July 24, 2003

Miscellaneous Subjects #190: The Good and the Ugly Faces of America

Hello everyone

Well, contrary to what I wrote in my last compilation, I found time to prepare another one this week. Actually I felt compelled to do so because of the critical nature of many elements it contains.

Hoping you'll be able to review it ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. If you wonder what I refer to when I mention the "good" face of America in the title. it is Dennis Kucinich and the hope he represents for a magnificent sea-change in the U.S.

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"Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. Destruction is not the law of the humans. Man lives freely by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him. Every murder or other injury, no matter for what cause is a crime against humanity."

- Mahatma Gandhi - Taken from

"USA tempts fate by accusing others of crimes it commits itself: it rationalises offensive actions defensively, spuriously portraying itself as an aggrieved victim. Possessing one of the world's biggest prison populations and perpetuating the use of judicial homicide (the death penalty), it rails at China for its human rights record - when convenient. Anguishing over terrorism while terrorising other countries, it seems blind to its own actions. It picks fights with the very people it once supported - Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Manuel Noreiga and Moamar Gadaffi. It disregards and overrides international agreements. USA's political culture and people are quite out of step with the rest of the world: power in USA is held by a small number of people whose accountability seems difficult to prove or accept. Most nations are similar, but since USA's influence over the world agenda is large - partially because of other nations' complicity - the American power structure has become a global, not just a national issue."

- Palden Jenkins> - Taken from his new book "Healing the Hurts of Nations", chapter 11, The Ghosts and Ghouls of Nations, available from and

"The 'public outcry' on cooked intelligence - carefully orchestrated by the corporate media - creates the illusion of an unbiased press and a functioning democracy. Yet this ritual, in which political leaders are said to be held accountable, also contributes to upholding the democratic facade and its evolving police state apparatus. The war has been carried out. The political puppets have performed according to plan: how to let their heads roll, while the real powers behind the invasion - including the Anglo-American oil giants and weapons producers - divide up the spoils of war. "

- Michel Chossudovsky and Ian Woods, Editors of Global Outlook Magazine, Summer/Fall 2003 issue. Read the rest at


1. Regarding the summary of Into the Buzzsaw
2. Peace is possible, peace is inevitable
3. Seabiscuit Proves Long Shots Win!
4. A Thank You Note from Dennis Kucinich
5. Wheels of Justice Bus Tour
6. Citizen Weapons Inspectors Convicted & IMF Admits Its Failings & Peace Movement Shifts Focus
7. Dr David Kelly - the 18th microbiologist to die mysteriously since November 2001?
8. Fisk: The ugly truth of America's Camp Cropper, a story to shame us all
9. Blair 'blocking' inquiry
10. Peaceful Warrior

Worthy of attention

The Interview with God (Lovely and touching video - Amazing pics - Duration: 3 minutes)
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Luna or L98 is a 4 year old Orca that has been separated from his pod since 2001. It is assumed that he has wandered into Nootka Sound with his Uncle L39, who then presumably died and left Luna stranded away from his pod, which is Lpod, one of the 3 pods that make up the Southern Resident Community. In the past few months, Luna has moved up further from Nootka Sound into Muchalat Inlet and very close to the town of Gold River. This has made the chances of his pod coming to get him practically nil. It takes a freighter 2 hours to reach the open ocean from there. Luna has been expressing extreme interest in boats and people. He is starving for attention, seeking it from humans. He has become a tourist attraction for the small town with hundreds of people flocking there to see him. Getting the attention that he is seeking, Luna has moved ever closer to the docks there, leaving himself open to being hit by boat propellers, and being abused by not so well meaning humans... ie. being beaten with a stick recently for not letting a boat dock..... having beer poured down his throat..... etc. He has been seen bumping his head between two boats, which is obviously boredom. He seems to be lacking the spirit that he first had when coming into the Sound. CLIP - Read the rest at
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LOTS of headlines! MUST SEE!!

The Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family Exposed by Russell S. Bowen
This is perhaps the most shocking book written this century about treason committed by the highest leaders within the U.S. Government. This disturbing and thought provoking expose, which few american know about, shows the truth about the drug running activities in behalf of the "secret" government". You will learn about the unsavory past of George Bush and his family, and well as the unscrupulous activities in which he has been involved.

Lying -- a Bush Family Value (July 18)

Bush Administration Deception on Iraq: Only the Tip of the Iceberg (July 22)

Tired of Being Bush-Whacked? (March 17, 2003)
Reviewer: A reader from Chadds Ford, PA United States When you read "The Immaculate Deception" subtitled "The Bush Crime Family Exposed", you will have to keep reminding yourself that you are NOT reading about George W. Bush, our current President. But, the information in this book about George H.W. Bush and his father Prescott Bush will make you look at today's "war on terrorism" and relationship with Iraq in an entirely different light, despite the fact that this book was written in the late 1980s--seemingly long before today's post 9/11 conflict(s). You remember George Bush (Sr.) of "Read my lips! No new taxes!" fame. He was the Head of the CIA before he was President of the United States and a member of the Skull & Bones Club at Yale before that. He was also the Director of the U.S. "War on Terrorism" and "War on Drugs" at the same time, the only person to ever hold both jobs simultaneously. This book describes senior George Bush's career and aspirations through the U.S. efforts in 1982-83 to BUILD UP IRAQ by supplying Saddam Hussein with weapons including chemicals needed to manufacture chemical weapons of mass destruction and how Hussein's power has been kept in place by U.S. policies "in order to be a perceived threat to Israel" (p. 92). It also describes George senior's role in the Bay of Pigs, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, the Martin Luther King assassination, the Iran hostages trade for weapons "deal", and the near assassination of Ronald Reagan. In short, if you want to understand today's "War on Terrorism" and dealings with Iraq, Israel, the PLO, and Afghanistan, simply "follow the money". You'll find, as this book outlines, that most of it leads to the Bush family, in one form or another.

America's Autopsy Report: The Internet Essays Of John Kaminski
ISBN 1-893302-42-3 Dandelion Books $18.95
THE FALSE FABRIC OF HISTORY IS UNRAVELING beneath an avalanche of pathological lies to justify endless war and Orwellian new laws that revoke the rights of all Americans. While TV and newspapers glorify the dangerous ideas of perverted billionaires, the Internet has pulsated with outrage and provided a new and real forum for freedom among concerned people all over the world who are opposed to the mass murder and criminal exploitation of the defenseless victims of multinational corporate totalitarianism. Bold new writers have stepped forward to challenge those lies. Prominent among them is John Kaminski, whose passionate essays have sprung up like mushrooms all across the World Wide Web. Kaminski gives voice to those same hopes and fears of humane people that are ignored by the big business shysters who rule the major media.

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'Significant' flaws found in voting system (July 24),0,3912884.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines
An electronic voting system used in some states and marketed across the nation is so flawed that it could be easily manipulated, computer security researchers concluded in a study released today.

400,000 Letters to Congress Seek War Evidence Probe (July 22)
WASHINGTON - More than 400,000 letters have been sent to members of the U.S. Congress backing a call for an independent investigation into intelligence used by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war, organizers of an online campaign said on Tuesday. The campaign, being run by the advocacy group (, is trying to pressure lawmakers to back a bill introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, that would create a nonpartisan commission to probe the intelligence.

Call for WMD Investigations Gaining (TAKE ACTION AT THIS SITE!)

The killing of Hussein’s sons: the Nuremberg precedent and the criminalization of the US ruling elite (July 24)
(...) On the plane of morality, there exist no fundamental differences between the personnel of the Hussein regime and the Bush administration. (...) In the operation against the Hussein brothers the US military mobilized hundreds of troops and dozens of vehicles and aircraft. The American forces used automatic weapons, rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and tow missiles against four individuals armed with AK-47 automatic rifles. The assault had the character of a gangland slaying, the vengeful wiping out of the cornered leadership of one gang by a more powerful and better-armed outfit. (...) The exultation of US and British officials and the media over the killings in Mosul—which included the death of the 14-year-old son of Qusay Hussein, Mustapha—can only arouse revulsion. The pleasure that these circles take in bloodletting and violence has a pathological character. (...) The bloodlust and lawlessness of the present-day political establishment is placed in sharp relief by comparing its campaign of political assassination in Iraq with the attitude of the US to the treatment of fascist mass murderers captured at the end of World War II. Less than sixty years ago, Washington opposed the summary execution of the leaders of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan—who had committed crimes on a far more massive scale than any carried out by the regime of Saddam Hussein—and insisted they be placed on public trial and accorded all of the legal privileges of due process. The vast contrast between then and now underscores the break with any conception of democratic principles that has occurred within the American ruling elite. The surviving Nazi leaders were responsible for the deaths, by genocide and war, of tens of millions, yet American officials were scrupulous in demanding that they be captured alive and placed on trial, as they eventually were, at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal in 1945-46. Considerable pains were taken to ensure that the defendants not take their own lives. The US was insistent that the defendants be provided with counsel and access to evidence and that they be accorded the right to cross-examine witnesses.

Robert Fisk : His sons are dead but Saddam lives, as do forces of resistance (July 23)

Army to Keep 145,000 GIs on Duty in Iraq (July 23),1280,-2940150,00.html

Sharon Defies Bush Over Massive Separation Fence (July 23)

Settlements On Palestinian Land - Internal Affair: Sharon (July 22)
In another blow to the U.S.-backed „roadmap‰ peace plan, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said late Monday, July21 , that Jewish settlement outposts are an "internal" matter which the Jewish state will deal with at its discretion, rather than under international pressure.

Israeli army accused of cruelty (July 23),2763,1003969,00.html
A leading Israeli human rights group has accused Israeli soldiers of "malicious and cruel" treatment of Palestinians and the military leadership of indifference to widespread abuses.

Amnesty accuses US-led forces of abuses (July 23),2763,1004538,00.html
Iraq: Amnesty International today accused the US-led occupying forces in Iraq of failing to uphold human rights in their treatment of Iraqi civilians. The group is to present a memorandum detailing "allegations of ill-treatment by coalition forces and inhumane detention conditions" to Paul Bremer, the head of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq, today. A team of eight Amnesty workers have been in Iraq for the last week collecting testimonies from alleged victims of human rights abuses committed under the CPA. The allegations include the shooting of a 12-year-old boy during house-to-house searches by US troops, and reports of Iraqis detained by coalition forces being subjected to torture. In many cases, it is alleged that people have been snatched from the street without warning and denied access to relatives and lawyers while in jail - a "strong echo" of methods used by Saddam Hussein's regime, according to Amnesty. Former detainees said Abu Ghraid prison in Baghdad - one of the most notorious jails under the old regime but now under CPA control - was overflowing with inmates. Many people were being held in tents in extreme heat and without sufficient drinking water, they told researchers. (...) Amnesty also cites the case of Khreisan Khalis Aballey, 39, and his father, 80, who were arrested at their home on April 30. "Khreisan was hooded and handcuffed and made to stand or kneel facing a wall for nearly eight days while he was being interrogated," the report alleges. "He suffered from sleep deprivation as a bright light was placed next to his head and distorted music was playing. His knees bled so he mostly stood and by the end he said his leg was swollen to the size of a football. His father was held in the cell next to him and could hear his son's screams." Amnesty spokesman Steve Ballinger told Guardian Unlimited that that the team had collected "scores" of testimonies in Baghdad and Basra in the last week, but these were just "tip of the iceberg" and there would be further delegations to visit other parts of Iraq and collect more evidence.

South Asian floods kill hundreds and leave millions homeless (July 24)
Since the beginning of June, South Asia has been hit by devastating flooding caused by the annual monsoon. At least 445 people have been killed and millions left homeless across India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Continuing rain, rising floodwaters and the consequent danger of water-borne diseases like diarrhea, malaria, gastroenteritis and Japanese encephalitis could increase the death toll.

Press review (July 23),3604,1004471,00.html
Liberia: Chryselle Pathmanathan runs through what the international papers are saying about the increasingly violent situation in the African republic.

Death toll in Liberian capital rises to 600 (July 23),3604,1003981,00.html

House Votes, 400-21, to Block Media Rule by the F.C.C. (July 23)

White House Threatens Veto on Media-Ownership Cap (July 23)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Tuesday it would veto a large government-spending bill if it reimposed media-ownership caps that were recently relaxed by the Federal Communications Commission. A House of Representatives committee altered a spending bill for the FCC and other government agencies last week to block deals that would allow television networks to own individual stations that reach more than 35 percent of the audience. The agency recently raised the national audience limit from to 45 percent 35 percent, sparking a firestorm of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans who argued the move could hurt local reporting and diversity of viewpoints. The Bush administration said any move to roll back the changes would scuttle the $37.9 billion appropriations bill, which also sets spending levels for the Justice, State and Commerce departments.

Iraq War Lies Listed (July 22)

The thirty-six lies that launched a war (July 11)

TIME: How Bush Misleads Himself,9171,1101030728-465817,00.html?cnn=yes

GOP Frets About Bush Re-Election Chances (July 23)     ,1282,-2938975,00.html
For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, rank-and-file Republicans say they are worried about President Bush's re-election chances based on the feeble economy, the rising death toll in Iraq and questions about his credibility. 

Two Mobs Against Global Capitalism
As anti-capitalists and others prepare for the WTO protests in Cancun in September, others in North America are taking action From July 27th-Aug. 1st in two different mobilizations against the same capitalist globalization infrastracture. A anti-WTO protest is being held in Montreal and an anti-CAFTA mobilization is being held in New Orleans.

Building on common ground shared in struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and war, the Popular Mobilisation Against the WTO in Montreal is planning five days of education, creative resistance, mega-demonstrations, and direct action in order to expose and to resist the profit-driven WTO, and to promote an alternative vision which prioritizes self-determination, dignity, and global justice.

Mega-Mobilisations Against the Mini-Ministerial - Popular Mobilisation Against the WTO
(...) Comprising 146 member countries, the WTO is the largest multilateral trade regime. The organization has come under attack for its relentless pursuit of profits at the expense of not only social and environmental standards, but also of the rights of people to determine their own futures. Even as it streamlines corporate control through policies that apply pressure to privatize essential services and to open key sectors to foreign investors, the WTO at the same time includes "security" clauses which pave the way for unchallenged militarization. The WTO is frequently characterized as undemocratic and non-transparent - and the Montreal mini-ministerial is a case in point. Thrown together at the last minute by Canada's International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew, the meeting will be an exclusive, "by-invitation-only" affair which will gather about two dozen trade ministers. Led by delegates from the main capitalist powers and supported by nations under their influence, the ministers will be conspiring to impose 'consensus' solutions on certain issues - most notably agriculture and generic drugs - that have become areas of contention between rich and poor nations of the world.

Who's Who on the 9/11 "Independent" Commission (July 17)
Several citizens' organizations as well as the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks have expressed hope that the 9/11 Commission will ultimately reveal the truth. The Commission itself has produced a brief interim report (8 July 2003), where it hints to the lack of cooperation by the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and other agencies of government. (...) In fact, the Commission is marred by conflicts of interest. It operates in a cozy bi-partisan inter-agency environment, where the various crony factions within the Administration, the US Congress, etc. are present. Commission members seem to have been carefully handpicked. Not only are the White House and the National Security Council "represented" (unofficially of course), key government agencies including the CIA and Homeland Security also have their "seat" on the Commission. Under these circumstances, it is impossible to conduct a meaningful investigation of any of the key political, military and intelligence actors.

The Road Map to Empire - by Michel Chossudovsky and Ian Woods (July 18)
In the war's sinister aftermath, the entire world knows that the pretext for the invasion of Iraq was based on fabricated evidence and doctored intelligence. (See p.13.) The facts regarding Iraq's alleged WMDs had been carefully manipulated. The lies were known and documented prior to the war, discussed behind closed doors not only at the UN Security Council but also on Capitol Hill. Prior to the war's onslaught and throughout the military campaign, the US media, in close liaison with the Pentagon, was instrumental in withholding the truth. This tactic is straight out of the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence which Bush promised would be shut down due to the public uproar against the idea that the Pentagon might be allowed to spread false information in the media for their own purposes. (For more see Global Outlook No. 4, p.20.) Covert ‘dirty tricks' operations had been launched to produce misleading intelligence, which was then fed into the news chain. WMD-Al Qaeda threats to ‘the Homeland' had been played up and repeated ad nauseam, pasted on a daily basis across the tabloids. The objective of the disinformation campaign was to "whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor", while fudging the issue of forged intelligence until the war was over. The fact that President Bush was an outright liar was only brought to US public's attention in the invasion's aftermath, once a US-UK occupation government (‘The Authority'), duly sanctioned by the UN, had been put in place. CLIP

Warning of Toxic Aftermath from Uranium Munitions (July 22)
The American use of depleted uranium munitions in both Persian Gulf wars has unleashed a toxic disaster that will eclipse the Agent Orange tragedy of the Vietnam War, a former top Army official said Monday evening. (...) "The technology of war is out of control," Rokke concluded. "We don't have the ability to clean it up (or) treat it. I'm a warrior, but my conclusion is that war is obsolete. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report says over 221,000 of our sons and daughters are on permanent disability and over 10,000 dead - one-third of our Gulf War I force. And they're coming back sick right now."

The War Against Ourselves
An Interview with Major Doug Rokke (...) These consequences last for eternity. The half life of uranium 238 is 4.5 billion years. And we left over 320 tons all over the place in Iraq. We also bombarded Vieques, Puerto Rico, with DU in preparation for the war in Kosovo. That’s affecting American citizens on American territory.

Secret nuclear plant detected in North Korea (July 21),3604,1002164,00.html
North Korea may have secretly built a second nuclear reprocessing plant to produce weapons-grade plutonium, according to evidence found by US intelligence agencies.

US planning global-reach missiles: allies not required (July 03),12674,989624,00.html
The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory. Over the next 25 years the technology would free the US from dependence on forward bases and the cooperation of regional allies, part of the drive towards self-sufficiency spurred by the difficulties of gaining international cooperation for the invasion of Iraq. The new weapons are being developed under a programme code-named Falcon (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US). A US defence website has invited bids from contractors to develop the technology. The current edition of Jane's Defence Weekly reports that the first flight tests are scheduled to take place within three years.

Struggle to control space next stage of global arms race (June 9 2003);$sessionid$KGK0HP0WMSQX5QFIQMFSFF4AVCBQ0IV0?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F06%2F08%2Fwspace08.xml
The United States is planning to take control of parts of space and develop patrolling military aircraft in orbit as part of a revived Star Wars proposal for an American empire above the ozone layer. According to James Roche, the US Air Force secretary, America's allies would have "no veto power" over projects designed to achieve US military control of space. The key theme of the ambitious plans is described as "negation" - the denial of the use of space for military intelligence, or other purposes, without American endorsement. The plans come after the successful use of global positioning satellites (GPS) and other space technology during the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the agency that is responsible for US spy satellites, is to develop a strategy that ensures US allies, as well as its enemies, never gain access to the same space resources without Washington's permission. Recent proposals that have been circulated at space command and NRO briefings suggest that access to "near-Earth space" might be refused to other nations. All GPS satellites are located within near-Earth space, which covers the orbital distance from Earth to the moon. A fleet of spacecraft will be developed, designed to attack and destroy the satellites of enemies and rivals. The rapid-launch "military space plane", the potential cost of which has not been disclosed, would also be used as a mobile "bodyguard" for US space installations. It would be the first "space plane" in history with a directly military function. A prototype is expected by 2005, although military deployment is not expected before 2014. "It will hopefully be a new kind of vehicle, equipped for the challenges of the future," a Pentagon official said. After the recent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, US Air Force Command claimed that American forces on the ground had a decisive advantage in gathering intelligence and targeting enemy troop positions. As a result, the Pentagon believes that the struggle to control space will form the next stage of a global arms race. Its plans confirm that the US expects space to be "weaponised" in the medium-term future, and is determined to take an unassailable technological lead. CLIP (This whole article is also available at

Thomas Friedman on Iraq: spreading “democracy” with missiles and lies (July 22)

GM crops gene leakage 'could wipe out wild relatives'
Genetically modified crops could easily spread their genes and threaten the survival of related wild plants, according to a study. Computer models show that pollen from crop fields can rapidly contaminate wild relatives, even under normal conditions. As a result, wild species may be swamped by weak hybrids that reproduce poorly and cause their population size to shrink. At the same time, potentially valuable genetic traits could be lost for ever. Dr Ralph Haygood, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who led the research, said: "You don't need high rates of pollen flow or strongly favoured traits. Crop genes, even deleterious ones, can easily become common in wild populations within 10 to 20 generations."


From: "Fred Burks">
Subject: Regarding the summary of Into the Buzzsaw
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003

Hi Jean!

Thanks for posting the summary of Into the Buzzsaw from our website. It's unfortunate that some people are passing it around without mentioning our site at

I made that summary with the editor Kristina Borjesson's knowledge. The two-page summary you posted is at

There is an awesome 10-page summary of the book at a real eye-opener! I highly recommend it. We have a knock-out two-page summary of the UFO cover-up as well at

All of this information is relatively easily verified. Thanks again for all your great work! Together, we're changing this old world into a much more loving place.

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“Peace is possible, peace is inevitable”

by Monte Leach

An interview with US congressman and Presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich, highlighting his core values of peace, activism, sharing, human rights and environmental sustainability.

July-August 2003

US Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, first came to US national prominence in 1977 when he was elected mayor of Cleveland at age 31, the youngest person ever elected to lead a major American city. In 1978, Cleveland ’s banks demanded that he sell the city’s municipally-owned electric power system to a privately-owned utility company as a precondition of extending credit to city government. Kucinich refused to sell, and in an incident unprecedented in American politics, the Cleveland banks plunged the city into default for a mere $15 million. Kucinich lost his re-election bid in 1979, but 15 years later won election to the Ohio Senate on the strength of the expansion of Cleveland ’s electricity system which provides low-cost power to almost half the residents of the city. In 1998, the Cleveland City Council honoured him for “having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the city’s municipal electric system”.

As a US Congressman, Kucinich led Congressional opposition to the 2003 war in Iraq. In his current campaign for the US Presidency, he combines a powerful activism with a spiritual sense of the essential interconnectedness of living things. Kucinich’s world view carries with it a passionate commitment to public service, peace, human rights and the environment.

Share International: Peace and justice issues are central to your presidential campaign and your entire political approach. Why have you chosen those areas to focus on?

Dennis Kucinich: All of us have a purpose in life that relates to trying to affirm the society in which we live. We do it in different ways. Some of us are doctors, lawyers, architects, teachers, mothers, fathers, municipal workers, bakers, waiters. All of us have a place and aspire to more and more possibilities. For myself, I have felt a commitment to social and economic justice from an early age. When we see the possibilities of life, reflected in our own life, the quest for peace in the external world has to be preceded by a quest for peace in one’s internal world. Having had the opportunity for such an activity in my own life, I understand that peace is possible, peace is inevitable, if we work towards it.

To share my understanding, my learning, which we all do with respect to our own experience, is a great joy. To work towards it in our own governmental structures is an important responsibility which I’ve undertaken because I believe we can create a more peaceful society, and certainly peace and justice go hand in hand. My commitment comes from an understanding of purpose, and a belief that one person can make a difference, and indeed each one of us can make a difference. Each person should consider carefully what we can do, in our own lives, to try to expand the potential of our own humanity. What can we do, each of us in our own lives, to each day reach a little bit higher and embrace more possibilities, to send more love into the world, and try to bring our talents and abilities to bear in each moment. There are such possibilities for creativity in our world. They all begin within us. We just have to have the confidence within ourselves, and in our ability to make a difference.

SI: You referred to some of them, but are there spiritual or religious ideals or principles that guide you in your approach to life and politics?

DK: My view of the world is a holistic one. I view the world as being interconnected and interdependent. All things have a way of expressing their identity through one powerful immanent reality. As each one of us makes a choice, that choice impacts the world. We can then come to a realization of the power that each individual has, and the tremendous expressiveness and potential of our existence. The principles that animate my life and involvement have to do with this understanding of the essential interconnectedness of all humanity. Therefore, we should be aware that we affect others in the choices that we make. We affect not only other people, we affect other species as well. So we must take care to be respectful of this planet and of all those who participate in the life of this planet.

SI: How did you arrive at such a profound view of the world? Was it a particular experience that you had, or did your views evolve over time?

DK: My views are consistent with the strains of thinking that created this nation, the thoughts about human liberty of Thomas Jefferson, the American Transcendental movement, the English Romantic poets, certainly my own connection to Catholicism, but beyond that, to all religions. All this results in a kind of synthesis, leading to a world view of the possibilities of human unity and human potential.

SI: What are your views regarding the role and importance of the United Nations and its various agencies in the world today?

DK: As president I would strengthen the United Nations and work to insure the US’s participation in all structures that affirm international order and international law. The UN has been a very powerful vehicle for human unity and it is so important that the United States works to assure that the United Nations is effective. Unfortunately, our nation in recent years has attempted to undermine the role of the United Nations and the Security Council in international decision-making. The war in Iraq was a glaring example of the destructive path that the present Administration has taken in ignoring the concerns expressed by the United Nations, ignoring the Security Council, ignoring the work of inspectors, and determining to proceed upon a unilateral path of action. I do not believe that such policies are consistent with the role of a great nation, nor are they consistent with trying to promote and assure human unity. As President of the United States, I would set aside policies of pre-emption and unilateralism and create policies for co-operation in order to assure the security of all nations and the security of this nation in particular.

“We affirm our own existence through recognizing others and through sharing our lives, and what we have, with others. Our ability to spiritualize the material world depends on that recognition.”

SI: What changes would need to happen for the United Nations to fulfil its potential in the world?

DK: We have to look at what the United States can do. As president, I would ask the United Nations to work with the United States in facilitating and strengthening all areas of international law. The United States can lead the way by upholding the tenets of the Non-Proliferation treaty, which calls for the abolition of all nuclear weapons; through stopping the production of new nuclear weapons; through upholding and enacting a Test Ban Treaty; through setting aside plans for national missile defense, which anticipates nuclear war; through protecting space from the proliferation of weapons; participating in the space treaty and making certain that there will never be weapons in space; setting aside the doctrine of the Vision 20/20 programme which calls for the weaponization of space. The US can lead the way through international co-operation to assure that we can meet the challenge of terrorism. After 9/11 the world community was ready to participate with the United States on an ambitious undertaking that would combine the resources of the world community to systematically address the challenge of international terrorism and work co-operatively with state and local police agencies. Unfortunately, the US took it upon itself to go in its own direction, preferring bombs to detective work. I believe we can lead the way towards strengthening the United Nations through international co-operation on terrorism.

Furthermore, the US needs to promote internationally the concept which is so powerful in this nation — equal justice before the law. The way we can best do that is to participate in the International Criminal Court. As president, I would move forward with the US fully participating in the International Criminal Court. In addition, I would want the US to sign the biological weapons convention and chemical weapons convention, to participate in the Small Arms Treaty and the Landmine Treaty, and — in order to protect our global environment — participate in the Kyoto Climate Change Treaty, which brings with it the requirement that we begin to work towards sustainability. All of those areas bespeak of something that would support international order, international law, and thereby strengthen the United Nations.

SI: Our magazine is called Share International because we believe there is a need to share the food and resources of the world more equitably among rich and poor. What are your thoughts about that specifically, and more generally, how we can help lift people out of poverty here in the US and throughout the world?

DK: In the Gospels, there is a story about Christ challenging people, and creating an ethic for social consciousness, when he said: “When I was hungry did you feed me? When I was homeless did you shelter me?” And he went on to say, “Whatever you did for the least of the brethren you did for me.” He made a connection between the spiritual principle of sharing and the absolute requirement for an awareness that it is an immanent reciprocal fact of our being. We affirm our own existence through recognizing others and through sharing our lives, and what we have, with others. Our ability to spiritualize the material world depends on that recognition.

SI: Given your extensive political experience, what have you found to be the best way to manifest one’s spiritual ideals in the physical world?

DK: How I do it in government is looking for opportunities to create jobs so the people can be self-sufficient, or have the opportunity to create material wealth for themselves. I do it by promoting the idea of universal healthcare where everyone in this country will have the opportunity for a quality standard of healthcare. I do it by working to promote retirement security so that when people are in their twilight years they will have economic security through a fully guaranteed Social Security system. I do it through working to promote education, to make sure our children have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the world, and of themselves. Everyday I am involved in the large issues.

My office in Cleveland [Ohio] is also involved in the smaller issues, which in some people’s lives are huge, by helping 10,000 people every year with a variety of concerns and requests for service. The business of government exists not only in the macrocosm; it also exists in the microcosm. It exists to provide services for those in this country, hundreds of millions of people, who wish to see their life affirmed, who wish to see the circumstances of their life respected, and who wish to participate in a society that values individual existence and community. Every day I try to see how I can help one person. And every day I see how I can try to help the entire world. The two actually flow into each other.

For more information:


Date: 23 Jul 2003
Subject: Seabiscuit Proves Long Shots Win!
From: Kucinich Campaign>


This weekend, the movie "Seabiscuit" will open across the country, and hundreds of Kucinich volunteers will be there leafleting. The movie tells the true story of a small, relatively-unknown racehorse -- derided by the experts as a long shot with no chance of winning -- who not only wins, but inspires a nation in the midst of the Great Depression.

In city after city, Kucinich for President volunteers will greet moviegoers as they exit theaters with "Long Shots Do Win!" fliers and literature about Kucinich, a candidate similarly derided by the pundits but who is inspiring voters from coast to coast, as his campaign picks up speed just 5 months out of the starting gate. To participate in the "Seabiscuit" movie outreach effort, go to

2) He continued his ANTI-WAR LEADERSHIP speaking eloquently from the House floor: "This administration, whose entry strategy was based on falsehood, with no exit strategy, has trapped our troops in Iraq and exposed them to greater harm." AP disseminated his comment widely:

3) He testified before the International Trade Commission on measures needed to save the American steel industry and thousands of solid MIDDLE-CLASS JOBS in that industry.

4) On the House floor, he continued his longstanding effort for MEDIA DIVERSITY and joined a bipartisan group in Congress to block an FCC decision that would have allowed a few media monopolies to amass yet more control over public discourse.

5) He played a lead role in a bipartisan effort to repeal a key part of the "PATRIOT ACT" that allows the government to conduct secret "sneak and peek" searches of private property. The measure, cosponsored by Kucinich, passed 309 to 118.

6) He spoke out on the House floor, as he has on the campaign, for an amendment to stop Attorney General Ashcroft's crusade against patients who use MEDICAL MARIJUANA to alleviate their suffering in the 10 states that allow it.

Not bad for one day's work.



The latest luminary to endorse Kucinich for President is Pete Seeger, the environmental and social justice activist who performed with Woody Guthrie, mentored dozens of younger folk singers and was blacklisted from TV and radio for years.

Seeger's song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," became an antiwar anthem as our country sank deeper into the Vietnam quagmire, a war based on White House deception. In 1967, after 17 years on the blacklist, CBS's Smothers Brothers Show invited Seeger to perform that song on national TV. When he refused to drop a verse to please network censors, the whole song was censored.

Ultimately, no one has been able to silence the voice of Pete Seeger. We're honored by his support.


To LEARN MORE about the Kucinich Campaign:

Don't have time to volunteer; please DONATE so we can outreach to others. Your donation means double to us thanks to federal matching funds.

Please FORWARD this email to friends who need more info on Dennis Kucinich.


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Kucinich Challenges Cheney in Iraq Flap (July 22),0,3825638.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines
Democratic presidential aspirant Dennis Kucinich is calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to explain his role in how the now-disavowed claim that Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa ended up in President Bush's State of the Union address. In a letter sent to the vice president, the Ohio congressman and two members of the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security, emerging threats and international relations asked Cheney to explain his multiple visits to CIA headquarters. "These visits were unprecedented. Normally, vice presidents, yourself included, receive regular briefings from CIA in your office ... there is no reason for the vice president to make personal visits to CIA analysts," said the letter, which was sent late Monday. Kucinich and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., posed 10 questions that they want the vice president to answer, such as: "Did you or a member of your staff at any time direct or encourage CIA analysts to disseminate unreliable intelligence?"


Date: 24 Jul 2003
Subject: A Thank You Note from Dennis Kucinich

Dear Friend,

Thank you for proving the pundits wrong. They'd hoped our campaign would just disappear.

But thanks to you, we have passed the $2 million mark in fundraising -- and we've grown stronger and more visible in state after state.

I want you to start us rolling toward the $3 million mark.

There have been grassroots progressive Democratic campaigns before -- Jesse Jackson in '88, Jerry Brown in '92, for example -- but none have raised the funds we've raised so early.

Thanks to your early money we have just tripled our campaign staff in Iowa, the first caucus state. And on Sept. 1 in Iowa, the legendary Willie Nelson will do the first of several benefit concerts for our campaign. (Your support showed Willie we had a serious campaign going, and Willie's support may now attract the backing of other artists.)

Thank you for helping our campaign propel issue after issue into the presidential debate that otherwise would be getting little focus -- including, to name a few, national health insurance for all; fair trade to replace the WTO and NAFTA; a peace dividend from cuts in our bloated military budget; a "Global Green Deal" for renewable energy to developing countries; and defense of medical marijuana.

Dozens of leading artists and activists have endorsed our campaign, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Pete Seeger, Ben Cohen, Grace Paley, Hector Elizondo, Tom Hayden, Arun Gandhi, Mimi Kennedy, Randy Hayes, Ed Asner, Grace Lee Boggs, James Cromwell, Angela Gilliam, Marilyn French, Studs Terkel and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

I have just one request. Please share this email message with at least one friend, and get that friend involved in our campaign to reverse the direction of our country and put some "steel" in the Democratic Party (as I told the steelworkers local in Iowa.)

If you -- or your friend -- have the ability to give us a jumpstart toward the $3 million mark, please help:


Dennis J. Kucinich


From: "Voices in the Wilderness">
Subject: Wheels of Justice Bus Tour
Date: 22 July 2003


Nonviolent education and action against war and occupation in Iraq and Palestine

Members of Voices in the Wilderness, Al-Awda, the International Solidarity Movement, and Middle East Children's Alliance take to the road in a colorfully decorated full-size school bus for the Wheels of Justice Tour. Starting in mid-August 2003, this tour will canvass the western United Sates to challenge and educate North Americans on the occupation of Palestine and Iraq.

Having seen and lived with war, terror and occupation in Iraq and Palestine, participants in the Wheels of Justice offer first-hand experience irrespective of partisan politics and sound bite sloganeering. To build upon and reassert the massive domestic opposition to war against Iraq and occupation of the Palestinians, the Wheels of Justice Tour will travel all across the western United States for education, outreach, nonviolence/action training, active resistance, and community-building.

The Wheels of Justice Tour Platform:

We call for adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Through education, outreach, nonviolent actions and personal witness, we stand in opposition to the violence and injustice of war and occupation.

We recognize that to find peace, the root injustices must be sought, seen and directly dealt with.

We seek and practice nonviolent alternatives to the current violence and advocate solutions to the roots of war in Iraq and Palestine/Israel and our own communities.

We must address Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestine. This occupation continues a legacy that began in 1947 with Israel's death squads killing and expelling Palestinians to make room for foreign settlers. The apartheid laws, ongoing displacement of native Palestinians, and numerous injustices under Israel's 36-year military occupation of Palestinian land perpetuates the bloodshed. The violence suffered by Israelis and Palestinians will continue as long as the foundation upon which it stands--direct military occupation and human rights abuses--remains.

We must address the ongoing legacy of U.S. involvement in Iraq. The current U.S. occupation of Iraq, the lifting of sanctions under U.S. military rule, and the continued local instability deny the Iraqi citizenry the very self-determination championed by the United States. The cultural, political and economic institutions of Iraq belong to the Iraqis, not to Washington; the hijacking of Iraq's culture and resources by a foreign power exacerbates and prolongs the consequences of the 13-year U.S.-led war, and the ordinary people of Iraq still have no self-governance.

You cannot have peace without justice, you cannot see justice without actively resisting injustice, and you can't nourish a nonviolent resistance without a supportive community. The consequences of these wars and occupations fall upon the shoulders of the poor and oppressed, the refugees and the marginalized, and those in our own communities whose needs are neglected by governments' costly pursuit of foreign wars; the human cost is paid for by the innocent and most vulnerable, here and abroad. To see an end to the violence and injustice of war and occupation, we must invest in justice and human rights for those living with and living under occupation and war.

The Only Roadmap for Peace: Justice and Human Rights

As people of conscience working for peace, we see that the only roadmap for peace is justice and human rights. We call upon all parties involved to recognize and adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and we call for nonviolent resistance to this violence of war, terror and occupation.

As much of this violence is supported by our tax dollars and by our elected officials, Americans bear a great responsibility. The people of the world know this, and U.S. government policy provokes rage and retaliation against Americans.

Further, draining our treasury on weapons and wars helps prolong and exacerbate our economic crisis and diverts resources greatly needed to build American schools and infrastructure and provide employment and healthcare to our own citizens. To break the cycle of violence we must change our roles in these conflicts; as individuals and as a nation, we must move from instigator to negotiator, from enabler to resister.

Educational Focus:

*Self-determination for both Iraqis and Palestinians versus occupation and colonization (drawing parallels to the dispossession and oppression of other peoples, including American Indians, African Americans, South African blacks under Apartheid, etc.) *Universal Human Rights and equality under the law *Effects of war and occupation on civilians in Palestine/Israel and Iraq, including house demolitions, armed conflict, apartheid laws, collective punishment, and degrading humanitarian conditions *US taxpayers' footing the bill and bearing the consequences of flawed US foreign policy in Iraq and Palestine/Israel.

Action Focus: *Promote solidarity with Iraqis and Palestinians under war and occupation. *Cultivate, promote and take nonviolent direct action for peace and justice. *Build and strengthen networks of action groups in states visited. *Engage in advocacy with elected and appointed officials; challenge pro-war and pro-occupation officials in public. *Engage in mass media campaigns. *Raise material support for home rebuilding, refugee aid, and advocacy work.

Brought to you by Voices in the Wilderness, Middle East Children's Alliance, Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, Affiliates of the International Solidarity Movement


If you wish to participate or host the WHEELS OF JUSTICE tour, contact Ceylon Mooney of Voices in the Wilderness at and 917-567-5048.




Citizen Weapons Inspectors Convicted

by Jeremy Eckert

Setting a precedent that may be used against other peace activists, three nuns face the possibility of being incarcerated for the remainder of their lives after they symbolically disarmed a Minuteman III nuclear missile silo in northern Colorado last October.

The three defendants, Ardeth Platte, 66, Carol Gilbert, 55, and Jackie Hudson, 68, entered the military facility dressed in toxic clean-up suits with the slogan “CWIT (Citizen Weapons Inspection Team)” written on the front and “Disarmament Specialist” on the back.

The nuns symbolically tapped hammers on the tracks that allow the silo to fire, poured their own blood to form crosses on the tracks, said a liturgy, and sang hymns before their arrest.

On April 7th, a jury convicted the women on two charges—obstruction of national defense and injury to U.S. property. Each of the women faces up to 30 years imprisonment. The nuns have remained behind bars since their arrest in October, refusing to accept bail because they could not promise to avoid other acts of dissent. Their sentencing is set for July 25th.

Platte’s advising attorney, Scott Poland, said of the charges, “What the government is trying to do is to place them in such jeopardy that they’ll send a message to others.”

Diane Wilson, a shrimp boat skipper turned environmental and peace activist, in April began a hunger strike in protest of the nuns’ convictions and to prevent harsh sentencing. Last year, Wilson joined a hunger strike by three Bhopal women in protest of the Indian government’s decision to reduce criminal charges against Warren Anderson, former CEO of Union Carbide, whose factory leaked pesticide gas in 1984, killing thousands. That hunger strike drew world attention and an Indian judge rejected the government’s request for reduced charges.



IMF Admits Its Failings

by Carolyn McConnell

The International Monetary Fund has admitted that there is no evidence its programs of the last 60 years have worked. An IMF report, released on March 19, concluded, “There is as yet no clear and robust empirical proof” that IMF policies strengthen the economies of countries where they are imposed.

The report admitted that the financial integration the IMF enforces often leads to “increased vulnerability to crises.” These crises come about when international investors withdraw funds at the first sign of trouble or engage in currency speculation. These crises have “exacted a serious toll.”

Kenneth Rogoff, the IMF’s chief economist and co-author of the report, called its findings “sobering.”

According to a United Nations report released last year, the biggest recipients of IMF aid are poorer now than they were when the IMF was founded in 1944. In the last few years, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Russia and Argentina have received IMF loans in exchange for opening their economies to international capital flows and imposing government austerity programs. All experienced economic crises. Activists in Bolivia in February blamed an IMF-required tax increase for rioting that led to at least 20 deaths.

IMF policies have been widely criticized for these policies by activists such as John Cavanagh and Walden Bello, as well as by Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist for the World Bank, the IMF’s sister institution.



Peace Movement Shifts Focus

by Megan Tady

After a break in momentum as war in Iraq broke out, the U.S. anti-war movement is broadening its focus from opposing war in Iraq to broader issues of war and peace and striving to shape the terms of the 2004 elections.

The enormous anti-war movement, which drew in millions of people worldwide, is beginning to make the transition from simply opposing the Iraq war to framing a positive vision for the future, according to Leslie Cagan, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, a leading group in the anti-war movement. This vision includes a US foreign policy grounded in international law, respect for the sovereignty of other nations, accountable elected officials, and the defense of civil liberties, she said.

Protesters are pressing this vision through daily protests, vigils, and civil disobedience. Organizers are also striving to bring issues of war and peace into the debate leading to the 2004 elections and force candidates to answer to the movement.

“We need to create an umbrella that enables lots of people to use lots of different tactics to work for peace and have a vision that is bigger than one candidate,” said Bill Dobbs, media coordinator for United for Peace and Justice.

Such tactics include drawing atten-tion to failures of Bush administration policies and using the movement against war in Iraq as a springboard to stop further American wars.

For example, signs that once read “No Iraq War,” now say, “No U.S. War” and urge the administration to stop what is being called a war on healthcare, education, and civil liberties. Thousands of Americans have also made a political statement by refusing to pay their income taxes, money they believe will be used for the U.S. military.

Protesters are highlighting the conflict between fighting a war to liberate Iraq and then occupying the country, and are calling for an international peacekeeping presence to help rebuild the country. Chants and signs at protests are calling for an “End of Empire” as America’s foreign policy is seen as increasingly imperialistic and the threat of an unending war becomes more plausible.

The anti-war movement is also targeting corporations that will profit from the war in Iraq and future military incursions. Protesters have demonstrated against corporations such as Halliburton, Bechtel, the Carlyle Group, Texaco, and Exxon. International protesters are boycotting U.S. goods, especially those made by corporations that were major donors to the Republican Party.

With an unprecedented number of people and organizations involved, two challenges for the movement are to stay united and continue to draw in new people, said Peter Lems of the American Friends Service Committee.

Another challenge for the movement is battling the frustration that people feel at Bush’s disregard of world opinion.

“We have to say to each other, yes, it’s frustrating and, yes, it’s upsetting, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying,” Cagan said. She urged people to remember that while the war in Iraq was not stopped, it is the beginning, not the end, of the enormous outpouring of world opposition that has been called “the world’s other superpower.”


The entire content of this Summer’s issue is at

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And if you’d like to have a Free trial Issue go at (...) Activist Robert Jenson recently wrote, “I am finally ready to admit what for months I have kept hidden: I am terrified.” These are frightening times. Ask people what they most fear and you may get different answers—terrorism, war, crackdown on civil liberties, joblessness, poverty—but these days there is something to terrify everyone. These are not only frightening times; they are times defined by fear. Many of the things that terrify us are in fact themselves responses to fear, from preemptive war to attacks on dissent, or crackdowns on immigrants. It is a spiral of fear. What ought we to fear? Why are we so afraid? How did we get to this state? And how might we leave it? Where can we find courage? The authors in this issue describe the fear they have encountered—their own, others’ fears of them, our cultural fears—and offer routes to courage. This discussion guide centers on the following articles. You might want to discuss a different one at each session.

Susan Griffin, “Fearlessness”

Sarah van Gelder interviews Robert Jay Lifton on “The Meaning of War”

Michael Nagler, “The Time for Nonviolence is Now”

Doug Pibel, “Safeguarding the Vote”

CLIP - Go read the rest at



Surviving the Great Dying

by Michael Lerner

In the future, the Legend of the Great Dying will be recited to the children of the Third Planet: It happened thusly. First, there was the Great Explosion in human numbers and in technological prowess. In 200 Earth years, all the wild places were degraded or destroyed. Next, the chemicals and gases released by agriculture and industry impaired the health of the surviving species and changed the climate. The Great Heat then occurred, as did the Second Great Flood. Simultaneously, thousands of species of plants and animals were transported across natural barriers and became invasive species in their new surroundings; this was known as the Great Mixing. Near the end of that era, there were many new plagues—the Great Sickness—that ravaged the weakened, unprepared human beings and other species. CLIP


From: "Boudewijn Wegerif">
Subject: Dr David Kelly - the 18th microbiologist to die mysteriously since November 2001?
Date: 23 Jul 2003

Dear What Matters list members,

Inevitably it is being rumoured that Microbiologist David Kelly, 59, may have been killed.

Dr Kelly's body was found not far from his Oxfordshire home last Friday, July 18. A few days earlier, he had faced a gruelling questioning by the UK parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee about a disputed BBC report in late May that Downing Street had misused intelligence to beef up the case for joining the US-led war on Iraq. Kelly denied that he was the main source of the BBC report, but the BBC has stated that he was their main source.

In a Reuters story by Dominic Evans, David Kelly was described as the "scientist in the eye of the Iraqi storm" -

"For seven years in the 1990s, he was a senior member of the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) charged with dismantling Iraq's banned chemical, biological and ballistic weapons programmes."

According to television journalist Tom Mangold, David Kelly "was a man whose brain could boil water - he used words with tremendous precision, he used them as weapons. There was nothing he didn't know about biological warfare and there wasn't much he didn't know about weapons of mass destruction.''

Now he is dead; and since yesterday this E-mail message from a Rowena Thursby - - has been doing the rounds: "A friend of mine has just been in touch with the landlord of Kelly's pub by phone and he confirms that many in the village who knew Kelly very well, suspect that his death may not have been suicide. And they have said as much to journalists. Yet no journalist has reported as much or even raised the question: 'was it suicide or was it murder?' themselves. Rowena."

Such stories are likely to lead to renewed interest in the spate of 15 mysterious deaths of microbiologists between November, 2001 and March 2002. For the details of these death see the time-line on "Anthrax Attacks and Microbiologist Deaths" at

A search of 'microbiologists, mysterious deaths' reveals that there have been two further mysterious deaths of microbiologists since March 2002; and now there is that of Dr David Kelly, which will undoubtedly be listed as the 18th, if the independent enquiry that has been set up does not still the rumours effectively.

The first microbiologist to die in the November 2001 to March 2002 'season' of mysterious deaths was Dr. Benito Que, 52. He was "an expert in infectious diseases and cellular biology at the Miami Medical School. Police originally suspected that he had been beaten on November 12 in a carjacking in the medical school's parking lot. Strangely enough, though, his body showed no signs of a beating. Doctors then began to suspect a stroke." [Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

Then on November 16, 2002, Dr. Don Wiley, 57, disappeared during a business trip to Memphis, Tennessee. [Fox News, 11/24/01] He had just bought tickets to take his son to Graceland the following day. Police found his rental car on a bridge outside Memphis. His body was later found in the Mississippi River. Forensic experts said he may have had a dizzy spell and fallen off the bridge. Police would only say, "We began this investigation as a missing person investigation. From there it went to a more criminal bent." [CNN, 11/29/01]

Five days later, world-class microbiologist and high-profile Russian defector Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, 64, died of a stroke. Pasechnik, who defected to Britain in 1989, had played a huge role in the development of Russian biowarfare, heading a lab of 400 "with an unlimited budget" and "the best staff available." He says he succeeded in producing an aerosolized plague microbe that could survive outside the laboratory. He was connected to Britain's spy agency and recently had started his own company. "In the last few weeks of his life he had put his research on anthrax at the disposal of the British] Government, in the light of the threat from bioterrorism." [London Times, 11/30/01, New York Times, 11/23/01, Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

On November 24, 2001 three microbiologists died in a Swissair flight from Berlin to Zurich. They were Dr. Yaakov Matzner, 54, dean of the Hebrew University school of medicine; Amiramp Eldor, 59, head of the haematology department at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and a world-recognized expert in blood clotting; and Avishai Berkman, 50, director of the Tel Aviv public health department and businessman. [CNN, 11/25/01, Swissair manifest, 11/24/01]

And so it goes on.

In friendship,

Boudewijn Wegerif



Originally from:

Fisk: The ugly truth of America's Camp Cropper, a story to shame us all

By Robert Fisk
22 July 2003, Independent

Now here's a story to shame us all. It's about America's shameful prison camps in Iraq. It's about the beating of prisoners during interrogation.

"Sources" may be a dubious word in journalism right now, but the sources for the beatings in Iraq are impeccable. This story is also about the gunning down of three prisoners in Baghdad, two of them "while trying to escape". But most of all, it's about Qais Mohamed al-Salman. Qais al-Salman is just the sort of guy the US ambassador Paul Bremer and his dead-end assistants need now. He hated Saddam, fled Iraq in 1976, then returned after the "liberation" with a briefcase literally full of plans to help in the restoration of his country's infrastructure and water purification system.

He's an engineer who has worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a Danish citizen. He speaks good English. He even likes America. Or did until 6 June this year.

That day he was travelling in Abu Nawas Street when his car came under American fire. He says he never saw a checkpoint. Bullets hit the tyres and his driver and another passenger ran for their lives. Qais al-Salman stood meekly beside the vehicle. He was carrying his Danish passport, Danish driving licence and medical records.

But let him tell his own story. "A civilian car came up with American soldiers in it. Then more soldiers in military vehicles. I told them I didn't understand what had happened, that I was a scientific researcher. But they made me lie down in the street, tied my arms behind me with plastic-and-steel cuffs and tied up my feet and put me in one of their vehicles."

The next bit of his story carries implications for our own journalistic profession. "After 10 minutes in the vehicle, I was taken out again. There were journalists with cameras. The Americans untied me, then made me lie on the road again. Then, in front of the cameras, they tied my hands and feet all over again and put me back in the vehicle."

If this wasn't a common story in Baghdad today - if the gross injustices meted out to ordinary Iraqis and the equally gross mistreatment in America's prison camps here was not so common - then Qais al-Salman's story would not be so important.

Amnesty International turned up in Baghdad yesterday to investigate, as well as Saddam's monstrous crimes, the mass detention centre run by the Americans at Baghdad international airport in which up to 2,000 prisoners live in hot, airless tents. The makeshift jail is called Camp Cropper and there have already been two attempted breakouts.

Both would-be escapees, needless to say, were swiftly shot dead by their American captors. Yesterday, Amnesty was forbidden permission to visit Camp Cropper. This is where the Americans took Qais Al-Salman on 6 June.

He was put in Tent B, a vast canvas room containing up to 130 prisoners. "There were different classes of people there," Qais al-Salman says. "There were people of high culture, doctors and university people, and there were the most dirty, animal people, thieves and criminals the like of which I never saw before.

"In the morning, I was taken for interrogation before an American military intelligence officer. I showed him letters involving me in US aid projects . He pinned a label on my shirt. It read, Suspected Assassin'."

Now there probably are some assassins in Camp Cropper. The good, the bad and the ugly have been incarcerated there: old Baathists, possible Iraqi torturers, looters and just about anyone who has got in the way of the American military. Only "selected" prisoners are beaten during interrogation. Again, I repeat, the source is impeccable, and Western.

Qais Al-Salman was given no water to wash in, and after trying to explain his innocence to a second interrogator, he went on hunger strike. No formal charges were made against him. There were no rules for the American jailers.

"Some soldiers drove me back to Baghdad after 33 days in that camp," Qais al-Salman says. "They dropped me in Rashid Street and gave me back my documents and Danish passport and they said, Sorry'."

Qais al-Salman went home to his grief-stricken mother who had long believed her son was dead. No American had contacted her despite her desperate requests to the US authorities for help. Not one of the Americans had bothered to tell the Danish government they had imprisoned one of its citizens. Just as in Saddam's day, a man had simply been "disappeared" off the streets of Baghdad.


See also:

Torture testimony 'acceptable' (July 22),11026,1003354,00.html
Expert tells terror appeal hearing that MI5 would use information obtained under duress in court - An MI5 expert in terrorism has admitted that the security service would use information extracted from tortured prisoners as evidence in court. The secret witness told a panel of judges that in spite of knowing that a victim had been tortured or had come from a country where the regime sanctioned torture, she would still consider their testimony to be relevant to security service investigations. The admissions will add to growing public concern over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who were questioned by the CIA and by MI5 officers. Critics claim that the government has condoned torture by the US in its attempts to garner evidence against people it suspects of having been involved in al-Qaida or the Taliban. The implication of the testimony has shocked human rights campaigners, as well as lawyers and the families of those detained. Article three of the Human Rights Act says "no one shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment".


Blair 'blocking' inquiry

By Hasan Suroor

LONDON JULY 22 - A fresh controversy involving the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is brewing after he was accused of attempting to restrict the scope of the judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly, the weapons expert who committed suicide last week following a controversy over a BBC report on Iraq intelligence.

Even as Lord Hutton, a senior Law Lord who is to conduct the inquiry, sought to assert his independence saying that it was for him to decide the terms of reference and "the subject of my investigation'', Mr. Blair, in a terse comment in Beijing, said: "It is important that he does what we asked him to do. I do not think it would be sensible to do any more.''

His reported remarks provoked fury here with the Opposition insisting that the inquiry must include the wider issue of how the Government handled intelligence in the run-up to the war with Iraq. Two of Mr. Blair's former Cabinet colleagues - Robin Cook and Clare Short - who resigned over his Iraq policy, joined the Opposition in calling for a comprehensive probe into allegations that the Government exaggerated the threat from Saddam Hussein to justify an invasion.

Mr. Cook said an investigation into the death of Kelly would not be complete without looking at "some of the prior issues''. Ms. Short was even more scathing as she insisted that the Hunt inquiry must include the "pressures brought on Dr. Kelly'' as a result of the Government's decision to publicly identify him as the source for the BBC's controversial report alleging that Downing Street had "sexed up'' a key dossier on Iraq intelligence.

'Remarks disturbing'

The shadow home secretary, Oliver Letwin, called Mr. Blair's remarks `disturbing' and called for greater `transparency'. "No sooner do we have reassuring indications from Lord Hutton that his inquiry will be as wide-ranging as he feels it needs to be than we hear from the Prime Minister that he wishes it to be as circumscribed as possible,'' he said while the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, warned that "all hell would break loose'' if any `roadblocks' were put in the way of an independent wide-ranging probe.

The Government tried to play down the row, saying it was up to Lord Hutton to decide how to conduct the inquiry, but critics said the fact that Mr. Blair had rejected calls to extend its scope to cover the bigger picture - the allegation that he manipulated intelligence - would reduce it to a `quickie'.

The new controversy came as the blame-game over Kelly's death continued, and a new opinion poll revealed a sharp decline in Mr. Blair's personal approval ratings.


Date: 24 Jul 2003
Subject: Peaceful Warrior

...hearing the Call "to become visible and empower others through example and intention"... this life feels joyfully and earnestly dedicated to and aligned with this...

"The task of the [Peaceful] Warrior is to show up, to be visible and empower others through example and intention."

- Angeles Arrien

"It is now, when the future of all beings hangs by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of Shambala emerges. You can not go there, for it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambala Warriors. So now, the Shambala Warriors must go into training. They train with the use of two weapons--compassion and insight--both are necessary.

Compassion because it provides us the fuel, it moves us out to act on behalf of other beings.

Insight because it lets us see the dependent co-arising of all things. It let's us see that the battle is not between good and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart. We realize that we are interconnected, as in a web, and that each act with pure motivation affects the entire web, bringing consequences we can not even measure or see."

- Tibetan Legend (abbreviated)


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