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August 16-31, 2005
August 29, 2005
Goons With Guns Over Gotham by Becky Akers
"Just what the trigger-happy NYPD needs: Barrett .50 caliber rifles. Mounted in helicopters, no less."
Mashing Maritime Migrants by Becky Akers
Two 'Green Zones' by Dahr Jamail
August 27, 2005
Cracking the Case: An Interview With Sibel Edmonds by Scott Horton
SH: Is the ATC just one of many semi-legitimate organizations that you are referring to, or is most of this story focused on the ATC itself?
SE: There are many.
SH: And many organizations that you actually were overhearing?
SE: I cannot talk to you about what I was overhearing, but as I have pointed out there are several organizations.
SH: Okay, and you mention when you talk about criminal activity, drug-running, money-laundering, weapons-smuggling...
SE: And these activities overlap. It's not like okay, you have certain criminal entities that are involved in nuclear black market, and then you have certain entities bringing narcotics from the East. You have the same players when you look into these activities at high-levels you come across the same players, they are the same people
SH:Well, when we're talking about those kind of levels of liquid cash money we probably also have to include major banks too, right?
SE: Financial institutions, yes.
SE: Well, one of the interesting things about the Vanity Fair article-I don't know how many people picked up on that. But they're saying Turkish countries. It's plural people. And to say OK, we're looking at this region of the world that nobody is referring to [in] the War Against Terror. OK, you're looking at Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and these are the countries that now we are busy establishing bases in. And a large portion of their GDP depends on narcotics, and there is a huge al-Qaeda presence in their countries. We don't hear anything about Balkan countries, and again, their direct ties and direct relevance to al-Qaeda. They are not even naming these countries. The role that Pakistan played before and the role that Pakistan is playing today. So, as I have said before, there are several countries, there are several organizations, and you can't just isolate one country or one organization.
On a related note:
The American Turkish Council -- a US Association -- helps create new world order by John Stanton
Sibel Edmonds' spring 2005 offensive by John Stanton
FBI shields Pakistan/Turkey nuclear weapons development, drug trade, Cheney, Rumsfeld
Mark Lombardi: Global (Conspiracy) Networks by Uri Dowbenko
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Abu Ghraib General Lambastes Bush Administration
Marjorie Cohn interviews Janis Karpinski
According to Nature by James Leroy Wilson
"A real free market does not rely on the government's protection and favors."
Visit the Real ID Rebellion Website for several recent news items
National Identification- Where We're Headed
August 22, 2005
Central American Rulers Push for U.S.-supported Militarized Police by Benjamin Melanšon
"In the aftermath of CAFTA, the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua have proposed creating a regional rapid-response police force with military-assault capabilities-- if, that is, the United States government will provide resources for it.
This may be a statement from Central American governments to the United States government: you want us to join you in CAFTA, so give us the money, guns, and military training to control our people. Drugs, gangs, and the generally violent consequences of making drugs illegal are, as usual, excuses for more police and increased state power.
Whether or not to the so-called trade agreement has anything to do with the insistence that the U.S. sponsor the militarized police force, the United States' main export to Central America may end up being both sides of the drug war."
Rumsfeld's Ray Gun by Kelly Hearn
"For most Americans, zapping Iraqi insurgents in Baghdad with a potentially unsafe weapon is one thing; cooking political protestors in Boston or Biloxi will surely be another. Against this backdrop, observers say, Hammond's files become particularly important. 'Right now the press really isn't on this,' says Hammond. 'But that will change when the first videos are released showing this thing being used on people.'"
Sunni's August Salon is online
Jesus Is An Anarchist by James Redford
Or - like a musician buddy of mine used to say before bustin' into a David Allan Coe song - "Remember, Jesus hung with the outlaws!"
August 18, 2005
It's the Cities, Stupid from Prof. Juan Cole
"An Iraqi reader writes in to complain about the tendency of Western analysts to focus on 'tribes' in their political analyses. He says the action is in the cities, where urban elites are the future of the country."
The Stakes Are Too High for Us to Stop Fighting Now
An interview with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds by Christopher Deliso