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 • Added 08.12.2005
INSURGENT ATTACKS ON U.S. CONVOYS DOUBLED IN PAST YEAR
An average of 30 attacks weekly show just how well things are going over there.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Added 08.05.2005
BUSH APPROVAL RATINGS PLUMMET EVEN FURTHER
Americans' approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq is at its lowest level yet - 38%. Fewer than half now think he's honest AND the president's confidence is seen as arrogance by a growing number of people.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 07.24.2005
MILITARY STILL TRYING TO COVER UP DETAILS OF ABU GHRAIB ABUSE
Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.24.2005
INSURGENTS BECOMING MORE SOPHISTICATED, SHOW NO SIGNS OF DEFEAT
Despite months of assurances that the forces were on the wane, the guerrillas and terrorists battling the American-backed enterprise here appear to be growing more violent, more resilient and more sophisticated than ever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.14.2005
NOW THAT THE U.S. HAS 'FREED' IRAQ, WOMEN IN BASRA CAN ENJOY RIGID FORCED PIETY
At Basra University these days, it's not uncommon to see armed religious extremists scrutinizing female students to make sure their dresses are the right length and their makeup properly modest.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Christian Science Monitor)


 • Added 07.06.2005
TERRORIST ATTACKS IN IRAQ BEFORE U.S. INVASION: ZERO. IN 2004: 866.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 07.04.2005
IRAQ BY THE NUMBERS, JUNE 2005
For starters...
890 - American soldiers killed in the last year (up from last year).
12,0000 - Iraqi civilian deaths (the official count anyway).
70 - Average daily attacks by insurgents as of May 2005 (up from 40 in 2004).
27-40% - Unemployment in Iraq (no change from a year ago).
9.4 - Average hours of electricity per day nationwide (down from last year).
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Added 07.04.2005
2 YEARS OF IMPORTANT QUOTES ABOUT IRAQ
Including...
"Saddam Hussein has got weapons of mass destruction."
"Our mission (in Iraq) is very clear: disarmament."
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended...the United States has prevailed."
"Bring 'em on."
"He has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
and
"We never said there were stockpiles."
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Added 06.15.2005
MORE BRITISH MEMOS SURFACE SHOWING BUSH'S EARLY DETERMINATION TO ATTACK IRAQ
In March 2002, the Bush administration had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting Iraq. But behind the scenes, officials already were deeply engaged in seeking ways to justify an invasion even though there was no proof of any weapons programs or al Qaeda links, as later claimed. Read the memos for yourself...
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)
 • More details at downingstreetmemo.com
 • and at afterdowningstreet.org
 • and in Salon.com's excellent, in-depth coverage and analysis


 • Added 06.12.2005
ANOTHER TOP-SECRET BRITISH MEMO CONCLUDED U.S. LACKED ADEQUATE PLANNING FOR IRAQ
Another 2002 document shows that not only had the Bush Administration already decided to go to war (while lying about peace efforts), but that "little thought" had been given to "the aftermath and how to shape it."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
More details at downingstreetmemo.com


 • Added 05.17.2005
A CHRONOLOGY OF U.S. WAR CRIMES AND TORTURE, 1975-2005
An brief but thorough run-down of systematic double-standards in U.S. defense and foreign policies for the last 30 years -- and a good quick reference for recent Bush Administration violations of U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Counterpunch)


 • Added 05.09.2005
LEAKED TOP-SECRET BRITISH DOCUMENTS PROVE BUSH, BLAIR PLANNED IRAQ WAR IN 2002, THEN WENT LOOKING FOR EXCUSES TO ATTACK
Tony Blair quoted in memo: "If the political context were right, people would support regime change. (The key issues would be) whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan space to work."
Inform yourself with the full story here (London Times)
Text of the actual documents (London Times)
80 members of congress demand answers from Bush (The Raw Story)
More details at downingstreetmemo.com


 • Added 05.08.2005
MARINE WHO SHOT INJURED, UNARMED IRAQI SOLDIER IS LET OFF SCOT FREE
Commander concludes that man already bleeding and slumped against a wall in infamously gory videotape "posed a hostile threat justifying (the marine's) use of deadly force."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 04.12.2005
RICHARD PERLE CALLED ON THE CARPET BY CONGRESS, WESLEY CLARK PROVEN RIGHT
Bush's lackey and the retired general faced Congress again last week, just as they did in 2002, with Perle refusing to apologize for misinformation about Iraq and Clark being recognized as having been right all along that the threat from Saddam was small.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 04.01.2005
BUSH IGNORED IRAQI DEFECTOR'S CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS WHEN USING HIS WMD CLAIMS TO JUSTIFY WAR
Despite persistent doubts about his credibility, the defector's claims were included in the Bush administration's case for war without so much as a caveat. When CIA analysts argued after the invasion that the agency needed to admit it had been duped, they were forced out of their jobs.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Added 03.26.2005
17 U.S. SOLDIER LINKED TO TORTURE LET OFF THE HOOK COMPLETELY
How concerned is the Army and the Bush administration about torture? Despite recommendations by Army investigators, commanders have decided not to prosecute 17 U.S. soldiers implicated in three separate deaths of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 03.20.2005
WAR RHETORIC, TWO YEARS LATER
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended" and other doozies about Bush's "war of liberation."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Patriot Facts)


 • Added 03.20.2005
HOW GOES THE WAR SINCE BUSH DECLARED "MAJOR COMBAT OPERATIONS HAVE ENDED" IN MAY 2003?
Since the fall of Hussein, Iraq has become home to an array of terrorist groups. Intelligence reports estimate that between 20,000 and 30,000 insurgents launch some 50 attacks each day.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 02.12.2005
U.S. ENCOURAGED BY VIETNAM VOTE: OFFICIALS CITE 83% TURNOUT DESPITE VIETCONG TERROR
Still think Iraq isn't just like Vietnam? Read this 1967 NY Times article about how well the elections went there -- just before all hell broke loose.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times reprint)


 • Added 01.13.2005
VALUABLE MILITARY TRANSLATORS FIRED UNDER 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
The military has discharged 20 service personnel who spoke or had studied Arabic for being gay. Well, they certainly have their priorities straight.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 01.12.2005
BUSH FINALLY GIVES UP WEAPONS SEARCH - WMD FOUND: NONE WHATSOEVER
The U.S. force that scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction -- cited by President Bush as justification for war -- has abandoned its long and fruitless hunt. The 1,700-strong Iraq Survey Group, responsible for the hunt, last month wrapped up physical searches for weapons of mass destruction having found absolutely nothing.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Added 11.20.2004
IRAN TO U.S.: WHAT PART OF DEJA VU DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
The source of intelligence used this week by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to suggest Iran is working on a nuclear weapons program may not be reliable, knowledgeable sources told CNN Friday.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Added 11.19.2004
DEM. SENATOR PROPOSES NEWS CENSORSHIP SO U.S. WAR CRIMES CAN BE COVERED UP
Following videotaped shooting of an injured Fallujah insurgent by a U.S. Marine, Sylvestre Reyes (D-Texas) says reporters' war privileges should be revoked, saying, "We don't want to know everything that's going on on the field."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Editor & Publisher)


 • Added 11.06.2004
BUSH STARTED PLANNING IRAQ ATTACK IN 1999, SAYS AUTOBIOGRAPHY GHOSTWRITER
"If I have a chance to invade...I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed," quotes Mickey Herskowitz, who was fired as ghostwriter of Bush's autobiography because the president's handlers didn't think his version wouldn't be positive enough.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Gorilla News Network)


 • Added 11.06.2004
BUSH CLAIMS 'GOD TOLD ME' TO ATTACK IRAQ
"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam," Bush told Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Abu Mazen in June 2003. Two calls to the White House for clarification went unreturned.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 11.05.2004
EYEWITNESS TO A FAILURE IN IRAQ
Former ambassador sent to Iraq by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz describes how bad things are there and how his fact-finding reports have fallen on deaf ears.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Boston Globe)


 • Added 11.04.2004
TROOPS GUARDING STOLEN EXPLOSIVES ASKED FOR HELP, GOT NOTHING
Soldiers guarding the Al Qaqaa ammunition site, where 380 tons of explosives were stolen were outnumbered by looters, asked commanders in Baghdad for help to secure the site but received no reply.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Added 10.31.2004
100,000 CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ
One of the first attempts to independently estimate the loss of civilian life from the Iraqi war has concluded that at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians may have died because of the U.S. invasion.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 10.26.2004
380 TONS OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES STOLEN UNDER U.S. NOSES IN IRAQ
In yet another apalling blunder of the Iraq war, 380 tons of HMX and RDX -- chemicals frequently used in terrorist bombings like the one pound that brought down the Pan Am plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 -- have disappeared from locations the U.S. was supposed to be guarding. Bush was warned about the importance of securing this stockpile in May 2003.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)
Troops guarding explosives asked for backup, got nothing (LA Times)


 • Added 10.06.2004
INSPECTOR'S FINAL REPORT: IRAQ HAD NO WMD OR NUKE PROGRAMS
Top U.S. arms inspector found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991. He also concluded that Saddam Hussein abandoned his nuke program years ago and his weapons capability weakened, not grew, between Gulf Wars I and II.
1) Inform yourself with the full story here (MSNBC)
2) War rationale is falling apart on Bush (Washington Post)
3) Download the report (MSNBC)


 • Added 10.06.2004
BREMER: 'WE NEVER HAD ENOUGH TROOPS ON THE GROUND'
Ambassador Paul Bremer, who ran the U.S. provisional government in Iraq for more than a year, now claims the U.S. military should have had more troops in Iraq to halt the widespread looting after the fall of Baghdad.
Inform yourself with the full story here (MSNBC)


 • Added 10.06.2004
BREAKDOWN AND FACT-CHECK OF CHENEY FLIP-FLOPS & FLAT-OUT LIES FROM V.P. DEBATE
The Vice President on Monday invented brand new excuses for going to war in Iraq and has been caught in several lies, not the least of which are his claim to have never said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda link and his assertion that he'd never met John Edwards before that night.
1) Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsweek)
2) Quote-by-quote comparison to undisputed facts (Progressive Trail)
3) 10 questions for Dick Cheney (The Nation)


 • Added 09.27.2004
RUMSFELD SAYS INCOMPLETE ELECTIONS ARE OK
"Let's say you tried to have an election and you could have it in three-quarters or four-fifths of the country. But in some places you couldn't because the violence was too great. Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life." So it's also okay pick and choose which states to leave out of November 2, right?
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Added 09.26.2004
SOLDIERS THREATENED: RE-ENLIST OR WE'LL SEND YOU TO IRAQ
Hundreds of soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, have been told "if we don't re-enlist, then we'd have to be reassigned. And where we're most needed is in units that are going back to Iraq in the next couple of months. So if you think you're getting out, you're not."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Rocky Mountain News)


 • Added 09.20.2004
BOMBSHELL: LEAKED BRITISH MEMOS PROVE BUSH DECIDED ON INVASION A FULL YEAR AHEAD, WHILE LYING ABOUT HIS INTENTIONS FOR IRAQ
"While the Government was publicly insisting its aim was not regime change but tackling WMD, in private there was no pretence (and) Bush still lacked answers to questions including 'what happens on the morning after?' The memos confirm long-held suspicions that Britain's role was to try to minimise the fallout from a military invasion that the US was determined to mount."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)


 • Added 09.05.2004  • Analysis
HOW TORTURE CAME DOWN FROM THE TOP
"A clear and meticulous account of how decisions made by President Bush, his top political aides and senior military commanders led directly to those searing images of naked prisoners being menaced with guard dogs."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.21.2004  • 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)


 • Added 08.21.2004
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)


 • Added 08.10.2004
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


 • Added 08.06.2004
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)


 • Added 08.06.2004  • 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)


 • Added 08.06.2004
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)


 • Added 07.11.2004
PREWAR REPORT SHOWED SADDAM NO THREAT TO U.S.
Senate panel cites long series of intelligence reports in the decade before the war that described Iraq's army as decaying, and implies that opponents of the war were essentially correct when they argued that Iraq posed little immediate threat to the United States.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.10.2004
CHENEY'S IRAQ-TERRORIST CLAIMS REBUFFED AGAIN
Director Tenet tells Congress that the CIA is "increasingly skeptical" that Mohamed Atta met Iraqi intelligence officers in Prague in April 2001, rebuffing continuing assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that such a meeting might have taken place.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.04.2004
MOST OF AID SLATED TO REBUILD IRAQ HAS BEEN SPENT ON ADMINISTRATION
Thus far nothing from the package has been spent on construction, health care, sanitation and water projects. More money has been spent on administration than all projects related to education, human rights, democracy and governance.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 07.04.2004
NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ HAS A HISTORY OF COVERING UP TORTURE
As ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte played a key role in coordinating covert aid to Contra death squads in Nicaragua and shoring up a CIA-backed death squad in Honduras. Diplomats and former subordinates have testified that the embassy's annual human rights reports was white-washed on his orders.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Democracy Now)


 • Added 07.03.2004
'BRING 'EM ON!' - ONE YEAR (& 700+ SOLIDER DEATHS) AGO TODAY
On July 3, 2003, President Bush, in his infinite arrogance, challenged Iraqi insurgents to kill our soldiers - and they're doing a great job of it.
Inform yourself with the full story here (BringThemHomeNow.org)


 • Added 07.03.2004
'HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE SOUND OF A MOTHER SCREAMING FOR HER SON?'
Read "A Nation Rocked to Sleep," a beautiful poem of pain and distain by the teenage sister of Casey Austin Sheehan, killed in Iraq April 4th, 2004.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Carly Sheehan)


 • ABUSE SCANDAL BACKGROUND  • Updated 07.03.2004
BUSH MEMO ASSERTED 'RIGHT' TO WAIVE TORTURE LAWS
"I have never ordered torture," Bush said. But documents show he claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and treaties covering prisoners of war after the invasion of Afghanistan.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Bush asked lawyers cover his butt on torture in '03 (SF Chronicle)
   • Memo sought to circumvent torture laws (NY Times)
   • Torture memo Ashcroft tried to hide is revealed (Washington Post)
 • Download the memos, see for yourself (Nat'l Security Archive)
 • Military, legal specialists analyze Bush's butt-covering (CAP)


 • Added 06.30.2004
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)


 • Added 06.27.2004
'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)


 • Added 06.27.2004  • 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)


 • Added 06.27.2004
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)


 • Added 6.27.2004
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)


 • Added 06.17.2004
RUMSFLED ORDERED IRAQI HELD AS 'GHOST' PRISONER
Suspected Iraqi terrorist hidden largely to prevent the Red Cross from monitoring his treatment and conditions, according to senior Pentagon and intelligence officials.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times/SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.17.2004
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)


 • Added 06.14.2004
U.S. DEMANDS CONTRACTORS BE EXEMPT FROM IRAQI LAWS
Having already exempted contractors from military law, the Bush Administration is trying to force Iraq's "sovern government" to forgo prosecution of any foreign workers who break the law in their country.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Wasington Post/SF Chronicle)


 • ABUSE SCANDAL  • Updated 07.04.2004
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)


 • Added 06.14.2004
ADMINISTRATION QUOTES ABOUT WMB BEFORE & AFTER THE INVASION
Inform yourself with the full story here (Active Opposition)


 • Added 06.13.2004
U.S. LAUNCHED 50 FAILED AIR STRIKES AT WAR'S START
The missle attacks during March and April 2003 missed their so-called high-value targets, killed dozens of civilians, and have yet to be acknowledged by the Bush administration.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times/SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.08.2004
EVEN THE ARMY IS ANTI-BUSH
Army Times editorial: "Taken piecemeal, all these corner-cutting moves might be viewed as mere flesh wounds. But even flesh wounds are fatal if you suffer enough of them."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Army Times)


 • Added 06.08.2004
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)


 • Added 06.08.2004
'WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO US?'
Young Iraqi lawyer & diplomat who helped coordinate aid to his country during the sanctions was detained, accused of spying, hung from his ankles for hours, tortured with electric shocks...
Inform yourself with the full story here (The New Standard)


 • Added 06.08.2004
TROOPS SPEAK ABOUT BUSH AND THE IRAQI WAR
"The way we have been treated and the continuous lies told to our families back home has devastated us all," in a letter to Congress." - Anonymous Soldier, U.S. Army, in Iraq.
Inform yourself with the full story here (BushPresident2004.com)


 • Added 06.08.2004
ARMY WAR COLLEGE STUDY CALLS IRAQ A 'DETOUR'
Published report criticizes war on terrorism as "unfocused," contends that the war in Iraq is "unnecessary" and a "detour" that has diverted attention and resources from the threat posed by Al Qaeda.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Added 06.08.2004
PAX-AMERICANA NEO-CON GROUP HAS BEEN PLANNING IRAQ TAKEOVER SINCE 1998
Years years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the Project for the New American Century hatched a plan to get Saddam Hussein out of power.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ABC)
   • Profile of the Project for the New American Century
   • See for yourself at the group's site (PNAC)


 • Added 06.08.2004
BUSH PLANNED IRAQI 'REGIME CHANGE' BEFORE HIS PRESIDENCY
The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power: "he need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Sunday Herald)


 • Added 06.07.2004
IRAQI PRESS OFFICE STAFFED WITH GOP LOYALISTS
The Office of Strategic Communications is bent on Americans seeing the positive side of the Bush administration's invasion, occupation despite mounting casualties and deadly insurgency.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP/Miami Herald)


 • Added 06.02.2004
THE PRACTICAL UPSHOT OF THE PRISONER ABUSE
Cartoon from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
See it here


 • Archive
U.S. USED DIRTY TRICKS TO WIN VOTE ON IRAQ WAR
Secret memo describes orders to step up its surveillance operations "directed at...U.N. Security Council Members (minus U.S. and Britain, of course)..."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Observer)
   • READ THE ACTUAL MEMO


 • Archive
DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF BUSH'S 'WMD' LIES
Inform yourself with the full story here (Fair.org)


 • Archive
IRAQ ATTACK QUOTES FROM DEMS PUT BACK IN CONTEXT
Republican attack dogs have used these quotes to imply these Democrats supported attacking Iraq and have flip-flopped. Here's a comparison of the quotes in and out of context proving the Republicans are lying.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Snopes.com)


 • Archive
THE SADDAM IN RUMSELD'S CLOSET
Secretary of Defense held meetings with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s (when he was first using chemical weapons on the Kurds) that played a significant role in forging once-close ties between the dictator and Washington.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CommonDreams)


 • Archive
RUMSFELD WAS DRIVING IRAQ BANDWAGON ON 9/11
"Go massive...Sweep it all up. Things related and not," said Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld hours after 9/11 attack.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS)
   • On 9/12: "There are lots of good targets in Iraq..." (SF Chronicle)
   • Wolfowitz: "You give bin Laden too much credit..." (SF Chronicle)


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