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February 3, 2004

The Empire of Darkness Series #6: The Concealers Exposed


Hello everyone

Much of the material in this compilation speaks for itself. So I'll let you assess it from your own perspective.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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CONTENTS


1. Republican Candidate for President takes on the 9-11 issue
2. Skull & Bones: The Secret Society That Unites John Kerry and President Bush
3. Iraq troop rotation plan: Pentagon prepares for next war
4. Bin laden to be disguised as donkey?
5. Dutch CIA-agent turns whistleblower
6. What Is The CIA
7. Bush seeks big missile defence increase
8. Why is the Internet not controlled by the authorities?
9. Tibetan nun's path to asylum hindered
10. REPUBLICANISM SHOWN TO BE GENETIC IN ORIGIN


See also:

Government Officials Profited From Illegal Arming of Iraq
http://www.tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=30
Bush Concealed Iraqi Chemical Weapons Plant in Boca Raton, Florida which shipped WMD to Saddam Hussein just prior to Gulf War I

Kay Testimony Impeaches Bush (Jan 26)
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17655
Can we now talk impeachment? - The rueful admission by the chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction or the means to create them raises the prospect that the Bush administration is complicit in the greatest scandal in U.S. history. Yet, we hear no calls for a broad-ranging investigation of the type that led to the discovery of Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress. In no previous instance of presidential malfeasance was so much at stake, in preserving both constitutional safeguards and national security. This egregious deception, which lead us to war on the basis of phony intelligence, overshadow previous scandals motivated by greed, such as Teapot Dome, or partisanship, such as Watergate. What is more, the White House continues to dig itself deeper into a hole by denying reality even as its lieutenants, one-by-one, find the courage to speak the truth. CLIP

White House rejects independent Iraq probe (Jan 30)
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040129-112144-3070r.htm
The White House yesterday rejected calls by Democrats for an independent investigation into how and why intelligence agencies thought Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) before the Iraq war.

Bush May Back Panel to Investigate Iraq Intelligence (Jan 31)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=2&u=/ap/20040201/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_intelligence_commission_5
Many more related articles at
http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=World&cat=Iraq

Under Pressure Bush Will Accept Probe of Prewar Intelligence (Feb 2)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/020204B.shtml
(OF COURSE THE REPORT FROM THIS PROBE WILL COME LONG AFTER THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS...)

Iraq Intel Probe Poses Risks for Bush (Jan 31)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=544&e=8&u=/ap/20040131/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_intelligence_5
WASHINGTON - A full-blown investigation of Iraq (news - web sites) intelligence failures would pose election-year risks for President Bush. No one could be certain where it would lead, who it would touch or what it would uncover. But resisting an investigation has hazards, too, because that would give Democratic presidential rivals an opening to keep the issue alive and question what the White House might be hiding.

Shifting the Blame: Is David Kay a Weapon of Mass Deflection?
http://www.punditman.com/
The latest spin surrounding the Bush adiministration's pre-war intelligence on Iraq comes from outgoing WMD hunter David Kay. After rummaging around Iraq for nine months and coming back empty-handed, Kay says he now believes that no such weapons exist, and haven't since the mid nineties. But instead of drawing the logical conclusion that he's been duped and played for a fool, he chose instead to launch the latest salvo in the Bush administration's undeclared war on the rank and file US intelligence community. When asked on National Public Radio whether President Bush owes the American people an explanation, following Kay's findings, he flipped the question on its head: "I actually think the intelligence community owes the president, rather than the president owing the American people." Kay believes the failure to find WMDs in Iraq is not the fault of those who actually made the decision to invade Iraq, who "had absolutely no doubt" that these weapons existed. He instead implies that the liability must fall on an intelligence bureaucracy that, as has been well documented, was under constant pressure to manipulate their findings to suit the administration's goal of a pre-emptive attack. How is that for inverted logic? Kay apparently finds nothing suspicious about a President who, according to former US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, demanded his advisors "find a way" to invade Iraq just 10 days after he came into office. CLIP

The U.S. is Now in the Hands of a Group of Extremists By George Soros (Jan 26)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1131132,00.html
Fundamentalism has spawned an ideology of American supremacy.

For Whom the Death Tolls (January 31)
http://www.counterpunch.org/rooij01312004.html
Deliberate Undercounting of "Coalition" Fatalities - There is evidence of a concerted effort afoot to obfuscate the number of casualties in the recent crop of US-led wars. May 1st was the day the president Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and declared the end to the war and the start of the occupation of Iraq [1]. Since then many casualty numbers have been publicized, most of them disingenuous fudges of the real death toll. There are many reasons why the casualty toll is understated, and these are dissected here. The Bush regime is doing its best to hide the human cost of its recent wars. Publicity of the soldiers' deaths is bad during an election year, and would be bad for the continued justification for the American occupation of Iraq. If they are intent on hiding the casualty figures, then it behooves us to uncover and amplify them. (...) Blood-Soaked Cake - The neocons cheered on the war against Iraq claiming it would be a cakewalk. When questions arose about the wisdom of this war, they recited the "support our troops" mantra, and now they are squabbling among themselves to determine which country to target next. These dogs of war are safely ensconced in their air-conditioned think tanks, not really giving a damn about who is being killed or who is paying for all of this, and now they are banging the war drums for their next foray. The execrable Richard Perle also stated that "we" are in Iraq for the long haul no matter the cost [8]. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who seem to be content with this state of affairs and who don't seem to mind the terrible cost exacted from the people in the area. The only thing that seems to matter is the number of American (and possibly British) soldiers killed, but even that real interest is not adequately answered. As shown in this article, the propagandists are intent on obfuscating these statistics and are even seeking to hide the arrival of the coffins back in the US. To avoid further wars, to truly "support our troops," and to rein in the insufferable neocons, it is essential that the population at large be made aware of the costs of these wars. Everyone should be made aware of the terrible toll in terms of blood and money.

The Bush Doctrine (Jan 31)
http://www.harrybrowne.org/articles/BushDoctrine.htm
(...) For almost 60 years, American Presidents have been pushing the world around. But they've been doing it pretty much in secret. As a result, very few Americans are aware that U.S. money and forces were used to overthrow governments or to aid dictators in Iran, Indonesia, Guatemala, Vietnam, and many other countries. Unfortunately, however, the people in those countries are well aware of the U.S. role and they hate us for it. I doubt that even one American in ten is aware that American airplanes bombed Iraq continually throughout the 1990s. America subverted foreign governments using money, the CIA, special forces, and occasionally overt military power. But mostly it was done on the Q.T. The New Doctrine But now we have the Bush Doctrine. No longer do American agents act in secret. It's all out in the open. In effect, this is what the Bush Doctrine says: I am the King of the world. What I say goes. I decide which governments remain and which must be overthrown. Even the most oppressive governments may be able to remain if they pledge their allegiance to me. I decide who can have nuclear weapons and who can't. I decide who can live and who will die. Some people are saying that George Bush is like Adolf Hitler. But that's absurd. There's quite a bit of difference. For example, when Hitler had been in power for three years, he hadn't invaded a single country. George Bush has already invaded two.

Test of Electronic Balloting System Reveals Major Security Flaws (Jan 30)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/020104H.shtml
Electronic voting machines from Diebold Inc. have computer security and physical security problems that might allow corrupt insiders or determined outsiders to disrupt or even steal an election, according to a report presented yesterday to Maryland state legislators.

How to Hack an Election (Jan 31)
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/31/opinion/31SAT1.html?th=&pagewanted=print&position
Concerned citizens have been warning that new electronic voting technology being rolled out nationwide can be used to steal elections. Now there is proof. When the State of Maryland hired a computer security firm to test its new machines, these paid hackers had little trouble casting multiple votes and taking over the machines' vote-recording mechanisms. The Maryland study shows convincingly that more security is needed for electronic voting, starting with voter-verified paper trails.

"Dominate. Intimidate. Control." (Feb 1) LOTS OF HORROR STORIES!
http://www.reason.com/0402/fe.jb.dominate.shtml
The sorry record of the Transportation Security Administration - When 9/11 exposed the holes in American airport and airline security, the Bush administration and Congress responded with the usual Washington panacea: a new federal agency. Congress quickly deluged the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with billions of dollars to hire an army of over 50,000 federal agents to screen airport passengers and baggage. But before the agency was even a year old, it was clear that it had "become a monster," to quote the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, John Mica (R-Fla.). Arrogant, abusive, incompetent, and expensive, the TSA is, in the words of the House Appropriations Committee, "seemingly unable to make crisp decisions...unable to work cooperatively with the nation's airports; and unable to take advantage of the multitude of security-improving and labor-saving technologies available." The attacks of September 11, 2001, changed many things, but they did not make the federal government more competent or effective, and they did not make it more willing to respect the dignity or liberty of its citizens. For proof, one need only examine the TSA's sorry record.

Pentagon conspiracy
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pentagonconspiracy/message/1
The 9-11 Pentagon conspiracy is exposed, the inside-job black-op proven by the evidence presented here. Three independent proofs are presented. Each alone discredits the phony frameup story and establishes the fact of a second aircraft, a plane much different than the Boeing that most witnesses saw and reported.




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RECOMMENDED BY "Ian Neal" I_Neal@IMECHE.org.uk> WHO WROTE: "I believe it demands the oxygen of publicity that you so vitally provide." Ian is active in London, UK about the 9-11 issue and is organizing 9/11 Questions Meet Ups (see http://www.septembereleventh.org/ and http://www.911citizenswatch.org/), a burgeoning network of 9/11 skeptics and activists. Contact him to find out more.

From: http://johnbuchanan.org/news/newsitem.php?section=INF&id=1154&showcat=4

Republican Candidate for President takes on the 9-11 issue (Jan 22)

We've got a wonderfully bizarre 9/11 visibility gig going on up here in the New Hampshire Primary now and need a lot of web visibility support to alert the legions on the ground. John Buchanan is the guy who documented the Prescott Bush/Nazi finance story last fall (and got it spilled out from the NH Gazette to AP - see http://tinyurl.com/rfiz ). Last month he was asked by patrician Republican and Earth Day founder, John McConnell to run against Bush in the NH GOP Primary. Having barely enough to pay his South Miami rent, he reluctantly agreed and now he is up here running as the "9/11 Truth Candidate" and making a hell of a noise. His hardscrabble campaign is starting to get traction and he's certainly shaking up his audiences. Last Monday he walked in cold to the podium at the new England Community Action Association Presidential Forum at the Nashua Sheraton where everybody was waiting for Joe Lieberman . They sat spellbound for 30 minutes and offered massive applause at the windup. Wednesday he spoke at New England College's College Convention in Manchester and the kids gave him a lo-o-ong hooting thumbs up ovation. So PLEASE get everyone you can to link to our John Buchanan, "9/11 Truth Candidate" site as well as his his own highly skeptical blog. The URLs are: http://johnbuchanan.org and http://www.buchanan04.blogspot.com

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SPEECH TO MANCHESTER SUPPORT GROUP 1/7/04

Good afternoon and thank you for welcoming me so warmly. I stand before you today less as a candidate and more as a messenger and the message I bear is simple and stark. We have all been lied to about 9/11, the country is in mortal danger and only you can make it right. If you need a label, I stand here as a 9/11 Truth Candidate and some may thus dismiss me as a single-issue candidate and in a narrow sense that is true. But if you consider that 9/11 has led us into fiscal ruin, endless war and constitutional twilight, my issue is the mother issue of our age.

That said let me return to the 9/11 message the first line of which is this: They wanted it to happen. They being the neocon members and associates of PNAC, the Project for a New American Century, an ultra-rightwing think tank and mouthpiece for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and most Bush's handlers these days. Cheney, Wolfowitz and their PNAC fellows had been campaigning publicly for Mideast oil wars since 2000, but also said publicly that the American people were not likely to buy these plans without a quote "catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor" unquote. They wanted it to happen. And despite over 23 warnings from 11 foreign governments in the months preceding the attacks they did NOTHING to protect or warn the country. They did less than nothing. They quashed 5 different investigations into Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda by FBI teams, and then promoted the FBI official who did most of that quashing after 9/11. They wanted it to happen. And the day it finally did they let it run its course.

There was a mysterious total collapse of all our air defenses. Even though planes had been routinely scrambled 67 times for far lesser threats in the preceding year, on 9/11 all standard operating procedures inexplicably broke down. With 4 hijacked planes in the air and Flight 77 taking more than an hour to reach the Pentagon, not a single plane was there to intercept its deadly course. Think about that for a long moment. A trillion dollar defense establishment, over three months of top level warnings, an hour's lead time, fighters based ten minutes away, and they could not even protect their own goddamn headquarters.

So 9/11 happened. 3000 people were instantly killed. The economy was desperately wounded, the country paralyzed with fear. Madness, you say. Who could possibly benefit from such a tragedy? Well, let's just recite some facts.

-- The president's poll numbers nearly doubled overnight.

-- Our intelligence and defense services, who neither informed or defended us, got a huge new budget bounce.

-- The FBI got a big cash bonus too plus a secret police wet dream in the form of the Patriot Act. (And when a couple senators Daschle and Leahy say, "Slow down, this act's not exactly patriotic or even constitutional" guess who gets anthrax in the mail?)

-- Arms merchants like Daddy Bush's Carlyle Group reaped billions, no, tens of billions, from new "War on Terrorism" orders. Washington insider firms like Cheney's Halliburton, and GOP cash cow Bechtel harvested hundreds of billions in no-bid contracts as we methodically blow up and renovate both Afghanistan and Iraq.

So 9/11 happened and the administration ordered, "thou shalt not investigate! It will distract us from the fight against terror and all the war we have to make." White House refusal may seem natural, but where was our crusading press? It is another simple sad fact that the journalists who should have been investigating this whole peculiar business were now owned and operated by big media corporations who were making so damn much selling these wars that they held their peace instead. They not only did not question the scores of 9/11 lies and contradictions, they never even told the public there were still unanswered questions out there at all. So 9/11 happened, flags were waved, money flowed and the press shut up.

And there it all would have ended PNAC with its oil wars, Bush with new poll Viagra, the FBI free from the Bill of Rights, the merchants of war rolling in blank checks and the media fat with cash. A happy ending, no? Not for the victim families, and if it weren't for a few hundred courageous ones I wouldn't be standing in front of you today. The government tried to buy their silence too, and offered all 3,000 families fat payments from a Victims Compensation Fund. Each would get about a million bucks if they just promised to shut, stop asking the logical questions and simply go away. Most did, it is true.

But some who were paying attention fought back and demanded a real investigation. They got the National 9/11 Commission instead. Can you imagine a 9/11 investigative commission where most of the commissioners have ties to the oil, airline and arms industries if not to the White House itself? Where the witnesses are not even asked to testify under oath? Where interrogations of FBI, FAA and NORAD insiders are all supervised by White House chaperones called "minders"? Where the executive director worked for years with Condi Rice, head of the National Security Council who herself refuses to testify under oath? Where the latest appointed commissioner is an Iraq war hawk who publicly said he thought the most important role of the commission was quote "not to embarrass the president" unquote?

Could you believe in an investigation like that? Can you believe the shit that is going down? Well, neither can I and that is why I am here today to ask you to join with the desperate victim families and demand belated truth. The country has been swindled into endless war, repression and financial collapse. Thousands of people have been murdered and we still don't know the facts. I am just one voice saying these things up here in New Hampshire today, but if you would just do some homework you would see there are thousands like me working in shadow on the internet trying get out what the victim families want to say.

One great crusader in this struggle is your own Ellen Mariani, a Derry 9/11 widow who is suing Bush, Cheney and their neocon kin for knowingly letting her husband die for personal and political gain. I beg you to rally around her as one of the heroes of this cause, I also beg you to read some vital texts like Nafeez Ahmed's "The War on Freedom" or the 9/11 timeline at http://www.cooperativeresearch.org

And finally I ask you to vote for me to send a message of your own -- that this land is our land and it's time for gestapo-minded war profiteers to get the hell out. I thank you for sitting here and pray you will now begin to move. Good night and god bless what's left of our democracy.

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From: http://www.oilempire.us/mlk.html

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches on war and peace

Martin Luther King Jr used to quote that in Dante's circles of hell, the hottest circle was reserved for those who did nothing in a time of great moral crisis.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions ... Now I feel quite differently. I think you've got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values."

"Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody."

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? Expediency asks the question - is it political? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but one must take it because it is right."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

CLIP

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Media resources:

http://www.oilempire.us/media.html (how the media works, CIA / covert influence, lists of excellent alternative US media sources)

http://www.oilempire.us/denial.html
(most of the liberal/left/progressive "alternative" media does not examine 9/11)

http://www.oilempire.us/worldnews.html
(list of international news services)

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"A newspaper is not just for reporting news, it's to get people mad enough to do something about it."

- Mark Twain

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." -

- Joseph Goebbels (Hitler's propaganda minister)

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."

- William Colby, former Director of the CIA

"During a war, news should be given out for instruction rather than information."

- Joseph Goebbels

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."

- Katharine Graham (now deceased owner of the Washington Post) at a 1988 speech at CIA headquarters


General Tommy Franks (Bush's war criminal who led Iraq invasion) stated in November 2003 (http://www.oilempire.us/northcom.html#martiallaw) that the US will suspend the Constitution and impose martial law if there's another "terrorist" attack. Considering the mountains of evidence (http://www.oilempire.us/911.html) that 9/11 was an "inside job," it is plausible that the Bush regime will stage another phony incident as a pretext to suspend what remnants of democracy we still have. 911 disclosure is perhaps the most important antidote to this fear campaign and probably the only issue that can ensure "regime change" in 2004. George W. Bush was not joking when he stated, immediately after the Supreme Court's Election in 2000, "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."

- Taken from http://www.oilempire.us/
Check also http://www.falloutshelternews.com




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From: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/23/0445212

Printer-friendly version at http://www.democracynow.org/print.pl?sid=04/01/23/0445212

January 22nd, 2004

Skull & Bones: The Secret Society That Unites John Kerry and President Bush

A little-known fact unites Democratic front-runner John Kerry and President Bush: they are both members of Yale's secret society Skull and Bones. We speak with the author of "Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power" that reveals details about the secret society and its members. [includes transcript]

The New Hampshire primary is just a few days away and Howard Dean's status as the frontrunner has almost totally dissipated. The latest Boston Herald poll now shows that John Kerry holds a 10 point lead - a major surge for the Massachusetts Senator. Still reeling from his victory in Iowa, Kerry is starting to act like the frontrunner, shifting his focus from comparing himself to the other Democrats to putting his record up against President George W. Bush, saying he is the only candidate who can beat Bush and who represents a real difference from the current occupant of the White House.

But there is a fact about Kerry's past that brings him closer to Bush than any of the other candidates. Both Bush and Kerry are members of a secretive society dating back to their respective days at Yale University - Skull and Bones. This fact has not been widely reported but when Kerry's campaign spokesperson was asked about it, she said, "John Kerry has absolutely nothing to say on that subject. Sorry."

(...) ALEXANDRA ROBBINS: Yeah. I actually want to back way up and talk about, at least as mention exactly what Skull and Bones is, because while some people on the East Coast have heard about the society, other people across the country have no idea that we are looking right now if the polls are correct, at what would be the first Skull and Bones versus Skull and Bones presidential election. That's pretty weird. Skull and Bones is America's most powerful secret society. It's based at Yale, where it's headquartered in a building called the Tomb, and Skull and Bones has included among its members, presidents, including presidents George W. Bush and his father, as well as William Howard Taft, Supreme Court Chief Justices, C.I.A. officials, cabinet members, congressmen and senators. What makes it so staggering that we could have a Skull and Bones versus Skull and Bones, Kerry versus Bush election is that this is a tiny tiny club. There are only 800 living members. Only 15 per year. It's staggering that two of them could be facing off for the presidency and so many of them have achieved positions of prominence. One of the interesting and I think disturbing things about Skull and Bones is that its purpose is to get members into positions of power and have those members hire other members into prestigious positions. This is something we have seen with George W. Bush since his ascendancy to the presidency, he has put several Bones members into prestigious positions, such as Bill Donaldson, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The number two and number three guys in the Justice Department, the guy that puts out all of Bush's secrecy memos. His assistant Attorney General is a major Bonesman. Bonesman Frederick Smith was Bush's top choice for Secretary of Defense until he had to withdraw for health reasons. The general council of the Office of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense’s representative to Europe. The list goes on and on and on. That's something that's interesting, because George W. Bush likes to feign his distance from Yale, from Bones, from Northeastern establishment elite connections, and yet he's going ahead and following Skull and Bones to the letter.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And besides seeking to employ or promote Bonesmen, is there any other responsibility that Bonesmen are supposed to have to each other?

ALEXANDRA ROBBINS: Well, there's loyalty of course, to each other. They're supposed to call each other up. I revealed the code words in my book, so I assume they have since changed them, but it used to be, “Do you know General Russell. General Russell was the founder of Skull and Bones. All a Bonesman had to do was call up another Bonesman, maybe even if they have never met, and they would cough up money or connections or a plan.

CLIP




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From: http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a814.htm#001

Iraq troop rotation plan: Pentagon prepares for next war

by James Conachy
13 January 2004

Over 250,000 US soldiers will leave or arrive in Iraq between now and the end of May in the largest rotation of troops in a combat zone that has been attempted by the American military since World War II. The risks of the massive movement of personnel and hardware are considerable and its implications, given the record of the Bush administration, are ominous. The rotation is designed to allow six battle-hardened US Army divisions that have been worn out by lengthy deployments in 2003 to rest, refit, and be combat-ready again as early as September.

(...) The Bush administration is increasingly treating the military demands of occupying Iraq as an annoying diversion from its broader foreign policy objectives. To reduce the need to send any more Army personnel after the rotation, the Pentagon has invoked a sweeping “stop loss” order on all the active, National Guard and reserve troops deploying to the Middle East. The “stop loss” prohibits a soldier leaving the military if their term of enlistment expires during their tour-of-duty until 90 days after their unit comes back to the US sometime in 2005.

Both the “stop loss” orders and the escalating use of the National Guard for overseas combat operations are a thinly disguised substitute for the draft. The 360,000 National Guardsmen are a particularly large and cheap source of cannon fodder for occupation duties. As they are part-time, the government is not responsible for their housing, health care or other maintenance costs after they come back from overseas and are de-mobilised. The wages of a National Guard soldier not on full-time duty are only 20 percent of active Army personnel. Even including the costs of the training the part-time soldiers undertake and the equipment they use, their annual cost to the Pentagon is less than 50 percent of full-time personnel.

It is highly likely that a massive call-up of National Guard units not currently on duty is on the agenda later this year, possibly as many as 10 combat brigades. That will be the only way the US Army can sustain its deployments not only in Iraq, but also in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, South Korea and other locations around the globe, and have its active divisions free for new predatory wars.

The logistical preconditions for another war will begin to take shape from as early as July. The rotation schedule means that by March the Army will have back in US bases the bulk of its rapid deployment force, the four division-plus XVIII Airborne Corps, which formed the backbone of the invasion of Iraq. The units will then be given four months to “reset” for use elsewhere. By September, the heavily-armored Fourth Infantry and First Armored Divisions will also have been “reset” after their Iraq deployment.

Coinciding with the Army schedule, 11 of the US Navy’s 12 aircraft carrier strike groups are also currently out of service undergoing maintenance or post-maintenance training. All of them will be available for deployment by mid-2004. In the months leading up to the US presidential election, the White House will have both the fleet and 120,000 battle-experienced troops to attack the next target in the “war on terror”. The American soldiers occupying Iraq will be left to be killed and wounded to protect this earlier conquest, one suspects in ever-greater numbers.




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From: "Stephanie" stephanie@myactiveware.com>
Subject: Bin laden to be disguised as donkey?
Date: 29 Jan 2004

What have we been saying about the perhaps expected 'finding' of Bin Laden? Wouldn't it look good in election year-a real coup for Bush and his cronies. Well, bets are on now for how he will emerge-will it be from a spider hole or disguised as a donkey? What asses we all are if we believe it will be a spontaneous discovery. The media (read propaganda) begins... and by the time he is 'discovered' many of you will have completely forgotten how this news was placed before you in preparation.

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0104/29afghan.html

U.S. to launch spring offensive against al-Qaida

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- Determined to capture or kill Osama bin Laden after two years of fruitless searching, U.S. troops are mustering for a spring offensive along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, Defense Department and other officials said Wednesday. The new operation comes as the administration debates whether to press Pakistan harder to allow the United States to take the fight into its territory.

Defense officials said the offensive, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, will resemble military operations launched in spring 2003 and 2002 to capture or kill Taliban and al-Qaida fighters leaving winter bivouacs. The terrorist leader and some of his top aides are believed to be operating out of Pakistan's Waziristan area or nearby in the mountainous border region between the two nations with the assistance or protection of tribal leaders in areas that are essentially off-limits to Pakistani law enforcement officials.

That poses a dilemma for the administration: How to press the hunt for bin Laden and al-Qaida without putting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the war on terror, at further risk.

According to two administration officials, some senior Pentagon officials are pushing for an aggressive hunt for al-Qaida inside Pakistan, while some officials at the State Department and in the National Security Council argue that Musharraf's already fragile regime, under growing pressure from Islamic hard-liners, would be further destabilized if he allowed foreign troops to operate on Pakistani soil.

Musharraf survived two assassination attempts in recent weeks and has said he suspects al-Qaida was behind the attacks. As fundamentalist factions gain support in Pakistan, Bush administration officials fear another attempt or a coup could lead to a new regime more hostile to American interests and more supportive of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

U.S. officials stressed Wednesday that no military operations would be carried out inside Pakistan without Musharraf's approval. At a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, the Pakistani president ruled out such operations.

"No sir, that is not a possibility at all. It's a very sensitive issue," Musharraf said, when asked if he would consider allowing U.S. troops to search for bin Laden in Pakistan. "There is no room for any foreign elements coming and assisting us, we don't need any assistance."

One U.S. official said Pakistan is by far the most important country in the U.S. effort to find bin Laden and several top aides.

"In our list of the top 10 countries who can help us in this," one U.S. official said, "eight of them are Pakistan."

Pentagon proponents of launching military operations in Pakistan argue that it would be in Musharraf's "enlightened self-interest" to allow the United States to hunt down remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaida before they assassinate him or launch another attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, said the U.S. official.

Afghanistan, U.S. officials said, is becoming increasingly chaotic as Taliban and al-Qaida fighters ratchet up attacks on U.S. and other Western forces. On Wednesday, a British soldier was killed and four were injured when a suicide car bomber exploded a taxi near British troops in Kabul in the second suicide attack against foreign peacekeepers in two days. The Land Rover was carrying about 200 pounds of explosives, Afghan officials told reporters.

"In the winter, the objective was to kill or capture Taliban and al-Qaida in their hiding places," a senior defense official said, on condition of anonymity. "In the spring, the idea is to kill or capture Taliban and al-Qaida as they emerge from their winter hiding places."

Officials said Thursday that the capture in December of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has freed resources to press the hunt for bin Laden and his fighters.

"There's an obvious ability now to refocus human assets on a far grander scale," the U.S. official said. "It's logical that the hunter-killer types would now be turned loose to deal with this more aggressively."

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See also:

Bin Laden 'will be captured soon' (Jan 30) Oh Yeah!...
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=115322004
OSAMA bin Laden will be captured within months, the US military said yesterday, despite new claims that al-Qaeda had established a presence in Iraq. "We have a variety of intelligence and we’re sure we’re going to catch Osama bin Laden and [the fugitive Taleban leader] Mullah Omar this year," a military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hilferty said.




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From: http://lightscion.com/whistleblower.htm

Dutch CIA-agent turns whistleblower

25th of January 2004 / Brussels, Europe

by Lightscion.com

A Dutch forum propagandist by the appropriate name of Eddy_Smith has responded to his personal moral qualms by announcing the end of his service. He is no longer ready to assume his lying, distorting and ridiculing function as a CIA-paid propagandist. Eddy_Smith (real name unknown) has been doing his work on the readers' forum of Belgian weekly magazine Knack for over two years. As one of the several propagandists working there, his task was to discredit any contributions that did not fall into place with the Bush agenda. This ranges from ridiculing alternative views on 9/11 up to prevention of public inquiries into the CIA's work in Belgium. In short, he was a spook, a spy, an agent in disguise of a genuine internaut, like so many others who have infiltrated the world wide web since Bush Sr. took over the CIA in 2000. Ever since he joined the forum, Eddy was suspected to be working on behalf of the CIA , and I know several others are still performing the same duties, there and on so many other forums on the www.

However, Eddy_Smith developed a conscience. He says he is not ready to perform this lying and deceiving effort any longer, by a grown preoccupation with the world's future under this totalitarian CIA government. In the same declaration, his insider information comes out:

"Bush is a puppet controlled by big money.(...) Not only by big money, but also by certain individuals (World Destroyers).(...) My whole life I have admired science. I think it's wonderful that ESA has detected water on Mars. It's a sign that we are not alone in the universe. I remember the sounds of the first landing on the Moon. I was there watching it live on TV in the night of the 20th on the 21st of July 1969. (...) It was a nice time, but behind many nice things hide dark realities. Werner Von Braun was project leader. The United States took him from Germany, together with his V2s. Stolen knowledge. I always thought the Germans were the brain behind all crimes, the murder of so many millions of innocent Jews. That's mainly correct. But IBM and the Rockefellers have equally interfered. From punch card to eugenetics. IBM has been located in Germany since 1922. The enterprise was called Dehomag and in 1934 the director held a speech to high-ranking nazis in which he promised them to put all characteristics from populations on small cards. Dehomag gave the nazis punching card machines called 'Holleriths' which were used to register Jews. Even before the nazis took power scientists were developing methods to promote the white race. The Rockefeller foundation was funding German eugenetic research in the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut in Berlin and the American quest for the perfect race in Cold Harbor Springs. IBM's role is a scandal! On 9/11 the most disgraceful event in human history took place. The CIA, FBI, the Rockefeller foundation together with some extremist Jesuit and Christian groups, staged the attack on the World Trade Center complex. Bush was informed and initially didn't even react. He knew everything, showed no compassion with the innocent victims and their families. He only did so when advised. Israel and the Rockefellers were the brain, Saudi-Arabia let some radicals do the dirty work and the CIA had to make sure everything went smoothly. But they failed! They were regular family men, not trained by Mossad! Explosives were put to the WTC tower structures and were indeed used on one of them. (Why? The US and Israel want to get power over the whole world.) Only one president in the US dared to go against this. (JF-Kennedy). They wanted to stage an attack by Cuba on the United States, more precisely on the American fleet, but Kennedy resisted it. He had to pay with his life, killed in cold blood by the CIA. (...) As far as countries like Syria, Iran etc, they will be the next point on Bush' agenda. It's too early. Iraq was most logical. As there were no prohibited weapons (which was known in advance), in the year 2005 Bush will challenge and attack these countries and others of which I don't know. You think Bush won't be reelected? Then the next president will HAVE to obey the CIA, or he won't live through 3 days. Saudi-Arabia is already COMPLETELY in the hands of the US, with the help of, guess who, bin Laden. I'm afraid for our political and ecological future. We live on a time bomb. The next step will be another staged attack on an American city. The only way to give Bush the presidency in November 2004. But it's too soon for that, this will happen in autumn.(...) Those who wish to ridicule me, with pleasure; observe, investigate, and draw your own conclusions! I made a fool of my SELF for more than a year.(...) Best regards Eddy Smith"

'Emichiel', another agent on the forum occupied with fossil energy and anti-renewables propaganda, responded five minutes later:

"What conclusions will you draw for yourself now, Eddy, and how is this going to affect your life and that of your family?"

This was obviously intended as a threat. To blow the whistle on the agency is not really appreciated by the CIA, even not by 'small potatoes' like an internet infiltrator.

Eddy_Smith responded:

"I'm only a human being who made some silly declarations, because this will do me more harm than good! But sometimes a CONSCIENCE hurts and I must say, this can not go on! I can't continue to live in lies, Emichiel! Even if my life is at stake. If nobody does something we will all perish!"

and

"My family's life will not change, Michiel. They will make a fool out of me!"

Eddy_Smith's moral guilt can be considered as a hopeful sign that agents are able to change their life if they want to. For them to engage in more fruitful occupations than lies and spin only demands that they become even more courageous, strong, and moral persons than they were while performing their functions. Life is not merciful on those who lie for a living, certainly not in the later stages. The bloodshed of so many Americans which the CIA has on its hands is impossible to justify. It will surely come back to haunt those who erroneously cooperate with its plotters. If they don't get out in time, like their colleague who redeemed himself, there is no guarantee at all for their future well-being.

The original thread in the forum, which Eddy_Smith gave the title 'How to stop Bush and the CIA?' in the Dutch magazine Knack, is available here.




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From: http://lightscion.com/CIA.htm

What Is The CIA

Fascism: "the domination of a government by corporations of the political right, combined with bellicose nationalism."

The CIA's pivotal figure, George Herbert Walker Bush, is a three-time president of the U.S.: vice-president over Ronald Reagan, president, and presiding father over his own son. The election coup of the year 2000 happened under his planning and influence. The resulting White House cabinet came out as a copy of his former administrations. Now, in the final stages of his life, he wants to achieve what has been his utopian goal all along. Not politics, but seizing power over the government for imperialistic purposes, unwilling to lend any importance to social issues. In fact, the nation now serves as a mere subsidiary system for the oil and weapons lobbies - the two ultimate instances that threaten the survival of this beautiful planet.

George HW Bush is a long-time CIA agent, is a former CIA director, and in 1999 seized control over the intelligence agency. This was hardly an obscured coup: the headquarters of the CIA are now officially designated as the "George Bush Center for Intelligence", not to honor Bush' long CIA career; but as a purely practical apprehension over the global intelligence power that the agency provides. The CIA is now the White House's private propaganda and black operations army. George Herbert Walker Bush now commands both.

What is the real function of the CIA? On the one hand: to topple foreign governments, through the use of mercenary, guerilla, and terrorist groups, without exposing its own ties, for the purpose of economic domination. This can be done through very violent actions, or by falsifying the election process. On the other hand: to take control of foreign leaders, secondly blame them for certain injustices, and thirdly invade the country with military troops. This was done in Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan - all three invasions were done during Bush administrations. Each time, the CIA provided the world with phony legitimate reasons to attack these countries, whose leaders, however, were put in place or subsidized by the CIA in the first place. By manipulating the mainstream media, the CIA then orchestrates a legitimate political pretext to invade or overthrow foreign states. In both cases, the function of the agency is characterised by pure imperialism. It is also a myth that the CIA is all-American; it has thousands of foreign contract agents, scattered over all countries. The CIA cheats, lies, and manipulates, on a scale larger than we dare to imagine. The goal of all this, is to bring the world under totalitarian control - in other words: to end the freedom and peace we all aspire in our daily lives. Make no mistake about it: in the eyes of the CIA, the Cold War has not ended. It has just started.

Clearly responsible for the technical planning and execution of the JFK assassination - at a time when Kennedy envisaged the decentralization of the CIA - and fulfilling the wishes of the oil and military industry since the fraudulous elections of 2000, the CIA has been at the center of all American political wrongdoings during the past fifty years, has hundreds of thousands of innocent lives on its conscience, and is now more than ever in effect, wherever you may live. The recruitment of nazi intelligence officers in 1945, the gruesome wars in South-Asia, the Iran-Contra scandal, the limitless financing of guerilla's in Latin-America, the enormous drug smugglers auto-financing system, the murdering of JFK, RFK, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, the triggering of Islamic terrorism, the events of 9/11, the anthrax attacks, the sabotage of European countries, are only those crimes that this covert organization is suspected or is known to be involved in. Simultaneously, this Agency has the greatest military and intelligence gathering power on the face of the Earth - there is little it can't do. If driven by a secret political agenda this shapes a portrait for the CIA as an extremely hard line yet totally covert branch of right-wing US politics. The CIA is a menace that is increasingly affecting the democratic world.

How did this all come to be? The characteristic stigmata of American selfishness are the most blatantly reflected in the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA was born from a deeply paranoid attitude. It suffers pathologically from the illusion that happiness lies in the victory over a universal competition, and that the limitless sky is at the end of that race. This 'all against all'-ideology forgets one thing: there is no race in life. The Darwinist idiom of the fittest is not an individualistic, but a social concept. The survival of humanity needs adaptation and cooperation - not competition. But of course, acknowledging this natural truth means admitting that the US, as a country, was wrongfully obtained in the first place: not by democratic consensus, but by colonization and war. Nevertheless, the people working for the CIA should understand that they will never achieve a state of happiness in their line of work. By sowing disrespect, you harvest hate.

Originally created to gather technical and military data from foreign political adversaries, the CIA evolved into an active tool for sabotage and destruction of any real or imaginary non-US interests. After trying for decades to topple the Russian economy, it was unable to predict the fall of the Soviet empire; Mikhail Gorbachov kept the honor to himself. After that, the CIA still believed in a competitive attitude as the only attitude, and aggressively went for new legitimate reasons for its existence - enemies - to be able to keep its own sinister features alive. Sick with self-righteousness, and unaware that peace is only possible without animosity, it got actively involved in the molding and creation of governments all over the planet, more than often with bloody results. In this dimension, eventually, it has teamed up with the ambitions of political soul mates with a lust for power, and has recognized a partner in state-sponsored industries such as oil and space weapons. As such, it has developed into a gigantic executive office for semi-official imperialistic and corporate right-wing agendas. Instead of abolishing itself - as it should have done after the fall of the Soviet Union - it serves the needs of those that want to control America and the world.

Not the U.S.S.R, but the oil-rich Iraq, Iran, Saudi-Arabia, Columbia ( * ), Venezuela ( * ) are now the enemy. Notice how the upheaval in these countries has risen together with the Bush administration? Not a coincidence; there is lots and lots of oil in those areas. The oil market must be controlled by the U.S. corporations - at all costs. It's their reason for existence. The CIA is funded and connected with the power players who fundamentally strive for a global oil market dominance (the Bush dynasty, and practically everyone in the White House anno 2000), and is courted by renewed increases in weapons trades (Carlyle Group). This requires an extremist law&order policy as the general backbone for its needs (practically everyone in the Republican Party), and the cooperation of the space-weapon crazed Department of Defense. This dynamic isn't new, it has been going on since president Roosevelt's days. People climb to the top and try to stay there, by whatever means necessary. The CIA provides those means, and keeps itself alive while doing so - devoid of any democratic approval.

In the eyes of the corporate establishment, great economics is not about a 'free' market (as the founding fathers of liberalism meant it to be), but is about domination over a market, an economical interaction that must be curtailed and fashioned at will, to be able to keep the commercial products at their selling rates and to continue plundering natural resources. This extreme meandering of the capitalist logic - the only logic in the US - tries to control the supposedly free market as much as possible, to enable the threatened industries to prevail and thus to grow. Anything egalitarian in this world - the will of the majority, be it in the economic, political or scientific domain, reflecting precisely what the free market in ideology should amount to - needs to be rooted out, because it attains the establishment's position. In the United States, where individual ambition and enrichment is the only esteemed moral value, and where self-interest always comes before the care for the others, the CIA is the mechanical realization for the greedy, egocentric needs of the ruling elite. America is officially (and partly in practice) a democracy, but when private interest groups want something done at all costs, over the heads of parliamentary control, over the democratic decisions, over the will of the free market, they can be reliant on the Agency to put on the working gloves, and transform American policy into a mixture of white-collar criminal economics and outright fascist politics.

For its operations, secrecy is of the CIA's foremost essence - not because of counterespionage or security reasons, but simply because if the public knew everything the Agency did, it would quickly cease to exist, or find itself thoroughly reformed. Thus, moving in a clandestine manner is essential for the Agency - that's why we don't know, and that's why people think everything is okay. This bears a strong analogy with the clandestineness of terrorist organizations: the Agency's operations constitute hidden, illegitimate violence on innocent people, with the achievement of a political goal in mind. But the CIA's works are even more secret than those of classical terrorists, who at least hail their violent actions in the public, make statements about their political demands, take responsibility for their actions. The CIA doesn't even do that. And so we have no idea.

We know certain things, though. According to ex-agents, since the communist arch-enemy (the Agency's only raison d'être) disappeared, intelligence has largely made way for propaganda. The CIA-people didn't know the U.S.S.R. was going to abandon communism, they were even unaware of India's nuclear weapons development. (A U.S. congressional hearing asked the CIA for an explanation about these failures.) If the Agency would have been collecting intelligence, as it's supposed to do, or try to promote peace instead of weapons races, it should have informed the Congress about these dangerous evolutions. But it didn't, because that's not what the CIA is occupied with. Congress is seen by the CIA as an opponent, as a competitor for absolute power. The CIA is thus not striving for the propagation of the democratic values of the American constitution at all, but is actively occupied in fulfilling the international framework that is needed on behalf of the extreme right-wing corporate employers. The media approval for this policy is actively modeled, shaped and constructed on a daily basis. With an official annual budget of $30 billion (but expenditures 400 % thereof - gained from drug traffic), there's no telling to what ambitions can be fulfilled, how many people can be bribed, influenced, bought off, hired, blackmailed etc...So that's what the Agency people do when they go to work. The CIA isn't into collecting but into creating intelligence.

The events of 9/11 show a nearly perfect CIA modus operandi: by actively investing money in extremist, terrorist and revolutionary groups, giving them extra warfare education, and igniting their original dismay with extremely fundamentalist feelings - which are evidently receiving spectacular media-attention; secondly, to organize a violent strike on American territory or on military and diplomatic posts abroad, with the aid of mercenary and covert factions; and thirdly, to tie the violence to the foreign fundamentalist groups that were funded and controlled by the CIA in the first place (eg. al Qa'ida). The CIA orchestrates this in the media by a well funded, cleverly shaped and extremely secretive amount of lies and misinformation. Throughout this long-term strategy, the media are used and abused in the most stunning ways, by planting false stories, forcing confessions, and creating a global terror climate. What happened on September 11th is a perfect example of CIA intelligence creativity. Since then, as a direct result of this, anyone doing anything out of the ordinary in any international airport, is deliberately being profiled as connected to Islamic terrorism, while the arrests are always unsubstantiated ( * & * ), and links to a real terrorist organisation are never proven. From Tchetchenya to Saudi-Arabia spans one big net of forced terrorism and lies, signed CIA. In fact, al Qa'ida functions as a mercenary black operations front for the Bush crew. American enemies can experience the honor of discovering "anti-American" terrorist cells, such as in France and Russia ( * ). In Iraq, 'suicide terrorists' came with the Americans, and are targeting UN, Iran, Europe and Japan's representatives. Very odd.

We shouldn't underestimate the power of the CIA's media manipulation. Ex-CIA officers indeed purport that the Agency has journalists on its payroll and even finances the publication of entire books - generally riddled with dramatic portrayals of terrorist's mass extinction plans and al Qa'ida's multi-cellular, international networks (CNN's Peter Bergen, or so-called al Qa'ida 'expert' Rohan Gunaratna have fallen into this trap). The truth is that these men are given contracts and so-called 'inside information', and are then encouraged to write a book with that information, about which they are so naive to feel privileged for receiving it. What these journalists may or may not know, is that 80 % of the intelligence dossiers they receive are false or at least highly exaggerated. This is intended to mask the academically substantiated reality that the contemporary terrorist threat is of a very marginal importance; terrorism has statistically ( * ) diminished with not less than 40% since the end of the 20th century. The CIA distorts this reality by continuously shaping the news with false reports, by producing terror themselves (anthrax, Bali, and many others) or funding and training terrorist and guerilla groups - as they have done in so many countries, and in so many instances.

The media corporations are far from the watchdogs they used to be. To survive in a competitive market, they are pressured to bring both attractive news and keep a good relationship with official intelligence and other agencies, if they are to benefit from further press releases and future cooperation with the ruling power structure. Aware of the costs of international investigative journalism, the media now depend on the well subsidized and extremely thoroughly structured news gatherings from the intelligence agencies, who know practically everything that's happening anywhere in the world (make no doubt about it). Even presidents fear the power of the CIA, because of its strong grip on the content of the media: the Agency keeps compromising intelligence files on practically every player in the political scene, or has the power to create one if it doesn't and then leak it to the press. Thus it has become a unique instrument of tremendous media manipulation. This rarely gets exposed by mainstream journalists who generally prefer a juicy terrorist story above the difficult debunking of a governmental lie. And so the people are being fooled on a daily basis.

But there are other ways to the truth than those of the classic media. We can rely on the testimonies of ex-CIA employees, ex-military, ex-police officers and so forth, of which you can consult many in the Audio, Video and Written Sources on this page. Under the guise of patriotic duty, these agents and administration workers were recruited from several areas of life and became entrenched in the opaque ways of the Agency. Getting in wasn't easy, but getting out is a nightmare. Nevertheless, it's only by relying upon this small core of disillusioned ex-CIA employees that some of its highly secret actions can be uncovered. What we come to know is always but a minor fraction of the whole strategy and practical execution, but is still highly indicative of the CIA's modus operandi and political aims. We owe a lot to these ex-agent's inside knowledge, as their whistle blowing words are the only way to unveil what everybody should know about the secret and terribly damaging ways of the CIA.




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From: http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=Z1GYZXEPHAAFUCRBAEOCFEY?type=worldNews&storyID=449530§ion=news

Bush seeks big missile defence increase

31 January, 2004

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration will ask Congress to boost spending on missile defence by $1.2 billion (660 million pounds) next year and nearly double funding to modernise the Army in the $401.7 billion U.S. military budget for 2005, according to Pentagon documents.

The defence plan is part of a proposed $2.3 trillion federal budget President George W. Bush will send to lawmakers on Monday. It calls for a 7 percent increase in defence spending over the current level of $375 billion.

The Pentagon said on Friday the defence budget documents -- scheduled to be formally released on Monday with the president's overall budget -- were inadvertently posted on the Internet on Friday morning. They were later removed.

The administration seeks to boost funding for its controversial missile defence program by 13 percent to $10.2 billion next year from $9 billion requested for fiscal 2004.

The new figure includes spending by the Pentagon's Missile defence Agency of $9.1 billion in 2005, up from $7.6 billion, as well as the Army's Patriot missile program.

The Pentagon's plan to begin deploying later this year the initial parts of a missile defence shield has drawn sharp criticism from some U.S. allies and Democrats who say it has not been adequately tested and could spark an arms race in space.

The budget also calls for $3.2 billion for the Army's "Future Combat System," a high-tech plan to make soldiers more mobile and lethal in the post-Cold War world. That is up from $1.7 billion in the current year.

The Pentagon plans to increase spending on unmanned spy planes -- being used increasingly for intelligence-gathering in Iraq and Afghanistan -- to nearly $2 billion from $1.3 billion in the current year. Some of the remote-controlled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are armed with missiles.

Bush will also seek $74.9 billion to buy weapons and other equipment in the 2005 fiscal year, starting October 1. For this year, the Pentagon asked Congress for $72.5 billion, but actual spending on weapons systems rose to $81.1 billion due to extra war-related spending approved by lawmakers.

The requested $74.9 billion is also expected to increase sharply under a supplemental spending request expected from the administration after the November presidential election.

DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WELL SERVED

The defence budget does not include up to $40 billion or more in supplemental spending for military operations in Iraq, which congressional sources and analysts say the White House could seek from Congress late this year or early next year.

The budget calls for almost $4.6 billion for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, up from $4.25 billion requested in 2004. The program to develop a stealthy, long-range fighter includes more than a dozen foreign partners including Britain, the Netherlands and Australia.

The defence budget made waves on Wall Street, with analysts seeking clues on the futures of key defence contractors like Lockheed, Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Corp., Raytheon Co. and General Dynamics Corp.

"Boeing appears well served by this budget proposal," Wachovia Securities analyst Robert Spingarn said in a research note. The Chicago-based company is the lead contractor for both the ground-based missile defence program and the Future Combat System.

The 2005 budget asks for almost $69 billion in weapons research and development, up from the $64.7 billion it sought last year.

The documents showed Bush will seek to buy 24 of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F/A-22 Raptor fighter aircraft in fiscal 2005 for a total of $3.6 billion, up from the 22 jets the Pentagon requested a year ago.

The Air Force would get three V-22 "Osprey" tilt-rotor aircraft in 2005 for a cost of $305.6 million, up from the two requested in the current fiscal year at a cost of $213.7 million, according to the documents.

The Osprey, which suffered two high-profile crashes in 2000 killing 23 Marines, is being built by Boeing and Textron Inc.'s Bell Helicopter for the Marine Corps, the Air Force and Special Operations forces.




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Recommended by "Leigh"

From: http://www.hraunfjord.com/Articles/Regulation/Regulation.htm

Why is the Internet not controlled by the authorities?

Peter Offermann, A Canadian in Mexico

January 22nd 2004

On the surface the internet seems a powerful communications tool useful for the masses to receive information without the filters applied by the authorities to other media sources like TV, Radio, and Newspapers. Why is this freedom on the internet allowed when all other media outlets are being rigidly controlled? The same people (elite) who own the bulk of media outlets also own the infrastructure of the internet and could easily control it’s content, why don’t they?

Are the elite too dumb to see the internet’s potential for countering their objectives?

This is not likely considering their ability to plan and control in other aspects of society.

Our world is controlled by a small group of people (elite) who feel entitled to decide what happens in the world without regard for the desires of the masses. The democratic process that is supposed to allow the participation of the masses in the decision making process has been rendered inoperative through the control of the political process by the elite.

Public Relations (propaganda) is the tool that won the elite their victory over the masses. PR convinced the masses to accept the current situation one step at a time. PR also made the masses more and more ineffective over time.

CLIP

Why is the Internet not controlled by the authorities?

Because the internet is a much more effective propaganda tool if the users believe it’s content is of their own creation rather than Public Relations created by the elite. If there are no laws regarding truth or ethics then the elite have free reign to do whatever they desire. As shown in other media and systems such as voting, vast numbers don’t guarantee impartiality or freedom. Those that control the medium control the content. A voice of danger to the elite on the internet can be shut out by a number of well established PR techniques. The average user of the internet is only a target for the elite’s PR and no real threat to them.

I believe there are genuine alternative information portals on the internet but even they inadvertently forward the aims of the elite. Much of PR involves very obscure psychological techniques beyond the scope of this discussion. I will briefly outline one. The intent of much of the elite’s PR is to keep the masses ineffective through inaction. Introducing confusion is a good way to accomplish this. A logical device called a “double bind” is the perfect tool for this. [4]

The theory of schizophrenia presented here is based on communications analysis, and specifically on the Theory of Logical Types. From this theory and from observations of schizophrenic patients is derived a description, and the necessary conditions for, a situation called the 'double bind' - a situation in which no matter what a person does, he 'can't win'. It is hypothesized that a person caught in the double bind may develop schizophrenic symptoms.

The lengthy article quoted in the above paragraph is worth reading to help understand the manipulation that is happening on a massive scale in all media.

Another reason the internet is not regulated is that if people thought the elite controlled the internet they would be more careful about what they say online. As it is it’s a perfect place to identify potential protesters. Looking at the Elite’s track record of respecting the laws regarding privacy elsewhere are you comfortable they are respecting your privacy online?




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A VERY SAD STORY

From: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/Default.aspx?id=4067147&p1=

Tibetan nun's path to asylum hindered

Test of faith continues in a Virginia jail

By David Cho

Jan. 27, 2004

HOPEWELL, Va. - Sonam always feared her devotion to Buddhism would land her behind bars in her native China. As it turns out, she is serving a long term in jail -- not in East Asia but in central Virginia.

The 30-year-old Buddhist nun, who grew up in a Tibetan village near the foot of Mount Everest, fled to the United States last August after family members had been tortured and friends jailed for their faith, she said. But when she arrived at Dulles International Airport and requested asylum, federal immigration officials detained her and placed her in the local jail in this small city outside Richmond.

Sonam, who is known by that one name, has been here ever since except for a brief visit last November to a court room in Arlington where a federal immigration judge granted her asylum. But even as she was hugging her attorney in celebration, the lawyer from the Department of Homeland Security announced that she was appealing the case. Sonam was then shackled and returned to her cell, where she waits for her next court date, which is likely to be in the fall at the earliest, her attorney said.

Sonam is among thousands of asylum seekers who have fled persecution in their homelands only to be jailed in the United States, a new report by the New York-based Lawyers Committee for Human Rights shows.

Mandatory arrest

By law, the Department of Homeland Security detains all asylum seekers who arrive without proper documents. But since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal immigration officials have also been denying parole to these immigrants and appealing rulings in their favor, a practice that can keep them locked up for years, according to the report, which monitored the department's activities for a year and details scores of cases, including Sonam's.

Homeland Security officials deny they are trying to keep asylum seekers behind bars, although they acknowledge that long incarcerations occur. They say they are reviewing their practices in response to the report and are tallying statistics on how many asylum seekers have been detained, refused parole or seen their cases appealed.

"Even a well-balanced policy can get out of kilter on an individual case because someone has exercised poor judgment," said Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for border and transportation security.

At the same time, he and others say there is concern that a terrorist could slip into the country under the guise of an asylum request. "People who come here may have no legitimate [reason]. They are here for economic reasons or for criminal reasons and have been trained to assert asylum," Hutchinson said.

"That requires us to be careful and . . . sometimes it makes people more skeptical of asylum cases than they should be." Flight and fear

Last week, during an interview at the Riverside Regional Jail, Sonam spoke of her journey to the United States that began with a desperate, eight-day walk to Nepal across snow-capped mountains and ended with her first ride on an airplane, which frightened her so much she couldn't look out the window. Even after asylum seekers have convinced judges that they pose no threat, Homeland Security lawyers continue to press appeals, the Lawyers Committee report says.

Sonam Singeri, a Tibetan working for Radio Free Asia who has befriended Sonam, was at the interview to translate. As soon as Sonam walked into the visitors' room and saw Singeri, she collapsed into her arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

"It's so lonely. It's so hard. Why is this happening?" she cried out, Singeri said.

Sonam told a story of flight and fear. She said her father had been jailed in Tibet and tortured with electric shock. She described hiding from police patrols as she made her way across the Himalaya Mountains to Nepal, where she lived for three years.

But even there, she said, she worried about her safety. In May, the Nepalese government began to round up Tibetan refugees and send them back to China, where they were sure to face prison and torture, she said.

Even after asylum seekers such as Sonam have convinced immigration judges that they are bona fide and pose no threat, Homeland Security lawyers continue to press appeals in many cases, the Lawyers Committee report says.

'Sending a message'

"They are indefinitely detaining asylum seekers who have already been granted relief, who present no risk, who have often been tortured in their home countries," said Archi Pyati, who works in the Lawyers Committee's asylum program.

"We are sending a message that in the United States . . . we don't hope that asylum seekers find their way here because if they do they will find themselves in a very difficult situation and in prolonged detention."

Immigrants seeking asylum in this country must prove not only their identities but also that they are in danger in their native countries. Sonam's case was appealed because she did not have enough documentation to back up her story, according to a brief filed by Homeland Security attorney Deborah Todd. The fact that Sonam lived in Nepal for three years indicated that she could have safely stayed there and did not need to come to the United States, Todd argued in her appeal.

Asked to comment, a spokesman for Homeland Security said the department does not talk about ongoing cases.

Sonam said she had no way to get identity documents in Nepal because the government does not recognize refugees from China. She feared that she would be deported to China along with other Tibetans who were being sent back at the time. So she sought a way to get to the United States.

Using the money she had made as a seamstress before she joined her monastery in Nepal, Sonam booked a flight through Calcutta to Dulles.

After she was jailed in Virginia, her attorney, who has taken the case pro bono, twice asked the Department of Homeland Security to release her from detention, arguing that Sonam poses no danger. But immigration officials denied both requests without much explanation, according to Sonam's attorney.

Tears without speaking

The hardest part of her life these days is that she cannot speak or understand the language of the inmates or guards. (She is also illiterate in her native Tibetan tongue). She has not been able to have a conversation with anyone since her hearing last November and wept as she recounted her seemingly endless days of silence and isolation in jail.

"I live in a prison but always in my mind, I hold onto a picture of his Holiness [the Dalai Lama] in my heart," she said. "This prison has become my monastery."

An hour into the interview, a guard tapped the window of the visitors' room. It was time to go.

Sonam shed a few more tears. It might be months before her next conversation. She hugged Singeri again and then followed the guard back to her part of the jail where she does not speak, cannot understand anyone and where she waits in her prison within a prison.




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AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE...

FORWARDED BY "Judith Iam" judeiam@cwnet.com> on Jan 29

REPUBLICANISM SHOWN TO BE GENETIC IN ORIGIN

The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined was announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE, causing uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle.

Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing communities. Psychologists and psychoanalysts have long believed that Republicans' unnatural disregard for the poor and frequently unconstitutional tendencies resulted from dysfunctional family dynamics -- a remarkably high percentage of Republicans do have authoritarian domineering fathers and emotionally distant mothers who didn't teach them how to be kind and gentle.

Biologists have long suspected that conservatism is inherited. "After all," said one author of the NURTURE article, "It's quite common for a Republican to have a brother or sister who is a Republican."

The finding has been greeted with relief by Parents and Friends ofRepublicans (PFREP), who sometimes blame themselves for the political views of otherwise lovable children, family, and unindicted co-conspirators.

One mother, a longtime Democrat, wept and clapped her hands in ecstasy on hearing of the findings. "I just knew it was genetic," she said, seated with her two sons, both avowed Republicans. "My boys would never freely choose that lifestyle!" When asked what the Republican lifestyle was, she said, "You can just tell watching their conventions in Houston and San Diego on TV: the flaming xenophobia, flamboyant demagogy, disdain for anyone not rich, you know."

Both sons said they had suspected their Republicanism from an early age but did not confirm it until they were in college, when they became convinced it wasn't just a phase they were going through. The NURTURE article offered no response to the suggestion that the high incidence of Republicanism among siblings could result from their sharing not only genes but also psychological and emotional attitude as products of the same parents and family dynamics.

A remaining mystery is why many Democrats admit to having voted Republican at least once -- or often dream or fantasize about doing so. Polls show that three out of five adult Democrats have had a Republican experience, although most outgrow teenage experimentation with Republicanism.

Some Republicans hail the findings as a step toward eliminating conservophobia. They argue that since Republicans didn't "choose" their lifestyle any more than someone "chooses" to have a ski-jump nose, they shouldn't be denied civil rights which other minorities enjoy.

If conservatism is not the result of stinginess or orneriness (typical stereotypes attributed to Republicans) but is something Republicans can't help, there's no reason why society shouldn't tolerate Republicans in the military or even high elected office -- provided they don't flaunt their political beliefs.

For many Americans, the discovery opens a window on a different future. In a few years, gene therapy might eradicate Republicanism altogether.




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