In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
"With Us or Against Us"
- It Really is a Crusade
Days after the 9-11 attacks, George W. Bush informed Americans, "This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile." As a Yale history major, he ought to have known what the medieval Crusades were all about: Christians against Muslims, mostly for control of Palestine, fought with all the viciousness and duplicity reflected in the recent film "The Kingdom of Heaven." The explosive term was guaranteed to incite Muslim ire and alarm, and protests from everywhere (including the State Department, I'd imagine) caused Bush to drop it from his fevered rhetoric. But yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is indeed a Crusade, an anti-Muslim project conducted from a Judeo-Christian command center of a particularly unholy type. No matter how much administration officials profess their respect for Islam, denying any religious character to the war, and however they express wide-eyed amazement that Muslims might misunderstand the "war on terrorism" as an anti-Muslim war, it really is a crusading "holy war"---for the following reasons.
Israel plans to demolish Jerusalem mosque
the Isralei authorities issued a demolition order of a 20-year-old mosque in Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation authorities has issued a demolition order of a 20-year-old mosque at the village, Palestinian sources revealed on Monday. The sources added that the Israeli authorities posted the demolition order at the gates of the Bader Mosque.
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.
Bush using Nazi methods?
George W. Bush, May 24, 2005, Greece Athena Middle and High School, Athena Performing Arts Center, Greece, New York.
"[I]n my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of Propaganda)
"Propaganda is a means and must be evaluated as such, from the standpoint of the goal."
Bush Calls Human Rights Report 'Absurd'
President Bush on Tuesday dismissed a human rights report as "absurd" for its harsh criticism of U.S. treatment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the allegations were made by prisoners "who hate America."
Fuhrer Hitler on Tuesday dismissed a human rights report as "absurd" for its harsh criticism of Nazi treatment of terrorist suspects at Aushwitz, saying the allegations were made by prisoners "who hate Germany."
Bush: Guantanamo Bay Criticism 'Absurd'
"We do NOT torture people. And I'll roast the balls off of anyone who says we do!" -- Official White Horse Souse
So This Is How Liberty Dies?
How has our system degenerated so badly that those advocating authoritarian policies are outspoken and arrogant while those supporting our freedom are wishy-washy and pathetic?
An agent of the executive branch paraded into the Senate Chamber with a proposal that directly trashes one of the most important protections in our Bill of Rights, and the esteemed legislator’s only reply was that he cannot say if it is "right or wrong".
U.S. Has Long History of Waging Wrong Wars
George W. Bush, according to author and columnist Max Boot, is a "hard Wilsonian" — a president who "successfully wields power in the service of a higher purpose." This label means using our armed forces not just to defend the United States but to solve the problems of the world.
The 'I' word
THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.
President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton's misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.
Tales of abuse in Guantanamo testimony
Tribunal transcripts offer glimpse into prison
One Guantanamo prisoner told a military panel that American troops beat him so badly he wets his pants now. Another detainee claimed U.S. troops stripped prisoners in Afghanistan and intimidated them with dogs so they would admit to militant activity.
Claims of abuse at Guantanamo are revealed
Confidential papers detailing tribunal hearings held at Guantanamo Bay have revealed a further raft of allegations of US mistreatment of detainees held at the detention camp.
After 'Terrorism', US May Take On 'Extremism'
"And then we'll go after 'aggrevations', 'irritations', and 'annoyances', especially those jerks who don't take down the signs when the garage sales are over! Yeah, those bastards have it coming!" -- Official White Horse Souse.
Operation Desperation; Rumsfeld's Baghdad fiasco
"I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." Vice President Dick Cheney; assessing the strength of the insurgency on CNN's Larry King 5-30-05
It's clear now that the size and strength of the insurgency has surpassed all the previous predictions and that the civilian leadership of the occupation forces is lashing out in desperation to quell the violence. Iraq has quickly degenerated into the most poorly executed military campaign in American history.
This is a must listen - Audi Report
60,000 Iraqis 'Disappeared' into US Camps
Dahr Jamail Back in the area after a brief US visit, hear Dahr's latest astounding update --with Fintan Dunne
Iraq Strategy: Addition by Distraction:
Nothing like a celebrity trial to distract people from their problems. Apparently, that's the latest strategy from the Bush regime's puppet administration in Baghdad.
Congressman John Conyers :
100,000 Signatures Needed on Downing Street Memo: Please forward widely!
America's mess, not Bush's:
Democrats and liberals blame George W. Bush for the American mess, but it is worse than that. In sum, the immoral and futile war in Iraq, increasingly disapproved in polls but steadily unopposed by politicians, belongs not just to our feckless president, but to the nation.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 30 May 2005 :
- Mortar round leaves four US troops dead in al-Fallujah Monday evening.
- Resistance bombards US barracks east of al-Khalidiyah late Monday afternoon.
- Nine prisoners, including Resistance commanders, break out of Abu Ghurayb.
- Resistance bomb kills seven US troops in Abu Ghurayb Monday afternoon.
- US troops attack Ibn Taymiyah Mosque in Baghdad Monday afternoon.
- Puppet regime troops ransack Sunni mosques, put up posters of pro-US Shi‘i cleric.
- US troops arrest, then release, Sunni collaborationist party chief.
- Shi‘i chauvinist puppet regime releases 500 Iranian illegal immigrants from Iraq prisons.
- Five US troops reported killed in car bombing in al-Yusufiyah Monday afternoon.
- al Hillal : Resistance bomb kills two Polish troops Monday morning.
- al Hillal : Resistance martyrdom bombers kill 27 former elite puppet police at rally.
- Resistance car bomb leaves six US troops dead in Ba‘qubah Monday morning.
- Aircraft of Iraqi puppet regime with four Americans aboard crashes near Iranian border midday Monday.
- Resistance pounds US base in Samarra’ Monday afternoon.
- Resistance bombards US base west of Bayji Monday.
- Nine suspected US CIA personnel killed in Mosul car bombing Monday evening.
- Resistance liquidates puppet intelligence chief in Kirkuk.
- Resistance bombards south Korean base in Irbil Sunday night.
- Seven British soldiers killed in Sunday’s attack in al-‘Amarah.
- Resistance bomb in al-Basrah leaves four British troops dead.
Military Confirms 5 Killed:
A military spokesman says four U.S. Air Force personnel and an Iraqi have been killed in a plane crash near Baghdad.
Iraq military aircraft crash proves fatal
The American military has confirmed that five people died when an Iraqi Air Force aircraft crashed in Diyala.
Iraqi Plane Crashes With U.S. GIs Aboard
An Iraqi Air Force aircraft carrying four U.S. military personnel and an Iraqi crashed Monday northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. The conditions of the five were not immediately clear.
Italians die in Iraq helicopter crash
An Italian army helicopter has crashed southeast of the Iraqi city of Nasiriya, killing four Italians, Italy's military command says.
Four bodies of dead Iraqi policemen found in western Iraq:
The four policemen were handcuffed and executed by shooting, noting that a lieutenant colonel was among them.
Iraq Governor Killed :
The governor of western Iraq's Anbar province has been killed during clashes between US forces and his abductors.
Basra out of control, says chief of police :
Families can still stroll but militia gangs hold power in port city
Iraq Bombers Attack Police; Up to 30 Dead
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up Monday in a crowd of police officers south of Baghdad, killing up to 30 people and wounding dozens, while U.S. forces briefly detained a Sunni political leader on the second day of an Iraqi-led security sweep in the capital.
Attack kills at least 30 as Iraqi forces press offensive
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 30 - The violent backlash to the largest Iraqi-led counterinsurgency operation since the downfall of Saddam Hussein continued today in Baghdad and surrounding areas, with at least 30 people killed in a twin suicide bombing. And in eastern Diyala Province, an Iraqi Air Force aircraft carrying four Americans and one Iraqi was reported to have crashed.
Iraqi soldiers die in checkpoint blast
A truck bomb has exploded near an Iraqi military checkpoint in the town of Baquba, killing at least two soldiers and wounding nine.
CNN - Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.
A reminder of duplicity in Iraq war :
The prospect of dying in Iraq has made recruitment so difficult that the Army expects to have only 10 percent of the 80,000 troops it will need to replace those in Iraq and Afghanistan next year in place by this fall.
Fewer and Fewer Latinos Willing to Die in Iraq:
A total of 215 Latino soldiers serving in the U.S. army have already died in Iraq, but according to anti-war activists, this bad news comes with a silver lining: an ever smaller number of young people of Latin American descent are enlisting in the armed forces.
Vietnam Vets Protest Against Iraq War:
"The only time they care about us is on Memorial Day, when they're putting wreaths on our graves," one veteran said to the crowd. "But if they have to spend a dime to keep us alive or to keep us sane, they don't want it on TV."
Blowing the whistle on the Iraq War charade :
The following are a few of many issues which should have rung alarm bells in the lead up to the war.
Afghan Women No Better Off After Taliban: Amnesty : –
Women are raped, murdered and abused with impunity all over Afghanistan despite the overthrow of the Taliban that was supposed to have ushered in a new era of women rights, Amnesty International said on Monday
Afghanistan Harvests Another Bumper Opium Crop :
Afghanistan produced an estimated 4,200 metric tons of raw opium last year, amounting to 87 percent of world supply, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Elite Australian troops 'killed innocent Afghans':
Australian SAS soldiers were part of a patrol that killed 11 innocent tribesmen and wounded 16 in a bungled operation during the war on terror in Afghanistan
Cartoon Of The Week:
Nine Afghan anti occupation forces killed:
Afghan resistance fighters launched three nearly simultaneous attacks on US and Afghan government positions and up to nine attackers were killed, the US military said today.
The New Great Game: Blood and Oil In Central Asia:
Crude oil, once seen as a wealth-creating blessing for mankind, is fast turning into the “devil’s tears”. The struggle to control the world’s remaining energy reserves increasingly culminates in bloody conflicts and the killing of innocent civilians, with the war in Iraq only being the latest example.
Six burnt alive as protesters torch US fast food outlet in Pakistan:
Six people were burnt alive when a mob protesting a suicide bombing of a mosque torched an outlet of an American fast food chain in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, police said Tuesday.
The Israeli Origins of Bush II's War
Posted May 31, 2005 08:55 AM PST - Category: ISRAELI SPYING
Franklin admits he disclosed classified information in Israel / AIPAC spy affair :
A Virginia grand jury is expected to indict Franklin for giving classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in the coming days.
Israeli firms 'ran vast spy ring' :
At least 15 Israeli firms have been implicated in the espionage plot, with 18 people arrested in Israel and two more held by British police.
Israeli planner says don’t rule out Osiraq-like strike on Iran:
Military action would not stop Iran’s nuclear programme but could be a last resort to delay any quest for an atomic bomb, the mastermind of Israel’s 1981 air strike on the Iraqi reactor at Osiraq said on Monday.
Hamas to boycott repoll:
Hamas had made a strong showing in recent municipal elections only to see victories in three Gaza Strip towns quashed by a court after Fatah allegations of fraud.
Israel's 'Mr. TV' assails occupation of West Bank:
"Since 1967, we have been brutal conquerors, occupiers, suppressing another people,"
Patriot Act: Who needs judges?
Americans' civil liberties got a reprieve last week when the Bush administration failed to bully members of the Senate Intelligence Committee into expansion of the USA Patriot Act. The assault on freedom can't be renewed until Congress' Memorial Day recess ends June 7.
Bolton: Secrets Spilled? :
The bitter debate about John Bolton's nomination to the United Nations may have called unwelcome attention to the spying practices of the National Security Agency. Bolton told Congress last month that he asked the NSA for the names of Americans in raw intel reports. NSA rules prohibit the agency from spying on Americans
CIA widens war on terror with secret flights :
Behind a surprisingly thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the CIA has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world.
"I'm The Guy Called Deep Throat"
At age 91, W. Mark Felt, number two at the F.B.I. in the early 70s, is finally admitting to that historic, anonymous role. In an exclusive, JOHN D. O’CONNOR puts a name and face to one of American democracy’s heroes, learning about the struggle between honor and duty that nearly led Felt to take his secret to the grave.
Ex-FBI official claims he was 'Deep Throat' :
Felt made his revelation to an attorney, John D. O’Connor, who wrote up an article for Vanity Fair. The magazine doesn’t hit California news stands until June 14, but Vanity Fair sent out a press release about the story today.
A game of double bluff :
The UK and EU are keeping the poorer nations exactly where they want them: beholden to their patrons
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