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Weekly WW3 Report-- featuring current Palestine situation in depth

Vigilant, Independent Sentry of Truth in the War on Terrorism
#. 52. Sept. 23, 2002

On the Web: WW3Report.com

by Bill Weinberg
with David Bloom and Subuhi Jiwani, Special Correspondents




1. Humanity and Hypocrisy Follow Tel Aviv Suicide Attack
2. IDF Shells Arafat's HQ (or What's Left of It); Protests Spread
3. IDF Repression in Gaza: Worse to Come?
4. IDF Takes Pot Shots at UN?
5. Repression, Resistance Continue on West Bank
6. Deadly Week for Palestinian Children
7. Israeli Rent-A-Cops Indicted for Shooting Palestinian
8. IDF Officer Accused of Torture Wins Support
9. Eitam Gets Settlement Portfolio
10. Jordan Protests Deportation of "Illegal" Workers
11. "Illegal" Settlement Outposts Mushroom in West Bank
12. Bulldozer Justice Continues
13. PLC Deputy Rethinks Resistance Tactics

1. Bush-Baghdad Brinkmanship Boringly Bellicose
2. Arabs Expect "Catastrophe"
3. Bush Report on Saddam Bio-Chem-Nuke Threat:
If He Had Ham, He Could Have Ham and Eggs, If He Had Eggs...
4. Iraqi Defector: Saddam Hoodwinked Inspectors
5. NBC Calls Bush Bluff on Iraq Nuke Threat
6. Saddam Aids Kurdish Rebels to Fight al-Qaeda?
7. Iraq Shiites to Resist US Invasion?
8. IMF: War Good for Global Economy
9. German Justice Minister: Bush Emulates Hitler
10. 55,000 US Troops Encircle Iraq

1. Yemen Next? You Bet Djibouti!

1. US to Intervene Against Pacifists in Somalia?

1. Bush's Attention Span Worries Afghans
2. US Forces Attacked by Rockets in Paktia
3. DynCorp to Win Karzai Security Contract?
4. Bloomberg Does Bagram
5. Al-Qaeda Busts Announced in Pakistan

1. Moscow, Beijing to Cave In on Iraq Attack?
2. US Plays Up Chechen "Terrorist" Threat; Moscow Pleased
3. Putin's Logic on Georgia Reflects Bush's on Iraq
4. Ivanov Schmoozes Rumsfeld on Georgia Attack
5. Oil Up for Grabs in Post-Saddam Carve-Up
6. US Already Auctioning Off Iraq's Oil?
7. Uighurs Charge US With Betrayal
8. ...And Turkey to Get Iraqi Kurdistan?

1. Democracy or "Trifurcation" for Kashmir?

1. More Arrests in Singapore

1. "Hip-Hop Terrorists" Busted in Buffalo--But Where's the Beef?
2. Everglades Parkway Paranoia: Sarcasm Verboten in New America?
3. Deportee Disappeared in Pakistan?
4. Ex-Detainee Sues
5. INS Commissioner Quits
6. INS Beats Congress to Punch, Deports Palestinian Family
7. FBI: Slim Terror Threat for World Bank Meet--But Rat Out Those Protesters!
8. Hate Groups Exploit 9-11 Anniversary
9. NYC Sees Re-Emergence of Post -9-11 Hate Crime
10. Verdict in Katie Sierra Case

1. 9-11 Survivors Sue Port Authority
2. More Controversy Around Compensation Fund
3. Lower Manhattan's Forgotten Disasters
4. Indian Point Snafu on 9-11 Anniversary Spooks Residents

1. Special Ops Command to Take Lead in Terror War
2. New White House "National Security Strategy":
Unilateralism, Pre-Emptive Strikes, Global Supremacy
3. Kissinger: Hidden Architect of New Doctrine?
4. Chicken Hawks Rule!
5. Airlines Want War Subsidy
6. Mohammed Atta's Dad: He's Alive!


Six were killed and 71 injured in a suicide bombing attack on a bus in Tel
Aviv Sept. 19. The bomber boarded the bus, and before buying his ticket set
off the explosives in his backpack. The explosion drove nails and screws
into passers-by and passengers. (Ha'aretz, Sept. 20) Among the killed was
Jonathan Jesner, 19, a yeshiva student from Scotland. His kidney was
donated to a Yasmin Abu Ramila, 7, a Palestinian girl from east Jerusalem
who had been undergoing dialysis for nearly two years, and was on a
transplant waiting list. "I don't know what to say to thank the family of
the man killed in the attack," her mother Rina told the Israeli daily
Maariv. "I grieve for their loss and thank them for their donation which
saved the life of my daughter." Jesner had intended to start medical school
the following year. "If he could have helped people during his life he
would have, but now that he can't, at least he can help people in death,"
said Ari Jesner, the victim's brother, according to Maariv. (AP, Sept. 22)

On Sept. 19, a suicide bomber, apparently on his way to his target, killed
an Israeli police officer when his van was stopped in the northern Israeli
town of Umm al Fahm. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, saying it was
sending a message to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the 20th
anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres. (BBC, Sept. 19) The two
bombings ended six weeks in which no attacks occurred inside of Israel. The
New York Times titled its article on the attack, "Suicide Bomber Kills
Israeli Soldier, Ending 6 Weeks of Quiet." (NYT, Sept. 19) WW3 REPORT notes
those six weeks were not so quiet in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip,
the scene of Israeli curfews, closures, attacks, demolitions,
confiscations, detentions, and deportations. See the last six WW3 REPORTs.
(David Bloom)

In response to the Sept. 19 Tel Aviv bus bombing, Israel's cabinet voted
unanimously to besiege the Muqata'a, Palestinian Authority President Yasser
Arafat's compound in Ramallah, and demand the surrender of 19 wanted men
believed to be inside. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops surrounded the
Muqata'a as it had in April's Operation Defensive Shield--only this time,
it demolished all but one building in the compound, that containing
Arafat's office. (Ha'aretz, Sept. 20)

The Israeli government was hopeful the siege and destruction of the
Muqata'a might convince Arafat to leave occupied Palestine, rather than
formally exiling him. An Israeli security official told the New York Post,
"The idea is to leave him with maybe two rooms and a toilet--if he's
lucky." (NYP, Sept. 20) Several tank shells were reported to have hit the
last building remaining, and the staircase leading to the ground floor was
destroyed. (CBS, Sept. 21)

A Palestinian police officer was killed by an Israeli sniper while standing
in one of the buildings. (AFP, Sept. 20) Palestinians inside the compound
also said two men were injured in an exchange of fire with the IDF, and
accused Israeli troops of blocking their evacuation to a Ramallah hospital.
(Ha'aretz, Sept. 19)

The Palestinian news agency WAFA said on Sept. 21: "The occupation forces
bulldozed the warehouses at the besieged presidential compound in Ramallah,
an action that might cause a shortage in food supplies. Reports from the
Presidential Compound said that the Israeli bulldozers swept away the
warehouses and set the food supplies in them on fire. The Israeli forces
also destroyed the water network and banned fire engines from entering into
the area to extinguish the fire that broke out in the warehouses." (WAFA,
Sept. 21)

In all, some 20 buildings and homes were destroyed, according to the IDF.
Huge plumes of smoke filled the air, and the Israelis strung coils of
concertina wire around the compound. (NYT, Sept. 21) The resulting
destruction can be seen at
 link to www.haaretzdaily.com

On Sept. 20, 20 Palestinians, but apparently none wanted by Israel,
surrendered to Israeli troops. (Ha'aretz, Sept. 20) The IDF used megaphones
to demand the surrender of the wanted men, including Tawfik Tirawi, West
Bank chief of the PA's General Intelligence Service; and Mahmoud Damara,
Ramallah commander of Force 17, an armed group linked to Arafat's Fatah
political party. The PA says it received no formal request for the men's
surrender. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19) But Palestinian sources say the US
urged Arafat to hand the men over to Israel. (Ha'aretz, Sept. 20)

The IDF announced over loudspeakers on the evening of Sept. 21 that those
remaining inside the compound had to evacuate, because they were about to
blow it up. Israeli forces also told area residents to evacuate because the
blast would be extremely powerful. News reports said the decision was made
because IDF bulldozers had failed to knock the building down. (Jerusalem
Post, Sept. 21) In response, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets
protesting in several West Bank cities, and the Gaza Strip. All West Bank
cities but Jericho were placed under curfew Sept. 19. Israeli troops used
live ammunition and tear gas to combat against the protestors, killing at
least 5. (BBC, Sept. 22)

Demands by the Arab League and European Union for the IDF to cease
demolition of the compound were joined by the US Sept. 22. "Israeli actions
in and around the Muqata'a are not helpful in reducing terrorist violence
or promoting Palestinian reforms," White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo
said. After the US critique, Israel decided to stop wrecking what was left
of the Muqata'a, and IDF bulldozers left the compound. Israel also acceded
to a Palestinian request for provisions. The list submitted to the IDF:
"1,000 pittas, 100 bottles of water, 15 gallons of yogurt, 30 cartons of
humus, five gallons of shampoo, three cartons of underwear (all sizes), 20
brooms and dust pans--and one carton of cigarettes for the 200 men in the
office building." (Ha'aretz, Sept. 22)

A Sept. 22 editorial in Ha'aretz read, "The response of the political
leadership to the recent series of terror attacks is an uninspired and even
harmful attempt to take the easy way out. The hollow nature of this move
raises the suspicion that behind it lies nothing more than a bid to appease
public opinion and the ministers on the extreme right, who miss no
opportunity to demand that Arafat be expelled and the Palestinian Authority
obliterated. The decision to concentrate Israel's response to the attack in
Tel Aviv on the leadership of the Palestinian Authority was preceded by an
announcement from the military wing of Hamas. The organization made clear
the bombing was another act of revenge for the assassination of two of its
leaders, Salah Shehadeh and Nasser Jerar." The editorial concludes, "The
siege on Arafat appears to be the government's attempt to divert attention
away from its inability to prevent terrorism and its unwillingness to
propose a political channel that would bring hope to Israelis and
Palestinians alike." (Ha'aretz, Sept. 22) (David Bloom)

On Sept. 17, the IDF moved into the al-Salam neighborhood, near Rafah in
the Gaza Strip. Troops demolished one house, damaging several others and
nearby farms. (WAFA, Sept. 17) That same day, Israeli forces arrested 23 in
a raid on the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip,
destroying nine metal workshops. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 18) The army claims
the shops were used in the manufacture of munitions. Mahmoud al-Astal told
Reuters his foundry "had nothing to do with acts of violence". (Reuters,
Sept. 17) WAFA says Israeli planes directed heavy gunfire at houses. (WAFA,
Sept. 17)

Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships attacked the Shijaia district of Gaza
City Sept. 19. Crowds of people, some armed, flooded the streets, but no
casualties were reported. Two armored columns were reported headed towards
the coastal area, one toward Beit Hanoun, consisting of six tanks, and two
bulldozers. (Reuters, Sept. 19) Also that day, three IDF soldiers were
slightly wounded by shrapnel from an explosive device planted under the
tank they were driving. The incident occurred near Beit Hanoun. (Jerusalem
Post, Sept. 20) The IDF's Tarmit outpost in the southern Gaza Strip was
came under attack by anti-tank rockets. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19)

Two Palestinians were killed and ten wounded by IDF gunfire in the
Al-Tuffah neighborhood, north of Gaza City--including a woman was killed in
her home. (WAFA, Sept. 20) The IDF destroyed eight metal workshops and
foundries. According to local residents, an Israeli column of 15 tanks and
armored vehicles drove into town, spraying indiscriminate machine-gun fire
from atop the tanks. Palestinian resistance fighters engaged the IDF. IDF
bulldozers destroyed eight metal workshops, foundries, and garages.
(Xinhua, Sept. 20)

Two Palestinian were killed and 23 injured in fighting with Israeli forces
in the town and refugee camp of Rafah Sept. 20. The battle continued all
day. Israeli ground forces were supported by Apache helicopters, which
fired heavy machine guns. The attack came after an armored vehicle
overturned when it detonated a roadside bomb, injuring two Israeli
soldiers. When troops tried to salvage the vehicle, they were attacked by
Palestinian stone-throwers. The IDF responded with gunfire, killing a
fifteen-year old and wounding seven. (Albawaba.com, Sept. 20) Dozens of
tanks and armored vehicles are stationed at entrances to Rafah.
Palestinians are concerned the Israelis are preparing to build a concrete
wall separating Rafah from Egypt. The Israelis want the wall to combat arms
smuggling. (Xinhua, Sept. 20) WAFA reports helicopters are firing into
residential areas and tank fire is intense in southwestern Rafah, causing
widespread property damage. (WAFA, Sept. 20)

A pro-Hamas website, the Palestinian Information Center, reported Sept. 20
that Palestian militants fired mortars at the Gush Katif settlement bloc
near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. (BBC, Sept. 20)

WAFA reports Sept 21 Israeli forces backed by tanks made an incursion in
the northern part of Dayr al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. In the
al-Bashayirah area to the east of Dayr al-Balah, an Israeli bulldozer and
tanks destroyed a large number of citrus and olive trees on Palestinian
agricultural land. (WAFA, Sept. 21)

Gaza may be experiencing a more full-scale Israeli offensive soon. "Gaza
serves as a center for Hamas," Sharon said Sept. 23. "The day will come, as
soon as we get the necessary troops together, that we will have to do this
to strike against Hamas and prevent its ability to act." (Jerusalem Post,
Sept. 23) (David Bloom)

The IDF denied firing at a UN delegation visiting the Tel Sultan area south
of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. UNWRA says the IDF fired warning shots at the
delegation. UNWRA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen was leading the group
on a tour through a battle-damaged Rafah neighborhood when they heard the
shots. UN spokesman Sami Mishasha told reporters that "whether they were
warning shots or shots fired directly at the delegation is unclear. It was
serious enough for them not to continue with the tour." Mishasha said
Hansen would file a complaint with Israeli authorities. The IDF said there
was no firing by Israelis in the area, claiming the delegation mistook
Palestinian mortar fire for Israeli gunfire. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19)
(David Bloom)

On Sept. 17, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported two Israeli settlers
were killed when Palestinian resistance fighters fired on their car
travelling on the ring road linking Ramallah to Nablus. Afterwards, IDF
troops stormed the area. (BBC, Sept. 17)
WAFA reported three Palestinians were wounded when Israeli military
vehicles took up position at the entrance to the Al-Am'ari refugee camp
near Al-Birah city, and "opened heavy and indiscriminate machine-gun fire
on citizens' houses." (WAFA, Sept. 17) Six Palestinian youths were wounded
by IDF gunfire in clashes in the Aksar refugee camp Sept. 17, according to
Israeli radio. (Israel Radio, Sept. 17)

Palestinian teens hurled rocks and molotov cocktails at Israeli troops in
Ramallah Sept 17. Israel re-imposed curfew, and sent troops, tanks, and
APC's on house-to-house searches. (Xinhua, Sept. 17)

IDF troops shot a Palestinian taxi-driver at a checkpoint near Jenin,
according to Palestinian medical sources. He was wounded in the head, and
is in critical condition. The shooting occurred at the entrance of the
village of Yabad, six miles west of Jenin. (AFP, Sept. 19) WAFA said the
driver, Hilmi Abadi, was kidnapped by Israeli forces, and taken to an
unknown destination, and that an Israeli armored vehicle purposely ran into
the taxi, injuring nine passengers. The IDF then imposed a curfew on the
town. (Palestine Chronicle, Sept. 18)

A Palestinian man was found dead near the road in the village of Aqqaba,
six miles north of Tammoun. Villagers had seen Israeli military jeeps
nearby. The IDF had no comment. (Reuters, Sept. 18)

The charred corpse of an Israeli man from the Jewish settlement of Maale
Adumin was found in a garbage dump on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.
No one has taken responsibility. (AFX, Sept. 18)

On Sept. 18, the IDF said two Palestinians were driving near Tamoun and
were told to pull over for inspection. The driver ignored the order and
tried to run the soldiers over. The troops opened fire, killing the driver
and wounding a passenger. Palestinian sources say the men were members of
the al-Aksa Martyr's Bridages, who also belonged to Arafat's Force 17. The
Mayor of Tul Karm said the IDF blew up the car after they attacked it. The
IDF say they found a gun in the car and had prevented an attack. (Jerusalem
Post, Sept. 19; Reuters, Sept. 18) This version is disputed by WAFA: "The
occupation forces fired on a civilian car without any justification,
killing 22-year old Mustafa Sa'id Bisharat, whose body was riddled with
seven bullets while he was driving the car and wounding 30-year old
Muhammad Majid Bani-Awdah in the shoulder who was arrested and taken to an
unknown destination." (WAFA, Sept. 18) The Palestine Monitor reports
Tammoun mayor Bashar Vaniode said Bisharat was "wanted by Israel," and had
been the victim of an Israeli ambush. (Palestine Chronicle, Sept. 18) Hours
later, Palestinian gunmen shot an Israeli dead at an army roadblock near
the Jewish settlement of Shaked. (Reuters, Sept. 18)

IDF troops occupying Nablus came under fire from Palestinian gunmen in the
Casbah area Sept. 18. No one was hurt. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19) That same
day, an Israeli man from Jerusalem was killed and a Romanian guest worker
injured in an attack on their car by Palestinian militants possibly dressed
in IDF uniforms. The attack occured on the Mevo Dotan-Hermesh road near
Yabad in the northern West Bank. Al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades took
responsibility. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19)

A Palestinian man from Al-Nazlah near Tul Karm was shot in the head and
critically wounded by settlers in a driveby shooting, according to the
Palestinian news agency, WAFA. The incident occured near the Jenin township
of Ya'bad Sept. 19. South of Ya'bad, Israeli troops uprooted 200 olives
trees near the main road linking Ya'bad and Jenin. Palestinian were told by
the IDF they would be shot if they used that road. (WAFA, Sept. 19) The IDF
has been seizing and destroying Palestinian agricultural land near Tul Karm
to build a security fence separating the West Bank from Israel. (see WW3
REPORT #51) Four Palestinians were wounded Sept. 20 in an Israeli incursion
into the village of Qassin, north of Tul Karm along the Green Line
separating the West Bank from Israel. Troops backed by armor stormed the
village, and clashes were reported. Some of Qassin's land is being
confiscated for the security fence. (AFP, Sept. 20) (David Bloom)

An explosion at the Ziff junction primary school in the West Bank village
of Yatta, near Hebron, injured five 8-year-old Palestinian children on
Sept. 17. The large bomb exploded by a water cooler. Police sappers
disarmed a second bomb. No one claimed responsibility, but the Shin Bet
security service and police suspect Jewish extremists. A police
investigation found Jewish extremists to be involved in a similar attack at
an Arab school in east Jerusalem in March and a foiled attempt April 29.
(Reuters, Sept. 18; Ha'aretz, Sept. 18) (See WW3 REPORTS #s 28, 33) An
editorial in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz said of the perpetrators: "So
blindly evil is the fire of vengeance that burns in these Jews that they
seek the lives of children where they can be found in the greatest
quantity--while they are studying." Ha'aretz further states: "In light of
the impressive successes of the security services in foiling Palestinian
terror attacks over the last two years, the failure of the Shin Bet's
Jewish department demands a more convincing explanation than those that
have so far been offered." (Ha'aretz, Sept. 19)

Several Palestinian youngsters were killed last week. 15-year old Mohammed
Abed-Razzaq used to salvage pieces of aluminum to sell to metal workshops,
a common activity for children in the Tulkarem refugee camp. According to
his family, he found a large metallic object on his way back from school
Sept. 17, and brought it home with him. His mother said he was happy
because it was a large piece, which would fetch a good price when he took
it apart and removed its aluminum parts. While disassembling the object on
the family's roof, it exploded, killing him. The object is believed to have
been a mine left behind by the IDF. (Palestine Monitor, Sept. 18)

Three Palestinian children were wounded by fire from Israeli forces at the
refugee camp of Askar near Nablus Sept. 17. Palestinian medical sources
said they were targeted for throwing stones at the IDF. Local residents
said Israeli tanks opened fire on a group of children playing in one of the
streets of the camp. (Xinhua, Sept. 18)

Abdel Salam Samreen, a 12-year old boy from Ramallah, was sent to a shop by
his father to buy cigarettes on Sept. 19, breaking an Israeli-imposed
curfew. A witness reports boys had been throwing stones at an Israeli tank
driving up the road. Abdel Salam left his house without noticing the other
boys or the stone throwing. When he saw the tank, "He ran and tried to hide
behind a wall, and they [the soldiers] started shooting at him," said the
witness, Amar Samir. Samreen was shot six times in the chest, and died. The
army said they'd look into it. Palestine Monitor says his death brings to
342 the number of children killed in the last two years, 11 of them in the
past two weeks. (Palestine Monitor, Sept. 19; The Scotsman, Sept. 20)

Four children, aged 10 to 12, were injured by IDF gunfire near their
clandestine school in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus on Sept. 19. The
alternative education system, called the "Popular Education Program," was
created by local Palestinian authorities and factions so children could go
to school despite the curfew imposed since June 20. There are 38,000 pupils
in the Nablus area. The local Palestinians say the shooting was aimed at
preventing even these underground classes. (AFP, Sept. 19)

Nine-year-old Abdel Salam Sumerin was among a crowd of school children who
defied curfew at El Amari refugee camp in El Bireh Sept. 19. The army used
live fire to disperse the children, killing Sumerin. On Sept. 22, a
Palestinian girl was wounded in Kafr Usserin near Nablus when residents
defied a nearly two-month curfew and confronted Israeli troops. Xinhua
wrote the IDF was "tightening its security curfew on the towns of Ramallah
and Al Beereh and the troops are raiding houses there and opening fire at
anything moving." (Xinhua, Sept. 19; Ha'aretz, Sept. 23)

On Sept. 23, Ewa Jasiewics, 24, of London, a volunteer with the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was observing IDF behavior as
children in Nablus broke curfew to go to school. "An armored personnel car
came and stopped on the left of the street," Jasiewics said. "A soldier
popped up from inside. I saw him with his rifle and he aimed at some kids
on the street. There was no stone-throwing or shooting going on at the
time." In the last month, Jasiewics has witnessed soldiers train their guns
on Palestinians without firing, but this time was different. "This soldier
fired," she said. "I saw [13-year-old] Baha [Albahsh] lying on the ground,
with blood coming out of his chest... I saw blood oozing from his mouth. We
called an ambulance and the ambulance came and took him." Jasiewics said,
"It wasn't accidental. The soldiers decided to kill him." There has been no
official army comment on the incident, but Israeli sources, speaking
anonymously, told AP an army patrol witnessed a child lighting a firebomb
which set him on fire. The sources said there was no gunfire, and that
soldiers saw the burned teen being taken away by ambulance. According to a
doctor at Rafidia hospital in Nablus, Alhbahsh was killed by a bullet which
entered his shoulder and lodged in his chest. (Jerusalem Post, Sept. 23)

Baha was the ISM's guide in Nablus. "I do not think it was a random shot or
a ricochet. The soldiers knew who he was. He had been with the volunteers
since April," Jaseiwicz said. "I think it was from an M-16, not the heavy
machinegun mounted on top. I felt the bullet near me. I looked around and
saw Baha bleeding from the chest. Soon blood was bubbling from his mouth
and he was dead within minutes." (UK Telegraph, Sept. 23)

Two volunteers with International Women's Peace Service (IWPS), Mariam
Bhaba, a Canadian citizen, and Claire Peak, a British national living
permanently in the US, as well as Joan Phelan, an Irish volunteer, quoted
IDF troops in the West bank town of Hares who claimed they fired on
children Sept. 19:

"When we reached the scene we saw one Israeli Army jeep and an Israeli
police jeep stopped on the side of the road. We approached the soldiers and
asked them why they were shooting live ammunition into a residential area.
They replied that 'some children had thrown stones.' We asked them if they
had felt that the 'alleged' throwing of stones had warranted their
responding with live fire [only permissible under the Geneva Conventions as
self defense against clear and immediate threat to life]. The soldiers now
refused to say anything. It is worth pointing out that there was no sign of
any stones in the area around them, nor was there any indication of any
damage to their vehicle or themselves. There were however over 20 spent
bullet casings lying on the road around their feet. We also asked the
soldiers if they thought that they had hit anyone, and if anyone had gone
out to check the area they had been firing into to see if there were any
injured people. Again, they ignored us. We approached the policemen in the
second vehicle, and asked one of them about the shooting. Shimon Dahan
(this was the name later given to me) got out of the jeep denying that
there had been any firing. When we showed him the spent casings at the feet
of the soldiers he proceeded to collect up the casings and throw them away
into the field by the side of the road. Mariam told him that he was
destroying evidence. He became very angry and screamed, 'Yes, I'm
destroying evidence, so what' in her face."

The volunteers' film of the incident was seized, they were arrested, strip
searched, and coerced to agree to leave the West Bank and not return to
Hares, under threat of imprisonment. (www.womenspeacepalestine.org, Sept.
21)(David Bloom)

An indictment in Jerusalem District Court Sept. 18 says three Israeli
security guards, Amal Tarif, 21, Ha'il Fadel, 46, and Mahdhi Abdullah, 21,
shot a Palestinian passerby, Samer Dar Nahla, with no reason while they
were working at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El. The indictment
claims the three men shot Nahla in the back. Right after shooting him, the
guards told their employers (settlement residents) and the IDF that they
were attacked by gunmen on horseback, and returned fire. The settlers then
attacked the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Jelazon. (Xinhua, Sept. 18)
(David Bloom)

Lt.-Col. (res.) Geva Saguy, currently under investigation for torturing a
Palestinian youth and using a Senegalese housekeeper as a human shield, is
still commanding his company. His four immediate subordinate officers, who
wish to leave his company, charge that Saguy held a flaming piece of paper
next to a Palestinian youth's genitals and tried to insert a bottle into
his rectum during an interrogation last April in Bethlehem. They also say
he bravely hid behind the skirts of a Senegalese housekeeper he forced to
perform "neighbor practice," entering the house of an armed Palestinian
militant before Saguy and his soldiers did.

However, two officers who also serve with Saguy said they are willing to
replace the four malcontents. One battalion commander, Lt.-Col. (res.)
Benny Gan-Or, who was with Saguy during the offensive, said "When the
operation was over I felt completely at ease with the way it ran. In fact,
Geva offered the people a sum of money from his own pocket to pay for
damage caused to the home during the search."

Lt.-Col. (res.) Eran was with Saguy the day he reportedly used the
housekeeper as a human shield. "I myself did not witness any verbal or
physical abuse towards those taken into custody. Suspects were led out of
the buildings and grouped outside and handcuffed," he said.

Gan-Or says after he and Eran returned with Saguy to the company command
headquarters, they received reports that border police were hitting
suspects detained earlier. He claims Saguy sprang into action, asking the
two to accompany him in his jeep. The three raced to the site, and
according to the Jerusalem Post, Saguy "admonished the border policemen for
their behavior."

One of the officers who filed the charges against Saguy had a different
recollection of Saguy's return to company command headquarters. "We heard
Geva boasting about what he'd done in the officers' tent," explained one
officer. "At first, we didn't believe him; but we conducted our own inquiry
and the testimony of the soldiers who were there confirmed the story."
(Jerusalem Post, Sept. 23; Ha'aretz, Sept 12, 13) (see WW3 REPORT #51)
(David Bloom)

Effie Eitam, head of the National Religious Party, currently
minister-without-portfolio, has been given the National Infrastructure
Ministry. The new post allows him to oversee Jewish settlement in the
occupied Palestinian territories. According to Yariv Openheimer of Peace
Now, settlement activity is already proceeding so quickly it is hard to see
how Eitam's appointment will make much difference. Eitam is an advocate of
a "transfer" plan in which Palestinians who do not agree to live under
Israel occupation must remove to Jordan. (AP, Sept. 18) (David Bloom)

A Sept. 20 report in the Jordanian newspaper al-Ra'y says Jordan is
refusing to let Israel deport up to 40 Palestinian workers to Amman. The
men carry temporary Jordanian passports, but not permanent ones or national
numbers. Israel claims they are Jordanians working in Israel illegally.
Jordan's acting Foreign Minister Shahir Bak, said Jordan rejects on
principle "deporting Palestinians from their territories and homeland,"
according to Al-Ra'y. Bak asked Israel to return the men to their families
in the West Bank. (BBC, Sept. 21) (David Bloom)

An IDF document exposed by Israeli opposition leader MK Yossi Sarid
(Meretz) says there are 109 "illegal" settlement outposts spread throughout
the West Bank. The is a recent figure compiled by the IDF, Sarid said while
touring outposts. He visited the outpost of Givat Asaf, which he was
promised a year ago would be dismantled in days. Instead, it has expanded
and thrived. Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer claims there are only 69
"illegal" outposts. Sarid told Israel TV Channel 1, "The IDF document talks
of 109 illegal outposts, and I ask: If 109 illegal outposts have been
established within a relatively short of period, isn't this a putsch by the
settlers?" (BBC Monitoring: Israel TV Channel 1, Sept. 19) (David Bloom)

Two homes in Abu Dis, a Palestinian village near east Jerusalem, were
destroyed by the IDF Sept. 18. The homes belonged to the families of
militants who attacked Jerusalem's Ben Yahuda mall ten months ago.
(Jerusalem Post, Sept. 19)

On Sept. 17, Israel demolished part of a low-cost housing project
consisting of 250 houses under construction near Ramallah. Israeli
officials said the homes, being built in the village of Ein Sinia, under
full Israeli control, lacked the proper permits. "They were building the
structures in Area C. The demolition took place after the completion of all
the legal processes," said Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Israeli civil
administration. Mahmud Ziadeh, chief coordinator of the Palestinian
Workers' Federation called the Israeli pretext for destruction "lies" and
said the area was under Palestinian control. He said 34 of the houses,
slated for poor workers, were fully destroyed, not "15 half- built
structures" as Lerner said. The IDF regularly demolishes houses built
without Israeli permits in occupied Palestinian territory. Palestinians say
such permits are rarely granted. (AFP, Sept. 17)

The UN has built houses for about 100 families left homeless in
battle-scarred Rafah, in the Gaza strip. 300 of 530 houses destroyed in
Gaza have been in Rafah. "I'm afraid that this will not be the last house
that I will live in," said Rasmi Awida of his new home. "God save us and
save this new dream." (AP, Sept. 19)

On Sept. 19, the IDF demolished two homes in Abu Dis, on the edge of East
Jerusalem. The homes belonged to families two Palestinian youths who blew
themselves and 11 others up in Jerusalem last December. (Reuters, Sept. 19)

On Sept. 21, the IDF demolished three homes in the West Bank belonging to
the families of Palestinian militants who carried out attacks inside
Israel. The army destroyed two homes in Qalqilyah, belonging to the
families of the perpetrators of the Dolphinarium disco attack in Tel Aviv
last year. Israel also demolished the home of an Islamic Jihad leader in
Qabatya in the West Bank. (Xinhua, Sept. 21) (David Bloom)

The London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Sept. 20 that Dr Ziyad Abu-Amr,
a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and head of its
political department, had publicly called for Palestinian militants to
account for themselves. "How can the fact that the Intifadah has ended up
in the reoccupation of the West Bank be explained, when we had said that it
would lead to liberation?" Abu-Amr told a seminar at the Palestinian
Council for Foreign Relations in Gaza. (BBC, Sept. 20) (David Bloom)


George Bush and Saddam Hussein played a game of brinkmanship last week
which was, alas, no less dangerous for being boringly predictable. First,
on Sept. 16, Baghdad seemed to blink, agreeing to allow UN weapons
inspectors back in "without conditions." But Bush said this not good
enough: "This is not a matter of inspectors. This is about the disarmament
of Iraq's weapons on mass destruction and compliance with all relevant UN
resolutions." Bush called Saddam's move "a tactical step to avoid strong
United Nations Security Council action. It will fail. The UN Security
Council needs to act." (Newsday, Sept. 17)

On Sept. 18, Bush asked Congress for unlimited authority to take whatever
action he sees fit against Iraq, including military force, without further
congressional consultation or approval. In a White House-drafted
resolution, Bush cited "the high risk that the current Iraqi regime" would
use weapons of mass destruction to "launch a surprise attack against the
United States or its armed forces," as well as the possibility it would
turn such weapons over to international terrorists. (Washington Post, Sept.

On Sept. 19, Bush warned the world that he is prepared to act unilaterally:
"If the United Nations Security Council won't deal with the problem, the
United States and some of our friends will." (International Herald Tribune,
Sept. 20)

By then, Saddam was already re-imposing conditions on the supposedly
"conditionless" return of inspectors. Reading a letter from Saddam, Iraq's
Foreign Minister Naji Sabri told the UN that inspectors should return as
part of a comprehensive solution to the crisis, including the lifting of UN
sanctions. More importantly, he said inspectors should "respect
arrangements" on Iraq's sovereignty and security--an implicit warning that
some of Saddam's palaces and other presidential sites could be off limits.
Saddam's statement said that Iraq "is clear of all nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons," and accused the Bush administration of "lies,
distortions, and falsehoods." He said that the US was "acting on behalf of
Zionism which has been killing the heroic people of Palestine, destroying
their property, murdering their children". (UK Independent, Sept. 20)

Ironically, both Bush and Saddam had reached one point of consensus by
week's end--both now oppose a new Security Council resolution to
de-escalate the crisis. On Sept. 21, Baghdad said it opposed any new "bad
resolutions" that would allow access to Saddam's presidential palaces.
(LAT, Sept. 22) A new resolution would also displease the White House
because it would be likely to have one-year deadline. The White House is
holding out for a resolution which will set a short deadline for military
action. (UK Independent, Sept. 19)

The US will also find it hard to control the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq
as it once did because of changes made after the spying scandal. The last
inspection program, known as UNSCOM, was closed down in 1999 after it was
revealed that Washington had used US members of the inspection teams to spy
on Iraq. The new inspection program, known as UNMOVIC, was specifically
designed to reduce Washington's influence. (London Times, Sept. 18)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal joined the chorus of skeptics
who argue that Iraq's green light to UN weapons inspectors would not spare
the Gulf a new war. "I hope the United States will drop plans to launch a
military offensive against Iraq after Baghdad offered to readmit
inspectors," Prince Saud was quoted by the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai Al-Aam.
But he said, "I do not expect the nightmare of war to go away or the region
to be spared catastrophes."

Kuwait's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed al-Sabah
told the paper he did not believe "the crisis between Iraq and the
international community" had been defused. "The world is used to the Iraqi
regime's refusal to comply with UN resolutions until the last minute," said
Sheikh Mohammed, adding he hoped Baghdad was "serious" this time.

Gulf newspapers also warned that the US will likely go ahead with plans to
attack Iraq. "The Iraq issue will not be resolved by Iraq's acceptance of
the return of inspectors. America will seek excuses to apply its hostile
plans," wrote Dubai-based Al-Bayan. Al-Khaleej, a daily in the United Arab
Emirates, echoed Saddam's own line: "Israel, where the real reason for the
US campaign against Iraq lies, considers that Iraq's destruction is vital
to bring about its total superiority in the region. By controlling Iraq,
the Israelis hope to settle a large number of Palestinians there and impose
normalization on all Arabs." The paper added that "all America is at the
service of Israel."

In Iraq itself, the government daily Al-Jumhuriya wrote, "The aggressive
intentions of the United States will not stop with the return of the
inspectors to Iraq," and urged Arabs to "mobilize their capacities to
defend national security." (Daily Star, Lebanon, Sept. 19)

A Sept. 14 editorial in Lebanon's Daily Star expressed disgust at the
cynicism on both sides: "Once again, the Iraqi people stand on the
precipice of catastrophe because their
leaders consistently misinterpret, miscalculate, and misunderstand what
goes on in the outside world. US President George W. Bush has issued what
might be described as a post-dated declaration of war: All he was waiting
for was for Baghdad to reject his terms, and having been granted his wish,
all that remains to be seen is when and how the instrument will be cashed
in... The fear that Bush might still find a pretext to attack Iraq even if
the inspectors do return is a legitimate one, but it is also irrelevant:
The Iraqi government's responsibility right now is to do anything it can to
spare its people more heartache. Future problems can be dealt with as they
come up, but today the priority must be to prevent further loss of life.
Saddam has almost no support outside Iraq and deserves none inside it. If
he truly believes in suicide as a national duty, let him fly a warplane
into one of the so-called 'no-fly zones' above the northern and southern
portions of his county. If not, he should stop asking his long-suffering
people to make endless sacrifices so that he can thumb his nose at the
entire world."

( http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/14_09_02_a.htm)

The 20-page White House document released to make the case for immediate
action against Saddam Hussein is ominously entitled, "A Decade of Deception
and Defiance." It concludes Iraq harbors stockpiles of chemical and
biological weapons, including VX nerve gas and anthrax. Most of the
assertions are attributed to reports by UN inspectors, who were unable to
account for all the bio-chem warheads Iraq had admitted making and disputed
Iraq's claims that the weapons had been destroyed. Other claims are
attributed to Iraqi defectors or surveillance images indicating new
construction in places where Iraq once built weapons. It noted a few
previously undisclosed details--such as a new missile test platform
reportedly built at Iraq's al-Rafah-North facility. "Given the high
priority for knowing what is going on in Iraq, I'm stunned by the lack of
evidence of fresh intelligence," said Gary Milhollin, executive editor of
the DC-based Iraq Watch. "You'd expect that, for the many billions we are
spending on intelligence, they would be able to make factual assertions
that would not have to be footnoted to an open source."

The report also repeats a recent finding by British researchers that Iraq
could likely build a nuclear weapon within a few months--but only if it
managed to acquire enriched uranium from an outside source.

The document's evidence of Iraq's "support for international terrorism" is
a whopping one page--and lacks any reference to al-Qaeda or to the alleged
meeting in Prague between Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta and an Iraqi
intelligence agent (which the CIA has failed to corroborate). The document
says the last terrorist operation by Saddam's regime was the 1993 attempt
to assassinate then-President George H.W. Bush during his visit to Kuwait.
It cites Iraq's shelter of various terrorist groups and says Saddam has
boosted his compensation to families of Palestinian suicide bombers from
$10,000 to $25,000.
"This is a glorified press release that doesn't come close to the
information the US government made available on Soviet military power when
we were trying to explain the Cold War," said Anthony Cordesman, a Middle
East expert who has participated in several top studies of Saddam's
capabilities. "It's clumsy and shallow when what we need is sophisticated
and in-depth...as an overall grade, I'd give it a D-minus." (Washington
Post, Sept. 13)

( http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A10645-2002Sep12?language=printer)

Iraq Watch:  http://www.iraqwatch.org/

Dr. Khidir Hamza, top nuclear researcher at Saddam's Atomic Energy
Establishment until fleeing to the US in 1994, said UN inspectors must have
missed the enriched unranium his program had sequestered. "Inspectors since
1991 have gone to the site to check things out and have walked right past
our locked room where we were working on enrichment," he told the press,
insisting that the program has continued since his defection. Dr Hamza said
a recent report by the International Institute of Strategic Studies had
"missed a few tricks." The report stated: "If, somehow, Iraq were able to
acquire sufficient nuclear material from foreign sources, it could probably
produce nuclear weapons, perhaps in a matter of months." Dr. Hamza now
claims Iraq already has the nuclear materials.

Hamza's claims are vociferously denied by Saddam's officials, including
Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, who told CNN that efforts to acquire nuclear
materials ended over a decade ago. "From the beginning of 1991 the
government had a decision to leave the weapons of mass destruction club,"
he said. "So we presented all we had to UNSCOM [the UN weapons inspectors].
There is nothing. Let them ask the IAEA [International Atomic Energy
Agency]." (London Times, Sept. 16)

( http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-416875,00.html)

On Sept. 7, President Bush cited a satellite photograph and 1998 report by
the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as evidence of Iraq's
nuclear program. "I don't know what more evidence we need," Bush said just
before meeting with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks on ousting
Saddam. "We owe it to future generations to deal with this problem."
However, contrary to Bush's claim, the IAEA report did not say that Iraq
was six months away from developing nuclear capability--only that Iraq had
been six to 24 months away from such capability before 1991's Operation
Desert Storm and the subsequent UN weapons inspections. Questioned by NBC,
a White House official acknowledged that the 1998 report did not say what
Bush claimed. "What happened was, we formed our own conclusions based on
the report," the official said. Meanwhile, IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky
disputed Bush's assessment of the satellite photograph. Contrary to news
service reports, there was no specific photo or building that aroused
suspicions, he told NBC--and the photo was from a commercial satellite
imaging company, not the UN. Gwozdecky said the new construction indicated
in the photograph was no surprise and that no conclusions were drawn from
it. (NBC, Sept. 7)

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz asserted that Baghdad, far from
"supporting terrorism" as President Bush claims, is arming Kurdish leader
Jalal Talabani to fight militants linked to the al-Qaeda terror network in
northern Iraq. Any al-Qaeda "remnants" in Iraq are in the province of
Suleimaniya, which is held by Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
and outside Baghdad's control, Aziz told a Dubai-based TV network. The PUK
leader, whose faction shares control of the US-protected Kurdish enclave in
northern Iraq with the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), sought
Baghdad's aid to fight al-Qaeda-linked armed groups and "we gave him
weapons and equipment," Aziz said.

A PUK spokesman told AFP in May that the extremists are organized under the
umbrella of Ansar al-Islam (Supporters of Islam), which comprises a number
of groupings, such as Jund al-Islam (Soldiers of Islam). They are suspected
of being behind a series of recent attacks in Iraq's Kurdish-controlled
northern enclave. (See WW3 REPORT # 25:  http://ww3report.com/25.html#5iraq)

Aziz rejected charges that Iraq supports terror because it supplies
financial aid to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, saying the
Palestinians were not terrorists but freedom fighters, and Baghdad was
"proud" to help them. (AFP, Sept. 13)

( http://www.arabia.com/afp/news/mideast/article/english/0,10846,287744,00.html)

Meanwhile, Talabani denies receiving aid from Saddam, and some Kurdish
authorities say Saddam is secretly aiding Ansar al-Islam to weaken the PUK.
See WW3 REPORT #47:  http://ww3report.com/47.html#iraq3

Sayyid Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, a Shiite Muslim leader in Iraq
reportedly issued a religious edict urging Muslims to resist any US attack
and calling any collaboration with US forces a sin. In the fatwa, the
cleric is quoted as saying "it is the Muslims' duty, under this critical
situation, to be united and do their best to defend Iraq and protect it
from the plots of the aggressors." Al-Sistani, who has made no public
appearances since he was chosen by his followers in 1996 as spiritual
leader, could not be reached for comment. Iraqi Shiites in exile questioned
whether the fatwa was indeed al-Sistani's or had been issued in his name by
the Iraqi government. A spokesman for the main Shiite opposition group in
exile, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, was skeptical
al-Sistani, who is virtually banned from public
appearances by Iraq's government, had issued the fatwa. "We are not really
sure that this fatwa was made by his eminence because his office has not
issued it," said council spokesman Hamid al-Bayati in Cairo.
Representatives of the council, which is based in Iran, took part in
meetings with US officials in Washington last month on a post-Saddam Iraq.
(AP, Aug. 23)

IMF director Horst Koehler, asked what effect war in Iraq could have on the
world economy, said: "It depends. If it is a rather short-term action, and
if it is contained to Iraq, I think the effect will be minor on the
economics, and there may even be some positive effect because it would be a
clarification of the situation." But he warned that a protracted conflict
with Saddam Hussein would create "unpredictability, and that is the
downside risk." (International Herald Tribune, Sept. 20)

( http://www.iht.com/articles/71256.htm)

Sparking a row on the eve of national elections, Germany's Justice Minister
Herta Daubler-Gmelin told a newspaper: "Bush wants to divert attention from
his domestic problems. Its a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler also
used." Asked to clarify her comments a few days later, she told the paper:
"I didn't compare the persons Bush and Hitler, but their methods." German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroder is a strong critic of Bush's war plans in Iraq.
(NYT, Sept. 20) However, upon Schroder's narrow re-election, Daubler-Gmelin
was pressured not to rejoin the cabinet, and announced she was stepping
down. (AP, Sept. 23)

A map in the Sept. 23 New York Times shows the position and numbers of US
troops which encircle Iraq, waiting for the word to launch aggressive
action. 25,000 mostly Navy troops are on board two battle groups of some
nine ships and 70 aircraft each--one led by the carrier Abraham Lincoln in
the Persian Gulf, the other led by the carrier George Washington in the
Mediterranean. 9,000 Army and Air Force troops and 2,200 Marines are headed
to Kuwait for a "training exercise," and with over 100 tanks, 100 armored
personnel carriers and 80 aircraft arriving ahead of them. 6,600 mostly Air
Force troops with Patriot anti-missile batteries are at Prince Sultan Air
Base in Saudi Arabia. 4,200 Navy troops are at Bahrain, now headquarters of
the Fifth Fleet. 3,300 mostly Army troops and 600 military planners are
being sent from Central Command headquarters in Tampa, FL, to Qatar's
al-Udeid Air Base, where armored brigade equipment is already
pre-positioned. 2,400 mostly Air Force troops and some 24 aircraft are in
place in Oman, and another 500 in the United Arab Emirates. About 1,700 Air
Force troops and 60 aircraft are at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, from where
they enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. 1,900 Air Force troops and
eight B-52 bombers are on the British-controlled island of Diego Garcia in
the Indian Ocean, with B-2 Stealth bombers reportedly on the way.

Confidential WW3 REPORT sources in the military indicate US troops have
already got the word they will be going into Iraq in October or November.


Some 800 US troops--including Special Forces and CIA operatives--have been
stationed in Djibouti, reportedly preparing to intervene against al-Qaeda
elements in nearby Yemen, BBC reports. A large amphibious assault ship,
equipped with helicopters, is also reported to be off Yemen's coast. Sheikh
Abdullah Al-Achmar, speaker of Yemen's parliament, said Yemen does not
oppose US military advisors but will not accept US troops on the ground.

The government of Oman recently handed over 12 al-Qaeda suspects to Yemeni
authorities. The suspects were reportedly Yemeni citizens trying to return
home after fighting in Afghanistan. Yemen is currently holding some 200
suspected al-Qaeda militants. Some of their families have petitioned
Yemen's parliament to have them set free, arguing they are being held
without due cause. (BBC, Sept. 19)

( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2267964.stm)

On Sept. 20, two suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed in a gun-battle
and three others were detained when Yemeni security forces raided several
homes in Sanna. Two members of the security forces were injured in the
firefight in the northern suburbs of the capital city, officials said. A
cache of weapons was reportedly confiscated in the raid. (AP, Sept. 21)

( http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=227718?=e&dir=news)


USA Today reported Sept. 19 that the over 800 U.S. troops now massing in
the Djibouti are poised for action not only across the straits in
Yemen--but also across the border in Somalia. The troops--including Army
Green Berets and a Delta Force "snatch team"--are reportedly preparing to
capture or kill suspected al-Qaeda fugitives in operations coordinated with
CIA paramilitaries. Military action is also being considered in Sudan, US
intelligence officials told the paper.

The CIA and Pentagon have fingered Somalia as an al-Qaeda stronghold since
the Afghanistan campaign began last fall, and the State Department added a
Somalia-based group, al-Itihad al-Islamiya, to its official list of
terrorist organizations in the aftermath of 9-11. But Somalia, which has
been without a functioning central government for over a decade, is
actually home to a profusion of loosely-organized Islamist groups, and
operations against them could prove chaotic. See WW3 REPORT #s 11
( http://ww3report.com/11.html#whosnext3) and 16
( http://ww3report.com/16.html#whosnext1).

Janes Defense Weekly provided an overview of Somali-based factions Jan. 9,
noting that one "leading Islamic group in the country is the Pakistan-based
Tabliq. This group recruits missionaries willing to espouse strict
adherence to the Islam of the Koran. In Somalia, these wandering preachers
have not engaged in any militant activities, and are widely perceived as
something akin to pacifists. In recent weeks, however, they are believed to
have assisted in the recruitment and transportation of volunteers to
Pakistan to help the Taliban."


Hamid Karzai's struggling interim Afghan administration is worried the US
government will be distracted by impending war with Iraq, and pay less
attention to security and economic stabilization in Afghanistan. Foreign
Minister Abdullah, visiting Washington in mid-September, said President
Bush "assured us and reassured us" that Afghanistan will remain on the
front burner. "While there are other major concerns for the United States
like the Middle East, like Iraq, the focus from the campaign against terror
shouldn't be shifted, because that campaign is far from being over,"
Abdullah said. "Our point, at this stage, is that Afghanistan is a test for
the international community, for the United States. Success or failure will
be judged by the whole world and will have its implications." When quizzed
about Iraq, Abdullah, a member of the Tajik-dominated Northern Alliance and
long viewed as being close to Russia, said he thought Saddam Hussein's
surprising offer to allow weapons inspections was just another stalling
tactic which does not take into account the need for full compliance with
UN resolutions. (AP, Sept. 18) (David Bloom)

Special Forces troops at the US military outpost in Lwara, in Paktia
province, were targeted by six rockets and small arms fire Sept. 20. US
forces responded with mortars, and an A-10 Thunderbolt fighter plane
dropped four 250-lb bombs. No US casualties were reported. Such attacks
have become almost daily occurrences in eastern and southern Afghanistan.
What was unusual about this attack is that the attackers stayed around to
fight; usually, they just hit and run. But the US military played down this
fact. "We have had continued contact with people that we believe to be
either members of al-Qaeda or people who still support al Qaeda," said US
military spokesman, Col. Roger King. "They are relatively uncoordinated and
ineffective." (CBS, Sept. 20) (David Bloom)

The State Department plans to hire a private contractor to help protect
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, phasing out Pentagon Special
Operations troops now assigned to the mission. The plan has come under fire
from some Congressmen who argue that protecting Karzai is too important to
be entrusted to a private contractor. Two members of Karzai's cabinet have
been murdered this year and the president himself was the target of an
assassination attempt earlier this month.

In a letter to the State Department and the Pentagon, Reps. Henry Hyde
(R-IL), and Tom Lantos (D-CA), urged the two departments to combine forces
to protect Karzai
rather than hire a private company. But State Department spokesman Richard
A. Boucher said: "Diplomatic Security Service is a civilian law enforcement
and security service. It operates in an environment where the rule of law
governs; that is not necessarily the situation in Afghanistan."

One firm the State Department is considering contracting is DynCorp of
Reston, VA, which already has numerous government contracts--including ones
for recruitment of
retired police officers for UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and
supplying pilots for US-financed aerial herbicide spraying in Colombia.

A former employee of a DynCorp unit sued the company last year, claiming
she had been unfairly fired after complaining that UN police officers and
DynCorp employees frequented brothels in Bosnia at a time when the UN was
officially attempting to eliminate prostitution rings. A court in the UK
ruled in her favor last month. DynCorp has said it fired her for
misconduct. (NYT, Sept. 9)

( link to www.nytimes.com

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on a tour of the Middle East
following a mayors' conference in Greece, stopped in for a two-hour visit
at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base Sept. 21, where he handed out NYPD caps to
the GIs and engaged in other such photo stunts. Over dinner, he gave Lt.
Gen. Dan McNeill, top US commander in Afghanistan, a symbolic set of keys
to the New York City. Bloomberg and his daughter Emma were both asked to
wear camouflage flak jackets before they got off the plane. Said Bloomberg:
"Hopefully nobody will shoot at me so I do not need it, but it makes good
TV is nothing else." In a gesture of touching sensitivity to the country's
Muslim inhabitants, the dinner menu featured pork strips and ham. (Newsday,
Sept. 23)

Pakistani police arrested seven suspected Islamic militants in Karachi, one
of whom is said to have masterminded two deadly suicide attacks in the
city. Police say Sharib Zubair is wanted in connection with a bomb attack
on Karachi's Sheraton Hotel in May, which killed 11 French nationals and
three Pakistanis, and a blast outside the US consulate in June, which took
12 lives. Zubair is said to belong to Harkat-ul Mujahideen al-Alaami, an
offshoot of Harkat-ul Mujahideen, one of the main guerrilla groups fighting
Indian rule in the disputed region of Kashmir. Three Harkat-ul Mujahideen
al-Alaami members are already on trial over the US consulate attack.
Authorities said Sharib Zubair and another of the arrested men, Mufti
Zubair, had installed a rocket launcher on the rooftop of their apartment

A top police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said security
forces also arrested two militants suspected of planning to assassinate
Pakistan's ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. The two men are also believed to
be members of Harkat-ul Mujahideen al-Alaami.

The arrests come just a week after about a dozen foreigners, including 9-11
suspect Ramzi Binalshibh, were also detained in Karachi. Last week
intelligence officials from the US and Pakistan began their interrogation
of Binalshibh, who is accused of being a key planner of the 9-11 attacks.
The suspected leading al-Qaeda militant was caught after a shootout in
Karachi. (BBC, Sept. 18)

( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2266956.stm)


Press accounts this week indicate that four of the five permanent members
of the UN Security Council are now expected to support a resolution that
would give Saddam Hussein just weeks to open Iraq to weapons inspectors or
face military action. France and Russia, in separate statements to the UN
last weekend, signaled their willingness to side with the US and UK on the
Iraq resolution. The other permanent member, China, is unlikely to support
the resolution--but is also now considered unlikely to veto it. (The Age,
Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 16)

( http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/09/15/1032054711520.html)

The turn-around by previously intransigent Russia and China follows
intensive telephone diplomacy between Bush and his counter-parts in Moscow
and Beijing. (See WW3 REPORT # 51:  http://ww3report.com/#iraq5)

Officially unrelated but simultaneous developments point to the likely
substance of those phone calls: a quid-pro-quo in which Moscow and Beijing
agree to give the US a free hand against Iraq in return for being granted a
free hand against nations within their own influence spheres--specifically
Georgia in the post-Soviet Caucasus and Uighurstan in China's far west.

FBI officials issued a bulletin Sept. 18 warning of an al-Qaeda plot to
hijack an airliner in the US using Muslim extremists of non-Arabic
appearance--specifically Chechens. "Purportedly, al-Qaeda members have
discussed using Chechen Muslims affiliated with al-Qaeda but already
present in the US for such operations in order to avoid security scrutiny
at airports," the bulletin said. "Once aboard the aircraft as many as 10 or
20 hijackers seated in first class would overwhelm the crew and seize
control." (LAT, Sept. 19)

( http://www.latimes.com/la-na-alert19sep19(0,7668349).story)

The following day, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz warned that
Chechen terrorists linked to al-Qaeda are training in Georgia. "There are
countries like Yemen and Georgia, where we know there are active
terrorists, not just training camps," Wolfowitz told a joint hearing of the
House and Senate intelligence committees investigating the 9-11 attacks.
"Training camps, yes, but also people plotting and doing plots. And we are
working actively in different ways with both of those governments to get
actionable intelligence," he said.

Wolfowitz was responding to a question from Senate Intelligence Committee
Chair Bob Graham about why training camps outside Afghanistan, which might
be producing the "next generation of terrorists," have not been targeted in
Washington's "war on terrorism." Moscow is threatening military
intervention against Chechen guerillas who have reportedly taken refuge in
Georgia. (Reuters, Sept. 19)

On Sept. 12, the same day President Bush made his appeal at the UN for
military action against Iraq, Russia's President Vladimir Putin made his
own appeal for the UN to support Moscow's threats of military action
against Georgia--"In words echoing the language of the Bush anti-terrorist
campaign," the New York Times wrote.

In a letter to the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, and the four other
permanent Security Council members, Putin accused Georgia of a "grievous
failure" to comply with a UN resolution to combat international terrorism.
He repeated his warning that Russia will attack unless Georgia cracks down
on Chechen guerillas operating from its territory. Putin said that
Georgia's harboring of Chechen rebels gives Russia the right to act in
self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter as well as the
antiterrorism resolution passed last year after 9-11. "If the Georgian
leadership does not take concrete actions to destroy the terrorists, and
bandit sorties continue from its territory," Putin wrote, "Russia, acting
strictly under international law, will take adequate measures to oppose the
terrorist threat."

The US issued requisite condemnations of Putin's claims, but neither of the
two State Department functionaries quoted by the Times were even of
sufficient weight to be mentioned by name. "We take strong exception to
statements yesterday by President Putin threatening unilateral action
against Chechen targets on Georgian territory," one anonymous State
Department spokesman said. Another, reportedly part of Secretary Colin
Powell's delegation in New York, echoed that response. "The Pankisi Gorge
is in Georgia, and thus is a Georgian issue," he said, referring to the
canyon where the Chechens are said to have taken refuge. (NYT, Sept. 13)

( link to www.nytimes.com

See also "Putin Ultimatum to Georgia," WW3 REPORT #51:

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, on a trip to Washington, told TV
reporters that Moscow is prepared to launch preventive strikes on militants
in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge--and that he will present US officials with
evidence of a terrorist presence on Russia's southern border. "If we see
that bandits are headed in our direction and only 10 to 15 kilometers are
left before the border, should we wait for them to cross the border, kill
someone and disperse?" said Ivanov. "Naturally, in this situation we will
take a preventive action to protect our security and lives of our
citizens." Ivanov, in Washington with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, said he
would use meetings with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of
State Colin Powell to provide "tons of proof" of terrorist activity in

Ivanov's statement drew an immediate angry response from Georgia. Dzhemal
Gakhokidze, deputy chief of President Eduard Shevardnadze's Security
Council, warned that a Russian operation in Georgia would amount to an
"aggression and an international crime." (The Moscow Times, Sept. 20)

( http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/09/20/001.html)

Iraq's proven reserves of crude oil total 112 billion barrels--the largest
in the world outside Saudi Arabia. US war planners are making little effort
to disguise their use of this oil as a bargaining chip to build their
coalition against Sadam Hussein. "It's pretty straightforward," said ex-CIA
director James Woolsey, a leading advocate of forcing Saddam from power.
"France and Russia have oil companies and interests in Iraq. They should be
told that if they are of assistance in moving Iraq toward decent
government, we'll do the best we can to ensure that the new government and
American companies work closely with them."

The Iraqi National Congress, the opposition umbrella organization which has
won sponsorship from the White House, seems at least partially sold on this
agenda. "We will review all these agreements, definitely," said Faisal
Qaragholi, a petroleum engineer who directs the INC's London office. "Our
oil policies should be decided by a government in Iraq elected by the
people." INC leader Ahmed Chalabi went further, saying he favored creation
of a US-led consortium to develop Iraq's oil fields, which have
deteriorated under more than a decade of sanctions. "American companies
will have a big shot at Iraqi oil," Chalabi said. (International Herald
Tribune, Sept. 16)

( http://www.iht.com/articles/70789.htm)

Russia has substantial interests in Iraq, and stands to lose a great deal
if the post-Saddam order is not favorable to Moscow. Iraqi oil traded in a
UN oil-for-food program brings Russian companies a $4 billion annual
windfall. Iraq owes Russia up to $9 billion in Soviet-era debt, which
Moscow hopes to one day collect. And Russia and Iraq have been discussing a
new five-year economic cooperation program worth $40 billion. (Moscow
Times, Sept. 13)

( http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/09/13/012.html)

The Los Angeles Times reported blatantly on the horse-trading behind the US
coalition-building for the pending military campaign against Iraq: "US
officials expect the Turks to ask for weapons and debt relief, the Russians
and French for access to Iraqi oilfield business, the Qataris for cash to
build an air base, and the Jordanians for guarantees of oil and trade.
Officials expect many other countries to join the horse trading, and
predict that they won't be shy."

"Countries in the Middle East take the bazaari approach," said Danielle
Pletka, a former Senate aide now with the American Enterprise Institute for
Public Policy Research. "Once they know we want to buy... the sky's the
limit." (LAT, Sept. 13)

( http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-bazaar13sep13.story)

The Iraq strategy reportedly favored by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
Wolfowitz calls for the US to seize Iraqi oilfields and sell the oil to
fund the war effort. (See "Is Baghdad Next?", WW3 REPORT #4:

The August addition of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) to the
State Department terrorist list is hailed as a victory by Beijing but
protested as a betrayal by Uighur exiles and dissidents from China's remote
Xinjiang province. ETIM is one of several small, militant groups seeking
independence for the region of East Turkestan or Uighurstan, as the Muslim
and Turkic native Uighur people call it. "This listing was a sop to the
Chinese, giving them a lot of face," said Dru Gladney, an expert on China's
Muslims at the University of Hawaii, asserting that there is no reason to
single out ETIM, and that violence in the region is rooted in Chinese
tyranny and colonization of Uighur lands. "Is it worth alienating an entire
people in order to achieve short-term gains?" he asked. Erkin Dolat, editor
for the Uighur Information Agency, a DC-based exile group, said the State
Department move "is disastrous to the Uighur freedom movement" and had
"opened the floodgates of Chinese persecution."

Last week the US also joined China in persuading the UN to add ETIM to its
global terror watch list. Announcing the UN designation in Washington,
State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said: "The East Turkestan
Islamic Movement is a violent group believed responsible for committing
numerous acts of terrorism in China, including bombings of buses, movie
theaters, department stores, markets and hotels; assassination; and arson."
(NYT, Sept. 13)

( http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/13/international/asia/13CHIN.html?pagewanted=pri

Uighur Information Agency:  http://www.uyghurinfo.com/

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan hailed the listing of ETIM at
the UN. "This is an encouraging result from China's cooperation with the
United States and other countries in fighting terrorism," he was quoted by
China's official Xinhua news agency. (Jang, Pakistan, Sept. 13)

( http://jang.com.pk/thenews/sep2002-daily/13-09-2002/world/w5.htm)

See also "Uighur Separatists Make Terror List," WW3 REPORT #49:

According to some reports, al-Qaeda itself was among the cards Beijing
played to win US support for repression in Xinjiang/Uighurstan. A spate of
recent reports of China arming al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and
Afghanistan pointed to a division within Beijing's policy. On one hand, a
close alliance with Pakistani intelligence meant embracing Islamabad's
policy of grooming militant Muslim groups as proxies against their mutual
enemy India. On the other hand, Beijing feared the contagion spreading into
Chinese territory--and claimed that Uighur militants had been trained by
the Taliban/al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Was Beijing allowing Uighur militants
to filter into Afghanistan--and even arming them--to spook the US into
giving a green light for repression?

See also: "Osama Alive, in Afghanistan?", WW3 REPORT # 49
( http://ww3report.com/49.html#afghan6), "Al-Qaeda Regrouping in Pakistan
for Afghan Attack," WW3 REPORT #46 ( http://ww3report.com/46.html#afghan1)

The Saudi-run pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reports that the US is offering
Turkey billions of dollars in aid if it agrees to support military action
against Iraq, and open its territory as a staging ground. The paper quotes
Turkish Foreign Ministry sources as saying the offer was discussed during
recent talks in Washington and New York on the future of northern Iraq. The
US reportedly proposed "compensating" the Turks to the tune of $10 billion,
plus new weapons sales. In return, the US would be allowed to set up an
"air bridge" between Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey and Kurdish
northern Iraq, where large numbers of US troops would be landed. Al-Hayat
notes reports in the Turkish press that Washington has suggested that US
forces occupy the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk to allay
Turkish fears that the Iraqi Kurds might take control of them in the event
of war. Turkey also reportedly asked the US for support on the Cyprus
question as part of the quid pro quo. Al-Hayat also says Turkey is
positioning itself to play a greater role in post-Saddam Iraq by hosting
its first-ever meeting of Iraqi opposition parties for a seminar on the
future of northern Iraq Sept. 26. (Daily Star, Lebanon, Sept. 21)

( http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/PressReview/21_09_02/PR2.htm)

See also: "Kurds Pledge to Resist Turkish Designs on Their Homeland," WW3
REPORT #48:  http://ww3report.com/48.html#iraq1


State assembly elections in the contested Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir
began on Sept. 12 and are expected to continue through mid-October, divided
into four phases due to the threat of violence. The elections are seen as
conferring legitimacy on Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir--but are
contested as an illegitimate imposition by both the armed resistance
movements and much of the civil opposition.

On Sept. 21, the eve of the second round, violence erupted in Srinagar
where militants attacked the houses of two candidates, a polling station
and security personnel, leaving two dead and some 25 injured. The Indian
Army responded with a massive operation to end attempts by militant groups
to disrupt the elections. Nine militants and three children were killed in
Army operations over the following two days. (Times of India, Sept, 23)

Rights organizations also claimed force was used to undermine a boycott of
the elections. The Coalition of Civil Society, in its report on the
fairness of the first round, stated that widespread coercion was used by
security forces to make people cast votes. The Coalition sent out four
teams who covered about 100 polling stations, reporting several eye-witness
accounts of security forces pressuring village mosques to make
announcements urging villagers to vote. Threats of violence were also
reportedly used to order villagers to the polls. (Kashmir Times, Sept. 23)

Ahmad Mir, acting chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front--part
of the 23-member separatist coalition, All Parties Hurriyat Conference
(APHC)--stated that in the face of harassment and intimidation at the hands
of armed Indian forces, the international community's appeal to Kashmiris
to exercise their franchise was an insult. Had the world taken action in
1947, he stated, the Kashmir problem would never have arisen. "But the
international community and United Nations are mute spectators. And this
has caused a real problem. If we would have rich oil resources, all the
global powers would have stepped in to solve this tangle for their vested
interests." (Kashmir Times, Sept. 22)

APHC leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, speaking to US State Department
representatives, said his movement would consider an alternative to
Kashmiri independence in the form of greater autonomy from both India and
Pakistan (which controls the northern half of the divided region). However,
this "alternative negotiated settlement" would be possible only if both
nations opened dialogue with local parties about the "fundamental issues"
concerning Kashmir. (Times of India, Sept. 23)

While the APHC consists of both organizations which support independence
for Kashmir as well as those which advocate union with Pakistan, the rival
Jammu State Morcha party (linked to India's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP)
supports a third option--"trifurcation," or division of the state into
Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh based on religion. Jammu's Hindu pandits or holy
men are the BJP's largest constituency of voters in Kashmir. They were
historically subject to religious discrimination, and are now advocating
for a Hindu-majority Indian state of Jammu. Kashmir valley, with a
predominant Muslim population, and Laddakh with its large Buddhist
population, would form their own states. While the BJP has denied J&K's
autonomy--let alone independence--the local Hindu right's support for
"trifucation" has created a dilemma for New Delhi. (Times of India, Sept.

The Jammu-Kashmir People's Movement, an APHC member, issued a statement
Sept. 22 demanding the release of all detained APHC activists and calling
upon India, Pakistan and Kashmiri political parties to engage in a
tripartite dialogue on the future of Kashmir. The aspirations of the
Kashmiri people, it stated, could not be dulled by the human rights
violations they have been subject to at the hands of both Indian security
forces and militants backed by Pakistan.

Similar statements were made by Kashmir Peace Network, a group of Indian
and Pakistani activists in New York City who protested BJP Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit Sept. 13. Shubh Mathur, an anthropologist from
India said, "Since 1989, Kashmir has been occupied by more than 700,000
troops from various Indian forces, stifling freedom of expression,
assembly, press, and religious freedom. So long as this occupation
continues, there will be no free elections in Kashmir."

(Subuhi Jiwani)


21 have been arrested in Singapore on suspicion of links to international
terrorism, authorities announced Sept. 16, claiming some had received
military training at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. The arrests, made in
August, but only announced now, mark Singapore's second major sweep against
al-Qaeda suspects. In January, over a dozen suspected al-Qaeda operatives
were detained. Both times those arrested were said to belong to the group
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). "These latest arrests have seriously disrupted the
JI network in Singapore," the government statement said, claiming the group
was planning attacks against US interests in Singapore. One plan reportedly
involved blowing up a bus carrying US personnel between a naval base and a
local underground station. US naval vessels off Singapore were also being
targeted for bombing, the statement said. The suspects, all said to be
citizens of Singapore, can be held indefinitely under the terms of
Singapore's Internal Security Act. (BBC, Sept. 16)

( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2261182.stm)


The Sept. 13 arrest of five men in Lackawanna, NY, a working-class suburb
of Buffalo, was billed as the first-ever bust of al-Qaeda terrorists on US
soil. The day after the arrests, the FBI held a highly-choreographed press
conference in Buffalo, with maps of both Afghanistan and the Lackawanna
neighborhood where the five suspects lived posted near the podium. New York
Gov. George Pataki, now running for re-election, was the first at the
microphone, asserting that the five suspects "trained at al-Qaeda camps"
and heard Osama bin Laden speak. Next up was FBI Special Agent Peter
Ahearn, who reported that no weapons were found and there was no evidence
linking the suspects to any specific plans or actions. The entire case
against the five men--all US citizens--consists of the fact that they
allegedly, while on a pilgrimage to study Islam in Pakistan, took a side
trip to Afghanistan and visited what the US media later dubbed the
"al-Farooq terrorist training camp." The trip took place before the 9-11
attacks, when it was legal to travel to Afghanistan (and when US oil
companies were still schmoozing the Taliban for pipeline rights). While the
five are charged with "providing material support or resources to
designated terrorist organizations," Ahearn could not be specific as to
what resources the men provided or if there was any further evidence that
would be forthcoming. He did, however, leave the door open to more charges,
saying the investigation was still in progress.

Buffalo writer Michael I. Niman points out that there is little substance
behind the FBI hype and media feeding frenzy: "On the surface, the five
Lackawanna men don't fit any existing profile of a terrorist. Four are
native-born Americans and graduates of Lackawanna High School, where one of
them, according to The Buffalo News, was voted by his graduating class as
the 'friendliest' senior. The fifth is a naturalized American citizen. Four
have wives; three of them are fathers. One is the son of a former
autoworker and UAW member. One is a student at a local community college.
They are all registered voters enrolled in the Democratic Party. At least
one, according to the News, is an avid Bills football fan. They come from a
small, depressed, post-industrial city whose economy and geography [were]
dominated by the now bankrupt Bethlehem Steel Corporation. They hung with a
crew of hip young Yemeni-Americans whose hip-hop style of dress was clearly
more influenced by MTV than by Islamic law... The FBI has not yet presented
any evidence, argument or charges that would indicate the Lackawanna men
constituted a 'terrorist cell' as alleged by the Justice Department and
countless newspaper headlines. The FBI's press release, while crediting the
17 law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and giving the
names and addresses of the suspects and a list of the properties that they
searched, offers no incriminating information other than alleging the men
visited the al-Farooq camp, and, 'While present, Usama [sic] bin Laden
spoke to all camp participants including the five for whom arrest warrants
have been issued.' This, it appears, was their crime--hearing Osama bin
Laden speak. This earned a Sunday headline in the Buffalo News proclaiming,
'Lackawanna Men Present as Bin Laden Urged Terror.' The same paper
previously reported that, 'The suspects are believed to have had contact
with those involved in the September 11 attacks on the United States.' This
presumably refers to their alleged presence at al-Farooq when bin Laden
spoke, but implies a much more sinister connection than the current charges

While conceding that "it's premature to dismiss these arrests as being
politically motivated," Niman notes: "The FBI's Buffalo press conference
itself seemed more like a Republican Party function than a federal law
enforcement event, as a host of elected Republican officials, such as
Congressman Tom Reynolds, who represents a district to the north of
Buffalo, jockeyed for photo-ops. The Buffalo area is overwhelmingly
Democratic, with not a single Republican elected to office in Buffalo's
city government, yet no prominent local elected Democrats appeared at the
press conference."

Niman also writes that local politicians have been quick to exploit the
xenophobic backlash to the arrests, "with Buffalo City Council member
Charley Fisher III having told supporters that a new mosque is actually a
Buffalo-based paramilitary terrorist training camp. Followers of Fisher
have urged a boycott of Arab-American owned businesses, which they claim
are funding al-Qaeda. Fisher, formerly dismissed as a crank by his council
peers after alleging al-Qaeda ties to local Arab-American run businesses,
has suddenly, in the eyes of many of his constituents, been vindicated."

(Michael I. Niman for AlterNet, Sept. 16)

( http://athena.tbwt.com/content/article.asp?articleid=1566)

Authorities in Florida admitted they got it wrong when they detained three
Muslim men for 17 hours on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks. Police
originally said the three medical students--all US citizens of Middle
Eastern background--had been overheard in a diner plotting an attack,
before driving off at high speed through toll booths without paying. Now
authorities admit their alleged conversation was a false alarm and that
video footage shows they did in fact stop and pay the toll. Meanwhile, some
600 police were mobilized to the area, shutting down Interstate 75, also
known as the Everglades Parkway or "Alligator Alley." National TV broadcast
live footage of the suspects' two cars being searched by bomb-sniffing dogs
and a remote-controlled robot. A bag was removed from one of the vehicles
and blown up, but nothing was found and the men were released without
charge. (NBC, Sept. 13)

The incident began when police received a call Sept. 12 from a woman who
had overheard the men talking at a Shoney's Restaurant in Calhoun, GA. The
woman, Eunice Stone, said she heard the men say they would "make America
cry on Sept. 13," and "If we don't have enough to bring it down, I have
contacts." A BOLO alert (be-on-the-lookout) went out to police in Georgia
and neighboring states, and the men were stopped on I-75 the following
morning. A report in the Sept. 13 Miami Herald indicated the three men--of
Lebanese, Jordanian and an Iranian descent--were playing a sarcastic trick
on a patron at the restaurant who they believed was eyeing them
suspiciously because of their ethnicity.

The family of one of the men, Ayman Gheith, 27, condemned the stop as
racial profiling at a televised press conference in suburban Palos Hills,
IL. Ayman's sister Hana Gheith said he wouldn't have joked about terrorism.
''I know for a fact that he would not do anything like that,'' she said.
"He's a good man.'' But Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said "If this was a hoax, my
hope is these people would be prosecuted.''

( http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/4068519.htm)

Ayman Gheith said Stone was "flat out lying" and said they had only been
discussing their trip to Miami. But Florida's Larkin Community Hospital,
where the three men were headed to begin an internship, reports that since
the incident it has received an overwhelming amount of "threatening,
ethnic, racial e-mails [and phone calls] directed at Muslim-Americans." The
hospital has cancelled their internship. (CNN, Sept. 15)

( http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/09/15/fla.terror.students/index.html)

Nasir Ali Mubarak, a California resident who was deported to Pakistan in
August, was detained upon arrival in Islamabad and is now missing,
according to his attorney in San Francisco. Attorney Mark Van Der Hout says
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) told him that Mubarak and
two INS agents accompanying him were met at Islamabad's airport by men in
plain clothes who said they were Pakistani officials. Mubarak was driven
away; the INS agents were told he was being taken to a detention center.
Mubarak's family fears he is being tortured, and has contacted Amnesty
International. No evidence linked Mubarak to terrorism, and he was ordered
deported only for overstaying his 1991 student visa. After being held in
federal custody for 10 weeks without bail, Mubarak accepted deportation on
Aug. 20. He planned to travel from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates.
(San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 12)

(from Immigration News Briefs, Sept. 13:  http://ww3report.com/inb.html)

Egyptian immigrant Hady Hassan Omar filed a $1 million suit in federal
court in Alexandria, LA, claiming he was mistreated while in US custody.
Omar was detained by the FBI at his mother-in-law's Arkansas home Sept. 12,
2001, because he had purchased an airline ticket with the same Kinko's
computer as one of the 9-11 hijackers. He was not charged with a crime, but
the INS held him on an alleged immigration violation. Omar's wife--a US
citizen--and the attorney she hired were not told of his whereabouts for
two weeks after his arrest. Omar was released on bond in November after 73
days in custody, mostly at a Louisiana detainment center. He claims he was
subjected to body-cavity searches and round-the-clock video surveillance,
was ridiculed by guards and not allowed to pray or eat according to Islamic
traditions. He reports that at one point he was forced to urinate on
himself because he was denied access to a bathroom. (San Francisco
Chronicle, Washington Post, Sept. 10)

(from Immigration News Briefs, Sept. 20:  http://ww3report.com/inb.html)

On Aug. 16, INS Commissioner James W. Ziglar announced his resignation. He
is expected to stay on through the fall to help the INS merge into a new
"Homeland Security" agency to be created by Congress. Angela Kelley of the
National Immigration Forum, a rights advocacy group, called Ziglar a "calm
and sensible voice within the Department of Justice, pushing back when
certain others wanted to put unreasonable and uncalled for pressure on
immigrant communities across the country in the name of counter-terrorism."
Administration sources denied Ziglar was being pushed out. He plans to take
a job in the private sector. (Washington Post, Aug. 17)

(from Immigration News Briefs, Sept. 20:  http://ww3report.com/inb.html)

The Kesbehs, a Palestinian family of nine, pleaded with the government,
took their case to the public and even asked Congress to pass a special law
allowing them to stay. But on Sept. 13, the Kesbehs were ordered pack their
belongings--a maximum 40 pounds per person--and prepare for deportation to
Jordan. The Kesbehs came to the US in 1991, and later applied for asylum.
The application was denied, and the family was ordered deported. The
Kesbehs decided to stay anyway, and the father, Sharif, established a flag
distribution business in Houston while the seven children excelled in
school. They came to the attention of the authorities in the post-9-11
sweeps. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a special bill that would
have allowed the Kesbehs to stay in the US legally, but it had not been
approved by the time the deportation orders arrived. The government said
last December that at least 314,000 people have received deportation orders
and decided to stay as fugitives. Officials vow to search them down.
(Houston Chronicle, Sept. 14)

A Sept. 5 Information Bulletin from the FBI's National Infrastructure
Protection Center noted that "no specific and credible information"
indicated plans for a terrorist attack on the 9-11 commemoration in New
York or the simultaneous UN General Assembly meeting. But it did encourage
citizens to rat out anti-globalization activists who will be converging on
Washington DC for protests against the World Bank and IMF at the end of the

"With respect to the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
annual meeting in Washington, DC during the period September 25-29th,
protest organizers have said that they expect thousands to turn out near
the Washington headquarters of these global financial institutions. A loose
alliance of left-wing groups--environmental, human rights and debt-relief,
etc.--are organizing the protest. It is expected that some individuals plan
to engage in criminal activity aimed at disrupting the meeting and drawing
attention to their cause. Prior protests against the IMF and WB in
Washington, DC were disruptive and resulted in limited clashes with police,
and property damage to businesses. Historically, tiny contingents of
individuals associated with the protests belonged to violent groups. Those
groups have a history of causing property damage to entities perceived to
represent capitalism such as banks, fast food restaurants, and
multinational corporations.

"The NIPC encourages individuals to report information concerning
suspicious activity to their local FBI office,
 http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm the NIPC, or to other appropriate
authorities. Individuals may report incidents online at
 http://www.nipc.gov/incident/cirr.htm, and can reach the NIPC Watch and
Warning Unit at (202) 323-3205, 1-888-585-9078, or  nipc.watch@fbi.gov."

The white separatist National Alliance distributed thousands of leaflets
across the country blaming the 9-11 attacks on US support of Israel. More
than 130,000 fliers were distributed during the weeklong campaign which
ended Sept. 11, the one-year anniversary of the attacks and the birthday of
the late National Alliance founder William Pierce, said Billy Roper,
"deputy membership coordinator" for the West Virginia-based organization.
Roper said fliers were distributed in at least 23 states and Canada.
Targeted cities included Denver, Houston, Chicago, Boston and Detroit.
While authorities said the leafleting couldn't be classified as "hate
crimes" because the flyers contained no overt anti-Semitism, Jewish leaders
noted that the leafleting campaign coincided with the High Holy Days. (AP,
Sept. 12)

Meanwhile, communities in Boston reported leaflet drops by the
Illinois-based World Church of the Creator, run by Matt Hale--which won
headlines two years ago when a self-proclaimed follower, Benjamin Smith,
went on a racially-motivated shooting spree across the Midwest, killing two
and wounding nine. The leaflets, left in the West Roxbury neighborhood,
showed a picture of Osama bin Laden in the cross-hairs of a rifle and read:
''Don't let this happen again! Stop Non-White Immigration!'' (Boston Globe,
Sept. 28)

Although it received no coverage in New York's mainstream press, the city's
Pakistani immigrant press reported on a resurgence of anti-Muslim hate
crimes in the metro area around the anniversary of the 9-11 disaster. The
weekend before Sept. 11, Mahmooda Malik, a Pakistani woman, and her
15-year-old son Gibran were attacked by three white men as they were
walking home after closing their Long Island restaurant at 11:45 PM.
Police, who arrested two of the men, said they told Malik and her son they
were terrorists, partners of Osama bin Laden and responsible for the WTC
collapse. Police also said a group on onlookers cheered on the attackers.
Hearing Mahmooda's cries for help, her husband, who was closing up their
restaurant called the police, who made arrests when two of the three
fleeing men returned to collect a pair of glasses they had accidentally
dropped at the scene. The two were released the next day on $100 bail.

That same weekend, Maulana Shah Wazir Khan, a Muslim cleric and yellow
cabbie, was driving towards the Queensboro Bridge when he was surrounded by
motorcyclists. Forced to stop, Khan was pulled out of his cab by two men
and a woman, who began beating him. A passing police patrol saw the
incident, intervened and arrested the attackers. Khan was taken to
Bellevue Hospital and discharged the next morning. Khan also reported that
two weeks earlier, Khan had experienced racially motivated violence when
three white men entered his cab as passengers and attacked him. The attack
began as Khan approached a gas station; the passengers fled just as he
pulled into it. (Sada-e-Pakistan NY, Sept. 12, trans. from Urdu by Rehan
Ansari for Voices that Must be Heard: The Best of New York's Ethnic and
Immigrant Press, Independent Press Association)

( http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=348#top)

In a nationwide survey of hate-based violence against South Asians, Arabs
and Muslims conducted after 9-11, the Council on American Islamic Relations
reported a total of 1,452 such incidents from Sept. 11 to Dec. 6, 2001.
Three people were killed, including one Sikh man. Attacks on Sikhs
(apparently believed to be Muslims) were reported in New York, Texas and
Arizona. Twelve arson attacks against mosques were reported to police,
including three in the New York area. While bias-related attacks and crimes
were committed mostly in the first months after 9-11, and their number fell
through December 2001, the incidents of last weekend continue to display
what Barbara A. Sycili, head of the NYPD Hate Crimes Division, called a
continuing malicious attitude towards Muslims in the US. (Weekly Thikana,
28 December 2002, translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser, for Voices
that Must be Heard: The Best of New Yorkís Ethnic and Immigrant Press,
Independent Press Association)

(Subuhi Jiwani)

15-year-old Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School in West
Virginia after 9-11 when she repeatedly came to class wearing radical and
anti-war t-shirts--such as one reading: "I pledge the grievance to the flag
Of the United State of America, and to the Republicans whom I can't stand,
one nation under smog, in-despicable, with liberty and justice for some,
not all." Some students allegedly threatened to give Katie a taste of "West
Virginia justice." Principal Forrest Mann, suspended Katie for three days
and forbade her to wear the controversial shirts. Mann also denied Katie's
request to start an "Anarchy Club." Katie contacted the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), which took up her cause. She filed a suit against
the school district and Mann, asserting it was her First Amendment right to
dress as she liked, express her political views and start the club. The
suit asked that the school erase the suspension from her record, but
demanded only a symbolic $1 in damages.

Katie wrote a Constitution and Manifesto for the Anarchy Club. "This
anarchist club will not tolerate hate or violence," says her Manifesto. "It
is our final goal to dispel myths about anarchism, especially the belief
that anarchy is chaos and destruction." Forrest Mann apparently did not
look at her literature before issuing his decision not to permit the club.
Katie asked him to read the documents, and while he agreed to read them
later he insisted he wouldn't change his mind. According to Katie, she
demanded he tell her why, but Mann just repeatedly asked her to return to

The defense team contended that Forrest Mann had the law on his side. The
school's student handbook states: "The United States constitution, the West
Virginia constitution, and state and federal laws guarantee certain rights
to individual citizens. Students possess many of these same rights.
However, certain rights possessed by adult citizens do not extend to
students." This limitation means students "have the right to display and
wear buttons, armbands, flags, decals, or other badges of symbolic speech
or expression, provided this activity does not interfere with the orderly
process of the school or with the rights of others." Mann said the Anarchy
Club would do so.

On July 12, a Kanawha County jury found that Katie Sierra was improperly
denied the right to start a club, but was properly suspended and properly
denied the right to wear her t-shirts. The jury awarded the nominal damages
of $1, as well as allowing Katie's legal team to petition for their fees
and expenses.

Katie proudly admits she is an anarchist, but says she is a pacifist and
advocates "a peaceful revolution." She says that anarchism is about
freedom, and violence violates the freedom of others. (Court TV, Sept. 17)

( http://www.courttv.com/trials/taped/sierra/background_ctv.html)

See also: WW3 REPORT #6:  http://ww3report.com/6.html#warhome5


Just ahead of a one-year deadline of Sept. 11, some 950 relatives of 9-11
victims filed lawsuits against the NY-NJ Port Authority, owner of the World
Trade Center. The suits charge the Port Authority with numerous safety
lapses, including use of gypsum instead of masonry in the twin towers'
stairwells, having clustered stairwells instead of ones spread apart to
avoid bottlenecks, and the public announcement in the south tower urging
employees to return to their desks after the north tower was hit. Most of
those who listened did not survive. While the federal Victim Compensation
Fund offers families an average of $1.5 million on condition they waive
their right to sue anyone other than the terrorists, the lawsuits are going
ahead under a special deal with a federal judge as families determine if
they want to pursue litigation or opt into the compensation fund. (NYT,
Sept. 14)

Bond dealership Cantor Fitzgerald, the company which lost the most
employees in the World Trade Center attack, says the US government's
compensation fund may be short-changing vicitms' families. The company,
which lost 658 of its employees, says the fund set a cap on the amount of
money family members can receive, in violation of the law establishing the
fund as part of the post-9-11 federal disaster relief package. To get
automatic compensation from the government, survivors must relinquish their
right to sue the airlines. But Cantor Fitzgerald says the families will
also be penalized by awards based on after-tax projections of lost income.
Instead, Cantor Fitzgerald calculates payments for its staff using gross
income and higher estimates of future earnings than the government. The
firm said it will formally submit its complaints to the government this
week. (BBC, Sept. 17)

( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2265240.stm)

On April 25, New Yorkers still shaken from the 9-11 attacks again faced
grisly TV images of bloodied workers being evacuated from a disaster scene
as an explosion at a commercial building in the Manhattan neighborhood of
Chelsea left 42 injured. Now New York state investigators at the explosion
site have found chemicals so toxic that firefighters and other rescue
workers could have been killed if the containers had opened. The cache of
1,100 gallons of chemicals included 13 gallons of hydrofluoric acid, which
can kill with minimum skin contact or inhalation. A city sanitation worker
was killed and his partner seriously injured in Brooklyn in 1996 by the
fumes from a small container of the acid, which burst under his truck's
compacting blade. "It's very toxic and flammable. It's deadly," said Thomas
Manley, health and safety coordinator for the Uniformed Firefighters
Association. "We were surprised when we heard it was in there." Casualties
in the Chelsea blast included several workers who were apparently using an
electric pump to transfer leaking chemicals from one drum to another.
Officials believe a spark triggered the explosion. The state Department of
Environmental Conservation has declared the basement of 121 W. 19th St. a
toxic waste site and blocked all except investigators from entering the
building. The company that used the basement and first floor of the
building, Kaltech Architectural Signage, faces four summonses for failing
to have proper permits for storing the materials. Manhattan prosecutors are
working with fire marshals and state investigators to determine whether
criminal charges should be brought. All firefighters who were at the scene
have been instructed by their union to file a report of exposure to
potentially hazardous substances. (Newsday, Sept. 22)

( http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-acid0503.story?coll=ny-nynews-head

The revelation highlights the ongoing risk of industrial disaster daily
faced by New Yorkers--especially rescue workers, employees of industrial
firms and low-income residents. Another jolt came to the city on July 20,
when a transformer exploded at Con Edison's Lower East Side power plant at
14th St. on the East River, spewing thick black smoke across wide swaths of
Manhattan and Brooklyn. Hardest hit by the toxic plume were local residents
of low-income housing projects along Ave. D--power plants and toxic
facilities are routinely slated for the city's poorer neighborhoods. The
Con Ed explosion knocked out power to 65,000 residents in Lower Manhattan.
Police said 1,300 gallons of oil used as coolant for the transformer caught
fire, sparking the explosion. (New York Post, July 21)

( http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/52926.htm)

The turbine generator system at the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant was
shut down on Sept. 11, and power in the reactor reduced to 10% to prevent
a growing hydrogen gas leak from reaching potentially explosive levels. The
leak was coming from at least one cracked or broken tube in one of the four
heat exchangers under the 200-ton turbine. It was first detected about two
weeks earlier at a level of about 600 cubic feet per day, and had grown to
over 10,000 cubic feet daily. It was leaking into Hudson River water that
is pumped into the plant to cool the hydrogen gas, then released back into
the river. The gas bubbles that flowed into the river rose to the surface
and spread into the air. Tests outside the plant found hydrogen
concentrations ranging from 0.01 percent to 0.2 percent--approaching the 4%
which is considered potentially explosive. (The Journal News,
Westchester/Rockland counties, Sept. 12)

The turbine shut-down came a day after Westchester County legislators,
citing an unacceptable risk of catastrophe from a terrorist attack on
Indian Point, voted unanimously for the shutdown and decommissioning of the
plant's two reactors. (The Journal News, Sept. 12)

This week, Indian Point's owners, Entergy Corp., are planning a routine
bi-annual drill on responding to a nuclear emergency at the plant, to be
reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC). "I think we're very prepared," assured Indian
Point 2 program manager Michael Miele. But local residents, activists and
politicians were not reassured. Said Alex Matthiessen, director of
Riverkeeper, an environmental group active in the campaign to shut Indian
Point: "Nuclear plants are clearly potential terrorist targets. They're
looking at a pre-9-11 world, and in my mind these agencies have their heads
in the sand and are failing the public." Concurred state Assemblyman
Richard Brodsky: "It's an elaborate charade, and it will tell us
nothing--good or bad--about whether this evacuation plan will actually save
anyone. They are going to og in there, call each other on the phone, and
announce it was a success. There's an Alice-in-Wonderland quality to all of
tihs." (NYT, Sept. 23)

Articles compiled by Close Indian Point Now:


The Pentagon is preparing to consolidate most of the global War on
Terrorism under the US Special Operations Command, government sources told
the Washington Post--pointing to an escalated but more covert new phase of
the struggle against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Special
Operations Command (SOCOM), which like Central Command is headquartered in
Tampa, FL, has been ordered to draw up detailed plans in the following
weeks for how it will manage its expanded responsibilities, sources
indicated. Traditionally, SOCOM trains and equips troops for other Pentagon
commands with responsibility for strategic planning. Under the new plan,
SOCOM will directly oversee operations around the world.

Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clarke downplayed the reorganization,
saying, "It would be incorrect to say that henceforth that SOCOM would be
the supported command." But the command transfer was discussed last week at
a meeting at Bolling Air Force Base attended by Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld and regional command chiefs. SOCOM officers said the planned move
would make Special Operations, headed by Air Force Gen. Charles R. Holland,
the lead command for most anti-terrorist actions around the world. Until
now, the regional command chiefs had overseen all activities in their
areas, whether conducted by conventional forces or Special Operations
troops. Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks, chief of Central Command, would continue
to oversee military operations in Afghanistan under the restructuring,
though control of Special Operations units in neighboring Pakistan would be
turned over to Holland. Franks would also oversee any war against Iraq.

SOCOM forces include Navy SEALs, the Army's Special Forces (Green Berets)
and the Army's super-secret Delta Force. CIA paramilitary units, which have
worked closely with SOCOM forces in Afghanistan, are expected to operate
jointly with SOCOM in expanded global operations. (Washington Post, Sept.

( http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A31594-2002Sep17?language=printer)

The Bush administration released a new policy document calling for a shift
of military strategy toward pre-emptive action and unilateralism, and
explicitly stating that the US will never allow its military supremacy to
be challenged as it was in the Cold War. Entitled "The National Security
Strategy of the United States," the document discounts nuclear
non-proliferation treaties in favor of a "counter-proliferation"
doctrine--which includes everything from missile defense systems to
military force against hostile nations which seek weapons of mass
destruction. It declares that the strategies of containment and
deterrence--staples of US policy since the end of World War II--are
outmoded and obsolete. The document states that it is no longer possible to
deter those who "hate the United States and everything for which it stands."

In contrast to the Cold War, "America is now threatened less by conquering
states than we are by failing ones," the document states, raising the
specter of rogue states and terrorist groups rather than rival great powers
as the new menace. "The gravest danger our nation faces lies at the
crossroads of radicalism and technology." But there is no Cold War
nostalgia here--the document states that "that the president has no
intention of allowing any foreign power to catch up with the huge lead the
United States has opened since the fall of the Soviet Union more than a
decade ago." The document states that while the US will seek allies in the
War on Terrorism, "we will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to
exercise our right of self-defense by acting pre-emptively." But the
document assures that the US will exploit its military and economic power
to encourage "free and open societies, " rather than seek "unilateral
advantage." The document calls this "a distinctly American

The document singles out Russia, China and India as significant powers in
the new order which could either bolster or threaten US interests. It
praises Russian "top leaders" for abandoning Cold War approaches, but notes
"lingering distrust of our motives and policies by key Russian elites." The
document also focuses on the use of foreign aid and World Bank/IMF programs
to win a global struggle of competing values and ideas--including "a battle
for the future of the Muslim world."

The new strategy departs significantly from the last one, published by
President Bill Clinton at the end of 1999. Clinton's strategy was
multilateralist, focussing on improved enforcement of the 1972
Antiballistic Missile Treaty and the pending Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban
Treaty and Kyoto Protocol on global warming. The new Bush strategy
dismisses those efforts, saying that non-proliferation agreements have
failed to prevent Iran, Iraq, North Korea and other rogue states from
obtaining weapons of mass destruction. It also states says that the US will
never subject its citizens to the new UN International Criminal Court,
"whose jurisdiction does not extend to Americans." (NYT, Sept. 20;
Financial Times, Sept. 21-2)

( http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/09/20/MN215482.DTL)

The essence of the new White House policy document, "The National Security
Strategy of the United States," is closely mirrored in an essay published
earlier this month by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, arguing
for a doctrine of pre-emptive strikes. The elder statesman and accused war
criminal had previously appeared equivocal on the question. (See WW3 REPORT
#51:  http://ww3report.com/#iraq7)

While guardedly warning against unilateralism--saying it should be a "last
resort" rather than a "strategic preference"--the essay, published in the
San Diego Union Tribune Sept. 8, presages many of the concepts now
enshrined in the new White House document. Writes Kissinger:

"The attacks on America of September 11, 2001, marked a seismic challenge
to the concept of sovereignty that has been the legal foundation of the
international system since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648... The present
controversy about pre-emption is a symptom of the impact of this
transformation. At bottom it is a debate between the traditional notion of
sovereignty and the adaptation required by modern technology and the nature
of the terrorist threat. In my view, pre-emption is inseparable from the
war against terrorism."

Like the White House document, Kissinger's essay makes the case for an
American exceptionalism. "America has never thought itself as simply one
nation among others. Its national ethos has been expressed as a universal
cause identifying the spread of democracy as the key to peace."

Kissinger condescends to US allies that might object to this
exceptionalism; "European critics holding more traditional concepts have
accused America of overreacting because terrorism is a phenomenon new
primarily to Americans and that Europeans overcame terrorism in the 1970s
and '80s without undertaking global crusades." Kissinger believes this was
only because old-style European terrorist groups like the IRA had specific
grievances and limited targets. "By contrast, the September 11 terrorists
operate on a global basis, are motivated less by a specific grievance than
a generalized hatred, and they have access to weapons by which they can
give effort to this strategy of killing thousands and ultimately more."

Kissinger also makes clear he sees the struggle against Saddam Hussein as
the first test of the pre-emption doctrine, writing that "the accumulation
of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq cannot be separated from the
post-Afghanistan phase of the war against terrorism."

( http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/09/05/1031115911092.html)

Writes Christine Pelisek in the Sept. 20-6 LA Weekly: "War, it seems, is
one of those things that the more you know about it, the less you want any
part of it. With Iraq in the crosshairs, the leading voices to go to war
belong to those who have no military experience. More often than not, those
against a war with Iraq have served in the military." With an assist from
the New Hampshire Gazette's Chickenhawks database, Pelisek provides the
following dossier on the military history of those now pushing for war
against Iraq:

Title: President
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: Bush signed up for the Texas Air National Guard for six
years in May 1969, which allowed him to avoid the Vietnam draft. He became
an F-102 pilot in 1970, making his last flight in 1972 when he moved to
Alabama to work on a GOP Senate campaign. After returning to Texas the
following year, Bush says he performed non-flying duty for the Guard, but
during his presidential campaign there were repeated charges that he
skipped the last year and a half of his Guard obligation.

Title: Vice President
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: Once mumbled to a reporter that he "had other priorities
in the '60s than military service." Cheney received a couple of deferments
to avoid service, first because he was a student, then because he was

Title: Secretary of Defense
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: Flew jets for the Navy between the Korean and Vietnam
Wars but never saw combat.

Title: Deputy Secretary of Defense
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: None. Went to Cornell University and University of
Chicago instead.

Title: Chairman, US Defense Policy Board
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: Sat out the Vietnam War at the University of Chicago.

Title: White House Press Secretary
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: None

Title: Senior Director, National Security Council
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: None

Title: Senior White House Adviser
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: None

Title: Attorney General
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: He received a deferment during the Vietnam War and taught
business education at a Missouri college.

Title: Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: None

Scoring somewhat higher points for moral consistency are:

Title: Director of the Homeland Security Office
Stance on Iraq: Pro-war
Military history: In his first year at the Dickinson School of Law, he was
drafted into the US Army and served as an infantry staff sergeant in
Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor.

Title: Secretary of State
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: Powell served two tours in Vietnam. During the second, he
survived a helicopter crash landing, then went back into the smoking
wreckage and saved his commanding general and two other soldiers. Powell
received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a Soldier's Medal and the Legion
of Merit. In 1973, he took command of a battalion in South Korea. Later
that year, he returned to Washington as a staff officer at the Pentagon.
His career has encompassed the invasions of Grenada (1983) and Panama
(1989), 1991 Gulf War, the 1992-93 engagement in Somalia and the crisis in

Title: Deputy Secretary of State
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: U.S. Naval Academy grad and Vietnam veteran.

On the anti-war scorecard:

Title: Ret. General and former National Security Adviser
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: 29-year military career.

Title: Ret. General
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: Schwarzkopf served two combat tours in Vietnam and later
was designated the Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force in charge of US
Forces participating in the Grenada student rescue operation. He is most
notable as Commander in Chief, US Central Command, and Commander of
Operations of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Title: Retired General
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: Gulf War logistics chief; later Schwarzkopf's successor
at Central Command.

Title: Former Navy Secretary
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: Vietnam vet.

Title: Ret. Marines major; former chief of the weapons inspection teams in Iraq
Stance on Iraq: Anti-war
Military history: Saw combat in Iraq during the Gulf War.

( http://www.laweekly.com/ink/02/44/news-pelisek.php)

Airline executives are seeking assurances of tax breaks and financial
support from Congress to protect them from the financial fallout of a new
war with Iraq. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) mentioned the airlines' concerns
during a congressional debate on Iraq this week. Executives from United,
American, Delta and other airlines met with Reid as well as Senate Minority
Leader Trent Lott, House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt and others.
The House Transportation subcommittee on aviation has scheduled a hearing
on the airlines' concerns. (Washington Times, Sept. 19)

( http://www.washtimes.com/business/20020919-1146937.htm)

The father of accused 9-11 ringleader Mohammed Atta said in an interview
with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag Sept. 1 that his son is still
alive. "He is hiding in a secret place so as not to be murdered by the US
secret services," Mohammed el-Amir Atta, 66, told the paper. He also
strenuously denied that his son--believed to have flown the first plane
into the World Trade Center--was involved in the attacks, blaming them
instead on "American Christians." Speaking from his Cairo home, the elder
Atta described hearing about the attacks after returning from a vacation on
the Red Sea on the evening of Sept. 12. "My daughter called and said she
was going to drop in. She stood at the door and said 'turn on the TV'," he
said. Between images of the jets crashing into the towers, he saw his son's
passport photograph. "As I saw the picture of my son," he said, "I knew
that he hadn't done it. My son called me the day after the attacks on Sept.
12 at around midday. We spoke for two minutes about this and that. He
didn't tell me where he was calling from. At that time neither of us
knew anything about the attacks."

Atta said he did not condone the attacks, but could understand the
motivation behind them. "Every day our Palestinian brothers are being
murdered, their houses destroyed. If their relatives were to fly a plane
into the Empire State Building I couldn't hold it against them." He called
his son a "gentle and tender boy", who was nicknamed "Bolbol", or
nightingale, by his parents. (UK Guardian, Sept. 2)

( http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,784542,00.html)




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