23.10.04


Fallujans searching for the victims of Bush & Co.'s ongoing genocide. Posted by Hello

Dumb show

Dumb show


"Watching Bush v Kerry, two things immediately strike you. First, the opening explanation of the rules makes the whole thing feel like a Radio 4 parlour game. And second, George W Bush is... well, he's... Jesus, where do you start?

The internet's a-buzz with speculation that Bush has been wearing a wire, receiving help from some off-stage lackey. Screen grabs appearing to show a mysterious bulge in the centre of his back are being traded like Top Trumps. Prior to seeing the debate footage, I regarded this with healthy scepticism: the whole 'wire' scandal was just wishful thinking on behalf of some amateur Michael Moores, I figured. And then I watched the footage.

Quite frankly, the man's either wired or mad. If it's the former, he should be flung out of office: tarred, feathered and kicked in the nuts. And if it's the latter, his behaviour goes beyond strange, and heads toward terrifying. He looks like he's listening to something we can't hear. He blinks, he mumbles, he lets a sentence trail off, starts a new one, then reverts back to whatever he was saying in the first place. Each time he recalls a statistic (either from memory or the voice in his head), he flashes us a dumb little smile, like a toddler proudly showing off its first bowel movement. Forgive me for employing the language of the playground, but the man's a tool."

US Using 'Pretexts' to Keep Guantanamo Detainees

US Using 'Pretexts' to Keep Guantanamo Detainees

"US claims that former Guantanamo detainees joined fighting against its forces is a mere pretext to delay the release of the other detainees and dodge demands by human rights groups to unveil their detention conditions, an international law expert said.

A US military official said Friday, October 22, that 10 of 202 detainees removed from the infamous detention camp have once again taken up arms against US and coalition forces.

"Washington is only seeking justification for continued detention of people inside the notorious camp as long as possible," Prof. Ahmed Abul Wafa, head of the international law department at Cairo University, told IslamOnline.net."

Lies and consequences

"Lies and consequences: Clare Short accuses Blair of misleading Britain over case for war"

"Tony Blair deliberately misled Parliament and the public over Saddam Hussein's weapons in an attempt to justify the war in Iraq, the former cabinet minister Clare Short claims in her new book."

22.10.04

New Lebanese PM to form new cabinet amid US criticism

New Lebanese PM to form new cabinet amid US criticism

Powell as hypocrite:

"Shortly after his nomination late Thursday, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said the process 'once again shows that Syria is playing an inappropriate role in political life and in the civic life of the Lebanese people.'"

Religious Leaders Ahead in Iraq Poll: U.S.-Supported Government Is Losing Ground

Religious Leaders Ahead in Iraq Poll

"Within the Bush administration, a victory by Iraq's religious parties is viewed as the worst-case scenario. Washington has hoped that Allawi and the current team, which was selected by U.S. and U.N. envoys, would win or do well in Iraq's first democratic election, in January. U.S. officials believe a secular government led by moderates is critical, in part because the new government will oversee writing a new Iraqi constitution.

"The picture it paints is that, after all the blood and treasure we've spent and despite the [U.S.-led] occupation's democracy efforts, we're in a position now that the moderates would not win if an election were held today," said a U.S. official who requested anonymity because the poll has not been released. "

Witness says CIA oversaw abuse at Abu Ghraib


Witness says CIA oversaw abuse at Abu Ghraib


"Witnesses in the trial of a U.S. soldier charged with abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib have told the court that the CIA sometimes directed abuse and orders were received from military command to toughen interrogations."

21.10.04

Muslim scholars arrested in Iraq

Falluja in their sights

Falluja in their sights

"I have spent time with both resistance fighters and the US army, and there is no question the marines can take the city. But the US has a developed a habit of winning engagements while losing the war - while breaking the laws of war in the process. This is what Britain's redeployment will help to unleash."

20.10.04

Bush gets no last-minute help from China

America, Imagine This!

America, Imagine This!


"There is a deep irony in all this too. The US administration, led by its neoconservative ideologues, has convinced a majority of Americans that the Muslims attacked their country because they hate freedoms. What then is the remedy the US proposes to combat the 'terrorism' that emanates from the Islamicate world? It proposes to invade and occupy their countries so that US marines can inject the serum of freedom into their moribund bodies. It appears that the Muslims do not hate freedoms per se; they only hate our freedoms because they don't have it. We must conquer them in order to bring this gift to them.

The speed and ease with which President Bush's lies sink into the psyche of so many Americans is truly astounding. To his flock, he is like a Moses bringing divinely inscribed tablets from Mount Sinai. His words, however inarticulate, however disjointed in their logic, however divergent from facts, are the word of God. It appears that 9-11 has turned President Bush into the leader of an American cult."

Iraq troops move an order too far

Iraq troops move an order too far

"But the difference between the activities and rules of engagement of the US and British forces in Iraq are fundamental and strategic.

What happens if - or should that be when? - an US commander orders Black Watch soldiers to carry out a procedure at variance with the British Army’s rules of engagement . . . for example, the degree of force to be used to flush out suspected terrorists from safe houses?

As the UK is governed by the rules laid down by the International Criminal Court, British soldiers are open to prosecution if they use gratuitous force. The US hasn’t signed up to the ICC, citing this very reason for its refusal. "

Iran test fires missile

19.10.04

Thinktank: invasion aided al-Qaida

Thinktank: invasion aided al-Qaida

"Basing its findings on information from its specialist contacts, including sources in governments and intelligence agencies, the institute said the invasion of Iraq had "enhanced jihadist recruitment and intensified al-Qaida's motivation" to mount terrorist operations.

The organisation estimated that al-Qaida had more than 18,000 potential terrorists in 60 countries, sympathetic, in varying degrees, to its cause.


"Through regime change in Iraq, the report said, Britain and the US intended to usher democracy into the Gulf region to advance a long-term political convergence between Islam and the west.

Yet the insurgency and other state-building problems cast doubt on the political benefits of the entire Iraqi operation.

The report dismissed claims by US officials that the influx of jihadists into Iraq brought more terrorists into a smaller 'killing zone'. The al-Qaida movement was unlikely to concentrate forces in any one country, the institute said, adding that the 1,000 foreign fighters estimated to be in Iraq were a 'minute fraction of its potential strength'."

Halliburton's Interests Assisted by White House

Halliburton's Interests Assisted by White House

The filthy lying bastards...

"Over the last four years, the Bush administration and Vice President Dick Cheney's office have backed a series of measures favoring a drilling technique developed by Halliburton Co., Cheney's former employer.

The technology, known as hydraulic fracturing, boosts gas and oil production and generates $1.5 billion a year for the company, about one-fifth of its energy-related revenue. In recent years, Halliburton and other oil and gas firms have been fighting efforts to regulate the procedure under a statute that protects drinking water supplies.

The 2001 national energy policy report, written under the direction of the vice president's office, cited the value of hydraulic fracturing but didn't mention concerns raised by staff members at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since then, the administration has taken steps to keep the practice from being regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which Halliburton has said would hurt its business and add needless costs and bureaucratic delays."

The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket

The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket

Disgustingly Bush & Co., all the way....

"It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.

"It is infuriating that a report which shows that high-level people were not doing their jobs in a satisfactory manner before 9/11 is being suppressed," an intelligence official who has read the report told me, adding that "the report is potentially very embarrassing for the administration, because it makes it look like they weren't interested in terrorism before 9/11, or in holding people in the government responsible afterward."

Campusantiwar.net brochure on the occupation

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Faces of Iraq: A Traveling Exhibition

McCarthyism Watch | The Progressive magazine

Bush Administration Lies Come Exposed

Bush Administration Lies Come Exposed

"The American people have a difficult choice to make. Do they admonish the actions, misdeeds, and arrogance of an administration that has systematically lied about every single foundation used to launch a war, and reelect that administration to four more years in power? Do they turn the other cheek as America’s standing in the world is brought to its knees and a once proud and moral nation is seen by nearly seven billion people as a shameless, antagonistic, colonialist liar and aggressor?

How can an electorate, which has been shown again and again by its media that every—repeat, every—pre-war bit of information has been and is continuing to be proven wrong, exonerate the perpetrators of the misinformation?"

Ramadan in Fallujah…Empty Mosques

Ramadan in Fallujah…Empty Mosques

"On the political front, Dr. Ahmed Hardan, member of the Fallujah delegation holding negotiations with the Iraqi interim government, underlined that “the residents of the town refuse all proposals of the interim government, particularly the one related to driving Abu Mosaab Al-Zarqawi out of town in return for stopping US military operations.”

Hardan said that such a proposal can not be materialized as Al-Zarqawi is not in Fallujah in the first place.

Hardan regarded it as the reason behind the failure of negotiations between the Fallujah delegation and the government on October 14, 2004 .

Hardan further denounced the government reaction saying, “Do you imagine that a senior official like Iyad Allawi would ask the US troops to bombard his own people?”

Fallujah update

Fallujah update"

“Oh, Allawi, You Will See Allah’s Victory Granted To Us”

'Last Wednesday, US puppet Ayad Allawi threatened to storm the city. Shortly after he finished his speech, a sand storm blew over Iraq and greatly reduced visibility to the point that it looked like night time even though it was still midday. Citizens throughout Fallujah welcomed the storm and took it as glad tidings. They wrote “Victory from Allah is coming our way, oh, Allawi. And what Allah Has in store for this city is greater.” Many citizens gathered at the Al-Hadrah Mosque afterwards and swore to fight the occupiers to the last drop in their blood.'

london protest photo. Posted by Hello

Neo-Conservative Ascendancy in the George W. Bush Administration

Neo-Conservative Ascendancy in the George W. Bush Administration

The real enemies:

"The classic neo-conservatives have worked tirelessly over the years to develop their key set of policies. These policy tenets are illustrated in a series of documents and projects produced over the past decade, which now read like blueprints for the George W. Bush program. They include:

1. The Defense Planning Guidance drawn up by Paul Wolfowitz and Libby Lewis for then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in 1992. The document, with its emphasis overwhelming U.S. military domination, unilateral U.S. action and the use of pre-emptive force was seen as too extreme at the time.

2. The paper A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, drawn up in 1996 for then new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a team including Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and the husband and wife team of David and Meyrav Wurmser. A Clean Break envisages a redrawing of the Middle East political map. It insists that Saddam must be overthrown and advocates a program of neutralizing Syria, and of hot pursuit of the Palestinians. Much of this paper has been translated into official administration policy.

3. The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), founded in 1997 with the support of Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney among others, has been another vehicle for forceful promulgation of neo-conservative views. Bush's National Security Strategy issued in September 2002 shows the profound influence the opinions of the neo-conservatives have had in molding the new strategic approach.

A number of well-funded think tanks and foundations provide a focus for the development and dissemination of neo-conservative policies and a platform through which neo-conservatives prepare studies, which have an influence on policy making. They include the Center for Security Policy (CSP), the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Middle East Forum (MEF), the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the Bradley Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and the Hudson Institute.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) set up by Meyrav Wurmser and Colonel Yigal Carmon, a former advisor on terrorism to the Israeli Prime Minister, translates and brings to wide attention articles from the Arabic press that show the Arabs in a particularly bad light.

The neo-conservatives benefit from a highly effective publicity apparatus, one element of which is the public relations company Benador, which has neo-conservatives as clients, and guarantees them a high profile in the media and on the lecture circuit. Clients include Richard Perle, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney, Barry Rubin, Martin Kramer, Daniel Pipes, and former CIA director James Woolsey.

The neo-conservatives are regular contributors to the major American newspapers. An important press vehicle for their opinions is the Weekly Standard edited by William Kristol and bankrolled by right-wing publisher Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation."

18.10.04

Israel's Albatross: US Neocons

Israel's Albatross: US Neocons

"The neocons are unstable ideologues, more in love with their own radical dream of breaking the world to remake it in their image than they are with protecting Israel or the United States. Such unbounded arrogance, embraced by Bush, has greatly amplified the voices of those persistent anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists in the Muslim world and beyond who are now seizing upon the latest Israeli spy rumors.

'It revives the old charge that Israel is not an ally but a treacherous country,' Nathan Guttman wrote Monday in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

That charge is false. What is true is that not every Bush Administration hawk who claims to support Israel is actually a reliable friend."

No Atonement

Sunni Insurgents: Iraqi Government's Peace Talks With Falluja Break Off

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Sunni Insurgents: Iraqi Government's Peace Talks With Falluja Break Off

"As the afternoon sun ebbed toward the horizon, the one clear thing seemed to be the difficulty of the marines' mission. They have found neither weapons nor insurgents but have managed to antagonize a number of Iraqis, whose opinions of the American military now could hardly be more hostile.

'The end of America will be in Falluja,' said Ghazi Muhammad Ibrahim, whose car lay idle on the roadside, shot up, he said, by the marines at the checkpoint. 'That small city.'"

Blair Plan To Shift Iraq Force Assailed

Blair Plan To Shift Iraq Force Assailed

The repulsive Blair is bent over and takes another in the ass from Bush... shameless....

MPs must have a vote

MPs must have a vote

"Mr Hoon's attempts to deny the political significance of the decision raises suspicions: not least that the deployment provides direct cover for President Bush ahead of November 2. Even if this charge is unfounded and Mr Hoon's claim that the only election he has in mind is the Iraqi one next year is accepted, the deployment has massive significance on this side of the Atlantic. Mr Hoon failed to recognise this. Describing the request as 'routine' he claimed it was part of a 'dialogue' that sees troop deployments 'adjusted regularly'. That is clearly nonsense. "

If George Bush Reelected: Looming Disaster

If George Bush Reelected: Looming Disaster

"Since George Bush II does not appear able to reverse himself on any matter before him, it is a logical assumption that if he is reelected, the crisis will, as a cumulative effect, degenerate into the major disaster that it appears headed for."

Zarqawi’s Al-Qaida Allegiance Intelligence Work

Zarqawi’s Al-Qaida Allegiance Intelligence Work: Expert

"The alleged allegiance of Al-Tawheed wal Jihad group in Iraq to Al-Qaeda network of Osama Bin Laden pledged in an unverified statement is the work of intelligence services to serve best the interests of US President George W. Bush and interim Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi, an expert said on Monday, October 18."

17.10.04

A War Without Reason

A War Without Reason

Another wonderfully written Herbert editorial from the NYT...

"The president and his apologists never understood what they were getting into in Iraq. What is unmistakable now is that Americans will never be willing to commit the overwhelming numbers of troops and spend the hundreds of billions of additional dollars necessary to have even a hope of bringing long-term stability to Iraq.

This is a war that never made sense and now we are seeing - from the troops on the ground, from our allies overseas and increasingly from the population here at home - the inevitable reluctance to forge ahead with the madness.

The president likes to say he made exactly the right decision on Iraq. Each new death of a soldier or a civilian, each child who loses a parent to the carnage, each healthy body that is broken or burned in this war that didn't have to happen, is a reminder of how horribly wrong he was."

Will We Need a New 'All the President's Men'?

Will We Need a New 'All the President's Men'?

"Reporters at virtually every news organization describe a downward spiral so dangerous that they can't venture anywhere in Iraq without risking their lives. Last weekend marines spoke openly and by name to Steve Fainaru of The Washington Post about the quagmire they're witnessing firsthand and its irrelevance to battling Al Qaeda, whose 9/11 attack motivated many of them to enlist in the first place. "Every day you read the articles in the States where it's like, 'Oh, it's getting better and better," said Lance Cpl. Jonathan Snyder of Gettysburg, Pa. "But when you're here, you know it's worse every day." Another marine, Lance Cpl. Alexander Jones of Ball Ground, Ga., told Mr. Fainaru: "We're basically proving out that the government is wrong. We're catching them in a lie." Asked if he was concerned that he and his buddies might be punished for speaking out, Cpl. Brandon Autin of New Iberia, La., responded: "What are they going to do - send us to Iraq?"

No10 did not tell truth about Iraq, says diplomat who quit

No10 did not tell truth about Iraq, says diplomat who qui

"Mr Ross is the second senior Iraq expert from the Foreign Office to resign over the war. Elizabeth Wilmshurst, a deputy head in the legal department, left in March 2003. Other prominent officials including the chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix and Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, have said the war was illegal. Mr Ross's position reflects the unease about the prosecution of the war among those who knew there was no new evidence that Saddam Hussein represented a direct threat to Britain"

Thousands join British march to oppose Iraq war

Thousands join British march to oppose Iraq war

"“Watching this makes me want to cry,” said Erin Kiefer, a student from New York carrying an “Out with Bush” sign. “I know it's anti-Bush and not anti-American, but it kills me that he represents our nation so poorly, that he speaks for us as Americans.”

courtesy of the globe and mail; article link above. Posted by Hello

"A row of sculptures is pulled Sunday through the streets of London as thousands of marched to protest the U.S.-led coalition's presence in Iraq."

Photo: John McHugh/AP

Bush ‘poll-troops’ storm hits Blair

Bush ‘poll-troops’ storm hits Blairl

"A senior army officer said: “There is a certain amount of concern that this is a politically driven military operation and that does not rest easily with soldiers. Soldiers accept that they have to undertake dangerous operations in war, they accept that they might be killed or injured, but it is completely unacceptable if they are being sent to Baghdad to help George Bush win the next election.”

Elder Bush in Big G.O.P. Cast Toiling for Top Equity Firm

Elder Bush in Big G.O.P. Cast Toiling for Top Equity Firm An article from March 2001...

"'Carlyle is as deeply wired into the current administration as they can possibly be,' said Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit public interest group based in Washington. 'George Bush is getting money from private interests that have business before the government, while his son is president. And, in a really peculiar way, George W. Bush could, some day, benefit financially from his own administration's decisions, through his father's investments. The average American doesn't know that and, to me, that's a jaw-dropper.'"

Carlyle's way: Making a mint inside "the iron triangle" of defense, government, and industry.

Carlyle's way

An article from 2002; quite good.

"The Bush administration isn't afraid to mix business and politics, and no other firm embodies that penchant better than the Carlyle Group. Walking that fine line is what Carlyle does best. We may not see Osama bin Laden's brothers at Carlyle's investor conferences any more, but business will go on as usual for the biggest old boys network around. As Mr. Snow puts it, "Carlyle will always have to defend itself and will never be able to convince certain people that they aren't capable of forging murky backroom deals. George Bush's father does profit when the Carlyle Group profits, but to make the leap that the president would base decisions on that is to say that the president is corrupt.""