April 16, 2002
The Writing On The Wall Series #3: The Ever Encroaching EvOil Empire
This is a quite comprehensive compilation that really speaks volume about the current undisclosed War Plans of the globalist plutocrats who want to extend their "evOil empire" to the entire world. Plus more evidence as to who is behind 9-11.
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1. A Way Out
2. We Bought and Paid for Carnage of Palestinians
3. 9-11: George W. Bush had nothing to do with it... did he?
4. SPECIAL OPS GETS HUGE BUDGET INCREASE
5. It would be wise to read this
6. US military fuels up Mideast bases
Cynthia McKinney accuses Bush on 9-11
AUSTRALIAN MAINSTREAM PRESS BREAKS 9-11 FRAUD STORY:
A CALL TO ACTION TO PREVENT THE WEAPONIZATION OF SPACE
Get the whole Call from "Doreen Agostino" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
See also http://www.peaceinspace.com
APFN - OPERATION 911 COUP AND COVERUP UPDATE
The Propaganda Matrix - Exposing the New World Order and the Illuminati
THE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ARCHIVES (Astoundingly comprehensive!)
9-11: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?
FDA approves implantable microchips for ID purposes (April 4)
"Privacy advocates are also concerned about the chip's involuntary implantation or the possibility of using the technology to track government dissidents in the future."
See John Rappoport's Perspective on 9-11 and Sharon's war
http://www.nomorefakenews.com - Search with MONDAY, APRIL 8
To the courageous soldiers who say NO!
The Courage to Refuse
World court now a reality
Sneak preview of world court
ANIMATION WITH GRAPHIC PICTURES ILLUSTRATING THE POP QUIZ ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Global Eye -- Mud Pack (Feb 15)
Bush is a war profiteer on a vast, historic scale, a man with only one animating principle: the aggrandizement of his own pampered self and his elitist clique. This greed compromises every action taken by his regime -- because they all result in profits for his gang. Another example: Bush puts U.S. bases in Central Asia; Dick Cheney's Halliburton gets the construction contracts; Daddy's Carlyle Group supplies the weaponry; Dub's buds in the oil bidness get protection for their new pipelines.
A Way Out
April 1, 2002
Every foreign military invasion has a pre-defined end called withdrawal. The hideous Israeli incursion of internationally recognized Palestinian territories is no exception. Every military operation has a defined political goal, yet Sharon seems to be keeping this a secret from his cabinet, the Israeli people, indeed, the world.
Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, Israel will need to decide to which border they will withdraw their troops. Israel can choose to move back to one of the hundreds of its self-defined 'security' borders, or they can, once and for all, choose to end the never-ending spiral of violence by finally implementing UN resolutions and withdrawing back to the June 4, 1967 borders, thus closing one chapter of its senseless military occupation.
The infamous Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, knows this very well and he also knows that his time is limited in rampaging Palestinian cities, institutions and lives. The fact of the matter is that US-armed Israel can occupy, and re-occupy Palestinian lands over and over, and under any media slogan that fits the times, but will never rid itself of the legitimate Palestinian resistance to end the illegal Israeli occupation that has haunted it and the world for 37 years now.
Palestinians went to Madrid, Oslo, Camp David and Taba and extended the greatest concession ever voluntarily made by an indigenous people -- to relinquish 78% of their ancestral homeland so Jews around the world could fulfill their own dream of a homeland. In return, the world community expected the Israeli occupiers to dismantle its illegal occupation on the 22% of Palestinian lands that remained, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. What Palestinians received instead was a package of Israeli aggression like never before.
Israeli policy makers have become blinded by the suicide bombings to the point that they cannot comprehend that their own, home-made, military occupation of Palestinian lands is generating, not only suicide bombers, but a united community that is increasingly feeling that any future co-existence may be impossible given the deafening silence of the Israeli public-opinion toward the continuing occupation. Suicide bombings are totally immoral and serve no strategic goal, but have been totally successful in feeding into the political plans of maniac military professionals like Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres.
Well-oiled public relation campaigns are emanating from Washington and Tel Aviv to portray the Palestinian victim as the rapist and the Israeli rapist as a poor soul with a dire need for a security fix. In spite of this, Palestinians are going out of their way to facilitate the entry of Israel into the Middle East as an equal, legitimate entity and a partner for the future. Now with the Arab League offer for normalization with Israel if UN resolutions are implemented, the Arab World too, as a whole, is giving Israel a respectable way out as well. Unfortunately, Sharon and Peres are missing this once in a lifetime opportunity and would rather turn every single Palestinian citizens life upside down hoping for mass submission, which will never come.
History will judge the Palestinian leadership on its political wisdom, but Israel cannot wait for history. Israel must choose today between peace on internationally recognized terms with the dispossessed indigenous people of their State or face another half-century of isolation with the backdrop of a rapidly encroaching demographics dilemma.
For our part, we as two citizens of this troubled region, offer President Bush and his Administration, a history book of Palestine and the Palestinians. For the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships, their part starts with an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders and a Palestinian commitment to remain committed -- which Mr. Arafat amazingly still is even under gunfire -- to resolving the remaining issues of refugees, settlements, and security in a new and improved peace process.
Today, we write not as colleagues, but as a Palestinian living under Israeli attack, a few hundred meters from Arafat's compound, and an Israeli, living a few hundred meters from one of the latest suicide bombings.
There is a way out.
Sent by "Mark Graffis" <email@example.com>
April 9, 2002
We Bought and Paid for Carnage of Palestinians
by Robert Jensen
I helped kill a Palestinian today.
If you pay taxes to the U.S. government, so did you.
And unless the policies of the U.S. government change, tomorrow will be no different.
It is easy for Americans to decry the "cycle of violence" in Palestine, but until we acknowledge our own part in that violence, there is little hope for a just peace in Palestine or the Middle East.
The first step is to abandon the mythology that the United States is a "neutral broker for peace" in the conflict. A new report by the Institute for Southern Studies shows that in the one-year period after the Sharm el-Sheikh peace agreement in September 1999, the U.S. government pumped $3.6 billion worth of arms into Israel -- an odd policy for a country playing a supposedly neutral role.
So, when we hear on the news that Israeli tanks are rolling through the cities and refugee camps of the West Bank, we should remember those tanks were made in the United States and purchased by Israel with U.S. aid. The Israeli jets and helicopters used in the assault are American F-16s, Blackhawks and Apaches. Machine guns, grenade launchers, missiles and bombs -- made in the USA, paid for with our tax dollars -- are being used to crush the Palestinian people. That means we must face two realities:
First, the current Israeli attack on West Bank towns is not a war on terrorism, but part of a long and brutal war against the Palestinian people for land and resources. If Israel is serious about ending terrorism, it would end its 35-year illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Until it demonstrates a willingness to do that, Israeli calls for peace ring hollow and its attempts to achieve security through force will only make it less secure.
Second, Israel's war against the Palestinians would not be possible without U.S. military and economic support -- $3 billion a year in direct aid. While the whole world stands against Israel's occupation, our government provides the political and diplomatic cover that allows Israel to flout international law. Specific Israeli policies sometimes draw mild criticisms from U.S. leaders, and those criticisms have grown stronger in recent days as Israel has ignored calls for a pullback of forces. But Israel can continue to ignore the international consensus -- and the U.N. Security Council resolutions calling on it to end the occupation -- because of U.S. support.
U.S. officials recently have distanced themselves from the extreme violence of the Sharon government and the Likud Party, but it is folly to think all would be fine if only a Labor Party government were in power. The differences between the two major parties in Israel are more of style than substance. Take the question of settlements in the occupied territories.
We are told repeatedly that Israel desperately wants peace. If that is true, why has the number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank and Gaza almost doubled since the Oslo peace process began nearly a decade ago? Given that those settlements are one of the most serious obstacles to a peaceful solution, why would the Israeli governments -- Labor and Likud alike -- expand settlements in territory it illegally occupies during a so-called peace process?
The ultimate solution to the conflict in the Middle East is a regional peace conference under an international banner that takes seriously international law. There must be regional arms control, which should be part of a movement to reduce the insane levels of armaments globally (of which the United States is the leading salesperson). The most important contribution the United States could make is to stop blocking that process.
But right now, the United States can help defuse the immediate crisis by using the leverage its aid to Israel provides. We the American people should pressure our government to make a clear statement: Israel must not only end its current brutal offensive but also must take meaningful steps to end the occupation, and the United States must withdraw support from Israel until it agrees to do so.
If we fail to do that, then we cannot escape the knowledge that Americans are partly responsible for the next missile fired into a Palestinian town, the next shell lobbed into a Palestinian home, the next Israeli bullet that cuts down an innocent Palestinian.
Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a member of the Nowar Collective, and author of the book Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream. His pamphlet, "Citizens of the Empire," is available at http://www.nowarcollective.com/citizensoftheempire.pdf
Other writings are available online at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/freelance/freelance.htm
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
9-11: George W. Bush had nothing to do with it ... did he?
by Vancouver Sun - Mon Feb 25 '02
The truth is out there ... right? At first, it all seemed so obvious. It was those Islamic terrorists. Osama bin Laden. Mullah Omar. George W. Bush had nothing to do with it ... did he?
Vancouver Sun Saturday,
February 23, 2002
AP Files / President George W. Bush continued speaking to kids after the attack ... hmm.
Reuter Files / The World Trade Center towers explode and burn after being hit by planes Sept. 11.
"The right wing benefited so much from September 11 that, if I were still a conspiratorialist, I would believe they'd done it."
When the paladin of Camelot joined the fray, I knew 9/11 had become the Kennedy Assassination of the 21st century -- a real-life X-Files episode occurring before my eyes. Like those X-Files accounts of aliens living in oil deposits, this was a story with such staggering implications the mainstream media are loath to go near it. The question isn't who killed the president -- it's who piloted the airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvanian countryside.
Just as there remains lingering doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald fired a burst of fatally accurate shots from the Texas Book Depository, so there is skepticism that cells of Islamic terrorists secretly coordinated and simultaneously commandeered four commercial jetliners.
The culprit responsible for the Sept. 11 attack is now rumoured to be the same one who lurked behind the grassy knoll: the oil-dependent U.S. military-industrial complex.
Not everyone is ready to accept this -- a substitute teacher in North Vancouver's Sherwood Park elementary school has been called on the mat for suggesting to Grade 5 students the Central Intelligence Agency might have been involved in 9/11.
And at last count, there were a dozen U.S. Congressional Committees investigating the tragedies and how such an intelligence and security breakdown was allowed to occur.
But President George W. Bush and his right-hand man, Vice President Dick Cheney, have taken the unprecedented step of trying to restrict those investigations, pouring fuel on the simmering conspiracy theories being propagated in alternative publications, on wingnut Web sites and among some serious media outlets.
In Germany, a former minister of technology, Andreas von Buelow, made headlines when in an interview he dismissed the U.S. government's explanation that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network is responsible for the attacks. His own explanation implicated the White House.
"I wonder why many questions are not asked," von Buelow said. "For 60 decisive minutes, the military and intelligence agencies let the fighter planes stay on the ground; 48 hours later, however, the FBI presented a list of suicide attackers. Within 10 days, it emerged that seven of them were still alive."
In Britain, a flight engineer has published a detailed paper asserting the U.S. took the joysticks out of the pilots' hands using a method of remote control developed by the American military in the 1970s.
In the U.S. and Canada, independent publisher and editor Mike Ruppert (a former LAPD cop who hates the CIA) has drawn huge crowds to his two-hour lecture in which he states baldly that the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks and had foreknowledge. He opens his documentary presentation with an offer of $1,000 US to anyone who can prove any of his sources were misrepresented or inauthentic.
A former U.S. government agent also has given interviews claiming the CIA has been dealing with Osama bin Laden since 1987.
According to those who do not believe in The Lone Gunman, the truth is as plain as the nose on your face: Sept. 11's terrorist acts were planned and paid for by the CIA to enable the Bush Administration to "legitimately" bomb Afghanistan into submission on behalf of the oil industry.
After all, everyone knows the Bush family has strong and long acknowledged ties to the oil industry, as do other senior members of the administration. Cheney until recently was president of a company servicing the oil patch. National Security adviser Condoleeza Rice was a manager for Chevron. Commerce and Energy Secretaries Donald Evans and Stanley Abraham worked for Tom Brown, another oil giant.
Follow the money, as they say, and you'll find the smoking gun.
Under this scenario, conspiracy theorists say a pliant Afghan regime was essential because of plans to pipe central Asian oil across Afghanistan. And there is a harvest of coincidence and contradiction to feed such imaginings.
Consider first that the intelligence breakdown that led to 9/11 appears to have been a consequence of the Bush Administration telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off on its investigation of Middle Eastern terrorism. A senior FBI investigator resigned from the agency, noisily claiming its main obstacle in the investigation was Big Oil's political influence. In an ironic twist of fate, the agent died in the World Trade Center.
(Fox Mulder, was that you? Is that why they cancelled the series?)
There also are recurring reports the CIA station chief in Dubai met with bin Laden only seven weeks before 9/11 while he was laid up for surgery. (The CIA denies this, but of course you can't believe anything it says.)
Now think about this for a second: The Independent in London questions how Bush could claim in two public appearances to have seen the first plane hit the first tower long before any such TV footage was broadcast. The paper also asks why Dubya continued sitting with elementary school students after the second tower was hit and he'd been told, "America is under attack."
Very mysterious, when standard procedure for such a situation is to whisk the president away to safety. Unless -- and here is the nub -- unless he knew something more than we did that morning. As the Independent asked, "What television station was HE watching?"
This is rich stuff for those who see Them under the bed, especially since the financial miasma melds nicely with the already swirling rumour and insinuation.
In the days before the attacks, there was unusually heavy trading in airline and related stocks using a market tactic called a "put option" that essentially bets that a stock will decline in value. If you were Osama, buying puts would be a great way to boost the value of your investment portfolio.
And sure enough, unusually high numbers of put options were purchased in early September for the stocks of AMR Corp. and UAL Corp., the parents of American and United -- each of which had two planes hijacked. The U.S. government is now investigating suspicious trading in 38 companies directly affected by the events of Sept. 11.
The initial survey of beneficiaries, however, turns out not to include one tall, dark-haired, olive-skinned, Allah-loving, Saudi-born sheik. Mainly the profiteers were blue-chip, establishment, red-white-and-blue Americans, some of whom were tenants in the collapsed twin towers, such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Lehman Brothers and the Bank of America, major airlines, cruise companies, General Motors Corp., Raytheon and others. Several insurance companies are also on the 38-name list U.S. and Canadian financial firms were asked to review and compare with their records for any unusual patterns.
(Which may say more about who plays the market than anything else, but why quibble with the quixotic?)
Cynics are also questioning the incredible speed with which evidence in the WTC collapse is being destroyed. Never in the history of fire investigations, they say, has evidence been destroyed before exhaustive investigations are complete.
(Say what? Two skyscrapers' worth of debris should be warehoused?)
And then there were the curious developments swirling around the anthrax public health hysteria triggered shortly after 9/11. Even dullards can appreciate that anthrax sent to a top Democrat and to the U.S. media helped unify the nation behind the war effort while literally shutting down Congress -- a remarkably useful outcome for Dubya and his gang.
Indeed, specialists in biological warfare say the anthrax appears to be a U.S. military strain and the culprit a disgruntled American scientist who possesses a rare combination of laboratory skills that make him (they believe it's a man) relatively easy to identify. Hmmm.
And who didn't smell a bad odour two weeks ago when Tennessee driver's licence examiner Katherine Smith died in Memphis under "most unusual and suspicious" circumstances. One day before her arraignment on charges she conspired to provide phoney licences to five Arabs tied by the FBI to the 9/11 attacks, her car crashed into a utility pole. The car was only slightly damaged, the gas tank was full and intact, but the vehicle was immediately engulfed in flames.
As one report pointed out, Smith and the car interior apparently were doused with gasoline, which would certainly qualify in my book as at least "suspicious."
And Memphis ... Memphis? Wasn't that the same place a noted Harvard bio-warfare expert "fell" off a bridge in December?
The truth is out there. I know it. You too can help find it.
If you would like an activist kit to get involved in urging a full public investigation of 9/11 and its aftermath, reply to email@example.com with "Send kit."
But be warned.
The Pentagon has just established a new Office of Strategic Influence that calls for the planting of false stories in the foreign press, phoney e-mails from disguised addresses and other covert activities to manipulate public opinion.
This could be one of them.
Ian Mulgrew claims to be a Vancouver Sun reporter.
MORE ON THIS...
Canadian Television: 9-11 Overview by Vision TV, Bush / CIA Complicity in 9-11:
"SMOKING GUN" D.o.D. VISUAL EVIDENCE
Go to 47th picture:pentani.ipg
51st picture labeled pentvid1
SERENDIPITY EXPOSE ON 9-11
"NO-PLANE" (FRENCH) THESIS IS "FALSE-TRAIL" DISINFO -- IT WAS A "SMALL PLANE" (F-16)
BEST 911 Investigation sites:
http://www.bighula.com/copvcia/ (mirror of above)
Taken from tapa-chemtrails Digest Number 358
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002
From: "azpat0" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Credit: Jopel Skousen Newsletter
SPECIAL OPS GETS HUGE BUDGET INCREASE
The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will receive least $3.4 billion in new funding within the next 5 years. SOCOM does many black operations, so its real budget over that time period may be double that. Much of this money is to be used for aircraft and equipment upgrades to achieve silent operations. SOCOM regularly trains with black helicopters installed with special rotors that are nearly silent in operation. They also have specialized engine noise suppressers. I have personally interviewed military contacts who have witnessed these helicopters in operations. They only train at night in remote areas and react with a high degree of hostility to any civilians caught observing or tracking their movements. This very large increase in the special operations budget is an ominous sign that Bush intends to continue using covert special forces to intervene around the world in furtherance of US global policies.
OF COURSE THERE IS NO WAY TO VERIFY IF THIS IS TRUE OR NOT. USE YOU OWN BEST JUDGEMENT...
Also from tapa-chemtrails Digest Number 358
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002
From: "azpat0" <email@example.com>
Subject: It would be wise to read this
The following information has come from a person whom who attended the 2-week-long "Training Session" for State and local Emergency Management personel. There were apparently two main "topics": Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Domestic and International Terrorism (DIT). Speakers at the WMD session came from the FBI, BATF, FEMA, U.S. Marshal's Office, and the Department of Defense. Speakers at the DIT session came from the FBI, BATF, FEMA, U.S. Marshal's Office, DEA, INS, IRS, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of the Army. Also speaking were "several people only identified as undercover operatives." There was also a session on "Y2K - Real Problems in America" with speakers from DoD, DoJ, and a Military Security Specialist.
No cameras or tape recorders were allowed in the room, and the comment was made by the source that this was the only training he had ever had in which note taking was not encouraged. All info is sketchy because it was written down from memory in the hotel room after each session. Special ID was required to enter and attendees were warned that "the information presented was for their planning on dealing with such situations and not for public review or discussion."
The source's synopsis: The whole training session boiled down to this: the federal government has a big fear that the American public has had just about enough of government intrusion into their lives and is at a boiling point. That this entire nation is in such a state of anger, frustration and confusion, is so volatile, that any spark could set in motion a civil war that would ultimately destroy this government as we know it.
Specifics: A Special Agent-in-Charge, FBI Terrorist Investigation Unit, U.S., spoke for over two hours just on militia in the United States. Here are some of the major points of his presentation: There are over 1,300 militia in the U.S. with an active membership of 25 people or more. Active militia groups grow at a rate of 3 per year. (This is groups that are still active - not disbanded for any reason - after at least one full year.) 400+ active militia have an FBI agent, paid informant, U.S. Marshal working with the DEA, or a DEA agent successfully infiltrated into the group. 1 out of every 10 militia members has prior military experience (covering all branches of U.S. military). 1 out of every 50 militia members has the necessary skills to teach combat readiness. With some groups, this readiness is state of the art. Small militia groups are growing larger all the time. 2 out of every 10 militia members (20%) are armed equal to or exceeding the standards for regular U.S. military. 2 out of every 10 militia groups (20%) have pre-selected targets, operational plans, and a way to execute them. It is believed that 2 out of every 10 militia members (20%) will actually pull the trigger without hesitation if/when "something goes wrong." With that last statement, the speaker stated that the government is concerned about the rise in the "20%." Quote: "If this number should raise from 2 to 6 [60%] America as we know it will not have the manpower to take on such an onslaught if armed citizens should decide to make war against their government. Martial law would have to be declared and the military brought in. This would only fuel the citizens' anger and draw the fence-riders off to the side of the militia as they [the militia] have been warning that this administration has plans to do this anyway." "Now don't get me wrong. The federal government has plans to deal with such as this, but America will never be the same." At this point, a participant asked: "Just what plans does the federal government have? From your comment it doesn't look like State and local governments will be consulted or even included in the making of this plan." The FBI S.A.I.C. said: "American government is set up to continue under the most stressful situations. However, we have always fought on foreign soil. No one can say for sure what a civil war would do here. To be frankly honest, this administration has been cultivating friendships to help with this, but we will not get into that. (Could it be foreign UN troops? ML) I see no need for it and I am not just sure how much I can say."
A BATF agent talked on government's plans for gun control and BATF's role and responsibility to carry it out. The speaker is described as "arrogant and thought he was God." At one point the BATF agent stated: "Everyone is an outlaw until I say they are not." It is reported that that statement "did not go over very well" with the audience.
A Deputy U.S. Marshal spoke on their role in handling and transporting persons to "internment." He also spoke on Terrorist Identification and tracking and how all agencies work with the FBI in monitoring people and activities around the country. He said that CIA does not operate within U.S. territorial boundaries, but that it shares relevant information with enforcement agencies.
An undercover agent stated that he has seen more guns and ammo in the hands of the general public than he thought existed: "They are ready." (The source noted that all speakers invariably spoke of "we" (the government" and "they" (the American public at large).
An IRS agent spoke on how it is the job of the IRS to make certain that all non-taxpaying American citizens pay "their share," to "punish in the most severe way any that do not comply with the IRS." [My note: contrast this with the recent revelation in the mass media that a huge percentage of all IRS employees are not paying income taxes and how well over 50% of all White House employees are paying no income taxes! Helen Chenoweth and Mike Crapo - where are you?] Continuing... The IRS agent's statements that "You squeeze hard enough you get the money" and "Money belongs to the government. All of it. The government made it for use, but it belongs to the government" actually brought boos from the audience. He also commented on the government's plan for a "cashless society" with everything moving to plastic for "better control and tracking."
The DoJ agent itemized all the (non-crime) things for which they will prosecute the citizenry.
The FEMA agent talked on disruption of the food supply, possible hijacking, the difference between hoarding and stocking food, price gouging, bank runs, store runs, gasoline runs, and the national power grid and the emergency distribution of electricity.
That concludes the source's report. The reported-on session was held within the past month.
Sent by "Mark Graffis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
US military fuels up Mideast bases
USA: April 15, 2002
NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Defence says it is seeking an extra 1.4 million barrels of marine diesel fuel for bases in the Middle East, continuing a rate of military fuel purchases for the region not seen since the Persian Gulf war.
The supplemental tender for F76 grade marine diesel fuel calls for the barrels to be delivered to the Diego Garcia base in the Indian Ocean, Star Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, and Guam in the Western Pacific between July 1 and Dec 31.
The solicitation last week comes after the Pentagon already purchased 7.4 million barrels of fuel above and beyond normal contracts for its Mideast bases over the past four months, according to the Defence Energy Support Center, the DOD's fuel buying wing.
This rate of fuel buying from the world's largest single purchaser of petroleum mimics emergency buys made after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and dwarfs supplemental purchases during the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.
The U.S. military's big appetite for oil, which has underpinned strong petroleum prices in recent weeks, has intensified speculation that the United States may broaden its fight against terrorism beyond Afghanistan, possibly to Iraq, as tensions continue to boil in the region.
The U.S. military typically buys between 100 million and 180 million barrels of petroleum each year, including jet fuel, gasoline, and diesel, and spends between $3 and $4.5 billion, depending on market prices, according to DESC records between 1990 and 2000.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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