Information Clearing House         Index December 2003 Part 4
Date: 21 Dec 2003 19:19:16 -0000

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233 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops :
Saddam Hussein was captured by US troops only after he had been taken prisoner by Kurdish forces, drugged and abandoned ready for American soldiers to recover him, a British Sunday newspaper said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/62977/1/.html

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Saddam was captured by Kurds, not US:
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured by Kurdish forces, then drugged and handed over to the American forces as a revenge against the rape of a tribal chief's daughter by the tyrant's psychopathic eldest son Uday
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13341763

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Saddam spit on his captor:
As the incident was reported by the military, according to a U.S. source, a soldier promptly slugged the old tyrant -- probably the first time in more than two decades that Saddam was powerless to exact lethal revenge on someone who stood up to him.
http://www.time.com/time/press_releases/printout/0,8816,565992,00.html

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Sunday Express: Kurds Seized Saddam First:
The Frond reportedly made a deal with the US forces, to gain political advantage in the region in return, the paper said, citing a former Iraqi intelligence officer.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=29224

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Revealed: who really found Saddam? :
Saddam’s capture was the best present George Bush could have hoped for, and then Gaddafi handed a propaganda gift to Blair. But nothing’s ever that simple
http://www.sundayherald.com/38816

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Bush declares: "We must get rid of Arafat":
US President George W. Bush told an Israeli journalist that "we must get rid of" Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the mass-circulation Yediot Aharonot daily has reported.
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/031221/1/3gt41.html

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Bush chided for Arafat rebuke:
"President Arafat is the elected leader of the Palestinian people and the US and Israel must respect that", chief Palestinian negotiator, Saib Uraiqat told Aljazeera.net.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F58F2967-228C-4A9D-AD09-BE02E58CD0C8.htm

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Israel planning Iran attack:
Israel is considering a military strike to destroy the nuclear programme of Iran, now regarded as Tel Aviv's number one enemy.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/76332C2C-23BA-4FEA-A707-F12FE9534CD3.htm

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Israel Kills 5-year-old Palestinian Boy:
Israeli troops conducted a series of raids in the West Bank city of Nablus Sunday, arresting a Hamas leader and killing a 5-year-old Palestinian boy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3533150,00.html

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Daily dehumanization :
Even in a hospital - a place where human compassion is supposed to be the sole operating norm - a Palestinian is still not on the same footing as other human beings.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=374054&sw=rape+in+the+galilee

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Iraq Pipelines, Storage Tanks Set on Fire :
Insurgents attacked pipelines and an oil storage depot in three parts of Iraq, setting fires that blazed for hours and lost millions of gallons of oil, officials and media reported Sunday, as the country faced a critical fuel shortage.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3533012,00.html

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Saddam is The Man Who Knew too Much :
Saddam is to face a kangaroo court in Baghdad. Such hang-'em-high injustice, propelled by Bush's unwise call for the death penalty, is worthy of Saddam's regime, not the United States.
http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_dec21.html

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Cheney faces prosecution: report:
A French official is examining whether to prosecute US Vice President Dick Cheney over alleged complicity in the abuse of corporate assets dating from the time he was head of the services company Halliburton
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/21/1071941598014.html

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Senator's Way to Wealth Was Paved With Favors :
Armed with the power his committee posts give him over the Pentagon, Stevens helped save a $450-million military housing contract for an Anchorage businessman. The same businessman made Stevens a partner in a series of real estate investments that turned the senator's $50,000 stake into at least $750,000 in six years
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1217-05.htm

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American foreign policy: rats, rants and tyrants:
They have caught Saddam. What a relief. Now the Iraqi people can live in peace, prosperity and perpetual happiness. Except the several thousand collaterally damaged ones, but you can't make omelettes without cracking Arabs.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/20/1071868694541.html

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Clare Short: A 'war' fought on half-truths and deceptions:
The co-ordination of the Blair-Bush press conferences on Friday night claiming a big success in the "war on terror" has a pathetic tone that reflects the Prime Minister's desperation and the two men's continuing belief that they can prosecute their "war" with half-truths and deceptions.
http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=475079

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Analysts: Future Budget Outlook Gloomy:
Keeping the federal budget at or near balance over the next 50 years could require painful tax increases, spending cuts or both, the Congressional Budget Office says.
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20031220_53.html

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Across US, jobless losing benefits:
More than 90,000 people who have been out of work for months will lose their federal benefits today, when a program to aid the long-term unemployed expires.
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2003/12/21/across_us_jobless_losing_benefits/

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Paul Krugman: "Waking Up From the American Dream.":
Our political leaders are doing everything they can to fortify class inequality, while denouncing anyone who complains--or even points out what is happening--as a practitioner of "class warfare."
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040105&s=krugman

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Libya spies' secret deal to reveal terrorists :
Libya provided detailed intelligence on hundreds of al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists as part of a deal to end its isolation as a pariah nation
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1111197,00.html

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Saddam verdict expected to take five years:
Iraqi officials and judges involved in setting up Baghdad's new war crimes court have revealed that Saddam Hussein's trial will not be finished for five years, despite the clamour for speedy justice since his arrest last week.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/21/
wsad21.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/12/21/ixnewstop.html

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Afghan deadlock weakens Karzai :
As warlords squabble, violence is on the rise
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1111166,00.html

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A Must Listen
Scott Ritter: "Bush Lied...What are you going to do about it?"
Scott Ritter, recently returned from the Middle East, challenged students at three high schools to hold Bush accountable for his lies that encouraged the American people to support his war on Iraq: Audio.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5408.htm

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A Must Read
-FREEDUMB-
As Americans we've lost much in this closing year - not least our place at the table of humanity. In the year ahead our Founders' have bequeathed us a way to take it back:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5409.htm

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In case you missed it: A Must Read
U.S. Army War College: Constant Conflict:
We are entering a new American century, in which we will become still wealthier, culturally more lethal, and increasingly powerful. We will excite hatreds without precedent.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3011.htm

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A Must Read
Michael Moore:Letters the Troops Have Sent Me... :
"You'd be surprised at how many of the guys I talked to in my company and others believed that the president's scare about Saddam's WMD was a bunch of bullshit and that the real motivation for this war was only about money.
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php

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Soldiers arrest secondary school students:
"You must not attend the demonstration tomorrow that is to be held here. Please disperse and go away," a translator working with the army said over a loudspeaker mounted on a Humvee while the police made the arrests. The students were then loaded onto a military truck and taken away from the school.
http://www.humanshields.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=
News&file=article&sid=64&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

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When Will Press Stop Circulating Dubious Iraq Claims? :
http://www.mediainfo.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/
article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2056015

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The secret world of corporate mercenaries:
The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry : Much like the American Express credit card motto, the Defense Department finds it can't leave home without them.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/EL20Aa01.html

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Video:
Eisenhower's Warns America About The Military-Industrial Complex In His Farewell Address to the Nation:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence ˆ economic, political, even spiritual ˆ is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5407.htm

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Video:
Exposed: The Carlyle Group How The The Military-Industrial Complex Has Subverted Americas Democracy:
A Must Watch Documentary
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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3 Counts Dropped Vs. Guantanamo Worker :
The lawyer for Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi, a supply clerk detailed to the prison, said Saturday that once those charges were removed, ``simply the gut of the case was gone.''
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3530931,00.html

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Saddam capture felt made for TV:
American television loves a good ending even when there isn't one
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1071746593200&
call_pageid=968867495754&col=969483191630

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Egypt says Israel should follow Libya's example and give up nuclear weapons:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher called on Israel Saturd/ay to follow Libya's example and get rid of its nuclear weapons program.
http://www.canoe.com/CNEWS/World/2003/12/20/293139-ap.html

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3 Iraqi Policemen Mistakenly Killed by US Troops:
U.S. troops have mistakenly shot and killed three Iraqi policemen and wounded two others outside the northern city of Kirkuk.
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=ED9D3706-046B-412C-
82EAB2EA2DE71F76&title=3%20Iraqi%20Policemen%20Mistakenly%
20Killed%20by%20US%20Troops&catOID=45C9C78D-88AD-11D4-A
57200A0CC5EE46C&categoryname=Mideast

http://tinyurl.com/2uglr

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Medical evacuations from Iraq near 11,000 :
The total number of wounded soldiers and medical evacuations from the war in Iraq is nearing 11,000, according to new Pentagon data provided in response to a request from United Press International.
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031217-032344-8720r

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US to add 2,000 extra Iraq troops:
The United States says it is sending about 2,000 extra troops to Iraq and asking 3,500 more to stay on longer.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3333049.stm

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Robert Fisk: Phantam Insurgents in Fantasyville:
Schoolboy Issam Naim Hamid is the latest of America's famous "insurgents". In Samarra--for which read Fantasyville--he was shot in the back as he tried to protect himself with his parents in his home in the Al-Jeheriya district of the ancient Abbasid city.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5406.htm

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U.S. Opposes Provisions for Iraq Tribunal :
The new Iraqi war crimes tribunal includes provisions taken from the International Criminal Court, which the United States vehemently opposes - an irony that the international court's supporters have been quick to note.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3529254,00.html

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'Sick' Saddam drugged: visitor:
A STARTLING new photograph of a sick-looking Saddam Hussein suggests he is being drugged or given strong medication by his US captors.
http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8216785%255E401,00.html

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Judge: I saw police commit felonies:
A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw ''no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers'' during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7538538.htm

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Operation Take Away My Freedom:
Inside Guantanamo Bay On Trial: In the camp's acute ward, a young man lies chained to his bed, being fed protein-and-vitamin mush through a stomach tube inserted via a nostril. "He's refused to eat 148 consecutive meals," says Dr. Louis Louk, a naval surgeon from Florida.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5405.htm

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Statutes of Liberty :
"Can the United States pick up people anywhere in the world, take them to an offshore prison camp and not have any hearings at all and keep them forever and basically wipe out court review of those cases? That's really significant. Are we going to be a state that's ruled by law and by checks and balances and the Constitution and human rights?"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A13790-2003Dec18?language=printer

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"Secret" detainee tells of jail despair :
A man detained in Britain without charge or trial for two years on the basis of secret evidence he can neither know about nor challenge has told of his despair at his treatment under anti-terrorist legislation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1110866,00.html

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US Army War College Quarterly:
The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012:
The letter that follows takes us on a darkly imagined excursion into the future. A military coup has taken place in the United States--the year is 2012--and General Thomas E. T. Brutus, Commander-in-Chief of the Unified Armed Forces of the United States, now occupies the White House as permanent Military Plenipotentiary.
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/1992/dunlap.htm

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US Army War College Quarterly: In Search of Monsters to Destroy:
American Empire in the New Millennium : If Americans become a truly insular people, suspicious of the world and of its motives, the nation is likely to head down unsavory paths, to an empire bereft of the values that give the United States a legitimate claim to leadership.
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usawc/Parameters/03autumn/alsace.htm

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U.S Army War College:
Building America's Fortress on Quicksand?
http://carlisle-www.army.mil/teasers/teaser2dec03-CSL.htm

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Bulgarian parliament acts to allow U.S. bases:
An overwhelming majority of legislators on Friday adopted a declaration in support of setting up permanent U.S. military bases in Bulgaria.
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2496028.php

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Reports Accuse Indonesia, a U.S. Ally, of Abuses:
If the Bush administration continues to rally support for renewed U.S. military aid to Indonesia, it must studiously ignore two new reports charging the U.S. ally in the war on terror with terrorizing the populations of Aceh and West Papua.
http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=2d89baba177b4a5b00c62cf123bc2fdf

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Helen Thomas: Cheney Hypocritical In Telling Media To Check Facts:
While he's lecturing about accuracy, Cheney should do some fact-checking of his own statements about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction weapons. The vice president's prewar chant about such weapons helped lead the nation into war.
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/2717758/detail.html

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Saddam's capture bodes ill for Bush's re-election :
Contrary to what many are saying, Saddam Hussein's capture is a negative omen for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign and points toward continuing disorder and resistance in Iraq.
http://www.iht.com/articles/121875.html

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Corruption claim governor says he was called by God:
The governor of the strait-laced New England state of Connecticut has rejected calls for his resignation over corruption allegations, saying he is in direct contact with God. Mr Rowland, a Republican who faces a federal inquiry into the awarding of lucrative state contracts, spoke flanked by local soldiers recently returned from Iraq.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/19/w
god19.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/12/19/ixportal.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=125887

http://tinyurl.com/2m7o9

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John Dean: The Ominous Omnibus Appropriations Bill:
Why Senators Daschle and Byrd Were Right to Decry The Lowdown, Dirty Tactics That Led to It
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20031219.html

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Afghan Delegate Under U.N. Protection:
A female delegate at a landmark constitutional council was under U.N. protection after her outburst against Afghan warlords raised fears of a violent backlash, a United Nations' spokesman and other delegates said Thursday.
http://news.findlaw.com/ap_stories/i/1104/12-18-2003/20031218063003_19.html

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Soldier's widow demands apology from 'lying' Hoon:
The widow of the first British soldier killed in the Iraq war this year yesterday demanded a public apology from Geoff Hoon after an official report found that her husband was ordered to give up the body armour which would have saved his life
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=474892

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Is lying about the reason for a war an impeachable offense?:
President George W. Bush has got a very serious problem. Before asking Congress for a joint resolution authorizing the use of U.S. military forces in Iraq, he made a number of unequivocal statements about the reason the United States needed to pursue the most radical actions any nation can undertake -- acts of war against another nation.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5404.htm

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In case you missed it:
They Impeach Murders, Don't They?:
Administration henchmen should be quickly turned over--after impeachment proceedings for what might properly be called Slaughtergate--to an international tribunal for prosecution of war crimes.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3773.htm

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View the Articles of Impeachment, drafted by Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark:
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General during the Johnson Administration has drafted articles of impeachment setting forth high crimes and misdemeanors by President Bush and other civil officers of his administration.
http://www.votetoimpeach.org/articles_rc.htm

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Vote To Impeach Bush Now!:
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, and to have the case prosecuted and tried in the U.S. Senate.
http://www.capwiz.com/votetoimpeach/mail/compose/?alertid=29
43216&mailid=2943221&target=CU&customid=2883996&type=CU

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Libya to scrap weapons of mass destruction:
The text, said the decision was in line with Libya's pledge to make the Middle East and Africa a nuclear-free area.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0A17012C-C17F-4864-ABF0-68BA60EAC7ED.htm

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U.S. Modifies Appraisal of Sharon Speech :
The White House on Friday modified its appraisal of a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and reacted warmly to his latest prescription for how his country should interact with the Palestinians.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3527959,00.html

See Also: Bush Warned: Don’t Push Israel
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=8851

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Military drops more charges against former Guantanamo prison camp translator:
Military prosecutors on Friday dismissed three more charges in an espionage case against an Air Force supply clerk who worked as a translator at Guantanamo.
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/7533736.htm

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Uri Avnery: The Americans invaded Iraq in order to remain there:
If truly democratic elections were held, the American agents would be kicked out in no time - if they were not lynched first. That is self-evident. Therefore, there will be no really democratic elections.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5403.htm

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U.S. Negotiating Over Role of G.I.'s in a Sovereign Iraq:
The Bush administration has begun delicate negotiations with Iraq's transitional leaders on the freedom American-led military forces will have to carry out operations against insurgents after the transfer of sovereignty to a new government in Baghdad on June 30, officials say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/19/international/middleeast/19DIPL.html?th

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Purported al-Qaida Tape Warns of Attacks :
An audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden's deputy in al-Qaida, aired on Arab television Friday, warned that the terror group would target Americans ``in their homeland'' and would drive U.S. forces from bases in the region.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3527420,00.html

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U.S. Concerned by Heightened Security Threats :
But counterterrorism officials dismissed a report that there was credible information pointing to a possible imminent strike against New York City.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4024142

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Al-Qaida leader calls US soldiers 'cowards':
Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahri has called American soldiers cowards "with no faith in their leaders".
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E473FEA1-7A63-4D43-8877-28E09F41EEAC.htm

Date: 19 Dec 2003 20:14:09 -0000

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231 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Truck Blast Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers in Iraq:
A U.S. military tanker truck exploded on a road outside Baghdad on Friday, and witnesses said it killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded one
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V0249.AP-Iraq.html

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Iraq blast hits main Shia group:
An explosion has taken place outside a building belonging to Iraq's main Shia Muslim political group in Baghdad.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3333197.stm

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Iraq war was unjustified, Putin says:
He also suggested that the United States may be suffering from over-confidence on the international sphere, warning that "empires" had fallen before from feeling too strong and using their military might indiscriminately.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1013128.htm

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We must honour the dead :
Civilian deaths in Iraq may prove to be the true Achilles heel of the US and Britain's intervention. The bodies pile up in morgues around the country, and reliable press and media reports put the total civilian death toll since March 19 as approaching 10,000.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1110060,00.html

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A Must Read

Best-Laid Plans:
Anyone not blinded by partisan ideology or irrational Bush-hatred, the evidence clearly shows that Team Bush has always had a very specific plan for remaking Iraq -- and is following it faithfully to this very day.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5400.htm

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Dubious Link Between Atta and Saddam:
The Telegraph story was apparently written with a political purpose: to bolster Bush administration claims of a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam's regime.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3741646/

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Rumsfeld Visited Baghdad in 1984 to Reassure Iraqis, Documents Show :
Donald H. Rumsfeld went to Baghdad in March 1984 with instructions to deliver a private message about weapons of mass destruction: that the United States' public criticism of Iraq for using chemical weapons would not derail Washington's attempts to forge a better relationship, according to newly declassified documents.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13558-2003Dec18.html

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In case you missed it:

Spider's Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq:
A Democracy Now! interview from last year with global economics correspondent Alan Friedman about how the United States helped illegally arm Iraq in the 1980s in a scandal involving George Bush Sr., James Baker, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Mueller and others. A Must Listen
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5401.htm

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'Bodyguard druged and betrayed Saddam':
Saddam Hussein was betrayed by a relative who was his personal bodygyard and who led US troops to the ousted Iraqi leader's hideout after drugging him, a Jordanian newspaper reported Thursday, quoting a source close to the US-led coalition in Iraq.
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,6119,2-10-1460_1461125,00.html

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A Must Read

The Rat Trap: Why the resistance will increase :
The resistance will persist because Saddam was never its political, religious, spiritual or moral guide. The mukawama - resistance against foreign occupation - is now a full-blown nationalist, religious movement.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL20Ak01.html

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Paul Krugman: Telling It Right:
We should be deeply disturbed by the history of this war. For its message seems to be that as long as you wave the flag convincingly enough, it doesn't matter whether you tell the truth.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/19/opinion/19KRUG.html?ex=1072844154&ei=1&en=2f4710f57dcec8c5

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Hard evidence called tough to find:
More than 6 million pages of Iraqi government documents collected by a group of Iraqi exiles contain "smoking gun" evidence against "virtually everyone" in the Ba'ath Party leadership -- except Saddam Hussein.
http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2003/12/18/hard_evidence_called_tough_to_find/

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The Trial Of Saddam Hussein:
Selected Highlights From a Future Transcript : Good morning, Mr. Hussein. I am Ahmed Chalabi, chairman of the Iraqi National Congress, President-in-Waiting of the Islamic Republic of Occupied Mesopotamia and special prosecutor in The People of Iraq vs. Hussein. SADDAM HUSSEIN: I know who you are.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&ncid=
742&e=7&u=%2Fuclicktext%2F20031218%2Fcm_ucru%2Fthetrialofsaddamhussein

http://tinyurl.com/2dqnx

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Fight to the death:
Paul McGeough reports from Baghdad on the Iraqis who hated Saddam, but who hate the Americans more.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/19/1071337160499.html

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A Must Read

Dangerous Religion - Bush's Theology of Empire:
America's foreign policy is more than pre-emptive, it is theologically presumptuous; not only unilateral, but dangerously messianic; not just arrogant, but bordering on the idolatrous and blasphemous.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5402.htm

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World knows our foreign policy better than we do :
Sometimes, when you catch a glimpse of yourself through the eyes of friends, the perspective is sobering.
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html

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Arresting Children :
"I told them you have to educate people about freedom, not punish them, but they brought tanks and helicopters. Yesterday they surrounded the school and came in with weapons everywhere, soldiers everywhere and used tear gas on the students.
http://electroniciraq.net/news/1274.shtml

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Another Home Pillaged, More Illegal Detentions :
Fahad suffers from diabetes, and from her condition must relieve herself often. She begged, through an Iraqi interpreter of the soldiers, to use the restroom, but to no avail. She even suggested they allow her to use the restroom while accompanied by a soldier. This was declined, and while weeping she was forced to urinate on herself while soldiers stood by laughing at her with the interpreter.
http://electroniciraq.net/news/1272.shtml

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Tapes Show Abuse of 9/11 Detainees :
Justice Department Examines Videos Prison Officials Said Were Destroyed
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13497-2003Dec18.html

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9/11 resurrected U.S. neocons :
President Bush, for his part, has accommodated most of the recommendations by neocons and one of those recommendations was the war on Iraq.
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/archives/result_contents
.asp?id=200312200033&query=Kim%20Sung-han

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Chinese mega-bucks for Bush brothers:
Many observers were surprised last week when George W. Bush came down in favor of the People's Republic of China, against a democratic referendum in Taiwan. His weighing in on behalf of mainland China becomes more questionable at a time when well-connected Chinese companies are funneling large sums of money to Bush's brothers.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5399.htm

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How a Plot Convulsed Iran in '53 (and in '79) :
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For nearly five decades, America's role in the military coup that ousted Iran's elected prime minister and returned the shah to power has been lost to history, the subject of fierce debate in Iran and stony silence in the United States. One by one, participants have retired or died without revealing key details, and the Central Intelligence Agency said a number of records of the operation – its first successful overthrow of a foreign government – had been destroyed. But a copy of the agency's secret history of the coup has surfaced, revealing the inner workings of a plot that set the stage for the Islamic revolution in 1979, and for a generation of anti-American hatred in one of the Middle East's most powerful countries.
http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/mideast/041600iran-cia-intro.html

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"School" Of Hard Knocks For Wes:
Wesley Clark is a big booster of the controversial "School of the Americas" - which critics charge has history of graduating Latin American soldiers accused of rape, murder and torture.
http://www.nypost.com/news/nationalnews/13799.htm

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Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front:
Many government officials are now anxious for the military to assume a more active policing role here at home.
http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-503es.html

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Assassination 'windfall' for Musharraf
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EL19Df05.html

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Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book :
Leaders of the country's most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are "completely evil" and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.12.19/news4a.html

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Hunger and Homelessness Increase in U.S. :
Hunger and homelessness increased in many of America's largest cities this year, with growing demand for emergency food supplies for families with children, the elderly and even people with jobs, a survey by U.S. mayors finds.
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031218/ap_on_re_us/hunger_homelessness_1

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Is the search for weapons over?:
After eight months with no discoveries, mission chief quits; Fewer than 40 of the 1,400 inspectors still in the field; As attacks on US military grow, WMD hunt no longer a priority
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=474598

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The Lie Factory
- How the Neocons & the Office of Special Plans Pushed Disinformation and Bogus Intelligence on Iraq
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5398.htm

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Saddam Hussein's Loyalists Infiltrated U.S. Operations in Iraq:
Agents for deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have penetrated the U.S. command in Iraq, ABCNEWS has learned. As a result, they have the potential to undermine U.S. authority.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/World/Iraq_infiltrators_031218.html

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The Al Jazeera Hack :
Apparently, freedom of speech is only protected if it comes wrapped in red white and blue bow.
http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2003-12/14pandya.cfm

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Tanks roll into Tikrit:
"Any demonstration against the government or coalition forces will be fired upon," Jaburi's voice said, according to an army interpreter. "This is a fair warning."
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=423620

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Triumph! :
He looks like a lonely derelict: completely out of it. The idea that his capture makes any real difference, or represents an American triumph, is ludicrous
http://www.sobran.com/columns/2003/031216.shtml

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Live from the new Iraq: Happy talk:
The Pentagon is currently building what I call its own - Good News Network – to do an end run around the networks and beam directly from its press centre in Iraq. Just in time for election year 2004, the satellite service will counteract all those terrible stories of bombings, shootings, killings and maiming from the, you know, war.
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar%2FLayout%2FArticle_Type1&c=Article&cid=1071660248202&call
_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907624636

http://tinyurl.com/32fby

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In case you missed it:

Iraq`s Invasion of Kuwait:
On July 25, 1990, a week before Iraq invaded Kuwait, a neighbor so tiny one American diplomat called it a gas station in the desert, Saddam Hussein summoned the American Ambassador, a career civil servant named April Glaspie, to his office. To critics of the Gulf War, what happened at that meeting has been known since as the green light.
http://wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=2742

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Ugly History Hides in Plain Sight:
The Smithsonian's display of the Enola Gay bomber sidesteps any controversy over the atomic attacks on Japan.
http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/latimes51.html

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Israel: Lapid lambastes `barbaric' settlers :
Justice Minister Yosef Lapid yesterday launched a verbal assault on Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, describing their behavior as "barbaric," and accusing them of having "de facto" control in Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/373706.html

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Jose Padilla: : A Constitutional Challenge for Us All:
The ruling marks a growing judicial backlash against unfettered presidential authority during a period of war. - With controversy over the status of Guantanamo detainees and the PATRIOT Act growing to a feverish pitch, it's about time the Constitution gained a voice, and an arm strong enough to back it up.
http://www.independent.org/tii/news/031218ONeil.html

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Date: 18 Dec 2003 22:05:01 -0000

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Bush Overruled on 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect :
President Bush does not have power to detain American citizen Jose Padilla, as an enemy combatant, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031218/ap_on_re_us/terror_suspect_10

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Court Says 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect Can't Be Held by Military:
"Where, as here, the president's power as commander in chief of the armed forces and the domestic rule of law intersect, we conclude that clear Congressional authorization is required for detentions of American citizens on American soil."
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/18/politics/18CND-DETA.html

More on this topic
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The Decision:
Petitioner-Appellee-Cross-Appellant, -v-DONALD RUMSFELD, PDF Format
http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/padilla/padrums121803opn.pdf

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9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable:
For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/12/17/eveningnews/printable589137.shtml

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White House Web Scrubbing:
Offending Comments on Iraq Disappear From Site: It's not quite Soviet-style airbrushing, but the Bush administration has been using cyberspace to make some of its own cosmetic touch-ups to history.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9821-2003Dec17.html

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The Rat Trap: How Saddam may still nail Bush:
The Christmas blockbuster from the Pentagon studios was a dream. This was the new Roman Empire at its peak - better than Ridleys Scott's Gladiator: a real, captive barbarian emperor, paraded on the Circus Maximus of world television. The barbarian was not a valiant warrior - but a bum.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EL19Ak01.html

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Bush Warned: Don't Push Israel:
Leading Christian and Jewish conservatives warned the Bush administration this week not to use the dramatic capture of Saddam Hussein as the launch pad for new U.S. initiatives on the Israeli-Palestinian front.
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=8851

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Gush Shalom: Sharon's Speech: Tissue of Lies and Half-Truths His "Plan"
- Recipe for War and Annexation
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5397.htm

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Netanyahu:
Israel's Arabs are the real demographic threat : "A leader who considers 20 percent of the population of Israel to be a demographic threat and treats them as an existential problem, is himself a racist threat to democracy, sanity, and the rule of law - and he should be disposed of immediately for the good of both peoples."
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/373225.html

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Fertility gap fuels land debate in Israel:
Israel proper - within its 1967 borders - is an overwhelmingly Jewish state. Jews are roughly 80 percent of its 6.5 million population. But add to the map the 3.5 million people living in the primarily Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and demographically the Jewish state is doomed, population experts say, citing the Arabs' much higher birthrate.
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/7508159.htm

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US soldier killed during ambush in Iraq :
An American soldier was killed and another was wounded during an ambush in Baghdad, as violence also flared up in other areas of the country.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/62584/1/.html

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Gunmen kill Iraqi political figure:
Suspected followers of Saddam Hussein shot to death a representative of a major Shiite political party, a party official said Thursday.
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/7520704.htm

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Kay Plans to Leave Search for Iraqi Arms :
The move comes as more of Kay's staff has been diverted from the weapons hunt to help search for Iraqi insurgents, and at a time when expectations remain low that any weaponry will be discovered.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9823-2003Dec17.html

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Blair: We May Not Discover WMD:
Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle said: "Blair told the nation there was an immediate threat from Iraq's WMD. Now it seems they never existed at that time."
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=13732215&method=full&siteid=50143

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Remember 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'?
For Bush, They Are a Nonissue
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/18/politics/18PREX.html

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Why WMD question must not be allowed to go away :
Modern governments produce conveyor belts of arguments and justifications for their actions. They like to keep moving so that the electorate cannot quite catch up with their misjudgments and defects.
http://www.news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=1385532003

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Growing Fury and Unrest :
I stand in utter disbelief in what the military from my country is doing before my very eyes here.
http://electroniciraq.net/news/1268.shtml

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Harry Browne: How Do I Liberate Thee? Let Me Count the Ways:
This is liberation in the NewSpeak language of politics. Words like freedom just don't seem to mean what they used to, do they?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5395.htm

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Bremer wants to double coalition authority size :
President Bush's top envoy in Iraq has told officials that he wants as many as 1,000 additional personnel to beef up the U.S. occupation authority amid growing concern that the effort to return Iraqi sovereignty by next summer is falling far behind schedule.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001818101_bremer18.html

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When Thinking About Iraq: 15 Questions We Must Ask Ourselves
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5396.htm

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Saddam's arrest fuels insurgency :
Police are increasingly the target as 40 Iraqis die in four days of violence
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1109311,00.html

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Bearded Lady of Tikrit is no ace in the hole:
"Iraqis might have placed most of the blame for their suffering on Saddam and his Baathist thugs, but they ranked America second on their list of tormentors. With Saddam's demise, America just moved into first place."
http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/3101/?PHPSESSID=62c9552f8e5a710ed4dc5ff966154ad4

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Fate of Saddam's look-alikes remains unknown:
The long-awaited capture of Saddam Hussein brought euphoria to many, and for a curious few, it raised a simple question: Whatever became of the deposed leader's team of look-alikes?
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031216-102509-5288r.htm

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Feds Outline Plan on Enemy Combatants :
U.S. citizens classified as enemy combatants have to wait to get an attorney until they've provided intelligence to the government under a Bush administration policy that critics say treads on constitutional rights.
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V4747.AP-Enemy-Combatant.html

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Saddam's silence is golden for West :
At the Milosevic trial, US General Wesley Clark, former NATO commander, is to give evidence. But he will do so in closed session. That is the condition imposed by the United States government before it will allow him to testify. Reason? It doesn't want aired in public the dirty dealings between the US and the Milosevic regime over many years.
http://www.news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=1383732003

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No 'smoking gun' to convict Saddam Hussein yet, say Iraqi experts:
"It is one thing to say what we all know about what Saddam did. But it's another to prove it in a court of law,"
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/62545/1/.html

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U.S. "Torture Lite" Led To Saddam's Capture
http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1217-01.htm

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Sen. Nelson aide says Iraq information was declassified:
He cited a briefing with administration officials last year in which they told senators Iraq had the ability to strike eastern seaboard cities with chemical or biological weapons using unmanned "drones" launched from ships off the Atlantic Coast
http://www.floridatoday.com/topstories/121803nelson.htm

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Albright thinks Bush hiding bin Laden:
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told Fox News Channel analyst Morton Kondracke yesterday she suspects President Bush knows the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and is simply waiting for the most politically expedient moment to announce his capture.
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36182

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Iraqi Scientists Now on U.S. Payroll
Hundreds of Iraqi scientists and technicians who the Bush administration says worked on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs for Saddam Hussein will be paid by the United States for their role in postwar projects
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=
/ap/20031218/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_iraq_scientists_3

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Speech Upsets Afghan Assembly:
A female delegate was temporarily tossed out of Afghanistan's constitutional convention Wednesday when she stood up and declared that the country's warlords, some of them participants in the historic meeting, are criminals.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg
-afghan18dec18,1,5558154.story?coll=la-headlines-world

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Over 160 killed as Bhutan cracks down on Indian separatists:
At least 120 separatists from northeast India and 44 Bhutanese soldiers have died in an ongoing four-day operation by the Bhutanese army, reports said on Thursday.
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/
2003/December/subcontinent_December422.xml&section=subcontinent

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US gets access to airline details:
It means that most personal details given at check-in will be sent to the US as soon as passengers leave Europe.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3326279.stm

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Passenger terror data deal may be derailed :
Privacy campaigners and European parliamentarians pledged this week to stop the implementation of a deal between the European Commission and the United States on the controversial issue of access to airline passengers' personal data.
http://www.upi.com/print.cfm?StoryID=20031217-085415-4349r

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U.S. Considers Expanding FBI Database :
The proposal -- part of a broad push by the Bush administration to more closely monitor foreign nationals since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- is raising concerns among some civil liberties advocates and law enforcement groups
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A6149-2003Dec16?language=printer

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Gold hits highest price since 1996 as dollar sags:
The sagging dollar has been one of the main drivers behind an 18 percent rise in spot gold prices this year as investors sought alternative investments such as gold and U.S. Treasury bonds.
http://www.reuters.com/financeArticle.jhtml?storyID=
4012031&newsType=usGoldRpt&menuType=markets

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Former Gov. Mario Cuomo hits writer with 15M libel suit :
The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, seeks $15 million from Greg Palast, author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," and his publisher, Plume, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/147077p-129849c.html

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Call centers mushroom in India: 'Hello, y'all':
Few Americans calling "800" numbers --- whether to seek a Citibank loan, to make reservations on Delta Air Lines or even to ask about their food stamp benefits --- would know they are calling India, the country that claims the largest share of corporate America's back office processing tasks overseas.
http://www.ajc.com/wednesday/content/epaper/editions/
wednesday/atlanta_world_f3fd5bb823da10d00055.html

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Rabbis issue prohibition against evacuating settlements :
The government is forbidden by a total religious prohibition to evacuate any outpost or settlement, and has no right to give away parts of the land of Israel to strangers, and anything done toward this aim is void,"
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/373195.html

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US attorney general fined for breaking law:
John Ashcroft, the US attorney general, has been fined £21,000 for breaking election laws during his defeat by a dead rival for a seat in the Senate.
http://www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/
2003/12/18/wash18.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/12/18/ixworld.html

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U.S. Urges Citizens to Leave Saudi Arabia :
Nonessential American diplomats and the families of all U.S. officials in Saudi Arabia should leave, the State Department said Wednesday, stepping up its warnings about risks in the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3518747,00.html

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U.S. lawmakers urge Iraq relations with Israel:
The Bush administration should try to ensure that the next Iraqi government has diplomatic relations with Israel, two U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday while visiting the Jewish state.
http://www.adn.com/24hour/world/story/1090794p-7620496c.html

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Facing Our Losses: Here's one measure of the cost of fighting terrorism and "liberating" Iraq:
The lesson here is to not accept an official number as the definition of war's consequences. The combat death toll in Gulf War I was 148. More than 215,000 of the 696,000 deployed for that conflict–almost one-third–have sought war-related disability treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0351/031217_news_wabodycount.php

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New Developments in Case of U.S. Spying on U.N. Security Council:
Former British Cabinet Minister Decries Prosecution
http://tinyurl.com/3gmtq

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How to kill Saddam:
All the U.S. wants is for the former Iraqi president to be hauled into some kangaroo court and, after a brisk procedure in which Saddam will not doubt be denied opportunities to interrogate old pals from happier days like Donald Rumsfeld, be dropped through a trap door with a rope tied around his neck, maybe with an Iraqi, or at least a son of the Prophet pulling the lever.
http://www.freepress.org/columns.php?strFunc=display&strID=799&strYear=2003&strAuthor=2

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Francis Boyle Discusses Saddam's Capture:
"His Mistreatment is Pretty Much What The Roman Emperors Used To Do To Defeated Barbarian Kings"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5393.htm

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CIA Report: No Comprehensive Peace Arrangement Beforel 2020:
The Middle East section of the NIC's global assessment warns about the possibility of a war between Israel and Syria, or some other Arab state
http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=54592

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Date: 17 Dec 2003 21:56:10 -0000

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Poll: Almost half of Americans see Israel as threat


About 37 percent of Americans said the United States itself was the greatest threat.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/373184.html

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Robert Fisk: Saddam's Cold Comfort's:


There was a kind of satisfaction, lying inside Saddam's last hole in the earth. Seven months ago, I sat on his red velvet presidential throne in the greatest of all his marble palaces.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5391.htm

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Who Will Testify At Saddam’s Trial?
http://www2.observer.com/observer/pages/conason.asp

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In case you missed it: US supplied anthrax to Iraq:
Biological materials were exported to Iraq under licence from the US Department of Commerce. These included botulinum toxin and anthrax, later identified as major components in the Iraqi biological warfare programme.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3887.htm

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In case you missed it: Constant Conflict:
A look behind the philosophy and practice of Americas push for domination of the worlds economy and culture. First published From Parameters, Summer 1997, pp. 4-14: US Army War College. "The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3011.htm

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Terror alerts manufactured?:
FBI agents say White House scripting 'hysterics' for political effect

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=30312

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Sharon, In Iraq?
Israel denies Qatari report saying Sharon secretly met Saddam in Baghdad following arrest
http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=265796&lang=e&dir=news

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Bomb Kills 17 in Iraq, Justice for Saddam Debated:
A fuel truck bomb killed 17 people in a huge fireball that incinerated cars on a Baghdad street on Wednesday as violence and instability gripped Iraq in the wake of Saddam Hussein's capture.
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=IYVHBIS
KGW4QCCRBAE0CFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4007569

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Blair signals retreat on Iraq WMD:
Tony Blair yesterday signalled a retreat from his previous confident assertions that weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq - the principal rationale used by the British government for the conflict.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5387.htm

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Bush: Iraq intelligence was sound:
US President George W. Bush on Tuesday dismissed any distinction between whether former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein actually had weapons of mass destruction or planned to acquire them.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5390.htm

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In case you missed it: The Incredible Lying BushCo : Lies Made To Order.
Audio and text
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5115.htm

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Still no mass weapons, no ties to 9/11, no truth:
THE INVASION was still a lie. The capture of Saddam Hussein changes nothing about that. There were too many forked tongues in the road to his lair. The way we removed the dictator, we became a global dictatorship.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5389.htm

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Chemical, Nuclear Arms Still 'Major Threat,' Cheney Says:
Vice President Cheney warned this week that "the major threat" facing the nation is the possibility that terrorists could detonate a biological or nuclear weapon in a U.S. city.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6345-2003Dec16.html

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Robert Fisk: Insurgents or protesters? 18 are killed in clashes with US troops:
Dramatic videotape from the city of Ramadi 75 miles west of Baghdad showed unarmed supporters of Saddam Hussein being gunned down in semi-darkness as they fled from Americans troops.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5386.htm

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US accused of double standards after granting Saddam prisoner-of-war status:
The US administration was accused of gross hypocrisy yesterday after granting Saddam Hussein the legal rights that for more than two years it has denied the 660 detainees held in Guantanamo Bay.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=473986

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Tortured Explanations: Any Instruments We Sell May Be Used Against You:
At this point just about everyone knows that while the U.S. itself doesn't officially sanction torture, it is more than ready to ship suspects out to other countries whose governments do engage in the practice.
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0350/mondo3.php

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Is America sick? : Examining America's self-image:
The "cradle of democracy", the "land of plenty", the "beacon of justice", the "best way of life", the "land of the free".
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5388.htm

Date: 16 Dec 2003 21:31:05 -0000

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Senators were told Iraqi weapons could hit U.S. :

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday the Bush administration last year told him and other senators that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they had the means to deliver them to East Coast cities.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5385.htm

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"This is not America" :

In Miami, police unleashed unprecedented fury on demonstrators -- most of them seniors and union members. Is this how Bush's war on terror will be fought at home?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5384.htm

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Cardinal Says U.S. Treated Saddam 'Like a Cow' :

A top Vatican official said Tuesday he felt pity and compassion for Saddam Hussein and criticized the U.S. military for showing video footage of him being treated "like a cow."

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=574&u=
/nm/20031216/wl_nm/iraq_saddam_vatican_dc_2&printer=1

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The Right to Life:

Is it acceptable to sacrifice thousands of innocent lives in Afghanistan and Iraq for a great and noble cause – cracking down on terrorists and eradicating terrorism? If this is the logic behind the US's wars, isn't this also the same logic behind „terrorist‰ attacks?

http://www.islamonline.net/English/Views/2003/12/article03.shtml

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Blix sceptical on Iraqi WMD claim:

Speaking to the BBC's World Service, Mr Blix said he was more certain than ever that there was no WMD in Iraq.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3323633.stm

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In case you missed it:

"Good Genocide"(Practiced by the US,UK) VS "Bad Genocide" :

US trained butchers of Timor :Exclusive: Washington trained death squads in secret while Britain has spent £1m helping Indonesian army

http://www.guardian.co.uk/indonesia/Story/0,2763,200716,00.html

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A Saddam Chronology :

It is a matter of principle in Washington that Americans not be held to the same international standards as others.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=4685

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Soldier Dies In Husband's Arms In Iraq:

According to Fahnestock, his daughter was critically injured in Fallujah when she approached a bomb on a telephone pole and it exploded before she could diffuse it.

http://www.thewgalchannel.com/news/2707456/detail.html

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Iraqi gunman killed in Falluja riot:

An Iraqi gunman has been killed and a U.S. soldier wounded in an exchange of fire during riots in a restive town west of Baghdad, U.S. military sources say. Witnesses said hundreds of residents protesting the arrest of Saddam Hussein rioted in the town of Falluja on Monday night, overrunning the office of the U.S.-appointed mayor.

http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=
worldNews&storyID=422942&section=news&fromEmail=true

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Pope Peace Message Takes Swipe at U.S. Over Iraq :

Pope John Paul took a swipe at the United States and its allies Tuesday for invading Iraq without U.N. approval, suggesting they had succumbed to the temptation to use the law of force instead of the force of law.

http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=
Breaking&storyId=806759&tw=wn_wire_story&from=email

http://tinyurl.com/zj35

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The war we never should have fought:

Most embarrassing for the present government of Israel, details of how Rumsfeld carried on his 1983 visit a letter from the then Israeli prime minister Itzak Shamir offering to sell arms to a man whose capture Israel now regards as great news "for the democratic world and for the fight for freedom and justice".

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8183793^7583,00.html

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Bin Laden proves more elusive:

More than two years and $20 billion after U.S. forces set out to find the mastermind of the Sept. 11 hijacking attacks, bin Laden remains as elusive as ever, officials said. "If they catch him, it will be by accident," said Gen. Hilaluddin Hilal, deputy interior minister in charge of security in Afghanistan.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0312160234dec16,1,4612740.story

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Sky News fined for faking Iraq war report:

The Independent Television Commission found that the report breached guidelines on accuracy and misled viewers.

http://212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=88915052&p=88915758&n=88915812

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Pro-Saddam rallies erupt, Iraqis killed:

US forces have killed 16 Iraqis during separate incidents as demonstrations in support of Saddam Hussein erupted across the occupied country.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C2CC8AFB-E4CB-4901-96C1-927E9E7C4A52.htm

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Anti-war MPs give Blair no respite over WMD hunt:

While Saddam's arrest appeared to swing US public opinion behind the war, Mr Blair found that MPs who opposed the war were in no mood to tone down criticisms of his actions. Peter Kilfoyle, a former defence minister, said: "I don't think this makes a difference for us because the war was about WMD and the threat from them.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=473757

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New powers, old habits in Iraq:

They must have known it in Washington but, amazingly, by getting rid of Saddam, the Americans have seamlessly given birth to Islamic fundamentalists.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3313705.stm

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Pyhrric victory? :

The "capture" of Saddam Hussein is being hailed as a great victory for President Bush. After all, who needs to worry about the missing weapons of mass destruction or the lack of ties between Hussein and the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, now that we've caught the "Butcher of Baghdad"?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/12/16/EDG1H3NVRC1.DTL

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In case you missed it:

How £1bn was lost when Thatcher propped up Saddam :

For more than a decade, yellowing paper files in a government store have hidden the story of the way £1bn of Whitehall money was thrown away in propping up Saddam Hussein's regime and doing favours for arms firms.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,904493,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Crude Vision: EXPOSED: How Oil Interests Obscured US Government Focus On Chemical Weapons Use by Saddam Hussein.

Our examination shines a new spotlight on the incredible revolving door between Bechtel and the Reagan administration that drove U.S.-Iraq interactions between 1983 and 1985. The men who courted Saddam while he gassed Iranians

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2393.htm

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An ignominious end to America's creation :

America, which pulled no punches when condemning the Iraqi government for showing footage of American POWs, had no such hesitation at showing Saddam being inspected like a prize cow. In the same way, after it had warned Al Jazeera not to show American dead, the US filled our screens with the mutilated and bloated corpses of Saddam's two sons.

http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/Opinion.asp?ArticleID=105616

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Iraq's moment of joy will soon pass:

It has suited the US to blame Saddam for the resistance to the occupation and to use him as a pretext for the continued occupation. There are no fewer than 15 organisations involved in the resistance, which enjoys widespread support.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/15/1071336886599.html

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Meanwhile, in Iraq the slaughter goes on:

Yesterday's attacks appear to undermine the views of those who said that Saddam and his so-called "Baathist hold-outs" have been behind the wave of attacks against US targets.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=473738

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Bush is still in a real hole :

The US president is facing a financial nightmare of his own making, and needs all the good news he can get. The Bush administration must take care not to spend High Value Target Number One all at once by letting a mob hang him this week.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1107892,00.html

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Consumer report jolts markets :

"Consumer confidence came out and took the steam out of everything," said Peter Dunay, chief market strategist at Wall Street Access, a New York-based brokerage firm. "It all boils down to concerns about unemployment."

http://charleston.net/stories/073003/bus_30wall.shtml

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Halliburton gets more work in Iraq:

The US military has said Vice President Dick Cheney's former company Halliburton was allocated $222 million more last week for work in Iraq, at the same time as a Pentagon audit found the firm may have overbilled for some services there.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/40D54074-B324-4611-869F-8334214CFF92.htm

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Paul Krugman: Patriots and Profits:

The point is that we've had an environment in which officials inclined to do favors for their business friends, and contractors inclined to pad their bills or do shoddy work.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/16/opinion/16KRUG.html?ex=
1072155600&en=57d2d0b0431458f9&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

http://tinyurl.com/zh7h

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Ex-Pentagon Officials Sentenced in Fraud:

Two former top Pentagon officials each were sentenced Friday to 24 1/3 years in prison for taking more than $1 million in bribes and accepting prostitutes from government contractors.

http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-pentagon-
bribery,0,5257216.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

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In case you missed it:

The U.S. Power Complex: What’s New:

U.S. wardlordism doesn't tolerate rivals, validates first-strike warfare, and spurns conflict-prevention strategies and negotiating frameworks. The new warlordism keeps counsel not with diplomats but with arms merchants.

http://fpif.org/papers/02power/index_body.html

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Regime Change in Iran? One Man's Secret Plan:

Iran's Chalabi? Manucher Ghorbanifar says he talked secretly with Pentagon officials about plans for regime change in Iran

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3706341/

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U.S. Seeks Bases In Morocco, Tunisia:

"The command is also looking at establishing basing arrangements in countries like Tunisia and Morocco so that U.S. forces can deploy to the continent more effectively if American troops are required,"

http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2003/december/12_16_3.html

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U.S. Hegemony: Continuing Decline, Enduring Danger :

In 1950 the United States supplied half the world's gross product, against 21 percent at present. Sixty percent of the world's manufacturing production in 1950 came from the United States, 25 percent in 1999.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5383.htm

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The Incredible Shrinking Dollar :

As the dollar drops, almost everything you and I buy from the rest of the world costs us more. In recent days even the OPEC oil cartel has said it might raise oil prices to compensate for the falling dollar. You may remember that's exactly what OPEC did in 1973, in response to a falling dollar.

http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9573

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Israel Planned Hit on Saddam :

The Israeli military planned a daring assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1992 - a plot that would have involved landing commandos in Iraq and firing sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3511107,00.html

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Pat Buchanan: Stand Up to Sharon:

Israel is a „thunderously failed reality‰ that „rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice.‰

http://www.amconmag.com/12_15_03/buchanan.html

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Pat Robertson: Eliminate Arafat:

US Christian leader Pat Robertson called Monday for the "elimination" of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat as a follow-up to the US capture of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/
JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1071541095793&p=1008596981749

http://tinyurl.com/zffw

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Perpetual War, Perpetual Terror:

We are told our nation is in imminent danger, that we are a mushroom cloud waiting to happen. And so we fear, transforming our mass uneasiness into nationalistic and patriotic fervor, wrapping ourselves up in the flag and the Military Industrial Complex. We have fallen into the mouse trap, becoming the subservient slaves of an engine run by greed.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5382.htm

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'Musharraf faked bid on life':

It was their suspicion that Musharraf may have used the 'bid on his life' to convince the United States that he was still their best hope in Pakistan and in the South Asian region for cooperation as far as tackling the menace of global terrorism is concerned.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/359638.cms

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Declassified Documents Show U.S. Support For Hussein:

The National Security Archive at George Washington University has published a series of declassified U.S. documents detailing the U.S. embrace of Saddam Hussein in the early 1980's. The collection of documents, include briefing materials, diplomatic reports of two Rumsfeld trips to Baghdad, reports on Iraqi chemical weapons use during the Reagan administration and presidential directives that ensure U.S. access to the region's oil and military expansion.

http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/03/sp_world_battle022703.htm

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Iraqi Shi'ites hail "bright dawn" of Saddam capture :

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims on Monday hailed the arrest of Saddam Hussein but expressed their continuing deep resentment of his captor -- the United States.

http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=
worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=3995418

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Iraqi Missile Scientist Says He's Been Working With British Military and Had Not Fled to Iran:

Modher Sadeq-Saba al-Tamimi said in an interview with The Associated Press that he tried several times to reach the American teams searching for weapons of mass destruction. Once, in July, he asked a friend who had already met with American missile experts to set up a meeting for him but the Americans never showed up.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGANN4VW8OD.html

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Saddam a POW, Red Cross says:

The international Red Cross said today it considers Saddam Hussein a prisoner of war and wants U.S. authorities to allow it to visit the ousted Iraqi leader to check the conditions in which he is being held.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=
thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1071486175178&
call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

http://tinyurl.com/zj5h

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Ex-U.S. Attorney General Ready To Defend Saddam:

Clarke averred that neither the U.S.-installed Interim Governing Council (IGC) nor the occupation forces is eligible to try the overthrown president. "The IGC does not represent Iraq. It is Bush's council," said the former U.S. attorney general.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-12/15/article02.shtml

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Annan Rejects Death Penalty for Saddam:

The top U.N. diplomat said Monday he could not support bringing captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein before a tribunal that might sentence him to death.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SADDAM_ANNAN?SITE=
NYBUE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

http://tinyurl.com/zj5m

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In case you missed it:

Saddam Key in Early CIA Plot :

While many have thought that Saddam first became involved with U.S. intelligence agencies at the start of the September 1980 Iran-Iraq war, his first contacts with U.S. officials date back to 1959, when he was part of a CIA-authorized six-man squad tasked with assassinating then Iraqi Prime Minister Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2849.htm

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Saddam's Sister Says U.S. Forces Drugged Him :

He must have been drugged or injected with illegal chemicals. What happened is an insult to all Arabs and Muslims," the paper quoted her as saying as she wept

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3996209

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Senator Robert C. Byrd: Chellenging 'Pre-emption':

"As each day passes and as more American soldiers are killed and wounded in Iraq, I become ever more convinced that the war in Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place for the wrong reasons. "

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20031229&s=byrd

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