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The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
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October 29, 2002 - Sharon's candidate for Israeli Defence Minister may be arrested for War Crimes in Britain - A British lawyer working on behalf of Palestinian families has begun proceedings for the arrest of the former head of the Israeli army, currently touring the UK. - Shaul Mofaz, who retired in July after four years, is currently touring Britain speaking to members of the UK's Jewish community. Lawyer Imran Khan has submitted a 17 page letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions outlining allegations of war crimes against General Mofaz. [...]

The DPP has referred the case to Scotland Yard's crimes against humanity section, Mr Kahn told BBC News Online. He said he was "fairly confident" that a case could be brought against General Mofaz. [...] General Mofaz gained a reputation for tough tactics against the Palestinian uprising in the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank. He directed some of Israel's most controversial military operations in the West Bank earlier this year, including Jenin - where Palestinians claim a massacre took place - and Ramallah.

He may yet become Israel's defence minister, after on Monday accepting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer to replace Binyamin Ben-Eliezer if Israel's centre-left Labor party leaves his coalition government His UK tour has already attracted protests, including about 40 people demonstrating against a United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner he was attending in Liverpool on Monday. Comment: Who would have ever thought that the words "Jewish" and "Nazi" could be used to describe the same person?

A political crisis loomed Wednesday in Israel with the largest faction in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling coalition saying it would vote against the state budget and leave the government, a move that could lead to early elections. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the defense minister and leader of the moderate Labor Party, which is threatening to bolt from the coalition, said he and Sharon should begin talking about dates for an early election, possibly in the spring.

Two weary, white-bearded old men who were imprisoned in secret and without charge at the United States' Guantanamo Bay Naval Base for at least eight months were back in Afghanistan yesterday, saying they never presented a threat to anyone. Released by the Americans – who said they were no longer of interest to them – the Afghans told of grim conditions at the base, including being held in stifling and tiny cells and enduring hours of interrogation. As they spoke, the Pentagon confirmed the arrival of a plane at the Cuban prison camp with what was thought to be 30 detainees, but refused to give further details. The old men, Faiz Mohammed and Mohammed Sediq, were freed with a third Afghan, Jan Mohammed, in his mid-thirties. Months ago, they had been captured, blindfolded, shackled and flown thousands of miles from home.

(Scroll down to the story) A police officer chasing thieves in a jungle in northern India stumbled upon long-forgotten rock shelters and cave paintings believed to be 25,000-40,000 years old. "I have discovered 400 rock shelters and cave paintings in the remote areas of this vast land in the past seven months," Vijay Kumar, a police officer and amateur archaeologist, told The Associated Press on Tuesday in northern Uttar Pradesh state. - "The style of Vindhya rock paintings and its subject clearly establishes the fact that these are 25,000 to 40,000 years old and depict the lifestyle of human civilization (during that era)," Tiwari said. He added that the rock shelters and cave paintings could be compared with the paintings found in Europe and the sub-Saharan region. The red-colored paintings on white sandstone show men riding animals, dancing and hunting.

The Boulder-Pushers - There's a great black mountain. It's human stupidity.

There are a group of people who push a boulder up the mountain.

When they've got a few feet up, there's a war, or the wrong sort of revolution, and the boulder rolls down - not to the bottom, it always manages to end a few inches higher than when it started.

So the group of people put their shoulders to the boulder and start pushing again.

Meanwhile, at the top of the mountain stand a few great men. Sometimes they look down and nod and say: Good, the boulder-pushers are still on duty. But meanwhile they are meditating about the nature of space, or what it will be like when the world is full of people who don't hate and fear and murder." [...]

Our little planet contains extensive networks of entirely different varieties of human motives, both far worse and far better than we can easily imagine. And one of the more useful ones is the realm of the quietly trudging boulder-pushers. This relatively unglamorous yet immensely worthwhile zone is composed of all of us who quietly and actively push against the grain of the ruling stupidities in our poor suffering world.

We have rejected the lure of involvement in worldly greed, lies, and crookedness as best we can, despite the fact that this is far more easily wished for than accomplished. We have no such grandiose ambitions as sainthood. But we can relate very well to being members of the brotherhood and sisterhood of slogging away, shoving that moldy old boulder uphill. And when the news is very bad, and getting worse, and that huge rock teeters and starts to rush back down once more, we are the ones who most sharply feel the grief of failure.

Boulder-pushers can be discovered rising to the occasion in every color, race, creed and nationality, and in every kind of work. Everywhere and in everything, official accepted insanity is methodically geared to grinding the sane humanity out of human beings. Everywhere and in everything, those who fight this are here also, pushing back against the enormous dreary boulder of entrenched stupidity. We cannot be distinguished by mere appearances or social roles, yet invariably we recognize one another through our standard operating equipment: the dedicated boulder-pusher's inner radar detector. Day after week after month after year after decade, we keep on struggling, together-at-a-distance, to shove that dangerous ancient rock back up the same old precipitous mountain. [...]

Boulder-pushers are known by persistence, and almost always by an excellent, and occasionally very strange, sense of humor. (We can often be spotted by a finely-tuned taste in sarcastic political cartoons.) [...]

Mostly we just work very hard, at whatever it is we are being and doing about that boulder. We are seldom to be found lying around vacationing at its foot, though occasionally we do that too. Mostly we just heave ho and heave to. We get so tired we can sometimes be found draped across our portion of the boulder, sound asleep in broad daylight. We know too well that this rock is real, and made up of all the ignorance of all the people who will never even understand it is there. We understand that this heavy stone, as long as it exists at all, will be hanging around- and hanging around all our necks. And that it is continually threatening to roll back down too far and crush us, boulder-pushers and boulder-builders alike, once and for all. Our endless jokes about this absurdly terrible predicament are one of the great wonders of the human race. [...]

Look around. We are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. We are resolutely transmitting light in the darkness, however modest our wattage. We teach, rant, cajole, hector, lecture, and employ sweet reasonableness to its maximum capacity. We write and talk and listen and learn all we can. We pray and meditate and stay connected one way or another to the source of all goodness and truth in life. We keep our minds open, even when that means we sometimes have to take a crowbar to our own prejudices. We do our own thinking, and don't take anything from any authority at face value. We prod and poke and pester the powers that be, because they so richly deserve and require it. We investigate and castigate abundant abuses, large and small, local and global. At our own expense, we do crucial research in the context of endless illegal governmental, military and corporate secrecy. In a system built on denial, we deny the power of denial itself. We find, finesse, and force truth to emerge from world-size institutional lies.

We have not been devoured alive by stupidity's hypnotic media machine. We use our own perceptions, and fully engage our own heads, hearts, and hands in daily life. We are not passivists, but activists. We create, nourish, tend, and shore up all that is beautiful and healthy and loving. We will die to keep the spirit of freedom alive in the human race if we have to- but we would rather live by it and for it. We share knowledge, materials, and insights. We pay attention: we keep watch and we keep honest records. We keep the unfortunately necessary running commentaries going on the differences between wisdom and stark raving lunacy. We keep websites going under impossible conditions. We take the time to keep critical information flowing at a time when time goes so fast it barely exists. We are good to our families, to our friends, and to strangers when we can be. We care about the bodies and souls of other human beings as well as our own. We know what to forgive and forget, and what to keep after.

Mostly we never think about any of this. We're far too busy or too tired or too grubby or too concentrated on the next step to look around and reflect on what we are doing. It is just who we are and what we do. This is what we did yesterday, and today, and what we will do tomorrow. We know that that giant stone of stupidity is going to be there, requiring our daily push, for a very long time to come. We are, naturally, occasionally flattened by the very thought.

We are the boulder-pushers of the present, the spiritual sons and daughters of all previous generations of boulder-pushers, and the spiritual fathers and mothers of the boulder-pushers to come. Some of us don't even believe that efforts to destroy human ignorance will ever have an end. We think that boulder pushing is the natural activity of all those who care about the human species, and that it is more or less eternal. We do it anyway, without fear and without much hope, just because it is the right thing to do. [...]

The thought of centuries of hard labor does not prevent us from getting up in the morning and lending a hand to the day's push. Some eon or other, we believe that boulder really will stop falling backward. We believe that a distant generation of boulder-pushers will at last succeed in heaving that boulder over the final hump. It will finally just rock back and forth a little, shiver slightly, and become still. And then it will begin slowly to crumble to dust. It's only a matter of time.

Comment: By Diane Harvey - a woman after my own heart. Bless you.

Earthquake causes panic as Italy's Mount Etna spews more lava - A strong earth tremor rocked Sicily's lava-spewing Mount Etna, panicking local villagers as it damaged dwellings and left more than 1,000 people homeless. The quake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, sent people running from their homes and offices as Europe's highest and most active volcano provided a grim backdrop to the panic, spewing lava and ash and blackening the daytime sky along Sicily's east coast for a third consecutive day. [...] Vulcanologists said the earthquake was not related to Etna's activity, noting that the epicenter was nine kilometers (5.6 miles) underground, far deeper than the pockets of lava that are disgorging onto the slopes of the volcano, which began erupting overnight Saturday in a spectacular reprise of last year's event.

India drought warning - A report issued by Save the Children says drought has severely affected agriculture in Rajasthan, causing food scarcity, and the government distribution system is not working properly. Kavita Srivastava, a member of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, another NGO, says the situation in Baran district is grim, especially among the Saharia community. "The affected tribal Saharias are eating grass seeds for survival," she said.

Bush Fears Tenacious, Popular Wellstone - A little peek back into the past. - U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone had just finished rousing a crowd of 2,000 trade unionists, farmers, environmentalists and students with a fiery condemnation of George W. Bush’s free trade policies, and now he had a problem. He couldn’t get down the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol here to join the march protesting Bush’s Free Trade Area of the Americas scheme. Wellstone is just too popular with his constituents. He couldn’t move in the face of a steady stream of men in Teamsters jackets, farm wives holding newborns, green-haired college kids and Catholic priests approaching to offer variations on the words of a steelworker who told Wellstone, "I am so damn proud to be able to say you’re my senator." Most of them also asked a question: "How come Bush hates you so much?" Comment: Now we know what Bush does to those he hates...

The family of Sen. Paul Wellstone asked Vice President Dick Cheney to stay away - White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Cheney offered to attend the service for Wellstone, his wife, two daughters and three campaign aides — all killed in a plane crash Friday. "The family was appreciative of the offer by the vice president to attend." But he added that it would be inappropriate to characterize the private conversations that ultimately led to the decision that Cheney would not go. There was never any thought of President Bush attending Wellstone's memorial, said the official, who discussed the matter only on grounds of anonymity.

The mid-term election campaign shows no sign that intense campaigning by President Bush had broken the deadlock between Demo-crats and Republicans. - In the course of his travels, Mr Bush has smashed fundraising records, raking in an estimated $140m this year before tough campaigning finance laws take effect after next November. - His is a high-risk strategy. Critics would say he is neglecting the world stage for partisan gain and putting his prestige on the line by focusing on domestic politics. If the Republicans lose control of Capitol Hill, Mr Bush will be blamed. - The outcome of the Senate, in which the Democrats hold a single-seat 50-49 edge, hinges on contests in Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Minnesota (ya'll get out and VOTE those Republican Fascists OUT!) – where former vice-president Walter Mondale was expected to announce he would replace the late Senator Paul Wellstone on the Democratic ticket. - Mr Wellstone's family said they did not want Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to attend yesterday's memorial service for the senator, who died in a plane crash on October 25. The official reason was that the family wished to avoid intense security precautions. But the family and Minnesota Democrats were said to be furious at Republican sniping at Mr Mondale before Mr Wellstone's funeral.

At least 54 people died in Vietnam yesterday after fire raged through a six-storey commercial building in Ho Chi Minh City housing offices of foreign companies, shops and a nightclub. Eyewitnesses said some people died after jumping out of windows several storeys up to escape the inferno. Police suspect the fire started on the second floor of the International Business Centre, in the Blue Disco – the city's most popular dance spot, where a wedding reception was taking place.

President Vladimir Putin pledged yesterday that Russia would not surrender to terrorist "blackmail" as he led a national day of mourning for the 118 hostages who died during a standoff with Chechen separatists. Using words similar to those of President Bush after the September 11 attacks, Mr. Putin vowed in televised comments to give the military broader powers to move against terrorism suspects and their sponsors. "Russia will answer with measures adequate to the threat to the Russian Federation in all places where the terrorists, the organizers of these crimes or their ideological or financial sponsors are located," Mr. Putin said. "I emphasize — wherever they may be." Comment: Does that sound like a "hidden message" to you? Hmmmm... maybe ole Vlad has a clue... maybe he's telling Bush and Cheney to stand down...?

We declare a national emergency in uncovering what really happened on 9/11/2001 through an immediate call for an independent collaborative investigation worldwide. The U.S. government could help us but instead is doing everything it can to stop any investigations into 9/11. The People's Investigation of 9/11 is an assemblage of international researchers and activists. Task-based functional groups work together on various projects, including research topics and volunteer efforts, in unison with other 9/11 evidence-finding efforts. Until a legitimate independent citizen's committee is funded and recognized by the U.S. government or a world political body or court, it is left up to the citizens of the world to investigate and share what they know with others.

The U.S. Government 'Chose' the Date of the 9-11 Attacks - This article comes across as "damage control." The author (A former White House Aide) says: "This brief sets forth the growing reasons to believe that the date for the attack was not 'chosen' by the hijackers at all, but that one of them learned that a counter-terror wargame/exercise simulating a scenario like the one that actually took place on 9-11 was planned for that morning, and then 'piggybacked' the "real thing" on top of it."

Ms. Honneger misses the most salient point: no 757 hit the Pentagon. Which leads to the question: WHERE IS FLIGHT 77???

What is the true story of the Sept. 11 attacks - We do not know, because it is shrouded in secrecy. But thousands of 9/11 Skeptics on the Internet have used evidence from the mainstream and foreign press to demonstrate beyond doubt that the official story is incomplete, inconsistent and rife with lies.

In March and April 2002, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) became the first American politician on the federal level to question the official story and suggest that elements of the U.S. government may have known of the attacks in advance.

On May 16, the White House was forced to admit receiving warnings, in the months before Sept. 11, of a Qaeda plot to hijack airliners in the United States. This admission was coupled with the claim that no one in the administration could have guessed that these planes would be used in suicide attacks - a demonstrable falsehood.

Since then, many revelations from government agencies have corroborated the 9/11 Skeptics' claims that pre-Sept. 11 investigations by the FBI, which might have prevented the attacks, were obstructed from within the government.

The government also confirmed that the war in Afghanistan was prepared in advance of Sept. 11, and that a finished plan for the war was presented to George W. Bush two days before the attacks on New York and Washington. By then, large British and American forces had already arrived or were underway to the Central Asian theater.

In an effort at damage control, the revelations of the past month have been limited. Congressional investigators and the mainstream U.S. media have made little effort to connect the dots logically, which would yield an even more troubling picture of the government's actions at the highest levels. Attention has focused instead on middle-level "failures" of bureaucracy and analysis, with an accompanying campaign to justify more radical surveillance and police measures and the creation of a new Homeland Security Department. But the revelations have served to support many of the cardinal assertions of the oft-maligned 9/11 Skeptics movement.

On June 10, C-SPAN refused to broadcast a major press conference in Washington organized by former government officials, relatives of 9/11 victims and investigative journalists, who posed vital "Unanswered Questions" about the attacks and their true background. This setback was predictable; the issue is still too controversial for the mainstream media. 9/11

Skeptics should not therefore despair. The time has come for skeptics to unite, to speak openly, to stay loud and proud, and to employ creative, determined and peaceful means with heart and humor, to force disclosure of the full story of the Sept. 11 attacks. History is with us!

Fascism is a ... government which is run by a small group of large industrialists and financial lords … I am going to ask latitude to insist that we might have Fascism even though we maintained the pretense of democratic machinery. The mere presence of a Supreme Court, a House of Representatives, a Senate and a President would not be sufficient protection against the utter centralization of power in the hands of a few men who might hold no office at all." (Syndicated columnist Heywood Broun, 1936)

The political scientist Ralph Miliband once wrote that any country's population can be roughly divided into three groups. 1) An active minority committed to "exclusion, intolerance and hatred...which performs murderous deeds"; 2) "the great mass of people in all countries" who "may acquiesce in what is done in their name, and may even support it, or turn away with unease or silent reprobation," but would hardly initiate it; and 3) "a minority which actively opposes racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, fundamentalist intolerance and other such evils, often at considerable risk." [...] What Miliband didn't consider was what, if anything, beyond the activism of the committed minority, would rouse the great mass of people to resist, rather than acquiesce, to what is done in their name. He seems to have regarded the majority as largely passive, a tabula rasa on which activitists--one minority reactionary, the other progressive-- would contend to write their view of what is necessary, just, desirable and inevitable. But if Miliband didn't consider what would stir the majority to resist, Pentagon planners, and the active minority committed to war, imperialism, and exploitation, have. [...]

"It is an ugly, and infrequently admitted truth, that the US public could care less whether numberless foreigners--especially poor, dark-skinned ones--are blotted out by the weapons they produce at the jobs-generating Lockheed-Martin plants down the road, but send home US soldiers in body bags and their indifference to the spilling of blood suddenly evaporates."

This was a reference to Miliband's "great mass of people" who "may acquiesce in what is done in their name," but would hardly initiate "murderous deeds." It was not intended to apply to the minority in the US which actively opposes war and US imperialism, "often at considerable risk," nor meant to imply that acquiescing to the deaths of foreigners, but reacting against the deaths of friends and neighbours and people linked by culture, language, religion and a common history, is uniquely American. On the contrary, this tendency is found everywhere, in Canada, for example, just as much as in the US. [...]

Canadians were horrified at the deaths of some 3,000 people on Sept. 11, mostly Americans, and therefore, just like Canadians in most respects. But the bombing deaths of 5,000 Afghans -- worlds away from Canadians, both figuratively and literally -- in the months that followed, were barely noticed or acknowledged. Few grieved, yet most grieved, or at least expressed great shock, over the Sept. 11 deaths of Americans. [...] A friend of mine, for example, was expressing her horror at the loss of American lives on Sept. 11. I agreed it was horrific, and added, that the bombing to death of 5,000 Afghans was equally horrific. She didn't deny that Afghans, in large numbers, were killed, but replied, "Well, that's war." [...]

And she was hardly unrepresentative. As thousands of Afghans were being bombed to death, Canadians in the majority went about their business without a peep of protest. And then, one day, two Illinois National Guard pilots inadvertently bombed Canadian troops on a training exercise in Afghanistan. Four Canadian soldiers were killed. And Canadians woke up. "Pull the troops out," they howled. "What are we doing in Afghanistan?" they demanded. "Why isn't George Bush apologizing?" they asked, (though they had never asked, "Why isn't George Bush apologizing for killing 5,000 Afghans who had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden or the Taliban?")

How is it, then, that the slaughter of thousands of Afghans was unable to move large parts of the Canadian population to protest, but the deaths of four Canadians did? [...]

It's of some significance then that one strain of opposition to the Bush regime's bellicose fixation on Iraq arises from resentment over how that fixation has drawn attention from domestic issues, which Bush is seen, through negligence, to be allowing to fester. Seeing themselves personally affected by Bush's playing with his war toys rather than fixing the economy, some are saying, "enough; stop picking on Iraq, and get down to doing something for me." [...]

The campaign in the United States to end the Vietnam War, no matter how much it was said to have been inspired by the majority recognizing the immorality of US aggression, could rely on the participation, and at the very least, the sympathy, of large parts of the US population, because the war exacted an extraordinary personal cost for many Americans. The issue of millions upon millions of Southeast Asians being destroyed, while a motivating force for the most ardent activists, was of little moment for the majority against the loss of friends and family. To this day, oceans of tears are cried, every now and then, for the 55,000 Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam, but, in the United States and throughout the Western world, not a moment's recognition is given to the vastly greater number of mostly civilian Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians who were killed, for having the misfortune to live upon real estate the United States sought to dominate. [...]

That the Nazi Holocaust happened, with little protest at the time, is, no matter how much Zionists would like to regard the event as inimitable and uniquely related to anti-Semitism, but a single (though particularly horrific) instance of a larger phenomenon: the majority impotently accepting massive injustice committed elsewhere with a shrug of the shoulders and the question: "What can I do about it?" Or "Well, that's war." [...]

The American majority is neither completely moral and compassionate nor completely self-interested and heartless; but it is distracted, lied to, besotted by patriotism, unable to see its common interest with non-Americans, and encouraged to shut up, fall into line, and accept American democracy as the best political system there is. And above all else, it's almost entirely powerless, except in an extraconstitutional way, held hostage to a political system that smiles on those who own and control the economy, putting the instrument of state in their hands to pursue their own narrow interests, both abroad and at home, just as much at the expense of ordinary Americans as anyone else. Replacing the "Bush gang" with more humane trustees of the same system won't change US foreign policy in any fundamental way, or make the majority any less powerless. The shape of things to come, to borrow from Miliband, will largely depend on whether the majority can be shown that fundamentally reordering the political and economic life of its society, is as necessary as, and far more basic than, turfing rogues out of office.

Comment: If the sheeple don't wake up now, there's going to be LOTS and LOTS of body bags. In fact, there may not be enough bags for the bodies. What's more, there may not even be people able to bury the bodies. My grandmother always used to say that a smart man learns from his mistakes; a genius learns from the mistakes of others. We have all heard the saying that those who do not remember history, or learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. It's the same thing.

The Military Industrial Complex/ US Government, is the Beast of Revelation. It is the Great Harlot of Materialism... It is the NEW BABYLON.

17:1 And there came one of the seven angels ... saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. [...]

17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. ... 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

[...]18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire... 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more...

18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. [...]

18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Keep in mind that "city" - in the sense that it is used above - designates the entire country.

Did the Stock Market Rally Because Sen. Wellstone Died? - The Dow rose steadily after the news of the crash came over the wires, eventually closing up 127 points on the day. [...] Why would Wellstone's death boost the market? Wall Street didn't rally because Wellstone was the most left-wing member of the Senate. The reaction would have been the same had it been any incumbent Democratic senator who was in a close fight for re-election. When the news broke, Wall Street traders did what they always do in such events: start calculating. The instant conclusion: Wellstone's death means the Republicans have a better shot at getting back the Senate. [...] Why? With Republicans in control of both houses and the executive, one might expect action on a bunch of corporate-friendly measures—from asbestos liability to terror insurance, from tort reform to lower corporate-income taxes. That rapid calculation—Wellstone's death is good for corporate America—was worth 127 points on the Dow. It was a quick reaction. And those who sold stock this afternoon can rest assured that it was probably a wrong reaction, because there's no actual evidence that a Republican Senate is better for investors.

HE CLAIMED that he was in the immigrant "import-export business," according to his cousin Charlene Anderson. "He said he helped people who were in trouble get in and out of the country. He was so well dressed, kind of like he had been put up on a shelf," she told NEWSWEEK. But when John, who had changed his last name to Muhammad, showed up a few months later, late last summer, he was dirty and hungry, and his posturing had veered into dangerous delusion. Summoning Anderson into the kitchen, he closed the door and unzipped a long green duffel bag. Inside the bag was a case, and inside the case was a rifle. Muhammad explained that he was working for a secret Special Forces group to recover missing C-4 explosives stolen from a military base by drug smugglers. Muhammad was accompanied by a teenage boy named Lee. "Lee's not my son," Muhammad explained. "He's on the special team with me. He was hired to blend in with the juveniles on the street. See that boy? He's highly trained." She asked why he didn't work through local law enforcement. "He told me he couldn't do that because nobody knew they existed," she says. Cousin Charlene wasn't sure what to believe. "I thought it was very strange. It really spooked me."

Comment: Was it "delusion?" Or was his "program" activated? Or, was he simply telling the truth? He DID work for a "secret Special Forces" group - attached to the Bush Reich?

It is clear that global and domestic opposition to the invasion of Iraq is growing. But it is not a given that these developments have rendered the administration impotent or weakened its resolve. As FTW has been saying consistently since the administration took office -- and especially since 9-11 -- the degree of criminal, unconstitutional and aggressive behavior by the administration only serves to guarantee that its future moves will only be more illegal, more dangerous and more costly of human lives.

Some activists and analysts have openly speculated that the recent tragic death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, perhaps the administration's most vocal and committed critic in the Senate, was a murder perpetrated by a ruthless regime capable of stealing a presidential election and complicit in allowing the attacks of 9-11 to take place in order to provide it with a pretext for what is happening now. [FTW will have a story on a number of major inconsistencies in the Wellstone tragedy sometime this week.] Last week this writer had conversations with two Democratic Party members of the House of Representatives and both unhesitatingly expressed their belief that Wellstone was probably murdered.

Recently an anti-war activist was asked why no one was making a point of the now documented and glaring inconsistencies in the Bush Administration's actions, statements and conduct since the attacks of 9-11. "It's irrelevant," the activist said. An angry response came from the internet, "If you had paid attention to all the warnings and evidence of administration complicity in 9-11 we would not be looking at the coming murder of tens of thousands of people in the Middle East."

The point, well taken, was that the people in control of the U.S. government are capable of anything. And while these recent developments show that the administration is not omnipotent, it does not make it any less dangerous, any less capable of horrific actions, either overseas or right here at home. And the rest of the world, following the U.S. example, is showing increasing signs of instability that could unleash a variety of conflicts, the outcomes of which cannot be predicted.

Comment: The above anti-war activist who said that the issues of 9-11 are "irrelevant," highlights the fact that we have been repeating over and over again: "anti-war activism" is almost like trying the shut the barn door after the horse is out. In our present situation, looking at the fact that we have a gang of ruthless, psychopathic criminals working a coup on the US before our very eyes, we NEED TO STRATEGIZE! Chanting "no war! no war! no war!" is all fine and good, and to be commended for its peace motives. But it only results in a face-off between those who believe a war is necessary, and those who believe that a war is NOT necessary. In short, arguing about an issue that is a non-issue once the REAL ISSUE is understood.

What is being lost in ALL of the rhetoric is the simple, evident fact: NO BOEING 757 hit the Pentagon on September 11th.

From that fact follows: The present administration is LYING about the events of 9-11.

Which leads to: if they are lying about the Pentagon strike, which is dependent upon the WTC strike, they MUST be complicit in the WTC attack. And we do not mean that they simply ALLOWED it to happen by a "failure of intelligence." We mean that they MUST have actively participated in the events of that day for one simple reason: If a Boeing 757 did not strike the Pentagon, WHERE IS FLIGHT 77? The Pentagon Strike is the Administration's Achilles Heel. It is the weakest link in the chain. This is where the pressure needs to be applied.

What do I mean?

I mean that the American People need to be activists for TRUTH and JUSTICE in our OWN HOUSE FIRST! And if our own representatives will not act on our behalf, we need to go to the UN and appeal to the governments of the world to make a stink that will rise to heaven, demanding a full investigation of the events of 9-11 and the Bush Administration's culpability and complicity. Because, again, if there are no "terrorists" as the Bush Gang have claimed, if there was no "outside attacker" on September 11, then there is most certainly no foundation for war. And if Bush and his co-conspirators are EXPOSED on the 9-11 issue, then they are dead in the water, and so is the idea of War.

In short, the War Game will collapse if we take their Queen. And the Queen is the confidence that many of the American people have in Bush. Once he is exposed as the liar and murderer he is, checkmate.

All together now:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7, we want TRUTH on 9-11!

 

 

 
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