Daily Archives: June 4, 2004

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Delusion on a psychotic scale: In the face of all the evidence, the Iraq Survey Group is still searching for WMD

[ From the article: Amid all this mass clear-out of failures and lies, however, there is one mysterious omission. A secretive CIA-led intelligence body set up to look for stockpiles of Saddam’s secret weapons, the Iraq Survey Group, is still going strong. This is despite the resignation of its head, David Kay, last January, who said with admirable crispness: “We were all wrong.” Although I would be surprised if the ISG issues its final report next month, that’s what this Guardian report suggests will happen. –BL ] June 4, 2004 | The Guardian by David Leigh and David Pallister The dustbin […]

Woody Guthrie and Socialism in Oklahoma

[ From the OkieFunk blog: What the right-wing says is that Guthrie, who was born in Okemah, was a radical because he once wrote a column for The Daily Worker, a communist newspaper. What they fail to mention is Guthrie wrote for this paper in a historical period in which thousands upon thousands of farmers and workers in the United States considered themselves socialist. Yes, even in Oklahoma, there were countless … socialists from the state’s founding to World War II. At one point in our state history, a socialist candidate for governor received more than ten percent of the […]

Pre-9/11 Tipper Passed Two FBI Lie Detector Tests!

[ From the piece: More than a year before 9/11, a Pakistani-British man told the FBI an incredible tale: that he had been trained by bin Laden?s followers to hijack airplanes and was now in America to carry out an attack. The FBI questioned him for weeks, but then let him go home, and never followed up…. NBC News has learned that Khan passed not one but two FBI polygraphs…. Khan remains surprised that, to this day, the FBI, CIA and Scotland Yard have never asked for his help in identifying the street address of the Lahore safe house where […]

Sudan’s Best case scenario: 330,000 dead

[ There is a related Human Rights Watch video available online, “Darfur Destroyed.” –BL ] June 04, 2004 | PassionOfThePresent.org “We estimate right now if we get relief in, we’ll lose a third of a million people, and if we don’t the death rates could be dramatically higher, approaching a million people.” That’s Andrew Natsios, the head of USAID, speaking at yesterday’s UN donor meeting on Darfur. Reliefweb has an assortment of other statements from the event, including a particularly clear and beautiful speech by the head of UNHCR. The practical upshot of the conference was an appeal for $236 million, […]

Seeing 9/11 In Light of 1962

by Brendan Lalor While I am not prepared to claim that the Bush Administration orchestrated 9/11 to provide the “Pearl Harbor” it needed to justify a number of its goals, such plans have been considered in times of less U.S. government corruption. InformationClearingHouse has publicized a declassified document showing that in 1962, the U.S. government’s Joint Chiefs of Staff considered justifying an invasion of Cuba by faking a Cuban airforce attack on a civilian jetliner, and concocting a ?Remember the Maine? incident by blowing up a U.S. ship in Cuban waters and then blaming the incident on Cuban sabotage. To […]

Bush Gives Contract to Tax Traitor/Campaign Donor

June 2, 2004 | Misleader.org President Bush has said he wants to ?make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes? and that ?we want everybody paying their fair share.?1 But yesterday, the president went out of his way to lavish a massive government contract on a major campaign contributor,2 even though it specifically moved operations offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. According to news reports, the Bush administration yesterday gave a $10 billion contract3 for the Department of Homeland Security to Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting, which was a part of Andersen Worldwide with […]