Information Clearing House  Digest February 20-25 2004
Date: 25 Feb 2004

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A reader forwarded the following comments in relation to an article „The Coming Implosion of the American Empire‰ posted on site 02/24/04. I thought it worthwhile to bring it to your attention.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5765.htm Thanks to Mark for providing the info.

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297 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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You can't afford war and Social Security, So!:

Greenspan Urges Social Security Cuts:

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress on Wednesday to deal with the country's escalating budget deficit by cutting benefits for future Social Security retirees. Without action, he warned, long-term interest rates would rise, seriously harming the economy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5764.htm

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In case you missed it:

Greenspan supports permanent tax cuts:

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said – that Congress should make President Bush's tax cuts permanent and cover the $1 trillion price by trimming future benefits in Social Security and other entitlement programs.
www.boston.com/business/taxes/articles/2004/02/13/greenspan_supports_permanent_tax_cuts/

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CIA chief predicts war with no end:

He offered the Senate intelligence committee a bleak vision of a war on terrorism without end, in which even the destruction of al-Qa'eda would not make America safe. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5761.htm

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Text: CIA's Tenet Remarks On Qaeda: The Worldwide Threat 2004:

Challenges in a Changing Global Context Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5762.htm

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US helicopter 'downed by missile':

A US military helicopter crashed today into a river west of Baghdad, police said, and a witness reported seeing a missile hit the aircraft.
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=95890332&p=9589yx38

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U.S. helicopter crashes in western Iraq, two killed
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:403cb43a:9e2c3b6
971b8bd2c?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4434963

tinyurl.com/3awfw

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Deputy police chief assassinated in Iraq :

Gunmen assassinated the deputy police chief in the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday, and militants warned of further attacks on Iraqi security forces and Kurdish militiamen, accusing them of protecting "infidel" Americans.
pennlive.com/newsflash/lateststories/index.ssf?/base/international-11/1077719353222930.xml

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Kurds demand vote on independence:

Kurdish activists have collected 1.7 million signatures on a petition demanding a referendum on the future of northern Iraq's Kurdish region.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3486504.stm

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Insurgent and soldier: two views on Iraq fight:

Ahmad says the motivation underpinning his cell of insurgents is a blend of devout religious belief coupled with a strong sense of patriotism.
csmonitor.com/2004/0225/p01s04-woiq.htm

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Insurgency Growing? Soldier injured in Kuwait:

A South Dakota National Guard soldier was injured Friday when the truck in which he was riding hit an explosive device in Kuwait, the state Guard said Monday.
www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2004/02/25/news/state/state04.txt

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Dangerous illusions of a democratic Shi'ite Iraq:

Only a constituent assembly selected separately by the ethnically/religiously separate components of the Iraqi population jointly working out a federalist constitution with far-reaching autonomy provisions has any chance of maintaining a unified Iraq.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FB26Ak01.html

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The missing people-shredder :

The horror of one of Saddam's execution methods made a powerful pro-war rallying cry – but the evidence suggests it never existed
www.guardian.co.uk/analysis/story/0,3604,1155399,00.html

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Controlling Iraq's Skies: The Secret Sell-Off of Iraq's Air Industry:

Despite CPA claims that it intends to return control of the country's air industry to the Iraqi people, a document obtained by OSI shows that a backroom deal has already sold off 75 percent of the country‚s air sector to a single family.
www.soros.org/initiatives/cep/articles_publications/publications/iraq_airlines_20040409

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Iraq to get only 500 million dollars before power handover:

World Bank: Iraq will only receive some 500 million dollars out of the 33 billion pledged by donors up to the June 30 deadline for the handover of power, a senior World Bank official said.
servihoo.com/channels/kinews/v3news_details.php?id=33802&CategoryID=47

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R.P. team for Iraq stranded; U.S. funds withheld`:

The deployment of 43 Filipino replacement personnel for the humanitarian mission in Iraq was deferred after US officials failed to release funds for the augmentation force.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/FlashNewsStory.aspx?FlashOID=15292

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Aristide backers build fiery barricades as Port-au-Prince braces for rebel attack:

Opposition leaders rejected a U.S.-backed peace plan for Haiti, offering a counterproposal to install a Supreme Court justice as an interim president and appoint a new prime minister along with the ``orderly departure'' of Aristide.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-225
haitiuprising,0,7187617.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/2k94p

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Aristide's Lawyer: U.S. Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries in Haiti:

There are very real fears that the democratically-elected Aristide could be overthrown in a violent coup d'etat. Many of the leaders of these paramilitary gangs have had direct ties to the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other US government agencies.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/25/1613200

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Media Coverage of Haiti Flawed: Analysts:

Almost universally missing from media coverage of Haiti, some critics say, is information about US Government support for the "opposition", a collection of political parties extremely hostile to the government of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide.
dominionpaper.ca/international_news/2004/02/25/media_cove.html

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Haiti – Insurrection in the Making: What is the Political Backdrop to the Conflict?

Haiti's opposition represents only a small minority (8 percent of the population according to a 2000 poll). With no chance of winning through democratic elections, they rely instead on armed violence to foment a political crisis that will lead to the fall of the government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5763.htm

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Taliban attacks at their highest since collapse of regime:

Attacks by a resurgent Taliban and fighters loyal to one of Afghanistan's most powerful warlords have reached "their highest levels since the collapse of the Taliban government," the head of the Pentagon's intelligence agency said Tuesday.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/8032284.htm

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Osama bin Laden 'surrounded?':

Reports say bin Laden cornered in northwest Pakistan, but US denies it.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0224/dailyUpdate.html?s=mits

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U.S. says time running out for Osama:

Time is running out for Osama bin Laden, the U.S. military says, as American and Pakistani forces ratchet up operations against al Qaeda and Taliban militants along the Afghan-Pakistan frontier.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=464012&section=news

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Bring me the head of Osama bin Laden :

The war in eastern Afghanistan and the tribal areas in Pakistan is barely on, but the Pentagon's spinning machine is in high gear. Who will prevail: al-Qaeda's number two, Ayman "The Surgeon" al-Zawahiri, or Commando 121?
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FB26Ag02.html

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Faithful spurn US-built mosque:

On November 16, 2001, during the heat of the US-led war against the Taliban regime, at least 34 people lost their lives here. : The building has since been reconstructed almost identically with the financial support of the United States army.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1488957,00.html

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Sampson joins lawsuit against Saudis:

After failing to get the Saudi government to admit he was tortured, Canadian William Sampson has joined six Britons in a lawsuit aimed at proving they were repeatedly beaten during two and a half years in a Saudi jail.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1
&c=Article&cid=1077664212911&call_page=TS_World&call_pageid=968332188854
&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/2dtgw

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U.S. High-Tech Spy Agency Has Low Profile:

The Advanced Research and Development Activity is not a secret federal office, but it might as well be. It isn't listed in the U.S. Government Manual, the 684-page official compilation of federal departments, agencies and offices. It isn't listed in major commercial directories of government agencies.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=513&ncid=7
03&e=9&u=/ap/20040222/ap_on_go_ot/terror_obscure_office

tinyurl.com/2l67o

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Whistleblower cleared :

GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun demanded an explanation today after the case against her of disclosing information and breaking the Official Secrets Act collapsed after the prosecution offered no evidence.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1155681,00.html

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Coroner to Hold New Hearing on Kelly Death Inquest :

A coroner is to hold a preliminary hearing to establish whether the inquest into the death of Government weapons expert Dr David Kelly should be resumed.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2576033

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Soldiers 'given 5 bullets for Iraq war':

A serving solider has risked his career by speaking out over equipment shortages in the Gulf conflict. Just five bullets each were issued to him and his men, who were serving along frontlines in southern Iraq.
ickent.icnetwork.co.uk/news/content_objectid=13985295_method
=full_siteid=53340_headline=-Soldiers—given-5-bullets-for-Iraq-war—name_page.html

tinyurl.com/2t5h7

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Could You Be MI5 Spy? :

IN their bid to find 1,000 new spies, MI5 have set a bizarre internet quiz. Called Should You Apply To Be A Surveillance Officer?, there are seven questions to answer:
tinyurl.com/ytb9a

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Is Britain Under Blair Suffering From Paranoia? :

While M15 is scouring the land searching for up to 1,000 Arabic speakers to spy on their compatriots in mosques ˜ or rather „infiltrate overseas-sponsored terror networks‰ ˜ Blunkett does his bit by drafting new government powers between fending off criticisms of Belmarsh, his very own version of Guantanamo.
www6.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=40028&d=24&m=2&y=2004

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UK: Blunkett gets tough over terror:

The home secretary is preparing to unveil new anti-terror measures, thought to include the use of secretly-taped phone calls as evidence.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3518763.stm

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Oxfam accuses UK of hidden arms trade :

They accuse the government of double standards by exploiting loopholes enabling it to get round international embargoes and its own human rights guidelines.
www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,10674,1155244,00.html

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Israel: Court releases settlers who shot Palestinian shepherds:

The three Israeli settlers admitted during a police interrogation on Tuesday to shooting five Palestinian shepherds last week near the Palestinian village of Tekoa.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/397865.html

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Charley Reese: A Cynical Manipulation:

U.S. policy toward the most destabilizing factor in the Middle East ˜ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ˜ is to support Israel and to never offend the Israeli lobby. U.S. politicians use a number of rhetorical devices to disguise this policy
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040225/index.php

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Israeli Troops Stage Palestinian Bank Raids :

During the raids, dozens of Palestinians threw stones at soldiers who clamped a curfew on Ramallah during the raids. Seventeen Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and live rounds, three of them in critical condition, doctors said.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2575143

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Freed Vanunu will be under supervision :

Security sources said Israel would ban the former atomic reactor technician from travelling abroad, tap his telephone and monitor his movements.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/25/1077676830178.html

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U.S. Military Shows Interest in Africa:

Top U.S. generals are touching down across Africa in unusual back-to-back trips, U.S. European Command confirmed Tuesday, part of a change in military planning as U.S. interest grows in African terror links and African oil.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/8028821.htm

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Report: Slavery Alive and Well in Florida:

Modern-day slavery is alive and well in Florida, the head of a human rights center said Tuesday as it released a report on people forced to work as prostitutes, farmworkers and maids across the state.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=71
8&e=2&u=/ap/20040225/ap_on_re_us/human_trafficking

tinyurl.com/2cotp

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Can a City Require Surveillance Cameras in Cybercafes Without Violating the First Amendment?:

A California Court Rules on the Issue
writ.news.findlaw.com/ramasastry/20040219.html

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Publishers Face Prison For Editing Articles from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya or Cuba:

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control recently declared that American publishers cannot edit works authored in nations under trade embargoes which include Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Cuba.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/24/1557214

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Poll: Free trade loses backers:

High-income Americans have lost much of their enthusiasm for free trade as they perceive their own jobs threatened by white-collar workers in China, India and other countries, according to data from a survey of views on trade.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-23-free-trade_x.htm

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If Pharmaceuticals Produced Outside the U.S. are Unsafe, Why Isn't The Rest of The World Dead?:

The pharmaceutical industry manages to produce much of the world‚s supply of prescription and over the counter drugs in many countries and sell them to people the world over, including U.S.
www.uspoliticstoday.com/news.php?nid=6255

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FDA Blasted On Drug Discounts:

U.S. regulators should support imports of cheaper prescription medicines from Canada and investigate attempts by the drug industry to limit supplies north of the border, a Capitol Hill summit on the issue was told Tuesday.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/23/health/main601731.shtml

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Senators' Stocks Beat the Market by 12 Percent:

"The results suggest that senators knew when to buy their common stocks and when to sell."
www.nytimes.com/financialtimes/business/FT1075982783472.html

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Putin's 'Act of Generosity,' The Russian Army's Sorry State, And Finding the Answer in Riga: "

Another sign of the Kremlin playing fast and loose with the niceties of electoral democracy."
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/2/F66381ED-B25E-48F3-B2AA-BB92C75D737E.html

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A Trick to Avoid News Website Registration:

People who vehemently object to providing registration information to gain access to otherwise-free websites have alternatives
www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=61205

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Date: 24 Feb 2004

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296 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Guerrillas Kill 3 Iraqis Working with U.S. Military :

Three Iraqis working for the U.S. military were killed by guerrillas who opened fire on their car, hospital officials said Tuesday, in the latest deadly attack on Iraqis cooperating with occupying forces.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4423485&fromEmail=true

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C.I.A. Was Given Data on Hijacker Long Before 9/11:

American investigators were given the first name and telephone number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington, but the United States appears to have failed to pursue the lead aggressively, American and German officials say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5756.htm

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Bush 'wanted war in 2002' :

George Bush set the US on the path to war in Iraq with a formal order signed in February 2002, more than a year before the invasion
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5755.htm

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Hans Blix: US 'created' weapons facts:

"During a meeting at the White House at the end of October 2002, six months before the beginning of the war, Cheney told us he would not hesitate to discredit the inspections"
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5759.htm

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CIA accused of lying about WMDs:

Senator Carl Levin of Michigan said Tenet presented false information to the UN during public hearings about all the top suspected weapons of mass destruction sites in Iraq before the war
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A1342C2A-3B0E-41C2-84BA-1B6BA1D10112.htm

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The Iraq war is the Suez of our time:

Tony Blair is unable to grasp why his deceit will never be accepted
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1154580,00.html

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UN Report: Iraq 'needs more time to prepare for poll' :

But warned that in the meantime the country's political class was becoming fragmented, sectarianism entrenched and intercommunal politics increasingly polarised.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1075982737525&p=1012571727102

tinyurl.com/2s5m3

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Shiite Leader Sistani Threatens Intifada Against U.S. :

Iraqi Shiite Leader Seyyid Ali Al-Sistani yesterday warned that he would call for an intifada (uprising) if American soldiers stayed in Iraq after the handover of power on June 30, 2004.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5757.htm

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Rumsfeld warns Iran, Syria about helping militants:

"Syria and Iran have not been helpful to the people of Iraq", he told journalists during a visit to Baghdad. "Indeed they have been unhelpful.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/72459/1/.html

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US suspends 17 troops in detainee abuse probe:

U.S. forces investigating allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at a prison west of Baghdad have suspended 17 soldiers including a battalion commander and a company commander.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
worldNews&storyID=463128&section=news&fromEmail=true

tinyurl.com/2ksvb

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Forecast of Rising Oil Demand Challenges Tired Saudi Fields:

An internal Saudi Aramco plan, the experts said, estimates total production capacity in 2011 at 10.15 million barrels a day, about the current capacity. But to meet expected world demand, the United States Department of Energy's research arm says Saudi Arabia will need to produce 13.6 million barrels a day by 2010 and 19.5 million barrels a day by 2020.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/24/business/24OIL.html?ei=5062&en=bc7d742
5bb64c8cd&ex=1078203600&partner=GOOGLE&pagewanted=print&position=

tinyurl.com/yw6ky

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Al-Qaida leader warns of new attacks:

Usama bin Ladin's top aide, Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the US of fresh attacks in a new audio tape aired by Aljazeera.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B4281D01-ABE9-4425-8A6B-686752B4242C.htm

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CIA chief in secret visit to Pakistan:

"There's a major effort under way to locate al-Qaeda leaders," the official said. "The importance of George Tenet's visit in this connection cannot be underestimated."
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1075982720654&p=1012571727169

tinyurl.com/2xbuh

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Bush Lies Uncovered:

For those still puzzling over the why the Bush administration decided to invade Iraq, two key players offered important, but curiously unnoticed, clues this week by two central players.
www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17923

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The Coming Implosion of the American Empire:

The implosion of the American empire is about to begin ˆ not just the military one but also the commercial one.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5758.htm

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Libyan PM denies Lockerbie guilt:

Libyan Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem has denied his country's guilt in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people and said Tripoli had only agreed to pay damages to victims in order to "buy peace".
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
topNews&storyID=463441&section=news&fromEmail=true

tinyurl.com/2ptem

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In case you missed it:

Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government"

A FORMER CIA agent who claims Libya is not responsible for the Lockerbie bombing is being gagged by the US government under state secrecy laws and faces 10 years in prison if herevealsanyinformation about the terrorist attack.
www.sundayherald.com/8759

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Haiti rebels head for capital:

The rebels, led by former members of the disbanded army and the national police, were also reported to be rounding up supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti's second largest city, Cap Haitien
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1154660,00.html

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Haiti: Five facts and One Appeal:

Haiti is in crisis, and an entire society stands on the brink of economic and humanitarian disaster. This disaster is not the product of some unfortunate circumstance, but the direct result of policies carried out by our governments.
dominionpaper.ca/haiti/

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Pentagon Opens Halliburton Criminal Probe :

The Pentagon said on Monday it opened a criminal investigation of fraud allegations against a unit of Vice President Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton Co. involving potential overpricing of fuel delivered to Iraq
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040224/ts_nm/energy_halliburton_dc_4

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Big Oil Companies Granted $66 Million by Homeland Security:

As New York City scrambles to cover security costs to protect against another terror attack, Eyewitness News has found millions in taxpayer dollars going to protect some of the nation's wealthiest companies.
abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/investigators/print_wabc_investigators_022304funds.html

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UK: Father fears whitewash over Iraq deaths:

THE father of one of six military policemen, killed by an Iraqi mob, fears a cover-up will prevent him ever knowing how his son died.
icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/content_objectid=13979160_
method=full_siteid=50082_headline=-Father-fears-whitewash-over-Iraq-deaths-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/2gphw

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Amnesty barred from Guantanamo trials:

Amnesty International and two other leading human rights organisations protest to Pentagon about its decision not to let them attend planned trials of al-Qaida suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1154462,00.html

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Military justice system a self-inflicted casualty in terror war:

Last week, for the fifth time in three months, Captain Yee's military court preliminary hearing was postponed to give the Army more time to review classified documents it alleges Yee took from Guantanamo Bay. – The delay is unfortunate, and suggests the government's case is weak.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0223/p09s02-cogn.html

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Israel's Sharon Denounces World Court Proceedings:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his country will not give in to what he calls the hypocrisy being perpetrated against Israel at the World Court in The Hague.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=FBD500E6-F895-4627-8673AB8F243AD28F

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Another Nuclear Program Found in Iran :

Iran reportedly acknowledged the experiments but offered an explanation involving another of polonium's possible uses, which include power generation.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A551-2004Feb23.html

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Administration favors nuclear free-for-all:

Numerous international arms-control treaties, including the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, have been abandoned or ignored by the United States.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/161479_firstperson23.html?searchpagefrom=1&searchdiff=2

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Chalmers Johnson: Improve the CIA? Better to abolish it :

Why don't we abolish the CIA and make public, as the Constitution requires, the billions spent by the intelligence agencies under the control of the Department of Defense so that Congress might have a fighting chance in doing oversight?
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/22/EDG8J4F15M1.DTL

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Kerry, Edwards Care More About Polls Than Character :

Edwards and Kerry, the two front-runners for the Democratic Party presidential candidacy, may go to church on Sunday, but in real life they worship at the altar of Gallup, Roper and Zogby.
www.commondreams.org/views04/0223-04.htm

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Afghanistan: Now it's all-out war:

Pakistan has allowed the US to use some of its air bases for surveillance purposes, including Kohat and Bannu. Residents of North West Frontier Province are already witnessing flights of US "spy" planes over the region.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FB24Ag01.html

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Afghan kids 'killed' for organs :

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) is currently investigating some 85 kidnapping cases in which the children have allegedly been killed for their body parts.
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=55903

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In health, Canada tops U.S:

Want a health tip? Move to Canada. Canadians live longer, healthier lives than we do. What's more, they pay roughly half as much per capita as we do ($2,163 versus $4,887 in 2001) for the privilege.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5754.htm

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Paying for prescriptions is problematic in U.S.:

Almost a third of Americans say paying for prescription drugs is a problem in their families, and many are cutting dosages to deal with the crunch, according to a poll by The Associated Press.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/161815_drugs24.html

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Aids drugs giants are accused of genocide:

Drugs manufacturers were accused yesterday of "genocidal action" in Africa by charging unaffordable prices for drugs to fight HIV/Aids.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/01/30/waids30.xml

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Vatican condemns Aids drug firms:

The Vatican has spoken out against pharmaceutical companies which make huge profits from anti-Aids drugs.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3442217.stm

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Virus closes US army bases in Germany :

A mysterious viral infection has forced military authorities in Germany to close four bases, ordering nearly 4,000 personnel and their dependents to stay home, authorities said Friday.
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=26&story_id=4883

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Date: 23 Feb 2004

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295 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Fifty combat-ready U.S. Marines flying to Haiti to secure embassy:

and diplomats after rebels overran Haiti's second-largest city and began detaining supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001863310_webhaiti23.html

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Throttled by history :

Haiti's political class has failed it, but the first black republic has also been squeezed dry by a vengeful west.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1153735,00.html

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HAITI: How Washington set the stage for uprising:

The media have a standard story line to explain the uprising in Haiti ˜ In reality, the anti-Aristide opposition that is behind the uprising shaking Haiti today is a Washington-connected collection of Haitian businessmen and a scattering of former leftists.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/572/572p17.htm

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Rumsfeld Assesses Iraq Security; Bomb Kills 13:

A morgue official said a suicide car bomber killed 10 people and wounded 42 in an attack on a police station in Kirkuk, the latest in a relentless campaign against Iraqis seen cooperating with U.S. occupation troops.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4418074

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Iraqis Say Deal on U.S. Troops Must Be Put Off:

The delay could put the Americans in the position of negotiating an agreement with leaders they did not appoint on such sensitive issues as when the use of force would be allowed. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5753.htm

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Robert Fisk: Gunned down with abandon:

Iraqis who fail to see US military checkpoints, who overtake convoys under attack—or who merely pass the scene of an American raid—are being gunned down with abandon. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5743.htm

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Soldiers accused of another fatal beating:

The family of an Iraqi headmaster who was seen being beaten with a rifle butt by British soldiers before they took him away, was told he had died in custody of a "sudden heart attack".
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=493880

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Oil pipeline attacked in southern Iraq:

An oil pipeline was sabotaged in southern Iraq while deadly violence flared in the north, as the war-torn country awaited the release Monday of the UN's findings on the best way forward.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/72288/1/.html

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Pakistan denies al-Qaeda chief trapped:

PAKISTAN has denied any knowledge of al-Qaeda terror network leader Osama bin Laden being cornered by US and British special forces in a mountainous area in the northwest of the country.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8764279^401,00.html

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Bin Laden is alive and planning more attacks:

Osama bin Laden is still in Afghanistan and is planning further attacks on United States interests, a spokesperson from Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime said on Monday. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5745.htm

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Paul Findley: A Republican's case against George W. Bush :

Today, for the first time, I worry deeply about America's future. We are in a deep hole. I believe President George W. Bush's decision to initiate war in Iraq will be the greatest and most costly blunder in American history. He has set America on the wrong course.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5744.htm

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Republicans Who Support "Anybody But Bush":

George Meagher of Charleston, South Carolina, is a veteran and lifelong Republican who, by his own admission, put his "heart and soul" into working for George W. Bush in 2000. No more. Meagher may vote Democratic this fall because he's fed up with what he sees as lies and deceit by President Bush and the Republican leadership in Washington
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/printer_4106.shtml

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Iraq in 'civil war' risk:

Iraq is facing a real risk of civil war because of discontent among the country's Sunni Muslim minority, the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy to the country warned today. u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=42858&pt=n

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Fort Bragg soldiers wounded in Iraq cope with permanent changes :

Staff Sgt. Maurice Craft woke up in a hospital bed in Iraq after a roadside bomb attack and asked why he could not feel his left leg. He pulled back the blanket to find that his leg was gone. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5750.htm

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Daniel Ellsberg: Where are Iraq's Pentagon papers?:

I urge patriotic and conscientious Americans who have access to these documents, and who know it is wrong for their bosses to lie to the public about why we are in this war, to consider doing what I wish I had done in 1964 or early 1965, years earlier than I did: Go to Congress and the press; tell the truth, with documents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5746.htm

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The British-US axis no longer makes any sense :

Why Blair dressed up war realpolitik in dodgy moralistic rhetoric
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4863810-103677,00.html

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WHO Œsuppressed‚ scientific study into depleted uranium cancer fears in Iraq :

Radiation experts warn in unpublished report that DU weapons used by Allies in Gulf war pose long-term health risk
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5749.htm

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Effects Of War And The Use Of Depleted Uranium On Iraq:

According to a report from the Guardian newspaper 1000-2000 tons were delivered on 51 local areas in different Iraqi cities. I witnessed the A-10 planes for three days delivering the depleted uranium rounds against the tanks and armor vehicles near Basrah airport and at the southern parts of Basrah city.
www.traprockpeace.org/jawad_al-ali_iraq.html

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Depleted Uranium: The War Crime That Has No End:

“Depleted uranium is a crime against God and humanity.” Dr. Doug Rokke, U.S. Army health physicist
www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=1462&blz=1

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All in the (profiteering, first) family :

Controversy may obscure President Bush's reasons for embarking on the war in Iraq, but the record is clear that it profits his family.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5751.htm

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Hidden defense costs add up to double trouble:

To measure actual spending by the United States on defense, take the federal budget number for the Pentagon and double it. That's the "rule of thumb" advocated by economic historian Robert Higgs.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0223/p17s01-coop.html

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Daily Brief with Ray McGovern :

When I ask Ray McGovern if the findings of President Bush‚s commission on intelligence failures in Iraq will give us answers˜even if it doesn‚t get them to us until well after the November election˜he has a one-word answer: "No."
www.ocweekly.com/ink/04/24/news-callahan.php

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In case you missed it:

Disarm Saddam Hussein :

U.S. intelligence sources have known for some time that Saddam Hussein has materials to produce chemical and biological weapons. Almost 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents – 26,000 liters of anthrax˜enough to kill several million people. 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin. 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agents
www.whitehouse.gov/response/disarm.html

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Stunned Kuwait demands clarification from Iraq over new land claims:

It was Kuwait‚s first official reaction to the council‚s president who said on Saturday that Baghdad could consider territorial claims over neighbouring Jordan and Kuwait in the future.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2004/
February/middleeast_February574.xml&section=middleeast&col=

tinyurl.com/2b2jq

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Risking Death, 2 Afghan Women Collected and Detonated U.S. Cluster Bombs:

Two women in this poor farming village have emerged as heroines after they witnessed the horror of two small boys being killed as they played with little cluster bombs from an American jet. The two cleared dozens of the bombs with their bare hands and detonated them, protecting the village.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5747.htm

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Reports at odds on jailed Muslim:

Elsherief's relatives in Cairo have been told Egyptian state security is "asking him a couple questions for a foreign government," according to his daughter Heba, 30 "They're being told they're holding him because of some foreign government, as a favour,"
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1077491410612&call_page=TS_World&call_pageid=
968332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/28j2t

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Iran admits purchasing black market nuclear parts:

"It happens that some of those [dealers] were from some sub-continent countries," Asefi added, stressing that Tehran had informed the UN's nuclear watchdog – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – about the purchases.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/22/1077384639885.html

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US intelligence operatives should be expelled and assets confiscated:

The departure of a US military mission to Haiti underscores the serious nature of the crisis in that country and raises the likelihood … not the possibility … of military intervention.
www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=15520

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Israeli barrier awaits world court's jurisdiction :

Massive demonstrations were held all over the Palestinian territories on Monday to denounce the construction of the Israeli separation wall, which has made the daily life of the Palestinians more difficult.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-02/23/content_1327824.htm

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Noam Chomsky: A Wall as a Weapon:

It is a virtual reflex for governments to plead security concerns when they undertake any controversial action, often as a pretext for something else. Careful scrutiny is always in order. Israel's so-called security fence, which is the subject of hearings starting today at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, is a case in point.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5748.htm

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In the shadow of Sharon's wall :

My town and its people are slowly suffocating. The government of the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, is building a grotesque wall. He is building it on land that belongs to Palestinians: land occupied by Israel and held in violation of international law. He is building it, like a tightening noose, around my town, Qalqilya
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1153737,00.html

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Israel to seek U.S. `compensation' for evacuation :

Jerusalem is interested in reaching an agreement with Bush, and then putting the plan's execution off until after the U.S. elections.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/396716.html

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Bush administration begins embracing Sharon‚s proposals: The Bush administration is on board with the West Bank security barrier, officials who could once barely contain their impatience with Israel have shut out the Palestinians.

Kerry known for soliciting many views, but who has his ear on Jewish issues?:

“He has made statements that have been disturbing and indicate a lack of real understanding of some of the issues relating to Israel,” said Cohen of Agudath Israel. Nonetheless, he calls Kerry’s record of support for Israel “exemplary.”
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Who+
has+Kerry%26%238217%3Bs+ear%3F&intcategoryid=3
tinyurl.com/3hh7g

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In 2004, U.S. Jewish fund raising shifts to supporting ˜ not unseating ˜ incumbents:

Jewish activists had hoped to target Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), a seven-term incumbent who made headlines last year by suggesting Jewish support was a catalyst for U.S. war plans against Iraq.
www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Jews+back+friends+in+Congress&intcategoryid=3

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Is Presidential Candidate Nader an egomaniac,

a Fool, a Funded-by-Republicans-Sell-out… or Could He Actually Help Beat Bush?
www.opednews.com/kall0204_nader.htm

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In case you missed it:

GOP Group To Air Pro-Nader TV Ads :

Hoping to boost Ralph Nader in states where he is threatening to hurt Al Gore, a Republican group is launching TV ads featuring Nader attacking the vice president.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20001027/aponline115918_000.htm

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FEMA: The Secret Government:

It is not an elected body, it does not involve itself in public disclosures, and it even has a quasi-secret budget in the billions of dollars. It has the power to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant and hold them without trial, it can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the Constitution.
globalresearch.ca/articles/MAR402B.html

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U.S. Pressing for High-Tech Spy Tools:

Despite an outcry over privacy implications, the government is pressing ahead with research to create powerful tools to mine millions of public and private records.
www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2004/02/23/ap/HiTech/d80sg5hg0.txt

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Manufacturing McDonald's?:

White House economists wonder whether hamburger flippers at fast-food restaurants should be considered manufacturers.
www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzmac0221,0,7767423.story?coll=ny-business

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Lawmaker's Fund Raising At Reliant Energy Probed:

A prominent Houston lawmaker's campaign fund-raising sweep at Reliant Energy has become part of a growing Travis County grand jury probe into possible criminal misuse of corporate funds to finance a Republican takeover of the Texas House.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2415366

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Paying For Propaganda:

Using taxpayer money to fund what are essentially political advertisements has become a notable modus operandi of the Bush Administration. The latest case is a TV spot extolling the supposed virtues of the prescription drug benefit added to Medicare recently by Congress.
www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040223/OPINION02/402230303/-1/OPINION

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Pfizer Cuts Off Selected Canadian Pharmacies :

Pfizer has joined GlaxoSmithKline in cutting off shipments to selected Canadian pharmacies, as major drug companies try to shut off the flow of discount drugs from Canada to the U.S.
www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/pfizer_rx.html

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As God Told Me … :

Pat Robertson says that God has spoken to him and told him that George W. Bush will be re-elected because he deserves to be.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/19/60minutes/rooney/main601254.shtml

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Is there a cure for 'superpower syndrome'?:

For decades, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton has been analyzing the mental dynamics of world conflict and crisis. Now, he's put the White House on the couch, and Bush loyalists won't like his diagnosis
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5752.htm

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The man who would be king:

Rudyard Kipling wrote very effectively the story of how the lust for power and wealth can be the undoing of those who desire it insatiably.
barometer.orst.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/19/4034f2acb7668?in_archive=1

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Ugandan Survivors Recount Horrors of Rebel Raid:

Samuel Ogwang returned to the ruins of his home to find his six-year-old son clinging to the back of his dead mother, hacked to death by rebels in one of Uganda's worst massacres in years.

[Note: the Lord's Resistance Army is a Christian fundamentalist group that agrees with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell that the Ten Commandments should be adopted as the national constitution.]
www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4413554

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Uganda rebels kill nearly 200 in raid:

Ugandan rebels shot and burnt to death 192 people in a camp for displaced civilians in their bloodiest attack in years, a local official said on Sunday.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4409362

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Uganda rebels kill nearly 200 in raid:

Ugandan rebels shot and burnt to death 192 people in a camp for displaced civilians in their bloodiest attack in years, a local official said on Sunday. www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4409362

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Suicide bomber identified:

Sunday's suicide bombing on a Jerusalem bus that left seven other people dead was carried out by a 23-year-old building labourer who left a toddler and wife behind, devastated relatives said before the Israeli army moved in to arrest them. www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,6119,2-10-1462_1487659,00.html

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Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us :

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5732.htm

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Key findings of the Pentagon :

Future wars will be fought over the issue of survival rather than religion, ideology or national honour. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5733.htm

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Haiti Rebels Seize Second-Largest City :

Rebels captured Haiti's second-largest city, Cap-Haitien, after just a few hours of fighting Sunday, claiming their biggest prize in a two-week uprising that has driven government forces from most of the country's north. www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3777689,00.html

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New Poll: Haitian Americans Say Aristide Should Stay:

A poll of Haitian Americans, likely the first ever, finds most believe Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide should remain in office, though many are disillusioned with his leadership. news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=6ac41af3bf7e2293e3f8228089a31cbc

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Kurds Reject Key Parts of Proposed Iraq Constitution :

Kurdish leaders are demanding far broader autonomy, including the right to control military forces in Kurdish areas and the freedom to reject laws passed by the national government. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5729.htm

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Start-up Company With Connections:

U.S. authorities in Iraq have awarded more than $400 million in contracts to a start-up company that has extensive family and, according to court documents, business ties to Ahmed Chalabi, the Pentagon favorite on the Iraqi Governing Council. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5731.htm

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A Secret Hunt Unravels in Afghanistan :

Mission to Capture or Kill al Qaeda Leader Frustrated by Near Misses, Political Disputes www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5730.htm

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Bin Laden 'surrounded':

A BRITISH Sunday newspaper is claiming Osama bin Laden has been found and is surrounded by US special forces in an area of land bordering north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5728.htm

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Australian helicopter pilot killed in Afghanistan: reports:

The helicopter was reportedly preparing to transport workers from an American construction company when it came under fire while on the ground near Kandahar. www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=79429&region=7

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Former President Carter:

Americans generally oblivious to suffering elsewhere in the world: Jimmy Carter, condemning the American people as much as their leaders for what he called their indifference to the disease and despair that prevail in much of the developing world. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5738.htm

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A Soldier's Story: 'Keep Your Conscience Clean':

If you kill somebody, it's because they were going to kill you. And that's why people say, 'All those f---in' 'Raq heads' (slang for Iraqis). You dehumanize them so when you kill them, you're just killing a 'Raq head. 'Don't worry about it. It's no big deal.' We were supposed to kill them." www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5742.htm

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US soldier on frontline in battle for refugee status:

Family moved to Canada after private refused to fight in 'dehumanising' Iraq war www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5739.htm

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Special forces quitting to cash in on Iraq :

BRITAIN‚S elite special forces are facing an imminent crisis because record numbers of men are asking to leave their units early, lured by high wages on offer in a growing security industry in Iraq. news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=205892004

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Officials: U.S. still paying millions to group that provided false Iraqi intelligence:

The Department of Defense is continuing to pay millions of dollars for information from the former Iraqi opposition group that produced some of the exaggerated and fabricated intelligence President Bush used to argue his case for war. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5741.htm

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Is this the face of the man who gave Blair the cue for 45-minute WMD claim?:

A former Iraqi general who disappeared from Denmark three days before the beginning of the war to oust Saddam Hussein is thought to be the man who passed on the notorious "45-minute" claim to British intelligence. news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=493879

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Kerry Decries Bush Over Attacks on Record :

John Kerry accused President Bush of using surrogates to attack his military service in Vietnam and his subsequent activism against that war. story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&e=2&u=/ap/20040222/ap_on_el_pr/kerry

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America as a One-Party State :

Today's hard right seeks total dominion. It's packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself. www.prospect.org/print/V15/2/kuttner-r.html

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Zogby Poll Cautions Against Entangling Institutions, Politicking from the Pulpit:

Three in five American adults (59%) say it is important (combined „4‰ and „5‰) to maintain a separation of church and state. Close to half overall (47%) rate it very important. www.interfaithalliance.org/Election2004/Election2004.cfm?ID=5283&c=99

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US Christian Right torments Palestinian Christians:

Why are Palestinian Christians abandoning their homeland? We have lost hope, that‚s why. We are treated as non-people. Few outside the Middle East even know we exist, and those who do, conveniently forget. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5735.htm

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Uri Avnery: The dancing bear: How Israel's Sharon plays George Bush www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery74.htm

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America is complicit in illegal wall…:

WHEN THE International Court of Justice at The Hague meets on Monday about Israel's "security fence" in the West Bank, it should find that the wall constitutes a violation of both fundamental human rights and international law. www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/02/21/america_is_complicit_in_illegal_wall?mode=PF

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Historic Supreme Court ruling looms:

The Supreme Court agreed to make a ruling that will lead to the most important pronouncements in more than 50 years on the war powers of the executive in our system of government www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=235&Itemid=2

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Bush Policies Leading to State Crises:

State governments are facing the third year of their worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, according to a new AFT report. The primary cause is President George W. Bush‚s economic policies, the report says. While workers struggle to find jobs, states are slashing government programs, increasing taxes and laying off workers. www.aflcio.org/issuespolitics/education/ns02132004.cfm

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Tobacco and the GOP:

According to a new quarterly report, tobacco interests have given more than $27.2 million in political donations to federal candidates, national parties and non-party political action committees since 1997. Republican candidates and committees have received 80 percent of the tobacco industry's contributions ($21,910,250) and Democratic candidates and committees have received 19 percent of the industry's contributions ($5,087,078). www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/contributions/

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John Pilger: Australia's Enduring Shame:

Once again, the neat, placid surface of white Australia is disturbed by those who owned and cared for this country and remain its internal exiles. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5734.htm

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Green Berets take on spy duties:

The new spy training will enable more Green Berets to enter countries undercover to survey urban or rural settings and set up networks of informants, missions normally executed by CIA paramilitaries. www.washtimes.com/national/20040219-123000-1473r.htm

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House votes for ignition interlocks on every vehicle :

The House has approved a measure that would require ignition interlocks on every vehicle sold in New Mexico. It would require the devices on new vehicles by 2008 and on used vehicles offered for sale by 2009. www.kobtv.com/html/8646.html

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UK: Sweeping new powers in UK war on terror :

Terror suspects could be convicted on the evidence of 'electronic eavesdropping' of phone calls and emails under sweeping moves to combat the threat of an al-Qaeda atrocity. observer.guardian.co.uk/waronterrorism/story/0,1373,1153576,00.html

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UK: MI5 recruits to meet terror threat :

Home Secretary David Blunkett, will unveil plans for an increase of up to 50% in MI5 staff numbers, taking the total to around 3,000 – back to the levels seen during the Second World War. www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-3775062,00.html

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Looking for recruits: National Guard Recruiting Methods Raise Eyebrows:

National Guardsmen set up camouflaged tents, fired field artillery and gave students the opportunity to fire automatic weapons during a recruitment drive at Wahtonka High School Wednesday, Feb. 18. www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/local/localnewssub2.shtml

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Truth Or Fiction?:

US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005:

The current agenda of the US federal government is to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for a protracted war on "terrorism." Pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR 163) would time the program so the draft could begin at early as Spring 2005 — conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election! www.vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2004/01/105146.php

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Nuclear expert tells AP Yucca Mt. unsafe:

The nation's nuclear waste dump proposed for Nevada is poorly designed and could leak highly radioactive waste, a scientist who recently resigned from a federal panel of experts on Yucca Mountain www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/02/18/nuclear_expert_tells_ap_yucca_mt_unsafe/

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The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves:

Since January 1, 2004, the following companies have announced staff reductions and mass layoffs: www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5740.htm

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Outsourcing: Danger to Privacy:

Companies are using foreign accountants to prepare U.S. tax returns, foreign radiologists to examine X-rays and even foreign clerks to transcribe dictation of sensitive medical data from American doctors. www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,62356,00.html

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Jobless rate reflects discouragement:

Officially, 8.3 million active job seekers were unemployed last month in the United States, said the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the federal agency that keeps track of the nation's payrolls also estimated there were 4.9 million more who'd like to work but were so frustrated in their search that they've given up. www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/2413856

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George W. Bush is persona non grata:

Much of the world sees President George W. Bush as a persona non grata. Unilateral actions, false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and scandals from Halliburton to the president's National Guard service are giving America and its president a bad name. www.americaspolicy.org/columns/amprog/2004/0402bush.html

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Greenspan warns against U.S. job protectionism:

U.S. Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan warned yesterday that "protectionist cures" being advanced to deal with the country's job insecurities would make the situation worse. tinyurl.com/3xt7l

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Date: 21 Feb 2004

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UK Troops Accused On 18 Iraq Killings :

The incidents, hitherto unreported, are separate from the suspicious deaths of seven Iraqis who were being held by British troops in the notorious Camp Bucca detention centre near the port of Umm Qasr, south of Basra.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5719.htm

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‘They were kicking us, laughing.

It was a great pleasure for them’ : When Daoud Mousa, a stout colonel in the Basra police force, arrived at the British military morgue to identify his son’s body he was confronted with a bruised, bloodied and badly beaten corpse.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1153012,00.html

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Four U.S. Troops Wounded, Iraqi Killed in Ambush:

Four U.S. soldiers were wounded and their Iraqi translator was killed on Saturday when gunmen ambushed their convoy south of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040221/ts_nm/iraq_attack_dc

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U.S. withheld Iraq arms details:

The acknowledgment, in a Jan. 20 letter to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., contradicts public statements before the war by top Bush administration officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5720.htm

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Red Cross Visits Saddam in U.S. Custody :

While Iraq U.S. administrator said some experts believe it could take up to 15 months to organize an election that Shiites want as soon as possible.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&e=1&u=/ap/20040221/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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The Truth Always Comes Out In The Wash:

Chalabi was made to order for the people who wanted to invade Iraq — and it is abundantly clear that his intelligence was made to order, too.
www.uexpress.com/georgieannegeyer/

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In case you missed it:

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

Asked how long U.S. forces should remain in Iraq, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner said, “I hope they’re there a long time.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5721.htm

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Apartheid Enforcers Guard Iraq For the U.S:

In its effort to relieve overstretched U.S. troops in Iraq, the Bush administration has hired a private security company staffed with former henchmen of South Africa‚s apartheid regime.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5723.htm

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It’s official: U.S. Is A One Party State:

Daschle satisfied with war progress:

Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., praised the Bush administration’s war and nation-building work in Iraq and said he has no serious concerns about the lack of weapons of mass destruction.

[Or the 10,00 Iraqi civilians and 514 U.S. troops slaughtered in the needless war!]
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5717.htm

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Kerry Backs Iraq Invasion & U.S. Militarism:

Just over 30 years after he passionately advocated against the Vietnam War, John Kerry took one of his most controversial votes: giving President Bush the authorization to invade Iraq.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/02/20/1539204

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A Must Read

The Abuser’s Ploy: A Means for Dominion and Downfall:

There are probably many reasons for the reluctance of people in this country to face up to the cruelties committed by our leaders. – In spite of plentiful evidence of crimes against humanity, including in-depth reports by Amnesty International, independent news articles, and victim reports, many in this country are turning a blind eye to our government’s abuses.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5725.htm

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A Must Read

The Neocon War on Peace and Freedom:

Frum and Perle boast, “Now that the U.S. has become the greatest of all great powers in world history, its triumph has shown that freedom is irresistible.‰ But the more aggressive theU.S. government has become, the less its military triumphs have anything to do with freedom. ForFrum and Perle to portray their war on terrorism as a crusade for freedom is a joke.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5726.htm

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Making Votes Count: Elections With No Meaning:

Totalitarian nations hold elections, but what sets democracies apart is offering real choices in elections. In recent years, contests for the House of Representatives and state legislatures have looked more and more like the Iraqi election in 2002, when Saddam Hussein claimed 100 percent of the vote for his re-election.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5718.htm

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Bush Installs Judge, Bypassing Senate:

Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, President Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a U.S. appeals court judge on Friday in his second “recess appointment” of a controversial nominee in five weeks.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&ncid=536&e=
1&u=/ap/20040220/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_judges

tinyurl.com/38mwr

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Nader to Announce Decision on 2004 Bid:

Ralph Nader will announce Sunday whether he will make another run for the White House, but all signs indicate the consumer advocate plans to jump into the race as an independent.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040220/ap_on_re_us/nader_1

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Don’t Run, Don’t Run…” Whither The Nation?:

Ralph Nader, responds to “An Open Letter to Ralph Nader,” which appeared in the February 16 issue of The Nation. A Must Read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5727.htm

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Soldier for the Truth: Exposing Bush‚s talking-points war:

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski would soon conclude that the OSP ˜ a pet project of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld ˜ was more akin to a nerve center for what she now calls a “neoconservative coup, a hijacking of the Pentagon.‰
www.laweekly.com/ink/printme.php?eid=51202

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Who Has What? : Weapons of Mass Destruction: WMD programs & possession:

128,000+: Estimated number of nuclear warheads built worldwide since 1945. 98% of these nuclear warheads have been built by the United States (55 percent or 70,000+) and Russia (43 percent or 55,000+)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5724.htm

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Israel: Weapons of Mass Destruction Capabilities and Programs:

Most public estimates range between 100-200 weapons (e.g., Amy Dockser Marcus, “Growing Dangers: U.S. Drive to Curb Doomsday Weapons In Mideast Is Faltering,” Wall Street Journal, 9/6/96, p. A1), but one analyst concludes that “the Israeli nuclear arsenal contains as many as 400 deliverable nuclear and thermonuclear weapons.”
cns.miis.edu/research/wmdme/israel.htm

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In case you missed it:

America tore out 8000 pages of Iraq dossier:

THE United States edited out more than 8000 crucial pages of Iraq’s 11,800-page dossier on weapons, before passing on a sanitised version to the 10 non-permanent members of the United Nations security council.
www.sundayherald.com/30195

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UK; Ministry of Defence Issues Depleted Uranium Warning Cards to Troops:

The British Ministry of Defence has issued cards to troops deployed to Iraq warning that they may have exposed to depleted uranium dust and offering uranium testing.
www.traprockpeace.org/du_mod_warning_cards.html

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Anthrax shots made troops sick:

THE SAS and other Australian forces sent to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban suffered severe side effects from the anthrax vaccine, according to confidential Defence documents.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8742389%255E421,00.html

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U.S. ‘Playing Games’ With Haiti, Say Policy Critics:

“The United States is playing games with Haiti,” claims native-born Haitian Robert Fatton Jr., chairman of the Government and Foreign Affairs department at the University of Virginia
www.bet.com/articles/0,,c1gb8839-9697,00.html

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Bush Call for Regime Change in Cuba Violates OAS Charter:

The Bush Administration is planning to bring about regime change just to our south – though, it insists (so far at least) that it will do so by peaceful means. Regime change is now the avowed objective of the Bush Administration in Cuba
ciponline.org/cuba/cubaproject/regimechange_article.htm

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Rush, Newspeak and Fascism:

The following essay is to give the reader a clear understanding of fascism not merely as an historical force but a living one. Over the decade and more that Limbaugh has ruled America‚s talk-radio landscape, it has become inescapably clear that he is, if nothing else, certainly the most dangerous demagogue in America, maybe in history.

PDF format
dneiwert.blogspot.com/Rush%20Newspeak%20%20Fascism.pdf

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A Must Read

Christian Reconstructionism: Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence:

Many on the Christian Right are unaware that they hold Reconstructionist ideas. Because as a theology it is controversial, even among evangelicals, many who are consciously influenced by it avoid the label. This furtiveness is not, however, as significant as the potency of the ideology itself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5722.htm

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Police infiltration of protest groups upsets rights activists :

Chicago Police officers infiltrated five protest groups in 2002 and launched four other spying operations in 2003 — actions that civil rights activists are calling outrageous.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-spy19.html

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Constantino, our historical multiplication tables:

Let’s remember, when we do our historical multiplication tables, that everything happening now began somewhere, some time. Take the construction and engineering company Kellogg, Brown & Root, now serving (and feeding) our troops in Iraq
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=1271

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High Court to Decide in Padilla Case:

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it would decide whether President Bush has the power to order an American citizen seized on U.S. soil held as an enemy combatant
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4404934

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Fewer than 10% register to vote in Afghan election:

In accordance with the Bonn agreement of December 2001, at least 70 percent of the UN-estimated 10.5 million eligible voters (18 or older by 20 June 2004) in the country need to be registered in three phases through the joint UN-Afghan government initiative.
tinyurl.com/23qk9

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Skeptics in Britain doubt suicide in death of Iraq weapons adviser :

‘’It’s absolutely unbelievable to me … that a person could die just by cutting that artery,’’ said Dr. Andrew Rouse. ‘’The established wisdom is that it’s practically impossible to bleed to death’’ from a wrist artery, he said.
www.boston.com/dailynews/052/world/Skeptics_in_Britain_doubt_suic:.shtml

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Ghosts of 1973 still haunt Israel as its spies face Iraq probe:

Allegations that Israel‚s intelligence services provided the US with false information that Saddam possessed WMD because they wanted to encourage the Americans to attack Iraq and eliminate one of the Jewish state‚s staunchest enemies without having to involve Israel.
www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/21_02_04_c.asp

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Israel’s ‘Wall’ Assailed by Key Civil Society Groups:

Two of the world’s oldest and most influential non-governmental organizations are calling for the dismantling of those sections that cross the pre-1967 “Green Line” into occupied territory.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=655&e=1&u=/oneworld/
20040220/wl_oneworld/4536797571077282807

tinyurl.com/2nsjk

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Israel: Sharon & Sons, Inc:

Again and again, shady affairs involving the prime minister and his sons, and testifying to nepotism of the crudest kind, are brought to the attention of the public.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=291795&contrassID=
2&subContrassID=4&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

tinyurl.com/bjew

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Anti-war protestors convicted for demonstrating near Bush’s ranch :

Five peace activists were found guilty Monday of illegally protesting in Crawford, Texas, under a local ordinance that almost completely curtails political demonstrations in President Bush’s adopted hometown.
www.rcfp.org/news/2004/0218crawfo.html

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Date: 20 Feb 2004

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292 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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High Court to Decide in Padilla Case:

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it would decide whether President Bush has the power to order an American citizen seized on U.S. soil held as an enemy combatan
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4404934

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Tehranis Hope to Shock Bush with Big Poll Turnout:

“I am voting to say death to America and death to Bush. This will show Bush any idea Iranians will not vote is nonsense,” she said. “I hope he drops down dead when he hears this.”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4403898

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US ‘to drop’ Iraq caucus plan:

One of the central planks of the Bush administration’s plan for post-war Iraq has been abandoned, according to reports from Baghdad and Washington.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3500407.stm

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Iraqi, US officials debate elections:

The spiritual head of Iraq’s Shiite majority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who had threatened mass demonstrations if the country’s next government was not elected, told the German weekly Der Spiegel Thursday that any delay “must not be long.”
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=8977

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United States Expetcs Troops to Remain in Iraq For Years. :

Senior Pentagon officials said Thursday they were confident that the Iraqis, once given political control, would agree U.S. troops should stay. But some outside the government question whether that would hold true once an elected Iraqi government took over.
www.boston.com/dailynews/051/wash/United_States_expects_troops_t:.shtml

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US soldier wounded in bombing as troops leave Iraq
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/
2004/February/focusoniraq_February87.xml&section=focusoniraq

tinyurl.com/392mo

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In case you missed it:

Revisited – The Real Reasons for the War With Iraq:

A Macroeconomic and Geostrategic Analysis of the Unspoken Truth Although completely unreported by the U.S. media and government, the answer to the Iraq enigma is simple yet shocking — it is in large part an oil currency war.
www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/RRiraqWar.html

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Haiti rebels declare new state:

An armed gang and former soldiers who seized control of a Haitian city declared themselves an independent country yesterday, then named a government and president.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1077232211069&call_page=TS_World&call_
pageid=968332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/2bwno

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US Goal: Declare Haiti a Failed State:

The Bush administration is preparing to declare Haiti a “failed state,‰ so that Washington can step in to put the pieces back together as it chooses. Creating the conditions for such a declaration has been the U.S. objective since George Bush came to power.
www.blackcommentator.com/78/78_haiti.html

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China warns Taiwan with military exercises:

As a pre-election warning to Taiwan’s pro-independence forces, China has conducted limited military exercises over coastal areas opposite Taiwan, including parachute landings, beach invasions and air-combat maneuvers
atimes.com/atimes/China/FB21Ad04.html

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U.S. Practices Evacuation of South Korea:

The U.S. military launched a three-day exercise to practice evacuating thousands of foreign civilians in South Korea in the event of attack.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3769802,00.html

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Japan Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level:

Japan tightened security at airports, nuclear plants and government facilities Friday, dispatching armed riot police to guard against possible terror attacks as the country dispatches troops on a humanitarian mission to Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040220/ap_on_re_as/japan_terror_alert

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Iranian oilfield deal sparks US anger:

Japan, one of America’s staunchest allies in the war on terrorism, has agreed on a $US2 billion ($A2.5 billion) deal to develop an oilfield with Iran, the state once described by US President George Bush as part of an “axis of evil”.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/20/1077072838815.html

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Israeli suspected of selling nukes to India and Pakistan:

An Israeli businessman accused of being a middleman in the nuclear black market worked to supply not only Pakistan but also its arch-rival India, court records indicate.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/396317.html

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Sharon tapes ‘contain stink of corruption’:

These taped conversations show that Sharon knew about everything when it came to the finances, even the smallest details. He is in trouble. Big, big trouble.”
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/
01/25/wisr25.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/01/25/ixworld.html

tinyurl.com/33ckm

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Does This Mean Sharon Can’t Visit The U.S? :

President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict the international travel and to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of certain persons who have committed, participated in, or are beneficiaries of corruption in the performance of public functions
www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040112-3.html

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Labor against Arab MKs protesting fence at Hague :

The Labor party is opposed to three Arab Knesset members’ upcoming trip to The Hague to protest against the West Bank security fence, Labor Secretary-General MK Ophir Pines-Paz said Friday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/396302.html

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5 Britons to be freed from Guantanamo Bay:

Five Britons being held in the U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be sent home within a few weeks, and could then be arrested by British authorities, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Thursday.
www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/7996175.htm

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‘We want answers: why have they been held so long without charge?’:

The images were stark and shocking. Britons, swathed in orange overalls, hooded and shackled, kneeling in front of their American captors. Others, on stretchers, being wheeled into mesh cages. None of them charged, let alone convicted, of any crime, yet facing indefinite sentences in prison.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=493235

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Quaker deserts as unit deploys:

It was the thought of serving U.S. interests in Iraq that made the 82nd Airborne Division specialist flee to Canada last month. “I would have felt no different than a private in the German Army during World War II,” he said by phone from Toronto, where he is seeking refugee status.
www.fayettevillenc.com/story.php?Template=military&Story=6185924

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Halliburton Falling Short in Iraq-Pentagon :

Oil giant Halliburton is falling short in its billion-dollar commitments to supply U.S.-led forces in Iraq and rebuild the country’s oil industry, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4397124&fromEmail=true

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Rumsfeld’s warrior nation: The Soldiering Ethos:

This is not a war about Iraq. This war is only beginning. America faces the prospect of continuing conflict in the Muslim World. Future conflict may look like what we have encountered in Iraq, but on a much greater scale. Future pre-emptive interventions already under active discussion by the Washington establishment include Syria — an Iraqi “comparable” — and Iran — a conflict of incomparably greater magnitude. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are fragile and unstable, and Pakistan even more so.
www.techcentralstation.com/021904A.html

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Where, Oh Where Have All The Jobs Gone? :

America‚s corporations are importing workers as fast as they are exporting jobs. Any workforce from any country where the beleaguered populace is willing to work for a pittance is a viable candidate for the insatiable greed of the American corporation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5716.htm

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The Working Poor: Take This Job and Be Thankful (for $6.80 an Hour):

Caroline Payne, a hard-working 50-year-old who earns $6.80 an hour stocking shelves and working the cash register at a Wal-Mart superstore in New Hampshire. This is just 80 cents an hour more than she earned more than 20 years earlier.
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/18/books/18MASS.html

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John Kerry got bribe from an Indian :

US Democratic presidential hopeful John F. Kerry sent 28 letters on behalf of a India-born San Diego defence contractor who pleaded guilty last week to illegally funnelling campaign contributions to the Massachusetts senator and four other Congressmen.
www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=28612

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John Ashcroft’s Subpoena Blitz:

Targeting Lawyers, Universities, Peaceful Demonstrators, Hospitals, and Patients, All With No Connection to Terrorism
writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20040218_leavitt.html

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Rhode Island withdraws homeland security plan:

The bill introduced last week would include acts of terrorism under existing law that makes it illegal to “speak, utter, or print” statements in support of anarchy or government overthrow. Makes it unlawful for any person “to teach or advocate” a government overthrow, or display “any flag or emblem other than the flag of the United States” as preferable to the United States government.
www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10997828&BRD=1710&PAG=461&dept_id=99697&rfi=6

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GOP fest may get G.I. patrol:

Federal officials have discussed bringing in U.S. troops to boost security at this summer’s Republican National Convention – but the NYPD doesn’t think it needs them.
www.nydailynews.com/02-17-2004/news/story/165201p-144679c.html

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Banned items in luggage bring TSA fines :

A year ago, the TSA quietly began assessing fines against airline passengers who violate security policies. But it wasn’t until this week that it issued guidelines that specify which of the thousands of passengers who turn up every day with knives, box cutters and other banned items will be fined.
www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20040220/5944418s.htm

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FBI Shuts Down Internet Service Provider:

The FBI executed a search warrant issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio regarding the IRC network that we host. According to the warrant, it appears that the Bureau is investigating whether someone hosted on our network hacked and attacked someone else.
www.cithosting.com/

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