April 6,  2004  Tuesday

Whistleblower Coming In Cold From the F.B.I.

by Gail Sheehy

Sibel Edmonds says she was shocked at the lack of security in the F.B.I.’s counterintelligence squad when she went to work there shortly after Sept. 11. But when she spoke up, she was canned. Gail Sheehy tells her story....


Pentagon report on Afghanistan criticizes war strategy: report
SpaceDaily - Apr 4, 2004
WASHINGTON (AFP) A retired army colonel commissioned by the Pentagon to examine the war in Afghanistan concluded the conflict created conditions that have given "warlordism, banditry and opium production a new lease on life,"...

New Yorker, NY - Apr 4, 2004 by SEYMOUR M. HERSH

Poll Says Bush Is Losing Support on Iraq
Rapid City Journal, SD - 4-6-04
WASHINGTON - Public approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq has slipped to a new low _ alongside his overall job rating _ after last week's grisly deaths of four contractors in Fallujah, a poll says.
Still, a majority supports his decision to use military force in Iraq, says the poll released Monday.
Four in 10, or 40 percent, approve of the way Bush is handling Iraq, while 53 percent disapprove....


While Bush is busy dreaming about being the War President, whistleblower after whistleblower are showing his threatening tactics....his  outing of a cia agent, firing people, smearing people and worst of all---getting revenge on Saddam using his poor intelligence.

"Bush and Cheney will make a joint appearance in front of the commission. To make sure Bush is really speaking, they're going to have Cheney drink a glass of water when Bush talks." —Jay Leno

"John Kerry had surgery on his right shoulder this week to repair some damage. It was pretty bad, he had no feeling. It was almost like he was a Republican." —David Letterman


Disturbing News


New U.S. visa ordeal has Poles simmering

Chicago Tribune - Mon Apr 5, 9:40 AM ET

The line outside the U.S. Embassy here starts to form before dawn, and by 8 a.m., when the visa office opens, it stretches for half a block.


Low pay squeezes FBI agents - and perhaps U.S. security

USATODAY.com - Mon Apr 5, 6:44 AM ET

He is a law school graduate and a former Marine captain who seems to be living his career dream: to be an FBI agent, protecting the United States from terrorists and other criminals.


Battles Flare as U.S. Vows to Arrest Iraqi Cleric

Reuters -4-6-05

Shi'ite militiamen battled Italian soldiers in southern Iraq on Tuesday as Washington vowed to arrest radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who has led a wave of bloody confrontations with U.S.-led occupying troops.


Four U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq

AP - 4-6-05

U.S. troops battled Iraqi guerrillas Tuesday on the edges of Fallujah, which hundreds of Marines and Iraqi troops have surrounded in a major operation to pacify one of Iraq's most violent cities. The military reported four Marines killed in the area.



Terrorists Still Popping Up Worldwide

AP - 4-6-05

Some 3,400 al-Qaida-linked operatives have been captured or killed in 100 countries since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, the State Department said last week. Now, officials believe, a new wave of threats is coming from dozens of smaller groups only loosely connected to the network but inspired by al-Qaida's message and methods


Supreme Court Sidesteps Wetlands Disputes

Mon Apr 5, 4:21 PM ET - (AP)

The Supreme Court rejected three cases Monday that sought to restrict the government's authority to regulate wetlands.

Inmate Gets Extra 18 Months for Sen. Clinton Threat

Reuters - Mon Apr 5, 9:05 AM ET

A federal prisoner was sentenced to an extra 18 months in jail on Friday for threatening to kill former first lady and New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, prosecutors said.

Texas Cops Find Dynamite Along Roadsides

Mon Apr 5, 6:16 PM ET

Police said Monday they have no idea who is responsible for at least 29 sticks of dynamite found strewn along roadsides.

Role of scapegoat angers a number of NPR affiliates
Houston Chronicle, TX -4-6-05
... With its weekly audience of 13 million, Morning Edition trails only conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for national listeners. ...


8 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Violence

Tuesday April 6, 2004 1:46 PM

FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops battled guerrillas Tuesday on the edges of Fallujah, where hundreds of Marines and Iraqi troops have surrounded one of Iraq's most violent cities in an operation to crush the insurgency there. The military reported five Marines were killed and two wounded in the operation, which was more than 24 hours old.

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Republican Shenanigans

GOP Operatives Lead at Iraq Press Office

AP - Sun Apr 4,10:20 PM ET

Inside the marble-floored palace hall that serves as the press office of the U.S.-led coalition, Republican Party operatives lead a team of Americans who promote mostly good news about Iraq.


Bush Campaign Targets Kerry's Soft Money

AP - Mon Apr 5,10:48 PM ET

President Bush's re-election campaign asked supporters Monday to urge federal officials to crack down on groups spending millions of dollars to promote Democrat John Kerry, its second such move in a week.


White House to Review 9/11 Report Before Release

Reuters - Sun Apr 4, 9:41 PM ET

The White House will vet "line by line" the report of an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before it is publicly released, the commission chairman said on Sunday.

"Oh, I fell for the biggest April fool's prank . I should have known. I spent the whole day in Wisconsin looking for that girl's kidnapper. Oh, what an idiot I was. Doesn't that make you mad? Ooh, that makes me so mad. That girl wasn't missing. She wasn't abducted. She made up the whole story. Same thing Bush did in the National Guard." Jay Leno


Tech News

Europe's War on E-Mail Spam Claims First Scalps

Reuters - Tue Apr 6, 5:21 AM ET

E-mail spammers take heed: Europeans are finally winning legal tussles against digital peddlers of get-rich-quick schemes, sexual aids and pornography.


Japan Bets New Internet Standard to Drive E-World

Reuters - Tue Apr 6, 3:02 AM ET

The World Wide Web is just about 15 years old, but already it is showing signs of wear as growing demand for Internet addresses and everyday functionality challenge the limits of the technology behind the Web.




Business News

Bank of America announces it will cut 12500 jobs
Miami Herald, FL - 4-6-04
BY RICK ROTHACKER. CHARLOTTE, NC - (KRT) - Bank of America Corp. told employees Monday it will eliminate 12,500 jobs as part of its

FleetBoston Financial Corp. ...


Former Bank of America Broker Indicted

Reuters - Mon Apr 5, 4:24 PM ET

Former Bank of America Corp. (BAC.N) broker Theodore Sihpol was indicted for allegedly defrauding investors by helping a hedge fund trade mutual funds illegally, court papers show.

Chinese demand for steel weighs on global industry

AFP - Sun Apr 4, 6:51 PM ET

Industries worldwide that need steel are alarmed by a sudden shortage sparked by surging Chinese demand for all kinds of the increasingly precious metal and raw materials used to produce it.


Ikea Founder Denies Being Richest Man

AP - Mon Apr 5, 8:36 AM ET

The founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea isn't hurting for money, but the company he founded denied on Monday a report that he surpassed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as the world's wealthiest man.


CVS, Canadian Firm Buy Eckerd for $4.5B

AP - Mon Apr 5,10:07 PM ET

CVS Corp. scrambled the top ranks of the drugstore industry by acquiring about half of J.C. Penney's Eckerd chain to push past Walgreen Co. in number of stores and challenge its rival in total revenue.


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"There are 300,000 new jobs and Bush said he's confused, 'Can I take credit for good news that I didn't even make up?'" —Craig Kilborn

Assorted News

Homeland Security Announces New Drills

AP - Mon Apr 5, 8:16 PM ET

A new round of mock terrorism events aimed at improving emergency responses will be staged next April in Connecticut and New Jersey, the Homeland Security Department said Monday.

Ridge: Private Cos. Must Help Fight Terror

AP - Mon Apr 5,11:06 PM ET

The federal government cannot afford to pay for the increased security needed to protect U.S. ports from terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday.

Kerry digs up six trillion dollar hole in Bush accounts

AFP - Mon Apr 5, 7:25 PM ET

Democratic presidential contender John Kerry put the spotlight on what his campaign called a six trillion dollar hole in President George W. Bush's budget that could leave future generations with "a mountain of debt".

Stabilisation attempts in Kosovo have "failed": Russia

AFP - Tue Apr 6, 3:48 AM ET

International attempts to bring order and stability to conflict-torn Kosovo have failed, with the NATO military bloc partly to blame, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said.


Supreme Court to Rule on Drug Dog Limits

Mon Apr 5, 5:25 PM ET - (AP)

Roy Caballes was pulled over for speeding and was just about to get off with a warning when another Illinois trooper pulled up with a drug-sniffing dog

Supreme Court Won't Hear Halliburton Case

Mon Apr 5,10:16 AM ET - (AP)

The Supreme Court said Monday it will not get involved in a patent dispute concerning a division of Halliburton, the energy and government contracting company formerly led by Vice President Dick Cheney.
Kennedy Likens Bush to Nixon 'Credibility Gap'

Reuters - Mon Apr 5, 5:45 PM ET

Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy on Monday accused President Bush of having created at home and abroad "the largest credibility gap" since the Watergate scandal forced Richard Nixon from the White House 30 years ago.

U.S. - Canada Task Force Presents Final Report on Blackout of August 2003

Mon Apr 5, 1:21 PM ET

Washington's `think tanks' growing in number, power
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS - 12 hours ago
... Richard Perle, a leading defense strategist who is close to Donald Rumsfeld, is also a "resident fellow." Lynne Cheney is a "senior fellow" on Middle-East ...


Military News

U.S. Commanders Mull More Troops in Iraq

AP - Mon Apr 5, 5:04 PM ET

U.S. military commanders have begun studying ways they might increase troops in Iraq should violence spread much more widely, a senior officer said Monday.


Pentagon delays US troops' trip home
USA Today - 4-6-04
... with US Central Command said that the return home of about 24,000 US troops who were scheduled to leave in the next few weeks would be  delayed as their ...


VA Health Official Resigns Amid Troubles

AP - Mon Apr 5, 6:01 PM ET

The head of the Veterans Affairs health care system resigned Monday amid problems with a multimillion-dollar computer system the agency was testing at a VA hospital in Florida.


Retired aircraft carrier to be sunk off Pensacola coast
NEPA News, PA -4-6-04

Is Baghdad Burning?

"There is no administration in place, that is the problem, there is no government to hand over to ..there's no postal service, no taxation...you cannot drive at night...it is a complete mess...it's just chaos, anarchy and murder..."

Click below for a BBC audio interview with two journalists who just returned from Baghdad.  Chilling.

Judge for yourself:

Baghdad  April 5 and 6,  2004

Click on pictures for larger view



Iraqi Shi'ite supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr celebrate near a burning U.S. Army truck in the Shuala neighborhood of Baghdad April 5, 2004.

A sniper in Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr's Army of Mehdi militia aims at US troops in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City.(AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)


A member of Iraqi Shiite radical leader Moqtada Sadr's Army of Mehdi militia guards Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. Dozens of Iraqis and almost 20 coalition troops have been killed as US troops move against Sunni insurgents...


Risking their lives to save another, Marine Lt. Jeffrey Goodman and Lance Cpl. Jorge Sanchez of the 2nd Tank Battalion drag a wounded civilian to safety after he was caught in the midst of battle on the road to Baghdad...


The only bright spot I could find in photos from Baghdad

US soldiers from the Stryker Brigade combat team, 2nd Infantry Division, patrol the centre of Mosul 400 kms north of Baghdad, as a young boy, carried by his sister waves to them.


Just what Mission did Bush Accomplish?


Dear Lisa,

I want to thank you for the work you do on your site. I am a military wife who doesn't support Bush. Neither does my husband currently serving in Iraq. (He says over 70% off his unit will vote Kerry this year!) I have seen conservatives bend over backwards and around again to avoid the facts regarding Bush's failed policies and lies. It makes my blood boil. Your site reminds me I am not alone in my thoughts.

Thank you very much!

A p*ssed off military wife
(name withheld as other military spouses who have spoken out against Bush has been threatened)

Thanks for writing.  I am hearing much of the same from many other viewers of this site who are military related.  Thank your husband for me if you can.  And thank you.



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"Several reporters have asked Dick Cheney to release his entire medical records, 'cause they say voters are concerned about his health. Yes. Cheney says he won't release his entire medical records, just volumes 1 through 30."  Conan O'Brien


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Thanks Brian.


Odd News

Crikey! Real-Life 'Croc Hunter' Saves Girl

Reuters -

A retired Australian crocodile hunter saved a young girl from the jaws of a 10-foot crocodile when he jumped on top of the man-eating reptile and gouged its eyes, local media said on Tuesday.

Leader Says Gold Teeth Out, White Teeth In...

Reuters -

Turkmenistan's president has told his people to shun traditional false gold teeth in favor of white ones, the latest eccentric command after moves to ban beards, ballet and circuses.
Fire and No Buyer for Two Former Clinton Homes

Reuters -  

It was a bad weekend for two Arkansas families in homes once occupied by former U.S. President Bill Clinton -- one house failed to sell and another caught fire.

Barge Rams Bridge, Deliberately

Reuters - Mon Apr 5, 1:11 PM ET

A 1,000-tonbarge rammed into a pier supporting an aging bridge over Florida's Apalachicola Bay last week, delighting civil engineers, who plan to ram it a dozen more times.



Tokyo Cab Reaches NY from Argentina, Meter Running

Reuters - Mon Apr 5,10:10 AM ET

When Japanese actor Gitan Otsuro climbed out of his cab in New York City on Friday, the meter showed more than 6 million yen ($58,000) -- but he's not planning to pay the fare.


Woman Swallows Diamond Ring in Florida


A woman pleaded guilty to swallowing a 1.5 carat diamond ring at a jewelry store and will serve one year of probation.

Ind. Monks Receive $26 Million Donation

Monks in a monastery here may have a harder time with their vows of poverty now that they've got $26 million in spending money.

Cosmo adds spirituality to sex and shoes

Tue Apr 6, 2:16 AM ET

Is this a sign of the times or what? Cosmopolitan, the glossy bible of sex and shopping for the single girl, has launched a new monthly column on spirituality.


"President Bush says in the last month he has created 300,000 new jobs. Yeah, they're called Kerry campaign workers." —Craig Kilborn

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Good News

Nader Fails to Make Oregon Ballot

AP -4-6-04

Of all states, Ralph Nader should have had no trouble getting onto the Oregon presidential ballot given the support he's had here.


Framework of Clarke's Book Is Bolstered

Washington Post 4-5-04

…The joint committee's declassified report, released last July, contains dozens of quotations and references to Clarke's testimony, and none appears to contradict the former White House counterterrorism chief's testimony last month.


Kerry: Why Can't George Bush Just Tell the Truth About Weapons of Mass Destruction?

Mon Apr 5, 4:15 PM ET Press release

Following is a statement of John Kerry for President:




Even with a good telescope you won't come across a sight quite like this one. It is a familiar object though, the grand stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. But the striking picture combines images taken through three separate filters, each designed to record different emission lines -- light from sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms glowing in the tenuous nebular gas.

In this image, sulfur is red, hydrogen is green, and oxygen is blue, a color scheme used in images of other astronomical nebulae as well. While very different from what the eye sees, the image is still both beautiful and scientifically valuable, tracing elements and conditions within the nearby star forming region.

From: Astronomy Picture of the Day
Credit & Copyright: Russell Croman