observes matters of interest:
Jessup, editor of the Fort Beulah The
Daily Informer, in Sinclair Lewis'
famous book "It Can't Happen Here", at its
conclusion, "drove out saluted by the meadow larks,
and onward all day, to a hidden cabin in the Northern
Woods where quiet men awaited news of freedom.....still
Doremus goes on, into the sunrise, for a Doremus Jessup
can never die.
"The world is dangerous not because of those who do
harm, but because of
those who look at it without doing anything. Nothing that
I can do will
change the structure of the Universe. But, maybe by
raising my voice I can
help the greatest of all causes...good will among men and
peace on earth."
On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the ANSWER Coalition is
sponsoring an antiwar protest timed to coincide with the
report by General David Petraeus on the status of the
"surge" or escalation of the war in Iraq.
Anti-war demonstrators will begin assembling at the White
House in the late morning. There will not be an opening
rally. A march will form with the front contingent of
Iraq war veterans, family members of soldiers and marines
and other veterans. When the march arrives at Congress,
Veterans Against the War and family members will be the
leadership of a mass die-in symbolizing the deaths of an
estimated 4,000 U.S. service members. A powerful
representation of the death of hundreds of thousands of
Iraqis will be the other central component of this
dramatic confrontation with Congress at the time that
they will be debating spending another $100 billion to
sustain the criminal occupation of Iraq.
The Die-In is a civil disobedience action that will
involve at least 4,000 people who are able to risk
There will be a permitted rally taking place
simultaneously with the Die-In. All those who cannot
afford to risk arrest will be able to participate in the
permitted rally that will take place on the West Lawn of
the Capitol Building.
For more information, on the march from the White House
to the US Capitol,
the rally and other September 15 anti-war activities,
or visit the website at
DISH Vol. 10 No 36
Billionares Profit off Congo Debt Forgiveness
On Behalf Of World
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 9:03 AM
Randi Rhodes and Greg Palast Hunt Giuliani's Favorite
by Greg Palast
"Can't he make a living in a more reputable, less
disgusting way, say, in child pornography?"
Randi Rhodes is asking you, Mr. Singer. And we're still
waiting for the answer.
Paul Singer is a vulture. And a billionaire. And, with
his underlings at Elliott Associates, the number one
sugar-daddy donor to the presidential campaign of Rudy
Giuliani, dropping $168,400 so far and, according to
secret campaign documents, committed to raise $10 million
for Rudolf the Great, Emperor of 9/11.
So who is this bird of prey Singer who holds Rudy in his
Unlike feathered predators, Singer preys on the living.
Singer figured out a way to siphon off funds intended for
debt relief to some of the poorest countries in the
world. Nice guy.And by the way, I didn't come up with the
moniker "vulture." Just about everyone, from
the new Prime Minister of Britain to the World Bank,
calls Singer and his ilk "vultures."
Here's how a vulture operation works. The vulture fund
buys up the debt of poor nations cheaply when it is about
to be written off and then sue for the full value of the
debt plus interest -- sometimes
more than ten times what they paid for it. Singer, for
example, paid just $10 million for Congo Brazzaville's
debt and is now suing for over $400 million.Singer knew
he'd turn a 1000%-plus profit on his $10 million
investment with George Bush's help.Bush convinced the US
Congress to forgive the money Congo owes the US taxpayer,
but once the US taxpayer forgives Congo's debt, the
vulture, Singer, swoops in with lawyers to claim,
"Congo now has the money to pay ME."
But wait a minute - the debt money given up by US
taxpayers wasn't supposed to go to Rudy's predator
Singer. In fact, the US Constitution provides power to
the President to stop vultures from
suing a foreign country in a US court if the President
states such a private lawsuit interferes with America's
foreign policy. Singer, by suing Congo for the taxpayer
money meant for debt relief
and medicine, is interfering with US foreign policy. Yet
Bush has done nothing.
While the President has made big speeches about debt
relief for Africa and has even had his picture taken with
a Bono, he won't get in the way of Singer's talons. One
wonders if the President is influenced by Mr. Singer's
strong support for debt relief, that is, debt relief for
the Republican Party. The world's top vulture has become
top donor to the GOP in New York.
Singer's not alone. He's joined in tearing at the flesh
of the Congo's poor by a Washington operator named
Michael Francis Sheehan. Sheehan is also known as
Besides joining Singer in attacking Congo, Goldfinger has
also taken a piece of the debt relief earmarked for AIDS
medicine for Zambia. Goldfinger paid $4 million for the
right to collect on Zambia's debt - and just won $22
million from Zambia in a UK court, half that nation's
debt relief. Goldfinger was able to seize that money
because, he boasts in an email, he secretly paid $2
million to the "favorite charity" of Zambia's
president. (That former President, Frederick
Chiluba, is now under arrest for taking bribes ... but
Goldfinger can still collect his pound of flesh.)
Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times
bestseller, ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans
-- Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone
Wild. Palast and his team are investigating the
'Vultures' for BBC Television Newsnight.
WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE
Burning the Law in a Riot of Treason
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Columnist
Monday 27 August 2007
The departure of Alberto Gonzales from the
Attorney General's Office brings America to a place of
definitions, and hanging in the balance is the very idea
of the nation itself. The basic concepts and fundamental
principles of our republic now stand as the only
legitimate considerations going forward, for they have
been tested almost to annihilation already, and will not
endure much longer if we continue on this path.
It is the mythology within the
Declaration of Independence we speak of, the fiction that
tells us we are endowed with rights, and that those
rights are unalienable. This falsehood has been vividly
exposed in the last several years, and it has been a
harsh lesson indeed. All the rights we hold dear and
believe to be our greatest strength are, in fact, only
words on old paper with neither force nor power. The next
line - "That to secure these rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed" - is the muscle behind the
myth, the core that has endured a withering assault.
Matters are so much worse than
our national political dialogue lets on. The resignation
of Gonzales has unleashed a torrent of hard words and
harsh criticisms aimed at the deplorable nature of his
tenure, but the truth of it continues to elude mention.
They call Gonzales an incompetent, a crony, a loyalist, a
disgrace, leaving off the one word necessary to fully
explain who he is, and what he was engaged in before he
Alberto Gonzales is a traitor.
That is the only word to explain it.
He is not the only one; there
are many more traitors like him in the Bush
administration, criminals joined in an act of treason so
vast and comprehensive that it beggars comparison.
Nothing quite like this has ever before been attempted in
America, and if they are allowed to succeed, there will
be nothing of what defines America left to be seen.
Gonzales and his Bush
administration collaborators have committed their treason
against the rule of law itself, a crime so absolute that
it is technically not illegal. There is no code,
ordinance or law specifically forbidding the total
ruination of all our rights and protections; the act is
neither felony nor misdemeanor, because nobody ever
considered the black-letter necessity of making it
illegal to destroy the rule of law.
But there is no America
without that rule of law - no rights, no protections, no
Constitution; there is nothing, and if you destroy the
rule of law, you destroy the idea that is America itself.
The only word for a crime like that is treason, and those
who would dare commit it are traitors. Gonzales and his
Bush administration collaborators have done more than
dare. They have been pursuing it, with deliberation and
intent, throughout each moment of their tenure.
Their treason is not in the
actual crimes they have committed, but in the way they
have chosen to avoid accountability for them. Their
treason is not their refusal to obey the Freedom of
Information Act, but in their insistence that they are
above the application of that law. Their treason is not
in their refusal to obey subpoenas from Congress, but in
their claim that they are above the laws behind those
subpoenas. Their treason is not that they fired United
States attorneys and then refused to come clean about it,
but that they decimated the impartiality of the
Department of Justice and turned the rule of law into
another partisan weapon. Their treason is not the NSA
surveillance of Americans, but their steadfast refusal to
submit to the governing laws and the requirement of
When George W. Bush asserted a
claim of Executive Privilege that made him and his
administration immune to all laws and oversight, that was
an act of treason because it shattered the rule of law.
When Dick Cheney asserted that the Office of the Vice
President was not part of the Executive Branch, because
he did not want to obey the laws requiring him to hand
over official documents to the Archives, that was an act
of treason because it shattered the rule of law. When
Alberto Gonzales chose to surrender the independence of
the Department of Justice so he could protect those
assertions, that was an act of treason because it
shattered the rule of law.
Americans have only the rights
they are able to protect and defend. Our rights are
nothing more than ideas; only theory and argument on
parchment all too easily burned to ashes. The power of
those rights is only found in our collective submission
to the rule of law, and submission to that rule of law is
all that stands between our freedoms and the
conflagration of tyranny. Without the rule of law, there
is no America.
That is the treason of Alberto
Gonzales, and the treason of the Bush administration
entire. They have attacked and undercut the rule of law
by refusing to submit to it, and in doing so have brought
us to the edge of appalling infamy. Theirs is a crime
without peer, and we will be fortunate beyond measure if
we are able to recover from it.
The fact that Alberto Gonzales
has left is meaningless in the main, because the treason
he participated in continues in his absence. If the
damage is to be repaired, he must be replaced by someone
who will submit to the main imperative, someone who will
submit to the rule of law, someone with real independence
and unbending respect for the idea that is America.
Gonzales must not be replaced by another crony or
yes-man, because Americans have only those rights we can
protect and defend, and another traitor in that lofty
post is no protection at all.
Gonzales was more than a poor
steward of this trust. He was a traitor among traitors.
If the rule of law is to stand, the treason he helped
commit must be ended, and a patriot must take his place.
Pitt is a New York Times and internationally
bestselling author of two books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want
You to Know" and "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence."
His newest book, "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War,
Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation," is
now available from PoliPointPress.
Fentanyl is an opiate which was used as an intravenous
analgesic in the 1960s. Its classified as a
narcotic in the US, with effects said to be similar to
heroin. Its first known use a weapon was in the Moscow
Theater siege , when a Fentanyl derivative called
Kolokol-1 (believed to be carfentanil)
was pumped into the building. All of the terrorists were
overpowered without firing a shot, but over a hundred
hostages died as a result of respiratory depression.
US work is said to involve a Fentanyl derivative
combined with an antagonist which will counter the
respiratory depression. According to the Bradford report,
it may already be in use:
Since the 2003 National Research Council (NRC)
report confirming renewed US Military research on
incapacitating agents there has been no further openly
available information on the programme, due to likely
classification of the ongoing work
.It is unclear
whether these types of chemical weapons can now be
accessed for US military operations. Two unconfirmed
reports in 2003 quoted Rear Admiral Stephen Baker, the
Navy's former Chief of Operational Testing and
Evaluation, as saying that US Special Forces had
knock-out gases available for use in Iraq.
Tilman knew too
FROM CHARLES LAURENCE IN NEW YORK
PAT TILLMAN died a hero's death. At least, that's what
America was told when this former football star and
steel-jawed poster boy for the War on Terror, returned
home in a box. Here was a soldier who had paid the
ultimate price for defending his fellow Army Rangers from
an enemy ambush in the badlands of Afghanistan.President
Bush awarded him a posthumous Silver Star and made
speeches in his honour. Such was the mood of public
mourning that his funeral service was broadcast on
national television. In death, he was promoted to
More than ever, the huge, slab-sided face below the
crisply trimmed beret became the face of American
But that was never the true story. One month after the
fateful day in April 2004, when the 27-year-old died in a
ravine on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan where
Osama Bin Laden hid with Al-Qaeda, it was officially
acknowledged that Tillman had not been killed by the
Taliban at all. Instead, he had been cut down by his own
side, a victim of 'friendly fire'.
This was a revelation that triggered outrage.
Spearheaded by Tillman's devastated mother Mary and
father Pat 'senior', a swelling tide of protesters
demanded to know whether the Pentagon and the White House
had deliberately played Tillman's death for propaganda
value to boost support for the war. Plainly there were
lies and cover-ups. Who knew what and when?
Now comes a new and even darker possibility. A growing
body of evidence suggests that Tillman died neither at
the hands of his nation's enemy nor in the tragic,
accidental confusion of 'friendly fire'; rather he was
shot with three bullets in tight formation in the
forehead at very close range.
If so, this is evidence of murder. Only now are the
original battlefield reports emerging and they clearly
suggest that his death was not a mistake, just as his
mother -- who has inevitably been trying to make sense of
the inconsistent reports surrounding the loss of her son
-- has long suggested.
But could Pat Tillman really have been assassinated? And
if so, why?
The dark shadow of 'black ops' has fallen over the
Tillman story, and it reaches all the way to the White
House. Conspiracy theories are multiplying.Preposterous
though it may seem, there is a growing view that Pat
Tillman was targeted by American special forces because
he was about to become an embarrassment. New evidence
shows that he was turning out to be a very troubled
'hero', a poster boy for the Army and the War on Terror
who may have been about to speak out against the war he
had come to symbolise.
Letters home and memories of those who knew him in Iraq
suggest that after his initial enthusiasm, he had decided
that Iraq was not just a quagmire but an 'illegal'
war.Tillman had been heard arguing bitterly against the
Iraq war and urging his fellow soldiers to vote for
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. He
had also been using his celebrity to contact the best-
selling anti-war intellectual Noam Chomsky, and they were
due to meet as soon as Tillman returned from Afghanistan.
Astonishingly, long-hidden details of his death support
the murder theory: medical evidence never did match up
with the scenario of friendly fire; those three bullets
from an M16 combat rifle could not have been fired from
farther than ten yards; there were special forces snipers
in the group immediately behind Tillman's platoon.'The
nation has been deceived,' says Mary Tillman. 'It's now
about justice for Pat and justice for the other
After three years of grief and anger -- three years
during which the national mood has changed from gung-ho
support to rejection of the Bush wars and an atmosphere
of dark suspicion over every White House motive --
questions over the Tillman story are now convulsing
Just this week, the Army produced its seventh report into
the affair to try to wipe away the stain of Pat Tillman's
death. There is no mention of assassination: the report
adheres strictly to the friendly fire line. But it
apportions blame for the initial confusion over how
Tillman died -- enabling the White House and Pentagon to
portray him as an all-American hero -- on Lt. Gen. Philip
Kensinger, who was in charge of the special forces in
Afghanistan that included Tillman's Rangers.
According to the report, the General had failed to notify
both the Tillman family and senior officials of inquiries
into the possibility of friendly fire. He then lied to
two sets of investigators about the stage at which he
knew that American bullets had killed him. This was a
'failure of leadership'.The report insists there was no
cover-up and that the death was a battlefield accident,
followed by a misunderstanding. Kensinger faces
post-retirement demotion by one star and a cut in his
pension from $9,500 a month to $8,500.In Washington, Army
Secretary Pete Geren unveiled the report, saying:
'General Kensinger was the captain of that ship and his
ship ran aground.' He added that he expected this report
to be the last.
There is little chance of that. Mary Tillman, who has
long suggested her son was deliberately killed by his
comrades, said the report was a farce -- 'a complete
donkey show'. And Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat,
added: 'We don't know the full story about the way the
Pentagon and (the White House) managed this tragedy. In
my view, the Army should reconsider today's announcement
and move forward with harsher punishment.'
Only a day after the Army report, the Congressional
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened an
inquiry titled The Tillman Fratricide: What The
Leadership Of The Defence Department Knew. Chaired by
another Californian Democrat with an eye on next year's
elections, Henry Waxman, it is calling a slew of top
brass and key Pentagon officials to the witness stand.
These include former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
who was sacked by Bush when the Iraq war turned sour for
the voters.'How high up did this go?' asks Waxman. In
other words, did Bush ignore the truth on Tillman to use
him for votes? Or did Pentagon officials, White House
staff or election strategists keep the truth from him?
The answer to that might be momentous. But this has all
been pushed aside by the revelations prised from records
by national news agency the Associated Press (AP).Using
the Freedom of Information Act -- American law since the
Watergate scandal -- they went to court in San Francisco
and sued for the right to look at the Pentagon records on
the Tillman affair.They were rewarded with 2,300 pages of
documents, and what they contained raised extraordinary
inconsistencies when put alongside the official versions
|And some of the other things the AP
discovered to raise eyebrows:
In his last words moments
before he was killed, Tillman snapped at a
panicky comrade under fire to shut up and
Army attorneys sent each
other congratulatory e-mails for keeping
criminal investigators at bay as the Army
conducted an internal friendly-fire
investigation that resulted in
administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.
The three-star general who
kept the truth about Tillmans death
from his family and the public told
investigators some 70 times that he had a bad
memory and couldnt recall details of
No evidence at all of enemy
fire was found at the scene - no one was hit
by enemy fire, nor was any government
The first mystery surrounds the nature of the wounds he
sustained. 'The medical evidence did not match-up with
the scenario as described,' a doctor who examined
Tillman's body told the first group of Army
investigators.Several doctors, their names blacked out in
the reports, said that the bullets were so close together
that Tillman must have been shot by an M16 combat rifle
-- a highpowered repeat machine gun -- fired from no more
than ten yards.But soldiers have said their experience
with an M16 on a three-shot burst suggests the killer was
even closer. To put three rounds into a man's forehead,
they would need to be no more than ten feet away.
The Army doctors told the investigators that these wounds
suggested murder and urged them to launch a criminal
investigation.The documents record that another doctor
who conducted the Tillman autopsy was similarly so
suspicious that he told investigators he had taken the
unusual step of contacting the Human Resources Command
which deals with personnel matters. He was rebuffed.He
then contacted an officer in the Army's Criminal
Investigation Division (CID) to suggest he open a
criminal case. 'He said he talked to his higher
headquarters and they had said "no",' the
The newly uncovered papers then reveal, however, that as
the controversy grew, the Pentagon did go back to check
on the possibility of a fratricidal murder. There is a
record of investigators talking to then-Cpt. Richard
Scott, who was in charge of the first, local army
review.'Have you, at any time since this incident on
April 22, 2004, ever received any information or even
rumour that Cpl Tillman was killed by anyone within his
own unit intentionally?' they asked. Scott replied he was
sure the killing was accidental, though he must have been
aware of the rumours that Tillman had been murdered.
Was Tillman disliked? Was anyone jealous of his
celebrity? Was he --considered arrogant? His
brothersinarms all insisted that Tillman was admired,
respected and liked.
But there are more bombshells from the pages released to
First, there was no evidence of any incoming fire from
the enemy, and no sign of damage to any man or equipment
from enemy fire.Yet, the official story has always been
that the tragedy started with the breakdown of a
personnel carrier as Tillman's unit went into the ravine
on an early evening seek-and-destroy patrol.Tillman and
his squad were ordered to continue on foot and were then
ambushed; and the squad from a second vehicle following
behind mistook them for the enemy ambushers.
If there is no evidence of an enemy ambush, how did the
shooting start? Is it coincidence that after more than
three years it has been discovered that there were
never-before mentioned U.S. snipers in the second
group?Could there have been a secret sniper on a mission
to Afghanistan to assassinate the Army's poster boy? Or
perhaps three assassins, because as a general rule
snipers fire in single shots, from specially tuned
rifles, rather than in bursts of three?
Could the suggestion that Tillman was going to become a
voice for the anti-war movement be why his mother says
that a journal he'd kept since was 16 has gone missing?
It disappeared, along with most of his possessions, two
days after he died.'It's time to really ask who ordered
the assassination of Pat Tillman,' wrote blogger Josh
Swiller on The Huffington Post, a mainstream website,
sparking off a series of conspiracy theories.
If that is going too far, it is at least time for the
Army, the Pentagon and the White House to come clean on
the Tillman tragedy. In these troubled times, the last
thing America and its allies need is such suspicion,
rumour and intrigue.
copy of a letter for Dick Cheney
August 27th, 2007
Mr Vice President,
You are a walking disaster. You have destroyed the
American Dream for millions of Americans and destroyed
the hopes and aspirations of whole nations. Your
energy policy is a crock of pro-nuclear secret deals --
there's nothing in it for the common man.
You probably had a large hand in the precipitating events
leading to the firing of the U.S. Attorneys. I
suspect you specifically wanted Carol Lam fired, lest she
investigate your former friend and colleague Randall
"Duke" Cunningham's involvement in the
attempted murder of two anti-nuclear activists when he
tried to commit suicide by smashing his car at high speed
head-on into the one I was driving on November 25th,
2005. He didn't know at the time who his victims
would be. But by now I'll bet YOU know who they
Is there no limit to the depths of your crimes?
Violating civil liberties, lying to the American people,
and showing favoritism for your old uranium mining
cronies in Wyoming are all just tips of icebergs.
Resign, Mr. Cheney! Resign so that the American
people do not have to fear you will step in if, God
forbid, anything were to happen to the president.
Such as HIS resigning!
I charge you with obstruction of justice, Mr.
Cheney. I charge you with high crimes and
misdemeanors. I charge you with violating MY civil
rights. I charge you with trying to cover up for
political reasons an attempted murder by then-Congressman
Step aside and have your heart checked out. It
seems to be missing entirely.