July 8, 2003

Miscellaneous Subjects #188: Make Love, Not War!

Hello everyone

Something very interesting is going on. Despite the best propaganda machine money can buy, the American citizens (the alleged 70% who supported the war in Iraq) are actually beginning to see bits of truths through the media smoke-screen as the situation in post-war (??!!) Iraq gets worst by the day and news of it reaches the SUV driving crowd. The Bush Administration may not be down yet but with all the bad news befalling it, it seems like they are going to have a really tough time convincing the U.S. public to vote them in for a second mandate - well actually they did not do so the first time around... Now let's hope that Kucinich will succeed in clinching the Democratic nomination and actually run against Bush. For a first time the U.S. voters will have a real black and white choice between crooked insanity and a complete swing upward into a new era of Peace, Light and justice.

The seeds of change are planted and growing just fine ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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"President Bush said this Iraq situation looks like 'the rerun of a bad movie.' Well sure, there's a Bush in the White House, the economy's going to hell, we're going to war over oil. I've seen this movie, haven't I?"

- Jay Leno

How many propaganda devices and misstatements of fact can you find in this statement?: "Without America's active involvement in the world, the ambitions of tyrants would go unopposed, and millions would live at mercy of terrorists. With Americans' active involvement in the world, tyrants learn to fear, and terrorists are on the run" -- G.W.Bush
SEE "from the White House Rose Garden - Bush Challenges Iraqi Guerillas" "BRING 'EM ON!"


1. The latest Crop Circles in the Wiltshire
2. Google search for weapons of mass destruction
3. Bill Moyers' Presidential Address
4. July 4th, Protest the Bush Administration
5. False war beliefs 'striking'
6. Happy Birthday, America - 227 Years of Warfare
7. The Attack Has Been Spectacular
8. Global Eye -- Troubled Sleep
9. Biosensors - Medicine on a chip

See also:

Pentagon Whistleblower Reveals CIA/ DoD Fiascos
In a world exclusive, Al Martin has published a news story about a Department of Defense whistleblower who has revealed that a US covert operations team had planted “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMDs) in Iraq – then “lost” them when the team was killed by so-called “friendly fire.”

Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom' (July 07)
Soldiers stress is a key concern as the Army ponders whether to send more forces. WASHINGTON - US troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit "rock bottom." ... Some frustrated troops stationed in Iraq are writing letters to representatives in Congress to request their units be repatriated. "Most soldiers would empty their bank accounts just for a plane ticket home," said one recent Congressional letter written by an Army soldier now based in Iraq. The soldier requested anonymity.... "Make no mistake, the level of morale for most soldiers that I've seen has hit rock bottom," said another soldier, an officer from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. ... The rethink about troop levels comes as senior military leaders voice concern that multiple deployments around the world are already taxing the endurance of US forces, the Army in particular. Some 370,000 soldiers are now deployed overseas from an Army active-duty, guard, and reserve force of just over 1 million people, according to Army figures. Experts warn that long, frequent deployments could lead to a rash of departures from the military. "Hordes of active-duty troops and reservists may soon leave the service rather than subject themselves to a life continually on the road," writes Michael O'Hanlon, a military expert at the Brookings Institution here.

US military wants to increase its presence in Africa (July 7)
The United States military is seeking to expand its presence in Africa through new basing agreements and training exercises aimed at combating a growing terrorist threat. Even as military planners prepare options for US troops to join an international peacekeeping force to oversee a ceasefire in Liberia, the Pentagon wants to enhance military ties with allies such as Morocco and Tunisia. It is also seeking to gain long-term access to bases in countries such as Mali and Algeria, which US forces could use for periodic training or to strike terrorists. And it aims to build on aircraft refuelling agreements in Senegal and Uganda, two countries that President George Bush is to visit on the five-nation swing through Africa that he begins tomorrow.

America’s Secret Prisoners (June 18)
To fight the war on terror, the U.S. government is holding some suspects in ‘limb detention.’ Plus, authorities may be have an important terrorist plotter in Guantanamo Bay after all — The fate of an obscure Columbus, Ohio, truck driver named Iyman Faris may not seem terribly significant to the U.S. government’s war on terrorism. But in its efforts to neutralize Faris—and other alleged terror suspects inside the country—the Justice Department is using a series of unorthodox and potentially eyebrow-raising legal tactics that are being shielded from public view by an extraordinarily tight blanket of secrecy.

Iraqis swelter in 115 degrees heat -- and fume at U.S., American failure to restore electricity now a political issue (July 3)
Baghdad -- Hour after hour, day after day, the Mussawi family sits at home, sweating. There's little to do but wait, hoping beyond hope that the electricity will come back on -- which it rarely does. All the way down the alley, throughout the Mussawis' lower-middle-class Al-Isaleh neighborhood and across the nation, Iraqis are hot and getting hotter. And angry and getting angrier. Soaring summer temperatures and worsening electricity blackouts -- combined with a breakdown of law and order and of such basic services as drinking water and garbage collection -- have dramatically accelerated the shift of public sentiment from briefly loving Uncle Sam to hating him with a passion. The Americans' inability to get Iraq's electricity system running adequately has become a sizzling political issue.

Scandal Of Iraq's 'Lost' POW's (July 5)
Only 2,000 captives are accounted for Relatives are not allowed to visit loved ones Names were not properly written down - THE Red Cross yesterday accused Tony Blair and George Bush of breaching the Geneva Convention over the shabby treatment of Iraqi prisoners of war. The humanitarian organisation said the true number of PoWs and their whereabouts was unknown, family visits have been denied and there was no system in place to monitor arrests or pass on details to the Red Cross. A high-ranking official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said: "It is an obligation of the occupying power to notify us of any arrests but that's not happening. We are not receiving anything like full information on prisoners of war.

Former general issues Iraq warning (July 1)
LONDON (Reuters) - A former four-star U.S. army general who led a major and controversial attack during the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, has warned that U.S. troops could be locked into Iraq for the next decade. "I think we are there for 10 years," General Barry McCaffrey told BBC television's Newsnight programme, stressing that the next 12 months would be very tough. "We have got a year of a very complex, dangerous, violent environment that we are going to have to deal with. We have got three huge, warring factions -- the Kurds, the Shia, the Sunni Muslims," McCaffrey, who retired in 1996, said on Tuesday. McCaffrey, who led the U.S. 24th mechanised infantry division in what was termed the greatest cavalry charge in history in the famed "left hook" dash during the 1991 Iraq war, warned of a "growing and very violent underground opposition". He said the U.S. forces, with international reinforcements, would cope in the short term, but with two-thirds of the armed forces deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea it was not sustainable long term.

US envoy says Bush 'twisted' intelligence (July 7),2106,2560724a12,00.html
NEW YORK: A former US ambassador who investigated a report about Iraq buying uranium from Niger has accused the Bush administration of twisting intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. Joseph Wilson, Washington's envoy to Gabon from 1992 to 1995, said in an article in the New York Times that he went to Niger in February 2002 at the request of the CIA to assess the intelligence report ˆ which the International Atomic Energy Agency later dismissed as being based on forged documents. Before the IAEA gave its verdict, the report was cited by President George W Bush and Britain to support their charges that Saddam was trying to obtain nuclear weapons and to justify their invasion of Iraq in March.

More attacks on US troops in Iraq despite reward, US offers $25m for Saddam, dead or alive
July 4 - Another American soldier was killed in an attack on a convoy in Baghdad and at least 19 were injured in a mortar attack as attacks against US forces in Iraq showed no sign of abating. The latest attacks followed the announcement by the United States yesterday of a $25m (£15m) reward for information leading to the capture of Saddam Hussein or positive confirmation of his death in an effort to reduce the number of attacks on American and British troops.

Anger Rises for Families of US Troops in Iraq (July 4)
Military families, so often the ones to put a cheery face on war, are growing vocal. Since major combat for the 150,000 troops in Iraq was declared over on May 1, more than 60 Americans, including 25 killed in hostile encounters, have died in Iraq, about half the number of deaths in the two months of the initial campaign. Frustrations became so bad recently at Fort Stewart, Ga., that a colonel, meeting with 800 seething spouses, most of them wives, had to be escorted from the session. "They were crying, cussing, yelling and screaming for their men to come back," ......

Iraq: the Human Toll (July 6),11913,992588,00.html
As news reporters tracked troops on the road to Baghdad, much of the suffering and loss of ordinary Iraqi civilians was left untold. Until now. Here, in a compelling dispatch, award-winning foreign correspondent Ed Vulliamy goes in search of their stories.

Ready To Explode, Hope for Future Fades in IRAQ (July 3)
FORMER Iraqi soldier Najab fingered his pistol and glared at two British soldiers trying to calm an angry crowd protesting at crippling shortages. Speaking outside one of Saddam Hussein's old palaces just 50 yards from the British HQ in Basra, he said: "Our patience has run out. We've no money to feed ourselves, we haven't been paid for six months and we're fed up with broken promises. "We've told the British today that if we're not paid by Friday, we'll arm ourselves with guns again and start killing every foreigner we see in Iraq." This is Basra three months after British tanks rolled in to a rapturous welcome. Instead of jubilation there is frustration. In the broiling summer heat this is a city waiting to explode. Yet at any one time there are rarely more than 300 soldiers to control a seething population of two million. No one here sees the problem more clearly than Basra's only permanent British resident under the Saddam regime, Margaret Hitchcock. The 56-year-old mother of three said: "It breaks my heart to say this, but the British are losing the battle here. I can see the people turning against them."

The Rat in the Grain, Dan Amstutz and the Looting of Iraqi Agriculture (July 4)
The war on Iraq couldn't have come at a more dire time for Iraq's beleaguered farmers. Spring is harvest time in the barley and wheat fields of the Tigris River valley and planting time in the vast vegetable plantations of southern Iraq. The war is over, but the situation in the fields of Iraq continues to rapidly deteriorate. The banks, which provide credit and cash, have been looted, irrigation systems destroyed, road travel restricted, markets closed, warehouses and grain silos pillaged. To harvest the grain before it rots in the fields Iraqi farmers need more than eight million gallons of diesel fuel to power Iraq's corroding armada of combines and harvesters. But most of the fuel depots were incinerated by US bombing strikes. There's no easy way to get the fuel that remains to the farmers who need it most and no desire to do so by the US forces of occupations. Even if the crops can be harvested, there's no clear way for the grain to get stored, marketed, sold and distributed to hungry Iraqi families. Under the Hussein regime, the crops were bought by the Baghdad government at a fixed priced and then distributed through a rationing system. This system, inefficient as it was, is gone. But nothing has taken its place. Iraqi farmers are still owed $75 million for this year's crop, with little sign that the money will ever arrive. There's speculation throughout the country that one intent of the current policy is to force many farmers off their farms and into the cities so that their lands can be taken over by favorites of Ahmed Chalabi and his US protectors. The post-Saddam Iraq will almost certainly witness a land redistribution program: more farmland going into fewer and fewer hands. Grain farmers aren't alone. As in the first Gulf War, US bombing raids targeted cattle feed lots, poultry farms, fertilizer warehouses, pumping stations, irrigation systems and pesticide factories (the closest thing the US has come to finding Weapons of Mass Destruction in the country)-the very infrastructure of Iraqi agriculture. It will take years to restore these operations.

Afghanistan's faltering security threatens to derail reconstruction (July 4)
Afghanistan faces a testing 12 months in the countdown to next year's elections amid deteriorating security and increasing opium production, which has just earned it the unenviable distinction of being the world's top drug producer.

Israel defies peace plan with land grab on West Bank (July 3),2763,989903,00.html
The Israeli government has confiscated hundreds of acres of Palestinian land on the West Bank this week - for the purpose of building settlements - in flagrant breach of commitments under the US-led road map to peace. Yesterday, an Israeli official and soldiers were marking out swaths of olive groves and other ground outside the villages of Beit Eksa and Beit Souriq, north of Jerusalem. "State land. Entry prohibited," read a sign erected on village land in the name of the civil administration of Judea and Samaria, the Israeli body that oversees military rule in the West Bank. The Palestinians say the Israelis plan to build settlements to link two Jewish towns constructed on land seized from the Arab villages in the 1980s. The accusation would fit with existing Israeli plans for a "greater Jerusalem". The new land seizure came on the day Israel handed over the West Bank city of Bethlehem to Palestinian police. Church bells pealed in celebration and Palestinian police patrolled the town with their sirens blaring. One Palestinian cabinet minister, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said Mr Sharon was using the military's withdrawal from Bethlehem yesterday, and Gaza earlier in the week, as a cover for land seizures. "It's robbery," said Mr Abed Rabbo. "What they are doing is trying to practise ethnic cleansing on the outskirts of Jerusalem. When they steal the land of villagers, they tell them they have no future with nothing to live on. "The road map says they should stop the confiscation of land, they should stop the demolition of homes, but all the Israelis do is talk of the difficult decisions they have to make." The first phase of the road map requires Israel to stop confiscating Palestinian property and to freeze all settlement activity. It also obliges Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes - but yesterday an Israeli official accompanied by soldiers was touring Beit Eksa and Beit Souriq, marking out the confiscated land and handing out demolition orders.

The Real Danger Lies Within
OSLO, July 3 (IPS) - If the reality in Iraq is one thing and the reporting of it remains another, it is because much of the media wants it that way, say two leading journalists who have been reporting the 'other' side of the Iraq story. The level of self-censorship in the media has risen not just during the Iraq war but also since 9/11, says Robert Fisk from TheIndependent newspaper published in Britain and John Pilger, Australian broadcaster and film-maker. Pilger and Fisk both spoke to IPS on visits to Oslo. Pilger came to receive the 100,000 dollar Sophie Prize for 30 years of work to expose deception and war against humanity. Fisk came to give a lecture at Fritt Ord, a Norwegian media foundation. "Propaganda is not found just in totalitarian states," Pilger says. "There at least they know they are being lied to. We tend to assume it is the truth. In the U.S., censorship is rampant."

Thousands of Children Could Die
ROME, Jul 4 (IPS) - Disease and unexploded ammunition could kill thousands of Iraqi children unless immediate priority is given to their protection, says the UNICEF chief representative in Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands more are prone to injury, abuse and exploitation, the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) representative Carel de Rooy told IPS in a phone interview. Children below 15 years of age are nearly 12 million (44 percent) of the 27 million Iraqi population. Unexploded munitions are an immediate danger. "The whole country is littered with instruments of war, even the schools,‰ says de Rooy. " Just to give you an idea, two weeks ago 1700 sites with unexploded munitions were identified only in Baghdad.

Little to Celebrate in a Country Gone Mad
(...)Washington insider familiar with Liberia revealed that a major reason for Bush to go into Liberia is oil. Liberia's flag flies on most of the world's supertankers. "Look, the United States is about ready to start moving massive supplies of Iraqi oil on supertankers. With Liberia, the major flag of convenience for those tankers in a state of upheaval, Bush has to go in with troops. Forget human rights, that's not the issue, the Liberian Internatonal Ship and Corporate Registry must have a stable government to nurture it," the insider said.

U.S. May Face Fight in Liberia, Even if Taylor Quits (July 4)
If U.S. troops go ashore in Liberia, their task will be to end a civil war that has defied years of mediation efforts, devastated one of Africa's most prosperous countries and been marked by atrocities committed by all sides. The Americans would enjoy, at least initially, the goodwill of millions of Liberians, who feel that their country, established by former slaves, has a special historical link to the United States. But leaders of the government and rebel forces might oppose the foreign troops, who would cut into their wealth and power.

Was Liberia Founded By Freed U.S. Slaves? (July 3)
In Tuesday's Washington Post, an editorial urging President Bush to send peacekeepers to civil war-wracked Liberia noted that the country was "founded by freed U.S. slaves." Is that true? Not quite. Although some freed American slaves did settle there, Liberia was actually founded by the American Colonization Society, a group of white Americans˜including some slaveholders˜that had what certainly can be described as mixed motives. In 1817, in Washington, D.C., the ACS established the new colony (on a tract of land in West Africa purchased from local tribes) in hopes that slaves, once emancipated, would move there. The society preferred this option to the alternative: a growing number of free black Americans demanding rights, jobs, and resources at home.

Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77, By Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D

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The Selling of the Iraq War

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US Death Toll in Iraq Rises Again

Jack Newfield | American Rebels

No Child Left Alone by Military Recruiters

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Washington Blackmail Over International Criminal Court

William Arkin | A New Nuclear Age

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US Soldier Killed, 19 Wounded in Iraq Attacks

Senators Warn U.S. Is Spread Thin in Iraq

US Intelligence Used Old Data to Assess Iraqi Weapons

Thomas Hofnung | In Iraq, Americans Accused of All Evils

Democrats Criticize Bush Over Economic Woes

Up to 17,000 Unexploded Bombs Left in Iraq War Zone

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Carlyle Group Online Documentary / Impeach Bush
Exposed: The Carlyle Group - A Shocking Documentary That Uncovers The Subversion Of Americas Democracy. Watching this 48 minute documentary will outrage you about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government and the first family. Note: The first one minute forty five seconds of this program is in broadcast in Dutch, The remainder is in English.

The two British terrorist suspects facing a secret US military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay will be given a choice: plead guilty and accept a 20-year prison sentence, or be executed if found guilty. American legal sources close to the process said that the prisoners' dilemma was intended to encourage maximum 'co-operation'. The news comes as Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, prepares to urge US Secretary of State Colin Powell to repatriate the two Britons. He will say that they should face a fair trial here under English law. Backed by Home Secretary David Blunkett, Straw will make it clear that the Government opposes the death penalty and wants to see both men tried 'under normal judicial process'.

Entire rainforests set to disappear in next decade (July 5)
More than 23 million acres of the world's forests - enough to cover the whole of Scotland - are disappearing each year because of logging, mining and land clearance for agriculture. The scale of deforestation is so great that some countries, such as Indonesia, could lose entire rainforests in the next 10 years. The appetite for wood for furniture, floors and building in Europe and North America is shrinking the world's forests at a rate of 2.4 per cent every 10 years, official figures show. Hilary Benn, an International Development minister, who released the United Nations statistics, said that they did not take into account deforestation caused by "trade in illegal timber". According to the UN figures showing the depletion of forests between 1990 and 2000, the worst-affected country was Haiti, which lost 5.7 per cent of its stock in that period. Saint Lucia's forestry was eroded by 4.9 per cent and El Salvador's by 4.6 per cent. Other big losers included Micronesia (4.5 per cent), Comoros (4.3 per cent) and Rwanda (3.9 per cent). The habitats of the orang-utan, bonobo ape and lowland gorilla are under threat and the world's rarest creatures, including the Sumatran tiger and rhino, are being forced to retreat into Indonesia's ever- shrinking forests. The figures follow the disclosure by The Independent of the alarming rate atwhich the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed. Logging of Brazil's rainforests has leapt by 40 per cent in the past year, with 25,500sq km felled in that time. Andy Tait, the forests campaigner at Greenpeace, said: "The world bank estimates that the lowland rainforest of Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia, which is the home of the orang-utan, has less than 10 years to go until it is completely logged out." MPs called on the Government to put more pressure on international governments to use wood produced in sustainable logging programmes. Norman Baker, Environment spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said the Government must stop using mahogany and sapele wood in its public building projects. "Deforestation is an almost irreversible process. You cannot grow a forest overnight. Excessive forest farming must be curbed. Otherwise the adage that 'forests proceed man, deserts follow him' will sadly ring true," he said.

Website turns tables on government officials (July 4)
Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials. The system will start by offering standard background information on politicians, but then go one bold step further, by asking Internet users to submit their own intelligence reports on government officials -- reports that will be published with no effort to verify their accuracy. "It's sort of a citizen's intelligence agency," said Chris Csikszentmihalyi, assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab. He and graduate student Ryan McKinley created the Government Information Awareness (GIA) project as a response to the US government's Total Information Awareness program (TIA). CLIP Here's the link for the Government Information Awareness (GIA) project :

Public Services at Risk as US States Face Financial Crisis (July 5)
The street lights may still be twinkling on Sunset Boulevard and the sun may still come up every morning over the Mojave desert, but California could soon be plunged into fiscal darkness. The state with an economy the equivalent of the world's fifth largest nation is bust, and a crisis which could lead to mass lay-offs and collapse of the public education system is in the offing. California is just one of many states facing the worst financial crisis for decades.

Website Of The Day (Scroll down and see the funny stooges/Bush-Cheney-Powell pic!)

California Crop Circles
NO URL AVAILABLE - both the article's webpage and the google's cache have been quickly deleted. To get the full article (retrieved before it was "erased" from the Net) ask me.
ROCKVILLE - Scientists, curiosity seekers, media, UFO specialists and a woman wanting to cure her paralyzed dog swarmed to a Rockville wheat field Tuesday after learning of extensive crop circles imprinted over the weekend. It's unclear whether aliens, teenagers or alien teenagers landed in the field - a mile northeast of Solano Community College at the corner of Suisun Valley and Rockville roads - and created a large group of 15 crop circles sometime before dawn Saturday. Whatever the source of the circles, which are drawing onlookers by the dozens, farmer Larry Balestra just wants his crop harvested.


Date: 07 Jul 2003
From: goldi>
Subject: Fwd: The latest Crop Circles in the Wiltshire update

Seems like the 2003 crop circle season is promising to be a mindblower, as these two breathtaking formations will show. I was especially blown over by the second one!

The movies are available to subscribers only, unfortunately. But the pictures are stunning nontheless.


ps - There's a bonus third link at the end, of an earlier formation that also wowed me.

Green Street, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 6th July.

with an aerial quicktime movie and groundshots


North Down, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire. Reported 6th July.

New aerial shot in better light then the day before and a groundshot.

The incredible intricacy within this work with all its complexities can only be fully appreciated from the air. The setting and positioning of this outstanding formation at the end of a row of ancient barrows is simply awe-inspiring. From the ground the free flowing twists and roughly laid work give the impression of what an out of control expressionist artist might do which in itself conveys a wonderful sense of vitality and freedom. A masterly work indeed.

For the sake of repeating myself it is only from the air that the overall concept of this intricate work is revealed in all its wonder.

Truly amazing.
Julian Gibsone

Please keep your eyes on the Crop Circle rumour page at:-

to see the latest possible events.

And for the latest info on International Crop Circles, check here:

Here's the bonus link:

Ogbourne St George, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire. Reported 15th June.

June saw some pretty impressive formations, not bad for the early season. Links to them can be found here:



Date: 3 Jul 2003
Subject: Google search for weapons of mass destruction

go to

Then type: weapons of mass destruction. Don't press Search!!

Instead click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button

Read the whole error message carefully!


The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate.

Please try the following:

Click the Regime change button, or try again later.

If you are George Bush and typed the country's name in the address bar, make sure that it is spelled correctly. (IRAQ).

To check your weapons inspector settings, click the UN menu, and then click Weapons

Inspector Options. On the Security Council tab, click Consensus. The settings
should match those provided by your government or NATO.

If the Security Council has enabled it, The United States of America can examine your country and automatically discover Weapons of Mass Destruction.

If you would like to use the CIA to try and discover them, click Detect weapons

Some countries require 128 thousand troops to liberate them. Click the Panic menu and then click About US foreign policy to determine what regime they will install.

If you are an Old European Country trying to protect your interests, make sure your options are left wide open as long as possible. Click the Tools menu, and then click on League of Nations. On the Advanced tab, scroll to the Head in the Sand section and check settings for your exports to Iraq.

Click the Bomb button if you are Donald Rumsfeld.

Cannot find weapons or CIA Error

Iraqi Explorer

A.R.Cox 2003

This book is what all the links above lead to:

Bill Moyers' Presidential Address

By John Nichols - The Nation

09 June 2003

Democratic presidential candidates were handed a dream audience of 1,000 "ready-for-action" labor, civil rights, peace and economic justice campaigners at the Take Back America conference organized in Washington last week by the Campaign for America's Future. And the 2004 contenders grabbed for it, delivering some of the better speeches of a campaign that remains rhetorically -- and directionally -- challenged. But it was a non-candidate who won the hearts and minds of the crowd with a "Cross of Gold" speech for the 21st century.

Recalling the populism and old-school progressivism of the era in which William Jennings Bryan stirred the Democratic National Convention of 1896 to enter into the great struggle between privilege and democracy -- and to spontaneously nominate the young Nebraskan for president -- journalist and former presidential aide Bill Moyers delivered a call to arms against "government of, by and for the ruling corporate class."

Condemning "the unholy alliance between government and wealth" and the compassionate conservative spin that tries to make "the rape of America sound like a consensual date," Moyers charged that "rightwing wrecking crews" assembled by the Bush Administration and its Congressional allies were out to bankrupt government. Then, he said, they would privatize public services in order to enrich the corporate interests that fund campaigns and provide golden parachutes to pliable politicians. If unchecked, Moyers warned, the result of these machinations will be the dismantling of "every last brick of the social contract."

"I think this is a deliberate, intentional destruction of the United States of America," said Moyers, as he called for the progressives gathered in Washington -- and for their allies across the United States -- to organize not merely in defense of social and economic justice but in order to preserve democracy itself. Paraphrasing the words of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president rallied the nation to battle against slavery, Moyers declared, "our nation can no more survive as half democracy and half oligarchy than it could survive half slave and half free."

There was little doubt that the crowd of activists from across the country would have nominated Moyers by acclamation when he finished a remarkable address in which he challenged not just the policies of the Bush Administration but the failures of Democratic leaders in Congress to effectively challenge the president and his minions. In the face of what he described as "a radical assault" on American values by those who seek to redistribute wealth upward from the many to a wealthy few, Moyers said he could not understand why "the Democrats are afraid to be branded class warriors in a war the other side started and is winning."

Several of the Democratic presidential contenders who addressed the crowd after Moyers picked up pieces of his argument. Former US Senator Carol Moseley Braun actually quoted William Jennings Bryan, while North Carolina Senator John Edwards and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry tried -- with about as much success as Al Gore in 2000 -- to sound populist. Former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt promised not to be "Bush-lite," and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean drew warm applause when he said the way for Democrats to get elected "is not to be like Republicans, but to stand up against them and fight." Ultimately, however, only the Rev. Al Sharpton and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Dennis Kucinich came close to matching the fury and the passion of the crowd.

Kucinich, who earned nine standing ovations for his antiwar and anti-corporate free trade rhetoric, probably did more to advance his candidacy than any of the other contenders. But he never got to the place Moyers reached with a speech that legal scholar Jamie Raskin described as one of the most "amazing and spellbinding" addresses he had ever heard. Author and activist Frances Moore Lappe said she was close to tears as she thanked Moyers for providing precisely the mixture of perspective and hope that progressives need as they prepare to challenge the right in 2004.

That, Moyers explained, was the point of his address, which reflected on White House political czar Karl Rove's oft-stated admiration for Mark Hanna, the Ohio political boss who managed the campaigns and the presidency of conservative Republican William McKinley. It was McKinley who beat Bryan in 1896 and -- with Hanna's help -- fashioned a White House that served the interests of the corporate trusts.

Comparing the excesses of Hanna and Rove, and McKinley and Bush, Moyers said "the social dislocations and the meanness" of the 19th century were being renewed by a new generation of politicians who, like their predecessors, seek to strangle the spirit of the American revolution "in the hard grip of the ruling class."

To break that grip, Moyers said, progressives of today must learn from the revolutionaries and reformers of old. Recalling the progressive movement that rose up in the first years of the 20th century to preserve a "balance between wealth and commonwealth," and the successes of the New Dealers who turned progressive ideals into national policy, Moyers told the crowd to "get back in the fight." "Hear me!" he cried. "Allow yourself that conceit to believe that the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there is one candle in your hand."

While others were campaigning last week, Moyers was tending the flame of democracy. In doing so, he unwittingly made himself the candle holder-in-chief for those who seek to spark a new progressive era.



July 4th, Protest the Bush Administration at the Opening of the National Constitution Center

July 1 - 6, 2003

On Friday, July 4th, Join Thousands in Philadelphia to Protest the Atrocities Committed by George W. Bush 8:30 am protest, 10 am rally, 12 noon march, 2 pm closing event

Unite to Demand a Total Change in Priorities: • An End to U.S. Occupation of Iraq – Bring the Troops Home • No Endless Wars, Occupation, Colonialism or U.S. Empire • Repeal the USA Patriot Act, Restore Civil Liberties, End Election Fraud & Corruption • No to Racism, Sexism, and Attacks on Immigrants • No to Privatization, Cuts in Education, Welfare, Veterans & Other Benefits & Services • Money for Human Needs – Not the Pentagon War Machine

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On Friday, July 4th, George W. Bush, along with all living former U.S. presidents, were invited to speak at the opening of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Due to the enoromous momentum of the protest movement, King George has decided not to attend.

Although we have scared him away, we will be protesting George Bush and his Administration. Other very prominent government and celebrity personalities will also be on hand to open the Center. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will also be present to receive the Liberty Medal. They will be celebrating in a building constructed on the graves of enslaved Africans. They will be culminating a week of "Welcome America" festivities sponsored by oil giant Sunoco. We are determined to stop the never-ending series of wars in the various forms it is taking against people here and abroad. We stand with people everywhere struggling for a world which values people over profits. We stand in solidarity with people living under oppression and occupation who have nothing to celebrate on this day.

Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and continues to lie when he claims the war is over, as more troops are being sent to crush Iraqi resistance to U.S. occupation. The people of Iraq are without electricity, drinkable water, or medical care as unexploded cluster bombs, a cholera epidemic, and bullets fired by U.S. troops claim more lives every day. The U.S. continues to discuss plans for regime change, either through invasions, economic pressure or stepped up covert operations, against all those who attempt to retain nominal sovereignty over their own land and natural resources. Syria, southern Lebanon, Palestine, North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iran, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti and other countries are slated for aggression. Yet the Pentagon's $400 billion budget is over 30 times the combined military spending of all the countries targeted in Bush's endless war plans.

We have an unelected president who stole the election by denying the Black vote in Florida. There has been a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights through the passage of the USA Patriot Act and institutionalized racial profiling. Imprisonment is at an all time high with over 2.2 million incarcerated and over 3,000 are on death row. Single mothers of color are the fastest growing prison population. Thousands of immigrants, even U.S. citizens, have been detained without charges or trial. Due process continues to be denied for political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, the Cuban 5 and others. Racism is on the rise; Affirmative Action is under attack; restitution for slavery, the slaughter of indigenous people, and colonial occupation has not happened; and the corporate media gives right-wing politicians carte blanche to attack the rights of workers, people of color, women and lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people.

The Executive Branch under Bush has taken on near dictatorial powers – its decisions rubber-stamped by Congress and the Supreme Court. The Bush wars for US corporate interests require a massive transfer of wealth from social programs. The administration hands out lucrative contracts to Bechtel, Halliburton, and Exxon, and it has engineered over $2 trillion in tax giveaways that primarily benefit the very rich. But the majority in the U.S face record high unemployment; cuts in spending for public transportation, housing, welfare, education, childcare, veterans and HIV/AIDS benefits; and the closing of hospitals, libraries, drub rehab centers and more, as states are forced to balance their budgets because Washington won't. The income gap is widening. According to the Department of Labor, in the 1980's, income for the average CEO was 40 times that of the average worker. Today the difference is 531 times. Women earn 73% of what men earn, 63% for Black women and 53% for Latina women while women's caring work remains unvalued and unwaged.

But we do not face these difficult times without hope. Millions of people from all walks of life came together in this country and around the world in an unprecedented outpouring against war and for social justice, and we can't give up now. Let's draw from our peoples' histories of resistance to injustice and stand up to be counted. We in Philadelphia have been solid in our unity. By making our voices heard in protests, by entering the political process directly, we the people become a decisive factor. The eyes of the world will be on Philadelphia on July 4th. We ask you to be here with us.

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June. 22, 2003

False war beliefs 'striking'

BY FRANK DAVIES Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — A third of the American public believes U.S. forces found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. And 22 percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons.

Before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001.

But such weapons have not been found in Iraq, and were never used. Most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. None were Iraqis.

How could so many people be so wrong about life-and-death information that has dominated news coverage for almost two years?

These results startled the pollsters who conducted and analyzed the surveys.

"It's a striking finding," said Steve Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which asked the weapons questions during a May 14-18 poll of 1,265 respondents.

He added, "Given the intensive news coverage and high levels of public attention, this level of misinformation suggests some Americans may be avoiding having an experience of cognitive dissonance."

That is, having their beliefs conflict with the facts.

Kull said the poll's data showed that the mistaken belief that weapons of mass destruction had been found "is substantially greater among those who favored the war."

Pollsters and political analysts see several reasons for the gaps between facts and beliefs: the public's short attention span on foreign news, fragmentary or conflicting media reports that lacked depth or skepticism and Bush administration efforts to sell a war by oversimplifying the threat.

"Most people get little whiffs and fragments of news, not in any organized way," said Thomas Mann, a scholar at the Brookings Institution, a centrist-liberal think tank. "And there have been a lot of conflicting reports on the weapons."

Before the war, the U.S. media often reported as a fact the assertions by the Bush administration that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of illegal weapons. During and after the war, reports of weapons discoveries were often trumpeted on front pages, while follow-up stories debunking the "smoking gun" reports received less attention.

"There were so many reports and claims before the war, it was easy to be confused," said Larry Hugick, chairmxan of Princeton Survey Research Associates. "But people expected the worst from Saddam Hussein and made connections based on the administration's policy."

Bush has described the preemptive attack on Iraq as "one victory in the war on terror that began Sept. 11." Bush officials also claim that Iraq sheltered and helped al-Qaida operatives.

"The public is susceptible to manipulation, and if they hear officials saying there is a strong connection between Iraq and al-Qaida terrorists, then they think there must be a connection," Mann said.

"Tapping into the feelings and fears after Sept. 11 is a way to sell a policy," he added.

Some analysts say Bush has been following a long presidential history of framing a foreign crisis for maximum domestic benefit.

"I'm not going to defend the president, but a policy of preemptive attacks sure looks better after this country has been hit hard," said Sam Popkin, a polling expert at the University of California at San Diego.

Polls show strong support for Bush and the war, although 40 percent in the May survey found U.S. officials were "misleading" in some of their justifications for war. A majority, 55 percent, said they were not misleading.

Several analysts said the murky claims and intelligence data about lethal weapons and terrorist ties allow most people to see such news through the filter of their own political beliefs.

And GOP pollsters said any controversy over weapons wouldn't change public attitudes because ridding Iraq of an oppressive regime was reason enough for war for many Americans.

"People supported the war for national security reasons and that shifted to humanitarian reasons when they saw evidence of Saddam's atrocities," said Republican strategist Frank Luntz. "There's an assumption these weapons will be found because this guy was doing so many bad things."

Popkin said he was troubled by the lack of knowledge about the Sept. 11 hijackers, shown in the January survey conducted for Knight Ridder newspapers.

Only 17 percent correctly said that none of the hijackers were Iraqi.

"That really bothers me because it shows a lack of understanding about other countries — that maybe many Americans don't know one Arab from another," Popkin said. "Maybe because Saudis are seen as rich and friendly, people have a hard time dealing with them as hijackers."

Hugick said his analysis shows those who are misinformed are not necessarily those who have less education.

"I think a lot of people are just confused about the threats out there," he said.



Happy Birthday, America - 227 Years of Warfare

July 4, 2003


"Great power imposes the obligation of exercising restraint, and we did not live up to this obligation." That according to Leo Szilard, the Manhattan Project physicist commenting on the United States and its decision in August of 1945 to obliterate non-military targets Hiroshima (70,000 dead instantly with 210,000 total deaths) and Nagasaki (40,000 dead instantly with 200,000 total deaths) in Japan. When the United States of America takes its place in the graveyard of empires, its tombstone will display Szilard's words alongside the inscription, "Born in violence, practiced violence and came to a violent end." Americans fancy their society as a peaceful, freedom loving enterprise when the reality is that Americans are brutally competitive and adversarial in every aspect of their lives. And they are warlike to the core. Is it any wonder that in America, the easiest act for the US government to carry out is war?

As Americans prepare to celebrate their Independence Day this July 4, 2003, with a grandiose glorification of ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan-and wars from days past--it's worth remembering those millions of civilians and/or non-combatants who have died at the hands of unconstrained and psychopathic American power. The US government has a long history of reengineering and downsizing populations that get in the way of freedom loving Americans and their business interests. Each and every American has the blood of the world on his/her hands. And freedom is going to get even bloodier as history, it turns out, is an excellent guide.

Kill 'Em All

Prior to those fateful days in August of 1945, the US Target Committee met in May of 1945 and discussed the need for following up those two days of nuclear infamy with B-29 incendiary raids. "The feasibility of following the raid by an incendiary mission was discussed. This has the great advantage that the enemies' fire fighting ability will probably be paralyzed by the gadget [atomic bomb] so that a very serious conflagration should be capable of being started." The US Target Committee, anxious to collect data on the "gadget's" performance recommended a 24 hour waiting period before letting loose the B-29's to vaporize any humans or structures that might have survived the "gadget's" output.

In February of 1945 in Dresden, Germany, the United States--and its coalition partner Great Britain--were engaged in the firebombing slaughter of scores of German civilians and refugees fleeing the Soviet Army's advance. According to "Dresden was a hospital city for wounded soldiers. Not one military unit, not one anti-aircraft battery was deployed in the city. Together with the 600, 000 refugees from Breslau, Dresden was filled with nearly 1.2 million people. Churchill had asked for "suggestions on how to blaze 600,000 refugees. He wasn't interested in how to target military installations 60 miles outside of Dresden. More than 700,000 phosphorus bombs were dropped on 1.2 million people. One bomb for every 2 people. The temperature in the center of the city reached 1600 degrees centigrade. More than 260,000 bodies and residues of bodies were counted. But those who perished in the center of the city could not be traced. Approximately 500,000 children, women, the elderly, wounded soldiers and the animals of the zoo were slaughtered in one nightOthers hiding below ground died. But they died painlessly--they simply glowed bright orange and blue in the darkness. As the heat intensified, they either disintegrated into cinders or melted into a thick liquid--often three or four feet deep in spots."

Writing in World War II magazine, Christopher Lew points out that the Americans incinerated Tokyo, Japan in March of 1945 via firebombing raids killing 100,000 civilians. The US government engaged in military campaigns such as Operation Starvation meant to deny food supplies to the population. Every city in Japan was targeted in a ruthless, murderous and calculated manner. Yet, the Emperor of Japan's residence was considered off limits by US commanders (the rationale being he would be an asset in the post-war era

"For three hours over Tokyo, 334 B-29s unleashed their cargo [including napalm] upon the dense city below. The fires raged out of control in little less than 30 minutes, aided by a 28-mph wind. Even the water in the rivers reached the boiling point. The fire was so intense that it created updrafts that tossed the gigantic B-29s around as if they were feathers. Officially the Japanese listed 83,793 killed and 40,918 injured. A total of 265,171 buildings were destroyed, and 15.8 square miles of the city were burned to ashes. It was the greatest urban disaster, man-made or natural, in all of history." The slaughter of the Japanese and their cities was unrelenting and so insidiously effective that the US military ran out of targets.

Of course, the US government has never been content just to annihilate those pesky civilians in other lands. There's always work to be done right here in the United States. Whether rounding up Arabs in 2003 and locking them away or engaging in genocide in the 1800's, the US government has a long history of reengineering and downsizing populations that get in the way of freedom loving Americans. For example, in 1830 the Congress of the United States passed the Indian Removal Act according to President Andrew Jackson quickly signed the bill into law. In the summer of 1838, US Army General Winfield Scott led his men in the invasion of the Cherokee Nation. In one of many bloody episodes in US history, men, women, and children were taken from their land, herded into makeshift forts with minimal facilities and food, then forced to march a thousand miles--some made part of the trip by boat in equally horrible conditions. Under the indifferent US Army commanders, an estimated 5,000 native Americans would die on the Trail of Tears.

The Tradition Continues: Make War Not Love

Thanks to its penchant for war and belief in its divine invincibility, worldwide polls now show that the United States is a reviled nation. Little surprise there. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shrugs off the deaths of 10,000 civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is equally without pity for the American troops now dying each day in both failed military campaigns. Attorney General John Ashcroft-who now likes to be addressed as General Ashcroft-presides over an American justice system which has stripped away the rights of all Americans to due process and other rights formerly guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. In the US, accused serial killers and rapists have more access to legal assistance than an individual suspected of terrorism. And for the first time, America has more of its citizens incarcerated and executed than any nation on the planet. "With liberty and justice for all" seems meaningless as the United States flaunts the fact that it runs a death camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that its foreign and domestic policies include torture, assassination, and eavesdropping on any person it deems a threat to national security.

America has been at war since 1775. Indeed, the US has never been at peace. The following are considered major conflicts: Revolutionary War (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812-1815), Mexican War (1846-1848), Civil War (1861-1865), Spanish American War (1898), World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1964-1972), and the Gulf War I (1990-1991). And that list excludes the invasion of Panama, Grenada, Serbia, Gulf War II and a whole slew of covert actions that overthrew governments the world over. The future holds Iran, North Korea, Syria, Colombia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and, arguably, the entire planet.

Unfortunately, war is the defining characteristic of the US government and a majority of its people. American freedom depends on war and their economic system demands it. "Under capitalism, corporations that produce weapons make huge profits from these weapons of war and therefore are happy both to prepare for war and to engage in war. You prepare for war, you have all these government contracts, and make all this money, and you engage in war and you use up all these products and you have to replace them," according to Howard Zinn.

Is there any hope of breaking away from a bloody history celebrated mindlessly each July 4th? Will Americans ever live up to the ideals set forth in the US Constitution? Can they break the habit of war? "War has always diminished our freedom," says Zinn. "When our freedom has expanded, it has not come as a result of war or of anything the government has done but as a result of what citizens have done. The best test of that is the history of black people in the United States, the history of slavery and segregation. It wasn't the government that initiated the movement against slavery but white and black abolitionists. It wasn't the government that initiated the battle against racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s, but the movement of people in the South. It wasn't the government that gave the people the freedom to work eight hours a day instead of twelve hours a day. It was working people themselves who organized into unions, went out on strike, and faced the police. The government was on the other side; the government was always in support of the employers and the corporations.

The freedom of working people, the freedom of black people has always depended on the struggles of people themselves against the government. So, if we look at it historically, we certainly cannot depend on governments to maintain our liberties. We have to depend on our own organized efforts." Only the American people can stop war. What will they do? The world waits.

John Stanton is the author (along with Wayne Madsen) of America's Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II, May 2003, available at and



The Attack Has Been Spectacular

by Maureen Farrell

July 1, 2003

"The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning."-- CIA Intelligence Report for President Bush, July, 2001 (60 Days Prior to 9/11)

"President Bush and his top advisers were informed by the CIA early last August that terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden had discussed the possibility of hijacking airplanes." - The Washington Post, May 16, 2002

"Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch."--, June 18, 2003

"If I did anything like this as a policeman, and killed 3,000 people, with this much evidence against me, I'd spend 100,000 years in jail." -- former New York City police officer Bruce DeCell, the Nation, June 19, 2003

* * *

On September 11, 2001, when most were too numb to contemplate much of anything, Newsweek told us what to expect. "As a small army of fire fighters struggled to put out the flames at the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon in Washington," Peg Tyre wrote, "federal law enforcement agencies had already begun marshaling agents, readying them for what promises to be the largest criminal investigation in the history of the nation." Nearly two years (and two wars) later, however, this huge investigation hasn't panned out. Attempts to uncover intelligence failures have been routinely thwarted; Halliburton has accomplished more in Afghanistan and Iraq than Bush's "dead or alive" doctrine; and sadly, the CIA's "spectacular attack" pertains not only to the trauma of 9/11, but to subsequent assaults on Americans' faith and trust.

Regardless how anyone frames it, the White House duped us. From "they hate us for our freedoms" to "solid evidence" of Al-Qaeda/Iraq connections, the Administration skirted some issues and manipulated information on others. In short, Bush Inc. lied and pressured others to do the same. The game plan succeeded, however, as polls repeatedly indicated that more than half of all U.S. citizens were consistently conned into believing Iraq was an immediate threat and that Saddam was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Meanwhile, millions of well-intentioned souls, unaware of how deeply Bush cronies are lining their war-profiteering pockets, still trust promises of Iraq's "liberation" -- even if hourly ambushes on US soldiers suggest Iraqis aren't exactly dancing in the streets.

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July 4, 2003

Global Eye -- Troubled Sleep

By Chris Floyd

"When you gonna wake up, and strengthen the things that remain?"

-- Bob Dylan

The secret policemen snatched the citizen from his house. There were no charges, no warrants, no warnings. They spirited him away to a secret location; no one knew where he had gone, why he'd disappeared. The covert agents grilled him, in secret, for three months. They told him that if he didn't cooperate, he'd be declared an enemy of the state -- then they could salt him away in a military prison or the regime's concentration camp and hold him there, without charges, for as long as they wanted.

Then, if they wanted, they could haul him before a military tribunal, try him in secret and, if they wanted, have him executed -- with no judicial oversight, no recourse to appeal save one: a plea for mercy from the regime's unelected leader. This usurper, who liked to be known as "The Commander," had given himself the arbitrary authority to strip any citizen of their liberty, and he alone -- no court, no council, no legislative body -- held the ultimate power of life and death over anyone he thus decreed an "enemy."

After months in secret captivity, the prisoner -- a young truck driver with a history of mental problems -- broke down. In a secret court session, he confessed to planning a series of crimes against the state. The success of this covert operation was announced by the head of the regime's internal police forces. His declaration -- that a citizen had been snatched, interrogated, threatened and broken in secret, outside every stricture of the country's old constitution -- was greeted with cries of admiration in the national press.

Yes, it was just another day in the New America -- the fearful, fawning, fortress-land that Bush and bin Laden have made. The above facts -- openly attested in the mainstream media -- are the raw guts of truth beneath the fancy PR frocks and propaganda implants that mask the inner moral rot of the Bush Regime.

Iyman Faris, a U.S. citizen originally from Kashmir, was nabbed, threatened and processed in the exact manner described above. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Faris was a key al-Qaida operative, prowling America's highways in his monstrous diesel truck, looking for likely terror targets and sending back coded messages to his nefarious foreign controllers.

True, a few feds grumbled that Faris -- who was reportedly fingered by top al-Qaida operatives now in U.S. custody -- might not actually be the Fu Manchu mastermind of Ashcroft's ever-fevered imagination. For one thing, the mentally disturbed trucker's chief threat to the Homeland seems to have been a quixotic plan to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge -- with a blowtorch. In fact, some insiders suspect yet another prank by the captured Qaida honchos, who've sent U.S. agents on wild goose chases all over world in pursuit of various kibitzers, hangers-on and assorted small fry.

A few days after the Faris "triumph," the Regime took things a step further, actually removing a terror suspect from the judicial system and plunging him into the limbo-land of military custody. Illinois graduate student Ali al-Marri had been imprisoned since December 2001, after Ashcroft told his agents to round up "anyone with a Muslim-sounding name," the Village Voice reports. Held for months on minor charges, al-Marri, a Qatari national, was finally accused of being a "sleeper agent" -- again, on the say-so of the Qaida jokesters already in irons.

But al-Marri maintained his innocence, refusing to "cooperate" with Ashcroft's agents. So the Commander himself intervened, declaring the miscreant an "enemy combatant" -- although federal agents admitted he'd neither taken up arms against the United States nor planned any terrorist attacks, Knight-Ridder reports. Even so, he's now at the mercy of Bush's khaki kangaroo court.

The charges against Faris and al-Marri might well be true. Or partly true. Or totally false. We'll never know -- because the entire process was sealed from public view. But whatever their actual degree of guilt or innocence, the prisoners have served their main purpose: advancing the Bush Regime's assault on the United States' dying constitutional republic. These cases are an important step in further habituating the American people to the idea of secret arrests, secret detentions, closed hearings and arbitrary rule by a militarized state apparatus -- much as the illegal invasion of Iraq has accustomed them to the idea of aggressive war, of murder in the name of corporate loot and extremist ideology. A new kind of American state is being forged, where arbitrary authority replaces law, and obedience outweighs liberty.

Yes, things are far gone in the "Homeland" these days. No protest about secret arrests. No protest about the dictatorial powers that Bush has awarded himself, including the authority to order the assassination of anyone in the world he designates an "enemy." Bush even boasts about these extrajudicial killings, which have included at least one U.S. citizen; indeed, the Commander was showered with applause in Congress when he laughingly referred to them in his official State of the Union address. Again, this has all been reported openly -- yet has stirred barely a flicker of public opposition.

History has shown us this sad spectacle many times before: a people sleepwalking into tyranny and disaster. A people lulled into a stupor by alternating currents of fear and frivolity, afraid to cast off their comforting ignorance -- their willful ignorance -- of the crimes being committed in their name. Afraid to face the truth, afraid to fight the lies, afraid indeed to wake up -- and strengthen the things that remain.



Health Care: Biosensors - Medicine on a chip

By Alexandra Robbins

July 1, 2003

Years from now, a typical doctor visit might not include dull magazines, pharmacy lines, and saying "Ahh." Instead, a chip implanted in the body will function as a constant on-board doctor, detecting diseases early and delivering drugs straight into the bloodstream. Sound like an Orwellian/Asimov hybrid to be seen in an episode of a Jetsonic future space-age cartoon? Think again. Biosensors could make this scenario a reality before your toddler goes to college.

Biosensors are already thriving in the medical field. External biosensors are used in emergency rooms as point-of-care diagnostic units—such as i-Stat's "lab on a chip," which can reveal almost immediately whether a patient is in cardiac arrest by testing blood chemistry.

Other companies are developing implantable biosensors that track blood glucose levels and deliver insulin. MicroChips is testing a chip implant that offers long-term, time-controlled drug delivery. Digital Angel has discussed merging its external biosensors with the VeriChip, an implantable microprocessor.

If this decade's hurtling pace of biosensor advance continues, MicroChips president John Santini expects the technology to be used as in-the-flesh physicians within ten years. "It's a very exciting time," he says. "Our next step is a manually, wirelessly controlled biosensor that detects and treats an acute condition, and then a biosensor that will approximate an artificial organ; it'll sense a condition and respond automatically without user intervention."

Given the current zeitgeist, the market thrust has shifted to biosensors' security capabilities amid the hot topic of biowarfare. A recent report from market research firm In-Stat revealed that the media spotlight on this application may be premature: Despite the public's anticipation that biosensors with real-time detection will be able to monitor biological and chemical weapons, the technology hasn't caught up with expectations. Presently, biosensors in environmental monitoring stations nationwide can detect compounds like anthrax—but detection can take 12 to 24 hours. The best ones on the market take 20 minutes.

Sandia National Laboratories is developing the MicroChemLab, a system that detects biotoxins in 5 minutes. It should be deployed in the Boston subway within the next year, says microfluidics technical manager Art Pontau. His team is currently trying to upgrade the MicroChemLab to integrate both gas-based and liquid-based analysis into one handheld device.

This type of biosensor could be incorporated into military uniforms and eventually into houses as the biowarfare equivalent of a smoke detector, says Marlene Bourne, a senior analyst with In-Stat. At the current rate of technological progress, this real-time application could be ready within five years, though the social issues involved could lengthen the process. "It's a great application in theory, but if there's a false positive, panic could ensue—and a false negative could be a huge liability," says Bourne.

Meanwhile, experts disagree on how the focus on terrorism will affect biosensor development. Bourne says there's a concern that nonbiowarfare applications could get lost in the shuffle. One of the most important applications is in industry, where biosensors monitor air quality and emissions at chemical refineries and quality control at food-processing plants. Currently, testers take random samples off the food line and use biosensors to detect E. coli and salmonella. If funding isn't diverted to military applications, within five to ten years biosensors could be used in food lines to test every product.

Although national security presently drives the market, Pontau expects the MicroChemLab's ultimate goal to be a lab on a chip that immediately detects illnesses from cancer to the common cold. Indeed, some experts are banking on the defense industry to advance biosensor progress across the board. "If the defense arena can accelerate the program," says MicroChips' Santini, "I'm confident we'll have the biosensor artificial-organ system soon."

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Donald Rumsfeld died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly
Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.

He asked, "What are all those clocks?"

St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."

"Oh," said Rumsfeld, "whose clock is that?"

"That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie."

"Incredible," said Rumsfeld. "And whose clock is that one?"

St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."

"Where's Bush's clock?" asked Rumsfeld.

"Bush's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan."


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