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of the Day
Last week, as I do every November
22, I reflected again on that day in Dallas forty-one years ago,
my second year in college, when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
After reading Wayne Madsen’s fine article
on the increasing inaccessibility to visitors of the grave of
JFK in Arlington National Cemetery in 2004, I pondered once more
not only the unresolved and unanswered questions of November 22,
1963, but the lingering, lethal legacy of that moment in history
which is now being visited upon America in the twenty-first century.
As an historian, I am frequently confronted with the agonizing consequences
of human history, including humanity’s sins of omission.
I do not wish to re-hash the details of the assassination. Any
astute researcher who is not serving the interests of the Central
Intelligence Agency is forced to conclude that the murder of JFK
was a complicated and meticulously organized coup which guaranteed
the unscathed longevity of the military industrial complex and the
political pre-eminence of the CIA for decades thereafter. My generation
was never sufficiently committed to solving the crime of the assassination.
It was much easier for us to protest the Vietnam War, revel in the
counterculture we were creating, and convince ourselves that the
JFK assassination was only one piece of the pie and that the revolution
we thought we were creating would inevitably reveal all of its mysteries.
But the revolution didn’t happen, and wounds to the psyche,
whether individual or collective, do not simply vanish. As a nation,
we paid, and are still paying a price, for the crime for which we
refused to demand justice. What is more, we have repeated history
by passively submitting to yet another “Warren Commission”
(the 9-11 Commission), as yet another coup d’etat, the U.S.
government-orchestrated atrocities of September 11, 2001, fade into
distant memory. As Mike Ruppert reminded his audience in his Portland
State University lecture of 2001 regarding the Kennedy assassination
and the 9-11 hoax, “the bills are coming due, and now it’s
your turn to pay.”
The Bush coup of shamelessly rigged elections in November, 2000
paved the way for illegal mid-term “elections” throughout
the country in 2002 and the most recent chapter in the overthrow
of the American republic, the psuedo-election of 2004. These events
ended democratic elections in the United States and guaranteed that
within the next decade we will see the neocon agenda and all its
horrors unleashed on the world and on the American people. It will
be anything but a pretty picture.
The majority of responses to my articles contain some plea for
“What can we do?” goes the plaintive wail. While I
am willing to offer suggestions, I have come
to believe that the most important and useful one at this point
would be: “Become willing to suffer.” Now, before
you toss this article and pull the covers over your head, please
hear me out. You will suffer in the next
few years, whether you are willing or not, but your resistance to
it can only exacerbate your misery.
I enjoy conversing with individuals not born in the United States.
Their perspective is truly refreshing because almost without exception,
their countries of origin have at some time experienced war, famine,
revolution, corruption, or abject poverty. They have no Declaration
of Independence that entitles them to “life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.” Consequently, they are much more open
to hearing “bad news” and have fewer questions about
how to “fix” it.
I hasten to add that Jefferson’s original phrase in the
Declaration was “life, liberty and the pursuit of property.”
Let us not forget that the profits from a capitalist land-conquering,
land-holding system, not happiness, was the original intent of our
founding fathers. Like the founders, the ruling elite of our day
find “happiness” in ownership—hence Bush’s
Orwellian “ownership society.”
Americans, even so-called Progressives
it seems, appear to be fixated in an eternal adolescence that wants
to repair adversity as quickly as possible without living it, or
God forbid, learning from it. One facet of maturity is the
awareness that the challenges of human existence are rarely simplistic,
usually fraught with complexity, and typically last much longer
than we ever dreamed we could endure them. As a result, we inwardly
(or outwardly) roll our eyes at the adolescents in our lives who
insist on taking the path of least resistance as quickly as possible.
Yet, like adolescents, we refuse to face
the reality that clean, fair, democratic elections no longer exist
in our country, if they ever did. Like puerile MTV viewers,
we demand that the right politician, the right book, the right motivational
speaker, the right spiritual teacher, the right journalist tell
us what to do and make it “all better” so that we can
avoid suffering. We lament that the uninformed populace around us
doesn’t want to hear any bad news, but the real truth is,
neither do we.
One of the hallmarks of adulthood versus adolescence is the awareness
that mistakes have consequences. Recently, a foreign-born friend
of mine asked why the American people believe that they have the
right to expand, exploit, rape, pillage, murder and conquer every
area of the planet. I could only answer by explaining the history
of the United States—an epic saga of what my friend had just
verbalized. Indeed, the bills are coming due, and unfortunately,
it is now time for us to pay.
During the next four years, the Bush Administration plans to screen
all Americans for mental illness. The intent of the Bush mental
health screening plan is not to legitimately
diagnose and treat mental illness but rather determine who needs
to be labeled “mentally unstable” or “subversive”
and who needs to be medicated by the pharmaceutical industry from
which the administration has added handsomely to its campaign coffers.
Moreover, if the administration had the slightest interest in alleviating
mental illness, it would have to begin with Lunatic In Chief, George
W. Tragically, the nation is as mentally
ill as its president, not only because the population has been entranced
by the psuedo-Christian fascist paranoia of the religious right,
but because overwhelmingly, most of us are pathologically “addicted
As the psychologist Carl Jung noted “the
foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of legitimate
Before anyone calls me a masochist, please hear me out. We live
in a painful, uncertain, dangerous, heartless world. I hear the
reader saying: “I have already suffered and hold many badges
of courage or at the very least, survival, and I really don’t
want to surrender to further suffering because I have had quite
enough, thank you very much.” But let
us also remember that as Americans, we do not have the perspective
on suffering that most other citizens of the world have, nor will
we until we experience similar adversities.
Our children are unlikely to demand an end to a perpetual war
on terrorism until they hold draft cards in their wallets which
have been sucked dry by that war’s astronomical debt. We may
never cherish our communities until we and our neighbors have to
depend on each other for food and basic necessities of life. The
preciousness of our resources will not be fully appreciated until
they disappear or become very difficult to acquire.
People often ask me if I plan to leave the country. My answer:
“There’s nowhere to go.” Within
the next decade we are likely to see a nuclear exchange, a dirty
bomb exploded in the U.S. as well as in other parts of the world,
the return of the draft, the criminalization of abortion and women
who have them, the suspension of the Constitution, a full-blown
police state, the end of health care entirely except for the very
wealthy, and an economic catastrophe in America that will make 1929
look like a cornucopia of abundance. Add to this every form of pollution
humankind has created within the past century, the end of clean
air and water, and intolerable climate changes resulting from global
I noticed on November 3, 2004 that we were no longer living merely
in the territory of political solutions or issues of social justice,
but had crossed a watershed moment in history into the landscape
of collective anguish that might test our mettle as a people and
as individuals like nothing Americans have previously experienced.
Throughout history, citizens of nations in torment have responded
in a variety of ways. Some quite naturally want to die and escape
the pain. Others prefer to “fiddle” as long as possible
while Rome burns. Others join resistance movements or become healers
Surely by now, some reader is screaming: “But where is the
I can’t answer that question at this moment. That is to
say, I can’t give you hope. Hope is
something we all must construct in the laboratory of our own suffering.
What I do know is that as Americans, we
are “hooked on hope” but generally unwilling to confront
the suffering that allows us to find hope. Genuine hope is
never found when we feel comfortable, affluent, safe, and secure.
Ask Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, or Rosa Parks.
Perhaps the poet, T.S. Eliot,said it best:
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing;
wait without love For love would be love of the wrong thing; there
is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in
the waiting, Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought;
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
As we enter the dark time of year, and perhaps one of the darkest
times in modern history, we celebrate in the Judeo-Christian tradition,
the coming of the light. Darkness has never been able to unequivocally
obliterate it. All great traditions and spiritual teachers declare
that human existence is largely comprised of adversity interspersed
with moments of light, beauty, and joy.
They have also admonished us to remember
that without suffering, there will never be transformation. The
days of simply applying bandaids to America’s deplorably corrupt
and unjust political, economic, and social institutions are over.
It appears that nothing less than total transformation
is being demanded of us.
My wish for every American in 2005 is that we recover from our
addiction to happiness—our refusal to hear, ponder, and struggle
with “bad news”, and with informed, illumined minds
and hearts, allow the darkness to be our teacher.
That very “un-American” path may be our only hope
for creating a new world
JERUSALEM - The Zionist Organization
of America (ZOA) took President George W. Bush to task Thursday
for stating the establishment of a genuine “Palestinian”
democracy should be the focus of peace efforts, while appearing
to sideline the need to eliminate anti-Jewish terror.
“As we negotiate the details of peace, we must look to the
heart of the matter, which is the need for a Palestinian democracy,”
Bush told reporters after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Paul
“Our destination is clear:two states, Israel and Palestine,
living side-by-side in peace and security. And that destination
can be reached by only one path, the path of democracy and reform
and the rule of law,” he said. [...]
Responding to Bush’s remarks, ZOA President Morton Klein
is not the heart of the problem; the heart of the problem is Palestinian
Arab terrorism, the Palestinian Arabs' commitment to the
destruction of Israel, and the Palestinian Authority's promotion
of an entire culture of anti-Jewish hatred and violence in its official
media, schools, and mosques.” [...]
in an interview with The Associated Press, said that if Israel removed
settlements from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Hamas could acknowledge
Israel's right to exist in peace and security.
He said he envisions a truce in which Israel and a Palestinian
state "live side-by-side in peace and security for a certain
"For us a truce means that two warring parties live side-by-side
in peace and security for a certain period and this period is eligible
for renewal," Yousef said. "That means Hamas accepts that
the other party will live in security and peace."
However, on Saturday Yousef retracted his statement, saying it
was premature to talk about a truce at this stage. "It's too
early to talk about a cease-fire," he explained. "We must
focus now on reorganizing the Palestinian home. This should be the
Zahar too did not rule out the possibility of a conditioned truce
"Israel is responsible for all the
violence in the area, and we are in a position of self-defense,"
he said after meeting in Gaza City with PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
on Thursday night.
"If the Israelis stop their aggression
against the Palestinian people, I think that through negotiations
we can reach a final agreement."
| Islamic Organization Ihvan-Muslimin ("Muslim
Brothers"), which has been banned in Egypt, believes that the
blasts in Sinai were organized by Israeli intelligence service MOSSAD
and that Ariel Sharon is the main person who was interested in it.
In its statement the oldest Islamic organization in the Arab World
(founded in 1928) said that the purpose of
these terrorist act was "to divert the attention from the slaughter
that the Zionist troops have been committing for the past 10 years
in Gaza Strip, where over 100 Palestinians died. The
blasts also allowed [Israel] to tie legitimate Palestinian Resistance
to terrorism, which is spreading in the world because of the aggressive
policies of the US administration."
One of the leaders of that organization, Asam al-Arian excluded any
participation of Palestinians, Egyptian groups or Aiman al-Zawahiri
in the terrorist acts in Sinai.
"Egypt is not
listed among Zawahiri's priorities and he has no fighters here who
are capable of carrying out such an operation," Arian stated.
He has no doubts that Israel remains the number
Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt Lt. Gen. Muhammed Omar also
does not rule out that the blast of the hotel was carried out by Zionist
secret service, MOSSAD.
Among the most important factors that affect the state of international
alignment of forces, the fight for areas of influence in the world
is being brought to the forefront today. This
fight is being conducted by the world's ruling backstage circles under
the far-fetched threat of "international terrorism". The
fight against this imaginary enemy, in many aspects, has been unleashed
on a national, regional and worldwide scale, which involves direct
lobbying of this worldwide war by international Zionist circles, which
are not making a secret out of their participation in masterminding
Apparently, this fight is a war for domination over the world and
it is the utmost form of extremism of ruling regimes of the countries
that have the strongest military might. This war is threatening to
turn into one of the most serious problems that the world will be
facing once and for all, with which the mankind entered the new millennium.
Grave crimes that are being committed under a plausible pretext of
maintaining international security are actually posing more and more
threat to security of these countries and their populations and taking
more and more lives of innocent citizens. They
entail quite tangible political, economic and moral losses and they
have a strong psychological effect on large masses of the population.
Along with the increase of resistance to the so-called fight against
"international terrorism", the ways this fight is being
conducted are becoming more and more savage and perverted. More
and more often "fighters against international terrorism"
carry out strikes on residential areas and crowded places, when all
sorts of banned weapons are used. It includes the provocation
at Sinai, mentioned above, in which many tend to see the Zionist trace.
The dynamics of "fight against international terrorism"
on a global scale, especially lately, gives us the reasons to believe
that the activities of all kinds of political extremists who control
the worldwide powerful circles backstage will at least remain at the
same level. Attempts will be made to expand the scope and the geography
of fight on "international terrorism", such as to strengthen
the destructive influence of this fight on the state of social, political,
economic and environmental safety of the international community.
Today it is becoming more and more
obvious that the activities of the so-called "antiterrorist coalitions"
most often have the goal not only to destabilize the situation in
one region or another, or to destroy the local regimes listed among
the enemy camp of the "world's civilization", but also to
take control of natural resources and territories, to set up controlled
local regimes that can be run from the outside, and to change the
worldview and the traditions of the subdued nations.
International Zionist circles that have influence
on the countries and their governments with their power, their media
and their money are the ones playing one of the key roles in this
Thus, after the USSR collapsed, Russian secret services, which were
in need, and newly-founded powerful elite in Russia were put on the
ration of international Zionist groups. The result of this patronage
is obvious: Russia got mired in senseless and absolutely destructive
military scam in the Caucasus, and the bosses of the "antiterrorist
coalition" are skimming the cream and taking the post-Soviet/Russian
political and territorial space, which is becoming deserted quite
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian Prime
Minister Ahmed Qureia condemned continuing Israeli military raids,
saying Saturday that they are hampering efforts to restart the peace
Hopes have been high that the peace process, stalled by four years
of violence, would take off following Palestinian presidential elections
on Jan. 9 to replace Yasser Arafat.
On Saturday morning, Israeli troops raided the West Bank city
of Tulkarem, arresting a senior Hamas militant, the army and witnesses
The raid comes a day after Israeli troops shot and killed an Islamic
Jihad militant during a similar raid.
"Unfortunately, Israel continues with
its assassinations," Qureia said at the weekly Palestinian
cabinet meeting. "It is therefore sending
a clear message that it does not want to give a chance for things
to quiet down and bring the (peace) process back on track,"
"At a time when we are moving towards democracy, unfortunately
. . . Israel continues with its assassinations," Qureia said,
calling on the international community to pressure Israel to end
Since Arafat's death last month, both Israel and the Palestinians
have scaled down the violence and Israel has promised to redeploy
its troops from Palestinian towns to allow the elections to take
However, Israeli officials rejected Qureia's comments, saying
that while Israel has promised not to initiate any new military
offensives, it would continue to go after Palestinians it believes
are planning attacks.
"These raids were carried out based on specific intelligence
that these men were planning on carrying out suicide bombings,"
a senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In Saturday's raid, troops surrounded a building in Tulkarem,
forcing all the residents to leave and firing in the air before
the Hamas militant, Rami Tayah, 26, and another man surrendered
to the soldiers, witnesses said. [...]
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 3 - Heavily armed insurgents
launched attacks here and in the northern city of Mosul on Friday
morning, striking at police stations, military bases and a Shiite
mosque. At least 27 Iraqi civilians and policemen
and dozens of insurgents were killed.
In Baghdad, several dozen black-clad militants
stormed a police station just after dawn, killing a dozen officers,
police officials said. Almost simultaneously,
a powerful car bomb detonated outside a Shiite mosque in the capital's
Adhamiya neighborhood, killing 15 Iraqi
civilians and wounding 18, mostly worshipers leaving the mosque.
In Mosul, insurgents struck at least three police stations, hit
American bases with mortars and staged elaborate
ambushes involving synchronized explosions of remote-controlled
bombs. At least 22 insurgents were killed, while 7 American
soldiers suffered minor wounds, according to American commanders.
The violence, coinciding with several smaller-scale attacks throughout
the country, demonstrated the continued power
of the insurgency here and the ferocity of the militants' campaign
against the fledgling Iraqi security forces as the January
Shortly after the police station attack, an Islamist Web site
posted a message from the network of the Jordanian militant Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi claiming responsibility.
The statement was impossible to verify. But it suggested
that Mr. Zarqawi, who claimed responsibility last week for attacks
in Mosul that left 17 Iraqi national guardsmen and an American soldier
dead, may still be capable of planning attacks here.
American military officials have said that Mr. Zarqawi appears
to be setting up new cells in the wake of the American-led offensive
in Falluja last month, but that he has lost
the ability to communicate effectively with cellphones and messengers.
The Baghdad attacks began shortly after dawn, when several dozen
men armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns
stormed a police station in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of
Seydiya, destroying several police cars and freeing about 50 prisoners,
the police said.
The police inside the compound held off the attackers at first,
but soon ran out of ammunition, survivors and witnesses said. They
called for reinforcements, but when the new officers arrived, the
guerrillas entered the compound with them. The
insurgents, shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, quickly
took over the station and pursued six fleeing officers to the roof,
where they shot them all execution-style,
with one bullet to the head.
Shortly afterward, the car bomb detonated outside the mosque.
Witnesses described two explosions, one that damaged the mosque
but killed no one at about 6:15 a.m., and a second, larger one 20
minutes later, just as worshipers were trying to help put out the
After the blast, human remains and metal shards lay scattered
in the alleyway by the mosque's shattered front gate, and the air
was filled with the cries of friends and relatives of the dead.
Several cars and neighboring buildings were engulfed with flames,
and it took firefighters nearly two hours to put them out.
In Mosul, United States officials had received intelligence that
a major attack was being planned. Insurgents there had largely avoided
direct confrontations with the Americans since the uprising three
weeks ago, when more than 100 guerrillas were killed.
After the attacks began late in the morning, American troops shut
down three of the five bridges over the Tigris River and sealed
off much of western Mosul, as insurgents roamed the streets. Overhead,
fighter jets and Apache attack helicopters swooped in.
The Mosul attacks appeared to have been planned well in advance,
according to American commanders. "The terrorists told the
civilians they were going to attack the Americans and to stay indoors,"
said Lt. Col. Erik Kurilla, the commander of the First Battalion
of the 24th Infantry, which controls much of western Mosul. Shops
near the biggest ambush closed just before the attack, the commanders
CAIRO, Egypt - A former military spokesman
in Iraq said Saturday new pictures showing apparent abuse of Iraqi
prisoners were the acts of an isolated few but will be used by some
to try to tarnish the entire U.S. military.
Gen. Mark Kimmitt, now based in Qatar, spoke on the pan-Arab television
network a day after the U.S. military launched a criminal investigation
into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting
on hooded and handcuffed detainees.
Other photos show what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with
a gun to his head.
The photos, found by an Associated Press reporter, were among hundreds
in an album posted on a commercial photo-sharing Web site by a woman
who said her husband brought them from Iraq after his tour of duty.
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. [...]
Kimmitt, the spokesman in Iraq at the time of the Abu Ghraib scandal
, said he believes the photos show the acts of an isolated few.
After months of investigation, Kimmitt said the number of U.S.
military troops involved in acts of abuse has been found to be very
Asked by al-Jazeera if such pictures are
a problem, Kimmitt said they are certainly a "tool" and
some will try to use them to show the U.S. military in a negative
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- James Goldsborough, a columnist
at the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper who
frequently criticized President George W. Bush's administration,
has quit after the publisher spiked one of his columns.
Goldsborough, 66, said Thursday publisher David Copley pulled
a column in which he sought to explain why Jewish voters overwhelmingly
supported Democrat John Kerry over Bush, despite the administration's
Harold Fuson, vice-president and general counsel for The Copley
Press Inc., which publishes the Union-Tribune, said Copley spiked
the column because he thought it might offend some readers.
But Goldsborough, a columnist at the newspaper for 12 years and
one-time Paris bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, said he
believes the right-leaning Union-Tribune was targeting moderates
like himself and another columnist who was fired in April.
"There's just an effort here to control what columnists say
and you can't do that. That's what columnists do."
"They're independent voices. And you might as well not have
columnists if you're just going to bend their views to fit some
editorial position," he said.
Goldsborough's resignation, effective Dec. 10, follows the dismissal
of columnist Neil Morgan, who spent 54 years with the newspaper
and its predecessor.
Morgan, also a moderate, said he believed he was forced out for
angering a senior newspaper executive who shared information with
him about "a prominent San Diegan." Morgan said the executive
accused him of lying to other managers about their conversation.
Fuson said there was no connection between the
No alien penetration, or treachery of
double agents, have ever done nearly as much damage to the CIA as
the infighting consequent upon the arrival of each new Director,
charged by his White House master with cleaning house and settling
accounts with the bad guys installed by the previous White House
Bush's new director, former Republican
Florida rep Porter Goss and his team of enforcers, rampage through
the corridors of CIA HQ at Langley. Goss was once an undercover
CIA officer so there's probably a personal edge to his mission of
revenge, as he strikes back at the dolts who nixed his expense accounts
or poured scorn on his heroic endeavors in the field.
But Goss's most pressing task is to exact
retribution for the stories emanating from the CIA in the months
before the election suggesting that the Agency's measured assessments
of the supposed WMD presence in Iraq were perverted by the war faction
headed by (vice) president Cheney.
Goss and his hit team have acted swiftly.
In early November the CIA's number 2, John McLaughlin, resigned,
followed days later by the Agency's top man on the clandestine side,
Stephen Kappes and his number 2, Michael Sulick. And, no surprise,
into retirement goes Mr "Anonymous", Michael Scheuer,
leader of the CIA unit hunting Osama bin Laden. I'm with Goss on
that one. Scheuer probably spent most of each day hunting down his
next book advance and kibbitizing about royalties from Imperial
Hubris with his true "Controls" at Brassey's Inc, owned
by shadowy Books International.
So Goss will exact vengeance, spill blood,
leak to favored journalists and deliver Bush daily intelligence
briefings tailored to meet the expectations of his patron.
Of course there's a portentous uproar and
wringing of pious hands as the cry goes up that the abilities of
the Agency to collect and analyze useful intelligence are being
compromised by what Jason Vest in The Nation was pleased to call
"unparalleled" political partisanship. "We need a
director," cries Jay Rockefeller, ranking Democrat on the Senate
Intelligence Committee, "who is not only knowledgeable and
capable, but unquestionably independent".
There's nothing new in all this. Permit
me to take you on a brisk tour of CIA Directors. Before Goss we
had George Tenet, a former Congressional staffer so eager to please
Bush that he uttered the imperishable words "slam dunk"
about the supposed ease of making a case for Saddam's WMD.
Tenet, whose political agility is advertised
in the fact that he was one of the longer serving DCIs,supplanted
John Deutch, an MIT prof who divided his brief sojourn as director
between downloads of the Agency's darkest secrets onto his personal
laptop, business ventures with a revolving doorman from DoD, William
Perry, and excursions to town meetings in Los Angeles, claiming
to black audiences that the CIA had no role in funnelling cocaine
into the nation's ghettoes. Among the few secret files Deutch apparently
failed to download onto his laptop were materials later excavated
by the CIA's own inspector general, Fred Hitz, establishing CIA
complicity in the cocaine trade.
Deutsch's predecessor was Jim Woolsey,
unusual for someone in the Clinton-Gore milieu in having no conspicuous
record of marijuana consumption, hence a security clearance, thus
qualifying him as the nation's top spy. Clinton and Gore mostly
liked Woolsey for political reasons, because he had street cred
with the neocons (who used to sail under the flag of "Jackson
Democrats"). Woolsey later became a prime lobbyist for attacking
DCI before Woolsey was Robert Gates, a
cat torturer/ drowner in his youth, creature of Bush Sr's administration,
in trouble for lying to Congress; before him William Webster, brought
in as air freshener after William Casey, one of the most consummate
scoundrels ever to run any government agency in the entire history
of the United States. Casey was Reagan's campaign bag man, then
given the CIA with the prime function of misrepresenting the threat
posed by the Soviet Union and nearer at hand, Nicaragua.
Casey dislodged Jimmy Carter's man, Admiral
Stansfield Turner, a relatively honest fellow. Turner, roasted for
firing many in the CIA "old guard" of that era, took over
as CIA chief from Bush Sr, who, like JFK, sanctioned a Murder Inc
in the Caribbean, and who wilted under pressure from the Jackson
Democrats, aka the Military Industrial Complex. It was Bush who
appointed the notorious "Team B" to contradict previous
in-house CIA analyses suggesting the Soviet threat was not as fearsome
as that depicted on the cartoon (aka editorial) page of the Wall
Bush's predecessor as DCI was William Colby,
a CIA careerman mostly famous for running the Phoenix assassination
program in Vietnam, battling with the CIA's crazed counter-intelligence
czar, James Angleton and testifying with undue frankness in the
Church congressional hearings into the CIA. In retirement Colby
continued his career as a conspiracy buff, probing the suicide of
Clinton's counsel Vince Foster for his newsletter. Colby finally
stepped into his canoe on Maryland's eastern shore after a dinner
of clams and white wine and turned up drowned a few days later.
Colby replaced James Schlesinger who ran
the Agency for a few months in the midst of the Watergate scandal.
Ray McVicar, a 27-year career analyst with the CIA, now retired,
remembers how he and his Agency colleagues were taken aback when
Schlesinger announced on arrival, "I am here to see that you
guys don't screw Richard Nixon!" To underscore his point, McGovern
recalls, Schlesinger "told us he would be reporting directly
to White House political adviser Bob Haldeman and not to National
Security Adviser Henry Kissinger."
We'll stop with Schlesinger,
but you get the idea. There's nothing new about the "political"
appointment of Porter Goss, who least has the agreeable distinction
of owning an organic farm in Virginia where tiny donkeys run herd
on hairy sheep from Central Asia, and chickens lay green eggs, thus
reduplicating the Agency's most expensive op ever, the Afghan caper,
where the CIA supervised the mujahedeen at a cost of $3.5 billion,
and launching Osama bin Laden on his chosen path.
Most intelligence is worthless,
and with the scant truthful stuff rapidly deep-sixed. Whatever makes
its way onto the desks of presidents or congressional overseers
is 100 per cent "political". Anyone who wants to find
out what's happening in the world would be better advised to ask
a taxi driver. [...]
Bush sought to stem a near-rebellion by members of his own party
in Congress yesterday by describing a sweeping intelligence-overhaul
bill they oppose as an effort "to do everything necessary to
confront and defeat the terrorist threat" and calling for its
passage during a brief Congressional session this week.
The president's remarks in his weekly radio address came a day
after a powerful Senate Republican, John W. Warner of Virginia,
chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed doubts about
the bill, which would enact the major recommendations of the Sept.
11 commission and create a cabinet-level director of national intelligence.
Mr. Warner, the first member of the Senate from either party to
raise such concerns publicly since the final bill was hammered out
last month, said he wanted to resolve issues in the legislation
that "may impact the time-tested chain of command" within
the Defense Department.
His comments echo those of a group of House Republicans who blocked
a vote on the bill last month.
Under the bill, the Pentagon, which is now believed to control
about 80 percent of the government's estimated $40 billion intelligence
budget, would have to cede some authority to a new national intelligence
director, resulting in a similar loss of oversight authority for
the Senate committee led by Mr. Warner, as well as the Armed Services
Committee in the House.
Congressional officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity
given the delicate nature of the discussions, said the White House
chief of staff, Andrew H. Card, and Vice President Dick Cheney were
involved in talks to appease the bill's opponents on Capitol Hill.
One option may be to rewrite the legislation
to provide additional guarantees to the Defense Department over
its control of three large spy agencies that now reside within the
Pentagon but provide intelligence to agencies outside the Defense
The largest of the three is the National Security Agency, which
is responsible for electronic surveillance in foreign countries.
WASHINGTON - President Bush played down on
Saturday a stark warning from his resigning health chief that the
nation's food supply is largely unprotected from terror attack.
Bush said that the government is doing what it can to safeguard
the public from threats, but much work remains.
"We're a large country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody
could inflict harm," said Bush, asked about the issue after
an Oval Office meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
"We've made a lot of progress in protecting our country, and
there's more work to be done, and this administration is committed
to doing it."
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said in a speech
Friday announcing his coming departure from the Bush Cabinet that
he worries "every single night" about a possible terror
attack on the food supply.
Despite dramatic increases in inspections of food imports, only
"a very minute amount" of food is tested at ports and
airports, Thompson said.
"For the life of me, I cannot understand
why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it
is so easy to do," Thompson said. "We are importing
a lot of food from the Middle East, and it would be easy to tamper
Asked to respond to Thompson's comments,
Bush neither criticized them nor implied that the food supply is
safer than Thompson asserted. [...]
DUBAI (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
has lashed out at the United States, accusing Washington of unleashing
"real terrorism" in Iraq, during an interview broadcast
on Al-Jazeera television late yesterday.
"We have always rejected the American
way of fighting terrorism, because it is an even greater terrorism,"
he said in the interview shortly after completing a whirlwind tour
of the Middle East.
"These bombs that kill children, women, innocent men, whole
families are real. It is a more horrible terrorism. I have no hesitation
in calling the Iraq invasion an act of agression.
"It is not a war on terrorism, it is
terrorism itself," Chavez said.
Washington accuses Chavez of harbouring sympathies for Cuban dictator
NEW DELHI - Russian President
Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the United States on Friday, accusing
it of a double-standard in fighting terrorism and questioning whether
any election in Iraq can be democratic when fighting is raging in
Putin, who has been angered by U.S. and European denunciations
of the Ukraine election as rigged unacceptable, began a three-day
visit to the Cold-War era ally with continued
criticism of Washington, saying it seeks a "dictatorship of
"Even if dictatorship is wrapped up
in a beautiful package of pseuo-democratic phraseology, it will
not be in a position to solve systemic problems," Russia's
Itar-Tass news agency quoted him as saying in a speech Friday night
in New Delhi.
Putin, who has been critical of the United States for going to
war without international approval, warned that the fighting in
Iraq was threatening the possibility of a democratic vote slated
for Jan. 30.
"All this will definitely call in question the possibility
of holding honest and democratic elections in Iraq early next year,"
Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a joint declaration
that called for ending "political expediency" in the global
fight against terrorism. The declaration made no reference to any
But in an interview in a Hindu newspaper, Putin said the United
States and European nations practiced double standards by allowing
into their countries some Chechen rebels whom Moscow considers to
NEW DELHI - Russian President Vladimir Putin
rejected a key recommendation of a United Nations panel on expanding
the Security Council, saying Saturday that any reform would be one-sided
if new members did not have veto power.
Putin also backed India's aims to become a permanent member.
A high-level U.N. panel called Wednesday for expanding the 15-nation
Security Council as part of a sweeping revamp of the world body.
The panel presented two options: adding six new permanent members
or creating a new tier of eight semi-permanent members — two
each from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
However, panel members agreed that only the current five permanent
members — the post-World War II powers the United States,
Russia, China, Britain and France — should retain veto power.
"If we go to the enlargement of the permanent
seats of the Security Council, I am convinced that they should have
the veto power," Putin was quoted as saying by Associated Press
Television News. "Otherwise, it will be a one-sided reform
of the United Nations."
The panel was commissioned by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
after last year's bitter divisions over the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
The United States had to abandon an attempt to get U.N. approval
because of sharp opposition from France, Germany, Russia and other
A possible council expansion has been on the U.N. agenda for more
than a decade. But expansion faces major obstacles, including decisions
on how large it should be, which countries should be permanent and
which countries should have veto power.
Putin said if there was no veto for the new members, all vetoes
would have to go.
"If we agree that future permanent members
should not have veto power, the next step would be the abolition
of veto power," he said. "But the veto power is an efficient
instrument of international relations."
Brazil, Germany, India and Japan have joined forces to lobby for
In meetings with Indian officials, Putin "felt that India
as a new member should have the full rights of permanent membership,
including the right of veto," India's foreign ministry said
in a statement. "If India achieves a permanent seat in the
Security Council, it cannot be a permanent member of a second rank."
ATLANTA — Robert Henderson
is looking for stability in one of the most unstable places on earth.
The 39-year-old Army veteran was tired of being homeless on the
streets of Atlanta for the past two years, so he decided to return
to the military and signed up for the Georgia National Guard. Now
Spc. Henderson of the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery, is preparing
for deployment to Iraq next year.
Henderson, who reported for duty at Fort Stewart on Friday, said
the decision was a natural one after serving four years in the Army
shortly before the first Iraq war.
"I was looking for a job. I was tired of doing the hustle
and bustle," he said. "I was tired of going out there
and going for interviews, and it just hit me."
After losing a temporary clerical position at the Small Business
Administration two years ago, Henderson was forced onto the streets
while working a number of odd jobs, such as picking up trash on
Atlanta streets and cleaning bathrooms at Turner Field. He said
he caught his best sleep on early morning MARTA trains but more
often slept in the woods of Washington Park and ironed shirts for
job interviews on its picnic benches.
(AgapePress) - The head of the
Christian Medical and Dental Associations says crossing humans with
animals is a path science should not travel. However,
a number of these human-animal hybrids, known as chimeras, have
already been created.
In biological research, chimeras can be artificially produced by
mixing cells from two different organisms, often of different species.
For instance, in 1984 a chimeric "geep" was produced by
combining embryos from a goat and a sheep. And in another case,
a chicken with a quail's brain was created by grafting portions
of a quail embryo into a chicken embryo (Wikipedia.com).
But this investigative research took a sinister leap in August
of 2003, when researchers at Shanghai Second Medical University
in China reported their "successful" creation of the first
human-animal chimeric embryos, accomplished by fusing bio-material
from a human being and a rabbit. The embryos were allowed to develop
in the laboratory for several days before they were destroyed in
order to harvest their stem cells.
Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations
(CMDA) says the idea of the chimera is not a new one, but it is
currently being pushed with new emphasis by proponents of embryonic
stem cell research. The reasons given for such explorations, he
points out, can often sound harmless and even beneficial.
For instance, Stevens says, "The reason that Dolly [the sheep]
was made by cloning was the hope that she was going to be able to
secrete human breast milk. They were actually inserting a gene into
her genetic makeup which caused her to secrete not sheep milk but
human milk so they could give it to premature infants."
The researchers' intention in cloning Dolly, the
Christian doctor says, was to create one sheep that had this capability,
and then "to clone a whole herd of sheep to produce human breast
milk" for infants in need of supplemental nourishment.
While this might sound like a good use for the technology, Stevens
says scientists today are continuing to push the envelope, wanting
to go ever further in their experiments. Scientists have developed
pigs with human blood in their veins and mice with human brain cells;
and some, he warns, are seeking to change the nature of animals
outright and see how human-like they can be made.
AUTHORITIES searched an Air France airliner
at Los Angeles International Airport early today for explosives
that disappeared during a French police training exercise at an
airport outside Paris, officials said.
No explosives were found on Flight 70, which arrived late yesterday
after a flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Three other airliners that had left Charles de Gaulle were searched
at New York City's John F Kennedy International, said Transportation
Security Administration spokeswoman Nora Brewer.
French military police had been using the explosive material to
train dogs to detect bombs, but they lost track of a piece of luggage
containing an unspecified type and amount of explosive, authorities
The 362 passengers and crew members on Flight 70 were evacuated
MADRID : Five explosions rocked Madrid on
Friday after a bomb warning from an anonymous telephone caller claiming
to represent the Basque separatist movement ETA, police said.
They said the explosions were of low intensity and caused little
Spanish radio reported that no one was injured.
The caller to the Basque newspaper Gara said the bombs were placed
in gas service stations and would explode at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT).
Police evacuated the areas.
COATICOOK, Que. (CP) - Quebec provincial police
said Friday they were investigating damage to a hydro tower that
sends energy to the United States.
Const. Louis-Philippe Ruel said police were awaiting the results
of tests on material found near the tower and didn't know whether
it was explosive. A bomb squad from Montreal was called to the site
near Coaticook in the Eastern Townships. Ruel wouldn't say what
type of damage was done to the tower.
Marie Archambault, spokeswoman for Hydro-Quebec, said a hunter
driving an all-terrain vehicle noticed the damage.
She said the tower sends electricity from James Bay to the Boston
area, adding there was no disruption in service.
BEIJING : A man forced his way into a northeast
China primary school and slashed 12 young children before cutting
his own throat.
The man, whose identity is unknown, stormed into the Central Primary
School in Mingcheng township in Jilin province at 9:20 am and targeted
a class of grade one pupils, mostly aged about six or seven.
Of the injured, five were boys and seven girls. They were rushed
to hospital where four were reported to be seriously hurt with head,
ear and back injuries.
"It happened around 9:20 this morning. A man aged about 30
entered the school but not through the front gate," an official
surnamed Fu at the Panshi city education committee told AFP on Friday.
"He rushed into a classroom and used a kitchen knife and
injured 12 students. He was caught by the teachers and then the
police arrived," Fu said, adding that 30 students were in the
class at the time.
"He was mentally ill," Fu said. "The local police
are investigating this case and have reported it to provincial authorities."
Police confirmed a man had been detained but refused to provide
The state Xinhua news agency said the man, a resident of Mingcheng
township, cut his own throat after attacking the children and was
rushed to hospital. His condition was not immediately known.
Xinhua said he had a history of mental problems and 10 years ago
attacked someone with an axe. [...]
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities say three years
ago, Christopher Pittman, then 12, shot his grandparents as they
slept because they had scolded him for fighting. But Christopher's
father, Joe Pittman, thinks his son killed because his sense of
right and wrong was clouded by the anti-depressant Zoloft.
Joe Pittman spoke out against the drug in a Food and Drug Administration
hearing early this year. The boy, who had threatened suicide, was
put on the drug three weeks before the slayings, and his dose was
doubled just two days earlier.
Joe Pittman's hands shook as he read his son's confession to a
roomful of strangers during the hearing.
"I took everything out on my grandparents, who I loved so
very much," wrote then-12-year-old Christopher Pittman. "When
I was lying in my bed that night, I couldn't sleep because my voice
in my head kept echoing through my mind, telling me to kill them."
But prosecutors and police say Christopher's actions
during and after the November 2001 slayings show he clearly knew
what he was doing was wrong.
The boy waited until his grandparents were sleeping and took a
pump-action shotgun from a gun cabinet. He crept into the couple's
dark bedroom, first shooting 66-year-old Joe Frank Pittman in his
open mouth, then firing into the back of 62-year-old Joy Pittman's
Christopher then set the house on fire and drove off in the family
car. When he got stuck on a dirt road 20 miles away, he told hunters
he was kidnapped by a man who killed his grandparents, set the fire,
drove him into the woods and ran away.
Christopher was living with his father's parents in hopes of turning
his life around. He told defense experts he felt abandoned by his
mother and his relationship with his father was rocky. No one answered
phone calls to Joe Pittman's home.
A month before the slayings, Christopher was hospitalized
in Florida, where his father lives, after he threatened to kill
himself. The boy was prescribed the anti-depressant Paxil, but another
doctor soon put him on Zoloft instead.
Pittman decided to send the boy to live with his grandparents in
Chester County, a rural area between Columbia and Charlotte, N.C.
Karen Menzies, one of Christopher's lawyers and
an attorney specializing in lawsuits against anti-depressant makers,
said medical research is available to support the Zoloft defense.
In the three years the teen has spent in jail awaiting trial, the
FDA has become increasingly wary of doctors prescribing Zoloft and
other antidepressants for children.
In October, the agency ordered the drugs to carry
"black box" warnings — the government's strongest
warning short of a ban — about increasing the risk of suicidal
behavior in children.
"The science has been out there for a while. The prescription
drug companies have been able to hide it," Menzies said.
On the other side is Pfizer Inc., the maker
of Zoloft, which has aided the prosecution, according to
Solicitor John Justice, who has since taken himself off the case
for health reasons. [...]
In April, a Santa Cruz, Calif., jury acquitted a man of attempted
murder after he beat his friend, then blamed the episode on Zoloft.
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers spokesman Jack
King said the "Zoloft-made-me-do-it" defense likely means
that the Pittman case will come down to defense vs. prosecution
Chester County Sheriff Robbie Benson said interviews with Christopher
left him shaken because he could not believe the lack of remorse.
"This was cold-blooded."
Menzies said those observations might help her case.
"The boy was still suffering from the side-effects of this
medication after the incident," she said. "I think we
see a different Christopher now."
Bhubaneswar, : Climatic changes triggered
by fossil fuel related carbon emission is one of the reasons for
recurring natural calamities in Orissa that have claimed tens of
thousands of lives, says a study.
This is the conclusion of Greenpeace, a global NGO campaigning
against environmental degradation that sent teams to the coastal
districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpura and Puri between Oct 25
and Nov 6.
"The three districts are known for regular cyclones and sea
surges," the energy campaigner of Greenpeace India, Srinivas
Krishnaswamy, told IANS.
The team traced the damage caused by the super-cyclone followed
by floods in 2001 and 2002. Villagers told
the team that temperatures in their areas had been going up every
"Due to sand and saline ingress, there is an overall reduction
in agricultural productivity and the bulk of the land is no longer
fit for cultivation," Krishnaswamy said.
"As a result there is a change in the diet patterns of the
residents and they now depend mainly on fish for food," he
Krishnaswamy said it has been estimated that Orissa's industries
and coal-fired power plants would be emitting 164 million tonnes
of carbon dioxide equivalent annually by the year 2005.
This is the equivalent of about three percent of the projected
growth in man-made greenhouse gases anticipated globally over the
In addition, industries would release toxic and potent global
warming agents equivalent to eight million tonnes of carbon dioxide
As these chemicals were long lasting, they would contribute to
a "perpetual change" in the earth's atmosphere, he warned.
In one of the worst natural disasters in Orissa, more then 10,000
people died in a super cyclone in 1999.
An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter
scale has struck southwest New Zealand, but officials say there
are no reports of damage.
The New Zealand Earthquake Commission says the quake was recorded
about 30 kilometres southwest of Haast, at a depth of nine kilometres.
Seismologists warn New Zealand could experience a series of strong
aftershocks following a 7.3 earthquake off the southwest coast last
Philippines - AN EARTHQUAKE measuring 2.7
on the Richter scale shook Mindoro and Batangas provinces Friday
morning, government seismologists said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property
as the quake was barely noticed in Manila and surrounding suburbs.
The quake took place at about 10:38 a.m. with its possible source
from the Lubang fault.
A moderate earthquake occurred at 09:00:11
(UTC) on Saturday, December 4, 2004. The magnitude 5.4 event has
been located in PAPUA, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed
by a seismologist.)
| (SOFIA) -- Spring-like temperatures soaring
above 20 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) were recorded in north Bulgaria
on Friday, the highest for the date since records began a century
ago, weather officials said.
In the central-northern town of Pleven,
the temperature climbed to 21.5 degrees Celsius, while it reached
20.2 degrees in the Black Sea town of Varna -- the highest ever
recorded on December 3, which is mid-winter in Bulgaria.
The previous record dated back to December
3, 1939, when the mercury had shot to 18 degrees Celsius.
FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) - Hurricane forecasters
are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season again
next year after one of the most destructive seasons on record.
"We believe that 2005 will continue the trend of enhanced
major hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin that we have seen
over the past 10 years," Colorado State University forecaster
William Gray said yesterday.
Gray's forecast team predicts there will be 11 named storms, with
six reaching hurricane status. Of the six, three will likely develop
into major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph (178 kph)
or greater. There is a 69 per cent chance of at least one of the
major hurricanes striking the US mainland, Gray said.
The long-term year average for storms is 9.6 per season, with
six becoming hurricanes and 2.3 becoming intense hurricanes.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
This year, there were 15 named storms in the Atlantic region, including
nine hurricanes, six of them major. Florida was hit by four hurricanes
in August and September, a barrage unparalleled
in history going back 130 years, forecasters said. [...]
JOHANNESBURG - A freak storm, described by
some as a "a mini-tornado", caused havoc at Johannesburg
International Airport last night.
Eight aircraft were sent slewing sideways across the apron tarmac
when wind and heavy rain struck at 5.15pm.
Sapa reported minor injuries to crew and ground staff while aircraft
belonging to SAA, Nationwide and Comair were rendered unserviceable.
Flight SA 479, a Boeing 737-800 weighing 55 tons, due to depart
for East London at 5.50pm, was thrown 10 metres sideways by the
wind, which was accompanied by torrential rain, lightning and hail
that roared in across the runway from the East Rand.
The aircraft was being refuelled and the hose severed when the
aircraft swung sideways. The passenger gangway was cast aside and
smashed into the port engine.
No break in the drought gripping this region
is expected through February, but the next three months are typically
not the time of year when enough moisture falls to break a drought
anyway, state climatologist Dennis Todey said.
The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center calls
for drought conditions to persist through February in the northern
Rockies region, including western South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska,
eastern Wyoming and most of Montana. Both the drier time of the
year and recent below-normal snowpack are factors in the continued
drought forecast, according to the NWS. [...]
(Australia) - THE drought across the Murray-Darling
Basin is the worst since records began, with authorities characterising
the effect on river communities and the environment as "unprecedented".
The conditions are more severe than the three previous big drys;
the Federation drought from 1895-1903, in the 1940s and the mid-1960s.
Murray-Darling Basin Commission chief executive Wendy Craik said
the past three years had the lowest inflows into Menindee Lakes
on the lower Darling River in NSW on record.
"And when you consider the fact that water extractions now
are higher than they were in those periods, the impact on communities,
in irrigators and the environment, has obviously been greater,"
Dr Craik said.
She said the resulting downturn in farm production was flowing
through the processing and infrastructure industries in communities
along the river.
Salinity in Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert, near the mouth of
the Murray in South Australia, had reached extreme levels and was
expected to worsen.
The commission also found a widespread decline in the health of
redgums lining the river from Euston to the Murray mouth and an
increased incidence of dead fish, associated with low flows and
| Life expectancy is increasing in the developed
world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes
it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why.
Ageing is a physical phenomenon happening
to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes
more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to address ageing
just as effectively as we address many diseases today.
I claim that we are close to that point
because of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence)
project to prevent and cure ageing.
It is not just an idea: it's a very detailed
plan to repair all the types of molecular and cellular damage that
happen to us over time.
And each method to do this is either already
working in a preliminary form (in clinical trials) or is based on
technologies that already exist and just need to be combined.
This means that all parts of the project
should be fully working in mice within just 10 years and we might
take only another 10 years to get them all working in humans.
When we get these therapies, we will no
longer all get frail and decrepit and dependent as we get older,
and eventually succumb to the innumerable ghastly progressive diseases
of old age.
We will still die, of course - from crossing
the road carelessly, being bitten by snakes, catching a new flu
variant etcetera - but not in the drawn-out way in which most of
us die at present.
I think the first person to live to 1,000
might be 60 already
So, will this happen in time for some people
alive today? Probably. Since these therapies repair accumulated
damage, they are applicable to people in middle age or older who
have a fair amount of that damage.
I think the first person to live to 1,000
might be 60 already.
It is very complicated, because ageing
is. There are seven major types of molecular and cellular damage
that eventually become bad for us - including cells being lost without
replacement and mutations in our chromosomes.
Each of these things is potentially fixable
by technology that either already exists or is in active development.
AN American woman's effort to assuage her six-year-old
son's fears of his grandfather's ghost by selling it on eBay has
drawn more than 34 bids with a top offer of $US78 ($A100).
Mary Anderson said she placed her father's "ghost" on
the online auction site after her son, Collin, said he was afraid
the ghost would return someday.
Anderson said Collin has avoided going anywhere in the house alone
since his grandfather died last year.
In a description titled "This isn't a joke", Anderson
told Collin's story on eBay: "I always thought it was just
normal kid fears until a few months ago he told me why he was so
scared. He told me 'Grandpa died here, and he was mean. His ghost
is still around here!'"
Lest the boy's fears scare off potential bidders, Anderson added:
"My dad was the sweetest most caring man you'd ever meet."
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