[ ThereItIs.org reader David Donahoe points out a few ironies in the following piece: The death penalty in Iraq was suspended during the U.S. occupation? The U.S. is “turning over” Saddam “to the Iraqis” in much the way it is turning over the country to them: legally, but not physically. –BL ] Jun 22, 2004 | Reuters by Alistair Lyon BAGHDAD – The United States plans to turn over legal, but not physical, custody of Saddam Hussein and some other prisoners to the Iraqi interim government soon after it takes over on June 30, a senior official said on Tuesday.
[ Following up a story printed here, the Bush Administration has had to admit its estimation of its anti-terror successes were way off. Thanks to David Donahoe for forwarding this article. NPR’s coverage is brief, but worth a listen, too: Terrorism was at a 20-year high during 2003, rather than a 34-year low! –BL ] Jun 22, 2004 | Reuters WASHINGTON – The Bush administration on Tuesday will say terrorism killed 625 people in 2003, more than double the 307 deaths it cited in a faulty report used to argue it is winning the war on terrorism, a U.S. official said. […]
21 June 2004 | Cursor.org (after June 2004) A New York Times report on Guantanamo finds "that government and military officials have repeatedly exaggerated both the danger the detainees posed and the intelligence they have provided," and that "contrary to the repeated assertions of senior administration officials, none of the detainees… rank as leaders or senior operatives of Al Qaeda."
June 18, 2004 | Future of Freedom Foundation by Jacob G. Hornberger Given all the indignant neoconservative outrage over the financial misdeeds arising from the UNs socialist oil-for-food program during the 1990s, when the UN embargo was killing untold numbers of Iraqi children, one would think that there would be an equal amount of outrage over a much more disgraceful scandal the U.S. delivery of weapons of mass destruction to Saddam Hussein during the Reagan administration in the 1980s.