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Archives from May 2004
"Go Get Yourself Some Democracy!"
GREGORY R. WEIHER
The Bush administration and its fellow travelers struggled to make the case for war against Iraq. They tried and retried various arguments including Iraq’s supposed development of weapons of mass destruction, its violation of U.N. resolutions, its hypothesiz...
Bad Apples in a Bad Barrel
STEPHEN GOWANS
When Washington set out to pave the way for a full-scale invasion of Iraq, it did so by pointing to Baghdad’s failure to fully comply with UN Resolutions. The Baghdad regime, declared US President George W. Bush, was defying the UN. You would think the US ha...
The Long Shadow of CIA Torture Research
ALFRED W. McCOY
The photos from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison are snapshots, not of simple brutality or a breakdown in discipline, but of CIA torture techniques that have metastasized, over the past 50 years, like an undetected cancer inside the US intelligence community. ...
The New War on "Terror"
WILL POTTER
The Bush administration sent a calculated message to grassroots political activists this week: The War on Terrorism has come home. FBI agents rounded up seven American political activists from across the country Wednesday morning, and the U.S. Attorney̵...
The Logical Outcome of Bush’s War for Democracy?
SAUL LANDAU
Most US citizens don’t reflect on the reasons for anti-American sentiment throughout much of the world. But policy makers once focused precisely on this theme. In 1947, George Kennan, who headed policy planning for the State Department, assumed this antipath...
Don’t Let Bush Destroy Another Piece of Iraqi History
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
So, Bush’s big, "compassionate" solution to the systemic problem of amped-up American torture and the tragic folly of his War on Iraq is to destroy Abu Ghraib Prison. Of course, he probably should have done that a long time ago. While he let the mu...
Is L-Wop Truly Forever? The Awful Injustice to Tai Abreu
BRUCE ANDERSON
MENDOCINO COUNTY has one "media" — this one. No, I’m not bragging; that’s the way it is here and one "media" is a simple statement of fact. We have a more or less benign DA, a laughable bunch of judges with the possible except...
Made in the USA
KURT NIMMO
It is a bit of historical data rarely quoted by Fox News or CNN as they clank out soundbite-sized backgrounders on terrorism: Many of America’s Islamic enemies were custom-made to order by the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence Director...
Jung Meets Bush
ERIK CUMMINGS
"As events in wartime have clearly shown, our mentality is distinguished by the shameless naïveté with which we judge our enemy, and in the judgment we pronounce upon him we unwittingly reveal our own defects: we simply accuse our ene...
The Approach May be Exotic, But It’s Hardly New
TOM GORMAN
Al Gore’s May 26 speech at New York University pointed the finger at the Bush Administration for its bald-faced violations of international law. Bush "decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, internation...
60 Years is Enough
MICKEY Z.
June 6, 2004 marks 60 years since the fabled Allied invasion known as "D-Day." Lost amid the self-congratulatory orgy is the minor detail that by the time of the D-Day invasion, the Soviets were engaging 80 percent of the German Army on the Eastern Front...
Questions, Questions, Questions
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
"If this man were not an evildoer, We would not have handed him over." John: 18:30 You and the CIA both have your cute little mottos. "All the news that’s fit to print," you mumble, behind...
Get Ready for Kerry’s War
DAVID VEST
Interviewed at the new WWII monument as Memorial Day Weekend 2004 got underway, former Senator Bob Dole told CNN that "young men and young women make great sacrifices." Funny how the unintended truth comes right out of Washington mouths, if you listen fo...
What the Times Did was Bad; What It Didn’t Do was Worse
JON BROWN
Amid important corrections about Carole King’s high school and the spelling of a Pixar executive’s name, Times editors at last saw fit to mention the paper’s coverage of Iraq in the months preceding the war. After a modest round of self-congratul...
A Former Marine on the Marine Motto
CHRIS WHITE
One Marine Corps motto is First to Fight, and this essay is intended to give a glimpse of the culture of those who claim that right. A Marine buddy of mine and I were engaged in discussion today over the validity of the current war in Iraq. My friend, being a comb...
Dave Brubeck on the Hypocrisy War in the Name of Freedom
LEE BALLINGER And DAVE MARSH
Where does Memorial Day come from? Why do we celebrate it? Memorial Day began as a holiday called Decoration Day. It was established on May 5, 1868 by an organization of Union veterans: the Grand Army of the Republic. Although almost certainly a coincidence...
a Found Poem
JANINE POMMY VEGA
Tillman Likely Killed by Friendly Fire Associated Press article in NY Kingston Freeman, May 30, 2004. Former NFL defensive back Pat Tillman, 27, walked away from a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army follo...
An Interview with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad
DAVE ZIRIN
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight Champion who retired in 1988 with a lifetime mark of 50-8-1 (39 kayos). Today Mr. Muhammad is taking on a far bigger foe: the entrenched exploitation of fighters in Professional Bo...
An Interview with Sasan Fayazmanesh
KIA KOJOURI
Kojouri: Despite the fact that Iran has been clearly cooperating with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the US has continuously accused Iran of violating Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Why is that? Fayazmanesh: I personally do not know th...
They Fiddled While Nero Got the Matches
BEN TRIPP
The thing that really gets my goat – and we’re talking about one of those big, shaggy goats with horns the size of a man’s arm and unblinking reptilian eyes, not some diminutive frog-belly from the petting zoo – is all this codswallop about...
The Secrets of Surveillance
ELAINE CASSEL
Everyone knows by now (or should) that the Patriot Act allows the FBI to conduct surveillance on Internet and email usage. Using so-called National Security Letters (NSLs), the FBI directs Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide passwords and identifying info...
On Their Way to Abu Ghraib
MIKE FERNER
ABU SIFFA, IRAQ. "How could this happen?" nearly everyone asks these days. But as the U.S. now releases hundreds of men from Abu Ghraib prison, another question, "why were so many Iraqis locked up there in the first place?" is likely to ...
A War Crimes Avoidance Strategy
PATRICK B. BARR
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton (1834-1902), 1887 How often have we parrotted that well-known phrase without having any concrete understanding of what Lord Acton reall...
The Press Left the Courtroom When the Defense Began Its Case…as if on Command
RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ CRUZ
Rafael Rodiguez Cruz is a civil rights lawyer in the US town of Hartford in Connecticut. He is a board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children and has visited one of the Cuban Five, Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, who was condemned to 15 years imprisonment in the feder...
40 Years After
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
It was afternoon in India, forty years ago on May 27, when news came of Jawaharlal Nehru’s death. Few things have stunned India in a similar manner, before or since. For seventeen years, the Prime Minister had led India with a mixture of vision, charm, bomba...
Bush’s Cruel New Rules on Cuba
Rep. BILL DELAHUNT
Divert resources from antiterrorism investigations, mandate burdensome government paperwork and forbid families from helping — or even seeing — their relatives. That’s the new U.S. policy toward Cuba. As if four decades of a failed embargo...
Chalabi Baba and the 40 Thieves
PAUL McGEOUGH
Sinbad, step aside. Aladdin and Ali Baba, off with your tawdry tales so we can hear a truly fantastic story from the land of the Arabian Nights. You would have thought by this stage of this United States presidency, that there was little left to shock. But ...
"Maybe We Did Screw Up…a Little"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
On May 26 the New York Times finally hitched up its pants, took a deep breath and issued an editorial declaration of moderate regret for its role in boosting the case for war on Iraq. There was a bit of dutiful trumpet-tootling at the start ("we found an enor...
Major "Liberal" Outlets Clog Media Diets
NORMAN SOLOMON
For many years, health-conscious Americans avidly consumed margarine as a wholesome substitute for artery-clogging butter. Only later did research shed light on grim effects of the partially hydrogenated oil in margarine, with results such as higher incidences of ...
Bush’s Misleading Pledge to Destroy Abu Ghraib
GREG MOSES
Already two claims have been repeated about the President’s War College speech, but both claims are misleading. First is the claim that the speech offered nothing new. But this claim is misleading because it fails to take seriously the meaning of the particu...
Dissing Independent Contractors
DAVE LINDORFF
Now it’s personal. The Bush cabal has begun besmirching the good name of us independent contractors, and I’m pissed. Imagine. They’re saying that some of the most egregious torture and murder of prisoners at Baghram Airbase in Afg...
Tax Breaks for Scions…to Hell with Poor Kids
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the inequities of the 2001 tax act, insofar as the rich are concerned will be cured by a Bill passed by the House of Representatives before leaving on their third vacation this year, if approved by the Senate. Among provisions in the 2001 tax act that did n...
The Lies of Our Times
AMY GOODMAN And DAVID GOODMAN
In our new book, The Exception To the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers and the...
A 1993 Interview
DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE
(This interview with Dave Dellinger, wh...
The Times Confesses…Kind Of
JOHN L. HESS
Halleluya! On this 26th day of May, 2004. The New York Times confessed to having helped promote the lies that got us into war with Iraq. This being the Times, it didn’t put it that forthrightly. First it told us how wonderful its coverage had been ...
Pumping Irony
SHELDON RAMPTON And JOHN STAUBER
For Jay Leno, it was a big night, scoring the highest Nielsen rating that The Tonight Show had seen for a Wednesday in more than four years. The big guest was movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was coming on the show to announce whether he would run in Cal...
Ragging the Dogs of War at the New York Times
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Caught with its pants down, the New York Times, on 26 May 2004, briefly stepped out of character and, well off the front page, admitted that its editors and journalists, most notably Judy Miller, skewed information to fit a preconceived plan of action by certain g...
The Wrestling Pacifist
STEW ALBERT
Dave Dellinger is dead at 88. He’s the first of my closest 60’s super pals to live to a very ripe old age. The NY Times had an OK obit worth your checking out. Dave’s being correctly portrayed as a person of unyielding beliefs and as a rad...
Feds Unable to Distinguish Art from Bioterrorism
CounterPunch Wire
Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz...
Protesting Governor Bigot
DEREK MEDLEY
Accoutered in conspicuous orange jackets, Massachusetts state police officers were deliberating their intentions while filming and pointing at the three of us as we sat quietly among the audience at this year’s Suffolk University commencement ceremony, which...
The Oil Connection
CONN HALLINAN
On its face, President George Bush’s recent endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s land grab in the occupied territories makes little sense. The plan, under which Israel would abandon Gaza while permanently annexing most of the West Bank,...
The Things Bush Didn’t Say in His Speech
ROBERT FISK
The Independent I can’t wait to see Abu Ghraib prison reduced to rubble by the Americans–at the request of the new Iraqi government, of course. It will be turned to dust in order to destroy a symbol of Saddam’s brutality. That’s what Pr...
More on Morons and War Crimes
TOM STEPHENS
"One did not know what happened inside the Ministry of Love, but it was possible to guess: tortures, drugs, delicate instruments that registered your nervous reactions, gradual wearing-down by sleeplessness and solitude and persistent questioning...
The New Draft UN Resolution Allows for Perpetual Occupation
ZEYNEP TOUFE
The new U.S.-British drafted Security Council resolution is a scam. Under cover of a "transfer of sovereignty," it seeks to have the United Nations give the United States legal authority to continue the occupation indefinitely. You wouldn’t ...
He Was a Friend of Ours
RON JACOBS
I’m in shock. I just received an email from a very good friend here in Vermont telling me that David Dellinger died the afternoon of May 25th. Dave was a lifelong antiwar activist who refused to fight in World War Two and actively opposed every US war since ...
The Trail to Tehran
ANDREW COCKBURN
In the aftermath of last week’s raid by Iraqi’s police and US forces on the elegant Baghdad mansion currently inhabited by Ahmad Chalabi (it actually belongs to his sister), his angry spokesman cited as evidence of the intruders’ barbarity the fa...
Corporate Investment and Government Double-Dealing
TONI SOLO
The United States and Britain make suitable partners. Abuse and torture at the Hola camp in Kenya in the 1950s, Fort Morbut in Aden in the 1960s and the Castlereagh interrogation centre for twenty years in Ireland remain potent symbols of British war crimes. Colon...
A Review of "The New Pearl Harbor"
MARC ESTRIN
The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 ...
Visiting Lori Berenson
GARY HANDSCHUMACHER
April 23, 2004: Lori Berenson stands at a steel table next to a walk-in size oven. She is a baker of some reknown now, at least among the network of political prisoners in Peru’s various dungeons. She is spreading the last bit of frosting on a birthday cake ...
A Vietnam Vet on "Supporting the Troops"
STEPHEN T. BANKO, III
I came home from my war in 1970 with a body still riddled with shrapnel and mind still muddled with a toxic cocktail of rage and guilt and fear. I tried with every fiber of my being to become myself again but always knowing that I would never be that person again....