Post American
Oil leaps above $70
U.S. crude oil futures jumped nearly $5 a barrel in opening trade to touch a peak of $70.80 a barrel, the highest front month price since the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) began trading contracts in 1983.

Retail gasoline prices are poised to jump to new highs this week as Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the heart of U.S. oil production and refining operations in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, sending crude-oil futures briefly above $70 a barrel for the first time.
Wholesale gasoline prices in the New York and Gulf Coast markets soared by 25-35 cents a gallon on Monday following reports that about 8 percent of U.S. refining capacity had been shut down ahead of the storm. One analyst said pump prices nationwide would likely average more than $2.75 a gallon by week's end, up from about $2.60 a gallon Monday. "Unfortunately, I don't think $3 a gallon is a hyperbolic number in some markets anymore," said analyst Tom Kloza of Wall, N.J.-based Oil Price Information Service. He emphasized that the market reaction is a reflection of supply tightness, not shortages. The Category 4 storm advanced on an area crucial to the U.S. energy infrastructure _ offshore oil and gas production, import terminals, pipeline networks and numerous refining operations in the southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Oil companies evacuated workers and shut down more than 600,000 barrels of daily production in the Gulf.

Corrected: Reuters soundman killed in Baghdad, police blame US
Iraqi police said the two, both Iraqis, were shot by U.S. forces. A U.S. military spokesman said the incident was being investigated. The cameraman was being held and questioned because of "inconsistencies in his initial testimony," he added.

Bush on road after weekend of dueling demonstrations
Bush predicted an increase in insurgent attacks "more desperate, more despicable and more vicious" leading up to the Oct. 15 referendum in which Iraqis will vote on whether to accept a new constitution. Bush did not comment on the demonstrations or take questions from reporters.

Fictional President Meets with Cindy Sheehan
Meanwhile, a few dozen Bush supporters held signs from their small camp in a ditch across the street from Sheehan's original site, where most of the dozens of protesters have continued camping off the main road leading to Bush's ranch.

Area parents of fallen soldiers take issue with war protesters
Instead of marching in the streets, Karen would like to see protesters direct their efforts to visiting veterans, writing members of Congress or even doing "some hard praying."
"The media feeds on it (protest)," she said. "It makes everyone upset and doesn't accomplish anything." The evolving headlines - reports questioning the president and the lead-up to war - also haven't changed Karen's resolve. If a person listens to enough conspiracy theories, she said, he or she could believe anything.

Does Anyone Know What We Are Doing in Iraq?
Sooner or later, too, Shi'ite and Sunni leaders will realize that they are pawns in American hands bleeding themselves in behalf of American power. Sooner or later, Muslim humiliation at the hands of the U.S. and Israel will permit an Osama bin Laden to reunify the Muslim world.

Thank you, George Bush.
Thank you, Neocons.
Thank you, Republicans
Thank you, Democrats
Thank you, Israel
Thank you, big oil
Thanks a whole bunch.

Hurricane Katrina aimed at Gulf oil and gas fields
The National Hurricane Center now expects the year's fourth hurricane to make a second landfall near the major oil and gas hub at Port Fourchon, La., sometime late Sunday or early Monday, and then continue inland to New Orleans.

Oil companies evacuate Gulf platforms
About 25% of domestic US production of natural gas and crude oil comes from offshore operations in the gulf. Offshore production capacity is 1.5mn bpd of crude and 10bn cu ft per day of natural gas.

Hurricane Katrina gains power in Gulf
Some projections foresaw it becoming a Category 4 storm on the five step Saffir-Simpson scale by late Sunday or early Monday -- a potentially catastrophic hurricane.

US braces for second strike by Hurricane Katrina
High oil prices eased when initial predictions suggested Katrina would spare most of the US oil and gas production rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. That bet now, however, looks increasingly uncertain.

Oil eases from $68 record
Financial bookmakers said they would start taking wagers on $100 a barrel oil if the price broke through $70.

Crude Oil Plunges as Hurricane Katrina May Miss Gulf Platforms
Katrina is heading for the Florida panhandle, missing the bulk of offshore platforms, which are located off the Louisiana and Texas coasts. Last year prices surged after Hurricane Ivan destroyed platforms and closed refineries in the Gulf. "Not every hurricane is an Andrew or an Ivan,'' said Bill O'Grady, assistant director of market analysis at A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis. ``The prospect of it becoming an incredibly destructive storm was being built into the price. This doesn't look like it will be another Ivan even if it strengthens.''

...a category four hurricane destroys a vital pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico...panic sweeps of the nation...speculation drives the price of crude higher and higher...U.S. government turns to Saudi Arabia for oil...Saudi extremists commit terrorist attacks, killing 300 American oil workers...America sends troops to Saudi Arabia...still major lines at gas stations...Americans begin to turn against each other...the U.S. government decides to turn to Russia for oil...the Russians help in return for an investment in the upgrade of their pipelines...oil falls from it’s high of $153 a barrel down to around $77...and all is right with the world.
The steadily rising gas price results in major loss of American lives, a U.S. military expedition to the Middle East, a major depression, and martial law in effect across America. This is, of course, a gross oversimplification. Could these situations occur?

If the US was spending the money on energy research that they are spending in Iraq, I have no doubt some new sources woulkd be developed that would meet most of our needs.
But the issue in Iraq is more than just oil to power our cars and homes. Oil is the key to conventional war fighting. If the US controls the world's oil, the US also controls who can put tanks into the field and planes into the air. Japan's biggest single mistake at Pearl Harbor was not dropping an incendiary bomb into the tank farm on the eastern edge of the harbor, which held enough oil to run the Pacific War for two years. Learning from that leson, it follows that any establishment of a "New World Order" by military means mut commence with grabbing control of the world's oil supplies. Once that is done, it won't matter what military hardware any target nation has because they won't be able to fuel it.
Pedaling as Fast as He Can
George W. Bush remains an untreated alcoholic. The untreated alcoholic who has simply stopped drinking treats anxiety as an enemy. Bush’s current enemy, the primary cause of his anxiety, is Cindy Sheehan.

Tempers, temperatures up in Crawford
The Bushistas are loading up Crawford with ringers, including "White Supremicists" (Registered Trademark FBI).

FBI'S COINTELPRO: The Sabotage Of Legitimate Dissent

Along with the anti-war movement, the Nixon White House targeted the civil rights movement for disruption, using on-campus informants to infiltrate and in many cases to disrupt legal protests and activism. This coloring book, which was purported to be from the Black Panthers, had actually been rejected by them when it was brought to them by a man later revealed to have intelligence connections. Not to be troubled by the fact that the Panthers found the coloring book revolting, the FBI added even more offensive illustrations, and mass mailed it across America. It so infuriated the white population that they stopped listening to the legitimate grievances of the black people.

Al Qaeda in Iraq issues virulent manifesto
Oh brother get out the hip-waders; the Bushistas are getting desperate to save their war.

Bush's job approval rating among Americans had slipped to the lowest point of his administration, with 40 percent of the poll's 1,007 adult respondents, supporting his performance and 56 percent disapproving. Bush's previous low point was 44 percent, one month ago.
The latest survey, conducted this week, noted a drop in support among independents and confirmed the findings of other recent polls, which showed Bush's approval rating even lower. Compared to other post-World War II presidents at this point in their second term, only Richard Nixon had a lower job approval rating and he was in the midst of the Watergate scandal!


Hawks and doves descend on Bush ranch,3604,1557489,00.html
A big white marquee has been erected and minibuses shuttle protesters in from Crawford. In a kitchen area, volunteers prepare meals for up to 200 people, much of it with donated food - including 220kgs (50lbs) of bison meat from a local farmer. "I'm a vegetarian cook but I was like, 'OK, I'll cook meat for the revolution'," said Rebekah Patrode, 28, who drove 1,800 miles from Wendel in Massachusetts to be here.

George W.M.D. Bush, assailed by sagging poll numbers and criticism from anti-war protesters camped outside his ranch, called on Saturday for Americans to show resolve and brace for additional sacrifice in Iraq.
Bush, who personally intervened this week with a key Shi'ite leader in a bid to broker a deal on Iraq's constitution, said Iraqis were "making the tough choices and compromises necessary for a free and peaceful future."

Nearly 1,000 Released From Abu Ghraib
Abu Ghraib prison, built by Saddam Hussein's regime in the 1970s on the outskirts of Baghdad, was retained as a major detention center by U.S. occupation authorities after the dictator was toppled in 2003. It gained international notoriety after some U.S. military personnel were charged with humiliating and assaulting detainees.

What twisted logic: with no W.M.D., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself.

Forget all that prewar talk about a secular, modern and united Iraq emerging after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Get ready instead for some form of Islamic republic in Iraq that gives special status to clerics and majority ethnic groups, and less deference to women's rights. A new Iraq free of violence and divisions? Oops, never mind.
Which brings us back to the troops who are doing the suffering and dying. Are their sacrifices worth it?

With almost 1,900 U.S. troops dead in the Iraq conflict, Bush is under mounting pressure from critics to finish training a new Iraqi security force and bring the soldiers home.
Bush supporters and anti-war protesters, including relatives of soldiers who died in Iraq, were slated to face off this weekend with rallies near the president's 1,600-acre (648-hectare) Crawford ranch, where he has been spending much of August on vacation.

Thousands of people are flocking to a small town in Texas Saturday to show their support for the war in Iraq or their opposition to it.
Most of the visitors to Crawford, where U.S. President George Bush is vacationing, plan to attend a rally supporting U.S. involvement in Iraq?

Poll: 90% of Americans Back Right to Protest Iraq War
Republicans are the most likely to disapprove of people voicing opposition to the war.
While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him. “I’m not meeting with that goddamned bitch,” Bush screamed at aides who suggested he meet with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother whose son died in Iraq. “She can go to hell as far as I’m concerned!” Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades over those who protest the war, calling them “motherfucking traitors.” He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members who wore “bullshit protectors” over their ears during his speech to their annual convention that he told aides to “tell those VFW assholes that I’ll never speak to them again is they can’t keep their members under control.” White House insiders say Bush is growing increasingly bitter over mounting opposition to his war in Iraq. Polls show a vast majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and most doubt the President’s honesty. “Who gives a flying fuck what the polls say,” he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. “I’m the President and I’ll do whatever I goddamned please. They don’t know shit.” Bush, whiles setting up for a photo op for signing the recent CAFTA bill, flipped an extended middle finger at the camera before going live. Aides say the President often “flips the bird” to show his displeasure and tells aides who disagree with him to “go to hell” or to “go fuck yourself.” Bush’s behavior, according to prominent Washington psychiatrist, Dr. Justin Frank, author of “Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President,” is all too typical of an alcohol-abusing bully who is ruled by fear. To see that fear emerges, Dr. Frank says, all one has to do is confront the President. “
To actually directly confront him in a clear way, to bring him out, so you would really see the bully, and you would also see the fear.”

If some other nation made up a bunch of lies and invaded the USA, I would fight back and so would you.

The man who dishonored American veterans by hiding out from the Vietnam War in the Texas Air National Guard added insult to injury this week by shamelessly invoking memories of those who died in war as a pathetic excuse to continue his illegal and failed war in Iraq.
Bush’s lame attempt so disgusted veterans attending the VFW annual convention in Salt Lake City that many of them wore “B.S. Protector” ear muffs during his speech to the group on Monday.Memo to the dimwit now living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: When the vets who actually fought for their country stop buying your bullshit you’re in a lot of trouble.

Opposing Bush, Iraq war 'treason'
Our president was quick to action "after" the 9-11 attacks. Most Americans rallied to the call and most agreed. The world and even our Congress were behind him. Now, we have extremists who bash our president, the war in Iraq, and everything being done to keep us safe here on our native soil. We should take action against the extremists (or terrorists) among us.This includes those who work to bring down George Bush, stop the war in Iraq, and go back to a "good nature attitude" that resulted in the 9-11 attacks. During times of war, these should be dealt with as acts of treason.There are many people in this country who agree with me, and support our president and the brave troops who are fighting to keep America safe and free. God bless America!

"If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out." - Cindy Sheehan

'We will stay, we will fight and we will win' George Bush
George WMD Bush responded Wednesday to calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq with an emphatic vow to stay there "until the terrorists have nowhere to run."

It's been 1,438 days since Bush said he'd catch bin Laden 'Dead or Alive!'

US general sees significant withdrawal in Iraq
The US is expected to pull significant numbers of troops out of Iraq in the next 12 months in spite of the continuing violence, according to the general responsible for near-term planning in the country.

Bush Tells Veterans That Iraq Policy Will Make U.S. Safer
Defeating the "hateful ideology" of terror-mongers in Iraq will not only make Iraq and the Middle East safer, Mr. Bush said, but it will make the United States more secure - if not yet safe - in a world whose new dangers were brought home to America on Sept. 11, 2001?

Anti-Iraq war protestors besieged wounded and disabled soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C!\SpecialReports\archive\200508\SPE20050825a.html
The Pro-Iraq War demonstrators carry signs reading "Troops out when the job's done," "Thank you U.S. Armed Forces" and "Shameless Pinkos go home." Many wear the orange T-shirts reading "Club G'itmo" that are marketed by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Walter Reed Medical Center to Be Closed
Located in the nation's capital, century-old Walter Reed Army Medical Center has treated presidents and foreign leaders as well as veterans and soldiers, including those returning from the Iraq war.

Anti-Iraq War Military Families protesting camped outside George W.M.D. Bush`s Western White House are being confronted by Pro-Iraq War military families who claim they are disrespectful?
Thursday, about 500 signs that say "Support Our Troops" and "Bush Country" were to be placed on property directly across from Sheehan`s camp.

Anti-Iraq War parents to take protests across nation
A majority of the U.S. public doubts the United States will win the war in Iraq and believes the Bush Administration deliberately misled Americans over Iraq's weapons capabilities, according to a July 27 USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll.

Pro-Iraq War Military Family a Counterpoint to Cindy Sheehan
"Our boys have told us time and time again how appreciative the Iraqi people are, Our country is based on freedom and other people around the world deserve freedom."

PROTEST: New ordinance would be more restrictive
Group to Hold Pro-Bush Rally
The Texas Military Family Foundation on Fort Hood plans to show its support for the war in Iraq with 5,000 Tee-shirts.

George W. Bush sure knows a lot more than the experts. He believes intelligent design is a scientific theory on par with evolution--even though his science adviser has said that I.D. has no merit as a scientific theory. He also seems to be more wise in the ways of Iraqi society and politics than leading Iraqis. On Tuesday Bush praised the draft constitution hammered out by Shiites and Kurds without Sunni involvement. He called it an "amazing event."
And during his speech on Wednesday to a stacked audience of National Reservists in Idaho, Bush went on and on about the enemy in Iraq, describing the opposition as only a collection of foreign fighters who have amassed in Iraq to fight the United States because they "fear the march of freedom" and "despise our freedom and way of life." Sure, there are jihadists in Iraq. But part--if not most--of the problem comes from Sunni insurgents who did not have to cross any borders to take up arms against US troops (and who don't give a fig about freedoms and ways of living in the United States). Once more, Bush is peddling a comic-book depiction of the conflict in Iraq: us versus the evil terrorists. Many analysts are already describing the war there as a civil war, as militia attacks increase. Bush, though, is immune to reality. I know that's no news flash. But as the gap continues to grow between Bush's "reality" and what's really occurring in Iraq, his warmed-over sales pitch is likely not to have much impact.

Iraq Misses Third Constitution Deadline
OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, The New Iraq - Iraq missed yet a third deadline Thursday for finishing the new constitution as faction leaders failed to make enough progress toward compromise even to schedule a parliamentary session.

Iraq's Shiites split violently
Moqtada al-sadr's militia clashed with Badr fighters, revealing a Shiite divide over the new draft charter.

Sectarian Violence in Iraq Precedes Submission of New Constitution
In Baqubah, Sadr's black-clad forces fought with those of the Supreme Council on Thursday, said Ahmed Karim, spokesman for the joint coordination center for Iraqi and U.S. forces there. Baqubah police officers said four Sadr fighters were killed in clashes in which Sadr's followers fought members of the Iraqi army, police and U.S. forces.American military spokesmen in Baghdad said they had no immediate information on those clashes. Karim said U.S. helicopters were patrolling over the city and that American forces had made an unspecified number of arrests. Baqubah's people took shelter inside their homes. Sunni mosques in the city blared messages calling on Sadr's forces "to continue fighting those who want to divide Iraq," Karim said.

An American flag that purportedly flew over the Pentagon on September 11 was burned by a man who said he wanted to end questions of authenticity over the banner he bought for $25,000.
The disposal followed one of several methods outlined in Scout protocol.

Getting President Bush from here to there consumes an enormous amount of fuel, whether he's aboard Air Force One, riding in a helicopter or on the ground in a heavily armored limousine. The bill gets steeper every day as the White House is rocked by the same energy prices as regular drivers. Taxpayers still foot the bill.

The White House declines to discuss travel costs related to the presidential entourage, and did not respond to a request for the overall effect of higher fuel prices on its budget.


Bush says anti-war protests threaten to weaken the United States
And borrowing and pissing away billions every day for a pointless war started with lies isn't?

The National Young Men’s Meat Grinder
The Bush Butcher’s Bill: Officially, 72 US Military Deaths in Iraq from 1 through 19 August, 2005 – Official Total of 1,978 US Dead to date (and rising)

Hearing a drumbeat, Bush speaks,1,3625116.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed
Bush said Tuesday that "immediate withdrawal" from Iraq would be a mistake. He also sought to portray his critics on Iraq as critics of the broader effort against terrorism, which remains more popular than the Iraq policy. Bush sought to paint protesters as opponents of engagement in the entire region, even though Sheehan and others have focused their criticisms on Iraq.

Bush to defend war on terrorism
Um isn't War, Terrorism? 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed by "smart " bombs. Anyway I thought they changed the name to the global struggle against violent extremism so they wouldn't get hanged for treason, during a time of war.

Bush Says Activist Doesn't Speak for Kin of Casualties
President Bush, confronted by antiwar protesters on his travels, Tuesday renewed his refusal to meet with high-profile activist Cindy Sheehan, asserting that she does not speak for the majority of families who have lost relatives in combat. Bush's quickly scheduled appearance came against a backdrop of antiwar protests that have sprung up during his three-day visit to Utah and Idaho, two politically Republican states. The president's sojourn from Texas suggested the protests threaten to bracket his appearances in ways that could complicate the White House's ability to argue for the Iraq policy and maintain support for it.

Some Christian Pro-War Bush supporting dead' troops' families angered by crosses at war protest site
Demonstrators also were still trying to repair and replace about 150 crosses damaged when they were run over a week ago; Pro-War Bush supporter was arrested in connection with the incident.

Bush: Pullout Would Hurt Iraq's Democracy
Is it a theocracy yet?

US Democracy Breaking Up
US Military Dictatorship Rearing It's Head

All Hell Breaks Loose in Utah - 2000+ Protest Bush
Several people attending the protest boasted that they were from military families or had served in the armed forces.

President faces a new insurgency
Cindy Sheehan couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 Crawford vacation day when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing. On this Aug. 6, the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 Marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in 2001.

CBS Affiliate Will Not Air Sheehan Ad Because There Is “No Proof” Of Absence Of WMD In Iraq...

Bush Approval at All-Time Low in U.S.
36 per cent of respondents approve of their president’s performance, down six points since July.

Louis XVI thought he could not be beaten by the public. Charles the First thought so as well. So did Mussolini. So did Ceacescu. The US GHovernment is weaker than yuo might imagine. A revolution does not have to march into DC to bring the whole place down; a prolonged General strike would do it. The US Government is borrowing like crazy on the promise that it can continue to force We The People to makwe the payments. But if the restr of the world sees the American people start to say, "NO, I will NOT sell my life and that of my children to make the payemnts on loans taken out without my permission" lenders will close their checkbooks, and foreign investors, no longer assured that the taxpayers will cover their losses, will start taking their money elsewhere (as Iran is already doing). Borrowing is NOT an option for the US Government. It MUST borrow to survive, and to prop up the dollar against a $2 billion a day trade deficit.
A general strike lasting more than a few weeks will bring the entire over-debted system crashing down.

The 21st century feels like a letdown. We were promised flying cars, space colonies and 15-hour workweeks. Robots were supposed to do our chores, except when they were organizing rebellions; children were supposed to learn about disease from history books; portable fusion reactors were supposed to be on sale at the Home Depot. Even dystopian visions of the future predicted leaps of technology and social organization that leave our era in the dust.
Demographically and economically, our era is unique in human history. Depending on how we manage the next few decades, we could usher in environmental sustainability--or collapse

There's a new batch of photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and these are reportedly far worse than the sickening originals.
...the images reportedly depict "assault, coerced sexual activity, rape, even dead bodies."

Bush says war critics would weaken the U.S.
Bush charged Tuesday that anti-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan who want troops brought home immediately do not represent the views of most U.S. military families and are “advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.”

Isn't Bush advocating the policy that weakens the United States?

...Bush then went on to invoke the dead soldiers as reason to stay the course in Iraq -- a policy that will inevitably create many more of them.
One US soldier and a contractor were killed Tuesday when a suicide bomber attacked a joint US-Iraqi coordination centre in the restive Iraqi town of Baquba, the US military said.The deaths brought to 1,868 the number of US military personnel killed in Iraq since the US-led March 2003 invasion.

Bush won't meet with war protester
In remarks to reporters outside an exclusive resort where he is vacationing, the President gave no indication that he would change his mind and meet with Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq.

PR blitz counters antiwar protest
White House, military kin launch effort

'There's so much negative information in the media," said Deborah Johns, a Roseville, Calif., mother of a Marine who is about to serve his third tour of duty in Iraq. ''If the building of bridges and roads and schools and power plants was portrayed in the media, it would make a huge difference. We need to stand by our men and women so they can keep their morale up."

Iraq power blackout may impact oil prices
Saboteurs triggered a cascade of blackouts that halted Iraq's entire oil export capacity for most of Monday, a move that cost the country almost $60 million in lost exports and rattled already jittery world markets.

A majority of U.S. soldiers in Iraq say morale is low, according to an Army report that finds psychological stress is weighing particularly heavily on National Guard and Reserve troops.
The thing that bothered soldiers the most, the latest assessment said, was the length of their required stay in Iraq. At the start of the war, most were deployed for six months, but now they go for 12 months.

War Supporters, Anti-War Activists Clash
"You are ruining the morale over there," whined Greg Parkinson, a Bush supporter. Some caravan members called the anti-war protesters communists and said they were "aiding and abetting the enemy."

Pentagon says it has found no evidence Atta identified before 2001 attacks
A Pentagon review has so far found no evidence that a secret intelligence operation identified Mohammad Atta as a member of a US-based Al-Qaeda cell before the September 11, 2001 attacks, a spokesman said.

An active-duty Navy captain has become the second military officer to come forward publicly to say that a secret intelligence program tagged the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a possible terrorist more than a year before the attacks.
His comments came on the same day that the Pentagon's chief spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita, told reporters that the Defense Department had been unable to validate the assertions made by an Army intelligence veteran, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, and now backed up by Captain Phillpott, about the early identification of Mr. Atta.

Pentagon reviewing death of former NFL player Pat Tillman
Tillman left the NFL after the September 11th attacks to join the Army with his brother. He had played for the Arizona Cardinals. In April of last year, Tillman was killed by the gunfire of fellow soldiers. They mistook him for the enemy as he got into position to defend them.

Military's Recruiting Troubles Extend to Affluent War Supporters
Are wealthier Americans, who are more likely to be Republicans and therefore more likely to support the war, stepping up to the plate and urging their children and others from their communities to enlist?

Letter: Supporters of war in Iraq should be on front lines
So let me get this straight - the United States government took the only secular country in the Middle East and turned it into an Islamic republic? The United States government installed and supported Saddam Hussein for decades; the same goes for Osama bin Laden. It's been 1,435 days since President Bush said he'd catch bin Laden dead or alive. Our government lied to start an illegal, pre-emptive war of conquest. The "we are fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here" argument is going to look pretty stupid after the next terrorist attacks. So now we are fighting for freedom. When the war started in Iraq, most UNM students were in the silent majority that supported the war. Those who were not were gassed, maced and shot at with pepper balls. The silent majority has a lot of blood on its hands. If you support the war in Iraq, what are you still doing here? Go defend Israel and big oil: 1-800-USA-ARMY.Brian FejerUNM student

Bush: Freedom Requires Sacrifice,2933,166363,00.html
Several veterans attending the convention said the protesters were disrespectful of their sacrifices.

Bush said the lesson from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was that America "must confront threats before they fully materialize.

The following is a transcript of the August 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US. Parts of the original document were not made public by the White House for security reasons.
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US.

It's been 1,435 days since GWB said he'd catch UBL 'Dead or Alive!'

Usama bin Laden:A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government
Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December [2001] and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information.

Those do NOT look like police officers beating up on the kids. And a source inside the Utah government reports that this action was undertaken out of fear that the Rave would be used to rally support for the protest against Bush's Utah visit. Is this enough? Need we wait to have another Kent State where American children are gunned down by other Americans in uniforms? Or can we finally see what this government has become? Take a good look at this video. This is the image of the USA the rest of the world sees. This is the Neocon dream for America.

One of the promoters friends (a very small female) was attacked by one of the police dogs. As she struggled to get away from it, the police tackled her. 3 grown men proceeded to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH. The police confiscated 3 video tapes in total. People were trying to document what was happening out there. The police saw one guy filming and ran after him, tackled him and his camera fell, and luckily.. his friend grabbed it and ran and got away. priceless footage. That's not all though. Out of 1,500 people, there's sure to be more footage. The police were rounding up the staff of the party and the main promoter went up to them with the permit for the show and said "here, I have the permit." The police then said, "no you don't" and ripped the permit out of his hand. Then, they put an assault rifle to his forehead and said "get the fuck out of here right now."
This event was 100% legal. They had every permit the city told them they needed. They had a 2 MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy for the event. They had liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating any alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the way in). Oh, I suppose I should mention that they arrested all the security guards for possession.
Oh another interesting fact.. the police did not have a warrant. The owner of the land already has a lawsuit against the city for something similar. A few months ago, she rented her land for a party and the police raided that as well. And catch this, the police forced her to LEAVE HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. That's right. They didnt arrest her, but made her leave her own property!!!
Don't get it twisted, this is all going down in probably THE most conservative state in the USA. And this is scary.. a gross violation of our civil liberties. The police wanted this party shut down, so they made it happen. Even though everything about this event was legal. The promoters spent over $ 20,000 on this show and did everything they had to to make it legit, only to have it taken away from them by a group of radical neo-con's with an agenda.
This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really necessary?
This needs to be big news across the USofA. At least in our music scene (edm as a whole)... this could happen to any of us at any time. When we're losing the right to gather peacefully, we're also letting the police set a standard of what we can get away with. And I think that's BULLSHIT!
The system fucked up last night... They broke up a party that was 100% legal and they physically hurt a lot of people there at the same time. The promoters already have 6 lawsuits ready to file with their lawyers and the ACLU is already involved. I'm sure some pictures (and hopefully some video) will surface soon. I'll make sure to post them up here on 404, so you can see the Police State of America at work. p.s. - there are more stories of police brutality that i'll post up later. gotta hit the airport soon. can't wait to get the fuck out of this shit hole state.

Danger Of Staged Terror Attack at Red Alert Level
At no greater time since 9/11 than during the next few months have we faced such an imminent danger of a staged terror attack being carried out to reign in the seeds of dissent and again rally the sleeping masses behind the elite.

They Are Stardust, And in Texas

At the Crawford Protest Camp, Growing Echoes of Woodstock

Counter-Recruitment demonstrators shot with Tasers, bitten by dogs
Today in Oakland in front of the Army Recruiting Center on Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Police and University of Pittsburgh Police fought with protestors on the sidewalk. At least six people were arrested; police fired tasers and other weapons at the crowd, including restrained arrestees and bystanders.

George WMD Bush will launch a new round of speeches to rally support for the war in Iraq, as protesters camped outside Bush's Texas home and polls showed weaker support for the two-year conflict.
Senior aides say Bush will attempt to portray the Iraq conflict in the context of long wars like World War II, which U.S. forces fought from 1941 to 1945.They said the president also will invoke the September 11, 2001, attacks, arguing once again that the insurgents battling American troops in Iraq share the same ideology as the al Qaeda operatives who crashed hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center.

"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
-- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the
Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Open Letter to GWB from a Gold Star Mom
So, Mr. President, exactly what is the "noble cause" that my son and the other sons and daughters are dying for? It's not the liberation of Iraq and it's not for Democracy, because most of the people of the Middle East don't want democracy. It's not to fight terrorism because we are only fanning the flames of terrorists every day that American troops are in Iraq. It is not to make America safer because you have done nothing to make America safer. Your "noble cause" couldn't possibly have anything to do with giving the Iraqi people a better life, because their lives are worse now, not better. Our boarders are wide open for terrorists to come across, but you insist on keeping them open to make your pal, Vincente Fox, happy. Your "noble cause" changes from week to week.

How can you be PRO WAR?

PRO WAR supporters create opposing camp!
"If I have to sacrifice my whole family for the sake of our country and world, other countries that want freedom, I'll do that," said the soldier's father, Gary Qualls, a friend of the local business owner who started the pro-Bush camp. He said his 16-year-old son now wants to enlist, and he supports that decision.

Downtown, more Bush supporters arrived at a pro-Bush camp that had been set up as a reaction to Sheehan's. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 150 people had visited the large tent with "God Bless Our President!" and "God Bless Our Troops" banners and a life-size cardboard cutout of Bush.
The pro-Bush camp is called "Fort Qualls," for Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Wayne Qualls, 20, killed in Fallujah last fall. His father, Gary Qualls of Temple, said the anti-war demonstrators are being disrespectful to soldiers. Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, also died last year in Iraq. He is among more than 1,800 U.S. soldiers killed since the March 2003 invasion.

Qualls' frustration with the anti-war demonstrators erupted last week when he removed a cross bearing his son's name that was among hundreds the group had put up along the road to Bush's ranch.
Qualls called the protesters' views disrespectful to soldiers, and said he had to yank out two more crosses after protesters kept replacing them.

The backlash comes as the Bush administration struggles to maintain support for its policies in Iraq. A majority of Americans now think the invasion was a mistake.,12809,1553853,00.html
Yesterday, an influential Republican senator added his voice to the growing chorus of critics, saying the longer the US stayed bogged down in Iraq, the more the conflict looked like another Vietnam war.

Bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, deadliest assault in 2 months
Some 187 U.S. military personnel have been killed in and around Afghanistan since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in late 2001 - including 64 during a rash of insurgent attacks in the last six months, which have left about 1,000 other people dead as well.

"It's been a long, hard road, and people are going to question whether it's worth it," he said. "But I think Sept. 11 is still fresh enough in people's minds that the American public will support (the government)."
If the public were to swing sharply against the war, that could "cheapen the sacrifices these guys have made?"

It's been 1,434 days since GWB said he'd catch UBL 'Dead or Alive!'

Bush invokes Sept 11 to defend Iraq war
The Bush administration justified going to war in Iraq in 2003 by saying it posed a threat because of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. None have been found.
The banner decorating the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, when President Bush announced an end to "major combat operations" in Iraq, turns out to have been accurate after all. If only the president himself had taken to heart the banner's proclamation of "Mission Accomplished." For by that date, having deposed Saddam Hussein, the United States had achieved in Iraq just about all that it has the capacity to achieve. The time has come for Bush to dig the banner out of the closet, drape it across the front of the White House and make it the basis for policy instead of continuing under the inglorious banner of "Mission Impossible."
What will pulling out of Iraq mean for the United States? It will certainly not mean losing access to Iraqi oil, which will inevitably find its way to the market. To be sure, bringing the troops home will preclude the Pentagon from establishing permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq -- but the Bush administration has said all along that we don't covet such bases anyway. In addition, withdrawal will put an end to extravagant expectations of using Iraq as a springboard for democratizing the Islamic world -- but that notion never qualified as more than a pipe dream anyway. For Bush personally, the consequences of leaving Iraq might be the most painful. The prospect of looking antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan in the eye to explain exactly what her son died for will become even more daunting. But as it is, the president can't dodge that question indefinitely. Postponing the issue simply swells the ranks of those with similar questions to ask.

Refusal to See Sheehan Is Second-Guessed
A Decision Characteristic of Bush Has the Potential to Be a Consequential Act

CINDY SHEEHAN couldn't have picked a more apt date to begin the vigil that ambushed a president: Aug. 6 was the fourth anniversary of that fateful 2001 Crawford vacation day when George W. Bush responded to an intelligence briefing titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" by going fishing. On this Aug. 6 the president was no less determined to shrug off bad news. Though 14 marine reservists had been killed days earlier by a roadside bomb in Haditha, his national radio address that morning made no mention of Iraq. Once again Mr. Bush was in his bubble, ensuring that he wouldn't see Ms. Sheehan coming. So it goes with a president who hasn't foreseen any of the setbacks in the war he fabricated against an enemy who did not attack inside the United States in 2001.
THIS summer in Crawford, the White House went to this playbook once too often. When Mr. Bush's motorcade left a grieving mother in the dust to speed on to a fund-raiser, that was one fat-cat party too far. The strategy of fighting a war without shared national sacrifice has at last backfired, just as the strategy of Swift Boating the war's critics has reached its Waterloo before Patrick Fitzgerald's grand jury in Washington. The 24/7 cable and Web attack dogs can keep on sliming Cindy Sheehan. The president can keep trying to ration the photos of flag-draped caskets. But this White House no longer has any more control over the insurgency at home than it does over the one in Iraq.

Army Planning for 4 More Years in Iraq
There were no WMDs.
Iraq was not aiding Al Qaeda.
Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.
Saddam is in jail.
The Iraqi people do not want want the US there.
So, why stay another four days, let alone four years?


I understand that hell is even hotter than Crawford.

Bush invokes Sept 11 to defend Iraq war

The Bush administration justified going to war in Iraq in 2003 by saying it posed a threat because of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. None have been found.

Police charged four people protesting the war in Iraq, two of whom suffered minor injuries from the police response, when 60 people disrupted traffic by marching the wrong way down a busy one-way street toward an Army recruiting station.

Police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin initially said no pepper spray was used on protesters, but Sgt. Clint Winkler, a supervisor on duty, told The Associated Press he tried to use pepper spray on one woman who would not leave, but it hit her glasses. She was then subdued with a Taser, Winkler said.The Taser victim and the dog bite victim were being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Winkler confirmed that the older woman was bitten in the leg by a police dog when she refused a police order to disperse.

“We shall not any longer mourn alone and grieve alone, This country is at war. People are suffering and it is not any longer right, or ever was, that we should only have a few families holding the weight and the burden of this war. So we are saying we are in solidarity with their grief.”

After the nearly hour-long prayer vigil, about 30 ordained and lay clergy took a letter to state troopers and U.S. Secret Service agents manning a blockade down the road from President Bush's Central Texas ranch. The group was informed that no one was available to accept the letter, which called on the president to bring the troops home from Iraq. The clergy members then placed the letter and sprigs of carnations on the ground at the feet of a state trooper.
Earlier in the day, about 50 people from Oklahoma and Georgia arrived near the gates of Bush's ranch and dropped off 32 white bed sheets signed with names and messages of support for the president. A White House staffer accepted the sheets, which were tied with yellow ribbons. “The president has something tangible to hold on to. He has supporters,” said Valerie Duty, a local Republican who helped coordinate the effort, dubbed “I Give a Sheet.”

U.S. concedes ground to Islamists on Iraqi law
U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment.

There is Such a Thing as “Too Late”
Ignore. That’s what the vast majority of Germans did in the 1930s as Hitler curtailed civil liberties and launched aggressive wars. I was born in August 1939, a week before Hitler sent German tanks into Poland to start World War II. I have studied that crucial time in some detail. And during the five years I served in Germany I had occasion to ask all manner of people how it could possibly be that, highly educated and cultured as they were, the Germans for the most part could simply ignore. Why was it that the institutional churches, Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran, could not find their voice? Why was it that so few spoke out?

With anti-war protesters continuing their vigil outside President Bush's ranch, the commander in chief began a five-day push Saturday to tell Americans why he thinks U.S. troops must continue the fight in Iraq.
"Our troops know that they're fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere to protect their fellow Americans from a savage enemy?"

It's been 1,433 days since GWB said he'd catch UBL 'Dead or Alive!'

"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
-- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the
Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

'P2OG' allows Pentagon to fight dirty
"Run away from the light": Such might be the motto of a new, covert policy that the Bush administration is considering implementing. According to recent news reports, it would be the largest expansion into the world of black ops and covert action since the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s.

Rockets narrowly miss U.S. warships in Jordan
The hundreds of police and troops involved in the operation were looking for Arabs, including Iraqis, Syrians, Egyptians and Jordanians, thought to have fired the rockets.

A truth "that has been largely forgotten in the post-9/11 frenzy is that terrorism is a technique, not an ideology or a country. It is a technique that any group can pick up and use, without distinction of ideology, creed, or cause, and the people wielding it could as easily be fanatical anti-government Americans, Trotskyists Germans, (or) Islamist Arabs."
"If terrorists were someday to get their hands on a nuclear device and explode it in some unfortunate city, it would be a disaster, certainly -- but a disaster... magnitudes smaller than a real nuclear war."
And don't be fooled by "realists" who claim to know the past and insist they've learned the "lessons of Vietnam." We're fighting "terrorists" in Iraq, they say. No, we're fighting nationalists who use low-tech terror techniques because they're up against a vastly superior military.
And what about the history Dyer is referring to? "In anti-colonial guerrilla wars, the locals always win. The Dutch learned that lesson in Indonesia, the French in Vietnam and Algeria, the British in Kenya and Cyprus, and the Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique.
"The United States went through the same learning process in Vietnam, and the Russians in Afghanistan... The fighting may go on for years (and) the better equipped foreigners will win almost all the battles...but there is an endless supply of locals...the guerrillas are never going to quit and go home because they already are home. And it makes no difference how noble the foreigners think their motives are; only the opinion of the locals count."

Russia: Putin Calls For Withdrawal Timetable For Iraq
Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday for a timetable for pulling foreign troops out of Iraq. The Russian leader said many Iraqis view the foreign troops as "occupiers" and suggested the withdrawal will encourage insurgents to abandon violence in favor of contributing to the creation of the state. The United States was quick to reject his call, saying it is still too early for a pullout.

US reject Russian call for Iraq troop pullout
Ready to go to war against Russia? That is where Bush is taking us.

Rumsfeld's Ray Gun
A non-lethal -- but potentially harmful -- crowd control weapon that heats human skin is bound for Iraq, and possibly to a police department near you.

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So when do we get invaded to remove the rogue government that spies on its own people, gases its own people during anti War protests, stages "terrorist" attacks, holds crooked elections, attacks other nations without cause, and uses torture on innocent people looking for WMD that don't exist?

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