May 16, 2004
The road to Abu Ghraib began after 9/11, when Washington wrote new rules to fight a new kind of war


Indeed, the single most iconic image to come out of the abuse scandal—that of a hooded man standing naked on a box, arms outspread, with wires dangling from his fingers, toes and penis—may do a lot to undercut the administration's...

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:03 AM
February 12, 2004
William Safire's Revised Reasons for War


The invasion has done nothing to make us "safe". It is a casus belli for militant Muslims to rally round and it is no doubt making it much easier for anti-western, anti-US terrorists to recruit; therefore, it has made us less safe. We are well prepared for a battlefield war so we seek our enemy on a battlefield and amongst Iraq civilians. Waging this war on a battlefield makes the enemy stronger.

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Posted by tstubbs at 03:26 PM
January 24, 2004
US Arms Inspectors Past Present and Future


The CIA named a new inspector to lead the search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction Friday, choosing a veteran investigator who has expressed recent skepticism that Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons that posed an immediate threat. Charles Duelfer, the...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:57 AM
December 07, 2003
White House Chief of Staff Card Suggests Bush Can't "Connect the Dots" on Iraq Intelligence


Overall intelligence has been "very, very good," Card said Sunday. But, he added, "Intelligence is a collection of dots, and then an analysis on how those dots might be connected. Some of those dots may not be what they appear to be, and some of the connections may not have been what people would have suggested." Searchers have found quantities of chemicals and substances that could be used to make both weapons and legitimate civilian items, such a soap and bottles of clorox bleach (which can be used to manufacture deadly chlorine gas or to get nasty blood stains out of white school clothes).

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Posted by tstubbs at 02:55 PM
Hillary and Newt, Sittin' in a Tree...


Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, said in the Dec. 15 issue of Newsweek magazine that he was proud of what Gen. Tommy Franks, who planned and commanded the American-led invasion of Iraq, did "up to the moment of...

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Posted by tstubbs at 02:49 PM
December 05, 2003
Iraq and Hard Place


Dwain, I'm happy you feel safer. I do not. I feel that it is totally unsafe for me to travel to the Middle East, Turkey, or North Africa because I hold an American passport. At home, we have quietly (with neither bang nor whimper) given up much of our basic freedom and liberty by passing the Patriot Act. Many parts of this sweeping legislation take away checks on law enforcement and threaten the very rights and freedoms that we are struggling to protect. For example, without a warrant and without probable cause, the FBI now has the power to access your most private medical records, your library records, and your student records... and can prevent anyone from telling you it was done.

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Posted by tstubbs at 03:38 PM
December 04, 2003
George Bush, The Iraq War, and All That


Since Bush the Usurper (I refuse to call the man president since he didn't actually win the election) started the Iraq war on my birthday I've been pretty glum about the sorry state of our foreign dealings (I refuse to call it a policy because I can detect no policy). We seem determined now to maintain a permanent state of war. The trouble is... this war is no more winnable then the last war... the war on drugs. What I find really troubling since my return to the land of the free is the inclusion of the Iraq war as part of the war on terror. Huh? I just don't get it. Either our intelligence on Iraq was WAY off, or the executive branch lied about the existence of WMD's in Iraq. I find both possibilities pretty appalling. In any case, UN inspectors had been very effectively containing Iraq for a decade. The Afgan war had considerable justification (and very considerable support from just about the entire world). The Iraq war had the following top reasons. 1. Iraq has WMD's (Oops...) 2. Saddam gassed his own people (with our gas) and is really bad. (Oh Please) 3. Saddam is a threat to peace in the middle east. (See Israel for a really good example) 4. Daddy don't like him. 5. Dick don't like him. 6 There is oil there. 7. Iraq harbors terrorists. (It turns out this was true, but only in the north which was under the protection of the USAF and not Saddam for the last 10 years. 8. The economy needs a boost. 9. Keeping the country in a constant state of war will be good for the presidents approval ratings. 10. Promotion of Liberal Government. (This would have been a laudable reason but without the threat of WMD's, Congress and the American people would never have supported the war).

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:57 PM
December 01, 2003
Evidence of Torture in US Prisons in Afganistan


"When apparent homicides occur in secret prisons, and promised investigations show no results, the country's cherished values of humane treatment and respect for the law are dishonored."

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Posted by tstubbs at 09:16 AM
November 29, 2003
Scout's Motto: "Be Prepared" not well understood at the White House or the Pentagon


Iraqi Leaders Say U.S. Was Warned of Disorder After Hussein, but Little Was Done

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Posted by tstubbs at 09:46 PM
Bush Reports "Morale is High" While Heros in Iraq Disagree


n response to the question, “How worthwhile do you think fighting this war was for America?,” 50 percent indicated doubts over the justifications for the invasion. Nineteen percent selected the conditional answer that the war was “probably worthwhile” and 20 percent of troops answered that the war was of “little value,” while 11 percent damned it as “not worthwhile at all.” Only 28 percent responded that it was “very worthwhile” and another 20 percent that it was “worthwhile.” Thirty-five percent answered that they were either “mostly unclear” or “not clear at all” about why they were in Iraq. A National Guardsman wrote: “In past wars...it seemed as though everyone had a ‘known’ mission. We’re in the dark.” A 21-year-old regular Army infantryman told the reporters: “A lot of the stuff we’re doing here doesn’t make any sense at all. Now that we’ve been lied to, we don’t trust anyone.” One soldier, whose friend was killed, referred to the failure to find any weapons of mass destruction and said: “I just don’t see what we’re doing here that would justify losing someone like Herbert.”

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Posted by tstubbs at 09:40 PM
November 28, 2003
Cheap Political Stunts 101


President George Bush pulled one hell of a political stunt on Thursday when he flew in Air Force One all the way to Iraq International Airport for another chance to wear a military uniform and to thank troops for defending America by attacking countries which pose no particular threat. He carried a turkey and stuffing. He hugged soldiers. He shook hands with soldiers. He stayed all of 2.5 hours before jetting back (at tax payers expense) to the land of the free where the citizens are not allowed to see the caskets of dead Americans as they return home from Bush's preposterous war.

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:18 AM
October 30, 2003
The CIA is the Latest Wing of the Administration Accused of Withholding Documents


The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee demanded Wednesday that CIA Director George Tenet turn over documents concerning prewar intelligence assessments about Iraq by week's end.

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Posted by tstubbs at 07:10 AM
US Military Death Toll Goes Up


The number of US soldiers killed in combat in postwar Iraq rose yesterday above the number killed before May 1, the day President George Bush declared victory. The almost daily casualties, many of them aged 21 or younger, are beginning to impact on the US domestic agenda and, with the presidential election looming next year, could put pressure on Mr Bush to get out of Iraq as quickly as possible.

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Posted by tstubbs at 06:23 AM
October 27, 2003
Bush Fantasy - We are doing Well in Iraq and Insurgents are Desperate - Someone Better tell the Insurgents


"The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become," Bush told reporters.

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Posted by tstubbs at 03:38 PM
Iraq Escalates with Red Cross Bombing - at least 34 Killed


A series of suicide bombings shook Baghdad early today, including an attack on the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and blasts at four Iraqi police stations that punctuated two days of bloody violence in this capital city.

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:08 PM
October 09, 2003
The Vatican is Evil and Twisted - Church Claims about Condoms and HIV/AIDS


The Catholic Church is teaching poor and vulnerable people in countries stricken by Aids that condoms do not provide protection against HIV/AIDS because they have tiny holes in them through which the HIV virus can pass. The church is making...

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Posted by tstubbs at 06:37 PM
September 29, 2003
Reason and War, Never the Twain Shall Meet!


In a letter sent Thursday to CIA Director George Tenet and obtained by news organizations, two leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said the absence of proof that Iraq had destroyed its chemical and biological weapons "was considered proof that they continued to exist." The letter was signed by Republican Rep. Porter Goss of Florida, the panel's chairman.

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:52 AM
September 25, 2003
"May God Continue to Bless America" - My Earnest Prayer by Toby Bonfield, 15 from Dallas, TX


Like Father Like Son oh God please Bless America by removing this pathological madman of a President. BTW God what were you thinking? Are you having a laugh at our expense? Did you mean for W to start a worldwide holy war? War on terrorism my ass God I mean really! W's war is a war for terrorism. What a poster boy he has become for extremist terrorist groups!

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:55 PM
September 14, 2003
Wake Up Amerika - The Bush II Administration is Incompetent OR Corrupt... Or Both


The much anticipated report on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Distraction, due today, has been delayed indefinitely. It seems it may never be published because the 1200 scientist who have been scouring Iraq for signs of a weapons programme... much less...

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:26 PM
August 22, 2003
Rumsfeld's Rules.


"Think ahead. Don't let day-to-day operations drive out planning." Bush's look-ahead routine crashed on September 11. Now what's the golden objective? The path ahead leads to war, economic decline, alienation from friends, and endless surveillance.

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Posted by tstubbs at 09:17 PM
August 14, 2003
Do Americans Have a First Amendment Right to Become "Human Shields" and to Criticize Their Government?


Freedom of speech... that's the motherfukin bullshit... you say the wrong thing they lock u'r ass up quick!

-- Ice T, from Freedom of Speech Ashcroft and Bush have decided to prosecute people who protested against the Iraq war by becoming human shields. Evidence suggests Faith Fippinger has been targeted because of her choice to speak out about the recent Iraq War. Already under heavy criticism - in part for its failure to produce the weapons of mass destruction that were a major justification for the war - the Bush Administration cannot be happy that Fippinger and others are drawing on their firsthand knowledge of the war to add to the chorus. If so, then Fippinger is facing criminal charges largely because she availed herself of her First Amendment rights. Accordingly, she may be able to convince a court to dismiss these charges on the ground that they violate the Constitution.

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:24 PM
August 10, 2003
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found! In Alabama...


ANNISTON, Alabama --  The U.S. army yesterday fired up its first chemical weapons incinerator near a residential area and destroyed a Cold War-era rocket loaded with enough sarin nerve gas to wipe out a city.

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Posted by tstubbs at 06:42 PM
July 31, 2003
Iraq Active Deception Program "Amazing" - Sand Declared a WMD


He said it will take time to "put together" the evidence so that it is convincing and will stand international scrutiny. He also said he has found new evidence on how Iraq successfully misled United Nations inspectors and hid material from them. Prior to 1998, when they were withdrawn, U.N. inspectors focused on Iraq's deception operation and made it a central part of its final report. Kay said today that interviews with people who took part show, "The active deception program is truly amazing once you get inside it."

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:23 PM
July 25, 2003
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. -Mark Twain


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Posted by tstubbs at 11:49 PM
July 23, 2003
Ashcroft Says "Represent a Terror Suspect Makes you a Terrorist"


NEW YORK, July 22 -- A federal judge tossed out two major terrorism charges today against a prominent attorney for radicals, saying the charges were unconstitutionally vague and "reveal a lack of prosecutorial standards." "The indictment of Lynne Stewart, I thought, was a very unfair attack on lawyering. This judge's ruling . . . upholds zealous advocacy and does not indict a lawyer for lawyering and being a lawyer."

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:40 AM
July 21, 2003
These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed


These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate.

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:18 AM
July 15, 2003
Iraq Bill more than 1 Billion a Week - Administration Admits US Taxpayers to get it "Good and Hard"


     The Indiana Republican Senator Luger is worried the American people were being blindsided, too, by the true costs in blood and treasure of a war that has yet to end. “This idea that we will be in [Iraq] ‘just as long as we need to and not a day more’,” he said, paraphrasing the administration line, “is rubbish! We’re going to be there a long time.” Lugar said he kept demanding answers about the cost to American taxpayers and was not quite getting them. “Where does the money come from?” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a hearing that the “burn rate” for American money to fund the military presence in Iraq was now $3.9 billion a month—almost $1 billion a week. “This is tough stuff,” said a cranky Rumsfeld, lecturing the Senate committee. “This is hard work. This takes time. We need to have some patience.”                But that billion a week is just the beginning.

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:04 AM
July 13, 2003
Lies Damn Lies and Un-American Presidential Behavior


The State of the Union message is one of America's greatest inventions, conceived by the Founders to force a powerful Chief Executive to report to a public suspicious of kings. Delivered to a joint session of Congress in democracy's biggest cathedral, it is the most important speech a President gives each year, written and rewritten and then polished again. Yet the address George W. Bush gave on Jan. 28 was more consequential than most because he was making a revolutionary case: why a nation that traditionally didn't start fights should wage a pre-emptive war. As Bush noted that night, "Every year, by law and by custom, we meet here to consider the state of the union. This year we gather in this chamber deeply aware of decisive days that lie ahead."

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Posted by tstubbs at 02:49 PM
July 12, 2003
Pictures from the Revolution by Micah Ian Wright


The Propaganda Remix Project...

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:42 PM
I'm Proud to be an American where at Least I know I'm Free (to Bomb who the Fuck I like)


"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." Peace groups attempted to purchase commercial time to broadcast ads for peace, but were refused air time by all the major networks and even MTV. CBS network president Martin Franks explained the refusal by saying, "We think that informed discussion comes from our news programming."

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:02 PM
July 10, 2003
We Just Can't Find Em! ;(


Iraq Weapons Unlikely to be Found The U.S. administration has abruptly revised its explanation for invading Iraq, as Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asserted that a changed perspective after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — not fresh evidence of banned weapons — provoked the war.

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:49 AM
June 27, 2003
10 Appalling Lies We Were Told About Iraq


"The Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons." – George Bush, Oct. 7, 2002, in a speech in Cincinnati. http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16274...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:02 PM
Filth I'm Glad to Say Is in The Mind of The Beholder


"Rather than allowing local decisionmakers to tailor their responses to local problems, the CIPA operates as a blunt nationwide restraint on adult access to an enormous amount of valuable information. The abridgment of speech is equally obnoxious whether a rule like this one is enforced by a threat of penalties or by a threat to withhold a benefit."

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:48 AM
June 26, 2003
Americans (and other Homo Sapiens) Held Without Trial or Access to Lawyers


On Monday, Bush named another man as an 'Enemy Combatant'. That action removed the student from the criminal court system after prosecutors said new information had linked him to plots by al Qaeda for a second round of terrorist attacks...

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:29 AM
June 23, 2003
FBI to be renamed CPA


International terrorists will be able to sleep easier if US Representatives Lamar Smith (Republican, Texas) and Howard Berman (Democrat, California) have their way. A new bill Smith and Berman are sponsoring on behalf of their entertainment-industry patrons will divert limited FBI investigative resources from solving serious crimes and preventing terror attacks to waging a new War against File Sharing.

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Posted by tstubbs at 04:52 PM
June 19, 2003
Back Masking in Orin Hatch Records will Destroy your Computer!


Hatch continued, "My new record Now His Glory Shines has been backward masked with a message from the Holy Spirit. Basically, when a pireted copy of this is played on a home PC, the Holy Spirit sends a message to MS Windows to self destruct."

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Posted by tstubbs at 11:10 PM
June 14, 2003
Asscroft is an Evil Little Shit


Before my citizenship is removed and I lose my rights to free speech I would like to voice a bit of dissent regarding our own John Ashcroft, a bible thumping Looney who is running the Justice department.

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Posted by tstubbs at 01:05 AM
Bumper Stickers


A lot has happened to America in the 10 years since I left for the relative safety of the UK. Way back then, if you wanted to sell something, you had to appeal to the protection of the children (remember......

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Posted by tstubbs at 12:42 AM
March 26, 2003
Pulizer Prize Winning Cartoons


Cool Cartoons View image...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:40 PM
March 20, 2003
Shave Your Bush


If Your Happy and you Know it Shave Your Bush...

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Posted by tstubbs at 10:36 PM