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Interrogations Faked at Guantanamo, Witness Says
Authorities at Guantanamo Bay staged interrogations of detainees for visiting politicians and generals to give the impression that valuable intelligence was regularly being gathered, according to a former Army translator at the camp.
Former Army Sgt. Erik Saar told CBS television show 60 Minutes that he believes "only a few dozen" of the 600 detainees at the camp were terrorists and that little information was obtained from them.

Tenet says he regrets 'slam dunk' comment
Former CIA Director George Tenet said he regretted assuring President Bush in 2002 that he had "slam dunk" evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. "Those were the two dumbest words I ever said," Tenet told about 1,300 people at a Kutztown University forum Wednesday. The theory was a leading justification for the war in Iraq. Such weapons were never found.

U.S.: Abu Ghraib Only the "Tip of the Iceberg"
The crimes at Abu Ghraib are part of a larger pattern of abuses against Muslim detainees around the world, Human Rights Watch said on the eve of the April 28 anniversary of the first pictures of U.S. soldiers brutalizing prisoners at the Iraqi jail. Human Rights Watch released a summary of evidence of U.S. abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as well as of the programs of secret CIA detention, "extraordinary renditions," and "reverse renditions."

CIA’s final report: No WMD found in Iraq
In his final word, the CIA’s top weapons inspector in Iraq said Monday that the hunt for weapons of mass destruction has “gone as far as feasible” and has found nothing, closing an investigation into the purported programs of Saddam Hussein that were used to justify the 2003 invasion.

US Attack On Iran Set For June
On Friday evening in Olympia, former UNSCOM weapons inspector Scott Ritter appeared with journalist Dahr Jamail. -- Ritter made two shocking claims: George W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and the U.S. manipulated the results of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq....

U.S. Has No Exit Strategy for Iraq, Rumsfeld Says
``We don't have an exit strategy, we have a victory strategy,'' Rumsfeld told soldiers during a surprise visit to Baghdad, according to a pooled broadcast report from the capital. ``The goal is to help the Iraqi Forces develop the skills and the capacity to provide their own security.''

Auditors Questioned $212.3 Million in Charges From KBR
Critic of Halliburton Contracts Releases Report, Urges Hearings
Pentagon auditors have questioned $212.3 million -- about 13 percent -- of $1.69 billion that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary charged the government over the past few years, mostly for importing fuel to Iraq under a no-bid contract.

16 killed in Afghanistan copter crash
Afghans look over the wreckage of CH-47 helicopter that crashed on its way to Bagram Air Field. Sixteen people were killed Wednesday when a coalition helicopter traveling in "severe weather" crashed in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said. Eighteen people, including crew and passengers, were listed on the flight manifest. Two people remain unaccounted for.

Parliament Elects Iraq's First Kurdish President
Parliament elected veteran Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as Iraq's president on Wednesday, breaking a two-month political impasse and paving the way for a new government more than nine weeks after elections. Talabani is the first Kurd to be Iraq's president -- and the first non-Arab president of any Arab state -- a sign of the new clout of the Kurdish minority that backed the U.S.-led invasion.

Berkeley High Teach-In Targets War and Military Recruitment
The military recruitment budget is $3 billion annually; 90 percent of the people killed in war are civilian noncombatants; 91 percent of Berkeley High students believe the war in Iraq is wrong and illegal; 65 percent of veterans never get their education benefits; 33 percent of homeless men are veterans…

Poland to Pull Troops from Iraq at End of Year
Poland's government decided on Tuesday to withdraw its troops from Iraq at the end of 2005, making official an earlier proposal, Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski said.

Torture Air, Incorporated
A sleek Gulfstream V jet with the tail number N379P has racked up more international miles than most passenger jets. Since October 2001, this plane has been spotted in some of the world's most exotic and forbidding airports: Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Karachi, Pakistan, Baku, Azerbaijan, Baghdad, Iraq, and Rabat, Morocco. It has also frequently landed at Dulles International, outside Washington, DC and enjoys clearance to land at US military air bases in Scotland, Cyprus and Frankfurt, Germany. Observers around the world have noticed men in hoods and chains being taken on and off the jet.

School Systems Resist Military Recruiting
That provision requires schools that receive federal aid to give military recruiters the names, addresses, and phone number of high school juniors and seniors, and to provide military recruiters with the same access to students as employers and college recruiters get. There is an exception, though. Students and parents must be given an opportunity to request that the information be withheld.

Army Still Misses Recruiting Targets
The active Army was 2,150 recruits short of meeting its March goal of 6,800 new troops, and the Army Reserve fell 739 short of its goal of 1,600. These shortfalls were worse than those in February, when the Army and its reserve components failed to meet recruiting goals for the first time since May 2000.

Report Calls U.S. Intelligence 'Dead Wrong' on Iraq Weapons
The American intelligence community was "dead wrong" about Iraq's weapons arsenal in large part because of an outdated Cold War mentality and a vast, lumbering bureaucracy that continues to shackle dedicated and capable people, a presidential commission said today. "The intelligence community must be transformed - a goal that would be difficult to meet even in the best of all possible worlds," the commission said in its report to President Bush. "And we do not live in the best of worlds."

U.N.: Iraq kids suffer from malnutrition
Almost twice as many Iraqi children are suffering from malnutrition since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a U.N. monitor said Monday. Four% of Iraqis under age 5 went hungry in the months after Saddam's ouster in April 2003, and the rate nearly doubled to 7.7% last year, said Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Human Rights Commission's special expert on the right to food. The situation is "a result of the war led by coalition forces," he said.

Powell Says U.S. Was 'Too Loud' Over Iraq -Magazine
The United States made errors in presenting its case for war against Iraq, but Saddam Hussein had to be removed, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told a German magazine. "We were sometimes too loud, too direct, perhaps we made too much noise," Powell told Stern magazine in an interview released on Wednesday. "That certainly shocked the Europeans sometimes."

New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11
The episode has been retold so many times in the last three and a half years that it has become the stuff of political legend: in the frenzied days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded, dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, managed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights.

Afghan Detainee's Leg Was 'Pulpified,' Witness Says
The testimony comes at a hearing for an MP who delivered beatings. The inmate later died. Ft. Bliss, Texas - An Afghan detainee in U.S. custody was so brutalized before his death that his thigh tissue was "pulpified," a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday at a preliminary hearing for a military police officer charged in the 2002 assault. "It was similar to injuries of a person run over by a bus," said Lt. Col. Elizabeth Rouse, who performed an autopsy on the detainee, identified only as Dilawar.

Secret US plans for Iraq's oil
The Bush administration made plans for war and for Iraq's oil before the 9/11 attacks, sparking a policy battle between neo-cons and Big Oil, BBC's Newsnight has revealed. Two years ago today - when President George Bush announced US, British and Allied forces would begin to bomb Baghdad - protesters claimed the US had a secret plan for Iraq's oil once Saddam had been conquered.

U.S. Likely to Soon Cut Troops in Iraq - Army General
The Army expects to begin cutting troop levels in Iraq as soon as this year, a move that would reduce the level of U.S. forces there to below 138,000, an Army general said on Thursday. "I think for the next force rotation, we'll start seeing that (the) force rotation coming in will be smaller than the force that's in there," said Gen. Richard Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff.

Italy forced to backtrack on Iraq
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced by Washington and London to backtrack on his surprise announcement that Italian troops would start leaving Iraq in September, the Italian press said today. "George W Bush and Tony Blair say 'Stop Berlusconi'," read the headline in the centre-left opposition daily La Repubblica.

Children of the Fallen
Over 1,000 American kids have lost a parent in the Iraq war. They were prepared to die, even the truck drivers and supply clerks; any American who sets foot in Iraq must be. They made out wills, as the military requires, and left behind letters and videos for their families. The families in turn prepared for the day when they might open the door to find a chaplain on the other side. In military families the notion of duty is not confined to the battlefield. On the morning that 14-year-old Rohan Osbourne learned that his mother, Pamela, had been killed in a mortar attack on her Army base, his father dropped him off as usual at Robert M. Shoemaker High School, where three quarters of the students are the children of soldiers from nearby Fort Hood, Texas. "I might not get a lot of work done today, ma'am," Rohan politely explained to his teacher. "My mommy died yesterday in Iraq."

Secret FBI report doubts al-Qa'ida can stage 9/11-type strikes in US
A secret FBI report has cast doubt on al-Qa'ida's ability to stage another "spectacular" attack in the US, three and a half years after the 9/11 suicide hijackings and a year after the Madrid bombings, the network's only other major strike in the West. While the desire of the al-Qa'ida leadership to attack the US was "not in question", the report said, "their capability to do so is unclear, particularly in regard to 'spectacular' operations".

Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says
In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. [...] The threat posed by these types of facilities was cited by the Bush administration as a reason for invading Iraq, but the installations were left largely unguarded by allied forces in the chaotic months after the invasion.

Xymphora: Sgrena shuts up. Why? John Negroponte, hit man.
 The Bush-lovin' Italian government wants (or here) Giuliana Sgrena to shut up about what happened to her in Iraq, and she has apparently taken the hint, and now claims that she does not believe the Americans were trying to kill her. I don't blame her for this, as we don't need this issue to blunt the effect of the reporting she will be doing regarding what took place in Falluja. We are able to draw our own conclusions on what happened to her...

U.S. Troops Who Fired on Freed Italian Journalist Were Security for Negroponte
U.S. troops who mistakenly killed an Italian intelligence agent last week on the road to Baghdad's international airport were part of extra security provided by the U.S. Army to protect U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte, a U.S. official said Thursday [...] "The mobile patrol was there to enhance security because Ambassador Negroponte was expected through," U.S. Embassy spokesman Robert Callahan said, confirming reports in Italian media. The newspaper La Repubblica reported Wednesday that the checkpoint had been "set up to protect the passage of Ambassador Negroponte."

Bush budget scraps 9,790 border patrol agents
The law signed by President Bush less than two months ago to add thousands of border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border has crashed into the reality of Bush's austere federal budget proposal, officials said Tuesday. Officially approved by Bush on Dec. 17 after extensive bickering in Congress, the National Intelligence Reform Act included the requirement to add 10,000 border patrol agents in the five years beginning with 2006. Roughly 80 percent of the agents were to patrol the southern U.S. border from Texas to California, along which thousands of people cross into the United States illegally every year.


Bush Slashes Law enforcement in new budget
President Bush’s budget will propose slashing grants to local law enforcement agencies and cutting spending for environmental protection, American Indian schools and home-heating aid for the poor, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
Bush molded the roughly $2.5 trillion spending plan for 2006 as a response to a string of record federal deficits, and he is expected to send it to Congress on Monday.


Arabs Say U.S. Rhetoric Rings Hollow
President Bush's inaugural address placing the fostering of democratic freedoms around the world at the center of U.S. foreign policy drew a skeptical reaction Friday in the Arab world, where analysts questioned whether the rhetoric of the speech was consistent with the administration's actions in the Middle East.

9/11 Report Cites Many Warnings About Hijackings
In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.


Bush Connects Iraq to 911 in this letter to congress
Bush used very careful language when implying links and connections between Osama and Saddam. So this letter is a rare find. In it he is giving Congress reasons for his pre-emptive strike against Iraq and reason number 2 is:
"to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."


Report blames 'group think' for CIA failures on Iraq
The key U.S. assertions leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq -- that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was working to make nuclear weapons -- were wrong and based on false or overstated CIA analyses, a scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report asserted Friday ... "As the report will show, they were also unreasonable and largely unsupported by the available intelligence," he said.
"This was a global intelligence failure."

Transcript of Rice's 9/11 commission statementWednesday, May 19, 2004
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified Thursday under oath and in public before the independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001. The White House initially refused to allow Rice's public testimony but reversed its position after pressure from relatives of 9/11 victims, commission members and politicians.


WMD may never be found - Blair
Mr Blair said he had "to accept we haven't found them and we may never find them" - but that did not mean Saddam Hussein had not been a threat. He said the former Iraqi leader had been in breach of UN resolutions and his weapons may have been "removed, hidden or destroyed".
Mr Blair also said US security concerns had to be tackled before British detainees at Guantanamo Bay are freed.

Cheney Had No New Data on Saddam, Al Qaeda-Panel
The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no evidence of collaborative links between Iraq and al Qaeda, said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney had no more information than commission investigators to support his later assertions to the contrary.

Screw October! Let's have a July Surprise!
A third source, an official who works under ISI's director, Lieutenant General Ehsan ul-Haq, informed tnr that the Pakistanis "have been told at every level that apprehension or killing of HVTs before [the] election is [an] absolute must." What's more, this source claims that Bush administration officials have told their Pakistani counterparts they have a date in mind for announcing this achievement: "The last ten days of July deadline has been given repeatedly by visitors to Islamabad and during [ul-Haq's] meetings in Washington." Says McCormack: "I'm aware of no such comment." But according to this ISI official, a White House aide told ul-Haq last spring that "it would be best if the arrest or killing of [any] HVT were announced on twenty-six, twenty-seven, or twenty-eight July"--the first three days of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Army Recalling Thousands Who Left Service
Digging deeper for help in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is recalling to active duty about 5,600 people who recently left the service and still have a reserve obligation.

U.S. Hands Power to Iraqis Two Days Early
The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the historic step toward self-rule.

Poll: 54% now say sending troops to Iraq was a mistake
Most Americans now say that sending U.S. troops to Iraq was a mistake, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. For the first time, a majority also says that the war there has made the nation less safe from terrorism

CIA insider says U.S. fighting wrong war
A career CIA officer claims in a new book that America is losing the war on terror, in part because of the invasion of Iraq, which, he says, distracted the United States from the war against terrorism and further fueled al-Qaida’s struggle against the United States. The author, who writes as “Anonymous,” is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and still works for the intelligence agency, which allowed him to publish the book after reviewing it for classified information.

69 Said Dead in Attacks Across Iraq
Insurgents launched coordinated attacks against police and government buildings across Iraq on Thursday, less than a week before the handover of sovereignty. The strikes killed 69 people, including three American soldiers, and wounded more than 270 people, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.

Bush Connects Iraq to 911 in this letter to congress
"to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

Noonday in the Shade
In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot. In the small town of Noonday, Tex., F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs and a chemical weapon — a cyanide bomb — big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building. Strangely, though, the attorney general didn't call a press conference to announce the discovery of the weapons cache, or the arrest of William Krar, its owner. He didn't even issue a press release.

Poll of Iraqis Reveals Anger Toward U.S.
President Bush (news - web sites) is fond of telling Americans they have liberated Iraq (news - web sites) and that the country's future generations will be thankful. The current generation, however, overwhelmingly views U.S. forces as occupiers and wishes they would just leave, according to a poll commissioned by the administration.

Powell says terror report "mistake," not cover-up
Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that a State Department report claiming a global decline in terrorist incidents last year was a "big mistake," but he said there was no intent to "cook the books" for political purposes.

Bomb Kills Head of Iraqi Governing Council
The head of the Iraqi Governing Council was killed in a suicide car bombing near a checkpoint outside the coalition headquarters in central Baghdad on Monday, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq ahead of a handover of sovereignty on June 30.

Video Seems to Show Beheading of American
A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed a group affiliated with al-Qaida beheading an American contractor in Iraq, saying the death was revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

25 Prisoners Died While Held by U.S. Forces
Twenty-five prisoners have died while being held by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and two of them were murdered in Iraq by Americans, one a soldier and the other a contractor working for the CIA U.S. Army officials said on Tuesday.

The Nightmare at Abu Ghraib
The American military made a strange and ill-starred decision when it chose to incarcerate Iraqis in Abu Ghraib, the prison that had become a byword for torture under Saddam Hussein and a symbol of everything the invasion of Iraq was supposed to end. As United States officials have known for months, some of the American soldiers brought their own version of sadism to the site. Now that the rest of the world knows as well, the Bush administration will have to do more than denounce the scandal as the work of a few bad apples.

Iraqis mistreated by US captors. So much for capturing hearts and minds...
The story - The video

Powell: Some Iraq testimony not 'solid' Saturday, April 3,
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said his prewar testimony to the U.N. Security Council about Iraq's alleged mobile, biological weapons labs was based on information that appears not to be "solid." Powell's speech before the Security Council on February, 5, 2003 --detailing possible weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- was a major event in the Bush administration's effort to justify a war and win international support.

Abuse Of Iraqi POWs By GIs Probed
Last month, the U.S. Army announced 17 soldiers in Iraq, including a brigadier general, had been removed from duty after charges of mistreating Iraqi prisoners. But the details of what happened have been kept secret, until now.

The COMPLETE 911 Timeline
A Truely AMAZING page. If you read this and aren't mad, you aren't paying attention.

Vietnamese advice to U.S.: Leave Iraq
The Vietnamese people have some friendly advice for the United States: Don't make the same mistake twice. Get out of Iraq before it's too late.

Iraq Gets a New Flag
Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council has approved a new national flag for the embattled country, officials said. The design consists of a pale blue crescent on a white background, with a yellow strip between two blue lines at the bottom.

Kazakhstan Has Our Back!
The coalition of the fuck this I'm outta here

US Denies Iran Report of Bin Laden's Capture
TEHRAN (Reuters) - The US Department of Defense denied reports by Iran's official IRNA news agency on Saturday that al QED leader Osama bin Laden has been captured.

Kay: 'We Were Almost All Wrong'Former top US weapons inspector David Kay told a Senate committee that the failure to turn up weapons of mass destruction in Iraq exposed weaknesses in America's intelligence-gathering apparatus. More... And even more.

BBC NEWS: Summer terror attack fears grow
US Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller are to hold a joint press conference amid fears that a new US terror attack is looming.

FOX NEWS: Ridge: Several 'Credible' Summer Terror Threats
U.S. intelligence officials received "several" credible reports that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda may be planning an attack during one of the major events scheduled for this summer, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge (search) said Wednesday.

CBS NEWS: (Video) The Terror Threat

CBS NEWS: Feds Seek Possible Terror Plotters
The Justice Department and FBI were expected on Wednesday to identify individuals sought in connection with intelligence pointing to a possible terrorist attack on the United States this summer.

ABC NEWS: New Information Indicates Attacks in U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday new information indicates terrorists are planning an attack on America, possibly connected to high-profile upcoming events such as the dedication of a new World War II monument, economic summit and political conventions.

CNN NEWS: Officials plan 'lookout' alerts for 7
FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft plan to announce "be on the lookout" alerts on Wednesday for seven people in connection with terrorism investigations, federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

YAHOO NEWS: U.S. Warns Of Al Qaeda Threat This Summer
Federal officials have information suggesting that al Qaeda has people in the United States preparing to mount a large-scale terrorist attack this summer, sources familiar with the information said yesterday.

YAHOO NEWS: US says al-Qaeda ready to hit "hard"
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda is poised to stage a new strike on the United States, Attorney General John Ashcroft said as authorities launched a public hunt for seven "armed and dangerous" suspects.

Just the Numbers as of 6/24/04

Total number of coalition military deaths between the start of war and June 16, 2004: 952 (836 U.S.)

Of those 952, the number killed after President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 693

Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since the war began: 5,134 (Number ill or injured in “non-combat” incidents estimated to be over 11,000)

Number of U.S. troops wounded in combat since President George W. Bush declared “an end to major combat operations” on May 1, 2003: 4,593

Number of civilian contractors, missionaries, and civilian workers killed: 50-90

Number of international media workers killed: 30

Iraqi civilians killed: 9,436 to 11,317

Iraqi civilians injured: 40,000 (est.)

Iraqi soldiers and insurgents killed prior to May 1, 2003: 4,895 to 6,370

The bill so far: $126.1 billion

Additional amount to cover operations through 2004: $25 billion

What $151 billion could have paid for in the U.S.:
Housing vouchers: 23 million

Health care for uninsured Americans: 27 mil.

Salaries for elementary school teachers: 3 mil.

New fire engines: 678,200

Head Start slots: 20 million

Estimated long-term cost of war to every U.S. household: $3,415

Amount contractor Halliburton is alleged to have charged for meals never served to troops and for cost overruns on fuel deliveries: $221 million

Kickbacks received by Halliburton employees from subcontractors: $6 million

Percentage of Americans who now feel that “the situation in Iraq was not worth going to war over.”: 54

Percentage of Iraqis who said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign troops left the country immediately: 55

Percentage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reporting low morale: 52

Percentage of soldiers who said they would not re-enlist: 50

Percentage of wounded unable to return to duty: 64

Number of soldiers whose tours of duty have been extended by the Army: 20,000

Percentage of reserve troops who earn lower salaries while on deployment: 30-40

Fraction of National Guard troops among U.S. force now in Iraq: 1/3

Percentage of U.S. police departments missing officers due to Iraq deployments: 44

Effect on al Qaeda of the Iraq war, according to International Institute for Strategic Studies: “Accelerated recruitment”

Estimated number of al Qaeda terrorists as of May 2004: 18,000 with 1,000 active in Iraq

Percentage of Iraqis expressing “no confidence” in U.S. civilian authorities or coalition forces: 80

Iraq’s oil production in 2002: 2.04 mil. barrels/day

Iraq’s oil production in 2003: 1.33 mil. barrels/day

Price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. in May
2004: more than $2

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Terrorists Endorse Bush?

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Bush admits he targeted Saddam from the start

No Chemical Agent in Iraq Mortar Shells

Bush Sought Ways To Invade Iraq

Journalists claims proof of WMD lies

Bush Admits Iraq Plans before 9-11

Money for rebuilding Iraq goes missing

Report Says Iraq Had No WMD

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Army study Criticizes War on Terror

Jessica Lynch Laments Military Portrayal

Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records

These are young kids paying the ultimate price for this war based on lies and deciet. Not ld enough to drink, yet asked to die willingly for our country. My prayers are with all of them.

“Bin Laden saw the invasion of Iraq as a Christmas gift he never thought he’d get.” By invading a country that’s regarded as the second holiest place in Islam, he asserts, the Bush administration inadvertently validated bin Laden’s assertions that the United States intends a holy war against Muslims."


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Lawyer: 500 hours of Guantanamo Bay inmate abuse was videotaped
Video footage of the treatment of prisoners by the US military at Guantanamo Bay would reveal many cases of substantial abuse as “explosive as anything from Abu Ghraib", a lawyer says.

Blair was told US fixed case for war: BBC
The head of Britain's foreign intelligence agency told the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, that the case for war in Iraq was being "fixed" by Washington to suit United States policy, according to a new BBC documentary. Nine months before hostilities began in March 2003, Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, briefed Mr Blair and a group of ministers on the US's determination to begin the invasion, says the program, which was due to be aired last night.

CIA report finds no Zarqawi-Saddam link
A CIA report has found no conclusive evidence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein harbored Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which the Bush administration asserted before the invasion of Iraq. “There’s no conclusive evidence the Saddam Hussein regime had harbored Zarqawi,” a U.S. official said on Tuesday about the CIA findings.

Official: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq
Contradicting the main argument for a war that has cost more than 1,000 American lives, the top U.S. arms inspector reported Wednesday that he found no evidence that Iraq produced any weapons of mass destruction after 1991. He also concluded that Saddam Hussein's weapons capability weakened during a dozen years of U.N. sanctions before the U.S. invasion last year.

Rumsfeld questions Saddam-Bin Laden link
"To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two," he said, though he later issued a statement saying he was misunderstood.
Bremer: More troops were needed after Saddam's ouster
The former U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq says the United States "paid a big price" for not having enough troops on the ground after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.
U.S., Iraqi Forces Launch Najaf Offensive
Explosions and gunfire echoed across the holy city of Najaf on Thursday, as the U.S. military and Iraqi forces launched a full-scale assault to crush a weeklong uprising by militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Bin Laden hints major assassination
U.S. intelligence officials say a high-profile political assassination, triggered by the public release of a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda terrorist attack, The Washington Times has learned.
Ridge Defends 'Three-Year-Old' Terror Alert
The decision to warn key U.S. financial centers they may be attacked by al Qaeda was based largely on three-year old information, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Tuesday, but he insisted the threat was still real. Ridge's appearance in New York at the Citigroup building named on Sunday as a potential al Qaeda target came as U.S. terrorism intelligence has come under fire again, this time for forcing police in New York, Washington and New Jersey to massively increase security based on old information.

Bush Connects Iraq to 911 in this letter to congress
Bush used very careful language when implying links and connections between Osama and Saddam. So this letter is a rare find. In it he is giving Congress reasons for his pre-emptive strike against Iraq and reason number 2 is:
"to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."

Report blames 'group think' for CIA failures on Iraq
The key U.S. assertions leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq -- that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was working to make nuclear weapons -- were wrong and based on false or overstated CIA analyses, a scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report asserted Friday ... "As the report will show, they were also unreasonable and largely unsupported by the available intelligence," he said.
"This was a global intelligence failure."

WMD may never be found - Blair
Mr Blair said he had "to accept we haven't found them and we may never find them" - but that did not mean Saddam Hussein had not been a threat. He said the former Iraqi leader had been in breach of UN resolutions and his weapons may have been "removed, hidden or destroyed".
Mr Blair also said US security concerns had to be tackled before British detainees at Guantanamo Bay are freed.
Cheney Had No New Data on Saddam, Al Qaeda-Panel
The Sept. 11 commission, which reported no evidence of collaborative links between Iraq and al Qaeda, said on Tuesday that Vice President Dick Cheney had no more information than commission investigators to support his later assertions to the contrary.

 


"If I truly wanted to match Bush's accomplishments, I would max out my credit card, take out a second mortgage and steal my mother's Social Security. Instead, I'll just spend it with my five kids and, in the spirit of the second Bush administration, we're going to rent 'Titanic.'"
- Terry McAuliffe

"It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."
- Peter King

"What you fight about is not as important as how you settle it."
- Crash N.

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
- A. J. Muste

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
- Albert Einstein

Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our homeland. "
- Adolph Hitler, 1932

"Our first priority must always be the security of our nation… We will win this war; we'll protect our homeland"
- George Bush, 1/29/2002

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. 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 greater danger. It works the same in any country."
- Hermann Goering, The second in command of the Third Reich.

"These [terrorist] attacks are not inevitable. They are, however, possible, and this very fact underscores the reason we cannot live under the threat of blackmail…The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed."
- George W Bush

"The government has issued an orange alert, which once again, means nothing."
- Kent Brockman (The Simpsons)

"We are asked to accept Saddam decided to destroy those weapons. I say that such a claim is palpably absurd"
- Tony Blair 28 April, 2003

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
- Donald Rumsfeld, US Defense Secretary 28 May, 2003

"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."
- Dick Cheney August 26, 2002

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there."
- Ari Fleischer
December 2, 2002

"I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction."
- Gen. Tommy Franks Press Conference

"The whole earth is in jail and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak."
- Wavy Gravy

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
- Theodore Roosevelt

"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
- Dwight Eisenhower

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F. Kennedy

“Who is more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”
- Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars

"Americans have different ways of saying things. They say 'elevator', we say 'lift'...they say 'president', we say 'stupid psychopathic git'...."
- Alexi Sayle

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
- Tim Leary

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
- Anonymous

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like a fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
- attributed to George Washington

"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"
- Anonymous

"If they could just pass a few more laws, then we could all be criminals"
- Vinnie Moscaritolo

"Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."
- Frank Zappa

"The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun."
- Buckminster Fuller

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
- George W. Bush, Jr.

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."
- George W. Bush, Jr., 12/6/93

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
- George W. Bush, Jr.

"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world."
- George W. Bush, Jr., 9/21/97

"We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made."
- George W. Bush, Jr.

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
- George W. Bush, Jr.

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change."
- George W. Bush, Jr., 5/22/98

"The future will be better tomorrow."
- Governor George W. Bush, Jr.

"Public speaking is very easy."
- George W. Bush, Jr. to reporters in 10/9

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence."
- Charles Austin Beard

"Never believe anything until it's officially denied."
- Margaret Atwood

"Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?"
- George Bush, 2000

"I know how hard it is to put food on your family"
- George Bush 2000

"It's clearly a budget, its got a lot of numbers in it"
- George Bush 5/5/02

"I understand small business growth, I was one"
- George Bush 2000

"Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives,
but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is."
- Barbara Bush

"Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning
to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet."
- Robin Williams

"There are only two things that are infinite, stupidity and the universe, and I'm not sure about the latter."
- Albert Einstein long ago