Saturday, July 30, 2005

NYC Subway


Another NYC subway photo taken years ago - while still legal. Not great photography, but it gives one the right feeling of the place.

Kurt Nimmo writes:
New Yorkers: Please Violate my Civil Liberties

[...] According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, random violations of the Fourth Amendment “are necessary,” even though the odds of actually catching a terrorist roughly parallel the odds of winning New York’s Mega Millions lottery. In other words, Bloomberg and the New York police probably don’t actually believe they will catch a real live terrorist. It’s all about instilling fear and hysteria. [...]
Another New Yorker (soon to be ex-New Yorker) writes:
just say no violations of your rights. I saw some subway-search cops for the first time yesterday. I also saw a woman stride purposefully towards them with her bag open. Sheeple. I wasn't carrying a backpack, just a small bag. I just avoided eye contact and walked through the turnstiles. [...]
Land of the free, home of the brave? I think not.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

They Have to Keep Bush Drugged


LibertyThink posted this article:
BREAKING: Bush Taking Anti-Depressants to Control Mood Swings

Sunday, July 24, 2005
Jul 24, 2005

President George W. Bush is taking anti-depressant drugs to control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill Blue has learned.

The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President's mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.

“It's a double-edged sword,” says one aide. “We can't have him flying off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a President who is alert mentally.”

Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.

“Keep those motherfuckers away from me,” he screamed at an aide backstage. “If you can't, I'll find someone who can.”

Bush's mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about increasing concern among White House aides over the President's wide mood swings and obscene outbursts. [...]
This is actually old news:
George Bush's mental health must be a consideration in the November elections

Michael Berglin
08/02/2004 19:20

Mr. Bush has been acting very erratic lately, and his profanity laced outbursts are becoming almost a daily occurrence, according to White House insiders. [...]

It is rumored that Bush is now being treated with anti-depressants, however, angry outbursts, stating they are doing God“s work, and systematic attacks on perceived enemies are not symptoms of clinical depression. Bush is displaying symptoms of schizophrenia and paranoid delusions. [...]
We all knew we had a genocidal maniac drunk at the wheel. I am pretty sure Bush is just some moron who is dumb enough to believe he is in charge and weilds real power. He is just a puppet spouting Rove's words with a fleet of people keeping him under control.

There is also the little problem that drugs like these don't really work:
The Link Between Anti-depressants and Mayhem

Barry Farber

[...] Have the rest of you noticed how close to unanimously all the high school shooters, random killers, baby-drowners, first- and second-grade knife murderers, first-time committers of violence and unlikely suicides were on some kind of ”anti-depressant“ at the time of their dark deed?

Sam Manzie, 15, attacked, raped and strangled to death an 11-year-old boy selling items door to door for the PTA. He was on Paxil.

Kip Kinkel, 14, killed his parents and went on a shooting rampage at his Springfield, Ore., high school. He was taking Ritalin and Prozac.

Jeremy Strohmeyer raped and murdered a 7-year-old girl one week after he started taking Dexedrine.

Columbine High School's Eric Harris was taking Luvox.

T.J. Solomon, 15, who attended Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., was taking Ritalin when he opened fire on his classmates, wounding six.

One of the most interesting is a case we can't yet prove. In 1998, 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden opened fire on their classmates in Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Young Johnson had been seeing a psychiatrist but, when questioned as to the nature of his medication, if any, his attorney, Val Price, would say only, ”That is confidential information, and I don't want to comment on that.“

The crime America may never recover from, the studied and deliberate drowning of all five of her children by a mother in Texas, was performed under the influence of ”anti-depressants.“

So was the incredible stabbing murder of eight Japanese children in the first and second grades by a man on anti-depressants.

As was O.J. Simpson when the double murder many believe he committed occurred. Please understand I'm not reaching out for every verifiable case I can muster so I can stuff this sausage to make it seem convincingly fat. Quite the opposite. I have not found ONE single case of irrational, motivationless killing that did not include some kind of mind-tampering drug.[...]

Depression drugs on trial

August 25, 2003

Anti-depressant medications may be a case of the ”emperor's new clothes“, according to studies that show that, in banishing the blues, drugs are only marginally better than a sugar pill. Debate about the value of anti-depressants has spilled into the latest issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJP), which highlights a recent US survey of the results of 19 anti-depressant drug trials.The analysis found that placebos duplicated 80 per cent of the effects of anti-depressants.

”In this analogy, psychiatry is the emperor, drug trials are the fraudsters,“ according to the BJP.[...]
The question we have to ask ourselves is do we have the government we deserve? If we are unwilling to see the ugly truth, then yes.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Mythical Constructs


The above photo was taken a number of years ago. Before it was illegal to snap photos in the NYC subway. I would no more point a camera at any landmark or US infrastructure than run from a cop these days.

As you well know, stupid terrorists need to take photos and act like tourists before they can fulfill their terrorist duties.

Obviously, the neocon agenda is working.

Now there are spot checks on the subway.

A few more terrorist attacks anywhere, and soon the populace will be whipped into such a frenzy that we will be turning each other in to the gestapo. In the meantime, anyone of darker skin color will do.

Most of us really do want big brother to take care of us. A few innocents mixed in with the “usual suspects” is a small price to pay. Until you are one of the usual suspects.


One of the greatest pieces of propaganda in the history of propaganda may be Casablanca. All those desperate refugees seeking freedom in the new world, as brave, sacrificing people outwit the fascists painted such a lovely myth.

Now we are the fascists. And where is that free place to run to?

At least the usual suspects in the movie Casablanca, were not going to be tortured, sodomized and disappeared without charges.

Speak up now while you still can.
Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

[...] The question should be asked: are we a good people anymore? We are not a great people – that much is certain. Not in a land where more people watch “American Idol” than the State of the Union address. In reality, we are still, as Martin Luther King pointed out nearly four decades ago, “the greatest purveyors of violence in the world.” One day, if we are not careful, we will choke on our myths.[...]
Too late. We have already choked. We believed what we were told told to, just like good little patriots.

We loved our myths more than life and freedom.

I would like to think it is not too late to give up our love of lies, and see reality as it is, and not as we wish it to be.

In the meantime, I have got to purchase one of these t-shirts. (via Scratchings)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Down and Out

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My G5 iMac blew a power supply, putting me out of commission for a few days there. There is a handy diagnostic system built in, so in a few minutes I had the problem figured out, contacted Apple and they expressed shipped me a new one. Took me a bit of time to fit in, since the machine is packed pretty tight.

I haven't kept up with the blogsphere the last few days, so I am not completely aware of what is going around. I do know that the days of the internet as we know it are numbered:

Web of Deceit: How Internet Freedom Got the Federal Ax, And Why Corporate News Censored the Story

We better use it, while we have it.

These are dark days, and it is just better to face up to it now.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Get Out While You Can

Roberts and Bush
Ah, yes. You can see the loving gaze John Roberts directs toward Bush. You almost expect Roberts to reach over and caress Bush.

Roberts really does the love the man, as Chris Floyd points out,
[Roberts] upheld Bush's outrageous claim of dictatorial powers: the right to dispose of anyone he arbitrarily designates an “enemy combatant” as he sees fit; in this case, sending them to the kangaroo court “military tribunals” he has concocted. (via Signs)
So, he is being rewarded with the Supreme Court nomination. What some people will do for work. Sell us all out .

Nat Parry writes:
Bush's Grimmer Vision

Three years ago, I wrote an article entitled “Bush’s Grim Vision.” It began with the observation that since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, “George W. Bush has put the United States on a course that is so bleak that few analysts have – as the saying goes – connected the dots. If they had, they would see an outline of a future that mixes constant war overseas with abridgement of constitutional freedoms at home.”

Since then, the dots have not only been connected, but many of the shapes have been colored in. The immediate fear and anger following the Sept. 11 attacks have given way to the grinding permanence of a never-ending state of emergency. In many ways, the reality has turned out worse than the article's expectations....
This is what happens when we don't want to pay attention to reality. Reality sneaks up and bites you on the ass.

COINTELPRO is in full swing. You are probably on a list. Unless you are one of those tyranny loving, genocidal dreaming, rapture planning Republicans:

FBI Keeping Lengthy Files on Groups Opposed to Bush's Policies

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005



In the countryside of Brazil you can find this agricultural tradition. Very usual, the ox's skull is used as a protection against plagues, evil eye, calamitys, rainstorms... this one was really big and, believe me, very scaring. (sãofranciscoxaviercity, folklore, countryside, digital)

sorcery” by Tatiana Cardeal
I use 1001 for automatic flickr browsing. Tatiana's photos are always striking.

Who couldn't use a bit of protection these days?

Recipe for extinction

Criminal governments, corrupt media, comatose public: the perfect combination to permanently eradicate the human species

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Homeland Security Weirdos

Some time ago The Open Mind left this comment here:

I came here to fix my cat. convertor on my 3.6ltr GM V6 and I get a whole lot of stuff about Mr Rumsfeld and the like.

Are you some sort of COMMUNIST?
And I responded:
Ha, Ha! An-open-mind is a real kidder folks. I encourage you to visit his blog, The Open Mind, where he will regale you with pictures of parrots and tales of obscure COINTELPRO activities.

In his most recent posts, he does both. Although, if you want to get technical, I believe it is a cockatiel this time around.

Notes from the weird desk exposes a few people in the Homeland Security and their weird affiliations with UFO's and remote viewing.

It doesn't really matter if you believe in the paranormal and other high strangeness.

The people in power do.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Looks About Right

Google Maps points out the Root of All Evil.

(via Robot Wisdom)

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Creative Control

Misery is the river of the world.
Everybody row.
Everybody row.
- Tom Waits, from the album Blood Money

Tom Waits was on to something there. We are surrounded in misery. War, poisoning, corruption, psychopaths run amok, earth upheavals, freedoms stripped down to nothing, control, control, control.

Many of us have struggled mightily to avoid accepting the simple fact that misery is indeed the river of the world, and hence have squandered our real power.

This post is not a complete downer, just bear with me as I work out my hypothesis.

A lot of us have wanted to believe that god is in heaven, and all is well with the world. In a twisted sense, perhaps that is the case. Suffering is an aspect of our reality that cannot be avoided. Deep within us, perhaps there is a terrible and strong desire to be cared for and herded. Told what to do. Thinking for ourselves is hard.

Entropy is the naturally ensuing state of the domesticated.

We are domesticated animals looking for a shepherd. To be a good flock we have to believe our shepherd. To admit the shepherd lies, or starts immoral wars opens reality in a way that can be rather uncomfortable.

Creation is a struggle. Bringing to life something from nothing is hard. Seeking the truth is hard. The truth is the only worthy building blocks of our creations. Everything else collapses when coming into contact for too long with reality.

Too many of us have bought the philosophy of control. We waste precious energy in meager attempts to control reality rather than just facing the truth. We are experiencing a mirror of our own subconscious desires writ large and expressed by a complete maniac. A whole host of complete maniacs, really.

To create is a struggle. Life is a struggle. Most of us struggle against struggle - actually struggling against life, rather than fully engaging in the struggle with life. Or so I think.

I am just trying to figure out this life thing. The big questions.

We have this narrow window, or so it seems, before the complete darkness descends. The Bush Reich and cohorts are pushing for complete control of everything. So many of us, deep down and unknown even to ourselves, believe that control is the means to remove anxiety and suffering. Because we fear our own mortality, rather than befriending our mortality. We still believe in saviors.

Saved from what? Suffering, is my guess. We have such a high opinion of ourselves that we believe we should be removed from all suffering. We believe that we should never have to experience the consequences of our own actions and reactions, thoughts and beliefs.

That is insanity. What is even more insane is that many of us love our suffering so much we refuse to give it up.

Suffering is a part of life. Then you should get tired of it.

Seek to learn from our personal experiences and the lessons of history, and seek to avoid it. But, it seems we are doomed to repeat history.

We struggle against life instead of fully engaging in life - both the sorrows and the joys. We seem to prefer mediocre domestication where not too much happens, and are outraged when life intercedes.

Now we have a Reich to contend with.

The only recourse against entropy is creation. I think we live in an open universe. Who knows what can happen when individuals begin to create using the building blocks of truth?

No one. And the Bush Reich and company are scared of exactly that. That is why such an extensive control system is being put into place.

They are scared of you.

You are the enemy to their greed and control fantasies.

Just by telling the truth, and seeking for the truth to the best of our abilities.

Related articles:

Big Pharma's got “THE ANSWER”

What May Come After the Evacuation of Jewish Settlers from the Gaza Strip

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Born Again Bjork

[...] Bjork insists she's not about to turn into the female Bono on a mission to save the world from itself. But she believes there come certain “zeitgeist” moments in history when artists have to speak out. “You can say 'I'm never going to get involved in politics.' But that's too easy. There are times when you have to make an exception, although I think it's more important to know when not to do it.'' The last such stand-up-and-be-counted moment she suggests was at the time of the Vietnam War. Yet she's come to believe that we are now living through even darker times. [...]

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Saturday, July 16, 2005


Brace yourselves. It appears that there will be repeated terrorist attacks until we agree to give up every last vestige of freedom, until we agree to declare WWIII, and give our complete trust and faith to Bush.

Those who figure they will be raptured before anything gets too bad, think that is grand I am sure.
Former Mossad Head Calls for World War After 7/7 Attacks

[...] There will be supreme tests of leadership in this unique situation and people will have to trust the wisdom and good judgment of those chosen to govern them. The executives must be empowered to act resolutely and to take every measure necessary to protect the citizens of their country and to carry the combat into whatever territory the perpetrators and their temporal and spiritual leaders are inhabiting.[...]

Bush OKs Shake-Up of Spy Agencies

[...] The White House ordered the creation of a National Security Service inside the FBI. And Bush sought to strengthen the hand of the new national intelligence director over the FBI, giving him expanded budget and management powers over the bureau.[...]

Finger Scanning At Disney Parks Causes Concern

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The addition of finger scanning technology at the entrances of Walt Disney World theme parks for all visitors has caused concern among privacy advocates, according to a Local 6 News report. [...]

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Remember This?

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A Segway for Bush

Now this:
Bush lightly hurt in bicycle collision with policeman

July 7, 2005

GLENEAGLES, Scotland - US President George W. Bush, out for a spin on his bicycle at the Group of Eight summit venue, collided with a policeman and had to be treated for scratches on his hands and arms, a spokesman said.

Bush was going at a pretty high speed on the presidential bicycle when he collided with an officer guarding the Gleneagles golf resort, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. [...]
Remember these little incidents as Bush puts on his cowboy hat, straps on his six shooter and tramples on the recent deaths in London, using them to further the neocon agenda of death and destruction.

Signs of The Times is updated with commentary and articles regarding the recent attack.

Some Flickr photo tags of images of this attack: bombings, bombs, bombing, blast, terrorism, aftermath.

Get used to seeing stuff like this photo from DC:

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Who will be blamed?

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What Really Happened is a good source during times like these:
Islamic group claims London attack

But MSNBC TV translator Jacob Keryakes, who said that a copy of the message was later posted on a secular Web site, noted that the claim of responsibility contained an error in one of the Quranic verses it cited. That suggests that the claim may be phony, he said.

“This is not something al-Qaida would do,” he said.

Of course the claim is phony. This is another obvious frame-up.
What Really Happened provides a flashback link to this story:

Galloway Wary Of Staged Terror Attack As Pretext For Iran Invasion

June 1 2005

[...] At the end of the show Alex Jones asked Galloway if he thought an invasion of Iran was on the horizon. Galloway was confident that massively opposed public opinion would stop an attack from taking place, unless a staged terror attack carried out by the military industrial complex and blamed on Iran was carried out.[...]

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7 Explosions. 7th Day. 7th Month.

2005 (2+5=7)
Blair vows terrorists won't win

US President George Bush told reporters at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles that “the war on terror goes on.”
Before the dust has settled in London, the rhetoric of war is shouted. Now we wait to see who will be blamed. Who do the neocons want to invade? Syria or Iran?

Once again, we need to ask who benefits. Fresh from the heels of the feel good atmosphere of Live8, idiot al-Qaeda decides it is time to blow away a chunk of the London subway.

As more people become agitated by their leaders war drum, they decided it was time to strike. Syria and Iran know they are in the cross hairs of the Bush Regime, and al-Qaeda decides to flame the fire. If you are racist and think that all Muslims are ignorant, rabid fundamentalists then it makes sense.

Who wants war? Are there still enough of us who believe they hate us “because of our freedoms”? Those freedoms will disappear even more quickly now. We must be protected from those crazy fundamentalists.

Let us keep this in mind as the rhetoric of destruction is inflamed:
Report: Mossad behind destroying London Israeli embassy in 1994


The British daily “The Independent” on Thursday unveiled important information on spying attempts made by the Israeli Mossad and operations targeting the destruction of Israeli embassies abroad.

In an article published on Thursday and quoted by the BBC, the paper added that the person who is accused of being behind the bombing of the Israeli embassy in London in 1994, Rida Maghribi, was an agent recruited by the Mossad and was assigned by Israeli foreign intelligence for that purpose.

The paper added that behind such an act, Israel was seeking to distort the image of the Palestinians in Britain and the western countries. However, this new Mossad scandal unveiled by the British paper is added to several similar scandals dogging the Mossad in Switzerland, Cyprus and Germany involving spying against the interests of these countries and on Lebanese and Palestinian resistance forces.
Netanyahu happened to be in London:
Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu was close to one of the bomb blasts in London. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called Netanyahu to see if he was all right...
Could be a coincidence. Like this one.

I was feeling very uneasy the last couple of weeks, which is why I wrote
The Time is Nigh?

I was wrong. This time London was the target.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

We Love Authority

“With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter's definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. …A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.” - Dr. Stanley Milgram

Controversy surrounded Stanley Milgram for much of his professional life as a result of a series of experiments on obedience to authority which he conducted at Yale University in 1961-1962. He found, surprisingly, that 65% of his subjects, ordinary residents of New Haven, were willing to give apparently harmful electric shocks-up to 450 volts-to a pitifully protesting victim, simply because a scientific authority commanded them to, and in spite of the fact that the victim did not do anything to deserve such punishment.

The victim was, in reality, a good actor who did not actually receive shocks, and this fact was revealed to the subjects at the end of the experiment. But, during the experiment itself, the experience was a powerfully real and gripping one for most participants. [...]

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th of July

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(image via i-mockery)
Breasts get US worked up

[...] According a travel clinic official in America one of his patients, who had undergone a mastectomy, was held for more than four hours by security personnel at Amsterdam's Schipol airport who searched passengers destined for a flight to the United States.

The security officers were concerned that her silicone prosthesis could possibly have been used to hide explosives.

She was allowed to proceed after the prosthesis had been surrendered to them for proper investigation. [...]

Jamieson said many travellers to the US with prostheses of any description have been targeted in the past. [...]
It is so heartwarming to know that the US considers the physically challenged and women who have had mastectomies as terrorists to keep me safe. It may mean that the poor woman mentioned in the article above is held for four hours until she finally relents. But, hey, if she didn't have anything to hide, she wouldn't resist.

Don't celebrate freedom and democracy so much that you miss reading xymphora's post, The American Dream in Denmark. Enough to swell any American's heart with pride.

See, we are spreading democracy, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise with stories like this one:
Revealed: grim world of new Iraqi torture camps

Secret torture chambers, the brutal interrogation of prisoners, murders by paramilitaries with links to powerful ministries... Foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont in Baghdad uncovers a grim trail of abuse carried out by forces loyal to the new Iraqi government

[...] What happened to him in his 24 hours in captivity was written across his body in chapters of pain, recorded by the camera. There are police-issue handcuffs still attached to one wrist, from which he was hanged long enough to cause his hands and wrists to swell. There are burn marks on his chest, as if someone has placed something very hot near his right nipple and moved it around.

A little lower are a series of horizontal welts, wrapping around his body and breaking the skin as they turn around his chest, as if he had been beaten with something flexible, perhaps a cable. There are other injuries: a broken nose and smaller wounds that look like cigarette burns.

An arm appears to have been broken and one of the higher vertebrae is pushed inwards. There is a cluster of small, neat circular wounds on both sides of his left knee. At some stage an-Ni'ami seems to have been efficiently knee-capped. It was not done with a gun - the exit wounds are identical in size to the entry wounds, which would not happen with a bullet. Instead it appears to have been done with something like a drill.

What actually killed him however were the bullets fired into his chest at close range, probably by someone standing over him as he lay on the ground. The last two hit him in the head.

The gruesome detail is important. Hanging by the arms in cuffs, scorching of the body with something like an iron and knee-capping are claimed to be increasingly prevalent in the new Iraq. Now evidence is emerging that appears to substantiate those claims. Not only Iraqis make the allegations. International officials describe the methods in disgusted but hushed tones, laying them at the door of the increasingly unaccountable forces attached to Iraq's Ministry of the Interior. [...]
(via Signs of the Times)

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

On this day in 1988

Mistaking it for a F-14 fighter plane, the American warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air flight 655, killing all 290 people aboard.

Despite his country's having recklessly downed a passenger airliner while operating inside Iran's territorial waters, Vice President George Bush declares a month later: “I will never apologize for the United States of America, ever. I don't care what the facts are.”

(via Daily Rotten)


Independent investigations into the events have presented a different picture [than the official story]. John Barry and Roger Charles, of Newsweek, wrote that Commander Rogers acted recklessly and without due care.

Their report further accused the U.S. government of a cover-up. An analysis of the events by the International Strategic Studies Association described the deployment of an Aegis cruiser in the zone as irresponsible and felt that the expense of the ship had played a major part in the setting of a low threshold for opening fire.

On November 6, 2003 the International Court of Justice concluded that the U.S. Navy's actions in the Persian Gulf at the time had been unlawful.

Three years after the incident, Admiral William Crowe admitted on Nightline that the Vincennes was inside Iranian territorial waters at the time of the shoot down. This directly contradicted the official Navy claims of the previous years.

Throughout its final flight IR655 was in radio contact with various air traffic control services using standard civil aviation frequencies, and had spoken in english to Bandar Abbas Approach Control seconds before Vincennes launched its missiles. Vincennes at that time had no equipment suitable for monitoring civil aviation frequencies, other than the International Air Distress frequency, despite being a sophisticated anti-aircraft warship. Subsequently U.S. Navy warships in the area were equipped with dialable VHF radios, and access to flight plan information was sought, to better track commercial airliners.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of being a citizen of a rogue nation by the sheer accident of birth.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Nearly 9,000 U.S. troops dead?

Nearly 9,000 U.S. troops dead?

Baltimore Indymedia


Has the Bush administration drastically understated the U.S. military death count by redefining “death”? The following article suggests that it has, and it calls for a nationwide campaign to honor deceased service members by naming and counting them.

According to the article: “...DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 [U.S. military] dead”; this far exceeds the “official” death count of 1,831. How can this be? It's largely because “U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted.”

In other words, “death” has been redefined...