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May 12, 2004

Hizbollah Slams Beheading of American as Un-Islamic
Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrilla group condemned Wednesday the beheading of an American hostage by Iraqi militants as an ugly crime that flouted the tenets of Islam. "Hizbollah condemns this horrible act that has done very great harm to Islam and Muslims by this group that claims affiliation to the religion of mercy, compassion and humane principles," the Shi'ite Muslim group said in a statement.

Gasoline data send oil to new highs
By Kevin Morrison
Oil prices stretched further into record territory on Wednesday on higher forecasts for global demand this year and a surprise drop in US commercial gasoline inventories, which sent US gasoline futures to a new high.

U.S. Denies Berg Family Claims
By William Branigin

The report, Mapping the Risks, by the Rand Corporation suggests that the censorship of the web in the months after September 11 was ill-advised. The report appears to justify those who accused the Bush administration of acting rashly due to terrorist fears. "It was a gigantic mistake, and I hope the study brings some rationality back to this policy," said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' project on government secrecy. "Up to now, decisions have been made on a knee-jerk basis."

USDA orders silence on mad cow in Texas

US lawmakers protest morning-after pill ruling
By Lisa Richwine
Critics charged the Food and Drug Administration with putting politics before science in denying Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s bid to sell its emergency contraceptive, Plan B, without a prescription.

Monsanto's Government Ties

New Strain Of Bird Flu In BC, May Be Deadly H5
By Mark Hume

Section on how the ICRC visits prisoners of war, detainees and civilian internees to ensure humane treatment.

A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment Conducted at Stanford University

The CIA's Secret Manual on Coercive Interrogation of Resistant Sources

May 10-11, 2004

Pipeline Blast Slashes Iraq's Oil Exports

The U.S. Army said it will seek bullets from commercial and foreign producers because its biggest ammunition supplier, Alliant Techsystems Inc., can't keep up with demand.

Concerns are growing that Al Qaeda or a related group could detonate a "dirty bomb" that would spew radioactive fallout across an American or European city, according to intelligence analysts, diplomats and independent nuclear experts. Senior U.S. and European officials and outside experts said several factors had heightened fears in recent weeks. They said concerns were focused on three Al Qaeda operatives who led experiments involving dirty bombs and chemical weapons and on widely held suspicions that a special wing of the terrorist network was planning a spectacular attack. They also said that chatter justifying the use of nuclear weapons against the U.S. had increased on radical Islamic websites as the occupation of Iraq stretches into its second year. The threat of attack is great enough that a senior European intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it is "not a matter of if there is a nuclear-related attack by Al Qaeda, but when it occurs." The warning echoed remarks made last June by Eliza Manningham-Buller, director of Britain's domestic intelligence service, MI5. She said renegade scientists have aided Al Qaeda's efforts to develop chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, sometimes referred to as CBRN. "Sadly, given the widespread proliferation of the technical knowledge to construct these weapons, it will only be a matter of time before a crude version of a CBRN attack is launched at a major Western city and only a matter of time before that crude version becomes something more sophisticated," she told a London think tank. Experts inside and outside government said sophisticated extremists have the ability to plan and execute the detonation of a dirty bomb. They had no answer for why a dirty bomb has not been unleashed. "I'm very surprised that a radiological device hasn't gone off," said Matthew Bunn, a nuclear expert at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. "There is a bigger puzzle ” why no Al Qaeda attacks since Sept. 11 in the U.S.?" The European intelligence official said planning for a large-scale attack has suffered setbacks with the arrests of numerous Al Qaeda operatives. But, he added, "the division is still focused on spectaculars, and they take three or four years to plan and execute." U.S. intelligence has long known that Al Qaeda coveted a nuclear weapon, but there is no evidence that it has succeeded in getting one. "We won't know if Al Qaeda has its hands on this kind of material until it is too late," said M.J. Gohel, head of the Asia-Pacific Foundation in London. Building a dirty bomb is far easier, and the terrorist network's attempts to do so have been documented through evidence uncovered in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Three men identified as Al Qaeda's weapons of mass destruction committee would likely plan the attack, said two European intelligence officials and independent experts. The committee leader is Midhat Mursi, an Egyptian chemical engineer also known as Abu Khabab. Officials said he is regarded as Al Qaeda's master bomb builder and is one of the group's most-wanted fugitives ” although there have been unconfirmed reports that Mursi is in U.S. custody. A second member is Assadalah Abdul Rahman, a son of Omar Abdul Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The son ran a camp near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, that provided training in chemical weapons. The third was identified as Abu Bashir Yemeni, who also worked in the Afghan training camps and at a house in Kabul, the Afghan capital, that authorities suspect was the committee's headquarters. Documents describing research into chemical weapons and dirty bombs were discovered in the house by CNN in late 2001. In caves used by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, U.S. troops also found detailed instructions on how to manufacture and deploy a dirty bomb. Much of Al Qaeda's leadership has been destroyed, but counter-terrorism experts said the organization is divided into two tiers. The more visible wing is loosely aligned with other extremist groups and helps organize small-scale attacks on "soft targets," such as the conventional bombings in Bali, Indonesia; Casablanca, Morocco; Istanbul; and Madrid. Long-term planning for a bigger attack in the U.S. or Europe is being carried out by a second core group of experienced Al Qaeda figures, including the weapons committee, according to the European intelligence official and two counter-terrorism experts. "There is a sense that one part of Al Qaeda is waiting and putting into place the big, spectacular attack," said Magnus Ranstorp, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. "It will come out of left field, and it may well be a dirty bomb." U.S. authorities say they thwarted the beginnings of a dirty bomb plot with the arrest of Jose Padilla in Chicago in May 2002. Al Qaeda leaders had sent Padilla, a U.S. citizen, on a reconnaissance mission, authorities say. He is being held as an enemy combatant. Although less devastating than a nuclear explosion, which could cause an astronomical number of deaths, a dirty bomb would have severe economic and psychological consequences, experts say. A computer simulation by the Federation of American Scientists found that detonating a device containing 1.75 ounces of cesium in Lower Manhattan would distribute radioactive fallout over 60 square blocks. Immediate casualties would be limited to people hurt by the blast, but the simulation suggested that there would be cases of radiation sickness and that relocation and cleanup costs would reach tens of billions of dollars. Steven E. Koonin, a counter-terrorism consultant to the U.S. government and a former Caltech provost, said even small amounts of contamination would send hundreds of thousands of people to hospitals for screenings and could leave dozens of buildings uninhabitable under current radiation limits. "There would be billions of dollars in economic damage," he said. Terrorists could make a similar impact without an explosion. A diplomat in Vienna described the consequences of leaving an open container of cesium in a public place for a day or two before reporting the attack. "Contamination would have spread across a wide area and people would be in an absolute panic," said the diplomat, who asked that his name not be used. Fears of contamination, more than the actual danger, are why experts often describe dirty bombs as "weapons of mass disruption" rather than weapons of mass destruction. Although authorities say trafficking in enriched uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons has dropped in recent years, the number of reports involving radioactive materials suitable for dirty bombs has increased. Most of the 60 incidents of trafficking in nuclear material reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, in 2003 involved radioactive, not fissile, material. Two of the most serious cases involved cesium-137, an isotope used in radiotherapy. In its most common form, cesium is the perfect dirty bomb ingredient a fine, talc-like powder that is easily dispersed and binds to asphalt and concrete. In June, U.S. and Thai authorities arrested a teacher in Bangkok when he tried to sell a small amount of cesium for $240,000. Thai police said the cesium originated in a former Soviet republic. Although Russia and other former Soviet regions have improved security over nuclear weapons and fissile material, officials with international agencies said controls over radioactive material suitable for dirty bombs need improvement. "Sensitive fissile material is well protected, but we have to make it more difficult for any terrorist organization to get these other materials," said Anita Birgitta Nilsson, head of nuclear security for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Police in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, discovered two metal containers of radioactive material and a small quantity of nerve gas in a taxi a year ago. Police said the material was destined for sale. One container held strontium-90, a highly radioactive substance used during the Soviet era to power generators in remote areas. The other contained cesium, which had widespread medical and agricultural uses under the Soviets. Georgian security and nuclear officials said there are no records of how much radioactive material remains scattered around the country. Safeguards are weak, they added. "We can show you what we possess, but it's impossible to know what we don't possess," said Shukuri Abramidze, head of the Atomic Energy Commission of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. Even when material is collected, there is no central storage site in Georgia. As a result, it is stored in makeshift facilities that authorities acknowledge offer meager protection. One site is a concrete shed west of Tbilisi that officials said during a recent tour contained enough cesium, strontium and cobalt to contaminate Los Angeles. An elderly, unarmed man guards the shed in exchange for free use of a nearby house. Its alarm system is often disabled because of power failures. Officials from the IAEA and the U.S. Department of Energy installed steel doors and an underground container at the shed, but Georgian authorities worry that it is not enough. "The danger is quite real that terrorists could take these sources and use them in dirty bombs," said Zaur Chankseliani, head of the radiological institute 100 yards away. U.S. officials are concerned that the material is within reach of Islamic extremists and Chechen rebels in the Pankisi Gorge, a remote area near Georgia's border with the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya. Chechen rebels were responsible for the only known incident involving a dirty bomb. In 1995, they planted an explosive device containing cesium in a Moscow park, then informed reporters of its location before it was detonated. Authorities believe that the tipoff was a warning but that the Chechens were not prepared to risk the retaliation likely to be provoked by detonating a dirty bomb. Extremists searching for the ingredients of a dirty bomb need not look as far as Georgia. Sources are plentiful throughout the world, including the United States, and often they are not stored securely, experts said. The IAEA estimates that 110 countries lack adequate controls over material that could be used in a dirty bomb. Nearly 10 million containers of radioactive material including the detritus from medical facilities exist in the United States and 49 other countries, according to a 2003 survey by the congressional General Accounting Office. The agency said that each year, hundreds of containers are lost or stolen in the U.S. and other countries, particularly in the former Soviet Union. The report warned that the radioactive material posed a "national security threat" and urged that controls be strengthened worldwide.

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 video bore the title "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American." It was unclear whether al-Zarqawi - an associate of Osama bin Laden believed behind the wave of suicide bombings in Iraq - was shown in the video or simply ordered the execution. Al-Zarqawi also is sought in the assassination of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan in 2002. In the video, five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks stand over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit similar to prison uniforms. "My name is Nick Berg. My father's name is Michael. My mother's name is Suzanne," the man, seated in a chair, says. "I have a brother and sister, David and Sara. I live in ... Philadelphia." The video then cuts to Berg sitting on the floor, his hands tied behind his back, flanked by the masked men, as a statement is read in Arabic. "Nation of Islam, is there any excuse left to sit idly by? And how can free Muslims sleep soundly as they see Islam being slaughtered, honor bleeding, photographs of shame and reports of Satanic degradation of the people of Islam, men and women, in Abu Ghraib prison?" the statement said. Berg sits still during the statement, facing the camera, occasionally raising his shoulders. After the statement, one assailant takes a large knife from under his clothing while another pulls Berg onto his side. The tape shows assailants thrusting the knife through his neck. A scream sounds before the men cut Berg's head off, repeatedly shouting "Allahu Akbar!" - or "God is great." They then hold the head out before the camera. The decapitation recalled the kidnapping and videotaped beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 in Pakistan. Four Islamic militants have been convicted of kidnapping Pearl, but seven suspects - including those who allegedly slit his throat - remain at large. Last month, Iraqi militants videotaped the killing of Italian hostage Fabrizio Quattrocchi, but the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera refused to air it because it was too graphic. In the video of Berg, the executioners said they had tried to trade him for prisoners at Abu Ghraib. "For the mothers and wives of American soldiers, we tell you that we offered the U.S. administration to exchange this hostage for some of the detainees in Abu Ghraib and they refused," one of the men read from a statement. "So we tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins ... slaughtered in this way."

Beheaded Man's Father Blames US Military
By David Rennie

Why Did The US Take Custody Of Nick Berg?

Daniel Pearl 'refused to be sedated before his throat was cut'
By Massoud Ansari in Karachi

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 Tuesday.

Editorial: A failure of leadership at the highest levels

Limbaugh Endangering Soldier's Lives
By Russell R. Bingman

A week after a scandal broke involving photos of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, & Root is pulling the plug on private electronic communications with the folks back home, apparently at the request of the Department of Defence.

Rental Trucks, Moving Vans And Israelis
By Daniel Hopsicker

At least 28 senior-level federal employees in eight agencies have bogus college degrees, including three managers at the office that oversees nuclear weapons safety, congressional investigators have found. The problem is likely even bigger, mainly because the government has no uniform way to check whether employees' alma maters are "diploma mills" that require little, if any, academic work, the General Accounting Office reported.

May 7-9, 2004

Chechen President Killed in Explosion, 42 Wounded

Oil Prices Hit $40, First Time Since 1990|top|05-07-2004::16:07|reuters.html

Exxon Mobil Corp. , the world's largest listed oil company, may soon surpass General Electric Co. to become the world's biggest company, if energy prices continue to rally.

Army Report Details Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

Only 3 mad cow tests done at Texas firm
By Steve Mitchell

Oceans Awash With Microscopic Plastic, Scientists Say
James Owen

May 5-6, 2004

Brent crude oil prices reached their highest in 13 years on fears about oil supplies following attacks on a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia on the weekend. Seth Kleinman, energy analyst at PFC Energy, said that the latest price move could see Nymex crude move up to $40 a barrel. "We may see some spikes up to $40. Fundamentally, there is no reason for oil prices to be near that level, but there is a lot of speculative interest and a few technical factors might see the price break $40. But it is unlikely to hold above that for long," Mr Kleinman said.

North Korea is building two underground bases for new ballistic missiles with a range of up to 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles), a newspaper reported, citing a South Korean intelligence official. "US intelligence satellites have spotted about 10 new ballistic missiles and mobile launching pads kept at the two places," the daily quoted the unidentified official as saying. One of the new bases was in Yangdok, 80 kilometers east of the capital Pyongyang, and the other was in Hochon in South Hamgyong province, the official said. There were no details about the new intermediate missiles but previous US intelligence reports have said they were an improvement on the Scud and Rodong-type weapons that are the mainstays of North Korea's arsenal. A missile is normally classified as intermediate if it has a range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. If the new missile's range is confirmed, its deployment would represent a major boost for North Korea. The country has already deployed short-range Scuds and Rodongs with a range of 1,300 kilometers, while actively developing longer-range Taepodong missiles with a range of up to 6,000 kilometers, according to South Korean analysts. South Korea's defense ministry estimates North Korea has about 600 Scuds and and 100 Rodong missiles. Pyongyang stunned the world in August 1998 by test-launching over Japan a Taepodong-1 missile with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers, claiming it was a satellite launch. Washington is worried by North Korea's proliferation of missile technology and its development of longer-range missiles capable of hitting US territory. Experts said North Korean missiles with a range of up to 4,000 kilometers could hit the US Pacific Ocean territories of Guam and Hawaii. "Most of America's allied forces and navy ships can be targeted by the North's new missiles," said Kim Myung-Jin of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul.

Six air traffic controllers provided accounts of their communications with hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, on a tape recording that was later destroyed by Federal Aviation Administration managers, according to a government investigative report. A manager said he destroyed the tape between December 2001 and January 2002 by crushing the tape with his hand, cutting it into small pieces and depositing the pieces into trash cans around the building, the report said. The tape's existence was never made known to federal officials investigating the attack, nor to FAA officials in Washington. Staff members of the 9/11 panel found out about the tape during interviews with some controllers who participated in the recording. One controller said she asked to listen to the tape in order to prepare her written account of her experience, but one of the managers denied her request. The New York managers acknowledged that they received an e-mail from FAA officials instructing them to retain all materials related to the Sept. 11 attacks. "If a question arises whether or not you should retain the data, RETAIN IT," the report quoted the e-mail as saying. But the managers decided not to include the tape in a November 2001 "Formal Accident Package" report the office prepared because one manager said he did not want to break his word to the union official and he did not think the tape should ever have been made. The inspector general concluded today that the managers' actions resulted in the loss of potential evidence that would allow the 9/11 commission to compare controllers' recollection of the events immediately after the attacks with the written statements prepared three weeks later. "The destruction of evidence in the Government's possession, in this case an audiotape -- particularly during times of national crisis -- has the effect of fostering an appearance that information is being withheld from the public."

U.S. fails to block U.N. anti-torture vote
The United States failed to block a U.N. vote on a plan to strengthen a treaty on torture, and was widely criticized by allies for trying to do so. The United States argued that the measure, known as a protocol, could pave the way for international and independent visits to U.S. prisons and to terror suspects being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. If the United States chooses not to sign the document it will not be bound by it.

By classifying an explosive report on the torture of Iraqi prisoners as "Secret," the Pentagon may have violated official secrecy policies, which prohibit the use of classification to conceal illegal activities.

Rumsfeld Rebuked on Iraq Prison Scandal
Escalating criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the U.S. military's abuse of Iraqi prisoners raised new questions Thursday as to whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would hold on to his job.

New Prison Images Emerge
Graphic Photos May Be More Evidence of Abuse
By Christian Davenport

Arabs Rage at Bush's America
By Jefferson Morley

The Red Cross Accuses:
"The Photos are Shocking, but Our Reports are Worse"
By Afsane Bassir Pour

U.S. Examines Role of C.I.A. and Employees in Iraq Deaths

Scientists told a federal panel 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 November. 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. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told reporters that printers for making receipts have not been manufactured for the electronic voting machines in his state, but he suggested he is not concerned about using the machines in November. During the March 2 presidential primary, machines that determine which ballots voters receive malfunctioned in about one-third of the precincts in California's San Diego County, and officials there say a lack of paper ballots may have disenfranchised some voters.

Secret Service...Or Secret Police?
By Russell R. Bingman
Every nation or culture in history, whose government has resorted to the use of secret police, has subsequently fallen and been destroyed. Secret police have but one function - illegally spying upon a nation's citizenry, and to eradicate political dissention. Only the world's most despotic governments have resorted to the use of secret police, always under the auspices of national or state security, when in reality, it was nothing more than a desperate attempt to maintain dictatorial control.

Did Cheney Dodge The Draft Five Times?
By Barry Ritholtz

Chronic Wasting Disease Spread In Many Ways - Study

USDA vet: Texas mad cow breach not unique
By Steve Mitchell
The recent case of a Texas cow that displayed symptoms consistentwith mad cow disease but slipped through the cracks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's surveillance plan is not an isolated incident, an agency veterinarian and a consumer advocate.

The world faces a devastating diabetes epidemic, with the annual death toll already exceeding the three million killed by AIDS and set to rise, the World Health Organization. WHO and the International Diabetes Foundation said the number of sufferers worldwide would more than double to 366 million by 2030, from some 171 million at present. Although often thought a rich country risk, it is in poorer countries that diabetes is growing fastest, with cases seen rising 150 percent over the next 25 years. In India, for example, the number would leap from 32 million to 80 million. Furthermore, while in rich states diabetes affects mainly older people, in poorer countries incidence is surging among those still economically active, the two organizations said. "The number is increasing dramatically and has the potential to overwhelm countries' health systems," WHO director for chronic disease Dr Robert Beaglehole told a news conference.

Bush Administration moving to allow corporate takeover of organics!

The Agricultural Job, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2003 (AgJOBS) Bill # S.1645

April 30 - May 4, 2004

The price of oil rose to its highest level in more than 13 years as traders responded to the weekend killing of five Westerners working for an oil contractor in Saudi Arabia.

Westerners Killed In Rampage In Saudi City

Saudi official says al-Qaida likely to blame for attack
Saudi Arabia's interior minister said that al-Qaida was likely responsible for an attack in the oil-industry city of Yanbu that killed five Westerners and a Saudi and caused dozens of foreigners to leave the country.

New Rail Security Technology to Be Tested
Passengers at a suburban Maryland train stop will be guinea pigs for a government rail safety experiment featuring a ``puffer'' machine that sniffs the air and analyzes it for traces of explosives. The Transportation Security Administration begins a pilot project at the stop in New Carrollton, about 9 miles northeast of Washington. Passengers will walk through the machine, which sucks in the air around them and within seconds determines if the person has been in contact with explosives.,1282,-4050365,00.html

North Korea has vowed not to sell nuclear material to al Qaeda and called for friendship with the United States, the Financial Times reported. "We're entitled to sell missiles to earn foreign exchange," Kim Yong-nam, deputy to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, said in an interview with Harrison. "But in regard to nuclear material our policy... is that we would never allow such transfers to al Qaeda or anyone else. Never." The Financial Times said Foreign Minister Paik Nam-soon denounced al Qaeda and "all forms of terrorism." He accused President Bush of using the September 11, 2001 attacks to turn Americans against North Korea. "The truth is that we want and need your friendship," the minister told Harrison. North Korea's nuclear crisis erupted in October 2002 when U.S. officials said communist North Korea had disclosed it was working on a secret program to enrich uranium for weapons, in violation of an international agreement.

Foreigners' Role in Iraq Insurgency Small

General Suggests Abuses At Iraqi Jail Were Encouraged
By Philip Shenon

UK army probes alleged torture in Iraq
By Michael Holden
A probe has been launched into allegations British soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners, a day after similar revelations involving U.S. troops received widespread condemnation.

Pressure Mounts On Cheney Over Wilson/Plame Affair
Vice-President's Officials Accused Of Serious Felony
By Andrew Buncombe


UNITED STATES: How the Bush gang seized the `opportunity' of 9/11
Norm Dixon

The Wrong Model Of War
By John B. Alexander, PhD

Congressman Fattah released the following letter today to FCC Chairman Michael Powell regarding Sinclair Broadcasting:

Dear Chairman Powell,

It is my understanding that to be licensed by the Federal
Communications Commission broadcasting
companies must operate in the best interest of their viewers and

Many have raised questions as to whether preempting tonight's Nightline
by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group on its ABC affiliates serves the best
interest of the public. As you are aware, the news show commemorates
the deaths of the 722 American soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq (news
- web sites) by reading their names and showing their photographs.

As chairman of the FCC will you and the commission formally review this
unprecedented act of censorship?

California nixes e-voting
BY Michael Hardy
California's secretary of state has decertified all touch screen voting systems in the state, and has asked the attorney's general office to consider criminal prosecution of Diebold Inc.'s Diebold Election Systems division.

The Pentagon missed a deadline for sending Congress a report on contamination by a toxic chemical at defense sites nationwide. Perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel, has been found in drinking water supplies in 22 states where it was manufactured and handled. It has been linked to damage to the thyroid and may be especially harmful to infants. "I am troubled by the fact that the department has consistently avoided providing information to Congress about perchlorate contamination on Defense Department sites, and describing what, if anything, it has done to remediate the contamination," Feinstein wrote Rumsfeld. Congress complained the Pentagon is resisting full disclosure because it could face billions of dollars in cleanup costs and liability for health problems.

April 29, 2004

Violence in Thailand's Muslim-dominated southern provinces is likely to escalate and may spread nationwide, officials said. Suvey Thephee, an official in Songkhla, said: "There is strong evidence innocent civilians are being killed and so they [the militants] want revenge ... many of these young men are willing to die so there could be violence ... even in Bangkok."

Malaysia urged neighbouring Thailand to resolve an apparent Islamic insurgency in its southern provinces due to fears it could spill across the border. Abdullah Badawi, the Malaysian prime minister, said he was worried the suspected Muslim insurgents would seek refuge in Malaysia, which "would be a threat to us, also".

Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003
The annual "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report, released April 2004 by the Secretary of State and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

The United States is preparing to significantly raise its estimate of the number of nuclear weapons held by North Korea, from "possibly two" to at least eight, according to U.S. officials involved in the preparation of the report. The report, expected to be completed within a month, would reflect a new intelligence consensus on North Korea's nuclear capabilities after that country's decision last year to restart a nuclear reactor and plutonium-reprocessing facility that had been frozen under a 1994 agreement. Among the evidence used in making the assessment is a detailed analysis of plutonium byproducts found on clothing worn by members of an unofficial U.S. delegation that was allowed to visit North Korean nuclear facilities several months ago.

Officials of the Treasury Department, which is investigating bank accounts controlled by Saudi diplomats, faced questioning by senators on government efforts to fight the use of U.S. institutions for financing terrorism. The scrutiny came as the head of the Senate Finance Committee asked the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks to examine Saudi transactions totaling tens of millions of dollars at Riggs Bank and FleetBoston Financial Corp. Shelby said he was concerned that Treasury's enforcement divisions "were unable to determine that Riggs failed to file numerous suspicious activity reports." "This, I believe, is evidence of a regulatory system that does not function effectively," he told Deputy Treasury Secretary Samuel Bodman.

The Treasury Department agency entrusted with blocking the financial resources of terrorists has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein's money, documents show. In addition, the Office of Foreign Assets Control said that between 1990 and 2003 it opened just 93 enforcement investigations related to terrorism. Since 1994 it has collected just $9,425 in fines for terrorism financing violations. In contrast, OFAC opened 10,683 enforcement investigations since 1990 for possible violations of the long-standing economic embargo against Fidel Castro's regime, and collected more than $8 million in fines since 1994, mostly from people who sent money to, did business with or traveled to Cuba without permission. "This is really astounding," Dorgan said. "I hope somebody in the administration will soon come to his or her senses and start directing our resources where they are needed. Politics is clearly diverting precious time, money and manpower away from the war on terrorism here." As for bin Laden, OFAC wrote that its dealings with Saudi officials and bin Laden's family since 1999 have led it to conclude that the al-Qaida leader did not have a fortune of $300 million or more, as some media reports have suggested. "He may have had some wealth, but not in this range," OFAC wrote. Instead, OFAC said bin Laden used his status as a "trusted person" from a wealthy Saudi family to collect and distribute charitable funds in the name of radical Islam, essentially underwriting a recruiting and training network that became al-Qaida.

L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said in a speech six months before the Sept. 11 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism. "What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this,'" Bremer said at a McCormick Tribune Foundation conference on terrorism on Feb. 26, 2001. Bremer spoke at the conference shortly after he chaired the National Commission on Terrorism, a bipartisan body formed by the Clinton administration to examine U.S. counterterrorism policies.

Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to a new book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband. "The other name that has most often been repeated to me in connection with the inquiry and disclosure into my background and Valerie's is that of Elliott Abrams, who gained infamy in the Iran-Contra scandal," he writes. Abrams is currently a Mideast specialist on the National Security Council. Another suspect named in Wilson's book: White House chief political adviser Karl Rove. "The workup on me that turned up the information on Valerie was shared with Karl Rove, who then circulated it in administration and neoconservative circles," Wilson writes.

Halliburton Revenue Up 80% Because Of Iraq

Brigadier General Janice Karpinski is among seven officers being investigated following claims that soldiers under their command mistreated detainees.

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) said Shell's first quarter report showing world record profit margins from refining operations on the West Coast demonstrate price gouging at the pump. The Shell profits report is consistent with FTCR's analysis of gasoline prices and profits during the last two years, which show profits spiking with each increase in pump price.

"The New Landscape of Imprisonment," a 52-page report to be released today by the Urban Institute, examines the prison-building pattern in the 10 states that built the most prisons from 1979 to 2000. Nearly one-third of counties in those states had at least one state-run prison in 2000, up from 13 percent in 1979, the report says. Because the U.S. census counts people where they live, small counties with large prisons appear to be much more populous than they actually are, while some urban areas show up as being slightly smaller, creating problems in matters as diverse as political representation to state and federal funding, said Jeremy Travis, co-author of the report and an Urban Institute senior fellow. "We've created a vast network of prisons around the country that we didn't have 20 years before, and this infrastructure will be very difficult to dismantle," Travis said. The Justice Department has reported that the number of state-run prisons across the country jumped from 1,207 in 1990 to 1,558 in 2000, but it did not show the location of prisons within the states. The Urban Institute report shows that more states are building more prisons further from where many inmates lived prior to incarceration. In 114 of the 1,052 counties included in the study, inmates counted for at least 5 percent of the county's population. Two counties -- one in Florida and one in Texas -- had populations that were composed of more than 30 percent prison inmates, the report says. "There is a growing trend in rural areas to pursue prisons and jails as a tool for economic development," said Joe Weedon, legislative director for American Correctional Association. The 10 states in the study are California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas.

Patriot Act Used To Harrass
The Secret Service Wants Your Name Will They 'Subpeona' This Site?
By Bev Harris
Under the Patriot Act, "hacking" crimes were turned over to a new division, called the CyberCrimes division, and placed under the auspices of the Secret Service. And let me tell you what they want from me now: They want the logs of my web site with all the forum messages, and the IP addresses. That's right. All of them. A giant fishing expedition for every communication of everyone interested in the voting issue. This has nothing to do with a VoteHere "hack" investigation, and I have refused to turn it over.

April 27-28, 2004

Oil hits 13-year high amid low US inventories
By Deborah Hargreaves and Neil Dennis\

ACLU Reveals Secret Suit Over FBI Powers
By Gail Appleson
The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed t had secretly sued the government over a provision of the Patriot Act that allows the FBI to demand customer records frombusinesses without court approval. Legislation signed by President Bush in December expands the definition of companies from which information can be obtained and allows FBI agents to send out the letters without first obtaining a judge's approval. "The National Security Letter provision allows the FBI to demand the sensitive records of innocent people in complete secrecy, without ever appearing before a federal judge," said Jameel Jaffer, an ACLU staff attorney. "Before the Patriot Act, the FBI could use this invasive authority only against suspected terrorists and spies," Jaffer said. "Now it can issue National Security Letters to obtain information about anyone at all. This should be disturbing to all of us." The suit argues that the National Security Letter provision violates the constitution because it authorizes the FBI to force disclosure of sensitive information without adequate safeguards. The FBI no longer has to show a judge there is a compelling need for the records and it does not have to specify any process that would allow a recipient to fight the demand for confidential information. Prior to December, the letters could only be sent to certain financial institutions. However, the definition of "financial institution" in the new law is expanded to include such businesses as insurance companies, pawnbrokers, dealers in precious metals, the Postal Service, casinos, and travel agencies. The law also bars subpoenaed businesses from revealing to anyone, including individuals who may be under investigation, that the FBI sought records of their transactions or that businesses have turned over their records. A company faces criminal penalties if it breaches the gag order.

Translator alleges FBI / State Dept espionage, possible treason
by Tom Flocco

By J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Two Voting Companies & Two Brothers Will Count 80% of U.S. Election - Using BOTH Scanners & Touchscreens
by Lynn Landes

Woodward: Cheney's Unwavering JINSA/PNAC Desire for War

Another Biochem Research Scientist Found Dead
By Ben Aguirre Jr.

Human And Animal Prions In Both Class A And Class B Municipal Sewage Sludge 'Biosolids'
From Dr. Patricia Doyle, PhD

USDA Pressures Agency Vets To Certify Export Food Safe
By Steve Mitchell

Blog-Tracking May Gain Ground Among U.S. Intelligence Officials

By Debbie O'Hara

April 23-26, 2004

China deals blow to Hong Kong democracy
Jonathan Watts
China tightened its grip on Hong Kong yesterday with a controversial order that the territory cannot directly elect its next leader.,7369,1204079,00.html

Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11
By Andrew Buncombe
The Bush administration will today seek to prevent a former FBI translator from providing evidence about 11 September intelligence failures to a group of relatives and survivors who have accused international banks and officials of aiding al-Qa'ida.

More arrests expected over planned terrorist attack
Two arrests in the space of two weeks, but more are expected over plans for a major terrorist attack in Australia.

Suicide Boat Raids Target Iraq Oil, Two Killed
By Abdul-Razzak Hameed

Crooked elections are not new in America, but this election has the potential to be the most crooked election in our history.
By William Marvel

Legislators Wary of Electronic Voting

Miami-Dade election officials deny printers on voting machines
Supervisor of Elections Constance Kaplan told a panel with the county commission that it could not add the printers because the state has not certified any printers for such use. County commissioner Jimmy Morales had sought to add the printers to the machines to try to provide a paper trail on the machines in case there's any
Election Day problems.

A Controversial Choice for the Position of Archivist of the United States:
Part of the Bush Administration's Secrecy Strategy?

US Kids Being Poisoned By Something - Experts Baffled
By Tom Webb

Environmentalists sue EPA over water quality in Florida
The Sierra Club, Save our Suwannee Inc. and the Florida Public Interest Research Group filed a lawsuit that alleged the EPA violated the Clean Water Act by not stepping in when 161 polluted lakes and streams were left off Florida's list, approved in June. Many of those waterways contain mercury, sewage, ammonia, or other toxic chemicals, the suit alleges, and the EPA should have been more stringent when evaluating the state's practices. The environmental groups also object to a provision that allows waterways to be dropped from the list if pollution data is more than 7.5 years old, saying the lack of new data doesn't mean a pollution problem has been solved.

Mad Cow Testing Decision An Affront To Free Market
Agriculture Department's Actions Reveal Best Thinking Of Soviet Central Planning
By Jonathan Turley

Just passing through? In Manalapan, Florida the cameras will know
One of the nation's wealthiest towns will soon have cameras and computers running background checks on every car and driver that passes through. Police Chief Clay Walker said cameras will take infrared photos recording a car's tag number, then software will automatically run the numbers through law enforcement databases. A 911 dispatcher is alerted if the car is stolen or is the subject of a "be on the lookout" warning. Next to the tag number, police will have a picture of the driver, taken with another set of cameras -- upgraded versions of the standard surveillance cameras already in place. If there is a robbery, police will be able to comb records to determine who drove through town on a given afternoon or evening. "Courts have ruled that in a public area, you have no expectation of privacy," said Walker, one of 11 sworn officers who protects Manalapan's 321 residents.

April 20-22, 2004

A devastating series of explosions which left 68 people dead and 238 injured in the southern Iraqi city of Basra was swiftly linked with al Qaeda. Near-simultaneous suspected car bombs ripped through three police stations at rush-hour this morning in the British-controlled city, with a fourth blast two hours later at a police academy. US officials have linked last month's attack in Karbala to al Qaeda.

Former generals of Saddams regime reinstated to new US-trained army
By Patrick Cockburn

Woman fired by military contractor for published photograph of flag-draped U.S. coffins

Rabbi Hertzberg, former president of the American Jewish Congress, and former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, was interviewed by Marjorie Mazel Hecht.

Mordechai Vanunu, the onetime nuclear technician who divulged top- secret details of Israel's atomic weapons program, emerged defiant and combative from an Israeli prison where he served a 17 1/2-year sentence for treason and espionage. In September 1986, Vanunu detailed accounts of activity at the Dimona nuclear facility with photographs of a sophisticated below-ground research complex. Vanunu's capture was a storied operation that exemplified the long reach of the Mossad. He was tracked to London by Israeli intelligence. There a female operative code-named "Cindy" seduced the former nuclear technician and talked him into traveling with her to Rome. Lured to an apartment that he thought was a borrowedlove nest, Vanunu was jumped, drugged and bundled onto a boat bound for Israel. With Vanunu's release, Israeli authorities fear he might make new disclosures about the country's nuclear program and have imposed tight restrictions on his movement and contacts, which his lawyers and civil rights advocates are appealing. Under terms of his release, Vanunu is not allowed to travel abroad for at least six months, is forbidden to hold meetings with foreigners and banned from approaching Israeli ports or borders. Areas of Israel have been placed off limits to him, and he is under orders not to talk about his work at the nuclear reactor outside the Negev desert town of Dimona.

Experts said that Israel continues to produce atomic weapons and may already have as many as 300 warheads, as the country released a man imprisoned for 18 years for leaking nuclear secrets. Because Israel is not party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has no power to look into its nuclear program, which has been shrouded in secrecy for decades. The UN agency, however, is seeking dialogue with Israel, and Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei repeatedly has called for talks on the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Israel neither denies nor confirms that it has nuclear weapons. Through the end of last year, Israel had enough nuclear material to make 100 to 200 weapons, said David Albright, a former Iraq nuclear inspector who runs the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security. Even the low-end estimate "is huge" for a country in such a volatile region, Albright said. "Israel tends to view any restrictions on its nuclear weapons production very negatively," he said. Israeli authorities released Mordechai Vanunu, jailed since 1986 for leaking details and pictures of Israel's alleged nuclear weapons program. Based on his account, experts said at the time that Israel had the world's sixth-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Israel continues to make nuclear weapons, said Friedrich Steinhaeusler, a former IAEA nuclear safety employee who now is a professor of physics at the University of Salzburg, specializing in illicit trafficking and nuclear terrorism. "One hundred and fifty is the best estimate at the moment" of how many weapons the country holds, Steinhaeusler said, adding that the figure hasn't been verified. With air, sea and land-based launching systems, "they have the Middle East under control," he said. Avner Cohen, an expert on Israel and nuclear weapons at the Center for International and Security Studies in Maryland, said "there is a lot of uncertainty" about the number of weapons held by Israel. "There are all kind of estimates, from the upper teens on the lower side to over 300 on the higher side," he said. John Simpson, director of the Mountbatten Center of International Studies at Britain's University of Southampton, estimated the number of atomic weapons held by Israel at no more than 200. Simpson said his estimate was based on the presumed output of plutonium by a reactor in Dimona, and on the number of tunnels in cliffs from which the weapons could be deployed. "What the Israelis might well have is the capability to test very rapidly ... and that would enable them to move from a very conservative weapons design to a much less conservative weapons design," Simpson said. That would mean that the country quickly could increase its arsenal after beginning testing, he said.

The survival of Israel depends on secrecy
By Gerald Steinberg

Nuclear Safeguards and Verification

Shell Report Exposes Lies on Oil Reserves
by Beth Gardiner

The blurring of the line between news and entertainment programing on the major broadcast networks is a counterproductive trend that is alienating loyal news viewers while failing to attract coveted younger demographics, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel said.

Records contradict USDA's mad cow decision
By Steve Mitchell
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to block a private company from testing all its cattle under 30 months of age for mad cow disease runs contrary to its own records that show it has tested more than 2,000 animals in that age range.

Latin American democracies are in trouble and losing the support of their citizens because of inequality and extreme poverty, the United Nations said in a sweeping report on the region's political health.

April 18-19, 2004

Imminent Threat?
Report Suggests Terror Operatives ‘In Place,’ Possibly in America
By Pierre Thomas

Walt Disney World will test metal detectors at the entrance to its theme parks. If Disney elects to install metal detectors after the tests, the devices would be placed at the entrance of every Orlando park. It was not known if detectors would be tested or installed at Disney parks elsewhere in the United States or worldwide. Guests selected randomly would be directed through the detectors as they entered. The metal detectors would be in addition to existing screening that includes ticket-takers, bag checks, posted security staff members and other measures.

Gas Price Hits Record High for 4th Week
By Tom Doggett|top|04-19-2004::18:05|reuters.html

Prince Bandar enjoys easy access to the Oval Office. His family and the Bush family are close. And Woodward told 60 Minutes that Bandar has promised the president that Saudi Arabia will lower oil prices in the months before the election - to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day. Woodward says that Bandar understood that economic conditions were key before a presidential election: “They’re [oil prices] high. And they could go down very quickly. That's the Saudi pledge. Certainly over the summer, or as we get closer to the election, they could increase production several million barrels a day and the price would drop significantly.”
Woodward Shares War Secrets

Commentary: Are Bush and Neo-Cons Finished?
The publication of Bob Woodward's Plan Of Attack has removed all reasonable doubt that Bush's war has been an unmitigated disaster, it may also be the final nail in the Neo-Cons coffin.
By Regis T. Sabol

NORAD had drills of jets as weapons
By Steven Komarow and Tom Squitieri
In the
two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties. One of the imagined targets was the World Trade Center. In another exercise, jets performed a mock shootdown over the Atlantic Ocean of a jet supposedly laden with chemical poisons headed toward a target in the United States. In a third scenario, the target was the Pentagon — but that drill was not run after Defense officials said it was unrealistic, NORAD and Defense officials say. NORAD, in a written statement, confirmed that such hijacking exercises occurred. It said the scenarios outlined were regional drills, not regularly scheduled continent-wide exercises. "Numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked aircraft," the statement said. "These exercises tested track detection and identification; scramble and interception; hijack procedures; internal and external agency coordination and operational security and communications security procedures." A White House spokesman said that the Bush administration was not aware of the NORAD exercises. But the exercises using real aircraft show that at least one part of the government thought the possibility of such attacks merited scrutiny.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Rejected "Airplanes as Missiles" Scenario Five Months prior to 9/11
According to an email obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), members of the U.S. military responsible for defending America's airspace were in fact concerned that a terrorist group would "hijack a commercial airline [and fly it into the Pentagon."

Document: Oklahoma City Bombing Was Taped
A Secret Service document written shortly after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing described security video footage of the attack and witness testimony that suggested Timothy McVeigh (news - web sites) may have had accomplices at the scene. The document, if accurate, is either significant evidence
kept secret for nine years or a misconstrued recounting of investigative leads that were often passed by word of mouth during the hectic early days of the case, they said.

Lies, cover-ups, fat cats and an oil giant in crisis
Shell admits deceiving shareholders; Sacked chairman savaged in report
By Katherine Griffiths

Gorelick role raised early
By Charles Hurt
Former acting FBI Director Thomas J. Pickard told the September 11 commission in a private interview earlier this year that he was surprised that Jamie S. Gorelick is serving on the panel because she had played a key role in setting the very counterterrorism policies being investigated.

AAN Promises Important Iraq Story Tomorrow

April 16-17, 2004

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Osama bin Laden will be captured or killed. Gen. Richard Myers told troops in Afghanistan that the stepped-up campaign to get bin Laden will succeed. Myers' visit comes just one day after an audiotape, purportedly recorded by the al-Qaida leader in the past few weeks, offered European nations a truce if they pull troops out of Muslim countries -- and threatened more violence against the United States and Israel. Myers says the tape "just reminds us once again what kind of extremism we are up against."

The United States said in a statement it feared for the stability of the Middle East after Israel killed a top Hamas leader in a missile strike.

April 15, 2004

A man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered a "truce" to European countries that do not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers leave Islamic nations, according to a recording broadcast on Arab satellite networks. The tape, which ran in full at more than seven minutes, also vowed revenge against America for the Israeli assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin and denounced the United States as using the Iraq war for corporate profiteering. "I announce a truce with the European countries that do not attack Muslim countries," the taped message said as the stations showed an old, still picture of al-Qaida leader. The message said "the door to a truce is open for three months," but the time frame could be extended. "The truce will begin when the last soldier leaves our countries," the speaker said without elaborating. A CIA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agency conducted a technical analysis of the recording and concluded it is probably authentic. The official said the tape was likely recorded in the past several weeks because of its reference to Israel's killing of Yassin last month. The tape made clear overtures to Europeans, calling them "our neighbors north of the Mediterranean," and tried to drive a wedge between Europe and the United States. Several audio and videotapes of al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, have been released in recent months, but this tape was the first purportedly from bin Laden since September. Then, a videotape showed bin Laden climbing down a craggy mountainside with al-Zawahri. Ayman Gaballah, editor of Al-Arabiya, said only that the pan-Arab television network received the tape from "our sources." He would not say if the tape was received at its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates or in a bureau elsewhere, such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. "From the voice, it seems it is bin Laden, but we are not experts to confirm it," Gaballah said. Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based satellite station, also aired the tape in full. Its chief editor wasn't available for comment. The voice on the tape defended al-Qaida's methods. "They say that we kill for the sake of killing, but reality shows that they lie," the speaker said. Russians, he said, were only killed after attacking Afghanistan in the 1980s and Chechnya, Europeans after invading Iraq and Afghanistan and the Americans in New York after "supporting the Jews in Palestine and their invasion of the Arabian Peninsula." "Stop spilling our blood so we can stop spilling your blood," the message added. "This is a difficult but easy equation." This truce, the message said, was to deny "the warmongers" further opportunities and because polls have shown that "most of the European peoples want reconciliation" with the Islamic world. In a reference to terror attacks on the United States and Spain, the voice on the tape said that "what happened on Sept. 11 and March 11 was your goods delivered back to you." "Security is a need for all humans and we could not let you have a monopoly on it for yourselves," the voice added. "People who are aware would not let their politicians jeopardize their security." At the start of the recording, the voice called this a "message to our neighbors north of the Mediterranean, including a reconciliation initiative in response to the recent positive developments that have appeared."

European Commission President Romano Prodi said there was "no possibility" of European nations accepting a truce offer attributed to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "How could you possibly react to this statement? There is no possibility for a deal under a terrorist threat. It is completely impossible."

"The U.S. government has received recent and credible information indicating that extremists are planning further attacks against U.S. and Western interests," the State Department said. "The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Saudi Arabia. Private American citizens currently in Saudi Arabia are strongly urged to depart."

The head of the CIA never informed a vacationing President Bush in August 2001 that a suspected Islamic extremist had been detected taking flight lessons, the panel investigating the Sept. 11 jetliner attacks on New York and Washington heard. As several commission members criticized what they called a complete intelligence failure ahead of the attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed, CIA Director George Tenet also said it would take another five years of restructuring to bring U.S. intelligence to the level the country needs. Commissioner Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman, asked Tenet if he had ever mentioned to Bush the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui in mid-August 2001 after he had been detected behaving suspiciously in a Minnesota flight school. Tenet said he had not spoken to the president at all that month, when Bush was staying at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Nor did he bring it to the attention of other senior officials, saying it was "not appropriate." "He's in Texas and I'm either here or on leave for some of that time," he said. "In this time period, I'm not talking to him, no." After Moussaoui's arrest, Tenet and other top CIA officials received a briefing headed, "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly." But the CIA director did not bring it up at a meeting of top administration officials to discuss Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization on Sept. 4, a week before the attacks. "It wasn't discussed at the principals' meeting since we were having a separate agenda," Tenet said. "All I can tell you is just it wasn't the appropriate place. I just can't take you any farther than that." Moussaoui, who was originally detained for immigration violations, was later charged with conspiracy in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, and faces a possible death penalty if convicted.

U.S. consumer prices rose unexpectedly sharply in March as energy costs marched higher and apparel and lodging costs jumped, according to a government report. The underlying inflation rate has now moved up for two straight months. A separate report from the Labor Department showed worker wages were not keeping up with the quickened pace of inflation.

Unemployment claims surprisingly went up in March.

U.N. Warns of Possible Nuclear Thefts in Iraq;ei=5062&en=72c9a43e3c1f6777&partner=GOOGLE&ex=1082692800&pagewanted=print&position=
CIA Warned of Attacks As Early As '95

The Sierra Club announced today that an expose will appear in the May/June issue of Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, revealing how a Denver-based mining company secretly paid off Al-Qaeda- linked terrorists under the auspices of "international security." The story also shows how the Bush administration's Homeland Security and Justice Departments turned a blind eye when first informed that Denver-based Echo Bay Mining Co. paid millions of dollars to the international terrorist group Abu Sayaff and other terror groups in the Philippines in exchange for protection of its gold-mining operations.
Fear of Flying
Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial only weeks before 9-11?
by James Ridgeway
CIA Corrects Tenet - But Not Under Oath!
By Joseph Ehrlich
George and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamtie
By William Rivers Pitt
Cattle Injected With Scrapie Prions In 1979!
From Patricia Doyle

April 11-14, 2004

Pakistani Tells of North Korean Nuclear Devices
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani scientist who sold nuclear technology around the world, has told his interrogators that during a trip to North Korea five years ago he was taken to a secret underground nuclear plant and shown what he described as three nuclear devices, according to Asian and American officials who have been briefed by the Pakistanis.

Military officials considered, but discarded, the idea of using a made-up story of a hijacked airplane crashing into the Pentagon as background for an exercise months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said April 14, 2004.

The exercise run by the Joint Chiefs of Staff was under consideration in April 2001. It was meant to help national military leaders respond in a crisis if the Pentagon's operations centers were somehow taken out of action, either in an accident or an attack, said Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Defense Department spokesman.

Officers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) suggested the scenario, one of several proposals rejected by the exercise planners, military officials said.

Tenet: U.S. Lacks Tools to Combat al-Qaida
CIA director George Tenet predicted Wednesday it will take "another five years of work to have the kind of clandestine service our country needs" to combat al-Qaida and other terrorist threats.
Sensenbrenner Urges Commissioner Gorelick to Resign from the 9/11 Commission Because of Her Conflict of Interest
House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) released the following statement:
FBI Sought 1900 Experts Pre-9/11, Got 76
By Caroline Drees
Graham: We Had Same Info as Bush
by David Freddoso
When the White House finally released the August 6, 2001 President's Daily Brief, it
marked the end of a two-year effort on the part of the Bush administration to prevent
the public from learning that a month before the 9/11 attacks--and weeks after the U.S.
government had collected "chatter" indicating Osama bin Laden was planning a major
strike--Bush received information indicating that al Qaeda was intent on mounting
attacks within the United States.
Data Disclosure Contradicts Feds
By Ryan Singel,1294,63025,00.html
Gov't Withholding 9/11 Evidence, Evading Intel Brief Policy

April 7-11, 2004

Sunni And Shia Guerrillas Unite Against US
By David Blair
Declassified Memo Said Al Qaeda Was in U.S.
Aug. 6 Report to President Warned of Hijacking
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Condoleezza Rice Testifies:
by Michael C. Ruppert
"You Are a Liar"
by Catherine Austin Fitts
GOP Hypocrite of the Week: George W. Bush
An Interesting Day: President Bush's Movements and Actions on 9/11
By Allan Wood and Paul Thompson
American Released Passenger Data
American Airlines became the third U.S. airline to acknowledge giving passenger records to the government, sparking denunciations from privacy advocates.
911 Coverup Panel Takes A Dive
By Jim Rarey
Bush aide met terrorist leader during FBI probe
The end of globalism
John Ralston Saul
Watchdogs Push for RFID Laws
By Mark Baard,1848,62922,00.html
Mad Cow Probe Urged After 20 Die From CJD In NJ
Insects of Mass Destruction
Could Insects Be Used as Bioweapons?
By Lee Dye

April 6, 2004

New Terror Threats Come From Small Groups
The seemingly endless cycle of progress and setbacks stokes the debate over whether the Bush administration is using the proper strategy to fight the global battle. Did it launch war in Iraq that only inflamed anti-American sentiment? Did it divert the U.S. focus, allowing terror cells around the world time to strengthen and evolve? Is the United States using the military too much and other counterterror tools too little? Has it and the rest of the world failed to strike at terror's root causes, leaving the world's repressed or disenfranchised vulnerable to the lure of extremists? Are we capturing, killing or deterring ... more terrorists every day than the (Islamic schools) and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us? "It is clear that force alone cannot win the fight against terrorism," European Commission President Romano Prodi said.
ACLU to Sue Government Over 'No-Fly' List
By LESLIE MILLER,1280,-3948318,00.html
IMF issues warning over global risks
Anna Fifield and Charles Pretzlik
Nader Calls for Bush to Be Impeached
"When you plunge our country into war on a platform of fabrications and deceptions, and you bring back thousands of American soldiers who are sick, injured or dead, and that war is unconstitutionally authorized to begin with, Mr. Bush's behavior qualifies for the high crimes and misdemeanor impeachment clause of the Constitution." "Lying under oath is not a trivial offense, but it cannot compare with deceiving the American people night after night after night on national television, staging untruths and rejecting the advice of his advisers," he said.

Illegal immigrants who undergo screening would be allowed to get driver's licenses under a bill that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is endorsing. The Florida bill comes up just four months after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed a law that would have allowed an estimated 2 million illegal immigrant drivers to begin applying for licenses after Jan. 1. Opponents of the California law said it would have posed a threat to national security because there weren't sufficient background checks. Bush said illegal immigrants are here and the state should accept that fact. Elsewhere, Illinois lawmakers last week overwhelming rejected letting illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses. Arizona legislators are moving to toughen the state's requirement that driver's license applicants provide proof of authorized presence in the United States. In Tennessee, Gov. Phil Bredesen is supporting a proposal that would prohibit illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses, but would allow them to obtain "certificates for driving."

Traveling Down the Memory Hole
By Julia Scheeres
Faking Democracy - Americans
Don't Vote, Machines Do
And Ballot Printers Can't Fix That
By Lynn Landes
Idle U.S. machinery exported
By Jeffrey Sparshott
Requiem, USA
By John Brand,
Fake Blood, Real Controversy
By Randy Dotinga,1286,62955,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

April 5, 2004

‘Very Nasty’ Potential Bomb Plot Involved Deadly Chemical
By Brian Ross and Christopher Isham
Used primarily in laboratories for research, osmium tetroxide is known to attack soft human tissue and could blind or kill anyone who breathed its fumes.
Pentagon report on Afghanistan criticises war strategy: report
A retired army colonel commissioned by the Pentagon to examine the war in Afghanistan concluded the conflict created conditions that have given "warlordism, banditry and opium production a new lease on life,"

Inmate says that Nichols did not help make bomb
By Tim Talley
Name On Manifest Raises Questions About Saudi Flights After 9/11
by Tom Flocco
Disease centers won't issue mercury alert over flu shots
By Myron Levin
UK Firm Tried HIV Drug On Orphans
Antony Barnett

April 3-4, 2004

Ex-FBI woman says Rice lied
Bush's administration is worse than Nixon's, says Watergate aide
By Julian Coman
John Dean, Richard Nixon's legal counsel who was jailed for his part in the Watergate scandal, has accused the Bush administration of trumping even the Nixon regime in secrecy, deception and political cynicism.
Powell admits Iraq evidence mistake
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has admitted that evidence he submitted to the United Nations to justify war on Iraq may have been wrong.
Kean & Hamilton Reached? -
Meet The Press
An analysis of the Meet the Press transcript below.
By Joseph Ehrlich
Customs & Border Protection Document Details Saudi Departures, Dates and Flight Information
Questions Concerning Saudi Flight from Kentucky on September 13, 2001 Remain Unanswered

March 30-April 2, 2004

U.S. Gasoline Pump Price Hits New High
By Bernard Woodall
26-Pound Bomb Found on Madrid Rail Line
Gov't Warns of Summer Bomb Plots in U.S.
FBI: Terrorists May Enter U.S. With Visas
Rice to Address 9/11 Panel on April 8
By HOPE YEN,1280,-3929189,00.html

'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'
Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent
By Andrew Buncombe
A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie".
US officials knew Al-Qaeda planned plane attacks: whistle-blower
FBI: Lost in translation?
By Shaun Waterman
Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel
Prosecutors Are Said to Have Expanded Inquiry Into Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name
By DAVID JOHNSTON and RICHARD W. STEVENSON,13918,1180088,00.html|top|03-27-2004::17:27|reuters.html,0,4395528.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines|top|03-30-2004::07:06|reuters.html|top|03-30-2004::03:05|reuters.html

March 27-29, 2004

U.S. Gas Prices Hit New Record High
Rice Rejecting Calls for Public Testimony
New light on the life and death of John O'Neill
By Tom Griffin
Clarke challenges Rice to reveal secret emails,13918,1180088,00.html
Sheikhs Clothing:
Bush Business Deals with 9 Partners of bin Laden’s Banker
by Martin J. Rivers
Who's Lying - Rice
And Bush, Or Clarke?
From Robert Lederman
Israeli Prosecutors Recommend Charging Sharon
By Corinne Heller|top|03-27-2004::17:27|reuters.html
Science on verge of new `Creation'
Labs say they have nearly all the tools to make artificial life
By Ronald Kotulak
The more powerful technology you
unleash, the more careful you have to be.,0,4395528.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
As Border Woes Strain Arizona, U.S. and Mexico Talk

March 25-26, 2004

Outsourcing - the worst of Crony Capitalism
911 Was Not An Attack It Was Murder
Jim Kirwin
Rising Oil And Weak Dollar
Could Shatter World Economy
The Perfect Storm That's About To Hit
By Jeremy Rifkin
New York Firefighters Discuss Bombs in WTC Towers

March 24, 2004,1286,62781,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_4

March 23, 2004

Israel Warns More Hamas Leaders Targeted
Israel will strike at more Hamas leaders, the Israeli defense minister said
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and his security chiefs decided to try to kill the entire Hamas leadership, without waiting for another terror attack
Gas Pump Prices Hit All-Time High-AAA
The average price for regular gasoline at the nation's pumps was $1.738 per gallon, up less than a cent from the previous record hit last September|top|03-23-2004::10:45|reuters.html

U.S. social security system going broke
the program's cash flow will be in the red in 2018
Report Says Medicare to Go Broke by 2019

March 20-22, 2004

Alleged Qaeda Letter Threatens U.S. Over Yassin Death|top|03-22-2004::15:11|reuters.html
Hamas terrorists threaten to attack United States
Israeli Air Strike Kills Quadriplegic Hamas Founder
Al-Qaida No. 2: We Have Briefcase Nukes [old news because the same thing was stated in a 1999 government report]
al-Qaida's No. 2 Claims to Have Nukes
US Unveils New High Tech Seaport Equipment to Combat Terrorism
Leah Krakinowski
War on Terror Is Suffering in Courtrooms By DAVID RISING
Terror Group Unlikely Harboring Al-Zawahri By BURT HERMAN
Afghan Minister, 50 to 100 Others Killed By STEPHEN GRAHAM
How Al Qaeda uses the Internet
China Puts Army On Combat Alert - 'Ready To Strike Taiwan'
Spain frees Moroccan, holds 13 over Madrid attack
By Daniel Trotta
Al-Qaeda chiefs may have used escape tunnel
PAKISTANI forces have discovered a mile-long escape tunnel
leading from a besieged mud fortress to a dry stream bed, and say
it may have allowed top Al-Qaeda suspects to escape towards the
Afghan frontier.

A well-placed source says the FBI now keeps tabs on about 400 individuals in the U.S. who are thought to be sympathetic to al-Qaeda or somehow connected to Sunni extremism. The FBI has also tried to co-opt some of them as informants.

Gasoline prices resume climb
By James R. Healey, USA TODAY
It's Costing More to Fill It Up
Higher Prices for Oil, Natural Gas Reach Consumers By Ben White
Stocks Sink On Fear of Terror Attacks
No Good News to Balance Effects of Hamas Threats
By Ben White

Pilger claims proof of WMD lies By Paul Mulvey
AUSTRALIAN investigative journalist John Pilger
says he has evidence the war against Iraq was
based on a lie that could cost George W. Bush
and Tony Blair their jobs and bring Prime Minister
John Howard down with them
Carter savages Blair and Bush: 'Their war was based on lies' By Andrew Buncombe
Richard Clarke says the White House dropped the ball against terrorism before Sept. 11.
"I find it outrageous that
the President is running
for re-election on the
grounds that he's done
such great things about
terrorism. He ignored it."
Richard Clarke
Ex-Adviser Blasts Bush's Terror Response By TED BRIDIS
President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, "looked skeptical" when she was warned early in 2001 about the threat from al-Qaida and appeared to never have heard of the terroristorganization, according to Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator.
Richard Clarke's Legacy of Miscalculation By George Smith
Rumsfeld urged Iraqi invasion a day after 9/11
President Clinton went after al Qaeda, had some successes, but President Bush did not continue the fight and left America vulnerable for 9/11.
By Frederick Sweet
What Is This War About?
Bin Laden's sole post-September 11 TV interview, aired on CNN: "I tell
you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed," bin Laden said as the
U.S. war on terrorism raged in Afghanistan. "The U.S. government will lead the
American people in -- and the West in general -- into an unbearable hell and a
choking life."
If Bush wants to compare flip-flops with Kerry—Bring it on! By Mick Youther
US tried to plant WMDs, failed: whistleblower - Daily Times Monitor
Company With Ties To VP Cheney's Energy Task Force Faces Criminal Indictment For Gaming Calif. Electricity Market
By Jason Leopold

During the summer of 1974 George W Bush flew for
a CIA-connected airline in Alaska later suspected
by the Iran Contra Commission of being involved in
CIA drug trafficking in support of the Contras, the
MadCowMorningNews has learned.

Report: Ohio sold records to Florida database company for $50K
The state Bureau of Motor Vehicles sold driving
records of Ohioans for about $50,000 to a Florida company developing a
multistate crime database program, a newspaper reported.
The program, called Matrix, lets states share information and cross-reference
the data with up to 20 billion records in databases held by Seisint Inc., a
private company based in Boca Raton, Fla.
A national online computer-based, counterterrorism communications system used by Florida officials got an $11 million enhancement on March 16, 2004 to provide information across county and state lines. The Joint Regional Information Exchange System, or JRIES, connects officials in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Private Eye By Shane Harris
ChoicePoint's business is the gathering and selling of information
about people. Huge electronic files the firm compiles contain far
more data about Americans than is available at any government
As you move through life, you leave traces of yourself that never
ChoicePoint and other collectors scoop up these pieces of
information and preserve them electronically. They buy the data -
sometimes from each other - or obtain it from public sources,
such as court and property records. Then, when their customers
ask, ChoicePoint blends the pieces into a picture of you. Where
you've lived. The cars you drive. The people you know -
neighbors, school friends, ex-spouses. The more records, the
bigger the picture. ChoicePoint owns an astounding 19 billion
records, about 65 times as many pieces of information as there
are people in the United States. As a result, ChoicePoint knows
more about most people than the federal government does.
The Constitution guarantees some privacy, but not anonymity,
Smith has said repeatedly. The courts concur. People have no
right to lie about who they are, or to request credentials that
convey rights and privileges - such as driver's licenses or permits
- without proving their identities. The people who wish to remain
anonymous trouble Smith the most. "It is the anonymous person,"
he writes, "or small group of people, who represent the greatest
risks - economic, physical or emotional - facing us today."
Intelligence agencies are new customers for ChoicePoint.
Press investigations found numerous flaws with the data.
The company and its data will grow more
and more valuable to the government.
Big Brother Is Watching
How Patriot Act Search Warrants Can Affect All of Us Online
By Lance Ulanoff
PC Magazine

FBI Shadowed Kerry During Activist Era
The FBI documents indicate that wherever Kerry went, agents and informants were following...
Kerry said he was disturbed by "this extensive component of spying" on him that wasn't in his file. "If I was the subject of individual surveillance and individual tape recordings, I'd have thought it would have been released to me," he said.

Carbon Dioxide Reported at Record Levels By CHARLES J. HANLEY
The reason for the faster buildup of the most important "greenhouse gas" will require further analysis, the U.S. government experts say.
"But the big picture is that CO2 is continuing to go up," said Russell Schnell, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's climate monitoring laboratory in Boulder, Colo., which operates the Mauna Loa Observatory on the island of Hawaii.
"China is taking off economically and burning a lot of fuel. India, too," said Pieter Tans, a prominent carbon-cycle expert at NOAA's Boulder lab.
The climatologists forecast continued temperature rises that will disrupt the climate and lead to unpredictable consequences.
New disease threatens Keys reef
Scrap was pulled from the Gulf months ago By KEVIN LOLLAR
Mysterious deaths of Wyoming elk solved; animals died after feeding on lichen
What We Can Learn from the Fight for COOLBy Gilles Stockton
The knock-down drag-out fight over implementation of Country of Origin Labeling
(COOL) should cause us to reassess our assumptions about how politics operates
in this country. Old allegiances, based on old political fracture lines, are
rapidly becoming irrelevant. We can no longer assume that what we knew as right
vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, Republican vs. Democrat has meaning in the
politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Think Before You Rush To Judge People - No Peeking

PC Worm's Attack on Security Software Sparks Extra Worry
The first Internet worm to target flawed computer-security software
struck over the weekend, fanning worries among experts that the very products computer
users rely on for defense against attack will increasingly come under attack themselves.

March 19, 2004

Suspects Accused of Spain Terror, Deny Qaeda Link By Daniel Flynn
Burning churches, ruined homes and ethnic hatred.
Are the Balkans set to explode again?
By Jeta Xharra in Obilic and Marcus Tanner

China’s Nuclear Ties White House downplays reports that country gave weapons plans to Pakistan
By Jehangir Pocha
EPA exaggerated claims about clean drinking water by Amanda Griscom
Statistics lie on the true cost of living By Robert Kuttner
Wave Jobs Goodbye By Molly Ivins

March 18, 2004

Hundreds of Pakistani troops have moved into three South Waziristan towns -Azam
Warsak, Shin Warsak and Kaloosha- firing artillery and using helicopter gunships
against entrenched positions.
Pakistani sources: Al-Zawahiri surrounded
Pakistanis May Be Near al-Qaida's No. 2 By PAUL HAVEN

March 17, 2004

Crude Oil Jumps to 13-Year High on Falling Gasoline Supplies
Crude oil futures closed above $38 a barrel for the first time since the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War
Growing Vulnerability of Seaports from Terror Attacks

U.S. Debt Burden Is Higher Now than During Depression, Study Says By Danielle DiMartino
9-11 Panel Still Discussing Subpoena By Tom Flocco
Mistrust of U.S. Abroad Rising Fast By Jim Lobe
Lest We Forget - Origins Of The WMD Ploy From Peter D. Wells
[Sytex is a major Federal Contractor - ]

March 16, 2004

Six Moroccans Suspected in Madrid Blasts By ANDREW SELSKY
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "it's
increasingly likely Islamic extremists were involved in these attacks.
Unknown Muslim group 'Servants of Allah' threatens France
U.S. to Police Arizona Border with Drone Aircraft

Iowa Opts Out of Federal Crime Database By RYAN J. FOLEY
So Bush is tough on terrorism? Don't believe it
Probe Urged Into Rumsfeld, FBI Theft of 9-11 Items
NBC has exclusively obtained secret CIA videotape of what is believed to be Osama bin Laden before 9/11.
Lisa Myers explores: Why didn't the United States strike?

March 15, 2004

Indictment Links Madrid, 9/11 Suspects By ANDREW SELSKY
Suspect in Madrid Attacks Was Subject of 2001 Inquiry By Sebastian Rotella
Car packed with explosives found outside US consulate in Pakistan
Around 650 litres of chemical explosives, a timer and two detonators were found in a Suzuki van. The chemicals used in the car were of three kinds: hydrogen peroxide, ammonium nitrate, and nitrogen oxide.
Stocks Close Sharply Lower, Spooked by Terrorism Fears By Erin Schulte
Defeat of Spain's ruling party deprives Bush of key ally
Saudi security forces killed two militants,
including one considered al-Qaida's chief of operations on the Arabian
Peninsula, in a shootout in the capital of Riyadh on Monday, U.S. and
Saudi officials said.
U.S. Displays Nuclear Parts Given by Libya By Joby Warrick

U.S. Gasoline Prices Hit a Record High
Oil bounces as Opec sticks to planned cuts By Kevin Morrison
Group: Probe Rumsfeld Over 9/11 Items
Rumsfeld Caught Lying, Yet Again, On "Face the
Nation." But This Time, a Journalist Actually Threw
It In His Face.
Nixon targeted Kerry for anti-war views
White House tapes reveal then-president's attempt to discredit Kerry during 1971 war protests, Senate testimony
By Brian Williams
Wall Street is buying a President--and they’re using your money! By Gerald S. Rellick
Federal investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush administration
paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, which would be offered to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines.
Beware instant democracy
In the first of a series about democracy in the Middle
East, Brian Whitaker explains why the west's attempts
to impose it from above are ill-informed,7792,1169776,00.html
Iraq War Gave Boost To Terrorism - Blix

In a wide-ranging hour-long interview with FOXNEWSABCRADIO's Sean Hannity, PASSION OF THE CHRIST director Mel Gibson says he now has 'doubts' about President Bush and re-election. In the interview, Gibson says of Bush: "I am having doubts, of late. It mainly has to do with the weapons [of mass destruction] claims."The surprisingly critical comments from Gibson, a rare conservative voice in Hollywood, come as PASSION continues to dominate the boxoffice.

March 14, 2004

AP: Madrid Suspect Linked to 9/11 Figure By ANDREW SELSKY
Madrid detonators not commonly used by ETA - report
Arrested Moroccan has same name as Qaeda-linked man
Moroccan Arrested in Madrid Was Watched By NICOLAS MARMIE
Al-Qa'eda: We were behind the massacre in Madrid By Damien McElroy
Identity of Man in al-Qaida Tape Sought By GEIR MOULSON
Suspected Taliban Attacks Leave Five Dead By STEPHEN GRAHAM

BROKEN ARROW: Hood Canal, WA. By Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III

March 13, 2004

Spain Announces Arrests in Connection to Train Station Bombings By Keith B. Richburg
Morocco Sends Experts to Help in Spain By NICOLAS MARMIE
Alleged Bin Laden Message Calls for Jihad Council
Numerical Ties Between Terrorist Attacks By The Associated Press
Gov't Pushing for Research on Robotics By CHARLES SHEEHAN
US warns NKorea to stop exporting dangerous weapons or face world action

Justice, FBI Seek Rules for Internet Taps By TED BRIDIS
Easier Internet Wiretaps Sought
Justice Dept., FBI Want Consumers To Pay the Cost By Dan Eggen and Jonathan Krim
Bush's Endgame
A Review of "The Sorrows of Empire" By KURT NIMMO
Health officials probing CJD cases in N.J. By Steve Mitchell
Missile incident rattles Canada
'Nuclear fallout knows no border,' lawmaker says

March 12, 2004

Madrid detonators not commonly used by ETA - report
Rumsfeld, FBI Official Kept 9-11 Items By JOHN SOLOMON
Pilots Dismayed by Arming Regulations By LESLIE MILLER
Homeland Security Issues Transit Alert By LESLIE MILLER
Afghans: al-Qaida Still Safe in Pakistan By ELLEN KNICKMEYER
U.S. plans big purchase of new anthrax vaccine: anti-terror strategy: enough doses for 27 million By Justin Gillis

N.Y., Wis. Opt Out of Anti-Crime Database By MARK JOHNSON
Senators Take Aim at Touch-Screen Voting By ANNA OBERTHUR

March 11, 2004

Terror Blasts Kill at Least 192 in Spain By MAR ROMAN
Dow Closes Down 169 on Madrid Bombings By MEG RICHARDS
Spain Mourns 192 Dead, Probes Al Qaeda Bomb Claim By Adrian Croft
Spain Says Suspect Van Had Arabic Tapes By Daniel Flynn
Purported Qaeda Letter Says U.S. Strike Near Ready;jsessionid=GQKAXSJXJIK3ICRBAEOCFFA?type=topNews&storyID=4551138

March 10, 2004

Teenage Sniper Malvo Gets Life Sentence By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Taken for a Ride
Plague Expert Given Two Years in Prison
New York City Residents, Workers Sue EPA
Latest Sept. 11 Suit Blames 3 Nations By LARRY NEUMEISTER
CIA 'corrected' Cheney's allegations on Iraq By David Rennie
Twists in Iraq intelligence dispute
Frustrated 9-11 Sister Seeks House/Senate Help
Mike Ruppert Joins 911-Bush Phone/Fax/Email Push
Spy Unit Skirted CIA on Iraq

March 9, 2004

300 Wyoming Elk Dead After Baffling Paralysis by Linda Moulton Howe
Bush's Insider Trading From SMG
Shakin' And Quakin' Under Cheney's Crib By David Nakamura
Bush & The Myth Of Great Leadership By Bill Maxwell

March 8, 2004

Water authority to retest schools; lawsuit filed By CARRIE SCHUMAKER
Lead in Water Worries D.C. Residents By JENNIFER C. KERR
Manager's Firing Defended by WASA
Woman Told EPA of Problems With Water By David Nakamura
Washington DC Sued by Residents Over Lead in Water

March 7, 2004

U.S. Military, Intelligence Officials Are Confident They Are Narrowing bin Laden's
Whereabouts; Human Intel Is Key to Search
Feds Seek to Block Money to Terrorists By JEANNINE AVERSA
Iraqi Defector Blames CIA Over Weapons
VP Cheney Helped Cover-Up Pakistani Nuclear
Proliferation In '89 So US Could Sell Country Fighter Jets By Jason Leopold

March 6, 2004

Picture Of The Decade
American And Communist Flags Together At The White House
For teenagers, no help-wanted signs By Charles Stein
Beijing's Secret War On America - How China Expects To Win

March 5, 2004

The Mark of Doom
In the not-so-distant future, a new kind of weapon could appear that would change the balance of
political power in the world. This main principle behind this weapon: seek and destroy according to
Vasili Sychev
Subpoenas for White House BY TOM BRUNE,0,4860143.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines
U.S. General Says al-Qaida Eyeing Africa By TODD PITMAN
D.C. Lead Tests Cast Doubt on EPA Standards By Carol D. Leonnig and D'Vera Cohn

March 4, 2004

Cargo Shippers Security Rules Delayed By LESLIE MILLER
Coast Guard, FBI Probe Finds Terror Links By CURT ANDERSON


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