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Archives from July 2003
The Next Time You Crack a Lawyer Joke, Think of These Attorneys
ELAINE CASSEL
The Washington Post reported on the brave lawyers of Jose Padilla, the only American citizen seized on American soil who has been declared an enemy combatant. Padilla’s lawyers, Donna Newman and Andrew Pate, are court-appointed by the U.S. District Cour...
Edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
SHELDON RAMPTON And JOHN STAUBER
Editors’ Note: We are pleased to present this excerpt from SHELDON RAMPTON and JOHN STAUBER’s excellent new book, ...
Speculation Blues
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
The bulk of DARPA’s stock and trade was exposed in yesterday’s papers– but who wants them? Homeland (in)Security is a risky speculation. The terror market might fall-out, the bottom line might well disappear, and onl...
Wolfowitz’s Operative Statement
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Last Sunday US deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz appeared on television networks to peddle the Bush administration’s new line about why it invaded Iraq. It is now asserted by every Washington mouthpiece, loudly and persistently, that Bush went to ...
The Prostitution of Intelligence
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
To those readers still wandering the labyrinth of Bush administration explanations regarding how “intelligence” known to be spurious got into the president’s state-of-the-union address: Don’t give up yet. I think I can help. The White House ...
The Devil’s Music Industry
SHELDON HULL
Six local men have been charged with Class III felonies, which carry sentences of up to five years each, for their role in the next great public scourge: bootlegging. No, not the kind Joe Kennedy’s fortune was built on, nor that which made household names o...
Bush’s Top 40 Lies About War and Terrorism
STEVE PERRY
Editors’ note: In the interest of relative brevity we’ve stinted on citing and quoting sources in some of the items below. You can find links to news stories that elaborate on each of these items at Perry’s online ...
The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War
ZVI BAR'EL
Two million liters of water had to be pumped out of the basement of the Iraqi central bank a month ago to make the steel safes stored there accessible. A water pipe that burst during the bombings produced the flooding, and no one knew where the main pipe was to sh...
Retraction About Bloomberg and Outsourcing
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Dear Readers, In a recent story about the growing trend in outsourcing, I drew from many sources, the first of which was one about IBM’s recent exporting of jobs to India that was first published by Bloomberg news. As I double-checked the growth t...
How Ashcroft Coerces Guilty Pleas in Terror Cases
ELAINE CASSEL
The Washington Post reported on the tragedy and travesty of the convictions of six men in Lackawanna, New York, the so-called "Lackawanna Six." John Ashcroft’s prosecutors charged the men with conspiring to attend an al-Qaeda terrorist camp. Does t...
Pointerdexter the Terror Bookie
DAVID LINDORFF
Once again, Adm. John Poindexter, the convicted felon of Iran-Contra scandal fame who brought us the Total Information Awareness–oops, make that the Terrorism Information Awareness project–is ahead of his time and in the news. And once again, he’...
India Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Sharon
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
It is absolutely shocking to note that the Government of India has extended an invitation to Mr. Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, to pay an official visit to India. This fact was first revealed by Mr. Brajesh Mishra, India’s ‘National Security A...
Why Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s About the Oil
MARJORIE COHN
Now that the rationale provided by Bush & Co. for attacking Iraq is unraveling, it’s time to ask what the true motivation was for the rush to war. Many dismissed the signs of antiwar protestors, which read "No blood for oil." But if we connect ...
Pat Robertson’s Prayer Jihad
SEAN CARTER
The great French Renaissance thinker Michel Eyguem De Montaigne said, "There are few men who would dare make known to the public the prayers they make to God." Although Montaigne lived almost 500 years ago, his words still hold true today. The sad truth ...
Killing Mustafa Hussein
LISA WALSH THOMAS
The death of a child: the birth of a national hero. This story is still in first draft, rough with a lot of blanks to be filled in. On July 22, 200 American soldiers with enough sophisticated weaponry to start a small war attacked an upscale villa in the al...
Bush Warriors Sign Off on War Crimes
CHRIS FLOYD
The armchair warriors who directed the American-led conquest of Iraq would like us to believe that the estimated 10,000 innocent civilians who died in the invasion were simply unfortunate, inadvertant, unavoidable, accidental victims of a just and noble action. No...
Cheney Chicanery
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
When Vice President Dick Cheney comes out of seclusion to brand critics “irresponsible,” you know the administration is in trouble. Cheney was enlisted to do so in the spring of 2002 amid reports that warning given to President Bush before 9/11 should h...
Another Botched Raid; Another Massacre
ROBERT FISK
Obsessed with capturing Saddam Hussein, American soldiers turned a botched raid on a house in the Mansur district of Baghdad yesterday into a bloodbath, opening fire on scores of Iraqi civilians in a crowded street and killing up to 11, including two children, the...
Sacramento’s War on Free Speech
DAN BACHER
The Sacramento City Council appears to be doing John Ashcroft’s dirty work by passing two unconstitutional ordinances, 2003-026 and 2003-028, that suppress freedom of speech. The Council unanimously voted for the secretive resolutions on June 17, just prior...
Did Chalabi Help Write Bush’s State of the Union Address?
JASON LEOPOLD
Last weekend, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz explained that the United States at times relied on "murky" intelligence in trying to link Iraq to the al-Qaeda terrorist group, but the war against Iraq was justified despite the fact that the Whi...
Guatemala Bleeds; US Press Yawns
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
All hell is breaking loose in Guatemala and few outside that tragic nation seem to care or even notice. In recent days, followers of General Efrain Rios Montt, stirred into action by the rightwing Republican Front Party (FRG) which he controls, have charged...
The Belligerent Dr. Pipes
THOMAS J. NAGY
It may be instructive to your readership how the wonderful democracy the U.S. is exporting through the real WMDs actually works. If I am right, there are worse governments than the U.S. "democracy" but surely there are better ones and U.S. "dem...
Tom Delay Goes to Jerusalem
KURT NIMMO
Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader and former bug exterminator from Sugar Land, Texas, wants you to know he stands "shoulder-to-shoulder" with accused war criminal Ariel Sharon and the Israeli occupation forces that killed Mohammed Kabha, 6 years of age, l...
Food Bully
CONN HALLINAN
The decision by the Bush Administration to sue the European Union (EU) over its five-year moratorium on genetically modified (GM) foods has all the earmarks of a "shock and awe" campaign targeted at prying open a major potential market. But the suit bef...
Man Talk
ADAM ENGEL
Walter: Nothing changes. Goddamn Nazis. The Dude: They didn’t say they were Nazis. They said they were nihilists. Walter: Nihilitsts? Fuck me. Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, at least it was an ethos."...
Bring ‘Em on Home Now!
STAN GOFF
On July 23rd, my son, who is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, was told along with the rest of his company at morning formation, to get his affairs in order. They are going to replace the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. Jessie spent his first thirteen ...
Faith-Based Intelligence
GARY LEUPP
THE "FAITH-BASED" APPROACH The scandal over the Niger uranium intelligence, dismissed wishfully by high ranking Republicans in the House and Senate as a fuss about "a flaw here or there," or "nothing but an absurd, media-driven...
The Sons are Gone; Now the Blood Feud Begins
ANDREW COCKBURN
There is no doubt that the deaths of his two sons will be a devastating blow to Saddam Hussein, but those who hope that their loss will leave him a broken man are likely to be disappointed. He’ll probably release another audiotape in the next few days...
A Photographer, an Offer and Topless Photos of Cameron Diaz
JULIE HILDEN
Charlie’s Angels actress Cameron Diaz recently sought an injunction to stop a photographer, John Rutter, from trying to sell topless photographs and video footage of her. The photos and footage were taken when Diaz, now 30, was a 21-year-old model who had no...
Northern Ireland, the Other Faltering Peace Process
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. The ‘peace process’ in Northern Ireland, held up repeatedly in the last decade as an example for other conflict zones to follow, has less and less to show for it–unless you quite legitimately count a bomb, bullet and body count tha...
Democracy Requires Social Justice
LUIZ IGNACIO LULA De SILVA
Even though it grew at very high rates in the past, Brazil still has one of the most unequal distributions of income in the world. This situation must be reversed. A lack of economic and social democracy threatens democracy as a whole. The values of social solidar...
A Review of Neil Gordon’s The Company You Keep
RON JACOBS
One of Ché Guevara’s most oft-repeated quotes was "At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love." Author Neil Gordon’s new novel, ...
The Power of Death
ROBERT FISK
Arabs have never been squeamish about death. They see too much of it. So on the streets of Baghdad Iraqis will pore over the all-too-soon-to-be-iconic photographs of Uday and Qusay. They will say, some of them, "Yes, that’s them, the terrible bro...
Between Israel and Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
Father Tofiq, an Arabic speaking Roman Catholic priest from Lebanon, recites the Lord s Prayer in Aramaic in the Convent of St. Serge in Maaloula, a town about thirty miles north of Damascus. He affirms that Jesus, his disciples and contemporaries spoke and...
CIA Probe Points to the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans
JASON LEOPOLD
A half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the so-called ...
New York Times Screws Up Again; Uday and Qusay Deaths Bad for Bush and Blair
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Reeling from one blunder to the next, the New York Times plummeted to new depths on July 25, combining a serious falsehood with possible misrepresentation of authorship. On the op page for 7/25 appeared a column, datelined Havana, under the name Gustavo Ar...
Refuting Brad DeLong’s Smear Job on Chomsky
EDWARD S. HERMAN
In his "Thoughts" on Chomsky, under the title "My Very,Very Allergic ...
Moncada, 50 Years Later
FIDEL CASTRO
[Speech given by Dr. FIDEL CASTRO, president of the Republic of Cuba, at the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack on the moncada and carlos manuel de cespedes garrisons, held in Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 2003.] ...
Book Cooking at Boeing
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Early this summer, a top Wall Street stock picker issued a glowing report about Boeing: buy, buy, buy. The unusually rosy assessment for the troubled company had nothing to do with the need to replenish the Pentagon’s arsenal of cruise missiles depleted by t...
Bush and South Africa
PATRICK BOND
In addition to the pomp and ceremony associated with the second post-apartheid state visit by a U.S. president, a string of protests greeted George W. Bush when he met South African president Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria on July 9. It was a complicated welcome from man...
A Victory for a Disarming Irishwoman
HARRY BROWNE
A jury in the tiny Irish town of Kilrush, Co Clare, has defied a judge’s strong suggestion that it convict Mary Kelly of criminal damage to a US military aircraft. Her action in late January, followed a week later by the Catholic Worker ...
The Ugly Truth of Camp Cropper
ROBERT FISK
Now here’s a story to shame us all. It’s about America’s shameful prison camps in Iraq. It’s about the beating of prisoners during interrogation. "Sources" may be a dubious word in journalism right now, but the sources for ...
Impeaching Bush
FRANCIS A. BOYLE Professor Of Law, University Of Illinois School Of Law
With another Bush Family war of aggression against Iraq staring the American People, Congress and Republic in their face, on Tuesday 11 March 2003, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which would have jurisdiction ove...
Lynne Stewart’s Big Win
DAVID LINDORFF
Tuesday, July 22, marked a big victory against the Bush/Ashcroft assault on civil liberties, with a federal judge in Manhattan tossing out the terrorism charges the Justice Department had so theatrically leveled against activist attorney Lynne Stewart back in 2002...
A Nation of Assassins
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
What do you call it when George W. Bush, without provocation and based on false pretenses, sends an army to invade a foreign nation; and then, without any attempt to negotiate a surrender, effect an arrest, or put this nation’s leaders on trial and present e...
Dylan in Bend
DAVID VEST
After two straight nights in Idaho, Bob Dylan and his band rolled into Bend, Oregon on July 23 to find near-100-degree heat, a major fire raging to the southeast within sight of the stage, and an audience that had been waiting for hours in a crowded, shadeless ope...
Contract Killing
STEW ALBERT
Democracy gnawed on by vampires anemic and wandering in forgotten dreams of ancient ancestors, stirs a bit some signs of life. The vampires gnaw back contract killings in Iraq. Everything is back on bloody track b...
Is Anarchy the Only Hope for America?
JOHN STANTON
The philosopher Plato was right when he opined that democracy ultimately leads to anarchy and then tyranny. But he was wrong to dismiss anarchy which, arguably, is the happy medium between failed democracy and treacherous tyranny. The USA has begun its flirtation ...
15 Questions
DAVID KRIEGER
These are times in which there are many more questions than answers, and many Americans are beginning to form and articulate these questions. Some of the questions on my mind are the following: 1. If the president gives false information to the American peo...
The Sons Are Dead, But the Resistance will Grow
ROBERT FISK
So they are dead. Or are they? Even Baghdad exploded in celebratory, deafening automatic rifle fire at the news. The burned, bullet-splashed villa in Mosul, the four bullet-ridden corpses, America’s hopes–however vain–that the death of Sad...