6/5 collection of stories
6/5/02: "rights, coverups, questions & debunking"
8 sections below. "[*X*:]" means "don't miss"
1 ANTI (GLOBAL) POLICE STATE
"NEW FBI GUIDELINES BLASTED" by CNN 6/2/02
"Key Republican blasts new FBI guidelines
"The Justice Department's plan to give the FBI more domestic surveillance power "has gone too far," House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenne (R-Wisconsin) said Saturday. He has called Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller to appear before his committee "to justify why the 1976 regulations on domestic spying, that have worked so well for the last 25 or 26 years, have to be changed."
"I get very, very queasy when federal law enforcement is effectively ... going back to the bad old days when the FBI was spying on people like Martin Luther King," Sensenbrenner told CNN's "Novak, Hunt and Shields."
"call C-Span's Washington Journal" by Daniesha L. 6/2/02
..."C-Span's Washington Journal is probably the least censored of all the cable and network TV shows. More and more leftists, and left leaning democrats are calling in on this unfiltered talk show.
..."I urge leftists and progressives to call the show live, which is on every morning from 7:00 to 10:00.
..."Last week, Brian Lamb hosted several call in shows in which he asked Yes or No questions, and asked people to call in to lines designated YES and NO.
"One of the questions asked, was SHOULD THE US POSTPONE MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ? Yes, or No.
"The response was quite startling. Almost every caller said something like this:
"YES, it should be postponed indefinitely. The US should not attack, or
"NO, the US should not postpone. It should NEVER ATTACK IRAQ.
"Brian Lamb was quite taken aback, and very apologetic to the TV viewers. He took responsibility for asking a bad question"...
"Michael Moore brings down the OPB Phone system" by Rebecca 5/30/02
"Micheal Moore was on Oregon Public Broadcasting radio about half an hour ago. During the program there were so many calls to the station that the OPB phone system went down
..."Micheal Moore read excepts from his book "Stupid White Guys" and said very plainly that 9/11 was caused by Bush and his Warlords for Oil gang."
"March and rally in Eugene on Friday to expose 9.11 LIES" by peace rebel boy 5/30/02
..."What's also emerging is the non-partisan nature of this issue. It's true that a few of the most boisterous 9.11 investigators have been what some people would call "right-wing". That label was used by skeptics on "the Left" as a way of dismissing the questions they were raising. I don't know about you, but if someone wakes me up because my house is on fire, I'm not going to ask them who they voted for or how they feel about abortion. I'm just going to thank them for saving my life.
"Well folks, the 9.11 cover-up is a big ol' fire, and we need to wake everybody up. This isn't about politics, it's about TRUTH. We can't let skittish "leftists" scare us into not investigating, and we can't let Democrats turn an investigation into a partisan issue.
"Project Censored's Peter Phillips speaks out about 9/11 and the media" 5/25/02
"Corporate media are ignoring many important questions related to 9-11 and have defaulted on their First Amendment obligation to keep the American electorate informed on key societal issues.
..."Other big questions abound. Both the BBC and the Times of India published reports several months before 9-11 that the U.S. was then planning an invasion of Afghanistan. The Unocal oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea region was to be built through Afghanistan ... the U.S.-installed interim leader of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has worked with the CIA since the 1980s and was once a paid consultant for Unocal.
..."And what ever happened to the story in the San Francisco Chronicle September 29, 2001 about how millions of dollars were made on pre-9-11 put options on United & American Airlines stocks?"...
[*X*:] "Major 9-11 Event -- Press Event" by UnAnswered Questions 6/2/02
"The goal of this unprecedented 9-11 event is to pose pointed, as yet unanswered questions regarding the failure of our national security infrastructure, and a response that has rewarded failure as opposed to ensuring performance, now and in the future.
"UnAnsweredQuestions.org is being launched by an independent, non-partisan group of citizens concerned about the growing number of questions that have gone unanswered about 9-11 and the implications to our security. Invited panelists will offer statements, present well-documented research, and ask incisive questions relative to 9/11. The event will address how citizens can act to ensure accountability from those in government directly responsible for the public safety.
"The conference will be moderated by Catherine Austin Fitts, President, Solari and former Assistant Secretary of Housing during the 1st Bush administration.
"9.11 investigation: Downloadable Flyers for Public Distribution" by print rebel boy 5/30/02
"This is a PDF to download ... Good for: handing out on the street, leaving on the bus, tacking to posts, putting inside newspapers, etc.
"Speaking Out About Citizens' Silence: Curtailing criticism of the president is not the way to be a patriot" by Elizabeth Thomas, Chicago Tribune 5/28/02
"Can I say something now? Because no one's been able to do so, until recent revelations that the Bush administration had advance notice of the terrorism that came on Sept. 11. Somehow that nugget of info has broken the collective silence of the American people.
..."members of the current administration accuse Americans who dissent of disloyalty. Maybe the censure benefits President Bush and his appointees in the short term, but do they really want the thinking of an entire nation curbed by such crude methods of intimidation? Why not just call anyone with an opinion different from your own a witch or communist?
..."Questioning information, forming opinions, arguing, discussing -- it's all part of democracy. We don't want a nation of Stepford Citizens. But most important is independent thinking and not being afraid to speak up.
"U.S. Treads Lightly Over Disputed Fla.Votes" by Marie Cocco, Long Island, NY Newsday 5/28/02
..."we have been told by Republicans that what happened in Florida in November 2000 was really nothing..."Meanwhile, a broad voting-rights lawsuit brought by the NAACP and other public-interest groups that charges Secretary of State Katherine Harris and other state officials with allowing election practices and policies to disenfranchise thousands of African-Americans in Florida moves forward. It has survived efforts to get it dismissed - no judge has found it lacking in merit.Settlements requiring specific reforms have been reached with Broward and Leon counties; more are expected.
"Justice is slowly being served, despite the Department of Justice.
"THE ATTACK ON CIVIL LIBERTIES" http://www.villagevoice.com/specials/civil_liberties/
"The Village Voice has compiled a special section devoted to the Bush administration's attack on civil liberties, which may prove useful in the wake of recent revelations that the Bush administration had forewarnings of September 11"...
[includes:] -"Getting Back Our Rights" by Nat Hentoff -"Don't Brood and Despair. Organize!"
-"After 9-11, Official Terror Kicks In" by James Ridgeway. "An executive was pulled over for a traffic violation and suddenly found half a dozen cops all over him, screaming, 'Terrorist!'" -"Victims of the Dragnet"
-"More web links related to this story are available at:
2 (GLOBAL) POLICE STATE, MARCHING
"North American Continent to Be New US Military Command" by Very Concerned Citizen 6/2/02
"The US military is preparing for operations over the entire N. American continent, i.e., N. America is to be another "Command" just like the rest of the world. This, allegedly, is to protect against terrorism.
"US MILITARY DICTATORSHIP ROLLIN' ALONG
"[From the American Forces Press Service:]
"WASHINGTON, April 17, 2002 -- At a Pentagon press briefing, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the plan the most sweeping set of changes since the unified command system was set up in 1946.
"(The plan) realigns and streamlines U.S. military structure to better address 21st century threats," Rumsfeld said. For the first time, commanders' areas of operations cover the entire Earth.
'The biggest change is U.S. Northern Command. The new command will stand up Oct. 1, 2002, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The NORTHCOM commander will be responsible for homeland defense and also serve as head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
..."Of course, the rationale given is the need to defend against terrorism -- another example of how useful the Sept. 11 attacks have been to those who want a police state. Notice that NORTHCOM encompasses the entire N. American continent, making Canada and Mexico US protectorates.
"FBI granted even more latitude against 'terror' by AP via ProletarianNews 5/29/02
"Justice Department to Lift FBI Restrictions on Terror Probes"
"The Dreadful Record of the FBI" By John Chuckman, YellowTimes.org 6/5/02
"John Ashcroft, likely inspired while rolling around on the plush carpet of the Attorney General's office during a sudden onset of speaking in tongues, has given the FBI new powers for domestic spying. FBI Director Robert Mueller, ever-vigilant for the rights of Americans, assured the public that the Bureau's agents had been "hampered" by bureaucratic restrictions, his tone and substance closely resembling an American executive grumbling about the Environmental Protection Agency's having hampered sluicing operations of toxic sludge into wetlands.
"The FBI is now free, in the great, "no damn fed'rah regulation" tradition of Enron or Silverado savings and loan, to pursue its goals. Only this is not just another crooked corporation chiseling people's savings, but a secret police force with vast powers and an unwholesome history.
..."It is a serious question, and no mere rhetorical flourish, to ask which organization, the FBI or Al Qaeda, has done more harm to the liberties of Americans. The record of the FBI is a dreadful one.
"No Longer a Suspect, But Still a Detainee" By Amy Goldstein, Washington Post 5/27/02
..."His stopover at the Federal Transfer Center lasted four days. It was there, he has told his lawyers, family and representatives of the Ivory Coast Embassy, that a guard brought him a Koran after he requested a Bible, making him wonder if he still was regarded as a possible Muslim terrorist.
"At 2 o'clock on the fifth morning, he was abruptly taken from his cell; soon after daybreak, he was put on another plane. Since he'd left Alexandria, his family and advocates had no idea where he was. "This guy is being tromped all around, and I can't find him," Walsh complained during this time. "I had my secretary spend the better part of the day looking for him."
..."Six nights after he left Alexandria, his sister's telephone in Fairfax rang. Oulai had arrived in Jacksonville, his 11th jail since September.
"World leaders use terror card to watch all of us. Forever" by John Leyden, The Guardian, UK
[sent by Catherine Austin Fitts:] "Interior Ministers meeting about data protection and the retention of Internet traffic data have created concern among privacy activists. Controversy centers around whether blanket retention of traffic data on the entire population should be permitted (effectively making every Internet user susceptible to continuous surveillance of their online activity), or whether data should only be recorded on specifically designated targets or groups. Although the G8 refers to September 11 and terrorism as justification for data retention, there is no proposal to limit the use of data to terrorist cases.
"Air Force Officer Suspended Criticizing Bush" Reuters 6/4/02
"MONTEREY, Calif. -- A U.S. Air Force officer has been suspended from duty after he wrote a letter to a California newspaper accusing President Bush of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks to happen.
..."Butler's letter accused Bush of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks to occur for his own political ends.
""Of course Bush knew about the impending attacks on America. He did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism. His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama," Butler's letter said"...
ACTION ALERT: http://www.indybay.org/news/2002/06/131639.php
"the Blonde Terrorist" By Cheryl Seal 6/5/02
..."If Democrats.com had not run the story on the plight of former-NASA scientist Dian Hardison last Friday night, her case very likely may have been used by the Bushes (both George and Jeb) and John Ashcroft as a spring board to begin a purge of America's liberal intelligentsia
3 DUCK AND COVER-UP
"September 11 hearings begin: Bush, Congress seek whitewash of government role" By the Editorial Board, WSWS 6/5/02
..."These hearings are a travesty of democracy: they are being held largely behind closed doors, with the evidence, testimony and even the findings to be kept secret.
..."In the media reporting of these revelations, and in the reactions of congressional Democrats and Republicans, September 11 is presented as a colossal failure of the intelligence apparatus. But the cascade of new information has shattered the alibis and evasions of official Washington. It is not a matter of terrorists "slipping through the cracks," or intelligence agencies "failing to connect the dots." There is growing reason to believe that at least some of the September 11 hijackers had ties to American intelligence agencies. They were not overlooked. They were shielded.
..."Despite the demolishing of one set of official lies after another, the American press draws no conclusions about the credibility of the White House, CIA and FBI, and obediently parrots the latest falsehoods put out by the Bush administration to replace those which have been discredited. The media reports utter absurdities with a straight face: that FBI agents do not have access to e-mail, or are barred from going on the Internet, or are routinely frustrated in their investigations because of excessive delicacy about infringing on democratic rights.
"Is Bush Using the FBI As A Scapegoat?" by James G. Wilson June 2, 2002
..."All of the attention paid to the turmoil that has surfaced at the FBI has obscured what may have really happened. The focus on the FBI's in-fighting seems to be an intentional obfuscation of a much bigger issue. Nobody seems to have yet asked a very important question: WHY did the Washington bureau bury the information it received about imminent attacks on US soil?
"There is enough prima facia evidence before us to start asking hard questions of this seemingly duplicitous White House. ... What role did their interest in a pipeline across Afghanistan play in hampering the surveillance of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda camps prior to 9-11? Why was all of the foreign intelligence presented to the United States in the weeks before 9-11 ignored or dismissed? How are the many conflicts of interest within the Bush administration continuing to affect the war on terrorism?
"The Bush 9/11 Scandal for Dummies" by Bernard Weiner, Counterpunch 6/1/02
..."Q. If they knew in advance that the, or at least an, attack was coming, why did the Bush Administration do nothing to prepare the country in advance: get photos of suspected terrorists out to airlines, have fighter jets put on emergency-standby status or even in the air as deterrents, get word out to the border police to stop these "watch-list" terrorists, put surface-to-air missiles around the White House and Pentagon, etc.?
"A. The explanation preferred by the government is to admit, eight months late, to absolute and horrendous incompetence, up and down the line (although Bush&Co., surprise!, prefer to focus the blame lower down, letting the FBI be the fall guy)... Possible, but not bloody likely. There certainly is enough blame to spread around, but the evidence indicates that Bush and his closest aides knew that bin Laden was planning a direct attack on the U.S. mainland -- using airplanes headed for those icon targets -- and, in order to get the country to move in the direction he wanted, he kept silent.
[from Catherine Austin Fitts 5/31/02:]
"Here is what one member of the Solari Action Network reported this am:
"My God did you hear FBI agent Robert Wright's press conference tonight on C-SPAN? He reportedly has taped recordings that prove that the FBI knew at least two months in advance that the WTC was going to be hit in the very fashion that it was hit. Mueller threatened him that there would be dire consequences for him if he held this press conference, but he went ahead anyway -- and broke down and sobbed when finished speaking...
[CSPAN clip at:]
[see also:] http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/5/30/161204.shtml
[*X*:] "September 11: The case gathers steam" By Bill Molson, Online Journal 5/23/02
..."The administration is now playing the "honest mistake" card. The spin so far is this: Sure, Bush was briefed that al-Qaeda was planning to hijack American airplanes, but there were no specifics, and besides, there was no way we could know that they were going to use the planes as suicide bombs.
"Let's examine these claims.
-"The Threats Were Too Vague to Be Taken Seriously...
-"We Couldn't Imagine a Suicide Attack Using Airplanes...
-"We Didn't Know When It Would Happen...
"WHO COVERED FOR MOUSSAOUI AND WHY?" by Patrick Martin, WSWS 6/1/02
"This new cover story lasted barely a week before it was exploded by Rowley's 13-page letter to Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Among other things, Rowley revealed that the local FBI reports from Arizona and Minneapolis had ended up on the desk of the same official at FBI headquarters, David Frasca, head of the Radical Fundamentalists Unit.
..."It is...quite possible that top US intelligence officials were aware of Moussaoui's role as a recruiter for the Islamic fundamentalist forces fighting Russian troops in Chechnya and sought to protect him from the attentions of lower-level FBI agents"...
"Daschle: Bush, Cheney Urged No Sept. 11 Inquiry" by Susan Cornwell, Reuters 5/26/02
"Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Daschle flatly contradicted Cheney, who last week denied he had warned Daschle off an investigation"...
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"Atomic Terror Alert: If the White House Knows Something About Future Attacks, The Time to Act is Now" by Harvey Wasserman, Columbus Alive 5/28/02
"So if Bush knew something at some time about the possibility of terrorists using jets to crash into government buildings, why didn't he do something about it before September 11? And far more important: If he knows something about the possibility of terrorists attacking atomic power plants and causing a radioactive apocalypse, why doesn't he act right now, before we find ourselves in post-tragedy hearings about why he didn't?
..."In short, if warnings of hijacked planes crashing into government buildings prior to September 11 were vague and isolated, warnings of attacks on nuclear plants are clear and abundant.
"So has the government reacted? Not hardly"...
..."Credible threats have been made. The reactors are vulnerable. Their power is not needed. What are we waiting for?
"Nightmares of Reason: Sorting fact from fiction in 9/11 conspiracy theories" By Salim Muwakkil, In These Times 5/24/02
..."The left may gain some tactical points for joining the criticism of the Bush administration's intelligence failures. But there is some irony in a left critique that derides the Bush administration for not adopting even more draconian surveillance methods. Instead, the left should take McKinney's suggestion and follow the money. When found, that money is likely to be drenched in oil and politically flammable"...
"ASHCROFT KNEW, BUT MADE DECISION TO SACRIFICE CITIZENS" by anonymous 6/4/02
"On July 26, 2001, cbsnews.com reported that John Ashcroft had stopped flying on commercial airlines.
"The FBI did advise Ashcroft to stay off commercial aircraft. The rest of us just had to take our chances. The FBI obviously knew something was in the wind. Why else would it have Ashcroft use a $1,600-plus per hour G-3 Gulfstream when he could have flown commercial, as he always did before, for a fraction of the cost?
"Ashcroft demonstrated an amazing lack of curiosity when asked if he knew anything about the threat. "Frankly, I don't," he told reporters. So our nation's chief law enforcement officer was told that flying commercial was hazardous to his health, and yet he appeared not to care what the threat was, who made it, how, or why?
"Note that it was the FBI that warned Ashcroft before Sept. 11. That's the same FBI now claiming it didn't "connect the dots" before Sept. 11"...
"scapegoating the fbi: All you need to know about the CIA-FBI merger (and what to do about it.)" by Dick Eastman 6/5/02
"fbi announced a few months ago they were investigating the cia for the anthrax attacks...then it was silenced...cia is the one with all the media contacts...they are framing the fbi
..."unless you -- yes you, Mr. Nobody, Mr. Igotmyownproblems, take the evidence that exists that King George the Usurper and those who back his incompetent smirking ass -- are responsible for 911...
"Here is the solved crime that will bring down the criminal establishment. THis is your last opportunity to save this country -- once the FBI is swallowed by the CIA -- there will be no law to check the whims of our economic masters and the Smirk despot.
4 UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, &C
"America Betrayed!- Bush Administration, FBI Complicity In 911" by R. Joseph, PhD. 6/2/02
..."The 9/11 tragedy and mass murder of 3000 Americans would transform an unpopular and inept president into a war time leader who could not only claim unprecedented power, but whose administration could then successfully threaten, intimidate, and prevent anyone from uncovering the complicity of the FBI, CIA, and the Bush administration in this horrific assault on America.
"Immediately following 9/11, and after he emerged from hiding, President Bush lavishly praised his accomplices in the FBI and warned off those who might dare to question or criticize the agency. Moreover, although he had grounded all commercial and private jets, he made one critical exception: The bin Laden family, with whom he and his father had personal and financial ties, were allowed to escape questioning and the U.S. and to fly back to Saudi Arabia.
"Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney also began threatening those who were suggesting that the events leading up to 9/11 should have been anticipated, and both Bush and Cheney urged Senate and House Republican leaders and Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle to block any investigation into the events of Sept. 11.
"Why would they do that? What are they afraid of?
"The Real Deal on 9:11: Rewarding Failure" BY CATHERINE AUSTIN FITTS
..."Whether Democrat or Republican, we have a government controlled by people who financed their rise to power by threatening the lives of innocent civilians. Are these the type of people who worry about the safety of ordinary Americans? I think not.
..."the federal financial books appear to be as "cooked" as Enron's. US citizens pay federal taxes ... approximately 85% is spent by eleven agencies that cannot produce reliable financial systems or audits.
..."We are awarding rich financial bonuses to those who failed 3,000 men, women and children and their families and the country which it was their sacred duty to defend. ...The time has come to hold those in control accountable to the citizens whom they are paid to serve. The time has come to stop rewarding failure.
"An Overview of The War on Terrorism" by Jim Marrs, Nexus Magazine
"As questions remain over the attacks of September 11, so too must questions be asked about the vested interests behind the US-led push for a war on terrorism.
..."¥ Even days and weeks after the WTC attack, why were news cameramen prevented from photographing the ruins from certain angles, as complained about by CBS correspondent Lou Young, who asked, "What are they afraid we're going to see?"
"¥ Why has the NYPD liaison to the FBI been sent packing as a "security risk", as reported in the October 16 New York Times? Whose security is at risk? The FBI's? What is it that the Bureau does not want NYPD to know?
"¥ How could an obviously sophisticated terrorist plan, involving perhaps as many as 100 persons and in the works for five years, escape the notice of our intelligence services, especially the FBI and CIA? And why, instead of cashiering those responsible for this intelligence failure and totally restructuring these agencies, are we doubling their budgets?
..."¥ Why did the WTC South Tower collapse first, when it was not as extensively damaged as the North Tower which burned for almost an hour and a half before collapsing?
..."¥ Why were no names of the named hijackers on any of the passenger lists? If they all used aliases, how did the FBI identify them so quickly?
..."¥ If United Airlines Flight 93 crashed as the result of a struggle between heroic passengers and the hijackers, why did witnesses tell of a second plane which followed it down, falling burning debris, no deep crater and crash wreckage spread over a six-mile area, indicative of an aerial explosion?
"War on Terror: The Police State Agenda" By Richard K. Moore
"War on Terrorism" -A Solution to Capitalism's Crisis
..."President Bush calls it a "War on Terrorism", but what is it really? Let's look at some of the specifics...
"People's Court in session" by 'me presiding' 6/1/02
"incompetence, my ass! Complicity!
..."What about insider trading of stocks on the two airlines? This means specific knowledge, folks--day, hour, and who.
"Why did one CEO of the bank that handled the trades resign immediately Sept. 12?
"What about the weaponization of anthrax, linked back to U.S. military base stock as well as a small number of federal agents who had the skills? Why was it sent to ONLY democrats?
..."What about Bush at Offutt AFB? Did he meet Warren Buffet in Nebraska? Why did Ari Fleicher lie about the broken codes story, and then later tell the media to stop asking questions about Offutt? Did all these missing financial CEOs of the World Trade Center--who would have likely died in the 'attacks'--meet with Bush as well there? ...The "charity event" at this Air Force Base was held at 8:00 a.m.? ...There were many WTC CEOs at this base on 9-11.
"Why did Bush sit there reading a goat story in Florida? Why does he keep admitting that he had seen film of THE FIRST WTC being hit even before he went to the Florida classroom--when the first live film on corporate media was of the second WTC getting hit? Why did he keep sitting there -- establishing an alibi?
..."What about the very visible white cloudy explosion coming from the area around WTC7, and moving DOZENS OF STORIES INTO THE AIR (the building site of the CIA offices there)--before the collapse of either of the two towers? This is a very easy to find animated gif all over the web.
..."What about the pictures of the labeled terrorists suddenly appearing within hours, all nicely assembled on the corporate media like nice Orwellian stooges--when none of their names appear on the flight rosters of people on these planes
"The complicity connection: What did the Bush administration know and when did it know it?" by Joyce Lynn, Online Journal 6/4/02
"We must find the truth so that we can hold accountable and bring to justice any one, including those in the U.S. government, who might have covertly or overtly participated in the tragedy now known as September 11.
"The corporate media have abrogated their responsibility to the public's right to know. Congressional investigations are in disarray
"It is likely these investigations will focus on how the intelligence agencies dropped the ball. The agencies have already promulgated this line of defense in the media.
"Would US gov sacrifice US citizens?" by blackcat 5/31/02
"You be the judge...
"The soldiers in the photo above, were so close to the atomic detonation, they had to be seated on the desert floor, or the blast and shock wave would have knocked them down. The men were not provided any protection from the heat, blast, radiation, or radioactive fallout known as "Death Dust." Seconds after the explosion, radioactive sand, rocks, and dust covered the men.
..."Website for the Atomic Veterans History Project.
"ROBERT SWAN MUELLER--TRAITOR/TERRORIST" tip of the iceberg- by Sherman H. Skolnick, 5/30/02
"The Elder Bush, as President, rewarded Mueller for his treachery on behalf of the Bush Family. Mueller "was named to head the criminal division in 1990, under President George Bush. Dick Thornburgh, then attorney general, says he relied on Mueller for some of the department's most DELICATE TASKS.
[from Jeff S.:]
http://www.xymphora.blogspot.com New entries: 6/2/02-Excellent questions
about the official story of the Pentagon crash. 5/31/02-many good points
about alleged hijacker Muhamed Atta. 5/29/02- hospitals run for profit
used as an example of the bankruptcy of the "free market is the answer"
argument (ie the person is not a right winger)
"Your Own Eyes or the Bush Cartel- which do YOU trust?" by David Bosankoe 6/5/02
..."When comparing proportions in the first frame, the height of the Pentagon's wall, 70 feet, with the 155 feet length of the Boeing 757, it becomes blatantly obvious that actual attack plane is too small.
..."So on two counts of visual evidence it can be said that a missile was launched at the Pentagon just before impact of the attacking plane.
"Did F77 hit the Pentqagon? Eyewitness accounts examined" by Gerard Holmgren 6/5/02
[pt 2:] http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/06/131526
"Microbiologist Death Investigator Attacked" AP (via Jody Paulson)6/4/02
"Remember the (very recent) mysterious deaths of a dozen or so world-class microbiologists? The plot thickens..." ...
"Profile of person who anthrax-attacked Senate" by Barbara Hatch Rosenberg; George Monbiot 5/30/02
"Barbara Hatch Rosenberg has produced a profile of the likely perpetrator. He is an American working within the US biodefense industry, with a doctoral degree in the relevant branch of microbiology. He is skilled and experienced at handling the weapon without contaminating his surroundings. He has full security clearance and access to classified information. He is among the tiny number of Americans who had received anthrax vaccinations before September 2001. Only a handful of people fit this description. Rosenberg has told the internet magazine Salon.com that three senior scientists have identified the same man - a former USAMRIID scientist - as the likely suspect. She, and they, have told the FBI, but it seems that all the bureau has done in response is to denounce her."
[*X*:] 5 REPEAL PATRIOT ACT
"PATRIOT ACT HAS NO JUSTIFICATION" by Peter Erlinder, Minneapolis Star-Tribune 6/2/02
..."Now we know that we were all deceived. Recent revelations about the Sept. 11 tragedy prove that existing investigative powers were effective. The Bush administration used its own failure to act on the warnings it had received to justify grabbing even more power, at the expense of our civil liberties, by deceiving Congress and the American people.
"The USA Patriot Act became law in less than a month, without any hearings. Now that we know it was passed under false pretenses, Congress should repeal it just as quickly. And the Bush administration should rescind the policies that diminish our civil liberties, until we can get an honest assessment of what went wrong in the months before Sept. 11.
"-- Peter Erlinder, a professor at William Mitchell Law School, is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild.
"We're Losing Our Civil Liberties for Nothing" by David Morris, AlterNet 5/30/02
"The actual front page headline in the May 30 New York Times was "F.B.I. Chief Admits 9/11 Might Have Been Detectable." But it could just as easily have been "White House Confesses: We're Losing Our Civil Liberties Needlessly."
"Last September, Attorney General John Ashcroft demanded that Congress give him unparalleled powers of surveillance and detention.
..."At this point Congress -- and especially the Democratic Party -- are using the recent revelations to criticize the Bush Administration for what it did not do before 9/11. We would all be better off to use the new information to repair the damage done to this nation by both political parties after 9/11.
"Government doesn't need more power" by Jesse Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 5/26/02
"After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration claimed we needed to give up some of our privacy to make it easier for the government to spy on potential terrorists in the United States. Congress responded with an anti-terror bill trampling our civil liberties and granting far-reaching search and surveillance powers to law enforcement agencies.
"But it turns out the atrocities of Sept. 11 were not a surveillance failure. They were an analysis failure. Now that we understand that, we should reconsider the incursions into our privacy and liberty that have been stampeded blindly into law in the name of better surveillance.
..."Meanwhile, has there been an overhaul of the intelligence system? ... we haven't even seen any heads roll: If anyone resigned or was fired over their inability to foresee and prevent the attacks, they did so far from the public eye.
..."Sept. 11 inspired many extensions in the scope and power of government. The intense climate of fear allowed politicians to quickly expand police powers at the expense of individual rights. Given the information and clearer picture we have today, they should act just as quickly to restore our privacy and civil liberties.
"US Intelligence Agencies Duck & Cover Up in 9/11 Investigation" by indymedia 5/30/02
[comment#183400] ..."it is not enough to merely claim "they would never do that to Americans," or to make arguments such as that of David Corn, that intelligence agencies are too incompetent to do such a thing.
"However, given the refusal of so many on the left to consider such possibilities, it might be strategically better to accept the "safe" assumption of incompetence, and use it to show that the premise of or justification for the "USA Patriot Act" [sic], that civil rights protections kept the FBI and CIA from preventing the attacks, was wrong, and that Congress should repeal the Act now. This argument also applies to the decrees of the Bush regime, such as Ashcroft doing away with attorney-client privilege in terrorism cases.
..."Remember, if you think as I do that one possible motive for possible government involvement was to get rid of constitutional protections, then you should agree that it is very important to restore those protections as soon as possible and prevent their further erosion.
"Op ANACONDA = ordered to shoot women and children" by WTF 5/30/02
"A U.S. Army private who participated in Operation Anaconda tells his hometown newspaper that "We were told there were no friendly forces. If there was anybody there, they were the enemy. We were told specifically that if there were women and children to kill them."
"The Tinderbox Called Kashmir" by Adil Najam, Boston Globe 5/25/02
..."In short, domestic conditions in both India and Pakistan are ripe for escalation. For the sake of its own sanity, the rest of the world must not allow things to spiral out of control. The international community needs to push both sides toward a meaningful resolution to the Kashmir dispute. A good first step would be for both countries to begin with the Security Council resolutions they have each accepted"...
"Something to ponder" Eric Margolis in the Toronto Sun (posted by Spruce) 5/30/02
"The world is now facing the most dangerous nuclear confrontation since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Yet in the West there is little media attention to this enormous threat, and almost no public interest or concern. The crisis over Kashmir might as well be on Jupiter. The discovery of the body of a long-missing female intern in Washington has totally eclipsed news of a possible nuclear war in South Asia that could kill tens of millions and contaminate the entire globe with clouds of radioactive dust."
"Washington is pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war" by Michel Chossudovsky, Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), 23 May 2002
"India and Pakistan are currently at the brink of war.
"Presented by the media as a conflict regarding the status of Kashmir, the role of US foreign policy in feeding this conflict is invariably overlooked. Since the end of the Cold War, Washington has deliberately contributed --through covert intelligence operations-- to fuelling the Indo-Pakistan conflict.
7 DEBUNKING "9-11 ANTICONSPIRATORIALISTS"
"The Magic Bullet Dissidents" by questionsquestions.net 6/4/02
"The Bush Administration gains some surprising new allies in their effort to smother public outrage and mute the outcry for a full investigation into White House policies and actions leading up to 9/11.
"The past week has seen an extraordinary development: an aggressive, pull-no-punches coordinated campaign by a number of prominent figures in the Establishment Left to slander and ridicule those raising controversial questions and allegations about official prior knowledge of 9/11 as "conspiracy nuts." The timing of this propaganda barrage—literally on the threshhold of the opening of Congressional hearings—and the sheer level of overkill being applied beg to be examined closely. Why are those who claim to be critics of the system commanding the rank and file to line up behind the tenuous "intelligence failure / institutional failure" official line on 9/11 (which a number of wary observers are already comparing to the Warren Commission's"Magic Bullet" fabrication supporting the now-disproved lone gunman theory of the JFK assasination) when Congressional investigations have barely even started and so many crucial questions have not yet been asked or answered?"...
"Let's Step Out Of The Box For A Moment, Shall We? A reply To The Anticonspiratorialists" by Jon Phalen 6/3/02
"Sharing my deep skepticism about 9-11 with others, I can't help but notice the way some people reach frantically for ways to make a conspiracy scenario as implausible as possible. The narrowest and most literal definition of the term 'conspiracy' is easily their favorite device. Bringing it to bear on this argument, they divert it directly into their favorite cul-de-sac: "too many people would have to know, and there's no way it could be kept quiet." Since this 'too many people' premise isn't logically inevitable, and since the hemorrhaging of the official story actually seems to be deepening their convictions, those convictions appear to be a product of denial: these unfortunates have blinded themselves to the possibility that America's entire civic culture, a thing unto which they have staked their lives and their hopes, might actually be rotten to the core; a seething mire of duplicity. Sad thing is, anyone old enough to remember Watergate shouldn't need reminding.
..."I say we look at the spooks first, then start on Bush and the corporations. If the present collapse of Bush's authority continues, if all the bloodstained corners are exposed to the light of day, if justice is truly served, this episode could lead to the end of neo-liberalism both here and across the world"...
"Has the Establishment Left become a handmaiden of the Republican Right?" By Bev Conover, Online Journal Editor and Publisher 6/4/02
"Gangway for the self-appointed gatekeepers of the left who are on a crusade to spin, smear, attack, and label as loony anyone who won't accept the official line that the events leading up to and surrounding September 11 are nothing more than a series of coincidences and intelligence failures.
..."So how do we explain this behavior of the lily-livered left? If the Ivory Tower gentlemen are leaving it to us in the trenches to get to the truth, because they won't dirty their hands to help us collect the bits and pieces to connect the dots, why then are they so ferociously attacking our efforts? Are they currying favor with someone? Is it time for us to start following the money?"...
"KPFA's Larry Bensky hosts Chip "Dulles" Berlet" by Disgusted Listener 6/2/02
"> Berlet said the whole failure of the armed forces to react on 9/11 is a
> non-issue. He claimed the FAA guidelines first require communicating with
> the hijackers before there is an interception. And he claimed fighters
> didn't take off from New Jersey bases, vs Cape Cod, because the Air
> Force was afraid of noise complaints. What amazing astounding crap!! And
> of course the usual lambasting of those who create dots out of nothing and
> then connect the dots. No mistake about it, the Lily Livered Left (LLL) is now actively with
> the enemy. A caller actually accused Bensky of being with the cover-up,
> which he of course waxed indignant about. And of course, no way i could
> get my call in."...
[To Matt Rothschild, The Progressive]
"Debunking anti-conspiracy theorists" by Kellia Ramares (reposted) 6/3/02
"Kellia Ramares has written more than a half dozen book reviews for The Progressive."
"Just a short note to say that I am sorry to see that you are publishing
the same drivel as Norman Solomon re: 9-11 about focusing on systems and
not on individual wrongdoers. This makes about as much sense as saying
that the sociologists of a community should study the root causes of
crime, but that the police should not investigate individual criminals.
..."Facile assignment of error to generalized "bureaucratic incompetence" makes it easy for the government to make some bad policy changes under the guise of improving "the system"...
DAVID CORN, THE NATION
..."Nice logic Corn. Basically you're saying that this suspicious behavior could make people... err...uhh.. suspcicious. Actual evidence of foul play, in other words, might make people suspicious of foul play. And suspicion of foul play makes you a conspiracy theorist.
"Is it me, or is this absurd circular logic.
[more at:] http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=183800
"Brian Salter takes on Established "Left" star-9/11 conspiracy debunker David Corn, and utterly destroys his arguments."
..."Moreover, the bottom line fact that is being obscured by all of this debunkery and poisoning of the water is that Corn and some other "leftists" are failing to aggressively confront the Bush Administration with tough questions that are fair to ask without making any kind of risky leaps or "conspiracy" assumptions, even in the context of the most prudent caution. That is the Big Lie going on here"...
Mike Ruppert rebuts:
From: Catherine Austin Fitts [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, June 02, 2002 1:54 PM
Subject: Democrats.com Has It Right
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Democrats.com has it right. Whoever and whatever David Corn is concerned with it is not hard evidence or the truth. Whatever David Corn's goal, it is not the safety of his family, friends and fellow Americans.
--Catherine Austin Fitts, Former Assistant Secretary, 1st Bush Administration
"David Corn Sells Out"
"Your arguments against Mr. Ruppert's so-called conspiracy theory seem to turn upon several faulty premises.
"First you assert that, "to execute the simultaneous destruction of the two towers, a piece of the Pentagon, and four airplanes... is far beyond the skill level of U.S. intelligence. It would require dozens (or scores or hundreds) of individuals to attempt such a scheme."
"Let me see...we could not pull this off, but Osama bin Laden, who lives in a cave with a ragtag crew of Taliban suicide pilots were able to do so? Osama is a millionaire, but he is no Pug Winokur"...
M. ALBERT, ZNet
"Albert, why not be a little more productive?" by m. again 6/3/02
"Writers like Michael Albert and publications like the Nation (Corn) have had a tremendous influence on my world view. But I think that it is clearly time for new initiatives, new organizing tactics and new thinking to come to the fore.
"At the very least, these writers could be saying more than "all these conspiracy theories are wrong". Noone on the left has suddenly become a 'conspiracy theorist' at the expense of other beliefs about how the system works. Noone on the left has suddendly abandoned all their other efforts so that they could become immersed in weaving wild eyed speculation.
"The fact is, those on the left should realize that all these questions and suspicions can drive home the message that the people in power are criminals. I simply don't understand why Albert, Corn and others won't, at least, say "there seems to be a lot of suspicious behavior revolving around 9/11. And, all theories aside, we already know that the current cadre in office have exhibited verifiable criminal behavior countless times. Believe whatever theories you want, but keep resisting these monsters."
"Wouldn't it be a lot more productive if they took this approach? They maintain that 9/11 is such a distraction, and then they fixate on this very distraction.
"There are so many of us out there who know that this could be the beginning of the end for capitalism. Shouldn't we be combining our energies and letting these disagreements coexist. What could possibly be so difficult about that?"
"Albert is a lying ___ who does the cause of anti-capitalist struggle no good. "...
Why is this tripe being reposted over and over?
by Enough already • Monday June 03, 2002 at 11:58 AM
It's all too clear that much of the Left is lily-livered. When they get tired of "dissecting the inconsistencies in conspiracy theories," they simply resort to their real message: Our government just wouldn't do that, and, if they would, what does it matter? There are issues like the bombing in Afghanistan and impending nuclear strikes to work against ... we need to protest systemic problems not individual misdeeds. Which ignores the fact that 9-11 is the prime moral imperative underlying the Unending War.
As for the attempts at dissecting the conspiracy theories, little attempt is made to dissect the official one. That strikes no one as odd? Are you asleep?
If you don't want to work on this issue. Fine. Should we all hijack each other's causes now? Who needs COINTELPRO when we've got each other?
from Portland Indymedia: "Division on the Left over 9.11" 4 Jun 2002
"The 'Left' continues to be divided on the issue of investigating 9.11, even now, when the issue is breaking into the mainstream. One point of view holds that 9.11 was due to incompetence on the part of U.S. intelligence agencies (which is essentially the government's current story). Another sees clues that suggest foreknowledge or complicity by elements within the corporate/governmental power structure. A diverse array of theories and questions are being put forth by this second camp, and cynics from the first camp are broad-brushing them with the label 'conspiracy theories'."
"This week, two new essays came out from 9.11 investigation skeptics. In 'The September 11 X-Files' David Corn, of the Nation, takes 9.11 investigators to task, but fails to put the government under the same sort of scrutiny: 'As of now, there is not confirmable evidence to argue that the conventional take on September 11--bin Laden surprise-attacked America as part of a jihad, and a caught-off-guard United States struck back--is actually a cover story.' His article has stirred up a lively debate on the newswire: [ Read more, join the discussion http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11758 ]
"In 'Conspiracies Or Institutions: 9-11 and Beyond', Stephen R. Shalom & Michael Albert of Z Magazine present a thesis that is at once ponderous and snide, and try to jam the entire discussion about 9.11 into a false dichotomy of 'institutional' vs. 'conspiracy' theories. Their effort is as unconvincing as it is overly-wrought. (Which is to say, 'very'.) This post, too, has spawned an active discussion: [ Read more, join the discussion http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11911 ]
"Not everyone on the 'left' is digging in like Corn, Shalom and Albert, though. Peter Phillips, the well-respected editor of the venerable 'Project Censored' series, has gone on record accusing the Corporate Media of "defaulting" on 9.11 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11692 . The magazine In These Times has stepped out into the field with a well-balanced article entitled, "Nightmares of Reason: Sorting fact from fiction in 9/11 conspiracy theories" http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11621 . Alexander Cockburn's Counterpunch magazine published an article by Bernard Weiner called "The Bush 9/11 Scandal for Dummies" http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11692 . The magazine In These Times has stepped out into the field with a well-balanced article entitled, "Nightmares of Reason: Sorting fact from fiction in 9/11 conspiracy theories" http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=11621 . Alexander Cockburn's Counterpunch magazine published an article by Bernard Weiner called "The Bush 9/11 Scandal for Dummies" link to www.counterpunch.com feel that this is not an issue of 'Right' or 'Left' at all, but simply of truth.
"When it comes down to it, it's too early to say if the full truth of 9.11 is already out or will never come out... But we need proof, and we don't have that yet. We need a full and public investigation to unearth that."
[ Full article: The Liberals strike back http://portland.indymedia.org:8081/front.php3?article_id=11980 ]
"Ich Bin Ein Embarrassment" birdman 5/28/02
..."We don't often see it mentioned in the American presses but Bush's reckless unilateralism following the events of September 11 has alienated much of the world. There is no image of an American that so repulses Europeans (among others) as the pushy know-nothing bully who understands little but demands much. Bush is the absolute poster boy for that characterization and his open-ended war in search of an enemy has reinforced and burnished that image.
""Peace for the World - Pretzels for Bush" read a large banner draped from a Berlin church. The banner sported a large image of a pretzel to remind Germans of one of Bush's near fatal bout with a pretzel while watching a football game. The banner, and the demonstrations are, in reality, a snicker, the knowing giggle behind the back of the strutting, preening fool. The man who wanted to be John Wayne bringing in the bad guys "Dead or Alive" inspires contempt and laughter even from those who are ostensibly on his side"...
"IT SURE IS QUIET OUT THERE" by Lee B. Weaver, TIMES RECORD NEWS--Wichita Falls, TX 6/1/02
"In the face of this growing opposition, the administration's defenders - what few there are - are beginning to sound a little desperate. What's more, right here in our little right-wing corner of the free world, it seems only the wackiest wackos are coming out in W.'s defense.
[*X*:] "US Peacewalkers Arrive in Baghdad Amidst Bombings" by http://www.jordantimes.com/Thu/news/news6.htm 6/1/02
"US peace activists arrive in Baghdad after desert trek"
"BAGHDAD/CAIRO (Agen-cies) — Sixteen US peace activists arrived in Baghdad Wednesday after a 555-kilometre trip across the desert designed to express support for an end to UN sanctions on Iraq and opposition to an eventual US military strike.
"Crowds gathered at the entrance of the capital to greet the group from the US-based anti-sanctions group Voices in the Wilderness, and the Compassion Iraq Coalition, an AFP correspondent reported.
"Their "walk for peace" set off at the Jordan-Iraq border on Friday to highlight the need to avert a US strike on Iraq and demand the lifting of sanctions that have been in force since Baghdad's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
""You express the real noble feelings of the American people against their government's policies," said the head of Iraq's Friendship, Peace and Solidarity Organisation, Abderrazzak Hashem, as he greeted the group on its arrival in Baghdad"...
"Global Warming - Yep, but it will be peaches and cream for all" Mr E 6/3/02
"Global Warming Would Help Many U.S. Crops -- EPA Report"...
[*X*:] [more photos: Sophia and her little sister]
"11-YEAR-OLD STANDS UP FOR HER RIGHTS - GETS BRUTALLY ARRESTED BY CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL"
"Sophia Ibrahim and her brother & sisters joined the 5/25/02 "TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE" anti-war march across the Golden Gate Bridge.
..."On the way back across the bridge they were very vocal, standing up for a "Free Palestine!", responding to motorists' reactions, and having fun while they were at it. They are inspiring activists and often put a smile on the face of the marchers near them.
"Sophia and others found themselves being pushed by the CHP even after they had left the bridge. The CHP officer in charge ordered his troops to "FORM A SKIRMISH LINE!" before they pushed marchers through the parking lot and into the Presidio. Again Sophia her sister and others ridiculed the CHP's behavior, stood up for their rights, and demanded that the CHP stop pushing - that it was totally unnecessary.
..."Above: Sophia's younger sister demands to know "why?" her sister was arrested"...
"USA: Farm Bill Will Export Misery to Africa" by Warren Vieth, LA Times 5/29/02
..."the $190-billion agriculture bill that President Bush just signed into law. "This farm bill...will put millions of small farmers out of business in Africa," said Mark Ritchie, president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. "They will have to move to cities and become part of unemployed labor pools."
[indymedia comment:] "Boycott USA" by Save Amerika 5/29/02 comment#183199
"The farm bill will also harm Canadians and Mexicans, and anyone engaged in so-called "free trade" with the USA.
"Enough, folks -- boycott USA and make it known loud and clear -- including that monoculture the American imperialists shove down the world's throat. Bush is the terrorist."
"Michigan Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested at Debate" by Matt 5/29/02
"Michigan Green Party Candidate Douglas Campbell was hauled off stage by police, taken behing the curtain, handcuffed and sat on by three officers.
"Please see the datails of this occurance at Mr. Campbell's website:
"Affirmative action means democracy" by Frank Scott, Online Journal 6/4/02
..."As long as corporate affirmative action programs are seen as agents of change, racism will continue and democracy will not. And the only way to end racism is through democracy, when united citizens create majorities that are stronger than minority financial power.
..."Individuals who front for the system and make it look good with their personal success are like the old house Negroes in Malcolm's quote. It is racist evil to mistreat human beings because of their color, but it is a defense of racism to privilege only some of those human beings who've been mistreated. To affirm the aggrieved only on an individual basis is to continue the denial of collective humanity. It perpetuates racism, and the anti-democratic system of corporate capital"...
"'Global Capitalism' Foes Overwhelmed by Counter-Demonstrators" by Marc Morano, CNSNews.com 5/30/02
"Anti-corporate protesters at ExxonMobil Corporation's annual shareholder meeting in Dallas Wednesday packed up and left after finding themselves outnumbered by free market demonstrators... carrying banners such as "Capitalism Rocks" and "Greenpeace Hates America."
...""The [anti-corporate] protesters are anti-American and anti-democracy, they are not just anti-ExxonMobil," stated Peggy Venable, the Texas State Director for the free market group Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE.)
..."The free marketers also held up signs saying the following: "Greens Suck," "Mother Nature Guilty of Climate Change," "Choose Capitalism Over Eco-Socialism," "Stop Global Whining," "Oil Employs, Anarchy Destroys," "No Poor Man Passes Out Jobs," "How Much Does Castro Pay You?" and "Greens are Red at Heart."
[don't miss comment#183390:] "Sham - Citizens for a Sound Economy"
"Excerpt from Media Transparency: Although CSE describes itself as "an army of activists committed to improving the well-being of American consumers through common-sense economic policies," most of its money comes from corporations with a vested interest in the outcome. For example"...
"A frontline needs to emerge at Yucca Mtn" by Craig Stehr 6/2/02 email@example.com c/o Crow, 510-486-8141
"Recent emails I've exchanged with Shundahai Network and with Las Vegas Food Not Bombs make it clear that a house/office needs to be set up near Yucca Mtn. After 13 years of preventing a national nuke waste dump from being put in at geologically unsupportive locations in the area, the Shundahai group needs fresh faces to help at this time. There's no housing now, and only food in Las Vegas (with LV FNB). I'm willing to go there, but I don't have any money...thirty years of frontlining (and I haven't won LOTTO), is why I can't just create the situation with cash. If you are interested in creating a frontline to oppose the federal govt.'s idiotic plan, between now and the planned peace walk, etc. in October, please contact me. We can win it!
"Pretty soon all the energy exec's will die by "suicide" by Dow Jones Newswires 6/3/02
"El Paso Corp. Treasurer Rice Dies in Apparent Suicide.Due to retire in three weeks.
"NEW YORK -- El Paso Corp. Treasurer Charles Dana Rice died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home Sunday.
"Mr. Rice was with the Houston energy company for 25 years and became treasurer in 1998. the 47-year old was due to retire in three weeks, said spokeswoman Norma F. Dunn"...
"Argentina: Poor survive on rats, toads" by Reuters via ProletarianNews 6/5/02
"BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's worst economic crisis ever has hit the nation's poor so hard that some have resorted to eating toads, rats and horse meat, the mayor of a poor Buenos Aires suburb said on Wednesday.
"Many slum dwellers in the suburb of Quilmes survive only because they eat such animals, according to Mayor Fernando Gerones, who said some malnourished children in the poor neighborhood only live on food they are given at school"...
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