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Strike Flash Presentation by a QFS member
of the Day
October 10's History Channel
Documentary by Kathleen Quinn regarding "MJ-12" was a
remarkable program. I detected an even-handedness and balance rarely
seen on television about ufological issues.
I won't be getting into the details of Quinn's doc other than to
say that Dr. [immaterial] Joe Nickel, bless his little corn-fed
traditionalistic's coal black patrician heart, is credited with
putting a true face on the total irrationality that is the whole
of CSICOP's "Klasskurtzian" *shtick*... pardon the newly
coined word. It's meaning can be drawn, easily, from its context
with the forthcoming.
And, in a quick sidebar, you know what? Klasskurtzianism ~is~ about
ideologically canted and authoritarian storm-troopers from the biased
realms of CSICOPia, after all! Thank you, Doctor Rudiak!
Back at the ranch, "Ufologists are, at best, irresponsible,"
implies an *earnest* Dr. [immaterial] Joe Nickel towards the end
of the hour long program. Stanton Freidman is derelict. Richard
Dolan is reckless. Richard Hall is an elder scoundrel from an even
deeper strata of irresponsibility. Jerry Clark lacks accountability.
So do a lot of men and women seriously investigating the single
most important eventuality of our time.
The preceding radical seditionists are not *dependable* persons,
Nickel feels. They are without *responsibility*. They ~have~ no
*liability*... Stop! Nickel's (et al) stuffy pontification is ~so~
much prolapsed and expulsive nonsense... steaming monkey droppings
from high up in the canopy. Get to cover!
Moreover, our [immaterial] doctor implores that, "the public
should be outraged"! Not because critical information is withheld
from interested individuals for spurious and manipulative reasons
by an autocratic and authoritarian elite! No. But that Ufologists,
those radical funsters and seditious gamesters, actually ~threaten~
America's culture and society by making, "a lot of [us] distrust
[our] government" and by "causing invalid suspicions"
with regard to currently
*worshipped* "historical figures"! And there we have the
dieing CSICOPian philosophy completely contained in its moldy nutshell
of reproductionist tediousness.
To wit, their "Prime Directive": At all costs to sense
and sensibility, maintain the status quo. End of line.
That's it. That's all they've got. Everything else is stentorian
proclamation, stretched assumption, and pompously insentient axe
Pushing 60, a good citizen taxpayer, combat veteran, and intelligent
patriot... I find it repugnant to the ~extreme~ that *Governments*
can not earn distrust, or that *historical figures* are beyond the
suspicions they themselves provoke! ...Even our own governments
and historical figures... ~especially~ our own governments and historical
That's not the America I served in a highly decorated military
career. That's not the America I described to my immigrant wife
and only son! That's not the America I internalized in the freaking
Cub Scouts, boys and girls!
Some figures of history have ~more~ than earned our suspicion,
and governments, ~abundantly~, our distrust, then AND now! If that
is not obvious in extremis... than you're just not keeping up with
current events, you're chewing window sills lathered in wet lead
paint, or you know the truth and ~choose~ to turn away.
...Misleading, mislead, or mentally ill... "M" cubed.
Sound familiar? Feel it deviate your septums, skeptibunky spawn,
CSICOPian caperers, and "klasskurtzian" sycophants!
Forget for a moment that it is just ~that~ recognition of provoked
*mistrust*, and the *suspicions* that justifiably arise, which ~provide~
for an enlightening reexamination, revision, or more realistic result
for an evolving human condition, at ~all~! Understand, first, that
the doctor [immaterial] Joe Nickel exposes the CFInistic or CSICOPian
"prime directive" in a few chosen words that won't respect
individual sensibility and insensiblely supports a status quo continuing
only to discredit ~itself~ as it shortchanges ~you~, reader, on
a plethora of levels.
"Mistrust of government is dangerous and without support".
I paraphrase the [immaterial] doctor. "Suspicions regarding
the *respected* are dangerous and unsubstantiated." Is it ~any~
wonder which side of the bullhorn our Dr. [immaterial] Nickel prefers
No. Weigh the pros and cons as they were ladled out in last night's
surprisingly credible and balanced treatment of the mystery surrounding
the controversial MJ-12 documents to see for yourself which is more
*nourishing*. Mistrust of government ~is~ justified. Suspicion with
regard to historical figures is ~not~ without support. Friedman,
Dolan, and Rodeghier were just more convincing, less presumptive,
and more authoritative than Kurtz, Klass, or Nickel, who were ~less~
than authoritative, ~entirely~ assumptive, and ~profoundly~ less
convincing. The former were credible while the latter were "klasskurtzian,"
to use that word one more time.
Verily, and in a manner similar to Dan Rather's "Bush Memo"
imbroglio, even if the MJ-12 documents ~are~ fakes... they're the
likely truth, I'm betting. MJ-12 ~is~ a reality. Suspicion ~is~
validated. Mistrust ~is~ appropriate.
Together they are the true skeptics very ~soul~... and an apparent
TROY, N.Y. - Amid
the torrent of jabber in Internet chat rooms — flirting by
QTpie and BoogieBoy, arguments about politics and horror flicks
— are terrorists plotting their next move?
The government certainly isn't discounting the
possibility. It's taking the idea seriously enough to fund a yearlong
study on chat room surveillance under an anti-terrorism program.
A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute computer science professor hopes
to develop mathematical models that can uncover structure within
the scattershot traffic of online public forums.
Chat rooms are the highly popular and freewheeling areas on the
Internet where people with self-created nicknames discuss just about
anything: teachers, Kafka, cute boys, politics, love, root canal.
They are also places where malicious hackers have been known to
trade software tools, stolen passwords and credit card numbers.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project estimates that 28 million
Americans have visited Internet chat rooms.
Trying to monitor the sea of traffic on all the chat channels would
be like assigning a police officer to listen in on every conversation
on the sidewalk — virtually impossible.
Instead of rummaging through megabytes of messages, RPI professor
Bulent Yener will use mathematical models in search of patterns
in the chatter. Downloading data from selected chat rooms, Yener
will track the times that messages were sent, creating a statistical
profile of the traffic.
If, for instance, RatBoi and bowler1 consistently send messages
within seconds of each other in a crowded chat room, you could infer
that they were speaking to one another amid the "noise"
of the chat room.
"For us, the challenge is to be able to determine, without
reading the messages, who is talking to whom," Yener said.
In search of "hidden communities," Yener also wants to
check messages for certain keywords that could reveal something
about what's being discussed in groups.
The $157,673 grant comes from the National Science Foundation's
Approaches to Combat Terrorism program. It was selected in coordination
with the nation's intelligence agencies.
The NSF's Leland Jameson said the foundation judged the proposal
strictly on its broader scientific merit, leaving it to the intelligence
community to determine its national security value. Neither the
CIA nor the FBI would comment on the grant, with a CIA spokeswoman
citing the confidentiality of sources and methods.
Security officials know al-Qaida and other terrorist
groups use the Internet for everything from propaganda to offering
tips on kidnapping. But it's not clear if terrorists rely much on
chat rooms for planning and coordination.
Michael Vatis, founding director of the National Infrastructure
Protection Center and now a consultant, said he had heard of terrorists
using chat rooms, which he said offer some security as long as code
phrases are used. Other cybersecurity experts doubted chat rooms'
usefulness to terrorists given the other current options, from Web
mail to hiding messages on designated Web pages that can only be
seen by those who know where to look.
"In a world in which you can embed your message in a pixel
on a picture on a home page about tea cozies, I don't know whether
if you're any better if you think chat would be any particular magnet,"
Jonathan Zittrain, an Internet scholar at Harvard Law School.
Since they are focusing on public chat rooms, authorities are not
violating constitutional rights to privacy when they keep an eye
on the traffic, experts said. Law enforcement agents have trolled
chat rooms for years in search of pedophiles, sometimes adopting
profiles making it look like they are young teens.
But the idea of the government reviewing massive amounts of public
communications still raises some concerns.
Mark Rasch, a former head of the Justice Department's computer
crimes unit, said such a system would bring the country one step
closer to the Pentagon's much-maligned Terrorism Information Awareness
Research on that massive data-mining project was halted after an
uproar over its impact on privacy.
"It's the ability to gather and analyze massive amounts of
data that creates the privacy problem," Rasch said, "even
though no individual bit of data is particularly private."
Two employees at New York-based
instant messaging start-up Odigo received IM warnings about two
hours before the aerial attacks in two U.S cities, the company confirmed
Odigo, which has a satellite office in Israel, said employees there
received pop-up text messages containing advance warning of the
attacks but said the IMs did not mention the World Trade Center
specifically, or any other targets.
The contents of the IM messages, including the Internet Protocol
(IP) address of the sender, was given to the Federal Bureau of Investigations
(FBI), Odigo spokesman Alex Diamandis said [...]
| It is not necessary to postulate
an all-embracing conspiracy, extending from the White House to the
airline security personnel who let the armed hijackers board the planes,
to believe that there is much more to the story of the September 11
attacks than the American public has been told so far. Certainly the
least likely and least credible explanation of that day's events is
that the vast US national security apparatus was entirely unaware
of the activities of the hijackers until the airliners slammed into
the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
According to this official version, voiced most crudely by FBI Director
Robert Mueller immediately after the event, no one in the US government
had the slightest idea of the identities of the September 11 hijackers,
the methods they would employ, or the targets they would choose. A
careful review of the information that has come to light, in bits
and pieces, since September 11, demonstrates that these claims are
not merely tenuous, but clearly, obviously and knowingly false.
The case of Zacarias Moussaoui ["The strange case of Zacarias
Moussaoui: FBI refused to investigate man charged in September 11
attacks"] is only the most glaring evidence that the September
11 terrorist attacks represent, not merely a colossal failure on the
part of the FBI and CIA, but a refusal to act that has no legitimate
explanation. Not only were there general warnings of the likelihood
of suicide hijackings, but several of the hijackers, including the
man alleged to be the principal organizer, Mohammed Atta, were under
active surveillance by US agents. It is not too much to say that the
terrorists were only able to accomplish their murderous and destructive
mission because US intelligence agencies ignored repeated warnings,
refused to carry out elementary defensive actions and manifested a
seeming indifference to the prospect of a major terrorist attack on
Added to that is the refusal of any branch of the US government to
conduct any probe into the circumstances of an attack which killed
more American civilians on a single day than any other act of violence
in US history. There has been no serious effort in the four months
since September 11 to investigate, learn lessons and assign responsibility.
This by itself is a demonstration that there are highly placed people
in Washington with a great deal to hide.
Warnings from foreign governments
The governments of at least four countriesóGermany, Egypt,
Russia and Israelógave specific warnings to the US of an impending
terrorist attack in the months preceding September 11. These alerts,
while fragmentary, not only combined to foretell the scale of the
attack and its main target, but indicated that hijacked commercial
aircraft would be the weapon of choice.
According to an article in one of the major daily newspapers in Germany,
published just after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the
German intelligence service BND told both US and Israeli intelligence
agencies in June that Middle East terrorists were "planning to
hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols
of American and Israeli culture."
The newspaper cited unnamed German intelligence sources, who said
that the information came through Echelon, the US- controlled system
of 120 satellites which monitors all worldwide electronic communications.
Echelon is operated jointly by the United States, Canada, Britain,
Australia and New Zealand, although its existence is not officially
admitted. (Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14, 2001)
The government of Egypt sent an urgent warning to the US June 13,
based on a video made by Osama bin Laden. Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak told the French newspaper Le Figaro that the warning was originally
delivered just before the G-8 summit in Genoa. It was taken seriously
enough that antiaircraft batteries were stationed around Christopher
Columbus Airport in the Italian city. According to Mubarak, bin Laden
"spoke of assassinating President Bush and other heads of state
in Genoa. It was a question of an airplane stuffed with explosives.
These precautions then had been taken." (Source: New York Times,
September 26, 2001, "2 Leaders Tell of Plot to Kill Bush in Genoa,"
by David Sanger)
According to Russian press reports, Russian intelligence notified
the CIA during the summer that 25 terrorist pilots had been specifically
training for suicide missions. In an interview September 15 with MSNBC,
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that he had ordered Russian
intelligence in August to warn the US government "in the strongest
possible terms" of imminent attacks on airports and government
buildings. (Source: From The Wilderness web site; MSNBC).
The London-based Sunday Telegraph óan arch-conservative newspaper
usually highly supportive of the Bush administrationó reported
that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad had delivered a warning
to the FBI and CIA in August that as many as 200 followers of Osama
bin Laden were slipping into the country to prepare "a major
assault on the United States." The advisory spoke of a "large-scale
target" in which Americans would be "very vulnerable."
The Los Angeles Times cited unnamed US officials confirming this Mossad
warning had been received. (Source: Sunday Telegraph, September 16,
2001, "Israeli security issued urgent warning to CIA of large-scale
terror attacks," by David Wastell and Philip Jacobson; Los Angeles
Times, September 20, 2001, "Officials Told of 'Major Assault'
Plans," by Richard A. Serrano and John-Thor Dahlburg)
The Independent, a liberal daily in Great Britain, published an article
asserting the US government "was warned repeatedly that a devastating
attack on the United States was on its way." The Independent
cited an interview given by Osama bin Laden to a London-based Arabic-language
newspaper, al-Quds al-Arabi, in late August. About the same time,
tighter security measures were ordered at the World Trade Center,
for unexplained reasons. (Source: Independent, September 17, 2001,
"Bush did not heed several warnings of attack," by Andrew
Despite this series of alerts, no US intelligence agency issued any
warning of a possible attack on a target on US territory in the months
leading up to September 11. The CIA and FBI had issued warnings about
likely attacks on American military bases or embassies in the Middle
East, Europe and Asia. On September 7 the US Department of State issued
a worldwide alert about an impending attack by bin Laden followers,
although it was focused on US-related targets in east Asia, especially
Japan, not within the US itself. As the ranking Republican on the
Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Shelby, admitted, "This
obviously was a failure of great dimension. We had no specific warning
of the US being attacked."
Moreover, the FBI's decision to take no action on Zacarias Moussaoui
must be considered in the light of this continuous stream of warnings
from overseas. The US government was being repeatedly alerted to the
danger of devastating attacks using hijacked commercial aircraft,
yet the FBI decided to conduct no serious investigation into a man,
believed by French intelligence to be linked to Osama bin Laden, who
wanted to learn how to steer a 747 jumbo jet, but not to take off
or land. Moussaoui was not even turned over to the FBI by the Immigration
and Naturalization Service until after September 11.
US investigations and concerns
Despite claims that US intelligence agencies had not considered the
possibility of suicide attacks involving commercial airliners before
September 11, there were many indications of such concerns on the
part of the American government over a period of eight years.
An expert panel commissioned by the Pentagon in 1993 discussed how
an airplane could be used to bomb national landmarks. "It was
considered radical thinking, a little too scary for the times,"
said retired Air Force Col. Doug Menarchik, who organized the $150,000
study for the Defense Department's Office of Special Operations and
Low-Intensity Conflict. "After I left, it met a quiet death."
The decision not to publish detailed scenarios was made partly out
of a fear that it could give terrorists ideas, participants said.
A draft was circulated through the Pentagon, the Justice Department
and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but senior agency officials
ultimately decided against a public release. (Source: Washington Post,
October 2, 2001, "Before Attack, U.S. Expected Different Hit,
Chemical, Germ Agents Focus of Preparations," by Jo Warrick and
Three incidents of attempted attacks on buildings using airplanes
took place during 1994. The first, in April of that year, involved
a Federal Express flight engineer who was facing dismissal. He boarded
a DC-10 as a passenger and invaded the cockpit, planning to crash
the plane into a company building in Memphis, but was overpowered
by the crew. The second came that September, when a lone pilot crashed
a stolen single-engine Cessna into a tree on the White House grounds
just short of the president's bedroom. The third was the December
hijacking of an Air France flight in Algiers by the Armed Islamic
Group. The hijackers had the plane land in Marseilles and ordered
it loaded with 27 tons of fuel, three times the amount required to
reach Paris. Their aim was to crash it into the Eiffel Tower. French
special forces stormed the plane on the ground. (Source: New York
Times, October 3, 2001, "Earlier Hijackings Offered Signals That
Were Missed," by Matthew Wald)
In January 1995, Philippine police arrested and tortured Abdul Hakim
Murad in a Manila apartment where bomb-making equipment was found.
He told them of plans to plant timed explosive devices on 11 US airliners
simultaneously, and to crash-land an airplane into CIA headquarters
in Langley, Virginia. The preparations were so far advanced that Murad
detailed the specific flights targeted, most of them trans-Pacific
flights which would explode over the ocean. Murad had attended flying
schools in the United States, earned a commercial pilot's license,
and told investigators he was to fly the plane into CIA headquarters.
Another Islamic fundamentalist was to fly a second plane into the
Pentagon. (Source: Washington Post, September 23, "Borderless
Network of Terror, Bin Laden Followers Reach Across Globe," by
Doug Struck, Howard Schneider, Karl Vick and Peter Baker)
Later that year, the alleged organizer of the first World Trade Center
bombing, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was captured in Pakistan, turned over
to US agents and flown back to the United States for trial. On the
flight, Yousef reportedly boasted to FBI agent Brian Parr and the
other agents guarding him that he had narrowly missed several opportunities
to blow up a dozen airliners on a single day over the Pacific and
to carry out a kamikaze-type suicide attack on CIA headquarters in
Langley, Virginia. Yousef was referring to the same plot for which
Abdul Hakim Murad had been arrested in the Philippines. Murad was
extradited to the United States, where his testimony played a major
role in Yousef's trial and conviction. (Source: John Cooley, Unholy
Wars, New York, NY, 2000, p. 247)
Early in 1996, US officials had identified crop-dusters and suicide
flights as potential terrorist weapons, and began taking elaborate
steps to prevent an attack from the air during the Summer Olympic
Games in Atlanta. Black Hawk helicopters and US Customs Service jets
were deployed to intercept suspicious aircraft in the skies over the
Olympic venues. Agents monitored crop-duster flights within hundreds
of miles of downtown Atlanta. Law enforcement agents also fanned out
to regional airports throughout northern Georgia "to make sure
nobody hijacked a small aircraft and tried to attack one of the venues,"
said Woody Johnson, the FBI agent in charge of the Atlanta office
at the time. From July 6 through the end of the Games on August 11,
the FAA banned all aviation within a one- mile radius of the Olympic
Village that housed the athletes. It also ordered aircraft to stay
at least three miles away from other sites beginning three hours before
each event until three hours after each event ended. (Source: Los
Angeles Times, November 17, 2001, "Suicide Flights and Crop Dusters
Considered Threats at '96 Olympics," by Mark Fineman and Judy
As early as 1996 the FBI began investigating the activities of Arab
students at US flight schools. Government officials admitted that
"law enforcement officials were aware that fewer than a dozen
people with links to bin Laden had attended US flight schools."
FBI agents visited two flight schools in 1996 to get information about
several Arab pilots who received training there. The two schools were
among those attended by Abdul Hakim Murad, who had told Philippine
and US police about plans to fly a hijacked plane into CIA headquarters.
In 1998 FBI agents questioned officials from Airman Flight School
in Norman, Oklahoma about a graduate identified in court testimony
as a pilot for Osama bin Laden. This was the school later attended
by Zacarias Moussaoui. A Washington Post article concludes: "Since
1996, the FBI had been developing evidence that international terrorists
were using US flight schools to learn to fly jumbo jets. A foiled
plot in Manila to blow up U.S. airliners and later court testimony
by an associate of bin Laden had touched off FBI inquiries at several
schools, officials say." (Source: Washington Post, September
23, 2001, "FBI Knew Terrorists Were Using Flight Schools,"
by Steve Fainaru and James V. Grimaldi)
In the run-up to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, there was active
consideration of the danger of "a fully loaded, fuelled airliner
crashing into the opening ceremony before a worldwide television audience,"
according to former Sydney police superintendent Paul McKinnon. Osama
bin Laden was considered the number threat, he said. IOC officials
said plane-crash catastrophes have been incorporated into security
planning for every Olympics since 1972. "That was our nightmare
scenario," one IOC official said. There were extensive IOC discussions
with the FBI during 2001 in the course of the security planning for
the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. (Source: Sydney Morning
Herald, September 20, 2001, "Jet crash on stadium was Olympics
nightmare," by Jacquelin Magnay)
The 2000 edition of the Federal Aviation Administration's annual report
on Criminal Acts Against Aviation, published early in 2001, said that
although bin Laden "is not known to have attacked civil aviation,
he has both the motivation and the wherewithal to do so," adding,
"Bin Laden's anti-Western and anti-American attitudes make him
and his followers a significant threat to civil aviation, particularly
to US civil aviation." (Source: FAA)
Beginning in early 2001 a trial was held in New York City of four
defendants charged with involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania. The trial revealed that two bin Laden operatives
had received pilot training in Texas and Oklahoma and another had
been asked to take lessons. L'Houssaine Kherchtou, a bin Laden associate
turned government witness, told the court how he was asked to take
flying lessons in 1993. Another bin Laden aide, Essam al-Ridi, testified
that he had bought a military aircraft for bin Laden and flown it
to Sudan. Al-Ridi became a government witness in 1998, giving the
FBI inside information about a pilot-training scheme three years before
the September 11 attack. While the proceedings of the trial extended
from February to July 2001, they did not produce any heightened alert
in relation to US commercial aviation.
Offices that house
President Bush's re-election campaign in Spokane were broken into
and vandalized last night, the latest in a string of crimes at Republican
offices across the country.
Workers arriving this morning found a hole smashed through the
wall from an adjacent, vacant office. Bush campaign officials say
a small amount of petty cash is missing and a computer and television
had been moved and left near the hole.
"They must have gotten spooked because they ultimately left
the computer and TV," said Bill Hyslop, the campaign's chairman
for the Fifth Congressional District.
The computer and the TV had recently arrived in Spokane and the
computer was loaded with information from the Republican get-out-the
Spokane police responded this morning and took the computer's monitor
and the TV, Hyslop said.
"We obviously have no idea who did this and are not going
to cast aspersions," said Hyslop, who served as U.S. attorney
in Spokane under President George H.W. Bush.
In Bellevue last week, computers that stored the Republican get-out-the-vote
database were stolen in a burglary at the Republican headquarters
there. Bush campaign officials believe the break-ins are part of
a broader attack on the president's re-election offices around the
country, including a burglary in Canton, Ohio, last night, gun shots
fired in West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee and union protestors
storming offices in three Florida cities and Minneapolis.
There are no suspects in the burglaries or shootings and no injuries
Because the protests at campaign offices that were stormed were
part of organized union demonstrations, Bush campaign chairman Marc
Racicot wrote a letter today to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney asking
him to call off any future protests.
"In addition to the injuries, property damage and disruption
associated with these acts, these events have created a threatening
and intimidating atmosphere abhorrent to our democratic process,"
The Spokane building leased by the state Republican party and serves
as the area office for party operations as well as the campaign
for the President and other Republican candidates.
Hyslop said that a security guard checked the building at about
6 a.m. today and did not report any disturbance.
But when construction crews working on the adjacent office arrived
within 30 minutes later, they noticed the back door of the adjacent
office had been pried open from an alleyway.
They also discovered that a hole appeared to have been kicked through
the drywall separating the vacant space from the Bush offices. The
computer and TV were found near the hole.
[...] Protests against the Republican
convention continued yesterday throughout New York as Democratic
Sen. Zell Miller delivered the convention's keynote address and
Vice President Dick Cheney accepted his nomination to run for a
Early in the day, AIDS activists from the ACT UP group breached
the Madison Square Garden convention hall and briefly interrupted
a speech by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card to young Republicans,
including Bush's twin daughters.
Outside, five thousand people protesting high job losses formed
a silent, single-file unemployment line that stretched for three
miles from Wall Street to 31st Street, just shy of the convention
center. Tens of thousands other protesters gathered for two hours
in a designated demonstration area two blocks from Madison Square
Garden in support of more union jobs in the United States.
Later in the day, some 2,000 people staged a "March on the
Media" to protest what they say is uncritical coverage of the
Bush administration by the mainstream press. Other major protests
yesterday included a women's rights demonstration and a protest
The police arrested 19 people, bringing the total of those detained
so far during seven days of relentless convention-related protests
to more than 1,760, a record for a political convention.
Hundreds of people yesterday protested the conditions under which
those arrested are being held before going to court saying the site
was contaminated with oil and asbestos. Pier 57 is a three-story,
block-long pier that has been converted to a holding pen. [...]
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has denied the city was operating
what some called "Guantanamo-on-the-Hudson." And defended
the use of the of the pier garage saying "It's not supposed
to be Club Med." [...]
To: Interested Parties
From: Bush-Cheney '04 Communications
Re: Violence At Republican And Bush-
Cheney '04 Campaign Headquarters
Across The Country
Below is the text of a letter sent by Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign
Chairman Governor Marc Racicot to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
via fax at 10:15 a.m. today. The letter asks Sweeney to put an end
to protest activities that have led to injuries, property damage,
vandalism and voter intimidation at Bush-Cheney '04 and Republican
Party offices around the country.
Bush-Cheney '04 has created a hotline for victims of voter intimidation
to report what happened. The hotline, 1-888-303-7125, will begin
operation at 11:00 a.m. today.
Letter To AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
Mr. John Sweeney
815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
October 11, 2004
Dear Mr. Sweeney:
Over the past several weeks, acts of violence and vandalism have
occurred at Republican and Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters across
the country. In addition to the injuries, property damage and disruption
associated with these acts, these events have created a threatening
and intimidating atmosphere abhorrent to our democratic process.
On October 5th, according to news reports, witnesses, police reports
and admissions of your members, the AFL-CIO, as part of a national
strategy, protested at more than a dozen of our campaign and party
headquarters across the country. In many locations, the protestors
attempted to enter, or entered, campaign or party facilities. As
one protestor said, "Actually, we're storming into an office."
In Orlando, Florida, injuries and damage were sustained. Protestors
forced their way into the facility, fracturing the arm of one staffer,
and vandalized the office. In Michigan, protestors entered a headquarters
and engaged in activities apparently intended to disrupt volunteers
trying to make phone calls.
Protests by your organization come on the heels of several other
incidents at Bush-Cheney '04 offices around the country, including
a break-in at our Seattle office where laptop computers were stolen
from the Washington State Bush-Cheney '04 executive director
and the state Republican Party 72-hour director. Just last night
in Canton, Ohio, a Bush-Cheney '04 staffer was forced to lock herself
in an office while another break-in was in progress. The facility
was seriously damaged and property was stolen. Additionally, gun
shots have been fired into Bush-Cheney '04 offices in West Virginia,
Florida and Tennessee, windows broken in West Virginia and campaign
staffers threatened. In Wisconsin, a supporter of the President
had a swastika burned into his front yard simply because he had
a Bush-Cheney '04 lawn sign. We urge your support in helping us
ensure the safety of all individuals working on our campaign and
others as we are making every effort to secure the safety of all
participants in the political process.
I hope you will put an end to protest activities that have led
to injuries, property damage, vandalism and voter intimidation.
We will hold you and your organization accountable for the actions
of your members and urge you to immediately discontinue any coordinated
protest efforts that result in damage to our facilities, or injury
to people who may hold different political views than your members,
but who share an equal right to be involved in the political process
without suffering violence, intimidation and threats.
Gov. Marc Racicot, Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Chairman
The Bush campaign was once happy
to use 'angry' as a term of abuse - but that was before the US public
met Furious George, writes US political blogger Markos Moulitsas
The evolution of George Bush's persona over the past few weeks
is startling for even the most casual observers. Only a short while
ago, Bush was a strong, decisive leader and Kerry was a weak, flip-flopping
Massachusetts liberal. The Bush campaign expected those images to
carry them through the November elections: it had cost them more
than $200m (£112m) to build those caricatures and they had
every reason to expect a solid return on their investment.
But those images were built on a carefully crafted stage. Despite
all the flaws in the US electoral process we still force the candidates
to exit that bubble a handful of times during the election, and
it is some credit to the system that those three 90-minute debates
can still determine the fate of an election. This year, they have
helped introduce the nation to Furious George.
Bush's political operators have worked overtime to make "angry"
a pejorative term this political cycle. They wielded the "too
angry" attack against Howard Dean in the primaries, when it
seemed Dean would be the Democratic nominee, and it helped destroy
Dean's candidacy. Republicans again shouted "too angry"
to discredit Al Gore's series of impassioned anti-Bush speeches
earlier this year.
The "too angry" claims successfully marginalised the
content of those speeches - blistering indictments of an incompetent
administration. But what happens when your best attack line is a
Bush's operation has taken stage management to extremes. His handlers
have figured - correctly - that the press conference format suits
their man poorly and is to be avoided at all costs. His last primetime
press conference was in April 2004, and he has had only two with
the White House press corps since late August - both of them with
the Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, at his side. (The Bush campaign
actually wrote Allawi's speech in order to squeeze out precious
Bush's campaign appearances are not much better. While Kerry's
events are open to the public, Bush's affairs require the signing
of a "loyalty oath". Quietly wearing an anti-Bush T-shirt
or badge is grounds for expulsion.
Bush faces only adoring audiences vetted by the campaign's enforcers.
At his town hall events, questions are planted for maximum political
effect. At one, a veteran merely got up and requested permission
to salute his commander in chief. Compelling visuals? Perhaps. But
it does little to acquaint Bush with reality.
Campaign commercials do their best to paint an alternative reality
in which Bush is an effective leader and Kerry is anything but.
Entire media networks, such as Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting,
prop up Bush in a way that would make their fellow propagandists
in North Korea and Cuba proud. Sinclair, in fact, will pre-empt
local programming on its 62 stations to air an anti-Kerry movie
days before the election.
Given the force of Republican efforts to deify Bush, his debate
performances came as a big shock to many Americans. They showed
a Bush quick to anger, indecisiveness, pettiness and petulance.
The sheltered Bush was clearly unprepared for the debate and unprepared
to face criticism. In fact, it seemed to take him by surprise. No
one seemed to have told him he had critics.
After his first debate performance, Bush was in a quandary. He
had to stem his erosion in the polls, but to do so would require
attacking Kerry and furthering the perception that he was too angry
to be president.
So how did he respond? By getting even more angry. He not only
viciously attacked Kerry but also took out the moderator and several
questioners in the process. Someone, somewhere, labelled Bush Furious
George - a clever turn on HA Rey's Curious George children's books
and an appellation that took firm hold in the online and, increasingly,
Bush acted like the proverbial ugly American trying to be understood
in a foreign land, cranking up the volume and shrillness to make
his points while Kerry sat by serenely. The contrast was impossible
to miss as Bush became increasingly unhinged. Even on the road,
Bush's desperation is palpable as the rhetoric soars to angrier
Bush is now hemmed in. With poll after poll showing small Kerry
leads, he needs to do something to regain the momentum. His campaign's
attack ads have kept him in the game but he is not pulling away.
Furthermore, he is well below the 50% mark in most key battleground
state polls - a mark of political vulnerability.
If he cannot convince people to vote for him, he will have to convince
people to vote against Kerry, and to do that he has to attack, attack,
attack. And since it takes more skill than Bush possesses to attack
without appearing angry, well, he's in a real bind.
Bush's political operation has conditioned the electorate to distrust
"anger". It has made the charge a cornerstone of its smear
effort against Democrats such as Dean and Gore. For a campaign that
lives by the smear, it is poetic justice to see the tables turned.
Furious George is here to stay.
CRAWFORD, United States
(AFP) - President George W. Bush's tactic heading into the third
and final presidential debate this week is to paint his opponent
John Kerry as a dangerous leftist who wants to increase the government's
role in public life.
Kerry wants to empower government, Bush wants to use government
to empower individuals: it's a theme that Bush has been repeating,
and voters can expect to hear it drummed home again in the final
televised show-down in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday.
"Much as he tried to obscure it, on issue after issue, my
opponent showed why he earned the ranking of the most liberal member
of the United States Senate," Bush said to cheers from supporters
during a rally in the northern state of Minnesota on Saturday.
That message could win votes in the United States, where the term
"liberal" is often considered an insult. Bush describes
himself as a "compassionate conservative," a slogan he
used in 2000 and throughout his political career.
"We're throwing labels around," is how Kerry handled
the salvo in the second presidential debate, in St Louis on Friday.
"I mean, compassionate conservative? What does that mean?
Cutting 500,000 kids from after-school programs? Cutting 365,000
kids from health care? Running up the biggest deficits in American
history? Labels don't mean anything," Kerry said.
Kerry has represented one of the most left-leaning states in the
country, Massachusetts, in the Senate for 20 years.
"You're going to hear a lot more about Senator Kerry's record
in the coming days," Bush strategist Karl Rove advised.
The president allowed himself a day of rest at his ranch in Crawford,
Texas Sunday to prepare for the final debate on Wednesday.
Clearly bested by his rival in their first debate on national security
and the Iraq war, in Miami on October 1, Bush rebounded in the second
match, with questions on all subjects posed by members of the audience.
Kerry's strong showing in Miami enabled him to catch up with Bush
in voter polls, putting the White House race into a dead heat. The
third debate is to focus on domestic themes; questions will be posed
by a moderator.
Bush appeared far more at ease with the format of the second debate,
a so-called town-hall style event in which citizens asked questions,
allowing the president to address the public with his trademark
But Kerry seems better suited to the more formal format of the
first and third debate, which do not involve direct participation
by the public.
Attacked by Kerry on the Iraq war, Bush is now trying to steer
the campaign back into the domestic arena. Even though his record
is mixed on that score, it allows him to recycle arguments he used
against his Democratic opponent of four years ago, Al Gore.
"He says he's going to have a novel health care plan. You
know what it is? The federal government is going to run it,"
Bush charged during the debate in St Louis Friday.
"That's what liberals do: they create government-sponsored
health care. Maybe you think that makes sense; I don't. Government-sponsored
health care would lead to rationing. It would ruin the quality of
health care in America," he said.
Polls have shown that Americans consistently consider Kerry stronger
on issues of health care and the economy. If Bush can close that
gap, he will increase his chance at victory on November 2
Note: All references
to "George Bush" refer to George Herbert Walker Bush,
Father of George "Dubya" Bush who was "elected"
pResident by a 5 to 4 vote of the Supreme Court.
A newly discovered FBI document reveals that George Bush was directly
involved in the 1963 murder of President John Kennedy. The document
places Bush working with the now-famous CIA agent, Felix Rodriguez,
recruiting right-wing Cuban exiles for the invasion of Cuba. It
was Bush's CIA job to organize the Cuban community in Miami for
the invasion. The Cubans were trained as marksmen by the CIA. Bush
at that time lived in Texas. Hopping from Houston to Miami weekly,
Bush spent 1960 and '61 recruiting Cubans in Miami for the invasion.
That is how he met Felix Rodriguez.
You may remember Rodriguez as the Iran-contra CIA agent who received
the first phone call telling the world the CIA plane flown by Gene
Hasenfus had crashed in Nicaragua. As soon as Rodriguez heard that
the plane crashed, he called his long-time CIA supervisor, George
Bush. Bush denied being in the contra loop, but investigators recently
obtained copies of Oliver North's diary, which documents Bush's
role as a CIA supervisor of the contra supply network.
In 1988 Bush told Congress he knew nothing about the illegal supply
flights until 1987, yet North's diary shows Bush at the first planning
meeting Aug. 6, 1985. Bush's "official" log placed him
somewhere else. Such double sets of logs are intended to hide Bush's
real role in the CIA; to provide him with "plausible deniability."
The problem is, it fell apart because too many people, like North
and Rodriguez, have kept records that show Bush's CIA role back
to the 1961 invasion of Cuba. (Source: The Washington Post, 7/10/90).
That is exactly how evidence was uncovered placing George Bush
working with Felix Rodriguez when JFK was killed. A memo from FBI
head J. Edgar Hoover was found, stating that, "Mr. George Bush
of the CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction
of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President
Kennedy. (Source: The Nation, 8/13/88).
On the day of the assassination Bush was in Texas, but he denies
knowing exactly where he was. Since he had been the supervisor for
the secret Cuban teams, headed by former Cuban police commander
Felix Rodriguez, since 1960, it is likely Bush was also in Dallas
in 1963. Several of the Cubans he was supervising as dirty-tricks
teams for Nixon, were photographed in the Zagruder film.
In 1959 Rodriguez was a top cop in the Cuban government under Batista.
When Batista was overthrown and fled to Miami, Rodriguez went with
him, along with Frank Sturgis and Rafael Quintero. Officially, Rodriguez
didn't join the CIA until 1967, after the CIA invasion of Cuba,
in which he participated, and the assassination of JFK. But records
recently uncovered show he actually joined the CIA in 1961 for the
invasion of Cuba when he was recruited by George Bush. That is how
Rodriguez claims he became a "close personal friend of Bush."
Then "officially" Rodriguez claims he quit the CIA in
1976, just after he was sent to prison for his role in the Watergate
burglary. However, according to Rolling Stone reporters Kohn &
Monks (11/3/88), Rodriguez still goes to CIA headquarters monthly
to receive assignments and have his blue 1987 bulletproof Cadillac
serviced. Rodriguez was asked by a Rolling Stone reporter where
he was the day JFK was shot, and claims he can't remember.
George Bush claims he never worked for the CIA until he was appointed
director by former Warren Commission director and then President
Jerry Ford, in 1976. Logic suggests that is highly unlikely. Of
course, Bush has a company duty to deny being in the CIA. The CIA
is a secret organization. No one ever admits to being a member.
The truth is that Bush has been a top CIA official since before
the 1961 invasion of Cuba, working with Felix Rodriguez. Bush may
deny his actual role in the CIA in 1959, but there are records in
the files of Rodriguez and others involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion
of Cuba that expose Bush's role. The corporations would not put
somebody in charge of all the state secrets held by the CIA unless
he was experienced and well trained in the CIA. (Source: Project
Censored Report, Feb 1989, Dr Carl Jensen, Sonoma State College).
Recently I interviewed former CIA liaison officer L. Fletcher Prouty.
He is a consultant for the excellent new movie on how the CIA killed
JFK, being made by Oliver Stone. He told me that one of the projects
he did for the CIA was in 1961 to deliver US Navy ships from a Navy
ship yard to the CIA agents in Guatemala planning the invasion of
Cuba. He said he delivered three ships to a CIA agent named George
Bush, who had the 3 ships painted to look like they were civilian
ships. That CIA agent then named the 3 ships after: his wife, his
home town and his oil company. He named the ships: Barbara, Houston
& Zapata. Any book on the history of the Bay of Pigs will prove
the names of those 3 ships. Again, this is more finger prints of
George Bush's involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Yet Bush
denies his role in this great adventure. Why would Bush be so shy
about his role in this war? What is the secret? Is there something
dirty about this war that Bush & Nixon don't want the public
to know about?
Answer: Yes there is. The same people involved in the Bay of Pigs
were the people involved in the Watergate burglary. Why was the
Watergate burgalarized [sic]? The CIA was trying to plug up a possible
news leak. They were trying to stop the Democrats from publishing
the photos of Hunt & Sturgis under arrest for the murder of
JFK (May 7, 1977, SF Chronicle.)
Presently, there is a law suit attempting to force the government
to release the records about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Why are those
documents still secret? Why are they locked in the National Archives
along with all the photos from [the] Dallas assassination of JFK?
Why are the 4000 hours of Watergate tapes in which Nixon is babbling
about the mysterious connections between the Bay of Pigs, Dallas
and Watergate also being sealed in the National Archives? Is it
because all three incidents are connected?
Yes. We must demand the secret files on these 3 cases be released
now. For a copy of the petition to release the files, please write
to: Paul Kangas, private investigator, POB 422644, SF, Ca 94142.
Thanks to Oliver Stone's blockbuster new movie on JFK there is now
sufficient national movement to reopen all these cases. The White
House fears Stone's new movie so much that they have hired more
CIA journalists to slander the movie & Stone. Don't fall for
it. Every serious investigator now agrees that Oswald did not shoot
JFK. That James Earl Ray did not shoot Dr. Martin Luther King and
that Sirhan Sirhan did not shoot Robert Kennedy. These cases must
be reopened so that Sirhan and Ray can be set free. The only bar
that keeps Sirhan in prison is the tremendous anti-arab racism in
Americans: in both blacks & whites.
According to a biography of Richard Nixon, his close personal and
political ties with the Bush family go back to 1941 when Nixon claims
he read an ad in an L A. newspaper, placed by a wealthy group of
businessmen, led by Prescot Bush, the father of George Bush. They
wanted a young, malleable candidate to run for Congress. Nixon applied
for the position and won the job. Nixon became a mouthpiece for
the Bush group. (Source: Freedom Magazine, 1986, L.F. Prouty).
In fact, Prescot Bush is credited with creating the winning ticket
of Eisenhower-Nixon in 1952.(Source: George Bush, F. Green, Hipocrene,
Newly discovered FBI documents prove that Jack Ruby has been an
employee of Richard Nixon since 1947. That that [sic] FBI document
Ruby is listed as working as a spy & hit man for Nixon. On Nov.
22, 63 Ruby was seen by a women who knew him well, Julian Ann Mercer,
approximately an hour before the arrival of JFK's motorcade, unloading
a man carrying a rifle in a case at the Grassy Knoll from his car.
Ruby later was seen on national TV killing a witness who could link
Nixon & Bush to the killing of JFK: Oswald. On the Trail of
the Assassins, Garrison, p xiii.
Richard Nixon was Vice President from 1952 until 1960. In fact,
Nixon was given credit for planning Operation 40, the secret 1961
invasion of Cuba, during his 1959 campaign for President After Batista
was kicked out by the starving people of Cuba, and Fidel Castro
came to power, Castro began telling American corporations they would
have to pay Cuban employees decent wages. Even worse, Pepsi Cola
was told it would now have to pay world market prices for Cuban
Pepsi, Ford Motor Co., Standard Oil and the Mafia drug dealers
decided Fidel had to be removed since his policies of requiring
corporations to pay market wages was hurting their profits. So the
corporations asked then Vice-President Nixon to remove Fidel. Nixon
promised he would, just as soon as he'd won the 1960 elections against
some underdog, an unknown Democrat named John Kennedy. It would
be an easy victory for Nixon. The polls had Nixon winning by a landslide.
Besides, Kennedy was a Catholic, and Americans would no more elect
a Catholic President than they would elect a woman, a black or a
Jew. This was 1959.
Nixon told Pepsi, Standard Oil and other corporations who lost
property given back to the farmers of Cuba, that if they would help
him win, he would authorize an invasion to remove Castro. To further
impress contributors to his campaign, then Vice-President Nixon
asked the CIA to create Operation 40, a secret plan to invade Cuba,
just as soon as he won.
The CIA put Texas millionaire and CIA agent George Bush in charge
of recruiting Cuban exiles into the CIA's invasion army. Bush was
working with another Texas oilman, Jack Crichton, to help him with
the invasion. A fellow Texan, Air Force General Charles Cabel, was
asked to coordinate the air cover for the invasion.
Most of the CIA leadership around the invasion of Cuba seems to
have been people from Texas. A whole Texan branch of the CIA is
based in the oil business. If we trace Bush's background in the
Texas oil business we discover his two partners in the oil-barge
leasing business: Texan Robert Mosbacher and Texan James Baker.
Mosbacher is now Secretary of Commerce and Baker is Secretary of
State, the same job Dulles held when JFK was killed. (Source: Common
Cause magazine, 3-4/90).
On the Watergate tapes, June 23, 1972, referred to in the media
as the "smoking gun" conversation, Nixon and his Chief
of Staff, H.R. Haldeman, discussed how to stop the FBI investigation
into the CIA Watergate burglary. They were worried that the investigation
would expose their conection to "the Bay of Pigs thing."
Haldeman, in his book The Ends of Power, reveals that Nixon always
used code words when talking about the 1963 murder of JFK. Haldeman
said Nixon would always refer to the assassination as "the
Bay of Pigs."
On that transcript we find Nixon discussing the role of George
Bush's partner, Robert Mosbacher, as one of the Texas fundraisers
for Nixon. On the tapes Nixon keeps refering to the "Cubans"
and the "Texans." The "Texans" were Bush, Mosbacher
and Baker. This is another direct link between Bush and evidence
linking Nixon and Bush to the Kennedy assassination.
In the same discussion Nixon links "the Cubans," "the
Texans," "Helms," "Hunt," "Bernard
Barker," Robert "Mosbacher" and "the Bay of
Pigs." Over and over on the Watergate tapes, these names come
up around the discussion of the photos from Dallas that Nixon was
trying to obtain when he ordered the CIA to burglarize the Watergate.
(Source: Three Men and a Barge", Teresa Riordan, Common Cause
magazine, March/April 1990, and San Francisco Chronicle, May 7,1977,
interview with Frank Sturgis in which he stated that "the reason
we burglarized the Watergate was because Nixon was interested in
stopping news leaking related to the photos of our role in the assassination
of President John Kennedy.")
After Nixon's landslide victory in 1972, he knew he had to centralize
all power into the White House to keep his faction in power, not
only to hold power, but to prevent the media from digging into how
he secretly shot his way into the White House, just like Hitler
shot his way into control of Germany. The first thing Nixon did
was to demand signed resignations of his entire government. "Eliminate
everyone," he told John Ehrlichman about reappointment, "except
George Bush. Bush will do anything for our cause." (Source:
Pledging Allegiance, Sidney Blumenthal.)
The reason why Bush will 'do anything" is because his hands
have as much of Kennedy's blood on them as do Nixon's, Hunt's, Sturgis's,
Felix Rodriguez's and Gerald Ford's. This White House gang fears
that if the public ever realizes how they shot their way into power
it could set off a spark that would destroy their fragile fraud
and land them in jail.
Other famous Watergate members of the CIA invasion that Bush recruited
were Frank Sturgis, E. Howard Hunt, Bernard Barker and Rafael Quintero.
Quintero has said publicly that if he ever told what he knew about
Dallas and the Bay of Pigs, "It would be the biggest scandal
ever to rock the nation."
Meanwhile, in 1960, Prescot Bush was running Nixon's campaign.
Nixon was sent to South Vietnam to assure the French-connection
government there that if France pulled out, the U.S. would step
in to protect the drug trade from the GoIden Triangle. (Source:
Frontline, 1988, "Guns. Drugs and the CIA"; Alexander
Cockburn; "Cocaine, the CIA and Air America," S.F. Examiner,
Feb. 2, '91; The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred McCoy,
In 1959, Vice President Nixon was flying all over the world, acting
just like presidential material. It was an easy race for Nixon.
Congressman Jerry Ford was doing a great job fundraising for Nixon,
as was George Bush. The rich loved Nixon. The media picked up every
bone Nixon tossed out to them. The biggest problem was that Nixon
was afraid to speak openly of his plan to invade Cuba. The plan
was a secret. No sense in alerting Cuba to the coming invasion.
But Kennedy was taking a harder line on Cuba than Nixon, because
Kennedy was not aware of the corporate/CIA planned invasion.
Nixon lost the 1960 race by the smallest margin in history. At
first Bush, Nixon, Cabel and Hunt decided to just go ahead with
the invasion, without informing President Kennedy. Then, at the
last second, at 4 a.m., just two hours before the invasion was set
to go, General Cabel called JFK and asked for permission to provide
U.S. air cover for the CIA invasion. Kennedy said no.
The CIA was furious with JFK but decided to go ahead with their
private invasion anyway. Due to poor intelligence, the CIA landed
at the worst possible beach. A swamp. The invasion failed. The CIA
lost 15 of its best men, killed, with another 1100 in Cuban prisons.
It was the worst single blow the CIA ever suffered. (Source: F.
Howard Hunt, Give Us This Day.)
Bush, Nixon and Hunt blamed Cabel for asking Kennedy and blamed
Kennedy for saying no. They were livid with anger. Nixon's corporate
sponsors ordered JFK to make any deal necessary to recover the 1100
CIA agents imprisoned in Cuba. JFK did. Once the CIA had its well-trained
Cubans back, they decided to continue the invasion of Cuba just
as soon as they could get rid of that S.O.B. Kennedy.
The 1964 election was fast approaching. Nixon was running against
Kennedy again. Bush, Ford and Nixon knew that they had to get rid
of JFK now, or else the Kennedy clan, with Robert and Ted in the
wings, could control the White House until 1984. They decided not
to wait until '84 to get back in the White House. The Cuban teams
of "shooters" began following Kennedy from city to city
looking for a window of opportunity to shoot from. They came close
in Chicago, but couldn't get the cooperation of Mayor Daley.
But in Dallas they had an ace. The mayor was the brother of General
Cabel, whom the CIA blamed for the failure of the invasion. The
general prevailed on his brother, Earl, and the motorcade was changed
to pass the grassy knoll at 7 m.p.h. Hunt and Sturgis shot JFK from
the grassy knoll. They were arrested, photographed and seen by 15
witnesses. But the media turned a blind eye to the photos, and for
25 years the world has been searching for the truth.
On the day JFK was murdered, Nixon, Hunt and some of the Watergate
crew were photographed in Dallas, as were a group of Cubans, one
holding an umbrella up, like a signal, next to the President's limo
just as Kennedy was shot. The Cubans can be seen holding up the
signal umbrella in the Zapruder film and dozens of stills taken
during the assassination. After the murder they can be seen calmly
Nixon denied he was in Dallas that day, but new photos and stories
prove he was there. Nixon claimed to the FBI he couldn't remember
where he was when JFK was killed. (Source: FBI memo, Feb. 23, 1964,
published in Coup d'etat in America, Weberman & Canfield). Bush,
too, claims he can't remember where he was. Jack Anderson did a
TV special in 1988 proving beyond any shadow of doubt that two of
the tramps arrested in Dallas behind the grassy knoll were Hunt
After the murder, former Vice President Nixon asked President Lyndon
Johnson to appoint Nixon's friend, former FBI agent Jerry Ford,
to run the Warren Commission. Nixon also asked LBJ to appoint Nixon's
long-time supporter, Judge Earl Warren, to head the Commission.
LBJ agreed. Ford interviewed all the witnesses and decided which
ones would be heard and which ones eliminated. It is no coincidence
that Nixon selected Ford as his Vice President after Spiro Agnew
was ousted. When Nixon himself got busted in the Watergate scandal,
Earl Warren offered to set up another special commission if it would
help get him out of trouble again. Ford, of course, pardoned Nixon
for the Watergate burglary but Nixon is still not out of the woods.
There are 4000 hours of Watergate tape. On the June 23, 1972, discussions
with John Ehrlichman and Haldeman there is clear evidence that Nixon
is openly "confessing" to hiring Hunt to kill JFK. That
is why the Watergate "investigation" went into secret
session after Congress heard some of the tapes. This is why only
12 hours of 4000 hours have been released to the public.
Did Congress realize that Nixon and Bush had openly discussed killing
JFK for stopping the air cover for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba?
Remember, Nixon taped virtually every discussion he had with anyone
in his inner circle, including Bush, in order to blackmail people
later. There is a photo of Bush reporting to Nixon in the White
House in 1968. It will be interesting to see what they were talking
about on that day, when the full 4000 hours are finally released.
The key to unlocking the secrets behind the 1963 murder of JFK is
hidden in the 3988 hours of unreleased White House tapes. Bush was
in Dallas the day Reagan was shot. (Source: George Bush, F. Green,
1988.) That must have given Bush a flashback to November 22,1963.
Paul Kangas is a private investigator in California. This article
is reprinted from The Realist with permission.
NEW YORK (AFP) - Human
Rights Watch listed the names of 11 senior Al-Qaeda suspects it
said were held by the CIA in secret locations overseas, where some
had reportedly been tortured.
The suspects were detained with no notification to their families,
no Red Cross access and, in some cases, no acknowledgement that
they are even being held, the New York-based watchdog said in a
"'Disappearances' were a trademark abuse of Latin American
military dictatorships in their 'dirty war' on alleged subversion,"
said Human Rights Watch special counsel Reed Brody.
"Now they have become a United States tactic in its conflict
with Al-Qaeda," Brody said.
Latin American prisoners who were killed and buried in secret were
often called the "disappeared."
Detainees profiled in the report included Khalid Shaikh Mohammed,
the alleged principal architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks
and Abu Zubayda, reputedly a close aide of Osama bin Laden.
Mohammed, among others, has reportedly been tortured in custody,
according to the report.
While recognizing the United States' right to gather anti-terror
intelligence, Human Rights Watch argued that the secret incommunicado
detention of suspects violated the "most basic principles"
of a free society.
"Those guilty of serious crimes must be brought to justice
before fair trials," said Brody. "If the United States
embraces the torture and 'disappearance' of its opponents, it abandons
its ideals and international obligations and becomes a lesser nation."
Calling on the United States to bring all detainees, wherever they
are being held, under the protection of the law, the report demanded
that the International Committee of the Red Cross be given unrestricted
access to all those held pursuant to anti-terrorist operations.
LONDON (AFP) - US
actor Christopher Reeve, who died of heart failure after a long
battle with paralysis, was a thorn in the side of US President George
W. Bush over his championing of stem cell research.
In an interview two years ago with the British newspaper The Guardian,
Reeve accused Bush and the Roman Catholic Church of obstructing
medical research which might help him.
He charged that there had been a serious violation of the constitutional
separation between the affairs of state and church.
"If we'd had full government support, full government funding
for aggressive research using embryonic stem cells from the moment
they were first isolated, at the University of Wisconsin in the
winter of 1998, I don't think it unreasonable to speculate that
we might be in human trials by now," Reeve told the British
"I think we could have been much further along with scientific
research than we actually are," he told The Guardian.
"There are religious groups -- the Jehovah's Witness, I believe
-- who think it's a sin to have a blood transfusion," he said.
"Well, what if the president for some reason decided to listen
to them, instead of to the Catholics, which is the group he really
listens to in making his decisions about embryonic stem cell research?"
Reeve told The Guardian.
Reeve, who brought comic book hero Superman to the silver screen,
died of heart failure at the age of 52 after battling for years
against the paralysis that resulted when he was thrown from his
horse in 1995.
Reeve apologized for having singled out Catholics in his criticism
or offended any other religion, but added "our government should
not be influenced by any religion when matters of public policy
are being debated."
"The way of a
fool is right in his own eyes. . . . A wise man fears, and departs
from evil: but the fool rages and is confident." -- Proverbs
Can an entire country go mad?
Of course it can!
And history provides many examples: the Salem Colony during the
witch trials (and its 20th century counterpart, the McCarthy mania),
Nazi Germany, Cambodia under Pol Pot, and arguably the United States
under George Bush.
Worse yet, most people living at a time of national derangement,
perceive that condition as perfectly normal, and even "moral."
And pity the poor soul who sees things differently: the "one-eyed
person in the land of the blind."
If we are even to suggest that the American public has, by and
large, gone bonkers, we should begin with a definition of "sanity"
and, by implication, of "insanity."
Perhaps Sigmund Freud said it best: a sane person is someone with
an operating "reality principle" – someone who
checks his beliefs against the readily-available promptings of "the
Of course, each and every one of us falls short of complete congruence
with "reality" – it's the price we pay for
our finitude, our mortality.
"Sanity" does not mean perfection; it merely means
sufficient commerce with the real world to allow us to survive both
day-by-day and in the long term – thus "sane"
individuals obey traffic laws, learn from their mistakes and practical
experience and, in the case of moral sanity, they recognize in others
their worth and their capacity for joy and suffering. Furthermore,
sanity implies a capacity to critically evaluate one's experience,
to distinguish fact from fiction, and to further adapt to the real
world through that experience and knowledge.
Insanity, by implication, suggests a kind of "habitation"
in an unreal, made-up world. The megalomaniac who believes he is
Napoleon, to put it bluntly, is not Napoleon. The schizophrenic
hears voices that nobody in fact utters. The paranoid is in constant
fear of non-existent threats. The psychopath can not recognize the
human worth and the capacity for pleasure and pain in others, and
A deranged society is often, but surely not always, made so by
a deranged leadership. This is especially likely when that leadership
has effective control of the media. Then the leaders possess the
means to convey their delusions to much of the public at large.
Now I don't wish to claim that one George Bush has lost all
his marbles, though I suspect that he may be "a few bulbs
short of a full marquee" (Garrison Keilor). George Bush's
"world" may, to a disturbing degree, be out of sync
with the real world.
That's a startling charge to level at "our leader"
and, by extension, at our compatriots. So let's look at the
"Solipsism" is the philosopher's term for the
assertion that "all that exists is my mind and its ideas."
It is epitomized by the opening sentence in one of Arthur Schopenhauer's
books: "the world is my idea." Of course, no sane person
believes this (including Schopenhauer). However, the challenge of
"escaping solipsism" leads to the core issues of epistemology:
how do we demonstrate the existence of other minds and of an independent
"outside" physical world. (My late friend, the novelist
Edward Abbey, had an ingenious solution: "if someone tells
you he is a solipsist, throw a rock at his head. If he ducks, he
is a liar.")
Now, of course, Bush and his gang are not solipsists, and the term,
"national solipsism" is meant figuratively. (Literally,
the term is self-contradictory – "national" entails
a plurality of minds).
In this figurative (and I suspect original) sense, "national
solipsism" is a belief, still better an "attitude,"
that the world beyond our borders is just what I want it to be and
believe it to be, and nothing more. To Bush and his neo-con "handlers,"
ours is an uncomplicated world free of unintended consequences.
This world need not be studied in order to be understood –
the opinions of "experts" are of no interest. Rather,
the state of the world is best apprehended by "gut feeling."
So we are free to violate a batch of treaties, to defy the United
Nations, and to invade an unthreatening country. And what will the
excluded "community of nations" think of this behavior?
How will the Arabic and Islamic nations react? Can they retaliate
in any troublesome way? We don't know and we don't care.
Anyhow, we can always bribe or bully our way through, as we did
when we collected the "coalition of the willing." In
brief, in the world of the "national solipsists," our
nation is the sole actor; all other nations are completely passive.
Case in point: Syria. When asked "what is the message of
the Iraqi attack" to other countries in the region, Richard
Perle casually said: "you're next!" To Perle and
others of like mind, the governments of Syria, Iran, North Korea,
or wherever, upon hearing this and contemplating the fate of Iraq
and its leader Saddam, will simply passively await their fate in
fear and dread, making no alliances or other preparations that might
surprise us. Instead, they will wait helplessly, like condemned
prisoners in their cells, awaiting the sentence of the court.
And that kind of an assumption is just plain crazy.
In point of rational fact, the remark "You're next!"
must surely provoke strategic planning in Syria, etc., and for that
matter in numerous nations throughout the world. Similarly, reactive
strategic planning is the certain response abroad to the Bush regime's
flagrant violation of treaties, and its disregard of international
law and institutions. We are not the only nation on earth with "national
interests" to attend to, although the neo-cons behave as if
this were so.
Suppose one were to directly confront Perle, or Wolfowitz or Rumsfeld
with the question, "Do you really believe that other countries
will stand idly and passively by as they contemplate the fate of
Iraq, as they read the text of ‘Project for a New American
Century,' and as they hear that taunting remark, ‘you're
next'?" Surely they would reply, quite truthfully, that
they don't really believe in the complete passivity of nations
abroad. But the essential point is that they act as if they believed
this! Provocative remarks (‘you're next!"), violations
of treaties, habitual lying, unprovoked attacks upon harmless and
disarmed countries – all this is done by the Bush team as
if they firmly believed that the U.S. government and its military
can do whatever it damned pleases, without fear of "surprises"
and retaliation from other regimes and non-governmental organizations
such as al Qaeda.
In short, their beliefs in rational reflective moments are fundamentally
disconnected from their actions and their policies. And that is
clinically insane behavior. Moreover, to the degree that this disconnection
between certifiable knowledge ("justified-true-belief")
and operative foreign policy doctrine infects the general public,
via the "vector" of a compliant media, that public "catches"
a bad case of the crazies from its government.
Sooner or later, the Bushistas and the American public will find
out, to their astonishment and chagrin, that "the world"
beyond will not tolerate this behavior much longer, and moreover,
that the community of nations, comprising the "other"
95% of the world's population, is quite capable of devastating,
albeit non-military, retaliation.
Science be damned -- "the world is my idea"
Solipsism, or "subjectivism gone mad," is reflected
in Bush's attitude toward science, and in the consequent policies
of his administration. According to the Bushevik subjective metaphysic,
the physical world is also just what we want it to be, scientific
expertise and proof be damned. And so, when the threat of global
warming is affirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change,
consisting of 2000 of the leading atmospheric scientists of the
world, and when the IPCC findings are confirmed by the National
Academy of Sciences, the Bush regime responds by "shooting
the messenger" – by arranging the firing of the IPCC
Chairman, Thomas Watson. Furthermore, the Bush EPA then removes
a section on climate change from its annual report. Similarly, Bush
energy policy is apparently based on the belief that petroleum reserves
are infinite – contrary to scientific information and economic
statistics. . "We don't want to believe what the scientists
tell us, so it ain't so."
Economics is not a "hard science" – to say the
least of it. Nonetheless, there are a few compelling economic principles
that are ignored at the peril of society. One is that huge deficits
far into the future, with no indication of reversal, leads inexorably
to fiscal collapse. Another principle is that the way to "stimulate"
an economy is to direct funds to those who will spend and/or invest
in the near future (that's most of us), and not to those who
will send these funds to offshore banks or to set up low-wage industries
abroad (i.e., to the fortunate top 2%). But never mind all that.
George Bush has "a promise to keep" – to his political
contributors. And, at least in this case, he keeps his promises.
Another bit of economic lunacy: "Compulsive behavior"
– persisting in an activity that has clearly been shown to
be useless or even counter-productive – is a compelling indicator
of some loose screws in the cognitive clockwork. In extreme cases,
it calls for strait-jackets and padded cells. Now consider "supply-side,"
"trickle-down" economic policies (i.e., "reverse
Robin-Hoodism" – throwing money at the rich), which proved
to be a colossal failure during the Reagan and Bush-I administrations.
When Bill Clinton dumped "supply side," two conservative
Texas Professors of Economics, (and Senator and Congressman respectively)
Dr. Phil Gramm and Dr. Richard Armey, predicted economic disaster.
Instead, there followed eight years of unprecedented growth and
prosperity. But never mind that, with Bush the Sequel we get supply
side, the sequel. Experience refutes supply-side economics, and
eight Nobel Laureate economists have denounced it. But so what?
George Bush's "gut" says otherwise, therefore
"supply side" theory is true.
Psychopathology: "Who cares what you think?"
Psychopathy – the failure to recognize, much less to empathize
with, the personal human dignity, rights, and feelings of others,
is displayed in the Bush administration de-funding of Medicare,
Social Security, veterans' benefits, and furthermore, in the
callous disregard of the lives and safety of the unfortunate Iraqis
beneath the U.S. military's cruise-missiles, shells, and bombs.
Sure enough, the Bush word-smiths recognize compassion as a politically
potent concept – hence "Compassionate Conservatism."
But the astute citizen will (untypically) follow Richard Nixon's
advice: "don't pay attention to what [they] say, pay
attention to what [they] do."
"The Truth is Out There"
The Bush administration has an uncanny ability to concoct lies
and, when "found out," to "move on" unscathed.
This accomplishment stands as a tribute to their mastery of the
black arts of public relations and propaganda.
Consider the "justifications" for the attack on Iraq
– in particular, those presented by Colin Powell to the UN
Security Council. (a) Saddam Hussein is producing weapons of mass
destruction (WMDs), and (b) Saddam Hussein is in close cahoots with
al Qaeda terrorists. As it turns out, the case for WMDs was based
on a collapsing structure of plagiarized term papers, forged documents,
rumors and false reports, even as the UN inspectors were failing
to find any independent evidence of WMDs. And even the CIA reported
that there was no evidence linking Saddam with al Qaeda. Furthermore,
it was a plain verifiable fact that none of the 9/11 hijackers were
Iraqi. And yet, so effective is the Bush propaganda machine, that
a majority of the American public now believes that Saddam had WMDs
"at the ready," and that Saddam was involved in the
9/11 attacks. Significantly, the corporate media has taken no great
pains to disabuse the public of these flat-out misconceptions.
In other words, the American public's "reality principle"
was, in these cases, deliberately and effectively sabotaged, resulting
in a case of mass-derangement.
And yet, "the truth is out there." The facts about
Saddam, WMDs, al Qaeda, 9/11 are not secret, nor are the opinions
of atmospheric scientists, petroleum geologists. The opinions of
world-renowned economists are on the record, and if that doesn't
suffice, the economic statistics – unemployment, consumer
confidence, inventories, stock prices, etc. – are published
for all to see.
Yet, to the neo-conservative and fundamentalist dogmatists in the
Bush administration, none of this matters. "Screw reality,
we have our doctrine – and we have the interests of our ‘sponsors'
to tend to."
Likewise, although the facts are out there in front of the eyes
of the public, yet they refuse to see. Meanwhile, the subservient
corporate media have instituted a successful campaign of "mass
distraction," while the Congress and the Courts are no help,
since they no longer work for "We the People."
Corruption and despotism, like cockroaches, scurry for cover when
the light is cast upon them. Thus the most dependable route out
of this pit that we the people find ourselves in, is the route prescribed
by Thomas Jefferson and fellow founders of our republic: a free
and diverse media, a vigorous and well-funded system of education,
and the resulting open discussion of competing ideas. Unfortunately,
now that the corporate media at home have abandoned us, we must
now look to the foreign press and the internet for our news and
So wake up, America. Reality calls!
And reality won't budge an inch to accommodate our fantasies.
- More than a quarter of American working families -- or nearly
39 million people -- have trouble making ends meet and can be qualified
as poor due to a fast shrinking pool of well-paying jobs, according
to a new report.
The study, coming on the eve of the third and final presidential
debate between President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger,
John Kerry, was likely to add fuel to the already heated political
campaign, during which Kerry has been accusing Bush of outsourcing
good American jobs.
"The president does not seem to understand how many middle
class families are being squeezed by falling incomes, and spiraling
health care, tuition and energy costs," the Massachusetts senator
stated just last week, pointing out that 1.6 million private sector
jobs had been lost in the country during Bush's nearly four-year
Although the report, compiled jointly by the respected Annie E.
Casey, Ford and Rockefeller foundations, refrained from direct partisan
blame, it appeared to back Kerry's argument by insisting that "our
society has not taken adequate steps to ensure that these workers
can make ends meet and build a future for their families."
A total of 28 million jobs, or almost 25 percent of all available
in the country, can no longer keep a family of four above the poverty
level, the study found.
Even education beyond high school is no longer a shield from poverty:
as many as 3.9 million low-income working families have a member
with some post-secondary education, the report said.
To be considered low-income, a family of four had to earn less
than 36,784 dollars in 2002, according to government standards.
The median income for a family of that size was 62,732 dollars that
| December 5, 2002 — If any
of us are to have a future worth having, the world's leaders, the
members of Congress, the US corporate media and people of all political
persuasions who value freedom and democracy had better start seeing
George W. Bush for what he is: a sociopath and a passive serial killer.
Psychiatrists tell us that all serial killers lack the emotions
that make us human; that they have to learn to emulate those emotions
in order to get by in society. Hence, a charming, well educated
fellow like Ted Bundy who is known to have murdered 15 women and
may have killed 36 before he was caught.
While Bush is no Bundy, when it comes Bundy's education and acquired
charm, and to our knowledge has never personally murdered anyone,
it has been evident to us that there is something missing in George
W. in terms of his lack of compassion and empathy. As governor of
Texas, he set a record in signing death warrants — 154 in
five years. He even made fun of the way convicted killer Karla Faye
Tucker begged for her life.
If we believe the psychiatrists, a sign of a future serial killer
is a child who delights in torturing and killing animals. George
W., as a child, did exactly that. In a May 21, 2000, New York Times'
puff piece about the values Bush gained growing up in Midland, Texas,
Nicholas D. Kristof quoted Bush's childhood friend Terry Throckmorton:
"'We were terrible to animals,' recalled Mr. Throckmorton,
laughing. A dip behind the Bush home turned into a small lake after
a good rain, and thousands of frogs would come out. 'Everybody would
get BB guns and shoot them,' Mr. Throckmorton said. 'Or we'd put
firecrackers in the frogs and throw them and blow them up.'"
On Sept. 12, 2000, Baltimore Sun reporter Miriam Miedzian wrote,
"So when he was a kid, George W. enjoyed putting firecrackers
into frogs, throwing them in the air, and then watching them blow
up. Should this be cause for alarm? How relevant is a man's childhood
behavior to what he is like as an adult? And in this case, to what
he would be like as president of the United States."
We're finding out, aren't we? While we, in two articles before
the 2000 election — Sept. 21 and Oct. 23 — noted Bush's
penchant for blowing up frogs, the corporate media blew it off,
just as it had no interest in what he was trying to hide by obtaining
a new Texas driver license and his 1976 drunk driving conviction,
or the fact he was AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. Instead,
they bought into his nonsensical claim of being a "compassionate
conservative" and "a uniter not a divider" who was
going to "restore honor and dignity to the White House."
All through the 2000 campaign and up to Sept. 11, 2001, the corporate
media depicted Bush as an affable, tongue-tied bumbler — the
kind of guy Joe Six-pack would like to have a beer with —
turning a blind eye to his dark underside. It mattered not that
he stocked his illicit administration with the worst of the worst:
John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Gale Norton, Paul O'Neill, Harvey
Pitt, Thomas White, John Negroponte, Otto Reich and convicted Iran-contra
felon Elliot Abrams who received a 1992 Christmas Eve pardon from
George W.'s father.
Then, despite his peculiar behavior on Sept. 11, the corporate
media and his handlers transformed him into a leader extraordinaire
in the mold of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Winston
Churchill rolled into one.
And as Bush had Afghanistan bombed back beyond the Stone Age to
rid the world of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, then switched to
claiming it was the Taliban that had to go, then declared there
was an "axis of evil" and it was really Saddam Hussein
who was the "mother of all evil" and that war with Iraq
was in the offing to get rid of Saddam, the corporate media cheered
him on and to this day continues to beat the war drum. They have
yet to consider that the passive serial killer needs to feed his
lust for blood by sending others to put their lives on the line
and do the killing for him.
In his Sept. 12 article, White House insiders say Bush is "out
of control," Mike Hersh wrote, "Some among Bush's trusted
White House staff fear what they are seeing and where Bush is taking
us. His state of mind hauntingly reminds them of Richard Nixon's
Final Days. They fear Bush is becoming Nixonesque . . . or worse.
Although Bush lacks Nixon's paranoia, he may entertain even more
But their desperate late night phone calls to trusted reporters
has not seen the light of day in the corporate media. Yet, some
of us outside the Beltway have long had an inkling of what we are
More proof lies in Alexandra Pelosi's documentary, Journeys with
George. Pelosi, the daughter of incoming House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, was a producer for NBC when she wangled the assignment to
spend 18 months as part of Bush's campaign press corps.
From the surface, Pelosi's "home movie," as she calls
it, seems to be nothing more than a love fest as George W. works
to charm the pants off her and the rest of the press corps. The
striking thing about this George, even though Karen Hughes is often
seen hovering at his elbow, is that he isn't tongue-tied when he
is pumping up his ego, dishing out digs and being sarcastic and
Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon and professor
of media studies at New York University, who also sees the darker
Bush, said in a Nov. 28 interview with the Toronto Star, ""Bush
is not an imbecile. He's not a puppet. I think that Bush is a sociopathic
personality. I think he's incapable of empathy. He has an inordinate
sense of his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled manipulator.
And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what
a lot of people miss."
Miller said he did intend The Bush Dyslexicon to be a funny book,
but that was before he read all the transcripts, which revealed,
according to reporter Murray Whyte, "a disquieting truth about
what lurks behind the cock-eyed leer of the leader of the free world.
He's not a moron at all on that point, Miller and Prime Minister
Jean Chretien agree."
"He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's speaking
punitively, when he's talking about violence, when he's talking
about revenge," Miller told Whyte. "When he struts and
thumps his chest, his syntax and grammar are fine. It's only when
he leaps into the wild blue yonder of compassion, or idealism, or
altruism, that he makes these hilarious mistakes."
In a speech last Sept. in Nashville, trying to strengthen his case
against Saddam, Bush's script called for him to say, "Fool
me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." But the
words that came out of his mouth were, ""Fool me once,
shame . . . shame on . . . you," followed by a long pause,
then, "Fool me — can't get fooled again!"
Said Miller, "What's revealing about this is that Bush could
not say, 'Shame on me' to save his life. That's a completely alien
idea to him. This is a guy who is absolutely proud of his own inflexibility
Another example, Miller said, occurred early in Bush's White House
tenure when he said, "I know how hard it is to put food on
According to Miller, "That wasn't because he's so stupid that
he doesn't know how to say, 'Put food on your family's table' —
it's because he doesn't care about people who can't put food on
Miller told Whyte, "When he tries to talk about what this
country stands for, or about democracy, he can't do it."
"This, then, is why he's so closely watched by his handlers,
Miller says not because he'll say something stupid, but because
he'll overindulge in the language of violence and punishment at
which he excels," Whyte wrote.
"He's a very angry guy, a hostile guy. He's much like Nixon.
So they're very, very careful to choreograph every move he makes.
They don't want him anywhere near protestors, because he would lose
his temper," Miller said.
"I call him the feel bad president, because he's all about
punishment and death," Miller told Whyte. "It would be
a grave mistake to just play him for laughs."
A grave mistake, indeed.
If all that has happened since Bush was first mentioned as a possible
GOP presidential candidate hasn't set off alarms, his naming of
war criminal, mass murderer and international fugitive Henry Kissinger
last week to head up the 9/11 investigation should have. And this
week another alarm should have gone off when Bush promoted Elliot
Abrams to lead the National Security Council's office for Near East
and North African affairs, which oversees Arab-Israeli relations.
Bush must be stopped now, before he sets the world aflame. And
set it aflame is what he intends to do, even if Iraq has no "weapons
of mass destruction" or Saddam stands on his head, naked, on
the White House lawn.
(AFP) - Democratic hopeful John Kerry has made the flight of US
jobs overseas a key theme of his election campaign but Asian nations
expect the outsourcing trend to continue even if he wins, analysts
India heads a pack of Asian nations including the Philippines,
Malaysia and Singapore where US companies have farmed out work ranging
from airline ticketing to payroll processing due to cheap skilled
In his campaigning, Kerry has promised sweeping reform of international
tax laws in order to prevent jobs moving to Asia and Latin America
and has vowed to create 10 million jobs in four years.
His plan would eliminate all tax breaks that encourage firms to
move jobs overseas and use the savings to encourage companies to
create employment in the United States.
But Indian IT industry officials and analysts have dismissed the
concerns as campaign "rhetoric" which would die down once
the elections are over.
"In an election year all the political parties go through
rhetoric," said Kiran Karnik, president of India's top IT trade
body, the National Association of Software and Service Companies
"If you know the track history of Senator Kerry he is a supporter
of free trade. Kerry must address the issue of unemployment and
job-creation (but) his focus will not be at our cost," Karnik
"Recent research has shown that job loss due to outsourcing
in the US is very small and it benefits all the corporations who
outsource," he said.
A study by economic research firm Global Insight for the Information
Technology Association of America, a high-tech trade group, said
recently even though some IT jobs had been moved offshore, the net
result was a gain of 90,000 jobs for the overall economy in 2003.
S. Nagarajan, co-founder and chief executive of 24/7 Customer,
one of India's largest outsourcing firms employing 4,000 people,
said vendors were not looking at a large chunk of outsourcing work
from the US government but expected the flow to continue from the
"The US being the epitome of capitalism, outsourcing work
will not be curtailed. It is a passing trend which will go away
(after) the elections," Nagarajan said.
Mukul Aggarwal, vice-president of Unisys India, a subsidiary of
US-based Unisys Corporation which has started a software development
and outsourcing centre in the technology hub of Bangalore, echoed
"To a large extent it is rhetoric. We believe it will all
die down once the elections are over," Aggarwal said.
"The US is the biggest votary of free trade and free economy.
They just cannot close the tap," he said. "The other fact
is that in the US there is a shortage of trained manpower.
"Long-term demographics is in favour of India and China,"
According to Forrester Research, in the next 15 years more than
three million US jobs, representing 136 billion dollars in wages,
will be moved offshore.
India, which accounts for about 80 percent of the global outsourcing
market, has the largest pool of English-speaking trained labour
outside the United States.
It churns out more than two million graduates every year, about
200,000 of them with engineering degrees. Many are willing to work
for a fraction of the wages being paid to their US counterparts.
In Singapore, the government has stated it has a "neutral"
policy on outsourcing while a global survey by US consultancy firm
AT Kearney listed Malaysia as the third most attractive offshore
location in terms of cost and skills behind India and China.
India's Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram last week said
the outcry among some Americans against firms outsourcing business
services to India was "highly exaggerated" as the United
States stood to gain far more than it did to lose.
"For every dollar that is outsourced by US business to India,
the US insources at least 10 dollars of business from India,"
WASHINGTON (AFP) -
After undergoing his annual medical check-up in August 2001, 2002
and 2003, US President George W. Bush has put the procedure off
this year until after the November 2 election, his spokesman said.
Bush, locked in a neck-and-neck race for the White House with Democratic
Senator John Kerry, is in "great health" and got the green
light for the decision from his doctors, spokesman Scott McClellan
"This has been a busier travel period for the president than
the previous three years," the spokesman said.
Bush, 58, is known as an avid physical fitness buff who switched
from running to mountain biking earlier this year after hurting
"The president, like other Americans, talked with his doctors
about when to have his physical. They felt it was perfectly fine
to do it later this year," said McClellan. "The president
is an active person who is physically fit and in great health."
Bush underwent his three previous physicals as president in the
first week of August in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He was given a clean
bill of health after all three.
Recently released records show
President Bush was on "no fly" status for his last active
duty days. The Texas Air National Guard belatedly produced two documents
Tuesday that include Bush's orders for his last day of active duty
in 1973. They show he was on "no fly" status because he
had been grounded almost a year earlier for skipping an annual medical
The records released today are the fifth set of documents related
to Bush's Vietnam era National Guard service to be released in response
to the Associated Press's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Bush
has insisted he fulfilled all of his Air National Guard duties and
says he is proud of his service. Democrats have criticized Bush's
Guard performance, saying he shirked his duties in his final years
in the service.
|President suffers minor scrapes
during jaunt on his ranch
CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush fell off his bicycle Saturday
while riding on his ranch, according to White House spokesman Trent
Bush, who was accompanied on his bike ride by his doctor, Richard
Tubb, a military agent and a member of the Secret Service, fell
about 16 miles into a 17-mile ride.
Bush suffered minor abrasions to his chin, upper lip, nose, right
hand and both knees, but was able to ride back home, Duffy said.
Tubb treated the president at the scene. Bush was wearing a helmet
and a mouth guard when he fell, Duffy said.
Reporters were told not to be surprised if the president is bandaged
next time he appears in public.
Bush is scheduled to deliver an "important speech" Monday
night about the transfer of political power in Iraq. The speech
will be televised at 8 p.m. from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle,
Last June in Kennebunkport, the president fell while riding a "Segway
Human Transporter." First lady Laura Bush witnessed the spill;
a picture of Bush falling forward was published on numerous Web
sites. He was not injured.
In January 2002, Bush fainted for a brief time in the residence
of the White House while eating a pretzel and watching a professional
football game on television.
At the time, Tubb said the president blacked out and fell to the
floor from a couch but appeared to have recovered quickly.
Following that incident, Bush had a bruise on his lower lip and
a scrape on his left cheek bone about the size of a half-dollar.
Bush believed his head either hit the floor or a table next to the
couch and that his glasses cut his face.
Rumors of heavy cocaine abuse
by Bush have been floating around for many years. The most pointed
and public work was released by James Hatfield in his book, Fortunate
Son. The book details an alleged 1972 drug conviction by Bush that
was supposedly later removed from the record. In July of 2001, Hatfield
was found dead in an Arkansas hotel room from a drug overdose. Since
Hatfield's death, the work has been somewhat discredited by the
author's own shady past.
During the 2000 race, Bush's team quelled the allegations by stating
that Bush had not used illegal drugs in the past 25 years. The American
public or the media did not push any further regarding the allegations.
One has to wonder if allegations of misconduct from thirty years
ago are cogent to this election. Bush supporters have already answered
the question by pushing unfounded allegations of misconduct during
John Kerry's service in Vietnam. Will Kerry supporters demand the
same level of scrutiny regarding George Bush's supposed cocaine
| President George W. Bush is taking
anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression
and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.
The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the
White House physician, can impair the President's mental faculties
and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond
to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.
"It's a double-edged sword," says one aide. "We
can't have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation
but we also need a President who is alert mentally."
Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush
stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions
about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J.
"Keep those motherfuckers away from me," he screamed
at an aide backstage. "If you can't, I'll find
someone who can."
Bush's mental stability has become the topic of Washington
whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June
4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President's
wide mood swings and obscene outbursts.
Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush propaganda,
the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington
University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the
Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the
President as a "paranoid meglomaniac" and "untreated
alcoholic" whose "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging
from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting
journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand
gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad" showcase Bush's
"I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching
everything he did and reading what he wrote and watching him on
videotape. I felt he was disturbed," Dr. Frank said. "He
fits the profile of a former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested
but not treated."
Dr. Frank's conclusions have been praised by other prominent
psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA
Medical Center, and Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at Stanford
University Medical School.
The doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-depressant
drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency. Bush is
an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in a formal
program, and stories about his cocaine use as a younger man haunted
his campaigns for Texas governor and his first campaign for President.
"President Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and
megalomaniac tendencies," Dr. Frank adds.
The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on this
The exact drugs Bush takes to control his depression and behavior
are not known. While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of
the President's annual physical, details of the President's
health and any drugs or treatment he may receive are not public
record and are guarded zealously by the secretive cadre of aides
that surround the President.
Veteran White House watchers say the ability to control information
about Bush's health, either physical or mental, is similar
to Ronald Reagan's second term when aides managed to conceal
the President's increasing memory lapses that signaled the
onslaught of Alzheimer's Disease.
It also brings back memories of Richard Nixon's final days
when the soon-to-resign President wandered the halls and talked
to portraits of former Presidents. The stories didn't emerge
until after Nixon left office.
One long-time GOP political consultant who – for obvious
reasons – asked not to be identified said he is advising his
Republican Congressional candidates to keep their distance from
"We have to face the very real possibility that the President
of the United States is loony tunes," he says sadly. "That's
not good for my candidates, it's not good for the party and
it's certainly not good for the country."
have an unappetizing choice November 2.
They can vote for the candidate who metaphorically will kill their
brother. Or they can choose the other who will kill their sister.
Choices. Isn't democracy great?
George Bush represents US oil interests. He likely will launch a nuclear
war against Iran and let the radiation solve his Iraq problem. See
Victory Could Foil occult Plot"
John Kerry represents Rothschild oil interests. Kerry will look the
other way while Israel does the same thing.
If I were an American (I am Canadian), I would not vote on Nov. 2.
The election legitimizes and makes us accomplices to government by
a thoroughly corrupt and immoral elite. It is far better to disassociate
oneself from the sorry affair.
I cannot participate in a system that slaughters its own citizens
as a pretext for war. Both the Democrat and Republican leadership
are guilty of perpetuating the 9-11 and War on Terror hoax. They are
the terrorists, as well as traitors.
On Sept. 11, 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story building nearby collapsed
apparently in sympathy with the twin towers. Larry Silverstein, the
owner, admits that he chose this moment to demolish it.
Isn't it a huge coincidence that it was already
wired for demolition? Was it the intended target of the jet that
crashed in Pennsylvania?
Silverstein also owned the World Trade Center. It stands to reason
that it was a planned
demolition as well.
According to one
source, the towers fell in roughly 10 seconds, about the same
rate that an object falls through air.
a little common sense will realize that the top of a building does
not pass through the concrete and steel that comprises the lower portion
of the building at the same rate that it falls through air. This just
doesn't happen, unless, of course, the lower part of the building
has lost its structural integrity (and this is usually due to the
detonation of a multitude of small explosive charges as seen in controlled
A Boeing 757 jet did not hit the Pentagon. The damage did not fit
the profile of a passenger jet and there was no debris on the lawn.
Sept. 11 was perpetrated by the Mossad, CIA and MI-6, which are instruments
of the London-based financial cabal that runs the Western world. The
purpose was to provide a rationale to invade Moslem countries and
create a police state in the West.
The corrupt criminal elite spins a yarn about Al Qaeda. Like children,
Americans hope that they won't be harmed if they play along. This
has reached the level of "Stockholm Syndrome."
According to Ask Yahoo, "Stockholm Syndrome describes the behavior
of kidnap victims who, over time, become sympathetic to their captors.
The name derives from a 1973 hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden.
At the end of six days of captivity in a bank, several kidnap victims
actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify
against their captors.
Captives begin to identify with their captors initially as a defensive
mechanism, out of fear of violence... Rescue attempts are also seen
as a threat; since it's likely the captive would be injured during
These symptoms occur under tremendous emotional and often physical
duress. The behavior is considered a common survival strategy ...
and has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners
of war, and concentration camp survivors."
When "terrorists" hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, it was
only the latest episode in the long history of the kidnapping of humanity
by a corrupt financial elite.
REFLECTIONS ON 'DEMOCRACY'
"Democracy" is the financial
elite's preferred method of deceiving and controlling the plebes.
The media creates the illusion that the candidates are our leaders.
In fact, they are members of the elite who also own the media.
Both Bush and Kerry pretend to be opposed. Distant cousins, they are
both members of an occult secret society, the Illuminati "Skull
and Bones" at Yale. You would think this would disqualify them
from "public service."
The two men and their respective parties act as giant pincers keeping
the sheep in their pen. They are the two arms of the great American
mental straitjacket. They define the boundaries of the debate. People
like Ralph Nader or Dennis Kucinich need not apply.
Although the major parties barely differ, they have polarized the
US population into two warring camps. Thus Americans ignore the true
enemy, the sponsor of both parties.
The U.S. talks of bringing democracy to Iraq when American democracy
is an embarrassing farce. The U.S. promises freedom to the world while
gutting it at home.
WHO IS THE ELITE?
Live", a visionary 1988 movie directed by John Carpenter,
postulates a police state run by aliens who look and behave like yuppies.
The masses are reduced to a nomadic life of poverty and persecution.
The hero, played by wrestler Roddy Piper, discovers glasses that reveal
the true hideousness of the ruling class. An interminable fight between
Piper and his sidekick ensues when his sidekick refuses to wear the
glasses and see the truth. Anyone who has tried to reason with a brainwashed
acquaintance will identify.
Prophetically, Piper and the people resisting alien rule are dubbed
"terrorists" by the mass media in the movie.
In reality, the financial elite are aliens only in the sense they
have embraced the Illuminati's occult mission to spiritually enslave
Meyer Amschel Rothschild started the Illuminati in 1776, at the same
time as the American Revolution, which was caused by England's demand
that the colonists use its (privately produced) money and stop printing
To put down the revolt, Rothschild concocted the scheme of sending
16,800 Hessian mercenaries. For this King George paid the Hessian
Landgrave $20 million which he gave to Rothschild for safekeeping.
Rothschild promptly lent it to the colonists to finance their rebellion.
The Rothschilds and their allies have instigated and financed every
major war since. (See Gertrude M. Coogan, Money Creators pp.173 ff.)
They regained control of the U.S between 1902 and 1913 when they purchased
25% of US industry and established the privately owned Federal Reserve.
When Marina Oswald was asked who killed JFK, she answered, "the
Federal Reserve." Kennedy had committed the unpardonable sin:
he tried to print US money.
Also known as the "Club of the Isles" the moneylenders and
their allies are the aliens. Both Bush and Kerry are members of this
clique. Every war has been designed to enrich this cabal and consolidate
its power. See "The
Jewish Conspiracy is British Imperialism"
This cabal controls every Western government, newspaper, TV network,
university and large corporation. You are a bystander in their unfolding
program of "world government."
I would love to be wrong about all of this. But as a hostage who eschews
Stockholm Syndrome, I think participating in their elections shackles
my mind and makes me an accomplice to their evil design.
|Bombs in Baghdad killed 18 people
as the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, declared during a visit
to Iraq that America was winning the war against insurgency.[...]
Mr Rumsfeld's trip had not been announced beforehand for security
reasons. He met US military commanders, the American ambassador,
John Negroponte, and Iraq's interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi.
His last visit was in May at the height of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse
scandal. Mr Rumsfeld said that the United States might be able to
reduce its troop levels in the country after January's projected
elections, as more Iraqi government troops were trained to replace
"[The rebels] are hoping to cause members of the coalition
to decide the pain and the ugliness and the difficulty of the task
is simply too great," he said. "They
know they cannot defeat us militarily, but they are hoping they
can win the test of wills. It's a battle of morale. It's
a battle of perception." [...]
Before his arrival, those assembled to meet him
were told the questions not to ask. "Don't ask when you are
going home. We'll tell you when you are going home," said Sgt-Major
Mr Rumsfeld appeared to become exasperated when journalists questioned
him about reports that rather than reduce troop levels, the US may
have to increase them for the elections. "There's
a fixation on that subject. It's fascinating how everyone is locked
on that," he said. The Defence Secretary added that
the media were ignoring the expansion of the Iraqi army. [...]
| Two separate official investigations
are under way into the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl in Gaza
by the Israeli army after soldiers testified that their company commander
"emptied his magazine" at her after she had been shot and
was presumed dead.
The army has already admitted that the killing of Iman al-Hams
in the town of Rafah a week ago was a mistake and that her bag,
which it says soldiers thought carried explosives, contained school
Soldiers have come forward to explain that her body was riddled
with 20 bullets because their immediate commander "confirmed
the killing" by shooting two bullets at her already prone body
before withdrawing a short distance and then firing a burst of automatic
gunfire at the corpse.
The Judge Advocate General, Brigadier General Avi Mandelblit, has
instructed the military police to launch a criminal investigation
against the commander in the Givati Brigade's crack Shaked Battalion
as a result of the claim. Unusually, the investigation was ordered
even though the army inquiry is incomplete.
The move follows interviews with soldiers serving in the company
published in the Israeli newspaper Yedhiot Ahronot. It quoted them
as saying the commander should have been stood down immediately
after the incident. One soldier told the newspaper: "The company
CO who sprayed the girl with bullets turned us all into vicious
animals and besmirched us all ... If he is not dismissed, we will
not agree to serve under him." Another said the commander had
"desecrated the body".
According to figures produced by 11 UN agencies, 24 Palestinians
under the age of 17 have been killed since 28 September when the
army entered northern Gaza in response to the firing by Palestinian
militants of two Qassam rockets which killed two Israeli children
in Sderot. A nine-year-old girl was among 11 Palestinians killed
in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.
The investigations opened as security sources told the newspaper
Haaretz that the Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, had rejected a request
from army commanders to withdraw from the densely populated Jabaliya
refugee camp in northern Gaza on the grounds that the fortnight-old
operation "Days of Penitence" was endangering troops and
that militants had now removed rockets to positions outside the
Mr Sharon told the Knesset at the opening of what promises to be
a difficult winter session for the government that it would be voting
on 25 October on his plan to withdraw some 7,500 settlers from Gaza.
The level of difficulty was underlined last night when the legislature
opposed by 45 to 33 a routine motion noting Mr Sharon's speech.
Although it does not threaten Mr Sharon's administration, the defeat
emphasised the strong opposition to the plan from the extreme right
of Israeli politics and from the far right of his own Likud party,
seven of whose members abstained last night.
* A Palestinian farmer, Hani Shadeh, 26, was shot and critically
wounded in his olive orchard near Nablus in the West Bank yesterday.
Meteorites are generally named
after the region or town near where they were found. Here are the
five Colorado meteorites that fell to Earth with someone watching.
• Johnstown, July 1927. (Eventually 27 fragments were recovered.)
• Denver, 1961. (This meteorite crashed through the roof
of a warehouse in northeast Denver.)
• Cañon City, 1973. (Crashed through a garage roof.)
• Elbert County, 1998. (Many witnessed a fireball; eventually
three fragments were recovered.)
• Berthoud, Oct. 5, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. (Fell one day after
other reports of a daylight fireball in Colorado.)
| US News, Mount St. Helens spewed
out more steam on Monday after new seismic tremors that led some experts
to warn the volcano could explode at any time.
The volcano ejected steam followed by "a small amount of ash"
in an eruption that lasted some 10 minutes at 9.47am (1647 GMT),
said Tim McBicker, a spokesman for the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Although it has stopped, McBicker said "there will be additional
Monday's eruption was similar to one on Friday that sent a huge
cloud of steam and some ash into the air, USGS spokesperson Catherine
A tremor shook St. Helens early Sunday for 25 minutes, prompting
scientists to warn of an imminent eruption two days after the volcano
roared back to life.
Authorities elevated their alert level to the maximum third level
over the weekend and diverted flights away from the volcano's area.
Visitors were evacuated from an eight kilometre radius around the
mountain, including the USGS Johnson Ridge Observatory.
The volcano killed 57 people during a major eruption in 1980 after
weeks of quakes, slides and tremors and after belching smoke, steam
St. Helens erupted again in 1986, but with nowhere near the same
Wayne - A resident here got out his video camera and caught an object
moving through the sky at a high rate of speed on Sunday.
Brandon McBroom used the family videocam to tape a strange looking
object in the Sunday sky. He pulled over in the Croninger Elementary
parking lot and pointed the camera north-northwest.
WANE-TV took the tape around town Monday to the experts. "That's
not a meteor. It's too slow," said Roger Sugden, Assistant
State Director with Mutual UFO Network. "High altitude aircraft.
If you've seen them at sunset, they're pretty far away. You'll see
a white line that's moving real slow, that's the contrail and in
front is the aircraft."
But Christopher Crow, Assistant Professor of Geosciences at IPFW,
thinks this is a meteor. "Whatever that is, it's coming down
at a very fast speed giving off flames." "My first inclination
is it's not a meteor."
Chris Highland is from the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. His
opinion is different from the other two. "I'm more inclined
to think it's space junk, like an empty booster or a fuel tank,"
Science News, New York, Oct 12
(IANS) Scientists now have proof that Mars suffers from quakes just
like earth, dispelling previous notions that the planet was tectonically
While some theorists believe that Mars has no more seismic disturbances,
scientists at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio here
have found that pit chains found on Mars' surface are similar to
those found along in Iceland, along the seismic fault lines there.
Also the fact that the pit chains are still in "relatively
pristine condition," without any sediments at the bottom, suggest
that they were formed recently and may still be developing, reported
A certain type of faulting produces large void space in the subsurface,"
said David Ferrill, the study leader at Southwest Research Institute.
"Over time, the overlying surface material collapses to create
Although many theorists say the gradual cooling of Mars over 3.5
billion years after formation has slowed down tectonic activity
there, others have argued that dozens of quakes have occurred, measuring
over 3.5 on the open-ended Richter scale.
Volcanoes on Mars appear to be dormant but some scientists are
not sure about that either.
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