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I have never lied, says defiant Blair
Apr 28 2005
By Jon Smith Daily Post Correspondent

TONY BLAIR last night defiantly insisted: "I have never told a lie" as the Tories continued to target his character in an election campaign onslaught.

Mr Blair hit back in an interview for Adam Boulton of Sky News: "I have never told a lie. No. I don't intend to go telling lies to people. I did not lie over Iraq." [...]

Comment: We suggest that Blair's comment that he has never told a lie is a rather ill-advised way to attempt to con the British public one more time. After all, who among us HASN'T told a lie before? Yet we are expected to believe that Blair, having climbed his way up the ranks of a cut-throat business like politics, never had recourse to a little "embellishment of the truth". Pull the other one Tony. While Blair might yet pass off this latest crime on the British public, the record will always show that he lied, plain and simple, and as such, is unfit for office.

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UK Attorney General's Comments on Legality of Iraq War
UK Independent
28 April 2005

A key question is whether there is in truth a need for an assessment of whether Iraq's conduct constitutes a failure to take the final opportunity or has constituted a failure fully to cooperate within the meaning of OP4 such that the basis of the cease-fire is destroyed. If an assessment is needed of that situation, it would be for the Council to make it....

In other words, we would need to be able to demonstrate hard evidence of non-compliance and non-cooperation....

you will need to consider very carefully whether the evidence of non-cooperation and non- compliance by Iraq is sufficiently compelling to justify the conclusion that Iraq has failed to take its final opportunity....

But a "reasonable case" does not mean that if the matter ever came before a court I would be confident that the court would agree with the view....

OPs 4 and 12 do requ1re a further Council decision in order to revive the authorisation in resolution 678....

If we fail to achieve the adoption of a second resolution we would need to consider urgently at that stage the strength of our legal case in the light of circumstances at the time.

Comment: Read this last paragraph again. Does it sound like he is saying that there is little or no legal basis for an attack on Iraq? Yet Blair ignored this fact and attempting to concoct evidence to convince the British public that Saddam posed a threat to the world and sent British troops in support of the American-lead invasion. Does that mean that Blair is liar and a criminal? Damn sure it does. But then again, are we surprised?

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Flashback: 'Psycho' Blair under attack
The Times, London
Philip Webster
July 18 2003

BRITISH Prime Minister Tony Blair last night faced a ferocious attack on his leadership and calls for Gordon Brown to take over.

The assault in the journal New Statesman - owned by Geoffrey Robinson, a supporter of Mr Brown - claimed that Mr Blair was technically a psychopath.

During a torrid few weeks Mr Blair has been accused of most things by his backbenchers. Madness has not besen among them and the charge was not taken too seriously.

Westminster's conspiracy theorists were given plentiful ammunition, however, by a series of articles in the New Statesman that highlighted the qualities of Mr Brown and suggested that Mr Blair might have outlived his usefulness.

The magazine denied any co-ordination and friends of Mr Robinson made plain that he had no role in determining the editorial line.

A leading article said that now that Mr Blair had lost so much public trust over the Iraq war "Mr Brown is probably the better bet for elections.

"Paradoxically, Mr Blair looks a rather dangerous, unpredictable figure given to foreign adventures and silly schemes for turning public services upside down . . . the reality is that a Brown government would have a sense of purpose that Blair governments lack."

This was followed by an item by a writer who said he had spent several weeks talking to psychologists about what drove Mr Blair.

He wrote: "One view emerged strongly: there appears to be something worryingly adrift in the mind of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, a man who doesn't really know who or what he is. More technically, he is diagnosed as a psychopath capable of reinventing himself with remarkable dexterity."

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Flashback: Politicians Lie, They Admit -- For a Host of Reasons

2003 Newhouse News Service

WASHINGTON -- More than 227 years into their democracy, Americans have come to distrust their political leaders and suspect them of lying a lot.

Some politicians say the public is dead right.

There are many explanations for all the lying, ranging from naked self-interest to a philosophical line of reasoning that some degree of deception is essential to effective leadership, according to scholars of political science and some of its practitioners.

"At an individual weakness level, politicians too frequently fall victim to a desire to please, and therefore they outline contrary positions to differing sides, and it is out of this dynamic that most truth-saying problems arise," said Rep. James A. Leach, R-Iowa, who has served in Congress for 27 years. "Lying and its first cousin, 'spinning,' are easily rationalized when power is at stake and personal careers are in jeopardy."

Democrats and Republicans alike tend to oversimplify complicated realities, and that, too, is a form of deceit, said Rep. Robert Matsui, D-Calif., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"It's easier to talk in absolutes than with ambiguity," Matsui said. "I think it goes on now more than it has in the past. Politicians now do it without any embarrassment. They believe it's justified. People want you to be firm."

Distortion is rewarded.

"If you are very provocative, you are more likely to be called to go on these TV shows and you get more attention," Matsui said.

Most political lying is about policy issues.

"Politicians regularly describe their positions as matters of principle when they are actually concessions to special interest pressures," said Tim Penny, a former Democratic representative from Minnesota with a wide reputation as a straight-shooter.

Politicians also lie "because we want them to," Penny said. "We say we don't want politicians to mislead us, but we really don't want to hear the truth. If they speak the truth, they will be punished more often than not."

Sometimes politicians lie unconsciously, said former House Majority Leader Richard Armey, R-Texas, who admits that enthusiasm, momentum and partisan zeal occasionally led him over the borderline of truth.

"I've studied this business of lying for years," Armey told a group of reporters at a breakfast shortly before he retired from Congress last year. "The best liars are the guys who convince themselves before they try to convince somebody else."

There is even scientific evidence correlating deceptive behavior with leadership qualities. A 1993 study by Colgate University psychologists found that the best liars among preschool children emerge as leaders during play periods.

Caroline F. Keating, who helped design and conduct the research, also studied adults and came to the conclusion that "leaders are the best misleaders."

Keating found that "very young children successfully masked their deception by smiling. Successful adult deceivers made eye contact with the listener."

"To be an effective leader does take acting skills," she said in an interview. "You have to look confident even when you feel unsure. You must look like you feel well even when you may be sick. You must express emotions that are powerful, like anger and defiance, even when you are anxious."

Citizens' expectations of their leaders thus add to the problem.

"We want them to look smart and strong, so a successful leader becomes very good at feigning those things even when he or she does not feel them," Keating said. "It makes them powerful and effective communicators."

So politicians lie by overpromising, to gain or keep power, to protect personal secrets and, often, to serve what they consider higher purposes, like national security or the common good.

Political leaders also represent a society where casual lying may be found among many groups: accountants, lawyers, creators of advertising campaigns, college professors, used car salesmen and journalists, too.

Politicians have a special excuse. A succession of thinkers, from Plato to Machiavelli to Disraeli, have told them that lying is a legitimate part of governing.

Sissela Bok, a Harvard philosopher who has studied and written extensively on the subject, said politicians often claim an ethical basis for deliberately misleading the public:

"They argue that vital objectives in the national interest require a measure of deception to succeed in the face of powerful obstacles. Negotiations must be carried on that are best hidden from public view; bargains must be struck that simply cannot be comprehended by a politically unsophisticated electorate. A certain amount of illusion is necessary for public servants to be effective."

Dissembling is contagious, easily spread by example -- especially when it is done by the men at the very top of the political order. Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook," Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky," and George H.W. Bush's "Read my lips -- no new taxes" were notorious examples, although history offers many more.

The false front has always been a feature of politics. President Franklin Roosevelt did all he could to hide his physical infirmities from public awareness, keeping his wheelchair out of sight. John F. Kennedy's outward vigor masked constant back pain and the fact that he was suffering degenerative Addison's disease and taking multiple drugs.

The public may be deceived, but not for long. Voters sense what is really going on.

In July 2000, pollster John Zogby asked people which professions they trusted the most. Dentists and doctors topped the list. Politicians were at the bottom, lower than car dealers, auto mechanics and lawyers. A national poll last November by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 55 percent of those asked did not believe that "most elected officials are trustworthy."

Lies from politicians can have serious consequences. Self-government presumes the consent of those governed. Lies "manufacture consent" by misleading people, authors Lionel Cliffe, Maureen Ramsey and Dave Bartlett wrote in their book, "The Politics of Lying: Implications for Democracy."

Those who run for public office agree, but compulsory truth-telling makes them uncomfortable.

In New Jersey, the State Senate once buried a bill that would have imposed fines up to $10,000 on candidates who make false accusations during a campaign. It simply wasn't realistic. Negative campaign ads designed to destroy an opponent are a favorite political forum for lies.

There was a flap in the U.S. Senate last year over some sensitive leaked information about terrorism from the Select Committee on Intelligence. The FBI was called in to find the leak. Investigators suggested polygraph tests for those with access to the information, including members of Congress.

Fat chance.

In a burst of candor, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., then vice chairman of the committee, declared: "I don't know who among us would take a lie detector test."

Comment: With a little contemplation it becomes obvious that, given the basic nature of the average human being, manipulation and exploitation of others will always be the defining qualities of those who rise to the top of the pile here on the Big Blue Marble. Some people are happy to accept this fact as 'just the way things are' and to get on with playing the game of life. Others flee into denial and subjectivity and try to deny What Is. Those of us who recognise our reality for what it is but still reject the idea that we must just indefinitely deal with it, find ourselves with somewhat of a problem: What do we do about it? Can we find the exit sign and seek out some place more to our liking? Among all of the potential evolutionary paths open to human beings, either collectively individually or in small groups, is such an option provided for?

Given the current path that our planet seems to be following, it certainly seems that 'the universe' provides the option for a species and the planet it inhabits to utterly destroy itself or be destroyed, so why shouldn't there also be the possibly to continue and evolve? Indeed, it seems that it is the reluctance of a species to consciously pursue meaningful evolution that ultimately leads to its demise.

If a small group of people showed the potential to evolve, yet were in a world and surrounded by other beings that seemed determined to implode, would the fate of the small group be terminally tied to that of the larger group and the planet? Would it be just be a case of 'bad luck'? The wrong place at the wrong time? Surely the inventiveness and limitlessness of 'creation' or 'the universe' would preclude such a restricted set of options. Perhaps, as a quantum physicist might postulate, the relationship between conscious beings (or rather the intelligence or information that they embody) and the nature of the reality in which they find themselves is in some way co-dependent. We observe our reality and it is the extent and nature of the observation that we 'collapse the wave function' and 'create our reality'. Of course, the 'observing' happens automatically and is a function of our deep-seated and fundamental beliefs about reality, what it is and what it can and cannot be, beliefs which may be hardwired into us at a neurological or genetic level. Such a level is, of course, not accessible or directly controllable by the average person, which precludes the new age idea that one can simply change one's reality by consciously ignoring certain undesirable aspects of it.

Any possibility to effectively change one's reality would probably have to involve the modification of the 'wiring' of our 'reality reading instrument' at a fundamental level. We can hypothesise that, if it is knowledge that defines our status as 'intelligent beings' and is the raw material which greases the wheels of our perceptive 'reality reading' mechanism, then it is perhaps knowledge, and the accrual of a certain type of knowledge, that might effect the fundamental change that would be required to truly change our reality.

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US strike on Iran 'not on the cards', says Annan
28/04/2005 - 10:18:05

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Iran is co-operating with European countries in discussing its nuclear energy programme and that he did not foresee a military strike by the US, which accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Iran is co-operating with European countries in discussing its nuclear energy programme and that he did not foresee a military strike by the US, which accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons.

Until recently, the US said that while it would pursue diplomatic means to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear programme, it was not prepared to take the military option off the table.

But after Europe made clear it would not support the use of force against Iran, Washington changed tactics, toned down its rhetoric and agreed to offer Tehran economic incentives in return for permanently freezing its nuclear programme.

However, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has said no incentives exist that would persuade Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. The current round of negotiations with the European powers is scheduled to end on Friday.

“There are serious discussions going on between Iran and three European countries – Germany, the UK and France. Iran has been co-operating with them very well,” Annan told reporters during a visit to India.

Asked whether he expected US military action against Iran, he said “I don’t think that is in the cards.”

Comment: If Israel and the US are not planning an attack on Iran at some stage in the near future, why would the US be selling "nuclear site" busting "bunker busters" to Israel?

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US to sell Israel 'bunker buster' bombs
Thursday, April 28, 2005

The United States plans to sell Israel 100 of its most effective bombs designed to destroy deep underground facilities, amid growing concern in the Middle East that Israel might resort to military strikes to halt Iran's nuclear program.

US Defence Department officials say the proposed deal involves "bunker busting" bombs first used during the 1991 Gulf War to destroy Iraqi underground command and control centres.

The Israeli Air Force plans to arm its F-15 fighter jets with the bombs.

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Rice changed terrorism report
Julian Borger
Saturday April 23, 2005
The Guardian

A state department report which showed an increase in terrorism incidents around the world in 2004 was altered to strip it of its pessimistic statistics, it emerged yesterday.

The country-by-country report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, has come out every year since 1986, accompanied by statistical tables.

This year's edition showed a big increase, from 172 significant terrorist attacks in 2003 to 655 in 2004.

Much of the increase took place in Iraq, contradicting recent Pentagon claims that the insurgency there is waning.

Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, ordered the report to be withdrawn and a new one issued minus the statistics.

A Democratic congressman, Henry Waxman, has written an angry letter about the change to Cameron Hume, the state department's inspector general, arguing that Ms Rice's decision "denies the public access to important information about the incidence of terrorism".

Mr Waxman said: "There appears to be a pattern in the administration's approach to terrorism data: favourable facts are revealed while unfavourable facts are suppressed."

Ms Rice's spokesman, Richard Boucher, denied the change was politically inspired and said Ms Rice had decided the statistics would be better handled by the national counter-terrorism centre.

Comment: Of course Ms Rice's spokesman is going to deny that this piece of censorship was politically motivated, but given members of the Bush administration's penchant for telling lies every time one of them opens their mouth, should we expect anything less?

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In '04, Iraq alone set world terror record
Jonathan S. Landay
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Apr. 27, 2005 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON - Terrorists staged nearly 200 significant attacks in Iraq in 2004, exceeding the record number of strikes worldwide the year before, according to data the Bush administration gave to Congress but has been withholding from the public.

The total didn't include some Iraqi insurgent attacks and more than 100 operations by foreign terrorists in Iraq, because they didn't fit the State Department's strict criteria of what constitutes an international terrorism attack.

The data raised questions about President Bush's claim that the United States and its allies are winning the war on terrorism and came as the Pentagon acknowledged that violence in Iraq remains as high as last year.

"In terms of incidents, it's right about where it was a year ago," Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the senior Democrat on the House Governmental Affairs Committee, disclosed the data in a letter sent Tuesday to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in which he asked that the statistics be made public.

Rice had decided several weeks ago to replace a report, "Patterns of Global Terrorism," which has been published every year for 19 years, with a document stripped of country-by-country statistics on attacks and casualties for 2004. [...]

Comment: So tell us again, who really is the leading sponsor and creator of terrorism around the world? Meanwhile, "democracy" proceeds apace in Iraq...

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Iraq government formed

After three months of political deadlock, Iraq’s first government after the toppling of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was formed on Thursday.

Ending power vacuum the country suffered since January elections, the 275-seat parliament approved on Thursday the cabinet list submitted yesterday by the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The Cabinet was approved by 180 lawmakers out of the 185 present in the 275-member parliament, Parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani said.

The formation of the new Iraqi government coincides with 68th birthday of the country’s toppled leader Saddam Hussein.

In an attempt to accommodate almost all Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups amid growing tension, the cabinet, which consists of 31 ministers and four deputy prime ministers, includes members of Iraq's main Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions.

But according to Iraqi officials, most of the posts went to the Shiites, who represent the majority of the country’s population.

Shiites make up 60 percent of Iraq's 26 million people. The Kurds make up 20 percent, and the Sunni Arabs, represent only 15 to 20 percent of the country’s population.

Also the Kurds and Sunni Arabs were strongly represented. It is noteworthy that seven of the ministries went to women.

However, the new Iraqi PM failed to name permanent ministers to five ministries - oil, defense, electricity, industry and human rights.

Al Jaafari, a Shiite, will be acting defense minister, a position that was supposed to go to a Sunni Arab.

Ahmad Chalabi, a former Pentagon ally, will be one of four deputy prime ministers and acting oil minister.

Rowsch Nouri Shaways, a Kurdish official and former Vice President will be another deputy and acting electricity minister.

Al Jaafari’s initial choices of a Sunni deputy prime minister and defense minister were strongly rejected by the Shiite leaders, who fear they might have ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party.

Al Jaafari also has been struggling with his United Iraqi Alliance, the largest bloc in parliament, over the oil and electricity portfolios.

The newly appointed Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and his two vice presidents signed off on the list before Thursday's historic vote.

Outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is expected to hand over power to the new Prime Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari within days, Al Jaafari told reporters Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters, Al Jaafari said that "the Iraqis will find that this government has religious, ethnic, political and geographic variety, in addition to the participation of women".

"Now that the process has started, we will spare no effort to bring back a smile to children's faces."

Allawi’s party out

Allawi's party was excluded from the new Cabinet.

Allawi has long been resented by many Shiite leaders, who accuse his outgoing administration of including members of the Baathist party in the government and security forces. [...]

Comment: Sadly, any cause for celebration was quickly cut short...

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Iraqi woman MP shot dead in Baghdad

Unknown gunmen shot dead an Iraqi woman MP on the doorstep of her home in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, an interior ministry official said.

"Armed men knocked at her door and when she answered, they shot her," the official said.

Lamiya Abed Khadawi was a member of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s coalition.

She was attacked shortly after she returned home following a meeting of the National Assembly in Baghdad.

The attackers escaped right after they killed her.

Khadawi is the first parliament member to be killed in Iraq since the January 30 elections. She was among 90 other women elected to Iraq’s National Assembly.

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Amnesty International: Torture and Abuse Continue In Iraq
April 28, 2005

AMNESTY International blasted the United States today for failing to launch an independent probe into Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison scandal, a year after images of abused detainees first shocked the world.

The London-based human rights organisation also condemned signs of fresh torture and sexual abuse in the country by the Iraqi prison authorities.

"People around the world will be recalling the horrific images they saw a year ago and wondering what happened to those prisoners," said Amnesty secretary general Irene Khan, noting that only a handful of low-ranking US soldiers had been prosecuted or disciplined over the outrage.

"But what was the role of those higher up, including, for example, the US secretary of defence?" she said, referring to Donald Rumsfeld.

A year after the dramatic revelations of sexual and physical abuse at the prison on Baghdad's western outskirts were leaked to the media, only five of seven US guards have been punished.

The senior commander of the US military in Iraq at the time of the scandal, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, was cleared on Saturday of any wrongdoing by a US military probe.

"The US government must set up an independent inquiry into all aspects of the USA's 'war on terror' detention and interrogation practices," said Ms Khan.

Torture was unacceptable and any government taking part in such abuse destroyed the values that it claimed to protect, she said.

"When a major power like the USA resorts to torture or ill-treatment, other countries may see a green light to follow suit," said Ms Khan in a statement.

The US-led invasion of Iraq was designed to end the suffering inflicted by former dictator Saddam Hussein on his people, but instead has led to new reports of torture carried out by the post-Saddam Iraqi security forces, Amnesty said.

In February, three men died in custody after being arrested at a police checkpoint, the rights body said.

The bodies "were found three days later, bearing clear marks of torture from beatings and electric shocks", it said.

The rights group also spoke about cases of torture carried out at Iraq's interior ministry and claimed that the US authorities were aware of them.

It cited one former prisoner, Ali Safar al-Bawy - an Iraqi resident in Sweden - describing how he was given an electric shock while held captive for three weeks in July last year. The man also alleged that a child prisoner had been sexually abused by Iraqi guards.

Amnesty International called for the anniversary of the publication of the photographs from Abu Ghraib "to be marked by the strongest condemnation of all forms of torture by the US and Iraqi governments".

"One year on, the US authorities must establish an independent investigation into the abuses and bring the perpetrators to justice."

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Wires, vials lead to scare in the air

Suspicions force jet to land at O'Hare

By Jon Hilkevitch, Tribune transportation reporter.
Published April 27, 2005

A passenger on a cross-country flight Tuesday morning immediately tipped off flight attendants after noticing that the man seated beside him had odd vials of liquid in his pockets and electrical wires running into his coat.

Informed about the situation while the plane cruised about 6 miles above the ground en route to San Francisco from New York, the United Airlines captain declared an emergency and diverted to the closest landing strip that could handle a Boeing 757--O'Hare International Airport.

As the plane made an unusually rapid descent, the passengers were herded to the front of the cabin and belted into available seats to put as much distance as possible between them and the suspicious man and his companion.

The plane landed hard at O'Hare at 10:40 a.m. and was met by emergency vehicles and teams of heavily armored police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs who scrambled aboard.

The vials, it was soon discovered, held a homeopathic herbal lotion carried by a Japanese national who calls himself a "healer," authorities said. The wires were connected to his portable music player.

The incident appears to have been exacerbated by language differences. [...]

As the emergency played out Tuesday, a flight attendant brought the vials, which were secured tightly with rubber bands, to the cockpit for the captain to see, authorities said. Unsure what they could be, the captain declared an emergency and requested immediate clearance to O'Hare.

"The pilots and the flight attendants agreed the materials looked strange and wanted to have everything checked out by authorities," United spokesman Jeff Green said.

As a precaution before landing, flight attendants moved the 64 other passengers to seats in the front of the plane.

The crew did not speak Japanese, and the suspicious passenger did not speak much English, officials said. [...]

The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the airspace to allow the plane to make a quick descent.

"We took a dive out of the sky from 35,000 feet into O'Hare," said passenger Richard Myers, 63, of Manhattan, adding that the captain came on the cabin intercom to announce a security threat. "It was a very hard landing."

"It was a terrible situation. I've been on planes before when engines went out, but not on one where there was a bomb scare," Myers added. "It's terrifying when they dive down like that."

O'Hare air-traffic controllers taxied the plane to a holding pad known as "the bomb scare area." Armored police and bomb-sniffing dogs boarded and ran to the rear cabin.

Passengers said the two men seated there were taken off the plane, along with a travel case. Meanwhile, members of the police bomb and arson team began throwing carry-on baggage and airline pillows from overhead bins--plus virtually everything else that wasn't tied down in that section of the plane--out of emergency escape hatches.

Passengers were quickly led off the plane through the front door and down stairs to buses. Several dozen firetrucks and other emergency vehicles circled the plane.

"We could see them taking apart seats, throwing seat cushions off the plane," said Stan Rockson, 55, who watched the hunt for explosives while sitting in a bus with his son, Colin, 18.

"The thing that frightened me the most is the crew on the plane became very brusque in their behavior, barking to sit down, the attendants were moving back and forth," Rockson said.

Hours after the incident Tuesday, the man carrying the vials was released after questioning, Chicago police spokesman Carlos Herrera said.

The United plane later resumed its flight to San Francisco, arriving about 3 1/2 hours late and three vials lighter.

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'The Mossad faltered in Iraq'
By Roee Nahmias

Saudi newspaper 'reveals' Israel's shame after Pentagon report finds no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, contradicting Mossad agents' findings

Do they know something we don't? The Mossad is one of the main organizations affected by the Pentagon's report revealing evidence that no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, the Saudi "al-Wattan" newspaper reports Wednesday.  
The newspaper says that according to a European security official, the Mossad is "angry" at certain agents that were stationed in Iraq during the U.S.-lead attack on Saddam Hussein's regime.
According to the official, U.S. troops had searched sites in accordance with Mossad field reports, but found no unconventional weapons.  
As a result, says the official, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the agents return to Israel and have them replaced with other operatives, trusted by the agency's head.
The agents removed from Iraq can no longer enter Arab countries and have been placed in office jobs in Israel or in the territories, al-Wattan says.
Contradicting reports
The newspaper "reveals" that these recent changes by Sharon are due to an 80-page Mossad report concluding accounts by field agents of Iraq's weaponry until August 2004.
The report includes a description of Iraq's unconventional military capability and a list of arsenal storage sites.
Meanwhile, the newspaper also "reveals" that Israel is not satisfied with the new field agents stationed in Iraq and has sent a new network of operatives into Syria and Iran. 

Comment: Ariel Sharon may make a big public spectacle about replacing Mossad field agents who "cooked up" false WMD claims in Iraq, but knowing Mossad's modus operandi is to lie and falsify any intelligence if it furthers Israeli goals suggests that exaggerating Saddam's Hussein's weapon capability was done with foresight and deliberation. These superficial changes are nothing but damage control by the Mossad who are likely to continue their deceptive ways, only working harder this time not to get caught.

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Israel opposes Putin peace conference plan

Thursday April 28, 2005

Israel and the US today reacted coolly to an offer by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to host a Middle East peace conference as the Russian president began his historic visit to Israel.

Mr Putin, who arrived in Israel yesterday after travelling from Egypt, proposed that the conference should take place in Moscow in the autumn after Israel had completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements.

He said he would raise the idea of a conference - which is called for in the road map peace plan and has been warmly welcomed by the Palestinians - in a meeting with the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, later today.

However, a senior Israeli official said Israel "strongly opposes this idea of an international conference" at this stage.

The road map - sponsored by the so-called quartet of Middle East mediators, including Russia - calls for a conference to be held at its second stage. Israel argues the plan has not yet been implemented because the Palestinians have not fulfilled their obligation to disarm militant groups.

Israel has also failed to meet its initial obligations, including freezing settlement construction and dismantling illegal West Bank settlement outposts. [...]

Comment: Israel opposes peace period, this much is clear from the actions of successive Israeli governments over the years. The Palestinian resistance will not cease to defend their people from the bullets and shells of the IDF, and the IDF will not cease to indiscriminately target innocent Palestinians. It is a strategy that ensures Sharon will never find himself sitting at a negotiating table with the Palestinian leadership, and that is just the way he intends to keep it.

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Zionist Hate Email Never Fails to Amaze
Kurt Nimmo

Thank Odin for email. If not for this wonder of technology, I would have no idea what the “other side” thinks of my blog and articles. For instance, consider the following email, received after my article “Blackjack with Iran” appeared two weeks ago on the Counterpunch site. This email languished in my inbox for days—buried, as usual, by an avalanche of email and uninvited spam—and I only read this morning:

I take issue with the entirety of your ill-informed article (Blackjack with Iran). Your opinions are clearly based on your contempt for Israelis and self-loathing disdain for Americans. What happened in your sad childhood? Were you were bullied in school? Did the Jewish girl turn you down for the prom? Did you envy Epstein’s house?

As usual, it is all about the Israelis and any criticism of Israel stems from anti-Semitism, probably as a result of mistreatment at the hands of Jews or a burning envy of them from early childhood on. Of course, this is simply emotional nonsense, quite aside from the issues I addressed in the article. I find it interesting, however, that criticism of U.S. foreign policy is deemed “self-loathing disdain for Americans,” a sort of new take on the archetypal of the self-hating Jew, that is to say any Jew who doesn’t like what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians.

Your paranoid article is crammed with more lies than even the Mullahs can muster. The Iranians themselves will not deny the existence of their own Manhattan project—-they don’t blame the whole outrage on doctored Israeli photos as you do. How silly.

Of course, in order to lie, one has to know the facts and distort them, as Bush did with the “intelligence” on Saddam’s hallucinated weapons of mass destruction that crossed his desk. I merely speculated that the Israelis had contrived photos purporting to show the evil mullahs at work on nukes. I do not know this for a fact.

However, as history demonstrates, the Israelis are masters at contriving not only fake “intelligence” (consider Israel’s part in “developing a false picture of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction capability,” as admitted by retired Brigadier General Shlomo Brom), but also contrived situations, for instance the now well-known Lavon Affair, a bungled terrorist event directed against targets in Egypt—most notably, the United States Information Services Libraries in Cairo—and blamed on Arabs. Remarkably, this botched attack was recently “celebrated” in Israel and three of the surviving Egyptian Jews who carried out the bomb attacks in Cairo and Alexandria in the 1954 “received letters of thanks from Israeli President Moshe Katsav who also handed similar letters to the families of the six other culprits,” according to Magda El-Ghitany of the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram.

Unfortunately, there is nothing “silly” about this brazen attempt to honor terrorists, but then Israel has a nasty habit of honoring its terrorists. According to Clovis Maksoud, the former Arab League ambassador to the United Nations, “the Israeli government supports museums that honor assassins and terrorists—including one located on a street named for a terrorist (Avraham Stern),” as Jason Vest writes for the Village Voice. So beloved is the mass murdering Stern, Israel issued a stamp with his likeness. It is odd Israel would do this because, as Wikipedia notes, “Stern attempted to make an agreement with the German Nazi authorities, offering to ‘actively take part in the war on Germany’s side’ in return for ‘the establishment of the historic Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich’. Another attempt to contact the Germans was made in late 1941, but there is no record of a German response in either case.” Of course, it makes perfect sense that Stern would be a hero in Israel since he was an adherent of the Revisionist Zionist movement founded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the spiritual godfather of the Likudites.

You state that Israel will not unilaterally attack Iran due to the population imbalance? Pacifists like you should really not dabble in military matters. The Israeli Air Force alone could destroy much of Iran, with or without nukes. Population is as irrelevant as it was when Israel was attacked by the Egyptians and Syrians or when Israel attacked the Osirak reactor project in Iraq (which you no doubt denounce as an invasion of Iraqi sovereignty). I am sure you would have also denounced the invasion of Normandy and the bombing of Dresden because that’s the kind of fool that you are.

Serious medication is required for this person, who shall remain anonymous (unlike many unethical scallywags on the right, I never post names or email addresses of the people who send hate email my way). It would seem, for this person, nuking Iran is not only doable, it is hunky dory, an actual foreign policy initiative. As for comparing this possibility to the invasion Normandy, again I believe this poor hateful and deluded soul needs a spot of medication, possibly thorazine. As for Dresden… yeah, well, I have on numerous occasions denounced the firebombing of Dresden, an egregious war crime resulting in the murder of 140,000 innocent civilians.

Finally, your assertion that the Israelis are “pathologically racist” to think that someone would want to attack them is laughable. Do you remember 1948? How about 1973? The Gulf War?

Here’s what I “remember” about 1948: the Zionists expelled 80 percent of the indigenous population (750,000 Palestinians), in other words they ethnically cleansed three quarters of a million people. “Chief among the Zionist leadership’s regrets in the aftermath of the 1948 war was its failure to conquer the whole of Palestine,” writes Norman G. Finkelstein, a professor of political theory at DePaul University in Chicago. “Come 1967, Israel exploited the ‘revolutionary times’ of the June war to finish the job…. The landmark Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified in 1949, for the first time ‘unequivocally prohibited deportation’ of civilians under occupation (Articles 49, 147). Accordingly Israel moved after the June war to impose the second of its two options mentioned above—apartheid.”

It should be noted that by May 1948 Zionist forces had already invaded and occupied large parts of the land which had been allocated to the Palestinians by the UN Partition Plan, well before the “war” of 1948. “The evidence that the Zionist colonizers started the 1948 war comes from Zionist sources. The History of the Palmach (a Zionist pre-state militia), which was released in portions in the 1950s (and in full in 1972), details the efforts made to attack the Palestinians and secure more territory than was allotted to the Jewish state by the UN partition plan (Kibbutz Menchad Archive, Palmach Archive, Efal, Israel),” writes Ahmad Nimer. “Israeli historians have also refuted the claim that the Arabs started the 1948 war. Benny Morris uncovered a June 30, 1948, report from the Israeli Defense Force Intelligence Branch which shows that it was Zionist policy to attack to expel the Palestinians.” In fact, the so-called Arab invasion was a defensive attempt to hold on to the areas allotted by the Partition Plan for the Palestinian state.

As for the 1973 “war,” this was a response on the part of Egypt and Syria after Washington and Tel Aviv ignored overtures by the two Arab states to negotiate the return of land stolen by Israel in earlier “wars.” As early as 1956, Israel had planned to grab the Sinai. As for the Golan Heights (actually the Syrian Heights), Israel engaged in continual border provocations (violating a July 20, 1949 agreement between the Zionist state and Syria) right up to the eve of the 1967 “war.” In the wake of this “war,” neighboring Arabs were angered by the fact Israel routinely expelled Egyptians, Syrians, and Palestinians while installing Jewish settlers in their thousands. By 1973 nearly 100 settlements had been established and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had been displaced, expelled, imprisoned or deported. On 6 October 1973 the Egyptian and Syrian armies attacked Israeli positions in the Sinai and on the Golan Heights in an attempt to liberate their territory occupied by Israel. The Secretary-General of the Arab League explained the Arab action thus: “In a final analysis, Arab action is justifiable, moral and valid under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. There is no aggression, no attempt to acquire new territories. But to restore and liberate all the occupied territories is a duty for all able self-respecting peoples” (Sunday Times, 14 October 1973).

As for the so-called “Gulf War,” consider the following explanation by Mark Zepezauer, from his book, The CIA’s Greatest Hits:

The Gulf War further destabilized the region and made Kuwait more dependent on us. US oil companies can now exert more control over oil prices (and thus boost their profits). The US military got an excuse to build more bases in the region (which Saudi Arabia, for one, didn’t want) and the war also helped justify the “need” to continue exorbitant levels of military spending. Finally, it sent a message to Third World leaders about what they could expect if they dared to step out of line.

Your simple, isolationist views went out with Pearl Harbour (which I am sure you attribute to anti-Japanese propagandists) and 9-11 (which the Republicans manufactured).

Actually, if documents held formerly in bomb-proof vaults (a naval storage vault in Crane, Indiana) over the last 60 years are any indication (these documents were, under FOIA directive, eventually moved to the National Archives in Washington, D.C, in 1994), the United States had broken the Japanese code early on and knew an invasion of Pearl Harbor was imminent. Of course, this is hardly news, simply one example of a long record of government deception. Howard Zinn writes: “If more people knew something about the history of government deception, of the lies that were told getting us into the Mexican War, the lies that were told getting us into the Spanish-American War, the lies that were told getting us into the war in the Philippines, the lies that were told getting us into World War I, the lies that were told again and again in Vietnam, the lies on the eve of the Gulf War, they would have questions about what they are hearing from the government and the media to justify [Bush II’s] war.”

As for nine eleven… fact of the matter is we have no idea who “manufactured” it (and I agree, it was manufactured), although we have a good idea who benefited (as in cui bono)—and it sure the hell wasn’t those alleged Saudi hijackers (seven who are still alive), Osama bin Laden, or the Taliban (or the Afghan people, who were bombed mercilessly). Considering nobody in Washington is serious about an impartial investigation of nine eleven, chances are we will never know who “manufactured” the attacks. As I have written elsewhere, though, I consider it an absurdity the attacks were hatched and launched by cave-dwelling Muslims in Afghanistan.

You will never amount to anything, because you write out of hate as opposed to fact and reason. Stick to photography, ass-fucker.

Nice finale, wouldn’t you say? But then, of course, this is exactly the sort of response I expect from right-wingers and rabid apologists for Zionism, especially the new crop, many of them former Maoists (like Horowitz) and assorted disillusioned commies and political malcontents. I almost pine for the days of polite and more or less benign John Birchers, guys like Pat Buchanan who are loony right-wingers without all the overt hatred, venom and expletives (this is the second reference to buggery I’ve read in a 24 hour period from a maniacal right-winger). I guess, though, this email is innocuous enough, considering a few months ago a guy wanted to take a baseball bat to my head. Others simply want to send me to Iran to be tortured by mullahs (or thrown to the myhtical Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi), one guy even offered to buy a one-way ticket to some dismal third world country. It appears the worst are unrepentant Zionists, such as Steve Plaut, who excel at viciousness, as does the anti-Muslim nark Debbie Schlussel, who takes special pride in dissing the dead.

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Bolton 'a really creepy guy'
Apr. 21, 2005. 06:51 AM

Toronto adman contacted by U.S. Senate committee
Calls White House nominee for post at U.N. `a thug'

WASHINGTON - A Toronto man has emerged as a key player in a debate roiling the U.S. capital, confirming details of mistreatment of an underling by John Bolton, the man George W. Bush wants as his ambassador to the United Nations.

Uno Ramat, the creative director of a Toronto ad agency, described the embattled Bolton yesterday as a "really creepy guy" who harassed and threatened a female colleague of his when they worked together in Kyrgyzstan in 1994.

He confirmed the latest in a litany of tales of abuse and harassment by Bolton, when he was contacted by the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee.

The colleague — Melody Townsel of Dallas, who is a former official with the U.S. Agency for International Development — added her voice to a string of former associates who have outlined often bizarre behaviour by the man Bush wants as his top U.N. diplomat. In an open letter to the Senate foreign relations committee, she told of being chased around a Moscow hotel by the "madman" Bolton.

The Bush administration tried anew to rally support for Bolton yesterday, a day after an attack of "conscience" by an Ohio Republican threatened to derail confirmation of Bush's handpicked nominee as the next U.N. ambassador.

The nomination of Bolton, 56, has become the president's most contentious selection amidst the elevation of a string of loyalists who were intimately involved in planning the Iraq war. But the undersecretary of state's promotion has faltered on his allegedly abrasive management style and is emerging as a cautionary tale for any boss on this continent whose bullying and autocratic style is resented by underlings.

In Bolton's case, the underlings are coming back to bite their boss.

In earlier testimony, Bolton has been described as a "kiss-up, kick-down guy" who kicked harder the further down the ladder his underlings were and who pressured intelligence analysts at the state department to come up with findings that he wanted.

In Kyrgyzstan, Townsel was in daily phone contact with Ramat, who described her as being harassed and "under a great deal of pressure."

He said he met Bolton in Bishkek.

"He was a thug. He was a hired hit man. He had been hired to come and get Melody to shut up and get her off the project," he said. "He was incredibly intimidating and threatening, not just to me but to the entire office, expats and the locals. The entire office was terrorized after he left.

"He blew into town and left after two or three days."

At the time, Ramat was working for IBTCI, a subcontractor for USAID, the U.S. development agency, which was working on a project to privatize services in Kyrgyzstan.

Townsel said she had to take refuge in her Moscow hotel room after being chased through the lobby by Bolton, who threatened her and threw items at her.

Bolton then was a lawyer representing a client that was in a dispute with USAID.

She said even when she sought solace in her room, Bolton pounded on the door and tried to shove items through a mail slot.

With new Senate hearings on his nomination set for the second week of May, the Bush administration appears to be swimming upstream in continuing their support of Bolton.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters travelling with her to Lithuania that she understands the Senate needs more time to consider the appointment.

"I continue to believe that John Bolton would be a really great U.N. permanent representative," Rice said.

"We make a mistake in that suddenly management style is part of the confirmation process."

Scott McLellan, the president's spokesperson, said Democrats are playing politics with Bolton's nomination.

"I think what you're seeing is the ugly side of Washington, D.C.," he said.

Late Tuesday afternoon Bolton appeared headed for narrow approval at the Senate foreign relations committee, a 10-8 vote strictly along party lines, which would have sent the nomination to the Senate floor where Republicans have a majority.

But as Democrats, led by Joe Biden of Delaware and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, pushed for further hearings because more allegations about Bolton had come to light, George Voinovich stunned his Republican colleagues with a quiet intervention.

"I've heard enough today that I don't feel comfortable about voting for Mr. Bolton," he said. "I think one's interpersonal skills and their relationship with their fellow man is a very important ingredient in anyone that works for me."

Voinovich was immediately branded a "traitor" to Republicans in radio ads running in his home state sponsored by the conservative

Yesterday, Townsel said she felt under siege and was a target of right-wing bloggers who accused her of being with a group called Moms Against Bush in the last campaign.

She confirmed she was part of that group, but she wouldn't back down.

"The last time I looked, your political leanings didn't make you a liar or not," she said.

Ramat said he has no political agenda, does not even follow U.S. politics and can't even remember the name of the U.S. senator who phoned him.

Bolton, a Yale-educated lawyer, is undersecretary of state for arms control and international security and served as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from 1989 to 1993.

He would replace John Danforth, who left the U.N. post after a very brief tenure in January and has since been critical of the influence the Christian right wields in the Republican party.

Initially, criticism of Bolton's nomination centred on his unilateralist beliefs where American interests were paramount and his disdain for the U.N. itself.

"I'm less concerned about the interests of the U.N. than I am the interests of the United States of America and how we can look straight-faced in the mirror and say, `this guy is the face we want to put forward to the whole world,'" Biden said.

"We're setting ourselves up for failure here. This is not a good choice."

Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican and critic of the U.N., said Bolton has what's needed to reform the U.N.

"It is about having somebody who has the experience and has the passion and has the intellect to do some very heavy lifting — very heavy lifting," he said.

"Whether it's oil-for-food, whether it's sexual abuse in Africa, whether it's harassment, the U.N. is in trouble. And it's in our interest to have the kind of strength that you need to work reform."

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More Reasons to Dislike the Bolton Nomination
April 26, 2005

A full month before Bush announced he was attacking Iraq and even publicly admitted it was going to happen, regardless of national and international protests against it or that there were no facts to support it, Bolton was telling people he had "no doubt" it was going to happen. From, Feb. 18, 2003:

U.S. official says Syria, Iran will be dealt with after Iraq war

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards.

Bolton, who is undersecretary for arms control and international security, is in Israel for meetings about preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

In a meeting with Bolton on Monday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that Israel is concerned about the security threat posed by Iran. It's important to deal with Iran even while American attention is turned toward Iraq, Sharon said.

Bolton also met with Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister Natan Sharansky.

Somone should send warmongers like Bolton to stand at a checkpoint in Fallujah, not to represent the U.S. at the United Nations.

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Moving closer to U.S. promotes war, not peacemaking
Apr. 24, 2005. 01:00 AM
Toronto Star

A common complaint is that revelations from the Gomery inquiry have brought the operation of the federal government effectively to a halt. One front that Ottawa seems to keep doggedly moving ahead on - regrettably - is our military integration with the U.S.

Indeed, while the Gomery issue built to a crescendo last week, hardly any attention was paid to the release of a defence policy review that signalled Ottawa's intention to make the Canadian military more part of the U.S. war machine — a change that would likely offend most Canadians if they were aware of it.

Of course, it wasn't stated like that. Rather, the change was billed as part of our "new, more sophisticated approach to our relationship with the United States."

In essence, this "more sophisticated" approach boils down to linking our military operations more with Washington's. "Today our ships integrate seamlessly with U.S. Navy formations," the review notes enthusiastically, holding up this model of "interoperability."

Of course, Canada has a long history of military co-operation with the U.S., but the Bush administration's more aggressive military stance has threatened to change the nature of that relationship. Washington wants us to join their global war against "terror" — a murky, open-ended war that allows the U.S. to intervene anywhere in the world.

A report in the Wall Street Journal last month described a new top-level Pentagon planning document which calls for the U.S. military to become more "proactive" and "focused on changing the world instead of just responding to conflicts."

This is hair-raising stuff that goes beyond even the frightening notion of pre-emptive war. Now Washington seems to be talking about using its unsurpassed military might to force nations to behave as it wants them to. Only the most rabid pro-Washington zealot would fail to see the opportunities for abuse in such unchallenged power.

Canadians have no interest in being part of an aggressive force bent on remaking the world. But Ottawa's defence review, part of its overall foreign policy review, portrays our defence needs as essentially the same as Washington's: "(M)ost of the new dangers to the United States are no less risks to Canada."

In fact, our situations are very different. Few terrorists want to attack us, because we don't have a long history of intervening in other countries the way Washington has. For that matter, Washington exaggerates its own vulnerability in order to keep Americans willing to go to war.

Canadians are overwhelmingly resistant to the kind of military adventurism favoured by hawks in the Bush administration. At the same time, we're willing to put money and manpower into maintaining peacekeeping forces around the world.

If we associate our military with peacekeeping — as the government no doubt hopes we will — we'll be more inclined to accept the massive $13 billion increase in military spending Ottawa has proposed.

But, with Ottawa's emphasis on integrating Canada's defence policy with Washington's, it's not peacekeeping but war-making that's likely to be on the agenda.

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Rumsfeld's Press Crackdown
Progress Report

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has launched the latest attack in the administration's war on a free and independent media. The Pentagon is requiring reporters covering the court-martial of U.S. Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar at Fort Bragg, N.C., to " sign agreements that limit their ability to perform their jobs under the First Amendment ( of the U.S. Constitution."

In order to gain access to the proceeding, reporters must " pledge to not interview soldiers at Fort Bragg about the case or ask legal advisors in the media room to speculate on the outcome." Reporters who don't sign aren't allowed to cover the case. These restrictions aren't taken lightly. To ensure compliance, journalists are "escorted everywhere while on base and some were monitored as they went to the restroom." Eugene Fidel, a military law expert, said he has "never heard of restrictions against talking to soldiers," calling such limitations "crazy."

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CIA Falsely Imprisons CIA Agent For 22 Years
Free Press International
Thursday April 28, 2005

Former CIA officer Ed Wilson is a free man today after 22 years in prison.

He was imprisoned in 1983 when prosecutors presented a CIA affidavit which later was shown to be 'false.'

Wilson was convicted of shipping weapons to Libya and selling 20 tons of C-4 plastic explosives to Moammar Gadhafi's Libya.

He was branded a traitor and a threat to the country.

Wilson said he was working with the CIA and that the agency knew and approved of everything he was doing with Libya, including the shipment of the explosives according to ABC News.

Federal judge, Lynn Hughes, freed Wilson today and identified about 24 government lawyers, who participated in the use of a false CIA affidavit that sent Wilson to prison.

Judge Hughes wrote, "In the course of American justice, one would have to work hard to conceive of a more fundamentally unfair process, than the fabrication of false data by the government, under oath by a government official, presented knowingly by the prosecutor in the courtroom with the express approval of his superiors in Washington."

Nothing was said about the CIA and some 24 lawyers being punished for their actions.

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U.S. vigilante group targets Canada
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 Updated at 8:56 PM EST
Associated Press

Washington — A civilian patrol group that has been monitoring the Mexican border for illegal immigrants wants to expand its mission to the Canadian border, organizers said Tuesday.

Minuteman Project leaders said their volunteers alerted U.S. authorities to more than 330 cases this month of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States across a 37-kilometre stretch of Arizona's southern border. Now they plan to extend their patrol along the rest of the border with Mexico and are helping organize similar efforts in four states that neighbour Canada.

“In the absence of the federal government doing its mandated duty to secure our borders, we will pick up the slack. Reluctantly,” said Chris Simcox, a Minuteman co-organizer who also operates Civil Homeland Defense, another Arizona group that monitors illegal immigration.

“We shouldn't have to be doing this,” Mr. Simcox said in Washington, where he was to meet with legislators Wednesday.

“But at this point, we will continue to grow this operation — also to the northern border.”

Mr. Simcox offered no timeline to indicate when the Canadian border patrol might begin its rounds in Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota and Vermont.

A spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

“We're not supportive of vigilantes,” said Dan Whiting, spokesman for U.S. Senator Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican.

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Hatemongers still a danger: former CSIS mole

TORONTO (CP) - The shooting death of Wolfgang Droege will do little to slow the growth of a new generation of potentially violent white supremacists in Canada, warns a former CSIS mole who helped discredit the neo-Nazi leader.

In the age of the Internet, smaller, independent extremist cells can get their ideological inspiration from abroad instead of rallying around a highly visible leader, said Grant Bristow, once an informant with Canada's spy agency.

"Some of these more insidious organizations are able to articulate the message without that necessity for either face-to-face contact or that group camaraderie," Bristow, who remains in hiding, told The Canadian Press in a rare interview.

"It makes it very difficult for the intelligence community to do their job."

Droege, the 55-year-old co-founder of the Heritage Front, once Canada's most prominent and active neo-Nazi organization, was found shot in the head and chest in the hall of his apartment building two weeks ago.

Police have charged Droege acquaintance Keith DeRoux, 43, with second-degree murder and continue to believe the shooting had nothing to do with the extremist right-wing views that were Droege's life's work.

But his death, coupled with the deportation to Germany last month of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, has left a void in the leadership of Canada's white right. Both men were racist lightning rods, attracting attention, recruits and cash to their cause, and were well-known to Canadian authorities, Bristow said.

"Here's the danger: You're going to see another lightning rod (which) may not have to be in Canada," Bristow said in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location.

High-profile leaders, formal organizations and direct contact have become less relevant to militant racists, he said.

Instead, more are embracing the idea of "leaderless resistance," which advocates acts of race-based terrorism without the advice or consent of any organized leadership.

"You don't have to have meetings to be effective."

Bristow has been credited with helping to bring down the Heritage Front by befriending its leader and positioning himself as a trusted deputy and confidant. The revelation that he was a spy effectively destroyed the organization and Droege's career as a racist "superstar," he said.

Critics, however, have said Bristow's work with the group helped to foster its growth - a position dismissed by a 1995 review committee, although he was admonished for tactics that "tested the limits" of acceptable and appropriate behaviour.

Bristow now lives quietly under an assumed name somewhere in western Canada, where he teaches part time, works as a tax accountant and gives lectures to police and security organizations on undercover work.

In the absence of strong leadership and groups in Canada, Bristow said many of the Front's hard-core Canadian members have turned to more radical, violence-prone American hate groups that advocate for leaderless resistance in hopes of touching off an all-out race war.

Andrew Mitrovica, who also interviewed Bristow for an article published Sunday in the online version of Walrus magazine, said the insidious nature of leaderless resistance has already manifested itself in tragic ways in the U.S.

Examples are Timothy McVeigh, who 10 years ago carried out the deadly bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to bombing the Atlanta Olympics, a lesbian nightclub and women's clinics.

"There isn't a sun anymore to revolve around," Mitrovica said. "The gravitational force now that draws (white supremacists) together is the ideology, not the figure."

Bristow said intelligence services will have to learn to adapt.

"(White supremacists) have to have a certain amount of contact with these organizations to become indoctrinated," he said. "The key is going to be in the ability to look at organizations and the dot-com hatemongers on a much wider scale."

Comment: White supremacist zealots are almost as pathetic Christian Zionist zealots, as rabid fundamentalism in any form serves as the antithesis to rational discourse and objective perception of reality. The problem with stories like the one above and the story that follows, is that the internet is cited as part of the problem, which will likely result is stricter controls and regulations of what is or is not allowed to be published online.

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Spain nabs 21 in neo-Nazi crackdown

By The Associated Press

MADRID, Spain - Police arrested 21 suspects in a five-city crackdown on the Spanish branch of an international neo-Nazi group called Blood & Honor, the Civil Guard said yesterday.

The suspects - ranging in age from 17 to 34 - were arrested on charges of crimes against civil liberties, defending the Holocaust, illegal association, and possessing and trafficking arms, said a statement from the paramilitary police force.

Blood & Honor has affiliates across Europe and the United States, the Civil Guard said. The Spanish group is accused of organizing concerts at which they would incite xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and the use of violence.

The concerts, attended by some 300 to 500 followers, were held on the summer and winter solstices, or on dates commemorating the births or deaths of Nazi figures, such as Adolf Hitler or Rudolf Hess, the Civil Guard said.

The gang had been operating since 1999, and maintained contact through fanzines and the Internet, it said.

Police seized two guns, knives and swords, as well as an array of Nazi paraphernalia, in raids on the suspects' homes and the group's meeting places in Madrid, Seville, Jaen, Burgos and Zaragoza.

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By Lynn Stuter
April 27, 2005

On April 20, 2005, incidentally the birthday of Hitler and the anniversary of the Columbine High School rampage, the local news station reported on a “wonderful” program being used in Spokane, Washington to “keep our schools safe.” Considering the spate of recent incidents of guns in schools in Spokane, that claim is questionable.

The program, called “Keep Guns Out of School” pays $75 rewards “to students who contacted an adult when they had information that lead to solving vandalism, removing a weapon or confiscating drugs on school property.”

A lady working with the program in Spokane went on the air stating to the effect that anything that produced safer schools was acceptable. In other words, the end justifies the means.

News articles are appearing nation-wide about this “wonderful” program. Quite obviously, the source of it, claims or no claims, is not local to any of the areas reporting on the program.

It didn’t take long to find the source: the United States Department of Justice / Safe Neighborhoods Program. Another of those top-down but made to appear bottom-up, grass-roots, local in flavor initiatives funded by federal grants (with strings attached) to insure that what is done in Spokane, Washington or Minneapolis, Minnesota or _______ (fill in the blank) conforms to the federal agenda in the systems approach to global order.

But please don’t think for a moment that the Keep Guns Out of School program is the first of its kind. Far from it. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, used in schools for many, many years is another of this same ilk. It also taught children to “snitch” on siblings, friends, neighbors and parents just as the Hitler youth snitched on their siblings, friends, neighbors and parents.

Another of the same ilk is the DFYIT (Drug Free Youth In Town) program out of Texas. This program rewards children who join the club which requires them to give regular urine samples that must be drug free. Those who join and are drug free are given discounts (rewards) by local businesses.

Does the program decrease the incidence of drug abuse? No. Six years after being implemented in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho schools, the schools were bringing in dope sniffing dogs to search students, lockers and cars on school grounds. The program was implemented in the Nine Mile Falls School District northwest of Spokane in the mid 1990’s. The dope sniffing dogs are now being used there also.

What has resulted from the program is that any student who does not join “the club” is considered to be on dope. After all, as the flawed logic goes, if you aren’t on dope you would have no qualms about giving a urine sample. Constitutional rights are not part of the equation just as they aren’t part of the equation with cameras placed at intersections to watch traffic — if you aren’t breaking the law, why should you care if there’s a camera watching you? The same is true of body searches at airports — if you aren’t breaking the law, why should you have a problem with being searched?

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Guess that archaic notion only stands when one of the proponents of this concept gets caught in the snare he/she thinks is so great so long as it applies to everyone but them! The mind-set is one of extreme ignorance, and in the long haul, self-destructive.

Now we have the Safe Neighborhoods Program that incorporates the underlying concept of both the DARE program and the DFYIT program in rewarding students for being snitches. So, today we reward the child for snitching, for doing what we want. And in the process we teach the child to be extrinsically motivated (motivated by external stimuli), reinforced over time, the concept becomes engrained, natural, part of the subconscious. This is how we train an animal, just as the rats in the Skinner Rat Box, just as the Pavlovian slobbering dogs. [...]

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Quake in lake could cause 30-foot tsunami
David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor
Thursday, April 28, 2005

Major temblors hit area in 3,000-year cycles, scientists say

Major quakes on seismic faults that run beneath Lake Tahoe have ruptured the earth's crust there roughly every 3,000 years or so, and scientists are trying to determine just when the last big one hit.

Although the temblors may be few and far between, they've thrust masses of ground up or down by 10 feet or more in the past, say the scientists, who have dug trenches where past quakes have struck on the shore of the Nevada community of Incline Village.

A team headed by geophysicist Graham Kent of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego has probed through thick sediments of the lake bottom to reveal the bedrock underneath -- and has traced, in unprecedented detail, segments of three major faults that extend beyond the lake and onto the land.

The work supports the conclusion published four years ago by a team from the University of Nevada at Reno: that a major quake might some day generate a Lake Tahoe tsunami three stories tall.

Kent's team has found that the Incline Village fault thrusts east on the lake bottom and runs just a few steps from the Incline Elementary School on land. Near the school, there's a well-defined cliff-like scarp some 30-feet high created by many past quakes. A deep trench has been dug there by another team of scientists, led by Gordon G. Seitz of San Diego State University, to analyze the long-buried remains of old trees to determine the date of the last major quake there.

Right now, Kent said Wednesday in an interview, the date is still uncertain, and Seitz is working on refining it. "It was somewhere between a few thousand and 20,000 years ago," he said, "but Seitz should know very soon." [...]

Four years ago, a group from the University of Nevada at Reno headed by John G. Anderson, director of the Seismological Laboratory there, found evidence that large quakes had once occurred on several faults threading across the bottom of Tahoe's deep blue water. They calculated that a magnitude 7 temblor, with crustal blocks surging upward or dropping swiftly on either side of a fault, could generate huge tsunamis 30 feet high inside the lake.

Anderson and his colleague Gene A. Ichinose estimated that the probability would be no more than 2 to 4 percent for another Tahoe earthquake that large within the next 50 years. [...]

Comment: For more on the cyclical nature of catastrophes that hit our planet, see Laura-Knight-Jadczyk's book "The Secret History of the World".

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Apr 24.05

As 37-year-old John Kempen traveled the Parks Highway to Nenana at about 2 a.m. Saturday, he watched the sky, hoping to point out the northern lights to his girlfriend.

But instead of spotting a blur of emerald green, Kempen saw a bright flash of bluish white with sparks for a tail and fiery "chunks breaking off."

The comet-like object, maybe the size of a basketball, slid across the sky from the southwest to the northeast.

Kempen figured the object was a meteor.

According to Neal Brown, director of the space grant program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Kempen probably saw a piece of space junk.

An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 pieces of useless debris orbit the Earth, Brown said, and more is continually added. Among the objects are rocket motors, and bolts and flanges, which are adapters between rocket motors. Also orbiting the earth are old satellites and out-of-commission spacecraft.

"From about 100 to 5,000 miles away from the Earth, it's a virtual junkyard," Brown said. "I think there's an astronaut's glove still out there."

Gravity pulls the junk back to Earth.

"It's coming in all the time," Brown said.

The main reason Kempen's sighting sounds more like junk than a meteor is that it exhibited color, Brown said.

"Meteors don't have any blue or green or any colors," he said. "Most of the meteors are just rocks."

Secondly, the sighting was in the wrong part of the sky to be a Lyrid meteor, which would likely travel from northeast to southwest.

"It's the exact opposite of what they described," Brown said. "It still could have been a meteor, but I really don't think so."

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Ozone layer most fragile on record
Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Wednesday April 27, 2005
The Guardian

Fears over increase in skin cancer as scientists report that climate change continues to destroy the earth's protection

The protective ozone layer over the Arctic has thinned this winter to the lowest levels since records began, alarming scientists who believed it had begun to heal.

The increased loss of ozone allows more harmful ultraviolet light to reach the earth's surface, making children and outdoor enthusiasts such as skiers more vulnerable to skin cancer - a disease which is already dramatically increasing.

Scientists yesterday reinforced the warning that people going out in the sun this summer should protect themselves with creams and hats.

Research by Cambridge University shows that it is not increased pollution but a side effect of climate change that is making ozone depletion worse. At high altitudes, 50% of the protective layer had been destroyed.

The research has dashed hopes that the ozone layer was on the mend. Since the winter of 1999-2000, when depletion was almost as bad, scientists had believed an improvement was under way as pollution was reduced. But they now believe it could be another 50 years before the problem is solved.

What appears to have caused the further loss of ozone is the increasing number of stratospheric clouds in the winter, 15 miles above the earth. These clouds, in the middle of the ozone layer, provide a platform which makes it easier for rapid chemical reactions which destroy ozone to take place. This year, for three months from the end of November, there were more clouds for longer periods than ever previously recorded.

Cambridge University scientists said yesterday that, in late March, when ozone depletion was at its worst, Arctic air masses drifted over the UK and the rest of Europe as far south as northern Italy, giving significantly higher doses of ultraviolet radiation and sunburn risk.

The results, which were announced at a Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna yesterday, are part of a European venture coordinated by Cambridge University's chemistry department, which has been studying the relationship between the ozone layer and climate change since May 2004.

Yesterday, Professor John Pyle, from the university, said: "These were were the lowest levels of ozone recorded since measurements began 40 years ago. We thought things would start to get better because of the phasing out of CFCs and other chemicals because of the Montreal protocol, but this has not happened.

"The pollution levels have levelled off but changes in the atmosphere have made it easier for the chemical reactions to take place that allow pollutants to destroy ozone. With these changes likely to continue and get worse as global warming increases, then ozone will be further depleted even if the level of pollution is going down."

The relationship between the depletion of the ozone layer and climate change is so complex that the EU is investing £11m in a five-year project to try to understand and predict what is happening. Reporting the results of the first year, the scientists told the meeting in Vienna yesterday that "the atmospheric lifetime of these [ozone depleting] compounds is extremely long and the concentrations will remain at dangerously high levels for another half century."

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Flash flood kills nine people in Aceh

BANDA ACEH : Flash floods swept through a village in the tsunami-stricken Indonesian province of Aceh, leaving nine people dead and 20 missing, residents and officials said Wednesday.

The floods, which destroyed about 30 homes in the village of Lawe Mengkudu in southeastern Aceh late Tuesday night, were caused when a river burst its banks after a day of heavy rain.

Erizal, of the Southeast Aceh district police, said nine bodies including that of a paramilitary officer, had been recovered by 2:30 pm (0730 GMT)Wednesday. About 18 people were injured, he said.

Another policeman on duty at the same office, Burhanuddin, said about 20 people were missing.

Residents said rescue workers were still sifting through the debris and mud to find survivors. [...]

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Yemen Floods Kill 10 in Two Days - Officials
YEMEN: April 28, 2005

SANAA - Flash floods have killed at least 10 people in Yemen and destroyed acres of agricultural land in the poor Arab state, officials said on Wednesday. They said tens of houses were also destroyed by rushing water in the past two days after heavy rains lashed several parts of the country.

"There has been a lot of damage to property due to heavy rain in the last week," one official said, adding that it was too early to provide accurate estimates of material damage.

Yemen, at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, is prone to floods during spring and summer. The worst rains hit Yemen in 1996 and officials at the time estimated damage at $1.2 billion.

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Death toll rises to 82 in Ethiopia floods
April 27, 2005

ADDIS ABABA (AP) - Some 82 people died in floods that swept eastern Ethiopia on the weekend and the death toll will rise further unless help gets to survivors soon, the government's relief co-ordinator said Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people were left homeless when the Wabe Shebelle river in the eastern Somali region burst its banks on Saturday after two days of heavy rains, crashing through 40 villages and sweeping families away, said relief co-ordinator Muktar Mohammed Seyyid.

"This is a catastrophe," Muktar said by telephone from the region. "If we don't take action, I am afraid the death toll will increase."

Muktar said if the rains continue - forecasters expect thunderstorms will continue into the weekend - further deaths could occur from flooding.

"Even now there are still people in trees because they are afraid of crocodiles," he told the Associated Press by telephone from the worst affected area, Gode.

Some plastic sheeting and high-energy biscuits have arrived in the region but as yet rescuers have been unable to get them to survivors, said Ahmed Abdi of the UN's World Food Program.

He said many areas still remain cut off.

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Cambodian Dies of Bird Flu, Asia Toll Now 52

VIETNAM: HANOI - A 20-year-old Cambodian woman who died in Vietnam this week was killed by bird flu, taking the death toll in Asia to 52, a health official said on Friday. The woman died just hours after being rushed to hospital on Tuesday in Vietnam's southern province of Kien Giang, suffering from high fever and respiratory problems, a doctor who treated the woman told Reuters.

"This case has tested positive," said a Ho Chi Minh City official, who declined to be identified, following tests on samples from the woman at the city's Pasteur Institute.

Four Cambodians have now died of bird flu, all of them from Kampot province, which borders Vietnam. The H5N1 virus has also killed 36 Vietnamese and 12 Thais.

Health experts fear the virus could mutate into a form which can pass easily between humans and millions could die in a global pandemic and cases in places like Cambodia, where health and monitoring systems are rudimentary, only sharpen the fears.

The virus is endemic in several areas of Southeast Asia and Vietnam, the country hardest hit, says it does not expect to be able to contain it until next year or 2007 because the way it spreads still baffles experts.

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Bird find fuels abuse fears

Loomis raid discovers 22 wild Canada geese, some 'mutilated'

By: Michelle Miller, Journal Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:49 AM PDT

Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game and volunteers from Gold Country Wildlife Rescue raided an adult care facility Tuesday in Loomis to confiscate 22 wild Canada geese that were reportedly trapped, mutilated and possibly fed to the home's elderly residents. [...]

"You can clip the wings to make the bird flightless so feathers don't grow," said Fish and Game warden Mark Jeter. "Compared to human (anatomy), these birds were missing hands and forearms. They were mutilated, not just clipped."

Several months ago, neighbors tipped off game wardens that Canada geese were being trapped and their wings clipped to keep them on the property. The informant claimed the geese were a food source for the senior residents, Jeter said.

"The guess the neighbor has is - as much as he's witnessed - he didn't believe two people living there, the main caretakers, could consume that much as food on their own," he said.Jeter said there is no evidence of the geese being used for food, but it is under investigation. [...]

Wardens were able to videotape (owner) Titus Bujdei baiting the trap with bread and waiting from afar.

"He was real secretive about it and was careful to take away the wings and dispose of bodies," Jeter said.

A plywood fence was erected on the edge of the property, Jeter suspects, to keep prying eyes out.

Geese were likely beheaded where wardens found a hatchet and scarred tree trunk on the property, he said.

"Imagine how many animals were whacked right here," Jeter said, pointing to a bend in the tree trunk. "There was so much blood, it turned the bark black."

Wardens will work on maybe one case a season where a goose is hunted above limits, he said, but he's never seen anything like this. [...]

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Oregon Latest State to Consider Banning Foie Gras
USA: April 28, 2005

PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon came a step closer to bidding au revoir to foie gras after the state's Senate passed a bill to outlaw the production and sale of fattened duck and goose livers. The bill, passed on Tuesday by 18-8 votes, would make it a crime to force-feed fowl or serve the fattened livers in restaurants, although the law has yet to go into effect since it will next face a vote in Oregon's House of Representatives.

The French delicacy has become a national issue in the United States. Animal rights activists argue that enlarging the birds' livers to produce the delicacy is cruel.

If enacted into law, Oregon would become the second state in the nation to ban foie gras production. In California, a law passed last year bans the force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras starting in 2012.

Laws outlawing foie gras have been proposed in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. [...]

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Australian Feral Camels Will Be Shot From Helicopters
April 26, 2005 (ENS)

ADELAIDE, Australia, - Thousands of feral camels on South Australian rural lands will be culled by marksmen shooting from helicopters because they are encroaching on ranches, a state rural lands official told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today.

Rural lands inspector Chris Turner said the camels are drinking scarce water supplies needed for sheep and cattle in the far northwest, so their numbers should be reduced. "The simplest, quickest and most cost effective way of doing that is an aerial cull," Turner said. The cull could begin as early as next month.

The cull was proposed just 11 days after South Australian Premier Mike Rann together with Environment and Conservation Minister John Hill announced a legislative program to prevent cruelty to animals.

On April 15, Rann and Hill released a discussion paper, developed in collaboration with the Australian branch of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), proposing changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act 1995.

"Anyone who is responsible for cruel acts against defenseless animals need to be made accountable for their actions," said Premier Rann. The premier did not comment on the planned camel cull.

Animal welfare groups, including the RSPCA, were upset by the idea of shooting camels from the air because they may not be killed outright. Hugh Wirth, president RSPCA Australia said, "You cannot cleanly kill, instantly kill, humanely kill a moving animal from a moving platform."

Turner did not say how many camels would be killed from the air, but he said there are as many as 60,000 feral camels near ranch lands. [...]

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Organic material found on Titan
Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. - A close flyby of Saturn's big moon Titan by the international Cassini spacecraft revealed an upper atmosphere brimming with complex organic material, a finding that could hold clues to how life arose on Earth, scientists said Monday.

Cassini flew within 638 miles of Titan's frozen surface on April 16 and discovered a hydrocarbon-laced upper atmosphere.

Titan's atmosphere is mainly made up of nitrogen and methane, the simplest type of hydrocarbon. But scientists were surprised to find complex organic material in the latest flyby. Because Titan is extremely cold - about minus 290 degrees - scientists expected the organic material to condense and rain down to the surface.

"We are beginning to appreciate the role of the upper atmosphere in the complex carbon cycle that occurs on Titan," said Hunter Waite, a professor at the University of Michigan.

Scientists believe Titan's atmosphere may be similar to that of the primordial Earth and studying it could provide clues to how life began.

The $3.3 billion Cassini mission, funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, was launched in 1997 and took seven years to reach Saturn. The European Huygens probe carried aboard Cassini was released on Dec. 24 and plunged to the surface of Titan in January.

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Future schlock: Ads beamed to brains
April 26, 2005

How to describe sneaky advertising, flying into our minds under the false flag of news or entertainment? To sum up such sneaking in one word, call it "corrupt." To sum it up in five additional words, call it "the wave of the future." [...]

Back in the real world, the truth may prove even stranger than fiction. Earlier this month, New Scientist magazine reported that Sony had received a patent for a technology that beams information directly into one's head. "No invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live and/or recorded images or hear sounds," Sony's patent states.

This technology is great news for the blind, but surely Sony's invention, if it works out, has even greater potential for those who wish to send messages into targeted brains, whether the recipients like it or not. What might advertisers do with such technology? The name of the advertising game these days is "personalizing" the pitch, and so Sony's signal-sending might be too tempting for Madison Avenue to resist.

Of course, the feds might pass a law against such technology. Which leads one to ask: Would the government really forswear from using such brain-invasive technology itself? After all, don't we want the government to improve our education? Don't we want Uncle Sam to daze and confuse our enemies? The beast of new technology, once loosed, is impossible to pen up again.

And so sneaky product placement on TV shows will ultimately yield to something more profound: idea placement, straight into our minds.

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