Dismantling US Democracy


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Dismantling US Democracy
Thu Dec 4 18:04:06 2003
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Dismantling US Democracy :

Here's a disturbing irony in a U.S. administration that claims it intends to establish democracy in Iraq - yet all the while systematically dismantling democracy at home.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5342.htm

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt: (1918)

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. - Hermann Goering: quote verified at http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.htm

A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. - Ralph Waldo Emerson:

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216 DAYS ... AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

U.S. OK'd 'dirty war' in Argentina:

This document is a devastating indictment of Kissinger's policy toward Latin America. Kissinger actually encourages human-rights violations in full consciousness of what was going on.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5339.htm

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Hollinger Investments Are Linked To Board's Perle and Kissinger:

Hollinger, a Chicago-based media company that owns the U.K.'s Telegraph Group, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post, also invested $14 million in a British technology company that includes Mr. Perle and his business partner as shareholders.
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB107040693288079500-H9jeoNllal2oZumZ4GGcKiCm4,00.html

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Interview with anti-U.S. Iraqi cell :

"If the Americans leave and Saddam comes back, we will fight him too. Maybe if he were elected we'd allow it. But no one in Iraq wants Saddam back. He turned into a thief and a murderer who made too many mistakes. We don't want Saddam, but American cannot occupy us any longer."
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031203-115217-9537r

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Life in battened-down Baghdad :Self-preservation U.S. soldiers' goal:

War or peace, right or wrong, win or lose, none of it seems to matter any more to many enlisted Americans in Iraq, for whom a political exit strategy cannot come too soon.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5346.htm

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Iraqi Council Leader Pushes for Direct Vote:

Shiite Muslim cleric Abdelaziz Hakim used his maiden news conference Wednesday as Iraqi Governing Council president to push for direct elections to select a national assembly, despite deep U.S. doubts about the proposal.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq4dec04,1,3826701.story?coll=la-headlines-world

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Democracy Cannot Coexist with Bush's Failed Doctrine of Preventive War :

The fact is that the U.S. often doesn't really want democracy — what it actually wants is an assent to its policies. That's why the U.S. sided with the French in 1991 when the Algerian elections were "canceled" because of the possibility of an Islamic victory.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5340.htm

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Dismantling US Democracy :

Here's a disturbing irony in a U.S. administration that claims it intends to establish democracy in Iraq - yet all the while systematically dismantling democracy at home.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5342.htm

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Who's Who In The Coalition Provisional Authority:

The younger Republicans in Iraq spend much of their time plotting against the Democrats. "Everything is seen in the context of the election, and how they will screw the Democrats," said one CPA official. "It was really pretty shocking to hear them talk."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5338.htm

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Exporting the Islamic revolution to Iraq:

GEORGE W. Bush may be on the way to transforming Iraq into an Islamic state modelled on the Iranian system of “valayet-e-faqih”, rule of the jurisprudence. This became clear on Nov. 29 when Iraqi Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issued a “fatwa”, or religious ruling, which opposes the step-by-step plan for the hand over to Iraqi governance, put forward by the US occupation administrator L. Paul Bremer III on Nov. 15.
http://jordantimes.com/Thu/opinion/opinion2.htm

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Tariq Ali vs. Christopher Hitchens on the Occupation of Iraq:

Postponed Liberation or Recolonisation? Audio
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4345.htm

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Poll: More people don't believe Iraq war reduced terror threat:

A growing number of Americans, seven in 10, doesn't think the war in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorism, according to a poll out Wednesday.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-12-03-iraq-poll_x.htm

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Report: Israel played key role in failed intelligence assessment before Iraq war:

It appears Israel not only provided false intelligence to other Western intelligence agencies, but also played a crucial factor in pushing the US and its allies into launching a war against Saddam Hussein and his regime.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5344.htm

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Israel: Sarid calls for inquiry into intelligence ahead of Iraq war :

Meretz MK Yossi Sarid on Thursday called for the creation of a committee to probe the conduct of Israeli intelligence ahead of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/368428.html

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Who caused Palestinian Diapora?: Israel needs to apologize, let them back:

Like slavery for African-Americans, internment for Japanese-Americans and the Nazi holocaust for Jews, the "Nakba" ("Catastrophe") was a seminal event in the consciousness of the Palestinian people.
http://www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/forum/story/7896505p-8834995c.html

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Do Americans Know the Score? :

Since our invasion was a dreadful mistake based on lies (seen any weapons of mass destruction lately?), American scorecards are about as trustworthy as Vegas odds. Even the military admits the sudden interest in counting the bodies of Iraqi soldiers is a political ploy.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5341.htm

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Truth is, we’re terrorized because we’re hated :

Tell people the truth, Mr. President -- about terrorism. If deceptions about terrorism go unchallenged, then the threat will continue until it destroys us.
http://www.natcath.com/NCR_Online/archives/100298/100298l.htm

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Intelligence experts speak out against the war in a new documentary :

"The Bush administration made up its mind to go to war [with Iraq] on September 11, 2001. From that time on you were dealing with rationalization and justification for the war; you weren't dealing with real causes for the war or real reasons for the war. There was never a clear and present danger, there was never an imminent threat," explains Mel Goodman, who served for 20 years as a CIA analyst, in the documentary Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War.
http://electroniciraq.net/news/1225.shtml

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It doesn’t take a mullah to be uncomfortable with events in America:

We have our own homegrown version of the Islamic jihad-mongers here at home, and they’re among Bush’s most ardent supporters. Call them the Christian Taliban, for want of a better label.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5343.htm

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The Dumbest Common Denominator :

It has long been my contention that the Republicans only win elections by appealing to the dumbest common denominator. It's a sad fact; there are simply more stupid people in America than there are smart people. If you pander to that base, you will find fertile soil from which to cull votes.
http://www.hellermountain.com/the_latest.html

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L'Etat, C'est Moi:

Ordinarily, anyone making the claim that the United States is slowly creeping toward becoming a police state would be expected to be seen wearing the latest in old holey garbage bags, surplus-store combat boots, and carrying a sign proclaiming the imminent demise of the planet. But when John Ashcroft is attorney general, these things aren't solely the province of the mentally ill.
http://www.citypaper.com/current/animal.html

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Time to release American values :

The imminent release of many Guantanamo detainees -- possibly including three boys ages 13 to 15 -- suggests that a substantial number of "combatants" may have been held far longer than necessary, without specific legal justification.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/12/03/EDGGA3EDHK1.DTL

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Sudden Shift on Detainee:

It may be that the action was less of a substantive change than merely a calculated gesture to help the administration shield its policies from criticism and reversal by the courts. The American, Yaser Esam Hamdi, a Louisianan of Saudi descent captured in fighting in Afghanistan, is under indefinite detention in a Navy brig in Charleston, S.C.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/04/national/04DETA.html?th

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U.S. Court Strikes Down Part of Anti-Terrorism Law :

At issue is a statute that was the first to criminalize offering "material support" to foreign terror groups. That law was the precursor to the controversial 2001 Patriot Act which expanded the government's intelligence-gathering powers and increased penalties for activities classified as terrorist.
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3934607&fromEmail=true

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A New Kind Of Poverty :

America is a country that now sits atop the precarious latticework of myth. It is the myth that working people can support their families
http://www.msnbc.com/news/997103.asp

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Priest tells soldiers to disobey orders to go to Iraq
http://www.kobtv.com/index.cfm?viewer=storyviewer&id=6723&cat=HOME

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There's force, and there's resistance:

What do California's supermarket strike/lockout and the continued violence against U.S. occupying forces and their collaborators in Iraq have in common? The answer is found in Newton's third law of motion: for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Applied to human affairs this translates into the idea of resistance.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/op-ed/goldsborough/20031201-9999_mz1e1golds.html

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America, like Napolean, takes colonialism to absurd lengths:

When Napoleon first came to Cairo, he appointed a ruling council, just like the one Paul Bremer has composed in Iraq. Fourteen sheikhs of Al-Azhar university were now the administrative government of Egypt under French occupation.
http://www.lebanonwire.com/0307/03072324DS.asp

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More Lies Uncovered:

White House Changes Story on Bush Plane Incident: The White House on Wednesday changed its story of a British Airways pilot's spotting of Air Force One during President Bush's stealth trip to Iraq last week.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=1&u=/nm/20031203/ts_nm/bush_iraq_pilot_dc_2

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In case you missed it:

According to the white house, the pilot of Air Force One, Col. Mark Tillman, lied
http://www.msnbc.com/news/998811.asp?0bl=-0

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Bird in Bush hands is all show:

While Mr Bush's standing rose in a poll conducted immediately after the trip, the foray has opened new credibility questions for a White House that has dealt with issues as small as who placed the "Mission accomplished" banner aboard the aircraft carrier.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/12/04/1070351720290.html

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Limbaugh: Agents Seized Medical Records :

Rush Limbaugh told listeners on his radio show Thursday that prosecutors in Palm Beach County have seized medical records from four of his doctors.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031204/ap_on_en_ot/limbaugh_pain_killers

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Climate change laid to humans :

Report warns there's 'no doubt' industry is primary cause
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FPCT1.DTL&type=printable

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Bad To The Bone: "...don't criticize my children. . .or you're dead." ~~Barbara Bush, Larry King Live, CNN, Oct. 20, 2003
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_3688.shtml

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U.S. oil companies seek Libyan oil permit renewal:
http://www.forbes.com/markets/newswire/2003/12/02/rtr1166953.html

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”Bring Our Children Home” :

”I'm in Iraq to express support for the people and to tell the soldiers from the United States, and especially the Latinos, to return home, to stop this military madness,” Suárez said Wednesday in a telephone interview with IPS.
http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21393

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UN still waiting for US report on Iraq weapons:

United Nations weapons inspectors say they still have not been given a key report by American and British experts who have searched post-war Iraq for weapons of mass destruction.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1003032.htm

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Washington warns five countries over weapons of mass destruction
http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=32605

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The Proliferation Security Initiative:

An Interview With John Bolton : All WMD trade will not be targeted with the same vigor. WMD-related cargo destined for Israel, India, and Pakistan—the world’s three unofficial nuclear-weapon states—is of secondary importance.
http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2003_12/PSI.asp

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Military practices a mock tribunal:

Despite the selection of detainees and the dress rehearsal, sources say the first trial is months away.
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031202-114458-1245r.htm

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TV station bombed in Georgia:

An explosion has rocked the state television centre in Georgia's capital Tbilisi as the Russian ambassador was giving an interview live on air.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D0DE7C35-B3A5-4520-8225-DA8B82D242CA.htm

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Powell Sends Russia Warning About Georgia :

The United States issued an indirect warning to Russia on Tuesday not to back Georgia's breakaway regions and exploit instability in the former Soviet republic after last month's bloodless change of government.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A29620-2003Dec2?language=printer

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Moscow will keep forces in Georgia, Moldova:

Russia yesterday refused to withdraw its remaining forces and military equipment from the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Moldova, repudiating a 4-year-old pledge to do so by the end of this year.
http://www.washtimes.com/world/20031202-091552-2128r.htm

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In case you missed it:

West Piles Pressure on Georgia Ahead of Elections:--

"I don’t know what they are planning to do with us. Are they coming to help us or to bury us?"-- President Eduard Shevardnadze.
http://minority.iatp.org.ge/2003/10/000044.php

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In case you missed it:

United States Cuts Development Aid To Georgia:

The United States has announced it will cut its financial assistance to Georgia, dealing a sharp blow to President Eduard Shevardnadze’s administration just over a month before parliamentary elections.
http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav092903.shtml

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