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May 13, 2003

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FBI team headed for Saudi blast site

The FBI is dispatching a small team of explosives experts to help investigate the terror bombings in Saudi Arabia, the bureau said Tuesday. At least 10 Americans are among the nearly 30 believed killed. Four explosions ripped through several locations in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, including a large compound housing Western civilians, mostly employed in the oil industry. Officials feared the death toll could climb as searchers work their way through the rubble.

In a speech Tuesday, President George W. Bush pledged, "The United States will find these killers and they will find the meaning of American justice."

Terrorists struck just before U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was due to arrive in the Saudi capital on a tour of the Middle East.

The State Department had issued a warning earlier this month, saying terrorists were targeting U.S. interests in Saudi Arabia and cautioning Americans not to travel there.

The FBI said in Washington that by late Tuesday morning there had been no credible claims of responsibility for the blasts.

A bureau spokesman said it was too soon to speculate whether the attacks had been carried out by al-Qaida, the terror group believed responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Comment: Al-Qaida is under the bed! Shrub is getting out the six-guns again. That moment of military play-acting on the aircraft carrier last week got his chemicals all stirred up. This man needs a moment of self-observation to calm down that emotional centre. Oh yeah, that's right. Psychopaths don't have emotional centres. That's why he can make jokes about capital punishment and wear his sick smile when he talks about bombing Iraqi civilians.

"It was an interesting day." - President Bush, recalling 9/11 [White House, May 1, 2002]

At approximately 8:48 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, the first pictures of the burning World Trade Center were broadcast on live television. The news anchors, reporters, and viewers had little idea what had happened in lower Manhattan, but there were some people who did know. By that time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon, the White House, the Secret Service, and Canada's Strategic Command all knew that three commercial airplanes had been hijacked. They knew that one plane had been flown deliberately into the World Trade Center's North Tower; a second plane was wildly off course and also heading toward Manhattan; and a third plane had abruptly turned around over Ohio and was flying back toward Washington, DC.

So why, at 9:03 a.m. - fifteen minutes after it was clear the United States was under terrorist attack - did President Bush sit down with a classroom of second-graders and begin a 20-minute pre-planned photo op? No one knows the answer to that question. In fact, no one has even asked Bush about it.

Comment: We have just discovered this site. It looks like it has some very thorough timelines on the 9/11 events. We would be happy to receive some readers' comments on this material. You can send your comments to us here.

Bush Delays 9/11 Report, Graham Says

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bob Graham accused the Bush administration Thursday of stonewalling on the public release of a congressional report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"The only reason that delay has occurred is because the administration does not want our report to be available to the American people," said Graham, Florida's senior senator and former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

After months of investigation and a series of congressional hearings last year, the House and Senate intelligence panels wrapped up their report Dec. 20 and released a summary. The full classified report is still under review at the FBI and CIA, which are trying to determine whether any disclosure of information might pose a risk to national security and should remain secret.

Comment: Bob Graham concerned about the truth. Yeah, right. This was the guy meeting with the Pakistani intelligence officer the morning of September 11. Talk about posturing! But they have to maintain the façade that someone, somewhere cares because too many people are asking questions....because something wicked this way comes.


The unmarked military-style jet swooped down at high speed through the valley, twice circled the smouldering black scar where Flight 93 had careered into the ground just seconds earlier and then hurtled off over the horizon.

At least six eyewitnesses saw the mysterious aircraft on the morning of September 11 last year. But the US authorities deny it ever existed.

...What was the white jet doing there and why won't they admit to its presence? Why did other witnesses see smoke and flames trailing from Flight 93 as it fell from the sky, indicating a possible explosion aboard?

Or - and this is proving to be the most uncomfortable question of all - in the moments before the airliner piled into the black, spongey earth at 575mph did an American fighter pilot have to do the unthinkable and shoot down a US civil airliner?

Comment: Unthinkable? For whom? Certainly not Bush and Co. But they have more serious crimes they are covering up. After all, they organized it all.

9/11 Allowed to Happen

Oct 1995: The oil company Unocal signs a contract for "the perfect pipeline" through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Henry Kissinger, a Unocal consultant, calls it a triumph of hope. [Washington Post, 10/5/98]

Comment: Check out this timeline with a good set of links. Suspend your emotional thinking for a moment and consider the above carefully. Check the links, everything detailed above actually happened, so do you consider yourself a logical, rational human being? If so, there can only be one conclusion: the US government knew about and most likely orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. It's time to grow up and deal with it.

Explosion in Chechnya kills 40, injures 100

Two suicide bombers drove their truck loaded with explosives into a government compound in northern Chechnya on Monday, killing at least 40 people... The explosion left an enormous crater and severely damaged an administrative building and the headquarters of the Federal Security Service in the town of Znamenskoye.

Reports say at least 100 people were wounded in the attack.

The blast also damaged four other government buildings and about eight residential houses.

Chechnya's pro-Russian administrator, Akhmad Kadyrov, said the bomb blast again shows that Russian and Chechen security services are unable to prevent attacks by separatist fighters.

Comment: While Russia took the "high road" against the US at the UN, it is obvious this posturing was part of a well-orchestrated pièce de théâtre for the public. They use the same means to justify their supression of "terrorists" in Chechnya.

The USA deceived the world on Iraq

In its rush for making a case for war against Iraq, the US made several claims, most important of which were related to Iraq owning and developing weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, biological and chemical. Also links to terrorism were made.

The links to terrorism were affirmed and denied by the US officials at the same time, with the CIA and even the US vice President making statements that there are no links by Iraq to terrorism, and then saying there are. But not an important enough point for our subject.

But Iraqi possessing weapons of mass destruction was all the hype. The threats that Iraq posed by this ownership, or developments of such weapons, or "potential" development -- whatever that means, were the reason the world and the US public was being rallied and some coerced into joining the efforts for war.

…The US government deceived its citizens and the world, and it further used deception to breach international law, and moral law, with total disregard and recklessness.

Comment: Yes, the only question is, where are they going with all of this? What is their ultimate goal?...Without doubt, something wicked this way comes.

Reason for War? "Global Show of U.S. Power and Democracy"

To build its case for war with Iraq, the Bush administration argued that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but some officials now privately acknowledge the White House had another reason for war Ñ a global show of American power and democracy.

Officials inside government and advisers outside told ABCNEWS the administration emphasized the danger of Saddam's weapons to gain the legal justification for war from the United Nations and to stress the danger at home to Americans.

"We were not lying," said one official. "But it was just a matter of emphasis."

Comment: Hmmm, sounds like a psychopath's definition of telling the truth.

Officials now say they may not find hundreds of tons of mustard and nerve agents and maybe not thousands of liters of anthrax and other toxins. But U.S. forces will find some, they say. On Thursday, President Bush raised the possibility for the first time that any such Iraqi weapons were destroyed before or during the war.

If weapons of mass destruction were not the primary reason for war, what was? Here's the answer officials and advisers gave ABCNEWS.

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks changed everything, including the Bush administration's thinking about the Middle East and not just Saddam Hussein.

Comment: Rather convenient, don't you think?

Senior officials decided that unless action was taken, the Middle East would continue to be a breeding ground for terrorists. Officials feared that young Arabs, angry about their lives and without hope, would always looking for someone to hate and that someone would always be Israel and the United States.

Comment: And destroying young Arab's lives, leaving their cities with no infrastructure, ruining their economy and job prospect, blowing their children's arms off, and leaving them to starve in a pool, of filthy, feted water is just the thing to open their hearts to America and democracy.

Europeans thought the solution was to get a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. But American officials felt a Middle East peace agreement would only be part of the solution.

The Bush administration felt that a new start was needed in the Middle East and that Iraq was the place to show that it is democracy -- not terrorism -- that offers hope.[...]

Comment: Who are the real terrorists?

British minister quits over lack of UN role in Iraq

A British cabinet minister known for her outspoken opposition to Britain's participation in the war on Iraq has resigned.

Clare Short stepped down Monday after accusing Prime Minister Tony Blair of failing to ensure a prominent role for the United Nations in the rebuilding of Iraq.

Short's resignation was no surprise. The international development minister was one of Blair's chief critics.

She condemned his handling of the lead-up to the war, calling it "deeply reckless."

U.S. diplomat takes over for Garner in Iraq

Paul Bremer, the new U.S. administrator for Iraq and boss to retired general Jay Garner, has arrived in Baghdad.

Bremer is a longtime U.S. State Department official who will head what is being described as the new civilian administration.

Garner was to have led the administration, intended to take over Iraq's reconstruction and political rehabilitation after the war that overthrew Saddam Hussein.

But Garner's time as interim leader of Iraq saw infighting between the American military and State Department.

Bremer appears to be a compromise. He has three decades of diplomatic experience with the State Department, and is close to U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.

Bremer arrives following a shake-up in the senior ranks of U.S. officials in Iraq. Barbara Bodine, the U.S.-appointed administrator for central Iraq, was recalled to Washington over the weekend.

The U.S. reconstruction team seems to have had little impact on rebuilding in Iraq. Basic services such as water and electricity are intermittent, and Iraqis complain there's no security.

Comment: Yes, folks, the next chapter of Democracy on the March, bringing Coke and McDonald's to the world's poor and downtrodden. Manic shuffling to give the impression that this is about liberating the Iraq oil fie.... oops, the Iraqi people. Would you like that Big Mac with depleted uranium?


The Pentagon says 1: Iraq Body Count says at least 200.

It is understandable that the US government should wish to play down the damage done to Iraqi civilians by cluster bombs, for those who use them in civilian areas open themselves to charges of war crimes.

Iraq Inc: A joint venture built on broken promises

America and Britain declared themselves yesterday to be the "occupying powers" in Iraq and produced a blueprint for the administration of the country that confined the United Nations to a co-ordinating role.

Although George Bush declared in Belfast last month that the UN would have "a vital role" in Iraq, there was great disappointment yesterday after the organisation was denied an operational role.

Britain acknowledged in a draft UN Security Council resolution that, with the United States, it intended to run Iraq for at least a year as a conquering power. Both countries urged the Council to agree to an instant lifting of economic sanctions against Iraq and accept that, as "occupying powers", they would have near-total control of the country's oil revenues for 12 months and maybe much longer...

Whatever the fate of the UN resolution, Washington has already started a secretive carve-up of the Iraq reconstruction pie in which all the slices thus far have gone to US companies – many of them with close connections to the Bush administration.

The impression that Iraq is becoming a carpetbaggers' free-for-all was reinforced at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre in Atlanta this week when lawyers, consultants and business people streamed in, all hoping for a piece of the action. They heard a presentation by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), which is handing out contracts worth $1.5bn (£0.9bn) to rebuild the healthcare system. The USAid contracts total about $70m. If America fulfils its sweeping promise to rebuild Iraq's entire infrastructure, the total may reach several hundred billion dollars. The contracts will be paid for from Iraqi oil revenues, controlled by America and Britain and audited by an international firm of accountants.

...Sir Brian Urquhart, a veteran British diplomat and former UN under-secretary general, said: "Surely it would be better for everyone to push this through rather than reopen all the quarrels and instead do something to help the poor people of Iraq. I can't believe that they won't do that."

...Separately, the text envisions taking away UN control of Iraq's oil sales. This also runs directly counter to the view of several of the nations opposed to war, who have argued for keeping a UN hand on the Iraqi oil industry. Last night, the Russian envoy to the UN, Sergei Lavrov, said he had "lots of questions" on the text. Washington is asking that the UN oil-for-food programme, which currently takes in all oil revenues and distributes them for the purchase of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies, be wound up within four months. Control of oil revenues would pass to the "Iraqi Assistance Fund" to be held by the Central Bank of Iraq, managed by US and UK officials. An advisory board with the UN co-ordinator and envoys from other international financial institutions would oversee the disbursement of the revenues, and make recommendations.

The immediate reaction to the plans in Baghdad was negative. "This is very, very bad. We are in the same situation as we were with Saddam," said Bassen al-Khoja, 31. "[They] stole the oil money from the people and we got nothing and now the Americans and British are doing exactly the same. We are not going to see any benefit from it."

Similar disgust was expressed by Fareed Ismail al-Qaisi, 42, who is unemployed. "The United Nations should control the oil money, not the Americans," he said.

This is the first time that Washington and London have formally acknowledged that they consider themselves "occupying powers" in Iraq. It is a status governed by the Geneva Conventions that also lays out strict responsibilities and obligations for those powers under international law.

In Brussels, Poul Nielson, the European Union commissioner for development, voiced dismay at the text. He said Washington was "on its way to becoming a member of Opec", adding: "They appropriate the oil. The unwillingness to give the UN a legal, well-defined role also speaks a language that is quite clear."

Comment: Why are we not surprised. So it was never about the oil.... Of course, we know that it is not ONLY about the oil, it is also about setting up the conditions in the Middle East to annihilate all the Semitic peoples, the age-old dream of the puppet masters. By stirring up the area, pitting people against people, the Bush Reich will consider its presence "justified" and will continue to expand its domination and pressure until it finally explodes.

Rights group: hatred of Jews at highest level since WWII

Anti-Semitism is rising at a rate unseen since the end of World War Two, fuelled in part by an explosion of hate sites on the Internet, Jewish leaders told an international conference on intolerance Monday.

From just one Web site in 1985, there were now more than 4,000 promoting terrorism, hate and historical revisionism, according to a report released at the conference held at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the UN scientific and cultural body.

The three-day conference, which plans to combat anti-Semitism through "education for tolerance", is attended by religious leaders and experts, as well as political representatives including Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky; U.S. congressman Robert Beauprez, Republican of Colorado; and France's Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

Also scheduled to attend are the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello and former NATO commander in Europe General Wesley Clark.

"Not since the end of World War Two has the world seen such a proliferation of anti-Semitism," Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center which preserves the memory of the Holocaust, said in a conference address.

"I believe that you have a new generation of professional haters who are serving as leaders, demagogues, and they're inspiring young people to do their bidding while they often hide," he told journalists earlier.

Hier cited cartoons in Western newspapers and a range of comments by leading Arab officials as evidence of the rise in anti-Semitism.

It was wrong to blame poverty or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the upsurge, which could only be confronted by speaking out, he said.

"There is nothing new about the oldest hatred," he said. "Some will hide behind what Israel is doing... but those are just excuses, that's a ruse."

Comment: This guy is just another cog in the wheel that is grinding towards the ultimate destruction of the Jews and all Semitic people's in the middle east. Through his subtle insistence that the Jews are somehow a special or chosen people and that they are the victims of "the oldest hatred in the world", he is perpetuating that erroneous belief and playing right into the hands of people like Sharon and Peres who seek to keep the Jewish population blinded by emotion and religious zealousness, and in doing so are manuevering them to a position where when they do find themselves embroiled in a large scale destructive conflict, there will be few who will feel it is not justified; the setup is almost complete it seems.

Disorder deepens in liberated Baghdad

Fearful of going out after dark, waiting up to 10 hours to fill their cars with gas, spreading rumors in the absence of reliable media, watching landmark buildings set on fire and wondering who is in charge, the residents of this capital are growing increasingly impatient with the deepening disorder that is plaguing their lives more than a month after US troops took over the city.

...Security in Baghdad, the top of everybody's list of priorities, including the Americans', is deteriorating. Gunfire is heard more often than it was two weeks ago, thieves drag drivers from their cars in broad daylight, and looters continue to steal whatever is left from public buildings in full view of passers by.

...US officials say they cannot fully control the situation. With less than 150,000 troops in Iraq, a country the size of California, "there are some areas that we don't have totally covered," said Lt. Gen. David McKiernan, commander of US ground forces, last week.

Even the presence of US soldiers in Baghdad provides civilians with little reassurance. Though schools were meant to open last week, many families are keeping their children at home, for fear of what might happen to them on their way to class.

Nor does an 11 p.m. curfew ensure nighttime peace. Thieves easily exploit its lax enforcement in the absence of police patrols. "At the beginning we were relieved that the looters did not attack residential districts," says Ms. Khadimi. "But now we are afraid to be in our houses."

Her neighbors, she adds, professional people with no experience with firearms, have begun in recent days to buy AK-47s in self defense.

"Security is a problem in Baghdad, though it is much better across the rest of Iraq," says one coalition official. "It's our number one priority because it is the baseline for everything else." Sixty percent of the capital's ordinary police are reporting for work, he says, "but they don't have the same way of patrolling a beat as we do in the West, so they have to reorganize the way they work."

Nor is anyone really clear what law applies in Iraq. The country is not under martial law, General McKiernan said last week, "but we are in transition. It is a gray area." The situation is complicated, officials point out, by the fact that Saddam Hussein emptied Iraq's jails before the war, allowing 100,000 common criminals onto the streets.

For Baghdadis with cars, a problem almost equal to security is the shortage of gasoline. Adel Hassan al-Mutaar waited from 4:00 a.m. on Saturday until he finally filled up at two in the afternoon at the Al Khalissa station. "You have to line up early, there is no choice," he says. "And to think that we are used to gas stations open 24 hours a day."

...Most Iraqis have not gone back to their jobs, since the ministries and companies that employed them until the war have not yet restarted their operations.

That has left millions of citizens with no income and no secure source of food, in the absence of the ration system that prevailed under the UN administered "oil for food program" before the war.

So far, no UN food trucks have arrived in Baghdad, and food aid officials say the ration reserves that Iraqis had built up are likely to run out within a matter of weeks.

If the city streets are now clear of roadblocks and burned-out buses and trucks, (they have been dragged onto the sidewalks for collection), they are still piled with trash, uncollected for weeks. In the evenings, residents burn what they can, sending columns of acrid smoke drifting through the city, but much remains in heaps at the curbside.

Comment: So while the oil fields remain protected, ordinary Iraqis are without sanitation, electricity, and gasoline. They are stocking up on firearms to protect themselves. Well, Americans have the firmly implanted belief that liberty and guns are go hand in hand, I guess that the proliferation of guns in Iraq shows that the Iraqis are indeed "freer" under the US occupation.

Not a drop that's safe to drink

War-ravaged Nasiriya is caught in a deadly cycle: with no electricity to pump water, locals are breaking into the underground pipes, allowing raw sewage to seep into the system. The danger of a cholera outbreak is a real one. [...] Since the third day of the war, the city's electricity supply has been out of action. The combination of bombing raids by the coalition forces and the counterattack by the Iraqi army destroyed Nasiriya's infrastructure.

Without power there is nothing to pump the water. And without running water, the locals are turning to untreated supplies which they can't afford to boil because of the soaring price of fuel.

The electricity shutdown has also brought the sewage pumps to a halt, so that much of this city of half a million people is sitting on a bed of stale human waste. In places it has started to seep up to ground level.

Iraqis Begin to Leave Iraq

Three weeks after U.S. forces consolidated their hold on Iraqi territory, many Iraqis are beginning to leave the country citing the "lawlessness and surge in crime is intolerable."

N.H. said he left the north of Iraq because the Kurds, U.S. allies in the war, were harassing Arabs, Chaldeans, and Assyrians who have lived in such cities as Mosul, Dhouk, Kirkuk and Bahzani for the last 2,000 years.

"At night we hear shooting in neighboring streets, women screaming that they are being raped. We sometimes hear explosions," N.H. said by phone from Amman.

"The Americans are doing nothing about it," he added.

Betchel, Bin Laden, and Bush

Last week, while the notorious coward George W. Bush -- who walked away from his National Guard duty during the Vietnam War, a criminal act known as "desertion" when committed by lesser mortals -- was basking in the man-musk of a shipload of sailors, reciting his usual lies about al-Qaida's "alliance" with Saddam Hussein, and weasel-wording his "victory" declaration to avoid taking full legal responsibility for the consequences of the war of aggression he had unleashed, Bechtel was quietly pocketing a secret, closed-bid, open-ended Iraq contract that could give them almost $700 million in taxpayer money before the 2004 election -- with the alluring prospect of untold billions to follow, Mother Jones reports.

What's more, as The New Yorker reports, this public largess will also fill the coffers of a key Bechtel partner in Saudi Arabia -- a well-connected global conglomerate that has also been a long-time financial partner of both George Bush I and George Bush II: the Bin Laden Group.

The Secretary from Enron The Decline and Fall of Thomas White

Two weeks ago, Secretary of Defense fired Thomas White, who was tapped by President Bush two years ago as Secretary of the Army. Today, White, the former vice chairman of Enron Corp., the disgraced energy company that imploded in a wave of accounting scandals two years ago, leaves the Pentagon for good. In the two years White spent at the Pentagon he is credited with nothing other than taking up space. White's dismissal barely made a sound in the media. Newspapers ran wire copy of his departure and chalked it up to his frequent run-ins with Rummy over disagreements in transforming the army. But that's not an accurate portrayal nor is it the true reason White was canned, according to a half-dozen senior Pentagon officials interviewed between April 26 and May 7. Simply put, the Enron scandal tainted White as soon as it became common knowledge that he contacted dozens of his former colleagues after the company collapsed and failed to unload the bulk of his stock after he became Secretary of the Army. His job security became further strained when the FBI launched an investigation of White last year into allegations of insider trading. White's phone conversations with his Enron buddies took place shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. and while military personnel were being sent to break up the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said White never disclosed to Rumsfeld that he phoned his former colleagues and that the Bush administration only learned of it when it was reported by the media.

U.S., Iran hold secret talks on Afghanistan and Iraq in Geneva

With American troops dug in for long stays in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States has been holding unannounced talks with Iran, a country that shares long borders with both, officials said Monday.

The discussions began not long after the Afghan war started in the fall of 2001 and initially were largely limited to developments in Afghanistan. They have been expanded recently to include exchanges on Iraq, with which Iran fought an eight-year war in the 1980s. The talks have been held in Geneva, under auspices of the United Nations.

"This is not somehow a new opening of diplomatic relations. This is an opportunity to deal with some practical issues," State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said.

Unanswered Questions from 9/11 draws overflow crowd

The greatest deception ever launched. That is how Canadian broadcaster Barrie Zwicker described the U.S.government's "official" version of 9/11 at an activist-organized event in San Francisco April 21.

A hand-vote indicated a majority of those who packed Herbst Theatre, which is directly across from the city's Civic Center,agreed with him.

Zwicker called the government's story of 9/11 "The Big Lie" and likened it to the Reichstag Fire which Adolph Hitler and the Nazis used to launch their murderous attacks against people they deemed undesirable. Some historians believe the Nazis, not the Dutch Communist found guilty and executed, started the German Parliament fire. A day after the February 27, 1933, fire, the German government suspended civil liberties. A month later, the Parliament granted Hitler dictatorial powers.

Zwicker said the 9/11 deception was "perpetrated by powerful special interests to jumpstart the war on terrorism," which he called the "toxic tip" for world domination, and was leveraged by neo- conservatives in the U.S. government who have "hijacked U.S. foreign policy at the behest of Big Arms and Big Oil."

...The size of the crowd stunned even the seasoned experts on the panel. Several hundred people were turned away at the box office for lack of space. A similar program the next night in Palo Alto, California, attracted five to six hundred people.

Zwicker asked the audience for a show of hands about four questions. How many believe, he asked, that elements of the U.S. government not only knew about but also participated in 9/11? How many believe the official narrative a guy with a white beard living in a cave in Afghanistan . . . ? How many believe G.W. Bush knew? How many do not know? A majority possibly 80 percent answered affirmatively to Zwicker's first question.

Comment: Not everyone is buying Bush Reich's propaganda. It is quite evident that Bushy thinks we are all a bunch of fools who will lap up whatever he serves up like good little patriots. I can hardly stomach one more person saying, "Even if it is true that this state of affairs is all contrived by our resident terrorist bunch, The Bush Reich, what good does knowing the truth do?" One can stop being a fascist tool, like Senator Hatch as one example.

Law Provides Needed Tools By Senator Orrin G. Hatch

The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- and the killing of more than 3,000 Americans -- are forever etched in our nation's memory. Soon after this tragic attack, Congress in bipartisan fashion enacted the Patriot Act, a long-overdue set of measures that provided law enforcement and intelligence agencies with basic tools needed to fight and win the war against terrorism.

In 1996, I proposed many of these same measures in an anti-terrorism bill. Had these measures been in place prior to 9/11, law enforcement agencies may well have been able to catch some or all of the terrorists.

The Patriot Act has not eroded any of the rights we hold dear as Americans. I would be the first to call for corrective action, were that the case. Yet not one of the civil liberties groups has cited one instance of abuse of our constitutional rights, one decision by any court that any part of the Patriot Act was unconstitutional or one shred of evidence to contradict the fact that these tools protect what is perhaps our most important civil liberty: the freedom from future terrorist attacks.

Several important provisions of the Patriot Act are scheduled to sunset, or expire, on Dec. 31, 2005. When the bill originally was passed by the Senate, I opposed the sunset, along with 95 other senators.

Given the importance of the Patriot Act tools to our nation's war against terrorism, why would we simply sunset these provisions when we know full well that the terrorists will not sunset their evil intentions? There is no logical reason for our nation to lay down some of its most effective arms while fighting this war.

Last Thursday, the Senate added another important anti-terrorism provision to the arsenal of weapons to combat terrorism. The Senate fixed a gap in the original 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to authorize the gathering of intelligence information relating to "lone-wolf" terrorists -- who cannot be linked to an international organization or state. This bipartisan proposal will enhance the ability of the FBI and intelligence agencies to investigate terrorists and detect their plots to prevent devastating attacks on our country. Lawmakers were right to fix this glaring problem.

Comment: Whoa! Now any individual who questions the rising fascist state can be labeled a "lone wolf" and hauled off by Bush's goon squads.

...The bottom line is clear: We should not undermine or limit our law enforcement and intelligence agencies' efforts by imposing requirements that go above and beyond those required by the Constitution. That would only have the effect of protecting terrorists and criminals while endangering the lives of innocent Americans.

Comment: Notice how Hatch is slipping in that we all need to be prepared for perpetual terrorist attacks. Come on everyone, don't you know that giving up your freedoms makes you safe? Aren't you ready to send your sons and daughters off to a perpetual war on terror that never seems to slow down the fear of terrorist attacks? I ask again, who are the real terrorists?

DJs Suspended for Playing Dixie Chicks

Country station KKCS has suspended two disc jockeys for playing the Dixie Chicks, violating a ban imposed after the group criticized President Bush.

Comment: But, hey, there's no stifling of liberties...

Penn can sue for loss of film role

Is there really a Hollywood blacklist against performers who don't support the Bush administration? The answer may lie in a Los Angeles courtroom.

California judge has ruled that actor Sean Penn can pursue a legal claim that he was fired from a film because of his piquant political views and a brief visit he made to Iraq last December.[...]

Canada Would Make Missile Program 'Friendly'

[...] Liberal MP David Pratt, chair of the Commons defence committee, brushed aside questions last week from CBC Radio host Mary Lou Finlay about concerns that the Bush administration's new missile defence program would undermine decades of nuclear disarmament and set off a new arms race.

That's just "Cold War thinking", scoffed Pratt. "We have to adapt to the new strategic environment."

Expect to hear more of this sort of nuclear pep-talk as the debate heats up over whether Canada should join the U.S. program, which many argue could lead to weapons in space.

[....] While the word "defence" is kept front and centre, the missile program fits well into the Bush administration's plans for pre-emptive military strikes and its larger plan spelled out last September in its National Security Strategy for the United States of America to rule the world through sheer military might.

[...] In other words, the missile defence scheme could help make it possible for Washington to aggressively strike, including with nuclear weapons, what it considers to be rogue states.

Comment: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft fom those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging fom an iron cross." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

US drills for terror attacks

The exercise began with a simulated 'dirty bomb' in Seattle

In a simulation of terror attacks, two United States cities have been hit simultaneously, with a radiological "dirty bomb" and biological agents - but the "attacks" are just a training exercise.

The five-day test, which began with an explosion and fire in the north-western city of Seattle on Monday, is designed to test US emergency response systems.

The full scale of the "attack" is to become apparent on Tuesday, as "patients" begin arriving at Chicago area hospitals with flu-like symptoms.

The simulation, dubbed "Topoff 2", has a 200-page script containing some surprises not announced to the public in advance. It will cost an estimated $16m and involve 8,500 people in the United States and Canada.

Devised by the Department of Homeland Security, the exercise began with the Seattle explosion, to which emergency crews responded within minutes.

Actors playing victims were rushed to hospital - but in the scenario, a radioactive cloud is due to spread from the scene of the explosion over the city centre.

Simultaneous attacks

The training exercise aims to prepare local, state and federal government agencies to deal with simultaneous terror attacks more than a thousand miles apart.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge will be based in the White House during the exercise, which includes look-alikes playing President George W Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

The writers of the scenario have even invented an imaginary terrorist organisation - called Glodo - to blame for the attacks.

The BBC's Justin Webb says the people of both Seattle and Chicago have had plenty of warning of all this activity, with posters and news bulletins announcing the mock attacks for the last week so as to avoid panic.

The exercise is planned to finish on a positive note, with suspects being arrested at the end of the week.

Full scale

The mock attacks will also see the participation of the American Red Cross and the Canadian Government.

It is the first large-scale counter-terrorism exercise since the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Mr Ridge has described the event as a full-scale exercise responding to plausible threats to the US.

"Protection against terrorism requires that organisations at every level of government and in the private sector work together in partnership to prepare for events and deal with their consequences," he said in a statement.

"Topoff 2 provides the opportunity to test our preparedness, and at the same time identify ways to improve response in the future."

Comment: So we are being prepared to live in a constant state of terror, which will justify a perpetual war on terror. I wonder who is writing the script for the next real terrorist attack on America? And notice, Dear Reader, that the first event is being staged in Seattle where the anti-globalisation movement surprised the World Trade Organization. Is someone sending a message?

Canada part of huge terror-response drill

Canada will be part of the largest terrorism drill ever held in the United States, a five-day event that begins Monday and includes simulated biological and radiological attacks on Chicago and Seattle.

...As many as 8,500 people from more than 100 U.S. agencies, the Red Cross and the Canadian government will be involved. It's estimated to cost about $16 million US...The drill includes two mock events: a dirty bomb explosion in Seattle, and a biological attack in Chicago.

Officials will stage a mock detonation of the bomb in Seattle, which will spread radiation. Officials have hired hundreds of high school students to portray the "victims."

In the second attack, a fictional terrorist cell will release "pneumonic plague" in Chicago. In a test of health-care capabilities, people are expected to arrive at hospitals complaining of flu-like symptoms.

More cases are expected to be reported across the country and in British Columbia, where a planeload of plague "victims" is expected to land.

Government officials from Canada and the U.S. say it will test the co-ordination and communication between the two countries, as well as health-care capabilities.

Paul Kennedy, Canada's senior assistant deputy solicitor general, says the drill is important because events along the U.S. northern border will have an "immediate and direct effect" on Canada.

Comment: An "immediate and direct effect" on Canada... Can you say "A-U-S-T-R-I- A"?

Bomb sniffers unreliable, trial told

Airport security staff in Toronto had minimal training and were using an unreliable device to detect explosives on June 23, 1985, the day police say a bomb was put on Air-India flight 182, B.C. Supreme Court was told today.

Naseem Nanji, who was involved in screening baggage for explosives, testified that she had not been instructed on what a bomb looked like, had never seen an explosive or dynamite and would not have known if something she saw was a bomb.

...John D'Souza, an Air-India security officer, asked staff to use the hand held PD-4 explosive sniffer, she said.

Mr. D'Souza gave her coworker James Post a demonstration. He lit a match and the sniffer made a long whistling sound, she said. Mr. D'Souza told them to look out for a long whistling sound and ignore other noises.

...She said she heard the sniffer make short beeping sounds on more than one occasion. She could not recall how many times the sniffer started beeping.

The sniffer never made a loud whistling sound, she also said.

Comment: From our own experiences of flying, it is clear that the security measures put in place have nothing to do with security and everything to do with instilling a climate of fear. Long waits, repeated checks of bags, including the seizing of scissors from bags that will be checked, have nothing to do with the protection of passengers and airline personnel.

Traffic accidents more lethal than war: WHO

A report from the World Health Organization says traffic accidents cause more than four times as many deaths as war.

The report says injuries kill about five million people worldwide every year.

Traffic accidents are the biggest cause of death due to injury, accounting for 1.26 million in 2000.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death by injury at 815,000 cases, followed by violence between people (520,000) and drowning (450,000).

War and conflict were responsible for 310,000 deaths in the same year. Worldwide, traffic accidents were the number-two killer of children age five-to- 14, second only to childhood diseases.

The WHO report says twice as many males die of injuries as females.

It says nearly 90 per cent of deaths due to injuries take place in poorer countries.

Comment: The misery generated in our realm feeds our 4D-STS puppet masters. War, suicide, auto acidents, a veritable banquet... And the importance of the automobile in American society, where public transport has been relegated to the back seat, and where for many years "What was good for GM is good for America", takes on a whole new meaning.

North Korea nullifies accord to keep peninsula nuclear-weapons free

North Korea said Monday a 1992 agreement with South Korea to keep the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons was nullified, citing a "sinister" U.S. agenda.

The accord was the last remaining legal obligation under which North Korea was banned from developing atomic arms. In January, Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a global accord to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

...North Korea has accused the United States of planning to attack the isolated country, using the nuclear dispute as an excuse for invasion. Washington says it wants to resolve the crisis through dialogue, although U.S. officials have not ruled out a military option.

"We have realized that as long as the United States does not abandon its hostile policy against the North, efforts to keep the Korean peninsula nuclear free is nothing more than an illusion," KCNA said. "We will further boost our already mighty military power."

...North Korea demands a nonaggression treaty with the United States. U.S. officials have ruled out such a treaty, but have indicated they can consider some form of written guarantee if the North scraps its nuclear programs.

N. Korea fired laser at troops

North Korea's military fired a laser in March at two U.S. Army helicopters patrolling the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in what U.S. officials call a provocative action, The Washington Times has learned.

Two Apache attack helicopters were illuminated by lasers in early March by a weapon that had the characteristics of a Chinese laser gun, an indication that North Korea has deployed a new and potentially lethal weapon.

Lasers focus concentrated beams of light on a target and are used in some guidance systems. The Chinese laser gun, however, is a weapon that can cause eye damage at ranges up to three miles.

The incident was kept secret until defense officials disclosed it to The Times.

Comment: Funny how this doesn't make it to the news until the South Korean President is visiting New York...and that it comes from the Pentagon. It looks as if world events are being carefully orchestrated by the Bush gang with a very definite agenda in mind. Sit back and watch the show.

US Army Patents Biological Weapons Delivery System, Violates Bioweapons Convention

The United States Army has developed and patented a new grenade that it says can be used to wage biowarfare. This is in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, which explicitly prohibits development of bioweapons delivery devices.

…The development of biological weapons delivery devices is absolutely prohibited - "in any circumstance" - by Article I of the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, to which the US is a party. There is no exemption from this prohibition, neither for defensive purposes nor for so called non-lethal agents.

"The development of weapons for biological payloads produces great uncertainty about the US commitment to the Biological Weapons Convention." says Edward Hammond of the Sunshine Project US, "Thirty four years after the US renunciation of biological weapons, the Pentagon is back in the bioweapons business."

"Hans Blix might have an easier time finding illegal weapons if he were inspecting near Baltimore instead of Baghdad," says biologist Jan van Aken from the Sunshine Project Germany, referring to the fact that two of the inventors work at the Army's Edgewood Arsenal north of Baltimore, Maryland.

"This grenade is another example of how the Pentagon's so called 'non lethal' weapons programs are consistently chipping away at restrictions on two of the most deadly kinds of arms, biological and chemical weapons. Programs that develop so called non-lethal chemical and biological weapons should simply be abolished," says Hammond.

Comment: Words escape me (almost), the hypocrisy is staggering, only superceded by the astonishing ability of the American public to NOT SEE what is really going on. It is right there in front of your faces people! RIGHT THERE!

The two faces of Rumsfeld

2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea

2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.

Comment: How much clearer do we need it? Set 'em up and knock 'em down. This guy and the rest of the rabble in the white house are a bunch of immoral gangsters, and clearly they have been biding their time for many years, putting the pieces in place to set themselves up as the rulers, and ultimately destroyers of the planet.

US rivals turn on each other as weapons search draws a blank

One key argument for war was the peril from weapons of mass destruction. Now top officials are worried by repeated failures to find the proof - and US intelligence agencies are engaged in a struggle to avoid the blame.

...Last week the US flew 2,000 more experts into Iraq. The Iraq Survey Team will join 600 experts already there. Organisations in Iraq hunting for weapons now include teams from the US and British armies, the CIA, the FBI and the Defence Threat Reduction Agency. Yet at more than 110 sites checked so far they have found nothing conclusive. It has been an exercise in false alarms. Suspect white powder at Latifiyah was only explosives. Barrels of what was thought to be sarin and tabun nerve agents were pesticides. When a dozen US soldiers checked a suspect site and fell ill, it was because they had inhaled fertiliser fumes. Each setback ratchets up the political pressure. Infighting between government departments and intelligence agencies is becoming vicious on both sides of the Atlantic. Having fought a war to disarm Iraq of its terrible weapons, neither the US nor Britain can admit that Iraq never had them in the first place. The search for weapons of mass destruction cannot be allowed to fail.

The search is especially vital for The Cabal. In the brave new world of post-11 September America, this tight group of analysts deep in the heart of the Pentagon has been the driving force behind the war in Iraq. Numbering no more than a dozen, The Cabal is part of the Office of Special Plans, a new intelligence agency which has taken on the CIA and won. Where the CIA dithered over Iraq, the OSP pressed on. Where the CIA doubted, the OSP was firm. It fought a battle royal over Iraq and George Bush came down on its side.

The OSP is the brainchild of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who set it up after the 2001 terrorist attacks. It was tasked with going over old ground on Iraq and showing that the CIA had overlooked the threat posed. But its rise has caused massive ructions in the normally secretive world of intelligence gathering.

The OSP reports directly to Paul Wolfowitz, a leading hawk in the administration. They bypassed the CIA and the Pentagon's own Defence Intelligence Agency when it came to whispering in the President's ear. They argued a forceful case for war against Saddam before his weapons programmes came to fruition. More moderate voices in the CIA and DIA were drowned out. The result has been a flurry of leaks to the US press. One CIA official described The Cabal's members as 'crazed', on a 'mission from God'.

But for the moment The Cabal and Rumsfeld's Pentagon have won and Powell's doveish State Department has lost. Tensions between the two are now in the open.

'Rumsfeld set up his own intelligence agency because he didn't like the intelligence he was getting,' said Larry Korb, director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. 'He doesn't like Powell's approach, a typical diplomat, too cautious.'

Former CIA officials are caustic about the OSP. Unreliable and politically motivated, they say it has undermined decades of work by the CIA's trained spies and ignored the truth when it has contradicted its world view.

'Their methods are vicious,' said Vince Cannistraro, former CIA chief of counter-terrorism. 'The politicisation of intelligence is pandemic, and deliberate disinformation is being promoted. They choose the worst-case scenario on everything and so much of the information is fallacious.' But Cannistraro is retired. His attacks will not bother The Cabal, firmly 'in the loop' of Washington's movers and shakers. Yet, even among them, continued failure to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is a growing fear. The fallout from the war could bring them down.

The warning was there in black and white. Citing 'intelligence' sources, Tony Blair produced an official dossier that concluded Iraq could fire its chemical or biological weapons within 45 minutes of an order to do so.

It was a terrifying prospect and ramped up the pro-war argument when the dossier was produced last September. But cold analysis after the war tells a different story.

Iraq was abandoned by the UN weapons inspectors, then bombed, invaded and finally brought under US and British military control. During that entire time the 'button' was never pressed on its weapons of mass destruction. Now both the pro-war party and the anti-war lobby want to know why. Can this mysterious lapse be explained or did the weapons never exist?

They could have been hidden. Iraq is the size of California with mountains and deserts in abundance. Ibrahim al-Marashi, an Iraqi expert whose work was heavily plagiarised in a now infamous Downing Street dossier published on the eve of war, has detailed a sophisticated concealment network set up in the 1990s and headed by Saddam's son Qusay. At the heart of the operation was Saddam's son-in- law and cousin, Hussein Kamil, who defected in 1995 to Jordan, where he revealed the concealment techniques to Western intelligence agencies.

But, according to al-Marashit, the main cache of weapons of mass destruction should have been found in Saddam's home city of Tikrit. But Tikrit has fallen and as yet nothing has been found, leaving US officials clutching at straws. Some have gone so far as to suggest that the weapons were hidden so well that the Iraqis themselves were unable to use them.

A more worrying possibility is that they were looted. Across Iraq - not just in Baghdad and Basra - practically every government and military facility was looted long before US or British troops were able to control them. It might be that the weapons are now on the black market. 'It means the weapons would now be proliferating, which is exactly what the war was meant to stop,' said Garth Whitty, a former weapons inspector in Iraq in the 1990s.

But there are problems with that argument. Barrels of nerve agent are not easy to sell. The war's critics point to a more obvious conclusion - in the run-up to the war the Iraqis were simply telling the truth. They had no weapons of mass destruction.

A massive picture of intelligence misuse has emerged. Aside from Downing Street's plagiarised dossier, there are allegations that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger. The documents that the accusation were based on were shown to be false by the International Atomic Energy Agency, but that had not stopped Britain and America warning of Saddam's nuclear threat. In fact, the forgeries were obvious. One Niger Minister, whose signature was on a document, had been out of office for a decade when the forgeries were produced. A US envoy sent to investigate the claims reported to the CIA in February 2002 that they were fakes. But the OSP and the White House ignored him.

Other selective use of intelligence occurred. Much was made of the OSP's body of Iraqi defectors, but they chose which defectors they wanted to listen to. Kamil's terrifying description of Iraq's capabilities in the early 1990s and its efforts to conceal its arsenal was touted as killer proof. The fact that Kamil also told his interrogators the weapons had later been ordered destroyed was suppressed.

Other defectors may have had their own agendas. Kamil described one, Dr Khidhir Hamza, as a 'professional liar' - but told US intelligence what it wanted to hear and said Iraq was close to building a nuclear bomb. No one now believes that. But Hamza has now returned to Iraq as part of a Pentagon team to rebuild the country, in charge of atomic energy. Kamil also returned to Iraq - but when Saddam was in power. He was executed.

Perhaps the most damning evidence is the lack of intelligence emerging from captured Iraqi officials. The list is impressive: Huda Ammash, known as 'Mrs Anthrax'; General Hossam Amin, responsi ble for talks with weapons inspectors; General Amir Saadi, Saddam's science adviser; General. Rashid al-Ubaidi, an arms adviser; and Abdul Hwaish, believed responsible for all Iraq's military capabilities. If anyone knows about the weapons, it is these people. They have powerful motivation to 'cut a deal' and tell what they know.'Why is no one coughing?' said Whitty.

In a quiet corner of Baghdad International Airport sits a truck and trailer painted military green. Its canvas sides have been rolled up to reveal the pipes and vats of some form of biological fermentation machine. It was stolen in Mosul two weeks ago then handed over to Kurdish militia when the thieves realised it was no ordinary truck. The Kurds passed it on to the Americans.

It is the only concrete sign that any weapons of mass destruction may have existed. The firm which made it has said six others were similarly kitted out. It has a strong resemblance to the 'mobile bio-weapons labs' described by Powell to the UN, but is it the smoking gun? Not even the most desperate Pentagon official goes that far. No trace of biological weapons residue has been found inside. The truck was apparently thoroughly cleaned out with bleach before it was stolen.

Yet many experts believe something will be found. Before the 1991 Gulf war, Iraq did have a massive chemical and biological weapons programme. Some is probably still lying around. If sufficient quantities can be uncovered, perhaps it will be enough for a public eager to feel the war was worth it. Finding nothing is unthinkable.

Comment: The Cabal? In the Pentagon? Could this be related to the deep basements within the Pentagon? Deep basements that lead to an area of mixed densities?


Donald Rumsfeld has his own special sources. Are they reliable? They call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabal—a small cluster of policy advisers and analysts now based in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. In the past year, according to former and present Bush Administration officials, their operation, which was conceived by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, has brought about a crucial change of direction in the American intelligence community. These advisers and analysts, who began their work in the days after September 11, 2001, have produced a skein of intelligence reviews that have helped to shape public opinion and American policy toward Iraq. They relied on data gathered by other intelligence agencies and also on information provided by the Iraqi National Congress, or I.N.C., the exile group headed by Ahmad Chalabi. By last fall, the operation rivalled both the C.I.A. and the Pentagon’s own Defense Intelligence Agency, the D.I.A., as President Bush’s main source of intelligence regarding Iraq’s possible possession of weapons of mass destruction and connection with Al Qaeda. As of last week, no such weapons had been found. And although many people, within the Administration and outside it, profess confidence that something will turn up, the integrity of much of that intelligence is now in question.

The director of the Special Plans operation is Abram Shulsky, a scholarly expert in the works of the political philosopher Leo Strauss. Shulsky has been quietly working on intelligence and foreign-policy issues for three decades; he was on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Com-mittee in the early nineteen-eighties and served in the Pentagon under Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle during the Reagan Administration, after which he joined the Rand Corporation. The Office of Special Plans is overseen by Under-Secretary of Defense William Luti, a retired Navy captain. Luti was an early advocate of military action against Iraq, and, as the Administration moved toward war and policymaking power shifted toward the civilians in the Pentagon, he took on increasingly important responsibilities.

[...] Strauss’s idea of hidden meaning, Shulsky and Schmitt added, “alerts one to the possibility that political life may be closely linked to deception. Indeed, it suggests that deception is the norm in political life, and the hope, to say nothing of the expectation, of establishing a politics that can dispense with it is the exception.”

[...] In Congress, a senior legislative aide said, “Some members are beginning to ask and to wonder, but cautiously.” For now, he told me, “the members don’t have the confidence to say that the Administration is off base.” He also commented, “For many, it makes little difference. We vanquished a bad guy and liberated the Iraqi people. Some are astute enough to recognize that the alleged imminent W.M.D. threat to the U.S. was a pretext. I sometimes have to pinch myself when friends or family ask with incredulity about the lack of W.M.D., and remind myself that the average person has the idea that there are mountains of the stuff over there, ready to be tripped over. The more time elapses, the more people are going to wonder about this, but I don’t think it will sway U.S. public opinion much. Everyone loves to be on the winning side.”

Comment: "The winning side"? Forget "Truth". What are important to the Cabal are the STS values of "winning" and looking out for number 1, values instilled into the people until they take them as their own. But, then, in the STS world of the OP, these are their values.

Campus ink tanks Conservatives make their voices heard with a rising tide of hard-hitting student newspapers

...In an eight-hour session that bore little resemblance to a traditional journalism class, the students were taught how to start their own conservative newspapers and opinion journals. And how to pick fights with lefty bogeymen on the faculty and in student government.

By the end of the day, the student journalists were fired up for battle — determined not only to change the tenor of notoriously liberal campus dialogues, but also, in the long run, to alter the basic makeup of the nation's professional news outlets.

"What do you want professors to feel when you call them up?" asked Owen Rounds, a former speechwriter for Rudolph Giuliani.

"Threatened," replied Duncan Wilson, a tousle-haired 19-year-old from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Comment: Ah, yes. The great American myth of the free press and freedom of thought, carefully nourished through intimidation. Make people who disagree with you feel "threatened". Hitler himself would be proud.

Thousands of brains were kept for research without the consent of grieving relatives

The widow of a mentally ill man whose brain was removed without her consent after his suicide described her three-year battle to find the truth yesterday as a report revealed that tens of thousands of brains had been taken without the knowledge of relatives for research and teaching since the 1960s.

The Isaacs report, by Jeremy Metters, her majesty's inspector of anatomy, found that of the 30,000 brains that remained in storage, more than 20,000 were retained without consent.

Bryan North, a solicitor and the coroner for North Manchester, allegedly helped to tip off the doctors when a brain was available. They would arrange to have it collected. The mortician at the North Manchester General Hospital was paid a £10 tip per brain.

Is Pluto truly a planet?

The planet Pluto has been shrinking at an alarming rate for some time now. Well, not actually shrinking - rather, our awareness of how small Pluto is has been growing. Upon its discovery, in 1930, scientists trumpeted that Pluto was about as large as Earth. By the 1960s textbooks were listing it as having a diameter about half that of Earth. In 1978 astronomers discovered that Pluto has a relatively large moon, whose brightness had been mistakenly lumped in with the planet's; when this was taken into account, Pluto was left with a diameter about a sixth that of Earth, or less than half that of Mercury - long considered the runt of the solar system. Seven moons in the solar system are bigger than Pluto.

Canadian Teen Has X-Ray Vision

He's a pretty cool kid, confident, bright, handsome and athletic. He's got charisma. He's also got what they call healing powers, and X-ray vision. "It's kind of hard to put words to it," says 16-year-old Adam. "MRI-vision is probably more accurate." [...]

"When I go into someone, I see a 3D holographic image. I start manipulating the image in front of me. I see blockages, green dots. Basically, I grab them out, these energies, I tear them apart and push them outside the skin, and they die very quickly without a host organism."

His dad, an engineer, tells me it's not a miracle, it's science. Science we don't yet understand, adds his mom. They believe it has something to do with "Quantuum Holographic Theory."

Stanton Friedman: The Truth about UFOs

After more than 45 years of study and investigations and visits to 19 document archives, I am convinced that: a) Earth is being visited by alien spacecraft; b) The subject of flying saucers represent a kind of Cosmic Watergate; c) There are no good arguments against these conclusions; d) Visits to Planet Earth and 55 years of government cover-up of crashed saucers and alien bodies are, together, the biggest story of the past millennium.

I take a clear-cut, unambiguous stand that some UFOs are alien spacecraft but that some of these flying saucers are our own. I am absolutely convinced that the United States government has been withholding data about UFOs since at least 1947. That was the year when at least two crashed flying saucers - alien wreckage and bodies - were recovered in New Mexico. This does NOT mean everybody in the government knows all about saucers and nobody has talked. Security works on a need-to-know basis with compartmentalization of very highly classified matters. Of course, some people have talked, but without having any confirmatory classified documents to release.

After arduous effort, I have received some of the 6,000 pages of UFO-related documents that have been released - many of them with eight words to a page and paragraph after paragraph blacked out (until they graduated to whiteout several years later.) However, this amount is but a small percentage of what exists in the archives and files of various government agencies.

More than a decade ago, a Freedom of Information request submitted to the CIA by Citizens Against UFO Secrecy elicited the response that the CIA had no information about UFOs. An appeal was denied, but a federal court action forced the CIA to do a document search. Eventually it released about 900 pages of mildly interesting items. Clearly this was the tip of the iceberg since none were classified above "Secret" and since there were internal references to many other documents that were not released.

The CIA has a history of doling out dribs and drabs in hope that the requester will give up. Of greater importance was the release of a list of 57 UFO documents found in the CIA files but originating with a host of other agencies. Notable among the identified material were 18 UFO documents originating with the National Security Agency. But these documents could not be released by the CIA.

A Freedom of Information request was then made for the NSA documents, but was denied on the grounds of national security. A subsequent appeal was denied and federal court action followed. Finally, a federal judge ruled that the NSA had to search its files. The search yielded 239 UFO documents with 79 originating with other agencies, including 23 from the CIA, which supposedly had already done an exhaustive search. The NSA refused to release 156 of its UFO documents.

I then filed a Freedom of Information request for the 23 CIA documents identified by the NSA file search. After 35 months the CIA released just nine, which were all, believe it or not, press abstracts of Eastern European newspaper articles about UFOs! It refused to release its own 14 UFO documents on that list.

I appealed and - two years later - received tiny portions of three documents with the rest being withheld.

The now-famous extraterrestrial encounters and cover up at Roswell, N.M., have long been a focus of my work. I was the original civilian investigator of the case and co-authored "Crash at Corona," the definitive study of the Roswell incidents, and instigated the Unsolved Mysteries episode on television about Roswell.

Some attacks on the legitimacy of the Roswell crash have been made by people who accept the notion that Earth is indeed being visited by alien spacecraft but do not believe that Roswell represents the crash of such a vehicle. Much as I have tried to find good reasons for rejecting the reality of the Roswell incident, despite the enormous quantity of verbiage that has been published, I have been unable to do so. [...]

There is no question that the U.S. government recovered two crashed flying saucers and crews in the New Mexico desert in early July, 56 years ago. The government has been quite successful at withholding the physical remnants and the real paper trail.

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Cosmic Watergate!

Comment: Indeed, a Cosmic COINTELPRO. For more about this, see Richard Dolan's fascinating look at UFOs and the National Security State. There are strange visits that the military is very curious and worried about. Of course, we know that these are not "aliens" in the sense the disinfo crowd would like us to believe, flesh and blood creatures from Planet X. They are denizens of another realm, the hyperdimensions known to our ancestors and described in myth. All this bunk about "aliens" serves to ridicule the idea of other forms of life.

Memphre the Lake Memphremagog Monster Spotted

Barbara Malloy, a Newport City [Vermont] resident and local historian, said this week she saw Memphre the Lake Memphremagog monster on May 1. Like Nessie in the Loch Ness of Scotland or Champ in Lake Champlain, Memphre is the stuff of local legend and history.

It's not the first sighting of the creature that many claim to have seen on this long international lake. Area newspapers like The Stanstead (Quebec) Journal have recorded sightings of something big and elusive in the lake as far back as the 1840s. On Jan. 21, 1847, an eyewitness reported this: "I am not aware whether it is generally known that a strange animal something of a sea serpent ... exists in Lake Memphremagog." [...]

Memphre is believed to look somewhat like a plesiosaur, a water-living dinosaur of the Jurassic period, brown or black in color, with four fins or paddle-like feet, an elongated roundish body and a long neck. It ranges from 6 to 50 feet long. Popular drawings or artwork show his skin color as green, but that obviously depends on the eyewitness.

The Tree that kills Snakes

Deep within the jungles of the Konni range, coming under the Kollam circle of the Forest Department, something strange, but little known to the outside world, is reported to be happening at the foot of a particular tree. Tribals, who regularly go to the forest, say that they and their ancestors have witnessed the strange phenomenon of venomous snakes lying dead under this tree. Heaps of snake skeletons could be found under the tree. According to the tribals, any venomous snake coming into contact with the tree, even by sheer chance, finds itself getting paralysed and dies within minutes. And this is the mystery behind the heap of snake skeletons and carcass there. And the tribals have christened the tree `Analivega patta'. [...]

Even some forest officials have confirmed the eyewitness account of snakes lying dead under the `Analivega patta'. They have seen the tribals use the bark of the tree as anti-snake venom.[...]

The tribals say they know the location of 20 such trees within this forest area and these trees stand quite far away from one another. This again is a calculative handiwork of the Nature. If there had been too many `Analivega patta' trees in the forest it would result in the extinction of venomous snakes in the forest.

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