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    also has enron and white house, us rogue state, Bush drunk, Lay rich, anthrax scientist - A former Enron Corp. employee has written a letter to U.S. Senator
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2002
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      also has enron and white house, us rogue state, Bush drunk, Lay rich, anthrax
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      "- A former Enron Corp. employee has written a letter to U.S. Senator Barbara
      Boxer claiming that he has knowledge the company's trading arm manipulated
      wholesale electricity prices in California."

      " the United States refused to participate in Organization for Economic
      Cooperation and Development-sponsored talks in Paris in May 2001, on ways to
      crack down on offshore and other tax and money-laundering havens."

      "President George W. Bush on his lifelong, unfortunate abuse of alcohol which
      has recently become so great that it caused him to lose consciousness, fall
      to the ground and cut open his face in the White House last Sunday."

      "the Lays paid about $4 million -- an amount greater than Lay's entire salary
      from Enron that year -- to buy variable annuities that will, starting in
      2007, guarantee the couple an annual income of about $900,000"

      http://www.truthout.com/02.18C.Plans.for.War.htm
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,649917,00.html

      Pentagon and CIA Making Plans for War Against Iraq This Year Julian Borger
      in Washington and Ewen MacAskill Thursday February 14, 2002 The Guardian
      The Pentagon and the CIA have begun preparations for an assault on Iraq
      involving up to 200,000 US troops that is likely to be launched later this
      year with the aim of removing Saddam Hussein from power, US and diplomatic
      sources told the Guardian yesterday. President George Bush's war cabinet,
      known as the "principals committee", agreed at a pivotal meeting in late
      January that the policy of containment has failed and that active steps
      should be taken to topple the Iraqi leader.

      Germany and France warn Bush on Iraq
      http://www.truthout.com/02.22B.Germany.France.htm
      http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/02/19/wirq19.xml
      Germany and France warn Bush on Iraq
      By Toby Helm in Berlin and Ben Fenton in Washington
      (Filed: 19/02/2002) THE transatlantic rift deepened yesterday when Germany
      joined France in opposing military strikes against Iraq as part of a new
      front in the war on terrorism.


      Too Much Surveillance Means Too Little Freedom - 'Big Brother' in America
      (February 19)
      http://www.iht.com/articles/48463.htm
      Too much surveillance means too little freedom
      William Safire Tuesday, February 19, 2002 'Big Brother' in America
      WASHINGTON Stipulated: The protection of the U.S. capital, its monuments and
      its centers of authority is a vital national interest....When your
      government, employer, landlord, merchant, banker and local sports team gang
      up to picture, digitize and permanently record your every activity, you are
      placed under unprecedented control. This is not some alarmist Orwellian
      scenario; it is here, now, financed by $20 billion last year and $15 billion
      more this year of federal money appropriated out of sheer fear. By creating
      the means to monitor 300 million visits to the United States yearly, this
      administration and a supine opposition are building a system capable of
      identifying, tracking and spying on 300 million Americans. So far, the
      reaction has been a most un-American docility.

      In a Shift, U.S. Uses Airstrikes to Help Kabul
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/19/international/asia/19AFGH.html

      February 19, 2002 In a Shift, U.S. Uses Airstrikes to Help Kabul By JOHN F.
      BURNS
      KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 18 — American forces appear to have opened a new
      phase in the war in Afghanistan with two bombing raids over the weekend that
      Afghan commanders in the area said were aimed at clashing militia forces
      rather than the Taliban or Al Qaeda. A statement on Sunday by the United
      States Central Command said American aircraft dropped precision-guided bombs
      when "enemy troops" attacked forces loyal to the eight-week-old Kabul
      government near the southeastern city of Khost on Saturday afternoon.

      http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-000012166feb17.story
      February 17, 2002 EDITORIAL A Natural Seducer - In the article, Robert
      Kubey, a media studies professor at Rutgers, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a
      psychology professor at Claremont Graduate School, offer a gripping
      explanation of how images and sounds from the small screen seduce us by
      evoking a biological reaction that has been wired into our brains over
      millions of years of evolution. The researchers are hardly the first to
      describe the "orienting response," which dilates blood vessels to the brain,
      slows the heart and constricts blood vessels to major muscle groups at the
      sight of sudden or novel stimuli. Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov studied it
      back in 1927, recognizing it as an adaptive response that evolved to help our
      ancestors vigilantly scan the environment for lions and other threats.

      http://www.canada.com/search/site/story.asp?id=DCC82857-AA3C-41FB-997D-EDA05CC

      774E3
      "Ian Mulgrew Vancouver Sun 2/23/02 "The right wing benefited so much from
      September 11 that, if I were still a conspiratorialist, I would believe
      they'd done it."


      Former Employee Says Enron Manipulated California Power Market By
      Jason Leopold Dow Jones Newswires 2-24-2

      LOS ANGELES - A former Enron Corp. employee has written
      a letter
      to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer claiming that he has
      knowledge the
      company's trading arm manipulated wholesale electricity
      prices in
      California.

      For more than a year, California Gov. Gray Davis and
      other state
      officials have alleged that energy companies, including
      Enron ,
      manipulated the price of electricity and natural gas in
      the state by
      withholding supplies to create an artificial shortage
      and gouging
      utilities by charging prices for power that were 10
      times higher
      compared with previous years.

      Dear friend of MoveOn,

      The White House continues to stonewall on Enron. Attorney General Ashcroft
      has recused himself because of campaign donations. Congressional committees
      are meeting and posturing, but who's going to run a thorough investigation of
      Enron and its undue, perhaps criminal influence in government policymaking?
      It's time for the Bush administration to appoint an independent counsel, to
      get to the bottom of the Enron story and to restore trust.
      Join us in calling for an independent counsel at:
      http://www.moveon.org/accountability/

      Enron deliberately bought political influence and dismantled proper
      government oversight. Enron bilked its workers, its investors, and the
      American public. Public officials and corporate officers must be held
      accountable, to root out this kind of corporate piracy. The scope of the Bush
      administration's ties to Enron .... Vice President Cheney is still refusing
      to release records of the six secret meetings his energy policy task force
      held with Enron. That task force called for tens of billions of dollars in
      taxpayer subsidies to the energy industry.... See our website for some
      helpful links that document the extent of the Enron-White House connections.


      Posted on Mon, Feb. 25, 2002 Philadelphia Inquirer

      In its unilateralist disregard, U.S. is the real 'rogue state' By Richard B.
      Du Boff and Edward S. Herman Most people believe that their own country is
      virtuous and that only others misbehave enough to qualify as international
      outlaws. But the United States has elevated this popular sentiment to the
      level of national policy - by designating certain countries, of its own
      choosing, as
      "rogue states."
      The dictionary defines rogue as "a fierce and dangerous animal, like an
      elephant, that separates itself from its herd." By this standard, the United
      States, not the piddling tyrannies named by the State Department, is the
      world's number one rogue.
      Since it obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 - cities, not military
      targets - the United States has bombed 18 countries, and invaded still
      others, with no declaration of war nor any possibility of retaliation, at
      least until Sept. 11. In the case of Afghanistan, the United States launched
      a unilateral war of revenge against a brutal regime of its own creation,
      although none of the 19 hijackers were Afghan and none of the thousands of
      "detainees" held in the United
      States and abroad have been charged with any participation in the crime.
      Furthermore, the alleged "mastermind," still at large, might well have been
      turned over to the United States through negotiations - which President Bush
      rejected outright from the start.
      All this is defended on the ground that we are "so good" (as
      the President has said) and always act in the world's
      interest. But in fact, U.S. actions reflect the power of
      corporate interests. For example, the United States refused
      to participate in Organization for Economic Cooperation and
      Development-sponsored talks in Paris in May 2001, on ways to
      crack down on offshore and other tax and money-laundering
      havens.

      http://www.landoverbaptist.org/news0102/president.html
      January 2002 Pastor Counsels President On Alcohol Problem
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      --
      WASHINGTON DC - - At the request of First Lady, Laura Bush, Pastor Deacon
      Fred of Landover Baptist Church has agreed to counsel President George W.
      Bush on his lifelong, unfortunate abuse of alcohol which has recently become
      so great that it caused him to lose consciousness, fall to the ground and cut
      open his face in the White House last Sunday. So shocked were Presidential
      advisers by the severity of the problem that they were unable to create a
      plausible explanation for the passing-out episode on the spur of the moment.
      The official explanation was, incredibly, that the President choked on a
      pretzel while watching football alone in a White House room.


      http://www.motherjones.com/web_exclusives/features/news/enron_insure.html
      Ken Lay's Nest Egg Thousands of former Enron employees saw their retirement
      funds disappear when the energy giant collapsed -- but Kenneth Lay has
      millions socked away in lawsuit-proof investments. by Bill Hogan Feb. 21,
      2002

      For Kenneth and Linda Lay, "liquidity" might not be such a big concern. Late
      last month, the wife of former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay tearfully told a
      national television audience that she and her husband were struggling to
      avoid personal bankruptcy following the collapse of the Houston
      energy-trading company. What Linda Lay failed to tell viewers of NBC's Today
      show, however, was that she and her husband had shifted millions in personal
      assets to investments that are beyond the reach of creditors or legal
      judgments.

      In February 2000, Mother Jones has learned, the Lays paid about $4 million --
      an amount greater than Lay's entire salary from Enron that year -- to buy
      variable annuities that will, starting in 2007, guarantee the couple an
      annual income of about $900,000. While stocks and most other ordinary
      investments are open to attack by creditors, life insurance policies and
      annuities are protected in many states. Variable annuities of the sort
      purchased by the Lays are basically tax-deferred investments wrapped in
      insurance policies.

      http://www.truthout.com/02.27A.Lay.Skilling.htm

      Lay and Skilling Discuss Bush and Profits t r u t h o u t | Video
      WASHINGTON - 02.26.02 | In this video tape of an October 2000 Enron company
      meeting obtained by US Representative Henry A. Waxman, chairman Kenneth Lay
      speaks directly about his support of George W. Bush

      http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0209/ridgeway.php

      Mondo Washington by James Ridgeway Scientist Says Anthrax Culprit Knows Too
      Much Germ Theory - Finally, after three months of screwing around, the FBI
      may be moving on the anthrax case—or maybe not. A report this week in The
      Washington Times says investigators are homing in on a single suspect, a
      former U.S. scientist who learned to make a weapons-grade strain of the
      bacteria in a government lab. On Monday, an FBI spokesman told the Voice
      there is no prime culprit, and insisted the bureau is still interviewing
      hundreds of people. That's just the kind of stalling and wavering Barbara
      Hatch Rosenberg has been railing about. The outspoken director of the
      Federation of American Scientists' working group on biological weapons says
      the FBI has likely known the identity of the anthrax perp since October.
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