February 27, 2002
Is the Tide Turning Against War?
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You will be amazed - and possibly thoroughly outraged! -- perhaps even prompted to take action...
Sent by "Judith Iam" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002
From: S Culver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Michael Moore talks Unocal on the Daily Show"
"Holy crap! Moore talked about Unocal, and Haliburton's secret meetings with Cheney a month before 9/11, and got stunned silence from crowd.
..."Some of the same supposed "conspiracy theories" you see on Indymedia but sporadically reported by mainstream media were just pouring out of Moore's mouth. At one point there was this big collective groan, as if everybody was just shocked sick.
..."Lots of people watch the Daily Show... It was amazing to hear this stuff finally mentioned on the boob tube. Can't ignore this stuff forever."
"What Can We Do About Terrorism?"
by Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col.USAF ret., President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies 2/22/02
..."You said that we are the target because we stand for democracy, freedom, and human rights in the world. Baloney! We are the target of terrorists because we stand for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation in the world"...
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US Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich's Prayer for America, 2/17/02
..."We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.
"We did not authorize an eye for an eye.
"Nor did we ask that the blood of innocent people, who perished on September 11, be avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in Afghanistan.
"We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyhow it pleases.
..."Let us pray for our children. Our children deserve a world without end. Not a war without end.
...". That is the America which stands not in pursuit of an axis of evil, but which is itself at the axis of hope and faith and peace and freedom."...
Five Women Walk Across the US for Peace
by Roya Louisa 2/21/02
A group of individuals, calling themselves Peace-by-Peace, left Berkeley, California on January 21, 2002. They hope to reach Washington, DC, on foot by September 11, 2002.
..."Driven by the events of September 11, the group determined that their call to action was to walk, asking the question, "What is Peace?" of themselves and of those they encountered. Inspired by Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, John Francis, and many others who have walked before, the women hope to reach Washington, DC by September 11, 2002. The walk was born when twin sisters Lisa and Angela Porter simultaneously and independently of each had the idea to cross the country on foot.
Family Members of 9-11 Victims Start Anti-War Group
A group called Peaceful Tomorrows has been founded by family members of 9-11 victims.
From their web site: "Peaceful Tomorrows is an advocacy organization founded by family members of September Eleventh victims. Its mission is to seek effective nonviolent responses to terrorism, and identify a commonality with all people similarly affected by violence throughout the world. By conscientiously exploring peaceful options in our search for justice, we choose to spare additional innocent families the suffering that we have already experienced--as well as to break the endless cycle of violence and retaliation engendered by war."
..."Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
20,000 Israelis Rally for Peace in Tel Aviv
by the Associated Press 2/16/02
TEL AVIV -- Addressing thousands of Israelis at a peace rally Saturday in Tel Aviv, a leading Palestinian official urged Israel to renew peace talks with Yasser Arafat.
"Protest Against Disappearances & State Terror" 2/18/02
..."Of the over 1200 men arrested since September 11th, over half of them are reportedly still in custody - hundreds have not even been charged.
"Mass Finger Printing"
by New York Times 2/20/02
"The so-called privacy industry says it's laying the groundwork for mass finger printing. Your Thumb Here: Newest ID of Choice at Store and on Job
..."in most of Texas and in much of California, the Middle West and Florida, what was once acceptable only for criminals is becoming routine for consumers who cash checks at places other than their own banks and at supermarkets, liquor stores and check-cashing shops.
"A growing reliance on fingerprinting has stirred little public opposition in a nation increasingly troubled by terrorism and identity theft, and even more widespread use of it is on the way.
[indymedia comment:] The Most Prolific Burgler is the U.S. is ...Elvis Presley. No, really. Police have found Elvis' prints at thousands of burglaries in the last few years. Apparently someone got their hands on his prints and have been mass producing rubber gloves reproducing the King's tips"... http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=137882
"No Expenses Spared Domestic Propaganda"
by New York Times 2/20/02
"Global diplomacy as envisioned in the [as of yet unnamed] office will inject patiotism into the punishing 24-hour, seven-day news cycle officials said.
"WASHINGTON - President Bush has decided to transform the administration's temporary wartime communications effort into a permanent office of global diplomacy to spread a positive image of the United States around the world and combat anti-Americanism, senior administration officials said today.
[indymedia comment:] "The Ministry of Truth is in place, do you think someone found a copy of 1984 at the white house and thought it was a policy document?"
[indymedia comment:] "yeah... this is really frightening... i am extremely concerned about this matter... i used to think bush was simply dumb, but now i'm beginning to wonder if i had underestimated his propensity for evil. did his dad give him a hit list on his inauguration day or something, detailing all the "bad guys" he never got to whack because of that pesky issue known as american public opinion? i guess that issue won't be so "pesky" anymore. this is sad. really really sad. and so un-american."
"The Great Unwatched"
by William Safire NY Times 2/18/02
..."Digital images of the captured faces can be flashed around the world in an instant on the Internet. Married to face-recognition technology and tied in to public and private agencies around the world, an electronic library of hundreds of millions of faces will be created. Terrorists and criminals - as well as unhappy spouses, runaway teens, hermits and other law-abiding people who want to drop out of society for a while - will have no way to get a fresh start.
"Is this the kind of world we want? The promise is greater safety; the tradeoff is government control of individual lives. Personal security may or may not be enhanced by this all-seeing eye and ear, but personal freedom will surely be sharply curtailed. To be watched at all times, especially when doing nothing seriously wrong, is to be afflicted with a creepy feeling. That is what is felt by a convict in an always- lighted cell. It is the pervasive, inescapable feeling of being unfree.
..."When your government, employer, landlord, merchant, banker and local sports team gang up to picture, digitize and permanently record your every activity, you are placed under unprecedented control. This is not some alarmist Orwellian scenario; it is here, now, financed by $20 billion last year and $15 billion more this year of federal money appropriated out of sheer fear.
"By creating the means to monitor 300 million visits to the U.S. yearly, this administration and a supine opposition are building a system capable of identifying, tracking and spying on 300 million Americans. So far, the reaction has been a most un-American docility.
Was there a knock on your door?
by Center for Investigative Reporting 2/18/02
"Tell us about cases where people have been called or visited by members of a law enforcement agency after September 11 for expressing political dissent.
"Was there a knock on your door? We at the Center for Investigative Reporting are looking for cases where people have been called or visited by members of a law enforcement agency after September 11 for expressing political dissent. If this has happened to you, or you know of any such incident, please contact us with the information. Thanks.
Contact Eve Pell at 415-543-1200 x.313 or Will Evans at email@example.com
"Ben & Jerry's effectively labeled as 'Terrorist' at House Hearing on 'Eco-Terrorism'"
by spark 2/18/02 Portland Indymedia Feature on Congressional Hearings:
" Not content to label groups such as the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) as "terrorist organizations", corporate business leaders also declared that Ben & Jerry's, the Ford Foundation, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and others are either "terrorists" or "terrorist supporting". [see photo: "OSAMA BEN JERRY"]
On the Brink of Fascism"
by Manuel Miles 2/18/02
"The USA is teetering on the brink of fascism (if it is not already well over the edge). A brief glance at the preconditions for the establishment of a fascist dictatorship reveals this to be an ineluctable fact"...
POINDEXTER "How one of the two brains behind the Iran-Contra scandal this week became one of America's most powerful men"
by John Sutherland, The Guardian 2/18/02
"Last Wednesday something strange happened. The American population was instructed to panic. Place themselves, that is, on a state of highest vigilance. Some cataclysmic act of terrorism would happen - within hours. But nothing terrible happened. Something creepy did. On Thursday there was an inconspicuous news item. John M Poindexter had been appointed to head a new agency ...called the Information Awareness Office. You want to know what that is? Think, Big Brother is Watching You. IAO will supply federal officials with "instant" analysis on what is being written on email and said on phones all over the US.
"DEA raids clinics -- take action!"
by mpp 2/18/02
"At a time when our nation is concerned about the war on terrorism, the DEA is waging an all-out war on medical marijuana patients.
" The Bush administration warned that there was a high likelihood of a terrorist attack last Tuesday. They were right: That day, DEA thugs raided a medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco,
..." Please visit http://www.mpp.org/USA today to fax a pre-written letter of outrage"...
[List of DEA related stories on sf.indymedia:]
"Spy & Counterspy" 1998 Your source of skills for freedom...
Spy & CounterSpy is a practical course in freedom skills - including countersurveillance, antisurveillance, and underground urban activism.
If you live in the USA, the odds are one in four that you will someday become a target for surveillance and repression - by a government security service like the FBI or BATF or DEA, by an intelligence agency like the NSA or CIA or DIA, by undercover cops, or others. Being innocent is no protection against the apparatus of surveillance and repression. If you're involved with any group that wants to change the status quo, then you're a target for surveillance - no matter how benign your goals.
3. FASCISM EUROPEAN STYLE
"Report from Bologna - This morning raid" 2/20/02
..."More than 60 Carabinieri (paramilitary police) have stormed the place, damaging everything and seizing tools and materials crucial to the place's activities.
..."We think therfore that this is a direct attack aimed at intimidating who builds up social opposition to the present state of things, at free information and constitutional rights, that today hits indymedia and TPO, but that could probably hit anyone in the near future
"We ask to anybody and to all of the information structures to not underestimate the meaning of todays events and to take responsability for analysing and monitoring what is happening in this country
http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=137947 also: http://www.indybay.org/news/2002/02/116658.php
"To protest the Italy Indymedia raids: Where to send your letters of outrage"
by Laura 2/20/02
"We invite everyone to join Italy Indymedia at the demonstration called in Rome for March,16th by Radio Onda Rossa, and to send letters of solidarity on that day to: Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20008 http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=138216
..."a list of the Italian Embassies and Consuls in the United States:"...
"MPs voice concerns over EU racism law"
by Andrew Sparrow, Political Correspondent, UK Telegraph2/19/02
"A LAW proposed by the European Union banning racism and xenophobia would have "far-reaching effects" on freedom of speech in Britain, MPs have warned.
..."In its first comments on the EU proposals, the committee, which scrutinises all EU legislation on behalf of Parliament, said it had "concerns" about the number of new offences that would be created by the Brussels law.
""This proposal could have far-reaching effects on the balance struck in this country between the use of the criminal law to control incitements to violence and racial hatred on the one hand, and the freedom of speech and association on the others."
EU PRESIDENCY PRESENTS DRAFT COUNCIL DECISION TO TARGET PROTESTORS AS TERRORISTS" 2/21/02
4. AXIS OF BUSH
"US brands suffer as anti- American feeling runs high"
by the UK Guardian 2/22/02
..."more than two-thirds of British consumers are concerned the world is becoming too Americanised, while 72% agreed with the statement: "Multinational corporations have grown too powerful". ...
"Time to stop being America's lap-dog"
By Will Hutton, The Observer 2/17/02
"Tony Blair is faced with a stark choice - either to ally himself to the increasingly conservative and intolerant US or be a fully engaged European.
..."But it's not the same good America. The postwar US that reconstructed Europe and led an international liberal economic and social order has disappeared completely."
"The most important political story of our time is the rise of the American Right and the near collapse of American liberalism. This has transformed the political and cultural geography of the United States and now it is set to transform the political and cultural geography of the West. Britain's reflex reactions to an ally with whom we apparently share so much and which has served us well are going to be tested as never before.
"Bush Called `Incarnation of Evil' (its about time)"
By Ryu Jin, Korea Times Staff Reporter, 2/19/02
"A ruling party lawmaker yesterday called U.S. President George W. Bush the ``incarnation of evil'' in the National Assembly interpellation session yesterday, one day ahead of Bush's visit to Seoul, sending a shockwave through the country.
Robert Fisk: "Europe must stop parroting the American script in the Middle East"
The Independent 2/21/02
"While President George Bush rabbits on about the "axis of evil" and his "crusade" against "terror", a real tragedy is about to interfere with his mythic struggle against America's enemies. It's about a place called Palestine. And a place called Israel.
..."After the Israelis had vandalised more than *11m worth of Palestinian property supplied by the European Union, why shouldn't we play a role in the Middle East conflict?"...
5. PENTAGON WILL not LIE
Pentagon Plan to Influence Opinion"
By SALLY BUZBEE, Associated Press Writer 2/20/02
"WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is working on a plan to influence public opinion in both hostile and friendly nations to help the war against terrorism - a still-developing effort that critics say could spread false information at home and abroad.
"The Office of Strategic Influence, set up after the Sept. 11 attacks, has come up with proposals including the placing of news items - false if need be - with foreign news organizations, a defense official said Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
"Pentagon steps up propaganda efforts"
by Jessica Hodgson 2/19/02
"The Pentagon is planning a PR campaign to get the world behind the next stage of its "war on terror", which could include the release of false news stories, according to reports in the US.
"The newly created Office of Strategic Influence ... has begun circulating proposals for "aggressive campaigns that use not only the foreign media and the internet but also covert operations".
"Pentagon Propaganda Plan is Undemocratic, Possibly Illegal"
by FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting 2/19/02
..."the plan may compromise the free flow of information that democracy relies on. The government is barred by law from propagandizing within the U.S., but the OSI's new plan will likely lead to disinformation planted in a foreign news report being picked up by U.S. news outlets.
..."Taken together, these incidents and policies should raise alarm bells for media throughout the country. Democracy doesn't work if the public does not have access to full and accurate information about its government.
"Rumsfeld: No Lies in Pentagon Plan"
By Sally Buzbee Associated Press Writer 2/20/02
"WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday that a Pentagon campaign to influence global opinion will not include lies to the public, but might employ "tactical" deception to confuse an enemy for battlefield advantage.
"Government officials, the Department of Defense, this secretary and the people that work with me tell the American people and the people of the world the truth," Rumsfeld said
"Whispers In The Land: Washington Knows That Bush Has Gone Too Far"
by Kent Southard, 2/21/02
..."The 'conspiracy theories' are only theories in this country, it seems, in the rest of the world they're reported as fact. What the rest of the world knows is that Uzbekistan and the rest of the 'Stans' in the Caspian Sea sit atop what may be the largest oil and gas reserves in the world, the oil and gas that will be used primarily in the coming economic growth of the world's two largest countries - China and India. The rest of the world knows that Enron, Halliburton, Unocal, and other American energy concerns wished to build pipelines through neighboring Afghanistan to get that oil and gas to market; knows that the Bush administration was negotiating with the Afghan Taliban to build those pipelines, knows Bush threatened war if the Taliban didn't play along"...
"Banner Photos from Mike Ruppert Lecture"
by Edison Carter/Network23 2/22/02
VisionTV's "The Great Deception" Asks: On the morning of 9/11, what did Bush know and when did he know it?
http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=138327 transcript at: http://www.visiontv.ca/programs/insight/mediafile_Feb18.htm
"Film of Bush on morning of 9/11"
by Converse Murdoch 2/22/02
"Watch Dub's reaction when he's told the second plane has hit the WTC.
"Sarasota, Fla. - The Emma E. Booker Elementary School has a downloadable video of President Bush's visit. At 25 MBs it's a long download but it's a lot more informative than second hand accounts of that historic moment.
"Check it out at :
"A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health - Especially Since 9-11" [plus DynCorp]
by Michael Davidson, copvcia.com 2/14/02
..."We also know that DNA sequence research can be used to develop pathogens that target specific genetically related groups. One company, DynCorp, handles data processing for many Federal agencies, including the CDC, the Department of Agriculture, several branches of the Department of Justice, the FDA and the National Institute of Health. On 11/12/01 DynCorp announced that its subsidiary, DynPort, had been awarded a $322 million contract to develop, produce, test, and store FDA licensed vaccines for use by the DoD. It would be incredibly easy for DynCorp to hide information pertaining to the exact make-up, safety, efficacy and purpose of the drugs and vaccines the U.S. government has contracted for.
"One thing is certain: the small and elite community of world class microbiologists is well aware that its numbers are shrinking and these dead microbiologists were among the few who could have answered these important questions." [2nd item] http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=138989
"The Hot Question for 911"
by Lincoln B. Justice 2/20/02
"TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
"We are a retired gray haired couple in love with America and the Earth. What we discovered after sifting through thousands of pages of evidence related to the 911 story has shattered our faith and convinced us that our nation is on the road to becoming a dictatorship unless the people wake up and act"...
"EIGHT OF THE ALLEGED HIJACKERS ARE ALIVE So WHY has Bush been allowed to go to war? - The evidence is a LIE!" - October 2001
New UK website with 9-11 collection
"Enron faked trading: Former Employee Claims No Trades Transpired " Time mag 2/22/02
"HOUSTON -- The bankrupt energy giant, Enron Corp., designed and maintained a fake trading floor at its Houston office. According to former Enron employees, on the sixth floor of the company's downtown headquarters was a set, designed to trick analysts into believing business was booming.
"It was an elaborate Hollywood production that we went through every year when the analysts were going to be there to be impress them to make our stock go up," former employee Carol Elkin said."...
"Enron fallout is spreading"
By Nick Beams, 21 February 2002
"White House Girds For Protracted Fight: GAO Lawsuit Seeks Energy Information"
By Dana Milbank, Washington Post Staff Writer 2/22/02
"After the writing of this article, GAO has indeed filed a lawsuit, and the GAO's statement can be viewed at
"The Hijackers of Harvard: Herbert S. (Pug) Winokur"
by Catherine Austin Fitts, Online Journal 2/21/02
"The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses."
- Utah Phillips
"Here's a name and an address:"...
"And, if u thought Enron was big...."
by check out this link 2/21/02
"Bottom line on the US economy. Hint: Massive fraud in US government agencies and the financial markets. Enron is a symptom and a minor one at that.
.."watch: "Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee: "The Gold Standard" Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - Washington, DC Speakers: Catherine Austin Fitts"...
"Burton Threatens Bush With Contempt Charge"
By P. MITCHELL PROTHERO, UPI 2/14/02
"WASHINGTON - House Government Reform Committee Chairman Dan Burton Thursday threatened to hold President Bush in contempt of Congress unless the administration releases several sets of subpoenaed Justice Department documents to his committee.
"The GAO has been demanding notes from meetings between Vice President Dick Cheney and energy industry officials during the deliberations that led to the formation of the Bush energy policy proposals last year. The White House has refused to provide them, and the GAO has threatened to sue the vice president to gain access to the notes.
by Democracy Now! 2/18/02
"Investigative journalist Greg Palast speaks about government & corporate corruption.
"The Betrayed Investor" NY Times or somesuch
..."investors' response to Enron--and the fear of more Enrons--has taught conservatives a sobering lesson. The clamor for accountability in the financial system means more rules and regulations in a sector they have spent decades trying to deregulate.
"With "we told you so" Democrats also in full cry, there's a predictable result: a regulatory stampede not seen since the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s." [and THAT did a lot of good?]
"The Afghan Mission Creeps from invasion to occupation"
by jonathan 2/19/02
- NY Times: ''American forces appear to have opened a new phase in the war in Afghanistan with two bombing raids over the weekend that Afghan commanders in the area said were aimed at clashing militia forces rather than the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
..."After fighting broke out between rival warlords in northern and eastern Afghanistan in recent weeks, Mr. Karzai said he would request American airstrikes if they were needed to end clashes between armed factions that control much of Afghanistan outside Kabul.'' http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=137371
"URGENT ACTION! PARAMILITARIES ARE MOVING IN ON AFROCOLOMBIAN COMMUNITIES OF THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC COAST" by ¡S.O.S Colombia! 2/20/02
"February 16, 2002
"Black Communities in the Naya and Yurumangui rivers are under threat of imminent paramilitary massacre.
"Drug War Goes Boom in Columbia: "The Revolution Will Be Reported"
by Al Giordano 2/22/02
Colombia Indymedia: http://colombia.indymedia.org/
"War Coverage Takes a Negative Turn"
By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer 2/17/02
..."the Pentagon still controls access in some areas where journalists want to dig for information. One dramatic clash took place last weekend when Washington Post reporter Doug Struck tried to visit the site of the Jan. 24 raid. He was turned away at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers who threatened to shoot him if he went farther.
"Struck said from Afghanistan that "the important thing isn't whether Doug Struck was threatened. It shows the extremes the military is going to to keep this war secret, to keep reporters from finding out what's going on."
"My son wasn't the only Australian with Taliban, says Terry Hicks"
by Sydney Morning Herald 2/20/02
"He said there were not just Australians, but Americans, French, English - it was like the United Nations over there. So he wasn't the only one who was in that situation,"
..."If David Hicks - like fellow al-Qaeda suspect John Walker Lindh - had been an American, he may now be enjoying the full protection of the law, with lawyers to represent him, judges to preside over proceedings and, ultimately, a jury to decide his fate.
"But 26-year-old Hicks is an Australian, and so for him it's a wire cage measuring less than two metres square, open to the tropical elements, with floodlights shining on him 24 hours a day. There are no lawyers to defend him, not even any charges to face. Just detention without the most basic of human rights under George Bush's presidential order covering citizens of the rest of the world.
"And what troubles Terry Hicks the most is the abysmal failure of the Howard Government to raise even the most minor protest about it.
9. WHAT'S LEFT
"FAS says FBI knows who sent anthrax"
By JOSEPH DEE 2/19/02
"PRINCETON BOROUGH -- An advocate for the control of biological weapons who has been gathering information about last autumn's anthrax attacks said yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a strong hunch about who mailed the deadly letters.
"ANTHRAX COVER-UP? We know who the suspects are - so why no arrest?"
by Justin Raimondo 2/21/02
..."the most dramatic loose end left conspicuously hanging in the aftermath of 9/11 is undoubtedly the anthrax story"...
"Angels of Public Interest Will Descend Upon the FCC Friday, March 22; 3:00-6:00 PM 445 12th Street NW; Washington, DC
"FBI Calls Non-Lethal Vandalism Eco-Terrorism" by Charles Amsellem 2/4/02 [drawing, w Judi Bari]
"the FBI is coining the term eco-terrorism for non lethal direct action on behalf of the environmental and animal liberation.
"Food IRRADIATION to be called pasteurization!" 2/19/02
"The Nuclear Business Kills. The NRC is institutional lying at the highest level of hypocricy. http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=138307
"A Radiation Sieve: The Yucca Mt. Nuclear Waste Site"
"The Energy Department plan for burial of hot reactor fuel at Yucca Mountain cannot be defended scientifically. The site near Las Vegas does not meet the original requirements for deep geologic disposal-come-dispersal.
Biotechnology Newswire 02/21/02