Daily Archives: June 19, 2004

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Shell Oil Company Chairman Enrages Others in Industry

[ From the article: [A] gulf was opening between more progressive oil companies such as Shell, which invests in alternative energy sources including wind and solar power, and ExxonMobil, the biggest and most influential producer, particularly in the US. In June 2002 ExxonMobil’s chairman, Lee Raymond, said: “We in ExxonMobil do not believe that the science required to establish this linkage between fossil fuels and warming has been demonstrated.” –BL ] Oil chief: my fears for planet: Shell boss’s ‘confession’ shocks industry June 17, 2004 | The Guardian by David Adam, science correspondent The head of one of the world’s biggest […]

Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden’s hands

[ Underlining below is mine. –BL ] Al-Qaida may ‘reward’ American president with strike aimed at keeping him in office, senior intelligence man says June 19, 2004 | The Guardian by Julian Borger in Washington A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America’s counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Qaida and that an “avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked” war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden’s hands. Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the […]

U.S. Arranging More Prison Abuse in Haiti?

[ This important story follows up earlier ones on Terry Stewart, who helped get Abu Ghraib up and running, and on the U.S.-supported coup against democratically elected Haitian president, Aristide. –BL ] Haiti and Abu Ghraib: The US is to “clean up” Haiti’s prisons — just like it did Iraq’s 17 June 2004 | Zmag.org by Dominique Esser and Kim Ives A U.S. prison consultant sent last year to “reform” Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, now world infamous for the torture U.S. soldiers there inflicted on Iraqis, is doing the same job now in Haiti. Terry Stewart is the former director of […]

Spying in America: How the Pentagon is Overcoming Privacy Laws to Spy At Home

June 15th, 2004 | DemocracyNow! In the 1970s, army intelligence agents were caught spying on antiwar protesters and Congress passed the Privacy Act, which requires officials seeking information to disclose who they are and what they want the information for. Now, a provision buried in an intelligence appropriations bill moving through Congress would exempt Pentagon agencies from the Privacy Act, vastly expanding their ability to conduct domestic spy operations. But recent events show how domestic military intelligence gathering can lead to a government assault on free speech. In February, Army intelligence officers visited the University of Texas law school days […]

Bush’s Mission Accomplished: Client State Installed

Blood of Victory 18 June 2004 | Moscow Times by Chris Floyd Surely it is now time for all the Bush-bashers and war critics — on both left and right — to swallow their pride, put aside their partisanship, and admit the stone-cold truth: The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a rousing success. For despite many setbacks and dark days, it cannot be denied that George W. Bush has accomplished exactly what he set out to do in launching his aggression: the installation — through “a heavy dose of fear and violence,” as one U.S. commander eloquently put […]

“The president has said we need to get to the bottom of this scandal. But how can we get to the bottom of it when there is stonewalling at the top?”

Republicans defeat effort to subpoena Justice documents on torture 17 June 2004 | Knight Ridder Newspapers by SUMANA CHATTERJEE WASHINGTON – (KRT) – Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defeated a Democratic-sponsored effort to subpoena documents on torture and interrogation practices from the Justice Department. [“23 documents, including an Aug. 1, 2002, memo that argued that the president wasn’t bound by U.S. and international prohibitions against torture. Attorney General John Ashcroft refused last week to surrender the memo to the committee.” –BL] The 10 to 9 vote reflected the mounting partisan rancor over the abuse of Iraqi detainees […]