MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
May 26, 2005
The Writing on the Wall Series #39: An Awful Lot of Excrementum
After a looong process of reviewing hundreds of emails, webpages, news articles, leading me to stunning discoveries, disheartening news and all kinds of other "stuff", I distilled "down" *well not really!* this 67 page compilation for your review. I challenge you to follow all the 102 links suggested - including the latest message from Matthew (very good one!) - where much more is to be found, seen and sometime enjoyed.
There will be a new Meditation Focus issued this coming Saturday.
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Here is a brief quote of significance to me: "The power of your love-light thought forms, which come from your thoughts, feelings, words and actions, is what creates the Earth of your intent. Remembering that no soul is separate from any other and none is separate from the Supreme Ruler of this universe, at soul level there is desire for humanity to evolve spiritually. Conscious awareness of this truth and applying it to your life is part of the spiritual clarity needed for your own evolution."
"The basic underlying and uniting force of the universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness(the Unified Field) which lies not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears."
- Allen L. Roland, Ph.D. - Taken from http://AllenRoland.com/allen.php
Sent by "Mark R. Elsis" firstname.lastname@example.org> who recommended http://AllenRoland.com
He is the featured guest today, May 26, 1 pm on http://Meria.net
"The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained;but more especially that neither of them be suffered to over leap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people.The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants.The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them.... and are slaves."
- U.S. President James Madison
"Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men,were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,their posterity might lookup again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began...."
- Abraham LincolnLincoln/Douglas U.S. Presidential Debates - 1858
Both quotes sent by Rudolf Schneider email@example.com>
"Of course, most Americans back in this strange land know nothing about such doings in Iraq, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Bush administration and its faithful loudspeaker, the corporate media, which has done such a fantastic job of whitewashing the degrading situation in Iraq: Fallujah begins to resemble a concentration c the death toll of innocent Iraqis continues to escalate; the Iraqi resistance and foreign terrorist groups are now focusing heavily on the new Iraqi government and the new Iraqi security forces; the American troops continue their aggressive operations - and all that comes through here in this still peaceful-seeming land are flickering images of car-bomb carnage."
- Dahr Jamail from "Coming Home: An Iraq Correspondent Living in Two Worlds" below
"The night shift's activities at Abu Ghraib came to an end on January 13 2004, when specialist Joseph M Darby, one of the 372nd reservists, provided army police authorities with a disk full of explicit images. By then, these horrors had been taking place for nearly four months. Three days later the army began an investigation. But it is what was not done that is significant. There is no evidence that President Bush, upon learning of the devastating conduct at Abu Ghraib, asked any hard questions of Rumsfeld and his own aides in the White House; no evidence that they took any significant steps, upon learning in mid-January of the abuses, to review and modify the military's policy toward prisoners. I was told by a high-level former intelligence official that within days of the first reports the judicial system was programmed to begin prosecuting the enlisted men and women in the photos and to go no further up the chain of command. (...) Despite Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo - not to mention Iraq and the failure of intelligence - and the various roles they played in what went wrong, Rumsfeld kept his job; Rice was promoted to secretary of state; Alberto Gonzales, who commissioned the memos justifying torture, became attorney general; deputy secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz was nominated to the presidency of the World Bank; and Stephen Cambone, under-secretary of defence for intelligence and one of those most directly involved in the policies on prisoners, was still one of Rumsfeld's closest confidants. President Bush, asked about accountability, told the Washington Post before his second inauguration that the American people had supplied all the accountability needed - by re-electing him (NOTE FROM JEAN: In a fake, fraudulent, make-believe, stolen election! A complete parody of democracy!! -- see Attack on election board whistleblower and leaked Blackwell threats re-fire Ohio's election theft scandal (May 23, 2005) http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2005/1284 and...
New Academic Report Raises Specter Of US Electronic Voting Fraud http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/WATBinLadenVVotingmachines2.htm ). Only seven enlisted men and women have been charged or pleaded guilty to offences relating to Abu Ghraib. No officer is facing criminal proceedings."
- Seymour Hersh - taken from "The unknown unknowns of the Abu Ghraib scandal"
"If I had to summarize the feelings contained in the reports it would go something like this: A significant number of reader of http://www.urbansurvival.com (a self selecting group which likely influences expectations) - about 30% - expect something BIG is about to happen in the near future (the next few weeks). Further, the focus of whatever happens "feels" like it will have a major impact on housing/shelter/workplace setting. A smaller number feel that it will impact food (18%) and will ripple out to family, finance, and to a lesser degree communications, the environment, transportation and energy. Representative comments go like this: "I have had a need to finish but what's weird is I had the sudden urge to build a water distiller, I finished it 30 min. ago. It produces about a gallon every 30min. and took 2 days to build and get running correctly. I put everything off to build it which is very strange..." (...) This is all very unscientific - but it captures an essence of what readers have been submitting as a result of our "compulsion" question. There's a sense that Something Big is coming, and it will make having one's home, food, and family affairs in order. Whether it's a meme (mental virus) going around, or a foreshadow of events to come over the upcoming Holiday Weekend, remains to be seen. But in the meantime, we're wearing our seatbelts and pondering next moves."
- Excerpted from http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm where there are many more speculative concerns discussed - Forwarded by "Willy Smith" firstname.lastname@example.org>
"In my view at least the galactic level of consciousness evolution is not about aliens coming from another part of the galaxy to set things right for us. It is rather about realizing that we ourselves are galactic human beings and that we start to regard the planet that we are very much a part of from a higher perspective."
- Carl Johan Calleman - Taken from Global Diksha and Meditation Days - Rewiring the Global Brain towards the End of Dominance (next June 1 and 2, 2005)
Worthy of Your Attention
Amazing fractal art
Tons of trippy psychedelic visuals (Try the "psychedelize it"...)
The 2005 celestial glyph (crop circles) season is underway. Check the latest ones in the UK at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2005/2005.html - for those in the U.S. see at http://www.cropcirclenews.com/ and make sure to check these unique, never seen before glyphs that appeared a few days ago near Phoenix, Arizona at http://www.labyrinthina.com/phoenixcropformation.htm"> - many more convincing pictures through http://www.labyrinthina.com/croppie/index.htm (be patient it is a slide show)
CNN is having a vote on nukes. At the moment it is 76% in favour. Nuclear power begets nuclear weapons, nuclear power stations become targets for extreme terrorists, there is no safe way of disposing of the waste, and it is over twice as expensive as developing wind power from scratch, but as the nuclear industry has a PR machine and the wind community does not, you may have only heard one side of the story. Please vote against new nuclear power stations at http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TECH/05/19/nuclear.power.reut/index.html
Recommended by Brenda/Beverly email@example.com>
Stunning UFO fleets filmed in Mexico (videos online)
Recommended by "Adi Gaia" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stupendously beautiful Auroras
Many more through http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01may05_page4.htm
Rather interesting movie coming up on Fox On June 5, 8 pm
Recommended by "Mark Graffis" email@example.com>
Upcoming Reopen911.org.uk events in London and Manchester - From May 27 to June 5
Among the numerous speakers confirmed: Barrie Zwicker, Thierry Meyssan and Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. Recommended by ERN subscriber "Ian Neal" I_Neal@IMECHE.org.uk>
Check also MAN BEHIND THE HEADLINES: MULTI-MILLIONAIRE JIMMY WALTER LAUNCHES 911 TRUTH EUROPEAN MEGA-TOUR at http://www.reopen911.org.uk/
Spending nearly $4 million in America, Jimmy Walter has launched advertising blitzes in the most prominent newspapers and magazines, including full-page color ads in Business Week, Forbes, Newsweek, the New York Times, Washington Post, Readers Digest, New Yorker, etc., entitled "Are We Safer Now? According to Mr. Walter, The 9/11 Report has been published, but some very troubling questions remain unanswered." Mr. Walter is now prepared to do the same in Europe, launching a mega tour throughout Europe including Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, London and Manchester, England. Go at http://www.reopen911.org./tourpressrelease.htm for complete Press Release.
The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie by Dr. David Ray Griffin
This article lists over 100 lies included in the official 9/11 Commission report. It is an excellent summary/companion to Dr. Griffin's newest book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions". The entire Report is constructed in support of one big lie: that the official story about 9/11 is true.
Gandhi in the 21st Century
Take a look at this terrific 60-second ad picturing Gandhi in the 21st century, about which N.S. Sridharan wrote: "It is a moving and compelling testament to how much technologies of connectivity and communication have changed the world and how much is made possible. The film starts out with Gandhi (actual historical clip) walking into his hut in Sabarmati. It then, cuts over to his face talking to people about one world, uplift for all. We see soldiers in WW2 looking at his talk on television, a couple in Italy sitting on a park bench and viewing it on their cellphone, people gathered in Moscow looking at it in big screen, executives looking at it on their desktops in London and in New York, trains screaming through wilderness of Canada and native Indians viewing his talk on a laptop. It paints a compelling and redeeming vision of what is possible with technology when it is applied to peaceful purposes. The tag line is Imagine the world today if he could have communicated like this." Recommended by firstname.lastname@example.org (website: http://www.jor-el.org)
2. The New Pledge of Allegiance for Amerikkka by Meria Heller
3. The 23rd Qualm
4. The last Presidential and first Imperial order
5. Fabricating Intelligence as a Justification for War
6. Bush family in charge of World Trade Center Security up to and on 9-11-2001!!
7. President's Visit Stirs Dissent at Conservative Calvin College
8. Secret UK troops plan for Afghan crisis
9. In US Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths
10. Coming Home: An Iraq Correspondent Living in Two Worlds
11. Fallujah Repeat in Al Qa'im
12. Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
13. US, NATO Nuclear Policies 'Immoral' - McNamara
14. An Ally from Hell
15. Joke - John Paul II in heaven
US Leads Global Attack on Human Rights - Amnesty (May 25) http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L23119557.htm
LONDON - Four years after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, human rights are in retreat worldwide and the United States bears most responsibility, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe the picture is bleak. Governments are increasingly rolling back the rule of law, taking their cue from the U.S.-led war on terror, it said. "The USA as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide," Secretary General Irene Khan said in the foreword to Amnesty International's 2005 annual report. "When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity," she said. CLIP
Violence against Women Rampant in Asia (25 May 2005)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Violence and systematic discrimination against women was rampant in Asia last year, ranging from acid attacks for unpaid dowries in Bangladesh to forced abortion in China, rape by soldiers in Nepal and domestic beatings in Australia, Amnesty International said. The London-based group's annual assessment of the state of human rights in the world reported abuses against women from almost every country in Asia in its report released Wednesday. The largest section on women's rights was devoted to their plight in Afghanistan, where the group said the ouster of the conservative, Islamic Taliban regime in 2001 by U.S.-led forces did little to bring relief to women. While women were a major focus of the Asian report, the group highlighted abuses ranging from summary executions in Nepal to restrictions on criminal defendants' choices of attorneys in Australia under new anti-terrorism laws. Amnesty reported moderate improvements in the protection of rights in some countries, but the list of places where rights deteriorated was much longer. CLIP
US Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally, by Human Rights Watch (24 May 2005)
FBI participated in interrogations despite apparent knowledge of torture, abduction. U.S. FBI agents operating in Pakistan repeatedly interrogated and threatened two U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin who were unlawfully detained and subjected to torture by the Pakistani security services, Human Rights Watch said today.
Global Torture Ban Under Threat (May 12, 2005) http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2005/05/12/eca10661.htm
Governments Cannot Hide Behind the Fig Leaf of Diplomatic Assurances - Western governments are undermining the global ban on torture by transferring suspects to countries known for routinely torturing prisoners, Human Rights Watch and seven partner organizations said today in a joint statement. In the statement, issued as the United Nations Committee Against Torture meets in Geneva, the groups called on governments to cease reliance on diplomatic assurances empty promises of humane treatment upon return, sought only from governments with well-known records of torture as a safeguard against torture and ill-treatment. The eight nongovernmental groups further urged the international community to make clear that the use of diplomatic assurances in the face of risk of torture violates the absolute prohibition in international law against torture and ill-treatment. This prohibition includes the obligation not to transfer people to places where they face a risk of such abusive treatment (the nonrefoulement obligation). No exceptions are allowed, even in time of war or public emergency. CLIP
Abu Ghraib Only the Tip of the Iceberg (April 27, 2005)
The crimes at Abu Ghraib are part of a larger pattern of abuses against Muslim detainees around the world, Human Rights Watch said on the eve of the April 28 anniversary of the first pictures of U.S. soldiers brutalizing prisoners at the Iraqi jail. Its now clear that abuse of detainees has happened all overfrom Afghanistan to Guantánamo Bay to a lot of third-country dungeons where the United States has sent prisoners. And probably quite a few other places we dont even know about. Human Rights Watch called this week for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the culpability of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and ex-CIA Director George Tenet, as well as Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, formerly the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba in cases of crimes against detainees. CLIP
Baghdad's Polluted Water Makes Children Sick With Cholera (May 25, 2005)
BAGHDAD, Iraq, (ENS) - Cholera is spreading in Baghdads impoverished al-Amil quarter where overcrowding and contaminated water are leading to fears of an epidemic. City officials blame insurgent attacks on infrastructure for the outbreak in southwest Baghdad. Children have so far been the worse affected, with one doctor at a Baghdad hospital saying he is now seeing young cholera patients on a daily basis. CLIP
Forced Labour a 'Social Evil,' Says UN Report (19 May 2005)
ILO report shows more than 12 million people are trapped in forced labour. More than 12 million people around the world are trapped in forced labour, according to a report by the International Labour Office (ILO). Juan Somavia, general director of the Geneva-based agency that is under the umbrella of the United Nations, called the problem a "social evil which has no place in the modern world" in the wake of the report that shows millions are exploited through forced labour in the private economy, rather than imposed directly by states. Of these about 2.4 million are victims of human trafficking. It said employers are exploiting these trafficked women, children and men to the tune of $40.4 billion each year - an average of $16,833 from every single trafficked forced labourer. CLIP
Almost 10 Million People Work in Slave-Like Conditions in Asia (19 May 2005)
Forced labour generates profits worth US$ 9.7 billion. The International Labour Organisation calls on the international community to punish this crime and adopt plans to fight poverty. Geneva - Some 9.5 million people are working as forced labourers in the Asia-Pacific region, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said. In a report released on Tuesday, May 17, entitled A Global Alliance Against Forced Labour, the ILO said there are 12.3 million forced labourers worldwide, three-quarters of which the Asia-Pacific region alone. ILO Asia-Pacific regional director Shinichi Hasegawa said that in this region the forced labour problem was extremely serious. "Indeed, one could expect that in today's world of modern information technology, enlightened political and human rights awareness and the growth of democracy, forced labour would have become a thing of the past. Sadly, the opposite is true," he said. "In Asia-Pacific, 1.4 million of these 9.5 million people are in forced labour because they were trafficked. The remaining 8.1 million are trapped in other ways, most frequently by debt bondage," Mr. Hasegawa explained. He said however that "the human cost-the broken lives, emotional pain and physical suffering-can never be measured." CLIP
Uzbekistan: Killings Demand International Inquiry (May 20, 2005)
U.S., E.U. Countries Should Back U.N. Request for Independent Investigation The Uzbek authorities must permit an independent international investigation into the killing of possibly hundreds of civilians in Andijan and surrounding cities last week, Human Rights Watch said today. Such an investigation is essential to establish the truth and ensure justice for the victims. CLIP
Weapons in Space (May 24)
The Air Force is pressing hard to develop defensive and offensive space weapons without adequately considering the potential adverse consequences. At this point, it is not clear whether Air Force aspirations for these weapons are mostly technological fantasy or have some real hope of success. It is certainly true that the Air Force wants to achieve and maintain military superiority in space. (...) This all sounds similar to the technological hubris shown by missile defense planners, who started out with grandiose Star Wars designs two decades ago. Now, $100 billion later, they still can't reliably detect and destroy an incoming missile. Nobody knows how well the new weapons might work, and there is concern, even in military circles, that basing weapons in space might trigger an arms race that would leave the United States, with its undeniable advantage in conventional forces, worse off than it is now. Another problem is cost. With virtually all weapons systems busting their budgets, the Pentagon should think hard before putting hundreds of billions of dollars into new space technologies.
Britain's Galloway Turns into Media Hero
(...) Upon his return Wednesday, he was given a standing ovation by hundreds of people at a rally in London. "He blasted the whole of the US Senate," said Abdul Khaliq Mian, a member of Respect, the anti-war party founded by Galloway. Galloway's no-holds-barred testimony won widespread praise in a country where many accuse Prime Minister Tony Blair's government of taking a supine approach to relations with the United States. "In one hour, George Galloway has shown how to do what a succession of British ministers ... have conspicuously failed to do: to stand up to American bullying and mendacity," reader Andy Bailey wrote in a letter to the editor of the Guardian. CLIP
Galloway and the Mother of All Invective (May 18)
Whatever else you made of him, when it came to delivering sustained barrages of political invective, you had to salute his indefatigability. George Galloway stormed up to Capitol Hill yesterday morning for the confrontation of his career, firing scatter-shot insults at the senators who had accused him of profiting illegally from Iraqi oil sales. They were "neo-cons" and "Zionists" and a "pro-war lynch mob", he raged, who belonged to a "lickspittle Republican committee" that was engaged in creating "the mother of all smokescreens".
US tour beckons for Gorgeous George (May 22)
HIS bristling, chest-out performance at the usually soporific US Senate last week gave Americans their first taste of political debate, Dundee-style. Now, it appears, the United States wants more of the indefatigable 'Gorgeous' George Galloway. The maverick Respect MP is being offered a potentially lucrative lecture circuit deal in the US following his appearance before the Senate's permanent select subcommittee on investigations. Galloway's compelling and memorable rebuttal of accusations that he profited from the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme led to him being contacted immediately afterwards by American promoters. They believe Galloway's bombastic rhetoric could electrify campuses across the country. While the details have not yet been finalised, the deal could see Galloway making appearances at America's Ivy League universities, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. CLIP
Nicaragua: Sitting on a powder keg .... Again! (April 28, 2005)
(...) Since Monday, April 25, confrontations have escalated and spread to all departments of the country. There are many injured and more than a hundred people detained so far by the security forces, President Bolanos is threatening to call out the army into the streets. (...) Where is the concept of Nicaraguan national sovereignty if the World Bank and the IMF are giving the orders? Is there any need for President Bolanos if he is so in hock and under the thumb of these institutions? Answers to these questions can be summed up in three words: Global Corporate Empire. It respects no national boundaries, makes its own rules as it puts its foot down in any country it chooses and executes its for-profit-decisions without mercy to those who fall prey to its ever-changing policies. CLIP
THE SUFFERING PLANET UPDATE
Ozone layer most fragile on record (April 27, 2005)
Fears over increase in skin cancer as scientists report that climate change continues to destroy the earth's protection - The protective ozone layer over the Arctic has thinned this winter to the lowest levels since records began, alarming scientists who believed it had begun to heal. The increased loss of ozone allows more harmful ultraviolet light to reach the earth's surface, making children and outdoor enthusiasts such as skiers more vulnerable to skin cancer - a disease which is already dramatically increasing. Scientists yesterday reinforced the warning that people going out in the sun this summer should protect themselves with creams and hats. Research by Cambridge University shows that it is not increased pollution but a side effect of climate change that is making ozone depletion worse. At high altitudes, 50% of the protective layer had been destroyed. The research has dashed hopes that the ozone layer was on the mend. Since the winter of 1999-2000, when depletion was almost as bad, scientists had believed an improvement was under way as pollution was reduced. But they now believe it could be another 50 years before the problem is solved. What appears to have caused the further loss of ozone is the increasing number of stratospheric clouds in the winter, 15 miles above the earth. These clouds, in the middle of the ozone layer, provide a platform which makes it easier for rapid chemical reactions which destroy ozone to take place. This year, for three months from the end of November, there were more clouds for longer periods than ever previously recorded. (...) Increased greenhouse gases in the air trap more heat in the lower atmosphere, but the stratosphere far above the earth is getting colder. As a result, ice clouds form between 14 and 26 kilometres above the earth, exactly in the region where the protective ozone is found. (...) "Overall, about 30% of the ozone layer was destroyed," said Dr Markus Rex, from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, Germany, another member of the team. He said the cold conditions which created polar stratospheric clouds were four times more extensive in 2005 than in the 1960s and 70s. CLIP
Climate Change Poses Threat to Food Supply, Scientists Say (April 27) http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0427-04.htm
Worldwide production of essential crops such as wheat, rice, maize and soya beans is likely to be hit much harder by global warming than previously predicted, an international conference in London has heard. The benefits of higher levels of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, will in fact be outweighed by the downsides of climate change, a Royal Society discussion meeting was told yesterday. It had been thought that the gas might act as a fertilizer to increase plant growth. Rising atmospheric temperatures, longer droughts and side-effects of both, such as higher levels of ground-level ozone gas, are likely to bring about a substantial reduction in crop yields in the coming decades, large-scale experiments have shown. The two-day meeting, entitled Food Crops in a Changing Climate, is focusing largely on tropical countries where most of the world's food is grown, and where people are most vulnerable to climate change. CLIP
OIL'S DIRTY FUTURE (May 22, 2005)
Canadian oil sands: Vast reserves second to Saudi Arabia will keep America moving, but at a steep environmental cost - Fort McMurray, Alberta -- At the end of a long northern highway, surrounded by a flat horizon of spruce forest and muskeg swamp, lies the energy future of the United States: the largest known petroleum deposit in the world outside Saudi Arabia. This future isn't a pretty sight. Just north of the oil boomtown of Fort McMurray, the forest suddenly falls away into a series of enormous strip mines as deep as 250 feet and covering many square miles each. Viewed from the rim, 60-foot-tall shovel loaders look like toys as they claw ton after ton of tar-like sands from the ground. Nearby, refineries burn natural gas to steam-cook the sands, separate the tarry residue and purify it into oil. These oil sands are the world's most expensive, most polluting source of oil under large-scale production. Wringing four barrels of crude oil from the sands requires burning the equivalent of a fifth barrel. The mines and refineries release huge amounts of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent each day to more than a third of California's daily car emissions. Yet Alberta's oil sands are destined to be the main supply of foreign oil to the United States for at least the next century. The sands hold proven reserves of 175 billion barrels, second only to Saudi Arabia's 262 billion, and far more than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's estimated 10 billion. If Americans want to keep filling their gasoline tanks at a reasonable cost, they will need the oil sands industry to push ahead on its expected path of doubling, tripling and even quadrupling production in coming years. Nowhere else is the conflict between energy use and ecological cost so stark. "The oil sands are a big challenge," Canada's environment minister, Stephane Dion, who has fought publicly with other Cabinet officials for a tougher line on global warming, said in an interview. "They are sending out a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. "But there is no minister of the environment on Earth who can stop this from going forward, because there is too much money in it," Dion said. CLIP
Russian Lake Disappears, Baffling Villagers (May 20, 2005)
MOSCOW - A Russian village was left baffled on Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight. NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately. "It is very dangerous. If a person had been in this disaster, he would have had almost no chance of survival. The trees flew downwards, under the ground," said Dmitry Zaitsev, a local Emergencies Ministry official interviewed by the channel. Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more sinister explanations. "I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.
Shocking Pictures of Rain Forest Destruction (May 20, 2005)
The Brazilian government released figures this week showing that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest was the second worst ever, with more than 10,000 sq miles (26,000 sq km) cleared by ranchers, loggers and farmers. The following are images from some of the worst affected areas.
The rape of the rainforest... and the man behind it (20 May 2005)
It is stark. It is scarcely believable. But the ruthless obliteration of the Amazon rainforest continues at a headlong rate new figures reveal - and today we reveal the man who more than any other represents the forces making it happen. He is Blairo Maggi, the millionaire farmer and uncompromising politician presiding over the Brazilian boom in soya bean production. He is known in Brazil as O Rei da Soja - the King of Soy.Brazilian environmentalists are calling him something else - the King of Deforestation. For the soya boom, feeding a seemingly insatiable world market for soya beans as cattle feed, is now the main driver of rainforest destruction. CLIP
One fifth world's reefs destroyed (April 25, 2005)
"Coral reefs are some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet," according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Web site. -- The demise of the world's coral reefs could threaten coastal communities as global fish stocks fall, an international conservation group said on Monday.A fifth of the world's reefs have been damaged beyond repair, the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) said.Another 50 percent are under imminent or long-term threat because of rising sea levels most scientists blame on global warming, the group said."The reefs help to feed millions of people in the developed world," the group's co-chairman Rolph Payet told reporters at the group's annual meeting in the Seychelles."Many species of fish depend on coral reefs for their food or protection and the collapse of the reefs would lead to elevated costs of fish worldwide," he said. CLIP
Solidarity with Nemagon Victims in Nicaragua (29-Apr-2005)
The IUF is calling for support and solidarity with the thousands of Nicaraguan rural workers who have been camping in front of the National Assembly for over two months to demand justice for the victims of Nemagon. The acutely toxic pesticide, a derivative of the notorious DBCP, was extensively and indiscriminately applied on banana plantations for many decades, including the years following its 1979 ban on safety grounds in the country of manufacture, the United States. Over 100,000 Nicaraguans suffer from the numerous effects of Nemagon exposure, which include dermatological and reproductive disorders and fatal cancers. At least one thousand Nicaraguans have died as a result of exposure to the pesticide including 40 deaths since February 20 in the banana-growing department of Chinandega, from where the workers launched their "March with no Turning Back" on Managua on February 20. They are committed to maintaining their encampment until the government takes decisive action. In 2001, the National Assembly passed law 364, which authorizes legal action against the transnational pesticide makers and banana companies which manufactured and used Nemagon and requires full medical treatment for all the victims. Nicaraguan courts have ruled that Dole's Nicaraguan subsidiary and the chemical companies Dow and Shell owe USD 490 million in compensation. Not a penny has been paid and the Bolaños government has not fulfilled the commitments prescribed by the legislation. You can support the workers' campaign for justice for all Nemagon victims by sending a message to the President of Nicaragua.
Campaign: Solidarity with NEMAGON victims http://www.rel-uita.org/campanias/nemagon/formulario-nemagon-eng.shtml
Please, express your solidarity with the NEMAGON victims, by saying NO to agricultural practices that harm workers and citizens in general. Send your message to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua by filling out the following form: CLIP - More on this issue at http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Nemagon+victims&meta=
Ten Lies About Health Your Doctor Taught You (May 25, 2005)
- Lie #1: Prescription drugs will make you healthier.
- Lie #2: You should actively treat the swelling of sprains, strains and other injuries.
- Lie #3: Mammograms prevent cancer.
- Lie #4: Vitamins give you "expensive urine."
- Lie #5: The sun will give you cancer.
- Lie #6: CT scans (CAT scans) are perfectly safe.
- Lie #7: The U.S. health care system is the best in the world.
- Lie #8: All surgical procedures have been proven safe and effective.
- Lie #9: You can get all the nutrition you need from three balanced meals a day.
- Lie #10: All these lab tests are for your own good.
Go see the explanations at http://www.newstarget.com/z007348.html
You may be surprised!... Recommended by Nattanya email@example.com>
Revealed: Health Fears Over Secret Study into GM Food (May 22, 2005)
Rats fed GM corn due for sale in Britain developed abnormalities in blood and kidneys - Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. CLIP
Omega-News Collection 30. April 2005
Omega-News Collection 21. May 2005
From: "Greyeyes" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: The Big Brother Files #51: The Mother Of All Smokescreens
Date: 20 May 2005
In part #5 duality, it is the key to the world awakening. I tried to get this information out to you years ago, but people were not ready. There is a process that people can work to help them in making the shift in how they think. It has always been here in one form or the other, but we just could not yet comprehend it.
Can't hear for the screaming!
Could it be that the collective sub-conscious is screaming at us, trying to help us wake-up. I happen to think that this is so. T.V. radio and magazine advertisers have these one-liners that they use every day to catch our attention. Very few sit long enough to ponder why something like this grabs our attention.
I think we listen, but do not hear, we look, but we do not see. I think every day of our lives we see the answers we seek and we turn away. We see these answers on TV, in magazines, on bumper stickers and hear them on the radio.
No Fear, Be All You Can Be, Don't Worry Be Happy, Seize The Moment, Be Here and Now, Truth and the ever popular Follow Your Heart. And No Fear on the back windows of some cars.
If we are busy running from things that we fear all of the time, that will leave little time to follow one's heart. If we are full of hatred resentments and fears, if we dwelling on the past and its events and worrying about the future, how can we live in the now and seize the moment? And how can we follow our heart if we do not live in truth? How can we be all we can be if our self worth comes from what others think of us, or if it comes from a bottle or a needle, if it comes from the number of people we have sex with, or how much money we have.
Having vast amounts of knowledge never gave me deep insight into myself or helped me develop conscious contact. If another one-liner As inside, so also outside holds any truth, then trying to change the world outside of my self can only create a reflection of what I really am. All that I create has no choice, but to reflect back at me the things in me that I refuse to look at and heal.
The outside world for the last few thousand years has been locked into debates, and arguments into who is right and who is wrong. So how is that working out for us? Do we have peace? Do we have a world that supports healthy life and body function? Do we really feel our connectedness to each other and the natural world that keeps us alive?
I think there is a process written into all belief systems. A process of changing how we think and act, that will bring the change that we all want. The debates of whose way is right and whose way is wrong, to me is just the distraction I need to help me in my quest to duck my responsibility, for my actions. It helps me duck responsibility for not doing my part. Long and twisted explanations of ideas and concepts never did anything for me.
Is there a magic pill, a magic teacher, or even a magic mantra? I do not think so. Someone also said, And the children shall lead them. I think this means that we should just keep it simple. It is like what one of my elders told me once, If a six year old can not understand it, it ain't worth saying.
Duality is such a part of us that we have even split our brains into two parts. A whole brain and a whole consciousness brings with it more than we can realize. How about a world with no secrets and no lies. How about a world where we all feel the pain that we cause another person just as they feel it.
Author of Earth Mind Spirit Mind, The journey from time duality and fear.
From: "Birgitta Storjohann" email@example.com>
Subject: Big Brothers file #51
Date: 23 May 2005
I was revulsed by the story of the human animals that are bred. I have been convinced of this since two decades. I know that this has been going on in secret laboratories since a long time. But one cannot get used to this horrifying truth. It is so easy to see what this can lead to, like for example , a slave work force and even worse. When are we people of the planet going to say STOP to all these horrors. How much more does it take. I fully agree that duality must cease and that both the dark and the light must be embraced, for us to move into higher dimensions, as was stated in another article you circulated with this series. But I must say that it is tough not to be deeply affected by these stories, and to feel compassionate love for everything that exists, even though, I know that this is the only solution to move into the light.
With love and appreciation for what you do.
From: "Meria Heller" Meria@npgcable.com>
Subject: The New Pledge of Allegiance for Amerikkka by Meria Heller
Date: 20 May 2005
The other night I went to a Jr. High school graduation for my step daughter to be. Everyone got up and said their "Pledge of Allegiance". I didn't. I watched the sheep cross their heart for the Star Spangled Banner (not required, by the way). I could clearly see where this gestapo led country is headed and was sick to my stomach. I heard in my head "The American people get the government they deserve".
When I was a child and had a blind love for my country, I wasn't allowed to salute due to my religious indoctrination. I stood there with tears going down my face conflicted between love of country and love of god. Now I know better on both - politics and religions. I have been killing myself for five long years of 10-12 hour days to produce my show. I am still ignored, not just by the major press (corporate news) but the "left" press as well. Regardless of the excellence I put out, the top guests I put out there. That's what makes me know I am on the right track.
I worry for my countrymen and women, but realize it's not my choice, it's theirs. So, this shiny morning I decided to write my own Pledge of Allegiance for Amerikkka:
Pledge of Allegiance for Amerikkka 2005 as it enters its swan song:
I pledge allegiance to the Corporations which have destroyed our democracy.
And to the Criminals who run this world, my soul, my worldly goods, and my children's lives.
To a memory of what could have been, and the chipped, watched and mind controlled public.
I pledge allegiance to my television, my radio and my lying newspapers.
I pledge allegiance to truth light, gatekeepers of the night, because after all Amerikkkans can't take the truth.
I pledge allegiance to laziness, drug companies, GMO's, fast food, chemtrails, fluoridated water, poisoned air, water and the fear that keeps me silent.
And to the republic of Nazism, weapons in space, wars for colonialism, hatred and prejudice of all kinds, One World Government, treading down the poor for the elitist Illuminati,
I will give my power, my life, my rights and most of all my soul.
Meria Heller 5/20/05.
"THE MERIA HELLER SHOW "- 5th yr On The Net- #1 on Net!
AND MY COMMENT WAS:
Thanks for this Meria.
Pretty strong outburst of exasperation... Your irony-loaded new Pledge is a pretty much "in your face" wake up call too.
Now I would love to hear the gentler, compassionate side of you Meria with a pledge to the real force of good in all and commitment to shine Love so it may reach other people's heart and help gently bring them to face the realities which, screamed at them, could only provoke them to shut off tight like a clam shell.
However, I feel that to be more effective your action and spiritual work need to be more balanced. As a spiritual warrior you are very good at slaying the dragon of ignorance and arrogant complacency with the sword of truth and righteousness. But once the light of truth has shined into the darkest crevices and brought all the hidden slimy leeches to the light to the day, the Light of Love is needed to cure and heal the mangled souls who had been entrapped in the illusions, religious, political or otherwise.
With Love and deep appreciation for your courageous stand for the truth as you see it now.
TO WHICH SHE REPLIED:
Thank you Jean.
The fire of righteous indignation has been burning in me the last two days. I haven't even been able to sleep. I take it as an omen of something very bad about to happen.
That pledge has gotten tremendous response, and I can tell you it simply flowed from my fingers.
I like your idea of a love pledge too. I'll work on it.
Forwarded by "Pamela Wyeth" firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Constance Demby email@example.com>
Sent: May 23, 2005
Subject: The 23rd Qualm
The 23rd Qualm
Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
My health insurance runneth out.
Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term,
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" firstname.lastname@example.org>
May 24, 2005
The last Presidential and first Imperial order
by Don Nash, Unknown News
I, George Walker Bush, in my official capacity as the duly appointed President of the United States of America, declare myself to be Emperor.
The Constitution of the United States of America is no longer in effect. I have cancelled it. None of its provisions or Amendments apply.
The United States Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, are cancelled. They are a hindrance to the democratic cause and they get on my nerves. I will, however, keep Bill Frist and Tom Delay around to rubber stamp whatever I decide needs rubber stamping.
America is the world's only super power and America will not be challenged by any other nation. America and I reserve the right to preempt and assimilate any or all that would oppose my divine right of ownership.
My word is now the rule of law and what I say, goes. Whatever I say is true. Intelligence or any other conclusions that may indicate otherwise, are strictly prohibited.
Dissent or disagreement with any decision I make is prohibited.
Violations of this decision will result in permanent detention at Guantanamo Bay, or one of the other fine facilities I have at my disposal for keeping nasty and disagreeable evildoers out of my hair and out of public sight.
All detentions are for the good of the democratic cause and I know what is best.
Preemptive war is from this day forth, the national sport.
God speaks directly to me and through me. Any disagreements with that statement will be considered heresy. Any disagreement doers will be subject to an examination by the High Council for Evangelical Christian Purity in America.
The High Council for Evangelical Christian Purity in America are from this day forward, the official enforcers of my word. Americans will obey them as they would me.
All trial lawyers are now considered to be "enemies of the state." The trial lawyers will be summarily rounded up and sent to Abu Ghraib prison in America's newest state, Iraq. Governor Iyad Allawi will send me monthly reports on how the trial lawyers are faring. I certainly hope they farewell, heh heh.
All new grants of statehood will be decided by me. America is to be one big happy family and we should all welcome the new arrivals as I instruct you to.
Sunday is the official Sabbath and all businesses and venues for entertainment will be closed on Sunday. Americans will go to church and there will be no exceptions. I and several of my close friends are of course excepted and we'll be playing golf. The High Council for Evangelical Christian Purity in America has submitted a list of acceptable churches to me and I have approved it. Americans will receive notice of where their official churches are in their respective neighborhoods.
The High Council for Evangelical Christian Purity in America will assume all Homeland policing duties. They will train and equip new zoning and enforcement squads and patrol our nation's borders. They will set the standards for allegiance determinations, patriotic participation and support of preemptive wars, and ensure that 'evolution' is no longer taught in our nation's schools. They will also act as the "abortion police."
All National Parks, National Forests, National Wilderness Areas, and National Historic Sites are now open for exploitation. If a resource that I need is in one of those areas, we will get it out. I know what is best for America.
Kenny Boy Lay is my personal friend and is no longer under any criminal suspicion or criminal prosecutions.
All Americans being held in our nation's prisons that are on death row will be executed by noon tomorrow. Execution is good for America, I say so.
Torture is no longer a criminal offense. Illegal detentions are not illegal. Anyone forced into personal bankruptcy will from now on be considered to be "property" of whomever is owed the debt. Debtors prisons are not cost effective, but slavery is. All slaves will be subject to a tax incentive for the owner.
Corporate America is our best friend and will never be slandered or made fun of. The business of America is profitability and the bottom line. Outsourcing is good for the American worker.
Taxes will be paid by the poor and the rich are exempt from taxes. Corporations are exempt from taxes. America's schools will educate more for less. America's schools need to use the Wal-Mart business model as their school's curriculum.
America has enemies and the following list contains the names of those that I have decided are America's enemies: Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton; France; Germany; Jimmy Carter; Ted Kennedy; the internets; bloggers; Planned Parenthood; the Sierra Club; Syria; Iran; Muslims; Buddhists; Libertarians; Democrats; the United Nations; Kofi Annan; hip hop; rap music; college; Ward Churchill; Apple Computers; AOL; the Axis of Evil (North Korea, Iran, and George Soros); Benedictine Nuns; the Sisters of Mercy; Daniel Ellsburg; the liberal media; the ACLU; Howard Stern; Moveon.org; Victor Hugo; Fidel Castro and his sneaky pal Chavez; Los Angeles, California; Peru; Andy Wharhol; and Jane Fonda. The list could be expanded at any time and advance notice will not be forthcoming.
With the twenty first century being the post 9/11/01 America, these are uncertain times. I, however, have preempted any fears that Americans may have. Americans may now sit back and relax knowing that I'll decide what is best for everyone and tell you how to act and when. I've suspended all term limits that may have applied to my office and I'll decide and then let everyone know when or if I'm leaving my throne/office.
I am going to need for America's patriotic poor to offer their sons and daughters up for service in America's all volunteer military. I have a lengthy list of rogue states and states that sponsor terrorism that I'm going to need to preempt. I know that you'll understand and voluntarily give me your children. If I have to instruct the High Council for Evangelical Christian Purity in America to come and get your kids, well, that isn't going to look like you are patriotically volunteering your children and we can't have that now, can we. America can afford to sacrifice your children and those in America that are above it all, well you understand that America simply can't have those special children being messed up or worse.
This is all for the best and I know what I'm doing. God has given me special instructions and plans and I know that God trusts me.
Emperor, Superpower America
German police baffeled by Bush poo-flags (with picture)
Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature flag portraits of US President George W. Bush into piles of dog poo in public parks. Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth, said: "This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles of excrement that have been claimed during that time." CLIP
VERY IMPORTANT ANALYSIS AND VERY AMBITIOUS GOAL AS YOU'LL SEE AT THE END. A MUST READ, MUST NETWORK AND MUST ACT UPON BY WHICHEVER WAY POSSIBLE TO YOU...
Date: 23 May 2005
From: "globalresearch.ca" email@example.com>
Subject: Fabricating Intelligence
Fabricating Intelligence as a Justification for War
by Michel Chossudovsky
"The Intelligence and Facts were fixed around the Policy"
Fabricating Intelligence as a Justification for War
"The Intelligence and Facts were fixed around the Policy"
May 22, 2005
Selected articles and essays
Michel Chossudovsky , Editor
To access the complete collection of 60 articles, intel documents, transcripts and reports: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO505C.html
Phony intelligence was created and fed into the news chain with a view to justifying the invasion of Iraq.
The balance-sheet of lies and fabricated intelligence presented in this selection of articles provides detailed and overwhelming evidence.
We have included news reports dating back to 2002, background analysis, commentary, leaked intelligence documents and transcripts, secret memos and the reports by weapons inspectors.
The collection which is intended to provide key references, also addresses a number of important issues, which have been shoved under the carpet, including the circumstances of David Kelly's death, plagiarism in the drafting of intelligence documents, the fabricated biochemical terror threats, etc.
War Criminal in High Office
The implications are far-reaching: those in high office who ordered "the intelligence and facts [to be] fixed around the policy" are responsible for war crimes under national and international law.
Despite the public outcry, particularly in Britain, there has been no visible shift in the war and national security agendas. Quite the opposite: both President Bush and Prime Minister Blair have been re-elected to high office under the stamp of parliamentary democracy. The war agenda has remained unscathed, with more than 400 billion dollars allocated in the US to defense. Moreover, the United Nations is directly collaborating with the US-led occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, in blatant violation of its own charter.
In fact, most of the major political actors, behind the fake intelligence dossier, including George W. Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Tony Blair, Jack Straw, John Negroponte, Condoleeza Rice, etc. are still in high office.
Critical Juncture in Our History
We are at a critical juncture in our history. Duly elected war criminals legitimately occupy positions of authority which enable them to decide "who are the criminals", when in fact they are the criminals.
This fake legitimacy gives them carte blanche. It enables them to proceed without encroachment to the next phase of the war in the Middle East.
It also provides them with a mandate to redefine the contours of the judicial system and the process of law enforcement under the guise of Homeland Security.
In other words, what we are dealing with is the criminalization of the State and its various institutions including the criminalization of Justice.
The truth is twisted and turned upside down. State propaganda builds a consensus within the Executive, the US Congress and the Military. This consensus is then ratified by the Judicial, through a process of outright legal manipulation.
Putting the War Criminal behind Bars
The evidence detailed in this collection of articles and documents would be sufficient to put the war criminals behind bars.
Yet in the eyes of a large section of US public opinion, the issue of fake intelligence is casually dismissed: "it was all for a good cause", which consisted in fighting the "war on terrorism" and ensuring the security of Americans.
Acts of war are heralded as "humanitarian interventions". Military occupation and the killing of civilians are presented as "peace-keeping". In the US, a de facto consensus in favor of war crimes permeates the US Congress and the Judicial. The consensus is also endorsed by the corporate establishment.
In turn, supported by the mainstream media, war crimes are no longer recognized as such. They have been re-categorized as a means to fighting "evil terrorists" in what is described as a "clash of civilizations". Western public opinion has thus become accustomed to dismissing the lies and war crimes as inconsequential.
War criminals occupy positions of authority. The citizenry is galvanized into supporting the rulers, who are "committed to their safety and well-being".
War is given a humanitarian mandate. Media disinformation has instilled within the consciousness of Americans, that somehow the lies are acceptable and that the issue of phony intelligence regarding WMD can be disregarded.
The use of torture, the existence of concentration camps, extra judicial assassinations, all of which are happening, are no longer being concealed. Quite the opposite they are presented as "acceptable" and perfectly "legit" in the context of an effective war on "Islamic terrorists".
Under these circumstances, war criminals in high office within the State and the Military no longer need to camouflage their crimes.
Realities are turned upside down. The derogation of civil liberties --in the context of the so-called "anti-terrorist legislation"-- is portrayed as a means to providing "domestic security" and upholding civil liberties.
And underlying these manipulated realites, "Osama bin Laden" and "Weapons of Mass Destruction" statements, which continue to circulate profusely in the news chain, are upheld as the basis for an understanding of World events.
In other words, the legitimacy of the war criminals is no longer questioned. A sense of righteousness prevails.
America's global war agenda is firmly established, beyond the premises of the pre-emptive war doctrine as a means to spreading democracy and the "free market".
New National Defense Strategy: From "Rogue States" to "Unstable Nations"
In March 2005, the Pentagon released a major document, entitled "The National Defense Strategy of the United States of America" which broadly sketches Washington's agenda for global military domination. http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2005/d20050318nds2.pdf
While the NDS follows in the footsteps of the administration's "preemptive" war doctrine as outlined in the Project of the New American Century (PNAC), it goes much further in setting the contours of Washington's global military agenda.
Whereas the preemptive war doctrine envisages military action as a means of "self defense" against countries categorized as "hostile" to the US, the new Pentagon doctrine has gone one step further. It now envisages the possibility of military intervention against countries, which do not visibly constitute a threat to the security of the American homeland.
It calls for a more "proactive" approach to warfare, beyond the weaker notion of "preemptive" and "defensive" actions, where military operations are launched against a "declared enemy" with a view to "preserving the peace" and "defending America". The document explicitly acknowledges America's global military mandate, beyond regional war theaters. This mandate also includes military operations directed against so-called "failed states" or "unstable nations", which are not hostile to the US. Needless to say, that in the case of an unstable nation, fake intelligence on WMD will no longer be required to demonstrate that a country constitutes a threat. A military operation can be launched if the country is categorized by Washington as an "unstable nation. And already, a list of 25 unstable nations or failed states has been drawn up by the newly created Office of Reconstruction and Stabilisation .
The 2005 National Defense Strategy (NDS) consists in "enhancing U.S. influence around the world", through increased troop deployments and a massive buildup of America's advanced weapons systems. From a broad military and foreign policy perspective, it constitutes an imperial design, which supports US corporate interests Worldwide.
The Next Phase of the War
The existence of fake intelligence to justify US-UK war plans, has not weakened the war agenda. Nor does it ensure that disinformation will not used by politicians to justify the next phase of the war.
In fact, fake intelligence has already been created and fed into the news chain to justify the bombing of Iran which is slated to be implemented as a joint US-Israeli operation.
Meanwhile, in the US, Britain and Canada, the Homeland Security apparatus is being further developed, leading to the militarisation of civilian institutions and the derogation of Constitutional government.
The World is at an important crossroads.
The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity.
Iran is the next military target. The planned military operation, which is by no means limited to punitive strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities, is part of a project of World domination, a military roadmap, launched at the end of the Cold War.
Military action against Iran would directly involve Israel's participation, which in turn is likely to trigger a broader war throughout the Middle East, not to mention an implosion in the Palestinian occupied territories. Turkey is closely associated with the proposed aerial attacks.
Reversing the Tide of War
High ranking officials of the Bush administration, members of the military and the US Congress have been granted the authority to uphold an illegal war agenda.
One can therefore expect that war criminals in high office will repress any form of dissent which questions the legitimacy of the war in Iraq and/or its extension into Iran. In this regard, the anti terrorist legislation is eventually intended to be used in a cohesive way against the anti-war and civil rights movements.
Reversing the tide of war cannot be achieved through a narrow process of regime change in America.
It is not sufficient to unseat elected politicians and elect a new government. Those in the seat of political authority are instruments, they are power brokers, on behalf of the oil companies, the military industrial complex and the Wall Street financial establishment, which ultimately call the shots on US foreign policy.
Antiwar sentiment does not dismantle a war agenda. What is required is a grass roots network, a mass movement at national and international levels, which challenges not only the legitimacy of the main military and political actors, but the broad structures of the New World Order.
To reverse the tide of war, military bases must be closed down, the war machine (namely the production of advanced weapons systems) must be stopped and the burgeoning police state must be dismantled.
The corporate sponsors of war and war crimes must also be targeted including the oil companies, the defense contractors, the financial institutions and the corporate media, which has become an integral part of the war propaganda machine.
Michel Chossudovsky, 22 May 2005.
To access the complete collection of sixty articles including intelligence documents and transcripts: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO505C.html
COVER UP! COVER UP! COVER UP!
Forwarded by star light firstname.lastname@example.org> on May 25, 2005
Bush family in charge of World Trade Center Security up to and on 9-11-2001!!
Do enough people realize it? That Bush relatives were in charge of World Trade Center security right up to the day the towers went down?
And that Jonathan Bush, the president's uncle, was on the board at Riggs Bank in Washington, which was directly tied to payments to two hijackers?
I included these documented facts in my initial 2003 lecture on 9/11, "A Somber Awakening" and re-stated them in my 2004 production, "Portal to Understanding."
Now the World Trade Center Bush-relatives'-security-problem is re-circulating in what I call a "delicious sampler" of Prof. David Ray Griffin's expose' of the 9/11 Cover-Up:
Below are 11 points/samples (out of over-a-hundred) wherein Griffin asks, "Why would the minds in charge of the final 9/11 report engage in such deceptions...?"
Besides Bush relatives being in charge of "security" at the World Trade Center, and besides all the abundant proof that Mohammed Atta and gang were drinkers and druggers, not "Muslim fundamentalists" at all -- additional facts about the towers are these:
That steel skyscrapers have never before collapsed from fire, especially from isolated fires burning for only an hour. A "security company" could easily have pre-planted explosives that turned the towers (and people!) into pulverized dust -- something that neither an airplane strike, nor brief fires, could do.
The remains of the steel beams were hauled off to Asia immediately, were not allowed to be inspected for evidence of explosives -- which firemen suspected, even reported.
The page numbers after each point below refer to Griffin's book: "The 9/11 Commission Report," now subtitled, "A 571-page Lie."
Point 15: from Griffin: President Bushs brother Marvin and his cousin Wirt Walker III were both principals in the company in charge of security for the WTC (pp. 31-32).
Point 10: The 9/11 Commission's claim that the core of each of the Twin Towers was "a hollow steel shaft"---a claim that denies the existence of the 47 massive steel columns that in reality constituted the core of each tower
Point 23: ...why did the Secret Service agents allow President Bush to remain at the Sarasota school at a time when they should have assumed that a hijacked airliner might be about to crash into the school (41-44).
(In other words, NO protection-activity for the president and the school, even though New York and Washington had been attacked. How did they know that's all that would happen?)
27. The omission of David Schippers claim that he had on the basis of information provided by FBI agents about "upcoming attacks in lower Manhattan".
He tried unsuccessfully to convey this information to Attorney General Ashcroft for six weeks prior to 9/11 (51). (David Schippers led the impeachment against Clinton and is no "Bush-bashing liberal.")
34. The omission of ... Abu Zubaydah's testimony: three members of the Saudi royal family---all of whom later died mysteriously within an eight-day period >> ---were funding al-Qaeda (some of which DEFINITELY went through Jonathan Bush's Riggs Bank, via Prince Bandar's wife. Remember "Bandar Bush" from Michael Moore's film?) (61-65).
35. The Commission's denial that it found any evidence of Saudi funding of al-Qaeda (65-68).
(When you protect the Saudis, you protect the Bushes.)
43. The omission of the 3.5 hours of testimony by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds - testimony that... revealed serious 9/11-related cover-ups by officials at FBI headquarters (94-101).
(Even though Sibel Edmonds has been repeatedly gagged by the government and the courts, she has clearly implied she saw evidence that money-laundering for 9/11 was tied to "prominent American officials.")
75. The failure to mention that the report that a large jet had crashed in Kentucky, at about the time Flight 77 disappeared from FAA radar, was taken seriously enough by the heads of the FAA and the FBI's counterterrorism unit to be relayed to the White House (190).
(There continues to be raging debate about whether it was Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon. The FBI won't release any of the video tapes that would settle the matter.)
76. The claim that Flight 77 flew almost 40 minutes through American airspace towards Washington "without being detected by the military's radar" (191-92).
(Oh, puh-leeze! After the World Trade Center had been hit by two planes, there was no concern about an off-course aircraft speeding towards Washington D.C.? Also, no concern about the president, at a highly publicized location in Florida. Yawn.)
110. The failure to discuss the possible relevance of Operation Northwoods to the attacks of 9/11. (269-71).
(Operation Northwoods is the documented Joint Chiefs' plan to "crash airliners" in 1962 and blame Castro, in order to rile up Americans for an invasion of Cuba.)
111. The claim---made in explaining why the military did not... intercept ---that FAA personnel inexplicably failed to follow standard procedures some 16 times >> (many page numbers provided).
Griffin asks: "Why would the minds in charge of this final 9/11 report engage in such deceptions if they were not trying to cover up very high crimes?" (291)
You can read his entire summary at: http://www.septembereleventh.org/newsarchive/2005-05-22-571pglie.php
Also, if you haven't already, please read my brief overview of why I became certain 3 years ago that the long-timers in OUR government planned and carried out 9/11 against the American people. (link below)
Like the Joint Chiefs' Operation Northwoods -- which thankfully was prevented by the Kennedy administration -- that plan to "crash airliners" and "blame Castro," to whip up Americans for war on Cuba, is JUST LIKE the 9/11 plan of "crashing airliners" by "Muslim fundamentalists" -- to whip up Americans for invasions (controlling the resources) of Muslim lands.
"Connie's lecture is also known as 'Who the Evildoers Really Are.' Even though her facts are hard-hitting and well-documented, her gentle style is almost therapeutic in opening the listener's mind to the unpleasant truths -- truths which must be grasped if American freedom is to survive." http://cdbaby.com/cd/conniecs
From: "Stephanie Sutton" email@example.com>
Subject: President's Visit Stirs Dissent at Conservative Calvin College
Date: 23 May 2005
May 20, 2005 by the Detroit News
President's Visit Stirs Dissent at Conservative Calvin College
by Laura Berman
The president may have been expecting a warmer welcome from Calvin College than he'll get Saturday.
An Open Letter to the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush
On May 21, 2005, you will give the commencement address at Calvin College. We, the undersigned, respect your office, and we join the college in welcoming you to our campus. Like you, we recognize the importance of religious commitment in American political life.
We seek open and honest dialogue about the Christian faith and how it is best expressed in the political sphere. While recognizing God as sovereign over individuals and institutions alike, we understand that no single political position should be identified with God's will, and we are conscious that this applies to our own views as well as those of others. At the same time we see conflicts between our understanding of what Christians are called to do and many of the policies of your administration.
As Christians we are called to be peacemakers and to initiate war only as a last resort. We believe your administration has launched an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq.
As Christians we are called to lift up the hungry and impoverished. We believe your administration has taken actions that favor the wealthy of our society and burden the poor.
As Christians we are called to actions characterized by love, gentleness, and concern for the most vulnerable among us. We believe your administration has fostered intolerance and divisiveness and has often failed to listen to those with whom it disagrees.
As Christians we are called to be caretakers of God's good creation. We believe your environmental policies have harmed creation and have not promoted long-term stewardship of our natural environment.
Our passion for these matters arises out of the Christian faith that we share with you. We ask you, Mr. President, to re-examine your policies in light of our God-given duty to pursue justice with mercy, and we pray for wisdom for you and all world leaders.
--Concerned faculty, staff, and emeriti of Calvin College He's delivering a commencement speech to 900 graduating students.
It's a liberal arts school that defines its mission as "developing the Christian mind," and requires what its spokesman, Phil de Haan, calls "an allegiance of faith" from its faculty, and theology studies from its students.
But 100 members of the faculty and another 40 staff and former faculty members have signed an open letter of rebuke to the president that's scheduled to appear as a half-page ad in the Grand Rapids Press on the day of the president's speech.
While welcoming the president, the letter delivers a carefully worded critique of administration policies from a Christian viewpoint. It calls the Iraq war "unjust and unjustified," expresses dismay at policies that "favor the wealthy ... and burden the poor," challenges policies of intolerance toward dissent, and environmental policies that are at odds with being "caretakers of God's good creation."
The letter signers view the occasion of the president's speech as a teachable moment.
"People have been saying that the president's visit will put us on the map. But there are some maps we don't want to be on," says David Crump, a Calvin professor of religion who helped draft the letter.
Crump says that news of the open letter has gotten response from around the country. It's tapped into what he sees as "a silent majority in the Christian evangelical community that resents the Christian vocabulary being hijacked by the religious right."
Crump and Randall Jelks, a history professor, told me they view the president's appearance as an occasion to register dissent -- in a respectful and honorable and Christian way.
"We are guided by Christian conviction. ... John Calvin wasn't an easy pushover kind of guy, either," says Jelks. "He was a reformer."
The letter is one way to register the fact that even in the heart of Christian America, religion does not dictate politics. It reminds Americans that even at a conservative Christian school, where religious values are paramount, people have different social, political and cultural views.
It's a way, the professors say, to counter stereotypical thinking about Christian institutions.
They are insistent on a tradition of liberal thought, grounded in religious belief, that suddenly feels positively 19th century.
And while news of the letter has raised the ire of some alumni, others have been surprised and even delighted to see a diversity of viewpoints on campus, spokesman de Haan said.
The administration may not be thrilled by open dissent -- but it's not planning retribution, either.
And de Haan pointed out that 200 faculty members did not sign the letter.
"Within the bounds of our religious faith, we argue a lot at Calvin. That's what makes us unique," said Jelks.
At Calvin College, they're warming up an idea that used to be as American as apple pie -- dissent delivered with respect.
Secret UK troops plan for Afghan crisis
22 May 2005
DEFENCE chiefs are planning to rush thousands of British troops to Afghanistan in a bid to stop the country sliding towards civil war, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
Ministers have been warned they face a "complete strategic failure" of the effort to rebuild Afghanistan and that 5,500 extra troops will be needed within months if the situation continues to deteriorate.
An explosive cocktail of feuding tribal warlords, insurgents, the remnants of the Taliban, and under-performing Afghan institutions has left the fledgling democracy on the verge of disintegration, according to analysts and senior officers.
The looming crisis in Afghanistan is a serious setback for the US-led 'War on Terror' and its bid to promote western democratic values around the world.
Defence analysts say UK forces are already so over-stretched that any operation to restore order in Afghanistan can only succeed if substantial numbers of troops are redeployed from Iraq, itself in the grip of insurgency.
The UK contribution to the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan presently stands at fewer than 500, compared with the contribution of 8,000 troops to the Coalition presence in Iraq.
Planners at the UK military's Northolt headquarters have drawn up emergency proposals to send up to 5,500 troops to Afghanistan to help avert a descent into more widespread bloodshed.
As well as increasing the British presence in Afghanistan 10-fold, it would require additional funding of almost £500m.
MoD sources confirmed last night that the secret plans have been firmed up in response to persistent concerns that the notorious rebel commander Gulbadeen Hikmatyar has teamed up with Taliban fighters in the south.
An MoD source told Scotland on Sunday: "We are going into an area where there's a civil war going on. It's dangerous and it's somewhere new.
"People within the MoD are now saying we will have to deal with this and go into the south of the country. What they are saying is, don't do it piecemeal. We will have to do it properly."
Senior army and navy officers, along with officials from the Treasury, were in the region last week to survey the options.
But American military experts last night claimed an increase in the British presence in Afghanistan would inevitably threaten the numbers committed to Iraq.
Charles Heyman, a senior analyst with the defence information group Jane's, told Scotland on Sunday: "There's no doubt whatsoever that Afghanistan is caught in a very difficult position, where it is very hard to progress without committing more forces.
"There is not enough Coalition power, or Afghan government power, to extend their writ into the areas that have proved impossible to control. This is going to be a very difficult period.
"They might struggle to cover their commitment to Iraq, but even if they do that, it would mean that the UK could not take on any further military commitments anywhere else."
Afghanistan was liberated from the oppressive grip of the Taliban following the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington. American-led forces launched a ferocious assault on the regime, which was accused of harbouring Osama bin Laden and his closest allies. But they have been fighting a largely forgotten war with Afghan rebels, foreign insurgents and tribal warlords ever since.
The treacherous situation was underlined yesterday when a bomb exploded near a US military patrol in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan, killing one soldier and wounding three others.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is due in Washington this week to discuss the deteriorating situation.
He is also expected to raise concerns about fresh claims that his countrymen had been abused by their US captors in Iraqi jails, allegations that provoked sustained protests around the country.
But a newspaper last night claimed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had said in a memo that a poppy eradication program aimed at Afghanistan's heroin trade was ineffective partly because of President Hamid Karzai's leadership.
The forgotten conflict (22 May 2005) http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=444&id=559732005
THERE are daily reports of continuing ferocious clashes between Coalition forces and native insurgents. The brave men and women who have accepted the task of helping to restore order to their own land are repeatedly picked off, brutally and mercilessly, by the rebels among their countrymen. The American forces that "liberated" the nation are now bitterly accused of brutalising its inhabitants. The enormous post-war reconstruction effort, the spectacular peace dividend seen as the key to establishing lasting stability in a nation torn by despotic rule and disfigured by an irresistible US-led invasion, is struggling to deliver the across-the-board improvements required. On one significant front in their international war on terror, the Coalition is facing an explosive cocktail of disturbing developments. And the signs are that the situation is deteriorating. CLIP
20 insurgents die as firefight rages on Afghan border (May 5)
ABOUT 20 suspected militants and an Afghan policeman were killed in a battle in the mountains of south-eastern Afghanistan in one of the deadliest clashes in the country since the end of the winter lull. Six US soldiers were also wounded in the latest in a string of bloody encounters near the Pakistani border. CLIP
Misconduct row deepens for US Army (May 17)
THE US Army has charged three more soldiers for alleged misconduct at an Afghanistan detention facility in 2002.
The Unknown Unknowns of the Abu Ghraib Scandal - By Seymour Hersh (21 May 2005)
The 10 inquiries into prisoner abuse have let Bush and Co off the hook. It's been over a year since I published a series of articles in the New Yorker outlining the abuses at Abu Ghraib. There have been at least 10 official military investigations since then - none of which has challenged the official Bush administration line that there was no high-level policy condoning or overlooking such abuse. The buck always stops with the handful of enlisted army reservists from the 372nd Military Police Company whose images fill the iconic Abu Ghraib photos with their inappropriate smiles and sadistic posing of the prisoners. It's a dreary pattern. The reports and the subsequent Senate proceedings are sometimes criticised on editorial pages. There are calls for a truly independent investigation by the Senate or House. Then, as months pass with no official action, the issue withers away, until the next set of revelations revives it. There is much more to be learned. What do I know? A few things stand out. I know of the continuing practice of American operatives seizing suspected terrorists and taking them, without any meaningful legal review, to interrogation centres in south-east Asia and elsewhere. I know of the young special forces officer whose subordinates were confronted with charges of prisoner abuse and torture at a secret hearing after one of them emailed explicit photos back home. The officer testified that, yes, his men had done what the photos depicted, but they - and everybody in the command - understood such treatment was condoned by higher-ups. What else do I know? I know that the decision was made inside the Pentagon in the first weeks of the Afghanistan war - which seemed "won" by December 2001 - to indefinitely detain scores of prisoners who were accumulating daily at American staging posts throughout the country. CLIP
U.S. GOVERNMENT GIVES A MERE SLAP ON THE WRIST IN PUNISHMENT FOR HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST INNOCENT, HELPLESS HUMAN BEINGS AND THEN WONDER WHY THE WHOLE MUSLIM WORLD IS TURNING AGAINST THEM IN MASS DEMONSTRATIONS... WHAT IS MOST BEFUDDLING TO ME IS THAT SUCH HORRIFIC ABUSES ONCE REPORTED IN THE U.S. BARELY GET NOTICED BY MOST AMERICANS NOR SEEM TO BE ENOUGH TO ELICIT ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIED AND VEHEMENT PROTESTS... TO REMAIN SILENT IN THE FACE OF ONGOING SLAUGHTER (AS IN FALLUJAH) AND ATROCITIES AGAINST HUMANITY BY ONE'S GOVERNMENT IS TANTAMOUNT TO OUTRIGHT COMPLICITY. HERE IS CANADA IF OUR GOVERNMENT WAS DOING EVEN A TINY FRACTION OF THE LITANY OF MONSTROUS ABUSES THE SUCCESSIVE U.S. GOVERNMENTS HAVE COMMITTED ESPECIALLY THE CURRENT ONE! I BELIEVE PEOPLE WOULD QUICKLY BE MASSING IN CITIES ACROSS CANADA TO BRING DOWN THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH TYRANNIC CRIMES.
In US Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths
By Tim Golden - The New York Times
20 May 2005
Even as the young Afghan man was dying before them, his American jailers continued to torment him.
The prisoner, a slight, 22-year-old taxi driver known only as Dilawar, was hauled from his cell at the detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, at around 2 a.m. to answer questions about a rocket attack on an American base. When he arrived in the interrogation room, an interpreter who was present said, his legs were bouncing uncontrollably in the plastic chair and his hands were numb. He had been chained by the wrists to the top of his cell for much of the previous four days.
Mr. Dilawar asked for a drink of water, and one of the two interrogators, Specialist Joshua R. Claus, 21, picked up a large plastic bottle. But first he punched a hole in the bottom, the interpreter said, so as the prisoner fumbled weakly with the cap, the water poured out over his orange prison scrubs. The soldier then grabbed the bottle back and began squirting the water forcefully into Mr. Dilawar's face.
"Come on, drink!" the interpreter said Specialist Claus had shouted, as the prisoner gagged on the spray. "Drink!"
At the interrogators' behest, a guard tried to force the young man to his knees. But his legs, which had been pummeled by guards for several days, could no longer bend. An interrogator told Mr. Dilawar that he could see a doctor after they finished with him. When he was finally sent back to his cell, though, the guards were instructed only to chain the prisoner back to the ceiling.
"Leave him up," one of the guards quoted Specialist Claus as saying.
Several hours passed before an emergency room doctor finally saw Mr. Dilawar. By then he was dead, his body beginning to stiffen. It would be many months before Army investigators learned a final horrific detail: Most of the interrogators had believed Mr. Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.
The story of Mr. Dilawar's brutal death at the Bagram Collection Point - and that of another detainee, Habibullah, who died there six days earlier in December 2002 - emerge from a nearly 2,000-page confidential file of the Army's criminal investigation into the case, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.
Like a narrative counterpart to the digital images from Abu Ghraib, the Bagram file depicts young, poorly trained soldiers in repeated incidents of abuse. The harsh treatment, which has resulted in criminal charges against seven soldiers, went well beyond the two deaths.
In some instances, testimony shows, it was directed or carried out by interrogators to extract information. In others, it was punishment meted out by military police guards. Sometimes, the torment seems to have been driven by little more than boredom or cruelty, or both.
In sworn statements to Army investigators, soldiers describe one female interrogator with a taste for humiliation stepping on the neck of one prostrate detainee and kicking another in the genitals. They tell of a shackled prisoner being forced to roll back and forth on the floor of a cell, kissing the boots of his two interrogators as he went. Yet another prisoner is made to pick plastic bottle caps out of a drum mixed with excrement and water as part of a strategy to soften him up for questioning.
The Times obtained a copy of the file from a person involved in the investigation who was critical of the methods used at Bagram and the military's response to the deaths.
Although incidents of prisoner abuse at Bagram in 2002, including some details of the two men's deaths, have been previously reported, American officials have characterized them as isolated problems that were thoroughly investigated. And many of the officers and soldiers interviewed in the Dilawar investigation said the large majority of detainees at Bagram were compliant and reasonably well treated.
"What we have learned through the course of all these investigations is that there were people who clearly violated anyone's standard for humane treatment," said the Pentagon's chief spokesman, Larry Di Rita. "We're finding some cases that were not close calls."
Yet the Bagram file includes ample testimony that harsh treatment by some interrogators was routine and that guards could strike shackled detainees with virtual impunity. Prisoners considered important or troublesome were also handcuffed and chained to the ceilings and doors of their cells, sometimes for long periods, an action Army prosecutors recently classified as criminal assault.
Some of the mistreatment was quite obvious, the file suggests. Senior officers frequently toured the detention center, and several of them acknowledged seeing prisoners chained up for punishment or to deprive them of sleep. Shortly before the two deaths, observers from the International Committee of the Red Cross specifically complained to the military authorities at Bagram about the shackling of prisoners in "fixed positions," documents show.
Even though military investigators learned soon after Mr. Dilawar's death that he had been abused by at least two interrogators, the Army's criminal inquiry moved slowly. Meanwhile, many of the Bagram interrogators, led by the same operations officer, Capt. Carolyn A. Wood, were redeployed to Iraq and in July 2003 took charge of interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison. According to a high-level Army inquiry last year, Captain Wood applied techniques there that were "remarkably similar" to those used at Bagram.
Last October, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command concluded that there was probable cause to charge 27 officers and enlisted personnel with criminal offenses in the Dilawar case ranging from dereliction of duty to maiming and involuntary manslaughter. Fifteen of the same soldiers were also cited for probable criminal responsibility in the Habibullah case.
So far, only the seven soldiers have been charged, including four last week. No one has been convicted in either death. Two Army interrogators were also reprimanded, a military spokesman said. Most of those who could still face legal action have denied wrongdoing, either in statements to investigators or in comments to a reporter.
CLIP - read the rest at http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/052005Y.shtml
VERY MOVING AND ESSENTIAL COMPLEMENT TO THE PRECEDING ARTICLE ABOVE
Dahr Jamail on Living in Two Worlds
May 19, 2005
Dahr Jamail, an independent reporter from Alaska, covered our occupation of Iraq for much of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 before coming home early this year. As a "unilateral," he was a distinctly atypical figure in Baghdad. Unlike reporters for major papers, wire services, and the TV news, he lacked the guards, vehicles, elaborate home base, tech support, fixers, and all the other appurtenances of an American journalist in the ever more dangerous Iraqi capital, a city now so filled with violence and explosions that the young blogger Riverbend recently wrote: "It is almost as if Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard." Unlike most American reporters, however, Jamail (gambling his life) refused to let himself be trapped in his hotel and so his reporting was of the (rare) outside-the-Green-Zone variety. With his Iraqi translator and friend, he regularly interviewed ordinary Iraqis rather than officials of various sorts.
Like many war veterans -- military or journalistic -- Jamail, who wrote on occupied Iraq for Tomdispatch while there, found the experience of coming home unsettling indeed. He recently returned to the Middle East and, as he was departing, wrote the following on his experiences in "the Homeland."
Coming Home: An Iraq Correspondent Living in Two Worlds
By Dahr Jamail
It isn't an accident that, after 11 weeks, only as I'm leaving again, do I find myself able to write about what it was like to come home -- back to the United States after my latest several month stint in Iraq. Only now, with the U.S. growing ever smaller in my rearview mirror, with the strange distance that closeness to Iraq brings, do I find the needed space in which the words begin to flow.
For these last three months, I've been bound up inside, living two lives -- my body walking the streets of my home country; my heart and mind so often still wandering war-ravaged Iraq.
Even now, on a train from Philadelphia to New York on my way to catch a plane overseas, my urge is to call Iraq; to call, to be exact, my interpreter and friend, Abu Talat in Baghdad. The papers this morning reported at least four car bombs detonating in the capital; so, to say I was concerned for him would be something of an understatement.
The connection wasn't perfect. But when he heard my voice, still so far away, he shouted with his usual mirth, "How are you my friend?" I might as well be in another universe -- the faultless irreconcilability of my world and his; everything, in fact, tied into this phone call, this friendship, our backgrounds
across these thousands of miles.
I breathe deeply before saying a bit too softly, "I just wanted to know that you're all right, habibi."
The direct translation for "habibi" in Arabic is "my dear." It is used among close friends to express affection and deep trust.
It's no fun having a beloved friend in a war zone. I'm all too aware now of what it must be like for loved ones and family members to have those close to them far away and in constant danger
It's no way to live. Having spent so many months in Iraq myself, I finally have a taste of what my own loved ones have been living with.
While bloody Iraq stories are just part of the news salad here for most Americans -- along with living and dead Popes, Michael Jackson, missing wives-to-be, and the various doings of our President -- I remained glued to the horrifying tales streaming out of Baghdad and environs. I emailed Abu Talat and other friends constantly to check on their safety in that chaotic, dangerous land I'd stopped being any part of.
Trying to live life here with some of my heart and most of my mind in Iraq, which is endlessly in flames, has felt distinctly schizophrenic. It's often seemed as if I were looking at my country through the wrong end of a telescope even as I walked down the streets of its well functioning cities, padded through a coffee shop where everyone was laughing, relaxed, or calmly computing away, or sat for hours in a room that possessed that miracle of all miracles -- uninterrupted electricity.
I ask Abu Talat if the most recent car bombs were close to his home. "There have been 10 car bombs in Baghdad today, habibi, at least 30 people killed with over 70 wounded. Iraqis are suffering so much nowadays. It's becoming unbearable, even for those of us who have known so much suffering for so long."
This time I find, to my amazement, that I'm wiping back the tears and forcing back the crazy desire I've been unable to dodge all these months to return to Baghdad. Right now. This second. That old pull to plunge back into the fire, despite the obvious risk. To be with my close friend, in solidarity, in a place that, absurdly enough, seems more real to me now that this one somehow doesn't. To be there on the front lines of empire, able to see, without blinking, without all the trimmings, the true face my country shows the world.
"Please stay safe habibi, and I will see you soon," I tell him as my train approaches New York where I am to catch my flight.
"Insh'Allah -- God willing -- I will stay safe and will see you soon, habibi. Insh'Allah," he replies.
Then he quickly tells me there's gunfire nearby. He has to go. I wait for him to hang up first. It's a kind of ritual. Only then do I push the button on my phone, set it down, and leave Iraq once again for this country of mine where I've never quite landed.
Just beyond the train window, trees and houses race past as we speed along. I watch the peaceful American countryside zip by, knowing Abu Talat, having just dropped his wife and children off at her father's for safety, is trying to make his way home through streets filled with fighting and criminal gangs, the constant threat of more car bombs in the night, and a military cordon around his neighborhood. He is concerned that his home will be looted if he isn't there, and feels it's worth the risk to return to his neighborhood to guard his belongings, even though the area has been sealed off by American soldiers.
I'll check in with him again later
to see if he's in one piece at the other end of the invisible phone line that still seems to connect us, along with all my other friends there. Of course, it's just a regular day for him in Baghdad, and another irregular, out-of-body experience back here, where, with every long-distance chat, the duality in me seems to grow more extreme.
Questions of Identity
Coming home from the war in Iraq, I find another kind of duality. It seems to me that the war I've left is going on at home on many fronts -- and yet most people seem almost blissfully unaware of it.
I was in Juneau, Alaska, when the Senate voted to take another step toward opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling. So another, allied kind of war continues on the beautiful, precious land of my home state. I wonder how many of the proponents of drilling are aware that the oil drawn from ANWR won't even be used domestically, but will be sold to Japan. I wonder how many Americans, whatever their positions, know this.
For 10 weeks now, I've traveled along each coast, giving Iraq War presentations, most of the time to large crowds hungry for information. It's been heartening to see so many people so concerned, as well as angry, about what's being done in their name -- and with their tax money.
Upon returning from a presentation in Vancouver, Canada, I wait for a U.S. border agent to scan my passport. I watch him languidly flicking through my many pages of Jordanian/Iraqi/ Lebanese/Egyptian visas, staring at the Arabic script and stamps.
"What were you doing in the Middle East," he asks. I feel a little spurt of anger and glance up at the signs all across this border station informing non-US citizens that they will have their photos taken upon entry and then place their index fingers on a scanner -- solely for our safety and security, of course. I have that natural human urge to tell him it's none of his damned business where I've been; after all, the United States is, at least in theory, a free country. Instead, of course, I simply say, "I'm a journalist."
He looks at me, hands me my passport, and I come home yet again. As for the anger, it quickly dissipates. Such a small moment amid so many larger catastrophes. Besides, he's just doing his job.
Not too long after, I get an email from a friend in Baghdad who's just spoken with a friend of his, a teacher in Fallujah. She crossed another kind of "border" there, also guarded by Americans -- a border around her own city. She had to undergo a retinal scan mandated by the Americans and had all ten fingers printed in order to obtain the necessary identification badge which, unfortunately, she then lost while shopping in a Baghdad market. When she tried to return to Fallujah without it, Iraqi National Guard soldiers wouldn't let her back in.
"She told them she'd lost her ID in Baghdad at the market, that she wants to go home, that they have to let her in, but they refused," my friend wrote. "A neighbor of hers inside Fallujah was there and told them she was his neighbor, but they refused. She called her husband with her neighbors' mobile and he came to the checkpoint with her papers, showing that she is his wife and he lives in Fallujah but they still refused to let her in."
She was crying, my colleague said, as she related her woes to him. She had lost 9 relatives during the American assault on the city in November, 2004. Then he wrote: "I want you to tell your friends and your audience about this. Please ask them what would happen if they were prevented from getting inside their city although the people inside knew they were a teacher who had to get to their school?"
My friend also wanted me to ask what Americans would do if our country were invaded and the only ID that was worth anything was that given by the invading forces -- even though you had several of your regular forms of identification with you?
Being a Raving Lunatic and Other Confusions of War
Of course, most Americans back in this strange land know nothing about such doings in Iraq, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Bush administration and its faithful loudspeaker, the corporate media, which has done such a fantastic job of whitewashing the degrading situation in Iraq: Fallujah begins to resemble a concentration c the death toll of innocent Iraqis continues to escalate; the Iraqi resistance and foreign terrorist groups are now focusing heavily on the new Iraqi government and the new Iraqi security forces; the American troops continue their aggressive operations -- and all that comes through here in this still peaceful-seeming land are flickering images of car-bomb carnage.
In 1968, in the Vietnamese village of My Lai, American troops massacred over 400 innocent civilians by far the majority of whom were women, children, and the elderly. In Fallujah during the November siege of the city, according to Iraqi medical personnel, well over 1,000 innocent civilians (the majority of whom were women, children and the elderly) were slaughtered. Over one thousand innocent civilians, people who, under the Geneva Conventions, an occupying power is required by law to protect, died in what was essentially a Vietnam-style "free-fire zone."
In Conditions of Atrocity written for the Nation magazine, Robert Jay Lifton, psychiatrist and well-known expert on humans in extreme moments, cited both My Lai and the Iraqi prison of Abu Ghraib as examples of what he called "atrocity-producing situations
so structured, psychologically and militarily, that ordinary people, men or women no better or worse than you or I, can regularly commit atrocities. In Vietnam that structure included free-fire zones' (areas in which soldiers were encouraged to fire at virtually anyone); body counts' (with a breakdown in the distinction between combatants and civilians, and competition among commanders for the best statistics); and the emotional state of US soldiers as they struggled with angry grief over buddies killed by invisible adversaries and with a desperate need to identify some enemy.'"
"This kind of atrocity-producing situation," Lifton added, "
surely occurs in some degree in all wars, including World War II, our last good war.' But a counterinsurgency war in a hostile setting, especially when driven by profound ideological distortions, is particularly prone to sustained atrocity -- all the more so when it becomes an occupation."
As my thoughts are being calmed by the blur of trees and houses out the train window, I'm suddenly brought back with a jolt -- as has happened over and over in these few weeks -- to Iraq-in-America. Another passenger seats himself next to me, reads the paper, and then turns -- I suppose simply because I'm there -- and asks, "Did you see Bush's press conference yesterday?"
I tell him I hadn't.
"This damned guy! When are people going to wake up to his bullshit?"
I assure him I have no idea -- and that's true. I've been wondering just the same thing ever since I came home. But he doesn't need much from me. As if he'd been reading my mind, he quickly lets loose with this: "I'm a Vietnam Vet. My son just got back from Iraq. He was in Fallujah in November. It's all bad, man. My son, he's like me, he won't talk to many people about what happened over there
but he told me."
He looks me in the eye intently and then points to the side of his head -- that familiar kid's gesture for insanity -- and continues, "Now my son has problems upstairs. He told me they don't have a plan, they don't have a solution, they're just trying to contain things over there."
He rattles on, angrily, and I nod while I glance out the window from time to time, letting his information settle in on top of what Abu Talat has just told me. I finally indicate to him that I understand, because I'm a journalist who has spent a fair amount of time in Iraq recently.
But he's not in need of encouragement. "Bush is a draft dodger and a deserter," he continues. "He and all his cronies are thieves and should be in jail! If I keep talking about this I'm going to lose it. Have a good trip."
He gets up and walks away. I take a deep breath. This isn't the first time I've had folks unload on me about Iraq. I guess it's in the air. I've had similar encounters with Iraq veterans from both our Gulf wars while traveling, as well as with civilians. Every encounter -- the ones where no one mentions Iraq as well as the ones where it comes up -- has its bruising aspects. I've had to go back to some of my family members and make amends for an outburst just after I returned. Feeling the desperation of the situation there and overwhelmed by the urge to bring Iraq home to people who truly have no idea what's happening tends to put one in an awkward situation where it's not too hard to come off as a raving lunatic.
Is There Anyone in the World
At least in these weeks, I've begun to understand what war veterans who have seen the bodies -- as I have -- get to deal with on returning home. Now that I've had a little time to get my head on straight, to process some of the atrocities I saw, and to take a little breath, I find myself, against my better judgment and everything I swore I wouldn't do, heading back to the Middle East; back to chronicle more of what's happening there. I keep wondering how long it can go on; how long so many people in my home country will continue to ignore it, to be complicit, whether they know it or not, in our brutal occupation -- so long after it was proven beyond a shadow of a shadow of a doubt that this war was illegal and based on nothing but lies. I can't help wondering as well how long they will be complicit as their tax dollars continue to be spent on a war machine that is eating their children and loved ones, along with innocent Iraqis; complicit as social programs and benefits, civil rights and liberties are stripped from them -- a little more with each passing day.
Even a debate among anti-war groups about whether the United States should withdraw immediately or propose a phased withdrawal on a timetable was capable of sending me off the rails. All I could think was: Silly debate. As though either view of how "we" should proceed mattered, as though their opinions carry the slightest weight with the no-timetable Bush administration.
I kept wondering why the streets here weren't filled with people every single day
A couple of days ago, I forwarded an email to Abu Talat that had been sent to me by a man who attended one of my presentations. He had thanked me for telling and showing them the truth
the photos, the footage, the stories of Iraqis and of U.S. soldiers. He had written asking me to tell my Iraqi friends how horrified he was by what our country was doing in Iraq, that he was doing whatever he could to stop the occupation.
Abu Talat wrote back to him directly -- the longest email I'd ever seen him send -- and forwarded a copy to me. Here's what he said in his eloquent, though hardly perfect English:
"Thank you Americans (those who believe that American troops are destroying Iraq). Those who believe that facts cannot be hidden with chicken mesh. Who believe they have no right to put ideas in the minds of people of a civilized country, a country in which civilization began before the United States existed. Those people who know that democracy is not given, it is obtained. Who know that Iraqis are people who have to live just like any nation. Who believe that we are no different in the ability of our minds because God made us all so you cannot force us to have the ideas of others unless we accept it after we are fully contented. Those people of the world who raise their voices against colonialism, control, force, the invading of other countries
I thank them, I encourage them, and I ask God to save them.
"Other people of the world who are not on these ethics, who don't implement those ideas, I call them to look around themselves, to awaken themselves, to put themselves in our position. To face what we face, to remember that they don't accept in any way to be insulted, nor to be threatened or killed like what is happening in my country by the invaders. I ask God to spare any difficulty from their country rather than being invaded.
Is there anyone in the world who can accept to be killed? Or detained for no reason? Is there any of you who can accept to be put in the situation we are facing, to see their houses crashed or demolished, ended, to see your people treated with no respect, to have guns aimed at them wherever they go, to live without electricity when you used to have it, to see roads closed
whether they will live until tomorrow under a normal life, these are, my friends, just a few things to be told.
"So please tell your friends and people to raise their voices to pull the troops out from invaded Iraq. Seeking that God helps Iraqis to bare the situation done by the troops of the invaders."
From the window of my plane, I watch the lights of New York fade -- and the internal duality quickly begins to fade with the glowing lights of the colossal city. Somewhat to my surprise, it encourages me to know I'm now moving ever closer to the place where so much of my heart turns out still to be. Unsure whether or not I'll actually go into Iraq, at least I will be nearer to it, and to Abu Talat and my other friends who live the brutality of life there every day. At least I'm on my way back to a place where I feel I can do something
even if sometimes that only means providing moral support for habibis. At least I'm on my way back to a place where few can help but be aware of what is truly happening. At least I'm on my way, ever closer to occupied, inflamed Iraq.
Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist from Alaska who has spent 8 months reporting inside occupied Iraq. He writes regularly for the Sunday Herald, Inter Press Service and the Ester Republic among other outlets. He is a special correspondent for Flashpoints radio and appears on Democracy Now!, Air America, Radio South Africa, Radio Hong Kong and numerous other stations around the globe. He has recently returned to the Middle East to continue his reporting on the occupation of Iraq. Dahr Jamail's latest pieces from the region can be read at his website at http://dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/.
HAD I NOT TAKEN A COUPLE MINUTES TO VISIT AGAIN DAHR JAMAIL'S WEBSITE I WOULD HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THESE NEW ATROCITIES AND ABHORRENT MASS SLAUGHTER COMMITTED BY THE AMERICAN FORCES OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ... HAVE YOUR HEARD OF AL-QA'IM THE NEW "FALLUJAH/JENIN" CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY IN IRAQ? I FOUND 123 RELATED NEWS ARTICLES THROUGH GOOGLE NEWS - SEE http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&ned=ca&q=AL-QA%27IM&btnG=Search+News - BUT HAD NOT SEEN ANYTHING IN THE NEWS ON THIS...
U.S. Claims Over Siege Challenged
Dahr Jamail - Inter Press Service
May 19, 2005
As with the siege of Fallujah six months back, U.S. claims over the siege of the Iraqi town Al Qa'im are being challenged now by independent sources.
AMMAN, May 19 (IPS) - As with the siege of Fallujah six months back, U.S. claims over the siege of the Iraqi town Al Qa'im are being challenged now by independent sources.
The U.S. military claims a successful end to the weeklong operation earlier this month around Al-Qa'im, a town about 320km west of Baghdad close to the Syrian border. The operation was launched against what the U.S. military saw as the presence of Al-Qaeda fighters in the town.
Iraqi civilians and doctors in the area say no foreign fighters were present in the town. Al Qa'im and surrounding areas have suffered great destruction, and many in the town population of 110,000 were killed, they say.
Abu Ahmed, a resident of Al-Qa'im, told IPS on telephone that all the fighters here are Iraqis from this area.
He said continuing violations by U.S. soldiers had provoked people into confronting the occupying forces. He said troops had been raiding homes, sending women into the streets without their hijabs and entering areas where women sleep.
The fighters are just local people who refuse to be treated like dogs, he said. Nobody wants the Americans here.
Abd al-Khaliq al-Rawi, head of communications for the local government in Al-Qa'im said on Al-Jazeera television that the fighters were all local Iraqis. We have not seen any outsiders. The fighters are from the area. They are resisting the occupation.
Al Qa'im and surrounding areas were besieged by U.S. forces for a week by about 1,000 troops backed by warplanes, tanks and helicopters as a part of 'Operation Matador'. The U.S. military claims the operation was a success in that 125 militants were killed in an effort to search for followers of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
But accounts of the operation from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Iraqi doctors and civilians differ greatly from those put forward by the military.
Qa'im is still surrounded by the MNF (Multinational Forces), and we've yet to get any humanitarian workers into the city, Daunia Pavone, programme manager for the Italian NGO consortium Solidarity told IPS in Amman, Jordan. The bombing had stopped, she said, but they did not know when it might resume and were unable therefore to send aid workers into the area.
The Americans said they could not get inside the city, Pavone said. Once the Americans surrounded the city nobody was able to get out. So we are very concerned that there are a large number of civilian casualties inside the city.
Pavone said that about 12,000 Iraqis had left Al-Qaim, and that the rest had remained trapped inside. I think there will be lots of civilian casualties, she said.
At least nine soldiers were killed and more than 40 wounded during the siege, according to the U.S. military.
The U.S. military has made no statement on civilian casualties, but witnesses say scores of innocent Iraqis were killed.
The city centre has been almost completely destroyed, the director of Al-Qa'im hospital Dr. Hamdi Al-Alusi told Al-Jazeera television. He said the casualties included many women, children and elderly people, and appealed to humanitarian organisations to intervene quickly.
Ambulances were prevented from moving and the medical teams have left the city centre because it has been destroyed, Al-Alusi said during the siege. Water and electricity networks have been destroyed and there are scores of wounded people and scores of victims who cannot reach the hospital or anywhere else. We pray to god and implore the whole world to look into what happened to Al-Qa'im and adjacent cities.
Rafa Asahab, a Syrian who lives in Abu Kemal village on the Syrian border told IPS he saw some of the effects of the siege. At least 100 civilians in Al-Qa'im have been killed, he said. U.S. warplanes also entered Syrian airspace many times, he said.
Eyewitnesses said U.S. jets and helicopters also attacked surrounding Al-Karabilah, Al-Jazirah and Al-Quaydat towns. Medical staff confirmed the killing of civilians by helicopter gunfire, Dr. Muhammad Abud reported on Al-Sharqiyah television. He said ambulance crews had difficulty retrieving some bodies that had been ripped apart.
Adil al-Rawi, an eyewitness in Al-Qa'im said on Al-Arabiya television during the siege that U.S. forces had shelled the hospital. They are using warplanes, mortar shells and tanks to shell the city indiscriminately, hurt citizens and bomb the houses with warplanes.
Many people in the towns need medical aid, and the thousands of residents who fled need water, food, tents and blankets, Pavone said.
The siege came as violence and bloodshed continue to escalate in Iraq amidst rising opposition to U.S. forces. Tensions rose further when anti-occupation Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr made another demand Monday that the United States withdraw from Iraq. Al-Sadr had launched a bloody Intifadah (militant uprising) against occupation forces last summer in Najaf, Hilla and the Sadr City area of Baghdad.
Last week the new Iraqi government announced a continuation of the state of emergency (excepting in the Kurdish region in the north). Emergency was declared on Nov. 7, 2004. Most of the country has remained under martial law ever since, despite elections in January this year.
US Offensive Causes Humanitarian Crisis, Nets Few Rebels (May 19, 2005)
While information about last weeks counter-insurgency campaign in Western Iraq proves elusive, hospitals cite civilian deaths; thousands remain homeless as locals and some US troops challenge claims of success - US military commanders were quick to declare victory after a massive, weeklong offensive that involved air and ground attacks against villages in Western Iraq, saying that marines had "neutralized" an important haven for insurgents in the region.But local residents, doctors and relief agencies described something more akin to a humanitarian disaster, saying the campaign killed dozens of people, displaced thousands more -- leaving many without adequate food, shelter or water -- and flattened scores of buildings. Dr. Hamid Al-Alousi, director of the main hospital in Al-Qa'im, the largest town in the region, told reporters that the fighting between US forces and suspected rebels had killed more than 42 Iraqis and wounded another 80. He also said it was impossible to differentiate between civilians and fighters.The Al-Qa'im hospital was so badly damaged in the fighting that Al-Alousi said doctors have been treating the wounded in makeshift facilities set up in private homes.Due to a lack of medical supplies, Al-Alousi told IRIN News that doctors had to perform more than eleven amputations without the use of anesthetics. (...) The US military claims that marines killed an estimated 125 insurgents during the week-long campaign, which spanned villages along the Euphrates River to very near the Syrian border. Nine US marines died and 40 more suffered wounds, according to commanders. US claims - like those of Iraqi officials - could not be verified. The military did not indicate how it had determined the number of rebels killed, and news reports early in the offensive presented casualty estimates that conflicted with official reports. Two days into the fighting, for example, commanders in Baghdad boasted that marines had killed 100 insurgents, but a reporter from the Chicago Tribune, who was embedded with the combat unit, quoted field commanders saying troops had killed only "a couple of dozen" suspected insurgents. An officer also said he thought "hundreds" of rebels were in the region, but "how many hundreds is tough to tell." According to a report by Knight Ridder, some local tribal leaders said that when US forces attacked, they failed to distinguish between Islamic militants and local residents who oppose them."The Americans were bombing whole villages and saying they were only after foreigners," Fasal Al-Goud, a tribal leader, told the news service. Al-Goud said he asked US forces and Iraqi government officials to help local tribal militia groups battle the foreign militants, whose presence he said many locals resented. Tribesmen reportedly told Knight Ridder that they had evacuated many women and children and set up checkpoints around their villages before US forces arrived. The men claimed they were trying to prevent militants from escaping to outlying areas and neighboring villages. But when the offensive began, according to tribal leaders, US forces attacked both friends and foes. Residents who returned to their villages after the fighting said they found widespread destruction and the bodies of local militia fighters who had stayed behind to help the marines, Knight Ridder reported. CLIP
UN moves quickly to coordinate relief efforts in Iraq after recent fighting in Al-Qa'im
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/KHII-6CJ3G3?OpenDocument 18 May 2005 - Concerned that recent deadly clashes in and around the city of Al Qa'im in western Iraq have sparked "the beginnings of a humanitarian situation," the United Nations has swung to action, coordinating the emergency response to assist families that have reportedly fled the city for the surrounding desert. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are directing from Baghdad the work of relief agencies delivering initial assistance and assessing needs of some 2,000 families while monitoring returns to Al Qa'im now that the fighting in the area appears to have ended. Agencies are also pre-positioning food and other items in the region to expedite distribution to the city once access there is more reliable. The UN and its partners have urged all concerned to respect the right for humanitarian space and the human rights of the civilians, and to continue to facilitate the access of humanitarian aid to those in need. CLIP
Can Humanity be Saved from American Fundamentalism? (May 22, 2005)
(...) The US is the only nation on earth to have used Atomic bombs against civilians and was one of the main architects behind the policy of bombing civilians as a tool of war. Now, after mass murdering 100,000 Iraqi civilians they are lecturing about the violence of the legitimate retaliatory actions of the Muslims acting in self-defence against the occupying forces and their collaborators. In the name of democracy, 100,000 Iraqi civilians have perished and they never asked the Americans for democracy even until now. Unlike Iraq there were mass protests in Uzbekistan against the cruel dictator, Islam Karimov but for the US it was not people power or democracy since Islam Karimov is an ally and an effective US puppet. Similarly, the early mass anti-US protests in Iraq did not represent people power so the US soldiers decided to shoot the unarmed demonstrators, giving a taste of what is to come in free Iraq. We saw that in Fallujah and recently in Al-Qaim. CLIP
Displaced Iraqis Simmering with Anger in Amman - by Dahr Jamail (May 18, 2005)
Interviews with some decidedly angry Iraqis who are refugees living in Amman, Jordan. (...) Iraqis must have a new government, this time with legal elections, he explains while we stand in the shade of a palm tree, I think we need a revolution to get things back to where they once were for us. Then, InshAllah [God willing] I will go back. Saddam was so much better than these bastards [US occupation forces], even though I hated him.His opinion is not unique, nor is it unfounded when we consider the facts. Recently at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, it was reported by journalist John Pilger that Dr. Les Roberts, who led the US-Iraqi research team that conducted the first comprehensive study of civilian deaths in Iraq, gave a lecture in which he again presented his findings (published in the most respected medical journal in the world, the Lancet): that a minimum of 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died violent deaths in their country in the last two years, the vast majority of them at the hands of occupation forces.In his lecture he also explained that US military doctors found that 14 percent of US soldiers and 28 percent of marines had killed a civilian. If you do the math, considering there has been an average (conservatively) of 135,000 US soldiers in Iraq (a significant percentage of them marines), and consider the fact that bombs dropped by US warplanes have generated massive numbers of civilian casualties which may well surpass the number of those generated on the ground by soldiers and marines, it becomes clear why Iraqis hold such great contempt towards the occupiers of their county: the refugees have likely lost family and friends, livelihood and home to the Americans. Refugees attribute the destruction, violence, and chaos in their country to the Multinational Forces, in particular, the US military.
JOHN KAMINSKI IS DEFINITELY ON TO SOMETHING HERE... I THINK HIS MAIN ASSERTION - THAT MOST OF THE RECENT SUICIDE BOMBINGS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN IRAQ IS THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN SPECIAL OPS THEMSELVES - IS CORRECT, BUT I WOULD ADD THAT THEIR MAIN MOTIVE IS TO CREATE ENOUGH CONTINUOUS HAVOC TO JUSTIFY THEIR PERMANENT PRESENCE IN IRAQ, THUS KEEPING FULL CONTROL OF 20% OF THE WORLD RESERVES OF OIL.
From: John Kaminski firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
Date: 24 May 2005
Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
The murderous fools are not trying to end the war; they're trying to keep it going as long as they can!
By John Kaminski
The cat is out of the bag now.
It happened quite by accident, as most revelations do. And it is seen by most of the world as the most revolting of the American/Israeli atrocities in the past few years, although it's hard to prioritize that claim because of the level and frequency of barbaric acts that are committed on a regular basis by those affluent automatons who call themselves the good guys.
Yet everyone but the comatose American populace blinded by its Orwellian media and stupefied by its demented diet of physical and mental poisons can see it.
So permit me to spell it out for those cowardly people who say they're living in the freest country on Earth, but absolutely refuse in their silent ignorance to see the blood they're spilling. No country that condones deliberate torture for any reason can ever be trusted.
The first hint came in Imad Khadduri's "A warning to car drivers" written in Arabic and posted on www.albasrah.net on May 11. The dispatch was quickly picked up by two of the most realistic and reliable news sites on the Web, www.uruknet.info, which I try to read every day, and www.globalresearch.ca, which I try to read every week, since it offers less breaking and more analytical news. I consider these two sites essential to keeping up with the real news of the world, and highly recommend that you monitor them, too.
Khadduri recounted a scam that opens up a clear window to seeing who is perpetrating all this inexplicable violence in Iraq. Beyond the American attempt to pacify an outraged and abused nation through demonic destruction, and beyond the Iraqi attempt to resist this totalitarian takeover by a foreign conqueror, there are more than numerous acts of violence that simply can't be understood by straightforward explanations.
I mean, when a mosque blows up and Americans blame Islamic terrorists, whether Sunni or Shiite, it makes no sense. Muslims never blow up their own houses of worship. Or when reporters sympathetic to either the Iraqi cause of freedom, or even just general principles of international justice, are suddenly assassinated and the blame is placed on often imaginary Islamic extremists whose perspective is supported by these writers, how can anyone believe that Muslims did it, even thought this is what the Zionist American press and government continue to insist.
So whos doing all these demented deeds? As if we didnt know ....
Khadduris report went like this:
A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license. The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car. He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour. At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him: OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs. Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing. Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license. At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed, who is waiting for you now. Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work.
The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.
The only feasible explanation for this incident is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad. The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated hideous attack by foreign elements.
The same scenario was repeated in Mosul, in the north of Iraq. A car was confiscated along with the drivers license. He did follow up on the matter and finally reclaimed his car but was told to go to a police station to reclaim his license. Fortunately for him, the car broke down on the way to the police station. The inspecting car mechanic discovered that the spare tire was fully laden with explosives."
If this were the only example of this type I heard, I might have let it pass as just a story. But it wasnt.
There was also the sorry tale of the Iraqi man who saw American soldiers plant a bomb which shortly thereafter exploded, and when he said so out loud for all to hear, he was hauled away, never to be seen again.
This story was reported on arguably the most authentic and riveting source of news from Iraq, the heart-rending "Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq," which is compiled by someone known only as Riverbend or Iraqi Girl. Again, recommended reading.
She recounts, "the last two weeks have been violent ....
The number of explosions in Baghdad alone is frightening. There have also been several assassinations bodies being found here and there. It's somewhat disturbing to know that corpses are turning up in the most unexpected places. Many people will tell you it's not wise to eat river fish anymore because they have been nourished on the human remains being dumped into the river. That thought alone has given me more than one sleepless night. It is almost as if Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard.
The latest corpses were those of some Sunni and Shia clerics several of them well-known. People are being patient and there is a general consensus that these killings are being done to provoke civil war. Also worrisome is the fact that we are hearing of people being rounded up by security forces (Iraqi) and then being found dead days later apparently when the new Iraqi government recently decided to reinstate the death penalty, they had something else in mind.
But back to the explosions. One of the larger blasts was in an area called Ma'moun, which is a middle class area located in west Baghdad. Its a relatively calm residential area with shops that provide the basics and a bit more. It happened in the morning, as the shops were opening up for their daily business and it occurred right in front of a butchers shop. Immediately after, we heard that a man living in a house in front of the blast site was hauled off by the Americans because it was said that after the bomb went off, he sniped an Iraqi National Guardsman.
I didnt think much about the story nothing about it stood out: an explosion and a sniper hardly an anomaly. The interesting news started circulating a couple of days later. People from the area claim that the man was taken away not because he shot anyone, but because he knew too much about the bomb. Rumor has it that he saw an American patrol passing through the area and pausing at the bomb site minutes before the explosion. Soon after they drove away, the bomb went off and chaos ensued. He ran out of his house screaming to the neighbors and bystanders that the Americans had either planted the bomb or seen the bomb and done nothing about it. He was promptly taken away.
The bombs are mysterious. Some of them explode in the midst of National Guard and near American troops or Iraqi Police and others explode near mosques, churches, and shops or in the middle of sougs. One thing that surprises us about the news reports of these bombs is that they are inevitably linked to suicide bombers. The reality is that some of these bombs are not suicide bombs they are car bombs that are either being remotely detonated or maybe time bombs. All we know is that the techniques differ and apparently so do the intentions. Some will tell you they are resistance. Some say Chalabi and his thugs are responsible for a number of them. Others blame Iran and the SCIRI militia Badir.
In any case, they are terrifying. If you're close enough, the first sound is a that of an earsplitting blast and the sounds that follow are of a rain of glass, shrapnel and other sharp things. Then the wails begin the shrill mechanical wails of an occasional ambulance combined with the wail of car alarms from neighboring vehicles
and finally the wail of people trying to sort out their dead and dying from the debris.
Then there was this one.
On May 13, 2005, a 64 years old Iraqi farmer, Haj Haidar Abu Sijjad, took his tomato load in his pickup truck from Hilla to Baghdad, accompanied by Ali, his 11 years old grandson. They were stopped at an American check point and were asked to dismount. An American soldier climbed on the back of the pickup truck, followed by another a few minutes later, and thoroughly inspected the tomato filled plastic containers for about 10 minutes. Haj Haidar and his grandson were then allowed to proceed to Baghdad.
A minute later, his grandson told him that he saw one of the American soldiers putting a grey melon size object in the back among the tomato containers. The Haj immediately slammed on the brakes and stopped the car at the side of the road, at a relatively far distance from the check point. He found a time bomb with the clock ticking tucked among his tomatoes. He immediately recognized it, as he was an ex-army soldier. Panicking, he grabbed his grandson and ran away from the car. Then, realizing that the car was his only means of work, he went back, took the bomb and carried it in fear. He threw it in a deep ditch by the side of the road that was dug by Iraqi soldiers in preparation for the war, two years ago.
Upon returning from Baghdad, he found out that the bomb had indeed exploded, killing three sheep and injuring their shepherd in his head. He thanked God for giving him the courage to go back and remove the bomb, and for the luck in that the American soldiers did not notice his sudden stop at a distance and his getting rid of the bomb.
"They intended it to explode in Baghdad and claim that it is the work of the 'terrorists', or 'insurgents' or who call themselves the 'Resistance'.
I decided to expose them and asked your reporter to take me to Baghdad to tell you the story. They are to be exposed as they now want to sow strife in Iraq and taint the Resistance after failing to defeat it militarily.
Do not forget to mention my name. I fear nobody but God, as I am a follower of Muqtada al-Sadir."
The background and admission of guilt for such satanic shenanigans was clearly outlined in Frank Morales' piece on globalresearch.ca: "The Provocateur State: Is the CIA Behind the Iraqi 'Insurgents' and Global Terrorism," by Frank Morales clearly demonstrates how Donald Rumsfeld said he was going to do exactly what these three sorry episodes show he actually did.
Back in 2002, following the trauma of 9-11, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted there would be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large. How could he be so sure of that? Perhaps because these attacks would be instigated on the order of the Honorable Mr. Rumsfeld. According to Los Angeles Times military analyst William Arkin, writing Oct. 27, 2002, Rumsfeld set out to create a secret army, "a super-Intelligence Support Activity" network that would "bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception," to stir the pot of spiraling global violence.
We never got the full story on those ghastly beheadings of Nick Berg and others. Nor have we ever understood who killed the American mercenaries in Fallujah that eventually precipitated one of the great slaughters in history. Nor have we ever been able to discern if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is actually a real person or just another bin Ladenesque boogeyman. Nor if the al-Qaeda website which claims responsibility for various atrocities is not really run by the CIA.
Provoking this type of violence also further conceals the sinister genocide the Israelis continue to perpetrate on the hapless Palestinians, which is exactly its point, as is the entire Iraq invasion and destruction, and as was the inside job mass murder on 9/11 in New York City. The purpose of all these despicable acts is to conceal what the Israelis and the Americans have been doing all along to the entire Arab world, namely enslaving and destroying it.
There is not now nor ever was an Arab terror threat. That was all invented by Rothschild, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Brzezinski, Bush, Cheney, Sharon, Zakheim, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams and Warren Buffett. These people are all traitors to not only their countries but to humanity in general, and should all be slammed and RICOed into Guantanamo immediately.
And so should the government officials, media lackeys, and ordinary citizens who, by their complicity or their ignorance, support them.
The main point in understanding these deliberate provocations to prevent peace is to understand how the American capitalist system, now hijacked by billionaires with no trace of conscience, thrives on war and profits from the misery of others.
The neocon murder menace has been for months ratcheting up the hyperbole about why we need to invade Iran which some predict will happen in June and just this week, rumors of troop movements in the Caribbean and lockdowns at Florida military bases appear to augur an imminent invasion of oil-producing Venezuela.
The overall plan is to create hell on Earth, and we are succeeding. By our silent complicity and cowardly reluctance to oppose and stop this homicidal behavior in the name of profit, we are all accessories to mass murder and the destruction of human society, not to even mention the extinction of individual human freedom and the God-given right to be safe and secure in the homes of our choice.
So now that you know, what are you going to do about it? You know if you do nothing, these same things will one day happen to you.
John Kaminski is a writer whose Internet essays are seen on hundreds of websites around the world. These stories have been compiled into two anthologies, Americas Autopsy Report and The Perfect Enemy. In addition, he has written The Day America Died: Why You Shouldnt Believe the Official Story of What Happened on September 11, 2001, a booklet written for those who still believe the governments cynical lies about that tragic day. All three books are available at http://www.johnkaminski.com/
Editor's Note: Robert Strange McNamara was Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was considered the architect of McNamaras War, which claimed the lives of 3 million Vietnamese, one million Cambodians and Laotians, and 58,000 Americans. He eventually tired of the war, and left to become president of the World Bank. His misgivings were that the policies would be unsuccessful, not that they were wrong. McNamara continues to be unapologetic about his responsibility for the Indochina War. He does admit, however, that he and Gen. Curtis LeMay, who planned massive fire bombings in Japan including a raid over Toyko that killed 100,000 civilians in one night, would have been prosecuted as war criminals if we had lost World War II. -- mc/TO
US, NATO Nuclear Policies 'Immoral' - McNamara
By Louis Charbonneau
24 May 2005
United Nations - U.S. and NATO nuclear policies are immoral, dangerous and destructive for the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, a former Defense Secretary from the Vietnam War era, Robert McNamara, said on Tuesday.
McNamara, who spoke at a conference taking stock of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, was defense secretary in the 1960s under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He was the architect of early U.S. policy in the Vietnam War.
"If I were to characterize U.S. and NATO nuclear policies in one sentence, I would say they are immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, very, very dangerous in terms of the risk of inadvertent or accidental launch and destructive of the non-proliferation regime that has served us so well," he said.
McNamara said the month-long conference should strengthen the treaty and "ensure that North Korea and Iran do not become nuclear powers."
But he added, "I believe there is a high probability that the conference will fail to achieve those objectives."
He said it was dangerous to believe that countries without the bomb and which face serious security risks would ignore the nuclear option while Washington continues to regard a large atomic arsenal as vital to its own defense.
The conference, which ends Friday, bogged down in wrangling over the agenda and then the allocation of work among committees. While the disputes played out behind the scenes, nuclear activists and diplomats blamed the delays squarely on Iran and the United States.
The United States spent the first two weeks of the conference quietly seeking to block discussions of nuclear disarmament-related commitments and decisions reached at 1995 and 2000 NPT review conferences.
Iran sought to block discussion of its nuclear enrichment program, which it insists is intended to produce fuel for nuclear power plants while the United States, Britain, France and Germany fear it may be intended for bombs.
U.S. arms expert and former senior diplomat Thomas Graham, who helped negotiate every major arms control agreement during the last 30 years, said that with more than 40 countries capable of making atom bombs, it was vital to revive the NPT.
"In a world with nuclear weapons so widespread, every conflict would run the risk of going nuclear and it would be impossible to keep nuclear arms out of the hands of terrorist organizations," Graham said.
North Korea says it has the bomb. If Iran joins Pyongyang, others may follow, McNamara said. "In Asia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are likely to follow suit. And in the Middle East, Egypt, Saudia Arabia and Syria may well follow," he said. This, experts say, would wreck the NPT.
By signing the 1970 NPT, the United States and the four other nuclear weapons states -- the Soviet Union, China, France and Britain -- agreed to work on disarming.
The other 183 signatories pledged not to seek nuclear weapons or help other states acquire them.
Also from http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/052205Y.shtml
An Ally from Hell
By Nat Hentoff - The Village Voice
20 May 2005
CIA's close relationship with Sudan's government enables genocide there to continue.
In Um Seifa, a dusty village in Sudan's western region of Darfur, a crowd of white-robed children stood outside their newly reopened school. . . . 'The government never gave us education, development, health [services or] equality,' said the headmaster. . . . So the people of Um Seifa built their own school. A week after your correspondent visited it, it was burned to the ground, and eight children murdered [by Sudanese army forces and the Arab Janjaweed] -The Economist, April 2, 2005
During George W. Bush's campaign to spread the spirit-and eventually the letter-of freedom and democracy to other lands, he has made some nightmarish allies. Torture of prisoners, homegrown or supplied by the CIA, has been endemic in Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Uzbekistan. In the latter's prisons, the specialty of the house is boiling prisoners, including political prisoners, to death.
But now-thanks to a carefully documented report by Ken Silverstein in the April 29 Los Angeles Times, which has had far too little follow-up by the media-it is clear that the CIA, with the blessings of the Bush administration, is closely connected to the horrifying government of Lieutenant General Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, the head perpetrator of the ongoing genocide in Darfur: over 400,000 black Africans dead, with some 500 more dying every day, and more than two million, many in peril of starvation, turned into refugees as their homes and villages are destroyed.
The lead to the L.A. Times story by Ken Silverstein, datelined Khartoum: "The Bush administration has forged a close intelligence partnership with the Islamic regime that once welcomed Osama bin Laden. . . . The Sudanese government . . . has been providing access to terrorism suspects and sharing intelligence data with the United States."
Before going into more details of this alliance from hell, the story explains the great concern of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof-who should have won this year's Pulitzer Prize, instead of being a finalist, because he has done more than any other journalist in the world to keep the pressure on George W. Bush, the United Nations, and every one of us to force the government of Sudan to stop the killings, the mass rapes, and the murders of black Africans and their children.
In his April 17 column, Kristof wrote: "President Bush seems paralyzed in the face of the slaughter. He has done a fine job of providing humanitarian relief, but he has refused [for months now] to confront Sudan forcefully or raise the issue himself before the world."
In his May 3 column, Kristof-who has made repeated trips to Darfur, at some risk-added: "Incredibly, the Bush administration is fighting to kill the Darfur Accountability Act, which would be the most forceful step the U.S. has taken so far against genocide."
The bill, passed by the Senate, "calls for such steps as freezing assets of the genocide's leaders and imposing an internationally backed no-fly zone to stop Sudan's army from strafing villages." (That bill has now been killed.)
It is up to the United States, the last hope of those who have so far escaped genocide in Darfur, to lead and organize a systematic and forceful rescue effort. The United Nations, after delaying meaningful action again and again, finally slid this horrendous problem-that the U.N. was formed to solve-to the International Criminal Court.
But-keep this in mind-a May 9 editorial ("Dying in Darfur") in the Financial Times, which keeps prodding Britain and the United States to move to end the killing, revealed: "It will be at least a year, maybe two, before the ICC even issues its first indictments." (Emphasis added.)
This is good news for the Janjaweed and Lieutenant General Bashir's remorseless soldiers and attack helicopters.
The Financial Times editorial ends by despairing that Tony Blair will act: "The doctrine of humanitarian interventionism must be preserved. This is the moment for an untarnished leader to pick up the mantle." No such leader was named.
The Bush administration, as Kristof says, is paralyzed. For example, in its April 29 article, "Official Pariah Sudan Valuable to America's War on Terrorism," the Los Angeles Times added: "Last month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent a letter to the Bashir government calling for steps to end the conflict in Darfur."
This part of her letter was pro forma because, as the L.A. Times continues, "the letter, reviewed by the Times . . . also said the administration hoped to establish a 'fruitful relationship' with Sudan and looked forward to continued 'close cooperation' on terrorism." (Emphasis added.)
John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute reminds us that "[r]eportedly, when President George W. Bush first read reports of former-President Clinton's indifference to the genocide that left roughly 800,000 dead in Rwanda, he scribbled 'not on my watch' in the margins."
Now, very much on his watch, to nurture his partnership with the genocidal government of Sudan, Bush has become an accomplice in that genocide by not mobilizing action against it.
Next week: unmistakable evidence that Sudan's equivalent of the CIA, the Mukhabarat, is indeed providing the CIA with exceptionally valuable information on terrorists' organizing, and their planned actions, against the United States. Can the Bush administration make a reasonable survival argument that for America's self-defense, it has no choice but to continue its "fruitful relationship" with this ruthless force of evil-even if more white-robed children, like those outside the school in Um Seifa, are raped and murdered?
I'll be very interested in your reactions.
Forwarded by Kalama Hawkrider email@example.com>
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