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April 13, 2004
The Empire of Darkness Series #9: Pogrom in Fallujah
As the Israeli army did in Jenin a couple years ago, randomly killing and destroying to get even - and then some - with the Palestinians resisting their illegal occupation and unending oppression, likewise the American comboys have been shouting their way into Fallujah and dozens of other Iraqi cities in a futile attempt to tame the resistance fighters whose hatred has been stoked all year long through the relentless oppression and brutish occupation of a long suffering and basically defenseless country "blessed" with too much oil for its own good. Words fail us, passive and mostly silent bystanders witnessing from afar yet another crime against humanity perpetrated by the US behemoth military war machine, to properly render the outrage, revulsion and sadness ineptly conveyed through our submissive newsmedia.
Where is the global outcry against this infamy, where are the concerned pronouncements of opinion leaders to denounce this rampaging bully, where are the religious and spiritual leaders who are supposed to speak out our global conscience, ashamed at the sight of this mass-killing perpetrated by some of our fellow human beings against other innocent human beings? The global movement of compassion and support experienced around the world when America was "attacked" in 2001 is nowhere to be seen - except for the tens of thousands of courageous peace-loving people who demonstrated these past 3 days in over 60 US cities and in several German cities.
You will find below a comprehensive review of several aspect of those events in Iraq, as well as suggestions of possibly another "9-11" being imminently pulled in an faked terrorist attack against the Sears Tower in Chicago (on April 15), and also rumors of a covert black-op in Iraq to plant those infamous WMDs whose coming "discovery" is being engineered to vindicate the neocons in Washington and boost Bush's falling polls.
Let us pray and meditate so that soon peace will prevail in Iraq...
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1. End the Massacre in Fallujah! & Massacres of Civilians: Eyewitness Accounts from Fallujah
2. Sears Tower in Chicago possibly targeted for fake terrorist attack on April 19
3. New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
4. Environmentalists Against War Quick Links
5. Fallujah Bloodbath threatens US-Appointed Iraqi Government with Collapse
6. Some of the comments posted at portland.indymedia.org
7. A Call for an Exit Door from Iraq
8. Phoenix Rising
9. Living by the Fence
10. A Superpower Defeated
11. The American Union
12. Petition: Open Gates to Allow Food into Gaza!
13. Say NO to Ballistic Missile Defence!
14. Mission Possible Canada
15. Presidential IQ Hoax & Into the shadows
16. NESARA ad truck driving around Washington DC
Radical militia leaves police stations (April 13, 2004 )
U.S. intends to "kill or capture" cleric al-Sadr as troops move near where he is staying. -- Baghdad, Iraq As a tenuous cease-fire held in the Sunni city of Fallujah, a radical Shiite cleric was on the retreat Monday, pulling his militiamen out of parts of the holy city of Najaf in hopes of averting a U.S. assault. Still, a U.S. commander said the American mission remained to "kill or capture" the cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. The withdrawal of al-Sadr's al-Mahdi Army militia from police stations and government buildings in Najaf, Karbala and Kufa was a key U.S. demand. But al-Sadr followers rebuffed an American demand to disband the militia, which launched a bloody uprising in Baghdad and the south this month. American troops were seen on the outskirts of Najaf, where the radical cleric is thought to be in his office. The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, said "the mission of U.S. forces is to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr." U.S.-allied Iraqis were negotiating separately with representatives from Fallujah and al-Sadr. The U.S. military has moved more forces into both areas and is threatening to push into the cities if talks fall through.
Refugees stream out of Fallujah, leaving behind their men and their dead, buried in a soccer field (April 9, 2004)
FALLUJAH, Iraq The people of Fallujah carried their dead to the city's soccer stadium and buried them under the field on Friday, unable to get to cemeteries because of a U.S. siege of the city. As the struggle for Fallujah entered a fifth day, hundreds of women, children and the elderly streamed out of the city. Marines ordered Iraqi men of "military age" to stay behind, sometimes turning back entire families if they refused to be separated."A lot of the women were crying," said Lance Cpl. Robert Harriot, 22, of Eldred, N.Y. "There was one car with two women and a man. I told them that he couldn't leave. They tried to plead with me. But I told them no, so they turned around." The fighting has killed more than 280 Iraqis and four Marines, and has seen heavy battles that have damaged mosques and destroyed buildings angering even pro-U.S. politicians and turning the city of 200,000 into a symbol of resistance for some Iraqis.
Around 770 Die in Recent Iraq Fighting (12 April 2004)
BAGHDAD, Iraq - About 70 U.S.-led coalition troops and 700 Iraqi insurgents have been killed in fighting across Iraq since April 1, but there is no authoritative figure on Iraqi civilian deaths, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said Monday. By an Associated Press count, at least 62 U.S. troops, two non-U.S. coalition soldiers and around 882 Iraqis have been killed across the country since April 4, including in Fallujah. Hospital director Rafie al-Issawi said most of the 600 dead in Fallujah were women, children and elderly. But he refused to give their exact numbers, saying that doing so would suggest that the remaining dead - young, military-aged men - were all insurgents, which he said was not the case.
Iraq's Fallujah is Palestine's Deir Yassin and Janin
(...) April will be remembered in Iraq for generations to come. In an attempt to quell all resistance against the colonial occupation, the United States has launched an all-out assault against multiple cities, particularly Al-Fallujah, which has been placed under full siege. Many hundreds of Iraqis have been killed as the people attempt to push back the invading and highly developed armies. Great many children have been murdered along with many people in their homes, mosques, and marketplace. The assault has been described as barbaric and indiscriminate by all accounts. Other cities and towns, including Baghdad, have been fiercely attacked, causing mounting suffering, destruction & widespread death. The assault on Fallujah and scores of other cities comes after one failed year of colonial occupation, where the US and its allies have attempted to divide up the country between various groups, install a proxy functionary government, transform the economy and the infrastructure into a dependent entity, fully control oil resources, and de-link Iraq from its Arab history and belonging. The US hopes to achieve a fragmented political entity within a larger and reformatted obedient region. CLIP
Answers sought on US 'private armies' in Iraq
Thirteen of the most powerful US opposition senators have asked Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to explain the role of civilian contractors in Iraq. A letter from the politicians follows the killing and mutilation of four US security contractors in Fallujah on March 31. In the letter to Mr Rumsfeld dated April 8, but released on Friday, the senators expressed concern about "private armies operating outside the control of governmental authority". The letter - signed by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, former first lady Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts - also questioned if there were adequate numbers of US troops in Iraq. "The shocking deaths of four American security contractors in Fallujah have revealed the growing role that private security contractors are playing in Iraq," the letter read. It said contractors, often former soldiers, operate in a fashion similar to special forces, but they are not under US military control and not subject to rules governing the conduct of American forces. "It would be a dangerous precedent if the United States allowed the presence of private armies operating outside the control of governmental authority and beholden only to those who pay them," the letter said. "In the context of Iraq, unless these forces are properly screened by United States authorities and are required to operate under clear guidelines and appropriate supervision, their presence will contribute to Iraqi resentment."
NEOCONSERVATIVES TRY TO SUGGEST THAT SADR UPRISING IS "MADE IN TEHERAN" http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0404neoconsadr.html
Despite the growing number of reports that depict the past week's uprising by the radical Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, and his Mahdi Army as a spontaneous and indigenous revolt, some influential U.S. neoconservatives are insisting that Iran is behind it. They are calling on the Bush administration to warn Teheran to cease its alleged backing for al-Sadr and other Shia militias or face retaliation, ranging from an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities to covert action designed to overthrow the government. But independent experts on both Iran and Iraq say that, while Iran has no doubt provided various forms of assistance to Shia factions in Iraq since Hussein's ouster one year ago, its relations with Sadr have long been rocky and that it has opposed radical actions that could destabilize the situation. "Those elements closest to Iran among the Shiite clerics (in Iraq) have been the most moderate through all of this," according to Shaul Bakhash, an Iran expert at George Mason University. Indeed, many regional specialists agree that Iran has a strategic interest in avoiding any train of events that risks plunging Iraq into chaos or civil war and partition. Neoconservatives centered in Vice President Dick Cheney's office and among the civilian leadership in the Pentagon have strongly opposed any détente with Iran and have frequently blamed it for problems it has encountered in both Afghanistan and Iraq. CLIP
US heading for disaster in Iraq, say Europeans (April 10, 2004)
BERLIN - There was dismay throughout Europe on Thursday with the fighting in Iraq, with some commentators predicting that the United States was now fully bogged down in a Vietnam-like quagmire.
Hallelujah! In Fallujah
Inexcusable American genocide slaughters defenseless Iraqis. sPresident who talks to God wishes dead innocents a Happy Easter.
Raping the Middle East for its oil, By Robert Dreyfuss (March/April 2003) http://www.motherjones.com/toc/2003/03/index.html
Mother Jones -THE AMERICAN PLAN FOR GULF OIL CONTROL AND WORLD DOMINATIONIf you were to spin the globe and look for real estate critical to building an American empire, your first stop would have to be the Persian Gulf. The desert sands of this region hold two of every three barrels of oil in the world -- Iraq's reserves alone are equal, by some estimates, to those of Russia, the United States, China, and Mexico combined. For the past 30 years, the Gulf has been in the crosshairs of an influential group of Washington foreign-policy strategists, who believe that in order to ensure its global dominance, the United States must seize control of the region and its oil. Born during the energy crisis of the 1970s and refined since then by a generation of policymakers, this approach is finding its boldest expression yet in the Bush administration -- which, with its plan to invade Iraq and install a regime beholden to Washington, has moved closer than any of its predecessors to transforming the Gulf into an American protectorate. In the geopolitical vision driving current U.S. policy toward Iraq, the key to national security is global hegemony -- dominance over any and all potential rivals. To that end, the United States must not only be able to project its military forces anywhere, at any time. It must also control key resources, chief among them oil -- and especially Gulf oil. To the hawks who now set the tone at the White House and the Pentagon, the region is crucial not simply for its share of the U.S. oil supply (other sources have become more important over the years), but because it would allow the United States to maintain a lock on the world's energy lifeline and potentially deny access to its global competitors. The administration "believes you have to control resources in order to have access to them," says Chas Freeman, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia under the first President Bush. "They are taken with the idea that the end of the Cold War left the United States able to impose its will globally -- and that those who have the ability to shape events with power have the duty to do so. It's ideology." Iraq, in this view, is a strategic prize of unparalleled importance. Unlike the oil beneath Alaska's frozen tundra, locked away in the steppes of central Asia, or buried under stormy seas, Iraq's crude is readily accessible and, at less than $1.50 a barrel, some of the cheapest in the world to produce. Already, over the past several months, Western companies have been meeting with Iraqi exiles to try to stake a claim to that bonanza. CLIP
Powell says US will not penalize Israel for barrier by withholding loans (April 8)
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the United States will not punish Israel for its controversial West Bank security barrier by withholding loan guarantees as it had threatened to do last year.
DEFENSE OF ISRAELI ASSASSINATION POLICY BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS AN AFFRONT TO INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ISRAELI SECURITY
The U.S. veto of a proposed UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel's March 22 assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin has once again placed the United States both on the fringe of international public opinion and in opposition to international legal norms. Despite the proposed resolution condemning "all attacks against civilians," the United States once again was the lone dissenting vote, marking the 28 th time since 1970 that the U.S. has blocked a Security Council resolution criticizing the actions of its most important Middle Eastern ally. This is more than all the other permanent members of the Security Council have used their veto power on all other issues during that period combined. CLIP
Hundreds of Corpses Fill Haiti Morgues (April 12)
We speak with an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild which recently sent a delegation to Haiti. He says he saw hundreds of corpses being dumped by morgues in Haiti and describes bodies coming in with plastic bags over their heads and hands tied behind their backs, piles of corpses burning in fields and pigs eating their flesh. (...) Despite the 3,500 U.S.-led troops in the country, the battle for control is still being waged in numerous Haitian towns. The Jamaica Observer is reporting that gang leaders and paramilitaries still control large swaths of northern Haiti, sometimes jailing suspected criminals, sometimes persecuting Aristide supporters. They patrol the streets, dispensing their own brand of justice, arresting and jailing alleged criminals while hoping to eventually become paid police officers or soldiers in a new Haitian army. (...) The National Lawyers Guild and several organizations denounced the U.S. government for its role in the forced removal of President Aristide. They demanded a Congressional investigation into the role of the U.S. government in the deliberate destabilization of the Haitian government and the implementation of the coup; an immediate end to the repression and daily attacks on those demanding the return of President Aristide; and support for Haitian refugees. CLIP Recommended by "Brian Hill" firstname.lastname@example.org> who wrote : How long are we gonna let our governments commit these atrocities in our names?"
RISE OF THE MACHINES
(...) This "rise of the machines" is at the heart of the Bush administration's recent military budget. Sandwiched into outlays for aircraft, artillery, and conventional weapons, are monies for unmanned combat aircraft, robot tanks, submarines, and a supersonic bomber capable of delivering six tons of bombs and missiles to any place on the globe in two hours. (...) A high-tech machine war would allow the U.S. to quickly strike over enormous distances, an important capability in the Bush administration's pre-emptive war strategy. In his book Virtual War, historian Michael Ignatieff asks the question "If western nations can employ violence with impunity, will they not be tempted to use it more often?"
Amazon shrinkage alarms activists (8 April, 2004)
Environmental groups are calling for urgent action to slow deforestation in Brazil's Amazon jungle. About 9,170 square miles (23,750 sq km) of forest were lost in 2003, just up from 8,983 square miles (23,266 sq km) in 2002, the Brazilian government says. The scale is not as high as in the mid-1990s, but it confirms the world's largest forest is disappearing rapidly. Rising exports of beef and soya in Brazil are said to encourage farmers to clear the forest for farms. Scientists fear the clearances could affect the global climate as well as threatening thousands of unique plant and animal species.
In Praise of Cowards
U.S. Won't Let Company Test All Its Cattle for Mad Cow (April 10, 2004)
The Department of Agriculture refused yesterday to allow a Kansas beef producer to test all of its cattle for mad cow disease, saying such sweeping tests were not scientifically warranted.
Ideological Hegemony: Thought Control in American Society
In June 2003 a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that about 1 in 4 Americans (incorrectly) believed Iraq had used weapons of mass destruction during the recent war with the United States.  A separate poll in the same month found that 34% of Americans believed the United States had already found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  In September another poll found that 69% of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9-11.  Even the Bush administration has been forced to admit that these claims are not true. These misconceptions are the outcome of a system of thought control called ideological hegemony. Hegemony operates through many mechanisms including the media, education system, newspeak and others with the primary function of maintaining support for the dominant socio-economic system in the United States. In all class societies, the ruling class can maintain control through violence and/or ideology. If the majority can be persuaded that the rule of the ruling class is legitimate then it can be maintained with less violence. Examples of ideologies that serve this function include the divine right of kings, social Darwinism and Marxism-Leninism. All of them acted to legitimize the rule of specific elites in certain societies and helped those elites maintain power. Some hierarchical societies rely more on violence, others rely more on ideology. The United States relies more on ideology, although a certain degree of force is used. CLIP
End the Massacre in Fallujah!
470 killed. 1200 injured, of which 243 are women and 200 are children. This is the first, underestimated body count from Fallujah.
April 9 2004 Occupied Baghdad
Since fighting escalated at the beginning of the week, Iraqi people, especially in the city of Fallujah, are facing a humanitarian disaster. Occupation Forces have laid siege to the city. More than 470 people have been killed, 1200 injured. Dead bodies are lying in the streets.
Fallujah is being mortared and bombed by F-16 fighter planes, helicopters dropping cluster bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.
Ambulances are being shot at by snipers. Medical aid and supplies have been stopped by US Occupation Forces. Aid workers delivering supplies have had to take secondary roads into the city; once they arrived, they found themselves under fire from US snipers. No humanitarian corridor has been put in place.
A cease-fire was announced and people began trying flee, but US troops resumed their attacks. Many people remain trapped inside the city, and refugees trying to escape from Fallujah to Baghdad are being prevented from reaching their destination by US military. They form a column that extends over 10 kilometers of highway.
The thousands of families who remain trapped in Fallujah are running out of basic necessities like food and potable water. Hospitals and medical staff are overwhelmed, and are asking desperately for blood, oxygen and antiseptics.
Fighting is spreading all over the country, Al-Sadr City has been attacked and paid a high price with almost 100 casualties. The situation in Southern cities - Kerbala, Najaf, Kut - is unknown to us, but they are also feared to be the sights of humanitarian emergencies.
The international community, the United Nations and the European Community cannot remain spectators to the massacre in Fallujah and the terrorization of Iraqi people all over the country.
The international community must take a firm position and demand that Coalition Forces stop these massacres and respect international conventions and allow for a humanitarian corridor through which refugees can safely escape, and medical supplies can reach Fallujah.
Stop the massacre. Stop attacking civilians. End the siege of Fallujah.
Signed: Bridge to Baghdad / Italy (001 914 360 9080 in Baghdad) CCIPPP / France (079 01 427 627 in Baghdad) Italian Consortium of Solidarity / Italy Iraq Solidarity Project / Quebec, Canada (079 01 429 115 in Baghdad)
Massacres of Civilians: Eyewitness Accounts from Fallujah
Indymedia.ie, 10 April 2004
The situation in Fallujah is escalating and people are bracing themselves for a massive attack in the next 24-48 hours. Urgent action is needed to flag up and denounce the war crimes being perpetrated there
Iraq Solidarity Action Resist the Massacre in Fallujah
Urgent information and appeal from Ewa Jasiewicz, a solidarity activist who worked with Voices in the Wilderness and Occupation Watch in Iraq, lived there for 8 months (Basra and Baghdad) and in Palestine, mainly Jenin camp for 6 months, speaks Arabic, and who got back from Iraq 2 months ago. She is in regular contact with her friends in Basra and Baghdad.
I just spoke to friends in Baghdad - Paola Gaspiroli, Italian, from Occupation watch and Bridges to Baghdad, Journalist Leigh Gordon, England, (NUJ, Tribune, Mail on Sunday) and a Palestinian friend with family in Falluja and friends in the Iraqi Islamic Party. Both he and Leigh have been ferrying out the injured from Falluja to Baghdad for the past three days. Ambulances have been barred from entry into the blood-drenched city.
Here is their news, which they told me over the telephone tonight (Friday)
"There has been a massacre in Fallujah. Fallujah is under siege. 470 people have been killed, and 1700 injured. There has been no ceasefire. They (Americans) told people to leave, said they have 8 hours to leave and people began to leave but theyre trapped in the Desert. The Americans have been bombing with B52s (Confirmed also by Leigh in an email three days ago). Bridges to Baghdad are pulling out. We have flights booked out of Amman. Tomorow a team will go to Sadr City to deliver medicines. 50 people have been killed there. ?? (Forgotten name) the 'elastic' shiekh in Sadr City (Ive met him, young, brilliant guy, describes himself as 'elastic' because he is so flexible when it comes to his interpretations of Islam and moral conduct definitions etc, he's pretty liberal) he has told me I should leave.
He says that even he can't control his people. Foreigners are going to be targeted. 6 new foreigners have been taken hostage. Four of them are Italian security firm employees - they were kidnapped from their car, which was found to be full of weapons, and there were black uniforms. Baghdad was quiet today except for Abu Ghraib (West Baghdad, where a vast prison is located and is bursting at the seams with 12,000 prisoners) an American convoy was attacked there and 9 soldiers were injured and 27 were kidnapped. Thats right 27. None of the newswires are reporting it though. And I heard this from (*name best not to supply without permission). Its really really bad. They (Americans) have been firing on Ambulances, snipers are following the ambulances, they cannot get in.
Fallujah, there are people in the Desert, they've left Fallujah but they're not being allowed into Baghdad, they're trapped in the Dessert, they're like refugees, its terrible but the people, Iraqi people are giving all they can; theyre bringing supplies, everybody is giving all their help and support to Fallujah.
Weve been seeing it with our own eyes. People were told to leave Fallujah and now there are thousands trapped in the Desert. There is a 13 km long convoy of people trying to reach Baghdad. The Americans are firing bombs, everything, everything they have on them. They are firing on Families! They are all children, old men and women in the dessert. Other Iraqi people are trying to help them. In Fallujah they (Americans) have been bombing hospitals. Children are being evacuated to Baghdad. There is a child now, a baby, he had 25 members of his family killed, hes in the hospital and someone needs to be with him, why isnt anyone there to stay with him, he just lost 25 from his family!??? The Americans are dropping cluster bombs and new mortars, which jump 3-4 metres. They are bombing from the air. There are people lying dead in the streets. They said thered be a ceasefire and then they flew in, I saw them, and they began to bomb. They are fighting back and they are fighting well in Fallujah. But we are expecting the big attack in 24-48 hours. It will be the main attack. They will be taking the town street by street and searching and attacking. They did this already in a village near-by, I forget the name, but they will be doing this in Fallujah. Please get help, get people to protest, get them to go to the Embassies, get them out, get them to do something. There is a massacre. And we need foreigners, the foreigners can do something. We are having a protest, Jo (Jo Wilding http://www.wildfirejo.org.uk) and the others from her group are coming to the American checkpoint tomorrow. We havent slept in 3 or 4 days.
We need attention. I have photos, film, weve given it to Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya but get it out too. Do everything you can. We are going back in tomorrow."
CLIP - Read it all at http://globalresearch.ca/articles/JAS404A.html
(...) Recently, the long-time brewing discontent, frustration, humiliation, and mounting rage against the occupation has exploded. The occupation is being fought for its very existence, its racism, its violence. Its recycling and re-empowerment of a neo-Baathist ruling elite, its re-training and re-hiring of over 10,000 Baathist torturers and intelligence agents, its re-writing of Iraqs laws through Coalition Provisional Authority Orders (principally Order 30 on Salaries and Employment Conditions for Civil Service Employees which sets the minimum wage for Iraqi Public Sector workers at 69,000 ID ($40 per month less than half the recommended wage of a sweatshop worker in a free trade zone in neighbouring Iran), plus Order 39 on Foreign Investment which allows for 100% foreign ownership privatisation and slashes the highest rate of income tax from 45% to 15%) has resulted in insurrection.
The climate in Iraq has moved on from protest to resistance, and now to insurgency. Demonstrations have been taking place every day all over the country since the occupation began, with protestors ranging from students to pensioners, unemployed, women, former soldiers and children. This new uprising has been labelled a revolt in support of the anti-Occupation cleric Muqtada al Sadr, but the reality is that it is widespread, uncontrollable, inchoate and varied. It is not Islamic, it is not just nationalist, it is not Baathist. It is a generalised struggle against the Occupation the biggest incitement to violence in the country.
Please stand in solidarity with the people in Iraq during this upheaval and time of bloodshed. Please join the protest against the bloody massacre in Fallujah, which will spread if the occupation armies continue unchecked and un-challenged.
Stop the ongoing war on Iraq.
Troops out of Iraq.
We Had To Destroy [Fill in Country Name] In Order To Save It (April 12)
The classic Vietnam War statement by a US officer explaining the need to destroy a town in Vietnam in order to "save it" still resonates in left analyses, in part because it captures so well the self-righteous US brazenness in rationalizing its devastation of its victims. But it also resonates because of its continued applicability, as one country after the next is destroyed as the superpower moves from Vietnam to Cambodia to El Salvador and Nicaragua to Iraq to Panama to Colombia to Yugoslavia to Afghanistan and back to Iraq (this list is incomplete, and also doesn't include destruction by client and "constructively engaged" states like Indonesia, Israel and South Africa). As Madeleine Albright said to Colin Powell, "What's the point of having this superb military if we can't use it?" Albright was just a wee bit impatient with Powell for dragging his feet on immediately attacking Yugoslavia, but of course his qualms were overcome and that superb military was permitted to do its work of devastation. CLIP
MUST READ AND MUST VISIT WEBPAGE! AMAZINGLY FRIGHTENING SERIES OF "COINCIDENCE"!!
Date: 10 Apr 2004
From: "John T. Linnell" email@example.com>
Subject: Sears Tower in Chicago possibly targeted for fake terrorist attack on April 19
This has an awful lot of coincidental matter. If you are interested in astrology/numerology take a good read and form your own opinion.
Lets face it: the current US administration is pretty well in panic mode now as nothing is going right so a very major distraction is needed to ensure their continuing in power again. If they get another four years you can kiss the USA we all used to know goodbye and world terrorism to be the norm. The article below is NON POLITICAL
You might want to take a look at this...especially if your know someone who works in the Sears Tower. You might want to suggest they call in sick on the l9th April.
Sent: April 12, 2004
Subject: New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
Remember what Howard Zinn said today about the government terrorism that has been going on forever. -Meria
April 13, 2004
New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq
BASRA, April 12 (MNA) - Fifty days after the first reports that the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of these weapons have been disclosed.
Sources in Iraq speculate that occupation forces are using the recent unrest in Iraq to divert attention from their surreptitious shipments of WMD into the country.
An Iraqi source close to the Basra Governor's Office told the MNA that new information shows that a large part of the WMD, which was secretly brought to southern and western Iraq over the past month, are in containers falsely labeled as containers of the Maeresk shipping company and some consignments bearing the labels of organizations such as the Red Cross or the USAID in order to disguise them as relief shipments.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that Iraqi officials including forces loyal to the Iraqi Governing Council stationed in southern Iraq have been forbidden from inspecting or supervising the transportation of these consignments. He went on to say that the occupation forces have ordered Iraqi officials to forward any questions on the issue to the coalition forces. Even the officials of the international relief organizations have informed the Iraqi officials that they would only accept responsibility for relief shipments which have been registered and managed by their organizations.
The Iraqi source also confirmed the report about suspicious trucks with fake Saudi and Jordanian license plates entering Iraq at night last week, stressing that the Saudi and Jordanian border guards did not attempt to inspect the trucks but simply delivered them to the U.S. and British forces stationed on Iraq's borders.
However, the source expressed ignorance whether the governments of Saudi Arabia and Jordan were aware of such movements.
A professor of physics at Baghdad University also told the MNA correspondent that a group of his colleagues who are highly specialized in military, chemical and biological fields have been either bribed or threatened during the last weeks to provide written information on what they know about various programs and research centers and the possible storage of WMD equipment.
The professor also said these people have been openly asked to confirm or deny the existence of research or related WMD equipment. A large number of these scientists, who are believed to be under the surveillance of U.S. intelligence operatives, have claimed that if they refuse to comply with this request, they may be killed or arrested on charges of concealing the truth if these weapons are found by the Bush administration in the future.
He said that the Iraqi scientists believe their lives would be in danger if they decline to cooperate with the occupation forces, especially when they recall that senior U.S. officer Michael Peterson once said, Iraqi scientists are at any case a threat to the U.S. administration, whether they talk or not.
A source close to the Iraqi Governing Council said, "In the meantime, many suspect containers disguised as fuel supplies have been moved about by some units of the U.S. special forces. The move has been carried out under heavy security measures. Also, there are unofficial reports that the containers held biological and bacteriological toxins in liquid form. It is possible that the news about the discovery of the WMDs would be announced later."
He also said that such mixtures had been used by the Saddam regime in the 1990s.
The source added that some provocative actions such as the closure of Al-Hawza periodical by U.S. administrator Paul Bremer, the secret meetings between his envoys with some extremist groups who have no relations with the Iraqi Governing Council, the sudden upsurge in violence in central and southern Iraq, a number of activities which have stoked up the wrath of the prominent Shia clerics, and finally, the spate of kidnappings and the baseless charges against the Iranian charge d'affaires in Baghdad are providing the necessary smokescreen for the transportation of the WMD to their intended locations.
He said they are quite aware that the White House in cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has directly tasked the Defense Department to hide these weapons. Given the recent scandals to the effect that the U.S. president was privy to the 9/11 plot, they might try to immediately announce the discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to overshadow the scandals and prevent a further decline of Bush's public opinion rating as the election approaches.
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Subject: Quick Links -- April 12, 2004
Date: 11 Apr 2004
A weekly review of news about war, the environment and social justice drawn from the far reaches of the global media.
Environmentalists Against War
Troubling Photos of Fallujah's Youngest Victims
(Yumi Kikuchi / Japan)
I am sending this to you to share my sorrow, and to declare my commitment to make more peaceful and sustainable world. 500+ Iraqi people are killed in Fallujah this week and many were children and babies as seen in the photos below. Think about the sorrow of the mothers and fathers. If you do not want to face what the US does in foreign countries straight, you can never change it. "How many times must a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see...."
Massacre in Fallujah
(Ewa Jasiewicz / Occupation Watch)
Eyewitness accounts from inside Fallujah accuse the US of using clusterbombs and heavy ordnance against the civilian population, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of innocent men, women and children. Some describe the assault as worse than Israel's attack on the refugee camp in Jenin. A plea for global response to the humanitarian tragedy in Iraq.
Fallujah's Civilian Death Toll Tops 600
(April 11, 2004) -- More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in fighting in Fallujah since US forces launched an offensive against resistance fighters, say hospital sources. "I can say more than 600 have been killed, but the number may not be totally correct as many families have already buried their dead in their gardens", said Dr Rafa Hayad al-Issawi, the director of Fallujah's hospital. Al-Issawi estimated that around 1200 people had been injured in the fighting. In Fallujah, 11 people were killed and about 50 others wounded by US gunfire, despite the ceasefire. An assessment by five international non-governmental organizations on Friday said that 470 people had been killed in Fallujah. Of 1200 injured, 243 were women and 200 children. The groups warned their estimate may be too low.
Iraq Minister Resigns. 'US Military Out of Control'
(Nicholas Pelham / Financial Times)
With insurrection sweeping the country, Iraq's Interior Minister (in charge of the national police force) has resigned, citing criticisms from US occupation chief Paul Bremer. Iraq's Interim Minister of Communications has called the US army "out of control," adding that US aggression "is bringing the country to the precipice. Iraqis can no longer afford to been seen siding with the Americans."
Washington Needs an Exit Strategy in Iraq
(Senator Robert Byrd / Truthout.org)
Senator Robert Byrd, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered the following speech in the Senate calling for an exit strategy for American servicemen and women in Iraq. Byrd, a vocal critic of the Bush Administration's policies in Iraq, believes that a massive influx of troops would not bring peace to the region, but instead would exacerbate the tensions.
Reports US Airlifts Saddam Out of Iraq
(Robert Fisk / The Independent)
(April 7, 2004) -- The United States has secretly flown Saddam Hussein out of Iraq and imprisoned him under high security at a vast American air base in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar.
Bush Hides Names of US Firms That Paid Kickbacks to Saddam
(Capitol Hill Blue)
Saddam Hussein siphoned off $10.1 billion from Iraq's oil-for-food program through illegal oil contracts and kickback deals with private suppliers of food and medicine, a congressional agency said Wednesday. John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador [and Contra-supporting terrorist] to the United Nations, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Bush regime can identify the private business firms that cut kickback deals with Saddam Hussein, but intends to keep the names secret.
US Soldiers Contaminated with DU Speak Out
(Democracy Now! Radio)
In a radio broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! aired a discussion with investigative reporter Juan Gonzales on his explosive report that confirms that members of the New York Army National Guard were poisoned by inhaling radioactive dust from depleted uranium (DU) weapons used in Iraq.
(Check also: G.I.'s: Depleted Uranium Made Us Sick
UN Tackles Link between War and Environment
(Hans Greimel / Associated Press)
Delegates to a global summit convened by the United Nations in South Korea has explored strategies for reducing the threat of military conflict by resolving frictions caused by environmental degradation, environmental refugees and unequal access to water and other critical resources.
'Afghanistan Needs More Money'
(April 11, 2004) -- Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai has appealed for more help from the international community to help rebuild the country. Karzai said he was frustrated at the amount of money being given to Afghanistan compared to the billions being invested in Iraq. He said it was in the interests of the whole world that his country had enough cash for rebuilding and became stable. Afghanistan was grateful for the help it had received, he said, but "We'd be happier if we had more money."
Germans Protest US Military Bases, Iraq Occupation
(Khaled Schmitt / Islam Online)
BERLIN (April 11, 2004) On April 10, thousands of Germans took to the streets of up to 30 cities to protest the US-led occupation of Iraq and demanded the closure of US military bases in their country, including the airbase at Ramstein which is the largest US Air Force facility outside America. The Rhine-Main air base in Frankfurt -- the second largest US Air Force base in Germany -- is also heavily involved in troop transports to the Gulf.
Muslim Scholars Condemn US Genocide In Iraq
(Sobhy Mujahid & Essam Talima / Islam Online)
CAIRO, April 9 (IslamOnline.net) The U.S. occupation forces should halt their "brutal genocide" against Iraqis and international community has to intervene for stopping this aggression that does not exempt even mosques or sanctities, 67 world Muslim scholars said in a statement. "Muslim scholars condemn the brutal massacres perpetrated against children and women, and the aggression against mosques and sanctities ... in which heavy weapons and missiles are being used," the scholars said in a statement
Fallujah Bloodbath threatens US-Appointed Iraqi Government with Collapse
(Juan Cole is Professor of History at the University of Michigan)
AP reported that the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) issued a demand early on Saturday that the US cease its military action against Fallujah and stop employing "collective punishment."
Not only has what many Iraqis call "the puppet council" taken a stand against Bush administration tactics in Iraq, but individual members are peeling off. Shiite Marsh Arab leader Abdul Karim al-Muhammadawi suspended his membership in the council on Friday. A Sunni member, Ghazi al-Yawir, has threatened to resign if a negotiated settlement of the Fallujah conflict cannot be found. Old-time Sunni nationalist leader Adnan Pachachi thundered on al-Arabiya televsion, "It was not right to punish all the people of Fallujah, and we consider these operations by the Americans unacceptable and illegal."
For him to go on an Arab satellite station much hated by Donald Rumsfeld and denounce the very people who appointed him to the IGC is a clear act of defiance. There are rumors that many of the 25 Governing Council members have fled abroad, fearful of assassination because of their association with the Americans. The ones who are left appear on the verge of resigning.
This looks to me like an incipient collapse of the US government of Iraq. Beyond the IGC, the bureaucracy is protesting. Many government workers in the ministries are on strike and refusing to show up for work, according to ash-Sharq al-Awsat. Without Iraqis willing to serve in the Iraqi government, the US would be forced to rule the country militarily and by main force. Its legitimacy appears to be dwindling fast.
The "handover of sovereignty" scheduled for June 30 was always nothing more than a publicity stunt for the benefit of Bush's election campaign, but it now seems likely to be even more empty. Since its main rationale was to provide more legitimacy to the US enterprise in Iraq, and since any legitimacy the US had is fading fast, and since a government appointed by Bremer will be hated by virtue of that very appointment, the Bush administration may as well just not bother.
The Interior Minister, Nuri Badran, who was dismissed by Paul Bremer on Thursday, appears to have gone into exile in Jordan. He was probably let go because he objected to the twin US assaults, on Fallujah and on the Sadrist Shiites, or at least to the way it was being done.
The degree of hatred for the United States in the Muslim world is growing by the minute, as the events in Fallujah are broadcast throughout the region. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's warning to Bush that by invading Iraq he would be creating 100 Bin Ladens may well come to pass. For more on this see the Washington Post.
Part of what caused this incipient collapse of the US-appointed Iraqi government is that the US military decided to besiege the entire city of Fallujah to get at insurgents who killed 4 US Blackwater mercenaries last week, even though reports indicated that the guerrillas left the city after the killings. Those guerrillas, supported by civilian demonstrations and desecration of the mercenaries' bodies, announced that they were taking revenge for the Israeli murder of Hamas clerical leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Just as the Israelis and their American amen corner helped drag the US into the Iraq war, so they also have inflamed Iraqi sentiment against the US by spectacular uses of state terror against Palestinians. Both the Sunni and the Shiite uprisings in Iraq in the past week in a very real sense were set off by Sharon's whacking of Yassin, a paraplegic who could easily have been arrested. (Only once Muqtada al-Sadr announced his support for Hamas was he targeted by the Neocon-dominated Coalition Provisional Authority for arrest, convincing him that he had nothing to lose and had better launch an insurgency).
The siege and assault on Fallujah during the past 5 days have killed some 400 Iraqis and wounded 1000, according to eyewitnesses. The civilians in the city had begun wanting for food and water. On Friday, the US appears to have spread panic by broadcasting warnings of an imminent attack and encouraging women and children to leave. Large numbers have streamed out. Some attempted to take their men with them, but Marines refused to allow male civilians out. Some families chose to remain together and face further bombardments rather than split up.
One Marine was killed and another wounded at Fallujah on Friday. AP said, ' Throughout the afternoon, fighting was reduced to sporadic gunfire. But when night fell, heavy explosions resumed as an AC-130 gunship strafed targets and soldiers and insurgents engaged in a mortar battle. Marines said they had come under fire and wanted to return fire. The AC-130 hit a cave near Fallujah where insurgents took refuge after attacking Marines. A 500-pound laser-guided bomb also struck the cave, said spokesman 1st Lt. Eric Knapp. '
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OUR children 08.Apr.2004 12:06
NO words can describe the gut wrenching pain and sorrow I feel. We are dying. Our brothers and sisters are being murdered and WE as "Americans" are so blind to the truth. We all die a little every day we allow this to continue. We ARE ONE, and are killing ourselves. Look to Mars and the life that once was and now is.......and UNDERSTAND before it is too late. God forgive us, for we know NOT what we are doing.
--- jackcollins email@example.com
So now you know..... 08.Apr.2004 10:22
Easy to see the reluctance on the part of the US government to sign up to the Human Rights tribunal in the UN.You don't want to sign up to a charter to judicially deal with war criminals when you are planning on committing crimes against humanity
Hello from Spain 08.Apr.2004 08:54
From Spain, please stop this madness.... I can't believe you don't go out to the streets to scream out loud: STOP THE KILLING...!!!!! We just dump our stupid president party out of the government. I heard that some American media said that we were cowards because the terrorist won the set...What the hell, do you have any idea that we've been fighting against terrorism for 30 years now...!!! I'm afraid PROPAGANDA is working already, they're afraid that YOU, THE PEOPLE, NEXT NOVEMBER WILL VOTE WITH YOUR HEARTS AND BRAINS, and they keep lying to you, all the time... Today I heard Donald Rumsfeld saying that THERE'S NOTHING BAD HAPPENING IN IRAQ... MY goodness me, is this guy living in the same planet, that I'm!!!
Anyway, sorry for my English... AND I'M SO SORRY FOR ALL THE IRAQ PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THIS INVASION...
Sorrow and Horror 07.Apr.2004 21:59
These kids are dead because the Evil Cabal that has taken over the US Govt. decided to rape their country for its oil. Period. It doesn't matter if they were killed yesterday or last year, by US Marines, or by Iraqi Patriots bombs, if the US had not illegally, and immorally invaded Iraq, killing over ten thousand civilians in the process, for the sake of oil, munitions industry dollars, and the insane ego of one soulless shrub, these kids would not be dead. As for Saddam, he was the puppet of the CIA for decades, and any WMD he ever had he got from the US under Daddy Bush. Clinton added to the woes of Iraq, and his unilateral blockade of Iraq caused the deaths of untold thousands of Iraqi kids. If what has been done, and is being done to Iraq, had been done to the US by some other country, you and I would be standing shoulder to shoulder with RPG in hand my friends, and we would be calling ourselves freedom fighters and patriots. US out of Iraq, long live Iraqi autonomy, freedom and national choice for Iraqis I say. Yes I know that Iraq is not actually a nation exactly, as it was cobbled together into a state by the British out of various remnants of the Ottoman Empire, none the less, let the the people of the North and Middle and South of the fertile crescent pump their own oil, and sell it on the world market to feed their children. Get Halliburtons, and the Queens Shell Oil hands off Iraqi crude. Killers, leave those kids alone.
-- James Walton
Date: 9 Apr 2004
Subject: A Call for an Exit Door from Iraq
(Comment: I never thought I would pass along a writing from this man, being that he was / is involved in the CIA Monarch Mind Control program and did (according to one of his victims, Cathy O'Brien, in her book: Trance Formation of America) do some horrific and despicable acts unworthy of his position as a Senator, and even as a human being. But it just goes to show you that "Truth" can come from any source, even from a U.S. Senator (a shock in and of itself!) and be written in an eloquent and poetic fashion. Heck, he even called this country a "Republic", which it originally was established to be, and not a "Democracy". Maybe Congressman Ron Paul from Texas is finally getting the message through to some of his colleagues! K)
A Call for an Exit Door from Iraq
by Sen. Robert C. Byrd
Senate Floor Remarks April 7, 2004
I have watched with heavy heart and mounting dread as the ever-precarious battle to bring security to post-war Iraq has taken a desperate turn for the worse in recent days and hours. Along with so many Americans, I have been shaken by the hellish carnage in Fallujah and the violent uprisings in Baghdad and elsewhere. The pictures have been the stuff of nightmares, with bodies charred beyond recognition and dragged through the streets of cheering citizens. And in the face of such daunting images and ominous developments, I have wondered anew at the President's stubborn refusal to admit mistakes or express any misgivings over America's unwarranted intervention in Iraq.
During the past weekend, the death toll among America's military personnel in Iraq topped 600 including as many as 20 American soldiers killed in one three-day period of fierce fighting. Many of the dead, most perhaps, were mere youngsters, just starting out on the great adventure of life. But before they could realize their dreams, they were called into battle by their Commander in Chief, a battle that we now know was predicated on faulty intelligence and wildly exaggerated claims of looming danger.
As I watch events unfold in Iraq, I cannot help but be reminded of another battle at another place and another time that hurtled more than 600 soldiers into the maws of death because of a foolish decision on the part of their commander. The occasion was the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854, during the Crimean War, a battle that was immortalized by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in his poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade."
"Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Tennyson got it right someone had blundered. It is time we faced up to the fact that this President and his administration blundered as well when they took the nation into war with Iraq without compelling reason, without broad international or even regional support, and without a plan for dealing with the enormous post-war security and reconstruction challenges posed by Iraq. And it is our soldiers, our own 600 and more, who are paying the price for that blunder.
In the run up to the war, the President and his advisers assured the American people that we would be greeted as liberators in Iraq. For a brief moment, that outcome seemed possible. One year ago this week, on April 9, 2003, the mood in many corners of the nation was euphoric as Americans witnessed the fall of Baghdad and the jubilant toppling of a massive statue of Saddam Hussein. Less than four weeks later, the President jetted out to an aircraft carrier parked off the coast of California to cockily declare to the world the end of major combat operations in Iraq.
For those with tunnel vision, the view from Iraq looked rosy then Baghdad had fallen, Saddam Hussein was on the run, and U.S. military deaths had been kept to a relatively modest number, a total of 138 from the beginning of combat operations through May 1.
But the war in Iraq was not destined to follow the script of some idealized cowboy movie of President Bush's youth, where the good guys ride off into a rose-tinted sunset, all strife settled and all wrongdoing avenged. The war in Iraq is real, and as any soldier can tell you, reality is messy and bloody and scary. Nobody rides off into the sunset for fear that the setting sun will blind them to the presence of the enemies around them.
And so the fighting continues in Iraq, long past the end of major combat operations, and the casualties have continued to mount. As of today, more than 600 military personnel have been killed in Iraq and more than 3,000 wounded.
Now, after a year of continued strife in Iraq, comes word that the commander of forces in the region is seeking options to increase the number of U.S. troops on the ground if necessary. Surely I am not the only one who hears echoes of Vietnam in this development. Surely, the Administration recognizes that increasing the U.S. troop presence in Iraq will only suck us deeper into the maelstrom of violence that has become the hallmark of that unfortunate country. Starkly put, at this juncture, more U.S. forces in Iraq equates more U.S. targets in Iraq.
CLIP - Read the whole article at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/byrd5.html
USEFUL BACKGROUND TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN IRAQ
Tucked away in the recent Iraqi appropriation was $3 billlion for a new paramilitary unit. Close students of Vietnam may see similarities.
By Robert Dreyfuss
Issue Date: 1.1.04
With the 2004 electoral clock ticking amid growing public concern about U.S. casualties and chaos in Iraq, the Bush administration's hawks are upping the ante militarily. To those familiar with the CIA's Phoenix assassination program in Vietnam, Latin America's death squads or Israel's official policy of targeted murders of Palestinian activists, the results are likely to look chillingly familiar.
The Prospect has learned that part of a secret $3 billion in new fundstucked away in the $87 billion Iraq appropriation that Congress approved in early Novemberwill go toward the creation of a paramilitary unit manned by militiamen associated with former Iraqi exile groups. Experts say it could lead to a wave of extrajudicial killings, not only of armed rebels but of nationalists, other opponents of the U.S. occupation and thousands of civilian Baathistsup to 120,000 of the estimated 2.5 million former Baath Party members in Iraq.
"They're clearly cooking up joint teams to do Phoenix-like things, like they did in Vietnam," says Vincent Cannistraro, former CIA chief of counterterrorism. Ironically, he says, the U.S. forces in Iraq are working with key members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct intelligence agency to set the program in motion. "They're setting up little teams of Seals and Special Forces with teams of Iraqis, working with people who were former senior Iraqi intelligence people, to do these things," Cannistraro says.
The plan is part of a last-ditch effort to win the war before time runs out politically. Driving the effort are U.S. neoconservatives and their allies in the Pentagon and Vice President Dick Cheney's office, who are clearly worried about America's inability to put down the Iraqi insurgency with time to spare before November. They are concerned that President Bush's political advisers will overrule the national-security team and persuade the president to pull the plug on Iraq. So, going for broke, they've decided to launch an intensified military effort combined with a radical new counterinsurgency program.
The hidden $3 billion will fund covert ("black") operations disguised as an Air Force classified program. According to John Pike, an expert on classified military budgets at globalsecurity.org, the cash, spread over three years, is likely being funneled directly to the CIA, boosting that agency's estimated $4 billion a year budget by fully 25 percent. Operations in Iraq will get the bulk of it, with some money going to Afghanistan. The number of CIA officers in Iraq, now 275, will increase significantly, supplemented by large numbers of the U.S. military's elite counterinsurgency forces. A chunk of those secret funds, according to Mel Goodman, a former CIA analyst, will to go to restive tribal sheikhs, especially in Sunni-dominated central Iraq. "I assume there are CIA people going around with bags of cash," says Goodman.
But the bulk of the covert money will support U.S. efforts to create a lethal, and revenge-minded, Iraqi security force. "The big money would be for standing up an Iraqi secret police to liquidate the resistance," says Pike. "And it has to be politically loyal to the United States."
Unable to quell the resistance to the U.S. occupation, the Pentagon is revamping its intelligence and special-operations task force in Iraq, a classified unit commanded by an Air Force brigadier general. It's also pouring money into the creation of an Iraqi secret police staffed mainly by gunmen associated with members of the puppet Iraqi Governing Council. Those militiamen are linked to Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (inc), the Kurdish peshmerga ("facing death") forces and Shiite paramilitary units, especially those of the Iran-backed Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Technically illegal, these armed forces have been tolerated, even encouraged, by the Pentagon. Some of these militias openly patrol Baghdad and other cities, and in the south of Iraq, scores of Islamic-oriented paramilitary parties, with names like Revenge of God, are mobilized.
Because the militiamen who will make up the paramilitary force are largely from former Iraqi exile political groups, many have personal scores to settle. They will be armed with detailed lists, seized from government files, of Iraqi Baathists. Sporadic but persistent revenge killings against Hussein loyalists have already plagued Iraq. In Baghdad, Basra, and scores of smaller cities and towns, hundreds of former Iraqi officials and members of the Arab Baath Socialist Party have been gunned down, and the murderers have not been arrested or, in most cases, even pursued. Virtually signaling open season on ex-Baathists, Maj. Ian Poole, spokesman for the British forces controlling Basra, told The New York Times: "The fact is, these are former Baath Party officials. That makes it hard to protect them."
Chalabi's INC is promising to use its own intelligence teams to act forcefully against opponents of the United States. Chalabi, the darling of U.S. neoconservatives and the Pentagon's choice to be Iraq's first prime minister, is leading the charge for the "de-Baathification" of Iraq. When elements of the U.S. Army in Iraq seek to enlist the support of mid- and low-level Baath officials in trying to put a national bureaucracy back into place, Chalabi objects, often clashing with U.S. Army officers overseeing civil affairs.
Echoing Chalabi are various U.S. hawks and neocons. "The Kurds and the Iraqi National Congress have excellent intelligence operations that we should allow them to exploit," read a Wall Street Journal editorial. "Especially to conduct counterinsurgency in the Sunni Triangle." More explicitly citing similar U.S. operations during the Vietnam War were Tom Donnelly, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Gary Schmitt, executive director of the Project for a New American Century. Schmitt wrote a paper calling for a counterinsurgency effort modeled on the so-called COORDS program in Vietnam, an umbrella effort that included the notorious Phoenix assassinations. And, over lunch at a Washington eatery, I asked a neoconservative strategist how to deal with Iraq. "It's time for 'no more Mr. Nice Guy,'" he said. "All those people shouting, 'Down with America!' and dancing in the street when Americans are attacked? We have to kill them."
The U.S. occupation of Iraq is beginning to resemble Vietnam in more ways than one. American forces under attack are reportedly responding with indiscriminate fire, often killing combatants and innocents alike. Body counts are disputed, including one prominent instance in Samarra when U.S. forces claimed 54 Iraqi rebels killed but angry townspeople said that the dead numbered less than a dozen (and included women and children). Houses of suspected insurgents are being blown up. The wife and child of Izzat Ibrahim, a fugitive Iraqi official thought to be coordinating the insurgency, were seized and held hostage. The entire village of Auja, Hussein's hometown near Tikrit, was surrounded by barbed wire and turned into a strategic hamlet, with ID cards issued by U.S. forces needed to enter and exit it.
In early November, the Pentagon civilians ordered the U.S. military in Iraq to launch a heavily armed offensive against suspected strongholds of the resistance, using fighter bombers, laser-guided missiles, gunships and helicopters against targets of questionable importance, such as empty factories and warehouses. "It's an absolutely insane strategy," says Bob Boorstin, who oversees national-security policy for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
Until the offensive was launched, U.S. Army officers had been attempting, with uneven success, to rally local populations and adopt a hearts-and-minds approach. But in accordance with the neocons' policy of no more Mr. Nice Guy, the Pentagon ordered the aggressive new stance that took shape as Operation Ivy Cyclone and Operation Iron Hammer. "I was astounded by the warmth and fuzziness of our generals," says Danielle Pletka, AEI vice president for foreign- and defense-policy studies, who just returned from a visit to Iraq. "Well, they got orders: 'You need to fight, and fight hard.' And it suddenly dawned on them that these were bad people, and maybe we need to go out and whomp the crap out of them."
Yet "whomping" is hardly a strategy, and in Iraq the United States is clearly flailing, with a trial-and-error approach that seems haphazard and rudderless. Underlying the neocons' worry is a nagging concern that Bush, who sided with the neocons by launching the global war on terrorism and by going into Iraq, could abandon them for some form of cut-and-run strategy in order to protect his re-election efforts. Some say openly that the White House is "going wobbly," while others, like the AEI's Donnelly, believe in Bush's steadfastness but admit to having second thoughts. "For a neocon like me, having a member of the Bush family carrying the banner is a bit unnerving," says Donnelly, wryly.
But Boorstin, and many others in Washington, believe that Karl Rove, the White House's political guru, is losing patience with the bungled situation in Iraq. "I have no doubt that Karl Rove is ready to cut and run," says Boorstin. That sentiment is virtually seconded by Pletka, who maintains close contact with White House and Pentagon officials. "Some of the people around the president do want to cut and run," she says, "but not his foreign-policy advisers."
The latest offensives, combined with the counterinsurgency efforts, seem partly aimed at convincing Rove that there's no choice but to continue to gamble that the Iraqi venture will pay off. "This is an unusual president," says Richard Perle, an AEI fellow, member of the Defense Policy Board and perhaps the chief architect of U.S. Iraq policy. "He risked his presidency to do this in Iraq." But Perle is worried that politics could trump policy. "I hope it doesn't become a political issue, because that would encourage all of those who want us to fail, all of those arrayed against us," he says. "If we were to retreat, I shudder to think of the wave of terrorism it would unleash.
Some useful links
'mafqud' is the Arabic word for 'disappeared'. This is a website run by an Iraqi, dedicated to the many, many people who have been disappeared in Iraq, with a devastatingly long list of the names, dates of birth and dates of disappearance of victims.
Iraq Indymedia is now online at http://www.almuajaha.com/
Site created and compiled by independent journalists working in Iraq during the war in 2003.
ANOTHER HIDDEN TRAGEDY HARDLY ANYONE HEARD ABOUT
Living by the Fence
by Jo Wilding
Modified: 10 Jan 2004
The November 2003 study by the Uranium Medical Research Committee (UMRC) said: "Witnesses living next to the airport report 3,000 civilians were incinerated by one morning's attack from aerial bursts of thermobaric and fuel air bombs.
Living by the Fence
Dr Jinan at the clinic in Abu Ghraib says there are patients coming in with illnesses that she and her colleagues can't diagnose. Patients are referred to the main hospital complex at Baghdad Medical City but they return with still no diagnosis and having had no treatment. In particular, there have been patients presenting with bubbles on the skin. They "become hot, like burning coals, get hard and spread." She said they don't understand it.
There's been an enormous increase in allergenic respiratory and skin problems with no apparent trigger. In particular there has been a rise in three conditions - alopeicia (hair loss), psoriasis and viteligo (skin problems). These are not infections spreading through the community but auto-immune, caused by the body attacking itself, to put it simply. They are related to nerves, so fear and stress could be a factor in the increase, but environmental factors are also believed to be important.
In the row of houses closest to the airport fence every single household reported some kind of skin or breathing problem. Probably the most common was white patches on the skin, which started, for most people, between April and July. Or spots on the skin, which turn black and then the skin peels off. Or the blisters or bubbles on the skin that Dr Jinan mentioned, with or without fluid.
Women brought us inside, away from the men, took off their hijabs and showed us bald patches on their heads. The water is contaminated and, to combat that, it's filled with chemicals. It means you can drink it without spending the rest of the week in the toilet but it wrecks your skin. One of the women brought us to her small son whose scalp was like a toadstool of red skin and white pustules under the hair, insanely itchy but too painful to touch.
Immediately after the bombing of the airport, people said, thousands of trucks started removing the soil from the complex. No one can tell us where it was dumped. Other trucks brought fresh soil from elsewhere to replace it and tarmac trucks came in to cover it over. About a month after the bombing, the trucks started leaving their loads closer to the fence, tipping rubble, metal, broken crockery and general debris in the 1st June sector. Kids play and men forage in the heaps between the houses.
One said "There are no jobs. Sometimes useful things are dumped and we come and find them and sell them." Some of the kids told us about sweets, food and mineral water being thrown out. They go and eat the sweets and bring home the water and military ration MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). "No you don't," scolded one of the mothers. "I do," the child said with a gleeful grin. She went red and said "Well, sometimes."
The November 2003 study by the Uranium Medical Research Committee (UMRC) said: "Witnesses living next to the airport report 3,000 civilians were incinerated by one morning's attack from aerial bursts of thermobaric and fuel air bombs. Since the cessation of the main phase of battle, several of the Baghdad area battlefields. [were] landscaped by the US forces and Iraqi contractors, thus preventing a thorough examination."
One family living near the fence told us that all their chickens died on the day of the bombing. There was no harm to their bodies, they were still complete, but they were dead." The grandmother's eye ruptured during the bombing. A thermobaric weapon - stop eating before you read this - is essentially a fireball which sucks out all the oxygen in the area. Among other things it sucks out eyeballs and suffocates victims.
"On the day of the bombing the smoke went in his eye and it ran for a week and then stopped and the doctor said he can't operate because the nerves are already destroyed." The five-year-old boy watched us with his other eye and his 22-year-old sister stood in silence as their mother told us she was already deaf and mute from birth. She had her first fit during the bombing at the airport and has had them regularly, every week or ten days, since then. The mother is one of the women who have had several miscarriages in recent years.
Forwarded by Ken NCEpanacea@aol.com> on April 9
A Superpower Defeated
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
April 9, 2004
The news from and about Iraq, chronicling a quickening spiral of disaster for the US, is spilling out faster than even the experienced surfer can follow. The news is of a country united in a common cause: driving out the foreign invader and occupying power; of a militarized, imperial, foreign government attempting to run an ancient civilization, about which it knows or cares nothing; and of the impassioned desire for self-government proving to be more powerful than history's wealthiest and most powerful state.
In the thick of all this blood, gore, destruction, killing, and hate, not even the ridiculous posturing of the Bush administration, forever promising to stick out this test of will, can reasonably dispute what is beginning to be obvious to everyone: the Superpower has been defeated.
We can begin with a passing commentary on the news, choosing the three most recent items as of this writing.
The interior minister has stepped down on the orders of the US on grounds that he is a Shiite, as is the defense minister. US administrators want a Sunni in order to balance out the appointed government (to think that people used to make fun of Clinton's beancounting). But the idea that such a step will mollify, pacify, or satisfy anyone is absurd. The US going into Iraq had never even heard of a Sunni or Shiite and now the US presumes to pick and choose a government with such attention to religious-ethnic balance that it will bamboozle Iraqis into thinking it is somehow democratic or legitimate? Preposterous.
Japanese aid workers and a photographer are captured by Iraqis who tell Tokyo to pull out or see these people burned alive. Tokyo puts on a good face and says it won't pull out, but it is obviously a farce; after all, the government is simultaneously begging the UN to intervene. Besides, no Japanese citizen believes that their nation should be part of this sorry excuse for a coalition. Everyone knows the Japanese government just went along because of its "special relationship" with the US, which means that the US has military bases in Japan. Huge segments of the population want the US out of Japan, and Japan out of Iraq. This event will only further galvanize the peace and independence movement.
Just as the US is becoming aware of deep religious and tribal divisions in Iraq, Sunni and Shiite are cooperating together in the common goal of getting rid of the US. It seems that the US has at last brought the country of Iraq together, if not exactly the way it had expected. So not only the Sunni city of Fallujah is lost to the US, but also three Shiite cities in the South. Sure, the US can apply massive efforts to retake these cities, but only in the most formal sense. The bombing of mosques and the killing of hundreds of civilians guarantees eternal enmity between the population and the US government.
Let's just add one more news item for good measure, simply because it will prove so crucial in the complete unraveling of the US war effort. Donald Rumsfeld is extending the stay for the troops, effectively drafting them for service. This has made angry and demoralized US troops not to speak of their families ever madder.
They already feel that they were lied to about how beloved the US government is in Iraq how it was a country of people longing to be touched by the magic wand of the Pentagon. Now the troops are being told to kill and risk being killed in this disgusting spectacle for an indeterminate period of time into the future. At some point in this process, they will enter into an open rebellion beyond what we saw in Vietnam, where the operation had an ideological mask. This effort, in contrast, is widely seen as nothing but Bush's private war for himself and his friends.
Nato and the UN might take a larger role were either institution interested in getting involved. But they too are made up of member states who oppose this whole bloody operation. Meanwhile, the Coalition, such as it is with the total numbers of troops from all other countries apart from the US and Britain amounting to less than 15%, is growing increasingly cosmetic and will ultimately collapse. Kazakhstan and Spain are as good as gone, and Poland, Italy, and the Netherlands are soon to follow. Why should they sacrifice blood for this catastrophic US adventure? When the coalition is gone in every way but name only, and the US receives no backing from the UN or Nato, it will be alone: a handful of officials holed up inside the White House against the rest of the world.
It is clear where this is headed. The US, the much-vaunted superpower that only yesterday advertised itself as the great global messiah, is defeated. From that point on, the rest is only a mop-up. The US can ride around in tanks and continue to talk of the light at the end of the tunnel while avoiding that precise phrase. But its control over Iraq will be as mythical as its declaration of victory a year ago.
The US believed it could control Iraq without having to bother with the question of whether the people of Iraq wanted the US there. Steeped only in military experience and lacking all knowledge of the liberal intellectual tradition, the war planners have no idea what constitutes a society, and how it operates. What the US planners did not take into account is that the ideas people hold are more powerful than air or land power.
As Mises wrote, "In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrant's feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters."
The trajectory in Iraq has followed a course known from ancient times. It begins in an arrogant belief that a foreign people can be controlled and governed by force of superior arms alone. Decapitate the leader, the prediction goes, and his subjects will follow a new leader. In Iraq, the illusion lasted long enough for the US to undertake absurd acts of supposed reconstruction and benevolence and even arrange something that had all the form of a government. The power and the money were unlimited, so the answer to all problems was more violence, more brutality, more payola. The US followed this pattern of carrots and sticks for the better part of twelve months. Build a police station, shoot a political dissident, repair a school, shut down a newspaper, fund a hospital, arrest a cleric, shell out millions to buy off political support, mow down a few families at checkpoints in civilian areas. Some of us never bought the view that anyone in Iraq thought of the US as liberators as opposed to occupiers. But in retrospect, it is obvious that the entire country has been seething in anger since the overthrow of Saddam.
Hans Blix, the former UN chief weapons inspector, broke the taboo and said what nearly everyone was already thinking but refusing to say: on balance, Iraq was better off under Saddam. On one level, this is perfectly obvious and probably doesn't need to be said at all. And yet it does need to be said because the neoconservatives have continued to insist that anything and everything can be justified because Saddam was so evil. It's not true, of course, that any means justifies the ends. And yet we could go further and state what most all Iraqis have concluded: Saddam was awful but the Occupation is worse.
And so the US is defeated in war. The fallout for pro-Western Iraqis could not be worse, as radical Islam attempts to use the Occupation as exhibit A in their case against Western values, culture, and institutions. The pro-American people within Iraq ought never to tire of pointing out that this was not America at war with Iraq but the Bush administration on a maniacal mission that never would have gone ahead if the regime had any respect for the Constitution. In its founding and history, America represents freedom and peaceful commercial engagement. The actions of a junta in control of the White House should not be permitted to poison the glories of American institutions and history.
For American citizens who feel themselves demoralized by defeat, they need to hear a similar message. The actions of the Bush administration and its disastrous war are not the actions of our country as such. It was a few misguided fanatics who do not have an appreciation for the value of freedom. They used the events of 9-11 to live out their ambitions to expand the hegemon (as Rice once again admitted in her testimony: "Bold and comprehensive changes are sometimes only possible in the wake of catastrophic events events which create a new consensus that allows us to transcend old ways of thinking and acting").
We mourn for the hundreds dead and thousands wounded, and grieve for their families. We can only rejoice as the administration concedes defeat and pulls out of this country, and rejoice even more if this serves to teach a lasting lesson. A defeat of Bush's war in Iraq is a victory for freedom and for American patriotism. After all, the essential American idea is that society functions best when people govern themselves in liberty, and that "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. is president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, editor of LewRockwell.com and author of Speaking of Liberty.
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The American Union 2005
The End Of The United States Of America - The Biggest Story Of The Century
Chapbook Number Four - The American Union
by Meria Heller w/ Robert Gaylon Ross
The End of the United States of America. The American Union 2005. The biggest Story of the century.
SAMPLE: What you are about to read may seem like the most far-fetched science fiction you have ever read. I wish I could tell you that it was. However, it is not.
Covering the news daily and reading the books I have point to the big picture, and its not pretty. Think about the end of the United States of America as we know it. Think about living inside a Matrix not of our choosing, but of the ruling elite. Think about thought police, no bill of rights, and the Constitution becoming a thing of distant memory. Think about books being written that start with: A long time ago in a distant land called America there was
.. Not a very exciting prospect? Well, if the international global elite have their way this will become reality as early as January 2005.
There are many issues thrown at us daily to keep us so overwhelmed and distracted (deliberately) that we cannot pay attention to the real horror behind it all, and I speak of the One World Order, coined by George H.W. Bush Sr. himself. One world under the rule of the richest families on Earth. The international banks making all the rules with their Corporate minions behind them. Not a one of us have had any say or vote in this matter. Not a one of us has been consulted as to what WE the people want. We are treated like a third world citizenry with zero intelligence of our own.
Right now people are concerning themselves with the Election of 2004; jobs going overseas; the markets dropping; assassinations daily in far off places (that seems disconnected, but arent): illegal wars; terrorism; drugs; pedophilia - all of it distractions. I totally believe 100% they are distractions to throw us off the trail of the true number one story (ignored by the media) which is the creation of an American Union by 2005/2006. I say 2006 because the peoples efforts in Miami at the FTAA protests a few months ago put a chink in their plan, causing delays. We the people CAN, and MUST, do all we can to take back our country. People worldwide have already lost their country (see the European Union, African Union, etc) and their sovereignty. Countries now kowtow to the World Trade Organization run by the same people that will destroy our country. These are the same people who have already destroyed our economy while boosting the economy of China (perhaps the next superpower?). The same people that are putting Corporate interests and RIGHTS ahead of our very own Constitution in our very own courts of law. The same people that would see all of us working on a prison planet and filling the coffers of the already super-rich. These people HAVE NO loyalty to their country. They are true evildoers; enemies of all life on the planet.
Several members of the Bush White House have dual citizenship with Israel. Whose benefit are they really looking out for? Why hasnt the terrorist nation of Israel been clumped into Bushs axis of evil? Who supplies Israel with the money for their weapons? Who looked away while Israel developed nuclear weapons? Of course it is almost illegal to mention anything negative about Israel in this country. It is illegal to boycott products from Israel. Why? These elitists are connected and probably directed by the Zionist movement which does not favor the Jewish people. It uses the Jewish people as cannon fodder, as does this administration with our children serving in illegal wars for profiteers. We are the feeders that they need to get rid of. Zionists, Bilderbergs, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Skull & Bones, Council on Foreign Relations, and more are all part of the same illuminati that has been destroying our world for centuries - the true axis of evil.
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The End Of The United States Of America
The Biggest Story Of The Century
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Outspoken Meria gives a hard-hitting warning about the real agenda of the elite cabal for America: forced unification (if we the people don't rise up to stop them) of the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and other Central and South American countries under a dictatorial, orwellian regime. Duration: 20 minutes.
Date: 07 Apr 2004
From: Gila Svirsky email@example.com>
Subject: Petition: Open Gates to Allow Food into Gaza!
Two of us, both peace and human rights activists in Israel, have just prepared an online petition called:
"Open Gates to Allow Food into Gaza"
(For your convenience, we have pasted a copy below.)
This petition refers to the recent suspension of aid into Gaza by the UNRWA as a result of Israeli actions that prevent the UN food trucks from entering.
Please read the petition below.
Oren Medicks & Gila Svirsky
To: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
We are appalled to hear that UNRWA has been forced to suspend its food aid in Gaza as a result of new Israeli regulations. The severe economic hardship of the children and adults in Gaza is well documented by US AID and other sources. Preventing the access of humanitarian aid will exacerbate already existing conditions of starvation and malnourishment.
Therefore, we individuals and organizations concerned with peace, justice, and human rights -- Israeli and international -- call upon the Israeli government to ensure that UNWRA and other relief agencies are able to continue their work or, alternatively, that Israel replace this aid with its own, and thereby ensure the well-being of the population, as mandated by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
We demand that the Israeli government address this matter with the utmost urgency, as human lives are at stake. We call upon the governments of other countries to lend weight to this humanitarian appeal, which is intended to secure Israel's compliance with its obligations under law as well as basic humanitarian values.
If you'd like to sign this petition, click on:
UNRWA Press Release 1 April 2004
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East-Headquarters Gaza
Press Release No. HQ/G/06/2004
1 April, 2004
UNRWA suspends emergency food aid in Gaza
Gaza - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) today stopped distributing emergency food aid to some 600,000 refugees in the Gaza Strip, or approximately half of the refugees receiving UNRWA food aid in the occupied Palestinian territory, following restrictions introduced by Israeli authorities at the sole commercial crossing through which the Agency is able to bring in humanitarian assistance. Stocks of rice, flour, cooking oil and other essential foodstuffs that UNRWA provides to refugees reduced to poverty, or otherwise affected by a humanitarian crisis now in its 42nd month, have been fully depleted.
Efforts to persuade the Israeli authorities to lift the restriction on the transport of UNRWA's empty food containers out of Gaza have so far failed, forcing the Agency to suspend the delivery into Gaza of 11,000 tons of food from Ashdod Port to avoid a bottleneck which would result in prohibitive costs. Under normal circumstances, UNRWA delivers some 250 tons of food aid per day in Gaza alone as part of a wider programme of emergency assistance to refugees, initiated shortly after the outbreak of strife in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in September 2000. Since then, the Gaza Strip has been locked into a deep socio-economic crisis resulting from the prolonged closure of its border with Israel, the destruction of thousands of homes as well as of agricultural and local industrial assets. Almost two out of three households in Gaza live below the poverty line, and more than half its workforce is unemployed.
UNRWA is not alone in facing chronic obstacles to the flow of humanitarian assistance. These have been experienced by all UN agencies operating in the West Bank and Gaza, whose Agency heads in a joint statement on 26 March called, without success, on the Government of Israel to loosen the restrictions currently in force in Gaza.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen said: "The suspension of UNRWA's emergency food aid in the Gaza Strip will further distress communities already struggling to cope with unrelieved economic hardship and malnutrition. If the new restrictions in Gaza continue, I fear we could see real hunger emerge for the first time in two generations. Israel's legitimate, and serious, security concerns will not be served by hindering the emergency relief work of the United Nations. I appeal to the authorities to lift these restrictions and enable us to resume our food distributions in Gaza."
If you'd like to sign our petition, click on:
From: "Janet M Eaton" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08 Apr 2004
Subject: Say NO to Ballistic Missile Defence! PowerPoint Educational Resource on Halifax Peace Coalition Website
Thought you might be interested in this - noting that you had
provided a reference to Canadians stars lobbying Martin against BMD.
Thanks for all your good work on the newsletters.
Please note the following is a rather large file and requires adobe
All the best,
Say NO to Ballistic Missile Defence! Power Point Presentation
Researched and Prepared by Janet M Eaton, PhD
[With input and editing assistance from Tamara Lorincz, Halifax Peace Coalition]
Posted April 6, 2004
Halifax Peace Coalition Website
This online power point presentation serves as an educational resource for Canadians concerned about Canada's participation in the Bush Administration's ballistic missile defence (BMD), provides arguments as to why Canada should not sign on to BMD, and offers ways we can take action to keep Canada out of BMD. This up-to-date presentation includes key references and resources. We encourage people to circulate and use this presentation in their communities and to link to it online. For more information or to offer feedback please contact: Janet M Eaton: email@example.com
The Power Point is organized as follows:
 What is missile defence ?
 What is the Canadian Government's position?
 Why say NO !!
 What are some alternatives?
 Why get involved? and how !
 Why Say NO !!
[a] Technological & Scientific reasons
[b] Economic reasons
[c] Political reasons
[d] Ethical reasons
[e] Environmental reasons
[c ]Political Reasons
[i] Fails to protect Canadians & promotes global insecurity
[ii] Contrary to Canadian policy values & international law
[iii] Contrary to Global Attitudes towards US policies
[iv] Will lead to weaponization of space
[v] Jeopardizes Canada's sovereignty
[vi] Reflects corporate influence
[vii] There is no imperative to be at the table
[a] Address injustices and poverty to attain security
[b] Retain our sovereign voice and unique identity
[c] Re-think and strengthen the UN
[d] Spend on peace keeping not military integration with U.S.
[e] Reject 'Deep Integration' - Renew Vision of Just Society
[f] Stress Peace, Diplomacy, Disarmament and Human Security
[g] Adopt a Culture of Peace - not a Cult of War !!
Date: 08 Apr 2004
From: "John T. Linnell" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Mission Possible Canada
Re the article on Aspartame poisoning, perhaps you might be interested in adding http://www.aspartame.ca
Aspartame poisoning information.
Please visit the site. It could save your life
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From: Willy Smith email@example.com>
Subject: Re: The Empire of Darkness Series #8: Presidential IQ Hoax & Into the shadows
Date: 8 Apr 2004
Once again, this is a hoax:
Claim: According to a study by the Lovenstein Institute, President Bush has the lowest IQ of all presidents of past 50 years. No, this isn't a real news report, nor does it describe a real study. There isn't a "Lovenstein Institute" in Scranton, Pennsylvania (or anywhere else in the USA), nor do any of the people quoted in the story exist, because this is just another spoof that was taken too seriously. The piece is simply a political jibe, made obvious by its ranking all the Democratic presidents of the last several decades as having high (even exceptionally high) IQs. CLIP
On another subject, take a look at this:
Into the shadows
(...) That same March week I noticed a tiny, authorless Reuters piece way in the back pages of the Los Angeles Times news section headlined, "Guantanamo Commander Sent to Iraq." It began:
"The Army general in charge of the prisoner operation at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been reassigned to oversee prisoner detention operations in Iraq, U.S. military officials said Wednesday."
Actually, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller's new position will be "deputy commander for detainee operations for the U.S.-led forces in Iraq." Though no reporter seems to have thought this news worthy of comment, it struck me that, as only "deputy commander," the general still has something to shoot for in Iraq and, perhaps more significantly, that we now have two small dots of global incarceration to connect; two places on earth where, in "unapproachable zones or distant islands under strict military control," beyond the reach of courts, beyond curious reporters or freelance Americans of whatever sort, shielded from rules, laws, international conventions, or oversight, the Pentagon and our intelligence services, at the behest only of the President, hold surprising numbers of people in detention without charges, without the need for either trial, judgment, or future release.
In Guantanamo, Cuba, and in occupied Iraq, in other words, we now have two black holes of injustice; and once you have two of anything that needs to be managed, you can always imagine one of them as more important than the other and you immediately have a career ladder. Let's assume, then, that Maj. Gen. Miller is on one and that this is a promotion, not a demotion. If so, the question for the future is: What will the next rung on that ladder be?
With remarkably little attention from our media, and deep in the shadows, the Bush administration is creating what Neal Katyal, "chief counsel to the military defense lawyers in the Guantanamo case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court," calls a "legal Frankenstein." Or maybe it's just a Frankenstein. In his piece in Slate ( Gitmo' Better Blues), he's referring only to the government's Guantanamo case at the Supreme Court, but it's a phrase that could be applied no less aptly to our larger Bermuda Triangle of injustice that, since the Afghan War of 2001, the Bush administration has been setting up around the world.
In a rare piece on the subject in a major newspaper, last December as Saddam entered our offshore prison world, James Risen and Thom Shanker of the New York Times wrote of "what has developed into a global detention system run by the Pentagon and the CIA
a secretive universe
made up of large and small facilities scattered throughout the world
Officials described the network of detention centers as a prison system with its own unique hierarchy, one in which the most important captives are kept at the greatest distance from the prying eyes of the public and the media. And it is a system in which the jailers have refined the arts of interrogation in order to drain the detainees of critical information."
Ah, those "arts of interrogation." You would want to keep them from "prying eyes," wouldn't you? And the Bush administration has done so with remarkable success. It seems that, for them, even Guantanamo is too exposed and so, oddly enough, that ultimate lockdown facility seems to hold no significant al-Qaeda or Taliban figures. They are held "elsewhere."
Around us, as Americans, the shadows have been deepening. They weren't first cast by this administration, but its powerful urge to scare us all into "preventive wars" and unparalleled global domination has caused them to deepen immeasurably. Every now and then, as with Richard Clarke's testimony or in Fallujah recently, something in those shadows is, unexpectedly, sometimes horrifyingly illuminated, whether we care to exercise our prying eyes or not. Under an assault of almost unbelievable brutality, lit up last week was the semi-secret world of private armies in Iraq -- those four dead and mutilated men, working for a firm called Blackwater USA, part of a $100 billion global-boom business for which our government is the largest customer.
Just for a second, that business sat in the spotlit glare and we learned that the second largest force in our Iraqi "coalition of the willing" was not the British military contingent of 8,000-plus in southern Iraq but the 15,000 well-armed, well-paid mercenaries who protect everyone from U.S. and British officials to private business contractors. Some of them learned their skills under the old South African Apartheid regime, some under the brutal Pinochet dictatorship in Chile; some are Gurkhas from Nepal (reminders of a British colonial past), some islanders from Fiji, and some like the four who were dismembered in Fallujah had backgrounds in the U.S. Special Forces. As a legion, they truly make up a "coalition of the billing."
They represent the gap between an undermanned American imperial force and complete desperation in that occupied land -- and in death they fall into a shadow body count unacknowledged by the Pentagon. CLIP
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From: "Jean-Pierre Caron" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: NESARA ad truck driving around Washington DC
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004
There is presently an ad truck (and a flotilla of them in the next few days) touring around Washington DC and displaying NESARA in front of the Capitol, the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and the Supreme Court.
I think this is the first time NESARA is being made so manifest in plain sight for everyone to see. You may be aware that the World Court has authorized NESARA to be announced in the 45-day period extending between March 22 and May 5, 2004.
Naturally, the more people know about NESARA, the more the pressure builds up to have it announced through the appropriate channels.
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From: Jim Nash email@example.com>
Sent: April 12, 2004
Subject: NESARA truck in Washington DC
Here is a picture at http://www.nesara.us/gallery13/photos/Nesara2.html of the ad truck displaying NESARA in front of the Capitol. Several of these ad trucks will be driving around Washington DC in the days ahead preparing people for the incredible NESARA law that will be announced from Washington. To learn more go to http://www.nesara.us
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