Information Clearing House  Digest February 13-19 2004
Date: 19 Feb 2004

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291 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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U.S. to Send Military Team to Haiti :

The Bush administration said Thursday it would send a military team to Haiti to assess the security of the U.S. Embassy there, but stressed that it is still looking for a political solution to the bloody uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040219/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/us_aristide_6

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Powell Says Open to Haiti’s Aristide Quitting:

The United States said on Thursday it was open to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stepping down, the first time it has publicly acknowledged his departure could be a way out of crisis.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040219/wl_nm/haiti_usa_dc_1

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Rising Stakes In Haiti as Ex-Duvalier Thugs Take Over Opposition:

The emergence of former paramilitary and military leaders accused of atrocities committed during Haiti’s last period of military rule at the head of spreading rebellion against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has added urgency to international efforts to deal with the ongoing crisis in the Caribbean nation.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/oneworld/20040219/wl_oneworld/4536796211077199236

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Set the right priorities in Haiti:

Where was everybody when the first puffs of smoke appeared years ago? When President Jean-Bertrand Aristide started relying on thugs to maintain order? When brave journalists were murdered for writing and broadcasting the truth? When peaceful protests were repressed by violent means? Today, in the belated haste to do something — anything — there is a danger of failing to adopt the right set of priorities.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/7987459.htm

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Annan discounts June election in Iraq, three killed in bomb blast :

UN chief Kofi Annan discounted holding elections in Iraq before US-led forces hand over control on June 30, as yet another roadside bomb killed two American soldiers and an Iraqi in western Iraq.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/71871/1/.html

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Bremer: Iraqi Power Transfer Date to Hold:

U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer said Thursday that the formula for establishing a new Iraqi government could be changed but the date for the U.S.-led coalition to hand over power remains firm.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7990447.htm

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U.S. Weighs Shift in Iraq Self-Rule Plan :

The Bush administration is considering a major shift in its plan for transition to Iraqi self-rule, possibly extending and expanding the U.S.-appointed Governing Council so it can take temporary control of the country on July 1, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3764279,00.html

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UN to defy Shia clerics and call for delay in Iraq poll :

The United Nations is set to side with the White House and against the wishes of Iraqi Shia clerics in concluding that direct elections in Iraq are not possible before June 30.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1151425,00.html

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Iraq: Anybody Got a Plan?:

Bremer’s caucus plan appears to be dead. Planning Iraq’s political future may be back in the UN’s hands
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,591704,00.html

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“It’s Time to Get Over It”: Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement to Move On:

“Progressive internationalism.” It’s a concept concocted by establishment Democrats seeking to convince potential backers in the corporate and political world that, if installed in the White House, they would seek to preserve U.S. power and influence around the world, but in a kinder, gentler fashion
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5707.htm

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Report says military distorts war deaths:

By refusing to make public its estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has made the postwar stabilization of the two societies more difficult, according to an independent report to be released today that accuses the Pentagon of appearing indifferent to the civilian cost of war.
www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2004/02/18/report_says_military_distorts_war_deaths?mode=PF

tinyurl.com/3ftfu

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UK troops accused of POW brutality:

British soldiers in Iraq kicked and punched hooded prisoners as they screamed for mercy, according to a witness who says he saw one Iraqi detainee beaten to death..
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/19/1077072756769.html

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Missing in action in Iraq:

Americans hear about their 500 dead soldiers. What about the 10,000 dead Iraqi civilians?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5708.htm

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The Permanent Scars of Iraq:

‘’There’s a voice that rings through all these guys who’ve paid the price to survive war. No matter how much science or technology you have, those memories never leave you.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5706.htm

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Suicides in Iraq, Questions at Home:

Pentagon Tight-Lipped as Self-Inflicted Deaths Mount in Military: Stephen L. Robinson, who visits the hospital regularly and is executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, a nonprofit advocacy group for veterans and soldiers, said there was no public record of the deaths. “They just covered it up,” he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5710.htm

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Pentagon offices face probe on Iraq claims:

At issue are the activities of the Office of Special Plans and the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group, which operated under the auspices of Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defence for policy and a leading Pentagon hawk
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1048656.htm

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Chalabi stands by faulty intelligence that toppled Saddam’s regime:

An Iraqi leader accused of feeding faulty pre-war intelligence to Washington said yesterday his information about Saddam Hussein’s weapons, even if discredited, had achieved the aim of persuading America to topple the dictator.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$5RM3YWKKUZDFXQFIQMGSFF
OAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2004/02/19/wirq19.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/19/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/24ojb

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A must read.

Ahmad Chalabi and His Iranian Connection:

Chalabi, like any anti-Hussein leader, clearly would have had a vested interest in providing the United States with information that would lead it to invade Iraq and open the door for a new regime — particularly a regime in which Shia would play a leading role. It ought not to have been a surprise that intelligence coming from the INC and Chalabi would tend to entice the United States to war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5709.htm

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Data From Iraqi Exiles Under Scrutiny:

In the years before the war in Iraq, an exile group set up a team of analysts in Washington, underwritten by United States government funds, to distribute a steady stream of reports on Saddam Hussein to the government and the news media, according to government officials and a document the group submitted to Congress.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5713.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan: No End to War:

The Frum-Perle prescription would ensnare America in endless conflict.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5712.htm

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White House Denials on Iraq Continue:

The historical record now shows that the Bush administration alone ˆ not Congress or the United Nations or President Clinton ˆ is responsible for sending the country to war based on false pretenses and ideological judgments about disputed intelligence information.
www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=33584

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Powell: Iraq Invasion Was No Mistake:

Secretary of State Colin Powell says it was no mistake to invade Iraq, even if no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction are found.
www.kirotv.com/news/2857408/detail.html

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CIA offer internet reward for Iraq missiles:

CIA agents have resorted to offering cash rewards on the world wide web in the increasingly desperate hunt for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/content_objectid=13961731_method
=full_siteid=50143_headline=-WANTED----WMD-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/2rudk

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Bush ‘bending science to his political needs’ :

Scientists accuse US of manipulating research. They said the government had manipulated information to fit its policies on everything from climate change to whether Iraq had been trying to make nuclear weapons.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1151187,00.html

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Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Wisdom of a Patriot :

It‚s too bad the Chickenhawks in Washington have ignored the words of this old soldier.
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=647

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FBI agent warned on airport bullets :

An FBI agent who was arrested at the airport for possessing bullets without a licence has been released after a stern warning from the police.
www.thestandard.com.hk/thestandard/news_detail_frame.cfm?articleid=45370&intcatid=1

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FBI report: Agents attempted murder, stole money:

An internal FBI report kept under wraps for three years details dozens of cases of agents fired for egregious misconduct and crimes, including drug trafficking, attempted murder, theft, misuse of informants and consorting with prostitutes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5714.htm

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Nuke components found in Iran: The UN nuclear agency has found undeclared components in Iran compatible with advanced uranium centrifuge designs, stoking Western concerns that it may be developing nuclear weapons.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/87621E50-F36C-4BBD-80AF-8C74D5CD4D4B.htm

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Flashpoints Radio:

The General Council for the government of Haiti in the United States speaks out against US support of right-wing opposition in Haiti; Robert Fisk discusses the ongoing violence in Iraq; and Larry Everest talks about Empire and the US Global Agenda;
www.pacifica.org/programs/flashpoints/flashpoints_040217.html

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Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front: :

As its overwhelming victories in Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated, the U.S. military is the most effective fighting force in human history. It is so effective, in fact, that many government officials are now anxious for the military to assume a more active policing role here at home. PDF Format
www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa503.pdf

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Example of compassionate conservatism:

President Bush pardons former Plano mayor who pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 1996.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5711.htm

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The Absentee President:

People who see crises as “opportunities,‰ and wars as being justified because they‚re “doable,‰ have neither morals nor any modicum of integrity. To them, the ends justify the means, and might makes right. And no one in America elected any of these war criminals!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5715.htm

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President’s approval ratings continue to sag:

If the presidential election were today, either John Kerry or John Edwards would beat Bush.
www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-02-18-poll_x.htm

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National Debt Tops $7 Trillion :

The U.S. government’s national debt — the accumulation of past budget shortfalls — totaled more than $7 trillion for the first time as of Tuesday, according to a Treasury Department report.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=LAUVLFOC
LHL3ACRBAEZSFEY?type=businessNews&storyID=4388476

tinyurl.com/yv9g3

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Bush Officials Offer Cautions on White House Jobs Forecast:

Treasury Secretary John W. Snow distanced himself on Tuesday from the Bush administration’s official prediction that the nation would add 2.6 million jobs by the end of this year.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/18/politics/18JOBS.html

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George Bush, Make-Believe President:

All the recent revelations about the recklessness of his war policy, the delusory nature of his economic plan, the heretofore masked role of Vice President Dick Cheney as the unaccountable power directing the throne, have revealed Bush as he is˜a limited man missing many qualifications for the job.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0407/schanberg.php

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‘Mr Ferrer can’t be with us tonight’ :

Artists from all over the world are being refused entry to the US on security grounds.
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1150285,00.html

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Gov. Rowland’s Office Subpoenaed by U.S. :

Gov. John G. Rowland’s office received a far-reaching federal subpoena this week that seeks his phone records and appointments schedule for nine years as part of a corruption investigation.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3764599,00.html

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Date: 18 Feb 2004

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290 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Baghdad attack leaves 11 Iraqis dead:

At least 11 Iraqi civilians and wounded dozens, including more than 30 coalition soldiers, officials said.
www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040218.wiraq0218/BNStory/International/

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Insurgents attack Polish military camp in Iraq:

Insurgents attacked a Polish army camp near Hillah Wednesday morning, injuring eight soldiers, including six poles, a Hungarian and an American.
thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/2/18/latest/16031Insurgents&sec=latest

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Iraq bombings reveal bigger U.S. problems :

Nobody knows when the bloodshed will be stanched, but by now it’s apparent that the Americans can’t do anything to stop it.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/17/EDGGO50R3P1.DTL

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US election plan in Iraq founders:

An American plan to select a transitional Iraqi assembly through a series of regional caucuses has been effectively abandoned by Iraq’s interim Governing Council.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5700.htm

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Tariq Ali: How Far Will the US Go to Maintain Its Illegitimate Primacy in Iraq? :

The whole world knows that Bush and Blair lied to justify the war, but do they know the price being paid on the ground in Iraq? First, the blood price – paid by civilians and others this week as every week.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5705.htm

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The Pakistan Dilemma: A Bush Doctrine, of Sorts:

Bush is the man behind the teleprompter. To better understand the doctrine, it would be useful to determine whether it is primarily one man, a cabal or kind of junta behind the curtain operating the teleprompter, but certain patterns in foreign policy can still be pointed out.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5698.htm

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US terror laws ‘damage human rights’:

The United States’ “war on terror” has been “extremely damaging” for human rights, and has been used as an excuse by totalitarian regimes to impose oppressive laws, a leading think tank said yesterday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5702.htm

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Eisenhower Was Right:

The enormous economic dependency on military bases of states and cities all over the country and with the Pentagon‚s newly claimed power to arrest, jail, and punish American citizens without due process of law and a jury trial, and you might begin to understand what President Eisenhower meant when he warned the American people back in 1961
www.fff.org/comment/com0402h.asp

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Video: : Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation: January 17, 1961
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5407.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Exposed: The Carlyle Group

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy. I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Heads should roll’ over Iraq:

Richard Perle, a chief proponent of last year’s U.S. invasion of Iraq, yesterday called for the chiefs of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency to step down because of their faulty conclusions that Saddam Hussein possessed mass-killing weapons.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1077059707877&call_page=TS_World&call_pageid=96
8332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/2uwby

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The Field Guide to Richard Perle:

Prince of Darkness, Mastermind of Empire, and War Profiteer
www.demog.berkeley.edu/~gabriel/weblog/Prince_of_Darkness.htm

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Arundhati Roy : Do turkeys enjoy thanksgiving?:

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.informationclearinghouse.info/article5701.htm

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The high price of war leaves one man broken:

After just a few weeks in combat, Massey said he came to the realization he could no longer be an effective Marine. He was haunted by the knowledge that U.S. forces, himself included, were killing civilians, not terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5703.htm

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War of Terrorism: The Countryside Murders:

We define terrorism as tactics used against us, but deny that it applies to our own actions taken to purposely and unmistakably instill terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5704.htm

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No regrets about Iraq, Bush says:

President Bush on Tuesday defended the war in Iraq to cheering troops here and then had lunch with a National Guard unit on its way to Baghdad, a visit that combined Bush’s role as commander in chief with his political need to rebut attacks on his own service record and foreign policy.
www.startribune.com/stories/587/4420029.html

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Maimed in Iraq, then mistreated, neglected, and hidden in America :

They had been kept in living conditions that are “unacceptable for sick and injured soldiers.” One officer characterized conditions for the wounded by saying, “They’re being treated like dogs.”
www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=654

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Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Idea of a “New Warfare” :

During the course of the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts the US Department of Defense (DoD) conducted “perception management” campaigns that obstructed the public’s appreciation of the wars’ human toll.
www.comw.org/pda/0402rm9exsum.html

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In case you missed it:

It’s rollover time for the Lottery fixers roll over again :

Governor George W Bush was a fighter pilot during the war in Vietnam – not in the US Air Force, where one could be seriously hurt or injured – but in the Texas air force, known as the Air Guard.- Young George W tested at 25 out of 100, one point above ‘too dumb to fly’ status, yet leapt ahead of hundreds of applicants to get in.
www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3935858,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Texas Speaker Reportedly Helped Bush Get Into Guard:

The speaker of the Texas legislature personally asked the top official of the Texas Air National Guard to help George W. Bush obtain a pilot’s slot in a Guard fighter squadron during the war in Vietnam, according to informed sources.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/wh2000/stories/barnes092199.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Greg Palast: BBC Investigation Into How Voter Data Was Used To Prevent Democrats From Voting In The Last Presidential Elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3187.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video: Unprecedented:

The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. “George W. Bush stole the presidency of the United States∑ and got away with it.“
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

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“A Multigenerational Family of Fibbers”–

Fmr. Top Republican Strategist Examines the History of the Bush Family
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/17/1530204

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The neo-con philosophy of intelligence:

“I don’t know all the facts,” President George W Bush said recently about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps he should have known them before declaring war. But, respond the neo-conservatives who are leading the push to reshape the US intelligence apparatus, intelligence shouldn’t be about facts, but about basic instincts.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FB19Aa01.html

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Ex-officer alleges cover-up in probe of spy ship attack:

“We’ve been saying for 37 years that the court of inquiry was a fraud, that it was corrupted, that it ignored evidence and made findings not supported by the evidence,” said Ennes, whose book about the incident claims it was a deliberate Israeli attack.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040217-9999-1n17liberty.html

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In case you missed it: Video:

BBC Four Investigative Report: Dead in the Water: During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5073.htm

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Halliburton Hires Bush Family Lawyer To Conduct Internal Probe Over Nigeria Bribes:

Halliburton hired James Doty of the law firm Baker Botts to conduct an internal investigation into allegedly corrupt payments the company made in Nigeria in the late 1990s when Vice President Dick Cheney was CEO.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/17/1531257

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Red Cross slams Israel barrier:

The International Committee of the Red Cross has condemned Israel’s building of a barrier in the West Bank as “contrary” to international law.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3498795.stm

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Another President for the Occupation?:

“The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America”: We offer this unfettered pledge of fealty to Israel by John Kerry as yet more evidence that there’s scarcely a dime’s worth of difference between the major political candidates of both parties on the life-and-death issues of our time.
www.counterpunch.org/kerry02172004.html

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Lies, damned lies and photography: how the camera can distort the truth:

The fake snap of John Kerry fooled many US citizens and some British newspapers.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=492418

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HOWIE, WE HARDLY KNEW YE :

At least they didn’t shoot Howard Dean. Usually, when an American political figure speaks truth to power, he ends up conveniently dead. RFK, Malcolm X, some say Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone: all martyrs to the quaint ideal of telling it as it is as loudly as possible.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&ncid=742&e=7&u=
%2Fuclicktext%2F20040217%2Fcm_ucru%2Fhowiewehardlyknewye

tinyurl.com/3bsoa

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Mexico asks Britain, United States for answer to spying accusations:

Mexico has sent a letter to Britain and the United States asking them to explain recent accusations that they spied on countries before the Iraq war, and Mexico’s former U.N. ambassador — who said he had been spied on — called on Mexico to file a formal complaint with the U.N. Secretary General.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/02/12/international0853EST6239.DTL

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US is trying to overthrow me, says Venezuelan leader:

The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, yesterday angrily accused the United States of being behind a 2002 coup and of helping continuing opposition attempts to overthrow him.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=492395

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Blair Accused of ‘Protecting’ Intelligence Officers :

The Prime Minister Tony Blair was today accused of “protecting‰ Army intelligence officers involved in killings in Northern Ireland.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2524212

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S. Korea: 1 Mil. Mobile Phones Wiretapped:

The nation’s three mobile phone companies have submitted details on nearly one million mobile phone calls to the prosecution and intelligence agencies.
times.hankooki.com/lpage/200402/kt2004021722324210440.htm

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One third of the world‚s urban population lives in a slum:

Late in 2003 the United Nations reported that one billion people˜approximately one third of the world‚s urban dwellers and a sixth of all humanity, live in slums. And it predicted that within 30 years that figure would have doubled to two billion˜a third of the current world population.
www.wsws.org/articles/2004/feb2004/slum-f17.shtml

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Date: 17 Feb 2004

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289 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Bombings Kill 3 Soldiers, Wound 6 in Iraq:

Roadside bombs have claimed more American lives, killing three U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad and Sunni Muslim areas to the north of the capital. At least six soldiers were injured in the attacks, one critically.
www.leavenworthtimes.com/articles/2004/02/16/ap/Headlines/d80p34go0.txt

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Few Americans see caskets come home:

A news media blackout instituted to ensure privacy for soldiers’ families also protects policymakers as war casualties mount.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5694.htm

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U.S. prosecutor sues Ashcroft :

A U.S. federal prosecutor in one of the first war on terror trials is suing Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging he was investigated for raising concerns about the war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5697.htm

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Shiites fume over Bremer veto threat as violence continues in Iraq :

Religious Shiites warned Iraq’s top administrator Paul Bremer against the risk of a crisis should he carry out his threat to veto an Islamic constitution for the country, as violence continued.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/71526/1/.html

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Syrian PM: Israel benefitted from Iraq:

Syria’s prime minister has claimed Israel is the sole beneficiary of the US-led occupation of Iraq.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/54CD5182-1543-4509-BB36-A09C1CACC131.htm

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“Rifts widen in Bush’s foreign policy team:

With key members of the Bush foreign policy team expected to leave their posts at the end of the term – including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell – some are trying to set the record straight on the role they’ve played.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0217/p02s02-usfp.html

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Australian troops told Saddam could not use WMDs :

AUSTRALIAN troops preparing for the invasion of Iraq were told that Saddam Hussein did not have the means of launching weapons of mass destruction against its neighbours, it emerged yesterday.
www.theherald.co.uk/news/10147-print.shtml

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Australia: Agencies targeted in Iraq fallout:

“It’s buck-passing of the highest order,” said one intelligence source.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/17/1076779979093.html

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U.S. terror study `crude, inexpert’:

A U.S. government report that alleges Canada is a favoured destination for terrorists and international criminals has been denounced as “unimpressive” and “crude.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5687.htm

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U.S. Sees Al-Qaeda Everywhere :

In an apparent attempt to downplay the internal Iraqi dynamics sparking ongoing attacks, the Bush administration has been blaming al-Qaeda for much of the violence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5690.htm

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Video:

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5689.htm

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In case you missed it:

The Scourge of Militarism :

In the neoconservative world view, America was to be the new Rome. But the neocons learned the wrong lessons from Rome’s imperial experience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5688.htm

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Noble lies and perpetual war:

Leo Strauss, the neo-cons, and Iraq : Leo Strauss was a great believer in the efficacy and usefulness of lies in politics. Public support for the Iraq war rested on lies about Iraq posing an imminent threat to the United States ˆ the business about weapons of mass destruction and a fictitious alliance between al-Qaida and the Iraqi regime. Now that the lies have been exposed.
www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-95-1542.jsp

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U.S. Could Use Mauritania For W. Africa Base:

The United States plans to use an Arab League member as a base for military operations in Africa. U.S. officials said Mauritania has agreed to allow a military presence in the West African desert state.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2004/february/02_17_2.html

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Iraq’s Mr. Cellophane:

Mowaffak Al-Rubaie: Soft-spoken, bespectacled and courtly, this member of the Iraqi Governing Council once served as the international spokesman for a feared terrorist group. Now he’s a key player in the New Iraq
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3770220

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In case you missed it:

The Great Iraq Heist: Iraqis are paying for the war waged against them:

What makes Iraqis especially indignant is that theirs is a nation of engineers and scientists who are left to watch as the billions in reconstruction funds go outside their country. . . . Iraqis can see that their country is being divided among the victors
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5692.htm

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‘’America will lose the war in Iraq’’:

Now that is a bold claim to make, considering America’s overwhelming military victory that took about less than a month.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5691.htm

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What scares U.S. the most?:

The problem of American fear from the Islam‚s potential to provide a far better alternative to the twisted democracy and descript secular way of life. This is what scares masters of international terror and control the most.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5696.htm

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In case you missed it:

“Latin America: Washington’s Near-Abroad” :

Latin America was the first international arena where the upstart United States of America was to practice interventionism: the use of economic or military tools to achieve a political or economic end — typically for one’s own benefit — in a foreign country, regardless of the interests or desires of that country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5554.htm

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Iraqi women, children in US custody:

The US occupation forces in Iraq have been arresting the wives of suspected resistance fighters in an attempt to force their husbands to turn themselves in.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7AF6D9CA-C897-4636-AFCA-44C93A66A9DA.htm

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Police poised to probe Iraq leak:

The Australian Federal Police may investigate claims by a senior intelligence official that the Federal Government was told before the Iraq war that the Bush administration’s claims about weapons of mass destruction were exaggerated.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5684.htm

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These cousins ain’t kissin’:

Bruce and Kristine Harrison, publishers of historical databases, traced back the family histories of Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry. The result? They’re cousins.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5693.htm

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Former Dannelly worker: Bush not AWOL:

While Copeland said he thinks claims that Bush was AWOL are baseless, he said one thing puzzles him.
www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/040216/bush.shtml

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George Bush Ran From Fight :

On April 10, 1972 Richard Nixon began the largest air strikes against North Vietnam, the first since 1968. George W. Bush’s last paid day in the Texas Air National Guard was April 16, 1972.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5695.htm

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Seoul admits dirty war against North Korea:

South Korea lifted the lid on its dirty war against North Korea on Monday by disclosing for the first time the identities of trained killers whose aborted mission was to assassinate the Stalinist state‚s founding father Kim Il-Sung.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_17-2-2004_pg4_10

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Uri Avnery:

Yes, Minister!: Intelligence failure and Iraq’s non-existent WMDs :

At this moment, three parallel but separate commissions of inquiry are at work: Of course, the commissions are not really intended to discover the truth. Their purpose is whitewash. In order to understand what has happened, no honorable judge, Lord, former senator or retired Mossad operative is required. Simple common sense will do.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery73.htm

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Iran Denies Hiding Sensitive Nuclear Designs:

A senior Iranian official is today quoted as denying Iran is hiding research on specialized equipment capable of producing material for nuclear bombs.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/2/B8C55999-3EA1-45E2-9416-BE597039921A.html

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China’s Saudi-Pakistan weapon links trouble US:

The United States believes China is still co-operating with Saudi Arabia on missiles and with Pakistan on nuclear technology and missiles, despite Beijing’s promises to control arms proliferation, US officials said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5683.htm

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‘Imminent’ Saudi attack warning:

Terrorists may be in the final stages of planning an attack in Saudi Arabia, the UK Foreign Office has warned.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3494415.stm

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Living in fear of Pakistan’s new ‘Taliban’ regime:

Fame was no protection for one of Pakistan’s most celebrated pop stars when he indulged in the “un-Islamic” practice of singing in public.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$N12CML3ITRAKXQFIQMFSFFWAV
CBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2004/02/17/wtal17.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/17/ixworld.html

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UN shocked by killing of four aid workers in western Afghanistan:

The four men working for a non-governmental aid agency were shot dead after their vehicles were ambushed in south western Farah province, bordering Iran.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=55068

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Anarchy spreads to central Haiti:

Rebels aided by former soldiers attacked a police station and killed at least three officers, including the police chief.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1076973009184&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

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I doubt that Dr David Kelly committed suicide:

Did Dr David Kelly – husband, father of three daughters and a leading world expert in chemical and germ warfare – murder himself, or was he murdered by others?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5685.htm

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Muslim Chaplain’s Case Sparks Questions:

“If he were a white American, say a chaplain of some other denomination, I don’t think this would have happened,” Fugh said. “Any time you do something like this, you’re bound to have some damage done to the integrity of the military justice system
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-
ap-muslim-chaplain,0,543239.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

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UN criticises vague ‘terror’ laws:

Washington has rejected the UN report, saying the working group is not competent to judge the matter.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E37BDC93-8DE2-4551-9840-264A15AF1FFA.htm

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The Bill of Rights and the Homeland Security prison in Tacoma:

Is there a detention center near you?
www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=218&Itemid=2

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Sheila Samples: Time For The Buck To Stop:

With Cheney giving Bush “gravitas,” and God as Bush’s co-pilot, the opportunity to nudge Biblical prophesy back on track and headed in the final direction has been dumped in their laps.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5682.htm

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Israel minister urges canton plan:

The plan to create Palestinian cantons, surrounded by fences, is outlined in a letter sent by Mr Liberman to 10 of his fellow cabinet ministers.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3492561.stm

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Date: 15 Feb 2004

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287 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Libyan Arms Designs Traced Back to China:

Pakistanis Resold Chinese-Provided Plans : Investigators have discovered that the nuclear weapons designs obtained by Libya through a Pakistani smuggling network originated in China, exposing yet another link in a chain of proliferation that stretched across the Middle East and Asia, according to government officials and arms experts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5663.htm

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Why the US practises double standards:

It is now clear that in the years following September 11, 2001, the US government did everything it could to hide the role of the Pakistani military in proliferating weapons of mass destruction, while at the same time exaggerating that possibility with regard to Iraq, which possessed no such weapons.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5664.htm

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Soldiers’ bodies found in river:

THE bodies of three US soldiers who went missing last month were found in the Tigris river by Iraqi police, a US military spokesman said today.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8690146^1702,00.html

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Two U.S. convoys attacked in Baghdad, one Iraqi bystander killed; officials investigate Fallujah attack
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/02/15/international0850EST0431.DTL

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Bremer: U.S. Open to Ideas on Iraqi Power Transfer :

The U.S. administrator in Iraq suggested Sunday the Bush administration might be open to compromise on how the transfer of power in Iraq takes place.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5658.htm

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British spy op wrecked peace move:

A joint British and American spying operation at the United Nations scuppered a last-ditch initiative to avert the invasion of Iraq
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1148623,00.html

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Spying games on the road to war:

While Downing Street was seeking a UN resolution to avert conflict in Iraq, a US-led spying operation which involved Britain’s GCHQ had another agenda
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5657.htm

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Shadow of civil war threatens to eclipse any hopes of Iraqi peace :

Iraq is a country in meltdown, where innocent civilians and soldiers continue to die daily, and ethnic factions prepare for fighting as they battle each other for control
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5662.htm

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Revealed: Britain’s arms deal with Iraq:

The government has rubber-stamped special export licences for weaponry, including sub-machine guns, pistols, riot shields and smoke grenades in the past few weeks alone as ministers admit the threat of continuing civil unrest is seriously hampering reconstruction efforts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5665.htm

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Four Afghans helping U.N. killed in ambush:

In a separate incident, U.S. soldier killed, nine injured in mine explosion
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.afghan15feb15,0,3548368.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

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Eric Margolis: WMD: A primer :

Let’s be clear on what is – and isn’t – a weapon of mass destruction
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5652.htm

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Why?:

Is it credible that after a dozen years of sanctions, investigations, overflights, hundreds of bombing raids on virtually every military target of any significance in the country, spying via human and electronic means, that Iraq, probably the most Œwatched‚ country on the planet, managed to Œfool‚ the most technically sophisticated countries on the planet?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5656.htm

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World Press Photo of the Year 2003:

Iraqi man comforts his son at a regroupment center for POWs, Najaf, Iraq, 31 March
www.worldpressphoto.nl/contest/winner.jsp

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John Kerry! Meet the Facts:

Now that the US bull is sitting in Baghdad. The strategy of resistance is very simply. It is resist irrespective of who the next American president may be. The objective is not to let the US succeed in consolidating occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5650.htm

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Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People:

Immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush and other U.S. officials announced that the attacks had been motivated by hatred for America‚s “freedom and values.‰ Nothing could have been further from the truth, and U.S. officials knew it.
www.fff.org/freedom/fd0401a.asp

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America gets a taste for mud:

Sex scandal claims hit Kerry as liberals lay the ground for slurs against Bush. At long last, the US election campaign has begun
www.sundayherald.com/39951

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Dom Stasi: We Few: Does One Ever Forget His Brothers In Arms:

“Where were you, Governor Bush? What about your commitment? What would you do as Commander-in-Chief if someone in the Guard or service did the same thing?” – Medal Of Honor recipient, Senator Daniel Inouye
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5649.htm

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Administration adept at keeping journalists at bay:

The attention of the political media these days is focused ˜ riveted ˜ on Sen. John Kerry’s rapidly crystallizing status as the party’s front-runner. I wonder who’s more relieved by this ˜ the media-averse Bush administration or the Bushwhacked media? The Bush administration has, after all, been more effective at throttling the mainstream news media than any administration in memory.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5660.htm

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Fort Knox vs. Fort Dix:

The trickling of military documents during the past week has done little to clear up the mysteries that have surrounded the service that George W. Bush so Œproudly‚ gave during the Vietnam War. If anything, it has shown that we needed to know the answers to these questions long ago ˆ long before November 4, 2000.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5659.htm

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‘This won’t go away. What happened is much nastier than is being reported’:

Alex Polier, the twenty-four year old journalist who could end Senator John Kerry’s hopes of becoming the next president of the United States is alleged to have had a two-year affair with the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Last night the rumours were in danger of becoming a full-blown scandal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5661.htm

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Bush v. Kerry: The Power Elite‚s Dream Ballot:

If you hear gleeful giggling from behind the curtain shielding the political elites from the mere masses, you‚re not alone. There‚s a party going on and we haven‚t been invited. It‚s a presidential election party, where the puppeteers of our democracy are celebrating an upcoming election that they can‚t lose. It‚s a contest between two of their own.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5651.htm

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Time for Clarity: :

JOHN KERRY has become the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination without a detailed or clarifying debate on many issues. Exit polls show that many voters have been more interested in which candidate has a better chance of unseating the incumbent than in where he might take the country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5655.htm

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White House braced for outcome of CIA leak probe :

As the White House seeks to fend off attacks on President George W. Bush’s service record, Washington is alive with talk that it is readying for another assault on its integrity: indictments from the CIA leak investigation.
search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=040213000623&query=leak%2Bprobe&vsc_appId=totalSearch&state=Form

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Peru trial links CIA to drug terrorists :

The plot is something out of a John le Carre novel. In 1999 a shadowy spymaster brokers an arms deal to send 10,000 AK-47 rifles to guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5666.htm

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Beloved Haiti:

As I write this there is an attempt to start a civil war in Haiti, engineered in the United States of America and supported by its lapdogs in Caricom and the Organization of American States.
www.counterpunch.com/goff02142004.html

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What Are You So Afraid Of?: Sex? Gays? Terrorists? God?

In BushCo’s fear-drunk world, only one question really matters : Oh my God but we are one terrified nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5653.htm

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Rendezvous with a secular ayatollah:

Ibrahim al-Shawi describes a revealing meeting with Ayatollah Ali Sistani
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/ishawi.htm

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Reject Sharon Plan, Qorei Tells US :

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei urged the United States yesterday not to support a unilateral Israeli proposal to evacuate most Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=39545&d=15&m=2&y=2004

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Military court indicts IDF soldier who killed British activist :

A Southern Command Military Court charged an Israel Defense Forces soldier over the weekend with killing British peace activist Tom Hurndall in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah in April 2003.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/394373.html

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Elite Israeli troops reject Gaza violence:

They are members of a remarkable group, the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s equivalent of the SAS. And what makes them even more extraordinary in a society that holds its armed forces in such high esteem – in fact, what has earned them damnation from all over the country – is that they told their commanders that they refuse to serve in the Palestinian territories.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4859160-103552,00.html

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Hicks could be tried at home: lawyer:

Suspected Australian terrorist David Hicks could be tried just as validly in Australia as in the United States, his US Marine Corps lawyer Michael Mori said on Sunday.
news.ninemsn.com.au/National/story_40259.asp

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Australia: Crowds turn out for anti-war meeting:

MORE than a thousand people attended an anti-war meeting in Sydney today on the anniversary of mass global protests against the war in Iraq.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8692951%255E1702,00.html

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The Christian right, spreading love and light: LOL

Is it biblically correct for America to be involved in the war on terrorism?
You will need real audio.
boss.streamos.com/real/swn/oneplace/rm/ihg/oneanswer/ihg14.ram

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Date: 14 Feb 2004

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286 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Raid on police kills 23 in Fallujah:

“We have received 23 bodies, including 14 policemen, five civilians and four attackers, as well as 35 wounded,” said the head of the Fallujah hospital, Abdel Wahab al-Lusi.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/14/1076548276993.html

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American plan for Iraq needs complete overhaul, United Nations envoy warns :

He distanced himself from the controversial US plan, hinting that it would have to be drastically rewritten or shelved.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1148065,00.html

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The bloody price of occupation :

How far will the US go to maintain its illegitimate primacy in Iraq? The whole world knows that Bush and Blair lied to justify the war, but do they know the price being paid on the ground in Iraq? First, the blood price – paid by civilians and others this week as every week.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1147921,00.html

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John W. Dean : President Bush’s New Iraq Commission Won’t Be Investigating the Key WMD Issue:

His commission is a sham, and simply ignores the very reason he was pressured to create it. Yet it seems no one is complaining — or at least, no one who could force the commencement of an legitimate investigation.
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20040213.html

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Kay: Bush Should Admit “Error” on Iraq WMD :

Former U.S. weapons inspector David Kay is advising President Bush to acknowledge he was wrong about hidden storehouses of weapons in Iraq and move ahead with overhauling the intelligence process.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3744512,00.html

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Iraq arms hunt in doubt in ‘02:

The classified U.S. intelligence study findings diverge from statements by U.S. officials that caches of banned weapons would be found. In February 2003, two months after completion of the study, CIA Director George Tenet told lawmakers, “I think we will find caches of weapons of mass destruction, absolutely.”
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-12-wmd-hunt_x.htm

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Ray McGovern: Tenet and the King’s New Clothes:

Enlisting the intelligence community in a deliberate campaign to mislead our elected representatives into surrendering their power under the Constitution—that is highly relevant, and unconscionable.
www.counterpunch.org/mcgovern02122004.html

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Stung by Exiles’ Role, C.I.A. Orders a Shift in Procedures:

American intelligence officials who before the war were sifting through claims that Iraq had illicit weapons were generally not told that much of the information came from defectors linked to exile organizations that were promoting an American invasion, according to senior United States intelligence officials.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/politics/13INTE.html?ex=1077699624&ei=1&en=12a3439277f42051

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Texas: Army agent questions Islamic law students :

The organizer of an Islamic law conference at UT Law School is questioning whether ethnic discrimination brought a Special Agent for Army Intelligence to campus
www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2004/02/12/University/
Army-Agent.Questions.Law.Students-605345.shtml

tinyurl.com/2m9wb

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‘Mad Vlad’ urges West and Russia to destroy Islam :

The West should unite with Russia against Islamic radicals and Chinese immigrants, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the flamboyant Russian ultra-nationalist, said yesterday.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/13/wrus13.xml

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Drowned Iraqi ‘was forced into river by five US soldiers’:

Five American soldiers have been accused of driving a 19-year-old Iraqi civilian to his death in the Tigris river in one of the main centres of resistance to the occupation.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=491210

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A Must Read

The Despoiling of America :

This article is the documented story of how a political religious movement called Dominionism gained control of the Republican Party, then took over Congress, then took over the White House It‚s the story of why and how “the wrath of God Almighty‰ will be unleashed against the middle class, against the poor, and against the elderly and sick of this nation by George W. Bush and his army of Republican Dominionist “rulers.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5646.htm

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George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism:

Unfortunately, the inner person of America today is a hollowed out consumer who lacks the will power, stamina and imagination to do anything more than be overwhelmed. Therefore, a politics of crisis, a politics of fear will keep us locked into a state of conformity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5648.htm

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Spending Like a Drunken Democrat:

Forget the liberation of Iraq, George W. Bush will be remembered as the president who bankrupted America.
amconmag.com/2_16_04/feature.html

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Cause for alarm: A best-selling author foretells ruin for the American republic :

We often equate “empire” with the Romans, the Nazis, and imperial Japan. Our leaders prefer to call their military forays “humanitarian intervention” and say our troops stationed in other parts of the world are a necessary counterbalance to threats like “the axis of evil.”
www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20040210-9999-1c10chalmers.html

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Two Dozen Military Women Report Rapes On Texas Air Force Base:

A rape-crisis center located in Wichita Falls reports that between 20 and 25 women from the base had reported being raped.
www.thekansascitychannel.com/news/2845018/detail.html

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GOP chief: Democrats plan ‘dirtiest campaign’ in modern history:

Gillespie accused Democrats of making slanderous charges against President Bush, funneling money to shadow organizations, engaging in voter suppression tactics and planning to spread lies on the Internet. Gillespie is also raising questions about Democratic front-runner John Kerry.
www.krnv.com/Global/story.asp?s=1644171

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He Ought to Know :

IT’S HARD TO RECALL a more brazen display of political chutzpah than the Bush campaign’s assault on Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) as a captive of special interests. A video e-mailed Thursday night to 6 million supporters attacks the Democratic front-runner as an “unprincipled” collector of special-interest cash.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5647.htm

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President Bush’s military records:

Bush’s medical records were opened for examination by reporters in the Roosevelt Room, but those documents were not allowed to leave the room and are not included.
www.usatoday.com/news/2004-02-14-bush-docs.htm

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Nader candidacy expected :

Former Green Party candidate Ralph Nader is poised to declare that he will seek the presidency again this year, this time as an independent and despite a vigorous effort by the left to dissuade him, according to friends and associates.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001857851_cdig14.html

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Iran hiding nuclear ambitions: US:

The United States has again accused Iran of hiding its nuclear activities from the international community and of not having made a strategic decision to renounce nuclear ambitions.
news.ninemsn.com.au/World/story_43759.asp

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In case you missed it:

Will Iran Be Next?:

Those who have hoped that a U.S. military victory in Iraq would somehow bring about a more peaceful world are in for a rude awakening. The final resolution of this war and the U.S. occupation of Iraq will likely not be the end, rather, only the prelude to a succession of future crises: in Kashmir, Syria, North Korea, and Iran. This article will focus primarily on the latter case.
informationclearinghouse.info/article3288.htm

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Malaysia defies Bush over nuclear arrest :

“ Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia’s prime minister, has accused President George W. Bush of using unreliable US intelligence to implicate Malaysia in a global nuclear smuggling network
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1075982531025&p=1012571727102

tinyurl.com/3x8yw

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MI6 seized computers from British suspect :

British and French intelligence officers seized computers from the home of a British businessman named as a central suspect in the secret network supplying Libya, Iran and North Korea with nuclear equipment, the Guardian has learned.
politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,11538,1147334,00.html

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Nukes/Is Bush really serious?:

The administration’s hypocrisy on the nuclear initiative is breathtaking.
www.startribune.com/stories/561/4376267.html

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Reclaiming David’s city … a home at a time:

Jews replace Arabs in East Jerusalem: Thirty hired guns on a mission nothing less than biblical bore down on the impoverished Arab East Jerusalem enclave of Silwan in a pre-dawn operation last Sunday.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=
Article&cid=1076713810484&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_
pagepath=News/News&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/yrv98

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US admits DU risks in Military Conference Presentation:
www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed, Nine Wounded in Afghan Attack :

At least two Afghans and a U.S. soldier were killed and 15 people wounded on Friday in separate incidents in Afghanistan
www.reuters.com/newsChannel.jhtml?type=worldNews

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UN official says early Iraq elections impossible:

A UN official has dismissed talk of early elections in Iraq, saying they cannot go ahead until after the US-led authorities transfer power to an Iraqi government in June.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38667-2004Feb13.html

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Iraq Shi’ites Warn of Problems if Polls Delayed :

Supporters of Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said on Friday an assessment by U.N. officials that elections are not possible before June 30 could stir revolt against their U.S. occupiers.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=MNN1DV
MOHO0RICRBAE0CFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4354619

tinyurl.com/2vdty

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Cronkite: Iraq-Vietnam parallels inescapable :

Walter Cronkite said the American presence in Iraq strongly resembles the military´s adventure in Vietnam during the height of his career, which included 18 years as CBS Evening News anchor.
news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D80MERU01-43.shtml

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‘Dirty tricks’ threaten Kerry :

George Bush’s supporters were accused of dirty tricks last night as allegations of a sex scandal threatened to derail John Kerry’s runaway presidential campaign.
www.femail.co.uk/pages/standard/article.html?in_article_id=207964&in_page_id=2

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Government ‘warned’ on intelligence:

Intelligence agencies told the Federal Government in the weeks before the Iraq war that some of the Bush Administration’s claims justifying an invasion were exaggerated, according to one of Australia’s most senior intelligence officials.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/13/1076548224395.html

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Bush Agrees to Meeting with 9/11 Panel :

Declines to give public testimony.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4358489

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THE FEAR PRESIDENT:

Bush — announcing himself a “war president” — used variations of the words “war,” “terror,” “kill” and “danger” more than 70 times in an interview that lasted less than an hour
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1317&ncid
=742&e=11&u=/uclicktext/20040214/cm_ucas/thefearpresident

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Government ‘warned’ on intelligence:

Intelligence agencies told the Federal Government in the weeks before the Iraq war that some of the Bush Administration’s claims justifying an invasion were exaggerated, according to one of Australia’s most senior intelligence officials.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/13/1076548224395.html

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Date: 13 Feb 2004

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285 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Government ‘warned’ on intelligence:

Intelligence agencies told the Federal Government in the weeks before the Iraq war that some of the Bush Administration’s claims justifying an invasion were exaggerated, according to one of Australia’s most senior intelligence officials.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/13/1076548224395.html

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Another U.S. Soldier Killed In Iraq:

The U.S. command says it happened Thursday night when some sort of bomb hit an American patrol in a suburb of Baghdad. It’s the 375th U.S. combat death in Iraq since the war began and the 538th American death overall.
www.komotv.com/news/story.asp?id=29780

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Former Iraq administrator sees decades-long U.S. military presence :

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the former interim administrator of post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Iraq, said Thursday that a U.S. military presence in Iraq should last “the next few decades,”
www.govexec.com/news/index.cfm?mode=report2&articleid=27607&printerfriendlyVers=1

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UN now backs elections in Iraq:

Sistani’s clout increases as world body supports his call for elections over US plan for transfer of sovereignty.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0212/dailyUpdate.html?s=mes

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Sovereignty for Iraq may have to wait, Powell says:

Secretary of State Colin Powell signaled Wednesday that the administration might delay plans to return sovereignty to Iraqis by July 1, telling a congressional oversight panel that violence continues to vex U.S. and Iraqi officials.
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0212powell-iraq12.html

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Robert Fisk: The fantasy of democracy in an Arab state:

And so here we go again. No weapons of mass destruction. No links between Saddam and 11 September. No democracy. Blame the press. Blame the BBC. Blame the spooks. But don’t blame Messers Bush and Blair. And don’t blame the American neo-conservatives who helped to push the US into this disaster. They don’t even exist. And if you say they did, you know what you’re going to be called.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5644.htm

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Secret report warns of Iraq ‘Balkanisation’:

The report, which is based on military data and circulated to foreign organisations by the US aid agency USAid, diverges with public statements by US officials who claim that security in the country is improving.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1075982503425

tinyurl.com/35opj

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U.N. envoy sees potential for civil war in Iraq:

Some Governing Council members seek alternative to U.S. plan for transferring power; GI killed in Baghdad attack
www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/iraq/bal-iraq0213,0,5136105.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

tinyurl.com/2vfyr

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Kay Says Bush Slowing Intelligence Reform :

The Bush administration is hampering efforts to improve intelligence by clinging to the false hope that weapons of mass destruction may be found in Iraq, the former chief U.S. weapons inspector said Thursday.
www.katv.com/news/stories/0204/125854.html

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Poll: Americans think Bush stretched truth on Iraq:

A majority of Americans think the Bush administration exaggerated the threat of lethal weapons in Iraq to justify the war, according to a poll released Tuesday.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/6213110.htm

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Matt Drudging Dirt On Kerry!:

Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
www.drudgereport.com/mattjk1.htm

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Kerry Says He’s Ready for GOP Onslaught :

``These guys will want to try to do everything to change the subject,’’ Kerry said in an interview on the Don Imus radio program.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3744661,00.html

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Kerry to answer sex affair claim:

FACING the first crisis of his campaign, Democratic presidential nomination front-runner John Kerry will today respond to allegations he had a two-year affair with a young woman who has since fled the country.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8673603%255E401,00.html

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Kerry faces big test in internet storm about mystery woman:

The campaign of Senator John Kerry, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, faced its first media storm last night after a Right-wing website alleged that he had asked a woman to leave the country for personal reasons.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/13/wus13.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/02/13/ixportaltop.html

tinyurl.com/3a3yr

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Intern allegations cloud Kerry’s campaign for presidential nomination:

“It‚s clear what some of Kerry‚s opponents will try to do.
news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=174232004

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The Kerry scandal? :

Here we go again. It’s called the sex thing.
www.suntimes.com/output/sneed/cst-nws-sneed13.html

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“Anybody But Bush”: The Big Abdication:

The “Anybody But Bush” (ABB) movement is predicated on the mistaken and illusory belief that Bush & Co. is an aberration from the American political system, rather than extensions of it.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Feb04/Donovan0212.htm

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Chris Floyd: End Game :

The Bushists have only ever had two methods of masking the truth of their extremist ideology: sham and blood. Now that the sham is unraveling, their only choice is war.
www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2004/02/13/120.html

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DejaVu: The Struggle Between Two Americas:

“Look, our strategy is to create chaos, to create a vacuum…We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our great nation.” President George W Bush, 2002.
www.winterboy.com/dejavu.html

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Putin and the Chechen War: Together Forever:

Endless war in the North Caucasus has proven to be Putin’s all-purpose campaign strategy.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/02/11/007.html

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US nuke technology probe in SA :

The probe follows the arrest of a former Israeli army officer, Asher Karni, who was arrested in Denver, Colorado, on January 2 and charged with trying to smuggle 66 nuclear weapon detonators to Pakistan through his South African company, Top-Cape Technology, according to South African media reports.
iafrica.com/news/sa/302293.htm

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US warns Iran over nuclear plans :

The United States is considering action over what it says is Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, a senior administration official has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3483799.stm

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US accuses Iran of still seeking nuclear arms :

A senior US government figure today claimed that Iran is still attempting to develop nuclear weapons and accused the country’s Islamic rulers of reneging on commitments to stop processing weapons-grade uranium.
www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1146822,00.html

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In case you missed it:

‘’Why Nuclear Weapons May Be In Iran’s National Interests’’: If Tehran were to become nuclear-armed, it would end Israel’s nuclear monopoly in the Middle East. Tehran is worried about covert activities by U.S. intelligence agencies in their quest to seek the Bush administration’s much touted “regime change” policy in Iran, which was classified by the White House as being part of an “axis of evil.”
www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=80&language_id=1

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Cuba Detentions May Last Years:

Senior Defense Department officials said Thursday that they were planning to keep a large portion of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, there for many years, perhaps indefinitely
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/politics/13GITM.html?hp

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Ex-Halliburton staff claim company ripped off military:

Two ex-Halliburton employees told US Democratic congressmen that vice-president Dick Cheney’s old energy company “routinely overcharged” for work it did for the US military, the congressmen said today.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/13/1076548195775.html

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Leak reveals ministers’ fears over Iraqi contracts :

Campaign to stop British firms being cut out by US
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1147271,00.html

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hit Record High in ‘03:

The United States registered a record $489.4 billion trade deficit for 2003 as a rebounding U.S. economy strengthened Americans’ appetites for a wide range of foreign-made goods, including cars, clothing and TVs.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040213/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/economy_15

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U.S. nuke facilities fail security tests – report:

Security at two U.S. nuclear weapons facilities has been breached at least three times in mock terrorist drills despite heightened concerns after the September 11 attacks
home.eircom.net/content/reuters/worldnews/2528601?view=Eircomnet

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Soldier Accused of Trying to Aid al-Qaida :–

A National Guardsman was arrested Thursday and charged by the Army with trying to provide information to the al-Qaida terrorist network, the military said.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3742134,00.html

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BUSH A NO-SHOW AT ALABAMA BASE, SAYS MEMPHIAN :

Two members of the Air National Guard unit that President George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him and were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however; of that both Bob Mintz and Paul Bishop are certain.
www.memphisflyer.com/content.asp?ID=2834&onthefly=1

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The Smoking Microfiche: ‘Pay’ Records Prove Bush Was AWOL in Alabama
democrats.com/display.cfm?id=329

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Operation Iraqi Sweatshop:

Halliburton is hiring temps to work in Iraq: $100 a month for locals, $300 for Indians and $8,000 for Texans. Meanwhile taxpayers are getting charged top dollar, prompting investigations from the United States military.
www.corpwatch.org/issues/PID.jsp?articleid=9928

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Blix Fears Iraq Weapons Reports Distortion :

-Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Thursday he was sure President Bush’s election campaign would twist his reports on Saddam Hussein’s arsenal to justify the war in Iraq.
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V5464.AP-Sweden-US-Blix.html

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The invasion was justified:

Based on my concrete, meticulously substantiated evidence, they’ll be convinced. I know I am.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5643.htm

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Dutch troops refuse to remove radioactive debris :

Residents of As Samawah in Southern Iraq are unduly exposed to radioactive debris as Dutch troops stationed in the area refuse to remove remnants of war contaminated with depleted uranium (DU).
www.risq.org/article282.html

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Judge Refuses Warrant for Israeli Official:

A British judge refused to issue an arrest warrant Thursday for Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, rejecting arguments that the former head of the Israeli army did not have diplomatic immunity during a London visit.
www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/89-02122004-245277.html

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Annan says Israel using disproportionate force:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly criticized Israel on Thursday for using disproportionate force in military incursions in Gaza that killed 15 Palestinians and injured more than 50 others.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1076559706390&p=1008596981749

tinyurl.com/3ybvu

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