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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan

Comment: Today is the 64th anniversary of the attack on the US' Pacific Navy Fleet in Pearl Harbor on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. The attack provided justifcation for the US government to order its military to engage in World War II. Since then, it has been categorically proven that members of the US government under President Roosevelt (or above him if you like), conspired to provoke Japan to attack the US Navy as a way to involve the US military-industrial complex in a war that was to greatly profit them.

Since then, successive US government's have employed similar tactics of self-inflicted injury to deceive the American public into lending their support, and the lives of their sons and daughters, to illegal and unjust wars. The attacks of 9/11 presented the most recent such deception.

On October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox (whose endorsement is included in the following scans). Captains Anderson and Knox were two of President Roosevelt's most trusted military advisors.

The memo, (click here to see it), detailed an 8 step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. President Roosevelt, over the course of 1941, implemented all 8 of the recommendations contained in the McCollum memo. Following the eighth provocation, Japan attacked. The public was told that it was a complete surprise, an "intelligence failure", and America entered World War Two.

This memo, which proves that the government of the United States desired to lure Japan into an attack, was declassified in 1994. It took fifty years for the truth about Pearl Harbor to be revealed. Will we have to wait that long for the truth of 9-11 to come out?

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush touted U.S. wartime successes in helping Iraq improve its economy and infrastructure Wednesday during a high-profile speech saying "we have to win the battle after the battle."

With growing public doubts about the war and heightened congressional debate about the U.S. military deployment, Bush focused on reconstruction efforts, saying U.S. strategy has shifted from large projects to smaller jobs that can be completed quickly, such as sewer lines and city roads.

Bush made his speech to members of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank whose members include influential Democrats critical of the administration's handling of the Iraq war.

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Comment: We have to admit, we nearly lost our lunch when we read CNN's description of the Council on Foreign Relations as "nonpartisan".

You see, the definition of nonpartisan is:

"Based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of no single political party"

Thankfully for the CFR, this definition is vague enough to allow them to pass the nonpartisan test because it is true that they do not support the interests of any "single" political party, they support the interests of ANY political party or grouping that serves to further their agenda.

These days, their agenda seems very close to that of the Republican party (which also happens to be very close to the agenda of the Democratic party, meaning that there is really only one political party in the U.S., which to some extent renders defunkt the very idea of nonpartisanship in the US.

In any case, the President of the CFR is Richard N. Haass, who just happened to be State Department Director of Policy Planning and lead U.S. official on Afghanistan and Northern Ireland under Dubya from 2001-2003, and principal Middle East advisor to Dubya's daddy from 1989-1993. Could these facts in any way cast into doubt the claimed impartiality of the CFR? Of course not!

Haass is also the author or editor of ten books on U.S. foreign policy, including The Opportunity: America’s Moment to Alter History’s Course. Now what concepts do you think grace the pages of that little tome? Does it remind you in any way of the published work of another group of political types? "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century" anyone?

In short, it would appear that the only groups that Bush dares to address these days (other than crowds of well-managed military personnel) are those groups who have played a central role in forming the brutal and aggressive policies that his administration has been following for the past 5 years.

Turning then to Bush's actual speech to this bunch of insatiable warmongers, we note that he bravely praises the "criticism" from Democratic Senator Liberman, and in a wonderful insight into the truth of our statement about the state of "bipartisan" politics in the US and just how twisted and distorted the reality of the Bush government has become, this scathing "criticism" amounts to Liberman's comment that:
"mistakes have been made"
"what a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will, and to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory."
The obvious problem with this "criticism" is that, far from contradicting or countering the policies of the Bush administration or the words of Bush himself, it actually supports them!

But just in case anyone was confused by this fact, Bush clarifes the issue for us all:

"There's an important debate going on in our nation's capital about Iraq," Bush said. "And the fact that we can debate these issues openly in the midst of a dangerous war brings credit to our democracy."
So there you have it. Despite the appearance that there is no representation in American politics and both parties are actually pursuing the same illegal objectives, Bush assures us that open debate and calling to account is still very much the reality in Washington, the fact that it is all for the purposes of deceiving the public is totally irrelevant.

As for all of Bush's claims about the rebuilding of Iraq, most, if not all, of them are either out and out fabrications or severe distortions of the truth. Saddam posed no threat to the US. Under Saddam, Iraq was one of the most developed nations in the Arab world. The US invasion of Iraq destroyed the infrastructure of the country, 100,000 Iraqi civilians are dead, millions of Iraqis do not have basic services like electricity and clean water, even less have jobs that bring home enough money to feed their families. Israeli forces are hard at work to foment ethinc violence in Iraq in the hope of igniting a full scale civil war.

We say it again; Iraq has been devastated by the US invasion and is in the process of literally being taken apart by US and Israeli agents. The Iraq invasion was but the first step in a plan to start a broad war in the Middle East, that will ultimately involve Israel, and in which millions will perish, Jew, Christians and Arab alike.

All of this is clear for those who care to look with unbiased, objective eyes, for the rest, you are free to continue to swallow the lies of Bush and Co.

By Terry Thurber
Al-Jazeerah, October 26, 2005
Dear Abby:

With all the focus on the outing of [at least one] CIA agents in the news pointing to Libby and Ledeen, our Vice President’s advisors, and the NYT reporter, Judith Miller, I have noticed many stories that [anecdotally] indicated these persons are [also] Jewish. Now don’t get me wrong, many close to me are Jewish, but few of them would fabricate stories that would attempt to bring harm to someone or draw the nation into a war that has killed thousands of Americans and Iraqis.

But, this story perked my interest as to the make up of our government based on religious affiliations. I have read that the Clinton White House staff enjoyed a 55% Jewish ratio, while our current White House only enjoys a 35% Jewish staff. I also learned than many private employment agencies in DC specialize in the placement of Jewish prospects. I have not learned of any agencies that specialize in placing Christians in our government. Of course, that does not mean there are none.

It is disturbing, however, to think that most of the 98% of Americans that do not practice the teachings of Judaism, are too incompetent or simple minded to participate in the decisions of our government at a ratio that more honestly expresses the demographics of our great country

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Despite much talk about an exit strategy from the Iraq quagmire in which our nation is embroiled, the No. 1 exit strategy has not been proposed. Let me fill that void. First you have a right to know where I'm coming from.

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December 7, 2005
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 - In a major defeat for law enforcement officials, a jury in Florida failed to return guilty verdicts Tuesday on any of 51 criminal counts against a former Florida professor and three co-defendants accused of operating a North American front for Palestinian terrorists.

The former professor, Sami al-Arian, a fiery advocate for Palestinian causes who became a lightning rod for criticism nationwide over his vocal anti-Israeli stances, was found not guilty on eight criminal counts related to terrorist support, perjury and immigration violations.

The jury deadlocked on the remaining nine counts against him after deliberating for 13 days, and it did not return any guilty verdicts against the three other defendants in the case.

"This was a political prosecution from the start, and I think the jury realized that," Linda Moreno, one of Mr. Arian's defense lawyers, said in a telephone interview. "They looked over at Sami al-Arian; they saw a man who had taken unpopular positions on issues thousands of miles away, but they realized he wasn't a terrorist. The truth is a powerful thing."

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Comment: This verdict is indeed a setback for the US government who prosecuted the case, but it is a more severe blow for Israeli interests in the US who are the real motivating forces behind the case and who were seeking to further intimidate and demonise as "terrorist supporters" all decent people who can clearly see the injustice of Israeli government policies towards Palestinians.

Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 17:54 GMT
George W Bush and Tony Blair must be held to account for feeding the public "a vast tapestry of lies" about the Iraq war, writer Harold Pinter said.

The playwright launched a scathing attack on US and UK politicians in his lecture as winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Wed Dec 7, 7:51 AM ET
BAGHDAD - A defiant Saddam Hussein has refused to appear in court, delaying the resumption of his trial over a Shiite massacre a day after the deposed Iraqi dictator shouted "Go to hell!" at the judge.

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Comment: "Saddam" is on trial for murder and torture, and yet appearing in court is apparently optional for him? The proceedings can hardly be called "The Trial of the Century". Circus of the Century, maybe...

Last Updated Tue, 06 Dec 2005 19:59:53 EST
CBC News
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is continuing her trip through Europe, which has been dominated by questions surrounding covert CIA prisons and mysterious flights.

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ROME, Dec. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denied Wednesday that his government was involved in the alleged abduction of an Egyptian cleric by the American CIA or was informed of it ahead of time, local media reported.

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Dec 7, 2005
By Mark Trevelyan
A visit from Rice on Tuesday, intended as a bridge-building trip with Merkel's new government, veered badly from the intended script when the Masri case was raised.

While Merkel told reporters Washington had acknowledged it made a mistake in detaining him, a senior U.S. official said Rice had said no such thing.

"We are not quite sure what was in her head," he said, referring to Merkel.

German media seized on the embarrassing contradiction.

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Dec 2, 2005
NEW YORK--By August 2003 California Governor
Gray Davis' approval rating had plunged to 22 percent. Two months later, he lost a special recall election.

Now it's George W. Bush's turn to take a drubbing. The latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll finds that only 37 percent of Americans think he's doing a good job, a record low for him and a dangerous drop below the historical benchmark of 40 percent. ...

"Lame duck" doesn't cut it. Unless Bush resigns, the world's sole superpower faces the dismal prospect of three long years under a dead duck president. Who will extract us from two losing wars? How will we pay off the $8 trillion national debt he ran up? America needs a strong president yesterday.

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Wednesday December 7, 4:13 PM
Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed in a new videotape that the network's leader Osama bin Laden was still alive and leading the "jihad" holy war against the West, the Al-Jazeera channel said.

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Comment: Just when Bush's popularity starts to hit new lows - and you think it might be safe to leave your home with the recent announcement that al-Qaeda hasn't been operating in the US since 2003 - they haul out good old Osama!

November 28, 2005
This is the original letter I wrote to the LA Times regarding their firing of Robert Scheer... Barbra Streisand

(also including what the L.A. Times actually printed)

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By Deborah Zabarenko
December 7, 2005
WASHINGTON - From the Strategy for Victory in Iraq to "Recovery Channel" TV on federal disaster relief, the Bush administration's spin operation is in high gear, aiming its message directly at the American public as it critiques the mainstream media.

There has been plenty to spin: since George W. Bush's August vacation in Texas, when grieving military mother Cindy Sheehan camped outside his Crawford ranch, the president has had to deal with a perceived sluggish federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, the investigation into who leaked a covert CIA operative's name and the indictment of White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

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By Ben Mack
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 23:23:23 -0800
The greatest marketing trick of the 20th century was the positioning of propaganda.

Marketing is propaganda. Positioning propaganda as distinct from other forms of marketing is state-of-the-art persuasion.

The definition of Propaganda varies greatly by source. The Catholic Church coined the word “propaganda” in 1622 within the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, which was commissioned by Pope Gregory XV. One of Pope Gregory’s accountants came to the conclusion that it was more cost effective to teach Catholicism than to invade and force conversion. The accountant had the insight to recognize that a territory could be acquired less expensively by converting people’s minds. It might take more time, but if you convert the minds, the bodies will follow. And, converting minds is less expensive than physically enforcing new sovereignty.

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A backgrounder on MAUP (Interregional Academy of Personnel Management) Ukraine

MAUP is the main source of anti-Semitic agitation and propaganda in Ukraine. It organizes anti-Semitic meetings and conferences, regularly issues anti-Semitic statements and publishes two widely-distributed periodicals, Personnel and Personnel Plus, which frequently contain anti-Semitic articles.

At the same time, MAUP is a bona fide university – its English name is the Interregional Academy for Personnel Management – accredited by Ukraine's Ministry of Education, with more than 50,000 students enrolled at campuses in various locations. Business, political science and agriculture are among the subjects taught.

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Is criticism of Israel anti-Semitic if it uses the same kinds of images as those long used to attack Jews?

That question will be posed by an exhibition of anti-Semitic art appearing in London early next year that was inspired in part by a three-year-old political cartoon that showed a naked Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon eating a Palestinian baby.

The exhibition, using images from a Jewish doctor's private collection, will be held at a London gallery that was fiercely criticised by Israel and Jewish groups when it gave its top annual award to the Sharon cartoon.

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Comment: Have a look at the cartoon in question:

Anyone familiar with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will immediately recognise the cartoon as a shocking yet accurate portrayal of the actions of Sharon and members of his government over the past 5 years.

The labeling of such presentations of fact as "anti-Semitic" by certain "Zionist" groups therefore, merely provides more evidence that in the opinion of such groups, ANY criticism of the Israeli government or its policies is also anti-Semitic, and from there we draw the conclusion that the truth too must be anti-Semitic.

6 Dec 2005
By Greg Szymanski
It’s impossible to fit a square peg in a round hole. It’s equally as impossible to fit a large 757 airliner through a small hole like left in the Pentagon wall after 9/11.

And this is just one of the many examples that the official 9/11 story makes no sense. In fact, it makes about as much sense as trying to keep jamming that square peg into that proverbial round hole.

However, while the feds fiddle with pegs that don’t fit, the 9/11 debate rages on across the country, mainly among the fringe truth movement groups whose numbers are small.

And this is precisely where politicians want the debate to remain, away from the public’s ear, since so far they have been dealt a winning 9/11 hand, knowing any serious measure to bring justice has been effectively cut-off.

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7 Dec 2005
By Greg Szymanski
Douglas Herman, author of novel 'The Guns of Dallas,' asking editors tough 9/11 questions and planning to print results based on standards set by old-time journalistic legend, Joseph Pulitzer.

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Alok Jha
The Guardian
Wednesday December 7, 2005
In Egyptian myth, Apophis was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction, a demon that was determined to plunge the world into eternal darkness.

A fitting name, astronomers reasoned, for a menace now hurtling towards Earth from outerspace. Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it.

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By Philipp Gollner
Tue Dec 6, 2005 8:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists studying the San Andreas fault in California will soon be able to monitor seismic activity from deep inside the Earth's crust so they can identify patterns that might foreshadow a major quake, scientists said on Tuesday.

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December 7, 2005
MIAMI - Epsilon clung to hurricane strength for a third straight day in the open Atlantic on Wednesday, but forecasters predicted the storm would weaken.

The 26th named storm of the record-breaking hurricane season poses no threat to land.

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December 7, 2005
LONDON - The United States and Caribbean, which are still trying to rebuild from this year's devastating storms, should brace themselves for another busy hurricane season in 2006, a leading windstorm forecaster has warned.

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Associated Press
December 7, 2005
DENVER - Bitterly cold air poured southward across the nation's midsection Wednesday, dropping temperatures to record lows from Montana to Illinois.

The mercury dived to a record 45 below at West Yellowstone, Mont., the frequently cold spot at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the National Weather Service said. The old record for Dec. 7 was 39 below, set in 1927.

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Dec 07, 2005
Moscow -- Cementing their strategic partnership, India and Russia today signed three agreements, including one on protection of intellectual property rights to regulate joint defence work, reports PTI.

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Wed Dec 7, 9:44 AM ET
DETROIT - The restructuring plan that Ford Motor Co. will announce next month as it moves to restore its North American operations to profitability will be more aggressive than many analysts had expected, the Detroit News reported on Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the plan, the newspaper said the automaker will cut up to 30,000 hourly jobs in North America within five years and close at least 10 assembly and component plants.

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Last Updated Mon, 05 Dec 2005 19:19:24 EST
CBC News
The earliest known portrait of a woman carved by the Maya suggests women may have held positions of authority in their society, a Canadian archeologist says.

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Comment: Earth goddess or Mayan Nefertiti?

The Daytona Beach News-Journal
December 06, 2005
PALM COAST -- It was close to midnight on Sunday and Jill Pagan -- who practices paganism and calls herself a witch -- was getting settled into bed when she heard a crash. It sounded like something might have fallen.

Upon investigation, Pagan discovered that her home's white aluminum door had a large gash in it. And just to the right, a large chunk of concrete was sitting in a flowerpot with a note attached to it by rubber bands. She immediately recognized a handwritten note in an ancient language called Theban, which she said is used almost exclusively by witches.

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