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13 October 2003

"Our involvement in Iraq was based on lies.
This administration tried to tell the American people
that Iraq had something to do with 9/11, with al Qaeda's role in 9/11,
with the anthrax attack; that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction;
that Iraq had the intention and the ability to attack this nation.
All those things are not true.
So I think that the cause of defending this country
must, first and foremost,
be truth."

– Dennis Kucinich – October 9, 2003
CNN's Democratic presidential candidates' debate

1) Kucinich: "Bring US Troops Home!"
- - The Case for Kucinich
- - David and Goliath - A chat with Dennis Kucinich
- - Two Civilized Men Among the Barbarians
- - Dennis Kucinich: A Truly Progressive Voice?
2) CNN's Democratic presidential candidates' debate
- - How Many Minutes Each Candidate
- - Mike's Kucinich Korral Roundup
3) New Bush Scam
- - When in Trouble, Try to Spin Your Way Out
4) Study Says Sonar linked to death of whales

Editor's Notes:

This Monday Dennis Kucinich will formally announce his presidential campaign on a three-day tour of 11 States. It is good his campaign is just beginning. There is still time, and it is critical to amass volunteers to effectively reach the citizens in NH before that State's January 27, 2004 first primary-state election. This State and the nation's support of it will prove if we can reach the people with a grassroots independent movement that will free US from the corporate-media's control.

In the Moment the Future Is Born

1) Kucinich: "Bring US Troops Home!"

- - The Case for Kucinich
- - David and Goliath - A chat with Dennis Kucinich
- - Two Civilized Men Among the Barbarians
- - Dennis Kucinich: A Truly Progressive Voice?

From the Kucinich for President Campaign

For Immediate Release October 10, 2003

Kucinich Releases Plan to Bring U.S. Troops Home from Iraq and End War Profiteering at Taxpayer Expense One year ago today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Iraq War resolution, despite the efforts led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that persuaded two-thirds of the Democrats in the House to defy their party's leadership and vote No. Congressman Kucinich is the only presidential candidate in the race who voted No in the House or Senate. Since then, Kucinich has not wavered in his strong opposition to the Iraq War and Occupation. On the one year anniversary of the vote, Kucinich has issued a plan to replace US troops in Iraq with UN forces, a transfer of power that would be complete as early as New Year's Day.

Kucinich's statement begins:

"The war in Iraq is over and the occupation of Iraq has turned into a quagmire. The US troops have become the targets of criminals and terrorists who are flowing into Iraq for the chance to shoot Americans.

The cost of the occupation keeps rising: The President has already asked for more than $150 billion to pay for it. And there is no end in sight. The UN is now in an impossible situation, where most of the members view the war and occupation of Iraq to be a US folly. Under these circumstances, the UN can't help. The US is stuck, mostly alone, with a costly, unpopular and unending occupation of Iraq. If we stay the course, it will do damage to American security. Iraq was not and is not a threat to the US, yet the demands of an occupation will overstretch our armed forces. And the extended deployment of reserve forces make us vulnerable at home because the reserve call ups include large numbers of firemen, policemen and other first responders who are needed for the homeland defense mission.

"People are asking, is there a way out? I believe there is. I am writing to share with you a plan that will get the UN in Iraq and the US out. This plan could bring the troops home by New Year's day, it will cost much less than the President's, and it will increase American security."

Read Congressman Kucinich's plan at

PS. While this statement on withdrawal affirms Rep. Kucinich's consistent leadership in opposing the Iraq war and occupation, last night's debate exposed more vacillating from Gov. Dean (who is often called by the media the "leading anti-war candidate"). Where Dean had supported spending $87 billion more on war and occupation at the CNBC debate ("we have no choice," Sept. 25), he refused in yesterday's New York Times to say how he'd vote, if he were in Congress, on the $87 billion. Pressed by Rep. Kucinich last night, Dean said he would support the $87 billion if the money came from rescinding tax cuts -- raising the issue of how the merits of spending more money on a deepening quagmire in Iraq are settled by where the money comes from:

KUCINICH: I want to comment as the only person on this stage who actually voted against the war in Iraq. I want to say that Governor Dean's answer was incomplete before, because he told CNBC two weeks ago that we have no choice about funding the $87 billion. And this morning in the New York Times, he wouldn't take a position on the $87 billion, and the governor says that he's still for keeping 70,000 troops in Iraq...

...KUCINICH TO DEAN : I want to ask him, do you believe in spending $87 billion to keep our troops in Iraq? Because I don't. Do you?

DEAN: I get to answer the question?


DEAN: I believe if the president is serious about supporting our troops in Iraq that he has to say where he's going to get the money from, and that means he's got to get rid of $87 billion worth of the tax cuts that went to Ken Lay and his friends at Enron.

KUCINICH: Would you fund to keep the troops in Iraq?

DEAN: Yes.

For more information:

For Rep. Kucinich's Schedule:

Contact: David Swanson 202-329-7847

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- - The Case for Kucinich

By Max B. Sawicky

I detect a consensus that Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rev. Al Sharpton are focused like laser beams on core progressive principles, compared to what are considered the more pragmatic choices of Dean, Kerry, Gephardt and Edwards. On this account they should enjoy the bulk of progressive support, but they don't. Of course, there is doubt that such principles would aid a Democrat bucking our emerging one-party state. So we have the old pragmatism vs. idealism quandary. Or do we?

The complete article is posted at:

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- - David and Goliath - A chat with Dennis Kucinich
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by Charley Cropley (

Among the Democratic candidates for president, who's afraid of the big bad word "progressive"?

Everyone–except Dennis Kucinich.

For the complete Boulder Weekly article, see:

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- - Two Civilized Men Among the Barbarians
by Glen Ford and Peter Gamble,
The Black Commentator
Viewed on October 9, 2003

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- - Dennis Kucinich: A Truly Progressive Voice?
PrimaryBuzz Staff Writer
October 5, 2003

It's a funny, if unfair, world. The guy from Congress who opposed the war in Iraq and who talks peace with conviction doesn't seem to have won the heart of the anti-war voter. That's right, Dennis Kucinich, the runner-up winner of the primary with 70,000 votes, seems to be sitting on the bench, as the pugnacious Governor Dean seems to have captured all the passion of the anti-war movement, and leveraged it into in a potent political coalition of the angry. Perhaps Kucinich is just too much of a peacenik to galvanize this new, aggressive, angry anti-war mob?

Luckily, Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, hasn't missed Kucinich's message, and has done a great job covering the true peace candidate and pointing out that it's Kucinich is the candidate whose words against war are most consistent, and most outspoken. After the New York debate, Rothschild wrote on September 26th that "Dennis Kucinich proved once again Thursday that he's the most progressive candidate in the race by far."

Right "from the start, Kucinich didn't vacillate. His first time up, he was asked about Bush's $87 billion request for war and occupation: 'Will you vote yes or no on the $87 billion, and if the answer is no, what's the message you would send to the troops?' Kucinich responded: 'The answer is no. I will not vote for the $87 billion. I think we should support the troops, and I think we best support them by bringing them home. Our troops are at peril there because of this Administration's policy. . . . I say, bring the troops home unequivocally, bring them home, and stop this commitment for $87 billion, which is only going to get us in deeper. After a while, we're going to be sacrificing our education, our health care, our housing, and the future of this nation.'"

In contrast, Rothschild observes that "Howard Dean, the erstwhile peace candidate, said, 'We have no choice' but to support the $87 billion request. Carol Moseley Braun, Joe Lieberman, and John Edwards concurred. Clark fobbed it off as a hypothetical question before mouthing the apparently obligatory 'we need to support our troops.'"

Rothschild also notes that "Kucinich gave the best answer to the question about 'what would be the least popular but most right thing you would do' as President. Said Kucinich, succinctly this time: 'First, I would take action to stop the federal death penalty. Second, I would move to cut the Pentagon budget by 15 percent, which would in no way affect adversely our national defense and put the money into child care. Third, I would move to create a department of peace, which would seek to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society and would work with the nations of the world to make war itself archaic.'"

For this complete article, see:

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For more information:
For Rep. Kucinich's Schedule:

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2) CNN's Democratic presidential candidates' debate

- - How Many Minutes Each Candidate
- - Mike's Kucinich Korral Roundup

Excerpts From the Debate -- October 9, 2003

John Edwards
On reaching out to the middle class

I want this president to explain to the American people why multimillionaires sitting by the swimming pool, getting a statement each month to see how much money he's making, is paying a lower tax rate than a schoolteacher, a firefighter, a secretary.

The second reason that this is wrong is because he is putting the burden on the very engine of our economy, which is working people and the middle class. Our economy grows when working people and the middle class grows.

It's happened historically. This president believes if you put more money in the pockets of people at the top, somehow we are all going to do better.

He's wrong. He's — we are going to prove he's wrong in 2004, and the middle class needs to hear this message.

Howard Dean
On his positions on Social Security and Medicare

First of all, I've never said I didn't change. I'm a strong supporter of Medicare. I'm a strong supporter of Social Security. I think Medicare is a badly run program, and I've said so repeatedly. We are not going to take away Medicare or Social Security. That was part of the social contract passed with Lyndon Johnson and F.D.R.. What we are going to do, however, is change those
programs so they can do better.

John Kerry

On winning the election

I think there has been a problem in the last election, certainly, and part of it was not of the making of the party, it was the cleverness of the Republican administration and Karl Rove in exploiting national security. They brought the Iraq issue in September for a purpose. Andrew Card said you don't introduce a new product in August. And they introduced their product and they wiped other choices off the stage.

But that's one of the reasons why it's so important to have a nominee of our party who will have the ability to stand toe-to-toe with them.

They used to think their strong suit was national security. They can't find Osama bin Laden, they can't find Saddam Hussein, they can't find even find the leaker in the White House.

Joseph I. Lieberman
On Iraq

This is a very important discussion because each of the nine of us want to be the commander in chief of the United States military and protect the security of this country.

That requires a clarity of judgment and the courage to stick by the judgment you've made. Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, Al Sharpton, Carol Moseley Braun, they were clear and consistent against the war. I was for it, clearly and consistently. But I respect them for that clarity. I must say that I've been very disappointed, since Wes Clark came into this race, about the various positions he has taken on the war against Saddam Hussein.

Richard A. Gephardt

On Iraq

The president is failing in his responsibility to get us the help that we need. It is four months since he landed on the aircraft carrier in his flight suit and said the war was over. We've almost lost 800 soldiers to injuries since then. We've almost lost 100 who have been killed.

Wesley K. Clark

On Iraq

Let me tell you what my story is. I always supported taking the problem of Saddam Hussein to the United Nations and bringing international resolve to bear. I would never have voted for war. The Congress made a mistake in giving George Bush an open-ended resolution that enabled him to go to war without coming back to the Congress. And that's the simple answer to it.

Carol Moseley Braun

On Iraq

I wouldn't see sending in more troops than we have there already, but certainly to provide relief to those soldiers and provide them every support they need in the field, so that our men and women are not sitting ducks and so that they are not just out there without the kind of support they need to do the job they're there to do.

Dennis J. Kucinich

On Iraq

Unfortunately, in the case of Iraq, our involvement in Iraq was based on lies. This administration tried to tell the American people that Iraq had something to do with 9/11, with al Qaeda's role in 9/11, with the anthrax attack; that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; that Iraq had the intention and the ability to attack this nation. All those things are not true. So I think that the cause of defending this country must, first and foremost, be truth.

Al Sharpton

On Iraq

The president went to the U.N. and said, "Help us on my terms." If I were president, I would go in and say, "We were wrong." Tony Blair and George Bush had a meeting; acted as though it was a world summit — two guys in a phone booth, acting like the whole world had met. And they made a wrong move. I think if we were not inflexible, we could get more support in withdrawing.

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- - How Many Minutes Each Candidate

(Received via Kucinich Campaign)

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2003

CNN's Democratic presidential candidates' debate last night was held with the stated intention of providing the candidates equal time. According to the Hotline (National Journal), here are the results:

Candidate Amount Of Talk Time During the Debate

Dean 14 min 07 seconds

Kerry 12 min 31 seconds

Clark 10 min 36 seconds

Gephardt 10 min 02 seconds

Lieberman 9 min 26 seconds

Braun 8 min 39 seconds

Sharpton 8 min 28 seconds

Edwards 8 min 00 seconds

Kucinich 5 min 09 seconds

At the debate, Congressman Kucinich stood out, expressing some of the clearest and sharpest distinctions between himself and other candidates, and receiving applause for his comments. It is safe to assume that his impact would have been even greater had he been given more than 36 percent of the time given to Gov. Dean.

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- - Mike's Kucinich Korral Roundup
Excerpted from:

The soul of a nation and her brightest asset, her youth, cheered when Dennis Kucinich said he was the only member on stage who voted against the war. And the hopes of the world were lifted that there was at least one candidate with the resolve to change how America presents itself around the globe. Now let's work to spread these words of hope and wisdom to the voters. ~ Mike Price

Transcript of the Phoenix debate..

Poll on who addressed Arizona's issues best in the at top of page...

3) New Bush Scam

- - When in Trouble, Try to Spin Your Way Out

Subject: new Bush scam
The following was received by Flyby News from Daniel P. Welch

Republicans are at it again: New Bush scam--"letters from Iraq" are mass-produced.....will the press give the administration the hounding it deserves?

Newspapers around U.S. get identical missives from Iraq

"WASHINGTON -- Letters from hometown soldiers describing their successes rebuilding Iraq have been appearing in newspapers across the country as U.S. public opinion on the mission sours. And all the letters are the same. A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, also known as "The Rock," in 11 newspapers, including Snohomish, Wash. "

first saw The Olympian article linked at


Daniel P. Welch

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- - When in Trouble, Try to Spin Your Way Out
By MICHAEL KIRKLAND - Oct 12, 2003, 08:30

The Justice Department investigation into alleged leaks from the Bush administration that compromised the identity of a CIA officer is in deep trouble.

You can tell, because this administration has begun to react the way it does to just about everything lately.

Not enough intelligence to invade Iraq? Spin what you have and even some of what you don't have.

So it's come as no surprise that the administration has begun to spin the leaks investigation. President George W. Bush spun the first serve into the ad court Tuesday.

For the complete article, see:

4) Study Says Sonar linked to death of whales

Sonar linked to death of whales, study says
Gas bubbles may cause illness like divers' bends

David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor Thursday, October 9, 2003

Powerful underwater sonar creates tissue-destroying gas bubbles in the vital organs of whales and other marine mammals, causing a fatal sickness similar to the bends that deep-sea divers undergo when they surface too quickly, a new study contends.
For the first time, scientists say they have pinpointed the reason that whales mysteriously beach themselves and die after exposure to certain types of sonar.

The study was based on an international naval exercise in the Atlantic a year ago that caused the stranding of 14 beaked whales on beaches in the Canary Islands. Analysis of the whales within hours of their exposure revealed the cause, according to a team of British and Spanish researchers.

The group's solution to the long-standing mystery is published today in the scientific journal Nature.

In another incident more than three years ago, a group of 17 medium-sized beaked whales stranded themselves in the Bahamas when U.S. Navy ships were conducting sonar exercises nearby. Seven of the mammals died within hours.

That episode led to a major investigation by scientists from the Navy and the government's National Marine Fisheries Service. Although their report directly blamed the sonar signals for mass strandings, it concluded that more research was needed to explain why the sonar had disrupted the whales so severely.

Daniel Costa, a marine mammal expert at UC Santa Cruz, who has consulted with a project using low-frequency sonar signals to study deep-water temperature changes, said Wednesday that he and most of his colleagues agree that the far more powerful and relatively high frequency sonar waves used by naval vessels are in fact the cause of mass whale strandings.

However, he said he considers that the evidence proposed by the British and Spanish researchers provides only a "highly tenuous" explanation for the disorientation and death of the deep-diving whales.

Other California experts, uncertain about the proposed explanation, referred a reporter's inquiry to Robert Gisiner of the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., who is a leading expert on what has long provoked a major controversy among environmental organizations. A spokesperson for the agency, however, would not allow Gisiner to speak to reporters.

The team of British and Spanish scientists proposing the explanation for last year's mass stranding was led by Paul Jepson of the Institute of Zoology in London.

He and his colleagues said there was no evidence of bacterial disease in the whales. Autopsies showed that their blood vessels, livers, hearts, kidneys and fatty tissues were filled with large and rapidly expanding gas-filled cavities caused by the sonar pulses, the scientists said.

The bubble damage, they said, was the same as the damage caused by nitrogen bubbles that divers experience in their tissues when they suffer decompression sickness, or the "bends."

"This is the best data we've ever seen from a sonar-related stranding," said Roger Gentry, coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Acoustics Team. He told the Washington Post that NOAA will hold a workshop with the authors and others in the field later this year to assess the new information and try to reach some scientific conclusions.

Although the British and Spanish scientists proposed that the whales might have actually developed decompression sickness -- possibly by diving and surfacing in panic as sonar impulses reached them -- Costa maintained that deep-diving marine mammals cannot get the bends because their lungs collapse when they dive and expel the gases they have breathed at the surface.

The most likely explanation for the bubbles found in the beached whales, said the British and Spanish scientists, is that the sonar impulses created the bubbles directly in nitrogen molecules that were already suffusing their tissues.

E-mail David Perlman at

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