2006: Bush declares war on freedom of the press

Mar 6, 2006, 07:33 Using many of the questionable surveillance and monitoring techniques that brought both questions and criticism to his administration, President George W. Bush has launched a war against reporters who write stories unfavorable to his actions and is planning to prosecute journalists to make examples of them in his “war on terrorism.” Bush recently directed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use “whatever means at your disposal” to wiretap, follow, harass and investigate journalists who have published stories about the administration’s illegal use of warrantless wiretaps, use of faulty intelligence and anything else he deems “detrimental to the war on terror.” Reporters for The New York Times, which along with Capitol Hill Blue revealed use of the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and emails of Americans, say FBI agents have interviewed them and criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department admit they are laying “the groundwork […] Read More

2005: BUSH IS COOKING UP TWO NEW WARS

By Paul Craig Roberts [Paul Craig Roberts served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.] Mired in interminable conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration is moving toward initiating two more wars, one with Iran and one with North Korea. With no US troops available, the Bush administration is revamping US war doctrine to allow for “preventative nuclear attack.” In short, the Bush administration is planning to make the US the first country in history to initiate war with nuclear weapons. The Pentagon document, “Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations,” calls for the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear adversaries in order “to ensure success of US and multinational operations.” In the case of Iran and Iraq, the Bush administration is using diplomacy not for diplomatic purposes of reaching agreements, but in order to set the two […] Read More

BUSH REGIME ROTTEN TO THE CORE

By Bill Gallagher DETROIT — A storm of anti-war protests and sentiment is sweeping across the nation. Finally, reality and truth are trumping President George W. Bush’s lies. Even the perpetual propaganda machine of the corporate media can no longer manufacture consent for Bush’s monstrously bad policies and decisions. A storm of anti-war protests and sentiment is sweeping While most Americans work and struggle with lower wages, a sputtering economy and rising gas prices, Bush still basks in the Texas sun in his long summer of content. He prefers isolation and deliberate disconnection from the grim evidence of his wholesale failures. Cindy Sheehan has left the vigil outside Bush’s ranch to care for her ailing mother. But others are in her place, reminding the world that Bush will never admit his responsibility for the war in Iraq, its failure and the death of Sheehan’s son Casey and more than […] Read More

2006: Dynasty of Death

Schuyler Ebbets There is no historic parallel that can be drawn, nothing compares with the accomplishments of the Bush family. No dictator or tyrant can equal the suffering and destruction they have wrought on humanity, as they are not mere tyrants themselves, but the makers and breakers of tyrants, the organizers and profiteers of war and death. They are not alone and solely responsible for creating the present day military industrial complex, however since 1915 the Bush family has been directly involved in World War One and Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, numerous CIA secret wars, the Gulf War, and now a “Never Ending War”. The past four generations of this one family have had a hand in promoting and profiting from most of the major wars that America has waged since the beginning of the industrialized age. The nightmare for the world began in 1915, with […] Read More

2008: I Should Have Done Something When I Could

By Ted Twietmeyer 5-20-8 Will you say one day, “I Should Have Done Something When I Could?” Time is running out faster than most people realize. If you’re reading this essay on rense.com, a similar website or via email, you are probably already aware of this fact. But this essay isn’t intended to preach to the choir. My intention is to provide something useful to share with your friends and families who need help understanding. It is intended to help them to understand that what they see and hear is engineered, controlled and filtered courtesy of Uncle Sam. That spell cast upon them needs to be broken, just as your spell was broken some time ago. Some twenty years ago, a friend of mine nearing retirement came to our home to help convert it from propane to natural gas. We worked hard and long together that day, cutting, threading […] Read More

2009: Hundreds protest Bush speech in Saskatoon

A noisy but peaceful crowd of 300 assembled in downtown Saskatoon on Wednesday to protest a speech by former U.S. president George W. Bush. But protesters hoping to boo him in person were disappointed. Bush, in town for a noon-hour speaking engagement at TCU Place, was taken inside the building earlier in the morning and avoided any encounters with the crowd. Security was tight, with dozens of RCMP, Saskatoon city police and U.S. Secret Service agents in the vicinity. Barricades were set up and protesters were kept across the street from the venue, where Bush was speaking to a paying audience of about 2,000. Some of the people in the crowd on the street said they were protesting Bush’s role in the invasion of Iraq and the detention of prisoners. Diverse group in crowd It was a varied group that included mothers with small children, students and seniors. Many […] Read More

2007: Did U.S. use neutron bomb in Battle of Baghdad?

By Gary Wilson Published May 5, 2007 12:35 AM The U.S. military used neutron weapons in the Battle of Baghdad, says a former commander of Iraqs Republican Guard. And at least one retired U.S. Army officer is backing up his charge. In an April 9 interview reported by Al Jazeera, Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi says that, U.S. forces used neutron and phosphorus bombs during their assault on Baghdad airport before the April 9, 2003, capture of the Iraqi capital.??? The bombs incinerated about 2,000 elite Republican Guard troops but left the buildings and infrastructure at the airport intact, he added. (aljazeera.net) The neutron bomb is designed to produce a minimal blast while releasing a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation, which can penetrate armor or several feet of earth. This radiation is extremely destructive to living tissue. (britannica.com) The bomb has been in the U.S. arsenal for […] Read More

2004: Depleted Uranium Blamed for Cancer Clusters Among Iraq War Vets

by Christopher Bollyn August 15, 2004 A discovery by American Free Press that nearly half of the recently returned soldiers in one unit from Iraq have “malignant growths” is “critical evidence,” according to experts, that depleted uranium weapons are responsible for the huge number of disabled Gulf War vets – and damage to their DNA. A growing number of U.S. military personnel who are serving, or have served, in the Persian Gulf, Iraq , and Afghanistan have become sick and disabled from a variety of symptoms commonly known as Gulf War Syndrome. Depleted uranium (DU) weapons have been blamed for causing many of the symptoms. “Gulf War vets are coming down with these symptoms at twice the rate of vets from previous conflicts,” said Barbara A. Goodno from the Dept. of Defense’s Deployment Health Support Directorate. A recent discovery by American Free Press that nearly half the soldiers in […] Read More

Flush with Profits from the Iraq War, Military Contractors See a World of Business Opportunities

The Mercenary Revolution By JEREMY SCAHILLIf you think the U.S. has only 160,000 troops in Iraq, think again. With almost no congressional oversight and even less public awareness, the Bush administration has more than doubled the size of the U.S. occupation through the use of private war companies. There are now almost 200,000 private “contractors” deployed in Iraq by Washington. This means that U.S. military forces in Iraq are now outsized by a coalition of billing corporations whose actions go largely unmonitored and whose crimes are virtually unpunished. In essence, the Bush administration has created a shadow army that can be used to wage wars unpopular with the American public but extremely profitable for a few unaccountable private companies. Since the launch of the “global war on terror,” the administration has systematically funneled billions of dollars in public money to corporations like Blackwater USA , DynCorp, Triple Canopy, Erinys […] Read More