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 • Iraq  • Defense
ARMY TO RECALL RETIRED SOLDIERS, FORCE THEM TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN
Yeah, the wars are going just swell, just as we planned. Everything is under control -- except that we need you 5600 guys who thought you were done with all this to come back and put your lives at risk until we say you can go home again.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
   • It's "a direct result of Bush's diplomatic failure..." (Boston Globe)


 • Human Rights
BUSH POLICY ON DETAINEES RULED ILLEGAL BY SUPREME COURT
8-1 decision rejects administration attempt to circumvent legal rights to court hearings, legal representation, says detainees cannot be held indefinitely without filing charges.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Iraq
'FULL SOVEREIGNTY'?: DAILY DECISIONS MUST BE NEGOTIATED W/ U.S.
Bush: "(We) will transfer full sovereignty -- complete and full sovereignty" to an Iraqi government. Reality: "We are handing over sovereignty in the legal sense, (but) the 'sovereignty' will have to be negotiated on a daily basis with the Americans."
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Iraq  • Abuse Scandal
'JUST A FEW BAD APPLES'?: TOP MP IMPLICATES MILITARY BRASS
Military police captain at Abu Ghraib testifies that the top military intelligence officers were fully present for tortures, says orders "came from a full-bird colonel."
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Terrorism
'WE'RE WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM'?: DEATHS DOUBLED IN 2003
Following up on the State Dept.'s mea culpa about statistical errors that Bush embraced as proof that his "war" is working, the administration now reports 625 terrorism deaths in last year, not 307.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Constitutional Rights  • Homeland Security  • Justice Dept.
ASHCROFT HYPOCRACY: IN 1997 HE DEMANDED WE 'KEEP BIG BROTHER'S HANDS OFF THE INTERNET'
The Patriot Act's biggest cheerleader once lambasted a similar bill for FBI access to personal e-mail, decryption codes, etc., saying "this proposed policy raises obvious concerns about Americans' privacy" and "Why should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will...to our communications across the Web?"
Read Ashcroft's 1997 position paper here (US State Dept.)


 • Misc.
BUSH ORDERS ALL GOV'T SCIENTISTS IN W.H.O. MEETINGS BE APPROVED BY HIS POLITICAL APPOINTEES
A top official from Health and Human Services Department told the WHO to begin routing requests for participation in its meetings to the department secretary for review, rather than directly inviting individual scientists, as has long been the case.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Iraq
UN AUDIT SLAMS U.S. MIS-USE OF IRAQI OIL REVENUES
Investigation sharply criticizes the occupation authority for its spending of more than $11 billion in Iraqi oil money and say their audit faced "resistance" from coalition officials.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Financial Times)
   • Coalition has also misplaced billions, shafted Iraqi contractors (AP)


 • Iraq  • Terrorism  • 9/11
9/11 COMMISSION FINDS AL QAEDA CLOSER TO PAKISTAN THAN IRAQ
Commission chair says the terrorist organization has much stronger ties to our johnny-come-lately ally and Iran than it did to Iraq, as Bush has claimed.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Al Qaeda contacts with Iran called 'extensive' (Washington Post)
   • CIA analysts were ordered to fake al Qaeda ties to Iraq (LA Times)


 • Terrorism
SENIOR CIA OFFICIAL SAYS BUSH HUBRIS HAS PLAYED INTO AL QAEDA'S HANDS
Man once in charge of tracking bin Laden says "Bush is taking the U.S. in exactly the direction Osama bin Laden wants, towards all-out confrontation with Islam under the guise of spreading democracy."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
   • More details about the book (Washington Post)
   • CIA analysts were ordered to fake al Qaeda ties to Iraq (LA Times)

MORE: "We need to face the fact that Muslims are angry at us not because of who we are, not because we vote, not because women go to school, but because of what we do in the world."
Inform yourself with the full story here (ABC News)


 • 9/11 Investigation  • Campaign
FBI OFFICIALS: ASHCROFT LIED TO COMMISSION ABOUT BRUSHING OFF TERROR WARNINGS
NBC News has learned that the 9/11 commission interviewed two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings in the summer of 2001.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NBC News)


 • Constitutional Rights
SECRET SERVICE QUARANTINES PROTESTORS FAR FROM BUSH, MEDIA
Local police are ordered to set up "free speech zones" where those opposed to Bush policies are kept out of presidential sight and away from media covering the event. Protesters who refuse are often hogtied because, according to the SS, "inadvertently they may walk out into the motorcade route and be injured." Yeah, right.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Religious Agenda  • Campaign
'AN ASTONISHING ABUSE OF RELIGION':
BUSH-CHENEY '04 CAUGHT USING CHURCHES FOR CAMPAIGN

Re-election officials sent secret email to 1600 churches asking for volunteers to "serve as a coordinator in your place of worship." Includes text of the email (and the return address).
Inform yourself with the full story here (Interfaith Alliance)
   • Bush asked Vatican to help influence election (NY Times)
   • Bush consults 'rapture' Christians on Middle East (Village Voice)


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 • Misc.  • "Farhenheit 9/11"
AP SUES FOR ACESS TO BUSH NAT'L GUARD RECORDS
The Air National Guard of the United States, a federal entity, has control of the records, which should be disclosed in its entirety under the Freedom of Information Act, the lawsuit says.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Following the AWOL evidence trail (Salon)


 • Iraq  • 9/11  • Terrorism  • Pure Propaganda
9/11 COMMISSION: 'NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE' OF SUPPOSED IRAQ-AL QAEDA LINK
Commission concludes Bin Laden sought Saddam's help but Iraq rebuffed him. Bush in denial, but offers no proof whatsoever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP/SF Chronicle)


 • Iraq
U.S. SUBSUDIZING 5-CENT/GALLON GAS FOR IRAQIS
While Americans are shelling out record prices for fuel, Iraqis pay only about 5 cents a gallon for gasoline -- a benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars subsidies bankrolled by American taxpayers.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Associated Press)


 • Budget/Economy
ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE CHART OF THE LAST THREE ADMINISTRATIONS
Up-to-date charts on unemployment, job creation, stock market performance, budget surplus/deficit -- and projections of same, based on government statistics and with links to further reading.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Down Jones, White House)


 • Homeland Security  • Constitutional Rights
HOMELAND SECURITY STILL REFUSES TO HELP CLEAR INNOCENT TRAVELERS ON 'NO-FLY' LIST
A federal judge rules Bush administration has not justified its refusal to disclose how people's names get on the list or the procedures for removal. But apparently innocent parties are being targeted because of name similarities to terror suspects or for no discernible reason at all.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsday/SF Cronicle)
   • Anti-war activists detained without explanation (Sacramento Bee)


 • Campaign  • Foreign Policy
27 FORMER DIPLOMATS & MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY BUSH HAS WEAKENED SECURITY
"Never in the 2 1/4 centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted," says group that includes many Reagan, Bush Sr. appointees.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post/SF Chronicle)
   • Same group urges voters to defeat Bush in Nov. (AP/SF Chronicle)
   • Official statement (Diplomats for Change)
   • Full list of signators (Diplomats for Change)


 • Constitutional Rights
REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE BILL TO DO AWAY WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS & BALANCES
Here is a link to a bill submitted in March to the House of Representatives, proposing that the Congress be given the power to override Supreme Court decisions. If this bill were law in the 1950s, there would be no civil rights for minorities, no desegregation.
Text of the actual bill (very short -- and thus even more chilling)


 • Budget/Taxes/Deficit  • Campaign & Election
BUSH TRIES TO HIDE PLANS FOR HUGE DOMESTIC CUTS
The cuts are politically sensitive, targeting popular programs that Bush has been touting on the campaign trail. The Education Department; a nutrition program for women, infants and children; Head Start; and home ownership, job-training, medical research and science programs all face cuts in 2006.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
   • Veterans Affairs (-$900 million), Education (-$1.5 billion)... (CNN)


 • Corruption  • Rights  • Campaign & Election
TWO REPUBLICAN COMPANIES NOW CONTROL MOST U.S. VOTE COUNTING
Diebold and ES&S will count (using BOTH computerized ballot scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Inform yourself with the full story here (EcoTalk)
   • Exposé on Bush links & flawed computer code (Newsweek)
   • In-depth analysis of electronic voting, etc. (Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D.)
   • Activist site exposing electronic voting pitfalls (VerifiedVoting.org)
   • More details here (Yes Magazine)
   • Links to dozens more stories (EcoTalk)


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 • ABUSE SCANDAL  • Iraq  • Rights
ASHCROFT REFUSES TO RELEASE MEMO OK-ING PRISONER TORTURE
Attorney General defies Congress on 2002 policy memo about the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post/SF Chronicle)
   ...But the Post gets a copy anyway (Washington Post)
   • Bush asked lawyers cover his butt on torture in '03 (SF Chronicle)
NEW! 7/4 New abuses being investigated in Afghanistan (AP)
   • Sanchez authorized torture at Abu Ghraib (Washington Post)
   • Rumsfeld knew of, may have approved abuses (New Yorker)
   • Abu Ghraib unit says abuse reported in 2003 (NY Times/SF Chron)
   • Intelligence revealed abuses last summer (American Conservative)
   • 5 GIs protested abuses, were ignored (AP/SF Chronicle)
   • Red cross long ago reported 'widespread abuse' (BBC)
   • Abusive soldiers say orders came from MPs, CIA (Washington Post)
   • Rapes of female prisoners revealed (The New Standard)
   • Unreleased photos show much worse (NY Times)
   • Unreleased photos include rape, sodomy, beatings (Boston Herald)
   • Returning soliders: Abuses happened "all the time" (Reuters)
   • Hundreds held in Abu Ghraib w/o evidence (NY Times/SF Chronicle)
   • U.S. trying to legalize torture (Washington Post editorial)


 • Propaganda  • Corruption
RNC PROPAGANDA APPEARS ILLEGALLY ON TREASURY MEMOS
Toward the bottom of this Republican National Committee web page and this press releases from the taxpayer-funded U.S. Treasury is the exact same quote, falsely extolling the president's fiscal policies, in violation of federal law.


 • Religious Agenda  • Foreign Policy
BUSH CONSULTS DOOM-SEEKING "RAPTURE" CHRISTIANS ON MIDDLE-EAST DESICIONS
"Everything that you're discussing is information you're not supposed to have," barked Pentecostal minister Robert G. Upton when asked about the off-the-record briefing his delegation received on March 25.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Village Voice)


 • Terrorism • Rights
GUANTANAMO WORKERS WARNED TO KEEP QUIET
Military and civilian employees at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay were warned recently not to talk about the "personal treatment of detainees" or any "failure to report actions of others."
Inform yourself with the full story here (USA Today)


 • Corruption  • Iraq
CHENEY CAUGHT IN LIE ABOUT HELPING HALLIBURTON GET IRAQ CONTRACTS
Pentagon email reveals "We anticipate no issues [on Halliburton's Iraq contracts] since action has been coordinated w/ VP's [Vice President's] office." Three days later the Cheney's old company secured the no-bid contract. Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS News)
   • Cheney's lie: "I have absolutely no influence (on) contracts." (Time)


 • Religious Agenda  • Campaign & Election
BUSH ASKED VATICAN TO HELP SWAY VOTERS
President Bush asked a top Vatican official to push American bishops to speak out more about political issues. "It is just unprecedented for a president to ask for help from the Vatican to get re-elected, and that is exactly what this is."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times/SF Chronicle)


 • Corruption
BUSH ADMINISTRATION GIVES MILLIONS IN TAX MONEY TO OIL COMPANIES
Citgo made a $439 million profit but took $19.4 million in government grants. Conoco-Phillips earned $4.7 billion in profits but received nearly $10.8 million. Chevron-Texaco netted a whopping $7.2 billion profit but several of its facilities still got over $7.3 million in government handouts. All of these companies refused our request for an interview.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS)


 • Pure Propaganda  • Constitutional Rights
RIGHT WING TRYING TO CONTROL CONTENT ON PBS
Bill Moyers: "This is the first time in my 32 years of public broadcasting that (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Capital Times)


 • Anti-Bush Conservatives
NOW EVEN RIGHT-WINGER COLUMNIST BLAST BUSH
George Will: This administration cannot be trusted to govern if it cannot be counted on to think and, having thought, to have second thoughts.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Will's column in the Washington Post)


 • Religious Agenda  • Corruption
RELIGIOUS RIGHT PLAN TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT
An annotated story w/ links to facts and sources

Sound crazy? This fully-documented article details how a political religious movement called Dominionism gained control of the Republican Party, helped elect far-right members of Congress, then took over the White House with George W. Bush, and is now trying to seal America's conversion to theocracy by taking over the judiciary.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Yurica Report)


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