Regime Change Begins at Home

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January 2002



01/16/2002a (011602a)

In an explosive new development, one of George W. Bush's elite Pioneer contributors has been relieved of his duties as a Managing Partner at Arthur Andersen in connection with the Enron shredding scandal.

D. Stephen Goddard was yesterday "relieved responsibilities" by the embattled Big 5 accounting firm, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Unfortunately, the Post did not bother to mention Goddard's close financial and political ties to Bush. In it's report on the Andersen shake-up, the New York Times did not mention Goddard at all.

Which leaves it up to us.

Oh, yes: for D. Stephen Goddard's recent political contribution history, as compiled by Texans for Public Justice, see:

01/6/2002b,4273,4336181,00.html (011602b)

Reaching the parts other empires could not reach

In return for security in the region, the US will snap up central Asia's oil

Simon Tisdall Guardia Wednesday January 16, 2002

The United States is engaged in a strategic power grab in central Asia of epic proportions. In previous eras, this sort of expansionism would have been called colonialism or imperialism.

01/16/2002c (011602c)

Military-Industrial-Banking-Intelligence-Complex Conspires to Eliminate the Middle Class Tina Staik

Is use of campaign financing in "shaping" U.S. Congress what defense spending is to "controlling" nations of the world?

Has any one noticed that the manner in which "campaign financing" is used to SHAPE the behaviors of Republicans and Democrats in Congress is ANALOGOUS to how the military-industrial-banking-intelligence-complex (MIBIC) uses "defense spending" to control the political decisions of world's nations, both within and between?

For example, defense spending is given to many countries; however, identified favorites, i.e., India or Turkey, receive much more than their identified "enemies," i.e., Pakistan and Greece. Typically, the "favorites" are nations that OBEY what MIBIC dictates, while "enemies" are nations that chose self-determination. Some nations are "granted" BULLY rights by the MIBIC, i.e., Israel; others are given mere lip service, i.e., Palestinians. Meanwhile, oppressive puppet leaders receive the bulk of "support," but their opposition groups almost always received at least some, creating continued chaos and instability--guaranteeing the MIBIC more control.


Consider the 24/7 coverage of Condit, but hardly a mention of the congressional aide found dead in the office of U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL). See three-part report by below. (011702a1) (011702a3)

Did some one say CONSPIRACY? Infiltration of both or all sides, domestically and internationally? Analogies between "cell group" design of CIA covert operations and Al-Qaeda?

How about the observed patterns of campaign financing posted on below that show systematic ratios of support? (Wonder whether there are similar charts, comparing "funding" of nations, regimes, opposition groups, "freedom fighters," etc.)

Top Congressional Recipients of Enron Contributions, 1989-2001 (011702a4)

Top Congressional Recipients of Enron Contributions, 1989-2001 (011702a5)

Top Donors (011702a6)

How about the number of right wing terrorist groups that have sprung up nationwide, legitimately spreading hate-propaganda, mostly against minorities? (011702a7)

How about evidence that domestic and international right wing groups are "connecting" to support one another's efforts? (011702a8)

Is there doubt that this SHAPING of our country's political environment, as well as the international community's, into conformity with right-wing fascist ideology is intentional?



$254 Million Handout to Ken Lay-- in Late October and November!! Scandal Deepens: But Who Cares, Right?

An MWO investigation has discovered official White House documentation that the Bush Administration supported huge tax breaks to the Enron Corporation -- after top Executive Branch officials had been alerted to the mounting disorder within the collapsing energy giant.

On October 31, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer confirmed that both the President and Vice President supported legislation, under the so-called "economic stimulus plan," that would have handed Enron a gift of $254 million in taxpayers' money.

01/18/2002b NY Daily News (011802b)

Veep Tried to Aid Enron Key role in India debt row By TIMOTHY J. BURGER Daily News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON Vice President Cheney tried to help Enron collect a $64 million debt from a giant energy project in India, government documents obtained by the Daily News Show.


Published on Thursday, January 17, 2002 in the Chicago Tribune (011802c)

In Total Disregard Toward the Poor by Molly Ivins

AUSTIN, Texas -- There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear... It's time we stop, children, what's that sound? Everybody look what's goin' down. Buffalo Springfield

In New York City last year, about 3,000 people died in the attack on the World Trade Center. In New York City last year, 30,000 people came to the new federal limits on welfare. Another 19,000 will lose assistance this year. New York has lost 95,000 jobs since Sept. 11. It lost 75,000 jobs in the year before that. There are now 30,000 people in the city shelters.

Now find the numbers for your town. In Austin, the only organization that provides help to women with breast cancer and no health insurance has just cut its staff from 30 to six, with an equal impact on the help that can be offered. Homelessness is up, food distribution centers are overwhelmed.

And all this is happening in a cruel synergy of inattention, indifference and the final fraying of the social safety net. Charities are overwhelmed and suddenly vastly underfunded in large part as a consequence of the complete focus on the victims of Sept. 11. The federal government, largely under Republican control, is dealing with war, terrorism and recession. State governments, with far less attention, are out of money, running into deficits and cutting services across the board. Texas, with another year to go before the biannual budget battle, is declaring it can no longer afford its small share of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program.

At the beginning of the 1990s, the states raised their taxes, and toward the end of the '90s, they cut their taxes. But, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports, they didn't cut the same taxes they had raised.

"Increases in regressive taxes--that is, taxes like the sales tax, which bear most heavily on lower- and moderate-income families--by and large were never reversed. Instead, states cut taxes that bear most heavily on upper-income families," reported Paul Krugman. "The end result was a redistribution of the tax burden away from the haves toward the have-nots. A family earning, say, $30,000 per year pays considerably more in states taxes than a family the same constant-dollar income did in 1990, while a family earning $600,000 per year pays considerably less."

But attention is not being paid. The media, with their One Big Story obsession, just got off the war in Afghanistan long enough to start reporting Enron.

And there is something else happening as well. Thirty-eight percent of the tax cut of last April went to benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers. We are at a curious point in our political debate where anyone who points that out is accused of "fomenting class warfare." Actually, reporting that the wealthiest 1 percent got 38 percent of the benefits is not fomenting class warfare--passing a tax cut that gives 38 percent to the wealthiest 1 percent is fomenting class warfare. Likewise, proposing an "economic stimulus package" of which 92 percent of the benefits are tax cuts for huge corporations is fomenting class warfare.

And this is a country that needs to be a little nervous about class warfare as economic pain bites in.

Medicaid, the health-insurance program for the poor, is in fiscal crisis. According to The New York Times, overall Medicaid spending went up by 11 percent last year, just as the states face huge deficits.

We live in a society in which the bad stuff flows downhill, and the people on the bottom are drowning in it. This is not a story to which the corporate media pay attention. Bad demographics doesn't attract advertisers--not upbeat, no patriotism, too busy with Russell Crowe's love life.

As anyone who is involved in raising money for a nonprofit organization these days knows, the flying bombs that hit on Sept. 11 also landed on every helping organization in America with a huge impact. Budgets, staff, services, facilities--all slashed. And at the top, those with the power, those who make the decisions, are too far away to even see what is happening in the streets, insulated by multiplying multiples of their incomes.

After six years as governor of Texas, George W. Bush was infuriated by a federal report ranking Texas No. 1 in hunger. "You'd think the governor would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas," he said. Well, Texas had been No. 1 in hunger since the Feds started keeping count in the 1960s--it's a permanent condition here, but the governor had never seen it.

We better stop, hey, what's that sound Everybody look what's going down.


Friday January 18 7:48 PM ET (012002a) Poll: Bush Admin. Hiding Something By The Associated Press,

Almost two-thirds of Americans in a new CBS News poll think the Bush administration is either hiding something or lying about its relationship with Enron, the failed energy trading company that has been a big contributor to the president and to other politicians from both parties. The poll was of 1,030 adults was taken Jan. 15-17 and released Friday. It had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Among the poll findings:

-Almost two-thirds - 63 percent - think the Bush administration isn't telling everything it knows about its relationship with Enron. That group breaks up this way - a fifth think the Bush administration is lying about its relationship with Enron, while almost half - 44 percent - think the administration is hiding something.


HYPOCRISY DEFINED Rove, Racicot Give Away "Bipartisan" Ploy Will the Media Wake Up? An MWO Commentary

Ever since Dubya ran for president, he promised to run a "bi-partisan" administration that would "change the tone" in Washington. Now, following the Republican National Committee meetings, those promises stand exposed for what they really are: utter partisan blather.

First, we hear Karl Rove proclaim to the RNC that the war on terrorism is a partisan issue. Then we hear Marc Racicot, the new RNC chair, talk about how Republicans have ended the "politics of personal destruction" -- and then launch a personal attack on Tom Daschle! Then we hear RNC co-chairwoman Ann Wagner say that Daschle rejected the "bipartisan" economic stimulus bill in order to pursue a "Havana, Cuba" communist economic policy. The hypocrisy here is nauseating. So are the lies.

01/20/2002c\ (012002c)

Mondo Washington by James Ridgeway White House Backed Off Banking Laws Bush Gave Enron Breathing Room

While the Bush administration is seemingly open to finding out what happened with Enron, its disclosures are selective, omitting Cheney's energy task force and the role Enron played in framing White House energy policies, which depended largely on the increased production of natural gas at home and abroad. Natural gas is an underlying economic factor in Central Asia, for starters, and U.S. pipelines for the fuel were one of Enron's biggest hard assets.

One unexplored approach to unraveling the Enron scandal may lie in the company's use of offshore tax havens, which have scant banking-disclosure laws.

01/21/2002a (012102a)

A Strategy's Cautious Evolution Before Sept. 11, the Bush Anti-Terror Effort Was Mostly Ambition By Barton Gellman

Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, January 20, 2002; Page A01

On a closed patch of desert in the first week of June, the U.S. government built a house for Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden would have recognized the four-room villa. He lived in one just like it outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, whenever he spent a night among the recruits at his Tarnak Qila training camp. The stone-for-stone replica, in Nevada, was a prop in the rehearsal of his death. From a Predator drone flying two miles high and four miles away, Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency ground controllers loosed a missile. It carried true with a prototype warhead, one of about 100 made, for killing men inside buildings. According to people briefed on the experiment, careful analysis after the missile pierced the villa wall showed blast effects that would have slain anyone in the target room.

01/21/2002b (012101b) Scroll down to find the article.... BUSH'S S.E.C.CHIEF COUNSELED SHREDDING DOCUMENTS

Will Harvey Pitt Be Jailed? Ari Waffles "The Fox" Now On the Line -- But Will the Media Follow Up?

George W. Bush's Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Harvey "The Fox" Pitt, could be in line for an indictment and jail-time over the Enron-Arthur Andersen scandal.

And in a little-noticed exchange during a press briefing last week, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer pointedly refused to quash speculation that Pitt could be in very big trouble. Pitt, before getting the S.E.C. job from Bush, worked for Arthur Andersen LLB, the troubled accounting firm.

The Bush administration now had in its hands what one participant called "the holy grail" of a three-year quest by the U.S. government a tool that could kill bin Laden within minutes of finding him. The CIA planned and practiced the operation. But for the next three months, before the catastrophe of Sept. 11, President Bush and his advisers held back.

01/21/2002c (012101c)

"A Matter of Trust" by David Jenkins January 21, 2002

Q: "So you are saying, 'trust us, it'll all be fine?'"

MR. FLEISCHER: "You are saying, 'we don't trust you.'"

-White House Press Conference 11/1/01

This exchange has been playing over and over in my head since November. This was an exchange between the Press and White House Truth Avoider, Ari Fleischer over the deliberate hiding of the Reagan/Bush papers via "executive order" last November. Although Fleischer insisted that the order would bring about a more organized process of releasing information, everybody pretty much knew better. The Reagan/Bush Sr. era...excuse me, error was rife with corruption and questionable policies. Anybody who could think for themselves knew exactly why Bush Inc. was covering up recent history. Ari's smug reply to Bill Plante's question back in November left me shaking my head. How could he possibly make such a statement? What was he thinking? Was he thinking?

"You are saying, 'we don't trust you.'"

This from a guy who speaks for an administration born of lies and deceit. An administration which exists only because the rights of voters a year ago were denied by Dubya's brother, his brother's Secretary of State and a scandalous Supreme Court.

01/23/2002a (012302a1) (012302a2)



As financial analysts grew panicky today over the imminent release of Halliburton Company's quarterly earnings report, the scandal over Vice President Dick Cheney's ties to the firm mounted.

In what could turn out to be the biggest cover-up story since the Iran-Contras scandals, evidence has surfaced that Cheney has been lying and deliberately misleading both officials and the public for more than a year about his moneymaking at Halliburton and about the firm's immense government contracts.

01/23/02b (012302b) scroll down for the article...

Connecting The Oil-Drenched Dots*: Rigging An Election To Secure The Pipe Dream Through Central Asia

Every day, the Greedy Oil Party operatives continue their charade of righteous indignation that ordinary citizens dare question the morality of Republican policies.

A Democrat may occasionally engage in consensual sex providing fodder for scandal-fueled tabloids. That's a private matter. Wholesale violation of the non-consenting public, however, is truly Republican. Nothing is more scandalous than the current revelations of how the Compassionless Conservatives have violated Americans' sacred public contract through which we entrust the lives and well-being of our families and the freedoms we enjoy living in this nation of ours.

Just a few related links to look into:

(1) "Bush dodged Vietnam draft, court told" by Julian Borger, September 30, 1999, The Age, Melbourne, Australia.

(2) "Consortium formed to build Central Asia gas pipeline" (012302b2)

(4) 'New US envoy to Kabul lobbies for Taliban oil rights" by Kim Sengupta in Kabul and Andrew Gumbel, January 10, 2002 Independent News (5) (012302b1)

(6) "Florida's flawed "voter-cleansing" program by Gregory Palast, December 2000 at

(7) "Scrub Helps Shrub" by Gregory Palast, The Nation, February 5, 2001. (012302b3)

(8) "Paris Reporters Say Bush Threatened War Last Summer: The French Connection" by James Ridgeway, Paris interviews and translation by Sandra Bisin. Week of January 2-8, 2002. The Village Voice,ridgeway,31200,6.html (012302b4)

(9) "U.S. Policy Towards Taliban Influenced by Oil - Say Authors" by Julio Godoy, Inter Press Service. November 15, 2001. http// (012302b5)

(10)'New US envoy to Kabul lobbies for Taliban oil rights" by Kim Sengupta in Kabul and Andrew Gumbel, January 10, 2002 Independent News

(11) "Explosive New Book Published in France Alleges that U.S. was in Negotiations to Do a Deal with Taliban" CNN's American Morning With Paula Zahn, January 8, 2002. (012302b6)

(12) "U.S. Policy Towards Taliban Influenced by Oil - Say Authors" by Julio Godoy, Inter Press Service. November 15, 2001. http//

(13) "Carlyle's Way: Making a mint inside "the iron triangle" of defense, government and industry" by Dan Briody January 8, 2002, Red Herring, (012302b7)


Halliburton rating downgraded

Moody's deals company a blow By Lisa Sanders, CBS.MarketWatch.comLast Update: 5:55 PM ET Jan. 23, 2002

DALLAS (CBS.MW) - Shares of Halliburton fell in late trading Wednesday after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the oil service firm's credit rating and said its outlook remains negative.


Eric Alterman is a columnist for The Nation and a regular contributor to (012402b)

Analysis of the Source of the Anthrax Attacks 17 JANUARY 2002, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, Federation of American Scientists

The Present Situation

* The FBI has surely known for several months that the anthrax attack was an inside job. A government estimate for the number of scientists involved in the US anthrax program over the last five years is 200 people. According to a former defense scientist the number of defense scientists with hands-on anthrax experience and the necessary access is smaller, under 50.

01/25/2002a (012502a)

FEATURE STORY | Special Report Enron's Washington by MATT BIVENS

Editor's Note: This article was corrected on January 24.

Washington, D.C.

When George W. Bush was running for President, he made use of the Enron corporate jet fourteen times. His campaign reimbursed Enron almost $60,000 for those flights. All told, Enron and its employees have contributed at least$736,800 to our President's political career--more than any other corporation. That includes the $10,000 that Enron chairman Kenneth Lay and his wife Linda donated to the Bush-Cheney 2000 Recount Fund, as well as the $300,000 that Enron leaders spent on the Bush-Cheney post-recount-crushing inaugural party.

01/28/2002a (012802a)

The man who knew too much, By David Wastell in Washington, Philip Delves-Broughton in Houston and Olga

Craig in London (Filed: 27/01/2002)

CLIFFORD BAXTER, the former vice-chairman of Enron, knew the secrets of the firm's bankruptcy. But he took them with him to the grave last week in a death that has unleashed scores of conspiracy theories on Capitol Hill. As he lay dying in the front seat of his Mercedes Benz, a revolver and suicide note by his side, across town in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land his lawyer wason the telephone driving a hard bargain.

Though Baxter, 43, the wealthy former vice-chairman of Enron, the bankrupt energy company, had not yet been summoned to give evidence at the long-awaited Congress hearing into what has become one of America's worst financial scandals.

01/28/2002b (012802b)

Draping History Halls of Justice: A Weekly Look Inside the Justice Department By Beverley Lumpkin

W A S H I N G T O N, Jan. 25

About three weeks ago, I received a tip. The attorney general was fed up with having his picture taken during events in the Great Hall in front of seminude statues. He had ordered massive draperies to conceal the offending figures. But initially not only could the story not be confirmed ? it was strongly denied.

1/29/2002a (012902a)

Which Boot Will Drop Next?

From the stimulus fine print to Enron input on top Bush jobs, the story's only getting hotter By Jonathan Alter NEWSWEEK

Feb. 4 issue ? All of the trappings are there?the fall guy takes the Fifth; the tortured insider commits suicide (it took less than an hour for the Vince Foster-style conspiracy theories to circulate on the Internet); the committee members, on break from fund-raising, posture for the cameras; the president plays the family-values victim, sharing his mother-in-law's Enron portfolio embarrassment in the name of damage control.

1/29/2002b html (012902b)

THE ROVING EYE Pipelineistan, Part 1: The rules of the game By Pepe Escobar

War against terrorism? Not really. Reminder: it's all about oil. A quick look at the map is all it takes. It's no coincidence that the map of terror in the Middle East and Central Asia is practically interchangeable with the map of oil.

1/29/2002c (012902c)

Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes

January 29, 2002 Posted: 9:26 PM EST (0226 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of September 11, congressional and White House sources told CNN.



"Found under the rubble of the Enron scandal was Ralph Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition, protégé of Karl Rove and Republican party choirboy. As The New York Times reported last week, Enron had hired Reed as a consultant in 1997 for fees ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 (U.S.) a month and kept him on the payroll until the corporation filed for bankruptcy

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02/01/2002a (020102a)

COMMENTARY Bush Opened Door to Enron, but Not to a State in Crisis By DIANNE FEINSTEIN

Dianne Feinstein, a U.S. senator from California, is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. January 30 2002

Although prices for energy in California and the West have mostly returned to normal, the Enron bankruptcy continues to raise questions about the level of influence that energy companies had over the Bush administration during the California energy crisis and the formulation of President Bush's energy policy.

02/04/2002a (020402a)

Make Them Accountable Podvin on the Media THE PAYOFF By David Podvin

In 2000, when Karl Rove called General Electric Chairman Jack Welch to guarantee that a Bush Administration would be extremely generous to media conglomerates that were sympathetic to the Texas governor's presidential campaign, it was a notable moment in history. If only this once, Rove wasn't lying.

Since taking office, George W. Bush has lavished spectacular taxpayer funded largesse on the corporate media that made excuses for his inadequacies, overlooked his corruption, shielded him from scandal, and escorted him into the White House.


The Motive

For years, US oil interests have been trying to build a pipeline across Afghanistan to access the oil and gas around the Caspian Sea; efforts that have continued past the 9-11 attacks. Source: (020402b1)

Enron was a key player in this game. Way back in 1996, Enron had cut a deal with the president of Uzbekistan for joint development of the nation's natural gas fields. Enron had also done the feasibility study for the pipeline. Source (020402b2) For a time, the Taliban appeared to be a potential partner. They had even visited Sugarland, Texas to talk things over. Source (020402b3)

Unfortunately, the talks broke down, and by late last summer, the US Government was threatening to commence war against Afghanistan (an attack which would have violated every precept of international law). Sources (020402b4)

At least twice, Bush conveyed the message to the Taliban that the United States would hold the regime responsible for an al Qaeda attack. But after concluding that bin Laden's group had carried out the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, a conclusion stated without hedge in a Feb. 9 briefing for Vice President Cheney, the new administration did not choose to order armed forces into action.

Source (020402b5)

Simultaneous with making, but not following through on these threats, Bush took a number of actions to make the US decidedly more vulnerable to a terrorist attack. He ordered the Naval strike force, which Clinton placed in the Indian Ocean on 24 hour alert so he could hit Osama as soon as he had solid intelligence, to stand down. Bush threatened to veto the Defense Appropriations Bill after Democrats tried to move $600 million out of Star Wars and into anti-terror defense. Bush opposed Clinton's anti-money-laundering efforts, which were designed to stop al Qaeda's money. Bush abandoned Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, or as the two star general Donald Kerrick told the Washington Post, reflecting on his service to both President Clinton and President Bush: Clinton's advisors met nearly weekly on how to stop bin Laden and al Qaeda. "I didn't detect that kind of focus" from the Bush Administration.

Dick Cheney is openly breaking the law by defying GAO requests to turn over his records of meetings with Enron. Source (020402b6)

The Bush's themselves may have destroyed evidence. When the Justice Department instructed the Bush administration to preserve any documents related to EnronCorporation, a senior administration official said that until now, "the White House had not been making any formal effort to preserve or catalogue information about Enron contacts."

Source (020402b7)

While all of this law breaking, stalling, and destruction of evidence has gone on, Bush has asked Daschle to limit Congressional probes into Sept. 11.

Source (020402b8)


02/06/2002a Why Peres Would Prefer Gore In The White House

Does columnist Mona Charen really want to compare how different the world would be if Al Gore was in his rightful and legal place as our President? I know the conservatives are in 'faith-based' mode these days, nevertheless I'll introduce Ms. Charen to some inconvenient and independently verifiable facts:

When sharing a stage with Bill Clinton in New York a couple of evenings ago, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said, "If only you had been president a few more months, we would have peace now."

02/06/2002b (020602b)

Delmart Edward "Mike" Vreeland, an American citizen whose claims to being a US Naval Lieutenant assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are being increasingly corroborated in open court, has been in a Canadian jail since December 6, 2000. On August 11 or 12 of 2001, the date is uncertain, after trying to verbally alert his Canadian jailers to the coming World Trade Center attacks, he wrote down key information and sealed it in an envelope which he then had placed in jailers' custody.

02/06/2002c (020602c)

Did this man predict Sept. 11? Strange story of a jailed spy unfolds in Toronto court, By Nick Pron

Staff Reporter While jet fighters drop bombs on Afghanistan in the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy and FBI agents search for the source of anthrax letters, an incredible tale has been unfolding in a Toronto courtroom.


from this web page's author, note:

I have heard that there is evidence for a good deal of prior knowledge on the part of the US government regarding the evens of 9/11/01. I have some proof of that, a witness, if you will, who would be willing to testify to that effect, however he is in fear of his life for what he knows. He is in Canada now, in protective custody, fighting extradition to the United States. His name is Delmart Vreeland. If you want to hear a recorded interview with him you can follow these instructions:

1) Go to this URL:

2) Find the link to the following item:

Archived Radio Shows 04/17/02 - Michael Ruppert & Delmart 'Mike' Vreeland: Russian Documents and 9/11 Controversy JEFF RENSE SHOW

3) Click on the link and if you have RealPlayer you can hear the interview. It takes more than an hour to hear but it is chilling. He has documents and has only opened some of them, as of the April date anyway.


From Robert Parry: the ultimate Enron/Bush piece: (020702a )

02/07/2002b (020702b) Bush counts on the war without end, By Thomas Walko

THE WAR against terrorism is a brilliant construct. It may not have been started by George W. Bush, but it certainly works to his advantage.

02/07/2002c Bush and Ken Lay: Slip Slidin' Away By Sam Parry February 6, 2002

George W. Bush is trying to rewrite the history of his and his family's relationship with Enron Corp.'s disgraced former Chairman Kenneth Lay. (020702c)

In late September and early October of 1999, the Enron plant was partly responsible for air pollution that reached 251 parts of ozone (smog) per billion, twice the national standard. In 1999, the five highest recorded levels of smog in the U.S. were all measured in and around Houston. Residents, including school children, have reported severe breathing problems.


The Bush plan to close the grandfather loophole became nationally recognized for its shortcomings. "Only one permit has been issued resulting in 74 tons of pollution reduction," according to the Texas Campaign for the Environment. "This constitutes less than .01% of the 597,749 tons of grandfathered emissions."(Texas Campaign for Environment) (020702d)

Partly because of the plan's futility, Texas became the nation's most polluted state as measured by data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Besides listening to Lay's advice, Bush put the corporation's allies inside the federal government. Two top administration officials, Lawrence Lindsey, the White House's chief economic adviser, and Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, both worked for Enron, Lindsey as a consultant and Zoellick as paid member of Enron's advisory board. (020702e)

02/08/2002a (020802a)

Ashcroft role in Microsoft case raises ethics issue Donations: He withdrew from Enron probe, but not antitrust suit

Greg Gordon and Les Blumenthal; News Tribune Washington, D.C. bureau

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft withdrew from criminal investigations into the collapse of Enron Corp., which gave more than $60,000 to his political committees during a failed 2000 Senate campaign.

But Ashcroft has stayed involved in a bigger case - the government's antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp. - even though the computer software giant, its officers and lobbyists also were substantial donors. Microsoft, its political action committee, founder Bill Gates and other top corporate officers donated $22,750 to Ashcroft's political committees from 1997-2000.

02/08/2002b (020702b)Writings of Mark Zepezauer Enron Body Count

As amusing as it is to watch the Usurper from Texas squirm and lie as Buick-sized chunks from the Enron eruption hurtle towards the White House, we must not lose sight of the fact that many of the company's employees and investors have been financially devastated. Plus at least one of them is quite dead. A popular right-wing bumper sticker used to morbidly note that more people have died in Ted Kennedy's car than at Three Mile Island. They had to leave it at that since there's no room on a bumper sticker to discuss increased childhood leukemia rates. But the Enron scandal has already racked up a higher body count than Chappaquiddick.

Besides the late Cliff Baxter, to whom we shall return, there is also the December 1st suicide of James Watkins, who worked for Arthur Anderson. We should also keep an eye on the kidnapping of the Wall Street Journal's reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl had been poking into Enron's dubious dealings in India (Asian WSJ, 03/19/01) as well as the politics of Pakistani pipeline deals (WSJ, 06/27/01). Sure, sometimes folks just up and die, but when powerful people die in a way that benefits other powerful people, it's worth asking a few questions.

Apparently the police in Sugar Land, Texas (in the district of Enron bed mate Tom deLay) didn't see it that way at first. They were happy to send dead whistle blower Cliff right over to the funeral home as soon as possible, until somebody pointed out that he was about to testify before Congress about Enron and that he had spoken of the need to hire a bodyguard.

According to Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-PA), his committee saw Baxter as "a good guy in the company... There is nothing in the documents we've seen, nothing in the interviews we've conducted, that would lead us to believe that he had anything he needed to be ashamed of. So it's perplexing for us that, of all the players, he would be the one to take his life." Indeed, even as police discovered Baxter's body, his lawyer was working out a deal for him to testify. So it might be important to find out if turning up dead was Cliff's idea or not.

Well, according to Joye Carter, Chief Medical Examiner for Harris County, Texas, the cause of death was suicide. End of story. Or is it? According to stories in the Houston Press and the AP, it turns out Dr. Carter is not the sort of pathologist you'd like to have examining your own dead relatives. Harris County has twice been sued successfully by whistle blowers in her own department. The first suit involved a doctor who was fired for reporting illegal cover-ups and sabotage at the Medical Examiner's Office; a jury award totaled nearly a half million, and the county declined to appeal. A second suit also involved an employee fired for reporting illegal practices at the office. More action came from the State Board of Medical Examiners, who fined Dr. Carter for allowing an unlicensed examiner to conduct over 200 autopsies. Other controversies have dogged Carter's office, involving possibly murdered persons got no autopsies or were said to have died of "Gulf War Syndrome." So perhaps the Harris County coroner shouldn't be the last word on how Cliff Baxter happened to leave this world. Nor is this the first suspicious death of someone whose brains contained information damaging to the Bush Crime Family

(run down the list at (020702b1)

Recall, for starters, the cases of Iran-contra conspirators Cyrus Hashemi and Amiram Nir or journalists Danny Casolaro, James Hatfield and Paul Wilcher. In the latter case, we find yet another dubious autopsy, also conducted under the auspices of Dr. Joye Carter, back when she was Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, DC. No wonder Governor Bush was so friendly with SCI, the world's largest funeral home company (which, in case you're keeping track, also involves a big scandal with a central witness who turned up as an "apparent suicide").


NEW CHENEY CHICANERY Bush Administration Lets Halliburton, Veep Off Hook A Fine? No, A Profit Cheney Goes Scot Free

The stench around the White House grew just a little riper today following the announcement of the latest miscarriage of justice concerning Dick Cheney's firm, Halliburton.

The company had announced that it has agreed to pay a $2 million fine in exchange for the dropping of all charges concerning its fraudulent over billing of the nation's taxpayers from 1995 to 1997 in the decommissioning of Fort Ord in California.

The trouble? According to court records, Halliburton's subsidiary, Brown & Root Services, was charged with having over billed the government as much as $6 million in connection with Fort Ord, substituting inferior goods for the high-quality goods listed in its billing forms "Company News; Halliburton Shares Fall 12% On Profit Report," New York Times, October 26, 2000.

02/11/2002b (021102b)


Enron Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats By MARK Z. BARABAK TIMES STAFF WRITER

While the Bush administration was drafting its national energy policy, a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly obtained memo. Edward Gillespie, who parlayed his close ties to the Bush White House into a lucrative contract representing the energy giant, warned that the administration faced "a classic liberal-conservative ... dynamic," which cast Republicans as the party of big business and enemies of the environment.

2/11/2002c,7369,647554,00.html,7369,647554,00.html (021101c)

Patten lays into Bush's America Fury at president's 'axis of evil' speech Jonathan Freedland in Brussels Saturday February 9, 2002 The Guardian

Chris Patten, the EU commissioner in charge of Europe's international relations, has launched a scathing attack on American foreign policy - accusing the Bush administration of a dangerously "absolutist and simplistic" stance towards the rest of the world.

02/14/2002a (021402a)

Ashcroft Draws Microsoft Criticism Thu Feb 14,11:38 AM ET By D. IAN HOPPER, AP Technology Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic congressman said Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) should have recused himself from the Microsoft antitrust case (news - web sites) because of the software giant's contributions to Ashcroft's 2000 Senate campaign, according to a letter released Thursday.

Ashcroft has already bowed out of the Enron investigation, citing contribution received from the failed energy giant.

"I am disappointed you have failed to take similar action in the Microsoft case, a matter involving a party from whom you also received sizable contributions, $20,000 in the 2000 election cycle alone," wrote Rep. John Conyers, the lead Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee (news - web sites).

02/14/2002b (021402b)

Did President Bush Pass Up an Attempt to Get Bin Laden Before 9-11? By Thomas Spencer

Mr. Spencer is an assistant professor of history at Northwest Missouri State University. How would Americans have reacted if they had discovered that six months before the outbreak of World War II that Roosevelt's administration was seeking an oil deal with Japan? Or Italy? Or Germany? And what would they think if Roosevelt was threatening war if the deal wasn't consummated?

Americans in the twentieth century have become accustomed to discovering years after the fact that their government was negotiating with or propping up repressive regimes. Many Americans believe that "blowback" is an unavoidable consequence of foreign policy these days. However, what would Americans think about a president that merely a few months before a war on terrorism was negotiating oil deals with the very regime he would later characterize as "evil" because they were harboring terrorists? What if they discovered that Bush's administration for months had been impeding governmental efforts to apprehend one of the leading terrorists whom the administration would later say they wanted "dead or alive?" Wouldn't many Americans express outrage? And justifiably so?

02/15/2002a (021502a)


Republicans, Media Whores, Idiots, and those who listen to them like to say the the Clinton Administration was the most corrupt in American History.

In fact, it was one of the least corrupt ? especially compared to the Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II Administrations. And here is irrefutable evidence.

Be sure to download and print this handy guide, then carry it around with you. Whenever a Republican or anyone else hands you their usual garbage on Clinton, reach for the guide ? and let 'em have it!

When Character Wore Pinstripes: The Reagan and Bush I Administrations

Reagan administration era convictions in the Iran-contra scandal: 14 (two overturned on appeal)* Reagan officials convicted for illegal lobbying:

2 (Lyn Nofziger, White House political director, convicted to 30 days and $30,000 fine, overturned on appeal; Michael Deaver, White House deputy chief of staff, convicted and $100,000, given probation.)

Reagan officials convicted in Housing and Urban Development department scandal: 16*

Total Reagan era convictions: 32*

*NOTE: Does not include non-Administration officials and private citizens indicted and convicted

Bush I pardons of those indicted and/or convicted of Iran-contra crimes: 7 (5 had been convicted, one was about to receive his sentence, and one, Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinberger was about to stand trial)

Number of charges in untried indictment (pardoned) of Weinberger: 5

The Vindication of the Clinton Administration Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with Whitewater: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with Travel Office allegations: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with alleged abuse of FBI files: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/of convicted in connection with Lewinsky matter: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with the Independent Counsel investigation of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with the Independent Counsel investigation of Labor Secretary Alexis Herman: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with the Independent Counsel investigation of Americorps director Eli Siegal: 0

Clinton administration officials indicted and/or convicted in connection with the Independent Counsel investigation of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown: 0

(Investigation abandoned upon Brown's death in nation's service)Clinton Administration officials convicted in connection with the Independent Counsel investigation of Agriculture Secretary Michael Espy: 0

(Espy acquitted of all charges. Judge sharply rebukes Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz for bringing case in the first place.)


HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for misstating to the F.B.I. the amount of money he gave his girlfriend;

Assistant Attorney-General Webster Hubbell convicted of embezzling funds from Rose Law Firm before his federal appointment; that is, stealing from his law partners, including Hillary Rodham Clinton;

Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, a political rival of Bill Clinton's, convicted on charges involving local television licensing, and nothing at all to do with Clinton;

Jim and Susan McDougal, convicted of crimes in Whitewater matter. In summation to the court, Independent Counsel declares that President Clinton is innocent of wrongdoing.

The First Criminal Appointments of Bush II

Bush II officials appointed to National Security Council who were also indicted of Iran-contra crime, who plead guilty, and who were pardoned by Bush I:

1 Elliott Abrams

Bush II officials appointed to Department of Defense who were also indicted and convicted of Iran-contra crime but who had convictions set aside on a technicality: 1 John Poindexter 

02/15/2002b (021502b) Exclusive: To Protect Top Bureaucrats, NY Times SCRUBS Its OWN Osama Bin Laden Warning That It Published on 9-9-01 Bob Fertik

On 9-9-01 - just two days before Osama Bin Laden's attack on the US - the NY Times published a lengthy and chilling article about Osama Bin Laden by reporter John Burns. Some time after 9-11, the Times SCRUBBED this article, replacing it with a completely different article that Burns wrote on 9-12. Both articles discuss a 2-hour videotape by Bin Laden that intelligence agencies first saw in June 2001, but ignored until September. Why was the 9-9 article scrubbed? Read it yourself - we've UNSCRUBBED it. We believe it demonstrates the GROSS NEGLIGENCE of the CIA, NSA, Justice Department, and the White House in the events leading to 9-11.

2/18/02a (021802a)

A great essay on the the truth of news media bias, with many examples, including the following from the 2000 Presidential Campaign: "As the campaign drew to a close, it became even more apparent that the mass media would go to any lengths to discredit Gore while giving Bush a free ride.

2/18/02b (021802b)

Bush 2000 Adviser Offered To Use Clout to Help Enron By Joe Stephens Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, February 17, 2002; Page A01

Just before the last presidential election, Bush campaign adviser Ralph Reed offered to help Enron Corp. deregulate the electricity industry by working his "good friends" in Washington and by mobilizing religious leaders and pro-family groups for the cause.

2/18/02c (021802c)

CORN: Bush's Global-Warming Smog By David Corn, AlterNet February 15, 2002 Viewed on February 17, 2002

Welcome to Political Jeopardy. The category is "How Dumb Do They Think We Are?" The first answer: "The biggest insult to the intelligence of American citizens in recent days." It's only a fifty-dollar question, for the reply is too damn obvious: George W. Bush's new global warming plan. And, no, that shouldn't read "anti"-global warming plan, for his proposal will literally add fuel to the fire.

Before continuing with this rant, some background. During the 2000 campaign, Bush declared that were he to win he would reduce America's emissions of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas. This statement was surprising, given that Bush seemed to be the love-slave of Corporate America, and much of this community has opposed mandatory reductions of global-warming gases, which is the centerpiece of the 1997 Kyoto accord on climate change.

2/18/02d The Myth of The Liberal Media (021802d)

For conservatives of every persuasion, it is a self-evident truth that the mass media are liberally biased. As a proud liberal myself, I wish it was true: where are those liberal TV channels? Could I please sign up for them? All I get on my satellite system are center-right channels such as CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and far-right channels such as the "we distort, you deride", Fox News, owned by equally far-right media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, and assorted Christian nutball channels such as the Trinity Broadcasting Network or Pat Robertson's The 700 Club, carried by Fox Family.

2/20/02a (022992a)

SMOKING GUN: BUSH SQUANDERED SURPLUS ON RICH Even OMB Can't Hide the Truth Where'd All That $$$ Go? To Those Who Need It Least!

The Bush Administration's Office of Management and Budget has inadvertently provided definitive proof that it is the regressive Bush tax cut and other Administration measures, not the recession, that has squandered the record surpluses of the Clinton years.

The following table appears on page 415 of the President's Budget for 2003. Note how in 2002, $104 billion in "enacted policy" ? about 40% of it, $40 billion, in the tax-rate cut for the rich ? sent the government spiraling into deficits, wiping out eight years of progress by the American people and the Clinton Administration. About 40% of that $40 billion went to the richest 1% of American taxpayers.

(Scroll down to Table S-16.)

2/20/02b (022002b)

Making Money, the Bush Way Robert Scheer February 19 2002

You have to hand it to George Bush the senior for hustle. Back in 1998, he took at least $80,000 in stock from Global Crossing in return for speaking for the company in Tokyo. The payment was made as the company was about to go public and the stock's value quickly multiplied 175-fold to $14 million. Maybe some congressional committee will turn up how much of that stock the former president sold before the company went belly up a few weeks ago.

2/20/02c (022002c)

Expert: Anthrax suspect ID'd 02/19/02 By JOSEPH DEE Staff Writer

PRINCETON BOROUGH -- An advocate for the control of biological weapons who has been gathering information about last autumn's anthrax attacks said yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a strong hunch about who mailed the deadly letters.

But the FBI might be "dragging its feet" in pressing charges because the suspect is a former government scientist familiar with "secret activities that the government would not like to see disclosed," said Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Chemical and Biological Weapons Program.

2/20/02d (022002d)

The State of Eisenhower's Union February 14, 2002 A Message for President George W. Bush

What follows are large portions of the text of the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961. When it was delivered there was much head-scratching about exactly what Eisenhower meant. However, when viewed in light of the events of today, many passages are prescient and should resonate with all Americans who truly love their country.

I, for one, would certainly have appreciated this speech rather than the jingoistic, "axis of evil" State of Union address that was recently delivered. The continuing question is America's role in the world. Will we live up to the democratic ideals this country was founded upon, or will we, perhaps like the Roman Empire or even the Soviet Union, simply collapse under our own weight. At the end of the day, the choice will be ours.

"America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive in the world. Understandably proud of this preeminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad. Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology -- global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle -- with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research --these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs -- balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage -- balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we --you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war -- as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years -- I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America's prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love." Amen.

2/20/02e>Feb. 16, 2002, 11:22PM

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News media 'Bias' not as liberal as the book alleges By DAVID KAPLAN

In his book Bias, former CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg rails against liberal bias in the media. It is a runaway best seller. President Bush was photographed holding a copy on his way to Portland, Maine. Bush should thank his lucky stars for the media he has got.

In reality, the media contain all kinds of biases -- liberal included. But one could make a much stronger case that over the past decade the media have been the very opposite of what Goldberg claims. If Goldberg thinks the media were easy on Al Gore and Bill and Hillary Clinton, he needs to see a doctor.

2/25/02a (022502a) Scroll down for the story

February 25, 2002 DeLay Advisers Reaped Enron Windfall By John Bresnahan and Damon Chappie

In early 1998, Enron Corp. secured a $750,000 contract for political operatives tied to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to secretly conduct an aggressive grassroots campaign pushing energy deregulation, according to documents obtained by Roll Call and interviews with individuals involved with the effort.

The contract was awarded after DeLay personally recommended to Enron officials that they hire the team of strategists who make up the inner circle of his political and fundraising machine.

2/25/02b (022502b)

FACING SOUTH EXCLUSIVE - Haliburton: To the Victors Go the Markets

The influence of big energy corporations in the Bush Administration is no secret. But the story of Dick Cheney and his former company, Haliburton Co., has received little attention -- and it may be the most important By Jordan Green Institute for Southern Studies

2/25/02c (022502c)

Carter Rips Bush on 'Axis' Label

The Associated Press Thursday, February 21, 2002; 8:53 PM

ATLANTA ?? Former President Jimmy Carter on Thursday criticized President Bush's labeling three countries an "axis of evil," saying the statement was "overly simplistic and counterproductive."

2/26/02a (022602a)

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 by Common Dreams Recent Media Decision Imperils Democracy by Representative Bernard Sanders, I-VT

It is lamentable that democratic access to the media will be imperiled by a recent Federal Appeals Court decision. Fortunately, if Congress takes action, the court's ruling can be remedied legislatively.

Eight-five percent of Americans get their news from television. For that reason alone, it is totally unacceptable that a few corporations will be able to totally control television production as well as broadcasting and delivery. Yet that is likely to happen as a consequence of the court's decision. That two-part decision for the first time allows cable television companies to own local TV stations, while at the same time it undermines the rule limiting corporate control of television stations.

2/26/02b (022602b)

THE GREAT FLORIDA EX-CON GAME How the "felon" voter-purge was itself felonious Harper's Magazine Friday, March 1, 2002 by Greg Palast

In November the U.S. media, lost in patriotic reverie, dressed up the Florida recount as a victory for President Bush. But however one reads the ballots, Bush's win would certainly have been jeopardized had not some Floridians been barred from casting ballots at all. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state - Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protégées of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 "ex-felons," who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls. (In the thirty-five states where former felons can vote, roughly 90 percent vote Democratic.) A portion of the list, which was compiled for Florida by DBT Online, can be seen for the first time here; DBT, a company now owned by Choice Point of Atlanta, was paid $4.3 million for its work, replacing a firm that charged $5,700 per year for the same service. If the hope was that DBT would enable Florida to exclude more voters, then the state appears to have spent its money wisely.

Two of these "scrub lists," as officials called them, were distributed to counties in the months before the election with orders to remove the voters named. Together the lists comprised nearly 1 percent of Florida's electorate and nearly 3 percent of its African-American voters. Most of the voters (such as "David Butler," (1); a name that appears 77 times in Florida phone books) were selected because their name, gender, birth date and race matched - or nearly matched - one of the tens of millions of ex-felons in the United States. Neither DBT nor the state conducted any further research to verify the matches. DBT, which frequently is hired by the F.B.I. to conduct manhunts, originally proposed using address histories and financial records to confirm the names, but the state declined the cross-checks. In Harris's elections office files, next to DBT's sophisticated verification plan, there is a hand-written note: "DON'T NEED."

Thomas Alvin Cooper (2), twenty-eight, was flagged because of a crime for which he will be convicted in the year 2007. According to Florida's elections division, this intrepid time-traveler will cover his tracks by moving to Ohio, adding a middle name, and changing his race. Harper's found 325 names on the list with conviction dates in the future, a fact that did not escape Department of Elections workers, who, in June 2000 emails headed, "Future Conviction Dates," termed the discovery, "bad news." Rather than release this whacky data to skeptical counties, Janet Mudrow, state liaison to DBT, suggested that "blanks would be preferable in these cases." (Harper's counted 4,917 blank conviction dates.) The one county that checked each of the 694 names on it local list could verify only 34 as actual felony convicts. Some counties defied Harris' directives; Madison County's elections supervisor Linda Howell refused the purge list after she found her own name on it.

2/26/02c (022602c.pdf)

Did illegally counted overseas absentee ballots decide the 2000 U.S. presidential election? Kosuke Imai

Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA Gary King

Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA


Although not widely known until much later, Al Gore received 202 more votes than George W. Bush on election day in Florida. George W. Bush is president because he overcame his election day deficit with overseas absentee ballots that arrived and were counted after election day. In the final official tally, Bush received 537 more votes than Gore. These numbers are taken from the official results released by the Florida Secretary of State's office and so do not reflect overvotes, undervotes, unsuccessful litigation, butterfly ballot problems, recounts that might have been allowed but were not, or any other hypothetical divergence between voter preferences and counted votes. After the election, the New York Times conducted a six month long investigation and found that 680 of the overseas absentee ballots were illegally counted, and no partisan, pundit, or academic has publicly disagreed with their assessment

2/28/02c (022802c)

February 28, 2002 The Costs of Consolidation By ALEX S. JONES

AMBRIDGE, Mass. ? Rules limiting media ownership are rapidly disappearing. If they are allowed to vanish, the nation's news landscape will change dramatically ? and not for the better.

Last week's appeals court decision relaxing the limits on television and cable-system ownership is only the first step. This could well be the beginning of a trend in which local newspapers and radio stations are merged with local television stations, consolidating the gathering and distribution of news in most American cities.



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March 2002


3/1/02a (030102a)

EPA official quits, rips White House In his resignation letter, Eric Schaeffer complained specifically about what he saw as attempts to weaken Clean Air Act regulations on coal-fired power plants.

Eric Schaeffer, the EPA's top regulatory enforcement officer, has quit in protest of the Bush administration's policies on air pollution. NBC's Robert Hager reports.

3/1/02b (030102b)

March 1, 2002 Top G.O.P. Donors in Energy Industry Met Cheney Panel By DON VAN NATTA Jr. and NEELA BANERJEE

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 ? Eighteen of the energy industry's top 25 financial contributors to the Republican Party advised Vice President Dick Cheney's national energy task force last year, according to interviews and election records.




Ari Fleischer's retraction of his "blame Bill Clinton" statement on the Middle East is an admission of a blunder of a kind unprecedented in the history of the modern American presidency.


A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary (030102d) Clinton Was A Peacemaker - Ignore The Pathetic Lies By Ari March 1, 2002

"King Hussein, in turn, reserved his highest praise for Clinton, Underlining his ties to the United States since the 1950's, King Hussein stressed to Clinton that "on the subject of peace, the peace we are seeking, I have never-- with all due respect and all the affection that I have for your predecessors-- have known someone with your dedication, clear-headedness, focus and determination."

"King Hussein said Clinton had the "patience of Job" and expressed his wish that the president would "be with us as we see greater successes."

Arafat promised that the president would "stay in the heart of every Palestinian person" and Netanyahu called Clinton a "warrior of peace." (030102d1)

"His Majesty King Hussein received on Wednesday a U.S. parliamentary delegation, headed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, paid tribute to the U.S. role in providing military and economic assistance to Jordan, and hailed the Clinton administration's relentless effort to push the peace process forward." (030102d2)

"The Washington Institute has since held a seminar to evaluate the deal and America's future involvement. Robert Satloff, the executive director, said: "The fact that we have a president who can sit down with [Palestinian negotiators] Amin Al-Hendi and Dakhlan and have a detailed, intensive conversation, says something about his knowledge of the issues and his intensity. The nine days will be dissected over time for their remarkable expansion and deepening of the American role." (030102d3)

"When the President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, sits down to talk with President Bill Clinton tomorrow, it will be as a friend and an ally. Warm relations have been reflected in glowing praise from Washington for Egypt's key regional role and its economic achievements. The words have been backed up by deeds, such as a series of deals, worth more than $3 billion this year alone, to re-equip Egypt's defense forces. The talks, which aim to promote bilateral links and deal with regional concerns including the Middle East peace process, will be nothing if not cordial. Long an ally in the Middle East, Egypt under Mubarak is seen by the U.S. as an island of stability in a volatile area.

3/04/02a (030402a)

Kerry, in N.H., touts his war service Responds to GOP in flap over views of antiterror effort By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff, 3/3/2002

CONCORD, N.H. - Waving his Vietnam War credentials like a flag, Senator John F. Kerry last night chastised two top Republicans who had not served in the military for their criticism of Democratic leaders.

3/04/02b,2763,342857,00.html (030402b)

Anger at peace talks 'meddling'

Political scandal in US as Bush advisers tell Israelis to be ready to walk out of Camp David negotiations Israel and the Middle East: special report

Julian Borger in Washington Thursday July 13, 2000 The Guardian

The Middle East peace talks at Camp David became the subject of a political scandal in the US last night when reports emerged that one of George W Bush's foreign policy advisers had warned the Israeli delegation to be prepared to walk out of negotiations.

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Europe, U.S. Diverging on Key Policy Approaches

By Keith B. Richburg Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, March 4, 2002; Page A13

PARIS -- The Sept. 11 attacks initially brought Europe and the United States closer together, with spontaneous outpourings of sympathy on the streets of Europe and pledges of solidarity from the corridors of power. But nearly six months on, the transatlantic allies are at odds over how to deal with key international issues highlighted by the attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

While Americans are still coming to grips with their newfound vulnerability, many Europeans -- long accustomed to terrorism at home -- believe it is time to move on. While the Bush administration has made the war on terrorism the central focus of its foreign policy, Europeans are pursuing a more broadly focused policy that looks at what they see as the root causes of terrorism, such as poverty, disease and environmental degradation.

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Who Knows? © March 3, 2002 The Daily Brew

First, his brother rigged the election by illegally purging voters from the roles, but he still didn't get enough to win. So his political party paid a mob of their employees to start a riot and stop the votes from getting counted. A few days later, a couple of judges with family members on his payroll provided the decisive votes to declare him the winner.

Within a year, he was repeatedly bragging that he had hit the "trifecta", by which he meant a war, a recession, and a national emergency. It was a strange thing to brag about, but it was true, all three had come to pass since his coup de tat.

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Who served in the military?

Prominent Democrats

* House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt - Served his country in uniform,1965-71

* House Minority Whip David Bonior - Served his country in uniform, 1968-72

* Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle - Served his country in uniform, 1969-72

* Former Vice President Al Gore - Served his country in uniform, 1969-71; recipient of Vietnam Service Medal

* Bob Kerrey... Democrat... Congressional Medal of Honor, Vietnam

* Daniel Inouye... Democrat... Congressional Medal of Honor, World War Two

* John Kerry... Democrat...Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam

* Charles Rangel...Democrat... Bronze Star, Korea

* Max Cleland... Democrat... Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam

* Howell Heflin... Democrat... Silver Star

* Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) - two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal.

* Ambassador "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Democratic congressman, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit

* Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

Prominent Republicans

* Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.

* Majority Leader Dick Armey- avoided the draft, did not serve.

* Majority Whip Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve.

* Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott - avoided the draft, did not serve.

* GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really means four years

* VP Cheney - several deferments, the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service")

* Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - sought deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State And They Call Him General

* Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve, too much of a republican.

* Former Speaker Newt Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve

* Former President Ronald Reagan - served in a noncombat role. He later seems to have confused his role as an actor playing a tail gunner with the real thing.

* "B-1" Bob Dornan - avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting classes (Orange County Register article)

* Senator John McCain - McCain's naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. Why did the Bush campaign smear him so?

* Former Senator Bob Dole - an honorable man.

* Chuck Hagel - two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.

* Duke Cunningham - nominated for the Medal of Honor, received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, fifteen Air Medals, the Purple Heart, and several other decorations

3/05/02c (030502c)

Global Warming EU Votes for Kyoto and Increases Pressure on Bush by Ian Black in Brussels

Hailing a step forward in attempts to save the planet, the EU yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the Kyoto treaty on global warming - and told the US that it should make the same commitment.

3/06/02a (030602a)

Judge Sets Timetable for Cheney WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge Tuesday rebuffed the Bush

administration on a lawsuit concerning Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force and ordered half a dozen federal agencies to release records within the next two months.

Ruling in a case filed nearly a year ago, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said the Bush administration has had sufficient time to collect thousands of pages of material from its files. Also covered by Friedman's order is the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The agencies must release the material promptly or itemize the documents they want to keep confidential so that the lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch can proceed, the judge said.

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'We will ask questions, and we will defend our democracy.'? Senator John Kerry Kerry Fires Back At G.O.P. Snipers by Joe Conason

We are living in a time when scoundrels seek to bully the loyal opposition and demonize all dissent for their own advancement. That's why certain Republican politicians and pundits have assaulted Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and other Democrats in terms usually reserved for foreign and domestic enemies.

What has been even more troubling than this ugly campaign, however, is the passivity of those who are its targets.

Mr. Daschle and his colleagues have remained inert during recent weeks and months, while their adversaries compared him with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and accused him of giving "aid and comfort" to the nation's enemies. They have stood by in silence while authoritarian propaganda emanated from Republican fax machines and spread across the country. They've allowed the South Dakota Democrat, an Air Force veteran and bioterror target, to be taunted like a traitor by Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and other tough-talkers who avoided military service as if it were anthrax.

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Published on Friday, March 1, 2002 in the Guardian of London

Goodbye Cruel World A Report by Top US Scientists on Climate Change Suggests That Catastrophe Could Be Imminent by Jeremy Rifkin

We live in a world that has become so desensitized by watching calamities unfold on global television - both natural and human-induced - that it takes something really spectacular even to get our attention. And it usually has to be visually dramatic to register, much less elicit a deep emotional response - such as the tragic events of September 11.



We are honored to post our second interview with Greg Palast, an investigative reporter for the BBC and the Observer (sister paper of the Guardian).

You can purchase Greg's new book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" on

BUZZFLASH: Is there any doubt in your mind that Gov. Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, removed 57,000 African-American voters from the registries because they knew that George W. Bush needed to carry Florida to "win" the presidency?

GREG PALAST: Well, golly gee, are you telling me a politician doesn't know what happens in a state where every vote is fought over, and they were wondering what would happen when they could just erase 57,708 votes with the flick of a computer button. Did that happen by accident? My God, politicians look at every single vote. 57,000 votes is not just something that they lost track of. It's not like a laundry list that they put at the bottom of a file cabinet and forgot about it. The Republicans spent almost their entire budget in the Department of Elections on conducting this computer hunt for black voters. And that was almost the entire budget for that office. They knew what they were doing and they knew why they were doing it. We have plenty of evidence of the intent.

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Published on Monday, March 11, 2002 in the Daily Mirror (UK) Bush's Nuclear Madness Horror at Dubya's Secret Attack Plan on 7 Countries by Alexandra Williams and Bob Roberts

PRESIDENT Bush faced world anger last night over America's seven-nation nuclear hit list. British MPs joined the outcry after a leaked Pentagon report revealed contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya. The secret policy was denounced as warmongering "lunacy".

3/11/02c (031102c)

Ashcroft Sings, Nation Cringes More proof positive that the United States Attorney General is quite possibly insane

Like it's not creepy enough that everyone's favorite terminally bitter ultraconservative Christian US attorney general actually has himself anointed with cooking oil upon the assumption of every public office he has every held.

Like it's not disturbing enough that when John Ashcroft was forcibly installed as AG as a token bone to the conservative right, and well before anyone realized he would swallow 9/11 whole and suddenly become one of the strangest and most dangerous law enforcers in history, none other than Scalia sycophant and noted Coke aficionado Clarence Thomas performed the oleaginous honors.

Like it's not sad enough that the most ferociously religious antigay anti choice attorney general of this or possibly any other century, the one designated to enforce unbiased laws such as those separating church and state as well as those separating the mildly psychotic from public office, gives speeches at Bob Jones University and holds rigid Pentecostal prayer meetings in his office every day.

3/13/02a (031302a)

White Must Go by Robert L. Borosage The Nation - 3/11/02

Thomas White, the former Enron vice chairman appointed by George W. Bush to be Secretary of the Army, should resign immediately. The case against White is self-evident. Touted as "one of the most outstanding managers in corporate America" by Enron's favorite senator, Phil Gramm, he was named Army Secretary, promising to bring "sound business practices" to the Pentagon. But White's entire business experience was at Enron, where he participated directly in the lies and mismanagement that resulted in its bankruptcy and the betrayal of investors and employees. Enron's business practices generally, and White's in particular, are the last thing that should be inflicted upon the Department of the Army.

3/13/02b (031302b) scroll down for story #4

Bush Does Not Measure Up to Own Standards

As part of its ongoing strategy to paint Enron as simply a business scandal, the White House leaked news yesterday of President Bush's plans to release a new set of standards for executives and accountants. It's a move not without risk for Bush since it invites journalists to compare Bush's own actions as a Texas oil company executive against his freshly minted standards.

3/13/02c (031302c)

CARLYLE GROUP The Big Guys Work For the Carlyle Group What exactly does it do? To find out, we peeked down the rabbit hole. FORTUNE Monday, March 18, 2002 By Melanie Warner

Are you the sort of person who believes in conspiracies--the Trilateral Commission secretly runs the world, that sort of thing? Well, then, here's a company for you. The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C., buyout firm, is one of the nation's largest defense contractors.

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WHODUNIT DEPT. THE ANTHRAX CULPRIT by Nicholas Lemann Issue of 2002-03-18 Posted 2002-03-11

Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, a slight woman with short graying hair and deeply concerned hazel eyes, who works out of a small office at the State University of New York at Purchase, thinks she knows who was responsible for the anthrax attacks last October. Rosenberg is, to use the technical term, not chopped liver: she is a veteran molecular biologist and one of the world's leading experts on biological weapons. In 1998, she was one of a group of seven scientists who were invited to the White House to brief President Clinton on the subject. Yet her theory sounds like the plot of a conspiracy thriller, which is not usually true of experts' theories, especially on matters this grave.

3/13/02e (031302e) Marching Into Georgia By Nat Parry March 13, 2002

George W. Bush's decision to dispatch about 150 U.S. troops to the former Soviet republic of Georgia highlights the complexities and dangers that his global war on terrorism will confront -- and possibly cause.

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Itchy fingers on the trigger The weekend's leaked Pentagon report has underlined the growing number of US advisers who now advocate the use of nuclear weapons Richard Norton-Taylor Tuesday March 12, 2002 The Guardian

No doubt Dick Cheney will have told Tony Blair yesterday not to worry about the Pentagon's contingency plans, leaked to American newspapers, for the possible use of nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. A string of senior US officials toured television stations on Sunday, trying to play down the implications of the 56-page "nuclear posture review".

3/14/02a BUSH LIES!! (031402a) scroll down to "task force" for a similar story

Most Blatant Since "No Political Relations With That Man, Mr. Lay" Press Conference Falsehood to Protect Enron and Energy Task Force Will Media Whores Call Bush on His Lie? Will the Washington Post, Smearer of Clinton, Editorialize About Bush Stonewall?

The General Accounting Office, an arm of the US Congress, has sued President Bush and Vice President Cheney to release the hidden names of the members of the energy task force that met with Cheney. Reports have already revealed that the Bush administration energy policy has been dictated by those special interests, including Enron, all of them big givers to the Bush-Cheney campaign.

3/14/02b (031402b)

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 in the Boston Globe, America as Sparta by James Carroll WHEN DID ATHENS become Sparta? When did America redefine itself so profoundly around war?

Events of this winter had already prompted the question, but then over the weekend The Los Angeles Times published the stunning news of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review. Reversing a longtime trend away from nuclear dependence, our government is projecting a US military strategy based on usable nukes, with unprecedented potential for first use against non nuclear states, for development of new nuclear weapons, and even for a resumption of nuclear testing.

3/14/02c (031402c) Anthrax Investigation Provokes Charges of Cover-Up By H.P. Albarelli Jr.

News reports that the FBI is not close to making an arrest in its investigation of last year's deadly anthrax mailings and may be "dragging its feet," have provoked charges of a possible cover-up and secret domestic experiments conducted during the 1950s by Fort Detrick researchers.

Beginning one week after the September 11 terrorists attacks, anonymous and threatening letters, some containing anthrax, were mailed from Trenton, New Jersey and St. Petersburg, Florida to a number of media outlets and Congressional offices. Eventually, as a result of these mailings, five people died and twenty-three other people fell seriously ill.

The new charges concerning domestic experiments center primarily on a 1957 anthrax outbreak in Manchester, New Hampshire. In August and September of that year, three employees at the Arms Textile Mill contracted anthrax inhalation and died. A fourth employee died in October and a few weeks earlier five other employees came down with cutaneous anthrax, a less dangerous form of the disease. A fifth employee came down with inhalation anthrax on September 5, but remarkably recovered from the disease.

3/15/02a (031502a) for the oldest Bush scandal

Scandals haunt Jeb Bush March 10, 2002?Florida Governor Jeb Bush must be getting a little punch drunk by now.

Last year, rumors swept through Tallahassee that Vanity Fair and the tabloid, "The Globe," were on the cusp of breaking a story alleging an affair between Bush and controversial Florida Department of Management Services head Cynthia Henderson.

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THE CONTRADICTIONS OF CONSERVATIVE MEDIA CRITICISM. Victim Politics by Jonathan Chait Post date: 03.07.02 Issue date: 03.18.02

Every political movement benefits from nurturing in its adherents the sense that powerful interests are arrayed against them. For American liberals, this is relatively straightforward. As they traditionally represent the economically weak, they regularly find themselves opposed by the economically powerful. American conservatives come to their persecution complex less naturally, particularly given their political ascendance over the past 20 years. And yet, even with lavish industry bankrolling of their ideas and control of the White House, Supreme Court, and half of Congress, conservatives still generally see themselves as underdogs. The bugaboo that most enables this belief is the notion that the media systematically slants news coverage to the left.

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Published on Friday, March 15, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times Going Backwards Senate Rejects Plan to Require More Use of Renewable Energy by Richard Simon

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday rejected a measure to require that 20% of the nation's electricity be produced from renewable sources such as solar and wind power by 2020, dealing environmentalists their latest defeat on energy policy.



In typical "liberal press" style, publications like "Salon" and the "Washington Post" have taken potshots at David Brock's new book, "Blinded by the Right," and questioned the motives of the author. It's all too typical of the flaccid, overwrought efforts of the allegedly "liberal media" to bend over backwards to eat their own.

The right-wing Republican media pundits march in lock step behind books that bolster their political goals. The average so-called "liberal press" book reviewers usually run around trying to eat their own tails in a misguided attempt to prove that they are being "fair."

What results, of course, is just the opposite. In the case of David Brock's new book, the criticisms from the so-called "liberal media" (with the exception of a few publications, such as the "New Yorker") are a grave injustice to the book and to Brock.

BuzzFlash believes Brock deserves our gratitude, not our scorn. recently interviewed Brock, beginning with the subject of Ted Olson. The Democrats allowed the confirmation of Ted Olson as Solicitor General, despite Brock's detailed account of Olson's role in the infamous "Arkansas Project." is offering "Blinded By The Right" as a BuzzFlash Premium:


Anthrax attacks 14/3/02 (031802a)

A Newsnight investigation raised the possibility that there was a secret CIA project to investigate methods of sending anthrax through the mail which went madly out of control.


Andersen Indicted: Justice or Fall Guys?

For the normally plodding federal bureaucracy yesterday's Department of Justice indictment of Enron's former accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, was like a bolt out of the sky. Was this blistering fast action justice on the rush or a rush to judgment?

The reason many question the motives (rather than the merits) of the DOJ's quick action against Andersen is that the only deadline looming was one of perception and image. By taking such quick and firm action against Andersen, the Bush Administration hopes to deflect growing public concern over its own Enron entanglements.

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Carlyle's tentacles embrace Asia By Tim Shorrock * Part 1: US-Taiwan: The guiding hand of Frank Carlucci

WASHINGTON - When Thailand, South Korea and other Asian countries stood on the brink of bankruptcy in 1999, one of the first United States banks on the scene was the Carlyle Group, the Washington private equity fund known primarily for its US investments in defense and real estate. That year, George Bush Sr, the former US president and Carlyle's senior adviser for Asia, convened the first meetings of Carlyle's Asia Advisory Board in Bangkok to discuss the region's potential for foreign investment

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Antarctica sends 500 million billion tonne warning of the effects of global warming. Scientists stunned as ice shelf the size of Wales falls apart in a month John Vidal Wednesday March 20, 2002 The Guardian

3/21/02c (032102c)

Kenneth Starr to lead legal team challenging campaign finance legislation (03-21) 14:26 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --

Kenneth Starr, the former Whitewater independent counsel, will lead the court challenge seeking to overturn large parts of the campaign finance bill passed by Congress.


3/22/02a (032202a)

March 21, 2002 "The Liberal Media" -- A Poltergeist That Will Not Die By Norman Solomon

You've probably heard a lot of spooky tales about "the liberal media." Ever since Vice President Spiro Agnew denounced news outlets that were offending the Nixon administration in the autumn of 1969, the specter has been much more often cited than sighted. "The liberal media" is largely an apparition -- but the epithet serves as an effective weapon, brandished against journalists who might confront social inequities and imbalances of power.

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The most expensive exoneration in history (cost $73m) clears Bill and Hillary Clinton By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 22 March 2002

Who remembers it now? A densely worded front page piece in The New York Times on 8 March 1992, about a small and ill-fated land development scheme along the White River in northern Arkansas.

3/25/02a (032502a) See #21

White Made More Calls Before Selling Enron Stock As Company's Troubles Worsened in October, Army Secretary Talked to Several Former Colleagues By Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, March 25, 2002; Page A02

Last October, Army Secretary Thomas E. White, a former Enron Corp. executive, met or phoned former colleagues at the energy company as many as 13 times prior to his decision to sell more than 200,000 Enron shares at the end of that month, according to information he has provided a House committee.

A letter hand-delivered Friday to the office of Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Government Reform Committee, lists 44 calls White made from his home to former Enron colleagues since taking office last May. They do not include calls he may have received on that phone. These calls are in addition to 29 calls to and meetings with Enron colleagues that White disclosed in January.

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A nice page of articles, one should read the ones about Bin Ladens phone calls. These support the notion that President Clinton was trying to use "technologicial" clues to hunt down and kill Bin Laden during his presidency.

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FBI raids pro-Republicans Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles Monday March 25, 2002 The Guardian

The target of an anti-terrorist raid in the United States last week provided funds for an Islamic group with close ties to the Republican party and the White House.

3/27/02a (032702a) The first entry is a similar story.

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in the Chicago Tribune Heavy Editing of Energy Papers Criticized by Naftali Bendavid

WASHINGTON -- A day after the Bush administration reluctantly released thousands of documents relating to the formulation of its energy policy, two groups that sued for the paperwork criticized the large number of deletions and the manner of the release, promising to return to court as early as Wednesday to seek penalties against the government.

3/27/02b (032702b)

'Chicken Hawks' defend the roost Bill Berkowitz - WorkingForChange

I'm talking about America's home grown, draft dodging, non-military, super-patriotic cheerleaders for the president's "war on terrorism." These are your major league Chicken Hawks! The folks who stand on the sidelines waving flags and cheering the troops on as they traipse off to war but who, ahem, had better things to do than serve in the military themselves.

These jingoistic "Chicken Hawks" are leading the charge in the "war against terrorism." They are a legion in Washington, especially within the Republican Party.

3/28/02a (032802a) Go midway down the page

Gore rips administration's energy policy and secrecy By ANNE PAINE Staff Writer

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. Al Gore the environmentalist came through loud and strong last night as the former vice president criticized current national leaders, charging that they created an energy policy in secret and promoted use of coal and oil rather than alternatives.

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US official 'given Taiwan slush money' Leaked documents reveal America's chief policymaker on Asia, James Kelly, received money as head of a think-tank By Lawrence Chung STRAITS TIMES TAIWAN BUREAU

TAIPEI - America's chief Asia policymaker, James Kelly, allegedly accepted donations from Taiwan for a think-tank he once headed.

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Published on Friday, March 29, 2002 in the Boston Globe US to Back Out of World Court Plan Envoy: Bush team may 'unsign' treaty by Elizabeth A. Neuffer

UNITED NATIONS - The Bush administration will not take part in the International Criminal Court scheduled to be ratified next month and is considering removing its signature from the treaty that created it, a top war crimes envoy said yesterday.

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