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of the Day
— U.S. President Bush has chosen national security adviser
Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state in
his second term, a senior administration official said Monday. [...]
Most of the speculation on a successor to Mr. Powell
has centred on Ms. Rice, who is generally seen as more hawkish and
is one of Mr. Bush's closest advisers. She is widely considered
the President's first choice for the top diplomat job despite reports
that she intends to return to California — she was provost
at Stanford University — or was hoping to replace Donald Rumsfeld
as defense secretary. [...]
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice finally testified under oath before
the 9/11 Commission Thursday. And what did we get? An attempt to
filibuster commission members' questions with variations on an old
standard, "Don't Blame Me."
Rice also juggled a mélange of bureaucratic gobbledygook.
She took great pains, for example, to parse the distinctions of
historic briefings, warning briefings, and threat briefings. And
she did so over and over and over and over. She used the same redundant
technique in throwing around distinctions between tactical responses
and strategic responses.
What Rice appeared incapable of giving was a yes or no answer
to any question, even when a simple yes or no was called for. [...]
our national security advisor deposed before the 9-11 commission,
you had to be awed by this superwoman. What should one admire the
most? Was it the confidence with which she expatiated on simple
questions where a yes or no answer would have sufficed? Or the coolness
with which she kept shrugging off responsibility? With her it was
always the CSG, FBI or CIA's job. One was reminded of the many-armed
goddesses of Hindu mythology, only in Convolute-a case, the hands
seemed to have an sure knack of pointing in all directions except
At one point, she couldn't help playing the race card. She pointed
out, though not out entirely of context, that the founding fathers,
when they said, "We the People", certainly didn't mean
people like her. Certainly, the color of the skin should not be
the basis of discrimination. Its thickness is another matter entirely.
Any national security advisor with a shred of shame would have quit
first thing September 12, 2001. As Richard Reeves wrote in the Washington
Post, if 9-11 had happened in Japan, there would be no one left
in the government to turn out the lights.
This, however, is America. Our rulers live by different standards.
When Bob Kerrey asked about using the 'M' (Mistake) word, or when
Tim Roemer asked about why no one had resigned, Conscienceless-a
Rice did not appear embarrassed in the least. [...]
Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission approaches,
she continues to push two distinctly dishonest statements in an
effort to blur President Bush's failure to defend America in 2001.
First and foremost, Rice continues to make the now-discredited
claim that the White House did not have intelligence warning them
that terrorists were plotting to use airplanes as missiles in an
attack on America. In 2002 she said, "I don't think anybody
could have predicted that ... they would try to use an airplane
as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile". She said this
in spite of the intelligence community having issued 12 separate
warnings of such a plan, including a 1999 warning saying that "suicide
bomber(s) belonging to al Qaeda's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land
an aircraft...into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House".
When presented with these facts, she told the 9/11 Commission
in January 2004 that she misspoke and that she "regretted"
her earlier denials. Yet less than four months after her apology,
she made the same false claim, writing in a March 22, 2004 op-ed
in the Washington Post that "we received no intelligence that
terrorists were preparing to attack the homeland using airplanes
Secondly, Rice is now saying through spokesmen that she was "not
briefed" about terrorists' plans to use airplanes as missiles
before 2002, when she began making the false claim that she had
no such warnings. But even if Rice did neglect all 12 previous intelligence
reports, she cannot claim she was never briefed about such a threat,
considering she was the top national security official accompanying
President Bush to the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy in July 2001. There,
she and the president were explicitly warned that "Islamic
terrorists might attempt to kill world leaders by crashing an airliner"
into the summit.
Hon. Condoleezza Rice
National Security Advisor
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
April 9, 2004
Dear Ms. Rice:
I am writing to communicate four points regarding your testimony
yesterday under oath before the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States.
Point #1: You are a liar.
Attorney General Ashcroft sits on the National Security Council.
Warned by his FBI security detail, the head of law enforcement for
the United States knew to avoid commercial airlines on September
It was your job as National Security Advisor to make sure that
the people who flew on American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines
Flight 175, United Airlines Flight 93 and American Airlines Flight
77 had the benefit of the same warnings as those they paid to protect
You knew. You kept silent. They died. [...]
Point #2: Your motives are transparent.
The World Trade Center is in the heart of New York City –
one of the great financial capitals of the world. The Pentagon is
in the heart of Washington -- the appropriation and accounting capital
for the US federal budget and credit and the US Treasury –
the largest issuer of securities in the world.
Unlike many other terrorist attacks, these attacks killed people
whose family, friends and neighbors understand how these financial
Victim families, friends and the residents of the communities
directly harmed can calculate who made money on 9-11 profiteering.
They can trace the flow of money into the 2004 Presidential campaign
coffers from the profits your supporters made as a result of 9-11
profiteering. They can calculate how 9-11 profiteering connects
to the financing and silence of corporate media. [...]
Point #3: You are going down.
The richest and most powerful people in the world pay for performance.
They pay you to make the US governmental apparatus look legitimate
while they use it to centralize economic and political power. That
means they need liars who are better at lying than you. [...]
Point #4: You are guilty of criminal gross negligence.
If you want to catch a terrorist today, you need look no further
than your own mirror.
MOSUL, Iraq - US and Iraqi forces backed by
aircraft swept into the northern Iraqi city of Mosul to secure police
stations and restore order as insurgents in Fallujah fought US-led
troops to the death.
The new operation to reclaim control of a city that had descended
into lawlessness came as the US military was hit by claims that
one of its troops shot dead a wounded, unarmed man during its assault
About 1,200 US troops moved into Mosul, their
biggest operation in the flashpoint city in recent times, striking
back at groups of rebel fighters who over-ran police last week and
seized control of police stations.
"The operation has been launched," said one military
officer, Stuart Williams. "Two battalions are sweeping from
the west side to the east."
With combat helicopters and warplanes buzzing
overhead, the military targeted isolated pockets of insurgents that
who it said were continuing to operate in the mainly Sunni Muslim
city, 370 kilometres (230 miles) north of Baghdad.
On Monday, Iraq's interior ministry said seven police and 30 rebels
were killed in clashes in Mosul on Sunday, including one incident
in which a policeman was dragged from his hospital bed and hacked
As the assault in Fallujah entered its second week, sporadic bursts
of gunfire crackled through southern districts of the one-time insurgent
bastion where the rebels were trying to regroup.
"Very few have given up," said Colonel Michael Regner,
chief of operations of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. "They
are fighting to the death, and they're making it difficult on marines
But despite clashes with groups of up to a dozen rebels, Regner
said the marines had accomplished all their objectives. "We
can go anywhere we want in that city."
Meanwhile the military said it was investigating claims that a
marine shot dead an unarmed wounded man as he lay in a Fallujah
mosque, after pictures of the incident were broadcast on US television
The First Marine Division said it wanted to determine whether the
marine, who has been taken off duty, acted in self-defence in the
incident on Saturday or violated military law.
A still from the video, filmed by an NBC cameraman embedded with
the marines, showed a marine standing above a figure slumped against
a wall aiming his rifle at the man's body.
"He's dead now," one marine is heard shouting, after
a clatter of gunfire.
While the city is effectively under US and Iraqi
control, the military has yet to declare the end of the largest
operation since the war to oust former leader Saddam Hussein last
At least 39 US soldiers have been killed and 275 wounded so far
in Operation Dawn, while at least five Iraqi troops and more than
1,200 insurgents have also died, according to the US military. There
has been no independent confirmation of the casualty toll.
The Fallujah assault has also raised fears
about a humanitarian disaster with tens of thousands of residents
forced to flee, while the plight of the unknown number of civilians
who stayed behind remained uncertain. [...]
While there has been an escalating resistance
throughout Iraq, with over 100 attacks a day, the invasion of Fallujah
has fuelled an even greater effort to expel American forces from
Here are just a few of the attacks that occurred over
Airport Road Ambushes Sunday Take High Toll
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing two RPG7 rockets attacked a US
patrol on Airport Road in the al-'Amil neighborhood at 6pm Sunday,
destroying a Humvee and killing three US
troops. At 6:30am Iraqi Resistance fighters firing BKC automatic
weapons attacked a joint US-puppet "national guard" patrol
on Airport Road in the al-'Amil neighborhood, destroying a Nissan
pickup truck and killing three US foot soldiers.
One Resistance fighter was martyred.
At 7:20 Sunday Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated bombs under a
column on Airport Road in the al-'Amil neighborhood and then attacked
with RPG7 rockets, destroying a Humvee and a GMC vehicle belonging
to the Zionist Mossad. Three US troops and
seven Mossad agents were killed.
Resistance Attack In Qanat Al-Jaysh
At 3:30pm Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a civilian truck
loaded with supplies for US occupation troops as it traveled along
the highway passing through the Qanat al-Jaysh area of Baghdad.
The attack destroyed the truck as well as a Humvee and killed
two US troops and wounded two others. The Asian truck driver was
Ambushes In Al-A'Zamiyah
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-A'zamiyah in Baghdad attacked a
joint US-puppet "national guard" patrol at 5pm Sunday,
destroying a Humvee and a Nissan pickup and killing
three US troops and four puppet soldiers.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets ambushed a joint US-Iraqi
"national guard" patrol in al-A'zamiyah in Baghdad at
11:30am Sunday, destroying two Humvees and a Nissan pickup belonging
to the puppet forces. Six US troops and four
Iraqi puppet soldiers were killed.
Fighting Reported In At-Taji
At 9:45am Sunday clashes broke out between Resistance forces and
the US occupation troops in at-Taji north of Baghdad. The fighting
left a military fuel tanker, a Humvee, and a US military truck destroyed
and six American troops dead. Two Resistance
fighters were killed and six others wounded.
An Iraqi Resistance anti-tank land mine destroyed an Abrams tank
in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji at 10:30am Sunday, killing
seven US troops. Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets
attacked a US convoy in Hur al-Basha in the at-Taji area at 12:15pm
Sunday, destroying two Turkish tank trucks bringing fuel to the
US troops. The two Asian drivers of the Turkish
trucks were killed. Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under
a civilian truck supplying the US occupation troops in al-Mushahadah
near at-Taji at about 4pm Sunday, killing
the driver who probably was Asian.
Clashes In As-Suwayrah
Clashes between the Resistance and US occupation forces erupted
in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at about 9am on Sunday.
Resistance fighters firing C5K and SPG9 rockets destroyed two Humvees
and a Bradley armored vehicle and left seven
US troops dead and two others wounded.
Resistance Attacks US Convoy In Al-Ishaqi North Of Baghdad
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets and detonating bombs
destroyed two US Bradley armored vehicles and three US fuel tank
trucks in an attack in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad on Sunday.
Twelve American soldiers were killed
in the attack after which the road was shut down for two and a half
US Forces In Abu Ghurayb Hit
At 8am Sunday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired rockets at a US patrol
on the highway in Abu Ghurayb, destroying two military trucks loaded
with provisions for the US troops. Three
American soldiers were killed and one other wounded. At 2:45pm
Sunday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a
US patrol on the Old Street in Abu Ghurayb, destroying an armored
vehicle and killing four US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired RPG7 and C5K rockets at a US column
in the al-Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb on Sunday, destroying a
Bradley armored vehicle and killing three
US troops and wounding two others.
Fighting On Hayfa Street In Al-Karakh
At about 10am Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed one Bradley armored
vehicle and disabled another and killed five
US troops on Hayfa Street. Two Resistance
fighters were martyred. At 1:30pm Sunday, clashes spread
to the Vanguards' Square [Sahat at-Tala'i'] on Hayfa Street after
US troops tried to enter the al-Jaghifi Center from the ar-Rahmaniyah
Road. Two Humvees were destroyed and a Bradley armored vehicle and
a smaller armored vehicle were disabled in the combat after they
came under RPG7 rocket and BKC automatic weapons fire from the Resistance.
Nine US troops were killed, two of
them by Iraqi Resistance sharp shooters.
Four Americans were wounded.
Attacks In Ad-Durah
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 and C5K rockets attacked US
troops near 60 Street in the Hur Rajab area of the southern Baghdad
suburb of ad-Durah, destroying a Humvee and a Bradley armored vehicle
and killing seven US troops and wounding
two. US forces opened fire indiscriminately
around the area, killing six innocent Iraqi passersby.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the 'Arab Jabbur area
of ad-Durah killing two US troops and wounding
three at 1:45pm Sunday. In the Abu Tushir area of ad-Durah,
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets and BKC automatic weapons
attacked a US convoy destroying a Humvee civilian truck bringing
supplies to the US forces at 1:30pm Sunday. Twelve
US troops and the Asian driver of the truck were killed.
At 4:30pm Sunday a fierce battle erupted in the al-Bu 'Isa area
in which the Resistance detonated bombs and then fired RPG7 rockets,
killing nine US troops and wounding four
more. One Iraqi Resistance fighter was martyred and three seriously
Battles In Various Baghdad Districts Saturday
At 2:30pm Saturday afternoon clashes broke out on Hayfa Street
in the al-Karakh area of Baghdad, in which one Bradley armored vehicle
was destroyed and another disabled.
Five US troops were killed. US
troops opened fire indiscriminately around the area, killing three
Iraqi civilians, including a woman and a small boy.
At 5:15pm Saturday, clashes broke out again in the al-Karakh area.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and C5K rockets destroyed
a small armored vehicle and disabled two others. Six
US troops were killed. One Iraqi Resistance fighter was killed
by a US sniper.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed two US GMC
vehicles belonging to American intelligence, killing
five US personnel, in the ad-Dallu'i neighborhood in the
al-Hurriyah area of Baghdad at about 10:30am.
A US Humvee was destroyed on the highway in the ash-Sha'b area
of Baghdad when Resistance fighters attacked it with an RPG7 rocket,
killing three US troops and wounding
At about 11am Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked
US supply trucks on the highway in the ash-Sha'b area of Baghdad,
killing two persons aboard the trucks.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and RPG8 rockets attacked
US forces in the al-A'zamiyah section of Baghdad, killing
five US troops and wounding others.
At about 9:30am Saturday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing C5K,
RPG7, and RPG8 rockets and BKC automatic weapons battled US forces
and their puppet police in the al-A'zamiyah section of Baghdad,
destroying two Land Cruisers, a Bradley armored vehicle, and a bus
carrying 11 troops. Eight US troops and 12
puppet policemen were also killed. Six
Iraqi civilians were wounded when US forces opened fire indiscriminately.
At about 9:30am Saturday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in
as-Sayyidiyah, disabling a small truck that was carrying a number
of US troops, killing five and wounding eight
of them seriously.
At 8:30am Saturday morning Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed an
armored vehicle on Airport Road in Baghdad's al-'Amil neighborhood,
killing two and wounding three of the US
troops aboard the vehicle.
At about 7am Saturday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets
battled US troops in al-Ghazaliyah, killing
seven American soldiers and destroying a Humvee and a supply
In Hur Rajab in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah Resistance
fighters firing an RPG7 rocket destroyed a Humvee and killed
two and wounded three US troops aboard it.
On 60 Street in Baghdad's southern suburb of ad-Durah, Iraqi Resistance
forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed a Humvee and killed
three US troops at about 3pm Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column
on the highway in the al-'Adl neighborhood in central Baghdad at
about 6pm Saturday, killing four US troops
and destroying a Humvee and one truck and disabling a second.
At about 2:30pm Saturday, clashes broke out between the Resistance
and the US and their puppet "national guard" forces west
of Baghdad. Two Bradley armored vehicles were destroyed, and one
other was damaged. Two Humvees were also destroyed.
Nine Iraqi civilians were killed and two others wounded in
the course of the fighting. Eyewitnesses reported seeing
two Resistance fighters wounded, but not killed.
Black Hawk Downed
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a C5K rocket and shot down a US
Black Hawk helicopter in the al-Janabayn area west of al-Latifiyah
at about 2:30pm Sunday. At about 7:30am Sunday Iraqi Resistance
forces firing RPG7 and SPG9 rockets attacked a US column, destroying
two Bradley armored vehicles and a Humvee in al-Latifiyah.
At 2:30pm Sunday, Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed and destroyed
two US GMC vehicles belonging to US intelligence
in al-Latifiyah, detonating bombs under them and
killing the five agents aboard.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb destroyed a Humvee and
killed three US troops and wounded three others in an attack
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked US troops
in al-Latifiyah, destroying two Toyota Landcruisers belonging to
the collaborationist Badr Brigades and killing
four gunmen aboard.
In the al-Karaghul area of al-Latifiyah where there is a tribe
by the same name, extremely fierce fighting broke out between the
US forces and the Resistance in which 11
US troops were killed and a Bradley armored vehicle, another
armored vehicle, and a Humvee were destroyed. US
troops then opened fire indiscriminately on Iraqi civilians, killing
six and wounding two more.
In the as-Sayyid 'Abdallah area of al-Latifiyah Iraqi Resistance
forces detonated 15 very powerful bombs under a US patrol. The Resistance
then opened fire with RPG7, C5K, and SPG9 rockets to make sure that
they had totally destroyed the US patrol. Two Bradley armored vehicles,
three Humvees and a military fuel tanker were destroyed and 18
American troops killed.
US aircraft then opened fire on Iraqi civilian
houses in the area to get revenge, destroying four homes and damaging
three others and killing seven Iraqi civilians and wounding 14 others.
Resistance In Control Of Major Parts Of Mosul
Informed sources report that bloody battles have been raging in
Mosul since Thursday as Iraqi Resistance forces seized basic control
over major parts of the third largest city in Iraq. Groups known
as the Brigades of the Army of the Mustafa [Kata'ib Jaysh al-Mustafa]
and the Army of the Conquerer [Jaysh al-Fatih] have extended their
control over the western part of the city.
The Resistance has destroyed 13 American Stryker troop carriers
and killed more than 35 American troops.
They have taken control of puppet police stations and headquarters
of the puppet so-called "Iraqi national guard" recruited
and run by the US invaders. The Resistance has
killed 18 puppet "national guardsmen."
The sources add that Resistance forces launched a broad attack
on the headquarters of the Kurdish chauvinist collaborator parties,
expelling them from those buildings. The Resistance has also seized
full control of one of the American headquarters in the al-'Arabi
section of Mosul, after the US occupation troops fled under a fierce
Resistance attack. The battles lasted for several hours and were
so intense that American armored vehicles could not take to the
streets. Three US helicopters were shot down during the fighting.
Sources denied to Mafkarat al-Islam claims that had appeared in
some satellite media that 10 Resistance fighters
had been killed and five taken prisoner. One fighter had
been martyred, the sources said and another wounded and his body
was taken from the battlefield.
Resistance Drives US Troops Out Of As-Suqur Base
Iraqi Resistance forces compelled US troops to evacuate their
as-Suqur base south of Baghdad on Saturday evening, after they came
under a barrage of about 25 powerful Tariq and Grad rockets. At
the time he filed his report – posted at 1:58am Sunday morning
local time (12:58am Sunday Mecca time) the local correspondent wrote
that the only personnel in the as-Suqur base at that time were Iraqi
puppet so-called "national guards" and informed sources
expected that the Resistance might storm the base.
The Americans who fled the base moved to the al-Yusufiyah area
and the US base in what was formerly the Iraqi Meat Company.
Ahmed Ghanim's nightmarish week began as Iraqi
national guardsmen and US Marines entered the city's general hospital,
handcuffed the doctors and forced patients
out to the car park.
The guardsmen "stole the mobile phones, the hospital safe
where the money is kept and damaged the ambulances and cars,"
said Dr Ghanim, an orthopedic surgeon.
"The Americans were more sympathetic with the hospital staff
and ... untied the doctors and allowed them to go outside with the
But the worst was yet to come as the bombing came closer to the
"I was doing amputations for many patients. But I am an orthopedic
surgeon; if a patient came to me with an abdominal injury, I could
do nothing," he said, close to tears. "We
would bring the patient in and we would have to let him die."
Electricity to the city was cut. There was no water, no food,
no fluids for the patients, Dr Ghanim said. But patients kept coming.
"We were treating everyone. There were women, children, mujahids.
I don't ask someone if they are a fighter before I treat them. I
just take care of them," he said.
Late Tuesday, a bomb struck one side of the triage centre. Dr
Ghanim ran out of the building.
A second bomb landed, crashing through the roof and destroying
most of the facility.
Dr Ghanim believes it killed at least two or three
of the young resident doctors working there and most of the patients.
"At that moment, I wished to die," he said. "It was
BAGHDAD : A US officer was charged with murder
and conspiracy to commit murder for his role in the shooting dead
of a wounded Iraqi in a Baghdad slum, the US military said.
"Second Lieutenant Erick Anderson of Company C, 1st Battalion,
41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas, has been charged with
premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder,"
a statement said. [...]
Anderson had been put under investigation over
whether he granted two soldiers permission to shoot a man whom they
thought was so badly injured he would die anyway.
One of the two, Staff Sergeant Cardenas Alban, already appeared
for a pre-trial hearing at a Baghdad military court last month.
The second, Staff Sergeant Johnny Horne, is due to appear before
a judge at a later date.
If convicted they face a minimum of life in prison and a maximum
penalty of death. Horne faces the additional charge of solicitation
to commit murder.
The alleged incident occurred early on August 18 when US soldiers
spotted a garbage truck apparently dropping
homemade bombs in Sadr City, the capital's most populous
It was unclear if any bombs were subsequently
Troops at the time were clashing with militiamen loyal to Shiite
radical leader Moqtada Sadr.
They started shooting at the truck, which caught fire, as more
soldiers were sent to the scene. A severely
wounded Iraqi man pulled himself out of the truck and was leaning
to the side, the prosecution charged during Alban's hearing.
According to previous testimony by Alban, Horne walked over and
inspected the man's injuries and afterwards
received orders from his commander, Lieutenant Anderson, to do whatever
was needed "to put the man out of his misery."
The testimony was read in court by James Suprynowicz, a warrant
officer who has been leading the investigation.
Americans were fascinated by the trial of
Scott Peterson. And if they liked the trial of the alleged murderer
of just ONE pregnant woman, imagine how much
America will love the trial of George Bush, a man who is responsible
for the murder of possibly THOUSANDS of pregnant women!
Was Laci shot, strangled or drowned? Did she suffer before she
died? And what about her unborn child? We may never know for sure
but you can imagine that she did. But what
we DO know is that all across the Middle East, hundreds -- if not
thousands -- of pregnant women have been shot, blown up, starved
to death and/or drowned as a direct result of the actions of George
To his credit, Bush agrees with the charges against him. "Any
time an expectant mother is a victim of violence, two lives are
in the balance, each deserving protection and each deserving justice,"
Bush said in an East Room ceremony at the White House recently.
"If the crime is murder, and the unborn child's life ends,
justice demands a full accounting under the law."
News teams from all over the world are expected to cover the Bush
trial. Did Bush actually kill all those pregnant women? Without
a doubt. But perhaps his high-paid lawyers will be able to get him
off with just a light sentence. The only sure thing about this trial
is that Americans will be riveted to the edge of their seats until
the verdict comes down.
plans to purge its agency
Sources say White House has ordered new chief to eliminate officers
who were disloyal to Bush
| BY KNUT ROYCE
November 14, 2004
WASHINGTON -- The White House has ordered
the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers
believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of
leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the
Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable
"The agency is being purged on instructions from the White
House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close
ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given
instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats.
The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals
and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."
One of the first casualties appears to be Stephen R. Kappes, deputy
director of clandestine services, the CIA's most powerful division.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that Kappes had tendered
his resignation after a confrontation with Goss' chief of staff,
Patrick Murray, but at the behest of the White House had agreed
to delay his decision till tomorrow.
But the former senior CIA official said that the White House "doesn't
want Steve Kappes to reconsider his resignation. That might be the
spin they put on it, but they want him out." He said the job
had already been offered to the former chief of the European Division
who retired after a spat with then- CIA Director George Tenet.
Another recently retired top CIA official said he was unsure Kappes
had "officially resigned, but I do know he was unhappy."
Without confirming or denying that the job offer had been made,
a CIA spokesman asked Newsday to withhold naming the former officer
because of his undercover role over the years. He said he had no
comment about Goss' personnel plans, but he added that changes at
the top are not unusual when new directors come in.
On Friday John E. McLaughlin, a 32-year veteran of the intelligence
division who served as acting CIA director before Goss took over,
announced that he was retiring. The spokesman said that the retirement
had been planned and was unrelated to the Kappes resignation or
to other morale problems inside the CIA.
It could not be learned yesterday if the White House had identified
Kappes, a respected operations officer, as one of the officials
"disloyal" to Bush.
"The president understands and appreciates the sacrifices
made by the members of the intelligence community in the war against
terrorism," said a White House official of the report that
he was purging the CIA of "disloyal" officials. "
. . . The suggestion [that he ordered a purge] is inaccurate."
But another former CIA official who retains good contacts within
the agency said that Goss and his top aides, who served on his staff
when Goss was chairman of the House intelligence committee, believe
the agency had relied too much over the years on liaison work with
foreign intelligence agencies and had not done enough to develop
its own intelligence collection system.
"Goss is not a believer in liaison work," said this retired
official. But, he said, the CIA's "best intelligence really
comes from liaison work. The CIA is simply not going to develop
the assets [agents and case officers] that would meet the intelligence
Tensions between the White House and the CIA have been the talk
of the town for at least a year, especially as leaks about the mishandling
of the Iraq war have dominated front pages.
Some of the most damaging leaks came from Michael Scheuer, former
head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit, who wrote a book anonymously called
"Imperial Hubris" that criticized what he said was the
administration's lack of resolve in tracking down the al-Qaida chieftain
and the reallocation of intelligence and military manpower from
the war on terrorism to the war in Iraq. Scheuer announced Thursday
that he was resigning from the agency.
Washington — A
man set himself afire Monday just outside a White House gate and
repeatedly yelled "Allah Allah" after Secret Service officers
put out the flames and one held him facedown on the sidewalk.
Alan Etter, spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency
Medical Services, said guards at the gate quickly extinguished the
flames, and the man had second- and third-degree burns on about
30 per cent of his body.
The man had burns to his head, back, arms and face but was conscious
when medics took him to Washington Hospital Center, Mr. Etter said.
White House doctors joined uniformed Secret Service personnel
in administering first aid until the emergency service technicians
arrived. They transported the 52-year-old man, who was not identified,
to the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center.
Lorie Lewis, a Secret Service spokeswoman, said the man "set
himself on fire on Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the
White House complex." That section of Pennsylvania Avenue was
recently reopened to pedestrians after being closed for security.
There was no immediate word on the man's condition or what led
to the fire. There was evidence of an ignitable liquid at the scene,
The Secret Service, which disclosed no additional details, is
investigating the incident.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Tony Blair urged
Europe and the United States on Monday to bury differences over
Iraq and focus their energies on global challenges such as lasting
peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Blair, speaking three days after meeting President Bush, said to
lampoon the U.S. administration was self-defeating and that a positive
attitude from EU leaders could temper impulses in Washington to
go it alone around the world.
"It is not a sensible or intelligent
response for us in Europe to ridicule American arguments and parody
their political leadership," the prime minister told
the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London -- his major foreign policy speech
of the year.
"What is entirely sensible however is for Europe to say terrorism
won't be beaten by toughness alone," he said.
Ever since London and Washington waged war in Iraq last year, substantial
cracks have opened between them and European powers like France
and Germany, which argue the war made the world less safe and galvanized
support for militants.
Blair has stood staunchly beside Bush since the Sept. 11 attacks
on the United States at a serious cost to his public standing at
home and with fellow EU leaders.
Despite facing an election next year, he shows no sign of moving
away from Bush who is disliked by many Britons.
"I am not, repeat not, advocating a series of military solutions
... but I am saying that patiently but plainly Europe and America
should be working together to bring the democratic, human and political
rights we take for granted to the world denied them," Blair
But cooperation is a two-way street.
"None of this will work however unless America
too reaches out. Multilateralism that works should be its aim. I
have no sympathy for unilateralism for its own sake,"
French President Jacques Chirac makes a state visit to Britain
later this week and will hold talks with Blair.
But with bitterness still lingering, Blair faces a major challenge
to make real his dream of Britain acting as a bridge between Europe
and the United States, something he acknowledged.
"Europe is divided over the scale of economic reform and Iraq
has divided it further into those enthusiastic for the trans-Atlantic
alliance and those nervous of it," he said.
"We believe passionately that Europe must take the road of
reform in its economy and renewal of its alliance with America.
"Britain should be proud of its alliance with America, clear
in its role in Europe and a tireless advocate of a strong bond between
the two ... Of course it's difficult but that doesn't mean it isn't
still right and worth striving for."
Bush and Blair set out on Friday a four-year goal of seeing a Palestinian
state established and vowed to mobilize global support to help the
push for peace after Yasser Arafat's death.
Bush also stressed he wanted to work with European
allies and pledged to visit EU capitals early next year.
"Here there is an opportunity for Europe. American policy
is evolving," Blair said.
"Both Europe and America are coming to realize
that lasting security against fanatics and terrorists cannot be
provided by conventional military force but requires a commitment
to democracy, freedom and justice."
JERUSALEM - Israel's spy agency Mossad has
been rocked to the core by an internal crisis which has seen scores
of resignations over the policies of its controversial boss Meir
Dagan, according to a television report.
Dagan, a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
has come under fire for launching risky operations abroad, a documentary
broadcast on the private Channel 2 television said.
The documentary, which was based on interviews with former officials
in the agency, also claimed that relations with the US Central Intelligence
Agency have sharply deteriorated under Dagan.
It said more than 200 agents including seven department
heads had resigned in recent months.
When Dagan, a reserve general, took over the agency in October
2002, Mossad turned its sights on international terrorism with a
renewed focus on overseas commando operations
But the Israeli press has accused him of pushing
the fight against "Islamic terrorism" to the top of its
priority list at the expense of its information collection and analysis.
Referring to operations abroad, the television documentary highlighted
a car bomb attack in Damascus in September which killed a leading
member of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
Both Hamas and Syria blamed Israel for the bombing.
Dagan was Sharon's political advisor during his election campaign
and previously served as an anti-terror advisor to Sharon's main
political rival and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 1970, Dagan ran a secret commando unit called Rimon, which,
according to press reports, summarily executed Palestinians accused
of carrying out attacks in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip.
PARIS - The medical files of Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat can be released upon demand to eligible parties, such
as his family, a French defence ministry spokesman told AFP.
"If the eligible parties ask for Mr Arafat's file to be transferred,
the law, which also applies to military doctors, says the medical
file should be released," said spokesman Jean-Francois Bureau.
Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei has asked France to provide
him with a medical report detailing the cause of Arafat's death,
his office said Monday.
Arafat died in a French military hospital last Thursday at the
age of 75 after sinking into a coma, but no information has been
released about the exact cause of death.
The Arab world has been abuzz with suspicions that the veteran
leader was poisoned, a theory echoed by a number of Palestinian
Most point the finger at Israel, whose Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
had repeatedly threatened to kill his longtime archfoe.
The French defence ministry was unable to say on Monday whether
the military hospital had received a request for the release of
Under French medical secrecy laws, the files of the deceased are
not automatically made available, Bureau explained. Family members
or other interested parties must make a request explaining why they
wish to have access.
Medical files can be released "to uncover the material conditions
surrounding a death, or the causes of death," he said.
French officials have insisted there is no reason to suspect poisoning
in Arafat's death.
Foreign ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous stressed on Monday that
French law, under which the causes of illness and death are a medical
secret, "continues to apply" to the veteran leader.
If the government of Israel does anything
consistently, beyond killing Palestinian school children, it is
blackmailing other governments, especially its cash cow, the United
States. Now comes word that Israel may release Marwan Barghouti,
Arafat's heir apparent and Fatah Tanzim leader, who is wasting away
in an Israeli prison for the crime of supporting the intifada and
Palestinian nationalism, if Egypt and the United States release
two Israeli spies, Azzam Azzam and Jonathan Pollard.
Many Israelis are irked by Pollard's life sentence for espionage,
a fact admitted to by former Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. For
some reason Pollard's conviction—he pleaded guilty to the
charges—caused considerable damage to the relationship between
Israel and the United States, mostly because Israelis believe there
is no such thing as espionage. After all, Israel has a right to
do whatever it wants, especially in regard to classified material
in the United States, as the reaction of Israel and the Strausscons
to the AIPAC spy case make obvious. Of course, the "considerable
damage to the relationship between Israel and the United States"
was short- lived, as Bush and Congress now, more than ever, write
blank checks for the Israelis as they destroy the Palestinians,
often with U.S. planes and helicopters, courtesy of the American
Israeli Druze Azzam Azzam was arrested in Cairo in 1997 and sentenced
to hard labor for spying on behalf of Mossad. Israel insists Azzam
is innocent (since spying for Israel is not a crime). However, the
Egyptians have a right to be paranoid of Israeli spies and agents
provocateurs, as the Lavon Affair makes obvious. It should be noted
that the target of the Lavon Affair was America (Israeli operatives
fire-bombed U.S. Information Service libraries in Cairo and other
targets). Friends don't bomb friends—that is unless the friend
doing the bombing is Israel (an outlaw nation that really does not
have any sincere friends, only dupes to be exploited). For some
reason—mostly because Zionists control Congress—the
United States has remained "friends" with the self-serving
and murderous Israelis, even after they attacked a U.S. ship and
killed sailors, as they did on June 8, 1967. It takes far less provocation—in
fact no provocation—for the United States to attack Arab countries.
But then the Arabs are enemies of the Israelis and as it now stands
the Israelis and their Strausscon fellow travelers run U.S. foreign
policy and will continue to do so for at least the next four years
(remember: the Democrat Clinton also kissed Israel's posterior).
You'd think the United States would have told the Israelis to screw
off after Mossad attempted to kill John Gunther Dean, U.S. ambassador
to Lebanon, in 1979. Dean made the mistake of involving the Palestinians
in an effort to secure the release of American hostages. But no,
they keep coming back for more, the saps. Like a battered wife,
the United States keeps making excuses for Israel's behavior, even
covering up its crimes (for instance, Lyndon Johnson and his defense
secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered the inquiry into Israel's attack
on the USS Liberty to conclude the incident was an accident).
In fact, they are in denial. For instance, Susan Dryden, a Justice
Department spokesperson, called the well-documented Israel "art
student" spy ring an "urban myth," even though a
60-page document released by the DEA provides evidence of the spy
ring and the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive,
in a March 2001 summary, reported on "suspicious visitors to
federal facilities." According to the Jewish newspaper Forward,
"one former high-ranking American intelligence official, who
asked not to be named, [said] the FBI came to the conclusion at
the end of its investigation [of an Israeli moving company] that
the five Israelis … were conducting a Mossad surveillance
mission and that their employer, Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken,
N.J., served as a front."
Lorie Kramer writes:
According to reports of the scandal, around 120 young Israeli
citizens, posing as art students and selling paintings door-to-door,
have been arrested and deported from the United States. The door-to-door
sale of art works, it is claimed, was a front for a sophisticated
spy ring: the students would turn up at homes and offices—especially
at buildings housing federal authorities and military bases, and
even went to the homes of those employed in these offices. The
students attempted to form friendships with federal employees,
photograph their offices, tap their phone lines and infiltrate
So what did the battered wife do? She simply deported the Israeli
spies for "visa problems." End of problem—that is
until the next crop of spies is uncovered and the next instance
of abuse arises.
As Ed Blanche writes, the "mainstream US media has been uncharacteristically
silent on this bizarre episode, as it has been in earlier instances
when there were suspicions that Israeli intelligence agencies were
engaged in clandestine operations in the US." Fox News' Carl
Cameron reported extensively (and remarkably) on the above mentioned
spy ring—only to see his work relegated to the memory hole.
Probably most damning was the following Cameron comment: "There
is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks,
but investigators suspect that the Israelis may have gathered intelligence
about the attacks in advance, and not shared it." In other
words, our "friend" knew about the 9/11 plot and didn't
tell us about it. Friends also allow friends to step off the curb
and get run over by beer trucks.
Jonathan Pollard, as a convicted spy, should stay in prison for
selling out his country (since his imprisonment, Israel has granted
him honorary citizenship, thus demonstrating that compromising the
secrets of "friends" is behavior to be rewarded). Bush,
however, who said recently that he wants a Palestinian state (he
meant a Palestinian gulag), may give in to the latest attempt to
free Jonathan Pollard, a pet project of the last few Israeli prime
ministers, who find nothing wrong with spying on their "friends"
(or attempting to kill their diplomats or killing their sailors).
Marwan Barghouti may very well be released. Of course, this does
not prevent Israel from assassinating him, as they do other Palestinian
leaders (this is very popular in Israel)—as they may have
done to Yasser Arafat (it is rumored Israel killed him through gradual
JERUSALEM - A foreign submarine sneaked into
Israeli waters last week and got away without being identified,
an Israeli military spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Monday.
The mystery craft was discovered within three miles (five kilometers)
of Nahariya, a northern Israeli coastal town near the border with
Lebanon. The official army statement gave no details of the precise
time or location of the incident, a report on Israeli Army Radio
"The navy spotted and tracked last week an underwater target
which was identified as a submarine," the military spokeswoman
said. "After it was spotted and tracked, the submarine left."
She could not say to which country the intruder
Defense publications list Lebanon as having no submarines, while
Syria's three are believed to be unserviceable. Of Israel's close
neighbors that leaves Egypt as a possible candidate, defense analyst
Joseph Alpher told The Associated Press.
"If you ask the question, what countries in the region have
submarines and would be likely to snoop, then Egypt is probably
the most likely," he said. "We are assuming that Syria's
submarines are inoperable, if they are operable they're a natural
Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, although relations are cool
and Cairo has withdrawn its ambassador amid complaints about Israel's
treatment of the Palestinians. Syria and Israel are formally at
war, although the border between them has been relatively quiet
since Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast
Alpher said it should not be taken for granted that the mystery
sub belonged to an Arab navy.
"It could be from Russia, Ukraine, it could be from a NATO
country and have been there for a quite benign reason," he
Israel Radio, citing an unnamed military
source, said the vessel was on an intelligence-gathering
mission for a Western country and
fled when Israeli missile boats were sent to intercept it. It
said the incident occurred last Wednesday.
Cape Town - A great white shark estimated
to be at least five metres long attacked and killed an elderly South
African woman Monday off a beach near Cape Town, officials said.
Tyna Webb, 77, who lived in the area, was swimming Monday off
Sunny Cove in Fish Hoek when the massive shark circled her and then
attacked, witnesses and officials said. About 15 people witnessed
"All that was left was a little red bathing cap," said
Paul Dennett, who witnessed the attack from his home nearby.
Mr. Dennett estimated the shark to be at least
five metres long.
Rescue workers using boats and aircraft to search for the woman's
body later spotted the shark. Great whites often are seen in the
area feeding off the large seal population.
"The shark is bigger than the helicopter
... it is huge," a crewman said.
Law enforcement officials advised people not to swim along the
Cape of Good Hope.
MARSEILLE, France : In a major broadside,
President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
rejected a senior government minister's idea of using state funds
to build mosques and train Islamic religious leaders.
Chirac obliquely accused his arch rival - Finance
Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to seek his job in the 2007
presidential election - of trying to "open up a new and pointless
debate in France on topics that enjoy consensus."
Raffarin said for the government to get mixed up in religion in
any way would undermine the very foundations of the French republic,
which is based on a strict separation of church and state.
Reflecting concern about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, Sarkozy
is quoted as saying in a new book that it was "preferable for
youth to have spiritual hope than to have in their heads the religion
of violence, drugs or money," and arguing that the state should
be allowed to help minority faiths struggling to assert themselves
amid the Roman Catholic majority.
Without mentioning Sarkozy by name, Raffarin likened those who
hold such views to "sorcerer's apprentices" threatening
the basis of the republic.
Sarkozy recently described the republic and religion as complementary,
but Raffarin said it was vital to preserve intact a 1905 law on
the separation of church and state. [...]
Athens (Ohio) News senior writer Jim Phillips
writes: If people in the United States think about Hugo Chavez,
it's probably as a kind of Latin American Huey Long. The Venezuelan
President is portrayed in US media as a populist and potential communist
dictator, buying off the masses with government handouts.
An Athens County man who spent four months last summer working
for Chavez, however, tells a different story.
"If you go to Venezuela, you will not see any manifestations
of communism," claimed Jason Tockman, a long-time environmental
activist in the Athens area. "Private enterprise is very
much alive and well in Venezuela ... it is a capitalist country
with deep-seated reform occurring."
Chavez, a former paratrooper with the Venezuelan military, first
tried to take power in a 1992 coup. It failed and he was imprisoned,
but came back in 1998 to win the President's seat in an election.
Since then, he has used the country's oil revenues to finance a
reform effort to bring its huge underclass out of poverty.
Dislike of Chavez both inside and outside Venezuela is ferocious.
Ousted opposition parties have tried on three occasions to get rid
of him -- through an oil strike, a failed coup attempt, and most
recently, a recall election. Chavez has survived each time, winning
the August referendum by two million votes in an election deemed
fair by international observers.
Critics point to his close relationship with Fidel Castro and
claim he is taking advantage of high oil prices to buy popularity.
They also detect signs of incipient tyranny in Chavez' treatment
of political opponents and the media -- which generally revile him.
• A new set of laws put in the works after his recent
consolidation of power, they say, will outlaw most forms of dissent
and crack down heavily on free speech in the media and elsewhere.
Supporters argue that many of Chavez' reforms are not just giveaways
... instead, they are aimed at building up
Venezuela's economic independence and addressing the chronic needs
of its poorest people for medical care, housing and education.
"He has tremendous popular support," said Tockman, who
worked for Chavez' government doing research on economic globalization.
Perhaps the centerpiece of Chavez' social program has been nationalization
of the oil industry, which for years was in private hands, and whose
profits during that time, according to Tockman, benefited mainly
the richest Venezuelans and outside investors. "Chavez changed
that when he came to power."
The profits from the oil industry are the reason he has been able
to finance his social schemes, while avoiding the kind of "structural
adjustments" often forced on debt-ridden countries by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF). Though Chavez is attacked for his use
of the oil money, Tockman argued "what would his critics have
him do? Not spend that money for the social welfare of his people?
If he does spend it, he gets called a manipulator, or someone who's
bribing people for votes."
Accomplishments by Chavez during his term include the adoption
of a new Constitution, and a package of social and economic reform
laws. According to Tockman, the concrete
results of this effort includes a push to create new low-cost housing,
the importation of many Cuban doctors to provide health care, and
efforts to relocate some of the huge, impoverished urban population
back into the countryside as farmers.
• Chavez also has seized (with compensation) any large
unused tracts of land over 12,500 acres for redistribution, and
Tockman said, so far, 150,000 families have received 30 acres
apiece from this program. A "micro-credit" program has
helped nurture small-business enterprise.
As mentioned, in his own country, Chavez
is loathed by many in the middle and upper classes, and
is viciously attacked in the press, which tends to be owned by the
"It's interesting," Tockman said of the media's treatment
of Chavez. "First of all, the press has virtually complete
freedom to print whatever they want ... if you watch Venezuelan
TV, they are rabidly anti-Chavez. You will
hear people call for the violent overthrow of Chavez on TV. If those
things were said by people in newspapers and on TV in the United
States, they would be arrested."
Tockman argues that while the United States likes to suggest that
it's exporting democracy to the benighted Third World, "Venezuela
has a lot to teach the United States in the area of democracy."
He points out that the referendum in which Chavez' opponents tried
to unseat him was a new feature in the Venezuelan constitution,
and applies to all elected offices in the country ..."Wouldn't
it be great if we had the option to recall George W. Bush halfway
through his term?"
Though many in the United States would no doubt love to see Chavez
topple -- and many in Venezuela, Chavez included,
take it for granted that the CIA had a hand in the coup attempt
against him -- Tockman says it would be much bigger
task than was, for example, driving out the Sandinistas in Nicaragua.
For one thing, Venezuela has all that oil ,... which helps keep
it somewhat immune to the kind of economic thumbscrews applied by
the IMF and other global banking entities. For another, Chavez,
an ex-military man, has strong support in the military, which in
some ways is a progressive political force.
"They are not debt-ridden like many Latin American countries
... they have some debt, but it is sustainable." Though the
United States has tried a "divide-and-conquer" strategy
against Chavez, he alleged, "it hasn't been successful,"
and the President is probably stronger now than he's ever been.
For those who agree with his positive assessment of Chavez, he
added, one way to support it is to buy gasoline from Citgo, which
uses Venezuelan petroleum.
Ohio University political science professor Thomas Walker, who
specializes in Latin America and helped observe the Venezuelan referendum
with the Carter Center, agreed that many
of Chavez' reforms are helping improve the quality of life in that
country. "I think what he's doing is quite sincere and well-intentioned,
and with all the oil money, quite effective."
Walker also agreed that Chavez tends to be "demonized"
in the US press, but added that he doesn't help matters by his take-no-prisoners
approach and fiery class-war rhetoric. "He's not a dictator,
but he's pretty heavy-handed," Walker said. "He's a bit
of a demagogue. He's very in your face about the middle- and upper-class
people, and they really dislike him."
Walker said that by his reading, however, Chavez
is probably right to finger the CIA as helping to sponsor the failed
coup. "The U.S. was undoubtedly involved up to its ears in
the coup attempt ... it was just boilerplate CIA."
THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER editor Bob Chapman
writes in the Latin America section of this weekend's issue that
victims of the 4/11/02 coup against President Hugo Chavez Frias
in Caracas have filed court papers at the World Court in The Hague
and in US courts, charging the former US
Ambassador to Venezuela, Charles Shapiro for his involvement in
sniper shootings, which left 20 people dead.
Shapiro was Deputy Chief of Mission, a CIA position, at the US
Embassy in Chile, at the time of the coup against President Salvador
Allende on 9/11/73.
The result was 10 years of dictatorship.
The evidence against Shapiro is extensive ... there is no question
the Bush administration has used any tools available to overthrow
the duly-elected Venezuelan government.
Judges approve more than 99 per cent of the
requests by CSIS to spy on people in Canada, according to records
obtained by The Globe and Mail.
While the government says espionage is one of
its most intrusive powers, records show that Federal Court judges
almost never disagree with Canadian Security Intelligence Service
agents who ask for permission to take extraordinary steps so they
can discover more about suspected terrorists or foreign spies.
CSIS officials say this speaks to the fact that they run a highly
disciplined spy service, whereas critics suggest judges are giving
carte blanche to intelligence operations. "What I would think
is mostly the courts rubber-stamp the requests," said defence
lawyer Paul Copeland, who has represented several clients accused
of being national security threats.
Intelligence-gathering warrants, described in Section 21 of the
CSIS Act, allow agents to intercept the communications
of suspected terrorists or foreign spies. The warrants also allow
CSIS agents to take highly invasive steps -- they can "enter
any place" in order "to obtain access to any thing,"
according to the law -- in the name of safeguarding national security.
Because these spying powers are so vast, they require a high threshold
to exercise. Judges must be convinced that "other investigative
procedures have been tried and have failed" and "the urgency
of the matter is such that it would be impractical to carry out
the investigation using only other investigative procedures."
Yet the Federal Court is nearly always persuaded. Between 1993
and 2003, CSIS filed warrant applications at a rate of between 200
and 300 a year for a total of 2,544 applications.
Only 18 of these requests were rejected by the Federal Court,
the last denial occurring five years ago, according to records obtained
by The Globe under the Access to Information Act.
This means CSIS has succeeded in having
its warrant applications approved 99.3 per cent of the time.
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration
and several major drug makers are expected to announce an agreement
on Monday to put tiny radio antennas on the labels of millions of
medicine bottles to combat counterfeiting and fraud.
Among the medicines that will soon be tagged are Viagra, one of
the most counterfeited drugs in the world, and OxyContin, a narcotic
that has become one of the most abused medicines in the United States.
The tagged bottles — for now, only the large ones from which
druggists get the pills to fill prescriptions — will start
going to distributors this week, officials said.
But the technology is not expected to stop there. The adoption by
the drug industry, officials said in interviews, could be the leading
edge of a change that will rid grocery stores of checkout lines,
find lost luggage in airports, streamline warehousing and add a
new weapon in the battle against cargo theft.
"It's basically a bar code that barks," said Robin Koh,
director of applications research at the Auto-ID Labs of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. "This technology is opening a whole
series of opportunities to make supply chains more efficient and
Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense have already mandated that
their top 100 suppliers put the antennas on delivery pallets beginning
next January. In June, Accenture, a technology
consulting firm, won a contract worth as much as $10 billion from
the Department of Homeland Security to use radio tags at United
States border checkpoints. Other companies are rushing into
the market for scanners, computer chips and other elements of the
A moderate earthquake occurred at 03:39:36
(UTC) on Tuesday, November 16, 2004. The magnitude 5.1 event has
been located in the SOLOMON ISLANDS. (This event has been reviewed
by a seismologist.)
A strong earthquake occurred at 10:06:53 (UTC)
on Tuesday, November 16, 2004. The magnitude 6.1 event has been
located in the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The hypocentral
depth was estimated to be 52 km (32 miles). (This event has been
reviewed by a seismologist.)
A moderate earthquake occurred at 11:57:30
(UTC) on Tuesday, November 16, 2004. The magnitude 5.4 event has
been located in NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA. The hypocentral
depth was estimated to be 68 km (42 miles). (This event has been
reviewed by a seismologist.)
Anyone who lives in the eastern part of the
United States or Canada and gazing skyward on Tuesday evening may
have noticed something strange in their west-northwest sky.
At around 9 p.m. EDT, a small, bright, silvery circular cloud of
light suddenly appeared. Over the next 25 minutes, the cloud appeared
to gradually expand and fade, finally becoming invisible to the
unaided eye. Those who saw it, wondered exactly what it might have
John Bortle, a well-known amateur astronomer with over four-decades
of experience of sky observing first caught sight of the cloud at
9:03 p.m. EDT from his home in Stormville, New York. Initially,
he thought the cloud was as bright as zero or first magnitude and
upon examining it carefully with binoculars, thought that it "
... resembled the petals of a day lily." By 9:30 p.m., he reported
that the cloud had faded completely from his view.
From the North Fork of Long Island, Bill Bogardus and his wife
were out observing when they took note of the cloud " ... about
the size of the moon" in the northwest sky. "It was a
roundish, yet not all that round, object drifting towards our location
very slowly, slower that most satellites because it took at least
twenty minutes to move from where we first saw it to pretty much
After studying it for a while through an 8-inch telescope, Bogardus
noticed two points of light, " ... like a satellite would appear,
in line and above a jet of gas that seemed to come from them."
Observing from Ithaca, New York, Joseph Storch used 7x50 binoculars
on the cloud and reported a star-like point or nucleus and four
butterfly shaped petals radiating outward.
Other reports, received as far west as Toronto tell of people who
initially thought that what they were seeing was the moon behind
a cloud. Typical was the comment: "For a second I thought it
was the moon, then I realized the moon was in the east."
What was it?
Not a few people who saw this strange, expanding
cloud thought that it might have been an atmospheric experiment
sent aloft by a sounding rocket. Over the years, those living along
the US East Coast have been accustomed to occasionally seeing unusual
brightly colored clouds caused when exotic chemicals such as barium
and trimethylaluminum were released into the Earth's ionosphere
by rockets launched from NASA's Wallops Island, Virginia site.
However, in this case it was the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office
-- not NASA -- that was responsible for the unusual cloud formation
on Tuesday night.
It was a fuel dump of the Centaur stage involved in the NRO-1 satellite
launch from Cape Canaveral late Tuesday afternoon. Dumping excess
fuel is the usual practice for all Centaur-booster assisted launches.
It happens after spacecraft separation; the fuel bleeding off from
a Centaur upper rocket stage on its second orbit after launch. Being
just after nightfall, the cloud of fuel was still sunlit at that
And those who were fortuitously outside when the dump occurred,
were the ones who saw this very unusual sight!
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