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Archives from June 2003
Fear Factor
JULIE HILDEN
Can art that mimics, or comments on, terrorism also be a kind of terrorism–or, at least, a kind of criminal conduct? The question was raised by a controversial piece of public art created by a young New York City artist, Clinton Boisvert. Last Decembe...
Tom Delay’s New World Order
JON BROWN
The story I heard goes like this: Tom DeLay lights up a stogie in a restaurant, and a waiter comes over and says, "I’m sorry, sir, but this is a government building, and no smoking is permitted." To which Mr. DeLay, House majority leader extraordin...
Cheney, Forgery and the CIA
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
As though this were normal! I mean the repeated visits Vice President Dick Cheney made to the CIA before the war in Iraq. The visits were, in fact, unprecedented. During my 27-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, no vice president ever came to us for a working ...
You Call These Democrats an Alternative?
ALAN MAASS
How can George Bush be stopped? Many people among the millions who oppose Bush’s wars abroad and at home are asking that question. And even though Election Day is more than 16 months away, a good number have already pinned their hopes on the 2004 presidentia...
Squatting in Mansions
SHELDON HULL
Great times are looming for bargain-hunters, if you have cash: the Washington Post reported on June 21 that the percentage of all mortgages currently in default has reached an all-time high of 1.2%, replacing the previous high of 1.18% set in the fourth quarter of...
The Road to Cover-Up is a Road to Ruin
Senator ROBERT BYRD
Last fall, the White House released a national security strategy that called for an end to the doctrines of deterrence and containment that have been a hallmark of American foreign policy for more than half a century. This new national security strateg...
How Wolfowitz Unleashed CIA on Blix
JASON LEOPOLD
Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, was so eager to see the United States launch a preemptive strike against Iraq in early 2002, that he ordered the CIA to investigate the past work of Hans Blix, the chief United Nations weapons inspector, who in...
The Best Show in Town
URI AVNERY
The most talented director could not have done better. It was a perfect show. Television viewers all over the world saw heroic Israeli soldiers on their screens battling the fanatical settlers. Close-ups: faces twisted with passion, a soldier lying on a str...
How to Hate Almost Anybody
BEN TRIPP
We live in a political climate that engenders and encourages fear and hatred of just about everybody. At any time, our elected representatives are setting up numerous diverse groups to become targets for general detestation. So many segments of the population are ...
The Catch and Release of Comical Ali
DAVID LINDORFF
According to a report in the London’s Daily Mirror, American military forces this captured, and arrested, iterrogated, and finally released Iraq’s famed information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. Saeed al-Sahaf, you may recall, provided a mu...
Musicians Unite Against Sweatshops
CounterPunch Wire
The anti-sweatshop movement is taking on the multi-billion dollar music merchandizing business with a new initiative that is being launched at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Spearheaded by folk rock legend Billy Bragg, No Sweat Apparel (US) and Ethical T...
Wolfowitz’s New Gig
ELAINE CASSEL
As I was reading an article about the Alien and Sedition Act (the law that the Federalists pushed through the Congress on June 25, 1798 in order to quell rebellion against its growing power), and thinking about how its essence resembled the intent and effect of th...
Mass Graves and Burned Meat in Bush’s New Iraq
CHRIS FLOYD
They were digging mass graves in Iraq last week. No, not the mass graves that George W. Bush now reflexively invokes to justify his murder of up to 10,000 innocent Iraqi civilians and the needless deaths of more than 200 American soldiers in the aggres...
Federal Judge Quits, Assails Unjust Sentencing Guidelines
ELAINE CASSEL
Federal Judge Quits in Disgust Judge John S. Martin, federal district court judge in New York City, is hanging up his robe and walking away from the bench. Thirteen years working in an unjust justice system has left the former prosecutor disappointed in how l...
The Second Dark Ages
MICKEY Z
"Science is always wrong; it never solves a problem without creating ten more." -George Bernard Shaw The June 20, 2003 New York Times offered readers a prime illustration of how those in power manipula...
Indonesia’s War on Journalists
DAVID LINDORFF
Good news came Tuesday from Indonesia, where American journalist William Nessen was successfully allowed to leave rebel territory in oil-rich Aceh, where he had been covering the struggle by Aceh rebels to win independence from Indonesia and to resist a major ass...
My America vs. the Empire
BILL KAUFFMAN
In the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, John Fogerty of the terrific (if weather-mad) band Creedence Clearwater Revival recalled "feeling this shame just sweep over me…I was terribly ashamed of our country." He needn’t have been, as he s...
Ambient Death in Palestine
PAUL De ROOIJ
Before her murder by the Israeli army, Rachel Corrie referred almost casually to the conditions at a refugee camp in Gaza as being beset by "ambient gunfire" [1]. Today the problem isn’t necessarily the gunfire, but it is the "ambient death an...
Buffalo Cops Wage War on Pedal Pushers
BRUCE JACKSON
More than two dozen Buffalo police officers attacked a peaceful group of bicyclists on 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, May 30. They kicked some and beat several with clubs and Mag-Lites. They arrested nine of them on the kind of trumped-up felony charges cops al...
WMD Damage Control at the Times
DAVID LINDORFF
As evidence mounts of the Bush administration’s gross prevarications regarding evidence of so-called "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and of a never-demonstrated link between Hussein and Al Qaeda, the New York Times has taken the lead in the ...
Supreme Indemnity
ELAINE CASSEL
Yesterday was a big day at the Supreme Court. The Court handed down five opinions. Two of these related to the University of Michigan affirmative action policies. Inasmuch as legal minds far brighter than mine have already weighed in on these cases (and will cont...
Butterflies and Farmworkers
DAN BACHER
When over 2,500 protesters rallied and marched against the USDA Ministerial Conference in Sacramento on June 23, the streets of Sacramento were filled with hundreds of police officers decked out in Darth Vader-like riot gear and the latest weaponry. They l...
"Success in Not the Issue Here"
ADAM FEDERMAN
Q: You said you know a lot more now. Do you mean by that you know a lot more of what you don’t know? Dayton: No, we know a lot more – Q: If you know a lot more, you would have found these things [WMD]; is that right? ...
Of Dignity and Solidarity
EDWARD SAID
In early May, I was in Seattle lecturing for a few days. While there, I had dinner one night with Rachel Corrie’s parents and sister, who were still reeling from the shock of their daughter’s murder on March 16 in Gaza by an Israeli bulldozer. Mr. Corr...
Washington Lied, an Interview with Ray McGovern
MARC PRITZKE
Editors’ Note: Former CIA official, Ray McGovern, has leveled serious accusations at the Bush administration in connection with the war in Iraq. McGovern served as a CIA analyst for almost 30 years. From 1981 to 1985 he conducted daily briefings...