Apr. 23, 2005

2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds

Yahoo! News - 2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds: "2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds Fri Apr 22, 7:55 AM ET By Peter Wallsten Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christian leaders, who have been working closely with senior Republican lawmakers to place conservative judges in the federal courts, have also been exploring ways to punish sitting jurists and even entire courts viewed as hostile to their cause.

An audio recording obtained by the Los Angeles Times features two of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, at a private conference with supporters, laying out strategies to rein in judges, such as stripping funding from their courts in an effort to hinder their work. The discussion took place during a Washington conference last month that included addresses by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who discussed efforts to bring a more conservative cast to the courts."

Arbour rebukes UN human rights body

Arbour rebukes UN human rights body Last Updated Fri, 22 Apr 2005 15:55:44 EDT CBC News GENEVA - United Nations human rights chief Louise Arbour chastised the organization's top human rights forum Friday after it recommended only four states for closer scrutiny." cont......

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CBC News: Arar documents link former foreign minister to attempt to delay inquiry: "Arar documents link former foreign minister to attempt to delay inquiry

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 16:54:42 EDT
CBC News
OTTAWA - Documents released by the Arar Commission suggest former foreign affairs minister Bill Graham asked for Washington's help in staving off a public inquiry into the case."


Apr. 22, 2005

Conroy: U.S. Prosecutors Cut Deal to Bury "House of Death"

April 21, 2005
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Dear Colleague,

Bill Conroy posts another update on the "House of Death" case today in the Narcosphere. Conroy reports that prosecutors accepted a plea bargain from accused Juárez drug lieutenant Heriberto Santillan-Tabares, which drops murder charges despite his known involvement in a series of gristly killings in the Mexican border city. The deal goes a long way towards covering up the mass murder that took place in a Juárez house, with the help of a paid U.S. customs informant, last year.

Conroy writes:

"This whole case is a blatant miscarriage of justice because it essentially allows people to get away with murder. We have to keep in mind what happened here.

"A DEA supervisor in El Paso, Sandalio Gonzalez, drew the first blood from the monster when he fired off a letter in February 2005 to ICE officials in El Paso, Texas. Gonzalez' letter blew the whistle on the alleged cover-up of the ICE agents' complicity in multiple murders in El Paso's sister city of Ciudad Juárez.

"An informant by the name of Jesus Contreras, also known as 'Lalo,' played a critical role in snaring Santillan. Between August 2003 and mid-January 2004, a dozen people were tortured, murdered and then buried in the yard of a house in Ciudad Juárez. Contreras, according to law-enforcement sources, participated in many of those murders.

The informant's handlers, agents and supervisors with the El Paso office of ICE, were allegedly fully aware of Contreras' complicity in the murders, yet did nothing to stop the killing for fear of jeopardizing the Santillan case and a separate cigarette-smuggling case that they were trying to make with the informant's help."

Read the full report in the Narcosphere:


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Dan Feder
Managing Editor, Narco News

Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report.

Annual terrorism reports show Bush Administration is lying about progress in Iraq War so they decide to quit keeping statistics. Talk about sticking your head in the sand.....

My f**ing god, . Is their nothing this bunch will stop at?

Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report.

Knight Ridder Washington Bureau (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service); 4/15/2005

Byline: Jonathan S. Landay

WASHINGTON _ The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.

Several U.S. officials defended the abrupt decision, saying the methodology the National Counterterrorism Center used to generate statistics for the report may have been faulty, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism.

Last year, the number of ..."


Apr. 21, 2005

US soldiers need Canada's help

Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 07:11:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: TomHayden@ceasefire.ca
Subject: [ceasefire] US soldiers need Canada's help

Thursday, April 21th, 2005

By Tom Hayden, 60s icon and 18-year member of the California Assembly and Senate

Thousands of U.S. troops are refusing to fight Bush's war in Iraq. These are young people who volunteered to defend their country thinking it was under attack, but now they realize this war is not about defending America -- it is about fulfilling the unbridled ambition of the Bush administration.

Many people are supporting the soldiers who refuse to fight. This week I joined hundreds of people at an event in Los Angeles supporting Navy Petty Officer Pablo Paredes, who refused to board his warship for Iraq.

And today I am travelling with Celeste Zappala to Canada. It was almost a year ago this week that Celeste's son, Sherwood Baker, was killed in action in Baghdad. Sherwood is one of more than 1,500 soldiers who have died fighting in the Bush administration's illegal invasion of Iraq and defending its illegal occupation. Together, Celeste and I are going to ask for Canadians' help in ending this madness in Iraq.

During America's darkest moments, Canada has provided a sanctuary for young men and women who refuse to fight Washington's wars. It is becoming clear that Canada is once again needed to play that role.

I think the Bush administration cares very little about these soldiers' lives. Ill-prepared and under-equipped, soldiers in Iraq are left to scavenge through garbage for scraps of bullet-proof armour plating to protect their trucks from attacks. When they have finished their tour, the military can arbitrarily extend it for a second and even third tour of duty. This places untold hardship on soldiers, their spouses and their families.

As a result, 6,000 soldiers have deserted the U.S. military.

Desperate for more soldiers, the U.S. government scrambles every day to recruit more young men and women to replace the dead and the maimed. The recruiters are thickest in poor and visible-minority communities, where they promise citizenship, education, glamour or wealth.

The Bush administration is forcing public schools to hand over their lists of students' names and phone numbers to military recruiters. In some cases, high school students have been offered $5,000 to quite literally sign their lives away to military recruiters. Perhaps because of the pressure, or a guilty conscience, 37 recruiters have deserted the military too.

George W. Bush has said he won't bring back the draft. But as some experts have noted, America can either continue with its all-volunteer military or it can bring back the draft and remain a superpower -- but it can't do both. The hawks are calling on Bush to retract his promise.

That's why I and many of my colleagues have issued the appeal that appears below. We hope that you will answer the appeal by visiting ceasefire.ca and sending your letter directly to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, urging him to allow U.S. soldiers to enter Canada if they request permission to do so.

In solidarity,
Tom Hayden

P.S. If you are in Toronto, I would be pleased to have you come and hear me speakon Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue at St. George Street, 1 block south of St. George Subway. The event is sponsored by the War Resisters Support Campaign. For more information call 416 598-1222 -- Tom.

Apr. 19, 2005

Radio Havana Interviews Chomsky

By Noam Chomsky

Telephone interview by Bernie Dwyer for
http://www.cubadebate.cu with
Professor Noam Chomsky
of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 28th August 2003.



... The mass media, the business world, and the intellectual community in general, tend to line up in support of concentrated power - which in the US is state and corporate power. And the same is true on the issues of Cuba. For example almost nobody knows the history of US terrorism in Cuba since 1959. Terrorism is a big word. Everybody talks about it. You wouldn't find a person in a thousand or maybe a hundred thousand who is aware of the fact that the Kennedy administration intensified the on-going terrorist operations (against Cuba) and pressed them to such a point that they almost led to a terminal nuclear war and then they went on for years after that. In fact they are still going on. Almost no one knows that. It's not covered....

... The US is the only country in the world that has been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. The words they used were: 'unlawful use of force' in their war against Nicaragua. That's international terrorism. There were two Security Council resolutions supporting that judgment. The US of course vetoed them. And that was no small terrorist war. It practically destroyed the country. US terrorism against Cuba has been going on since 1959 and the fact that the US can label Cuba a terrorist state when it has been carrying out a major terrorist campaign against Cuba since 1959, picking up heavily in the'60s and peaking in the '70s in fact, that's pretty astonishing.

But I think if you do a careful study of the American media and intellectual journals and intellectual opinions and so on, you will find nothing about this and not a word suggesting that there is anything strange about it. And if you look at the scholarly literature on terrorism by people like Walter Laqueur and other respected scholars, and take a look at the index, you find Cuba mentioned often and if you look at the page references, what is mentioned is suspicions that Cuba may have been involved in some terrorist actions, but what you will not find is a reference to the very well documented US terrorist operations against Cuba.

And that is not controversial. We have reams of declassified government documents on it. There is extensive scholarship on it, but it cannot enter into public discourse. It's a pretty remarkable achievement, not just of the media but of the intellectual community altogether. It's not very different in Europe. If you did an investigation in England you would probably find pretty much the same....

Right-wing terrorism apparently not "terrorism"

And if you ever wanted a clearer picturer of where America...under Bush..is headed, look no further.

Animal Rights Groups and Ecology Militants Make DHS Terrorist List, Right-Wing Vigilantes Omitted
By Justin Rood, CQ Staff

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security.

According to the list — part of a draft planning document obtained by CQ Homeland Security — between now and 2011 DHS expects to contend primarily with adversaries such as al Qaeda and other foreign entities affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement, as well as domestic radical Islamist groups.

It also lists left-wing domestic groups, such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), as terrorist threats, but it does not mention anti-government groups, white supremacists and other radical right-wing movements, which have staged numerous terrorist attacks that have killed scores of Americans. Recent attacks on cars, businesses and property in Virginia, Oregon and California have been attributed to ELF."

Rice Attacks Putin Over Grip on Power, Media

Rice Attacks Putin Over Grip on Power, Media http://us.news3.yimg.com/beta.news.yahoo.com/util/anysize/242,http%3A%2F%2Fus.news2.yimg.com%2Fus.yimg.com%2Fp%2Fafp%2F20050419%2Fcapt.sge.ien88.190405140441.photo00.photo.default-275x371.jpg?v=1 excerpt:
"The centralization of state power in the presidency at the expense of countervailing institutions like the Duma (parliament lower house) or an independent judiciary is clearly very worrying," she added.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.......


Apr. 18, 2005

Bush Lied, Marla Died

Counting On Marla

By Tai Moses, AlterNet. Posted April 18, 2005.

Politicians and government officials learned the hard way how relentless this sweet-faced girl, barely out of her teens, could be.

Marla Counting On Marla

I only knew Marla Ruzicka a few short years, but that was all it took for her to leave an indelible impression on me.

Marla's self-assigned mission in life was to help innocent people who are caught in the crossfire of armed conflict. So, perhaps it was fitting, in the brutally impersonal way of the universe, that Marla herself became an innocent victim of war. On Saturday, April 16, Marla was killed in a car bomb attack as her vehicle traveled along the road to the Baghdad airport. She was 28 years old.


Ann Coulter on Time's cover

Poor Anne.... That liberal media just won't give her an even break.....LOL

"Ann Coulter on Time's cover
WND columnist subject of 6,000-word story, strange photo
Posted: April 18, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
Coulter © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

The new issue of Time magazine hitting the streets today boasts a cover story on conservative flamethrowing WND columnist and author Ann Coulter – and a cover photo some fans are calling 'bizarre.'

Coulter told Matt Drudge last night Time used a more flattering photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.

While the story itself, written by Time's John Cloud, is generally quite favorable, Coulter and her fans are focused on the strange cover photo that seems to distort the image of the tall, thin, blond pundit."


Apr. 17, 2005

The Threat Is Bush Himself


15th February 2002

This is a time when we should be thinking very hard about what is going on before we are swept forward into another war and the acceptance of policies that could damage the whole fabric of our society and destroy what it has taken many years to build up.

This week Vice-President Cheney has been in London explaining to the prime minister why, when and how President Bush is planning to attack Iraq and to instruct him as to the role that Britain must play in support, including the provision of up to 25,000 troops for that operation.

We now know that in addition to the so-called 'Axis of Evil' - Iraq, Iran and North Korea, listed by Bush a few weeks ago, the White House has actually decided that China and Russia should now be identified as suitable targets for nuclear attacks.

Indeed it is beginning to become apparent that the greatest threat to world peace may not really be individual terrorists but the United States Administration itself, yet, judging by the statements issued by Downing Street, the Prime Minister is offering his full support once he can persuade the public to back this war, which is why the media is now busy brainwashing us into the acceptance of the bloodshed still to come by publishing and broadcasting all the propaganda supplied by the Pentagon."
Mark the date. George W. Bush is the end of the Constitution. George W. Bush is the end of the Bill Of Rights. George W. Bush is the end of FREEDOM. George W. Bush is the end of America.
April 17,2005. Gary Donald Williams

Ted Nugent to Fellow NRAers: Get Hardcore

With any luck, ol' Teddy here will be the catalyst that triggers the "Look, they're just simply fucking nuts!" reaction, something long overdue amongst the general rabble.

Ted Nugent to Fellow NRAers: Get Hardcore

"HOUSTON Apr 17, 2005 — With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be 'hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense.'

Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members."