war on iraq, little freedom, bombing afghan, media mc, 9-11, enron manip prices
- also has enron and white house, us rogue state, Bush drunk, Lay rich, anthrax
"- 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"
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
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
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
February 19, 2002 In a Shift, U.S. Uses Airstrikes to Help Kabul By JOHN F.
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.
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.
"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
to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer claiming that he has
company's trading arm manipulated wholesale electricity
For more than a year, California Gov. Gray Davis and
officials have alleged that energy companies, including
manipulated the price of electricity and natural gas in
the state by
withholding supplies to create an artificial shortage
utilities by charging prices for power that were 10
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:
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.