DISINFORMATION: THE controlled
news media's FLAVOR OF THE DAY, today¼and
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed
than he who reads them insomuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than
he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors .
— Thomas Jefferson
UK: Mirror editor fired over
Iraqi abuse photos
" Piers Morgan, the editor of the Daily Mirror has been fired for
publishing faked pictures of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.¼Senior
officers from the regiment accused the Mirror of putting the lives of British
soldiers at risk. One picture showed a soldier apparently urinating on a
Editor fired as army wins battle
over fake photos
"Mr. Morgan was not even given a chance to clear his desk; he was escorted
from the building by security guards. "
apologizes for publishing fake photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse
"The Boston Globe yesterday
apologized for publishing fake pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse. The pictures,
ostensibly depicting the gang rape of an Iraqi woman by an American soldier,
originated from an internet pornography site. "US
paper says sorry for 'fake' photos
"The paper's stance is in stark contrast to the Daily Mirror's
refusal to back down over its claims that photographs purporting to show
British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner were genuine."
Media cite newssite in 'rape' photo flap
"More media sources are citing WorldNetDaily in coverage of the Boston
Globe fake "rape" photo debacle, while others, including Fox News, have
left out the name of the newssite, which reported days before the New York
Times Company paper published the images that they were fraudulent and had
come from a pornographic website."
When seeing isn't believing
"In this world of Photoshop and other
image-altering tools, what you see is not necessarily what you get. Once the
absolute harbinger of truth, we're all now learning to be just a little bit
suspect, one doctored photo after another."
Real News 24/7:
For every time they get caught in a deception,
the news media gets away with a thousand others. Of course, government sources
take a back door to no one in the disinformation field. And while on the
subject of hoaxes, here are a number of links from various
sources questioning the
authenticity of the Nick Berg video.
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS.
Rabbi wanted his wife dead,
"A man who confessed to killing the wife of a prominent New Jersey rabbi
testified Thursday that the religious leader offered him $30,000 to carry out
the killing." (For more on this case, check under Rabbi Fred Neulander on the
priests, bad rabbis
webpage [be advised that some language on the page is crude and shocking]. )
Rabbi's son arrested
"In what his parents say is a failure of the state's mental health system, the
son of a rabbi has been taken into custody by police and charged with setting
fire to his father's home and synagogue Wednesday afternoon."
24/7: Here's a preliminary story on the fire [note that the FBI and ATF
were involved in the investigation!]: Synagogue
damaged by suspicious fires. Note
that the first article describes the son as suffering from 'schizophrenia';
here's a feature story we've run across that may shed some light on
a possible source of that
psychosis. Oh, yeah, here's a
bit more on
the problem, which might be called: "My
father the Deadhead".)
Judge will hear Terri
Schiavo's family's motion to restore visitation
"For a month and a half, the parents of Terri Schiavo have been prevented from
visiting their daughter. They hope to change that by filing an emergency
petition with Judge George Greer asking him to restore their visitation
ISLAM: Violence in the 'religion
Beginning in the 8th century, the followers of
Hasan bin Sabbah (right), a band of trained killers who
came to be known as the Assassins (or
dispatched their enemies in the name of Allah. Like today's
suicide terrorists, they typically killed at close range, even when their own
deaths were likely. Although an admittedly extreme sect of Muslims, the
Assassins nevertheless represent a violent strain in Islam that can be traced
from its origins up to the present. Of all today's major religions, it is the
one with the bloodiest history, and while it shouldn't be judged solely from the
likes of its worst elements, the religious justification for violent behavior is
a longstanding one.
"The murder of Nick Berg, a 26-year-old American businessman, by a group
of Islamist terrorists in Iraq continues to send shock waves through much of
is, of course, not the first to be murdered in such a gruesome manner. Nor,
alas, is he likely to be the last. For the cutting of heads (in Arabic,
qata al-raas) has been the favorite form of Islamist execution for more
than 14 centuries.
1885, it was the turn of British
(above, left) to have his head chopped off and
put on a stick in Khartoum after it had fallen to the forces of the Mahdi."
Despite legitimate questions that have been raised concerning details of the
reported beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl [see below], there is no
question that this spectacular form of killing was and continues to be favored
by Mohammedans. Of course, this would be precisely the reason the Mossad and
its allies might seek to utilize it in a video. After all, what better way to
fire up war fervor than to come out with footage of what purportedly shows the
beheading of an American Jew?)
The assassination of US journalist Daniel Pearl
"Contrary to ill-informed media comment imbued with liberal assumptions, the
kidnapping and decapitation of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan was not
an act of 'senseless or irrational violence'; he was targeted for
assassination by terrorists. His death was not 'tragic'; it was the result of
an Islamic terrorist operation whose inspiration, and most likely training,
was from Bin Laden.
"Pearl’s death was certainly not at variance with Islamic precepts and
history, which has avidly employed assassination as a political tool and to
humiliate targets for over fifteen hundred years."
Terrorism has 'everything to do
with Islam,' author charges
"Robert Spencer, author of
and an adjunct fellow at the conservative think tank Free Congress Foundation,
believes Islam's theological foundation is creating many of today's terrorists
and would-be terrorists. Spencer's book takes a critical look at the religion
of Islam, its holy book, The Koran, its prophet Muhammad and concludes that
the religion is producing violent behavior in a significant numbers of its
Christianity and Islam: a quick look
"There may be 'moderate' Moslems with whom Christians can co-exist peacefully.
But don't count on that. Here's Steven Terenzio's thumbnail sketch of their
Muslim bro slits sis's throat in
Jordanian law actually assists Muslim men who kill their women. The Jordanian
lawmakers had a chance to write stricter laws against 'honor killing,' but
they went for laxity rather than more stringent punishments.¼So
it is this week in Jordan a brother slit his sister's throat. She was pregnant
at the time. Eight months pregnant.¼"
Honor killing is the practice of males killing their female relatives or
spouses when the female relative or spouse is considered to have damaged the
family honor through unwarranted sexual activity."
Hizbollah condemns beheading
"The Lebanese political group Hizbollah has condemned the beheading of an
American hostage in Iraq as an ugly crime that flouted the tenets of Islam." (RN
24/7: This is a self-serving denunciation, if ever we heard one, since
the only legitimate criticism from the Islamic point of view would be that the
beheading was criminal simply because the executioners had no authority
to carry out the act. But the condemnation appears only to serve as a way to
get Westerners' attention to the gist of the message, namely the implication
that the Bush Administration had something to do with the Berg killing, which
is an altogether separate [though relevant] line of inquiry.)
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS.
Liberal churches turn to
immigration to replace flock
"Big Business and its bottomless appetite for cheap labor are by no means the
only pillars of the Open Borders Lobby that has helped flood the country with
Third World immigrants. There are also the churches, themselves ever hungry
for new members as their own religious liberalism drives away their old
members. This week the Washington Post carried a story on how Protestant
churches in the Washington area are using immigration to keep their collection
plates full. [Prayers in Pr. George's Take On a New Dialect, Washington Post,
May 8, 2004]"
Beheaded on camera: questions
concerning Nick Berg's death
"It is remarkable, is it not, that Berg was captured on April 9, over a month
ago and yet not a word of his capture was breathed in the US media about it
until now, when he has met his savage end." (RN 24/7:
Very remarkable, indeed, when other hostages have been in the headlines almost
from the moment of their captures!)
Cross was told Iraq abuse 'part of the process'
"The Red Cross saw U.S. troops keeping Iraqi prisoners naked for days in
darkness at the Abu Ghraib jail last October and was told by an intelligence
officer in charge it was "part of the process," a report leaked on Monday
said. The 24-page report added to the pressure on U.S. officials by revealing
that commanders were alerted to apparent abuses at Abu Ghraib months before
they opened a criminal investigation."
LAW OF THE SEA TREATY THREATENS
TO SCUTTLE AMERICA'S SOVEREIGNTY
LOST [the Law of the Sea Treaty] was designed to put the
Earth's oceans under the control of the U.N.
— Steve Forbes
Democrat Rep. Lantos presses Bush on UN's
controversial sea treaty
"For the first time in history," [Center
President Frank] Gaffney said, "we are being asked to submit to a
supranational agency that has all the trappings of a world government: an
executive, legislative assembly, a court, the ability to raise revenues
[impose taxes], and of course the means to enforce its decisions."
Sink the Law of the Sea Treaty
"Under treaty provisions, the ISA [the
United Nations' International Seabed Authority] would be the first and final
judge of deep-sea disputes. It would get into the mining business itself with
forced subsidies from private companies."
trouble for Law of the Sea
"A United Nations treaty awaiting confirmation before the Senate, national
security experts warn, would, if approved, cripple the U.S. Navy, empower
potential enemies including China, make the nation vulnerable to submarine
cruise-missile attack, and help terrorists."
Law of the Sea Treaty on hold — for now
"In late February, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly approved the
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (also called the Law of the Sea Treaty, or
LOST), which surrenders control over the world’s oceans and the wealth therein
to UN control. Ratification of the treaty is supported by the supposedly
anti-UN Bush administration."
Law of the Sea Treaty and the Seventeenth
"You can expect to see a one world government, Communist controlled, under the
United Nations. You will see the United Nations run up astronomical debts
which we, under the terms of the treaty, are bound to pay."—
the late Congressman James B. Utt
Sovereignty sinking but not LOST
"The more one reads the fine print of this treaty, the less there is to like.
For that reason, concerned conservatives should visit the Senate Armed
Services Committee website and find under hearings for April 8, 2004 the
prepared testimony of Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Ambassador Middendorf."
Sea Treaty Is UN's Latest Power
"The Senate could be on the brink of approving yet another giant step toward
world government and a serious threat to this nation’s security in the war on
of the Sea Treaty Bodies
Links on the United Nations website
Readings on the Law of the Sea Treaty
Relevant documents from Congress
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Son of top Israeli official
arrested in Tennessee with phony ID
"The leader of the two Israelis
arrested after leading police on a high speed chase in a moving van last
Saturday in rural Tennessee is the son of the spokesman for the Likud Party of
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the Mad Cow Morning News has
learned. (More Israeli 'moving company' spies:
New Jersey--September 11, 2001,
Homosexuality and sadomasochism at core
of Iraq prison scandal
"It’s becoming clear that the core of the Iraq prison scandal is, at least in
part, the growing influence of homosexuals in our culture. But American
newspapers are afraid to say that, largely because of the New York Times/Boston
Globe complex, which is owned by Chairman Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., an
apologist for homosexuals and also the prime advocate of homosexual 'marriage'¼across
the country. He is also a chief critic of President Bush and the war in Iraq."
Iraq scandal is 'Perfect Storm'
of American culture
Correcting Rush and his
Dittoheads about Abu Ghraib
"Rush Limbaugh is way off mark here. Not
only should the guilty soldiers be punished, so should the commanders who put
them up to it, along with CIA personnel and other civilian contractors that
were involved in the unnecessary atrocities that have come out of the prison
at Abu Ghraib."
American was arrested as a spy 'because of his Jewish name'
"Nicolas Berg, the American who was filmed being beheaded, had been previously
arrested by Iraqi police and held on suspicion of being a spy because he had a
Jewish name and an Israeli stamp in his passport, it emerged yesterday."
ongoing tragedy of Terri Schiavo
The right to die movement has grown quietly and over the
course of many years. It has not only served to change public perception of
dying, it has caused state and federal lawmakers to dismiss the rights to life
and recovery for many disabled people.
The means to an end - Terri
Schiavo and the "right to die"
"If anyone had told me two years ago that
there was a movement afoot in this country to terminate the lives of disabled
and elderly people, I would have dismissed it as conspiracy theory. Such talk
has always struck me as the hysterical ravings of people who delight in the
possibility that the “establishment” was out to get the little guy and the
result of over-active imaginations. That was until I heard about the case of
Terri Schiavo's parents file
emergency petition to restore visitation
"Terri Schiavo's parents have been
prevented from seeing their daughter for 44 days and have been told by her
estranged husband Michael that they must hire a police officer to accompany them
if they want to visit her. On Monday, an attorney for the Schindlers filed a
petition seeking an emergency hearing to restore their visitation rights."
More news on the fight for Terri and other disabled people.
MURDER IN BAGHDAD
As for you Bush, dog of the Christians, anticipate what will
harm you... You and your soldiers will regret the day you stepped foot in Iraq
and dared to violate Muslims.
— from a statement read by Nick Berg's killer
American beheaded by Islamic extremists
"A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of
an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge
abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
"In a grisly gesture, the executioners held up the man's head for the camera.
The American identified himself on the video as Nick Berg, a 26-year-old
Philadelphia native. His body was found near a highway overpass in Baghdad on
Saturday, the same day he was beheaded, a U.S. official said."
Qaeda Leader Beheads US Civilian
"Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an
American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the 'Satanic
degradation' of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, an Islamist Web site said on
FBI: Agents advised Berg to leave Iraq
"Before his grisly execution, American businessman Nick Berg reportedly
refused U.S. offers of assistance to leave Iraq, U.S. military and federal law
enforcement officials said Wednesday."
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS.
FAA manager mangled, cut, destroyed 9-11
"Information provided to the
commission investigating the U.S. government's response to terrorist threats
prior to September 11, 2001, names an FAA quality manager in the destruction
of an audiotape made in the aftermath of the 9/11 hijackings."
A time for truth
"Iraq was an unnecessary war that may become one of the great blunders in U.S.
Serving two flags: Neocons,
Israel and the Bush Administration
"Since 9-11, a small group of “neoconservatives” in the administration have
effectively gutted—they would say reformed—traditional American foreign and
security policy. Features of the new Bush doctrine include the pre-emptive use
of unilateral force, and the undermining of the United Nations and the
principle instruments and institutions of international law...all in the cause
of fighting terrorism and promoting homeland security."
Having babies seen as 'patriotic duty'
"The Australian government is risking the ire of population-control advocates
by urging -- and offering incentives for -- citizens to have more children.
Announcing the conservative government's federal budget, Treasurer Peter
Costello, the minister responsible for economic and fiscal policy, unveiled a
'family-friendly' $13.3-billion package that for five years starting in June
will pay couples $2,000 for each new baby born." (RN
24/7: A much better solution for Australia and elsewhere is simply to
stop allowing legal abortions.)
HURNDALL TRIAL BEGINS: WILL
There is a moral and legal obligation that whatever evidence
has been collected and which has led to the indictment of a soldier for
manslaughter should be independently tested.
— Jocelyn Hurndall,
mother of the decedent, Thomas Hurndall
Israeli on trial for Briton's death'
"The trial of an Israeli soldier
charged with killing a British student in the Gaza Strip opened yesterday with
claims that the accused confessed only under duress. Lawyers for Sergeant
Idier Wahid Taysir told the military court that his statements on the killing
of Tom Hurndall, 21, should not be admitted in court because he was under
severe pressure by interrogators and could not read or write.''
Israeli 'confessed under duress' to shooting
"According to the indictment, which has
been obtained by The Daily Telegraph, the Israeli soldier asked for his
commander's permission to shoot an "armed man" moments after he had fired the
Israeli on trial for Briton's death
"The family [of Tom Hurndall] are challenging the Israeli army in Israel's
supreme court to demand the military police report into the death."
Real News 24/7:
Since British peace activist Tom Hurndall
was mortally wounded last year in the Gaza Strip while protecting small
children during an exchange of gunfire between Palestinians and the Israel
Defense Force, there have been repeated efforts by the Israeli military to
throw into darkness the details of his death. First, they said it was
Palestinian fire that hit him; then, it was admitted that it had been an
Israeli, but it was thought that Hurndall had a gun; next, it was said to be
uncertain who shot him...and so on. Now, the sniper's attorney's are claiming
that his confession was coerced and his family wants the charges dropped
altogether, saying he's being made the scapegoat for the IDF. The question is:
Will the Hurndall family ever get any justice for Tom? While, contrary to some
critics of Israel, there have been instances where, quite against the common
expectations of the Jewish state, justice has been served, even under
conditions that clearly suggested a frame-up was in the offing. The case of
Ukrainian-American John Demjanjuk, falsely accused of being a Nazi prison
guard, was acquitted in a unanimous decision by the Israeli Supreme Court. Can
the Hurndall family expect similar fairness? This remains to be seen. Since
this is the case of a foreigner being killed by an Israeli soldier is being
played out in international media, there may be a perceived need to make this
'look good' and find the soldier guilty (probably of a lesser charge). He may
be prosecuted, too, to put the publicity to rest and protect the IDF. We will
continue to monitor this case closely as it proceeds, not simply for its own
merits, but also for its potential impact concerning investigations of the
deaths of other non-combatants by the IDF, such as the American student
The Thomas Hurndall Fund
A memorial website set up by Tom's family.
In the Line of Fire
"Did an Israeli soldier gun
down British peace activist Tom Hurndall in the Gaza Strip?" (RN
24/7: This article,
which appeared in Time a month after the shooting, is valuable because it
includes early contradictory claims by the Israelis.)
Obituary: Tom Hurndall
From The Guardian of January 22, 2004.
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Pennsylvania family says dead contractor in Iraq is
"The family of Nick Berg, 26, of West Chester, said they were informed by the
U.S. State Department on Monday
that Berg was found dead near a highway overpass in Baghdad.¼The
military said there were signs of trauma to the body. Suzanne Berg said she
was told her son's death was violent but did not want to discuss details."
Abuse photos 'were staged in UK'
"Sources told the Daily Telegraph the photographs were set up in a Bedford MK
lorry at Kimberley TA base in Preston. Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said it
was likely the pictures were a hoax."
(For more on alleged abuse photos, click
Gun control march lacked numbers and impact,
"It wasn't a 'Million Mom March' -- it was a 'thousand gang limp,' said one
Second Amendment supporter, describing Sunday's anti-gun march in Washington."
Finding Negro: A cartoonish notion
"'I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being
mistreated at airports, by the Immigration, everywhere.' --- Jermaine Jackson,
less talented brother of Michael and a convert to Islam himself. If by
'new Negroes' he facetiously means a new, unfairly treated victim group, then
race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton aren't likely to be amused because
nobody horns in on their territory without a fight. "
THE DARK SIDE OF BRAIN-MACHINE
We need a program of psychosurgery for political
control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone
who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated.
The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence,
but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective.
Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal
orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day
armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain.
— Dr. Jose Delgado, a publicly-funded pioneer of the
technology of Electrical Stimulation of the Brain (ESB); his remarks of as they
appeared in the February 24, 1974 edition of the Congressional Record,
No. 262E, Vol. 118 and cited in
The state of
unclassified and commercial technology capable of some electronic mind control
There is much excitement in the computer and
neurological research fields over the the potential use of brain-mounted
circuitry to aid in everything from moving robotic limbs for the paralyzed and
victims of Parkinson's Disease and similar illnesses to operating a computer
with mental signals. But such possibilities for good should not blind us to
the very real danger of governments forcing citizens to undergo implants for
far less benign purposes.
Human-machine links could operate robots
"Before implanting electrodes in the experiment, the investigators recorded
each patient's brain electrical signals with arrays of 32 microelectrodes,
each thinner than a human hair."
"Time to exterminate the mouse? In a giant theoretical leap over traditional
input devices, brain machine interface (BMI) research is being conducted at
I2R to fine-tune ways in which users can control computers by thought
Company to start trial on brain implant
"For years, science visionaries have dreamed of machines that can read minds,
then act on instructions as they are thought. Now, the first human trials of
an early version of one such technology are set to begin."
BrainGate Neural Interface System
BrainGate™ System has the potential to afford people the opportunity to use
the computer as a gateway to communicate and control assistive devices in
Mind Control: Technology,
Techniques, and Politics
"This page contains information about devices which can be implanted into a
human body and used as part of a mind control operation. As the page will
make clear, such devices exist right now in commercial form and have been
researched for decades. This page also contains items related to
Mind Control Index
From Chapter 6 of How to create a mind-controlled slave: "In 1978,
Samuel Chavkin warned in his book The Mind Stealers : 'With the
increasing sophistication and miniaturization of electronics, it may be
possible to compress the necessary circuitry for a small computer into a
chip that is implantable subcutaneously. In this way, the new self-contained
instrument could be devised, capable of receiving, analyzing and sending
back information to the brain, establishing artificial links between
unrelated cerebral areas, functional feedbacks, and programs of stimulations
contingent on the appearance of predetermined wave patterns.'"
Government Mind Control webpage
Numerous links include: Cybergods, an extended excerpt from David
Rorvik's As man becomes machine: the evolution of the cyborg,
and much of Jose Delagdo's Physical control of the mind .
"By the end of this century, I don't think there will be a clear distinction
between human and machine."— Ray Kurweil, major figure in computer
innovation. A page loaded with many photos and links.
The status of brain-machine
"Take another look at those cables: They snake into the back of the computer
and then out again, terminating in a cap on the monkey's head, where they
receive signals from hundreds of electrodes buried in its brain. The monkey is
directing the robot with its thoughts." EARLIER RELATED ARTICLE:
interfaces - what? - when?
Animal machine interface
"Working from their university labs in two different corners of the world,
American and Australian researchers have created what they call a new class of
creative beings: 'the semi-living artist.'" Plus several other links on
DARPA Defense sciences office - Human assisted
Official webpage of military research.
Frankensteins in the Pentagon: DARPA's creepy
One example from DARPA's "human-enhancing" project: "The 'Continuous Assisted
Perfomance' program hopes to find biotechnological ways (implants, metabolic
manipulation, etc) to make it possible to push exhausted soldiers on without
loss of performance for up to seven days without sleep.
ADDITIONAL ARTICLES ON THE DARPA PROJECT:
DARPA's fingerprints: FDA approves human brain
Defense research agency seeks to create
To Support Development Of Human Brain-Machine
Defense Department funding brain-machine work,
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Kerry will be no less pro-Israel than Bush
"John Kerry, if elected president, is
not likely to follow a policy on the Middle East much different from that of
President George Bush, as a speech given to the Anti Defamation League (ADL),
a high-powered and well-funded Israel support group, this week shows."
Bush's backing of Rumsfeld shocks and angers Arabs
"Arab commentators reacted with shock and disbelief on Monday over President
Bush's robust backing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld against calls for
of electronic voting questioned
"'My nightmare scenario for the 2004 presidential election is to have a
reasonably close race decided by paperless electronic voting machines that we
have no way to independently check did the right thing," said Stanford
University professor David Dill, who publishes a Web site called
Global warming propaganda coming to movie
"According to The Day After Tomorrow, a $125 million disaster movie
opening on May 28, man-made pollution is causing nature to strike back with
Bush caught in 'coma' quarrel
"A battle over whether a woman who has been in a coma for 14 years can be
allowed to die has sparked a controversy involving Florida Governor Jeb Bush,
a brother of current US president George W Bush."
CAFTA & THE EMERGING NEW WORLD
"The 'house of world order' will have to be built from the
bottom up. ... An end run around sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will
accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault."
— Richard Gardner,
former deputy assistant Secretary of State
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) & the New World Order
CAFTA: Stepping Stone to the FTAA
"'Transgovernmentalism is emerging as
the real new world order, rapidly becoming the most widespread and effective
mode of international governance,' Harvard Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter (CFR)
approvingly proclaimed in 'The Real New World Order,' her 1997 essay for the
CFR journal Foreign Affairs. 'The state is not disappearing,' she
noted, 'it is disaggregating into its separate, functionally distinct parts.
These parts — courts, regulatory agencies, executives, and even legislatures —
are networking with their counterparts abroad, creating a dense web of
relations that constitutes a new, transgovernmental order.'"
CAFTA: Wall Street vs Main Street
"Have you heard of CAFTA - Central
America Free Trade Accord? Well, if you are glued to the 24 hour news cycle,
you still might have missed that this agreement is starting to move on the
fast track. But for those who are familiar with this extension of the NAFTA
disaster, south of the Mexican border, you might wonder where are the voices
of mainstream conservatives? The noise that does exist, mostly comes out of
the 'progressive' left, if not the liberal side of the Congressional aisle.
US Democrat says CAFTA trade pact in trouble
"A free-trade pact with five Central American countries is in trouble in
Congress because of the Bush administration's failure to address Democratic
party concerns on labor, a senior lawmaker said Tuesday.
'Isolationists' threaten CAFTA pact - Zoellick
"'The reason that CAFTA has trouble is that we have a bunch of economic
isolationists using labor as an excuse' to oppose the pact, U.S. Trade
Representative Robert Zoellick told Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat who
also is critical of the pact, during a heated exchange."
of the United States Trade Representative
Includes fact sheets, press releases and more information from Bush's Zionist
appointee, Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative. (Zoellick was one
of the neo-cons who pushed for the Iraq invasion. As part of the Project for
the New American Century, he urged this when he co-signed a
Letter to President Clinton on Iraq.
For more on Zoellnick's Israel Firstism, see
World War IV
Greater Israel -- What Does It Really Mean?
, and his on globalist economic agenda,
and "Wise Blood".)
Foreign Agricultural Service's CAFTA page
This United States Department of Agriculture agency provides its analysis of
CAFTA and numerous links.
World bank seeks to ensure CAFTA helps reduce poverty
"The World Bank supports
a growth and poverty reduction strategy in Central America that includes
enhancing private sector productivity to take advantage of the opportunities
that international trade offers."
Resources and Links
A webpage with editorials, reports and official information about CAFTA, plus
Insider links, such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Leftist
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Hail exclusion--Divisive is normal
"The multiculturalists would have you swallow that self interest is divisive
if it conflicts with their frenzied agenda. At the core of this fallacy is
that discord is worse than freedom. These quacks would have you believe that
Populist Nationalism is the most dangerous of human aspirations."
Syrian, Saudi rulers blame terror woes on “the
"The teaming up of al Qaeda terrorists with Iraqi guerrillas on a Middle East
rampage against American, British, Jordanian, Saudi, Syrian and Israeli
targets last month exposes three dangerous developments.¼"
(RN 24/7: This is from the Debka, an Israeli website devoted to covering
I were the devil
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort,
instead of God's blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the
other way around¼
Schiavo's parents, pro-life groups respond to judge's decision
"The parents of Terri Schiavo, and pro-life organizations that have been
closely monitoring the years-long legal battle they have waged to save Terri's
life, are deeply disappointed by a local judge's ruling striking down a law
that allowed Terri's feeding tube to remain in place."
Tax protests (pro and con) and
alternate tax pROPOSALs
The taxpayer—that's someone who works for the federal
government but doesn't have to take a civil service examination.
— Ronald Reagan
IRS sues over no-tax websites
"The suit asks for a judge to stop [anti-IRS web manager Dana C.] Ewell and
the company through which he conducts business, !Solutions! Group, from
promoting allegedly fraudulent tax schemes and impeding the collection of
federal income taxes. "
The website offensive to the IRS.
" It's so simple, It's ridiculous "
"[Bob] Schulz has stopped paying federal income tax, and he isn’t afraid to
let anyone, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), know it. Not only is
he not paying, but he’s also leading a national movement telling everyone else
they shouldn’t pay either."
The Claremont Institute: Regressive thoughts on a
"This decision holding the federal income tax to be unconstitutional is one of
the few Supreme Court cases ever to have been overturned by constitutional
amendment. In 1913, the adoption of the sixteenth amendment removed all
limitations on the imposition of federal income taxes."
The federal income tax is unconstitutional
"Most people believe that the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the
United States authorized the federal government to impose a federal Income
Tax. However, few realize that the original intent of the Sixteenth Amendment
was only to authorize Congress to impose an Income Tax on the earnings of the
wealthy in this country."
Devvy Kidd -- This is what your 'fear' is
"Millions of Americans have read the Joseph Banister story. For those who may
not know of this courageous individual, a short refresher is in order. Joseph
was an IRS CID agent (Criminal Investigation Division) for a little over five
years. In late 1996, he happened to hear some information about the nature of
the income tax on a radio show. After two years of trying to prove the
so-called 'tax protesters' wrong regarding their beliefs, he finally concluded
that the 'tax honesty' individuals were indeed correct in their analysis of
the income tax and its voluntary nature. "
questions and answers about the IRS
A protest page with Q&A such as:
3. By what legal authority, if any, has
the IRS established offices inside the 50 States of the Union?
Answer: After much diligent research,
several investigators have concluded that there is no known Act of Congress,
nor any Executive Order, giving IRS lawful jurisdiction to operate within
any of the 50 States of the Union.
A site that challenges the numerous claims of tax protesters.
these tax protest scams
like you would avoid the plague
The title says it all.
The tax protester movement
Proof that P.T. Barmum was right.
Taxes & the IRS: What to do about them
Rep. Bill Archer: "Americans are
fed up with the current federal income tax system, and for good reason. It's
complicated, burdensome and unfair.¼
In order to get the Internal Revenue Service out of the lives of every
individual American, we should scrap the current tax code and begin afresh
with a consumption tax. " This and other alternate tax plans examined on this
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Bill would make State Department worldwide
"On April 28, 2004, with little or no fanfare, members of the House Committee
on International Relations introduced a bill, H.R. 4230 to make the United
States Department of State responsible to "Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism"
everywhere in the world."
Schiavo's parents forced to pay to visit their daughter
"In what is being a called a
slap in the face just days before Mother's Day, Mary and Bob Schindler, the
mother and father of Terri Schiavo, have been told that they may visit their
daughter -- but only if they pay a 'security fee.'" (RN
24/7: More proof, if any
is needed, of how ethically-challenged Terri's estranged husband, Michael
The crimes at Abu Ghraib are not the worst
"The worst U.S. crimes in Iraq have received far less press than the photos of
U.S. soldiers having fun and games with the prisoners at Abu Ghraib – not that
the prisoners were anything but terrified by these vile amusements – but the
truly terrible crimes have not gone totally unreported, especially in the news
media outside the United States."
Torture , the CIA and the Press
Try, if you can, to imagine a trial by jury, or tribunal,
in which a CIA officer was sentenced to death for killing an Iraqi civilian.
Then come quickly to your senses, and realize that CIA officers have a
license to kill, just as Army snipers can assassinate Iraqi civilians with
a period of re-evaluation. Too bad it took a war crimes scandal to bring it
about, and that the entire Iraqi misadventure was a criminal fraud to being
US examines role of CIA and employees in Iraq deaths
"The Justice Department is examining the involvement of Central Intelligence
Agency officers and contract employees in three suspicious deaths of
detainees, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, federal law enforcement
officials said Wednesday."
Who was in charge?
"'Whether it was the CIA or any of those other initials she threw at me, I
don’t know. But they’re not going to be the ones taking the fall,' [Pfc.
Lynndie] England’s mother told reporters."
FDA rejects WIDER ACCESS TO
"Federal drug regulators yesterday rejected a
drug maker's application to sell a morning-after pill over the counter because
of concerns about whether young girls would be able to use it safely.
"This latest ruling by the
and Drug Administration
told the pill's maker, Barr Pharmaceuticals, that before the drug could be
sold without a prescription the company must either find a way to prevent
young teenagers from getting it from store shelves or prove, in a new study,
that young girls can understand how to use it without the help of a doctor."
FDA issues not approvable letter to Barr Labs;
outlines pathway for future approval
Official government press release concerning its decision
FDA nixes over-the-counter sales of morning after' pill
report from National Public Radio's Judie Rovner
Pro-lifers, pro-family groups hail FDA decision
"Pro-family groups are praising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for it
refusal to approve the emergency contraception product known as Plan B or "the
morning-after pill" for sale over the counter."
American Life League response to the FDA's
"While we are quite pleased that the Food and Drug Administration has advised
Barr Laboratories that it will not grant over-the-counter status for Plan B at
this time, the action is far from being totally satisfactory."
Care Net applauds FDA decision on 'morning after
Care Net President Kurt
Entsminger applauded the decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Thursday to reject over-the-counter sales of the "morning-after pill" due to
concern over teenagers' health.
Concerned Women of America praises FDA for
rejecting morning-after pill bid
"Concerned Women for America (CWA) praised the FDA for refusing to approve the
morning-after pill for over-the-counter distribution. 'The FDA is right to be
cautious about making a potent drug that can harm women available next to
candy bars and toothpaste,' said Wendy Wright, CWA's senior policy director.
'We are very grateful that the FDA put concern for women's health over
Groups outraged at FDA contraceptive decision
"Can girls under age 16 safely use the morning-after pill without medical
"Although studies show that giving easy access
to emergency contraception does not encourage risky or irresponsible behavior,
none have focused on younger teens or preteens - mostly because unwanted
pregnancy is not a big problem among this age group.
"Now, this younger group is at issue."
Real News 24/7:
The latest Food and Drug Administration
ruling further confirms much of what we already knew about that agency
and about the dishonesty of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry
and the controlled national news media. Its letter to the drug's
manufacturer confirms that it hasn't the slightest interest in promoting
the defense of human life or purity in adolescents, but simply wants the
company to demonstrate that young girls (by which is meant those under
the age of 16) are able to take the pill without the aid of a physician.
It's position concerns itself a great deal with the physical safety of
the child, but not at all about her spiritual wellbeing.
Meanwhile, Kerry used the ruling to make political hay, stating: "The
White House is once again choosing ideology over science." Notice
immediately that Kerry, the abortion industry's fair-haired boy, by
making the issue 'ideology' versus 'science,' keeps faith and morality
out of the equation. He doesn't ask the all-important question as to
whether these pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to sell what
some scientists argue are abortifacients in the first place. And as far
as 'ideology' goes, the abortion 'rights' lobby is the only real
ideology in discussion, because it seeks to secure as a 'right' what
no one has a right to do: Kill innocent life. That's ideology
at its ugliest and not the movement to preserve God-given right to life.
Kerry calls good evil and evil good. Just as repugnant are the media.
Article after article referred to how upset 'women's groups' were with
the ruling, as though the only organizations deserving of the name were
leftwing, feminist baby killers. What about the Concerned Women of
America? What are they, if not a women's group?! But it's the
same sort of deception we see time and again from media to advance a
humanist agenda. Just as the national media avoids any acknowledgment of
groups like Jews against Zionism
Jews Not Zionists
, because they want to perpetuate in the public consciousness the myth
that all Jews are supportive of the Zionist state of Israel, so, too, a
pro-life, pro-family group such as Concerned Women of America doesn't
fit the socially subversive mold favored by the major news media. This
is just one way that supposed news articles are really disguised
advocacy pieces. What's most dishonest about this practice is that they
feign the objectivity of a report, all the while subtly advancing their
destructive agenda. For example, a paragraph into the article above,
'Groups outraged at FDA contraceptive decision,' the writer states:
"studies show that giving easy access to emergency contraception does
not encourage risky or irresponsible behavior ." But this is what
they've claimed about any contraceptives [along with sex
education, sexually explicit songs and videos, etc.], while the reverse
has always been true. In reality, the Pill was and is at the very center
of the Sexual Revolution that began forty years ago. That
revolution--and it really is a revolution--hasn't abated, despite
occasional setbacks, but rather has escalated, especially with the
horrible emergence of the homosexual 'rights' offensive. Later in that
article, the writer uses the slang 'EC,' short for emergency
contraceptives, which is introducing feminist rhetoric, just as
'mainstream' pro-sodomite propaganda uses 'gay,' which is a term
originating in that subculture. Using the revolution's rhetoric in a
non-critical sense helps give it acceptance to general public. In the
present case, it's actually assisting young girls become users by
getting them accustomed to saying the easier expression, as in, 'Can I
get some ECs.' Also there is the persistent attack by critics as to how
it didn't listen to its 'advisors,' who said Plan B should be given its
approval. Of course, all the advisors in the world should be heeded if
they give bad advice. But the media only mentions those advisors it
wants the public to be aware of and selectively ignores, those, such as
the pro-life biochemist Dr. Dianne Irving, who argued against giving the
okay. Dr. Irving's media suppressed letter to the FDA can be read
here. Worst of all, those who control
what America knows do nothing to promote sexual abstinence and chastity
for teens, but glorify as role models those who flout traditional
values. Below we've included a few pro-purity sites along with pro-life
American Life League
Pro-life—without exception, without compromise, without apology
Pro-life pregnancy resource centers (Click on 'About,' 'Options Line' then
'Find a Center' to access directory of centers.)
"Chastity is the virtue which excludes or moderates the indulgence of the
sexual appetite. It is a form of the virtue of temperance, which controls
according to right reason the desire for and use of those things which afford
the greatest sensual pleasures.¼"
Women for America
A public policy dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Biblical values
for all American citizens.
A website with numerous purity links.
"This page is dedicated to those who are committed to premarital sexual
abstinence and to maintain sexual purity." Included are many links.
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Apologetic Rumsfeld says worse could be
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offered "my deepest apology" Friday to
Iraqi prisoners abused by military personnel and warned that videos and photos
yet to come could further inflame worldwide outrage." (RN
24/7: It would be criminally insane [or, perhaps, simply criminal or
simply insane] to have these other pictures made public, if for no other
reason that it will place our troops and hostages in even greater danger by
encouraging further 'hate America' sentiment among Arabs. Already, those
showing the degradation of Muslim men at the hands of US female GIs is enough
to fuel their undying enmity, but to broadcast ones said to be worse surely
will be like pouring gasoline on a fire! On this point, Rumsfeld's exactly
Democrats demand Rumsfeld
"President Bush apologized Thursday for the humiliation suffered by Iraqi
prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers while he defended Pentagon chief
Donald Rumsfeld over his handling of the incidents."
Yet another account of shocking Iraqi prison
(It's not what you think.)
Greenspan: More globalization of US trade
and innovation are helping reduce the dangers of a disruptive correction of
the U.S. international trade imbalance, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said on
and the One World Government
Judge strikes down "Terri's Law"
"As expected, Circuit Court Judge Douglas Baird struck down Terri's Law, the
measure approved by the Florida state legislature that authorized Governor Jeb
Bush to ask doctors to reinsert the
feeding tube that provided Terri with food and water."
9-11: What did it know and why didn't it act?
It's not rocket science. How can they have not responded at
— John Judge,
9-11 Citizens Watch
General Richard Myers: Why NORAD stand down on 9-11
"In his column called "The Secret Life of John
Negroponte; Brady Bond Scam Redux; Why Did NORAD Stand Down on 9/11?," political
and military analyst Al Martin asks the question -- why wasn't General Richard
Myers called to testify before the 9/11 Coverup Commission? And more importantly
why was NORAD told to stand down?"
NORAD 9-11 Stand Down Math
(includes link to official NORAD press
release dated 9-18-01)
8:13:31: American Airlines Flight 11
(AA11) last transmission with Boston Air Traffic Control (ATC).
8:13:32 to 8:20: AA11 goes off course and
8:20: AA 11 transponder signal stops.
8:36: NORAD spokesman, Major Mike Snyder,
confirmed that the FAA notified NORAD of AA 11 hijacking.¼
NORAD drills foreshadowed 9-11 attacks
"One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center. In another exercise,
jets performed a mock shoot down of a jet supposedly laden with chemical poisons
headed toward a target in the United States. In a third scenario, the target was
Canadian NORAD staff queried over 9/11 attacks
"Several dozen Canadian military officers serving at NORAD headquarters have
been interviewed by the United States congressional committee investigating the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."
Expert warns that electronic
voting systems vulnerable, flawed
On a spectrum of terrible to very good, we are sitting at
terrible. Not only have the vendors not implemented security safeguards that
are possible, they have not even correctly implemented the ones that are easy.
D. Rubin,Johns Hopkins University computer science professor
"Scientists told a federal panel Wednesday that
electronic voting isn't completely reliable and suggested a backup paper system
might be the only way to avoid another disputed presidential election in
"But the commission's chairman said he didn't
expect the bipartisan panel would issue national standards requiring paper
receipts when it makes preliminary recommendations next week, followed by more
detailed guidelines next month. "
Transcript of Aviel Rubin's testimony
(linked to his home page)
Back to paper ballots for Missouri?
"Missouri could be the first state to introduce
legislation that would require hand-counted paper ballots and the banning of all
voting machines. A bill to restore hand-counted paper ballots was introduced in
the state legislature on April 20."
A simple way to make computer voting safer
"If we are going to use any form of computerized vote-tallying, we need to
implement procedures to mitigate risks. One of the most important procedures,
after a voter-verified paper ballot for auditing, is to post polling-place
The Computer Ate My Vote
"The computer ate my..." sounds like the setup for a bad excuse you'd hear in
grade school. But the headline of this column, which appears on T-shirts from
the activist group True Majority, points to not-so-funny problems that some
voters encountered in past elections, and that may affect others in November.
Ad Hoc Touch Screen Task Force
Election Systems and Software
Global Election Management System (Diebold)
Help America Vote Act
National Association of State Election Directors
Rebecca Mercuri's electronic voting site
Sequoia Voting Systems
Voting Technology Project
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Rumsfeld stays; Bush
President calls prison scandal 'stain on our country's honor'
The Meaning of
"U.S. polls that show one-third of Americans now believe Iraq was never a
threat. Half of us now believe the war was a mistake, 41 percent believe
Bush's policies have increased the threat of terrorism, and 71 percent say his
policies have damaged our image in the Arab world."
"If you step back a moment and think about it, you will realize that you are
constantly being propagandized to approve of war — not just the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq, but war generically."
Reinstating the military draft
"Under which scenario is war cheaper for the Defense Department – the
volunteer army or the draft? Obviously, it's the draft since the Defense
Department doesn't have to pay the higher wages to get men to sign up
with a Catholic eye: A pro-life Democrat's response
it is obviously true that not all Democrats are evil, the sad fact is a vast
majority do fully support the pro-death, libertine platform of their party.
It's fair to say, then, that there are many more pro-life Republicans than
A humiliation for America
Why the abuse of Iraqi prisoners is so disheartening
"The most distressing of the scandal photos is,
to me, the one of an American woman, a GI, who is laughing, holding a
cigarette and aiming her fingers as if comically shooting or aiming at a group
of prisoners, presumably Iraqi.¼She
looks coarse, cruel, perhaps drunk.¼Can
anyone imagine a WAC of 1945, or a WAVE of 1965, acting in this manner? I
Red Cross says repeatedly warned US of Iraq
"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it had
repeatedly urged the United States to take 'corrective action' at a Baghdad
jail at the center of a scandal over abuse of Iraqi prisoners."
We're shocked by torture?
"The photographs are sickening. A British soldier urinates on a hooded Iraqi
prisoner, and American soldiers torture their inmates. Iraqi citizens mutilate
burnt corpses of American military contractors. The world looks on in horror.
But should we really be surprised by these acts?"
John Kerry: Radical
I’m an internationalist. I’d like to see our
troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United
—John Kerry, 1970 Congressional campaign
"Despite Kerry’s protestations on Meet the
Press, the Massachusetts senator has consistently supported the gradual
removal of sovereignty from the United States, and the empowerment of the United
Nations and its affiliated international bodies. For example, Kerry recently
called for UN control over the Iraq operation, claiming that he would like to
'de-Americanize the effort and begin to put it under the United Nations
Kerry's 'progressive internationalism"
"The leading mouthpiece for the New Democrats' radical interventionist program
could be our next president. John Kerry, the frontrunner in the quest for the
Democratic Party presidential nomination, has been promoting a foreign policy
perspective called 'progressive internationalism.' It's a concept concocted by
establishment Democrats seeking to convince potential backers in the corporate
and political world that, if installed in the White House, they would preserve
U.S. power and influence around the world, but in a kinder, gentler fashion than
the current administration."
Kerry on foreign policy
From On the Issues: Every political leader on every issue
Kerry urges UN control of US troops
Old Crimson interview reveals a
more radical John Kerry, plus more.
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
The Media: Make it go away
"The media sees its conceits, not as duplicity, but as romance. Never called
to account, the mediacrats seem to retain their tenancy forever."
Photos that will never make the news
"Here is a collection of pictures from Iraq which show the humanity that can
still exist in war, and the obvious toll this endeavor has taken on our
American troops. You'll never see these pictures in the news though... and we
wonder why." (RN 24/7: It's good to see these,
especially in light of the Abu Ghraib. Not all soldiers--or even most of
them--are depraved torturers, and these show that other side quite nicely.)
angry at Arnold's holocaust remarks
"The man once proudly referred to as 'our Arnie' has virtually become persona
non grata in his own country after a wave of nationwide euphoria over native
son Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor of California."
Methodists maintain stance opposing gays
"The United Methodist Church's legislative body on Tuesday upheld the
denomination's stance that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian
teaching, defeating a movement that sought to leave room for differing
of Iraqi prisoners fuels terrorist propaganda
"From a recruitment point of
view, you can't get any better than this."
—Fareed Mohamedi, Washington-based economist
"The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers has set back the Bush
administration's efforts to rally the Arab world to embrace democratic values
and reject Islamic extremism, Arab commentators say, while handing terrorists in
the region a propaganda victory."
Rumsfeld in the
hot seat on Iraq abuses
"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has become something a lightning rod over
the way the Pentagon has handled reports that U.S. soldiers abused Iraqi
detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad."
Psychological thumbscrewing OK: Army
"The haunting picture of a hooded Iraqi
prisoner standing on a box with wires attached to his hands who was told he
would be electrocuted if he stepped off has caused outrage around the world. But
some military-trained interrogators say it can be permissible to deceive and
intimidate a suspect during wartime to elicit vital information."
Using torture to fight the War on
Terror: Inside the Cells of Abu Ghraib
"The unanimity in American
law-enforcement circles is striking. Torture is no longer simply a topic
for debate. The debate has been won."
Despite the recent shocking photos of subhuman
abuse on Iraqi prisoners, there has been, since the terrorist attacks on
9-11, more or less support for torture in media circles and a quieter
thumbs-up from military and government sources. Will the exposure at Abu
Ghraib end the abuse or merely make its perpetrators more careful? (Right,
The body of a Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghrabib; wrapped in cellophane and
ice, it bears the marks of torture.)
CIA Privatized Torture at Abu Ghraib
"It is not simply a proliferation of cheap electronic cameras that revealed how
US military and intelligence officers and agents work over detainees, but a
secret US Army internal investigation report leaked to the New Yorker and handed
over to ace investigative journalist Seymour Hersh played an important role as
"According to the author of the report, Maj. Gen.
Antonio M. Taguba, reservist military police at Abu Ghraib were instructed by
Army military officers and the CIA to 'set physical and mental conditions for
favorable interrogation of witnesses' -- in other words they were to be tortured
until they were reduced to well-disposed porridge."
Real News 24/7
The above article notes that two
private corporations whose employees linked to charges of prisoner abuse
at Abu Ghraib:
a firm whose homepage carries the banner, "Information and Communication
Solutions for National Security," and identifies its clients as "the
Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other government
another IT solutions company that has been working with the Federal
Government over four decades, including, most recently, surveillance
systems for Homeland Security such as "IMPASSTM,
the Immediate Multi-Sensor Perimeter and Area Security System." At least
one civilian contractor has been accused, but can't be charged because
he's outside of military jurisdiction. How convenient.
The CIA's secret manual on coercive
"Faced with a FOIA lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency recently released
an interrogation manual to the Baltimore Sun that details brutal
methods of extracting information from resistant sources. The 'KUBARK
Counterintelligence Interrogation' manual does more than simply outline
various psychological and physical torture tactics: it demonstrates a
real-world application of the CIA's mind control research and offers clues on
the agency's role in human rights abuses around the world."
A passage from the manual: "The principal
coercive techniques are arrest, detention, the deprivation of sensory stimuli,
threats and fear, debility, pain, heightened suggestibility and hypnosis, and
Real News 24/7
Have members of the controlled news
media since 9-11 subtly been preparing Americans to accept torture? The below
articles show beyond a doubt that the answer is yes. When the first
calls came a little more than a month after the terror attacks, Human Rights
Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth noted with some relief that "To the
government's credit, it's not the government proposing this. It's various
commentators." But like so many other forms of social engineering it's the
columnists and commentators that are the ones who soften up the public for the
onslaught that follows. In the case of torture, liberals and conservatives
both are guilty of having supporters of the unspeakable. We begin with the
first nationally circulated support of torture, Jonathan Adler's Newsweek
Time to Think About Torture
Pro-Pain Pundits: Torture advocates defy US,
"Alter’s column did say that legalizing physical torture wouldn’t work in the
U.S. Instead, he suggested we consider using 'legal' forms of psychological
torture at home, while 'transferring some suspects to our less squeamish
allies.' In other words, send them overseas for the real thing."
Torture Seeps Into Discussion by News Media
CNN's 'Crossfire,' the conservative commentator Tucker Carlson said: 'Torture
is bad.' But he added: 'Keep in mind, some things are worse. And under certain
circumstances, it may be the lesser of two evils. Because some evils are
Time to torture?
"Americans are debating whether torture should be used against terrorists. But
the case of Israel shows that brutality in the name of morality doesn't pay."
No Thumbscrews for Terrorists
The Case for Torture
(World Net Daily)
Should we use torture to stop terrorism?
Dershowitz: Torture Could Be Justified
(Dershowitz and Roth debate) (CNN transcript)
We Have Our Ways . . .
Let America take its cues from Israel regarding torture
(Jewish World Review)
The Economist (US),
Ends, Means and barbarity -- Torture: The use and abuse of torture
The Case Against Torture
(The Village Voice)
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Can Americans trust John Kerry?
"There is a name for Kerry's credibility problem: Bill Clinton. Like Al Gore
before him, Kerry works in the shadow of the master. Clinton's gift, or
affliction, for making everyone he spoke to believe he had heard what he
wanted to, never quite caught up with Clinton himself the way it did with Gore
during the 2000 campaign and, now, with Kerry."
Anti-Americanism is a globalist ploy
"The Iraq war is like the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is designed to be lost.
It will cause a lot of suffering and make its perpetrators rich. But the
hidden agenda is to further undermine American pride and power and increase
anti-Americanism around the world. Let's not fall into that trap by becoming
anti-American. There is nothing inherently wrong with the United States. The
problem is the traitors who run it. The U.S. has been subverted."
who's teaching Johnny about Islam
"A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American
public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi
government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam"
What remains must be the truth
When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains--however
improbable--must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Not long after September 11, 2001, a story
surfaced on the Internet accusing the Israelis of taking part in a conspiracy
that resulted in the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The origin of the
story was attributed to Jordan's Al Watan newspaper; and it was reported that
Pakistani publications followed by Islamic clerics in the Middle East and
Central Asia spread the story.
"Another tragedy was born and reared out of those
reports. A number of anti-Semitic bigots hopped on the bandwagon of that
ill-considered, wild conjecture and misused it to feed their rant against Jews.
"As might be expected, a number of people stormed
onto the Internet to debunk the Israel conspiracy theories. That effectively put
an end to questioning the official story of a plot generated by Osama bin Laden
and executed by his Al-Qaeda operatives. No one dared ask the most important
question: Who stood to benefit from the catastrophe that killed thousands on
September 11, 2001?¼"
The gun which smoked for 1½ seconds
Another impossibility eliminated: Why the
Truss Failure Theory fails.
Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Kerry
and Bush Melt into one
Georgie Bush and John Kerry
Agreed to have a battle,
For Johnny thought that Georgie
Did nothing but war and prattle.
Just then appeared a monstrous terror,
As evil as a tar-barrel,
Which evaporated our heroes' valor,
So they quite forgot their quarrel.
"It occurred to me after Kerry's performance on
Meet the Press this weekend that Americans have a choice this coming November
between George Walker Bush or George Kerry Bush, the Tweedleddumb and
Tweedledeedumb proffered to us by the Republicrats Party. How clever: one party
with two candidates playing at politics for the amusement of the world. John
pretends to have disagreements with George on taxes and outsourcing of jobs
while he obsequiously crawls behind the President when asked about Israel, and,
in that shadowed place, regurgitates the policies of Bush that have locked the
US into a 'war' of terror. ¼"
Bush, Kerry differ on war only in degree of
"The good news for opponents of the
war in Iraq is that President Bush's challenger has finally called for a
rapid American withdrawal.
"'Every day the U.S. military remains in Iraq,'
he said, 'we imperil U.S. security, drain our economy, ignore our nation's
domestic needs and prevent democratic self-rule from developing in Iraq.'
The bad news is that the challenger's name is
Bush or Kerry? No Difference
"A myth equal to the fable of Iraq's
weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush.
Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the
'anyone but Bush' movement becomes a liberal cause celebre."
No difference between Kerry, Bush
"Both gentlemen favor federal government
spending on education, space travel, health care, retirement, day care and a
slew of other projects for which the U.S. Constitution does not grant power to
either the president or the Congress to perform.¼"
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Selective Service eyes proposal to
"The chief of the U.S. Selective Service System has proposed registering women
for the military draft and requiring that young Americans regularly inform the
government about whether they have training in niche specialties needed in the
armed services." (For more on the feminizing of the military, see our Special
Women in Combat.)
tougher steps against Cuba
"A government commission is recommending to President Bush a series of
measures to cut U.S. dollar flows to Cuba as part of a broader policy to
hasten the end of the country’s communist system, an administration official
said Sunday night." (RN 24/7: While in principle
we support the ouster of all God-hating regimes such as Cuba, nothing good can
be expected from Washington as it's currently constituted. Can anyone honestly
believe that a government that bestows Most Favored Nation trade status to the
butchers in Red China really cares a hoot about human rights? The proposed
moves against Fidel Castro and Co. nothing to do with opposing Communism and
everything to do with opening a potentially lucrative new market and another
pool of cheap labor 90 miles from our shores.)
City of Death: A stark reminder of why some
Iraqi children need to be killed
"'I knew the soldier would think I was only a child and would not fire at me,'
he said. He was right. As he approached the American position, the sniper
turned away. The boy promptly knelt in the road, lifted his Kalashnikov and
ANNIVERSARY OF U.S.
'VICTORY' IN IRAQ GREETED WITH RECORD MONTH OF GIs KILLED, CALL FOR MORE TROOPS
May 1, 2003 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, President George
Bush stood beneath a 'Mission Accomplished' banner and declared that major
combat had come to an end for U.S. troops in Iraq. A year later those same
troops emerge shell-shocked from the deadliest month since the invasion began in
March 2003. Meanwhile, David Kay, who led the hunt for weapons of mass
destruction, say as many as a quarter million additional troops may be needed.
Bush: We'll Finish Job In Iraq
"President Bush says the United
States will successfully pursue its work in Iraq in the face of a
violent insurgency that seeks to undermine a peaceful transfer of power
to Iraqis on June 30. 'Despite many challenges, life for the Iraqi
people is a world away from the cruelty and corruption of Saddam's
regime' and 'we will finish our work,' Mr. Bush said Saturday in his
weekly radio address.
"His comments come exactly a year after his declaration that major
combat operations in Iraq had ended, a point he noted.¼
Two more deaths on the final day of April raised the U.S. death toll to
at least 136, making it the deadliest month for American forces since
Mr. Bush launched the war in March 2003."
May Day, May Day! Team Bush looks to bail,
but where are the parachutes?
"George W. Bush may have
gotten off easy
'cordial' chat with the 9/11 Commission
on Thursday. Yet he will find it hard to live down
the next celebration on the agenda:
the one-year anniversary of the
official end of the Iraq War,
or the official end of 'major combat,' as he called it then."
US needs 250,000 troops in Iraq, weapons inspector
who led the hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, said the U.S. may need
as many as 250,000 troops to keep the peace in the country, after basing plans
for the occupation on false assumptions."
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
The “March for Women’s Lives” unmasked
"Some Americans have a romantic view of the pro-abortion movement. Influenced
by a liberal media, they think of abortion in terms of poor women who sinned,
got pregnant and are faced with the choice between abortion and greatly
Assad warns Israel against operations in Syria
"Syrian President Bashar Assad warned
Israel against carrying out threats to go after Palestinian terrorist leaders
in Damascus in an interview broadcast on Aljazeera Saturday."
Touch-screen voting nixed in California
"Secretary of State Kevin Shelley banned problematic Diebold touch-screen
voting machines used in San Diego and three other counties yesterday and
accused the company of engaging in illegal behavior when it sought state
approval for the machines."
THE GREAT SATAN
U.S. troops reopen Abu Ghraib dungeon, Saddam Hussein's infamous chamber of
horrors and have picked up where the Iraqi dictator left off. Real News 24/7 has
chosen not to carry most of the stills from the 60 Minutes II segment
that have been making the rounds on the Internet. After having seen some of
them, it was decided that they bordered on the obscene and were not fit even for
links. The occurrences are described in some of the following articles and
that's sufficient for our purposes.
The current issue of National Review
advocates that the US adopt Saddam Hussein’s policies toward Iraqis. Nothing
less will subdue them, says the conservative publication. To beat them,
National Review says, we must become like them.
No sooner said than done.
The US has appointed Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard
General, Jasim Muhammed Saleh to deal with the Fallajuh insurgency.
And, judging from news reports and photographs of tortured Iraqis, the US has
put Saddam Hussein himself back in charge of the notorious prison, Abu Ghraib.
Torture photos shock the nation
" Photographs have emerged showing Iraqis being sexually abused and bullied by
their U.S. captors. One, shown on Page One, depicts a hooded prisoner standing
on a box with wires attached to his hands. He was wrongly given to believe that
if he fell off the box he would be electrocuted."
Horror beyond belief
"Iraqi prisoners faced numerous 'sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses'
by US soldiers, including sodomy and beatings, according to a US Army report
quoted by the New Yorker magazine."
Soldier's diary details wider abuse at prison
"The Iraq journal of Staff Sgt. Ivan L. 'Chip' Frederick II, penned in careful
handwriting and mailed home as he feared becoming a scapegoat for egregious
military misdeeds, paints a nightmarish picture of overworked, under-trained
guards coping with hostile Iraqi prisoners and using tactics that flagrantly
violated international rules for treatment of detainees."
Real News 24/7
The news that American troops were
treating prisoners in such a manner is revolting, but not altogether surprising.
When the ranks of soldiers include men and women who have little or no religious
upbringing and whose values have been shaped more by MTV and action movies than
by the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, this sort of activity is
inevitable. Equally disturbing, however, is the timing of 60 Minutes II,
choosing to air the segment at the same time Americans are being held hostage.
Former Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cowan said: "We will be paid back for
this. These people at some point will be let out. Their families, their friends
are going to know.¼"
For these people to know this, including the ones who have the hostages, means
that the possibility of an eye-for-an-eye response is very real and to be
feared. Should Americans suffer or be killed as a consequence, then surely 60
Minutes II helped bring it about by broadcasting the inflammatory pictures when
it did and should in some way be held accountable.
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Neo-cons--Going back to where they came from
"'If we have to make common cause with the more hawkish liberals and fight the
conservatives, that is fine with me,' William Kristol has told the New York
Times. The Weekly Standard editor added that the neoconservatives may just
abandon the Right altogether and convert to neoliberalism. " (RN
24/7: Which brings a question to mind: Just how is National
Review's William Buckley any different than a neo-con? Answer: He's been
deceiving conservatives a lot longer. See, for example, a
of the book, Bill Buckley: The Pied Piper of the Establishment and a
of it. Click to order this
video of a speech on the subject by its
Pro-life protesters silenced, roughed up at Kerry
"Two photographers who attended a
pro-abortion rally on Friday sponsored by the campaign of presumptive
Democratic nominee John Kerry discussed the event with LifeNews.com. A group
of college women were accosted and then dragged away from the event after they
led pro-life cheers. The photographers say abortion advocates tried to prevent
them from taking many pictures."
Terri Schiavo had five teeth removed
"The parents of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, Bob and Mary Schindler, have
filed Petition for Writ of Quo Warranto against Schiavo's husband and
guardian, Michael Schiavo. 'Quo Warranto' is a legal term that questions 'by
what authority' someone acts -- in this case, Schiavo's parents question the
authority that Michael Schiavo has as guardian over their daughter, and by
what authority he denies them access to her."
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