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24 November 2002

1) US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons!
2) World's Worst Oil Spills off Spain's Coast, Now!
3) EPA Eases Rules on Air Cleanup
4) The Nation: "Ralph, Don't Run"

Editor's Notes:

Please consider writing Governor Easely (North Carolina, USA) to help stop the scheduled 10 December 2002 execution of Desmond Carter on International Human Rights Day. You may want to also make an appeal the Governor to execute a moratorium on the death penalty due to a record of unfairness to minority races. Democracy needs justice to work for the rights of all.

I encourage you to read the background information on this case from Amnesty International, and to take action. Our links make it easy to send an Email to honor the International Human Rights Day. Do something now to celebrate rather than mourn another Black Man Lynched from death row by a system that is awfully flawed.

To learn more about Desmond Carter, see:
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Check there too for updates on other events, including a first anniversary event, December 2nd, marking the Brattleboro police shooting of my ecologist friend, "Woody" Robert Woodward.

In the first item of this issue, we are posting an article on the reality of pending war on Iraq. Pax Americana is pre-designed, and unless world unity usurps this current direction and commitment, the oil glut messenger of death will find quicker ways to achieve its goals. Item 2 and 3 shows such symptoms, the consequences of the marketing-escalating war against our environment, for greed, power, fear. Item 4 is related to this, too, and since much of the harm has been politically-generated, this means the solution must come from a political process, too, unless one favors the continuation of the Bush-Osama pattern for apocalyptic visions. We have to reclaim what democracy is left as quickly as possible. Let us all try to get our non-voting friends to register, and to encourage such candidates that voted against the Iraq War Resolution to run for higher Offices. Based on the realities of current political structures, we can be most effective by first transforming the Democratic Party, and then all parties by the support of Instant Run-off Elections and clean elections to end the corruption and use of the spoiler phenomenon; so, eventually, we can always have the opportunity to vote for the candidate of any party of our choice without being manipulated to be in support of the far right by voting for Green party candidates!

Time is shrinking, for Desmond Carter and each of us.

Please, read, think, act, and unite!

1) US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons


Exclusive By Paul Gilfeather, Whitehall Editor

GEORGE Bush's top security adviser last night admitted the US would attack Iraq even if UN inspectors fail to find weapons.

Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.

Evidence from ONE witness on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme will be enough to trigger a fresh military onslaught, he told an all- party meeting on global security.

Former defence minister and Labour backbencher Peter Kilfoyle said: "America is duping the world into believing it supports these inspections. President Bush intends to go to war even if inspectors find nothing.

"This make a mockery of the whole process and exposes America's real determination to bomb Iraq."

Dr Perle told MPs: "I cannot see how Hans Blix can state more than he can know. All he can know is the results of his own investigations. And that does not prove Saddam does not have weapons of mass destruction."

The chairman of America's defence policy board said: "Suppose we are able to find someone who has been involved in the development of weapons and he says there are stores of nerve agents. But you cannot find them because they are so well hidden.

"Do you actually have to take possession of the nerve agents to convince? We are not dealing with a situation where you can expect co-operation."

Mr Kilfoyle said MPs would be horrified at the admission. He added: "Because Saddam is so hated in Iraq, it would be easy to find someone to say they witnessed weapons building.

"Perle says the Americans would be satisfied with such claims even if no real evidence was produced.

"That's a terrifying prospect."

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For a related article (11/24/02): "Allies blast radar site in Iraq in fourth air attack of week," see:

Here are some related issues in Flyby News Archives:

October 10, 2002 - Item 2
"President's Real Goal,"
Published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 9/29/02
By Jay Bookman:,38608,

16 September 2002 - Item 1
Secret Blueprint for US Global Domination Revealed!
Bush planned Iraq invasion before becoming president, document reveals
Sunday Herald - 15 September 2002
By Neil Mackay,25194,

For more on these and other resources, visit Flyby News' Mid East links:,83873,

2) World's Worst Oil Spills off Spain's Coast, Now!

World Environment News'
copyright C Planet Ark 2002 and Reuters



Tanker sinking off Spain threatens eco-disaster

CAION, Spain - A tanker laden with over 65,000 tonnes of fuel oil broke in two off Spain and plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic on Tuesday, triggering what ecologists fear may become one of the world's worst oil spills.

Leaking oil tanker off Spain splits in two

Remainder of stricken oil tanker sinks off Spain

Recriminations fly, but tanker gives up the fight

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3) EPA Eases Rules on Air Cleanup

Article in Cleveland Plain Dealer
Saturday, November 23, 2002

Going Backwards
EPA Eases Rules on Air Cleanup
Activists Cry Foul
by Sabrina Eaton

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday revised its clean-air rules to make it easier for businesses to modernize without running afoul of air pollution laws.
Environmentalists immediately denounced the move as a boon to polluters.

The new rules, important to Ohio because of its abundance of smokestack industries, would let factories modify their operations without government approval if their emissions fall under a government-set cap. It also would let manufacturers that have scaled back operations - and cut emissions - resume at their old, higher level.

EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said the changes to the New Source Review program will promote clean air.

"The steps we are taking today recognize that some aspects of the NSR program have deterred companies from implementing projects that would increase energy efficiency and decrease air pollution," Whitman said.

Environmental activists said the rules were a payoff to corporate lobbyists and called for Whitman's resignation. New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer promised a lawsuit seeking to overturn them.

"This early Christmas gift to industry means more pollution and less protection," said Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, an independent who lost chairmanship of the Senate's environment committee after Republicans gained in this month's elections.

"If the administration is so proud of these regulations, you have to ask yourself why they would wait until after the election, after Congress adjourns for the year, and on the Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving to release them."

For the complete article, see:

4) The Nation: "Ralph, Don't Run"

Ralph, Don't Run
by Ronnie Dugger

Published in The Nation

Given the GOP sweep in the midterm elections, progressives and populists must position themselves to play a pivotal role in the next presidential contest. As we demonstrated in 2000, we are a fragmented political force, divided between those who supported, however reluctantly, the Democratic choice, Al Gore, and those who backed the Green Party's Ralph Nader. But the Bush disaster, compounded now by the meltdown of the Democratic Party on November 5, is an emergency. We cannot afford another division in our ranks that will bring about the election of George W. Bush in 2004.

His selection as President by the Supreme Court in 2000 was a presidential and judicial coup. Progressives may believe this coup stains his Administration as illegitimate, but apparently he and his inner group take it as leave to cast aside the Bill of Rights and international law. Now the President is out of control and threatens American democracy and the peace of the world. At home, there is mounting evidence that we are living in a land ruled by a crypto-fascist government: The FBI spies on law-abiding political organizations and churches, citizens are deputized to spy and inform on one another, an underground parallel executive government has been activated, lawyer-client consultations are bugged, the government keeps citizens locked up without lawyers or hearings and talks of using the military to police the United States, and the Pentagon is making a vast database of the American people. We are being cudgeled into agreeing to wars of aggression, to make first use of nuclear weapons and to put weapons in outer space. Setting a lethal example for other nations, the Bush government prepares to initiate an attack on a small nation 6,000 miles away and asserts the right to wage a war with no discernible end by attacking any nation that one man--an unelected President who has rarely traveled overseas--determines to be harboring terrorists or seeking weapons of mass destruction. This
same unelected President schemes to exempt Americans from the jurisdiction of the new International Criminal Court, which punishes crimes against humanity. The will to dominate the world is explicit when he tells Congress he will not allow "any foreign power to catch up with" or surpass "the power of the United States." If Bush and the Pentagon control the government through 2008 we will become a militarized nation bent on world domination, a third-millennium Rome.

Intensified terrorist attacks on us and a series of widening wars can be expected. All of this is dramatically worse in kind and degree than what Al Gore would have done as President.

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