1. Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb for the banana. 2. As soon as the ape touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water. 3. Turn off the cold water. If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will prevent it even though no water sprays them. 4. Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted. 5. Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The other newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm. 6. Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape. 7. After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? BECAUSE that’s the way it’s always been done around here.
Posted on Saturday, December 30, 2006

SBS DATELINE Abu Ghraib Report torrent
Dateline Transcript: Abu Ghraib - The Sequel With the response to those Danish cartoons and the British Army beatings in Iraq, still running red-hot in the Islamic world, tonight, even uglier images from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Back in 2004 when the first shocking pictures were originally leaked, the world recoiled in horror, but since then the Bush Administration has fought tooth and nail to prevent the American public from seeing any new images of the treatment of Iraqi detainees, but tonight Dateline reporter Olivia Rousset reveals new photos and videos. Despite the currently overheated international climate, we are showing them because they show the extent of the horror that occurred at Abu Ghraib. A serious warning though - some of the images you're about to see are pretty confronting and may offend some of you.
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006

MUST SEE!!! BBC Video News Report
Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo

This is the big one folks!

Downing Street Memo II?
From metafilter:

"We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq." A newly released memo of a meeting of George W. Bush and Tony Blair reveals a determination to invade Iraq regardless of a second UN resolution or evidence of a weapons program. UK's Channel 4 News claims to have seen the memo, which is dated 31 January 2003 (two months before the invasion), and aired a report this evening. Mr Bush told Mr Blair that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of �flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours�. Mr Bush added: �If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]�.

More discussion


Posted on Friday, February 3, 2006

A Time Comes When Silence Is Betrayal
On those days when my anger outweighs my sense of hope and my sense of fairness, there are a number of writings that I reach for to soothe my mind and my heart. In some cases, it's a matter of philosophy. In some, its factual background. But with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I reach for him because his soaring rhetoric heals the soul.
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006

JPEN: The military is using NSA intercepts to spy on Americans
Posted on Friday, January 6, 2006

National Security Agency Whistleblower Warns Domestic Spying Program Is Sign the U.S. is Decaying Into a “Police State
Former NSA intelligence agent Russell Tice condemns reports that the Agency has been engaged in eavesdropping on U.S. citizens without court warrants. Tice has volunteered to testify before Congress about illegal black ops programs at the NSA. Tice said, “The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state." [includes rush transcript], but it must be heard and seen.
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2006

U.S. military 'shuts down' soldiers' blogs
Nowadays, milbloggers "get shut down almost as fast as they're set up," said New York Army National Guard Spc. Jason Christopher Hartley, 31, of upstate New Paltz, who believes something is lost as the grunt's-eye take on Tikrit or Kabul is silenced or sanitized.
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Echelon And FISA
I'm not back for good (maybe later), I just want to record my horror...
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Italian Satellite TV just Broadcast Evidence of US Use of Chemical Weapons on Civilians
War Crimes! UK Independent is all over it...
Posted on Monday, November 7, 2005

Sciomachy (n.) A fighting with a shadow; a mock contest; an imaginary or futile combat.
I have been neglecting to post here mostly out of burn-out and complete disgust at what has become of our nations collective character, I may even quit all together posting here at mobythor's guide, I will keep the option open for now. But as of today, I have no faith left. One need only skim the posts here and in the archives to understand the grim meathook future awaiting us. And w/that I'll leave you w/a post and comment that sums up what I feel and think at present. Until next time, good night and good luck.

There is a recurring archetype in popular fiction. The variations change, but the main points are that there is a hero who lives under a repressive, shadowy government and this hero seeks and obtains some kind of irrefutable proof of that government's corruption. The hero faces agents of this government who try to prevent the "truth" from getting out, but in the end the hero is able to broadcast or publish this "truth" and the evil bureaucracy who had fought to keep it secret immediately shrinks away like the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy spills some water on her. Public opinion, according to this archetype, can move mountains and human beings' desire for justice will win in the end.

This story entertains us in many of its variations, but is completely divorced from the reality of the situation. Not only is dissenting public opinion completely ignored (see the ten million who protested against the US invasion of Iraq), and is apathetic in the face of proof-of-treachery (see the lukewarm response the Downing Street Minutes recieved), but most importantly, the powers-that-be are like the drunken bank-robber who loves to brag to his buddies about what they have gotten away with (actually, in Karl Rove's case, this is literally true. He has been known by insiders to get lost in reminiscences of various smear tactics he has employed against his political foes.)

From the final paragraph in Bernhard's link to the Dachau story:

"The existence of these early concentration camps and the rumours surrounding them instilled a nagging sense of fear among all Germans and effectively suppressed any political opposition to Hitler and the Nazi regime."

Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Jose Padilla, ghost detainees, the open secret about US-sponsored torture, et cetera, ad nauseum do not, let me repeat not, represent damage to the political capital of the neocon administration. Those who oppose these things are also cowed by them and those who do not oppose these things revel in the fact that we are doing them. Stories like these hurt the administration not one tiny iota and are carried out and leaked to us with malicious forethought. It simultaneously quells domestic dissent and shores the domestic hawk base. Win/Win if you are a sociopath.

We are shocked by this gross inhumanity because we are supposed to be shocked by it. It has never been explained how the lion's share of the provisions in the detestable USAPATRIOT Act I&II are supposed to aid law enforcement because that was never their purpose. Are the majority of the names that appear on the Top Secret No-Fly lists actually suspected terrorists? Since there exists no way for us to view these lists, we can only speculate. But by the same token, since these lists are not subject to independent oversight we can safely conclude that those who find their way on to them (and have no method to contest their inclusions) are there for either their political affiliations, dissenting views or (most probably) just randomly selected to send a message to would-be dissenters. The Third Reich analogy is apt, but in this case, I lean more towards Solzhenitzyn's graphic description of the purges under Stalin. Every life is NOT sacred to the American government (internalise that first and foremost), but every story mysteriously leaked with its dark and heavy-handed implications that there is so much more that is known but not spoken, we become more frightened.

The modus operandi of the tyrant is fear on every level. On the surface, it is the fear of "terrorists". Below the surface, it is the fear of being designated a "terrorist". These fears are not groundless, either. Everybody knows about the Gulag Archipelago... we do not need another Solzhentitzyn to describe the horrors of water boarding or being beaten to death, paralyzed or having your kneecaps drilled into, being degraded or humiliated... but even the Solzhenitzyns of the world contribute to the tyrant's capital of fear and control by filling in for us some of the details of what we might reasonably expect by doing nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Every time we board an airplane we have to worry... is this the time the "terrorists" will get us? And those "terrorists" could as likely be a theological radical as a civil servant who needs to fill their quota of "examples" that they are doing something. In a sick sort of way, we almost prefer the former... at least if it is a bomb-weilding nobody who gets us first, it will be over quickly and we can expect our families and friends to learn of our fates. But nobody is kidding us about our chances if the Ministry of Love decides to pick one of us out of a crowd.

All we can do is try to keep a low-profile and keep silent about our feelings that all of this is desperately, desperately wrong. And deep in our hearts we know, just as the Russian peasants knew that they were being rounded up and collectively purged for no reason apart from the message that it sends, that remaining silent is no guarantee that we won't be next.
Finally, I have given enough links out in past posts for you to continue to seek out different views, feel free to make use of them. [Thanks to Monolycus over at MOA for the above commentary.
Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Iran 'six months' from nuclear bomb


Iran may be only six months from having the necessary means to make an atomic bomb, Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom said today, urging quick international action on Tehran's nuclear program.
Remember when Israel was saying the same thing about Iraq?
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005

Give our regards to Dr. King, Rosa.
R.I.P. Rosa Parks World Shaker ;-( 1913 ? 2005 Something to think about: "The Myth of the Tired Rosa Parks" (PDF)
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rep Bernie Sanders thumps Alan Greenspan
Congressman Bernie Sanders, just disembowels Alan Greenspan during yesterday's hearing in the Financial Services Committee. I heard it on the radio, in order to gewt the full brunt of it it should be heard, I'll look for it and post and update if I find it.
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Larry Wilkerson Erases Any Doubts About Cheney-Rumsfeld Cabal in Tomorrow Morning's Los Angeles Times

Larry Wilkerson Erases Any Doubts About Cheney-Rumsfeld Cabal in Tomorrow Morning's Los Angeles Times

I have just been tipped off that the Los Angeles Times plans to run a rip-the-veneer-off the White House cabal op-ed by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former State Department Chief of Staff, in the morning.

I have read it...It's 998 words of honest patriotism that Americans need to hear -- and 998 tons of dynamite on the Executive Office of the President.

Here is a short teaser, but you must read the entire article in the Los Angeles Times that I will link as soon as it us up:

Meanwhile, wrap your pumpkin around this:

Juan Cole has an advantageous, and interesting take on the implosion of the NYTimes:

The extraordinary exchanges between New York Times editor Bill Keller and reporter Judith Miller over her role in the Plame scandal and reporting on non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have suggested to me a wider context of the entire matter.

The wider context is that Rupert Murdoch, and Richard Mellon Scaife, and other far rightwing billionaires have deeply corrupted our information environment. They are in part responsible for what happened at the NYT.

Miller attempts to excuse her shoddy reporting on Iraq's imaginary weapons of mass destruction by saying that "everyone" got that story wrong. But the State Department Intelligence and Research Division did not get it wrong. The Department of Energy analysts were correct that the aluminum tubes couldn't be used to construct centrifuges. Elbaradei of the International Atomic Energy Commission was not wrong. Imad Khadduri, former Iraqi nuclear scientist, was not wrong. "Everybody" got it wrong only in the sense that "everybody" had been brainwashed by Rupert Murdoch.

The entire article is a must-read and I'd say when everything is added together, one could make a damned good case that Clinton's "Deregulation Act" of 1996 along with Reagan crushing The Fairness Doctrine deliberately made this horseshit possible.

Unfortunately, the chances of us getting a Democratic presidential candidate that could win by vowing to repeal the latter and reapply the former are directly purportional to the chances of the fleas of a 1000 reindeer taking up permanent residence inside Brit Hume's genitals.
Note: to all the military peeps that visit this website, the above shows who have put your lives in unnecessary danger, over grandiose dreams of power and ideology.
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Larry Franklin-{judas miller] Plame connection

The FBI was listening as Franklin and Gilon discussed closely held national security secrets. The question is: Do the Feds have the two of them on tape gossiping about that troublesome gal over at the CIA's anti-nuclear-proliferation unit whose husband could potentially cause the War Party an awful lot of trouble?
Inquiring minds want to know. And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one taking an interest in what transpired at the POAC that day. What leads me to suspect something of the sort is that Rosen's and Weissman's lawyers are demanding access to all the extensive tapes and other materials recording the surveillance of their clients, but the government, in an unusual move, is refusing, much to the judge's consternation. "I am having a hard time," said Judge T. S. Ellis to prosecutor Kevin DiGregori, "getting over the fact that the defendants can't hear their own statements, and whether that is so fundamental that if it doesn't happen, this case will have to be dismissed."
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005

From page 24 of the Franklin/AIPAC indictment:
On or about June 3, 2003, Franklin met with FO-3 at the POAC, and the discussion settled on a specific person, not in the United States government, and her thoughts concerning the nuclear program of the Middle Eastern country and, separately, certain charity efforts in Foreign Nation A. Judy Miller? This guy thinks so, It has come to my attention hat the DOJ is asking questions about the links between Michael Maloof and Judith Miller of the New York Times. Maloof is a shadowy character who worked at the pentagon for the Cabal. Chalabi was the Pentagon/neocon choice to rule Iraq and Miller's source. Can Fitz connect the OSP (where Franklin worked) in the Pentagon to WHIG and AIPAC? This aspen grove is huge. Too much to ask, but I'd love to see Fitz burn it all.
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005

Something Wicked This Way Comes
People get ready, there's a train a comin' Many are saying this is the big one! This may be the only warning you get before the the levee breaks and ALL HELL COMES POURING IN. Read this and tell your family and friends. Put on your fidora tin-foil, but I can't help but wonder if this , wasn't a trial run for this . Epecially, w/the F!tz-bng! coming. Does our government respect human life the way it claims to do? Hardly. And being a soldier is no deterrent. Ignore for a moment the lies surrounding 9-11, TWA 800, the USS Iowa, and the Gulf of Tonkin, and step back into horrid history with me. PUBLIC LAW 95-79 [P.L. 95-79] TITLE 50, CHAPTER 32, SECTION 1520 "CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM" "The use of human subjects will be allowed for the testing of chemical and biological agents by the U.S. Department of Defense, accounting to Congressional committees with respect to the experiments and studies." "The Secretary of Defense [may] conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological [warfare] agents on civilian populations [within the United States]." -SOURCE- Public Law 95-79, Title VIII, Sec. 808, July 30, 1977, 91 Stat. 334. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 91, page 334, you will find Public Law 95-79. Public Law 97-375, title II, Sec. 203(a)(1), Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1882. In U.S. Statutes-at-Large, Vol. 96, page 1882, you will find Public Law 97-375. A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE Be safe.
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2005

Elite forewarned of Terra
John Q. Public, ...piss off!
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005

DHS and AOL: An Unholy Alliance
All you AOL'ers out there might find it troubling that your friendly neighborhood policeman may be be watching what you say and what you do: Washington- The American-based internet giant, AOL, wholly-owned by Time-Warner, has formed a working partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to permit unlimited surveillance of the millions of AOL online members, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005

"An investors guide to Avian Flu" !
A Canadian investment firm gives considerable attention to the SARS parallel in this guide to the investment implications of a possible flu pandemic
Or for those more connected, Apply Now! "Apply" now to secure a lucrative career both decrying and luxuriating in the spoils of Big Government! No experience necessary! Don't miss your chance to suckle greedily at America's soon-to-be-bankrupt bureaucracy teat! You know, causem like ,er, uh, Fuck the poor .
Posted on Monday, October 10, 2005

How you like America now?
The Pentagon would be granted new powers to conduct undercover intelligence gathering inside the United States and then withhold any information about it from the public under a series of little noticed provisions now winding their way through Congress. Citing in part the need for greater latitude in the war on terror, the Senate Intelligence Committee recently approved broad-ranging legislation that gives the Defense Department a long sought and potentially crucial waiver: it would permit its intelligence agents, such as those working for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to covertly approach and cultivate U.S. persons and even recruit them as informants without disclosing they are doing so on behalf of the U.S. government. The Senate committee's action comes as President George W. Bush has talked of expanding military involvement in civil affairs, such as efforts to control pandemic disease outbreaks. ... At the same time, the Senate intelligence panel also included in the bill two other potentially controversial amendments one that would allow the Pentagon and other U.S. intelligence agencies greater access to federal government databases on U.S. citizens, and another granting the DIA new exemptions from disclosing any operational files under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). What they are doing is expanding the Defense Departments domestic intelligence activities in secret with no public discussion, said Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, a civil-liberties group that is often critical of government actions in the fight against terrorism.
Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2005

Is the US government using covert bio weapons on protesters!?
Biohazard Sensors Triggered Biohazard sensors showed the presence of small amounts of potentially dangerous tularemia bacteria in the Mall area last weekend as huge crowds assembled there for anti-war demonstrations in DC , but health officials said they believed the levels were too low to be a threat. Health authorities in the Washington area were notified yesterday that the bacteria were found in and near the area between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, where crowds gathered Saturday for an antiwar rally and a book festival. ... In nature, the bacteria are found in rodents and small animals, and "the working hypothesis" is that something in the environment got stirred up, D.C. Public Health Director Gregg A. Pane said. But he said it was puzzling that the finding was from a day when the Mall was packed with people. "Why that day? That's what is not explained," Pane said. "It was just this 24-hour period and none since." ... The germ that causes tularemia is considered a biohazard because it is highly infectious and was tested in the 1960s by the United States as a biological weapon. The disease is treatable with antibiotics but, if left untreated, can be fatal.
Also, at the same time somewhere in the DC metropolitan area, the military conducted a highly classified military op known as the Granite Shadow "demonstration." Also see: US army plans to bulk-buy anthrax and if that wasn't enough : Army recreating the Spanish flu?
Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Corruption Never Stops
Federal auditors said today that the Bush administration had violated the law by purchasing favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party. In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" inside the United States, in violation of a longstanding, explicit statutory ban....read on"
Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2005

Kill Bill

American Expressway to Legal Lynching...innocent poor folks & dissenters will be frying daily if they pass this...and johnny rotten roberts has already announced his support for it in principle.
TODAY, THE SENATE Judiciary Committee takes up the so-called Streamlined Procedures Act, a bill that radically scales back federal review of state convictions and death sentences. Calling what this bill does "streamlining" is a little like calling a scalping a haircut. A better name would have been the Eliminating Essential Legal Protections Act. What it does, in effect, is curtail the federal role in policing constitutional violations in state criminal justice systems using the venerable mechanism of habeas corpus..
Even after Mr. Specter's efforts, the bill creates onerous procedural hurdles for convicts. It tries to speed up habeas corpus proceedings by making it easier for convicts to lose their right to appeal to federal courts. For example, if a convict fails to raise an argument in state court, federal courts will have no jurisdiction over the claim even if there was a good reason for the failure. If he filed a claim in federal court before going to state court, that claim would be thrown out and lost forever. Supposed exceptions for cases of actual innocence are so narrow as to be useless. And the bill would allow states to race petitions through the courts if they can convince the attorney general that they have an adequate system for providing lawyers in post-conviction proceedings.
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Guilt-Free Soldier or "Breeding sociopaths for freedom"!
Like something out of Jacob's Ladder . But we all know that Cheneyco are Men of Honor . Right?
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Even if you like Bush, there is no excuse, none, nota, zip, for this.
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The failed mission to capture Iraqi oil
the ever informative ATOL brings us this article by Michael Klare which might have been as aptly titled "Only Yesterday".
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping scandals
,br>Kenyon is a subsidiary of Service Corporation International (SCI), a scandal-ridden Texas-based company operated by a friend of the Bush family. Recently, SCI subsidiaries have been implicated in illegally discarding and desecrating corpses.

Louisiana governor Katherine Blanco subsequently inked a contract with the firm after talks between FEMA and the firm broke down. Kenyon's original deal was secured by the Department of Homeland Security.
Hide the dead you motherfuckers S. Malcolm Gillis, who serves on the board of SCI, also serves on the board of Halliburton.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fuck up, Chertoff
"Chertoff, former chief of the Justice Department's criminal division, has been elevated to the level of Court of Appeals judge--the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. What's so scary about Michael? Well, ***besides having no judicial experience and being a right-ring radical*** who does not believe in the Constitution and wants to rewrite federal law and rules of procedure on an ad hoc, case by case basis, as it suits him, nothing I guess.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Priorities + "Responsibility"
President Dick Cheney's office demanded restart of two power substations in New orleans. Cheney has not been in the public in those first days of Katrina but, we now know that he was taking actions on behalf of his oil mafia.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The amoral Cheneyco

With New Orleans I find myself confronting overwhelming evidence that CheneyCo are not dumb, incompetent, or corrupt (in the usual sense that they can simply be bought off). After the anguish, after the anger, after the frustration; my conclusion at this point is that they are completely amoral, extremely clever, and absolutely unshakeable from their goal of simply endlessly increasing their power.
This does make them [extremely] dangerous to me and mine, and all of us who are not willing to become part of the apparatus.
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005

Flashback: Are you ready to make it now?

The Paranoid shift, this is...
Nor, finally, is it in any way a "theory" that the one, single name that can be directly linked to the Third Reich, the US military industrial complex, Skull and Bones, Eastern Establishment good ol' boys, the Illuminati, Big Texas Oil, the Bay of Pigs, the Miami Cubans, the Mafia, the FBI, the JFK assassination, the New World Order, Watergate, the Republican National Committee, Eastern European fascists, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the United Nations, CIA headquarters, the October Surprise, the Iran/Contra scandal, Inslaw, the Christic Institute, Manuel Noriega, drug-running "freedom fighters" and death squads, Iraqgate, Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, the blood of innocents, the savings and loan crash, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, the "Octopus," the "Enterprise," the Afghan mujaheddin, the War on Drugs, Mena (Arkansas), Whitewater, Sun Myung Moon, the Carlyle Group, Osama bin Laden and the Saudi royal family, David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, and the presidency and vice-presidency of the United States, is: George Herbert Walker Bush.
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005

EXCLUSIVE!!! FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions in False Claims to Help Bush Win Fla. Votes in '04
Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to published reports.
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005

Blackwater: Now in New Orleans

"As the threat of forced evictions now looms in New Orleans and the city confiscates even legally registered weapons from civilians, the private mercenaries of Blackwater patrol the streets openly wielding M-16s and other assault weapons. This despite Police Commissioner Eddie Compass' claim that "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.""

Here, then, is the new American motto, as reimagined by BushCo: Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, and we'll let them die in a filthy and decrepit storm-ravaged American football stadium while our president languishes on vacation and ponders his oil futures and fondly remembers his good ol' days of getting drunk at Mardi Gras before going AWOL from the military. God bless America
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005


On Sunday, America will see our post-9/11 “freedom” on display in Washington at the Pentagon-sponsored “Freedom Walk.” With that in mind here is a friendly PSA:
"To celebrate freedom you must first get a permit to participate. But be quick about it, because freedom has a 4 PM deadline and you wouldn�t want freedom to pass you by. Make sure to come prepared to give all of your personal information when you register; the government will have to run a background check. This will ensure your safety and the safety of others as your particpate in freedom. When you have been determined to be eligible for freedom, you will be issued some freedom credentials; make sure you bring these important documents with you on the designated freedom day or you will be arrested by the police. There will be zero tolerance for marching without your papers.

The location and direction of the march will be determined by the government and is being kept secret for your protection. While marching, make sure to stay within the �sterile� area lined by the chain-link fence and hundreds of armed police officers. Take comfort that these law enforcement officials, the barricades, and surveillance helicopters are there to �keep the public out� of the freedom march. Those wishing to express their freedom by not supporting our troops and protesting America can apply for a permit to do so. Protesters will not march but exercise their first amendment rights from a small, fence-lined free speech zone nearby. Please hurry, however, because space is very limited.

Since Sunday is the Lord�s day, please remember to thank the Intelligent Designer for making us free and for giving us such worthy leaders. For those who wish to be free of making up their own prayers, suggested prayer flyers are available at the steps of the Pentagon. See you Sunday!�
Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2005

A.F.E.S. of A.?
I am thinking for a while now about a concept some have named the "Authoritarian Free-Enterprise State" of America and how to cope with it. Anna-missed has one possible answer.Do check it out...
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2005

Oh my god. FEMA had a PLAN!
The Hurricane Pam simulation predicted 61,290 dead and the necessity for federal officials to intervened regardless of go-ahead from the locals. And here it is [pdf] Documentary evidence. Criminal negligence. Can we impeach them now?
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2005

America's Darwin Awards and a Philosophy Assignment
The horrors of America's downward spiral are lessons for a global Enlightenment, and if we are unwilling to heed past experiences, we will invite even more catastrophic news. Seen in a Kantian light-its triple beam of humanism, autonomy, and sustainability-the events of the past five years have been a perfectly rational recipe for disaster.
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2005

Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens in Wartime
A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital to protect the nation from terrorist attacks. ... The decision by a three-judge panel was written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who is one of a number of people under consideration by President Bush for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2005

Positive violence?
Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005

"Where's the Lisa Beamer of New Orleans?"

The Bush White House, if nothing else, is a marketing machine, a triumph of style over substance. In the summer of 2002, Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card admitted as much, declaring the time for selling the planned war with Iraq was not yet ripe, "from a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August."

Therein lies the problem for President Bush in the marketing of his administrations abysmal response to hurricane Katrina. Bush has no product. Even worse, he has no pitch man, or worse still, pitch woman. In a nutshell, George W. Bush needs the Lisa Beamer of New Orleans. But sadly for President Bush, in New Orleans, the color of suffering - and heroism - is black.

oh, it gets fucking better: THE MOTHERFUCKERS!! Bush allows contractors to pay lower wages The Davis-Bacon Act prohibits the federal government from undercutting prevailing wages ... Now the Bush administration is empowering itself to pay substandard ...
Also, see: Fuck the poor
Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005

More war on the poor
An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State. SAY THAT AGAIN? THE WELFARE STATE???? THESE MOTHERFUCKERS ARE OUT OF THEIR MINDS!!!!
Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2005

War on the Poor in New Orleans: 2 by Mick Arran, Sept. 6. 2005 (no permalink.)

OK, lets get this straight: Michael Brown is most likely an incompetent stooge but the fact of the matter is that when he refused to release supplies, National Guard troops, and construction equipment, and then ordered the Superdome locked and checkpoints set up along the roads leading out of New Orleans to turn back anyone trying to escape the destruction, he was following orders. None of it was accidental, none of it was a matter of poor decision-making or the wrong priorities. It was a deliberate attempt by the Bush Administration to blackmail the state of Louisiana into handing the city over to the Federal government.
Also, see: The New Orleans hostage crisis
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Here's What Gets Me
Does it get you too?
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Check out the INEPTNESS of this rescue,
by people who know how to do rescue as well.
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

The Potemkin President, Part II

Firefighters say they want to brave the heat, the debris-littered roads, the poisonous cottonmouth snakes and fire ants and travel into pockets of Louisiana where many people have yet to receive emergency aid.
But as specific orders began arriving to the firefighters in Atlanta, a team of 50 Monday morning quickly was ushered onto a flight headed for Louisiana. The crew's first assignment: to stand beside President Bush as he tours devastated areas." (emphasis added)
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

FEMA Wants No Photos of Dead
Sound familar? Maybe, this is why. Oh, and the House hearings examining that response had been canceled indefinitely...
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

The Great Paradigm War
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Things just didn't seem right to the people in the field.
The Bush administration was warned by congressional investigators this summer that some first responders were concerned that their training and equipment was tilting too much toward combatting terrorism rather than natural disasters. "It's too early to tell [Hmph. --Ed.] whether the shift affected the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina."
Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Der George W Stalin Busholini is detroying America
Don't believe me believe the evidence: Government Intervention in Stock Market is Detailed by New Report, GATA Says or $1.5 Billion Giveaway Secretly Slipped into Energy Bill, Waxman Says Exibit A: How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Report: Gov't Secrecy Grows, Costs More
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2005

Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2005

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

The above is for anyone asking the blame-the-victim question about Katrinas victimsThey had warning, why didnt they leave?
I keep looking back to see if there was anything else we could have done, and I just dont know what it would be, he said. Chertoff told reporters Saturday that government officials had not expected the damaging combination of a powerful hurricane levee breaches that flooded New Orleans. Also,I guess Mass Murder is a hard conclusion to avoid. Here's a link from the Horse's Mouth - the Dir. of the Nat'l Hurricane Center - on how thoroughly FEMA was briefed well in advance on what would happen: FEMA knew storm's potential, Mayfield says
Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2005

Isnt This Mass Murder?
Beauracray can't be tried for murder. Bureaucrats can.
Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2005

Waxman urged Bush to fire Michael Brown as FEMA head in January
Posted on Saturday, September 3, 2005

United States of Shame
America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America. NEW ORLEANS.
Posted on Saturday, September 3, 2005

FEMA Dir. Mike Brown fired from prior job at Horse Assoc.

Yes, that's right... the man responsible for directing federal relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sharpened his emergency management skills as the "Judges and Stewards Commissioner" for the International Arabian Horses Association... a position from which he was forced to resign in the face of mounting litigation and financial disarray.
And what of that misleading White House press release? I'm so goddamned angry I can't even comment. Disaster in the making - article from nearly a year ago on Bush's changes to FEMA
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2005

Shoot to Kill!

"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well-trained, experienced, battle-tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets," Blanco said. "They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.
"These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will," said Blanco Also see: LIARS! No Shots Fired At Rescue Chopper! "An FAA spokeswoman said she had no such report. We're controlling every single aircraft in that airspace and none of them reported being fired on , she said, adding that the FAA was in contact with the military as well as civilian aircraft. FEMA has used the ?shots fired at rescue helicopter as reason for shutting down rescue operations today.
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2005

The New Privatized Amurika
As you're watching all this footage of people in Louisiana and Mississippi sleeping in overcrowded gymnasiums, their homes destroyed, loved ones missing, jobs lost just remember that YOUR money is going to pay Gaza "settlers" $200,000 to $300,000 per family to relocate from their cushy housing projects along the Mediterranean. Think any of your fellow citizens will get a deal anywhere near that sweet? Also, Jeff Cull: FEMA Records of No Public Interest Government lawyers asked a federal judge in Fort Myers to rule that it shouldn't have to turn over Federal Emergency Management Agency records sought by three Florida newspapers. [...] FEMA lawyers argued in a motion for summary judgment that was filed late Wednesday that there is little public interest in how the agency spent its disaster aid money. The feds also argued that the information is not public, that it's protected by privacy laws and exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act. The newspapers contend that the information is public and citizens have the right to learn how the government is spending its money. "FEMA acknowledges spending $5.5 billion taxpayer dollars after the hurricanes yet doesn't seem to understand why the public is entitled to know where and how that money was spent," said Jim Lake of the Holland & Knight law firm in Tampa, the newspapers' attorney. "The public interest in this information is enormous, and we hope the court will order its release." [The above is from 12 August 2005. Will FEMA be more forthcoming now that they have a bigger disaster on their hands? Maybe we shouldn't ask questions, since the government always puts our tax dollars to such good use.] We're being hollowed out like a pumpkin, our seed spit into our face. 1,100,000 more people just slipped into poverty! Americans have just slipped into *negative* savings territory! That means if you deduct the 1/25th of Americans (10,000,000) who are destitute on the street or living in shacks and trailers, and deduct the 1/8th of Americans below the official poverty line (30,000,000 people living on Federal handouts), there is still *another* 125,000,000(+) Americans who are now living underwater, treading just below the surface, and heading down, anchored by 28% interest plus penalties on their credit card, until the Sheriff shows up and dumps their s--t out on the curb.
Posted on Friday, September 2, 2005

Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much "One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century." And no, I am not suprised. I live here, so I know firsthand what dumbshnits most Americans are. via The Cabal
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Things that are not in the U.S. Constitution.
It's astounding to realize that the basic freedoms we take for granted or insist upon are nowhere to be found on that sacred parchment. At least some of them are implied by amendments. But only just. One of the most important pages to read these days. Via Give,Get,Take, And Have blog
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005

Progress Is Not Infinite - A Short Essay on The End Of Progress
Hear from the COW!
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005

Republican Congressman Breaks Ranks, Joins Demand for Documents on Downing Street Memos
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005

Pizza anyone?
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Stark reality of the American dream
For those reality-based fin-de-siecle among us, a recent paper (pdf) from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics compared social mobility in developed countries and found the US and UK at the bottom of the pile. If you are born poor/born rich in the US, you are more likely to remain poor/remain rich than in other developed countries. "International comparisons of intergenerational mobility show that Britain, like the United States, is at the lower end of international comparisons of mobility. Also intergenerational mobility has declined in Britain at a time of rising income inequality." The mobility deficit in the US appears to arise from both educational differences and race. In the UK, mainly education. "America and Britain have the highest intergenerational persistence (lowest mobility). Germany is around the middle of the estimates, while the Nordic countries and Canada all appear to be rather more mobile." Socialism = social mobility? Wasn't that supposed to be the best thing about unbridled capitalism? "However, the idea of the US as ‘the land of opportunity’ persists; and clearly seems misplaced." It is annoying when data gets in the way of a good fantasy.
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005

The World Messenger
For those who have any last lingering doubts that Americans, are now truly and royally f--ked.
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Pat Robertson calls for the assassination of Hugo Chavez.
Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club" it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005

Freedom Of Speech, R.I.P.
Freedom of speech is dying an excruciating death. Watching it die is difficult enough, but knowing that, somehow, by my silence, I am complicit in the death, is unbearable. One thing is certain. I cannot stand by and do nothing. I cannot stand by and watch our freedoms die. I cannot stand by in tacit silence, while what's left of our freedom wriggles and squirms and gasps for air. There has got to be a mass resuscitation. There has got to be a way to breathe life back into our Bill of Rights. We are careening down a slippery slope into a disaster, the magnitude of which nobody has ever witnessed. You know I am right, don't you? You can feel it too, can't you? (via What really happened blog)
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005

Cracking the Case: An Interview With Sibel Edmonds
She knows something and they know she knows something, hence, the gag.
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005

Bush is Not an American

I'm not big on reading rants, but this one is blistering, maybe it's cause my friend read it out loud to me, and like good poetry, needs to be said not just read...

oh, and here's a few more (non-rant) thought provoking links:
FBI's "National Security Letters" Threaten Online Speech and Privacy

Secret Police Make Us Safer

"New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation, joined by several civil liberties organizations and online service providers, filed a friend-of-the-court brief yesterday in the case of Doe v. Gonzales arguing that National Security Letters ( NSLs ) are unconstitutional. NSLs are secret subpoenas for communications logs, issued directly by the FBI without any judicial oversight. These secret subpoenas allow the FBI to demand that online service providers produce records of where their customers go on the Web, as well as what they read and with whom they exchange email. The FBI can even issue NSLs for information about people who haven't committed any crimes.

A federal district court has already found NSLs unconstitutional, and the government is now appealing the case. In its brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, EFF argues that these secret subpoenas imperil free speech by allowing the FBI to track people's online activities. In addition, NSLs violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of the service providers who receive the secret government demands. EFF and its cosigners argue that NSLs for Internet logs should be subject to the same strict judicial scrutiny applied to other subpoenas that may reveal information about the identities of anonymous speakers - or their private reading habits and personal associations.

Yet NSLs are practically immune to judicial review. They are accompanied by gag orders that allow no exception for talking to lawyers and provide no effective opportunity for the recipients to challenge them in court. This secret subpoena authority, which was expanded by the USA PATRIOT Act, could be applied to nearly any online service provider for practically any type of record, without a court ever knowing."
The Rise of the Democratic Police State on a somewhat different note: NEW STUDY SHREDS THE MYTH OF THE MARKET ECONOMY BRINGING DEMOCRACY and An open economy, a closed society and finally, from the day late dollar short dept: Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think Tanks
Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005

They just don't want to talk about where they're heading.
Because, feudalism has such a bad name and scares the children.
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2005

Sibel Edmonds (pdf) kicks some ass.
Sibel Edmonds has written a blistering reproof to 9/11 Commissioner Kean. She remains within the limits of her gag order (a scandal in itself!) but blasts Kean for acting as if he and the whole Kean-Hamilton-Zelikow cover-up commission had also been subjected to a juridical gag order, when in fact it merely adopted a treasonous self-imposed silence to avoid embarassing the untouchables.
Posted on Monday, August 1, 2005

Behind the CIA Resignations
COUP D'ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2005

Larry Johnson, a former CIA and State Dept. intel official, puts the smack down on Bu$h.
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2005

"One of the most cowardly wars ever fought in history"

was how Booker Prize winning novelist & Sydney Peace Prize winner Arundhati Roy described the war against Iraq, in her opening speech on behalf of The Jury of Conscience of the World Tribunal On Iraq.
She went on: The evidence collated in this tribunal should [...] be used by the International Criminal Court (whose jurisdiction the United States does not recognize) to try as war criminals George Bush, Tony Blair, John Howard, Silvio Berlusconi, and all those government officials, army generals, and corporate CEOs who participated in this war and now profit from it.
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sanded In Baghdad

Perhaps the stress of cancelled flights and having to reschedule and arrange transport back to the Green Zone or other international facilities made their comments harsher than would be the case under different circumstances. But nonetheless, I was dismayed with what seemed, to me at least, to be very racists and colonialist statements by almost every contractor or entrepreneur I talked with.

Having grown up the Southern U.S. and having a very racist father, it was a very bizarre experience hearing almost the same comments being made against Iraqis that I heard as a child being made against blacks. The same venom, for lack of a better word, was coming out of their mouths as they denigrated the people, culture and societal norms of Iraq.
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005

All Rock, No Action

We have nothing against those who this month, in a stadium, a street, a park, in Berlin, London, Moscow, Philadelphia, gathered crowds and played guitar and talked about global poverty and aid for Africa. But we are troubled to think that they are so misguided about what Africa's real problem is, and dismayed by their willingness to propose solutions on our behalf.
We Africans know what the problem is, and no one else should speak in our name. Africa has men of letters and science, great thinkers and stifled geniuses who at the risk of torture rise up to declare the truth and demand liberty.
What is at issue is an Africa where dictators kill, steal and usurp power yet are treated like heroes at meetings of the African Union. What is at issue is rulers like Franois Boziz, the coup leader running the Central Africa Republic, and Faure Gnassingb, who just succeeded his father as president of Togo, free to trample universal suffrage and muzzle their people with no danger that they'll lose their seats at the United Nations. Who here wants a concert against poverty when an African is born, lives and dies without ever being able to vote freely?
But the truth is that it was not for us, for Africa, that the musicians at Live 8 were singing; it was to amuse the crowds and to clear their own consciences, and whether they realized it or not, to reinforce dictatorships. They still believe us to be like children that they must save, as if we don't realize ourselves what the source of our problems is.
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005

China's 1st Public threat to nuke the US.

This historic event should not be allowed to pass without everyone noting it.
China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan, a Chinese general said on Thursday.
Good timing General Leg-in-mouth...doubtless your country really didn't want that US oil company anyway!! -Thanks jj
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005

GAO investigator rips Pentagon on Iraq war finances
The federal government's chief investigator yesterday blasted the Pentagon for its ''atrocious financial management," saying the Defense Department was not able to give federal oversight officials a full accounting of the $1 billion being spent each week on the war in Iraq. ''If the Department of Defense were a business, they'd be out of business," David Walker, comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, said at a breakfast with reporters yesterday. ''They have absolutely atrocious financial management." The GAO has been examining the Pentagon's Iraq expenses, and ''we're having extreme difficulty in getting the Department of Defense to provide a full accounting of what they're spending" there, Walker said. ''I can't understand how we're spending $1 billion a week."
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005

Bush admin may be responsible for botching effort to thwart London bombing
ABC News just reported that the British authorities say they have evidence that the London attacks last week were an operation planned by Al Qaeda for the last two years. This was an operation the Brits thought they caught and stopped in time, but they were wrong. The piece of the puzzle ABC missed is that this is an operation the Bush administration helped botch last year....read on I.e., last year Bush botched the effort to thwart the London subway attacks.
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005

Capitalism at it's finest
Bus firm takes car sharers to court. Is the system eatting itself?
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005

David Michael Green's comments on the Founders and their vision of government-

Americans are wont to worship the Founders as icons, very often without knowing why, and certainly without much consideration of their flaws. It would be an interesting exercise, I imagine, to ask them what they thought of these men ("Hey, great guys!"), and then follow up by asking why they feel this way. My suspicion is that one would get lots of vague pronouncements about the Revolutionary War and the Constitution and freedom and democracy and such. The case of the revolution has always been rather odd, given the inherent conservatism of American domestic and foreign policy, and the country's far too frequent (and far too successful) efforts historically at stifling revolutionary attempts at liberation at home and especially abroad.
--- he explores this question at some length, illuminating how the BushCo strategy of concentrating power in the Executive violates the fundamental principles on which the Founders drafted the original federalist scheme of government.
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005

Fourth Generation Warfare

A Canadian University geography department that appears to view warfare, battlespace and networks such as AQ and the Internet as geography problems! Nice demo.
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005

From WRH. Seem to be a pretty piss-poor company.

Via what really happened

FLASHBACK: ICTS International N.V. Reports Entering Into the Railroad Security Business ICTS International N.V. Reports Entering Into the Railroad Security Business
ICTS, the company that handled security at the 9-11 airports, moved into railroad security only 2 months ago, and landed a contract for the London tube. oh, and here's one for good measure: Commissioner of London Transport is ex CIA!
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005

Treasongate: It's Not Just Karl Rove

Imagine, for a few paragraphs, that you were the U.S. Director of Central Intelligence. Rove's seditious behavior requires you to wonder about the possible extent of his inside job against U.S. national security. Did Rove act alone? Probably not. His Plame operation, no doubt conceived in league with Dick Cheney and other high-ranking scoundrels, may merely represent the tip of a huge iceberg of duplicity. How else did "Bush's brain" subvert our intelligence community? Are Rove's intimates, who include Bush himself, running interference for him out of personal loyalty, or are they trying to cover up their own treasonous acts? Someone at Langley provided highly classified personnel information to Rove, a dirty tricks specialist and pollster. Who?
Oh, this is good
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Patriot Act about to be made permanent -- expiration date deleted
Nuff said...
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

US Treasury Missing $ Trillions
Nuff said...
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rummy In Contempt of congress
The report to Congress, due yesterday, was required under the $80 billion war spending legislation approved in May. It is intended to help answer one of the most pressing questions hanging over the American-led occupation: when the United States might be able to begin drawing down the estimated 140,000 forces in Iraq.(emphasis mine)
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Torture professor Yoo comes up with this great tool:
Another tool would have our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within Al Qaeda's ranks, causing operatives to doubt others' identities and to question the validity of communications.Did he loose that specific memo or is he preparing the public for some coming scandal?
Also see:The shadow of Josef Mengele
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Foul play in the Great Game
interesting critique of the failure of Bush's policies in Central Asia.
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Looks like everybody can play the who bombed who game

Turns out Rumsfailed's who bombed who game is one that many can play, so we have: Iran News Agency - Israel Behind London, Iraq Bombs
Place your bets or take w/ a grain of salt.
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Iran could be behind Israel bomb blast: Rumsfeld
uh huh...
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

meanwhile, while everyone watches the Plame/Rove birdie,

total deregulation of the US power grid is contemplated: the repeal of PUHCA. "One of the strangest things about the PUHCA repeal story is how completely it has been blacked out of the mainstream media. Until recently, the only stories to be found on the issue were in the business press." well doh. if customers knew what this portended they would be writing and calling their congresscritters.(As if that ever did anything).
Molly Ivins puts it bluntly:
In the 1920s, three huge companies owned half of the nation's power plants and built them into speculative power-holding companies that used the reliable money from utilities for flights of fancy in the stock market.

When you are paying your electric bill to ExxonMobil, Halliburton or some Chinese firm, you will see why this is a monumentally bad idea. (Speaking of the veep's former home company, according to HalliburtonWatch.org, the company is employing its workers in Iraq through its subsidiary in the Cayman Islands. This means Halliburton won't have to pay unemployment benefits for the workers when they return home.)

BushCo has to be one of the most appalling mobs of cold-blooded vandals and wreckers in industrialised history. we ought to have a word, as concise as "Luddite", to describe the kind of sabotage they are doing in the service of their revanchist nostalgia. maybe we should call 'em Hardingites.

well, if they were looking for a way to enforce demand reduction while preaching "laissez faire" and lining the pockets of their friends and relatives, this is the winning strategy. more Enrons ahead. more rate hikes, more deferred maintenance, more real and orchestrated blackouts. reduced consumption and record profits! welcome to Third World America. we are all Argentinians now :-)
via DeAnander
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

EM weapons:Directed Energy and Particle Projection weapons

It moves at the speed of light and it can penetrate walls. The U.S. military has firepower that uses electromagnetic energy to blind, stun or kill targets. Defense contractors are eager, but the weapons are not yet being deployed. "Yet" being the key word here.
"Such a strike would be so precise that...the military could actively plausibly deny responsibility."
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bush Administration Claims Presidential Privilege...
for LBJ Documents? WTF?
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005

Fortunes made on bombing
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2005

Blair rejects calls for probe into bombings
Now why do you suppose...
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2005

Just like the Islamic terrorist websites based in Texas
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2005

London bombing done by white people?
I've only just noticed the appalling racism in the story as I rush in here to direct all to The Independent and invite them to pick the most offensive line in this 'story' posted in a usually acceptable little corner of the main stream media.
As the security services rush to make excuses for their intelligence failure it seems that if it turns out that the bombers were "white" (ie non arabic) then that will be because they were mercenaries. Apparently the idea that non Arabs could carry out this hateful act for any motive other than money is impossible. What does that say about "white" people?
Addendum:If proven, it shows a substantially more sophisticated and therefore considerably more lethal threat ... much more difficult to target and defend against ... damn terrorists using crims/mercs jsuts as nation states have done ... how dare they (sarcasm)
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sandra Day OConnors successor?

lani guinier
bush is nominating her for supreme court don't know the reliability of this source tba in speech tomorrow, scroll down
Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2005

The End of Investigative Journalism.: The End of Democracy.?
CLEVELAND - The Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, is holding two investigative stories based on leaked documents because they could result in the type of court showdown that led to a New York Times reporter being jailed.
Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2005

Homeland Security- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
via All Spine Zone: Consider this for a moment: Your elderly mother and father are celebrating your younger brother's high school graduation. They hear a knock on the door. Uniformed officers from the Department of Homeland Security take them into custody. You don't hear from them for a week. A lawyer finally tracks them down at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, Va. They had not been questioned. They have not been charged with any crime.
This is the situation that Gokal and Sheila Kapoor, 70 and 69 years old, respectively, find themselves in this morning...read on
Also see:The Huffington Post:And Then There Was A Knock: The Strange Detention of a 71 year old Afghan Hindu Man and His 69 Year Old Wife
Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2005

"Ur" after "PizzaHut":
Until April 2003, the area around Ur, in the environs of Nasiriyah, was remote and sacrosanct. However, the U.S. military chose the land immediately adjacent to the ziggurat to build its huge Tallil Air Base with two runways measuring 12,000 and 9,700 feet respectively and four satellite camps. In the process, military engineers moved more than 9,500 truckloads of dirt in order to build 350,000 square feet of hangars and other facilities for aircraft and Predator unmanned drones. They completely ruined the area, the literal heartland of human civilization, for any further archaeological research or future tourism. On October 24, 2003, according to the Global Security Organization, the Army and Air Force built its own modern ziggurat. It "opened its second Burger King at Tallil. The new facility, co-located with [a] . . . Pizza Hut, provides another Burger King restaurant so that more service men and women serving in Iraq can, if only for a moment, forget about the task at hand in the desert and get a whiff of that familiar scent that takes them back home."
I mean, the juxtaposition "ur" and "pizzahut" is all we need to know about the cultural dimension of the occupation.
Also see: rules of engagement
Posted on Friday, July 8, 2005

Italy sets date to pull troops out of Iraq
Speculation over terror fears as 300 to leave in September Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, yesterday confirmed that he would start pulling his country's troops out of Iraq within two months. Speaking at the G8 Gleneagles summit, Mr Berlusconi said the withdrawal of the first of Italy's 3,000 troops would start in September.
Posted on Friday, July 8, 2005

Uzbeks Threaten To Evict U.S. From An Air Base Near Afghanistan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, July 7 - Uzbekistan on Thursday threatened to evict the United States military from an important air base near the border with Afghanistan.
Posted on Friday, July 8, 2005

Audio interview (mp3) Cindy Sheehan tells the story about her personal encounter with Bush.

At 60:45, Cindy Sheehan tells the story about her personal encounter with Bush.

At 27:30, the interview with Cindy Sheehan begins.
mother of a dead soldier from the murderous Iraq war, Cindy Sheehan. Cindy Sheehan, as it turns out, had a meeting with the war criminal in charge, George W. Bush. She described Bush as "inhuman". He had a vacant way about him. It was a really odd experience, she said. When she showed him her son's pictures, he would try not to look or acknowlege them. What really floored me was how he spoke to this poor woman. Do you know what he called her throughout the encounter?
Posted on Friday, July 8, 2005

Asian leaders organize for great game
ALMATY, Kazakhstan The leaders of Russia, China and four Central Asian states held a two-day ...
Posted on Friday, July 8, 2005

War on Tragedy?
Step 1: Stop Using Their Words
Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2005

psssssssssssssssst, the patriot act is the NEW cointelpro.

Breaking story about civil rights violations, domestic espionage directed against US citizens, destruction of evidence, and contradictory explanations from different levels of the military hierarchy. The military is spying on you America."..and it asserts the president's authority to deploy ground combat forces on U.S. territory

"The move toward a domestic intelligence capability by the military is troubling," said Gene Healy, a senior editor at the Cato Institute, a nonprofit libertarian policy research group in Washington. "The last time the military got heavily involved in domestic surveillance, during the Vietnam War era, military intelligence kept thousands of files on Americans guilty of nothing more than opposing the war," Healy said. "I don't think we want to go down that road again."

In case you haven't been paying attention:

Police, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, and the Pentagon are now essentially one-- under the direction of John (Death squad)Negroponte and Porter (Bush is God)Goss, who answer directly to the White House.
Feeling safer? Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2005

This is so seriously over the top and nuts
I don't even know what to say. Be sure and watch the video...
Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2005

"The Third Wave", A Dangerous Experiment.
As one, the students shouted, "Strength through discipline!" - "The Third Wave", A Dangerous Experiment. More disturbing even than the "Milgram Experiment": "When Ron Jones started teaching at Cubberley High School in the fall of 1968, it was considered the most innovative of Palo Alto's high schools. ....His methods were experimental and his goal was to bring social studies to life.....Jones turned his class into an efficient youth organization, which he called the Third Wave. Some students were informers, and some were told they couldn't go certain places on campus. He insisted on rigid posture and that questions be answered formally and quickly....."It was strange how quickly the students took to a uniform code of behavior. I began to wonder just how far they cold be pushed," Jones wrote....But soon the experiment began spinning out of control.... five days into the experiment, Jones announced, "We can bring (the nation) a new sense of order, community, pride, and action. Everything rests on you and your willingness to take a stand." As one, the students shouted, "Strength through discipline!" ". Ron Jones wrote about it in No substitute for Madness, which is out of print in English but required reading in German public schools. As Umberto Eco notes in "Eternal Fascism", this is a timeless tale of human nature.
Posted on Monday, July 4, 2005

George W. Bush's "Iraqi stunt" has been intended to divert public attention from the development of post-nuclear s
Also see: Russia to help China oust the USA from Eurasia
Posted on Monday, July 4, 2005

Parting the Veil of Government Secrecy
In "Parting the Veil of Government Secrecy," IPSNet's William Fisher tells the story of the Freedom of Information Act, 39 years old today. I can't think of a more fitting birthday to celebrate on THIS July 4, 2005.
Posted on Monday, July 4, 2005

"Happy Fourth of July! Declaration of Impeachment
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. A record 15.6 million documents were classified last year, nearly double the number in 2001, according to the federal Information Security Oversight Office. Meanwhile, the declassification process, which made millions of historical documents available annually in the 1990's, has slowed to a relative crawl, from a high of 204 million pages in 1997 to just 28 million pages last year.
Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2005

Did Calipari know too much about "third level" control of terrorist groups?
Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2005

Fantasies of NWO?
A new Bureau of Reconstruction and Stabilization in the State Department is charged with organizing the reconstruction of countries where the United States has deemed it necessary to intervene in order to make them into market democracies. The bureau has 25 countries under surveillance as possible candidates for Defense Department deconstruction and State Department reconstruction. The bureaus director is recruiting rapid-reaction forces of official, nongovernmental, and corporate business specialists. He hopes to develop the capacity for three full-scale, simultaneous reconstruction operations in different countries.
Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2005

The Army is Screaming

"While using lethal force to respond to protests is likely to attract the attention and indignation of the international community, non-lethal options can be deployed more frequently and more widely, often with total impunity. Thus, the temptation is great to use such weapons to suppress non-violent protests, political gatherings that would have been left unmolested in the absence of non-lethal means.
"The AP wire story itself already demonstrates the tendency of the media to cast a forgiving eye on non-lethal military interventions, suggesting that the use of The Scream does not qualify as 'resorting to force.' Is it not 'force' to assaulting a person's inner ear until he or she is disoriented, vomiting, and unable to remain in the affected vicinity? In a world where torture is officially no longer torture, but merely 'abuse,' perhaps even this is possible."
Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2005

It's Time to Build a Mass Movement
Warning: This Is A Lot Harder Than Whining
Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2005

Halliburton Gets Caught *again*
Halliburton overcharged the government by as much as $1.5 billion.My friend Kate reminds us: In the field of human social-psychology and plain ol' psychology there is an aphorism, or a maxim, if you will. It goes: The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Corporations as analogous to persons/beings have personalities. We have seen more than enough of the sort of behavoir and character disorders of the Halliburtons of the world to reasonably predict that they will keep on doing what they are doing, because it works for them. And because they have experienced no logical consequences for their acts they will not change.
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

Sandra Day O'Connor Retires
Sandra Day O'Connor has retired as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. This will bring a battle few of us have ever seen.This must mean the new round of Abu Ghraib photos will be hitting the wire late this afternoon...
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

The Pentagon awarded three contracts this week
, potentially worth up to $300 million over five years, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into its psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly the military. Using your money to abuse you. How ya like that America?
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

Bush wants will control of the internets!
Just a matter of time.
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

The Gonzales Indictment
Alberto Gonzales should not be the Attorney General of the United States. He should be considered a war criminal and indicted by the Attorney General. This is a suggested indictment of Alberto Gonzales for war crimes under Title 18 U.S.C. section 2441, the War Crimes Act.
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

Torture and Accountability
Also see NY Congressmember Holtzman Calls For President Bush and His Senior Staff To Be Held Accountable for Abu Ghraib Torture ,
Posted on Friday, July 1, 2005

US Radiation In Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs There Are No Words
No sir-ee, putting Four Million Pounds of Radioactive Uranium Dust (RUD) on the ground in Iraq was a definitely "on-purpose" kind of thing. It was not "just an accident." We, the citizens of the United States, through our kids in the Army, did this on purpose. Via whatreallyhappened blog
Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2005

The NCC -- a coalition of 36 Christian denominations -- makes a firm statement against the war in Iraq:
"This year our nation is at war as we observe the 4th of July, a day that honors those founders who spoke out for independence from tyranny. Today in Iraq a cruel dictator has been deposed, yet the suffering of the Iraqi people continues. Mandated elections have been held, yet the future of Iraq remains as uncertain as ever. Day by day the cost of this war for the United States, for Iraq, for peace grows clearer. No weapons of mass destruction have been found; no link to the attacks on September 11, 2001 has been shown. It has become clear that the rationale for invasion was at best a tragic mistake, at worst a clever deception." Mainstream Christians are starting to take back Christianity from the theocrats.
Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2005

Here's your Coin Operated Congress and House of Reprehesibles

Hard at work:
Get this straight people: This is the most important legislation to pass the Senate in years. It is a green-light for a return of the energy monopolies of the 20s and 30s. It is a green-light for the kind of market manipulation and price gouging that Enron engaged in in California -- except on a national scale.
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

PNAC is the Mein Kempf of the rethuglican party.
Let the history books show that when this nation falls it will be directly because of this.
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Rule of Law, Reign of Reason
So, what does Uncle Harry do next. Hes 43 years old, has 1 wife, 2 kids, 1 black lab puppy, a 2-year old SUV and a 4-year old mini-van that needs new tires, a $1,048 /month mortgage, a bachelors degree from a big state university (21 years ago), 5 years of honorable service in the United States Navy, 17 years of upwardly mobile service and experience with a big US company providing damn good customer service with a smile and speaks perfect American English with a pleasant Southern accent. And nowhere to go.
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

U.S. House puts 'Doomsday' bill on fast track
"...a plan that will lead to martial law at exactly the time when we need Congress functioning to represent the interests of the American people. ...an invitation to one man-rule and dictatorship."
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The American people will do whats right when they have the information they need.
The administration should clarify its intent in Vietnam. People lack confidence in the credibility of our government... Its a difficult thing today to be informed about our government even without all the secrecy. With the secrecy, its impossible. The American people will do whats right when they have the information they need. -- Rep. Donald Rumsfeld (R-IL), quoted in the Chicago Tribune on April 13, 1966.
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

American Madrasas: Inside the Stepford Republiban Factory
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I Dont Remember
Bush "doesn't remember" a conversation w/ Clarke on 9/12 about a possible link to Saddam
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Crossing the threshold
While were all fretting over the Patriot Act, John Ashcrofts Albert Gonzales's Justice Department is after much bigger game
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

American Military Interventions: of the 20th Century
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Incinerating Iraqis; the napalm cover up
Two weeks ago the UK Independent ran an article which confirmed that the US had "lied to Britain over the use of napalm in Iraq". (06-17-05) Since then, not one American newspaper or TV station has picked up the story even though the Pentagon has verified the claims. This is the extent to which the American "free press" is yoked to the center of power in Washington.
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Scott Ritter: Unplugged and Uncensored (Audio)
Scott Ritter: US at War with Iran On June 23, 2005, Scott Ritter spoke to 110 people at a fundraiser for Traprock Peace Center at the Woolman Hill Meeting House. Before the presentation, Ritter met with 30 people over dinner at Woolman Hill. Hear his presentation and the question and answers, complete and unabridged. Sunny Miller moderated the event, introducing Ritter and reading questions from the audience.
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005

It has also been ten years since a federal jury awarded the fishers and Natives on the Sound $5.2 billion in punitive damages from Exxon. And it has been ten years that not a single check from that award has been cut. Yet the story of Cordova is not important simply because of the details of the Exxon case; what is at stake in this unprecedented litigation are the concept of corporate responsibility and the way the U.S. legal system can be used by large companies to avoid it.---They think the government needs to protect them from us. After all, they can't have anything cut into their profits.
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

The Gentleman, the Prince, and the Simulacrum
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

Meet the new watchers
California's National Guard has formed a new unit: Known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program, the project is part of an expanding nationwide effort to better integrate military intelligence into global anti-terrorism initiatives. Although Guard officials said the new unit would not collect information on American citizens, top National Guard officials have already been involved in tracking at least one recent Mother's Day anti-war rally organized by families of slain American soldiers, according to e-mails obtained by the Mercury News.
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

Bush Calls Freedom from Torture "Inalienable Human Right"
Cognitive dissonance or talking smack? Bush has gone right off the deep end, making a statement like that at the very same time the US admits: torturing prisoners
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

Claims and Facts: Rhetoric, Reality and the War in Iraq
via whatreally happened blog
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

The Armstrong Williams NewsHour
You have heard that Ken Tomlinson, CPB chairman, paid an individual named Fred Mann to monitor Bill Moyers NOW program for $14,000. But it wasn't just NOW, and it wasn't just to construct a liberal vs. conservative guest list to examine for bias. You could just as well title this "The War at Home".
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005

Players of the Game:Al-Q'aeda's State of Play
Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2005

U-2 crash in UAE Iran?
Air Force Maj. Duane Dively died on June 22, 2005 in a mysterious U-2 crash in the United Arab Emirates. Although the official story was that he had been on a mission in support of American troops in Afghanistan, it isn't too much of a stretch to conclude that he was really spying on Iran. By far the oddest part of this story is that we're hearing about it. The reason we don't hear too many U-2 stories is because such espionage is supposed to be a secret. I can't help but wonder if this isn't another reflection of the neocon-paleocon battle going on in Washington over whether the United States should start World War III in the Middle East in order to please Israel. Is the crash a signal that somebody doesn't like the secret neocon preparations for war? The one thing that Iran learns from the release of this story is that it is being monitored by U-2 spy planes.
Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Yo nigga, check that shit in!"
Government strong-arm robbery, otherwise known today as Eminent Domain.
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005

Medical Records Used for Interrogations?
Report from the New England Journal of Medicine
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005

Federal Psywar Against Americans
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005

National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
National Security Whistleblowers now have their own web site (among the moving forces behind this group is Sibel Edmonds). This is not the first such site (cf. the National Whistleblower Center site and the links it provides).
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005

Social Security Files Opened to FBI
The New York Times is reporting that the Social Security Administration has relxed it's privacy policy and is now allowing the FBI to search the files of my 70 year old dad and everyone else who has a Social Security Number.The privacy policy typically bans the sharing of such confidential information, which includes home addresses, medical information and other personal data. But senior officials at the Social Security agency agreed to an "ad hoc" policy that authorized the release of information to the bureau for investigations related to Sept. 11 because officials saw a "life-threatening" emergency, internal memorandums say. The Social Security Administration was so forthcoming about the new policy, that a FOIA request had to be filed. The Social Security memorandums were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties group here. Copies were provided to The New York Times.
Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005

Time to Duck and Cover!

threat of an unspecified attack in an unspecified location over the span of a decade based on pure opinions of scared Americans could mean anything less than the sky is falling? How dare you! In times of crisis like this I consult my bible to see what to do. It says, "Thou shalt bow before Bush." I suggest you all should do the same.
But seriously, folks, these threats could be fun mad libs: Today, the US government released the following terror alert warning: "Based on (verb) intel we have recieved from examining (middle-eastern name)'s computer, we believe that terrists will strike some time in the next (number) years. The attack may consist of (body part) gas and/or (scary weapon here). In a post 9/11 world, (meaningless sentence here). In responce to this (adjective) threat, we will be raising the minimum terror alert color to (color) for all eternity.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Why does Steve Norton hate America.? /snark
Since Mike Norton, of Layton, began displaying the pictures of American soldiers killed in Iraq on an illuminated sign in his front yard, his home has been vandalized, cars have stopped in front of his home and honked horns in the early morning hours and he has received anonymous harassing phone calls. Now the city of Layton has gotten into the act. Norton, who was told by a city official last winter that the sign in his yard did not violate zoning ordinances, received a letter from the Layton City Attorney's Office recently informing him that, upon further review, the sign does violate the ordinance and he would have 10 days to take it down.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Cancel Your Subscriptions - The Time Has Come
- WE MUST STOP FUNDING THE ENEMY AND THE ENEMY IS OUR CORPORATE MEDIA! - We cannot continue to battle the beast while we finance its very existence!
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Coin flip?

Sounds like they're busy flipping coins in the Pentagon - Iran, Syria...Syria, Iran...from the Jerusalem Post:
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is considering provoking a military confrontation with Syria by attacking Hizbullah bases near the Syrian border in Lebanon, according to the authoritative London-based Jane's Intelligence Digest. In an article to be published on Friday, the journal said multi-faceted US attacks, which would be conducted within the framework of the global war on terrorism, are likely to focus on Hizbullah bases in the Bekaa Valley of eastern Lebanon. It noted that the deployment of US special forces in the Bekaa Valley, where most of Syria's occupation forces in Lebanon are based, would be highly inflammatory and would "almost certainly involve a confrontation with Syrian troops." Such a conflict might well prove to be the objective of the US, said the journal, which described Washington's strategic benefits from a confrontation with Syria. ... Note: cached link because it's been moved.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Most Important Thing You Don't Know About "Peak Oil"

...the debate over "Peak Oil" itself is already over. It no longer matters whether it is proven or disproven, because there isn't time left to do either. Events in the world are revealing to us the only truth that matters: that a desperate resource war is emergent, one that will not be won by trade sanctions, blustering, or corporate bargaining. This is the only issue which should now be under scrutiny by those who strive to stay "ahead of the curve".
Also see: Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran As the United States gears up for an attack on Iran, one thing is certain: the Bush administration will never mention oil as a reason for going to war. As in the case of Iraq, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be cited as the principal justification for an American assault. "We will not tolerate the construction of a nuclear weapon [by Iran]," is the way President Bush put it in a much-quoted 2003 statement. But just as the failure to discover illicit weapons in Iraq undermined the administration's use of WMD as the paramount reason for its invasion, so its claim that an attack on Iran would be justified because of its alleged nuclear potential should invite widespread skepticism. More important, any serious assessment of Iran's strategic importance to the United States should focus on its role in the global energy equation.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

9/11 Updates: Sibel Edmonds, Porter Goss, Osama & the FBI
This one is sure to take your breath away...You might wanna sit down and hold on to something before you read this!
When you come back, I got a little pop song for ya...
It's gettin' ready to drop It's gettin' ready to shock Somebody done turned up the heater An' a it's gettin' ready to pop -Stevie Wonder - 'Skeletons'
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

Psychological and Sociopolitical Factors Contributing to the Creation of the Iraqi Torturers: A Human Rights Issue
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

U.S. Military Says 26 Inmate Deaths May Be Homicide
Really? no....da hell you say./sarcasm Damn that Bill Clinton! /sarcasm
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

The White Houses White-Out Problem
Absolutely breathtaking post documenting Bush's war on Science.
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

UK Officer Goes Public on Fake Intelligence
Where's the US whistleblower you say? Well, we got a solution for that: see my post below Stripping Whistleblower Protections
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

Sibel Edmonds lastest !
Today, after nearly four years since 9/11, the American people still do not know that thousands of lives can be jeopardized under the unspoken policy of protecting certain foreign business relations. The victims family members still do not realize that information and answers they have sought relentlessly for almost 4 years has been blocked due to the unspoken decisions made and disguised under safeguarding certain diplomatic relations.
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

Remember Hersh: The Coming Wars
"The new rules will enable the Special Forces community to set up what it calls action teams in the target countries overseas which can be used to find and eliminate terrorist organizations. Do you remember the right-wing execution squads in El Salvador? the former high-level intelligence official asked me, referring to the military-led gangs that committed atrocities in the early nineteen-eighties. We founded them and we financed them, he said. The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want. And we arent going to tell Congress about it. A former military officer, who has knowledge of the Pentagons commando capabilities, said, Were going to be riding with the bad boys.
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005

Here we go... wheeeeeeee!!!
Iraq threatens Iran with military action as tensions flare
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

Scott Ritter Article: The US war with Iran has already begun
Snip: ...Most Americans, together with the mainstream American media, are blind to the tell-tale signs of war, waiting, instead, for some formal declaration of hostility, a made-for-TV moment such as was witnessed on 19 March 2003. Snip: We now know that the war had started much earlier. Likewise, history will show that the US-led war with Iran will not have begun once a similar formal statement is offered by the Bush administration, but, rather, had already been under way since June 2005, when the CIA began its programme of MEK-executed terror bombings in Iran.
I knew as soon as I heard about the recent car bombings in Iran that the US was doing it.
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

...sending the children of today's soldiers to Iraq? First we were going to secure the WMDs and leave. Oops, no WMDs. Okay, we'll get Sadaam and leave. Oops, got Sadaam but we need elections and we'll leave. Oops, got elections but these people still fight. We need stability and then we'll leave. With this progression, how can wingers not believe in evolution??
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Road to Serfdom: In Cartoons.
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

Ten Days in Iraq Iran? : A Trip Report

The Boston Globe author refers to Gelb's CFR talk 10 days in Iraq. There Gelb says:

If you ask any Iraqi leader, they will tell you these people can't fight. They just aren't trained. And yet we're cranking them out like rabbits. I'm going to leave the names out of here because I really do admire the people involved, and I know what political pressure is. I said, "Well, where is all this heading?" And no kidding, he said to me, "A 10-division Iraqi armed force." And I lost it at that point, the only time in the whole trip I just lost it. I said, "Ten divisions! The United States Army has 10 divisions!" And he said, "And two mechanized divisions." I said, "We have two mechanized divisions! You're going to create an Iraqi army as big as the American Army? Are you nuts?" And then the next PowerPoint chart comes up: "Well, we need a division here and we need a division here and we need a division"--it became very apparent to me that these 10 divisions were to fight some future war against Iran. It had nothing to do--nothing to do--with taking that country over from us and fighting the insurgents. It made no sense to me. It was the single-most disturbing conversation I had ..
Also see: Facing facts in Iraq Iran
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted.
U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

Dead American troops hung from lampposts as savage fighting continues in al-Qaim Saturday.
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bush Pushes Police State in USA
You know he lied. Locking you up is his last option to save his own ass. Via whatreallyhappened
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005

Your ISP as Net watchdog
The U.S. Department of Justice is quietly shopping around the explosive idea of requiring Internet service providers to retain records of their customers' online activities. Wait. Don't they do that anyway?
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005

The fake-news team strikes again
Suggestions that the Armstrong Williams debacle might temper the administration's enthusiasm for fake news were wrong. As the Chicago Tribune reported today, the Bush administration is now using our money to produce fake-news segments promoting CAFTA.
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005

Stripping Whistleblower Protections
"The House version of the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act includes a provision that would give the president authority to exempt any agency that primarily performs "foreign intelligence, counterintelligence activities or homeland security" from whistleblower protections. " The Bush administration is already doing everything it can to prevent insiders from stepping forward to recount its gross incompetence. Look at the shameful treatment of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, or the way the attack machine came down on former Treasury Scty O'Neill.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005

Giuliana Sgrena was right!
She reported this: Napalm Raid on Falluja? 73 charred bodies -- women and children -- were found back in in November.It makes perfect sense now why they fired on her. Italian reporter shot by US military
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005

Flasback: Anatomy of an Atrocity
Short, very graphic film on DU, if you haven't already seen it.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005

MK 77 Mod 5 napalm derivative?
Mk77 is not a code word, its the militarty designation of an incendiary ordinance. In fact a newer generation of a 'napalm like' bomb that's technically and combat efficacy 'superior', if there is such a thing :(. By officially denying using napalm the US Military is being 'truthful', they didn't use napalm (specifically) only a 'napalm like' derivative, yet certainly mendaciously avoiding the intent of such questions and correspondence and cetainly still a deliberate and known breach of the Geneva Conventions and Laws of War. Also see: New, improved and more lethal: son of napalm, FALLUJAH NAPALMED, more? : US Troops Reportedly Gassing Fallujah but of course you already know about the depleted uranium, right?
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005

Did the Pentagon just threaten members of Congress?
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005

US used napalm in Iraq.
Wonderful. Of course, only in the British media.
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hearings on Downing Street Memo Today!
The John Conyers' Hearing on the 'Downing Street memo' has changed the start and end time. The new time is from 2 PM to 6 PM EST. June 16th 2005 Addendum: Hearing Can Be Streamed on the Net Go to the above link to stream it over the Internet if you want to see it live. On C-span.
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005

US troops launch anti-Iraqi insurgent offensive in Syria
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2005

In the American Bunker
Never has any people endured its own tragedy with so little sense of the tragic.
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Orwellian "Scenarios": Emergency Preparedness against the "Universal Adversary"
A recent Report of the Homeland Security Council entitled Planning Scenarios describes in minute detail, the Bush administration's preparations in the case of a terrorist attack by an outside enemy called the Universal Adversary (UA). The Universal Adversary, is identified in the scenarios as an abstract entity used for the purposes of simulation. Yet upon more careful examination, this Universal Adversary is by no means illusory. It includes the following categories of potential "conspirators":
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Patriot Act Two Passed by Senate Intelligence Committee
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11 to 4 in a closed door session on Tuesday to approve an expansion of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005

A truckload of nonsense
The G8 plan to save Africa comes with conditions that make it little more than an extortion racket
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Michael Jackson ! NOT!
"One lawyer said that his client... has told him that he was beaten regularly in his early days at Guantnamo, hanged by his wrists for hours at a time and that an interrogator pressed a burning cigarette into his arm." The age of this "client" when he was detained? 14 years old. The reply of the camp's public affairs officer: "They don't come with birth certificates."
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Psychological Warfare Effort To Be Outsourced Note:Keep in mind these orgs are not interested so much in money as ideology.
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005

Ghost Writer for Bush: He was Dreaming (Iraq) War in 1999

I speak of then Governor GW Bush's belief that a president MUST have a war, preferrably a BIG war, in order to push thru his agenda. That, and other positively creepy things, is what he told his ghost writer, Mickey Herskowitz, when he was lining up to be prez in 1999. Coincidentally, the war he appeared to be dreamin' was Iraq.
"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade.if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency." The Oedipal trajectory? "I'm just a frat boy bully, whom wants to suck my fathers dick to take my power back from him" -C+ Augustus
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005

The new McCarthy MOMENT? : Republicans abruptly shut down Patriot Act hearing
The House Republicans just shut down the Patriot Act hearings while the Democrats were still talking. It was absolutely amazing. Then they shut the mics off on the Dems.
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005

When Marine recruiters go way beyond the call
Drafty, in here you say?
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005

Perjury by CIA Counterterrorism Center Director - the Blocked Memo
Note: for the record, I'm not a big fan of this site in general, but some of the diarist's posts are spot on. Also, it has been refered to as a leftist site and I am neither a leftist or a rightist;Republican or democrat,I am beyond the straight jacket of true/false aristotelian logic. Grok that one! And enjoy the post.
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005

Knowledge and Propaganda
This is to my mind one of Goebbels' most interesting speeches. It was given on 9 January 1928 to an audience of party members at the so-called "Hochschule fr Politik," a series of training talks for party members in Berlin. It is Goebbels' most extended discussion of the nature of propaganda, all the more interesting because of its early date.
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005

The 9/11 Commission Keeps on Kickin'???
There is something really interesting going on with the 9/11 Commission and its members' decision to stick with the group's mission despite its lack of official government funding.
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2005

ACLU Says President Bush Misled Public on Patriot Act; Urges Congress to Bring Law In Line with the Constitution
Well, you know if he'll lie about a war "abroad" , he'll of course have no problem lying about missleading and death here at "home"
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2005

Policy on Syria Moves Toward Regime Change
Have the bullies decided Iran is too big to pick on? Maybe they can beat up the scrawny kid.
Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Many parents and teachers are completely perplexed by their children's xenophobic tendencies. These are fathers and mothers who came of age in the 1960s, who provided their children with a liberal upbringing, and whose greatest fear was that their kids might be taking drugs. They have been completely taken by surprise by the right-wing sentiments of German young people. Take, for example, a mother from Bremen who moved to the country with her husband and three children a few years ago. "Everything is wonderful here," she thought at the time. Two-and-a-half years later, when the woman threw her son out of the house, his parting words were "Heil Hitler!"
Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Hitler Said It Best
"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side.' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'" ~ Adolf Hitler
Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Los Alamos whistleblower severely beaten, warned to shut up
The FBI and the Santa Fe Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into an attack Sunday on a Los Alamos National Laboratory who has alleged financial impropriety at the facility, according to law enforcement officials. Tommy Hook, an auditor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was assaulted and severely beaten in the parking lot of Cheeks, a Santa Fe strip club, at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Susan Hook, the victim's wife, Bob Rothstein, his attorney, and Chuck Montano, a fellow Los Alamos whistleblower, said Monday that Hook was at the club to meet with another employee who claimed to have information that would support charges of wrongdoing. [...remainder snipped...]
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Night-and-Fog Decree
On December 7, 2001, President Bush issued the Night and Fog Decree. This decree replaced the unsuccessful administration policy of taking hostages to undermine terrorist/insurgent activities. Suspected insurgents and others would now vanish without a trace into the night and fog. The Directors of the CIA and FBI issued the following instructions: "After lengthy consideration, it is the will of the President that the measures taken against those who are guilty of offenses against America or against the occupation forces in occupied areas should be altered. The President is of the opinion that in such cases penal servitude or even a hard labor sentence for life will be regarded as a sign of weakness. An effective and lasting deterrent can be achieved only by the death penalty or by taking measures which will leave the family and the population uncertain as to the fate of the offender. Deportation to Abu Ghraib, Guam, Guantanamo Bay et al and foreign countries under extra-ordinary rendition serves this purpose." Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld issued a letter stating: "Efficient and enduring intimidation can only be achieved either by capital punishment or by measures by which the relatives of the criminals do not know the fate of the criminal. The prisoners are, in future, to be transported to Abu Ghraib, Guam, Guantanamo Bay et al and foreign countries under extra-ordinary rendition secretly, and further treatment of the offenders will take place there; these measures will have a deterrent effect because"- A. The prisoners will vanish without a trace. B. No information may be given as to their whereabouts or their fate." The victims were usually arrested in the middle of the night and quickly taken to prisons hundreds or even thousands of miles away for questioning and torture, eventually arriving at the 'indefinite' detention camps, if they survived. Addendum: From where does "Night and Fog" originate? you guessed "it!"
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Lest anyone think the State Political Police aren't watching web postings.
Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic, professor at New York University, and the author of many books. Prof. Mark Crispin Miller was visited by 3 FBI agents as a result of postings on yahoo!
Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2005

"Security is for Little People"
Beginning June 21, the Orlando airport will let travelers pay $80 a year for a card that guarantees an exclusive security line and the promise of no random secondary pat-down. To get this new "Clear" card, travelers would have to be vetted by the Department of Homeland Security and submit to fingerprint and iris scans. Since the federal government began letting select frequent fliers with new high-tech passes speed through airport security checkpoints, one of the biggest complaints has been that the year-old program is too limited to be of much use. Now, a privately run version coming online in Florida could spur efforts to broaden the program - and boost media entrepreneur Steven Brill's vision of installing such a system across the nation at airports and other security-sensitive locations. [...] The company behind Clear is Verified Identity Pass Inc., which Brill founded in 2003 in hopes of creating a nationwide, voluntary system that would give pre-screened people a dedicated fast lane for entering secure areas - not only at airports but also office buildings, power plants and stadiums. Brill, the founder of Court TV and American Lawyer magazine, argues that while more rigorous security checks are needed in post-Sept. 11 America, it doesn't make sense for everyone to have to go through them.
Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2005

This is the house that Bush bombed
Propaganda? well, sure it is, question is, who's propaganda you gonna listen to?
Posted on Friday, June 3, 2005

Fears over CIA 'university spies'
A CIA scheme to sponsor trainee spies secretly through US university courses has caused anger among UK academics. The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program pays anthropology students, whose names are not disclosed, up to $50,000 (27,500) a year. They are expected to use the techniques of "fieldwork" to gather political and cultural details on other countries. Britain's Association of Social Anthropologists called the scholarships ethically "dangerous" and divisive. ... Undergraduates taking part in the scholarship programme must not reveal their funding source and are expected to attend military intelligence summer camps.
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005

Deep Throat: COINTELPRO Spook and All-American Hero

Kurt Nimmo delves into Mark Felt's link to "COINTELPRO" , which is being predictably ignored by the press.
As the United States "violates international law" , murders thousands of innocent Iraqis, runs a far-flung torture and sexual humiliation gulag, the complicit corporate media concentrates on a big time irrelevancy: W. Mark Felt, a doddering former spook and one-time deputy director of the FBI, is hailed as a hero for supposedly helping to bring down the Mafia don and war criminal, Richard Nixon. "Juan Cole talks about Fallujah" and The Day After
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005

They think we are sheep...

As part of a "Red, Right and Blue" Memorial Day jingathon, the Sunday Houston Chronicle contained a moving essay by a local professor of history, John Eudy, glorifying a Houston soldier for taking down the Nazi flag from the Reichstag building in Berlin as that city fell.

Young private braved snipers to bring symbol of evil down--- Houston Chronicle, TX - May 28, 2005 By JOHN EUDY. SIXTY years ago today, a north Houston boy born in Madisonville, Texas, was crawling across the slate roof of the Reichstag ...

There is, of course, a huge problem with this accounting.

It was Russian troops who overran Berlin, not Americans.. the Chronicle today was forced to admit the essay was a fraud.
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005

Thomas Campbell Butler

Thomas Campbell Butler at 63 years of age, is completing the 1st year of a 2-year sentence in federal prison, following an investigation and trial that was initiated after he voluntarily reported that he believed vials containing _Yersinia pestis_ were missing from his laboratory at Texas Tech University.
This story is absolutely fucking insane.Our government harasses and jails its scientists, while your public schools put religion into the science curriculum.
Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The new Crusades, folks.
Hot on the hills of flushed Koran's at gitmo, comes Reports on plans for a death chamber at Gitmo And like a sucker punch: From the US Department of Defense's own Marine Corps Web site. It shows a photo taken May 5, 2005 in Iraq. It's a photo of a US tank dubbed the "New Testament" - the name of the tank is written across its barrel. The even funnier part is that this photo MADE IT PAST military censors and the DOD Web page with the photo on it even brags about the name "New Testament" in the caption. So some jerk at the Pentagon knew exactly what this was about and found it funny enough to put on their Web site, and it passed various level of review. Lovely. Why does Newsweek hate America?

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005

Apocalypse when?

Check out these scathing allegations coming from Jordanian lawyer for Saddam. " that US troop deaths are being hidden by the dumping of the bodies into the Tigris from aircraft, that roughly 20,000 US soldiers were killed by the Tsunami, then covered up (Diego Garcia, anyone?), that Saddam was in custody earlier than publicized, etc.

audio link is about 15 minutes.

The first thing I saw about mass graves containing possible us troops was about 8 months or so ago, there were a couple of resistance reports with photos of the graves/with the naked bodies of what appeared to be american or european men... now there are reports in the mainstream about large numbers of bodies being dumped in the tigris... but no follow-up details on exactly WHO they are. Rumors and accusations have been swirling around about Saddams capture since he was pulled out of the spider hole so dramatically... was it a publicity stunt? mission accomplished toppling Saddams statue Jessica Lynch Pat Tillman any questions?
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005

"Say goodbye to affordable freedom of information requests"
Heads up, those whacky Xtians over at the Heritage Foundation have stumbled on to some sad info....
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Air Force Seeks Bush's Approval for Space Arms
All this God talk has gone to Bushit's head... Remember,David Griffins C-span talk? (see in recent archives)Remember,his referal to the Space technology? If you don't know about it, you will... Fire From the Sky!? (nytimes.com). The US Air Force seeks to develop several frightening weapons,including one called "Rods from God," which would fire metal rods at a target from the edge of space, striking with the force of a small nuclear weapon. With a presidential directive expected in the weeks to come, what consequences could an approval have on the global community? ...it's about to get phunky!
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005

"Combat terrorism" by causing it
[via Free Iraq]
The following may or may not be true. Who knows? Of course there is no truth in war, only death. I wouldn't put it past the snakes that run things...

A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license. The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car. He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour. At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him: OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs. Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing. Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license. At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed who is waiting for you now. Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work.

The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.

The only feasible explanation for this incidence is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad. The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated hideous attack by foreign elements.

The same scenario was repeated in Mosul, in the north of Iraq. A car was confiscated along with the drivers license. He did follow up on the matter and finally reclaimed his car but was told to go to a police station to reclaim his license. Fortunately for him, the car broke down on the way to the police station. The inspecting car mechanic discovered that the spare tire was fully laden with explosives."
Of course also, many are saying we (Merica) really don't want stability in Eye-rack. Qui bono? (Who benefits?)
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Whitewash as Public Service.
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005

Archives of the fall of a Great Nation
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005










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