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Appeal for support: Kevin Benderman imprisoned at Fort Lewis


Informant: jensenmk

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Grand Jury Hears Summary of Case on CIA Leak Probe

The down-to-the-wire moves in Fitzgerald's investigation have made for a harrowing week at the White House, where officials are girding for at least one senior administration official to be indicted, according to aides.


Driving Blind as the Deaths Pile Up


Fabricated Links?

A CIA report casts new doubt on links between Iraq and al Qaeda. Plus, tensions between FBI Director Bob Mueller and his predecessor, Louis Freeh.


Bush Melt Down: So What's New?


Fabrikation der Beweise für den Irak-Krieg

Möglicherweise werden heute oder in den nächsten Tagen hohe Regierungsvertreter im Weißen Hauses von einem Sonderermittler wegen Geheimnisverrats angeklagt, eigentlich aber geht es um die Kriegslügen der Bush-Regierung.


Searching the Weapons of Mass Disinformation

Ronda Hauben

The Internet and the Ongoing Investigation into the White House Leak Probe.


Honoring the Fallen

Cindy Sheehan writes that "Juan, Beatriz Saldivar and Julie Cuniglio, who have all had loved ones killed in this war, had brought pictures of their dead loved ones with them to Arlington. We were told by the administration of the cemetery that they couldn't take the pictures into the cemetery because they were "political statements!!"


Informant: John Calvert

Cindy Sheehan

Conservatives give Bush an earful

San Francisco Chronicle
by Cinnamon Stillwell


Leftist Bush-bashing is certainly nothing new, but recently the president has been getting an earful from his right flank as well. For some time now, a lively debate has been raging among conservatives over a variety of Bush administration policies and decisions. For conservatives, criticism of the Bush administration centers not so much on style than on substance. Unlike the left's scattershot attacks, the president's appearance, past habits or religious beliefs are unlikely to figure in the equation. Disagreement exists over the war in Iraq, but conservatives are largely united in the belief that the war on terrorism is the preeminent struggle of our lifetime. Instead, contentiousness tends to center on domestic and security issues on which the administration seems inconsistent...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hold your elation in check

by Joshua Frank


[B]efore you get too excited about a potential Bush collapse and a Rove resignation, let's not forget that their accomplices, many of the same folks so excited about the potential charges, will still be lurking. If Republican power topples in the next few years, the party waiting in line to replace them has no plan to change the crooked course in Iraq. The enabling Democrats aren't about to be held accountable for embracing the scandalous neocon agenda, either. Even if the Democrats miraculously take back the Senate and make in-roads in the House of Representatives in the 2006 mid-term elections, nothing in Iraq will change. The neocon policies will persevere...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Ten questions and answers, with Karen Kwiatkowski

Unknown News
by Don Nash


Q. How would you describe current military and civilian leadership at Defense for all branches of U.S. service? A: Politicized, emasculated, obedient to the bureaucracy and ignorant of the Constitution. There may be exceptions, but I can't think of any among those still serving...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bust this state, Mr. President

Human Events
by Terence P. Jeffrey


When he signed the Homeland Security funding bill last week, President Bush vowed to track down illegal aliens inside the U.S. and enforce the law against employers who hire them. 'If somebody's here illegally, we've go[t] to do everything we can to find them,' said Bush. 'We've go[t] to crack down on employers who flout our laws.' Well, I have two pieces of information the President might find useful. The first is that I know where he can get excellent intelligence that could help DHS agents simultaneously find a great many illegal aliens and crack down on employers flouting the law. The second is that if DHS uses this information it may well end up busting a state government for hiring illegal aliens...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Democratic Party's indefensible position on Iraq

The Mix
by Cenk Uygur


Democrats blame the Bush administration for misleading the country into war, and then when given the opportunity to say they would have done otherwise, they refuse. They say they would have done the same thing. I'm trying to not get angry, but this is as frustrating as it gets. Is there no one who will speak up for us? Is there no one who will speak reason in this country? These sadly misguided Democrats think they're being 'strong' by saying they would still have authorized the invasion of Iraq knowing what they know now. In fact, they're being painfully weak. No one would mistake their vacillating position for strength. Strength is having the courage of your convictions. And fighting for what you believe...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Is the conservative movement dead?

Intellectual Conservative
by Vincent Fiore


Principally -- and that is the optimum word here -- conservatives wonder what has happened to the bedrock principles of conservatism that were founded and nurtured during the 1950s through the 1990s? Has the pioneering work of such conservative icons as Buckley, Reagan, and Gingrich gone for naught, in this, the beginning of what was supposed to be GOP dominance for decades to come? Right now, the political reality would seem to say exactly that. Reinforcing this belief -- or head-shaking disbelief -- among conservatives and Republicans in general recently were two of its most astute and prolific members, Robert Bork and Bruce Bartlett...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Republicans promised to change the culture

Pigging out
Town Hall
by John Stossel


The Republicans promised to change the culture. Democrats sold panic. 'Don't vote for them! They're going to shrink government and take away your favorite programs!' They needn't have worried. The Republicans got elected, but if the Democrats' goal was to expand the government, they were the real winners. Once Republicans were in power, they started spending money even faster than the Democrats did. Big spender Ted Stevens responded to Coburn's good suggestion to kill a 'Bridge to Nowhere' with a tantrum on the Senate floor: He threatened to resign and 'be taken out of here on a stretcher.' Good! Sen. Stevens, please go. I'll even help carry the stretcher. Unfortunately, Congress has an unwritten code: 'Don't threaten the other congressmen's loot.' The Senate reprimanded Coburn by voting 82 to 15 to save the Bridge to Nowhere...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The suppression of dissent

Strike the Root
by Jim Davies


[T]he Federal Government has demonstrated with abundant clarity that whenever its financial survival is at stake, it will not hesitate to ignore any paper restraints that may stand in its way, and will use its monopoly over what passes for 'justice' for its true purpose, which is to provide a veneer of morality over its monstrous exercise of raw power...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush's October surprise

by Tom Engelhardt


As for the implosion of this administration, we have no idea what implosion would actually mean under the present circumstances. Even with a Republican Congress partially staffed with the American version of the Taliban, will whatever unravels over many months or even years, post-Fitzgerald indictments, lead to hearings and someday the launching of impeachment proceedings? Or is that beyond the bounds of possibility? Who knows. Will this administration dissolve in some fashion as yet undetermined? Will they go down shooting (as, points out Robert Dreyfuss in a striking if unnerving piece at TomPaine.com, they already are threatening to do in Syria)? Will Daddy's men be hauled out of the pages of the New Yorker magazine and off the front lines of moneymaking and called in to save the day? Again, who knows. (Where is Bush family consigliere James Baker, anyway?)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

FBI infractions since 9/11 raise civil liberty concerns

Christian Science Monitor


On Sept. 26, 2002, a Special Agent in the FBI's Pittsburgh office had an 'uh oh' moment, according to newly disclosed bureau records. The agent had been in continual contact with a potential counterintelligence source since March. But under FBI rules, that contact required proper authorization -- and the paperwork OKing the operation had expired in July, a detail the agent had overlooked for several months. The extended communications hadn't amounted to much -- one e-mail scheduling a security briefing, and two others that were social in nature. But under agency rules the violation had to be reported up the chain of command, all the way to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, and Ret. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Board. ... This mistake -- though inadvertent -- may have been far from an isolated case. Records released this week indicate that the FBI has investigated hundreds of possible violations of the laws that govern secret surveillance operations...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Court issues surveillance smackdown to DoJ

Electronic Frontier Foundation News


Agreeing with a brief submitted by EFF, a federal judge forcefully rejected the government's request to track the location of a mobile phone user without a warrant. Strongly reaffirming an earlier decision, Federal Magistrate James Orenstein in New York comprehensively smacked down every argument made by the government in an extensive, fifty-seven page opinion issued this week. Judge Orenstein decided, as EFF has urged, that tracking cell phone users in real time required a showing of probable cause that a crime was being committed. Judge Orenstein's opinion was decisive, and referred to government arguments variously as 'unsupported,' 'misleading,' 'contrived,' and a 'Hail Mary'...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

All US passports to be RFID chipped



All US passports will be implanted with remotely readable computer chips starting in October 2006, the Bush administration has announced. Sweeping new State Department regulations issued on Tuesday say passports issued after that time will have tiny RFID chips that can transmit personal information including the name, nationality, sex, date of birth, place of birth and digitised photograph of the passport holder. Eventually, the government contemplates adding additional digitised data such as 'fingerprints or iris scans'...


Homeland Security implements rule on digitized passport photos
Gov Exec


A Homeland Security Department rule that went into effect Wednesday requires visitors from certain countries to carry passports with digital photos and punishes carriers that transport people to the United States without the new passports. Under the rule, the 27 countries that are part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program must issue their citizens passports with digitized photographs, rather than photos that are glued or laminated onto the document. The requirement comes as part of U.S. efforts to crack down on the use of fraudulent passports and close a loophole that DHS officials say could be exploited by terrorists...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

DeLay acknowledges failure to report legal fund donations



Tom DeLay failed to comply with House requirements that he disclose all contributions to a defense fund that pays his legal bills, the Texas Republican acknowledged to House officials. He wrote officials that $20,850 contributed in 2000 and 2001 was not reported anywhere. Another $17,300 was included in the defense fund's quarterly report but not in DeLay's 2000 annual financial disclosure report -- a separate requirement...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cheney leads White House fight against torture ban

Houston Chronicle


Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in U.S. custody or weaken the prohibition, as the White House prefers. Led by Vice President Dick Cheney, the administration is floating a proposal that would allow the president to exempt covert agents outside the Defense Department from the ban...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Senators in GOP Voice New Doubt on Court Choice

The drumbeat of doubt from Republican senators over the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers grew louder Tuesday as several lawmakers, including a pivotal conservative on the Judiciary Committee, joined those expressing concerns about her selection.


The Strange Saga of Cheney and the "Nuclear Threat"

Jim Lobe: What still remains to be fully grasped is the wider pattern of propaganda that underlay the administration's war effort - in particular, the overlapping networks of relationships that tied together so many key figures in the administration. Why do I think that Cheney moment on March 24, 2002 - that particular barrage of statements about Saddam's supposed nuclear program - remains so significant today, in light of the Plame affair?


Miers Withdraws as Supreme Court Nominee


Council powerless to prevent phone mast getting taller

Oct 27 2005

More than 20 objection letters were sent to Bracknell Forest Borough Council about mobile phone giant 02's scheme to extend its mast at the junction of Cressex Close and Terrace Road South.

Bracknell MP Andrew MacKay also wrote to support objectors against the scheme, which was to replace the current 12-metre mast disguised as a telegraph pole with a 12.5-metre one to include 2G technology.

Objectors had concerns that the mast would be:

* damaging to neighbours' health n too close to a school and a residential area

* ugly and affect the village's character

* an inappropriate location.

Objectors also said the extra equipment cabin would block drivers' views at the junction.

Binfield and Warfield councillor John Harrison told Thursday's planning and highways committee that the new mast was opposed by many residents and the parish council.

He said: "It will certainly affect the amenity of local residents by virtue of the anxiety it will cause them in that it is already causing them real worry."

He also said that the original mast was designed like a telegraph pole to blend into the background, but that the new mast would be "more visually intrusive".

And he said that an extra equipment cabinet could block drivers' views going around the bend in the road.

But planning committee chairman Cllr David Worrall said that argument was invalid because the cabinet would be further away from the corner and therefore would not affect road safety.

He said: "There are very limited powers by the council when dealing with masts to siting and design.

"The siting has been already virtually taken care of because there's one already there.

"I see no alternative but to go along with the officer's recommendation for approval."

The committee unanimously approved the application.


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ConocoPhillips Profit Rises 89% to Record $3.8 Bln

ConocoPhillips, the No. 3 U.S. oil company, said third-quarter profit jumped 89 percent to a record $3.8 billion as supply disruptions and rising demand lifted prices to unprecedented highs.


From Information Clearing House

China, Russia Oppose U.S. Threat to Punish Syria Over Hariri

China and Russia oppose the U.S. proposal to threaten Syria's government with economic punishment for refusing to cooperate with a United Nations probe of the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.


Russia opposes UN action on Syria:

Russia, a long-term ally of Syria and a permanent Security Council member, has the power to veto any draft resolution.


Mike Whitney: Assassinations in Lebanon:

Syria poses no threat to America's national security. We have no dog in this fight. The real threat is those who now operate freely within the foreign policy establishment, using the US military to further their own self-serving objectives of controlling Middle East oil.


Old whine, new bottle:

The UN ‘report’ on the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese PM, bears all the hallmarks of yet another set-up, no doubt ‘inspired’ by US pressure as part of the build-up to yet another Middle Eastern ‘adventure’.


From Information Clearing House

Dialectics of the Plame Affair

The neocon-dominated Bush administration opted for generalized Southwest Asian war after 9-11. "S.H. and U.B.L.; things related and unrelated," penned Rumsfeld the day after. The meaning of this shorthand is clear in retrospect: the administration would use the opportunity to link unrelated phenomena, most notably Iraq (S.H. = Saddam Hussein) and al-Qaeda (U.B.L. = Usama bin Laden), but also 9-11 with a whole range of unfriendly forces that could be targeted in the new situation.


From Information Clearing House

Italian faces pre-war intelligence probe

The head of Italy's military secret services will be questioned by a parliamentary commission next week over allegations that his organization gave the United States and Britain disputed documents suggesting that Saddam Hussein had been seeking uranium in Africa, officials said Tuesday.


Michael Ledeen’s Fingers in the Niger Yellowcake:

Some of us, those who pay attention, have suspected for some time the fraudulent Niger yellowcake documents—so crudely slapped together as to be laughable—are tied to Michael Ledeen, the neocon’s neocon, who is connected to the neofascist Italian military intelligence agency, SISMI.


From Information Clearing House

The new Pentagon papers

A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.


Prosecutor in leak case seeks indictments against Rove, Libby, lawyers close to case say

Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has asked the grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to indict Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, lawyers close to the investigation tell RAW STORY.


Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case Adjourns:

The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity met for three hours Wednesday with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his deputies, adjourning for the day without announcing any action.


Leak grand jury meets prosecutor:

The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity met on Wednesday with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald amid signs the prosecutor was preparing to seek criminal charges.


Indictments in CIA leak ‘about to be handed down’:

On Tuesday night, news reports, supported by a source close to the lawyers involved in the case, said that target letters to those facing indictment were being issued, with sealed indictments to be filed today and released by the end of the week.


CIA leak illustrates selective use of intelligence on Iraq:

The grand jury probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer's name has opened a new window into how the Bush administration used intelligence from dubious sources to make a case for a pre-emptive war and discarded information that undercut its rationale for attacking Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

Legalized Torture, Reloaded

Cheney's proposal - Would give the president the power to allow government agencies outside the Defense Department (the administration has in mind the C.I.A.) to mistreat and torture prisoners as long as that behavior was part of "counterterrorism operations conducted abroad" and they were not American citizens.


Detainee says he wishes to die

A detainee on a hunger strike at the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay wants a judge to order the removal of his feeding tube so he can be allowed to die, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.


Saddam's defense team wants to put Bush on trial

"We shall contact international and Arab lawyer associations and will put forward the proof allowing for a trial of the criminal Bush at the same time as the fake trial takes place in Iraq," Saleh Armouti told a meeting of the Amman-based Saddam defense committee.


From Information Clearing House

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern To Introduce Bill Ending Funding For Iraq War

As the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq reaches 2,000, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) this week will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq.


Civil war is a U.S. option in Iraq

The U.S. is now in fact feeding violence in Iraq by using the country’s disparate sectarian, ethnic and religious factions in a way that will eventually help it realize some of its aims of coming to Iraq.


From Information Clearing House

Cindy Sheehan plans arrest to protest Iraq war

Cindy Sheehan, said that she planned to be arrested outside the White House on Wednesday to protest against US troops presence in Iraq as US military deaths hit 2,000.


Cindy Sheehan

A war without casualties? A war where only the evil get hurt?

Bitter Fruit: A photo essay on the soldiers killed in Iraq:

From Information Clearing House

We Burn Corpses, Don't We?

War Crimes in Afghanistan

By Erid Ruder

For the people of Afghanistan, fed up with U.S. atrocities and support for regional warlords, there's growing talk of ejecting U.S. troops--just as the former USSR's military was kicked out in 1989 after a decade of occupation. "Their future will be like the Russians," said Zahidullah, a resident of Kabul.


What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing

by David Martin

After eight years of the Gipper, four years of Bush I, eight years of Republican Lite under Clinton, and five years of Shrub, we see the truth of the Reagan Revolution. The gradual withering away of the welfare and regulatory state has not unleashed the American entrepreneurial spirit. Rather, it has set loose the predatory greed of the 19th century robber barons, the class cannibalism of Social Darwinism, and the winner-take-all rapacity of laissez faire capitalism.


Excellent dossier de vulgarisation du mensuel gratuit

Biocontact "Ondes et Santé" n°151 Octobre 2005

The Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act would make it impossible for anyone to seek compensation or pursue any legal action whatsoever


Informant: Paul

Dozens of secret gulag detention centers are operating completely without oversight and hold an undetermined amount of prisoners


Imminent Execution Based on Flawed Conviction


Tax Cuts: Report Finds Much Harm, Little Good


License to Abuse Would Put CIA Above the Law


How Ruling Powers Distort Morality So That It Does Not Restrain


Casualties of a War a World Away


Plamegate: Worse than Watergate


For Whom They Toll


Dozens of Abu Ghraibs


Katrina Survivors Refuse to Be Forgotten


2000th U.S. Death in Iraq Sparks 'Bring Them Home' Protests


Cheney Looms Large in Latest Twist of CIA Leak Drama


Wal-Mart Memo Suggests Ways to Cut Employee Benefit Costs

An internal memo sent to Wal-Mart's board of directors proposes numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits while seeking to minimize damage to the retailer's reputation. Among the recommendations are hiring more part-time workers and discouraging unhealthy people from working at Wal-Mart.


Congress Weighs Overriding Organic Ruling

Food producers are asking Congress to change standards for organic food to allow synthetic and non-organic ingredients after a strict court ruling reduced their options.


Wilderness Bill Is Another Teapot Dome

Conservationists oppose the White Cloud-Boulder Mountains Wilderness bill because of the pork attached to it. The bill brings with it giveaways of federal land to municipal and county governments that would start a destructive precedent knowing no bounds.


Gas Taxes: Lesser Evil, Greater Good - The automobile, a wound for our planet

Cheap gas is no longer compatible with a secure nation, a healthy environment or a healthy economy, says the NYT. A gas tax would encourage conservation and keep profits away from the Saudis and other producers while providing funds to invest in alternative energy and replace SUV gas guzzlers with more efficient vehicles.



All Car, No Future

It's up to the government to reduce our dependence on the automobile, a wound for our planet, argues the assistant mayor of Paris.


Only US Seeks to Justify Torture

Human Rights Watch said that under President George W. Bush, the United States has become "the only government in the world to claim a legal justification for mistreating prisoners during interrogation."


FEMA Extends Michael Brown's Contract by 30 Days

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-MS, whose coastal district was among the hardest hit by Katrina, told Chertoff at a House hearing last week that it was a "gross mistake" to have put Brown in charge of the agency in the first place. "He doesn't deserve to be on the government payroll," Taylor said.




Informant: NHNE

Daily death fear for US soliders in Iraq


Informant: Steven L. Robinson

From ufpj-news]

Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings


Informant: NHNE

Troubled world full of missiles

Cameron Miller woefully failed to deliver the goods on the Peacekeeper missile in his Oct. 14 column.

This system was tested four times at Vandenberg AFB from July through September in order to collect data for an upgraded system, a refurbished Minuteman III that will carry one 600-pound nuclear weapon. The refurbished Minuteman IIIs will have improved guidance system reliability, and will be contained in the existing 500 silos placed throughout the Midwest.

The upgraded Minuteman III is expected to remain in service until 2020, at which point it will be replaced by a new missile design. The range is expected to be about 10,000 kilometers.

Our friend Russia has also worked to improved ICBM's precision and lethality. On Sept. 27 of this year, Russia launched the first test flight of the new Bulava ballistic missile, which it claims is capable of evading our ground-based midcourse missile defense and is equipped with hypersonic maneuverable warheads.

Other nations, too, continue to test missiles as we increasingly become a troubled world riddled with missile weapons. We may be at a dangerous point in our civilization. Don't worry, though. Relax, grab a bag of popcorn, and pop the movie “The Day After” in your video/DVD player. Warning: You may not be able to sleep.

Sheila Baker
San Luis Obispo


Bush's 16 Words Exposed as Blair's Big Lie


Vice President for Torture


Vice President for Torture

The Washington Post: Vice President Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans. He will be remembered as the vice president who campaigned for torture.


Aides to Be Indicted, Probe to Continue


Peace activists to "die symbolically" outside white house


Cindy Sheehan

Bush Doomed, The Republican Party Is Shipwrecked

Blumenthal: Bush Doomed, The Republican Party Is Shipwrecked - Important Dossier On the Historical Creation Of The Mess


Bush has so thoroughly destroyed the Republican establishment that no one, not even his dad, can rescue him now.

By Sidney Blumenthal Pages 1

Oct. 27, 2005 | There is no one left to rescue the Republican Party from George W. Bush. He is home alone. The Republican-establishment wise men whose words were once quiet commands are shouting unheeded warnings. The Republican leaders of Congress are distracted and obsessed with their own
http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2005/09/30/GOP_corruption/index.html crises of corruption.

Suspended House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is under indictment for criminal campaign practices while Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for insider stock trading in his family-owned Hospital Corporation of America. The only revolt brewing in the Senate is on the right against President Bush's nomination of his White House legal counsel, Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court; some Republican senators fear her potential for secret liberal heresy despite the president's protestations of her conservative purity.

On Aug. 7, 1974, three Republican leaders of Congress made a fateful journey down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Sen. Barry Goldwater, tribune of the conservative movement; Sen. Hugh Scott, the stalwart minority leader from Pennsylvania; and Rep. John Rhodes, the minority leader in the House, informed President Richard Nixon that as a result of the Watergate scandals he must resign the presidency in the interest of the country and the Republican Party. Two days later, Nixon quit.

On Nov. 25, 1986, Attorney General Edwin Meese announced at a White House press conference that tens of millions of dollars from illegal sales of weapons to Iran had been siphoned to Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua by a far-flung conspiracy centered in the National Security Council. National Security Advisor John Poindexter immediately resigned and NSC military aide Oliver North was fired. Within the next month, President Reagan's popularity rating had collapsed from 67 to 46 percent; it did not recover until a year and a half later, in May 1988, when he negotiated an arms control treaty with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and traveled to Moscow to declare the Cold War over. After the revelation of the Iran-Contra scandal, Reagan purged his administration of right-wingers and neoconservatives in particular. The Republican establishment in all its aspects took control. Former Sen. Howard Baker, who had been the Republican leader at the Watergate hearings, became White House chief of staff; Colin Powell was named national security advisor; neocon protector and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was forced out and replaced by pragmatic bureaucratic player Frank Carlucci; and Secretary of State George Shultz was given charge of foreign policy in order to negotiate terms with Gorbachev.

The storm enveloping President Bush is a consequence of his adoption of the vicious smear tactics of the Nixon political operation, learned there by Karl Rove, who was called as a witness to testify about them before the Watergate inquiry, and of Bush's elevation to power of the neoconservatives removed by Reagan and excluded from office by Bush's father. Bush is haunted by the history he insisted on defying.

The elements of the Republican establishment that Bush brought into his first administration as a sort of symbolic tribute were gone by his second. By their nature, these people are discreet, measured and private. It is not their impulse to voice disagreement in public. Their sweeping and emotional jeremiads against what Bush has wrought are extraordinary not only in their substance but in having been made at all. Those expressing their disquiet about Bush are more than simply losers in bureaucratic struggles for primacy of place. Once representative of the heart and soul of the Grand Old Party, they are historical castaways. They stand for another Republican Party that has been supplanted by Bush's version.

Paul O'Neill, the former CEO of Alcoa, was shocked at the degradation of policymaking he witnessed as Bush's first secretary of the Treasury. He had anticipated that the councils of government under Bush would be no different from those he had experienced as an economic aide under Nixon. Nixon had rigorously insisted on objective analysis, hearing all sides and considering all options. In Cabinet meetings, O'Neill wrote in his memoir, "The Price of Loyalty," Bush was like "a blind man in a roomful of deaf people." The White House struck back at O'Neill by falsely charging him with leaking classified materials and subjecting him to an investigation, which had the desired effect of silencing him. In retrospect, the accusation of leaking classified information can only appear ironic.

Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey, was stunned by her denigration and the suppression of science when she was Bush's first director of the Environmental Protection Agency. After her resignation, she compared Bush unfavorably to Reagan, who, she said, "didn't reach out in a way that indicated that there was no room for others." Whitman's book, http://www.salon.com/books/review/2005/01/27/whitman/

"It's My Party Too," was a meek plea for attention from the "social fundamentalists" she claimed had seized control of the family firm. She would not name names, as though she might have another go at riding the tiger that had already devoured her.

John Danforth, for 18 years a U.S. senator from Missouri, served briefly before resigning as Bush's ambassador to the United Nations. He did not stipulate the reasons for his departure, but he did publish an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on March 30 of this year decrying how "Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians." The GOP, he wrote, has become "a party that has gone so far in adopting a sectarian agenda that it has become the political extension of a religious movement." Danforth, an old friend of George H.W. Bush's, lamented the loss of the party's heritage: "Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction. It is time for Republicans to rediscover our roots." Danforth was replaced at the U.N. not with a believer in old-fashioned bipartisan internationalism but with John Bolton.

Lawrence Wilkerson, the former head of the Marine War College who had served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, revealed the inner struggles of the Bush administration http://www.salon.com//politics/war_room/2005/10/20/wilkerson/index.html
in a speech before the New America Foundation on Oct. 19. A "Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal" ran U.S. foreign policy for a president "not versed in international relations and not too much interested." Wilkerson defined the Bush doctrine as "cowboyism." Condoleezza Rice as national security advisor was "extremely weak" and more interested in "her intimacy with the president" than in acting as an honest broker. Cleaning up after Bush's tarnishing of America's image in the world was an impossible task. "It's hard to sell shit," said Wilkerson.

Powell, Wilkerson's principal, has remained publicly quiet since his September outburst, in which he said that his speech before the United Nations arguing the case for the existence of WMD and an invasion of Iraq, which subsequently was revealed to be filled with disinformation, was a "blot" on his record and continues to be "painful now." Behind the scenes, however, Powell has been active in countering the Bush torture policy, which he opposed from the beginning. Powell sent personal letters and made telephone calls to Republican senators urging them to support the amendment to the military appropriations bill that would end the torture policy. As a result of Powell's lobbying, 90 senators voted for it. It was a stinging rebuke to Bush, who has threatened to veto the entire military appropriations package if the amendment is attached.

Brent Scowcroft, perhaps more than anyone else, personifies the realist, bipartisan Republican tradition of internationalism. He is also the former national security advisor to the elder Bush and among his closest friends. President Bush dismissed him early this year from the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, having ignored his advice through the first term. Scowcroft's candid views appear in an article in the current issue of the New Yorker, in which he details his rejection by Bush at length. "I don't want to go there," Scowcroft replied when asked about the difference between the father and son. He said dismissively of the Iraq policies of a leading neoconservative, former Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, "He's got a utopia out there." On Cheney, Scowcroft sounded perplexed: "The real anomaly in the Administration is Cheney. I consider Cheney a good friend -- I've known him for thirty years. But Dick Cheney I don't know anymore."

But Scowcroft the foreign policy mandarin may not have been exposed to the partisan Cheney when he served as secretary of defense in the administration of Bush Sr. He may have missed Cheney's tenure as a representative in the House leadership, where he compiled a far-right voting record and, as House minority whip during the 1980s, was the hidden hand behind the rise of Newt Gingrich and his band of radicals. When he was slated to be Bush's running mate, it was widely assumed that Cheney would act as a stabilizing and moderating presence. Only those who understood his congressional career knew of his affinities with the radical right, his vengeful instincts and his mean-spiritedness. His emergence at the center of the "cabal" now under investigation by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should not surprise those who have penetrated his avuncular image to see the hard man beneath. Cheney was not the substitute father figure but the false father.

Bush's highhanded treatment of the few Republican moderates of his first term all but eviscerated what was left of the establishment that once controlled the party. The story of the old party's fall from grace and Bush's part in it is a well-known bildungsroman, a family saga that begins with the father.

The son of Prescott Bush, a patrician moderate Republican senator from Connecticut and a Wall Street investment banker, George H.W. Bush traveled to Texas to make his fortune in the wildcat oil industry. He was hardly a roaring success, but he took up his father's line of work, getting elected to the House from suburban Houston. It was then that he opened the negotiations of his Faustian bargain. His father had been the head of the United Negro College Fund; he and his wife were prominent members of the local chapter of Planned Parenthood. But George Bush Sr., seeking political advantage in Texas, declared his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Bush spent the next decade advancing himself as a consummate Republican loyalist in positions ranging from chairman of the Republican National Committee under Nixon to Gerald Ford's CIA director and United Nations ambassador. After losing the Republican presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan in 1980, he swallowed his criticism of Reagan's supply-side nostrums as "voodoo economics" when he became his running mate.

The Faustian negotiations deepened. In 1988, he ran for president as Reagan's anointed successor. Faltering on his own, with unenthusiastic backing from Reagan's evangelical supporters, he ran a series of nativist and racially charged attacks on his Democratic opponent. Bush won that election with the right-wing Republican base voting for him but still doubtful of his authenticity. As president his compromises on taxation and realism in foreign policy led to their open disillusionment.

His son George lost his first campaign for the House from Texas, tainted by association with his father, who was tarnished by the right as a member of the Trilateral Commission international conspiracy. From then on, Bush was never outmaneuvered on his right flank. His political field marshal, Karl Rove, managed the right wing for his benefit. The Faustian bargain of the father became business as usual for the son.

Now the old establishment is faded. Its remnants largely consist of his father's superannuated retinue. Not even the old Texas establishment in the person of James A. Baker III, Bush's father's field marshal and the former secretary of state (among his many official posts), who managed the Florida contest that gave the presidency to the son, is welcome in this White House.

The Republican Party after Bush, minus its traditional establishment, threatens to become the party of its irreducible base, the party of the old Confederacy and the sparsely populated Rocky Mountain states. But this base, however loyal and obsequious to Bush, regardless of any crisis, does not offer statesmen to step in to handle his shaken White House.

A sharp reversal of policy and turnover in personnel are the only actions that may enable Bush to salvage the shipwreck of his presidency, as they did for Reagan. But bringing in the elders, even if they could be summoned, would be psychologically devastating to Bush, a humiliating admission that his long history of recklessness and failure, from the Texas Air National Guard to Harken Energy, with rescue only through the intervention of his father and his father's friends, has reached its culmination.

Best Wishes, Michael Wells Mandeville,
The Hills of Arizona USA at mwman@earthlink.net

Iran-Contra II?


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Bush nominated Ben S. Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board


Informant: Lew Rockwell


Monetary Policy in a World of Mobile Capital


Bernanke and the Bubble

Paul Krugman writes that by Bush administration standards, the choice of Ben Bernanke to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve was just weird. For one thing, Mr. Bernanke is actually an expert in monetary policy, as opposed to, say, Arabian horses.


The GSE Crisis


The Secret Government Implodes


Future Shock at the Fed


Informant: Lew Rockwell

Losing Ground

We are the majority and we are everywhere

Make your voice heard now...Been up all night sending the last press release "Open Letter To O'Reilly" to all the media in Washington

I'm not finished but I wanted to get all of you to follow suit with an email blitz

I'm pasting the last press release here for those who misssed it

What ever you say please demand truth behind 911 and the fact Iraq had no connections what so ever to the demolition of the Twin Towers...

War for lies and we are the enemy...Demand safety for the war protesters...Let them know you count and hold them accountable.

I know O'Reilly will be the talk of his peers in media as well as all media in Washington.

I'm positive that we're all going to be the talk, too...Especially in Washington.

Use the following signature so everyone sees we are everywhere and put it to them...Use your own words and not my press release...They all have it or will and need hear from you too>>>

"We The People United Movement"

We are many Political and Patriot Groups joining together, to help right the wrongs in America..."United We Will Stand"

Our day has come!

Shoot them with bullets of truth coming from all directions at the same time...Ask everyone you know to join in the blitz.

That other site for media and elected officials I sent you did not work for me...It always had before but this time they wanted a code and it kept saying I entered wrong numbers and to try again...over and over again.

This one will work better anyway>>>

Click here: WASHINGTON NewsConnect - Washington state daily newspapers and televison news stations

> http://tinyurl.com/cdqr3

This is a little...no...it's very time consuming because each paper has so many on staff.

You need paste your message in each persons email to make this work...and there's a lot.

This will insure that all will have "US" and O'Reilly on their minds and tongues...Big Time!

Here's our introduction and demands to the media...I added a preface that wasn't on the original press release sent to you as you will see...So if you read it already...Be sure to see the added note.

Here it is>>>

We would like to align with you...We want you to know we exist...We are 300 groups that network throughout cyberspace...We have no idea how many groups, organizations or individuals we actually pyramid out to...We average 200,000 as total members combined before networking out to where we can't track.

A multitude of VIP's are standing with "US" that are separate from the groups...Radio Hosts, Legal Eagles and every issue important to the people is represented.

Very Important Patriots and Very Important People are among our activists...We are willing to show you, we are many...

Will you will join forces and efforts with "US"?...This last press release is being sent for your review and hopefully use.

Marsha McClelland
Cuyahoga falls, Ohio


Date: 10/27/2005 1:42:17 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: Mofmars3
To: postman@truthout.org

Dear Group Owners and Activists...No matter what cause you represent now is the time to come together.

It's time to shake the very foundations of earth with the loud voice and strength "We The People" now realize we have.

This is a press release I'm sending as an open letter to Bill O'Reilly and the challenge he asked for and said he would not back down from.

Thank those of you who are joining in these blitzes because he mentioned tonight how people are sending to other networks just to smear and embarrass him.

So let's all help and encourage our members to join in this one, please?

We all will return the favor for your specific cause or issue in due time, if you will join forces with "US" now.

Let's all shoot bullets of truth at them big time this time...Forward to all you know and add your own comments.

I will not detail every word and the mistakes Bill made this time...No time to bloviate more than necessary.

Tonight Bill O'Reilly interviewed Tim Graham from the Media Research Center<<<so called far right...and he also brought my attention to Media Matters<<<so called left, which I suggest you google them both and possibly add them to your own media lists.

You have to email them from their sites.

For you diehards>>>Click here: all media, newspaper and magazines

> http://tinyurl.com/9lbt

Don't forget>>> Click here: News Hounds: We watch FOX so you don't have to. http://www.newshounds.us/

"We The People United Movement"

We are many Political and Patriot Groups joining together, to help right the wrongs in America..."United We Will Stand".

Subj: ***Open Letter To Bill O'Reilly***
Date: 10/27/2005 12:24:24 AM Eastern Standard Time
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No Bill, you don't lie...You're the spin master and master of deception....That's why "We The People" focus on you...You're just too good at what you do and that worries and angers "US".

This is because we recognize truth from spin, you help so well to hide from some people.

You can't be that good and ignorant, too, so we figure, you a bad guy...We don't hound you to make you look stupid as you stated tonight and we are not dishonest as you stated.

You're dangerous!

It's because we know "you" know better and you're the meanest man on the news, we know.

The spin starts with you and that's truth.

Get off the left and right political terms, and tell all your buddies, too...We are interested only in 'Truth" and right and wrong.

We don't care about fair and balanced views or opinions from both sides...the far left or right.

We are the voice of the correct and moral side of this war, we are all in and up against, together.

The racial stuff you spin is the same nonsense...All these labels mean nothing...They just misdirect the people in their thinking, as is their intent to divide.

All people are either basically good or bad...If the bad guys want to kill, that's plain evil and wrong...not something to be blamed on a whole race...the blacks, whites, Muslims, Mexicans, etc.

This trick to spin and divide "US" will no longer work...The thinkers have been educating the non thinkers and/or the deceived, for years.

We are now the majority and we are everywhere...We are now the majority compared to all the corrupt in control and those that follow them, like you, Bill.

As far as the unknowing, the ignorant, only because they are void of facts, those being fooled...they are the pawns we don't count yet.

They will be choosing their sides wisely and carefully, we're sure.

Be very afraid being on the wrong side...We are on the move and we demand Truth, Peace, Liberty and Justice for All.

Local news stations are covering the peace vigils and movement in Washington but not a word from main stream media...Now that's even worse than the spin the lying media is scripted and hostage to.

There was ruckus at Kent State University today, in Ohio...It was reported locally.

Remember Kent State and Vietnam?...The police shooting and killing the students?...They "are" getting riled again (students and our young everywhere) because they are getting weary and impatient...

The soldiers are still dying and 2000 is not believed to be even close to the actual number.

I believe they said the recruiters were thrown off campus...Heard it second hand so don't quote me.

What "We The People" are saying right now...For your sake and all the others who could be helping "US" but choose to keep their heads in the sand.


You don't dare touch the truth behind 911 either now, do you?...When the rest of our people learn...and they are learning and waking by the masses, Bill...when they learn the demolition of the Twin Towers had absolutely nothing to do with Iraq...It will be very bad for those on the wrong side of this horrid war...You can be assured.

The "good" hearts are about to lie down in the street to represent a fallen soldier in Washington...Some won't be getting up.

Cindy Sheehan won't be getting up and they will go for her first...

Hers is the noble cause, Bill, so come to think of it, I have met your challenge to point out a time when you lied...And this is a biggy, too.

Right there you are caught in a lie...and you said it couldn't be done?

When you used the words "Noble cause" and defined the lying meaning...It was just like when you used "We The People" it sounded vile coming from you.

You do not have our permission to use "We The People".

Our activists subscribe to Click here: News Hounds: We watch FOX so you don't have to. http://www.newshounds.us/

We don't want you to help the network with the ratings...You are so good that we worry about that...Anyway, we're way too busy to watch everyone.

Therefore because of you, Fox has been bocotted, along with the many other deserving forces that will soon feel the impact.

We are angry, awake and alert...When you are ready one of our representatives will gladly stop your spin in it's tracks, as should be.

Your ridiculous item was ridiculous, tonight...The millions of allies you claimed with you, naming one organization, then showing a partial list of, you said, one hundred thousand people who appreciated you?

Allow "US" to show you our lists, sometime, huh, Bill?

You said a lot about not letting this go unchallenged tonight...You can't back down now...You hereby are counter challenged.

Very Sincerely,

Marsha McClelland...representee of the "We The People United Movement"
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

We are many Political and Patriot Groups joined together, to help right the wrongs in America..."United We Will Stand".

Christians should speak out about the corruption in our government

Frist, Rove, DeLay: Who's looking the other way?

Christians should speak out about the possibility of corruption in the highest ranks of government.

Dateline: Sunday, October 16, 2005
by David Batstone, for Sojourner News

Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, the two political operatives in Congress with arguably the deepest support among Christian churches, both face serious allegations of financial trickery. Karl Rove, the Bush administration power broker who speaks almost daily with Christian leaders to coordinate political action, is under investigation for divulging classified information, then covering up his misdeed.

The details of each case can be pursued in most major media outlets. In brief, DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury of illegally funneling corporate campaign contributions into Texas legislative races. DeLay, who has stepped down at least temporarily from his position as majority leader of the House of Representatives, is also under federal investigation for his questionable relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Many Christians express blind allegiance to these men.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, on the other hand, has fallen under serious investigation by federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible insider trading (what got Martha Stewart in trouble), not to mention legislative conflict of interest.

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally assured President Bush in the fall of 2003 that he had not disclosed to anyone in the press that Valerie Plame, the wife of an administration critic, was a covert CIA employee, according to Associated Press reports. It now appears possibly Rove was the source of the leak that destroyed Plame's career and potentially put her life at risk.

I find it more than a bit disturbing that Christians who back Rove, DeLay, and Frist in their political efforts express so little concern about the possibility of corruption at the highest ranks of government. Worse still, many Christians express blind allegiance to these men. Is this what we have come to, when we sell our birthright for a pot of political porridge?

The Jerusalem Post reports DeLay appeared publicly for the first time after his indictment at a Sept 28 event hosted by "Stand For Israel," an organization of evangelical Christians and Jews who support a Zionist future for Israel. The Post reports that DeLay received a standing ovation, saying, "It's really good to be here among so many old friends and brothers and sisters in the cause for justice and human freedom." Some participants called out, "We love you, Tom," according to the Post.

I grant that the aforementioned misdeeds are only allegations, so a measured response would be appropriate. DeLay, Frist, and Rove should receive due process. I do recall, however, that many Christian leaders and the religious media did not manifest any such restraint during the moral ineptitude of the Clinton era. At the time, we at Sojourners joined others in the religious world to express our concern — for example, go back to a piece written by Jim Wallis in 1998 titled, "Seeking Moral Consistency." At the time, Jim chided liberal religious leaders: "Why have churches and church leaders been so quiet in this crisis of morality? ...Could it be that this too falls out along political lines? Are those church leaders most sympathetic to Clinton's agenda unlikely to offer much comment on the many ethical issues involved here? Are only those opposed to the president's political agenda ready to speak challenging words to the White House? What are our primary colors?"

It would be comforting to observe that same desire for moral consistency in our body politic at the moment. To be frank, I do not expect Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, or any other influential media network of religious conservatives to raise a red flag about political corruption in the Republican Party any time soon. The specter of political power seems too enticing, too close within reach, to be held back by traditional values such as honesty and integrity. Oh, woe to us, that we shall we gain the whole world, yet lose our own soul.

David Batstone is Executive Editor for Sojourners.

Informant: Andrea Ball

Infineon-Streikposten von Polizei mit Schusswaffe bedroht: brutaler Einsatz gegen Beschäftigte

„Der gestrige Polizeieinsatz gegen die Streikenden beim Chiphersteller Infineon in München war brutaler als bisher bekannt. Wie de.internet.com aus der Belegschaft erfuhr, wurde Gesternmittag erneut ein Großaufgebot der Bereitschaftspolizei eingesetzt, um den Zugang von Streikbrechern zum Werk zu erzwingen. Der Einsatz wurde von der Belegschaft auf Fotos festgehalten. So ist zu sehen, wie ein Infineon-Mitarbeiter von mehreren Beamten zu Boden gedrückt wird. Sein Arm wird umgedreht. "Das ist eine Provokation für die Streikenden", sagte ein Vertreter der Streikleitung heute gegenüber unserer Redaktion. Ein Beschäftigter erklärte am Telefon: "Der Polizeieinsatz zeigt, wie nervös die Infineon-Geschäftsleitung ist, aber auch, in wessen Interesse der Staatsapparat agiert."…“ Meldung von de.internet.com vom 25.10.2005


Infineon provoziert Streikende - Ingenieure im Stechschritt mittels Polizeischutz ins Werk

„Als große Provokation bezeichnete Horst Lischka, zweiter Bevollmächtigter der Verwaltungsstelle München und Mitglied der Streikleitung bei Infineon, das Verhalten von Fertigungsleiter Hanebeck. Dieser organisierte unter Mithilfe der Polizei - entgegen der bisherigen Absprache - dass Arbeitswillige einzeln zum Infineon-Werkstor kommen. Ein Pulk von rund 15 arbeitswilligen Ingenieuren, die stechschrittartigartig und Flankierung der vor Ort stationierten Polizeikräfte hat demonstrativ das Werk betreten…“ Pressemeldung der IG-Metall Bayern vom 25.10.2005. (pdf)


IG Metall Dresden – Vertrauensleuteausschuss: An die streikenden Kolleginnen und Kollegen der Firma Infineon in München-Perlach

„Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen, wir Dresdner Vertrauensleute freuen uns darüber, dass ihr nicht widerstandslos die Pläne der Infineon-Geschäftsführung, das Werk München-Perlach platt zu machen, hinnehmt. Wir wünschen euch bei euerem Kampf viel Kraft und Erfolg…“ Soli-Schreiben der IG Metall Dresden – Vertrauensleuteausschuss vom 25.10.2005 (pdf)


Uns liegen bereits weitere Solierklärungen vor: von der Betriebsräteversammlung der IGM in Berlin und vom VEM Sachsenwerk…

Aus: LabourNet, 27. Oktober 2005

The Dead Ends of Technicalitarianism


The Presidency as Public Trust


The Conservative Bind: on Russell Kirk's mistake


The Truth Behind Tom DeLay's Indictment


The Revolution Really Did Begin

The Next Skirmish Begins NOW

MWM: Temporarily Upstaged By The Weather, the Street Movement To Stop Bush Literally Begins Tomorrow

From: wolfman communications Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:07:50 -0700 (PDT)

2000, Why? Not One More by Cindy Sheehan

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless and corrupt. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Unfortunately the 2000th American death in Iraq is tragically coming up too soon. In addition to the wasted young lives in Iraq, 246 of our brave men and women have been killed in Afghanistan. Our troops and the war in Afghanistan get even less attention than Iraq, if possible. I am in Washington, DC now and along with a coalition of peace groups and local activists, we will be holding vigils at the White House for the rest of the week from 12 noon to 8 PM. Each day we will be passing out black wrist bands and we will have each person who picks one up write a KIA troops' name and number on it. Each wrist band will also stand for 50 innocent Iraqis killed. Everyday at 6 PM we will have a "die-in." We will ask everyone who is present at 6 PM to lie down and represent a dead soldier. At that point, the park police will give us 3 warnings before they arrest us. We are not encouraging people; to get arrested is a very personal decision. I am planning to not get up on the day after the 2000th soldier is killed. I may be arrested. Then when they let me out, I will go back and lie back down. We in America have let this criminal administration get away with murder for too long. Enough is enough. It's time to start practicing non-violent civil disobedience (C.D.) on a large scale. On Tuesday the 25th we will be fasting for the length of the vigil in solidarity with the hardships that Americans and Iraqis are enduring on a daily basis. We are asking America to fast in solidarity with us. On Wednesday the 26th at 10:30 AM, we will be going to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then to the White House for our vigil. On Thursday the 27th at 10:30 AM we will be delivering a wreath and signed sympathy cards to the Iraqi Embassy. We are asking people who come out to our vigil on the Lafayette Park side to bring sympathy cards. Then to the White House for our vigil. On Friday the 28th at 10:30 AM we will be delivering flowers and get well wishes to Walter Reed Hospital and we are asking people to bring get well cards to our vigil. Then off to the White House for our vigil. Tomorrow I will be calling on President Bush to answer my original question: "What Noble Cause?" There is absolutely no noble cause. Our children and the Iraqi people are dying and suffering for no cause except for power and money greedy criminals. The numbers are staggering. More American soldiers have been KIA in the first 32 months of Iraq so far then in the first 4 years of Vietnam. This isn't another Vietnam people, this is worse. We cannot allow the people who are running our country to keep on running it into the ground. It is time to exercise our sacred duty as human beings. Let's get peacefully radical.

Best Wishes,
Michael Wells Mandeville,
The Hills of Arizona USA at mwman@earthlink.net


"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." (Benjamin Franklin)

"We must obey GOD rather than men." (Bible; Acts 5:29)

"Those people who are not governed by GOD will be ruled by tyrants." (William Penn)

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." (George Washington)

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. ---Thomas Paine, "Common Sense" (Feb 1776)

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