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Archive for the Month of September, 2005.
Viewing ALL NEWS articles 151 through 225 of 476.

September 10, 2005

POLICE STATE IN AMERICA: - Now Bush can lock up anyone forever without charge

EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE FOUND ON FAILED LEVEE DEBRIS! - Ruptured New Orleans Levee had help failing

Who Murdered Arafat? - "There are many people in Israel who hoped that without him the Palestinian society would break apart, that anarchy would destroy its very foundations, that armed factions would kill each other and the national leadership. They are certainly glad that Arafat is dead and pray for the failure of Mahmoud Abbas."

Security Contractors in Iraq Under Scrutiny After Shootings - There are now at least 36 foreign security companies -- most from the United States and Britain -- and 16 Iraqi firms registered to operate here, according to the Interior Ministry, and as many as 50 more are believed to have set up shop illegally. Their total workforce is estimated at 25,000; many are military veterans, though levels of experience vary. As of December, contracts to provide security for U.S. government agencies and reconstruction firms in Iraq had surpassed $766 million, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Private Security and Mercenary Companies Patrol New Orleans: Reaping the Profits of a Humanitarian Disaster - ...mercenaries from Blackwater USA are rumbling through the New Orleans streets, armed to the teeth and in full battle gear.

If sewers are your thing, then Ma Bush's mind is "beautiful" - Ma Bush is typical of the inbred, filthy rich power elite who think they are superior to everyone else and have some divine right to rule the world by sacrificing the blood of the peasants' children in wars for empire.

Tom DeLay "Now Tell Me The Truth Boys, Is This Kind Of Fun?'' - This morning, U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's visit to the Reliant Park this offered him a glimpse of what it's like to be living in shelter.

Is This a civilized society? - What kind of country leaves the bodies of its citizens to rot in the streets?

Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan - The Pentagon has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that envisions commanders requesting presidential approval to use them to preempt an attack by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy known enemy stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

September 11, 2005

FEMA Nixes Grassroots Radio Station for Hurricane Evacuees - Supporters of KAMP, which was set to launch at 95.3 FM, blame red tape and bureaucrats seeking to "manage the news."

U.S. Military Tube-Feeds 13 Gitmo Strikers - The U.S. military is tube-feeding more than a dozen of the 89 terror suspects on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, a spokesman said Friday

George W. Bush Still Rocks! Stop criticizing! The rich man's CEO president is executing his job requirements perfectly - He is, after all, doing a simply beautiful job of kowtowing to his wealthiest supporters while slamming the poor and running the nation into a deep hole and creating the largest deficit in American history, all while his cronies in oil and industry and military supply and Big Energy gain immense and staggering wealth and pay less and less tax on it. This is what he was hired to do. This is why he is in office

Tal Afar Residents Send Out SOS - "The Americans are seemingly bombing the city with chemical weapons."

Flood survivors cuffed as evacuation begins - Armed police have begun to handcuff hurricane survivors who refuse to leave their homes in New Orleans.

Disaster disinformation. How the United States lied about its military casualties from the Indian Ocean tsumani. - The other Bush disaster cover-up: At least 300 U.S. military deaths from Indian Ocean tsunami

9/11 Recovery Loans Loosely Managed - The government's $5 billion effort to help small businesses recover from the Sept. 11 attacks was so loosely managed that it gave low-interest loans to companies that didn't need terrorism relief — or even know they were getting it, The Associated Press has found.

Self-Described Infidel Makes Death Threats (Again) - It was just a couple weeks ago the psychopath George M Weinert V called for the murder of the "operators" of Counterpunch and Dissident Voice.

Zero Access and the First Amendment - In the new New Orleans, where the paradigm of the Bush police state is field tested, the media is not allowed to inform Americans of the death toll in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Or so FEMA’s military overseer of "victim recovery efforts" (confiscating guns and kicking in doors), Gen. Russel Honore, would have it. Terry Ebbert, homeland security director of the new New Orleans, explained Honore’s reason for banning the media (and assault journalists and photographers and steal the memory cards from their cameras): Not even CNN, usually an obedient worker bee for the Bushian message, was willing to put up with the Honore dictum.

Firms with Bush ties snag Katrina deals - Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Where is the evidence? Brainwashing the masses. - Next time you read in the New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times or opposition web sites or blogs, for example, about Chavez' "wrongdoings" or "destabilizing the region", please remember Rumsfeld's "answers" to Oppenheimer's questions and how he rambled on without producing a shred of evidence - in fact, admitting there is no evidence ….. except in what the newspapers say.

Joe Allbaugh: From Ex-FEMA Head to Katrina Whore - Like George Bush Jr. himself, who failed his way to the top (his "management" wrecked every business he ever ran), Bush crony Joe Allbaugh has also perfected the art of failing upward.

US 'approved' oil smuggling - The largest oil consignment smuggled out of Iraq took place with US approval just weeks before the April 2003 invasion, according to a United Nations report.

Clinton's Mythical FEMA - Cronies? The Clintons were the king and queen of cronyism. Remember their Chief of White House Personnel Security Craig "where the hell did those FBI files come from" Livingstone? His security experience entailed work as a bouncer at strip clubs and discos. I can only surmise why Bill Clinton felt obligated to a man with those security credentials.

'They lied to us to get us to move' - ...they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation. & [They] informed us there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to move."

Cover-up: toxic waters "will make New Orleans unsafe for a decade" - Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.

VIDEO: Earwitness tells ABC explosives blew Industrial Canal levee - Total411.info has obtained video of an ABC News report featuring an earwitness to explosives used to destroy the Industrial Canal in New Orleans.

September 12, 2005

In Defence of Michel Chossudovsky - During the past two weeks Professor Michel Chossudovsky, an economist, political analyst and human rights advocate of international reputation who teaches at the University of Ottawa and directs his own Centre for Research on Globalization and its widely-admired website www.globalresearch.ca, has become the object of a strange campaign of defamation.

US Women Under Siege, At Home and Abroad - Efforts by the George W. Bush administration to undermine international gender equality initiatives -- most recently ahead of a key United Nations (U.N.) World Summit -- are part and parcel of a broader campaign to erode reproductive rights at home, say many U.S.-based activists.

Diseases of rich deprive poor of drugs - ..the international market has been flooded with medicines to treat "American diseases" such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and cancer, while drugs to tackle tuberculosis, malaria and water-borne diseases prevalent in the poorest countries have been neglected.

Politicians let Big Oil use Katrina to pillage public - Oil profiteers are merely doing what comes naturally to them as rapacious capitalists.

25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath - #13) "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

John Roberts' Role in the Guantanamo Hunger Strike - American justice is an oxymoron. Under Bush, there is neither justice nor a system; just the willful conduct of bullies who act according to the most cynical impulses. Roberts is the embodiment of the present paradigm; a man whose adult life has been devoted to secret organizations, like the Federalist Society, whose sole purpose is the dismantling of legal protections and civil liberties for the common man. He is the poster-boy of the new world order.

Blackwater Mercenaries: Coming Soon to Your Town - Expect Blackwater goons, experienced in killing "insurgents" in South Africa and Iraq, to enter your house—by way of kicking in the front door or pitching a stun grenade through the living room window—and confiscate your weapons and haul you off to a FEMA concentration camp

Average Iranian Citizens Claim Bush And Cronies Creating False Nuclear Threat To Take Over Oil Reserves - One-on-one interview with an average Iranian citizen reveals Bush is spreading false propaganda about Iran to create another war. Many Iranians simply call Bush "crazy."

THE IRAN TRAP - - by Scott Ritter - The only chance the world has of avoiding a second disastrous US military adventure in the Middle East is for the EU-3 to step back from its policy of doing the bidding of the US.

Iraqis To Bush - Where Did All Our Money Go? - "Bush was quick to criticize the UN over millions of dollars stolen from the Oil-for-Food Program under Saddam. But the CPA, as the successor to Oil-for-Food Program, aka Development Fund for Iraq, involves the swindling of billions of dollars."

FOIA Records Link U.S. Officials to Mass Murder in Mexico - Newly Released Documents Trace "House of Death" Cover-Up to Upper Levels of the Justice Department

More details emerge on the phony 1993 Saddam assassination threat against George H. W. Bush. - Another Bush family contrivance: The "assassination plot" against GHW Bush in Kuwait and a retaliatory attack on Saddam Hussein

Tax avoidance "keeps developing world poor" - Multinational companies operating in the world's poorest countries are "dodging" around £270bn a year in tax, anti-poverty campaigners claimed today.

U.S. leads the world in sale of military goods - The U.S. has a long-standing (and accelerating) policy of arming, training and aiding some of the world's most repressive regimes.

Mercenaries guard homes of the rich in New Orleans - Two Israeli mercenaries from ISI, another private military company, were guarding Audubon Place, a gated community. Wearing bulletproof vests, they were carrying M16 assault rifles.

September 13, 2005

Smoked Out - The "war on drugs" has evolved into a war on weed. Billions of dollars spent, tens of thousands incarcerated, and marijuana is still as popular as ever.

All eyes on Halliburton as contacts turn into contracts - With the floodwaters still high in New Orleans last week, with 25,000 body bags on their way to the city, with the Gulf of Mexico oil industry crippled - 160 platforms and 16 rigs still evacuated, oil refineries shut down - there was one group of people who, nevertheless, could see some good coming out of the wreckage. Who? Halliburton shareholders.

THE RELENTLESS BUSHCO SCAM - No question about it, it’s all about timing, and don’t they know it! It’s been going on for nearly five years now, and the Bushco folks have it down to an exact science. Just like all successful swindlers, they know exactly when the eyes and ears and minds of their marks are diverted. They time things perfectly and they know exactly when to swoop in for the kill.

Tabloid Tried to Suppress Videotape - A former American Media executive, speaking on condition of anonymity because he signed an agreement not to talk publicly about the company, said the firm wanted to spare Schwarzenegger possible embarrassment during his gubernatorial campaign. "We were protecting him," the former executive said.

New Orleans: "deliberate act of sabotage was the opening of floodgates" - I talked to his uncle today about these allegations that the levee was deliberately blown. His nephew was nearby and confirms that residents heard a series of explosions before the levee "failed".

FEMA and Katrina: REX-84 Revisited - "FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic."

Gutless Politicians Still Won't Answer 9/11 Questions; Truth Rally Calls For Treason And Murder Indictments Against Bush And Cheney - William Rodriguez given national media attention about his ignored 9/11 testimony. Rally draws hundreds of 9/11 truth supporters but mainstream media again ignores event.

No War But Class War! - Look upon the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast now, and you see the true face of capitalism. It is time, sisters and brothers, for a revolution. How can we not look at the city of New Orleans and see that it is time for those of us who work and support the Bush administration, the Democrats who play polite political games with them for a chance at the same hegemony they now exercise, for us to band together and demand a new nation, an new government. How can we not understand that we are expendable? That we are merely resources that represent the capital they covet, and for which they produce nothing, but demand everything from us?

US renews warning to Syria on Iraq - The top US diplomat in Iraq says Syria has become a hub for "terrorists" who want to stop democratic progress in Iraq and that US "patience is running out".

Thanks to corporations, instead of democracy we get Baywatch - It was claimed that the internet and satellite TV would topple dictators, but commercial interest are making sure they don't.

Bush Would Use Mini-nukes, Prof Warns - Is George Bush the most dangerous president in U.S. history?

Bush puts "duct tape" idiot in charge of FEMA - So we've gone from Brownie (aka Drownie) to Duckie

Reporters face long FOIA delays - More agencies require journalists to file formal requests for info

Bush, CNN and Journalistic Objectivity - And then two black women approach the "President of the United States," as the anchorwoman reminds us at this moment (Really! Take note! Think about the importance of this moment!) He greets them as if they had an appointment. A woman and her daughter appear. Why these two? Were they waiting for him? Who chose them?

The Ten Worst Jobs in America - For a rich country, the United States has a lot of abysmal jobs, so any list of this kind will necessarily omit some true horrors. Still, there's no doubt these are 10 of the very worst.

US media hails martial law general in New Orleans - No cliché is spared in extolling the martial law commander. He doesn’t speak, he "barks." He doesn’t walk, he "strides." He is, the Post reporter tells us, "a soldier’s soldier, the man you want in the trenches with you, the kind of man who’ll cover your back."

Rep McKinney Special Order Censored??? - - by Cynthia McKinney - I mentioned the word impeachment on the House Floor Thursday late afternoon, but I don't see it in the official Congressional Record transcript.

Tal Afar Under Media Carpet - While the world has been falling all over itself to remember the victims of 9-11 and digging deep in its pockets to aid the wealthiest nation on the planet recovering from a natural disaster, a ferocious man-made onslaught on a town in northeast Iraq is being virtually ignored

September 14, 2005

Bush says he may need more power in disasters - He wants Congress to look into whether presidential authority should be expanded in times of catastrophes like Katrina

U.S. Deploys Slide Show to Press Case Against Iran - Several diplomats said the slide show reminded them of the flawed presentation on Iraq's weapons programs made by then-secretary of state Colin L. Powell to the U.N. Security Council in February 2003.

Dutch to Open Electronic Files on Children - Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, all citizens will be tracked from cradle to grave in a single database — including health, education, family and police records — the health ministry said Tuesday.

Police State Conditioning: - Security Check-In Toy

New Orleans SWAT Team Thugs Wear Flaming Skulls - A picture postcard of the new Amerika, where flaming skull festooned SWAT Team thugs go house to house dragging out old ladies and seizing legally held firearms

No Photos of Dead "Cockroaches" Allowed in New Orleans - Let CNN sue the Bush administration all it wants. It will make no difference in the new New Orleans, where the Pentagon is in control (along with Blackwater mercenaries and militarized cops) and the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution no longer exist.

U.S. Colonist version of "democracy": Haiti priest barred from election - Since the U.S. re-invasion of Haiti and coup d'etat in the kidnapping of democratically-elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide via U.S. Marines, the valiant Haitian people have not stopped fighting the occupation of their country.

Afghan official says commanders let Osama escape - Mashal said he was present in the Tora Bora mountains during the December 2001 operation, and that while U.S. forces were not there in uniform, green berets in plain clothes, some disguised in Uzbek style dress were present.

FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping scandals - In other words, FEMA and then Blanco outsourced the body count from Hurricane Katrina -- which many believe the worst natural disaster in U.S. history -- to a firm whose parent company is known for its "experience" at hiding and dumping bodies.

Iraq Slams U.S. Detentions, Immunity for Troops - Iraq's justice minister has condemned the U.S. military for detaining thousands of Iraqis for long periods without charge and wants to change a U.N. resolution that gives foreign troops immunity from Iraqi law.

The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners - A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.

Guantanamo hunger strike expands - Dozens of detainees have joined a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, bringing the number refusing food to 128, US officials say.

Left-leaning alliance wins in Norway - Norway was poised for a power shift after the left-leaning opposition won a majority of seats in Parliament with pledges to spend more of the nation's vast oil wealth on welfare, official election results showed early today.

Private Security Industry Set to Double by 2010: Expert - The world’s private security industry is likely to double in size over the next five years, a leading European research group said Sept. 13, and called for rules to be rapidly put in place to regulate it.

The Man Beneath The Hood Speaks Out: "They tortured me, they humiliated me" - An interview with Shalal el Kaissi, who has become a symbol of U.S. torture.

Study: U.S. Losing Ground in Education - The United States is losing ground in education, as peers across the globe zoom by with bigger gains in student achievement and school graduations, a study shows.


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