Information Clearing House         Index January 21-30 2004
Date: 30 Jan 2004

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271 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Bush Declines to Back Call for Intel Probe:

President Bush said Friday “I want to know the facts” about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040130/ap_on_re_us/iraq_weapons_investigation

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Bush, Blair Among Nobel Nominees as Deadline Looms :

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are among nominees for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize before a Sunday deadline for nominations despite failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040130/ts_nm/nobel_peace_dc

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Bremer moves against Kurdish workers’ party in north Iraq:

A coalition move against the PKK in Iraq would be likely to anger Iraqi Kurds. “These people are not terrorists. They are simply asking for their rights in Turkey,” said Mahmoud Othman, an independent Kurd and member of the US-appointed Governing Council. “The US took this step only to satisfy Turkey.”
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=
StoryFT&cid=1073281391609&p=1012571727166

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Scott Ritter: ‘The public must look to what is missing from the report’:

By focusing on a single news story broadcast by the BBC, Hutton has created a political smokescreen behind which Blair is seeking to distract the British public from the harsh reality that his government went to war based on unsustained allegations that have yet to be backed up with a single piece of substantive fact.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5607.htm

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In case you missed it:

The very secret service :

David Kelly referred obliquely to Operation Rockingham. What role did this mysterious cell play in justifying the Iraq war?
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1089931,00.html

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Dyke: Hutton ‘wrong’ and Campbell ‘ungracious’ :

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke today hit out at Alastair Campbell, calling him “remarkably ungracious”, and said Lord Hutton’s conclusions were “quite clearly wrong” on some points of law.
media.guardian.co.uk/huttoninquiry/story/0,13812,1135108,00.html

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Who Is Hutton? :

A history of Hutton’s life, from Bloody Sunday cover up to Pinochet affair to Iraq war lies.
www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/01/284545.html

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McCain Calls For Intelligence Error Probe:

Parting company with many of his fellow Republicans, Sen. John McCain said Thursday he wants an independent commission to take a sweeping look at recent intelligence failures.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-iraq-weapons-
investigation,0,7438243.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

tinyurl.com/323vt

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Soldiers, Families Oppose Bush:

A bipartisan poll published by Business Week in December showed approval for the president at a mere 36 percent among soldiers, their families and veterans. “I think the American people were conned into this [war],” said retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, a Bush supporter in 2000.
www.war-times.org/issues/15art1.html

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Rice doubts renew pressure on Blair :

Tony Blair’s former foreign minister has called on the prime minister to accept that there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1135273,00.html

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Robert Fisk: US military authorized transfer of 19bn new Iraqi dinars:

There have been widespread claims from western businessmen that the American authorities and the Iraqi officials who work for them – not the businessmen with whom they deal – are guilty of fraud.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5608.htm

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Democracy in Iraq :

I hear John Kerry express his regrets about voting yes on the war resolution only to find himself incorrect about whether Saddam hid nukes and other WMDs. If I knew Bush lied — without a security clearance or access to top spooks — the senator and his colleagues surely should have known.
cornelldailysun.com/articles/10504/

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Justice Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism efforts should speak out.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7829139.htm

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Disappeared in America :

The lesson of Argentina‚s “Dirty War‰ should not be lost on Americans who are concerned about the direction the Bush administration has taken.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=616

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Doubts cast shadow over terror convictions:

Seven months after two Arab immigrants were convicted of being part of a terrorism conspiracy, investigations into the lead prosecutor in the case and the FBI’s Detroit offices have intensified doubts that those convictions will hold up.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/7827989.htm

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How Bush Will Destroy Kerry:

Vietnam stance irks veterans :

Now that U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is claiming the veteran vote based on his war record, both sides of that story should be told. To appreciate the dark side of Kerry’s war record, you should know a few things about Vietnam veterans.
www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0104/29garlock.html

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No Vets‚ Vet:

The Vietnam veteran and firefighter I know best would both risk enemy fire and roaring flames to vote against John Kerry. So, I wondered, where are the fully informed veterans who remember Kerry’s lies and smears? Here they are: “Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry”.
www.nationalreview.com/kob/kob.asp

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How Bush Will Destroy Kerry:

We Must be Firm with Saddam Hussein:

This is a speech by John Kerry, delivered on the Senate floor on Nov. 9, 1997, as recorded in the Congressional Record. Plainly and simply, Saddam Hussein cannot be permitted to get away with his antics, or with this latest excuse for avoidance of international responsibility.
www.nationalreview.com/document/kerry200401261431.asp

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A 9/11 Cover Up?:

Why won’t Bush cooperate with investigators?
www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/7822324.htm

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U.S. Military Sure of Catching Bin Laden :

The U.S. military is “sure” it will catch Osama bin Laden this year, perhaps within months, a spokesman declared Thursday, but Pakistan said it would not allow American troops to cross the border in search of the al-Qaida leader.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&e
=4&u=/ap/20040130/ap_on_re_as/afghan_bin_laden

tinyurl.com/23d5d

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Stocks recoil from surprising report on slowdown:

Stocks fell today after the government’s gross domestic product report cast more doubt on the pace of the economic recovery.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2378889

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Record Number to Run Out of Unemployment Benefits :

A record-high 375,000 jobless workers will exhaust their unemployment insurance this month and an estimated 2 million workers will find themselves in the same predicament during the first half of the year
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61715-2004Jan29.html

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New jobs are out there, but same pay isn’t :

For struggling workers like Keith Burnham, it’s not just the quantity of jobs that aren’t there — it’s the quality of those that are. And so far in this economic recovery, the new ones sure don’t pay like the old ones.
www.freep.com/money/business/jobs30_20040130.htm

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For Sale: One Congressman

Rep. W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (R-La.), heads the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Only weeks after he helped engineer the Medicare prescription drug benefit that greatly profits the pharmaceutical industry, he is mulling a multimillion-dollar offer to become the drug companies’ chief lobbyist.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5609.htm

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Minnesota to launch drug website:

Minnesota plans to launch a website today offering its residents information on how to order prescription drugs from Canada, making it the first state to take concrete action in defiance of the federal government.
www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2004/01/30/minnesota_to_launch_drug_website/

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The Halliburton Shuffle: Can you spell Halliburton? R-i-p- o-f-f:

War-torn Iraq has been a gold mine for Halliburton, yet another treasure trove of U.S. taxpayer dollars for a company that has no peer in the fine art of extracting riches from the government. A company that goes to great lengths ˜ literally to the ends of the earth ˜ to escape paying its fair share of taxes to the government that has been so good to it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5610.htm

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Perpetual Debt:

From the British Empire to the American Hegemon : If the ruling elite has its way, and it shall, we are faced with at least half a century of intermittent war and a further augmentation of the national security state that has been draining our wealth like a voracious vampire since 1950.
www.mises.org/fullarticle.asp?control=1419&id=64

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Britain opposes international court review of security fence :

The British government will today infuriate Arab opinion by supporting Israel in a legal challenge to the construction of its controversial wall along the West Bank.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1134708,00.html

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The Awesome Destructive Power of the CorporatePower Media:

The corporate media is a window on the dialogue among the rich. They are saying loudly and uniformly that even mild resistance to their rule will be treated as illegitimate and subjected to censorship and ridicule by their media organs.
www.blackcommentator.com/75/75_cover_dean_media.html

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U.S. Releases 3 Children Held at Guantanamo Bay :

The U.S. military has released three teenage Taliban (alleged) conscripts from the Guantanamo Bay prison, flying them to their Afghan homeland where child-welfare experts are trying to reunite them with relatives or family friends, Pentagon officials said today.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60558-2004Jan29.html?nav=hptop_tb

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US Acknowledges Flaws in Iraq Intelligence:

“I think that what we have is evidence that there are differences between what we knew going in and what we found on the ground,” Condoleezza Rice
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&ncid=
578&e=3&u=/nm/20040129/ts_nm/iraq_usa_dc

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Dom Stasi: A crime against humanity:

As Americans of free will we are witness if not party to a horrific atrocity accomplished by an exploitative administration for personal ends, and instigated upon our national ignorance and bigotry toward other cultures.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5603.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Blood of Children Stains our Flag:

Never again in my lifetime, to my grandchildren’s grandchildren, will we of the United States of America, be free to roam the earth upon which we were born as Sovereign People, without fear of death. How will history speak of us?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2565.htm

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This Gang Lied Before:

This time I’m scared :

The tactic used to get consensus for war in 1991 was another propaganda classic: dead babies. Then, the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador in Washington, Nijirah al-Sabah, tearfully described how, as a volunteer in the Al Adnan hospital in Kuwait City, she had watched Iraqi soldiers looting incubators to take back to Baghdad, pitching the Kuwaiti babies on to “the cold floor to die”.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,853885,00.html

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Pepe Escobar : The marja and the proconsul:

What Sistani wants is an Iraqi constitution written with no foreign interference, with no articles contrary to Islam. And he wants a secular government, but composed of good Muslims who respect Islamic principles.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA30Ak02.html

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Sheila Samples: If Words Could Talk:

Someone should remind Bush that it doesn’t matter what costume he wears on any given day, all those zooming, flying, exploding body parts belong to real people, and far too many of them are ours.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5604.htm

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Maureen Dowd: Dump Cheney Now!:

Thanks to David Kay, we now have an amazing image of the president and the dictator, both divorced from reality over weapons, glaring at each other from opposite sides of bizarro, paranoid universes where fiction trumped fact.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5605.htm

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Rabbi Michael Lerner: Terror In Jerusalem

Following Killings In Gaza: Why does the Western media not notice that this took place immediately after Israel killed nine people in the Gaza Strip? Those killings by the Israeli army did not bring Israel one step closer to security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5606.htm

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Five Saudi policemen die in Riyadh shootout :

Saudi security forces last night captured a top wanted militant and a number of other suspects after a shootout in Riyadh in which five policemen were killed.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=72903&Sn=WORL

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U.S. general: Extremists in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan top terror threats:

Even with the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bigger challenge in the global war on terrorism is the threat posed by extremists in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the commander of U.S. forces in that region said Thursday.
www.msnbc.msn.com/Default.aspx?id=4098648&p1=0

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Date: 29 Jan 2004

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270 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Afghan Weapons Cache Blast Kills 7 GIs:

Seven U.S. soldiers were killed and three injured in an explosion Thursday, U.S. Central Command said. One American soldier was missing.
apnews.myway.com/article/20040129/D80CLI0G0.html

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Ten killed in Jerusalem suicide bombing :

At least ten people were killed today and another 50 wounded in a suicide attack on a bus outside Ariel Sharon’s official residence in Jerusalem.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1134017,00.html

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Flags colour truth behind civilian deaths:

Palestinians at the scene counted five civilians among the eight dead
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=10753314
17019&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

tinyurl.com/2s8xu

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Iraq roadside attacks kill one and injure 13:

A series of roadside attacks in Iraq have killed a local security officer and wounded at least 13 other people as insurgents mount fresh strikes against Iraqis seen as collaborating with U.S. forces.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=448351&section=news

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“The Americans are treating us like animals.”:

Several witnesses said they watched as the US vehicle was exploded by the IED, then other soldiers opened up with gunfire, shooting everything in sight. Hammad Naif Ermil, driving a large truck, was shot and killed, as were other Iraqis riding in a bus behind him that was riddled with American bullet holes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5600.htm

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U.S. Foresees Troops in Iraq Through 2006 :

The Army’s top general told Congress he is planning for the possibility of being required to rotate a large force in and out of Iraq for another three years.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3682789,00.html

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U.S. Army Plans Four-Year Boost of 30,000 Forces:

“Right now, I’ve been given the authority by the secretary of defense to grow the Army by 30,000 people … under emergency powers,” Schoomaker said. He said the authority from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was to last for four years.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4233409

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No mystery to untangling WMD puzzler :

How could U.S. officials have been so wrong about something so important — the stockpiles of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that we now know never existed? The Case of the Two Trailers may hold the answer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5601.htm

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David Kay and the CIA :

Even the most cursory investigation of David Kay‚s past reveals that the mass media is not reporting his political involvement with intelligence agencies and his financial connection to corporations involved in ‘administering’ occupied Iraq.
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0105.html

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In case you missed it:

This gang lied before:

When George H. W. Bush ordered American forces to the Persian Gulf ˆ to reverse Iraq’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait ˆ part of the administration case was that an Iraqi juggernaut was also threatening to roll into Saudi Arabia.
www.csmonitor.com/2002/0906/p01s02-wosc.html

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Who Will Pay?:

War Crimes: The Evidence File:

The video and pictures in this report contain images and descriptions, depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. – UK invasion of Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3450.htm

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In case you missed it:

Is There Anything Left That Matters? :

We may well be the ones Proverbs warns when it reminds us: “Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks the truth.” The point is clear: If the people speak and the king doesn’t listen, there is something wrong with the king. If the king acts precipitously and the people say nothing, something is wrong with the people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3565.htm

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Shh … Iraq (US) owes $200bn war debt :

The United States, as its taxpayers are likely to be the ones to have to pay up, is playing down the matter of the US$200 billion that Iraq owes in war reparations, mostly to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, not to mention Iran, which has yet to even make its claim.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA30Ak01.html

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The shadow of Iraq :

The Hutton saga is a sideshow. The real issue is who will pay the price for war and occupation. Hutton’s embrace of any construction of the evidence surrounding David Kelly’s death that might be helpful to the government is breathtaking in its sweep.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1133900,00.html

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Demands grow for inquiry into the case for war as Hutton is accused of a ‘whitewash’:

Lord Hutton failed to settle the crucial question of whether Mr Blair took Britain to war in Iraq on a false prospectus.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=485689

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Half Britons say Hutton was “whitewash”:

Half of Britons believe the Hutton inquiry into the death of Iraq weapons expert David Kelly was a whitewash, according to a newspaper poll.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=top
News&storyID=448608&section=news&fromEmail=true

tinyurl.com/2kg8m

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Greg Palast: BBC At war:

“The bleak future for British journalism” portends darkness for journalists everywhere – the threat to the last great open platform for hard investigative reporting. And frankly, it’s a worrisome day for me.
www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=311&row=0

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The BBC was doing its job ˆ bring back Gilligan:

So there he goes again. The cordite is carried off by the breeze. The dust settles and out of the crater creeps the Prime Minister, beaming his chipmunk grin. He acknowledges the cheers of his back benches, flicks an invisible speck from his irreproachable Paul Smith sleeve and saunters off back to Downing Street.
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/01/29/do2902.xml

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UK: How a judge’s narrow remit allowed Government off hook on vital issue of case for war:

There are few professions in the real world where it would be permissible to say, in effect, “we may have got it wrong but we did it in good faith”. For Britain’s senior intelligence assessors to fall back on this is extremely worrying.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=485683

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Australia: No comfort for Howard on WMD:

THE Howard Government sought to embrace the Hutton report yesterday as a vindication of Australia’s involvement in Iraq – but the British law lord’s findings bear little relevance to Canberra’s participation in the war.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8531218%255E2703,00.html

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Iraq: Democracy, colonial-style: :

The Americans will be able to choose at least two-thirds of the members of the new assembly.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA29Ak03.html

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The GI’s weapon of choice in Iraq: dollars:

Congress recently allocated $180 million for aid to be disbursed directly by US soldiers.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0129/p01s04-woiq.html

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Public demand creates a market for political lies:

Jimmy Carter tried to give straight talk to the American people about the connections between economic stability, foreign resources and foreign policy. And the American people answered him with this: “We want cheap gas, convenience, and economic growth, and we don’t care who you have to invade, kill, or do business with to get the job done.
www.sptimes.com/2004/01/29/Opinion/Public_demand_creates.shtml

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America: An empire to rival Rome?:

So how does the current position compare with the great empires of the past. Is America just the latest in a long line of dominant powers? Or is it really unique?
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3430199.stm

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In case you missed it:

America’s War for Global Domination:

We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history. The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5428.htm

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ŒFresh Statistics‚ Show Iraq’s Sunnis In Majority:

The statistics, released by a reliable international humanitarian relief agency in 2003, suggested that Sunnis make up 58 percent of the Iraqi population and Shiites 40 percent.
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-01/29/article02.shtml#t

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U.S. Seeks Aging Soviet-Era Systems For Iraqi Military:

The United States plans to procure Soviet-origin platforms and upgrade them for the new Iraqi Army.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5599.htm

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Will Dubya dump Dick?:

Cheney told USA Today he was not worried about his image as the administration’s Machiavelli, skilled in the quiet arts of persuading his “Prince” to pursue questionable policies, adding, surprisingly un-self-consciously, “Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole? It’s a nice way to operate, actually.”
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FA29Aa01.html

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John Pilger: A journey through genocide:

The genocide in Cambodia did not begin on April 17 1975, “Year Zero”. It began more than five years earlier when American bombers killed an estimated 600,000 Cambodians. Phosphorous and cluster bombs, napalm and dump bombs that left vast craters were dropped on a neutral country of peasant people and straw huts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5602.htm

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Welcome to America:

Tibetan Nun Seeking Asylum Put in Shackles by Homeland Security:

Sonam always feared her devotion to Buddhism would land her behind bars in her native China. As it turns out, she is serving a long term in jail — not in East Asia but in central Virginia.
www.buddhistnews.tv/current/sonam-270104.php

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Ashcroft: Bush would veto bill scaling back Patriot Act :

The Bush administration issued a veto threat Thursday against legislation introduced in Congress that would scale back key parts of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/
archive/2004/01/29/national1227EST0580.DTL

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Bush to eliminate nuclear plant standards:

The Bush administration is moving to replace government safety standards at federal nuclear facilities with requirements written by contractors — after Congress directed it to start fining the contractors for violations.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2376295

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U.S. Uranium Stock in Peril :

Security guards at the country’s leading nuclear storehouse have been cheating during antiterrorism drills — perhaps for as long as 20 years, according to a report released Monday by the Energy Department’s inspector general.
www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,62052,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

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Nuns Priests & Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Sentenced:

The trial Magistrate, G. Mallon Faircloth, adhered to his previous sentencing record, and gave sentences ranging from 12 months probation to six months in federal prison, with fines ranging from 500 to 1,500 dollars.
www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00215.htm

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Protester=Criminal?:

In many places across George Bush’s America, you may be losing your ability to exercise your lawful First Amendment rights of speech and assembly. Increasingly, some police departments, the FBI, and the Secret Service are engaging in the criminalization—or, at the very least, the marginalization—of dissent.
www.progressive.org/feb04/roths0204.html

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Panel: FAA Downplayed Suicide Scenario:

At Tuesday’s hearing, the commission provided documents showing the FAA was aware of the possibility of suicide hijackings but did not pass the information along to airlines.
customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SEPT_11_COMMISSION?
SITE=CODER&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

tinyurl.com/2ckoa

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Hearing Unveils 9/11 Failures:

By 7:35 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, all five hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77 had been tagged by a passenger pre-screening program as “a risk to aircraft safety,” and four of them had set off magnetometer alarms at airport checkpoints, according to staff reports presented Tuesday to the .independent 9/11 Commission.
www.nynewsday.com/news/local/manhattan/wtc/ny
-usterr0128,0,6238870.story?coll=nyc-topheadlines-left

tinyurl.com/25cc5

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Diagnosing Benny Morris: the mind of a European settler:

Israeli historian Benny Morris crossed a new line of shame when he put his academic credentials and respectability in the service of outlining the “moral” justification for a future genocide against Palestinians.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article2379.shtml

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US expels fake Saudi diplomats:

The United States has revoked the immunity status of 16 “diplomats” and asked them to leave the country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/40E1CE3F-AEE1-4E41-BEBE-23E33A1EA0C7.htm

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Exxon Mobil Set Record Profit in 2003:

Exxon Mobil Corp. saw fourth-quarter earnings jump 63 percent as it benefited from higher prices for crude oil and natural gas.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAK47YV0QD.html

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What’s Behind The Federal Deficit:

So the bad news is that the federal deficit is projected to be $477 billion this year. But that’s not the really bad news. During the next decade, the deficit is projected at $2.4 trillion. But that’s not the really bad news.
www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/auto/epaper/
editions/thursday/opinion_048194bc454cf0900050.html

tinyurl.com/2oftu

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U.N. Says World Unemployment Reached Record High:

The United Nations labor agency says a record 186 million people around the world are unemployed, and hundreds of millions more have jobs that pay so little they can barely survive.
www.thebostonchannel.com/employment/2787741/detail.html

Date: 28 Jan 2004

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269 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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‘We were all wrong’: former top arms hunter :

“It turns out that we were all wrong, and that is most disturbing,” Kay said as he testified before the Senate armed services committee Wednesday.
www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/28/kay_testifies040128

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Error in Terror: “Honest Mistake” :

Hey, an honest mistake is an honest mistake! No one planned on killing anyone.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5598.htm

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Five Jihad gunmen among 9 dead Palestinians in Gaza :

The others killed in the incident were an 11-year-old boy and three workers at the scene.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/388043.html

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Suicide Bomber Kills Four in Baghdad :

A suicide bomber driving a van disguised as an ambulance blew up his vehicle Wednesday in front of a hotel frequented by Westerners, witnesses and police said. Iraqi police reported four people were killed, but the U.S. command said only the driver died.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040128/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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British soldier killed in Afghan blast :

A British soldier died today and four others were injured following an explosion near a military base in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1133058,00.html

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Blair Cleared in Death of Weapons Expert :

Britain’s Tony Blair cleared the second hurdle of his toughest week in power Wednesday when a senior judge said the prime minister’s office bore no blame for the suicide of a top Iraq weapons expert.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040128/ts_nm/britain_dc

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BBC chairman quits over Hutton:

Gavyn Davies resigns as Lord Hutton’s report criticises the BBC – and clears Downing Street over the Iraq dossier.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3434661.stm

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Top cleric spurns U.S. plans:

Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim leader now says that American plans for a caucus-based political system are illegitimate because the idea for them came from another illegitimate body: the U.S.-appointed Governing Council.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/7796757.htm

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UN to decide feasibility of Iraq election:

US looks to Annan for compromise over poll.The coalition provisional authority (CPA), has said it is impractical to hold direct elections so soon, because there is no fair electoral roll, voter registration or constituency boundaries.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1132742,00.html

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Kay Cites Evidence Of Iraq Disarming :

The discovery means that inspectors have not only failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but also have found exculpatory information — contemporaneous documents and confirmations from interviews with Iraqis — demonstrating that Hussein did make efforts to disarm well before President Bush began making the case for war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5597.htm

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Iraqi whispers mull repeat of 1920s revolt:

Whispers of “revolution” are growing louder in Baghdad this month at teahouses, public protests and tribal meetings as Iraqis point to the past as an omen for the future.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/7809543.htm

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The First Lie: It is time to set the record straight.

The United States Congress never voted for the Iraq war. Rather, Congress voted for a resolution in October 2002 which unlawfully transferred to the president the decision-making power of whether to launch a first-strike invasion of Iraq.
www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9843

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In case you missed it:

Robert Fisk: Bush’s Contempt of the World:

The crucial question remains: is the Iraqi President mad as well as bad? Just as Americans are recovering from the harrowing television re-runs of the 11 September attacks, their President is going to launch the biggest reshaping of the Middle East since the British and French parcelled out the Arab lands after the 1914-18 war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1020.htm

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In case you missed it:

Patrick J. Buchanan: Whose War?:

A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America‚s interest.
www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html

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In case you missed it:

Empire Builders:
Neoconservatives and their blueprint for U.S. power
www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/index.html

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President Bush’s Faith-Based Iraqi Weapons Program:

Despite all of the evidence now at hand proving that the justification for war was phony, the President persists in claiming that those weapons were really there and ready to be used. One thing you have to say for the man, his faith runs deep.
www.uspoliticstoday.com/news.php?nid=4790

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Cheney, King Of Clouded Cuckoo Land:

Q: When I was in Iraq, some of the soldiers said they believed they were fighting because of the Sept. 11 attacks and because they thought Saddam Hussein had ties to al Qaida. – I wanted to ask you what you’d say to those soldiers, and were those soldiers misled at all?
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/politics/article/0,1299,DRMN_35_2565269,00.html

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Editorials Question Bush’s Role in ‘Cooking’ Up a War :

A growing number are raising the possibility that Bush and his team may have “cooked” the intelligence to support their case for war.
209.11.49.220/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2077477

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Why We’ll Pay a Price for Bush’s Fibs About Iraq’s WMD:

The world simply doesn’t trust us any longer ˆ a reversal of goodwill in lightening time ˆ yet Mr. Bush pretends it’s only because of some silly difference of opinion over some petty difference about what was real and what was not.
hnn.us/articles/3193.html

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Bush Tries to Reassure Turkey on Kurds :

President Bush sought Wednesday to reassure Turkey that the United States does not support an expansion of autonomy for Kurds in neighboring Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3680136,00.html

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Kurds’ Dream Clashes With U.S. Plans :

There is growing concern among Iraq’s Kurds that the United States will once again abandon them midway in their age-old aspiration to set up a federal Kurdish state.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3679312,00.html

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Iraq becoming al-Qaeda breeding ground :

Iraq threatens to become a breeding ground for al- Qaeda terrorists, Germany’s spy chief has warned.
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=52&story_id=4098

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Powell says U.S. force won’t encircle Russia :

Secretary of State Colin Powell sought Tuesday to assure Russians that despite plans to redeploy some American troops to former Soviet bloc nations in Eastern Europe, the United States had no intention to encircle or threaten their country.
www.iht.com/articles/126887.html

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Iraq, Afghanistan, 11 other states at risk of genocide: expert :

Thirteen countries in the world face the threat of genocide ˜ Iraq, Afghanistan, eight nations in African and three in Asia ˜, a US researcher told an international conference on preventing genocide Tuesday.
www.afgha.com/?af=article&sid=40728

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THIS IS A MUST WATCH VIDEO

The Need For Speed: Going To War On Drugs:

Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran’s investigation exposes how the Air Force, Navy and Special Forces have been issuing mind-altering drugs to their soldiers and airmen, almost certainly resulting in the deaths of allied forces and innocent civilians. This is a MUST watch video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5595.htm

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US denies ‘imminent’ threat warning:

THE White House today denied it ever warned that Saddam Hussein posed an “imminent” threat to the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5596.htm

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In case you missed it:

David Kay: “They hid a lot. I think we‚ll probably still be finding stuff well beyond six months. I think we will have a substantial body of evidence before six months.”
willwhim.typepad.com/wmd/2003/07/brokaw_intervie.html

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Klayman says Castro has biochemical weapons in Cuba:

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Larry Klayman stepped up his call Tuesday to forcibly remove Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, whom he described as “a master terrorist” and a primary threat to U.S. security.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040127/APP/401270925

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War doesn’t cost the moneyed:

Perhaps because other people’s sons and daughters were going off to war, Congress voted overwhelmingly to authorize President Bush to invade Iraq. Perhaps for the same reason, Congress now seems unconcerned about the increasingly clear evidence that the president made false claims in promoting this war.
www.ajc.com/sunday/content/epaper/editions/sunday/opinion_04312642966ec07300f0.html

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Meanwhile: Europeans are not cowards.

It’s that we know war: Listening to Richard Perle on the radio recently was a little hard for a European like me. Perle, a former chairman of the Defense Policy Board, stated that European nations “do not have the most courageous of instincts,” with the implication that America has to intervene in international affairs because Europeans are afraid to.
www.iht.com/articles/126834.html

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U.S. plans Al Qaeda offensive :

The Bush administration, is preparing a U.S. military offensive that would reach inside Pakistan with the goal of destroying Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network, military sources said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2027&ncid=2027&e=2&u=/
chitrib_ts/20040128/ts_chicagotrib/usplansalqaedaoffensive

tinyurl.com/yppf2

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Time to remember:

Whatever the discursive niceties it is important to realise that Israel is Zionist, and that Zionism displaces and kills
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/674/op8.htm

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Hamas ordered to pay $149m over deaths:

A federal US judge has ordered Palestinian militant group Hamas to pay $US116 million ($A149 million) in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/28/1075088087971.html

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Kathy Kelly sentenced to three months in federal prison :

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was sentenced to three months in federal prison for enacting her habit of bearing witness against US military violence
vitw.us/archives/000502.html

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BAGHDAD: 13 American soldiers court martialled :

Adultery, assault, drunkenness, kidnapping, stealing computers, abusing prisoners and attempting to flee to Syria are some of the offences US soldiers have been charged with in court martial cases since Americans landed in Iraq.
www.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Saturday/World/20040124081033/Article/indexb_html

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The Pentagon’s Weather Nightmare:

The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues.
www.fortune.com/fortune/print/0,15935,582584,00.html

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Iraq Bombings Kills 6 U.S. Soldiers :

The United Nations agreed Tuesday to send a team to Iraq to help break the impasse over electing a new government as the deaths of six more American soldiers in roadside bombings underscored concerns about security in the volatile nation.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3676276,00.html

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US may pay for Libya to dismantle weapons :

The United States will consider a request from Libya to pay for dismantling its chemical and nuclear weapons programme, Congressman Curt Weldon said yesterday during a visit to Tripoli.
www.guardian.co.uk/libya/story/0,14139,1132059,00.html

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Two CNN employees killed in Iraq :

Two CNN employees were killed and a third was wounded today when the cars they were traveling in came under fire in Iraq.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0104/27cnniraq.html

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Sexed up: How London sold its war on Iraq:

Aside from jointly invading another country, it appears that the United States and Great Britain have another thing in common as a part of their “special relationship”. They both twisted and distorted intelligence to suit their political needs. That this has happened in the US is now well known, but the British equivalent has not been well appreciated outside of the UK. That is about to change.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5594.htm

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Iraq posed no WMD threat:

It seems there was a weapon of mass destruction in Iraq after all: David Kay! The recently resigned CIA chief weapons inspector has just blown gaping holes in the Bush administration’s fundamental justifications for the war on Iraq.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/158125_kayed.html

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Kay denies evidence Iraqi moved unconventional weapons to Syria:

Kay said that the allegations of some US administration’s officials have no real proof. “Iraq was totally free of weapons of mass destruction at the beginning of 1999 year, that is to say, four years before launching the US war on Iraq under the pretext of its possession of the said weapons,”.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040127/2004012709.html

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White House’s WMD retreat weakens Blair :

THE White House last night signalled a further dramatic retreat on Saddam Hussein‚s weapons of mass destruction as it dropped the repeated assertion that banned weapons would be found in Iraq.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=100192004

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Libya WMD components flown to US: Spokesman Scott McClellan said an airplane carrying 25 tonnes of weapons programme components landed late on Monday in the US state of Tennessee.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/51763FBC-2A97-49AC-AED8-F0496F2B6766.htm

Date: 27 Jan 2004

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268 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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7 Iraqi police are killed; search continues for GIs:

Insurgents fired a rocket at the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition Monday night after gunmen killed seven Iraqi policemen in a pair of attacks west of Baghdad.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0127iraq27.html

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3 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Blast :

Three American soldiers were killed and another wounded in a large explosion west of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military said. Hospital staff said two Iraqi civilians also were killed.
tinyurl.com/2qfeb

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Army says three Iraqi guerrillas killed during central Iraq raids :

U.S. soldiers killed three members of a suspected guerrilla cell linked to the former Baathist regime during raids Tuesday in a central Iraqi town, the Army said.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/
archive/2004/01/27/international0835EST0517.DTL

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Afghanistan: Two die in Kabul ‘suicide’ blast :

“Initial indicators are that one Canadian soldier has been killed and three Canadian soldiers have been injured,” the security force said in a statement. “There is at least one dead civilian at the scene. It may have been a suicide bomber that caused the explosion.”
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1132152,00.html

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Iraqi policeman killed in Karbala firefight:

Iraqi fighters attacked the headquarters of Polish forces in the southern city of Karbala, triggering a gunbattle that killed one Iraqi policeman.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=269026&lang=e&dir=news

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Iraqi who gave MI6 45-minute claim says it was untrue:

Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, did not deny in evidence to the Hutton inquiry that the intelligence for the 45-minute WMD claim came second-hand from a single source who was a senior Iraqi army officer.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5588.htm

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The Art of Camouflage: David Kay comes clean, almost:

There are tried and true methods to this art of camouflage. The idea is to deploy vague rhetoric and unchallengeable facts that seem menacing at first glance but on close inspection have no significance. The hope is that, if you play this game well enough, nobody will inspect them closely enough to notice.
slate.msn.com/id/2094415/

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Baghdad Is Bush’s Blue Dress:

Now, can we talk of impeachment? The rueful admission by former chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction or the means to create them at the time of the U.S. invasion confirms the fact that the Bush administration is complicit in arguably the greatest scandal in U.S. history.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5593.htm

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White House emissaries head abroad to recast war :

Seeking to recast its reasons for toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, the Bush administration is sending high-ranking officials abroad to justify the war as good for humanity, despite increasing evidence that Baghdad did not possess stockpiles of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTG
AM.20040127.wxiraq27/BNStory/Front/

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Cheney’s favorite leak:

The vice president hails an “inaccurate” leak and provokes a new battle in the White House war with the intelligence community. “It’s disgusting,” said Vincent Cannistraro, the former CIA chief of counter-terrorism. “It’s bull****,” said Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst who served in the agency’s Near East division.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5591.htm

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From Iraq to Libya, US knew little on weapons:

Doubts that Hussein had WMD raise questions about war’s rationale and intelligence reliability. “These intelligence estimates are not good enough to support a policy of preemptive war,” says Joseph Cirincione, of the nonproliferation project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0127/p01s01-usfp.html

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Iraqi self-rule splits White House:

Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld favor a proposal to turn over power early – by April 1 – to the Governing Council, a body of U.S.-installed Iraqi leaders, said senior U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/7803355.htm

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Daniel Ellsberg : Leak against this war :

US and British officials must expose their leaders’ lies about Iraq – as I did over Vietnam. I served three US presidents – Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon – who lied repeatedly and blatantly about our reasons for entering Vietnam, and the risks in our staying there. For the past year, I have found myself in the horrifying position of watching history repeat itself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5589.htm

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Iraq: Water, sickness, and a brewing Storm:

I am here to state, unequivocally, that 100% of the people I spoke with in this area south of Baghdad have stated that their living conditions are worse now than when Saddam was in power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5592.htm

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Our doubts about Dr Kelly’s suicide :

As specialist medical professionals, we do not consider the evidence given at the Hutton inquiry has demonstrated that Dr David Kelly committed suicide.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1131833,00.html

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Noam Chomsky: What a fair trial for Saddam would entail:

In a (virtually unimaginable) fair trial for Saddam, a defence attorney could quite rightly call to the stand Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush I and other high officials who provided significant support for the dictator, even through his worst atrocities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5590.htm

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Authorities Missed Al Qaeda Clues, 9/11 Panel Says:

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 plot, obtained a visa to come to the United States just weeks before the attacks despite being under a federal terrorism indictment, a report by the federal commission investigating the attacks revealed Monday.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes68.html

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US bust in 2005 under Bush: Soros:

Billionaire financier George Soros has criticised US President George Bush’s foreign policy and said the Administration’s economic plan would cause a “boom in 2004 and bust in 2005".
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/25/1074965433524.html

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Thompson rips veep’s ex-firm :

New York City’s controller accused Vice President Cheney’s former employer Halliburton yesterday of taking blood money from state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iran and Libya.
www.nydailynews.com/news/story/158426p-139044c.html

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Govt Denies Fraud In 1953 State Secrets Ruling: Guarding The Guardians:

We find ourselves facing what would appear to be the military-industrial complex engaged in the second great corporate power grab in American history. After all, it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the executive branch today is essentially owned by the military-industrial complex.
www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=144&Itemid=2

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FBI tipster says he broke law:

He claims agent directed him to steal mail from Arabs considered terror suspects
www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0401/27/a01-47324.htm

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Getting carded

Some permanent residents of Canada are nervous about the new identification card they are required to carry. If this new card is only supposed to contain basic biographical information — gender, marital status, height, nationality, citizenship and eye colour — why can its shiny, silver stripe hold the equivalent of 1,500 pages of information?
www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=b8d18068-4a49-48c8-8f80-124b1cd615bb

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State running background checks on new parents :

A new state program intended to protect newborn babies runs background checks on their parents to determine whether they have a history of child abuse that resulted in termination of their parental rights.
www.freep.com/news/childrenfirst/paren23_20010323.htm

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Bush’s Desolate Imperium:

Only Fidel Castro, it would appear, has had kind words for our 43rd President. “Hopefully, he is not as stupid as he seems, nor as Mafia-like as his predecessors were.” Vain hopes. In a mere three years, President Bush has compiled a record of disasters that Fidel could only envy.
www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/politics/bush-article-print.html

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In case you missed it:

Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America:

“As long as an economic system provides an acceptable degree of security, growing material wealth and opportunity for further increase for the next generation, the average American does not ask who is running things or what goals are being pursued.”

This is a must read
www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Friendly_Fascism_BGross.html

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In case you missed it:

Fascism Anyone?:

Fascism‚s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.
www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/britt_23_2.htm

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Ottawa accused of censoring Arar file:

The federal government has censored Maher Arar’s consular files for public consumption while providing an uncensored version to the RCMP, according to Ottawa researcher Ken Rubin.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=10751586
11356&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/2fwd6

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Five Killed in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle:

A roadside bomb has killed an Iraqi man as he stepped off a bus in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, just hours after gunmen killed four Iraqi policemen at a checkpoint in the same area.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=072
6BD24-DDE9-40D4-81851AD67DE19E21

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Rights group: Iraq invasion not justified:

The war in Iraq ended a brutal regime but there were no ongoing human rights violations on a scale which could justify the US-led invasion, Human Rights Watch has said in its annual report.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/061E2DDF-D836-4E95-97D3-5CCD7FADD205.htm

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Japan Reportedly Pays • 75 million protection money to Iraqis to Guard Self Defense Forces :

The Japanese government is reportedly paying approximately 10 billion yen (• 75 million) to Iraqi tribal leaders to provide bodyguards for the Self Defense Forces (SDF) in Iraq. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said: “It is rather cheap if we can buy security for our soldiers with that amount of money.
www.risq.org/article276.html

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Hutton reveals timetable of report’s release :

Lord Hutton will deliver a statement giving a “substantial” summary of his report into the death of weapons expert David Kelly at 12.30pm on Wednesday
media.guardian.co.uk/huttoninquiry/story/0,13812,1131546,00.html

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U.S. suspects Iraqi moles at Baghdad headquarters:

Some senior administration officials suspect that Saddam Hussein’s followers have penetrated the coalition headquarters in Baghdad and passed information to guerrilla fighters.
www.washtimes.com/national/20040125-114702-2082r.htm

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Last refuge :

“I’m telling them to go to their clergy, go to their commanding officers, and to claim conscientious objection while in the military, and to fight it out like that. But if they’re considering pulling the trigger on themselves, I’m telling them to desert.
www.vancourier.com/015104/news/015104nn1.html

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Date: 26 Jan 2004

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267 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Roadside bomb kills Iraqi as U.S. forces search for 3 missing soldiers :

U.S. Forces aided by Iraqis searched the muddy waters of the Tigris River on Monday in northern Iraq for a soldier and two pilots missing after a helicopter crashed while searching for a patrol boat that had capsized.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/a/2004/01/26/international0746EST0501.DTL

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Kay: Lack Of Iraqi WMD Requires Review:

U.S. intelligence agencies need to explain why their research indicated Iraq possessed banned weapons before the American-led invasion, says the outgoing top U.S. inspector, who now believes Saddam Hussein had no such arms.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7795576.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Vanishing Case for War: Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction didn’t exist. This discovery ought to put the American people on constructive notice that the functioning of our democracy is threatened by the nexus of the White House and a too-pliant CIA.

This is a must read:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5279.htm

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Cheney ‘waged war’ on Blair Iraq strategy:

Dick Cheney, US vice-president, “waged a guerrilla war” against attempts by Tony Blair, the British prime minister, to secure United Nations backing for the invasion of Iraq.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281288764&p=1012571727088

tinyurl.com/39cxx

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Cheney: US democratic reform demand:

Vice President Dick Cheney asked the EU to join the US in pressing for democratic reform from Iran to Mauritania. “If they (Americans) want to produce democracy in the Middle East, they’d better do it first in Iraq as they promised,” Arab League Secretary General Amr Musa told Reuters.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E6731F53-8154-4587-8613-441B47BFD68A.htm

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The CIA revolt against the White House:

Former intelligence official Larry C. Johnson blasts the Bush administration’s “outright pattern of bullying.” In my view, this administration is actually involved with aiding and abetting terrorists — because when you expose clandestine human intelligence sources, you aid and abet terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5585.htm

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UK: Pressure mounting over WMD doubt:

Lewis Moonie, a former defence minister who was part of Mr Blair’s team at the time of the conflict, said the government may soon have to concede it was wrong on its main justification for war.
www.theherald.co.uk/politics/8653.html

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To Germans, U.S. Motives Now Suspect:

“We’ve gone from the lighthouse on the hill to an image of an aggressive imperial force that wants to control the world that uses everything from ICBMs to Starbucks coffee to get people to tow the line,” says John Kornblum, a former American assistant secretary of state who now heads the Berlin office of the international investment bank Lazard
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4007898/

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Australia: Howard defiant over Iraq war involvement

“If you’re going to send Australians off to a conflict and the primary reason was to identify and eliminate these weapons of mass destruction and then subsequently, that’s an invalid reason and purpose, then you’ve got to up front and honest – talk to the Australian people about what went wrong.”
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1031779.htm

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Throwing the book at our leaders:

What‚s got into the world when those who claim to be fearless in pursuit of the truth ˆ the great and glorious media, schooled, we are told in the art of assembling the dissembled ˆ are afraid to utter the word lie. LIE!
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0187.html

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US must quit Iraq before vote, say Sunnis :

An influential Sunni Muslim group in Iraq said yesterday it was opposed to partial elections scheduled for the summer and wanted a vote taken only when American forces had left the country.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1131099,00.html

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“The Greatest Country in the World”:

America no longer resembles the America that, for all its problems, was once “the greatest country in the world” and many Americans have not yet noticed. Post World War II concepts of family and community have been destroyed to make way for the brave new world of crony capitalism and Old Testament religion in the White House.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5583.htm

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George Soros: The US is now in the hands of a group of extremists :

Fundamentalism has spawned an ideology of American supremacy
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1131132,00.html

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Charley Reese: No Stinking Empire:

The truth is quite simple: An empire increases the danger for the American people, as empires always make more enemies than friends, not to mention inciting envy and hatred. Maintaining an empire will eventually break us, as it has every single empire of the past.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040126/index.php

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Masterful Machiavellianism:

Machiavellianism: The political doctrine of Machiavelli, which denies the relevance of morality in political affairs and holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing and maintaining political power.
www.liberalslant.com/rb012504.htm

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The Dangers of Insanity: John Ashcroft and U.S. History:

The American imperial grand strategy (Chomsky) is being tested today, just as it was tested in Vietnam. My suggestion for all who believe in self-determination, multi-lateralism, international law, and goodwill among nations, is to begin our oppositional conception of American foreign policy by taking some concrete first steps.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5584.htm

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Are Parallels To Nazi Germany Crazy? :

My conclusion is that some comparisons between modern times and Nazi Germany are valid, and some are not. Enough are valid, in my opinion, however, for us to be wary, and as vigilant as humanly possible.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2004/01/26/hsorensen.DTL

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U.S. Probes Killings of 4 Iraqis in Taxi :

Iraqi police accuse American soldiers traveling in a northbound military convoy of killing the Iraqis, including a woman and a 7-year-old boy.
www.sacbee.com/24hour/world/story/1130767p-7868245c.html

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Iraq: Truck Drivers Wanted. $125,000 per Year

Iraqi’s Need Not Apply
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5587.htm

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General: Fielding an Iraqi army could take 3-5 years :

Iraq’s newly forming armed forces might take longer to create than initially estimated and require untold millions of dollars, the director of the Iraqi military training program said Thursday.
www.staugustine.com/stories/012304/new_2078535.shtml

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Immunity Pact For American Troops in Iraq Still Unsettled :

The United States has yet to begin serious negotiations with Iraqis on an agreement to guarantee that American troops in Iraq will remain immune from arrest and prosecution by local authorities once a new Baghdad government takes over in June, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5586.htm

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The Nanny in Chief:

Bush thinks he knows what’s good for you, and he’ll spend money to prove it.

There’s a strange exception to the Bush doctrine. It ends when you reach America’s shores. Within the U.S., the Bush Administration has shown an unusually hostile attitude toward the exercise of personal freedom.
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040202-582330,00.html

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The Folly of Fingerprinting:

The U.S. federal government has “a master list of 5 million people worldwide thought to be potential terrorists or criminals.” Five million people! Exactly how is this list being assembled? No wonder they’re calling in the SWAT teams over 5-year-olds and Welsh insurance agents.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/01/26/007.html

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Guantanamo Spy Cases Evaporate :

Chaplain and Arabic Translator Are Now Facing Only Lesser Charges

01/25/04

‘Little point’ in WMD search :

The sharp change in emphasis by the CIA-directed Iraq Survey Group follows the admission on Friday by its outgoing leader, Dr David Kay, that his 1,000-man organisation had not found evidence of stockpiles, and that he now believed they had never existed.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1130817,00.html

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Powell: Possible Iraq Had No Banned Arms :

Secretary of State Colin Powel held out the possibility Saturday that prewar Iraq may not have possessed weapons of mass destruction.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040124/ap_on_re_mi_ea/us_iraq_2

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Iraq’s WMD: the big lie?:

The justification for war: With the resignation of David Kay from the Iraq Survey Group, the pressure could not be greater on Blair to explain where he got the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
www.sundayherald.com/39487

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UK: Spy chiefs warn PM: don‚t blame us for war :

BRITISH intelligence chiefs launched a pre-emptive strike against Tony Blair last night, ahead of the publication of the Hutton report, and blamed the government for pressurising them into cherry-picking intelligence to justify the war on Iraq.
www.sundayherald.com/39548

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Betrayed:

The 50 lies, exaggerations, distortions and half truths that took this country to war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5581.htm

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Profiles of Americans Who Have Died:

The death toll in Iraq for U.S. armed forces now stands at 500. The following bios represent all but the last few who’ve died:
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/iraq/casualties

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Bush’s Military Record Reveals Grounding and Absence for Two Full Years:

The first independent investigation of Bush’s military record by a former Air National Guard pilot has revealed the following
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5577.htm

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Army Copter With 2 Pilots Crashes in Iraq:

A U.S. military helicopter crashed Sunday in the Tigris River in the northern town of Mosul while searching for a soldier, and both pilots were missing, a spokeswoman said.
apnews.excite.com/article/20040125/D809VSVG0.html

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U.S. Arrests Nearly 50 in Iraq; GI Dies:

A U.S. soldier died Sunday of wounds suffered in a grenade attack on his Bradley vehicle that was patrolling a central Iraqi town of Beiji
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3666487,00.html

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Female GIs reporting rapes by U.S. soldiers:

Female troops serving in Iraq are reporting an insidious enemy in their own camps: fellow American soldiers who sexually assault them.
www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/7785705.htm

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Stress epidemic strikes American forces in Iraq:

Up to one in five of the American military personnel in Iraq will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, say senior forces’ medical staff dealing with the psychiatric fallout of the war.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1130771,00.html

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Kucinich says Iraq policy will lead to military draft :

America’s policy in Iraq will lead to a resumption of the military draft, Democrat Dennis Kucinich told high school and college students Saturday.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/01/24/politics1558EST0593.DTL

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Why democracy will fail in Iraq:

President Bush dragged our nation into this hornets’ nest by misleading us over weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein’s connection to terrorism; now all he has left as a justification for 500 dead American soldiers is Iraq’s democratization.
www.sptimes.com/2004/01/25/Columns/Why_democracy_will_fa.shtml

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Saddam’s WMD hidden in Syria, says Iraq survey chief:

David Kay, the former head of the coalition’s hunt for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, yesterday claimed that part of Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons programme was hidden in Syria.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/01/
25/wirq25.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/01/25/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/2xpgd

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Chaos Under Heaven, and More to Come:

Not content with the mounting signs of civil war in Iraq, however, the Pentagon, presumably with the help of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, was reported this week by Jane’s Intelligence Digest to be drawing up plans for carrying out raids on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and Syria, in what would be a notable expansion of Bush’s “war on terror.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5578.htm

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Syria denies receiving Iraq arms:

Syria has strongly denied allegations that it has been harbouring Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3428383.stm

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Christian Evangelicals in Iraq: A Time-Bomb Waiting to Explode:

The humanitarian aid work is the cover for the real agenda (which is converting Muslims to Christianity). The whole concept reveals a lot of racism, paternalism, arrogance, and ignorance. It is racist because it implicitly assumes that these Middle Eastern Arabs are not at the superior spiritual levels of whites (as measured by attaining Christian submission to Jesus Christ and his teachings).
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5582.htm

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Bush’s move-on mantra bludgeons democracy:

Stephen Kinzer’s book documenting the CIA’s 1953 coup in Iran provides a footprint to the current mess in Iraq
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16332

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Iraqi informer’s family is marked for death :

Nawaf al-Zaidan earned $30m by leading the US to Saddam’s sons. Now local tribes have sworn revenge
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1130223,00.html

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In case you missed it:

The Bush Plan for America: The Rise of an American National Security State:

Americans may not realize it yet, but the United States under Bush is already more than three-quarters of the way down the road to fascism. This is no conspiracy theory, no leftist complaint, no bleeding-heart sentiment. The facts are all there, but Americans do not yet see this ominous truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5579.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Despotism & Democracy :

Nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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Missing in action – The Press:

The US Press has not seriously considered how it came to be that more than one half of all Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 atrocity. That fact is the world’s greatest monument to the effect of propaganda, originated by the Bush administration and fed to the American people by a supine and corrupt press.
www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20040124T230000-0500
_54798_OBS_MISSING_IN_ACTION___THE_PRESS.asp

tinyurl.com/2bdjb

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Military Acknowledges Massive Supply Problems in Iraq War:

At least $1.2 billion worth of supplies got lost, according to an audit by the General Accounting Office.
www.newhousenews.com/archive/wood012204.html

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President seeks 7 percent spending increase for Pentagon :

The Bush administration wants to boost military spending by 7 percent to nearly $402 billion in fiscal 2005, the Pentagon said yesterday. That would take the defense budget to levels exceeding those at the height of the Cold War.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2001842913_defense24.html

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Our Man in Baku:

Azerbaijan, might look like a good place for President Bush to start implementing his frequently declared policy of “spreading freedom” to the world — and in particular the greater Middle East. Instead he is doing the opposite.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5580.htm

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Doing Business With The Enemy :

(CBS) 60 Minutes reveals how, thanks to 401(k)s, pension plans and mutual funds, ordinary Americans are unwittingly investing in companies that are doing business in terrorist-sponsoring states.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/22/60minutes/main595214.shtml

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Halliburton wins Iraq deal despite price gouging :

The Bush administration knew that Halliburton had overcharged the US government on an Iraq reconstruction contract before it awarded the company a separate lucrative contract last week to repair Iraqi oilfields.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281271378&p=1012571727162

tinyurl.com/3xr4m

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Whistleblower Coming In Cold From the F.B.I.:

Sibel Edmonds says she was shocked at the lack of security in the F.B.I.’s counterintelligence squad when she went to work there shortly after Sept. 11. But when she spoke up, she was canned.
www.observer.com/pages/frontpage1.asp

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What the outposts teach :

It turns out that the war for the dismantling of the outposts – such dismantling being a promise made by Israel in the days of the road map, and before them – is a lie.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/386474.html

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A necessary argument :

Killing people is wrong. Full stop. But it is clearly also sometimes possible to understand why people do it. On occasion, though without ever condoning the killing, it is even possible to sympathise with what drove them to it.
politics.guardian.co.uk/libdems/comment/0,9236,1130248,00.html

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Canada: A search they’ll come to regret:

By figuratively kicking down Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O’Neill’s door, the RCMP did two things it will regret: It pushed Paul Martin’s new government into its first home-grown crisis and focused public attention on intrusive security measures that the country had until Wednesday chosen to largely ignore.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type
1&c=Article&cid=1074813009075&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

tinyurl.com/2nguh

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Top White House aide defends outsourcing :

Call against Bill to prohibit government jobs from being sent overseas. Contracting jobs overseas is ‘simply the latest manifestation of free trade’, a top White House economic aide said in defence of a practice used by American companies.
business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,106065,00.html

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High-end jobs moving overseas :

More than 150 corporate executives, many paying $1,400 a head, listened intently for tips on how to move jobs overseas effectively.
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10863535&
BRD=1710&PAG=461&dept_id=100732&rfi=6

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Left behind in the U.S.A.:

Up until two years ago, Odell had a good-paying job with full benefits making printing presses at the Goss factory in town. Then one day, Goss padlocked the gates of its factory and announced that its operations were moving to China.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7782047.htm

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Corporate profits grow but wages stall:

The following statements are both true. Corporate profits are at a record high. Wages are growing at the slowest pace in a decade.
www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0125stein25.html

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10 days, 4,600 jobs lost :

There’s no doubt the past 10 days have been brutal ones in West Michigan. And with stock indexes rising and many experts predicting economic recovery on the horizon, Walker and others are asking: What’s going on?
www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1075029328165880.xml

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Illinois has lost more than 154,000 manufacturing jobs since 1999

According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. These days, manufacturing’s so-called “jobless recovery” extends even to those firms that are growing.
www.dailyherald.com/business/business_story.asp?intid=3801122

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Wilsons Leather cutting 100 stores, 1,000 jobs:

Wilsons The Leather Experts is closing about 100 stores, nearly 20 percent of its total, and is eliminating more than 1,000 jobs after a dismal holiday season.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/7787478.htm

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Needed shelters face opposition in suburbs:

Advocates for the homeless say opponents don’t realize that many people in shelters are working men and women, and families. That is especially true of suburban shelters, he said, where more than half of the people enter with family members.
www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.shelter25jan25,0,410533.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

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Newsweek Poll: 52 Percent of Voters Don’t Want to See Bush Re-Elected
biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040124/nysa010a_1.html

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America’s Prison Habit :

Since 1980 the U.S. prison and jail population has quadrupled in size to more than 2 million. In the process, prisons have embedded themselves into the nation’s economic and social fabric. A powerful lobby has grown up around the prison system that will fight hard to protect the status quo.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43362-2004Jan23.html

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Date: 24 Jan 2004

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Saddam’s WMD never existed, says chief American arms inspector:

David Kay, who stood down yesterday as head of the Bush administration’s hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said that he did not believe that any stockpiles of such weapons ever existed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5571.htm

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New WMD blow for Blair :

Survey chief resigns saying Iraq never had stockpiles
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1130333,00.html

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US chief Iraq arms expert quits:

The head of the team searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, David Kay, has resigned. Mr Kay said he did not believe Iraq possessed large stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3425429.stm

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Annan: Iraq weapons report should be taken seriously:

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has said a statement by the outgoing chief US arms hunter that Iraq had no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction should be taken seriously.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1031122.htm

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“It’s Just Wrong What We’re Doing”:

In an exclusive interview, repentant Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara breaks his silence on Iraq: The United States, he says, is making the same mistakes all over again. ‘Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5575.htm

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Blair ‘must admit WMD defeat’:

Opposition MPs have called for a public inquiry : The prime minister must admit defeat on the issue of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, Robin Cook has demanded.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3425529.stm

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Cheney Delusional? :

Cheney claims al Qaeda link to Hussein : He also says regime had program for prohibited weapons
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/01/23/MNG3M4G9GV1.DTL

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Exposing The Lies:

Cheney’s Iraq Deceptions Leave NPR Speechless
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5573.htm

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A History Of Lies:

WMD, Who Said What and When ?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3569.htm

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Lone Cowboy :

US Vice President Dick Cheney, seeking to erase the image of the United States as a lone cowboy, called for increased world cooperation and effective international institutions to help wage its war on terrorism. Cheney, a main architect of the controversial US doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes, reiterated Washington’s readiness to use force if necessary.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/67770/1/.html

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Who pays for the lies?:

Five More GIs, several Iraqi civilians killeed In Iraq:

A car bomb exploded on Saturday in Khaldiyah, a town west of Baghdad, killing three American soldiers and injuring six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians, the military said. Two other American soldiers were killed earlier Saturday in a roadside bombing near Fallujah.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/ap/20040124/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_attack

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Who pays for the lies?:

Images Of War
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2604.htm

&

President Bush’s “Bring Them On” Picture Album
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4173.htm

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Royal Flush:

Out of the blood and murk of Iraq, yet another sinister connection is emerging, a skein of corruption tying Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, the Bush Family fortunes — and a mysterious Kuwaiti company that peddles material for building weapons of mass destruction.
www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2004/01/23/120.html

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The New Inquisition:

According to the old saying, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The problem is that in much of the world, and particularly in the United States, the designated watchmen of the public interest are asleep at their posts.
www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20040118t
000000-0500_54490_obs_the_new_inquisition.asp

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Ex-U.N. arms expert to head U.S. hunt in Iraq :

Despite the many reports he had written for the United Nations on Iraq’s arms, Duelfer recently expressed doubts unconventional weapons will ever be found.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=
worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4198335

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In case you missed it:

Kay: Iraq search team making significant finds – Oct. 5, 2003
www.cnn.com/2003/US/10/05/kay.wmd/

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In case you missed it: Inspector

Optimistic About Iraq WMD Hunt:

David Kay (search), a former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations, said his search team is making new discoveries everyday that help expose “the full extent and nature of Saddam [Hussein]’s program.” August 01, 2003
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,93470,00.html

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Ashcroft Says U.S. Not Greedy for Empire:

“If you look at the United States and its performance, and where it is in the world and what it does in the world, it’s not an aggressor,” Ashcroft told the World Economic Forum in Davos.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4197612

See also:
tinyurl.com/2wbjo

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Iraq Shiites split over UN:

Radical Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr branded the UN a “dishonest” body which served America’s agenda and had no role to play in future Iraqi elections.
sg.news.yahoo.com/040123/1/3hgyq.html

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Key US Iraq ally backs Shia chief’s elections demand :

Ahmad Chalabi, one of Washington’s staunchest allies on Iraq’s interim Governing Council, on Friday added to Washington’s difficulties with its exit strategy from Baghdad by joining calls for direct elections before the country returns to self-rule.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/Story
FT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281271420&p=1012571727172

tinyurl.com/3a9mc

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US, Hat In Hand, Back At UN :

It is with a certain air of controlled desperation that the Bush administration has asked for a bailout in Iraq from the long-scorned United Nations. Having invaded Iraq without a UN mandate last March, the administration didn’t think to mention any role for the world organization when Administrator Paul Bremer reached an agreement with the American-created Iraqi Governing Council last November for a transfer of sovereignty less than six months from now.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-12-04-iraq-disclosure-usat_x.htm

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Of course the White House fears free elections in Iraq :

Only an appointocracy can be trusted to accept US troops and corporations
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1130138,00.html

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German trial hears how Iranian agent warned US of impending al-Qaida attack :

The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist.
www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1130338,00.html

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The Finality of Evil : America vs. Human Nature :

From the audacious title, to an opening that quotes Thomas Paine’s rebuke of the “sunshine patriot,” to a proposal for immediately widening the war against al-Qaeda to include Hamas and Hezbollah, An End to Evil is a worthy election-year polemic from Richard Perle and David Frum.
www.reason.com/hod/jt012204.shtml

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Cherie [Blair] said Bush ‘stole’ power and tackled him on executions: :

TONY BLAIR has been embarrassed by his wife‚s displays of open animosity towards President Bush, according to a forthcoming biography of the Prime Minister.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5574.htm

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Afghan probe into children killed by US attack :

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that his government had launched an inquiry into allegations that US troops killed 11 civilians, including women and children, during a recent operation.
sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13369721

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In case you missed it:

John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror.

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5568.htm

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National Guard survey hints at exodus :

A recent survey of 5,000 soldiers from 15 states showed that the rate at which Army Guard members choose to leave the military could jump ˜ to 20-22% a year
www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-01-22-guard_x.htm

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Arafat: Time running out for two-state solution :

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat told a British newspaper in an interview published Saturday that “time is running out for the two-state solution,” and blamed Israel’s construction of the West Bank separation fence and its settlement policy.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/386384.html

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Too late for two states?:

It’s scarcely surprising that Palestinian enthusiasm for the two-state consensus is eroding. The Oslo agreement may have brought the Palestinian leadership home, but it also required them to act as security sub-contractors for Israel in what amounted to a souped-up colony.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5572.htm

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Washington Trades Human Rights for Oil in Azerbaijan:

“In light of President Bush’s recent statements on democracy in neighboring countries in the Middle East, U.S. inaction on Azerbaijan is particularly troubling.”
www.oneworld.net/article/view/77470/1/

More on this topic.
tinyurl.com/2fc5m

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Uzbeks Fear a Georgia-Style Revolution:

The Uzbek government is seeking to tighten control over international human rights and democracy organizations, fearing that some are promoting a revolution similar to that in Georgia two months ago, officials with the groups said.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/01/23/015.html

Background on Uzbekistan
tinyurl.com/2bnqq

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Computer Reportedly Seized From Frist’s Office:

Federal investigators reportedly have seized a staff computer in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s office in a probe to find Republican aides who improperly accessed Democrats’ memos on opposing judicial nominees.
www.knoxnews.com/kns/state/article/0,1406,KNS_348_2600932,00.html

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The Other America:

Either the president doesn’t get it, or he is deliberately ignoring the hard times that have enveloped millions of Americans on his watch.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5576.htm

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Huge layoffs expected at Kraft Foods:

Kraft Foods Inc. is expected to announce thousands of job cuts early next week as part of Chief Executive Roger Deromedi’s plan to cut costs and put more muscle into marketing.
www.sunspot.net/business/investing/bal-kraft0123,0,7846043.story?coll=b

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Ford To Announce Layoffs Monday:

Ford says the layoffs would start April 26th.
www.ksdk.com/news/news_article_lc.asp?storyid=53896

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Packing Plant Layoffs:

A Des Moines’ Iowa Packing Company has been sold, and half of the more than 500 employees may not get their jobs back.
www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1613442&nav=2HABKN7s

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934 jobs to be lost due to Citibank decision:

Citibank is closing a credit-card operations center in Trevose, Pa., resulting in the loss of 934 jobs.
philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2004/01/19/daily44.html

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Alltel To Eliminate Up To Six Hundred Positions Nationwide :

The Little Rock-based company expects to let go of 400 to 600 employees, as they consolidate parts of the wireless and wireline divisions.
www.katv.com/news/stories/0104/121130.html

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Meijer cuts workers, more layoffs planned:

The family-owned and operated grocery and general merchandise retailer operates 158 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
www.lsj.com/news/business/040124_meijer_7c.html

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Motorola to close Boynton plant, with 240 laid off :

Of the 370 jobs at the cell-phone plant in Quantum Park, 240 people will be laid off
www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/sfl-zmotorola
23jan23,0,4762605.story?coll=sfla-business-front

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Sears cuts 240 call center jobs:

For the second time this week, hundreds of workers at a call center in Louisville are being laid off as a national company consolidates its support operations in other cities.
louisville.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2004/01/19/daily34.html

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Laid-Off Workers Just Can‚t Find Comparable Jobs:

For millions of Americans today, being employed means lowering your expectations.
abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/Business/job_quality_040112.html

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State jobless rate climbs to 7.2% :

Michigan was a lousy place to find work in 2003. But the climate for job-seekers became even bleaker last month as the state’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 percent
www.mlive.com/news/statewide/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1074894002248040.xml

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US fast-tracks ‘dirty bomb’ case :

The US Supreme Court has promised a prompt hearing for the government’s appeal against the release of “dirty bomb” suspect Jose Padilla.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3424895.stm

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Canada: Police conducted three other searches in leak probe, records indicate:

“There should have been a rigorous balancing of freedom of the press, when a confidential source was at stake, before those warrants were issued,”
www.canada.com/news/national/story.html?id=
D8FE0C75-372F-42F4-8866-8437A5DA661D

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UK: Tonge sacked over suicide comment:

Jenny Tonge has been asked by Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy to quit his front bench following her remarks about Palestinian suicide bombers.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3421669.stm

Date: 23 Jan 2004

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264 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Shiite Leader Rejects U.S. Plan for Iraq :

The U.S.-backed plan for handing over power to Iraqis is unacceptable as it stands, according to a top Shiite Muslim leader who met with President Bush this week.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3660591,00.html

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Iraq Office Explosion Kills Two Men :

A bomb planted in a meeting room exploded after a meeting of the Iraqi Communist Party, killing two men in an an apparent attack on supporters of the U.S.-backed government, officials said Friday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3659260,00.html

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Two Halliburton employees accepted kickbacks :

Two Halliburton Co. officials accepted up to $6 million in kickbacks from a Kuwaiti company that was awarded contracts to supply U.S. troops in Iraq, according to a newspaper report.
www.boston.com/dailynews/023/nation/Report_Two_Halliburton_employe:.shtml

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Wars ‘useful’, says US army chief:

General Peter Schoomaker said in an interview with AP news agency that the wars had allowed the army to instil its soldiers with a “warrior ethos”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3419715.stm

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu says Tony Blair and George Bush should admit the war in Iraq was wrong.

Archbishop calls on Blair to admit Iraq war was wrong He said such a move would help persuade the people of Iraq the coalition is serious about the future of the country.
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_857916.html?menu=news.latestheadlines

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Iraqi police walk perilous beat:

At least 280 Iraqi police have been killed since the fall of Baghdad in April, 2003.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0123/p06s01-woiq.html

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Soldiers’ flights home still left unpaid:

To the great irritation of Minnesota’s two U.S. senators, the Pentagon still won’t reimburse the full travel costs of many U.S. troops who have taken breaks from wartime duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/politics/7765451.htm

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Rumsfeld considers striking Hizbullah to provoke Syria:

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.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JP
Article/ShowFull&cid=1074745158639&p=1008596981749

tinyurl.com/2huy6

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Next stop Syria?

Washington’s post-9/11 war on terror is finished. But another has only just begun
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1128499,00.html

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Top U.S. Politician: Iraq WMD May Have Gone to Syria :

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts said there was some concern Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had gone to Syria, and Washington vowed to carry on searching for such arms in Iraq.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A36889-2004Jan21?language=printer

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Detainee cases hit court:

The justices are preparing to take up cases this spring that will test the very foundation of American government – the balance of power between the courts, Congress, and the White House. At issue is whether President Bush is acting within his constitutional authority as commander in chief in ordering the indefinite detention of those he has designated “enemy combatants.”
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0123/p01s01-usju.html

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Guantanamo: a symbol of US loss of values:

The US does not believe the old rules apply in the war against terror. Given enough time and enough pressure, even the innocent will confess to something – anything just to end the isolation and deprivation.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/23/1074732600084.html

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Grand Jury Hears Plame Case:

Testimony begins in front of a grand jury in the investigation into whether the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame was improperly leaked to the press
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,581456,00.html

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Musharraf Says Appears Scientists Sold Secrets :

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said on Friday it appeared Pakistani scientists had sold nuclear secrets abroad, but reiterated Islamabad’s position that there had been no official involvement.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL308652.htm

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Army, NASA ink partnership for space technology :

An Army research and development center has entered a partnership with NASA to provide technology to the Space Shuttle program, and at the same time, transfer NASA technology to Army ground vehicle development.
www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?&story_id_key=5598

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Plan to open Alaska to more oil, gas development finished:

Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed off on a plan Thursday for opening most of an 8.8 million-acre swath of Alaska’s North Slope to oil and gas development. Some of the drilling could occur in areas important for migratory birds, whales and wildlife.
www.myinky.com/ecp/news/article/0,1626,ECP_734_2598213,00.html

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Senate Approves Huge Spending Bill After Democrats’ Delay:

The Senate gave President Bush and his Republican allies a victory today by approving an $820 billion spending bill covering more than a dozen federal departments and agencies in the fiscal year that began almost four months ago.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/22/politics/22CND-SPEN
.html?ex=1075811254&ei=1&en=5095d4c6ac10deea

tinyurl.com/32mtw

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Bush’s $5 trillion problem: Rising deficit troubles GOP:

“It’s a system that’s completely out of control, and it’s an absolute disgrace,” says Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona, commenting on the runaway spending on Capitol Hill.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0123/p02s02-uspo.html

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Moving jobs abroad: More interest than ever from corporate America:

Increasingly, U.S. corporations are farming out programming, customer support, data entry and various back-office jobs to lower-paid workers in countries as diverse as India, Romania and Ghana. The average programmer commands $60 an hour in the United States, six times the rate in India.
www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2004/01/22/business/
local/8112f3df3161cb4586256e23004f58cf.txt

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Agents told to be silent on details of border plan :

The Bush administration’s proposal to offer amnesty to illegal immigrant workers has prompted federal officials to instruct border patrol agents not to disclose information that might reflect poorly on the idea, a government document shows.
www.freep.com/news/metro/border21_20040121.htm

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Bush‚s Democracy:

In his State of the Union address, the American president linked the absence of democracy in the Middle East with the terrorism phenomenon threatening Americans. It does not matter here that the Israeli occupation of Palestine is terrorism itself, that some founders of the Jewish state, Washington’s staunchest ally, were the first to introduce terrorism to the Middle East in the 1940s
english.daralhayat.com/OPED/01-2004/Article-2004
0123-432841e5-c0a8-01ed-007b-24d33143411e/story.html

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‘Jewish lobby’ is an anti-Semitic term, says US diplomat:

A senior US diplomat in London has ruffled feathers in Britain’s foreign policy establishment by publicly implying that a reference to the “Jewish lobby” in the United States is an anti-Semitic remark.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=483856

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British MP in ‘suicide’ bomb row:

A British parliamentarian has said she would consider becoming a “suicide bomber” if she were a Palestinian. Jenny Tonge MP told a British satellite channel on Thursday that she understood the attackers’ “desperation”.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/878E7EF7-2AD6-437F-B3AF-274189598ADD.htm

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‘Bush as popular as Jesus’ :

“Jesus got exactly the same number of votes as George Bush junior”
www.itv.com/news/1801662.html

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Last-Minute Immigration Fix:

Days from deportation, German woman to stay
www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-nyvisa2
13635019jan21,0,6431845.story?coll=ny-news-print

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Israel: The heart breaks :

Mohammed Araj was six and a half, and carefully protected by his father; But it wasn’t enough: The soldier emerged from the alley between their house and the cemetery at the edge of Balata camp, and shot him once, straight to the heart.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/386064.html

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U.S. made Iraq a hotbed of terrorism:

Russia: In its most damning indictment of the U.S war in Iraq yet, Russia accused the U.S. of putting Iraq on the brink of disintegration and turning it into a hotbed of terrorism and instability that may fuse with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
www.hindu.com/2004/01/22/stories/2004012202731400.htm

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Doubt over N Korea’s ability on nuclear bomb:

Siegfried Hecker, former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said he had seen no evidence that North Korea had the ability to build and deliver a nuclear bomb.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281208466&p=1012571727169

tinyurl.com/2nk74

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The choices are clear: Tyranny or Enlightenment :

What has galled me to no end this political season is the utter and shameful failure of the political opposition to correctly and courageously define the colossal criminality of the present administration in Washington, particularly the failures to notify all Americans that the U.S. is waging wars and squandering the lives of its own children in unjustifiable attacks on innocent people in faraway lands.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5566.htm

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Maureen Dowd:

Riding the Crazy Train: Can you believe President Bush is still pushing the cockamamie claim that we went to war in Iraq with a real coalition rather than a gaggle of poodles and lackeys?
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/22/opinion/22DOWD.html?th

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Bush act starts to wear thin:

Non-Americans tuning in to George W. Bush’s State of the Union address would have been disappointed. Even allowing for his domestic needs in an election year, it was riddled with disingenuous, at times dishonest, formulations as well as logical inconsistencies.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1074683529256&call_pageid=
968256290204&col=968350116795

tinyurl.com/ypsoa

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Occupational hazards :

It is not just the Shias. Iraqis of all political, ethnic and religious persuasions want their country back. Most are glad that the dictator has gone. Most want an end to the US-led occupation. There is no contradiction in this.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1128345,00.html

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War is the ultimate crime:

Instead of lofty notions like “freedom,” this strategy aims to defend “vital interests” such as “ensuring uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies and strategic resources.” Such a plan involves constructing a world system “open to U.S. economic penetration and political control, tolerating no rivals or threats,”
www.lasvegasmercury.com/2004/MERC-Jan-22-Thu-2004/23029039.html

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A MUST READ

John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror:

I am a reporter, who values bearing witness. That is to say, I place paramount importance in the evidence of what I see, and hear, and sense to be the truth, or as close to the truth as possible. By comparing this evidence with the statements, and actions of those with power, I believe it’s possible to assess fairly how our world is controlled and divided, and manipulated – and how language and debate are distorted and a false consciousness developed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5568.htm

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The US war on a way of life:

Al-Qaeda is the title given to a small group of people, but with the unfolding US “war on terror‰ many people have unknowingly become part of a broader Al-Qaeda movement against global tyranny. The US flawed definition of enemy is fast labeling more and more supporters and activists for justice and peace as Al-Qaeda terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5567.htm

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Arundhati Roy: The New American Century:

In the great cities of Europe and America, where a few years ago these things would only have been whispered, now people are openly talking about the good side of imperialism and the need for a strong empire to police an unruly world. The new missionaries want order at the cost of justice. Discipline at the cost of dignity. And ascendancy at any price.
www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20040209&s=roy

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Bush’s New Middle East :

If only the gathering discontent over Iraq could be tidily relegated to the “against us” corner of the world; if only allies could be shocked and awed into consenting to U.S. policies; if only democracy could be established by the point of a gun, then President Bush could declare his preemptive war doctrine a triumph.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5570.htm

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Surprise witness to link Iran to September 11 hijacks:

The trial of the second person charged by German authorities as an accomplice of the September 11 hijackers was thrown into turmoil when prosecutors revealed there was a surprise witness purporting to link Iran to the hijackings.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/22/1074732537999.html

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No truth to rumor bin Laden captured – U.S. official :

There is no truth to a rumor in the foreign exchange markets that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been captured, a U.S. official said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:401003d3:3d6ab365696
db3e?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4187608

tinyurl.com/28q4g

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Cartoon: What about Osama?
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~161~1906740,00.html

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House panel prepares House for catastrophic attack:

A House committee recommended legislation Wednesday that would provide for fast special elections if a terrorist attack killed or incapacitated many House members.
news.bostonherald.com/national/national.bg?articleid=595

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Truth Or Fiction?:

STEVEN Brill had a summit meeting of TV anchormen and their bosses over dinner at his Fifth Avenue apartment on Tuesday night with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to discuss how they’ll cover the next terrorist attack.
www.nypost.com/gossip/44885.htm

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In case you missed it:

Called Off the Trail?:

FBI Agents Probing Terror Links Say They Were Told, ŒLet Sleeping Dogs Lie‚ “September the 11th is a direct result of the incompetence of the FBI’s International Terrorism Unit. No doubt about that. Absolutely no doubt about that,” Wright said. “You can’t know the things I know and not go public.”
abcnews.go.com/sections/primetime/DailyNews/FBI_whistleblowers021219.html

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Bush Proposes Increase in Homeland Security Funds :

President Bush, on Thursday proposed a 9.7 percent increase in homeland security spending but said the main focus of U.S. efforts against terrorism still will be abroad
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4189156

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U.S. Cities Still Waiting for Security Funds:

Money to tighten security and boost counterterrorism capacity in U.S. cities has started to trickle down to local governments, but most cities say they have yet to see any of the billions of dollars they were promised, a new report showed on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4189394

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Welcome To America:

A scary ordeal at U.S. immigration: A German woman married to a Brooklyn schoolteacher had been told that she had all her permits when she took a quick trip to show off her infant daughter to her parents in Germany. But her return home in late December turned surreal and terrifying when Homeland Security officials at Kennedy Airport rejected her documents, confiscated her passport, then detained her and the 3-month-old for 18 hours in a room with shackled drug suspects. They let her go only after ordering her to leave the country no later than Jan. 22.
www.iht.com/ihtsearch.php?id=125919&owner=(The%20New%20York%20Times)&date=20040122141621

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Ex-C.I.A. Aides Ask for Leak Inquiry by Congress:

A group of former intelligence officers is pressing Congressional leaders to open an immediate inquiry into the disclosure last summer of the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/22/politics/22INTE.html?th

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Dollar’s dive spells China crisis:

The world’s business leaders now assembling in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum have currency fluctuations at, or close to the top of, the list of what they are worrying about. They see the collapse in the dollar’s value as having the potential to spread economic pain throughout the world – something President Bush failed to mention in his State of the Union Address
www.thisismoney.com/20040122/nm73290.html

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Repeating The Lies:

General Richard Myers US Army-Interview with SBS Australia. Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5569.htm

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Kodak to Cut Up to 15,000 Jobs, Stock Up :

Eastman Kodak Co. on Thursday said it would cut as many as 15,000 jobs and take charges of up to $1.7 billion over the next three years as it works through a painful shift toward digital products and away from the waning film market.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=QR5QHYSNFLU1Q
CRBAEOCFFA?type=businessNews&storyID=4189410

SEATTLE will pay $US250,000 ($325,000) to settle a lawsuit brought by World Trade Organisation protesters who alleged their rights to free speech and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures were violated when police arrested them during 1999 demonstrations.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8424513%255E1702,00.html

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Ethics lesson for US fleet:

A US Navy commander has ordered US surface warships to “stand down” for a day in order to consider the ethics of stealing. Two sailors were accused of thieving money and other valuables during an inspection of a Singaporean vessel in the Gulf, navy officials said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B0B09F25-
DEE5-4326-B083-951FB784101B.htm

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Date: 22 Jan 2004

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263 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three Iraqi women killed in Fallujah:

Unidentified assailants shot and killed three women working for United States-led forces in a central city while a young man was fatally shot on Thursday in the south, police said.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=123&art_id=qw1074767760427B262&set_id=1

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Iraqi police killed in Falluja attack:

Three Iraqi police have been killed and five wounded after they were attacked near the town of Falluja.
www.itv.com/news/1547635.html

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Mortar Attack Kills Two U.S. Soldiers, Wounds Another :

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and one was critically wounded in a mortar and rocket attack on a U.S. military base near the restive central Iraq town of Baquba, the U.S. Army said Thursday.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=816244&tw=wn_wire_story

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Israelis kill Palestinian child in Gaza:

A Palestinian child has been shot dead by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip near the border fence with Israel, Palestinian medics have said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/DCC8FDFA-7AB8-49E3-BDB2-DC9BCC60596B.htm

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Child sobs for dead mother:

A Palestinian woman, 31, was fatally shot in the head during the military operation, hospital officials said. Her sister and another relative, a 13-year-old boy, were wounded.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/22/1074732539477.html

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Iraq may be on path to civil war, CIA officials warn :

CIA officers in Iraq are warning that the country may be on a path to civil war, current and former U.S. officials said yesterday, starkly contradicting the upbeat assessment President Bush gave in his State of the Union address.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001841528_cia22.html

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How Much Democracy Should Iraqis Have?

A fight is brewing over how much democracy Iraq’s people can handle. President Bush says he wants elections in the country that America occupies – just not right now. He envisions instead an appointed process likely to yield America-friendly officials in Baghdad.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3652854,00.html

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Bush May Seek Billions for Iraq After Election :

President Bush may seek an additional $40 billion or more for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year — on top of the $400-billion military budget he will send to Congress next month, congressional sources and budget analysts said on Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=YELXP2DKDFV
VUCRBAEZSFEY?type=topNews&storyID=4180257

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Taliban warns of more attacks:

The latest warming comes amid a deteriorating security situation sweeping Afghanistan.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/31216CB5-1252-41B1-9B35-AA1F024B66F2.htm

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Military Lawyer Slams U.S. Terrorism Tribunals :

The U.S. Marine Corps lawyer assigned to defend an Australian terror suspect being held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba Wednesday criticized the military tribunal process and said it will not allow a fair trial
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4179427

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USA: “Double jeopardy” for some Guantánamo detainees:

Held in isolating conditions, the detainees held in Guantánamo Bay have not been allowed to see lawyers or relatives, or to have access to any court. Now, even if eventually released with no charge, some may face further injustice: indefinite untried detention, torture or execution in their home country.
web.amnesty.org/pages/usa-070104-action-eng

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Patriot Act renewal ‘a can of worms’ :

Seventeen key provisions of the act, mostly ones which extend the surveillance powers of the federal government, are due to expire Dec. 31, 2005, if no fresh legislation is passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president.
www.upi.com/print.cfm?StoryID=20040121-072910-4598r

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9-11 is no reason to suspend the Constitution :

Essentially, the government is saying in these cases and others that 9-11 suspended the Constitution, and did so for all time, not just the immediate future.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2001840324_floyd21.html

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9/11 is low on White House priority list:

President Bush must be afraid that the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States will produce a report showing that he ignored warnings of an Al-Qaeda strike — and possibly specific warnings about using hijacked airplanes as missiles. An extension would push any such revelations well into the reelection campaign.
www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/auto/epaper/
editions/wednesday/opinion_04d04c57a54cb15e0044.html

tinyurl.com/2omw8

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Weapon of Mass Deception:

One of those essential tools‰ in fighting the war on terrorism, Bush said, “is the Patriot Act, which allows federal law enforcement to better share information, to track terrorists, to disrupt their cells and to seize their assets.‰ He forgot to mention spy on ordinary Americans, violate the Constitution, destroy civil liberties and turn the USA into a police state
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_3932.shtml

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NASA’s New Antiterrorism Mission :

The program is the second recent example of a NASA effort to mine information storehouses for enemies of the state. Over the weekend, the Electronic Privacy Information Center revealed that Northwest Airlines forked over millions of passenger records to the space agency for a terrorist-screening project, an effort enhanced with data from the 1990 U.S. census.
www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,61987,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

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Northwest Lands in Hot Water :

Northwest airline passengers who are irate about having their travel records turned over to the government for a data-mining project likely have few avenues for their anger, however, other than a personal boycott of the airline.
www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,61985,00.html

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UK: Snooping industry set to grow:

Snooping powers given to more than 600 public bodies look set to create a small industry of private firms that will help process requests for information about who people call, the websites they visit and who they swap e-mail with.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3414531.stm

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Canada: RCMP searches journalist’s home and office for leaked Arar material:

Barry Wright, a law professor at Carleton University, says the Security of Information Act goes too far. “This is a chilling effect on freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.”
www.canada.com/news/national/story.html?id=B6124CBF-E7D4-4410-AAA3-D72165040B57

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Infiltration of files seen as extensive:

Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/01/22/infiltration_of_files_seen_as_extensive?mode=PF

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The Real State of the Union:

So what‚s the good news George? Homelessness increased 50% in three years, poverty increased again in 2003, and more children are going hungry. 502 soldiers died in Iraq, and 100 soldiers have now died in Afghanistan. Is there any good news?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5565.htm

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Stories you might have missed:
Here is a tiny sample of the stories now going under-reported and even buried:
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article
_Type1&c=Article&cid=1074683529261&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

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Stop child executions!

Between 1990 and September 2003 Amnesty International documented 34 executions of child offenders in eight countriesˆ the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the USA, China and Yemen. The USA carried out 19 executions ˆ more than all other countries combined.
web.amnesty.org/pages/deathpenalty-children-eng

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In case you missed it:

N-bomb for Saddam in three years : SADDAM Hussein has the capability to make an atomic bomb within three years, and has stockpiled enough chemical and biological weapons to wipe out the world‚s population, according to the file on Iraq due to be released by Downing Street.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=994692002

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1,000 boots displayed in Chicago as memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq:

“These young men and women will not have died in vain if truth triumphs,” said Michael McConnell, regional director of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and social justice group that sponsored the memorial.
www.adn.com/24hour/nation/story/1126866p-7839706c.html

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Scandal hits promoter that wows US troops:

The investigation found that the celebrities did nothing wrong, but US taxpayers repeatedly paid for first-class aircraft tickets, drinks and limousine services in violation of Pentagon and federal regulations.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/22/1074732543024.html

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Saudi prince blames govt for kidnapping:

Outspoken Saudi prince Sultan bin Turki maintains that he was kidnapped, drugged and flown to Saudi Arabia from Switzerland on orders from the Saudi government to stop him from pursuing an anti-corruption campaign.
jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2004-daily/22-01-2004/main/main11.htm

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New evidence halts 9/11 verdict:

Mr Mzoudi, 31, is accused of being an accessory to the murder of more than 3,000 in the 2001 attacks on America and membership of a terrorist group.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3417809.stm

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Justice Department Investigating Lead Prosecutor in Terrorism Trial:

The allegations include withholding evidence from defense attorneys and trying to convince a court employee to get confidential information about a prisoner, the newspaper said.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAXHOK8KPD.html

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Guantanamo Bay: Hicks trial won’t be fair: US lawyer:

The military lawyer assigned to Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks has launched one of the most serious attacks yet on the legal process surrounding his client. Major Michael Mori says the military commission which will hear charges against him “will not provide a full and fair trial”.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1029437.htm

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Canadian to Sue U.S. for Expulsion to Syria :

A Canadian expelled by the United States to Syria as an al Qaeda suspect plans to sue the U.S. government on Thursday for sending him to be tortured, his lawyers said on Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=topNews&locale=en_CA&storyID=4178788

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Notice to Army Reserve members: don’t count on continuing to avoid mobilization.

“There will be some people who will say, `I do not wish to be a part of that kind of force,”’ Helmly said.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/01/20/national0148EST0418.DTL

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Date: 21 Jan 2004

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262 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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5 million on terrorism list:

“The U.S. lookout index contains some five million names of known terrorists and other persons representing a potential problem,”
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/TorontoSun/News/2004/01/20/318488.html

US set for Iraq election retreat :

The US-led coalition in Iraq is on the verge of bowing to Shia Muslim pressure for direct elections before the handover of power on June 30.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1127727,00.html

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Dilemmas of Colonialism: The Democracy Problem:

Being an empire is not so easy these days, as the Bush administration and its neoconservative supporters are beginning to see. The problem with empire-building in the modern age is that, in order to partake in it, you have to get by this silly, bothersome, internationally-accepted concept: democracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5560.htm

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Kurds turn against US after losing control over oil-rich land:

Kurdish community claims it had more autonomy under Saddam
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=483202

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UK: Probe into ‘Government war crimes’:

The Government could face an international trial for war crimes following the invasion of Iraq.
icberkshire.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/nationalnews/content_objectid=13839049_method=full_siteid=50102_headline=-Probe-into—Government-war-crimes—name_page.html

tinyurl.com/2dols

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In case you missed it:

General Wesley Clark says US plans to attack seven Muslim states
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B3A44697-9F60-4AA3-9E63-2304A0D164CA.htm

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Iraq Bombing Hurts 3 U.S. Soldiers, Others:

A roadside bomb exploded Wednesday near the northern city of Mosul, wounding three U.S. soldiers and seven other people, the military and local police said.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-iraq-soldiers-injured,0,3638303.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

tinyurl.com/2ns7s

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“Who will give us back our health?‰:

The health problems experienced by the people in the village are too numerous to track. Stories abound of strange tumors, rashes and illnesses.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5564.htm

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Army Faults Its Treatment of Reserve Troops:

Seeking to avert an exodus of part-time soldiers, the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve on Tuesday faulted the Army’s treatment of reservists and proposed to give them a firmer notion of when they may be plucked from civilian life for active duty.
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040121_24.html

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Perle’s Wisdom :

Nothing ennobles a nation more than citizens who shoulder the burdens of wartime. Nothing degrades a nation more than those who lobby for war while enriching themselves on its spoils.
www.tompaine.com/op_ads/opad2.cfm/ID/9757

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Names of soldiers killed in Iraq, by home state
tinyurl.com/2fle4

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Two killed, others disappeared, during President Bush visit:

Mexican troops suppress Indian town.
indiancountry.com/?1074631684

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Guantanamo families to take fight to US :

The families of British detainees at Guantanamo Bay are to take their fight for the men’s release to the US with the help of the foremost American civil liberties group, they announced yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1127639,00.html

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Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Back on Internet:

“Al Qaeda has watched and learnd how the U.S. deals with its security concerns and we can tell you that the U.S. is in a security mess. Operational plan one has succeded well more than we have expected thanks to god.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5562.htm

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UK: Kennedy renews call for Iraq war inquiry :

Charles Kennedy today tackled Tony Blair over what George Bush meant by the garbled phrase “weapons of mass destruction-related programme activities”.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1128011,00.html

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Fiction review: State of the Union :

If you go to the White House Web site, in addition to video of the first dog (”Barney II: Barney reloaded” is the icon), you’ll find the same lies still lying there in the text of last January’s speech, including “We will not pass along our problems to . . . other generations” (see the deficit and add the moon and Mars), and the big one,“
www.post-gazette.com/columnists/20040121gene0121p1.asp

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In case you missed it:

Bush Knew Iraq Info Was Dubious
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/06/25/eveningnews/main560449.shtml

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Molly Ivins : It’s about money:

Follow the greenbacks to learn where seemingly haphazard Bush policy comes from It is unclear to me why anyone would believe anything the president says about our fiscal situation. Keep in mind, this is a man who took three Texas oil companies into bankruptcy.
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16303

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Denver’s Homeless Seeking ‘Tent City’ :

Members of Denver’s growing homeless population want the city to allow a tent city near the heart of downtown to provide temporary shelter.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3651689,00.html

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Greg Palast: Go ahead, George, and lie to me:

We have No Child Left Behind – to provide the new worker drones that will clean the toilets at the Yale Alumni Club, punch the cash registers color-coded for illiterates, and pamper the winner-class on the higher floors of the new economic order.
www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=310&row=0

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Hatred Bush Hath Wrought: Why do they hate us?

And where do they get their hatred from? Of course, many of us don’t give a damn whether French schoolchildren or anyone else think Bush’s United States is a land of butchers and thugs. Whether or not we care, however, it matters.
www.uexpress.com/tedrall/

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Chronology of US raids in Afghanistan reported to have killed civilians:

Following is a list of reported civilian casualties from US bombing raids in Afghanistan:
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en51486&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Clampdown on nuclear scientists:

Pakistan has barred all scientists working on its nuclear weapons program from leaving the country
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/21/1074360835522.html

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Bush Pushes Plan to Permit Internet Surveillance :

The agreement makes it mandatory for each participating nation to grant new powers of search and seizure to its law enforcement authorities, including the power to force an Internet service provider (ISP) to preserve a customer’s usage records and to monitor his or her online activities as they occur.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=22023

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Homeland security seen spurring biometrics:

Big government contract coming to develop fingerprint-ID system
msnbc.msn.com/id/3999879/

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Supporting the Troops: A Critical Analysis:

It is not easy for an American citizen, with genuine loyalty to his nation, to ask these questions, for the answers bring nothing but shame and guilt. I, however, argue that Americans MUST ask themselves these questions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5561.htm

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Israel kills Palestinian woman in Gaza :

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian civilian woman during a massive invasion into the occupied Gaza Strip’s Rafah refugee camp.During Wednesday’s invasion, Israeli occupation soldiers also shot a teenager in the head, according to witnesses and medical sources.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C4500860-5581-4CB3-A1B5-1E8862369D56.htm

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Palestinians question US commitment to Middle East peace:

Palestinians are worried that US President George W Bush’s failure to mention their conflict with Israel in his State of the Union address means he intends to scale down US involvement in the matter.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1029406.htm

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Norwegian Ambassador’s home in Israel bugged:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was informed of a recent meeting between PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and opposition leader Shimon Peres at the home of the Norwegian ambassador via the use of electronic listening devices, Norwegian media reported Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5563.htm

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Israel: Likud kingpin indicted for bribing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

His son Gilad and Labor Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert in the first charge sheet filed in one of two political scandals involving the Sharon family.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/Printer&cid=1074657884519

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