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Military Biological Warfare Experiment Kills Mental Patients in U.S.
(Ed Hohmann, Infowars)
Joe Johnson, a former employee at the Austin State School in Austin, Texas, has revealed that military personnel based at the adjacent Camp Mabry have been apparently conducting biological warfare experiments on mentally retarded patients. Some of these experiments have resulted in death. . . . On The Alex Jones Show, Mr. Johnson revealed that five patients had died on January 5th. The medical personnel attending the patients were all wearing protective clothing. The military doctors wore orange protective suits, the military nurses wore yellow ones, and the remainder of the staff wore disposable gear made of paper and plastic. The bodies were taken down in an elevator to the tunnel level, to an area with tanks of liquid nitrogen. The bodies were frozen and placed in plastic containers before being brought back up in the elevator. They were then loaded into the waiting white vans and driven next door to Camp Mabry.
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posted by Lorenzo 8:19 PM

The Ignorance of His Fraudulence, King George the Junior
It wasn't reported in the U.S., but George Bush asked the President of Brazil if there were any "blacks" in his country. Obviously, Bush is a product of that great Texas education system he always bragged about.
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posted by Emmett 8:00 PM

LA Archdiocese hires PR firm to help deal with scandal
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has hired a public relations firm to help deal with the ongoing priest abuse scandal. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles tapped Sitrick & Co., a Century City-based company that has dealt with high-profile cases. The company's clients have included troubled energy company Dynegy Inc., Global Crossing during its bankruptcy, actress Halle Berry following a traffic accident and comedian Paula Poundstone after her child-endangerment case.

The battle for the mind is on. Even the church knows that it has to survive 24 hour news cylces and an ever changing public opinion. As consciouness evolves, more organizations are jumping squarely into the game to shape it during this critical cosmic moment for the human family.
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posted by West 4:30 PM

Government Removes Limits on Domestic Spying by F.B.I.
The New York Times -- As part of a sweeping effort to transform the F.B.I. into a domestic terrorism prevention agency, Attorney General John Ashcroft has decided to relax restrictions on the bureau's ability to conduct domestic spying in counterterrorism operations, senior government officials said today. Mr. Ashcroft and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, plan to announce on Thursday a broad loosening of the guidelines that restrict the surveillance of religious and political organizations, the officials said. The guidelines were adopted after disclosures of domestic F.B.I. spying under the old Cointelpro program, and for 25 years they have been among the most fundamental limits on the bureau's conduct. The revision will shift the power to initiate counterterrorism inquiries from headquarters to the special agents in charge of the 56 field offices, the officials said.

"These new guidelines say to the American people that you no longer have to be doing something wrong in order to get that F.B.I. knock at your door," Laura W. Murphy, director of the national office of the A.C.L.U., said.
[Comment by Hagerty: It looks like we are going back into the dark days of Cointelpro.]
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posted by West 8:22 AM

(Greg Palast, May 22, 2002)
Yesterday's Justice Department announcement of a suit against Florida counties for purging Black voters from voter rolls and other violations of civil rights is the result, and vindication, of the investigations of BBC Television reporter Greg Palast. The award winning investigative reporter, within three weeks of the 2000 election, was first to disclose that the Florida Secretary of State's office had purged thousands of voters, mostly African American, from voter registries prior to the Presidential election. All were named as felons ineligible to vote, but most, Palast disclosed, were innocent. . . . Palast's continuing reports on the topic are devastating: disclosing e-mails and internal Florida state documents indicating that Harris' office KNEW the purge swept away the civil rights of innocents - and changed the outcome of the election. . . . In addition to the voter purge, Palast has documented the tribulations of African American voters in attempting to cast their ballots and have them counted. . . . Palast stated today, "The US Justice Department's suit is a sham - the beneficiaries of the voting disaster, Bush's agencies, have figured out a way to do the least possible political damage to candidates Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush. They have aimed their fire at blameless county officials when the disaster was created in Tallahassee - a disaster for Black voters.
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posted by Lorenzo 8:08 PM

Open-Source Fight Flares At Pentagon
(Jonathan Krim, Washington Post, May 23, 2002)
Microsoft Corp. is aggressively lobbying the Pentagon to squelch its growing use of freely distributed computer software and switch to proprietary systems such as those sold by the software giant, according to officials familiar with the campaign. . . . But the effort may have backfired. A May 10 report prepared for the Defense Department concluded that open source often results in more secure, less expensive applications and that, if anything, its use should be expanded. . . . The company also complained that the Pentagon is funding research on making free software more secure, which in effect subsidizes Microsoft's open-source competitors . . . Microsoft's push is a new front in a long-running company assault on the open-source movement, which company officials have called "a cancer" and un-American.
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posted by Emmett 2:58 PM

Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller
time.com -- An edited version of the agent's 13-page letter.
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posted by West 9:10 AM

16 Priests Have Committed Suicide
CLEVELAND (AP) - At least 16 Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children, including 12 priests in the United States, have killed themselves since 1986, a newspaper reported Saturday. The numbers were found in an investigation by the Plain Dealer after the suicide April 4 of the Rev. Don Rooney, a priest in the Cleveland Roman Catholic Diocese who faced allegations that he sexually abused a child.
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posted by West 10:17 AM

The House Of Bin Laden
(Jane Mayer, The New Yorker Magazine, November 12, 2001)
The bin Laden family owns and runs a five-billion-dollar-a-year global corporation that includes the largest construction firm in the Islamic world, with offices in London and Geneva. . . . As President Bush demands that the countries of the world choose sides, and declare whether they are with the United States or with Osama bin Laden, for some members of the bin Laden family (and for many other conflicted Saudis, too) the situation is so complex that they would have to respond "Both." . . . "Osama isn't at war against his family," he said. "He is fighting to save his family. He sees the corruption of his family as one of the manifestations of the reach of the West." . . . Around two dozen other American-based members of the bin Laden family, most of them here to study in colleges and prep schools, were said to be in the United States at the time of the attacks. The New York Times reported that they were quickly called together by officials from the Saudi Embassy, which feared that they might become the victims of American reprisals. With approval from the F.B.I., according to a Saudi official, the bin Ladens flew by private jet from Los Angeles to Orlando, then on to Washington, and finally to Boston. Once the F.A.A. permitted overseas flights, the jet flew to Europe. United States officials apparently needed little persuasion from the Saudi Ambassador in Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, that the extended bin Laden family included no material witnesses. . . . Over the years, there have been warm, substantial ties between members of the bin Laden family and leaders of the foreign-policy establishment in America and Britain. Until late last month, the family had a stake amounting to two million dollars in the Washington-based Carlyle Group, a private equity firm with a large interest in defense contracting. The Carlyle Group is known for its politically connected executives such as former President George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, and former British Prime Minister John Major. . . . The family continues to have a stake, estimated by one source at about ten million dollars, in the Fremont Group, a private investment company, on whose board of directors sits another former Secretary of State, George Shultz. Much of the family's private banking is handled by Citigroup, which is chaired by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. The family has equity investments with Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs. Among the family's business partners is General Electric. . . . own part of Microsoft, Boeing, and who knows what else." . . . Others note that the family has been awarded contracts to help rebuild American military installations, including the Khobar Towers, which were damaged in a terrorist attack that killed nineteen servicemen in 1996.
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posted by Emmett 1:53 PM

Tom DeLay's Miscellaneous Machinations
(Stephen Pizzo, Alternet.org, May 16, 2002)
After the GOP's 1994 seizure of power in Congress, DeLay launched his "Project Relief" -- a coalition of 350 corporations, including Enron, that drafted a bill to gut regulations affecting industry. No lobbyist benefited more during this time than DeLay's brother, Randy DeLay. . . . A number of big firms and trade associations promptly began to hire Randy as a lobbyist, even though he had no previous experience. A Houston Press report indicates that between 1995 and mid-1997, Randy DeLay earned $750,000 in fees and expenses. Press accounts of Randy DeLay's sudden good fortune came at the very time that his brother was pontificating on alleged Clinton family conflicts of interest. . . . As mentioned earlier in this report, much of Tom DeLay's political clout flows from his control of PAC money. The National Republican Congressional Committee and, in particular, DeLay's mother-of-all-PACs, the Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC), have raked in millions of dollars that DeLay parcels out to Republican politicians who vote his way. . . . DeLay's politics make Newt Gingrich look like a liberal. He is so out of the mainstream he has even become a thorn in the side of Republican President and fellow Texan, George Bush, recently telling reporters during sensitive Middle East negotiations that Palestinians should be chased out of the West Bank and sent off to live in Jordan.
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posted by Lorenzo 8:58 PM

Gov. Ventura Signs Internet Privacy Bill
newsbytes.com -- Gov. Jesse Ventura has signed a bill that makes Minnesota the first state to enable Internet users to decide how ISPs handle their personal data. Ventura on Wednesday signed the legislation, which was overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers late Saturday. Internet service providers are now required to notify subscribers that they can control whether their personal data is disclosed and how it is to be used.
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posted by West 6:53 PM

Feds to file lawsuits over election 2000 voting irregularities
nandotimes.com -- The government will file three lawsuits against Florida counties alleging voting rights violations resulting from the bitterly disputed 2000 presidential election, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Two other lawsuits also will be filed, in Missouri and Tennessee, by the department's civil rights division, Assistant Attorney General Ralph Boyd told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I have authorized the filing of several lawsuits," said Boyd, who later narrowed the number to five. The lawsuits will allege different treatment of minority voters, improper purging of voter rolls, "motor voter" registration violations and failure to provide access to disabled voters, said Boyd, who told senators he had authorized the filing of the lawsuits.
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posted by West 6:46 PM

Military Used Nerve Gas in '60s Tests
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military used two kinds of nerve gas and a biological toxin in tests on Navy ships in the 1960s, the Pentagon acknowledged for the first time Thursday. Officials said veterans harmed by exposure to the agents could be eligible for health benefits.
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posted by West 6:31 PM

FBI Warned of Sept. 11 Hijacker: Informant Says He Provided Facts About Phoenix Hijacker
abcnews.com -- Aukai Collins told ABCNEWS he provided the FBI with information about Hani Hanjour, who later helped fly American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Aukai Collins, the informant, said he worked for the FBI for four years in Phoenix, monitoring the Arab and Islamic communities there. Hani Hanjour was the hijacker Collins claimed to have told the FBI about while Hanjour was in flight training in Phoenix. Twenty hours after ABCNEWS first requested a response, the FBI issued an "emphatic denial" that Collins had told the agency anything about Hanjour, though FBI sources acknowledged that Collins had worked for them.
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posted by West 6:25 PM

Chevron Helped Dictate U.S. Energy Policy
(Truthout.org, May 22, 2002)
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has uncovered evidence showing the Bush administration implemented energy policies requested by Chevron Corporation. . . . "The administration has unlawfully delayed the release of some of the most embarrassing evidence of industry involvement in the Bush energy plan."
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posted by Lorenzo 4:12 PM

New Orleans Airport Shooting Wounds 2
KENNER, La. (AP) - A man wounded two people with a shotgun at the New Orleans airport Wednesday, telling investigators that he fired because people made fun of his turban.
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posted by West 9:32 AM

Act Would OK Snail Mail Searches
wired.com -- "Exercise of these new powers could infringe on the right of innocent Americans to travel and communicate internationally free of unnecessary federal control," says Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Congress' most ardent libertarian. "Please say no to unconstitutional searches and unaccountable government, and say yes to liberty and constitutional government "
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posted by West 9:22 AM

Now It's Militainment Not News
(Xan Brooks, The Guardian, May 22, 2002)
They have seized on Bruckheimer's upcoming television series as proof that he is too deep in the pockets of the defence department: it is a "reality soap" about US soldiers in Afghanistan called Profiles from the Front Line, and has the full co-operation of the military. . . . All of which has provoked alarm within America's news media. Critics regard the programme as part of a government ploy to restrict access for legitimate journalists and turn the reporting of the war on terrorism into a form of "militainment", with Bruckheimer installed as the Pentagon's official house producer. Dan Rather, the CBS news anchorman, has already spoken out against the principle behind the show. "I'm outraged by the Hollywoodisation of the military," he told the Santa Monica Mirror. "The Pentagon would rather make troops available as props in gung-ho videos than explain how the commanders let Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida leaders escape or target the wrong villages."
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posted by Lorenzo 8:55 AM

House Passes $4.6 Billion Bioterror Bill
washingtonpost.com -- The House, trying "to think as evilly as we could," overwhelmingly passed a $4.6 billion bill Wednesday aimed at strengthening the nation's bioterrorism preparedness by stockpiling vaccines and boosting inspections of food coming across borders. The 425-1 vote capped a months-long effort sparked by post-Sept. 11 concerns that included anthrax-tainted letters sent to Capitol Hill. "We've tried to think as evilly as we could," said Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., a drafter of the bill. "What would the most evil person do to disrupt our health supply system or our clean water system? What would the most evil mind try to do if they learned how to fly a crop-duster? We went through that awful exercise of trying to think like the most evil person on earth."
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posted by West 11:44 AM

His Fraudulency, King George, won't ease Cuba trade, travel ban
(CNN.com, May 20, 2002)
Cuba is scheduled to hold National Assembly elections next year. Bush said Cuba must open those elections to independent observers to ensure they are fair. . . . "All elections in Castro's Cuba have been a fraud," Bush said. "The voices of the Cuban people have been suppressed and their votes have been meaningless. That's the truth." [Comment: It would also be a good idea to hold free and fair elections in Florida. There is no longer any doubt about the wide-spread voting fraud that denied Floridians their rights and put an unelected usurper in the White House. Castro and Bush, Jr. have a lot in common when it comes to suppressing the voice of the people.]
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posted by Lorenzo 3:19 PM

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Monthly E-Newsletter
On June 13, 2002 the United States will become the first major power to withdraw from an established nuclear arms control treaty, the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. In doing so, the president of the United States is demonstrating his leadership for international anarchy, for unilateral executive action that disregards the Congress on critical foreign policy decisions, and for placing the law of force over the force of law in international relations. . . . The president is seeking to disavow a 30-year-old treaty with Russia in order to pursue increased testing and deployment of missile defenses and to move lethal military weapons into outer space. These actions will undoubtedly lead to new nuclear arms races with Russia and China, which in turn will trigger nuclear arms races between India and Pakistan. The president is pursuing a path of US dominance that will increase the likelihood of nuclear war. . . . But where are the voices in the US Senate challenging the president in his foolish unilateral action. The silence from the Senate is overwhelming. As Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, "A time comes when silence is betrayal." . . . People in the US need to wake up our Senators and let them know that we will not tolerate their silence. We will not watch our country withdraw from this treaty and move closer to nuclear war. Please make your voice heard.

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posted by Lorenzo 9:18 AM

Ashcroft Learned of Agent's Alert Just After 9/11 but Bush Was Not Told
nytimes.com -- Attorney General John Ashcroft and the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, were told a few days after the Sept. 11 attacks that the F.B.I. had received a memorandum from its Phoenix office the previous July warning that Osama bin Laden's followers could be training at American flight schools, government officials said today. But senior Bush administration officials said neither Mr. Ashcroft nor Mr. Mueller briefed President Bush and his national security staff until recently about the Phoenix memorandum. Nor did they tell Congressional leaders.
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posted by West 9:51 PM

Video shows Andersen executives discussing advantages of shredding
HoustonChronicle.com -- Prosecutors in Arthur Andersen's obstruction of justice trial today introduced a video of the accounting firm's executives discussing the advantages of shredding documents that might be of use to those suing Andersen.
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posted by West 7:00 PM

US Government Workers to Take Polygraphs
abcnews.com -- The government will launch a wide-ranging program of polygraph testing to determine if one of its own employees is responsible for last year's anthrax attacks.
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posted by West 6:53 PM

FBI director says walk-in suicide bombers "inevitable" in United States
Yahoo! News -- Walk-in suicide bombers like those who have attacked public places in Israel will hit the United States eventually, the director of the FBI said Monday. "I think we will see that in the future, I think it's inevitable," FBI Director Robert Mueller said in response to a question after a speech to a group of local prosecutors meeting in suburban Alexandria, Virginia.
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posted by West 6:43 PM

Scientists' Deaths Are Very Suspicious
(Alanna Mitchell, Simon Cooper, Carolyn Abraham, Globe and Mail, May 4, 2002)
Eleven microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism. . . . When microbiologists die in a lab, there's a way of taking note of the deaths and adding them up. When they die in freakish accidents outside the lab, nobody keeps track.
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posted by Lorenzo 4:39 PM

US Boasts $66.5B Deficit in 1st 7 Months
washingtonpost.com �� The government is running a deficit of $66.5 billion for the first seven months of the budget year, a reversal from the sizable surplus recorded for the same period a year ago. The latest snapshot of the government's finances, released Monday by the Treasury Department, seemed to reinforce the view expressed by government and private analysts that the United States will post a hefty deficit for the entire fiscal year. Some predict the budget shortfall could total $100 billion or more. Red ink in 2002 would end a string of four straight years of budget surpluses.
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posted by West 1:40 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee will summon FBI Director Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill this week -- under threat of subpoena
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee will summon FBI Director Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill this week -- under threat of subpoena -- to turn over one of the memos fueling accusations the White House could have done more to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks, according to one report Monday, while Vice President Dick Cheney warned another attack "is almost a certainty." Cheney's warning of potential dangers and his explanations and those from several other administration officials of the handling of pre-Sept. 11 warnings multiplied on public affairs programs and in news reports Sunday and Monday.
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posted by West 1:37 PM

DRUGEREPORT -- "Maybe we are moving to a time when the major commercial broadcast networks, CBS and NBC as well as ABC, get out of the news business," PBS NEWSHOUR host Jim Lehrer declared last week. "They go about the business of entertaining and leave informing to others."
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posted by West 1:34 PM

Prepare for attack, Cheney tells US
guardian.co.uk -- The American vice-president, Dick Cheney, warned yesterday that a new terrorist attack on the United States was "almost certain" amid reports that US intelligence had intercepted al-Qaida communications about a plan involving mass casualties.
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posted by West 1:32 PM

Privacy bill passes Senate committee
WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A pro-consumer privacy bill to regulate the collection and use of personal data passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Friday after the vote was delayed for a day by Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott.
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posted by West 11:38 AM

A veteran US Secret Service agent blows the whistle on his boss, and finds himself the target of investigators
usnews.com -- Carter Kim has spent nearly two decades chasing bad guys. The former Honolulu cop and 18-year Secret Service veteran earned top reviews and cash awards of some $13,000 for his work busting counterfeit and forgery rings. He served on the elite presidential protective detail. Today, he's the subject of an internal Secret Service investigation.
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posted by West 11:28 AM

Albright Blasts Bush Foreign Policy
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lashed out at President Bush and his foreign policy advisers for having a ``split personality'' on several global conflicts, including the war in Afghanistan. Albright's remarks at a commencement speech at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on Sunday represented an unusually strong attack against the administration. She pledged her support for Bush in the war against terrorism, but said the administration has a ``bipolar disorder'' in dealing with overseas disputes.
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posted by West 11:24 AM

Bush out to beef up presidency
WASHINGTON -- It's not a bad job considering it comes with a rent-free mansion and door-to-door limousine service, but President Bush maintains that the position he holds as the leader of the free world should come with an additional perk -- power. Bush says the inherent powers of the presidency have eroded to an unsettling degree over the past 30 years and he is moving to reclaim the lost prerogatives of the nation's highest office. He has drawn a distinct line that he has suggested no one dare cross.
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posted by West 11:10 AM

Osamagate Breaks Open - An Explosive Expose
(A new book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed)
Why did America not protect its own? What happened to our defense measures? When was the Afghan offensive first conceived? Where does the real blame lie for the WTC devastation? Who blocked investigation of known Bin-Laden associates? "What did this administration know, and when did they know it?" Rep Cynthia McKinney, (D) GA. . . . The answers are here
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posted by Lorenzo 1:54 PM

Bush Ignored Early Warnings of an Attack
(Ed Vulliamy, The Observer, May 19, 2002)
The note was passed to the President on the afternoon of 6 August last year, while he was on vacation . . . The memo came as it did every day: the 'President's Daily Briefing'. Whether or not the President read the note that particular day, nobody knows. Hindsight reveals just how explosive were its contents: an assessment of the current activities and menace of the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation of Osama bin Laden. . . . Last week, the memo was revealed as one of the most explosive documents to arrive in any US President's in-tray within living memory. . . . The 'Imperial' White House of George W. Bush is unexpectedly exposed, apparently in panic, and scrambling to save face. . . . At the heart of what is potentially the biggest scandal to blight the presidency since Watergate exactly 30 years ago is that memo passed to Bush on 6 August, warning that Osama bin Laden's organisation was poised to hijack US aircraft to wage a terror campaign. . . . the memo left little doubt that the hijacked airliners were intended for use as missiles and that intended targets were to be inside the US. . . . recalling a memorandum of September 1999, prepared for the National Intelligence Council, an affiliate of the CIA . . . . It read: 'suicide bombers belonging to al-Qaeda's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C4 and Semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the CIA or the White House . . . A stung and visibly shaken President fired back from the sun-drenched Rose Garden behind the White House yesterday, . . . 'Had I known the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would have done everything in my power to protect the American people.' . . . For the first time since their President disappeared from sight that fateful morning, the American people are not so sure.
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posted by Lorenzo 1:19 PM

Gunning for the land of the free - Michael Moore at Canne
(Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, May 17, 2002)
Bowling for Columbine by the American film-maker Michael Moore, best known in Britain for his satirical series TV Nation and The Awful Truth, is the first documentary to be entered in competition at Cannes for 46 years. . . . "The very first sentence you learn about US history as a child is 'The Pilgrims came to America because they were afraid of being persecuted'. Then what happened? They encounter the Indians and are afraid of them, so they kill them; then they start becoming afraid of each other and start seeing witches and burn them; then they win the revolution, but they're afraid the British are going to come back. So someone writes the second amendment that says 'Let's keep our guns because the Brits could come back'. . . . "The genesis of fear in America came from having a slave population that in just 86 years from the time of the revolutionary war in 1775 to the civil war in 1861 grew from 700,000 to 4 million. . . . It culminates with the National Rifle Association being established to sell guns to whites only. "Ultimately this film isn't about Columbine or even about guns. It's about our culture of fear and how that fear leads us to acts of violence, domestically and internationally."
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posted by Lorenzo 1:04 PM

Pentagon paper predicted events similar to 9/11
WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- The following article, excerpts from an exclusive story published by United Press International six days after the Sept. 11 attacks, describes a 1994 federal report that warned of possible terrorist strikes -- including, in its original form, how airplane hijackers could use Washington landmarks to hit the White House or Pentagon. "Terror 2000" was never released to the public because of State Department concerns it would cause panic.
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posted by West 7:38 PM

1999 Report Warned of Suicide Hijack
washingtonpost.com �� Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building.
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posted by West 10:06 AM

For years, signs suggested 'that something was up' -- The Washington Times
washingtontimes.com - U.S. intelligence agencies had indications for months and even years before September 11 that terrorists were planning attacks with aircraft.
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posted by West 9:37 AM

CNN.com - U.S. warned in 1995 of plot to hijack planes, attack buildings - September 18, 2001
MANILA, Philippines (CNN) - The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN.
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posted by West 9:35 AM

Dan Rather: 'There has never been an American war, small or large, in which access has been so limited as this one'...
BBC - One of America's foremost newscasters, Dan Rather of CBS, says the US media has stopped asking tough questions of the Bush administration since 11 September.

[Comment: This is very funny coming from Dan Rather. He was the one who made the famous remark on the Letterman show a few weeks after 9-11. You remember the comment, "All the President has to do is tell me where to line up, and I'm there." . . . or something like that. Ever since then the CBS newscasts have sounded like Pentagon press releases. If Dan can even see that his credibility has been compromised why doesn't he do something about it and start telling the truth about the news?]
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posted by West 9:21 PM

Kids get 'abysmal' grade in history High school seniors don't know basics
USA Today - Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation's history, and their knowledge hasn't improved in seven years, says a Department of Education report out Thursday. At a time when the United States is at war in Afghanistan and under terrorist threat, seniors' ''truly abysmal scores'' on the 2001 U.S. History Report Card are alarming, said Diane Ravitch, historian and education professor at New York University and a member of the test's governing board. It's especially grim considering how close these students are to voting age, she said. ''Our ability to defend -- intelligently and thoughtfully -- what we as a nation hold dear depends on our knowledge and understanding of what we hold dear,'' Ravitch said during the presentation of the report. ''That can only be achieved through learning the history we share, and clearly, far too many high school seniors have not learned even a modest part of it.''
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posted by West 6:42 PM

Mother Earth 1, Bush 0
washingtonpost.com - President attempted to celebrate Earth Day with strategic photo opportunity. Mother Earth declined to cooperate.
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posted by West 6:07 PM

Unheeded Warnings: FBI agent�s notes pointed to possible World Trade Center attack
msnbc.com - The FBI has insisted it had no advance warning about the 9-11 attacks. But internal documents suggest there were more concerns inside the bureau's field offices than Washington has acknowledged.
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posted by West 6:05 PM

White House Says It Warned Airlines About Hijacking Threat
The White House said on Thursday it warned U.S. airlines that it had received general threats of hijackings last year before the Sept. 11 attacks. . . . "This information, as with all sensitive security information, was passed on to the carriers through a series of briefings and notifications," . . . Bush received a warning in August that Osama bin Laden's network might seek to hijack U.S. planes.
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posted by Lorenzo 10:26 AM

The nation's harshest drug laws
(Daniel Forbes, AlterNet, May 10, 2002)
Attempts at reforming New York State drug laws drags on while 19,000 people languish in prison. . . . And 94 percent of them are Latino or black -- though they use drugs at the same rate as whites. . . . As a federal judge quoted by Human Rights Watch observed, "It is difficult to believe that the possession of an ounce of cocaine or a $20 'street sale' is a more dangerous or serious offense" than rape, arson or manslaughter. Yet the drug offense may carry more time. . . . Reformers' foremost concern is returning discretion to judges to both determine sentencing and eligibility for treatment in lieu of incarceration.
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posted by Lorenzo 10:23 AM

Bush Was Told Before Sept. 11 of Possible Hijackings; Lawmakers Demand Answers
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top lawmakers on Thursday pushed for tough inquiries after the White House revealed President Bush was told a month before Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network might hijack American airplanes.
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posted by West 9:59 AM

Officials Told of 'Major Assault' Plans
WASHINGTON--FBI and CIA officials were advised in August that as many as 200 terrorists were slipping into this country and planning "a major assault on the United States," a high-ranking law enforcement official said Wednesday. The advisory was passed on by the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency. It cautioned that it had picked up indications of a "large-scale target" in the United States and that Americans would be "very vulnerable," the official said.
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CBS News | Big Brother Is Watching, Listening | May 15, 2002�18:15:49 It is America's new reality: security and surveillance. From intense scrutiny at airports to expanded government authority to track Internet use, federal agents now watch American citizens more closely than ever.
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posted by West 9:50 AM

CBS News | Ashcroft Flying High | July 26, 2001�21:53:20
Attorney General John Ashcroft was intructed by the Justice Department to travel exclusively by leased jet aircraft last summer just prior to 9/11. The Justice Department insists that it wasn't Ashcroft who wanted to fly leased aircraft. That idea, they said, came strictly from Ashcroft's FBI security detail. The FBI had no further comment.
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posted by West 9:32 AM

CNN.com - Bush briefed on hijacking threat before September 11 - May 15, 2002
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posted by West 6:34 PM

News Corp. Posts $4 Billion Loss

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., whose stock price has plummeted amid concerns about its accouting and management, reported a $4 billion net loss for its latest quarter.
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Bloggers and the internet in general are making more than a dent in the corporate earnings mega-media news organizations. Last month, AOL Time Warner announced the biggest quarterly loss in corporate history. Vivendi Universal finished 2001 with the largest loss in French history. With ratings just a notch above "junk", their stock is virtually worthless. Their news isn't far behind.
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posted by West 6:47 PM

United Press International: Global View: President without principle

QUERETARO, Mexico, May 10 (UPI) -- In the U.S. presidential election in 2000 one of the cards played by the Republican camp was that the next president should be principled. The almost irrefutable Republican assertion was that Bill Clinton lacked a moral compass. But Clinton had an economic policy compass. George W. Bush does not.
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posted by West 1:44 PM

U.S. News: ENTER THE THE CYBORGS - Promise and peril in a marriage of brains and silicon. (5/13/02)

Except for those odd little backpacks, the rats seem no creepier than usual. They climb trees, run through pipes, and scamper across tables. But they aren't following the usual rodent urges. These rats are moving under remote control, reacting to commands radioed to three thin electrodes in their brains. The signals tell them which way to turn�and encourage them by delivering electrical jolts to their pleasure centers.
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posted by West 1:39 PM

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