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September 14 - 15, 2005

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Did the U.S. government ever "support the troops"? A look back at the Bonus
By Mickey Z.

Long before the cries of "support the troops" became commonplace during
every brutal U.S. military intervention, the powers-that-be made it clear
how much they intended to follow their own counsel. From Shays Rebellion in
1787 to the quarter-million homeless vets today, generation after generation
of U.S. military personnel has suffered a lack of support from their

Judith Miller and Jason Blair
By Margaret Kimberly

Judith Miller and her bosses at the Times are all complicit in bringing hell
to the people of Iraq. They aided and abetted the Bush administration's web
of lies that convinced many Americans to support making war on a helpless
people. When Judith Miller reported that a confidential source provided her
with proof of the existence of WMD, already spineless members of Congress
turned completely to jelly. They held their fingers in the political winds
and concluded that shock and awe was a great idea after all.

Other articles of interest

Unraveling of the U.S. Military
By Zia Mian, FPIF

Newspapers describe the U.S. army as "facing one of the greatest recruiting
challenges in its history." The U.S. military is deeply worried. General
Barry McCaffrey, now a professor at the West Point, wrote in the Wall Street
Journal that the U.S. is in a "race against time" in Iraq because of the
strains on the military--the military is "starting to unravel."

Memory's Revenge
JoAnn Wypijewski, Mother Jones

They produced more than 100 underground GI newspapers, listened to
underground GI radio, put their heads together at dozens of GI coffeehouses
established by soldiers and activists in U.S. military towns, and formed a
subset of the counterculture that took a playful whack at the Army's
early-'60s recruiting promise of "fun, travel, adventure," FTA,
appropriating the acronym for an unvarnished answer back: "Fuck the Army."
By the hundreds they were jailed, by the thousands exiled. Their
coffeehouses were attacked by the Klan in Texas, firebombed in Idaho and
South Carolina, harassed by police and local officials everywhere. Riots
burst out in nearly every U.S. military prison in the world, and in the
field officers were being fragged. In 1971 the Pentagon totalled up 503,926
"incidents of desertion" since 1966, and concluded that more than half of
U.S. ground forces in Vietnam openly opposed the war. Mutiny then spread to
sailors and airmen.

Next Stop: Syria
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com

The pressure on Syria is being increased, and I wouldn't be at all surprised
to see a "border incident" involving a shoot-out between Syrian and American
troops. We may be in for a new Tonkin Gulf, leading to an extension of our
"liberatory" efforts in the Middle East.

No War But Class War!
Beth Moore, Axis of Logic

When I have spoken and written of a revolution of the working class against
those who live from the products of our work, and who rule us by propaganda,
lethal force, and murderous negligence, many have objected.  Revolution is
equated with violence, and often for good reason.  If the ruling class
resists when the people demand the power due them, and reasonable rewards
for their labor, in the form, at least, of living wages, it is in the nature
of that ruling class to resist with lethal force.  Lethal force, in
self-defense, then, has often, historically, been the only recourse for
those who would demand that the power reside in the people.

Behind America's façade
John Pilger, New Statesman

Before the moment passes, and Bush's atrocities and lies in Iraq are again
allowed to proceed, it is worth connecting his disregard for the suffering
in New Orleans with other truths behind the Facade. The unchanging nature of
the 500-year western imperial crusade is exemplified in the unreported
suffering of people all over the world, declared enemies in their own homes.
The people of Tal Afar, a northern Iraqi town now in the news as "an
insurgent stronghold" - that is, those who refused to be expelled from their
homes - are being bombed and shelled and strafed, just as the people of
Fallujah were, and the people of Najaf, and the people of Hongai, a
"stronghold" in Vietnam, once the most bombed place on earth, and the people
of Neak Loeung in Cambodia, one of countless towns flattened by B-52s. The
list of such places consigned to notoriety, then oblivion, is seemingly

Everybody Loves Martial Law
Joe Plummer, Strike the Root

At this point, all I can say to the mainstream media is: Keep it up. Keep
affirming your role as co-conspirators in the destruction of this country.
Keep proving you're nothing more than shameless shills for the State. In the
end, it is YOU who are creating the market for Alternative Media,
establishing it as a legitimate/more reliable source, and cutting your own
ties to the minds of the masses. Bravo.

Time to talk to Al Qaeda?
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Boston Globe

Sept. 11 was not an unprovoked, gratuitous act. It was a military operation
researched and planned since at least 1996 and conducted by a trained
commando in the context of a war that had twice been declared officially and
publicly. The operation targeted two military locations and a civilian
facility regarded as the symbol of US economic and financial power. The
assault was the culmination of a larger campaign, which forecast impact,
planned for the enemy's reaction, and was designed to gain the tactical
upper hand.

How United States Intervention Against Venezuela Works
By Philip Agee, Venezuelanalysis.com

It is no secret that the government of the United States is carrying out a
program of operations in favor of the Venezuelan political opposition to
remove President Hugo Chávez Frías and the coalition of parties that
supports him from power.  The budget for this program, initiated by the
administration of Bill Clinton and intensified under George W. Bush, has
risen from some $2 million in 2001 to $9 million in 2005, and it disguises
itself as activities to "promote democracy," "resolve conflicts," and
"strengthen civic life."  It consists of providing money, training, counsel
and direction to an extensive network of political parties, NGO's, mass
media, unions, and businessmen, all determined to end the bolivarian
revolutionary process. The program has clear short, medium, and long-term
goals, and adapts easily to changes in the fluid Venezuelan political

A Bridge Too Far: The print media get picky about a story involving police
forcing evacuees back into New Orleans
Jason Cherkis and Erik Wemple, Washington City Paper

Soon after the floodwaters engulfed New Orleans, reporters chronicled the
thousands trapped at the Superdome, trapped at the convention center, and
trapped on rooftops. As the days passed, news consumers had to wonder: Why
couldn't citizens just hike out of the city to the nearest patch of dry
land? The Socialist Worker webzine on Sept. 6 provided an answer: You 
leave without facing down a police barricade and gunfire.

The big con: Democrats vs Republicans and the illusion of democracy
Tibor S. Friedman, Online Journal

To underscore the truth about both parties being on the same team one needs
to only review Bill Clinton's record: NAFTA, FDA approval for GMOs, illegal
bombings in Iraq and Kosovo; illegal sanctions (genocide) in Iraq that
killed at least 500,000 children; ignored Rwandan genocide that claimed 1
million people; supported Indonesian dictator Suharto as he slaughtered
200,000 Acehians; the Waco disaster; more corporate welfare and less human
welfare; the crime bill that allowed 1 million more people (mostly
minorities-so much for Mr. I Love Black Folks) to be incarcerated;
Counter-Terrorism and Death Penalty Act that paved the way for the evil and
disingenuous USA PATRIOT Act, gutting habeas corpus and civil liberties; the
Telecommunications Act effectively concentrated the flow of information and
content into a handful of globalist pro-war owners. And on and on, as both
parties focus on creating 'enemies' and ramping up fear to conceal the
failures of the American system.


Commanders Ordered Not To Discharge Gay Soldiers Until War's End

Recruitment Opt-out Campaign Kicks Off

British film-maker murdered by Israeli terrorists wins three posthumous

Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows

Homeland Security Workers Suffer From Low Morale

Average family health policy nears $11,000

US jobless claims at 10 year high

Winter Heating Bills Set To Soar

Wave of mortgage defaults expected in southern US

Katrina's Forgotten Victims: Native American Tribes

Police forcibly tackling elderly, confiscating firearms and dragging them
out of their homes

FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping

Power crews diverted; Restoring pipeline came first

World Faces Prospect of Teeming Mega-Slums

Why is the ozone hole growing?

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Expands

Britain: "shoot to kill" orders remain in effect

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