Woman who filed sexual assault lawsuit against bush confirmed dead, cause of death listed as "gunshot wound to head"...
I finally got some confirmation from an obit in the Houston Chronicle that Margie Schoedinger, the woman who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Bush last year, died in September.
I called the Harris County Medical Examiner's office, which lists her cause of death as a "gunshot wound to the head" and "suicide." Anyone versed in CIA/Mafia lingo knows that "suicide" sometimes means "murder" or at least carries with it some pressure to commit suicide by outside parties, such as those against whom that person has filed a lawsuit. I'm not yet saying this is a murder - you draw your own conclusion.
When I talked to Schoedinger in July she sounded in good health. She was only 38. It's another weird tragedy surrounding the Bush administration - and this one has received NO mention from the media.
Here is the info and link from the paper: Paper: Houston Chronicle Date: Saturday 09/27/03 Section: A Edition: 3 SCHOEDINGER
MARGIE D. SCHOEDINGER expired Monday, 9/22/03 . Visitation: Friday, 9/26/03 , 7 to 9pm, McCoy & Harrison Chapel. Funeral Service: Saturday, 9/27/03 , 1:30pm, McCoy & Harrison Chapel. Interment, Houston Memorial Gardens.
US Vice President Dick Cheney & Secretary Of Defence Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Murder of a scientist
By Gordon Thomas 6-25-4
Secret documents have revealed US Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld are "linked to the murder" of a senior CIA scientist. Frank Olson, who was a key member of the CIA's secret brainwashing programme MK-ULTRA, was sent plunging from a New York hotel window after he had threatened to reveal the CIA involvement in "terminal experiments" in post-war Germany.The importance of the documents are not only their historic significance. They could play an important role in the race for the White House this November. Ironically it falls due on the 51st anniversary of Olson's murder.Frank Olson's son, Eric, a psychologist, believes that fact will not be overlooked by President Bush's opponents as they search for further evidence that Rumsfeld and Cheney have a long history of news management and hiding the truth that could be highly embarrassing to the White House.The documents reinforce how Rumsfeld and Cheney have honed their skills over the past thirty years to ensure that today they have so far managed to keep the current scandal of US torture in Iraq - and elsewhere - from ensnaring themselves and President Bush.For almost half a century Eric Olson has insisted his father was murdered "on orders from the highest level".Frank Olson's work for the CIA had included making biological weapons. He had devised an aerosol disguised as insect spray that contained the lethal pathogen, botulism. It was successfully used to kill a Russian GRU military intelligence officer on a visit to Gdansk, Poland, in 1951.Another creation had been toothpaste containing salmonella, an incapacitating bacterium. The CIA arranged for it to be distributed in 1952 to Bulgarian troops in Sofia.Yet another weapon was inserted into Polish produced jam, the shigella bacterium, which produced incapacitating diarrhoea. For a time it produced a major outbreak among Polish and other Warsaw Pact frontline troops in 1952.All these, and more, Frank Olson had produced in his laboratory at Fort Detrick, near Washington DC. It was America's chemical-biological warfare complex. Since 1943, Olson had worked there.To ensure his weapons worked, they were tried out on what the CIA classified as "expendables": suspected double agents, captured spies and others held in detention camps in the American Zone in southern Germany.This was the 1950s when the Cold War was at its height. But Olson had never witnessed the result of his work. Then in the summer of 1953, he visited a CIA "safe house" near Stuttgart. He saw men dying, often in agony, from the weapons he had made. He was shocked, and protested. By the time he had returned to Fort Detrick in November of that year, his fate had been sealed. CIA director Allan Welsh Dulles decided that Olson was a dangerous whistleblower.Eric Olson had always maintained "my father was murdered on the highest authority". He has fought a long battle to prove his point. But at every step he was blocked by two of the most powerful men in Washington - Cheney and Rumsfeld.But the documents which have surfaced in Washington all too clearly pinpoint the role the two men played in covering-up the murder of Frank Olson.In a "Flash Secret" memo from Cheney to Rumsfeld, the future Vice President warns if the truth emerged "it might be necessary to disclose highly classified national security information".Another memorandum to the President (Gerald Ford) reveals that Eric Olson and his family "have indicated their shock and outrage at the circumstances surrounding Dr Olson's death". The memo suggests "the President expresses his own outrage" over the death. Cheney warns in a further memo that Olson's job "is so sensitive that it is highly unlikely we would submit relevant evidence on the issue of his duties".The 23 pages of documents paint a clear picture of the determination of Cheney and Rumsfeld to keep secret Olson's work and to ensure, as a matter of public policy, it must remain secret that "a drug criminally given him (Olson) cannot as a matter of law be determined he died in the course of his official duties"."The documents remind us why blind trust in any government official or agency is a bad idea. The cover-up of torture in Iraq today has its roots in a different time - but it's the same culture of cover-up. That cover-up ultimately led to the murder of my father", said Eric Olson."After witnessing experiments on prisoners held in secret CIA "safe houses" in Germany, my father was so shocked he was seen as a whistleblower by his superiors. They arranged for him to receive a mind-blowing cocktail of LSD and other drugs. Then a CIA field operative pushed my father out of a hotel window in New York. The CIA said my father had committed suicide due to 'personal reasons'. Both Cheney and Rumsfeld continued to conceal the truth - even after 2003, when President Bush renounced the use of torture and abuse by the CIA", continued Eric.A California history professor, Kathryn Olmstead discovered the documents in the Gerald Ford library.Cheney and Rumsfeld were given the task of covering up the details of Frank Olson's death. At the time, Rumsfeld was White House Chief of Staff to President Gerald Ford. Dick Cheney was a senior White House assistant to the President.Frank Olson's family received US $750,000 to settle their claims against the US government in 1976. But the cover-up continued.Both the offices of Rumsfeld and Cheney have declined comment on their role in covering-up the murder of Frank Olson.But from his home outside Washington, Eric Olson said the documents involving Rumsfeld and Cheney show they "have questions to answer".http://www.globalintel.com
Two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft, about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings
By Lisa Myers
Senior investigative correspondent
Updated: 7:32 p.m. ET June 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - The 9/11 commission is busy writing its final report, but is still investigating critical facts, including the conduct of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. NBC News has learned that the commission has interviewed two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft, about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings in the summer of 2001. Full Story-
Air Defenses Faltered on 9/11, Panel Finds Report Documents Command and Communication Errors
By Dan Eggen and William Branigin Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 17, 2004; 2:50 PM
It "faltered" because in June 2001, 3 months before 9-11, the rules of engagement for intercepting hijacked aircraft were changed so that regional air defense commanders could no longer order intercepts on their own authority, but had to wait for the Secretary of Defense to authorize the intercepts. On 9-11, that authorization came too late Full story-
Audience gasps as judge likens election of Bush to rise of Mussolini
New York Sun -June 21
2nd Circuit’s Calabresi Also Compares Bush’s Rise to That of Hitler
WASHINGTON — A prominent federal judge has told a conference of liberal lawyers that President Bush’s rise to power was similar to the accession of dictators such as Mussolini and Hitler.
“In a way that occurred before but is rare in the United States…somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power.That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power,” said Guido Calabresi, a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan.
“The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy,” Judge Calabresi continued, as the allusion drew audible gasps from some in the luncheon crowd Saturday at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society.
“The king of Italy had the right to put Mussolini in, though he had not won an election, and make him prime minister. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in...
I want to be clear on that, it is a situation which is extremely unusual,” the judge said.
Judge Calabresi, a former dean of Yale Law School, said Mr. Bush has asserted the full prerogatives of his office, despite his lack of a compelling electoral mandate from the public.
“When somebody has come in that way, they sometimes have tried not to exercise much power. In this case, like Mussolini, he has exercised extraordinary power. He has exercised power, claimed power for himself; that has not occurred since Franklin Roosevelt who, after all, was elected big and who did some of the same things with respect to assertions of power in times of crisis that this president is doing,” he said.
The 71-year-old judge declared that members of the public should, without regard to their political views, expel Mr. Bush from office in order to cleanse the democratic system.
“That’s got nothing to do with the politics of it.It’s got to do with the structural reassertion of democracy,” Judge Calabresi said.
His remarks were met with rousing applause from the hundreds of lawyers and law students in attendance.
Judge Calabresi was born in Milan. His family fled Mussolini in 1939 and settled in America. In 1994, President Clinton appointed the law professor to the federal appeals court that hears cases from the states of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Copyright: New York Sun
Rumsfeld, Rice tied to torture in Iraq By Bill Van Auken Jun 22, 2004, 12:57
An unrelenting series of leaks, charges and reports have removed any doubt that top officials in the Bush administration bear direct responsibility for the criminal torture inflicted upon prisoners held by the US military in Iraq as well as other blatant violations of the Geneva Conventions.Full story-http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_9341.shtml
FBI is covering up key aspects to the 9/11 story.
Guerrilla of the Week Editor's Pick, June 17, 2004
Daniel Hopsicker's new book Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta and the 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida goes where the 9/11 Commission dares not look.
Hopsicker is a former NBC News producer who spent two years in Venice, Florida researching Huffman Aviation, the school that trained 9/11 pilots Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi. Hopsicker's investigation connects this Florida flight school to a series of shadowy international figures. In Welcome to Terrorland, not only does Hopsicker exclusively interview Atta's American girlfriend, he finds reason to believe that the FBI is covering up key aspects to the 9/11 story.
Hopsicker reports that flight school owner Wally Hilliard has a series of strange connections to rich and powerful players.Full story-
to Terrorland, not only does Hopsicker exclusively interview Atta's American girlfriend, he finds reason to believe that the FBI is covering up key aspects to the 9/11 story.
Hopsicker reports that flight school owner Wally Hilliard has a series of strange connections to rich and powerful players.Full story-http://www.guerrillanews.com/intelligence/doc4660.html
Guild: Bush Should Be Tried For Role In Torture Monday, 21 June 2004, 10:25 am Press Release: US National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild Calls For Prosecution Of President Bush For Role In Torture
2003 State of the Union Address Contained Implicit Admission
New York, June 18, 2004--The National Lawyers Guild calls for the prosecution of President George W. Bush with a "command responsibility" theory of liability under the War Crimes Act. Bush can be prosecuted under the War Crimes Act or the Torture Statute, if he knew or should have known about the U.S. military's use of torture and failed to stop or prevent it. A comment in the President's January 2003 State of the Union Address contained an implicit admission by Bush that he had sanctioned the summary execution of many when he said: "All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries, and many others have met a different fate." "Let's put it this way," he continued, "they are no longer a problem for the United States and our friends and allies."
The Defense Department and the Justice Department each commissioned documents attempting to justify the use of torture under the President's war-making power, notwithstanding the Constitution's clear mandate that only Congress can make the laws. The Defense Department memo said that as commander-in-chief, the President has a "constitutionally superior position" to Congress. This blatant disregard for the tripartite Separation of Powers doctrine is also contrary to the landmark ruling in the Korean War case, Youngstown Sheet & Tire Co. v. Sawyers, in which the Supreme Court held, "In the framework of our Constitution, the President's power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a lawmaker."
The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was ratified by the United States and is thus part of the supreme law of the land. Congress implemented U.S. obligations under this treaty by enacting the Torture Statute, which provides 20 years, life in prison, or even the death penalty if death results from torture committed by a U.S. citizen abroad. The USA PATRIOT Act added the crime of conspiracy to commit torture to the Torture Statute. The Convention Against Torture prohibits the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering on a person to (a) obtain a confession, (b) punish him or (c) intimidate or coerce him based on discrimination of any kind. To violate this treaty, the pain or suffering must be inflicted "by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity."
The Istanbul Protocol of 9 August 1999 is the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It sets forth international guidelines for the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. Included in the Protocol's list of torture methods are rape, blunt trauma, forced positioning, asphyxiation, crush injuries, humiliations, death threats, forced engagement in practices violative of religion, and threat of attacks by dogs. The photographs and reports from prisoners in Abu Ghraib include all of these techniques. Moreover, the Defense Department analysis maintained that a torturer could get off it he acted in "good faith," not thinking his actions would result in severe mental harm. If the torturer based his conduct on the advice of these memos, he could according to this argument, have acted in good faith.
Referring to the 9/11 Commission's preliminary reports issued this week, National Lawyers Guild President Michael Avery said: "The Justice Department memorandum reads like a pre-trial brief on behalf of the Nazi defendants in the Nuremberg trial. It's rife with justification after justification for the use of torture."
Bush implicitly admitted sanctioning willful killing, torture and/or inhuman treatment in his 2003 State of the Union Address. The Constitution mandates the impeachment of a President for high crimes and misdemeanors. There is no higher crime than a war crime. Willful killing, torture and inhuman treatment constitute grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, which are considered war crimes under The War Crimes Act of 1996. Full Story-http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0406/S00217.htm
1 million black votes didn't count in the 2000 presidential election
In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.
This year, it could get worse.
These ugly racial statistics are hidden away in the mathematical thickets of the appendices to official reports coming out of the investigation of ballot-box monkey business in Florida from the last go-'round.
How do you spoil 2 million ballots? Not by leaving them out of the fridge too long. A stray mark, a jammed machine, a punch card punched twice will do it. It's easy to lose your vote, especially when some politicians want your vote lost.Full Story-http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/06/20/ING2976LG61.DTL
Makow - TheHypocrisy Of Anti-Hate Laws By Henry Makow, PhD 6-20-4
Around the world, legislatures are passing "anti-hate" laws while they themselves finance and promote hate.For example, Congress is set to pass a "hate crime" bill (S625) that could make it a crime to "hurt the feelings" of homosexuals. Canada has already passed similar legislation. (Bill C-250) At the same time, our politicians sponsor the denigration of heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity and the family in our schools and in the media. http://www.savethemales.ca/240203.html The real purpose of hate laws is to criminalize opposition to a vile campaign against heterosexuals and society as a whole. The financial oligarchy that controls our politicians is promoting homosexual behavior in order to destroy the institution of marriage and the family. The intent is to destabilize and depopulate society and thereby undercut popular resistance to "world government." http://www.savethemales.ca/000171.html Similarly the financial cabal portrays opposition to their tyranny as "anti Semitism." Later, I will ask why don't they consider the Jewish /Talmud/ to be hate literature. Is it because some of them are Talmudists? It appears that legitimate opposition to the Orwellian New World Order is stigmatized as "hate." Every day 2004 looks more like "1984". FEMINISM AS HATE In hundreds of Women's Studies courses, impressionable young women are taught contempt for men, marriage and family. In their book "Professing Feminism" former Women's' Studies professors Daphne Patai and Noretta Koetge expose these courses for what they are: Communist-inspired hate training seminars. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0739104551/qid=1087694772/sr=1- 4/ref=sr_1_4/002-8776249-2483235?v=glance&s=books Young women study such feminist pioneers as Andrea Dworkin who teaches, "Heterosexual sex is rape" and Marilyn French who believes, "All men are rapists." They learn that "female heterosexuality is not a biological drive" but " a set of social practices about the oppression and exploitation of women." (Marilyn Frye) They learn that lesbianism is the "means of liberation of all women from heterosexual tyranny." (Cheryl Clarke) The nuclear family is "a cornerstone of women's oppression: it enforces women's dependence on men, it enforces heterosexuality and it imposes the prevailing masculine and feminine character structures on the next generation." (Alison Jagger) Our government sponsors this rot. Are you offended yet? It doesn't matter since our leaders believe heterosexuals are a legitimate target of hate. The above womyn (academics, writers) make big money to spew this hate. We must take the people that pay their salaries to court under anti-hate laws. POLITICAL OPPOSITION IS FREEDOM NOT HATE Jewish central bankers and Communist Jews played the leading role in setting up the USSR. Resistance to Communism was often expressed as anti-Semitism. Therefore anti-Semitism was banned on pain of death in Bolshevik Russia. Similarly, the same Jews play an important part in the New World Order. I am thinking of the bankers and their Neo Conservative, Marxist, feminist and liberal puppets. Like their Bolshevik forebears, they stigmatize political opposition as "hate." A bill requiring the State Department "to monitor incidents of anti-Semitism around the world" passed the U.S. Senate last week. The State Department would also monitor each government's efforts to pass and enforce measures "to protect Jewish religious freedom as well as endeavors to promote anti bias and tolerance education." A strong court case can be made that the Talmud, considered the basis of modern Judaism, is hate literature. (Most secular Jews are unaware of the true character of the Talmud.) Is the Senate equally vigilant about anti-gentile hate by Talmudic Jews? THE TALMUD: HATE LITERATURE PROTOTYPE?According to Israel Shahak, a Professor Emeritus at Hebrew University, the Talmud treats non-Jews as "sub human" and directs Jews to discriminate against them. ("Jewish History, Jewish Religion" 1994) For example, the concept of adultery "does not apply to intercourse between a Jewish man and a gentile woman; rather, the Talmud equates such intercourse to the sin of bestiality." (87) Robbery (with violence) is strictly forbidden if the victim is Jewish, but is permitted if the victim is Gentile, "when they are under our rule." (90) The Talmud treats Christ and Christians with contempt. Unlike the Koran, which regards Christ as a great prophet, the Talmud contains "very offensive precepts and statements directed specifically against Christianity." For example, in addition to a series of scurrilous sexual allegations against Jesus, the Talmud states that his punishment in hell is to be immersed in boiling excrement . . . " (p. 21) http://www.savethemales.ca/240902.html Elizabeth Dilling, (1894-1966) is a courageous Christian whose visit to Soviet Russia in 1931 prompted a 20-year study of Judaism. In her book /The Jewish Religion: Its Influence Today/ (1964) she reproduces 300 pages from the Talmud and Jewish Encyclopedias. You can *examine it on line * (http://www.come-and-hear.com/dilling/dcontents.html) and form your own opinion. According to Dilling, the Talmud is founded on the assumption of Jewish superiority. "The non-Jew ranks as an animal, has no property rights and no legal rights under any code whatever... "Milk the Gentile" is the Talmudic rule but don't get caught in such a way as to jeopardize Jewish interests. Summarized, Talmudism is the quintessence of distilled hatred and discrimination, without cause, against non-Jews." (16) Dilling says the Talmud is characterized by "obscenity and more obscenity, a setting up of laws seemingly for the purpose of inventing circumventions, and evasions; delight in sadistic cruelty; reversal of all Biblical moral teachings on theft, murder, sodomy, perjury, treatment of children and parents; insane hatred of Christ, Christians and every phase of Christianity." (4) The Talmud is undoubtedly the answer to the riddle of anti-Semitism. Dilling writes: "The attitude resulting from such teachings has been resented by non-Jews in all countries and centuries. Jews, however, always portray such resentment, as "persecution of the Jews." (2) *http://www.savethemales.ca/000322.html*While Christians fear the Bible will be banned for its injunctions against homosexuality, is anybody talking about banning the Talmud? The bottom line: what advances the elite conspiracy to subvert freedom, God, nation, democracy, race, marriage and family is "tolerated"; what defends these institutions is stigmatized as "hate." I'm not buying this Orwellian mind-control and neither should you.
WAM: Busted! Mossad Exposed
Mossad Exposed In Phony 'Palestinian Al Qaeda' Caper
By Michele Steinberg and Hussein Askary
The United States government has been provided with concrete evidence that the Israeli Mossad and other Israeli intelligence services have been involved in a 13-month effort to "recruit" an Israeli-run, phony "al Qaeda cell" among Palestinians, so that Israel could achieve a frontline position in the U.S. war against terrorism and get a green light for a worldwide "revenge without borders" policy. The question: Does the United States have the moral fiber to investigate?
Evidence of the Israeli dirty tricks burst onto the public scene on December 6, when Col. Rashid Abu Shbak, head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services in the Gaza Strip, held a press conference revealing the details of the alleged plot, as his agency had put the pieces together.
The revelations undermine the "big lie" that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has used to justify new brutal attacks on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and other occupied areas. Sharon claimed on December 4 that Israeli intelligence had "hard evidence" of al Qaeda operations in the Gaza Strip. Now, the top Palestinian leadership has shown the United States and other nations how Israeli intelligence entities were creating that al Qaeda link!
American leader Lyndon LaRouche, a Democratic Presidential pre-candidate in 2004, commented that these revelations, if confirmed, could be "of strategic importance" in stopping the American, British and Israeli warhawks pushing for a Middle East war, beginning with an invasion of Iraq. A war would justify the Sharon government's plan to annihilate the very idea of a Palestinian state.
LaRouche warned that if institutions of the American Presidency and the international community successfully block an American pre-emptive war on Iraq, the biggest danger would be that a "mega-terror" attack, blamed on Palestinians, or an "Iraqi-linked" al Qaeda, would be staged by Israel's ruling Jabotinskyite fanatics, to put the war back on the agenda.
News about the Mossad-run attempt to create an al Qaeda cell came when well-informed intelligence sources based in Washington had already told the Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) that there are many doubts about the Mossad's hasty declaration that "al Qaeda" had been responsible for the November 28 attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, where three Israelis were killed, and the failed rocket attack on an Israeli chartered jet that was departing from Mombasa airport.
There was no identification of the bombers within the first five days of the incident, the sources pointed out, yet Sharon's government ministers went on an immediate propaganda rampage announcing worldwide revenge. Authorities in Kenya also denied the al Qaeda link. But the usefulness of blaming al Qaeda, for the Israeli right, was palpable, when Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Kenya attacks "a golden opportunity" to prove to the United States that Bush's war on terrorism, and Israel's war with the Palestinians is the same thing. Netanyahu's faction has violently rejected the Palestinian Authority's revelations, and so far, the American and European press have followed suit, despite the dramatic nature of these charges, and the documents that the Palestinians have provided to the international press.
Chronology of the Revelations On December 7, the British news service, Reuters, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, and Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV network, all reported that the Palestinian Authority had accused the Mossad of creating a phony al Qaeda cell in the Gaza Strip. Ha'aretz reported, "the head of Palestinian Preventive Security" in the Gaza Strip, Col. Rashid Abu Shbak, said on December 6, "that his forces had identified a number of Palestinian collaborators who had been ordered by Israeli security agencies to 'work in the Gaza Strip under the name of al Qaeda.' He said the investigation was ongoing and evidence would be presented soon." Al-Jazeera TV added that the Palestinian authorities had arrested a group of Palestinian "collaborators with Israeli occupation" in Gaza, involved in the operation.
Reuters' reporter Diala Saadeh, under the headline, "Palestinians: Israel Faked Gaza al-Qaeda Presence," quoted a number of Palestinian Authority (P.A.) senior officials, including President Yasser Arafat, who told reporters at his West Bank Ramallah headquarters, that Sharon's claims of al Qaeda operations in Palestinian territories "is a big, big, big lie to cover [Sharon's] attacks and his crimes against our people everywhere." P.A. Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo detailed the case:
"There are certain elements who were instructed by the Mossad to form a cell under the name of al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip in order to justify the assault and the military campaigns of the Israeli occupation army against Gaza."
Palestinian officials promised to provide detailed evidence, and did so on December 8, in a press conference addressed by Colonel Shbak, and by Palestinian Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Shaath. Shbak told the international representatives that, "Over the past nine months, we've been investigating eight cases in which Israeli intelligence posing as al Qaeda operatives recruited Palestinians in the Gaza Strip." Colonel Shbak said that three men were under arrest, and 11 had been released.
He explained that those released had voluntarily provided information going back to May 2002, about the contacts that had been made asking them to operate as an "al Qaeda" group. The alleged al Qaeda recruiters were traced to Israeli intelligence, said Colonel Shbak. He detailed incidents, some of which were described in official documents, of cell phone calls and e-mails, where Palestinians were asked to "join al Qaeda." Shbak said, "We investigated the origin of those calls, which used [wireless phone] roaming, and messages, and found out they all came from Israel," reported the publication IslamOnline. He said that the potential "recruits," had been given money and weapons, "although most of these weapons did not even work." He also noted that the money for these targeted Palestinians "was transferred from bank accounts in Jerusalem or Israel."
Minister Shaath announced at the press conference that the P.A. had "handed ambassadors and consuls of the Arab and foreign countries, documents revealing the involvement of the Israeli intelligence in recruiting citizens from Gaza Strip in a fake organization carrying the name of Qaeda." He said the ploy was intended "to create a new excuse to escalate the aggression on Gaza Strip."
posted June 17, 2004, updated 11:00 a.m.
Pentagon seeks OK to spy on Americans
New bill would allow Pentagon to gather intelligence on US residents without their knowledge.
Newsweek reports that the US Department of Defense is looking for the right to gather information from, and about, Americans, without having to tell them that they are doing so. "Without a public hearing or debate," the news magazine reports, "Defense officials recently slipped a provision into a bill before Congress that could vastly expand the Pentagon's ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants."
Currently all military intelligence organizations must comply with the Privacy Act. The act is a Watergate-era law that requires that any government official who is seeking information from a resident of the US disclose who they are and why they are seeking the information. But Newsweek reports that last month the Senate Intelligence Committee, in closed session, added the provision that would exempt the Pentagon from this restriction. The bill is S.2386, in specific Sec.502 - Defense intelligence exemption from certain Privacy Act requirements For full story- http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0617/dailyUpdate.html
Poll reveals hostility to US and support for rebel cleric
By Anne Penketh Diplomatic Editor
17 June 2004
The Bush administration's last remaining justification for the invasion of Iraq has been demolished by a private poll revealing that only 2 per cent of Iraqis regard the occupying forces as liberators.
The poll results are devastating for both President George Bush and Tony Blair, who are fond of saying that future generations of Iraqis will thank them for liberating their country. Tony Blair has consistently said that history will prove him right for engineering the downfall of a cruel tyrant, even if weapons of mass destruction were not found.
President Bush, giving a pep-talk to American soldiers in Florida yesterday, said: "We have come not to conquer, but to liberate people and we will stand with them until their freedom is secure."
Yet the main findings of the poll, which was commissioned by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) last month and which was leaked yesterday, reveal that only 2 per cent of the Iraqis polled in mid-May see coalition troops as liberators, while 92 per cent said they were occupiers. In a crumb of comfort for the coalition, only 3 per cent expressed support for Saddam Hussein. Full story-http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=532337
Conspiracy threat to anti-nuke treaty
10:39 17 June 04
The US and UK governments will this week be accused of conspiring to break the international agreement to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
The claim will be backed by detailed evidence of the large-scale collaboration by the two countries to develop their nuclear arsenals, an activity that the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is specifically designed to prevent. Full story at http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996016
Afghan and Iraqi women face the prospect of deformed babies
How many children have already been crippled by radiation in Iraq and Afghanistan is not certain. Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, from the Cancer Treatment Center in Basrah, Iraq presented his photographs in a Power Point exhibit at the Uranium Weapons Conference; these horrific images and others taken in Iraq may be viewed at www.uraniumweaponsconference.de.
Another doctor, Mohammed A. Salman, an eye surgeon from Bagdad, has reported babies who have been born with only one eye or who are missing both eyes, a rare anomaly which normally exists at 1 in 50 million births, yet he has seen 9 cases in two years.
Pregnant Afghan women, says Dr. Mohammed Miraki of the Afghan Depleted Uranium Recovery Fund, are terrified that their child will be born deformed. Miraki reports:
The father of one of the victims from Kundoz whose wife had given birth to a deformed child that hardly resembled an infant said this to our survey team in Kabul:
"My wife was pregnant and we were happily waiting for the moment to see our second child. On the day of the delivery, my wife felt weird, saying that she did not feel good and had pain in her abdomen. Whe the baby was born, it was hardly a human. It looked as if some one had beaten a baby and then covered its body with flour. My poor child looked like someone has rolled it in a basket of flour. When my wife saw the baby, she went into shock and died after 5 hours." Zar Ghoon, December 2002.
Exact figures on birth deformities are virtually nonexistent because the United States has bombed hospitals and other medical facilities, and destroyed all the medical records, attests physician April Hurley who traveled to Bagdad as a member of the Iraqi Peace team. A press release from the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers also notes the destruction of medical records (http://www.naturodoc.com/library/News/Iraq-DU.htm)