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Catch Bush officials (and others) in hundreds of lies
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 • Terrorism
BUSH ON TERRORISM MONDAY: "I DON'T THINK WE CAN WIN"
BUSH ON TUESDAY: "WE ARE WINNING, AND WE WILL WIN"

Asked about the war on terror by NBC's Matt Lauer on August 30, President says "I don't think you can win it." The next day he falls all over himself to cover up the flub.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


YOUR VOTE IS IN DANGER  • Election
MAJOR SECURITY FLAW IN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES - VOTE ONLY W/ PAPER BALLOT
Activist group has found that results from voting equipment made by Diebold -- which makes about half the electronic counters and touch-screen voting machines in the country -- can be manipulated just by entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location.
Inform yourself with the full story here (BlackBoxVoting)


 • Economy
12.5% LIVE IN POVERTY, 15.6% WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Census figures show both figures grew steadily worse under Bush economic policies.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
More here (NY Times)


 • Economy/Budget
10 NOBEL-PRIZE ECONOMISTS SLAM BUSH'S RECKLESSNESS
Endorsing Kerry, they state the Bush administration had "embarked on a reckless and extreme course that endangers the long-term economic health of our nation," siting "poorly designed" tax cuts, the enormous deficit and "fiscal irresponsibility."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)

 • Economy  • Analysis
HOW WHITE HOUSE SPINS BAD ECONOMIC DATA
Princeton economist Paul Krugman breaks down claim by claim how Bush's team tries to make the failing economy look good.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Campaign  • Misc.  • DEVELOPING STORY
PHOTO SHOWS BUSH WEARING MEDALS HE DIDN'T EARN
Individual vet's investigation uncovers picture of George W. Bush wearing two medals, at least one of which he couldn't possibly have earned.
Inform yourself with the full story here (DailyKOS)
...and here


 • Campaign
BUSH'S 'SWIFT-BOAT' ATTACK DOGS ROYALLY DEBUNKED
The only other officer present on the day of the attack for which John Kerry won a medal gives a detailed account of events and blasts the Republican attack dogs: "It's gotten harder and harder for those of us who were there to listen to accounts we know to be untrue, especially when they come from people who were not there."
1) Inform yourself with the full story here (Chicago Tribune)
2) Vet breaks silence to counter smear campaign (Chicago Tribune)
3) Lead critic's own military records prove him a liar (Washington Post)
4) Bush laywer caught in bed with 'Swift boat' group (Reuters)


 • Campaign  • ANALYSIS
BUSH ATTACKS ON KERRY FOLLOW SAME PATTERN AS DISCREDITED 2000 ATTACKS ON McCAIN
Bush in a tight race? Check. Republican supporters launching unsubstantiated attacks on opponent's hitherto universally praised military record? Check. Bush distancing himself only vaguely and only after refusing to do so until the damage is done? Check...
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Campaign
BUSH CAMP REFUSES TO STOP AIRING AD THAT VIOLATES OLYMPIC BYLAWS
Campaign spot features Iraqi, Afghan athletes who object to their images being used to promote Bush policies. And anything relating to the Olympics legally belong to the International Olympic Committee.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Constitutional Rights/Human Rights
HAMDI TOLD HE MUST WAIVE RIGHT TO SUE BEFORE HE'S RELEASED AFTER 2 YEARS W/O CHARGES
Administration officials are trying to force U.S. citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi, held for two years without charges, to waive his right to sue the federal government over civil rights violations as a condition of his release.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Iraq
BUSH'S TOP WEAPONS INSPECTOR RIPS RICE, BUSH ON MISLEADING WMD CLAIMS
"The dog that did not bark in the case of Iraq's WMD weapons program, quite frankly, in my view, is the National Security Council."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)
(alternative link)


 • Anti-Bush Conservatives  • Iraq
REPUBLICAN REP. RIPS IRAQI WAR
"Now we are immersed in a dangerous, costly mess, and there is no easy and quick way to end our responsibilities in Iraq without creating bigger future problems in the region and, in general, in the Muslim world."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Iraq
WASHINGTON POST EXPOSED WMD LIES BEFORE THE WAR
Days before the Iraq war began, veteran Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus put together a story questioning whether the Bush administration had proof that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction...
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Iraq
GAO REPORT: IRAQ IS WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE WAR
105-page report by Congress' investigative arm offers a bleak assessment of Iraq after 14 months of U.S. military occupation.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Knight-Ridder)
 • Download the report itself (3.7MB file)


 • Iraq
BUSH SPOKESMAN DODGES (AND DODGES AND DODGES) QUESTION OF IRAQ RESPONSIBILITY
AP's Helen Thomas asks Scott McClellan if Bush will take responsibility for mistakes, as Tony Blair has done. McClellan dodges the question over and over and over. (Follow the link, then scroll down to "Go ahead, Helen.")
Read the transcript (White House)


 • Iraq
STUDY OUTLINES DOCTORS', MEDICS' ROLE IN IRAQI PRISON ABUSE
Study shows military doctors collaborated with interrogators in the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, profoundly breaching medical ethics and human rights. "A few bad apples" huh?
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Defense  • Campaign  • Iraq  • Propaganda  • Opinion
DISABLED VET RESPONDS TO RIGHT-WING ATTACK ON 'UNPATRIOTIC WIMPS'
"While some at home were being 'patriotic' and proudly waving the American flag with self-righteousness and vociferously supporting that un-mitigated disaster, as is being done today with Iraq, I and thousands of other Americans were getting shot to hell and back, as is happening in Iraq today."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Intervention)


 • Iraq
IN 2000 CHENEY SPOKE FIRMLY AGAINST ATTACKING IRAQ
The United States should not act as though "we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Corruption  • Terrorism
DETAILED EXPOSE ON BUSH, BIN LADEN CONNECTIONS TO CARLYLE GROUP
Includes meeting between Bush Sr. and bin Laden family members, which Bush denied until pictures and documents surfaced, proving he lied.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Guardian)


 • Terrorism  • Foreign Policy
WOLFOWITZ WANTS TO CREATE 'ILLEGAL COMBATANTS' FOR OUR SIDE
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz -- one of the guy who pushed for an attack on Iraq immediately after 9/11 -- asked the House Armed Services Committee to fund "training and equipping" non-governmental militias in foreign countries. In other words, fighters who don't have to answer to U.S. rules of engagement and human rights.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AFP)


 • Terrorism
AS WE WASTE TIME IN IRAQ, SEIZED FILES SHOW AL QAEDA IS REGROUPING
Cache of information seized last month in Pakistan proves a new generation of operatives is filling the vacuum created when leaders were killed or captured.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Foreign Policy
BUSH FLIP-FLOPS ON WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS
Administration abandons call for freeze on Israeli expansion into Palestinian territory, backs Sharon's plan to build more settlements.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times) (alternative link)
   • Palestinians: US has destroyed hope over settlements (Reuters)


 • Terrorism  • Most Troubling
BUSH'S CIA NOMINEE: "I'M NOT QUALIFIED"
Porter Goss, President Bush's choice to head the CIA, told Michael Moore in an unused interview for "Fahrenheit 9/11," that "I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Anti-Bush Conservatives  • Election
CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: 'BUSH'S REELECTION DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON WILLFUL IGNORANCE'
In his analysis of books exposing Bush corruption, syndicated former Bush supporter Charley Reese also praises James Bovard's The Bush Betrayal, and its "tactic to quote Bush or Bush's step-and-fetchers and then simply point out the great gap between what Bush and his people say and what the facts are."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Charley Reese)


 • Campaign
McCAIN DEMANDS BUSH CONDEMN MISLEADING KERRY ATTACK ADS
"It was the same kind of deal that was pulled on me," senator says, noting the ads are "dishonest and dishonorable." But the White House refuses to distance itself from group of Vietnam vets who claim to have served with John Kerry (but did not) and call him a liar.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Anti-Kerry vet backs off, made a 'terrible mistake' (Boston Globe)

MORE: Co-writer of new anti-Kerry book, has a shocking history of racism and extremism, calling Muslims "ragheads" and "boy-bumpers," disparaging Kerry's Jewish grand-parentage, calling Hillary Clinton a "lesbo," and worse.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Media Matters)


 • Constitutional Rights
COUPLE HANDCUFFED, ARRESTED FOR WEARING ANTI-BUSH T-SHIRTS
A FEMA worker and her husband attending a Bush rally in "Love America, Hate Bush" T-shirts were removed from the Capitol grounds in handcuffs and arrested shortly before the President's speech -- supposedly for "trespassing" (with others who weren't arrested).
Inform yourself with the full story here (West Virginia Gazette)


 • Economy
BUSH, LABOR DEPT. PLAN TO STRIP OVERTIME FROM 6 MILLION WORKERS
Regulatory changes would take away the right to overtime pay for over six million workers. The administration promised that its final version of the rules would correct this problem, a promise it has failed to keep.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Economic Policy Institute)


 • 9/11 Investigation
9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CONFIRMS BUSH ADMINISTRATION FAILURES
Among them...
• Bush didn't have a single meeting w/ counterterrorism head. (p. 201)
• Bush ignored infamous August 6 security briefing (pp. 260-262)
• Ashcroft told FBI not to bother him with terrorist threats (p. 265)
Inform yourself with the full story here (9/11 Commission)
   • Buy the 9/11 Commission Report
   • Download the 9/11 Commission Report (7.4 MB)
   • Download 9/11 Commission Report Summary (5.9 MB)


 • Terrorism
BUSH PROMISES TO NEVER STOP SEEKING WAYS TO 'HARM OUR COUNTRY'
In another stupid slip of the tongue, Bush tells military brass that "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Iraq  • Pure Propaganda
DETAILED, DOCUMENTED DEBUNKING OF TOP 30 BUSH LIES ABOUT IRAQ
Among them:
• "Iraq-al Qaeda connection" (disproven by FBI, CIA, 9/11 Commission)
• "Iraq will have nukes soon" (disproven by Washington Times)
Inform yourself with the full story here (PoliticalStrategy.org)
   • See also Searchable database of Iraq lies


 • Iraq
AS PENTAGON DRAGS FEET ON INVESTIGATION, SECRET MEMOS UNCOVERED EXPOSE FAR WORSE PRISONER ABUSE
Since no other media outlet had the courage to follow up, Rolling Stone got its hands on leaked memos detailing rape, sodomy and other tortures the military is trying to cover up.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Rolling Stone)
   • How's the foot dragging playing in the Arab world? (Aljazeera)


 • Corruption
'ETHICS' COMMITTEE TAKES MONEY FROM BUSH CRONY THEY'RE INVESTIGATING
Four of the five Republicans investigating an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have received campaign contributions from DeLay's political action committee, records show.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Pure Propaganda
INTERNAL MEMOS EXPOSE FOX NEWS RIGHT-WING BIAS
Read actual memos from Fox News chief John Moody demonstrating blatant bias and instructing his anchors and reporters how to spin the day's coverage to maximize good publicity for Bush.
Sample quotes:
• "Do not fall into the easy trap of mourning the loss of US lives (in Iraq)..."
• "(Bush's) political courage and tactical cunning are worth noting in our reporting through the day."
• "...the so-called 9/11 commission..." (multiple times) and "...let's do a few hits on the commission's vote."
• "The tax cut passed last night...explain how it will fatten your wallet."
• "Let's do a few hits on the (FCC) commission's vote about media ownership rules."
• "The United States is the leader of the coalition to stamp (terrorism) out. That's the tone we want to impart throughout the day."
• "...let the ACLU stick it where the sun don't shine..."
• "Kerry, starting to feel the heat for his flip-flop voting record, is in West Virginia..."
• "Operation Vigilant Resolve began Monday morning (in) Fallujah. It won't be long before some people start to decry the use of "excessive force." We won't be among that group."
Inform yourself with the full story here (MediaChannel)


 • Misc - domestic
EMPLOYERS MAY REDUCE, ELIMINATE DRUG COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS UNDER BUSH MEDICARE PLAN
New government estimates suggest employers will de away with prescription drug benefits for 3.8 million retirees when Medicare offers such coverage in 2006.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Iraq  • Corruption
WAR ADVISERS (INCL. FORMER CIA DIRECTOR) NOW GETTING RICH OFF IRAQI WAR
Lobbyists, public relations counselors and confidential advisors to senior federal officials who advocated war are now collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fees for helping business clients pursue federal contracts and other financial opportunities in Iraq.
Inform yourself with the full story here (L.A. Times)


 • Terrorism  • Campaign  • Op-Ed
BUSH LACKS LEGIT JUSTIFICATION FOR 'POSTPONING' ELECTION
"Homeland" attacks? Elections went forward during the Civil War. Biological attacks? Ditto the influenza attack of 1918, which sickened 25% of the US pop. Spain's election "disrupted" by terrorism? Hardly. The turnout was huge.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Kansas City Star)


 • Election
COMPUTER CRASHES WIPE OUT FLORIDA VOTING RECORDS
Detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen voting machines have been wiped out in TWO software crashes. So much for computerized voting being safe.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Iraq  • Analysis
IRAQ STILL UNDER U.S. ORDERS, NOT GIVEN 'SOVEREIGNTY'
A sampling of orders issued by occupational authority over which Iraq's new "government" has no control.
Inform yourself with the full story here (L.A. Times)
   • Daily decisions must be negotiated w/ U.S. (SF Chronicle)


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