August 8th, 2008



Ed. note: The Dems voted for the wars. Obama wants to use brute force on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Krugman has the "Rpublicans" nailed here.  However the same can be said of the Democrats.

The New York Times

August 8, 2008

Op-Ed Columnist

Know-Nothing Politics


So the G.O.P. has found its issue for the 2008 election. For the next three months the party plans to keep chanting: “Drill here! Drill now! Drill here! Drill now! Four legs good, two legs bad!” O.K., I added that last part.

And the debate on energy policy has helped me find the words for something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Republicans, once hailed as the “party of ideas,” have become the party of stupid.

Now, I don’t mean that G.O.P. politicians are, on average, any dumber than their Democratic counterparts. And I certainly don’t mean to question the often frightening smarts of Republican political operatives.


Crimes and Corruptions Publisher Threatened (Updated)


Crimes and Corruptions Publisher Threatened - Again


Crimes and Corruptions Publisher Again Threatened From Same IP Address As Before:

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Keep on Jew hating and I'll fuck you up. And I'm not even Jewish.

You pig.

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Russia Sends Troops Into Rebel Enclave in Georgia

The New York Times

August 9, 2008

Russia Sends Troops Into Rebel Enclave in Georgia


MOSCOW — Russia sent troops rolling into a breakaway region of Georgia on Friday, after Georgian troops entered the capital of the pro-Russian enclave, in a sharp escalation of the conflict.

As Georgian forces declared they had won control of the enclave’s capital, Tskhinvali, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin declared that “war has started” and President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia accused Russia of a "well-planned invasion," according to Bloomberg.

One unconfirmed report said Georgian forces had shot down two Russian planes in the breakaway region, South Ossetia, and Georgia said that its aircraft had bombed a convoy of Russian tanks that moved into the area. Russia’s Channel 1 television showed Russian tanks entering South Ossetia. It reported that two battalions reinforced by tanks and armored personnel carriers were approaching Tskhinvali.


Settler gang pushes Palestinian boy off roof

August 6, 2008

The boy who took a dive off a rooftop

Hamza Abu Khetar, 14, survived the 60ft drop because a lower roof broke his fall

James Hider in Hebron

When a group of Jewish settlers came down the street towards them in the old city centre of Hebron, Hamza Abu Khetar’s friends fled from the house that they were renovating. Hamza, a slim, 14-year-old Palestinian boy, was working on the roof of the empty, four-storey building and did not see the threat. It was a Saturday afternoon, the end of Sabbath, a time when, according to Palestinians and Israeli human rights workers, the hardline settlers of Hebron often go on the rampage.

“By the time I saw them they were already on me,” he told The Times. “They started kicking and beating me. I couldn’t protect myself, there were about 25 of them.”

Beatings of Palestinians by radical religious settlers, protected by the Israeli army and police, are a common occurrence in this dangerous city, where Jewish settlements nudge into the heart of a community of about 120,000 Arabs. What happened next was shocking even by the violent standards of Hebron however.



Georgia 'downs two Russian warplanes' as countries move to brink of war

August 8, 2008
Georgian troops fire rockets at seperatist South Ossetian troops

( Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images)

Georgian troops fire rockets at seperatist South Ossetian troops

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Philippe Naughton and Kevin O'Flynn in Moscow

Georgia claimed today to have downed two Russian warplanes over its territory after the former Soviet neighbours came into direct conflict over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

Tbilisi mobilised its army reserves and launched a major military offensive overnight to regain control over the province, raising fears of an all-out war that could draw in Russia.

Moscow backs the separatists, most of whom are Russian citizens, and has its own "peackeepers" in South Ossetia.



Pentagon Front Groups Release Laughable Olympics “Terror” Video

Jewish Media Group, SITE, is the first to release another Islamic threat video

Israeli Company providing "security" at Olympics

“Al-Qaeda linked” organization threatens to target Beijing 2008 just as their predecessors did Athens 2004, the 2002 World Cup, the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008, the local egg and spoon race, etc, etc, etc

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, August 8, 2008

IntelCenter and SITE Intelligence Group, two “terrorism monitoring firms” who routinely obtain so-called Al-Qaeda tapes that usually turn out to be completely fraudulent, yesterday released a video purported to feature members of a Chinese Muslim terror group threatening to attack the Olympics.

“The threat, attributed to the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), is contained in a new video which shows a burning Olympics logo and an explosion imposed over a venue to be used for the Beijing Games,” reports Sky News.



Jewish Media Group, SITE, is the first to release another Islamic threat video

Pentagon Front Groups Release Laughable Olympics “Terror” Video

Israeli Company providing "security" at Olympics

Yes, another Islamic threat video by a group purportedly having ties to aL-Qaeda was released by our good friend, Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence group.

Yes, Rita, we get it and we also get that these videos always seem to be found by either your Jewish Media Group or the Jewish Media Group run by Ben Venzke.

How is that, Rita dear that a Jewish Media Group is always the FIRST to come up with these videos?



Philip Giraldi: It was Cheney-Feith, not CIA, that forged the Habbush-Saddam-Al Qaeda letter

Suskind Revisited

Posted on August 7th, 2008 by Philip Giraldi

An extremely reliable and well placed source in the intelligence community has informed me that Ron Suskind’s revelation that the White House ordered the preparation of a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and also to attempts made to obtain yellowcake uranium is correct but that a number of details are wrong.

The Suskind account states that two senior CIA officers Robert Richer and John Maguire supervised the preparation of the document under direct orders coming from Director George Tenet. Not so, says my source. Tenet is for once telling the truth when he states that he would not have undermined himself by preparing such a document while at the same time insisting publicly that there was no connection between Saddam and al-Qaeda. Richer and Maguire have both denied that they were involved with the forgery and it should also be noted that preparation of such a document to mislead the media is illegal and they could have wound up in jail.

My source also notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment. Instead, he went to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job. The Pentagon has its own false documents center, primarily used to produce fake papers for Delta Force and other special ops officers traveling under cover as businessmen. It was Feith’s office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq. Unlike the Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public. Indeed, one might argue that Doug Feith’s office specialized in such activity.


Bush White House has its own torture cell

Speed Reading Suskind: Detain'd

Pulitzer-prize winning political writer Ron Suskind's new book, The Way of the World, was released in stores today. The book is chock full of political intrigue and little-reported anecdotes from the past eight years of the Bush administration. We asked Alyssa Rosenberg, a correspondent for Government Executive and TNR speed-reader in residence, to find the hidden treasure in Suskind's 400-page tome. She'll be posting her findings on The Plank over the next few days:

Some of the most striking anecdotes in Suskind's new book revolve around characters quite removed from the upper echelons of power. Early in the book, we meet Usman Khosa, a young Pakistani graduate of Connecticut College working, at the time of the events in the book, at a D.C. consulting firm (he's at the International Monetary Fund now) and living with a gay, Jewish public relations officer and a Catholic economic analyst. In gripping detail, Suskind chronicles Khosa's brisk detention and interrogation after he fiddles with his iPod a little too close to an opening White House gate:

Usman is trundled from the SUV, escorted through the West Gate, and onto the manicured grounds. No one speaks as the agents walk him behind the gate's security station, down a stairwell, along an underground passage, and into a room--cement-walled box with a table, two chairs, a hanging light with a bare bulb, and a mounted video camera. Even after all the astonishing turns of the past hour, Usman can't quite believe there's actually an interrogation room beneath the White House, dark and dank and horrific. He mops the perspiration from his brow. Real sweat. It's no dream.



McCain’s Sturgis Speech Worse Than ‘Dean Scream’ - But His Media ‘Base’ Gives Him a Pass

Jon Ponder | Aug. 8, 2008

Worst Candidate Ever?

John McCain has often joked that he is so popular with the corporate-owned media that he considers Beltway reporters to be his “base.” This decades-long courtship is paying off big time this year, as reporters persistently look the other way as McCain suffers one self-inflicted wound after another.

Imagine the reaction in the corporate media — not to mention among the howler monkeys on rightwing radio — if Barack Obama had offered his wife up for a stripper show.

What really happened to Dean, of course, was that his supporters in the room were cheering so loudly that he was yelling into a “hot” mike to be heard over the din. It was clear to most television viewers watching that night, however, that the “scream” would kill Dean’s campaign because cablenewsers would be unable to resist playing it rotation as often as possible for weeks to come. In fact, they still run it when the opportunity arises.



Call For Congressional Investigation Into Anthrax Claims

Call For Congressional Investigation Into ABC's Anthrax Claims -- Co-Sign the Petition

Petition Text:


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers
House Select Oversight Panel Chairman Rush Holt

During the height of the fear generated by the anthrax attacks of 2001, ABC News repeatedly reported that the Anthrax used in the attacks could be linked to Saddam Hussein. We now know these claims to be false, but at the time they played a key role in fanning the flames of mounting tension with Iraq, and ABC refuses to identify who fed them those fabricated reports.

Beyond that disturbing episode, there are numerous questions that remain unresolved with regard to the anthrax attacks. Even leading members of Congress charged with oversight of the FBI -- including Sen. Pat Leahy, Rep. Rush Holt and former Sen. Tom Daschle -- have repeatedly complained that they have been "stonewalled" in their attempt to obtain basic information. In light of the magnitude of the anthrax attacks, it is imperative that Americans be convinced that all facts relevant to these attacks have been divulged.



What was Allawi doing at CIA just days before he distributed fake memo incriminating Saddam in 9/11?

New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right

What was an Iraqi politician doing at CIA headquarters just days before he distributed a fake memo incriminating Saddam Hussein in 9/11?

By Joe Conason

Aug. 8, 2008 | If Ron Suskind's sensational charge that the White House and CIA colluded in forging evidence to justify the Iraq invasion isn't proved conclusively in his new book, "The Way of the World," then the sorry record of the Bush administration offers no basis to dismiss his allegation. Setting aside the relative credibility of the author and the government, the relevant question is whether the available facts demand a full investigation by a congressional committee, with testimony under oath.

When we look back at the events surrounding the emergence of the faked letter that is at the center of this controversy, a strong circumstantial case certainly can be made in support of Suskind's story.

That story begins during the final weeks of 2003, when everyone in the White House was suffering severe embarrassment over both the origins and the consequences of the invasion of Iraq. No weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. No evidence of significant connections between Saddam Hussein's regime and the al-Qaida terrorist organization had been discovered there either. Nothing in this costly misadventure was turning out as advertised by the Bush administration.



Russian jets bomb airbase outside Georgian capital

Russia sends forces into Georgian rebel conflict

1 hour, 22 minutes ago

By Margarita Antidze

MEGVREKISI, Georgia (Reuters) - Russia sent forces into Georgia on Friday to repel a Georgian assault on the breakaway South Ossetia region and Georgia's pro-Western president said the two countries were at war.

South Ossetia's rebel leader Eduard Kokoity said there were "hundreds of dead civilians" in the main town Tskhinvali, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

A senior Russian military commander said parts of Russia's 58th army were approaching the rebel capital, where fighting raged between Russian-backed separatists and Georgian forces sent in on Friday to seize it.



Medical researchers live in fear

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 6:10 p.m.
Imagine if a group of rabid creationists started firebombing the homes of University of California professors to prevent them from teaching evolution. Politicians would be holding competing press conferences to assure the public that they would take on the violent zealots, who have declared war, not only on good academics and their families, but on science itself.

No need to imagine. Across California, a different group of zealots has done just that. True believers have distributed personal information on scientists and their families. They've placed firebombs in medical researchers' homes and cars. They've donned hoods and marched to the homes of professors, then banged on their doors. They've told children that their parents are evil murderers and chalked anonymous charges on sidewalks for the neighbors to see.

The difference is these zealots aren't fighting for religious fundamentalism. Extremist animal rights groups have organized anonymously to intimidate and terrorize medical researchers until they abandon their studies out of fear for their children's safety and their own peace of mind.


Arizona Reporter Details McCain's Sordid Political Past

Postmodern John McCain: the presidential candidate some Arizonans know — and loathe

By Amy Silverman

Published on August 07, 2008

I once stood in John McCain's kitchen and watched Cindy cook eggs for their kids.

It was still dark outside when I arrived at the McCains' north-central Phoenix house on a winter day in early 1994. I remember terra cotta tile and overstuffed plaid couches and wondering whether Mrs. McCain regularly got up before dawn to make breakfast.

I was following her husband around for the day, for a story I was working on about his role in Arizona Republican politics. I'd been gathering examples of McCain's strong-arming, and I needed some face-time with the senator, to ask about that and also to describe his personality. That day, we drove to Tucson so McCain could sit in as guest host on a local talk-radio show.


Scientists: Questions Persist In Anthrax Probe

Scientists Say Many Questions Remain In FBI Anthrax Probe

By Andrew Tilghman - August 7, 2008, 6:48PM

A reporter yesterday asked United States Attorney Jeffrey Taylor what evidence -- hard evidence -- the FBI had against Bruce Ivins in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

"We have a flask that's effectively the murder weapon," Taylor said.

But this is not like Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick.



McCain Returning Illegally Solicited Campaign Donations

The New York Times

August 8, 2008

McCain to Give Back $50,000 Under Scrutiny


Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign said Thursday that it would return all the contributions solicited for it by the Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida fund-raiser for Mr. McCain.

For the McCain camp, the decision caps a queasy two days in which news accounts scrutinized a cluster of more than $50,000 in unusual contributions from a single extended family of Californians, the Abdullahs, and several of their friends.

The bundling of the donations was initially credited by the campaign to Harry Sargeant III, finance chairman of the Florida Republican Party and part-owner of a major oil trading company. But they were actually solicited by Mustafa Abu Naba’a, a longtime business partner of Mr. Sargeant.


McCain Caught Lying About His Earmarks

McCain's LIE at Town Hall Today: "I have never received a single pork barrel project for my State." Here is the Truth
Does McCain Criticize Pork AND Bring Home the Bacon? « Reality Check
McCain Breaks Own Pork Rule - Roll Call: “After years of crusading against ‘pork-barrel’ spending projects in Congressional appropriations bills, Senator McCain may be breaking his own rules. McCain pushed for, and got, $14.3 million for Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base inserted into the just-completed fiscal 2004 military construction appropriations conference report. The only problem is the project to acquire more land near the base was not requested.

Added: August 07, 2008

August 07, 2008


Georgian President requests US support in war with Russia

Russian peacekeepers confirmed killed in Georgia

08.08.2008 18:36 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili stated that Russia started war with Georgia.

"It's in the interests of the United States to extend a helping hand to Georgia. Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory," Saakashvili said in an interview with CNN.

"Georgia will withdraw its unit from Iraq to give a proper response to Russian aggression," he said, RBC reports.


Suskind to Release CIA Interview Transcripts on 'Forged' Document

By Jeff Stein

August 7, 2008

Author Ron Suskind says he will release transcripts of his interviews with a top CIA official that will confirm his story that in 2003 the White House ordered the agency to fabricate a phony document linking Iraq to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The letter, written by an Iraqi intelligence official under the control of the CIA, according to Suskind, was concocted to mislead the public into believing that Saddam Hussein conspired with Osama Bin Laden in the attacks, and had gotten uranium from Niger to make nuclear weapons, thus justifying the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Then-CIA Director George Tenet directed agency officials to carry out the subterfuge under orders from the White House, Suskind writes in a new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism.


Suskind transcript of CIA interview implicating White House in forged letter

A note to readers

I've decided to post a partial transcript of one of a number of taped conversations in which Rob Richer and I discussed, on the record, the Habbush letter. We discussed it many times through the spring of 2008.

Rob Richer received a copy of The Way of the World on Monday night, August 4, the day before publication. On Tuesday, he said he had read key portions of the book and was comfortable with what they contained. Later that day, though, he issued the following the statement:

"I never received direction from George Tenet or anyone else in my chain of command to fabricate a document from Habbash as outlined in Mr Suskind's book."


Georgian military led by Israeli advisers in war with Russia

Raw Footage Of The Fighting

Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline Battle with Russia

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

August 8, 2008

Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin threatened a “military response.”

Former Soviet Georgia called up its military reserves after Russian warplanes bombed its new positions in the renegade province.


DARPA-linked Cycorp "Predicted" the Anthrax Attacks - 6 months before they happened

Witness in Ivins Investigation Has Police Record

Submitted by Reprehensor on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 9:38am.


From the Dept. of Say What?

Cyc-ing out the terrorists

Posted 3/30/03

Only sheer brilliance or a crystal ball could foretell the next terrorist attack, right? Nope, says the inventor of a computer program that predicted anthrax might be sent through the mail six months before it happened. Cyc (as in encyclopedia), a project that is now part of the Pentagon's research on sniffing out terrorist plots, comes up with scenarios that could help focus screening efforts. It works by applying common sense to an extensive knowledge of terrorism. "It's not like beating Kasparov at chess," says creator Doug Lenat, head of the Austin-based firm Cycorp. He compares it to "a person with average intelligence but a vast amount of time and patience."

Cyc's roots go back to 1983, when Lenat concluded that efforts to create computer intelligence had hit a wall. "Robots lacked the common sense of humans," he says. So he began feeding Cyc concepts like the difference between turkey the meat or bird and Turkey, the country. The database now holds almost 2 million such simple truths.

Under a $9.8 million grant from the Defense Department's Information Awareness Office, Cyc has acquired a trove of knowledge about past terrorist activities, tactics, and weapons. But it is still a work in progress. Once, developing a scenario for a terrorist attack on Hoover Dam, it hypothesized a school of 1,000 al Qaeda- trained dolphins bearing explosives. Another time, Cyc, which can learn by asking questions, inquired: "Am I human?" It's reassuring to know it still needs our help. -Dana Hawkins.


Mayor demands DoJ investigate police raid

The Associated Press 

Police raid stuns Md. mayor, wife

Couple apparently innocent victims of a drug scheme

Mayor Cheye Calvo and wife Trinity Tomsic at a news conference at their house in Berwyn Heights yesterday. They are asking the US Justice Department to investigate the July 29 raid. Mayor Cheye Calvo and wife Trinity Tomsic at a news conference at their house in Berwyn Heights yesterday. They are asking the US Justice Department to investigate the July 29 raid. (stephen j. boitano/Associated Press)

By Brett Zongker Associated Press / August 8, 2008

BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md. - Mayor Cheye Calvo got home from work, saw a package addressed to his wife on the front porch and brought it inside, putting it on a table.

Suddenly, police with guns drawn kicked in the door and stormed in, shooting to death the couple's two dogs and seizing the unopened package.

In it were 32 pounds of marijuana. But the drugs evidently didn't belong to the couple.



Senator Asks FBI Anthrax Investigators: Where's The Polygraph?

For Immediate Release
August 7th, 2008
            WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today began asking tough questions of the Department of Justice and the FBI following the release of documents implicating Dr. Bruce Ivins as the only suspect in the Amerithrax investigation. 
            “This has been a long investigation full of missteps and mistakes.  There’s been too much secrecy up to this point and it deserves a full and thorough vetting,” Grassley said.  “There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and it’s time to start a dialogue so we can get answers.”
            Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s letter.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20530
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20535
Dear Attorney General Mukasey and Director Mueller:
            Thank you for ensuring that Congressional staff received an advanced briefing yesterday of the information released to the public in the Amerithrax investigation.  The three affidavits provided represent an important, but small first step toward providing Congress and the public a full accounting of the evidence gathered by the FBI.
            At yesterday's briefing, Justice Department and FBI officials invited follow-up questions after there had been time to read the affidavits.  Indeed, there are many important questions to be answered about the FBI's seven-year investigation, the basis for its conclusion that Dr. Bruce Ivins conducted the attacks alone, and the events leading to his suicide.  To begin this inquiry, please provide complete and detailed answers to the following questions:
  1. What is the date (month and year) that the FBI determined that the anthrax came from a specified flask in Ivins’s lab ("RMR-1029")?
  1. When (month and year) did the FBI determine that Dr. Hatfill never had access to the anthrax used in the killings?
  1. How did the FBI determine that Dr. Hatfill did not have access to the anthrax used in the killings?  Was that because the FBI determined that Dr. Hatfill no longer worked at USAMRIID when the powder was made?
  1. Was Dr. Hatfill or his counsel informed that Dr. Hatfill had been cleared of any involvement in the anthrax killings before the Department of Justice offered a settlement to him?  Was he informed before signing the settlement agreement with him?  If not, please explain why not.
  1. Was Judge Walton (the judge overseeing the Privacy Act litigation) ever informed that Dr. Hatfill had been eliminated as a suspect in the anthrax killings?  If so, when.  If not, please explain why not.
  1. Was Dr. Ivins ever polygraphed in the course of the investigation?  If so, please provide the dates and results of the exam(s).  If not, please explain why not.
  1. Of the more than 100 people who had access to RMR 1029, how many were provided custody of samples sent outside Ft. Detrick?  Of those, how many samples were provided to foreign laboratories?
  1. If those with access to samples of RMR 1029 in places other than Ft. Detrick had used the sample to produce additional quantities of anthrax, would that anthrax appear distinguishable from RMR 1029?
  1. How can the FBI be sure that none of the samples sent to other labs were used to create additional quantities of anthrax that would appear distinguishable from RMR 1029?
  1. Please describe the methodology and results of any oxygen isotope measurements taken to determine the source of water used to grow the spores used in the anthrax attacks.
  1. Was there video equipment which would record the activities of Dr. Ivins at Ft. Detrick on the late nights he was there on the dates surrounding the mailings?  If so, please describe what examination of the video revealed.
  1. When did the FBI first learn of Dr. Ivins’ late-night activity in the lab around the time of the attacks?  If this is powerful circumstantial evidence of his guilt, then why did this information not lead the FBI to focus attention on him, rather than Dr. Hatfill, much sooner in the investigation?
  1. When did the FBI first learn that Dr. Ivins was prescribed medications for various symptoms of mental illness?  If this is circumstantial evidence of his guilt, then why did this information not lead the FBI to focus attention on him, rather than Dr. Hatfill, much sooner in the investigation? Of the 100 individuals who had access to RMR 1029, were any others found to suffer from mental illness, be under the care of a mental health professional, or prescribed anti-depressant/anti-psychotic medications?   If so, how many?
  1. What role did the FBI play in conducting and updating the background examination of Dr. Ivins in order for him to have clearance and work with deadly pathogens at Ft. Detrick?
  1. After the FBI identified Dr. Ivins as the sole suspect, why was he not detained?  Did the U.S. Attorney’s Office object to seeking an arrest or material witness warrant?  If not, did anyone at FBI order a slower approach to arresting Ivins?
  1. Had an indictment of Dr. Ivins been drafted before his death?  If so, what additional information did it contain beyond the affidavits already released to the public?  If not, then when, if ever, had a decision been made to seek an indictment from the grand jury?
  1. According to family members, FBI agents publicly confronted and accused Dr. Ivins of the attacks, showed pictures of the victims to his daughter, and offered the $2.5 million reward to his son in the months leading up to his suicide.  These aggressive, overt surveillance techniques appear similar to those used on Dr. Hatfill with the apparent purpose of intimidation rather than legitimate investigation.  Please describe whether and to what degree there is any truth to these claims.
  1. What additional documents will be released, if any, and when will they be released?
Please provide your responses in electronic format.  Please have your staff contact (202) 224-4515 with any questions related to this request.


DoJ Investigates White House

Murray Waas | HuffPost Reporting From DC

U.S. Attorney Scandal Probe Enters White House Circle

August 7, 2008

The Justice Department investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress, according to numerous sources involved in the inquiry.

The widened scope raises the possibility that investigators will pursue criminal charges against some administration officials, and recommend appointment of a special prosecutor if there is evidence of criminal misconduct.

The investigators have been specifically probing the role of White House officials in the drafting and approval of a Feb. 23, 2007 letter sent to Congress by the Justice Department denying that Karl Rove (President Bush's chief political adviser at the time) had anything to do with the firing of Bud Cummins, a U.S. Attorney from Arkansas. Cummins was fired in Dec. 2006 to make room for Tim Griffin, a protégé and former top aide of Rove's.


Homeland Security Won't Let Former IRA Man Out of Prison

After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border

By John Nova Lomax

Published on July 24, 2008

In six hours this past January, all the good that Pól Brennan had ever done came unraveled.

  • Courtesy Pól Brennan
    Pól Brennan just before his arrest in South Texas this year...
    Pól Brennan just before his arrest in South Texas this year...
  • Courtesy Pól Brennan
    ...he is pictured around the time he came in from the cold in the 1990s.
    ...he is pictured around the time he came in from the cold in the 1990s.


Irish Republican Army, illegal immigrants, U.S. immigration laws, overzealous immigration officials
The 56-year-old Belfast-born carpenter and his American wife Joanna Volz were in their brand-new Sportsmobile camper van, heading from Volz's parents' home on South Padre Island to Austin to visit friends. From Austin, they would start the long drive back to their home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brennan decided to drive the ­Harlingen-Austin leg of the trip. He would never make it to Austin.



War with Iran - On, Off or Undecided?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

by Stephen Lendman

There's good news and bad, mostly the latter but don't discount the good. On May 22, (non-binding) HR 362 was introduced in the House - with charges and proposals so outlandish that if passed and implemented will be a blockade and act of war. It accused Iran of:

-- pursuing "nuclear weapons and regional hegemony" that threatens international peace and America's national security interests


Bank of America gets subpoenas, reports SEC probe; UBS will buy back bonds for $19.4b

UBS will buy back bonds for $19.4b
Update: Fannie Mae Posts $2.3 Billion 2nd Quarter Losses
Wheat prices jump 7% on bargain buying, crude rise
Deutsche Bank Tells Clients to Get Out of Commodities
Mortgages Made in 2007 Go Bad at Rapid Clip
One L of a global banking crisis

Thu Aug 7, 2008 5:39pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp, the largest U.S. retail bank, said on Thursday it received subpoenas and requests for information relating to auction-rate securities from federal and state government agencies.

Separately, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank said Countrywide Financial Corp, the mortgage lending giant it bought last month, has responded to subpoenas from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and faces a formal investigation by that agency.

In addition, Bank of America said it received subpoenas, interrogatories or civil investigative demands from a number of state attorneys general regarding municipal derivatives transactions from 1992 to the present.


The Zionist Stratagem

07 August 2008

By M. Shahid Alam

“Anti-Semitism has grown and continues to grow, and so do I.” Theodore Herzl [1]

As a self-defined movement for the national ‘liberation’ of European Jews, Zionism had an anomalous relationship with its perennial Other, the Gentile nations, from whom it wanted the Jews to secede and become a distinct nation under a Jewish state.

The Zionists did not define Europe’s Gentile nations as the adversary they would have to oppose, and against whom they would struggle, to secure the rights of Jews to emerge as a distinct nation.

On the contrary, the Zionists would harness the strength of their perennial Other – their adversary – to gain their nationalist objective. Unlike nationalists who secede from a state or empire by drawing new borders, the Zionists did not demand any European territory; they planned to establish their Jewish state outside the borders of Europe.


Life between the checkpoints

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Last update - 16:48 07/08/2008

Twilight Zone / Free passage

By Gideon Levy

She walks from the pool to the stylish portico of the Bethlehem Intercontinental, a bikini showing beneath shorts and a revealing shirt. There's an anklet on her leg, her hair is dyed a reddish brown, and she's holding a French Gauloise cigarette and a red cell phone. She has come for a weekend at the Intercontinental, for a wedding: When you drink you don't drive, so she stayed at the luxurious hotel, five stars at $130 a night, which was bustling with vacationers - Israeli Arabs from Haifa.

She is not allowed to be in Bethlehem, where we met her; she is not allowed to visit Ramallah, where she has been living for years; she is not allowed to travel to the beach in Tel Aviv, as she does several times a week during the summer; and she is not allowed to go to Jerusalem for entertainment or work purposes, yet is there almost every day. She is in the north, but her heart and her family are in the south. A native of Rafah, she arrived 16 years ago to study at Bir Zeit University and has been stuck in Ramallah ever since, far from her loving family. She carries a "Gaza ID card" and despises the whole idea of it. It is supposed to be impossible for her to live in the West Bank and travel in Israel. At any given moment, at any checkpoint, she is liable to find herself expelled back to Rafah. That's how it's been for all these years.

Courageous and determined, she has built a full life for herself, between the checkpoints. "Anyone who was born near the sea can't live without it," she told me when we sat over coffee in the lobby of the Intercontinental. Her "passport," she wrote me a few days ago, cost her $300 and was worth it: Elegant and confident, with her Giorgio Armani sunglasses, she passes through all the checkpoints.


Kuwait finalizing “Emergency War Plan” as US carriers head to the region


7 August 2008


Two additional United States naval aircraft carriers are heading to the Gulf and the Red Sea, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Kuwait Times.

Kuwait began finalizing its “emergency war plan” on being told the vessels were bound for the region.

The US Navy would neither confirm nor deny that carriers were en route. US Fifth Fleet Combined Maritime Command located in Bahrain said it could not comment due to what a spokesman termed “force-protection policy.”



America's Iraqi prisoners

Joseph Logan

Published 08 August 2008

Detainees – all Iraqis, save for a small number of foreigners – are denied their basic right not to be held indefinitely without charge or trial. Many are young men rounded up in mass, arbitrary arrests

Iraq is casting a long shadow over the US presidential race, and with relative calm in the country the candidates are debating how fast US troops should quit Iraq. Senator Barack Obama’s 16-month timetable for withdrawal has the backing of Iraqi leaders, and the Bush administration itself now endorses a “time horizon” for troop cuts. But absent from the debate has been any discussion of the fate of nearly 21,000 prisoners held in Iraq by US forces. Obama and his Republican rival Senator John McCain ought to start talking now about what to do with detainees in US military custody in Iraq.

The US-led Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF) has claimed the authority to hold the detainees under successive UN Security Council Resolutions, the last of which expires at the end of the year. Prospects for a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) and related pacts that might fill the legal void are clouded by the Bush administration’s lame duck status.

The detainees – all Iraqis, save for a small number of foreigners – are effectively denied their basic right not to be held indefinitely without charge or trial. Many are young men rounded up in mass, arbitrary arrests. They are promised a review of their cases every six months, though the MNF has told Human Rights Watch reviews are more frequent in practice. Yet on average, detainees remain in custody for more than 300 days, according to MNF figures as of May. The detainees, divided between a remote prison near Basra and a smaller one near Baghdad’s airport, have little access to relatives, who in many cases cannot afford to visit or fear reprisal. Although about a tenth of detainees face charges in an Iraqi criminal court; the vast majority are never charged.



Kucinich: We did it!

Added: August 07, 2008

Last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered a petition bearing more than 100,000 names to the Speaker of the House urging that impeachment proceedings begin into the conduct of President Bush. In a special video message (click here), Dennis is asking for your help to deliver an even more powerful message to Congress when it reconvenes in September.

With new disclosures that the Administration tried to "cook the books at the CIA" by creating a phony, forged link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, "We cannot step back and let this President escape accountability."
If you have already signed the impeachment petition at, thank you. If you haven't, please do. And, in the next few weeks, please ask just one more person to sign so we can let the members of Congress hear our collective demand that they meet their obligation to uphold the Constitution.


Zionism's dying between Hebron and Yitzhar

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Last update - 09:18 08/08/2008

By Zeev Sternhell

"The Zionist Enterprise," said Berl Katznelson in 1929, when he summed up the first 10 years of the Ahdut Ha'Avoda movement, is a "conquest enterprise." And in the same breath he added: "It is not by chance that I am using military terms to describe the settlement of the country." And in fact, Zionism was a movement of conquest, and all means were permitted to carry out the task.

However, what was essential and therefore justified in the pre-state days is now assuming an ugly and violent form of colonial occupation: the authoritarian regime in the territories, the creation of two legal systems, the placing of the army and police at the service of the settlement movement, the robbing of Palestinian lands. These all symbolize not the fulfillment of Zionism but rather its burial. It is there, between Hebron and Yitzhar, that the settlements are burying the democratic Jewish state.

Like other colonial regimes, the government in the territories is trying to operate under cover of darkness. A visit organized by Peace Now three weeks ago, with about 250 participants, was forbidden to enter Hebron. The area was declared a closed military area by the head of the Hebron Brigade, but the Hebron police did not prevent local toughs from trying to attack the tour's participants. Nor did the police stop other cars that left and entered Hebron undisturbed. We can reasonably assume that had members of Likud and the National Religious Party come for a visit, the area would not have been closed, and the army would have been at the service of the visitors.


Putin confirms Russia at war, 1,400 reported dead, Georgia calls 2000 troops back from Iraq

Georgia's president says the country is calling home its 2000 troops from Iraq

Georgia: Russia has invaded and we are under attack

1,400 reported dead. Georgia to withdraw troops from Iraq for use in South Ossetia.

By Gary Fennelly

Friday, 8 August 2008

Russia sent troops and tanks into the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia today as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared "the war has started".

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "War started today in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region."

Earlier an official in Georgia's National Security Council said Russia invaded Georgia.


Andre Thomas is dead. Why?

Friday, August 08, 2008

By Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Too bad Andre Thomas of Swissvale is dead. He probably would have disputed the Allegheny County medical examiner's report that his death was not the result of excessive force by the Swissvale police.

But what would he know? Andre Thomas was just another unarmed 37-year-old civilian acting "erratically" when he encountered the police for the last time late Monday night. He died early Tuesday morning.

After he was shot with a Taser and reportedly kicked and punched while in handcuffs, Mr. Thomas' treatment might be within the acceptable range of brutality for Swissvale. Whether that is a standard that should shock the conscience of citizens throughout Western Pennsylvania is another question.


Why the Pentagon Thinks Attacking Iran is a Bad Idea

No one wants a nuclear Iran, but U.S. military leaders worry about the risks and strains of a third war

Posted August 7, 2008

It was shortly after the bipartisan Iraq Study Group issued its recommendations to Congress in late 2006 that a directive came down from the highest levels of the Pentagon: an order for another war game involving Iran.

Iranian soldiers on parade for President Ahmadinejad.
Iranian soldiers on parade for President Ahmadinejad.
(Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran Map

The study group had proposed that the Bush administration engage in direct diplomatic talks with its nemesis, a nation that Washington says supports terrorism, encourages attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, and, most ominously, is developing nuclear weapons. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, Gen. Peter Pace, asked the Defense Department's top war gamers to construct a scenario to be played out in early 2007. "We postulated that the president of the United States actually took the advice of the Iraq Study Group seriously and tried to engage diplomatically with Iran," says one defense analyst who took part.

Talks stall. There may be few greater symbols, senior officials point out, than the nation's military gaming diplomacy to illustrate the Pentagon's wariness of war with Iran. Such a conflict remains among the options "on the table," as President Bush reiterated in July, if Iran continues its nuclear program. The alternative approach, the European-led multilateral talks with Iran, stalled this month after the deadline expired on yet an-other offer of economic incentives. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed that his country would not surrender its "nuclear rights" in the face of U.S. and European demands to halt uranium enrichment, the process that produces fuel for generating electricity and making nuclear bombs. He has also threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic waterway through which some 40 percent of the world's oil passes, in the event of any American military attack.



Iraq's Nationalist Surge

August 8, 2008

"Obama and Bush are Two Faces on the Same Currency"


Barack Obama was lucky in the timing of his visit to Iraq. He arrived just  after the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki had rejected a new Status of  Forces Agreement (SOFA) institutionalizing the US occupation. The Iraqi  government is vague about when it wants the final withdrawal of US  combat troops, but its spokesman Ali al-Dabagh said that they should be  gone by 2010. This is within the same time frame as Obama’s promise to  withdraw one combat brigade a month over 16 months. Suddenly John  McCain’s claim that US troops should stay on until some undefined victory  sounded impractical and out of date.

The Iraqi government seemed almost surprised by its own decisiveness.  It is by no means as confident as it pretends that it can survive without US  backing, but it unexpectedly found itself riding a nationalist wave. The US  occupation has always been unpopular among Iraqi Arabs since 2003. A  poll by ABC News, the BBC and other television networks in February 2008  showed that 61 per cent of Iraqis say that the presence of US forces  makes security worse in Iraq and 27 per cent say they improve it. The only  large pocket of support for the US occupation is among the Kurds who are  about a fifth of the population. Among the Iraqi Arabs, the other four fifths,  some 96 per cent of the Sunni and 82 per cent of the Shia says they have  no confidence in the US occupation forces.   The unpopularity of the occupation has been the fundamental political  fact in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein five years ago.  American and British politicians, diplomats and soldiers usually failed to  realize this. In response to the poll figures, which year after year have  shown that Iraqis hate the occupation, they produce self-serving  explanations, saying that in private " Iraqis will always say they do not  want us to leave immediately.” They then go on to claim, in the face of all  the evidence, that this means that Iraqis secretly do not want the  occupation forces to depart. Self-deception like this means that American  commentators often speak of the extent and timing of a US troop  withdrawal as if it was a purely American decision, something to be  decided by the outcome of the US presidential election. “Iraqis may be  deeply divided along sectarian, ethnic, tribal, and factional lines,” writes  Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies  in Washington and one of the few US commentators to have an  understanding of Iraqi politics. He points out that Iraqis “have a national  consciousness, a great deal of national pride, and they do not want to  be ‘occupied’ or have a US presence any longer than necessary.” During  the sectarian civil war between Sunni and  Shia in Baghdad in 2006-7 Iraqi  nationalism may have been at a low ebb, but as the sectarian slaughter  ebbed it has begun to reassert itself.

There is an edgy mood both in the Iraqi government and among ordinary  Iraqis. The number of dead bodies being picked up in the streets of  Baghdad is well down on a year ago, but nobody knows how long this will  last. “For the moment life is better but everybody has fear in their hearts,”  one Shia woman told me. And the fall in violence is only in comparison to  the previous bloodbath. Some 554 Iraqis were killed this June, which was  66 per cent lower than year earlier, but still makes Iraq the most  dangerous country in the world. Alcohol is once again openly on sale,  showing that the shopkeepers who sell it are no longer as terrified as they  once were of Islamic militiamen. But Sunni and Shia no longer visit each  other’s districts. Baghdad is still divided up into sectarian ghettoes sealed  off from each other by high concrete walls. The 2.4 million refugees who  fled to Syria and Jordan are not returning in large numbers. When they do  it is often because residence visas have become more difficult to obtain in  Damascus and Amman. The Shia, always the majority in Baghdad, seized  most of the rest of the capital in a savage war waged by assassins and  death squads two years ago. There is no sign of these demographic  changes being reversed. When Sunni and Shia try to get their houses back  in areas that have been purged by the other community, they are in  immediate danger of being killed. When a husband and wife, both Shia,  went to visit the house from which they had fled in the heavily Sunni al-Mekanik district of Dora in south Baghdad they were instantly shot dead and their driver beheaded. The militias may have left the streets, but they have not gone very far.



Ivins' lab deemed early on as contaminated

Report finds lax Fort Detrick procedures

Jerry Seper
Friday, August 8, 2008


Just seven months after the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people, the U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland where the accused killer, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins, worked was described in a government report as a "rat's nest" that was contaminated with anthrax bacteria.

The highly redacted report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, said Suite B-3 in Building 1425 at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick not only was contaminated with anthrax in three locations but the bacteria had escaped from secure areas in the building to those that were unprotected.

Written by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the report said that while the Fort Detrick facility where the FBI said Mr. Ivins spent an inordinate amount of time alone and at night had comprehensive procedures that would protect a "great number of personnel from exposure" if implemented, there was no requirement for routine surveillance to check for contamination inside or outside the containment laboratories.



Edwards admits to affair


Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer 4 minutes ago

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter. Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter but said that he didn't love her.

He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.

A former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards.


Army Deploys All-In-One Nonlethal Warfare Kit (In Time For The DNC)

Military Intelligence and National Guard present at Denver DNC

By Sharon Weinberger August 08, 2008 | 9:00:00 AMCategories: Less-lethal  

Army_taser The U.S. Army is deploying an all-in-one package of nonlethal devices that covers everything from checkpoint control to riot control. "The first of the Brigade Non-Lethal Capability Sets (NLCS) is now fielded to the Army's 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team," reports Defense Daily, an industry newsletter (sorry, subscription only).

The four modules include: the checkpoint module, crowd control and detainee ops module, convoy module, and dismounted module that includes various non-lethal items troops can use during dismounted patrols.

The kits are put into large, weatherproof containers, and include everything from high-intensity lights to loud speakers. The checkpoint tools, for example, includes "equipment to establish and operate hasty and deliberate checkpoints." That means tire spikes and capture nets.



U.S. Headed Toward Bankruptcy, Says Top Budget Committee Republican

Our $100 Trillion National Debt

Monday, August 04, 2008

By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

( - The ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee said the U.S. government is headed toward bankruptcy if it stays on its current fiscal course.

“We know that for a fact,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told in a video interview. “All the actuaries, all the objective scorekeepers of the federal government, are predicting this.”

To back up this claim, Ryan cited an estimate by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that says the government faces a $53-trillion shortfall to cover the costs of promised benefits in its entitlement programs.


Atlantic Scores Internal Clinton Campaign Emails

Clinton Revealed

August 8th, 2008 by Ron Chusid

The Atlantic Monthly should have an amusing story now that they obtained internal memos from the Clinton campaign. The Trail reports:

Just when you thought everyone had moved on… former advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a tizzy over an upcoming piece in the Atlantic Monthly that chronicles the inner workings of the now-defunct campaign. Of particular concern are nearly 200 internal memos that the author, Josh Green, obtained — 130 or so of which he plans to scan in and post online. When the piece is published sometime next week, readers will be able to scroll through the memos, from senior strategists such as Mark Penn, Harold Ickes and Geoff Garin, and see what exactly was going on inside the infamously fractured Clinton organization. That has some former team members in a panic.

Actually we knew that it is not the case that everyone had moved on–which might make these emails even more amusing. The PUMA groups continue to repeat all the nonsense put out by the Clinton campaign which anyone with half a functioning brain would have seen through. I doubt that the memos outright admit that most of their claims during the campaign were absurdities raised in the hopes of political gain, but possibly the memos might give some clue. Unfortunately those kooks in the PUMA groups who continue to repeat the Clinton talking points are probably incapable of analyzing these memos rationally.


Three key questions still unanswered in anthrax case

McClatchy Washington Bureau

Posted on Thu, Aug. 07, 2008

Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: August 07, 2008 09:19:56 PM

WASHINGTON — Despite the Justice Department's pronouncement that former Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins unleashed the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people, three central questions about the case remain unanswered:

_ Can the FBI prove that a flask of anthrax in Ivins' bioweapons laboratory at Ft. Detrick, Md., contained the same mutated strain of finely milled powder that was in the envelopes that were mailed to two U.S. senators?

_ Did Ivins, who committed suicide last week, have the technical capability to produce that form of anthrax?


Why the Drug War is a Crime against Humanity

August 8, 2008: 1:35 pmPolice State, Terror, Truth, War

by Carmen Yarrusso

Like the Iraq war and the “war on terror”, the so-called “drug war” is a government contrived “war” based on lies that generates massive profits for a few while causing massive suffering for many.

The drug war is futile by design (and thus never-ending) because it doesn’t “fight” drugs—quite the contrary—it strongly encourages production and distribution of prohibited drugs by guaranteeing extremely high profits.

But the most insidious and evil aspect of the drug war is it manufactures its own enemies by criminalizing the most basic of human rights—the right of sovereignty over your own body. The drug war could not exist without first inventing a bogus crime.


Anthrax edition: Glenn Greenwald

Ivins Could Not Have Coated the Killer Anthrax with High-Tech Anti-Clumping Agents
Salt Lake Tribune: FBI says anthrax spores used in the attacks came from Utah, NOT Maryland lab

Glenn Greenwald

Friday Aug. 8, 2008 08:54 EDT

Salon Radio: Anthrax edition

Become a StrangeBedfellow!

[see post below for information on the Accountability Money Bomb]

Initially, a moment of grieving is in order over the first tragedy suffered by our new Salon Radio Show. On Wednesday night, I had a 45-minute discussion with MIT Professor Noam Chomsky on wide-ranging matters, which was scheduled to run today, but a technical glitch destroyed all but the last six minutes of the recording. I won't bother trying to describe my reaction when I discovered this, but I will have Professor Chomsky on again once our still-evolving recording methods are stabilized.
Instead, I was able to have two separate discussions today regarding various aspects of the anthrax case. Those can be heard by clicking PLAY at the bottom of the post. The more one considers and examines what the FBI disclosed, the more questions that are raised. I spoke today with:

Instead, I was able to have two separate discussions today regarding various aspects of the anthrax case. Those can be heard by clicking PLAY at the bottom of the post. The more one considers and examines what the FBI disclosed, the more questions that are raised. I spoke today with:

Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall, an immunologist with the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. That interview lasted roughly 20 minutes.



Militarizing the Social Sciences

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Since World War II's Manhattan Project, the above-top secret program that built the atomic bomb subsequently dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. national security state has transformed scientific research into a branch of weapons development.

The quest for atomic arms and chemical/biological warfare agents led physicists, engineers, biologists, chemists and physicians ever-deeper into the dark heart of a secretive and far-flung U.S. weapons complex. Indeed, many of these dubious programs were hidden in plain sight at prestigious American universities and corporate laboratories.

This trend accelerated during the Cold War when many psychologists and social scientists became witting and unwitting partners in the CIA and Army's illegal and ethically-challenged MKULTRA program.


Inflation and the New World Order

by Richard C. Cook / August 6th, 2008

DANBY, VERMONT — The sunlight on the lake sparkles at dawn. As they have done for millions of years, the rounded tree-shrouded shoulders of the Green Mountains loom above the still waters. A loon calls from the next lake over. Who would guess that that not far from such serenity the world’s most powerful nation was teetering on the brink of disaster? Though here in the bosom of nature one wonders why we should be surprised. Nations and empires come and then they go.


Just before we left Washington, D.C., the Bush administration announced that it was expecting the largest federal budget deficit in history to be racked up in fiscal year 2009 starting September 1—$490 billion likely to be added to the national debt. This doesn’t even count the “supplemental appropriations” during the coming year which are the preferred method for off-budget financing of the Iraq War.

Exiting the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area we passed the gigantic rows of glass and steel office towers along the interstate highway corridors. Further in the distance were rows of McMansions thrown up in what once were corn fields. Built for an automobile culture, the viability of both towers and houses has been stretched to the limit by $4 a gallon gas.



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