancient remedy now proves that honey helps the treatment of some wounds better than most modern antibiotics.
03.Aug.2006 Leaked UK document sees "civil war" in Iraq  Iraq is more likely to slide into civil war than turn into a democracy, Britain's outgoing ambassador to Baghdad wrote in a leaked diplomatic cable, the BBC public broadcaster reported on Thursday. Thanks chimpy!
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Ned Lamont opened a double-digit lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a poll released Thursday. That's as in a 54-41% poll lead for Lamont.
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The Castro Brothers and the Bush Family are Two Peas in a Pod: Both Families Want to Enforce One-Party Rule and They Both Have Contempt for Democracy and the Will of the People. 8/3

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Gallup: 55% Now Back U.S. Pullout from Iraq Within a Year 8/3

Estate tax/minimum wage bill dealt major blow. Nico 
Four Democratic senators who were being heavily pressured by lobbyists and conservatives to back the
fraud minimum wage/estate tax bill being pushed through by Majority Leader Bill Frist have announced they will oppose the bill. Without the four lawmakers — Maria Cantwell (WA), Patty Murray (WA), Mark Pryor (AR) + Ken Salazar (CO) — Frist is currently at least two votes short. Have you called your senators?

03.Aug.2006 Geraldo attacks Stewart, Colbert for bad taste. Nico- Responding to a Bill O’Reilly rant, Geraldo Rivera said, “You know, Comedy Central is now a big hit, Stewart and the Colbert guy. … They make a living putting on video of old ladies slipping on ice and people laughing. That’s their life. That’s their life. They exist in a small little place where they count for nothing.”
03.Aug.2006 Rumsfeld Claims Insurgent Violence Increases ‘In the Spring, Summer and Fall Months’ Nico 
Last month, Lt. Gen. David Richards, head of NATO’s Afghan security force, said the country was “
close to anarchy.”

Asked about the situation today, Rumsfeld admitted there was a resurgence of the Taliban, admitted Taliban fighters were “occupying safe havens” in Pakistan and other places + admitted that violence has increased recently. Then he blamed it all on the weather:

Does the violence tend to be up during the summer, in the spring, summer and fall months? Yes it does. And it tends to decline during the winter period. Does that represent failed policy? I don’t know. I would say not. Watch it: Transcript:

Afghanistan - um, I don’t know who said what about if the Taliban are gone [Ed. note: You did.] but, in fact, the Taliban that were running Afghanistan and ruling Afghanistan were replaced. And they were replaced by an election that took place in that country + in terms of a government or a governing entity, they were gone + that’s a fact.

Are there still Taliban around? You bet. Are they occupying safe havens in Afghanistan and other places — correction, in Pakistan and other places? Certainly they are. Is the violence up? Yes. Does the violence tend to be up during the summer, in the spring, summer and fall months? Yes it does. And it tends to decline during the winter period. Does that represent failed policy? I don’t know. I would say not.
Warner Suggests Congress May Need To Vote On New Iraq Resolution If Civil War Grows Think Progress 
During today’s hearing, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) said that Congress may have to pass a new resolution authorizing the continuing use of U.S. military force in Iraq if a civil war breaks out in that country:

I think we have to examine very carefully what Congress authorized the president to do in the context of a situation if we’re faced with an all-out civil war + whether we have to come back to the Congress to get further indication of support. Watch it:

Congressional Quarterly (sub. req’d) adds, “If a civil war erupts between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq, he said, U.S. forces may be ill-trained to handle it and Congress might have to reconsider and potentially approve a new mission for the U.S. military.” Full transcript:

WARNER: What is the mission of the USA if, under that resolution, that situation erupts into a civil war? What are the missions of our forces?

PACE: Sir, I believe we do have the possibility of that devolving to a civil war, but that does not have to be a fact. I believe that U.S. Armed Forces today can continue to do what we’re doing, which is to provide enough security inside of Iraq for the Iraqi government to provide governance and economic opportunity for their citizens. The weight of that opportunity rests with the Iraqi people. We can provide support. We can help provide security. But they must now decide about their sectarian violence. Shia and Sunni are going to have to love their children more than they hate each other. If they do that + seize the opportunity that the international community has provided to them, then this will be what we wanted to be which is a success for ourselves and the Iraqi people. But the weight of that shift must be on the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government.

WARNER: I think we have to examine very carefully what Congress authorized the president to do in the context of the situation if we are faced with an all-out civil war. And whether have to come back to congress to get further indication of support.
Blackout New York: Let The Paranoia Begin More than a few versions of the following e-mail have made their way to our inbox: My friend's dad works for ConEd - he just called and told her not to ride the subways any more today, as we will likely have a blackout.

ConEd is sending all non-essential employees home right now so they can shut ...
Court rules GOP can't replace DeLay on ballot AUSTIN - A federal appeals court panel today in a bipartisan order ruled that former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay cannot be replaced on the November ballot for the congressional seat he vacated in June. The Republican Party said it will quickly file an appeal, but if it loses, DeLay will have to decide ...
Publishers vs. the Censorbot Google has entered that rarefied tier of corporations whose services or products are indispensable to American life. Its search engine is an essential tool for Internet users + the ingenious way it matches advertisements to the contents of any given search has transformed the world of marketing.
Skyrider gets $8M to launch new sort of search engine: of peer-to-peer Skyrider, a Mountain View start-up, is developing technology that will be able to search peer-to-peer traffic, in order to help media and other companies become more profitable. The two-year old company has raised $8 million from Silicon Valley's top VC firm Sequoia Capital, along with Charles ...
Beirut residents warned by Israel Israeli planes drop leaflets on southern Beirut telling residents to leave as the fight with Hezbollah continues.
Strange 'twin' new worlds found A pair of mini new worlds that are neither planets nor stars but something in between are puzzling astronomers.
US echoes Iraq civil war warning Iraq could move toward civil war, says top US General John Abizaid hours after a similar UK warning.
AOL Slashing 5,000 Jobs Nearly a quarter of AOL's global staff will lose their jobs as the company undergoes a major restructuring to make it more competitive with the likes of Yahoo and Microsoft.
Software Giants Seek Friends Among Hackers Zonk 59 Carl Bialik from WSJ writes

"Big tech companies are engaging in a full charm offensive at the Black Hat hacker conference as they seek to convince hackers and security researchers to work with, not against, them, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among those being courted: HD Moore. The suitor is his erstwhile foe, Microsoft. From the article: 'Microsoft plans to wine and dine Mr. Moore at a party at the fancy Palms Hotel. A Microsoft security executive wants to meet with him to discuss his latest work. And earlier this year, the Redmond, Wash., company invited him to speak at a Microsoft-sponsored conference on security. "There were a few tense silences," says Mr. Moore, 24 years old, who lives in Austin, Texas. But he says the meetings put a human face on a company he once saw as impenetrable. "You're less willing to publicly humiliate someone you know in real life," he says.'"
Court forces DeLay to stay on ballot. Nico- The Lone Star Project reports, “The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas Democrats a short time ago. As a result, Tom DeLay remains eligible for the 2006 general election as the Republican nominee for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas.”
03.Aug.2006 God to blame for global warming? Nico “I cannot imagine any objective finding that CO2 is a pollutant,” says Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). “If that’s true, God is a polluter.
02.Aug.2006 [UrukNet] - [Daily Information from Occupied Iraq] [newsletter 02.Aug.2006 - Part two]
uruknet. Info : information from occupied iraq : informazione dall'iraq occupato
Support the Resistance in Palestine: A Call to Action
OnePalestine The events of the past few weeks have clarified the nature of the struggle in Palestine. Although "Israel" has an arsenal of military weapons unmatched by any power in the region, each new wave of aggression against the people of Palestine and Lebanon has resulted in a response of immense courage and resistance. As the military struggle expands beyond Gaza and the West Bank, the underlying reality of Israel's doomed colonial project becomes cl! ear: short of bombing the entire region into annihilation, the Zionists cannot continue to exist in a region in which Arab people aspire to self-determination on Arab land. There can be no more gray zone: the post-Oslo sham of normalization and the process of land theft through peace treaties and open or hidden alliances between "Israel", the "US" + Arab client states-all that is swiftly disappearing. It could not have come at a more critical time: a moment when "the world's only superpower" has suffered defeat at the hands of Iraq's brave guerillas; a moment when a new block of anti-imperial power is forming from Venezuela and Bolivia to the Arab world...

911 "Conspiracy Theorists" Vindicated: Pentagon deliberately misled Public Opinion
Military officials made false statements to Congress and to the 911 Commission
MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY, Global Research Recent revelations by members of the 911 Commission (quoted in the Washington Post, 2 August 2006) have farreaching implications. They confirm that the Pentagon was involved in criminal wrongdoing by deliberately distorting and/or withholding information concerning the September 2001 attacks: "Some staff! members and commissioners of the 11.Sep.2001 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate." (WP, 02.Aug.2006)

These revelations uphold what has been documented regarding 11.Sep.2001 in several carefully researched studies, which the mainstream media continues to identify as "conspiracy theories"...

DID YOU KNOW... Did you know that non-Jewish Israelis cannot buy or lease land in Israel?

Did you now that cars owned by Palestinians are colour coded to distinguish Jews from non-Jews?

Did you know Palestinians are not allowed to move from one city, say Gaza to Bethleham, to another without first getting a 'visa' from Israel?

Did you know that Israel allots 85% of the water resources for Jews and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories?

For example in Hebron, 85% of t! he water is given to about 400 Jewish settlers, while 15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians?

Did you know that Israel routinely confiscates Palestinian bank accounts, businesses + land + refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer confiscation?...

Jews smart and good, Muslims dumb and evil
Paul Richard Harris, Editor, Axis of Logic

There is an unattributed article circulating over the Internet these days which lists Jewish + Islamic Nobel Laureates, followed by a bit of unrelated doggerel, making the obvious declaration that Jews are smart + good, Muslims are dumb + evil.

By implication, the article means ALL Jews + ALL Muslims.

It is racist nonsense + it's wrong.

By doing a simple Internet search, I located at least a dozen versions of this lis! t and they all have minor differences.

Most important, I could not locate any version that matches the list produced by the official website of the Nobel Foundation.

Nor could I locate any source for confirming that those listed as Muslims truly are, those listed as Jewish truly are...

Israel's latest invasion of Lebanon and western culpability
Dr. Habib Siddiqui It should be quite obvious by now that Israel?s latest invasion of Gaza and Lebanon had very little to do with rescuing her fallen soldiers.

As I write, Israel has killed some 750 unarmed Lebanese civilians - mostly women and children, destroyed mosques, bridges, roads, houses, schools, hospitals and much of the infra-structure of southern half of Lebanon.

As 00.000.1996 she has massacred scores of civilians in Qana this past weekend (30.Jul.2006).

Israel has bombed Red Cross center and ambulances + a UN observation post killing 4 observers. She has displaced a million people inside the country, some of whom are forced to take shelters in even prisons. Infants have been forcibly separated from their parents + the elderly from their care-taking children. Relief supplies are difficult to get to the internally displaced refugees. Nothing is immune from Israel's bombing campaign...

this singular war...
Zahi Webhi, Siege of Lebanon "I have lived through all the Israeli invasions of Lebanon. I have lived through the entire war in Lebanon. "There is no March 8, no March 14 anymore. There is only July 12. July 12 - the start of the most brutal, most devastating of the wars against Lebanon. There has not been a war that has destroyed entire neighborhoods in this fashion, entire neighborhoods while the world was silent. "The plan is to create another Iraq."...

Olmert proud of ?Israel?s accomplishments?
Lebanon under attack "Olmert confirmed Israel would carry on fighting until an international force was on the ground in south Lebanon and listed the flight of civilians from the area as among the accomplishments of the Israeli military campaign." - REUTERS Ehud Olmert says the flight of [more than 900.000] civilians from their [destroyed] villages is an "accomplishment". For zionist successor, it is understandable. Israel have been instituted in 1948 on a land th! at saw all its indigenous inhabitants forced out, with their villages destroyed. Forcing more than 900.000 innocent civilians, women, children, old people, to migrate towards outdoor camps and schools, then destroying completely the places they live in, is, in the words of the israeli prime minister, an heroic act...

burials, kidnappings + refugees
Siege of Lebanon There was to be another mass burial today. 90 people were to be buried in Tyre (Sour) today. The burial had to be postponed to tomorrow. hopefully.
Why? The Israeli bombardment, the constant threat of Israeli aggression, forced the postponement of the burial. No comment.
The Israeli army invaded Ba'albeck last night. They kidnapped 5 men. Civilians. From their homes. They kidnapped 5 men - and took them to Israel. They kidnapped 5 civilians. The same night... in Ba'albeck 7 people were killed, 6 from one family. They were hiding under a tree. "My father. My brother. My cousins." said one woman...

Mideast Weapons Deserve Scrutiny
Israel?s cluster bombs and alleged phosphorus use have escaped attention
FAIR ...Other reports have raised the strong possibility that cluster bombs may have been used in Gaza (Agence France Presse, 7/25/06). And some doctors and Lebanese officials believe that injuries in Lebanon indicate the use of incendiary weapons such as white phosphorus (Inter Press Service, 7/28/06; Agence France Presse, 7/30/06). White phosphorus causes severe and deep burns to the skin and can! not be extinguished with water; the New York Times once called it (3/22/95) one of "the worst chemical weapons" in existence. Israel's use of such weapons would not be without precedent; Human Rights Watch reported in 1996 (5/96) that there was "compelling" evidence that Israel used phosphorus weapons against civilians in its 1982 and 1983 attacks on Southern Lebanon. (The U.S. has admitted to using white phosphorus as a weapon in Iraq...

Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon
Anders Strindberg As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself.

The underlying problem is Arab extremism. Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense. Hizbullah's capture of two Israeli soldiers

12.Jul.2006 was a direct result of Israel's silent but unrelenting aggression against Lebanon, which in turn is part of a six-decades long Arab! -Israeli conflict.

Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon

00.May 2000 Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports.

Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990 s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership;

this indeed has been the pattern...

Bishop Riah on the current crisis in the Middle East - 2nd Letter of Appeal, 01Aug.2006
The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Dear Friends, When I wrote to you last Friday, I could not have imagined that a second Qana Massacre in a decade would be carried out by the State of Israel on Sunday when they dropped two bombs on a house, crushing at least fifty-six people, including thirty-four children and twelve women. They suffocated under dirt and debris, virtually buried alive in the m! ake-shift bomb shelter where they had had little water and food and no toilet (...) And, the offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza has been relentless. This week when Jan Egeland, the UN?s Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs visited Jerusalem, he focused much of his attention on "the tragedy happening in the Gaza Strip". He does not understand what benefit Israel will gain from punishing 1.4 million people by cutting them off from their sources of electricity and jobs, from running water in their houses and from fresh food (...) Killing and the destruction of the environment is not a war against nations, but it is a war against God...

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 2 August 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. ...In a dispatch posted at 10am Makkah time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a US military patrol on the main road near the az-Zuyut building in the middle of ar-Ramadi, about 110km west of Baghdad. The ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance fig! hters armed with light and medium weapons and pipe rockets attacked a US patrol on ?17 Tammuz? Street near the az-Zuyut area, completely destroying a Humvee and damaging an American Bradley armored vehicle. The attack sparked a fierce firefight and US forces rushed to encircle the area making it impossible for the correspondent to ascertain the nature and extent of casualties....

Two brave women speak out
Imad Khadduri, Free Iraq This is a letter sent from two FOX news producers in Amman, Jordan to FOX news: Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 Dear All, We would like to announce our resignation from Fox News in Amman. Although we never actually worked for your organization, we helped for the past three years in facilitating your work in the Middle East. We base our decision on moral issues. We can no longer work with a news organization that claims to be fair and balanced when you are so far from t! hat. Not only are you an instrument of the Bush White House + Israeli propaganda, you are war mongers with no sense of decency, nor professionalism. You have crossed all borders and red lines. An Arab mother cries over the death of her child very much like an American and Israeli mother...

"The Ones Who Are Buried Alive Are Usually Safe From the Dogs"
The Total Destruction of Srifa: Mangled Bodies in the Wake of Israeli Bombs and Missiles
LARA MARLOWE It was an unseemly end for 80- year-old Manaheel Jabr, flung over a bloodstained walll, grey hair falling around her shrunken black face, a collapsed ceiling pinning her down at the waist. "It's the grandmother," one of the onlookers gasped when the civil defense bulldozer finally pierced a hole in the rubble of what was until two weeks ago! a three-storey house. Mrs Jabr's corpse presented a terrible dilemma to the Lebanese Red Cross yesterday. Should they cut her in two, put the pieces in a body bag and take her to the hospital morgue, or leave her behind, in the hope that more powerful equipment could lift the concrete slab from her back and would reach her before the dogs did?...

The pride and glory of the Israeli state.
The Angry Arab News Service So I was watching a report on the pro-Bush, right-wing Lebanese station, LBC-TV. It was about the Israeli raid on Ba`albak. Basically, we learn this: an elite force of 300 Israeli soldiers were in pitch battle against 4 Hizbullah fighters FOR MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS. This reminds me of the good old days in Lebanon: when four Palestinian resistance fighters used to battle a force of 1000 Lebanese army soldiers. But the Israeli raid was a success, ! according to Israeli media. Not only did it net Hasan Dib Nasrallah, but a pregnant woman was killed on her way to the hospital for delivery. She was shot from the air by Israeli helicopters...
Tschechien: Radioaktives Wasser aus AKW Temelin ausgetreten
03.Aug.2006 Störfall in Schweden: Deutsche Atommeiler werden auf Konstruktionsfehler überprüft
US- Symbolik: Pommes heißen wieder French Fries
9/11 rescuers found to suffer from severe lung damage (NewsTarget)

Dust from the collapse of the WTC has caused the type of lung problems in emergency crews that would have taken 12 years to occur under normal circumstances, reports a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
CentCom Commander Changes Outlook On Future of Iraq; Now Suggests Civil War Is Possible Faiz 
Today, Gen. John Abizaid, the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iraq may be on the brink of a civil war, noting that the violence in Baghdad was worse than at any point since he
assumed command in July 2003. Watch it.

LEVIN: The British ambassador made the following assessment. According to USA Today, the British ambassador to Iraq — it’s Mr. Patey I believe — P-A-T-E-Y — has warned that Iraq is descending towards civil war and he said it is likely to split along ethnic lines and he has reported as predicting that Iraq’s security situation could remain volatile for the next 10 years. Do you agree, General, with the ambassador from Britain to Iraq, that Iraq is sliding toward civil war?

ABIZAID: I believe that the sectarian violence is probably is as bad as I’ve seen it in Baghdad in particular + that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.

Just four months ago, Abizaid was asked a similar question by Sen. Levin + he responded that that Iraq remained “a long way from civil war.”

LEVIN: [Ambassador Khalilzad] said that “Iraq is in a crisis, the country is bleeding and moving toward civil war. “I’m wondering if you agree with those sentiments.

ABIZAID: Senator Levin, I’m not going to comment on anything that Ambassador Khalilzad said. I’ll give you my impression about where we stand with regard to moving toward civil war. I think that Iraq remains a long way from civil war. [Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, 3/16/06]

Accepting Abizaid’s evolving statements, Iraq has descended “a long way” into more and more chaotic violence in just the last four months. “Stay the course” has gotten us into this problem, it’s not going to get us out.
03.Aug.2006 9/11 CitizensWatch
New Tapes Disclose Confusion Within the Military on 11.Sep.2001
03.Aug.2006 Digest Number 1406
911 Truth Action Messages In This Digest (19 Messages)

Scapegoating Norad From: botalerts 2a.

Tarpley From: Donald Stahl 2b.

Re: Tarpley From: Caomhain {Kevin} Lee Hammond

3. Re: FOX News Report about Israel and 9/11 From: Kevin Hammond


5. Wanta and 27.5 Trillion Dollars The Arctic Beacon From:

6. Fwd: [WETHEPEOPLE_UNITED] The United States of Israel From: Kevin Hammond

7a. Shadow Government From: Kevin

7b. Re: Shadow Government From: Kevin Hammond

8. Re: The 9.11 Pentagon Target Wall Story From: Dick Eastman

9a. Can someone answer a question about Alex Jones position? From: Dick Eastman

9b. Re: Can someone answer a question about Alex Jones position? From: Cait

9c. Re: Can someone answer a question about Alex Jones position? From: Dick Eastman

10. Re: 36% of Americans suspect 9-11 government conspiracy - Scripps From: James Patton

11. Pentagon's Version of 9/11 Far from Truth, Panel Found From: James Patton

12. Tarpley on Air America Thu. 1030pm - Call in to talk radios, Spread From: John Leonard

13. Rant. Which War are you watching? From: Scott Peden

14. Anders Strindberg: Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions From: Dick Eastman

15. Fw: "There is in fact only one side and it is orchestrating a world From: Dick Eastman
More deaths blamed on US heatwave The US heatwave is blamed for more deaths and triggers record demand for electricity.
03.Aug.2006 Rumsfeld: ‘I Have Never Painted A Rosy Picture’ About Iraq Think Progress 
Testifying before the Senate today, Donald Rumsfeld told Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) that he has “never painted a rosy picture” about Iraq.

Rumsfeld insisted that he has been “very measured” and told Clinton “you would have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been overly optimistic.” Watch it:

Here’s just a few of the “overly optimistic” comments made by Rumsfeld (and no, we did not have a “dickens of a time” finding them):

18.Dec.2002 KING: What’s the current situation in Afghanistan? RUMSFELD: It is encouraging. They have elected a government through the Loya Jirga process. The Taliban are gone. The al Qaeda are gone.

07.Feb.2003 “It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months .”

20.Feb.2003 “‘Do you expect the invasion, if it comes, to be welcomed by the majority of the civilian population of Iraq?’ Jim Lehrer asked the defense secretary on PBS’ The News Hour. ‘ There is no question but that they would be welcomed ,’ Rumsfeld replied, referring to American forces.”

30.Mar.2003 “It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are . They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”


CLINTON: Well, Mr. Secretary, I know you would and I know you feel strongly about it, but there’s a track record here.

This is not 2002, 2003, 2004-5, when you appeared before this committee and made many comments and presented, you know, many assurances that have frankly proven to be unfulfilled + –

RUMSFELD: Senator, I don’t think that’s true. I have never painted a rosy picture. I have been very measured in my words + you’d have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been excessively optimistic. I understand this is tough stuff.
Civil war is a more likely outcome than democracy Nico 
in Iraq, Britain’s ambassador to Baghdad William Patey said in a confidential memo leaked to the media. “Even the lowered expectation of President Bush for Iraq — a government that can sustain itself, defend itself and govern itself and is an ally in the war on terror —
must remain in doubt.”

03.Aug.2006 Lebanon damage 'holding up' aid Aid workers say damage to Lebanon's roads and bridges means they cannot get supplies to the most needy.
03.Aug.2006 Bees get a buzz from warm flowers Bumblebees favour warm flowers and can use colour to predict blooms' temperature, research suggests.
03.Aug.2006 Japan Plans a Moonbase by 2030 timothy 117 Aglassis writes

"The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced at a conference that they are planning to build a Moonbase by 2030. Since JAXA doesn't currently have a 100 ton-class heavy lift rocket or a human transportation system perhaps now is a good time for JAXA to join in with NASA on the Project Constellation rocket program."
"Nach den neuesten Trends erwärmt sich die Erde in hundert Jahren nicht wie bisher angenommen um zwei Grad, sondern um drei bis vier Grad", sagte Uno-Umweltschützer Steiner. In einigen Weltregionen könne die Erwärmung sogar fünf Grad betragen. Entsprechend werde der
nächste Bericht der Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) der Uno, der im kommenden Jahr veröffentlicht wird, die Vorhersage für die Erwärmung nach oben korrigieren, sagte Steiner.

Was aber die Konsequenzen - konkret und regional - sind, beginnen die Menschen gerade erst zu erforschen. Gleichzeitig staunen sie über die Dynamik der Veränderungen in der Atmosphäre: Die Temperaturen auf der Welt stiegen viel schneller, als alle Computermodelle bisher prognostiziert hätten. "Es ist zu spät, die globale Erwärmung ganz zu verhindern", sagte Steiner der "Financial Times Deutschland". Jetzt müsse es darum gehen, sie auf ein Maß zu begrenzen, das Wirtschaft und Ökosysteme verkraften können. Wenn man nur wüsste, was genau da kommt.

"Um der Erwärmung des Klimas zu begegnen", so kündigte Bayerns Umweltminister Werner Schnappauf (CSU) an, werde für den Alpenraum jetzt ein "Drehbuch" entwickelt, das die Veränderungen der nächsten Jahre beschreiben soll.

Politik, Wirtschaft und Bevölkerung müssen sich auf das neue Wetter einstellen, das ein unabwendbarer Klimawandel bringt - diese Einsicht spricht aus einem EU-Projekt, das am Mittwoch auf der Zugspitze vorgestellt wurde.

In 20 Jahren sind Bayerns Gletscher weg

"Unabhängig von den Ergebnissen der internationalen Klimaschutzanstrengungen wird es bis zum Ende des Jahrhunderts in Süddeutschland und besonders im Alpenraum immer wärmer", erklärte Schnappauf im Trachtenjanker. "In den letzten 50 Jahren war im Alpenraum mit 1,2 Grad Celsius ein doppelt so hoher Temperaturanstieg zu verzeichnen wie weltweit." Und auch bis 2100 sei Süddeutschland überdurchschnittlich von der Erwärmung betroffen.

Die letzten deutschen Gletscher sind nicht mehr zu retten. Was die Erwärmung den Alpen sonst noch bringt, soll ein EU-Projekt herausfinden. Der oberste Uno-Umweltschützer warnt schon vor den Auswirkungen auf Talsperren, Kraftwerke und die Landwirtschaft.

Realismus macht sich in der Klimafolgendebatte breit, nach der Wissenschaft nun auch in der Politik. "Es ist zu spät, die globale Erwärmung ganz zu verhindern", sagte etwa Achim Steiner der Chef des Uno-Umweltprogramms (Unep). "Talsperren, Landwirtschaft und konventionelle Kraftwerke sind bislang auf bestimmte Niederschlagsmengen angewiesen", so Steiner. Künftig werde es bei Niederschlägen zu deutlich größeren Schwankungen kommen. Darauf müsse sich die deutsche Wirtschaft einstellen.
Am 25. Juli hatte es im Block Forsmark-1 einen Kurzschluss gegeben, der zur Trennung des Reaktors vom Stromnetz führte. Dann versagte die Notstromversorgung. Nur weil zwei der vier baugleichen Dieselaggregate doch noch ansprangen, konnte in Forsmark ein Teil der Notkühlung wieder in Betrieb genommen werden. Näher käme man an eine Kernschmelze nicht heran, sagte der Kernkraftexperte Lars-Olov Höglund der schwedischen Zeitung "Svenska Dagbladet".

Höglund, als Chef der Konstruktionsabteilung des schwedischen Vattenfall-Konzerns auch für den Forsmark-Reaktor zuständig, nannte die Störung den schwersten Zwischenfall seit Tschernobyl und Harrisburg. Er warf den Betreibern in Forsmark vor, den Zwischenfall zu bagatellisieren. Die staatliche Atombehörde SKI hatte Höglunds Einschätzung als "übertrieben" zurückgewiesen.

Ein Sprecher der Betreiberfirma des AKW Oskarshamm sagte, ein ähnlicher Vorfall wie in Forsmark könne nicht ausgeschlossen werden. Deshalb sollen nun Anweisungen der Behörden zur Verbesserung der Sicherheit abgewartet werden.

Bei Zahnwalen wie Pottwal und Orca lässt sich das Alter mit Hilfe der Zähne bestimmen. Die zahnlosen Buckel-, Blau- und Finn- und anderen Bartenwalen müssen dagegen seziert werden. Bei ihnen wird das Alter nämlich mit Hilfe der Lagen von Ohrenschmalz bestimmt, die sich ähnlich wie Ringe bei einem Baumstamm entwickeln. Dies geht nur bei toten Tieren. Japan will zu diesem Zweck künftige erstmals Buckelwale jagen. Die seltenen Finnwale stehen schon seit fast einem Jahr auf der Abschussliste der japanischen Flotte, die offiziell auf "wissenschaftlichen Walfang" geht.

"Kommerziellen Walfang in Verkleidung" nannte Greenpeace das japanische Verfahren, denn das Fleisch der bei der Waljagd erlegten Tiere wird nach dem Fang an Restaurants und Großhändler verkauft.
"Wenn zwei Studien an unterschiedlichen Enden der Welt zu den gleichen Ergebnissen kommen, kann man sehr zuversichtlich sein, dass ihre Schlussfolgerungen korrekt sind."
03.Aug.2006 Krieg in Nahost: Luftangriffe und Bodenkämpfe
03.Aug.2006 Nahost: Hisbollah will bis zum Abzug Israels kämpfen

03.Aug.2006 Alpen- Klima: Das Eis geht, die Palmen kommen

03.Aug.2006 Inflation: Notenbank schraubt Zins auf Vier- Jahres- Hoch
Schweden: Vier Atomkraftwerke nach schwerem Störfall abgeschaltet
Sinkende Preise: Festnetz, Handy und Internet billiger
Leitzinsrunde: Experten erwarten weitere Zinsschritte
Nano- Mineralien: Billigbrause schlägt "Bayern- Pillen"

03.Aug.2006 Walfang: Schuppen- Test soll Leben retten

03.Aug.2006 Inflationssorgen: Ölpreis nötigt EZB zu Zinserhöhung
UK ISP PlusNet Accidentally Deletes 700GB of Email timothy 31 steste writes

"A tale of email woe for PlusNET ISP. According to this announcement they have spent the last month attempting to recover 700GB of accidentally deleted emails. By their estimates, up to 12GB of these had yet to be read by their recipients. Despite the efforts of a data recovery specialist, they have now given up on recovering any of the deleted data. Well that's one way to deal with spam." Spam is one thing; I just wonder how inevitable losses like this one square with the EU-wide data retention laws.
What’s Happened In Iraq Since The Last Time Rumsfeld Testified Judd 
At a press conference yesterday, Secretary Donald Rumsfeld explained that he declined to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the status of the Iraq war this morning because “my calendar was such that to do it…would have been difficult.” Amidst a firestorm of criticism, Rumsfeld’s schedule miraculously cleared up and, just a few hours later, he agreed to testify.

It will be the first time Rumsfeld has testified publicly about the war before the committee since February 2006. Here’s what’s happened in Iraq since then:

– Approximately 300 U.S. troops have died in Iraq

– Approximately 2,530 U.S. troops have been wounded

– Well over 10,000 Iraq civilians have been killed

– Insurgents have conducted an average of 620 attacks per week

– In March there were 7.8 hours of electricity per day in Baghdad (down from 16-24 hours before the war), last month there were 7.6 hours.

– In March there were 133,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Today there are 132,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and plans to raise that number to 135,000.

That’s Rumsfeld’s record. Now he has to explain why it shows that we should “stay the course.”
Washington Times Apologizes For ‘Not Including Mr. Dingell’s Complete Answer’ Judd 
Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that a Washington Times editorial falsely claimed Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) refused to “condemn Hezbollah.” The editorial used a chopped transcript of a July 30 television interview, which originated on the right-wing blog Powerline, as evidence. In fact, immediately after the transcript was abruptly cut off, Dingell says “I condemn Hezbollah…”

We encouraged ThinkProgress readers to contact the Washington Times and tell editor Tony Blankley to stop misleading his readers and publish Dingell’s full response. You spoke and the Washington Times listened:

Yesterday’s editorial, “Rep. Dingell and Hezbollah,” unintentionally omitted Mr. Dingell’s full answer to an interviewer’s question asking if he was against Hezbollah. Here are Mr. Dingell’s complete comments:…[Transcript of Dingell’s complete response]

We regret not having been aware of and thus not including Mr. Dingell’s complete answer in yesterday’s editorial.

The Washington Times is still criticizing Dingell. They still maintain that he refused to “denounce Hezbollah.” That’s their prerogative. But at least their criticisms are made side-by-side with Dingell’s actual remarks and not a dishonest caricature.
Anti-Missile Defenses for Passenger Aircraft It&apos;s not happening anytime soon: Congress agreed to pay for the development of the systems to protect the planes from such weapons, but balked at proposals to spend the billions needed to protect all 6,800 commercial U.S. airliners.
03.Aug.2006 The tables are turned in the Net Neutrality debate: ESPN demands that ISPs pay up before customers are allowed access! SN The tables are turned in the Net Neutrality debate
03.Aug.2006 Tension Between Incoming Data and Forecast Ritholtz “The lags between policy actions and their effects imply that we must be forward-looking, basing our policy choices on the longer-term outlook for both inflation and economic growth. In formulating that outlook, we must take account of the possible future effects of previous policy actions – ...
03.Aug.2006 Swimmer stops off at Downing St A campaigner trying to swim the Thames discusses the environment with Tony Blair on a brief break from the water.
03.Aug.2006 Rome 'unites to condemn Madonna' Religious leaders in Rome unite against the mock-crucifixion featured in pop star Madonna's latest show.
03.Aug.2006 August 3, 2006 Think Progress 
Middle East update: Hezbollah fired the largest number of rockets – about 200 — in a single day at Israel. For the first time in nearly a week, Israel struck Beirut and resumed those attacks today. The Lebanese Prime Minister said that more than 900 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and 3,000 wounded since the violence began. 56 Israelis have died — 37 soldiers as well as 19 civilians — due to Hezbollah rocket attacks.

An LATimes/Bloomberg poll found discontent with President Bush’s leadership on a variety of key fronts, “including the war in Iraq, with 60% disapproval + the economy, with 59% disapproval.”

“ Growing seawater acidity threatens to wipe out coral, fish and other crucial species worldwide.” That finding is the last in a five-part LA Times series entitled “Altered Oceans,” detailing a variety of dangers facing the open seas.

“The military’s top uniformed lawyers…criticized key provisions of a proposed new U.S. plan for special military courts, affirming that they did not see eye to eye with the senior Bush administration political appointees who developed the plan and presented it to them last week.”

Candidates at a forum held in Colorado recently by James Dobson’s Focus on the Family talked about opening Iraq to the word of Jesus . Bentley Rayburn, a retired Air Force major general, said establishing a democracy in Iraq would send a message. “That will open up hope within these countries for the gospel of Jesus Christ to change hearts,” he said.

In a letter this week, Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) accused a top State Department official of providing “highly misleading if not intentionally deceptive” testimony on the proposed US-India nuclear deal . The lawmakers charged that the “State Department intentionally kept Congress in the dark about two Indian firms that sold missile parts to Iran.”

10 days: the length of President Bush’s “shortest summer break of his presidency.” “Last summer, he was not seen as being on top of the job,” says Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta. “He doesn’t want to be seen taking a whole month off right now. It doesn’t look good.”

“Amid this country’s strong economic expansion, many Americans simply aren’t feeling the benefits ,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said recently. “Their increases in wages are being eaten up by high energy prices and rising healthcare costs, among others.” His comments are “a sign that the income inequality may rise higher on the US policy agenda in the years ahead.”

And finally: the Senate is grappling with an urgent matter: the senators-only elevators at the Capitol are being overrun by the unelected . “[S]enators sometimes share their moving sanctums with staff members, lobbyists and T-shirt-clad tourists who apparently missed (or ignored or cannot read) the senators-only signs.” “No, no, no, c’mon, c’mon,” Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) complained recently, after 10 or so reporters trailed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) onto a senators-only elevator. Santorum complained that “some of the rest of us” need to get on board, too.
EU rejects death penalty debate — More to come John C Dvorak Looks like the debate on the death penalty in Europe is going to now begin again. Watch it grow.
03.Aug.2006 Terror raid shooting 'accidental' The shooting of a man arrested during an anti-terror raid in London was an "accident", the IPCC says.
03.Aug.2006 ID cards 'in Labour's manifesto' Tony Blair says identity cards will be a major plank in the next Labour Party general election manifesto.
03.Aug.2006 US court overturns convictions in Enron case: A federal appeals court has overturned most of the convictions against four former Merrill Lynch bankers concerning a bogus deal with Enron Corp.

03.Aug.2006 Pepsi and Coke under fire again : An Indian non-governmental organisation says samples of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products are showing even worse levels of pesticides than in a previous study.
Bush seeks expanded military tribunal role: The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions -- with far fewer rights than afforded civilians.

03.Aug.2006 We're All Enemy Combatants Now : Most American residents would be shocked to hear that the military has power to lock them up without an opportunity to prove their innocence before an independent judge.
Report to suggest Marines shot unarmed Iraqi women and children : Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

03.Aug.2006 Soldier says comrades threatened him: A U.S. soldier testified Wednesday that four of his colleagues accused of murdering three Iraqis during a raid threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the shooting deaths.

03.Aug.2006 U.S. Army commander investigated in Iraq killing spree : Col. Michael Steele, whose heroics were portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down," is under investigation for allegedly encouraging his men to go on a killing spree
When You Care Enough To Do The Very Leas t By Ted Rall
Even though 63 % of Americans say they approve of their own government's use of torture, 86 % continue to believe that "promoting and defending human rights in other countries" as a U.S. foreign policy goal is "important." 00.Aug.2002 Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor poll found that 81 % think that "the impact the USA has on the rest of the world [on] democratic values + human rights" is a positive one.

03.Aug.2006 Psychologists, Guantánamo + Torture -By Stephen Soldz 
The Global War on Terror, launched after 9-11, provided an opportunity to experiment with behavioral science-based torture techniques. The establishment of a detention center at Guantánamo for those detained during the Afghanistan war and other battles in the “Global War on Terrorism” provided a particularly favorable environment.

03.Aug.2006 08/02/06 Let The Slaughter Of Civilians Continue U.S. Insists Cease-Fire Must Await Plan to Disarm Hezbollah -By JIM RUTENBERG and THOM SHANKER
The USA firmly reiterated its position on Tuesday that there can be no cease-fire in the Middle East until there is a solid plan in place to disarm Hezbollah.

03.Aug.2006 Fetch, Heel, Stall -By Maureen Dowd The president told technicians to make sure his real thoughts would not be overheard this time, but somehow someone forgot to turn off the feed to my office. As a public service, I'd like to reprint the candid under-their-breath mutterings they exchanged in between their public utterances. Continue 

03.Aug.2006 Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon -By Anders Strindberg - As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself. The underlying problem is Arab extremism. Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense. Continue 

03.Aug.2006 The refugees' fury will be felt for generations to come -By Karma Nabulsi-Israel is seeking to cast itself as the victim even as it expels the people of Lebanon and Gaza from their homes. Continue 

03.Aug.2006 A War Crimes Tribunal May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War -By Francis A. Boyle The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a "subsidiary organ" under UN Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council . Continue
Entire Lebanese family killed in Israeli attack on hospital -By Robert Fisk - An attack on a hospital, the killing of an entire Lebanese family, the seizure of five men in Baalbek and a new civilian death toll - 468 men, women and children - marked the 22nd day of Israel's latest war on Lebanon. Continue

03.Aug.2006 Illogical, illegal and ill-fated -By Nasim Zehra

The Arab hostility towards Israel was inevitable given that its creation was at the cost of the Palestinian homeland. But instead of neutralising the Arab hostility by working for a Palestinian homeland Washington has sought to wean away the Arab regimes from the Palestinian cause. With a festering Palestinian wound, the undying resistance and an aggressive and insecure Israeli state, a stable Middle East will be an illusion. Continue

03.Aug.2006 When Prayer Is Not Enough -By The Rt. Rev. Riah H. Abu El-Assal- Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem - My plan is that I will be able to go to Lebanon next week, to bury the dead + comfort the victims of war. Perhaps as others have you will ask, “What can I do?” Continue

03.Aug.2006 Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here: Hiroshima, Nagasaki + North Dakota -By Bill Quigley
06.Aug.1945 the USA dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the US dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 100,000 people, almost all civilians + injured many tens of thousands more.

03.Aug.2006 IDF can stay in Lebanon : While the IDF needs until the end of the week to deal Hizbullah a fatal blow, the military is prepared to remain in southern Lebanon for as long as it takes, even several months, until a multinational force takes control of the territory, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday.

03.Aug.2006 Israeli envoy: US will not stop operation in Lebanon : Israeli ambassador to US says that American government not intending to pressure Israel to stop military operation. US secretary of state declares in interview with Fox News that Hizbullah will surrender

03.Aug.2006 Detainees accuse Israel of abuses : Hamas officials who were detained in the West Bank during an Israeli clampdown in June have accused Israel of maltreating them in custody.

03.Aug.2006 UK: Deported MP attacks 'outrageous' treatment by Israeli officials : A Labour MP deported from Israel while attempting to deliver books to a children's library in Ramallah today attacked the "outrageous" interrogation she was subjected to.

03.Aug.2006 UK: Cameron faces revolt over Israel: DAVID CAMERON is facing the first serious revolt within his party after senior Tories disowned frontbench criticism of Israel’s “disproportionate” bombardment of Lebanon.

03.Aug.2006 9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes: How did the U.S. Air Force respond on 9/11?

Could it have shot down United 93, as conspiracy theorists claim? Obtaining 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD's Northeast headquarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that day + the Pentagon's apparent attempt to cover it up.
03.Aug.2006 there you have it. Donald Rumsfeld says there is a high level of sectarian violence in Iraq and it’s really, really, really awkward, but it isn’t civil war.
And yesterday the Israelis called the Palestinians “terrorists”. And the USA has decided that anyone is a terrorist who doesn’t agree with the fascist aims of the Bush administration.
The dictionary says terrorism is “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.” Yeah, I know, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter.
But I think Israel and the USA have become terrorists in the most negative, nasty, foul, meaning of the word. And that both these nations that once were admirable and right-thinking have become nations run by ignorant low-life militaristic thugs.
Both Israel and the USA have become what they hate: Oppressive terrorists.

03.Aug.2006 The Cheney gang is pushing "incompetence" material in hopes of heading off interest in more damaging issues. Maybe heads of a few scapegoats will roll. Truth is bustin' out all over. Ain't it grand? # posted by Anonymous : 11:00 PM
03.Aug.2006 I think that the Vanity Fair article is really just another limited hangout + shows how nervous the Cheney gang are becoming as the truth emerges.
03.Aug.2006 For an interesting brief response to the VF article, go here + scroll down to Paul Thompson's take (response 11).

Everyone reading the new VF article should keep in mind this revelation published in the New York Observer:

What’s more, the decades-old procedure for a quick response by the nation’s air defense had been changed 00.Jun.2001 .

Now, instead of NORAD’s military commanders being able to issue the command to launch fighter jets, approval had to be sought from the civilian Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

This change is extremely significant, because Mr. Rumsfeld claims to have been "out of the loop" nearly the entire morning of 9/11.

He isn’t on the record as having given any orders that morning. Concentration of power means that the actions of only a few can engineer events.
This section of the VF article will surely make the greatest impression:
In his bunker under the White House, Vice President Cheney was not notified about United 93 until 10:02—only one minute before the airliner impacted the ground.

Yet it was with dark bravado that the vice president and others in the Bush administration would later recount sober deliberations about the prospect of shooting down United 93.

"Very, very tough decision + the president understood the magnitude of that decision," Bush's then chief of staff, Andrew Card, told ABC News.
Cheney echoed, "The significance of saying to a pilot that you are authorized to shoot down a plane full of Americans is, a, you know, it's an order that had never been given before." And it wasn't on 9/11, either.
President Bush would finally grant commanders the authority to give that order at 10:18, which—though no one knew it at the time—was 15 minutes after the attack was over. Is there one reason why Bush could not have granted that authority while in that classroom -- or earlier, since he knew of the first strike before the reading of "My Pet Goat" began?
He did not say "Fight back" until the fight was over. If Clinton had done precisely the same thing, the right would have spun endless conspiracy stories.

03.Aug.2006 Hambacker, an admirable progressive running for congress in Missouri's 8th District, wants the Senate and the House to come to their senses regarding the invasion of Lebanon. And she has some good ideas as to how we can make that happen.
03.Aug.2006 Teurere Kredite: EZB setzt Leitzins auf 3,00 Prozent hoch
03.Aug.2006 Kongo: Belgische Drohne abgeschossen
03.Aug.2006 Israelische Offensive: Libanon beklagt 900 Todesopfer
Der künstliche Globus wird zugleich immer einfacher - und eines Tages, so die Verheißung, identisch mit der Welt, die er zeigt. Computerdarstellung der Bevölkerungsdichte*: Im freien Flug über die Welt der Daten ARCGIS --> Software-Unternehmer Dangermond Farbenfrohe Karten aus dem Rechner CAL POLY POMONA --> Digitale Karte von Seattle*: Globus mit Internet-Anschluss --> Hochwasserdaten in Google Earth*: Entscheidungshilfe für die Einsatzkräfte FACHHOCHSCHULE MAINZ/GOOGLE EARTH --> * Je höher die Spitzen sind, desto größer ist die Bevölkerungsdichte. --> * Oben: mit eingeblendeten Grundwasserdaten (gelb) in der Geosoftware ArcGIS; unten: Überschwemmungen des Rheins bei Speyer von 1983 (lila) und 1999 (blau). -->
Es gilt allerdings, auf den Zauber der Bilder nicht hereinzufallen. "Die Software macht immer wunderbar bunte Karten", sagt der Gießener Ökologe Lutz Breuer, der an dem Projekt beteiligt ist. "Da liest man leicht etwas heraus, das die Daten gar nicht hergeben."
Nur wenn die Daten aus allen Quellen zusammenpassen, können die Geoprogramme ihre wahre Stärke ausspielen: das Rechnen. Zur Not rechnen sie ganze Ökosysteme durch.
Greve arbeitet an einem der aufwendigsten Vorhaben auf dem Feld der Ortsdaten: In einer weltweiten Anstrengung entsteht gerade eine schier unermessliche Artendatenbank von allem, was auf Erden wimmelt, wallt und sprosst. Die Lebensräume der bekannten Tiere und Pflanzen sollen möglichst automatisch erfasst werden. Grundlage sind die riesigen Sammlungen der Naturkundemuseen, in denen Milliarden Präparate der Ewigkeit entgegendämmern - getrocknet, ausgestopft oder eingelegt.
Kein Wunder, dass sich die künstliche Weltkugel, in der einfachen Variante gratis, rasch verbreitet. Sie verspricht ein organisierendes Zentrum für das heillos verstreute Weltwissen: die Erde selbst. Der digitale Globus zeigt endlich alles dort, wo es hingehört.
03.Aug.2006 UK interest rates raised to 4.75% The Bank of England raises interest rates for the first time in two years in an effort to tackle inflation.
03.Aug.2006 Castro sister hits out at exiles Fidel Castro's estranged sister condemns the celebrations that have followed news of the Cuban leader's ill health.

Wenn also ein drastischer Anstieg der Ölpreise und weitere Zinserhöhungen zusammenkommen - dann könnte das angesichts der labilen Wirtschaftslage in den USA in der Tat eine Wirtschaftskrise einleiten.

Bisher hat der steigende Ölpreis noch keinen großen Einbruch des Wirtschaftswachstums bewirkt. Der aber kann aber noch kommen. Wenn zum Beispiel als Reaktion auf den Israel-Libanon-Konflikt Massenunruhen in islamischen Ländern ausbrechen sollten wie im Frühjahr während des Karikaturen-Streits, könnte die neue geopolitische Unsicherheit die Ölpreise sprunghaft hochtreiben.

So hat nicht allein die Verknappung des realen Erdöls, die einer steigenden Nachfrage von Wachstumsregionen wie China und Indien gegenübersteht, den Preis hochgetrieben. Auch die Finanzmarktblase bei den paper barrels hat ihren Teil dazu beigetragen. Das Gesamtvermögen, das in die Futures-Märkte investiert ist, ist in den Jahren 2000 bis 2006 von 40 Milliarden auf 140 Milliarden angestiegen. Der Trend wurde noch dadurch verstärkt, dass Kredite aufgrund der niedrigen Zinsraten billig zu haben waren.

Gegenwärtig bewirkt aber noch ein weiterer Mechanismus, der mit der Funktionsweise moderner Finanzmärkten zu tun hat, den Anstieg der Ölpreise: Der Handel mit Ölderivaten auf den Futures-Märkten hat in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich an Bedeutung gewonnen. An diesen Märkten wird schon heute die Nachfrage von morgen gehandelt. Händler antizipieren zum Beispiel, was China künftig für Öl zu zahlen bereit sein könnte. Die Preise für die Derivate wirken dann wiederum auf die realen Preise zurück.
Natürlich können auch temporäre Störungen des Angebots den Preis ansteigen lassen - und zwar viel stärker als bei den meisten anderen Produkten. Wirbelstürme, geopolitische Krisen, politische Unruhen und Streiks, beeinflussen die Barrel-Preise oft kurzfristig auf dramatische Weise. Wir Volkswirte sagen, dass die Nachfrageelastizität des Energieverbrauchs relativ gering ist und daher kleinere Änderungen im Angebot den Preis stark ansteigen lassen.

Was bewegt den Ölpreis - und warum schwankt er über die Jahre hinweg so extrem? Es gibt vielerlei Theorien, die das zu erklären versuchen. In den siebziger und achtziger Jahren wurden oft das Förderkartell Opec und seine Preispolitik für Anstiege verantwortlich gemacht. Inzwischen betonen Volkswirte und Teilnehmer an den Rohstoffmärkten die Endlichkeit der Ressourcen und die geologische Ungleichverteilung der Lagerstätten: So lagern in den USA, Kanadas und Mexikos zusammen nur noch fünf Prozent des gesamten Weltangebots an Öl.
MUJCA-NET is a group of scholars, religious leaders and activists dedicated to uniting members of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths in pursuit of 9/11 truth. We believe that the process of joining together in search of the truth about 9/11 will bring enormous benefits, regardless of what truths we may discover. While our endorsers and supporters have different views about the probable level of US government complicity in 9/11, all of us agree that a new, honest investigation of the possibility of official complicity is a matter of the most urgent national and global importance.

David Griffin Replies to NY Times "Conspiracy Theories 101"

Kevin Barrett Responds to NY Times Op-Ed "Conspiracy Theories 101"
NASS: DEBATE BARRETT! campaign launched
Kevin Barrett Front-Page Story on CNN
Kevin Barrett Responds to Bill O'Reilly Death Threat
Two Plus Two Make Four

Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy Wingnuts
Barrett Challenges Nass to Debate the Facts
Kevin Barrett Celebrates Victory:  Thanks Supporters
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But Seriously, Governor
Chronicle of Higher Ed Piece on UW - Barrett Controversy
Lecturer Threatens Governor’s Job
The Health of Democracy is Measured by Academic Freedom
Jessica McBride and Steve Nass Exposed as MUJCA Agents!
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Deprogramming the Bush Cult: Understanding 9/11 Anxiety, Avoiding a National Jonestown
Auf der anderen Seite sind die Stellungnahmen einzelner Hochschullehrer für die amerikanische Öffentlichkeit nur schwer erträglich.

"Wissen wächst, wenn man streitet"
Das klingt krude + Barrett kann seine These auch nicht stringent belegen. Seine Argumente puzzelt er in bester Verschwörungstheoretiker-Manier zusammen: Er montiert die Fakten, die er braucht, zitiert allerlei andere "alternative Autoren" - und nennt alle, die ihm nicht glauben, blind.
03.Aug.2006 Kostbarer Rohstoff: Was den Ölpreis bewegt
Streit in Kansas: Evolutionsgegner in der Unterzahl
03.Aug.2006 Google Earth: Digitaler Globus als Forscher- Werkzeug
03.Aug.2006 Heftiger Wintereinbruch: Südafrikaner bauen Schneemänner
03.Aug.2006 Aggressionsforscher Haim Omer: "Israel ist vernünftiger geworden"
03.Aug.2006 Nach Rauschfahrt: Gibson droht Haftstrafe

03.Aug.2006 Richtungswechsel: Google bezahlt für Agenturmaterial
ISS: All- Spaziergang nach elf Jahren Wartezeit
Verschwörungstheorie zum Terror: Politiker wollen US- Dozenten feuern
Breast-fed handle stress better Babies who are breast fed cope better with stress in later life than bottle-fed babies, research shows.
Klimachaos ? heiss und kalt sfux Harald Haack ?

Sichere Zeichen für die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels sind extreme Ausreißer im Wettergeschehen. Während in vielen Teilen der USA die Menschen noch unter der Hitze leiden, in New York sollen es über 40 Grad Celsius im Schatten sein, gibt es auf der südlichen Erdhalbkugel, wo jetzt Winter ist, extreme Kälte. Aber auch auf der nördlichen Hemisphäre zeigen sich schon Kälteeinbrüche....
All That?s Given Up In The Name Of Security sfux 
Sibel Edmonds & William Weaver - Two days ago we made available to the public news that one of our members, Russell Tice, a former NSA Senior Analyst, had been served with a subpoena asking him to appear before a federal grand jury regarding the criminal investigation of recent disclosures which involved NSA warrantless eavesdropping.
Our announcement was followed up in both the main and alternative...

03.Aug.2006 Sen. Tubes scrambles for anti-Net Neutrality votes. Nico He’s not having much luck.
03.Aug.2006 Why won’t Iraqis accept our gift of freedom? Nico Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) shares his thoughts on the state of Iraq: “We may look back and say we gave it our best shot and we did everything we could do to make it a success. And at the end of the day we could not make people accept the gift of freedom.”
03.Aug.2006 Rumsfeld says he’s too busy Judd- to testify at a public Congressional hearing about the Iraq war. It’s been six months since Rumsfeld has testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

UPDATE: Under pressure, Rumsfeld changes his position and agrees to testify.
03.Aug.2006 "
9/11 Blogger - Blogging 9/11 Related Alternative News" - 15 new articles

Tarpley to be on Malloy 8/3/2006 9/11: a 7-Man Job Official Site for 9/11: Press For Truth Launches Companion Article for Upcoming Stone Film WTC 911 Eyewitness Hoboken Screening in Amsterdam Tomorrow Night Randi Rhodes Interviews Paul Thompson Over Recent NORAD News Guns and Butter Interviews Dr. Steven Jones Slipknot Vocalist Corey Taylor Questions 9/11 Randi Rhodes to interview Paul Thompson today Scapegoating Norad Gott in Himmel! Vanity Fair's NORAD Story Katie goes prime-time for a 9/11 special Dr Bob Bowman's Speech at the DC Truth Convergence Washington Post: Government Lied about 9/11 Tarpley to be on Malloy 8/3/2006

If there is a more fearless jock on Air America than Randi Rhodes, it's Mike Malloy. Malloy just announced that Webster Tarpley will be a guest on his program on Thursday night. Malloy airs from 10pm - 1am EST
Air America main page. 9/11: a 7-Man Job I've updated this essay, called 9/11: A 7-Man Job, to include the new revelations about the Norad cover-up and also the older revelations about the Able Danger cover-up. Thanks to Micahyah for the inspiration . Official Site for 9/11: Press For Truth Launches While checking out Randi Rhodes's website today regarding Paul Thompson's interview I noticed a link to posted.
This film was previewed at the recent Chicago conference and received a very warm welcome. It features family members Lauri Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Sally Regenhard + Bob McIlvaine. The primary focus of the movie appeared to be Pakistani ISI ties to 9/11 based on Paul Thompson's Terror Timeline. This may be the movie to share with older friends and family.
There is a good bit of information on the site including the movie's trailer + a couple movie
showings as well:
E. 3rd St., between Ave. A & B, New York, NY
(212) 591-0434
(5 day run)
126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL
(4 day run)
Go check it out + keep an eye on the site as more trailers appear to be on the way.
Companion Article for Upcoming Stone Film WTC

The 9-11 Research companion to the film WTC -
Unlike JFK, WTC does not directly address the many challenges to the official story of the attack. However, like JFK, it may have a profound effect on the public's understanding of the film's subject by depicting events that have been ignored by the mainstream media, such as sounds of explosions as the Towers came down, molten metal in the rubble pile + the precipitous collapse of WTC 7 at 5:20 in the afternoon.
WTC follows McLoughlin (played by Nicholas Cage) and Jimeno (played by Michael Pena) + their families, on the day of the attack. The two men, who had never met eachother, are in other parts of the city as the attack begins. Neither see the plane crashes + WTC doesn't show them, keeping the movie focused on events that the men and their families witnessed.
Check out the link above for a detailed companion guide for the upcoming Oliver Stone film.
Thanks Vic!
911 Eyewitness Hoboken Screening in Amsterdam Tomorrow Night

911 Eyewitness Rick Siegel in Amsterdam August 3rd at Milky Weg -
August 3rd at 7:30PM 911 Eyewitness Hoboken will be shown at the Milky Weg in downtown Amsterdam by Daan DeWitt and the local Dutch Community. You can see the site for this at Daan Speak Web Site. After the film and a Question and Answer session will follow. It is expected that Rick Siegel will also give and interview with the Dutch National TV during his visit there.
Further details from SD:
I just called the Melkweg, tickets can be bought at the door starting at 16:30. Reservations are not possible. Admission is 7,50 euro.
Here's a thread on the LC forum Thanks SD for the heads up! Randi Rhodes Interviews Paul Thompson Over Recent NORAD News Randi Rhodes Interviews Paul Thompson - 2MB MP3
Randi Rhodes interviewed Paul Thompson today in light of the recent
Washington Post article.
Check it out and post some comments.
Thanks FrankV for the hookup!
Guns and Butter Interviews Dr. Steven Jones

Thermite: A Case for 9/11 Controlled Demolition - Guns and Butter
911podcasts archive)
Guns & Butter interviewed Dr. Steven Jones today regarding his latest research. I am told this new interview is quite informative, so be sure to check it out.
While you are there check out their recent coverage of William Rodriguez and Webster Tarpley
Big thanks to SJ for the heads up!
Slipknot Vocalist Corey Taylor Questions 9/11

COREY TAYLOR: PRESIDENT BUSH Is 'A Talking Head With A Lot Of Smart, Devious People Behind Him' -
Q: We're not dealing with the visible administration, we're dealing with the shadow government.
Corey: The shadow government, exactly. The special interest lobbyist. Dick Cheney — the fact that he is vice president should scare everyone to death. They pulled back the curtain. The fourth wall came down and nobody cared. I think it's because of 9/11. 9/11 scared a lot of people into obedience. Back when Bush was elected, there was a TV show on Comedy Central called "That's My Bush". And it was hilarious. Then 9/11 happened and everything got real serious. That show went away + we put our faith in this guy who couldn't run a baseball team, let alone a goddamn oil company.
Q: You bring up 9/11 — there are books, there are films like "Loose Change" that suggest that the U.S. was even complicit in letting it happen…
Corey: Or had a hand in it. Everybody wants to talk about conspiracy theories. Look at the film! You show me a hundred yard trench that leads up to the Pentagon. You show me the wreckage. Show me and I'll be like, all right, I was wrong. You can't see it. If a plane that size had flown into the goddamn Pentagon, there would have been so much damage. There would have been hazmat people there protecting against jet fuel. You would have seen the wings for Christ's sake. You would have seen something. A plane that big does not vaporize.
There are too many questions and not enough answers. At the time, I understand why nobody asked questions, because we were all paralyzed. But if the government is lying to them about other shit, is it so out of the question that they're lying to you about this? Rumsfeld will lie to your fucking face and he'll make you smile about it.
Big thanks to Nick for the heads up!
Randi Rhodes to interview Paul Thompson today

Tune in to your Air America affiliate today (8/2/2006) for the Randi Rhodes show. (3pm - 7pm EST) Rhodes is set to feature author of "The Terror Timeline" and creator of Cooperative, Paul Thompson to parse the NORAD story.
Previous Rhodes 9/11 coverage. Scapegoating Norad

Here's my take on the Washington Post and Vanity Fair articles on Norad .
Spread the word about the "other half of the story" .
Gott in Himmel!

Yesterday, Berlin's 2nd largest daily newspaper issued a review for "Loose Change", the article was originally in the "Feuilleton" section but was moved to the "Politik" section. This has been a banner week so far for 9/11 coverage in Germany. The BZ article is the Fifth to appear in a German paper since July 29th. Details here.
Thanks, heiner.
Vanity Fair's NORAD Story

VF has made their NORAD/Pentagon story publicly available, complete with audio snippets ;
...For the NEADS crew, 9/11 was not a story of four hijacked airplanes, but one of a heated chase after more than a dozen potential hijackings—some real, some phantom —...
"The real story is actually better than the one we told ," a NORAD general admitted to 9/11-commission staffers when confronted with evidence from the tapes that contradicted his original testimony . And so it seems...
..."When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was 'Somebody started the exercise early,' " Nasypany later told me. The day's exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a "traditional" simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island + seek asylum. "I actually said out loud, 'The hijack's not supposed to be for another hour,' " Nasypany recalled. (The fact that there was an exercise planned for the same day as the attack factors into several conspiracy theories, though the 9/11 commission dismisses this as coincidence. After plodding through dozens of hours of recordings, so do I .)...
...In the ID section, the women overhear the word "hijack" and react, innocently enough, as anyone might with news of something exciting going on at work:
11.Sep.2001 08:37:56 WATSON: What?

WATSON: What was that?
ROUNTREE: Is that real-world?
DOOLEY: Real-world hijack.
WATSON: Cool!...
The article is by Michael Bronner, coincidence theorist.
Parse the HELL out of it + give VF some
My initial take is;

LIMITED HANGOUT 1.0 - "BLAME NORAD" Katie goes prime-time for a 9/11 special

Sounds like Katie will be at Ground Zero on 9/11 doing her show, might be some opportunity there for the people wearing Investigate 9/11 shirts.

There is a Comments section available on this page is you want to have your say:
Titled Five Years Later - How Safe Are We? the special will tie in to the 5th anniversary of the 11.Sep.2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC + Pennsylvania.

The special will focus on what the government is doing to prevent any future attacks as well talk with experts on how the anxiety of 9/11 still affects Americans.
But that's not all, folks. On 11.Sep.2001 Ms. Couric will be anchoring her evening news show direct from Ground Zero in Manhattan. It's just a part of the special coverage CBS News plans to have to mark the occasion.

Dr Bob Bowman's Speech at the DC Truth Convergence In Washington, DC, 00.Jul.2005 . Check it out here:
Washington Post: Government Lied about 9/11 The Washington Post has a story today about how the Government lied about the military response to 9/11 (free subscription required).

The story is also covered by Raw Story
Some staff members and commissioners of the 11.Sep.2001 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the

11.Sep.2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission + the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.
Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure

in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. ***
"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission.

"It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied." * * *
"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described," John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry into events on 11.Sep.2001, said in a recent interview.

"The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us + the public for two years. . . .

This is not spin. This is not true." * * *
John F. Lehman, a Republican commission member + former Navy secretary, said in a recent interview that he believed the panel may have been lied to but that he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to support a criminal referral.
"My view of that was that whether it was willful or just the fog of stupid bureaucracy, I don't know," Lehman said.

"But in the order of magnitude of things, going after bureaucrats because they misled the commission didn't seem to make sense to me."
The Hiroshima Myth by John V. Denson
03.Aug.2006 Guest Calls Fox Propaganda Machine for Israel By Judy on Judy's Jottings

A critic of George Bush's policy toward Lebanon + Israel told off the co-hosts of "Dayside" on 02.Aug.2006) calling Fox News Channel a propaganda machine for Israel.

"Dayside" co-host Mike Jerrick responded with hostility to the criticisms of Brian Becker, even as his own introduction to the segment underscored Becker's points.
NORAD Tapes Only Intensify Implausibility Of 9/11 Official Story By Paul Joseph Watson

NORAD Tapes Only Intensify Implausibility Of 9/11 Official Story "These guys are smart," statement completely inconsistent with flight instructors description
Guardian Unlimited Intelligent news and comment throughout the day from The Guardian newspaper. 9/11 tapes expose flaws in military chiefs' testimony

World: Top brass misled attack inquiry, transcripts show · Fighter jets wasted time in pursuit of 'ghost' plane
To put it mildly, the first draft isn’t encouraging. Crooks and Liars » White House proposes ’solution’ to Hamdan case
03.Aug.2006 Media barred from observing witness testimony in Mahmudiya hearings By Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US military has banned the media and public from observing witness testimony of Iraqis in upcoming Article 32 hearings [Navy JAG backgrounder] for five US Army soldiers charged [JURIST report] in connection with the rape of an Iraqi teenager
Scapegoating Norad By George Washington

When the 9/11 Commission was wrapped up, the Federal Aviatiation Agency (FAA) was blamed for failing to quickly relay information of the hijackings to the military.
Now, years later, the finger is being pointed at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad). As revealed in an
article in the Washington Post (free subscription required):
Some staff members and commissioners of the 11.Sep.2001 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.
Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources.***
"We to this day don't know why NORAD [the North American Aerospace Command] told us what they told us," said Thomas H. Kean, the former New Jersey Republican governor who led the commission. "It was just so far from the truth. . . . It's one of those loose ends that never got tied."* * *
"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described," John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who led the staff inquiry into events on 11.Sep.2001, said in a recent interview. "The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years. . . . This is not spin. This is not true."* * *
John F. Lehman, a Republican commission member and former Navy secretary, said in a recent interview that he believed the panel may have been lied to but that he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to support a criminal referral.
"My view of that was that whether it was willful or just the fog of stupid bureaucracy, I don't know," Lehman said. "But in the order of magnitude of things, going after bureaucrats because they misled the commission didn't seem to make sense to me."
These statements confirm
Senator Mark Dayton's testimony to the 9/11 Commission that Norad intentionally deceived the Commission.
But what the Washington Post article + Senator Dayton, fail to mention is that
5 or more war games were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, including:
At least one "live fly" exercise using REAL planes
At least one "plane into building" exercise
Injection of false radar "blips" onto the screens of air traffic controllers
Monitoring of the exercises and the 9/11 events by Vice President Dick Cheney
Indeed, Secretary of Transportation Norm Minetta testified to the 9/11 Commission that
Cheney monitored flight 77 for many miles as it approached the Pentagon + was in charge of the military's (non) response to flight 77.
So the Washington Post article completely misses the other half of the story: that the dedicated rank-and-file personnel at Norad were misled, intentionally, by the planners of 9/11. Specifically, the good and dedicated lower-level military people were confused by the events of 9/11 because 9/11 occurred at the same time as the multiple war games with their live fly exercises, plane into building scenarios, false radar inserts + apparent interference by Cheney.
The prevailing spin from the Washington Post article and the related
Vanity Fair article is that Norad lie to the Commission simply to cover up its incompetence on 9/11.
But stop and think about it for one minute. Is it more likely that a government agency would lie to an official government commission simply to cover up incompetence? Or to hide classified information regarding 5 military war games occuring that day + the the interference which those war games caused with FAA and Norad's normal response to hijackings? Remember that this administration routinely lies + in fact
authorized governmental agencies to lie about 9/11.
Reinforcing the argument that Norad lied to cover up the role of the war games and Vice President Cheney in the military stand down on 9/11 are two facts:
• False flag terror attacks almost always take place during governmental exercises, so that resources to carry out the attack can be put in place under cover of the exercise and so that -- if the perpetrators get caught -- they can say "oh, I was just part of the exercise, not the terror attack" (see
this book)
• It is beyond the statistical probabilities of coincidence that the 9/11 hijackers got lucky by carrying out the attacks on the same day that 5 major war games (including live fly exercises, plane into building scenarios, false radar injects + Cheney at the helm) were taking place. As Navy Historian Barbara Honegger has pointed out, either the hijackers had a mole inside the military, or the government itself orchestrated 9/11.
Norad has already changed its story numerous times, apparently to address impossibilities with the official story pointed out by 9/11 skeptics.
Therefore, it is obvious that Norad lied for more important reasons that covering up incompetence. Norad lied in a desperate attempt to save the official story from that myth's glaring inconsistencies and, moreover, to cover up treason by certain people within the U.S. government and military.
It is vital that we talk about this half of the story with as many people as possible.
See also
this message from 9/11 researcher Paul Thompson showing that Norad's current "confession" is also incomplete. And as to claims of incompetence in general regarding 9/11, see this .

BELLACIAO - EN The Qana Massacre And The Risks In Relying On Israeli Propaganda
03.Aug.2006 The Wargame Limited Hangout By Spooked Getting major play in Vanity Fair.
Team8plus has some very interesting insights into this story and the WaPo story in the previous post.
Also, the Vanity Fair story casts doubt on whether flight 11 was what crashed into WTC1:

DOOLEY (to Boston): Master Sergeant Dooley here. We need to have—are you giving confirmation that American 11 was the one—

BOSTON CENTER (Scoggins): No, we're not gonna confirm that at this time. We just know an aircraft crashed in and …

DOOLEY: You—are you—can you say—is anyone up there tracking primary on this guy still?

BOSTON CENTER (Scoggins): No. The last [radar sighting] we have was about 15 miles east of J.F.K., or eight miles east of J.F.K. was our last primary hit.

He did slow down in speed. The primary that we had, it slowed down below—around to 300 knots.

DOOLEY: And then you lost 'em?

BOSTON CENTER (Scoggins): Yeah + then we lost 'em. PLAY | STOP
The problem, Scoggins told me later, was that American Airlines refused to confirm for several hours that its plane had hit the tower.

Breaking: News Photographers Did Not Collude with Hezbollah to Stage Photos at Qana
The Huffington Post | Raw Feed
Breaking: News Photographers Did
Not Collude with Hezbollah to Stage Photos at Qana By Rachel Sklar

This is one of those posts that you can't believe you're writing.

For those of you privileged enough not to have been subjected to some of the nonsense coming out of the conservative echo chamber in recent days, there's been a conspiracy theory floating around that news photographers helped Hezbollah stage pictures of the bodies and destruction left in the wake of Israel's strike on the Lebanese city Qana.

Indeed, the bizarre allegations have been promoted by such high-profile conservatives and paragons of journalistic integrity as Rush Limbauhg + Michelle Malkin .

One blogger, at EUReferendum (which we won't be linking to), wrote, "whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do.

Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them."

He went on to call these photographers - the ones reporting from a warzone, mind you, as he and Kathyrn Jean Lopez fight the battle of ideas at their blogs -- "loathsome creatures."

The AP, Reuters + Agence France-Presse are now "strongly denying that the images were staged."

And to the charge that timestamps on the photos proved the shots were staged, the AP said

"that the time stamps could be misleading for several reasons, including that web sites can use such stamps to show when pictures are posted, not taken";

that "[t]he AP had three different photographers there who weren't always aware of what the others were doing + filed their images to editors separately";

and that "the AP does not distribute pictures sequentially" but rather moves them "based on news value

and how quickly they are available for an editor to transmit." Shocking, shocking revelations -- every last one of 'em.

Appropriately baffled, the AP's executive editor, Kathleen Carroll, said,

"It's hard to imagine how someone sitting in an air-conditioned office or broadcast studio many thousands of miles from the scene can decide what occurred on the ground with any degree of accuracy."

Meanwhile, The Washington Post 's Jefferson Morley writes,

"At a time when American + Israeli public opinion of the war diverge radically from the world opinion elsewhere, the emergence of a right-wing equivalent of the 11.Sep.2001 conspiracy theories is worth noting."

True to the modus operandi of any bona fide conspiracy theorist, Malkin apparently believes the nonsense she's helped to traffic can't be disproven.

A post on her site quoting news of the agencies' denials is titled simply, "How dare they be questioned!"

At this point, when normal, conscientious people are busted for thinking stupid things, they retract their idiotic statements and, say, apologize to the hard-working people they've defamed.

But since we're talking about Rush + Michelle here, well, we won't be holding our breaths. Link
03.Aug.2006 Iran frees bin Laden son -German newspaper BERLIN (Reuters) -

Iran has freed a son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from house arrest, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday.

28.Jul.2006 the Iranian Revolutionary Guard released Saad bin Laden with the aim of sending him to the Syria-Lebanon border -Die Welt said-

It linked the reported move to the outbreak of war between Israel + Lebanese-based Hizbollah.
Pre-Planning For 11.Sep.2001 Controlled Demolition
"…the loose community that some call the 9/11 Truth Movement has moved from the shadowy basements of the Internet out into the open.

Across the board, the movement operates on the conviction that the U.S. government is keeping the whole truth under wraps.

And that it either planned or allowed 9/11 to happen as a pretext for invading Afghanistan + Iraq + rolling back civil liberties at home". Maxim Magazine 17.Feb.2006
Pre-Planning For Sept 11 By Wendell

excerpts from: Newletter Vol. IV, No. 7

15.Oct.2001 source:

Operation Infinite War "The plans put before the President during the past few days involve expanding the war beyond Afghanistan to include similar incursions by special ops forces - followed by air strikes by the bombers they would guide - into Iraq + Syria + the Beqaa Valley area of Lebanon, where the ...
Web Page for Randi Rhodes Show 8/2 Includes 9/11 Discussion Link
03.Aug.2006 US troops 'smiled before killing' In Middle East US soldiers smiled before killing Iraqi detainees + threatened to kill a witness if he talked, a US court hears in Iraq.
03.Aug.2006 NORAD Tapes Only Intensify Implausibility Of 9/11 Official Story -Paul Joseph Watson- "These guys are smart," statement completely inconsistent with flight instructors description...
Ein Leben für die Revolution: Ted Grant Hans-Gerd Öfinger 
Wenn britische Medien wie BBC, Times, Financial Times, Guardian + Telegraph in diesen Tagen Nachrufe auf den marxistischen Veteranen Ted Grant veröffentlichen, kommt dies nicht von ungefähr.

Grant, kürzlich mit 93 gestorben, hatte als Gründer eines marxistischen Flügels in der Labour Party in den 1980 -er Jahren das politische Establishment aufhorchen lassen.
"When they told me there was a hijack, my first reaction was 'Somebody started the exercise early,'" Nasypany later told me.

The day's exercise was designed to run a range of scenarios, including a "traditional" simulated hijack in which politically motivated perpetrators commandeer an aircraft, land on a Cuba-like island + seek asylum.

"I actually said out loud, 'The hijack's not supposed to be for another hour,'" Nasypany recalled.

(The fact that there was an exercise planned for the same day as the attack factors into several conspiracy theories, though the 9/11 commission dismisses this as coincidence.

After plodding through dozens of hours of recordings, so do I.)

The recordings are fascinating and chilling.

A mix of staccato bursts of military code;

urgent, overlapping voices;

the tense crackle of radio traffic from fighter pilots in the air;

commanders' orders piercing through a mounting din;

and candid moments of emotion as the breadth of the attacks becomes clearer.

For the NEADS crew, 9/11 was not a story of four hijacked airplanes, but one of a heated chase after more than a dozen potential hijackings—some real, some phantom—that emerged from the turbulence of misinformation that spiked in the first 100 minutes of the attack + continued well into the afternoon + evening.

At one point, in the span of a single mad minute, one hears Nasypany struggling to parse reports of four separate hijackings at once.

What emerges from the barrage of what Nasypany dubs "bad poop" flying at his troops from all directions is a picture of remarkable composure.

Snap decisions more often than not turn out to be the right ones as commanders kick-start the dormant military machine.

It is the fog + friction of war live—the authentic military history of 11.Sep.2001 -

"The real story is actually better than the one we told," a NORAD general admitted to 9/11-commission staffers when confronted with evidence from the tapes that contradicted his original testimony.

And so it seems.

Subpoenaed by the commission during its investigation, the recordings have never been played publicly beyond a handful of sound bites presented during the commission's hearings.

Last September, as part of my research for the film United 93, on which I was an associate producer, I requested copies from the Pentagon.

I was played snippets, but told my chances of hearing the full recordings were nonexistent.

So it was a surprise, to say the least, when a military public-affairs officer e-mailed me, a full seven months later, saying she'd been cleared, finally, to provide them.
9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes Ucked in a piney notch in the gentle folds of the Adirondacks' southern skirts—just up from a derelict Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern rail spur—is a 22-year-old aluminum bunker tricked out with antennae tilted skyward. It could pass for the Jetsons' garage or, in the estimation of ...
U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records A federal prosecutor is seeking to identify the confidential sources of two reporters for The New York Times.
03.Aug.2006 Gitmo Is A Paradise Compared To Life As A Prisoner in Japan Uncle Dave Prison there is horrific by any standard.
03.Aug.2006 Blogger Jailed After Defying Court Orders A freelance journalist and blogger had been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and turn over video he took at an anticapitalist protest in San Francisco.
03.Aug.2006 Iraq civil war warning for Blair Civil war is a more likely outcome than democracy in Iraq, a top diplomat warns in a confidential memo.
03.Aug.2006 Israel resumes Beirut air strikes Israeli planes target Beirut's southern suburbs, a day after Hezbollah launched repeated cross-border rocket attacks.
03.Aug.2006 More Britons target foreign move The number of Britons hoping to emigrate in the near future has almost doubled in three years, a BBC poll suggests.
03.Aug.2006 Blair to defend Mid-East stance Tony Blair prepares for his monthly press conference amid growing criticism of his Middle East policy.
03.Aug.2006 UK rates 'to hold steady at 4.5%' The Bank of England is widely expected to leave rates at 4.5% when it delivers its decision later.
03.Aug.2006 Debt defaults knock Barclaycard Barclays sees half-year profits rise 38% to £3.6bn but rising levels of bad debt hit profits at its Barclaycard business.
03.Aug.2006 S China braced for new typhoon Tens of thousands of people are evacuated in southern China ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Prapiroon.
03.Aug.2006 Number of female inmates doubles Inspectors find the number of female prisoners in Scotland has doubled in the past 10 years.
03.Aug.2006 Rise in 'deliberate' grass fires Fire services express concern over a rapid rise in the number of grass fires and say 80% are started deliberately.
03.Aug.2006 Media attacked for 'climate porn' Apocalyptic climate change messages from newspapers and politicians make people feel powerless, a report finds.
03.Aug.2006 Islamic leaders warn on Lebanon Malaysia's PM attacks the UN's "lack of courage" over Lebanon, as Islamic nations meet to discuss the violence.
03.Aug.2006 UN states 'near deal' on Lebanon Agreement on an initial resolution calling for an end to violence in Lebanon is now close, diplomats say.
03.Aug.2006 Conflict affects sport and arts The Middle East conflict leads to the abandonment of a sports fixture and cancellation of Edinburgh film sponsorship.
03.Aug.2006 Dementia risk predictor devised A method to predict a person's chance of developing dementia is devised by scientists.
03.Aug.2006 Hackers Clone E-Passports The USA swears RFID tags can secure travelers' documents against forgery. But German experts clone the chips at will, while another group shows how terrorists might build a passport-triggered roadside bomb. Kim Zetter reports from the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
03.Aug.2006 Judge Halts NSA Suit Temporarily AT&T can stay mum on spying allegations related to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's wiretapping lawsuit -- at least for a little while.
The Hemisphere
"Practically Confiscation"

16.Mar.1953 Visit Dynamic Drive at full source code

United Fruit Co. officials in Boston + Guatemala City waited last week to see what Guatemala proposed to pay for 233,973 acres of company land at Tiquisate, expropriated by the land-reforming government.

A curt official telegram to Almyr Lake Bump, the U.S.-owned firm's Guatemala manager, finally brought the answer: $594,572, or $2.54 an acre—and that in 25-year, 3% government bonds.

The company's unofficial valuation: $11.5 million.

"The measure constitutes a heavy blow to the voracious imperialist company," gloated the Communist weekly Octubre....
Text-Mining Technique Intelligently Learns Topics ScuttleMonkey 65Grv writes

"Researchers at University of California-Irvine have announced a new technique they call 'topic modeling' that can be used to analyze and group massive amounts of text-based information. Unlike typical text indexing, topic modeling attempts to learn what a given section of text is about without clues being fed to it by humans. The researchers used their method to analyze and group 330,000 articles from the New York Times archive. From the article, 'The UCI team managed this by programming their software to find patterns of words which occurred together in New York Times articles published between 2000 and 2002.

Once these word patterns were indexed, the software then turned them into topics and was able to construct a map of such topics over time.'"
Rambus in Violation of Monopoly Laws ScuttleMonkey 68 surfingmarmot in a recent ruling the Federal Trade Commission declared that Rambus had unlawfully monopolized four computer memory technology markets. From the article: "In an opinion by Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour, the Commission found that, through a course of deceptive conduct, Rambus was able to distort a critical standard-setting process and engage in an anticompetitive 'hold up' of the computer memory industry. The Commission held that Rambus's acts of deception constituted exclusionary conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act and contributed significantly to Rambus's acquisition of monopoly power in the four relevant markets. The Commission has ordered additional briefings to determine the appropriate remedy for 'the substantial competitive harm that Rambus's course of deceptive conduct has inflicted.'"
Stephen Colbert Wikipedia Prank Backfires ScuttleMonkey 599 Vicissidude writes

"The champion of 'truthiness' couldn't resist making fun of a website where facts, it seems, are endlessly malleable. But after making fun of Wikipedia on Monday night's "Colbert Report," Colbert learned some hard truths about Wikipedia's strength in resisting vandalism. Here's how the segment started: 'Colbert logs on to the Wikipedia article about his show to find out whether he usually refers to Oregon as "California's Canada or Washington's Mexico." Upon learning that he has referred to Oregon as both, he demonstrates how easy it is to disregard both references and put in a completely new one (Oregon is Idaho's Portugal), declaring it "the opinion I've always held, you can look it up."' Colbert then called on users to go to the site and falsify the entry on elephants. But Wikipedia's volunteer administrators were among those watching Colbert + they responded swiftly to correct the entry, block further mischievous editing + ban user StephenColbert from the website."
The Sheila Variations "This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am." -- James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man « Klemperer - October 1935 | Main | Klemperer 00.Aug.1935 May 31, 2004 Klemperer – 00.Oct.1935

"Frau Kuhn unexpectedly here for a friendly visit. Preaches an 'unembittered' serenity of heart to me ... Even today one can still be a Nazi for idealistic reasons, without being a criminal or an idiot. I told her: She does not know what dreadful things are happening. I changed Lessing's words - Anyone who does not lose his reason over certain things has no reason -- into: Anyone whose heart remains calm today, has no heart. She departed stricken, she is truly a good person." 05.Oct..1935

And our own Bush, the leader of the world's hyperpower, was fixated on slicing into a pig with Angela Merkel at a German barbecue before he went on to the summit and assaulted her shoulders. He talked with his mouth stuffed. He was vulgar. He was just plain dumb.

All the while, the flames in the Middle East were stretching higher and wider.

So that brings me back to that poor, sacrificial German pig.

I can't really fault Merkel and her state dept. for arranging the traditional German roast to entertain their American visitors. It wasn't only boar; there were deer as well.

But Bush, because he's an idiot who cannot speak coherently without a script, who doesn't take diplomacy seriously and can't help but repeat his escape lines when questioned, kept talking about that pig at a news conference. He referred to the pig when questioned about the Israel-Lebanon crisis. I'm sure he thought he was being a real wit. He's about half right.

So there he was, talking to assembled representatives of the world's press + he showed more interest in the pig than in Jews and Muslims dying in a crazy confrontation. The pig was important. The pig -- and the eating of which is a sin and an abomination to both Muslims + Jews.

It's entirely possible that Bush's loud-mouthed tribute to that pig told Muslims all they needed to know about Bush -- the voracious eater of unclean animals -- and his sensitivities to Middle Eastern culture and politics. If they didn't already know. Posted by Chiaroscuro _ on July 19, 2006 at 05:13 PM in International Affairs, Press Clippings

U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis WASHINGTON The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. ...

The administration hasn't merely discarded any fictional role as "honest broker" for peace in the Middle East, it's embraced its role as arms broker for the tail that wags the dog.

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American government now seems dedicated to a passive scorched earth policy in all things: Let the Middle East burn and we'll clean up afterward. Let New Orleans drown and we'll rebuild + make money.

Let the government go bankrupt and we'll sweep away the New Deal. The culture of Bushism: Entropy for fun and profit! -Chiaroscuro-
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