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The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
Allan Bloom The Closing of the American Mind

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." - Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. --Voltaire--

Faith of consciousness is freedom
Faith of feeling is weakness
Faith of body is stupidity.
Love of consciousness evokes the same in response
Love of feeling evokes the opposite
Love of the body depends only on type and polarity.
Hope of consciousness is strength
Hope of feeling is slavery
Hope of body is disease. [Gurdjieff]

Life is religion. Life experiences reflect how one interacts with God. Those who are asleep are those of little faith in terms of their interaction with the creation. Some people think that the world exists for them to overcome or ignore or shut out. For those individuals, the worlds will cease. They will become exactly what they give to life. They will become merely a dream in the "past." People who pay strict attention to objective reality right and left, become the reality of the "Future." [Cassiopaea 09-28-02]


April 19, 2003 Today's edition of Brought to You by The Bush Junta, Produced and Directed by the CIA, based on an original script by Henry Kissinger, with a cast of billions....The "Greatest Shew on Earth," no doubt, and if you don't have a good sense of humor, don't read this page! It is designed to reveal the "unseen." If you can't stand the heat of Objective Reality, get out of the kitchen!

Tony Blair has ruled out an inquiry into allegations that the public was misled about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, the main justification for the war - Tony Blair has ruled out an inquiry into allegations that the public was misled about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, the main justification for the war. Putting himself at odds with a growing number of MPs, the Prime Minister said there was no need for a separate inquiry as a 1,000-strong Anglo-American inspection team prepares to search Iraq for weapons.

The Reason Why - Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. --Alfred, Lord Tennyson "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (in the Crimean War)

hanks to the most crudely partisan decision in the history of the Supreme Court, the nation has been given a President of painfully limited wisdom and compassion and lacking any sense of the nation's true greatness. Appearing to enjoy his role as Commander in Chief of the armed forces above all other functions of his office, and unchecked by a seemingly timid Congress, a compliant Supreme Court, a largely subservient press and a corrupt corporate plutocracy, George W. Bush has set the nation on a course for one-man rule.

He treads carelessly on the Bill of Rights, the United Nations and international law while creating a costly but largely useless new federal bureaucracy loosely called "Homeland Security." Meanwhile, such fundamental building blocks of national security as full employment and a strong labor movement are of no concern. The nearly $1.5 trillion tax giveaway, largely for the further enrichment of those already rich, will have to be made up by cutting government services and shifting a larger share of the tax burden to workers and the elderly. This President and his advisers know well how to get us involved in imperial crusades abroad while pillaging the ordinary American at home. The same families who are exploited by a rich man's government find their sons and daughters being called to war, as they were in Vietnam--but not the sons of the rich and well connected. (Let me note that the son of South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson is now on duty in the Persian Gulf. He did not use his obvious political connections to avoid military service, nor did his father seek exemptions for his son. That goes well with me, with my fellow South Dakotans and with every fair-minded American.)

The invasion of Iraq and other costly wars now being planned in secret are fattening the ever-growing military-industrial complex of which President Eisenhower warned in his great farewell address. War profits are booming, as is the case in all wars. While young Americans die, profits go up. But our economy is not booming, and our stock market is not booming. Our wages and incomes are not booming. While waging a war against Iraq, the Bush Administration is waging another war against the well-being of America.

Following the 9/11 tragedy at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the entire world was united in sympathy and support for America. But thanks to the arrogant unilateralism, the bullying and the clumsy, unimaginative diplomacy of Washington, Bush converted a world of support into a world united against us, with the exception of Tony Blair and one or two others. My fellow South Dakotan, Tom Daschle, the US Senate Democratic leader, has well described the collapse of American diplomacy during the Bush Administration. For this he has been savaged by the Bush propaganda machine. For their part, the House of Representatives has censured the French by changing the name of french fries on the house dining room menu to freedom fries. Does this mean our almost sacred Statue of Liberty--a gift from France--will now have to be demolished? And will we have to give up the French kiss? What a cruel blow to romance.

During his presidential campaign Bush cried, "I'm a uniter, not a divider." As one critic put it, "He's got that right. He's united the entire world against him." In his brusque, go-it-alone approach to Congress, the UN and countless nations big and small, Bush seemed to be saying, "Go with us if you will, but we're going to war with a small desert kingdom that has done us no harm, whether you like it or not." This is a good line for the macho business. But it flies in the face of Jefferson's phrase, "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind." As I have watched America's moral and political standing in the world fade as the globe's inhabitants view the senseless and immoral bombing of ancient, historic Baghdad, I think often of another Jefferson observation during an earlier bad time in the nation's history: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

The President frequently confides to individuals and friendly audiences that he is guided by God's hand. But if God guided him into an invasion of Iraq, He sent a different message to the Pope, the Conference of Catholic Bishops, the mainline Protestant National Council of Churches and many distinguished rabbis--all of whom believe the invasion and bombardment of Iraq is against God's will. In all due respect, I suspect that Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice--and other sideline warriors--are the gods (or goddesses) reaching the ear of our President.

As a World War II bomber pilot, I was always troubled by the title of a then-popular book, God Is My Co-pilot. My co-pilot was Bill Rounds of Wichita, Kansas, who was anything but godly, but he was a skillful pilot, and he helped me bring our B-24 Liberator through thirty-five combat missions over the most heavily defended targets in Europe. I give thanks to God for our survival, but somehow I could never quite picture God sitting at the controls of a bomber or squinting through a bombsight deciding which of his creatures should survive and which should die. It did not simplify matters theologically when Sam Adams, my navigator--and easily the godliest man on my ten-member crew--was killed in action early in the war. He was planning to become a clergyman at war's end.

Of course, my dear mother went to her grave believing that her prayers brought her son safely home. Maybe they did. But how could I explain that to the mother of my close friend, Eddie Kendall, who prayed with equal fervor for her son's safe return? Eddie was torn in half by a blast of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge--dead at age 19, during the opening days of the battle--the best baseball player and pheasant hunter I knew.

I most certainly do not see God at work in the slaughter and destruction now unfolding in Iraq or in the war plans now being developed for additional American invasions of other lands. The hand of the Devil? Perhaps. But how can I suggest that a fellow Methodist with a good Methodist wife is getting guidance from the Devil? I don't want to get too self-righteous about all of this. After all, I have passed the 80 mark, so I don't want to set the bar of acceptable behavior too high lest I fail to meet the standard for a passing grade on Judgment Day. I've already got a long list of strikes against me. So President Bush, forgive me if I've been too tough on you. But I must tell you, Mr. President, you are the greatest threat to American troops. Only you can put our young people in harm's way in a needless war. Only you can weaken America's good name and influence in world affairs.

We hear much talk these days, as we did during the Vietnam War, of "supporting our troops." Like most Americans, I have always supported our troops, and I have always believed we had the best fighting forces in the world--with the possible exception of the Vietnamese, who were fortified by their hunger for national independence, whereas we placed our troops in the impossible position of opposing an independent Vietnam, albeit a Communist one. But I believed then as I do now that the best way to support our troops is to avoid sending them on mistaken military campaigns that needlessly endanger their lives and limbs. That is what went on in Vietnam for nearly thirty years--first as we financed the French in their failing effort to regain control of their colonial empire in Southeast Asia, 1946-54, and then for the next twenty years as we sought unsuccessfully to stop the Vietnamese independence struggle led by Ho Chi Minh and Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap--two great men whom we should have accepted as the legitimate leaders of Vietnam at the end of World War II. I should add that Ho and his men were our allies against the Japanese in World War II. Some of my fellow pilots who were shot down by Japanese gunners over Vietnam were brought safely back to American lines by Ho's guerrilla forces.

During the long years of my opposition to that war, including a presidential campaign dedicated to ending the American involvement, I said in a moment of disgust: "I'm sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying." That terrible American blunder, in which 58,000 of our bravest young men died, and many times that number were crippled physically or psychologically, also cost the lives of some 2 million Vietnamese as well as a similar number of Cambodians and Laotians, in addition to laying waste most of Indochina--its villages, fields, trees and waterways; its schools, churches, markets and hospitals.

I had thought after that horrible tragedy--sold to the American people by our policy-makers as a mission of freedom and mercy--that we never again would carry out a needless, ill-conceived invasion of another country that had done us no harm and posed no threat to our security. I was wrong in that assumption.

The President and his team, building on the trauma of 9/11, have falsely linked Saddam Hussein's Iraq to that tragedy and then falsely built him up as a deadly threat to America and to world peace. These falsehoods are rejected by the UN and nearly all of the world's people. We will, of course, win the war with Iraq. But what of the question raised in the Bible that both George Bush and I read: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul," or the soul of his nation?

It has been argued that the Iraqi leader is hiding a few weapons of mass destruction, which we and eight other countries have long held. But can it be assumed that he would insure his incineration by attacking the United States? Can it be assumed that if we are to save ourselves we must strike Iraq before Iraq strikes us? This same reasoning was frequently employed during the half-century of cold war by hotheads recommending that we atomize the Soviet Union and China before they atomize us. Courtesy of The New Yorker, we are reminded of Tolstoy's observation: "What an immense mass of evil must result...from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen." Or again, consider the words of Lord Stanmore, who concluded after the suicidal charge of the Light Brigade that it was "undertaken to resist an attack that was never threatened and probably never contemplated."

The symphony of falsehood orchestrated by the Bush team has been de-vised to defeat an Iraqi onslaught that "was never threatened and probably never comtemplated." I'm grateful to The Nation, as I was to Harper's, for giving me opportunities to write about these matters. Major newspapers, especially the Washington Post, haven't been nearly as receptive.

The destruction of Baghdad has a special poignancy for many of us. In my fourth-grade geography class under a superb teacher, Miss Wagner, I was first introduced to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the palm trees and dates, the kayaks plying the rivers, camel caravans and desert oases, the Arabian Nights, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (my first movie), the ancient city of Baghdad, Mesopotamia, the Fertile Crescent. This was the first class in elementary school that fired my imagination. Those wondrous images have stayed with me for more than seventy years. And it now troubles me to hear of America's bombs, missiles and military machines ravishing the cradle of civilization.

But in God's good time, perhaps this most ancient of civilizations can be redeemed. My prayer is that most of our soldiers and most of the long-suffering people of Iraq will survive this war after it has joined the historical march of folly that is man's inhumanity to man.

Government Hiding Truth about SARS - Major Bad News Imminent. SenderBerl now interprets that the government restrains and must approve news stories regarding SARS. This is indicative that SARS will in fact prove the bio-weapon to undermine NWO globalization and thus it is easy for us to extrapolate that President Bush has committed full resources to discovery of the antidote. You may have to read this news excerpt twice, but read it as many times as necessary:

Hong Kong Suffers 12 More SARS Deaths By DIRK BEVERIDGE The Associated Press Saturday, April 19, 2003; 5:53 PM Singapore's prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, said Saturday the SARS outbreak could become the worst economic crisis the city-state has ever faced. He also announced tough new measures to try to contain SARS, including prison sentences for people who defy quarantine orders. "SARS will knock you backward, it may even kill you, but I can tell you SARS can kill the economy and all of us will be killed by the collapsing economy," he said. Of course, NWO mainline businesses already have been told to lay off the consequences on the American public.

First example: Apr 18, Insurers Exclude SARS Virus From Coverage NEW YORK (AP) -- Insurers have begun excluding SARS virus coverage from policies written for sponsors of special events such as concerts, trade shows and conventions because they know too little about the disease and its risks. Conclusion: Expect the worst. China's CMC activated SARS when power shifted in November post the late October 2002 meeting between Zemin and Bush. Now, we can assure you that if Zemin had any doubt about doing it, he has absolutely no doubt now that he did the right thing. The Arab League is ready to face the fire against Bush. Since they rarely show major courage, the Saudis are going to let China play its biblical role and as we feared through biotoxins. While we first thought the portal to bioterrorism would open through the actual attack on Iraq, it is now clear that Bush told Zemin in October that he was going to go into Iraq and no doubt cautioned Zemin accordingly.

Bush thought as we did that Saddam would defend the only way he could; however, Zemin, also in line with our perspective, knowingly that the US was out to create the second plane of moral outrage to take on Syria and Iran, implemented SARS in November, and had Saddam totally remove WMD. Now, Zemin surely sees what we see: Bush fully motivated to take on Syria and Iran without the need of moral outrage, getting accustomed, like Caesar, to do as he pleases when he pleases. Zemin sees that the history and psychological profile detailed in The Emperor and the Assassin is in full play and without doubt Sender, Berl & Sons Inc. has been first in detailing the facets that it is self-inflicted and that its aim is to undermine NWO globalization.

For Saddam to have given up all the WMD and be seen as a wimp in the recent US invasion, only suggests to our mind that he was convinced that the US would suffer ultimate defeat. Jiang Zemin too recently saw Bush laughing at him as the paper tiger Bush aimed at proving him to be to the world. Jiang Zemin runs the CMC and he today is wiping that smirk off President Bush's face. Keep your eyes on the President. If the report he is going to get on SARS tells him what we already told you, he is going to see that gray hair start to fall off his head (we for one don't see a counter right in here because you can't counter a suicide terrorist).

Middle East Nations Want America Out of Iraq - Muslim nations, led by Saudi Arabia, want the United States to keep its hands off Iraq's oil and withdraw from the country as soon as possible to let Iraqis form their own government. The foreign ministers of eight Middle East nations reached that consensus at a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday. Speaking after the meeting, al-Faisal said the meeting's participants, who included the non-Arab states of Turkey and Iran, opposed a U.S. call to lift U.N. sanctions on Iraq until Baghdad has established a legitimate government of its own. With all due respect, Sender, Berl & Sons Inc. believes the vast majority of Americans do not understand how President Bush and the NWO policies he serves have created a highly dangerous reality.

President Bush IS READY TO ENGAGE CHINA MILITARILY IF NECESSARY. He made this decision post 9-11. China has determined that it will play dumb and stupid and has put Hu Jianto in as leader, ignorant of the CMC design behind SARS (we strongly believe in this our perspective accordingly -- we understood Japan better than Bush 41 and with humility we tell you we believe we understand China better than Bush 43). "SARS will knock you backward, it may even kill you, but I can tell you SARS can kill the economy and all of us will be killed by the collapsing economy," he said. Today's incredible statement by Singapore's Prime Minister confirms to our satisfaction that the true target is NWO globalization. If the case, world air travel, business and economies are in for a shock. Office buildings ultimately may have to close, schools may have to close, modes of public travel and engagement avoided. We said all along that the permutations to a dark future were many and varied but we interpreted that it would be through biotoxins and through Chinese design.

We still are not 100% sure if it will leap to that degree through SARS, but that depends on President Bush, whom China sees as far worse and more dangerous than Caesar because Caesar never would turn on his own nation (see interpretations below). There is serious stuff going on here as we feared would be the case. We write in the continued effort to convince the NWO leaders, whom are practical people, that they cannot win this campaign because their Opponent is One whom will surely humble them in this life and in our respectful opinion surely punish them severely in the next.

Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT IRAQ - 1/ Saddam is an aggressor. He has invaded two neighboring countries, Iran and Kuwait. A: Yes. When Saddam attacked and occupied Kuwait in 1990, the US declared him an aggressor, rallied the UN Security Council, led a military Coalition against Iraq, and expelled the Iraqi from the Emirate. In contrast, when he invaded Iran in September 1980, Washington declared itself neutral in the war. At the UN Security Council, putting the aggressor and its victim at a par, it supported a resolution which called for a ceasefire. Actually, using back channels, the administration of US President Jimmy Carter had encouraged Saddam to attack Iran, whose military plans were known to the pro-American rulers of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait weeks before the invasion. more

Today Show Goes Dark On Tim Robbins Network turns down Robbins microphone mid-sentence - At 8:15 Monday Morning Today Show host Mat Lauer introduced the controversy that has been kicked up by the cancellation of the 15th anniversary of Bull Durham at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In a letter made public on Wednesday - Dale Petroskey, the President of the Hall suggested that his venue was not the appropriate venue for a highly charged political expression. Lauer then introduced Tim Robbins, who along with his wife Susan Sarandon, had had their initiations revoked. Lauer quizzed Robbins on free speech, and pointedly asked Robbins if he had planned to use the Hall of Fame event as a platform for a political statement. Robbins said 'of course not.' The discussion went back in forth for a few minutes, with Lauer being neither accommodating nor confrontational. And Robbins' responses were equally measured. But Robbins did end up saying things that have hardly been heard before since the war began. "The message is if you speak out against this administration you can and will be punished" Robbins explained. more

Iraq Prisoners Tried By Occupiers - As part of "liberating" Iraqis, U.S. occupation forces are trying more than 6850 Iraqis, in a move branded by international law experts as stark violation of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of PoWs by the occupation power. The Pentagon announced Saturday, April 19, that American military tribunals were set up in Iraq to try Iraqi PoWs. "A prisoner of war must not be put on trial unless he commits a war crime as stipulated by the Geneva Convention on the treatment of PoWs," stressed Ahmed Abu el-Wafa, Professor of International Law, Cairo University.

Voices in the Wilderness Banned from Palestine Hotel in Baghdad by U.S. Military - Less than 24 hours after issuing a press release highlighting the failures of the U.S. Military's attempts to oversee humanitarian intervention in Iraq, Voices in the Wilderness was banned from meeting with the U.S. Civil Military Operations Center, or international journalists, working out of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.

Baghdad's Banks Stripped As US Soldiers Stand By - A wave of brazen bank robberies has swept through the centre of Baghdad in the past few days in full view of the occupying American forces, and the astonishing dimensions are only now becoming clear. A tour of 20 banks in the city by The Independent yesterday found 15 wrecked, torched and looted. Even the front doors are missing from a few. US dollars, Iraqi dinars, toilet bowls and dirt-cheap light fittings have been stolen, leaving some Iraqis, whose average earnings are less than £2,500 a year, facing the loss of their life savings. Ala al-Nasir, professional translator aged 50, is among those desperate to know whether they will ever see their money again. He had the equivalent of £7,600 in a branch of the state-owned Rasheed Bank, which was stripped bare. "It was the harvest of my life's work," he said. "There are plenty others in my neighbourhood like me." A US Abrams tank, several armoured fighting vehicles and a company of marines have finally been stationed at the Iraqi Central Bank, unsubtly marking their presence by flying the US flag in front of the towering, fortress-style building.

Israeli Commandoes In Iraq To Assassinate 500 Scientists - Some 150 Israeli commandoes are currently inside Iraq on a mission to assassinate 500 Iraqi scientists, a retired French general told the French TV Channel 5 on Friday, April 18. He asserted that Israel was seeking to liquidate 500 Iraqi armament scientists who were involved in the country’s biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, reported the Israeli Maariv newspaper which carried the news. The French general, who was not identified, said the scientists hunted by Israel are the same ones who were listed by U.N. weapons inspectors for interviews during their mandate in Iraq which was terminated two days before the unleashing of the U.S.-led war on March 20. The Israeli commandoes might be operating within the ranks of the American Marines now occupying Iraq, said the French general, without elaborating on how they managed to sneak into the war-ravaged country.

So who really did save Private Jessica? - The rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, which inspired America during one of the most difficult periods of the war, was not the heroic Hollywood story told by the US military, but a staged operation that terrified patients and victimised the doctors who had struggled to save her life, according to Iraqi witnesses. Comment: More staged events!


April 18, 2003 Today's edition of Brought to You by The Bush Junta, Produced and Directed by the CIA, based on an original script by Henry Kissinger, with a cast of billions....The "Greatest Shew on Earth," no doubt, and if you don't have a good sense of humor, don't read this page! It is designed to reveal the "unseen." If you can't stand the heat of Objective Reality, get out of the kitchen!


Richard Perle's Corporate Adventures - Wichard Perle's resignation as chairman of Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board on March 27 capped a tumultuous month for the neoconservative who spent the past decade stoking the fires for the US onslaught on Iraq. The trail to his resignation--as chairman, but not from the board itself--began with Seymour Hersh's New Yorker exposé of Perle's financial stakes in Trireme Partners, a private fund that is currying Saudi investment in homeland security companies, and the Autonomy Corporation, a British company that sells eavesdropping software to the FBI and to US, British and Italian intelligence.

Perle's fate was sealed when the New York Times reported that he was also taking money from Global Crossing to lobby the Pentagon to approve his clients' dealings with Hong Kong and mainland China. Some Democrats now argue that Perle's conflicts of interest are so serious that he should quit the board altogether.

But according to the Center for Public Integrity, such an ethical threshold would force almost one-third of Rumsfeld's board off the panel. Nine of the board's thirty members, CPI found in a new report (, have ties to defense and security-related companies that collectively won more than $76 billion in US defense contracts over the past two years. Former CIA director James Woolsey, for example, runs the Global Strategic Security practice of Booz Allen Hamilton, a global IT consulting firm that advises the US and British governments and had $680 million in military contracts in 2002. Retired Marine General Jack Sheehan works for Bechtel, the engineering giant and defense contractor bidding for US contracts to rebuild postwar Iraq. Retired Admiral David Jeremiah, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has links to at least five military contractors, including The Mitre Corporation, which runs a major R&D center for the Pentagon and is headed by board member James Schlesinger, a former Defense Secretary. However, the CPI found no evidence to suggest that serving on Rumsfeld's board "confers a decisive advantage" to corporations represented by board members, a list that includes Boeing, TRW, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

But there's a broader issue at stake here. Perle and Rumsfeld insist that board members with military ties never discuss their business dealings at policy meetings. Yet the entire board is beholden to private economic interests that are profiting from US foreign and military policy and stand to make megabucks as the war against terrorism moves into full swing.

Take Henry Kissinger. Unmentioned in the CPI report is his relationship to Freeport McMoran, the US mining giant that has paid the Indonesian military millions of dollars to guard its huge copper and gold complex in the strife-torn province of Papua and that, with Kissinger's help, lobbied to lift human rights restrictions on US military aid to Jakarta. Or Dan Quayle, who is described as a "consultant, author and public speaker," but who makes his living as a shill for Cerberus Capital Management, a US investment fund that has spent more than $2 billion snatching up bankrupt Asian enterprises and recently opened a Washington office to invest in homeland security companies. And Perle's full portfolio is still being fleshed out: It includes a directorship at FNSS, a big Turkish arms manufacturer owned by United Defense Industries, a subsidiary of George Bush Sr.'s Carlyle Group. Defense board member Thomas Foley, the former Speaker of the House and US ambassador to Tokyo, also works for Carlyle as an adviser for its Japan fund, which also lists George Herbert Walker Bush as a senior advisor. Perle is clearly edgy about the attention he has brought to Rumsfeld's board. He bitterly attacked Hersh as a "terrorist" and was visibly upset when a Code Pink activist disrupted his March 25 talk at the American Enterprise Institute, where he, Woolsey and other pre-emptive warriors have found their ideological home. But Perle quickly recovered: After the woman was escorted out, he declared that the US campaign in Iraq underscores his argument that democracies don't start aggressive wars. "Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people," he said. Add the need to expand markets for arms exporters, corporations and banks, and the Prince of Darkness may finally be on to something.

The Shock and Awe Gallery - This is the way history will remember this war.

New online harassment involves provocative messages sent under guise of activists - Arab-American activist Nawar Shora checked his e-mail one day and found scores of angry messages asking why he hated Americans and Jews. The messages were responding to e-mails marked as coming from him. Only one big problem: Shora never sent the hate mail. Shora, a legal adviser to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was the victim of a new form of harassment in which fake e-mail is sent using real addresses. By exploiting the simplicity and openness of the Internet's mail protocols, unidentified provocateurs have been sending incendiary messages posing as Shora and other Arab-Americans. The tactic, known as e-mail spoofing, requires little technical know-how and no illegal computer break-ins. Yet it has caused a lot of trouble wasting time, damaging reputations and even leading to the suspension of e-mail accounts. ''One was a long, detailed essay about how evil Jewish people are and how we have to kill them all. (Another said) America deserved what it got as if we were a branch of al-Qaida,'' Shora said. ''In the times we live in, those are all dangerous. There's already a negative sentiment against Arab-Americans.''

Arabs Face Evictions As Kurds Take Revenge - Iraqi Arabs claim they are being forcibly expelled from homes and villages in and around the northern city of Kirkuk by Kurds who are bent on undoing years of their own forced expulsion at the hands of the Iraqi regime. As many as 2,000 people from four villages near the town of Daqouq, about 17 miles south of Kirkuk, are reported to have left property and land that once belonged to Kurds, after being served with eviction notices by an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - which took control of the area following the fall of Kirkuk on April 10. The Arab villagers have sought refuge in the homes and tents of fellow members of the Shummar tribe in a larger village nearby.

The Toppling of the Statue of Saddam was a Staged Media Event - The photographs tell the story... Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale? Yes, the occupation has begun.

British Aid Plane Prevented from Entering Iraq - U.S. forces have refused a Save the Children plane permission to land in northern Iraq to deliver aid, breaching the Geneva Convention and "costing children their lives," the British aid agency said on Thursday. Save the Children said in a statement it had been trying for more than a week to land a plane in Arbil carrying enough medical supplies to treat 40,000 people and emergency feeding kits for malnourished children. A U.S. official told the charity no aid flights would be allowed until the area was safe but the U.N. has already declared Arbil a "safe and secure" area, the charity said. "The doctors we are trying to help have been struggling against the odds for weeks to continue saving lives, but now the help we have promised them is being endlessly delayed," Emergency Program Manager Rob MacGillivray said. "The lack of cooperation from the U.S. military is a breach of the Geneva Conventions and its protocols but more importantly the time now being wasted is costing children their lives." U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Unseen Gulf War - The unseen gulf war - Photos from Desert Storm you were not supposed to see.


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