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11-30-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLVIII
Terri's 40th birthday on Wednesday
"Terri Schindler-Schiavo turns 40 Wednesday, and plans are in the works for a celebration to honor the brain-disabled woman who suffered six days of court-ordered starvation last month when the feeding tube that sustains her was removed at the behest of her husband, Michael Schiavo. Her life was saved only when Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Legislature stepped in and ordered the feeding tube restored."

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

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11-30-03 U.S. casualties near 10,000 in Iraq Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops have been killed, wounded, injured or become ill enough to require evacuation from Iraq since the war began, the equivalent of almost one Army division, according to the Pentagon.

11-30-03 Sharon's secret plan to remove Palestinians from Israel Israel's hard-line prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has ordered his intelligence chiefs and defense forces to prepare a secret plan to drive 'hundreds of thousands' of Palestinians out of the West Bank. They would be deported to the no-man's land in southern Lebanon. The area is a desolate landscape with freezing conditions in winter and broiling temperatures in summer. There is scant soil to produce food. Water is also scarce in the region."

11-30-03 Does al-Qaeda exist? "Every day since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 there have been media reports about al-Qaeda - its leaders, members, capabilities, bank accounts, reach and threat. What is this al-Qaeda? Does such a group even exist? Some terrorism experts doubt it. Adam Dolnik and Kimberly McCloud reckon it's time we 'defused the widespread image of al-Qaeda as a ubiquitous, super-organised terror network and call it as it is: a loose collection of groups and individuals that doesn't even refer to itself as al-Qaeda.'"

11-30-03 Radicals gain in N. Ireland elections  "Hard-line parties made strong gains in elections for the Legislature in Northern Ireland after a ballot count that lasted two days and could continue late into this evening. The results point to a polarized outcome that many fear will make it difficult to resuscitate the local government that shares power between Protestants and Roman Catholics." Paisley defiant on future Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, has said that he would not be rushing into negotiations with the British Government or Sinn Fein following his unprecedented electoral victory in Northern Ireland last week.  Related article

11-30-03 Flashback: Magdalene Sisters movie smears Catholics, but controlled news media lets it slide "No major press coverage is given to the question of whether it may cause 'anti-Catholicism,' Catholic holocaust, persecution, etc."  The Magdalene Sisters: Anti-Catholic propaganda This is a game that can be played with any demographic group and with any institution. Just gather all the dirty laundry, pack it tightly, and present it as if it were reality. Maligning Mel Gibson "The following quotes represent some of the most unfair statements on Mel Gibson and his film, "The Passion of Christ." The selections in each category are in reverse chronological order."

11-29-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLVII
Terri's husband wants quick court ruling on challenge to law allowing her to live "Michael Schiavo is trying to block Gov. Jeb Bush from questioning potential witnesses in court in a battle over the fate of the Florida man's brain-damaged wife, Terri."  

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo & her family

11-29-03 A prisoner of panic after 9-11 "Benamar Benatta sits in a whitewashed cell, lost in a post-Sept. 11 world. Jailed the night of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the Algerian air force lieutenant with an expired visa has spent the past 26 months in federal prisons, much of that time in solitary confinement -- even though the FBI formally concluded in November 2001 that he had no connection to terrorism."

11-29-03 Feminists and partial birth abortion Why they can't admit that most women support the ban.

11-29-03 Recipe For Terror: Assassinated Reuters Cameraman Uncovered Evidence of Mass US Casualties in Iraq  "Mazen Dana, the Award winning Reuters camera man, shot dead by US troops whilst filming outside Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison in August - with full permission and press accreditation from the US Authorities in Baghdad - told his brother Nazmi, a chilling tale days before he died. 'Mazen told me by phone few days before his death that he discovered a mass grave dug by U.S. troops to conceal the bodies of their fellow comrades killed in Iraqi resistance attacks,' Nazmi said."

11-28-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLVI

Judge rejects civil rights plea for Terri "Attorneys for the parents of a brain-damaged woman took their battle to federal court Tuesday, but failed to immediately persuade a judge to back their efforts to preserve her life." 

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

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 11-28-03 Conservatives take Bush to task on spending "Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the Bush record on spending has been a major disappointment. 'My impression of Bush is that I've never seen him give a speech in which he says government is too big and we need to cut costs,' Mr. Edwards said, pointing out that President Reagan vetoed 23 bills in his first three years in office, while Mr. Bush has yet to unsheathe his veto pen."

11-28-03 The new alchemyturning murder into suicide "The title is provocative, and is meant to be. When the slant put on the reporting of a case almost guarantees a suicide 'verdict,' it is important to focus on the players who seed this interpretation. In the Kelly case, journalists in the mainstream media promoted a suicide bias from the beginning, but many of their cues were taken from professional figures at the Hutton Inquiry."

11-28-03 Canada prepares to enforce Islamic law Canadian judges soon will be enforcing Islamic law, or Sharia, in disputes between Muslims, possibly paving the way to one day administering criminal sentences, such as stoning women caught in adultery.

11-28-03 Pat Buchanan: Why do the neocons hate Dixie so? "What is it in the wiring of these neocons that they so loathe white Southerners who cherish the monuments, men and memories of the Lost Cause?" See related stories in our archives from 11-6-03.

Happy Thanksgiving

11-27-03 Two values systems clash on Thanksgiving Day "Thanksgiving Day is an affront to those who want to take any reference to God out of our public life. There are not a lot of these people. Only 11 percent of Americans identify themselves as atheist or agnostic, but they are becoming increasingly boisterous and pushy.¼" More Church, Less State  "¼Despite excessive whining and countless lawsuits by the ACLU, the problem in our country is not that there is too much religion in the public arena, but rather too little. In our prayers this Thanksgiving, we should recommit ourselves to fighting the atheist left and advancing the Christian principles upon which this nation was founded." 

President Bush's Thanksgiving statement
"Each year on Thanksgiving, we gather with family and friends to thank God for the many blessings He has given us, and we ask God to continue to guide and watch over our country." (Real News 24/7: God may be guiding, but our country is not following Him very well.)  Thanksgiving Proclamations
"And also that we may then unite in most humble offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions¼George Washington, 1789  

The History of Thanksgiving A History Channel webpage


11-27-03 For Lieberman, Jewishness key but doesn't tell whole story "When Joseph Lieberman was 10 years old, bouncing a basketball through the house, the family rabbi told his mother, 'He will never amount to anything.' 'I laughed at him,” Marcia Lieberman recalls. 'What would you say to your rabbi who said that?'”

11-27-03 Decades of Shame A short history of the American Civil Liberties Union

11-27-03 Votescam: Our last stand "The corruption of the American voting system demands our urgent attention. The scam has come about through the devious introduction of electronic voting systems that leave no verifiable footprints or paper trail. This is clearly not an oversight or mistake, but an attempt to intentionally introduce equipment whose vote tallies can be altered without any possibility of detection. It is the perfect crime."

11-27-03 75% of U.S. budget is for "Welfare State"!  "The United States started out as the "Freedom Nation" when it adopted the finest Constitutional Republic in the history of civilization. That was right after the successful American Revolution ended. Our Constitutional Republic worked quite well until the 20th Century, when socialism started sweeping across Europe and then into America under President Franklin Roosevelt’s 'New Deal.'"

11-27-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLV

Michael Schiavo seeks immediate ruling in Terri's law case "In a statement provided to, Pat Anderson, attorney for the Schindler family, said, 'There are forces working overtime to see that Terri's feeding tube is pulled again and they won't stop until they reach that goal.' 'This latest attempt to short circuit the judicial process is proof that they fear new evidence which might save Terri's life,' Anderson added."

Schiavo asks judge to block questioning of potential witnesses "A husband battling Gov. Jeb Bush in court over the fate of the man's severely brain-damaged wife is trying to block Bush's attorneys from questioning some potential witnesses. George Felos, an attorney for Michael Schiavo, asked a judge Tuesday to stop Bush's attorneys from taking depositions from seven people, including Schiavo and the woman with whom he now lives."

Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

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11-26-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLIV

Schiavo asks Pinellas judge to rule without trial "A husband battling Gov. Jeb Bush over the fate of the man's severely brain damaged wife is asking a circuit court judge rule to on the case now, rather than go through the process of a trial, an attorney said Tuesday."

Orthodox Catholics urge Bishops to toughen cultural views "Catholic leaders in Florida were recently criticized for initially refusing to get involved in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case. She is the brain-damaged woman whose husband, Michael Schiavo, continues fighting for the right to remove her feeding tube to end her life. 'The lack of clear, decisive action by Bishop [Robert] Lynch and his brother bishops in Florida to rally support in defense of [Terri Schindler] Schiavo has been very disappointing,' [American Life League President] Brown said."

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo & her family

11-26-03 U.S. reduces loan guarantees to Israel  "The Bush administration decided Tuesday to reduce U.S. loan guarantees to Israel by $289.5 million as a way of registering its disapproval of Israeli actions on the West Bank." (Real News 24/7: Sounds good at first, but, despite the reduction, Israel will still be "loaned" a whopping $710.9 million [not to mention other Federal aid packages]; if the President wanted to voice serious displeasure with the Sharon regime's behavior, he could have cut off the "loan" entirely. The quotation of Daniel Ayalon, Israeli's Ambassador to the United States, makes it clear that the move wasn't considered all that big a deal in Tel Aviv, yet still it remains to be seen how much this will negatively impact Bush's re-election bid. [Yes, Israel can live with the reduced amount, but that's a far cry from saying it doesn't matter at all. And rest assured, Zionists on both sides of the Atlantic won't forget this! In their minds, Bush had better do something that more than makes up for this slight if he wants four more years in the White House.]) 

11-26-03 Federal Marriage Amendment introduced in Senate "Three Republicans introduced a Federal Marriage Amendment in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The proposed constitutional amendment defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

11-26-03 Americans think Hell exists, but no one goes there "Does the modern man still believe that there is life after death? Or in a Heaven and Hell? It may come as a surprise to many, as it did to me, to hear that an overwhelming majority of Americans say that they believe in a life after death, as well as the existence of Heaven and Hell."

11-26-03 In Denial—Frontpage Magazine interviews authors of new scholarly exposé Managing Editor Jamie Glazov talks to Professors John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr about their new book, In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage, which seeks to show "how the leftist academic establishment has ignored, denied and distorted the evidence that has come out of the former Soviet archives about the Cold War and American communism."

11-26-03 Billy Graham views The Passion of Christ "Renowned evangelist Billy Graham has screened Mel Gibson's new film The Passion of the Christ and says the movie moved him 'to tears.'" 

11-26-03 Michael A. Hoffman II: Movie review—Master and Commander  "Most notable of all its fine points, 'Master and Commander' is a study in character and heroism. The men (and boys) of the HMS Surprise are exemplars of the highest ideals of western manhood, of what it means to be a man in the core construct that stretches from Thermopylae to Trafalgar. This is a movie for fathers and sons (daughters too, if they are so inclined).¼"

11-26-03 University rescinds "hate speech" punishment "The president of Gonzaga University has rescinded punishment of the school's College Republicans club, which was taken to task for posting fliers with the book title Why the Left Hates America."

11-25-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLIII
Reprieve for brain-damaged woman "'The battle is with our courts, and from this moment on we should let Terri be the face of the fight to confirm pro-life judicial nominees,' (Family Research Council President Tony) Perkins said. 'Each time a judge comes up for a vote, we must be willing to do all we can to support those judicial nominees that respect life and to oppose those who subscribe to this growing culture of death. The time to take back our judiciary has come. Innocent lives are depending on us.'"

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo & her family

11-25-03 Israeli forces attack Jenin  "Israeli forces have launched a fresh attack in eastern Jenin city, opening heavy fire randomly. The forces surrounded a group of Palestinian houses in the area and searched them. They claimed they were looking for 'wanted Jenin activists,' eyewitnesses told our correspondent in Jenin." (Real News 24/7:  Jenin is the location of a bloody massacre in April 2002 that was effectively covered up by our pro-Israeli government and news mediaon our archives page, we uncover it!)

11-25-03 Leading Dems silent on "misuse" of Patriot Act" "While taking potshots at the Bush administration over the USA Patriot Act, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., apparently wants to retain the ability to jump either way on the issue, depending on whether there is another terrorist attack on U.S. soil or a backlash over civil liberties develops among the voters." (Real News 24?7: We put the word misuse in quotation marks to indicate that if the Act has ulterior ends,—such as the suppression of civil and political rights of average Americans behind the guise of fighting terrorism—then its only being misused as to its publicly stated goals.). 

11-25-03 At least 17 U.S. troops have committed suicide in Iraq; Army seeks answers "Rebecca Suell wants answers, and not the ones the US Army is giving her. Why does the Army keep calling the last letter her husband sent to her, the one he mailed from Iraq on June 15, a suicide note? Can taking a bottle of Tylenol really kill you? And how did he get his hands on a bottle of Tylenol in the middle of the desert anyway?"

11-25-03 Accusing Israel's critics of anti-Semitism will have dangerous consequences "...a man asked 'How can one support justice for the Palestinians without being branded anti-Semitic?' Before I had a chance to respond, a woman stood up and said 'So what if they call you anti-Semitic. The first time it may feel bad, but hey, trust me, you’ll get used to it. We all have!'"

11-25-03 Technology removes the need for human pilots  "Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are taking to the skies as military and civilian organizations turn to remote-operated planes or helicopters to perform tasks considered dull, dirty or dangerous. Already, drones have dropped bombs in the Middle East, snapped images of dangerous terrain from thousands of feet in the air and monitored traffic on congested roads." (Real News 24/7: On a number of occasions we have considered a scenario in which the 9-11 attacks were made by remotely controlled planes. This possibility has been ignored by the big news media despite the fact that the attacks fit the Mossad modus operandi to a tee. Here are some of those links and our radio ad [#4] on the subject.)

11-24-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLII

Money ignited Schiavo dispute  (or did it?)"Today, [Michael] Schiavo and the Schindlers [Bob and Mary] are combatants in the best known right-to-die case in the nation. They are divided by their hopes of [Terri] Schiavo's recovery and their beliefs of whether she should live or die. But court records show that the origins of that decade-old dispute involved something far less critical than Schiavo's life. It involved money.¼Bob Schindler said Saturday that the initial argument was more about how Schiavo reneged on promises to pay for continued therapy for their daughter, not about payment to the Schindlers." (Real News 24/7: Notice how the reporter skews the article in the husband's favor by suggesting that money is the real issue, which is Michael Schiavo's contention. The quotation by Bob Schindler does put things in the proper perspective, but, overall, Schiavo's position is subtly supported—even in the article's title.)

 Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo & her family

11-24-03 U.S. troops deaths reveal Iraqi resentment "The slaying of two U.S. soldiers and the mutilation of their bodies offended some in this neighborhood of dilapidated houses and potholed streets where the killing occurred. But few Iraqis were shocked by the brutality, and some even gloated. 'They are occupiers, and this is their punishment,'' truck driver Hisham Abed said Monday of the soldiers. `'The Americans make nothing but empty promises. There's no electricity, no gasoline and no work.'"

11-24-03 Gallup: 72% of teens say abortion wrong  "'We're winning the struggle for hearts and minds,' Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press. 'The young people are more conservative than their parents.'" (Real News 24/7: Although the figures are encouraging, our hunch is that Dr. Land is taking way too much credit. Undoubtedly there are youths who hear and respond to the conservative Christian message on abortion, but how many? They aren't getting it from most churches today, which are either openly pro-abortion or, at best, wishy-washy in their 'opposition.' Nor are they getting it from public schools or pop culture. Most likely many of teens are rebelling against the status quo (parents, school, government, society in general, etc.), which, in many cases, they rightly see as aligned for abortion. Consequently, theirs may be more an anti-Establishment anti-abortion stand than a principled pro-life one. Nevertheless, the fact that they see abortion as immoral means that they will, in many cases, be open to hearing the Christian message.)  

11-24-03 Outrage at unauthorized screening of Gibson film "Mel Gibson is reportedly consulting with lawyers after the New York Post newspaper obtained a bootlegged copy of his controversial film The Passion Of Christ and screened it for a news story." (Real News 24/7: While Mel Gibson contemplates a lawsuit, Hollywood is expressing outrage and, as reported elsewhere, Federal agencies are also looking into the matter for possible ethics violations, the latest edition of Jewsweek magazine has named the Post as one of the winners of its "Jewriffic Awards" [given weekly for the "most remarkable things in Jewish culture"]. The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid won for "best use of journalism skills" in obtaining the illegal copy of Mel's movie. Now praise of dishonesty ought to make decent Jews ashamed of and furious at their amoral co-religionists, since this award, connecting as it does unethical journalism with "Jewish culture," is precisely the sort of stereotype favored by those with anti-Jewish attitudes.  We have declined to link to Jewsweek for this item because of an immodest photo that was carried on the same page.) 

11-24-03 America's tradition of non-interventionism During his run for President in 2000, Pat Buchanan observed: "How can all our meddling not fail to spark some horrible retribution … Have we not suffered enough – from PanAm 103, to the World Trade Center [bombing of 1993], to the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam – not to know that interventionism is the incubator of terrorism? Or will it take some cataclysmic atrocity on U.S. soil to awaken our global gamesmen to the going price of empire? America today faces a choice of destinies. We can choose to be a peacemaker of the world, or its policeman who goes about night-sticking troublemakers until we, too, find ourselves in some bloody brawl we cannot handle."

11-24-03 9-11 panel pledged secrecy to New York  The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks promised two months ago to keep secret the names and other personal details revealed in transcripts of emergency calls made by New Yorkers on the day of the terrorist strikes, according to a letter disclosed yesterday. (Real News 24/7: Is this really concern for confidentiality or is it cover-up? While efforts to preserve privacy is understandable, the anonymity can also allow for fictional scenarios to be invented to fit an agenda.)

11-24-03 Charley Reese: Former heads of Israeli security speak out "Four former heads of Israeli security, speaking in Israel, have warned the government that failure to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians will lead to catastrophe. These men are not some starry-eyed peaceniks. They are all former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's secret police, which makes the FBI look like the Boy Scouts. You can be sure these men are not motivated by any compassion for the Palestinians.¼"

11-24-03 Woman in sub-zero temps "saved by angels" "How did Mischelle Hileman survive a weeklong ordeal in the Oregon wilderness, stranded in subzero temperatures without a winter coat or matches to start a fire? She says two angels stayed with her each night, emanating warmth and light."

Democrats OK Michigan Internet voting "The Michigan Democratic Party's plan to allow Internet voting in its presidential caucus won approval Saturday from national Democrats. Opponents said online balloting is not secure and discriminates against poor and minority voters who are less likely to own a computer." Related column "For their part, Michigan Republicans have no interest in using the Net. 'There does not exist the assurance of security that would indicate every vote is indeed sacred,' said Greg McNeilly, executive director of the Michigan GOP. 'I think this is an unfortunate trend away from the public square.'"

Internet voting: End of the American Republic? "'The voter has absolutely no control over the vote cast once it leaves his own computer system,' writes Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, one of the nation's leading experts in computer voting technology. 'He cannot check whether it has been subverted on the way to the count...(there are) problems with all forms of remote voting include the dangers of coercion, vote selling and impersonation. The Internet introduces additional authentication issues.'"  Dr. Mercuri's Electronic Voting page

Ontario test first e-voting in Canada  "As voters across Ontario headed to the polls today to elect their municipal leaders, a technological first was quietly taking place in the easternmost reaches of the province." 

Internet and electronic voting "A recurring mantra heard from some entities involved in the development and promotion of Internet-based voting systems is that they have conducted 'public tests' and thus their systems are secure. If hackers don't break into such systems, the tests are declared a success. This is of course illogical on its face, because it seems unlikely that people (both U.S. and internationally based) with an interest in subverting the U.S. election process would care to tip their hands by participating in what are essentially publicity stunts." 

Internet voting for military open invitation to election fraud  "Potentially, 6 million U.S. military and civilian voters could soon be using the military's new online voting system. According to computer voting security experts, any online system will be easy to rig by company insiders and vulnerable to attack by outsiders. Apart from that reality, does the U.S. military really want a company owned by non-U.S. citizens in charge of their vote? Can anyone at the Pentagon spell 'national security'?"

Shevardnadze resigns after accusations of fixed election "Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze today announced his resignation after weeks of opposition protests demanding that he step down over disputed parliamentary elections earlier this month."

For more on election fraud and related  issues, visit:,, Blackbox  and The Risks Digest.

11-23-03 NYPD: Explosives vanish from airport "Police in New York City have issued a department-wide alert for officers to be on the lookout for missing explosives powerful enough to bring down a commercial jetliner."

11-23-03 F.B.I. scrutinizes antiwar rallies The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.

11-23-03 Doctors groups say partial-birth abortion unnecessary, hurts women  "A number of reputable doctors' groups say there is no medical reason for a pregnant woman to have a partial-birth abortion. In fact, such abortions, which are at the center of a national legal debate, can be dangerous to women who have them."

11-23-03 Joe Sobran: Pro-aborts' Orwellian language "Abortion advocates resist talking about what is being aborted: a kid. They call it a 'fetus,' which sounds like a technical medical term, nice and abstract. They also resist using the word kill, which is what abortion does to the kid. They prefer phrases like termination of pregnancy, a painless, bloodless euphemism. Why the evasions? Well, George Orwell explained it pretty well in his essay 'Politics and the English Language.' When people want to avoid conjuring up mental images of what they’re really talking about, they resort to the vague, the abstract, the Latinate to disguise the violence of the subject."

11-23-03 Syringe-injectable ID microchip unveiled "At a global security conference held today in Paris, an American company announced a new syringe-injectable microchip implant for humans, designed to be used as a fraud-proof payment method for cash and credit-card transactions."

11-23-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLII

Nat Hentoff: Was Terri beaten? "There is a new dimension in the fierce battle over whether Terri Schiavo's life is worth saving. A federally funded investigation has begun into certain medical judgments made by her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, including decisions in recent months. But more important is whether the inquiry will discover what actually caused Terri Schiavo's alleged cardiac arrest in 1990, which is said to be the reason her brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in her condition for the past 13 years."

Terri's website

[Real News 24/7 will continue to carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update, from October 15.]  

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35th President of the United States of America


Fortieth anniversary of the JFK assassination
the greatest unsolved mystery of the 20th century

40 years after his assassination, many still see John F. Kennedy as larger than life "It was Jacqueline Kennedy who planned the dramatic funeral, modeling it on that of Lincoln. It began with a procession of national and world leaders whom she led, despite security fears, in an eight-block walk from the White House to St. Matthew's Cathedral. It was she who proposed the eternal flame at Kennedy's grave site, based on a similar marker in Paris at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier."

JFK was no liberal "Democrats continue to cite the late President John F. Kennedy as being an example of their kind of liberal – a man who would have approved of the far-left policies and programs of today’s Democratic party. That’s sheer nonsense."

Conspiracy theories abound 40 years after JFK's assassination  "Forty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an overwhelming majority of Americans do not believe the official conclusion that a loser named Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, killed the president with a cheap mail-order rifle fired from the Texas School Book Depository." Related story

"James Fetzer, author of Assassination Science: Experts Speak Out on the Death of JFK [website, review], says the Kennedy X-rays and the film of the assassination by bystander Abraham Zapruder were fabricated and that there were actually six or so people firing at the president that day.

“The driver actually brought the limo to a halt to make sure Kennedy was hit enough times to be killed. The Secret Service set him up, and we have more than 15 indications of them doing that,” Fetzer said. “The order of vehicles in the motorcade were wrong, that’s perhaps the most telling. Nixon knew about it, too. J. Edgar Hoover and LBJ were involved as well, I’m sorry to say.”

Dallas surgeon recounts Kennedy's last minutes "'I think everyone was concerned that this was the start of World War III,' [Dr. Robert G.] Grossman says. 'We had just been through the Cuban missile crisis, a nuclear standoff, and I think everyone was thinking, "What better way to start World War III but to kill the president and strike the country with missiles?"' " (Real News 24/7: But if Dr. Grossman's account is accurate, the chances are much more likely that Lee Harvey Oswald did, in fact, kill JFK or someone else shooting from behind the President. Naturally, there are those who argue that the conspiracy extends all the way to Dallas' Parkland Hospital, such as Dr. Charles A. Crenshaw [one of Grossman's colleagues at Parkland] in his book Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed. Contrary to Grossman, Crenshaw says the exit wound—which is larger than the entrance wound—was in the back of Kennedy's head [click the "Buy at Amazon" link and read the review]. Crenshaw's observations are borne out by these autopsy photos [Warning: very graphic]  unless, of course, they are not genuine or have been tampered with! The photos, if genuine, are one of the strongest pieces of evidence pointing to conspiracy.)

Oswald brother: Was no JFK conspiracy "The shooting of President John F. Kennedy was not a political conspiracy but an almost spontaneous act by a troubled man who wanted attention, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald says." Lee Harvey Oswald in Russia An unauthorized history from the Kennedy Assassination.  Lee Harvey Oswald and the KGB "Oswald was not a "loner- in the conventional sense. Ever since he was handed a pamphlet about the Rosenberg prosecution at the age of 15, he had sought out affiliations with political organizations, front groups and foreign nations that opposed the policies of the U.S. When he was 16. he wrote the Socialist Party 'I am a Marxist and have been studying Socialist Principles for well over five years" and he requested information about joining their 'Youth League.'"  Lee Harvey Oswald Research Page

The JFK Assassination: Investigation Reopened's page of articles, audio, video, re-enactment, documents and links. More on the Kennedy assassination from the Real News 24/7 archives.

Official White House biography of John F Kennedy (also visit the JFK Library and Museum linked at the bottom of the White House page)


11-22-03 Iraq police hit by deadly bombings " Iraqi insurgents Saturday launched car bomb attacks against two Iraqi police stations north of Baghdad -- killing at least 19 Iraqi police and civilians and fired a surface-to-air missile at a courier plane at Baghdad's airport, according to U.S.-led coalition officials." Army Is Planning for 100,000 GIs in Iraq till 2006  "Army planning for Iraq currently assumes keeping about 100,000 United States troops there through early 2006, a senior Army officer said Friday. The plans reflect the concerns of some Army officials that stabilizing Iraq could be more difficult than originally planned." Iraq war will be long and costly, admits Rumsfeld "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has again acknowledged the war on terrorism will be long and costly. Mr. Rumsfeld says that, in Iraq, despite fresh attacks, coalition forces will ultimately succeed." (Real News 24/7: Support our troopsBring them home now! US agrees to international control of its troops in Iraq
"The United States accepts that to avoid humiliating failure in Iraq it needs to bring its forces quickly under international control and speed the handover of power, Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, has said. Decisions along these lines will be made in the 'coming days,' Mr Solana told The Independent." (Real News 24/7: How's this for un-Constitutional? Another ominous move towards the eventual [though not too eventual] implementation of world government, "our" traitorous leaders are divesting us of even more of our sovereignty. We must expose them for selling out our country, though the majority of Americans no longer seem to have a sense of outrage in even the most blatant violations of law. Dark, indeed, is our nation's future if things aren't righted soon.)

11-22-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XLI

Bush wants judge in Schiavo case disqualified Gov. Jeb Bush asked an appeals court Friday to disqualify a judge in the constitutional battle over a law that allowed Bush to order reinsertion of a brain-damaged woman's feeding tube. Related story

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11-22-03 Ukraine marks great famine anniversary "Historians estimate that some seven million people died during the 1932-33 famine, which Ukrainians say was deliberately started by the then Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.¼On Friday, the Pulitzer Prize board said it would not revoke its 1932 prize awarded to a New York Times reporter accused of ignoring what Ukrainians call the man-made famine." 

Black Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933 "Ukraine, 'the breadbasket of Europe' is a land famous for its fertile black earth and its golden wheat. Yet, only forty years ago seven million Ukrainians starved to death although no natural catastrophe had visited the land. Forty years ago the people starved while the Soviet Union exported butter and grain. While Moscow banqueted, Ukraine hungered." (For more on the subject, see our links from yesterday.)

Times can keep its 1932 Pulitzer "The Pulitzer Prize board decided yesterday not to revoke the 1932 award won by New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty (right), who denied the famine in Ukraine that killed millions." (Real News 24/7: It's a good thing he wasn't a "Holocaust denier" or there would have been real trouble!) Revoking Duranty's Pulitzer "In 1932, New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, a shill for the Soviet Union, won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of the Ukrainian terror famine. Duranty’s role in covering up that atrocity — the systematic starvation by the Soviets of as many as 10 million people — was to retail the lies fed to him by Josef Stalin’s regime. The Soviet lies regurgitated by Duranty, and retailed by the Times to the public, helped grease the skids for U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933 — which in turn opened the spigots for aid and trade to the Communist behemoth." (Also follow the "September 8 issue" link provided there to read article, "Duranty lethal lies," if you haven't seen it already It can also be found in our archives for 11-9-03.) Here's another article we carried about him back on May 20.

11-21-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XL

Judge Denies Michael's Bid to Block New Info on Potential Abuse of Terri Schiavo "A judge rejected an attempt by Michael Schiavo to block the discovery of new information that could be used to replace him as guardian. Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, hope new information can be gathered to prove whether or not Terri was a victim of physical abuse that led to her collapse."

Schiavo case judge refuses to step down "Circuit Judge Douglas Baird on Thursday refused to step down as requested by Gov. Jeb Bush in the court battle over 'Terri's Law,' which Bush signed to order a feeding tube reinserted into the abdomen of Terri Schiavo. "

Vigil for Terri Schiavo underway: plaid ribbons, lights in windows "Green plaid ribbons and a light in the window will remind people around the world that Terri Schiavo, a 39-year-old disabled woman, is not yet out of danger and faces death by starvation and dehydration if her husband and guardian prevails in the Florida courts."

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11-21-03  Leaders approve plans for Iraq exit and seek help from the U.N. 'George Bush and Tony Blair approved plans for an exit strategy for Iraq yesterday but denied they would turn their backs on the Iraqi people by withdrawing coalition troops too quickly."(Real News 24/7: And what's the best way to prepare to exit a country? To hear Bush tell it, it might be by sending in more troops.)

11-21-03  U.K. targets in Istanbul attacked; Consul among 27 dead "Britain's The Foreign Office warned today that more terrorist attacks are being planned in Turkey and urged British citizens not to travel to any major city in the country." (Real News 24/7: Looks like these people have a point!)

11-21-03 Israel sends bad check to family of British activist shot by I.D.F. "A Defense Ministry check, sent 'without any admission of liability by the State of Israel and/or the Ministry of Defense' to the family of a International Solidarity Mission volunteer shot by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, bounced when the family tried to cash it earlier this week. The ISM volunteer was rendered incapacitated as a result of the gunshot wounds sustained last April. " (Real News 24/7: We wish we could say this surprised us, but it is all far too typical of the behavior exhibited in those quarters.)

11-21-03 Appeals court reinstates wrongful death suit against gun industry "A federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun industry in a decision expected to re-ignite debate over legislation immunizing gun makers from being sued for crimes committed with their products."

11-21-03 Seven million died in forgotten holocaust "Five years ago, I wrote about the unknown Holocaust in Ukraine. I was shocked to receive a flood of mail from young Americans and Canadians of Ukrainian descent telling me that until they read my column, they knew nothing of the 1932-33 genocide in which Josef Stalin's Soviet regime murdered seven million Ukrainians and sent two million more to concentration camps." More on Ukrainian forced famine.

11-20-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XL

Florida Gov. Bush seeks jury trial on Schiavo "Gov. Jeb Bush fired a volley of legal shots Wednesday at the husband of a brain-damaged woman who is at the center of a right-to-die case, arguing there needs to be a jury trial on whether Terri Schiavo wanted to be kept alive artificially."

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11-20-03 Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack "Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government." (Real News 24/7: Thanks for the ominous prediction, General. Is this an example of what Michael Hoffman calls "revelation of the method," in this case prepping the people's psyches for what is being planned?) 

11-20-03 U.S. hid vital war data from allies "Australian officers were denied access to critical US intelligence during the Iraq war, potentially putting their lives at risk, under a policy described by a senior US Air Force intelligence officer as 'd--- silly.'"

11-20-03 Ford Foundation Stops Funding Anti-Semitism, Keeps Funding Anti-Catholicism Noting that Anti-Defamation League has announced it has persuaded Ford Foundation to stop funding anti-Semitic organizations, Catholic League president William Donahue wants the foundation to end its financing of blatant anti-Catholicism. (Real News 24/7: Where's a quote from the ADL's Abe Fox condemning the Ford Foundation's anti-Catholicism? Well, he did comment on the Foundation's pledge to stop funding anti-Jewish groups, but nowhere in his statement is there a single word on the subject. This is hypocrisy because the ADL's 1913 charter has the the following passage [posted on the group's website on the "About" page] "The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens." Emphasis added)  The Ford Foundation's background of subversion In 1953, Foundation President Rowan Gaither told Congressional investigator Norman Dodd: “Mr. Dodd, all of us who have a hand in the making of policies here have had experience operating under directives, the substance of which is that we shall use our grant-making power so to alter life in the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

11-19-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XXXIX

Michael: Block bone scan showing possible abuse of Terri Schiavo "Judge George Greer will hear a motion tomorrow filed by Michael Schiavo that would prevent discovery of information regarding a bone scan conducted on Terri Schiavo that shows she may have been a victim of physical abuse."

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11-19-03 U.S., Israeli hawks worried over peace moves "Middle East peace activists are seeing rays of hope for the first time since pro-Likud neo-conservatives grabbed control of US policy toward the region after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon."

11-19-03 Mass. Gov. Romney fights ruling on same-sex marriage "Now that Massachusetts' highest court has declared that gay couples have the right to marry under the state constitution, the political debate begins over how the Legislature should react." (Real News 24/7: In a related story, President Flip-Flop has also expressed his "objection "to the ruling. Remember, this is the same man who cheers "gay" church after "Marriage Week". )

11-19-03 Maryland to pay criminals to behave themselves "An initiative to rehabilitate criminals instead of keeping them in prison will include paying parolees not to commit crimes, the Ehrlich administration said yesterday." (Real News 24/7: The latest episode of the popular long-running  melodrama, A world gone insane.)

11-19-03 The Yitzhak Rabin Assassination: Another cover-up?  Speaking of Israeli hawks, November marks not just the fortieth anniversary of the JFK assassination, but also the tenth for the similarly controversial one involving the death of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin. He was gunned down on November 4th, 1993, at a government-sponsored peace rally. An 25-year-old ultra-nationalist law student, Yigal Amir (right), was identified as the assailant; once in police custody, he claimed sole responsibility for the crime, declaring "God told me to [do it]." But the more the event is examined, the less tenable the "lone gunman" hypothesis is shown to be. Some even wonder it Amir was the triggerman or someone who consciously "took the rap" in order to allow the real assassin to flee.

Now, ten years after the shooting, many questions remain, among them: Was it just coincidence that Rabin was killed five years to the day that Orthodox extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane was slain by a Muslim or were Kahane's supporters exacting a measure of revenge against a leader who sought peace with enemies for whom they harbor an undying hatred? How was the assassin able to get through more than two dozen security guards to stand close to his target? Why was the assailant permitted to shoot Rabin without himself being shot by one of the guards, who were all on orders to fire upon anyone pulling out a firearm in the Prime Minister's presence?  Why did no one rush to the aid of the stricken leader, except for his chauffeur and a man some believe to be a co-conspirator? Why wasn't news of the assault called ahead to the hospital, which was not prepared when Rabin got there?

Like the  Kennedy assassination, there are varying conspiracy theories seeking to discredit the official report. Here are links that explore  some of those theories. Who murdered Yitzhak Rabin? "The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin is a solvable crime. It begins not in Tel Aviv, but in Hebron. There, in March 1994, another horrid crime was perpetrated. Twenty nine Arabs were slaughtered in the Cave of the Patriarchs, and a commission of inquiry was set up to get to the truth. It was led by the former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Meir Shamgar, who would later head the commission of inquiry into Rabin's death. And like the latter case, the Hebron commission was a blatant whitewash." (Real News 24/7: This article is written by Barry Chamish, editor of Inside Israel political intelligence report. Related links by him can be found at the end of the article.  Chamish has also written a book on the subject, as well as  produced a videoed lecture.) A recent article by Chamish indicating a growing number of Israelis believe a conspiracy occurred.

An article on the theory of Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad case officer and author of two books on the inner workings of Israel's secret police, who has declared: "Rabin was murdered in a well-orchestrated assassination carried out by extremist right-wing officers of the Shabak. The man sitting in jail is only a puppet triggerman, the kind a clever agitator could get to do just about anything." The Jewish Virtual Library examines charges and counter-charges of conspiracy from the political Left and Right. Another website with many assassination links. And, of course, just like the Warren Commission has its supporters, so, too, in the Rabin shooting there are those who defend the official Israeli view.

11-18-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XXXVIII

Court removes stay blocking husband's challenge to "Terri's Law" "'It's very bad news for Terri and good news for the voices of death,' said Pat Anderson, a lawyer for Bob and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schiavo."

Free Mumia! Kill Terri?
 "¼And what about the sign-waving leftists who shout for justice? Surely some of them would raise a ruckus if Mumia Abu-Jamal were being starved or if Israeli soldiers dehydrated Palestinian terrorists. But the silence for Terri is deafening."

Schindlers to intervene in case to defend "Terri's Law"
"A law firm representing the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman filed a notice of appeal Friday to intervene in her husband's challenge to a new law that allowed Gov. Jeb Bush to order the woman's feeding tube to be reconnected.¼'It is important that the parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo be directly involved in defending the law that is keeping their daughter alive,' said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, a public interest law firm specializing in constitutional law." Husband's attorney seeks ends to delays in Schiavo case "An attorney for the husband of a brain-damaged woman is trying to convince an appeals court that Gov. Jeb Bush should not be allowed to delay a challenge to a new law that restored her feeding tube."

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11-18-03 2004: Iraq--Election-conscious politicians will pull out "Last week the Bush Administration abruptly reversed course and began a pre-election plan to pull out of Iraq before our 2004 election. Clearly this White House - which had publicly denounced the efficacy of public opinion polls - is transfixed by the meteoric drop in both the President's approval ratings and in public support for the war in Iraq. And, wary of heading into next fall with GIs dying daily, the White House political operation has determined that Mr. Bush had to begin a withdrawal from Iraq."

11-18-03 Opposition to USA Patriot Act swells "Rebecca Foster couldn't believe it when a bank cited the USA Patriot Act and asked her and fellow homeowners association board members for their Social Security and driver's license numbers. 'They said they had to check us against a terrorist list,' said Foster, a grandmother whose five-member board oversees a Las Vegas community. 'That seemed kind of preposterous. None of us are terrorists.'"

11-18-03  Dark actors at the scene of Dr. David Kelly's death "Entering the witness box at the Hutton Inquiry on 16th September 2003, one key figure stands out in the events surrounding Dr David Kelly's death. The fact that his testimony contradicts that of five previous witnesses has received no attention in the mainstream press and has failed to be brought out in the Inquiry itself. Moreover, the position of David Kelly's body prior to his arrival is different from its position when he leaves. This man is a British policeman: his name, Detective Constable Coe."

The murder of Dr. David Kelly: Part One "While the Hutton inquiry appears set to declare Kelly's death a suicide and the national media are already treating it as a given, there are numerous red flags raised in the testimony and evidence at the inquiry itself." Part Two
"Dr. Kelly was described by his contemporaries as an iron-willed individual who did not hesitate to challenge Russian and Iraqi authorities and scientists. However, he may have been a bit naïve concerning three individuals with whom he had extensive communications, all three women. Judith Miller of the New York Times (NYT) exchanged numerous e-mails with Kelly. The Pulitzer Prize winner is a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).¼"  Kelly inquest may be reopened British columnist Rowena Thursby writes: "A member of the Kelly Group & myself have written the following letter to Nicholas Gardiner, the original coroner in the Kelly case, urging him not only to examine further evidence, but also to review anomalies arising from testimonies already in the public domain, and to consider re-opening the inquest with a full jury present.¼Some reading this may wish to write your own letter. The more pressure he receives from the public the more inclined he may be to take a maverick stand and press ahead." (Real News 24/7: We urge our readers to add your voices to those already calling on Dr. Gardiner to reopen the inquest. Also please note the BBC link near the top of the Dead Scientists blog, as well as the archives in the top right box.)

11-18-03 Mass. ruling boosts same-sex "marriage" "In the nation's most far-reaching decision of its kind, Massachusetts' highest court declared Tuesday that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry - a ruling celebrated with a popping of champagne corks and the planning of spring weddings."

11-18-03 The Wal-Mart You Don't Know "The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?"

  Remembering the Peoples Temple death cult 

11-18-03  25 years after the horror of Jonestown "Jonestown. The word is enough to bring the memories flooding back. Memories of the Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Of parents giving their children cyanide-laced punch before drinking from the poison-filled vats themselves. Of San Mateo [CA] Rep. Leo Ryan  shot dead on an airstrip. And yet there is the fear that remembering has not been enough.¼" (See link's right hand column for related stories.)

Texts of speeches and "sermons" by Jim Jones ( and texts of other related matters) These come from FBI tapes and are presented by the Jonestown Institute. They reveal Jim Jones continually promoting thinly disguised Communism promoted in "religious" messages: He talks about  topics such as his Soviet contacts, suggests his "community" move to Cuba, mocks the Christian God as "Skygod," promotes Marxist brainwashing techniques such as "self-criticism" and even urges his "flock" to practice "revolutionary suicide." From Tape # Q 235: Jones: "Here is a subject worthy of a book in its own right. Another intriguing comment, also in passing, is a note on some differences between the 11 national leaders of the Communist Party USA indicted under the dreadful Smith Act concerning the strategy to be pursued at their trial in the awful McCarthy era (Aside) that is now beginning to show its Cold War ugly head again in USA. (Back to text) One urged that the right to teach and advocate what the Smith Act prohibits -- forcible overthrow, that is, armed struggle, the right to revolution -- be defended. The majority decided that the right to revolution would be defended as a theoretical, historical concept. The defense, they decided, should be as much as possible within a context they -- that could solicit the widest support from a very prejudiced American community against Communism, (Aside) which is again becoming increasingly bigoted against Communism."

The Jonestown Massacre: CIA Mind control run amok? On November 18, 1978, in a cleared-out patch of Guyanese jungle, the Reverend Jim Jones ordered the 911 members of his flock to kill themselves by drinking a cyanide potion, and they did.¼Square-jaw, jet black hair and sunglasses, looking like a secret service agent on antipsychotic drugs, Jones takes his place alongside Charles Manson in America's iconography of evil. (Real News 24/7: This and the following articles argue that Jonestown was a CIA operation. The question is: Can this be reconciled with the notion of Jones as a committed Marxist? At first, it wouldn't seem to, until the concept of double agent is considered. Certainly, there have been and are Communists, fellow travelers and their 21st century equivalents in our government for decades. Interestingly, the above quote  has Jones directly attacking the time when the United States did the most to root out the infiltrators. Is Jones tipping his hand here? In any case, it's of note that the Communists and the CIA have one undeniable area of common ground: brainwashing/mind controlan area the "Rev." Jim Jones knew and exploited to the maximum.)

Questions the news media hasn't examined concerning the Jonestown Massacre Was the "Rev." Jim Jones was a CIA operative engaged in mind control experiments? Why were no autopsies allowed nor were relatives permitted to see the bodies of the victims? Did Jonestown have a MKUltra connection? Who was Dr. Laurence Laird Layton? What happened in Jonestown? Was there a cover-up? Al and Jeannie Mills, who stated their intent to write a tell-all book on the subject, were found murdered in their home. Project Mind Kontrol: Did the U.S. Government actually create programmed assassins? "The official version of this story is that Jones' followers committed mass suicide by swallowing cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in an act of religious devotion to Jones. However, new information stresses the possibility that this "massacre" was in reality an MKULTRA mind-control experiment, conducted by the CIA, and that most of the dead were actually murdered. (Drugs such as those used in known MKULTRA operations were discovered at Jonestown, including a whopping 11,000 doses of Thorazine, a major tranquilizer used in psychiatric hospitals)." (Real News 24/7:This webpage carries on other mind control subjects, as well.)



11-17-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XXXVII

"Terri's Lights" Campaign Raises Awareness of Terri Schiavo's Plight "Grassroots supporters of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose husband is attempting to starve her to death, are asking pro-life people to participate in a nationwide vigil to support her."

Examining the ACLU's definition of "fundamental freedoms" How the American Civil Liberties Union's view of liberty endangers Terri and all of us.

Terri's website

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11-17-03 Bush: U.S. in for the long haul "George Bush yesterday pledged that the United States was in Iraq for the long haul, as his military commanders stepped up the fight against insurgents, using a satellite-guided missile strike backed by helicopters and jet fighters to blitz a suspected guerrilla base."

11-17-03 Charley Reese: Pre-emptive killing "Former Secretary of State George Shultz talked with Charlie Rose a few weeks ago and said this, or words to this effect, in defense of pre-emptive war. 'Well, if you knew someone intended to kill you and had the means to do so, you wouldn't wait until they attacked. That would be silly,' said the grand pooh-bah of the Eastern Establishment. Sounds sort of logical, but there's a big hitch.¼" (Real News 24/7: Shultz is right, pre-emptive strikes are permissible—it's called self-defense, but this holds true only if someone is menacing you directly. To stop someone who's pointing a gun at you is one thing; to kill him because you think he may have a gun hidden at home somewhere is cannot be justified and it deemed murder if an individual does it. President Bush said he we needed to invade Iraq, among other reasons, because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Today nearly eight months after we went in, we have yet to find a smoking gun and some proponents of the war now concede we probably never will. In other words, this "long haul" Bush talks about is the result of an extremely unjust attack.)

 11-17-03 Petition drives aims to save the Ten Commandments "Vision America said its petition 'seeks to restore our Judeo-Christian heritage, check the secularist onslaught, defend public display of the Ten Commandments and other religious symbols, oppose judicial tyranny, and support the confirmation of federal judges committed to...judicial restraint.'"

 Roy Moore plans bill to curb federal courts
"Just days after he was stripped of his Alabama chief justice position, Roy Moore is proposing federal legislation to reassert the power he insists Congress already has to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts." Not just judging the judge "The atheist, the liberal politicians, and the leftist media have made Judge Moore out to be a crackpot religious extremist, a criminal according to them, refusing to abide by the law. Truth is he is the only one who is abiding by the law, within his Constitutional Rights, with history and morality on his side." Constitution Party: Moore A Victim of Judicial Power Grab "'There can be no question that the entire judicial establishment at both the federal level and among the justices of the Alabama judiciary conspired to remove Moore from the bench because he had the integrity to stand up for the right of the people of his state to recognize God,' said James N. Clymer, Chairman of the Constitution Party National Committee."


11-16-03 The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day XXXVI

Terry on saving Terri "¼On early Saturday, October 11th, I received an impassioned phone call from Mary Parker Lewis, Alan Keyes' Chief of Staff, and Phil Sheldon, partner and creative genius behind They told me plainly, 'Terri Schiavo is going to die; we've got to do something. Randall, you've got to go to St. Petersburg and help the family.'"

Terri's supporters gain ground "Pat Anderson, attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, said her 'life continues to be threatened by those forces who want to see her die from starvation and dehydration. We are once again grateful that the governor is doing everything in his power to protect Terri's life.'"

Terri's website

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Blasts Shatter Turks' Security "Attacks apparently aimed at Jews take highest toll on their Muslim allies." Turkish synagogue bombing --It's the Mossad, stupid!"  "The bombings in Iraq against Iraqis and especially the most recent blasts in Saudi Arabia killing Arabs are both Mossad templates. For the most part, Arabs don't kill Arabs in bomb blasts if it can be avoided." Flashback: Israel plot to create a false Al-Qaeda cell The Al Qaeda in Palestine turns out to be Mossad. What if the same is true for the Al Qaeda in New York? "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information." -- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Political reform in China: What reform? "Top Chinese leader Hu Jintao (right) has balked at removing the phrase 'dictatorship of the proletariat' from the soon-to-be amended Constitution, thus preserving the last vestige of communism in a country growing more capitalist by the day." Year of the (Dark) Horse: Hu Jintao Thursday, "November 14, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and five other leaders resigned their posts in a well-choreographed transfer of power to the 'fourth generation' of leaders, as the Chinese Communist party Congress drew to a close in Beijing. Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Party Number Two Li Peng also stepped down, while vice president Hu Jantao stepped forward into the limelight as the new ruler of the most populous country on earth." (Real News 24/7: Guess what? It looks as though our website has at least one "fan" in Communist China. On October 17th we linked to a story, U.S. firm supplies Communist Party paper and also directed readers to two sites urging the boycotting of Red Chinese goods: Boycott of Red Chinese imports deserves support  and China Boycott Union. A few weeks later, on November 10th, we received an e-mail, purportedly from the "People's Republic," that while on the surface seems nothing more than a solicitation to buy wire mesh (always a crucial office supply for websites, right?), more likely is an alert that we have been identified as an anti-Communist enemy. Are we being paranoid? Well, considering that we had never received any prior e-mails from there, despite being online for a year, then, when we carry something hostile to that Godless regime, we suddenly get a little "fan mail," aren't we are permitted to speculate?  THen, again, maybe their English isn't all that great and they thought we were interested in doing business! Whatever the case, "President" Hu [we qualify the word president, since it implies he was voted to his position by the people, when nothing could be further from the truth] is in the mold of recent Communists beginning with the former Soviet "President" Mikhail Gorbachev, who attempt to disarm the West with smiles, yet remaining, all the while, ruthless dictators. P.S. A friendly note to our Asian "comrades," we don't take Maoist spam, either!)

Flashback: Israel's remote-controlled bulldozers rile Palestinians "Israelis help develop remote-controlled bulldozers to raze houses, claiming they will reduce human risks. But Palestinians fear more deaths from the machines." (Real News 24/7: Stop, you're both right! Palestinians should fear robots weighing several tons barreling at them, but Israelis drivers who now sit in front of a computer, won't need to fear being picked off by any militants.)

11-16-03 Conflicting stories swirl about Saddam Hussein

 Alleged Saddam tape urges "road of Jihad" "An audiotape purportedly made by Saddam Hussein told Iraqis on Sunday to step up their resistance to the U.S.-led occupation, saying the United States and its allies misjudged the difficulty of occupying Iraq."

Report: No evidence Saddam transferred WMDs to terrorists "A new study by an independent military and intelligence expert who toured Iraq recently found no evidence that Saddam Hussein tried to transfer weapons of mass destruction to terrorists."

Big Story: Neocons Leak Neocon Memo, Then Report On It "Today, Fox News anchors are repeatedly mentioning the blockbuster story 'proving' a long-time link between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. The leak was made to a truly unbiased source, the Weekly Standard. The neocon magazine titles the article on the 'leaked' memo, 'Case Closed.'"CIA finds no evidence Hussein sought to arm terrorists
The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert.


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