Tuesday, December 21, 2004
President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newly Obtained FBI Records Call Defense Department’s Methods "Torture," Express Concerns Over "Cover-Up" That May Leave FBI "Holding the Bag" for Abuses
NEW YORK -- A document released for the first time today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq. Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as "torture" and a June 2004 "Urgent Report" to the Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up.
"These documents raise grave questions about where the blame for widespread detainee abuse ultimately rests," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "Top government officials can no longer hide from public scrutiny by pointing the finger at a few low-ranking soldiers."
The documents were obtained after the ACLU and other public interest organizations filed a lawsuit against the government for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The two-page e-mail that references an Executive Order states that the President directly authorized interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs, and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc." The ACLU is urging the White House to confirm or deny the existence of such an order and immediately to release the order if it exists. The FBI e-mail, which was sent in May 2004 from "On Scene Commander--Baghdad" to a handful of senior FBI officials, notes that the FBI has prohibited its agents from employing the techniques that the President is said to have authorized.
Another e-mail, dated December 2003, describes an incident in which Defense Department interrogators at Guantánamo Bay impersonated FBI agents while using "torture techniques" against a detainee. The e-mail concludes "If this detainee is ever released or his story made public in any way, DOD interrogators will not be held accountable because these torture techniques were done [sic] the ‘FBI’ interrogators. The FBI will [sic] left holding the bag before the public."
The document also says that no "intelligence of a threat neutralization nature" was garnered by the "FBI" interrogation, and that the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) believes that the Defense Department’s actions have destroyed any chance of prosecuting the detainee. The e-mail’s author writes that he or she is documenting the incident "in order to protect the FBI."
"The methods that the Defense Department has adopted are illegal, immoral, and counterproductive," said ACLU staff attorney Jameel Jaffer. "It is astounding that these methods appear to have been adopted as a matter of policy by the highest levels of government."
The June 2004 "Urgent Report" addressed to the FBI Director is heavily redacted. The legible portions of the document appear to describe an account given to the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office by an FBI agent who had "observed numerous physical abuse incidents of Iraqi civilian detainees," including "strangulation, beatings, [and] placement of lit cigarettes into the detainees ear openings." The document states that "[redacted] was providing this account to the FBI based on his knowledge that [redacted] were engaged in a cover-up of these abuses."
The release of these documents follows a federal court order that directed government agencies to comply with a year-old request under the Freedom of Information Act filed by the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans for Peace. The New York Civil Liberties Union is co-counsel in the case.
Other documents released by the ACLU today include:
* An FBI email regarding DOD personnel impersonating FBI officials during interrogations. The e-mail refers to a "ruse" and notes that "all of those [techniques] used in these scenarios" were approved by the Deputy Secretary of Defense. (Jan. 21, 2004)
* Another FBI agent’s account of interrogations at Guantánamo in which detainees were shackled hand and foot in a fetal position on the floor. The agent states that the detainees were kept in that position for 18 to 24 hours at a time and most had "urinated or defacated [sic]" on themselves. On one occasion, the agent reports having seen a detainee left in an unventilated, non-air conditioned room at a temperature "probably well over a hundred degrees." The agent notes: "The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his own hair out throughout the night." (Aug. 2, 2004)
* An e-mail stating that an Army lawyer "worked hard to cwrite [sic] a legal justification for the type of interrogations they (the Army) want to conduct" at Guantánamo Bay. (Dec. 9, 2002)
* An e-mail noting the initiation of an FBI investigation into the alleged rape of a juvenile male detainee at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. (July 28, 2004)
* An FBI agent’s account of an interrogation at Guantánamo - an interrogation apparently conducted by Defense Department personnel - in which a detainee was wrapped in an Israeli flag and bombarded with loud music and strobe lights. (July 30, 2004)
The ACLU and its allies are scheduled to go to court again this afternoon, where they will seek an order compelling the CIA to turn over records related to an internal investigation into detainee abuse. Although the ACLU has received more than 9,000 documents from other agencies, the CIA refuses to confirm or deny even the existence of many of the records that the ACLU and other plaintiffs have requested. The CIA is reported to have been involved in abusing detainees in Iraq and at secret CIA detention facilities around the globe.
The lawsuit is being handled by Lawrence Lustberg and Megan Lewis of the New Jersey-based law firm Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C. Other attorneys in the case are Jaffer, Amrit Singh and Judy Rabinovitz of the ACLU; Art Eisenberg and Beth Haroules of the NYCLU; and Barbara Olshansky and Jeff Fogel of CCR.
The documents referenced above can be found at: http://www.aclu.org/torturefoia/released/fbi.html.
More on the lawsuit can be found at: http://www.aclu.org/torturefoia/.
Monday, December 13, 2004
"...Under the lights where we stand tall
Nobody touches us at all
Showdown, shootout, spread fear within, without
We're gonna take what's ours to have
Spread the word throughout the land
They say the bad guys wear black
We're tagged and can't turn back
You see us comin'
And you all together run for cover
We're takin over this town
Here we come reach for your gun
And you better listen my friend, you see
It's been slow down below,
Aimed at you we're the cowboys from hell
Deed is done again, we've won
Ain't talking no tall tales friend
'Cause high noon, your doom
Comin' for you we're the cowboys from hell
Pillage the village, trash the scene
But better not take it out on me
'Cause a ghost town is found
Where your city used to be
So out of the darkness and into the light
Sparks fly everywhere in sight
From my double barrel, 12 gauge,
Can't lock me in your cage
You see us comin'
And you all together run for cover
We're takin over this town
Here we come reach for your gun
And you better listen my friend, you see
It's been slow down below,
Aimed at you we're the cowboys from hell
Deed is done again, we've won
Ain't talking no tall tales friend
'Cause high noon, your doom
Comin' for you we're the cowboys from hell..."
Cowboys From Hell, Cowboys From Hell, Pantera, Elektra (c) 1990
There is a cancer growing wildly deep within the blood-red belly of America as the vestiges of decency and compassion disappear and the swelling stink of profit over people gains sway over the undernourished enfeebled nebbishes. Hellboy Nathan Gale comes home from the Bush wars a year ago, driven mad from the double think of war, finding no refuge in Pantera but only more affirmation of the hellprint of the Bush wars.
Nathan can't escape the conclusion that the war was just what he had experienced and whenever he listens to his favorite musician his part in the awful deeds of war are recounted and replayed over and over. Overweight and getting less desirable by the hour, unable to get laid by anyone but two dollar whores, despised by his friends who increasingly are unable to sympathesize with a GI contract murderer, he lashed out with his shotgun in one last desperate violent orgasm to silence the truth of the Cowboys From Hell.
These sad incidents will continue to increase in frequency blanketing the psychological landscape of America as we continue to fight the Bush family wars.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
The U.S. Marines on George Bush latrine doors and walls:
“Here I sit cheeks a-flexin'. Bout to make another Texan,"
"Texas = steers and queers,"
"The only thing Bush cares about is a good fight to make a name for himself. If you think he really cares about us you're out of your f***ing mind. If you really believe 9/11 is related to Iraq then you're just as delusional as the hippie that thinks there will ever be world peace. You're not fighting for America. You're fighting for f***ed-up politics. End of story Cinderella."
"If you are a retard, vote Bush. He is too!".
Bush, 'a scumbag, alcoholic, draft-dodging millionaire daddy's boy,'
"Only the dead have seen the end of war."
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Why Florida Won't Play Fair on Election DayJimmy Carter
After the debacle in Florida four years ago, former president Gerald Ford and I were asked to lead a blue-ribbon commission to recommend changes in the American electoral process. After months of concerted effort by a dedicated and bipartisan group of experts, we presented unanimous recommendations to the president and Congress. The government responded with the Help America Vote Act of October 2002. Unfortunately, however, many of the act’s key provisions have not been implemented because of inadequate funding or political disputes.
The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely, even as many other nations are conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair.
The Carter Centre has monitored more than 50 elections, all of them held under contentious, troubled or dangerous conditions. When I describe these activities, either in the US or in foreign forums, the almost inevitable questions are “Why don’t you observe the election in Florida?” and “How do you explain the serious problems with elections there?”
The answer to the first question is that we can monitor only about five elections each year, and meeting crucial needs in other nations is our top priority. (Our most recent ones were in Venezuela and Indonesia, and the next will be in Mozambique.) A partial answer to the other question is that some basic international requirements for a fair election are missing in Florida.
The most significant of these are:
- A non-partisan electoral commission or a trusted and non-partisan official who will be responsible for organising and conducting the electoral process before, during and after the actual voting takes place. Although rarely perfect in their objectivity, such top administrators are at least subject to public scrutiny and responsible for the integrity of their decisions. Florida voting officials have proved to be highly partisan, brazenly violating a basic need for an unbiased and universally trusted authority to manage all elements of the electoral process.
- Uniformity in voting procedures, so that all citizens, regardless of their social or financial status, have equal assurance that their votes are cast in the same way and will be tabulated with equal accuracy. Modern technology is already in use that makes electronic voting possible, with accurate and almost immediate tabulation and with paper ballot printouts so all voters can have confidence in the integrity of the process. There is no reason these proven techniques, used overseas and in some US states, could not be used in Florida.
It was obvious that in 2000 these basic standards were not met in Florida, and there are disturbing signs that once again, as we prepare for a presidential election, some of the state’s leading officials hold strong political biases that prevent necessary reforms.
Four years ago, the top election official, the Florida secretary of state, Katherine Harris, was also the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney state campaign committee. The same strong bias has become evident in her successor, Glenda Hood, who was a highly partisan elector for George Bush in 2000. Several thousand ballots of African Americans were thrown out on technicalities in 2000, and a fumbling attempt has been made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans), as alleged felons.
The top election official has also played a leading role in qualifying Ralph Nader as a candidate, knowing that two-thirds of his votes in the previous election came at the expense of Al Gore. She ordered Nader’s name be included on absentee ballots even before the state supreme court ruled on the controversial issue.
Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, naturally a strong supporter of his brother, has taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future.
It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation. It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy. With reforms unlikely at this late stage of the election, perhaps the only recourse will be to focus maximum public scrutiny on the suspicious process in Florida.
Published Tuesday, September 28th, 2004, The Washington Post
Monday, September 13, 2004
"BILL Clinton has delivered an extraordinary blast at America's top judge, William Rehnquist, and an uncharacteristically bitter attack on Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush."
"Speaking before his recent health scare, the former president accused Rehnquist, the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, of deliberately politicising the system of appointing independent investigators, leading to years of relentless, politically motivated inquiries into his presidency."
"In an interview with The Weekend Australian, Clinton dropped the affection with which he usually discusses Reagan and the civility he affords the current President to accuse both men of deliberately using racist electoral appeals to win the White House."
"Clinton said Rehnquist, Reagan and Bush were part of a far-Right branch of the Republican Party made up of the "spiritual heirs" of white southern racists, who still used the tactics of personal destruction employed by racists in their campaign to block civil rights for blacks."
"He accused Rehnquist of deliberately appointing a highly partisan Republican, David Sentelle, in 1994 to chair a three-member panel of judges empowered to appoint special counsels to conduct inquiries into presidents."
"Sentelle's panel sacked Robert Fiske, the counsel investigating allegations against Clinton, and replaced him with the more partisan Republican Ken Starr."
"Starr, who pursued dozens of allegations against Clinton before eventually catching him out lying to cover up his sexual liaisons with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, was "an ultra-conservative" who abused his position and should never have been appointed, Clinton said."
""Rehnquist could not have been unmindful of what he was doing," Clinton stressed. "But you know, Rehnquist is a very partisan Republican. Before he went on the Supreme Court he had been part of voter challenges to (black) minority voters in Arizona."
""When he was a clerk on the Supreme Court he argued to his justice that the Supreme Court did not need to overturn the doctrine of 'separate but equal' and could keep basically supporting legalised racial segregation in America."
""That is just his philosophy, it is what he believes.""
writes Peter Wilson
Thursday, September 09, 2004
111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
P.O. Box 34567
Houston, Texas 77034
04 May 1972
MEMORANDUM FOR 1st Lt. George W. Bush, 5000 Longmont #8, Houston, Texas 77027
SUBJECT: Annual Physical Examination (Flight)
1. You are ordered to report to commander, 111 F.L.S., Ellington AFB, not later than (NLT) 14 May, 1972 to conduct annual physical examination (flight)IAW AFM 35-13.
2. Report to 111th F.L.S. administrative officer for schedule of appointment and additional instructions. Examination will be conducted in duty status.
JERRY B. KILLIAN
19 May 1972
Memo to File
SUBJECT: Discussion with Bush, 1st Lt. Bush
1. Phone call from Bush. Discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November. I told him he could do ET for three months or transfer. Says he wants to transfer to Alabama to any unit he can get in to. Says that he is working on another campaign for his dad.
2. Physical. We talked about him getting his flight physical situation fixed before his date. Says he will do that in Alabama if he stays in a flight status. He has this campaign to do and other things that will follow and may not have the time. (No time for America's War in Viet Nam, had better things to do like 5-time dodger Dick Cheney) I advised him of our investment in him and his commitment. He's been working with staff to come up with options and identified a unit that may accept him. I told him I had to have written acceptance before he would be transferred, but think he's also talking to someone upstairs. (God, or Mom and Dad?)
111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
P. 0. Box 34567
Houston, Texas 77034
01 August 1972
MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
SUBJECT: Bush, George W. 1st Lt. 3244754FG
Suspension of Flight status
1. On this date I ordered that 1st Lt. Bush be suspended from flight status due to failure to perform to USAF/TexANG standards and failure to meet annual physical examination (flight) as ordered.
2. I conveyed my verbal orders to commander; 147th Ftr Intrcp Gp with request for orders for suspension and convening of a flight review board IAW AFM 35-13.
3. I recommended transfer of this officer to the 9921st Air Reserve Squadron in May and forwarded his AF Form 1288 to 147th Ftr Intrcp Gp headquarters. The transfer was not allowed. Officer has made no attempt to meet his training certification or flight physical. Officer expresses desire to transfer out of state including assignment to non-flying billets.
4. On recommendation of Harris, I also suggested that we fill this critical billet with a more seasoned pilot from the list of qualified Vietnam pilots that have rotated. Recommendations were received but not confirmed.
JERRY B. KILLIAN
18 August 1973
Memo to File
1. Staudt has obviously pressured Hodges more about Bush. I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job. Harris gave me a message today from Grp regarding Bush's OETR and Staudt is pushing to sugar coat it. (Is that really sugar or is it pure Peruvian marching powder??) Bush wasn't here during rating period and I don't have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. I will not rate. Austin is not happy today either.
2. Harris took the call from Grp today, I'll backdate but won't rate. (Backdating government records is a federal crime) Harris agrees.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Republicans are SPORT KILLERS not maggots (larval flies). Flies feed
upon the dead while Republicans feed on the living. It's only when
the living resist that the Republicans will kill them and eat them.
For the most part Republicans kill for the pleasure of seeing another
living creature die at their whim. They kill for sport. They torture
those who resist when there is enough time to sit and enjoy the
suffering. Torture killings are especially appealing to Republicans
like the President (blowing up frogs in his late teens) and the
Secretary of Defense.(blowing up thousands of innocent people all over
the world while ensuring the starvation of several million others
from his early 50's to early 70's). A lifetime of sport killing goes
to show you that some people never quite get that human being thing
quite right. If Bush has his way and is not stopped this killing will
go on until mid-century.
moving on....Republicans make guns in their factories and they give
them to police and other irresponsible types like 16-17-year-old
unemployed hicks from the Red States and they go on shooting rampages.
Some just kill their wives. Some just kill their kids. Some just
kill others' neighbors kids and dogs and cats. Sport Killers!
All Republicans are proud of their ability to kill completely
defenseless animals in the woods, or in their back yards. When they
have "controlled the local population" with death and they STILL need
to KILL FOR SPORT they force the US tax paying population to buy more
guns and bigger guns and tanks and bombers and then they have their
leader send other people's kids to foreign countries to kill even more
people and animals so that that they can sit back in their cozy gated
community to watch the carnage on their 180 channel dish network TV.
It's easier when you don't see the screams of prolonged agony and gut
wrenching reality of teeth, hair, and eyeballs staring up at you from
the blood soaked pavement. Don't want YOUR kids to see that do you
sport killing Republicanistas?
Republicans don't want to see the face of their enemy so when they are
illegally killing in Iraq they often turn TV cameras away from the
faces or point them to a piece of shrapnel on the ground rather than
the blown apart bleeding bodyhalf in the street. What's worse: a head
and shoulders without a chest; or two legs without a stomach, or the
hindquarters of a cat or a pig or a dog or a baby? Republicans just
want to cheer the "hit" and then take the injured off the field of
battle, shoot 'em up with drugs and get them back on the field of war
to continue the game.
When I think of Republicans I think of the gun/pawn shop scene in
"Pulp Fiction"... where the employee bags a Black man, calls the
owner who arrives in his little nazi uniform and they both go to the
back room, where the employee buggers the Black man while the owner
sits there masturbating and working himself into a sweat. This is
what the Republicans do with our GI's. They send other people's
children to bugger whole countries and sit home and masturbate in
front of their TV's...switching back and forth between the Playboy
Channel and Al Jazeera. What's ironic is that sleazeball Republicans
in Israel and Egypt and Iran are doing the same thing as the US
Republicans. Even worse, just like in "Pulp Fiction", is that when
the Republicans get their nut and relax into complete flaccidity
(never more than 5 minutes), they call their kids back into the room
and send in a Republican actor like Bruce Willis (or Arnold
Schwarzenegger, or John Wayne, or Clint Eastwood) who miraculously
breaks his bonds, grabs a Samauri sword and saves the Black man in
order to get the Black and Asian vote.
And now for a music break:
"Didn't I see you down in San Antone on a hot and dusty night?
You were eating eggs in Sammy's when the black man drew his knife.
Or you drowned that Jew in Rampton as he washed his sleeveless shirt.
You know, that Spanish speaking gentleman, the one that we call Kurt.
...come now gentleman, I know there's some mistake,
how forgetful I'm becoming now you've fixed your business straight.
I remember you in Hemlock Road in nineteen fifty six;
you were a faggy little leather boy with a smaller piece of stick,
you were a lashing slashing hunk of man,
your sweat shined sweet and strong,
your organ's working perfectly,
but there's a part that's not screwed on.
Weren't you at the Coke Convention back in nineteen sixty five?
You're the misbred grey executive I've seen heavily advertised.
You're the great gray man whose daughter licks policemen's buttons clean.
You're the man who squats behind the man who works the soft machine.
Come now gentlemen, your love is all I crave
you'll still be in the circus when
I'm laughing, laughing in my grave.
Well remember who you say you are but keep your noses clean
boys will be boys and play with toys, so be strong with your beast.
Oh Rosie dear don't you think its queer, so stop me if you please,
The baby's dead my Lady said
you gentlemen will you all work for me.
When the old men do all the fighting and the young men all look on
and the young girls eat their mother's meat from tubes of plasticon
Be wary of these my gentle friends of all the skin you breed
to have that tasty habit,
it's not the hands that bleed"
--"Memo from Turner" Recorded on November 17, 1968. Rolling Stones
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The recent Bush move to bring an armored division and an infantry division from Europe back to provide security in the United States smells really bad. Think about it, TANKS and TROOPS to protect us from Mexico and Canada?
These troops and tanks are supposed to be part of a larger redeployment but the entire operation may be just a charade for the purpose of getting troops and tanks into the streets of American cities to quell the inevitable riots that would surely erupt if Bush is handed another dirty election victory through the combined influences of rigged machines, phony voter purge lists and the orchestrated state police intimidation techniques which are being used in Florida right now.
When in the same cities, John Kerry is outdrawing Bush by 20 to 1. 40,000 to 2,000 here on the West Coast over the weekend. Americans throughout the United States who protest another Bush jury-rigged election will face the same force being used in Najaf, Iraq; --because America is the real apple for the Bush swelling stink.
The rest of the world in comparison to the United States pales in actual and latent industrial strength. We have a work force which is seriously out of work. People are wandering the streets homeless, very hungry, and very sick. Our soldiers throughout the world in US military bases hear the daily drumbeat of Limbaugh banging on their heads that American Liberals are in league with the 'enemies' the Bush swelling stink is engaging overseas.
Bush has decided that by bringing troops and tanks home and by pushing and promoting fraudulent policies and crooked elections he can produce a real war right here in the United States. The benefits are huge. With a captive workforce and an army without any serious logistical problems where feeding the troops is only as difficult as raiding the local supermarket shelves, the betting is that the American working class can be had very cheaply.
Our society may soon achieve complete militarization just like 1917 in Petrograd. Troops will open fire with real bullets when the popular rage against the Bush swelling stink hits critical mass and pours out into the streets of America. The question is, "Will the US troops mutiny and resign as the Russians did in 1917?" , or, "Will the brainwashing be complete and the troops turn to enslave their own neighbors and countrymen?"
For people who have the misfortune to meet returnees from the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars the answer is not clear. The widespread acceptance of torture by American troops in Afghanistan, Cuba, and Iraq, coupled with killing injured enemy combatants and the slaughter of innocents through massive bombing, clouds the picture of who Johnny actually has become when he comes marching home. There is a real danger here of training a warrior class which will feel the same disregard for their neighbors and countrymen as they were taught in Iraq. The sick and heartless management of this war in the middle east has thoroughly crazed the participants. The suicide rate among US troops has been astounding. The main cause of the suicides has been the double think which has been forced upon the enlisted men and women where they are commanded to do things contrary to their nature.
There have been highly publicized opponents of the Bush swelling stink within the rank and file of the US military machine. Members of the rank and file are drawn from the economically disadvantaged, dispirited, and deluded who wake up realizing that the Bush swelling stink was using them to conquer the world for itself, not for the benefit of the masses of struggling Americans but, for the Orcs of the ruling aristocrat class called Republicans. And this is where the shiver comes on strong, because the officer and commander class of the US military machine is overwhelmingly Republican, bent upon holding its unearned privilege and dominion over the "unwashed and useless eaters" of the vast American majority who feel first hand the effects of the Bush swelling stink.
It comes down to this. There are not enough fighting, voting age Republicans within the United States to defeat a thoroughly aroused and raging angry American population. People who identify as Republicans and vote are only about 18 percent of the entire population of the country.
When that Republican line officer of yours comes home singing, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", take him aside and straighten him/her out. Tell them what the president did to America while he/she was away killing for George's booty. Tell them that there is no sex until they lay down their arms and walk away from the easy life of thoughtless killing. No apple pie. No Mom to dry their tears and muffle their sobs. Nothing for them until they lay down their arms and walk away from little king George.
and...Tell them do not fire on Americans.
To find some clear thinking on the Bush swelling stink check out this link: Citizens for Legitimate Government
Monday, August 02, 2004
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
July 19th, 2004 9:05 pm
Open Letter to Bill Timmins, President Aladdin Casino and Hotel
Aladdin Casino and Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
July 20, 2004
Dear Mr. Timmins:
I understand from the news reports I've read that, after Linda Ronstadt, one of America's greatest singers, dedicated a song to me from your stage on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove her from the Aladdin, which they did.
What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in the United States. And in the United States, we have something called "The First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the right to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as sacred. Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives to defend it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.
For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to say a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and Un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening. I read that you wouldn't even let her go back up to her room at your hotel! Are you crazy? For crying out loud, it was a song DEDICATION! To "Desperado!" Every American loves that song! Sure, some people didn't like the dedication, and that's their right. But neither they nor you have the right to remove her from your building when all she did was exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind.
Of all the things that go on in Las Vegas, this is what creates the need for serious action? What about the other half of the crowd at the Aladdin who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, cheered her when she made her remarks? Did you throw them out, too?
I think you owe Ms. Ronstadt an apology. And I have an idea how you can make it up to her -- and to the millions of Americans you have offended. Invite her back and I'll join her in singing "America the Beautiful" on your stage. Then I will show "Fahrenheit 9/11" free of charge to all your guests and anyone else in Las Vegas who wants to see it.
Mr. Timmins, as the song "Desperado" says -- "Come to your senses!" How can you refuse this offer? I await your reply.
Director, "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Kerry 11 Dec 1943
SUN JUPITER VULCANUS Elevated health and virility of the body. Excellent health. Feeling of happiness through physical strength. Life is good. The days of the joys of life. The physical well being. Feeling healthy. The person who enjoys his health and the strength of his body.
SUN MOON VULCANUS Times when big things happen. Daily and hourly to experience executive power. Well functioning glands. The physical strength of a person. Demonstrating or applying physical strength in the public. Persons with executive power, and elicit public interest. The daily repeating forceful events. Being together daily with people of public interest and influence.
On election day: URANUS PLUTO VULCANUS Sudden surprising alteration. Locomotion. Leaping mutations. Explosive change starts suddenly. Mighty jumps ahead. A mighty development and change occurs with surprising suddenness. Powers set into motion. Kinetic energy. Material energy.
JUPITER PLUTO VULCANUS Fortunate changes and transformations starting with enormous force. Unusual luck begins to develop. Successful conversion into a power position. Financial growth.
(Planet cycles on election day) CUP ADMETOS VULCANUS Experiencing enormous obstacles and hindrances through the family or partner. Feeling suppressed through stringent conditions. Fighting or struggling hard for an artistic creation. Often forced to fight. Going to the bottom of things, descending to the source of things. Being alone, single. Working on an extraordinary artistic creation under pressure. Combating big obstacles, under pressure. Placed into a difficult state or hard trial by or due to an association. Artists experience immense hindrances.
Edwards June 10 1953
SUN ASC APOLLO Social gatherings with dignitaries and successful people. Many acquaintances are formed in the field of science or commerce. Meeting many people. Interacting with people of knowledge who have the answers. Relations with successful people perhaps enjoying their protection. Acquaintance with many with scientists and representatives of commerce and industry. Familiar to many by appearance. Honor and success through acquaintances.
SUN PLUTO APOLLO (election day) Days which bring widespread changes. Standing tall. Change in the body rhythm. A person experiences incisive changes in their daily life. Success develops consistently. Perseverance furthers. One has to strive for knowledge eagerly, and by working year in and year out. Growth in length. Unrestrained development. Days which bring large changes. Transformation in the bodily rhythm. The person who experiences incisive changes in his daily life. Success develops slowly, one has to strive for it. Gluttony.
(Planet cycles on election day)PLUTO KRONOS VULCANUS Mastery of a skill. Trial of abilities. Making oneself a head person. Mighty changes enforced. Mighty changes under grave hindrances. Changes, and development of the form of government. Reorganization of the state. Changes and transformations in relation to global powers.
Bush 6 July 1946 SUN ASC HADES Disgusted with unpleasant things and tied to them. Acquaintance with people who are ill. Dealing with the sick as a profession. Physician. Keeping secrets. Under professional discretion. Having difficulties through acquaintances or in general. Putting oneself in danger of bodily harm from others. Coming bodily in contact with dirt.
On 2 November 2004 the Moon enters into the mix:
SUN ASC MOON HADES Being fed up and disgusted with the place and the people.
(Planet cycles on November 2 2004) SUN SATURN CUPIDO The surviving husband. Obstacles to living together. Leaving a company of a family. The divorced person. Days on which one feels antisocial and does better by oneself. Separated from the family or a personal association. An unfaithful husband. Divorce. Wanting to be left alone.
(looks like Dick is going to step out of the fray, as this does not look like someone who just got re-elected, and health will likely be the reason)
Cheney 30 Jan 1941 JUPITER PLUTO ADMETOS Remaining calm in spite of lucky changes. Ignoring or denying lucky changes. A deep fortunate change commences. The fortunate change of destiny. A change in the direction of the life.
SUN NEPTUNE The medium. Physical relaxation. Delicate, sensitive body. The airplane. Dirigibles. Light air balloons. Gliders. Masses of water. Feebleness, sickness, lack of energy. Decay. Susceptible to infection and illness. Defenseless. Blood diseases. Infirmity. Uncertain times.
URANUS ADMETOS Accidents. Fissures. Cracks. Rags. Shreds. Accidents, separations by sudden breaks. To tear rags. Sudden rupture-like separation. Shock commotion. Destruction through convulsion. Earthquake. Breaking off. Breaking up. Breaking down. Tearing up. Murder.
Admetos and Uranus are still very prominent in Cheney's chart Admetos getting closer and this reads as an earthquake or a massive heart failure. Even with an electronic heart he will not be sufficiently safe from electromagnetic weaponry. If the secret government of intelligence has had enough of him which should be all but certain by now, Cheney will not be allowed to survive any additional executive term. The best thing for him is to go out to pasture in Wyoming and reflect upon his life that was wasted in hatred and racism and needless murder.
Election Day 2 November 2004 Washington DC
Looks like it is shaping up to be quite a battle with Edwards and Kerry not laying down after mean spirited challenges like Gore did in 2000. GWB will opt to hide in the shadows to have Cheney call in favors from the monied interests who pulled the strings in opposition to the electorate in 2000. Edwards will not go down quietly and even though the electorate is clearly in the Democratic column the Supreme Court will once again try to thwart the will of the people. This time the evil egos on the Supreme Court will not be able to muster a majority and Kerry/Edwards will have victory by Sunday the 7th of November. The question now is who might be the choice to replace Cheney on the public ticket while he continues to pull strings behind the curtain??
Friday, July 02, 2004
Saddam Hussein is a catalyst for revolution as long he is in the vicinity of Iraq. His locational chart for Baghdad indicates that he will always incite revolutionary activities as long as he is in Iraq. The Midheaven chart for Hussein for 28 April 1937 in Baghdad is one which insures unrest and instability as long as he is in the vicinity. If the car bombings are to stop he needs a change of latitude. Right now 33 degrees north is very bad for him and the Iraqi people and the American forces. If he was moved to the Hague or to London or to Oslo or Moscow or any place north this would allow Zeus to move off the local ascendant chart and into a neutral position. If Saddam Hussein is to remain in Iraq then there will be exceedingly violent counter-occupation activity to commence the 12th through 15th of July when transiting Mars conjuncts Saddam's radix Zeus and is opposed to transiting Neptune across the Baghdad horizon. There is nothing nice about this oil fire in the heat of the summer desert. As long as he is in Iraq he will be a lightning rod for the bolts of Zeus. It is essential for him to be removed from the vicinity and for it to be done quickly.
SUN NOD URA Involved suddenly in current events. Physical excitement through a relationship. Suddenly embroiled in something. Present at an accident. An unexpected meeting or connection with a person. Excited over a personal relationship.
URA ZEU ADM Dangerous fuels. Explosive raw materials. Rags and broken pieces through explosion. Surprising start of a difficult task. Enforcing the start of work in the face of grave obstacles. Suddenly starting and finishing a job. Surprising changes of circumstances and conditions.
URA NEP ZEU Revolutionary activities. Wanting to force a revolution. Gas and gasoline motors. Explosion of burnable gas. Thunderstorms. Unprotected. Exposed to the uproar of the elements. Sudden storms at sea. Dying through fire or automobiles. Gas explosion. A revolution which develops successfully. Car bombs.
SUN URA ZEU Days of important accomplishment. The person who concentrates and directs his thoughts and energies. One who insists in having their own way. Backing others suddenly. High blood pressure. Raging. Usurping leadership. The suddenly procreating person. Danger of burns. Explosions. The violent person. Sudden strong explosions on the day.
The other darker route for the United States occupying forces, and unfortunately much more likely with the coprolytic brains of the Bush Administration, is for a heart attack to be induced for him while he is in custody which is a distinct possibility due to the SUN URANUS conjunction which points toward a weakness for heart attacks generally. With the stresses of the current kangaroo trial scene, a heart attack could easily ensue without provocation. Regardless of how it works out, the disadvantages of this scenario would be martyrdom and endless war and revolution. No peace, plus destruction of the oil and the environment and the peaceful futures of the Iraqis and the other nations of the region. If Hussein dies in Iraq the Jihad will take firm root and will galvanize the middle east in opposition to the West. The planet will not recover from the damage and the rest of the world will spend the next 65 years putting out fires all over the earth.
...But then... this will raise mayhem and oil prices and Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Abraham and Baker and Powell and Rice and Ledeen and Lay will all make lots of money while weakening the meek even further and their pyrric victory will be assured...stop the election and emerge as lords and ladies of the flies and DU monstrosities. Welcome to the endarkening of planet Earth.
"Does it not, thinks't thee, stand me now upon-
He that hath kill'd my king, and whor'd my mother;
Popp'd in between th' election and my hopes;
Thrown out his angle for my proper life,
And with such coz'nage- is't not perfect conscience
To quit him with this arm? And is't not to be damn'd
To let this canker of our nature come in further evil?"
--Hamlet 5:2 lines 64-71
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Monday, June 21, 2004
University of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law
890 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 643-5089
Fax: (510) 642-3728
Call John and tell him what you think of his tortured arguments advocating torture on behalf of the outlaw Bush Regime. Tell him that as a California resident that you do not want the University of California to pay his salary any more and that you feel that previous compensation afforded him as an advocate in the defense of the indefensible Bush Cheney Rumsfeld torture mandates were paid for work that was completely outside the law and therefore were the result of a criminal enterprise and need to be returned to the state of California. Tell John that you want his passport revoked and you want him to stand trial alongside Bush and Rumsfeld, Cheney and others as war criminals in violation of civilized criminal sanctions against war crimes. Tell John that you would like him and his entire family deported to some place other than the United States because that you feel, along with other Americans, that he has not fulfilled his responsibilities as a citizen of the United States of America and has forfeited the chance that we Americans afforded him and his family. There are still some places in the world which champion standards low enough to accommodate Mr. Yoo and his family, Israel comes to mind. And they torture political prisoners!
Friday, June 18, 2004
COINTELPRO letter from J. Edgar Hoover to Special Agent in Charge, Albany
1 - Mr. DeLoach
1 - Mr. Felt
1 - Mr. Bishop
1 - Mr. W.C. Sullivan
1 - Mr. C.D. Brennan
1 - [deleted]
1 - [deleted]
SAC, Albany 7/5/68
Director, FBI (100-449698)
DISRUPTION OF THE NEW LEFT
(COINTELPRO - NEW LEFT)
Bulet 5/10/68 requested suggestions for counterintelligence action against the New Left. The replies to the Bureau's request have been analyzed and it is felt that the following suggestions for counterintelligence action can be utilized by all offices:
1. Preparation of a leaflet designed to counteract the impression that Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other minority groups speak for the majority of students at universities. The leaflet should contain photographs of New Left leadership at the respective university. Naturally, the most obnoxious pictures should be used.
2. The instigating of or the taking advantage of personal conflicts or animosities existing between New Left leaders.
3. The creating of impressions that certain New Left leaders are informants for the Bureau or other law enforcement agencies.
4. The use of articles from student newspapers and/or the "underground press" to show the depravity of New Left leaders and members. In this connection, articles showing advocation of the use of narcotics and free sex are ideal to send to university officials, wealthy donors, members of the legislature and parents of students who are active in New Left matters.
5. Since the use of marijuana and other narcotics is widespread among members of the New Left, you should be alert to opportunities to have them arrested by local authorities on drug charges. Any information concerning the fact that individuals have marijuana or are engaging in a narcotics party should be immediately furnished to local authorities and they should be encouraged to take action.
6. The drawing up of anonymous letters regarding individuals active in the New Left. These letters should set out their activities and should be sent to their parents, neighbors and the parents' employers. This could have the effect of forcing the parents to take action.
7. Anonymous letters or leaflets describing faculty members and graduate assistants in the various institutions of higher learning who are active in New Left matters. The activities and associations of the individual should be set out. Anonymous mailings should be made to university officials, members of the state legislature, Board of Regents, and to the press. Such letters could be signed
"A Concerned Alumni" or "A Concerned Taxpayer."
8. Whenever New Left groups engage in disruptive activities on college campuses, cooperative press contacts should be encouraged to emphasize that the disruptive elements constitute a minority of the students and do not represent the conviction of the majority. The press should demand an immediate student referendum on the issue in question. Inasmuch as the overwhelming majority of students is not active in New Left matters, it is felt that this technique, used in carefully selected cases, could put an end to lengthy demonstrations and could cause embarrassment to New Left elements.
9. There is a definite hostility among SDS and other New Left groups toward the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), and the Progressive Labor Party (PLP). This hostility should be exploited wherever possible.
10. The field was previously advised that New Left groups are attempting to open coffeehouses near military bases in order to influence members of the Armed Forces. Wherever these coffeehouses are, friendly news media should be alerted to them and their purpose. In addition, various drugs, such as marijuana, will probably be utilized by individuals running the coffeehouses or frequenting them. Local law enforcement authorities should be promptly advised whenever you receive an indication that this is being done.
11. Consider the use of cartoons, photographs, and anonymous letters which will have the effect of ridiculing the New Left. Ridicule is one of the most potent weapons which we can use against it.
12. Be alert for opportunities to confuse and disrupt New Left activities by misinformation. For example, when events are planned,notification that the event has been cancelled or postponed could be sent to various individuals.
You are reminded that no counterintelligence action is to be taken without Bureau approval. Insure that this Program is assigned to an Agent with an excellent knowledge of both New Left groups and individuals. It must be approached with imagination and enthusiasm
if it is to be successful.
As an economy measure the caption "COINTELPRO - NEW LEFT" should be used on all communications concerning this Program.
See memo C.D. Brennan to W.C. Sullivan dated 7/3/68, captioned as above, prepared by BAW: jes.
Ted Rall opines:
Both parties, and Democrats in particular, are in trouble. The last few decades have witnessed a rise in ideological blurring. Aping the Republicans has made the Democratic Party less appealing to increasingly apathetic liberals. This has occurred during a period of unprecedented polarization, when swing voters have all but vanished. As I prescribe in my book "Wake Up, You're Liberal!: How We Can Take American Back From the Right," the key to Democratic success this fall is motivating the long-neglected left-wing base. That means stronger, not weaker, party identification. Democratic Congressmen who vote along with the Republicans should be thrown out of the party. Democrats must act like Democrats. And you don't do that by nominating, or running with, Republicans.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
RESPIRATORY TRACT: Dr. Wollan has estimated that an accumulation of 10-3 curies of high-energy beta-ray active material would produce an exposure of about 100 r/day to the lungs. Unfortunately, there is no experimental data bearing directly upon the deposition of f products nor on the action of the beta-rays on the bronchial and alveolar surfaces.
Particles larger than 1µ[micron]in size are likely to be deposited in nose, trachea or bronchi and then be brought up with mucus on the walls at the rate of 1/2 - 1 cm/min. Particles smaller than 1µ [micron] are more likely to be deposited in the alveoli where they will either remain indefinitely or be absorbed into the lymphatics or blood. The probability of the deposition of dust particles anywhere in the respiratory tract depends upon respiratory rate, particle size, chemical and physical nature, and the concentration in the atmosphere. Hence the probability of f products causing lung damage depends on all of these factors.
While only fragmentary information is available, it is felt that the injury would be manifest as bronchial irritation coming on in from a few hours to a few days, depending on the dose. It would not be immediately incapacitating except with doses in the neighborhood of 400 or more r [roentgens] per day. The most serious effect would be permanent long damage appearing months later from the persistent irradiation of retained particles, even at low daily rates.
It would seem that chemical gases could accomplish more and do it more quickly so far as the skin surfaces and lungs are concerned. The beta emitters would have more permanent effects -- starting months after exposure.
GASTRO-INTESTINAL TRACT: Beta emitting f [fission] products could get into the gastro-intestinal tract from polluted water, or food, or air. From the air, they would get onto the mucus of the nose, throat, bronchi, etc., and be swallowed. The effects would be local irritation just as in the bronchi and exposures of the same amount would be required. The stomach, caecum, and rectum, where contents remain for longer periods than elsewhere would be most likely to be affected. It is conceivable that ulcers and perforations of the gut followed by death could be produced, even without any general effects from the radiation.
BLOOD STREAM AND TISSUES: Beta and gamma emitting fission products may be absorbed from the lungs or G-I tract into the blood and so distributed throughout the body.