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sisters of a Palestinian boy Murdered by the IDF using weapons given to
them by, and with the sanction of, the US government.
In Iraq, the US does eliminate
those who dare to count the dead
David T Johnson,
US Embassy, London
Dear Mr Johnson, On November 26, your press counsellor sent a letter
to the Guardian taking strong exception to a sentence in my column
of the same day. The sentence read: "In Iraq, US forces and
their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks
on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone - doctors,
clerics, journalists - who dares to count the bodies." Of particular
concern was the word "eliminating".
The letter suggested that my charge was "baseless" and
asked the Guardian either to withdraw it, or provide "evidence
of this extremely grave accusation". It is quite rare for US
embassy officials to openly involve themselves in the free press
of a foreign country, so I took the letter extremely seriously.
But while I agree that the accusation is grave, I have no intention
of withdrawing it. Here, instead, is the evidence you requested.
In April, US forces laid siege to Falluja in retaliation for the
gruesome killings of four Blackwater employees. The operation was
a failure, with US troops eventually handing the city back to resistance
forces. The reason for the withdrawal was that the siege had sparked
uprisings across the country, triggered by reports that hundreds
of civilians had been killed. This information came from three main
1) Doctors. USA Today reported on April 11 that "Statistics
and names of the dead were gathered from four main clinics around
the city and from Falluja general hospital".
2) Arab TV journalists. While doctors reported the numbers of dead,
it was al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya that put a human face on those
statistics. With unembedded camera crews in Falluja, both networks
beamed footage of mutilated women and children throughout Iraq and
the Arab-speaking world.
3) Clerics. The reports of high civilian casualties coming from
journalists and doctors were seized upon by prominent clerics in
Iraq. Many delivered fiery sermons condemning the attack, turning
their congregants against US forces and igniting the uprising that
forced US troops to withdraw.
US authorities have denied that hundreds of civilians were killed
during last April's siege, and have lashed out at the sources of
these reports. For instance, an unnamed "senior American officer",
speaking to the New York Times last month, labelled Falluja general
hospital "a centre of propaganda". But the strongest words
were reserved for Arab TV networks. When asked about al-Jazeera
and al-Arabiya's reports that hundreds of civilians had been killed
in Falluja, Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defence, replied
that "what al-Jazeera is doing is vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable
... " Last month, US troops once again laid siege to Falluja
- but this time the attack included a new tactic: eliminating the
doctors, journalists and clerics who focused public attention on
civilian casualties last time around.
The first major operation by US marines and Iraqi soldiers was to
storm Falluja general hospital, arresting doctors and placing the
facility under military control. The New York Times reported that
"the hospital was selected as an early target because the American
military believed that it was the source of rumours about heavy
casual ties", noting that "this time around, the American
military intends to fight its own information war, countering or
squelching what has been one of the insurgents' most potent weapons".
The Los Angeles Times quoted a doctor as saying that the soldiers
"stole the mobile phones" at the hospital - preventing
doctors from communicating with the outside world.
But this was not the worst of the attacks on health workers. Two
days earlier, a crucial emergency health clinic was bombed to rubble,
as well as a medical supplies dispensary next door. Dr Sami al-Jumaili,
who was working in the clinic, says the bombs took the lives of
15 medics, four nurses and 35 patients. The Los Angeles Times reported
that the manager of Falluja general hospital "had told a US
general the location of the downtown makeshift medical centre"
before it was hit.
Whether the clinic was targeted or destroyed accidentally, the
effect was the same: to eliminate many of Falluja's doctors from
the war zone. As Dr Jumaili told the Independent on November 14:
"There is not a single surgeon in Falluja." When fighting
moved to Mosul, a similar tactic was used: on entering the city,
US and Iraqi forces immediately seized control of the al-Zaharawi
The images from last month's siege on Falluja came almost exclusively
from reporters embedded with US troops. This is because Arab journalists
who had covered April's siege from the civilian perspective had
effectively been eliminated. Al-Jazeera had no cameras on the ground
because it has been banned from reporting in Iraq indefinitely.
Al-Arabiya did have an unembedded reporter, Abdel Kader Al-Saadi,
in Falluja, but on November 11 US forces arrested him and held him
for the length of the siege. Al-Saadi's detention has been condemned
by Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of
Journalists. "We cannot ignore the possibility that he is being
intimidated for just trying to do his job," the IFJ stated.
It's not the first time journalists in Iraq have faced this kind
of intimidation. When US forces invaded Baghdad in April 2003, US
Central Command urged all unembedded journalists to leave the city.
Some insisted on staying and at least three paid with their lives.
On April 8, a US aircraft bombed al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices, killing
reporter Tareq Ayyoub. Al-Jazeera has documentation proving it gave
the coordinates of its location to US forces.
On the same day, a US tank fired on the Palestine hotel, killing
José Couso, of the Spanish network Telecinco, and Taras Protsiuk,
of Reuters. Three US soldiers are facing a criminal lawsuit from
Couso's family, which alleges that US forces were well aware that
journalists were in the Palestine hotel and that they committed
a war crime.
Just as doctors and journalists have been targeted, so too have
many of the clerics who have spoken out forcefully against the killings
in Falluja. On November 11, Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaei, the head of
the Supreme Association for Guidance and Daawa, was arrested. According
to Associated Press, "Al-Sumaidaei has called on the country's
Sunni minority to launch a civil disobedience campaign if the Iraqi
government does not halt the attack on Falluja". On November
19, AP reported that US and Iraqi forces stormed a prominent Sunni
mosque, the Abu Hanifa, in Aadhamiya, killing three people and arresting
40, including the chief cleric - another opponent of the Falluja
siege. On the same day, Fox News reported that "US troops also
raided a Sunni mosque in Qaim, near the Syrian border". The
report described the arrests as "retaliation for opposing the
Falluja offensive". Two Shia clerics associated with Moqtada
al-Sadr have also been arrested in recent weeks; according to AP,
"both had spoken out against the Falluja attack".
"We don't do body counts," said General Tommy Franks
of US Central Command. The question is: what happens to the people
who insist on counting the bodies - the doctors who must pronounce
their patients dead, the journalists who document these losses,
the clerics who denounce them? In Iraq, evidence is mounting that
these voices are being systematically silenced through a variety
of means, from mass arrests, to raids on hospitals, media bans,
and overt and unexplained physical attacks.
Mr Ambassador, I believe that your government and its Iraqi surrogates
are waging two wars in Iraq. One war is against the Iraqi people,
and it has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. The other is a war
November 2004 has the dubious
distinction of being tied with April as the bloodiest months in
Iraq for American soldiers. In both months, at least 135 U.S. servicemen
or women died. But it's anyone's guess as to which months were the
bloodiest for Iraqi citizens. No one is counting their deaths—and
the American media isn't reporting on it, either. Jeffrey
Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute goes where the mainstream
media doesn't tread: deep into a war where civilians are targets
as often as insurgents.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is professor of economics and director of the
Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Evidence is mounting that America’s war in Iraq has killed
tens of thousands of civilian Iraqis, and perhaps more than one
hundred thousand. Yet this carnage is systematically
ignored in the United States, where the media and government portray
a war in which there are no civilian deaths because there are no
Iraqi civilians—only insurgents.
American behavior and self-perceptions reveal
the ease with which a civilized country can engage in large-scale
killing of civilians without public discussion. In late October,
the British medical journal Lancet published a study of civilian
deaths in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion began. The sample survey
documented an extra 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths compared to the
death rate in the preceding year, when Saddam Hussein was still
in power— and this estimate did not even count excess deaths
in Fallujah, which was deemed too dangerous to include.
The study also noted that the majority of deaths resulted from violence,
and that a high proportion of the violent deaths were due to U.S.
aerial bombing. The epidemiologists acknowledged the uncertainties
of these estimates, but presented enough data to warrant an urgent
follow-up investigation and reconsideration by the Bush administration
and the U.S. military of aerial bombing of Iraq’s urban areas.
America’s public reaction has been as remarkable as the Lancet
study—for the reaction has been no reaction. The vaunted New
York Times ran a single story of 770 words on page 8 of the paper
(October 29). The Times reporter apparently did not interview a
single Bush administration or U.S. military official. No follow-up
stories or editorials appeared, and no New York Times reporters
assessed the story on the ground. Coverage in other U.S. papers
was similarly frivolous. The Washington Post (October 29) carried
a single 758-word story on page 16.
Recent reporting on the bombing of Falluja has also been an exercise
in self-denial. The New York Times (November 6) wrote that “warplanes
pounded rebel positions” in Fallujah, without noting that
“rebel positions” are actually in civilian neighborhoods.
Another New York Times story (November 12), citing “military
officials,” dutifully reported that, “Since the assault
began on Monday, about 600 rebels have been killed, along with 18
American and 5 Iraqi soldiers.” The issue of civilian deaths
was not even raised.
Violence is only one reason for the increase in civilian deaths
in Iraq. Children in urban war zones die in vast numbers from diarrhea,
respiratory infections and other causes owing to unsafe drinking
water, lack of refrigerated foods, and acute shortages of blood
and basic medicines at clinics and hospitals (that is, if civilians
even dare to leave their houses for medical care). Yet the Red Crescent
and other relief agencies have been unable to relieve Fallujah’s
On November 14, the front page of The New York Times led with the
following description: “Army tanks and fighting vehicles blasted
their way into the last main rebel stronghold in Fallujah at sundown
on Saturday after American warplanes and artillery prepared the
way with a savage barrage on the district. Earlier in the afternoon,
10 separate plumes of smoke rose from Southern Fallujah, as it etched
against the desert sky, and probably exclaimed catastrophe for the
There is, once again, virtually no mention of the catastrophe for
civilians etched against that desert sky. There is a hint, though,
in a brief mention in the middle of the story of a father looking
over his wounded sons in a hospital and declaring that, “Now
Americans are shooting randomly at anything that moves.”
A few days later, a U.S. television film crew was in a bombed-out
mosque with U.S. troops. While the cameras were rolling, a U.S.
Marine turned to an unarmed and wounded Iraqi lying on the ground
and murdered the man with gunshots to the head. (Reportedly, there
were a few other such cases of outright murder.) But the American
media more or less brushed aside this shocking incident, too. The
Wall Street Journal actually wrote an editorial on November 18 that
criticized the critics, noting as usual that whatever the United
States does, its enemies in Iraq do worse—as if this excuses
It does not. The United States is killing
massive numbers of Iraqi civilians, embittering the population and
the Islamic world, and laying the ground for escalating violence
and death. No number of slaughtered Iraqis will bring peace.
The American fantasy of a final battle, in Fallujah or elsewhere,
or the capture of some terrorist mastermind, perpetuates a cycle
of bloodletting that puts the world in peril. Worse still, America’s
public opinion, media and election results have left the world’s
most powerful military without practical restraint.
US military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs
that appear to show Navy Seals special forces in Iraq sitting on
hooded and handcuffed detainees, and photos of what appear to be
bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head.
Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken
in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of possible
abuse of prisoners in Iraq.
The far more brutal practices photographed in Abu Ghraib prison
occurred months later.
An Associated Press reporter found more than 40 of the pictures
among hundreds in an album posted on a commercial photo-sharing
website by a woman who said her husband brought them from Iraq after
his tour of duty.
It is unclear who took the pictures. The navy says it is investigating
after Associated Press (AP) provided it with copies of the photographs
to get a comment.
Raids on civilians
and other photos found by the AP appear to show the immediate aftermath
of raids on civilian homes. One man is lying on his back with a
boot on his chest.
A mug shot shows a man with an automatic weapon pointed at his
head and a gloved thumb jabbed into his throat. In many photos faces
have been blacked out.
"These photographs raise a number of important questions regarding
the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs) and detainees," Navy
Commander Jeff Bender, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare
Command in Coronado, said in a written response to questions.
"I can assure you that the matter will be thoroughly investigated."
The photos were turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative
Service, which instructed the Seal command to determine whether
they show any serious crimes, Bender said on Friday.
That investigation will determine the identities of the troops
and what they were doing in the photos.
of the photographs recall aspects of the images from Abu Ghraib,
which led to charges against seven soldiers accused of humiliating
and assaulting prisoners.
In several of the photos, grinning men wearing US flags on their
uniforms, and one with a tattoo of a Seal trident, take turns sitting
or lying atop what appear to be three hooded and handcuffed men
in the bed of a pickup truck.
A reporter found the photos, which have since been removed from
public view, while researching the prosecution of a group of Seals
who allegedly beat prisoners and photographed one of them in degrading
Those photos, taken with a Seal's personal camera, have not been
Though they have alarmed Seal commanders, the photographs found
by AP do not necessarily show anything illegal, according to experts
in the laws of war who reviewed photos at AP's request.
Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches
at the United States Military Academy, said the images showed stupid
and juvenile behaviour - but not necessarily a crime.
John Hutson, a retired rear admiral who served as the Navy's Judge
Advocate General from 1997 to 2000, said they suggested possible
Geneva Convention violations. Those international laws prohibit
souvenir photos of prisoners of war.
"It's pretty obvious that these pictures were taken largely
as war trophies," Hutson said.
"Once you start allowing that kind of behaviour, the next
step is to start posing the POWs in order to get even better pictures."
At a minimum, the pictures violate Navy regulations that prohibit
photographing prisoners other than for intelligence or administrative
purposes, according to Bender, the Seal's spokesman.
All Naval Special Warfare personnel were told that prior to deployment,
he said, but "it is obvious from some of the photographs that
this policy was not adhered to".
The images were posted to the internet site Smugmug.com
The woman who posted them said her husband had returned to Iraq.
He does not appear in photos with any prisoners.
The navy goes to great lengths to protect the identities and whereabouts
of its 2400 Seals - which stands for Navy, Sea, Air, Land - many
of whom have classified counterterrorist missions around the globe.
"Some of these photos clearly depict faces and names of Naval
Special Warfare personnel, which could put them or their families
at risk," Bender said.
The Bush administration's last
remaining justification for the invasion of Iraq has been demolished
by a private poll revealing that only 2 per cent of Iraqis regard
the occupying forces as liberators.
On November 24, the New York
Times revealed that a Defense Science Board panel directly contradicted
President Bush's explanation of the motivation driving Al Qaeda.
They don't hate our freedoms, they hate our policies. At a Capitol
Hill briefing yesterday, Ray McGovern witnessed that, far from opening
the floodgates of reality, terrorism experts—and the NYT—are
avoiding the real message in the findings, putting us all at risk.
Ray McGovern’s duties during his 27-year career at CIA included
daily briefings of then-Vice President Bush and the most senior
national security advisers to President Ronald Reagan. McGovern
is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for
Yesterday’s conference on “Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational
Terrorism After 9/11,” sponsored by the New America Foundation
and the New York University Center on Law & Security, was a
gift to those wanting an update on informed opinion on the subject.
The event also proved to be as highly instructive for what was not
addressed as for the issues that were. The elephants known to be
present remained largely unnoticed.
The cavernous Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building
was full to the gunnels. Panel after panel of distinguished presenters
from near and far, from right to left—including authors Peter
Bergen, Michael Scheuer, Jessica Stern and Col. Pat Lang—
exuded and freely shared their expertise. But there was myopia as
The mosquitoes of terrorism were dissected and examined as carefully
as biology students once did drosophila, but typing the generic
DNA of terrorism proved more elusive. Worse, no attention was given
to the swamp in which terrorists breed. Were it not for a few impertinent
questions from the audience, the swamps might have avoided attention
What About The Elephants?
Then came a rude question from the audience: Is it not striking
that even in an academic-type setting like this, elephants must
remain invisible? Is it not ironic, that the U.S. Defense Science
Board, in an unclassified study on “Strategic Communication,”
completed on September 23 but kept under wraps until after the November
2 election, let the pachyderms out of the bag? Directly contradicting
the president, a panel of the Defense Science Board gave voice to
what virtually all in that ornate Senate Caucus Room knew, but were
afraid to say. It named the elephants.
“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,'
but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority
voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in
favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding,
even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies,
most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf
"Thus, when American public diplomacy talks
about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no
more than self-serving hypocrisy...
"...Nor can the most carefully crafted messages, themes,
and words persuade when the messenger lacks credibility.”
U.S. Support For Israel “Immutable”
Another questioner pressed the mismatch-context-message expert
from RAND: “What can we do to change the context?” In
answer he acknowledged that the United States has a bad reputation,
but he insisted that this is “unavoidable” because our
support for Israel, for example, is “immutable.” The
United States is also connected to what many Muslims consider “apostate”
regimes, but it is difficult to escape what binds us, because we
need their “tactical support.” (Read:
oil; military bases; intelligence.)
There was some wincing and squirming in the audience, but in the
end it was left to Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist, former
CIA case officer, and author of the book Understanding Terror Networks
(published earlier this year) to state the obvious on Israel and
Iraq. Putting it even more bluntly that the Defense Science Board
panel, he asserted:
“We are seen as a hypocritical bully in the
Middle East and we have to stop!”
Now why should that be so hard to say, I asked myself. And I was
reminded of a frequent, unnerving experience I had while on the
lecture circuit in recent months. Almost
invariably, someone in the audience would approach me after the
talk and congratulate me on my “courage” in naming Israel
as a factor in discussing the war in Iraq and the struggle against
terrorism. But since when did it take uncommon courage to state
simply, without fear or favor, the conclusions of one’s analysis?
Since when did it become an exceptional thing to tell it like it
Taking The Heat On Israel
I thought of the debate I had on Iraq with arch-neoconservative
and former CIA Director James Woolsey, on PBS’ Charlie Rose
Show on August 20, when I broke the taboo on mentioning Israel and
was immediately branded “anti-Semitic” by Woolsey. Reflecting
later on his accusation, it seemed almost OK, since it was so blatantly
ad hominem , and so transparent coming from the self-described “anchor
of the Presbyterian wing of JINSA (the Jewish Institute of National
Security Affairs).” A flood of e-mail reached me from all
over the country—again, congratulating me on my “courage.”
I still don’t fully understand. And that was my candid answer
to the question I dreaded, the one that so often came up during
the Q and A sessions following my talks: Why is it that the state
of Israel has such pervasive influence over our body politic? No
one denied that it does; most seemed genuinely puzzled as to why.
My embarrassment at my inability to answer the question is somewhat
attenuated by the solace I take in the thought that I am in good
Gen. Brent Scowcroft, National Security Adviser to President George
H. W. Bush, and now chair of his son's President’s Foreign
Intelligence Advisory Board, has been known to speak out on key
issues when his patience is exhausted. For example, remember how,
before the attack on Iraq, he described the evidence of ties between
Iraq and Al Qaeda as “scant” when Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld was calling it “bulletproof?” Well,
it sounds like he has again run out of patience. Scowcroft recently
told the Financial Times that George W. Bush is “mesmerized”
by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. “Sharon just has him
wrapped around his little finger,” Scowcroft is quoted as
saying. Scowcroft and I must have less to lose than those working
Surgery At The Times
The Times gives off unfortunate signs of being similarly mesmerized
and/or intimidated. This shows through quite often; I’ll adduce
but two recent examples: protecting bad policies and editing bin
To his credit, Thom Shanker of the Times broke the story on the
findings of the Defense Science Board panel on November 24. However,
the report was delivered to the Secretary of Defense on September
23—before the election. Faulting America's pro-Israel policies
would have hurt both presidential candidates—but would have
helped American national security.
Further, Shanker quoted the paragraph beginning
with “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom’”
(see above), but he or his editors deliberately cut out the following
sentence about what Muslims do object to; i.e., U.S. “one-sided
support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights,”
and support for tyrannical regimes. The Times did include
the sentence that immediately followed the omitted one. In
other words, the offending middle sentence was surgically removed
from the middle of the paragraph.
Similarly creative editing showed through
the Times’ reporting on Osama bin Laden’s videotaped
speech in late October. Almost six
paragraphs of the story made it onto page one,
but the Times saw to it that the key point bin Laden made at the
beginning of his speech was relegated to paragraphs 23 to 25 at
the very bottom of page nine. Buried there was bin Laden’s
assertion that the idea for 9/11 first germinated after “we
witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American-Israeli coalition
against our people in Palestine and Lebanon.”
With that kind of support from the “newspaper
of record,” and with familiar national security faces, sans
Colin Powell, in place for the president’s second term, it
is a safe bet we are in for the same misguided policies—only
more so. The president's circle of advisers now has an even
shorter diameter, and it is unlikely that Gen. Scowcroft’s
protégé, Condoleezza Rice, will seek his counsel as
secretary of state any more than she did as national security adviser.
On the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2003, after Secretary of State Colin
Powell made his embarrassingly memorable speech at the UN, my colleagues
and I of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) drafted
and sent a Memorandum for the president, which concluded with this
“After watching Secretary Powell today,
we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the
discussion beyond... the circle of those advisers clearly bent on
a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe
the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”
With the circle now narrowed, those widely known as “the
crazies” as mid-level officials, when George H. W. Bush was
in the White House, are now even more firmly ensconced—and
in charge of things like wars.
The Federal Reserve is a system
of private banks separate and distinct from the U.S. government.
This banking system was originally conceived by John D. Rockefeller
and J.P. Morgan. The FED, as it it known, is listed in the white
pages along with Federal Express, the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation, and other businesses. The bank produces Federal Reserve
Notes. They use these notes/dollars to purchase government bonds.
These notes are a fiat currency. Historically, all fiat currencies
eventually crash due to hyperinflation from over-issuance. The supply
of paper is limitless. There is no intrinsic value in paper currency
after delinking from a gold standard. This is why they are referred
to as bank notes. Legally, they can't be referred to as 'money.'
They are mere tickets/tokens. Forced tender laws were passed in
order to give the paper currency legitimacy. The only thing giving
bank notes value is TAXATION. Gold and silver have intrinsic value
due to scarcity and the fact that it takes work to produce them
(mining, smelting etc). This is why they have been used as money
for 5000 years. Precious metals are a good store of value. They
retain their value over time and aren't subject to inflation. The
fiat paper system is designed to create debt through inflation (devaluation
of currency). Whenever there is an increase in the money supply
without a corresponding increase in gold or silver backing, inflation
results. Inflation is a subtle form of theft banks impose upon citizens.
In the 1960s Lyndon Johnson borrowed billions from the French Rothschilds
so he wouldn't have to raise taxes to finance the Viet Nam war.
Rothschild agent Charles de Gaulle demanded repayment in gold, not
greenbacks. When Richard Nixon was elected he noted that the treasury
was almost depleted of gold and he removed the dollar from the gold
standard. But the debt still stood. Nixon collateralized the debt
with the mineral estate of the western U.S. and a land-for-debt
swap was initiated. Much of the western States were given to the
banks. This is when Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency.
Their mandate was/is to PREVENT American citizens from logging,
farming, ranching or otherwise exploiting these lands being held
for the banks. The Bureau of Land Management and other agencies
are used to harass ranchers and farmers from the land.
So, what does the foregoing have to do with Middle East? Plenty.
All central banks of the world hold U.S. dollar reserves equivalent
to the local currency in circulation to facilitate trade. The dollar
is the biggest American export. It is impossible to overstate this.
Also, when any country wishes to purchase oil, they must first convert
their local currency to U.S. dollars and then purchase oil from
the cartels. This is the arrangement hammered out between the U.S.
and Saudi Arabia in 1974. The quid pro quo was that the U.S. armed
the Saudis to the teeth.
In the last two years the euro currency has gained 30% relative
to the U.S. dollar. The European banks are seeking to have the euro
accepted as the new world reserve currency. Countries like China
and Japan are sitting atop mountains of U.S. dollars that are being
daily devalued. Since the U.S. dollar is printed by the FED at will
and without restraint (and is not linked to gold), Americans are
essentially getting the world's oil for free (it costs the FED around
4 cents to print a one hundred dollar Federal Reserve note). France
and Germany would like a piece of the free oil pie.
FED chairman Alan Greenspan is forced to feed the recovery myth
or risk a panic sell-off of dollars. This past spring he tripled
the money supply to $50 billion per week. This is making even seasoned
economists nervous. In August, Morgan Stanley chief economist Stephen
Roach predicted a stock market crash on the scale of 1987s Black
Monday. "The funding of America is an accident waiting to happen,"
In speeches made outside of the U.S. (and only then) Greenspan
has repeatedly warned of a possible 'systemic collapse' of the financial
system. The printing of all of this paper is leading to massive
inflation. All commodities have spiked from 10 to 90% over the last
year. $15 dollar jeans available from Wal-Mart produced by slave
labor in China somewhat disguise this fact. Another trick the money
masters use to lull citizens is to periodically and surreptitiously
ditch dinosaur industries from the DOW (like Kodak, this past spring)
and supplant them with high-tech earners like Verizon, for instance.
This is not to say that U.S. companies aren't investing billions
of dollars in new production; they are. It's just that it's in China,
not Ohio. China's quarter-trillion dollar export boom is America's
import deficit. The debt-based credit inferno must create ever larger
volumes of debt (credit) to prevent a financial implosion. The entire
world growth since 2003 depends on the record FED money supply.
Total U.S. debt now stands at $34 trillion. The U.S. GDP is $11
trillion. This means that debt is 3 times GDP, greater even than
the depression of the 1930s. But happily for American citizens,
the Federal Reserve of Cleveland commissioned a study recently on
ways to diffuse this massive debt bomb. Options discussed included:
- doubling payroll taxes from 15.3% of wages to 32% immediately
- raising income taxes by two thirds immediately and forever
- cutting Social Security and Medicare by 45% immediately and forever
- eliminating forever all discretionary spending on courts, highways
In November 2000 Saddam Hussein tried to barter Iraq's oil directly
for euros. This would have cut America out of its enormous subsidy
and started a stampede of other OPEC members to embrace the euro.
This simply would not stand. 9-11 was the pretext used to boot Saddam.
Bush couldn't get America's moms to sacrifice their children for
dollar hegemony and the terrorist bogey was activated.
Fourteen huge, permanent bases are currently under construction
in Iraq, along with the world's biggest embassy in Baghdad (3,500
employees, and counting). Bush will continue on a permanent war
footing in the Middle East in order to protect U.S. dollar hegemony.
There is no other option. All future wars will be run out of Iraq.
Iran has been making noises lately about ditching the U.S. dollar
in favor of the euro, as have the Saudis. They're next. The U.S.
will dismantle OPEC and surround Saudi Arabia, keeping their hand
firmly on the oil spigot. This is the essence of the petro-dollar
warfare that we are witnessing, in a nutshell....
Go to JohnKerry.com and you will
find absolutely nothing about the mounting evidence of vote fraud-
why? There is no mention of the official
voting receipts found in the garbage, or about the vote
suppression in Ohio, or about the GAO
starting an investigation into the 57,000 reported cased of
voting ’irregularities’ nationwide. 13 Members of Congress
have asked for an investigation into the voting problems, heaven
forbid JohnKerry.com mention that. Why is it that VoteNader.com
and VoteCobb.org both address the voting problems right on the front
page, but the Democratic ticket of Kerry and Edwards won’t
address the issue at all?
It seems like Kerry and Edwards didn’t really want to win,
almost like they’re ready for a vacation. They’re telling
us, get over it, we lost, it’s time to move on and unite behind
our leader? What the bleep is that all about? I thought Kerry was
our candidate because Bush was so bad we had to get rid of shrubbie.
Then after this election where all of the computer ’glitches’
favored bush, kerry just tucks tail and hides? Thousands of Americans
were turned away from the polls thanks to Republican dirty tricks,
so kerry gives up and tells us to get behind Bush? Setup.
We’ve wasted billions of dollars and destroyed hundreds of
thousands of lives- now we’re stuck in a war without end and
the hatred of America at an all time high... and our guy, Mr. Anybody
But Bush, is silent about vote fraud and suppression that clearly
cost him the election. Doesn’t that seem a little bit fishy?
Kerry is joined in silence by Edwards, Dean, Clinton, Gore and
the official Democratic Party. They all remain silent in the face
of undeniable evidence of vote fraud. And it’s not just the
voting machines without a paper trail, there are hundreds
of sworn statements delivered by Ohio residents detailing various
Republican tricks to prevent democrats from voting.
Why are Nader and Cobb raising money for recounts while Kerry refuses
to pay for any of them? Is Kerry really fighting for the people?
If he is, why does he have $51 million left over from his campaign?
How can anyone think that not spending $50 million was part of a
successful plan to win? Why did Kerry do that?
If you’d been reading news on the net before the election,
you’d have known that some people were claiming Kerry was
throwing the election all the way. That in fact, Bush and Kerry
are distant cousins, and both members of the ’frat’
Skull and Bones at Yale. (1) Think, is it just an amazing coincidence
that the two main candidates were related, multi-millionaire boners?
Is it possible for you to consider that, perhaps there really is
an elite group of families running the country? Some call it the
New World Order, it’s like the Mafia x 1000, without the accents.
Understandably most Americans are reluctant to think that organized
crime has taken over our government, that both candidates were puppets
for evil behind the scenes masters. But folks, what if its true?
Isn’t it worth looking at? It’s easier for people to
tell themselves that Bush really won, stupid people voted for him
and now we’re stuck with four more years of war. This is easier
because they can continue about their life as usual- recognizing
that our gov’t is corrupt might require them to change their
daily lives. It’s so much easier to say, "Oh well, too
bad for those Iraqis and Iranians that will die, at least I still
have my life as usual." Apathy- that’s what is killing
To acknowledge that the mafia has taken over is a scary concept,
nonetheless, i ask you to see if the hat fits. In my opinion, this
was a staged election all the way, with the express purpose of re-installing
Bush to create the illusion of warmongering America, justifying
more wars, more terror threats and more spying on Americans- Big
Brother has arrived. Am I a ’conspiracy nut’? Think
for yourself, which doesn’t mean believe everything I say,
but it means do not discredit it just because the mainstream media
does. Are these thoughts really outlandish conspiracy, or just basic
Ex-New England campaign chairman
cited for phone jamming
CONCORD, N.H. - President Bush’s former New England campaign
chairman was indicted Thursday on charges he took part in the jamming
of the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election
James Tobin, 44, stepped down Oct. 15 after the Democrats accused
him of involvement. At the time, he called the allegations “without
In 2002, six phone lines run by the Democrats and the Manchester
firefighters union were tied up for 1½ hours by 800 computer-generated
Federal prosecutors said Tobin and other Republicans hired a company
to make the calls to disrupt the organizations’ get-out-the-vote
Tobin was charged with conspiracy to commit telephone harassment
and aiding and abetting of telephone harassment. He could get up
to five years in prison.
Calls to Tobin’s lawyer and representatives of both parties
were not immediately returned.
At the time of the jamming, Tobin was Northeast political director
for the Republican Senatorial Committee, the party operation working
to elect Republicans to the Senate.
Among the races affected by the phone-jamming was the Senate contest
between Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Rep. John
E. Sununu. Sununu ended up winning by about 20,000 votes.
Over the summer, Chuck McGee, former executive director of the
state GOP, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and admitted paying $15,600
to a Virginia telemarketing company that hired another business
to make the calls. A Republican consultant with the telemarketing
company also pleaded guilty.
Kerik, the nominee to head the
Department of Homeland Security, is on the stun gun maker's board.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Some investors in stun gun maker Taser
are betting that the nomination of Bernard Kerik to head the Department
of Homeland Security could lead to some big government contracts
for the company.
After all, Kerik is on Taser's board of directors.
Taser (Research) fans were all aflutter on investing message boards
Friday morning with enthusiastic predictions, such as this one on
"KERIK Will Have Over 220,000 People Under him. He doesn't
have to say it out, his divisions' chief will automatically suggest
to get TASR Guns to flatter him, since they all knew his background
But investors shouldn't get too excited.
For one, if confirmed, Kerik would need to step down from Taser's
board, said Rick Smith, Taser's chief executive officer, in an interview
In a move to possibly pave the way for this, Kerik exercised stock
options last month in order to sell about 102,000 shares of Taser
stock, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Smith was quick to quell any concerns about whether Taser would
receive favorable treatment from Kerik. But he added that Kerik
might be more likely to endorse the use of weapons like Taser's
stun guns because of his familiarity with them. In addition to serving
on Taser's board, Kerik was formerly the commissioner of New York
City's police department. [...]
The late PA chief Yasser Arafat
was poisoned with a widely known toxic substance termed as “Acontine”,
which is usually extracted from an Asian plant called “Aconite”,
a report, issued recently by the British intelligence, disclosed.
The report said that the same substance, which could instantly
dissolve in liquids, couldn’t be forensically detected in
human body 12 hours after its penetration into it.
The same poison causes fatal symptoms in the blood circulation,
nervous, and digestive systems, according to the report.
It’s probable that Arafat was gradually poisoned, as 3 to
5 mgs of that poison is enough to cause his death, it highlighted,
and noted that one of his top aides might have sneaked such a substance
into his meals during the holy month of Ramadan, causing his slow
death as was the case with the former Algerian president Hawari
Well-informed Palestinian sources, meanwhile, revealed that the
US administration had refused to receive Arafat at “Mayo Clinic”
hospital, as his illness coincided with the holding of the US presidential
The administration had already been acquainted with the nature
of Arafat’s disease, therefore, it declined to receive him
at that hospital so as not be embarrassed by his death, according
to the sources.
JON RONSON AND I ARE WALKING
DOWN a grimy Soho street, deep in conversation about mind-control.
It’s a subject that lends itself to nuttiness, but the author
of Them: Adventures with Extremists, who gatecrashed the sacred
owl-burning ceremony at the exclusive American club, Bohemian Grove,
challenged the Bildenberg Group and befriended the Ku Klux Klan,
has an uncanny ability to discern the method within other people’s
madness. In his latest book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, which accompanies
the Channel 4 series (Sunday, 8pm), his target is the American military.
Ronson began his journey into the US army’s heart of cerebral
darkness in London, where he got a tip from Uri Geller - the psychic
famed for bending spoons on TV in the 1970s. "Under Clinton,
the nuttiness was at the fringes but the dynamic changed when the
Bushes got into power and it felt like the nuttiness was now at
the core of things," Ronson tells me at his Soho club. "So
I started asking around and then I heard about remote viewers and
psychic spies and, right here on the roof terrace in this building,
Uri Geller told me that he’d been ‘re-activated’."
I ask why the US military might have brought Geller back in from
the cold. The simple answer is that Geller once belonged to an unofficial
unit of psychic spies, formed in the 1970s to read the future and
conduct experiments into the supernatural for the US military. Geller’s
tip led Ronson to Glenn Wheaton, a retired sergeant and former Special
Forces psychic spy who confirmed that the military funded this unofficial
unit. There was more to the psychics, however, than trying to "remotely
access" Soviet weapons plans or predict China’s next
move. They were looking at new forms of warfare, including walking
through walls, adopting a cloak of invisibility, even stopping an
animal’s heartbeat by staring at it.
Wheaton told Ronson about a "goat lab" where the staring
took place and this led him to General Stubblebine III, the army’s
chief of intelligence in the 1980s. The General is a big fan of
Geller and in Ronson’s documentary lays out a whole trayful
of twisted cutlery as evidence of his faith. Stubblebine, says Ronson,
was so convinced about these ideas that he spent several weeks trying
to conjure up a mental state that would enable him to walk through
walls. He never succeeded, but became a powerful advocate of New
Ronson is smiling across the table as we discuss the debleated
goats he discovered at an army base in Fort Mead, North Carolina,
but his story has the darkest of undertones. "It felt as if
I was really finding this stuff out for the first time," he
says. "No-one knows about the goats. They’re completely
new and the guy who told me immediately regretted it."
Such experiments, rumours of which have circulated in the military
for years, now have chilling applications in Iraq and Cuba, where
suspected terrorists are being interrogated. "What I’m
really trying to say is that this stuff is funny and slapstick until
it’s implemented and then what you have is Abu Ghraib and
Guantanamo Bay," says Ronson.
The US media may have chosen to joke about using the I Love You
song from the popular children’s show Barney as a weapon on
Iraqi prisoners, but Ronson may have the real story. He believes
popular music, even children’s music, is being used as a form
of mental torture that can be traced back to another ex-officer,
Vietnam-vet and New Age guru Jim Channon. After the bruising of
Vietnam, when enlistment was at an all-time low and the American
military’s reputation lay in tatters, Channon set out to reform
it. He produced a manual called The First Earth Battalion, in which
he advocated that instead of assaulting the enemy, US soldiers should
carry lambs into battle and wear "sparkly eyes" while
speakers would transmit "indigenous music and words of peace".
The average grunt would become a Zen monk who would win hearts and
minds; killing would become obsolete.
His ideas were widely taken up by officers doing their own soul-searching
in the 1980s. Now they have re-emerged in frighteningly different
scenarios on the front line. [...]
What Ronson has uncovered is not just monstrous, but so deeply
weird that he may have a battle getting his readers to take the
psychic spies seriously. When he showed his
father footage of the Bohemian Grove owl-burning ceremony, complete
with a human effigy, his comment was, "That
didn’t happen." Ronson throws up his hands in
frustration. "I think what was going through his mind was that
I’d employed 1,000 extras to don robes, but I can’t
even get Channel 4 to send me premium economy, let alone pay for
that," he laughs.
But this time Ronson has corroboration from
the Pentagon on his side. Even though sources who worked
at Guantanamo Bay have revealed much more than the Pentagon has
admitted about their use of strobe lights and loud music (Limp Bizkit,
Rage Against the Machine and Eminem are on the playlist) to force
prisoners into confessions, Ronson has been vindicated. Even his
interviews with Psyops specialists at Fort Meade seem to suggest
that the terrible abuses at Abu Ghraib prison really were part of
an intelligence operation. "A lot of people in this story had
military credentials," he says. "But whether they tell
you lies, you’ll have to decide for yourself. Denial, deception
and half-truths ... it’s part of their
nature to deceive people."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American
Civil Liberties Union on Thursday accused the FBI and local police
of spying on political and faith-based groups and formally asked
the government for information about such FBI surveillance.
In Freedom of Information Act requests filed in 10 states and Washington,
D.C., the ACLU sought information about the FBI's use of Joint Terrorism
Task Forces and local police for what it called political surveillance.
It pointed to some documented examples of task forces' involvement
in the investigation of environmental activists and anti-war protesters.
"The FBI is wasting its time and our tax dollars spying on
groups that criticize the government, like the Quakers in Colorado
or Catholic Peace Ministries in Iowa," said ACLU associate
legal director Ann Beeson.
"Do Americans really want to return to the days when peaceful
critics become the subject of government investigations?" she
said. The ACLU is America's most prominent independent advocacy
group for civil liberties.
The FOIA requests seek FBI files on groups and individuals targeted
for speaking out or practicing their faith.
The FBI denied using the task forces -- a key element of the government's
efforts to prevent another terror attack like those on Sept. 11,
2001 -- to spy on innocent individuals.
Asked about the ACLU action, an FBI spokesman said, "The FBI
does not investigate individuals or groups that are engaged in exercising
their constitutional rights of freedom of expression.
He added, "Only if they are engaged in criminal activity in
support of a cause would we be interested in them."
In its FOIA request, the ACLU asked for information on procedures
used by the task forces for monitoring people based on their race,
religious affiliation, organizational membership or participation
in protest activities.
The Afghan authorities plan to
invigorate the country's fledgling tourist industry by developing
Osama bin Laden's Tora Bora mountain hideout as a visitor attraction.
Dr Hassamuddin Hamrah, the man in charge, believes that the caves
which once housed bin Laden and his fighters, together with the
remains of mangled Russian tanks and crashed helicopter gunships
from the 1980s, will prove a tourist magnet. [...]
Global warming could lead to
a big chill in the North Atlantic, at least if history is anything
to go by, researchers reported.
Experts published evidence on Friday to support a popular theory
that rising temperatures caused a big melt of polar ice 8200 years
ago, causing a freshwater flood into the salty North Atlantic.
This would have changed the flow of the balmy Gulf Stream and,
in just a few years, average temperatures plummeted, ushering in
a deep freeze that lasted a century or more, researchers have proposed.
Writing in the 11 December issue of Geophysical Research Letters,
Torbjorn Tornqvist, an assistant professor of earth and environmental
sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says he has evidence
that this happened.
"Few would argue it's the most dramatic climate change in
the last 10,000 years," Tornqvist said. "We're now able
to show the first sea-level record that corresponds to that event."
NANCY, France, Dec 2 (AFP) -
A 69-year-old man has been hospitalised in northeastern France with
suspected bird flu, health officials said Thursday.
The man, who has not been named, had recently returned from a trip
to Vietnam, they said.
"We are applying the principle of precaution because the patient
had come back from Vietnam and showed symptoms that suggested bird
flu," said Bertrand Demangeon, a doctor at the main hospital
The man was being kept in isolation in the intensive care unit.
Bird flu has been responsible for some 20 deaths in Vietnam in
the last year, and there have been outbreaks in six other Asian
Doctorate could justify child
sex, say abuse experts
An academic awarded a doctorate by Glasgow University for his thesis
which described sex between adults and children as sometimes positive
was criticised last night by child abuse experts.
Richard Yuill said his research, based on interviews with paedophiles
and their victims, "challenged the assumption" that sexual
relations between adults and under-16s were inherently abusive.
"The conclusions are that in such relationships I think you've
got the good, the bad and the ugly, and that's where I stand on
that," he said in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
But child abuse experts said his thesis would play into the hands
of paedophiles who justified their actions by claiming their victims
were willing participants.
Chris Harrison, a senior lecturer in social work at Warwick University
said: "Whatever his intention, one of the things we know about
sexual offenders is that they seize on this kind of thing and use
it to support their position."
Mr Yuill, who was awarded his doctorate this week, interviewed
paedophiles by describing himself as a "boylover" and
said his work could challenge the law which states that children
under 16 are incapable of giving informed consent to sex with adults.
"The law may well take that view," he said. "The
only thing I'm reporting is that the research findings do not concur
with that overall picture. A number of respondents would concur
with the law ... but others found positive experiences or at least
what I'd call neutral."
Glasgow University said last night the thesis did not represent
its views but defended the decision to award the doctorate.
"This student and his research was the subject of a full investigation
by senior university staff. His research material was examined by
Strathclyde police who were satisfied that nothing of an illegal
nature had taken place," it said.
But other academics criticised Mr Yuill's research.
Andrew Durham, author of the book Young Men Surviving Child Sexual
Abuse said victims of abuse sometimes reported positive experiences,
but this was often a result of manipulation by the abuser, or simply
a coping mechanism.
"When I work with people who have been abused it often feels
like you're talking to the abuser in the child's head," he
Natalie Cronin, head of policy at the NSPCC, said the suggestion
that the research could result in a change in the law was unacceptable.
"The age of consent sends a clear message to adults and young
people that sexual intercourse and sexual activity under 16 is wrong
in law. This is the age at which young people can give sufficiently
mature and informed consent to sex. The NSPCC does not agree with
the introduction of a lower age of consent," she said.
HIV positive children and their
loved ones have few rights if they choose to battle with social
work authorities in New York City.
Jacklyn Hoerger's job was to treat children with HIV at a New York
But nobody had told her that the drugs she was
administering were experimental and highly toxic.
"We were told that if they were vomiting,
if they lost their ability to walk, if they were having diarrhoea,
if they were dying, then all of this was because of their HIV infection."
In fact it was the drugs that were making the children
ill and the children had been enrolled on the secret trials without
their relatives' or guardians' knowledge.
As Jacklyn would later discover, those who tried to take the children
off the drugs risked losing them into care.
The BBC asked the Alliance for Human Research Protection about
their view on the drug trials.
Spokesperson Vera Sherav said: "They tested these highly experimental
drugs. Why didn't they provide the children with the current best
treatment? That's the question we have.
"Why did they expose them to risk and pain,
when they were helpless?
"Would they have done those experiments with their own children?
I doubt it."
Power and authority
When I first heard the story of the "guinea
pig kids", I instinctively refused to believe that it could
be happening in any civilised country, particularly the United
States, where the propensity for legal action normally ensures a
high level of protection.
Central to this story is the city's child welfare department, the
Administration for Children's Services (ACS).
The ACS, as it is known, was granted far-reaching
powers in the 1990s by then-Republican Mayor
Rudi Giuliani, after a particularly
horrific child killing.
Within the shortest of periods, literally thousands of children
were being rounded up and placed in foster care.
"They're essentially out of control," said family lawyer
David Lansner. "I've had many ACS case workers tell me: 'We're
ACS, we can do whatever we want' and they usually get away with
Having taken children into care, the ACS was now,
effectively, their parent and could do just about anything it wished
One of the homes to which HIV positive children were taken was
the Incarnation Children's Center, a large, expensively refurbished
red-bricked building set back from the sidewalk in a busy Harlem
It is owned by the Catholic church and when we attempted to talk
to officials at Incarnation we were referred to an equally expensive
Manhattan public relations company, which then refused to comment
on activities within the home.
Hardly surprising, when we already knew that highly
controversial and secretive drug experiments had been conducted
on orphans and foster children as young as three months old.
We asked Dr David Rasnick, visiting scholar at the University of
Berkeley, for his opinion on some of the experiments.
He said: "We're talking about serious,
serious side-effects. These children
are going to be absolutely miserable. They're going to have cramps,
diarrhoea and their joints are going to swell up. They're going
to roll around the ground and you can't touch them."
He went on to describe some of the drugs - supplied
by major drug manufacturers including Glaxo SmithKline - as "lethal".
When approached by the BBC, Glaxo SmithKline said such trials must
have stringent standards and be conducted strictly in accordance
with local regulations.
Battle of wills
At Incarnation, if a child refused to take
the medicines offered, he or she was force-fed through a peg-tube
inserted into the stomach.
Critics of the trials say children should have been volunteered
to test drugs by their parents.
When Jacklyn Hoerger later fostered two children from the home
where she used to work with a view to adopting them, she discovered
just how powerful the ACS was.
"It was a Saturday morning and they had come a few times unannounced,"
she said. "So when I opened the door I invited them in and
they said that this wasn't a happy visit. At that point they told
me that they were taking the children away. I was in shock."
Jacklyn, a trained paediatric nurse, had taken
the fatal step of taking the children off the drugs, which had resulted
in an immediate boost to their health and happiness.
As a result she was branded a child abuser in court.
She has not been allowed to see the children since.
In the film Guinea Pig Kids, we follow Jacklyn's story and that
of other parents or guardians who fear for the lives of their loved
We talk to a child who spent years on drugs programmes which made
them and their friends ill, and we discover that Incarnation is
not an isolated case. The experiments continue to be carried out
on the poor children of New York City.
Fortunately, there were no reports
of serious injuries in the explosion and resulting fire.
(12/04/04 - HOUSTON) — State and federal environmental officials
said they would continue to monitor the scene of a chemical plant
explosion that shattered windows in nearby homes and sent massive
plumes of smoke into the sky.
Houston fire officials told the Houston Chronicle for its Saturday
editions that they didn't expect the blaze to have any lingering
effects on the city's air quality.
The explosion happened shortly before 6 p.m. CST Friday at Marcus
Oil & Chemical and was heard as far away as Alvin, 24 miles
southeast of Houston.
Two of the more than 150 firefighters who responded to the fire
suffered minor injuries, but no serious injuries were reported,
said Tommy Dowdy, a district chief with the Houston Fire Department.
In addition, five people at a church across the street from the
plant were hospitalized for to be treated for minor injuries, Dowdy
The cause of the blast remains under investigation. The U.S. Chemical
Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is sending a team to the site
for a preliminary investigation.
"I have no knowledge of what triggered it," Dowdy said.
"We don't believe it is suspicious."
Dowdy said the fire was believed to have started near storage tanks
on the grounds, but he said that the fire there had been put out
by late evening. He said that he did not know what had been in those
The plant makes polyethylene waxes used in paint and printing ink.
"We were working and we heard something explode," plant
worker Miguel Trejo said. "We don't know what exactly happened.
We heard the noise and the fire department came in and sent us all
Dowdy said firefighters were trying to limit the amount of water
they poured on the fire to prevent any runoff from the plant, a
seven-acre facility located in a neighborhood of single-family homes,
apartments and industrial plants.
Lenny Ogle, manager of a Shell station half a mile away, said the
initial explosion shot flames about 75 feet in the air. "It
was a ball of fire straight up in the air," he said.
Houston Fire Department District Chief Phil Boriskie said that
the hazardous materials team was conducting an evaluation. He said
that there were no reports of chemical exposure.
Danny Perez, who works for the Precinct 6 constable's office, was
playing a video game at his home in Pearland when the explosion
"I was playing Grand Theft Auto, blowing up people, and all
of a sudden, boom," he said. "It shook my house.
Earth’s defences may need
to be boosted against risk of potentially deadly microbes returning
on space probes
EARTH must take precautions to avoid contamination from lifeforms
that must now be presumed to exist on Mars, leading scientists gave
Potentially deadly microorganisms could be returned to Earth on
a probe which is being planned to collect samples from the Martian
The warning comes after a detailed scientific analysis of data
sent back by the roving vehicle Opportunity which landed on Mars
on January 25.
Jeffrey Kargel of the US Geological Survey said that protection
of our own planet from alien forms of life requires the assumption
that Martian life exists. “Before proceeding with sample returns
or human missions to Mars, we must review measures for planetary
His warning appears in Science magazine in an article accompanying
the first formal publication of the mass of data from Opportunity,
which continues to operate on the Martian surface.
The search for life on Mars, now more than a century old, is still
not finally resolved. But the odds that life existed there and may
still exist are shortening, according to planetary experts, Dr Kargel
WASHINGTON - After studying thousands
of images from Mars, scientists now are convinced that liquid water
once flowed on the surface of the red planet, increasing the odds
that life may have existed there in the distant past.
As a result, space travelers should act as if there once were,
and perhaps still are, living creatures on Mars that must be protected
from destruction or contamination, according to Jeffery Kargel,
a senior planetary scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff,
In an article in this week's edition of the journal Science, which
will be out today, Kargel also pointed out the risk that earthlings
could be infected by alien microbes brought home from Mars.
"Planetary protection considerations
require the assumption that Martian life exists until we learn otherwise,"
Kargel wrote. "Before proceeding with sample returns or human
missions to Mars, all possible care must be taken to avoid cross-contamination
between the Earth and Mars." [...]
Residents in the Bellevue neighborhood
of Richmond's North Side were shaken and stirred yesterday by another
The explosion was heard around 9:49 a.m. and prompted at least
35 calls to 911, said Richmond fire Lt. Keith Vida.
Reports placed the origin of the boom in the 1400 block of Wilmington
Officials were unsure what caused the explosion. Vida said investigators
searching the area were unable to find evidence of the household
materials used in a number of the chemical-reaction explosive devices
detonated in the area in the past month.
Two Ginter Park teenage boys have been arrested in connection with
several of the explosions. Officials have said they are considering
felony charges against four more suspects. Simply making or possessing
the explosive devices is considered a crime.
To date, the booms have not injured people, nor have they caused
serious damage to property. However, a number of homeowners in the
area have reported cracks in their walls they attribute to the explosions.
Still, authorities are not convinced all of the booms can be accounted
for by pranksters.
The city is expected to bring in special equipment over the next
couple of days to help monitor the ground for possible seismic activity.
"We want to look above and below ground," Vida said.
"We will continue the investigation."
LONDON (Reuters) - A Father
Christmas will have a webcam in his grotto to overcome parents'
concerns after a number of high-profile pedophile cases in Britain
in the past few years.
The St Elli shopping center in Llanelli, south Wales, said children
taking part in the traditional Christmas ritual of telling Santa
their gift wishes would also sit beside him rather than on his knee.
"It's a sad sign of the times," St Elli manager Gilmour
Jones was quoted as saying by the Guardian newspaper on Friday.
"But I'm afraid that it was either this or not having Santa's
grotto at all."
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