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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.
Allan Bloom The Closing of the American Mind

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November 25, 2002 - Israeli troops shot and killed an 8-year-old Palestinian boy in Nablus on Monday as hundreds of youths ignored a curfew and threw stones at soldiers on their way home from school, witnesses and hospital officials said. The children gathered in the center of the city, hurling stones at an army jeep, witnesses said. The soldiers opened fire, killing the boy, Jihad Faqeh, hospital officials said. Seven Palestinians were wounded, including two adults who were in serious condition. The Israeli army said troops fired to disperse stone-throwers, and that two explosive devices were thrown toward soldiers.

Comment: no "sorry", no "it was a mistake" no "regret;" the situation seems to be that in Israel a soldier can simply shoot dead an 8 yr old child and no one condemns them or calls them "terrorists."

Last week, a federal court ruling gave Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Justice Department sweeping powers to track down suspected spies and terrorists. The three-judge review panel struck down an earlier ruling that sought to impose restraints on how and when surveillance authority could be employed under the USA Patriot Act. Congress passed the act after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and northern Virginia. Last week's ruling allows Ashcroft and the FBI to continue to a virtual free hand to examine electronic communications, use wiretaps and conduct searches. That's a chilling prospect. -

"Piece by piece, this administration is dismantling the basic rights afforded to every American under the Constitution," U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said earlier this week. The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Conyers termed the ruling "despicable" and said it continues the Bush administration's sustained assault on civil liberties. -

We think Ashcroft's time and effort would be better spent on overhauling the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Its missteps and ineptitude allowed several of the Sept. 11 hijackers to roam the United States freely for months before the attacks. Fixing the INS would not require sidestepping a search warrant, only some hard and long-overdue decisions.

Consider, too, who has rejoined the federal government to help the Bush administration conduct its electronic war. Vice Adm. John Poindexter took charge last January of the Office of Information Awareness at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. -

Students of government excesses will recall Poindexter from the Reagan administration and his part in the Iran-Contra mess of the late 1980s. The admiral was convicted in 1990 for his role in the secret arms-for-hostages fiasco. That his conviction was reversed in 1991 by a federal appeals court because he had been granted immunity for his testimony before Congress about the case does nothing to diminish his involvement in the affair. -

When talk turns to obtaining evidence surreptitiously or by circumventing search warrants, the public should respond with skepticism and suspicion. The war against terror is, after all, supposed to be about defending freedom, not surrendering it. Ashcroft, we believe, has been far too zealous in pursuit of remedies that infringe on civil rights. Our fear is that once those rights are modified or curtailed, they will never be restored.

Comment: Funny how Ashcroft can talk out of both sides of his mouth at once... back in 1997, he had a whole different shpiel on the internet:

KEEP BIG BROTHER'S HANDS OFF THE INTERNET by John Ashcroft - In order to guarantee that the United States meets the challenge of this new means of commerce, communication, and education, government must be careful not to interfere. We should not harness the Internet with a confusing array of intrusive regulations and controls. Yet, the Clinton administration is trying to do just that. - The Clinton administration would like the Federal government to have the capability to read any international or domestic computer communications. The FBI wants access to decode, digest, and discuss financial transactions, personal e-mail, and proprietary information sent abroad -- all in the name of national security. To accomplish this, President Clinton would like government agencies to have the keys for decoding all exported U.S. software and Internet communications. -

There is a concern that the Internet could be used to commit crimes and that advanced encryption could disguise such activity. However, we do not provide the government with phone jacks outside our homes for unlimited wiretaps. Why, then, should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will and in real time to our communications across the Web? The protections of the Fourth Amendment are clear.The right to protection from unlawful searches is an indivisible American value. Two hundred years of court decisions have stood in defense of this fundamental right. The state's interest in effective crime-fighting should never vitiate the citizens' Bill of Rights.

Top Ten Signs Your Neighbor is Brainwashed - Stepford Citizen Syndrome - Though much of the world is convinced the 2000 election was a coup d'etat, and many believe we're being lied to regarding 9/11, we Americans are unaware of how numb we seem. Not only are we being coerced into World War III, but at this very moment, unnamed souls are secretly locked away, the Army's drafted plans for civilian detention camps and there's a shadow government buzzing beneath our streets. And yet, we continue to ignore the oily elephant in the living room. -

The administration's Iraq war dance is likewise baffling, particularly when Dick Cheney says Saddam can't be trusted - even though, not too long ago, he was trusted to the tune of $73 million during Halliburton/Iraq transactions. Moreover, newly discovered memos reveal that Cheney was also involved in a 1975 cover-up involving the CIA's mind-control experiment, MK-ULTRA. Back then, the government paid $750,000 restitution to Army biochemist Dr. Frank Olson's family, after admitting the CIA slipped Dr. Olson LSD days before his 1953 fall from a New York City building. When the Ford administration finally came clean, they promised they'd revealed everything. Yet according to an article in the "Mercury News," (Scientist's death haunts family, August 8, 2002) key officials, including White House aides Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld pushed to continue to conceal information. -

But not only has the government tried to control people's minds, they've copped to controlling the media, too. Operation Mockingbird, the CIA's plan to infiltrate America's newsrooms, was such a success that former CIA director William Colby boasted, "the Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any major significance in the major media." Carl Bernstein substantiated this, revealing that hundreds of journalists and news organizations were involved in this subversion. And though officials have admitted to planting fabrications in the past, it seems they're still at it. Remember the story about the terrorist's passport surviving the fiery crash into the World Trade Center? What could that be but government-issued pabulum? And what else but full-scale public brainwashing accounts for the rash of Stepford Citizen Syndrome spreading throughout the country? Which brings us to the case in point. Researchers have identified the following symptoms. If you overhear anyone making the following statements, assume they've been brainwashed and intervene immediately: [The List...]

A second minor earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday evening, but as with the first, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. - The 3.77-magnitude quake occurred at 7:57 p.m. (10:57 p.m. ET) and was centered 2 miles southeast of San Ramon in Contra Costa County, - The first quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 3.9, occurred at 6:54 a.m. (9:54 a.m. ET) and was centered 26 miles east of San Francisco City Hall in the town of San Ramon. - Though minor, the tremor was the strongest along the Calaveras fault since the 1970s, said Dave Schwartz, a geologist with the USGS, who was seven miles north of the epicenter when it struck and slept through it. - Tankersley said the second earthquake along the same fault line adds additional concerns, noting the emergency services office will be watching to see if a third quake of magnitude 3.5 strikes within 24 hours of the original Sunday morning tremor, which could signal an increased period of seismic activity.

The Konformist sez: I had heard the rumors early: that Newsweek was sitting on allegations that Jeb Bush and Kat Harris were secretly cheating on their spouses. My well-placed sources informed me that CNN had issued "Guidance" to its newswriters instructing them NOT to report the affair. [Caution: This guy is hostile and graphic... Not hard to understand, but be warned... ]

When President Bush signs the Homeland Security Act Monday, he will create a department that will be the largest reorganization in the federal government in 55 years. Signing is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. in the East Room of the White House.

U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia are at a "crisis stage," strained by the showdown over Iraq and reports that a Saudi princess may have been the source of funds that went to two of the September 11 suicide hijackers, Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Sunday. - Lieberman also called Saudi reluctance to allow U.S. forces to use bases on its territory in a possible military confrontation with Iraq "unacceptable." "President Bush has taken a lot of abuse in the last two years because of the connections of this administration with Saudi Arabia," he said. "I think it's time for the president to blow the whistle and remember what he said after September 11 -- you're either with us or you're with the terrorists."

Comment: Now it all begins to make sense. Just leak out a few things to put the Saudis on the hot-seat so they will cooperate with the Bush Reich plans. Question that ought to be asked is this: If the Saudis are connected with 9-11, is it possible that their good buddy Bush is also? Hmmmm.... After all, we know that the CIA and other alphabet soup guys create "front organizations" to funnel money to covert operations. What's so different about the idea that the Bush Gang used the Saudi's to funnel money to the "attack on America" gang? When everything is added up, the only ones who have - or could - benefit from 9-11 are Dubya and the Warmongers.

A group of Muslim lawyers has asked the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers to punish Alan Dershowitz because of the Harvard Law School professor's proposal to raze Palestinian villages in response to attacks on Israelis. The Washington-based Muslim Legal Defense and Education Fund claims Dershowitz broke the rules of his profession by advocating for a policy that would violate international law. Dershowitz, who helped defend O.J. Simpson, proposed in March that Israel declare a short moratorium on reprisals for terror attacks, and then circulate a list of locations that would be demolished if Palestinians carried out further attacks.

UN rejects Israeli account of British official's killing - The United Nations dismissed as "not credible" yesterday an Israeli army claim that Palestinian gunmen fired from inside a UN compound in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday before its soldiers shot dead Iain Hook, a 52-year-old British relief worker. - Paul McCann, a spokesman for the UN relief agency, said: "Our preliminary findings are completely contrary to what the Israeli army said. The compound is quite small. At no point did we lose control of the site. There were no militants on the site. I am very sad and angry that the man was shot dead while working in a clearly marked UN compound."

Comment: That means that they are saying Israel lied. Well, what a surprise! What will be interesting is to observe Britain's reaction to Israel. My guess is that they will get even more aggressive about pushing the war with SoDamn Insane because Bush and Blair are really anxious to get their Trojan Horse War machine in place so they can destroy Israel. That's been the plan since Britain and America handed over Palestine, to the Zionists. The Zionist treatment of the Palestinians can certainly compare in attitude and approach to the Nazi treatment of Jews. But, it's okay with Britain and America if one gang of Semites decimates another gang. Just saves them the trouble. The creation of Israel by Britain and America was only the first step of the plan to gather the Semites - Arabs and Jews - all into one area of the world, and annihilate them all in one fell swoop. It's the old "Kill two birds with one stone" philosophy. Gee, I wish they would all wake up.

A freak combination of severe droughts followed by floods in the last six months has left more than half a million Cambodians short of food for the rest of the year, the United Nations has said.

November 24, 2002 - Rent payments for 9-11 hijackers and mysterious checks from a princess’s account. Is there a Saudi tie to terror? Inside the probe the Bush administration doesn’t want you to know about. - Questions over the money trail have enflamed a fierce, behind-the-scenes struggle between two congressional committees looking into 9-11 and the Bush administration. Senate Intelligence Committee co-chairman Robert Graham of Florida, a Democrat, and Richard Shelby of Alabama, a Republican, believe that the FBI failed to fully investigate 9-11. The lawmakers suspect that the administration does not want to look too closely at Saudi connections to the hijackers. The White House clearly fears jeopardizing U.S.-Saudi relations. In addition to Saudi oil, the United States needs Saudi bases to stage a possible invasion of Iraq. Administration officials reluctantly confirmed to NEWSWEEK that money had moved from Princess Haifa’s account to al-Bayoumi, but they stressed that they do not know the purpose of the payments or whether any Saudi officials were even aware of them. “The facts are unclear, and there’s no need to rush to judgment,” said one administration official. In meetings with intelligence committee leaders, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft and others have adamantly rejected attempts to declassify the information, citing national-security concerns.

While he told the world that a weather balloon went down in Roswell, an Army general had in his hand a memo telling Pentagon brass of a UFO crash with “victims,” a television documentary suggests. - A COMPUTER ANALYSIS of that memo, held by Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey during a July 1947 press briefing, is the “smoking gun” of the Roswell Incident, researchers say in the documentary broadcast Friday on the Sci-Fi Channel. Using a digital photo scanner to enlarge and enhance words printed on the folded piece of paper Ramey held, and using another computer program to select the most likely words, researcher David Rudiak found two key phrases: “the victims of the wreck” and “in the ‘disc’ they will ship.” With the textual study, plus University of New Mexico archaeological findings from one of three alleged UFO crash sites, science fiction seeks to close the gap with fact, producers say. - In 1997, the Air Force acknowledged the weather balloon had been a false cover story and said the debris was actually from an effort called Project Mogul, which used balloon-borne equipment to detect Soviet nuclear blasts from afar.

Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America' - Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer is very simple: (1) Because you attacked us and continue to attack us. a) You attacked us in Palestine:

(i) Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation. The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime must pay its*price, and pay for it heavily.

(ii) It brings us both laughter and tears to see that you have not yet tired of repeating your fabricated lies that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine, as it was promised to them in the Torah. Anyone who disputes with them on this alleged fact is accused of anti-semitism. This is one of the most fallacious, widely-circulated fabrications in history. The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites. It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed. Muslims believe in all of the Prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all. If the followers of Moses have been promised a right to Palestine in the Torah, then the Muslims are the most worthy nation of this. [...]

(3) You may then dispute that all the above does not justify aggression against civilians, for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which they did not partake: (a) This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that America is the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world. Therefore, the American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want. (b) The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that strike and destroy our homes in Palestine, the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, and the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq. These tax dollars are given to Israel for it to continue to attack us and penetrate our lands. So the American people are the ones who fund the attacks against us, and they are the ones who oversee the expenditure of these monies in the way they wish, through their elected candidates.

PENTAGON chiefs have pinpointed a six-week "window of opportunity" in which to launch a war against Iraq. - Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has until December 8 to disclose how many weapons of mass destruction he has. America is expected to immediately accuse him of lying. And an immediate attack would be triggered if UN weapons inspectors currently in Baghdad find Saddam has tried to deceive them.

Homeland a megamerger mess - After months of lectures from politicians on how to run their businesses, corporate executives must be chuckling to themselves. They're watching Washington policymakers make what will likely be a major organizational misstep of their own - pushing forward a massive, ill-conceived merger that puts many of the failed megadeals of the '90s to shame. The largest reorganization of the federal government in a half-century is now underway. - Last week, the Senate followed the House in approving the Homeland Security bill. The legislation will combine 22 existing agencies and 170,000 federal employees to create a new government department with at least a $35 billion annual budget request. The new super-sized security bureau could take years to fully put in place. And there's no assurance that we will be any safer than when we started. Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute says Republicans and conservatives are falling into the same traps that liberals have over the last 50 years. "If there is a problem in America, create a new government program or government agency to deal with it," says Moore. "And we've seen over the last 30 years that when we created the Department of Energy, that certainly didn't solve the energy crisis. We created the Education Department. That didn't solve the education problem." Indeed, you could argue these departments compounded rather than solved problems.

Pakistan earthquake leaves 15,000 homeless for winter - "There is a tremendous sense of anxiety. The tremors are continuing, there is a lot of subsoil rumbling going on, then there are jolts," Khan said. "People are very afraid." - The quakes hit at 2:32 am local time Thursday (2132 GMT Wednesday), near Gilgit, a once-popular tourist gateway to the famed Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi peaks, lying 260 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of the capital, Islamabad. The first and largest measured 5.5 on the Richter scale. - Earth tremors and landslides are common in the Karakoram range, where the Indian and Eurasian continental plates collide. In 1974 a quake measuring six on the Richter scale killed 5,300 people close to the town of Patan, some 150 kilometres (93 miles) along the Karakoram Highway from Gilgit towards Islamabad. A low-intensity quake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted northwestern Pakistan before dawn on Sunday, according to the seismological department in Peshawar. Tremors were felt in Peshawar, provincial capital of the North West Frontier Province, but no casualties or damage to property were reported.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees denied claims by the Israeli army that shooting was coming from the UN Jenin compound when a British UN worker was shot dead there by the army.

Iraq mocks "Clown George" Bush, insists inspectors will find no banned arms. - Washington's conduct had "led to the world's awakening, which in turn led to the isolation of the United States and made them look like clowns, chiefly clown George whether in his declarations or his performance," Iraqi news sez. - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, for his part, said the world could not rid itself of terrorism just by forcing a regime change in Baghdad. "The international community must understand that it will not settle the problem of terrorism simply by settling the problem of Iraq," Ivanov said in Moscow.

'Mousetrap' Marks 50 Years as Longest-Running Play - "The Mousetrap" was originally called "Three Blind Mice" and was written by Agatha Christie in 1947 as a 30-minute radio play to celebrate the then Queen Mary's 80th birthday. It took to the London stage the year that Queen Elizabeth took to the throne. Both have survived a rollercoaster half century since then. Fashions have changed but they have both survived. The play has been seen by over 10 million people and performed in 44 different countries.

The race is on to get capital murder convictions and the death penalty for the two Beltway sniper suspects, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. Indeed, in a blatant case of the cart driving the horse, the jurisdiction for their trials was chosen with the "ultimate sentence" (in Attorney General John Ashcroft's words) in mind. - By now, it seems certain that both will be tried in Virginia where, unlike Maryland or federal courts, juveniles can be sentenced to death. - Considerations of how the two can receive a fair trial have given way to a rush to execute as soon as possible. While this is unseemly enough, it is even more troubling for the system to be treating seventeen-year-old Malvo the same -- indeed, even worse than -- forty-two-year-old Muhammad. - Malvo, not Muhammad, is the one who was pressured to confess without access to his guardian or lawyer. He is the one who has been subject to leaks, even though juvenile criminal matters are supposed to be confidential. He is the one whose confession is now public knowledge and likely to prejudice potential jurors. And he will likely continue to be prejudiced by a judge's recent decision not to impose a gag order to prevent further, similar leaks. In short, Malvo has not been afforded the protections even the law of Virginia gives to juvenile defendants. For all the prosecution's invocation of "the law," they sure don't seem to be following it.

Why Malvo's confession to being the sniper mastermind is not credible Was the seventeen-year-old Malvo really as instrumental in planning and carrying out the murders, as he supposedly confessed? Recall what reports say he was like before Muhammad took him under his wing: He was a homeless boy who desperately wanted a parent who cared about him. He was quiet and well behaved – even obsequious – and he had been a good student before he was kicked out of school for immigration reasons. (A non-citizen, he lacked papers to prove his status, and was turned over to the INS.) Grateful for a father figure, Malvo was under Muhammad's "spell," according to numerous observers. Even when he was apparently ravenously hungry, he would not eat a sandwich without seeking permission from Muhammad – who insisted that Malvo stick to a strict diet (a blend of Islamic and Taoist restrictions).

Muhammad is: A 42-year-old war veteran with weapons training. And remember the character of the sniper crimes: Expertly executed, with flawless getaways, and no evidence left behind sufficient to find them. (They might still be on the loose had they not initiated contact with law enforcement.)

Here is what will probably happen to Malvo: He will be tried as an adult. His confession will be admitted. He will be foreclosed from a successful diminished capacity or insanity plea. A jury prejudiced by news accounts of his confession will convict him. And he will be executed by the state of Virginia.

Comment: Sounds to me like somebody is pretty anxious to get rid of these guys the same way they were anxious to get rid of McVey and Lee Harvey Oswald. Patsies are inconvenient to have around, ya know.... they might wake up and actually talk to somebody... and who knows where the finger would point...

Space boulders big enough to wipe out a major city slam into the Earth about once every 1,000 years, much less frequently than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. The revised calculations come from an unprecedented examination of years of data from U.S. Defense Department satellites that scour the ground for nuclear explosions. - Some asteroid experts were hesitant to embrace the new prediction rates. "The new impact rate estimate is based on the assumption that the asteroidal and cometary flux remains more or less constant over time, (but) the data set used is fairly limited and the timespan rather short," said Benny Peiser, director of a U.K.-based group that monitors asteroid threats. Nevertheless, Peiser welcomed the wealth of additional data. "The new research substantiates that we are constantly bombarded by cosmic debris large enough to be misinterpreted as a nuclear attack. The findings are a compelling warning that we need to start scanning the skies for those small but potentially harmful intruders."

November 23, 2002 - The Justice Department, moving quickly to use its expanded powers for spying on possible terrorists, plans to assign federal lawyers in counterintelligence to terrorism task forces in New York and Washington to help secure secret warrants against suspects, officials say. Comment: That is to say, they are moving quickly to brand any dissenters against the Bush Reich agenda as terrorists and to issue secret warrants to arrest them... Can't have anybody pointing out that the whole 9-11 event has the Bush Junta fingerprints all over it...

A draft report by the joint Congressional committee looking into 9-11 attacks has concluded that the F.B.I. and the C.I.A, in their investigations, did not aggressively pursue leads that might have linked the terrorists to Saudi Arabia, senior government officials said today. - The committee's preliminary findings, which also accuse the Saudi government of a lack of cooperation with American investigators, have caused a bitter behind-the-scenes dispute between the panel's staff and officials at the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. At each agency, officials have disagreed with the draft findings, saying investigators vigorously pursued all available information related to Saudi Arabia. - Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, but little is known about their backgrounds and how they were recruited for the attacks.

U.S. lawmakers investigating the Sept. 11 attacks believe the FBI has not pursued aggressively whether Saudi Arabia provided money that helped support two of the hijackers, aides said Saturday. The White House denied the assertion as well as claims that the FBI has not done enough to examine fully the financing of the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom came from Saudi Arabia. Questions about the investigation could become troublesome for the U.S. administration, which is seeking the Saudis' help for a possible military campaign against their neighbor, Iraq. Saudi Arabia has been noncommittal, torn between its ties with the United States and anti-war sentiment among the Arabs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.S. President George W. Bush the United States should not wage war alone against Iraq, and he put Bush on the spot by questioning whether White House allies like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are doing enough to fight terrorism. - Meeting with Putin beneath the golden domes of Catherine Palace, Bush cited the recent arrest of al-Qaida's Gulf operations chief, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, as evidence of the U.S.-led coalition's success. "People who love freedom are one person safer as a result of us finding this guy," Bush said. "We did bring to justice a killer." - "We should not forget about those who finance terrorism," Putin said, noting that 15 of the Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudi citizens. "We should not forget about that."

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien refused today to accept the resignation of his embattled communications director, Francoise Ducros, over her alleged remark that U.S. President George W. Bush is a "moron." Chrétien said Ducros had apologized to him for the furor sparked by a conversation she had with a journalist at the NATO summit in Prague. "She was graceful enough to offer me her resignation," the prime minister said. "I have not accepted that." Ducros, who did not appear at the news conference in Prague, told Chrétien she couldn't recall whether she made the remark but acknowledged she frequently uses the word "moron," Chrétien said.

Israeli army admits its troops killed British UN worker - saying two soldiers thought he was a Palestinian gunman holding a pistol. Comment: Yeah, right! Check the following:

Questions were mounting yesterday over the death of Iain Hook, the British United Nations relief worker killed in Jenin refugee camp, after it emerged that the Israeli army had failed to react to repeated telephone calls from Mr Hook pleading for a ceasefire so he could evacuate staff from the UN compound where he died. - Mr Hook, 54, from Felixstowe in Suffolk, was shot dead inside a clearly marked UN compound on Friday. The Israeli army had surrounded a building nearby where a wanted Palestinian militant was believed to be hiding, and gunfire broke out. - "We requested repeatedly to the Israelis that they cease fire long enough for us to be able to evacuate not only UN staff, but also a disabled woman who was living in the building opposite the one the Israeli operation was centred on," said Paul McCann, a spokesman for UNRWA, the UN agency Mr Hook worked for, which provides humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees. UNRWA's office in Jerusalem had also made several calls to the Israeli army without success. The Israeli army was already coming under heavy international criticism over Mr Hook's death after the UN revealed that Israeli soldiers had blocked an ambulance from getting to the relief worker after he was shot, considerably delaying its arrival. - It is not clear why the soldier opened fire into a compound clearly marked with UN signs and a blue flag. "The compound is well-known to Israelis. It is inexcusable to fire into it for any reason," a UN source said yesterday.

The secret war - British and American warplanes are attacking Iraq's air defences almost daily, and making practice runs on other targets. US special forces are reported to be on the ground in western and northern Iraq, and military engineers are preparing and upgrading airfields in the Kurdish zone. In many ways, the war on Iraq has already begun. This war is a good deal more secret than the very public preparations being made by the US and its allies for an invasion of Iraq. No attempt has been made to conceal the build-up of forces in the region, with the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group in the Gulf and four more groups en route or preparing to sail. Enough equipment for an armoured division is already in Kuwait, and more is on the high seas.

Defense Department agency recently considered—and rejected—a far-reaching plan that would sharply curtail online anonymity by tagging e-mail and Web browsing with unique markers for each Internet user. The idea involved creating secure areas of the Internet that could be accessed only if a user had such a marker, called eDNA, according to a report in Friday’s New York Times.

Riots rage on as Miss World contestants flee Nigeria - Fighting which began as protest by Muslim youths against a newspaper article on the pageant has now degenerated into a bloody street war between Muslims and Christians, witnesses say. Hours earlier, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo went on television along with religious leaders to appeal for national calm, blaming a media report, not the contest itself, for the violence. "It could happen at any time irresponsible journalism is committed against Islam," he said. The protests began after a newspaper suggested that the Prophet Mohammed would have probably chosen to marry one of the Miss World contestants if he had witnessed the beauty pageant in Abuja. The Nigerian Government has assured Muslims that those responsible for the offending article, which appeared in ThisDay newspaper, will be brought to account. ThisDay has retracted it and has published apologies. A top official for the Miss World pageant on Saturday blamed the international media for overplaying reports of rioting in Nigeria, which led to the event being moved from the Nigerian capital Abuja to London. Guy Murray-Bruce, national director of the Miss World Nigeria organisation, told BBC radio the "Miss World pageant has nothing to do with any rioting or any deaths".

A large comet or asteroid is racing towards a collision with Earth. Could you survive this cataclysm? The goal of this website is to describe comets and asteroids and the danger they pose to the Earth, to provide an assessment of mitigation approaches, and to articulate a detailed systematic plan for surviving a major impact. - The real question is when will a comet or asteroid strike the Earth. Comets and asteroids have collided with Earth in the past and they will collide with the Earth in the future. - The Earth will probably have several weeks of advanced warning prior to a comet impact. We may have decades of warning on large (>1 km) asteroids and little or no warning for small and medium size asteroids.

'Path of the Skinwalker' - Some very strange things have happened at the precise spot where I'm sitting. It is here that a visitor was accosted by a roaring but nearly invisible creature, something akin to the Predator of movie fame. It is here that a Ph.D. physicist reported that his mind was invaded, literally taken over, by some sort of hostile intelligence that warned him that he was not welcome. It is here that an entire team of researchers watched in awe as a bright door or portal opened up in the darkness and a large humanoid creature crawled out before quickly vanishing. And it is here that several animals--cattle and dogs--were mutilated, obliterated or simply disappeared.

November 22, 2002 - 9/11 Timeline - The 9/11 Timeline has been up and running for several months now, and continues to rapidly grow, with much material still needing to be included and new developments all the time. In fact, it has grown so large, it's becoming increasingly difficult to approach and digest. It's now the size of the book, and in fact will be published as a book in a few months... This summary focuses on the question: is the US government guilty of gross incompetence, or even purposeful negligence regarding the 9/11 attacks? - There is a lot of disinformation in the media these days, and some of the material below may turn out to be untrue. But I believe one can clearly see a pattern that something is not right, and the public is being repeatedly lied to about 9/11. Senators privy to classified material have stated there are many more bombshells to come.

WAR, WHATEVER - Bush aide: Inspections or not, we'll attack Iraq - GEORGE Bush's top security adviser last night admitted the US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons. Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.

Operational Mind Control Systems - This page deals with complete systems of Mind Control, whereby several techniques are combined to influence selected people and groups and where coverups and lies are employed to maintain secrecy. The main goal of this page is to get people thinking about the larger technological and sociological picture.

Miss World Pageant Moved from Nigeria to London after riot deaths - Organizers of this year's Miss World pageant said Friday they were moving the contest from Nigeria to London after Muslim protest riots in the West African nation which killed more than 100 people.

Bush allows oil drilling on pristine Texas beach - Environmentalists in the United States are again waging war with Republicans in Washington. This time the row is over a decision to allow an energy company to drill two gas wells in a coastal national park in Texas that is home to the world's most endangered species of sea turtle. The federal government is to grant approval to BNP Petroleum to sink two wells in the Padre Island National Seashore, a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico that features the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in the US.

Israel will ask the United States for 8 to 10 Billion Bux to bail out its failing economy. - The request for guarantees on foreign bank loans would be in addition to the $2.9 million in direct loans and grants that Israel receives annually from the United States, the official said. - "We've got great confidence in the Israeli economy, because we've got great confidence in the Israeli people," Bush told reporters at the time. "I'm convinced that the economy will be strong." Israel's $100 billion economy has been battered by the violence, which has driven away tourists and investors, as well as the global economic slowdown and the crisis in the high-tech sector on which the country depends. Economic growth was above 6 percent in 2000, but has ground to a halt. More than 10 percent of the work force is unemployed and inflation has risen to about 8 percent this year. The official said the economic outlook could worsen if the United States attacks Iraq – which many fear could prompt Baghdad to fire missiles, or chemical or biological weapons, at Israel.

Comment: Are we forgetting something here? What about the AMERICAN ECONOMY which is EATING DIRT at present? The American TAX DOLLARS are supposed to support a bunch of ZIONIST NAZIS? Who, I should mention, are dragging us into a war that is supposed to cost the American people BILLIONS? EXCUUUUSE ME?! Why don't we just keep our money and call off the war? These people are costing the whole planet just too much money and too much grief...

Israeli Roots of Hamas Are Being Exposed - Speaking in Jerusalem Dec. 20, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer made the connection between the growth of the Islamic fundamentalist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and Israel's promotion of the Islamic movement as a counter to the Palestinian nationalist movement. Kurtzer's comments come very close to EIR' s own presentation of the evidence of Israel's instrumental role in establishing Hamas, and its ongoing control of that organization.

2,500 city jobs put on the line in Philly due to economic decline - "We must fundamentally and responsibly reform and permanently reduce the employee population," he told City Council. Layoffs are possible, he said later. - "This union will not agree to layoffs. That's not negotiable at all," said Herman "Pete" Matthews, head of District Council 33 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 12,000 blue-collar workers. "Wherever the deficit is coming from, it's not because of us," Matthews said. Thomas Paine Cronin, president of District Council 47, which represents 5,200 white-collar workers, said: "We've made proposals to the city where we can work more efficiently and provide better service to the City of Philadelphia... . There's no need to lay anyone off."

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy an Aegis-class destroyer in the eastern Mediterranean by January to help guard Israel against an attack by Iraqi Scud missiles. U.S. officials said a program of six tests of the Aegis will be conducted to develop an emergency deployment sea-based ballistic missile defense against short- to medium-range ballistic missiles.

Briton apparently killed by Israeli troops following suicide bombing - Iain Hook, 53, a Briton who had been hired by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) to coordinate the reconstruction of Jenin camp, was shot dead after an exchange of fire erupted between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli troops who had raided the northern West Bank city. It was not immediately clear who fired the lethal bullets, but top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat described the incident as a "new Israeli crime", threatening to further inflame the two-year-old Palestinian uprising. - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan chimed in, criticizing Israel for not immediately letting in an ambulance to carry Hook to hospital. - The intifada's death toll rose to 2,712 -- including 1,990 Palestinians and 672 Israelis -- the army also reinvaded the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem after the military determined Thursday's suicide bomber launched his attack on Jerusalem from the town. - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told reporters that "Israel wants to destroy peace not only with the Palestinians but with the whole of the Middle East and with all Arab countries." - The death of a British citizen in Jenin was likely to be an embarrassment for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is treading carefully as he enters the thick of Israel's electoral campaign. On Friday evening, the Israeli army had not yet admitted responsibility for the death, but the head of the Jenin hospital diagnosed Hook had been "hit by two Israeli M-16 bullets in the abdomen."

Two Russian-speaking protesters threw tomatoes at NATO chief George Robertson and shouted that NATO was "worse than the Gestapo" as he closed the alliance's landmark summit here. Shouting that they were from the National Bolshevik Party of Russia, they stood up as he finished taking questions and threw two tomatoes at Robertson, missing him and hitting a back wall. "The blood of all children is on you," one of them cried. They were quickly led away while Robertson was shielded by officials.

No one is safe from America's killer president - By John Kaminski

The Senate's passage of the ludicrously misnamed Homeland Security bill is easily the biggest bad joke in American history, because in declaring war on all peoples of the world — including its own citizens — it presages a new Dark Age in world history, one in which the United States may annihilate any other country for any reason it concocts, or for no reason at all. The bill is ludicrously misnamed because nothing in this nation's history has ever jeopardized its citizens' security to this degree.

Most tragic of all, however, is the complete destruction of that beacon of hope for the whole world for two centuries, the U.S. Constitution. Completely gone are the right to a fair trial, the right to be safe in one's home, the right to confront one's accuser, the right to legal representation and the right to be recognized as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now, America simply kills mere suspects from the air with unmanned planes, or throws them into jail without possibility of trial, arbitrarily decreed guilty by biased political functionaries and executed with no chance to prove one's innocence. And further, Attorney General John Ashcroft plans further incursions into America's privacy by placing new restrictions on Internet and phone communications.

Though surely few in Congress realize it yet, America's legislators essentially voted themselves out of existence by passing the bill, because now the majority of governmental security functions are lumped together under the arbitrary aegis of Homeland Security, bypassing Congress with its decision-making controlled directly by the president and his unconfirmed henchman, the director of Homeland Security. Congress, as it has been for many years, is now merely window-dressing for the criminal charades of the dictator, which is exactly what happened to the Roman republic all those long years ago.

Congress has approved the mass killing of many American citizens by passing the Homeland Security by shamefully wide margins in both the House and the Senate. A minor provision in the legislation gives absolute authority to nonmedical administrative personnel to mandate dangerous, untested vaccinations on all American citizens. Since so many American military personnel died from receiving untested and mysterious vaccinations prior to the first Gulf War, and since vaccine stores presumably to be used in mass vaccinations are either out-of-date or untested, many fatalities are expected from these dangerous inoculations. Most conscientious doctors have advocated refusing the shots, but the legislation provides for arrest (and possible confiscation of property) of those refusing to accept "legally" ordered vaccinations.

Adding a provision that protects manufacturers of the ingredients from malpractice lawsuits in the event of death or infirmity is another sardonic insult included in the legislation. And investigating the real owners of the companies who are about to foist these injurious substances on ignorant Americans reveals them to be insiders of the highest echelon, some with direct ties to the president's father.

In addition, medical opinion reveals this whole issue to be a complete, cynical, financial boondoggle. The Centers for Disease Control has announced the new smallpox vaccine is not to be recommended for HIV people, anyone on immunosuppressive drugs, or anyone with eczema The CDC quoted a new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, describing reactions that include blindness, scarring, and death. So the vaccine is therefore contraindicated in all these cases, according to the CDC.

"Eczema patients alone comprise half the US population. AIDS patients and those on immunosuppressive drugs add another significant proportion to the group of those who shouldn't be vaccinated.

"In addition, the omniscient media seem to have forgotten that most Americans over 31 years of age have already been vaccinated for smallpox, since the vaccine was only halted in 1971 in the US. Remember? So if the vaccine is supposed to work, then obviously these people will not need a new shot, right?

"Then who does that leave? Ten percent of the population would be a reasonable estimate.

"It's not much of a stretch to see how the threat of smallpox is a marketing tool, right out of classic Bernays Public Relations 101, that is being used to justify paying vaccine manufacturers $800 million for a vaccine that is unproven, untested, and contraindicated for 90% of the population.

"Why then are our new masters shrieking about the 280 million doses we need to protect the American people from this imminent bioterrorist threat?

"Could it just be the money? (The preceding seven paragraphs were lifted from:

In addition, it's well known in history that smallpox vaccinations in 19th century England caused cases of smallpox to skyrocket, from around 2,000 before vaccinations started to around 80,000 afterwards, which is why most European countries stopped vaccinating then and still don't to this day. Yet our completely untrustworthy Senate approved this measure by a vote of 90-9, approved certain jeopardy for the collective health of the American people simply for hefty campaign contributions from drug companies.

What's important to notice is that smallpox vaccination in the U.S. persisted another 30 years after the disease was at an incidence of practically zero. Again, the only source of death from smallpox in the U.S. for 30 years was from the vaccine itself. (Mendelsohn, p 232, World Book, 1994) [24, 25] (See thedoctorwithin, above).

It's difficult to discern which element of the Homeland Security legislation is actually the worst encroachment on the rapidly eroding independence of America's citizenry. One which has sparked much complaint is the removal of civil service protections for Homeland Security employees, to improve security aspects of America's "war on terror," according to President Bush. This assault of the well-being of American workers nullifies 70 years of battling for justice in the workplace. Another insulting aspect of the bill is a boondoggle "institute" at a Texas university near the president's ranch.

One glaring affront to hardworking Americans was a provision allowing companies that left the country to avoid federal taxes (think the Enron, Halliburton and Harken models) to be eligible for Homeland Security contracts. This is clearly a sop to the president's close friends, who do business in this exact manner. If the United States had an actual attorney general, he would have long ago investigated these criminal cheaters. John Ashcroft only persecutes those who threaten the profits of the American elite, as the mouldering, sabotaged probes into both the 9/11 horror and the anthrax murders clearly indicate. We desperately need an attorney general who will enforce the laws of the land and protect people, not this insane Pentacostal functionary who sole purpose seems to be to assist in the destruction of all Constitutional protections for average citizens.

Apart from these treasonous intrusions into the lives of ordinary people lurks America's new penchant for starting wars in various areas of the world for purposes that are kept hidden from the general public. The American mass murder in Afghanistan was ostensibly aimed at bringing to justice the alleged perpetrators of the 9/11 disasters in New York City and Washington. The aim of this mission failed and was forgotten. Now Afghanistan has degenerated into sheer murderous anarchy, drug-smuggling chaos now conveniently overlooked by the world's major newspapers, or consigned to the back pages. It is important to remember that this is what other countries in the world should look forward to experiencing after the U.S. decides its "war on terror" should cross their borders. What is happening in Afghanistan is what will happen in Iraq, followed by what will happen to other countries on the immediate U.S. hit list. What will be left of the world after that hit list is accomplished? Nothing but misery, rubble and heaps of innocent corpes, sanctified as the new American export.

And as the current Iraq saga meanders toward a new criminal conclusion, what are we to think of a world of spineless bureaucrats (including our own CIA), who for months protested that President Bush was clearly lying about his reasons to invade that desperate country, but eventually knuckled under to American pressure (read: were bribed into accepting) and joined the sick parade of "democratic" nations ready to once again sacrifice the Iraqi people for the sins of the Zionist petronazis.

In a country known around the world for the power of its democratic institutions to temper dictatorial impulses of its previous leaders, Homeland Security stands as a colossal betrayal of the peoples of the world, because it means that all of the lectures given by America over the years that democracy was the best way to govern are now exposed as cynical lies, convenient ruses used by American corporate shills to bleed other countries dry of their natural resources. Democracy in the United States clearly no longer works, evidenced by the fact that the opposition party — the Democrats, which crafted most of the Homeland Security bill — no longer opposes in any significant way the expansionist aims of its unelected, undemocratic dictator.

President George W. Bush is remarkable among American presidents for his distinctive lack of business and life achievements prior to assuming his office in Washington. All of his business enterprises were devious shell corporations sustained by his father's superrich friends. And now we have a government of just such a nature.

In addition, the second president Bush has "distinguished" himself for his record of allowing executions of mentally ill persons in Texas to prove his toughness about "law and order." Now innocent American people — as well as people all over the world — are about to learn what the people of Afghanistan have so recently and tragically learned: that no life is sacred if it stands in the way of schemes by the power elite to suck billions of dollars from a tottering economy.

Now, no one is safe from America's executioner par excellence. Just ask Paul Wellstone. John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the coast of Florida, and is a devotee of the thought first voiced by Henry David Thoreau: "I am a citizen of the world first, and of this country at a later and more convenient hour."





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