Saturday, March 18, 2006

SOUTH PARK: "Oh my God! Scientologists killed Chef! You bastards!!!"

Man, I loooove South Park.

They're so friggin' smart, and so friggin' political.

And, most importantly, so friggin' funny.

In vacillating between being Bailey's and Scotch myself, or being smooth and rough in selling sedition, I marvel at the subtle and sexy ways they infiltrate society with their unique brand of simple truths.

Sometimes people don't get it, so I'm cool with all approaches that can reach all people, and really trying to flex as many as I can myself.

I caught an episode deconstructing the Mormon religion, and that was an absolutely hilarious examination of what Mormons actually believe - which is absolutely ridiculous.

But: they gave the little Mormon kid an out, as he thoughtfully suggested that no matter what they believed as an origin-story, they treated each other and their families well, and in that respect may even have an edge on non-believers.


I've read Matt and Trey talk about how they stay out of Hollywood to avoid being sucked into sucking celebrity dictation and playing by the rules of how to treat industry "peers", allowing them the freedom to say whatever they want.


I've also seen the controversial "Trapped in the Closet" episode, it's incredibly funny, and when discussing Scientology's origin-story they includes a graphically prominent rejoinder saying "this is what they actually believe!", or something like that, as they go through what Scientologists actually believe.

Now, don't give me no automatic bi-chromatic "Left-Right" style crap about how it's "just a cartoon" and "there's got to be another (equal) side", as even a cartoon can break any religion down into it's basic tenets - which are supposed to be universally understood by anybody and everybody anyway. The difference would merely be in the sales pitch as opposed to the basic set of facts, and when they're trying to make a point they point out hypocracy by telling the truth - you can cross-reference it yourself.

Besides, if they'd fictionalized the facts then it would be far less damaging to the reputation of Scientology, and the media-intelligentsia in their community would've chosen to ignore it.

I also think it's great how the attempted suppression of it may result in more people seeing it, and more people understanding what Scientologists and their numerous celebrity and other powerful followers actually believe - which is mysteriously left a mystery in the media...

For example, here:

South Park - Trapped in the Closet

Yep, it's pretty damned funny, and while Tom Cruise may have used Britain's nasty new Nazi'esque libel laws to keep it from being broadcast there, and a U.S. backroom strong-arming to keep it from being broadcast here, he also first auditioned Scarlett Johansson for the role of Katie Holmes at the Scientology headquarters - or possibly "TomScat". After going on a "date" as a young actress and rising star with one of the most powerful and famous movie stars in the entire world, she still chose to excuse herself early because they were all weirding her out.

G'wan Google it, I found it pretty amusing myself.

G'wan enjoy South Park too, between their chicken-scrawled amateurish anime and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I'd say Bailey's was never so damn good for you...

"South Park" creators Trey Parker, left, and Matt Stone pose at their offices in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2005. The battle between the pair and the celebrity-endorsed religion of Scientology, raged on this week in a tempest over a controversial episode mocking outspoken Scientologist Tom Cruise. They said Thursday, March 16, 2006, they won't relent in their feud against the religion, based on the self-help book "Dianetics" by founder/science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.( AP Photo/Ann Johansson)

Yahoo! TV

'South Park'-Scientology Battle Rages On

Friday March 17 7:35 PM ET

"South Park" has declared war on Scientology. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the animated satire, are digging in against the celebrity-endorsed religion after a controversial episode mocking outspoken Scientologist Tom Cruise was yanked abruptly from the schedule Wednesday with an Internet report saying it was covert warfare by Cruise that led to its departure.

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!" the "South Park" creators said in a statement Friday in Daily Variety. "Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies... You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!"

The Internet blogger said Thursday that Cruise threatened to not promote "Mission: Impossible 3," a surefire summer blockbuster, if the offending episode ran. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, as is Paramount, which is putting out the film.

But Cruise's representative, Arnold Robinson, told The Associated Press Friday that the mega-star made no such demands.

"Not true," Robinson said. "I can tell you that he never said that."

A call by The Associated Press to a Paramount representative was not returned Friday.

The episode in question, "Trapped in the Closet," which first aired last November, shows Scientology leaders hailing Stan, one of the show's four devilish fourth-graders, as a savior. A cartoon Cruise locks himself in a closet and won't come out. An animated John Travolta, another famous Scientologist, enters the closet to try to get him out.

The battle began in earnest earlier this week when Isaac Hayes, another celebrity Scientologist and longtime show member voicing the ladies' man Chef quit the show, saying he could no longer tolerate its religious "intolerance and bigotry."

Stone and Parker didn't buy that either.

On Monday, Stone told The Associated Press, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith in Scientology...He has no problem and he's cashed plenty of checks with our show making fun of Christians."

A Comedy Central spokesman said Friday that the network pulled the controversial episode to make room for two shows featuring Hayes.

"In light of the events of earlier this week, we wanted to give Chef an appropriate tribute by airing two episodes he is most known for," the spokesman said.


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Friday, March 17, 2006

MySpace makes you take it in the face, while Internet 2 screws me and you too...

A friend told me the other day that all cars made in the last 2 years come with black boxes, and that most people don't know about it.

I couldn't believe it.

Then of course, I could.

You know, it's like they just go ahead and decide to do something evil, and then they either work on selling us the idea as a "work in progress" (i.e. the fake Iraq war growing threat build-up bullshit), or they just go ahead and do it and establish it's the new "normal" through the media.

Either way, it's just one more tool they invent to spy on all of us and charge us with crimes they invent new technology to spy on all of us and charge us with crimes with.

Or something like that.


Aw man...

The re-authorized Patriot Act...

The RFID chips, DNA banks, passport fingerprints, retinal scans...


Hey, guess which country has the biggest prison population in the world?

"Amerikkka, Amerikkka,
God spat on Liberty,
She fucks with you,
She fucks with me,
From sea to shining sea!"

- America The Beautiful (Prison), 1913


Anyway, here, even Fox News has a story on it...

Car Black Boxes: Safety or Spy Feature?

New cars offer a delightful array of information and services: satellite radio, intelligent cruise control, braking and steering assistance, navigation systems, and roadside assistance, to name a few.,2933,141048,00.html


You know, I try to read the mainstream versions of evil.

Really, I do.

And I fancy myself as a fairly smart cookie.

Really, I do.

But sometimes when they try to hide just how evil some stupid new plan is they make their stories so friggin' long and complicated and boring that I have no opinion at the end of them, and resort to a numb appreciation of the bits I can remember:

"Something's happening. Oh well. I guess that's that."


Here's a bit from The Guardian, a British paper that's done some stellar work in the past, including corroborating the fact that Dubya's grand-pappy, Prescott Bush, was a Nazi-sympathizing scumbag who helped fund Hitler's war machine as director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC).

He even continued to work with the Nazi's after America entered World War II.

He even continued to work with ex-Nazi's after the end of World War II up until 1951.

He even continued to work with Nazi's and ex-Nazi's well after the U.S. government had pressed charges against him and demanded he stop.


Dood sure loved Nazi's.


Here, you can see why "torture" runs in the family...

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president,12271,1312540,00.html

And you can watch an interview with the American journalist who first went to the Washington archives and discovered the official documents talking about just how super-scummy Dem Bush Boys be.

And believe me, Dem Bush Boys be super-duper-scummy! :P

Keeping It In The Family: The Bushes and the Nazis

Journalist John Buchanan discusses how his research led him to uncover the deep and historical ties between the Bush family and the Nazi war machine. Buchanan's endeavors led to highly respected newspapers such as the London Guardian covering the story.


But then The Guardian also promoted a massive lie about Internet 2, simply calling it "faster" and "better".

The race for a new internet

Rival academics are competing to create a new, faster internet. Sean Dodson investigates,7369,589431,00.html

But that's not what they're trying to do.

They're trying to "monetize" and completely control communications on the internet, and instead of charging us a flat-fee they're now trying to nickel-and-dime us for every email sent, website checked, minute spent surfing, and whatever the hell they think of.

AOL has already started trying to charge for sending volume emails, and while "spam" is a problem, we ought not be suckered into destroying our right to free speech over it.

I get spam, I got filters, I delete spam.

I get great emails from people trying to Save The World, I got time to read some of it and ignore the rest, I delete what I don't want.

See, big corporations will be fine, dem a run 'tings wit da money-money.

The rest of us fans of that old archaic concept of "free speech" are screwed, as are all the broke-ass activists who can't afford to break the bank every time they want to invite others to join them in Saving The World.

Security will be a high priority as well (isn't it always these days?), and the definitions will be expansive. Remember, these are the same bastards cracking down on civil liberties in every other area.

Ol' Rummy even test-ran a project called "Cyber Storm" to attack "bloggers" and other disseminators of misinformation (or "truth") that could hurt the American military's ability to hurt innocent people, including their ability to effectively propagandize their own citizens into supporting "The Long War" on terrorists they never bother to catch or convict (or "Osama") that could last several lifetimes.


It's a damn shame, but in Googling "internet 2" just now I found no articles critical of it, whereas a few months back there were a couple prominently displayed on the first page of search results.

Now I'm on page 15 of my search results, and still nuthin'.

Nada. Bupkiss. Crapola. Jack-smack. Zilch.

Even adding words like "bad" or "evil" or "problem" didn't work.


Google's motto is "Do no evil".


I guess evil censorship is a matter of opinion...


Anyway, since Rupert Murdoch bought the damn thing has become both more popular and more evil.

And since he's the owner of Fox News and a gazillion other TV and radio stations and newspapers and websites, and is an evil Right-Wing scumbag who sends his neo-fascist editorial positions out for consistent echoing through his media empire, be warned:

He's about to sodomize the 14,000 friends on your Christmas List.

MySpace Is The Trojan Horse Of Internet Censorship

Media elite's last gasp effort to save crumbling empire

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison | March 16 2006

[Ed note: the original article contains highlighted portions of the text which link to more corroborating articles, the emphasis here is my own.]

MySpace isn't cool, it isn't hip and it isn't trendy. It represents a cyber trojan horse and the media elite's last gasp effort to reclaim control of the Internet and sink it with a stranglehold of regulation, control and censorship.

Since Rupert Murdoch's $580 Million acquisition of MySpace in July 2005, it has come from total obscurity to now being the 8th most visited website in the world, receiving half as many page hits as Google, despite the fact that on first appearance it looks like a 5-year-old's picture scrap and scribble book.

MySpace is the new mobile phone. If you don't have a MySpace account then you belong to some kind of culturally shunned underclass.

What most of the trendy wendy's remain blissfully unaware of is the fact that MySpace is Rupert Murdoch's battle axe for shaping a future Internet environment whereby electronic dissent, whether it be against corporations or government, will not tolerated and freedom of e-speech will cease to exist.

MySpace has been caught shutting down blogs critical of itself and other Murdoch owned companies. They even had the audacity to censor links to completely different websites when clicking through for MySpace. When 600 MySpace users complained, MySpace deleted the blog forum that the complaints were posted on. Taking their inspiration from Communist China, MySpace regularly uses blanket censorship to block out words like 'God'.

Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch sounded the death knell for conventional forms of media in stating that the media elite were losing their monopoly to the rapid and free spread of new communication technologies. Murdoch stressed the need to regain control of these outlets in order to prevent the establishment media empire from crumbling.

MySpace is Rupert Murdoch's trojan horse for destroying free speech on the Internet. It is a foundational keystone of the first wave of the state's backlash to the damage that a free and open Internet has done to their organs of propaganda. By firstly making it cool, trendy and culturally elite for millions to flock to establishment controlled Internet backbones like MySpace, Murdoch is preparing the groundwork for the day when it will stop being voluntary and become mandatory to use government and corporate monopoly controlled Internet hubs.

The end game is a system similar to or worse than China, whereby no websites even mildly critical of the government will be authorized.

The Pentagon admitted that they would engage in psychological warfare and cyber attacks on 'enemy' Internet websites in an attempt to shut them down. The fact that the NSA surveillance program spied on 5,000 Americans tells us that the enemy is the alternative media and that it will be targeted for elimination. Google has been ordered to turn over information about its users by a judge to the US government.

The second wave of destroying freedom of speech online will simply attempt to price people out of using the conventional Internet and force people over to Internet 2, a state regulated hub where permission will need to be obtained directly from an FCC or government bureau to set up a website.

The original Internet will then be turned into a mass surveillance database and marketing tool. The Nation magazine reported, "Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply shut out."

The original Internet will deliberately be subject to crash upon crash until it becomes a useless carcass of overpriced trash and its reputation will be defiled by the TV and media barons cashing in on the perfectly streamlined Internet 2, the free for all network that just requires you to thumbscan in order to log on! Those with a security grading below yellow on their national ID card will unfortunately be refused access. Websites that carry hate speech (ones that talk about government corruption) will be censored for the betterment of society.

For the aspiring dictator, the Internet is a dangerous tool that has been seized by the enemy. We have come a long way since 1969, when the ARPANET was created solely for US government use. The Internet is freedom's best friend and the bane of control freaks. Its eradication is one of the short term goals of those that seek to centralize power and subjugate the world under a global surveillance panopticon prison.

Rupert Murdoch's MySpace and its ceaseless promotion by the establishment media as the best thing since sliced bread is part of this movement. In saying all this we do encourage everyone to set up a MySpace account, but only if you're going to use it to bash MySpace, Rupert Murdoch and copy and paste this article right at the top of the page! See how long it is before your account is terminated.


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"What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

* Orwell Rolls in His Grave *

Orwell Rolls in His Grave provides a vital forum for ideas that will never be heard in mainstream media. New York University media professor Mark Crispin Miller says, "These commercial entities now vie with the government for control over our lives. They are not a healthy counterweight to government. Goebbels said that what you want in a media system – he meant the Nazi media system - is to present the ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

This is a fantastic look at the media's least favorite subject - itself. Former CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, New York Times and other journalists/producers come clean about how controlled the media really is, and despite great reviews and impeccable timing, it was predictably buried by... the media.

Oh yes, you think you know "the media lies"?

Sure you do, that's why you still watch the news and act like an expert at parties...


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Plan BK: The Solutions Presents... A Minifesto + An Email Response to a Right-Hook - Part Deux! :P

no worries beb, but at some point we've got to settle on an "objective" morality, i.e. "torture is bad and we should never ever do it", "depleted uranium is bad - like a nuclear weapon without the "boom!" - and we should never use it", "keeping citizens ignorant of the real reasons for war - and a hell of a lot of other important things - is bad and we should never do it", etc..

once we start automatically artificially equivocating opinions in the false "Left vs. Right" paradigm, irrespective of any objective morality, that's where we get into trouble. besides, it's not just "my view", it's the truth, and while i can't tell you what movies to like, i can certainly make empirically proveable calls on behalf of humanity that reflect the wisdom of ages and good old fashioned common sense, which is unfortunately increasingly uncommon these days. plus i can keep the facts while adding to them, and change the poorly-phrased questions to give us a better a chance to answer them with a more positive outcome for more people.

why do you think the world is in such bad shape?

it's simple: reinforcing self-destructive logic causes us to destroy ourselves.

irrespective of what "gang" one is a part of, the bigger problem is failing to separate the value of individual actions from from the "gang mentality", and just because one beats their dog and loves their kids doesn't mean the scales automatically balance. furthermore, if one keeps beating their dog, it may only be a matter of time before they consider beating their kids, and that's what's happening in the U.S. and Canada right now.

by allowing the powers-that-be to beat Third World dogs (and a few domestic ones) we've let them become all-powerful, callous and cold, and now it's our turn as First World kids to take an ass-whuppin'. it ain't gonna be pretty, and with former "bullies" or "security forces" now very much back in style, they can act like it's the good old days instead of playing the marginalized and infrequent referees they're supposed to be. maybe if we wake enough up we'll be okay, and they'll realize their being used and abused, but if we have blind faith in their inherent nobility then we're blinding ourselves to all the hard-fought lessons of conflict throughout history...

justifying any of the violence period is the original sin we're all paying a price for, and whenever any two people or groups are arguing, it's best that they look above them and see who the hell put them in the position to be arguing in the first place.

i definitely agree with you on the idea of happy people being more hopeful and better able to save the world, but unfortunately when anger is the soul of ones political position it easily corrodes happiness, and wraps one in a paranoid miasma of fear...

no worries, and thanks for the workout, we'll have to connect one of these days though i'm hella-bizzy too, so keep me posted on your b-day bash, i'd love to see y'all grown up... :)

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Plan BK: The Solutions - We Know They're Listening, So Keep Talking... "FBI spied on Pittsburgh pacifists, papers show" (Reuters)

You know, I just watched "Fahrenheit 9/11" again last nite with a friend who hadn't seen it, almost all of it anyway, they fell asleep as it was getting very late and they had to get up very early.

We'd also interrupted it several times to see today's updates on Halliburton (at including their recent $385 million contract to build "internment camps" (or new Kafkaesque - er, I mean... Katrinaesque "Superdomes") and various police state measures, among other hypocrisies and travesties of justice.

If anyone asks "Why would they do it?" (i.e. engineer 9/11) then the last 5 years is your answer. It's too bad the film doesn't mention that fact in particular, but it was controversial then and is still controversial almost two years later - so who knows if he would've even got it made. The film still certainly makes it seem reasonable that these a--holes were capable of it, and that they were certainly well-prepared to take advantage of it. Add that to the most important neo-con desire for a "new Pearl Harbor" to facilitate their Project for the New American Century master-plan and "bingo", you've got your "Why?" answer.


One scene that struck me in particular about that film - and like most of us who saw it there were several, was the the young cop who'd spent 18 months infiltrating and spying on "Peace Fresno", the group of harmless cookie-eating activists.

Now you may think Michael Moore "lies", though I'd guess you can't name one since no one else can, nothing more than a questionable 2 minutes at-best in a 2 hour film anyway. No "smoking guns" have been found in the form of "Ah-ha! SEE!!!", for if they had they surely would've been cited everywhere in the mainstream press corpse during their baseless and repeated indictments that have magically and maliciously caused you to group-think this way for reasons you somehow just can't explain.

So stop it.

Or check out the "Facts in Fahrenheit 9/11":


I mean think about it: the cop spent several months infiltrating "Peace Fresno" under the authority of his local Sheriff as directed by the FBI, and if there was anything to be found then surely a case would've been made to justify it - and arrest the peacenik perpetrators involved.

Since the recent NSA revelations we all know they're spying on us, and in reality they have been for years if you count the big secret spy-satellite in the sky - ECHELON (Google it), among other activities of the 18 other intelligence agencies with billion-dollar budgets we hardly know about. An estimated one-third of the CIA's budget is devoted to propaganda too, and they've infiltrated most of the mainstream media both publicly (former agents are columnists) and privately (current agents are columnists).


Note: won't let me upload a wikkid CNN logo spelled CIA for some reason. It's too bad, it looks wikkid. Oh well, no worries, you can see a copy here, and it's a story worth remembering right now (and I mean "right now!") too...

Gratuitous Googling Gets: "IRAN is also the only Muslim country where citizens responded to 9/11 with a spontaneous candlelight vigil..." (NY Times)


The question now is... what do we do.

Well it appears they're trying to scare the crap out of us, and if that's the case, then it's best not to act scared.

I mean, sure it's scary, but anything scary is worse if you act scared, from monsters in the closet to monsters in the White House.


Another "terrorist attack" has been predicted for years now, though fortunately it hasn't happened - yet. With surprisingly little public progress in the "War on Terror" in terms of arrests and convictions above reproach in any legitimate court of law, they are training us to slowly accept what is now being referred to as "The Long War", and assume progress is being silently and secretly and safely made by proven torturers and liars we're all supposed to just trust.

As long as we keep predicting it they may hold off on staging it, and that's why it's so important we keep talking.

Apparently they came really close to pulling off an attack last August with a small-scale nuke off the coast of South Carolina, using a false-flag operation as cover (just like the NORAD drills on 9/11). Four-Star General Kevin P. Byrnes - a man who'd worked his way up from being a grunt, helped foil it, and was later fired for going on a date while separated from his wife - which SHE had no problems with.

Four-Star Generals don't get "fired" for no reason, let alone going out on a "date" after being separated for months with his wife's permission, so something was up for sure.

The first article has links to the others...

Charleston Post & Courier Runs Hit Piece On Nuclear Drill Story

Four Star General Fired For Organizing Coup Against Neo-Cons?

Reporter suggests Brynes discovered plan to turn nuke exercise into staged terror attack

Key General fired as nuke terror drill set for Aug 17

Hey, I'm glad they mentioned it.


What are you talking about today?

"American Idol is actually pretty cool! I mean, there's like these people who suck at the beginning, so it's actually pretty funny. I mean, remember William Hung? That guy was so hilarious! But then later on when they narrow it down to the best singers, I mean, it actually gets really exciting! I mean, I can't wait to see who wins this year..."

The Jones Report

FBI spied on Pittsburgh pacifists, papers show

REUTERS | March 15 2006

Jonathan Barnes

PITTSBURGH – FBI anti-terrorism agents spied on a U.S. peace group simply because it opposed the Iraq war, part of an “unprecedented campaign” to spy on innocent citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.

FBI documents acquired under the Freedom of Information Act and provided to reporters show the FBI conducted surveillance of the Pittsburgh-based Thomas Merton Center for Peace & Justice at anti-war demonstrations and leaflet distributions in 2002 and 2003.

One of the FBI documents, unveiled at a news conference by the two groups, carried the headline “International Terrorism Matters” and referred to the FBI's work with an anti-terrorism task force that includes several agencies.

Another FBI document said the Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force had learned that “The Thomas Merton Center ... has been determined to be an organization which is opposed to the United States' war with Iraq.”

A separate document noted, “One female leaflet distributor who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, inquired if (confidential source's name withheld) was an FBI agent. No other TMC participants appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent.”

FBI officials in Pittsburgh said the bureau was engaged in legitimate investigations, and in one case dropped the probe upon determining a person photographed at one demonstration was not whom they were looking for.

“We had a legitimate purpose for being there,” FBI special agent Bill Crowley said, referring to a November 2002 protest.

The ACLU said the spying fit a pattern of federal abuse following the Sept. 11 attacks. President Bush has generally received high marks from the public for taking a strong hand in security matters.

“From the FBI to the Pentagon to the National Security Agency, this administration has embarked on an unprecedented campaign to spy on innocent Americans,” Ann Beeson, associate legal director of the ACLU, said in a statement.


An FBI memo dated November 2002 said the Merton Center ”holds daily leaflet distribution activities in downtown Pittsburgh and is currently focused on its opposition to the potential war in Iraq.” The war began in March 2003.

The memo called the Merton Center “a left-wing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism.”

The FBI acknowledged the report sounded as if it were reporting on the activities of an anti-war group, but said ”such a characterization would be factually misleading.”

The agent was pursuing leads “from another source possibly establishing a link between an ongoing investigation and the group engaging in anti-war protests. Finding no such link, he terminated his surveillance,” the FBI said in a statement.

Although previously disclosed documents showed the FBI was retaining files on anti-war groups, the ACLU said these documents were the first to show conclusively that the FBI targeted the Merton Center because of its pacifism.

“We know that this surveillance is about the political views of the Thomas Merton Center because that's what the documents say,” said Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney with the Pittsburgh ACLU.

Merton Center director Jim Kleissler said his group filed the request for FBI documents because its members believed they were being spied on by the FBI in 2002 and 2003 while they protested against the imminent war in Iraq.

Kleissler said he was not particularly surprised to find that his group was being investigated by the FBI “but we were surprised that it was so closely tied to terrorism.”



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Headlines for March 15, 2006

- Israeli Raid on Palestinian Prison Leads to Deaths, Kidnappings
- 87 Bodies Found in Iraq
- Rumsfeld Hints At US Troop Increase
- Top US Military Commander: No Evidence of Iran Links
- Report: US Airstrikes Up 50% in Iraq
- Feingold Criticizes Fellow Dems Over Bush Measure
- NAACP Calls on New Orleans To Delay Upcoming Mayoral Election
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Newly Released Files Reveal FBI Spied on PA Peace Group Because of Antiwar Views

Newly released files show the FBI has been monitoring and possibly infiltrating a Pittsburgh peace group because of its opposition to the war in Iraq. We speak with the former head of the Thomas Merton Center, who was personally named in the FBI spy files as well as the New York Civil Liberties Union which has filed FOIA requests to determine whether the FBI is spying on the ACLU and other prominent political and religious groups in the city. [includes rush transcript]

Military Jailing Vietnam War Resisters 40 Years After They Refused to Serve

Concerned about growing desertion and resistance within the military, the U.S. government is arresting men who refused to fight a generation ago in the Vietnam War. We speak with Ernest "Buck" McQueen, a Vietnam War resister who was jailed in January for desertion, 40 years after he left the Marines and his attorney, Tod Ensign who is the director of GI advocacy group, Citizen Soldier.

Iraq War Resisters Stage 241-Mile Peace March Across U.S.-Mexico Border

A group of anti-war protesters are staging a 241-mile march for peace across the Mexico-US border and through California. We speak with one of the march's key organizers, Pablo Paredes. He is an Iraq war resister who refused orders to board a ship in 2004 heading to Iraq.

Sunshine Week: Newspapers and Broadcasters Challenge Government Secrecy

This week is "Sunshine Week" when newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and Web sites around the nation publish reports to raise public awareness about the importance of open government. We look at an upcoming special on the PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW that challenges government secrecy in America through the stories of whistleblowers. [includes rush transcript]

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Plan BK: The Solutions Presents... A Minifesto + An Email Response to a Right-Hook! :P

hey beb,

good to hear from you, but i'm afraid the "details" are actually "people", and the gang you've joined has convinced you that they're not very important to the "big picture". it's a neat trick - convincing the wealthy they're threatened by the poor, but unless we find a way to act more compassionately it'll come back to screw even the most ardent acolytes, those happily playing along thinking they're doing the right thing. any logic can be used to convince anyone of anything - see the state of the world today, and to justify a continuation of these policies is to institutionalize genocide and repression in the form of dictatorships - or what right-wing advocates at the behest of old-money and the military-industrial complex have done for centuries...

the problem isn't that they're winning, it's that they're winning at any cost, including lying as often as they can to their own followers to make them even more paranoid. this demonization of everyone but yourselves and your perception of the world forces you to cling to fascist policies more tightly, and deny the validity of any other options in a fealty to "realpolitik". it's intellectually weak to suggest that there is "no other point", and that no matter how well-read, well-spoken or well-intentioned they are - and no matter how long they've proven it, anyone who has one is an idiot. but it works, especially on those who are trained against being independent thinkers, and so you don't bother looking at any ideas but your own in any real detail. even then, your own filters work to whittle your chosen analysis down to a few "talking points" that you all share, and much like any gang you have to go along to get along - or you could be mistaken for one of "them".

since any world-view but yours is "wrong" and beneath contempt, that logic can easily be extended to narrowing and constraining opinion even further, and squeezing any contrarian logic out of it that isn't dictated from a central authority. today we can see old-school "conservatives" absolutely furious at the neo-con "big government + big spending + big interventionist" conservatives in power today, and yet, in being loyal to power over principles, new-school conservatives are still supportive of the fascist gravy-train...

it's amazing how they can actually force you to abandon your own foundational bedrock principles by demanding you believe in your new "experts" over your own ability to think freely and dissent against awful prevailing logic. amazing. not unprecedented, but amazing. unfortunately, the precedents weren't pretty.

this is a key difference in "left" vs. "right" thinking today:

we tend to see your raw information widely disseminated through the mass-media and come up with a variety of analysis; or we consume a variety of analysis through the variety of analysis we have available - rarely settling on "group-think" conclusions, which makes marketing our ideas as repetitive and focused "propaganda" much tougher.

you tend to listen to pundits who cripple opposition arguments before they arrive in the mass-media - and focus on demonizing those who deliver them as "naive" or "liars", eventually settling on the same repeatable "group-think" that makes compassionate opinions utterly worthless when up against the needs of "power" to maintain dominance, control and "order". the classic right-wing "you just don't understand how the world works" argument is, well, a "classic", and speaks to how easy it is to convince paranoid people to utterly scorn their intelligent and compassionate peers.

this is among the biggest dangers of right-wing thought, and as we've seen over the last 5 years of neo-con (nee: neo-nazi) ideology playing out in the U.S., they're followers take this approach and morph into impenetrable shields against common sense. maybe your neighbor has a point, maybe it's worth listening to, and maybe if your point is any good you won't be afraid of others that challenge it - and "facts".

the problem?

they're afraid of "others". period.

so... we have crazy people thinking that anyone that doesn't think like them must be crazy.

now that's crazy.

the fascist masters of the universe may win, but the world they'll create isn't one anyone in their right minds would want. so unfortunately they have to drive you all insane first, and get you to support whatever they decide with whatever creative logic they can to convince you that any other logic is useless and not worth taking seriously. the "big picture" was easy for Nostradamus to prophesize pain and freak people out with, all you have to do is believe in the unknown, unknowable and unproveable, and you can be scared incredibly easily. here your ignoring of the "details" in favor of a world-view facilitating the hierarchical ambitions of power by any means necessary over anyone else, means it's absolutely no different. you won't realize that you've been a pawn against your own and everyone else's best interests until you see who's training you to think the way you think, see who's benefiting from it, and are truly open to those who question it.

don't worry, i don't think you're there yet, you're really just loyal to the club you joined, so i guess that's cool for now. however, thanks to people on our side exposing the truth below the surface of the mass-media you see 60% of Yanks disapprove of Bush, and with Harper already drunk on power and hopping about in military flack-jackets like the little wanna-Nazi dictator he is, hopefully Canucks'll be able to see through his scare tactics and kick his pompous ass out soon too...


Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives a thumbs-up before boarding a U. S. Blackhawk helicopter following his visit to a Canadian base in Kandahar. (CP PHOTO/Tom Hanson)

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Harper tells troops that, despite dissent, Canada's staying in Afghanistan


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadian soldiers on Monday that his government will never "cut and run" from Afghanistan, saying to bail out of the dangerous mission as soon as trouble erupts is not the Canadian way.

In a speech to about 1,000 of the troops, he pursued dual objectives - not only trying to boost the morale of those on the ground, but also attempting to counter critics of the mission back home. "There could be some who want to cut and run," Harper declared. "But cutting and running is not my way. And it's not the Canadian way.

"We don't make a commitment and then run away at the first sign of trouble. We don't, and we will not, as long as I'm leading this country."

The soldiers applauded the remarks, and several expressed their appreciation for an unprecedented prime ministerial visit that saw Harper sleep for two consecutive nights on their base.

The outpost has been hit with sporadic rocket attacks in recent weeks, an illustration of the greater danger faced by soldiers in Afghanistan's violent Kandahar province.

Harper made the surprise visit - his first foreign trip as prime minister - to lend support to troops struggling against a stubborn insurgency that has claimed the lives of 12 Canadians since 2002.

He maintained that the mission will help defend all nations against terrorism, while also making a powerful statement that a middle power like Canada can have an impact in the world.

"It's also about demonstrating an international leadership role for our country - not carping from the sidelines but taking a stand on the big issues that matter," he said. "You can't lead from the bleachers. I want Canada to be a leader." Harper will complete his sojourn in the strife-torn country Tuesday, when he meets President Hamid Karzai in the capital Kabul.

Other world leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush, have visited Afghanistan, but soldiers lauded the length of Harper's trip and his willingness to stay overnight with them as exceptional.

"It's a big deal for the boys," said Warrant Officer John MacPherson, echoing the sentiments expressed by many others. "It lets them know that people back home - especially the government - are thinking of us. He took the time to actually come and see us."

Harper spent the early part of the day on the base Monday, visiting the troops in their quarters and inspecting the armoured vehicles they use when they venture into hostile territory at the risk of being targeted by suicide bombers and roadside explosives.

He also sat down with soldiers in the mess hall for a modest military lunch that included a hot dog.

Harper then hopped on a U.S. army helicopter. The chopper carried him to a nearby base where Canadians are training Afghan police, and helping to build provincial government departments and local infrastructure.

The potential for danger was underscored as the machine-gun-armed helicopter spun around in wide circles as it swooped down toward its fortified destination.

"(It's) just to make it unpredictable," one soldier said of the unorthodox flight path.

Curious locals could be seen gazing overhead from outside their mud huts as Harper's helicopter approached the base, where gun-toting soldiers stood guard.

Insurgents sympathetic to the deposed Taliban government abound in the area, and are believed to control a number of surface-to-air rockets left over from previous wars.

Canadians have experienced first-hand the lethal challenge posed by the insurgents. And many of Harper's political opponents - the NDP, Bloc Quebecois and some Liberals - want a parliamentary debate on whether the mission is worth it.

Harper accused the former Liberal government Monday of doing a poor job communicating to Canadians and preparing them for the inevitable danger the troops would face.

Kandahar's newly appointed governor, Assidullah Khalid, said he asked for even more Canadian help Monday in a meeting with Harper. He did not specify what he requested.

But the governor said Afghanistan needs assistance from countries like Canada - and vice-versa. He said the safety of the world from terrorism demands it.

"I will tell Canadian people . . . if we don't do this (reconstruction) now, today in Afghanistan, tomorrow we will need to do this in Europe and in Canada," Khalid said.

"Ninety-nine per cent of people in Kandahar, all over Afghanistan, they are thinking about peace. They want peace, they want stability, they want reconstruction, and they are tired of war.

"All Afghan people like peace and like your soldiers here, and they respect your soldiers. . . . We need your soldiers, and I'm proud of them."

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"What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

* Orwell Rolls in His Grave *

Orwell Rolls in His Grave provides a vital forum for ideas that will never be heard in mainstream media. New York University media professor Mark Crispin Miller says, "These commercial entities now vie with the government for control over our lives. They are not a healthy counterweight to government. Goebbels said that what you want in a media system – he meant the Nazi media system - is to present the ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

This is a fantastic look at the media's least favorite subject - itself. Former CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, New York Times and other journalists/producers come clean about how controlled the media really is, and despite great reviews and impeccable timing, it was predictably buried by... the media.

Oh yes, you think you know "the media lies"?

Sure you do, that's why you still watch the news and act like an expert at parties...


Monday, March 13, 2006

Killers Killing Killers: "Why Milosevic Was Murdered" (And Saddam... soon?) + R.I.P. Gary Webb, thanks for telling us the CIA really dealt crack...


Forget what you know...

Er, knew...


First they said it was probably natural causes, then they said it was probably murder, then they said it was definitely his own fault since he tried to get himself just sick enough to be transferred to Russia.


They finally got it right...


This is why it's so crucial for all of us to listen to those who take the time and effort to follow and thoroughly analyze a story - as opposed to merely catching a random snippet and thinking we got it right.

The Mysterious Milosevic Murder changed from Sunday to Monday to Tuesday - until they settled on an explanation that encourages us to write off any further questions as hearsay and "conspiracy".

It's that easy and all the major cover-ups operate this way, from before JFK's murder to after the murders on 9/11. This makes it easy to widely disseminate a prevailing opinion that drowns out legitimate questions - once that opinion has been refined and standardized enough to be widely disseminated.

That's also why I reprint mainstream news stories in their entirety here on this blog, especially when I catch them early, for they often reveal details that are later "Orwellized". This nifty-ass term is based on the George Orwell novel "1984", and has several modern meanings you can look up - especially since it's being used as the right-wing Operations Manual for what's taking place today.

The one I'm referring to is the job of the main character in the novel, Winston Smith, who worked for the Ministry of Truth to "correct" all records each time "Big Brother" decided that the "truth" had changed. The Party he worked for had a slogan that applies to all of us today, especially with the flexibility of electronic media, and is a clear reflection of why the powers-that-be are doing this:

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

The truth needed to be constantly updated, and today when "truth" accidentally slips into the news sometimes they decide to "update" it out too.


I recall posting an Associate Press story saying: "Bin Laden Vows Never to Be Captured Alive" that I caught 2 minutes after it was posted on Yahoo! News. I don't know why it was a story or why he chose to say it at that moment, but I'd guess it was just another dumbass random threat unleashed by the U.S. government to send us all clamouring for Vioxx.

It also said:

"The al-Qaida leader is believed to be hiding in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan."

That last line was the last line of the story, and it was deleted from the exact same story with the exact same link a mere 30 minutes later when I checked on it again, probably because it suggests that if they know where he is then maybe, just maybe, or hell - even probably, they should finally go and get him.

FYI - the "Osama Clock" says: "It's been 1640 days since Bush said he'd catch Osama bin Laden 'Dead or Alive!'", you can Google it yourself, or 1645 days, 19 hours, 39 minutes and 47 seconds since the first airplane hit the first Twin Tower on 9/11, whichever you prefer.

The link to the story no longer works, so it's now completely disappeared after doing it's job in scaring the crap out of us, and after being changed to help protect those who aren't bothering to catch Olde Osama bin Forgotten - for whatever great reasons they obviously have that somehow we just don't bother wondering about very much...


G'wan check it...

Yahoo! News: "Bin Laden Vows Never to Be Captured Alive" vs. BBC's: "The Power of Nightmares" (You can CIA it for yourself! :-)


So, on to some analysis courtesy of the good folks at, who never fail to make sense of "conspiracy theories" they choose to make sense of.

They also have a newer story of Milosevic's son reporting to the Associated Press that he believes his father was murdered.

But hey, he would say that wouldn't he, right?

And so would you, right?

After years of waiting for his day in the sun, it seems Milosevic was about to start naming names - including those of the criminals prosecuting him, so the killers had to kill a killer and make it look like an accidental suicide.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Saddam taken out for the same reason - the footage of him and Rumsfeld shaking hands is priceless, and dead men can't easily contradict new stories that the old living liars make up. His trial is weird enough as it is, popping up as important "mainstream news" for no apparent reason other than to bring da ruckus every few weeks, with nothing substantive to report save for "he's crazy!" and so are his co-defendants.

They're screwing up the trial of (one of) the so-called "20th hijacker" too, and if it starts going badly we can expect him to eat some mouldy Fruit Loops and keel over shortly.


They're sure taking their sweet time prosecuting "terrorists", eh?


Incidentally, I've also included a couple of short videos that show how prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb proved conclusively that the CIA helped deal crack in Los Angeles in the early 1980's to fund an illegal war in Nicaragua.

And... I mean conclusively, as he posted some of the 600 pages of notebooks, interviews, official documents and other evidence on the San Jose Mercury News website that at it's peak was getting a million hits a day.

And... how the rest of the media ganged-up and killed the story.

I highly recommend you check them out, they're great.

You're welcome.

Gary Webb: In his own words (8 minutes)

Dateline NBC Special and analysis (20 minutes)


Finally, some news from recently retired conservative Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a woman who damn near burst into tears when she heard that George W. Bush had lost the 2000 election - before she used her swing-vote in a 5-4 "one-time only this has no legal value as a precedent!" decision that gave him the Presidency.

Despite this grotesque violation of the Constitution she was otherwise well-respected by both the right and the left as one of the last "moderate" conservatives, one who often cast votes in favor of individual rights to help keep the balance of power already dangerously tilting towards the hard-right somewhat in check.

In a speech recently given at Georgetown University, she spoke with sincerity and clarity about how Republican partisan meddling in the judiciary is edging the U.S. towards a "dictatorship".


And... she's a "conservative", a women who helped illegally give the 2000 election to George W. Bush, and yet one of many coming out of the woodwork these days to say things are reeeallly baaaaaaad...

Who knows?

Maybe she has grandchildren...

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is the only mainstream TV journalist to cover this - and the blogger community (among others) is furious about it.

Still, a Google News search of the word "dictatorship" reveals that the rest of the world is a tad more concerned than we're encouraged to be, and since they're way over there and we're right over here, I wonder why...

'Intervention in Judiciary Increased, US Risks Edging Closer to ...
Zaman Online, Turkey - 18 hours ago
By Foreign News Desk, Istanbul. Judge Sandra Day O'Connor, retired after 24 years at the US Supreme Court, has warned the United ...
O'Connor Forecasts Dictatorship
Slate - 13 Mar 2006
By Jack Shafer. The smoke drifting out of your computer over the weekend was not the result of a fried motherboard but the scent ...
Former judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa - 13 Mar 2006
Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the Supreme Court, has said the United States is in danger of edging ...
Jonathan Raban
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 12 Mar 2006
Linking the words "America" and "dictatorship" is a daily staple of leftwing blogs, which thrive on the idea that Bush administration policies since 9/11 are ...
Judges Judging Judges, Quite Judiciously
American Spectator - 4 hours ago
Three of the nation's leading female judges gave important speeches last week. Two of them warned eloquently about the sorts of ...
Former US justice warns of "dictatorship"
ISN, Switzerland - 21 hours ago
ISN SECURITY WATCH (Tuesday, 14 March: 12.20 CET) - "We must be ever vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary.". ...
O'Connor blasts DeLay on judge threats
United Press International - 13 Mar 2006
WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has lashed out at GOP right wingers who attack the judiciary. ...
Ex Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Bashes Pro-Life Advocates on ..., MT - 13 Mar 2006
by Steven Ertelt. Washington, DC ( -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor used a speech at Georgetown University ...
Former Justice O'Connor: Don't 'Strong-Arm' Judiciary, FL - 13 Mar 2006
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has warned that the US is in danger of moving toward "dictatorship” if Republican leaders continue to ...
US risks dictatorship: former apex court judge
Hindu, India - 13 Mar 2006
Washington: Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the Supreme Court, has said the US is in danger of ...
Former Top Judge Says US Risks Edging Near to Dictatorship
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada - 15 hours ago
by Julian Borger. Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has ...
Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship
Axis of Logic, MA - 13 Mar 2006
By Julian Borger in Washington. Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme ...
Sandra Day O'Connor: US Risks Edging Toward Dictatorship
Free Internet Press, NY - 13 Mar 2006
Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the Supreme Court, warned the US is in danger of edging towards ...
Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship
India Monitor, UK - 12 Mar 2006
by Julian Borger. Monday, March 13, 2006, Washington: Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after ...

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"What you want in a media system is ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity."

- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda


Why Milosevic Was Murdered

Tinpot dictator blew the whistle on the New World Order

Paul Joseph Watson/Prison | March 13 2006


Flashback: March 6th - Former Serb Rebel Leader Commits Suicide

Slobodan Milosevic was a distasteful man with authoritarian Communist ideals. But the reasons for his obvious murder revolve around his evergreen willingness to blow the whistle on the global criminal masterminds who had made the mistake of giving 'Slobo' a speaking platform in the first place.

Just two days after Milosevic's death the evidence indicating murder has poured in.

- Milosevic wrote a letter one day before his death claiming he was being poisoned to death in jail. The lawyer who advised Milosevic during his trial, Azdenko Tomanovic (pictured below) , showed journalists a handwritten letter in which Milosevic wrote: "They would like to poison me. I'm seriously concerned and worried."

- Blood tests show that Milosevic's body contained a drug that rendered his usual medication for high blood pressure and his heart condition ineffective, causing the heart attack that led to his death.

The media has spun this to make out as if Milosevic deliberately took the wrong drug so he could seek specialist treatment in Moscow and delay his trial. This is frankly absurd. Milosevic only had access to the drugs provided to him by UN appointed doctors and took them under close surveillance. Are we to believe that Milosevic had managed to set up a secret drugs lab in his closely watched prison prison cell and then substituted the drugs while under constant monitoring?

- Milan Babic, a former Croatian Serb leader who testified against Milosevic was "suicided" just six days before Milosevic's death. According to the BBC, tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov said he had given no indication that he was contemplating suicide. "There was nothing unusual in his demeanor," she said. Another Hague detainee, Slavko Dokmanovic, supposedly killed himself in 1998.

- Allegations of suicide were dismissed by British lawyer, Steven Kay QC, who said Milosevic had told him before he was found dead: "I have not come all this way not to see it to the end."

- The Globalists have wanted to eliminate Milosevic for a long time. Former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson said he saw documents in 1992 that discussed assassinating Milosevic by means of a staged car accident, where the driver would be blinded by a flash of light and remote controlled brake failure enacted to cause the crash. This exact same technique was utilized for real in the murder of Princess Diana.

Milosevic was a loose cannon with intimate knowledge of the criminality of the Globalists after the IMF/Bilderberg coup de 'tat in Serbia in the 1990's.

In March 2002, Milosevic presented the Hague tribunal with FBI documents proving that the United States government and NATO provided financial and military support for Al-Qaeda to aid the Kosovo Liberation Army in its war against Serbia.

This didn't go down too well at the Pentagon and the White House, who at the time were trying to sell a war on terror and gearing up to justify invading Iraq.

Milosevic made several speeches in which he discussed how a group of shadowy internationalists had caused the chaos in the Balkans because it was the next step on the road to a "new world order."

During a February 2000 Serbian Congressional speech, Milosevic stated,

"Small Serbia and people in it have demonstrated that resistance is possible. Applied at a broader level, it was organized primarily as a moral and political rebellion against tyranny, hegemony, monopolism, generating hatred, fear and new forms of violence and revenge against champions of freedom among nations and people, such a resistance would stop the escalation of modern time inquisition. Uranium bombs, computer manipulations, drug-addicted young assassins and bribed of blackmailed domestic thugs, promoted to the allies of the new world order, these are the instruments of inquisition which have surpassed, in their cruelty and cynicism, all previous forms of revengeful violence committed against the mankind in the past."

Milosevic was far from an angel, but evidence linking him to genocides like Srebrenica, in which 7,000 Muslims died, was continually proven to be fraudulent. In fact, Srebrenica was supposedly a 'UN safe zone', yet just like Rwanda, UN peacekeepers deliberately withdrew and allowed the massacre to unfold, then blamed Milosevic.

Milosevic's exposure of UN involvement in the Srebrenica massacre was another reason why tribunal transcripts were heavily edited and censored, and another contributing factor towards his murder.


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Drug Diluted Milosevic's Prescriptions

By ANTHONY DEUTSCH, Associated Press Writer 34 minutes ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Dutch toxicologist said Monday that Slobodan Milosevic was taking antibiotics that diluted prescriptions for heart ailments and high blood pressure while he was pleading with a U.N. tribunal for permission to get treatment in Russia.

Donald Uges said he found traces of rifampicin, an antituberculosis drug, in Milosevic's system earlier this year after the former Yugoslav leader did not respond to blood pressure medication given at the U.N. detention center.

Rifampicin "makes the liver extremely active," possibly hindering the effectiveness of other medications.

"If you're taking something, it breaks down very quickly," said Uges, who was asked by the tribunal to conduct an independent review.

Milosevic, 64, was found dead in his jail cell Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack. Hours earlier, he wrote an accusatory letter alleging that a "heavy drug" had been found in his bloodstream during a medical exam.

His ailments caused numerous delays in his four-year trial for orchestrating a decade of conflict that killed 250,000 people and tore the Yugoslav federation asunder. No verdict will be issued.

Uges suggested Milosevic may have taken the unprescribed medicine in a bid to be released from jail and get medical attention in Russia — by portraying his Dutch doctors as unable to treat his condition.

"First he wasn't taking his medicine. Then he was forced to take it under supervision and his blood pressure still didn't come down. So his camp said: 'You see, these Dutch doctors don't know how to treat him and he should go to Russia,'" Uges said.

Milosevic's widow, Mirjana Markovic, and their son, Marko, live in Russia.

Rifampicin is used with other drugs to treat tuberculosis. It also can be used alone to treat certain bacterial infections or asymptomatic carriers of a type of meningitis.

According to the U.S. prescribing label, the drug affects enzymes in the body to speed metabolism of a host of other drugs, meaning higher doses of those other medications may be needed to compensate. It also can cause liver damage.

Doctors who examined Milosevic at the detention center diagnosed him as having hypertension, or high blood pressure, and hypertrophic heart disease, a thickening of the heart muscle.

U.N.-appointed doctors examined Milosevic in November and initially concluded he had been refusing to take his prescribed medicine, since the blood pressure was not responding.

Under orders of the judges, Milosevic was then required to take his medicine under supervision, but the "pressure still didn't come down," said Uges, a toxicologist from University Hospital of Groningen.

He said Dutch doctors concluded after a Jan. 12 examination that the most likely explanation was that Milosevic was taking another drug that counteracted his blood pressure medication.

Milosevic, who asked the court in December to be released to travel to Russia for treatment, contested the doctors' opinion, so the court asked Uges to conduct a more sophisticated test. That was done two weeks ago.

He said his investigation confirmed the earlier findings. Toxicological tests conducted during Sunday's autopsy would show whether the traces were still in Milosevic's blood when he died, Uges said.

Tribunal President Fausto Pocar said he ordered the autopsy and toxicological examination after a Dutch coroner was unable Saturday to establish the cause of death. Serbia sent a pathologist to observe the autopsy at the Netherlands Forensic Institute.

A legal aide to Milosevic, meanwhile, said Monday the late Serb leader would be buried in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro — a funeral that could provoke tumultuous scenes in the capital he ruled for 13 years before being extradited to the war crimes tribunal for trial.

Tomanovic said Milosevic's family wanted a state funeral in Belgrade, apparently resolving an internal dispute over whether he should be buried in Serbia, Russia or Montenegro. The Dutch Embassy in Moscow on Monday granted a three-day visa to Milosevic's son so he can travel to The Hague to claim his father's remains, the Netherlands said.

It was unclear if Serb authorities would approve a Belgrade funeral. Serbian President Boris Tadic has said a state funeral would be "absolutely inappropriate," and he reiterated Monday he would not pardon Markovic.

"I have just submitted information to the government of Serbia that the funeral will be in Belgrade, that this is the wish of (the) Milosevic family," Tomanovic told reporters at the U.N. tribunal.

Milosevic's widow and son are wanted on international arrest warrants for abuse of power and could be taken into custody upon returning to Serbia.

Marko Milosevic said Monday from Moscow that his family could ask for the former Yugoslav leader to be interred temporarily in Moscow until a funeral could be held in Belgrade.

"It depends on whether they will secure my family's safety," he said.

The allegations in what amounted to Milosevic's deathbed letter put the tribunal and U.N. prosecutors on the defensive. The tribunal said Sunday a heart attack killed Milosevic, according to preliminary findings from a nearly eight-hour autopsy.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow does not fully trust Milosevic's autopsy and wants to send doctors to examine the body. Dutch visas were granted Monday to four Russian doctors.

Tadic told The Associated Press he believed the tribunal was responsible for Milosevic's death.

Before the preliminary autopsy results were released, chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said suicide could not be ruled out. Milosevic's parents committed suicide.

Tomanovic said the ex-president feared he was being poisoned. He showed reporters a six-page letter Milosevic wrote to Russian officials Friday — the day before his death — claiming a medication used to treat leprosy or tuberculosis was found in his blood during a January exam.

"They would like to poison me," Tomanovic quoted Milosevic as telling him.

Uges said he found the same antibiotic in Milosevic's blood weeks later.

Milosevic asked the tribunal in December for permission to seek heart treatment in Moscow. That request was denied after tribunal officials expressed concern Milosevic might not return. He repeated the request last month.

Milosevic went on trial in February 2002 on 66 counts for war crimes and genocide in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo during Yugoslavia's violent breakup in the 1990s. He was the first sitting head of state indicted for war crimes.

But his health problems repeatedly delayed the proceedings, which cost an estimated $200 million and were due to wrap up this summer.

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Courtroom rendering of avowed al-Qaeda follower Zacarias Moussaoui (L) during the sentencing phase of his trial at the US Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 7. The US judge hearing the death penalty trial of Moussaoui called a recess to consider dismissing the case over alleged government misconduct.(AFP/File/Art Lein)

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Judge Unexpectedly Halts Moussaoui Trial

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer 27 minutes ago

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An angry federal judge unexpectedly recessed the sentencing trial of confessed al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Monday to consider whether government violations of her rules against coaching witnesses should remove the death penalty as an option.

The stunning development came at the opening of the fifth day of the trial after the government informed the judge and the defense over the weekend that a lawyer for the Federal Aviation Administration had coached four government FAA witnesses in violation of the rule set by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema. The rule was that no witness should hear trial testimony in advance.

"This is the second significant error by the government affecting the constitutional rights of the defendant and the criminal justice system in this country in the context of a death case," Brinkema told lawyers in the case outside the presence of the jury.

Defense attorney Edward MacMahon moved to have the judge dismiss the death penalty as a possible outcome, saying "this is not going to be a fair trial." In the alternative, he said, at least she should excuse the government's FAA witnesses from the case.

Prosecutor David Novak replied that removing the FAA witnesses would "exclude half the government's case." Novak suggested instead that the problem could be fixed by a vigorous cross-examination by the defense.

But Brinkema said she would need time to study what to do.

"In all the years I've been on the bench, I have never seen such an egregious violation of a rule on witnesses," she said.

Moussaoui is the only person charged in this country with the 9/11 attacks. He pleaded guilty in April to conspiring with al-Qaida to hijack planes and to other crimes, but he denies any role in 9/11. He says he was training for a possible future attack.

Brinkema noted that Thursday, Novak asked a question that she ruled out of order after the defense said the question should result in a mistrial. In that question, Novak suggested that Moussaoui might have had some responsibility to go back to the FBI, after he got a lawyer, and then confess his terrorist ties.

Brinkema warned the government at that point that it was treading on shaky legal ground because she knew of no case where a failure to act resulted in a death penalty as a matter of law.

Even prosecutor Novak conceded that the witness coaching was "horrendously wrong."

According to descriptions by the lawyers in court, it appeared that a female FAA attorney who had attended closed hearings in the case went over with four coming witnesses from her agency the opening statements at the trial, the government's strategy and even the transcript of the questioning of an FBI agent on the first day.

"She was at the Classified Information Act procedures hearing and she should have known it was wrong," Novak said.

MacMahon said the government had told the defense she had wanted the witnesses to be very careful in discussing the FBI agent's acknowledgment that the FBI knew long before Sept. 11, 2001, that al-Qaida terrorists in the Philippines were working on a plan to fly an airplane into CIA headquarters.

The FAA attorney also apparently told the witnesses — erroneously, Novak said — that the government was planning to say that magnetometers at airport check-ins are 100 percent effective.

Novak claimed there was no harm in that disclosure because the government is not going to make that argument.

Before the trial was recessed by Brinkema, the jury was to hear from the Minneapolis FBI agent who arrested Moussaoui — perhaps the key witness in the trial.

Special Agent Harry Samit's testimony is equally important to prosecutors and the defense at Moussaoui's sentencing trial. Samit, who has already testified for the prosecution, faced cross-examination.

Prosecutors say Samit and the FBI would have foiled the Sept. 11 attacks had Moussaoui confessed his membership in the al-Qaida terror network and his plans to hijack an airplane after he was arrested on Aug. 16, 2001, and interrogated by Samit.

The defense argues Moussaoui's lies made no difference because Samit saw through them and was convinced Moussaoui was a threat.

Up to now the burden of proof was this: To obtain the death penalty, prosecutors must first prove that Moussaoui's actions — specifically, his lies_ were directly responsible for at least one death on Sept. 11.


EDITOR'S NOTE: AP writer Matthew Barakat contributed to this story.

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