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17 June 2004

What we have seen, topped by that legalistic treatise on torture,
shows clearly that Mr. Bush set the tone for this dreadful situation
by pasting a false "war on terrorism" label on the invasion of Iraq.


From a New York Times editorial - 9 June 2004


1) US ally Pakistan, not Iraq, helped al-Qaeda, says 9-11 commission
- - Cheney-Halliburton White House Lies
- - Coup D'etat: The reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned
- - Tenet's Perjury and Resignation
- - Enron tapes expose blatant criminality of corporate America
- - Rogue Bush Backers Prepare Super 9-11 False Flag Terror Attacks
- - Chemtrails And Terror In The Age Of Nuclear War
2) Lawyers Ascribed Broad Power to Bush on Torture
- - Iraq Abuse 'Ordered From the Top'
- - Gen. Sanchez: Hid Prisoner From Red Cross
- - The Roots of Abu Ghraib
- - Iraqis Fear New Gov't is a CIA Front
- - Only 2% of Iraqis see occupation forces as liberators
3) George Orwell meet Franz Kafka
- - Oil chief fears for planet
4) "The Fight of Our Lives" Bill Moyers
5) George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography - The Hitler Project



"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth
of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself.
That in its essence is fascism ownership of government by an individual,
by a group or any controlling private power."


President Franklin D. Roosevelt



Editor's Notes:

Waking up one day not long ago, I found history turned upside down. Ronald Reagan became the media's symbol of the great president. Is dementia contagious or something? Did someone forget the Iran-Contra scandal, the depletion of the national treasury, the fool-hearty nature of Star Wars? 1984 has arrived 20 years later. It is 2004 and the media hypnotizes the masses at a funeral for a sneaky fascist war-like-greed agenda. Yet perhaps this issue is best summed up by Kirk Anderson's editorial cartoon-link ~ on the bright side of the Ronald Reagan presidency!

Like most people, I would like to keep things in life relatively simple, but as you skim through the items of the day ... yikes! it is anything but simple. Whereas the 9/11 commission discovered al-Qaeda ties with Pakistan, not Iraq, figuring out who is fighting with whom and for what purpose is tricky stuff. In this first group in item 1, you will find Michael Ruppert relatively optimistic on the demise of the Bush Neocon network - before the election. Yet the policies in Iraq continue on its path in twisted judgment and harming inocent people. Item 2 takes a hard look at the leaked memo and confessions showing how the responsibility for the torture-commending US-policy goes to the top. Item 3 takes a visit to a sensible review of the flick, "The Day After Tomorrow." Item 4 is an excerpt from Bill Moyers address in a forum on inequality. Item 5 links to the unauthorized biography of George Bush, detailing this family's connection with the Hitler Project.

For another important site for the day, see:
DumpBush.bravehost.com/



1) US ally Pakistan, not Iraq, helped al-Qaeda, says 9-11 commission

- - Cheney-Halliburton White House Lies
- - Coup D'etat: The reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned
- - Tenet's Perjury and Resignation
- - Enron tapes expose blatant criminality of corporate America
- - Rogue Bush Backers Prepare Super 9-11 False Flag Terror Attacks
- - Chemtrails And Terror In The Age Of Nuclear War


- - US ally Pakistan, not Iraq, helped al-Qaeda, says 9-11 commission
Published on Monday, June 14, 2004 by the New York Times

An official report the September 11, 2001 attacks said on Wednesday that Pakistan helped the Taliban regime in Afghanistan provide a haven to al-Qaeda in the face of international pressure. However the report said that there was no "credible evidence" that Iraq helped al-Qaeda in any attacks against the United States.

The Daily Telegraph [UK], 17 June 2004; click for article
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_17-6-2004_pg1_2

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- - Cheney-Halliburton White House Lies

White House Officials and Cheney Aide
Approved Halliburton Contract in Iraq,
Pentagon Says
by Erik Eckholm

In the fall of 2002, in the preparations for possible war with Iraq, the Pentagon sought and received the assent of senior Bush administration officials, including the vice president's chief of staff, before hiring the Halliburton Company to develop secret plans for restoring Iraq's oil facilities, Pentagon officials have told Congressional investigators.

Article posted at:
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0614-01.htm

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- - Coup D'etat: The reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned

COUP D'ETAT:
The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the
CIA on June 3rd and 4th

Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming
by
Michael C. Ruppert
additional reporting by
Wayne Madsen from Washington

The complete article is posted at
www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/060804_coup_detat.html

[Excerpts]

JUNE 8, 2004 1600 PDT (FTW) - Why did DCI George Tenet suddenly resign on June 3rd, only to be followed a day later by James Pavitt, the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations (DDO)?

The real reasons, contrary to the saturation spin being put out by major news outlets, have nothing to do with Tenet's role as taking the fall for alleged 9/11 and Iraqi intelligence "failures" before the upcoming presidential election.

Both resignations, perhaps soon to be followed by resignations from Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage, are about the imminent and extremely messy demise of George W. Bush and his Neocon administration in a coup d'etat being executed by the Central Intelligence Agency. The coup, in the planning for at least two years, has apparently become an urgent priority as a number of deepening crises threaten a global meltdown.

Based upon recent developments, it appears that long-standing plans and preparations leading to indictments and impeachment of Bush, Cheney and even some senior cabinet members have been accelerated, possibly with the intent of removing or replacing the entire Bush regime prior to the Republican National Convention this August.

FTW has been documenting this Watergate-like coup for more than fifteen months and almost everything we will discuss about recent events was predicted by us in the following pages: Please see our stories "The Perfect Storm - Part I" (March 2003); "Blood in the Water" (July 2003); "Beyond Bush - Part I" (July 2003); "Waxman Ties Evidentiary Noose Around Rice and Cheney" (July 2003); and "Beyond Bush - Part II" (October 2003).

There were two things we didn't get right. One was the timing. We predicted the developments taking place now as likely to happen after the November election, not before. Secondly, we did not foresee the sudden resignations of Tenet and Pavitt. Understanding the resignations is the key to understanding a deteriorating world scene and that America is on the precipice of a presidential and constitutional crisis that will ultimately dwarf the removal of Richard Nixon in 1974.

So why did Tenet and Pavitt resign? We'll explain why and we will provide many clues along the way as we make our case....

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/060804_coup_detat.html

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- - Tenet's Perjury and Resignation

UQ Wire: Tenet's Perjury And Resignation

Distribution via the Unanswered Questions Wire

TENET'S PERJURY AND RESIGNATION:
Door Now Open to Question,
'What Did Bush Know, and When Did He Know it?"
by Mark G. Levey
leveymg@aol.com


Washington, DC, June 10, 2004 - Reporters for the major papers
may have missed the first page of the biggest story since the
9/11 attacks. When his resignation becomes effective July 11,
2004, CIA Director George Tenet will no longer be covered by
Executive Privilege. He may then be compelled to testify about
what he as a Director of Central Intelligence told the President
regarding several matters about which both he and Bush have thus
far displayed a startling lack of candor.

For links to article and commentary, see
Unanswered Questions Wire
www.scoop.co.nz/mason/archive/scoop/stories/cd/3c/200406091337.77a48bed.html

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- - Enron tapes expose blatant criminality of corporate America
By Rafael Azul
15 June 2004
wsws.org/articles/2004/jun2004/enro-j15.shtml

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- - Rogue Bush Backers Prepare Super 9-11 False Flag Terror Attacks
www.911review.org/Wiki/RogueUSOwnGoal.shtml

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- - Chemtrails And Terror In The Age Of Nuclear War
By Amy Worthington
Idaho Observer
Published on June 3, 2004

North America is now suffering its seventh year of conspicuous and
dangerous aerosol and electromagnetic operations conducted by the U.S.
government under the guise of national security. Concerned citizens watch
in fear as military tankers discolor the skies with toxic chemicals that morph into synthetic clouds.

For the complete article, see:
www.rense.com/general53/chemsd.htm



2) Lawyers Ascribed Broad Power to Bush on Torture

- - Iraq Abuse 'Ordered From the Top'
- - Gen. Sanchez: Hid Prisoner From Red Cross
- - The Roots of Abu Ghraib
- - Iraqis Fear New Gov't is a CIA Front
- - Only 2% of Iraqis see occupation forces as liberators


- - Lawyers Ascribed Broad Power to Bush on Torture
The Los Angeles Times
10 June 2004

Lawyers Ascribed Broad Power to Bush on Torture

In a memo dated weeks after the invasion of Iraq, administration counsel said the president's authority superceded Congress'.
By David G. Savage and Richard B. Schmitt

WASHINGTON - On the eve of the war in Iraq, Bush administration lawyers spelled out a strikingly broad view of the president's power that freed the commander in chief and U.S. military from the federal law and international treaties that barred the use of torture.

In past wars, presidents have claimed special powers. During the Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and allowed accused traitors to be tried before military courts. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an order authorizing the military to intern thousands of Japanese Americans.

In those instances, however, the president acted with the approval of Congress. Rarely, if ever, have the president's advisors claimed an authority to ignore the law as written by Congress.

The legal memo, written last year for the Defense Department and disclosed this week, did not speak for President Bush, but it claimed an extraordinary power for him. It said that as the commander in chief, he had a "constitutionally superior position" to Congress and an "inherent authority" to prosecute the war, even if it meant defying the will of Congress.

Congress adopted an anti-torture law in 1994 that barred Americans abroad acting under U.S. authority from inflicting "severe physical or mental pain." But the 56-page memo on "Detainee Interrogation in the Global War on Terrorism" maintains that the president and his military commander cannot be restrained in this way.

"Congress lacks authority to set the terms and conditions under which the president may exercise his authority as commander in chief to control the conduct of operations during a war," the memo asserts. "Congress may no more regulate the president's ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield. Accordingly, we would construe [the law] to avoid this difficulty and conclude that it does not apply to the president's detention and interrogation of enemy combatants."

The memo was dated March 6, 2003, two weeks before the start of the war in Iraq. In earlier memos, administration lawyers said the president could designate even American citizens arrested within the United States as "enemy combatants," and thus theoretically subject them to torture.

But according to several mainstream legal scholars, this turns the Constitution on its head. The 18th century document says Congress makes the laws, and the president has the duty to carry them out. "He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed," the Constitution says of the president.

Moreover, the Constitution grants Congress specific powers to set the rules in war and peace, including for captives.


"Congress shall have the power to declare war and make rules concerning captures on land and water to define offenses against the law of nations [and] to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces."

A broad range of legal experts, including specialists in military law, say they were taken aback by this bald assertion of presidential supremacy.

"It is an extraordinary claim. It is as broad an assertion of presidential authority as I have ever seen," said Michael Glennon, a war law expert at Tufts University. "This is a claim of unlimited executive power. There is no reason to read the commander-in-chief power as trumping the clear power of Congress."

University of Texas law professor Douglas Laycock added, "It can't be right. It is just wrong to say the president can do whatever he wants, even if it is against the law."

Veteran military lawyers also said they were surprised and dismayed by the memo.

"It's an argument I have never seen made before that the commander in chief's war-fighting powers trump the restrictions in the Geneva Convention," said Grant Lattin, a former judge advocate for the Marines who practices military law in Virginia. "I am having a difficult time even following the logic, that somehow because this is a new type of war that these military commanders' authority has somehow grown larger than the restrictions that we have accepted in the Geneva Convention."

For the complete article, see:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-torture10jun10,1,657234
5.story

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Leaked Torture Memo:
Full Text
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/061104C.shtml

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- - Iraq Abuse 'Ordered From the Top'

General Karpinski:
Iraq Abuse 'Ordered From the Top'
BBC

Tuesday 15 June 2004

He said they are like dogs and if you allow them to believe at any point that they are more than a dog then you've lost control of them.
-- General Karpinski

The US commander at the centre of the Iraqi prisoner scandal says she was told to treat detainees like dogs.

Brig Gen Janis Karpinski told the BBC she was being made a "convenient scapegoat" for abuse ordered by others.

For the complete article, see:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3806713.stm

or

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/061604B.shtml


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- - Gen. Sanchez: Hid Prisoner From Red Cross

War Crimes: Gen. Sanchez
Hid Prisoner From Red Cross
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/061404B.shtml

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- - The Roots of Abu Ghraib

The New York Times
9 June 2004
Editorial: The Roots of Abu Ghraib


In response to the outrages at Abu Ghraib, the Bush administration has repeatedly assured Americans that the president and his top officials did not say or do anything that could possibly be seen as approving the abuse or outright torture of prisoners. But disturbing disclosures keep coming. This week it's a legal argument by government lawyers who said the president was not bound by laws or treaties prohibiting torture.

Each new revelation makes it more clear that the inhumanity at Abu Ghraib grew out of a morally dubious culture of legal expediency and a disregard for normal behavior fostered at the top of this administration. It is part of the price the nation must pay for President Bush's decision to take the extraordinary mandate to fight terrorism that he was granted by a grieving nation after 9/11 and apply it without justification to Iraq..

..What we have seen, topped by that legalistic treatise on torture, shows clearly that Mr. Bush set the tone for this dreadful situation by pasting a false "war on terrorism" label on the invasion of Iraq.

For the complete article, see:
The Roots of Abu Ghraib

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- - Iraqis Fear New Gov't is a CIA Front

Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks
The New York Times
June 9, 2004
By JOEL BRINKLEY

WASHINGTON, June 8 - Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.


For the complete article, see:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/politics/09ALLA.html?hp

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- - Only 2% of Iraqis see occupation forces as liberators

The Bush administration's last remaining justification for the invasion of Iraq has been demolished by a private poll revealing that only 2 per cent of Iraqis regard the occupying forces as liberators. The poll was commissioned by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) last month and which was leaked yesterday. It reveals that only 2 per cent of the Iraqis polled in mid-May see coalition troops as liberators, while 92 per cent said they were occupiers.

The Independent [UK], 17 June 2004: click for article:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=532337



3) George Orwell meet Franz Kafka

- - Oil chief fears for planet

George Orwell meet Franz Kafka
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/
by Tom Engelhardt

[Excerpts]

With nature there are no special effects

Over Memorial Day weekend, with my family elsewhere, I drove to a multiplex to catch Roland Emmerich's global warming disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow. This was the film for which Bush administration officials briefly forbid NASA scientists to field press queries, lest perhaps the administration find itself in cold storage. It's kind of touching, really, that the Bush folks retain such faith in the power of Hollywood..

"The Day After Tomorrow has one of the most absurd and implausible plot turns I've seen in a movie, ever. Global warming melts the polar ice caps, which makes the oceans rise and disrupts the Gulf Stream. There are lethal hailstones in Tokyo and ravaging tornadoes in L.A.; and after New York City is flooded by seawater, the temperature plunges at a rate of 10 degrees per second, so that people are transformed into ice statues where they stand. Tens of millions are dead and the upper United States has become uninhabitable. Now here's the implausible part. The vice president -- closely modeled on Dick Cheney -- who has pooh-poohed all evidence of global warming, goes on TV and says, 'I was wrong.'"

..call it the miracle of the movies, which sometimes have a way of smash-mouthing through every sophisticated defense you've built up over a long life: The very fatuousness of the film set against a final vision of our planet from space locked in a new ice-age, gave me the total creeps. I drove off into a foggy night in an old clunker of a stick-shift car with lousy lights, all alone, and just a little unsure of my way through the ill-lit haze. I didn't think then about Al Gore's Moveon.org send-off for the film, or about the hyped-up dispute over its scientific accuracy, or about its inability to offer even the simplest explanation of global warming itself, or about the endless media babble over whether this film would fill the sails of the environmental movement or sink it beneath the waves; I just felt a chill. The pure willies. For that uncertain drive home in a car burning gas, and so sending carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to join the thickening blanket of pollution circling and warming our planet, I was haunted by a sense of the fragility of Earth and of human life itself.

For the complete dispatch, see:
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/

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- - Oil chief fears for planet

Published on Thursday, June 17, 2004 by the Guardian/UK

Oil chief: my fears for planet

Shell boss's 'confession' shocks industry
David Adam, science correspondent
Thursday June 17, 2004

The Guardian

The head of one of the world's biggest oil companies has admitted that the threat of climate change makes him "really very worried for the planet".

In an interview in today's Guardian Life section, Ron Oxburgh, chairman of Shell, says we urgently need to capture emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, which scientists think contribute to global warming, and store them underground - a technique called carbon sequestration.

"Sequestration is difficult, but if we don't have sequestration then I see very little hope for the world," said Lord Oxburgh. "No one can be comfortable at the prospect of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that we are pumping out at present ... with consequences that we really can't predict but are probably not good."

His comments will enrage many in the oil industry, which is targeted by climate change campaigners because the use of its products spews out huge quantities of carbon dioxide, most visibly from vehicle exhausts.

His words follow those of the government's chief science adviser, David King, who said in January that climate change posed a bigger threat to the world than terrorism.

For the complete article, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4949299-103690,00.html
or
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0617-01.htm



For items 4 and 5

4) "The Fight of Our Lives" Bill Moyers
5) George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography - The Hitler Project

See: Fight of Our Lives * BushHitlerProject


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