Saturday, July 26, 2003
. . . and he won't be appearing on Fox with Alan Colmes, either . . .
The Bush Wahabis demand arms money from a fucking Quaker! Un-fucking-believable.
A new low-water mark, for sure!
Friday, July 25, 2003
A Christian lobbying group fighting the proposed importation of low-cost prescription drugs has received behind-the-scenes help from the drug industry, the latest example of pharmaceutical companies trying to influence Congress clandestinely.
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Qais al-Salman is just the sort of guy the US ambassador Paul Bremer and his dead-end assistants need now. He hated Saddam, fled Iraq in 1976, then returned after the "liberation" with a briefcase literally full of plans to help in the restoration of his country's infrastructure and water purification system.
He's an engineer who has worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a Danish citizen. He speaks good English. He even likes America. Or did until 6 June this year.
That day he was travelling in Abu Nawas Street when his car came under American fire. He says he never saw a checkpoint. Bullets hit the tyres and his driver and another passenger ran for their lives. Qais al-Salman stood meekly beside the vehicle. He was carrying his Danish passport, Danish driving licence and medical records.
He was put in Tent B, a vast canvas room containing up to 130 prisoners. "There were different classes of people there," Qais al-Salman says. "There were people of high culture, doctors and university people, and there were the most dirty, animal people, thieves and criminals the like of which I never saw before.
"In the morning, I was taken for interrogation before an American military intelligence officer. I showed him letters involving me in US aid projects . He pinned a label on my shirt. It read, Suspected Assassin'."
Qais Al-Salman was given no water to wash in, and after trying to explain his innocence to a second interrogator, he went on hunger strike. No formal charges were made against him. There were no rules for the American jailers.
"Some soldiers drove me back to Baghdad after 33 days in that camp," Qais al-Salman says. "They dropped me in Rashid Street and gave me back my documents and Danish passport and they said, Sorry'."
Congressional joint inquiry report on 9/11 now available
Via the FAS Project on Government Secrecy:
A declassified version of the congressional joint inquiry report on the September 11 terrorist attacks was released this afternoon following an arduous seven-month declassification process.The report can also be downloaded here, in different sections.
WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- The report of the joint congressional inquiry into the suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, to be published Thursday, reveals U.S. intelligence had no evidence that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks, or that it had supported al-Qaida, United Press International has learned.Compare this to Dr. Hitchens holding forth on CNBC on July 23 [italics mine]:
Mr. HITCHENS: Actually, I have to correct you ...(unintelligible), David [Shaw, who mentioned the Administration's link of "al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein in the September 11th attack "], I'm sorry. The administration never said Saddam Hussein or the Ba'ath Party was behind the September 11th attack. There's been a long-standing...
The Rumsfield-Cheney axis has self-destructed right in front of our eyes, along with the once-proud Perle-Wolfowitz bund that is turning to wax. They somehow managed to blow it all, like a gang of kids on a looting spree, between January and July, or even less. It is genuinely incredible. The U.S. Treasury is empty, we are losing that stupid, fraudulent chickencrap War in Iraq, and every country in the world except a handful of Corrupt Brits despises us. We are losers, and that is the one unforgiveable sin in America.
Amnesty has said thousands are held in prisons run by U.S. troops. They include Abu Ghraib, one the most feared jails under Saddam, and Camp Cropper near Baghdad's airport.
"We found some stunning, stunning flaws," said Aviel D. Rubin, technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, who led a team that examined the software from Diebold Election Systems, which has about 33,000 voting machines operating in the United States.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Many people have gotten involved in hacking together different .htaccess files and some include variants of the one we provided. As a result, there are areas all over with addresses and files, and also questions from users on how to restrict access.
We'd like to offer this area as a place where people can work together to develop legal methods that allow you the ability to restrict access from fair-use-infringing networks.
So the Bush admin gets revenge on Wilson by blowing his wife's cover--a treasonous offense if ever there was one, soldiers in Iraq who speak out about how much they can't stand 'Rummy' et. al are going to have their careers ended, yet UK scientist David Kelly who asserted that the Blair government had 'sexed up' it's Iraq dossier 'killed himself.' Here's a man who's in his fifties or sixties?, has been to Iraq before as a weapons inspector and allegedly was so good that Saddam hated him, and yet when he is asked questions by a panel of his own countrymen, he has a complete breakdown, walks into a nearby forest and slashes one wrist? Uh, no. Not buying it.
Going back to the Novak case, this is only further proof that we're dealing with a handful of people within the Bush admin who will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing to get what they want, and 'antiquated' ideals like democracy and freedom are nothing to them but handy buzzwords with which to mask their true intent. Truly despicable. They aren't fit to lead a Barbie tea party. Perhaps when we send 'em all to the Hague we can give them each a set of Legos in their cell and tell 'em to build themselves a new empire. Then the world would truly be a safer place. Even better, we could set up a cam in their cells and watch from all over the world as Monkeyboy throws temper tantrums, "Did you call my Daddy! Daddy always gets me out of these spots!" and Cheney rocks back and forth muttering to himself under his breath, while Rumsfeld paces and plots. Karl Rove sits on his bunk eating Mars bars, expressionless. Ashcroft hits his head against the wall for having 'thoughts' about that tight-assed guard who he is sure must work out.
Can you picture it?
The whole world would dance and sing. Visualize World Peace = Visualize the Cheney Gang Locked Up.
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
As Matt Welch puts it: To what lengths will venal U.S. politicians go to subsidize American farmers, punish consumers, and keep poor Third World countries poor? Why, they will redefine the word "catfish," just for starters.
Monday, July 21, 2003
David Kelly was about to lead the British hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and had contacted former UN inspectors as recently as two weeks ago to sound them out about a new mission.
He was acting as the senior British scientific adviser to the Iraq Survey Group, the body set up by the US Government at the end of May to replace the United Nations weapons inspection regime.
Just 16 little words, eh? What about the rest of the SOTU?
John Dean takes a closer look and finds that the Niger fiasco "is merely indicative of larger problems, and troubling questions of potential and widespread criminality when taking the nation to war. It appears that not only the Niger uranium hoax, but most everything else that Bush said about Saddam Hussein's weapons was false, fabricated, exaggerated, or phony."
Last fall, the administration repeatedly warned in public of the danger that an unprovoked Iraqi President Saddam Hussein might give chemical or biological weapons to terrorists.