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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
"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--
consciousness is freedom
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]
May 3, 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!
US To Cut Iraq Into 3 Zones And Police With Troops - Iraq is to be divided into three sectors patrolled by troops led by the United States, Britain and Poland under plans to impose postwar stability, a senior U.S. official said, as Iraqi preachers urged Washington to establish a government to restore order. Ten nations offered troops for the stabilization force, which would be separate from the 135,000 combat troops still in Iraq after having toppled the government of Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration official said. President Bush has declared the war effectively over but violence, looting and lawlessness persist in a country where a virtual power vacuum has replaced Saddam's iron-fisted rule and essential services such as water and electricity are still scarce. Many Iraqis are happy at Saddam's removal but have made clear they want U.S. troops to leave and an end to the near anarchy that has swept parts of the country since the U.S. military victory. "Where is the government?" said Sheikh Ahmad al-Issawi in a sermon at a Baghdad mosque. "Install a government as quickly as possible even if it is an emergency government. "Maintain security and protect public and private possessions from looters and get public services, water and electricity back to normal," Issawi added.
As it grappled with postwar chaos, the U.S. military said it was holding two more of Saddam's top aides. They were Abdul Tawab Mullah Hwaish, head of the military industrialization ministry, which oversaw the development of weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s, and Taha Mohieddin Ma'rouf, a vice president and member of the Revolutionary Command Council. The states which have volunteered to take part in stabilization duties do not include France, Germany or Russia, which were not invited to a planning meeting of 16 nations in London that approved the plan on Wednesday, said the U.S. official, who asked not to be identified. Those three countries opposed the U.S.-led war, infuriating Washington with their obstruction of its efforts to obtain United Nations backing for the campaign. The exact size of the new force has not been determined, but the United States, Britain, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Albania have offered troops for the policing effort. The three sectors of Iraq have not yet been drawn up. A U.S. division of up to 20,000 troops would patrol one of the sectors, while the other two would each have a division of multinational troops under Britain and Poland, which both contributed forces to the invasion campaign.
A senior British official made a case, however, for the U.S. military to step aside from running postwar Iraq. Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, said the Pentagon had done a terrific job in winning the war but it was time for the diplomats to manage the peace. "If the Pentagon runs the peace, we're in trouble," he said during a panel discussion at Harvard University. Speaking a day after Bush declared that U.S.-led forces had prevailed in the military phase of the war, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in London that insecurity remained rife. "It would be a terrible mistake to think that Iraq is a fully secure, fully pacified environment. It is not; it is dangerous," he said after meeting British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the end of a victory tour to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rumsfeld's talks with Blair covered a push for faster reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Washington, a U.S. official said the Bush administration had chosen Paul Bremer, a former diplomat who headed the State Department's counterterrorism efforts, to be the civilian administrator guiding reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
The official said Bremer would supplant retired Gen. Jay Garner as the top U.S. civilian official in the country. The European Union, meanwhile, said it had agreed in principle for the return of diplomats to Iraq. In the tense western city of Falluja, a Muslim prayer leader called on residents not to fight U.S. soldiers who killed 15 demonstrators earlier this week and then suffered seven wounded in a reprisal attack on a U.S. base. "I want to tell you, to tell all of the people here in Falluja, not to attack Americans. If you do they will kill you," the prayer leader told worshipers. But anger still simmered on the streets, where some said they preferred Saddam's rule to the U.S. "occupation." Iraqis are dismayed at the postwar breakdown in security and angry about shortages of water, power and other services. However, a vessel with 14,000 tons of rice docked in the southern port of Umm Qasr, the largest to arrive by sea and the first shipment by the U.N. World Food Program since the war began.
British bomber worked at Heathrow - BRITISH suicide bomber Asif Hanif worked at Heathrow airport for more than two years, The Sun can reveal. The terrorist had access to zones beyond passport control and baggage X-ray in Terminal 3. But airport chiefs denied last night there had been a security blunder. Hanif had a job in a duty-free shop yards from gates where millions of passengers boarded international flights. The world’s busiest airport is close to where he lived in Hounslow, West London. Islamic fanatic Hanif, 21, blew himself up, killing three Israelis, at a bar in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Another Briton, Omar Sharif, 27, from Derby, is on the run in Israel after a bomb he was carrying failed to go off. The UK is helping in the hunt for the him. Hanif worked for a company called Alpha Retail from August 1998 to December 2000. He had a special badge that allowed him to wander unchecked around the terminal.
John Phillips, spokesman for BAA Heathrow, stressed that Hanif was employed by an outside firm rather than the airport authority. He added: “He would have been subject to the same type of checks as any person, employee or passenger, travelling through the airport.” Hanif’s last known UK job was as a security guard at a Hounslow council homes project. He was there for seven months until February this year. Hanif started his part-time work at Heathrow when 16 and still at Cranford Community College, Hounslow. That was two years after pals noticed the happy-go-lucky lad turn into a religious zealot. At 14 he grew a beard, ditched friends from other faiths, spoke in Urdu and began praying five times a day. One former pupil said: “He used to hang around a group of deeply faithful Muslims and would hardly talk to anyone else.” After leaving school Hanif, one of four children, became an activist at his local mosque. He began a science degree course at Kingston University, South West London. But he quit after four months and went to study Arabic at Damascus University, Syria. By then he was on the path that would end in him being Britain’s first suicide bomber. Hanif’s parents are in Pakistan after going on a pilgrimage to Mecca several months ago.
THE FINAL SECRET OF 9/11 Everything you've always wanted to know about 9/11 is 'classified' – and the Bushies want to keep it that way - How did 19 hijackers manage to decimate the Pentagon, destroy the World Trade Center, and plunge us into a war without end? That is the question we still don't have an answer to, two years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, and, if the Bush administration has anything to say about it – and they do – we won't have an answer any time soon. An 800-page report written by congressional investigators is being withheld from the American public, as Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball report in the current Newsweek, "including provocative, if unheeded warnings, given President Bush and his top advisers during the summer of 2001."
9/11 has been the rationale for a policy of perpetual war, the radical abridgement of our constitutionally-guaranteed liberties, and the barking chorus of television screamers who shout down all dissent as "treason." Yet Americans have no right to know how or why it happened. During ten months of probing by a joint House-Senate investigation headed by former prosecutor and Pentagon inspector general Eleanor Hill, staff members reviewed classified documents made available by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies. They also interviewed field agents, spooks, and senior government officials. The Senate and House intelligence committees approved the report, but the White House insisted that it be "scrubbed" before being released – that is, cleansed of any hint that the attack might have been prevented.
As if to underscore the profound guilt at the core of
their adamant obstructionism, administration officials are
insisting that portions of the report detailing what is already
widely known be "reclassified." The infamous "Phoenix memo" written
by an FBI investigator warning of Al Qaeda-linked operatives
enrolling in flight schools is now an official "secret," although
it has been published and cited in media all over the world. In
explaining this Orwellian maneuver, an administration spokesman
summed up the neo-imperialist theory of "democratic" governance to
a tee: "Just because something had been inadvertently released,
doesn't make it unclassified."
MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY WE ARE SINKING -Seventy days without a peep. The United States of America, reputably the wealthiest nation in the world, no longer has credit. Its credit card was cancelled seventy days ago, we've got a horrendous and increasing trade deficit, and the Euro is replacing the dollar as the world standard. Is this the way we go, "not with a bang but a whimper?" Has the most powerful nation in the world become so engrossed in invading and stomping some little third world country that all else has been set aside? A pipsqueak nation that had about as much chance of hurting us as a bag lady has of threatening Wall Street with her grocery cart. Are we incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time? Have the investigative resources of the Fourth Estate and television's war channels given up on everything else except the Laci Peterson murder or an occasional car chase? Or is it that the Mayberry News services haven't heard any talk from their sources at Floyd's barber shop or Goober's garage where they normally get their news, news leaks, and propaganda? Are their staff's incompetent or simply afraid to show our economic frailty to a world population not exactly in our corner? Where's the outrage?
Pope thinks Bush might be the Antichrist! -George W. Bush proclaims himself a born-again Christian. However, Bush and fellow self-anointed neo-Christians like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, and sports arena Book of Revelations carnival hawker Franklin Graham appear to wallow in a "Christian" blood lust cult when it comes to practicing the teachings of the founder of Christianity. This cultist form of Christianity, with its emphasis on death rather than life, is also worrying the leaders of mainstream Christian religions, particularly the Pope.
One only has to check out Bush's record as Governor of Texas to see his own preference for death over life. During his tenure as Governor, Bush presided over a record setting 152 executions, including the 1998 execution of fellow born-again Christian Karla Faye Tucker, a convicted murderer who later led a prison ministry. Forty of Bush's executions were carried out in 2000, the year the Bush presidential campaign was spotlighting their candidate's strong law enforcement record. The Washington Post's Richard Cohen reported in October 2000 that one of the execution chamber's "tie-down team" members, Fred Allen, had to prepare so many people for lethal injections during 2000, he quit his job in disgust.
Bush mocked Tucker's appeal for clemency. In an interview with Talk magazine, Bush imitated Tucker's appeal for him to spare her life - pursing his lips, squinting his eyes, and in a squeaky voice saying, "Please don't kill me." That went too far for former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, himself an evangelical Christian. "I think it is nothing short of unbelievable that the governor of a major state running for president thought it was acceptable to mock a woman he decided to put to death," said Bauer.
Climber amputates arm to free self - Man pinned by a boulder for 5 days called a “warrior” A climber who amputated his own arm with a pocketknife to free himself from a narrow, remote canyon in Utah was described as a “warrior” with a strong will to survive as he recovered at a hospital.
May 2, 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!
U.S. government purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered Voters - A probe has been launched into how the Atlanta-based corporation ChoicePoint Inc. was able to purchase data on Mexico’s 65 million registered voters as well as six million licensed drivers in Mexico City. According to an investigation carried out by the Mexico City newspaper Milenio, ChoicePoint was commissioned by the U.S. government to obtain the data. Mexican legislators want President Vicente Fox to ask his U.S. counterpart for what reason the U.S. government needs this confidential information. ChoicePoint is the only data-gathering company that specializes in acquiring information on foreign nationals in general and Latinos in particular. According to Milenio, low-ranking Mexican government employees routinely sell electronic information to data-gathering groups in a clandestine manner and pocket the proceeds. ChoicePoint also offers information on 90 percent of large corporations operating in Mexico, disclosing data on names of leading executives, phone numbers, electronic systems and levels of capitalization. This surveillance of Latin Americans began September 25, 2001, exactly two weeks after the terrorist attacks. On that date the U.S. Department of Justice awarded ChoicePoint a 67-million dollar contract for providing information on Mexico and other Latin countries.
Brazil's President Opens the "Black Box" of Narco-Corruption- The democratically elected president of Brazil issued a declaration of war last Tuesday… or so his words were received in some powerful quarters. "The real narco-traffickers," President Lula da Silva pointed the finger, are not found in the neighborhoods where poor people are "pressured and induced into crime in order to earn their daily bread." The kingpins of narco-trafficking are to be found, Lula dared to say, "in the large centers of capital." The president is now assembling a posse, he says, to hunt them down. During his first major speech on public safety and crime, Lula spoke previously forbidden words, in public, about a "black box" (a "caixa-preta," in which the word "caixa" enjoys common use both as "box" and "cash register") that exists in the Judicial branch of the Brazilian government… A Judicial branch that, in less than a decade, has almost doubled the nation's prison population (from 126,152 inmates in 1993 to 240,107 in May 2002… overwhelmingly, of course, consisting of poor folks)… and yet organized crime and violence is today considered, according to public opinion surveys, the number one problem in the nation. Something is terribly wrong with the Brazilian Justice system, said the president. And Lula gave orders, he gave very clear instructions, there can be no doubt as to the meaning of his words, in full public view, with the press taking notes, with the tape recorders turned on, with the video cameras rolling, to his Attorney General, Márcio Thomaz Bastos, and to his Public Safety Secretary, Luiz Eduardo Soares: Open that box, the commander-in-chief ordered. Open it wide. Open it now. Kind readers, if Lula is serious, if Bastos is serious, if Soares is serious, they have just placed the drug war in check, and set an historic checkmate in motion.
Broad Domestic Role Asked for C.I.A. and the Pentagons- The Bush administration and leading Senate Republicans sought today to give the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon far-reaching new powers to demand personal and financial records on people in the United States as part of foreign intelligence and terrorism operations, officials said. The proposal, which was beaten back, would have given the C.I.A. and the military the authority to issue administrative subpoenas — known as "national security letters" — requiring Internet providers, credit card companies, libraries and a range of other organizations to produce materials like phone records, bank transactions and e-mail logs. That authority now rests largely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the subpoenas do not require court approval.
The surprise proposal was tucked into a broader intelligence authorization bill now pending before Congress. It set off fierce debate today in a closed-door meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, officials said. Democrats on the panel said they were stunned by the proposal because it appeared to expand significantly the role of the C.I.A. and the Pentagon in conducting domestic operations, despite a long history of tight restrictions, officials said. After raising objections, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and other Democrats succeeded in getting the provision pulled from the authorization bill, at least temporarily, Congressional officials said. In a closed vote, the committee passed the bill unanimously without the proposal. But Senator Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who is chairman of the intelligence committee, indicated to panel members that he wanted to hold further hearings on the idea, officials said.
There was some disagreement over exactly how the provision originated. Several Senate aides active in the debate said that Senator Roberts had included it in the authorization bill. But a senior Congressional official said the Bush administration had initiated the proposal and that Senator Roberts had not objected. A C.I.A. official said the provision had come from the Bush administration, after the White House's Office of Management and Budget signed off on it. The official said that Congressional leaders had asked the Bush administration whether there were any additional powers needed to help combat terrorism. The administration responded with the proposal to give the C.I.A. and military the power to use the national security letters, the official said. Another Congressional official said the move came at the urging of the C.I.A. The White House had no comment last night. Because the F.B.I. now has primary responsibility for domestic intelligence operations, the C.I.A. and the military must currently go to the F.B.I. to request that it issue a national security letter to get access to financial and electronic records.
The Bush administration believes that giving the C.I.A. and the military direct authority to demand the records would cut down on the lag time in the process and give those organizations more flexibility to combat terrorism, according to the senior Congressional official. Administration officials played down the significance of the proposal, maintaining that it would not give the C.I.A. or the military access to any information that they cannot already get through the F.B.I. But Democrats and civil liberties advocates said they were alarmed by the idea that the C.I.A. and the military could begin prying into Americans' personal and financial records. They said that while the F.B.I. was subject to guidelines controlling what agents are allowed to do in the course of an investigation, the C.I.A. and the military appeared to have much freer reign. The F.B.I. also faces additional scrutiny if it tries to use such records in court, but officials said the proposal could give the C.I.A. and the military the power to gather such material without ever being subject to judicial oversight. Timothy Edgar, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the proposal "dangerous and un-American." Mr. Edgar said that "even in the most frigid periods of the Cold War, we never gave the C.I.A. such sweeping and secret policing powers over American citizens."
A Congressional Democratic aide said the measure appeared to go well beyond even hotly debated antiterrorism measures that the Justice Department has been considering in past months. "This is a very odd and very far-reaching idea that came out of nowhere," said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It raises a whole series of questions about what the C.I.A.'s mission has really become." Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the C.I.A. and the military have assumed greater authority overseas over what were once law enforcement terrorism investigations, and the traditional lines between domestic and overseas operations have become increasingly blurred. A new terrorism center, led by the C.I.A., started operation today in an effort to better coordinate the activities of different federal agencies. Civil liberties groups said they were worried it would give the C.I.A. authority to conduct domestic operations. The proposal to allow the C.I.A. and the Pentagon authority to demand domestic records comes at a time when both Democrats and Republicans have voiced growing concerns about the government's expanded powers to fight terrorism. New figures released today also showed that the Justice Department is relying with increasing frequency on secret warrants that allow the officials to go to a secret court to get approval for surveillance and bugging warrants in terrorism and espionage investigations without notifying the target. Attorney General John Ashcroft said in an annual report that the Justice Department used secret warrants a record 1,228 times last year, — an increase of more than 30 percent over the year before. The court that governs the warrants did not turn down any of the Justice Department's applications, officials said. Comment: Wake up America!
Cult hopes to save the world with white sheets- Members of a cult occupying a road in Japan say that the world may soon be destroyed by electromagnetic waves which they are trying to deflect by hanging white sheets on trees. Forty members of the Panawave Laboratory cult, dressed in white, have defied official requests to move from the road in the central Gifu prefecture. They say one of their members, believed to be the cult's woman leader, is too sick from terminal cancer after being attacked by communists using electromagnetic waves. A Panawave spokesman said the cult had been researching electromagnetic waves, which it believed had ruined the environment, and it feared that they would destroy the world on May 15. It said it had been travelling Japan for a decade researching the waves. The road has been blocked by 13 vehicles since last weekend. Three hundred police on 24-hour watch fear the group may take "revenge" if its leader dies.
Blair and Putin 'poles apart' - Tony Blair spent six hours with Vladimir Putin in the Russian presidential residence at Novo-Ogarevo, just outside Moscow. Despite being the end of April, the temperature barely rose above freezing, and it rained all day. The weather set an appropriate backdrop for what turned out to be a fairly sombre occasion. This was Mr Blair's first visit to Russia since the United States-led invasion of Iraq. And it was clear there was no meeting of minds. Many articles in Russian newspapers suggested Mr Blair had come to Russia to ram home the point - the world has changed. Namely, Saddam Hussein is not coming back. And there is no point trying to prevent the lifting of sanctions, no matter how much you would like United Nations weapons inspectors to return to Iraq. Bush's 'servant' Some Russian newspapers with a military orientation went even further. Their line was basically: "London and Washington have again put Russia in what they perceive as its (lowly) place". They have demonstrated that Russia's opinion does not matter. This is a widespread view amongst ordinary Russians.
Less critical opinion considers Tony Blair an unquestioning servant of George Bush. But there are also many Russians who acknowledge the services the UK prime minister has done Russia - toning down criticism of alleged human rights abuses, working hard to bring Russia closer to Nato and the European Union. Russian officials themselves acknowledge the contribution British expertise, know-how and money have made to their country's reforms over recent years. There is, despite the arguments, a lingering respect for Britain in Russia. Beyond that, fundamental differences remain.
Drug recall could hit 1000, says watchdog' - Almost 1000 therapeutic products will be ordered off retail shelves by the weekend as the medicine watchdog chases down a further 300 suspect over-the-counter remedies. The Therapeutic Goods Administration added 449 more products yesterday to the 219 recalled on Monday. The TGA also said senior Pan management had behaved in an obstructive manner and the agency's auditors had had to involve the Australian Federal Police during a visit to Pan in January. The TGA's principal medical adviser, John McEwen, said 15 companies had asked for more time to compile their list of affected products. He estimated a further 300 products would be recalled, bringing the total to 968. The 219 named on Monday were made under Pan's brand name. The rest relate to products made by Pan for other companies in the last year. The impact could lead to the loss of 5000 jobs, the Complementary Healthcare Council said, and at least 500 small healthfood stores may go out of business.
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