[20 November 2003]

News Relevant to Progressive Issues in Austin, TX

  • Richard Perle admits US war against Iraq was a violation of international law (20 November 2003) www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1089158,00.html
  • Bush cancels speech before British Parliament for fear of being heckled by Parliamentarians (17 November 2003) www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/content_objectid=13631331_method=full_siteid=50143_headline=-BUSH-PULLS-OUT-OF-SPEECH-TO-MPS-name_page.html
  • Iraq approached Richard Perle before the war offering US inspectors free access anywhere in Iraq. Perle supposedly did not relay message. Thus war was not avoided (November 2003)
  • Diebold corporation modified computer code for Georgia electronic voting machines just before upset elections in 2002. These "patches" were never certified by an independent testing authority as required by law (13 0ctober 2003)
  • Israel has Submarine-Launched Nuclear Weapons (12 0ctober 2003) www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/12/1065917273119.html
  • Same letter appears as letter-to-the-editor across the country signed by different soldiers stationed in Iraq (11 0ctober 2003) www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,60563,00.html
  • US soldiers bulldoze farmers' crops www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/12/1065917273119.html
  • White House official (Karl Rove?) publicizes CIA officer's identity resulting in liquidation of 70 "assets" (agents) overseas in apparent retaliation for the case officer's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson,'s public discussion of his findings that the story of Iraq obtaining uranium from Niger was not true. This is evident violation of the Intelligence Identity Protection Act of 1982 (50 USC 421). (29 August 2003) [article]
  • US forces in Mosul shoot into crowd killing at least 10 civilians and hospitalizing over 100 (15 April 2003) [Sydney Morning Herald report     Express India report     another]
  • US forces in Baghdad protect Oil Ministry from looters, but allow looters into National Museum two blocks away. Billions of dollars worth of irreplacable antiquities up to 7000 years old were lost. (12 April 2003) [Many items have been recovered. Some had been hidden away before the invasion. Loss was far less than first thought.]
    One report claims US troops encouraged looting.
  • US forces allowed 3 days of looting in Baghdad and other cities, failing in their duty under the Geneva Convention as occupying power to protect hospitals and cultural heritage. A three-day looting period is evidently standard policy, as it ensures that the public will welcome a police forced imposed on the society as an improvement.
  • US troops pull down Saddam statue next to press hotel. Scores of Iraqis celebrate. This gets big media play (8 April) non-closeup shot
  • See Russian Reports: [ 4/8 (II) 4/8 4/7 (II) 4/7 4/6 (II) 4/6 4/5 4/4 4/3 4/2 4/1 3/3 3/30 3/29 3/28 3/27 ]
  • US forces have reached the Baghdad Airport, having weakened and then skirted around opposing Iraqi forces.
  • Bush asks for $75-80,000,000,000 for the war on Iraq. House and Senate rapidly pass such appropriations bills
  • Iraq claims over 500 US/UK combat deaths in first week of war (27 March 2003)
  • Pakistani press reports over 100 US/UK military corpses from Afghanistan are at US military base in region.
  • War on Iraq has been raging for a week. US and British forces have yet to completely control a single town. Russia reports significantly more US & UK casualties and disabled vehicles than either have admitted. Hundreds of Iraqi civilians have been killed. (26 March 2003)
    See Russian Reports: [ 3/26 (II) 3/26 3/24 3/23 (II) 3/23 3/22 (II) 3/22 3/21 3/20 3/19 3/18]
  • Turkey agrees to allow US to fly planes across its territory to deliver personnel and equipment into Iraq. US media is not going into details, but it is possible that bombing runs were not included in authorization.
  • US looses troops in "helicopter accident" in Afghanistan -- This has NOTHING to do with the major offensive of a couple days earlier.
  • US starts major offensive in Afghanistan
  • US starts war against Iraq
  • Turkey refuses to grant US right to transport war materiel across Turkey, invade Iraq from Turkey, or use Turkish airspace to attack Iraq
  • UN investigates US spying on Security Council missions (8 March 2003)
  • Dick Cheney's old firm, Haliburton, wins DOD contratct to put out Iraqi oil well fires (after they are set), recouping Cheney's severance package (8 March 2003) [Forbes]
  • US spies on Security Council member delegations (3 March 2003) [CBS]
  • UN verifies Iraq begins required destruction of missiles which, when unarmed, violate range restrictions instituted after 1991 war. (1 March 2003)
  • Pope sends peace envoy to George Bush (1 March 2003)
  • Arab summit completely rejects war on Iraq, decides Arab nations will not take part (1 March)
  • Turkish parliament votes against allowing US forces onto Turkish soil to attack Iraq (1 March)
  • US diplomat resigns in protest of threatened war (27 February 2003)
  • Over ten million demonstrate world-wide against US attack on Iraq (14-16 February 2003)
  • US closes its diplomatic office (in the Polish Embassy) in Iraq (8 February 2003)
  • US Reserve call-up now over 111,000 (6 February 2003)
  • Hans Blix denies Powell claims (February 2003)
  • Powell speaks to UN claiming to show evidence against Iraq (February 2003)
  • North Korea restarts power reactor in response to US cut-off of fuel to produce electricity (February 2003)
  • Australia's upper house passes "no confidence" resolution in Prime Minister for his sending forces to help US war on Iraq
  • 8 European Presidents & Prime Ministers sign call to support US -- more than twice that number don't sign.
  • North Korea calls for non-aggression pact with US -- US rejects it (January 2003)
  • UK calls up reserves (January 2003)
  • US sending another 35,000 to Gulf to augment over 65,000 armed forces already there. (January 2003)
  • Transportation Safety Administration rules 60,000 new airport inspectors should not be allowed to unionize.
  • Massive strikes & lockouts by business in Venezuela continue over a month. Brazil offers assistance to Venezuelan government. US starts to become officially involved (to block Brazil?). (January 2003)
  • Canadian Defense Minister says Canada would join US in war against Iraq, maybe even without Security Council authorization (January 2003)
  • Inspections of Iraq going smoothly; Inspectors want more information released (10 January 2003)
  • North Korea withdraws from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (January 2003)
  • Brazil official says Brazil should not block any nuclear scientific research. Govt. says this does not mean they intend to produce nuclear weapons.
  • Turkey refuses to allow US ground troops in to invade Iraq. US use of air bases for major assault has not been granted. Over 2/3 of Turks (reachable in poll) oppose war with Iraq (January 2003)
  • Bush declares US will start deploying (nonworking) ABM system (December 2002)
  • North Korea to restart nuclear power reactor since fuel oil to produce electricty is blocked.
  • Iraq releases 12,000 pages of reports on its chemical, biological, and chemical programs, both military and civilian. (December 2002)
  • Inspections in Iraq going smoothly (November & December 2002)
  • UN inspectors arrive in Iraq (18 November 2002)
  • Kuwait sets aside 1/4 of country as US military base
  • UN Security Council votes 15-0 to approve Resolution 1441 outlining a new inspections regime in Iraq. Although it does not authorize an attack on Iraq, it can be interpreted to grant the inspectors the right to percipitate such an attack if they desire.
  • Turkish election won by strong opponent of war on Iraq (November 3, 2002)
  • Saudi Arabia will not allow territory to be used for attack on Iraq (November 2, 2002)
  • US pressures other countries to cut fuel oil shipments to North Korea in exchange for its shutting down a nuclear power reactor
  • US blocks UN inspectors from going to Iraq to start inspections. Demands new Security Council resolution that Iraq would be unable to follow, first.
  • Congress unconstitutionally approved our unelected president to wage an unprovoked war (October 10 - 11, 2002)
  • With war powers looking more certain, Bush administration is strenthening its push to have other countries (especially EU) exempt him from war crimes trials before the International Criminal Court
  • CIA releases report stating that Iraq would not use weapons of mass destruction even if they had any. The only case in which they would be likely to do so, is if some country attacks and appears likely to militarily defeat it. (October 8, 2002)
  • North Korea admits it has uranium enrichment program, not a violation of 1994 agreement with US, although US government petends that it is. (October 2002)
  • US intelligence evesdropped on a phone conversation on which Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohamad Omar were heard during the summer (reported in October 2002)
  • Sit-ins in Congressional home offices are starting. These include the offices of House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA), Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN), Sen Herb Kohl (D-MN), Sen. Patty Murray (WA), Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN), nine Minnesota Representatives, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Rep. Betty McCollum, Oakland (in front of the Federal Building, not in the office), Rep. Michael McNulty (D-NY), David Price (NC), ...
  • All major Turkish parties campaign against war with Iraq for October elections.
  • Anti-war candidate wins German national election.
  • Iraq agrees to unconditional weapons inspections. US government is upset. (16 September 2002)
  • Saudi Arabia hints it might accept US attacks using Saudi territory if UN authorizes military attack on Iraq (15 September 2002)
  • Tony Blair calls Parliment to an emergency session September 24 to debate attacking Iraq
  • Bush urges UN to demand that Iraq follow all Security Council resolutions against it under threat of UN action. No evidence is given of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction or nuclear weapons. Bush neglects to urge UN to demand Israel follow the Security Council resolutions it has been violating for far longer. (12 September 2002)
  • US government warns US public that Iraq has "weapons of mass destruction" and is working on nuclear weapons. But gives no evidence. (early September 2002)
  • Israel is resupplying all citizens with gas masks (but not occupees). They are taking a number of steps to protect the country from attack by Iraq, with a deadline of the beginnng of November. (3 September 2002)
  • Nations around the world are lining up to oppose going to war on Iraq. These include
    Asia: India, China, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (US cannot use territory)
    Europe:Germany (US "adventure" -- would pull NBC protective troops out of Kuwait), France (UN Security Council must approve), Russia
    Africa: South Africa
  • US is bombing Iraq several times a week. For the latest attacks see www.ccmep.org/us_bombing_watch.html
  • Republican "statesmen" are opposing going to war with Iraq, however with restrictions on the opposition. Democrats are keeping mum. Watch out for a sea change in this opposition as part of the propaganda immediately before the war begins. Some of the opposition seems predicated on little more than the requirement for a Congressional OK -- which definitely exists. These right-wing pragmatic current opponents of the war include Eagleburger, Brent Scowcroft & James Baker.

    Eagleburger says that if Iraq has chemical or biological weapons, they will use them if attacked and not otherwise. He is sure Iraq does not have nuclear weapons. He says that Iraq would attack Israel, & that Israel would respond this time, unlike in '91 when we told them that we would shoot down Israeli planes attacking Iraq. He says that Israeli overflights of Syria or Jordan would bring them to attempt to shoot down the Israeli planes, which could easily lead to ... However, Eagleburger would support a pre-emptive attack if Iraq were just about to achieve nuclear weapons.

    Tom deLay and Senator Hutchison of Texas among many right-wing Republicans say that Bush needs Congressional approval before going to war. They are not saying they won't give it to him.

  • Bush administration announces it does not need Congressional approval to initiate a war against Iraq. There explanation is not that the war has been ongoing since before Bush TOOK office, but that the authorization that the elected President Bush (George II) received from Congress to go to war to drive Iraq out of Kuwait is all the authorization that George III needs. (25 August)
  • Dick Cheney says that arms inspections would be useless. Dick says that we must effect regime change in Iraq because a) they used weapons of mass destruction (while they were US allies), b) the facilities that developed for the production of CB warfare (while they were receiving chemical and biological agents from the US, and although destroyed by UNSCOM,) may have been partially reconstituted in secret and be able to produce (minute amounts of) chemical or biological agents, c) (although the International Atomic Energy Agency has ruled Iraq clean,) Iraq is "trying to" produce a nuclear weapon (although that cannot be done without fissile material and Iraq could not possibly have made any fissile material), and d) if Iraq managed to steal fissile material from somewhere it could make a crude bomb and use it somewhere or give it to a terrorist group (although none are associated with Iraq) which might use it somewhere. (25 August)
  • The National Security Court Charges FBI & DOJ with lying on submissions for wiretaps. It refuses to grant permission for information collected for intelligence purposes to be used by law enforcement [NYT article] (23 August 2002)
  • The National Reconnaissance Office (responsible for spy satellites) had planned a practice for a plane crash into their building scheduled for September 11, 2001. AP Report
  • US jet(s?) attack Afghan wedding party killing 250 (or 40 or 20 or 120-130) while they were firing celabratory shots into the air with rifles. US first claimed it was an off-course satellite-guided bomb from a B-52, then that it was an AC-130 gunship (which can fire on bullet into every square meter of an area several football fields in size), or maybe it was anti-aircraft fire returning to earth. US military assures that the attack was not intentional because celabratory shots don't track a plane -- this in the same briefing in which the responsible type of plane was unknown. U.S. military admits this "mistake" killed civilians in (not "from") four villages. (2 July 2002)
  • Regular US bombing of Afghanistan continues with no coverage
  • US arrests citizen as "material witness" because he allegedly was going to surveil spots in US where a radiological bomb could be set off (instead of following him to determine others involved in "plot." After one month when the government had to either file charges against him or let him go, they declared him an "enemy combattant" and placed him in a military prison, keeping his attorney away. George Bush has called him a "bad guy" and no court has ruled that he should be held.

    Padilla, the detainee, not only looks like that drawing of "John Doe #2", but has the same last name as convicted co-conspiritor Terry Nichols's Philippine wife. (June 2002)

  • CIA attempts assassination of former (pre-Taliban) Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in an attack near Kabul. It missed him, but killed other people. The Afghan Defense Ministry, said that Hekmatyar was not in the Kabul area. (May 9) (see AP report)
  • 4 US soldiers die in Afghanistan in "accident" during new US offensive tens of miles away.
  • Coup in Panama fails. President Chavez returns to office. Chavez has support of the poor and major sectors of the military. (April 13-14)
  • Latin American countries condemn Venezuelan coup. US sits on sidelines. (April 12)
  • Coup in Panama driven by mass media & business elites after several people killed in shootings between demonstrators supporting & opposing President Hugo Chavez. Venezuelan media portrays all the deaths as anti-Chavez protestors although majority were pro-Chavez. (April 12)
  • Israel potrays documents of Palestinian Authority funds being paid to families of those assassinated by Israel as being paid to families of suicide bombers. The names of the "martyrs" are on the documents and they are the names of people who were assassinated.
  • Israel attacks most Palestinian towns, killing hundreds and destroying homes. Pope, European Union, & Bush all call for Israeli withdrawal. Israel does not withdraw.
  • Israel blocks Arafat from attending Islamic summit meeting at which peace plan for Palestine is to be presented.
  • US moves equipment to Qatar from Saudi military base, seeks bid to move computers and electronics. New housing & telephone switchboards are being installed. This is likely in preparation for attacks on Iraq (which Saudi Arabia won't allow from its soil) from Qatar. (March 27) (see article]
  • Unconfirmed reports, in the US press and from Iraqi opposition groups, of a quiet US military build up in Kuwait to between 25,000 and 35,000 troops.
  • The US Central Command has moved its service headquarters to the Persian Gulf area
  • US special forces have set up a base in Oman and, according to Turkish sources, have moved into Kurdish-run areas in northern Iraq.
  • Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, France,Russia, etc. oppose US attack on Iraq.
  • Acting Vice-President Cheney heads to Europe & Middle East to round up support for a new war against Iraq
  • The FBI knows who sent the anthrax letters, but is keeping it hushed -- according to Federation of American Scientist expert with internal government contacts. (February 19) [see article]
  • John Poindexter (of Iran-Contra infamy) appointed to run new "Information Awareness Office" to spy on electronic communications in U.S. IAO will supply federal officials with "instant" analysis on what is being written on email and said on phones all over the US. (February 13)
  • US announced likely terrorist attack on February 12 or 13
  • CIA fires antitank missile from unmanned Preditor airplane at Afghan peasants collecting scrap metal from previous US bombardments, killing 3. The men were killed because they were suspected of being "senior al Qaeda officials" on the basis of the sighting from the aerial drone. Suspicions were fueled by the deference shown to one tall man by the others. However, the tall man, Daraz Khan, was 5'11" as opposed to Osama bin Laden's 6'4". (February 4)
  • US raids provincial government compounds in which weapons being collected from the populace are being stored, killing 21 and capturing 27 (including several people held in a jail cell). Some of the dead had their wrists bound with plastic "handcuffs" before being killed. US releases the 27, but announces that some were criminals. Those released tell reporters of being beaten and kicked by US soldiers while in captivity.
  • US and Afghan troops attack hospital where 6 wounded Taliban had been holding out, killing all of them.
  • US attacks Afghan government forces who have been disarming locals in Eastern Afghanistan, killing 21 Afghan soldiers & capturing 27 (24 January)
  • European countries protest US treatment of prisoners of war & refusal to admit their status.
  • US claims POWs it captured are not "prisoners of war" under the Geneva Conventions, and therefor the Geneva Conventions do not apply to these "illegal combattants".
  • US transfers prisoners of war to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, penning them in roofed cages outside.
  • US sending 650 combat troops to Philippines in violation of the Philippine constitution. They are supposed to be "trainers" and "advisors", but they include sergents who will advise troops in the process of fighting an insurgency. They will only fire "in self defense." (15 January)
  • CIA sources state Osama bin Laden left Afghanistan in early December, leaving region by sea for places unknown (15 January)
  • Pakistan bends to pressure from US and other countries to crack down on anti-Indian terrorists and militants in stages. Refuses to extradict Pakistanis to India.
  • US bombs more Afghan villages claiming they are Taliban sites. Evidently Afghan warlords are siccing the US on their enemies by false intelligence reports.
  • Pakistan sends nuclear-armed planes to airbases being used by US. U.S. would likely try to protect those bases from Indian attack because US planes and troops are there.
  • Chinese forces remove border markers on disputed border with India; cross border in Sikkim.
  • Pakistani dictator visits China several times for political (and other?) assistance.
  • India and Pakistan go on war alert, sending hundreds of thousands of troops to border.
  • US bombs convoy of village elders heading to Kabul to pay their respects to new government.
  • India demands extradition of specific individuals from Pakistan w/out giving evidence (a la the US).
  • Pakistan-based terrorists attack Indian parliment building seeking to kill country's complete leadership. Errors cause failure of mission. (13 December)
  • Osama bin Laden issues December videotape in which he has lost a lot of weight. Suggestion is made that weight loss is due to his no longer being able to use a kidney dialysis machine.
  • US releases videotape of fatter Osama bin Laden confessing to planning attacks on World Trade Center. A number of points about the tape indicate that it is probably a fake.
  • US bombs kill 3 US soldiers, 5 allied Afghan soldiers, injure 40 including new designated leader of Afghanistan (6 December)
  • Afghan meeting in Bonn agrees to new government. (6 December)
  • Afghan babies are dying of cold & hunger due to lack of supplies (5 December report)
  • US bombs wipe out several villages near Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan causing 70-200 deaths. US claims "nothing" happened. A British journalist reports on that nothing.
  • All of the anthrax spores in the various attacks were genetically identical and "virtually indistinguishable" from that produced in the US Army's old Biological Warfare program at Ft. Detrick, MD. (December 2,3, 4 NYT)
  • Government admits regularly maintaining records of all letters passing through initial sorting machines that add ZIP+4 bar codes along with their timestamps. (They had identified the addresses of letters which passed through the machine within 15 seconds of the Daschle and Leahy letters and searched the recipients' houses for the letters.) (1 December, NYT)
  • Taliban retreats to Kandahar and mountain redoubts
  • Some Afghan parties meet in Bonn to form government. Representatives are from Northern Alliance, the former King, an Iranian-backed party, and a Pakistani-backed group. The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan is not represented, nor is any other women's group.
  • Justice Department to interview 5000 young men with valid visas from Muslim countries. Asks support from local police forces. Portland, OR; Austin & Richland, TX; and other police forces resist assisting because such interviews without probable cause violate state laws.
  • Afghans are killed by land mines while picking up food packages
  • Taliban offers $50 million reward for capture of George W. Bush.
  • George Bush offers "up to" $25 reward for information leading to the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden
  • Bush administration makes list of "terrorist" leaders CIA is authorized to kill
  • George Bush issues executive order to try suspected foreign terrorists in military courts, overseas, and without the suspect being given the right to select his/her own lawyer. No appeal is allowed from these courts and death sentences may be issued.
  • Pakistan closes Taliban embassy after US pressure
  • Pakistan stops Taliban press conferences after US pressure
  • Food aid into Afghanistan is reduced substantially after Taliban driven out due to greatly increased danger to drivers
  • Taliban retreats to 20% of Afghanistan from 90%.
  • US bombs al Jazira TV tower in Kabul just before Northern Alliance takes over
  • New "anti-terrorism" law violates Bill of Rights in many ways.
  • Attorney General Ashcroft approves taping attorney-client conversations (October 26)
  • US to start producing blue food packets (a different color than the cluster bombs), but will continue dropping the yellow ones (without dying them) until the current stock of over 2,000,000 are used up.
  • US using depleted uranium "bunker buster" bombs in Afghanistan
  • US using fuel-air explosive bombs ("daisy cutters") in Afghanistan
  • US starts special forces raids (October 19)
  • Qatar refuses to repress al Jazira TV station despite US request
  • US bombs destroy Red Cross warehouses destroying food and blankets for internal refugees.
  • Bush Rejects Taliban Offer to Surrender bin Laden after receipt of evidence -- a renewed offer (October 14)
  • US honors Christianity & Judaism by bombing on Christian and Jewish Sabaths (October 13 & 14)
  • US honors Islam by not bombing on Friday (Islamic holy day) (October 12)
  • Condolisa Rice successfully asks 4 major networks to censor Osama bin Laden's videos
  • US drops yellow cluster bombs on Afghanistan (unexploded bomblets are same color and near same size as food packets) (October 11)
  • US bombs mosque in Afghanistan (October 11)
  • US bombs Karam in southern Afghanistan, killing scores if not hundreds of villigers (October 11)
  • UN employees in minesweeping operation killed by US cruise missile (October 9)
  • US drops 37,500 yellow food packets a day for 7,000,000 hungry Afghans
  • US starts war against Afghanistan (October 7)
  • George Bush lays ultimatum on every non-allied country: "either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." (September 20)
  • George Bush lays ultimatum on Taliban (5 non-negoiable demands, only one of which is possible) (September 20)
  • Deputy Secretary of War, Paul Wolfowitz, pushes for US overthrow of Saddam Hussein and military attacks on Lebanon (September 19)
  • New York Legislature Approves Anti-terrorism Bills (September 17)
  • Pakistani military government gives in to US demands, which are recharacterized as requests. (September 16)
  • John McCain removes his caveat, saying nuclear weapons should not be ruled out. (September 16)
  • Administration officials and ex-government officials discuss attacks on Iraq as a sponsor of terrorists, even though Iraq has not been accused of complicity in the 9/11 attacks. (showing the breadth of the concept of attacking all states that support terrorism). (September 16)
  • Muslims shot at in Arizona. Sikh shot & killed (mistaken as Arab). (September 15)
  • George Bush calls for "Crusade" against evil. Muslims remember the terror of those religious wars. (September 15)
  • Congress passes blank check "Gulf of Tonkin II" resolution authorizing the Commander-in-Chief to take any military action against any individual or group he deems responsible for the terrorist attacks (September 14)
  • John McCain says that in our attacks the only weapons we should rule out are nuclear weapons
  • Senate OK's Internet Spying (September 13) (thus accepting the use of biological and chemical weapons) (September 13)
  • Osama bin Laden, having previously claimed responsibility for the attack on the USS Cole, denies responsibility for 9/11 attacks.
  • US is calling on all countries to declare whether they will support or oppose the US. (September 12)
  • Administration says we should wage war against all terrorists everywhere, whether they have anything to do with these attacks or not. We should also wage war against any nation that harbors terrrorism. (September 12)
  • India reminds US that Pakistan supports terrorists that attack in Indian-controlled portions of Kashmir. (September 12)
  • US demands that Pakistan make its airbases available to US airforce jets, allow US troops to attack Afghanistan from Pakistani soil, provide the US with all intelligence that it has on Osama bin Laden, that it seal the border with Afghanistan, that it stop trading with Afghanistan, etc.(September 11)
  • George Bush declares war on terrorism and evil. (September 11)
  • Attacks on Muslims, Sikh's, dark-skinned Mexicans, and other racial minorities start in US. (September 11)
  • The media starts blaming Osama bin Laden for the attack with no evidence. (September 11) Later evidence appears showing that foreign Muslim pilots were passengers on the planes, that at least one of the planes had a passenger connected with a group connected to bin Laden, etc.
  • Hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center (destroying it) and the Pentagon (damaging one side), killing thousands of innocent people. (September 11)
  • US may set up military tribunals (September 16)

    Bush/Cheney

  • Mother Jones's Bush Files keeps up-to-date on what White House Resident Bush has been up to.

  • Bush told Europe that the US was going ahead rapidly with SDI/Star Wars, without getting approval from Congress or setting forth a plan

  • Cheney pushes for great increase in extraction of fossil fuels & nuclear energy.

  • Bush proposed Major Cuts to Funding for Renewable Energy

  • Bush proposed increasing taxes on renewable energy

  • Bush flatly rejects Kyoto Treaty on Greenhouse gases

  • Bush blocks reduction of arsenic levels allowed in drinking water
  • Washington Post, Eric Pianin and Cindy Skrzycki, 21 Mar 2001
  • New York Times, Douglas Jehl, 21 Mar 2001
  • MSNBC.com, Miguel Llanos, 21 Mar 2001
  • Shrub is trying to delay the protection of the last remaining wild areas of our national forests.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Katherine Pfleger, Associated Press, 20 Mar 2001
  • Action: Take action to defend Clinton's roadless plan
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to suspend mining regulations approved by former President Clinton to protect the environment. The rules give the BLM more flexibility to deny mining permits that seem likely to lead to lots of pollution and they require companies that mine on federal land to post a bond guaranteeing that they will clean up after themselves if they cause a mess.
  • Denver Rocky Mountain News, M.E. Sprengelmeyer, 21 Mar 2001
  • Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar 2001
  • Bush reversed a campaign pledge and said he would not seek reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
  • New York Times article
  • Washington Post article
  • Wall Street Journal (access costs)
  • Action: tell Bush to live up to his CO2 promise
  • Austin Area

  • Police push into demonstration with horses without warning, knocking citizen down, endangering others, including woman in wheelchair. [27 April 2001] Indy Media Report
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