Information Clearing House  Digest July 07-11 2004
Date: 11 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 92 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Five killed in western Afghanistan blast:

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured when a bomb ripped through an old district of the western city of Herat, a local official told AFP.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1151290.htm

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Roadside bomb kills one U.S. soldier, Iraqi civilian :

The attack, in which one soldier also was wounded, began Sunday morning about 90 miles south of the northern city of Mosul when a bomb exploded at the side of the road
www.boston.com/dailynews/193/world/Roadside_bomb_kills_one_U_S_so:.shtml

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Israeli Soldier Killed, 31 Hurt in Tel Aviv Bus Bombing :

A 19-year-old female soldier was killed and 31 other people were injured when a bomb exploded near a bus early Sunday morning in the center of Tel Aviv
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=ak89N2bYm6oc&refer=europe

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Arafat hints Israel planted Tel Aviv bomb:

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has condemned Sunday's deadly bomb attack in Tel Aviv but suggested that it was an act of provocation carried out by the Israelis.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/A4E2C039-A1D6-4148-B3F0-399182BA8A75.htm

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Sharon blames court for bomb:

AN Israeli woman was killed and about 20 people wounded in a bomb attack on a Tel Aviv bus stop yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said was carried out “under the patronage” of the world court.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10110949%255E2703,00.html

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Bad company: 'Jack' Idema and the bounty hunters of Kabul:

US payouts for Taliban and al-Qa'ida captures are attracting strange and dangerous adventurers to the 'Wild East'
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=539995

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Manila rebuffs kidnappers in Iraq:

A Filipino hostage in Iraq is in grave peril after Manila rejected his captors' demands for an early withdrawal of its U.S.-allied troops.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=545264&section=news

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More UK soldiers face charges for killing or abusing civilians:

British soldiers are facing prosecution in 12 cases where Iraqi civilians are alleged to have been illegally killed or assaulted – a significant jump in the previously disclosed figure.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=540007

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Powell's WMD speech 'based on lies':

The depth of the CIA's distortions over WMDs has been revealed
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/11/1089484242583.html?oneclick=true

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Reviewing The Lies:

Colin L. Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council.

Video and transcript.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3710.htm

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Fury over Pentagon cell that briefed White House on Iraq's 'imaginary' al-Qaeda links:

A Senior Pentagon policy maker created an unofficial “Iraqi intelligence cell” in the summer of 2002 to circumvent the CIA and secretly brief the White House on links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qa'eda, according to the Senate intelligence committee.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/11/wsept11.xml

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Panel Describes Long Weakening of Hussein Army:

The Senate's report on prewar intelligence about Iraq, which asserts that warnings about its illicit weapons were largely unfounded and that its ties to Al Qaeda were tenuous, also undermines another justification for the war: that Saddam Hussein's military posed a threat to regional stability and American interests.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6464.htm

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Shining a light in a real dark place:

Taguba's report took the brigade's leadership to task, but it also blamed officers attached to the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade. The following are some of the annexes include in the report prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba:
www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/040719/usnews/19prison.b.htm

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Key Revisions Were Made to CIA Document:

In a classified National Intelligence Estimate prepared before the Iraq war, the CIA hedged its judgments about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, pointing up the limits of its knowledge.
tinyurl.com/ysfg3

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Question of Pressure Splits Panel:

There was ample evidence that top Bush administration officials had intimidated analysts to twist their judgments about whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.Political analysts said it was likely that Republicans would bottle up any further conclusions until after the November elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6466.htm

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“This is the most dangerous moment in American history.”:

A journalist asks the senators with US personnel dying every day in a bogus war, why is the rest of the report not going to be finished before the election. Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6463.htm

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Australia: Lie sent troops to war: Latham:

SENDING troops to war on a false premise was the worst decision a government could make, the Opposition Leader said yesterday.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10110881%255E2702,00.html

tinyurl.com/35mfz

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Spy chiefs 'withdrew' Saddam arms claim :

Tony Blair's claim that Saddam Hussein posed a 'current and serious' threat to Britain is challenged by dramatic new allegations today that Britain's spy chiefs have retracted the intelligence on which it was based.
www.guardian.co.uk/butler/story/0,14750,1258812,00.html

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UK:Whose Head Will The Butler Serve Up?:

Lord Butler‚s long-awaited report is about to reveal what went wrong with intelligence on Iraq. Necks are on the block. But are they necessarily the right ones?
ww1.sundayherald.com/43327

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What Tony Blair would say to God :

As has been observed by David Kay, the American who led the search for those damned elusive weapons of mass destruction, the threat argument was the 'glue' to pull together all the different agendas in Washington and London.
www.guardian.co.uk/butler/story/0,14750,1258730,00.html

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Civilian deaths in “noble” Iraq mission pass 11,000:

The blood-spattered balance sheet in the “war on terror”
www.iraqbodycount.net/editorial_feb0704.htm

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Arms Suppliers Scramble to Feed Hungry Market :

The Security Council's decision to end military sanctions on Iraq has triggered a mad scramble by the world's weapons dealers to make a grab for a potentially new multi-million-dollar arms market in the already over-armed Middle East.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=24574

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Annan asks Israel to respect ICJ wall ruling:

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says Israel should abide by international law after the world court ruled that the controversial West Bank separation barrier is illegal.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1C53CA1B-AB40-45E7-86FD-3F303951496D.htm

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Powell says Israel proved fence reduces terror :

New York's two senators, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, joined Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Gillerman, in front of UN headquarters on Friday to denounce the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the West Bank separation fence.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/449648.html

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`I pity you for becoming murderers' :

He has given long, hard thought to the two soldiers who stood above him, preventing his family from coming to his aid, as he lay on a gravel path, a bullet lodged in his spine, feeling the blood spreading in his gut and paralysis seizing him.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/448709.html

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The Problem with Neutrality Between Palestinians and Israel:

Although minorities of courageous Israelis and American Jews speak out in opposition, most self-defined centrists in the U.S., both within and outside the peace movement, still do not dare confront Israeli governments in any meaningful way.
www.counterpunch.org/christison07102004.html

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In case you missed it:

Lecture: Rabbi Goldstein gives a historic overview of Zionism.

Audio
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1456.htm

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In case you missed it? :

The end of Zionism:

Israel must shed its illusions and choose between racist oppression and democracy:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4718.htm

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Exclusive: Election Day Worries:

American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call “alarming” intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5411741/site/newsweek/

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A visitor feels the heavy hand of John Ashcroft:

Here's how an innocuous man, once caught up in the violent politics of a place where violence and politics were long indistinguishable, ended up in jail on his way to church.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04192/344406.stm

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Right to protest is being stomped on:

Official obstinacy threatens to turn anti-GOP convention demonstrations into one big mess
www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpdun093885112jul09,0,7638932.story

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I write badly, therefore I am a would-be terrorist:

If I could give myself practical advice and take it, this is what I'd say: Forget the things you read in history class about America, Charlie. Forget all the stuff about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/outlook/2660471

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July 10 2004

Israeli tank fire kills Palestinians :
Three of the men were killed while travelling in their black Mercedes-Benz on Gaza’s coastal road on Saturday, while the fourth was a motorcyclist passing by.

Girl killed by Israeli gunfire:
Hanin Udeh Abu Samahdaneh took a bullet to the head when occupation troops opened fire in the Shabura district of the impoverished town close to the Israeli-controlled border with Egypt

Translator's throat slashed:
Iraqi resistance slashed the throat of a translator working for American forces in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk today in the latest of a series of assaults on professionals supporting coalition troops in Iraq.

Filipino Hostage in Iraq Is Freed, His Wife Says :
A Filipino truck driver who was kidnapped in Iraq and was threatened with beheading has been freed, his wife said today, citing a phone call from Philippine President Gloria Arroyo.

Kidnappers say Filipino hostage not freed:
The Iraqi militant group holding a Filipino truck driver hostage told an Arab satellite television station it had not released their captive, despite an announcement by Philippine authorities saying Angelo dela Cruz had been freed.

Iraqi group holding Filipino gives govt 24 hours to prove intent to withdraw? :
The Iraqi group holding a Filipino driver has ?denied Philippine TV reports that he was released and instead told the ??Philippine government that it has an additional 24 hours to prove that it is ??sincere in removing its forces from Iraq

Prisoner saw three beheadings in Iraq:
A Pakistani man freed from captivity in Iraq last week says he saw his captors behead three hostages -- two Americans and an Iraqi.

Blair blamed for faulty Iraq intelligence:
Prime Minister Tony Blair cannot escape any blame over intelligence mistakes made about Iraq's weaponry in the run-up to war, says a former British spy chief.

BBC says Blair "considered resigning":
Prime Minister Tony Blair considered resigning last month and had to be persuaded to stay on by senior colleagues, the BBC has reported.

Soldiers fresh from Iraq speak out against war, Bush administration:
Two military service members who recently returned from Iraq spoke out against the war Wednesday, telling a small but boisterous crowd that the Bush administration misled America about the threat of terrorism there.

Robert Fisk: Tales from the Tigris Riverbank :
Saleh Mohamed Fawzi is a ferryman and his life story is the story of Iraq. He talks to Robert Fisk as they journey through Baghdad.

Army's propaganda war collides with reality:
They are the soldiers of the Army's 8th Psychological Operations Battalion, charged with carrying out one of the most difficult campaigns of the Iraq war: persuading Iraqis to buy into America's vision of their land.

An Insiders Look At The Iraqi Resistance:
With a mounting US death toll, well-executed daily ambushes and what seems to be an endless supply of weapons and innovative ways to use them, the efforts of resistance fighters continue to impede the US agenda. But who are these so-called “insurgents”?

Audit Faults U.S. Accounting for Iraqi Oil Funds:
U.S. officials who ran Iraq until last month used a system open to fraud and error to track about $20 billion in Iraqi funds spent during the occupation, accounting firm KPMG said in a report made public on Friday.

Chris Floyd: Master Class:
Last week saw a flurry of stories (largely ignored, naturally) indicating that the pervasive corruption of America's colonial enterprise has risen to new heights. The Bush Regime plunged into an orgy of graft that stripped Iraq's treasury bare. Most of this loot was divvied up in no-bid contracts to Regime lardbuckets like Halliburton -- but up to $3 billion of it simply "disappeared" into pockets yet unknown

Senate "Report" White-Washes "Bad Intelligence" Story for the White House;
Former CIA Director Tenet Set Up as "Patsy" as Media Ignore Real Culprits.

Video: Truth, War And Consequences: The WMD Rationale For War:
The growing divergence between what Bush policy makers were saying about the imminent threat of Iraqi WMD and what U.S. intelligence was reporting.

U.S. News obtains all classified annexes to the Taguba report on Abu Ghraib:
The most comprehensive view yet of what went wrong at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, based on a review of all 106 classified annexes to the report of Major General Antonio Taguba, shows abuses were facilitated--and likely encouraged

Taliban Raid Afghan Border, Burn US-Built School:
A Taliban commander was killed when guerrillas attacked Afghan government security forces near the Pakistani border Saturday, and militants also burned down a U.S.-built school, officials said.

Elusive Taliban leader `alive':
A captured member of the Afghan Taliban has contacted the movement's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, a senior official said yesterday, the first indication in months that the one-eyed fugitive is still alive.

Kabul’s Colonel Kurtz: The murky world of Afghanistan’s freelance soldiers of fortune:
They hang out at Kabul’s Mustafa Hotel, muscles and automatic weaponry on display, guzzling beer and flirting with the giggling Thai girls flown in to staff the hotel’s new massage parlour and beauty salon.

Israel: The wall cannot work :
Sharon could pursue no other course than this because he could not dream of a solution that abandoned the core Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Bending and bulging out to accommodate the settlements, his wall makes a viable Palestinian state impossible

Israel: Video: In The Line Of Fire:
A Canadian TV producer, met a number of Palestinian video cameramen and still photographers who cover the frequent clashes in Hebron. Reuters, and their colleagues are accustomed to the risks of photographing street protests and riots. But displaying their wounds, they all told Naylor they had become targets of Israeli soldiers firing rubber bullets and even live ammunition.

Robert Maxwell Was A Mossad Spy:
ELEVEN years after former Daily Mirror owner Robert Maxwell plunged from his luxury yacht to a watery grave, his death still arouses intense interest.

The Israeli Wall and the Fall of America:
Once again, the Israeli tail has wagged the American donkey. I use the term donkey because there is a stupid, unreasonable stubbornness in the American administration that fears and supports everything Israel says or does.

Systematic Slaughter Unfolds in Sudan :
More victims of the raids are dying now from hunger, thirst and disease than in the killings, U.N. officials say. They have described the region as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Editor shot dead in Moscow street:
The editor of the Russian edition of the financial magazine Forbes has been shot dead near his office in Moscow.

Electing to deal with terror threat:
He couldn't say where.He couldn't say when. He couldn't say who. He couldn't say how. So why did Tom Ridge even bother coming out before the microphones and cameras yesterday, stirring up public anxiety about a pre-election terror attack?

Welcome to the Matrix : Inside the Government’s Secret, Corporate-Run Mega-Database:
In what civil liberties advocates call the most massive database surveillance program in US history, the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or Matrix, continues to compile billions of records on law-abiding citizens and receive federal funding, despite public outcry and suspicion.

2 GIs, 2 Iraqi truck drivers killed in attacks:
Two US soldiers and two Iraqi truck drivers were killed in fresh violence in Iraq, the US military said.

Young boy dies in Baghdad mortar attack, hostage drama grips Iraq :
A six-year-old Iraqi boy died and three other people were wounded in a mortar attack near a Baghdad hotel complex .

Saddam's case appealed to U.S. high court:
The lone American on Saddam Hussein's legal team said yesterday that he has asked the Supreme Court to declare the detention of the ousted Iraqi president unconstitutional.

Naomi Klein : The grieving parents who might yet bring Bush down:
The families of dead American soldiers have overcome censorship and fear

Americans Object to War Images Online :
Half of Americans object to the online availability of graphic war images, though millions have actively sought them out, a new study finds.

NY senators: World Court wrong about West Bank barrier :
New York's two senators were quick to denounce the International Court of Justice opinion that Israel's West Bank barrier is illegal.

Illegal Israeli barrier: Your views:
Do you agree with the ruling? Should the wall be pulled down or is it a necessary security measure? Send us your comments.

Report: CIA Gave False Info on Iraq:
Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican who heads the committee, told reporters that assessments that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and could make a nuclear weapon by the end of the decade were wrong.

Defectors' Reports on Iraq Arms Were Embellished, Exile Asserts:
The exile group led by Ahmad Chalabi, sent out a simple, urgent message to its network of intelligence agents: find evidence of outlawed weapons that would make Saddam Hussein a prime target for the United States.

In case you missed it: Video of Powell and Rice putting the lie to their own propaganda

The War Built On A Lie:
Why mince words? These are the facts: 1) President George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is a liar.

In case you missed it:
Revisiting The Lies: Pinocchio rules:- lies that were never questioned: Who said what and when

Table of deaths in Iraq:
U.S.-LED COALITION FORCES KILLED: 993. CIVILIANS Between 11,164 and 13,118

"A temporary coup":
Powers, the author of "Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al Qaeda," charges that the Bush administration is responsible for what is perhaps the greatest disaster in the history of U.S. intelligence.

Gunbattle in Tripoli Involving Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun Family Members Leaves Two Dead:
Security officials say the battle may stem from an earlier dispute that was compounded by jeers to the effect that the Hassouns were US collaborators owing to Hassoun's service in the US military.

Wassef Ali Hassoun: Polite, loyal, smitten by California girl and his homeland:
The story of his life before Iraq.

Who Is Al-Zarqawi: America's New Bogeyman:
Little is known about the man himself - and some experts even doubt he is alive. Others, have accused the Americans of exaggerating the threat he poses to discredit resistance to their occupation of Iraq.

Arrested American Mercenaries Abused Prisoners:
Three Americans arrested in Afghanistan were on a self-appointed counterterrorism mission that included abusing eight inmates in a private jail by hanging them by their feet, Afghan officials said Thursday.

Privatizing War :
The Pentagon employs more than 700,000 private contractors, and at least $33 billion of the $416 billion in military spending overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last week will go to private military contractors .

In case you missed it: Should We Be Alarmed by the Wide Use of Mercenaries?:
The recent carnage in Iraq has made public a dirty little secret

U.S. Contracts Torture of Australian Citizen Mamdouh Habib:
Habib was arrested in Pakistan in October 2001. Soon after he was handed over to American custody and then taken, to Egypt. For six months he was left at the hands of his Egyptian interrogators. Mamdouh Habib was severely tortured there before being delivered to Guantanamo Bay where he remains to this day without charge.
Video and transcript

Clarke calls U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners "war crime" :
Former White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke called the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib a "war crime" and again blasted the Bush administration for actions that he said are intensifying the threat of terrorism.

Iraqi resistance threaten to kill 2 Bulgarians:
Group calls for release of Iraqi prisoners in 24 hours

How the Iraqis See It :
I think it’s about time that someone told the American people how the Iraqis see it.

Scott Ritter: Facing the Enemy on the Ground:
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he battle for Iraq's sovereign future is a battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. As things currently stand, it appears that victory will go to the side most in tune with the reality of the Iraqi society of today: the leaders of the anti-U.S. resistance.

World Court: Israeli fence violates international law, must be dismantled :
"Israel is under an obligation to... cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated..." the ruling says.:

Full Text of ICJ Ruling on Israel's Apartheid Wall: pdf file

White House Brushes Aside Ruling on Israel Barrier:
The White House brushed aside a ruling by the World Court on Israel's West Bank barrier on Friday, saying it didn't think it was the right forum for addressing the issue.

Kerry's brother to visit Israel:
Kerry's visit to Israel aims to strengthen ties between the Democratic candidate and Israel. Senator Kerry had asked to meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during his visit to Washington last April,

John Edwards — Bulldog Grip on ‘Underdog’ Israeli Nation:
Edwards voted for the Patriot Act, voted for giving President Bush authority to use military force in Iraq, and is obsessed with militarily defending Israel through war in the Middle East.

Pro-Israel Activists Start Media Campaign:
Hundreds of American Jewish activists launched a concerted pre-emptive media campaign this week to minimize negative publicity for Israel, as the International Court of Justice in the Hague rules on Israel's West Bank security fence.

Just keep them away from our daughters! :
A surge of Israeli Arab laborers is giving rise to the fear that Ashkelon and Ashdod could become ethnically mixed cities. But it's not racism, people say.

Date: 9 Jul 2004

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PLEASE FORWARD SUMMARY OR ARTICLES TO THOSE INTERESTED & ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SUBSCRIBE
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1 YEAR & 91 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Report: CIA Gave False Info on Iraq:

Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican who heads the committee, told reporters that assessments that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and could make a nuclear weapon by the end of the decade were wrong.
abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20040709_847.html

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Defectors' Reports on Iraq Arms Were Embellished, Exile Asserts:

The exile group led by Ahmad Chalabi, sent out a simple, urgent message to its network of intelligence agents: find evidence of outlawed weapons that would make Saddam Hussein a prime target for the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6455.htm

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In case you missed it:

Video of Powell and Rice putting the lie to their own propaganda
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6456.htm

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The War Built On A Lie:

Why mince words? These are the facts: 1) President George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is a liar.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2003/06/16/hsorensen.DTL

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In case you missed it:

Revisiting The Lies:

Pinocchio rules:- lies that were never questioned: Who said what and when
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3785.htm

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Lies Kill!: Table of deaths in Iraq:

U.S.-LED COALITION FORCES KILLED: 993. CIVILIANS Between 11,164 and 13,118
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L03454945.htm

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“A temporary coup”:

Powers, the author of “Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al Qaeda,” charges that the Bush administration is responsible for what is perhaps the greatest disaster in the history of U.S. intelligence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6454.htm

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Gunbattle in Tripoli Involving Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun Family Members Leaves Two Dead:

Security officials say the battle may stem from an earlier dispute that was compounded by jeers to the effect that the Hassouns were US collaborators owing to Hassoun's service in the US military.
kutv.com/topstories/local_story_190151116.html

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Wassef Ali Hassoun: Polite, loyal, smitten by California girl and his homeland:

The story of his life before Iraq.
www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040708/APN/407080995

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Who Is Al-Zarqawi: America's New Bogeyman:

Little is known about the man himself – and some experts even doubt he is alive. Others, have accused the Americans of exaggerating the threat he poses to discredit resistance to their occupation of Iraq.
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=36782

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Arrested American Mercenaries Abused Prisoners:

Three Americans arrested in Afghanistan were on a self-appointed counterterrorism mission that included abusing eight inmates in a private jail by hanging them by their feet, Afghan officials said Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6450.htm

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Privatizing War :

The Pentagon employs more than 700,000 private contractors, and at least $33 billion of the $416 billion in military spending overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last week will go to private military contractors .
www.commondreams.org/views04/0707-14.htm

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In case you missed it:

Should We Be Alarmed by the Wide Use of Mercenaries?: The recent carnage in Iraq has made public a dirty little secret
hnn.us/articles/4778.html

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U.S. Contracts Torture of Australian Citizen Mamdouh Habib:

Habib was arrested in Pakistan in October 2001. Soon after he was handed over to American custody and then taken, to Egypt. For six months he was left at the hands of his Egyptian interrogators. Mamdouh Habib was severely tortured there before being delivered to Guantanamo Bay where he remains to this day without charge.

Video and transcript
www.sbs.com.au/dateline/trans.php3?dte=2004-07-07&title=The+Trials+of+Mamdouh+Habib

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Clarke calls U.S. treatment of Iraqi prisoners “war crime” :

Former White House terrorism czar Richard Clarke called the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib a “war crime” and again blasted the Bush administration for actions that he said are intensifying the threat of terrorism.
www.modbee.com/state_wire/story/8819190p-9706014c.html

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Iraqi resistance threaten to kill 2 Bulgarians:

Group calls for release of Iraqi prisoners in 24 hours
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5396761/

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How the Iraqis See It :

I think it‚s about time that someone told the American people how the Iraqis see it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6452.htm

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Scott Ritter: Facing the Enemy on the Ground:

The battle for Iraq's sovereign future is a battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. As things currently stand, it appears that victory will go to the side most in tune with the reality of the Iraqi society of today: the leaders of the anti-U.S. resistance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6453.htm

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War journalist calls for courage in coverage

The American war against Iraq has badly missed every objective but the United States will never be free of its “lobster trap” unless the country's media begin to show some courage, journalist Scott Taylor told a crowd at Dalhousie University on Thursday.
www.halifaxherald.com/stories/2004/07/09/fMetro120.raw.html

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World Court: Israeli fence violates international law, must be dismantled :

“Israel is under an obligation to… cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated…” the ruling says.:
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/449395.html

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Full Text of ICJ Ruling on Israel's Apartheid Wall:

pdf file
electronicintifada.net/downloads/pdf/icj20040709.pdf

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White House Brushes Aside Ruling on Israel Barrier:

The White House brushed aside a ruling by the World Court on Israel's West Bank barrier on Friday, saying it didn't think it was the right forum for addressing the issue.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5631040

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Kerry's brother to visit Israel:

Kerry's visit to Israel aims to strengthen ties between the Democratic candidate and Israel. Senator Kerry had asked to meet Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during his visit to Washington last April,
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/449363.html

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John Edwards ˜ Bulldog Grip on ‘Underdog’ Israeli Nation:

Edwards voted for the Patriot Act, voted for giving President Bush authority to use military force in Iraq, and is obsessed with militarily defending Israel through war in the Middle East.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=48049&d=9&m=7&y=2004

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Pro-Israel Activists Start Media Campaign:

Hundreds of American Jewish activists launched a concerted pre-emptive media campaign this week to minimize negative publicity for Israel, as the International Court of Justice in the Hague rules on Israel's West Bank security fence.
forward.com/main/article.php?ref=staff200407071152
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Just keep them away from our daughters! :

A surge of Israeli Arab laborers is giving rise to the fear that Ashkelon and Ashdod could become ethnically mixed cities. But it's not racism, people say.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/449466.html

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New settler outpost belies Sharon's pledge:

Jewish settlers, under the protection of the Israeli army, have erected a new illegal outpost in the West Bank city of Hebron, grabbing an additional 150 square kilometres of Palestinian land in the process.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/01DB50E2-D009-4AFE-BD90-713A3655DE36.htm

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Palestine – Who are the Palestinians?:

Why has the simple justice of their case – that of an exiled people's quest for a homeland – become enmeshed in the most protracted, implacable and dangerous conflict of our time?
www.newstatesman.com/site.php3?newTemplate=NSArticle_NS&newDisplayURN=200407120012

tinyurl.com/27k7r

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Video Documentary: John Pilger: “Palestine is Still the Issue” :

Why Has This Documentary, Never Been Broadcast On U.S. Media ?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3499.htm

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Muslims Alarmed as Germany Plans Islamist Database:

Germany said Thursday it would create a central database on suspected radical Islamists, provoking concern from the country's large Muslim community.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5621497

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The Lie That Will Not Die: Cheney and the Iraq / al-Qaeda Link
www.counterpunch.com/leupp07092004.html

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Bush Wins; House Leaves Patriot Act As Is:

The Republican-led House bowed to a White House veto threat Thursday and stood by the USA Patriot Act, defeating an effort to block the part of the anti-terrorism law that helps the government investigate people's reading habits.
apnews.myway.com/article/20040708/D83MTBT80.html

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Feds seek to seal evidence in CIA trial:

Federal prosecutors want a judge to review – and possibly block – sensitive information in the trial of a CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan detainee who later died.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Prisoner+Abuse+CIA

tinyurl.com/23vsv

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Journalists hit by new US visa rules :

A crackdown by US authorities on issuing visas to foreign journalists threatens to cause chaos for overseas broadcasters and newspapers just five months before the presidential election.
media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1256588,00.html

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DoD to Assist Security Efforts for U.S. Political Events:

The Defense Department is ready to provide support to safeguard this fall's Democratic and Republican national conventions and the presidential election, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2004/n07082004_20040708010.html

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Ridge Warns of Election Terror Plot:

A steady stream of intelligence, including nuggets from militant-linked Web sites, indicates al-Qaida wants to attack the United States to disrupt the upcoming elections, federal officials said Thursday.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-4290857,00.html

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The Criminalization of the State:

A terrorist attack on American soil of the size and nature of September 11, would lead ---according to former CENTCOM Commander, General Tommy Franks— to the downfall of democracy in America.
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO402A.html

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Greg Palast: Give it back, George:

Mr. Lay and his Mrs., with no money to pay back bilked creditors, still managed to personally put up $100,000 for George's inaugural Ball plus $793,110 for personal donations to Republicans. Lay's Enron team dropped $4.2 million into the party that let Enron party.
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=17256

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Pentagon Says Bush Records of Service Were Destroyed:

Military records that could help establish President Bush's whereabouts during his disputed service in the Texas Air National Guard more than 30 years ago have been inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2670504

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Kerry would keep US troops in Iraq far longer than Bush:

The Democrat looks like the one with the long-term imperial agenda
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4967143-112564,00.html

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Bilderberg 'performance' key to Edwards VP pick:

'He reported back directly to Kerry' said participant in super-secret conference
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39333

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Jimmy Breslin: Footing the GOP's heavy-handedness:

The Republicans trying to stay in office have started dragging Christ everywhere, and they will have him out there on the road right up to Election Day.
www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nybres063882751jul06,0,2467171.column

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Former Australia PMs Tell U.S. to 'Butt Out':

The United States has been told to “butt out” of Australian politics by two former prime ministers who accused U.S. officials of trying to sway Australian voters in knife-edge general election due within months
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5625869

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Pentagon shuns Asia for Canberra's embrace:

The Pentagon has skirted Asian ambivalence over its forward defense strategy by bypassing the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries in favor of three new bases in northern Australian
www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/FG10Ae04.html

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In case you missed it? :

America's Empire of Bases :

Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. Our military deploys well over half a million soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors in other nations. The Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries
www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-08.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Does U.S. Intervention Overseas Breed Terrorism?:

The Historical Record: The following document explores the relationship between American Foreign Policy and acts of terrorism committed against the United States. It corrects the distorted perceptions that America has been the victim of terrorism, purely because “They hate our freedoms — or simply because they are evil!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1568.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Documentary 'Preventive Warriors':

The film examines a bold new foreign policy paper introduced by the White House in September 2002 entitled: “The National Security Strategy of the United States.‰ The film features many of the leading thinkers and intellectuals of our time including Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Tariq Ali and more.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6268.htm

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Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, A Mexican American General in the Service of Empire:

Whatever his future assignments may be, Rick Sanchez will go down in history as the Mexican American general who approved the use of attack dogs against naked Iraqi prisoners.
www.blackcommentator.com/98/98_mariscal_general.html

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S. Korean official: North began deploying missiles:

North Korea has begun making and deploying new intermediate-range ballistic missiles that could reach U.S. military targets in Okinawa, Japan and Guam, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
www.guampdn.com/news/stories/20040709/localnews/805461.html

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China warns Rice it won't 'sit idle' if US backs Taiwan independence :

The aging but still powerful former president's veiled warnings against US military intervention if Taiwan formally declares independence and China attacks the island came amid increasing tension between Beijing and Taipei.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/94667/1/.html

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China Presses U.S. Security Adviser:

China's government pressed U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Thursday for an end to sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan, highlighting a chronic conflict as Washington looks for Chinese support on Iraq and other issues.
www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/9107221.htm

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Liquid gas: the next terrorist target? :

It is the security implications of handling LNG that concern US security officials. Specialists calculate that a terrorist attack on a LNG tanker would have the explosive force equivalent of a small nuclear explosion.
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jtsm/jtsm040706_1_n.shtml

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Russian oil for Europe – US worries about environment:

This story appeared yesterday on the AP wire. As of this morning, no American newspaper has picked it up
simplyappalling.blogspot.com/2004/07/russian-oil-for-europe-us-worries.html

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Date: 8 Jul 2004

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1 YEAR & 90 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraqis, US soldiers killed in Samarra attack:

At least six Iraqis and four US soldiers have been killed in fresh violence in Samarra, north of the capital, according to US military and hospital sources.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9358B0C7-9223-4643-A1A7-10BFC5744956.htm

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Nine Palestinians killed in Gaza raid:

Fierce clashes in the northern Gaza town of Bait Hanun following fresh Israeli incursions have left nine Palestinians dead, including a woman.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/15C99028-4A17-441A-A4DD-9B8825E8F668.htm

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Afghan election worker killed by mine blast; six soldiers shot to death in west :

A female election worker was killed by a mine blast Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, while six Afghan soldiers died in an attack in the west blamed on the Taliban.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/07/08/international1213EDT0954.DTL

tinyurl.com/33or6

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Missing U.S. Marine at Embassy in Beirut :

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is safe and appears to be in good health, said a Pentagon official.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4289813,00.html

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U.S. must get out of Iraq or draft will soon follow :

Would any of us offer our sons or daughters or our grandchildren for this ill-considered and irresponsible adventure? If your answer is no, then join in demanding an end to our occupation of Iraq.
www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/column/guest/77737.php

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Iraq Insurgency Far Larger Than Thought :

Although U.S. military analysts disagree over the exact size, dozens of regional cells, often led by tribal sheiks and inspired by Sunni Muslim imams, can call upon part-time fighters to boost forces to as high as 20,000 ˜ an estimate reflected in the insurgency's continued strength after U.S. forces killed as many as 4,000 in April alone.
tinyurl.com/ywmfp

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Fleeing US soldiers seek asylum in Canada:

Two US soldiers pleading for asylum in Canada after walking out on their units over fierce objections to the Iraq war have appeared in a Toronto courtroom.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/82045E8A-05AD-42FF-929A-A58740173248.htm

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Manila Stops Iraq Deployment After Beheading Threat:

The Philippines banned its citizens Thursday from going to work in Iraq after militants took a Filipino hostage and threatened to behead him unless Washington's staunch Asian ally withdraws its troops there.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5618478

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Iraq PM given sweeping powers :

The comprehensive package of measures will allow him to appoint military governors to take charge of cities or provinces, close the country's borders, seize the assets of suspects and monitor their phone calls and emails.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1256416,00.html

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Robert Fisk: Iraq takes backward step in march to democracy :

Martial law is being introduced by an unelected government in the interests of “democracy”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6448.htm

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US occupation “hands over” Iraq to lethal puppet regime
globalresearch.ca/articles/CHI407A.html

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Israeli interrogators in Iraq – An exclusive report:

Foreign Report can now reveal that, to make up for this shortfall, the USA employed Israeli security service (Shin Bet) experts to help their US counterparts 'break' their captives.
www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr040707_1_n.shtml

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'Freelance' US fighter identified:

Three foreigners arrested in Kabul this week were on a freelance counter-terrorism mission, the Afghan government says. The interior minister said Mr Idema and his colleagues had arrested eight people from across Afghanistan and imprisoned them.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3876601.stm

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Three Americans arrested in Kabul : The Mysterious Case of Jack Idema :

I knew this story stunk when I first heard it. So let's start from the top and winnow our way down to finding out what's actually going on. Who is Jonathan K. Idema?
www.weblog.ro/soj/2004-07-08.html#12463

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Quick exit from Camp Cooke:

Commander takes issue with story on soldiers' morale
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=1088892610280&call_pageid=1038394944805

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Pakistan For Bush: July Surprise?:

Bush officials are pressuring Pakistan to catch Osama bin Laden or his top deputies before the election. Some even have a specific date in mind—the middle of the Democratic convention.
www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040719&s=aaj071904

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Blair Admits Friction in Bush Relationship :

Facing hostile questioning in parliament, Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged on Tuesday some friction in his close relationship with President Bush and the political problems the friendship causes at home.
tinyurl.com/2hjur

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Iraqi government 'on razor's edge' :

The Iraqi interim government is poised on the razor's edge. Ministers are under pressure to respond positively to the demands of the Bush administration, but must meet the urgent requirements of the Iraqi people. Washington's agenda often conflicts with Baghdad's.
www.jordantimes.com/thu/opinion/opinion2.htm

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US May Force Kuwait to Cede Territory to Iraq: Ex-Minister:

Sheikh Saud also expressed fear that President George W. Bush may lose elections later this year, saying this will be catastrophic for Kuwait.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=47977&d=8&m=7&y=2004

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WAR PROFITEERS: ŒMaking a killing‚ from the business of war.

Microsoft, Word Document
www.informationclearinghouse.info/War_Profiteers.doc

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Cheney Faces Criminal Indictments:

Vice President Dick Cheney faces criminal indictments for illegal activities while CEO of energy giant Halliburton and also illegally intervened to secure a $7 billion no-bid contract for his former employer after his election to office, an analysis by the White House counsel‚s office concludes.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4799.shtml

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Ex-GOP Senator Suggests Bush Dump Cheney :

Alfonse D'Amato said Bush should consider putting Secretary of State Colin Powell or Sen. John McCain of Arizona on the GOP ticket.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4286989,00.html

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Documenting the Halliburton / Cheney Crimes and Controversies
www.independent-media.tv/item.cfm?fmedia_id=5651&fcategory_desc=Under%20Reported

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Enron ex-chairman Ken Lay charged:

Mr Lay's lawyer confirmed the charges include bank fraud, share trading fraud and making false statements.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3875297.stm

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In case you missed it:

Bush And Lay:

Counting campaign contributions, consultancies, joint investments, deals, presidential library and inaugural contributions, speech fees and the like, that the Bush family and entourage collected some $8 million to $10 million from Enron over the years
www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/10200

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In case you missed it:

ŒDear George‚ ˆ Love letters of Enron‚s Ken Lay:

“George, Linda and I are incredibly proud of you and Laura,‰ Enron CEO Ken Lay scrawled at the bottom of a letter he wrote to then-Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, Nov. 11, 1998. Bush had just won reelection with the generous financial backing of Enron, which had poured more than $700,000 into Bush‚s campaign coffers.
www.pww.org/article/view/776/1/64/

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Bush's Baseball Ambassadors :

DOLING OUT diplomatic posts is a time-honored way for presidents to repay political patrons. But by awarding ambassadorships to 19 Pioneers˜supporters who raised at least $100,000 for his 2000 campaign˜George W. Bush, has been in a league of his own.
www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2004/07/baseball.html

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White House Moves to Protect Right to Spy on Readers :

The White House has gone to preventive war — to protect the US government's newly-acquired right to spy on readers as part of counterterrorism investigations, promising to veto a multibillion-dollar spending bill if these powers are curtailed.
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0708-01.htm

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FEMA worker ordered home:

Nicole Rank, who was working for FEMA in West Virginia, and her husband, Jeff, were removed from the Capitol grounds in handcuffs shortly before Bush‚s speech. The pair wore T-shirts with the message “Love America, Hate Bush.‰
wvgazette.com/webtools/print/News/2004070734

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Bush and the Muslim predicament:

George W Bush pleaded with America's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies on June 29 to pull his chestnut out of the fire, and save him from the disastrous outcomes of two failed states over which his administration is currently presiding: Afghanistan and Iraq.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG08Ak03.html

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Senate panel to blast CIA, but not Bush, on Iraq intelligence :

A blistering Senate report due out Friday is expected to lay most of the blame for the weapons of mass destruction debacle in Iraq on the CIA and largely spare the White House
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-07-07-senate-report-iraq_x.htm

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A Moral Crossroads:

Do the ends justify the means?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6449.htm

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Bush orders new Guantanamo trials:

The Pentagon says US President George W Bush has designated nine more detainees at Guantanamo Bay as eligible to face trial by military tribunal.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3875241.stm

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Bush Liked Less Than Saddam, Bin Laden:

The survey of 34,000 students, aged 16-18, from 655 high schools showed Adolf Hitler was the most disliked foreign personality with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Bush with 23 percent and Bin Laden with 16 percent.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=5609517

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The lie that killed my son :

Lila Lipscomb believed in Bush's case for war in Iraq. But when her son died in action, her faith in the American way was shattered.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1256558,00.html

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Funeral outburst at Bush and Blair:

The American reverend told about 800 people who gathered to pay their final respects that Fusilier Gentle was killed fighting an unjust war.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3871957.stm

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Iraq group threatens to kill Filipino:

Aljazeera has aired a video tape from a group claiming the capture of a Filipino working for a Saudi company.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F7CC6E91-6FFC-49B0-B1E0-C693277E1EB1.htm

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Lawmaker: Reserves Near Breaking Point :

Critics have charged that wide use of the stop-loss device and dipping into the Individual Ready Reserve amount to conscripting people to fight in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/ysg8a1

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What would you do?:

What would you do if your child was in the backyard playing and suddenly you see his head explode from a psychopathic snipers' bullet?
onlinejournal.com/Commentary/070604Becker/070604becker.html

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Three Americans arrested in Kabul:

Three US citizens have been arrested in Kabul for allegedly holding Afghans in a private prison, an Afghan intelligence official has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3873791.stm

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US Christian Right's grip on Middle East policy:

In recent years, a politicized and right-wing Protestant fundamentalist movement has emerged as a major factor in US support for the policies of the rightist Likud government in Israel.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FG08Ak01.html

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Mixing prophecy and politics:

For Christian Zionists, the modern state of Israel is the fulfillment of God's covenant with Abraham and the center of His action from now to the Second Coming of Christ and final battle of Armageddon, when the Antichrist will be defeated. But before this can occur, they say, When Israel has possession of all the land between the Euphrates and Nile rivers.
csmonitor.com/2004/0707/p15s01-lire.html

Other articles on this topic: Christian Zionists
tinyurl.com/3h6lg

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Mentally ill children held in US detention centres :

Thousands of mentally ill American children, some as young as seven, are locked up in juvenile detention centres because there is nowhere else for them to go, a congressional report found on Wednesday.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3577163

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In case you missed it? :

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

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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In case you missed it? :

Candidates Strive to Overcome Privilege:

High social standing has played different roles in Kerry's and Bush's political careers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6351.htm

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In case you missed it? :

Video: Skull And Bones:

There are secrets that George W. Bush guards at least as carefully as any entrusted to a president. He's forbidden to share these secrets even with the vice president — secrets he has held ever since his days as an undergraduate at Yale.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5244.htm

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In case you missed it? :

Video Documentary: Skull and Bones, at Yale the Anglo-Saxon Ruling Elite :

The real history of Skull and Bones Society at Yale university. Members include President Bush and Senator John Kerry and many others in power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6466.htm

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Nervous Depositors Make Run on Banks:

Rumor fueled fear and fear fueled panic, sparking the biggest run on Russian banks since the 1998 crisis.
www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/07/08/002.html

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Date: 7 Jul 2004

“We are the ruling race of the world. . . . We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world. . . . He has marked us as his chosen people. . . . He has made us adept in government that we may administer government among savage and senile peoples.” : Sen. Alfred Beveridge

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“I firmly believe that when any territory outside the present territorial limits of the United States becomes necessary for our defense or essential for our commercial development, we ought to lose no time in acquiring it.” : Sen. Orville Platt of Connecticut 1894.

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“Between 1898 and 1934, the Marines invaded Cuba 4 times, Nicaragua 5 times, Honduras 7 times, the Dominican Republic 4 times, Haiti twice, Guatemala once, Panama twice, Mexico 3 times and Columbia 4 times, Washington has intervened militarily in foreign countries more than 200 times.”

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“If the people are not convinced (that the Free World is in mortal danger) it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshalled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job – yours and mine — to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might.” — Charles Wilson, Chairman of the Board of General Electric and Truman appointee to head the Office of Defence Mobilization, in a speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association, 1950

The quotes above are from the book, “Addicted To War” www.addictedtowar.com

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1 YEAR & 89 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Taliban kill six soldiers:

SIX Afghan soldiers were killed in a daylight ambush in the country's west today after they were called to the site to assist civilian workers, an official said.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10075576^401,00.html

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A daily look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq:

Seven U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in western Iraq. Three died Monday and four were killed Tuesday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/188/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

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Iraq introduces new security law :

An official in Mr Allawi's office said the new measure gave the Iraqi government the right to impose martial law in special circumstances
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1255906,00.html

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Four policemen killed in Baghdad fighting as emergency powers signed:

Four Iraqi policemen have been killed and 13 wounded in fighting between armed assailants and security forces in central Baghdad
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0531A90B-3FDB-4E74-A3D0-AF067B3ED2F6.htm

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Cheney Had No New Data on Saddam, Al Qaeda-Panel:

The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no evidence of collaborative links between Iraq and al Qaeda, said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney had no more information than commission investigators to support his later assertions to the contrary.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040706/us_nm/iraq_cheney_dc

tinyurl.com/2nvlz

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The true human cost of the war in Iraq.

Are we getting the whole story from the Pentagon?: : The number of casualties from Operation Iraqi Freedom are, thousands and thousands of soldiers higher than the Pentagon seems to say
www.pbs.org/now/printable/transcript325_full_print.html

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U.S. Gives Iraqi Hospitals Broken Promises in Place of Medicine :

“We are getting less medical supplies now than we were during the sanctions,” said Dr. Namin Rashid, the Chief Resident Doctor at Yarmouk Hospital.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=647&printmode=true

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Pentagon Deputy's Probes in Iraq Weren't Authorized, Officials Say:

A senior Defense Department official conducted unauthorized investigations of Iraq reconstruction efforts and used their results to push for lucrative contracts for friends and their business clients, according to current and former Pentagon officials and documents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6441.htm

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UK: Straw Fears Iraq War May Be Ruled Illegal:

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is locked in a dramatic battle to stop a court branding the Iraq war illegal.
tinyurl.com/ywrw3

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Soldiers Father Rejects Blair Note:

The father of a Military policeman killed in Iraq yesterday insisted that a handwritten letter from Tony Blair won't stop his campaign to get to the truth about his son's death.
tinyurl.com/39gap

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Norway reacts to alleged American child abuse in Iraq :

The Norwegian Government and individual politicians have reacted strongly to the alleged abuse of children in Iraqi prisons by American soldiers, as reported in a German TV documentary on Monday evening.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6442.htm

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Iraq: The Pillage of a Nation:

“The Iraqi oil is being sold by the US without metering”. This means only the Bush Administration knows how much money is being earned from the sale of Iraqi oil.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6444.htm

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Cartoon:

What do they do with all the taxes I pay?
www.addictedtowar.com/images/Introduction.JPG

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Judge Tosses Suit by Fired FBI Translator :

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said he was satisfied with claims by Attorney General John Ashcroft and a senior FBI official that the civil lawsuit by Sibel Edmonds could expose intelligence-gathering methods and disrupt diplomatic relations with foreign governments.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4283577,00.html

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US deserter's Canadian campaign:

Vicious messages, mostly from Americans, have flooded the inbox of 25-year-old Jeremy Hinzman, an American soldier who deserted to seek refugee status in Canada after refusing to participate in the war in Iraq, which he has called a “criminal enterprise”.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3867481.stm

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Iran says Powell nuke comments – ''disgrace'' :

Powell claimed at a joint press conference with the Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in Washington that Iran was “pursuing nuclear weapons development, or worse, acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=280528&lang=e&dir=news

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Iran will abandon nuclear obligations if attacked:

Iranian defence minister warns US, Israel of fierce retaliation if they decide to attack Islamic republic.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=10552

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Nuclear watchdog won't pressure Israel:

International experts believe Israel has from 100 to 200 warheads, based on estimates of the amount of plutonium its reactors have produced.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=542568&section=news

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Israel's Vanunu critical of ElBaradei:

Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu says the International Atomic Energy Agency is failing to adequately investigate Israel's nuclear program.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040707-074307-8773r.htm

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Nader Calls Kerry a “Puppet” For Israel, Charges Dems With “Mini-Watergate”:

There are candidates for president who oppose the war. We'll speak with independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6443.htm

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Academic's death adds fuel to Israeli boycott campaign :

Leading proponents of an academic boycott against Israel today condemned the killing of an academic in the West Bank and vowed to step up their campaign to cut ties with Israeli universities.
education.guardian.co.uk/higher/news/story/0,9830,1255313,00.html

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Killing goes on as Sudan lies to world and defies UN
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=776642004

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Report: Withholding Medicare Costs Legal :

The Health and Human Services Department inspector general, the agency's internal watchdog, said its three-month investigation found that administration officials used aggressive tactics to keep from Congress its much higher estimates of the legislation's cost – $100 billion more than the president and other officials were acknowledging.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4284139,00.html

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U.S. Soldiers Laughed at Drowning:

The U.S. military said last week that three soldiers, now back in their base at Fort Carson, Colo., have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 3 drowning of an Iraqi detainee. A fourth soldier faces charges of pushing a second man, who survived, into the same river.
tinyurl.com/yrwt6

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U.S. pilot who killed Canadians fined:

Major 'acted shamefully … exhibiting arrogance and a lack of flight discipline'
tinyurl.com/2wgyc

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Many want to know :

On June 21, Americans heard a report about four Marines killed in Ramadi, and the circumstances surrounding their demise were, to say the very least, odd
www.hibbingmn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=4&story_id=177279

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee claims Quran defiled:

In excerpts from an exclusive interview with Aljazeera, a former Guantanamo detainee reveals details of torture, abuse, and religious persecution.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/68168BCC-608B-4593-91A4-637656C20625.htm

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U.S. Response to Insurgency Called a Failure:

Some top Bush officials and military experts say the Pentagon has no coherent strategy. Little change is expected with Iraq's new sovereignty.
tinyurl.com/3c89v

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A callous call-up :

The Pentagon's decision to press 5,600 discharged soldiers back into service, mainly for Iraq and Afghanistan, is the latest example of President George W. Bush's refusal to face the true costs of pre-emptive war.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=528167.html

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Iraq is now another Palestine:

The first Bush and his Gulf war paved the way for the age of terror
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1255575,00.html

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US, Israel deflect nuclear watchdog:

The United States and Israel have highlighted Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program as the UN's atomic energy agency moved to probe Tel Aviv's nuclear strength.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1148173.htm

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Fears of far-right plot to kill Sharon :

The Shin Bet has increased protection for the prime minister, following threats from extremists to defend the settlements by force, and religious rulings from some rabbis justifying violence.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1255602,00.html

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Disappearing Prisoners:

Are they dead? Are they alive? Where is the media? Does anybody out there care?
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0427/hentoff.php

It's not always about you:

You can never say this without hurting the feelings of at least some Americans, but it needs to be said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6439.htm

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In Iraq, it's already July 9th:

In the age of terrorism, the rule is: celebrate early, if at all : Condoleezza Rice wrote to President Bush that “Iraq is sovereign”, which, according to my dictionary, means “independent of outside authority”. The reality of course is that Iraq has 140,000 American troops stationed on its soil
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1255561,00.html

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In case you missed it:

The Despoiling of America :

How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5646.htm

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God Is With Us:

Flash prentation
tinyurl.com/384tj

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In case you missed it? :

Video: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush:

Phillips shows how spying, dishonesty about one's background and business dealings, multiple loyalties, and preoccupation with profits and oil go deep into the Bush family roots, and he likens their search for power to royal European dynasties and restorations of the 18th and 19th centuries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6440.htm

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Vote To Impeach:

I want my representative in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote to impeach President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General John D. Ashcroft for high crimes and misdemeanors.
www.votetoimpeach.org/

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In case you missed it? :

Why The Carlyle Group Wanted to Drop George W. Bush From Its Board :

David Rubenstein, founder of the secretive defense contractor Carlyle Group. Recalls how useless Bush was as a board member of Carlyle‚s firm Caterair and his surprise that George W. is now president.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3994.htm

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In case you missed it? :

Neither Their War Nor Their Peace:

We have no words for the horror to come, for the screams and carnage of the first days of battle, the fear and brutality of the long night of occupation that will follow, the truck bombs and slit throats and unstoppable cycle of revenge, the puppets in the palaces chattering about “democracy
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1273.htm

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