Saturday, May 17, 2003



From Democracy NOW


Newsweek is reporting President Bush may try to invoke executive privilege to keep key documents relating to the September 11 attacks out of the hands of investigators with the independent panel created by Congress to probe all aspects of 9-11.
Last week, we spoke with Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, who said that administration officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of an 800-page secret report prepared by a joint congressional inquiry. The report details intelligence and law-enforcement failures that preceded the September 11 attacks, including warnings given to President Bush and his top advisors during the summer of 2001.
This week, Isikoff and Mark Hosenball are reporting chief that White House council Alberto Gonzales privately told the chair of the 9-11 panel Thomas Kean that the White House may seek to invoke executive privilege over documents sought by the commission. (Thomas Kean is the former Republican governor of New Jersey who Bush named to chair the panel.)
Among the most sensitive documents the commission is interested in reviewing are internal National Security Council minutes from the spring and summer of 2001. That is when the CIA and other intelligence agencies were warning that an attack by Al Qaeda could well be imminent.
The panel is also expected to seek interviews with key players in the Bush administration such as national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. And the panel will likely request to review debriefings of key Al Qaeda suspects who have been arrested.

--Stephen Push, with Families of September 11.
His wife of 21 years, Lisa J. Raines, was on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

"A national coalition of publishers, authors, librarians, and booksellers yesterday called on Congress to modify the part of the antiterrorist USA Patriot Act that allows the government to secretly inspect Americans' book-buying and -borrowing habits.
The statement is signed by 32 organizations, including the American Booksellers Association, the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, the American Library Association, PEN American Center, and the giant booksellers Borders and Barnes & Noble...."

From The Boston Globe, 5/16/03:
Literary groups decry Patriot Act as invasion of privacy
By David Mehegan, Globe Staff


"We must protect the environment in peacetime. Respect for the environment is essential for our common future. It is the duty of every person, every organization, and every government to help preserve the Earth's riches for the generations who will succeed us. That is the only battle we should be fighting."
Kofi Annan

War Crimes Against Nature
Groups raise call to arms against war on the environment

By Cynthia G. Wagner
Futurist Magazine
May/June 2003

"These polls only illustrate Americans are confused."

Saturday, May 17, 2003
If Bush Was Popular, We Wouldn't Need Polls to Convince Us
by Matt Peiken