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Arafat 'could leave Ramallah'

BBC
Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 21:08 GMT

Israel might allow Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to leave the West Bank city of Ramallah for the first time in more than a year, Ariel Sharon has reportedly said.

He made the offer to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas during two hours of talks following a carefully managed joint appearance in Jerusalem. [...]

West Bank wall sparks American ire

July 01 2003

Jerusalem - The vast security fence Israel is building around the West Bank has exploded on to the diplomatic scene following criticism from the United States, which fears the fence will hinder application of the "roadmap" to peace...

According to the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot, Rice told Sharon on Sunday that the construction of the fence was seen by the Palestinians as the precursor to the border of a future Palestinian state.

Such a border can only be determined through negotiations under the roadmap, an international peace plan which seeks to end 33 months of bloodshed and pave the way for a Palestinian state by 2005.

"The route of the security fence that you are building arouses our deep concern," Yediot quoted Rice as saying. "I propose that you reconsider the route where the fence passes."

But Sharon responded: "If we need to choose between a conflict with the United States and the fact that terrorists are going to blow themselves up here, our choice is clear.

"We are talking about the security of the citizens of Israel, and there will be no compromise on that issue," Maariv daily reported. [...]

Nukes, Israel and Iran: The Weapon of Choice

By SASAN FAYAZMANESH
Counterpunch.org
July 1, 2003

The accusation of possessing "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) has become the US government's weapon of choice in its attempts to overthrow independent governments in the Middle East. The occupation of Iraq was barely complete when we were told that the Iraqi WMD, which could not be found anywhere in Iraq, had been moved to Syria. Given the absurdity of the accusation, the claim was quietly and quickly dropped in favor of a more vulnerable prey, Iran.

The attempt to remove the Iranian government from power is, of course, not new. At least since the early 1990s, the neocons and their Israeli associates had tried to overthrow the Iranian government for its support of the Palestinian resistance movements and the Lebanese Hezbollah by accusing Iran, among other things, of pursuing WMD. [...]

The campaign of trying to overthrow the Iranian government by accusing it of pursuing WMD, however, did not go far until certain pieces fell into their proper places: the neocons came to power, two hijacked planes on September 11, 2001, created that "catastrophic and catalyzing event"-which the neocons had alluded to in their "Rebuilding America's Defenses" manifesto-and Iraq was invaded and occupied. Now the campaign against Iran could get fully underway.

On May 7, 2003, the New York Time quoted an unnamed US Administration official as saying: "It's not just that Iran is speeding up its nuclear plans. It's also that we've only recently learned some things about their program that have been going on for two years. There's also a lot of hammering from the Israelis for us to take this problem seriously." Indeed, according to Israel's top military intelligence official, General Aharon Zeevi, the "main danger to the existence of the state of Israel is the nuclear program Iran persists in developing, because the country also has surface-to-surface missiles" (Agence France Presse, April 26, 2003). [...]

Iran Reportedly Set to Sign No-Nuke Deal

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 1, 2:37 PM ET

MOSCOW - Iran is ready to sign additional nonproliferation agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to assure the world it has no intentions of developing nuclear weapons — but only under certain conditions, the head of the country's atomic energy organization said Tuesday, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Iran "is ready to sign the additional protocol to the agreement on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, but only in an atmosphere of transparency and trust regarding the participants of this document," Gholamreza Aghazadeh said in an interview with the agency and Channel One television, according to ITAR-Tass.

It was not immediately clear what gestures could satisfy Aghazadeh's criteria. But the statement appeared to be an advance for Russia's repeated urging that Iran sign the agreement. [...]

Top Iranian Official Says Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal Threatens Region

Tuesday, July 01 2003

TEHRAN (IRAN) - Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Monday that Israel's nuclear arsenal posed the most dangerous threat to the region...

He stressed that the “Zionist regime” was the source of danger and menace in the region, adding that the reports recently published by western media and even BBC proved that the regime had been engaged in clandestine nuclear activities since many years ago.

Asefi further maintained that the reason why some western countries and the US did nothing to press Israel was that Israel was their ally. [...]

Outrage as Musharraf backs Israel

uploaded 01 Jul2003

President Pervaiz Musharraf has caused a storm in Pakistan by urging recognition of Israel.

Islamic leaders have threatened to launch a mass movement to oust him from power if he goes ahead with recognition.

Two days after meeting President George W Bush at Camp David and receiving a £2billion US aid package for the next five years, Gen Musharraf said the media should have an open debate about the merits of recognising Israel.

He said: "The debate should be serious. There should be no emotionalism of the extremists. What is our dispute with Israel ? We should think."

But Maulana Fazlur Rehman, secretary-general of the Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal, an alliance of six Islamic parties said: "Gen Musharraf has no right to recognise Israel and if any action is taken at any level, the MMA would launch a mass agitation to overthrow him."

The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is due to pay a state visit next month to India - Pakistan's old foe and nuclear rival.

A western diplomat in Islamabad said: "The army is worried about the military, economic and intelligence ties that India has developed with Israel in order to fight Pakistani-backed Islamic insurgents in Kashmir."

Comment:Again we see that it is effectively the Zionists in Washington that control the US administration.

N. Korea Threatens to Abandon Armistice

By SOO-JEONG LEE, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 1, 1:28 PM ET

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea threatened on Tuesday to abandon the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and warned that it will take "merciless retaliatory measures" in response to any economic blockade.

U.S. efforts to pressure the communist state to abandon its suspected nuclear weapons program have pushed Korea to "the crossroads of war or peace," said the North Korean military's representative at Panmunjom, a truce village where the U.N. Command and the North's military meet to oversee the armistice. [...]

Iraqi Saboteurs' Goal: Disrupt the Occupation

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

AMP DOHA, Kuwait, June 27 - Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency devised a plan to challenge the allied occupation of Iraq: sabotage its own country...

It is difficult to say how much of the economic sabotage is coordinated. But there are new indications that at least some of it may have been planned before allied forces crossed into Iraq.

Allied officials say they recently obtained a document prepared by the Iraqi Intelligence Service calling for a sabotage campaign in case of Mr. Hussein's ouster. Marked "secret" and dated Jan. 23, the document was found in the southern Iraqi city of Basra but is marked for distribution to intelligence officers throughout the country.

The "emergency plan" in the document outlines 11 steps, including looting and burning government offices, sabotaging power plants, cutting communication lines and attacking water purification plants, a familiar list to anybody who followed events in Iraq over the last two months.[...]

Iraqi attacks could signal wide revolt

By The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

07/01/03: BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. troops in Iraq are getting ambushed everywhere and every day — while guarding gas stations, investigating car thefts or on their way to make phone calls home.

Each new attack is raising questions about whether the violence is a last gasp from Saddam Hussein loyalists or signs of a spreading revolt. The Pentagon is puzzling over how many resisters there are, how well they are organized and how they can be stopped.

Private risk analysts are warning of an even chance of Iraq descending into open revolt.

And although the term is rarely used at the Pentagon, from every description by military officials, what U.S. troops face on the ground in Iraq has all the markings of a guerrilla war — albeit one in which there are multiple opposition groups rather than a single movement. [...]

Iraq's resistance: A new Vietnam for the White House?

By Patrick Cockburn in Fallujah
The Independent
02 July 2003

Enraged Iraqis promised vengeance after they dragged 10 bodies from the rubble of a building, destroyed by an explosion, beside the green domed al-Hassan mosque in the town of Fallujah west of Baghdad yesterday.

"We will kill many American soldiers for this," said Abdullah, one of the crowd, as he looked at the ruins. "What would people say if this happened to a Christian church in America?"

Iraqis in Fallujah, which has seen many clashes with American troops, say that a US plane fired a missile that killed people listening to a religious lecture late at night. This is hotly denied by the United States army, which says there were no American planes or helicopters over the town at the time.

The deaths in Fallujah were at the start of a day that saw escalating violence in and around Baghdad - at least four people were killed or wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired from a car into an American vehicle near the university.

On the road from Baghdad to Fallujah, at Ghazalia, a partly burned US truck had jack-knifed into the metal barrier dividing the highway after it was blown up by a bomb. "It was a command-control-device," said an American soldier on guard. The rest of the convoy that had been attacked was parked further down the road. [...]

The Attack Has Been Spectacular

by Maureen Farrell
Buzzflash.com
July 1, 2003

"The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning."-- CIA Intelligence Report for President Bush, July, 2001 (60 Days Prior to 9/11)

"President Bush and his top advisers were informed by the CIA early last August that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden had discussed the possibility of hijacking airplanes." - The Washington Post, May 16, 2002

"Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch."-- Salon.com, June 18, 2003

"If I did anything like this as a policeman, and killed 3,000 people, with this much evidence against me, I'd spend 100,000 years in jail." -- former New York City police officer Bruce DeCell, the Nation, June 19, 2003

* * *

On September 11, 2001, when most were too numb to contemplate much of anything, Newsweek told us what to expect. "As a small army of fire fighters struggled to put out the flames at the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon in Washington," Peg Tyre wrote, "federal law enforcement agencies had already begun marshaling agents, readying them for what promises to be the largest criminal investigation in the history of the nation." Nearly two years (and two wars) later, however, this huge investigation hasn't panned out. Attempts to uncover intelligence failures have been routinely thwarted; Halliburton has accomplished more in Afghanistan and Iraq than Bush's "dead or alive" doctrine; and sadly, the CIA's "spectacular attack" pertains not only to the trauma of 9/11, but to subsequent assaults on Americans' faith and trust.

Regardless how anyone frames it, the White House duped us. From "they hate us for our freedoms" to "solid evidence" of Al-Qaeda/Iraq connections, the Administration skirted some issues and manipulated information on others. In short, Bush Inc. lied and pressured others to do the same. The game plan succeeded, however, as polls repeatedly indicated that more than half of all U.S. citizens were consistently conned into believing Iraq was an immediate threat and that Saddam was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Meanwhile, millions of well-intentioned souls, unaware of how deeply Bush cronies are lining their war-profiteering pockets, still trust promises of Iraq's "liberation" -- even if hourly ambushes on US soldiers suggest Iraqis aren't exactly dancing in the streets. [...]

Iraqi details harsh treatment as Amnesty criticizes U.S. interrogation methods

By Jim Krane
6/30/2003 16:44

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) An Iraqi businessman detained during a raid on his home says U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, forced him to kneel naked and kept him bound hand and foot with a bag over his head for eight days...

Seeking to quell a burgeoning uprising, U.S. soldiers have detained hundreds of Iraqis some of whom have endured days of strenuous interrogations, rights groups say. AP journalists have observed prisoners wearing only underwear and blindfolds, handcuffed and lying in the dirt 24 hours after their capture.

Interviewed June 20 and Monday, Al-Abally said U.S. troops stormed his home April 30, shooting his brother and taking al-Abally and his 80-year-old father into custody apparently believing they had information on the whereabouts of a top official in Saddam Hussein's regime, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

The three men were all low-level members of Saddam's Baath Party, but al-Douri was not a family acquaintance, Al-Abally said.

The brother, Dureid, shot at the troops breaking in, apparently mistaking them for looters, the family said. Al-Abally said he was told during his interrogation at Baghdad International Airport that his brother had died.

Al-Abally, 39, said that while he was bound and blindfolded, he was kicked, forced to stare at a strobe light and blasted with ''very loud rubbish music.''

''I thought I was going to lose my mind,'' said al-Abally, a burly man whose wrists are still scarred from plastic cuffs more than a month after his release. ''They said, 'I want you on your knees.' After three or four days it's very painful. My knees were bleeding and swollen.''

The U.S. military said it could not comment on the raid or its methods of interrogation, saying only that its soldiers adhere to the rule of law. [...]

Comment: The problem with this last statement is that the Bush Reich is writing its own laws, or choosing which international laws to follow and which to ignore.

U.S. Opposes Japanese Investment in Iranian Oil Field

Following is the text of a State Department response to a question on Japanese investment in an Iranian oil field. The question was taken at the June 30 regular State Department briefing; an answer was posted
later in the day:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
June 30, 2003

QUESTION TAKEN AT JUNE 30, 2003 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING

Japan Investment in Iran Oil Field

Question: Is the United States pressuring Japan not to conclude an agreement to invest in Iran's Azadegan Oil Field?

Answer: Given our deep concerns about Iran's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and support for terrorism, we have long had a policy of opposition to investment in Iran's petroleum sector. Moreover, the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, which provides for sanctions in the case of certain such investments, remains U.S. law.

We would be opposed to such investment at any time, but it is certainly true that given recent revelations about Iran's nuclear programs, and efforts being made through the International Atomic Energy Agency to deal with the threat Iran poses, this would be a particularly unfortunate time to go forward with major new oil and gas deals.

Our concerns about Iranian policies and actions, and about oil and gas investment there, are matters that regularly figure in our diplomatic exchanges. We have no comment on discussions with particular governments.

Blix wants 'real truth' about Iraq's weapons stash

U.N. chief weapons inspector retires
Pans detractors on right and left

NICOLAAS VAN RIJN
STAFF REPORTER

After all the mudslinging, backbiting and second-guessing, Hans Blix wants only one thing when it comes to Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.

The man who for 15 weeks led the inspections of Iraq for Saddam Hussein's deadly stash wants to know what really went on. "We want to find out what was the real truth," he said as he stepped down from his post at the United Nations as chief arms inspector in New York yesterday.

[...] He told the Council on Foreign Relations last week he was "not impressed" by some of the evidence presented to the U.N. Security Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell in February.

His frequent criticism of Powell, although muted, probably cost UNMOVIC the secretary's goodwill, although Powell was once a defender of U.N. inspections, diplomats say.

Mistrust Mixes With Misery In Heat of Baghdad Police Post

Frustrated Reservists See a Mission Impossible

The Washington Post

[...] "U.S. officials need to get our [expletive] out of here," said the 43-year-old reservist from Pittsburgh, who arrived in Iraq with the 307th Military Police Company on May 24. "I say that seriously. We have no business being here. We will not change the culture they have in Iraq, in Baghdad. Baghdad is so corrupted. All we are here is potential people to be killed and sitting ducks." [...]

[...] "I pray every day on the roof. I pray that we make it safe, that we make it safe home," Pollard said. "The president needs to know it's in his hands, and we all need to recognize this isn't our home, America is, and we just pray that he does something about it." [...]

"There's a rumor going around that we'll be here for two years," Spec. Ron Beach said. [...]

"There's no security, there's no stability in Iraq," he said. "I swear to God, things are going to get worse."

Fighting in Iraq is supposed to be over, but local moms know better

By Ted Roelofs
The Grand Rapids Press

[...]"I think we need to leave. I think we need to do what we can and get out of there. They are turning on us. We have got to get out of there."

It's a sentiment echoed in homes of many military families across West Michigan, as doubts creep in about a mission with no clear end in sight.

With sons and daughters poised to invade Iraq, most of these families backed the war and its goal of taking out Saddam Hussein. They agreed we needed to find and destroy his weapons of mass destruction. They thought Iraq deserved a chance at democracy.

But as swift military victory gave way to looting, chaos and Iraqi resentment against foreign troops, many now wonder if the troops have been handed an impossible job. [...]

Few al-Qaida Ties Seen in Iraq Arrests

By JOHN J. LUMPKIN
Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces in central Iraq have detained a handful of people suspected of ties to al-Qaida, but American intelligence officials describe them as mostly low-level operatives with unclear purposes in the country.

Their presence is far from conclusive evidence that the Bush administration's pre-war assertions about al-Qaida links to the Iraqi government were accurate, experts say. [...]

Renzi defends war despite no weapons discoveries

By JOANNA DODDER
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT – [Arizona] Congressman Rick Renzi is defending the war in Iraq despite a lack of discovery of weapons of mass destruction.

Renzi said during a Prescott Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday that the war was justified with or without proof of chemical and biological weapons in that country, because of the threat of Saddam Hussein joining forces with terrorist groups.

The need to stamp out the threat is especially relevant as America celebrates its birthday this week, Renzi said. [...]

Former U.S. general issues Iraq warning

LONDON (Reuters) - A former four-star U.S. army general who led a major and controversial attack during the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, has warned that U.S. troops could be locked into Iraq for the next decade.

"I think we are there for 10 years," General Barry McCaffrey told BBC television's Newsnight programme, stressing that the next 12 months would be very tough...

He said the U.S. forces, with international reinforcements, would cope in the short term, but with two-thirds of the armed forces deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea it was not sustainable long term.

"The coalition can't create security and stability operations by themselves. You have to build an Iraqi police force and build a new Iraqi military...that is capable of maintaining their own security," he added.

McCaffrey said it was vital for the truth to be told to the American people...

Comment: If the majority of American people were confronted with the truth and were able to recoginize it as such, then Bush and his entire entourage would be arrested and tried for treason and war crimes. And in the meantime, thousands of US solders would be coming home, instead of remaining as targets for years to come when Iraqis clearly want to govern themselves.

Poll Says Most Believe Saddam-9/11 Link

Poll Finds Most Believe United States Has Clear Evidence Of Al-Qaida, Saddam Hussein Link

WASHINGTON 7.1.03

Seven in 10 people in a poll said the Bush administration implied that Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.

And a majority, 52 percent, said they believe the United States has found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam was working closely with the al-Qaida terrorist organization. Only 25 percent, however, said they thought Iraq was directly involved in carrying out the Sept. 11 attacks.

Twenty-three percent said they believe the United States has found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, down from 34 percent in May, according to the poll conducted by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.[...]

Only four in 10 of those polled, 39 percent, said they thought the government was being fully truthful when it presented evidence of links between Saddam and al-Qaida. But among those who thought the government was not telling the truth, people were more likely to say the government was "stretching the truth, but not making false statements" rather than "presenting evidence they knew was false." [...]

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS FAIREST.....

By: Ed Henry

In case you haven't noticed, our esteemed President is now asking for the very same thing that he denied the United Nations—sufficient time to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

After telling the UN Security Council to stick it, after invading a sovereign nation and the loss of many lives, our glorious leader now expects us to accept the same idea that the French proposed and we ridiculed. Send in more inspectors and wait as much as a year or two to determine whether Saddam Hussein really did or did not have any weapons of mass destruction. Weapons not already found and destroyed by eight years of UN inspection teams after the first war against Saddam in 1991...

Bush calls Iraq task 'massive,' as poll shows sliding support

By BOB DEANS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Tuesday defended the troubled U.S. military operation in Iraq, blaming "scattered groups" of extremists and Saddam Hussein loyalists for attacks that continue to hamper reconstruction and threaten American troops.

With U.S. forces under continuing attack two months after Bush declared major combat operations over, the president said the United States faces "a massive and long-term undertaking" in trying to rebuild post-war Iraq and establish "a just and representative government."

His comments came as a new poll showed public confidence in the U.S. effort beginning to waver after months of strong support for the war and its aims. [...]

Firms Line Up for Corporate Invasion of Iraq

Tue July 1, 2003
By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and foreign companies swarmed to a private investors conference on Iraq on Tuesday seeking business opportunities in a tight post-war market so far dominated by big U.S. firms.

Architects from Italy, oil product firms from Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, agricultural and telecoms companies and scores of diplomats were among more than 500 people seeking information on reconstruction projects and sub-contracting possibilities.

Most of the work so far has gone to U.S. companies, given contracts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or via the Pentagon's procurement office. [...]

The Imperial Presidency Redux

01 Ju2003

[...] And the WMD issue will build because hyped intelligence produces a credibility gap. The credibility gap is likely to undermine the Bush doctrine and block the radical transformation of U.S. strategy to which the Bush administration is dedicated.

The strategy that won us the Cold War was a combination of containment and deterrence carried out through multilateral agencies. The Bush doctrine reverses all that. The essence of the Bush doctrine is "anticipatory self-defense," a fancy name for preventive war. Our new policy is to strike an enemy, unilaterally if necessary, before it has a chance to strike us...

Retreat from the preventive-war policy is all to the good, because the Bush doctrine transfers excessive power to the president. Abraham Lincoln long ago foresaw the constitutional implications of the preventive-war policy. On Feb.15 ,1848 , he denounced the proposition "that if it shall become necessary to repel invasion, the President may, without violation of the Constitution, cross the line, and invade the territory of another country; and that whether such necessity exists in given case, the President is to be the sole judge."

Lincoln continued: "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion . . . and you allow him to make war at pleasure. . . . If to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us' but he will say to you 'be silent; I see it, if you don't.'

"The Founding Fathers," Lincoln said, "resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us."

If the Bush doctrine prevails, the imperial presidency will sure be redux.

Iraq is not a quagmire: Rumsfeld

Last Updated Tue, 01 Jul 2003 22:14:59

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iraq is not turning into a Vietnam, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said.

"Our goal is to get the terrorists out of Afghanistan, get the Saddam Hussein regime out of Iraq; if you want to call that a quagmire, do it. I don't."

Rumsfeld's remarks came as U.S. forces entered their third day of a major campaign named "Operation Sidewinder" to quell Iraqi resistance...

The round-up is a response to a series of attacks on American and British troops since U.S. President George W. Bush declared May 1 that major combat operations in Iraq were over.

Since that pronouncement, at least 20 U.S. and six British troops have been killed.

Rumsfeld Says Iraq No Quagmire or Guerrilla War

Mon June 30, 2003 05:21 PM ET
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday remnants of toppled President Saddam Hussein's government have coalesced into a "terrorist network" in Iraq, but rejected the notion that U.S. and British forces are facing a guerrilla war or are stuck in a quagmire.

During a Pentagon briefing, Rumsfeld compared the postwar situation in Iraq to the difficult path taken by the United States after declaring its independence from Britain and before establishing a new Constitution and electing a president.

Rumsfeld also accused some members of the news media, who he did not identify, of hoping Iraq becomes another Vietnam.

When a reporter identified the Vietnam War during the briefing as "your classic quagmire," Rumsfeld cut her off and said: "There are so many cartoons where people, press people, are saying, 'Is it Vietnam yet?' hoping it is and wondering if it is. And it isn't. It's a different time. It's a different era. It's a different place."

Comment: This is getting so surreal. Guerrilla Warfare is defined as "Military and paramilitary operations conducted in enemy-held or hostile territory by irregular, predominantly indigenous forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)." This is clearly the situation in Iraq. Yet according to Rumsfeld after the fall of Saddam's government, "remnants of the Baath regime and Fedayeen death squads faded into the population and have reverted to a terrorist network. We are dealing with those remnants in a forceful fashion. ... Those battles will go on for some time."

Sounds like guerrilla warfare to us. Because this is a "War on Terror", therefore any Iraqi who takes up arms against the American occupier will be branded a "terrorist". This means they can be detained at Guatanamo Bay indefinitely, the Geneva Convention will not apply, and if captured they are treated not as enemy combatants, but as terrorists. Rumsfeld continued and said the problems in Iraq are being caused by five categories of people: remnants of Saddam's government; tens of thousands of Iraqi criminals released before the war from prisons; ordinary looters; foreigners who have entered Iraq; and "people that are being influenced by Iran."

Here we see Rumsfeld setting up the cards for an invasion of Iran.

But then in the most convoluted of reasonings, he compared the situation in Iraq with that of the US after the American revolution!

Rumsfeld said the United States faced "a period of chaos and confusion" in its early years, including a depression, rampant inflation, no stable currency and mob uprisings.

"It took eight years before the founders finally adopted our Constitution and inaugurated our first president," he said, adding later: "Were we in a quagmire for eight years? I would think not. We were in a process ... evolving from a monarchy into a democracy."

And the American quisling press lets him get away with comments like this! Why aren't they calling him out on statements like these at the press conferences?!?!?! The 13 colonies didn't have a foreign occupying army on there territory during those eight years. A small difference that Rumsfeld ignores. The people were not being forced to deal only with political toadies of this occupying army. A small difference that Rumsfeld ignores. The revolution itself was carried out by people of the colonies against German soldiers paid for by the British - that is, an occupying army. A small difference ignored by Rumsfeld.

However, the following article does look at the question of guerrilla warfare more intelligently....

Iraqis practice resembles guerilla warfare

By TOM LASSETER
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Posted on Mon, Jun. 30, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two months after President Bush declared major combat over in Iraq, stealthy enemies are still killing and wounding American and allied soldiers - five killed and 22 wounded in May, 20 killed and 39 wounded in June.

In response, American commanders have unleashed repeated military raids - Operation Peninsula north of Baghdad, Operation Desert Scorpion west of Baghdad and Operation Sidewinder in western and central Iraq - to root out those pockets of resistance. The raids have netted hundreds of arrests but have also created new waves of anger and hostility among the Iraqi people.

The pattern of attack and counterattack looks like classic guerrilla warfare, in which a weaker foe attacks in the place of his choosing, then melts into the population. The harder an occupying force pounds back, the more it alienates the populace, creating communities that accept, if not actively support, armed resistance.

The Americans learned it the hard way in Vietnam, the Russians in Afghanistan, the British in Northern Ireland and now, it seems, the same scenario may be unfolding in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told senators last week that Iraq is not, in fact, experiencing guerrilla warfare. "I don't know that I would use that word," he said.

But military officials in Iraq have for weeks described an opponent (or opponents) that doesn't appear part of a central command structure, isn't well organized and tends to attack in ambush-style operations. The opponent promotes Iraqis' discontent by spreading rumors and disrupting basic services through sabotaging power lines and, possibly, assassinating a Baghdad electricity official.

Asked what all those pieces add up to, Maj. Sean Gibson, a top Army spokesman in Baghdad, said, "I know where you're going here. I studied guerrilla warfare too."...

Comment: The article continues citing US officials. The "usual suspects" are trotted out, supposed "terrorist groups" with connections to Iran and Syria. But the writer points out that "there has been little public airing of evidence." Where have we seen this before? This is the same scenario that was used to sell the war, to justify the invasion. The writer continues saying that "While coalition officials shy away from specifics, many Iraqis say the anti- coalition violence isn't the result of Baathists or organized terrorist groups, but ordinary citizens who are angry about what they see as an American occupation. Iraqis say the attacks are due to a rage born of the lack of electricity and water, along with coalition soldiers searching Iraqi homes and occasionally shooting innocent civilians."

So the "terrorists" may well be Iraqis who are resisting the humiliation of an American occupation, people who don't want to live under a tyranny where soldiers can break down your door in the middle of the night or shoot children and ask questions later. Why should the Iraqis agree to the kind of conditions imposed upon the Palestinians for over fifty years?

On this day in 1942

The New York Times reports on page SIX the mass extermination of 700,000 Jews. To further add insult to injury (to put it mildly), "In Israel, in the early years after the Holocaust, Jewish survivors were even scorned with contempt by Israeli Jews as 'soap' (i.e., feebly passive Jews who were passively turned into bars of soap by Nazi tormentors, the fulfillment of demeaning stereotypes about fellow Jews. 'With what scorn,' noted Georges Tamarin in 1973, 'Israeli youth reacts to the alleged faint-heartedness of the six million victims of Nazis!' The Holocaust was an emblem of shame to Jewry, little discussed, more often avoided. "Even in their extraordinary death agony," notes Haim Breseeth, 'the millions of European Jews had not attracted sympathy [in Israel] -- a minimum expectation from an important Jewish community.'

"A daughter of Holocaust survivors who was raised in Israel remarked at a conference there that, 'What I hated and dreaded most when I was a child was summertime. It was a time when the [tattooed concentration camp] numbers on my mother's arm would be there for all to see and people would know that she was a survivor and was one of the despised people. People like my parents were despised in Israel, and I was ashamed of them.'" more

The common belief that Hitler's death camps were a secret is a myth.

During the years 1939-1945 when World War II was fought in Europe, Americans relied on newspapers to get the latest news from the front. Many reports of nazi "extermination camps" filter out to the mainstream American press, but the story rarely makes the front page of the nation’s most respected newspapers. If a reader searches the New York Times front pages they could miss the horrific stories about Nazi Germany’s systematic murder of more than 6 million Jews. But the story gradually emerges in grim detail as editors bury the stories in their newspapers’ back pages.

Many stories that do get reported miss the fact that Jews are the primary targets for execution. The press fails to recognize that Hitler is fighting two wars: One against the allies, and one against the Jews.

Several haunting questions emerge from these findings: If the press had pursued the story and highlighted its urgency, could it have influenced public opinion and in turn, government policy? If the press focused on this story, could lives have been saved? [...]

Why are journalists skeptical?

Journalists are SKEPTICAL of atrocity stories during World War II because they remember that the press was fooled by faked information about German atrocities during World War I. They also don’t believe that the Germans, a group of civilized Europeans, are capable of murder on a mass scale. The lack of eyewitness accounts by reporters, the absence of photographic evidence in the early years, and the rampant anti-Semitism of the period all contribute to the lack of coverage.

Comment: The writer of this piece, although making some good points about WWI, buys into the Holocaust Industry myth that the Holocaust was a uniquely Jewish event. For an excellent analysis of of Jewish attitudes towrds the Holocaust, see this article at the Jewish Tribal Review.

The CIA &The Nazis

[...] To understand how the CIA has evolved into a menace to freedom worldwide one needs to look at the very beginnings of the intelligence service in this country starting in the period following WWI and the cast of characters. Where and when did the CIA evolve into a monster diametrically opposed to the ideals of a democracy and who were involved? The simple answer is Allen Dulles; evidence abounds that he was a traitor. But as with all simple answers there is a much more that lays hidden. In the following pages the role of Wall Street bankers and big oil along with their servant Dulles will be shown to have been behind the subversion of many countries and the importation of Nazi war criminals. Dulles and the U.S. intelligence community were actively involved in helping Nazi war criminals escape from Europe; they were assisted with help from both Britain and the Vatican . . .

CIA raises renewed alarm over nuclear arsenal

By David Sanger in Washington

July 2 2003 North Korea has learned how to make nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop its growing arsenal of missiles, potentially putting Tokyo - and American troops based in Japan - at risk, United States officials say. [...]

"This would give them the range they never had before, and the chance to spread their threat far beyond South Korea," said one senior Asian official, noting that about 60,000 US troops were based in Japan. "It changes the dynamics of the problem." [...]

Countries Ineligible for U.S. Military Aid

Tue July 1, 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United [States] said on Tuesday it was cutting off military aid to 35 countries that support the International Criminal Court but have not exempted Americans from prosecution in the tribunal.

The 35 countries are:

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Namibia, Niger, Paraguay, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.

Under the American Service Members Protection Act of 2002, the basis for the decision to cut aid, another 11 countries are not eligible for U.S. military assistance, but they had not been receiving any in this fiscal year. They are:

Andorra, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Nauru, San Marino, Sweden and Switzerland.

President Bush issued waivers to enable military aid to continue to 22 countries, either because they have exempted U.S. personnel from prosecution or because he deemed that the aid was in the national interest.

Those countries are: Albania, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Honduras, Macedonia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan and Uganda.

Also exempt are the 19 members of NATO, Taiwan and a group of countries which Washington classifies as "major non-NATO allies" -- Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand and South Korea.

US suspends 47 million dollars in military aid to 35 nations over ICC

Wednesday July 2, 5:15 AM

The United States put monetary muscle behind its vehement opposition to the International Criminal Court (ICC), suspending more than 47 million dollars in military aid to 35 countries for their failure or refusal to give US citizens immunity from the tribunal.

The suspension affects US allies like Brazil, Colombia and South Africa, the Baltic states as well as NATO hopefuls such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia, officials said. [...]

China's communists told to serve public, but give no sign of sharing power

JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

President Hu Jintao told China's communists to better to serve the public as the party marked its 82nd birthday on Tuesday, but the secretive, one-party system gave no indication of evolving to share power.

The anniversary came as a new generation of leaders headed by Hu, who became party leader in November, tries to establish its grip on power in a fast-changing, increasingly capitalist society.

Comment: Yeah, the Chinese Communist Party has been in power for over fifty years, but this article propels the myth that people in the US have more say in the running of their country than the Chinese do. You can feel it in the tone of the piece, a snide arrogance that permeates it. And the hollowness of American democracy is made all the clearer in the following article...

Up to 500,000 march in Hong Kong against anti-subversion law

Wednesday July 2, 5:35 AM

(AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in protest at anti-subversion legislation that many in this former British colony fear could erode political freedom six years after its return to Chinese rule.

Witnesses and organisers said up to 500,000 joined the demonstration, as police confirmed it was Hong Kong's biggest protest since more than one million people rallied after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

The scale of protests prompted Washington to urge Hong Kong's government to pay heed to the views of its citizens before drafting any new legislation. [...]

Throngs of demonstrators peacefully vented anger against the Article 23 law they say will curtail civil freedoms.

There is mounting fear the law could stifle freedom of speech and the free flow of information. [...]

Comment: Washington is urging another country to listen to its citizens before passing a new law... Now that's rich. Did the Bush Reich listen to those who were in the streets protesting against the possible war in Iraq? Do they tell Aznar and Berlusconi to listen to the Spanish and Italian people who were over 80% against the participation of the their countries in the invasion of Iraq?

What hypocrisy!

US-based missiles to have global reach

Allies to become less important as new generation of weapons enables America to strike anywhere from its own territory

Julian Borger in Washington
Tuesday July 1, 2003
The Guardian

The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory.

Over the next 25 years, the new technology would free the US from dependence on forward bases and the cooperation of regional allies, part of the drive towards self-sufficiency spurred by the difficulties of gaining international cooperation for the invasion of Iraq.

The new weapons are being developed under a programme codenamed Falcon (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US).[...]

US plans hypersonic bomber

BBC
Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 13:46 GMT


The United States is planning to build an unmanned hypersonic aircraft capable of striking any target in the world within two hours.
[...]

In other words the United States will be able, using aircraft based on its own territory, to strike at individual targets without warning and without the need for foreign bases. [...]

Comment: The U.S. continues to develop the most sophisticated weapons on the planet - and all to defeat a foe that does not exist.

Pentagon developing system that can track every vehicle in a city

04:12 AM EDT Jul 02
MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyse the movement of every vehicle in a city.

Dubbed "Combat Zones That See", the project is designed to help the U.S. military protect troops and fight in cities overseas. But police, scientists and privacy experts say the unclassified technology could easily be adapted to spy on everyone...

Scientists and privacy experts - who already have seen the use of face-recognition technologies at a Super Bowl and monitoring cameras in London - are concerned about the potential impact of the emerging DARPA technologies if they are applied to civilians by commercial or government agencies outside the Pentagon.

"Government would have a reasonably good idea of where everyone is most of the time," said John Pike, a Global Security.org defence analyst...

Joseph Onek of the Open Society Institute, a human rights group, said current law that permits the use of cameras in public areas may have to be revised to address the privacy implications of these new technologies.

"It's one thing to say that if someone is in the street he knows that at any single moment someone can see him," Onek said. "It's another thing to record a whole life so you can see anywhere someone has been in public for 10 years."

Comment: Are you scared yet? If not, why not? The pieces are being put into place for something big, very big. Someone, or something, wants total control over everything that you think and do. This may sound outrageous and ridiculous and like something from a bad sci-fi novel. But have you done the research? Have you seen the evidence?

Read through the timeline on mind control and other methods of social control. Look at what has happened since 9/11. Sure, you could say it is just a group of power-hungry men wanting it all for themselves.

But then start looking at history. Really look at history. See the way the introduction of monotheism has affected history. Ask yourself about the Dark Ages when the Church was in control. What was really going on? And what was the origin of this "Dark Age"? A comet, perhaps. A comet that burned large parts of Europe, killed thousands, set European culture back centuries? Why are large numbers of records missing the years that cover this period?

But if there is a force that was manipulating events and records 1500 years ago, and if there is a force working towards the same ends today, can we imagine that it might well be the same force?

If you are able to see that there is a force at work behind the scenes, a force that has been manipulating events over hundreds, no, thousands of years, what might that force be?

The Press vs. Al Gore

Rolling Stone

How lazy reporting, pack journalism and GOP spin cost him the election

One month after formally kicking off his presidential campaign, Vice President Al Gore paddled down the Connecticut River in New Hampshire on July 22nd, 1999, spreading his green theme of protecting the environment and pausing for a photo op. His message was quickly drowned out, though, when the Washington Times' Bill Sammon reported that local authorities had granted Gore a special favor when they released nearly 4 billion gallons of water from a nearby dam into the drought-stricken river in order to keep the vice president's boat afloat.

The price tag on the spilled water was quickly calculated at $7 million. The implication was clear: In a clumsy abuse of power, Al Gore, a supposed friend of the environment, gladly wasted precious natural resources to stage-manage a political event.

Following the lead of the Washington Times, an unabashedly conservative outlet often hostile to Democrats, the rest of the mainstream press pounced, not only upbraiding Gore for his supposed hypocrisy but also suggesting that the campaign miscue was just the latest example of a foundering presidential run. The New York Times detailed the "mishap," the Washington Post ridiculed Gore's FOUR BILLION GALLONS FOR A PHOTO OP, Newsweek dubbed it the "photo op from hell," and CNN covered the "wave of criticism after floodgates are opened on a New Hampshire river to keep Al Gore afloat."

In retrospect, the most notable thing about the whole story was just how murky the facts were. Nobody from the Gore campaign asked for the water to be released. (Concerned about security, the Secret Service did.) As for the amount of water released, it was 500 million gallons, not 4 billion - a fact that Sammon reported a week later, long after other media ran with the original story. And the local utility company that operates the dam was already dumping millions of gallons of water into the parched Connecticut River every day. The routine release had simply been moved up a couple of hours to accommodate Gore's trip. The $7 million figure turned out to be completely inaccurate, since the water was not wasted. Instead, it passed through hydroelectric turbines and generated power that the utility company sold to other utilities.

"I felt like we'd fallen through the looking glass," says Sharon Francis, executive director of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions, who coordinated Gore's visit on behalf of the region and for days fielded press queries about the derided canoe trip. She describes the media coverage as "fictional" and "nasty" and "spun to sound like something corrupt."

Comment: This article shows the job done on Gore by the so-called "liberal" media in the US. The neocons have yelled this so loudly for so many years that those who are unable to see things for themselves now believe it. Read this and see how they twisted Gore's statements; then look at how the "liberal" media is letting Bush and Rumsfeld and the other tyrants in power in the US get away with bloody murder. Bush can lie about WMDs, about Enron, about anything and everything and the press just faithfully reports what he has to say. He flies onto an aircraft carrier in a flight suit, and the "liberal" media don't talk about his own military record of being AWOL from a reserve unit.

Something is very sick in the USA. Something wicked this way comes.

Bushwalker stumbles across Aboriginal cave paintings from 4,000 years ago

By Kathy Marks in Sydney
The Independent
02 July 2003

A cave of Aboriginal paintings chanced upon by a hiker was described yesterday as one of the most significant finds of indigenous rock art for half a century.

The cave contains some 200 paintings, many of them thought to be 4,000 years old. It was found in a remote part of Wollemi National Park, north-west of Sydney. The bushwalker is thought to have been the first person to lay eyes on them since the last Aborigine left his or her mark there 200 years ago.

The exact location of the site - a rock shelter 12m long, 6m deep and 1m to 2m high - is being kept secret. Paul Tacon, an anthropologist, said there were 11 layers of more than 200 paintings, stencils and prints in different styles, spanning a period from about 2000BC to the early 1800s. They feature humans and godlike human-animal composites, as well as realistic and symbolic depictions of birds, lizards and marsupials, Mr Tacon said. The paintings include life-size, delicately drawn eagles and kangaroos, and an extremely rare depiction of a wombat. [...]

French defence minister defends multipolarism

July 01, 2003

BEIJING (AFP) - French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie defended the need for a multipolar world Tuesday, calling it essential to the new global order.

"This new world is too complex not to be multipolar," she said at Beijing's University of National Defense on the final day of her three-day visit Tuesday.

"It is necessary to accept the reality of diversity." [...]

Spam peddlers hijack computers

By Andrew Bomford
BBC Radio 4 's PM programme
Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK

Computers belonging to thousands of companies across the world are being hijacked by e-mail spammers to disguise their true identities and host their websites.

A special investigation by the BBC has revealed that British Airways was used without its knowledge to host a website advertising Russian mail order brides...

I went to see Steve Linford, one of the world's foremost experts on spam, on his houseboat on the River Thames near London...

"Superzonda appeared about five or six months ago," said Steve, tapping away at one of the bank of computer screens in front of him.

"They are at the moment probably one of the worst spam outfits on the internet for the amount of stuff that they do."

Superzonda is thought to operate from Argentina and specialise in wholesale takeovers of insecure computers to send e-mails and host websites.

They are thought to be responsible for 20 to 30 million e-mails a day, mostly advertising products like Viagra and penis enlargement...

So Cyberangels were providing a computer server for Superzonda's websites...

However this investigation has revealed a large amount of evidence linking Cyberangels with a man called Martijn Bevelander who runs a Dutch Internet Service Provider called MegaProvider...

The evidence though is clear. Two company registries, one at the Belgium internet name registry and one at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, both gave Mr Bevelander's name and address as the contact for Cyberangels.

The day after I asked him why he had registered Belgium Cyberangels in his name, the domain name was suddenly dropped from the Belgium registry.

But the clearest piece of evidence came in an e-mail written by Martijn Bevelander himself, obtained by the BBC, in which he describes himself as "an investor" in Cyberangels, and claimed that he manages their network.

As well as hosting pornographic websites for Superzonda, Cyberangels and MegaProvider send out large quantities of spam for mostly American clients.

Report warns U.S. not ready for 9-11 repeat

Local emergency responders underfunded, 'dangerously unprepared'

June 30, 2003
2003 WorldNetDaily.com

State and local agencies that would be called upon initially to respond to new catastrophic terrorist attacks are woefully underfunded and unprepared, a new report warns.[...]

Dept. of Interior Ordered to Disconnect from Web

June 30, 2003
By Roy Mark

For the second time in less than two years, a federal judge has ordered the Interior Department to disconnect from the Internet in order to protect $1 billion in American Indian money managed by the agency.[...]

Rapists at large after Miami DNA blunder

Richard Luscombe in Miami
Sunday June 29, 2003
The Observer

Residents of Miami living in fear of two serial rapists have been outraged by a police admission that DNA samples that could have linked several attacks as early as last December were left untested in a storeroom refrigerator for months.

The public were warned this month that two attackers, unrelated but now with 10 confirmed victims between them, were stalking different areas of the city.[...]

Oregon Man Swims 1,200 Miles to Protect River

Tue July 1, 2003 05:56 PM ET
By Lee Douglas

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon man ended a 1,243 mile swim on Tuesday after spending 13 months in the icy waters of the Columbia River, braving toxins and bacteria, to raise awareness about its pollution.[...]

"Really what the river has become is a reflection of who we are and the choices we've made here in the Northwest," Swain told Reuters in a phone interview.[...]

Kraft to Revamp Products Amid Rising U.S. Obesity

Tue July 1, 2003 04:40 PM ET
By Deborah Cohen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Kraft Foods Inc., the No. 1 U.S. maker of processed foods, on Tuesday said it would reformulate many of its products, cease marketing in schools and take other steps to counter a rise in obesity that could trigger a rash of lawsuits against the food industry.

The maker of Oreo cookies and Velveeta cheese spread said it will develop a range of standards this year to improve the overall nutritional content of its foods and the way it sells them. It will begin making the changes, which could take three years, in 2004...

Comment: Yeah, they are so concerned that they are putting off doing anything about it for a year.

American Airlines Signals More Cuts

Tue July 1, 2003 06:03 PM ET
By Kathy Fieweger

CHICAGO (Reuters) - American Airlines on Tuesday signaled that cut-backs to its service will be coming soon, saying it cannot continue to fly all the same nonstop routes nor provide the same level of service in unprofitable markets.

The move came on the same day the airline furloughed 3,100 flight attendants, or 3.5 percent of its workforce, in a previously announced effort to help cut operating costs.

On the drawing board for potential reductions are flights and routes and the use of space in major airports, as well as reservation centers and even maintenance bases.

Bloggers Gain Libel Protection

By Xeni Jardin
Jun. 30, 2003

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can't be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers.

Online free speech advocates praised the decision as a victory. The ruling effectively differentiates conventional news media, which can be sued relatively easily for libel, from certain forms of online communication such as moderated e-mail lists. One implication is that DIY publishers like bloggers cannot be sued as easily.

Gov't Lifts Stress Injury Reporting Rule

LEIGH STROPE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -The Bush administration on Monday repealed a requirement that employers report repetitive stress injuries. [...]

German Eavesdropping Law Before Court print

MELISSA EDDY
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Critics of a German law allowing authorities to eavesdrop on conversations in private homes took their case to the supreme court Tuesday, arguing that the five-year-old measure is unconstitutional. [...]

Passed under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the law was controversial because of the legacy of the Nazi police state and decades of snooping by the Stasi, the secret police in communist East Germany. [...]

Deputy Can't Explain Why He Lied To Columbine Parents

GOLDEN -- A former sheriff's deputy says he cannot explain why he lied to the parents of a Columbine High School victim, telling them a Denver SWAT team member shot their son.

''I can't explain it. I don't know,'' said Jim Taylor, in his first public statement. [...]

Comment: This is a strange little article. No conclusions reached, but a lot of strange talk. Mind control, anyone?

Giant Sea Creature Baffles Chilean Scientists

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Chilean scientists were baffled on Tuesday by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen. [...]

Avon Man Baffled By Mystery Substance

Smelly White Substance Falls On House

AVON, Ind.(AP) -- Darryl Roach wants to know the source of the stinky white stuff that fell on his house last weekend. Roach lives near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Airport officials are testing the substance to see if it came from a plane.

Roach said a strip of white drops ran across his roof and his deck. He first noticed it Sunday evening and said the smell was so bad he had to sleep in a hotel room Sunday night.

Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots

By NICHOLAS WADE
New York Times

In November 1897, in a field near the village of Coligny in eastern France, a local inhabitant unearthed two strange objects.
One was an imposing statue of Mars, the Roman god of war. The other was an ancient bronze tablet, 5 feet wide and 3.5 feet high. It bore numerals in Roman but the words were in Gaulish, the extinct version of Celtic spoken by the inhabitants of France before the Roman conquest in the first century B.C.

The tablet, now known as the Coligny calendar, turned out to record the Celtic system of measuring time, as well as being one of the most important sources of Gaulish words.

Two researchers, Dr. Peter Forster of the University of Cambridge in England and Dr. Alfred Toth of the University of Zurich, have now used the calendar and other Celtic inscriptions to reconstruct the history of Celtic and its position in the Indo-European family of languages. They say that Celtic became a distinct language and entered the British Isles much earlier than supposed.[...]

Medical Phenomenon: Pakistani Boy Has Two Livers

Pravda

[...] During an operation on the diaphragm, surgeons discovered one more healthy liver in the chest of a 11-year-old Pakistani boy Imran Tariq. The Pakistani state-run television reports that the operation that lasted for 5 hours in a hospital in Rawalpindi was a success; the extra liver was lowered to the stomach.  [...]

Tropical Storm Cuts Power to Thousands

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 1, 2:40 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS - A fishing boat crewman was missing Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of homes and business had no electricity in the wake of Tropical Storm Bill, which blew across the South with wind and record rainfall. [...]

Man Entraps Neighbor's Dog with Taped Barks

Tue Jul 1, 7:57 AM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German used recorded barking to provoke a neighbor's dog to respond so he could report the animal for disturbing the peace, police said on Monday.

"The man evidently didn't like the dog and wanted to make it bark more so he could report it," a police spokesman in the northern town of Harrislee said.

Cat killer spreads panic in US

BBC
Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 19:08 GMT

Cat owners in Denver, Colorado have been warned to keep their pets at home after a number of mutilated cats were found dead in the area.

The eviscerated remains of four cats were found over the weekend, heightening fears that a cat killer may be on the loose.

The authorities say around 40 mutilated cats have been found in the Denver area over the past year.

There have been a string of similar cases in Salt Lake City, Utah, where 11 cats have been found been found mutilated - many with their heads or organs missing.

In the majority of cases in Denver the cats have been sliced open, often with surgical precision, and their internal organs removed. [...]

Comment: There is also this article about the surgical precision of these mutiliations.

Irish Indiana Jones returns stolen ark to the Ethiopians

By Declan Walsh
The Independent
02 July 2003

He is no Indiana Jones, but a bespectacled Irish doctor has drawn comparisons with the Hollywood hero by returning a replica of the Lost Ark of the Covenant to its home in Ethiopia, 135 years after it was taken by British troops.

Ian MacLennan, from Co Donegal, stumbled across the small wooden tabot, or tabernacle, in London's Maggs bookshop last month. Dr MacLennan recognised the sacred treasure, bought it and quietly flew it back to Ethiopia last Sunday. [...]

Teenager shoots teacher and commits suicide

02/07/2003

A 16-year-old boy walked into his school in southern Germany today and shot his female teacher in the leg before killing himself, police said.

Irish doctor finds AIDS strain

ireland.com
Monday, 30th June, 2003

A researcher at NUI in Maynooth has discovered a new strain of the AIDS virus which could have major implications in the search for a cure. [...]

'Holy Ghost' guided me says Mel

Ananova.com
18:17 Tuesday 1st July 2003

Mel Gibson believes he was guided by the Holy Ghost while making his controversial new film about the life of Jesus Christ.

The actor, who is a devout Catholic, said the force was so strong that Muslims and agnostics who worked on the set of The Passion converted to Christianity. [...]


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