Saturday, August 06, 2005

Austin's Is Sick of Carpetbagger Bush's Phony Texan Act (How Texan is he?)

Austin's Is Sick of Carpetbagger Bush's Phony Texan Act | August 5, 2005

Violet Jones

Well, Bush is off on vacation, and once again we are being bombarded with "charming" images of the cowboy wannabe carefully posed in western wear between cacti or aboard the Presidential pickup.

While the mainstream media gleefully regurgitates Bush admin press releases about his John Wayne charm and hospitality, please remember that Bush's ranch is just a giant set and that Bush is about as Texan as Maine lobster.

As for being a tough, charming cowboy -- we're talking about a man who came away bruised and publicly shamed from an altercation with a pretzel and who is so afraid of horses he refused to go riding with Mexican President Vicente Fox (he also refused a custom-made saddle Fox tried to give him). This season's AP article even notes that there are no horses on Bush's ranch and that Bush calls himself a windshield rancher."

Still, he's got that great hat and belt buckle..This year's world visitors to the set, um..ranch.. were treated to hoe downs, barbeques and truck-ride photo-ops. Although we haven't caught any pics of Bush holding hands with the Saudi crown price among the blooming bluebonnets (out of season, by the way -- all the bluebonnets here in Austin have been burnt away by the summer sun for months) we have been treated to images of Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe riding shotgun in the Truck and of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 'twixt the cacti.

Like all the phony photo-ops presented by the Bush administration (remember the Made in China boxes and the fake turkey in Iraq) the props and costumes of the Texas set the wire services' photogs have been so willing to frame and use are cliche and inaccurate.

Cacti are around, but not prominent in Crawford's landscape. We've spent some time in Waco, and remember few if any cacti from the broad fields dotted with the occasional mesquite or oak tree.

As for the Western gear that Bush awkwardly sports, sure, some folks around here still wear cowboy hats -- but theirs are usually sweat-stained if they're wearing them to work or rhinestone encrusted if they're wearing them to the bar.

The AP Photog worked hard to get Bush, Sharon and the Cactus in the frame. Bush, we know, never lived on a ranch (this year's AP article points this out, even). He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and spent his childhood traveling between the luxurious homes of his millionaire family in Kennebunkport, Maine, Midland and Houston, Texas, and Jupiter Island, Florida.

He attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts (where he was a cheerleader -- isn't this the opposite of a cowboy?) and University back at his birthplace of New Haven, Connecticut (Yale).

Bush is a Yankee, a poser and a fake. Then again, you don't have to be a Texan to see that. It's clear in the sneer just below his pristine, strategically donned (probably made in China and probably fake) Stetson.


"Virtual Reality Helps Calm 9/11 Anxiety" (Take it straight or with a "You gotta be kiddin' me!" chaser...)

Virtual Reality Helps Calm 9/11 Anxiety

By SAM DOLNICK, Associated Press Writer Sat Aug 6, 4:17 PM ET

NEW YORK - For months after Sept. 11, 2001, Fire Chief Stephen King had the same haunting dream: an endless wooden staircase spiraling into the clouds, his friends climbing ever skyward, always beyond his reach.

King was the battalion chief in charge of safety for the New York Fire Department on the morning when 343 firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. King, who was friendly with nearly half the fire department victims, barely escaped the north tower. His right knee was shattered.

The injured joint slowly healed. His shattered psyche took longer. The veteran of more than 30 years as a firefighter could hardly bear to visit Manhattan, where he had worked for years.

"I didn't want to even stand next to any high rise building as long as I lived," said King, 57, a second-generation fireman with a son now working for the department. "I didn't even want to go over a bridge."

King tried sleeping pills, anxiety medications and traditional therapy. But he didn't get better until he tried virtual reality, pioneered by researchers at Emory University in the early 1990s.

For years, virtual reality has been used to treat common phobias such as a fear of airplanes, storms and speaking in front of crowds. Patients afraid of heights, for example, can learn to cope by putting on a headset with a small screen in front of their eyes, and finding themselves walking across a rope bridge nearly 200 feet above a canyon.

Dr. JoAnn Difede, director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, found the practice extremely effective and, after 9/11, thought it could be adapted to treat World Trade Center survivors.

She and other researchers developed a program for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder that incorporated animated 3-D images of the 9/11 attacks. She said she has been treating patients with it for more than a year with very promising results.

The screen in the headset shows patients lower Manhattan, complete with honking traffic and sidewalk chatter, and the World Trade Center twin towers standing twice as tall as everything else.

Early sessions focus just on that peaceful image of the towers against the bright blue sky. Over a period of several months, the program gradually builds to scenes of the planes crashing into the towers and the buildings' collapse.

Difede said she has treated about two dozen 9/11 survivors with the program and is working to develop a new simulation that takes place inside the towers themselves.

Reliving the day in such vivid detail sounds like it could spark a new round of nightmares. But Difede says it allows patients to become comfortable with their memories.

"This a way to introduce an element of control and to process it emotionally so they're no longer terrified," Difede said. "It can then be formed into a memory that's not associated with terror anymore. It's just something that's happened in the past."

Although most mental health experts agree that the therapy is promising and based on sound research, some have reservations.

"It could be disturbing or upsetting to a fair number of patients," said Dr. Spencer Eth, a professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College and an expert in post-traumatic stress.

King remembers hearing the thunder of the south tower's collapse while he was in the tower next door, and remembers believing that he was about to die. "Oh my God, they're never even going to find my body," he remembered thinking.

He remembers stumbling out of the building, and rolling down a subway entrance staircase to escape the debris from the second tower's collapse.

Because of all this, and because he's "a big, tough fire chief," he was skeptical of the virtual reality program.

"When I first saw it, I thought this is like a video game for my kids," he said in his home in Deer Park.

But within 10 minutes of putting on the headset and seeing the twin towers, King said, "My heart was pounding, and I was sweating like I was there."

The therapy helped him better understand his memories, and has freed him from his nightmares.

"I can function and I couldn't have ever done that before this treatment," said King, who had to retire because of his damaged knee.

"I don't know if I'm exactly the same person as I was before 9/11," he said. "It's always going to be part of your life and there's always going to be something there that makes you different than you were four years ago, but now I'm a functioning person."


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Rapilogue: Where are we going?

"Fast-food for thought,
Fear Factor bought,
Seen maggots for a meal,
I'd rather, be shot..."

- Black Krishna, "Angelina Jolie"

Chiggidy-check yo'self...

Martial Law 9/11: Rise Of The Police State (2005)

Evil has spread across the land. Martial Law: 9/11 Rise of the Police State exposes the high-tech control grid that is being set up across America.

Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestrators.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

The White House could stop this right now if they wanted to... why don't they?

who's really running the show here?

i mean really?

who the hell are these people?

who the hell thinks this is "good policy"?

who the hell thinks this is justified in "the war on terror"?

who the hell thinks they're getting away with murder?

who the hell would want to?

Iraq's Child Prisoners
By Neil Mackay
The Sunday Herald

Sunday 01 August 2004

A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees - some as young as 10 - are also being subjected to rape and torture.

It was early last October that Kasim Mehaddi Hilas says he witnessed the rape of a boy prisoner aged about 15 in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets," he said in a statement given to investigators probing prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib. "Then, when I heard the screaming I climbed the door ... and I saw [the soldier's name is deleted] who was wearing a military uniform." Hilas, who was himself threatened with being sexually assaulted in Abu Ghraib, then describes in horrific detail how the soldier raped "the little kid".

In another witness statement, passed to the Sunday Herald, former prisoner Thaar Salman Dawod said: "[I saw] two boys naked and they were cuffed together face to face and [a US soldier] was beating them and a group of guards were watching and taking pictures and there was three female soldiers laughing at the prisoners. The prisoners, two of them, were young."

It's not certain exactly how many children are being held by coalition forces in Iraq, but a Sunday Herald investigation suggests there are up to 107. Their names are not known, nor is where they are being kept, how long they will be held or what has happened to them during their detention.

Proof of the widespread arrest and detention of children in Iraq by US and UK forces is contained in an internal UNICEF report written in June. The report has - surprisingly - not been made public. A key section on child protection, headed "Children in Conflict with the Law or with Coalition Forces", reads: "In July and August 2003, several meetings were conducted with CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) ... and Ministry of Justice to address issues related to juvenile justice and the situation of children detained by the coalition forces ... UNICEF is working through a variety of channels to try and learn more about conditions for children who are imprisoned or detained, and to ensure that their rights are respected."

Another section reads: "Information on the number, age, gender and conditions of incarceration is limited. In Basra and Karbala children arrested for alleged activities targeting the occupying forces are reported to be routinely transferred to an internee facility in Um Qasr. The categorisation of these children as 'internees' is worrying since it implies indefinite holding without contact with family, expectation of trial or due process."

The report also states: "A detention centre for children was established in Baghdad, where according to ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) a significant number of children were detained. UNICEF was informed that the coalition forces were planning to transfer all children in adult facilities to this 'specialised' child detention centre. In July 2003, UNICEF requested a visit to the centre but access was denied. Poor security in the area of the detention centre has prevented visits by independent observers like the ICRC since last December.

"The perceived unjust detention of Iraqi males, including youths, for suspected activities against the occupying forces has become one of the leading causes for the mounting frustration among Iraqi youths and the potential for radicalisation of this population group."

Journalists in Germany have also been investigating the detention and abuse of children in Iraq. One reporter, Thomas Reutter of the TV programme Report Mainz, interviewed a US army sergeant called Samuel Provance, who is banned from speaking about his six months stationed in Abu Ghraib but told Reutter of how one 16-year-old Iraqi boy was arrested.

"He was terribly afraid," Provance said. "He had the skinniest arms I've ever seen. He was trembling all over. His wrists were so thin we couldn't even put handcuffs on him. Right when I saw him for the first time, and took him for interrogation, I felt sorry for him."

"The interrogation specialists poured water over him and put him into a car. Then they drove with him through the night, and at that time it was very, very cold. Then they smeared him with mud and showed him to his father, who was also in custody. They had tried out other interrogation methods on him, but he wasn't to be brought to talk. The interrogation specialists told me, after the father had seen his son in this state, his heart broke. He wept and promised to tell them everything they wanted to know."

An Iraqi TV reporter Suhaib Badr-Addin al-Baz saw the Abu Ghraib children's wing when he was arrested by Americans while making a documentary. He spent 74 days in Abu Ghraib.

"I saw a camp for children there," he said. "Boys, under the age of puberty. There were certainly hundreds of children in this camp." Al-Baz said he heard a 12-year-old girl crying. Her brother was also held in the jail. One night guards came into her cell. "She was beaten," said al-Baz. "I heard her call out, 'They have undressed me. They have poured water over me.'"

He says he heard her cries and whimpering daily - this, in turn, caused other prisoners to cry as they listened to her. Al-Baz also told of an ill 15-year-old boy who was soaked repeatedly with hoses until he collapsed. Guards then brought in the child's father with a hood over his head. The boy collapsed again.

Although most of the children are held in US custody, the Sunday Herald has established that some are held by the British Army. British soldiers tend to arrest children in towns like Basra, which are under UK control, then hand the youngsters over to the Americans who interrogate them and detain them.

Between January and May this year the Red Cross registered a total of 107 juveniles in detention during 19 visits to six coalition prisons. The aid organisation's Rana Sidani said they had no complete information about the ages of those detained, or how they had been treated. The deteriorating security situation has prevented the Red Cross visiting all detention centres.

Amnesty International is outraged by the detention of children. It is aware of "numerous human rights violations against Iraqi juveniles, including detentions, torture and ill-treatment, and killings". Amnesty has interviewed former detainees who say they've seen boys as young as 10 in Abu Ghraib.

The organisation's leaders have called on the coalition governments to give concrete information on how old the children are, how many are detained, why and where they are being held, and in what circumstances they are being detained. They also want to know if the children have been tortured.

Alistair Hodgett, media director of Amnesty International USA, said the coalition forces needed to be "transparent" about their policy of child detentions, adding: "Secrecy is one thing that rings alarm bells." Amnesty was given brief access to one jail in Mosul, he said, but has been repeatedly turned away from all others. He pointed out that even countries "which don't have good records", such as Libya, gave Amnesty access to prisons. "Denying access just fuels the rumour mill," he said.

Hodgett added that British and US troops should not be detaining any Iraqis - let alone children - following the recent handover of power. "They should all be held by Iraqi authorities," he said. "When the coalition handed over Saddam they should have handed over the other 3000 detainees."

The British Ministry of Defence confirmed UK forces had handed over prisoners to US troops, but a spokesman said he did not know the ages of any detainees given to the Americans.

The MoD also admitted it was currently holding one prisoner aged under 18 at Shaibah prison near Um Qasr. Since the invasion Britain has detained, and later released, 65 under-18s. The MoD claimed the ICRC had access to British jails and detainee lists.

High-placed officials in the Pentagon and Centcom told the Sunday Herald that children as young as 14 were being held by US forces. "We do have juveniles detained," a source said. "They have been detained as they are deemed to be a threat or because they have acted against the coalition or Iraqis."

Officially, the Pentagon says it is holding "around 60 juvenile detainees primarily aged 16 and 17," although when it was pointed out that the Red Cross estimate is substantially higher, a source admitted "numbers may have gone up, we might have detained more kids."

Officials would not comment about children under the age of 16 being held prisoner. Sources said: "It's a real challenge ascertaining their ages. Unlike the UK or the US, they don't have IDs or birth certificates." The Sunday Herald has been told, however, that at least five children aged under 16 are being kept at Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca.

A highly placed source in the Pentagon said: "We have done investigations into accusations of juveniles being abused and raped and can't find anything that resembles that."

The Pentagon's official policy is to segregate juvenile prisoners from the rest of the prison population, and allow young inmates to join family members also being detained. "Our main concern is that they are not abused or harassed by older detainees. We know they need special treatment," an official said.

Pentagon sources said they were unaware how long child prisoners were kept in jail but said their cases were reviewed every 90 days. The last review was early last month. The sources confirmed the children had been questioned and interrogated when initially detained, but could not say whether this was "an adult-style interrogation."

The Norwegian government, which is part of the "coalition of the willing," has already said it will tell the US that the alleged torture of children is intolerable. Odd Jostein Sæter, parliamentary secretary at the Norwegian prime minister's office, said: "Such assaults are unacceptable. It is against international laws and it is also unacceptable from a moral point of view. This is why we react strongly ... We are addressing this in a very severe and direct way and present concrete demands. This is damaging the struggle for democracy and human rights in Iraq."

In Denmark, which is also in the coalition, Save the Children called on its government to tell the occupying forces to order the immediate release of child detainees. Neals Hurdal, head of the Danish Save the Children, said the they had heard rumours of children in Basra being maltreated in custody since May.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it was "extremely disturbed" that the coalition was holding children for long periods in jails notorious for torture. HRW also criticised the policy of categorising children as "security detainees," saying this did not give carte blanche for them to be held indefinitely. HRW said if there was evidence the children had committed crimes then they should be tried in Iraqi courts, otherwise they should be returned to their families.

UNICEF is "profoundly disturbed" by reports of children being abused in coalition jails. Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF's senior adviser on child detention, said that under international law children should be detained only as a last resort and only then for the shortest possible time.

They should have access to lawyers and their families, be kept safe, healthy, educated, well-fed and not be subjected to any form of mental or physical punishment, she added. UNICEF is now "desperately" trying to get more information on the fate of the children currently detained in coalition jails.



Rapilogue: Where are we going?

"Where do we go,
Where do we go now,
Where do we go..."

- Axl Rose, "Sweet Child O' Mine", Guns'n'Roses

Chiggidy-check yo'self...

Martial Law 9/11: Rise Of The Police State (2005)

Evil has spread across the land. Martial Law: 9/11 Rise of the Police State exposes the high-tech control grid that is being set up across America.

Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestrators.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

iRAQ: is this just an opinion?

why do they bother?

Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths

Associated Press Writer
33 minutes ago

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush, facing a grim and growing death toll in Iraq, said Thursday that threats of more violence by al-Qaida's second-in-command would not intimidate the United States into retreat.

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Debatable -- Is Bush's time away from the White House too long?

By Robert Gutsche Jr

By some records, this is the longest presidential holiday in at least 36 years. Should President Bush take such a long time away, even though he'll still be in touch with his aides, the press - and world leaders? The August getaway, more than five weeks long, is Bush's 49th trip to his ranch since taking office. And it's the 319th day that Bush has spent, entirely or partially, in Crawford - nearly 20 percent of his presidency to date, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS Radio reporter known for keeping better records of the president's travel than the White House itself.



'Stealth' crashes on takeoff at U.S. box office

'Stealth' crashes on takeoff at U.S. box office

Sun Jul 31, 2005 02:23 PM ET

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Moviegoers shot down a costly action movie for the second consecutive weekend as the $100 million military film "Stealth" opened at No. 4 with sales of just $13.5 million, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.


WSWS : Book Review

Military interference in American film production

Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies
by David L. Robb

By Mile Klindo and Richard Phillips
14 March 2005

Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies by David L. Robb, a former journalist for Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, is a timely work. Published in 2004, a year after the US-led occupation of Iraq, it exposes one of the dark secrets of American movies—military interference in film production and Hollywood’s acquiescence to it.

While collaboration between the US military and Hollywood, of course, is not a new phenomenon, few moviegoers realise how much control the Pentagon has over the American film industry. Citing letters, internal memos and interviews with producers, writers and directors, Robb’s book contains valuable information about its insidious and destructive influence on American cinema.


New stars added to cast of Sept. 11 film directed by Oliver Stone

New stars added to cast of Sept. 11 film directed by Oliver Stone

Thu Aug 4, 1:31 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pena, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maria Bello have been added to the cast of Oliver Stone's coming film about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

The movie, also starring Nicolas Cage, will be based on the story of two Port Authority police officers who became trapped during rescue efforts after the collapse of the twin towers.



$116 trillion lawsuit filed by 9/11 families

August 16, 2002 Posted: 8:16 AM EDT (1216 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Acknowledging the odds are against them, relatives of the September 11 attacks filed a 15-count, $116 trillion lawsuit Thursday against the company run by Osama bin Laden's family, Saudi Arabian princes and Sudan.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by more than 600 family members, plus some firefighters and rescue workers.



Ten years after his 3-hour blockbuster JFK rocked the American consciousness and sparked an outcry that resulted in the Assassination Records Review Board, Oliver Stone returns with a special edition DVD of particular interest to anyone who is a student of the assassination of President Kennedy.



Final Report of the Assassination Records
Review Board September 30, 1998

Executive Summary from the Final Report

The Assassination Records Review Board was a unique solution to a unique problem. Although the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the subject of lengthy official investigations, beginning with the Warren Commission in 1964 and continuing through the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978-79, the American public has continued to seek answers to nagging questions raised by this inexplicable act. These questions were compounded by the government penchant for secrecy. Fears sparked by the Cold War discouraged the release of documents, particularly those of the intelligence and security agencies. Even the records created by the investigative commissions and committees were withheld from public view and sealed. As a result, the official record on the assassination of President Kennedy remained shrouded in secrecy and mystery.

The suspicions created by government secrecy eroded confidence in the truthfulness of federal agencies in general and damaged their credibility. Finally, frustrated by the lack of access and disturbed by the conclusions of Oliver Stone's "JFK," Congress passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act), mandating the gathering and opening of all records concerned with the death of the President.





Controversial director OLIVER STONE has hit out at US President GEORGE W BUSH for "misusing" his powers after the terrorist attacks on September 11th (01).

The NATURAL BORN KILLERS film-maker, who is currently preparing the first major Hollywood movie to deal with the 2001 atrocities, believes Bush is the wrong man to lead America at the moment, and he is particularly angry about the US invasion of Iraq.

Stone says, "There was an over-reaction after 9/11. Bush was given enormous powers and misused them. He created a war in Iraq that has further helped bust the economy, and has led to civil war there.

"He was the wrong leader at the wrong time. I always felt that. I wish I was wrong."

28/07/2005 06:05


"There are hundreds of bodies that are being found in rivers and lakes throughout Iraq. Nobody knows exactly where they come from."

"I mean, part of the difficulty is getting the information, you know. It's like all of these bodies are turning up. There are hundreds of bodies that are being found in rivers and lakes throughout Iraq. Nobody knows exactly where they come from. There are hundreds of bodies being -- unidentified bodies -- apparently something like up to one quarter of the bodies that turn up in the Baghdad morgues are unaccounted for. And nobody knows exactly where they're coming from."

- Arun Gupta, "Bush’s Exit Plan: Civil War."


"A CIA handbook on coercive interrogation methods, produced 40 years ago during the Vietnam War, shows that techniques such as those used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a long history with U.S. intelligence and were based on research and field experience."

- Walter Pincus, "Iraq Tactics Have Long History With U.S. Interrogators"


"These terrorists and insurgents will use brutal tactics because they're trying to shake the will of the United States of America. That's what they're trying to do. They want us to retreat. They want us to end our compassion for the innocent," he said.

- President Bush, "US troops will stay the course in Iraq - Bush"


"...interrogation centers in each of SVNs 235 districts and 44 provinces, card files and computerized indexes. Pru's of 50 to 100 men. In Phoenix CIA provided weapons, paid for Saigon computer files, funded and trained PRU's and passed intel to Phoenix. Colby told senate Phoenix killed 20,587 VCI. When questions arose re legality Colby retreated and said 87% killed in regular military actions. Two army lts. Told federal judge they order to maintain kill quota 50 VCI a month."

- Ralph McGehee, "CIA and Operation Phoenix in Vietnam"


BONUS: I'm out for precedents to represent me...

"I'm out for President's to represent me, (get money!)"

- Jay-Z, "Dead Presidents", Reasonable Doubt

"These people are fighting for their lives and they are fighting for the lives of their children and they are trying to get their act together," Clinton said. "It would be unconscionable if we don't do something to help."

- Fmr. President Bill Clinton, "Bill Clinton Talks With Black Journalists"

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"Traveling with the fanfare of dignitaries, Mr. Bush and Mr. Baker [use] their extensive government contacts to further their business interests as representatives of the Carlyle Group, a $12 billion private equity firm based in Washington that has parlayed a roster of former top-level government officials, largely from the Bush and Reagan administrations, into a moneymaking machine."

- Fmr. President George H.W. Bush, "Part Two : Inside The Carlyle Group"


Black Eyed PEES!

From a White Stripes message board:

"So, for anyone who was at the San Diego Street Scene show, you may have noticed that the Stripes took the stage very late, due to the fact that the Black Eyed Peas, who played right before the Stripes, showed up for their set almost a full hour late. Total disrespect, since every other band managed to make their show time on the dot.

The reason why the Black Eyed Peas took the stage so late is because they claim to have been "stuck in traffic" and that security wouldn't let them in. Anyway, after they took the stage, it was very clear that they were all very hammered.

So hammered, in fact, that Fergie decided to piss RIGHT ON THE STAGE.

No joke. According to radio reports, she moved over out of the spotlight at some point in their set, and just let it go. Without taking her pants off, either.

So, sure enough, when she got back in the spotlight, it was obvious what she'd done. And she just kept on going as if nothing happened."


Courtesy of beatfanatic


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bush: Iraq Attack a Grim Reminder of War ("Stupid alarm... now where's that snooze button...")

We need a reminder?

The President called it a reminder?

The President needs to be reminded?

The President loves to dress up like a soldier...

And yet...

Bush: Iraq Attack a Grim Reminder of War

Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 43 minutes ago

GRAPEVINE, Texas - President Bush lamented the deaths of 14 Marines in Iraq Wednesday, calling the deadly attack a "grim reminder" America is still at war.

"These terrorists and insurgents will use brutal tactics because they're trying to shake the will of the United States of America. They want us to retreat," Bush told some 2,000 state lawmakers, business leaders and public policy experts gathered here.

The president spoke on a day when a Marine amphibious assault vehicle patrolling during combat operations in the Euphrates River valley hit a roadside bomb, killing 14 Marines from the same Ohio battalion that lost six men two days ago.

"Make no mistake about it," Bush said. "We are at war."


Bush unswayed by Sen. Frist on stem cell research

Wed Aug 3, 4:04 PM ET

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush in remarks published on Wednesday reiterated his threat to veto any legislation that would use federal funds to destroy human embryos for stem cell research after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist broke with Bush on the subject.

"I'm confident that I have achieved the right balance between science and ethics," he told eight newspapers in a roundtable interview on Tuesday.


zero science.

zero ethics.

sounds balanced to me.



glad to see he still has fun too...

they should probably call MTV Cribs...

Bush's Ranch Serves Down-Home Diplomacy

Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 30 minutes ago

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush has turned his remote ranch into a stage for down-home diplomacy, where a barbecue grill and a pickup truck have become his favorite tools for dealing with world leaders.

The 1,600-acre property in central Texas is a place where aides say the president feels most comfortable and can spend more get-to-know-you time with his guests than in hurried Washington. On Thursday, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be the 14th foreign leader to visit the ranch.

Bush's dog once wandered through a press conference with the Australian prime minister. The president led the Saudi crown prince by the hand through blooming bluebonnets. And Russia's president was treated to a hoedown with cowboy cooks and a swing band.

"You only invite your friends into your house," Bush said when Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first head of state to visit in November 2001. "Occasionally, you let a salesman in, or two."

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and what you're doing must be working...

now it seems you're all cooperating...


now it seems we're all suspects...

NYPD Reveals Details of London Attack

Associated Press Writer
10 minutes ago

NEW YORK - The suicide bombers cooked up their explosives using mundane items like hydrogen peroxide. They stored them in a fancy commercial refrigerator that was out of place in their grimy apartment. And cell phones were likely used to set the bombs off.

Those details from the July 7 London bombing emerged Wednesday at an unusually wide-ranging briefing given by the New York Police Department to city business leaders.

The briefing — based partly on information obtained by NYPD detectives who were dispatched to London to monitor the investigation — was part of a program designed to encourage more vigilance by private security at large hotels, Wall Street firms, storage facilities and other companies.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly warned the materials and methods used in the London attack were easily adaptable to New York.

"Initially it was thought that perhaps the materials were high-end military explosives that were smuggled, but it turns out not to be the case," Kelly said. "It's more like these terrorists went to a hardware store or some beauty supply store."

The NYPD officials said investigators believe the bombers used a peroxide-based explosive called HMDT, or hexamethylene triperoxide diamine. HMDT can be made using ordinary ingredients like hydrogen peroxide (hair bleach), citric acid (a common food preservative) and heat tablets (sometimes used by the military for cooking).

HMDT degrades at room temperature, so the bombers preserved it in way that offered an early warning sign, said Michael Sheehan, deputy commissioner of counterterrorism at the nation's largest police department.

"In the flophouse where this was built in Leeds, they had commercial grade refrigerators to keep the materials cool," Sheehan said, describing the setup as "an indicator of a problem."

Among the other details cited by NYPD officials:

• The bombers transported the explosives in beverage coolers tucked in the back of two cars to the outskirts of London.

• Investigators believe the three bombs that exploded in the subway were detonated by cell phones that had alarms set to 8:50 a.m.

• Similar "explosive compounds" were used in the attempted attack in London on July 21. However, the detonators were hand-activated, not timed.

Sheehan said the NYPD was troubled by information it had received about the bombers' links to "organizations," but he did not name any groups.

"We know those same types of organizations that they're affiliated with are very much present in New York City," he said. "That's something we're studying very, very carefully. ... This could happen here."

After the briefing, police spokesman Paul Browne said the department had clearance from British authorities to present the information about the July 7 attack, which killed 52 people.

The session at police headquarters in lower Manhattan was attended by officials from police departments and law enforcement agencies in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other jurisdictions. The officials were in the city discussing plans to beef up security along Amtrak's New York-Washington route.

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R.I.P. Dave Chappelle, come back stronger...


Dave Chappelle was a man of faith in funny, faith that funny would find a way, and funny would seize the day. As a man of faith his devotion to funny was sorely tested, for he saw not a world that was funny, but a world that desperately needed his sense of humour.

He made crack funny. He made the Klan funny. He made R. Kelly even funnier. His list of "funny" goes on and yet the list of things he could've made funny will haunt us forever, as the pressure to come up with that list may have been too much.

Fortunately, his phunny philosophy is widely available on DVD, and Chappelle's Show Seasons 1 & 2 are among the most brilliant and compulsively re-watchable insights into our world that exist today.

Oh yeah. And they're really funny.

Rest in peace my friend...

And come back stronger...


Chappelle's Show Is 'Done,' Murphy Says

Wed Aug 3, 2:26 PM ET

NEW YORK - Time to face the facts: Dave Chappelle's hit Comedy Central series isn't coming back, says one of its stars. "`Chappelle's Show' is over, man. Done," comic Charlie Murphy told TV Guide. "It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it's the truth."

Chappelle's sudden "spiritual retreat" to South Africa on the eve of his show's third season has left the series in limbo since May. About half of a new season had been filmed before Chappelle left, Murphy said.

"I'm disappointed it ended the way it did, but I'm not angry with anybody," he said. "`Chappelle's Show' was like the Tupac of TV shows. It came out, it got everybody's attention, it was a bright shining star, but it burned out and for some strange reason, it burned out quick."

Comedy Central has always said the door is open for Chappelle to return, spokeswoman Aileen Budow said Wednesday.

Network chief Doug Herzog met with Chappelle on June 3, but that has been their last communication, she said.

Murphy, the older brother of comic Eddie Murphy, said his two seasons with Chappelle made him a star.

"Now I can go out and do stand-up," he said. "I'm getting movie offers. It's off the hook. Me getting to the next level or whatever's going to happen is going to come from the next things I do, but `Chappelle's Show' served its purpose and I'll always be grateful."


Whitewatching, Brainwashing, Whitewashing...

I'm gonna stop, drop and roll for a minute...

I don't think this is an excuse, but I do think it can be used to help explain the problem:

White people trust white people.

There's a million good reasons why, and most races feel a kinship towards their own especially when feeling threatened, so simple whitenocentricity is often the root.

I think the wedge-issue is how to separate the ones that know they're being sold their inherent superiority from the ones that don't, and then see who cares.

The issue exists for sure, but it's so prevalent I'm not sure how many people of all races are aware. Not to mention the real difficulty in convincing any smart people that they've been manipulated, let alone white people who think they couldn't be subconsciously rascist in some way if they have colored friends.

"White" has been "normal" since my flesh-coloured pencil crayons, and is "normal" now. That plays out in a million ways - e.g. 90% of communication is non-verbal. But, I still can't knock anyone getting theirs that ain't takin' no one else's, and we've got to recognize the world we need to fix is chock full of white people.

"Normal" is "Racist".

It always has been, and based on that old flawed first principle we're now developing new prejudices. White people just do whatever they want with power and numbers, and make whatever crazy stuff they want to do "normal" with their complete control of information.

Including... murder.


Much, much, worse.




(Warning: Foul story ahead.)


I was hanging with some really white buddies and other multi-colored buddies a while back, and "Eating The Bread" was brought up, prompting a big laugh.

Us colored buddies looked at each other like: "Huh?"

Buddy said: "Oh you haven't heard of it? Umm..."

Other buddy picked up the slack: "You've never heard of it? I've done it!"

Other buddy said: "Yeah, it's when you're on a football team or something, and all the guys get together and start jerking off in a circle on a piece of bread. Then, the last guy who finishes has to eat the bread!!!"

They started laughing.

I said: "You know... that's disgusting, you guys... you guys are just nasty. What's worse: if I told you people in Kenya or Calcutta did this crap and you guys didn't, you'd think they were the most disgusting primitive homo-savages of all time!"

"Man: you white people are foul!!!"

They seemed sheepish.


White people are crazy, and TV is their God.

Heck, the Christians say God made Man in His image, so worshipping TV makes perfect sense to me. i guess we've just gotta be smart enough to reach the progressively dumber members of all races, including whitey.

I'm not even that scared of whitey with a gun: it's whitey with a remote that could kill us all...

Peace, (NOW!!!)



Black Krishna Brand

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Amnesty Intellectual - Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State (...MUST SEE!!! ...and WHY!!!)

President George W. Bush spoke to the World before the UN General Assembly on November 10, 2001:

"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty."

Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State

Evil has spread across the land. Martial Law: 9/11 Rise of the Police State exposes the high-tech control grid that is being set up across America.

Out of the ashes of the September 11th tragedy, a dark empire of war and tyranny has risen. The Constitution has been shredded and America is now a Police State. This film exposes not just who was behind the 9-11 attacks, but the roots and history of its orchestrators.

Director: Alex Jones
Producer: Alex Jones, Kevin Booth
Production Company: Jones Productions
Run time: 2:35:32

Downloaded: 4,051 times




1) All information we receive is based on editorial decisions. Here, footage, interviews, and and documents from hundreds of mainstream news sources is very real, including live slip-ups or great stories that got buried. The documentation using "news" makes this "news", not blind theorizing.

2) The militarization of security everywhere is troubling, especially when they don't tell us about it. This movie shows where society may be going, and whether it gets there or not this establishes clear intent. Widespread information may provoke public outrage, it'll be impossible to stop otherwise.

3) "Qui bono" is latin for "who profits", and this film establishes the money to be made from their actions. The rich are making billions of dollars off increased security, and this film is being given away for free by the people who care to expose it.

4) They rip Michael Moore: just in case you thought they were Left. And Communists.

5) They rip Republicans: just in case you thought they were Right. And Rednecks.

6) They've gone after the crimes of Clinton and Bush equally hard, while recognizing that military-industrial complex initiatives are accelerating under Bush.

7) What exists? We don't know anymore: there is no universality. This movie is not just a matter of taste: it's critical information about the people who have the most power over everyone else, and how they're getting much more control. The bias is simple: this is bad, here's proof, and there's an objective morality being violated in how people are being treated.

8) You can believe what you want: belief and disbelief require an equal measure of proof. Don't set the bar higher than for anything else and I guarantee you'll like it, and don't think just because you haven't heard it yet that it's not true. We often believe anecdotes from anybody, this movie at least provides proof.

9) It's snapshot of current events from a different angle starting at the Republican National Convention in New York last fall, and serves as a deeper sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 with a different timeline and similar impact: Why didn't we see that? Where was the press?

10) People's reactions are priceless, both those on film and your own. Check the logic used to dismiss info, and ask why you fight to avoid revising an opinion. Our thoughts are not entirely our own, there is a "normal", safe, shrinking and inclusive knowledge-base that forms common opinion about what we are supposed to know. This makes everything else "crazy" for no good reason: these are just "people" trying to tell us something for God's sake!

Our distrust of all media based on the massive failures of the corporate media is leaving us all hopelessly ignorant.

So: "Qui bono?"

With the best sources of alternative media: we do.


BONUS: Twilight Zone Beginning...

President George W. Bush spoke to the World before the UN General Assembly on November 10, 2001:

"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty."

Throughout the corridors of power around the world, a clear message was sent: shut up.

It disseminated from The White House, then corporate media, and now there's peer pressure to deny any other possibilities.

It's crazy how much credibility one gets from just saying: "Well I'm not one for conspiracy theories..." no matter the nonsense or sins of omission that follow. Our herded gullibility buys fake credibility, and even after Fahrenheit 9/11 recently showed millions the media lies to protect the government from the people, we still fight like hell to defend the half-truths we learned against concerned citizens with a wealth of evidence.


So: I present an all-purpose argument for everybody to tell everybody...

Black Krishna - The Bootleg Nine: Revolutionary Weapon

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* Socio-political current edge...
* 25 minutes and 44 seconds...

* Can't take, the raw 'ish...
* I gotta say, the raw 'ish...
* Gotta flip, a pop-hit...
* To blow ya mind, just a bit...



I be the Black Krishna,
God on this earth,
I'm raised 5000 years,
Before my first birth,

In this land of freedom,
The formula don't work,
So I'm'a drink and smoke,
Until they burn me to earth...


Why this name?

Wrote a song.


Do you play live?

It's a hella rush...


How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?

Distribution and exposure are easier for independent artists, and overall integrity is maintained by the honesty of the artists held to the same system. This is classic "potential" of online technology is scarier than the reality has to be, so I hope the record industy understands: if they leave it alone the whole business will grow, and a new generation of artists and fans will be created.


Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

For one record at a time.


Band History:

Philosophy -

Website - (COMING SOON!)

Recorded at -


Your influences?

Tupac Shakur, House Of Pain, Guns'n'Roses, Eminem, Bob Marley, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Franz Ferdinand, The Roots, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, Jon Stewart, Kardinal Offishal, A.R. Rehman, LL Cool J, Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Dido, Outkast, Coldcut, LAL, Biggie, Madonna, Johnny Cash, The Herbaliser, Bally Sagoo, N.W.A., Mary J. Blige, Big Sugar, Ja Rule, Rage Against The Machine, Asian Dub Foundation (or, Raj Against The Machine), Lil' Jon, Dave Chappelle, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, DJ Serious, Panjabi MC, The Neptunes, Ravi Shankar, Klyde Broox, Jayu, Paul McCartney, The Game, Beyonce, Feziek, dead prez, Timbaland, Usher, DJ Krush, Run-DMC, Kanye West, The Sex Pistols, Arundathi Roy, Missy Elliot, Cannibal Ox, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Nelly, Alanis Morisette, Digital Underground, Portishead, Beethoven, Jad-X, The Neptunes, The Fugees, Choclair, Green Day, Diamond D, Ennio Morricone, Ludacris, Maestro Fresh Wes, Afrika Bambataa, Amy Goodman, Sean Paul, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Tosh, Jon Stewart, Non-Phixion, Thievery Corporation, Smokey Robinson, Led Zeppelin, Grandmaster Flash, La Bomba, Busta Rhymes, Noam Chomsky, Looper, Faith, Sarah MacLachlin, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth, Ray Charles, Young Sonz, Angelina Jolie, Snow, Will Da Real One, Built To Spill, Choclair, KRS-ONE, The White Stripes, Sinead O'Connor, The Fu-Schnickens, Grouch and Punches, Buck 65, Chris Isaak, A Tribe Called Quest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Police, The Beatnuts, Iggy Pop, Fat Joe, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Apache Indian, The Eagles, DJ Muggs, Dope Poets Society, Shaggy, Das EFX, Oasis, DJ Red Turtle, Coldplay, Xzibit, Saukrates, Massive Attack, Velvet Revolver, Britany Spears, Lil' Jon, Mos Def, U2, Public Enemy, Shabba Ranks, BDP, Elvis, Classified, Empire Crew, Dave Sharma, The Hip Hop Disciples, Executive Beatz, Kool Moe Dee, Linkin Park, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Jackson, Stigmata, Aphex Twin, Michael Moore, Dire Straits, Jayo Felony, Metallica, George Michael, Masia One, Louis Armstrong, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, Swollen Members, Macedon The Wise Man, Black Moon, Common, Eve, Weird Al Yankovic, AC/DC, LAL, P. Diddy, Janis Joplin, Immortal Technique, Michie Mee, Eric B. and Rakim, K-OS, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, Wilco, Mobb Deep, Jaylib, Jeru Tha Damaja, Shaggy, Chet Sing and Dub Trinity, Cypress Hill, Obie Trice, Bahamadia, Green Day, Cab Calloway, John Lennon, Nick "Brownman" Ali, ONYX, Ani DiFranco, Celtae, The Clash, Will Smith, Rich London, Louis Armstrong, Beenie Man, The Fitzroy Terrors, Sting, Big Daddy Kane, Hole, M.O.P., Pink, The Rolling Stones, Redman, Bone Thugs'n'Harmony, The Streets, Digital Underground, Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, Fabolous, Madvillain, Aerosmith, Blackstar, Kish, The Foo Fighters, Madonna, The Smiths, Malcolm Gladwell, Odele, Clipse, Eddie Murphy, Ritchie Valens, Wyclef Jean, Dave Chappelle, Everlast, Big Pun, Nirvana, Foxy Brown, DJ Qbert, Cindy Lauper, Funkdoobiest, Reign of Terror, Tool, Frank Sinatra, DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry, DJ Green Lantern, Audioslave, Dilated Peoples, Ani DiFranco, Poison, Kid Koala, R.Kelly, The Grateful Dead, Andrew Dice Clay, Afu-Ra, Cassidy, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Photek, Organized Rhyme, Blahzay Blahzay, Soundgarden, Celtae, Aesop Rock, Murs, Digable Planets, Pharoah Moench, Bobby Brown, Beethoven, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, SPIN, Ice Cube, Black Eyed Peas, Autechre, New Order, More Or Les, John Coltrane, Sean Paul, G-Unit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Premier, Bjork, Masta Ace, The RZA, Roots Manuva, Chris Rock, Patience, Mindbender, DJ Dangermouse, EPMD, Phil Collins, Big L, Metallica, Kruder and Dorfmeister, M.I.A., Muddy Waters, Wu-Tang Clan, Red Snapper, Ludacris, Insane Clown Posse, Fabolous, UGK, Goldie, Miles Davis, Depeche Mode, John Lee Hooker, Ghetto Concept, Chris Isaak, Mocean Worker, Moby...


Favorite spot?

T-Dot... seen?


Anything else...?


*** Is here in August 2005!!! ***

Black Krishna - Confessions Of An Aging B-Boy

Is out in a soft-release, 25-tracks of pure BKB funk designed to blow ya mind just a bit. Stay tuned, soon y'all can play dis 4 ya grandkids...


Black Krishna - The Bootleg Nine: Revolutionary Weapon

*** FOR FREE ***

Nine unique, mixed and mastered tracks from the full mixtape/album, with a socio-political edge defining the last couple of years.

I took a look at the world recently and thought this song selection was called for, please feel free to download and distribute as widely as you want.

Sometimes teachers in other circles want to see your math, so I have some source material and general philosophy at:

Some of the guys I look up to read a lot more than they're given credit for, like 2Pac and Bob Marley among others. If anyone wants to examine my ideas further a few can be found there, I'm also planning on organizing them when my website is up.

It's saying what, among other things, I think needs to be said at the moment. I can only dream, but if I dare, this version is my "Illmatic", the full-album is my "All Eyez On Me"...

If you have any questions, comments, reviews, requests, or whatever, please use the message board or contact me at:

I'll post any reviews or comments you want in the reviews section, thanks for the feedback.

Peace by peace...

P.S. To any DJ's or beatmakers, acapellas are available upon request.

P.P.S I also feel I should pass on one of the most interesting documentaries I've ever seen, with good-pacing and music, and insane footage of the deterioration of trust in society and proof of some reasons why.

Non-traditional viewing to be sure, you can decide if it's important. I enjoyed it, and objectively feel it does a great job in revealing several questions we are now forgetting how to ask.

There's only one problem: I know for sure a lot of it's real - or at least heavily corrobarated upon further investigation, and the scale of corruption may freak you out or close your mind if you're not cool with it.

"Yolanda! We cool?"

So, if you keep an open mind and an even keel, I strongly recommend watching:

9/11: The Road to Tyranny

From: The Internet Archive, a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.


It's detailed, and much of the great history leads up to today. I also just saw the mini-series sequel that was released in March of this year:

Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State

This takes us well into this year - kind of a like a more recent and conspiracist version of Fahrenheit 9/11, with crazy footage the mainstream media never showed.


There's a lot of stuff we should know and we know we don't, and these cover dozens of questions anyone with a conscience would ask if they knew they could.

There are some people we should listen to, and others we shouldn't. I guess everyone can decide for themselves...

"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty."

- President George W. Bush speaking to the World before the UN General Assembly

- November 10, 2001


Monday, August 01, 2005

"And who do you trust anyway...: Proudly Presents: "governments commonly only pass such preventive measures after attacks."

London Suspect Highlights Tracking Woes

Associated Press Writer
23 minutes ago

ROME - Italian police revealed Monday how they tracked down a London bombing suspect, yet their success was tempered by concerns about how Europe's open borders allowed the fugitive to slip from Italy into Britain and back again.

Italy's anti-terror police chief also said that Ethiopian-born Hamdi Issac managed to gain asylum in Britain in 1996 using fake documents and an alias.

London police say Issac was one of four attackers who planted bombs on subways and a bus July 21 — bombs that only partly exploded yet further rattled the city after the deadly mass-transit suicide bombings of July 7.

Four days later, on July 26, Issac managed to elude a massive manhunt to take a train out of London, reportedly to France. He then crossed into Italy, seeking refuge with family and friends, and was arrested at his brother's Rome apartment Friday.

His journey highlights the difficulties anti-terrorism authorities have tracing the movements and identities of suspects, said Andrea Nativi, research director for the Rome-based Military Center for Strategic Studies.

Under the so-called Schengen agreement, travelers within 15 signatory countries can cross borders without passports. Britain and Ireland are not part of the agreement and handle their own border control.

Participating countries can temporarily reinstate border checks if there is a threat to security, as France did after the July 7 London bombings. Finland also reintroduced border checks, because it is hosting the World Athletics Championships this month.

But more drastic measures may be needed.

Natavi said stricter controls, such as identity cards with fingerprints, could help but that governments commonly only pass such preventive measures after attacks.

"It's necessary to realize that in the era of global terrorism, we have to accept a few compromises," he said. "It's not that one can defend oneself just by controlling who flies on airplanes."

Others insisted the EU's open borders were not to blame for Issac's escape. Friso Roscam Abbing, a spokesman for the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini, defended the agreement and said amending the rules would not help.

"Despite the French position to introduce temporary border checks, this suspect was able to travel," he said.

Instead, he said, the EU should focus on the "root causes" of terrorist cells across Europe and increase the sharing of intelligence to track down suspects faster.

The Northern League — a right-wing party in Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government — had called for suspending the Schengen agreement after the July 7 attacks. Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu chose instead to tighten controls on Italy's northern borders.

In the first official briefing since Issac's arrest, anti-terror chief Carlo De Stefano described in detail how Italian police monitored Issac's cell-phone calls leading to his arrest.

The investigation started when British authorities told Italian police on July 26 that a July 21 suspect had fled Britain and had in the past made calls to Italian phone numbers.

British police also said the suspect called Saudi Arabia, apparently to get his brother's number in Rome.

Police homed in on Issac's cell phone, locating him Thursday after discovering he had replaced the phone's British removable "SIM" card — which stores an individual's phone number and other data — with an Italian one.

On Friday, the day of the arrest, police recorded conversations in which Issac talked in an Ethiopian dialect, which helped confirm his identity. Italian police were also able to identify Issac by the wound on his right leg, which British police said he sustained as he tried to leap a subway station barrier after the failed attack at the Shepherd's Bush subway station.

A Rome judge charged Issac on Monday with association with the aim of international terrorism and with possessing false documents. A separate Italian court is expected to rule shortly on a British request for Issac's extradition.

De Stefano said Issac moved to Italy from Ethiopia sometime around the late 1980s. He then changed his name to Osman Hussain and claimed he was from Somalia to obtain political asylum in Britain in 1996.

Britain's Home office said it was not able to give any information on Issac's immigration status. However, it said that if he had been granted British citizenship, he would be able to travel to the United States without restriction.

Associated Press writers Ariel David and Marta Falconi in Rome and Constant Brand in Brussels contributed to this report.


"And who do you trust anyway...: Proudly Presents: Ex-Military Prosecutors Fault Gitmo Trials

Ex-Military Prosecutors Fault Gitmo Trials

AP Military Writer
58 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that two former members of the military team handling prosecutions of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had alleged last year that the trial system was rigged in favor of the government.

Officials said, however, that the prosecutors' charges had been thoroughly reviewed and dismissed as unfounded. While declining to reveal specifics of the allegations, a Pentagon spokesman said an investigation determined they were "much ado about nothing."

The allegations by Air Force Maj. John Carr, who was then a captain, and Air Force Maj. Robert Preston were first reported by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in their Monday editions. The newspapers said they obtained internal e-mails written by Carr and Preston that detailed their allegations.

Lawrence Di Rita, senior spokesman for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, acknowledged the allegations but said he could not discuss them in detail.

"They made a number of allegations about the operation of their office, about administrative things, about some of their concerns about certain aspects of the commissions," Di Rita said. The Pentagon refers to the military trials, which were begun last fall but are now in suspension, as commissions, or military tribunals.

"Those allegations were thoroughly investigated" by the Defense Department office of the Inspector General, Di Rita added. "The allegations were serious and the issue is a serious one. The inspector general concluded that it was much ado about nothing, that the individuals that had made the allegations couldn't substantiate their allegations, and everybody moved on. That matter was thoroughly vetted, and it's closed."

The Journal account of the allegations said both Carr and Preston requested that they be reassigned rather than participate in the trials. It said they accused fellow prosecutors of ignoring torture allegations, failing to protect evidence that could help defendants establish a defense, and withholding information from superiors.

The Times said Carr asserted that the chief prosecutor had told subordinates that the members of the military commission that would try the first four defendants would be "handpicked" to ensure that all would be convicted.

Carr also said in his message that he had been told that any information that could help the defendants would probably exist only in the 10 percent of documents being withheld by the CIA for security reasons, the Times said.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a vocal critic of the military trial system, said the Carr and Preston allegations are further evidence that the Pentagon should scrap the system and instead try the alleged terrorists under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which provides fuller protection for the rights of the accused.

"Clearly the concerns raised by these two confirm what we've been saying from the beginning: (the Pentagon) rigged the system to render the result the Bush administration wants, which is conviction of these first accused, at any cost," said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU.

The Pentagon-appointed lawyer for David Hicks, an Australian who is one of four Guantanamo Bay detainees whose cases were the first to go to trial, was quoted by Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Monday as saying the Australian government should withdraw its support for the trials, based on the Carr and Preston allegations.

"When you look at the system and how it is operating and you look at the information that has just come out, I would hope that they would say enough's enough," the lawyer, Maj. Michael Mori, was quoted as saying.

The Australian government said it was looking into the matter.

Attorney General Philip Ruddock said he had not heard of the two prosecutors' allegations until Monday.

"I will look into those issues," Ruddock told reporters in Canberra. "The Americans have dealt with some of those matters and said they lacked veracity. I'll have (a) look at it and see whether I want to say the same thing — at this stage, I can't," he added.

Di Rita, the Rumsfeld spokesman, told reporters at the Pentagon that although the inspector general found the Carr and Preston allegations to be without merit, the Pentagon is looking at possible changes to the trial system.

"We're looking — we're always looking — to see if there are modifications that might be needed to the procedures" before the trials resume, Di Rita said. They were halted last November when a federal court ruled that the procedures violated due process and U.S. government obligations under the Geneva Conventions.

In July, a three-judge federal appeals court panel reversed the lower court ruling, saying the proceedings were lawful. The Pentagon has not said how soon it intends to resume the trials.

On the Net:

Pentagon information on military trials at


P.S. Bolton Boltin' for the U.N. Invasion of Iran (etc.)

P.S. Bolton Boltin' for the U.N. Invasion of Iran (etc.)

John Bolton is an extension of this aggressive consolidation of power policy, they really want an asshole at the U.N. to ensure they vote in favour of a war on Iran, and by all accounts, John Bolton is an asshole. The more you read the more you see: they're taking this attitude worldwide. We've had lots of clues as to their insane ambitions, but it hasn't really been in-style to check them out since the mainstream media avoids it. Conversationally it's marginalized, especially with shorter conversations becoming normal and a premium on discussing fun current events. Those who check-in usually get two opposite opinions in the same paper and leave it at that, when really there's two sides of a coin and there's looking at the cash register. The intellectual leaders of social circles forcefully and articulately spread simple dichotomies with a sprinkling of facts, and speculative personal conspiracy theories incorporating new info are built upon flawed first principles. The big problem: the results aren't nearly accurate enough indicator of our present nor predictor of our future to know we should be concerned. [Ed. note: Remember, they do run the world.]

A lot of it's interesting as hell and incredibly important, but so is everything else with bigger productions values. And there's so little time... and people are stressed already... and who do you trust anyway... and why bother... and who do you trust anyway... and why bother...

and who do you trust anyway...

and who do you trust anyway...

and who do you trust anyway...

In fact, as a whole we've been blind and to the tonnes of serious criticism by our fellow citizens, and really justified it after November 10, 2001, when President Bush spoke to the world at the United Nations and said:

"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty. To inflame ethnic hatred is to advance the cause of terror."

The Leader of the Free World had spoken.

The Corporations of the Free World heard him.

The People of the Free World heard him.

The Path of the Free World Had Been Chosen.


And since then...

Feel the...

"Good... good... good... good vibrations..."
- The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations", Smiley Smile (1966)

The New York Times Proudly Presents: Triumph of the Machine

Triumph of the Machine

By Paul Krugman
The New York Times

Monday 01 August 2005

The campaign for Social Security privatization has degenerated into farce. The "global war on terrorism" has been downgraded to the "global struggle against violent extremism" (pronounced gee-save), which is just embarrassing. Baghdad is a nightmare, Basra is a militia-run theocracy, and officials are talking about withdrawing troops from Iraq next year (just in time for the US midterm elections).

On the other hand, the administration is crowing about its success in passing the long-stalled energy bill, the highway bill and Cafta, the free-trade agreement with Central America. So is the Bush agenda stalled, or is it progressing?

The answer is that the administration is getting nowhere on its grand policy agenda. But it never took policy, as opposed to politics, very seriously anyway. The agenda it has always taken with utmost seriousness - consolidating one-party rule, and rewarding its friends - is moving forward quite nicely.

One of President Bush's great political talents is his ability to convince people who do care passionately about policy that he is one of them. Foreign-policy neoconservatives believe he shares their vision of a world transformed by American power. Economic conservatives believe he shares their dedication to dismantling the welfare state.

But a serious effort either to transform the world or to dismantle the welfare state would require sacrifices Mr. Bush hasn't been willing to make.

On the foreign policy front, the "Bush doctrine" of pre-emption and unilateralism sounded very impressive at first. But Mr. Bush's tough-guy attitude wasn't matched by his willingness to commit resources. His administration sought global dominance on the cheap, with an undermanned, under-planned invasion of Iraq that has, indeed, transformed the balance of power in the Middle East - in favor of Iran.

On the domestic policy front, talk of an "ownership society" appealed to conservatives who dreamed of rolling back the New Deal. But Mr. Bush has expanded, not reduced, middle-class entitlements. Only the poor and powerless have faced cuts. (I don't think those middle-class entitlements should be cut. But Mr. Bush claims to be against big government.)

Social Security privatization was to the crusade against the welfare state what the invasion of Iraq was to G-Save: an attempt to achieve radical goals on the cheap. Rather than openly propose reductions in entitlement spending, the administration tried to sell a phase-out of traditional Social Security benefits in return for the magic of investing. But the public didn't buy it.

So what about those legislative successes? Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, called the victories "verification that this is a governing party." But governing means more than handing out goodies.

Let's start with the energy bill. Even the bill's supporters barely pretend that it will do anything to reduce America's dependence on imported oil. It's simply an exercise in corporate welfare, full of subsidies and targeted tax breaks.

Then there's the pork-stuffed highway bill. I guess we'll have to stop making fun of Japanese public works spending: now America, too, is building bridges to islands that have almost no inhabitants, but lie in the districts of influential legislators.

Finally, Cafta contains "free trade" in its title, but that's misleading. The administration rammed the bill through the House by, among other things, promising to limit imports of clothing from China; over all, the effect may well be to reduce, not increase, international trade. But pharmaceutical companies got measures that protect and extend their monopoly rights in Central America.

These bills don't have anything to do with governing, if governing means trying to achieve actual policy goals like energy independence or expanded trade. They're just machine politics at work, favors granted in return for favors received.

In fact, you can argue that the administration does a bad job at governing in part because its highest priority is always to reward its friends. Most notably, the Iraq venture would have had a better chance of succeeding if cronyism and corruption hadn't undermined reconstruction.

Still, Republicans should feel good. Those legislative successes show that the political machine can still deliver the goods, even at a time when a majority of Americans disapprove of Mr. Bush's leadership and believe that his administration deliberately misled us into war.