|War and Terror: DU Death Toll Tops 11,000|
Monday, May 09 @ 15:29:34 UTC
|By James P. Tucker Jr., americanfreepress.net
The death toll from the highly toxic weapons component known as depleted
uranium (DU) has reached 11,000 soldiers and the growing scandal may be the reason behind Anthony Principi's departure as secretary of the Veterans
This view was expressed by Arthur Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter.
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|War and Terror: Submit or Else|
Monday, March 21 @ 14:58:58 UTC
|The Nuclear Demon That Won't Go Away|
By Ron Jacobs, counterpunch.org
Recent news reports in Israeli and US newspapers claim that Israel is planning to attack Iran this summer. The purpose of the attack will be to destroy that country's nuclear facilities. These same reports also claim that Washington has authorized these attacks. Indeed, unless Iran does not respond to the rumored attacks, one can safely assume that not only will Washington authorize the destruction of Tehran's nuclear power capability; its armies will be ready to go into Iran. Although both capitals are currently publicly committed to the diplomatic effort spearheaded by the European Union, Israeli officials say the time to attack will come later this year when they believe Iran will be in a position to start processing uranium. These same officials state further that Tel Aviv's inner cabinet has decided to act alone if the impasse continues after that time. "If all efforts to persuade Iran to drop (what Israel and the US believe to be) its plans to produce nuclear weapons should fail, the US administration will authorize Israel to attack," said one Israeli security source. (London Times)
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|War and Terror: War Hawks in Dove's Clothing|
Wednesday, December 08 @ 03:21:59 UTC
|By Stephen Gowans, What's Left
While the US has launched an open ended "war on terror," so far claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who had no connection to Osama bin Laden, Washington demands that Russia find a political, not military, solution to its own "war on terror" in Chechnya. There's even an improbably named American Committee for Peace in Chechnya to press the case for diplomacy, whose membership just as improbably includes Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter national security advisor who sparked the Afghanistan war by secretly arming Afghan warlords, and who, in 1997, wrote a book, The Grand Chessboard, explaining how the United States could achieve global primacy by dominating Eurasia, a huge chunk of real estate that happens to not only include Afghanistan, but Chechnya, as well.
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|Venezuela: DIANA versus HAARP|
Saturday, October 09 @ 10:48:01 UTC
| By Franz J. T. Lee
Over the last years, we have continually informed our readers about the USA's gigantic war projects and other metropolitan powers against humanity, about their bellicose production of arms of mass destruction (WMD'S), of their ABCDE ... weapons.
For example, we explained the arrogant attitude of the USA, which itself amasses a galaxy of WMD'S ... piling them up in Israel, and elsewhere.
Then the UN sends inspectors to Arab countries; find nothing substantial, and shortly thereafter, the USA bombs countries like Iraq to pieces with the very same WMD's that they're looking for ... using low intensity atomic warfare, all over the show, dropping depleted uranium and the mother of all bombs, destroying nature and society for generations to come in these regions at the whim and caprice of their leaders.
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|World Focus: Blaming America First, Part I|
Monday, May 03 @ 13:46:55 UTC
|by Tracy McLellan|
I'm to the point I wished the whole rotten monster would come crashing to a halt. Depression, poverty, crushing military defeat, catastrophic effects of climate change, extreme crises of energy shortages. I welcome all of it as a means for human kind, and most especially, my compatriots, if such a term is applicable here, to come to their senses.
Five percent of the world's population and the United States consumes a quarter to a third of its resources; while half the world's population, three billion people survive on the equivalent of $2 US a day. Where's the justice in that? The freedom? The democracy? Yet we are led to believe freedom, democracy, and justice, thusly necessarily capitalism don't you know, are the values for which the United States stands.
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|Invasion of Iraq: What They Don't Want You To Know|
Sunday, January 11 @ 02:30:35 UTC
|Normalizing the use of radioactive munitions against the Arab people|
by John Pilger, zmag.org
What the normalisers don't want you to know is the nature and scale of the "coalition" crime in Iraq - which Kettle calls a "misjudgement" - and the true source of the worldwide threat. Outside the work of a few outstanding journalists prepared to go beyond the official compounds in Iraq, the extent of the human carnage and material devastation is barely acknowledged. For example, the effect of uranium weapons used by American and British forces is suppressed. Iraqi and foreign doctors report that radiation illnesses are common throughout Iraq, and troops have been warned not to approach contaminated sites. Readings taken from destroyed Iraqi tanks in British-controlled Basra are so high that a British army survey team wore white, full-body radiation suits, face masks and gloves. With nothing to warn them, Iraqi children play on and around the tanks.
Forget Hutton. He will not reveal what the US and UK authorities really don't want you to know: that radiation illnesses caused by uranium weapons are now common in Iraq.
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|War and Terror: September surprise|
Saturday, September 06 @ 12:24:38 UTC
|By Bill Berkowitz, TomPaine.com
Last May, President Bush made his now-famous -- and outrageously false -- statement to a Polish television station: "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories.... But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them."
In fact, of course, we hadn't found anything of the sort -- and pretty soon that'll be official. David Kay, the man in charge of the WMD search in Iraq, is expected to release a report this month on what the more than 1,200-member Iraq Survey Group has turned up. And the fact that the count still stands at zero won't stop Kay from trying to paint the search as a success.
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|War and Terror: Iraq's Alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction|
Sunday, May 04 @ 17:17:20 UTC
|by Erich Marquardt yellowtimes.org|
CHICAGO (NFTF.org) -- Despite the U.S. having secured military control in Iraq, the Bush administration has not yet uncovered Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Before the conflict, the Bush administration frequently claimed that they had evidence proving Iraq was hiding massive quantities of weapons of mass destruction; to date, these weapons have not been found, if they do indeed exist.
There are still no signs of Iraq's biological weapons materials capable of producing "over 25,000 liters of anthrax," as President Bush accused in his State of the Union Address. There are also no signs of Saddam Hussein's materials capable of producing "more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin."
Doubts have been raised on U.S. "intelligence officials [who] estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."
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|War and Terror: The mirage of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction|
Wednesday, April 30 @ 13:46:12 UTC
|By Imad Khadduri, Former Iraqi nuclear scientist|
In late August 2002, I listened with trepidation to President Bush's burgeoning false allegations about Iraq's nuclear military capability. Even then, one could discern that the sustained use of misinformation to support the invasion of Iraq showed that the President's claims were not based on any facts. I, having worked with Iraq's nuclear program for thirty years, reacted with a series of articles expounding on the fact that Iraq had ceased its nuclear weapons program at the start of the 1991 war. I refuted the claims and evidence most famously, or infamously, branded by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Security Council in February 2003 in which Powell argued that Iraq had rejuvenated its nuclear weapons program after the Gulf War.
With heightened apprehension, I listened to Vice President Dick Cheney's claim on MSNBC that the U.S. does not accept the results of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) extensive inspections nor its failure to find any evidence of a rejuvenated Iraqi nuclear weapons program. The IAEA explicitly exposed the fact that a uranium procurement document provided by British and American intelligence as a piece of evidence proving Iraq's nuclear weapon capability was, in fact, a planted forgery. Cheney provocatively claimed, on the day before Bush's 48 hours ultimatum to invade Iraq, that U.S. intelligence had proof otherwise. My last retort to that incredible plain lie was that some bogus evidence might be planted once U.S. forces were on the ground in Iraq.
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|War and Terror: Weapons of mass deception|
Tuesday, April 29 @ 14:46:30 UTC
|By Matthew Riemer, yellowtimes.org|
Perhaps no other catchphrase bandied about by Washington powerbrokers and their well-connected network of supporters is as abused, misunderstood, and just plain lied about as the infamous verbal slight of hand "weapons of mass destruction."
Ostensibly, the term refers to nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, but symbolically, as framed by White House and Pentagon rhetoric, it has come to represent something far more sinister and apocalyptic. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice spoke dramatically of "mushroom clouds" over major U.S. cities when addressing the need to police the ownership of such weapons. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned of terrorists snatching up Saddam Hussein's WMD and then secreting them into the United States. The barbarity of chemical attacks and the horrors of biological ones are a constant media theme, the latter inspiring mythical notions of plagues loosed upon mankind.
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|War and Terror: Chemical Hypocrites|
Tuesday, April 08 @ 09:36:36 UTC
|by George Monbiot, www.monbiot.com |
As it struggles to justify its invasion, the US is getting ready to use banned weapons in Iraq
When Saddam Hussein so pig-headedly failed to shower US troops with chemical weapons as they entered Iraq, thus depriving them of a retrospective justification for this war, the American generals explained that he would do so as soon as they crossed the "red line" around Baghdad. Beyond that point, the desperate dictator would lash out with every weapon he possessed.
Well, the line has been crossed and recrossed, and not a whiff of mustard gas or VX has so far been detected. This could mean one of three things: Saddam's command system may have broken down (he may be dead, or his troops might have failed to receive or respond to his orders); he is refraining, so far, from using chemical weapons; or he does not possess them.
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|War and Terror: An Easter Egg Hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction|
Saturday, April 05 @ 10:13:37 UTC
|by Ben Roberts|
Forget about your unpleasant cares and worries of the day. About war, about the
concern for safety, and the worry over your job and financial well being. You are
once again a child at Easter time, at an Easter Egg hunt in your neighborhood, or
possibly at the White House annual Easter Egg hunt. What a great time you had.
The painstakingly dyed colorful eggs have been surreptitiously 'hidden' by the
adults, and you are let loose as part of a horde of kids to 'find' them. Makes you
want to smile just thinking about it, and wish you could be exiled in that pleasant
nostalgic world of memories for a while. Okay, you have a minute of silent
pleasant reflection before we return to our real distressing world of the present.
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|War and Terror: Two weeks into the Iraq war|
Tuesday, April 01 @ 15:34:27 UTC
|By Henry Michaels, www.wsws.org|
Where are the weapons of mass destruction?
Among the many official lies exposed in the first two weeks of the invasion of Iraq is the claim that the US was motivated by the need to cleanse Iraq of "weapons of mass destruction."
Days of intensive search operations by US, British and Australian special forces, which began before President Bush formally launched the war on March 19, have failed to produce any stockpiles or other evidence of Iraqi chemical or biological weapons.
And despite Iraqi troops and civilians being pounded remorselessly by bombs and missiles, including cluster bombs and, according to reliable media reports, napalm bombs, the Iraqi regime has not used a biological or chemical weapon.
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|War and Terror: Star Witness on Iraq Said Weapons Were Destroyed|
Thursday, February 27 @ 19:07:40 UTC
Bombshell revelation from a defector cited by White House and press
On February 24, Newsweek broke what may be the biggest story of the Iraq
crisis. In a revelation that "raises questions about whether the WMD
[weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist,"
the magazine's issue dated March 3 reported that the Iraqi weapons chief
who defected from the regime in 1995 told U.N. inspectors that Iraq had
destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and
banned missiles, as Iraq claims.
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|War and Terror: The demise of the Iraq nuclear bomb hoax|
Monday, February 17 @ 12:08:34 UTC
|By Imad Khadduri, yellowtimes.org|
On February 14, 2003, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), submitted, in accordance with U.N. Resolution 1441, his second report to the Security Council on Iraq's nuclear non-capability.
Much to the chagrin of President Bush and Colin Powell, the nuclear inspection chief's findings not only cleared the smoke from the imagined "smoking gun," but also dissipated the smog of misinformation with which the American government, hungry for war, has surrounded this issue.
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