Daily Archives: September 13, 2004

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At Least 80 Civilians Die in Iraqi Violence; U.S. Helicopter Fires On Crowd in Baghdad

September 13, 2004 | Washington Post [Page A01] by Jackie Spinner BAGHDAD, Sept. 12 — Car bombings, mortar attacks and clashes between insurgents and U.S. and Iraqi security forces killed at least 80 civilians across the country Sunday, Iraqi officials said. In Baghdad, the scene of some of the most intense fighting in months, at least 27 people were killed and 107 were wounded. A U.S. military helicopter fired into a crowd of civilians who had surrounded a burning Army armored vehicle in the capital, killing 13 people, said Saad Amili, spokesman for the Health Ministry. Among those killed was […]

Cheney Misleads [Again!] on Iraq/Al-Qaeda Connection

14 Sept. 2004 | Misleader.org Displaying a brazen disregard for the facts, Vice President Cheney told an audience in Cincinnati Thursday that Iraq had “provided safe harbor and sanctuary…for Al Qaeda.”1 There is no evidence to support Cheney’s claim. The 9/11 Commission – which spent months exhaustively studying the issue – concluded there was no “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and al-Qaeda.2 After the release of the report, Cheney claimed there was “overwhelming” evidence of a relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq and that he had “probably” seen evidence that was not shared with the commission.3 After investigating the matter, the 9/11 […]

Thousand lost lives grab our attention

excerpted from September 12, 2004 | San Francisco Chronicle by Vicki Haddock This past week … the 1,000th U.S. casualty [in Iraq] reclaimed our attention. [That’s nearly three times as many as in the first Gulf War.]… It’s been 16 months since President Bush celebrated under a banner extolling “Mission Accomplished,” more than a year since he taunted those seeking to attack Americans inside Iraq with: “Bring ’em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.” Since then, insurgents have “brought it on” with a vengeance. The casualty rate for coalition troops in Iraq now is […]

Report: America’s Enemy is “Made in America”

by Brendan Lalor “The enemy of America is ‘Made in America’; this is an inescapable fact,” according to Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, which has just released a series of essays entitled, 9/11 and the “War on Terrorism” as part of its E-Reports and Monograph Series online. Chossudovsky explains that The “Islamic Militant Network” (the forerunner of Osama bin Laden?s Al Qaeda), was created and sustained by the CIA. He criticizes the 9/11 Commission Report as devoid of a historical perspective. While it provides all the […]

9/11 Pollution ‘Could Cause More Deaths Than Attack’

[ This piece follows up one from last month. –BL ] September 12, 2004 | The lndependent [London] by Geoffrey Lean Up to 400,000 New Yorkers breathed in the most toxic polluting cloud ever recorded after the twin towers were brought down three years ago, but no proper effort has been made to find out how their health has been affected, according to an official report. The US government study provides the latest evidence of a systematic cover-up of the health toll from pollution after the 9/11 disaster, which doctors fear will cause more deaths than the attacks themselves. The Bush […]

Report shows Texas oilmen are major donors to Swift Boat group

Fri, Sep. 10, 2004 | Knight Ridder Keywords: Swift Boat Veterans by MEG LAUGHLIN AND TOM INFIELD WASHINGTON – Texas oilmen, led by takeover specialist T. Boone Pickens, helped fuel the anti-Kerry advertising campaign of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a report filed Friday shows. Pickens contributed $500,000 to the group, the report said. A second oilman from Dallas, Albert Huddleston, contributed $100,000. The group, whose controversial attacks on the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry have attracted national attention, claims it has raised $6.7 million, but it portrays itself as a grass-roots effort thriving on small contributions. […]

Not Forged: Authenticity Backed on Documents Harmful to Bush Campaign

[ This story follows up an earlier piece. –BL ] September 11, 2004 | Boston Globe by Francie Latour and Michael Rezendes After CBS News on Wednesday trumpeted newly discovered documents that referred to a 1973 effort to ”sugar coat” President Bush’s service record in the Texas Air National Guard, the network almost immediately faced charges that the documents were forgeries, with typography that was not available on typewriters used at that time. But specialists interviewed by the Globe and some other news organizations say the specialized characters used in the documents, and the type format, were common to electric typewriters […]

A Note on the Morality of Fictional Wars: Fictum ad Bellum and Fictum in Bello

by Brendan Lalor Scholars in the tradition of Just War Theory distinguish between jus ad bellum (justice in going to war) and jus in bello (justice in the conduct of war). The distinction facilitates nuanced moral discussion about which actions and motives of warring parties might or might not be justified, and helps prevent overgeneralization of blame and innocence. A warring party might have been justified in going to war, but not in its conduct of the war; or it might be blamed not for its conduct but for inadequate justification; and so on. To my knowledge, scholars have not […]