Information Clearing House Archive November 2003 Part 5

November 2003 — Information Clearing House

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

For the Month of November 2003 – Part 5

Date: 30 Nov 2003 19:58:21 -0000



CIA admits lack of specifics on Iraqi weapons before invasion:

The US Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged it “lacked specific information” about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction when it compiled an intelligence estimate last year that served to justify the US-led invasion of Iraq. But it said that and other uncertainties surrounding the case had been fully presented to President George W. Bush

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Back in the USSR By William Bowles

28 November 2003

The ‘evil empire’ is no more. The end of an era and the start of a new one? Not exactly, as the events of the past decade or more testify, for whatever one’s views of the Soviet Union and the various socialist ‘flavours’, it can hardly be said that the world is either a better or safer place now that they’re no longer with us. If anything, the world has been shunted back in time about a century, to the era of unbridled greed and the chaos of unrestrained capitalism, to a period before the advent of socialism. The critical difference being that rather than ‘gunboat diplomacy’ enforcing capital’s reach, the world is now held to ransom with the threat of nuclear Armageddon unless the world tows the line.

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More, or rather, less on the ‘Civil Contingencies Bill’ By William Bowles

27 November 2003

Amazing isn’t it, a bill which if passed, that along with the 2000 Terrorism Act, pretty well entrenches total state control over the citizen, barely gets a mention in the media. The BBC in its News at One programme yesterday (25/11/03) didn’t even mention it as being included in Queenie’s speech. Later, on PM News at 5, it got a passing mention as something that might be of concern to civil liberties groups, but that was about it. Talk about the sin of omission!

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Law ‘n’ Order By William Bowles

26 November 2003

What the state ‘giveth’, the state can take away

Marx saw the state as ‘whithering away’ with the building of communism (as opposed to the state under socialism, which is a kind of ‘interim stage’ between capitalism and communism). Moreover, Marx was quite specific about it. Under communism, the state becomes a government of ‘things’ as opposed to a government of people.

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Weapons, Media and Politics – an evil ‘axis of interests’ By William Bowles

25 November 2003

Well the plot thickens with the appearance of the Carlyle Group that has come galloping in on a very white horse to rescue Conrad Black’s Hollinger International, no doubt via the Perle/Kissinger/Bush connections. And it’s not surprising given Hollinger’s media outlets decidedly ultra-rightwing position especially on the imperium and the important Israel connection in the assault on the world’s resources and its people.

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Information Clearing House Archive November 2003 Part 4

November 2003 — Information Clearing House Archive

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

For the Month of November 2003 – Part 4

Date: 24 Nov 2003 20:46:03 -0000

A Must Watch Documentary

Uncensored Stories of the War:
These are the stories that weren’t told by the media during the Iraq war. CBC NEWS goes straight to the source, to journalists, camera operators and photographers from news organizations around the world, who reveal the lethal risks they faced, as well as the untold horrors they witnessed.

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Georgia, Velvet Underground in Overdrive by Edward Teague

24 November 2003 — The New Dark Age

I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. – Ecclesiastes

50 year old Russian Oligarch, Alexander Smolensky must have pondered this when typesetting the Bible for illegal distribution in Russia. An offence for which the KGB ordered a prison sentence of 2 years, but of which he endured but one night.

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The Police State is Here By William Bowles

23 November 2003

“When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me”

“Order is not a natural state…chaos is the natural state [of affairs]” – Robert Cooper, head of Political and Military Affairs for the UK government on BBC Radio 4’s “The Moral Maze” when attempting to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq and as I continue to state (some might say, ad infinitum), one of the intellectual authors of Blair’s ‘new’ imperialism.

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Book Review: Getting to the meat of Skull & Bones By William Bowles

23 November 2003

“Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America’s Most Powerful Secret Society” – Antony Sutton, Howard Altman, Kris Milligan, Dr Ralph Bunch, Anton Chaitkin & Webster Griffin Tarpley. Trineday 2003

What constitutes a conspiracy? Well first off by definition it should be a secret. According to the chapter by Ralph Bunch, ‘Secrecy and our constitution: Whom do they serve?’ conspiracies are factions, minority factions that see all non-members of the conspiracy as opponents and their secrecy is to prevent all opponents from even knowing of their existence. Hence by this definition, political lobbying groups, corporations that seek to defraud the public, politicians planning a coup d’etat, criminals planning a robbery, all are conspiracies.

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Report from Propaganda Central By William Bowles

22 November 2003

“The West wakes up to the extent of Al-Qu’eda’s reach – franchised by Al-Qu’eda”

That was how Channel 4 News opened up last night’s broadcast (21/11/03). But I must say I’m impressed as it pretty well sums up the relationship between the imperium and Osama’s global ‘franchise’. Osama is the New World Order’s version of Colonel Sanders, all image and no substance. After all, have you not wondered why he is elusive as the proverbial Pimpernel?

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Provocations By William Bowles

21 November 2003

Wracking up the anté with a fortuitous bombing or two – given the parlous state of the ‘war on terror’ and global opposition to USUK operations – is an option we should not dismiss lightly.

Was the bombing in Istanbul a provocation? Before you accuse me of joining ‘conspiracy central’ consider that the CIA were tied directly to the terrorist group that bombed the US barracks in Beirut in 1982 through funding their operations and the use of provocations to destabilise and/or as a reason for intervention has a long tradition going all the way back to the Spanish-American War that led to the US colonising Cuba. Consider also the pretext for Reagan’s invasion of Grenada, the supposed threat to American students or that of the invasion of Panama, where CIA asset Manuel Noreiga was the pretext, or Cuban ‘arming’ of the Sandinistas in 1981. Need I go on?

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