4/17 collection of stories
4/17/02: "McKinney, Wars, A20"
"A War Against the Peacemaker: The US wants to depose the [Brazilian] diplomat who could take away its pretext for war with Iraq" By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 4/16/02
"On Sunday, the US government will launch an international coup. It has been planned for a month. It will be executed quietly, and most of us won't know what is happening until it's too late. It is seeking to overthrow 60 years of multilateralism, in favour of a global regime built on force.
...""What the Americans are doing," Bustani says, "is a coup d'etat. They are using brute force to amend the convention and unseat the director-general." As the Chemical Weapons Convention has no provisions permitting these measures, the US is simply ripping up the rules. If it wins, then the OPCW, like UNSCOM, will be fatally compromised. Success for the United States on Sunday would threaten the independence of every multilateral body.
"April 20 March Against War & Racism, WA DC & SF"
SF: 11:00 - Begin at 19th & Dolores
12:00 - March to Civic Center
1:00 - Rally at Civic Center
"Dozens of buses are coming from around California, and vans and carpools are being organized across the western U.S."
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A19-A22: New Urgency 4/13/02
..."Democracy has been hijacked by capitalism. It's time we take it back. "
Earth Day, SF
"Woody Harrelson, Bob Weir, Michael Franti, Clean Cars, Puppets and Clowns Gather for Earth Day Celebration in SF's Precita Park (Folsom/Cesar Chavez) - Sunday April 21st Noon to 5pm
PALESTINE HORRORS; WARS
"Grieving survivors say the Israelis buried war crimes in heaps of reeking rubble" By Phil Reeves in Jenin, UK Telegraph 4/17/02
..."Professor Pounder, who has worked in Sarajevo and Kosovo, believes the Israeli tactics inevitably mean large numbers of dead civilians. "Sooner or later those bodies will be discovered and the facts will become absolutely clear."
"A DREAM DENIED: Israeli Offensive A Turning Point For Progressive Jews" by Laura Flanders 4/16/02
...""We are losing what I thought it was to be a Jew," said one and then another. The Jewish tradition dying before us, explained the second, was the tradition of socialism, internationalism and standing up for justice for oppressed people everywhere. In face of Ariel Sharon's assault on the human rights of all West Bank Palestinians and in defiance of global opinion, she said, "I fear it's over. It's dead."
"Blasted to rubble by the Israelis" By David Blair in Jenin refugee camp, UK Telegraph 4/16/02
"ISRAEL'S onslaught on the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin has led to the systematic devastation of once teeming streets inhabited by 15,000 people.
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"Check But Not Mate" by Azmi Bishara 4/13/02
..."The plan for defeating the Palestinian national movement, prepared by the Israeli Ministry of Security, divides Palestinian cities into quadrants, each of which is to be combed in search of weapons and to eliminate anyone capable, even potentially, of bearing arms. Many will be imprisoned and others executed, in accordance with arbitrary lists. Intimidation through terror is the purpose of this campaign. Sharon believes blindly that "force works" and "terror can break the will."
..."In response to this crime, the Arab people have poured into the streets to voice their anger. That is a healthy response. Arab societies are seething and through the Palestinian cause they are venting innumerable frustrations. But at the beginning of the Intifada, such outpourings did not translate into concrete political action, largely because Arab opposition parties are just as impotent as Arab governments, and have failed to generate a united democratic force. If the rhetoric of Arab governments is desperate and confused, that of Arab opposition parties is a litany of histrionics and imprecations against Israel just as effective as casting spells. If magic worked, we could have turned Sharon into a monkey long ago, without having to draw a picture and post it on the Web. Casting spells on-line is not very different from laying amulets upon the tombs of holy men.
Check Flashpoints.net for daily updates. (4/17: speech by Robert Fiske)
"KPFA Flashpoints Radio: more eyewitnesses to Israeli atrocities speak out" by Jaguar Johnny 4/13/02
"KPFA Flashpoints Radio Friday, April 12, 2002
- Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness outside Jenin (13 min)
- Brian Wood of International Solidarity near Jenin (9 min)
- Save The Children aid convoy to Jenin (10 min)
- Christian Shure, International, in Beit Jalla. (7 min)
A page of alternative views on war in Afghanistan
Afghanistan War Will Cost $10.2B
Fri Apr 12, 5:42 PM ET
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer
"We've been told ... the overall war in the neighborhood of $30 billion" this year, said David Sirota, spokesman for Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee.
COVERUPS, MCKINNEY, 9-11
you can hide the fire but what will you do with the smoke --uncle remus
"Kucinich Statement on Ridge Secret Meeting with House Committee" April 11, 2002
"Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), ranking member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans' Affairs and International Relations today walked out of a Government Reform Committee briefing with Governor Tom Ridge, Director of the Homeland Security Office. Kucinich said Governor Ridge should testify publicly about the office"...
"We and McKinney are changing the world! Thanks to your efforts..." by Bill Douglas 4/17/02
"A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF HISTORY -- SEE BELOW CONGRATULATIONS.
..."You'll be pleased to know McKinney's gotten $10,000 in small donations from grateful people since the news broke, and the Black Congressional Caucus got so many emails urging them to stand by McKinney that their server went down.
"Keep up your great work :-))) BUT, HEROIC ACTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO KEEP THIS COURAGEOUS GEORGIA CONGRESSWOMAN AS A VOICE FOR ALL AMERICA.
"McKinney draws fire for Bush remarks: Questions raised about prior knowledge of attacks" By MELANIE EVERSLEY, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer 4/13/02
"Washington -- Rep. Cynthia McKinney drew flak on Friday for her suggestion that the Bush administration may have had advance warnings of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but the congresswoman defended her comment, saying the idea deserved investigation.
"Critics demanded everything from a congressional probe to political ostracism of the Democratic congresswoman from DeKalb County.
"McKinney poll: 46% say Govt knew 911 was coming" by outrage 4/16/02
"This is the poll that the Atlanta Journal DISAPPEARED from its website with no further mention! The poll started on 4/12, ran through the morning of Sat. 4/13, and was stopped sometime Sat. evening or Sunday (with these figures), and by Monday 4/14 the poll had been REMOVED from the page.
McKinney finds MASS support in her 9-11 Inquiry Position!! You can help too!!" by Bill Douglas 4/16/02
"U.S. Rep. McKinney Find Support in Demand for 9-11 Inquiry. Urge ALL YOU KNOW to SEND HER A DONATION!! [contact info below]
"write a supportive letter to mckinney" by eit lindeburg 4/14/02
"please write supportive letters to her office since she is performing a courageous action of questioning our government during election year.
Poll on McKinney statement:
Are you satisfied the Bush administration had no advance warning of the Sept. 11 attacks?
Yes. 52% 12112
I'm not sure. Congress should investigate. 1% 341
No. I think officials knew it was coming. 46% 10692
Total Votes 23145
[4/15: POLL HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE WEBSITE. PROBABLY THIS STORY WILL BE BURIED NOW, SINCE RESULTS WERE NOT WHAT WAS WANTED.]
"Bush must answer Sept. 11 questions" By CYNTHIA McKINNEY 4/15/02
..."We deserve to know what went wrong on Sept. 11 and why. After all, we hold thorough public inquiries into rail disasters, plane crashes and even natural disasters in order to understand what happened and to prevent them from happening again or minimizing the tragic effects when they do. Why, then, does the administration remain steadfast in its opposition to an investigation into the biggest terrorism attack upon our nation?"...
"The Text of Rep. McKinney's Comments -- disseminate this widely"
"Here's the actual text of Rep. McKinney's comments calling for an investigation into 9/11. Contrary to the press coverage, which paints her as a dangerous fanatic, her comments seem pretty reasonable. These should be distributed widely.
[Indymedia comment:] I think an investigation is not unreasonable considering all of the time and money the mainstream media and congress put into such ridiculous distractions as Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky and Chandra Levy/Gary Condit. It is fact that people are profiting from the loss of life and continued loss of life since 9/11. Our representatives need to be there for the voters and so far, with the exception of McKinney, Mcain and Feingold, the rest of our representatives are just satisfied collecting their salaries (which they increased despite people losing their jobs because of the attacks), their healthcare (uncomparable to the average Americans) and their pensions (which is no longer a probability for most Americans). Where is the democracy of the people, by the people and for the people?
"THE BUSH SPIN MACHINE: On Overload and Failing Fast" by Cheryl's Daily Diatribe 4/17/02
"The big lie is coming unraveled. You can tell by how heavy handed the spin campaign of Bush's "handlers" is becoming. Because rightwing and creative are mutually exclusive qualities, when cornered, these sleazemeisters do not become diabolically clever (thank God for the rest of us!). Instead, they simply escalate their bullshit. Same bullshit, just louder and more of it. For example, for years now, the corporate right-wingers have been using the "call 'em loony" approach to discredit everyone from antiwar activists to environmentalists (i.e., if they are in any way challenging corporate interests, they are wackos). This tactic was replaced temporarily by the McCarthy approach: anyone challenging corporate interests (these interests include war and censorship, of course) is "unAmerican." This routine soon began to backfire though, because it turned most people off. So, now the right-wingers are back to the "you're with us or you're wacko" gig.
"When congresswoman Cynthia McKinney spoke out this week about the possible political engineering of 9/11 -- if not the event itself, then its freedom-trashing aftermath -- a spokesman for the Carlyle Group sneered: "Did she say these things while standing on a grassy knoll in Roswell, New Mexico?" ...Fleischer has apparently taken up the same buzzword: grassy knoll (these guys are so unoriginal that when someone engineers for them what they imagine to be a great, clever line, they flog it to death!).
Statement from McKinney on 4/12
"Support McKinney - Letter to Editors" by sequoia 4/16/02
"Here's a letter to the editor... in support of Cynthia McKinney, along with email addresses for some newspapers. Please write letters for this woman - she is getting slaughtered by the press (big surprise). She's the only person in congress brave enough to say that the emperor has no clothes - she deserves our support.
"We Believe Cynthia" Campaign
Some email addresses of McKinney attackers on this page
the Fox News slant: "Rep. McKinney Accuses Bush of Profiting From 9/11" 4/11
[even gives mealy-mouth report from a "KPFA spokeswoman"]
"America Through The Looking Glass" by David McGowan 4/8/02
..."How are we to make sense of a vast sea of media outlets all shouting the same lies and all failing to ask the most obvious of questions? How are we to account for an allegedly thriving 'alternative' press that takes at face value the official version of the events of September 11 -- pretending not to notice the gaping holes in the story? And how are we to make sense of the fact that the leading voices of the supposed 'left' have questioned the events of 9-11 only in terms of so-called 'blowback,' carefully avoiding questioning the underlying assumption that "Osama did it?"
..."To believe that our obviously free press isn't really lying to us. To believe that 'this too shall pass,' and that we'll be back to 'normal' soon. It wasn't that long ago that I was a believer.
"But that was before I joined the ranks of those who inhabit a strange, hallucinatory world that is roughly akin to waking up every morning finding yourself trapped in a cheesy sci-fi film.
..."No matter how many times you change the channel, all you hear is "war on terrorism ... axis of evil ... rule of law ... evil-doers ... weapons of mass destruction ... enduring freedom ... 9-11 ... 9-11 ... 9-11 ..."
..."What if the constant touting of Bush's alleged popularity is all part of a well-orchestrated psy-war campaign aimed at stifling dissent by intimidating doubters in the crowd into keeping their opinions to themselves, lest they be viewed as clinically insane for failing to interpret reality in the same way that everyone else purportedly does?"...
"Stupid White Men" is #1 in USA Britain Canada Ireland. Book by Michael Moore 4/16/02
..."the New York Times today had declared that, for the fourth week in a row, "Stupid White Men" is the #1 book in the country. I am out of explanations at this point as to how this thing has stayed atop on the Times bestseller list for a month. I've been informed that the book is now in its 19th printing. Also, it remains #1 in Canada, and it has gone to #1 this week in Britain and Ireland, according to the Sunday Times of London.
"All this has occurred in spite of a virtual press blackout on the book. Or maybe because of it. The more the book is ignored by the media, the better it does. So, if you are a newspaper editor or a TV producer, PLEASE do NOT pay any attention to this book! Just because more Americans are reading it than any other book in the country for the past month should NOT persuade you to ask crazy questions of yourselves like, "How can this be happening when the 'President' has the highest approval ratings ever?" Just concern yourselves with repeating your mantra of the past 7 months - "America Loves Bush! America Loves Bush!" It's a comforting mantra, one that seems to bring you solace at a time of journalistic confusion. It's also simple and easy to repeat - and it means that you don't have to go out and do the work you are supposed to do (like rooting out the Enron-backed criminals in the White House or finding out what really happened before and after September 11th).
"IMC Mike Ruppert Interview!!! Yes, for real." by Portland Mobius 4/15/02
"Portland IMC was able to get an interview with Michael Ruppert while he was in Portland to deliver 2 sold-out lectures. Ruppert is a former LAPD narcotics investigator who discovered CIA trafficking in drugs in 1977 and is now one of the most prominent investigators of the events surrounding the September 11th attacks. Part 1 [and 2 are] here.
"CIA continue to train bin ladens organisation" Apr 13 '02
"Pakistan intelligence IS part of Bin Ladens organisation!!
"FBI, CIA to train Pakistani intelligence personnel
"Is the war a HOAX"
"-Updated: KPFA censors Mike Ruppert
"-The world is run by pathologically criminal frat boys.
"-9/11 Hero: Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
"-Was The US Government Alerted To 911 Attack? by Patrick Martin.
9/11: the Primary Evidence
-The BushLaden Network
-There Was No "Massive Intelligence Failure"
-Whose war, and why?
"Was there state sponsorship behind the 9/11 Attacks?"
Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UK, the Israeli spy ring -?
..."One fact underlies all of these possibilites of foreign state sponsorship: regardless of who was involved, even the Mossad, the available evidence shows that there still must have been collusion on the inside. Who arranged for some of the terrorists to train at US military bases? Who interfered with the normal command and control procedures and kept the Air Force fighters waiting on the runway during the hijackings? Who instructed President Bush to hamstring anti-terrorist teams?"...
"The President and the Pet Goat"
..."8:45 AM. American Airlines flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The President is informed before leaving his hotel (this was verified by an ABC reporter). Does he change his plans? No.
..."at 9:05 AM... he remains in the classroom to listen to the children tell a story about a pet goat! 25 minutes will pass before he makes a statement to the press.
"Does the Secret Service take any immediate action to get the President to a secure location? No.
"Does the President take any immediate action to consult with his staff about the US defence status? No."...
"And Now... Will the Real Skeptic Please Stand Up?" by Brian Salter 3/31/02
..."We are at a crossroads, at a window of opportunity where the plans and machinations of the elites have matured to the point that they are now clearly revealing themselves. We can resist and change the system, but there is an obstacle to overcome. An old cliché in the intelligence world holds "if you want to keep something a secret, hide it in plain sight." Clever tyrants have always understood this, and Hitler knew this explicitly when he spelled out his theory of the Big Lie in Mein Kampf that the general public would never be willing to believe that their government had committed a crime if it was sufficiently audacious and horrifying. Denial, fear, pride, ideology, or ego may prevent people from considering in an open-minded way that the evidence sitting before us truly does point where it is pointing. To be certain, there will be an increasing level of deception, disinformation, deliberately placed rumors, and acts by agent provocateurs in attempts to discredit those who are questioning the official story"...
9/11 and the Media - some thoughts
..."In the current hyped climate of buzzwords, soundbites, and general intellectual fraud, it has become largely acceptable not even to bother with checking the facts behind "conspiracy theories", and instead to argue that they are wrong and naieve by definition. "History develops solely by a series of accidental collisions, through large-scale interactions of impersonal 'objective forces' and institutions of class and power," we are told. Any serious and open-minded student of history and the people who have shaped it knows that this is an extreme of modernist nonsense.
...""You are always being warned about things you read on the Internet. But be warned what you read in The New York Times. At least when you read the Internet you know you are getting all kinds of voices, some nuts, some real, and you evaluate it. The problem with something like The New York Times is it is coming to you as the stone-cold truth.
— Greg Palast, investigative reporter""...
"new bin laden video?" Reply 6 - Posted by: Englishleigh, 4/15/2002
"I saw the still photo, and unless his health improved dramatically since December while living in damp caves, and he got some "Just For Men" hair color to dye the grey out of his hair and beard...that pic ain't new.
US 'planned attack on Taleban': The wider objective was to oust the Taleban" By the BBC's George Arney 9/18/01
..."Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October"...
Greg Palast: "Don't believe everything you read in the papers about Venezuela" The Guardian 4/17/02
"Contrary to the reports of a spoonfed western press, Hugo Chavez was not unpopular and did not resign, says Greg Palast
"Analysis: After the would-be coup" By the BBC's Tom Gibb 4/14/02
"There will be relief in most of Latin America that President Hugo Chavez is back in power in Venezuela, with many seeing this as important for the development of democratic constitutional rule on the continent.
"The populist Venezuelan leader was thrown out of office and taken prisoner by top military officers on Friday, after a general strike and mass protests by his opponents left at least 13 dead and more than 100 injured.
"But he has now been restored to power after the lower ranks of the army apparently came to his rescue and crowds of supporters took to the streets...
"a set of interesting stories from the Venezuela coup and un-coup" 4-13 to 4-17-02
"The Bush plutocracy" by Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal, 4/16/02
..."The real impact of the Bush presidency will be fully apparent only in coming years. By then, Bush appointees will have had the time to render governmental oversight ineffectual and the federal judiciary indifferent to business negligence.
"The administration has worked hard to fill the regulatory agencies and the federal bench with those who can be trusted to do the bidding of business and commercial interests.
"The rest of us are expected to shut up and accept the administration wisdom that Big Oil knows best how to write a national energy policy, that big employers know best how to solve ergonomic problems, and that Big Coal knows best about health, safety and environment at the mines.
"Make no mistake. This is a radical administration, not content simply with a little pro-business tilt in Washington. As the nomination of Stanley Suboleski to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission shows, Mr. Bush is giving the hand of business a firm grip on the levers of government"...
JUST MAKE IT LEGAL: From 'Waste' to 'Fill' by David Case
"Changing the definition of one word in the Clean Water Act makes all
the difference to this country's waterways.
GOP GREENS VS. THE WHITE HOUSE: Republicans Urge Bush To Preserve The Clean Water Act" by TomPaine.com Staff
In an open letter to President Bush, twelve Republicans urge Bush to
stay the course and leave the restrictions on mountaintop mining.
"OBLITERATION BLUES: Activists Speak Out" by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Joe Lovett
"The waste from mountaintop removal mines has buried forever many
hundreds of miles of the region's streams. Life near these mines becomes
unbearable; citizens are forced to abandon their communities.
A20: Unitarian Universalists for justice and peace" by UU for u 4/17/'02
..."Unitarian Universalists from around the country will be gathering April 20th to join the broad coalition and cross section of people protesting U.S. war policies.
TV turn-off week, April 22-28 by Adbusters
"Your votes are in.
"600 people responded, and by an almost 3 to 1 margin, voted for the Black Screen uncommercial.
"Now we need to decide what time slot we'll buy. We've raised almost $2,000, and this will cover most of the $3,500 we need to air on Headline News. However, we'd like to shoot for CNN's Inside Politics, and that will cost us $6,000"...
"General Strike paralyzes Italy!" 4/16/02
"Italy has been practically shutdown by a General Strike called to protest the fascistic Berlusconi government's new labor laws.
"The April 16th General Strike has been called to protest a roll-back in worker's rights that would see their social security net slashed. Despite an initially shaky support from the more "moderate" and kow-towing unions there has been a massive support for this action from workers.
"pacifist high school student Katie Sierra missing" by Charleston Daily Mail 2/14/02
"this is old news that originally appeared in the charleston daily mail. i was just in charleston last night. She's still missing, as of friday.
"Anarchy student missing"
"Sierra gone since Monday; mother 'worried sick'"...
"Guilty, Eh? International row follows Philly conviction of Canadian for trading with Cuba" by Steve Eckardt, Baltimore Citypaper 4/17/02
"Jim Sabzali was once a stand-up comedian, but even celebrating his son's 13th birthday at his suburban Wynnewood home last week, he wasn't laughing. Instead he was staring at prison with an electronic bracelet on his ankle and his passport -- plus those of his wife and children -- in U.S. government hands, along with the deed to his house.
"In the Name of Homeland Security, Telecom Firms Are Deluged With Subpoenas" By MILES BENSON c.2002 Newhouse News Service
"WASHINGTON -- Operating under new powers to combat terrorism, law enforcement agencies are making unprecedented demands on the telecommunications industry to provide information on subscribers, company attorneys say.
"These companies and Internet service providers face an escalating barrage of subpoenas for subscriber lists, personal credit reports, financial information, routing patterns that reveal individual computer use, even customer photographs.
..."the government is testing the limits of the expanded authority Congress provided when it passed the Patriot Act with broad bipartisan support in October.
3/21/02 Visionary Activist show with Caroline Casey, Dennis Bernstein, and Catherine Austin Fitts, about the Criminal Syndicate that is running our Government, and what to do about it. "We've got to stop calling it our government and think about it as a group of goverment contractors who've hijacked the government." (first part of show is missing.)
"BROWER YOUTH AWARDS :Honoring Six Young Environmental Leaders
"David R. Brower's legacy of bold stands for environmental protection
lives on every day in thousands of young people across the country. These
awards recognize six who, with few resources but their energy and beliefs,
have accomplished great change."
"Bove to go to prison" bbc 4/16/02
"Bove may have finally run out of room for legal manoeuvres
"Radical French farmers' leader Jose Bove will have to serve a jail term imposed for an attack on a McDonalds restaurant, a regional prosecutor has announced.
supercolony of ants covers southern Europe By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press
"A supercolony of ants has been discovered stretching thousands of miles from the Italian Riviera along the coastline to northwest Spain.
"It's the largest cooperative unit ever recorded, according to Swiss, French and Danish scientists, whose findings appear in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
"White House Ministry of Truth" by David Ney 4/16/02
"WOW! Check this out! The White House has been changing transcripts of Bush's speeches, to cover up his stupid bushspeak errors!
"Should History Record the Unvarnished Bush?" by Dana Milbank, Tuesday, April 16, 2002; Page A17
"Last Tuesday was one for the presidential blooper reel"...
"Search for bin Laden could take centuries"
older moneypenney collections:
4/12: "Venezuela, McKinney, Acrid Memory"
4/7: "Judi Bari, wwIII, Why War?"
3/30: "PALESTINE/ vaccines, Swat Meds"
3/27: "the Enron smell, 'cute nukes', Elephant"
3/13/02: "crushing indy radio, Nuclear madness, Pretzels needed"
3/7/02: "3/9 Kucinich/Lee; Secret Govt; Poppies, CIA"
3/4/02: "Fistfight in the 9-11 Corral, W, United We Sit"
2/4 - 2/27 collection of collections
[that last one links back to previous collections at the bottom.]
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