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McCain: Don't delay Iraq hearings Intelligence about arms unverified
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:15 pm EDT, Jun 11, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain joined on Tuesday a growing list of lawmakers pressing for hearings into the Bush administration's failure so far to prove prewar allegations that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction.

"Sooner or later, we will have hearings. It's entirely appropriate to do so," said McCain, the No. 2 Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which could hold hearings soon. Rejecting the White House argument that U.S. search parties should first be given time to comb hundreds of possible weapons sites, McCain said: "Any delay will, I think, not be in the interest of the American people. Let's move forward, have those hearings and have the American people in on it."


Everyone is wising up to the fact that WE WERE LIED TO ABOUT IRAQ. Let the hearings begin.

McCain: Don't delay Iraq hearings Intelligence about arms unverified

Bush declares May 1st 'Loyalty Day'
Topic: Current Events 10:33 pm EDT, May  2, 2003

] The Our Documents initiative will use the Internet
] to bring infor-mation about and the text of 100 of
] America's most important documents from the National
] Archives to classrooms and com-munities across the
] country. These initiatives are important, for it is
] only when our children have an understanding of our
] past that they will be able to lead the future.

Oh, so we release all the documents the Bush administration feels are non-threatning to its interests.. But when there is information that might actually be relevant to current affairs, like past presidental records, or records pertaining to "September the 11th", they sequester it.

You know they are clueless when "information" is written as "infor-mation", and there isn't a line break..

] The Congress, by Public Law 85-529, as amended, has
] designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day," and I ask
] all Americans to join me in this day of celebration and
] in reaffirming our allegiance to our Nation.
] NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the
] United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2003,
] as Loyalty Day. I call upon all the people of the United
] States to join in support of this national observance. I
] also call upon government officials to display the flag
] of the United States on all government buildings on
] Loyalty Day.

Loyalty Day?

Something about this does not sit right with me.. Maybe its just my paranoid nature, but I can't help but think there is a subtle reasoning behind a number of things this administration is doing, and I don't like the vibe I get from it.

I'm really starting to feel like public opinion is being managed in a way where we appear to be free, and have government oversight, yet in reality, we are being managed and controlled. Maybe its been that way all along, only now because we are more connected and informed, we are seeing it for what it is..

Loyalty Day.. I love my country.. I really do. But I fear that its not the ideas and philosophy it was founded based on which we are asked to be loyal, but rather, its current rulers and policies.. Thats not the way I think America works. America loves diversity and opposing opinions, as they are the engines from which new ideas are created.. America allows descent. America tells the truth. America does not have to ask for loyalty, it earns it. Thats my America, and it never had to ask for or demand my loyalty. It has always had it.

There is irony in this sharing a date with May Day..

Bush declares May 1st 'Loyalty Day'

The Secrets of September 11
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:21 am EDT, May  1, 2003

Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks.


By refusing to declassify many of its most significant conclusions, the administration has essentially thwarted congressional plans to release the report by the end of this month, congressional and administration sources tell NEWSWEEK. In some cases, these sources say, the administration has even sought to “reclassify” some material that was already discussed in public testimony—a move one Senate staffer described as “ludicrous.” The administration’s stand has infuriated the two members of Congress who oversaw the report—Democratic Sen. Bob Graham and Republican Rep. Porter Goss.


In Graham’s view, the Bush administration isn’t protecting legitimate issues of national security but information that could be a political “embarrassment,” the aide said. Graham, who last year served as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, recently told NEWSWEEK: “There has been a cover-up of this."


... because the document relied so heavily on secret material, the administration “working group,” overseen by CIA director George Tenet, had to first “scrub” the document and determine which portions could be declassified.

More than two months later, the working group came back with its decisions—and some members were flabbergasted. Entire portions remained classified. Some of the report—including some dealing with matters that had been extensively aired in public, such as the now famous FBI “Phoenix memo” of July 2001 reporting that Middle Eastern nationals might be enrolling in U.S. flight schools—were “reclassified.”


One portion deals extensively with the stream of U.S. intelligence-agency reports in the summer of 2001 suggesting that Al Qaeda was planning an upcoming attack against the United States—and implicitly raises questions about how Bush and his top aides responded. One such CIA briefing, in July 2001, was particularly chilling and prophetic. It predicted that Osama bin Laden was about to launch a terrorist strike “in the coming weeks,” the congressional investigators found. The intelligence briefing went on to say: “The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made. Attack will occur with little or no warning.”

The substance of that intelligence report was first disclosed at a public hearing last September by staff director Hill. But at the last minute, Hill was blocked from saying precisely who within the Bush White House got the briefing when CIA director Tenet classified the names of the recipients. (One source says the recipients of the briefing included Bush himself.) As a result, Hill was only able to say the briefing was given to “senior government officials.”


Hopefully the truth will find its way into the light about 9/11 someday. Bush's administration is doing everything in their power to keep the lid on the truth. It wouldn't help his re-election bid if the public knew he sat on his ass and let it happen.

If you live in America, if you call this your home, wouldn't you like to know everything possible about 9/11? I still want to know why the Air Force was told to stand down that day. I still want to know more about those fishy stock put options and how they were traced back to A.B. Brown. What is the classified information linking the Israeli spy ring in America to 9/11?

Lots of unanswered questions. Keep the issues alive.

The Secrets of September 11

Criticizing Israel will be a taboo in United States.
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:17 am EDT, Apr 25, 2003

WASHINGTON: A new law being proposed by Republican senators will serve [to] prohibit criticism of Israel on American college campuses.

The police-state-style "thought control" legislation is to be introduced by third-ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate, conservative Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

His so-called "ideological diversity" legislation suggests cutting federal funding for American colleges and universities if those institutions are found to be permitting professors, students and student organizations to openly criticize Israel, which Santorum considers to be an act of "anti-Semitism."


The report said that during the private Senate session - of which there are no transcripts available to the taxpayers who paid for the project - an ADL representative reportedly claimed to the gathering that the ADL's "annual audit" of anti-Semitic activity in America had detected an increase by 24% of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses in the year 2002. That 24% increase -- even by the ADL's own admission --constituted only 21 actions.

However, the ADL definition of "anti-Semitism" is so broad that it largely includes even the mildest criticism of Israel that doesn't happened to be framed in the particular parameters that the ADL determines to be acceptable.


Another example of the thought police at work. For the record, criticism of Isreal does not equal anti-Semitism, no matter how hard they try to make it seem that way. I've always though the word anti-Semitism was a misnomer anyway.

Your tax dollars at work for our proxy state in the mideast.

Criticizing Israel will be a taboo in United States.

Interz0ne: Cease and Desist Letter - 20030411
Topic: Society 3:05 pm EDT, Apr 14, 2003

Now on Slashdot:

Interz0ne: Cease and Desist Letter - 20030411

Saddam has no balls
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:46 pm EDT, Apr 10, 2003

We tried blowing this statue of Saddam up in Iraq. It didn't come down, but I think the point was made regardless :)

Saddam has no balls

Free Mike Hawash
Topic: Current Events 3:04 pm EDT, Apr  8, 2003

] On Thursday, March 20, 2003, our friend and colleague
] Maher (Mike) Hawash was arrested ("detained") as a
] "material witness" by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism
] Task Force in the parking lot of Intel Corp's Hawthorne
] Farms parking lot. Simultaneously, FBI agents in
] bulletproof vests and carrying assault rifles awoke
] Mike's wife Lisa and their three children in the home,
] which they proceeded to search. Since then, Mike has
] been held in the Federal Prison at Sheridan, OR.

He's not the only one. Yes, this is what we kill people for: FREEDOM! Glad the ACLU and his congress critter are already raising a stink about this.

Free Mike Hawash

RE: War. Still a Good Idea.
Topic: Society 6:36 pm EST, Apr  5, 2003

] ] However rhetorical it's become, the following is no less
] ] true: The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forced the
] ] United States to change the way it responds to external
] ] threats.

But this country has the economic power, the military strength and the political will to do something about it. That's a blessing, because we can defend ourselves in ways few other nations can. It's also our curse, because if we don't deal with the problem--as the United Nations refused to do--no one else can or will. So the duty falls to us, and the time has come to stop playing games with national security and--by extension--the lives of not only Americans but those of oppressed innocents across the globe as well.


I am so goddamn sick of people tying 9/11 to this ill-conceived conquest in the Middle East. The current leaders don't give a shit about our security. They still cooperate with terrorists and nations that fund them if it serves US interests.

There is a strong case for showing the Bush administration's complicity in the 9/11 attacks. For example, look at our relationship with Pakistan. We turned a blind eye to their DIRECT FUNDING of Mohammed Atta. Any effective investigation of 9/11 has been shelved. More background:

There are still plenty of unanswered questions. Rather than actually investigate and try to root out the base of operations for the 9/11 terrorists, we're conquering Iraq. Figure that one out.

RE: War. Still a Good Idea.

Stupid Academy Award
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:21 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

"The Michael Moore production Bowling for Columbine just won the Oscar for best documentary. Unfortunately, it is not a documentary.

Bowling fails the first requirement of a documentary: some foundation in the truth. In his earlier works, Moore shifted dates and sequences for the sake of drama, but at least the events depicted did occur. Most of the time. Bowling breaks that last link with factual reality. It makes its points by deceiving and by misleading the viewer. Statements are made which are false. Moore invites the reader to draw inferences which he must have known were wrong. Dates are transposed and video carefully edited to create whatever effect is desired. Indeed, even speeches shown on screen are heavily edited, so that sentences are assembled in the speaker's voice, but which he never uttered."


Well, when I watched Bowling for Columbine I thought it was pretty hard hitting. This article is a well needed second opinion. I'll have to take anything Michael Moore says with a few more grains of salt.

He's working on a documentary about the connections between the Bush and Bin Laden family called "Farenheit 911." I was hoping for something good but if it's up to the standard of deception that "Bowling for Columbine" used, I think I'll pass.

Shame on *you* Michael.

Stupid Academy Award

George Foreman USB iGrill
Topic: Arts 5:35 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

] prime Black Angus? The iGrill does. As your meal cooks,
] the subtle glow from under the unit increases brightness
] and pulses faster until your meal is perfectly done.

This is just damn cool.....Geek Grilling....its the wave of the future!


How about waffles?

George Foreman USB iGrill

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