Saturday, March 6

Fine By Me 

The AP says:

"The Republican National Committee, Senate Republicans' fund-raising arm and Fannie Mae (FNM) are paying fines to settle a case over improper use of political donations from the mortgage giant.

Under an agreement with the Federal Election Commission, the RNC was to pay a $98,000 civil penalty, the National Republican Senatorial Committee faced a $24,000 fine, and Fannie Mae was to pay $10,000."

Fines for Republicans are simply a cost of doing business. We expect to use $100 million of the Bush re-election fund just to pay for lawyers. Sort of like GE, also according to the AP:

General Electric Co. (GE) has the right to challenge federal orders to clean up toxic waste sites, a court said in a decision the Environmental Protection Agency warns could weaken the Superfund cleanup program.

The decision, stemming from the planned $500 million cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River, was filed Wednesday and could lead to broader legal challenges to EPA decisions on Superfund cleanup sites. The EPA has issued more than 1,000 such orders since the program was created in 1980.

It's cheaper to pay $50 million to tie things up in courts than it is to do the ethical and morally correct thing to actually clean up the pollution they put there for us.

It's about the Benjamin's.

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Friday, March 5

The Bolivarian Revolution 

United Press International (UPI):

Analysis: Chavez backs native struggle
By Carlos Coello
Published 3/5/2004 3:42 AM

.... A meeting was held last September in support of Chavez's self-declared "Bolivarian Revolution" to unite forces against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (ALCA), the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund "and any and all forms of imperialism." Another objective was to coordinate indigenous groups and peasants to participate in the Oct. 12 commemoration of the "Day of Indian Resistance" in Caracas, a counterpoint to Columbus Day celebrated on the same date in North America.

Other participants included Rafael Alegria from the Honduran Farmers' Path Movement, Blanca Chancoso from the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, Egidio Brunetto of Brazil's Sin Terra, the Latin American coordinator for the Farmers Organizations of Guatemala Juan Tiney and Braulio Alvarez, coordinator of Venezuela's agrarian Ezequiel Zamora movement, named after a 19th century military commander and populist.

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Thursday, March 4

Venezuela - Haiti Time Approaches 

Venezuela's UN ambassador resigned in protest today.

"The announcement took the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry and his U.N. colleagues by surprise as an official announcement had been published just two days earlier in Caracas that Alcalay's next diplomatic posting would be as ambassador to London.

In Caracas, a leading political ally of Chavez in the National Assembly condemned Alcalay's resignation as hypocritical.

'Milos Alcalay looks very bad because everyone remembers him as an apologist, a defender, in extreme terms, of the foreign policy of President Hugo Chavez's government,' said Tarek William Saab, president of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee."

I'd like to say I know what this means, but I don't. Other than our deliberate attempts to destabilize the area must be working, and Chavez will have another coup attempt by the US any day now.

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Tuesday, March 2

Pesky God-Hating Liberal Judicial Activists 

From Alan Keyes' secret e-mails to me:

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) have introduced the "Constitution Restoration Act" (H.R. 3799 and S. 2082), a bill which reinforces states rights by clarifying that the Supreme Court and district courts do not have jurisdiction to hear cases brought against a federal, state or local government or
officer for acknowledging God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.


Whether it is a public display of the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom, or a nativity scene at Christmas, all would be protected from liberal judicial activists by this legislation.

Keyes told me that a judicial activist is basically anyone who believes in separation of church and state, that is, anyone who is law-abiding and in favor of our constitution and our form of government. He'd like to rid us of these people.

Support Keyes' effort to rid the country of citizens, I say. Once the people who support our legal system are gone, Keyes will be able to put up nativity scenes year round, in courtrooms, and God will approve. (His god... not any of the others).

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Aristide Gets Bushwhacked 

The following timetable concerns U.S. activities in the region of Haiti between January 2002 and March 2004:

- January 23, 2002: The Defense Department approves a transfer type Excess Defense Articles of 20,000 M-16 rifles to the Dominican Republic as part of the U.S. government's post-9/11arms sales to combat terrorism. According to the records, Congress was notified of the sale.

- September 30, 2002: The Department of Homeland Security approves EC-02 PACOM Jaded Task, sponsored by the Defense Department. Operation Jaded Task includes the delivery by U.S. special forces of 20,000 M-16 rifles to the Dominican Republic as well as training dominican forces in counter-terrorism activities.

- February 2003: James Foley is appointed ambassador to Haiti. It is worth recalling Ambassador Foley's involvement in support of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1999. Amply documented, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was financed by drug money and supported by the CIA. It was involved in targeted political assassinations and killings of civilians, in the months leading up to the 1999 NATO invasion as well as in its aftermath. Following the NATO led invasion and occupation of Kosovo, the KLA was transformed into the Kosovo Protection Force (KPF) under UN auspices.

- February 2003: a small number of US special forces land in the Dominican Republic to conduct antiterrorism exercises, the so-called Operation Jaded Task, with the Dominican military. Acording to news reports at the time, the exercise apparently came as a surprise to the country's foreign minister, who publicly denounced the operation. The US official said 20,000 M-16s were provided to the Dominican forces to help the country guard its border with Haiti and that all the weapons could not be accounted for. The group of Haitian rebels, led by Guy Phillipe, was also in the Dominican Republic at that time. The rebels are made up of former Haitian military, including generals.

- February 2004: in early February, the Haitian rebels, led by Guy Phillipe, enter neighboring Haiti and immediately begin attacking villages and murdering Haitian citizens. Their intent is to drive Aristide from power and take over the govnerment.

- February 29, 2004: Jean-Bertrand Aristide is taken from the Presidential Palace by U.S. marines, put on board a plane, and flown out of the country. Pres. Aristide insists that he did not resign and even calls Rep. Maxine Waters to tell her of his situation.

- Feb. 29, 2004: The White House welcomes the "resignation" of Pres. Aristide stating that "it is in the best interests of the Haitian people".

- Mar. 1, 2004: Secretary of State Colin Powell insists that Jean-Bertrand Aristide in fact resigned.

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This World Is Our World; It Is Not Your World 

... from California, to the Gulf of Persia....

We're setting up customs's officers in other countries, according to the AP:

"The government is working on a plan for U.S. inspectors at foreign airports to screen passengers headed for the United States, the nation's customs chief said Monday."

This is because the entire world is our property and we get to control it.

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Will You Have Rice With That? 

The AP is talking about the 9-11 commision's problems with Ms. Rice.

"Members of the bipartisan commission said they were considering a subpoena to force the public testimony of national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. She has declined to appear at the panel's two-day hearing later this month.

'The commission wants to go back in the court of public opinion and appeal to the administration for them to reconsider their first stand,' said commissioner Timothy Roemer, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. 'If we don't get that kind of cooperation, compelling Dr. Rice to come before us is an option.'

The White House said Tuesday that Rice's testimony was a constitutional issue of separation of powers. 'As a matter of law and practice, White House staff have not testified before legislative bodies,' National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack said. 'This is not a matter of Dr. Rice's preferences.'"

You know, like those Energy documents. We all know everything that is really bad happens behind the shield of seperation of powers. Seperation of powers means "we'll do whatver and you can never find out."

That said, Ms. Rice has other duties far more important that explaining why there was no national security when the unheard of , four simultaneous hijackings occurred in US airspace. She needs to be the president's exercise partner in the gym. She may even need to resign herself to resigning.

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Monday, March 1

Little Deuce Coup 

Don't pay attention to this.

"He did not resign. He did not resign. He was kidnapped and all of the circumstances seem to support his assertion. Had he resigned, we wouldn't need blacked out windows and blocked communications and military taking him away at gunpoint. Had he resigned, he would have been happy to leave the country. He was not. He resisted. Emphatically not. He did not resign. He was abducted by the United States, a democratic, a democratically elected president, abducted by the United States in the commission of an American-induced coup. This is a frightening thing to contemplate. "

If you pay attention to that, then you'll start thinking about our pal Hugo Chavez, and how the same things are happening there. So why waste your time? Think about gay marriage, or the super bowl of nipples, or... you know, something else.

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Don't fall for Jeffrey Sachs' spin on Washington's spin on Haiti 

Jeffrey Sachs' article in today's Financial Times ("Don't fall for Washington's spin on Haiti") presents more spin as it fails to mention key elements in the coup of Jean-Betrand Aristide especially the fact that when he was first ousted, a former World Bank official, Marc Bazin, was appointed Prime minister by a Military Junta in June 1992. In fact, it was the US State Department which sought his appointment.

In September 2000, writing in the UK Observer, Greg Palast reported, based on the confidential World Bank document "Country Policy and Institutional Assessment", that when it came to Haiti, it was "resisting demands to sell off its national infrastructure," and consequently got low grades in the report, which denied Haiti access to capital markets.

The 1991 military coup, which took place 8 months following Jean Bertrand Aristide's accession to the presidency, was in part intended to reverse the government's progressive reforms and reinstate the neoliberal policy agenda of the Duvalier era.

The new Prime minister, Mr. Bazin had been appointed Minister of Finance in 1983 by President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier because Bazin was an IMF nominee and a former World Bank official. Mr. Bazin, who was considered Washington's "favorite", had run against Aristide in the 1990 presidential elections.

Mr. Sachs, currently at Columbia University directing the Earth Institute, may have edited this information out of his piece due to the fact that he used to work for the IMF, the World Bank, and the OECD, and wrote economic policy based on World Bank recommendations to Latin American governments. He wrote Argentina's economic plan.

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Don't fall for Washington's spin on Haiti 

Financial Times (London, England)

March 1, 2004 Monday

"Don't fall for Washington's spin on Haiti"
By Jeffrey Sachs

The crisis in Haiti is another case of brazen US manipulation of a small, impoverished country with the truth unexplored by journalists. In the nearly universal media line on the Haitian revolt, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was portrayed as an undemocratic leader who betrayed Haiti's democratic hopes and thereby lost the support of his erstwhile backers. He "stole" elections and intransigently refused to address opposition concerns. As a result he had to leave office, which he did at the insistence of the US and France. Unfortunately, this is a gravely distorted view.

President George Bush's foreign policy team came into office intent on toppling Mr Aristide, long reviled by powerful US conservatives such as former senator Jesse Helms who obsessively saw him as another Fidel Castro in the Caribbean. Such critics fulminated when President Bill Clinton restored Mr Aristide to power in 1994, and they succeeded in getting US troops withdrawn soon afterwards, well before the country could be stabilised. In terms of help to rebuild Haiti, the US Marines left behind about eight miles of paved roads and essentially nothing else. In the meantime, the so-called "opposition", a coterie of rich Haitians linked to the preceding Duvalier regime and former (and perhaps current) CIA operatives, worked Washington to lobby against Mr Aristide.

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Did the US take out Aristide? 

Here in America, I believe the take on Haiti is that Aristide was an evil dictator who lost control of his country and has now been ousted from within. Of course, there's another side to every story:

The armed insurrection which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February 29th 2004 was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence operation.??

The Rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from the Dominican Republic in early February. It constitutes a well armed, trained and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former members of Le Front pour l'avancement et le progr?s d'Haiti (FRAPH), the? "plain clothes" death squadrons, involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations during the CIA sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Jean Bertrand Aristide

The self-proclaimed Front pour la Lib?ration et la reconstruction nationale (FLRN) (National Liberation and Reconstruction Front) is led by Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian Armed Forces and Police Chief. Philippe had been trained during the 1991 coup years by US Special Forces in Ecuador, together with a dozen other Haitian Army officers. (See Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News, 24 February 2004).

From Global Research: US Sponsored Coup d'etat: The Destabilization of Haiti by Michel Chossudovsky

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The United States and international terrorism 

It would be different if this sort of thing wasn't corroborated by US scholars like Noam Chomsky who have been alleging for decades that the US is supports international terrorism:
Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani alleged that the United States was backing "notorious terrorists," after the United States criticized the Islamic Republic's human rights record.   

"All the world-known and notorious terrorists are made with US money, support and experience," Rafsanjani said during a sermon at weekly Friday prayers broadcast on state radio.

Iran was one of the country's cited in the US State Department's annual global rights review released Wednesday. It said the Islamic regime carried out "numerous" rights violations, notably against opponents in politics and the media.

Rafsanjani accused the United States of accommodating the Iran's main armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, despite the fact Washington lists it as a terrorist group.

Read the rest: All 'notorious terrorists' backed by US

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Sunday, February 29

Bush and Blair Lawsuit 

George and Tony change their names to "sue":

"A coalition of groups opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq says it intends to take legal action for 'mass murder' against British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

'What has happened is the mass murder of 20,000 or so Iraqis,' Chris Coverdale said, a spokesman for the Stop the War coalition, told Sky News. 'We have to ensure that Bush and Blair and all the others associated with that decision to attack and kill Iraqis are held to account for it.'

Some 600 supporters of the coalition, which was formed in September 2001, met in London to prepare for a mass demonstration in the capital on March 20, the anniversary of the invasion of oil-rich Iraq.

The anti-war movement brought an estimated one million people to demonstrate against the war in London a year ago and up to 200,000 braved massive security to protest at a visit by Bush to London in November 2003. "

Accountable? Us? For what? We killed them all in good faith, to make their lives better.

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