Saturday, June 07, 2003




"In a brief statement, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- an arm of Homeland Security -- said the air interdiction center was motivated by safety concerns. "From all indications, this request . . . [from Texas was related to] a missing, lost or possibly crashed aircraft," the statement said. But at least three officials involved in the May 12 search said safety issues were not raised by the air interdiction center, which has no safety-related responsibilities.

"There was never any inference that the plane might be down, or something like that," said Marvin Miller, an airport official in Plainview, Tex. -- near Laney's home -- who said he was contacted by an "air interdiction" official on the evening of May 12. "There was never any safety concern, or indication that it was missing or overdue," Miller said. "The guy said at the end, 'This is just somebody looking for politicians they can't find.' "

A Must-Read Speech

"..there have been too few examples of viewpoints, other than those consistent with the Administration's, breaking through to the public."
What can we do about it? Act!

How Badly Do You Want to Win?
By U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky
June 6, 2003

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) made the following speech at the
Campaign for America's Future conference in Washington DC on June 4, 2003:

"Do you want a different President in 2004? I'm asking this as a serious question, not a rhetorical one. Do you want it badly enough to actually do what is necessary to win the election that will take place just 17 months from now?......."

see link for entire speech


Is the U.S. chucking the rule of law
by forgetting all about international trade
principles in its wild thirst for Iraqi oil?

Secrets and Lies:
How Secret Bidding and the Shut-Out of Foreign Corporations
in Iraqi Reconstruction Violates International Trade Principles


"At the same time that the U.S. has promised to foster democracy in Iraq, it seems to have forgotten some basic principles of capitalism.

One is free competition, which serves both to lower prices and improve product quality and variety.
Another is free trade - which increases competition by drawing in suppliers all over the world.
A third is transparency - which is important whether the government is in the role of buyer or that of seller. Transparency requires publishing full information about the government's proposed deal, and freedom of access to the process to become its partner in that deal. Without transparency and free competition, cronyism and bribery proliferate.
These principles are elementary. They are essential to remember today because the Iraqi reconstruction project may be the world's biggest since the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild post-war Europe. Yet the U.S. has ignored these basic tenets - awarding huge contracts for rebuilding Iraq in secrecy, exclusively to U.S. companies, and almost without competition.
The lack of competition harms the U.S.'s claim to be Iraq's liberator. Rather than championing justice, the U.S. appears to be engaged in the colonial enterprise of propping up domestic industry through foreign engagements."


Q: When did GW Bush say this?

"You've got to have a clear vision. That's what a leader does. A leader also understands that the United States must be strong to keep the peace. Saddam Hussein still is a threat in the Middle East. Our coalition against Saddam is unraveling. Sanctions are loosened. The man who may be developing weapons of mass destruction... we don't know.... because inspectors aren't in. "

A: 10-17-2000. Presidential debate.

And guess what?
We STILL don't know anything...
except for the fact that Bush was hot for a preemptive action against
Iraq.. even before he was selected.

Now..after Iraq..and from here on in,
Bush will be only be seen as the
mythmaking president who cried:
*while actually creating the wolf and feeding it to make it grow*.

"Bush stoked America's post-9/11 fears to build support for war. He was abetted by Pentagon hawks, who put the darkest spin on inconclusive evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency treated with caution."
"....this is a mess. It casts a shadow over America's credibility. It will make it harder for Washington to rally support in the future. Prudent allies will take what they are told, with more than a grain of salt."

Missing Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Is Lying About The Reason For War An Impeachable Offense?
by John W. Dean

"Nixon claimed that his misuses of the federal agencies for his political purposes were in the interest of national security. The same kind of thinking might lead a President to manipulate and misuse national security agencies or their intelligence to create a phony reason to lead the nation into a politically desirable war. Let us hope that is not the case."