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Saturday, October 25, 2003
While Mr. Kean said he was barred by an agreement with the White House from describing the Oval Office documents at issue in any detail — he said the White House was "quite nervous" about any public hint at their contents — other commission officials said they included the detailed daily intelligence reports that were provided to Mr. Bush in the weeks leading up to Sept. 11. The reports are known within the White House as the Presidential Daily Briefing.
Rush Limbaugh, Conservative hypocrite, should not be able to utter Jerry's name, much less get out of Jail time...
How about innocent Tommy Chong?
Outsourcing armaments parts to China.
At least some things make sense: "Administration Faces Supoenas From 9/11 Panel"
Take that, you nattering nabobs of negativity and effete intellectual snobs!
I'm getting tired of people claiming they're carrying the banner of my religious tradition when they're doing everything possible to undercut it. And that's what's happening in this country right now. The policies of this country are disadvantaging poor people every day of our lives and every single thing that passes the Congress these days is disadvantaging poor people more..

Discussion on this article at metafilter.
Friday, October 24, 2003
A binational state in the Middle East would require a brave and relentlessly engaged American leadership. The security of Jews and Arabs alike would need to be guaranteed by international force-though a legitimately constituted binational state would find it much easier policing militants of all kinds inside its borders than when they are free to infiltrate them from outside and can appeal to an angry, excluded constituency on both sides of the border. A binational state in the Middle East would require the emergence, among Jews and Arabs alike, of a new political class. The very idea is an unpromising mix of realism and utopia, hardly an auspicious place to begin. But the alternatives are far, far worse.

Related: The One-State Solution.
What does astrologer Eileen Nauman see about George Bush that "We the People" don't? According to her his Astrological indicators say his downfall will be long before the 2004 election; it will be on October 25th and maybe violent in nature. Yes, tomorrow.
You remember that Mr Bush was "elected" under the 00 curse; any President taking office in a 00 year has been assassinated, except Reagan, who did have an attempt on his life.
In the least she predicts that something HUGE may be revealed.
Please give the link a read, I cannot do it justice.
Are you ready for a severe condition (red) terror alert? Some folks call it martial law...
It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long hard slog.
--Donald Rumsfeld, leaked internal memo of October 16th

A long hard slog for the enlisted folks don't you mean, Mr Rumsfeld?
WTF are we doing occupying Iraq anyway?
He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq...
-- Colin Powell, Febuary 24 2001

To see more of the damning transcript (and watch the video) stop by The Memory Hole .
This is Important
The Memory Hole also links to a "Pentagon war story credibility briefing" by analyst Sam Gardiner that suggests the White House and Pentagon made up or distorted over 50 war stories, showing this attack to be an amazingly well thought out psy-op designed to buffalo the citizens of the US and UK. Please read this detailed multi-part .pdf file and circulate it to everyone you know. It is a very clear and undeniable step by step account and analysis of the machinations that misled the American people. It has been brought to light by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Reilly sent a letter to Washington asking the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to consider impeaching President Bush.

Four days later, a sophisticated burglar pried moulding off a window at Emily's Good Things to Eat bakery, evaded a motion detector and stole an old computer hard drive and the hard-drive backup.

Then, on Sept. 17, Emily's Good Things To Eat bakery was visited by an agent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who introduced himself, showed his identification, and looked around. He asked if they used artificial coloring (heavens no!) or if they transported anything across the state lines (they've been known to mail cookie-grams).
A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.

In a signed affidavit released at a Capitol Hill news conference, retired Capt. Ward Boston said Johnson and McNamara told those heading the Navy's inquiry to "conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary."

UPDATE: You can now watch a documentary about the USS Liberty, Dead in the Water Part I, online.
Take Back Your Time Day is tomorrow October 24th. If time is money why are working folks paid so little? Are we working to live or living to work?
What sort of society do we live in when the employment and wage structures that cause us to subvert our lives to mere working existence have been dictated by the corporate interests that have bought and melded with every level of our government?
Edited for clarity
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
I'd like to offer you some tools to help you in your analysis of our present political predicament.
The thought of Erich Fromm offers insights into the authoritarian headset of folks like John Ashcroft and the GOP fundamentalists that wish to turn our society into a Republican/Corporate penal plantation, a sort of "bootcamp without walls". The sexual repression the Republican Right advocates serves it as a tool of political and social control. Neuropsychologist James W. Prescott illustrates this in his article "Body Pleasure and the Origin of Violence". Those of you familiar with Wilhelm Reich's work "The Mass Psychology of Fascism" are familiar with the connection between sexual repression and authoritarianism- both Fromm and Prescott bear his observations out. Mr Bush's impoverishment of our nation can now be seen to have a larger, longer lasting effect on what the future may hold for our children. Effects that play into the hands of the Republican Right.
John Taylor Gatto illustrates the corporate/authoritarian origins of schooling.
Corporatism, sexual repression, ignorance, poverty and violence- a few symptoms of "Conservative" governance.
Does the perspective offered by all these links fit your vision of what America should/will be?
Can we allow the GOP to create an environment ever more fertile for producing right wing neo-Fascists?
Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped caskets.

To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.

In March, on the eve of the Iraq war, a directive arrived from the Pentagon at U.S. military bases. "There will be no arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of, deceased military personnel returning to or departing from Ramstein [Germany] airbase or Dover [Del.] base, to include interim stops," the Defense Department said, referring to the major ports for the returning remains.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said the military-wide policy actually dates from about November 2000 -- the last days of the Clinton administration -- but it apparently went unheeded and unenforced, as images of caskets returning from the Afghanistan war appeared on television broadcasts and in newspapers until early this year. Though Dover Air Force Base, which has the military's largest mortuary, has had restrictions for 12 years, others "may not have been familiar with the policy," the spokeswoman said. This year, "we've really tried to enforce it." [more]
In an interview with AM, one of Israel's most decorated fighter pilots has condemned air strikes which hit innocent civilians as "immoral" and "unlawful".

Reserve Brigadier-General Yiftah Spector is the most senior of 27 Israeli airmen to sign a petition in which they say they no longer want to "obey illegal and immoral orders" or to take part in raids against populated civilians centers.

Our Middle East Correspondent, Mark Willacy, reports from Jerusalem.

(baby crying)

MARK WILLACY: A casualty of Israel's first missile strike, this two-year old Palestinian girl was hit in the head by shrapnel.

Also wounded in the F-16 attack were three other children and a 70-year old woman. [more]
Monday, October 20, 2003
How conflicts between the Bush Administration and the intelligence community marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons. By Seymour Hersh.
Bandits have reportedly killed 100 people, displaced a further 15,000 and burned down 15 villages in west Sudan in a suspected conflict over environmental resources. Khalid Ballal, a member of the consultative council of the ruling National Congress Party, said on Monday the armed gang had robbed the villagers in the western Darfur region before setting their homes ablaze, the privately-owned Alwan reported.

"The locality of Jalingi was subjected to an attack by unknown persons on Thursday and Friday," the newspaper quoted Ballal as saying, referring to a predominantly African tribal area near the border with Chad. Rivalry between Arab cattle herders and African farming communities in Darfur is common and fuelled by competition over dwindling water resources and pastures caused by desertification.
Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing 11 people, including eight in a refugee camp where a car was bombed. One missile exploded on a street crowded with schoolchildren, wounding four of them.
Sunday, October 19, 2003
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 Several senior criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department and top F.B.I. officials have privately criticized Attorney General John Ashcroft for failing to recuse himself or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leak of a C.I.A. operative's identity.

The criticism reflects the first sign of dissension in the department and the F.B.I. as the inquiry nears a critical phase. The attorney general must decide whether to convene a grand jury, which could compel White House officials to testify.

The criminal justice officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be identified, represent a cross section of experienced criminal prosecutors and include political supporters of Mr. Ashcroft at the department's headquarters here and at United States attorneys' offices around the country.
IT'S NOT AS THOUGH Osama bin Laden gave a Jihad Award to Ariel Sharon, or Donald Rumsfeld gave his Good Pal Award to Condoleezza Rice. It's not even as though Dick Cheney gave his Favorite Foreigners Citation to the French.

But the news from College Station, Texas, this week -- that the First Father, former President George H.W. Bush, has given his own most treasured award to Senator Edward Kennedy -- is nearly as astonishing.

When it was announced (with amazingly little fanfare) that the pugnaciously anti-Iraq war Democrat Kennedy had been awarded the 2003 George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service, so many jaws dropped all over Washington that usually voluble politicians were only heard swallowing their real thoughts.

Since the current President Bush veered away from the real war against terrorism in Afghanistan and went a'venturing in Iraq, much to his father's dismay, just about everybody close to Washington politics has known of the policy schism between father and son.

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