Friday, March 01, 2002
J'accuse - Encore: Bush's Death Squads
Angola and Colombia Postscripts
By Wayne Madsen
"This is an update to my previous article concerning the CIA's new unbridled authority to assassinate political nuisances to U.S. interests around the world. In Bush's "New World Order of "if you're not with us, you're against us," social activists and progressive political leaders everywhere are now within the crosshairs of the CIA and its local notorious surrogates and warlords. America's traditional concepts of human rights have been relegated to the dustbin of history in post-constitutional corporate statist America."
U.S. intervention in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is not so much to fight terrorists but to establish a "firm foothold" in the Caucasus region in order to protect its access to the vast oil reserves of the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to official Russian sources [more]
__Enron Used CIA Agents and NSA's Echelon Intercepts to Coerce Foreign
Once again, the National Enquirer has scooped the corporate media with real investigative reporting. "The corruption at Enron went far beyond unbridled greed and rampant sex- it also involved international
espionage and electronic spy warfare, the Enquirer has learned... 'There have been at least 20 CIA agents on the payroll of Enron in the past eight years [training] Enron employees in intelligence gathering and
security, [helping Enron] get billions of dollars in lucrative contracts
in Asia, South America and Europe. 'Basically what the CIA operatives
were able to provide was detailed information on bids made by foreign
companies on projects of interest to Enron. 'They used human
intelligence and also info gleaned from a satellite project called
'Echelon.' The satellites intercepted e-mails, phone calls and faxes
with detailed business information... 'Pure and simple, U.S.
intelligence agents were involved in corporate espionage.'" [more] via Democrats.com
New evidence linking the owner of the Venice Florida flight school which trained Mohamed Atta to the Central Intelligence Agency surfaced earlier this month.
The new evidence adds to existing indications that Mohamed Atta and his terrorist cadre's flight training in this country was part of a so-far unacknowledged U.S. government intelligence operation which had ultimately tragic consequences for thousands of civilians on September 11th.
17 links connecting Bush and Enron
Thursday, February 28, 2002
A critical appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan war
Project on Defense Alternatives Research Monograph #6
"It is routine for war retrospectives to ask how victory was achieved. But Operation Enduring Freedom poses an additional, more fundamental question: Where has victory delivered us? In two short months Operation Enduring Freedom transformed the strategic landscape of not only Afghanistan, but also Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. It did so in ways that were largely unforseen and unplanned at the outset of the war and that remain unsettled today. Indeed, seldom has the gap been so great between the clarity of battlefield victory and the uncertainty of what it has wrought. Even the net effect of the victory on the new terrorism is uncertain."
via pessimism of mind
New Front on Ecoterror?
Some Want to Target High-Profile Activists in Battle on Ecoterror
Some congressmen and industry advocates want the federal government to take a hard look at some well-known animal rights and environmental groups, and maybe shut them down as supporters of terrorism.
via Red Rock Eater Digest
Anti-abortionists bomb abortion clinics and kill doctors who perform abortions. Those are terrorist activities. So—those groups who are anti-abortion should be shut down as supporters of terrorism. Right? Am I missing something?
Michael Moore steps into the ring against Bill O'Reilly. And the winner is...partial transcript
these guys already give me the heebie-jeebies,
and now they get uptight 'bout someone's scarf
Damn! I wish I could go to the opening of Kanji, Kritters, & Kute Girls: Paintings by Yumiko Kayukawa at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle tomorrow night.
Holocausts of the 20th Century
"A dozen deaths is a tragedy; a million deaths, a statistic." -- Joseph Stalin
"Toys are intriguing, and I want to see what I can do with them. On a deeper level, they represent one way that society socializes its young..." David Levinthal... Blackface (1995/1998, Polaroid Ektacolor ER prints, 24 x 20 inches each). A slideshow presentation that is part of a selection of Works by David Levinthal at Conner Contemporary Art.
Now a favorite source for information about what is going on in the Middle East, The DEBKA File comes under scrutiny for its reliability here: DEBKA File
An atrocity more often than not overlooked(see:book not published in Japan) and one the Japanese scarcely admit to, (see: refuting charges, unsuccessfully) The Rape of Nanking was not only a horror story of great magnitude, but it is also an early example of the uses of chemical and biological agents for experiments in killing,
The Other Holocaust This "hidden" atrocity can be further studied in the documents cited at further readings and for history: Rape of Nanking
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
What's this? Palestinians and Israelis living peaceably together?
Such an oasis of peace as you describe . . .
With apologies to William Carlos Williams,
news flash! Judge Orders Cheney Records Release
On trial in America:
A alleged child-eating molester and killer, a man who allegedly abducted and murdered his swinging neighbors' young daughter, a couple involved in bestiality whose white-supremacist trained dog murdered a young lesbian, a woman who heard voices and drowned her 5 children, a disturbed ex-cop who killed his wife and her lover, and many more. Just how dark is America's Dark side?
American Gulag: Petty criminals doing hard time
The United States has achieved the dubious honor of boasting the largest prison and jail population on Earth. It reached this zenith by surpassing cash-strapped Russia -- long its only rival as a society of mass imprisonment -- after Russia released thousands of inmates so as to save money.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
AMERICANS OUTRAGED THAT CORPORATIONS CHEAT JUST LIKE THEY DO
"Companies Should Be More Honest," Says Nation That Walks Away Quickly If Inadvertently Given Too Much Change by Cashier
From Enron to Global Crossing, Andersen to AIG, allegations that U.S. corporations have been cheating, lying, and even breaking the law have caused a firestorm of indignation across America, where most inhabitants regularly exceed posted speed limits, have "permanently borrowed" something from the office, and will say pretty much anything to get out of jury duty.
This is from Mike's Book Tour Diary:
Speaking of foreigners, something bizarre happened today -- "Stupid White Men" shot to #1 in Great Britain on the Amazon.com.UK bestseller list. It not only hasn't been published in the UK, I don't even have a UK publisher yet! In other words, this book can be found nowhere in Britain -- except in cyberspace. And yet it is selling more books on their version of Amazon than any other book. How can this be?
Arab software company makes new game where players kill Israelis with rocks; claim it's a non-violent game because Israelis are servants of Satan, and not really human.Under Ash free download! Have fun killing Israelis. via Fark.com
getting away with murder for over 40 years
certainly not the only company guilty of despoiling our planet
and profiting at the expense of people's health & welfare, but
I hope they REALLY stick it to Monsanto:
In 1966, for example, Monsanto managers discovered that fish dunked
in a local creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and
shedding skin as if dropped into boiling water. In 1969, they found
a fish in another creek with 7,500 times the legal PCB level.
But they never told their neighbors, and concluded that
"there is little object in going to expensive extremes in limiting discharges."
More on Anniston and Monsanto courtesy the Chemical Industry Archives;
also, thanks to the heads up provided by fellow harbinger, B.Biggs;
and, just a couple of items in passing:
Chip Johnson, in the S.F. Chronicle: Michael Lerner, Tikkun,
& a backlash of ignorance;
& let's just call this one Stupid Government Tricks
Not exciting reading. Not a call to arms. But a well-wrought debate on globalization and world poverty that is central to issues confronting us. Are global poverty and inequality getting worse?
The worms in the applesRotten to the Core
Monday, February 25, 2002
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The oil floats to the top of the cesspool, and here is Jeff writing to George
In reference to an earlier post by Tiffany Tomkinson about another black man in Seattle killed by cops, I give you Surrounded, by Geov Parrish. Within this story you will find more details about how one black man with no gun was surrounded by 10-12 police officers and shot to death.
I'm sorry, you're telling me 10-12 cops can't take down one man without murdering him? Geov is not the only one to be reminded of the incident concerning a "mentally ill man after he shoplifted at a Safeway" who was also shot to death after being surrounded by police. Did you know the officer who shot and killed that man won the "Officer of the Month" award?
In Washington, D.C. last year a man shooting into the White House was stopped by arguably the best-trained police force in the world: the Secret Service. They stopped him by shooting him in the leg.
Fun Photo Op in the West Bank
Perhaps best viewed after having read Israeli hero Asaf Oron's statement about his refusual to serve in the Occupied Territories. An excerpt:
You get used to it in a hurry, and many even learn to like it. Where else
As the six-month anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, and as Bush's War on Terror continues unabated, we would do well to consider carefully the definition of victory. In the days after the Towers fell, we were promised the heads of Osama bin Laden and his followers. We were told our enemies attacked us because they despised our freedoms. We were promised the nation would become a safer, more secure place. redefining the threat
He may or may not be your cup of tea, but here he is speaking about himself: Noam Chomsky on Anarchism, Marxism & Hope for the Future
Sunday, February 24, 2002
From the Accidental Annals of post 9.11 Department:
Baseball: it's such a brutal sport, some players age a year or two or three overnight.
Subj: trademark infringement
Date: 1/10/2002 8:17:23 AM Pacific Standard Time
Pat, this is further to our telephone conversation of January 9, 2002
regarding products identified on the Forces Canada Internet site that were
infringing on a registered trademark held by the Government of Canada.
The flag symbol is a global identifier of the Government of Canada It is
used to identify federal institutions and is protected under the Trademarks Act (Section 9 (1)(n)(iii) of the Act).
The flag symbol was approved and entered as an official mark of the Government of Canada on the Trademarks Register held by the Canadian Trademarks Office, which is part of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office at Industry Canada, on 30 September 1987.
As discussed, there is evidence that Forces Canada Internet site is advertising on the World Wide Web bearing the flag symbol of the Government of Canada. You are advised that your organization must take immediate corrective action with respect to infringement of this trademark. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Federal Identity Program
Does this happen anywhere else?...an identity program?
Menlo...without a browser...this is truly sad..no leader..i am feeling exposed
Note: If you go to Menlo site (menlo ) you will see plaintive cry for a browser. If anyone posting or reading here can cut a CD and stick a Mac browser on it, write Menlo at drmenlo at well.com and ask for his address so you can mail it to him. He can post only prose (no pics) at cafe or library or wherever he hangs out.
Two U.S. aircraft landed Feb. 21 in Georgia, likely setting the stage for a new U.S.-led counterterrorism operation against al Qaeda and Chechen militants in the Pankisi Gorge. A U.S. military presence in Georgia -- in addition to the deployment in Afghanistan -- will dramatically weaken Russia's strategic positions along its southern borders and push Russian forces out of former Soviet states in the Caucasus and Central Asia. [more] via Stratfor.com
see too:Russia angry
Along streets ornamented with shrines to blue-skinned Hindu gods, cows, sacred in Hinduism, forage unfettered. Five times a day, the muezzins' calls to prayer sound from the minarets of the 135-year-old Darul Uloom seminary that is famed throughout the Islamic world and teaches the form of Islam known as Deobandism.
But while the Deobandis of India, and India's 130 million Muslims in general, have embraced India's secular Constitution and religious diversity, the Deobandis of Afghanistan and Pakistan sought to impose their fundamentalist brand of Islam by force.
[ more] NY Times, reg req'd. see too: Deobandis & terrorism