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Here we go again....

Yesterday we spoke of the slow, drip, drip, drip of the Chinese water torture. It was the calm before the storm.

The "inevitable" has finally happened, the attack that has been expected against London has occurred. Were you surprised?

After all they have been setting us up for this since September 11, 2001, with the PR machine going into overdrive since Blair jumped into Bush's lap the summer prior to the invasion of Iraq. And who are they going to pin it on? Our favourite CIA asset, Osama bin Laden...

London blasts bear hallmarks of al-Qaida

London has feared a devastating terrorist “spectacular” since 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured in the Madrid bombings in March last year.

Today’s series of multiple attacks across the capital – on the first full day of the G8 summit – bear all the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s style of terrorism.

Like previous strikes, including the September 11 attacks in the US, there were almost simultaneous blasts. And like Madrid, they came on a clearly significant day.

In the Spanish city, terrorists planted 10 bombs on four packed commuter trains just days before the Spanish elections, which ousted the right-wing government that backed the invasion of Iraq.

Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility.

A video found near a Madrid mosque after the attack claimed it was revenge for sending 1,300 troops to Iraq.

Terrorism expert Professor Eric Moonman told Sky News: "It's where the normal public go day-to-day that is always an attraction for the terrorist mind.

“It’s a twisted mind and that’s why we’re finding that the heart of London is almost closed down.

“The bus is a public vehicle and this is what was found in Madrid and what the Israelis have to live with because they know it produces the most terrible and terrifying of pictures and it makes a story.

“We haven’t been up to the mark on this... nevertheless, this isn’t the moment to apportion blame.

“But there is a massive job to be done, confidence has to be restored and then we have to start to think about where they are coming from.

“The unfortunate thing is because of what is going on Scotland some of the twisted minds of the terrorists will all want to claim credit for this action.

“There will be a lot of people who will want to say we did it.”

The expert added: “The fact is, you can do any crime if you really want to.

“It is a bloody sight and it’s one I think will probably continue, that’s why the authorities are determined to keep people out of London because I don’t think we have seen the end of it today.

“It is still early morning and the co-ordination they’ve used is to wreck the day. It is quite conceivable they haven’t finished yet.

Comment: Firstly, as evidence of how the mainstream press is in no way "free" or "impartial" but rather infiltrated by extremist right-wing thinkers and government lackeys, the abovementioned so-called "terrorism expert", employed by Rupert Murdoch's Sky News, is ex-British parliamentarian and Professor of Marketing at London City University, Eirc Moonman, who just also happens to be President of the Zionist Federation of London.

Surely everyone would agree that the opinion of the President of the Federation of Zionists on Arab terrorism is anything but objective, yet we note that Sky News did NOT inform their viewers of Moonman's extremist Pro-Israel background, stating only that he is a "terrorism expert" and even then neglecting to provide any credentials that might support his claim to terrorism expertise.

We would like to appeal to all our readers to think about these attacks rationally. First of all, ask yourself, what does "al-qaeda" or any other "previously unknown" Islamic group have to gain from carrying out these attacks at this particular time in London. Coming on the very day that the "G8" leaders meet in Scotland, the only tangible results of the attacks have been to vector British and world public attention TOWARDS the "reality" of "Arab terrorism" and AWAY from the crimes of people like Bush and Blair as regards the pillaging of the resources (both human and natural) of third world countries. On the very day that G8 leaders were expected to deliver on the demands of the World public to alleviate "third world" debt, "al-qaeda" steps in and saves them the trouble by bringing "terrorism" center stage.

One of the most troubling aspects of "Arab terror" attacks in Europe and the US is that the victims are almost always ordinary civilians. By now, any Arab terrorist strategist should surely have realised that their issue is not with the civilian population of Western nations but rather with the politicians that make the decisions, many of which run contrary to the will of the people. The massive anti-Iraq war demonstrations around Europe and the US made this point quite clear. In this case, what does "al-qaeda" have to gain from attacking London trains and buses filled with civilian workers when it is patently obvious that civilian deaths at the hands of "terrorists" will do nothing to sway the average Western government from their political and military designs on the Middle East, quite the opposite in fact.

It really is a no brainer that "al-qaeda" terrorism very definitely serves the agenda of Bush and Blair.

Another most interesting aspect to today's London bombings is that right next door to the scene of one of the attacks on the London Metro, the Great Eastern Hotel was hosting a conference on the Israeli economy, attended by Israeli finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the most extreme right-wing "Zionist" members of Sharon's Likud party and a staunch opponent of next month's Gaza pullout plan. Most bizarrely of all, one initial report claimed that the Israeli embassy had received advance warning of the attacks from British police, a claim that Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom later denied, while another report had British police denying that they had received advance warning of the attacks from the Israeli embassy, which then THEY denied! What seems clear is that one or other or even both DID know of the attacks in advance and now both are attempting to cover up that fact.

Contrary to the headlines on mainstream news sources and claims by the British government, the attacks today in London bear all the hallmarks of yet another false flag operation carried out by the intelligence aparatus of the UK, the US or Israel (or a combination of all three). Perhaps now is a good time to talk about the fact that, on many, many occasions in the past, US, British and Israeli intelligence agencies have employed "false flag" operations to further their political and military goals. Indeed, the idea of attacking oneself or the population of one's own country and then blaming it on your enemies is as "old as the hills" and is a core element of covert intelligence agency tactics.

Take, for example, the Madrid train bombing of March 11th 2004. 191 people were murdered, supposedly by al-Qaeda, yet all of the victims were simple, working class people, many of whom had protested against the Iraq invasion and the then Spanish government's decision to send troops to Iraq. So why would al-qaeda, an organisation that claims to represent the interests of the Islamic people, want to attack innocent people who to some extent share their opposition to pro-American European governments? It just doesn't make sense, and the claim that the "terrorists" are just crazy and that there is no logic to their actions is not in keeping with the lucid and erudite demands that the "terrorists" have made. Because the Madrid train bombings lead to the ousting of the right-wing Aznar administration, the argument has also been made that this was the actual goal of "al-qaeda" in carrying out the bombings, yet "Arab terrorists" won few supporters in Spain by killing 191 innocent Spaniards, and most analysts had been expecting a popular swing towards the left at the polls regardless. No indeed, the most obvious explanation is that, like the train bombings in London today, the Madrid train attacks of "3/11" were an attempt to turn Spanish (and wider Europe and and world) public opinion against "Arabs" in general and garner support for Bush and Sharon's war on the Arab population of the Middle East.

The shadow of a false flag operation has in fact been spread across the headlines over the past couple of weeks, yet due to the chronic lack of real journalism in the US, the general public is mostly unaware of it. Last month an Italian judge called for the detention of 13 alleged CIA agents who had "rendered" (abducted) from Milan to Egypt Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, a Muslim Cleric and CIA informant on February 17, 2003 according to Albanian intelligence officials as published in the Chicago Tribune on July 2, this year. While the official line is that the Americans were CIA agents, there is reason to believe that they were in fact part of “a covert team of U.S. Defense Department Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence agents who are now the subject of international arrest warrants” as Wayne Madsen writes.

Running parallel to this is the story from the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that Italian officials have uncovered an underground police network while investigating the death of Fabrizio Quattrocchi, an Italian private security contractor slain in Iraq in 2004. The investigation by the Genoa Public Prosecutor's Office revealed that the officially illegal anti-terror police, called the Department of Strategic Antiterrorism Studies (DSSA), was staffed by Freemasons and shadowy CIA operatives. Among the 50 people that are being investigated are Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindoca, both Freemasons and DSSA directors with links to the extreme right and intelligence organizations including "Gadio". Wayne Madsen tell us:

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has quickly distanced the parallel intelligence network from official intelligence and police networks by claiming that Saya and Sindoca are just criminals and not tied to the Italian Gladio, which a number of intelligence experts believe Cossiga once headed. Cossiga also defended the secret U.S. intelligence operation in Italy that is presently under attack by Milan prosecutors. Cossiga said that by not telling the Italian government of the operation, the U.S. avoided having its secret plans spread throughout the Middle East.

By mentioning both the Milan and Genoa cases, Cossiga may have unintentionally linked the two. The parallel intelligence network is reportedly the outgrowth of a Gladio network consisting of six divisions that operated in Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East during the Cold War. The P-2 Lodge, headed by fascist leader Licio Gelli, reportedly maintained close links to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig and his one-time foreign affairs adviser, Michael Ledeen.

A number of SISMI agents and assets have also been tied to the group, including Francesco Pazienza, an SISMI agent, and Rocco Martino, who said he was the source of the faked Niger yellowcake uranium documents that were laundered through Rome and used as proof by the Bush White House that Saddam Hussein was shopping for uranium in Niger. That charge prompted the CIA to send Ambassador Joseph Wilson to Niger, resulting in a retaliatory outing of Wilson's wife as a covert CIA operative and exposure by the White House of the CIA's covert weapons of mass destruction counter-proliferation network.

It would seem reasonable to assume that there is indeed a very definite connection between a group of American "black ops" personnel with ties to the Pentagon who were involved in kidnapping a Muslim Cleric in Italy who was on their payroll as an informer and a shadowy extra-judicial Italian anti-Muslim terrorist organisation founded by two Italians who were also being funded by the Pentagon. The mention of the term "Gladio" and Saya and Sindoca being affiliated with this organisation is very interesting. Chris Floyd writing in the Moscow Times explains the essence of "Operation Gladio":

'You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."

Operation Gladio [was] a decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West -- against their own populations. Hundreds of innocent people were killed or maimed in terrorist attacks -- on train stations, supermarkets, cafes and offices -- which were then blamed on "leftist subversives" or other political opponents. The purpose, as stated above in sworn testimony by Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra, was to demonize designated enemies and frighten the public into supporting ever-increasing powers for government leaders -- and their elitist cronies.

First revealed by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in 1991, Gladio (from the Latin for "sword") is still protected to this day by its founding patrons, the CIA and MI6. Yet parliamentary investigations in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium have shaken out a few fragments of the truth over the years. These have been gathered in a new book, "NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe," by Daniele Ganser, as Lila Rajiva reports on

Originally set up as a network of clandestine cells to be activated behind the lines in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, Gladio quickly expanded into a tool for political repression and manipulation, directed by NATO and Washington. Using right-wing militias, underworld figures, government provocateurs and secret military units, Gladio not only carried out widespread terrorism, assassinations and electoral subversion in democratic states such as Italy, France and West Germany, but also bolstered fascist tyrannies in Spain and Portugal, abetted the military coup in Greece and aided Turkey's repression of the Kurds.

Among the "smoking guns" unearthed by Ganser is a Pentagon document, Field Manual FM 30-31B, which details the methodology for launching terrorist attacks in nations that "do not react with sufficient effectiveness" against "communist subversion." Ironically, the manual states that the most dangerous moment comes when leftist groups "renounce the use of force" and embrace the democratic process. It is then that "U.S. army intelligence must have the means of launching special operations which will convince Host Country Governments and public opinion of the reality of the insurgent danger." Naturally, these peace-throttling "special operations must remain strictly secret," the document warns.

What seems to be true is that Operation Gladio was the brain child of American intelligence personnel after the (so-called) defeat of Fascism during WWII. It goes without saying that the very existence of tyrants like Hitler and Mussolini was extremely useful for the "allies", particularly the Americans. After all, when your goal is global hegemony, you need a good reason to send the troops overseas. However, with the defeat of the Nazis, America was forced to find a new boogeyman, or rather boogey ideology, to justify continual war. Very quickly after WWII, "the commies are coming" became the new battle cry and with it came a plan to establish "stay-behind" groups of mercenaries trained by Americans in the art of guerilla warfare in the event that a Communist (or in any way left-leaning) government should gain strength in any strategically important (from the point of view of the US) nation.

Going one level deeper, and with the benefit of hindsight, we realise that Communism itself, much like the "Arab terror" threat of today, was a wholly manufactured threat and was used by the US throughout the "cold war" to justify US covert and overt aggression against any country it chose. One example of the many atrocities carried out by the US backed and financed "Gladio" included the Bologna (Italy) train bombing of August 2nd 1982 where 85 civilians were massacred, an act that was then blamed on Italian Communists who were vying for political power in Italy at the time.

Over the years Gladio's so-called "strategy of tension" -- fomenting fear to keep populations in thrall to "strong leaders" who will protect the nation from the ever-present terrorist threat was used to great effect, mainly by the US, in many parts of the world. Both the Reagan and Bush administrations employ the use of mercenaries in South American countries throughout the 1980s and right up until the present day. As soon as it appeared that a populist group might gain political ground, the US-sponsored death-squads swung into action committing murder, creating mayhem and blaming it on the opposition as a way to coerce the population into accepting the need for "strong leadership", or to put it another way, fascists, that would be much more amenable to allowing large US corporations access to their countries resources. Of course, in the case that this tactic did not work, as was the case in Chile in the early 1970's, direct coups were financed and a military dictatorship imposed.

Of course, with the fall of the "iron curtain" (you gotta love those metaphors) Communism was dispensed with, but not before the groundwork had been laid for the creation of the next terrifying threat to world "freedom" (read American dominance) - Muslim terrorism. In exactly the same way that groups like "Gladio" infiltrated Socialist and Communist "enemy" groups, similar bands of cutthroats are today infiltrating - and even creating - Muslim terrorist groups that they can maneuver to be the patsies for US, UK and Israel-sponsored terrorist attacks.

While the word is today synonymous with mass murderers like Hitler, Fascism is, and always has been, an ideology adhered to by those who seek ultimate control over as much of the world and its people as possible. In this regard, the real fascists in the world today are alive and well and conducting covert false flag terror attacks from their headquarters in the White House, Whitehall and the Knesset.

Just to close the circle and bring the topic back to current US headlines; it has been recently revealed that covert CIA agent Valerie Plame was outed by US Presidential advisor Karl Rove in retaliation against her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, who had discovered that the documents stating that Saddam had tried to procure uranium from Niger were in fact false. And from whom did the Bush cabal get the Niger documents? Rocco Martino, an agent of the Italian Intelligence Service (SISMI) who is also linked to Saya and Sendoca, the NeoCon's agent provocateurs in the global phony war on terror.

As an aside, yet 100% linked to this discussion, it is entirely likely that the Gladio network is behind many "insurgent" attacks in Iraq, particularly the ones that involve the mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians and the kidnapping of European aid workers like Giuliana Sgrena. It is no coincidence that Sgrena's bodyguard, Nicola Calipari a legitimate member of the Italian Intelligence Service (SISMI), was murdered in an American covert operation on March 4th this year, just as he was escorting Sgrena to freedom. The obvious conclusion is that Calipari had become aware of the fact that Sgrena's kidnappers were not the evil Muslim terrorists that the White House claimed they were, but rather were made up of US and Israeli agents assigned to demonise the "enemy" - the legitimate Iraqi resistance who simply wanted the occupying US troops to leave their country. It was for this reason that he had to be silenced.

It is likewise very possible that the US informant Muslim Cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was kidnapped by the American "Gladio gang", had decided that he didn't want to play Gladiator anymore and was perhaps threatening to spill the beans on the real cause of most Muslim terrorism in the world today.

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FLASHBACK! July 8, 2004

Top police officer says London has been in terrorists' sights

Thu Jul 8, 4:50 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's most senior police officer reiterated that London has been targeted by terrorists, and that "massive resources" are being deployed to head off an attack.

"London has been the target of unsuccessful terrorist attacks and a lot have been disrupted," Sir John Stevens, who is expected to retire later this year as the chief of London's Metropolitan Police, told BBC radio.

"We can't disclose to the people what we are doing covertly and even overtly," he explained.

But he added: "We, and the security services MI5 and MI6, are working incredibly hard, and there are massive resources that we're using (to ensure) that no one breaks through in a successful attack."

Besides day-to-day policing in the greater London area, the Metropolitan Police also takes the lead in investigating terrorist activity throughout Britain.

Stevens revealed last March, in the wake of the Madrid train bombings, that "we have actually stopped terrorist attacks happening in London," but gave no details.

Mayor Ken Livingstone added that it would be "miraculous" if the British capital escaped attack.

The last known terrorist incident in London was a car bombing outside a pub in August 2001 blamed on the Real IRA, a Northern Ireland group opposed to peace efforts in the British-ruled province. [...]

Comment: Notice the date on this article (which is unfortunately no longer available at the URL). One year ago. If, as often happens, they were reporting comments made the day before, that would put it exactly one year ago, July 7, 2004. Of course, with the amount of fear mongering that has been going on over the last years, one shouldn't put too much weight on the coincidence of dates. You could probably find similar statements for many other dates. Still....

So, yes, we have been softened up to expect such an attack, and to immediately associate such an attack with those inhuman brutes known as al Qaeda. The Pavlovian association is well imprinted. It was only a question of when: when the powers that be needed a little boost in the "war against terror" because we don't put much credence in the idea that this was carried out by Islamic fundamentalists. Of course, it is possible. There may be a cell of genuine Islamic terrorists out there who aren't in some way being manipulated by Mossad or MI5 or the US intelligence agencies. It's possible, but we don't think it is likely they would have pulled off a blast such as this.

More probable is that is was a group in one of the spy agencies of a "civilised" country. We'll look at that question below.

At the moment, though, it is important for people to remain critical and lucid. These events are designed to stir us up, to get the juices flowing so that we can be swept along into accepting changes that we wouldn't accept with a clear head. It is important to be on guard in times like these against such manipulations. You can see that Blair is getting ready to try to do exactly that when you look at what he said today in reaction: it was full of the old colonialist lines about "civilisation".

That the "civilised" countries are even more barbaric than the one's Blair was criticising goes unmentioned. Our crimes are always for the good of others. The white man knows best.

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Blair vows terrorists won't win

Tony Blair has said terrorists will not succeed in destroying "our values and our way of life" after blasts hit London's transport network.

The prime minister said it was reasonably clear the blasts were a terrorist attack designed to coincide with the G8 summit in Gleneagles.

He said he was flying back to London to hear reports from police and emergency services face-to-face.

But the G8 summit would continue in his absence, he said in a TV address.

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa"
Tony Blair

Mr Blair said it was "reasonably clear" terrorists were behind the blasts.

"It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world," he said.

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world."

Mr Blair said all the G8 leaders wanted the meeting to continue in his absence so "that we should continue to discuss the issues that we are discussing and reach the conclusions that we were going to reach".

"Each of the countries around that table have some experience of the effects of terrorism and all the leaders ... share our complete resolution to defeat this terrorism," he continued.

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long term problems of climate change and the environment.

"Just as it's reasonably clear this is a series of terrorist attacks, it's also reasonably clear, that it is designed and meant to coincide with the G8."

BBC political editor Andrew Marr said Mr Blair was clearly extremely upset when he gave his reaction to the blasts.

Comment: We watched as a, to use a hackneyed phrase that suits a hackneyed politician, "visibly shaken" Tony Blair spoke from Gleneagles at noon today, UK time, to give his reaction to the London bombings. We found this remark particularly barbaric:

"It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long term problems of climate change and the environment."

As well as the following:

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world."

Yes, the civilised nations; the ones responsible for pillaging the rest of the globe to fuel their economies, the ones that send their troops to the four corners of the earth, suppressing local dissent, employing children to do their labour; leaving a trail of pollution and blood, and home in time for tea.

The civilised nations who, today, were sitting down to solve the problems for those poor, helpless Africans, not to mention global warming.

Oh, so, civilised. Oh, so, caring. Listen to these words from Bush:

"The contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty and those who kill, those who have such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks," Bush said.

The president said the ideology of hope and compassion would triumph over that of hate.

Agence France Presse reported that Bush affirmed that the war on terrorism would continue and that the contrast between what we see on the television screens here and what is happening there couldn't be clearer, Bush went on to say that while the G8 was working to reduce poverty and stem the spread of AIDS and protect the environment, on the other hand you have people who kill the innocent. The contrast couldn't be clearer.

Yes, indeedy.

George, how many innocent people have been killed by your invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Oh, that's right. You don't keep count. And how many died because of the US embargo on Iraq in the 90s? How many hundreds of thousands?

While watching the television reports from London, we saw scenes of bodies being removed from the underground, including a shot of medics attempting to revive someone being wheeled along a London street on a stretcher. When was the last time people watching Fox News saw a shot like that from Iraq, a shot of an innocent bystander in the last throes of his life. Yes, they give us images of "insurgents", or people they are trying to pass off as insurgents such as the dead teenagers with guns planted next to their bodies by US soldiers which was reported on alternative news sites recently.

The "civilised" Mr Blair has blood on his hands.

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FLASHBACK July 21, 2003

"Do you have blood on your hands?"

Joe Quinn
Signs of the Times staff writer

I watched the BBC main evening news yesterday of Blair's press conference in Japan on the death of Dr. Kelly. Blair fielded a number of questions from reporters on the alleged suicide of the former government arms advisor. He seemed to be handling the situation quite well, but it was obvious that he was completely unprepared for what was to be the final question of the briefing.

"Mr. Blair", the reporter asked, "do you have blood on your hands?"

The only way to describe the effect on Blair was that his face 'crumpled', it was as though something collapsed inside him. He stood silent and motionless for a few seconds and then abruptly called the session to a close, excusing himself without answering the question.

It seemed as if the pressure of lying continually and on such a massive scale, momentarily got a little too much for Tony, and he cracked. Not to worry though, he will surely be patched up and bristling again for his next outing.

Comment: The killing games have been going on for as long as our species has walked this planet. If you want to make your way up the hierarchical pyramid of power, you have to "play the game". The death of Kelly, that we have covered (use our searchable archives), allowed one facet to be seen. Then there was this report from a reader of the site Propaganda Matrix.

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"This is what you wanted, you asked for this so play the game Tony."
Propaganda Matrix

I received the following E mail from a Scottish journalist who works from a mainstream paper. I know his identity but he asked it not to be revealed. Suffice to say I have verified his name. It is up to the reader to discern whether the following information is accurate but it fits in with related information previously featured on this website. The E mail is edited for clarity.


I'm a reader from Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom. I'm a journalist and stand-up comedian and heard some bits and pieces from a BBC reporter who was on Tony Blair's far-east tour plane following Kelly's death.

A conversation was overheard by this BBC reporter between Tony Blair and his press secretary Alistair Campbell. The conversation was heard folowing the press conference when Blair was asked if he had Dr Kelly's blood on his hands and Blair froze and didn't answer.

Campbell, a notorious ranter was heard to say: "What the fuck was that, you know the line on this, what were you doing, why didn't you answer." Blair's response was inaudible and Campbell was then heard to say: "This is what you wanted, you asked for this so play the game Tony." Since then Blair continually trotted out the line about waiting for the Inquiry before commenting.

Normally in the UK Public Inquiries take months and months before they start but this one was pushed through quickly because Tony Blair is apparantly on the verge of cracking. Campbell needs to get this over and done with ASAP and then have Chancellor Gordon Brown installed as Prime Minister before the end of the Year and give him plenty of time to get the people on his side before the 2005 elections.

Secondly a contact of mine, a former MI6 spook, was speaking about the circumstances of Kelly's death. He said he's been taught how to "make anything look like anything" and said that there must have been some kind of struggle at the scene of Kelly's death. He said it was sloppy work that Kelly's body was found with enough pills for an overdose but hadn't ingested them, he said that should have been removed from the scene under normal procedure. He added "You can slit someone's wrists and make it look like suicide easily but it's a lot harder to make someone swallow tablets." He also said the heart monitor pads found on Kelly's chest were "simply there to make sure he was dead." He also said those should have been removed and suspects the agents involved were disturbed by someone in the process of the killing.

I just thought some of this shit might have been interesting to yourselves. I'm happy to contribute occasional pieces of information every now and then but I'd rather you didn't publish my name along with anything I send you.

All the best.


Comment: As with so many reports on the Internet, it is hard to verify whether this is true or not. We read it and judge that it sounds plausible, but, then again, that could simply be because it confirms a picture we have of Tony Blair built up from his many pronouncements, the Tony Blair who told us that Saddam could hit London in 45 minutes, for example.

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G8 leaders condemn 'barbaric' attacks
Thursday, July 7, 2005 Posted: 1235 GMT (2035 HKT)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (CNN) -- Flanked by the somber leaders of the world's largest industrial nations at the G8 summit in Scotland, British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned what he said were likely terrorist attacks in London.

"We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families.

"All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but all nations and on civilized people everywhere.

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world.

"Here at the summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life.

"The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life. The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us.

"We shall prevail and they shall not." [...]

Comment: Blair's statement translate to: "Our terror shall defeat 'their' terror." It looks to us like it is all one terror, part of an elaborate system designed to keep us frightened and running on our emotions so that we are incapable of standing back and looking critically at events and the statements of our elected officials.

It will be curious to see what effect the London bombings have on Bush's standing back in the US. We've noted that the polls show that his approval rating has dropped and that there is more open criticism of the war in Iraq -- even if it amounts more to how the US can save face than recognition that it was an illegal war and that the perpetrators should be tried for war crimes.

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Financial Times: British forces withdrawal from Iraq expected
Iraq-UK, Politics, 7/6/2005

The British daily Financial Times disclosed on Tuesday that the British defense office has prepared a plan to withdraw a great part of its forces from Iraq.

The paper explained that the plan states a plan to implement the first phase of the withdrawal next Autumn by handing over security arrangements to the Iraqi forces in two of the governorates of the south where some 8000 British soldiers are deployed.

However, a spokesman for the British defense office said that the British forces will continue to remain in Iraq, as far as this is necessary.

Comment: Another curious synchronicity. Could it be that someone doesn't want British troops out of Iraq?

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Netanyahu Changed Plans Due to Warning
Associated Press
July 7, 2005

JERUSALEM - British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday's explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said.

Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop where one of the blasts occurred, and the warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he wasn't aware of any Israeli casualties.

Just before the blasts, Scotland Yard called the security officer at the Israeli Embassy to say they had received warnings of possible attacks, the official said. He did not say whether British police made any link to the economic conference.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the nature of his position.

The Israeli Embassy was in a state of emergency after the explosions in London, with no one allowed to enter or leave, said the Israeli ambassador to London, Zvi Hefet.

All phone lines to the embassy were down, said Danny Biran, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

The ministry set up a situation room to deal with hundreds of phone calls from concerned relatives. Thousands of Israelis are living in London or visiting the city at this time, Biran said.

Amir Gilad, a Netanyahu aide, told Israel Radio that Netanyahu's entourage was receiving updates all morning from British security officials, and "we have also asked to change our plans."

Netanyahu had been scheduled to stay in London until Sunday, but that could change, Gilad said.

Comment: Scotland Yard saw fit to warn the Israeli Embassy, and yet according to BBC and SkyNews television broadcasts this morning, the British people and apparently even law enforcement officials and government leaders were not given any warning??

No sooner had this report appeared, then the Israeli government issued an official denial:

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Israeli Minister Denies Scotland Yard Warning
Thursday, July 07, 2005

JERUSALEM — Israel was not warned about possible terror attacks in London before a series of blasts ripped through the city, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Thursday.

A Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said earlier that British police warned the Israeli Embassy in London of possible terror attacks minutes before the first explosion.

"There was no early information about terrorist attacks," Shalom told Israel Army Radio later. "After the first explosion an order was given that no one move until things become clear. "

Israel was holding an economic conference in a hotel over the London subway stop where one of the blasts occurred. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was supposed to attend the conference, but "after the first explosion our finance minister received a request not to go anywhere," Shalom said.

He said he wasn't aware of any Israeli casualties.

The Israeli Embassy was in a state of emergency after the explosions in London, with no one allowed to enter or leave, said the Israeli ambassador to London, Zvi Hefet.

All phone lines to the embassy were down, said Danny Biran, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

The ministry set up a situation room to deal with hundreds of phone calls from concerned relatives. Thousands of Israelis are living in London or visiting the city at this time, Biran said.

Amir Gilad, a Netanyahu aide, told Israel Radio that Netanyahu's entourage was receiving updates all morning from British security officials, and "we have also asked to change our plans."

Netanyahu had been scheduled to stay in London until Sunday, but that could change, Gilad said.

Comment: The Fox URL had the initial report that Israel had been warned and has now been replaced with the above article.

Where have we seen this before? Israelis are warned about an attack, then the report is denied?

Oh, yes, it was on 9/11 when reports appeared stating that employees of the Israeli company Odigo had received warnings prior to the attacks to stay away from the World Trade Centre that day. The reports were quickly denied amid suggestions that they were put out by anti-Semitic forces.

Only trouble was that they were later confirmed by Odigo itself as being true.

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FLASHBACK! October 27, 2004

Odigo says workers were warned of attack

By Yuval Dror
Apr 04 2004

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack.

Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI.

"I have no idea why the message was sent to these two workers, who don't know the sender. It may just have been someone who was joking and turned out they accidentally got it right. And I don't know if our information was useful in any of the arrests the FBI has made," said Macover. Odigo is a U.S.-based company whose headquarters are in New York, with offices in Herzliya.

As an instant messaging service, Odigo users are not limited to sending messages only to people on their "buddy" list, as is the case with ICQ, the other well-known Israeli instant messaging application.

Odigo usually zealously protects the privacy of its registered users, said Macover, but in this case the company took the initiative to provide the law enforcement services with the originating Internet Presence address of the message, so the FBI could track down the Internet Service Provider, and the actual sender of the original message.

Comment: We commented at the time:

The rumour that Odigo had been warned of the 9/11 attacks was denounced as anti-Semitism after the attack because it implied that the force behind 9/11 was not "Islamic terrorists." In the two and one-half years since, much evidence has come out to suggest that this is in fact the case. The Bush administration has yet to produce the slightest hard evidence that the hijackers were the men they claim or to show the slightest proof that the attackers were part of the mythical al Qaeda.

Notice the ridiculous explanation by the CEO of the company that received the message. It is not clear whether "Odigo" is an American company, an Israeli company or an Israeli-American company. Whatever the case, Odigo, at the time of the 9/11 attacks, had an office in the WTC itself, as well as offices in Herzliya in Israel. The article states that the ISP information was eventually given to the FBI, and we assume that the FBI checked into the ISP and the sender, so who was it? Well, perhaps we don't need the FBI to make the first obvious connection. In the article we notice that that two employees of Odigo that received the warning immediately contacted Israeli intelligence. While the article above does not state it, this would seem to suggest that the two employees were in the Israeli office, and that the message originated either in Israel or somewhere else in the Middle East.

The Israeli offices of Odigo are noteworthy for their location - Herzliya, a resort city to the north of Tel Aviv, which was named after one of the founders of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl. Most significant however is that the actual office building of Odigo in Herzliya is right next to the "Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre", a private university financed by US donors, mainly the trader Marc Rich, the Israeli criminal and lobbyist that Clinton was "forced" to pardon. Thierry Mesan has this to say of the centre on his Reseau voltaire site (translated from the original French):

[...] the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre, a private university near Tel Aviv and financed by US donors, mainly the trader Marc Rich (Glencore). It comes from the International Institute on Politics and Counter-Terrorism that has made its specialty to the supposed links between Palestinian resistance movements, Al Quada, and the "Axis of Evil." The institute is notoriously linked to the secret services of the Israeli army, and two of its former directors sit on the Institute's Board of Directors: Generals Shlomo Gazit and Eli Zeira. The offices of the Institute are next to those of the private telecommunications firm Odigo that announced the attacks on the World Trade Centre two hours before they were perpetrated.

Interesting indeed. We find it unlikely that a internet messaging business would be located so close to the heart of Israeli intelligence without there being some co-operation between the two.

If we look at 9/11 from the point of view of who benefited, there are only two countries in the world - Israel and the United States. Israel has used the attacks to justify their ruthless murder of Palestinians; the United States to justify their intervention in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and Iraq. [...]

False flag operations are nothing new. They are pretty much the rule when it comes to the battle for the minds of the population. If you need to demonise your enemy, what better way to do it than to carry out a bloody attack on innocent civilians and then put the blame on them.

Israel is particularly good at this. How many of the "suicide bombers" are in fact working, whether they know it or not, for Israeli intelligence? How many of the current round of kidnappings in Iraq, especially those that end in executions such as Nicholas Berg, are in fact false flag operations?

Closer to "home", or the Home Office, we only have to go back to 1994 to find Mossad engaged in a false flag operation in London: against the Israeli Embassy!

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Report: Mossad behind destroying London Israeli embassy in 1994
Israel, Politics, 11/27/1998

The British daily "The Independent" on Thursday unveiled important information on spying attempts made by the Israeli Mossad and operations targeting the destruction of Israeli embassies abroad.

In an article published on Thursday and quoted by the BBC, the paper added that the person who is accused of being behind the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London in 1994, Rida Maghribi, was an agent recruited by the Mossad and was assigned by Israeli foreign intelligence for that purpose.

The paper added that behind such an act, Israel was seeking to distort the image of the Palestinians in Britain and the western countries. However, this new Mossad scandal unveiled by the British paper is added to several similar scandals dogging the Mossad in Switzerland, Cyprus and Germany involving spying against the interests of these countries and on Lebanese and Palestinian resistance forces.

Comment: With that bit of evidence, now look at this following report on the bombing that appeared the year before.

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Embassy Bomb Warning Ignored by British Intelligence
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 1997 12:08:28 0000
From: Leiah and Jason Elbaum <>

The British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reports (2 November) that the British intelligence service MI5 was warned in advance of the devastating 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London, yet it took no action, failing even to tip off the police or the Israeli government.

The warning, a written report from a highly trusted source, was sent for assessment to a desk officer in MI5's international terrorism section. After she failed to act on the report, it was later found buried in the filing cupboard of another officer, reports the Mail, leading to speculation of a bungled coverup. Neither officer was disciplined and MI5 management failed to institute procedures to prevent the recurrence of such an incident.

Responding to the revelations, Israel's ambassador to Britain Moshe Raviv said, "This story is completely new to me. The Embassy had passed on to the Foreign Office general warnings based on information from Jerusalem. These warnings had been sent to a number of our embassies and as a consequence we had asked the Foreign Office to step up security and vigilance at the Embassy in London. If this information is correct, it is amazing that greater efforts were not made to prevent the attacks."

Shabtai Shevet, head of Israel's Mossad in 1994, called the development a setback in the fight against international terrorism. "Had a similar piece of information concerning a British office or institution been known to us we would not have hesitated to pass it to them," he said.

The embassy bombing in July 1994, just 24 hours after Jordan's King Hussein shook hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at the White House, was one of the worst terrorist bombings London has seen. A 50-pound (22 kg) car bomb injured 13 and almost destroyed the embassy. Later that night a second bomb injured six people at the London offices of Britain's main Jewish charities and pro-Israel institutions.

Credit for the attacks was claimed by a previously unknown group, the Palestinian Resistance Jaffa Group Palestine. Two Palestinians were later convicted for the attacks. The presiding judge said it was only "Providence" that more people were not seriously injured or killed.

The revelations were published after the lifting of a two-month-old gagging order by the British government. British Home Secretary Jack Straw allowed publication, adding, "It is not the case that such information as the Security Service had in its possession would have enabled it to prevent the Israeli bombing from happening."

Comment: So, here we have a Mossad operation carried out against the Israeli Embassy, and the head of Mossad at the time gets on his high horse and says that "we would have passed it on" if it had happened to them. Such concern. Such caring.

And note the reference to the group that was supposedly responsible: a previous unknown group. Today's attack in London is being claimed by a "previously unknown group" called the "Secret Organization group of al Qaeda Organization in Europe".

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United Kingdon: Concerns remain on the convictions of two Palestinians accused in connection with the Israeli embassy bombing
5 November 2001
AI Index EUR 45/016/2001 - News Service Nr. 195

Amnesty International is concerned that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh, convicted in connection with the 1994 Israeli embassy bombing, have been denied the right to a fair trial and that their convictions are unsafe.

On 1 November 2001, the Court of Appeal denied all grounds of the appeal against conviction and sentencing by Samar Alami, a Lebanese-Palestinian, and Jawad Botmeh, a Palestinian, both of whom are UK residents. They had been sentenced in 1996 to 20 years' imprisonment after being convicted of conspiracy to cause explosions in 1994 at the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House in London. Bombs exploded at these locations in July 1994; no one was killed as a result.

Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh have consistently maintained their innocence of the charges. There was no direct evidence connecting either of them to the attacks and both had alibis. The appeal was based on the grounds that the convictions were unsafe, including due to the failure of the prosecution to disclose evidence to the defence, and on the length of the sentences.

Amnesty International is concerned that Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh have been denied their right to a fair trial because they have been denied full disclosure -- both during and after the trial -- of all information, including intelligence information, that may have been relevant to the investigation of the bombings. Some of this evidence had been subject to Public Interest Immunity certificates, thus blocking its disclosure. Crucial questions remain unanswered concerning the role of the various intelligence services, the actions of the Israeli embassy including in the investigation, and the nature of the initial police investigation.

This case highlights some of the dangers of use of Public Interest Immunity certificates to block disclosure of evidence and raises questions about the accountability of the intelligence services.

One of the grounds of appeal was based on statements made by former MI5 agent, David Shayler, that the security services had received a warning before the bombing that an attack on the Israeli embassy was being planned. David Shayler alleged that this information had not been acted upon. Amnesty International was concerned that the appeal court proceeded, in October 2000, with a closed hearing in the absence of the defence team. (Although the judges were willing to include the leading defence barrister in the hearing, the defence solicitor would have been excluded and the barrister would have had to give an undertaking not to disclose information to the accused.) During the closed hearing the prosecution presented to the court documents which had not previously been disclosed to the accused or their lawyers.

After the hearing the judges ordered the disclosure of only one piece of evidence. This consisted of a handwritten note outlining information received by the intelligence services before the bombings that a terrorist organization, unconnected to Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh, was seeking information about the location and defences of the Israeli Embassy in London for a possible bombing attack. The note added that related intelligence after the bombings indicated that this particular organization had not carried out the bombing. The note also explained that this information had not been disclosed to the trial judge by MI5 and Special Branch because of at least six instances of ''human error'' and ''oversight''.

Amnesty International has monitored, since 1995, the arrests and remand hearings of a number of persons in connection with the bombing attacks; the conditions in which some of the detainees were held on remand; the prosecution and trial in 1996 of four people, in which two people were acquitted; and the appeal hearings of Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh in October 2000 and October 2001.

Comment: Anyone interested in learning more about Mossad false flag operations should read By Way of Deception, Victor Ostrovsky's account of his years in Mossad.

The most spectacular False Flag Operation of all time to date was 9/11 itself which appears to have been a joint Israeli/US operation.

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France terror alert level at red after London blasts
July 7, 2005

PARIS - France on Thursday raised its anti-terror alert to red, the second-highest rating, after a series of explosions rocked London, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced.

Security was especially tight around the British embassy in Paris, as well as in the French capital's underground system, Paris area airports and rail stations, especially for passengers travelling to Britain.

French President Jacques Chirac, who was in Scotland for the Group of Eight summit, told British Prime Minister Tony Blair that he had France's "total solidarity" following the fatal blasts, which Blair called "terrorist attacks".

"The president of the Republic told the British prime minister
of his horror at the tragic events in London and expressed his sad condolences," a spokesman for Chirac said.

"He told him of the total solidarity of France and of the French people."

After an emergency meeting with his key cabinet ministers and telephone talks with Chirac, Villepin said: "This is a drama for Great Britain, for all of Europe, which was already struck in Madrid in March 2004."

The red level of France's Vigipirate security plan calls for random checks in trains, patrols on high-speed trains including Eurostar trains heading to London and airspace restrictions over certain sensitive areas.

It is the second of four levels -- scarlet, red, orange and yellow.

The French state-owned railway SNCF advised passengers not to travel to London in the wake of the blasts, urging them to postpone their departures even though trains were running on or close to schedule.

The SNCF said all passengers holding unused tickets for Thursday would be reimbursed or able to travel on a different day.

Both houses of the French parliament -- the lower-house National Assembly and the Senate -- suspended their sessions in solidarity with the British people.

The blasts came as G8 leaders met in Scotland, and just one day after London was chosen over Paris to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who returned to France on Thursday from Singapore where he went to defend the city's bid to host the Olympic Games, told reporters: "Right now, we are all Londoners."

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Oil hits record as storm looms
By Timothy Gardner
July 7, 2005

NEW YORK - Oil prices hit a record above $61 a barrel on Wednesday as a storm looming in the wake of Tropical Storm Cindy compounded worries over U.S. refiners' ability to boost pre-winter fuel supplies.

U.S. crude jumped as high as $61.35 per barrel, the highest price for oil futures since they began trading in 1983. It later settled at $61.28 per barrel, up $1.69, or nearly 3 percent, on the day. London Brent settled up $1.56 to $59.85 a barrel after hitting a record $60.

Tropical Storm Cindy slowed into a depression on Wednesday but not before knocking out transmission lines in Louisiana, briefly shutting refinery units and leading to minor production cuts at five refineries in the state.

Oil traders also eyed Tropical Storm Dennis as it headed toward Jamaica. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Dennis could intensify into a hurricane later in the day and hit oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend.

"The hurricane threat has certainly raised people's fears of refiners struggling to produce enough products, particularly at a time when demand for gasoline is high," said Daniel Hynes, resource analyst at ANZ Institutional Banking.

In June, U.S. distillates demand averaged 5.7 percent more than the same period last year and gasoline demand was 2 percent higher.

And hedge fund investors are betting peak Northern Hemisphere winter demand later this year will stretch fuel supplies. Heating oil and diesel supplies are at the lower half of the average range for the time of year.

"As oil grows ever more expensive, it seems that only a visible weakening of the global economy, with tangible evidence that demand for oil products is slowing, would convince market participants to sell," said Morgan Stanley in a research note.

When Dennis formed it was the earliest date on record for four named tropical storms to have formed in the Atlantic basin, NHC said, underscoring predictions that the 2005 hurricane season could be unusually active.

The U.S. federal Minerals Management Service said on Wednesday companies shut in more than 13 percent of daily Gulf of Mexico oil output as they evacuated workers.

Fears about Dennis also drove gasoline and heating oil futures to record highs on Wednesday.


In what could be preventing oil from running ever higher, crude supplies in the United States, the world's largest consumer, are near 6-year highs. Crude stocks were forecast to have fallen by mere 1.1 million barrels last week, while distillates and gasoline supplies were forecast to have risen slightly, a Reuters survey found on Wednesday. The government is slated to release its supply report on Thursday. [...]

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Update 11: Oil Prices Plunge Amid London Explosions
Associated Press
07.07.2005, 07:19 AM

Crude oil prices briefly surpassed $62 a barrel Thursday for the first time before turning sharply lower, amid heightened market uncertainty following a string of fatal explosions in the British capital.

Nearly simultaneous blasts rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour, causing at least two deaths and injuring at least nine riders, police said. They were concerned it was a coordinated attack.

Light, sweet crude for August delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.88 to $59.40 a barrel in electronic trading by midday in Europe. The contract had earlier hit new high of $62.10 a barrel on Thursday, a day after closing at a record settlement price of $61.28 a barrel on the Nymex, where oil has been traded since 1983. [...]

"The market is very concerned at the moment, but it's too early to draw any conclusions as we are in the middle of events and no one seems to have a clear idea of what exactly is going on," said Frederic Lasserre, head of commodities research with Paris-based SG Securities.

Comment: You'd think a lowering of the price of oil would be good news, but that isn't the impression one gets from this article. They may be referring to the general instability of the "market" -- that almost super-human presence that lurks over us no matter where we turn.

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U.S. stocks drop after London explosions
Thursday July 7, 10:33 PM

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks slid on Thursday after a series of fatal blasts ripped through London's transport network, stoking security worries among investors.

Breadth was negative, with decliners outpacing advancers by a 4-to-1 ratio on both Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange.

Shares of airline companies and insurers were particularly hit hard, while stocks of security-related companies rose sharply.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 52.79 points, or 0.51 percent, at 10,217.89. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 7.07 points, or 0.59 percent, at 1,187.87. The technology-laced Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 10.85 points, or 0.52 percent, at 2,057.80.

In what the NYSE called heavier-than-normal volume, 240 million shares traded in the first half hour. [...]

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NY gold rises on London blasts, other precious up
July 7, 2005

NEW YORK - Gold futures in New York climbed on Thursday morning after four explosions ripped through London at morning rush hour, killing dozens of people and wounding scores.

Gold for August delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange's COMEX division stood $2.10 higher at $426.60 an ounce at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT).

"We're absolutely seeing safe-haven buying in the gold and silver today. I think it's going to be pretty choppy the rest of the day," a New York floor broker said. [...]

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Secret 'gas' test staged at G. Central
July 7, 2005

The Federal Department of Homeland Security released gas in Grand Central Terminal last month in a secret study of how dangerous chemicals might flow through the landmark in a terrorist attack.

Nontoxic "tracer gases" were released into the terminal between June 26-30, as scientists from four national laboratories observed, including physicists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

"If there was some kind of emergency - smoke or who knows what - released in Grand Central Terminal, we want to know how it's going to move around and how best to evacuate it," Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said. "Everybody knows that some kind of biological, chemical or radiological threat is something we have to plan for, and this is part of that planning."

The colorless, odorless gas was released at different times to determine, among other things, how the movement of people through the landmark building would affect the path of potentially harmful substances. [...]

Officials have long tagged Grand Central as a potential target because of its prominence as a landmark and the number of people who use it.

Police in March revealed that a simplistic drawing of Grand Central was found on the computer of a suspected Madrid train bomber, but officials described it as an amateur sketch and said they didn't believe it was part of a plan to launch an attack.

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U.S. Counts 3,200 Terror Attacks in 2004
Associated Press
July 6, 2005

WASHINGTON - There were nearly 3,200 terrorist attacks worldwide last year, a federal counterterrorism center said Tuesday, using a broader definition that increased fivefold the number of attacks the agency had been counting.

The National Counterterrorism Center's interim director, John Brennan, called a new database that was to go online Wednesday "the most comprehensive U.S. effort to date to track terrorist incidents worldwide."

But he cautioned that comparing the new tally to previous ones was comparing apples to oranges.

In 2004, the counterterrorism center says, there were 3,192 terror attacks worldwide with 28,433 people wounded or killed.

In government numbers made public in April, using a more stringent definition of terrorism, the State Department and the counterterrorism center had tallied 651 significant international terror attacks with more than 9,000 victims.

Iraq leads the list with the greatest number of terror attacks, 866, according to the new database. In April, using the different definition, Iraq was said to have had 201.

Brennan said the shift was primarily the result of new, broader criteria for what constitutes a terror attack. An increase in analysts working on the project also contributed to the higher numbers, he added.

Comment: Well, the broadening of the criteria for what constitutes a terror attack is great news for the average citizen! Actually, the entire situation is pretty sad. Bush and the gang launched their great crusade against evil terrorists, imprisoning all kinds of "evildoers". As the years pass, a few of the imprisoned terrorists are released without charge while the majority are kept incommunicado for fear that the American people and the rest of the world will see through the blatant Neocon lies.

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U.S. Holding 5 Americans for Iraq Activity
Associated Press
July 6, 2005

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is holding five U.S. citizens suspected of insurgent activities in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

They were captured separately and don't appear to have ties to one another, spokesman Bryan Whitman said. He declined to identify them, citing a Pentagon policy that prohibits identification of detainees.

Three of those being detained are Iraqi-Americans; another is an Iranian-American; the fifth is a Jordanian-American, Whitman said. The three Iraqi-Americans were captured in April, May and June, officials said. The Iranian-American was captured May 17, one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the cases.

One of the Iraqi-Americans allegedly had knowledge of planning for an attack, and another was possibly involved in a kidnapping, Whitman said. The third was "engaged in suspicious activity," he said, declining to be more specific.

Comment: More "detainees" who will most likely be imprisoned for life - or shipped off to Egypt to be tortured and killed - for being "evildoers" in the eyes of the Bush Reich. Let this be a lesson to all of our American readers: Don't engage in suspicious activity. What exactly constitutes "suspicious activity"? Ask your pro-Bush neighbors and law enforcement officials, since they will be the ones who decide using the new-and-improved broadened definition of "terrorism".

Whitman said the Iranian-American was captured with several dozen washing machine timers in his car - items that can be used as components in bombs.

In Los Angeles, relatives identified him as Cyrus Kar, 44, a
U.S. Navy veteran who lives in that city. He was in Iraq to film scenes for a documentary on King Cyrus the Great, founder of Persia, when he was arrested at a checkpoint in Baghdad in mid-May, his family said. They also said he has been cleared of wrongdoing and there is no legal authority for his detention.

They said he called them on May 24 and said he had been detained because of a misunderstanding involving a taxi driver who had been driving Kar and his cameraman around Baghdad. Kar was born in
Iran but came to the United States when he was a child, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

The Jordanian-American was captured in a raid late last year and is suspected of high-level ties to Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist and leading al-Qaida ally in Iraq. Officials announced his capture in March.

Comment: Isn't it strange how most of the suspected terrorists who are arrested by the US always have "high-level ties" to the likes of Zarqawi or Bin Laden?? Do any of America's prisoners in the war on terror NOT have high-level ties to "al-Qaeda's" leaders?

All five are in custody at one of the three U.S.-run prisons in Iraq -
Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca or Camp Cropper, Whitman said, declining to provide their precise location. The International Committee of the Red Cross has had access to all five prisoners, Whitman said.

A panel of three U.S. officers rules on whether each prisoner is properly held; that has already taken place for the Jordanian-American. Whitman did not say whether the three Iraqi-Americans or the Iranian-American have been through this process.

Comment: Well, at least they've been given a fair trial...

Beyond that, their capture presents a complex legal issue for the U.S. government. Whitman said it is not certain whether they will be turned over to the Justice Department for investigation or to the new Iraqi legal system, which has handled the prosecution of other foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight the U.S.-led occupation and new Iraqi government.

The closest parallel to their situation may be the two American citizens were captured opposing U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Two Taliban foot soldiers, John Walker Lindh and Yaser Esam Hamdi, held U.S. citizenship when they were captured in late 2001.

Lindh, a California native now in his early 20s, pleaded guilty in civilian court to supplying services to the Taliban government and carrying explosives for them. He received a 20-year prison sentence in 2002 and has since sought to have it reduced.

Hamdi was born in Louisiana and grew up in Saudi Arabia. He was held by the U.S. government for three years before being released to his family in Saudi Arabia in October 2004. He gave up his American citizenship as a condition of his release.

Whitman, however, said their cases do not necessarily set a precedent for the handling of the five Americans captured in Iraq because Afghanistan had no functioning government at the time of Lindh's and Hamdi's capture.

The military is holding about 420 non-Iraqis in Iraq, out of more than 10,000 in custody, officials said. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. government has held more than 70,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Comment: Of the 70,000 prisoners held by the US, guess how many actually got a fair trial?

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Glorious torture keeps homeland free
by Don Nash
Unknown News
July 5, 2005

It's the happy snappy rhythm of jackboots on parade. Our brown-shirted fair-haired boys of jingoism singing the festive celebratory songs, the sadistic serenade --

Oh glorious torture
Gloriously heinous torture
Down in Guantanamo Bay
And say
Have you seen how the wired detainees dance?
They call it foot loose with the juice.
Dance jihadi dance!

Torture for the unfortunate souls that got themselves locked up. Locked up because, they dared oppose our invading. They're, you know, Muslims, those vile and nasty evil doers! We only ever torture the evil doers. If they weren't the evil doers, well then, they wouldn't be locked up in detention now, would they?

Perpetuity, yes that was what the A.G. said. Perpetuity gives us the right to do as we see fit. They are evil doers and it is perfectly acceptable to torture and detain evil doers. Especially if they are those jihadi evil doers. You know, Muslim Islamist terrorists that mean us no good. Our glorious leader says so. Dick says so. They are our gloriously elected leaders and our government could never make a mistake, so make no mistake, the jihadis are ours to detain, to torture, to execute if that is what our glorious leader wants. It's the mandate of democracy.

It's the happy snappy rhythm of jackbooted democracy on parade. Our fair-haired brown-shirted boys in xenophobic celebration. See how their leather belts shine like the rising sun. It's just glorious.

Torture glorious torture that keeps our homeland free. Detention keeps our homeland safe. Liberty knows no excess when it comes to the homeland's defense. Democracy knows no excess when the torture is on someone else. Especially when the someone else is jihadi! Remember, they are Islamist terrorists who mean us no good at all. Excess in the defense of detentions is no vice. Torture for the Homeland. Detentions for the Homeland. Who cares!

The detainees are not like us. The detainees are, you know, those Muslim kind. They mean us no good. They have never meant us any good at all. If those kind were like our kind, well then, they would just give us their oil. You know it and I know it and our glorious leader knows it. Excess on the jihadis is no vice at all. Excess is the patriotic thing to do. Unquestioning patriotic excess in the defense of democracy on parade. If we don't bring the fires of liberation and freedom to those Muslims, then who will? Bringing the glorious fires of democracy to the jihadis is our destiny!

Glorious shock and awe democracy. It is our divine destiny to rain the fires of freedom, liberation, and democracy all over the jihadis. Laser-guided precision democracy. So when the jihadis oppose us, we can arrest and detain them. The torture is just icing on a freedom cake.

No-one ever said the work of freedom, liberation, and democracy would be easy. And no-one ever said the work could be so enjoyable! Torture can be a savory dish to be relished, and detention can be the appetizer for so many bigger and better atrocities.

One can almost hear the happy snappy rhythms of jackboots on democratic parade. Divine destinies and liberate the undemocratic world. So many jihadis to detain and then torture, and so little time.

Early in the morning you can hear the happy crackling voltage, its jihadis twitching in convulsions and they can't even scream.

Gloriously divine destination democracy!

Oh, glorious, preemptive war. Gloriously bringing liberation, freedom, and democracy to the ungodly parts of the world.

Isn't that the way it was meant to be? Isn't that what America wanted? Our glorious leader says that is exactly the way it is meant to be. Dick says the same thing. It's unanimous!

Yes, one can almost hear the happy snappy rhythms of jackbooted democracy as it marches liberation all over what was left of Afghanistan. There wasn't much standing anyway. Afghanistan, landlocked and poorer than just about any other nation. So, who cares? What a glorious liberation. Not much fight left in the Afghan jihadis now. Not much fight and not much life. Precision democratic munitions will do that to a people. Blown into wee tiny liberated pieces.

Oh glorious napalm fires of freedom.

One can hear the happy snappy rhythms of jackbooted democracy as it marches its way up Saddam Hussein's neck. A running start to free the Iraqi people who have been languishing in the evil clutches of weapons of mass destruction. Oh glorious preemptive war. Liberation and freedom from those imminent 45-minute threats. Our brown-shirted fair-haired boys are singing songs in praise of collateral damage. A small price to pay for liberation, freedom, and the fires of democracy.

Early in the morning, you can hear the happy snappy rhythms of shock and awe raining destruction. Oh glorious democratic destruction and the blessed rain of napalm liberation. Depleted uranium freedom and the dead sing praises to their liberation from life.

Yes, that is what America wanted. Those that are not with us are destined to be liberated from being against us. Isn't that what our glorious leader said? Yes, that is exactly what he said. Dick said that, Sleazy said that, the General Lying Powell said that, and the presidential puppy Tony said that. "You are either with us or you are against us." Glorious myopic xenophobic ignorance on jingoistic jackbooted parade. Everyone now, sing the glorious songs of liberated torture. Sing the glorious songs of freedom to detain in perpetuity.

Liberation, freedom, and democracy on a protracted death march to glorious empire. The fulfillment of Karl Rove's dream of Reich. So, it's a Reich march to glorious liberated freedom. Well, of course it is, our glorious leader says so.

Wasn't it worth the price? Well, America, wasn't it worth the sacrifice? Those are your children buried in the ground. Wasn't it worth their precious young lives to bring our glorious leader's dream of empire and democracy on parade to fruition?

By the by, our glorious leader lied to you, and you ate it up like fried chicken at a Sunday barbeque. Doesn't it taste like liberation? Doesn't it taste like freedom? Doesn't it taste just a wee tiny bit bitter even with that democratic flavoring?

Don't you just feel safer? Don't you just sleep better at night knowing that our glorious leader detained a whole lot of folk by lying? Don't you feel just warm and democratically snuggly knowing that torture is used in your name on folk that did not one thing to you?

Do you wonder about all those innocent men, women, and children that are dead at the hands of our glorious leader? You should, you know. Yes, you should. That growing knot in the pit of your stomach, can you feel it yet? That is what is called personal responsibility. That is what is known as culpability. That is what is known as Third Reich syndrome.

The German people remained silent in the face of Adolph Hitler's crimes... just like the American people, for the most part, are silent in the face of the crimes against humanity committed by George Bush. They're war crimes and as long as Bush remains on that American throne of empire, the American people are responsible.

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More Nuremberg Trials?
By Murray Polner

"ICH" - - I once edited and wrote the introduction to William Graham Sumner's sadly forgotten book, The Conquest of the United States by Spain and Other Essays (Regnery/Gateway). Sumner was an irascible and biting Social Darwinist and classical nineteenth century supporter of laissez faire. What attracted me to him was not his economics but his utter contempt for American imperialism during the Spanish American War and its subsequent invasion of the Philippines, which left 4,000 American volunteers and perhaps 250,000 Filipinos dead. Despite the backing of a jingoist and cowed press, politicians who believed they had God's ear, and a large majority of Americans, Sumner the eternal skeptic wasn't convinced. Unlike the cheerleaders for war, he recognized what lay ahead. The rest of the century, he accurately predicted, would bring a "frightful effusion of blood in revolution and war."

Sound familiar?

Since then, the world's addiction to war and violence has never abated. Nor has America's. Big and small and proxy wars, attacks on militarily powerful states such as the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Panama, plus interventions in the Caribbean and Central America, to name but a few, have occurred in nearly every decade. All of which seems to reflect Randolph Bourne's famous, all-too prescient remark that, "War is the health of the state." (Of course you can always pacify the population with patriotic and reverent ceremonies honoring the heroic troops who died in battle – always, the rationale goes – in the cause of "freedom.")

During Vietnam –and later, before the Iraq War – we antiwar dissidents finally began mass protesting, marching, contacting politicians, writing, constructing placards and posters, praying, carrying out acts of civil disobedience and marching but to no avail. At least not yet.

My own humble proposal to put an end to war and terrorism everywhere is somewhat different, namely that the International Criminal Court in The Hague be empowered to investigate, indict and try every high-level – and only high-level – governmental leaders whose policies have led to the murder of civilians. The court should be granted the muscle to deal with all those unaccountable politicians including those whose nations have not joined the ICC. In that event, the guilty leaders will never again be allowed to travel to a signatory nation without risk of arrest.

Had such a court had the power, scores of notorious African, Central and Latin American presidents and generals would now be behind bars, as would past, present and future caudillos, generalissimos, presidentes, commissars, führers, duces, Great Leaders, presidents, vice-presidents and assorted zealots. Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon would have been hauled into court and tried for their responsibility in causing millions of deaths in Southeast Asia. The court would have had the power to call to the dock Saddam Hussein and any American and British leader who lied so Iraq might be invaded.

This accountability, this threat to punish guilty heads of state, this permanent black cloud would forever strip them of honor and memory and with hope, dissuade future leaders from murdering in the name of one ideology or another and then justifying the resulting savagery with groupthink, excessive flag waving, religious fanaticism and the demonization of "enemies."

Moreover, we could institute special worldwide celebrations for the naysayers and whistleblowers that refuse to go along with the murderous plots afoot in their countries. John Kenneth Galbraith and George Ball are rightly remembered for saying "no" to JFK and LBJ. Who now cares to honor Dean Rusk, Walt Rostow and McGeorge Bundy? I would also have a curriculum devised to teach the young everywhere the virtues of tolerance.

It's a dream, I know, but the alternative is a 21st Century even worse than the one Sumner envisioned.

Murray Polner [ ] co-authored Disarmed and Dangerous, a biography of Daniel and Philip Berrigan and wrote No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran. A version of this article appeared in the July-August issue of Fellowship magazine.

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Bush assails Gonzales critics from right and left

Reid says Gonzales qualified for Supreme Court
Wednesday, July 6, 2005; Posted: 23:08 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Wednesday assailed critics of potential Supreme Court nominee Alberto Gonzales, from the political right as well as the left. The Senate's top Democrat said the attorney general was qualified but wouldn't necessarily get "an easy way through" confirmation.

Even before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her plans to retire, some conservatives had begun warning Bush about selecting Gonzales, the former White House counsel, objecting to his record on abortion and affirmative action.

Liberals, meanwhile, have expressed reservations about Gonzales' decisions on detainee treatment, death penalty cases and executive privilege.

At a news conference during his European trip, Bush defended Gonzales, a friend since the president's time as Texas governor.

"I don't like it when a friend gets criticized. I'm loyal to my friends," Bush told reporters in Copenhagen, Denmark. "All of a sudden this fellow, who is a good public servant and a really fine person, is under fire. And so, do I like it? No, I don't like it, at all."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, a frequent critic of the president, said Gonzales had the credentials to sit on the court, but he indicated confirmation might not be smooth.

The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Gonzales as attorney general, 60-36, despite complaints from Democrats that he had had a role in establishing White House policies that led to the abuse of prisoners in the terrorism fight. He would be the first Hispanic justice on the high court.

"Alberto Gonzales is qualified. He's attorney general of the United States and a former Texas judge. But having said that he's qualified, I don't know if he'd have an easy way through," Reid said in Las Vegas.

Some of the harshest criticism of Gonzales has come from the right, not from Democrats, and Reid chided conservatives for that. "I think it's too bad the president has to respond in Denmark about statements from the far right," he said.

Bush urged senators to ignore the heated rhetoric from both sides and engage in a civil discussion during confirmation hearings on whomever he nominates to replace O'Connor, who often was the crucial swing vote on the closely divided court.

The Republican president's choice could shape the court for years to come -- a fact not lost on liberal and conservative groups gearing up multimillion-dollar campaigns to support or oppose the nominee.

"I hope the United States Senate conducts themselves in a way that brings dignity to the process, and that the senators don't listen to the special interest groups, particularly those on the extremes that are trying to exploit this opportunity for not only their -- what they may think is right, but also for their own fundraising capabilities," Bush said.

Comment: That's rich coming from a man who has done more to sell out the US to psychopathic corporations than any other politician in recent memory, has campaigned for president twice with funding from those same corporations, and has done what he thought was right despite those pesky "irrelevant" international laws and disagreement from the American public.

During his trans-Atlantic flight Tuesday, Bush went over dossiers of more than a half dozen prospective nominees. He said he wanted a new justice in place when the court's term begins in October.

Moving forward on the process, the president asked former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, to help shepherd his nominee through the Senate. Thompson, 62, an actor on the NBC television series "Law & Order," retired from the Senate in 2002.

Reflecting the politically charged atmosphere, that decision drew criticism from the Democratic National Committee, which said "blurring the line between fact and fiction is nothing new for our Republican colleagues" and a solid nominee wouldn't need the help of an "actor and high-paid lobbyist."

At his news conference, Bush reiterated his campaign pledge that there would be no litmus test on issues such as abortion for his nominee.

"I'll pick people who, one, can do the job, people who are honest, people who are bright, and people who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not use the bench to legislate from," he said. [...]

Comment: Bush continued, "If there's [sic] any laws that need to be enacted, I'll be the one to enact them - just as soon as Turd Blossom [Karl Rove] tells me what they should be."

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Shock over NY journo's jailing
07/07/2005 08:11 - (SA)

Washington - The jailing on Wednesday of a New York Times reporter for contempt marked a dark day for press freedom, a perversion of justice and sent a chilling message, according to editors and media watchdogs.

Judith Miller was sent to prison for refusing to name the source who published the name of a CIA agent in a case which morphed into a historic showdown between the courts and the press.

A second journalist, Time's Matthew Cooper, also initially refused to testify, but his source dramatically released him from his confidentiality pledge to allow him to testify to a federal probe into the case.

"It is tragic that, in pursuit of offences real or imagined, a federal prosecutor sees fit to imprison a journalist who is simply doing her job and adhering to the basic ethical principles of her profession," said Rick Dunham, president of Washington's National Press Club.

"It is a sad perversion of justice to send Judith Miller to jail for protecting a confidential source in a case where no crime has yet been alleged and no story was ever written by Ms Miller."

Miller researched the case but did not actually write an article on it.

Reporters Without Borders said the judgement was a "dark day for freedom of the press in the United States and around the world."

"This unprecedented sentence against a journalist who was merely exercising her professional prerogative is a serious violation of international law, a dangerous precedent, and the United States has sent a very bad signal to the rest of the world." [...]

Comment: On the June 26, 2003 Signs page, we ran the following:

Embedded Reporter's Role In Army Unit's Actions Questioned by Military

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 25, 2003; Page C01

New York Times reporter Judith Miller played a highly unusual role in an Army unit assigned to search for dangerous Iraqi weapons, according to U.S. military officials, prompting criticism that the unit was turned into what one official called a "rogue operation."...

Viewed from one perspective, Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent, nationally recognized expert on weapons of mass destruction and co-author of a best-selling book on bioterrorism, was acting as an aggressive journalist. She ferreted out sources, used her long-standing relationship with Chalabi to pursue potential stories and, in the process, helped the United States take custody of two important Iraqis. Some military officers say she cared passionately about her reporting without abandoning her objectivity, and some of her critics may be overly concerned with regulations and perhaps jealous of the attention Miller's unit received...

In a May 1 e-mail to Times colleague John Burns, The Post reported, Miller said: "I've been covering Chalabi for about 10 years, and have done most of the stories about him for our paper. . . . He has provided most of the front page exclusives on WMD to our paper."...

One military officer [...] says that Miller sometimes "intimidated" Army soldiers by invoking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld or Undersecretary Douglas Feith... Rosenthal said.

This article chronicles the tale of how Judith Miller, reporter for the New York Times, used her connections with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Undersecretary Douglas Feith and Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi to influence the actions of this unit during their tour in Iraq. Miller is no ordinary journalist. She has been an effective propagandist for the Bush Reich. As noted by Robert Fisk, it was Miller who began the slander campaign against the UN weapons' inspectors back in September of 2002.

Miller writes blatantly in support of Israel. Kathleen Christisen points out:

In an analysis of the nationalistic reaction to the intifada throughout the Arab world written two weeks into the intifada, Judith Miller wrote that the "rift between Israeli Jews and the Arab citizens of Israel" was another "profound emotional scar" left by the violence. Her evidence of the "emotional scar" was that Israeli Jews "were horrified by the ferocity of this uprising, which closed off large sections of their country, and by the 'Death to the Jews' slogans chanted by the Arab protesters." She made no mention of an emotional scar for Israeli Palestinians, no mention at all of the fact that 13 unarmed Israeli--Palestinian demonstrators had recently been shot to death, no mention that Israeli police had never in Israel's history opened fire on demonstrators when they were Israeli Jews, and no mention of the fact that Israeli Jewish demonstrators had chanted "Death to Arabs" during demonstrations at the same time.

And M. Shahid Alam mentioned her in a list of neo-conservatives who have supported the work of Bernard Lewis.

This Zionist camp has been led for more than fifty years by Bernard Lewis, who has enjoyed an intimate relationship with power that would be the envy of the most distinguished Orientalists of an earlier generation. He has been strongly supported by a contingent of able lieutenants, whose ranks have included the likes of Leonard Binder, Elie Kedourie and David Pryce-Jones. There are many foot-soldiers too who have provided distinguished service to this new Orientalism. And no compendium of these foot-soldiers would be complete without the names of Daniel Pipes, Martin Kramer, Thomas Friedman, Martin Peretz, Norman Podhoretz, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol and Judith Miller.

Lewis believes that the Arabs are incapable of putting in place democratic governments. He has also stated that Arabs are "different" than "we" are and that "we" must be "reasonable" in our expectations of "them", that no matter what "we" do, Arab countries will be led by "corrupt tyrants".

So Miller is the mouthpiece of this Zionist and anti-Arab (and therefore anti-Semitic) ideologue.

Douglas Feith is the co-author with Richard Perle and David Wurmser of a document entitled "Clean Break" written in 1996 for then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two main points of this document were: 1) the necessity for the dismantlement of Iraq, and 2) the neutralisation of Syria. Feith is very close to the Zionist Organization of America. He also holds a large number of Israeli Bonds. These are people closely connected with the Likud Party in Israel who believe that what is good for Israel is good for the US. They openly support the butchery of Ariel Sharon.

Steve Perry has a number of links on this at his Bush Wars page.

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Bush lightly hurt in bicycle collision with policeman
July 7, 2005
Bush rides without training wheels for the first time with a Secret Service agent in tow.

GLENEAGLES, Scotland - US President George W. Bush, out for a spin on his bicycle at the Group of Eight summit venue, collided with a policeman and had to be treated for scratches on his hands and arms, a spokesman said.

Bush was going at a pretty high speed on the presidential bicycle when he collided with an officer guarding the Gleneagles golf resort, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

The US leader, who had been riding for about an hour, skidded on the paved surface and suffered scrapes to his hands and arms, the spokesman said, according to a pool report.

He was treated and bandaged by the White House physician, the spokesman said, according to a pool report.

It was the second time during his presidency that Bush had a bike accident -- last year he fell off his mountain bike at his ranch in Texas, suffering slightly more serious injuries.

The president was mostly concerned about the police officer, who was taken to a local hospital as a precaution with a possible ankle injury, McClellan said.

"A police officer sustained a very minor ankle injury within the Gleneagles Hotel complex," said a spokeswoman for Tayside police, tasked with guarding the leaders of the G8 nations. She declined further comment.

The president spent some time with the officer and had asked the White House physician, Richard Tubb, to monitor his condition at the hospital, Bush's spokesman said.

Bush would likely call the officer later, McClellan said.

The president, who had been riding with a Secret Service agent, was fine, he said. But the bicycle suffered some damage and Bush had to return to the hotel in a car, which had been trailing them.

The US leader later appeared unhurt when he joined a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Gleneagles Hotel for the leaders of the G8 nations, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

McClellan declined to speculate about who was at fault in the bicycle accident.

In May 2004 Bush tumbled from his bike during a ride on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, scraping his chin, upper lip, both knees, his right hand and his nose.

A spokesman at the time blamed loose topsoil for the spill, but also suggested that Bush had been riding hard, noting the president is "a fitness enthusiast" and adding that "he wasn't poking along, whistling show tunes."

Bush previously fell off a Segway -- a motorized, two-wheel vehicle -- while visiting his parents in Kennebunkport, Maine, in June 2003 and suffered scrapes to his face when he fainted and fell after choking on a pretzel at the White House in January 2002.

Comment: Should a man who can't even eat a pretzel without injuring himself really be allowed to ride a bicycle?

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Iraq to launch military, anti-terror cooperation with Iran
Thursday July 7, 9:56 PM

Iraq's defence minister, on a landmark visit to Iran, called for reconciliation between the two neighbours and former arch-foes and pledged not to allow Iraqi soil to be used for attacks against the Islamic republic.

"We have come here to turn a painful page and to open another," Saadun al-Dulaimi said Thursday at a press conference with Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani.

"I have come to Iran to ask forgiveness for what Saddam Hussein has done," he said, referring to Saddam's attack on Iran in 1980 that sparked a bitter eight-year war and led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Dulaimi pledged that the two sides would begin military and anti-terrorist cooperation, but nevertheless asserted it was too soon for US and other foriegn troops to pull out of his country.

Iran is concerned about the US military presence on its borders and has repeatedly called for their withdrawal, but Dulaimi asserted that "given the present situation, if foreign forces leave Iraq there will be nothing but chaos and more trouble."

"Iraq will not be a source of insecurity and instability for any of its neighbors. Nobody can use its soil to attack Iraq's neighbors," Dulaimi insisted, in response to Iranian concerns over a possible American attack.

Comment: Except the US, of course... It's difficult to see how Dulaimi's comments offered any comfort to Iranian leaders.

Tensions between Iran and the US are high over Washington's claims the clerical regime here is seeking to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Tehran has also been accused of backing Iraqi insurgents and Palestinian militants.

Shamkhani announced the formation of joint committees for military cooperation, the fight against terrorism, clearing minefields and investigating the missing soldiers from the 1980-1988 between Iran and Saddam's Iraq.

The military committee is aimed at "equipping the Iraqi army ... to create an independent and self-sufficient Iraqi army", he said.

The Iraqi minister pledged that the United States could not oppose the cooperation between the two countries: "We are going to cooperate and no one can stop this cooperation".

The two ministers, however, agreed that more sensitive issues such as a peace treaty and war reparations were far from being resolved. The United Nations resolution that ended 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war did not provide for reparations.

"We have come to our Iranian brothers to ask them for help and we have not yet started on the more sensitive issues," the Iraqi minister said about the massive reparations -- up to 100 billion dollars -- claimed by Iran.

"Our Iranian brothers have promised us a billion dollar aid as a loan," he added.

About a peace pact, the Iranian defence minister said "it is still too soon, that will be the final step in cooperation".

The two ministers also discussed the continued presence in Iraq of Iran's main armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, which Saddam supported in its cross-border raids on Iran.

"The Mujahedeen can stay in Iraq if they act like political refugees but they will have no place if they act against Iran," Dulaimi said.

Shamkhani said the Mujahedeen would be on the agenda of the anti-terrorism committee.

Tehran and Baghdad resumed diplomatic relations in September 2004, and Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi paid an historic visit to Iraq in May this year.

Dulaimi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday night for a three-day visit.

Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari is also scheduled to visit Iran in the coming days.

Comment: The US remains the occupying power in Iraq. The Iraqi government is no more than a puppet of the Bush regime. So, the US just basically began negotiating with Iran - you know, that evil Middle Eastern country filled with terrorists intent on developing "nucular" weapons...

But then, that's the benefit of being the fuhrer of the USA. One day, Bush states that the US does not negotiate with terrorists. The next day, he decides to negotiate with the terrorists through his representative in Iraq.

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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen in W. Bank 2005-07-07 17:59:06

RAMALLAH, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead Thursday by Israeli troops as they stormed the Balata refugee camp near the city of Nablus in the West Bank, Palestinian medics said.

Mohamed al-Missimi, 17, was killed after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, said the medics at a hospital in Nablus.

They added that another two Palestinian teens, 18 and 16 years old respectively, were also injured with one of them in critical conditions.

The two had been admitted to hospital, said the medics.

According to Palestinian witnesses, an Israeli army force stormed on Thursday morning the Balata refugee camp, where dozens of teens threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired back at them.

In the meantime, Israel Radio reported that soldiers clashed with Palestinians in the refugee camp, where militants opened fire at them, adding that one of the militants was shot and killed.

But local Palestinian residents said the killed was a 17-year-old teen and was not holding a gun.

Comment: Rocks against guns. Kinda like the natives in America confronting the settlers and the invading Spanish or US armies. This imagery of civilising forces conquering the wildnerness also plays in Israel where the settlers like to compare themselves to those who "settled" the west. Civilisation marches on! Tony would be proud.

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Beijing: Many unclear about July 7 incident 2005-07-07 13:27:15

BEIJING, July 7 -- A survey reveals about half of Beijing residents interviewed, 44.5%, are unclear of the July 7 Incident, which marked the beginning of the 8-year war against Japanese invasion, reported the Beijing Evening News on Wednesday.

And 15% of the respondents do not even have a clue of what is meant by July 7 Incident, also known as the Lugouqiao incident by the name of the place where the fighting occurred.

Conducted by Beijing Evening News and a Beijing poll center, 1,000 people in Beijing were interviewed through the telephone prior to the 68th anniversary of the anti-Japanese invasion war (1937-1945). When asked "which year did July 7 incident happen in," only 57% of them were able to answer correctly -- July 7, 1937. The rest were unsure, including 7% said "I don't know."

Most of the interviewees got the right answer for the question, "Which war was July 7 incident related to." Some 85% of them knew -- Chinese army was attacked by the Japanese invading troops near Lugouqiao Bridge and the Chinese army fought back, marking the start of the 8-year war. Yet, 15% of them got it wrong. [...]

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Bird Flu May Pose Threat to Humans
Thursday, July 07, 2005

An outbreak of bird flu (search) among migratory waterfowl in China suggests the disease — which could trigger a dangerous flu among people — may be poised to spread to India, Australia, New Zealand and eventually Europe, scientists warn.

If the migrating birds carry the H5N1 flu virus (search) beyond its current stronghold in southeast Asia, it could devastate poultry farms and raise the risk of a deadly flu pandemic in people, experts said.

"They're going to spread this ... thing further and further across central Asia and Europe and who knows where," said Robert G. Webster of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., an author of a report released online Wednesday by the journal Nature.

Another report, released by the journal Science, said the finding of the H5N1 infection in migrant birds at Qinghai Lake in western China "indicates that this virus has the potential to be a global threat."

The reports echo concerns voiced last week by the World Health Organization, which urged China to step up its testing of wild geese and gulls. A WHO official estimated that the flu had killed more than 5,000 wild birds in western China.

The outbreak was first detected about two months ago in bar-headed geese at China's remote saltwater lake, which is a key breeding location for migratory birds that overwinter in southeast Asia, Tibet and India. The virus has hit that species the hardest, but also infected d brown-headed gulls and great black-headed gulls.

The H5N1 virus has been entrenched in poultry in southeast Asia since 2003, and variants of it infect people who come in contact with sick chickens. Webster said the Qinghai Lake virus is genetically different from the one that has been infecting people in Vietnam, but it is a "first cousin ... not far away at all." That implies it has the potential for infecting people, probably by way of domestic chickens or ducks, he said.

If a bird flu virus infects a person who also carries a human flu virus, the result could be a hybrid bug that passes easily from person to person. "That's the spark that sets off the forest fire of a global pandemic, and that's what everyone is worried about," said flu expert Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University.

The flu outbreak in migratory birds at Qinghai Lake "makes us ever more anxious this event could occur" because it suggests the virus could become more widespread, said Schaffner, who was not involved in the new studies.

Both studies discuss the genetic makeup of virus samples from Qinghai Lake and raise concerns about the potential for spreading through migratory birds. The Science report comes from George F. Gao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing with colleagues there and elsewhere in China. In lab experiments, they found the virus killed chickens and mice.

The Nature report is presented by Yi Guan of the University of Hong Kong with Chinese colleagues and Webster, who's affiliated with the Joint Influenza Research Center at Shantou University Medical College in Shantou, China.

Webster called the outbreak "a disaster for poultry industries.... Poultry-raising strategies may have to be changed. Vaccines may have to be considered on a wider scale."

He said countries that have invested heavily in clearing the virus from poultry are at risk, presumably even in Europe at some point because of overlapping migratory paths of wild birds.

"If this virus is really in wild migrating birds, and you've cleaned up your country and your domestic poultry industry," he said, "it's going to come back."

Richard Slemons of Ohio State University, who is studying flu in wild birds, said the Qinghai Lake die-off needs to be investigated. But "is this the prelude to something big and disastrous?" he asked. "We don't know."

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Heatwave bakes China, power demand up 2005-07-07 16:07:38

BEIJING, July 7 -- Searing temperatures across booming China have driven up energy demand, exposed an over-reliance on coal and are taking a toll on industry, Xinhua news agency said.

Power shortages this summer should be "much more serious" than last year -- when China faced its worst energy crunch in two decades -- a source from the State Electricity Dispatching Center were quoted as saying.

"Many experts attribute the power shortage to the skyrocketing economy, especially high-power-consuming industries," Xinhua said in an overnight report.

China's unbalanced energy structure was also to blame, because excessive reliance on thermal power meant coal shortages could "immediately lead to a terrible power generation breakdown," Xinhua said.

China has poured billions of dollars into expanding its power transmission and generation capacity, but the national power system is forecast to struggle to meet demand until 2006-2007.

Generators nationwide are expected to crank out 25 to 30 gigawatts less power than consumers want to use this summer with no end to the crippling heatwave in sight.

Temperatures were expected to stay above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) across most of China over the next few days, especially in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, which saw its hottest day in 70 years on Sunday when the mercury hit 39 C (102 F), Xinhua said.

The heat had forced the suspension of construction projects in many cities and caused water shortages, fires and traffic accidents, it said.

On Monday, almost 100 people in Shanghai were poisoned when toxic ammonia burst from a steel container that exploded after baking for hours under the sun.

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Pinochet's immunity in Operation Colombo case removed 2005-07-07 15:13:05

SANTIAGO, July 6 (Xinhuanet) -- The Santiago Court of Appeals Wednesday removed the immunity from criminal prosecution of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, 89, in regards to the Operation Colombo case involving the disappearance of 119 persons.

The Santiago court decided by a count of eleven votes against ten to remove the immunity of the former ruler of Chile.

The Santiago Court of Appeals listened for over an hour to the claims of the plaintiff and the defense before the vote.

Hernan Quezada, one of the lawyers representing the families ofthe 119 victims, expressed his satisfaction over the court decision, saying that "we're pleased with the ruling."

However, Pablo Rodriguez, Pinochet's lawyer, said that the decision was not based on evidence.

The Operation Colombo became public in 1975, when Pinochet's regime announced that the bodies of 119 members of the Leftist Revolutionary Movement (MIR) had been found in Argentina and Brazil, allegedly killed in a dispute among members of the guerrilla organization.

The elderly general took power in a bloody coup in 1973 and ruled the country for 17 years.

An official report said 3,197 people died or disappeared under Pinochet's military rule.

The Supreme Court has stripped Pinochet of immunity in two human rights cases, but the cases have been delayed due to health problems.

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Sea Lion Attacks Lifeguard
3:34 pm EDT July 6, 2005

A lifeguard in Santa Barbara, Calif., is recovering Wednesday after being attacked by a sea lion in the waters off El Capitan State Beach.

Officials said Jim West was bitten three times Monday while he swam about 50 yards offshore. West needed about 30 stitches after the attack.

"He's lucky," witness Eric Gatti said. "He was lucky to be alive. If he wasn't swimming, and he wasn't a lifeguard, he might have been cut up more."

Beachgoers have now been warned to steer clear of sea lions.

"What are the chances of that happening again?" beach visitor Holly Hopkins said. "I mean you never hear about that happening. Sharks, yeah, but not sea lions."

Authorities say there have only been about 10 sea lions attacks on humans along the West Coast in the last century.

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Biggest U.S. Power Generator Goes on Trial
Associated Press
July 7, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday.

The case against Columbus-based American Electric Power is the biggest among several filed in the waning days of the Clinton administration against utilities in the Midwest and South.

The government and eight states say AEP broke the law when it made major modifications to nine coal-burning plants without installing equipment that would have cut pollution drastically.

The absence of the equipment means the plants continue to spew sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and soot that cause acid rain, smog and haze downwind from Ohio. The government says the pollutants lead to severe respiratory problems, including asthma and bronchitis.

"The plaintiffs expect to establish that AEP's conduct has resulted in environmental harm," government attorney Leslie Bellas said in opening statements.

AEP and the utilities have argued that work done on the plants was routine maintenance, which doesn't trigger the requirements for expensive pollution controls.

AEP might be required to pay billions of dollars for pollution controls and millions of dollars in penalties if the judge decides it violated the Clean Air Act. [...]

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5.4-magnitude earthquake near Kamchatka
PETROPAVLOSVK-KAMCHATSKY, July 7 (RIA Novosti, Oksana Guseva)

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit the eastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula (the Russian Far East) Thursday.

Shocks of the earthquake, the epicenter of which was in the Kamchatka Strait separating the peninsula from the Kuril Islands, were recorded at 3.17 a.m. local time (6.17 a.m. Moscow time or 2.17 GMT), the local seismological service said.

The earthquake epicenter was 40 meters under the seabed. There were no reports of any casualties.

Another earthquake with a 4.9 magnitude occurred in the same area nine hours before. Aftershocks measuring 2 on the Richter scale were fixed in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the regional center.

The epicenters of the two earthquakes were some 300 kilometers far from each other.

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New Mexico City UFO Fleet Sightings Cause Commotion
By Santiago Yturria
©2005 Santiago Yturria - All Rights Reserved

The dynamic of UFO sighting events following Xalapa's incident took a new course last week with yet another mass sighting of a UFO fleet over Mexico City, an event that caused considerable commotion and many reports from witnesses, even during a daily tv show broadcast.

The information and details of this new incident was released by journalist/researcher Jaime Maussan during the radio show 'Los Grandes Misterios' last Sunday July 3, 2005 as part of the continuous coverage of the UFO incidents that followed Xalapa's event.

Thursday, June 30, the morning was clear in Mexico City. A strong rain during early hours left a clean sky in this populated city and the visibility conditions were exceptional.

At 10:00 AM Pedro Avila, skywatcher and director of The Vigilantes skywatch group received a call from colleague Enriquer Vallarino telling that an employee alerted him of a UFO sighting outside their office on Cuahutemoc street near the Medical Center.

Out on the street, a number of people were already excitedly pointing to the sky. What they saw was another 'cluster' sighting...this time about FORTY UFOs flying at the same altitude.

At the same time, the Jaime Maussan Research Center began receiving several calls from different parts of the city. Witnesses were reporting an unusual phenomena in the sky that was attracting the attention of scores of people who were watching many shining UFOs fliying together and appearing as a 'fleet.'

Once alerted, Pedro Avila made several calls to his research team and colleagues like Maria Montcerrat Romero, Salvador Guerrero, etc. to advise them of a UFO fleet sighting taking place and to try to get video of the event. A few minutes, later Avila received calls from other sources giving the news of the UFO sighting from different parts of the city.

According to Pedro Avila interviewed on radio by Jaime Maussan, it took just a few minutes to receive confirmation from his Vigilantes colleagues. The sighting was taking place and they were videotaping the numerous objects who looked metallic, sphere shaped and shinning in the sun.

Almost 40 objects were counted, moving in harmony according to the classic patterns of the many other UFO 'fleets' seen over Mexico in recent years. There was a single, larger object noticed above the main formation which was described as having a yellowish color, a feature similar to the Guadalajara sighting.

Some minutes later Jaime Maussan received a report from Alfredo Adame, popular tv host from a daily show by TELEVISA saying that many people were calling the tv show reporting a huge UFO sighting taking place over the city. Alfredo Adame was interviewing researcher Rodolfo Garrido on live broadcast when the people called reporting the unusual phenomena in the sky urging them to go outside and record the event.

People at the airport's control tower were asked if their radar screens were detecting the objects but they declined to make any statements.

By this time, Pedro Avila at The Vigilantes Research Center got already confirmation of at least three videos taken by Maria Montcerrat Romero from Tlalnepantla, Salvador Guerrero from Agricola Oriental and another witness from Coacalco in an extraordinary coordination of skywatch work to document the incident.

The images were carefully analyzed and the 'balloon' explanation was quickly discarded because of the patterns flown by the whole mass of UFOs, and it's synchronyzed flight path - a classic feature of a UFO flotilla. Pedro Avila made an analysis of a zoomed frame of one object and confirmed it had no cord attached and its shape was not that of a common balloon.


On Sunday July 3, Jaime Maussan made a national call on television for eyewitnessesto come forward and share their sightings from that morning of June 30, and for those who may have videotaped the UFO flotilla over the city.The response was remarkable, and Jaime received calls and emails from many actual witnesses to this massive sighting.

The next day, Maussan received an important testimonial and video from Mr. David Olazcoaga from Ecatepec, Edo. de Mexico who along with his young son Jesus Alfonso witnessed the UFO fleet.

Mr. Olazcoaga managed to capture on video the moment when the UFO formation moved slowly with the moon behind, a beautiful image. His son Jesus is heard on the tape asking him: "Are they going to attack us?"

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Shiveluch volcano becomes active in Kamchatka
PETROPAVLOSVK-KAMCHATSKY, July 7 (RIA Novosti, Oksana Guseva)

A sharp increase in the activity of Mount Shiveluch, the northernmost volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula (the Russian Far East), has been registered.

After a three-month-long eruption that produced gas and ash plumes and debris avalanches, Shiveluch has started erupting two-five kilometer ash columns, said Alexei Ozerov, a senior researcher at the Far-Eastern Volcanology and Seismology Institute.

Shiveluch is producing pyroclastic flows (avalanches of gas, ash and magma debris) with temperatures reaching about 800 degrees Celsius, and 100km ash plumes, the researcher said.

Seismic control of the volcano is currently impossible because a 20km lava flow destroyed the Shiveluch seismological station in February.

The western part of the volcano's dome collapsed during the last eruption on February 27 and Shiveluch lost 200 meters. An ash cloud spread more than 700km westward affecting the peninsula and a part of the Okhotsk Sea. In March, the volcano was less active, but the February eruption may be repeated in 2005.

Shiveluch (3,283 meters), one of Kamchatka's 28 active volcanoes, poses no threat to people but ash clouds and plumes may present difficulties to vessels and aircraft.

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