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So This Is How Liberty Dies?
Thus, we have a judiciary that wants to be a legislature, a legislature that wants to be a sugar daddy, and a president who wants to be an emperor. It is a sorry sight to behold, and one that will probably make for a great tragic adventure series someday. Unfortunately, we are all cast in the role of the "innocent bystanders." And everyone knows what usually happens to them.

Dictatorship Rules United States
Between the 2002 and 2004 elections, Bush continued to abuse power. He started a war against Iraq on false pretenses, telling the public (and the world) that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and thus presented an imminent threat to the United States. A recent memo revealed that Bush fit the facts to support his conclusion that war was necessary, a crime.

Al Zarqawi and Bin Laden Get Down with their Bad Selves !

Bush blasts Amnesty report on Guantanamo
“It’s absurd. It’s an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world,” Bush said of the report, which compared Guantanamo to a Soviet-era gulag. He said the Amnesty allegations were based on interviews with detainees, who hated America and were trained to lie.

Bush Calls Human Rights Report 'Absurd'
...the allegations were made by "people who hate America."

Tales of "abuse" in Guantanamo testimony
Since its construction three years ago after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the prison camp at Guantanamo has come under scrutiny by critics who contend it has outlived its usefulness, producing scant intelligence information and stoking anti-American hatred.

“All the rules in the United States and in the world, the person is innocent until you prove he is guilty, not innocent. But here, with Americans, the detainees are guilty until proven innocent,” one detainee complained. One prisoner told the tribunal that some of his fellow detainees at Guantanamo are sick and elderly. “I found my brothers being tortured in Kandahar and here,” he said. He compared his detention at Guantanamo to the 1998 Hollywood movie “The Siege,” in which Arabs are indiscriminately hunted down and detained in New York City after a terrorist attack. “I was shocked, thinking am I in that movie or on a stage in Hollywood? Is this really happening? Sometimes I laugh at myself and say when does that movie end?” he says.

U.S. acknowledges ‘mistake’
The arrests came after the launch of Operation Lightning, a large-scale campaign that entered its third day Tuesday aimed at ridding Baghdad of militants and, in particular, suicide car bombers, the deadliest and regular weapon of choice for insurgents.

Iraqi suicide bombers kill dozens in show of defiance against crackdown
The security sweep, intended to make Baghdad immune to insurgent attacks, involves dividing the city into sectors and setting up hundreds of checkpoints in order to restrict the movements of insurgents. Large numbers of Iraqi police, backed up by US forces, spent yesterday fighting with insurgents, searching the streets of Baghdad for rebels and making arrests.

Bush spoke after separate air crashes killed four American and four Italian troops in Iraq. The governor of Anbar province, taken hostage three weeks ago, was killed during clashes between U.S. forces and the insurgents who abducted him.
Bush said the job of the U.S. forces there is to help train Iraqis to defeat terrorists.

Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says
The vice president said he expected the war would end during President Bush's second term, which ends in 2009.

Bush reads letters of dead GIs
More propaganda. The giveaway is how the letters changed tense, speaking in future tense at the start of a letter, then shifting into past tense at the end.

A reminder of duplicity in Iraq war
"At the very least, the President should spend some of his political capital and publicly appeal to Americans to volunteer for service in Iraq," Rangel has been saying lately. "He should go on television and explain why this war is important enough for parents to put their sons and daughters in harm's way."

Do The People Of Iraq Have A right To Resist U.S. Occupation?
All conquered people have a right to resist.

Stealth Jets Sent to South Korea
Starting another war to distract from Iraq?

Cheney launches tirade against N Korea
Dick just sabotaged the disarmament talks in a very clever way. While most americans would shrug off the personal attacks, to Korean sensibilities, Cheney's tirade was an unforgivable insult. Like Iraq, the US speaks of peace while clearly preparing to go to war.

C.I.A. Expanding Terrorist Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights
Some of the C.I.A. planes have been used for carrying out renditions, the legal term for the agency's practice of seizing terrorism suspects in one foreign country and delivering them to be detained in another, including countries that routinely engage in torture. The resulting controversy has breached the secrecy of the agency's flights in the last two years, as plane-spotting hobbyists, activists and journalists in a dozen countries have tracked the mysterious planes' movements.

Mrs. Cheney said. "If we want to have a Bush dynasty, let's get Laura Bush."
The vice president, who again ruled out making his own run for president when Bush's term ends, agreed.
  Is Dick Cheney Dead Yet?

Cheney Offended by Amnesty Int'l Report
"Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously." Cheney is the latest Bush administration official to object to the report. On Sunday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers called the Amnesty International report "absolutely irresponsible."

Gitmo Prisoners Told Panel About Abuse
In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon said many of the men have been trained to lie. U.S. troops treat detainees humanely and "U.S. policy condemns and prohibits torture," the statement said, adding that authorities take claims of abuse seriously.

"Where the people fear the government you have tyranny;Where the government fears the people you have liberty."~Thomas Jefferson

Myers Ties Iraq Progress, Insurgency Loss
In the meantime, he says the international community can't give up the fight against militants. He calls the insurgents "savages" and "mass murderers."

Mass Murderer Bush: America Will Honor Fallen Soldiers
No, Mr. President: they died to keep your oil buddies very wealthy, and in the name of a lie that lead this country to war, period. THAT’s what Americans need to remember this Memorial day. I HOPE AMERICANS GET ANGRY ENOUGH TO IMPEACH YOU AND THE ENTIRE CONGRESS.

Do The People Of Iraq Have A Right To Resist U.S. Occupation?
Do the people of Iraq have the right to defend themselves against violent foreign invasion and occupation by any means at their disposal against an aggressive and rapacious enemy enjoying overwhelming military superiority?

The Jungle In The Desert
First we were told that when Saddam Hussein was overthrown, the fighting would stop. That was twenty-one months ago. Then, when Saddam Hussein the fugitive was captured, the insurgency would collapse. He was captured over twelve months ago. Then, when authority was transferred to the Iraqi government, the Iraqi military would take over the fighting. That was nearly ten months ago. Then, when Fallujah was occupied, the resistance would be defeated. The city was destroyed over two months ago.

A Pretext for War
Pretext describes how the claims involving Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the connections between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, and Hussein's involvement with 9/11, were simply used as pretexts for a war long planned by a small group of neoconservatives supportive of the Israeli government's policies and the expansion of U.S. military power throughout the Middle East. It examines how top Bush administration officials Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and David Wurmser first drafted a war plan outlining an attack on Iraq, and removal of Saddam Hussein, in 1996. But the document, titled "A Clean Break," was drafted for Israel, not the United States. At the time, the three were acting as advisors to newly elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Israel can shape its strategic environment," they wrote. "This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq – an important Israeli strategic objective." Not satisfied with regime change in Iraq, they went on to recommend that Israel continue to "shape its strategic environment" by "rolling back Syria."

Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran
Iran is the next military target. The planned military operation, which is by no means limited to punitive strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities, is part of a project of World domination, a military roadmap, launched at the end of the Cold War.

Veterans Day is the day that the "War for Profit People" get to stick a two by four up a veterans ass and use him like an all day sucker...David Bradshaw...
Bush's Global Clout Seen Growing ?
The president is riding what he sees as a strong re$election mandate to trumpet his goal of spreading democracy?

Later, just seconds before he went on TV to tell the world war had started, he vigorously pumped his fist and declared: "I feel good." The extraordinary gesture was in stark contrast to the furrowed brow and look of concern he adopted for the subsequent broadcast.
... as he lied this nation into a war of conquest.

America's recruiting dilemma
"Gee, I can't figure it! Nobody wants to sign up to go fight in a war based on lies and deceptions, get blown up, get raped, or come home with lungs full of radioactivity. What shall we do? What shall we do?"

If you're visiting our War Of Terror allies in Uzbekistan, the State Department has a message for you: Watch out for being blown up !

US May Expand War on Terror Beyond al-Qaeda
A new campaign targeting "violent extremism" could also prove controversial, given disputes in the Middle East about how to categorize groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the West Bank that act as political parties while also supporting what the United States calls terrorist activities. "You can't start drawing very precise lines -- security/counterterrorism versus the broader efforts to deal with the roots of terrorism," the intelligence official said.

US to widen focus against "extremism"
The Bush Regime has launched a high-level review of its efforts to battle terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill Al Qaeda leaders and toward what an official called a broader ''strategy against violent extremism."

It's been 1,350 days since GWB said he'd catch UBL 'Dead or Alive!'

More fairy tales about Zarqawi
The US needs an arch-villain for propaganda purposes. Zarqawi was thrust into that role because a large segment of the population knows that Usama died in 2001.
One purpose of a single villain to focus on is to sucker the American people into believing that if we can "get" than one man, the war will be over. Of course, that is a lie, or the war would have ended when word got out Osama had died. The other purpose of a single villain is to obfuscate the fact that the US is dealing with a popular rebellion and is fighting the whole Iraqi people. Having a Zarqawi as the purported figurehead makes it look like the US is fighting only a few people following the "bad guy". But rest assured, if Zarqawi dies (by some reports this will be the second time) there will be another super-villain who will be manufactured to take his place to keep the charade going.

US shifts focus of terrorist battle
Much of the discussion has focused on how to deal with the rise of a new generation of terrorists, schooled in Iraq over the past couple of years. Top government officials are increasingly turning their attention to what one called "the bleed out" of hundreds or thousands of Iraq-trained jihadists back to their home countries throughout the Middle East and Western Europe.
Another aspect is likely to be the addition of public diplomacy efforts aimed at winning over Arab public sentiment.

Pentagon Officials Says No Credible Evidence of Koran Abuse
One reporter asked if a toilet was involved. General Hood replied, "A toilet was not involved."

Five Cases of Quran 'Mishandling' Found
The investigation also found 15 incidents in which "detainees" mishandled or inappropriately treated the Quran?

Inquiry by U.S. Finds 5 Cases of Koran Mistreatment
A front-page article yesterday reported on an American military inquiry's finding that guards or interrogators at the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba "mishandled" the Koran in five cases. The headline exceeded the Pentagon's characterization, saying that the investigation revealed "harm" to the Koran. The Pentagon did not give specifics of the mishandling, so it was not known whether a Koran was actually damaged.

Eleven UK soldiers face war crimes trial
The UK is facing a formal investigation by the International Criminal Court in The Hague over allegations that the UK broke international law in Iraq by using cluster bombs in urban areas and by attacking power stations. The ICC is also studying war crimes claims based on the Mousa case and the deaths of other Iraqi civilians.

Wounded terror chief flees Iraq for emergency surgery
Officials in Washington believe that US forces may have lost their chance of capturing or killing him for now. “If he’s got to Iran, there’s not much we can do,” said one.

Iraqi forces launch biggest mission since Saddam?
Insurgents kept up their offensive on Sunday. In the town of Tuz Khurmatu south of the strategic oil city of Kirkuk, a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near an American military convoy, killing at least two Iraqis, police said. Witnesses said some U.S. casualties were evacuated from the scene by helicopter, but the U.S. military had no immediate information on the attack.

No Early Return from Iraq for U.S. Troops
While the security realities are increasingly suggesting that the U.S. deployment in Iraq may have to continue for six years or longer, it's far from clear that the new government can sell that idea to its own support base.

OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq — Explosions rip through marketplaces, scattering blood and vegetables and leaving women wailing in the alleys. Bodies bob in rivers and are dug up from garbage dumps and parks. Kidnappers troll the streets, sirens howl through morning prayers and mortar rounds whistle against skylines of minarets.
With the insurgency killing more civilians, anger against American forces has intensified. Many Iraqis view the U.S. as an unwanted godfather who, despite his prowess and streams of military convoys, can't provide the basics let alone protect them from extremists who badger the nation with Internet screeds and jihadist rants on the radio.

Civil War in Iraq Looming.
Impeach Bush and Cheney and Then Try Them for Treason Against the Citizens of the United States of America.
A coup d'etat against the Bush regime is apparently being seriously contemplated in certain circles.
Bush is afraid of such possible actions and has gathered a huge number of security people around his person to prevent his being seized or assassinated. Cheney is also terrified of this and spends most of his time in a very heavily guarded underground bunker. A source has supplied me with the location of this but I am leaving that bit of information strictly private.

White House Wants Search Limits Overturned
The Bush regime asked a federal appeals court Friday to restore its ability to compel Internet service providers to turn over information about their customers or subscribers as part of its fight against terrorism.

FBI steps up mail interception
This proposal is part of a broader request for authority to issue “administrative subpoenas,” which would allow the FBI to seize private records from hospitals, doctors’ offices, libraries, banks, and other businesses without first getting approval from a judge.

Nine Inch Nails drops MTV show over image of Bush
...the song is a warning against blind acceptance of authority, including that of a president leading his nation to war! "We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," Nine Inch Nails' leader Trent Reznor said in a statement posted on the band's Web site.

Judge: Public Has Right to See Abuse Photos
"I do think they could be extremely upsetting and depict conduct that would outrage the American public and be truly horrifying!"

DOD Web site jokes of Christian crusade against Muslims
Why does Newsweek hate America?

DOD Inquiry Finds Some Quran 'Mishandling'
Allegations of Quran abuse have stirred worldwide controversy. After Newsweek magazine reported earlier this month that U.S. officials had confirmed a Quran was flushed in a toilet, deadly demonstrations were held in Afghanistan although it is not clear what role that story played in sparking the violence. Newsweek later retracted its report.

Pentagon: No Abuse of Koran, Afghan Protests Unrelated
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called any disrespect for the Koran abhorrent, and said it will never be tolerated by the United States. She promised that the military will fully investigate the allegation, and that if it is true appropriate action will be taken.

About five minutes into her speech, three audience members wearing black hoods and robes stood up and began chanting, "Stop the killing, U.S. out of Iraq."
The demonstrators were quickly escorted out by police officers as the audience clapped in support of Rice.

Rice rejects Amnesty report on detainees
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed calls for an independent investigation of conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and has labeled as ''absurd" a new Amnesty International report equating the facility with Soviet-era gulags.

US press takes umbrage at Amnesty‘s ”gulag” charge
So did Pravda annd Isvestia when it was the USSR whose torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners was the focus.

A military jury Friday acquitted a Navy SEAL lieutenant of all charges in connection with the November 2003 beating and subsequent death of an Iraqi detainee at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Lt. Andrew Ledford, 32, was found not guilty of all charges.

Chain of prisoner abuse starts at the top
We are officially told that the abuse of detainees in American custody - who were stripped naked and beaten, forced to simulate sexual acts, their beards shaved, leered at by women interrogators who rubbed their breasts against them, or smeared them with fake menstrual blood, or grabbed and sometimes kicked their genitals - is the handiwork of a few rogues who are duly punished when caught. To accept this as true we must also believe that these average kids from average American towns are experts on Islam, so well-versed in its strictures about sex that they dreamed up these methods all by themselves.

Stripping Rumsfeld and Bush of Impunity
He added that he was "not aware of anyone in the executive branch authorizing any transfer of a detainee in violation of that policy." "The Bush Administration has a policy of sending people to countries where there is a likelihood that they will be tortured."

More torture in Iraq: Sheikh Ali Bapir's story
Pretend you're trying to explain Iraq's political history to George W. Bush. Yes, I know, it's an excercise in futility, but bear with me. "George, the Ba'athists didn't like the Kurds. Saddam was a Ba'athist, right? Rummy sold Saddam weapons, and Saddam did bad things with them. He also had the Kurds tortured.

Muslim Lives are Desecrated, Not Just Their Book
Thus, if Muslim fury is to be examined appropriately and truthfully, then the desecration of the Quran must be analyzed together with the violent death of "at least" 100,000 Iraqi civilians, the greater majority of them at the hands of the "coalition," according to "the first comprehensive investigation of civilian deaths in Iraq, published in the Lancet," and cited recently by respected Australian journalist John Pilger. Separating both issues is downright irresponsible.
But the interest in appropriateness and truthfulness in the media fades away before the seemingly much more compelling and urgent topic of the theological roots of Muslim violence, and the Muslim and Arab minds' innate deficiency and backwardness.
I am afraid that it will take more than a simple apology or a newspaper retraction to right this collective and perpetual wrong. Much more.

Baghdad will be divided into two main sections, east and west, and within each section there will be smaller areas of control. There will be at least 675 checkpoints and al-Dulaimi said this is the first phase of a security crackdown that will eventually cover all of Iraq. Keep in mind that most of Iraq has remained in a "state of emergency" since the beginning of the siege of Fallujah, on November 8th.
Now with over 675 checkpoints to be manned by the "dogs of the Americans," we'll all have to get used to countless more civilian deaths where "the details are sketchy."

Iraq becomes Vietnam as America destroys entire villages
The imperial forces of the US regime are destroying Iraqi villages, just as they did in Vietnam, because the "the enemy" are in fact ordinary Iraqi people who oppose the illegal foreign occupation.

OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq -- Two suicide attackers detonated car bombs in northern Iraq on Saturday.
A U.S. soldier also died from wounds sustained when a homemade bomb exploded near his vehicle earlier this week in western Iraq, the military said Saturday.

Bomb flares up US fuel tank in Iraq
A US marine was killed in a grenade explosion in the town of Haditha in the western Al-Anbar region, a multi-national force statement said without elaborating.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Maj. Ricardo A. Crocker, 39, of Mission Viejo, Calif., died May 26 from a rocket propelled grenade explosion while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died on May 27 from injuries sustained on May 26 in Buhriz, Iraq, when their OH-58 (Kiowa Warrior) came under small arms attack and crashed.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Mark A. Maida, 22, of Madison, Wis., died May 27 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained in Diyarah, Iraq, May 26 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Alfred B. Siler, 33, of Duff, Tenn., died May 25 in Tuz, Iraq, when his HMMWV hit another vehicle.

Bush: Money Wasted on Bases Needed for War

Bush tells Naval Academy grads US winning(?) war on terror!!
"Technology changes the balance of war in a very important way. We can now strike our enemies with greater effectiveness, at greater range, with fewer civilian casualties," Bush said!

100,000 Iraqi civilians dead
About 100,000 Iraqi civilians - half of them women and children - have died in Iraq since the invasion, mostly as a result of airstrikes by coalition forces!

Nuclear Talks End in Discord
The U.S., focused on North Korea and Iran, is criticized over its own weapons stockpile.

Bush Raises Stakes With North Korea
...the Pentagon confirmed Friday that it was sending 15 F-117 stealth fighters to South Korea, apparently due to concerns that Pyongyang may test a nuclear weapon at any time. U.S. intelligence agencies have estimated that the North has at least two bombs and as many as eight bombs.

Iran says US, Israel are the real nuclear threats

Bill Gertz organization claims Iran already has a nuclear weapon
"No, really; they DO! Look, I know we screwed up about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, and yeah, I guess they really weren't helping Al Qaeda after all, and well, yeah, I guess they didn't have anything to do with 9-11, but THIS time, we got the goods. Iran has a nuclear, um, a 'nookular' bomb, and they are going to drop it on us unless we invade them first. Really. Honest. If I am lying may god strike me ... a glancing blow."

U.S. intelligence officials have told President Bush news that has left him stunned: Iran has completed all of the elements required for an atomic bomb.

Analysts behind faulty Iraq intel rewarded
Which pretty much tells you that (as the Downing Street Memo states quite clearly) coming up with that nonsense about Iraq's WMD program is what their job really was. Hence, the rewards.

Analysts in WMD miscue given performance awards over 3 years
You reward people who provided a lie only when the lie was what was wanted.

What JFK might tell our leaders
To George W.M.D. Bush on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea: ''The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough -- more than enough -- of war." (American University commencement, 1963)

To Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on space: ''We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. This new ocean must be a sea of peace, [not] a new terrifying theater of war." (Rice University, 1962)

To White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on negative news media: ''It is never pleasant to be reading things that are not agreeable news, but it is an invaluable arm to the presidency as a check on what is going on . . . [e]ven though we never like it . . . and wish they didn't write it . . . we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press." (Television interview, 1962)

Bush denies Democrats Bolton files
"They have what they need," White House faggot Scott McClellan said.

The Neocons’ Second Front
Bolton and Wolfowitz are part of the Bush administration’s initial redeployment of neo-con assets in the building of the American empire’s second front. John Bolton is being put in place to militarize the UN. As for Paul Wolfowitz, he is not leaving the Pentagon so much as he is bringing the Pentagon to the World Bank.

Freedom's just another word for dodging tough questions
Asked if the Iraqi insurgency was getting more difficult to defeat militarily, Bush answered with a classic Dubya-ism. "No, I don't think so," he said, "I think they're being defeated. And that's why they continue to fight."

King Fahd of Saudi Arabia reported dead
There was no confirmation of heightened security alert reported by some western media and denied by the government, who also denied the king is dead, but said he was in the hospital.

The first isms at the gate were socialism, pacifism and anarchism; then came fascism; next was communism; and now it's terrorism. The advantage of all the isms is that they appeal directly to another ism – nationalism, which is about the only one of the isms the great mass of people can comprehend.
If people oppose your government, call them terrorists, and you have our blessing to kill and torture to your heart's desire.

Aldous Huxley observed about "triumphs of propaganda" long ago: "Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Fake Left Anti-War Groups Out Themselves
Every member of Congress swore to uphold the Constitution. Lying to start a war is as bad as it gets- impeachment proceedings should begin immediately. If they don’t hold Bush Accountable, those members of Congress are guilty of treason, and they too, must be held accountable.

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience . . . therefore have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."—Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, 1950. Since the obliging and compliant Congress will not stand up to the president as they are supposed to, we have a serious problem in this country. I would not want any weak-minded souls to think I do not respect the processes of government created by the likes of Thomas Jefferson and his friends before 1776. Read all they wrote and said.The Nuremberg statement is now international law and by extension, U.S. law. It is now the duty of all loyal American citizens that the fascist government controlling the United States and the US military can no longer be allowed to exist; it must be replaced. The world, and international law, holds all Americans accountable, and the price to pay is dear.

The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Broward pressures Art Guild to remove graphic painting of Bush from 'Controversy' exhibit
The piece in question is a painting depicting President Bush being sodomized. Artist Alfred Phillips said images of an oil barrel and a man wearing a Muslim headdress in the work are part of a political statement about the United States being abused by oil companies.Michael Friedman, the artist who complained to the county, said the painting is offensive and tasteless."Something snapped inside," he said. Friedman himself entered a piece depicting Pope Benedict XVI with several swastikas in the background. "Sodomy in a public forum is not, from my perspective, considered art," he said. "I think somebody has to draw the line somewhere. I like political satire. However, that type of image ... I don't think is artistic."

Drama students learn tough lesson: Dubya's no joke
All went well until a high school senior and Bush supporter wrote a letter of complaint to the administration last week for the way the president was depicted, according to teachers and students. The complaining student added that Bush was also made to look "like an Israeli."
"We had one student who was very upset," Lee said. "So much turmoil within himself, he was distraught.

What Bush is saying when he's talking
"The Oval Office is the kind of place where people ... walk in and get overwhelmed in the atmosphere, and they say, 'Man, you're looking pretty.' "

Bush: Base Closings Needed to Fight War of Terror
"Supporting these facilities wastes billions of taxpayer dollars _ money that can be better spent on giving you the tools to fight terrorists and confront 21st-century threats."

George Bush said that 20 years from now, historians will look back on the Iraq war as "America's golden moment."
"We are taking the fight to the enemy abroad so we do not have to face them here at home!"
"In this era of surprise, we cannot know for certain who might attack us or where or when," Bush said. "But we can anticipate how we might be attacked and we can transform our capabilities to defend our citizens and deliver justice to our enemies."

Bush cites Saddam's 'arsenal of terror'
Iraq denies having weapons of mass destruction.

OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq - Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down and crashed in central Iraq.
At least 1,652 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003.

Iraqi forces ready for Baghdad crackdown
Ever stop to think that if Saddam had really been the evil tyrant we were told he was that the Iraqi people could have treated him exactly the way they are treating the US occupation?
Frankly, I have had my doubts that the stories of mean ol' Saddam were any more accurate than the stories of WMDs ever since I saw that video of Saddam getting up on top of a car to wave at a spontaneous crowd with guns clearly in the hands of the people. No Lexan, no body searches to get near the leader, no barbed wire, no "free speech zones". The Iraqis waved at Saddam and he waved back, in the open, an easy rifle shot from any building in the area.
Contrast that with the way in which US leaders hide behind bullet-proof everything when they go out in public. Contrast that with the way the Iraqi people have reacted to the US occupation.

US puppet government announces state of siege in Baghdad
Dulaimi, describing classic techniques of state terror, intimidation and repression long used in counterinsurgency operations against hostile populations, said the city would be divided into sections, each occupied by a specific police-military unit, and added, “We will also impose a stringent blockade around Baghdad, like a bracelet around an arm, God willing... You will witness unprecedented, strict security measures.”

Militants sneer at latest security measures in Iraq
The statement posted in the name of "al-Qaida in Iraq" says the planned deployment of 40-thousand troops and police around Baghdad won't stop militants from "fighting for God."

Saudi state of alert after king hospitalized
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. It has been battling a two-year campaign of violence by al Qaeda supporters.

Pakistan - A suicide bomber struck Friday at a Muslim shrine packed with Shiite worshippers and close to the U.S. Embassy, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens.
After the blast, hundreds of Shiite pilgrims, beating their chests in mourning, clashed with baton-wielding police, who charged the crowd to clear the way for ambulances. Some of the Shiite protesters chanted, "Down with America!"

Muslims protest U.S. from Asia to Mideast
No injuries were reported in Friday's demonstrations, with police simply watching in most places. In India's Kashmir region, however, police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims gathered outside a mosque in the capital of Srinagar. Women in black veils marched through Kashmir, where schools and businesses were closed as part of the protest, and set American flags and copies of the U.S. Constitution ablaze. "The defilement of our holy book is outrageous because we consider it to be the word of God," thundered Asiya Andrabi, head of the women's group Daughters of the Community, through her veil. "Guantanamo Bay is a cage. It is not a prison." More than 15,000 people took to the streets of Pakistan's largest cities. A demonstration in the capital of Islamabad began in a tense atmosphere, hours after a bomb at a Muslim shrine killed more than 15 people at an annual celebration. The motive for the suspected suicide bombing was not immediately clear. "We condemn sacrilege of the Quran by U.S. extremists," read one banner draped across a bus while protest leaders chanted into loudspeakers during a rally of at least 2,000 in Islamabad. In Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, 5,000 demonstrators chanted slogans against the United States and Britain. Another 5,000 gathered in the southern city of Karachi, demanding the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador. Protests also were held in Lahore, near the Indian border. The rallies were organized by a hard-line religious coalition, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum -- a vocal opponent of Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. About 12,000 people, many of them supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, gathered in Alexandria, Egypt, filling a three-story building and spilling into surrounding streets, listening to preachers who demanded an apology from U.S. officials. The neighborhood was ringed by police, who arrested 12 of the demonstrator's organizers. About 1,000 people -- mostly lawyers -- gathered in downtown Cairo and were surrounded by double that number of riot police. A similar number gathered in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, carrying black banners and burning American and Israeli flags. "We will cut off the feet that desecrated the Quran!" the crowd yelled. Nearly 1,000 people demonstrated in the predominantly Shiite southern Iraqi city of Basra to protest the alleged desecrations. They also condemned the alleged desecration of a Quran in Ramadi two weeks ago by "Americans and Jews." Two straw dolls -- of President Bush and a rabbi -- were beaten with shoes and slippers, and American, British and Israeli flags were burned. Thousands gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, and demanded an investigation into all actions against Muslims held in Guantanamo. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, protesters shouted, "Go to hell, America!" and waved placards reading "Long Live Islam," as they burned U.S. and Israeli flags outside the U.S. Embassy. Riot police guarded the compound, and the crowd dispersed peacefully nearly an hour later after handing a note to embassy officials. The protest was the second of its kind in as many weeks. About 50 people chanted anti-American slogans and threw tomatoes at a portrait of Bush in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The protesters were outnumbered 4-1 by police officers in riot gear and left after about an hour.In Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka, about 5,000 people rallied after Friday prayers, spitting on U.S. flags, kicking them and then burning them. They shouted "Death to America!" and "Destroy America!" Many carried copies of the Quran, held over their heads. The protesters used shoes to beat a Bush dummy and burned an effigy of the president, chanting "Bush -- the killer!" Riot police watched the demonstrators, who dispersed peacefully. Anti-U.S. sentiment has been running high in Muslim countries since the Newsweek report. The Bush administration blamed it for demonstrations this month in Afghanistan, where more than a dozen people died and scores were injured.

Muslims denounce 'US Koran abuse'
The demonstrations came after the US military admitted some of its guards had mishandled the Muslim holy book. But the camp commander said no credible evidence had been found that the Koran had been flushed down a toilet.

US: FBI records detail Quran abuse by US guards
Disclosure follows a row over a similar claim made in retracted Newsweek article. The White House said the report had done "lasting damage" to the US image in the Muslim world.

So the newly declassified FBI documents showing allegations of U.S. guards abusing the Koran have made a huge splash in the U.S. Corporate State media, right?
"No sooner does Newsweek retract its Koran desecration story then a flurry of news reports attest to just what Newsweek seemed to be reporting."

Probe Finds Cases of Quran 'Mishandling'
In an indication of the Pentagon's eagerness to discredit the allegation, Hood briefed reporters on the interim findings of his investigation even though the Pentagon's standard practice is to withhold comment on the progress of any official investigation until it has been completed.

Just Shut It Down
I am talking about the war-of-terrorism Concentration Camp at Guantánamo Bay. Just shut it down and then plow it under. It has become worse than an embarrassment. I am convinced that more Americans are dying and will die if we keep the Gitmo prison open than if we shut it down. So, please, Mr. President, just shut it down.

In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths
The prisoner, a slight, 22-year-old taxi driver known only as Dilawar, was hauled from his cell at the detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, at around 2 a.m. to answer questions about a rocket attack on an American base. When he arrived in the interrogation room, an interpreter who was present said, his legs were bouncing uncontrollably in the plastic chair and his hands were numb. He had been chained by the wrists to the top of his cell for much of the previous four days. Most of the interrogators had believed Mr. Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.

Pentagon Analyst In Israel Spy Case Is Called a 'Patriot'
By March 2003, the Bush administration had decided to work with Iranian-sponsored opposition groups to build an interim government in Baghdad. Indeed, the recently elected prime minister, Ibrahim Jafari, was initially a leader of an Iranian-supported party, Dawa, and was included in the first Iraqi Governing Council. At the same time, American envoys were holding intensive negotiations about Iraq with the Iranians under the auspices of a U.N. multicountry group designed to coordinate Afghanistan policy.
These developments, according to Mr. Franklin's former colleagues and other government officials, worried the Pentagon analyst, who, in turn, attempted to reverse what he saw as a disastrous policy decision. Mr. Franklin had, in his work on Iran at the Pentagon in late 2001, identified what one source described as "Iranian hunter-killer teams" in Afghanistan that were threatening American Special Forces. By the spring of 2003, he believed American forces in Iraq would be under a similar threat from units of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and that this information had to get to the White House.
CIA Overseeing 3-Day War Game on Internet
The simulated attacks were carried out five years in the future by a fictional new alliance of anti-American organizations that included anti-globalization hackers.

CIA's Internet War Exercise Wraps Up Today
The government's most recent intelligence assessment of future threats through the year 2020 said cyberattacks are expected, but terrorists "will continue to primarily employ conventional weapons."

On 9/11, CIA Was Running Simulation of a Plane Crashing into a Building
"It was just an incredible coincidence that this happened to involve an aircraft crashing into our facility, As soon as the real world events began, we canceled the exercis!"

"War Games" by the US military on 9/11
...paralysis of air defenses that ensured the success of the attacks?

Important 9/11 Opportunity
This Newsday reporter informed me that he and his colleagues have received information that a significant number of agents in the FBI, CIA, and other intelligence services are talking about the complicity of rogue elements within the US government in the 9/11 attacks.

Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
The cat is out of the bag now.
The US and Israel are planting many of the so-called "suicide" bombs.

'American Gulag'
...the executive director of Amnesty International USA, called on foreign governments to consider prosecuting top-ranking officials -- including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- if the U.S. refused to conduct a more thorough and independent investigation. "The apparent high-level architects of torture should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riviera because they may find themselves under arrest!''

A 22-YEAR-OLD Afghan taxi driver whose only crime was driving past a US base at the wrong time was so badly beaten his legs could no longer bend and chained by the wrists to the ceiling of his cell where he eventually died.
At the interrogators' behest, a guard tried to force the young man to his knees. But his legs, which had been pummelled by guards for several days, could no longer bend. An interrogator told Dilawar that he could see a doctor after they finished with him. When he was finally sent back to his cell, though, the guards were instructed only to chain the prisoner back to the ceiling. "Leave him up," one of the guards quoted Mr Claus as saying. Several hours passed before a doctor finally saw Dilawar. By then he was dead, his body beginning to stiffen. It would be many months before army investigators learned a final horrific detail - most of the interrogators had believed Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.

Reports of a Koran being vandalized at Guantanamo Bay, could actually be true. In a newly released FBI memo, a detainee at the prison in Cuba told agents that American jailers flushed the holy book in the toilet.
Reports of the Muslim book being vandalized sparked international outrage and deadly riots, which left more than 150 people dead.

The conflicting accounts of how U.S. military guards handled Muslim prisoners' Qurans at Guantanamo Bay show two sides of a psychological war between the "terror" suspects and their holders?
Separately on Wednesday, Amnesty International urged the United States to shut down the prison, calling it "the gulag of our time." White House faggot Scott McClellan said the human rights group's complaints were "unsupported by the facts" and allegations of mistreatment were being investigated.

Joined in progess...
Q The other day -- in fact, this week, you said that we, the United States, is in Afghanistan and Iraq by invitation. Would you like to correct that incredible distortion of American history -- MR. McCLELLAN: No, we are -- that's where we currently -- Q -- in view of your credibility is already mired? How can you say that? MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, I think everyone in this room knows that you're taking that comment out of context. There are two democratically-elected governments in Iraq and -- Q Were we invited into Iraq? MR. McCLELLAN: There are two democratically-elected governments now in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments, and we are there today -- Q You mean if they had asked us out, that we would have left? MR. McCLELLAN: No, Helen, I'm talking about today. We are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments -- Q I'm talking about today, too. MR. McCLELLAN: -- and we are doing all we can to train and equip their security forces so that they can provide for their own security as they move forward on a free and democratic future. Q Did we invade those countries? '

Pressure builds on Iraq insurgency
Pressure builds on American Occupation

US Forces Comb Iraq for Foreign Terrorists
The only Foreign Terrorists in Iraq are US Forces!

U.S. military says child killed in Iraq gun fight
Iraqi civilians often complain that U.S. forces open fire indiscriminately when attacked, leading to innocent people being caught up in the crossfire. The U.S. military says it takes all precautions possible to ensure innocents are not killed.

Child killed in clashes between U.S. forces, insurgents in Iraq
Child killed in clashes DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY!

Iraqi Troops to Lock Down Baghdad
U.S. forces have killed at least 10 suspected militants while one Marine died from wounds sustained while entering Haditha during Operation New Market's first few hours on Wednesday, the military announced. A child was killed when a mortar landed on his family home on Wednesday, the military added.

When Silence Becomes Betrayal: Thousands ofIraqi Children are Dying
Killing one person is murder, but killing 50-100,000 has become accepted US foreign policy.

An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
A Spreading Treason

The US's gift to "al-Qaeda"
So if al-Qaeda is winning Muslim hearts and minds, the Bush administration has only itself to blame. Considering all the "clash of civilizations" rhetoric and a "war on terror" bound to last indefinitely, as Vice President Dick Cheney himself said on the record, it may have been the original intent anyway.

Secret UK troops plan for Afghan Civil War
DEFENCE chiefs are planning to rush thousands of British troops to Afghanistan in a bid to stop the country sliding towards civil war, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Battling the Windmills While Iraq Burns
Neither genuine freedom nor truly representative democracies are on Bush's foreign-policy agenda, no matter how much prominence these topics receive in the president's ever-predictable speeches. We know for a fact that most tyrannical, repressive regimes have historically been the traditional friends and allies of successive U.S. administrations, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

With no weapons of mass destruction found and nothing to tie Saddam to Sept. 11, the White House has justified the war as America's way to democratize Iraq and, through it, the Arab world.
Testing time for democratists everywhere: Are you principled in supporting free elections, no matter the outcome? Or are you hypocrites who support elections only if your side wins?
Soon, President Bush will give us the answer.

Peace in Iraq 'will take at least five years to impose'
Iraq has become a valuable recruiting ground for al-Qaida, and Iraqi forces were nowhere near close to matching the insurgency.

French fries protester regrets war jibe
"If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong," he told the newspaper. "Congress must be told the truth."

Proposal to divide Iraq into semi-autonomous states gains ground!
One U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said the Americans would welcome any plan under one condition: "We insist Iraq must stay unified."

Kaboom! How to Enrage Iraq's Sunnis
"The Americans were bombing whole villages, and saying they were only after the foreigners."

"The Americans were bombing whole villages and saying they were only after the foreigners,' " said Fasal al-Goud, a former governor of Anbar province who said he asked U.S. forces for help on behalf of the tribes. "An AK-47 can't distinguish between a terrorist and a tribesman, so how could a missile or tank?"
When the offensive ended, angry residents returned to find blocks of destruction. Men who had stayed behind to help were found dead in shot-up houses. Tribal leaders have not counted their dead; several families had not yet returned to the area.

Shiite, Sunni leaders in Iraq trade terrorism charges on TV
Two of Iraq's most prominent Shiite and Sunni Muslim leaders blamed each other for sponsoring terrorism in a heated television exchange Wednesday that many Iraqis interpreted as a call to arms edging the nation closer to civil war.

In Iraq, efforts to catch militants fuel rage, fear
"We have advised" the Americans "that these random attacks on people and houses gives the insurgents a bigger base," said Hadi al Ameri, an Iraqi lawmaker and commander of the Shi'ite Muslim Badr Brigade. The U.S. military said the raids accomplished their mission.

1,000 U.S. Occupation Troops Launch New Offensive in Iraq
"Hold on, we'll be there in a minute," yelled Marine Sgt. Shawn Bryan, of Albuquerque, N.M., assigned to the 3rd Marine Battalion, from a platform on the dam as Marines scrambled into vehicles to try to locate the attackers. U.S. officials said they hoped their presence would allow locals to feel safe enough to provide tips to the military.

US-led forces launch new raid on Iraqi insurgents
Fallujah 2: The Empire Strikes Out!

27 Days Since Iraq Govt Announced: 562 Iraqis, 58 GIs Killed
Eighteen U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq during the past week, raising concerns that insurgents may again be focusing their sights on American forces in addition to Shiite Muslims.
The deaths come as American troops are trying to pave the way for a graceful exit from Iraq by giving more responsibility to the country's security forces.

Oil Prices Rise Above $50 Per Barrel Mark
The US is spending $5 billion a month and getting back $150 million worth of oil for it.

Fleeing Iraqi Christians on road to Damascus
Facing more danger and persecution since the Iraq war began, many Christians choose self-exile in Syria.

Syria Ceases Cooperation With U.S., Blasts Bush Administration
"The United States will not be satisfied with Syria unless Syria follows a policy that suits the American political orientation and Israeli interests."

Sending Mental Health Patients into Battle
The United States is having trouble recruiting new soldiers for the war effort in Iraq. So the army is recycling its old fighters. The blog "War is Real" is written by just such a soldier. He describes his fears of returning to the desert -- and his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Rumsfeld Sued By Veterans Over Healthcare...
The Pentagon declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Amnesty Takes Aim at 'Gulag' in Guantanamo
A spokesman for the Department of Defense declined to comment on the report, saying he had not seen it. But Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter said the U.S. government continues to be a leader in human rights, treating detainees humanely and investigating all claims of abuse.

Amnesty accuses US over 'torture'
The televised beheading of captives in Iraq, the bombing of commuter trains in Madrid and the siege at a school in Beslan in Russia showed that "four years after 9/11, the promise to make the world a safer place remains hollow", secretary general Irene Khan said.

Torture Inc. America's Brutal Prisons
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?
"Let us pray in this hour that nothing can divide us, and that God will help us against the Devil! Almighty Lord, bless our fight!? -- Adolph Hitler to the SA in 1930."

OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, New Iraq -- In the northern city of Tal Afar, there were reports that militants were in control and that Shiites and Sunnis were fighting in the streets, a day after two car bombs killed at least 20 people. Police Capt. Ahmed Hashem Taki said Tal Afar was experiencing "civil war." Journalists were blocked from entering the city of 200,000.

14 U.S. Occupation Soldiers Killed in 3 Days in Iraq
As of Tuesday, at least 1,643 U.S. military personnel have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003.

U.S. army facing huge desertion problem in Iraq war
The images of bombed villages and desperate people, of dogs eating corpses thrown into a mass grave, and the most constant of all is the image of a young Iraqi girl, no more than eight or nine, all but one of her arms severely burned and blistered and the sound of her screams.

Attacks, Kidnappings Claimed by Al-Zarqawi (copyright 2005 U.S. Government)
Aug. 19, 2003: A truck bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad kills 23, including top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.
May 11, 2004: Kidnapped American businessman Nicholas Berg is beheaded while being videotaped, and the voice of the knife-wielder is identified as al-Zarqawi's.
Sept. 30, 2004: Bombings in Baghdad kill 35 children and seven adults as U.S. troops hand out candy at the inauguration of a sewage treatment plant. Al-Zarqawi's group claims responsibility for attacks that day, but it is unclear if these include the explosions that killed the children.

Mundus Vult Decepi - The World Wants to be Deceived
Bill Maher's Remark About Army 'Borders on Treason
A congressman says comedian Bill Maher's comment that the U.S. military has already recruited all the "low-lying fruit" is possibly treasonous and at least grounds to cancel the show.
Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., takes issue with remarks on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," first aired May 13, in which Maher points out the Army missed its recruiting goal by 42 percent in April. "More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club," Maher said. "We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies." Army Reserve Pfc. England was accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country."

Pfc. Lynndie England on Tuesday surrendered her right to challenge the seven charges she faces in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, moving her one step closer to a new military trial.
Many of the acts were captured in photographs. In one, the 22-year-old reservist held a leash looped around the neck of a hooded, naked prisoner. Another showed her next to nude prisoners stacked in a pyramid, while a third depicted England pointing at a prisoner's genitals as a cigarette dangled from her lips.

"The Koran needs to be flushed"

Pakistan: U.S. Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally
FBI Participated in Interrogations Despite Apparent Knowledge of Torture, Abduction.

Poppies and Torture
The United States has become increasingly identified with the torturing of prisoners. The issuance of new rules and the prosecution of a few enlisted men and women is no answer. Anti-Americanism can be expected throughout the world as long as the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq continues. What is needed right now is a public investigation of interrogation methods with publication of the results - not just leaks to newspapers. Responsible higher-ups must be identified and punished, including those who manipulated official policy to permit torture.

Bush probes Saddam's pants
And the US President was quick to dismiss frenzied claims that the pictures could trigger more attacks on British or American soldiers.

8 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq
At least 620 people, including 57 U.S. troops, have been killed since April 28, when Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced his new Shiite-dominated government. Washington hopes his government will eventually train police and an army capable of securing Iraq, allowing the withdrawal of coalition troops.

One year since honoring the American service men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ted Koppel and ABC News “Nightline” will again pay tribute to the fallen by devoting an extended broadcast to reading the names and showing the photographs of more than 900 service members who have been killed in those countries over the last year.

The Return of the Body Count
In Iraq, the Bush administration and the American military are fighting a partial war in a near non-state, mainly in one part of an increasingly riven country, against an insurgency without a charismatic leader, a single party, or significant backing from other states elsewhere – and yet, so far, the stateless results do look eerily similar to those in Vietnam. The frustration over "our Iraqis" is only going to rise, as will frustration over our inability to destroy the insurgency of "their Iraqis" – and as this process intensifies, and the administration feels yet more pressure at home over its Iraqi adventure, look for the public metrics to multiply and grow ever more problematic. There's only one word for it: Incredible.

U.S. and Iraqi troops detained about 300 people in what a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, called the largest combined operation by the two countries' forces to date. The overnight sweeps targeted neighborhoods around the U.S.-run prison at Abu Ghraib and near the road to Baghdad's main airport. Both areas have been the scene of repeated insurgent attacks.

The warriors of Iraq's new army excel at wearing balaclavas, eating raw cat and driving into battle at hair-raising speeds.
Catching, skinning and eating small mammals are the least of the skills that the captain and the men under his command must master if, as the United States army hopes, they are to assume the main burden of the struggle against the insurgents by the end of this year.

Iraq "Qaeda" says Zarqawi wounded, vows more attacks LOL
"O nation of Islam... Pray for the healing of our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from an injury he suffered in the path of God," said a statement from the Al Qaeda Organization for Holy War in Iraq."

The US's pre-emptive occupation of Iraq will see to it that the Lion of Babylon rises again .. سـنـُبـعـَث ُ من جَـديد .. وإلـى ضَـيـرِهـم
What can be done if these crazy motherfuckers bomb a harmless nuclear power plant. There is no constitutional remedy other than impeachment (fat chance of that)to bring about change and no way ever to vote them out of power?

Let me get this straight: The White House makes a mistake on the intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, relying heavily on its own unidentified sources who turn out to have their own political agendas, and what follows is a war in which tens of thousands of Iraqis die. I'm being vague on the number because the administration refuses to count. Thousands of young Americans are maimed and more than 1,600 lose their lives; the flag-draped coffins are flown home, as in previous wars, but this administration doesn't want you to see them.
And we're supposed to blame Newsweek's editorial procedures?

President Bush:
Q: [...]And if I may ask you, Mr. President, as you know, the casualties of Iraq is again high today -- 50 more people dying. Do you think that insurgence is getting harder now to defeat militarily? Thank you. PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I don't think so. I think they're being defeated. And that's why they continue to fight.
So if the insurgents stopped fighting, would that mean we were losing? What the hell kind of answer is this? What the hell kind of logic is this supposed to be?

A Pretext for War
Also, legislation forbidding deficit spending for a war should be enacted. The cost of a war would have to be paid as a surcharge on all taxpayers in the year the fighting takes place. In this way, nearly every citizen would have both a personal and financial stake in a war. If such were the case today, we would not be in this situation – and if we were, there would certainly be calls for impeachment.

Is Bush a Sith Lord?
Republicans believe everything Bush says. When he tells them he needs a police state to save them from terrorists, they believe him.

Investor confidence continues to slide
During GB's tenure, consumer confidence has slipped nearly 30 pts from 111.2 to 83.9.

Rice Tells AIPAC World Must Not Tolerate Iranian Nuclear Weapons Bid
Are you kidding? Iraq taught the world what the US will do to you if you DON'T have nuclear weapons!

AIPAC's Big, Bigger, Biggest Moment
How much clout does AIPAC have? Well, consider that during the pro-Israel lobby's annual conference yesterday, a fleet of police cars, sirens wailing, blocked intersections and formed a motorcade to escort buses carrying its conventioneers -- to lunch.

Syria Stops Cooperating With U.S. Forces and C.I.A.
A U.N. team has verified the pullout of all Syrian Occupation troops and intelligence officials from Lebanon, Secretary General Kofi Annan announced Monday.

Israel Official Told to Quit Over Madonna Debacle
Israel's foreign minister, under fire for trying to oust his ambassador to Washington over "the Madonna scandal," was advised yesterday to quit.

Sharon Gets Hostile Reception in D.C.
Hitler got booed when he visited with Mussolini.
Look what has happened to any statesmen who gets in the way of Israeli imperial ambitions. 1) The most popular politician in Sweden, Anna Lindh, organized a Swedish boycott of goods made In Israel. Anna Lindh stabbed to death. 2) Helen Clark ,PM of tiny New Zealand, has the temerity to arrest Mossad agents operating in her country. Helen Clark is nearly sucked out of her plane as a door "mysteriously opens in mid flight. 3) The President of Honduras ,Mr.Maduro, announces his troops are pulling out of IRAQ - ASAP. President Maduro survives a plane crash 5 months later. 4) The US suspends military cooperation with Israel on several high priority joint military projects after they were caught transferring that US technology to China. A hand grenade ,live or not, lands thirty yards from their lapdog Dubya. Furthermore the Security cordon surrounding Laura Bush mysteriously vanishes into thin air as she visits the Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock. 5) The neocons are publicly flaunting their ties to Prosto-journalist Jeff Gannon at the same time the Israeli government is hysterically demanding that the US Military take out Iran's Bushr nuclear power plant before it is fueled by the Russians. 6) Dick Cheney has told Bob Woodward that he's had a sudden change of mind : He wants to be president. 7) The former Prime Minister of Lebanon was assassinated . This set in motion the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
Tillman as Propaganda Tool for Bush Regime
Defensive regime used defensive back, spit him out, and polished him up all nice and shiny.

Family: Army 'Let Down' Tillman
More than a year after their son was shot several times by his fellow Army Rangers on a craggy hillside near the Pakistani border, Tillman's mother and father said in interviews that they believe the military and the government created a heroic tale about how their son died to foster a patriotic response across the country. They say the Army's "lies" about what happened have made them suspicious, and that they are certain they will never get the full story. "Maybe lying's not a big deal anymore," he said. "Pat's dead, and this isn't going to bring him back. But these guys should have been held up to scrutiny, right up the chain of command, and no one has."

No Such Thing as a Little White Lie
Presently we are in a terrible situation. We have been lied to by our elected officials from both parties for so long we automatically assume they are full of shit. Except when we need to. Several times in our recent past we have discovered we were lied into an unnecessary war. Does this cause us pause in warmaking efforts the way one might think? Of course not. Instead we employ the good old American Law of Self Exception. For those of you not familiar with this law, it's the one that states " I understand that bad things befall others....But it'll never happen to me".

A War ThatCannot Be Won
"We have always been at war with . . . [the current enemy]."

Iraq - 'Coming Apart At The Seams Now'
It's coming apart at the seams now in Iraq. We saw on the news today that members of the Mehdi Army in the south, the militia of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, exchanged gunfire with members of the ING (Iraqi National Guard) who in the south are primarily, if not entirely composed of members of the Badr Army, also a Shia group. So now we have Shia fighting Shia.

Star Wars and the American Empire
"'First of all we never thought of Bush ever becoming president,' Star Wars producer Rick McCallum said, 'or then 9/11, the PATRIOT Act, war, weapons of mass destruction. Then suddenly you realize, 'Oh, my God, there's something happening that looks like we're almost prescient.'"

There have been at least 20 assassinations of Iraqis holding key government, political or religious posts since the first democratically elected government was announced April 28.
May 23: Maj. Gen. Wael al-Rubaei, a top official in the National Security Ministry, is killed along with his driver in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad as they were heading to work.

Party celebrating assassination survival bombed!

Car Bombings Across Iraq
About 610 people, including 49 U.S. troops, have been killed since April 28, when Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced his new government. Washington hopes the government will eventually train police and an army capable of securing Iraq and allowing the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Five U.S. Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq 5/23
...At least 1,634 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003!

Since May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 1,496 U.S. military members have died, according to AP's count. That includes at least 1,139 deaths resulting from hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

Desertion Huge Problem for US in Iraq War
I challenge the use of the word "desertion" as no man or woman in uniform is legally obligated to risk their lives in a war which is itself illegal.

There are bombed villages and desperate people. There are dogs eating corpses thrown into a mass grave. And most unremitting of all is the image of a young Iraqi girl, no more than eight or nine, all but one of her arms severely burned and blistered and the sound of her screams.

US Officers Plot Their Own Exit Strategies
Many young lieutenants and captains, key leaders in combat, are deciding against Army careers in light of the open-ended war on terrorism.

US to Build Four Giant New Bases in Iraq
US military commanders are planning to pull back their troops from Iraq's towns and cities and redeploy them in four giant bases in a strategy they say is a prelude to eventual withdrawal.

Car Bomb Kills 10, Wounds 110 at Baghdad Restaurant
The Iraqi Ministry of State for National Security Affairs said al-Rubaie was "assassinated by the treacherous and criminal hand of terrorism while on his way to work."

Massive US Op Launched Near Baghdad
The military said the ongoing operation was focused on the Abu Ghraib neighbourhood, from which many of the deadly attacks carried out daily on the perilous Baghdad airport road are thought to originate.

The Unknown Unknowns of the Abu Ghraib Scandal
Despite Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo - not to mention Iraq and the failure of intelligence - and the various roles they played in what went wrong, Rumsfeld kept his job; Rice was promoted to secretary of state; Alberto Gonzales, who commissioned the memos justifying torture, became attorney general; deputy secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz was nominated to the presidency of the World Bank; and Stephen Cambone, under-secretary of defence for intelligence and one of those most directly involved in the policies on prisoners, was still one of Rumsfeld's closest confidants. President Bush, asked about accountability, told the Washington Post before his second inauguration that the American people had supplied all the accountability needed - by re-electing him. Only seven enlisted men and women have been charged or pleaded guilty to offences relating to Abu Ghraib. No officer is facing criminal proceedings.

Tabloid says it paid U.S. official for Saddam Hussein photos
Bush said he did not think the images would incite further anti-American sentiment.

Dozens Have Alleged Koran's Mishandling
Newsweek only harmed itself by backing off the story.

FLASHBACK: Camp Delta death chamber plan
A court and execution chamber could be built at the US detention camp in Cuba under plans being drawn up by military officials.

'US jailers tortured innocent Afghan to death'
Hanging a man by the wrists until he dies. Just shameful.
The Romans did that to a Rabbi about 2000 years ago and folks are still talking about it. So, will the world still remember America's barbarity 2000 years from now?

Who's To Blame For Anger At U.S.?
The Neocons influence on the White House has revealed itself in the Quran affair. Just as Israel always reacts to criticism of its actions by attacking the messenger, so to has the White House reacted to exposure of the Quran story by attacking NEWSWEEK. And, just as Israel never admits error no matter what it is caught doing, so to has the White House totally avoided the matter of whether their treatment of prisoners is legal and humane or not.

A New Chapter in the Valerie Plame Case
The Plame leak is a very serious one. It is an especially nasty case of revenge for truth-telling: To go after Wilson's wife, for his Op Ed, is dirty business indeed. Even more important, for Valerie Plame (and possibly others who covertly associated with her abroad, and were outed when she was outed) this leak could be life-threatening.

The secret Downing Street memo
The memo that proves Bush and Blair agreed to invade Iraq and that the "intelligence" (i.e. propaganda and lies) was tailored to fit that objective.

Al-Qaeda gains Palestine foothold
Remember the LAST time "Al Qaeda" was in Palestine?

AIPAC turns on political star power for show of strength
Attention spies: Having a war criminal and a man who routinely defies the United Nations speak at your show is NOT going to impress people.

Through a small, rich and powerful Jewish supported pro-Israeli tax-exempt lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or simply AIPAC, virtually all American domestic and foreign policy is now being controlled by a foreign government entanglement. This is done by targeting American politicians: those who are pro-Israel receive campaign funding and favorable publicity through a myriad of Jewish organizations, magnified by the liberal and Democratic Party-leaning American press; those politicians not favoring policies benefiting Israel are targeted by Jews all over America who send money to help finance that politician’s opponent.

Moslems Try to Attack Laura Bush on Temple Mount
Odd that there is no mention of the Israelis shouting "Free Pollard Now!" who had to be held back by police.
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