Information Clearing House         Index February 1-6 2004
Date: 6 Feb 2004

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278 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraq threat was limited, troops told:

Australian troops fighting in Iraq were told in an official briefing days before entering the country that Saddam Hussein did not have the capability to launch weapons of mass destruction against its neighbours.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/06/1075854063537.html

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McCain to be on Iraq panel; report due in ‘05, official says :

President Bush will name Sen. John McCain to a commission that will investigate Iraq intelligence failures, an administration official said Thursday.
www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1076067078162680.xml

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In case you missed it:

McCain Returns to New Hampshire to Stump for Bush :

Sen. John McCain, called into action by Vice President Dick Cheney, returned to the site of his greatest political triumph Monday and campaigned for the man who ended his dreams for the White House in 2000 – President Bush
www.wjla.com/news/stories/0104/121690.html

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STUPIDITY IS ALL AROUND :

-Bush must be laughing his ass off. Voters too dim to recall yesterday’s news are letting him get away with running on the imaginary successes of a phony record. Lazy journalists are allowing him to run on a patently fictional platform of promises while ignoring the disastrous realities he has planned for 2004
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&e=1&u=%2Fuclicktext%
2F20040206%2Fcm_ucru%2Fstupidityisallaround

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Explosion on Moscow Metro Kills 39 :

A powerful explosion, apparently set off by a suicide bomber, ripped through a packed underground train in Moscow in morning rush-hour on Friday, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=820898&tw=wn_wire_story

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U.S. Soldier Killed, One Wounded in Mortar Attack :

One U.S. soldier was killed and another wounded in a mortar attack on U.S. military installations near Baghdad airport Thursday, a U.S. Army spokesman said.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15563-2004Feb5.html

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CIA denies claims that Iraq posed ‘imminent’ danger:

The director of the CIA, George Tenet, contradicted yesterday claims made, or implied, by the Bush administration that Iraq had posed an imminent danger to the West before the United States-led invasion last March. Intelligence reports had “never said there was an imminent threat”, he said.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=488318

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Ex-defence secretary blasts Blair :

Tony Blair came under further attack today over his claim that he did not know key facts about Iraqi weapons on the eve of sending British troops into battle.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/9014792?source=Evening%20Standard

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Blair ‘fully informed on arms intelligence’ :

Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon yesterday played down suggestions that Prime Minister Tony Blair was not fully informed about the details of key intelligence reports in the lead-up to war in Iraq.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=73478&Sn=WORL

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Team Spirit:

Anyone with a passing acquaintance of recent history knows exactly how, and why, the intelligence data concerning Iraq’s nonexistent WMD came to be used as a justification for military aggression. Indeed, this history is so open, so transparent and so widely available that a cynic might suspect that these government-appointed “investigations” are actually designed to obscure the already evident truth.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/02/06/120.html

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Blind Into Baghdad :

The U.S. occupation of Iraq is a debacle not because the government did no planning but because a vast amount of expert planning was willfully ignored by the people in charge. The inside story of a historic failure
www.theatlantic.com/issues/2004/01/media-preview/fallows.htm

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Scott Ritter: Confronting the Theocracy of Evil:

The pervasiveness in America today of the ‘theocracy of evil’ has led to a widespread ‘ends justify the means’ mentality that may prove fatal to a democratic institution founded on the principle of the rule of law.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5622.htm

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Ground Zero :

After shooting up the day-care center, the killer explained: “I heard the guy who runs this place might attack me. I needed answers: Did he have a gun, a knife — or nothing?” The cops roll their eyes — another nutball. “So,” says an officer, humoring him, “did he have any weapons?” The killer shakes his head. “Nah, don’t look like it. But he could have had some. What’s the difference? — Say, you fellas aren’t going to lock me up, are you? It was an honest mistake. I just got bad advice, that’s all.”
www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2004/01/30/120.html

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Washington conceals US casualties in Iraq:

Estimates on the number of US soldiers, sailors and Marines medically evacuated from Iraq by the end of 2003 because of battlefield wounds, illness or other reasons range from 11,000 to 22,000, a staggering figure by any standard.
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/feb2004/woun-f04.shtml

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US Soldier: “Sometimes it is a soldier‚s duty to tell the truth, no matter what” :

“Sometime you have to weigh your duty to your government, and the duty to your fellow soldiers to protect them and keep them safe. I feel the duty to my fellow soldier out weighs any loyalty to my government. I do not see this as treason or betraying my command, especially in light of how badly the government has betrayed our troops at every level.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5623.htm

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Spies, Lies, and Weapons::

How could we have been so far off in our estimates of Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs? A leading Iraq expert and intelligence analyst in the Clinton Administration˜whose book The Threatening Storm proved deeply influential in the run-up to the war˜gives a detailed account of how and why we erred
www.theatlantic.com/issues/2004/01/pollack.htm

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Iraq Shiite leader targeted by assassins :

The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority escaped an assassination bid, as two young Iraqis accused by insurgent groups of collaborating with US occupiers were shot dead by masked men in the restive town of Fallujah west of Baghdad.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/69822/1/.html

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Iraqi cleric ‘was not attacked’:

Supporters of the spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shia Muslims, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have denied reports that he has been the target of an attack.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3463645.stm

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Faulting U.S., Germany Frees a 9/11 Suspect:

Citing a refusal by the United States to allow testimony from a suspected member of Al Qaeda in its custody, a German court on Thursday acquitted a former roommate of Mohamed Atta who was accused of providing support to suicide pilots in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/06/international/europe/06HAMB.html?ex=
1076648400&en=08cad377f218e437&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

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Cheney’s staff focus of probe:

Federal law enforcement officials said that they have developed hard evidence of possible criminal misconduct by two employees of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office related to the unlawful exposure of a CIA officer’s identity last year.
interestalert.com/brand/siteia.shtml?Story=st/sn/02040002aaa00f93.upi&Sys
=siteia&Fid=POLITICS&Type=News&Filter=Politics

tinyurl.com/2y9go

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Scalia Was Cheney Hunt Trip Guest; Ethics Concern Grows :

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia traveled as an official guest of Vice President Dick Cheney on a small government jet that served as Air Force Two when the pair came here last month to hunt ducks.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/latimests
/scaliawascheneyhunttripguestethicsconcerngrows

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Poll Notes Decline in Support for Bush :

For the first time, more voters in this poll’s two years of tracking the question said they would definitely vote against Bush than said they would definitely vote for him.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040206/ap_on_el_pr/ap_poll_bush

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Support for War in Iraq Drops:

Today, Americans are evenly divided on whether it was worth going to war at all, and more people disapprove than approve of the way President George W. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq.
www.gallup.com/content/default.asp?ci=10501

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Noam Chomsky:

“Another Four Years Of The Same Policies Could Be Extremely Dangerous For The Country And The World” Audio and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5624.htm

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The Realities of War :

Well America, welcome to the real world of Warfare. American Soldiers and Marines can and do get every bit as vicious as any Iraqi that ever lived. Maybe it hasn’t reached the point of total insanity in Iraq yet, but it will.
www.jamesglaser.org/2004/p20040205.html

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Alleged Nuclear Offer to Iraq Is Revisited :

Memos Indicate Attempt to Sell Pakistani Bomb Plans, Equipment on Eve of ‘91 War
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14070-2004Feb4.html

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US gives clean chit to Musharraf in nuke proliferation:

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has asserted that the Government of Pakistan was not involved in nuclear proliferation, only individuals were being investigated, and that President Pervez Musharraf “is the right man at the right time in the leadership of Pakistan.”
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=28150

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‘Supermarket’ trade in nuclear technology alarms UN inspector :

The UN’s top nuclear official called for a new international regime to destroy the flourishing black market in nuclear technology yesterday, describing current controls as “kaput”.
www.guardian.co.uk/libya/story/0,14139,1142319,00.html

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UK: This covert experiment in injustice :

Blunkett’s proposals for secret trials will shame the country
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1140431,00.html

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After questioning, Sharon remains under suspicion :

Senior police officials do not believe the case against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should be closed, and there is certainly room for the prosecution to consider indicting him, police sources said last night following a two-hour interrogation of the premier.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/391558.html

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Mossad mulled killing Vanunu :

The Mossad spy agency considered killing nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu in 1986, but decided instead to abduct him for trial on treason charges, a former Mossad director told Reuters yesterday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/391343.html

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Rebel massacre in Ugandan camp:

At least 40 people have been killed in an attack by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels near Lira in northern Uganda.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3462413.stm

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Twelve rebels among 17 killed in Kashmir clashes:

Seventeen people, including 12 rebels, were killed in gunbattles across Kashmir on Friday, the largest one-day death toll since New Delhi began talks with Kashmir’s main separatist alliance last month.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP98159.htm

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Date: Feb 5 2004

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Blair Admits Ignorance On WMD:

Tony Blair admitted yesterday that when he asked MPs to vote for war he had been unaware that the claim that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes referred only to battlefield weapons, not missiles.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/200
4/02/05/nwmd05.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/05/ixnewstop.html

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There Was No Failure Of Intelligence:

US Spies Were Ignored, Or Worse, If They Failed To Make The Case For War
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1141400,00.html

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Rumsfeld:2002 Iraq WMD Remark May Have Been Misleading :

-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged Wednesday that remarks he made in 2002 claiming to know where Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were stored may have been misleading.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004020418410004&Take=1

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A Must Listen:

ABC Australia: Interview with former weapons inspector, Scott Ritter:

Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says that in 1998 when he left the U.N. “there was not a single intelligence service in the world that said Iraq maintained massive stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5621.htm

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Don’t be fooled again :

Where do you even start? Perhaps with the comedy of George Bush demanding “to know the facts” about Iraq’s non-existent arsenal of weapons of mass destruction – casting himself as an aggrieved American voter, somehow hoodwinked into the war with Iraq.
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1140508,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Blame the BBC:

An interview with Robert Fisk, award-winning journalist with The Independent of London, covers the current disaster in Iraq and the efforts by those responsible for the illegal invasion to divert attention by looking for fictitious sources of faulty intelligence
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5620.htm

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Iraq Eyewitness Reports:

Devastation and brutality of the war, occupation and the continuing effects of pre-war sanctions
traprockpeace.org/iraq_reports.html

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U.S. Opens Door to Possibly Delaying Iraq Handover:

Senior U.S. officials opened the door on Wednesday to delaying the planned June 30 handover of sovereignty to Iraqis by saying they could not rule out considering this possibility.
news.myway.com/top/article/id/43119|top|02-04-2004::17:12|reuters.html

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Insurgent Iraqis Vow to Take Over Cities:

A coalition of insurgent groups has vowed to take over cities vacated by U.S. troops, and warned of “harsh consequences” for Iraqis who resist, according to pamphlets circulating in this hotbed of anti-American resistance.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V8136.AP-Iraq-Insurgent-.html

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Iraq: US rethink of 30 June deadline? :

US officials have hinted for the first time that the date of handing power over to Iraqis could be negotiated.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C66CE34F-40F3-46BB-9384-6F755E68FFE4.htm

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Banking on Empire:

Iraqi ministries will now be able to borrow billions of dollars to buy much-needed equipment from overseas suppliers, but only by mortgaging the national oil revenues through a bank managed by New York-based multinational JP Morgan Chase.
www.corpwatch.org/issues/PRT.jsp?articleid=9848

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Halliburton Faces Bribes Inquiry:

Criminal investigators in the US have opened an inquiry into allegations that Halliburton was involved in $180m in bribes paid to Nigerian officials during the late 1990s, when Vice-president Dick Cheney was company chief.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1141411,00.html

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Investigation Reveals Reconstruction Racket in Iraq:

A team of investigative reporters in Iraq have found a pattern of waste, fraud and abuse among U.S. companies receiving multi-million-dollar reconstruction contracts in the country, including massive over-charges for projects; shoddy work or a failure to complete tasks; and ignoring local experts who contend they could do the job better and cheaper.
www.corpwatch.org/press/PPD.jsp?articleid=9849

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Kissinger: Founding father of preemption:

The current United States policy of preemption is often termed unprecedented, but a look at then-national security advisor Henry Kissinger’s “secret-sensitive” recommendations regarding the destabilization of Chilean president Salvador Allende Gossens in the early 1970s proves otherwise.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FB06Aa03.html

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The Military records of George Walker Bush:

The following documents were obtained using the processes outlined in the Freedom Of Information Act
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5619.htm

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Palestinian malnutrition at African levels under Israeli curbs, say MPs:

Malnutrition rates in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank are as bad as those in sub-Saharan Africa, MPs said yesterday. They warned that the Israeli security fence around the occupied territories was “destroying the Palestinian economy and creating widespread poverty”.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=487963

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Ariel Sharon Faces Police Interrogation:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was questioned by police Thursday in a bribery case that could force his resignation, and critics charged his talk of removing Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip was meant to deflect attention from the scandal.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3711299,00.html

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UK: Shelve Israel trade deal, say MPs :

MPs today deliver the most damning verdict yet from a British parliamentary group on Israel’s behaviour in the Palestinian occupied territories and calls for suspension of its billion-pound European Union trade agreement.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1141329,00.html

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Failed Strategies, Continued Resistance May Force Bush and Sharon to Change Course :

Since taking office in 2000 the two men have been close allies, sharing a belief in the effectiveness of brute force and in their own infallibility. Sharon‚s aim was to destroy the Palestinians as a people and turn them into powerless subjects of a greater Israel. Bush set out to establish America‚s military supremacy
www.wrmea.com/archives/Jan_Feb_2004/0401006.html

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German court clears Mzoudi 9/11 suspect:

A German court Thursday cleared a Moroccan student of accessory to murder in the September 11 attacks, in only the second trial worldwide over the 2001 suicide plane strikes against US cities.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=8776

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Bush Agrees to Extend 9/11 Panel Deadline:

Some lawmakers wanted to delay release of the commission’s potentially damaging final report until next January, well after the November election.
news.myway.com/top/article/id/339113|top|02-04-2004::18:46|reuters.html

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Pakistani president pardons country’s top nuclear scientist :

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Thursday said he had pardoned the country’s top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has accepted full responsibility for transferring nuclear secret abroad.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-02/05/content_1300792.htm

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UK: Dangerous thinking?:

Home Secretary David Blunkett says he wants to tackle terror attacks before they happen, and is proposing new laws which he says will help do it. But the idea of predicting who might commit crimes is an extremely tricky area.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3456127.stm

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Memories of WWII internment camps revived after Sept. 11:

In the events following Sept. 11, 2001, the Patriot Act was soon introduced to Americans. Looking back to WW II, Congress spent little time discussing a similar law.
www.journalnet.com/articles/2004/01/28/news/local/news10.txt

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Sleeping With the GOP:

A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton’s Campaign: Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0405/barrett.php

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Leak Staffer Ousted:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) top aide on judicial nominees is expected to announce his resignation at the end of this week – a sacrifice offered by the GOP leadership in hope of persuading the Democrats to wind down the fight over leaked Judiciary Committee memos.
www.thehill.com/news/020504/leak.aspx

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Job Cuts Top 100,000 in January – Report :

Planned job cuts in January were 26 percent higher than in December as U.S. jobs moved to countries like India, China and the Philippines, and as mergers made some jobs redundant, according to a report on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=4274003

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India to gain rail enquiry jobs:

Indian call centres are set to handle UK rail enquiries under a new £100m contract awarded by the Association of Train Operating
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3459329.stm

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Carrier closing will end 1,300 jobs:

Employees gathered to hear the bad news from company officials who said the move was a part of a global corporate restructuring effort.
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1614&dept_id=516580&newsid=10913762&PAG=461&rfi=9

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Tampa clothing maker closing plant, sending jobs offshore:

Casual clothing maker Tropical Sportswear International Corp. said it plans to shut its Tampa manufacturing facility by March and move the work to the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040204/APF/402040766

Date: 4 Feb 2004

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276 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Intelligence chief’s bombshell:

‘We were overruled on dossier’: The intelligence official whose revelations stunned the Hutton inquiry has suggested that not a single defence intelligence expert backed Tony Blair’s most contentious claims on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=487557

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British officers knew on eve of war that Iraq had no WMDs :

UK intelligence learned just before war that Iraq had not assembled chemical weapons. Mossad “knew 45-minute claim was an old wives‚ tale” – but did not tell UK or US. US Secretary of State “does not know” if he would have recommended invasion if he had been told Iraq had no WMDs
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=136082004

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Brian Jones: ‘There was a lack of substantive evidence…:

We were told there was intelligence we could not see’
argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=487515

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How did we get it so wrong? :

Yes, the spies got it wrong, admits former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack, but the politicians also moulded the evidence to fit the case for war
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1140548,00.html

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Must See Video:

Ray McGovern Exposes the deceit behind the Bush WMD “Investigation”:

In the United States, Where the Bush administration has called an inquiry, sceptics are convinced that it is a political stitch-up. “It’s *ull*hit,” said Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst with 27 years of experience. “The commission will be just like the [11 September] commission and it will not report back until after the election. It will not look into the politicisation of intelligence.” A must watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5618.htm

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In case you missed it:

The spies who pushed for war : Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4133.htm

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In case you missed it:

US ‘planned attack on Taleban’: A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before 9/11 attacks.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1550366.stm

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Robin Cook: Gross injustice if intelligence services get blame:

Britain joined the war because the Prime Minister wanted to prove to President Bush that Tony Blair was his best friend
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5617.htm

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Blair Limits Inquiry on Iraq Intelligence:

Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted Wednesday an inquiry he ordered will examine only the quality of intelligence leading to the invasion of Iraq – not whether the war that ousted Saddam Hussein was justified.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/7871173.htm

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Hutton Debate Suspended after Protesters’ Interruptions :

Several demonstrators were ejected amid shouts of “whitewash‰ and “no more illegal war‰ as Tony Blair attempted to open the six-hour debate.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2490552

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Powell may have blown lid off debate over war:

Democrats were stunned by Mr Powell’s blunt response and even some Republicans on Tuesday accused him of trying to walk away from Mr Bush’s decision to go to war.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/04/1075853943052.html

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Israel knew Iraq had no WMD, says MP :

A prominent Israeli MP said yesterday that his country’s intelligence services knew claims that Saddam Hussein was capable of swiftly launching weapons of mass destruction were wrong but withheld the information from Washington.
www.guardian.co.uk/guardianpolitics/story/0,3605,1140399,00.html

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Claims Israel misled US over Iraq:

Yossi Sarid, a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, said that Israeli intelligence knew beforehand that Iraq had no weapons stockpiles and misled US President George W Bush. In contrast, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Likud Party said Israel had shared its doubts with the Americans.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/04/1075776090094.html

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US apologises for killing Iraqi child:

Colonel William Mayville acknowledged that his forces were responsible Tuesday for mortar fire that killed an Iraqi boy during a major Muslim holiday as his family picnicked in the northern oil region of Kirkuk.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040204/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_us_040204150044

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That Hell-Bound Train:

What a difference a yearˆand the truthˆmakes, huh? A measly 365 days ago, if you believed there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, you were a nut-job, a dangerous leftist ideologue and/or on Osama bin Laden‚s or Saddam Hussein‚s payroll.
www.nypress.com/17/5/news&columns/signorile.cfm

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The Bellicose Curve:

“Faulty” intelligence has catapulted the United States into war all too many times before. Iraq is only the latest episode in a centurylong series of misinterpreted, misunderstood, misapplied, suppressed, and flat-out incorrect intelligence that has led the United States into war.
slate.msn.com/id/2094833/fr/ifr/

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US soldier killed, 1 injured by roadside bomb in Iraq:

The deadly blast went off some 35 miles south of Baghdad on Tuesday. US officials say the troops had been working to clear roadside bombs out of the area.
www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?s=1628410

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Death toll hits 101 in suicide attacks on Kurds:

The death toll from weekend suicide attacks on Kurdish offices in northern Iraq rose to 101 yesterday, and the UN secretary general said he would send a team to the country to try to solve problems over the handover of power.
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/02/04/death_toll_hits_101_in_suicide_attacks_on_kurds/

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Doubts Arise as U.N. Readies Iraq Elections Team :

Some observers doubt the world body will be able to present an unbiased perspective of the view on the ground, because of U.S. opposition to the proposed vote.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=22231

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Are We Fighting a Real War on Terror at All?:

The Pakistani government, under U.S. pressure, is now employing aggressive tactics˜learned from the Israelis, who learned them from the British˜against people in the Pakistani tribal areas close to the border who are associated with al Qaeda fighters.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040204Eland.html

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Pentagon Can Deny Media Access to Troops :–

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Pentagon has no constitutional obligation to provide the media access to U.S. troops during combat.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3705305,00.html

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US war machine nearly fell apart, army reveals:

While it is well known that many army units ran low on fuel and water as fast-moving armoured forces raced towards the Iraqi capital, the study offers vivid new details of a supply system nearing collapse.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/03/1075776064461.html

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War Finance: Theory and History :

Americans show not the slightest awareness that every dollar spent on the ongoing Afghan and Iraqi wars, the continuing occupations, and the rebuilding of those failed societies is one less dollar that can be spent at home. If they were aware of these economic realities would they not be more skeptical about administration claims that the terror war is enhancing our security?
www.mises.org/fullstory.asp?control=1428

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South African hired guns flock to Iraq :

More than 1 500 South Africans are believed to be in Iraq under contract to various private military companies. And the number will grow as the hired guns increasingly fill the void left by departing American and British forces.
www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSetId=257&fSectionId=128&fArticleId=340925

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How the media choose a president:

Welcome to modern presidential politics, where perception produces money, money runs the system, and the media play God.
www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5907

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Officials Seek Source of Ricin in Capitol:

A new link is emerging between letters containing the poison ricin found in mail facilities that serve the White House and a South Carolina airport as federal investigators seek to identify the letter or parcel that may have carried ricin into a Senate mailroom.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040204/ap_on_re_us/ricin_investigation

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U.S. Citizen Caught in Afghanistan Gets Lawyer Visit :

A U.S. citizen captured during the U.S. war in Afghanistan and detained for more than two years without charges saw a lawyer for the first time on Tuesday in a meeting closely monitored by his military guards.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4274656

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USA PATRIOT Act is latest in series of bad laws:

That we’re a nation of laws isn’t in itself saying much. The Soviet Union was a nation of laws, too. So were the Balkans’ genocidal little countries in the 1990s. So was Rwanda. The mass graves filled up anyway. To mean anything at all, laws have to be just, they have to be realistic and they have to be enforced.
www.news-journalonline.com/03colessays.htm

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Professors take aim at Patriot Act:

According to the resolution, passed by about 100 professors, the Patriot Act empowers the FBI ‘’to employ campus police to monitor political and religious activities on campuses ∑ prohibits librarians from informing patrons of monitoring of information requests,’’ and enables law enforcement ‘’to track and record an individual’s activities on campus without judicial authorization.’’
www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b1_5patriot-rfeb03,0,5113077.story?coll=all-newslocal-hed

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Boston Writer on Bush, AWOL Story That First Broke in 2000 :

The Boston Globe reporter who first broke the story four years ago says he’s glad it’s making news now, even though it failed to gain much traction in 2000.
www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2082545

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Pakistani scientist claims elite knew he sold secrets :

THE disgraced genius behind Pakistan‚s nuclear programme told investigators he supplied rogue states with nuclear secrets with the full knowledge of the country‚s ruling military elite, including President Pervez Musharaf
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=136832004

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Pardon for scientist who sold atom bomb secrets:

Pakistan is likely to pardon without trial the father of the country’s atomic bomb even though he has confessed to selling nuclear technology to rogue states, a senior government official told the Telegraph yesterday.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/04/wpak04.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/04/ixnewstop.html

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US prefers to believe Musharraf:

The White House has reiterated that it values President Pervez Musharraf’s assurances even as Pakistan’s top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has implicated the country’s military in rampant proliferation of nuclear technology.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/473683.cms

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Vehicle sales fall for GM, Ford in Jan. :

Vehicle sales fell more than expected in January at the nation’s two largest automakers, with market leader General Motors posting a 1.8 percent decline and rival Ford reporting a 9.8 percent drop.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2001850163_autosales04.html

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Vietnam Agent Orange Victims File 1st U.S. Suit

Three Vietnamese who say they or their families became ill from Agent Orange defoliant used by the United States in the war nearly 30 years ago have filed the first lawsuit against makers of the product, a victims group said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=574&e=1&u=/nm/vietnam_agentorange_dc

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Chechens kill nine Russians

Rebels in Chechnya killed nine Russian soldiers in separate attacks, an official with the Kremlin-backed Chechen administration said yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/chechnya/Story/0,2763,1140436,00.html

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Defence plan for $1bn sky robots

The Australian Defence Force will spend up to $1 billion on a fleet of high-performance robot planes to patrol the skies over and around Australia.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/04/1075853937666.html

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Date: 3 Feb 2004

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275 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Blair admits: WMD hunt has failed :

Tony Blair today held up his hands and admitted for the first time that the weapons hunt in Iraq had proved a failure. “This is something I have to accept and it is one of the reasons why I think we now need a new inquiry,” he said.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/8947873

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John Pilger: Blair’s Mass Deception:

IN THE wake of the Hutton fiasco, one truth remains unassailed: Tony Blair ordered an unprovoked invasion of another country on a totally false pretext, and that lies and deceptions manufactured in London and Washington caused the deaths of up to 55,000 Iraqis, including 9,600 civilians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5615.htm

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Blair says British government will hold inquiry into intelligence on Iraq :

The British government announced Tuesday that it will hold an inquiry into the intelligence used in deciding to go to war with Iraq, with findings expected to be ready months before a similar investigation in the United States.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040203/w020326.html

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What Blair said about Iraq’s banned weapons :

The following is what the prime minister said about banned weapons, both before and after the war.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4270236

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A must watch interview.

“Absolute Friends”:

John LeCarre, best-selling author and former British spy shares his fears of the Neo-Con “junta” in Washington with the BBC’s Tim Sebastian. A must watch interview.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5616.htm

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UK: Lord Butler, old-style insider leads Iraq probe :

Britain’s Guardian newspaper said Butler, 66, was a “safe pair of hands” who was unlikely to rock the boat with his inquiry.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4272267

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The final reckoning :

Another week, another inquiry. But never a glimpse of the only investigation that will really suffice: a full, open, unrestricted and independent inquiry into the reasons why this country went to war in Iraq.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1137656,00.html

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Australia: Backdown on Iraq arms claims:

PRIME Minister John Howard has conceded for the first time that the original pretext for the war against Iraq may have been wrong.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,8577472%255E662,00.html

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Australia: Let’s have the truth, Mr Howard:

“Honest John” has been loose with the truth. And the Australian people no longer know whether they can take this Prime Minister at his word even on the great questions of war and peace.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8575891^7583,00.html

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Iraq intelligence efforts led by Cheney magnified errors, officials say:

What went wrong with intelligence on Iraq will never be known unless the inquiry proposed by President Bush examines secret intelligence efforts led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon hawks, current and former U.S officials said Monday.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/7859310.htm

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Bush accused of undermining investigation :

The White House had set tasks for the commission so broad as to be unworkable. “This should be an inquiry focused on the intelligence failure to understand what went wrong and how precisely to fix it. The president’s proposal tries to bury that as simply an element in a broader effort,
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1137539,00.html

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Bush barking up the CIA’s tree:

Wounded by the total collapse of its prewar contentions that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, the administration of US President George W Bush has embarked on a strategy of diversion and delay.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FB04Aa01.html

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Ray McGovern: Nothing To Preempt :

Nothing to preempt means that the U.S./UK attack on Iraq last March falls into the category of “preventive war” explicitly condemned by international law. Which also means that the British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s political career is probably finished, as is the political future of other gullible leaders of the “coalition of the willing”˜in Australia, for example, and in even in Denmark.
tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9841

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Play It Again:

Congress “implored” President Bush in 2002 to take steps to reform U.S. intelligence, but those steps were never taken.
www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/2004/02/020204.html

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Abuse of Iraqi prisoners common, Marine says :

A former Marine guard testified yesterday that it was common practice in Iraq to kick and punch prisoners who didn’t cooperate ˆ and even some who did.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040203-9999_1m3marine.html

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Halliburton: Cheney˜A ‘Risk Factor’:

Halliburton, the big contracting company that Dick Cheney used to run, is now warning investors that its Cheney connection is what Wall Street calls a “risk factor.”
msnbc.msn.com/id/4121538/

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Frist: Powder Found in Office Is Ricin :–

A white powder found in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist tested positive as ricin, a deadly poison, Frist said Tuesday.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V4635.AP-Capitol-Suspici.html

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Defense budget doesn’t include funds for Iraq, Afghanistan:

Noticeably absent from next year’s request is money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. White House budget director Joshua Bolten estimated that another $50 billion would be needed to cover those costs next year.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/7858468.htm

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Bush pushes plan for space weapons:

Proposes boost for missile shield $2.4 trillion budget outlined. President George W. Bush is planning to put the first weapons in space despite broad international opposition, budget papers sent yesterday to the American Congress showed.
tinyurl.com/2tnwu

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Paul Krugman: Another Bogus Budget:

The prime cause of giant budget deficits is a plunge in the federal government’s tax take, which fell from 20.9 percent of G.D.P. in fiscal 2000 to a projected 15.7 percent this year, the lowest share since 1950. About 45 percent of this plunge can be attributed to the Bush tax cuts.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/03/opinion/03KRUG.html

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Sharon Plans To Move Arab Towns Out Of Israel :

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering redrawing Israel’s border to place parts of Israel’s Arab population under Palestinian control in a final peace deal, a senior official said today.
tinyurl.com/28ouk

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Gaza settlements : Could Sharon finally be serious? :

So far, it’s all talk. Verbally, over the past three years, Sharon has established a Palestinian state, expelled Arafat and made numerous painful concessions.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390020.html

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The WMD Probe:

The American people are unlikely to know the outcome of the White House-appointed inquiry into WMD intelligence on Iraq, to which President Bush has just reluctantly agreed, before they vote in November and decide if he deserves a second term of office. Therefore from the president’s point of view, the inquiry’s outcome is irrelevant.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=39012&d=3&m=2&y=2004

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“Your country (USA) made this mess, your country needs to clean it up”:

It’s been a week now since I completed a 2 week tour of post war Iraq, or at least that’s how George W refers to this time. Actually, the war continues in Iraq only now there are even more players.
www.duckdaotsu.org/dispatch_iraq.html

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U.S.: Despite Releases, Children Still Held at Guantanamo:

The United States released three children from detention at Guantanamo Bay today. Human Rights Watch welcomed the release, but cautioned that other children are still being detained at the U.S. naval base in violation of international standards.
hrw.org/english/docs/2004/01/29/usint7117.htm

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Preventing the Prevention of Genocide :

Before representatives from 55 nations, former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans said U.S. officials had been using the conference to lobby against the International Criminal Court (ICC), the very body created to try crimes against humanity like genocide.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=22182

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Betrayal in Ranks:

Thousands of women have been sexually assaulted in the United States military. This time, the women are betrayed by the military itself.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,0,36~30137~,00.html

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Failing in Your Middle Class:

Two researchers have found that millions of middle-income families are in deep financial trouble or only breaking even.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A311-2004Jan31?language=printer

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Date: 2 Feb 2004

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274 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Bush’s next request for Iraq and Afghanistan may reach $50 billion :

The White House budget chief says the administration will ask Congress in the coming months for up to 50 billion dollars more for the ongoing military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
tinyurl.com/2xapv

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Bush Unveils $2.4 Trillion Budget:

President Bush sent Congress a $2.4 trillion election-year budget on Monday featuring big increases for defense and homeland security but also a record $521 billion deficit.
apnews.myway.com/article/20040202/D80F66M01.html

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Halliburton in $16M food probe :

Halliburton Co. allegedly overcharged more than $16 million for meals at a U.S. military base in Kuwait during the first seven months of last year, according to a published report Monday
money.cnn.com/2004/02/02/news/companies/halliburton.reut/index.htm

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More Rumblings on Domestic Intelligence Move :

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a growing number of lawmakers, not to mention a few officials within the administration, began to argue that the United States might benefit from having its own domestic intelligence service, like Great Britain’s famous MI5
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3844-2004Feb1.html

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UK Government floats plans for secret trials of terrorist suspects:

The British government said yesterday it was considering giving courts the power to try terrorist suspects in secret and without juries – proposals condemned by civil liberties groups.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/02/1075570363622.html

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War Comes Home in a Coffin:

Kimberly Hampton, like most of the soldiers killed in Iraq, was from a small town. And for everyone there, her death was a big deal.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes72.html

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Bush to Announce Iraq Intelligence Probe This Week:

In a reversal of his position, President Bush will announce this week the establishment of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate apparent flaws in intelligence used to justify the Iraq war
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:401d7f50:3acd8ee6927ab1?type=
worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4257386

tinyurl.com/23w4r

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A Tactical Retreat on Iraq:

Bush implicitly concedes that pre-war allegations appear to be wrong.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3980-2004Feb1.html?nav=hptop_tb

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Americans deserve Bush’s profound apology:

Imagine how appalled the friends and the beloved of Iraq’s casualties must have been last week to hear David Kay, the recently retired chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq tell the world, “It turns out we were all wrong.”
www.sunspot.net/news/opinion/oped/bal-pe.column01feb01,0,6569930.story

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Kay Questions U.S. Pre-Emptive Strike Doctrine:

“If you cannot rely on good, accurate intelligence that is credible to the American people and to others abroad, you certainly can’t have a policy of preemption,” Kay said
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040201/ts_nm/iraq_usa_kay_dc

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UK: No 10 set to decide on WMD inquiry :

Downing Street appeared today to be on the brink of a climbdown over granting an inquiry into the intelligence basis for the war in Iraq.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1137113,00.html?=rss

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Intelligence services to be blamed for WMD failures:

British and American intelligence services look set to share the blame for the spectacular failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=486966

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A half-truth may not be a lie, but it is still dishonest :

No matter what Lord Hutton says, the prime minister has been deceitful
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1136791,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Former Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror:

“The administration wasn’t matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They’re making us less secure, not more secure,” said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article
&node=&contentId=A62941-2003Jun15&notFound=true

tinyurl.com/girv

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How drone went from solid proof to a red herring:

The story of the UAVs is emblematic of how US intelligence on Iraq often was wrong, even when officials made efforts to cull the strongest material from a torrent of information.
www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/02/02/
how_drone_went_from_solid_proof_to_a_red_herring/

tinyurl.com/2kcp9

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Iraq war ‘increased terror threat’:

Britons are more – not less – likely to be the target of terrorist attacks as a result of the war in Iraq, an influential group of MPs claims.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3451239.stm

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Iraqi police a law unto themselves:

Accusations of police corruption are rampant across the country. Iraqis complain that police set up checkpoints for the sole purpose of shakedowns, threatening arrest unless a bribe is paid.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FB03Ak01.html

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Afghan mayor killed in terrorist bomb blast :

AN AFGHAN mayor and seven of his relatives were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near their vehicle in an attack blamed on Taleban or al-Qaeda rebels, it was revealed yesterday.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=127992004

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The jihad goes on, vow freed Taliban:

Taliban fighters have vowed to continue their “holy war” against the American-led coalition in Afghanistan after they are freed from a notorious prison in the north of the country.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/01/wafgh01.xml&sSheet=
/news/2004/02/01/ixnewstop.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=195059

tinyurl.com/24t7q

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No Iraqi sovereignty if US forces stay :

The Bush administration may be prepared to recall American administrators from their desks in Baghdad, but the three- and four-star generals and forces under their command will remain for an indeterminate period.
www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/30_01_04_c.asp

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Iraq: Kurdish Politician Concerned By U.S. Stance On PKK:

Mahmud Uthman, an independent Kurdish politician and a member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, told RFE/RL that Ankara’s accusations regarding the PKK are unfounded and that the United States is only seeking to pacify its NATO ally Turkey
www.payvand.com/news/04/jan/1222.html4=0&p5=0&ssPageName=MerchMax

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Scott Ritter: Israel knew Iraq had no WMDs
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/
ShowFull&cid=1075609218717&p=1008596981749

tinyurl.com/2abpk

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Russian Military Planning Nuclear Exercises:

The Associated Press Russia’s nuclear forces reportedly are preparing their largest maneuvers in two decades, an exercise involving the test-firing of missiles and flights by dozens of bombers in a massive simulation of an all-out nuclear war.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/02/02/001.html

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Experts Warn of Accidental U.S., Russian Missile Launches:

“The dirty little secret of America‚s current nuclear policy is that 99 percent of the nuclear weapons budget, planning, targeting, and operational activities still revolves around this one anachronistic scenario,‰ he said.
www.nuclearpolicy.org/NewsArticle.cfm?NewsID=1236

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Scientist ‘admits nuclear deals’:

Pakistan’s top nuclear scientist has admitted he leaked nuclear secrets to groups working for Iran, Libya and North Korea, Pakistani officials say.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3450317.stm

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Send the Children of Politicians to the Front Lines?:

For all his talk about sacrifice, Bush never served in Vietnam. He spent the war flying National Guard aircraft over Texas. “I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well placed … managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units,” Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote in his memoirs.
www.duckdaotsu.org/kober13104.html

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Video: The Bush Family Fortunes:

The Bush Family Fortunes The BBC and Greg Palast, Investigate the Bush family scandals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4115.htm

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American Soldier Killed in Central Iraq :

One American soldier was killed and 12 others injured in a rocket attack Sunday on an Army base in central Iraq, the U.S. military said.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3240-2004Feb1.html?nav=hptop_ts

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In case you missed it:

Saddam Extends Invite to CIA :

Saddam Hussein’s adviser Amir al-Saadi on Sunday invited the CIA to send its agents to Iraq to point out to U.N. inspectors sites the Bush administration suspects of weapons development.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,73685,00.html

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Words From The Front-Lines:

“It’s nothing like what the people back home have been hearing. They’re saying the war’s over. The war’s not over. Now, it’s more of a guerrilla war. The waste and frustration, everything that goes on over there, it’s just a nightmare.” – Army Sgt. Michael Badgley Jr.
www.traveling-soldier.org/1.04.words.php

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“Coitus Interruptus”:

Lost in the pre-coital thrashing around last March as the imperial war machines got ready to mount their chargers was the fundamental question of why the rush to war? For the real issue is that the WMD are part of a massive diversion, a necessary component of a propaganda campaign to hide the real reasons for the invasion of Iraq.
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0191.html

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More Evidence that Bush Is a “Dry Drunk”?:

Earlier several other writers and I likened Bush‚s personality characteristics to those of a person who, in AA parlance, is “dry‰ but whose thinking is not really sober. Grandiosity, rigidity, and intolerance of ambiguity, and a tendency to obsess about things are among the traits associated with the dry drunk.
hnn.us/articles/3165.html

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Israel ‘to free nuclear whistleblower’:

Israel’s security services would bar Vanunu from giving press interviews, publishing a book, travelling overseas or within Israel, and planned to monitor his correspondence, the paper added.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AA271386-353B-434F-B6D9-50A5A992D61B.htm

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Israeli defense minister threatens to kill Islamic leaders :

Shaul Mofaz issued the threat in response to a declaration by the spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, that the group plans an all-out effort to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/02/01/international1440EST0532.DTL

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Israel wants U.S. report held until after Hague hearing :

Israel has asked the U.S. administration to postpone publication of the State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world, fearing it will be used against Israel in the discussion on the separation fence at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/389620.html

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The Strategic Function Of U.S. Aid To Israel:

Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. military loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning. Indeed, all past U.S. loans to Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress
www.wrmea.com/html/us_aid_to_israel.htm#STRATEGIC

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China set to flood the world with chips :

China is set to provide 20 percent of global capacity in 2005 – pointing to a world-wide industry recession and slashed profits for other chip manufacturers.
www.atimes.com/atimes/China/FB03Ad01.html

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Date: 1 Feb 2004

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273 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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More than 100 dead in Iraq suicide blast: Arbil:

More than 100 people were reported killed or wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up Sunday in this northern Kurdish city, after US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz flew into Baghdad.
sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13376914

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US officials knew in May Iraq possessed no WMD :

The disclosure that US military survey teams sent to visit suspected sites of WMD, and intelligence interviews with Iraqi scientists and officials, had concluded so quickly that no major weapons or facilities would be found is certain to produce serious new embarrassment on both sides of the Atlantic.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5613.htm

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A scandal greater than Watergate:

It turns out President Saddam Hussein, whom Bush repeatedly branded a “liar,” was in fact telling the truth all along when he said all of Iraq’s old weapons systems had been destroyed. It was Bush and British PM Tony Blair who weren’t telling the truth.
www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_feb1.html

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New President, New Lie:

Who can forget the virtual earthquake in Washington – the culture war, the shaking of our civil foundations, the End Time raptures of Pat Robertson and Tom DeLay – over the Monica Lewinsky lie?
www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-livit013651247feb01,0,3575764.column

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Tinker, Tailor, Jurist, Spy:

When it came to acting on intelligence about Iraq, there were none so blind as those who would not see. The Bush administration didn’t want to acknowledge the likely costs before it started shooting. That kind of intelligence˜just straightforward information, really˜might have scared off the public.
msnbc.msn.com/id/4113438/

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The scandal of the shambolic search for Saddam’s WMD:

“My impression is that the Iraq Survey Group is going to splutter along, dying the death of a thousand small cuts,” Mr Isenberg said. “As long as it exists, the US and Britain can say it must be allowed to complete its work, and that could last interminably,” he added.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=486652

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Weapons of misperception:

With various patriotic pundits proclaiming the exoneration of George Bush and Tony Blair by the Hutton report, it’s becoming increasingly evident the truth no longer matters
www.canoe.ca/Columnists/harris.html

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Are we all mad, or is it Hutton? :

Henry Porter, a leading writer and journalist specialising in intelligence affairs, watched the Hutton inquiry unfold in the summer. In this searing indictment, he argues that the law lord’s findings clearly contradict the evidence he heard
observer.guardian.co.uk/hutton/story/0,13845,1136453,00.html

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Shocking Report Uncovers Conditions In Iraq Children’s Hospital Under U.S. Occupation:

A child will still most likely leave the place worse off than when she arrived, as CBC correspondent Michael McAuliffe saw when he dropped by.

This is a must listen
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5614.htm

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American Myopia: The View from Abroad:

We don‚t want to be welcomed to the world. We want to rule the world. The rest of the world recognizes clearly that America‚s oil addiction is driving the Bush team‚s march to war in Iraq, along with the aim to establish Israeli hegemony.
www.empirepage.com/guesteds/guesteds161.html

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Bremer: Saddam to be handed over to special court:

ICRC spokeswoman Nada Doumani told AFP last week that Saddam cannot be tried in Iraq until the country regains its sovereignty due to Genenva Conventions restrictions.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/68886/1/.html

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Iraqi officials ban Aljazeera:

The Governing Council took its decision based on the station’s programme “Opposite Direction”, which it said had criticised the interim government.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FDAE4C28-ACEB-4C54-88CE-DA2C5E8FE992.htm

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Iranian elections canceled :

The Iranian interior minister said Saturday that the reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami would call off parliamentary elections set for Feb. 20 because the hard-line Guardian Council insisted on barring thousands of candidates.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/01/MNGTG4MKQC1.DTL

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Israel’s ‘execution’ troops face death quiz:

The operation was launched on 16 December. By the time the army reduced its presence on 6 January, it had killed four gunmen and 15 unarmed civilians including six children.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1136426,00.html

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Why Bush Can‚t Win in 2004:

Bush is invoking executive privilege to lie in the interest of his perception of a higher national security calling. For to avoid answering the question of WMD is to admit to the lie.
baltimorechronicle.com/jan04_Bush.shtml

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Iraq death toll :

Lost in all the primary election campaign’s talk of the rights and wrongs of war were the names and faces of the week’s war dead.
www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/opinion/editoria2004/edit013004_2004.shtmL

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Airline Program has ŒSlave‚ Overtones :

“Essentially, the 13th Amendment ended involuntary servitude, but when you have to ask the government‚s permission to do certain things such as to travel or to work, you are no longer your own person
wilmingtonjournal.blackpressusa.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=3190&sID=3

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Big Brother airlines:

Computerized passenger screening goes on now, but the Transportation Security Administration plans to install a far more extensive system called CAPPS II this summer.
www.tcpalm.com/tcp/the_news_editorials/article/0,1651,TCP_1033_2615191,00.html

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Uncharitable Care:

How Hospitals Are Gouging and Even Arresting the Uninsured: Hospitals in several states have actually had patients arrested and jailed if they are unable to pay their debts. This legal tactic is chillingly known as body attachment.
www.democracynow.org/static/healthcare.shtml

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Ex-CIA official faults agency’s work:

Richard J. Kerr, the former deputy director of the agency, said he found failings with the way the data was analyzed and presented, and gaps in the underlying intelligence itself.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/7843345.htm

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White House Considers Intel Commission:

Until now, President Bush has reacted coolly toward the idea of a new commission, refusing to endorse it publicly. But his administration is under mounting election-year pressure to agree to an independent inquiry about Iraq’s alleged arsenal of banned destruction.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/7845290.htm

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Blair fears being hung out to dry by Bush over WMD:

White House confirms possibility of independent inquiry into war. PM isolated over wait-and-see policy as weapons hunt flounders
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=486662

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MI6 chief to face new parliamentary inquiry:

The head of MI6 is expected to be called before a new inquiry into the intelligence that made the case for war in Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=486006

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In case you missed it: Saddam Poses World Terror Threat, Wolfowitz Says:

“Disarming Iraq and the war on terror are not merely related,” Wolfowitz said. “Disarming Iraq of its chemical and biological weapons and dismantling its nuclear weapons program is a crucial part of winning the war on terror.”
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,76456,00.html

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Wolfowitz: We will completely remove PKK from northern Iraq:

Wolfowitz made assurances that would convince Turkey that no federation based on ethnicity will be established in Iraq.
www.turkishdailynews.com/FrTDN/latest/for.htm#f6

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Castro accuses Bush of plotting with Cuban American exiles to kill him:

Fidel Castro accused U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday of plotting with Miami exiles to kill him as part of his administration’s hardening policies against the communist-run island.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7836101.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

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Israel Says Has Backing of 30 States in Barrier Row :

Israel said on Saturday some 30 countries had joined it in objecting to the World Court’s right to rule on the legality of a huge barrier it is building in the West Bank.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4255543

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Workers at several companies give $100,000 or more to Bush campaign:

Employees of five financial services companies accounted for more than $1 million of the record $132.7 million President Bush raised last year for his re-election campaign.
www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2004/01/31/news/national_world/b9128e91a913385586256e2c0019089b.txt

tinyurl.com/2gjjc

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Blast Kills at Least Five in Baghdad Neighborhood (Reuters)

A projectile slammed into a crowded residential area in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring several others, witnesses and medical sources said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040131/ts_nm/iraq_blast_dc

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Pakistan Warns U.S. About Crossing Border:

A hard-line Islamic coalition warned Friday that Pakistani tribesmen might open fire on American troops if the United States extends a planned spring offensive against Afghan rebels into Pakistan.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63947-2004Jan30.html

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Pentagon seeks significant spending increase in missile defense :

The Pentagon is seeking a 13-percent increase in spending for missile defense next year as part of its military budget request that sets an increase of 7 percent from 2004, said Pentagon budget documents released on Friday.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200401/31/eng20040131_133579.shtml

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States Eye Terror Database :

For now, Matrix ˜ short for Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange ˜ involves Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Michigan.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040131/ap_on_hi_te/terror_database

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Already, GOP framing a Kerry fight:

The long-serving senator could be an especially ripe target for Bush
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0130/p01s01-uspo.html

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BA, Air France Cancel Flights; U.S. Sees Qaeda Threat (Reuters)

British Airways and Air France on Saturday canceled seven flights to and from the United States after U.S. officials said they had new intelligence pointing to an al Qaeda plot to target the planes.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20040131/ts_nm/security_airlines_dc

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Donations For Terrorists?:

Imagine if some bugaboo of the right — Hilary Clinton, say — gave the keynote address at a charity event linked to terrorists.
www.thenation.com/outrage/index.mhtml?bid=6

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31/01/04:

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At Least 12 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks:

A car bomb explosion in front of an Iraqi police station in the northern city of Mosul has killed at least nine people and injured dozens. And a roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in north-central Iraq Saturday morning.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=ACF26735-E5A9-43FE-B4DAE1E994BE1DEA

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Turkmen official killed in Iraq :

An Iraqi Turkmen party official was killed Saturday and another injured in an attack near this northern oil city, a police official said.
www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=197607

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Dutch embassy in Baghdad attacked:

The Dutch embassy in Baghdad was engulfed in flames late on Friday after a rocket-propelled grenade struck the unoccupied building and sparked a major alert.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/758D816A-74B4-4F9D-82F4-12BEA103ACFB.htm

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Karzai pins civilian deaths on US:

The Afghan leader says 10 civilians were killed in a US air raid earlier this month despite American denials.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3447843.stm

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Ad Agency Is Sought To Pitch Elections :

The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad wants to hire an advertising agency to sell the Iraqi public on its plans for a new democratic government
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A54144-2004Jan27?language=printer

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Iraqis divided as cleric’s role widens:

Sadr’s followers denied they were breaking with Sistani, they were also adamant in going well beyond his position, calling the UN untrustworthy and a tool of the United States.
www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/01/31/iraqis_divided_as_clerics_role_widens/

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Arab Press : A daily selection of views from the Middle East :

Unidentified Arab country offers Saddam asylum
www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/31_01_04_i.asp

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Christian foot soldiers battle for Bush:

An increasingly polarised presidential election appears to be in the offing. One of the fault-lines is religion and, in particular, President George W Bush’s evangelical faith and how that guides his political beliefs
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3445229.stm

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Bush policies exploit Reserves :

So you get called up. You have to serve, so you do — except that if you spent 180 days on duty, they’d have to give you benefits like a career soldier, so you get pulled out and sent home on day 179. When you get home, you find that your private business has collapsed without you and your benefits as a veteran have been cut
www.jhunewsletter.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/01/30/4019b663ae039

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.This is how Bush supports our troops :

The Bush Administration’s 2004 budget proposed gutting Veterans Administration (VA) services, including health care funding. Proposed cuts included: denying at least 360,000 veterans access to health care; $250 annual premiums; increased pharmacy co-payments; a 30 percent increased primary care co-payments; and increased waiting time for a first medical appointment.
www.usavanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/01/28/401970abb42d7

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9/11 Investigation:

The commission looks serious about naming names and assessing responsibility for the horrific attacks. Commission chairman Thomas H. Kean contends the terrorists could have been stopped.
www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/7820491.htm

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White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission :

The White House, already embroiled in a public fight over the deadline for an independent commission’s investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is refusing to give the panel notes on presidential briefing papers taken by some of its own members, officials said this week.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64628-2004Jan30.html

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Never forget that they lie :

Hutton’s charitable vision of our rulers flies in the face of experience
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1135709,00.html

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Total surveillance becoming reality:

Last week the Supreme Court let stand the Justice Department’s right to secretly arrest noncitizen residents.
zdnet.com.com/2100-1107_2-5150608.html

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Within prison walls:

Camp 22 is one of a network of prisons in North Korea modelled on the Soviet Gulag where hundreds of thousands of prisoners are held. Most of them have been charged with no crime. They are there because of the “Heredity Rule”.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_world/3440771.stm

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Surveillance powers should stand, U.S. officials say:

The Bush administration is warning Congress not to tinker with the Internet surveillance powers that the USA Patriot Act awarded to federal police.
www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040130.gtspyjan30/BNStory/Technology/

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Internet Cafes May Be Required to Conduct Video Surveillance:

A local ordinance requiring Internet cafes to conduct video surveillance of their customers as an anti-gang measure is constitutional, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
www.metnews.com/articles/2004/voxx013004.htm

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Pakistan Adopting a Tough Old Tactic to Flush Out Qaeda:

If 72 men wanted for sheltering Al Qaeda were not produced, they said, the Pakistani Army would punish the tribe as a group, demolishing houses, withdrawing funds and even detaining tribe members.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/31/international/asia/31STAN.html?ex=1076130000&en=
4b0182917e4868b4&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

tinyurl.com/35tm9

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Danger for Bush as doubts grow over prewar intelligence:

“They’ve made a pretty huge mess of it,” said one senior Republican who has been talking to Mr Bush’s top advisers about what steps they should take next.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/30/1075340841731.html

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Hill Probers Fault Iraq Intelligence:

Panels’ Early Findings Are Similar to Kay’s
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A61648-2004Jan29

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In case you missed it:

Seymour M. Hersh: The Stovepipe:

How conflicts between the Bush Administration and the intelligence community marred the reporting on Iraq‚s weapons.
www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?031027fa_fact

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In case you missed it:

Sidney Blumenthal: Bush’s other war:

US intelligence is being scapegoated for getting it right on Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5121.htm

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“Charge of the Light Brigade”:

Bush administration blames the intelligence services and the services deny responsibility:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5611.htm

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US’s Kurdish ban risks backfiring:

In news that must have been music to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ears, L Paul Bremer, the US proconsul in Iraq, on Wednesday announced that the United States-led coalition regards the Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, as a terrorist organization.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA31Ak01.html

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Iraq: Sistani…What Are You Waiting For?:

The American people, in their apathetic and naive wish to see their government act in accordance to the lofty goals proclaimed by its Constitution and by its national values, ignore the truth in front of their eyes: their boys and girls in uniform are becoming pawns in a global, imperial chess game played by neoconservative ideologues and supportive corporations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5612.htm

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Sweatshops And Military Recruitment :

High school students and parents were shocked to find out that according to a clause buried in a recently passed Bush administration education bill, any school eligible for government funds must automatically turn in the names and addresses of its students to the military to help them in their recruitment efforts. .
www.duckdaotsu.org/recruit.html

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Court Keeps Guantanamo Suspects Isolated:

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor granted a request from the Bush administration to stop a lower court from communicating with a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040129/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_guantanamo_7

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MATRIX: Dossier program alarms Utahns :

It sounds like a sci-fi thriller: a super computer program that gathers dossiers on every single man, woman and child ˜ everything from birth and marriage and divorce history to hunting licenses and car license plates. Even every address you have lived at down to the color of your hair.
deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590039368,00.html

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Utah unplugs its MATRIX link :

Privacy concerns lead state to opt out of data program
deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590039724,00.html

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