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October 27, 2004

Hybrid Series #27: Democracy's Eclipse in the US?


Hello everyone

This is being sent a bit in a haste because it contains 2 items on rather short notice - about the moon eclipse now under way and the candle light vigil in the US tonight (item #1 below).

Lots more to review as usual ;-)

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Worthy of your Attention

Earth to see total eclipse of the moon (Oct 27)
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1098823605982_94232805/?hub=Canada
(...) Weather permitting, Canadians from coast-to-coast will be able to spot the effects of the rare alignment beginning at approximately 8 p.m. ET, when the Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra, begins to creep across the surface of the moon.The real action begins at 9:14 p.m. ET, when the Moon advances into the Earth's umbra, or full shadow.From that moment, a dark scallop will envelop the moon, perhaps turning it one of the shades of crimson that petrified ancient civilizations.Totality lasts until approximately 11:45 p.m. ET, during which time anyone with a clear view should be able to see the effects without the aid of a telescope.Amateur astronomers wanting to catch a glimpse of the celestial show are advised not to dawdle, however. Even though the four total lunar eclipses of the past 18 months might have some thinking they can just sit around and wait for the next one, the wait could be a long one.The next total eclipse -- only possible when the full Moon falls into line with the Earth's path around the Sun -- is expected in March, 2007. CLIP

The Grand Quintile - a rare planetary configurations in October 2004
http://www.astrologycom.com/grandquintile1.html
The Grand Quintile is a rare aspect that always presages powerfully significant changes in the human condition. This unusual aspect, first delineated by Johannes Kepler, is a division of the 360 degree circumference of the zodiac by 5, producing a five-pointed star (or pentagram‚ the mark of Venus). Two Grand Quintiles occur in October 2004, the first on October 1 and the second on October 28, in close conjunction with a lunar eclipse (http://www.astrologycom.com/eclipse.html). Thus the Solar Eclipse occurs at the mid-point of two Grand Quintiles, a rare occurrence indeed.

The Principal Agglomerations of the World
http://www.citypopulation.de/World.html
The following tables and maps contain all agglomerations and cities of the world with a population of 1 million inhabitants or more. CLIP Recommended by "Palden Jenkins" palden.jenkins@btopenworld.com">

Omega-News Collection 23. October 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/375555/

Omega-News Collection 27. October 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/380528/


CONTENTS

1. Candles across America & Full Moon Eclipse Tonight
2. Feedbacks on Children Gulag in America
3. Six-year-old offenders will be sent to boot camps
4. Petition for Treaty banning space based weapons
5. Kerry Ridicules Bush on Terrorism Remark
6. Tom Maertens: Trust that Bush won't bring back the draft? Bad idea
7. Why America Has Waged a Losing Battle on Fallouja
8. A funny thing happened on the way to 'The Truth'


LAST MINUTE ADDITION:

Forwarded by "Meria Heller" meriaheller@cox.net">

From Bob Brinker:

I was linked to Matt Drudge for this, and Fox News is already running with the story.  Scared yet?

DRUDGE REPORT

OCT 27, 200

ABCNEWS HOLDS TERROR WARNING TAPE

**Exclusive**

In the last week before the election, ABCNEWS is holding a videotaped message from a purported al Qaeda terrorist warning of a new attack on America, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The terrorist claims on tape the next attack will dwarf 9/11. "The streets will run with blood," and "America will mourn in silence" because they will be unable to count the number of the dead. Further claims: America has brought this on itself for electing George Bush who has made war on Islam by destroying the Taliban and making war on Al Qaeda.

ABCNEWS strongly denies holding the tape back from broadcast over political concerns during the last days of the election.

The CIA is analyzing the tape, a top federal source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.

ABCNEWS obtained the tape from a source in Waziristan, Pakistan over the weekend, sources tells DRUDGE.

"We have been working 24 hours a day trying to authenticate [the tape]," a senior ABCNEWS source said Wednesday morning.

The terrorist's face is concealed by a head dress, and he speaks in an American accent, making it difficult to identify the individual.

US intelligence officials believe the man on tape may be Adam Gadhan - aka Adam Pearlman, a California native who was highlighted by the FBI in May as an individual most likely to be involved in or have knowledge of the next al Qaeda attacks.

According to the FBI, Gadahn, 25, attended al-Qaida training camps and served as an al-Qaida translator.

The disturbing tape runs an hour -- the man simply identifies himself as 'Assam the American.'

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Also related:

CIA examining terrorist tape (Oct 28 - in New Zealand))
http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/default.asp?id=44449&c=w
Terrorist video obtained by ABC News containing warning of attack worse than Sept 11 being examined by CIA - There is a fresh terror warning for the United States, less than a week out from the presidential elections. A tape purportedly from Al Qaeda warns of an attack worse than September 11, saying the streets will run with blood. ABC News obtained the video from a source in Pakistan. The network is not showing the tape, referring it instead to the CIA for authentication. It shows a man with his head covered, speaking with an American accent, warning the US will be unable to count the number of dead following the attack. Meanwhile President Bush and John Kerry continue to trade verbal blows over the issue of what happened to tonnes of explosives missing in Iraq. Kerry says it is incompetence, with Bush accusing his opponent of playing politics with the war.


See also:

The Coming Post-Election Chaos (Oct. 22, 2004)
Storm Warning of Things to Come If the Vote Is as Close as Expected
http://writ.corporate.findlaw.com/dean/20041022.html
This next presidential election, on November 2, may be followed by post-election chaos unlike any we've ever known - Look at the swirling, ugly currents currently at work in this conspicuously close race. There is Republicans' history of going negative to win elections. There is Karl Rove's disposition to challenge close elections in post-election brawls. And there is Democrats' (and others) new unwillingness to roll over, as was done in 2000. Finally, look at the fact that a half-dozen lawsuits are in the works in the key states and more are being developed.This is a climate for trouble. A storm warning is appropriate. In the end,attorneys and legal strategy could prove as important, if not more so, to the outcome of this election as the traditional political strategists and strategy. Let's go over each factor that spells trouble - and see how they may combine. CLIP

New Florida Vote Scandal Feared (Oct 26 - By Greg Palast)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/3956129.stm
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals. Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page so-called "caging list". It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida. An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day." Ion Sancho, a Democrat, noted that Florida law allows political party operatives inside polling stations to stop voters from obtaining a ballot. CLIP

58,000 Absentee Ballots Missing in Florida
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/102804W.shtml

Suppressing the overseas vote (October 25, 2004)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/salon/0,,1335573,00.html
Record numbers of Americans abroad have registered, but bureaucratic snafus may prevent many from actually voting.

Jimmy Carter: 'Media Cowed as Bush Exploits 9-11'
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/102704F.shtml

Invitation to a Degraded World (Oct 21)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/102404I.shtml
(...) Each country that plunges into nightmare - whether Germany under Hitler, the Soviet Union under the Bolsheviks, Chile under Pinochet, or, for that matter, Iraq under Saddam Hussein - travels there along its own path. The American political system - based on free elections, the rights of citizens, and the rule of law - is, though under the severest pressure, still available for use. If it is lost, and the full American nightmare descends, there will be many causes. They will include the militarization of foreign policy, global imperial ambition, the loss of balance among the branches of government, the erosion of civil liberties, and the overwhelming influence of corporate money and power over political life - all present before Osama bin Laden made his appearance. But at every step of the way the skids will be greased by the national capacity, conferred by the media and exploited by politicians, to produce and consume illusion, which, though hardly an American monopoly, may be the specific form of corruption most dangerous to American democracy.     Once, observers imagined that we were entering an information age, but they were wrong. It is a misinformation age. The stupendous machinery of modern media has reached into every cranny of American life. Its outlets have been posted in every household, like a mechanical standing army. The steady, mild propaganda of advertising has long saturated the home for hours every day, the mental equivalent of low-level radiation. Now the public is being dosed with more virulent stuff. The standing army has been given increasingly insistent political marching orders. Stalin and Mao, confined mainly to radios and megaphones, could only dream of such penetration of daily life by their propaganda apparatuses.     The injection of fantasy into the real offends the aesthetic sense, but the true price is paid in blood - in the torture of prisoners, in the launch of wars. If a grasp of reality and the constitutional machinery to act upon it remain intact, then every other ill can be addressed. But if these are lost, the capacity to recover is lost with it, and the game is over.
Little-Known Use of DU in Commercial Jets Exposed

Depleted Uranium Released During Canadian Plane Crash http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/depleted_uranium.html
Little-Known Use of DU in Commercial Jets Exposed (...) Bill Fowler, an investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the plane was likely equipped with DU as counterweights in its wings and rudder. "A 747 may contain as much as 1,500 kilograms [3,300 lbs.] of the material," the Canadian Press reported. (...) Around the Pentagon there were reports of high radiation levels after 9-11. American Free Press has documentation that radiation levels in Alexandria and Leesburg, Va., were much higher than usual on 9-11 and persisted for at least one week afterward. (...) DU is used in a wide variety of missiles in the U.S. arsenal as an armor penetrator. It is also used in the bunker-buster bombs and cruise missiles. Because no photographic evidence of a Boeing 757 hitting the Pentagon is available to the public, 9-11 skeptics and independent researchers claim something else, such as a missile, struck the Pentagon. A white flash, not unlike those seen in videos of the planes as they struck the twin towers, occurs when a DU penetrator hits a target. Photographs from the Pentagon reveal that large round holes were punched through six walls in the three outer rings. The outside wall is 24 inches thick with a six-inch limestone exterior, eight inches of brick and 10 inches of steel reinforced concrete; the other walls are 18 inches thick.The object that hit the Pentagon on 9-11 penetrated several feet of reinforced concrete, leaving holes with diameters between 11 and 16 feet. CLIP

The US Invasion of Iraq: The Military Side of Globalization? (Oct 20)
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1020-28.htm
With the major justifications for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq -- the former regime’s supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction and ties to the terrorist Al-Qaeda network -- now discredited, and claims of wanting to created a democratic Iraq highly dubious, this raises the question as to what actually motivated the United States to take on the problematic task of conquering and rebuilding that country. To embrace the simplistic notion that it was done simply for the sake of the profits of American oil companies ignores the fact that even the most optimistic early projections of the financial costs of the invasion and occupation far exceed any additional profits that could have been reaped in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, Saddam Hussein was certainly willing to sell his oil at a reasonable enough price to satisfy Western buyers and his standing among fellow OPEC members was too low at that point to have wielded sufficient influence to successfully push the cartel to adopt policies detrimental to American interests. This is not to say, however, that economic factors did not play an important role in prompting a U.S. invasion. (...) A poll this past spring revealed that 65% of Iraqis would prefer a largely-state controlled economy and government subsidies of basic services, while only 6.6% support a free-market system where private entrepreneurs have unrestricted access to the economy. The widespread feeling that the United States is after their nation’s wealth and putting the profits of well-connected American companies over the livelihoods of ordinary Iraqis has fueled the very armed resistance that has made any attempt at rebuilding -- by any economic model -- virtually impossible. As a result, the United States may have no more success imposing its free market utopia on the Iraqis than the Soviets had in imposing their socialist utopia on the Afghans.

Iraqi Child Deaths: Media Indifferent as UNICEF Reports Worsening Catastrophe (Oct 22)
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct04/MediaLens1022.htm
(...) “Since 1990, Iraq has experienced a bigger increase in under-five mortality rates than any other country in the world and since the war there are several indications that under-five mortality has continued to rise.” (‘Little progress on child mortality,’ Integrated Regional Information Networks, October 11, 2004) UNICEF estimates that some indications showed improvement in Iraqi child mortality between 1999 and 2002 - the death rate dropped to 125 in 2002 (from 130 in 1999). However, this trend has reversed under the occupation and child mortality is actually worsening as compared to 2002 levels. Wright added:“Since the war more children in Iraq are malnourished, fewer children are protected from immunizable diseases and there has been an increase in the incidence of diarrhoeal disease.” (Email to Media Lens, UNICEF Iraq Information, October 19, 2004)In other words, the “coalition” is now presiding over levels of Iraqi infant mortality worse than those described by Blair himself as brutal. And this in the context of the “coalition” having spent just $29m of the allotted $18.4bn US tax dollars allocated for Iraq’s reconstruction on water, sanitation, health, roads, bridges, and public safety. (Naomi Klein, ‘Why is war-torn Iraq giving $190,000 to Toys R Us?’, The Guardian, October 16, 2004)Quoting Iraqi Ministry of Health data, UNICEF reported last month that about three out of 10 children in Iraq are chronically malnourished or stunted. This is a consequence of underlying poverty and the inadequate intake of micronutrients. Acute malnutrition among children has almost doubled since the war began, moving from 4 per cent to 7.7 percent. CLIP

Bush quietly signs corporate tax-cut bill (Oct. 22, 2004)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6307293/
$136 billion measure assailed for catering to special interests - WASHINGTON - With no fanfare, President Bush Friday signed the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades, showering $136 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups. Intended to end a bitter trade war with Europe, the election-year measure was described by supporters as critically necessary to aid beleaguered manufacturers who have suffered 2.7 million lost jobs over the past four years. But opponents charged that the tax package had grown into a massive giveaway that will add to the complexity of the tax system and end up rewarding multinational companies that move jobs overseas. CLIP

Death squads rampage in Haiti: 600 killed in 2 weeks (Oct 15, 2004)
http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/10_15_4a.html
Bernstein: The situation in Haiti is getting worse, as the U.S. installed coup government continues to intimidate, round up, arrest, beat and kill members of Lavalas, Aristide's major democracy party, that's the majority democracy party. We have been reporting now for several days on the kidnapping of several pro-democracy priests who work with the poor in Haiti. Among those rounded up and dragged out in front of the kids they were feeding is Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a legendary figure within the Haitian pro-democracy movement, and a close friend of the duly elected President of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide, who, you remember, was kidnapped by the U.S. government. As we go to air Jean-Juste is still in custody and the pro-democracy movement is poised to carry out massive protests despite threats from the U.S. installed government. Joining us for the latest on the situation is Flashpoints special correspondent on the ground Kevin Pina; he's in Port au Prince. Welcome back, Kevin. (...) Pina: I'll tell you, today the biggest crisis was that as people were being shot in the streets, as I said earlier, by former military on Delmas 2 and La Saline, and as there were casualties that began to mount, as the police had the gun battle in Bel Air there were bodies that were being taken to the morgue. The morgue was full, there was no more room in the morgue. The General Hospital had to call the Ministry of Health today in order to demand emergency vehicles to remove the more than 600 corpses that have been stockpiled there, that have been coming in from the killing over the last two weeks alone. That's how much killing that has been going on here in the streets of Haiti that has not been/being reported and has not talked about. Well, AP has been quoting the police as saying only 140 people have been arrested. Today, the government admitted that hundreds had been arrested and are currently filling the prisons and that the prisons are too full to put more prisoners in. That's what's happening to the infrastructure of Haiti today. The level of repression, the number of killings, the number of incarcerations has strained the system to the breaking point. At the same time there is no life that's normal here. This situation that's been created by the ouster of the democratic President Aristide was ill conceived by the Bush administration. What they basically did was replace what they considered to be a "failed state" with an even more failed state. CLIP - More info also at http://www.haitiaction.net/

Silenced by the President (Oct 16)
http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=2388
(...) In small town American I witnessed true repression and intimidation by law enforcement. I saw small children suffering from the effects of being fired upon by pepper bullets. I felt legitimate fear of expressing my political opinions: a brand new feeling. Newspaper accounts state the chaos started when a violent "Protester" shoved a police officer. No one I talked to witnessed this account. It is reputed that President Bush and his staff will not allow any opposition activity to occur within his ear or eye sight. I can confirm, that in tiny Jacksonville, Oregon, this was true. Physically violent means were taken to protect the president from verbal insults. Freedom of speech was stolen. My father was not paranoid as he lay dying. He was expressing great insight into the dangers of our current presidential administration and its willingness to repress personal freedoms. If I could talk to my father today, I would say, "I am sorry Daddy for doubting you." And, no matter what, I will continue to exercise my individual right to freely express my opinions. Americans cannot take four more years.




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Forwarded by Maggie Erotokritou surya@spidernet.com.cy"> on Oct 26

From: MOONSOUL9@aol.com
Subject: Candles across America

Dear Family & Friends,

Please read the following and join us on October 27th, 2004, in creating "CANDLES ACROSS AMERICA" to Light the way for the 2004 Presidential Election.

This is a vitally important time for America. Some of us have felt paralyzed, as if, beyond campaigning and voting, there is little we can do as individuals. But there is. One person can make a difference (think Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, fill in your own personal hero here). The Light within you, the power of consciousness, has the power to manifest reality.

And Mill! ions of US working together can move mountains. After all, if you look at US, aren't those the initials for the United States? Doesn't it make sense that if all of US unite, we can bring our country (U.S.) back into the Light again? Working together we can bathe America in Light for peace, enlightenment and to ensure a fair, just and ethically conducted U.S. Presidential Election on November 2nd, 2004, along with a safe and successful inauguration of that race's correct winner.

HERE'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO:

1. Any time in the two hours before 8:07 pm Pacific Daylight Time (11:07 Eastern, 10:07 Central, 9:07 Mountain) (U.S.) on October 27th, 2004 (the time of the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse), light a white candle - any size larger than a birthday candle will do. Try to light it between twenty-five minutes before to five minute before the hour to take advantage of an hourly tide. A white candle represents Clarity, Light, an! d Truth - something we really need in these times.

2. Sit with your candle and visualize Brilliant White Light flooding the Oval Office, the White House, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, every physical ballot, every polling booth, every voting precinct, every ballot box, every place and everyone responsible for conducting the election process, especially the places where votes are tallied and the people who tally them. See every major and minor news outlet (especially TV and cable networks, wire services, news people covering the election) infused with Brilliant White Light.

3. See the election process proceeding normally without trouble or interference of any kind. See the correct winner announced and the news people announcing the correct winner bathed in Light. Bathe your area and the entire country and all of its citizens, especially those able to vote, in Brilliant White Light and see them freely casting their votes without impediment of any kind and see all of their votes accurately counted.

4. If need be, see the Supreme Court and judicial system backing up a fair and accurate tally.

5. See the correct winner successfully inaugurated and safely fulfill his term over the next four years.

AFFIRM: "The 2004 U.S. Presidential Election is conducted fairly and ethically in each and every detail without interruption or interference of any kind."

- Feel free to add your own prayers and positive White Light visualizations and affirmations.

- Perform this exercise in groups or in conjunction with your own spiritual practices.

- Do this exercise even starting now but especially on October 27th as discussed above when we will all be working together.

- Do this with all your heart, all your soul, all of your mind, all of your sen! ses and feel the energy flow!!!

- Banish any fear or anxiety you may have about the American situation. Let only strong, positive, peaceful and even joyful feelings provide the force for your visualizations and affirmations.

Copy this and paste it into a new email and send it on to as many others you can think of who would be interested in doing this vital work. We need to get it out to as many spiritually conscious folks as we possibly can by the 26th. Post it on your website, hand it out as a flyer, whatever it takes to help get the word out to as many individuals, groups and organizations as possible.

IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER, WE CANNOT FAIL. IF WE WORK TOGETHER, ENLIGHTENMENT, JUSTICE, TRUTH AND A FAIR AND ETHICAL ELECTION, AND RESULTING INAUGURATION WILL PREVAIL.

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN TURN THE COURSE OF THIS DARK TIDE. WE CAN CREATE LIGHT IF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IS WILLING TO MARK OUR CALENDARS AND TAKE THE TIME TO BE A "CANDLE ACROSS AMERICA."

We can't emphasize enough how important this is: that we the people stand for something again in this beloved country of ours.

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From: MOONSOUL9@aol.com
Date: 27 Oct 2004
Subject: Full Moon Eclipse Tonight

Dear Friends,

I am encouraging every one tonight to do their own prayers and ceremonies, praying for Mother Earth, since it's a full moon in Taurus, making committments to caring for the Earth and your own sacred body. Prayers around love and what you want to manifest physically and financially will be particularly strong at this full moon. It is also a most powerful time to RELEASE shadow issues, or any darkness that is arising in you. Do your prayers for release and your prayers for Mother Earth and Humanity surrounding the eclipse. The ecplipse will begin around 9:15 PM and last until nearly 1:00 AM....with the exact moment of the Full Moon being 11:07 PM. From 10:23 until 11:45 PM will be the total eclipse.

I will be doing a Full Moon/Samhain Ceremony this Friday at Unity Church for those interested!!!

With Blessings of the One Heart and Spirit, Deborah

Below is some more info about this eclipse.......Feel the power!!!!

An excerpt from Wisdom from the Earth- Autumn Issue 2004 of Spiritual Renaissance: By Deborah Knighton Tallarico, www.spiritualrenaissance.com "27th at 11:07 PM (EDT) we have a particularly powerful Full Moon, the Wolf/ Hunting Blood Full Moon at 5+ degrees of Taurus, accompanied by a Lunar Eclipse. With the Sun in Scorpio and the Moon opposite in Taurus you may feel the depth of your sensuality. In ancient Egypt this Full moon was also the Festival of Hathor, the Ancient Mother Goddess of sensuality, beauty, and music. This is a powerful time to celebrate your sensuality, earthiness, your deepest passions and pleasures as well as the deep, healing and transformational powers of Scorpio. This is a good time to make healing elixirs, consecrate your healing and ceremonial tools, and to do deep releasing and healing ceremonies so that you may experience rebirth. It is a time to love and appreciate the pleasure that your body can experience, feel your full sensual expression in deep, earthy colors, foods, and fabrics. The energies of Aphrodite as well as the Darker Aspects of the God/dess may also be deeply experienced in the archetypes of Inanna and Ereshkigal, Egyptian Hathor, Goddess of Pleasure and in the Greek God Dyonisis, God of pleasure, wine and passion. Let your passions flow!!! Enjoy the sensual feelings of your body and soul. "

An Excerpt From Perspectives From the Sky- Spiritual Renaissance Autumn Issue: by Leo Knighton Tallarico

Scorpio time will feel even more intense than most years because we are approaching a Scorpio/Taurus full moon Lunar Eclipse. Before that, however, we encounter the changing tides of Neptune going direct on the 24th. We may be experiencing mystery and unknowing, confusion and disorientation, with no help from our left-brain logic. But as soon as each of us, on an individual level, lets go to the mystery, to the unknowing, into the flow of the ocean of the Universe’s vastness, we can feel better. We know at Neptune moments that we are each a grain of sand in comparison to that vastness. Empathy and compassion for all the other vulnerable beings in this world can be the result of that submission to the All.

We are now feeling the intensity of the Lunar Eclipse, which is at 5+ degrees of Scorpio and Taurus at 11:08 PM EDT on the 27th. This is a total lunar eclipse and the whole eclipse process will be visible in the Eastern 2/3 of the USA. The process of eclipse will begin to be seen around 8:30 PM or so. From 10:23 until 11:45 PM you will be able to view a total eclipse. The whole process will not end until around 2 AM on the 28th.

This could be a quite powerful time period now, and could feel quite uncomfortable for many. There could be thunderstorms of change now, powerful events in the world that change the direction of our lives. America could be feeling big shake-ups and transformations, challenges to its way of life. We are close to the presidential election now, and each side is fortifying its position. In your personal life there could be “tugs-of-war” for power and control. There may be themes of “holding one’s ground” against waves of invasive energy or disruptive emotions. Do not jump to conclusions now or make quick decisions or actions. Ride out the discordant energies and issues, and wait until the dust settles before action of any kind. Mars sextile Pluto (the “ruler” of Scorpio) on the 27th adds to the explosive intensity surrounding the eclipse. Also Saturn is beginning to slow down opposite the USA Pluto placement of its natal chart from July 4 1776. Currently transiting Pluto is also within orb of opposing the USA natal Mars now. This is a most important time period for the USA, a time of major crossroads. I would be amazed if this 2nd half of October through Mid November was not filled with powerful events and huge transformational change.

On the 28th Venus enters Libra for an almost month long stay. Hopefully her loving beams will bring more peace and harmony to a world in great turmoil now. For those on a spiritual path toward new Aquarian consciousness, there is reward in these challenging times. It is the knowledge and feeling of interconnectedness and a sense of meaning and sacredness in our lives. We are in times of purification and healing, moving out of an old world out of balance, into a new world filled with greater love, justice, compassion, and search for truth. It may not feel that way now, but rest assured that world is on its way. "

By Leo Knighton Tallarico
http://www.spiritualrenaissance.com




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From: "Suzy Ward" suzy@pacifier.com">
Subject: Short message from Matthew & FWD Children Gulag in America
Date: 26 Oct 2004

In a departure from all previous messages, I am sending the information that prompted my question and Matthew's reply. The information won't be any more pleasant for you to read than it was for me, but all of us need to know this is happening so we can stop it. Instructions for taking action are included in the articles.

S: Matthew, it seems that this actually is happening. Are these children and those who are torturing them experiencing what all of them chose for balancing other lifetimes?

MATTHEW: Mother, all of these cases are examples of what I have told you regarding souls whose experiencing has exceeded their contracts. The children have far exceeded their chosen experiencing for karmic balancing, and those who are brutally treating them knowingly and deliberately are clinging to their dark ways in defiance of their soul contracts, which call for them to have received the light long since. This is one of the deeply entrenched pockets of darkness that is being exposed so these heinous circumstances can be ended by all efforts necessary to do so. The amount of collective negativity from these happenings is part of the reason Earth cannot rise more quickly into the higher frequencies.

CLIP 

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From: "Fred Burks" fredburks@earthlink.net">
Subject: Re: Children Gulag in America
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004

Hi Jean,

Unfortunately, it goes even deeper than this. If you get a chance, read our 10-page summary on this vital issue at http://www.WantToKnow.info/nationbetrayed10pg
Below are two resources for our Resource List which go into depth on this scary issue:

Book — A Nation Betrayed: Secret Cold War Experiments Performed on Our Children and other Innocent People — Carol Rutz
Rating: Interest 9.5 out of 10, Reliability 9 out of 10
$15.00 includes shipping in the US — Free summary below

Drawing upon both 18,000 pages of declassified government mind control documents and harrowing personal experience, mind control victim Carol Rutz presents a fascinating, amazingly well researched book. She describes how innocent children, including herself, were taken from their families and subjected to electroshock, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and mind altering substances in support of the CIA’s attempts to create the perfect spy and clandestine operatives. She backs up her assertions with an abundance of direct quotes from declassified CIA documents that anyone can obtain through the Freedom of Information Act. She even tells you exactly how to order these unbelievable documents. If you are ready for some of the deepest, darkest secrets of the huge cover-ups taking place, this is a very good place to start.

Summary — For a free, information-packed ten-page summary of this amazing book, see http://www.wanttoknow.info/nationbetrayed10pg

We rate this eye-opening summary a 10 out of 10 on interest. At the end of this summary, Ms. Rutz tells exactly how to order the 18,000 pages of declassified mind control documents from the CIA upon which much of her book is based.

To order this book, see Ms. Rutz‚ website, http://my.dmci.net/~casey/

Video — Conspiracy of Silence — Discovery Channel
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This disturbing 60-minute documentary was scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994. Influential members of Congress succeeded at the last minute in canceling the program and having all copies of the documentary destroyed. This devastating video exposes a huge network of child prostitution which leads to the steps of both the US Congress and White House. A pre-production copy with poor video quality, but good sound, was sent to former state senator John DeCamp, who has risked his life to expose and prosecute this widespread child-porn ring. These unfortunate children were used to corrupt the very institutions designed to protect them. Corrupt individuals within the FBI, police, and top levels of government played key roles in keeping the evidence from this devastating case from ever being reported. Don’t miss this shocking video that they didn‚t want you to see.

Available at http://www.tedgunderson.com/BookandTapes.htm#Video

You take care, Jean, and thanks again for the awesome work you do!

With best wishes,

Fred


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http://www.momentoflove.org - Every person in the world has a heart
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Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004
From: Norm Withheld upon request">
Subject: Re: Children Gulag in America

Jean, fyi

About the Author
Alexia Parks is author of An American GULAG, Secret P.O.W. Camps for Teens. Her book has been selected as a television motion picture by Hearst Entertainment.

Ms Parks formerly wrote for the national desk of The Washington Post, and was Director of Communications for the Metropolitan Sunday Newspaper Association, based in New York City. She is currently president of an Internet company, Votelink.com. Votelink.com promotes online voting, online conferences and public hearings. Because of her pioneering work in this area, she was named "one of 50 people who matter most on the Internet," by Newsweek Magazine.

As an advocate for children's rights, expert, and skilled speaker, Ms. Parks has spent the past 18 months helping to raise public awareness about the need to protect the civil and human rights of teens sent to GULAG schools and camps. In this role, she has become the "Dear Abby" for desperate parents and teen survivors, who contact her daily through her TeenLiberty.org website.

Forthcoming books from Ms Parks, together with training programs and workshops for parents and professionals in education, medicine and the law, continue her work to guide parents and heal broken families.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/1930418019/002-4663954-2013650?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=283155

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From: "Meria Heller" meriaheller@cox.net">
Subject: RE Fw: Children Gulag in America - another article of the same in England
Date: 26 Oct 2004

Hi All,

I'm glad to see that the story of the American boot camps has affected so many of you and it's making the rounds on line. After the following comments from listeners, I have another story about the same being organized in England. No co-incidence that the colonial one world order, one world army countries are going to start snatching our children like Hitler did with his "Youths for Hitler". Any parent with half a brain would lay their life down before allowing their child to be taken and abused this way. This is FASCISM plain and simple. There will be no rehabilitation just like our prison system. These disturbed children  won't grow up to be President or Prime Minister like Bush & Blair, they will be turned into monster killing machines. I don't see the military as a "reward". It is the one world army and they plan to take our children from us. It's time for that revolution NOW. The bolded words in the article were bolded by myself for emphasis on what I "see" in the article. This wild beast OWO/WTO/IMF is going down. Don't fear any different. Their time is up and they damn well know it. They will try to make us as miserable as possible before their demise, but the wrath of the Creator will fall on them worse than anything they can ever imagine. What goes around comes around, and their time is come. - Pray for the children and all living things.

Meria

CLIP

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More resources suggested by Franklin & Claudia pankyj@racsa.co.cr">

The Oregonian: Costa Rica School Called 'Horror Story' (July 15, 2003)
http://fornits.com/wwf/viewtopic.php?forum=9&topic=2497

Why I Believe Dundee Ranch Academy was the Wrong School for My Twin Boys
http://strugglingteens.com/news/lettertoeditor/bockcarey.html

U.S. Youths Rebel at Harsh School (January 26, 2003)
http://www.yrfire.com/comments/2003/5/27/204329/257/0/post




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HERE IS THE ARTICLE FORWARDED BY MERIA

From: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=576069

Six-year-old offenders will be sent to boot camps

By Marie Woolf, Chief Political Correspondent

26 October 2004

Shoplifters, joy-riders and tearaways as young as six are to be sent to military training camps under a government attempt to instil discipline in disruptive children, with those succeeding winning a place with a military cadet force.

Young offenders who commit crimes such as burglary, car theft or shoplifting will be sent to the camps as part of their sentence where they will be subjected to a gruelling regime which teaches punctuality, respect and physical fitness.

The programme, designed by the Youth Justice Board and Ministry of Defence, will also be tailored to primary-school children showing early signs of aggressive or disruptive behaviour. Those who successfully complete the military programmes will not only win a certificate but automatic referral to a cadet force. The Army has a recruitment drive aimed at young people from all backgrounds.

The children will learn to obey orders and meet strict standards of discipline, cleanliness and fitness, as well as having access to Army assault courses and adventure activities. The scheme, expected to be rolled out across England and Wales after pilot trials, is similar to America's "boot camps" for disruptive children.

In the past month, joint projects have been established between youth-offending teams and the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, RAF Halton, and the Royal Navy's Sea Cadet Corps. They are expected to begin within months.

Children aged between six and 12, identified by youth justice teams as at risk of offending, will be offered a programme likely to include camping and survival skills; teenagers will be offered more demanding programmes such as running assault courses, learning drills, and exercise.

The MoD has been brought in to try to divert delinquent young people from a life of crime with tough training programmes that could lead to a boost in military recruitment. The ministry has a new youth policy unit working with the youth justice board to use military structures and skills.

A spokeswoman for the youth justice board said the move was also designed to "improve the potential for recruitment into the Armed Forces". She added: "The intention is to work in partnership to achieve community engagement.

"From the MoD's point of view, they can improve the lives of children and the communities in which they live, while benefiting from gaining a positive image in these communities and in doing so, improve the potential for recruitment to the Armed Forces.

"The partnership allows the YJB and youth-offending teams to utilise the resources available in the Armed Forces to enhance their work in preventing youth-offending and re-offending."

But some civil liberties groups are wary. "We would certainly welcome any attempt to rehabilitate youngsters and it may be that a stint in the Army may be a good thing," Barry Hugill of Liberty said. "But I hope recruitment to the Army is not going to be based on the notion that we will take any former offender."

The projects, a mixture of residential and daily courses, will include work to increase the self-esteem of youngsters and help them develop team-working and leadership skills. The first young people will start the courses early next year. Experts from the youth justice board are drawing up programmes to address offending behaviour, tailored to specific offences. The organisers hope the youngsters will "develop long-term links with the military to help them stay away from crime".

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Now little children will get to experience Abu Gharib, all this with the blessings of the "governments". It's time for governments to be governed (and prosecuted) by the people.

- Meria

The Meria Heller Show
5th year on the net
http://www.Meria.net & WARL1320am R.I.




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From: "Doreen Agostino" isisconsulting@rogers.com">
Subject: Petition for Treaty banning space based weapons
Date: 27 Oct 2004

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From: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=1&u=/ap/20041024/ap_on_el_pr/campaign_rdp

Kerry Ridicules Bush on Terrorism Remark

October 24, 2004

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - President Bush and Sen. John Kerry stayed on the offensive in swing states Sunday as the presidential race entered its final full week. In a television interview, Bush said it is "up in the air" whether the nation can ever be fully safe from another terror attack and suggested terrorists may still be contemplating ways to disrupt the election.

Kerry ridiculed Bush's statement, suggesting it echoed an earlier assertion — later withdrawn — by the president that the war on terror could not be won.

"You make me president of the United States, we're going to win the war on terror," Kerry said at an evening rally in Boca Raton, Fla. "It's not going to be up in the air whether or not we make America safe."

Earlier, Kerry spoke at a predominantly black church for the fourth consecutive Sunday, this one in Fort Lauderdale in heavily Democratic Broward County, and promised worshippers their votes would be counted this time. The county saw some of the worst of Florida's 2000 vote-counting abuses. "I want you to turn out," the Democrat said.

Kerry pressed his attack on the president's record in new television ads, while on the campaign trail he sought to strike a more inspirational tone, saying in a speech on faith that values he practices as a Roman Catholic "will guide me as president."

The Democrat took on church bishops who have criticized his support for abortion rights and expanded embryonic stem cell research and who have said he should be denied Holy Communion for not advancing church teachings. "I love my church, I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree," Kerry said.

With polls showing the race still tight, the campaigns were focusing their efforts on fewer than a dozen states that remain highly competitive, with both camps making last-minute scheduling decisions to reflect realities on the ground.

Kerry was headed to New Hampshire after Florida. Bush won both states in 2000. The Republican incumbent campaigned in New Mexico, which Democrat Al Gore narrowly won. Speaking at a high school stadium in Alamogordo, Bush cited his differences with Kerry over Iraq.

On a day when Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group claimed responsibility for ambushing and killing 50 U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers, Bush declared: "Our troops will defeat Zarqawi and his likes overseas in Iraq so we do not have to face them here at home."

In a taped interview with Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes," Bush was asked whether the nation would always be vulnerable to another terror attack and whether Americans would always have to live with that.

"Yes, because we have to be right 100 percent of the time in disrupting any plot and they have to be right once," Bush said. He said the nation is safer from terrorism, but "whether or not we can be ever fully safe is up — you know, up in the air."

Bush said he was sure terrorists still "think about" trying to disrupt the Nov. 2 elections, citing the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people right before Spain's national elections.

"I don't want to alarm anybody because ... there's nothing specific at this point in time — a kind of general intent," Bush said in the interview, to be broadcast Monday night.

Bush caused a flap at the G0P convention in New York in late August when he said of the war on terror: "I don't think you can win it." The comment, made in an interview with NBC, complicated GOP efforts to portray him as a resolute leader.

The president quickly backed away from the earlier remark, asserting that the war on terror could be won, even if not in a conventional sense, and that he "probably needed to be more articulate."

In the Fox interview taped Saturday, Bush also was asked whether a nuclear, chemical or biological attack in the United States is a real possibility. "Yes it is," Bush replied. "That's the biggest threat we face." Fox released excerpts of the interview on Sunday.

White House communications director Dan Bartlett dismissed Kerry's criticism of Bush's "up in the air" comment. "This is a debate we are more than happy to have. The president said we can win the war on terror and we will win the war on terror," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said Bush would spend the upcoming days focusing more closely on the two central issues: the war on terror and the economy. He will give a new speech on Monday in Greeley, Colo., on fighting terrorism and a new one on the ecnomy on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Bartlett said.

New ads will be aired to bolster these messages, along with a 60-second spot in the final days that will make an "emotional, heartfelt" appear for keeping Bush in the White House. "It's our closing pitch to undecided voters," Bartlett said.

In all, both campaigns are spending nearly $40 million on TV ads in the final week of the campaign.

Closing its own $150 million ad campaign, Kerry's camp said it planned to run a series of previously released television commercials with the candidate offering messages both hopeful about the future and sharply critical of Bush.

Meanwhile, Democrats welcomed President Clinton's plans to campaign for Kerry in Philadelphia on Monday and Florida the next day — his first public appearances since heart bypass surgery in early September — saying he could be a big help with swing voters.

But Bartlett, interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," said that while he wished Clinton well, "the fact that John Kerry's going to have to roll him off the surgery table and onto the campaign trail demonstrates a revealing aspect, that he's underperforming in key parts of his own constituency."

Meanwhile, Gore, on a tour of mostly black churches in Florida, told blacks embittered by his narrow loss in the 2000 presidential election to turn anger into energy at the polls. "Don't turn it into angry acts or angry words," the former vice president said in Jacksonville.

And a judge's order requiring some provisional ballots in Michigan to be counted even if they are cast in the wrong precinct was put on hold Sunday, the second time in as many days that a federal appeals court dealt a setback to Democrats seeking to ease voting restrictions. Such ballots are used when voters say they are properly registered but their names are not on voter rolls. On Saturday, the same three-judge panel rejected a similar ruling in Ohio.

Polls showed little movement, with the race essentially even nationally and in the major swing states.

Kerry strategists canceled plans to visit Colorado this week, suggesting his campaign was giving up on that state, even though Kerry was just there.




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From: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/5045559.html

October 21, 2004

Tom Maertens: Trust that Bush won't bring back the draft? Bad idea

October 22, 2004

In a recent Newsweek poll, 38 percent of respondents thought President Bush would reinstitute the draft if reelected. In a Time poll, 42 percent expected a draft. Both polls were taken before John Kerry raised the issue.

The president has adamantly denied the draft story. He has even asserted that reelecting him is the best way to prevent a new draft. Bush is speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the issue, however: He portrays himself as more intent on prosecuting the war in Iraq than Kerry, which would logically make a draft more likely.

Are Bush's campaign promises credible?

In the 2000 campaign George W. Bush said that he would support allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada, he would not raid the Social Security Trust Fund, and he would veto temporary storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. He broke all three promises.

In the same campaign Bush said that he would not only balance the budget but pay down a record amount on the national debt. He also claimed he opposed government intervention regarding same-sex marriage. He said the nation would have a $5.6 trillion surplus and that he would have a humble foreign policy. Does anybody remember those whoppers?

In the 2000 campaign, Bush said that he opposed nation-building, that he would end partisan bickering in Washington, and he blamed Bill Clinton for high oil prices. Whom would he blame for $55-per-barrel oil today?

Now Bush says that he plans to fight the war in Iraq with an all-volunteer force. This sounds like a faith-based, or maybe hope-based, policy.

It's common knowledge there aren't enough troops to maintain security in Iraq, much less to reverse the military deterioration. Two-thirds of U.S. servicemen polled by the Annenberg Public Policy Center recently said they believed President Bush "had underestimated the number of troops needed in Iraq." In other words, count on more troops -- after the election.

The Army has 33 combat brigades. Typically, two-thirds are stationed in the States and one-third overseas. Because of Iraq the situation is reversed and two-thirds are now stationed outside the country. All have been rotated into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan at least once, and some have served two tours there already. Reserve and National Guard units have been used to make up the shortfall, constituting almost 40 percent of the troops on the ground at present.

The manpower shortage is sufficiently acute that thousands of Guard and Reserve soldiers have been prevented from leaving the supposedly all-volunteer force when their enlistments are up. This is a "back-door draft," the administration's stopgap solution, at least until after the election.

Such coercive policies, predictably, are driving retention rates down. This makes a draft even more likely. The Army Research Institute projects that only 27 percent of Guard and Reserve soldiers intend to reenlist -- an all-time low. The Army National Guard fell nearly 10 percent short of its 2004 recruiting goal of 56,000 enlistees. In addition, many former soldiers mobilized under a special program have refused to report; they've been to Iraq and don't want to go back. The pool of young people who have committed to join the Army next year is only 18 percent of the total required.

The United States maintains troops in 130 countries, including 146,000 combat troops in Iraq and 9,000 in Afghanistan.

We also have 119,00 military personnel in Europe, 43,000 in Japan, 37,000 in Korea and other forces elsewhere. To maintain these commitments while continuing to rotate troops out of Iraq every 12 months stretches our forces to the limit. The present level of combat in Iraq is unsustainable with our current forces.

Maybe Bush sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

The head of the Selective Service told CBS News that he could start drafting people quickly. "I think we could do it in less than six months if we got the call," said Selective Service Director Jack Martin.

Bush says there won't be a draft to fight the war in Iraq while he is president. Unfortunately, his credibility on Iraq is no better than his record on campaign statements.

Anyone who can read now knows that the administration's claims about WMD and about Saddam Hussein's ties to 9/11 and Al-Qaida were false. The assurances that we would be welcomed as liberators and could use Iraq's oil money to finance reconstruction were patently absurd. It is public knowledge that the administration used forged documents and phony intelligence to claim Saddam was pursuing nuclear material from Niger and specialty aluminum for centrifuges.

Vice President Dick Cheney continues to claim that Saddam protected Abu Nidal, supposedly proof he supported terrorists, even though Saddam had had Abu Nidal assassinated well before the U.S. invasion. To make the same point, the administration routinely claims that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was working with Sadddam even though the evidence is that Al-Zarqawi came into Iraq after the invasion.

The administration's litany of misrepresentations and outright falsehoods on Iraq is so pervasive that nothing it says can be taken at face value.

Yes, George Bush says there will be no draft while he is president, but don't bet your life on it.

Tom Maertens' writing on national security issues can be seen at www.tommaertens.com.




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From: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2026&ncid=2026&e=5&u=/latimests/20041024/ts_latimes/whyamericahaswagedalosingbattleonfallouja

Why America Has Waged a Losing Battle on Fallouja

By Alissa J. Rubin and Doyle McManus Times Staff Writers

FALLOUJA, Iraq — As soon as the women of Fallouja learned that four Americans had been killed, their bodies mutilated, burned and strung up from a bridge, they knew a terrible battle was coming.

They filled their bathtubs and buckets with water. They bought sacks of rice and lentils. They considered that they might soon die.

"When we heard the news," said Turkiya Abid, 62, a mother of 15, "we began to say the Shahada," the Muslim profession of faith.

There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.

In Washington, the reaction to the March 31 killings was exactly what the women of Fallouja had expected: anger. Those inside George W. Bush's White House believed that the atrocity demanded a forceful response, that the United States could not sit still when its citizens were murdered.

President Bush summoned his secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, and the commander of his forces in the Middle East, Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, to ask what they recommended.

Rumsfeld and Abizaid were ready with an answer, one official said: "a specific and overwhelming attack" to seize Fallouja. That was what Bush was hoping to hear, an aide said later.

What the president was not told was that the Marines on the ground sharply disagreed with a full-blown assault on the city.

"We felt … that we ought to let the situation settle before we appeared to be attacking out of revenge," the Marines' commander, Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, said later.

Conway passed this up the chain — all the way to Rumsfeld, an official said. But Rumsfeld and his top advisors didn't agree, and didn't present the idea to the president.

"If you're going to threaten the use of force, at some point you're going to have to demonstrate your willingness to actually use force," Pentagon (news - web sites) spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said later.

Bush approved the attack immediately.

That was the first of several decisions that turned Fallouja from a troublesome, little-known city on the edge of Iraq's western desert to an embodiment of almost everything that has gone wrong for the United States in Iraq.

Just as they had previously, U.S. policymakers underestimated the hostility in Fallouja toward the American military occupation of their land.

The U.S. assault on the city had the unintended effect of fanning the Sunni Muslim insurgency, precisely the outcome the United States wanted to avoid.

U.S. officials ignored the risk that American military tactics and inevitable civilian casualties would undermine support for the occupation from allies in Iraq and around the world.

Although military and civilian authorities eventually agreed on the Fallouja assault, their consensus quickly broke down, leading to hasty and improvised decisions.

The insurgency in Fallouja was never going to be easy to quash, but disarray among American policymakers contributed to U.S. failure.

This account is based on interviews with more than 40 key figures, many of whom refused to be identified because they still hold military or government jobs.

The troubles began with Bush's authorization to attack Fallouja, based on the sole option Rumsfeld and Abizaid gave him.

After the president ordered the Marines to advance, they battled their way into the city against heavy resistance. Four days later, with Fallouja only half-taken, they were abruptly ordered to stop.

The problem was not military but political: Members of the Iraqi Governing Council were threatening to resign, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair and United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had appealed to Washington to halt the offensive.

Before pulling out of Fallouja, the Marines hurriedly assembled a local force called the Fallouja Brigade, which they said would keep the insurgents in check. It proved an utter failure. Many of the men who enlisted turned out to be insurgents.

But it took nearly five months for the Marines and the new Iraqi government to disband the brigade. In the meantime, under the brigade's watch, Fallouja became a haven for anti-American guerrillas, a base for suicide bombers, and a headquarters for the man U.S. officials consider the most dangerous terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi.

"Fallouja exports violence," said Col. Jerry L. Durrant, one of the Marine officers who inherited the problem.

Today the United States finds itself back where it started in April. Securing Iraq requires solving the problem of Fallouja. The U.S. military is bombing targets in the city almost every day, but few military analysts believe that will get the job done. A major offensive, perhaps the most significant battle of the unfinished Iraq war, is likely after the U.S. presidential election.

As they were in April, the Marines are poised on the outskirts of the city, awaiting orders.

CLIP - Read the rest at http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2026&ncid=2026&e=5&u=/latimests/20041024/ts_latimes/whyamericahaswagedalosingbattleonfallouja




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From: http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=68584;title=APFN

A funny thing happened on the way to 'The Truth'

By Karl W. B. Schwarz
Online Journal Guest Writer

September 24, 2004˜I am a conservative Republican who has come to the conclusion over the past 12 months that I would not vote for Bush Cheney 2004 under bribe, duress or at gunpoint. I have come to that conclusion for many reasons that are well documented and in some instances is information that is known only to myself and several executives that I work with...

I have written a book about my experiences with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Bush Cheney, and bring forth facts that I found stunning and disgusting to the point that I am convinced that both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and RNC, and our political system, are in need a serious house cleaning. America needs leadership, not an endless stream of talking heads and game show hosts to keep us entertained. That is my opinion and I am sticking to it.

It would also help if Americans had The Truth but that seems to be something that Washington, DC fears these days.

I read the recent analysis written by Sibel D. Edmonds regarding the 9-11 Commission findings and recommendations. That article was posted on Antiwar.com for those readers that missed it. For those that do not know who Sibel Edmonds is, she is the FBI translator that Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft have gone to great lengths to silence.

The 9-11 attorneys Motley & Rice zeroed in on her as a possible key witness after filing that $1 trillion lawsuit, and when that happened none of us should be surprised that Bush, Cheney and Ashcroft went into "shut her up mode."

Out of curiosity as to how her facts might concur or disagree with the facts I assembled in my book, I tracked Sibel down and we had a long visit via telephone. That conversation was just another example of "don't believe everything you read" in our major media outlets.

I followed her story as it developed and the media always reported to us "mushrooms" that her testimony was being blocked "due to national security" and "protecting the Global War on Terrorism." Good enough reasons I thought at first, until I had the chance to hear it from the source.

During the FBI translations Sibel came across pre-9-11 drug trafficking and money laundering and that is evidently what they are trying to keep quiet. It does not take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that first, the Saudis do not need drug trafficking to generate cash flow to finance terrorism if they are in fact the culprits, and secondly, that tidbit of information does not fit what we have all been told about how al Qaeda financed the attack upon America. After I weighed it all, I thought the 9-11 attorneys might not be as interested in Sibel Edmonds' testimony as they first thought because drug trafficking and money laundering is not exactly a Saudi modus operandi.

More importantly, what Sibel Edmonds found was not from counter-terrorism sources. It was from ongoing FBI investigations of Americans and foreign nationals involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and apparently pre-9-11 activities and financing of that attack. Now that explains why Emperor GW cannot dare let Sibel Edmonds testify under oath in that $1 trillion lawsuit, or before Congress or before the 9-11 Commission. We have not been told that Americans might have been in part involved in 9-11. Wouldn't that be a hoot compared to the endless lies we have heard from the Bush administration?

No wonder her testimony (if ever heard in an open forum) is giving heart palpitations to Emperor George, Prince Dick, and Squire Ashcroft.

Hmmm, I said to myself. That Sibel story sounds familiar, like Iran-Contra, which was in part run through my home state of Arkansas. Who in this menagerie of current "bad actors" has that type of MO and history, including involvement in Iran-Contra? The first name that comes to mind is Richard Armitage of the State Department and reportedly our go between with the Pakistani ISI. Hmmm, it was the former director of ISI that wired Mohammed Atta that $100,000 for 9-11 and then was conveniently in Washington, DC, when 9-11 happened, meeting with Senators Graham and Kyl and Congressman Porter Goss, Bush's pick to keep the lid on at CIA.

Hmm, Richard Armitage, drug trafficking, money laundering, Iran-Contra, Pakistan ISI, what is the connection?

Then there is Baron Rumsfeld over at DoD, who seemed to dart around like a bee pollinating CBW (chemical and biological weapons) to Saddam under the Reagan administration, being part of Iran-Contra, planning and practicing the invasion of Afghanistan in early 2001 well in advance of 9-11, attacking on October 7, 2001, to get rid of those silly Taliban folks, and immediately after 9-11 wanted to start planning to go kick Saddam really good.

CLIP - Read the rest at http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=68584;title=APFN

See also:

9/11 conspiracy theorists spin scenarios in Chelsea
http://inn.globalfreepress.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=820

Suzanne Ward - BRAVO!
http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=149495;article=68610;title=APFN
Oct 25, 2004
Thank you for being among the few in powerful positions who have the vision and courage to publicly confront this presidential administration. Millions of prayers are with you in your demands for answers and disclosure of the truthful information that has been denied this nation.

Who's Running the Show Behind Corporate Media? (Oct 25)
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1024-23.htm
In the battle over the airwaves, hype and hypocrisy distract us from a free expression crisis - Once upon a time, media ownership was a matter of right and wrong. Because the public airwaves were a precious commodity vulnerable to abuse, the Federal Communications Commission was born to protect them, and the public, through licensing and regulation. Gradually, however, the line between the guardians and foes of free expression has blurred, as both the FCC and the media business have earned unsavory reputations for exploiting their powers. CLIP




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